MyHeritage Complete on Sale for 50% Off – thru Thursday, Nov 23

As my readers all know, I am a great fan of MyHeritage. Sure – I have other database subscriptions, but my MyHeritage subscription is my go-to site for finding more relatives.

To celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, I have arranged a great offer I think you should check out: FULL ACCESS to everything on MyHeritage for HALF THE PRICE!

MyHeritage is an award-winning genealogy website that helps millions of users around the world discover their family history — and it can help you, too, achieve a breakthrough in your research.

With this offer, you can access all MyHeritage features and collections for half of the normal MyHeritage Complete subscription price! Hurry, this offer is good for 7 days only! Offer expires Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Take advantage of this offer now for 50% off MyHeritage
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“I was amazed at the results. Within minutes showed me more information about a number of my ancestors than I had found in 35 years of searching on my own!”
Dick Eastman, Author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

MyHeritage offers billions of records and the industry’s most powerful automatic matching technologies, which “research while you sleep”.

Following are a just few of the things I personally love about MyHeritage – and the reasons why…

MyHeritage Matches by source: Clicking on Discoveries at the top of the Home page, I get a listing of 92 sources which contain 6,336 matches to folks in my family tree that I have loaded on MyHeritage. I can’t list all 92 sources here, but a few are: Compilation of Published Sources – 467 matches; U.S. Social Security Death Index – 228 matches; 1930 U.S. Federal Census – 203 matches; 1860 Federal Census – 94 matches; U.S. WWI Draft Registrations – 60 matches; Kentucky Births – 57 matches; California Births – 44 matches; Germany Births and Baptisms 1858-1898 – 38 matches; Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – 24 matches; 1881 England & Wales Census – 15 matches; Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1960 – 5 matches. And so forth…

Although almost every one of the 6,336 matches is useful, I have enjoyed the Compilation of Published Sources (with 467 matches) the most, as many of these matches just wouldn’t ever be easily found elsewhere. Just recently I found a note in an obscure Indiana local history found in the database that my great-grandfather Arnold Feller’s second wife, Evangeline, remarried after his death on September 22, 1907. On March 3, 1909 she married Willis S. Eavens (b Feb 19 1849) and they resided in Greeley, Weld, County, Colorado. New information to me… and info that will lead to further research.

Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 database: This new and unique database has been invaluable to me in my quest to identify each of the Meitzler immigrants to the USA. Most of them came through the Port of New York. In 1897, immigration officials began asking the arrivals for the name and address of the relative or friend whom they were joining in the USA and in 1907, they began asking for the name and address of their closest relative or friend in their home country. The written responses to these supplemental manifest questions are now been indexed by MyHeritage for the first time, adding an additional 26.6 million indexed names! The pages where these names are found are often on a second page – a page that was most often missed by researchers. MyHeritage stitched the pages together – so now they can quickly be found. As an example, Earnst Meitzler, age 20, from Darmstadt, arrived in 1925. According to the manifest, his father was Jacob Meitzler, of Heidelbergstr. 25, Darmstadt. Earnst’s final destination was to be West Orange, New Jersey. On the (stitched) second page, we find that he was joining his friend, George Merck, of Llewellyn Park, West Orange, N.J. Earnst had but $7.50 on him at arrival. He planned to stay in the U.S.A., and become a citizen. He was 5 ft. 10 in., fair complexion,  with blonde hair and green eyes. He was born in Darmstadt, Germany – and had obtained his visa #20597 at Frankfurt on December 24, 1924. All that information was on page two!

Another wahoo! find in these records was that of a cousin, Anna L. Meitzler, who was living with the Charles Meitzler family in Brighton, New York in 1892. All I knew about her was that there was a family story that she’d had an affair with my married grandfather, George. Well… searching the MyHeritage database again – this time specifically for A. Meitzler, I found her arriving in 1888 on the Noordland from Kriegsfield (where my Meitzlers were from in the Pfalz). Not only that, she was traveling with two other folks from Kriegsfeld – one of whom I suspect is a close relative (based on the name).

