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ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The following is from Tina Sansone:


September 4, 2015 – The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2016 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at

ISFHWE’s Excellence in Writing Competition

Category 1 – Columns
1st – Ernest Thode – Ask Ernie
2nd – James M. Beidler – Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
3rd – Maureen Wlodarczyk – Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
HM – Michael McKeag – Where to Finish? 1 – My Family History
HM – Carolyn Leonard – When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

Category 2 – Articles
1st – Barbara J Starmans, PLCGS – Married to the Army
2nd – Maureen Wlodarczyk – Grazia Fucci Lipari
3rd – George G. Morgan – Managing Your Speaking Engagements
HM – Sheri Hessick – MayDay! MayDay! Lost Behind Enemy Lines
HM – Vi Parsons – Root Cellar Preserves

Category 3 – Newsletters
1st – Michelle D. Novak – The Archivist
2nd – Stephen Gauss – Harriman Family Newsletter
3rd – Kathryn Manz – Penn in Hand
HM – Linda Vixie – Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Newsletter
HM – James M. Beidler – Der Kurier

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st – Elyse Hill – History Lessons Learned From a Birth Certificate
2nd – Wendy Wilson Spooner – Civil Registration and Census Development in Great Britain & America
3rd – Catherine Smith – In a Flash
HM – Louise A. Eckhardt – A Mystery within a Mystery
HM – Diane Buescher – Finding Elusive Ancestors in Early German Church Records

Category 5 – Unpublished Material/Published Authors
1st – David Harper – Corresponding Hearts
2nd – Robyn Smith, of “Reclaiming Kin” Genealogy Blog – Minty’s Legacy: A Black Family in Slavery and Freedom
3rd – Dave Strausfeld – Hudie Streisfeld and her life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
HM – Ruth Randall, CG – Evidence of the Parentage of a Buffalo Solder: John Martin Daniels, Company I, 125th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
HM – Carolyn Leonard – Dutch Letters

Category 6 – Poetry
1st – Luanne Griffin – Going Home
2nd – Casey Lin Brown – If I’d Met You
3rd – Lisa Brahin Weinblatt – Great-Grandmother
HM – Phyllis Matthews Ziller, MLIS – Finding Sarah
HM – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD – They are Calling to You

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Got Proof Of That? Genealogical & Historical Proof Bundle – 15% Off Through Wed., Sept. 9, 2015


Family Roots Publishing has bundled 3 of our best sellers – all items that deal with proving your case. We all have times when we can’t find direct proof of an ancestor’s relationship – or when we have multiple evidential documents that conflict with each other. So what do we do? All three of these guides deal with the issue. All three are published by different publishers, but FRPC has brought them all under one roof, and made them available as a “Proof Bundle.”

The three items are as follows. Click on the individual links to read reviews of each item or to purchase that item alone at 10% off. The item will open in a new tab. Click on this browser tab to return to this page and order as a bundle at 15% off (plus a $3 postage savings) by clicking here or on the illustration.

Mastering Genealogical Proof, by Thomas W Jones

Genealogical Proof Standard, Building a Solid Case, by Christine Rose

QuickSheet – Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical “Proof,” by Elizabeth Shown Mills

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Quicksheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to HISTORICAL ‘PROOF’ – On Sale for 10% Off


Elizabeth Shown Mills is an expert researcher and family historian. Her works include top selling books on proving and citing sources: Evidence!: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian and Evidence Explained, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Mills has also written a number of Quicksheets covering research methodologies designed to improve the accuracy and success of the overall research process.

Elizabeth has authored a 2 page laminated guide called Quicksheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to HISTORICAL ‘PROOF’. According to Mills, proof is a conclusion we reach from a body of evidence. No single source can serve as proof. No one piece of information can provide it. No one bit of evidence can stand alone.

This guide is available for 10% Off, making it just $6.26 through Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Click here to order.

In a clean and clear format, Mills provides a most basic, yet useful, overview to evaluating historical resources to find the Proof. Here is what you will find in the guide:

Side 1

A precise definition and explanation of ‘proof,’ followed by a brief explanation on ‘Evaluating the Source,’ ‘Evaluating the Information,’ and ‘Evaluating and Processing the Evidence.’ In three-short, bulletized columns, you learn the basics to identifying useful sources and their reliability.

