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

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

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

The books are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.


  • A Few Tips for Using the Book


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Section 1: German land, past and present

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

Section 2: The Tools, Contacts, and Resources

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

Section 3: Emigration and Immigration

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

Section 4: United States Resources

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

Section 5: Language and Vocabularies

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

Section 6: German Resources

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

Section 7: Archives

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

Section 8: Life in Our Ancestor’s Times

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

Section 9: Newspapers, Libraries, Museums and other Information

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

The Appendix

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Click here to purchase Genetic Genealogy in Practice

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

The following is from the Table of Contents:

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

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

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

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

New Website Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

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

Check out the new website.

Read an article about the launch at the website.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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


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

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

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

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

Would you like more information on these books?

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

German Census Records Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors Blog Post – July 28, 2016

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

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

New Genetic Associations of Parkinsons Disease Identified Thru DNA Testing

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

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

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

Read the full article.

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

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

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

For more information, see the Digital North Carolina Blog.

Click here to browse through the collection.

Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary By Moving!

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

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

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

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

RootsTech 2018 Promotional Pricing – Just $199

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

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The 2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Is Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies – 15% Off Thru Oct 31

A short time ago, Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock wrote a new booklet for Moorshead Magazines entitled: Tracing Your Ancestors – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies. After reading a PDF review copy, I purchased 10 cases of them to offer to my readers. All genealogists travel at one point or another – some of us more than others. This guide will assist anyone who wishes to plan a trip. Whether doing a genealogy road trip stateside or a trip abroad to your ancestral homeland, this booklet will help you in planning the perfect journey. Written by two experienced genealogy professionals, writers, and travelers, you’re sure to get ideas and tips that you hadn’t even thought about before.

The following is from the Table of Contents, and will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the book:

  • Ten Things to know Before You Go: Lisa offer ten suggestions to make the most of your ancestral journey.
  • Awesome Apps for Travelers!: Lisa gives an overview of 17 useful heritage travel tools and apps.
  • Preparing For a Genealogy Trip: Christine says being prepared is the key to a successful journey.
  • Preparation Checklist: Christine recommends a comprehensive list of to-dos to consider before you depart on your journey
  • Preparation Checklist: Christine Woodcock Says being prepared is the key to a successful journey.
  • Speaking Your Ancestor’s Language: Lisa A. Alzo offer tips for conquering colloquialisms and communicating with cousins during a heritage trip.
  • Build An Itinerary in Trello!: Lisa A. Alzo discusses how Trello can help you organize your genealogy and writing projects.
  • Journal Your Journey: Christine Woodcock recommends keeping a journal of your genealogical travel experiences.
  • Meeting Family – Making Memories: Lisa A. Alzo share how to find and make the most of chance encounters with newly found relatives.
  • Immersion Genealogy: Lisa A. Alzo share her thoughts on a more complete way to explore your ancestry.
  • Social History Museums: Christine Woodcock shows how to put your ancestors’ lives into perspective.
  • Expert Guidance: Lisa A. Alzo offers tips on how to hire a tour guide for your trip.
  • Food, Family and Folklore: Lisa A. Alzo shares tips for planning a dream trip to your ancestral homeland.
  • Visiting Cemeteries: Christine Woodcock offers guidance on how to prepare for a visit to your ancestor’s gravesite.
  • After the Tour: Christine Woodcock shares tips on what to do with all that information you collect while on your trip to your ancestral homeland.

Order Tracing Your Ancestors – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies; by Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock by clicking on the link. Printed 2017; 66 pp; Soft Cover, Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-07-1; Item #: MM027; Reg. $9.95 – on sale for $8.46 (+ $4.50 p&h) through October 31.

Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Vol. 7 – Canton of Vaud (Waadt) – Now Shipping

This is an update to let everyone know that we are now shipping both the soft and hard-bound versions of the first seven volumes of Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers. The latest is Volume 7, covering the Canton of Vaud (Waadt).

Family Roots Publishing just published volume seven. This volumes includes information on 765 places found in Vaud (Waadt). An index to all places in the canton is found at the end of this entry.

The Community Indexes for each canton (or cantons) are included in the description of each book – and can be found at their respective pages at the Family Roots Publishing website. Click on their respective links above to find your communities within those Cantons.

The Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers series is an out-growth of the very popular Map Guide to German Parish Registers project, which is still in process, but nearing completion. Over the years, we’ve been asked by numerous parties to extend the project to cover other German-speaking European countries. We did that with the publication of Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers in 2016. There are 26 current cantons in Switzerland. Many of them are small, so we plan to publish guides to multiple cantons in a number of the books. For this reason, we expect the entire series to be under 20 volumes.

