Bundle of 3 Excellent Hardbound New York City Source Books – Just $36

Family Roots Publishing has put together a bundle of three excellent hardbound New York City source books – all priced at extremely low prices, even before the 20% bundle discount. Although new, all seem to be out-of-print as far as we can tell, as we can find none at the publisher’s website or as new books at Amazon.

The books are:

FRPC has priced the $45 retail bundle at 20% off through Friday, March 2, 2018, or whenever we run out of books to fill out the bundle. The promotional bundle cost is just $36.00 (plus $8 p&h). Click on this link or the illustration to order. Click on the individual book links to check out the full description of each book, and to browse the alphabetical surname indexes. Use your back arrow to return to this page to order the bundle.

All three of these volumes were compiled years ago by Kenneth Smith, and are extremely useful for New York City research. We’ve assembled surname indexes for each volume. See the individual web pages for each of the titles to browse the alphabetical surname indexes, or to purchase an individual title. Return to this page to purchase the bundle. Note that we have limited quantities of these volumes, so we don’t expect them to last long.

JoyFlips Giving Away $80,000 Worth of FamilyArchive™ Kits at RootsTech

The following news release was received from Tami Mize, at JoyFlips:

JoyFlips giving away $80,000 worth of FamilyArchive™ Kits at RootsTech Launch of Version 4.0.

Groundbreaking technology for preserving and sharing family stories being launched at world’s largest family history technology event

San Francisco, CA. February 20, 2018: JoyFlips will be launching several technical breakthroughs in version 4.0 of its family album technology at RootsTech 2018, along with a giveaway of 2,000 of its new FamilyArchive™ Kits – an $80,000 value – during the event, Feb. 28 – Mar 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The new technology in JoyFlips 4.0 will also be featured in the RootsTech Innovation Showcase during the conference.

The new FamilyArchive Kit is a secure offline automatic backup, protected by patent-pending technology, that will keep your family’s digital archive safe for over 50 years. Anyone attending the conference who has a free JoyFlips account, or opens one between February 28 and March 3 at 3pm, is eligible to receive a free $40 value FamilyArchive Kit by stopping by one of the JoyFlips booths at the show. (Recipients must be 14 or older to be eligible) Offer limited to 2,000 eligible attendees. One FamilyArchive Kit per person. Anyone not attending the conference in person who opens a free JoyFlips account from February 28th through March 3rd will be eligible for a 50% discount off the normal price of $40, including free shipping, if ordered by March 31, 2018.

JoyFlips version 4.0 will be available to the public at the start of RootsTech 2018 on February 28, 2018. JoyFlips is a completely free and unlimited service available as an app for both iOS and Android devices, in addition to a user-friendly website which includes almost all of the same functionality of the phone app. Version 4 extends the firm’s leadership in family story technology with new features, including the ability to record stories as family members browse photos together on the phone, then converting those stories and photos into shareable high-resolution videos. The videos are instantly updated any time the photos or audio are changed, making them dynamically interactive. This is the first technology that makes it easy for families to create video albums of both family photos and recordings of family members sharing stories about them.

“We are fulfilling our mission to provide millions of people worldwide with the tools to easily discover, record, share and preserve their family’s stories.” said Vincent Titolo, JoyFlips co-founder and CEO. “One of the exciting new technologies in version 4 of JoyFlips makes it possible for the first time to use photos along with stories in the voices of family members to create beautiful shared videos. Now the entire family can participate in creating their own living documentaries,” he added.

“Version 4 of JoyFlips was completely rebuilt from the ground up not only to make it easier to use, but to add important new features allowing collaboration and on-the-phone storytelling while family members browse through photos together.” added Scott Shebby, JoyFlips cofounder and CTO. “Another major breakthrough is our FamilyArchive software that creates an always up-to-date secure offline backup of everything in your JoyFlips account. Our patentpending technology brings the cost of highly reliable long-term data storage down to where almost everyone can safely archive their family’s precious legacy of photos, stories and documents for generations,” he continued.

