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MyHeritage.com Cheat Sheet

MyHeritage.com Cheat SheetThere is a new entry in the world of ever popular laminated quick guides for genealogists. This latest entry is for anyone who has, or has been considering, signing up with MyHeritage.com. The guide: MyHeritage.com Cheat Sheet by Sunny Jane Morton.

The guide gets going with an easy to follow check list for getting started on MyHeritage.com. The first page also offers a quick description of the six main tabs or sections on the site (Home, Family Tree, Discoveries, Photos, Apps, and Research). The page ends with six easy steps to customizing your welcome page.

Page 2 shows a copy of the family tree page with bubble descriptions for each primary element on the page. There is also a descriptions about what each individual’s box contains and what the various symbols mean, as well as details about personal profiles.

The third page covers the process of researching records and trees, along with automated search tools and the process for syncing your family tree with your home computer.

The guide ends with two charts on the final page. The first chart will offers a list of navigational options and how to get there on the MyHeritage site. For example, where to upload a tree, or where to create and print custom family tree charts as PDFs. The second chart clearly explains membership options on the site. This will allow new users to easily choose what level of subscription may interest them, and allow existing users to see the advantage of upgrading their subscription.

Like virtually all quick guides, this guide is a four-page, full-color laminated brochure, meant to be easily stored, easily referenced while working, and sized to take with you on the road.

You can order MyHeritage.com Cheat Sheet from Family Roots Publishing.

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35,000 North Carolina Pension Confederate Applications 1901-1946 Going Online

The following excerpt is from an article by Wes Wolfe, posted July 25, 2015 at the Kinston.com website:

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A project between the State Archives of North Carolina and State Library of North Carolina seeks to digitize, place online and make searchable more than 35,000 North Carolina pension applications between 1901 and 1946.

According to Ashley Yandle, section head of the State Archives’ digital access branch, the last of the applications should be uploaded next week.

The State Archives explained the process in a post on its “History for All the People” blog when the project began in June 2014.

“For this project, the microfilm copies of the pension applications were scanned by staff in the Collections Management Branch,” according to the post. “There were approximately 80 reels of microfilm that became 80 digital folders with thousands of images in each one. We then exported the description from (Manuscript and Archives Reference System) and automated the creation of 35,000(-plus) digital folders, one for each application.
“The folder titles contain the record group and series indicator, the MARS ID number, and the name and county of the soldier. We are currently in the process of matching the digital images from the microfilm to the correct digital folders. Once we have the images placed into individual folders, we can then easily link the images to the description from MARS and upload it all to our Digital Collections.”

People can search and view the Confederate pension applications at digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/collections/1901-confederate-pension-applications.

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Genealogy Research Room Set for the Whipple Company Store, Scarbro, West Virginia

The following teaser is from an article by Sarah Plummer posted July 28, 2015 at the Register-Herald website:

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SCARBRO [West Virginia]— Travelers and tourists to the area will soon have better access to maps, obituaries, articles and photographs associated with coal mining communities of Fayette and Raleigh counties at the Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum in Scarbro.

Owners’ son Victor Mender said those who visit and tour the store often share memories of coal camps and are descended from area coal miners. Many are able to locate photos of their relatives at the store.

Because of constant interest in genealogical research, the owners have converted the old company butcher shop within the store into a room for genealogical research.

“We’ve had so many people over the years come in and sit on stairs trying to hold maps and find photos of their relatives, we wanted to turn this room into a place where they can roll out maps and see really see where the coal mine was in relation to their great-grandfather’s coal camp house,” Mender explained. “It’s really neat to see people research their family history and see them point out their great-grandfather and grandfather in pictures.

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St. Martinville, Louisiana is Celebrating 250 Years of Acadian Ancestry

The following teaser is from the July 31, 2015 edition of the TheRecord.com:

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“A 250 year event doesn’t happen often,” says Ron Jackson of Bridge City. Jackson and Judge Carl Thibodeaux, along with their families and friends will attend the Fete Dieu du Teche on August 15, 2015.

They look forward to sharing their experience with others. Judge Thibodeaux notes the Fete Dieu du Teche “is important for Cajuns as well as the Catholic church.” Thibodeaux says he looks forward to spending the time with friends and family because, “well, it is a Cajun thing: you are always happiest among friends.” Jackson notes “a significant Acadian ancestry in Southeast Texas,” and this event celebrates the fortitude and faith of the Cajun and Catholic people who endured Le Grand Derangement, The Great Expulsion, which began in 1755.

