How To Use the FamilyRootsPublishing.com Web Store – Pt. 4

In Pt. 1, I wrote about how the Categories are laid out at the Family Roots Publishing website. In Pt. 2, I described what the categories “Africa” through “Computer” contain. In Pt. 3, I described what the categories “Ethnic” through “How-to Guides” contain.
In this post, I would like to describe the categories ” Mexico ” through “~Damaged.”

Categories – Mexico to ~Damaged

Mexico
Mexico
The Mexico section needs more products. If there were more books available and written in English, we would sell more on this area.

War
Military/War
This section covers all of the wars the U.S. has been involved in, including obscure ones like: Bacon’s Rebellion. Also products covering other countries like: British Military.

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PDF EBooks
This is the section for our Ebooks. Currently, we only carry PDFs. We carry all of Moorshead Magazines’ Ebooks. including back issues of their magazines (though most have yet to be posted); most of Lisa Louise Cooke‘s Ebooks, Diahan Southard’s DNA Guides and many of our own products by authors like William Dollarhide, Roger P. Minert and Leland Meitzler

Periodicals
Periodicals
This is our Periodicals section. Here we have placed both paper and PDF copies of the popular Periodicals that we carry, as well as books about Periodicals.
Many of the Paper and PDF back issues that we have, have yet to be posted.

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SHOTBOX
This category is for the amazing SHOTBOX, portable tabletop photo light studio.

South America
South America
This category is for South America. If there where more books written in English, we would sell more on this area.

Supplies
Supplies
This category is where we have Forms, and Wall Charts.

USA - By State
USA – By State
In this category we have broken the U.S.A. down by State. By clicking on the state of your choice, you can go to the county level. We have also included U.S. Territories and Former U.S. Possessions.

USA - General
USA – General
This section is for Categories covering the entire U.S.A.

Damaged
~Damaged

All items are brand new, never read, but time on a warehouse shelf or at a conference has not been good to them. They may have some damage to the cover; scuff marks mostly, but integrity is still intact. There are no missing pages or anything that would compromise the readability, legibility, or understanding of the text. They may have minimal dings on the top or bottom of some pages.

And that covers it. I hope this helps in your use of the Family Roots Publishing website.

How To Use the FamilyRootsPublishing.com Web Store – Pt. 3

In Pt. 1, I wrote about how the Categories are laid out at the Family Roots Publishing website. In Pt. 2, I described what the categories “Africa” through “Computer” contain. In this post, I would like to describe the categories “Ethnic” through “How-to Guides.”

Categories – Ethnic to Military/War

Ethnic
Ethnic
Many of our products cover a particular ethnic group, not just the country or countries that group is from, despite titles such as Germans in Pennsylvania or Jews in Hungary. I have tried to categorize every ethnicity clearly mentioned in a book.
Note: The categories of “American” and “European” are not well represented because they would entail almost all of our products, so there is a bit of “hit and miss.” On the other hand, ethnicities that don’t have their own countries can be found here. Example: Creole, Huguenots, Melungeons, American Indian, African-American, and Norman.

Europe
Europe
In this category I have placed most of the European countries, including some that no longer exist; such as the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. We are mainly a publisher and seller of books about Germany and the German people, those books can be found under this category.
We have broken the Germany category down further into the following subcategories:

Family
Families/Royalty
Though Family Root Publishing does not publish family books, we are not adverse to selling some. In this category can be found books on Family Reunions, Genealogies, Heraldry, Royal Lineages, and Family Associations.
Because of the large amount of data available on the subject there is also a category for Pocahontas Descendants.
Under the Genealogies category, there are subcategories for several important linage series that are known to be of help to many people.

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Flip-Pal Scanners & Accessories
Though we do not sell the Flip-Pal any longer, we still have some of its accessories left. Under this category can also be found “eneloop” batteries and “Quick Notes” on how to use the Flip-Pal.

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Genealogy Related Novels
After a long day at the library, archives, or courthouse, sit down to a good novel, which can be found here.

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German Map Guides
This category covers our main Publishing Series. Premiering in 2005, the series was written in English by Kevan Hansen.

