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RootsTech 2015 Content Committee Issues a Call for Presentations

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The RootsTech Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discover their family story through technology.

Presentation submissions will be accepted June 2 to June 27, 2014, through the Call for Presentations portal on

Presentations will be accepted for both RootsTech and Innovator Summit.

  • RootsTech is a three day family history conference offering over two hundred classes for beginners, avid hobbyists and experienced researchers.
  • Innovator Summit starts with a pre-RootsTech event on Wednesday, February 11, and is a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders to explore and influence technology solutions in the family history industry. Classes will continue throughout the RootsTech conference.

In 2015, RootsTech and The Federation of Genealogical Societies are teaming up to offer two great conferences in one venue. Speakers interested in presenting at FGS can visit their website for more information about the FGS National Conference and their call for presentations.

Presentations submissions are requested for all family history and technology skill levels in the following categories:

  • Finding and Organizing: search tactics, resources, specialized tools, methodologies, solutions, metadata, apps and software
  • Preserving Your Work And Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions
  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and interviewing, capturing stories, preserving stories, enhancing stories with photos, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, oral histories
    Tools: technology introductions, gadgets, genetic research, DNA, breaking down barriers
  • General: family history topics in general including geographic research, time-period research, inspirations, market trends, research trends, adjacent industries, record types. (Please note, there is still an expectation in this category that technology is a part of the presented topic.)
  • Family Traditions And Lifestyle: cultural arts, handicrafts, food, influential historical events, everyday living standards, social customs, pastimes, artifacts. (Please note there is still an expectation in this category that this knowledge assists the learner in family history and that technology is a part of the presented topic.)

RootsTech Innovator Summit

  • Developer: standards and API’s, mobile app development, social applications, record imaging and visualizations, apps for youth, software and tools that enable the work of family history.
  • Business: funding and investment, startups- success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, insights and entertainment

For more information, download the complete Call for Presentations document. It includes presentation and evaluation criteria, the submission timeline, and process details.

Questions regarding the RootsTech 2015 call for presentations can be emailed to the Content Committee at

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Researching Your: Connecticut Ancestors – Webinar on CD-ROM

Legacy Family Tree offers some of their popular webinars on CD. Their series of webinars, presented by professional genealogists, provide expert advice on areas from traditional genealogical research to make use of the latest technologies both for research and for the maintenance of critical family data. Here are some of the webinars on CD we have recently reviewed on this site:

This review looks at another webinar on CD, Researching Your: Connecticut Ancestors presented by Marian Pierre-Louis. From this presentation, the viewer will “learn how to research your Connecticut ancestors. Discover what records are available, where they are located and how to put them to the best use.”

Topics on this CD include:

  • Important archives
  • Major portals
  • Census records and substitutes
  • City directories
  • Vital records
  • Land records
  • Probate records
  • Military records
  • Cemetery records
  • Manuscript collections
  • Neighboring states and migration
  • African Americans

As I have previously mentioned in other reviews, web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on September 21, 2011; including, the complete Question and Answer session. The class runs 1 hour 29 minutes, plus a link to download four pages of handouts.

Get your own copy of Researching Your: Connecticut Ancestors from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: LEGweb6, Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

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The Ohio Historical Society to Change Its Name


According to an AP article in the April 21, 2014 edition of, The Ohio Historical Society will become the Ohio History Connection. It seems that many Ohioans saw the society as “inaccessible and antiquated,”

Read the article to learn the details.

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New North Dakota Heritage Center to Open Two Galleries April 28, 2014

I’ve blogged previously about the planned North Dakota Hertiage Center. The following excerpt is from an article posted in the Bismarck Tribune.


North Dakotans will be able to get a look at two new galleries at North Dakota Heritage Center starting April 28.

The expansion project is winding down and remains on target for completion by Nov. 2.

A certificate of occupancy was granted last week for the expanded Heritage Center setting the stage for the April 28 soft opening anticipated by State Historical Society of North Dakota officials.

State Historical Society Director Merlan Paaverud said the department received the certificate of occupancy on Wednesday from North Dakota Facility Management.

“We’ve started moving in staff-wise, getting it cleaned up and presentable,” Paaverud said.

The first two galleries of the three galleries constructed as part of the expansion can be opened to the public on April 28. Paaverud said Gov. Jack Dalrymple is expected to take part in the opening and inaugural tour.