Jackson recounts, “people of French ancestry were exiled by the British because of Catholicism,” as the English pushed for allegiance to the King of England despite the objections of the French. The French settlers had created viable land in areas where it had formerly been unusable. Land was confiscated, families were separated, and belongings were abandoned as the exiled boarded ships. While some ships sailed to France, others set out in search of American colonies that would accept them.

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PMC 2016 – Call for Speakers – Deadline 13 September 2015

The following is from APG:

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The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 18th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 22–24 September 2016, at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS
APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2016 APG Professional Management Conference. PMC classes and workshops should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate their current business, and meet the demands of the twenty-first-century client. Classes will be one (1) hour in length; workshops two (2) hours.

Topics of Interest
Proposals should focus on topics relevant to experienced and/or transitional professional genealogists, but they do not need to be specifically genealogical. Ideas to consider include, but are not limited to:

– Advanced genealogical-research skills or methodology
– Business skills and technology
– Speaker or lecturer training
– Genealogical writing and publishing
– Client relationships and communication
– Certification/Accreditation
– Organization and/or time management
– Marketing and branding strategies
– Career paths and/or creative use of traditional skills

Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the box approaches to topics and to presentation/teaching methods. Classes which feature case studies/practical examples, or which offer hands-on learning, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics
The overwhelming majority of PMC attendees have been involved with genealogy for more than 10 years. Nearly a quarter hold advanced college degrees. Almost all attendees offer genealogical-research services for clients, and a majority are also speakers/lecturers and writers/authors. Many hold or have held leadership positions in local and national societies and/or APG.

Successful proposals will recognize attendees’ professionalism and accomplishments and seek to take their skills to the next level.

Submission Details
Classes and workshops must be new and original; not to be presented prior to the 2016 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals submitting multiple proposals will be considered to teach multiple classes. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via e-mail to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Sunday, 13 September 2015, and should include the following information:

– Name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of speaker
– Title of the class or workshop
– Summary of the class or workshop (less than 100 words)
– Detailed description of the class or workshop (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Explanation of how the class or workshop meets demands faced by professional genealogists (roughly 50–75 words)
– Speaker biography highlighting speaker’s qualifications or expertise in proposed topic (approx. 100 words)
– List of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic and location
– Whether you would be willing for your presentation to be recorded and broadcast for the Virtual PMC

Speaker Compensation
Selected speakers will receive a complimentary PMC registration, PMC syllabus, lunch, and a $400 all-inclusive honorarium for a one-hour class presentation or a $650 all-inclusive honorarium for a two-hour workshop presentation. Royalty payments for syllabus sales and recordings of the streamed sessions following the conclusion of the PMC will be in addition, if relevant, and will be spelled out up-front in the contract. Keynote speakers, should one or more be chosen, will receive a $550 all-inclusive honorarium. All non-workshop proposals will be considered for keynote spots. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Added the Week of July 20, 2015

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The following is from FamilySearch:

Historic Philippines records stand out in this week’s collections update with more than 380,000 browsable digital images. Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945, Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984, Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period) 1706-1911, and Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 are now searchable at FamilySearch.org. Explore the complete weekly update by clicking on the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1872 and 1886 – 0 – 10,250 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945 – 0 – 143,591 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984 – 0 – 195,161 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period) 1706-1911 – 0 – 36,436 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 5,956 – 9,788 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Switzerland Fribourg Census 1834 – 59,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES RECORDS
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 322,579 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Census 1820 – 1,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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 FamilySearch.org 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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JK Rowling Featured on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This Sunday, August 2, 2015.

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I again had the opportunity to watch a screener for the upcoming Who Do You Think You Are? episode this last week. This one features J.K. Rowling as she sets off on a journey in France to trace her mother’s roots. She discovered that a family war story might not be what she thought when military records revealed a surprising truth. Tracing the trail even further back, Jo learned of her second great-grandmother, who had many struggles both as a poor, single mother and a witness to German invasion during wartime, which forced her family to choose sides in a time of turmoil.

The episode will air on the Learning Channel this Sunday, August 2, 2015. The filming for the program was done on April 6 – 21, 2011, according to info from TLC.