Other innovative features of the free JoyFlips service include:
● Importing photos from anywhere: your phone, computer, Facebook or FamilySearch, or with the built-in fast high-resolution scanner for paper photos and documents
● The ability to have an unlimited number of photos and stories stored online and available wherever you are: on your phone or on your computer
● Adding searchable tags with both voice and text that are also embedded in the photo jpg files
● Recording searchable stories in phone conversations
● Creating and sharing photo albums or video albums that contain photos and family member’s stories in their own voice
● Inviting family members to add photos and stories to albums
● Easy-to-use photo restoration, touch up and editing software
● Optional FamilyArchive™ Kit secure Off-Line automatic backups protected by patentpending technology that keeps your family’s digital archive safe for over 50 years

JoyFlips is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that allows millions of people worldwide to discover and preserve their family history by connecting old print photos and family storytelling to the vast resources of historical documents now available online. Our technology provides the tools to scan, preserve and share thousands of print photos, and to record and pass down the stories they tell through storytelling in voice and text. For more information about JoyFlips technology visit http://www.joyflips.com

The FamilyArchive Kit is a combination of a special long-life USB flash drive and software that automatically maintains an up-to-date backup copy of a user’s JoyFlips account. The patentpending FamilyArchive Kit ensures the data stored on the USB drive remains intact for over 50 years by using Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology and applying error correction software that identifies errors in critical data stored on the drive and then reconstructs the original, error-free data.

The FamilyArchive software automatically creates an offline copy of the user’s full JoyFlips account including all photos, tags, albums, recorded stories and video albums. Each FamilyArchive drive can store a typical JoyFlips account with up to 30,000 photos, voice stories and associated video albums. Users access their offline JoyFlips account from their web browser, enjoying the full multimedia viewing of photos, stories and video albums just as it they were in their online web account. Individual image, audio and video files can also be downloaded from the FamilyArchive drive.

Should the FamilyArchive storage device ever be lost, the software allows users to easily create a new copy on a new FamilyArchive device directly from their account.
The FamilyArchive Kit is priced at $40 and includes free express shipping.

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide. RootsTech will be held on Feb. 28th through March 3rd, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Family History Technology Innovation Showcase will also be held during the conference. For information about attending RootsTech 2018 and the Family History Innovator Showcase, visit https://www.rootstech.org.

Bundle of Three Popular Pennsylvania Research Books – 60% Off Thru Friday, Feb 23

Family Roots Publishing has put together a bundle made up of three popular Pennsylvania Research books – two guides and one source book – and discounted the price by 60% thru Friday, February 23. Regular $78.40, the bundle is just $31.36 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on this link or the illustration to order.

They are:

Read a review of The Provincial Councillors Of Pennsylvania Who Held Office Between 1733 And 1776 at GenealogyBlog

Click on the links to see the books at the website. Use your back arrow to return to this page and order the bundle.

Family Discovery Genealogy Workshop to be held April 21 in North Platte, Nebraska

The following was received from my friend, Ruby Coleman:

The Family Discovery Genealogy Workshop will be held on Saturday 21 April 2018 1 to 6 pm. It is sponsored by the North Platte Genealogical Society, with presentations by Ruby Coleman and society members. The workshop will be held in the Fireside Room of Church of Our Savior (Episcopal), 203 West 4th, North Platte.

Cost is just $10, and free to North Platte Genealogical Society members. A syllabus will be provided as well as drawings and handouts. The presentations are:

  • Starting and Continuing Your Tree;
  • There’s More Than Ancestry;
  • Finding Family Elsewhere and
  • DNA, Is Testing for YOU?

People can pre-register by calling 308-534-1940 or sending an e-mail to rvcole@charter.net.

Don’t Miss These Four Events at RootsTech 2018!

The following was received from RootsTech:

Attending the exciting events scheduled throughout RootsTech is a fun way to celebrate your own family history experiences and connect with friends and colleagues. Here are 4 special events you won’t want to miss!

General Session and Innovation Showcase | Wednesday, 4:30 P.M.
Don’t forget that RootsTech officially begins on Wednesday, February 28! Join us for the all-new general session featuring popular speaker Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, at 4:30 p.m. MST. Following Rockwood’s address will be the Innovation Showcase. Learn more about the Showcase here.

Expo Hall Preview Night | Wednesday, 6–8 P.M.
Visit the gigantic RootsTech Expo Hall for a sneak peek. Now open on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free soda will be available on this night only!

Opening Event: Celebrating the Greatest Generation | Thursday, 6 P.M. | Main Stage
Our opening event will feature vignettes of 1940s era dance, music, and narration to celebrate the greatest generation. Enjoy entertainment from the BYU Ballroom Dance Company and Synthesis, a jazz band ensemble from BYU. The event will be narrated by the Emmy award-winning Bruce Lindsay.

