Ruth Ellen Maness A.G. Passes – R.I.P. my dear friend…

I got a text from Kevan Hansen in Salt Lake City this morning saying that our friend, Ruth Maness passed away last night. The word is that she had a massive heart attack.

Ruth was an accredited genealogist, specializing in Scandinavian problems. Personally, I’ve worked with Ruth for at least 15 or more years. For many years she worked a reference desk at the Family History Library, helping people with Scandinavian research. During the Salt Lake Christmas Tour, Ruth would take time off and spend the week working with the Christmas Tour attendees. Ruth Maness helped thousands of people find their ancestors. She retired from the Family History Library a couple or three years ago, and has since been working with Holly Hansen, contributing to and writing genealogy guidebooks.

I’m sure that detailed obits will be forthcoming from the Salt Lake area, and will keep my eye open, and add links as I can.

MyHeritage DNA Tests – Only $69 for Father’s Day – Until June 19

MyHeritage is running a Fathers’s Day promo on their Autosomal DNA test – cutting the price to just $69 until June 19. That’s again the best price that they’ve ever offered. Order 3 kits or more, and they add free shipping. Click on this link.

MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.

All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.

DNA testing is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Mother and Adopted Daughter Meet For the First Time!

Robin never forgot the daughter she gave birth to at the age of 15. She’d counted the baby’s fingers and toes. The girl was perfect — and she never saw her again.

Becky wanted to find her birth mother from the time she discovered she’d been adopted. She wanted to know where she came from.

Becky was engaged when she took a MyHeritage DNA test, with her fiancé’s support, to learn of her heritage.

Robin had her DNA tested as a part of a family history project.

View the following video by clicking on the illustration to learn their story:

Following are links to blogs I’ve done in the past about their DNA test:

Click here to order your MyHeritage DNA test today!

By the way, I get matches to new cousins every few days from my MyHeritage DNA testing that I had done last February. On March 28, I had 1; on April 2, I had 1; April 10, I had 4; April 14, I had 2, April 30, I had 2; May 7, I had 3; May 9, I had 1; May 14, I had 1; May 21, I had 3; May 28, I had 5; June 4, I had 3; and June 11, I had another 1… I can’t keep up!

UPLOAD YOUR DNA TEST RESULTS to MyHeritage – It’s FREE!
If you have tested your DNA with other autosomal DNA test providers than MyHeritage DNA, you can easily upload the DNA raw data file to MyHeritage.com to get a comprehensive Ethnicity Estimate and DNA Matches. It’s entirely free, and you will find more relatives! Click here to Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage and enjoy free DNA Matching and Ethnicity Estimates.

Please note – I have an affiliate relationship with MyHeritage and MyHeritage DNA. I receive a small portion of any sales made by my readers clicking on the above links, and purchasing.

New Records at FindMyPast This Last Week

Databases added at FindMyPast this last week:

WWI Draft Registration Cards
Over 5.1 million new records have been added to our collection of United States WWI draft registration cards. This final update completes this fascinating collection, which now totals more than 25 million records.

The draft was authorized for the purpose of raising a national army in light of the United States’ entry into World War I. When, on April 6, 1917, the United States officially declared war on Germany, the US Army was far too small to effectively fight an overseas war. In response, the Selective Service Act was passed enabling men to be selected, trained and drafted into military service, as necessary. Following the Act’s passage on May 18th 1917, more than 24 million Americans (nearly 98% of the male population under the age of 46) registered for the draft, meaning that this collection records nearly half the male population at that time.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original draft registration card. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, place of birth, residence, registration year and citizenship country. Images will often provide additional details such as your ancestor’s home address, citizenship status, marital status, occupation, employer and place of employment, prior military service, race, and details relating to their next of kin. Each card was also signed by the individual, which provides you with a look at your ancestor’s own script and signature.

