SWFLGG Annual 2017 Seminar – January 26, 2017 in Port Charlotte, Florida

The following is from the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Inc.:


The Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Inc. will hold its annual seminar, Building Your German Research Skills, on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the 24 Twenty-One Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL.

Our speaker, Dr. Fritz Juengling, comes to us from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, where he is a Research Specialist. He is an accredited genealogist for Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Dr. Juengling’s topics will be “German Name Origins, Meanings and Distribution,” “Historical Events That Affect German Genealogical Research,” and “Beyond the Obvious Reasons: Practical and Social Decisions for Emigration to America.” A fourth session will be an Open Q&A for questions submitted in writing before and during the program.

The seminar fee is $35 for society members; $40 for non-members and includes lunch. Registration is required no later than Saturday, January 21, 2017. Registration forms and additional information are available on the website, www.SWFLGG.org.

Rare Early Travel & Migration Records Published Online At Findmypast

On the 7th of October 2016, over 27,000 early travel and migration records were published online for the first time at Findmypast. Following is a news release from Findmypast:


Rare Early Travel & Migration Records Published Online At Findmypast

· New online records reveal the details of pioneering overseas travellers at the dawn of the age of sail
· Over 27,000 “Licences to Pass beyond the Seas” spanning 1573 to 1677
· Collection includes rare early records of passengers bound for the Americas

Released in association with The National Archives, the new “Britain, Registers of Licences to Pass beyond the Seas 1573 – 1677” collection records the details of pioneering early travellers who left Britain for Ireland, continental Europe, New England, Virginal, Barbados, Bermuda and other overseas colonies at the dawn of the age of sail.

The collection is comprised of fully searchable transcripts and scanned colour images of original documents from the TNA series E 157. It includes lists of soldiers who signed a statutory oath of allegiance before serving in the “Low Countries” between 1613 and 1633, licences for individuals travelling to Europe between 1573 and 1677, and registers pertaining to individuals travelling to the Americas between 1634 and 1639.

The records showing passengers licensed to embark to the Americas are tremendously rare early survivals. They record parties bound for colonies in New England, Maryland, Virginia, Barbados, Bermuda, St Kitt’s and the Providence Island colony during the 1630s. Very few original records from this early period of American history are available online and the registers record the details of some of earliest English settlers to arrive on the continent.

A good proportion of those listed are soldiers and mercenaries departing English shores to fight for the Protestant side in the Dutch Revolt. There are also significant numbers of unemployed or under-employed artisans looking for work (for example, weavers), people visiting family and friends, those travelling for the pleasures of touring itself, and Protestant refugees returning to their homeland.

After 1609, all travellers over the age of 18 had to swear an oath of allegiance to the monarch before the Clerk of the Passes could issue them with a licence to leave the country. There was an expectation that the licence would be used quickly and some were even issued with a time-limit that required the holder to return to England within a specific period of time. The dates shown in the records relate to the date the oath was taken or the date the licence was issued – not the date of actual departure.

These new records have been released to coincide with Family History Month 2016, an initiative to promote and celebrate family history research that was introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch, of Utah, in 2001. Findmypast will be celebrating all month long with a series of helpful tips and how-to guides, a selection new US collections that will be released each week and a special prize giveaway.

Steve Rigden, records expert at Findmypast says: “Registers of Licences to Pass beyond the Seas is a collection of rare survivals from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, of value to everyone from military historians and genealogists to academic historians. These documents show official permissions granted to individuals to leave England for various purposes – a majority being to the Low Countries, for instance to find work, to visit kin or to fight in the Dutch Revolt.

Over and above these, there are also some precious lists of what are presumably settlers on the Irish plantations and, of fundamental interest to North American researchers, plenty of records relating to immigrant ancestors preparing to leave the Old World for the New, swearing the oath of allegiance. Images for all of these are available for the first time, and in high quality colour that brings out the beauty of secretary hand, a real sense of the texture of the original document, and almost a feeling of the clerk at work compiling the registers 400 years ago.”

