Genealogy Newsline NewsFlash 1

Genealogy Newsline – NewsFlash 1 – May 26, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the first NewsFlash of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is being sent to those who have officially registered with Family Roots Publishing, either online or at a genealogy event. The NewsFlash is headlined by important current news that may be of help to your genealogical research. Enjoy.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE NEWSFLASH

New Early Vermont Vital Records Just Added at FamilySearch.org

Obituaries & Death Records Provide a Wealth of Family History

More Genealogy News

Important Items Published by Family Roots Publishing Co.

Arphax Family Maps

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Check out Area-Info.net

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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NEW EARLY VERMONT VITAL RECORDS JUST POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG!

Thousands of new records have just been added to the name index and images (index cards) of Vermont town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection has been complete for years 1871-1908 for several months. However, just completed are the books containing names alphabetically from surname ‘A’ to partway through surname ‘Phelps’ for years ‘Early to 1870.’ As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated.

I’ve used these index cards for Vermont Vital Records many times over the years. However, the data was all on microfilm, and not easily accessed. I can remember attempting to print copies of the index cards containing the surname “Titus” while at the Pittsfield Antheneum years ago. I ran the machine out of toner…

Over 517,000 records have been added in the last two months – all for Vermont vital records BEFORE 1871.

Check out the online data for Vermont!

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NEW ENGLAND BOOKS AT FAMILYROOTSPUBLISHING.COM:

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for June and July 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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OBITUARIES & DEATH RECORDS PROVIDE A WEALTH OF FAMILY HISTORY

The following article is by my friend, Tom Kemp, and is reprinted from Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1, #11.

“Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar, all who love obits stand up and holler!”

That is probably not the way you heard that cheer in school, but genealogists sure do love obituaries. Obituaries and death notices provide a wealth of valuable information—not only about the person who died, but most contain references to other family members that can lead your family research into new, and sometimes unexpected, directions.

Here is a good example of how useful and informative, not to mention interesting, obituaries can be. I came across this obituary for Louise Cloutier (1789-1889).

“Obituary. Louise Cloutier”

“Mrs. Louise Cloutier, whose death was reported in The Inter Ocean of yesterday, was on of the oldest women in Chicago. She died at the residence of her son, Peter Cloutier, No. 606 Forty-third street, and will be buried from that number this morning at 10 O’clock to St. John the Baptist Church, thence to Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Deceased was born at Deschaubeau, Canada.” Included was a woodcut engraving of Mrs. Cloutier.

It was published in the November 13, 1889, issue of the Daily Inter-Ocean newspaper. Born in Canada in 1789, Louise lived a remarkably long life (especially for her times!), not dying until 100 years later in Chicago.

What information and clues do we get from this obituary?

  1. Name
  2. Place and year of birth
  3. Name of the cemetery
  4. Date and place of the funeral and burial
  5. Names of her three living children, where they lived, and their position in the family’s birth order
  6. Names of the towns where she had lived and how long she lived in each one
  7. Age of husband at his death and how long ago that was
  8. Details on the longevity of her father (110 years) and grandfather (90 years)
  9. Count of her descendants, by generation
  10. Best of all: her picture as rendered in a wood-cut engraving!

Remember, newspapers contain a treasure trove of obituaries. As this story illustrates, newspapers are an essential tool for documenting American family histories.

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You can also subscribe by phone 1-866-223-8535 (M-F 9am-5pm MST) and mention product code 1104LM. There’s never been a better time to explore your family history. You are just a few clicks away from fascinating facts and stories from your family’s past.

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011.

Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT June 6, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1500 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site! We post new books nearly every day

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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MORE GENEALOGY NEWS

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IMPORTANT ITEMS PUBLISHED BY FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN NEBRASKA, by Ruby Coleman

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS – IMPERIAL PROVINCE OF ALSACE-LORRAINE (ELSASS-LOTHRINGEN) – THE NEW 6-VOLUME SERIES

Click on the link to view all 6 of the Alsace Lorraine German Map Guides, in soft and hard cover.

ITALY RESEARCH

GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 1, Eastern States, by William Dollarhide

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 2, Western States, by William Dollarhide

CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

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FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
As posted in Newsline Vol. 1 #8, Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently nearly 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping with minimum purchase of $25 sale going on until Midnight MDT, June 6, 2011.

You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available).

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FRPC FREE SHIPPING OFFER- AND LINKS TO CATEGORIES AT THE FRPC WEBSITE

Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is offered FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends Monday, June 6, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 1500 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

We are also making the offer to USA located Libraries and Institutions who wish to purchase by online Purchase Order (see the Library Purchases paragraph near the bottom of the Family Roots Publishing Co. homepage for Purchase Order purchase requirements).

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FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING CO., LLC IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO EXHIBIT AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS in 2011:

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for June and July, 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 12

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 12 – July 14, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the twelfth edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter. If you no longer wish to receive the Genealogy Newsline, please do the same.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Partly Personal & Very Important!

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through August 20, 2011

New USA & Canada Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Searching “Newspaper Briefs,” by Tom Kemp

Thinking of Going to Salt Lake City?

30 FREE Search Credits Available for ScotlandsPeople

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • The Genealogist’s Guide to Tax Records
  • Genealogical Research in Nebraska
  • History for Genealogists
  • Witter’s German-English Primer

More Genealogy News

The Midwest Family History Expo

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through August 20, 2011

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Check out Area-Info.net

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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PARTLY PERSONAL & VERY IMPORTANT!

It has again been several weeks since the last Genealogy Newsline. In the mean time, we exhibited at the annual SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California, then went on to exhibit at Family History Expos in North Platte, Nebraska; Rapids City, South Dakota; Sheridan, Wyoming; and Loveland, Colorado.

About the time we left for North Platte, we found that AT&T was blocking the Genealogy Newsline as being SPAM. In order to get unblocked, we have to clean up our email list – as we have many bad email addresses, created by a two-year period (and thousands of email changes) going by between the last Everton Newsline, and the current Genealogy Newsline.

We’ve been working diligently to clean up the list, and have finally come up with a process to do so. My friend, Lee Everton has offered to send issues of the Genealogy Newsline through his mailing service, which will clean out the bad email after just three bounces. Expect to get three consecutive Genealogy Newslines from Area-Info.net sometime within the next 6 weeks. They will be shorter than this one, but will be of interest to genealogists, and will help us get our list purged.

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE THROUGH Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT August 20, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1600 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site! We post new books nearly every day

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NEW USA and Canadian VITAL RECORDS DATABASES ADDED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following USA and Canadian vital records databases have been added at FamilySearch since I last posted about the FamilySearch vital records. Note that most of the databases posted are digital images with waymarks to locate one’s ancestor. Many of the images also include indexes, so in many cases, it’s not difficult to find one’s ancestor, even if the data isn’t indexed as such.

I’ve also updated all four of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See:
United States Birth & Christening Records Found at FamilySearch.org
United States Marriage Documents & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org
United States Death & Probate Records Found at FamilySearch.org
Canadian Vital Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org

California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery RecordsImaged Records – Index cards and daily log book of the Italian Cemetery in Colma. This collection is being published as images become available. 13,690 images as of 24 June 2011

Idaho, Clark County RecordsImaged Records – Clark County marriage affidavits, naturalization records, declarations of intention, deeds, patents, brands and marks, mining records, probate records, and estate files located at the Clark County courthouse. Time period varies by record type. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available. 16,791 images as of 19 June 2011

Indiana Marriages 1811-1958 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 43% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,160,821 Records as of 3 Jun 2011 – up 37,713 records since 18 Apr 2011

Iowa, County Marriages 1838-1934 – Name indexes for county marriages in Iowa. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Adair, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clarke, Clinton, Crawford, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee. Currently this collection is 5% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. 121,790 records as of 7 June 2011

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983Digital images from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 309,148 images as of 5 July 2011 – up 47,039 images since 11 May 2011

Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate files 1686-1881Imaged Records – Probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. The files cover the Series 1, 1686-1881. This collection is being published as images become available – 7,172 images as of 20 June 2011

Michigan Births, 1867-1902Imaged Records – Name index and images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries – 1,409,988 records from 164,866 images as of 3 June 2011

Mississippi, Tippah County Marriages 1858-1978Imaged Records – Collection of marriages recorded by the Probate Court and the Circuit Court in Tippah County, Mississippi, 1858-1950. The records were filmed at the county courthouse in Ripley, Mississippi. 17,039 images as of 5 July 2011

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938Images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – 90,229 images as of 5 July 2011 – up 30,334 images since 18 May 2011

New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 81,645 images as of 27 June 2011 – up 47,263 records since 13 May 2011

North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. This collection is being published as images become available. To date, the site includes Beaufort County wills, 1808-1968; Gaston County estates & wills; Northampton Coroners’ reports Vol 1 1793-1905 – 77,359 images as of 27 June 2011

North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970Imaged Records – Includes probate matters recorded at county courthouses in North Carolina. Includes wills, guardianships and estate records in bound volumes. Although the coverage dates include a larger span of years, most of the records in this collection are from 1800-1930. 1,145,307 images of 29 June 2011

Ohio, Cuyahoga County RecordsImaged Records Birth affidavits, delayed births and corrections, marriage records and voter registration. This collection is being published as images become available. 18301 images as of 23 June 2011

Ohio, Montgomery County, Probate Estate Files, 1857-1900Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files from the Montgomery County Records Center and Archive in Dayton, Ohio. Usually the files are chronological and have a case file number. This collection is being published as images become available. 25,212 images as of 27 June 2011

South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964Imaged documents – This collection includes wills, records of estates and guardianships recorded by the counties of South Carolina. Most of the records fall between the mid-1800s through 1930. The records are by county, then by date range and then alphabetical by name – 654,824 images as of 20 June 2011

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates from the following counties: Carroll, Cheatham, Cocke, Grainger and Greene. There may be others, I just can’t locate the information. Currently this collection is 8% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet. – 338,031 records as of 10 June 2011 – up 94,571 records since 10 May 2011

Tennessee Probate Court Files, 1795-1927Imaged Records – This collection includes probate records from Tennessee counties. These records were kept either as loose papers or in files, rather than bound volumes. The databases are by county, and they include an index to the wills within the county. 967,360 images as of 19 June 2011

Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927Imaged Records -This collection includes waypoints and images of probate court records from Tennessee counties. The records were kept in bound volumes. From 1,052 reels of microfilm. 628,641 images as of 29 June 2011

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records – 321,145 images as of 19 June 2011

Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1920Imaged Records – Images of naturalization, birth, deaths, marriage, probates, wills, land and cemetery records from the county courthouse in Farmington. This collection is being published as images become available. 32,595 images as of 24 June 2011

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. Also completed are the books containing names alphabetically from surname ‘A’ to partway through surname ‘Phelps’ for years ‘Early to 1870.’ As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 1,206,606 Records as of 26 May 2011

Vermont, Windham County, Westminster District, Probate Records, 1781-1921Imaged Records – Images of probate records located at the Vermont Public Records Office in Midddlesex. Records are bundled together by year. This collection is being published as images become available. 21,168 images as of 27 May 2011

West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971Imaged Records – Index and images for will books from all 55 counties of West Virginia. 326,272 images as of 29 June 2011

Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Green County (1848-1885), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). From Wisconsin State Historical Society & FHL digital images – 434,701 images as of 5 July 2011 – up 85,009 images since 13 April, 2011

U.S.A. Social Security Death Index – A name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962 – 89,610,305 Records as of 30 Apr 2011

CANADIAN RECORDS

Ontario Births, 1869-1912 – Index to birth records – 1,403,211 Records as of 21 June 2011 – up 1,239,072 records since 5 November 2010!

Toronto, Ontario Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1935Imaged Records – Index and images to the records of several Toronto cemeteries, including: York General Burying Ground (also called Potter’s Field), 1826-1855; Necropolis Cemetery, 1850-1912 (the index will continue to 1935); Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 1876-1933; Prospect Cemetery, 1890-1935. Currently this collection is 22% complete and includes records from Necropolis Cemetery. Additional records will be added as they are completed. This is a cooperative project with the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. 14,864 records as from 7,234 images as of 3 June 2011.

Again, I have added the above databases to my Updated & Complete Alphabetical USA & Canada Vital Records Listing and Links at GenealogyBlog.com.

Births & Christenings

Marriages

Deaths, and Probates

Canadian Vital Records

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SEARCHING NEWSPAPER “LOCAL BRIEFS”- Family History Gems that make Local Briefs Essential to your Family History Research.

By Tom Kemp

Experienced genealogists rely on historical newspapers, tracking down obituaries, birth announcements and marriage notices to help fill in details on their family trees. However, many people don’t realize that newspapers provide another valuable resource for family history research, one that is often overlooked: the humble “local brief.”

These aren’t always about the next bake sale the local church is having—these short notices can turn up family details that appeared nowhere else in print.