DNA: I’ve done a MyHeritage DNA test which has resulted in finding hundreds of cousins scattered all over the world. However, another little-known DNA-related service at MyHeritage is their “Upload DNA data.” If you or your family members have already taken a DNA test, you can upload the DNA data to MyHeritage to reveal your ancestry and ethnicity for at no cost to you at all! By the way, the MyHeritage Thanksgiving DNA sale is on right now, with kits available for only $59 (40% off – buy 3 and get free shipping).

Instant Discoveries: This feature locates families that match yours throughout the Internet, and allows you to instantly add folks to your database. Personally, I don’t instantly add anything, but I use the data to grow and broaden my family tree – once I’ve sourced and satisfied myself that the data is correct. This is a great tool to find ancestors as well as cousins.

Matches by People: This feature compares people in your database with data found from many sources. Picking one for Karl (Charles) Meitzler – I found several pending matches. One for an 1880 Federal Census record, two for his christening in Kriegsfeld, Pfalz; and a couple matching to databases online. I could spend weeks just matching all the hits I get in this feature.

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• NEW Photo Discoveries™
• Over 8.2 billion historical records
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Thank you,
Leland K. Meitzler

MyHeritage DNA Tests – Only $59 Thru Thanksgiving!

MyHeritage is running an Autosomal DNA Test sale through Thanksgiving – offering the tests for only $59! That’s the lowest price ever offered. And… Buy 3 kits, and get free shipping. Click here to order.

I had a test done this last February. MyHeritage was just getting into the DNA testing business, so the matches started out rather slowly, but soon I was getting more cousin matches than I was able to keep up with. I get matches to new cousins every few days from my MyHeritage DNA testing that I had done then. On March 28, I had 1; on April 2, I had 1; April 10, I had 4; April 14, I had 2, April 30, I had 2; May 7, I had 3; May 9, I had 1; May 14, I had 1; May 21, I had 3; May 28, I had 5; June 4, I had 3; June 11, I had 1; June 18 , I had 4; July 2, I had 7; July 9, I had 2; July 16, I had 5; July 23, I had 5; July 30, I had 3; August 6, I had 5; August 13, I had 1; August 20, I had 3; August 27, I had 2; September 3, I had 3; September 10, I had 1; September 17, I had 6; September 24, I had 4; October 1, I had 5; October 1, I had 1; October 8, I had 1; October 15, I had 6; October 22, I had 2; October 29, I had 1; November 5, I had 10; and on October 12, I had another 10! Note that I’ve had 20 matches already this month! That’s 114 DNA matches to cousins found worldwide! I missed a few however, as in checking the website, I see that I currently have 167 matches altogether, starting with first cousins…

My Ancestry is all from the United Kingdom and Western Europe – namely England, Scotland; Germany and Switzerland, so the Ethnicity Results were of no surprise to me. I’ve taken tests from other providers, and the MyHeritage results are about the same. DNA results are never exact, so it’s interesting to compare tests.

  • 42 ethnicity groups in our report – more than any other major DNA vendor.
  • The fastest processing time – up to 4 weeks.
  • International database.
  • Integration with family tree tools and historical records to expand your family research.

If you have tested your DNA with other autosomal DNA test providers than MyHeritage DNA, you can easily upload the DNA raw data file to to get a comprehensive Ethnicity Estimate and DNA Matches. It’s entirely free, and you will find more relatives! Click here to Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage and enjoy free DNA Matching and Ethnicity Estimates.

Order your MyHeritage Autosomal DNA test today by clicking here.

I just received a link to an exciting video – that of an emotional reunion between a mother and daughter who met for the first time today live on Good Morning America, thanks to MyHeritage DNA.

Angie was a teenage mother who placed her baby Meribeth for adoption in 1986. She never got to hold Meribeth after she gave birth to her, and she always hoped that she was adopted by a loving family. For thirty years, they both wondered about one another. MyHeritage DNA enabled Meribeth and Angie to finally find one another. Click on the illustration to watch. It’s about an 8 1/2 minute clip.