WikiTree Announces Source-a-Thon

The following is from Eowyn Langholf, at WikiTree.

Genealogy community donates $3,000+ in prizes to support sourced genealogy


September 7, 2016: WikiTree will be kicking off Family History Month with a three-day sourcing marathon, October 1-3, 2016. Individuals and organizations from around the genealogy community are coming together to support this event by donating door prizes for participants. Over $3,000 in genealogy prizes have already been pledged.

Citing sources is required on WikiTree’s collaborative, free family tree, but inexperienced genealogists don’t always record them. As Mags Gaulden, a WikiTree leader, states, “In a perfect world all genealogies would be well-sourced, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. We have all run across online genealogies that are just repeats, copy-and-pastes, of what someone else had thrown up based on what aunt Mabel told them back in the 70s.”

Second-hand family information deserves to be preserved and shared, but it needs to be verified. Generous genealogists in the WikiTree community help each other every day by confirming the information in unsourced profiles and adding citations. 200,000 profiles on WikiTree’s 12-million person tree are currently identified as needing independent verification. The Source-a-Thon is a major community event to slash that number, draw attention to the importance of sources, and to have fun doing it.

Live chats will be hosted every few hours during the three-day event for participants to cheer each other on. During the chats, random winners will be drawn for valuable prizes including full memberships at MyHeritage, FindMyPast, Ancestry, Fold3, Newspapers.com, and GenealogyBank, DNA tests from Family Tree DNA, conference passes for RootsTech, software, books, gift certificates, t-shirts, research assistance, and much more.

To be eligible for door prizes, participants must register in advance and get a “race number.” See http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Source-a-Thon

Prize donations will be accepted until race day. Contact eowyn@wikitree.com if you would like to support the Source-a-Thon with a donation for participants.

WikiTree: The Free Family Tree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See http://www.WikiTree.com.

Guild of One-Name Studies Is Now Available at FamilySearch.org


The online resource helps people trace the possible origins and variations of their last name.

LONDON, UK and SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 6, 2016) — The Guild of One-Name Studies, a charitable organization that promotes facts about given surnames, and FamilySearch International, a nonprofit and the largest genealogy organization in the world, announced today The Guild’s collections will now be searchable at FamilySearch.org. The partnership gives Guild members another source for preserving their great work while also allowing more researchers across the globe to benefit from exploring the variant spellings of their personal surnames and possibly connect with others with the same last name throughout the world.

The study of one’s last name (one-name or surname) researches all known occurrences of that particular surname in all identifiable resources worldwide, as opposed to the ancestors or descendants of a person. Such richly compiled studies can assist a family history researcher see the geographical distribution of surnames in their tree over centuries which can help in reconstructing family lines bearing variants of those names. A common hope of customers that use surname studies is to identify the actual geographic locale of origin of a family surname. This could very well happen for unique surnames, but for common surnames that reflect an occupation (like “Farmer” or “Fisher”) or a patronymic-type surname (Johnson or Williamson), there may not be a single place of origin.

Cliff Kemball, Guild Publicity Manager said “The partnership with FamilySearch give Guild members another method of preserving their One-Name Study data. Their data is fully preserved for the long term, while still remaining within the control of the Guild member, who may update, replace or delete it as their work develops.”

The Guild was founded in 1979, and has over 2,980 members, studying over 8,935 individual surnames. The Guild of One-Name Studies website launched April 1, 2016, and is continually expanding its list of surnames. The Guild expects the volume of data submitted by Guild members to significantly increase now that they can make their research contributions online. And teaming up with FamilySearch.org will ensure more people are making interesting discoveries about their surnames.

David Rencher, the Chief Genealogy Office for FamilySearch, said, “The rigorous standards and guidelines required by the Guild of One Name Studies for members of the guild make this the highest quality data available for these surnames. Those who administer and oversee the collection of this data have spent decades collecting all instances of the surnames from a wide variety of records. Since many of these sources are yet to be made available on the Internet, this new set of records on FamilySearch is a rich new source of information.”

