FindMyPast Adds Over 2.8 Million records this last week

Over 2.8 million additional records were available to search at Findmypast this last week, including:

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United States Marriages
Over 2.7 million additional records have been added to our collection of United States Marriages. The new additions come from 13 different states and include significant updates from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Rhode Island.

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 and residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Duty Locations, Naval Group China, World War II, 1942-1945
Explore more than 33,000 records containing the details of military personnel who served overseas with the United States’ Naval Group China, the US Navy’s intelligence unit in China during World War II. The records consist of muster roll reports created by the Department of the Navy, U.S. Naval Group China (NGC) to record locations and changes made to ranks and rates of pay for naval personnel.

The records contained in this collection relate to those persons attached to the NGC and provide names, ranks or rates of pay, branches of service, muster roll dates of reporting or detachment, and duty locations approximately every two weeks. As such, naval officers and sailors may appear multiple times in the records, tracking changes in an individual’s location, unit, rank or rate of pay over the course of the war.

1840 U.S. Census, Revolutionary War Veterans
1840 U.S. Census, Revolutionary War Veterans contains over 21,000 records of ex-servicemen and their next of kin who were receiving pensions in 1840 for service in the Revolutionary War.

On the back of the population schedules for the 1840 census, enumerators recorded the living pensioners of the Revolutionary War as well as other military service. The lists also noted an individual’s age and the name of the head of household in which the individual lived.

New Zealand Wars, officers and men killed 1860-1870
New Zealand Wars, officers and men killed 1860-1870 consists of 193 transcripts of nominal returns of colonial officers and men who were killed in action while fighting in the Maori Wars. The Māori Wars, began as a result of contested land purchases by the colonial government.

At that time, the colonial government believed that the Māori resistance had unified to both block future land sales and deny Crown sovereignty and, as a result, the government brought in thousands of troops to combat the Māori King Movement (Kīngitanga) and possess their lands for British settlers. Each transcript will list your ancestor’s date of death, rank and corps.

New Zealand, military pensions 1900-1902
Find out if your ancestor was eligible for a military pension and uncover details of their next of kin with a collection of over 5,000 transcripts recording former servicemen who were eligible for military pensions between 1900 and 1902.

This index will not only allow you to learn if your ancestor’s rank, service number and whether they qualified for a pension, but also the name and address of their next of kin, often including the relationship between the next of kin and your ancestor.

Ireland, Royal Hibernian Military School History
Explore this 168 page document to uncover the history of the Royal Hibernian Military School in Dublin. This fascinating publication includes transcriptions from memorial inscriptions, a roll of honour from the First World War, and transcripts from both the 1901 and 1911 census.

The Royal Hibernian Military School was founded in 1765 in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Today, it is the site of St Mary’s Hospital. When the school closed in 1924, all the registers and minute books were taken to Walworth, London. However, during the Second World War, these documents were destroyed in the Blitz. The Ireland, Royal Hibernian Military school history provides a valuable substitute for the records that were lost.

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Ireland Military Records is comprised of 8 different Irish military publications and contains over 2,700 records. The collection includes memorial inscriptions, army lists from the 19th and 17th centuries as well as two volumes of popular novels written by Charles Lever.

Each record is displayed as a PDF (Portable document format). The detail found in each record will vary depending on the publication and the subject.

New Historic Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org the Week of October 31, 2016

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You can now access newly published indexed death records in Oregon, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Also, check out the indexed German civil registrations as well as the millions of new digital images available for GenealogyBank obituaries, North Carolina estate files, and Revolutionary War rosters. See the interactive table below for these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Germany Bavaria Nuremberg Civil Registration 1803-1886 – 1,235,779 – 0 – New indexed records collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Kentucky Death Records 1911-1961 – 30,383 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979 – 0 – 702,958 – Added images to an existing collection

Oregon Deaths 1877-1952 – 90,302 – 114,661 – New indexed records and images collection

Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 13,793,533 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 18,557 – Added images to an existing collection

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.

North Carolina Militia Records 1747 to 1893 Posted Online.