Please note – I have an affiliate relationship with MyHeritage and MyHeritage DNA. I receive a small portion of any sales made by my readers clicking on the above links, and purchasing.

Brave & Funny Memories of WWII – By A P-38 Fighter Pilot – by Lynn Shubert

I just finished reading Brave & Funny Memories of WWII – By A P-38 Fighter Pilot. What a great read! It’s not often that I read a book cover-to-cover without a break, but this one I did. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The book was compiled by my friend, Betty Kreisel Shubert. It was written by her husband, Lynn Shubert, now 96 and dealing with Alzheimer’s. Compiled from notes written with pen and paper – with the addition of many personal WWII photos, it tells a very personal story of heroism, and high jinks, all the while making the reader laugh.

The book includes stories of air-to-air combat, as well as more mundane items – like the time Lynn was ordered to immediately travel to Cannes where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. However, he was given the orders while AWOL in Rome with a USO dancer!

Betty knows how to put a book together, having written OUT-OF-STYLE: A Modern Perspective of HOW, WHY and WHEN Vintage Fashions Evolved. She used her talents with Lynn’s book to produce a real page-turner.

If you’re interested in the true story of a P-38 pilot flying out of Italy and over Germany during 1944 to 1945 as told in the words of the guy who did it, get a copy of the book for yourself by clicking on the cover illustration above.

German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol 21 – Missouri (St. Louis II) – Now Shipping

We now have German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol. 21 in stock – and are now taking orders and shipping. Click on the links to order.

Note: There is a full 5,016 Surname Index, compiled from 14,958 entries found in German Immigrants in American Church Records, Vol. 21 at the end of this blog.

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Vol. 21: Missouri (St. Louis II); Edited by Roger P. Minert; Ph.D., A.G.; 2017; 612 pp; Hard Cover; Every-name index; Acid Free Paper; ISBN 978-1-62859-175-0; Item #FR0655. $109.95

Dr. Minert and a team of researchers at BYU are currently involved in a project wherein they read and extract Americans’ German vital records from historic local church vital records. These church records often pinpoint German origins in the “old country.” Places and dates of birth, marriage, and previous residence in Germany are commonly found in these records. Dr. Minert estimates that 65-76 percent of historic local church records give an immigrant’s exact place of birth. Entries found in the volumes include people born in Switzerland.

This volume includes data from the following St. Louis churches:

  • Carondelet German Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Louis, St. Louis Co.
  • St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, St. Louis, St. Louis Co.

Typical entries from Carondelet German Evangelical Lutheran Church, of St. Louis, St. Louis Co., Missouri are as follows:

  • Richard Henry Stickfort b. Gehrde, Hannover 26 July 1859; d. St. Louis, MO 28 Nov 1932; bur. St. Louis 1 Dec 1932; m. Marie Dierkerr. He immigrated in 1875. Ref: p. 146.
  • August Voigt b. Stettin, Pommern 8 July 1853; d. St. Louis, MO 23 Jan 1933; bur. St. Louis 25 Jan 1933; m. Annie Bohne. Ref: p. 147.
  • David Adler b. Breslau, Schlesien 17 April 1868; d. St. Louis, MO 27 Jan 1933; bur. St. Louis 30 Jan 1933; m. Bertha Huster. Ref: p. 147.
  • Fred Rohlfing b. Rahden, Westfalen 21 Jan 1864; d. St. Louis, MO 12 Feb 1933; bur. St. Louis 16 Feb 1933; m. Elizabeth Walter. Ref: p. 147.

The first 18 volumes of this ongoing series were published by Lewis Rohrbach of Picton Press. Following his death, Family Roots Publishing contracted with Dr. Minert to continue publication of the series – starting with volume 19, which also deals with Missouri church vital records.

The follow is the table of contents (excluding page numbers) for the volume.


  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book
  • Sample Entries from Missouri church records

German Immigrants in Missouri

  1. St. Louis, St. Louis Co., Carondelet German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  2. St. Louis, St. Louis Co., St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church

The following 5,016 Surnames are compiled from the 15,149 entries found in German Immigrants in American Church Records, Vol. 21.