To see if your surname has been researched by The Guild community, go to FamilySearch.org, Search, Genealogies, enter your last name, and search Guild of One-name Studies [from the drop-down menu just to the right of the SEARCH button].

More information about the Guild can be found at one-name.org where researchers can also register their own surnames.

About The Guild of One-Name Studies
The Guild of One-Name Studies is the world’s leading organisation for one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). The Guild is a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. Founded in 1979, the Guild now has over 2,980 members spread across the world, studying over 8,935 individual surnames.

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Conference: October 22, 2016 in York, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society is sponsoring a conference Saturday, October 22, 2016. Titled Focusing on Our German Heritage, the conference will begin at 8:30 am and run until 4:30 pm. It will be held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, York, Pennsylvania 17404.


The following is from my friends at MAGS, and can be found at their website.

The MAGS presents our fall conference with the following topics and speakers.

German Gazetteers: Geographic Dictionaries to Your Rescue!
Dr. Fritz Juengling
This presentation will show how to use the following gazetteers in tandem to find virtually any village now or once in Germany: Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschenReichs; Gemeindelexikonfür das KönigreichPreußen; Kartenmeister.com; Map Guide to German Parish Registers.

Finding a German Heimat Online
James M. Beidler
Researching your ancestors deep into Germany simply doesn’t happen unless you know the name of the village of origin. This presentation will review the sources to tie your immigrant to a Heimat and then find the village and its records.

German Guilds and Their Records: Filling in the Gaps for Missing Church Registers
Dr. Fritz Juengling
This class will cover the purposes organization of guilds, various records types kept by guilds and how these can be used to fill gaps or extend research. Some discussion of occupations will also be given.

Practical and Social Decisions for Emigration to America: Beyond the Obvious Reasons
Dr. Fritz Juengling
Millions of Germans emigrated to other lands and their reasons for doing so are varied. Some reasons are obvious, others less so. In this presentation, using a case study, we will learn about a less well known sociological reason for emigration.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Fritz Juengling
Dr. Juengling received his two Bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Education and International Studies German Emphasis, both with Honors, at Western Oregon University. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Germanic Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics.

Dr. Juengling has taught all levels of German, including Medieval German literature, and Old English (Anglo-Saxon) at the college level. He has also taught German, English, and Latin at the high school level. He is an Accredited Genealogist® for Germany and the Netherlands through The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. He is a European Research Specialist, specializing in German, Dutch, and Scandinavian research, at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

James M. Beidler
Jim Beidler is the editor of our own publication Der Kurier, the newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He has spoken at our conferences many times. Jim just published another new book – Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites.

APG Unveils Details for its 2017 Professional Management Conference


Washington D.C. to Welcome Professional Genealogy’s Premiere Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 August 2016 – Mark your calendars for a trip to the U.S. capital in 2017. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington D.C.–Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The conference dates are Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1, 2017.

The PMC is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists and those who aspire to do professional work, whether for themselves or for others. The conference will offer three tracks over three days of classes, workshops, and panels presented by the top genealogists in the field. A welcome reception on Thursday evening, September 28, and optional purchased lunches throughout the conference will provide networking opportunities.

Come early and stay later to do research. The conference hotel is a walkable three blocks from the Pentagon City Metro stop. From there, the National Archives stop is an eight-minute ride. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Pentagon City Metro, as well as to and from Reagan National Airport.

“We are excited to offer attendees the opportunity to gather in Washington, D.C., in 2017 not only for a wonderful conference, but also to research at the National Archives and Library of Congress, as well as the DAR Library,” said Billie Stone Fogarty, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. “In the meantime, we are looking forward to welcoming attendees to this year’s PMC at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.”

Registration is open for the 2016 PMC, September 22 through 24, at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

From Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director, Association of Professional Genealogists

FamilySearch Celebrates the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 40-year Anniversary​


Salt Lake City, UT and Springfield, IL, (31 August 2016) — As the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) annual conference opens today in Springfield, Illinois, the nonprofit organization is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. FamilySearch International thanks and recognizes FGS for its significant contribution to the family history community and celebrates the success of its major joint projects over the decades and the ways those projects help people seeking their ancestors.