Read the full article.

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A History of Shenandoah County Virginia – on sale for 50% off thru Thursday, April 24

A while back, Family Roots Publishing acquired a quantity of the beautiful book, A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia. The book 894 page hard-cover is technically out-of-print, and FRPC has just a few left. FRPC is again offering this volume as this week’s Exceptional Bargain at just $37.50 (plus $5.50 p&h). That’s 50% off of the orginal MSRP. The offer is good until midnight MDT Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Purchase this beautiful volume at the FRPC website.

Following is a book review of this terrific volume.

gpc6175Some 10,000 names is reason enough for any genealogist to find some interest in A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia, by John W. Wayland. First published in 1927, this book reaches back to the earliest exploration of the area in 1670, to the first permanent settlers around 1728, through the establishment of the county in 1772, and up to the year 1926.

Page upon page the history of the Shenandoah Valley and County is revealed, along with the people who lived its history. From prominent figures to the names of children and families, this book provided genealogical data by the droves. Within these pages you will find lists of names, property owner, short biographies, head of families and civic leaders.

This history also provides great details on landmarks and buildings, both those gone forever and imaginably plenty that are still standing. Take the Solomon’s Church, located “about four miles southwest of Pine Church, near Forestville…This is also an old establishment and was for many years held in common by the Reformed and the Lutherans.” Such seemingly small details are just what genealogists often need to help track down names and missing records, cemeteries, and other vital pieces of the genealogy puzzle.

The book has been reprinted a few times, but is provided as a copy of the original. It is impossible to describe the wealth of detail found in nearly 800 pages of history, but I can say great value comes from the over 100  page index listing over 10,000 entries, most of which are names, listed by surname.


Outline of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Table of Dates (1,000 Items of Interest Arranged in Chronological Order)

  1. By Way of Introduction
  2. The Fairfax Line
  3. Explorations and Early Settlements
  4. Indians and Indian Raids
  5. Angels Unawares
  6. A County With Two Names
  7. Among the Early Records
  8. Towns and Villages of Shenandoah County
  9. The Forest and the Fort
  10. Famous Landmarks
  11. The Outbreak of the Revolution
  12. The Conquest of the Northwest
  13. Heads of Families in 1785
  14. Iron-Making and Iron-Masters
  15. The War of 1812
  16. The Long Gray Trail
  17. First Citizens of 1833
  18. The Forties and the Fifties
  19. The Early Years of the Civil War
  20. The Later Years of the Civil War
  21. Since 1865
  22. The Memorable Years of 1870 and 1876
  23. Echoes of The World War
  24. Old Churches and New
  25. Old Shenandoah Homesteads
  26. Schools and Schoolmasters
  27. Literary Activities and Associations
  28. Some Notable Incidents
  29. Distinguished Sons and Daughters
  30. A Pageant of the Golden West
  31. Pack-Saddles and Hame-Bells
  32. Fairy Palaces
  33. Genealogical Scrap-Bag
  34. Appendix
  35. Historical bits and Pieces
  36. Shenandoah County Since 1927
  37. Table of Dates (Continued)
  38. Index

A copy of A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia await the curious and avid historian and genealogist alike. FRPC is again offering this volume as this week’s Exceptional Bargain at just $37.50 (plus $5.50 p&h). That’s 50% off of the orginal MSRP. The offer is good until midnight MDT Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Purchase this beautiful volume at the FRPC website.

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Gainesville, Florida Cemetery an Historical Landmark

The following excerpt is from an article by Lawrence Chan, published in the April 18, 2014 edition of

This state historical marker tells what notable people are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. The site holds about 10,000 graves. Lawrence Chan / WUFT

This state historical marker tells what notable people are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. The site holds about 10,000 graves. Lawrence Chan / WUFT

It started with a baby and a cedar tree.

In 1856, James Tilatha Thomas, a cotton farmer and landowner, buried his 10-day-old daughter beneath a cedar tree.

Eight months later, his wife Elizabeth Jane Hall Thomas passed away. He buried her on the land, too. It’d be 21 years before Thomas would rejoin his family.

Thomas’ small family graveyard expanded into the Evergreen Cemetery, which was honored April 12 with a Florida Historical Marker. This will preserve the Gainesville cemetery’s condition as a cultural and historical landmark.

