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Haasl Genealogy Donated to Kewaunee, Wisconsin Public Library

Sr. Cecilia Fandel presents books of her family history to Sue Grosshuesch, Kewaunee Public Library Director.

Sr. Cecilia Fandel presents books of her family history to Sue Grosshuesch, Kewaunee Public Library Director.

The following teaser is from an article published in the July 24, 2014 edition of the Kewaunee County Star-News, and posted online at

Sr. Cecilia Fandel, descendant of the Benish-Haasls from Wood and Rusk counties, has donated Haasl and Benish genealogy books to the Kewaunee Library history and genealogy section.

Books were distributed to descendants in Kewaunee County.

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Genealogy Search Leads Australian Woman to Vallejo, California

The following excerpt is from an article written by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen and posted in the July 25, 2014 edition of

Genealogy work often requires much deep and time-consuming sleuthing, but often pays satisfying dividends for those interested in their family history and connections. Such was the case with Margery Morrison of Australia, whose climb through her husband’s family tree revealed a Vallejo connection the couple could not have imagined.

The Times-Herald caught up with her during a recent visit to the Mare Island Museum, where she was able to see an exhibit about her husband’s long-lost great granduncle, Willam Halford, one of three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients buried on Mare Island. It was a long and winding road that lead her from Queensland, Australia, to England and eventually, to Vallejo.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the USA

The following is compiled from the last two collection updates from FamilySearch (those for July 19 and July 25, 2014):

During the week ending July 25, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621–1979 – 27 – 290 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 – 0 – 201 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 50,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587–1966 – 0 – 240 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953 – 1,160,179 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1938 – 77,476 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1910 – 0 – 1,389 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 – 99,173 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937 – 99,950 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847–1868 – 36 – 36 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

During the week ending July 19, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 2 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972, collection; and the 804,247 indexed records and images from U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994, collection.

Again, see the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 147,861 – Added images to an existing collection.
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503–1997 – 3,384 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Durham Probate Bonds, 1556–1858 – 0 – 48,167 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham Probate Commissions, Monitions and Citations, 1650–1858 – 0 – 32,085 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham, Dean and Chapter of Durham’s Allerton and Allertonshire Original Wills, Inventories and Bonds, 1666–1845 – 0 – 1,842 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857 – 0 – 148,960 – New browsable image collection.
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration, 1811–1978 – 0 – 24,327 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 13,929 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590–1979 – 0 – 7,217 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1679–1942 – 905 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574–1940 – 0 – 535 – Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 91,952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872–1878 – 0 – 61,984 – New browsable image collection.
South Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392–1910 – 0 – 3,927 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307–1985 – 0 – 1,449 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Census, 1850 – 0 – 3,199 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 0 – 451,656 – New browsable image collection.
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 169,857 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 – 0 – 36,101 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994 – 751,805 – 52,442 – New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 637 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S.,Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860–2004 – 0 – 25,819 – Added images to an existing collection.

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How Disney World Came to Be – in 38 Black & White Photos

Disneys comes to Florida

Disney World is a vacation spot that families have enjoyed since 1971. I first visited the park in 1975 while working for Green Thumb Products Corporation of Apopka, Florida. The company put up all the terminal managers from around the United States at the Contemporary Hotel (then the only hotel in the park) for a manager’s conference and pep-talk to those of us working for the struggling tropical plant company.

I just happened to run across a series of historic photos held by the State Archives in Florida that give some insights into the initial purchase and development of the 43 square miles that became Disney World. It’s too bad that Roy never got to see his dream developed. I think he would be mighty proud…

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Researchers From Help Explore the Oregon Trail, Klondike Gold Rush, & More on New Season of TLC Series “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Cynthia Nixon's Connection to Prison Reform

The following is from globenewswire:

PROVO, Utah, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – In the new season of TLC’s Emmy-nominated series “Who Do You Think You Are?” researchers mined thousands of historical documents to help producers make new family history discoveries for an all-star line up of celebrities. The new season premieres tonight and will feature Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and Kayleen McAdams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Valerie Bertinelli, and Kelsey Grammer.