Federation Genealogical Societies president, D. Joshua Taylor, remarked, “In the past 40 years, the Federation has enjoyed a number of partnerships throughout the genealogical community. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of genealogical societies and are committed to ensuring the preservation and access to records for generations to come.”

First, the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database (CWSS), a successful project that began in 1990 and was completed in 1997, was a joint project sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) in cooperation with FGS, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Civil War Trust, and FamilySearch International. This searchable online database of participants in the Civil War has about 6.5 million entries.

Preserve the Pensions is an ongoing joint effort to create a digital index of pensions belonging to veterans of the War of 1812. The project aims to digitize 7.2 million historic records that are quickly deteriorating and will be available online for free when the project is complete. Preserve the Pensions relies on donations to fund it, with a generous contribution from Ancestry.com to match every dollar donated. FamilySearch International made the first substantial contribution to the project to help initiate the digitization of the pension records.

The most recent joint project is an ongoing effort to create an online index of participants in the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). This indexing project will involve about 130,000 entries. This project is in conjunction with the National Park Service, specifically, the Palo Alto Battlefield Historic Park located in Brownsville, Texas.

The success of each of these great initiatives is made possible because of FGS’s ability to organize the needed online volunteers and industry resources. When the broader genealogical community works together like that, marvelous things happen,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch International Chief Genealogy Officer.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition Winners Announced

For Immediate Release – August 31, 2016: The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2017 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at competition@isfhwe.org.

Cat 1 – Columns
1st Place: Elaine Thomas – Stories I’ve Been Told – Otto l. Fuchs, Jr.
2nd Place: Martha E. Jones, PhD – Ancestral Avenues – Write Your Own Obituary
3rd Place: Barbara Starmans – General Paresis of the Insane
HM: Carolyn Schott – Happy Birthday, Mom
HM: Susan R. Anderson – Searching for roots to find my way home
HM: James M. Beidler – Accomplishing Client’s Goal the Best Holiday Present

Cat 2 – Articles
1st Place: Barbara J. Starmans – ‘In every city, village & hamlet’
2nd Place: Barbara Ellman – Genealogy Myth-Busters
3rd Place: Beverly Thompson – A Most Amazing Find: Protecting the Purse
HM: Paul Gorry – the Changing Face of Irish Genealogy
HM: Mary Penner – Collaboration with Colleagues
HM: Carolyn Schott – The Letter to the Governor

Cat 3 – Newsletters
1st Place: Michelle D. Novak – The Archivist (Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ)
2nd Place: Tony Burroughs – The Center for Black Genealogy News & Notes (CBG)
3rd Place: Patricia Mansfield Phelan – Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum – Irish Family
HM: Michael McKeag – (1) North Irish Roots & (2) Snippets
HM: Stephanie Jobes – Lifeliner (Genealogical Society of Riverside)
HM: James M. Beidler – Der Kurier

Cat 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place: Frieda Anna Stiehl – Aunt Frieda’s Story
2nd Place: Catherine Smith – Converging Lines

Cat 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors
1st Place: Ruth Randall – Joseph Workman: Pioneer
2nd Place: Wendy Wilson Spooner – English Colonists and their Quest for Structured Family Life in America
3rd Place: Emilee M. Marks – A Puzzling Puzzle
HM: Susan R. Anderson – They Were Soldiers in the War of Independence
HM: Elaine Thomas – Family Ties
HM: Roccie Hill – A Snapshot of my Iowa Family History

Cat 6 – Poetry
1st Place: Wendy Wilson Spooner – My Father, My North Star
2nd Place: John Newmark – The Genetic and Synthetic

Submitted by Tina Sansone, Competition Coordinator

Serendipity Day

** What Is A Source?

** Mine Is Name Most Unusual

**Library of Congress Digital Newspaper Program

** Images of America: Washington

**Offers from FamilyTree Magazine


What is a source? One dictionary definition is so vague as to be meaningless: “a place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.” See Google search for “define source.”

A source is the identity and location concerning where you got the information you are using. 