Side 2

A clear and simple chart, a ‘Process Map,’ outlining historical research from the source through evidence and down to ‘Proof.’

Trust me, when you read the guide this will all make sense!

Get your copy of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ new guide, Quicksheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to HISTORICAL ‘PROOF’, from Family Roots Publishing

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Mastering Genealogical Proof – on Sale for 10% Off through Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

ngs21At one point in time or another, every genealogist faces questionable sources and must determine whether to accept or reject these sources as accurate. The question arises, “can we not determine reliably which findings reflect the past?” Then, of course, if we do decide a source is acceptable, or credible, how do we prove this to others?

These are the questions for which Thomas Jones attempts to provide answers in his new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof. Better stated, perhaps, is to say in Jones’ new textbook. For this book is written in textbook style. Each chapter provides the critical learning followed by problems, which provide the reader a opportunity to practice ans set in memory the concepts shared within the chapter.

Family Roots Publishing is making this volume available for 10% off through Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Click her to order.

In 2000, the Board for Certification of Genealogists developed and produced the “Genealogical Proof of Standard,” a.k.a. GPS. This standard was an attempt to create a system for proof, pulling from the field of law and applying the best practices used by genealogists. The final product was a fifty-six point research standard.

Jones’ textbook pulls from the GPS, distilling its contents into an understandable and useable methodology any researcher, student, or newbie genealogist can use. The book teaches and guides the reader with easy to read chapters containing sixty-two real world exercises. The examples were pulled from the author’s own family’s genealogy and contain American, British, Germanic, and Irish roots. These examples demonstrate the use of this methodology across “diverse ethnicities and geographic origins.”

In the author’s own words:

“I wrote this book to help other genealogists understand in a reasonable time frame what decades of trail-and-error have taught me. I hope the text and exercises will save them from the embarrassing blunders and misconceptions I have experienced.”

About the Author

“Thomas Jones is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University, where he designed and managed graduate programs, conducted research, and taught and mentored graduate students for twenty-seven years. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002 and is a trustee and a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He coordinates courses at the British Institute, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research; and he teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program.”

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Genealogy’s Standard of Proof

  • What is genealogy?
  • Why a genealogical proof standard?
  • The Genealogical Proof Standard
  • Modern technologies and genealogical proof
  • Research and reasoning cycles
  • Using the GPS
  • Chapter 1 exercises

Chapter 2: Concepts Fundamental to the GPS

  • Research questions
  • Sources
    • Categories of genealogical sources
    • Importance of source distinctions
  • Information
    • Informants
    • Categories of genealogical information
    • Importance of information distinctions
  • Relationship of sources and information
  • Evidence
    • Categories of genealogical evidence
    • Importance of evidence distinctions
  • Relationship of sources and information to evidence
  • Chapter 2 exercises

Chapter 3: GPS Element 1: Thorough Research

  • What “reasonably exhaustive” means
  • Planning thorough research
  • Executing thorough research
  • Demonstrating research extent
  • Chapter 3 exercises

Chapter 4: GPS Element 2: Source Citations

  • Citation components
    • Five questions that citations answer
    • Physical sources viewed as images
    • Sequencing citation elements
  • Kinds of citations
    • Reference notes
    • Source lists
  • When and how to craft a citation
  • Resources for citing genealogical sources
  • Chapter 4 exercises

Chapter 5: GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation

  • Tests of analysis
    • Authored work or original or derivative record?
    • Primary, secondary, or indeterminable information?
    • Other tests of analysis
  • Tests of correlation
    • Prerequisite to correlation
    • Ways to correlate
  • When to analyze and correlate
  • Outcomes of analysis and correlation
    • Casting doubt
    • Resolve conflicts
    • Yield conclusions
  • Chapter 5 exercises

Chapter 6: GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence

  • How evidence conflicts
  • Resolving conflicting evidence
    • Reasoning
    • Explaining conflict resolutions
  • Unresolved conflicts
  • Assembling evidence to establish a conclusion
  • Chapter 6 exercises

Chapter 7: GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion

  • Proof statements
  • Proof summaries
  • Proof arguments
    • Differences between proof arguments and proof summaries
    • Divisions within proof arguments
    • Developing the argument
  • Clear writing
  • Chapter 7 exercises

