The New FREE FRPC Newsletter for Genealogists

With the Everton job quickly becoming a memory, I’m finding that I’m spending most of my time expanding Family Roots Publishing Company. We’re adding new product nearly every day, and have plans already laid out for numerous new guidebooks for genealogists.

So it made sense to start an email newsletter for genealogists. The FREE FRPC Genealogy Newsletter (FRPC standing for Family Roots Publishing Company) contains genealogy-related tips, news, links, and product information. The Newsletter will be simple – no pictures or HTML coding, at least not for now. And it will be kept short. It shouldn’t take over 5 minutes to read the entire thing – and probably less. I’ll be posting it once or twice a week, dependent on my travel schedule.

I’m archiving the newsletters on GenealogyBlog. Following are links to the first three.

The first Newsletter dealt with Civil War Ancestors & their families. The second was about the current state of the genealogical publishing business, and the third covered county boundary changes.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE FRPC NEWSLETTER:
Go to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and type your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner.

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #5 – October 4, 2009 – Finding Relatively Current Obituaries Online

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #5 – October 4, 2009 – Finding Relatively Current Obituaries Online

This is the fifth newsletter published by Family Roots Publishing. Enjoy!

The FREE FRPC Genealogy Newsletter (FRPC standing for Family Roots Publishing Company) contains genealogy-related tips, news, links, and product information. This is an “opt-in” newsletter. You are receiving it because you may have signed up for it at the Family Roots Publishing Company home page (upper left-hand corner), and/or purchased product from Family Roots Publishing Company (either online by phone, mail, or at a conference/seminar) recently.

FINDING RELATIVELY CURRENT OBITUARIES ONLINE
Last evening I got to thinking about my brother, who passed away last February. We attended a memorial for Neil Meitzler a couple weeks ago, and enjoyed the time spent reflecting on his life, and accomplishments. I realized that I’d never actually gotten an “official” copy of his obituary, although I did have one that was posted online by one of his friends. So I got to thinking that I needed to again see what I could find online. A few days after Neil passed away, I had searched the obituaries in the Walla Walla Union Herald, thinking that would be where I’d find his obit. I didn’t locate it, and set the project aside for a while.

Upon getting back to the search, and by “googling his name, “Herbert Neil Meitzler,” I got a couple items dealing with Neil’s passing, one being a wonderful article by Dee Bird, (who now calls me “Uncle Leland”) celebrating my brother’s life, as well as the obituary I mentioned above. See: http://journeyroadofamom.blogspot.com/2009/03/death-of-famous-artist.html . I also found a link to a blog I posted at GenealogyBlog.com, entitled “The Death Watch.” See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=1567 .

By Googling his commonly used name, “Neil Meitzler,” I came up with many more hits – the first mentioning his death being a long article at historylink.org – the Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Most of the article is taken from Deloris Ament’s book on Pacific Northwest artists, entitled Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002). However, information about his passing is included in the article. See: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5327 . I next came across the two websites that I mentioned in the earlier paragraph. I then found an online copy of the March 7, 2009 Church Bulletin for the College Place Village SDA Church in College Place, Washington. His death is mentioned in this Bulletin. See: http://www.villagesdachurch.org/site_data/214/assets/0006/7967/2009-03-07.pdf .

Googling “Meitzler, Neil,” and “Meitzler-Neil” brought basically the same results as above.

However, Googling on “Meitzler-Herbert Neil” brought excellent results. I first found a short obituary for Neil in the Gleaner Online. This is a website for a magazine published by the Northern Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The obit had a number of major errors, but at least it was there. See: http://www.gleaneronline.org/104/5/38535.html . I next found a listing for Neil at the Obitz.us website, and clicking on the link, I came up with a transcription of his obituary that stated that it was from NWsource on 3/1/2009. See: http://obitz.us/name/namemain.htm . I next found a reference to Neil’s obit that had been printed in the Seattle Times on March 1, 2009 – that reference being a a long listing of obits in the Obituary Daily times V15 #073 published by Walter E. Styles to a Rootsweb listserve. See: http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/GEN-OBIT/2009-03/1236382841 .

