New South Wales Hunter Region Historian’s Legacy Lives On


The following excerpt is from a fascinating article posted in the 29 July 2016 edition of

EVEN from beyond the grave, Jack Delaney is still making his presence felt.

Right up to the end back in June 2010 at age 91 years, Cessnock historian John W. (Jack) Delaney was trying to preserve the stories of Hunter Valley folk wherever he met them.

His hobby resulted in an estimated 33 works, chronicling much regional history that might have otherwise been missed.

For example, researching the early days of the Northern coalfields, Delaney reported that in the late 1930s and early 1940s there were 38 collieries using the private South Maitland Railways to transport coal.

He had not long retired in 1979 when he said he’d audio-taped 40 conversations with older folk. His aim was to build up an accurate picture of life on the Coalfields from pioneer days.

“I’m not saying it will be quick work,” Delaney laughed at the time.” But I hope someone will (eventually) publish it.”

By December 1982, the tenacious amateur historian had recorded about 150 interviews in his spare time, dealing in subjects ranging from mining disasters, to early settlers and the fluctuating fortunes of the local wine industry.

Despite this, Delaney’s mammoth project during the 1970s and 1980s was generally overlooked as he tackled other significant historic projects.

Some people even thought his invaluable audio-tape collection might be lost, but it wasn’t. The tapes were being held by the Coalfields Heritage Group, at Kurri Kurri. Then, about a year ago, CHG permtted a team from Newcastle University’s Cultural Collections to digitise the tapes to make them available to the world.

The official launch of the project, called Voices of the Hunter was held last week at the university’s Auchmuty Library.

Read the full article.

The Genealogical Research Files of Dr. Barbara Long Posted by the Tennessee State Library & Archives


The following teaser is from the

The Tennessee State Library & Archives has added an online collection of material that tracks dozens of family histories across several states. The material, titled “The Genealogical Research Files of Dr. Barbara Long,” traces the lines of 33 families with roots in east Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Alabama. Dr. Long, a professional psychiatrist who is also an avid amateur genealogist, collected the information while researching her own family’s history.

The collection is unusual in several respects. It’s the first significant digital-only collection to be housed within the Tennessee Virtual Archives (TeVA). Typically, digital records in TeVA are scanned from documents, maps, photos or other records that are stored at the Library & Archives, while this collection is being made publicly available for online use only. Included in the collection are more than 130 files of research notes, correspondence, interviews with family members, reports of professional genealogists and copies of original deeds, wills, land grants, census records, Bible records and other documentation.

Among the Tennesseans represented in the collection are the Breazeale, Grayson, Hixson, Hughes, Hyden, King, Kennedy, Meek, Pickett, Real, Woods and Wrinkle families. Information on many other families associated with those families is included.

To view the collection online, visit

Read the full article.

Coyle Public Library in Chambersburg, PA Gets a Renovation With Expanded Genealogy Center

The following excerpt is from the July 29, 2016 edition of


CHAMBERSBURG [Pennsylvania] – Coyle Library is well underway in the $5.5 million renovation process, which is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2018.

“We’re in that demolition phase,” Franklin County Library System Director Bernice Crouse said. “Everything’s pretty much on target.”

Demolition has been ongoing at the library’s old address at 102 N. Main Street, with selective demolition occurring first, followed by regular demolition. Selective demolition involves carefully removing portions of the old building the officials want to incorporate into the new design. Crouse predicts a couple more weeks of demolition will take place before moving onto the next phase, which involves concrete and steel work. The goal is to have the concrete and steel portion done sometime in November.

Coyle temporarily moved into the old Jennings Dealership building at 340 North Second Street in May for the duration of the renovation process…

The second level (second floor) will provide space for the fiction and nonfiction collections, library services, offices, an expanded genealogy center, a business center, huddle rooms and conference areas. Mezzanine seating will overlook the first floor and have full view of a Living Wall of plants to beautify the space and improve indoor air quality.

Read the full article.

Ancestry Tourism

Carl Tiedt standing in front of the home his great-grandparents owned in Bergen, Germany, before they emigrated to America in 1883. He doesn’t know why they left.
Carl Tiedt standing in front of the home his great-grandparents owned in Bergen, Germany, before they emigrated to America in 1883. He doesn’t know why they left.

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the July 29, 2016 edition of the New York Times. Written by Amy Zipkin, the article delves into the experiences of those of us who are motivated to travel in search of our ancestor’s residences. It’s a great read.