The following cities and locations were visited:

  • JK’s Aunt’s home, Edinburgh, Scotland;
  • National Archives ofFrance, Paris, FR;
  • Chateau de Vincennes, Vincennes, FR;
  • Maisons Laffitte cemetery,Maisons-Laffitte, FR;
  • Paris Hospital Archives, Paris, FR;
  • JK ancestral home on Rue Clauzel, Paris, FR;
  • Brumath Town Hall, Brumath, FR;
  • JK ancestral home, Brumath, FR;
  • Brumathchurch, Brumath, FR.

The following is the gist of the episode:

Famed Harry Potter author and philanthropist, JK Rowling, is eager to trace the French roots of her maternal side, having always been very close with her mother, who’s passed away. She knows that her great-grandfather, Louis Volant, received the Legion d’honneur for his WWI efforts, but she doesn’t know why.

At the National Archives of Paris, Jo pours over Louis Volant’s Legion d’honneur records. She finds a fascinating tale of bravery, but is surprised to realize the man in this account is actually not her ancestor. Since there are no other “Louis Volant”s in the National Archives database, Jo travels to the Military Archives outside of Paris to see if her great-grandfather did, in fact, win a Legion d’honneur award.

At the Military Archives, Jo finds the correct war records for Louis Volant. She learns that in WWI he found himself caught unexpectedly, and with barely any training, in a battle when Germans attacked his regiment in France. Louis Volant heroically took command of his troop and killed several German soldiers to save his regiment. Jo is overcome with tears to find that for his bravery, Louis won the prestigious Croix de Guerre, an award for fighting; and for a soldier, a distinction greater than the Legion d’honneur.

Enthusiastic to continue tracing Louis’s line even farther back, Jo heads to the Paris Hospital Archives to learn about Louis’ early years and his mother, Jo’s second great-grandmother, Salome Schuch.

At the Paris Hospital Archives, Jo discovers that when Louis was born, Salome was an unwed servant working nearby in Paris. As an illegitimate son, Louis’ given last name was “Schuch,” making Jo wonder how he became a “Volant.” Jo sets off to meet with a historian at Salome’s former home where she worked as domestic help to see what else she can uncover about both of her ancestors.

A historian shows Salome’s workplace to Jo, and reveals that Salome would have been out of employment upon having a child. But documents reveal that some years later, Salome moved up in the world, becoming a dress maker and marrying Pierre Volant, who took on Louis as his own son. Next, Jo travels from Paris to the village of Brumath by the German border in France, to learn more about Salome and where she grew up.

At the Brumath Town Hall, a census reveals that Salome had five other siblings and that the family was rather poor. Jo sees that Salome’s father died young, continuing a trend in Jo’s family of single mothers raising children. Salome’s mother’s death certificate creates new questions for Jo as she sees it is written in German and not French; a result of the area changing hands from France to Germany during wartime. To learn more about the German occupation of Brumath, Jo meets with a historian to uncover new information.

Jo visits the house where Salome grew up in Brumath, and learns that during the Franco-Prussian war, Salome and her family endured an invasion of thousands of German soldiers, and found their lives in upheaval as the land, once French territory, became German. Jo learns that townsfolk were given the choice to remain in their homes and become German citizens or move to France to retain their citizenship.

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Records show Jo that her third great-grandmother, Christine Bergtold, remained on the now German land, and that her 2x great-grandmother Salome was too young to opt out. However, an opting document reveals that one of Salome’s family members opted in Paris and that Salome joined her there, despite still being a German citizen. Once Salome married Pierre she became a French citizen again, much to Jo’s delight. Jo reflects on the struggle of Salome, all through which she persevered and the traits the two of them share in common.

No mentioned in the program, but uncovered in the research process is the fact that before going off to serve in WWI, Louis worked his way up the ranks as a waiter at a ritzy hotel in London, eventually winning an award for excellence as head waiter.

Again – the program airs this Sunday, August 2 at 9/8c. Don’t miss it! Click on the above WDYTYA illustration for a quick video featuring this season’s celebrities.

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Guides to Irish Research – 15% Off Through Monday, August 3

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Family Roots Publishing is offering a select number of guides to Irish research at 15% Off through Monday, August 3, 2015. Over 34.5 million Americans claim ancestry originating in Ireland. Many of these folks are searching for their Irish roots. Click on the links to read reviews and/or to purchase these titles at sale prices.

In-Print Guides to Irish Research – by County:

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The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for August 2015

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I just got the list of FamilySearch classes for August. Some of the classes are webinars. According to Paul Nauta, the following steps can be taken to do the webinars:

Webinars can be accessed by going to FamilySearch.org; click on Search; select Wiki. Type Family History Library and choose the top entry. Click on 2.2 Live Online Classes for details; scroll to find the desired class. Note that past webinars are available. I recommend that if you haven’t watched FamilySearch webinars since February 25, that you go in and take a look a a past webinar, and download the Cisco webex program needed to allow viewing of current webinars. I just added it as an add-on to my Chrome browser.