Two Lisa Louise Cooke Titles Bundled & Reduced by 20% – Google Toolbox & Mobile Genealogy

FRPC has again purchased a special shipment of Lisa Louise Cooke’s two most popular titles, and bundled them at 20% off for quick sale. Christmas is coming. Beat the rush and get yours at a great price today!

Can’t use both? The books are discounted 15% at their respective sites. Click on the links to order.

The books are:

Click on the links to view full descriptions of either book, or to purchase just the one item. Return to this page and click on this link or the illustration to order the bundle.

Following is the review of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox that I wrote a while back.

I have used Lisa Louise Cooke’s 2011 first edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox regularly in the last several years, and found it extremely helpful. The Second Edition is even more so. When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done. In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Lisa helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011 (see list at the bottom of this post), and it’s all documented step-by-step in this second Edition.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction, Getting Ready to build Your Family Tree Fast
  • Chapter 1: Search Tools
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Websites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Common Surname Searches
  • Chapter 7: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 8: Gmail
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Archive
  • Chapter 11: Google scholar
  • Chapter 12: Google Patents
  • Chapter 13: Google Translate
  • Chapter 14: YouTube
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth: An Overview
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth: Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth: Organizing & Sharing
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth: Historic Images & Maps
  • Chapter 19: Google Earth: Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 20: Google Earth: Adding Family History Content
  • Chapter 21: Google Earth: Family History Tour Maps
  • Appendix: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I love this guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them. Check out the items that are new, expanded or updated in the Second Edition.

  • Google Search: Put an end to fruitless searches forever – UPDATED!
  • Searching Common Surnames – NEW!
  • Google Alerts: Your personal genealogy research assistant – UPDATED!
  • Gmail: Never lose another email – EXPANDED!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips – UPDATED!
  • Google News Archives: Free digitized historic newspapers – UPDATED!
  • Google Patents: Research the inventor in your family – NEW!
  • Google Scholar: Explore the world’s most scholarly sources – NEW!
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites – UPDATED!
  • YouTube: Build your own genealogy channel – NEW!
  • Google Earth: Rock Your Ancestor’s World – EXPANDED!

Following is a review of Mobile Genealogy, written some time ago…

Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy’s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.


  • A Few Tips for Using the Book


  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List


  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree


  • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
    • New Features
    • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
    • Navigation Tips and Tricks
    • Voice Command
    • Functionality Tips and Tricks
    • App Related Tips and Tricks


  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

Databases Added or Updated at From August 1 1 thru October 20

The following databases have been added or updated at between the dates of August 11, 2017 and October 20, 2017.

BillionGraves Index – 22,500,536 – 26 Sep 2017
Find A Grave Index – 162,479,125 – 12 Sep 2017