That isn’t very artfully said but genealogists are talking about sources being reliable or unreliable. A source is a source. If I got my information from a book in the local public library, the citation information about the book and the place where I found it constitute the “source” of my information. Any questions about the accuracy, reliability or whatever of the information have nothing whatsoever to do with the “source.” If I think your information is wrong or unreliable and you provide me with a source, I can go an check to see whether or not you are correct. Absent a source, I have to guess where you might have gotten the information and from my perspective, I have to assume, since you did not tell me where you got your information, that the information is unreliable and quite likely wrong. When people say a “source” is unreliable, what they really mean is that the information obtained from the source is unreliable. (From: James Tanner ‘s   Genealogy’s Star blog back on  5 Dec 2015.)


My maternal grandfather’s surname was Gurney. Mother always wondered where her surname originated. And why was the hospital carry-cart called a gurney. Well, I sleuthed and learned that the name originated in France and was DeGournay, meaning of the village of Gournay. A fellow of that name came to England with William the Conqueror (1066) and eventually the name morphed into Gurney. As for the hospital cart? I asked Grandma Google (who knows most everything!) and she said a fellow surnamed Gurney had invented it. Duh.

I have a Gurney ancestor with the first name of Bezaleel. Where did that come from in the early 1700s in Connecticut? Especially when he had siblings Elizabeth, Mary and Thomas. WELL!  It’s a name from the Old Testament, Exodus 35:30:  “I have called by name, Bezaleel…… and have filled him with knowledge in all manner of workmanship.” And Bezaleel was called upon to build the ark for the covenant!

Now why blather you with all of this? Do you have unusual first- or surnames in your family tree? Have you done any sleuthing to learn where that name originated??


In a previous Serendipity, I spotlighted Miriam Robbin’s Online Historical Newspaper Directory. Now to highlight one of her spotlighted sources:

The National Digital Newspaper Program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. This is a long-term effort to develop an Intenet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers. This is said to be your best bet to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present. Wow. For Washington state, there are 11,000,000 pages posted. Double wow. This website takes time to search, but if you take the time it may prove to be a goldmine for you. Click to www.loc.gov/ndnp


Arcadia Publishing offers wonderful books most helpful to genealogists. Called Images of America, these books are of a standard format (strictly adhered to) and always pertain to a place. For instance, there are nearly 200 books published having to do with my state, Washington. For example I’ll just pick the center of the Evergreen State; there are books for Leavenworth, Lake Chelan Valley, Kittitas County, Wenatchee, Quincy Valley, Grant County, Soap Lake, Moses Lake, Grand Coulee Dam, Yakima, Walla Walla, Richland, Kennewick and Manhattan Project/Hanford. My friend, Susan Davis Faulkner, did an Images of America book on Early Pasco. Imagine of those nearly 200 titles how many are about Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and all the little places in between. These books cost $22 (unless you find one on Amazon J)

Click to this website (www.arcadiapublishing.com/series/images-of-america-books) and search to see if a book has been compiled on your ancestor’s home place, whether in Washington or the other 49 states.



Family Tree Magazine is a wonderful genealogical resource and just keeps getting better and better with each issue. For all of us genealogists who keep asking “What in it for me?” Family Tree Magazine has answers.

Disclaimer: This magazine is www.familytree.COM and is in no way connected with www.familysearch.ORG and the FamilySearch Family Trees. A piece of chocolate pie and a piece of cherry pie…two great desserts but a bit different.

Each bi-monthly issue carries a score of teaching articles and each issue always offers some FamilyTree freebies…………free for the downloading. Or cheaply for the downloading. Organization guides. DNA guides. Writing your own story guides. State, city, topic guides. Everything!

How about this tip from the September 2016 issue…. click to their website and watch a video demo on finding free old photos and maps on the Library of Congress website. Free is good, right?

So try two clicks to two affiliated websites here: www.familytreemagazine.com and www.shopfamilytree.com.  Might find some amazing stuff.