Okay – so much for using Google. I now went to the GenealogyBank Obituary database and immediately found a copy of the Neil’s obituary that had been printed in both the Seattle Times, as well as the Seattle PI on March 1.

Entering the Name, Neal Meitzler in the Search Engine at Legacy.com, < http://www.legacy.com/obituaries.asp?page=obitfinderresults&firstname=Neil&lastname=Meitzler&state=&daterange=Last1Yrs&newspaper=&keyword= > , I got a link to the Seattle Times obituary itself. See: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=124716462

Note that I tried various other online obit searches without finding Neil. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t have if I’d continued searching, but what I found was sufficient and well worth the time spent. Note that I didn’t find Neil’s obituary printed in a newspaper where he passed away – but in Seattle, where Neil was best known and had lived most of his life.

Bill Dollarhide did a series of three articles about newspapers and obituary research in the Genealogical Helper in early 2008. These issues are still in print and available from Family Roots Publishing Co. To get copies, click on the links found in FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC below.

NEWS
Surname Distribution Maps for Argentina, the Netherlands & United Kingdom Online – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5826
Forty-nine Digital Newspapers Now Available from the British Library – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5852
Confusius’ Family Tree Finished in 80 Books With Over 2M People Included – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5864
Devon’s “Document Donor Card: Saves Family Papers – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5877
Join Me at the Family History Expo in Redding, California – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5913
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints Are Posted Online – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5918
Roots Television is 3 YEars Old! – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5956
FamilySearch Indexing Update (Sept 28, 2009) – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5960
National Archives & Footnote.com Announce New Digital Holocaust Collection & It’s Fee Through October – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5993
The 2010 Excellence in Writing Competition – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=6016
New York Public Library and Kirtas Technologies Partner to Make 500,000 Public-Domain Books Available – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=6046

FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC
Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Jan-Feb 2008 – Featuring “The Best Digital Newspaper Sites on the Internet” – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=82
Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Mar-Apr 2008 – Featuring “The Best Online Newspaper Sites on the Internet” – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=81
Everton’s Genealogical Helper, May-June 2008 – Featuring “The Best Obituary Sites on the Internet” – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=80
Map Guide to American Migration Routes – by William Dollarhide – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=72
County Map of the United States – 39″x27″ – flat – rolled and mailed in a tube – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=280
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy – by Val Greenwood – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=129
Reading Early American Handwriting, by Kip Sperry – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=123

THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Join us this year December 6 through 12, 2009. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
The newsletter is written by Leland K. Meitzler, the publisher at FRPC. Leland is best known as the founder of Heritage Quest (in 1985), and his editorship of Heritage Quest Magazine (1985-2005), and Everton’s Genealogical Helper (2006-2009). Leland is also known as a genealogy lecturer with over 2,000 genealogy lectures to his credit.

CONTACT INFO:
Family Roots Publishing Company, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011; Phone 801-992-3705; Fax: 815-642-0103; Cell: 801-949-7259; email: Lmeitzler@gmail.com; http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com ; http://www.GenealogyBlog.com ; http://www.Salt Lake ChristmasTour.com ; Written by Leland K. Meitzler; Owned by Leland & Patty Meitzler.

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FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #4 – September 21, 2009 – Finding the Place of Origin for Your Ancestor in Germany

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #4 – September 21, 2009 – Finding the Place of Origin for Your Ancestor in Germany

This is the fourth newsletter published by Family Roots Publishing. Enjoy!

The FREE FRPC Genealogy Newsletter (FRPC standing for Family Roots Publishing Company) contains genealogy-related tips, news, links, and product information. This is an “opt-in” newsletter. You are receiving it because you may have signed up for it at the Family Roots Publishing Company home page (upper left-hand corner), and/or purchased product from Family Roots Publishing Company (either online by phone, mail, or at a conference/seminar) recently.