Amassing thousands of hours, researchers explored 18th and 19th century America, Canada, and even Victorian England, to research topics that range from women’s rights, Italian heritage, and an American Loyalist who sided with the crown. There was even exploration of the Oregon Trail and adventure through the freezing temperatures of the Klondike Gold Rush.

“We are thrilled to again sponsor this new season of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and provide research support that helped celebrities experience a family history journey that connected them to new ancestors and new discoveries,” said Jennifer Utley, Lead Researcher for the project at “It’s always exciting to see where records will lead you when researching your family history. This season we explored stories that were at times tragic, and others uplifting, as life, no matter place or time, can be.”

Every day on, members discover their family history through billions of historical records spanning different places and time. On this season of “Who Do You Think You Are?,” celebrities become acquainted with a variety of ancestral stories spanning historic moments.

  • While embarking on a journey to learn about her father’s side of her family Cynthia Nixon discovers that the harrowing experiences of an ancestor in mid 19th century Missouri, played a pivotal role that improved the future lives of women in prisons.
  • While looking to learn more about his father’s side of his family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson travels from Maryland and New York to the far reaches of Alaska where his great grandfather embarked on an ambitious gold expedition across the Klondike.
  • Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen explore the history of two ancestors: one a Loyalist/Tory during the American Revolution, and the other a butler in Devon with a “downstairs” romance.
  • California’s social history and letters from the Oregon Trail are examined while exploring the ancestors of Kelsey Grammer.
  • Valerie Bertinelli embarks on a journey that will connect her to Quaker ancestors and English heraldry, while exploring her Italian heritage.

The new season is the second time has teamed up with TLC as a sponsor, and the fifth time it has worked with the program. As part of sponsoring the show, provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.

For more about and weekly recaps for each episode, including research approach and topic explored visit

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Nas Discovers His Ancestry Via Gates’s “Finding Your Roots:

Nas performing in Paris, France, July 2014

Nas performing in Paris, France, July 2014

Hip Hop star, Nasir Jones, found out about his ancestry recently as part of the 10-part season 2 of Finding Your Roots. The following excerpt is from an article posted July 24, 2014 at

Throughout his career Nas has used his music to explore and present historical information he felt was relevant to his listeners, so it’s not surprising the Queens emcee took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about his own family history.

Nas was able to accomplish that personal reflection thanks to the PBS series Finding Your Roots. The show’s host and executive producer, Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, tapped Nas to become the first Hip Hop star to be featured on the program.

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Q2 Non-GAAP Revenues $156.1 Million, Up 13% Year-Over-Year

July 23, 2014 16:05 ET | Source:, Inc.
PROVO, Utah, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
— LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

“Despite softer performance in the second quarter, our core subscriber base retention remains solid and the business is healthy,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of “We’re continuing to make strategic investments in content, product and technology as well as new product initiatives like our rapidly growing AncestryDNA business, all of which are designed to drive long-term growth, further strengthen our market leadership, and leverage the benefits of our attractive business model.”

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues and non–GAAP revenues1 for the second quarter 2014 were each $156.1 million. Non-GAAP revenues increased 13.3% from $137.7 million in the second quarter of 2013 driven by growth in revenues from the Company’s core branded websites and AncestryDNA.
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2014 was $(7.6) million compared to net loss of $(21.3) million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 for the second quarter of 2014 was $55.4 million, compared to $54.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 includes $2.6 million and $3.5 million, respectively, of professional service fees related to litigation and costs associated with the return of capital transaction declared in February 2014 by our parent. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, adjusted EBITDA includes $1.0 million and $2.2 million, respectively, of professional services related to litigation, costs associated with reorganizing our corporate structure and registering the Company’s senior unsecured notes with the SEC.
  • Free cash flow3 totaled $10.2 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $12.1 million for second quarter of 2013.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $91.5 million as of June 30, 2014.
  • Obligations under long-term debt4 totaled $903.3 million as of June 30, 2014. Highlights

Subscribers – Subscribers of websites totaled approximately 2,109,000 as of June 30, 2014, compared to 2,161,000 as of March 31, 2014 and 2,112,000 as of June 30, 2013.