The following excerpt is from the State Archives of North Carolina Blog:

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The Troop Returns from the State Archives of North Carolina Military Collection are now available online via the North Carolina Digital Collections. This collection includes lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees, from 1747 to 1893. The majority of records are from the Revolutionary War North Carolina Continental Line

Read the full blog.

Thanks to Research-Buzz for the heads-up

FamilySearch Database Collections Added or Updated the Weeks of October 3 & 10, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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WEEK OF OCTOBER 10 RECORDS ADDED OR UPDATED

FamilySearch added significant historic records online for Belgium, Maine, New Zealand, and Tennessee, and Revolutionary War records for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Special thanks to the volunteer indexers continuing work on the United States Marriages project. You can see the fruits of your labors this week with the newly published Tennessee County Marriages collection. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Argentina Mendoza Catholic Church Records 1665-1975 – 136857 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 2451 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Limburg Civil Registration 1798-1906 – 7995 – 57091 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 64333 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 1189 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Hesse Civil Registration 1874-1927 – 7093 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Baden Stebbach Church Book Extracts 1675-1951 – 0 – 194 – New browsable image collection.

Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1912 – 0 – 403 – Added images to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 – 134 – 219990 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Civil Records Indexes 1800-1896 – 857382 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 427 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Alaska Vital Records 1816-1959 – 0 – 2106 – Added images to an existing collection

Iowa State Census 1915 – 55431 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine Vital Records 1670-1921 – 576750 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838 – 4952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845 – 616 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records 1675-1835 – 83366 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782 – 48887 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 0 – 121 – Added images to an existing collection

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 71496 – 4251 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

WEEK OF OCTOBER 3 RECORDS ADDED OR UPDATED

This week’s collection update is well worth the wait, containing almost 3.5 million newly published indexed records and 2.3 million additional digital images from Australia, Denmark, England, Ghana, Nicaragua, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the US (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, and the Revolutionary War). See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 155,369 – 155,369 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Victoria Inquest Deposition Files 1840-1925 – 101,646 – 903,420 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration of Births 1899-1912 – 69,290 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Denmark Probate Indexes 1674-1851 – 82,878 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538-1963 – 61,201 – 54,925 – Added images to an existing collection

Ghana Census 1984 – 30,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Great Britain War Office Registers 1772-1935 – 204 – 3,617 – New indexed records collection

Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 0 – 580,218 – New browsable image collection.

Poland Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books 1784-1964 – 5,253 – 0 – New indexed records and images collection

Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 16,352 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection

Spain Diocese of Ávila Catholic Church Records 1502-1975 – 11,671 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Spain Diocese of Santander Catholic Church Records 1538-1985 – 63,919 – 4,551 – New indexed records and images collection

Sweden Uppsala Church Records 1308-1901; index 1613-1860 – 67,400 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Sweden Älvsborg Church Records 1642-1897; index 1681-1860 – 39,335 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Sweden Södermanland Church Records 1604-1900; index 1640-1860 – 61,471 – 387 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Arkansas Church Marriages 1860-1976 – 542 – 2,050 – Added images to an existing collection

California County Marriages 1850-1952 – 6,019 – 0 – New indexed records and images collection

Florida County Marriages 1830-1957 – 706,891 – 528,618 – New indexed records and images collection

Georgia Church Marriages 1787-1962 – 182 – 0 – New browsable image collection.

Georgia Church Marriages 1754-1960 – 1,535 – 3,012 – New indexed records and images collection

Illinois Cook County Obituaries ca. 1970-1990 – 293,091 – 35,504 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists 1912-1956 – 31,305 – 34,589 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York New York City Police Census 1890 – 1,479,855 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Oklahoma Church Marriages 1852-1948 – 314 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914 – 13,249 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Washington County Marriages 1855-2008 – 0 – 14,958 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919 – 0 – 6,392 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872 – 156,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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.

Bundle of American Revolutionary War Research Aids – 30% off through August 9

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Family Roots Publishing has again put together a bundle of 3 items, from three separate publishers, dealing with research on you American Revolutionary War ancestor. If you think you may have Revolutionary War ancestors, this packet is just for you.