Additional Sets Added This Last Week

A total of 7.3 million records from the US, Canada and the UK have been released this last Findmypast Friday. Additional collections now available to search include;

New Brunswick, County Deed Registry Books Image Browse
This browse-only collection allows you to explore over 1,400 volumes of land records in their entirety. The material covers 1780 to 1993, contains over 792,000 records and covers all 15 counties within the province. The deed books cover the years 1780 to 1930 while the Indexes run from 1780 to 1993.

Illinois, Northern District, Naturalization Index
Illinois, Northern District, Naturalization Index contains over 550,000 records. This index of naturalization cards from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois covers petitions made by residents of northern Illinois, northwest Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. The records have the highest concentration from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, with a few outliers. Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original record. Transcripts will generally reveal the date of your ancestor’s naturalization, their country of birth, place of birth and language. Images may provide further information such as the names and addresses of witnesses, the name and place of the naturalization court, their address, and their date and port of arrival in the United States.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police obituary card index and notices 1876-2007 Browse
Find out if your ancestor died or was killed while serving with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with over 9,000 browsable obituary cards. The collection comprises obituaries and death notices of RCMP officers who died in service and that were printed in Royal Canadian Mounted Police publications, such as the Scarlet and Gold Magazine, as well as an index of obituaries. The amount of information listed will vary depending on the source material. Most records will reveal when your ancestor died, their rank and regimental number at the very least. A number or entries also include photographs of the deceased officer.

Scotland, Post Office Directories Image Browse
More than 180,000 additional records have been added to our collection of browsable Scottish Post Office Directories. These fascinating records provide brief descriptions of local areas, lists of notable people, of local business owners and are an excellent source for both family and local historians.

1939 Register – empty addresses
Over 667,000 additional 1939 Register records are now available to search. These new records relate to vacant addresses recorded in the register.

Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America – Fall Seminar – Oct 21 2017

The following was received from Richard E. Hartle, Publicity Chairman for the Spring Seminar of the Ohio Chapter Palatines to America:

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio
  • Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
  • 9:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. – Option for research at the library until 6:00 P.M.

RESEARCHING IN OHIO: GERMAN GENEALOGY METHODS AND SOURCES
Morning Session 9:30 A.M. – Tim Anderson – “Ohio’s Germanic Cultural Landscapes”

Two-Track Afternoon Sessions:
1:00 P.M. – Kelli Bergheimer – “Preparing for Your Library/Archive Visit”
OR Jenni Salamon – “German Newspapers at the Ohio History Connection”
2:15 P.M. – Liz Plummer – “German Resources at the Ohio History Connection”
OR Ernie Thode – “Swiss Pioneers of Southeastern Ohio”

Alternate afternoon: One-on-One sessions with Russ Pollitt, Head of the Library’s Genealogy and Local History Department

Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, continental breakfast, and Full Buffet Lunch by Schmidt’s Sausage Haus

Member: $45; Non-Member $55; Deadline for advance registration: October 7, 2017;
After October 7, 2017: cost is $55 for Members and $65 for Non-Members.

Registration will be available online at https://oh-palam.org/registernow.php or with check payable to Ohio Chapter PalAmSend to Joe Stamm, 3930 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1329; For questions e-mail:

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Thank you,
Richard E. Hartle
Publicity Chairman

Databases Posted at FamilySearch May 1 through June 1, 2017

The following databases were published or updated at FamilySearch between May 1 and June 1 2017:

Title – Number of Indexed Records – Last Updated

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 601,470 – 30 May 2017
Canada, New Brunswick, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919 – 28,555 – 17 May 2017
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 – 251,775 – 10 May 2017
Cook Islands, Civil Registration, 1846-1989 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 85,071 – 12 May 2017
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 875,969 – 02 May 2017
France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1856 – 530,703 – 16 May 2017
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports) – Browse Images – 18 May 2017
Italy, La Spezia, Catholic Church Records, 1838-1857 – Browse Images – 22 May 2017
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 – 30,805 – 23 May 2017
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1956-1984 – 29,076 – 23 May 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 498,265 – 02 May 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 68,565 – 17 May 2017
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 1,967,704 – 18 May 2017
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996 – 1,554 – 18 May 2017
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 17 May 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 62,165 – 11 May 2017
Spain, Province of Teruel, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2013 – Browse Images – 01 May 2017
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 – 10,443 – 18 May 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Florida Marriages, 1830-1993 – 1,699,231 – 01 May 2017
Iowa, Poweshiek County Land Records, 1855-1934 – Browse Images – 08 May 2017
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 19 May 2017
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,493,817 – 19 May 2017
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,093,880 – 01 Jun 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,045,611 – 02 May 2017
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 367,825 – 01 Jun 2017
New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866 – 250,441 – 16 May 2017
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 13,611,543 – 09 May 2017
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 – 99,172 – 17 May 2017
Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941 – 92,337 – 16 May 2017