New Content – The Company added more than 700 million new records during the quarter. New records include the final wave of already digitized collections made available through our collaboration with FamilySearch including:

  • Philippines, Civil Registration, 1888-1981 – 24.2 million records
  • Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 (in Czech) – 3.9 million records
  • Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1645-1940 – 2.7 million records
  • Zimbabwe, Death Notices, 1904-1976 – 329 thousand records
  • La Libertad, Peru, Civil Registrations 1903-1988 – 1.3 million records

Other new record collections added in Q2 include:

  • Quaker Birth, Marriage, Death, and Memorial Records, 1650-1910 – 8.5 million records
  • New York, State Census, 1905 – 7.2 million records
  • Surrey, England, Land Tax Records, 1780-1832 – 1.9 million records
  • Puerto Rico, Civil Registrations, 1885-2001 – 5.4 million records
  • Montana, County Marriages 1865-1950 – 1.9 million records
  • Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 – 1.1 million records

Expanded Search Controls – expanded the functionality of the sliding controls in search results to allow more of the fields entered in the search form to be controlled by sliders – up to 10 fields. Additionally, improvements were added to the display of the fields entered that are not editable with sliders. With this update, users can expand the section of fields below the sliders to see all of the entered search criteria.

Ancestry Mobile App Award – The Ancestry mobile app was a finalist for the 2014 Appy Award for the second year in a row.

AncestryDNA Highlights

  • Database – DNA database samples at approximately 500,000 to date (cumulative since May 2012), an increase of 25% since April 30, 2014.

Archives Highlights

  • New Content – Launched ten new vital records collections, with more than 42 million records in total. Included in this release are U.S. Obituaries, South Dakota State Census Records, Idaho Marriage Records, Utah Birth Records, and Utah Federal Service Veterans Burial Records.

Other Business Highlights

  • Find A Grave – Has now reached a total of 118 million memorials and 96 million photos.
    New Mobile App User Profiles – During the quarter, released several follow-ups to the initial Find A Grave mobile app, which introduced user profiles, including the ability to view, create and add a user’s own profile, as well as the ability to view the profiles of other users.
    New Mobile Photo Upload Feature – Additionally, as users take new photos at a cemetery, instead of waiting for each to upload before continuing to use the app, the photos are sent to a queue to be uploaded in the background. As a part of this capability, a user now also has the ability to pause a photo upload queue until connected via Wi-Fi.
  • – Now with more than 70 million online newspaper pages, the site recently completed a full digital archive of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle by digitizing negative microfilm of the paper provided by the Library of Congress dating from 1841 to 1955.
  • Fold3 – Has more than 430 million total records, and in Q2 launched military collections, including rich Civil War records like photos from the New York State Military Museum.

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FamilySearch Indexing Volunteers Set Single-Day Participant Record

The following is from FamilySearch on July 23, 2014:

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FamilySearch Indexing Volunteers Obliterate Single-Day Participant Record, Helping Millions Identify Their Ancestry

Monumental Crowdsourcing Effort Also Yields Second-Highest 24-Hour Record Count

Salt Lake City, Utah—FamilySearch indexing volunteers love a good challenge and once again have banded together to obliterate a record—this time the high mark for the most indexing and arbitration volunteers participating in a single day. The previous record of 49,025 volunteers set in July 2012 at the height of the 1940 US Census indexing effort is now a distant memory compared to the new high of 66,511 set yesterday during the first-annual Worldwide Indexing Event.

While the minimum requirement for participation was to submit a single batch of indexing or arbitration work, it is obvious that many volunteers continued working throughout the day as they also produced the second-highest combined (indexed or arbitrated) total of submitted records at just over 5.7 million.

“FamilySearch indexing volunteers continue to astound with their dedication to indexing day in and day out and their ability to not only meet but far exceed every challenge set before them,” said Mike Judson, FamilySearch indexing workforce development manager. “In my mind, the best part of this success is how many people are going to be helped to find their ancestors because so many volunteers were willing to give their time to this great cause.”

Volunteers who jumped into the challenge early (the event started at 6:00 p.m. MST on Sunday evening) discovered a surprise as the indexing system struggled to process the massive influx of volunteer requests. Many were dismayed at the slowness of the system and inability, in some cases, to download or submit batches. Despite the challenges, volunteers showed great patience and perseverance, and most were eventually able to complete and submit a batch.