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 – 82,850 – 12 Oct 2017
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 732,843 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 – 574,876 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 1,114,946 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, National Census, 1895 – 3,908,397 – 21 Aug 2017
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 – 201,371 – 27 Sep 2017
Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938 – 70,861 – 09 Oct 2017
Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924 – 1,862,984 – 15 Sep 2017
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899 – 23,132 – 19 Sep 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 4,178,250 – 28 Sep 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013 – 1,604,454 – 28 Sep 2017
Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903 – 3,428,410 – 12 Oct 2017
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904 – 455 – 09 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1930 – 3,641,393 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1925 – 3,627,893 – 16 Aug 2017
Denmark Census, 1921 – 3,356,935 – 12 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1906 – 2,525,146 – 19 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1901 – 2,328,066 – 18 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1890 – 2,138,072 – 17 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1880 – 1,952,203 – 18 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1870 – 1,760,360 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1860 – 1,752,392 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 129,886 – 19 Oct 2017
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 513,356 – 28 Sep 2017
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936 – 1,530,171 – 12 Sep 2017
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997 – 1,030,526 – 23 Sep 2017
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 – 1,405,385 – 13 Oct 2017
Finland, Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 – 33,404,934 – 04 Oct 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1856 – 577,964 – 12 Oct 2017
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789 – 73,453 – 14 Sep 2017
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1843-1999 – 4,853 – 13 Sep 2017
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 701,765 – 03 Oct 2017
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 16 Oct 2017
Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935 – 59,527 – 29 Sep 2017
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – 234,451 – 19 Oct 2017
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943 – 66,115 – 20 Sep 2017
Italy, Padova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1621-1914 – 42,282 – 24 Aug 2017
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929 – 417,032 – 24 Aug 2017
Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949 – 28,521 – 29 Sep 2017
Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1926 – 297,383 – 24 Aug 2017
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 – 47,741 – 08 Sep 2017
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records – 39,655,331 – 13 Oct 2017
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998 – 384,626 – 12 Sep 2017
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 – 1,427,164 – 28 Sep 2017
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 – 673,323 – 14 Sep 2017
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 30,272 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 651,677 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 – 343,377 – 21 Sep 2017
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005 – 246,462 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 552,001 – 15 Sep 2017
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986 – 90,022 – 28 Aug 2017
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 – 319,605 – 20 Oct 2017
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966 – 63,471 – 20 Oct 2017
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 – 9,781 – 01 Sep 2017
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 – 9,718 – 08 Sep 2017
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 – 155,877 – 12 Sep 2017
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972 – 728,057 – 21 Aug 2017
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 – 214,778 – 04 Oct 2017
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958 – 200,992 – 21 Aug 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 115,907 – 01 Sep 2017
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 – 495,704 – 06 Oct 2017
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1920 – 37,100,409 – 02 Oct 2017
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 30,577 – 24 Aug 2017
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860 – 26,409 – 26 Sep 2017
Sweden, Norrbotten Church Records, 1612-1923; index 1658-1860 – 6,531 – 24 Aug 2017
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 278,704 – 20 Sep 2017
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 – 2,564,491 – 12 Sep 2017
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 – 684,641 – 28 Aug 2017

Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 – 289,493 – 17 Oct 2017
Kansas State Census, 1865 – 149,601 – 15 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1875 – 618,774 – 15 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1895 – 1,364,060 – 22 Aug 2017
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1963 – 1,620,301 – 19 Oct 2017
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 – 776,611 – 22 Aug 2017
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 1,141,063 – 28 Sep 2017
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 415,471 – 18 Oct 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 1,484,097 – 18 Oct 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 0 – 17 Oct 2017
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 118,500 – 16 Aug 2017
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014 – 1,994,537 – 25 Aug 2017
Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014 – 1,236,872 – 21 Aug 2017
West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971 – 195,562 – 11 Oct 2017

United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848 – 202,106 – 16 Oct 2017
United States, War Relocation Authority centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946 – 96,910 – 08 Sep 2017

The German Research Companion, 3rd Edition – 25% Off + a FREE New Book Thru Oct 31

The The German Research Companion third edition of Shirley Riemer’s classic The German Research Companion. is on sale until October 31 at 25% off – making it just $21 (plus $5.50 p&h). AND – put the word “Heritage” in the “Order Notes” box (NOT the OFFER CODE) at Checkout, and we’ll throw in a totally FREE copy of the new Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies booklet (valued at $9.95). It won’t be listed on your Order Confirmation, but you’ll get it. Again, click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

The book has always been one of the best places to look for sources of German research information. The page count is 706 pages, making it the huge value, and a go-to book for those of us researching our German ancestors. When compiling the volume, Shirley enlisted the help of two other well-known Germanic genealogists, Roger Minert, and Jennifer Anderson, who spent hundreds of hours in adding additional material, editing, and layout of the book, making a good volume even better.

The German Research Companion is often referred to as “the Bible of German family history.” It provides a wide range of helpful information on virtually hundreds of topics related to German research, most indexed for easy reference. It is published in a handy 5.5 x 8.5 inch format, making it an ideal book to accompany the German family historian on research trips to libraries, archives, seminars, and even the “old country.”

Although not intended as a “how to do German research” volume, genealogists will find it the most complete book on German research produced. Concentrating on German research sources, it is in fact the only book in print that deals with the wide range of material needed by those who are searching their German lines. Written in English, the genealogist needs no knowledge of the German language to use the volume. Any German words and phrases found in The German Research Companion are either translated or clarified in English.