The bundle is priced at 30% off MSRP, making it just $26.53 (Reg. $37.90) P&H is just $5.50 – a savings of $9 or more in postage, as these items all come from separate publishing companies. If you have one of more of these items already, you may purchase the other items at 10% off at their respective pages at the FRPC website. The sale now runs through Tusday, August 9, 2016.

The 3 items are as follows:
Genealogy at a Glance: Revolutionary War Genealogy Research; by Craig R. Scott
Tracing Your Revolutionary War Ancestors, by David Norris
Genealogy at a Glance – Revolutionary War Research – 4 page folded laminate by Craig R. Scott CG, FUGA
Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872 and the Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent,
by Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA

Following is a description of each of the items:

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Tracing Your Revolutionary War Ancestors; Compiled by author David A. Norris: from the Publishers of History Magazine; 68pp; Paper; saddle-stapled; Full Color; 8.5×11; Item # MM022

Start Your Revolutionary War Research!

Locate Your Ancestors In:

  • Military Service Files
  • Navy and Privateer Records
  • State Rosters
  • Pensions
  • Cemetery & Death Records
  • Political & Government Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Loyalists Records
  • And More!

Here is a complete list of articles you will find in this special edition publication:

Revolutionary War: Getting Started, An overview of some of the Resources for locating ancestors from the Revolutionary War era.

Revolutionary War Pension Files; An abundance of genealogical gold!

The “Other” Pensions: A bit off the beaten track; these state pension sources may revel some unexpected family history.

Federal Bounty Land Warrants; An excellent source for confirming an ancestor’s military service when other key records are missing.

State Bounty Land Records; For men with short-term army service, or who fought in the militia, these records might be the best proof of wartime service you can find.

Cemetery and Death Records; Gravestone inscriptions and burial records can provide tremendous assistance to Revolutionary War research.

Army Records; Although many records were lost over time, there are several alternate sources you should look into.

State Rosters & Databases; A sampling of books and a few online databases to assist you in beginning, or continuing, your research.

Navy Records; Between the official and private naval vessels, a sizeable portion of the patriot’s military personnel served at sea.

Privateer Records; An estimated 58,400 crew served in private armed vessels during the war, those sailors likely have a lot of decadence searching for them.

Prisoner of War Records; A look at some POW records sources, and some insight into the prisons and prison hulks used for confinement.

Loyalists Records; Resources for locating supporters of the Crown.

Political & Government Records; Documents and records books written by officials of all levels of government, as well as political committees, from a tremendous trove of material for genealogists.

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Genealogy at a Glance: Revolutionary War Genealogy Research; by Craig R. Scott, CG; 4 pp., folded; 8.5 x 11; Published: 2011; Laminated, ISBN: 9780806318844; Item # GPC5210

Tracing descent from a Revolutionary War ancestor is a lofty goal, and this “Genealogy at a Glance” publication will give a much-needed kick-start to your research, setting you on the correct course by guiding you through all the major record sources and online resources you’re likely to need in establishing Revolutionary War ancestry.

Designed to cover the basic elements of genealogical research in just four pages, the “Genealogy at a Glance” series attempts to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. In less than a handful of pages (specially laminated for heavy use), it provides an overview of the facts you need to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with your research. It boils the subject down to its essence and allows you to grasp the basics of research at a glance!

In this instance, Revolutionary War expert Craig Scott provides step-by-step guidance to the standard Revolutionary War sources such as pension records, compiled service records, and records of lineage societies, explaining how they can be used and where they can be found. And he brings you quickly up to speed on the important records of the militia, state troops, and Continental troops, including muster rolls, pay rolls, bounty land records, and settled accounts.

In addition, Scott provides crucial information about National Archives microfilm records, citations to the standard works on Revolutionary War genealogy, and references to all major online resources—all of which will be invaluable in helping you find your Revolutionary ancestor.