Local Brief

Newspaper editors wanted to catch and keep their readers’ interest and attention. They did that by writing about their readers’ friends and neighbors, providing details about what was happening in their lives. In both small towns and big cities, readers were interested in their neighbors and in keeping up with how they were doing.

Key Family Information

Here is a good example. This is a typical “local matters” item of the sort that routinely appeared in newspapers around the country. This one appeared in the Aug. 28, 1917, issue of the Times Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana). At first glance, it is just a simple article about a family’s visits.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE at GenealogyBlog.com by clicking here.

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for July and August, 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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30 FREE SEARCH CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR SCOTLANDSPEOPLE AVAILABLE WITH FREE NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

AncestralScotland, the Scottish Government and ScotlandsPeople, Scotland’s official online source of genealogical information, are offering 30 FREE search credits at ScotlandsPeople, worth approximately £7GBP (over $11), to folks who sign up for the Ancestral Scotland Newsletter. It’s a tourism promotion, with hopes that if you get their promotional newsletters – and do ancestral research online, that you’ll pack up and go to your ancestral homeland.

I signed up, as I have Scots ancestry, and haven’t ever taken the time to use the website, ScotlandsPeople. The offer gave me an incentive to do so. As far as I can tell, this offer is good through tomorrow, July 15, 2011 – but that’s not obvious on the webpage set up for the offer. I found that information at TravelVideo.tv. Now – keep in mind that AncestralScotland has an offer of 10 Credits, worth about £2GBP – that seems to be an ongoing thing to try to get folks onboard for the newsletter. I like the 30 Credit offer better. (grin}

As the website reminds us, researching your Scottish ancestors can be very rewarding, but nothing compares to experiencing first-hand the places they lived and worked. I certainly can’t argue with that. I also know that ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, the official source of genealogical data for Scotland, is where I can search Scottish Census Records, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Old Parish Records and Wills & Testaments. So I’m looking forward to spending time on the site.

If you are already a registered member of ScotlandsPeople, the offer isn’t available to you. But for everyone else, just click here to register and get your 30 FREE search credits at ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk.

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing 4 books, all of which I highly recommend.

THE GENEALOGIST’S GUIDE TO TAX RECORDS

The following is a review of The Genealogist’s Guide to Tax Records, by Carol Cook Darrow, CD, and Susan Winchester, Ph.d., C.P.A.

I’ve been lecturing on using tax records for years, and up until just a short time ago, lamented the fact that there was no in-depth book that I could recommend to my audiences. That all changed when Carol Cooke Darrow, CG, and Susan Winchester, Ph.d., C.P.A. wrote The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records.

The census taker came every ten years and often missed people. The tax collector came every year and seldom missed anyone. The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records gives us the techniques to locate, read, and understand the valuable information in these annual records.

Researching tax records, which date from the 1620s to the present day, can help you establish your ancestor’s location, real estate, personal possessions, economic status and perhaps even the occupations and family relationships of your ancestors. By reading this volume, you can learn how to find tax records, how to read these records and understand the information they provide.

Chapters one and two (See Table of Contents below) explain techniques that will help you successfully research tax records. Subsequent chapters explain how to apply those techniques in researching head, tithable or poll taxes, real estate taxes, personal property taxes, federal taxes, inheritance taxes, and a variety of miscellaneous taxes.

Tax records are especially helpful for the period prior the first U.S. Federal decennial census in 1790 and for the period between 1880 and 1900, with its missing 1890 census.

This is the most complete guide to researching tax records in print and includes examples from New England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, and more. Beside that, the appendices, bibliographies, and a subject index add to the value of this work. Following is a listing of the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Getting Started in Tax Records

  • Benefits of Tax Record Research
  • Research Can Be Tedious – Until You Succeed
  • Tax Process
  • Locating Tax Records
  • Research Tax Records at Courthouse or Archive
  • Tax Records as Substitutes for Census Records
  • Verify County Formation Date
  • Following the Records Year by Year
  • Isolated Records
  • Indexes: Never the Final Answer
  • A Word About Slaves
  • Finding the Right Record in the Wrong Place
  • Ready to Begin?

Chapter 2. Research Techniques

  • Types of Taxes
  • How to Approach a Tax Record
  • Identify Information Being Collected
  • Sources for Interpreting Tax Information
  • Consider Spelling Variations
  • Become Familiar With Notations and Abbreviations
    Research Example: Separate Men with the Same Name in the Same County
  • Doing the Math
    Research Example: Estimate Wealth of an Ancestor
  • Records That Report Only Assessed Value
  • Paying Taxes in the Coin of the Realm
  • Calculating With Pounds, Shilling, and Pence
    Research Example: Estimate Wealth of an Ancestor
  • Forming a Hypothesis
  • Summary of Research Techniques

Chapter 3. Poll Taxes

  • Taxes “By the Poll” Were the Earliest American Taxes
  • Massachusetts Poll Tax, 1646
  • Virginia Tithables
  • The Tithable Process
  • Poll Books and Voting Rights
    Research Example: Locate an Ancestor in a Specific County
  • Head Taxes in Other Colonies
    Research Example: Separate Men with the Same Name in the Same County
  • Tracking Changes Through Tax Lists Over Time
    Research Example: Identify Men as They Become Adults
  • Finding the Landless Ancestor
    Research Example: Research Landless Ancestor
  • Poll Taxes Can Replace the Census

Chapter 4. Land Taxes

  • Colonial Land Distribution
  • Land Taxes After the Revolution
  • Tax Exemptions Used to Encourage Settlement
  • Tax Records Can Identify the Land and the Location
    Research Example: Separate Men With the Same Name in the Same County
    Research Example: Use Tax Information to Lead to Other Valuable Records
  • Delinquent Land Tax Sales
  • Tracking Delinquent Land Tax Sales Records
  • Land Tax Records Can Point to a Migration Trail
  • Land Holding May Imply Arrival Date
  • Tax Ledgers Arranged by Legal Land Description
  • Additional Information Collected in Tax Records
  • Information Common to Land Tax Records

Chapter 5. Personal Property Taxes

  • Paying for Government
  • Estates are Taxable
    Research Example: Establish a Year of Death as Estate Becomes Taxable
  • Land and Personal Property Tax Lists Combined
    Research Example: Examine Wealth of an Ancestor
  • Property Tax Lists Expanded Over Time
  • State Income Tax Replaces Some Personal Property Taxes
  • Homestead Exemptions Enacted
  • Personal Property Tax – “Everyman Tax”

Chapter 6: Federal Taxes

  • Direct Tax of 1798
  • Tariff and Import Taxes
  • Direct Taxes of 1813, 1815, and 1816
  • Direct Tax of 1861
  • Federal Income Taxes (1862-1872)
  • Confederate Taxes
  • Tariffs Decline in Significance
  • Income Tax Reconsidered
  • Tax Protests
  • Tax Assessors and Collectors

Chapter 7. Inheritance and Estate Taxes

  • Federal Estate and In Heritage Taxes
  • State Estate and Inheritance Taxes
    Research Example: Identify the Heirs of an Estate
  • Estate and Inheritance Taxes Can Prove Relationships

Chapter 8. Miscellaneous Tax Records

  • Militia Service
  • Road Orders
  • Ecclesiastical Taxes
  • Faculty Taxes
  • Business Licenses
  • Liquor Taxes
  • School Taxes
  • Federal Head Tax on Aliens
  • Old Age Assistance Tax

Chapter 9. Summary

  • Summary of Research Techniques

Appendix A. Textural Records of the Direct Tax Commission in the Southern States

Appendix B. Microfilmed Records of the Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874

Appendix C. State Inheritance Tax Laws Through 1913

Appendix D. State Old Age Assistance Laws, as of 1934

Glossary

Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Selected Tax Records

Index

To order your copy, click on the following link: The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records; by Carol Cook Darrow, CG and Susan Winchester, Ph.D., CPA.; 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 182 pp. FRPC Item # HBD4298. The book is only $19.60 at the FRPC website. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Saturday, August 20, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge./p>

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GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN NEBRASKA, by Ruby Coleman

A year in the planning, the new Genealogical Research in Nebraska is now available. The book was introduced with great success at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. It was written by Ruby Coleman specifically for genealogists who have ancestors or relatives who may have settled in Nebraska.

As with researching in any area, the challenge for researching in Nebraska is to locate as many of the records as possible. There are many repositories where these records are found. Like many other states, Nebraska’s record keeping is somewhat unique, but very useful to the genealogist. Many records are available to document one’s Nebraska family, whether they settled and stayed, or moved on after a few years. Ruby’s book will help you find those records.

Heavily illustrated with photos and documents, this volume may give the researcher clues as to records that may be available that they hadn’t even considered.

The following chapters make up the book:

  • Introduction
  • Nebraska Settlement
  • Colonization and Development by Railroad
  • Nebraska Court System and Records
  • Nebraska Vital Records
  • Probate, Guardianships and Adoptions
  • Land Records
  • Naturalization Records
  • Civil and Criminal Court Records
  • County Histories
  • Territorial, Federal and State Censuses
  • Military Records
  • Schools and Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Institutional Records
  • Nebraska Railroads
  • Nebraska Ethnic Groups
  • Religious Records
  • Orphan Trains
  • Cattle Brands
  • Societies, Repositories and Libraries
  • Genealogical Collections in Nebraska Libraries and Repositories
  • Nebraska State Censuses & Substitutes 1854-1976
  • Maps Showing Nebraska County Boundary Changes
  • Nebraska County Records – Alphabetical by county
  • Suggested Internet Web Pages
  • Suggested Reading
  • Notes

About the Author:
Ruby Coleman, of Nebraska, has been actively involved in researching genealogy for over 40 years and has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She is an instructor of seminars and classes, as well as a lecturer and free-lance writer. Her expertise is in Nebraska and the plains states genealogy, history, and research.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $25.69 with FREE USA Shipping through Midnight MDT Saturday, August 20, 2011.

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HISTORY FOR GENEALOGISTS

One of my favorite books is Judy Jacobson’s History For Genealogists – Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. I find myself constantly returning to the volume for guidance in historical information that has the potential of adding increased data, and often generations, to my family history. Beside that, it’s just a VERY GOOD READ!

Any experienced genealogist knows that it’s imperative that we understand the historical context within which our ancestors’ lived. However, that’s a tall order. You could spend every moment of your life reading history – both online and off – and still not have the facts that will help you understand why your ancestors did what they did. This is where History for Genealogists comes to the rescue.

History for Genealogists highlights and dates events that played into the lives of our ancestors. Consider the following illustrations: If you have lost track of your 1880 ancestor in Iowa, have you considered that he might have moved there during the Economic Panic of 1873? Your forebears were living in Texas in the 1840s, but did you know that they might have come from Kentucky as part of the “Peters Colony?” Did you know that you can learn a great deal about your ancestors if they belonged to a labor or fraternal organization like the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, or the Catholic Family Life Insurance Society?

As Mrs. Jacobson puts it, “The average person might define historical research as the study of the human past and genealogical research as the study of a human’s past. History lays the foundation to understand a group of people. Genealogy lays the foundation to understand a person or family using tangible evidence. Yet history also lays the foundation to understand why individuals and societies behave the way they do. It provides the building materials needed to understand the human condition and provide an identity, be it for an individual or a group or an institution.”

The initial chapters of History for Genealogists explain the value of historical time lines. Here the reader learns the clues that time lines can suggest about hidden aspects of our ancestors’ lives. Mrs. Jacobson illustrates the virtues of time lines with several case studies.

The bulk of the book consists of specific historical time lines that answer fundamental questions about our forebears. For example, if you are trying to learn when your ancestors left one place for another, it would be helpful to ask the question, “Why did they leave?” Did it have to do with a military conflict, social injustice, religion, disease, economic hardship, a natural disaster? No matter what the explanation, Mrs. Jacobson has a historical time line that could lead to the explanation. For example, your ancestor’s departure may have coincided with the outbreak of the Crimean War, a virulent epidemic, an earthquake, or a religious war.

Other chapters pose answers to other crucial questions, such as “How did they go?” and “What route did they take?” For these conundrums, Mrs. Jacobson uses time lines to lay out the history of the transportation revolutions in America (roads, rails, canals, and air travel), as well as the history of the great western trails our ancestors followed in crossing the country.

The author dissects our the past into scores of time lines. There is a time line of the Industrial Revolution, American immigration, and the Labor Movement. Researchers can also make use of a time line for the history of each of the 50 states, and, in brief, for the rest of North America, Europe, and more.