Closing Event: Luz de Las Naciones | Saturday, 6 P.M. | Conference Center on Temple Square
Wrap up your conference experience with the closing event, My Family, Mi Herencia, a Luz de Las Naciones production that celebrates cultures and stories from Latin America.

*Download the RootsTech mobile app, and begin planning your schedule today!

The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania


Several years ago, I bought the remaining hard cover copies of a Pennsylvania families book entitled The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania: Who Held Office Between 1733 and 1776 AND Those Earlier Councillors Who Where Some Time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and Their Descendants. The book is in print with the publisher, but only as a print-on-demand paperback at a cost of $49.50. I still have copies of the hard-back edition in the Family Roots Publishing warehouse.

To make it easier for our readers, we have here included a Surname Index to the majority of the names found in the volume. I say majority, since we made up this index using the Table of Contents, the Principal Name Index, and the Subject Index of the book. There are many other people found in the volume, and not included in the following index, but those names are considered secondary, as they are not councillors, their descendants, descendants spouses, or a person with a biographical sketch.

Following is a review written a while back by Andy Pomeroy. We have added a surname index at the end.

Charles P. Keith authored a tremendous historical and genealogical work when he comprised The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania: Who Held Office Between 1733 and 1776 AND Those Earlier Councillors Who Where Some Time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and Their Descendants.

This book belongs in every American genealogical library because it covers many of the leading families of the mid-Atlantic region and includes the entire progeny of the councillors–including daughters of daughters of daughters, sons of sons of sons, cadet branches who moved west, and English, French, German and other foreign descendants. Treated especially well are the full progenies then known of several royally descended founders of the Province–the Welsh Deputy Governor Thomas and Mary (Jones) Lloyd, plus John Cadwalader, and the Scottish James Logan (plus the mostly Pennsylvania progeny of James Tilghman, son of the immigrant Richard of Maryland). Also covered are all descendants of Edward Shippen (mostly Winthrop descendants via Grosses of Boston), who include the family of traitor Benedict Arnold and the also royally descended Burds of Philadelphia, plus Willings, Binghams, Clymers, Francises, Bayards of Delaware, and Byrds of Virginia. Lloyd descendants include many of the leading Quaker and Episcopal families of Philadelphia–Moores, Whartons, Pembertons, Morrises, plus (under son-in-law Samuel Preston) Carpenters, Ellets, and Wistars. Logan descendants include Fishers, Wisters, Drinkers, and Biddles.

First published in 1883, The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania “gives, with biographical sketches, more or less extended, a complete list of the descendants, as far as has been ascertained from public records and correspondence with representatives of the families, Burke’s Peerage, howerver, being depended upon as to the foreign branches set for therein, and Lanman’s Biograph. Annals or Benton’s Thirty Year’s View furnishing the material for notices of American public men since the Revolution. The earliest laws of Pennsylvania having ordered a division among all the children, the descent of land is the chief source of genealogy…These genealogies are arranged according to branches instead of generations, all the posterity of any man being given before the children of his younger brother.” Read the “Explanation” for full details.


Table of Contents



Corrigenda and Addenda

Early Councillors who were Chief Magistrates of the Province:

  • William Markham
  • Thomas Lloyd
  • Edward Shippen

Councillors from 1733 to 1776

  • James Logan
  • William Logan
  • Isaac Norris
  • Samuel Preston
  • Anthony Palmer
  • Andrew Hamilton
  • James Hamilton
  • Andrew Allen
  • Henry Brooke
  • Thomas Graeme
  • Clement Plumsted
  • Thomas Griffitts
  • Charles Read
  • William Till
  • Robert Strettell
  • Samuel Hasell
  • Abraham Taylor
  • Joseph Turner
  • Lawrence Growdon
  • Richard Peters
  • Benjamin Shoemaker
  • Thomas Hopkinson
  • Ralph Assheton
  • John Penn
  • Lynford Lardner
  • Benjamin Chew
  • John Mifflin
  • Thomas Cadwalader
  • James Tilghman
  • John Moland
  • Richard Penn
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Edward Shippen
  • William Hicks

Get your copy of The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania from Family Roots Publishing, sale extended for 60% off through midnight Christmas Eve., December 24, 2014.