MISC.
Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969 – Browse Images – 16 May 2017

BillionGraves Index – 20,861,710 – 01 May 2017

Online Tool Reveals the Year in Which a Given Name was Most Popular in Britain

The following teaser is from a May 19, 2017 article posted at dailymail.co.uk:

An unusual baby name seems to be a badge of honor for celebrities, who excel at picking out quirky and sometimes downright bizarre monikers for their children.

But while Kim Kardashian might have assumed she was ahead of the trend by naming her children North and Saint, a new online tool proves that the reality star is in fact well behind the times.

The name Saint was in fact at its most common in 1880, according to the ‘You Called Me What‘ tool from Findmypast.co.uk, which shows when a specific name peaked in popularity – and reveals whether parents are trendsetters, or behind the curve.

Read the full article.

Click on this link to check out the popularity of any given name in Britain.

3 New “Organizing Your Genealogy” Aids – Bundled & Discounted 30% Thru June 7

Family Roots Publishing recently bundled 3 new organizing your genealogy aids and discounted the set 30%. Reg. $27.85, it’s just $19.50 (plus $5.50 p&H). This sale was one of the most successful we’ve ever had, and we made the decision to run it as a 3-day promo June 4 thru 7, 2017.. Click on this link to order. Note that two of the items currently include FREE PDF eBook downloads. There was some confusion when we ran this sale in early May, as some folks expected THREE items… to download.

This bundle is made up of three new items, all of which will help genealogists get organized. They are:

Read the descriptions of the three items below. Click on their individual links to order just that item at 10% off. Click on the Bundle Links – or the illustration – to order the bundle at 30% off.

Organizing Your Genealogical Documents – a Genealogists’ Insta-Guide, by Leland K Meitzler; May 4 2017, 4 pp; Laminated; 3-hole punched; ISBN 978-1-933194-90-5; Item #: FR0194

I’ve been lecturing on organizing your genealogical documents electronically for the last decade. It’s one of my most requested topics. We all have piles of paper – some organized, and a lot that’s not. I have nothing against paper filing systems. In fact, William Dollarhide got my files in order, with his “Dollarhide Systems” organizing methods, back in the day when computers weren’t even discussed. But now we have more electronic documents coming our way than paper. Thus the need to organize electronically.

This Insta-Guide is made to help genealogist’s make the transition from paper documents to electronic. Get rid of the 3-drawer filing cabinet, and those boxes full of paper. And include the all-electronic paperwork that you pull off the internet every evening.

This guide covers the following topics:

  • The Introduction
  • What You Will Need Besides Your Computer
  • Digitize Those Papers!
  • A Note About Files and Folders
  • Electronically File as You Would in a 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet
  • Electronic Filing – Setting up Hierarchical Folders
  • What Goes in the Master file?
  • Inside each Surname Folder, set up Country Folders and Family Folders
  • Labeling a Family Folder
  • The Contents Sheet
  • A Note and a Warning About Files
  • Access the Master Folder From More Than One Computer and/or Program
  • Sharing Documents (files)
  • Link to Your Files From Within Your Genealogy Program
  • What About Photos?
  • Electronic Document Storage Systems
  • Back Up Your Files
  • Dispose of Your Paper Clutter
  • Take Your Family Documents on the Road
  • References

This Insta-Guide currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen.