History for Genealogists concludes with a helpful bibliography and an index of people and places, wars and battles. As an example of how to use the index – I do a lot of research on ancestors who lived or migrated through Nebraska. In checking the index for Nebraska, I found ten entries: pages 25, 39, 60, 70, 85, 113, 154, 180, 181, and 204. This led me to the following information about Nebraska:

  • Page 25 – The 1882 Omaha Labor Riots – found in a chronological listing of Uncivil Disobedience dating from 1641 until 1949.
  • Page 39 – The 1802 Smallpox outbreak killing Omaha Indians – found in a chronological listing of disease epidemics in America dating from 1657 until 1931.
  • Page 60 – Information of the rapid settlement of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas – found in a chronological listing of Railroad advances dating from 1779 until 1935.
  • Page 70 – Information that many Czechs went to Wisconsin, Texas and Nebraska – found in a chapter on Coming to America and Who Went Where?
  • Page 85 – The Western Trail ran from Ogallala, Nebraska to Central Texas, and connected to the Oregon Trail. – from a sub-chapter section on Western Trail and Roads, from a chapter section on America’s historic migrations, found in the Coming to America chapter and Who Went Where? This chapter alone is absolutely amazing in its variety and depth of information.
  • Page 113 – The top ten destinations for Orphan Train children was New York, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, Kansas, Indiana, and Nebraska – found in a subsection on orphan trains in a chapter on “Even Harder to Find Missing Persons.”
  • Page 154 – Wyoming wasn’t even a territory in 1860, but neighboring Nebraska was and that unorganized section of Nebraska Territory contained census information for what would become Wyoming – found in the introduction to the comprehensive State-by-State chapter.
  • Page 180 – Montana was included in Nebraska Territory – found in the Montana section of State-by-State chapter.
  • Page 181 – The Nebraska section of the State by State chapter contains 25 entries starting with the 1763 Treaty of Paris granting land west of the Mississippi River to Spain and concluding with the 1944 Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Project enacted for flood control, dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric plants.
  • Page 204 – The 1860 Census of Wyoming was included with the census taken for Nebraska – found in the Wyoming section of the State-by-State chapter, made up of 34 entries.

The following is from the Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Seeing Ancestors in Historical Context
The Long Range

Chapter 2. Creating a Timeline
Why?
How?
Case Studies Using Timelines
Thomas Pound – Tracking an Individual
Thomas Richley – Designing to Find Mathematical Problems

Chapter 3. Why Did They Leave?
Military
American Military Actions
Major Revolutionary War Events and Battles
Major Civil War Events and Battles
Major Spanish-American War Events and Battles
International Skirmishes Involving the United States
Foreign Military and Armed Engagements
Racism, Injustices and Political Unrest
Uncivil Disobedience
Political Motives
Religion
Escape and Banishment
Genocide
Disease
Epidemics in America
Important International Medical Events Influencing Populations and Migrations
Economics
Events Having a Major Impact on Financial Stability in the U.S.A.
Natural and Unnatural Disasters
International Disasters
Disasters in the United States

Chapter 4. How Did They Go?
By Road
By Rail
By Water
By Air

Chapter 5. Coming to America
Who Went Where?
To Canada and Back
America’s Historic Migration Patterns
The East – Eastern Trails and Roads
The Mountains – Appalachian Trails and Roads
The South – Southern Trails and Roads
The Midwest – Midwestern Trails and Roads
The West – Western Trails and Roads
Long Distances – Long Distance Trails and Roads
Trail of Tears
The Religion Factor

Chapter 6. Myths, Confusions, Secrets and Lies
Myths
Confusion
Secrets
Lies

Chapter 7. Even Harder to Find Missing Persons
Name Changes – Legal or Not
Females
Slaves
Isolated Societies
Orphan Trains
No Public Records At All
Places That Changed Their Names
Ghost Towns
Three Lost States – Franklin, Transylvania, and Westmoreland
Meandering Boundaries
Historical Maps

Chapter 8. Society History and Community Genealogy
Immigration
The American Industrial Revolution
Associations, Brotherhoods, Societies and Unions
The Rise of the Labor Unions
Genealogical Information Found in Books
Local Histories
Social History Books
Diaries and Journals
Other Sources
Oral History Projects
Keeping it All in the Family
Do It Yourself

9. State by State
Colonial Differences
State Timelines – Alabama to Wyoming – 49 pages

Chapter 10. And Region by Region
The Melding of Nationalities
Just One City
International Timelines
The Rest of North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
British Isles
The Rest of Europe
Africa
Russia and the Rest of the Former Soviet Union
Middle East
Asia
Oceania – Australia and Island Nations

Bibliography

Index to People and Places, War and Battles

To order your copy, click on the following link: History for Genealogists, Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors; by Judy Jacobson; 286 pp; Paper; Item # CF9956; This book qualifies for FREE shipping through August 20, 2011.

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WITTER’S GERMAN-ENGLISH PRIMER

Witter’s German-English Primer was originally printed in 1887, then reprinted in 1987, and subsequent printings for genealogists and historians.

When a school-book makes it back into print, and sells well after 130 years have passed since its first publication, there must be something extraordinary about it. This is indeed the case with Witter’s German-English Primer / Deutsch-Englishe Schrieib- und Lese-Fibel in its revised edition of 1881. This 103 page reprint, though, is no longer intended for school children; it rather meets the needs of serious students of the German language, and genealogists for whom a knowledge of old German script is essential when it comes to deciphering old manuscripts, letters, and diaries, church records, and entries in old family Bibles.

Due to Witter’s bilingual arrangement of the text, no previous knowledge of the German language is necessary. This makes it perfectly suited for individual learning. This bonus feature was the principal reason for reprinting the book. The publishers also felt that learning German script from an original German-American school-book – a book thousands of our forebears used – would be a welcome experience for the historically minded.

I recommend the book to any English-speaking person who is attempting to read the old German script, both Gothic lettering, as well as cursive handwriting. This is an excellent addition to anyone’s genealogy library, especially those who have Germanic ancestry.

Purchase Witter’s German-English Primer for just $6.88. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Saturday, August 20, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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THE MIDWEST FAMILY HISTORY EXPO AT OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

The Midwest Family History Expo will take place July 29-30, 2011 in Overland Park, Kansas. Family Roots Publishing will be exhibiting there again this year, and I wanted to take a moment to invite all of my mid-west readers to join us.

The keynote speaker is Lisa Louise Cooke. Lisa is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show at http://www.GenealogyGems.com. Lisa will also be teaching the latest in using Google and other inspiring works for successful research.

M. Bridget Cook will be the featured dinner speaker. She is a U.S. Best Selling author and biographer. Her book, Shattered Silence, has been featured on Oprah, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and many other national TV shows and magazines. Bridget is a brilliant writer and will be teaching classes to assist us with writing our own juicy family histories! See: http://www.mbridgetcook.com.

See the full agenda of classes offered online at http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent.aspx?eid=35.

Read much more about the Midwest Family History Expo at GenealogyBlog.com.

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FRPC FREE SHIPPING OFFER- AND LINKS TO CATEGORIES AT THE FRPC WEBSITE

Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is offered FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 1600 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

We are also making the offer to USA located Libraries and Institutions who wish to purchase by online Purchase Order (see the Library Purchases paragraph near the bottom of the Family Roots Publishing Co. homepage for Purchase Order purchase requirements).

As mentioned above, over 1600 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

There are no minimum or maximum number of items that can be purchased under this offer.

Foreign orders, as well as those to Canada are not included in this FREE SHIPPING offer. There are a few items on the site that normally include the shipping as part of the price, and we have not attempted to change those prices, as it would be too labor-intensive to do so.

This offer ends at midnight, Saturday, August 20, 2011 MDT.

Take advantage of this FREE SHIPPING offer on order totaling $25 or more on the books you want now!

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for July and August, 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just began writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out Note that Lee is helping us out with getting the Genealogy Newsline mailing list cleaned up – in order to stop getting caught in the SPAM traps – the biggest problem being AT&T.

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CHECK OUT GENEALOGYBLOG.COM

I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 11

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 11 – May 25, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through June 6, 2011

Millions of Historic American Civil War Records Go Online at FamilySearch.org

New USA Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Thinking of Going to Salt Lake City?

Canadian Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Obituaries and Death Records Provide a Wealth of Family History, by Tom Kemp

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Military Bounty Land 1776-1855
  • Genealogical Research in Nebraska
  • A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, 2nd Edition
  • Genealogy at a glance – Scottish Genealogy Research
  • Genealogy at a glance – Irish Genealogy Research
  • History for Genealogists
  • Witter’s German-English Primer
  • Kinship Connections Wall Chart
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Alsace-Lorraine V
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Alsace-Lorraine VI

More Genealogy News

Books Reviewed in Previous Genealogy Newslines

Links to Categories at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Check out Area-Info.net

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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PARTLY PERSONAL

It has been several weeks since the last Genealogy Newsline. In the mean time, we drove 4,750 miles to Charleston, South Carolina, and back. We attended and exhibited at the annual National Genealogical Society Conference, which was held in South Carolina this year. Family Roots Publishing Company sold books and genealogy supplies at the event. All books that were to be shipped were all posted this last week, so our patrons should have or be getting their items any day now.

Our grandchildren (ages 1 and 2) came to stay with us for several days during the last week. I have a hard time getting any work done while they are here, as I find it easier to get distracted by the kids. Along about midnight a couple nights ago, Robby (age 2) started complaining about something in his ear. It seems that he’d noticed that grandpa (me) put tiny little batteries in his hearing aids, placing them in his ears. So Robby got into grandpa’s stash of batteries, and plugged one into his ear. After no success whatsoever in my attempt to remove the battery, Robby was off to the local hospital for battery removal along about 2 a.m. It’s odd though… When I was a kid, it was beans that we stuffed in our ears. I guess that change has come with the age of technology.

After a 4-day nightmare of the Family Roots Publishing Co. website being down, and not being able to figure out what was wrong with it, we got it up and running again on Monday. I was initially told by our hosting service technical support that they thought our site had been hacked, and someone would be contacting me. Nothing happened, and then the weekend came into play… Then on Monday a different technical support guy told me that no, the site hadn’t been hacked, but that my IP address had been changed and that I would need to point our nameservers toward the new IP address. I had no idea how the IP address was changed, but I now think that the hosting service changed the server on which my website sits, without noting that a new IP address was required. And it took four days to get all this resolved… But it up and running again, so life will go on…

We have a number of exciting new books that were initially announced at the NGS conference, so once again, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on purchases of $25 or more at FRPC, the promotion to run until midnight, MST on Monday, June 6. See the book reviews below.

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Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT June 6, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1500 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site! We post new books nearly every day

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MILLIONS OF HISTORIC AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RECORDS GO ONLINE AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

SALT LAKE CITY: As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people who had ancestors involved in the conflict can access millions of historical records recently published on the familysearch.org website. And millions more records are coming, as Civil War volunteers enlist in an epoch online campaign over the next five years to provide access to the highly desirable historic documents.

FamilySearch announced the release of hundreds of millions of online records at the National Genealogical Society conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The collections include service records for both the Confederate and Union armies, pension records, and more. Some of these records have been available for some time but are now being added to familysearch.org/civilwar as part of this project. Here is just a sampling of what is available:

Arizona, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863

Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929

Civil War Pension Index

Louisiana Confederate Pensions 1898-1950

Missouri Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers’ Home Admission Applications

South Carolina Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (NARA M267)

South Carolina Probate 1671-1977

South Carolina Probate Records, Files, and Loose Papers, 1732-1964

United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows

United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904

United States, Union Provost Marshall Files of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866

United States, Union Provost Marshall’s File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians, 1861-1866

U.S. Civil War Soldiers Index 1855-1865

U.S. Navy Widows’ Certificates, 1861-1910 (NARA M1279)

U.S., Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914

U.S., Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933

Vermont Enrolled Militia, 1861-1867

“These records are significant because nearly every family in the United States at that time was impacted either directly or indirectly by the war,” FamilySearch project manager Ken Nelson said…

Many of the records are specific to the war itself, such as enlistment or pension records. These documents can provide key family data, including age, place of birth, or the name of a spouse. Other collections, such as census records, tell the story of ordinary civilians who lived during that turbulent time. Even a local or state death record far away from the battlefront may contain death information on a soldier that was submitted by a family member back home…

About 10 million of FamilySearch’s Civil War records are already indexed, so they can be easily searched by a specific name. However, there are many more records that need to be indexed, and that’s where FamilySearch indexing volunteers come in. These volunteers view a digital image online of the record and enter in important information such as names, dates, and places.

FamilySearch project manager Jim Ericson said this data will be used to create free searchable indexes that enable people to more easily find records about their Civil War ancestors. “Once these records are indexed and published online, anyone can search for the name of an ancestor and link to a digital image of the original record, if the image is also available online,” Ericson said. “Indexing helps people save time when finding records and enables a more powerful, engaging search experience.” Ericson said that more than 130,000 people helped with other FamilySearch indexing projects in the last year, but more volunteers are needed for the multi-year Civil War era project. “We expect to maintain some focus on indexing records from the U.S. Civil War for the next three or four years to make the collection of Civil War era records extremely robust.”