Click here for instructions on how to add the Cisco webex add-on as a temporary application.

If you’re reading this blog, just click on the link or illustration, and bypass the steps listed above (You still have to do a Cisco webex download). The classes and workshops that are not webinars are held in the Family History Library itself.

The following is from FamilySearch:

These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach others family history techniques.

Aug 1 – 1:00 P.M. Reading Spanish Handwriting (in English) Webinar

Aug 5 – 10:00 A.M. Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records Webinar

Aug 6 – 1:00 P.M. The 1798 Irish Rebellion and Its Effect on Family History Research

Aug 13 11:00 A.M. Finding and Linking Ireland Records to Find Families post-1800

1:00 P.M. Case Studies in 17th Century England Emigration to North America

6:00 P.M. Planning a Research Trip Webinar

Aug 15 – 10:00 A.M. Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hours) To register, call 1-801-240-4673 at least one week before the workshop to find out which requirements should be completed before attending.

1:00 P.M. Genealogía Descendente Webinar

Aug 26 – Italian Indexing Series

2:30 P.M. Italian Death Records: Preparation for Indexing

6:00 P.M. Indexing Italian Death Records (1½ hours)

Aug 27 – Italian Research Series

2:30 P.M. Italian Emigration and Finding the Place of Origin

6:30 P.M. Where to Find Italian Vital Records: Repositories, Online, and Microfilm

Aug 27 – 6:00 P.M. Immigration into the United States Webinar

Aug 28 – Italian Research Series

2:30 P.M. Italian Marriage Records

6:30 P.M. Latin Records

Aug 29 – Italian Research Series

10:00 A.M. Reading Italian Birth and Death Records Workshop

11:30 A.M. Reading Marriage Records Workshop

1:30 P.M. Reading Latin Records Workshop and Q&A about Research Problems (1½ hours)

Aug 31 – 11:00 A.M. Irish Roman Catholic Church Records: Better Access Than Ever!

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Grand Army of the Republic Death Records Books for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas & Nebraska – 15% Off

Dennis Northcott has published three volumes of GAR death records. FRPC has extended the 15% off sale thru Monday, August 3. See the details below.

The G.A.R. was organized in departments, most of which comprised one state. The departments published annual reports that were often titled Proceedings of the . . . Annual Encampment of the Department of . . ., Grand Army of the Republic. By the 1880s many of the department Proceedings began to include death rolls of the department’s members (or “comrades”) for the preceding year. These death rolls usually contain the comrade’s name, rank, company and regiment (or ship), date of death, and the name, number and location of the post to which he belonged.

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Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947; by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks

The G.A.R. was founded in Illinois in 1866 and became the largest association of Union Civil War veterans, its national membership peaking in 1890 at 409,489. As the veterans died, the membership inevitably declined. The national membership dropped to 213,901 in 1910 and 16,597 in 1930. The last surviving G.A.R. member died in 1956.

The first book in the series, titled Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947, contains death records of more than 32,000 members of the Department of Illinois, who served in Civil War units from 36 states and territories.

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947; by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks; 2003; ISBN 0-9728344-0-0; soft cover, 548 pages; Item #DN01.

Read a review of this book by clicking here: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18956.

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Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948; by Dennis Northcott

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The second book in the series, titled Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948, contains death records of more than 22,000 G.A.R. members, who served in regiments from 31 states and territories.

Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948; by Dennis Northcott; 2005; ISBN 0-9728344-1-9; soft cover; 416 pages; Item Number DN02.

Read a review of this book by clicking here: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18865
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Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948; by Dennis Northcott

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This third book in the series, titled Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948, contains death records of more than 36,000 G.A.R. members, who served in regiments from 37 states and territories.

Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948; by Dennis Northcott; 2007; ISBN-13: 978-0-9728344-2-1; ISBN-10: 0-9728344-2-7; soft cover; 658 pages; Item #DN03

Read a review of this book by clicking here: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18839

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German Immigrants in American Church Records & Iowa- Limited Number of Books Available at 15% discount

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I was visiting with Roger Minert in his home a while back, and he pointed out that he had a number of copies of his German Immigrants in American Documents books setting on his shelf. He told me that he didn’t need them; and would I be interested in purchasing them? I replied in the affirmative and bought the entire shelf full of books, knowing that I have customers who would appreciate them. The series is published by Picton Press and I didn’t get a full series, as Roger didn’t have them.