Following is a Surname Index of principal subjects (pr) found in the volume who are descendants of Councillors or of whom a biographical sketch is given, and the husbands of the female descendants. Also found in the following Surname Index are the names from the Subject Index of the book (sbj). Finally, the Councillors themselves (see above) are listed from the Table of Contents (toc).

Abbrev Key:
pr=from principle surname index
sbj=from subject index
toc=Table of Contents

  • Abbot pr
  • Abbott pr
  • Acosta pr
  • Acton pr
  • Adain pr
  • Adams pr
  • Agnew pr
  • Albree pr
  • Alison pr
  • Allaire pr
  • Allen pr
  • Alleyne pr
  • Allinson pr
  • Ambler pr
  • Amory pr
  • Archer pr
  • Armstrong pr
  • Arnell pr
  • Arnold pr
  • Arrach pr
  • Ashburton pr
  • Assheton toc
  • Aubsbury pr
  • Auchmuty pr
  • Auld pr
  • Bache pr
  • Bailey pr
  • Baird pr
  • Baker pr
  • Balch pr
  • Ball pr
  • Barbé-Marbois pr
  • Baring pr
  • Barker pr
  • Barnard pr
  • Barnes pr
  • Barrett-Leonard pr
  • Barrow pr
  • Barstow pr
  • Barton pr
  • Bateman pr
  • Bath pr
  • Baumgarten pr
  • Bayard pr
  • Beadel pr
  • Beatty pr
  • Beaver pr
  • Beck pr
  • Beckett pr
  • Beers pr
  • Bell pr
  • Benezet pr
  • Bennett pr
  • Bentley pr
  • Berkeley pr
  • Berrett pr
  • Beste pr
  • Bettarina pr
  • Betton pr
  • Bickley pr
  • Biddle pr
  • Biddle sbj
  • Biles sbj
  • Bingham pr
  • Binney sbj
  • Bisland pr
  • Bispham pr
  • Bisset pr
  • Black pr
  • Blackwell, John [Lt Gov] sbj
  • Blair pr
  • Blaisell pr
  • Bloodgood pr
  • Bogle pr
  • Bois-Guilbert pr
  • Bolling pr
  • Bond pr
  • Bond sbj
  • Bonsall pr
  • Booth pr
  • Borden pr
  • Borden sbj
  • Börs pr
  • Boude pr
  • Bowdoin pr
  • Bowen pr
  • Bowie pr
  • Boyd pr
  • Bradford pr
  • Bradley pr
  • Branck pr
  • Branson sbj
  • Brantingham pr
  • Bridgeman-Simpson pr
  • Briggs pr
  • Brinton pr
  • Briscoe pr
  • Brock pr
  • Brooke pr
  • Brooke Rawle pr
  • Brower pr
  • Brown pr
  • Brown sbj
  • Browne pr
  • Brownell pr
  • Brownson pr
  • Bruce pr
  • Bruen pr
  • Brune pr
  • Bryan pr
  • Buchanan pr
  • Buckley pr
  • Buckner pr
  • Budd sbj
  • Bulkwhey pr
  • Bunker pr
  • Burd pr
  • Burge pr
  • Burgess pr
  • Burleigh pr
  • Burnaby pr
  • Burroughs pr
  • Burton pr
  • Burwell pr
  • Byrd pr
  • Cabell pr
  • Cable sbj
  • Cade pr
  • Continue Reading “The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania”

Research Onsite in Germany Bundle – 30% Off Through February 23

In December, Family Roots Publishing commissioned a special print-run of Researching in Germany, and bundled it with Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel – Tips, Tricks & Strategies. Then we discounted the price by 30%! Once again, FRPC is making this bundle available at that price – only $20.27 for both books. Click here to order the Research in Germany Bundle.

The two popular travel guides for genealogists are:

Researching in Germany, A Handbook for You Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, by Roger P. Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Susan E. Sirrine


Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel – Tips, Tricks & Strategies, by Lisa A. Alzo & Christine Woodcock

Don’t need both? Purchase the individual books for 20% off at their respective sites.

RootsFinder Delivers Powerful New Free Tools to Genealogists

The following press release was received from my friend, Dallan Quass. I recommend anything that Dallan does… Over the years he has produced some of the finest technical genealogy aids and tools available.

16 Feb 2018
RootsFinder.com is a free, online family tree that makes researching family history much easier. Unlike other online trees, which only provide hints to their own content, RootsFinder provides hints and search suggestions to websites such as:
• FamilySearch
• FindMyPast
• AmericanAncestors
• BillionGraves
• FindAGrave
• Ancestry
• MyHeritage
• and more

In addition, seamless sync with FamilySearch, integration with GenSmarts, evidence analysis, embedded research logs, and DNA tools (coming soon) add to RootsFinder’s powerful offering.

Along with these valuable tools, RootsFinder has also developed two Chrome Browser Extensions. The extensions make research and recording information faster and more accurate.

1. WebClipper – Copy records and source citations quickly and automatically into your family tree from major genealogy websites such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and more. It adds records to entire families at once.

2. ToDo Creator – Save search ideas for later by attaching action items to specific people in your family tree, adding them to research logs, and marking them complete when done.

RootsFinder also has tools that make it easy to share your genealogy with your family safely and securely:
• Invite others to your tree, but you control who edits
• Ancestor reports with stories and pictures can be turned into family history books
• Descendancy reports in the register format
• Videos & photo mosaics created from your media
• Fan charts and wall charts
• Pinterest-like media wall for scrolling through photos

Two plans are available: an ad-supported Free-Forever plan, and a $35/year Pro plan that removes ads and includes additional storage and advanced features. Everyone gets a 30-day Pro plan for free.

A small group of dedicated genealogists and software developers have been working on RootsFinder for the past three years. Our goal is to provide a free online family tree that is focused on the needs of the genealogy researcher. We think we finally have something worth talking about. – Dallan Quass

About RootsFinder
RootsFinder ( https://www.rootsfinder.com ) was founded in 2015 by Dallan Quass, CTO of FamilySearch from 2002-2004 and the creator of WeRelate.org and GenGophers.com, two of FamilyTree Magazine‘s top 101 genealogy websites. Dallan is joined at RootsFinder by Heather Henderson, Erin Harris, and other experienced genealogists who share his love of family history.
Contact: dallan@rootsfinder.com

378K New Records To Search at FindMyPast This Week:

The following was received from FindMyPast:

There are over 378,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Connecticut, Town of Sharon Cemetery Indexes
Explore more than 4,000 transcripts of headstone inscriptions from eight cemeteries in Sharon, Connecticut. From these indexes you can discover your ancestor’s birth year, death date, and burial place. This collection has been obtained from the sharonhist.org website. Additional information about the records can we found on the source’s website.

Sharon is a town located in Litchfield County, Connecticut, in the northwest corner of the state. It is bounded on the north by Salisbury, on the east by the Housatonic River, on the south by Kent, and on the west by Dutchess County, New York.

Norfolk, Electoral Registers 1832-1915 Image Browse
Browse through images of electoral registers from Norfolk, England, covering the years 1832 to 1915. The collection consist of 290 volumes containing over 161,000 records and can be searched by year, division, or borough. The registers will reveal your ancestors place of abode, qualification, and address. This collection has been obtained from FamilySearch.

Electoral registers are lists, created annually, of people who are eligible and registered to vote. These lists would include reasons for eligibility, such as their ownership or occupation of a property as a tenant or in some cases as a lodger. Until 1918, the right to vote was closely linked to property. Electoral registers were first introduced in 1832 with the Great Reform Act. As the number of voters increased and polling days were reduced to one day, there was a need to establish the right to vote in advance.

Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions
Over 21,000 records have been added to our collection of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions. The new additions cover 19 kirkyards across all three historic counties and consist of transcripts provided by the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society.

Each transcript will vary depending on the age of the monument and its legibility. Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians as many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates.

Yorkshire Parish Records
We’ve added thousands of new additions to our collection of Yorkshire parish records, including:

The new additions cover parishes across Yorkshire’s East riding and span the years 1538 to 1990. This week’s new additions are also available to browse.

Nottinghamshire Burial Index
Additional records covering Catholic burials in Worksop have been added to the Nottinghamshire Burial Index. The index now holds more than 678,000 records from 1569 through 1905.

Each record contains a transcription of original parish records and bishop’s transcripts, which are held at the Nottinghamshire Archives. The amount of information in each transcript can vary, but most will include a combination of your ancestor’s age at death, burial date, burial location & denomination. Images may contain additional notes on their marital status, cause of death, occupation and other biographical details.

NGS Opens Registration for a Guided Research Trip to 2 of our Nation’s Important Repositories

The following Press Release was received from Patricia Walls Stamm, CG®, CGLSM*

The National Genealogical Society Opens Registration for a Guided Research Trip to Two of our Nation’s Important Repositories

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 FEBRUARY 2018Explore the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives—one of our nation’s most extensive repositories — and the Max Kade Institute, a notable source of German and German American research materials. Sign up today for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) guided research trip to Madison, Wisconsin, 6–10 August 2018. Registration is limited to thirty participants.

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Library and Archives’ genealogy and history collections are national in scope, including records of people who lived or passed through its territory as well as throughout the U.S. Its collection of newspapers, journals, magazines, and union and guilds publications from around the country is only surpassed by the Library of Congress. The Society’s Draper collection of 491 volumes (ca. 1775-1815) concentrates on the area known as “Trans-Allegheny West,” including the western Carolinas and Virginia, some portions of Georgia and Alabama, the entire Ohio River valley, and parts of the Mississippi River valley.

Family historians will find material on Native American tribes, French-Canadians, Northern Europeans—primarily from Germany and Norway—African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, all which called Wisconsin home. Records also cover the rise and diminution of miners, loggers, and railroad workers, and once held Confederate prisoners of war during the Civil War. Researchers also will discover records on Wisconsin’s northern neighbor Canada. In all, the WHS houses more than four million records and serves as the Wisconsin State Archives. The Wisconsin State Archives include state, county, and local government records. Land deeds, naturalization records, tax rolls, and court documents are just some of the original records that genealogists can access at the Archives.

Family historians with ancestors from Germany will be especially interested in visiting the Max Kade Institute. It has a robust collection of German-American newspapers, letters, diaries, and church and business records. The Institute is also an excellent resource for locating historic German-language, European towns and villages.

For genealogists with ancestors from Norway, Madison is home to the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library. Its resources include emigration lists, Norwegian farm histories and topographical maps, printed histories, and files with information on obituaries, wedding and birth announcements, feature stories, and other events.

Research consultants Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CGSM, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGLSM ; insure that your introduction to these institutions is both productive and enriching while conducting your personal research.

The trip includes:

  • Online orientation to prepare for your research trip to Madison;
  • Four nights at the Lowell Center, including daily continental breakfast and free internet in rooms;
  • Meet and greet on Monday afternoon at the hotel;
  • Orientation and tour at the repositories;
  • Four days of personal research;
  • Individual research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip;
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities (unless otherwise stated).

Space is limited to only 30 individuals. To make your reservation or to learn more, visit https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/research_trips/wi_research_trip .

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, the highest standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

New or Updated Historic Record Databases at FamilySearch.org the Week of February 12, 2018

The following was received from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Find your ancestors on FamilySearch with new historic records published this week from BillionGraves, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Panama, Russia, and Slovakia. Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or search over 5 billion free records at FamilySearch.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

What’s Up With Leland & Patty… And a Bit of Orting History

I haven’t blogged a lot since last fall, as we’ve been totally distracted with getting our “new” old building into shape for the next decade or more of living, working and yes… even gardening.

You may remember that on the first of September, Patty and I bought the old Heritage Quest building in Orting.

After our purchase, Patty and I moved into the attached apartment, set up office spaces, remodeled storage areas, and roofed the patio along the side with fiberglass for a greenhouse. We repainted the entire exterior of the building. We then built raised garden beds along the side. Since it was fall, a good crop to put in was garlic – so we’ve now got hundreds of garlic plants growing beautifully next to the business (we like garlic!).

Finally, we laid a new subfloor, and vinyl throughout the entire front area of the building. This allowed us to upgrade our shelved stockroom area, as well as the purchase of another color digital printing press. We needed the upgraded floor to handle the massive amounts of weight from the print shop equipment, as well as the thousands of books ready for sale. By having two presses, we’re hedging against downtime when the machine is requiring service. The new press is also less costly to maintain – so we win all the way around.

A Bit of History of the “old Heritage Quest” Building.
The building was a Seventh-day Adventist church from 1912 through about 1986. The front portion was the church itself. About 1913, another building was brought in and set adjacent to the back, with the roof modified to slope away from the church. This area was used as a church school for a while. Along about 1955, a 20×30 building was built out back near the end of the lot. This was used for Sabbath School classes. About 1965, a 30×30 addition was added to that building as a fellowship hall, and about 1969 the structures were all tied together with one final addition.

As I remember it, the church typically had 30 to 40 folks in attendance each week. Patty and I started going there to church even before we were married in 1968, and were members there until the church closed its doors. It wasn’t that attendance was down or finances were an issue that the church closed. About that time, the Bonney Lake congregation nearby had grown to the point they wanted to build their own church. By combining the two groups, there would be enough people to undertake that project. So the Orting church closed its doors, and a new church was built in Bonney Lake. Patty and I moved our membership to Bonney Lake, as did most everyone else. By the way, the Church Clerk’s records for the Orting S.D.A. Church are held by the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Federal Way, Washington.

My brother, Steve, and I had started Heritage Quest five miles outside of Orting in 1985. Patty continued to work as a nurse at Enumclaw Community Memorial Hospital, essentially financing our family while we threw all available cash at Heritage Quest to get it started. A year or two later, we moved the business into town, setting up our editorial offices, print shop, and library on Washington Avenue (Tim’s Kitchen is there today) . The old church sat empty for a while. Eventually, I made the church an offer, which they accepted, and we moved the editorial offices and library into the old church building. That was the point that it became what’s now known as the “old Heritage Quest” building. The library really took off. Patty’s father, Home Daffern, built over 1000 feet of book shelving in the front portion to handle the influx of donated and book review books. That library operated there until the latter part of the 1990s, when it moved to Sumner. It continues to operate very successfully today as the nonprofit Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL).

Heritage Quest was sold to American Genealogical Lending Library (Bountiful, Utah) about 1992 – and the building went along with the sale. They later sold the building to my brother, Steve Meitzler, who moved his printshop operations into it. Steve remodeled the entire facility, upgrading it from the ground up. The front area became the print shop, and the back areas became an apartment and rental offices. In 2014, Steve again made huge changes to the back, turning the offices and apartment into one 3-bedroom apartment of nearly 2000 square ft.

Fold3 is Offering Free Access to its Black History Collection Through Feb 28, 2018

The following teaser is from the Fold3 blog.

In recognition of Black History Month, Fold3 is making the records in its Black History collection available for free through the end of February.

Whether you’re searching for your ancestors or looking for primary documents to help with other research, the Black History collection gives you access to more than a million documents, records, and photos that help to capture the African-American experience during five eras of American history: Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, World War I & II, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Read the full blog.

Thanks to Dick Eastman for the heads-up.

The National Genealogical Society Has Moved to Falls Church Virginia

The National Genealogical Society Has Moved
The following news release was received from NGS a while back:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 31 JANUARY 2018 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) moved to a new office in early January 2018. NGS didn’t go far, just five miles from Arlington to Falls Church, Virginia. The new space is smaller but technologically more up-to-date. The staff are still unpacking boxes and making sure the historical files are intact, so please have patience in the coming weeks as they complete all the tasks associated with moving an office.

NGS is on the move in other ways too. It will be tackling another big project in the coming year, upgrading and updating its website. The new website will give members and the genealogical community fresh educational content to help everyone achieve their research goals and build strong and accurate family trees. Look for enhanced functionality, including a more robust search engine, new content, easier navigation, and improved integration.

NGS also has new publications and online courses planned for 2018, as well as research trips, and a blockbuster family history conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2-5 May 2018.

Make sure you update your contact lists with NGS’s new mailing address: 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318 USA. The telephone numbers remain the same. Tel. 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060.

R.I.P. Pat Gooldy

Pat Gooldy and Leland K Meitzler – photo taken in Illinois a few years back.

My dear friend, Pat Gooldy, passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 15, 2018. Pat and her husband, Ray, spent many years as the proprietors of Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe. I would visit with them when we attended the many conferences over the years – and usually ended up going out to eat with them after we got packed up. Even though they were much older than I, Ray and Pat would ALWAYS stick around the exhibit hall and help me pack up after the function was over.

Ray and Pat did a lot of publishing of genealogy records, as well as how-to guides, during the pre-internet era. Many of their titles became obsolete with the internet revolution, as most of their transcribed records are now online – often available at no charge. But during all those years before the internet, the Gooldy’s materials were of prime importance to genealogists everywhere. Besides publishing, Pat was a great teacher. She taught elementary school for most of her life, and would teach genealogy classes at seminars and conferences on the weekend.

Ray and Pat operated Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe from 1974, and exhibited at conferences all over the mid-west (and often further) until Ray’s death. David Carroll (Pat’s grandson) would often drive their van, and help set up and tear down the booth. David looked after his grandmother as Pat continued to operate the business, gradually cutting back until she was only selling her products on the internet. The website, http://yogs.com/, is still online, but I understand that its functionally isn’t fully operational any longer.

Ray passed away the 29th of July 2002, and is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana. Pat was buried there on December 20, 2017.

The following is copied directly from the bio page at the YOGS.com website. I am including the info in its entirety here, as I’ve got a pretty good idea that this info will disappear once the website goes away – which I’m sure it will. Whatever happens, I’d like the memory of Pat and Ray to live on in some way. R.I.P – Pat and Ray.

Pat and Ray Gooldy

Pat is a retired elementary school teacher, having received her bachelor’s degree from The Unversity of Indianapolis and her master’s at Butler University. She specializes in the design and introduction of new forms/charges as well as the indexing, compiling and editing genealogical records.

She has compiled and edited, with Charles M. Franklin, the Index to Testators of Indiana Wills to 1880. Her talk on “21 Things” has been so well received, she has compiled the charts that illustrate it into a booklet used by many instructors in basic courses for fledgling genealogists. As an Alumna of the National Archives Institute on Genealogical Research, she took on the project of editing and publishing The Lost Soldiers 1784-1811 with Barbara Wolfe; who compiled it from the original seventeen rolls of microfilm. Pat’s geographical area of interest is Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and other “feeder states” into the Old Northwest Territory.

Her favorite ancestor is the lady who was fined a penny for verbal abuse {and threats of physical mayhem) to another “lady” making unwelcome overtures to her husband. Ray retired from the U.S. Army in June of 1972 after over twenty years of service. He is a native Hoosier from Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana. He moved to Indianapolis after he and Pat were married in May of 1968. Ray graduated from Ellettsville High School before he entered the army. Ray has edited and published The Index to Mexican War Pension Applications by Barbara Wolfe. He is also co-author, with Pat of The Manual for Indiana Genealogical Research, Manual for Illinois Genealogical Research and The Directory of Illinois Genealogical Societies. He has also compiled Kentucky, a Brief Genealogical Guide, An Aid in Researching the Bluegrass State and Researching Church Records in America, an aid to genealogists for finding their ancestors by use of church records. His special interests are genealogical instruction, newspaper research, and the Old Northwest Territory.

Both Pat and Ray are graduates of the National Archives Institute on Genealogical Research and the Kentucky State Archives Institute on Genealogical Research. They have both been appointed as Honorary Kentucky Colonels by the governor of Kentucky for their work in preserving Kentucky genealogical records. They are listed in Who’s Who in America for their contributions in the field of genealogy.

Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe now publishes over 500 titles in the field of genealogy research publications and has forms, charts and maps to aid genealogists in their research. Their website features surname indexes for most of their publications.

May 4, 1932 – July 29, 2002
Walter R. “Ray” Gooldy, 70, of Indianapolis, IN died early Monday, July 29, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, IN. Born May 4, 1932 in Ellettsville, IN, he was the son of Donovan Oral and Catherine Lois (Frantz)Gooldy.

A retired Army Veteran of over twenty years service, he had served more than twelve years in Germany, two years in Korea and two and one half years in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired in June of 1972.

He and his wife owned and operated Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe in Indianapolis. He had written seven books to assist genealogists, given hundreds of speeches, and furnished commercial displays for seminars all over this country from Florida to California and from Minnesota to Texas. He was a member of many genealogy organizations including the Association of Professional Genealogists. He was a founding member of the Franklin Twp.(Marion County, IN) Historical Society and the Indiana Genealogy Society.

He was appointed a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Governor of Kentucky for his service in the publishing of over 150 books on Kentucky County Records. Among many awards he especially prized and felt honored by was the Illinois Genealogical Society’s award for service on behalf of Illinois genealogists.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Van Treese Gooldy of Indianapolis; one daughter, Sherida Lynn Altman of Oregon; two brothers, Roger Gooldy of Michigan and Jerry Gooldy of Ohio; one sister Alice Finley of Indiana; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Donna Rae Mowbray.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville, IN. Burial was at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Ellettsville where military graveside rites were conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard. On that day Ray became one of six straight-line generations of Gooldys buried in that cemetery which is located just 200 feet west of the land on which he grew up the 1930s through the 1950s.