For those who want to learn more about their Civil War ancestors, there is also additional help on the FamilySearch Research Wiki. This includes information about each regiment that fought in the conflict and records created by each state that participated in the war. There is also information for beginners who are just getting started learning about their ancestors who lived during the Civil War.

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NEW USA VITAL RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following United States vital records and probates databases have been posted or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last Newsline.

Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 – Name index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties. Records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Cleburne, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dallas, St. Clair, and portions of Jefferson. Currently this collection is 13% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 216,021 records as of 11 May 2011

Alabama County Probate RecordsImaged documents – Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the Probate Courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1800-1930, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Additional records may be added to this collection. – Incomplete images for Talladega county are now posted – 56,738 images as of 18 May 2011

District of Columbia Deaths 1874-1959 – Name index and images of death records from the District of Columbia. – 103,160 records as of 16 May 2011

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970Browsable Imaged Records – Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. – 427,770 images as of 29 Apr 2011. that’s up over 126,000 images since mid-March.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983Digital images from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 262,109 images as of 11 May 2011 – up over 5000 images since April

Maryland, Probate Estate & Guardianship Files 1796-1940 – Name index and images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the county courthouse. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Caroline (1838-1940), Cecil (1851-1940), Kent (1749-1940), Prince George’s (1796-1940), and Queen Anne’s (1833-1940), and portions of Calvert (1882-1940) – 27,021 Records and 759,581 images as of 16 May 2011 – up over 6400 records since 22 March. Kent county has been added during that time.

Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935Images of marriage registers and certificates from county records. This collection does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee. – 292,239 images as of 10 May 2011

Minnesota Death Records, 1866-1916 – Name index of municipal death records in St. Paul (Ramsey County) and Minneapolis (Hennepin County), Minnesota. The collection includes death registers, mortuary records, and death certificates. – 383,230 Records as of 4 May 2011

Mississippi, Tippah County Records 1836-1923Imaged records – This collection includes Probate Records dating from 1868 through 1923, from the Tippah County Clerk in Ripley, Mississippi. – The images include an index to probates, as well as images of case files #0002 through 2,370. Browse through 115,097 images as of 11 May 2011 – up over 40,000 images since 24 April.

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938Images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – 59,885 images as of 18 May 2011

New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 34,382 images as of 13 May 2011

South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964 – Imaged documents – This collection includes wills, records of estates and guardianships recorded by the counties of South Carolina. Most of the records fall between the mid-1800s through 1930. – 652,415 images as of 9 May 2011

South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977Imaged documents – This collection includes wills, records of estates and guardianships recorded by the counties of South Carolina. Although the inclusive dates span a larger year range, most of the records fall between the year 1800 through 1930. – 222,656 images as of 9 May 2011

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates from the following counties: Carroll, Cheatham, Cocke, Grainger and Greene. Currently this collection is 5% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet. – 243,460 records as of 10 May 2011 – up over 219,000 records since November.

Virginia Births & Christenings, 1853-1917 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Virginia. 1,422.855 records as of 2 May 2011.

Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records 1833-2006Imaged documents – Cemetery records for several cemeteries in Danville, Virginia. Records include indexes, burial records, deed books, and plot books. Although the collection contains information on individuals buried, 1833-2006, coverage will vary between cemeteries. 4,093 images as of 16 May 2011

I have added the above databases to my Updated & Complete Alphabetical USA & Canada Vital Records Listing and Links at GenealogyBlog.com.

Births & Christenings

Marriages

Deaths, and Probates

Canadian Vital Records

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CANADIAN VITAL RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH

The following United States vital records and probates databases have been posted or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last Newsline

New Brunswick Provincial Deaths, 1815-1938 – Index and Images of death records – 172,406 Records from 177,815 images as of 5 May 2011 – up over 92,000 records since posted in December of 2010

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for June and July 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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OBITUARIES & DEATH RECORDS PROVIDE A WEALTH OF FAMILY HISTORY

The following article is by my friend, Tom Kemp.

“Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar, all who love obits stand up and holler!”

That is probably not the way you heard that cheer in school, but genealogists sure do love obituaries. Obituaries and death notices provide a wealth of valuable information—not only about the person who died, but most contain references to other family members that can lead your family research into new, and sometimes unexpected, directions.

Here is a good example of how useful and informative, not to mention interesting, obituaries can be. I came across this obituary for Louise Cloutier (1789-1889).

“Obituary. Louise Cloutier”

“Mrs. Louise Cloutier, whose death was reported in The Inter Ocean of yesterday, was on of the oldest women in Chicago. She died at the residence of her son, Peter Cloutier, No. 606 Forty-third street, and will be buried from that number this morning at 10 O’clock to St. John the Baptist Church, thence to Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Deceased was born at Deschaubeau, Canada.” Included was a woodcut engraving of Mrs. Cloutier.

It was published in the November 13, 1889, issue of the Daily Inter-Ocean newspaper. Born in Canada in 1789, Louise lived a remarkably long life (especially for her times!), not dying until 100 years later in Chicago.

What information and clues do we get from this obituary?

  1. Name
  2. Place and year of birth
  3. Name of the cemetery
  4. Date and place of the funeral and burial
  5. Names of her three living children, where they lived, and their position in the family’s birth order
  6. Names of the towns where she had lived and how long she lived in each one
  7. Age of husband at his death and how long ago that was
  8. Details on the longevity of her father (110 years) and grandfather (90 years)
  9. Count of her descendants, by generation
  10. Best of all: her picture as rendered in a wood-cut engraving!

Remember, newspapers contain a treasure trove of obituaries. As this story illustrates, newspapers are an essential tool for documenting American family histories.

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing 7 books, one chart and two Genealogy at a glance.

MILITARY BOUNTY LAND 1776-1855, by Christine Rose, was published in March. The 176 page book is without a doubt one of the best genealogical research guides published this year.

Bounty land was often awarded to those who served in American wars, starting with the American Revolution in 1776, with the last act passed in 1855. Millions of acres of land were awarded by the government for service to the country. A plethora of records were generated, many of them providing important family information which genealogists can use to fill out the family story. This fantastic new guidebook details what records are available, and how to locate and use them. The volume also includes an appendix of the laws and subsequent acts which generated the awards of public land.

The following is from the book’s Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 The Revolution: Federal Bounty

AN INCENTIVE TO JOIN

  • Responsibilities For Issuing Warrants
  • Federal Offices Handling Claims

THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING LAND
LOCATION OF FEDERAL LANDS

  • 1785 Land Ordinance
  • 1787 Northwest Ordinance
  • Two Planned Military Tracts Abandoned
  • Seven Ranges Survey
  • The Ohio Company Associates
  • Collection at the Ohio Historical Society
  • The Symmes Purchases (The Miami Purchase)
  • United States Military District (USMD)
  • Distribution of Lands in the USMD

THE APPLICATION FILES

  • NARA’s M804 Applications
  • Descriptive Pamphlets
  • Officers
  • Finding Aids for M804

ISSUING OF WARRANTS

  • NARA’s M829 Warrants
  • Scrip Act: Continental Line and Virginia State Line
  • Scrip Records of Virginia Warrants

FINDING AIDS: REVOUTIONARY WAR

  • RG49 – Land Entry
  • Smith’s Federal Land Series
  • Preliminary Inventory 22
  • The Trans-Mississippi West 1804-1912
  • Research in the Land Entry Files of the General Land Office
  • The Official Ohio Lands Book

RELATED RECORDS

  • Ohio Historical Society Library
  • Other Revolutionary War Warrants
  • Treasury Certificates
  • Canadian Refugee Warrants 1802-11
  • Points to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 2: Revolutionary War: Virginia

UNDERSTANDING SOME BASICS

  • Process of Claims

MILITARY CERTIFICATES

  • Military Certificates at the Library of Virginia

LOCATING THE WARRANTS

  • Virginia Warrants in Kentucky
  • South of the Green River
  • The Jackson Purchase
  • Virginia Military District in Ohio (VMD)

VIRGINIA’S WARRANT FILES

  • National Archives Series of Virginia Warrants
  • Kendrick Cases
  • Virginia Resolution Warrants
  • Richard Clough Anderson Papers
  • George Rogers Clark Bounty Land Tract

FINDING AIDS

  • Smith’s Federal Land Series
  • Other Collections
  • Points to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 3: Revolutionary State Bounty

GEORGIA

  • Georgia’s Process
  • Finding Aids

MARYLAND

  • Finding Aids

MASSACHUSETTS/MAINE

  • Finding Aids

NEW YORK

  • Finding Aids

NORTH CAROLINA/TENNESSEE

  • Finding Aids

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Other Pennsylvania Records
  • Finding Aids

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Finding Aids
  • Points to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 4: War of 1812 Bounty Land

THE ACTS
LOCATING THE WARRANT

  • War of 1812 Military Tracts
  • Act of 1842 Lifts Restriction of Locations
  • Act of 1852 Removes Restriction on Assignment
  • Opening of Tracts
  • Michigan Tract
  • Illinois Tract
  • Finding Aids
  • Arkansas Tract
  • Finding Aids
  • Missouri Tract
  • Finding Aids

THE WAR OF 1812 APPLICATION FILES

  • Applications Not in the Same Series

THE WARRANTS

  • The Early War of 1812 Warrants (M848)

RELATED RECORDS

  • Canadian Volunteer Warrants
  • Points to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 5: Unindexed Bounty, etc.

  • Important to Genealogists
  • The 1847-1855 Acts
  • The Act of 1847: The Mexican War
  • Scrip Offered
  • The Act of 1850
  • The Act of 1852
  • The Act of 1855

THE APPLICATIONS

  • Rejected Applications
  • Arrangement of Files
  • Index in Preparation
  • Rich in Family Details
  • Title of File

SURRENDERED WARRANT FILES
INDIAN BOUNTIES

  • Indian Bounty Land Applications
  • No Bounty Land For Service Rendered after 1855
  • Point to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 6: Federal Land Patents

THE SEARCH

  • Following an Example
  • Finding Neighbors
  • All Roses Listed in the Plattsburg Land Office
  • Search by Authority, Etc.
  • Plotting the Land
  • Locating an Address
  • Michigan Survey Search
  • Experiment With Searches
  • Points to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 7: Finding Aids, etc.

ARCHIVAL RESEARCH CATALOG (ARC)
PRELIMINARY INVENTORY 22 (PI 22)
KVASNICKA TRANSMISSIPPI WEST 1804-1912
COMPILED MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS
AMERICAN STATE PAPERS
LEGISLATIVE CLAIMS (PRIVATE ACTS)
SUNDRY OTHER AIDS

  • Other Congressional Records
  • State Legislatures
  • State Archives and State Libraries
  • National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
  • Additional Reading Material
  • Points to Remember in this Chapter

Chapter 8: Windup

THE INCREDIBLE TALE OF THE O’FLYING FAMILY

Appendix A – the Laws

Bibliography

Index

This volume is without a doubt one of the very best genealogy research guides published in 2011. I recommend it to all genealogists doing American research.

Purchase Military Bounty Land 1776-1855 for just $19.75. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Monday, June 6, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN NEBRASKA, by Ruby Coleman

A year in the planning, the new Genealogical Research in Nebraska is now available. The book was introduced with great success at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. It was written by Ruby Coleman specifically for genealogists who have ancestors or relatives who may have settled in Nebraska.

As with researching in any area, the challenge for researching in Nebraska is to locate as many of the records as possible. There are many repositories where these records are found. Like many other states, Nebraska’s record keeping is somewhat unique, but very useful to the genealogist. Many records are available to document one’s Nebraska family, whether they settled and stayed, or moved on after a few years. Ruby’s book will help you find those records.

Heavily illustrated with photos and documents, this volume may give the researcher clues as to records that may be available that they hadn’t even considered.

The following chapters make up the book:

  • Introduction
  • Nebraska Settlement
  • Colonization and Development by Railroad
  • Nebraska Court System and Records
  • Nebraska Vital Records
  • Probate, Guardianships and Adoptions
  • Land Records
  • Naturalization Records
  • Civil and Criminal Court Records
  • County Histories
  • Territorial, Federal and State Censuses
  • Military Records
  • Schools and Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Institutional Records
  • Nebraska Railroads
  • Nebraska Ethnic Groups
  • Religious Records
  • Orphan Trains
  • Cattle Brands
  • Societies, Repositories and Libraries
  • Genealogical Collections in Nebraska Libraries and Repositories
  • Nebraska State Censuses & Substitutes 1854-1976
  • Maps Showing Nebraska County Boundary Changes
  • Nebraska County Records – Alphabetical by county
  • Suggested Internet Web Pages
  • Suggested Reading
  • Notes

About the Author:
Ruby Coleman, of Nebraska, has been actively involved in researching genealogy for over 40 years and has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She is an instructor of seminars and classes, as well as a lecturer and free-lance writer. Her expertise is in Nebraska and the plains states genealogy, history, and research.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $25.69 with FREE USA Shipping through Midnight MDT June 6, 2011.