The volumes were principally written to help family historians resolve where their families may have gone to church in Germany – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series, some with as little population as one person! Place names are generally from before 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

The online description of each book includes an index listing every town found in that book. To search across the entire database for any particular German town, Click here, enter the name of the town in the Search Box, click on “Description Only,” and then click Search. Note, many town names can be found in multiple books, as there are often multiple towns with the same name.

Each volume of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor may have worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.

How-to
How-to Guides
This category probably has the lest descriptive title of all we offer and, it is also the most useful. The flowing is the list of sub categories:

How To Use the FamilyRootsPublishing.com 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 http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/ at a great price.

Categories
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

Africa
Africa
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
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.

Author
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
Example:
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 🙂

Canada
Canada
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.

    Computer
    Computer
    A simple sounding Category, with simple sounding Subcategories.

    How To Use the FamilyRootsPublishing.com Web Store – Pt. 1

    It has been pointed out that our web store is not as intuitive as I meant to make it. When my father handed it over to me, we only had a few hundred books and products, but now they are numbered in the thousands and more are being added every day.

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    Most products are in many categories. An example would be: Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites; by James M Beidler, this book is in the following categories

    In navigating our web store, start with the Categories list on the left hand side of our home page.

    Categories

    This list will be available on every page of www.familyrootspublishing.com.

    This Categories list is only the main Categories. Most of the main Categories have a subcategories list.

    Subcategories

    Some Categories only have a few subcategories while others have an extensive list.

    Underneath most Categories sublists will be products that cover that sublist’s broad definition.

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    Regarding localities, I have placed every Continent on the Main list while the sublists may not have every country

    Africa

    Some of the countries’ sublists have subcategories of states or counties.

    States subcategories

    In the case of many U.S. States, we also have subcategories for counties under the States subcategory.

    county subcategories

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    The symbols or numbers before or after a category title are placed there in order to get the web store’s program to sort them into a particular category. An example would be: [British]Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians, 2nd Edition, by William Spencer. It is in the following categories:

    In this case the number “1” places the book at the top of the list. Some symbols can be sorted to the top of the list and with others, to the end of the list. Such as ‘British Military’.

    In many cases the same title is used, but a number or symbol is added to make it possible to place it under multiple subcategories

    Flash Sale – 20% off select Family Tree Books

    The following books are all on sale at 20% off, through July 5 or while supplies last.

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    The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide, How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe; by Lisa A Alzo

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    Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites; by James M Beidler

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    Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com, How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website; by Nancy Hendrickson

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    The Family Tree Historical Maps Book, A State-by-State Atlas of US History, 1790-1900; by Allison Dolan

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    The Family Tree Historical Maps Book – Europe, A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s; by Allison Dolan

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    How to Archive Family Photos, A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally; by Denise May Levenick

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    Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website; by Dana Mccullough

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    The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors; by Marsha Hoffman Rising

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    The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference: Quick Facts and Timelines of American History to Help Understand Your Ancestors; by Nancy Hendrickson

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    The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe; by James Beidler

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    Family Tree Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition; by Diane Haddad

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    From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes; by Gena Philibert-Ortega

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    The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe; by Allison Dolan

    New FamilySearch Collections Update: May 9, 2016

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    A variety of small collection updates this week including Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565‐2011, Germany Prussia East Prussia Königsberg Funeral Sermons 1597‐1794, Guam Judicial Land Obituaries and Census Records 1712‐2000, Ontario District Marriage Registers 1801‐1858, and can you believe, Zimbabwe Death notices 1904‐1976! See the table below for other additions this week.

    COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

    Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565‐2011 – 206,594 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Germany Mecklenburg‐Schwerin Census 1867 – 3 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Germany Prussia East Prussia Königsberg Funeral Sermons 1597‐1794 – 0 – 31,607 – New browsable image collection
    Ontario District Marriage Registers 1801‐1858 – 0 – 2,738 – New browsable image collection
    Zimbabwe Death notices 1904‐1976 – 10,358 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

    United States Databases
    Montana Meagher County Records 1866‐2012 – 1,030 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Texas World War I Records 1917‐1920 – 6,271 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Guam Judicial Land Obituaries and Census Records 1712‐2000 – 22,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

    Announcing new Pro Bono initiative: Tribal Quest

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    MyHeritage Launches Global Pro Bono Initiative to Document the Family Histories of Remote Tribes

    Tribal Quest team members visit indigenous communities to create their family trees and record their family stories online, preserving them for future generations

    TEL AVIV, Israel & WINDHOEK, Namibia & PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, May 10, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, unveiled today a new initiative — Tribal Quest — to record the family histories of communities that lack access to modern technology.

    MyHeritage has completed its first two Tribal Quest expeditions to Namibia and Papua New Guinea, meeting elders and families of the Himba people in Namibia, and different tribal groups in Papua New Guinea. Collaborating with local guides, MyHeritage teams spent three weeks in each destination, interviewing hundreds of community members, taking thousands of family photos, gathering information at cemeteries, and attending local community events and rituals. The teams then processed all the data they gathered, cross-correlated and tagged it, and organized the family history information of over 6,000 members of tribal communities in 55 richly-detailed family trees. This information is now saved online on MyHeritage, preserving cultural heritage and personal family histories of tribal people forever.

    At one of the villages deep in the rural Kunene region of Namibia, Tribal Quest team members met Mbunguha, a village elder who recounted family stories going back many generations. Mbunguha’s parents told him that he had been born during a particularly intense drought, marking a tough period for his family. He now worries about the effects that recent repetitive droughts, and the resulting economic instability, will have on his community. With the traditional Himba way of life now in decline and globalization and urbanization on the rise, Mbunguha is concerned that many family traditions will be lost. Mbunguha was eager to participate in the project and have his family history recorded to ensure that it is not lost for the next generations of the village. Mbunguha’s family tree — and those of his clan — are now preserved online on MyHeritage.

    Further expeditions to other remote destinations are currently being planned.

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    “Across a wide range of diverse cultures and traditions, we all have family in common; we all learn from and honor our ancestors,” said Golan Levi, User Experience Expert at MyHeritage and founder of the Tribal Quest project. “This project aims to allow people around the world — no matter where or how they live — to save their ancestors’ legacies forever, for the benefit of their descendants, and our descendants.”

    “We are privileged to be the global destination of choice for millions of people interested in discovering and preserving their family history,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We love combining our work with pro bono projects, utilizing our technologies and our enthusiastic staff to bring the benefits of genealogy to more people. With Tribal Quest we are preserving diverse cultural heritage that is at risk, and doing it uniquely at the level of individuals and families. If we don’t do this, nobody else will, and therefore we must do it.”

    The Namibia expedition is showcased online at www.tribalquest.org; Papua New Guinea expedition materials will be added soon. Visit the website to learn more about the project, view photos and read stories of the Himba people, and to get involved.
    View the Tribal Quest introduction video.

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    About MyHeritage

    MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

    Filipino Amerasians – America’s Forgotten Children

    Under U.S. President McKinley, the United States took possession of the Philippines, and took responsibility of The Philippines. U.S. servicemen fathered children with Filipino women and then…
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    The Many (Forgotten) Faces of America
    When the US naval bases in the Philippines closed in 1992, the military left behind thousands of Amerasian children. Since the closings, American presence still exists and -contrary to initial estimate of 52,000 – it is now estimated that there are 250,000 Amerasian children, ranging from newborn to geriatric, abandoned in the Philippines. These Amerasians are acutely vulnerable, particularly to human trafficking, and painfully stigmatized. They live in abject poverty, forcing them to continue the cycle of marginalized sub-existence and prostitution.

    My grandfather served in the U.S. Army between 1921-23. I wonder if I have any aunts, uncles, or cousins that I know nothing about. These are American children.

    In 1982, the United States Congress voted to grant U.S. citizenship to Amerasians from Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and other Asian countries, in what was known as the Amerasian Homecoming Act. Although the Philippines has been a United States ally for more than a century, Filipino (and Japanese) offspring of soldiers were not included: they must be claimed by their former American G.I. fathers if they wish to claim their U.S. citizenship.