The marker is inscribed with the cemetery’s early history and the names of notable historical figures found there.

Read the full article.

View the findagrave website page for the Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida. 8,823 interments are listed.

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Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Real Photo Postcards of the 20th Century


In 2013, Gary Clark, of, had a very busy year. He seemed to be on a one-man mission to provide every detail a genealogist will need to identify, date, and restore old photographs of virtually every type and in a way to make the process as easy as possible. This was a lot of ground to cover, but Gary seemed well on his way. Following are two other earlier books and three laminated guides he produced, as follows:

Following is a review that Ancdy Pomeroy wrote in 2013:

Gary has another easy to follow guide, Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Real Photo Postcards of the 20th Century. This new guide looks into the rise and fall of the real photo postcard. Inside the reader will discover two main elements to helping them identify and date these cards. These postcards can be examined in terms of the structure and style  of the card itself, as well as applying all the normal techniques for dating and identifying photographs. Here are just some of the items the reader will learn to examine for clues:

  • Address format
  • Stamp boxes and artwork
  • Regular and commemorative stamps
  • Image styles and sizes
  • Manufacturing clues
  • and so much more…

Flipping through the pages, the first thing I noticed was how many clear and easy to read samples there are. I don’t think there is a page in the guide that doesn’t have a picture, some have many images. I feel like running out and buy old photo postcards of just anyone, so I can test what I have learned. Making this book even better, it offers my four favorite things in a guidebook:

  1. Easy to read
  2. Easy to follow and adapt
  3. Clear examples and images
  4. Inexpensive

About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs. His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs.


This guide gives a lot of bang for your buck. Order Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Real Photo Postcards of the 20th Century from Family Roots Publishing for only $9.75 a copy.




Identifying People in Postcards

Introduction to Real Photo Postcards

Definition of Real Photo Postcards (RPPC)

Chapter 1 ~ Government Postcards

First U.S. Postal Postcards: 1873

Government Monopoly Until 1898

Chapter 2 ~ Private Mailing Cards

Private Mailing Cards – 1898

Chapter 3 ~ The Postcard Rage

New Postcard Name – 1902

RFD – Rural Free Delivery – 1902

Chapter 4 ~ The Modern Postcard

Divided Back: 1907 – A Lasting Change

Slow Transition to Messages on the Back

The Golden Era Begins

Chapter 5 ~ Stamp Boxes and Stamps

Clues From Postcard Manufacturers

Photographic Paper Changes

Stamp Box Gallery

U.S. Postal Stamps

Chapter 6 ~ Image Styles and sizes

Picture Masks

Use of Masks on Postcards

Postcard Image Sizes

Chapter 7 ~ Fashion and Style

20th Century Fashion Influence

Chapter 8 ~ Cars, Farms, and Gatherings

Postcards of America

Chapter 9 ~ The Demise of RPPCs

Pressures on Real Photo Cards

Appendix A ~ Early Kodak Cameras

Appendix B ~ Common Film Sizes

Appendix C ~ Postcard and Camera Influence

A Look at the Early 20th Century

Appendix D ~ Glossary



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Interesting Comments and Observations about the Hitler Surname

In the Yesteryear column of the is found an interesting column made up of comments about the surname Hitler. Following are just a couple as a teaser. Keep in mind that these are just comments, some lacking in veracity.

Was Hitler a common family name before 1945? What did Hitlers change their names to after the second world war?
John Burton, O’Connor, Australia

Hitler is not a particularly common German surname. In fact, Hitler himself was originally called Schicklegruber. Some have speculated that he changed his name to hide his Jewish descent.
Matt James, Sheffield, UK

Adolf Hitler was never called Schickelgruber. This was the name of his paternal grandmother. His father took the name of his supposed father, which was spelled Hiedler or Hitler according to preference, when he was 40, well before Adolf was born. Adolf Hitler had three surviving siblings. His half-brother Alois lived in Liverpool and had a son called William Patrick, who died in 1987. He changed his name and lived in the USA. He is believed to have left 4 sons, who have decided not to have children in order not to perpetuate the line. His sister Paula never married and had no children. She was known as Paula Wolf for a lot of her life. His half sister Angela married and had a daughter, Geli Raubal, who died in 1930. I believe there was also a son Leo Raubal who died in action in 1942. It is unlikely that the story of Adolf Hitler’s father being half Jewish is true. But since Anna Maria Schickelgruber died when her son was 5 years old no one will ever know the real details of what seems a very complicated story.
Susan Deal, Sheffield, UK

Read the full column.