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A NEW GENEALOGICAL ATLAS OF IRELAND; by Brian Mitchell

Since its publication in 1986, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland has established itself as a key resource in Irish genealogical research. Now, with the addition of maps detailing the location of Roman Catholic parishes in all thirty-two counties of Ireland and Presbyterian congregations in the nine counties of Northern Ireland, this 2nd Edition (published in 2002, and reprinted in 2008) moves the book to the forefront of Irish genealogical research. Also, for the first time ever, this one volume contains a complete geographical picture of the three major religious denominations in Ireland during the middle years of the 19th century.

And just what is the importance of this? Civil registration for everyone in Ireland didn’t begin until 1864. Prior to that, the only records of births, marriages, and deaths were found in local parishes. Therefore, the first step in any Irish research for the first half of the 19th century and before should be to identify the religious denomination and parish of your ancestor. Although any of the Townland Indexes from 1851, 1871, or 1901 will show the location of each civil parish (which generally corresponds to the boundaries of the Church of Ireland parishes), it has been much more difficult to uncover the corresponding Catholic parish or Presbyterian congregation. Until now!

This 2nd Edition is not only invaluable for tracing your pre-1864 ancestors in church records but also for locating your post-1864 ancestor in civil records, for this volume provides descriptions and maps of the parochial and civil administrative divisions to which all major Irish record sources are linked. To aid the researcher in identifying the precise location of the administrative divisions, and thus their jurisdiction, Mr. Mitchell has drawn at least four, and sometimes five, maps for every county. The first county map depicts the civil/Church of Ireland parishes; the second shows the baronies and Church of Ireland dioceses; the third map illustrates the poor law unions and the parishes included within the probate districts serving that county; the fourth plots Roman Catholic parishes and dioceses; and the fifth locates Presbyterian congregations for the nine counties of Northern Ireland. Three maps of Ireland are also included to show the area covered by each county, diocese, and probate district. In addition, the book describes all of the major record sources of Ireland.

These maps provide the clues to the Irish origins of millions of Americans, making this atlas indispensable for tracing ancestors in Ireland!

This book acts as a companion book with A GUIDE TO IRISH CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS, which references this book throughout.

Purchase A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, Second Edition for just $19.60. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Monday, June 6, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GENEALOGY AT A GLANCE – SCOTTISH GENEALOGY RESEARCH; by Dvid Dobson; Published 2010; 4 pp folded sheet, 8.5×11; laminated; ISBN: 9780806318738; Item # GPC1464

David Dobson’s new Genealogy at a glance provides a quick overview of the most important things that the researcher must know to successfully do Scots genealogy research.

Published in the form of a laminated folder, Genealogy at a glance – Scottish Genealogy Research contains a lot of concise and useful information.

The Contents of this Genealogy at a glance are as follows:

  • Quick Facts
  • Scottish Emigration Background
  • Passenger Lists

  • Unlocking Scottish Family History
  • Surnames

    Palaeography

  • Basic Genealogical Sources
  • Old Parish Registers, 1553 to 1854

    Post 1854 Statutory Registration of Births, Marriages, and Deaths

    Census Returns from 1841 to 1901

  • Supplementary Record Sources
  • Major Online Resources

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, allowing you to grasp the basics of research at a glance.

In this instance the renowned Scottish author David Dobson brings his expertise to bear in a shrewd distillation of facts about Scottish genealogical research. Because there are so many people of Scottish descent worldwide, he uses emigration history as a jumping off point, from there proceeding to tackle the immense body of unique Scottish records which includes Old Parish Records of the Church of Scotland; post-1854 statutory records of births, marriages, and deaths; and census returns from 1841 to 1901.

Making clever use of the allotted space, Dobson then focuses on the remaining Scottish genealogical records, from traditional wills and testaments to the lesser known kirk session records and services of heirs. Along the way he seeds the text with research tips and references to key publications, concluding with an indispensable list of online resources, which are now the focal point of Scottish genealogy research.

These may be the best four pages you’ll ever read on Scottish genealogy, and you can read them at a glance and with absolute confidence that your research is pointed in the right direction.

Purchase Genealogy at a glance – Scottish Genealogy Research for just $7.79. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Monday, June 6, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GENEALOGY AT A GLANCE – IRISH GENEALOGY RESEARCH; by Brian Mirchell; Published 2010; 4 pp folded sheet, 8.5×11; laminated; ISBN: 9780806318707; Item # GPC3866

Brian Mitchell’s new Genealogy at a glance provides a quick overview of the most important things that the researcher must know to successfully do Irish genealogy research.

Published in the form of a laminated folder, Genealogy at a glance – Irish Genealogy Research containsa lot of concise and useful information

The Contents of this Genealogy at a glance are as follows:

  • Quick Facts
  • Irish Emigration Background
  • The Scotch-Irish

    Passenger Lists

  • Unlocking Irish Family History
  • Place of Origin

    Surnames

  • Record Sources
  • Civil Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths

    Church Registers of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials

    Gravestone Inscriptions

  • Census Returns
  • Mid-19th-Century Griffith’s Valuation

    Early 19th-Century Tithe Applotment Books

    17th- and 18th-Century Census Substitutes

  • Record Repositories
  • Other Online Resources

In just four pages (which are specially laminated for heavy use) it provides an overview of the basic facts you need to know in order to begin and to 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! Literally at a glance.

In this instance, building on years of experience, Irish genealogy expert Brian Mitchell tells you succinctly about the sources used in Irish research, where to find them, and how to use them.

In a few deft sentences he provides all the basic instruction you need, focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference, and finishing with a summing up of record repositories and online sources. From emigration lists and surname histories to church registers and census records – each accompanied with important background information – he very cleverly lays out the whole of Irish genealogical research, providing what is arguably the best four pages ever written on the subject.

It’s almost impossible to imagine anything more useful in your research. Carry it with you wherever you go, consult it at a glance – as frequently as need be – and use it with absolute confidence.

Purchase Genealogy at a glance – Irish Genealogy Research for just $7.79. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Monday, June 6, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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HISTORY FOR GENEALOGISTS, USING CHRONOLOGICAL TIME LINE TO FIND AND UNDERSTAND YOUR ANCESTORS; by Judy Jacobson

Finally! A history book written for genealogists: History for Genealogists. Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. Accomplished author Judy Jacobson has written a vast array of historical time lines that are guaranteed to inform your family history. This volume has turned out to be one of my favorite books.

Consider the following illustrations: If you have lost track of your 1880 ancestor in Iowa, have you considered that he might have moved there during the Economic Panic of 1873? Your forebears were living in Texas in the 1840s, but did you know that they might have come from Kentucky as part of the “Peters Colony” Did you know that you can learn a great deal about your ancestors if they belonged to a labor or fraternal organization like the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, or the Catholic Family Life Insurance Society?

As Mrs. Jacobson puts it, “The average person might define historical research as the study of the human past and genealogical research as the study of a human’s past. History lays the foundation to understand a group of people. Genealogy lays the foundation to understand a person or family using tangible evidence. Yet history also lays the foundation to understand why individuals and societies behave the way they do. It provides the building materials needed to understand the human condition and provide an identity, be it for an individual or a group or an institution.”

The initial chapters of History for Genealogists explain the value of historical time lines. Here the reader learns the clues that time lines can suggest about hidden aspects of our ancestors’ lives. Mrs. Jacobson illustrates the virtues of time lines with several case studies.

The bulk of the book consists of specific historical time lines that answer fundamental questions about our forebears. For example, if you are trying to learn when your ancestors left one place for another, it would be helpful to ask the question, “Why did they leave?” Did it have to do with a military conflict, social injustice, religion, disease, economic hardship, a natural disaster? No matter what the explanation, Mrs. Jacobson has a historical time line that could lead to the explanation. For example, your ancestor’s departure may have coincided with the outbreak of the Crimean War, a virulent epidemic, an earthquake, or a religious war.

Other chapters pose answers to other crucial questions, such as “How did they go?” and “What route did they take?” For these conundrums Mrs. Jacobson uses time lines to lay out the history of the transportation revolutions in America (roads, rails, canals, and air travel), as well as the history of the great western trails our ancestors followed in crossing the country.

Mrs. Jacobson dissects our the past into scores of time lines. There is a time line of the Industrial Revolution, American immigration, and the Labor Movement. Researchers can also make use of a time line for the history of each of the 50 states, and, in brief, for the rest of North America, Europe, and more.

History for Genealogists concludes with a helpful bibliography and an index of people and places, wars and battles. It is the one history book all genealogists should own when they are searching for fresh clues or hoping to understand what made their ancestors tick.

History for Genealogists, Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $29.35 with FREE USA Shipping through Midnight MDT June 6, 2011.

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WITTER’S GERMAN-ENGLISH PRIMER

Witter’s German-English Primer was originally printed in 1887, then reprinted in 1987, and subsequent printings for genealogists and historians.

When a school-book makes it back into print, and sells well after 130 years have passed since its first publication, there must be something extraordinary about it. This is indeed the case with Witter’s German-English Primer / Deutsch-Englishe Schrieib- und Lese-Fibel in its revised edition of 1881. This 103 page reprint, though, is no longer intended for school children; it rather meets the needs of serious students of the German language, and genealogists for whom a knowledge of old German script is essential when it comes to deciphering old manuscripts, letters, and diaries, church records, and entries in old family Bibles.

Due to Witter’s bilingual arrangement of the text, no previous knowledge of the German language is necessary. This makes it perfectly suited for individual learning. This bonus feature was the principal reason for reprinting the book. The publishers also felt that learning German script from an original German-American school-book – a book thousands of our forebears used – would be a welcome experience for the historically minded.

I recommend the book to any English-speaking person who is attempting to read the old German script, both Gothic lettering, as well as cursive handwriting. This is an excellent addition to anyone’s genealogy library, especially those who have Germanic ancestry.

Purchase Witter’s German-English Primer for just $6.88. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Monday, June 6, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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KINSHIP CONNECTIONS

Kinship Connections is a Wall Chart by G. H. Amber. It is 29 x 23 inches in size and double sided. Note that shipping is included in the price of this item.

A universal “family bush” which illustrates every type of relationship by consanguinity (blood) and affinity (marriage), for seven generations. One side of the chart is in color – and illustrates a massive “family bush.” Relationships are given for every person illustrated on the chart.

On the back side are three additional charts with detailed explanations – showing:

  1. Direct Bloodline and their collateral relationships
  2. Double Cousins
  3. Affine Kin Scheme of a typical extended family

Purchase Kinship Connections for just $6.88, with FREE Postage for that fee.

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MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS – IMPERIAL PROVINCE OF ALSACE-LORRAINE V (Elsass-Lothringen – District of Lothringen I – French Department of Lorraine – Kreise (Arrondissements) Bolchen, Diedenhofen, Forbach, Metz and Saargemünd with full index of included towns, by Kevan Hansen, is now available.

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 37 of the German Map Guide series was published earlier this month. This volume includes a total of 3,309 places – mostly towns, found in the Imperial Province of Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen – District of Lothringen I – French Department of Lorraine – Kreise (Arrondissements) Bolchen, Diedenhofen, Forbach, Metz and Saargemünd. The French names, as well as the German are included for each town. This book also includes a master index to Volumes 37 and 38, which covers all of Lorraine. This is the fifth of six volumes covering Alsace-Lorrine.

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS – IMPERIAL PROVINCE OF ALSACE-LORRAINE V (Elsass-Lothringen – District of Lothringen I – French Department of Lorraine – Kreise (Arrondissements) Bolchen, Diedenhofen, Forbach, Metz and Saargemünd with full index of included towns is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $34.25 with FREE USA Shipping through Midnight MDT June 6, 2011.

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MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS – IMPERIAL PROVINCE OF ALSACE-LORRAINE VI (Elsass-Lothringen – District of Lothringen II – French Department of Lorraine – Kreise (Arrondissements) Saarburg and Salzburg with full index of included towns, by Kevan Hansen is now shipping

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 38 of the German Map Guide series was published just in time for the NGS Conference in Charleston. This volume includes a total of 1,107 places – mostly towns, found in the Imperial Province of Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen – District of Lothringen II – French Department of Lorraine – Kreise (Arrondissements) Saarburg and Salzburg. The French names, as well as the German are included for each town. The book includes a master index to Volumes 37 and 38, which covers all of Lorraine. It also includes a master index to the entire Alsace-Lorraine series (Volumes 33 through 38). This is the last of six volumes covering Alsace-Lorraine.