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Organize Your Genealogy Research: Tips, Tricks & Strategies – a Tracing Your Ancestors publication by Lisa A. Alzo & Denise May Levenick; printed in 2017; 66 pages; ISBN 978-1-926510-05-7; Item #MM023.

Lisa A. Alzo & Denise May Levenick have written a new booklet for Moorshead Publishing titled Organize Your Genealogy Research: Tips, Tricks & Strategies. The booklet is part of the Tracing Your Ancestors series. I wrote Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors for the series, so I do know something about them.

It is made up of 19 chapters – all dealing with an aspect of genealogy organization. Starting with an article on getting rid of the useless clutter – and knowing what is of archival value to an article dealing with organizing your genealogy research through the use of online internet resources.

Denise Levenick is an expert in the area of organizing and archiving paperwork and well as physical heirlooms. Several of the articles detail how to go about archiving all these items we have stored in our home offices, and well as our attics, living rooms, and closets. One chapter deals with how to deal with all those photos we all seem to collect. Do you have issues with archival terminology? She includes a chapter dealing with just that. Everything from Acid, acidic to Polyvinyl chloride. Lists of archival suppliers, as well as resources (with detailed contact information) are included.

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Alzo’s instruction for a number of years. She includes a number of chapters dealing specifically with organizing your research using storyboarding, apps, Trello, and Evernote.

Genealogists can get a lot of good tips and instruction from this 66 page publication. It’s well worth it’s low price, and then some.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Taming Your Inner Packrat Purge your inner packrat and cut the clutter!
  • Storyboarding Your Family’s History Helpful techniques to overcome writer’s block
  • Tips From the Pros Lisa A. Alzo and Denis May Levenick share their tips for staying organized
  • Setting Up a Home Archive How to be a better keeper of your family’s artifacts
  • Archival Product Resources A look at the terminology and other resources relating to preservation
  • Archiving Family Keepsakes Top tips on how to become “The Family Curator”
  • S.M.A.R.T. Goals Learn how this popular goal-setting method can help you organize your genealogy
  • Creating Research Log & Plan Planning your research strategy and logging your work are crucial to your success
  • Organizing Heirlooms A look at storage options for your treasured family items
  • Web Resources for Organizing A look at websites for helping you organize your genealogy
  • Organizing Online Life Five ways to avoid online overload
  • Finding Clues in the Archives Carefully examine every aspect of your family collection for a possible unexpected connection
  • Organizing Photos A look at the prints, negative and film left by your ancestors
  • Timesaving Apps & Tools Lisa A. Alzo shares her favorite scanning and organizing apps
  • 20 Tips for Organizing Paper Files Denise May Levenick looks at ways to organize sooner, rather than later
  • Organizing Digital Files Five steps to help you organize your hard drive and avoid the digital clutter
  • Trello Lisa A. Alzo discusses how Trello can organize your genealogy and writing projects
  • Evernote Use Evernote to organize your genealogy and more!
  • Choosing Scanners Denise May Levenick looks at what you need to consider when choosing the right digitizing equipment

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Organizing Your Genealogy: No More Piles of Paper! – A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide; by William Dollarhide; 2017; 8.5×11; 4 pp; folded; laminated; ISBN: 978-1-62859-128-6; Item #: FR0425

It could be said that William Dollarhide is the father of genealogical organization. During the 1970s, Bill developed an organizational method that became known as Dollarhide Systems. Thousands of genealogists still use the method. Mr. Dollarhide has now compiled an Insta-Guide titled: Organizing Your Genealogy: No More Piles of Paper!, condensing what can take up a book and more, into 4 pages. Armed with the Insta-Guide, any genealogist can get their paperwork organized – and stay that way.

The following is an overview of the Contents:

  • Piles of Paper
  • Pile 1 – The Compiled Sheets
  • Pile 2 – The Research Aids
  • Pile 3 – The Notes and Documents
  • Separate the Notes and Documents
  • The First Problem – Families vs Surnames
  • The Second Problem – Extra People
  • 1. Ancestors
  • 2. Collaterals
  • 3. Suspicious
  • Solving the Paper Collecting Problem
  • Four Rules for Saving Notes and Documents
  • Convert the Notes and Documents Pile into Organized Surname Books
  • Genealogical Evidence
  • Preparing a List for a Family Group Sheet
  • Further Reading

This Insta-Guide currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook.