“Genealogy At A Glance: Revolutionary War Genealogy Research” Book Review

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Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers, 1818-1872 and the Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent; by Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA; 2014; 8½x11, paper, 78 pp.; ISBN: 0788455869; Item #: HBS5586

The purpose of this book is two-fold:

  1. to provide advice on how to effectively and efficiently use pension ledgers
  2. act as a finding aid to pension ledgers and pension vouchers that relate to Revolutionary War pensioners and some invalid pensioners of the War of 1812. It is based on a finding aid found in the Microfilm Reading Room of the National Archives, Washington, D.C., and the author’s many years experience with pension ledgers and payment vouchers.

The pensions that are the focus of this book are the various Revolutionary War and Old Wars pensions that were paid under various acts from the end of the Revolutionary War until the last act dealing with Revolutionary War widows in 1858.

  • They include Revolutionary War survivor pensions paid under the Acts of 1818, 1820, 1826, 1828 and 1832.
  • They include Revolutionary War widow pensions paid under the acts of 1836, 1838, 1843, 1844, 1848, 1853 and 1858.
  • They include payments made to invalid pensioners paid under the Old Wars pension act.
  • Some widows of soldiers who died in the War of 1812 are included among these ledgers, when paid prior to 1873.

Chapters include:

  • Pension Ledgers;
  • Pension Payment Vouchers;
  • Last Payments;
  • Final Payments;
  • Case Studies;
  • Case Study #1: Isaac Kingman of Goshen, Massachusetts;
  • Case Study #2: Daniel Waldo, one of the last surviving soldiers of the Revolution;
  • Case Study #3: Hedgeman Triplett of Franklin County, Kentucky.

Facsimile reprints of original documents and two appendices (Pension Ledger roll list and Pension Ledger List by State, Location, and Act) add to the value of this work.

Again – the bundle is priced at 30% off MSRP, making it just $26.53 (Reg. $37.90) P&H is just $5.50 – a savings of $9 or more in postage, as these items all come from separate publishing companies. If you have one or more of these items already, you may purchase the other items at 10% off at their respective pages at the FRPC website. The sale now runs through Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted For October 26, 2015

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Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Argentina National Census 1869 – 0 – 1,851 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 107,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889 – 0 – 236,483 – Added images to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010 – 36,372 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1977 – 78,348 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004 – 448,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896 – 0 – 147,248 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 17,891 – New browsable image collection.

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Revolutionary War Parker’s Revenge Battle Site Being Mapped Using Long-lost Artifacts

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Using 21st-century equipment, archeologists are now mapping out exact spots British soldiers and Colonial militiamen were stood as they shot at each other on a rocky hillside on the border of Lexington and Lincoln the first day of the American Revolution.

“Parker met a force approximately 10 times his size and took 20 percent casualties on the green, then made the choice to go after them,” said Bob Morris, president of the nonprofit Friends on Minute Man National Park. “It’s the kind of heroism that cries out to be researched and memorialized.”

The 44-acre Parker’s Revenge battle site is completely within the Minute Man National Historical Site. They have located both unspent and fired musket balls, and even found a button that has a fox, a windmill, and a bridge on it!

Read much more about the project in an AP article posted September 30, 2015 at the FoxNews.com website.

Read more at the campaign1776.org website.

Revolutionary War Red Bank Battlefield Yielding Up Bone Fragments and Artifacts

The following teaser is from an article posted Sept. 3, 2015 at the USA Today website:

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Dan Sivilich was skeptical of what his colleagues would uncover during an archaeological dig at Red Bank Battlefield, site of a key Revolutionary War battle in October of 1777.

“I would have bet my bottom dollar we would not have found anything there,” he said. “I’m shocked at what was found.”

They found a treasure trove of artifacts, including a three-pound Hessian cannonball, a shoe buckle, musket balls, grapeshot and a picture frame.

One of the project’s goals is to locate the mass graves of Hessians who were routed during the Americans’ victory. They may have hit the spot last week…

Read the full article.

Fold3.com & Ancestry.com Offer Free Access Packages This Weekend

Ancestry.com is offering free access to their records from the Original 13 Colonies This weekend. The sale ends on July 4. Click on the illustration below for more info.

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See the full list of the 13 Colonies Collections by clicking here.

Fold3.com is also offering free access to its Revolutionary War Records through July 15, 2015. Click on the illustration below for more information.