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS – IMPERIAL PROVINCE OF ALSACE-LORRAINE VI (Elsass-Lothringen – District of Lothringen II – French Department of Lorraine – Kreise (Arrondissements) Saarburg and Salzburg with full index of included towns is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $34.25 with FREE USA Shipping through Midnight MDT June 6, 2011.

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MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS – IMPERIAL PROVINCE OF ALSACE-LORRAINE (ELSASS-LOTHRINGEN) – THE 6 VOLUME SERIES

Click on the link to view all 6 of the Alsace Lorraine German Map Guides, in soft and hard cover.

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IMPORTANT ITEMS REVIEWED IN EARLIER NEWSLETTERS

PHOTOGRAPHS

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase by midnight MDT June 6, and get Dating Old Photographs on CD-ROM for FREE!

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CIVIL WAR

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

CIVIL WAR IN THE OZARKS, by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell; 2009; softbound; 5.5×8.25; 160 pp; ISBN: 9781589806702; Item #PP702.

LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR; by David A Norris ; 95 pp; Softcover; 2010; 8.5 x 11; ISBN: 978-0-9781592-5-2; Item #: MM001

TRACING YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS, by David A. Norris, 2011, magazine-style, saddle stapled, 85 pp, 8.5×11, ISBN #: 9780978159276, Item #: MM004.

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MAPS & MIGRATION

MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

GENEALOGISTS’ COUNTY MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

County Map – Rolled is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT June 6, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

County Map – Folded is available at Family Roots Publishing for just at 17% off for just $14.94. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Monday, June 6, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
As posted in Newsline Vol. 1 #8, Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently nearly 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping with minimum purchase of $25 sale going on until Midnight MDT, June 6, 2011.

You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available).

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INDIANA

EARLY INDIANA TRAILS AND SURVEYS; by George R. Wilson, C.E., L.L.B.; paperback; 116 pp; 5×7; Published: 1919; Reprinted: 2002; ISBN 9780871950055; Item # IHS009

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MASSACHUSETTS

GUIDE TO MASSACHUSETTS CEMETERIES – SECOND EDITION by David Allen Lambert; paperback; 363 pp; 5.5×8; 2009; ISBN 9780880822220; Item # NE02

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NEW YORK

NEW YORK STATE CENSUSES & SUBSTITUTES; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 0-8063-1766-3; Soft Cover; 249 pp; 2005; reprinted 2007

A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME; by Franklin B. Hough, A.M.,M.D.; 601 pp; Originally published 1854, Reprint: 2005; Paperback; 6 x 9; Item # PRJ03

CAPE VINCENT [NEW YORK] AND ITS HISTORY, 1909; by Nelie Horton Casler; 240 pp; Originally published 1906; Hardcover; 5.5 x 8.25; Item # PRJ01

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HOW-TO and GENEALOGY RESOURCE GUIDES & SEMINARS

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYNS: A GUIDE FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS (REVISED 2nd EDITION), by Kip Sperry; 192 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-5933102-6-4; 2009; Item #: TP269

THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 1, Eastern States, by William Dollarhide

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 2, Western States, by William Dollarhide

RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

TRUE MIRACLES WITH GENEALOGY: HELP FROM BEYOND THE VEIL; by Ann Bradshaw; 133 pp; 2010, Paper; ISBN: 9781453767115; Item # AB01

GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY ONLINE; by William Dollarhide; Published 2006; reprinted 2007; 64 pp; ISBN: 9780806317700; Item # GPC1499

THE GENEALOGIST’S INTERNET, 4th Edition, New and Expanded, by Peter Christian; 384 pg; Paperback; 6.25×9.25; ISBN: 978-1-905615-39-1; 2009; Item TNA11

PAPER TREES – GENEALOGICAL CLIP ART, by Tony Matthews, 100 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-0-8063160-7-9; 1999; Item GPC3832

200 YEARS OF U.S. CENSUS TAKING: POPULATION AND HOUSING QUESTIONS, 1790-1990; by the U.S. Government Printing Office; 108 pp; Paper; ISBN: 0945433727; Item # A0130

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GOOGLE GUIDES & SEMINARS

THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

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GERMAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH

THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION – THIRD EDITION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

ADDRESS BOOK FOR GERMANIC GENEALOGY, by Earnest Thode, reprinted 2000; 195 pp; ISBN: 9780806315263; Item # GPC5757

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

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IRELAND RESEARCH

A GUIDE TO IRISH CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS; 1990, Reprinted 2001; Hardcover; 7×10; 253 pp; ISBN: 9780806312668; Item #GPC3856

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ITALY RESEARCH

GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

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POLISH RESEARCH

STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

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FRPC FREE SHIPPING OFFER- AND LINKS TO CATEGORIES AT THE FRPC WEBSITE

Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is offered FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends Monday, June 6, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 1500 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

We are also making the offer to USA located Libraries and Institutions who wish to purchase by online Purchase Order (see the Library Purchases paragraph near the bottom of the Family Roots Publishing Co. homepage for Purchase Order purchase requirements).

As mentioned above, over 1500 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

There are no minimum or maximum number of items that can be purchased under this offer.

Foreign orders, as well as those to Canada are not included in this FREE SHIPPING offer. There are a few items on the site that normally include the shipping as part of the price, and we have not attempted to change those prices, as it would be too labor-intensive to do so.

This offer ends at midnight, June 6, 2011 MDT.

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for June and July, 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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CHECK OUT GENEALOGYBLOG.COM

I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 10

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 10 – Apr 26-27, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

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Online American Patriot Research at the DAR website

New USA Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org – page 3

Thinking of Going to Salt Lake City?

Smile for the Camera – Mugshots Online

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors – page 4
  • Early Indiana Trails and Surveys
  • Census Substitutes & State Census Records – Eastern & Western States
  • Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries – Second Edition – page 6
  • Quicksheet – Citing Online Historical Resources – Evidence! Style

More Genealogy News – page 6

Books Reviewed in Previous Genealogy Newslines

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Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011 – page 10

Going to Salt Lake City? – page 11

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PARTLY PERSONAL

Finally! The weather has warmed a bit, and we began seeing sunshine and rain in the place of snow. This weekend I was able to mow the lawn for the first time, till up the garden, and freshen up the bark in the flower beds. I’m hurting all over from the physical exercise, but I’d like to say that it is a “good” hurt.” The grandchildren spent the Easter weekend with us, so that made it extra special. Then last night it snowed again! Will Spring ever come?

As I mentioned last week, we’ve extended the FREE SHIPPING offer at FRPC through May 3. The promotion has been very successful, and we figure it can’t hurt to continue to run it until Dale and I leave for the NGS Conference in South Carolina. We plan to leave on the fourth of May.

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY, May 3, 2011.

Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT May 3, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1500 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site! We post new books nearly every day

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ONLINE AMERICAN PATRIOT RESEARCH AT THE DAR WEBSITE

Over the last decade, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have built a rather robust website that is of great help if you are searching for American Revolutionary War patriot soldiers. Note that the key word here is “patriot.” If you are searching for loyalist information, you will not find data on the the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS), except the possible reference to books held within the DAR library. That said, the GRS is a powerful research tool. Much of the following is drawn from the DAR website itself.

The DAR Genealogical Research System is a combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its beginning in 1890. It is planned that the database system will continue to expand as new information is added.

Immediate access to the GRS databases is made available by clicking on the “tabs” along the top of the search screen. Following is a description of each tab, starting on the extreme left of the search screen.

ANCESTOR TAB – The Working Database of the DAR Genealogy Office
The Ancestor Database was created by and is maintained by the staff of the DAR Registrar General’s offices. With few exceptions, the data is taken from verified membership applications and supplementals. New records and information are added on a daily basis. The Ancestor Database is not a comprehensive list of all individuals who served in the Revolutionary War. New patriots are added as they are proven through DAR membership applications and supplemental apps. Lines that have been closed to membership are also included in the database. These lines may be coded as being in error, or they may not, dependent on whether the error have been caught and the database updated. Lines coded as being in error may not be suitable for DAR membership.

MEMBER TAB
Here you may access information about a member and that person’s linage, including the Revolutionary War ancestor & spouse. Not all lineages are complete, as the data has not been transcribed and entered into the database yet. By clicking on the “See Ancestor Record” tab, you can view Associated Applications and Supplementals. This may give you a listing of dozens of other members (by their number) who have the same Revolutionary War ancestor. Click on the number, and get more information. There are currently 850,000 names in the database.

DESCENDANTS TAB
This give researchers access to the Descendants Database, where you will find linages of the direct line ancestors, including their birth & death dates and places. Current generations who may be living are just listed as Generation Restricted. There are currently 7,100,000 names in the database.

GRC TAB
This tab allows the researcher to search an index to the GRC Reports. “In 1913, the DAR established the Genealogical Research Committee (subsequently renamed the Genealogical Records Committee) to coordinate this nation-wide attempt to save historical records. The result has been nearly 17,000 typescripts of records from across the country. These volumes are referred to collectively as the Genealogical Records Committee Reports, for the DAR’s national committee responsible for their production. They represent one of the most important and unique segments of the collection of the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., where the entire “national” collection is located. State sets of these reports may be found in various libraries within each respective state. A portion of these volumes was microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1970-1972, but over half of the present collection has not been microfilmed.” For more detailed information about the GRC report, Click Here.

RESOURCES TAB
The Resources Tab contains links to two more DAR indexes and 16 different categories of other online sites recommended by the DAR. The two DAR indexes are:

Revolutionary War Extracts Index (or, Index to Names Appearing in Some Revolutionary War Pensions)
“This original card index contains references to the names of individuals that appear in abstracts of some Revolutionary War pensions. DAR staff and volunteers, who visited the National Archives, produced abstracts to help prove pending application papers. This work was done prior to the early 1960s and the subsequent availability of the images of the pension papers themselves on microfilm (and now digitally online). The index is not a complete for all Revolutionary War pensions, but it does contain references to a great deal of hidden information in some of them. All of the pension abstracts are for federal pensions, no state pensions being examined for this project.”

The DAR Library’s Analytical Index
“Beginning in the 1910s and ending around 1970, Library staff and volunteers produced an Analytical Index amounting to over 300 card drawers. This index, typical of similar finding aids in libraries large and small, provides access points for some of the material in the Library’s collections, but by no means all of it.” Click Here for more detailed information on the Analytical Index.

LIBRARY CATALOG
The DAR Library Catalog can be accessed at this tab. Search by Title, Author, Subject, Notes, A combination of the these, or Anything.

RECORD COPY TAB
At this tab, the researcher can purchase and download the Library Record Copy. “A record copy can be used as a genealogical research tool and may be used as documentation for a new application. As long as there is no reason to believe that the lineage or service is incorrect on an older application paper, it may be used as genealogical proof documentation. Copies of previously verified DAR membership applications (record copies) can be ordered and downloaded for $10 each. …Record copies only consist of the application, and not copies of the supporting documentation that originally accompanied it.”

As you can see, the GRS system at the NSDAR website has a lot of online information for anyone searching for data about an American Revolution Patriot and/or their descendants. Enjoy…

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NEW USA VITAL RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following United States vital records and probates databases have been posted or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last Newsline

District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950Digital Images – Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 36% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 377,681 Records as of 21 Apr 2011.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983Digital images from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 256,972 images as of 25 Apr 2011. Over 86,000 images have been added since March, including those for Baltimore City.

Mississippi, Tippah County Records 1836-1923 – Imaged Records – not indexed yet – This collection includes Probate Records dating from 1868 through 1923, from the Tippah County Clerk in Ripley, Mississippi. – Browse through 74,452 images as of 24 Apr 2011 – up about 20,000 images in the last week.

Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files 1813-1900Browsable imaged records – not indexed yet – Probate case files from the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The files are arranged by docket number, case number and date – 1,069,362 images as of 25 Apr 2011 – up about 15,000 records in the last month.

I have added the above databases to my Updated & Complete Alphabetical USA & Canada Vital Records Listing and Links at GenealogyBlog.com.

Births & Christenings

Marriages

Deaths, and Probates

Canadian Vital Records

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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SMILE FOR THE CAMERA – MUGSHOTS ONLINE

Now here is a great source for some photos to liven up your genealogy files! Have you ever considered adding mug shots!

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in Maricopa County Arizona has gotten a lot of publicity lately for his “Mugshot of the Day” competition on the Sheriff’s Department website. However, if you’re looking for non-flattering photos, there are actually quite a number of sites that post these things. I was surprised at how many Meitzlers I found! Following is a listing of just a few of the websites that post mugshots. Some allow comments, which are often pretty crude, so be forewarned…

Maricopa County Mugshot of the Day Competition – Website Getting a Lot of Publicity

Mugshots.com – Large Mugshot Database

Muggen.com – Interesting & Funny Mugshots

The Smoking Gun/Mugshots – Celebrity & Civilian Mugshots

Tampabay.com Mugshots – Featuring the Last 24 Hours of Mugshots in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco counties.