    Even if I were to find family, in the Philippines, I can’t bring them home.

    Written by Dale Meitzler

    Read the full article.

    New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of May 2, 2016

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    Millions of new US an international records this week including Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984, New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998, Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001, France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940, Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939, Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920. Find these and more by following the links below.

    COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

    France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940 – 244,795 – 0 – New indexed records collection
    Lesotho Evangelical Church Records 1874-1983 – 0 – 20,396 – New browsable image collection.
    New Brunswick Saint John Saint John Burial Permits 1889-1919 – 0 – 13,902 – New browsable image collection.
    New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 – 10,511 – 363,839 – Added images to an existing collection
    New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1948 – 27,054 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Ontario County Marriage Registers 1858-1869 – 0 – 9,447 – New browsable image collection.
    Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015 – 397,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998 – 339,222 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 0 – 248,882 – Added images to an existing collection
    Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 1,741,178 – Added images to an existing collection
    Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 444,585 – Added images to an existing collection
    Russia Tver Church Books 1722-1918 – 0 – 905 – Added images to an existing collection
    Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 205,216 – Added images to an existing collection

    United States Databases

    Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records 1891-1939 – 172,347 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    California Fresno and Napa Counties Obituaries 1974-1997 – 65,850 – 76,098 – New indexed records and images collection
    Iowa Church and Civil Marriages 1837-1989 – 13,474 – 0 – New indexed records collection
    Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 – 67,489 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 472,449 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Massachusetts Town Records ca. 1638-1961 – 58,412 – 87,781 – New indexed records and images collection
    Michigan Church Marriages 1865-1931 – 2,303 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Michigan County Marriages 1820-1940 – 62,733 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    New Hampshire Birth Certificates 1901-1909 – 104,327 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1865-1936 – 14,100 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
    South Carolina Deaths 1915-1965 – 157,759 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

    Chinese Immigration to the United States, 1882-1944 Digital Archive

    University of California, Berkeley has launched a new digital archive covering Chinese immigration to the United States between 1884-1944.

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    “From 1882 to 1943 the United States Government severely curtailed immigration from China to the United States. This Federal policy resulted from concern over the large numbers of Chinese who had come to the United States in response to the need for inexpensive labor. Congress passed several laws restricting their immigration and naturalization. In its efforts to regulate these matters, the Congress also established federal agencies that created documentation related to those activities and its management of those people under the existing legislation. This website provides an overview of that history and offers an online, searchable index to many of the nearly 200,000 ‘casefiles’ held at NARA which cover the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act (1880-1943).”

    Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

    Findmypast Publishes over 911,000 Royal Navy Pension Records Online for the First Time

    The fallowing news release is from Find My Past
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    Today, 09 April 2016, over 911,000 records of British Royal Navy pensions have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

    The publication, released in association with The National Archives, consists of an assortment of documents kept by the Greenwich Hospital and the Royal Hospital Chelsea to record the details of Greenwich Pensioners.

    The British Royal Navy & Royal Marines service and pension records span over 230 years of British naval history from to 1704 to 1934 and contain over 270,000 scanned colour images. The collection will allow family historians to uncover fascinating details of their ancestor’s career with the Royal Navy, such as their period of service, where they served, when they joined and if they were wounded in the line of duty.

    Since 1804, The Royal Greenwich Hospital has paid small out-pensions to large numbers of deserving applicants who had served in either the Navy or Marines, as well as admitting a fixed number to live as in-pensioners of the hospital. This is the first time that records relating to these payments have been made available online, allowing more people than ever before to learn about the lives of their naval ancestors.

    The collection includes:

    • Registers of Greenwich Hospital out-pensioners and candidates
    • Service records of both officers’ & ratings’ between 1802 and 1919
    • Indexes of Greenwich Hospital pensioners and out-pensioners
    • Royal Hospital Chelsea payment returns for England, Scotland, Wales and Jersey
    • Royal Hospital Chelsea admission books, registers and papers

    To coincide with the upcoming centenary of the Battle of Jutland, Findmypast has also released over 40,000 records of Royal Navy & Royal Marines personnel who served at Jutland. The Battle, which took place off the coast of Denmark between the 31st May and 1st June 1916, was the largest naval engagement of the First World War and cost the lives of nearly 7,000 British sailors.

    Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says:
    “As an island nation we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served Great Britain at sea. These naval pension records, indexed and published online for the first time, shed new light on our naval ancestors and will open up fresh lines of enquiry for thousands of people. This release cements Findmypast’s reputation for having the most comprehensive online collection of British naval records.”

    Bruno Pappalardo, Principal Maritime Records Specialist at The National Archives, said:
    “The complexity, diversity and nature of eighteenth and nineteenth century Royal Navy pension records has previously made the searching of such documents speculative and difficult to undertake. The release of these key pension records will be an essential contribution to opening up these records for research purposes.”

    About Findmypast
    Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

    Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

    In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

    About The National Archives
    The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files.

    Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk www.legislation.gov.uk

    An Engineering Disaster on Edge of L.A. Left Nearly 500 Forgotten Deaths

    The following excerpt is from newsweek.com

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    The remnants of the worst engineering disaster of 20th-century America sit about an hour’s drive from downtown Los Angeles…

    Eighty-eight years ago, the St. Francis Dam burst in the middle of a March night, killing nearly 500 people. There are some images of the aftermath, but numbers tell the story better: 12.4 billion gallons of water rising to the furious height of 140 feet, surging 54 miles to the Pacific Ocean, an inland tsunami 2 miles wide leveling towns in its path. Some thought a saboteur had dynamited the dam. This would be easier to believe than the dam failing and people dying senselessly. But that was the case. And given the sorry state of American infrastructure, something similar could be the case again: the St. Francis Dam as portent, not aberration.

    Read the full article.

    Lost Roanoke Colony’s Ft. Raleigh? New Find on Roanoke Island Creates Stir

    The following excerpt is from m.obsentinel.com

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    Scott Dawson, a native of Hatteras Island and now a resident of Colington, has shared the location of a discovery he made on National Park Service property with that agency, which has now secured the area and posted surveillance to insure that intruders don’t disturb the site.

    Doug Stover, park historian of the Park Service, said that park officials think that the site may be the remains of Fort Blanchard, a Civil War fort.

    But if proven correct in his beliefs, Dawson will be the envy of many archaeologists who have spent their careers in the search of the long-lost Ft. Raleigh, Ralph Lane’s 1585 fort on Roanoke Island.

    Read the full article.

    To learn more about the Lost Colony of Roanoke check out this Wikipedia page.

    Online database of Holocaust victims hits 1 million records

    The following teaser is from an article posted on usatoday.com

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    The Nazis aimed to erase the Jewish people. Now, 70 years later, contributors around the globe are etching victims’ names back into memory through an online memorial that’s just hit 1 million records.

    World Memory Project, a collaboration between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and genealogy website Ancestry, is a free online database that lists information about millions of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

    Launched in May 2011, the project hit one million records this month, a major milestone made possible through over 3,500 volunteers from 18 different countries. The contributors spend hundreds of hours indexing archived documents from the Holocaust Museum into an online software provided by Ancestry.

    Read the full article.
    Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

    Archbishop of Canterbury discovers he is illegitimate at age 60

    The following excerpt is from dailymail.co.uk

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    The Archbishop of Canterbury’s real father confessed the priest was his secret son shortly before he died.

    It also emerged that Sir Anthony Montague Browne’s dying wish was to see Justin Welby one last time.

    The most senior figure in the Anglican Communion discovered last month that the late Montague Browne was his biological father and not Gavin Welby.
    Montague Browne, who was Winston Churchill’s private secretary between 1952 and 1965, had told his step-son Paddy Macklin the truth, after years of denying his paternity.

    Macklin, 56, is the son of Lady Shelagh Montague Browne from a previous marriage and is a renowned round-the-world yachtsman.
    He had growing suspicious that Sir Anthony was Welby’s father and the family used to joke about the striking resemblance between the two.

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