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“Roots: Our Journeys Home” Debuts Sunday, October 12 on CNN With 2 hour Primetime Showing

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Finding celebrity roots has become a big deal on television. Now CNN show hosts have gotten into the act with a “Roots, Our Journeys Home” series which begins Sunday, October 12 at 9 pm Eastern. Following is the schedule. Click on the link for more detail.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Monday, October 20th at 9 pm ET
Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Monday, October 20th at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:

SUNDAY 10/12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country.

MONDAY 10/13
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada.

Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts.

TUESDAY 10/14
Chris Cuomo – (6 am ET on New Day) The son and brother of two governors of New York, Chris Cuomo thought he knew all there was to know about his roots, but he discovers a mysterious figure, Germana Castaldo, at the heart of it.

Jake Tapper – (4 pm ET on The Lead) Jake Tapper grew up in Philly, blocks from Independence Hall, steeped in Americana. He was surprised to learn his family members were Colonists.

Erin Burnett – (7 pm ET on Erin Burnett OutFront) After 50 years of living on a farm in Maryland, Erin Burnett’s parents are packing up their memories and moving on.

Don Lemon – (10 pm ET on CNN Tonight) Because of poor record keeping, it’s nearly impossible for descendants of slaves in America to trace their ancestry past 1870.

WEDNESDAY 10/15
Christine Romans – (6 am ET on New Day) As a journalist, Christine Romans interviews newsmakers every day. But in her family, the real newsmaker is just an ordinary girl who had the courage to leave a small town in Denmark, and everything she knew, behind to start all over again in America.

Wolf Blitzer – (5 pm ET on Sit Room) Wolf Blitzer pays a visit to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum. While there, this son of Holocaust survivors discovers his paternal grandparents actually perished in one of the most brutal extermination camps of WWII, Auschwitz.

Sanjay Gupta – (8 pm ET on AC360) CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, takes his family half-way around the world to uncover his roots. (re-air Saturday 9/18 at 4:30pm ET on Sanjay Gupta MD)

THURSDAY 10/16
Kate Bolduan – (6 am ET on New Day) Kate Bolduan just gave birth to her first child, a daughter, so finding out about her family tree comes at a perfect time.

FRIDAY 10/17
John Berman – (6 am ET on New Day) Could John Berman be royalty? Is he related to the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, noted as the Prince of Philosophers?

Fareed Zakaria – (8 pm ET on AC360) Fareed Zakaria takes viewers on a historical journey as he explores his family’s roots and discovers how his personal story intersects with critical moments in history. (re-air Sunday 9/19, 10am ET on Fareed Zakaria GPS)

MONDAY 10/20
ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME – 9 pm ET – CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira will host a two hour special featuring 12 of the network’s hosts and anchors stories. The special will also include interviews with Anderson Cooper, Michaela Pereira, Erin Burnett and Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what the experience has meant to them personally.

Beginning Friday, October 10, a sneak peek at Roots will be available on CNN.com. As the journeys unfold on-air, viewers online will be invited to watch and share the segments as well as explore more of each anchor’s story through video extras, exclusive photos and first-person accounts of their individual journeys. They will also be able to compare their habits and hobbies to CNN’s anchors with a new “Which anchor are you?” quiz. Throughout, the Roots experience will extend across on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr using the hashtag #CNNRoots.

Read more details about the programs at: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/10/06/cnn-hosts-journey-to-find-their-roots-2/

Two Excellent FREE Webinars From the North Carolina Genealogical Society Oct 3-5 & Dec 5-7

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The following is from Maryann Stockert Tuck with the NCGS Webinars. Note that NCGS members have free access to the live webinars, as well as the archived classes. Free webinars are limited to specific programs on specific dates.

October 3-5, 2014 Free three-day viewing of Mark Lowe’s “North Carolina Tax Lists: People, Time, and Delinquency” on www.ncgenealogy.org. This webinar was recorded on 19 September 2014.

New Webinar:

21 November 2014. The North Carolina Genealogical Society will present a live webinar featuring Craig R. Scott, CG, “Finding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestry”.