So… I’m offering the volumes for sale on a first come-first served basis. Not only are they discounted 15% from the normal MSRP, but Volumes Four & Five are signed by on the title page, not only by the editor (Roger), but by a number of the compilers who helped Roger with the project.

These volumes are amazing. Abstracted from the original church records, the entries are printed in the same order that the information is found in the records, with reference given to the exact page number in the original record. Am every name index is located at the back of each book. A typical entry in the books is as follows:

Gretchen Maria Gerdes, b. Neufunnixsiel, Ostfriesland, Hannover 11 Jan 1886; dau of Eds Gerdes and Sophie Wolken; d. 15 Jan 1913, age 27-4-0; bur. Chatsworth, Livingston Co., IL 16 Jan 1913; m. Charlotte Twp., Livingston Co., IL 19 June 1906, Heinrich Post, She immigrated in 1893 (calculated). Ref: pp. 369, 516.

Note that Hinrich Post is her husband.

The introduction found in each book is extensive, and very helpful for anyone doing genealogical research.

Click on the links below to get more details on each volume, including the counties covered.

I expect the books to sell quickly, as this is one one-of-a-kind offer on some very special books. I will attempt to change the number of copies available as the books sell – both at GenealogyBlog.com and at the FRPC website. Please do not order any books that are marked as SOLD OUT – DO NOT ORDER, as I’ll just have to refund your money if ordered. I will have to update the data manually, so there’s always a chance I will not get an item pulled from the database fast enough when sold out – and another order is placed for a book that’s not available. In that case, I will either reverse the order or refund the purchase, dependent on whether the sale has “settled” or not.

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FRPC Christmas in July Sale 50-90% Off Selected Items & FREE USA Shipping on ALL Purchases of $50+ – Extended Thru August 3

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FRPC has once again put together our annual Christmas in July sale. All items on the sale today are 50% off or more!

Get FREE USA Shipping on all purchases of $50 or more at the FRPC website during the sale week. The FREE USA shipping applies to all 3000 items at the website; not just the deeply discounted sale items. The FRPC Christmas in July has been extended thru Monday, August 3, 2015 at midnight PDT.

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

CANALS
The Best from American Canals, Vol. V – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VI – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VII – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VIII – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.

HUMOR
Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector – 50% Off – Reg. $11.

RESEARCH
Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy – Record & Preserve Your Family’s History, 5th Edition – 50% Off – Reg. $8.95

Owner Unknown: Your Guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting – 80% Off – Reg. $20.

The Best of Roots & Branches, Pennsylvania Genealogy and Family History Newspaper Column, Third Edition; by James M. Beidler – 50% Off – Reg. $20.

America’s Best Genealogy Resource Centers, by William Dollarhide & Ron Bremer – 50% Off – Reg. $15.95

Heritage Quest Magazine, 1985-1999 on CD-ROM – 70% Off – Reg. $69.95.

Family Associations – 4th Edition – 50% Off – Reg. $34.95

RECORDING AND WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Our Family Heritage, A History of Our Family – 50% Off – Reg. $11.95

Portrait of My Family, My Family Heritage – 50% Off – Reg. $11.95.

Your Life and Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape – An Oral History Handbook – 50% Off – Reg. $8.95.

Recording Your Family History – 50% Off – Reg. $9.95.

DNA RESEARCH
Flemish DNA & Ancestry History of Three Families over Five Centuries Using Conventional and Genetic Genealogy – 50% Off – Reg. $45.

MISCELLANIOUS
From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes – 50% Off – Reg. $27.99.

On Teaching Genealogy – 70% Off – Reg. $9.95.

NATIVE AMERICAN
The Wampanoag Genealogical History of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Referenced to Banks’ History of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. – Island History, People and Places from Sustained Contact Through the Early Federal Period – 50% Off – Reg. $85.

WORLD WAR I
The Great War – A Guide to the Service Records of All the World’s Fighting Men and Volunteers – 50% Off – Reg. $22.50

ROYALTY
Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry. Volume Three, Samuel Appleton and His Wife Judith Everard and Five Generations of Their Descendants – 55% Off – Reg. $60.

BRITISH RESEARCH
Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 70% Off – Reg. $45.

The Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, & Other Contemporary Listings – 50% Off – Reg. $10.

Bishops’ Transcripts and Marriage Licenses, Bonds and Allegations, a Guide to Their Location and Indexes, Fourth Edition – 50% Off – Reg. $7.50.

[British] Air Force Records: A Guide For Family Historians, 2nd Edition – 50% Off – $24.95.

[British] Army Records: A Guide for Family Historians – 50% Off – Reg. $24.95

Family History In The Wars, How Your Ancestors Served Their Country – 50% Off – Reg. $8.

Family History On The Move, Where Your Ancestors Went and Why – 50% Off – Reg. $8.

First World War Army Service Records, A Guide for Family Historians, Fourth Edition – 50% Off – Reg. $24.95.

House History Starter Pack, All You Need to Become Your Own House Detective – 50% Off – Reg. $18.95.

GERMAN RESEARCH
Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors – 50% Off – Reg. $36.

The Atlantic Bridge to Germany: Nordrhein-Westfalen (Northrhine-Westphalia) – 50% Off – Reg. $14.

IRELAND RESEARCH
The Famine Immigrants [Vol. V], Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, October 1849-May 1850 – 50% Off – Reg. $55.

SCOTLAND RESEARCH
Scottish-American Court Records, 1733-1783 – 50% Off – Reg. $18.

SWISS RESEARCH
Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors – 50% Off – Reg. $36.

Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies – 50% Off – Reg. $45.

UNITED STATES
American Place Names of Long Ago – 50% Off – Reg. $35.

ALABAMA
Alabama Name Lists, 1702 – 2006, With FREE Immediate PDF Download eBook – 50% Off – Reg. $18.95.

ALASKA
Alaska Name Lists, 1732 – 1991, With FREE Immediate PDF Download eBook – 50% Off – Reg. $18.95.

ARIZONA
Arizona Name Lists 1684 – 2003, With FREE Immediate PDF Download eBook – 50% Off – Reg. $18.95.

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, With FREE Immediate PDF Download eBook – 50% Off – Reg. $18.95.

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, and So It Goes – A 6-minute Nostalgic Look Back In Time

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This morning, a friend here in Orting who is an active member of the local historical society and just happens to be running for reelection to the city council, sent me an email with a link sending me to a video that took me back to my childhood. I loved it. It took only 6 minutes to watch, and it set the pace for a good day… all day… So I’m sharing it with my readers.

The following is from the website:
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, and So It Goes is a wonderful look back at some early times and how things have changed since. If you are over the age of 50 then chances are you have many fond memories from your lifetime that you take the time to reflect upon every now and then. Technology has changed dramatically over the last several decades so younger people might not recognize some of the things displayed in this video.

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Genetic Research Could Rewrite the History of the First Americans

The following excerpt is from an article by Mark Strauss, posted July 22, 2015 at the National Geographic website:

The Surui people of Brazil are related to indigenous Australians, a new genetic study shows. The research suggests that the prehistoric settlers of the New World could have arrived in two separate waves.  PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL NICHOLS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE.

The Surui people of Brazil are related to indigenous Australians, a new genetic study shows. The research suggests that the prehistoric settlers of the New World could have arrived in two separate waves. PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL NICHOLS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE.

Since the 1930s, it’s been a generally accepted theory that indigenous Americans are descendants of Siberians who came to the New World by crossing a land bridge into Alaska around 15,000 years ago.

But, the details of that migration remain a source of contention. Did the Asians who trekked across the Bering Strait arrive in one or several waves? Were some of them isolated from the rest, settling on the land bridge until it submerged beneath the water of melting glaciers?

Two new studies—relying on genetic data from living individuals and ancient skeletons—offer possible answers, albeit with different interpretations.

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Dr. Cathy Petti – The Woman Who Is Ancestry’s New Chief Health Officer

The following teaser was posted July 21, 2015 to the Fortune.com website.

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Dr. Cathy Petti is the new chief health officer of Ancestry.com. She talks to Fortune about the launch of AncestryHealth and the company’s plans to expand its genetics business.

It’s been a big couple of weeks for Dr. Cathy Petti, the new chief health officer of Ancestry.com. Last Thursday, the company—which focuses on helping people trace their family origins—announced that it has hired Petti to play a major role in the launch of AncestryHealth, a site that will allow consumers to add health information to their family trees. Today, Ancestry revealed yet another piece of news: a collaboration with Calico, a Google-funded biotech firm focused on longevity research and therapeutics.

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