In April, Sheila Albert, 78, a retired psychotherapist from Santa Rosa, Calif., and her niece, Terry Pew, who is 60, found themselves standing in front of the ruins of a stone house in Ireland where Ms. Albert believes her great-great-grandmother once lived.

“I felt like I came home,” she said.

Ms. Albert, whose ancestors emigrated to the United States during the potato famine of the late 1840s, found the house with the help of a genealogy and touring company called My Ireland Family Heritage, which arranged a two-day tour. It was not the first time the two women had pursued their roots: In 2014, they took a weeklong car trip through Minnesota and Wisconsin, where they toured cemeteries researching their family tree.

America is a nation of immigrants, and as many people age they grow interested in tracing their family heritage and group traditions back to their origins.

Read the full article.

Family Discovery Day in Gig Harbor, Washington: August 6, 2016

The following except is from the July 25, 2016 edition of the Tacoma News Tribune. It’s the paper that lands on my driveway every morning – and I see that a Family Discovery Day is about to take place in nearby Gig Harbor.

It is called Family Discovery Day, and one person describes it as “a mini Genealogy Roadshow.” It is in Gig Harbor and it is free.

If you have felt the desire to discover more about your ancestry, how to organize your effort, or how to use modern technology to make connections over the centuries, this event may be for you.

Family Discovery Day is four hours of fun and informative workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6, hosted by my friends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at their beautiful building at 12002 Peacock Hill in Gig Harbor.

Admittedly a rank amateur at family history efforts, I did once tape an oral history interview of my beloved maternal grandmother when she was 80 and blind, and when I typed it up it became a family treasure.

Read the full article.

Documenting the Lives of Our Farming Ancestors


Professional genealogist Amy Johnson Crowe, wrote a great column on documenting the lives of our farming ancestors. I can identify with all of this, having had many ancestors who farmed the land. Following is a teaser. The rest of her article includes the good stuff.

How many times have you heard (or said), “My ancestors were plain ol’ farmers”? Or “My ancestors were pretty boring.” (I’ve said that one!) Plain, boring ancestors aren’t the result of their personality; it’s from our lack of building context for them. Most ancestors didn’t leave diaries for us to read, but there are still ways we can learn about the lives they led. Here are some sources to explore to build context for farming ancestors.

Read the full article at Amy’s website.

The Buffalo Soldiers’ Online Museum


The following is from the website of the Buffalo Soldiers’ Online Museum.

The Buffalo Soldiers’ Online Museum, founded by Major Andrew Aaron Jr., informs, unites, and educates the general public on the history of The Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers was a regiment of the United States Army commissioned in 1866 and decommissioned in 1951 and focused on the individual histories of these men of valor. Our online museum provides a tour, video and pictures, as well as, a personal bibliography of Major Andrew Aaron, Jr. His vision includes establishing a brick and mortar museum in Southern California highlighting the multi-cultural heritage of many ethnic groups and their contributions to our society.

Read the full page at the website, and then explore…

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

The Herald – of the Danish West Indies 1915-1925 Now Digitized and Posted Online


The following teaser is from the July 21, 2016 website of

Over 3,000 pages of David Hamilton Jackson’s The Herald, which is the first citizen-owned and -operated newspaper in the Danish West Indies, have been digitized and are freely available online to researchers everywhere, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). The Territorial Archives, a unit of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands, is participating in a Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC) project to digitize and make freely accessible online issues of The Herald at

“DPNR’s newspaper and documentary digitization projects will significantly complement the annual public library programs already developed by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums throughout the Territory to celebrate and recognize David Hamilton Jackson Month each November,” said Commissioner Dawn L. Henry.

The digitization project includes issues spanning the entire publication run of 1915 to 1925…

Read the full article.

Thanks to Research-Buzz for the heads-up.

How To Use the Web Store – Pt. 2

Mission Statement
We are principally a “how to” publishing company, as we publish and sell many books on how to do genealogy research, but not a lot of books on specific families. We do not want to do your research for you. We want to teach and guide you in your own search. Yes, we do publish a few books of “Lists,” if they happen to be of such importance that we just can’t contain ourselves otherwise. And we have others either because we bought the remainder available of a title or because the publisher is drop-shipping them for us. We have a goal that if a book exists from one of the major genealogy publishers, we want you to find it on at a great price.

In Pt. 1, I wrote about how the Categories are laid out at the Family Roots Publishing website. In this post, I would like to begin to tell you about what the main Categories are supposed to mean. I’m only dealing with categories Africa through Computer in this blog.

Categories – Africa to Computer

Top of the list. Supposed to have books and maps covering the continent of Africa. Only a few countries are covered, because not enough books are available on the subject!