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Trace Your Ethnic Ancestry with the Help of National Geographic’s Genographic Project

You can now trace your ethnic ancestry with the help of National Geographic’s Genographic Project. The popular project’s kit does cost $199.95 however, so it’s not cheap. The following is from an interesting artcle by Darrell W. West, published in the April 17, 2014 edition of


Ever wonder where you came from? Now with the help of National Geographic’s Genographic Project, you can find out. Population geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells and a team at National Geo ( will send you a Geno 2.0 test kit that collects DNA samples from your cheeks. After sending them back and waiting a few weeks, you can get online results showing from where your maternal and paternal ancestors migrated.

I did this recently and discovered several interesting facts. The test compares a person’s genetic makeup on thousands of DNA identifiers. The team has evaluated over 660,000 individuals from 140 different countries according to the website and the booklet “Geno 2.0: Your Story. Our Story. The Human Story.” Participants must be 18 years or older, or have the explicit consent of their parents or guardians.

Read the full article.

Check out the Map of Human Migration found at the website.

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Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766


Fred Anderson’s Crucible of War is probably my favorite history book ever written. The book is about the Seven-Years War, otherwise known as the French and Indian War – a war that led directly to the American Revolution. If there hadn’t been a French and Indian War, there may very well not have ever been a revolution of the English colonies in America. It’s well written and a volume that I recommend to everyone.

Following is a review written in 2013 by Andy Pomeroy:

Do you think you know what the Seven Years’ War was about? Do you really understand it influence on shaping the colonies as a precursor to the American Revolution? After reading The Crucible of War you may just change your mind.

Winston S. Churchill called the Seven Years’ War the first world war. North Americans associate it primarily with the British conquest of Canada. But the conflict — in which Britain and Prussia opposed France, Austria and Spain — spread to Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, India and the Philippines. Though it formally lasted from 1756 until 1763, the war’s first shots were fired in the spring of 1754 between French troops asserting their country’s claim to the Ohio Valley and Virginians commanded by the 22-year-old George Washington. Two of America’s most eminent historians devoted years of research and writing to the great contest for empire. In the 20th century Lawrence Henry Gipson published a three-volume history. In the 19th century Francis Parkman considered his ”Montcalm and Wolfe” to be his crowning achievement. Now Fred Anderson, a professor of history at the University of Colorado, has written a panoramic narrative of the North American phase of the Seven Years’ War, an ambitious undertaking he discharges superbly. ~ CHARLES ROYSTER, New York Times Book Review (New York Times on the Web; Article Link)

Fred Andres is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His goal, like that of many historians, was to write a “book accessible to general readers that will also satisfy [his] fellow historian’s scholarly expectations.” In the Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766, Fred Anderson succeeded marvelously. This book is an historical narrative describing the events, people, and politics associated with what the colonists called the French and Indian War. In these pages you learn how and where many future leaders of the American Revolution developed their political view points and honed their military skills.

“Histories of the American Revolution tend to start in 1763, the end of the Seven Year’s War, a worldwide struggle for empire that pitted France against England in North America, Europe, and Asia. Fred Anderson, who teaches history at the University of Colorado, takes the story back a decade and explains the significance of the conflict in American history. Demonstrating that independence was not inevitable or even at first desired by the colonists, he shows how removal of the threat from France was essential before Americans could develop their own concepts of democratic government and defy their imperial British protectors. Of great interest is the importance of Native Americans in the conflict. Both the French and English had Indian allies; France’s defeat ended a diplomatic system in which Indian nations, especially the 300-year-old Iroquois League, held the balance between the colonial powers. In a fast-paced narrative, Anderson moves with confidence and ease from the forests of Ohio and battlefields along the St. Lawrence to London’s House of Commons and the palaces of Europe. He makes complex economic, social, and diplomatic patterns accessible and easy to understand. Using a vast body of research, he takes the time to paint the players as living personalities, from George III and George Washington to a host of supporting characters. The book’s usefulness and clarity are enhanced by a hundred landscapes, portraits, maps, and charts taken from contemporary sources. Crucible of War is political and military history at its best; it never flags and is a pleasure to read. ~ JOHN STEVENSON, Professor/Dean at the University of Colorado

Few people have a true appreciation for the role of The Seven Years’ War in both America as well as the world at large. Few historians have the knack for narrative that Anderson excels at within these pages. The pages turn as easily as those in a favorite novel.