“We took the indexing system into ‘unexplored territory,’” said Judson. “Never before have so many people tried to contribute all at once. We know some who wanted to give were not able to do so, but we want everyone who tried to know their efforts are appreciated, and we hope they will return soon now that the demands on the system have subsided.”

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Atlas of the Great Irish Famine

famineThere are many theories behind the actual cause of the Great Irish Famine of 1845 to 1849. Some focus on specific topics of population density, crop production, politics, the prevalent owner-tenant land system of the day, etc. Of course, history teaches that there is rarely one simple culprit and one simple answer. It is clear, however, that the country-wide dependence upon the annual potato crop production left Ireland vulnerable to very problem it experienced, famine. Wide-spread crop failure, with other social and economic factors, led to wide-spread famine and disease, resulting in a loss 1,000,000 lives and the emigration of additional 1,000,000. In all, nearly a quarter of the country’s population was lost in just a few short years.


The Great Irish Famine is the most pivotal event in modern Irish history, with implications that cannot be underestimated.


The Irish have long suffered the infamy of having had the most documented and well-known famines in history. There are many questions about what caused the famine and why it produced such wide-spread devastation.  Every history student has heard the questions asked, can we learn from history? Does history repeat itself? What would we do different? “Sustainable agriculture” is both a concept and a growing movement in America. The movement stands in contrast to massive, single-crop, corporate owned farms and supply chain monopolization. After browsing through the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, I won’t claim to know the answers to food production in the modern world, but I do understand the concerns some have over where our current food production system is taking us. I see why we should ask the questions listed above. I see one more reason to study history. I don’t see a famine in America’s future, but I can see parallels in our system to the Irish famine. I think there are lessons we can learn from this Atlas.

Drawing parallels to modern times is just one aspect of studying the Famine. Family history is large part told through the perspective and eye of those that have departed, those who lived through such events. The Great Famine makes for an interesting historical study. And, regardless of your own individual family line, of which I have no known Irish parentage myself, this Atlas represents an important and thorough study into the Irish Famine. But, for those of Irish descent, the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine offers a perspective on your ancestry.

The Atlas provides an amazing collective of reasoned research along with visually stunning drawings, renderings, painted portraits, amazing photographs, maps and charts. Together, these items tell as complete a story.

“Very few books have been written on the greatest catastrophe in Irish history which encompasses both the diversity of perspectives and the parish-by-parish detail found in this book. This magnificent compilation – a series of essays by over fifty distinguished scholars, combined with the detailed maps, photographs, archival material, paintings and other artistic insights – redresses an imbalance in the literature on the Great Irish Famine. The inclusion of photographs of Famine landscapes, for example, including mass graves and workhouse sites, add to the poignancy of the story being told. Such images invite the reader to contemplate the real human suffering which lies at the heart of the Famine. Remembering is important but it is equally important to remember in ways which challenge our understandings of such tragic events.”

I suppose being a genealogist makes me somewhat partial to history in general, and even more, a good story. The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine is both. There is so much detail and rich content in these pages the book is hard to put down. Actually, the book is so big at 710 pages, printed on nice thick paper, this book is too heavy to hold; so, putting the Atlas down to read it would be a more accurate statement, but you get the idea.

As for the actual contents of the book, I think the cover summery tell the story rather well:

“The Great Irish Famine is the most pivotal event in modern Irish history, with implications that cannot be underestimated. Over a million people perished between 1845-1852, and well over a million others fled to other locales within Europe and America. By 1850, the Irish made up a quarter of the population in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. The 2000 US census had 41 million people claim Irish ancestry, or one in five white Americans. Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (1845-52) considers how such a near total decimation of a country by natural causes could take place in industrialized, 19th century Europe and situates the Great Famine alongside other world famines for a more globally informed approach.

The Atlas seeks to try and bear witness to the thousands and thousands of people who died and are buried in mass Famine pits or in fields and ditches, with little or nothing to remind us of their going. The centrality of the Famine workhouse as a place of destitution is also examined in depth. Likewise the atlas represents and documents the conditions and experiences of the many thousands who emigrated from Ireland in those desperate years, with case studies of famine emigrants in cities such as Liverpool, Glasgow, New York and Toronto.