New Records Available to Search at FindMyPast

The following was received August 26, 2016 from FindMyPast:


Over 7.5 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States Marriages
Over 4 million new records have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage records including substantial new additions from New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Released in partnership with FamilySearch international, these latest additions mark the second phase of efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852-1924
Victoria Coastal Passenger lists contains over 3.2 million records taken from the Public Record Office Victoria series VPRS 944 Inward Passenger Lists (Australian Ports). The collection includes records of both those travelling from overseas and those travelling locally (from coast to coast) and can provide a missing link in your ancestor’s journey if you’ve been unable to find out how they arrived at their known Australian residence. Each result contains a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will generally reveal your ancestors name, marital status, occupation, birth year and details of their voyage including their date of departure, date of arrival, port of departure and port of arrival.

Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars
Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars contains over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were investigated and interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during the First and Second World Wars. Released in association with The National Archives, the records are comprised of enemy alien index cards from the Home Office, nominal rolls, correspondence, Prison Commission records and much more. They include people from Germany, Italy, Japan, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, and range from individual index cards recording a person’s movements and background to nominal rolls of camp inmates.

Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars – Browse
Browse the collection by conflict, series, or piece. A list of all series included in the collection is available at the bottom of the search page.

Britain, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842
Britain, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842 is an illuminating social document about the state of child workers in the nineteenth century. It was created by the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the condition and treatment of child workers. Sub-commissioners travelled across Great Britain and Ireland interviewing children and young adults, as well as parents, adult employees, educators, medical professionals, and clergymen. These documents are presented in a Portable Document Format (PDF). You can search the documents by name or keyword, or you can read the entire commission from beginning to end.

Ireland, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842
Did your ancestor work in a factory as a child? Read through this fascinating account, which offers insight into the daily working conditions for children in the early nineteenth century. If you discover your ancestor’s name within the document, your ancestor most likely owned a factory or was employed in a factory.

PERSI Monthly Update
9,2647 [sic… ???]images from 20 assorted publications have been added in our latest update. The articles, photos, and maps found within PERSI can help flush out the historical context of your family history research.

UGA’s Call for Papers for the April 22, 2017 South Davis Family History Fair

The following is from Ginny Ackerson at UGA:


Utah Genealogical Association’s 20th Annual South Davis Family History Fair. “Family Puzzles…Finding All the Pieces” Saturday April 22, 2017

Proposals are now being accepted for the Utah Genealogical Association South Davis Family History Fair Spring Conference, which will be held Saturday April 22, 2017 at Woods Cross High School (600 West 2200 South Woods Cross, Utah)

Each presentation will be 60 minutes in length which includes time for questions and answers. Presentations should reflect the latest status of research and publication on the topic. The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 17th, 2016.

We welcome proposals that allow participants to gain new skills and information in the following:
 Getting Started: Those new to family history or who have never done research, or other beginner topics
 Online Research: Using computers, technology and the Internet for family history research, Genealogical websites, etc.
 Research Methodology: Beginning, intermediate and advanced research methodology in an area specific region in the world. Including pedigree analysis, evidence evaluation, tracing immigrants, LDS research, records sources, etc.
 Technology: Family History databases and programs, getting teenagers involved, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, APPs for Smartphones, IPADs, YouTube, EBooks, digital photography, audio recording, etc.
 Family History: Family organizations, family collaboration, writing a personal or family history, editing and publishing family history, etc.

Proposals must include:
 Full name of the presenter, current e-mail, telephone number
 A brief biographical sketch of the presenter for the syllabus (50 words maximum)
 Title of the presentation
 Short class descriptions (50 words maximum)
 Lecture experience

Speakers participating in the Conference will receive:
 Complimentary registration
 Free lunch
 Computers, projectors, and Internet access will be provided for speakers to use for their presentations.

Please e-mail presentation proposals in Microsoft Word or PDF format to ugaconferences@gmail.com no later Monday, October 17th, 2016.

Complete syllabus materials must be submitted no later than Friday, March 31st, 2017.

More States Give Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Records

The following excerpt is from an article posted August 15, 2016 at stltoday.com.