Asia & Australia
Another area not written about a lot by American publishers. Only Australia and Russia are extensively covered. Russia is also covered under subcategory of “Europe.” Note Russia being on two continents means there are two lists – meaning there may be different products in each list. (Russia/Russia,) While writing this, I found two more products under the Europe category than under the Asia category.

By Author
This is where you will find the lists of authors. Because there are so many we had to make Subcategories based on the first letter of their last name.

Author M
Meitzler, Leland K.
Sorted under Author M Subcategory or
Dollarhide, William Sorted under Author D Subcategory

Author D
Note: both of these authors also have further Subcategories.
Leland K. Meitzler – Magazine Articles” for Leland and for Dollarhide; whose name we like shorten 🙂

Books, products and maps covering Canada:

  • Atlases & Maps-Canada
  • Canadian Censuses
  • Canadian Immigration
  • Canadian Magazine Articles
  • Canadian Migration
  • French-Canadian; also found under the Category Ethnic.
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Québec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Case Histories
    Case Histories
    Articles, books and inspirational stories written about some prominent researchers and author’s own searches. All true stories. Fiction is covered elsewhere by Genealogy Related Novels and Humor.

    Central America
    Central America & Caribbean
    books and maps covering Central America & the Caribbean. Most countries are listed, but there is not enough written on the subject. Many of the early explorers and settlers of North America first came through South and/or Central America, so if you have really early (1500-1700) people coming to North America, its worth checking out.

    A simple sounding Category, with simple sounding Subcategories.

    The National Library of Ireland is Archiving the Irish Internet


    Fascinating… I had not spent much time thinking about the archiving of all these internet postings we do. The following excerpt is from a good article posted July 22, 2016 at The Irish Times.

    With about 10 million objects from nearly 1,000 years of Irish history, archiving the internet isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind about the National Library of Ireland.

    Nestled in the centre of Kildare Street since 1890, the Library’s treasured materials constitute the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material on the planet. But what of its future? If, say, our distant descendants wanted to research what life was like for us all way back in 2016 – say February’s general election, or even last year’s Marriage Equality referendum, with all their social media feeds in-tow – internet archives will likely be their default option.

    “How we are collecting in the National Library is obviously changing, but it’s the same principles,” says Maria Ryan, a web archivist in the Digital Collections Department. “What newspapers were 20 years ago, websites are now. So we’ve recognised that need to collect and preserve that information for the people of Ireland, but in an ever-evolving form.”

    Read the full article.

    Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

    New British Databases From The Original Record

    British databases just added from The Original Record:

    The Original Record

    1715 – French Pensions of the English Civil List
    A list of French pensions of the Civil List, as of 10 May 1715, giving full name and daily allowance.

    1735 – Inhabitants of the Isle of Portland, Dorset
    An earthquake on 16 December 1735 ‘was felt near the Quarrys at the North End of the said Island by which the Earth for more than a mile in length sunk away from the Clift near the Sea and carry’d with it the Way leading to the Piers, Overturned the said Piers, and broke and destroyed the Crane thereon, so that at present it is impossible to carry down from the Quarry’s or to Ship Stone as formerly, by which means his Majesty will loose entirely the Revenue of fourpence per pr Tunn paid by all persons who Shipped Stone off the said Piers’: this petition to the Treasury Commissioners, signed by the inhabitants of Portland, prayed ‘that your Honour’s will take this Unhappy Circumstance into your Consideration and Order that the same may be Repaired fit for Shipping Stone as formerly’. T 1/288 f.167

    1768 – Governors and Guardians of the Foundling Hospital, London
    This list of the governors and guardians of the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children, incorporated by royal charter 17 October 1739, is corrected to 30 March 1768.

    1803 – Heritors of Fife
    A list of the principal heritors of the shire of Fife, compiled from the roll of the court of freeholders, and from private information, by sir Robert Sibbald; also including (marked f.) the names of those whose valued rent was known to entitle them to vote for the representative of the county in parliament, although from the present possessors being minors or females, they were not on the roll of freeholders.

    1835 – Masters of Wrecks
    The losses of eighty British ships from late August 1835 to late January 1836 were reported at Lloyd’s: this table gives the vessels’ names; masters’ names; where from; where headed; where wrecked; on what date; and what became of the crew – saved, lost, or abandoned ship.

    1857 – Liverpool Criminals and their Victims
    Sentences at the Liverpool Borough Sessions in August 1857.