FINDING THE PLACE OF ORIGIN FOR YOUR ANCESTOR IN GERMANY
As most of you know, Patty and I publish the “Map Guide to German Parish Registers” series of books that show in map form how the churches lay out in Germany about the time of Confederation in 1871. These books become extremely helpful at the point where the researcher has nailed down a specific area in Germany where their ancestor may have lived prior to Immigration. As with research in the United States, once we know the place, everything else can fall into place.

Before you begin your search – remember the #1 rule in genealogy – That being “Treat all your ancestor’s and their siblings as equals.” What goes for your great -grandfather, also applies to his siblings. The siblings’ records may be the ones that give you the place of origin.

The following places are the first places you will want to look. The list is by no means exhaustive. Chances are that only 1 out of 10 sources of your ancestors’ birthplaces will be specific enough to help you jump the ocean to the Parish in which your people lived. However, check them all out. Leave no source “unturned.”

1. Letters and family memorabilia – these may be in the care of your parents, aunts & uncles, nieces & nephews (including all the greats) or your cousins. Anyone descended from the immigrant ancestors may have these documents. The first thing you need to do is to contact all family members – and query them about old letters and documents they may possess. While waiting to get replies from these folks (and that may be fast considering email and all), check the following sources:

2. Federal Census Records – (1850-1930) found online principally at Ancestry.com, and Heritage Quest Online; with additional records now coming online at FamilySearch.org. See: < http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start >.

3. State, Territorial and State Census Records – Thirty-seven States had colonial, territorial. or state census records. These underused records may also include the birthplace of your ancestor. Some of these records can now be found at Ancestry.com as well as FamilySearch. (See the link in item 2 – above). For detailed information about all the State Censuses, see Dollarhide’s Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Volume 1 – Eastern States, and Volume 2 – Western States. See: < http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/category.php?cat=dollarhide%20titles >

4. Passenger list info. – found at Ancestry.com from 1820 on… You want to look for not only arrival records, but records of the family leaving Germany.

5. Naturalization Records – later records are much more useful than older ones, in that more specific information was required. Some records are found at Ancestry.com, with the vast majority still residing in various courts where your ancestor may have lived.

6. Death Certificate of the immigrant – If death registers were kept locally, be sure and check those out also.

7. Obituaries. – Keep in mind that your ancestor may have had more than one. My immigrant great-grandfather, Charles Meitzler, had five! One gave the place of birth in Germany. Also search the obituaries of your ancestor’s siblings (remember that #1 rule), as well as those of his children.

8. County Histories – Was your ancestor written up in a “mug book?” If they lived in a rural community between about 1870 and 1930, the chances are pretty good that there may be a biography about the person. “Landmarks of Monroe County, New York: says this about my great-grandfather: “was born at Kriegfeld, Rhinepfalz, Germany.” Folks in larger communities and cities can also be found in these volumes, so don’t ever overlook them.

9. Cemetery and Funeral Home Records – There may be a specific place on the headstone, but this isn’t typical. However, the actual records held by the cemetery or funeral home may give the place of origin.

Again – the above list isn’t comprehensive. It’s just the first places that I would search.

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS FOR THURINGIA AND THE ENTIRE KINGDOM OF SAXONY ARE NOW AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY WEBSITE
Over the last couple of months, we have published three new volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series. Volume 24 covers the Thuringian States, and Volume 25 covers about half of the Kingdom of Saxony (Zwickau & Leipzig); and Volume 26 covers the other half of the Kingdom of Saxony – namely Chemnitz, Dresden, and Bautzen. These volumes are now posted at the FRPC website. See:
Thuringia – Volume 24 – Soft Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=278
Thuringia – volume 24 – Hard Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=305
Kingdom of Saxony I – Volume 25 – Soft Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=306
Kingdom of Saxony I – Volume 25 – Hard Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=398
Kingdom of Saxony II – Volume 26 – Soft Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=400
Kingdom of Saxony II – Volume 26 – Hard Cover – still at the bindery

MORE GERMAN RESEARCH GUIDES ADDED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING CO. WEBSITE
I added a half dozen great German research guidebooks at the Family Roots Publishing Company website today. Six are books published by Origins, and the seventh is “The Atlantic Bridge to Germany – Volume VII – Nordrhein-Westfalen (Northrhine-Westphalia), by Charles M. Hall. See the links in the “Featured Products” section below. AS WITH ALL BOOKS AT THE SITE, THEY ARE DISCOUNTED FOR FRPC CUSTOMERS!