Chapter 8 Using the GPS

  • Chapter 8 exercises

Chapter 9 Conclusion

Appendix A Pritchett Article

Appendix B McLain Article


Reading and Source List

Answers to exercises

  • Chapter 1 exercise answers
  • Chapter 2 exercise answers
  • Chapter 3 exercise answers
  • Chapter 4 exercise answers
  • Chapter 5 exercise answers
  • Chapter 6 exercise answers
  • Chapter 7 exercise answers
  • Chapter 8 exercise answers


List of Tables

  • Table 1 Suggestions for Identifying Sources to Answer Genealogical Questions
  • Table 2 Selected Guides Describing American Genealogical Sources
  • Table 3 Long-Form and Short-Form Reference-Note Citations to the Same Source
  • Table 4 Selected Documented Examples of Errors in High-Quality Sources
  • Table 5 Correlation in a Narrative and a List
  • Table 6 Timeline Separating the Identities of Men Named John Geddes in the Same Irish Parish
  • Table 7 A Table Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence
  • Table 8 Seven Related Proof Statements in Context

List of Figures

  • Figure 1 Who-What-When-Where-Where Elements in Four Citations to Published Sources
  • Figure 2 Who-What-When-Where-Where Elements in Four Citations to Unpublished Sources
  • Figure 3 Who-What-When-Where-Where Elements in Citations to Published Sources Viewed in Published and Unpublished Media
  • Figure 4 Who-What-When-Where-Where Elements in Citations to Unpublished Sources Viewed in Published and Unpublished Media
  • Figure 5 Map Correlating Evidence from Ten Deeds, a Chancery Case, and a Land Grant to Help Prove a Relationship
  • Figure 6 Illustration and Analysis of an Explanation of the Resolution of Conflicting Evidence


Order your own copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof from Family Roots Publishing; 10% off through Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Sale Price: $22.46. Reg: $24.95

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Genealogical Proof Standard: Building A Solid Case – Fourth Edition


In this blog, we have previously reviewed books and examined the topic of evidence as it relates to proving or supporting facts found in ones research. For example, two different sources indicate different marriage dates for an ancestor. How does the research identify which source is more accurate. Sometimes this involves an examination of the sources themselves. In other words, an evaluation of the evidence. In terms of the legal system, attorneys build cases on a principle called preponderance of evidence. Family historians build their own cases around evidence as well. The standard for building genealogical cases is referred to as the Genealogical Proof Standard. This is really less complicated than it sounds. Fortunately, Christine Rose has written the perfect primer on the subject, called Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case. The Fourth Edition of this must-have genealogy guide was published in 2014.

This new fourth edition is being offered at 10% off through Wednesday, September 9, 2015 making it just $8.96; Reg. $9.95.

The first chapter jumps right in and explains exactly what the Genealogical Proof Standard actually is; including, the process and how to apply it. The book also covers when and why the standard should be used by researchers. Ultimately, the main point of the book is to help family historians use a structured and tested method for evaluating the veracity of records and information. The book is short, only five brief chapters. Yet, the measure of its worth is in the return one sees in applying these concepts to their own genealogical research.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard?

  • Applying the Standard
  • GPS: The Process
  • How Research is Evaluated
  • Criteria to Consider
  • Original, Derivative, and Authored Sources
  • Distance in time
  • Primary, Secondary, and Indeterminable Information
  • Importance of identifying the informant
  • Primary information generally carries more weight than secondary or indeterminate information
  • Secondary information
  • Direct, Indirect, and Negative Evidence
  • Categorizing the evidence
  • Weighing the Assembled Evidence

Chapter 2: Building a Solid Case

  • When to Use GPS
    • Situation 1
    • Situation 2
  • The Important “Who”
  • Additionally, Consider the “Why”
    • Situation 3
  • Cautions Emphasized
    • Items of Contradicting evidence
    • What to do when opposing evidence is not refuted?
    • Chart: Building a Solid Case with the GPS, the Process
    • To Reach a Conclusion in Problem Cases

Chapter 3: Evaluation the Records

  • Census Records
  • Tombstones
    • Multiple sources don’t match
  • Military Records
  • Death Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Birth Records
  • The Internet
    • Family data on the Internet
    • Published family histories
  • Getting Hung Up
    • Not all questions or problems are solved

Chapter 4: Case Studies

  • Analyzing the Criteria
  • John Smith [Hypothetical Case]
  • Bennet Rose [Actual Case]
  • Analysis of Evidence
    • Conclusion
  • Continued Testing
  • Summation

Chapter 5: Writing it Up

  • Proof Summary, Proof Argument and Proof Statement
    • Proof Summaries
    • Proof Summary: List-Style and Narrative-Style
    • Proof Arguments
    • The Narrative
    • Proof Statements
    • Purpose of Written Summaries/Conclusions

    Epilogue: Final Words

    Suggested Sources


    Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: CR0001, FRPC Sale Price $8.96 – through Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015; Reg Price: $9.95.