Family Roots Publishing has bundled the three new organizing your genealogy aids and discounted it 30%. Reg. $27.85, it’s just $19.50 (plus $5.50 p&H). This sale is now set up to run June 4 through 7, 2017. Click on this link to order.

READ Project Producing a Free e-Learning App for Reading Historical Documents

The following teaser is from the READ website.

At the READ [Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents] project, we are dedicated to using new technologies to make historical documents more accessible. Our latest forthcoming tool is an important part of this mission. Our free e-learning app will allow users to train themselves to decipher any sort of historical handwriting. It will be particularly useful for students who are just beginning to work with historical material but could be beneficial to anyone who wants to get to grips with a certain script.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

The Family History Library Announces Third Annual Free Block Party

The following is from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY (May 30, 2017) – The Family History Library and the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor the third annual Family History Block Party on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in downtown Salt Lake City, featuring indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on West Temple Street from North Temple to South Temple, which will be closed to thru traffic. The event is free and all activities are family-friendly.

The Kenshin Taiko drummers, Malibu Revue, Shanahy, and the Snow Canyon Jazz band will provide live entertainment. Other free outside attractions include a rock-climbing wall, bounce houses, face painting, and participation in pioneer-era games, among other activities. There will also be food trucks and snow cones for nominal fees.

Additional fun activities will be offered inside the library. The new interactive discovery experiences enable visitors to discover their famous relatives, learn about where they come from, digitally dress in time-period costume, record family memories, and more. In the adjacent museum, visitors will meet actors dressed as historical characters walking around and test their detective skills about mysteries behind artifacts in the museum. Children can visit the Tell Me the Stories of Jesus children’s exhibit. Toddlers to 12-year-olds will have fun learning through hands-on play and art projects.

The library is hosting this event to help families of all ages discover what a fabulous resource the Family History Library is for those beginning their family history. The hope is that families will come for the fun, discover something interesting about their ancestors, and return to the library again and again as a family to continue to learn and share their personal family stories.

16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference – June 9-10

The following excerpt is from the June 3, 2017 edition of tahlequahdailypress.com:

The 16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference will be hosted by the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S. Keeler Dr., Tahlequah, OK on June 9-10.

The two-day event provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and features a variety of discussion topics, including historical events before and after the removal, inter-tribal relationships and advancements in social media and its effect on genealogy research.

Participants will also learn about various Cherokee Nation records that are now available online, as well as resources available in their local area for Cherokee ancestry research.

Registrations are $70 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $85 for nonmembers.

To learn more, click here.

Egyptian Mummies’ DNA Reveal a Surprising Ancestry

The following excerpt is from an article written by Ben Guarino, and posted at the Washington Post website on May 30.

Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist’s dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing code cracked in 1799. Egyptians recorded tales of royalty and gods. They jotted down life’s miscellanies, too, as humdrum as beer recipes and doctor’s notes.

But there was one persistent hole in ancient Egyptian identity: their chromosomes. Cool, dry permafrost can preserve prehistoric DNA like a natural freezer, but Egypt is a gene incinerator. The region is hot. Within the mummies’ tombs, where scientists would hope to find genetic samples, humidity wrecked their DNA. What’s more, soda ash and other chemicals used by Egyptian embalmers damaged genetic material.

A study led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tubingen in Germany managed to plug some of those genetic gaps. Researchers wrung genetic material from 151 Egyptian mummies, radiocarbon dated between Egypt’s New Kingdom (the oldest at 1388 B.C.) to the Roman Period (the youngest at 426 A.D.), as reported Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Read the full article.

Dollarhide Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides AL-MI 80% Off! – NEW AL & MN-WY Guides 20% Off! With FREE Downloads!