NEWS
Volunteer to Bring Historic Sweden Church Records Online – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5683
I Love My Librarian – 2009 Award Nominations Wanted! – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5690
Pre-1881 New York Birth Certificate Index Now Available – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5709
Researching at the Oklahoma Historical Society – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5713
Getting the Story Out There – article by Tom Fiske – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5747
Update on the Library of Michigan Petition – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5772
German Surnames – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5802
Don’t Expect The Genealogical Helper to Reemerge – Read the latest comments – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5679

FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC
Alsace-Lorraine: Atlantic Bridge to Germany – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=401
Baden: Atlantic Bridge to Germany – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=402
Pomerania: Atlantic Bridge to Germany – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=403
How to Read & Understand Meyer Orts- Und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=404
German Maps & Facts – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=405
Lands of the German Empire – 2nd Edition – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=406

THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Join us this year December 6 through 12, 2009. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
The newsletter is written by Leland K. Meitzler, the publisher at FRPC. Leland is best known as the founder of Heritage Quest (in 1985), and his editorship of Heritage Quest Magazine (1985-2005), and Everton’s Genealogical Helper (2006-2009). Leland is also known as a genealogy lecturer with over 2,000 genealogy lectures to his credit.

CONTACT INFO:
Family Roots Publishing Company, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011; Phone 801-992-3705; Fax: 815-642-0103; Cell: 801-949-7259; email: Lmeitzler@gmail.com; http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com ; http://GenealogyBlog.com ; http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com ; Written by Leland K. Meitzler; Owned by Leland & Patty Meitzler.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS NEWSLETTER:
Go to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and type your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO THIS NEWSLETTER:
To Unsubscribe, do the same thing by going to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and typing your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner, and you will be sent an email which contains an “Unsubscribe” link.

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #3 – August 20, 2009 – Knowing the County Boundary Changes Can be the Key to Your Success.

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #3 – August 20, 2009 – Knowing the County Boundary Changes Can be the Key to Your Success.

This is the third newsletter published by Family Roots Publishing. Enjoy!

The FREE FRPC Genealogy Newsletter (FRPC standing for Family Roots Publishing Company) contains genealogy-related tips, news, links, and product information. This is an “opt-in” newsletter. You are receiving it because you may have signed up for it at the Family Roots Publishing Company home page (upper left-hand corner), and/or purchased product from Family Roots Publishing Company recently.

COUNTY BOUNDARY CHANGES AND YOUR RESEARCH
As America expanded, and grew in both size and population, the principle record-producing jurisdictions, the U.S. counties, also grew in population, making the adjustment to smaller counties necessary. Changes in the boundaries were the norm, and not the exception for many years. Today the boundaries have pretty-well stabilized, but this wasn’t the case for many states up until about 1920. It was possible for a family to live in one place, never moving as much as 20 feet, but that family could well have lived in three, four, and maybe five or more counties. I remember hearing a story years ago about one family who lived in Oregon, never moving, but living in seven different counties. Now that’s an extreme example, but it proves the point that when doing genealogy research, we must often search the records of a number of counties to locate those of our ancestors. All the Federal Census records (1790-1930) and many state censuses are now online, and using name searches alone, we’re often able to find family members in a matter of minutes. Now and then we find these folks living in counties that may have been adjacent to, or nearby the county where we had expected to locate them. This is often due to nothing more than changes in the county boundaries.