Here is more praise for this historical work:

“A wonderful book. Fred Anderson brings to life  a war that irrevocably shaped our nation. I wish all history were written this well.” ~ SEBASTIAN JUGER, author of The Perfect Storm.

“Reading Crucible of War is an enriching experience…Anyone who thinks that individuals have no significant effect on the fate of nations should ponder Mr. Anderson’s cast of characters.” ~ The Wall Street Journal



List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Seven Years’ War and the Disruption of the Old British Empire


Prologue: Jumonville’s Glen, May 28, 1754

Part I: The Origins of the Seven Years’ War, 1450-1754

  1. Iroquoia and Empire
  2. The Erosion of Iroquois Influence
  3. London Moves to Counter a Threat
  4. Washington Steps onto the Stage…
  5. …And Stumbles
  6. Escalation

Part II: Defeat, 1754-1755

  1. The Albany Congress and Colonial Disunion
  2. General Braddock Takes Command
  3. Disaster on the Monogahela
  4. After Braddock: William Shirley and the Norther Campaigns
  5. British Politics, and a Revolution in European Diplomacy

Part III: Nadir, 1756-1757

  1. Lord Loundoun Takes Command
  2. Oswego
  3. The State of the Central Colonies
  4. The Strains of Empire: Causes of Anglo-American Friction
  5. Britain Drifts into a European War
  6. The Fortunes of War in Europe
  7. Loudoun’s Offensive
  8. Fort William Henry
  9. Other Disasters, and a Ray of Hope
  10. Pitt Changes Course

Part IV: Turning Point, 1758

  1. Deadlock, and a New Beginning
  2. Old Strategies, New Men, and a Shift in the Balance
  3. Montcalm Raises a Cross: The Battle of Ticonderoga
  4. Amherst at Louisbourg
  5. Supply Holds the Key
  6. Bradstreet at Fort Frontenac
  7. Indian Diplomacy and the Fall of Fort Duquesne
  8. Educations in Arms

Part V: Annus Mirabilis, 1759

  1. Success, Anxiety, and Power: The Ascent of William Pitt
  2. Ministerial Uncertainties
  3. Surfeit of Enthusiasm, Shortage of Resources
  4. Emblem of Empire: Fort Pitt and the Indians
  5. The Six Nations Join the Fight: The Siege of Niagara
  6. General Amherst Hesitates: Ticonderoga and Crown Point
  7. Dubious Battle: Wolfe Meets Montcalm at Quebec
  8. Fall’s Frustrations
  9. Celebration of Empire, Expectations of the Millennium
  10. Day of Decision: Quiberon Bay

Part VI: Conquest Completed, 1760

  1. War in Full Career
  2. The Insufficiency of Valor: Levis and Vauquelin at Quebec
  3. Murray Ascends the St. Lawrence
  4. Conquest Completed: Vaudreuil Surrenders at Montreal
  5. The Causes of Victory and the Experience of Empire
  6. Pitt Confronts an Unexpected Challenge

Victory Recollected: Scenographia Americana

Part VIII: Vexed Victory, 1761-1763

  1. The Fruits of victory and the Seeds of Disintegration
  2. The Cherokeet War and Amherst’s Reforms in Indian Policy
  3. Amherst’s Dilemma
  4. Pitt’s Problems
  5. The End of an Alliance
  6. The Intersections of Empire, Trade, and War: Havana
  7. Peace
  8. The Rise of Wilkes, the Fall of Bute, and the Unheeded Lesson of Manila
  9. Anglo-America at War’s End: The Fragility of Empire
  10. Yankees Invade Wyoming—and Pay the Price
  11. Amherst’s Reforms and Pontiac’s War
  12. Amhert’s Recall

Part VIII: Crisis and Reform, 1764

  1. Death Reshuffles a Ministry
  2. An Urgent Search for Order: Grenville and Halifax Confront the Need for Revenue and Control
  3. The American Duties Act (The Sugar Act)
  4. The Currency Act
  5. Postwar Conditions and the Context of Colonial Response
  6. An Ambiguous Response to Imperial Initiatives
  7. Pontiac’s Progress
  8. The Lessons of Pontiac’s War