The German Research Companion contains useful details on hundreds of German genealogical topics. The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Section 1: German land, past and present

  • Germany’s political and jurisdictional organization
  • The three empires
  • Populations, capitals, and geography
  • The courts and the constitution
  • The rulers, the flag and the colonies
  • The major turning points and markers of German history

Section 2: The Tools, Contacts, and Resources

  • Resources for utilizing the Family History Library and its branches
  • Uses of the Family History Library Catalog for German Research
  • Credentialed researchers, societies, home-area sources
  • The search for the German immigrant’s place of origin
  • Communicating with Germany
  • Sending euro abroad
  • Village photographs and conference audiotapes
  • Choosing between Du and Sie
  • German organizations and institutes
  • Frequently used resources

Section 3: Emigration and Immigration

  • Immigration laws in the United States
  • Emigration laws in Germany
  • Naturalization records
  • The immigration process and Ellis Island
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration laws
  • Passport applications
  • German immigrant aid societies
  • Pennsylvania societies, archives, and libraries
  • Basic resources for researching Germans from Russia
  • Basic resources for researching the Danube Swabians
  • Basic resources for researching the Wends (Sorbs)
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Pennsylvania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Alsace-Lorraine
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Sudetenland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Bukovina
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Canada
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Czechoslovakia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Galatia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Liechtenstein
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Lithuania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Netherlands
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Poland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Silesia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Switzerland

Section 4: United States Resources

  • U.S. Cemeteries and burial records
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Social Security history and research
  • U.S. Railroad and Retirement Board
  • U.S. vital records
  • The WPA
  • The U.S. Census
  • Land and property records
  • The Homestead Act
  • U.S. Libraries and publishers
  • American military records
  • Germans who fought in the American Civil War
  • Hessian soldier research
  • The Turnverein in America
  • Fraternal organizations

Section 5: Language and Vocabularies

  • History and characteristics of the German alphabet and language
  • German dialectics and high, middle, and low German
  • The old German script
  • Abbreviations in German and Latin
  • German genealogy vocabulary
  • Occupations, trades and titles in German and Latin
  • Medical terms, illnesses, and causes of death, in German
  • German family relationships vocabulary
  • Christenings, marriages, and deaths vocabularies
  • Latin genealogy vocabulary
  • Roman numerals
  • Latin vocabularies for calendar dates, tombstone expressions, and old cities of Europe
  • French genealogy vocabulary
  • Fraktur
  • Yiddish

Section 6: German Resources

  • German church and civil registration records
  • Church inventories
  • Citizen books
  • The German privacy law
  • City registers
  • German cemeteries
  • Abbreviations keys to Meyers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon & Müllers grosses deutsches Ortsbuvh
  • Reverse alphabetical place name indexes
  • Maps
  • German phonetics
  • Indexes of German surnames
  • Periodicals
  • Place names
  • Researchers
  • Queries in German publications
  • Village lineage books
  • Postal code directories
  • The Ahnenpass
  • Telephone directories
  • Dictionaries

Section 7: Archives

  • German archive terminologies
  • German federal and state archives
  • County archives
  • Ecclesiastical archives and organizations
  • Central office for genealogy in Leipzig
  • The Berlin Document Center
  • The “Gauck” files
  • Specialized archives
  • Recommendations for working in a German archive
  • Genealogy related organizations in Germany
  • Historical societies in Germany

Section 8: Life in Our Ancestor’s Times

  • Names and naming patterns
  • Patronymic names
  • Given names of Germanic and foreign origin
  • “Name days”
  • Old measurements
  • Monetary units
  • Records of guilds and tradesmen
  • Calendars through the ages
  • The perpetual calendar
  • Feast days
  • Holidays and observances
  • History and customs of Christmas
  • The church in modern Germany
  • Religions: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and pietist, with resources
  • German Universities and academic degrees
  • Heraldry
  • German nobility
  • Military church-books, cemeteries, archives & records
  • German expellees following World War II
  • German prisoners of war in Americas