The Atlas places the devastating Irish Famine in greater historic context than has been attempted before, by including over 150 original maps of population decline, analysis and examples of poetry, contemporary art, written and oral accounts, numerous illustrations, and photography, all of which help to paint a fuller picture of the event and to trace its impact and legacy. In this comprehensive and stunningly illustrated volume, over fifty chapters on history, politics, geography, art, population, and folklore provide readers with a broad range of perspectives and insights into this event.”

Don’t just let my opinion or a 5 Stars average review on Amazon sway you, here are just a few reviews from the academic community:

“Cork University Press has established an enviably high reputation in producing atlases. The latest – of the Great Irish Famine – maintains and enhances this record. Not only are the maps themselves innovative and attractive to look at, but they communicate clearly an abundance of information, often unfamiliar. The cartography is accompanied by a wealth of other images, sometimes strikingly beautiful, and also hauntingly distressful. In addition, a starry cast of experts provides incisive and illuminating commentary on all aspects of the disaster.  All in all, this is likely to prove one of the most original and enduring studies of the grievous famine” — Toby Barnard, Oxford University

“This monumental work is far more than an Atlas, it is the definitive summary of all aspects of the Great Irish Famine. The many maps are accompanied by accessible yet scientifically sound texts. The demographics and  geography are surveyed with unequaled detail and care, yet the historical background, the politics, and the economics of the Famine are discussed at an equally high scholarly level. Lavishly illustrated and scholarly immaculate, written by the best scholars in the field, this volume belongs in the library of everyone interested in the greatest natural disaster of the modern age” — Joel Mokyr , Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, USA

“This Atlas offers a powerful, unflinching and coherent understanding of the Irish Famine as the defining event in Irish history. It balances sweeping survey with minute details, while always attending to the surprising diversity of this small island in the mid nineteenth century. Its unparalleled assemblage of new maps, old images and extensive documentation offers a brilliant teaching aid for the history of Ireland and of the Irish diaspora. Firmly rooted in recent research, saturated in meticulous scholarship, and interdisciplinary in the best sense, it is unafraid to draw the necessary trenchant conclusions. Its broad synthesis offers the best overview we have ever had of this traumatic and defining episode” — Professor Kevin Whelan, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin.


Table of Contents


The story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-52 : a geographical perspective

‘Mapping the people’ : the growth and distribution of the population

1740-41 Famine

The potato : root of the Famine

Baunreagh, County Laois : The failure of the potato

Diet in pre-Famine Ireland


The longue durée – imperial Britain and colonial Ireland

The colonial dimensions of the Great Irish Famine

British relief measures

Charles Trevelyan

The operation of the poor law during the Famine

Queen Victoria and the Great Famine

Burying and resurrecting the past : the Queen Victoria statue in University College Cork

The largest amount of good : Quaker relief efforts

‘Born astride a grave’ : The geography of the dead


The creation of the workhouse system

Classify, confine, discipline and punish – the Roscrea Union : a microgeography of the workhouse system during the Famine

Famine and workhouse clothing

The Cork workhouse

Ulster workhouses – ideological geometry and conflict

Lurgan workhouse


Mortality and the Great Famine

‘Variations in vulnerability’ : understanding where and why people died

Medical relief and the Great Famine

‘Report upon the recent epidemic fever in Ireland’ : the evidence from County Cork

Emigration to North America in the era of the Great Famine, 1845-55

The cities and towns of Ireland, 1841-51

The roles of cities and towns during the Great Famine

The impact of the Great Famine on subsistent women

The landed classes during the Great Irish Famine

‘Turned out … thrown down’ : evictions in Bunkilla and Monavanshare, Donoughmore,County Cork


Introduction : the province of Connacht and the Great Famine

Clifden Union, Connemara, County Galway

In the shadow of Sliabh an Iarainn

Mohill workhouse Union

The Famine in County Roscommon

Ballykilcline, County Roscommon


Introduction : the province of Leinster and the Great Famine

County Meath during the Famine

Burying the Famine dead : Kilkenny Union workhouse

King’s County during the Great Famine :’poverty and plenty’

The Smith estate of Baltyboys, County Wicklow


Introduction : the province of Munster and the Great Famine

Mortality and emigration in six parishes in the Union of Skibbereen, West Cork, 1846-47