By knowing what counties our ancestors lived in, we know where to look for not only those online census records, but all kinds of other records that may not be online. There are many records that we still can only access by searching through microfilm from the Family History Library, an archives, or the county courthouse itself.

Thorndale and Dollarhide produced a series of 50 maps showing the county boundary changes as they were on the Federal decennial census years – 1790 through 1920. The maps were produced over a period of years and sold in Map Guide Packets. Eventually the maps were compiled into the best-selling Genealogy volume, Map guide to the U.S. Censuses 1790-1920. The book is now out of print. However, Family Roots Publishing has just finished getting all the Map Packets (many out-of-print for years) back into print and available at the FRPC website. You’ll find them in Alphabetical order within the “Atlases and Maps” section (see: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/category.php?cat=atlases%20and%20maps ), starting with Alabama at the bottom of the first page. Direct links to these map packets are found in this newsletter’s FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC section below. To encourage immediate sale of the Map Packets, purchase any 4 or more Map Packets (selling at $6.92 each including postage), and we will ship you a free packet of “United States – State Boundaries 1790-1920 Map Packet.” This packet is made up of 10 maps, 3-hole punched and printed on white card stock. To take advantage of this offer, just type “Newsletter 1-3” in the “Order Notes” on checkout with your purchase of 4 Map Packets or more at the FRPC website. Visa and MC are accepted. Read more about the “United States – State Boundaries 1790-1920 Map Packet” at: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=396

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS FOR THURINGIA AND KINDOM OF SAXONY ARE NOW AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY WEBSITE
Over the last couple of months, we have published two new volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series. Volume 24 covers the Thuringian States, and Volume 25 covers about half of the Kingdom of Saxony (Zwickau & Leipzig). These volumes are now posted at the FRPC website. See:
Thuringia – Volume 24 – Soft Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=278
Thuringia – volume 24 – Hard Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=305
Kingdom of Saxony I – Volume 25 – Soft Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=306
Kingdom of Saxony I – Volume 25 – Hard Cover http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=398

NEWS
Don’t Expect The Genealogical Helper to Reemerge – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5679
Tina Sansone Reviews Dollarhide’s Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era.” See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=306
Surname Distribution Maps for the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, & Switzerland on dynastree (complete with direct links to the maps for the various countries) See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5566
StoryCorps is coming to the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5660
Join us at the 2010 Virginia Beach Genealogical Society Conference – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5669
Ancestry to Provide High-speed Scanners to Attendees at the FGS Conference – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5648

FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC – DOLLARHIDE MAP PACKETS
Alabama http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=300
Alaska http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=301
Arizona http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=302
Arkansas http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=303
California http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=304
Colorado http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=309
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=390
Florida http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=316
Georgia http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=373
Hawaii http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=317
Idaho http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=319
Illinois http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=321
Indiana http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=323
Iowa http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=325
Kansas http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=327
Kentucky http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=375
Louisiana http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=329
Maine http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=331
Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=333
Michigan http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=394
Minnesota http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=335
Mississippi http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=337
Missouri http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=339
Montana http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=341
Nebraska http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=343
Nevada http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=345
New Hampshire, Vermont http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=347
New Jersey http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=349
New Mexico http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=351
New York http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=377
North Carolina http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=353
North Dakota http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=355
Ohio http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=379
Oklahoma http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=392
Oregon http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=357
Pennsylvania http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=381
South Carolina http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=359
South Dakota http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=361
Tennessee http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=383
Texas http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=363
Utah http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=365
Virginia http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=385
Washington http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=367
West Virginia http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=369
Wisconsin http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=387
Wyoming http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=371

THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Join us this year December 6 through 12, 2009. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
The newsletter is written by Leland K. Meitzler, the publisher at FRPC. Leland is best known as the founder of Heritage Quest (in 1985), and his editorship of Heritage Quest Magazine (1985-2005), and Everton’s Genealogical Helper (2006-2009). Leland is also known as a genealogy lecturer with over 2,000 genealogy lectures to his credit.