Part IX: Crisis Compounds, 1765-1766

  1. Stamp Act and Quartering Act
  2. Grenville’s End
  3. The Assemblies Vacillate
  4. Mobs Respond
  5. Nullification by Violence, and an Elite Effort to Reassert Control

Part X: Empire Preserved? 1766

  1. The Repeal of the Stamp Act
  2. The Hallowness of Empire
  3. Acrimonious Postlude: The Colonies after Repeal
  4. The Future of Empire

Epilogue: Mount Vernon, June 24, 1767





Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $22.54.

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The Ethnic Mapping of America

I’ve posted blogs dealing with America’s ethnic map before. However, it’s worth doing again. The following excerpt is from an article in the April 18, 2014 edition of the online Washington Post:


The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties.

Some highlights to note: The Irish really do run Boston. People of Irish ancestry make up the largest contingent of counties in Massachusetts, and in parts of Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire and eastern New York. The only counties outside the Northeast where the Irish make up the biggest share of the population are in southern Oregon.

Read the full article by Reid Wilson.

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The following news release is from Globe Newswire:

PROVO, Utah, April 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its first quarter 2014 on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the website, Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 719-457-1035 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

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

About is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 13 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour………………… Week’s Peek

Even if you’re not from the state of Washington, you’ve surely heard about the terrible mudslide that happened in the Oso and Darlington area north of Seattle. It was truly and totally devastating.

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Of course, my prayers join with all others for these good folks and for their losses. Some lost family; many lost homes; all were devastated. And it all happened without warning in a couple of minutes!

My only thought here to you is to point out that at some point in the future when these dear folks get their lives back to as normal as possible, they will want back whatever photos, files, documents and databases that were on their lost computers.

This will be possible only if they have back-ups. And in their case, backing up to the hard drive: NOPE. Backing up to a sitting-nearby portable hard drive? NOPE.  Backing up on disks or flash drives somewhere in your office? NOPE.

There are only two ways for these folks to recover any of their computer files that are now covered in mud. First is if they have shared files and photos and documents with other family members. And the second is that if they have backed-up their information to the cloud.

Maybe it’s time for YOU to take a look at your home situation? God forbid any calamity should befall you but it just might. Earthquake? Forest fire? Mudslide? Tornado? Hurricane? Even a “humble” house fire?

It can and might just happen to you for bad things do happen to good people as was proved that March day in the little towns of Oso and Darlington.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.

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Black’s Law Dictionary (1st & 2nd Editions), as well as Bouvier’s 1856 Law Dictionary FREE Online


Prompted by a listing found at today, I found that we can now access online digitized versions of Black’s Law Dictionary – First and Second editions. I’ve sold the CD-ROM at the FRPC website for years, and even have a Fourth Edition, as well as a Revised Fourth Edition on my own reference library bookshelf.

The digitized books are found at the World Freeman Society website. Also found at the site is a transcribed html copy of Bouvier’s 1856 Law Dictionary, 6th Edition. Want to read the Magna Carta Libertatum 1215 – The Great Charter of Liberties? You’ll find it on the site also.

Copies of the Black’s Law Dictionary (1st & 2nd Editions) on CD-ROM are also available from Family Roots Publishing Co.

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Family Tree University is Offering “48 Ancestry.Com Search Tips” as a FREE Download

I downloaded a copy of the new 48 Ancestry.Com Search Tips eBook from Family Tree University this morning. It’s written by Nancy Hendrickson, author of the upcoming new book, Unofficial Guide to – a book many of us are looking forward to. The Unofficial Guide to is planned to ship in mid-November 2014. F&W is already taking presale orders for the book!

48 Ancestry.Com Search Tips eBook is 20 pages in length, with great graphics. And the tips are most useful. Sections are as follows: Vital Statistics – An infographic Quick Start Guide

Public vs. Private Family Trees

10 Easy Ways to Use

Cart Catalog Crash Course

Five Steps to Ancestral Immigration Records

Unoffical Guide to – a promotional page for the upcoming book

Maximize Your Membership – a promotional page for an online video tutorialand a 4-week online course.

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