Bill Dollarhide started a series of what he called “Name List” guides in the Summer of 2013. He wrote steadily on them until sometime in 2015, when life caught up with him, and he had to put the project aside. Well, he went back at it several months ago, and completed new guides for all the rest of the states, alphabetically Minnesota through Wyoming. He also wrote a full book on the U.S. Territories. Finally, Bill went back and updated an earlier volume – choosing Indiana – to test whether enough changes had taken place to make it worthwhile to do Second Editions. Bill found that a number of URL addresses had changed, which he expected, and he found additional data that expanded the volume by another 10 pages. Since that time, Bill also produced a Second Edition for Alabama.

So we have now released 30 NEW volumes – Alabama and Minnesota through Wyoming, plus U.S. Territories and Indiana Second Edition.

To celebrate, we’re pricing all of the new 2017 volumes at 20% off, making them $15.16 (or $10 for the PDF eBook alone). As before, we’re throwing in a FREE instantly downloadable PDF eBook version with any paperback book being purchased. See my Super-Saver shipping note below.

To clear out the earlier printed books, those written between 2013 and 2017, FRPC has discounted the price 80%! That makes them only $3.79 each! We will most likely do Second Editions for those volumes sometime in the Fall or Winter. Note that if you only desire the PDF eBook alone, we’ve discounted them, Alabama through Michigan, by 60%, making them just $5. Again – this is for all volumes Alabama through Michigan.

To make this offer even more attractive, we’re offering Super-Saver (USA Only) USPS shipping on all 53 printed books. That’s $4.50 for the first book, and only 50 cents for each thereafter.

With the completion of this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists, censuses, and census substitutes are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Censuses & Substitute Name Lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only do these this volumes give a detailed bibliography of Censuses and Substitute Names Lists available for each state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co. Click on the appropriate links to purchase.

MyHeritage Launches New Comprehensive DNA Ethnicity Analysis

The following news release was written by MyHeritage staff:

MyHeritage DNA’s new Ethnicity Estimate covers 42 different ethnic regions, more than any other major DNA company; and is uniquely provided for free to those who upload their DNA data from other services

Click on the illustration to watch a 50-second video.

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, May 30, 2017 – MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, and the makers of the successful MyHeritage DNA product, today announced the launch of its new and improved Ethnicity Estimate. The new analysis, developed by the company’s science team, provides MyHeritage DNA customers with a percentage-based estimate of their ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic regions, many available only on MyHeritage, representing the most comprehensive report of its type available on the market. This fascinating report gives users a much better understanding of who they are and where their ancestors came from. The Ethnicity Estimate is presented in an original and engaging format, making it not only interesting but also fun to watch and share.

MyHeritage is unique among the main industry players in allowing users who have tested their DNA already with another service to upload – for free – their data to MyHeritage. Those users receive DNA Matches for free, for finding relatives based on shared DNA. Beginning this week, users who have already uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage, or who will upload it in the coming months, will receive – for free – the new Ethnicity Estimate. This benefit is not offered by any other major DNA company.

Development of the new Ethnicity Estimate raises the number of ethnic regions covered by MyHeritage DNA from 36 to 42. It was made possible thanks to MyHeritage’s Founder Populations project — one of the largest of its kind ever conducted. For this unique project, more than 5,000 participants were handpicked by MyHeritage from its 90 million strong user base, by virtue of their family trees exemplifying consistent ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. All project participants received complimentary DNA tests and allowed MyHeritage’s science team to develop breakthrough ethnicity models based on the generated data. Thanks to this analysis, MyHeritage DNA has become the only mass-market percentage-based DNA test that reveals ethnicities such as Balkan; Baltic; Eskimo & Inuit; Japanese; Kenyan; Sierra Leonean; Somali; four major Jewish groups – Ethiopian, Yemenite, Sephardic from North Africa and Mizrahi from Iran and Iraq; Indigenous Amazonian; Papuan and many others. In some cases, competing products can identify and report an aggregated region (e.g., Italian & Greek), whereas MyHeritage has better resolution and identifies Greek, Italian and Sardinian ethnicities separately.