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Treat Yourself to Pecatonica River Popcorn & Help Send Robby to Camp!


My 7-year old grandson, Robby, is in cub scouts here in Orting and is selling popcorn to help earn his way to camp next year. The popcorn is super-tasty, not like the stuff you might get at Christmas time, and if you don’t like popcorn you can always make a popcorn donation to our armed forces.

Please support Robby and scouting by ordering a made-to-order popcorn tin. Pecatonica River Popcorn allows you to choose a 2 or 3 gallon tin with your own individualized combination of up to three gourmet popcorn flavors. The special flavors and descriptions are available at

You may also choose to send a taste of home to our U.S. Military men and women by purchasing a Popcorn Military Donation. These donations are available in denominations from $10-$100 and ship direct from Pecatonica River Popcorn to men and women in the U.S. Military.

To find out more about the available popcorn choices, please go to: Once there, you can place an order on Robby’s behalf by entering his Scout Seller ID: 28934 at checkout.

70% of your purchase goes back to Robby’s Unit and Council to help instill the very values that have made Scouting a time honored tradition for over 100 years.

Thank you for your support,
Leland K Meitzler, and grandson, Robby Meitzler
Seller ID: 28934

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Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive More Than 80 U.S. Newspapers

Written by BusinessWire on 27 August 2015 – Ancestry announced its collaboration with Gannett Co., Inc. to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation.

Newspaper-300pw, an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more than 100 million full-page images of historical newspapers in a simple, easy-to-use online archive.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Gannett to deliver newspapers from the past directly to subscribers’ devices, allowing them to step back in time and experience the news as it was happening on that day, from new babies and marriages to war updates and other major news events,” stated Brent Carter, senior director of business development at

Through this collaboration, more than four million searchable pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer were made available online. and Gannett will begin the rollout phase of all public archives of more than 80 daily newspapers, including Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Tennessean and many others to follow. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to issues from 30 days ago.

Each new archive will be accessible through an “Archives” link in the newspaper’s primary online navigation, mobile Web site and native mobile app. Archives will be updated on a regular basis with content from the previous month. Gannett digital subscribers will have access to the most recent two years of content included in full-access subscriptions. Complete archives will be available to everyone with an affordable monthly or annual subscription.

“This collaboration is a significant value add for our subscribers. We share a commitment to providing individuals with information about the people and events that shaped their history and are excited that this joint effort will unlock new ways for people to discover and share that information,” stated Maribel Perez Wadsworth, chief strategy officer at Gannett.

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Rhode Island Shipwrecks – An Amazing New Online Database


In conjunction with the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, Jim Jenney has compiled an online database of about 3,000 wrecks in Rhode Island waters…

Read an article in the Providence Journal about it.

Search the database of Rhode Island Shipwrecks. – It’s worth clicking over just to see the amazing visual effects used on the opening screen. Careful – don’t open your mouth, or you may swallow a good dose of saltwater!

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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Author Roccie Hill Launches New Service: “Ghost Writing: Bringing Your Family Tree To Life!”

My friend, Tina Sansone, sent me the following press release:


August 26, 2015: Palm Desert, California – Acclaimed author, Roccie Hill, today launches her innovative new service for genealogists and their clients: “Ghost Writing: Bringing Your Family Tree to Life!”

Through this service, Roccie is available to take the map and facts of a family’s tree, research the eras and locations, provide pictures and historical context, and transform it all into a book that brings the ghosts of family ancestors to life for future generations to keep and enjoy.

Published writer and professional editor, Roccie Hill, studied genealogy for over 15 years, discovering that a family tree map only touches the surface of the stories and mysteries of the generations.