For many years, adults adopted as children who wanted to find out who their birth parents were ran up against a brick wall because they had no legal right to simply get a copy of their original birth certificate in most states.

But that’s been changing, as a growing number of states, including Missouri, have been giving adult adoptees more — and in some cases, unrestricted — access to those records.

The shift reflects a move toward more openness in the adoption process itself, as well as the growing influence of adoptee rights groups, which have grown in number and become more vocal, putting pressure on legislators to act.

Read the full article.

RootsTech Startup Weekend: Riverton, Utah August 25-27 – Get 30% Off!

The following is from RootsTech:


Want an advantage at the next RootsTech Showdown?

This week ONLY! Use promo code SWROOTS when you sign up for Startup Weekend Riverton, and get 30% off! RootsTech is hosting a family history edition of Startup Weekend on August 25–27, 2016—a 2-day hack-a-thon for developers, entrepreneurs, and designers! Put ideas into action, and be part of actually building the foundation of a startup—all during this fast-paced 54-hour event. We hope projects that start here will make their way to the $100,000 RootsTech Showdown in 2017. Get started today!


Start-Up Weekend Riverton is sponsored by Grow Utah, ancestorcloud, Durham Jones & Pinegar, findmypast, and DevMountain.

NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:


ARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists.

“Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes” introduces the family historian to the various types of cemeteries (i.e., public and church owned), provides resources for finding cemeteries, and discusses source records including registers, deeds, plat maps, mortuary records, monument maker’s records, etc. “Religious Records” offers a comprehensive review of religious records such as baptisms, confirmations, and bar/bat mitzvahs as well as membership, business, and ministerial records. This module also delves more deeply into records of ten selected religions. “Newspaper Research” covers the basics but then expands into a discussion of ethnic language, labor, occupational, political, and religious newspapers. Students learn how to find newspapers in libraries, archives, at genealogical and historic societies, and on the internet, and how to delve into the information found in obituaries, reports of military actions, and legal announcements to advance their research. “Research in the Courthouse – Probate Records” teaches how to mine valuable information from wills, codicils, property appraisals, estate sales, and more, which researchers can find in courthouses, libraries, colleges, historic societies, and online. “Research in the Courthouse – Deeds” explores finding and analyzing various types of land records such as warranty, quitclaim, and deeds of trust as well as bills of sales, dower releases, indentures, marriage contracts, and much more.

Each module of the series contains course readings, lessons, quizzes, and assignments tailored to help you hone your skills as you increase your proficiency in reading, transcribing, deciphering, and citing numerous genealogical documents.

AGS series is designed to systemically help those interested in delving deeper into their roots and build on their genealogical research knowledge. As such, students must have successfully completed prerequisite courses. For more information and to sign up, go to American Genealogical Studies: Branching Out.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, 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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

FGS Announces Upcoming National Conferences in 2019 & 2020

The following News Release is from FGS:


Upcoming FGS National Genealogy and Family History Conferences To Be Held August 21-24, 2019,​ in Washington, D.C. and September 2-5, 2020​,​ in Kansas City, Missouri

August 16, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the FGS 2019 National Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, D.C., and the FGS 2020 National Conference will be held September 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We are extremely excited for all our upcoming conferences and look forward to visiting Washington, D.C., and Kansas City in future years,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “From 2016 to 2020, our conference venues are steeped in both history and research resources and make perfect settings for genealogists and family historians.”

This announcement extends the upcoming FGS conferences schedule to the year 2020 and includes:

· FGS 2016 National Conference and 40th Anniversary in Springfield, Illinois

· FGS 2017 National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

· FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

· FGS 2019 National Conference in Washington, D.C.

· FGS 2020 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri

Each conference will be joined and hosted by a local genealogical organization. The Illinois State Genealogical Society will welcome FGS this year in Springfield and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society in 2017. Local hosts for future conferences will be announced at a later date.

Currently, registration is still open for the FGS 2016 National Conference “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31-September 3, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Register at https://www.fgsconference.org/ and help celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the Land of Lincoln.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.