    1901 – Managers and Under-Managers of Mines
    First Class Certificates of Competency as Mine Managers granted during the year 1901 (including some granted on 2 January 1902 following the Manchester and Ireland District Examination held late in December 1901. Full names are given, surname first, district in which examined, date of certificate, and number of certificate.

    Surname Source Books – 13,830 Surnames Available
    Collections of entries for individual surnames from historical records from the British Isles and colonies from the 11th to the 20th centuries, hand indexed and extracted by surname, and available as ebook (£75) or DVD (£90). Each ebook contains the full set of descriptions and matching scans for the particular surname from the 10 million and more records hand indexed by All scans are in PDF format.

    Each Surname Source Book contains the records relating to the surname in question, gathered from the archives of as of the time of purchase. These archives contain over 10 million surname-indexed items from the British Isles and the colonies, dating from the time of the first heritable surnames in the 11th century, through to 1958.

    UK Posts Digitized Records of the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields 1788-1976


    Okay – I know. Coal fields records sound boring… But in taking a look at these newly digitized records, I found that they are anything but that! If you’ve got Kentucky folks who worked in the energy industries there, you’ve got to browse and search these records. There’s 140 cubic feet of digitized materials that include records of interest to genealogists. Following is a portion of the July 28, 2016 news release. You may want to read it all.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) successfully completed work on its National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) digitization grant, resulting in online access to 140 cubic feet of materials from the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection. The materials from the Coal, Camps and Railroads project is available to the public through the digital library ExploreUK.

    The newly digitized materials at UK focus on 189 years of economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976. The 10 individual collections document:

    • the search for, extraction of, and distribution of coal, oil and natural gas resources in Breathitt, Boyd, Clark, Floyd, Harlan, Lawrence, Letcher, Perry and Powell counties;
    • the creation of railroads to bring these raw materials to industrial manufacturers and electrical power generators across the United States; and
    • the company towns, their services and the individuals who grew up and made possible this economic development.

    These collections include the Benham Coal Company records, Wheelwright collection, Sherrill Martin papers, Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company and Lexington and Eastern Railway Company records and the Kentucky Union Land Company records.

    Read all about these collections in a detailed article at the University of Kentucky website.

    Serendipity Day

    ** Did you help with the FamilySearch Indexing Marathon?

    ** Black Dutch; Somehow A Slur

    ** Finding Family Bibles

    ** Heaven Is (for Genealogists)

    In mid-July, all of us genealogists had a great opportunity to help “Pay It Forward.” FamilySearch organized an Indexing Marathon and know what? The outcome was 10,447,887 records were indexed during those three days with 116,475 new people/names added to the searchable database. I did one batch; how about YOU?? Stay tuned for there will be a next time and we both might-could-should-will do better.


     In, 1997, Vol. 12, No 1, Page 17, was an explanatory article titled “Black Dutch As 19th Century Slur.” This term has been around since the late 19th century and it has always meant something negative. “The guileless and unphilological,”  often classed with the “ignorant Irish,” and “they are like a drove of bullocks..where one leads the rest follow.”

    “The term originally meant all speakers of German in the broadest sense. Specifically, the Schwarze Deutsche, or Black Germans, were found along the Danube River in Austria and Germany, in the Black Forest….have dark hair and eyes, unlike the fairer people north and south of them.”

    This last comes from the website, (for real, no @).  Managed by Mike Nassau, this site is a good read but has not been updated for ten years.

    Continue reading “Serendipity Day”

    Bundle of the NEW Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors & German Census Records 1816-1916 – on Sale for 20% Off thru Aug. 3


    It was just announced that my new booklet for Moorshead Magazines, titled Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, is now shipping. We’ve been shipping Dr. Roger Minert’s new German Census Records 1816-1916 for six weeks, and have good stocks of the volume in both soft and hard bindings.

    So – we’ve decided to create a bundle of the two new publications, and discount the bundle a full 20%. The bundle is valued at $44.90, but is on sale for only $35.92 through Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Click on this link to order. P&h would normally be $10 if purchased separately, but is only $5.50 as a bundle for this promotion! So that’s a savings of $13.48! 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

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

    Dr. Sam Wheeler Has Been Appointed Illinois State Historian


    According to an AP article posted at, Dr. Sam Wheeler has been appointed as the Illinois state historian. He will direct collections and research at the state historical library. Dr. Wheeler has been a research historian at the library, which is part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

    It is planned that he will also head up efforts to use Illinois’ historical resources (museums, library collections & historic sites) to further educate the public concerning Illinois’ heritage.

    Read all about it at:

    Read another article about Dr. Sam Wheeler.