Section 9: Newspapers, Libraries, Museums and other Information

  • City directories and manuscript collections
  • German and German-American newspapers
  • Special interest publications
  • Emigration records in newspapers
  • Sister City arrangements
  • German museums, libraries, and publishers
  • American universities in Germany
  • U.S. Embassy offices in Germany
  • Academic and cultural organizations
  • Cooking measurements and ingredients
  • Folk dress (Trachten)
  • Greetings in German
  • Formalities of letter-writing
  • Telephone cards

The Appendix

  • The appendix includes maps, tables, charts, and pictures that help to illustrate Germanic research.

In Conclusion
Simply said, if you’re an English-speaking person doing German research, you will profit by a copy of this Third Edition of The German Research Companion. The volume is immediately available by purchase from Family Roots Publishing Company, the primary sponsor of The cost is usually just $28.00, less the FRPC discount – this week being 25%! A real deal…

The German Research Companion, Third Edition, by Shirley J. Riemer, Roger P. Minert & Jennifer A. Anderson. 706 pp; softbound; ISBN 0-9656761-6-1; Item #M0025.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice – by Blaine Bettinger & Debbie Wayne – 15% off thru Oct 31.


In September of 2016, The National Genealogical Society (NGS) published Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the first workbook on genetic genealogy. Written by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM, CGLSM, the book provides family historians and genealogists who have just begun to explore genetic genealogy practical, easy to understand information that they can apply to their research. As Wayne notes in her blog, Deb’s Delvings in Genealogy, “DNA can seem complex to many of us, but this book will guide you and help build your knowledge level one step at a time.”

At their own pace, readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of Y-DNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice.

Through the end of October – or while supplies last, we’re discounting the price 15% (Reg. $29.95, on sale for just $25.46 – plus $5.50 p&h). We’re also making it available during the sale period in a bundle with Blaine Bettinger’s other new volume, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, at 25% off off for the bundle (Reg 59.94 – on sale for just $44.96 – plus $8 p&h).

Click here to purchase Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Click here to purchase the bundle of Genetic Genealogy in Practice & The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Basic Genetics
  • Chapter 2 – Genetic Genealogy, Standards, and Ethics
  • Chapter 3 – Genealogical Applications for Y-DNA
  • Chapter 4 – Genealogical Applications for mtDNA
  • Chapter 5 – Genealogical Applications for atDNA
  • Chapter 6 – Genealogical Applications for X-DNA
  • Chapter 7 – Incorporating DNA Testing in a Family Study
  • Chapter 8 – Incorporating DNA Evidence in a Written Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Charts for Exercises
  • Appendix B: Glossary
  • Appendix C: Reading and Source List
  • Appendix D: Chapter Exercise Answers

Blaine Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. The author of The Genetic Genealogist blog, he is a genealogy educator, a trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and organizer of the Shared cM Project, a crowdsourced project examining the associations between genetic data and genealogical relationships.

Debbie Parker Wayne is a professional genealogist who has conducted research for individuals as well as for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and other television shows. She is an award-winning author, the coordinator for genetic genealogy institute courses, and the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice; by Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne; Sept 2016; 8.5×11; 204 pp; ISBN: 978-1-935815-22-8; Item #: NGS25

New Website Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

A new website honoring the famed Tuskegee Airmen has launched. “The Tuskegee Airmen were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. They are best known for the extraordinary efforts in the air war of World War II, and for challenging the stereotypes that had kept black Americans from serving as pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Check out the new website.

Read an article about the launch at the website.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Bundle of Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors & German Census Records 1816-1916 – on Sale for 30% Off thru Oct. 31


A short time back I wrote a booklet for Moorshead Magazines, titled Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors. It has sold very well. FRPC published and has been shipping Dr. Roger Minert’s new German Census Records 1816-1916 since June of 2016, and have good stocks of the volume in both soft and hard bindings.