Google Images Mugshots – 2,250,000 Mug Shots

Local Mugshots – A Periodical that sells on newsstands for $1 – now available in 18 States (including Utah) and 27 Cities.

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing 3 books, one 2-volume set of books and one Quicksheet.

TRACING YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS, by David A. Norris, 2011, magazine-style, saddle stapled, 85 pp, 8.5×11, ISBN #: 9780978159276, Item #: MM004.

I just got copies of David Norris’ new Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors over the weekend, and sat down to review the publication. It’s published by Moorshead Magazines Ltd, and is authored by the same gentleman who recently wrote the popular Life During the Civil War.

The following chapters are found in the booklet:

  • The first Steps to Finding a Civil War Ancestor – Some thoughts and tips on getting started in Civil War research.
  • Companies and Regiments: Civil War Army Units – Knowing how the armies were structured will help you understand records and references.
  • Non-Regimental and “Untypical” Soldiers – Some tips for finding soldier ancestors in unusual categories.
  • Emergency Troops, Militia and Home Guard – Records of temporary units might reveal a hard-to-find ancestor’s service.
  • Ensigns and Engineers: Ancestors in the Navies – Though tracking a relative in the navy can be challenging, there are many valuable resources available.
  • US Colored Troops and African-American Sailors – Here are some resources for African-Americans who served in the Civil War.
  • Southern Loyalists and “Galvanized Yankees” – Here are some resources to check for Southern ancestor’s who served with the Union.
  • To Helmira and Back: Prisoners of War – POW resources can fill in holes in your ancestor’s record, or reveal the fate of a missing ancestor.
  • Medical Records and Hospital Personnel – Records from Civil War hospitals contain a wealth of information on soldiers and staff.
  • Military Pay Resources – Civil War payroll records pay off again for genealogists.
  • The Civil War and the Census – Pre- and postwar censuses offering important information on the lives and families of veterans.
  • The 1865 Parole Lists: To the Very End – These documents list the Confederate soldiers who endured to the end of the war.
  • Finding You Ancestors’ Flags – Regimental flags had important practical and symbolic purposes for Civil War Soldiers.
  • Buried in History: Civil War Cemeteries – Finding a soldier’s grave can seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be a lost cause.
  • Civil War Pension Records and Wartime Relief – Pension records are a genealogical treasure trove for soldiers and their families.
  • Confederate State Pension Resources – A state-by-state guide to locating Confederate pension records.
  • Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Widows’ Resources – The records of these institutions may contain a wealth of detail that can’t be found elsewhere.
  • Civil War Veterans’ Groups – Records of veterans’ organizations might let you follow your ancestor into the 20th-century.
  • Wartime Civilian Records– Relatives who were not in the military may still have left a wealth of information about their lives.
  • Amnesty Papers and Southern Claims – Some potentially helpful sources for Southern relatives.
  • Spies, Smugglers and “Disloyal Citizens” – Records of civilian prisoners include ordinary citizens, political prisoners, and even politicians.
  • Finding Civil War Income Tax Records – You might find that your ancestors’ 1860s tax records are a source of family history.
  • A Gift From the Past: Civil War Newspapers – Here are some tips on finding your newsmaker ancestors.
  • A Picture in time: Civil War Era Photographs – You can find photos of people and places connected to your family, or even your ancestors.
  • Best of the Best: Classic Civil War Resources – These records contain the most essential information for Civil War Research.
  • National Archives Records – A soldier’s Compiled Military Service Record contains some of the most essential details of his service.
  • Finding Your Way Through the Civil War With Maps – Maps can help you follow your ancestor during the war or find a family farm near a battlefield.

Purchase Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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EARLY INDIANA TRAILS AND SURVEYS; by George R. Wilson, C.E., L.L.B.; paperback; 116 pp; 5×7; Published: 1919; Reprinted: 2002; ISBN 9780871950055; Item # IHS009

This book details the early Indiana trails, and well as the surveys. The following sections are found in this volume:

Part I. EARLY TRAILS

  • The Buffalo Trace
  • Vallonia Trace
  • Blue River Trace
  • Yellow Banks Trail
  • Salt Route or Trace
  • Whetzels Trace

Part II. PIONEER SURVEYING IN INDIANA

Surveys made previous to the General Survey of Indiana

  • The Illinois or Clark’s Grant
  • Re-Survey of the Greenville Treaty Line, in 1800 – The Gore of Indiana
  • The Vincennes Tract, Freeman Lines, Buckingham’s Base Line, and Second Principal Meridian. This section is complete with a copy of the Outline Map of Indiana, shoeing the districts as subdivided by the U.S. Surveyors together with each name and date of the survey.
  • Special Notes and Reference on the Vincennes Tract Survey and the Freeman Lines
  • Survey of the Buffalo Trail
  • Survey of the “Ten O’Clock Line,” the Northeast line of the Harrison Purchase

State Line Surveys

  • Survey of the North Part of the Ohio and Indiana State Line
  • Survey of the Indiana and Illinois State Line
  • Survey of the Michigan and Indiana State Line

Indian and Other Reservations

  • Old French Surveys
  • Survey of the Miami National Reserve, 1838-1839
  • Thorntown Reserve
  • Chief Richardville’s Reserve
  • Raccoon Village Reserve
  • Seek’s Village and Metea’s Village
  • Mississinewa Reserve
  • Wyandot Village Reserve
  • Sugar Creek Reserve
  • Technical Location of Fort Harrison

Typical Road and Swamp Surveys

  • The Michigan Road Surveys
  • Kibbey’s Road
  • Surveying the Swamps of the Kankakee River, Etc.

Interesting Discoveries and Incidents Recorded by the Surveyors

  • Government Surveyors Locate French Lick and West Baden Springs
  • Foote’s Pond Survey, Rattle Snake Den
  • N. Harlan’s Ferry, in Pike County
  • Supposed Copper Mine
  • Wild Pigeon Roost
  • East Fork or White River Surveyed on Ice (Driftwood Fork)
  • Lilies Retard Survey
  • Marble Quarry
  • Surveyors in Danger
  • Swearing in Chain-Carrier
  • Base Line Cave in Orange County
  • Anderson’s River
  • Shield’s Trading House
  • Surveyor Discovers Coal in Dubois County
  • Pioneer Expression Used by Pioneer Surveyors
  • McDonald’s Cabin and the Mudholes
  • Shawnee Trace

The volume has an excellent index at the back. The book has been a best seller for many years, and I expect it will continue that way. Not only is it inexpensive, it’s also very informative. All those interested in early Indiana will find it interesting and valuable.

Purchase Early Indiana Trails and Surveys for just $7.87. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS – in two volumes – on sale as a set for 20% off plus FREE SHIPPING!

In this 2-volume set of books, written under my direction, acclaimed author William Dollarhide identifies census substitutes, as well as state census records for the United States of America. The substitutes are those name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership lists, voter registrations, and other compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state, or one or more towns of a county. Thirty-seven states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today. Usually taken between Federal Decennial Census years, these records often contain unique information, and may even shed light on the lives of your ancestors that may have been migrating from one state to another.

Volume 1 covers:

  • The Old Southwest (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana & Mississippi);
  • New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont);
  • Mid-Atlantic States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania);
  • The Old South (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia);
  • The Old Northwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin);
  • and the Central Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Dakota Territory/North Dakota/South Dakota).

Volume 2 covers:

  • Texas, Oklahoma (Spanish/Mexican Texas, Republic of Texas/State of Texas, Indian Territory/Oklahoma Territory & Oklahoma);
  • California & Nevada, Alaska & Hawaii (Spanish/Mexican/State of California, Nevada, District/Territory/State of Alaska, Kingdom/Territory/State of Hawaii);
  • Nuevo Mexico (Spanish/Mexican New Mexico, New Mexico & Arizona);
  • The Mountain West (Colorado, Utah & Wyoming);
  • and the Oregon Country (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana).

I personally use these two books on a regular basis and recommend them to all my friends. In full disclosure, I am the publisher. However, they are of tremendous value, listing resources that you may not have otherwise known about.

Order the 2-volume set of Dollarhide’s Census Substitutes & State Census Records by Midnight MDT Tuesday, May 3, and save big dollars at 20% off retail of the individual volumes- plus FREE SHIPPING!.

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GUIDE TO MASSACHUSETTS CEMETERIES – SECOND EDITION by David Allen Lambert; paperback; 363 pp; 5.5×8; 2009; ISBN 9780880822220; Item # NE02

David Lambert’s guide to the cemeteries of Massachusetts is an invaluable tool for those of us with Massachusetts’s ancestry. The book is a complete listing of all cemeteries and burial grounds found within the Commonwealth. This second edition corrects and updates the first edition published in 2002. Cemeteries not known in 2002 have also been added to the book.

Town Information

This guide is a town-by-town list of all known sites. The Header information for each town is detailed, giving the name of the town, year it was incorporated, the name of parent town or towns, as well as the address and phone number for the town or city hall, and of the cemetery department, if any.

Cemetery or Burial Ground Information

Massachusetts cemeteries are named in alphabetical order, with their alternate names (if any), followed by the year of consecration or first burial or date on the oldest stone. The location of the cemetery is given, as well as the address and phone number of the cemetery record repository (if applicable). In some cases, a church parish or synagogue may hold the records. Mr. Lambert gives the phone numbers of their record offices where available.

Published Books and Articles

Included with the cemetery information listed above is a listing of pertinent published books or article that contain cemetery transcriptions of gravestones in the cemetery.

Purchase Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries – Second Edition for just $17.59. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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QUICKSHEET – CITING ONLINE HISTORICAL RESOURCES – EVIDENCE! STYLE – First Revised Edition; by Elizabeth Shown Mills; Published 2007; 4 pp folded sheet, 8.5×11; laminated; ISBN: 9780806317762; Item # GPC3849

This First Revised Edition has updated sample citations and style changes.

Elizabeth Mills’s QuickSheet provides a template for citing historical sources on the Internet. It also lays down rules to help you judge the reliability of these sources.

Published in the form of a laminated folder, the QuickSheet contains a series of sample citations showing the correct way to identify online sources such as databases, census images, and digital books and articles.

Based on the premise that online sources are publications that have the same characteristics as printed publications, it provides rules and models for common record types such as passenger lists, vital records, and newspapers. Since a website is the online equivalent of a book, the QuickSheet shows you how to cite author/creator/owner of a website, title of the website, place (URL), date posted, and so forth.

Convenient for desktop use at home or in the library, the QuickSheet answers all those niggling questions left unanswered by the standard citation guides; it is also a perfect companion to the classic citation manual Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.

Purchase Quicksheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style – First Revised Edition for just $7.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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MORE GENEALOGY NEWS

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IMPORTANT ITEMS REVIEWED IN EARLIER NEWSLETTERS

PHOTOGRAPHS

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase by midnight MDT May 3, and get Dating Old Photographs on CD-ROM for FREE!

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CIVIL WAR

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

CIVIL WAR IN THE OZARKS, by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell; 2009; softbound; 5.5×8.25; 160 pp; ISBN: 9781589806702; Item #PP702.

LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR; by David A Norris ; 95 pp; Softcover; 2010; 8.5 x 11; ISBN: 978-0-9781592-5-2; Item #: MM001

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MAPS & MIGRATION

MAP GUIDE TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS, 1790-1920; by William Dollarhide & William Thorndale; 445 pp; 8.5×11; first published in 1987, reprinted 2009; ISBN: 9780806311883; Item # GPC5786

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses is one of the most popular – and useful books ever printed for genealogists. William Dollarhide and William Thorndale wrote the book over 20 years ago, and it still outsells almost every other genealogy book. It’s also in the top 5 best-selling genealogy books of all time. There is good reason for this distinction. It’s one of the few books that I always have on my desk, near my computer, and my genealogy research materials. Without a doubt, it’s the book I turn to more than any other. And I’m not alone, I have had hundreds of other folks tell me the same thing over the years.

The county has always been used as the basic Federal census unit. Genealogical research in the census, therefore, begins with identifying the correct county jurisdictions. This work shows all U.S. county boundaries from 1790 to 1920. On each of the nearly 400 maps the old county lines are superimposed over the modern ones to highlight the boundary changes at ten-year intervals. Also included are:

  • A history of census growth; .
  • The technical facts about each census;
  • A discussion of census accuracy;
  • An essay on available sources for each state’s old county lines; and
  • A statement with each map indicating which county census lines exist and which are lost.
  • The volume includes an index listing all present-day counties, plus nearly all defunct counties or counties later re-named.

With each map there is data on boundary changes, notes about the census, and locality finding keys. There also are inset maps that clarify territorial lines, a state-by-state bibliography of sources, and an appendix outlining pitfalls in mapping county boundaries. The detail in this work is exhaustive and of such impeccable standards that there is little wonder why this award-winning publication is the number one tool in U.S. census research.