Interviewed today, Roccie said, “I always wanted to find out more than the names and dates. Records and documents sit in our computers or online family trees, but are often only appreciated by the family historian. Imagine the excitement at a family reunion or holiday celebration if you were able to give people the book of their family history, written as a story! These storybooks, whether a pamphlet of a 300 page book, offer the members of an extended family a chance to gain profound insights into who their ancestors really were!”

Your story might be a short story concerning one person, or it might be a 300-page book. Whatever the length, Roccie Hill will work closely with you to produce hard cover copies, paperback copies, or e-books: you can make one copy or a hundred.

Roccie Hill is now available for short or long projects, and will work closely with you to produce hard cover copies, paperback copies, or e-books: one copy might be produced, or a hundred.

Roccie Hill is a Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, the National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She is the American author of the novels Three Minutes on Love, published in 2008 and Window of Exposure, published in 2015. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English: Creative Writing from California State University at San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from UCLA, where she is a Life Member of the Alumni Association.

She can be contacted at Website:

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Revealed to be Distant Cousins


This story probably shouldn’t even have made the papers, as most all of us are as related these these two guys. But – it is interested. Click on the illustration or the links for the full article that shows the relationship – ancestor by ancestor.

  • Trump, through his mother, and Clinton, through her father are related
  • Pair of presidential front-runners share 18th great-grandparents
  • Ancestor John of Gaunt was son of King Edward III at beginning of what became War of Roses secession debacle

Presidential candidate Donald Trump may criticize rival Hillary Clinton regularly, but the Republican and Democratic front-runners are actually distant relatives. Both the real estate tycoon and former Secretary of State are the direct descendants of 14th century 1st Duke of Lancaster John of Gaunt and his third wife Katherine Swynford, according to the ancestry site

The above excerpt is from the August 25, 2015 edition of

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Digital Archive of Life at Mount Holyoke College in the Early 20th-Century


Mount Holyoke College, the liberal arts educational institution for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts, has debuted a new online digital archive of about 2,000 rare photographs. The collection documents life at the college from 1899 to 1939. The photographs include pictures of the campus and community and women in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities.

The images were taken by Asa Kinney, a professor of botany at the college during the period.

The digital archive may be accessed here.

The above excerpt is from WIA Report. Click here for the full article, and to view a video.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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New FamilySearch Data Collections Posted

The following is from FamilySearch:

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August 25, 2015 – Significant birth, marriage, and death records for Imperia, Italy and Savonna, Italy were published this week. Georgia county marriages have also been added, dating back to 1785! Discover these and other collections updated this week by selecting the these links, as well as those below.


Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012 – 0 – 1,002,173 – Added images to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 144,443 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 862,440 – 304 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 0 – 4,088,394 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 84,935 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Illinois Adams County Card Index to Deaths 1877-1990 – 95,523 – 96,875 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas County Marriage Records 1837-1977 – 586,960 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin County Marriages 1836-1911 – 213,905 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Census 1890 – 15 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Obituaries American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 1899-2012 – 0 – 4,154 – Added images to an existing collection

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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.

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Deaths of Seamen & Other British Marine Returns of Deaths Go Online

The following news release is from the ScotlandsPeople website:


A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 is being made available online for the first time through ScotlandsPeople.

Among the 14,000 new records available through ScotlandsPeople are monthly returns of the Deaths of Seamen, which list Scots along with other crew members of all nationalities who were serving on British-registered vessels between 1897-1974.

The records were compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Only the Scots can be searched for by name.

Other Marine Returns released online are the Returns of Deaths at Sea, 1902-1905. All the Marine Returns can be searched within the statutory registers by using the “Marine Returns” option under Minor Records.

Read more about the Minor Records available.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“Scotland is a maritime nation with fascinating stories and an important seafaring history and these new online registers will provide wider access to this heritage. I welcome the addition of this new resource that NRS is making available, which is part of the story of Scotland and will encourage people from across the world and at home to find out more about Scotland’s seafaring heritage”.

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“The Returns of Deaths of Seamen and Deaths at Sea open a window into the lives of Scots seafarers in the first half of the twentieth century. They reveal the dangers experienced by seamen and passengers alike, and provide useful information for anyone wishing to discover more about their ancestors. Our commitment at National Records of Scotland is to continue to extend digital access to the key records that researchers want.”