MyHeritage’s new Ethnicity Estimate is delivered to users via a captivating “reveal” experience (view example). It features animation and, as of this week, also original music composed by MyHeritage. Each of the 42 ethnicities has a distinctive tune, based on the region’s cultural elements; all tunes seamlessly connect to each other. This makes the report fun to watch and share over social media.

MyHeritage DNA user Tiffany Bowden said “I’m very happy, and very proud to discover where I come from, and through my MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results, now I have the background which helps me understand who I am as a person.”

“DNA is the future of the family history industry and we’re delighted to enter the DNA space with strong energies and a fresh perspective”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Leveraging MyHeritage’s top assets which are its talented, technology-focused engineering team, and the gigantic internationally diverse web of family trees encompassing more than 2.5 billion profiles entered by our users, our comprehensive new Ethnicity Estimate has Innovation written all over it. We’ve been able to dig deeper where others had considered their work complete. Presented in a fresh look and generously given for free to DNA data uploaders, our users will be thrilled and can count on us to continue to innovate in DNA and delight them with new discoveries about who they really are.”

Dr. Yaniv Erlich, Chief Science Officer at MyHeritage, said, “For MyHeritage’s science team, this major update of our Ethnicity Estimate is only an appetizer. There are excellent installments on the way, and users can prepare for a feast! We have detailed plans to increase accuracy, extend our Founder Populations project further, and improve the resolution for ethnicities of great interest to our users from highly diverse origins. Our goal is to use science to further the public good, and to bring the best innovations of our science team to the public.”

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R.I.P. – Dana Sue Powell McKean Williams Morgan

I received the following from my friend, Ruth Maness, AG:

Dana was a kind, loving person, a premier genealogist, who wanted to help all she met. She died Monday, 22 May 2017 at the home of her daughter, Jill Westergaard, in Ogden, Utah.

Funeral services are as follows:
Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
Address: the LDS ward house at 9376 South 4000 West, West Jordan, UT
Viewing: 10:30-11:45
Funeral: 12:00 noon

Burial and Graveside Dedication: Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Place: Cemetery by the Bountiful, UT temple
Address: 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, UT

99 Years of the Foreign Service Journal Now Available Online – 1919-2017

Do you have relatives or ancestors who were involved in the American Foreign Service? If so, you need to check out this new website. Search it for any name by clicking on the tiny “magnifier” in the upper right-hand corner.

Note that the AFSA website also has an “obituary” section that runs from 2003 through 2017.

The following is from the American Foreign Service Association website:

The fully digitized archive of The Foreign Service Journal is finally here! Witness nearly a century of diplomatic history, stories and discussion—as told by the people who were there and shaped it firsthand. Browse the archive to learn about American diplomacy and foreign policy while diving into the extraordinary experiences of the U.S. Foreign Service.

The archive is filled with adventure, thoughtful rumination and moments of historic import. Flee Manila amidst heavy bombing from Japanese warplanes during World War II and trek through muddy dikes alongside Vietnamese commandos. Monitor Soviet ships from the National Military Command Center during the Cuban Missile Crisis and experience the outpouring of support for the United States witnessed by our embassies across the world after 9/11.

Review the ongoing discourse on the diplomatic profession as the Foreign Service community reflects on everything from tradecraft to security, constructive dissent to the right way forward on reform. Discover the great foreign policy debates that transpired as the course of world history was decided time and time again.

What becomes clear throughout is the invaluable role the Journal has played in capturing the history and the story of the U.S. Foreign Service and American diplomacy. Now available to the public—students, academics, policymakers, the military—the FSJ archive can help raise awareness about the critical role of diplomacy and raise the profile of the Foreign Service.

View the FSJ Archive homepage to browse and search more than 900 issues of the Journal. Share the link with colleagues: www.afsa.org/fsj-archive. Visit the FSJ Special Collections page to view select archive articles, highlighted for their interesting content and relevance to current affairs.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.