CONTACT INFO:
Family Roots Publishing Company, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011; Phone 801-992-3705; Fax: 815-642-0103; Cell: 801-949-7259; email: Lmeitzler@gmail.com; http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com ; http://www.GenealogyBlog.com ; http://www.Salt Lake ChristmasTour.com ; Written by Leland K. Meitzler; Owned by Leland & Patty Meitzler.

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FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #2 – August 13, 2009 – The Recession Takes Its Toll

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #2 – August 13, 2009 – The Recession Takes Its Toll.

This is the second newsletter published by Family Roots Publishing. It’s now the plan to do just two newsletters per week – and I promise I won’t flood your inbox with advertising between newsletters! In the publication of the first newsletter, I learned a few lessons about linking from this newsletter as well as a bit about offering premiums from the FRPC website.

The FREE FRPC Genealogy Newsletter (FRPC standing for Family Roots Publishing Company) contains genealogy-related tips, news, links, and product information. This is an “opt-in” newsletter. You are receiving it because you may have signed up for it at the Family Roots Publishing Company home page (upper left-hand corner), and/or purchased product from Family Roots Publishing Company recently.

DISCOUNT BOX ORDER PROBLEMS AT THE FRPC WEBSITE
In the last newsletter, I wrote that my friend, Bill Dollarhide, has been writing for several years on a book titled “Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era – Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869, and Post-War Veteran Lists.” It’s finally finished, and is now available for purchase at: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=281 I made the mistake of telling readers to include the words “Newsletter 1-1” in the Discount Code box on checkout. Well – It should have said “Order Notes.” All of you that tried to order had problems with that “Discount Box.” I sent everyone the free wall chart anyway – but just in case you tried to order, and gave up – try again and I’ll send along a free wall chart titled “Kinship Connections” This is a universal “family bush” which illustrates every type of relationship by consanguinity (blood) and affinity (marriage), for seven generations. Click on the above link to order.

Again, as a preview, a column that was used in the introduction to Bill’s new “Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era” book is online at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=2448

THE RECESSION TAKES IT TOLL ON GENEALOGY PUBLISHERS
Genealogy publishing is certainly different today than it was just a year or even two years ago. Virtually every publisher of genealogy books is making adjustments to compensate for a dramatic downturn in business. Libraries are dealing with tight budgets, if they have a budget at all. The business isn’t a whole lot different than most any other consumer-oriented enterprise, and the lack of consumer confidence hasn’t helped. Genealogical Publishing Company, of Baltimore, Maryland – one of the leading, and oldest, of the major genealogy publishers – has moved into smaller quarters, begun printing of most titles as print-on-demand, and cut dealer discounts from the normal trade discount of 40% to just 25%. Heritage Books has now set up shipping of their books from two locations, neither of which are operated by the company. Books will now be housed and shipped from subcontractor’s warehouses – one in Ohio, and the other in Utah. The subcontractors are paid a small percentage of the retail sale price of the books, allowing the publisher to get out of hiring employees, and the overhead of running one’s own warehousing and shipping operation. I know another genealogy publisher that’s having all of his books printed in China – believe it or not.

Print on Demand vs. typical Short-Run Printing
In the past, most genealogy publishers would print about 200 to 500 copies of most of their titles. I consider this to be short-run printing. If the title had broad appeal, they might print several thousand. Today’s technology, using what amounts to huge laser printers, allows the publisher to print very few copies, with runs of 50 to 200 books (typically called print-on-demand) being profitable. Don’t get me wrong – these print-on-demand books are more expensive per copy than books printed using typical offset printing with longer runs. However, it saves the publisher the up-front costs of case after case of books in stock. At Family Roots Publishing, we typically print books with broad appeal, allowing for longer runs, but we’re also being very careful about how much we’re trying to stock. Even after the recession ends, I doubt that genealogy publishers will go back to the practices of old, but only time will tell.

A-ZAX NOW AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY WEBSITE
We just bought in a stock of A-Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians – 3rd Edition, by Barbara J. Evans. This book contains thousands of words and terms that are largely unknown to us today. We have it on sale at just $14.65 at the FRPC website. See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=307

NEWS
George Morgan Reviews Dollarhide’s Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era.” See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5599
Surname Distribution Maps for the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, & Switzerland on dynastree (complete with direct links to the maps for the various countries) See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5566
FGS Conference Syllabus Now Online for Registrants. See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5589
FREE Genealogy Newsletter Feed Now Available from OneGreatFamily.com. See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5556

FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC
Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts, by Sharon Carmack – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=96
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy – 3rd Edition, by Val Greenwood – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=129
Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Vol. 24 – Thuringia, by Kevan Hansen – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=278
County Map of the United States – 39×27 inches – folded. See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=279
Twenty-Three Generation Ahnentafel Wall Chart – 28″x40″ – folded – The chart allows nine generations with all the statistics and another four lines extending all the way to the 23rd generation. See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=161

THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Join us this year December 6 through 12, 2009. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
The newsletter is written by Leland K. Meitzler, the publisher at FRPC. Leland is best known as the founder of Heritage Quest (in 1985), and his editorship of Heritage Quest Magazine (1985-2005), and Everton’s Genealogical Helper (2006-2009). Leland is also known as a genealogy lecturer with over 2,000 genealogy lectures to his credit.

CONTACT INFO:
Family Roots Publishing Company, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011; Phone 801-992-3705; Fax: 815-642-0103; Cell: 801-949-7259; email: Lmeitzler@gmail.com; http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com ; http://GenealogyBlog.com ; http://Salt Lake ChristmasTour.com ; Written by Leland K. Meitzler; Owned by Leland & Patty Meitzler.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS NEWSLETTER:
Go to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and type your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO THIS NEWSLETTER:
To Unsubscribe, do the same thing by going to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and typing your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner., and you will be sent an email which contains an “Unsubscribe” link.

FRPC GENEALOGY NEWSLETTER – Vol. 1 #1 – August 10, 2009 – Researching Civil War Ancestors & Their Families.

This is the first newsletter published by Family Roots Publishing. It’s been in the plans for the last year or so, and is now a reality. The newsletter will be written by Leland K. Meitzler, the publisher at FRPC. Leland is best known as the founder of Heritage Quest (in 1985), and his editorship of Heritage Quest Magazine (1985-2005), and Everton’s Genealogical Helper (2006-2009). Leland is also known as a genealogy lecturer with over 2000 genealogy lectures to his credit. From this point forward, this newsletter will be written in the first person.

The FREE FRPC Genealogy Newsletter (FRPC standing for Family Roots Publishing Company) will contain genealogy-related tips, news, links, and product information. We believe that sales of products will allow us to do this, as our biggest expense will be the time it takes to write and share this information with you. The FRPC Genealogy Newsletter will be simple – no pictures or HTML coding, at least not for now. This is an “opt-in” newsletter. You are receiving it because you may have signed up for it at the Family Roots Publishing Company home page (upper left-hand corner), and/or purchased product from Family Roots Publishing Company recently.

CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS & THEIR FAMILIES
If you had ancestors living in the United States during the 1860s, there is a good chance that at least some of your relatives fought in the American Civil War. Even if they weren’t involved in the war effort itself, the war had a direct effect on all families – whether North or South. The war lasted from the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861 until the Surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865. The effects of the war, which is now nearing its sesquicentennial (2011-2015), are felt to this day. It’s said (a bit tongue-in-cheek) that in some parts of the South, the war is still being fought. I’ve had more than a few genealogists speak of the War of Northern Aggression when I’ve exhibited or lectured in their area.

Keep in mind that Civil War era genealogy research entails much more than just researching our soldier ancestors. It’s also the research of our families who themselves may or may not have survived the war. We research these folks using tax records, census records (federal and state), letters, deeds, – and yes, even the pension files of the soldiers themselves. Never overlook the families!

There are three online Civil War databases that I recommend to everyone. One is FREE (paid for by your tax dollars), and the other two are subscription sites.

They are:
1. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, found at: http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss The soldier’s search site is specifically: http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm The website is maintained by the National Park Service. Go there FIRST to search for your Civil War Soldier (Union or Confederate).

2. The American Civil War Research Database (ACWRD), found at: http://www.civilwardata.com This site has a subscription fee of $25 annually or $10 for a week’s pass. The site currently has 4,253,387 soldier’s records, 4,649 Civil War regimental rosters, 3,835 regimental chronicles, 1010 Officer profiles, 19,305 Civil War Soldier Photographs, and 3,398 Civil War battle synopses.

3. Footnote.com, found at: http://www.footnote.com This site has an annual subscription fee of $69.95. The rapidly growing site has over 58,000,000 images posted as of today. Their images include over 5600 Brady Civil War photographs (with FREE access!); Civil War Veteran’s Pension Index; Confederate Amnesty Papers; Confederate Citizens File; Pennsylvania Civil War IRS records; and the Civil War Service Records for selected States (Confederate: AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO, NC SC, TN, TX, VA + CSA & Officers) (Union: AL, AR, Dakota, GA, KY, MS, MO, NE, NV, OR, UT, + Union & Colored Troops). In addition, Footnote, in cooperation with FamilySearch, has undertaken the digitizing and indexing of 1,280,000 Civil War and later widows’ pension at the National Archives in Washington D.C. These are paper records, and will take time. As of today, there are 437,041 digitized pages online, with more going up every day.

My friend, Bill Dollarhide, has been writing for several years on a book titled “Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era – Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869, and Post-War Veteran Lists.” It’s finally finished, and is now available for purchase at: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=281 Just for kicks, and to see if you folks actually read this far down in the text, if you purchase the “Civil War Era” book at the above website address, and include the words “Newsletter 1-1” on the “order notes” line on checkout, I’ll send along a free wall chart titled “Kinship Connections” This is a universal “family bush” which illustrates every type of relationship by consanguinity (blood) and affinity (marriage), for seven generations.

A column, which was used in the introduction to Bill’s new “Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era” book is online at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=2448

NEWS
Hands Around The Library Rally Held at the Library of Michigan – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5550

brightsolid Acquires Friends Reunited for 25 Million Lbs. – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5545

The Interactive 1930 Census FREE at Footnote.com During August – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5540

Open Forum: Blogging, Social Networking, and Podcasting at the FGS Conference – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5512

The Free Online Michigan Death Records 1897-1920 is 99% Complete – with 960,000+ Certificates Online – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5487

Ancestry.com Files a $75,000,000 IPO – See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5480

FEATURED PRODUCTS AT FRPC
Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts, by Sharon Carmack – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=96
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy – 3rd Edition, by Val Greenwood – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=129
Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Vol. 24 – Thuringia, by Kevan Hansen – See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=278
County Map of the United States – 39×27 inches – folded. See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=279
Twenty-Three Generation Ahnentafel Wall Chart – 28″x40″ – folded – The chart allows nine generations with all the statistics and another four lines extending all the way to the 23rd generation. See: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=161

THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Join us this year December 6 through 12, 2009. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

CONTACT INFO:
Family Roots Publishing Company, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011; Phone 801-992-3705; Fax: 815-642-0103; Cell: 801-949-7259; email: Lmeitzler@gmail.com; http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com ; http://GenealogyBlog.com ; http://Salt Lake ChristmasTour.com ; Written by Leland K. Meitzler; Owned by Leland & Patty Meitzler.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS NEWSLETTER:
Go to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and type your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO THIS NEWSLETTER:
To Unsubscribe, do the same thing by going to http://www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com and typing your email address in the “SIGNUP – Free Genealogy Newsletter” box in the upper right-hand corner., and you will be sent an email which contains an Unsubscribe link.