From ‘famine roads’ to ‘manor walls’ : the Famine in Glenville, County Cork

The Famine in the County Tipperary parish of Shanrahan

The Famine in the Dingle Peninsula

Famine relief in Cove and the Great Island, April 1846-March 1847

Visit of Queen Victoria to Cove, August 1849


Introduction: the province of Ulster and the Great Famine

The Great Famine and religious demography in midnineteenth-century Ulster

The Great Hunger in Belfast

Mapping the Famine in Monaghan

The management of famine in Donegal in the hungry forties


The Great Famine in Gaelic manuscripts

The artist as witness : James Mahony

Asenath Nicholson’s Irish journeys

Thomas Carlyle and Famine Ireland

‘Le pays classique de la faim’ : France and the Great Irish Famine


Exodus from Ireland – patterns of emigration

Liverpool and the Great Irish Famine

The Fidelia

Irish Famine refugees and the emergence of Glasgow Celtic Football Club

Archaeological evidence of Irish migration? : rickets in the Irish community of London’s East End, 1843-54

Black ’47 and Toronto, Canada

Gross Île, Quebec

The Famine and New York City

New York Famine memorial

The Great Famine and Australia

‘Week after week, the eviction and the exodus’ : Ireland and Moreton Bay, 1848-52


Land reform in post-Famine Ireland

Legacy and loss : the great silence and its aftermath

Famine and the Irish diaspora


The folklore of the Famine : Seanchas an Drochshaoil

Na prátaí dubha

Tadhg Ó Murchú (1842-928)

Sites of memory

Famine memorial sites in County Cork

‘Remembering, not forgetting’, a commemorative composition

The Big House and Famine memory : Strokestown Park House

A Great Famine discovery of Viking Gold : Vesnoy,Strokestown, County Roscommon

Mapping the Great Famine in Irish art

Sculpting Famine

Literature and the Famine


The Great Famine and today’s famines

Food security, food poverty, food sovereignty : moving beyond labels to a world of change?

Images of famine : whose hunger?

Fighting world hunger in the twenty-first century


Index of Places

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Kansas Name Lists – Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854-2012 – Now Shipping – ALL NAME LIST BOOKS, AL-KS ON SALE AT GREAT DISCOUNTS Thru July 27!


Kansas Name Lists, Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854-2012 with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present, is now available with a FREE PDF immediate download eBook. The latest in a series of books detailing Online Censuses & Substitutes state-by-state, this volume will prove to be invaluable for those researching ancestors in Kansas. This is the seventeenth volume published in the series. See the entire list at the bottom of this entry.

To celebrate the publication of this printed book and ebook, FRPC is discounting all seventeen Dollarhide Name List printed books by 21%, making them just $14.97 each (including a FREE immediate download of the eBook). The eBook itself is discounted 10%, making it just $11.25 (with no shipping charges). This offer is good for through Sunday, July 27, 2014.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of a PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

This book is also available in an electronic PDF format.

See Bill Dollarhide’s article, “What Are Name Lists?


  • Preface
  • Map: 1860 Kansas Territory.
  • Kansas Name Lists
  • Kansas Historical Timeline, 1540-1996
  • Introduction to Kansas Territorial & Statewide Censuses
  • Online Resources of the Kansas Historical Society
  • Bibliography of Kansas Name Lists, 1854-2012
  • U.S. Maps
    • 1763 British North America
    • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
    • 1790 United States
    • 1800 United States
    • 1810 United States
    • 1820 United States
    • 1830 United States
    • 1840 United States
    • 1850 United States
    • 1860 United States
    • 1870-1880 United States
    • 1890-1940 United States
    • 50 States, AL to WY / Year a State / Order Admitted to the U.S.
  • National Name Lists
    • Getting Started
    • National Look-up Sites Online
    • Bibliography of National Lists, 1600s – Present

    Order Kansas Name Lists Today

    Kansas Name Lists, Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854-2012 with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present, an annotated bibliography of published and online name lists – with FR0242 FREE as a PDF download eBook; by William Dollarhide; 105 pp., paper; 8.5×11; Published: 2014; ISBN: 9781628590159; Item # FR0241

    The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co.:

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    Family Roots Publishing Co. – Move Update

    Announcement from Family Roots Publishing Co.:

    As of today, July 24, 2014, FRPC is fully back in business. We made the move from Bountiful, Utah, arriving here in beautiful downtown Orting, Washington on July 3. It’s taken us a full three weeks to get our stockroom filled, and computer and phone systems in place. However, we are now up and running.