To celebrate the German tradition of Octoberfest, Family Roots Publishing has again created a bundle of our two best-selling German research publications, and discounted the bundle a full 30%. The bundle is valued at $44.90, but is on sale for only $31.43 (+$5.50 p&h) – Now through October 31, 2017. P&h would normally be $10 if purchased separately, but is only $5.50 as a bundle for this promotion! AND – put the word “Heritage” in the “Order Notes” box (NOT the OFFER CODE) at Checkout, and we’ll throw in a totally FREE copy of the new Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies booklet (valued at $9.95). It won’t be listed on your Order Confirmation, but you’ll get it. Again, click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

You may also purchase either of the publications separately at 15% off during the promotional period. Click on their individual links to purchase.

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, by Leland K Meitzler
German Census Records 1816-1916, by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.

Would you like more information on these books?

Click on the following links to read in-depth info on each of them, including their Table of Contents, and other details.

German Census Records Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Ancestors, Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies Blog Post – October 17, 2017.

Click on this link or on the illustration to order the bundle of the two new books.

New Genetic Associations of Parkinsons Disease Identified Thru DNA Testing

I was one of about 370,000 folks that participated in this study – one of the approximately 360,000 that did not have Parkinsons. Following is a teaser from the full article at the 23andMe blog. DNA testing is allowing thousands of us to make scientific contributions – a side benefit to having our DNA tested for family history purposes.

Researchers at 23andMe and Genentech have identified 17 new genetic variants associated with Parkinson’s disease, almost doubling the total number of known risk variants for the condition, which gives scientists hints at potential new targets for drugs to treat the disease.

The work is part of a multi-year collaboration between the two companies begun in early 2015 aimed at identifying new therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s.

Read the full article.

1K Historic Benson, Johnston County, North Carolina Photos Posted Online.

Digital North Carolina just announced that the last batch from a set of photos contributed by the Benson Museum of Local History is now up on DigitalNC. They embarked on the digitization project in 2015, and the complete set of over 1000 images is now available. Benson is a town located in Johnston County with a current population of around 170,000 people.

The photos range from pictures and portraits of people to those of church groups and businesses. Most date to around 1920, but some go as far back as 1870.

For more information, see the Digital North Carolina Blog.

Click here to browse through the collection.

Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary By Moving!

As my readers know, about 6 weeks ago, Patty and I celebrated our 49th Wedding Anniversary. What you don’t know (but do now), is that we spent the day working out the details for the purchase of the old Heritage Quest building in Orting – and its attached 3-bedroom apartment. Since that time, we’ve moved about 1/2 mile into the 3-bedroom apartment that is at the back of the old building. When I say “old,” I mean just that. The front portion was built in 1912 as a church – and served that purpose until about 1986 or so. We bought the building once before and owned it from 1987 through about 1992, when we sold it to AGLL in Bountiful, Utah. They later sold it to my brother, and now Patty and I have it back.

Steve painted the building about 20 years ago, but it’s again in need of a good painting. So we’re scraping, sanding, and spot primering the entire building. See the picture for an idea of the extent we’re going to. We want the paint to last and to protect our old building – so a lot of effort is being put into it.

We have raised garden beds planned for the area just to the side of the building, and we’re covering the patio in back with fiberglass so Patty can continue to raise her plant babies in a greenhouse environment.

We’ve been working here for the last three years. We just didn’t live here. The print ship will continue operations where it is, and we’re redoing the offices, and storage areas.

RootsTech 2018 Promotional Pricing – Just $199

FamilySearch has posted the Promotional pricing for RootsTech 2018. Those who register will now only pay $199 for the full week’s events. Not quite as cheap as the Early Bird price was, but still a great deal. The price will later be $279 for the full weeks’s events. Click on the illustrations below.

Would like like to do a price comparison for the week’s options? Then Click Here.

The 2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Is Now Open

The following news release is from Tina Sansone, with ISFHWE:

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2018.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2017. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column – not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
Category II – Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2017 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2017. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original, unpublished genealogically- related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry/Song Lyrics. This category is for original content (published in 2017 or unpublished) that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a digital certificate. Digital certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in Fall 2018.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to:

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: