New Website Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

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

Check out the new website.

Read an article about the launch at the website.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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


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

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

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

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

Would you like more information on these books?

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

German Census Records Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors Blog Post – July 28, 2016

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

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

New Genetic Associations of Parkinsons Disease Identified Thru DNA Testing

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

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

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

Read the full article.

Databases Added or Updated at From August 1 1 thru October 17

The following databases have been added or updated at between the dates of August 11, 2017 and October 17, 2017.

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

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 – 82,850 – 12 Oct 2017
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 732,843 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 – 574,876 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 1,114,946 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, National Census, 1895 – 3,908,397 – 21 Aug 2017
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 – 201,371 – 27 Sep 2017
Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938 – 70,861 – 09 Oct 2017
Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924 – 1,862,984 – 15 Sep 2017
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899 – 23,132 – 19 Sep 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 4,178,250 – 28 Sep 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013 – 1,604,454 – 28 Sep 2017
Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903 – 3,428,410 – 12 Oct 2017
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904 – 455 – 09 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1930 – 3,641,393 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1925 – 3,627,893 – 16 Aug 2017
Denmark Census, 1921 – 3,356,935 – 12 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1906 – 2,525,146 – 09 Sep 2017
Denmark Census, 1901 – 0 – 17 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1890 – 2,138,072 – 17 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1880 – 889,159 – 17 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1870 – 1,760,360 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1860 – 1,752,392 – 16 Oct 2017
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 513,356 – 28 Sep 2017
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936 – 1,530,171 – 12 Sep 2017
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997 – 1,030,526 – 23 Sep 2017
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 – 1,405,385 – 13 Oct 2017
Finland, Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 – 33,404,934 – 04 Oct 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1856 – 577,964 – 12 Oct 2017
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789 – 73,453 – 14 Sep 2017
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1843-1999 – 4,853 – 13 Sep 2017
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 701,765 – 03 Oct 2017
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 16 Oct 2017
Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935 – 59,527 – 29 Sep 2017
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943 – 66,115 – 20 Sep 2017
Italy, Padova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1621-1914 – 42,282 – 24 Aug 2017
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929 – 417,032 – 24 Aug 2017
Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949 – 28,521 – 29 Sep 2017
Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1926 – 297,383 – 24 Aug 2017
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 – 47,741 – 08 Sep 2017
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records – 39,655,331 – 13 Oct 2017
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998 – 384,626 – 12 Sep 2017
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 – 1,427,164 – 28 Sep 2017
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 – 673,323 – 14 Sep 2017
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 30,272 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 651,677 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 – 343,377 – 21 Sep 2017
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005 – 246,462 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 552,001 – 15 Sep 2017
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986 – 90,022 – 28 Aug 2017
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 – 247,107 – 09 Sep 2017
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966 – 61,921 – 29 Sep 2017
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 – 9,781 – 01 Sep 2017
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 – 9,718 – 08 Sep 2017
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 – 155,877 – 12 Sep 2017
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972 – 728,057 – 21 Aug 2017
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 – 214,778 – 04 Oct 2017
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958 – 200,992 – 21 Aug 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 115,907 – 01 Sep 2017
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 – 495,704 – 06 Oct 2017
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1920 – 37,100,409 – 02 Oct 2017
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 30,577 – 24 Aug 2017
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860 – 26,409 – 26 Sep 2017
Sweden, Norrbotten Church Records, 1612-1923; index 1658-1860 – 6,531 – 24 Aug 2017
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 278,704 – 20 Sep 2017
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 – 2,564,491 – 12 Sep 2017
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 – 684,641 – 28 Aug 2017

Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 – 289,493 – 17 Oct 2017
Kansas State Census, 1865 – 149,601 – 15 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1875 – 618,774 – 15 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1895 – 1,364,060 – 22 Aug 2017
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 – 776,611 – 22 Aug 2017
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 1,141,063 – 28 Sep 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1855 – 73,030 – 02 Oct 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 0 – 17 Oct 2017
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 118,500 – 16 Aug 2017
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014 – 1,994,537 – 25 Aug 2017
Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014 – 1,236,872 – 21 Aug 2017
West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971 – 195,562 – 11 Oct 2017

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

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

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

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

For more information, see the Digital North Carolina Blog.

Click here to browse through the collection.

Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary By Moving!

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

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

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

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

RootsTech 2018 Promotional Pricing – Just $199

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

Would like like to do a price comparison for the week’s options? Then Click Here.

The 2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Is Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English Roman Catholic Database 1607-1840 to be Published

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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

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

Visit the website for full information.

Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Honors & Awards at 2017 Fall Conference

The following press release was received from Jaymie Middendorf, Marketing & Publicity, the Illinois State Genealogical Society:

SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

Community Service Awards:
Dr. Greg Langan of Dixon, IL and Duane Paulsen of Grand Detour, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical Society, will receive Community Service Awards for their service to LCHS and helping to keep history alive.

Donald Schmidt and Floyd Ham both of Toulon, IL, nominated by Stark County Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Award for their work to record and preserve the genealogy and history of Henry, Stark, Bureau counties.

Casey Historical Society, nominated by Linda White, will receive a Community Service Award for the restoration of 149 of the 250 headstones in the Pioneer Section of the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery and continues support of the project.

Members of the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Scottish Genealogy Group of the IL St. Andrews Society, nominated by Marsha Peterson-Maass will receive a Community Service Award for their work on the Purple Hearts Reunited “WW I Anniversary Tribute” project. Purple Hearts Reunited is a charitable foundation that rescues and reunites lost Purple Heart medals and Wound Certificates with the veteran and or their family. The group of volunteer researchers have worked on 46 of the 100 World War I veteran’s cases that were submitted to the Purple Hearts Reunited Foundation.

Individuals receiving the honor are: Caron Primas Brennan, Cindy Cady, Stephanie Pierce Carbonetti, Kathleen Craine, Janet Desaulniers, Ann Tice, Larry Klauser, Devin Payne, Marsha Peterson Maass, Matthew Rutherford, Laura Scalzitti, Theresa Toms, Jill Weiss, Jean Zack, Felicia Ziomek, Carol Zsolnay

Members of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois, nominated by Riverside Public Library, will receive a Community Service Award for the vast number hours they donate, for their commitment to researchers, the preservation of Illinois history and to library patrons they so willingly assist.
Individual members receiving the honor are Marianne Miklas, Mary Kamin, Victor Kos, Paul Nemecek, Dolores Benes Duy, and Beverly Scheer.

Special Recognition Awards
Joseph Ginger, nominated by Stephenson County Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his service and leadership to SCGS over the last 18 years.

Clyda Ogle of Gilberts, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her efforts and leadership of ISGS Physicians Register and Licensing indexing project in conjunction with the State Archives.

Susan Scoville Pope of Normal, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her dedication, service, and leadership as part of the ISGS Governing Board over the past 12 years.

Marcia Stang of Bradley, IL, nominated by Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her service on the KVGS board and society projects.

Individual Writer’s Award
Kenneth Ross Alexander of Evanston, IL, nominated by ISGS Quarterly Advisory Committee, will receive the Individual Writer’s Award for his article “The Ross Brothers of Fulton County and Their Roles in Illinois and American History” which was published in Summer 2017, Volume 49, Number 2, p. 88-94 of the Quarterly.

About ISGS: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.

ISGS was established for the following purposes:
• To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
• To seek, preserve and make available information pertaining to individuals, families and groups who lived in Illinois, recognizing the events that affected them.
• To inform people about the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for future generations.
• To encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies

Global Online Indexing Event Aims to Make It Easier to Find Ancestors

The following is from FamilySearch:

The FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event engages online volunteers to make the historic genealogical records freely and easily searchable online.

Salt Lake City, Utah (3 October 2017), FamilySearch International announced its Worldwide Indexing Event held October 20 through October 22, 2017. The annual 3-day initiative unites individuals and online communities globally to create awareness and help make billions of historic records freely searchable online by family history seekers. Whether an experienced online volunteer indexer or first timer, interested individuals are invited to participate at

Indexing is the web-based process of entering information from the world’s digitally scanned historical documents into an online database, making them easily searchable online. Family history sleuths around the world can then search these volunteer-indexed records to quickly discover their ancestors. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can help index historic records and offer meaningful community service to those seeking their elusive ancestors.

The 2016 event far surpassed expectations. “From its beginning on Thursday in Southeast Asia and Australia to its conclusion Sunday night in the Pacific, the event attracted a wide range of participants. Volunteers contributed online from home or participated in locally organized events from Zurich, Switzerland, to the Rocky Mountains in the United States,” said Allison Hadley, FamilySearch indexing marketing specialist.

Over 100,000 volunteers indexed more than 10 million historic records during the 2016 event. Hadley explained that every record contains the names and stories of real people—the deceased ancestors of millions of living descendants today—just waiting to be discovered and added to the family tree by their posterity. The 3-day event and continued efforts by volunteers throughout the year create millions of personal ancestry discoveries for others.

Hadley said volunteers with non-English language skills are particularly needed at this time. She said FamilySearch currently has over 200 digital camera teams photographing historic records of our ancestors worldwide from non-English speaking countries. It has created a huge need and opportunity for indexers to make these records freely searchable online. Volunteers can choose from projects of interest from all over the world.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve people worldwide,” said Hadley. “Indexing is a fun and engaging way to provide meaningful community service, to get involved in family history and historic records preservation and access.”

The web-based tool and event are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch.

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Gold Medal Olympian Scott Hamilton to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Great New! Scott Hamilton will be one of the keynote speakers at RootsTech 2018. This guy is an inspiration to us all. It’s sure to be a great program this next year…

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (6 October 2017), RootsTech 2018 is delighted to announce that Scott Hamilton, American champion figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker, author, philanthropist, cancer survivor, TV broadcaster, and husband and father will be the RootsTech 2018 keynote speaker on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hamilton is hailed as one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time. He won a gold medal for his stunning performance in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. He won four consecutive US figure skating championships and four world championships from 1981 to 1984. In 1990, Hamilton was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In all, he has earned more than 70 titles, awards, and honors for figure skating.

For the past 30 years, his broadcast analysis of national and global skating competitions has provided firsthand insights, and his speeches and books are uplifting and motivating.

Besides his many accomplishments in the public arena, Hamilton says his family members have always been an integral part of his success and are the most important people in his life. He is excited to share more of his personal and family stories at RootsTech 2018.

Born August 28, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio, Hamilton was adopted when he was six weeks old by Dorothy and Ernest S. Hamilton. He has overcome many obstacles on his path to success including an illness at age two when he stopped growing. Doctors were unable to determine the cause, and over time the condition corrected itself.

His parents supported his figure skating passion from the time he began skating at age 13. “Family in my early years of skating were all in the ice show. I remember taking pictures on our front lawn in April, all in our costumes and ices skates. . . . Once I started skating, everybody was involved. . . . We were all in, 100%. It was our ‘candy,’” he said.

His highly publicized battles with cancer that interrupted his skating career have inspired millions. Following his mother’s passing from cancer and his own survival, he established the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship) to improve cancer survivorship. In 2014, he founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy to rebuild figure skating and offer fresh ways for students to fall in love with skating, as he did as a child.

His wife, Tracie, and four children are now the center of his life. While helping with recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake, he and Tracie fell in love with two amazing orphans. “Now they are our own children; so now we have four,” said Hamilton. “It’s fun, and it’s crazy, and it’s non-stop, and [we] just keep going, going, going. Life is full. Life is good. And I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities to be a part of this very fun—we put the fun in dysfunctional—family.”

When asked how he feels about keynoting RootsTech 2018, Hamilton says he looks forward to soaking in the RootsTech experience and sharing his story. “We all have a story to tell. All of us. And we all have great lineage and heritage. And we’ve got all of these generations and generations and generations [before us]—nothing started with us.” While at RootsTech, Hamilton says he is excited to meet as many people as he can and hear about how they have found their lineage, ancestors, and their families.

“All of us have a legacy to leave for future generations,” he said. “It’s hard to be memorable in this world, but through our children, we have a chance to really make an impact,” he said.

Hamilton feels his legacy is compassion, kindness, and generosity, “If I can raise money for cancer research and be successful in that, if I can be a good father and allow my kids to have everything they need to be successful in their lives and for their children and for their children and their grandchildren, then I think I’ve done my job.”

Go to RootsTech 2018, February 28 to March 3, 2018, to learn more about Scott Hamilton’s incredible journey, discover your roots, make family connections, and catch the spirit of belonging to generations of your family.

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.