North Carolinians were active participants in the Revolutionary War, providing men, supplies, and support for the revolutionary cause. Records were created before, during, and after the war. There is more to research than complied military service records and pension application files, such as public claims, pension ledgers, and pension payment vouchers. Records are found in the National Archives, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, the State Library and Archives, and in some unexpected places. Clues to information on ancestors and descendants can be found in the lineage application papers of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.

See the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org for more details and dates of free viewing of the recording of this webinar will occur 5-7 December 2014.

Preserving a Revolutionary War Battlefield

The following teaser is from an article posted in the April 12, 2014 edition of chonicle.augusta.com:

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SYLVANIA, Ga. — More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia’s least explored Revolutionary War sites.

This battlefield has all the components very rarely seen in preservation,” said archaeologist Dan Battle, who has spent the past year assessing the Screven County historic site to determine what secrets it might still hold.

The Battle of Brier Creek unfolded March 3, 1779, when a British force of 1,500 men led by Col. Marc Prevost circled back on Gen. John Ashe’s encamped Patriot army, which included about 1,700 soldiers.

The late afternoon attack was a complete surprise. About 150 Americans died, while hundreds of others were captured. The fleeing survivors left behind their arms, food and supplies.

The British victory was so decisive scholars believe it prolonged the American Revolution by a year, changing the course of U.S. history.

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Bethel Presbyterian Church of Clover, York Co., SC Celebrating 250 Years

The following excerpts are from an article posted in the January 8, 2013 edition of the Enquirer Herald.

Cary Grant stands near the grave of one of the 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church is in the background. Photo by Jennifer Becknell.
Cary Grant stands near the grave of one of the 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church is in the background. Photo by Jennifer Becknell.

CLOVER [York County, South Carolina]
A dozen years before the United States was founded, three men gathered at a spring near Clover and decided to start one of the first churches organized in the colony of South Carolina.

Bethel Presbyterian Church, a small country church on S.C. 557 near Clover that is the oldest Presbyterian church in York County, this year plans a series of events to celebrate its 250 years of ministry, missions and prayer.

Grant and the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Gess, said the church, founded in 1764, has 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in its historic cemetery.

A published history of Bethel Presbyterian Church, compiled and edited by Helen Grant and Janice Currence, is available for $10, plus shipping. To obtain a copy, contact Helen and Cary Grant via email at caryegrant@bellsouth.net or call 803-962-2112.

For a 30-minute video history of the church, visit the website www.bethelchurchpa.com.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 145 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from BillionGraves, England, Russia, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 145 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, England, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 65,593,352 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800–1920, collection, the 35,117,915 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800–1920, collection, and the 40,618,506 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Death Index 1800–1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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.

FamilySearch 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 for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 292,519 – 292,519 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800-1920 – 65,593,352 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England and Wales, Death Index 1800-1920 – 40,618,506 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920 – 35,117,915 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721-1939 – 0 – 333,592 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995 – 0 – 577,690 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999 – 0 – 52,264 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 98,268 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., New England, Seamen’s Identification Cards, 1918-1940 – 0 – 104,825 – New browsable image collection.

United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 0 – 90,827 – New browsable image collection.

United States Revolutionary War, Virginia Pension Application Files, 1830-1875 – 0 – 220,787 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848-1991 – 0 – 78,845 – New browsable image collection.

Grave of Revolutionary War Vet Found in Ringwood New Jersey, Solving Family Puzzle

From the October 29, 2013, Northjersey.com – News

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Seven years ago, Russell Dutcher III embarked on a quest to find a family ancestor, a veteran of the American Revolution whose life story was nearly lost to the ages

He pored over centuries-old census records and tax lists and scoured ancestry websites and cemeteries, driven by a will that David Dutcher not be forgotten.

This past summer, after more digging, Dutcher pieced together his relative’s footprint in New Jersey and located his nearly 200-year-old unmarked grave in the Ringwood Manor cemetery, part of Ringwood State Park. And now, he hopes to rededicate the site to give David Dutcher — his great-great-great-great-grandfather — the honor he deserves.

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