Find out more about William M Murdoch, First Officer on the fateful HMS Titanic, and the crew on The Lusitania. Also discover other fascinating entries uncovered in the Returns of Deaths at Sea.

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Masonic Research – A Quick Guide by Pat Gordon – 10% off thru Sept. 1


Our ancestors were social beings, just like we are today. Using information found in this much-needed Masonic Research guide will soon have you on the right track to discovering your Masonic ancestors. And chances are you have some, since Masonry is one of the oldest, most popular and influential organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe with just about every town having a Masonic Lodge. Pat Gordon’s Masonic Research guide explains how to find Masonic records, including a comprehensive listing of Grand Lodges and Prince Hall Grand Lodges by state.

I’ve personally had great success using Masonic records. In fact, I actually broke a brick-wall problem with them once. If you haven’t used them, I certainly recommend that you start now. This 4-page laminated Genealogy Quick Tips guide was published in 2013, but FRPC just began stocking them. To introduce the item, we’re offering it at 10% off thru Sept. 1. Sale price: $8.06, Reg. $8.95.

Contents Include:

  • Background
  • Lodges
  • Becoming a Mason
  • Degrees
  • Offices
  • Affiliated Organizations
  • Genealogical Information
  • Finding Records
  • Researching
  • Pitfalls
  • Terms
  • Grand Lodges by State
  • Prince Hall Grand Lodges by State

Quick Sheet: Masonic Research by Pat Gordon; 4 pp; Laminated; 8.5×11; Published: 2013; Item # BT01. Sale Price: $8.06; Reg. $8.95.

Click on the above link to order.

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NEW – Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors, 3rd Edition – On Sale for 15% off Thru Sept. 1


Flyleaf Press has a new 3rd edition of Tracing your Donegal Ancestors, written by Godfrey F. Duffy & Helen Meehan. FRPC just got in a stock from Dublin, Ireland. We’re making them available for 15% off thru Sept 1, 2015. Click on the illustration or the links to order.

In comparison with most other Irish counties, Donegal has fewer records of value to family historians. This makes it important to use the existing records to their best advantage. Donegal families are a mixture of native Gaelic families, and of Scots-Irish families who came to Donegal from the 17th century onward.

Common names in the county include O’Neill, O’Donnell, Bonner, Barr, Bradley, Duffy, Friel, Gormley, O’Kane, Gallagher, Harkin, McBride, McCafferty, McDaid, Patton, Morrissey, Ward and Sweeney.

County Donegal is one of the counties which experienced a high level of emigration to North America and elsewhere. This book sets out the records available for Donegal, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Donegal families.

” ..a valuable addition to Flyleaf’s excellent series of Irish county guides. It achieves its task…though a combination of lucid exposition and examples from the relevant sources. The most impressive facet of the book is its comprehensive coverage… With its superb bibliography and logical layout this represents excellent value for money and is a must for anyone with Donegal ancestors” – Who do you Think you are Magazine

” The publication is one of a kind and does all the correct things required of such a book, directions to availability of vital data, examples of such data and all other relevant information which will steer the beginner and the more experienced researcher when searching for Donegal ancestors. ” – Irish Family History Society

” The authors are natives of the county and experienced genealogists who guide the reader through the various sources of information…(and)… explain in a straightforward way how to go about investigating your Donegal Ancestry. Anyone starting out for the first time will find this an invaluable resource ” – Books Ireland

” This new and greatly expanded edition sets out the range of Donegal genealogical sources available to the family history researcher, devoting a chapter to each source type explaining what information each contains, and where each record can be accessed.” – Irish World (UK)

” The most impressive facet of the book is its comprehensive coverage… With its superb bibliography and logical layout this represents excellent value for money and is a must for anyone with Donegal ancestors.” – Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine January 2009

” This new and greatly expanded edition sets out the range of Donegal genealogical sources available to the family history researcher, devoting a chapter to each source type explaining what information each contains, and where each record can be accessed.” – Irish World (UK)

Tracing your Donegal Ancestors, 3rd Edition; by Godfrey F. Duffy & Helen Meehan; 161 pp; Paperback; 5.75×9; Published: 2015; ISBN: 9781907990229; Illustrated; Item # FLP003.

Click on the link to order your copy. On sale for 15% off through September 1, 2015

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