    All shipment of products ordered during our move has now been made with a couple exceptions. Those being orders for one of the family group sheets and a select group of At-A-Glance laminates. The boxes of those items are missing and are probably setting with another 400 cases of books and materials that are still to ship from Utah.

    To order, go to

    Leave a Comment’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 14 July 2014

    Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at

    Currently updates as of 14 July 2014

    Previous update: 13 June 2014

    There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

    Recent Changes:

    [NEW] Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990 — Browsable Images — This collection contains images of probate records from seventy-five different counties in the state of Texas. The content and time period of these records vary by county. – There are 1,164,427 Images as of 17 June 2014.

    [NEW] North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 — Browsable Images — Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. This collection is being published as images become available. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage. – There are 593,567 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images — Deeds, school census, mining, vital records, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available. Birth and Death records indexed. – There are 23,985 Records and 94,699 Images as of 18 June 2014; up 23,985 Records since 1 May 2014.

    Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images— Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county.– There are 3,378,538 Records and 1,434,177 Images as of 18 June 2014; up 1,434,177 images since 24 March 2014.

    [NEW] Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949 — Browsable Images — This collection contains the following records for the listed institutions: Admittance cards, 1915-1947 and employment cards, 1915-1940 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital; burial permits, 1915-1947 of the Briar Hill Cemetery and coroner’s inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit county. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 12,047 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980 — Browsable ImagesImages of probate records from various court houses in New Jersey. Most records end in 1920 but some counties have records up to the year 1970. – There are 1,913,824 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Maine, Aroostook County Probate Records, 1837-2007 — Browsable Images — Indexes, books, dockets and estate files located in the probate office in Houlton, Maine – There are 129,686 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Georgia, Elbert County Records, 1790-2002 — Browsable Images —Collection of digital images of marriage, court, land, school and other records from Elbert County. – There are 63,290 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1933 — Browsable Images — Includes Atlanta city census and voter registration and a necrology including transcribed obituaries, death and cemetery records from Fulton County. – There are 31,670 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886-1972 — Browsable Images — Vital records, coroner’s inquests, military discharges, deeds, patents, probate case files and registers of cases located at the Clerk of the District Court, Clerk and Recorder Offices in Shoshone. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 163,636 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979Browsable ImagesImages of county probate books. The record content and time period varies by county. – There are 504,141 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 — Browsable Images — County probate estate files for Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, and Rockingham counties. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 877,366 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973 — Browsable Images — Probate records from Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, and Sullivan counties. – There are 524,272 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Oklahoma Probate Records, 1887-2008 — Browsable Images — Probate records and estate files from Oklahoma counties. The content and time period varies by county. – There are 6,044,798 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Missouri, Probate Records, 1800-1959 — Browsable Images —This collection includes probate records created by county courts including wills and records of estates. Most of the records in this collection fall between 1840 and 1930, but the content and years of the court records varies by county. In rare instances, if the court heard other cases in addition to probate, such as civil disputes or even some criminal matters, the records are mixed in with the probate records. Most of this collection is images of records filmed by FamilySearch. The estate files from Cole and Andrew counties were scanned at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. There is an index for the estate files from Cole and Andrew counties. Additional images will be published as they become available.– There are 143,379 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of county records for Swisher County, Texas. Records include vital records, military discharges, probate records, deed records, marks and brands, court records and civil case files from the county and district courts. It is being published as images become available. – There are 93,603Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Idaho,Butte County Records, 1882-1970 — Browsable Images —Land, marriage, and probate records from the county courthouse in Arco. – There are 23,226 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Idaho, Gooding County Records, 1879-1962 — Browsable Images — Land, naturalization, marriage, military, school and probate records from the Clerk of the District Court in Gooding. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 52,108 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Idaho county marriages acquired from local courthouses. Also includes records for the towns of Ashton and Marysville. Bannock County marriages are not currently apart of this collection. Currently the collection includes the following counties: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington.– There are 148,053 Records and 62,274 Images as of 19 June 2014; up 39,405 Images since 2 January 2014.

    Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. – There are 1,379,066 Records and 1,831,788 Images as of 24 June 2014; up 16,887 Records since 15 November 1013.

    BillionGraves Index — Searchable Index — Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site.– There are 7,977,395 Records as of 24 June 2014; up 522,882 records since 28 May 2014.

    Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1915 — Browsable Images — Probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 819,700 Images as of 25 June 2014.

    Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.– There are 3,271,252 Records and 1,183,405 Images as of 27 June 2014; up 487,117 records and 19,519 images since 25 April 2014.

    Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 — Browsable Images — Obituary file from the Crawford County Genealogical Society in Galion, Ohio.– There are 127,017 Images as of 30 June 2014; up 25,819 images since 4 June 2012.

    [NEW] Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996 — Browsable Images — Probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county. – There are 6,995,866 Images as of 1 July 2014.

    [NEW] Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 — Browsable Images — Newspaper clippings collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. – There are 3,200,560 Images as of 3 July 2014.

    Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922, 1959-1994 — Searchable Index — Name index of deaths recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915. Records for 1959-1994 are only for Chicago.– There are 2,183,464 Records as of 10 July 2014; up 751,805 records as of 29 April 2010.

    Leave a Comment to Release 2nd Quarter Results Followed by Conferece Call and Live Webcast posted the following release on July 9th: LLC to Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

    PROVO, Utah, July 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its second quarter 2014 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

    A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the website,  Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 315-625-6887approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

    The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the website,, under Events and Presentations.

    About is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 14 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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    Family Roots Publishing On the Move – Update

    This is just a quick note to let folks now that the Meitzler family, as well as the Family Roots Publishing business, is now fully in the process of the move from Bountiful Utah to Orting, Washington. We are now in Orting, and we are finally getting the computer systems up and running. Phone service is expected to be fully operational by Monday, July 14. Watch the FRPC website, as well as this blog for the new number. FRPC shipments of products purchased from June 26 on will be made on July 15, from Orting, Washington.

    Thanks for all your support.

    Leland, Patty, Dale and Tara

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    Mocavo Acquired by Findmypast / DC Thomson Family History

    June 22, 2014 – The following news release was received from Cliff Shaw, founder of

    Today is an exciting day for genealogists everywhere as we’re announcing that Mocavo has been acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. This is a groundbreaking development for the industry and a major turning point in Mocavo’s quest to bring all the world’s historical information online for free. The wonderful folks at DC Thomson Family History share our vision of the future of family history, and we couldn’t be more excited to join them.

    For the past few years, the Mocavo team and I have dedicated ourselves to bringing innovation and competition to an industry that is sorely lacking in both. From the very beginning of Mocavo’s history, we had this burning desire to figure out how to organize all of the historical information disparately spread across the Web. Not long ago, even with a hard-working and incredibly talented team, our service wasn’t resonating with users and our business wasn’t working. In October of last year, we decided to do something audacious and bold – something never before tried in the industry. We launched our Free Forever revolution and this became the day when Mocavo’s soul was born. Everything turned around once we put a stake in the ground and stood for free genealogy (and now Mocavo is growing rapidly, putting more than 1,000 free databases online every single day and more users discovering us than ever). We have our loyal and supportive users to thank more than anyone!

    One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that we’re putting the complete US Census index online for free (forever!), making us the first commercial provider in history to ever do this. Search the United States Federal Census Now.

    The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting as we bring together two companies with enormous resources, content, and technology to bring you more of what you love. I’ll also note that nothing on either site will be going away – just getting better (and quickly!).

    Lastly, we could not have done this without the support of our loyal community members. We appreciate your dedication and patience, and we look forward to helping you discover even more of your family’s story.

    Best regards,
    Cliff Shaw, Founder

    Just in case you were wondering…
    Is Mocavo’s Free Forever movement going away?

    Not remotely. It’s only getting better. As part of our commitment, we’re now putting the US Census index online for free. No commercial provider has ever done that in the history of this industry, and we’re just getting started.

    What will change about Mocavo?
    Mocavo and Findmypast will only get better as we merge an enormous amount of technology with vast amounts of content (and great people on both teams).

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