Unlike American genealogical research, where the place to search is usually a civil registration (city, county, and state), European research is usually related to an ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In 18th and 19th century Switzerland, one must search the parish registers for births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. The historic boundaries for the Swiss cantons and amtsbezirke are quite well defined, and this volume lays them out in map form. Listings are given for both Catholic and Protestant parishes, along with what records are available and where to access them. Contact information, and the municipalities covered by each parish is found, making your Swiss research much easier to accomplish.

Each of the Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers does the following:

  • Includes an index of all the communities found within the Canton.
  • Identifies the major online resources for Swiss genealogical research.
  • Identifies each canton with amtsbezirke (districts), and the municipalities, bauerten (farming coalitions), and subsidiary locations.
  • Visually identifies church parishes within each amtsbezirk (district).
  • Provides an overview of Swiss genealogical records.
  • Identifies neighboring parishes, just in case your ancestor may have gone to an alternate parish.
  • Aids in conducting area searches, particularly across district and canton borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for your family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Identifies important gazetteers and online dictionaries available to researchers.

To see the full list (both hard and soft bound) of the first seven volumes, click here.

Following is the index for the new book covering Canton Vaud (Waadt):

  • Aclens
  • Aelen
  • Agiez
  • Aigle
  • Aigle‑Côte
  • Aigle‑Plaine
  • A l’Aigue‑Noire
  • Allaman
  • Allens
  • Allys
  • Antagnes
  • Apples ,
  • Aran
  • Arnex
  • Arrissoules
  • Arveye
  • Arzier
  • Arzier‑le‑Muids
  • Assens
  • Aubonne ,
  • Au Camp Le Toleure
  • Au Plan
  • Au‑Plâne
  • Au Rosé
  • Aux Isles
  • Aux Planches‑d’Enhaut
  • Avenches
  • Avenex
  • Bahyse
  • Bains de Lavey
  • Ballaigues
  • Ballens
  • Bas‑de‑l’Etang
  • Bas‑de‑Vucherens
  • Bas‑du‑Chenit
  • Bassins
  • Baulmes
  • Bauloz
  • Bavois
  • Begnins ,
  • Bellerive
  • Belmont
  • Belmont‑sur‑Yverdon
  • Bénex‑dessus
  • Bercher ,
  • Berchier
  • Berolle
  • Béthuay
  • Bettens
  • Bex
  • Bezirk Pays‑d’Enhaut
  • Bière
  • Bioley‑Magnoux
  • Bioley‑Orjulaz
  • Blonay ,
  • Bofflens
  • Bogis‑Bossey
  • Bonvillars
  • Borjoz
  • Bossenaz
  • Bottens ,
  • Boulens
  • Bourg‑des‑Pillettes
  • Continue reading “Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Vol. 7 – Canton of Vaud (Waadt) – Now Shipping”

English Roman Catholic Database 1607-1840 to be Published

A mob protesting the 1778 Roman Catholic Relief Act sets fire to Newgate Prison, London, in 1780. Credits: Getty

A new database, to be released for purchase, and later to be published online has been created by the Catholic Family History Society. The database lists approximately 275,000 English Roman Catholics who lived between 1607 and 1840. The Margaret Higgins Database was compiled by Brother Rory Higgins FSC, an Australian monk, and was named after his mother.

During the Reformation, Anglicanism became the official British faith. Catholics were no longer looked upon with favor. On the 22nd of May, 1767, the House of Lords asked that bishops of England and Wales instruct their parish clergy to “correct and complete lists as can be obtained of the papists or reputed papists, distinguishing their parishes, sexes, ages and occupations and how long they have been there resident”. Is seems that clergy took this to mean that they were to include Catholics and suspected Catholics in their records from then on. It’s thought that more than half of the English Catholics were included in the “Returns of Papists” which were submitted to Parliament. The new database includes these records as well as other lists and published materials listing those of the Roman Catholic faith.

This database will be of importance to those of us with English Catholic ancestry. I look forward to its upcoming release.

For more information, read the article posted at the Who Do You Think You Are? website.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Salt Lake Christmas Tour Preregistration Extended Thru October 31 – register today!

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is in its 33rd year. The Tour is the genealogy research trip where you can find ancestors quickly! It’s renowned for the genealogy research success of its attendees, many of whom come back year after year. The 33rd annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour will take place on December 3 through 9, 2017. There have recently been a number of cancellations, leaving space for more new attendees! Preregister now to get the best rates.

Visit the website for full information.