If you were to have only one American genealogy guidebook at your side, The Dollarhide Map Guide would be one to have.

The Map Guide to The U.S. Federal Census 1790-1920 is discounted for this edition of the Newsline and is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $56.95 through May 3. Purchase before Midnight MDT May 3, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

GENEALOGISTS’ COUNTY MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

County Map – Rolled is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT May 3, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

County Map – Folded is available at Family Roots Publishing for just at 17% off for just $14.94. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
As posted in Newsline Vol. 1 #8, Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently nearly 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, May 3, 2011.

You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available).

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NEW YORK

NEW YORK STATES CENSUSES & SUBSTITUTES; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 0-8063-1766-3; Soft Cover; 249 pp; 2005; reprinted 2007

A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME; by Franklin B. Hough, A.M.,M.D.; 601 pp; Originally published 1854, Reprint: 2005; Paperback; 6 x 9; Item # PRJ03

CAPE VINCENT [NEW YORK] AND ITS HISTORY, 1909; by Nelie Horton Casler; 240 pp; Originally published 1906; Hardcover; 5.5 x 8.25; Item # PRJ01

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HOW-TO and GENEALOGY RESOURCE GUIDES & SEMINARS

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYNS: A GUIDE FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS (REVISED 2nd EDITION), by Kip Sperry; 192 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-5933102-6-4; 2009; Item #: TP269

THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 1, Eastern States, by William Dollarhide

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 2, Western States, by William Dollarhide

RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

TRUE MIRACLES WITH GENEALOGY: HELP FROM BEYOND THE VEIL; by Ann Bradshaw; 133 pp; 2010, Paper; ISBN: 9781453767115; Item # AB01

GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY ONLINE; by William Dollarhide; Published 2006; reprinted 2007; 64 pp; ISBN: 9780806317700; Item # GPC1499

THE GENEALOGIST’S INTERNET, 4th Edition, New and Expanded, by Peter Christian; 384 pg; Paperback; 6.25×9.25; ISBN: 978-1-905615-39-1; 2009; Item TNA11

PAPER TREES – GENEALOGICAL CLIP ART, by Tony Matthews, 100 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-0-8063160-7-9; 1999; Item GPC3832

200 YEARS OF U.S. CENSUS TAKING: POPULATION AND HOUSING QUESTIONS, 1790-1990; by the U.S. Government Printing Office; 108 pp; Paper; ISBN: 0945433727; Item # A0130

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GOOGLE GUIDES & SEMINARS

THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

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GERMAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH

THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION – THIRD EDITION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

ADDRESS BOOK FOR GERMANIC GENEALOGY, by Earnest Thode, reprinted 2000; 195 pp; ISBN: 9780806315263; Item # GPC5757

Map Guide to German Parish Registers (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

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IRELAND RESEARCH

A GUIDE TO IRISH CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS; 1990, Reprinted 2001; Hardcover; 7×10; 253 pp; ISBN: 9780806312668; Item #GPC3856

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ITALY RESEARCH

GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

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POLISH RESEARCH

STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

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FRPC FREE SHIPPING OFFER- AND LINKS TO CATEGORIES AT THE FRPC WEBSITE

Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is offered FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 1500 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

We are also making the offer to USA located Libraries and Institutions who wish to purchase by online Purchase Order (see the Library Purchases paragraph near the bottom of the Family Roots Publishing Co. homepage for Purchase Order purchase requirements).

As mentioned above, over 1500 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

There are no minimum or maximum number of items that can be purchased under this offer.

Foreign orders, as well as those to Canada are not included in this FREE SHIPPING offer. There are a few items on the site that normally include the shipping as part of the price, and we have not attempted to change those prices, as it would be too labor-intensive to do so.

This offer now ends at midnight, May 3, 2011 MDT.

Take advantage of this FREE SHIPPING offer on order totaling $25 or more on the books you want now!

Selected Categories from the FRPC Website:

Dollarhide Research Guides

African American Research Guides

American Indian Research Guides

Hispanic Research Research Guides

Family Association/Reunion Research Guides

Royal Lineages books

Surname Oriented books

Armenian Research Guides

Canadian Research Guides

Caribbean Research Guides

Denmark Research Guides

England Research Guides

Europe Research Guides

Germany Research Guides (not German Map Guides)

German Map Guides – Soft Cover

German Map Guides – Hard Cover

Holland Research Guides

Hungary Research Guides

Ireland Research Guides

Italian Research Guides

Mexico Research Guides

Poland Research Guides

Romania Research Guides

Scandinavia Research Guides

Scotland Research Guides

Sweden Research Guides

Switzerland Research Guides

Ukraine Research Guides

Wales Research Guides

Beginning Genealogy Research Guides

Church Groups Research Guides – Catholic, Friends, Morman, etc.

Genealogy Software & CDS

Computers & Internet Research Guides

Courthouse Research Guides

Genealogical Dictionaries

DNA Research Guides

George Schweitzer Research Guides

Genealogical Organization Guides

Genealogy for Kids

How-to Genealogy Research Guides

Genealogy Humor

Immigration/Emigration Research Guides

Libraries & Archives Research Guides

Locating People & Adoption Research Guides

Medical Dictionaries for Genealogists

Migration/Transportation Guides (includes roads, canals, and the Atlantic)

Photography, & Photo Identification

Professional Genealogy

Teaching Genealogy

Writing & Recording Family History

First World War Genealogy Research Guides

Second World War Genealogy Research Guides

American Revolution Genealogy Research Guides

French & Indian Wars books

Military Research Guides

U.S. Civil War Research Guides

War of 1812 Research Guides

American Genealogy Research Guides

American Atlases & Maps

American Gazetteers

American Naturalization Research Guides

New England Research Guides

U.S. Census Research Guides

Works Progress Administration Records Guides

American State-by-State Research Guides (Alabama-Wyoming) Click on the appropriate links to open any particular state category listing.

Remember, this FREE shipping offer on orders totaling $25 or more is now only available through Tuesday,May 3, 2011 at midnight MDT. Shop now at the Family Roots Publishing Company Website.

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FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING CO., LLC IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO EXHIBIT AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS in 2011:

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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CHECK OUT GENEALOGYBLOG.COM

I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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LELAND K. MEITZLER BIOGRAPHY
Mr. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. Mr. Meitzler worked as Managing Editor for Heritage Quest Magazine from 1985 through 2005, and held the same position with Everton Publishers, editing The Genealogical Helper, from 2006 until February of 2009. He is the now co-owner of Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, and writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com. Meitzler conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, now in its 27th year. With over 2000 lectures to his credit, his programs are always motivational and informative. He may be contacted at Leland@familyrootspublishing.com

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Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 9

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 9 – Apr 20, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the ninth edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LINKS OR IN READING EMAIL NEWSLETTER, YOU WILL FIND IT ARCHIVED ONLINE AT: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=11488

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal – page 2

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through May 3, 2011

Genealogical Helper Found at World Vital Records

New USA Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Thinking of Going to Salt Lake City?

New USA State Census Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Mocavo.com Adds Thousands of Sites to Its Search Capability – Including Genealogy Blogs – page 3

The Daily Genealogy Transcriber

140 FREE Online Genealogy Courses at FamilySearch.org

Book Reviews & Announcements – page 4

  • 200 Years of Census Taking
  • Address Book For Germanic Genealogy
  • Paper Trees – genealogical clip-art
  • Quicksheet – Citing Online Historical Sources – Evidence! Style
  • The Genealogist’s Internet
  • Getting Started in Genealogy Online

More Genealogy News – page 6

Books Reviewed in Previous Genealogy Newslines – page 6

Links to Categories at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website – page 8

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011 – page 9

Going to Salt Lake City?

Check out Area-Info.net

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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  • Because until December of 2008 you were an Everton Newsline subscriber, Genealogical Helper subscriber, or had some other affiliation with Everton Publishers or the Everton.com website. More information about Everton.com is found near the end of this Genealogy Newsline

If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, you may Unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

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PARTLY PERSONAL

We had a bit too much excitement this last weekend. On Sunday, family and friends came over to our home here in Bountiful to celebrate my birthday, which had actually taken place several days before. It had been decided to make pizza to feed everyone, and Patty proceeded to head up a pizza-making crew. In the process, she grabbed hold of a cheese slicer and proceeded to slice 3 fingers very neatly. Needless to say, she was off to the hospital where she got 9 stitches in her two of her fingers on her right hand. When she finally got home 3 hours later, we ate nearly all of the 8 pizzas that were made. My son, Lee, and a friend, had finished them up and baked them while Patty was at the hospital. Patty’s fingers are helping well, but it made it difficult to wield a red pen (she’s an editor) for a few days.

We’ve extended the FREE SHIPPING offer at FRPC through May 3. The promotion has been very successful, and we figure it can’t hurt to continue to run it until Dale and I leave for the NGS Conference in South Carolina. We plan to leave on the fourth.

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY,May 3, 2011.

Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT May 3, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1500 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site! We post new books nearly every day

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GENEALOGICAL HELPER FOUND AT WORLD VITAL RECORDS

Most folks know that I worked for Everton Publishers as their managing editor from 2006 until February of 2009. I’m often asked about back issues of the Genealogical Helper, which was my baby during that time period. I’m pleased to be able to refer most folks to the World Vital Records website for many of the back issues. Posted at the site are the magazine running from 1947 through 1989, as well as copies from 2004, 2005, and January of 2006. The issues are name indexed with 4,164,002 searchable names now accessible.

Since World Vital Records is a subscription database, you must have a membership to access the issue. WVR subscribers can access the Everton’s Genealogical Helper Magazines by going to the World Vital Records website, click on “View All Databases,” Click on the letter E, scroll down to Everton’s Genealogical Helper, and click on the link. You can then search the database, or browse by issue date.

World Vital Records has an April special running whereby anyone can purchase an annual subscription for just $39.95 (reg. $119). That’s a good deal, as the site has thousands of great databases posted. Click on the link below to check it out.


Note that the magazines for the time period during which I worked for Everton’s are not included in the above. However, as of today all the issues that I edited are still in print and available at the FRPC website, in the Periodicals/Everton’s Genealogical Helper category.

I have an affiliate relationship with World Vital Records, and have for many years. They even post my data at their site.

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NEW USA VITAL RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following United States vital records databases have been posted or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last Newsline

Indiana Marriages 1811-1958 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 41% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 1,123,108 Records as of 18 Apr 2011 – Over 114,000 records have been added since December!

Mississippi, Tippah County Records 1863-1923 – Imaged Records – not indexed yet – This collection includes Probate Records dating from 1868 through 1923, from the Tippah County Clerk in Ripley, Mississippi. – Browse through 55,910 images as of 19 Apr 2011.

I have added the above databases to my Updated & Complete Alphabetical USA Vital Records Listing and Links at GenealogyBlog.com.

Births & Christenings

Marriages

Deaths, and Probates

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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NEW STATE CENSUS RECORDS DATABASES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

New York State Census 1892 – Digitized and indexed – Name index and images of the population schedule from the New York census taken in 1892. This state census is an every-name index to the state’s inhabitants as of February 16, 1892. The collection includes 40 counties. Population schedules for the following counties are missing or lost: Chenango, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Livingston, New York (the Bronx and Manhattan), Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and Wyoming – 3,766,108 records as of 20 Apr 2011

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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MOCAVO.COM ADDS THOUSANDS OF SITES TO ITS SEARCH CAPABILITY, INCLUDING GENEALOGY BLOGS

I wrote about Mocavo.com a few weeks ago when I had a brick-wall breakthrough. Now I see that Cliff Shaw has added the genealogy blogs, as well as other genealogist-suggested sites to be searched by his genealogy search engine. Following is a I received a day or two ago.

Mocavo.com™ (http://www.mocavo.com), the world’s largest free search engine geared toward genealogists, announced the addition of thousands of new sites today. The new content added to Mocavo.com includes more than 3,000 genealogy blogs and thousands of sites submitted by users over the past month, including some new content for Irish and UK researchers.

A very small sampling of the sites now searchable on Mocavo.com:

Users can submit suggestions for new sites to be added at http://www.mocavo.com/suggest. New additions and updates to Mocavo.com will now occur more frequently.

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THE DAILY TRANSCRIBER

The Daily Genealogy Transcriber is a site owned by my friend, Michael John Neill, where every day a new handwriting sample is posted. The sample is usually a signature. Readers can guess at the interpretation. Michael says that he usually knows the answer. He waits at least 24 hours before posting the answer.

All submissions have to be approved to cut down on spam, but all guesses are usually posted.

Old images, with guesses and answers, are left up which makes for interesting reading. Seeing how others read a name gives additional insight into indexers and indexing errors.

Click here to check out the Daily Genealogy Transcriber.

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140 FREE ONLINE GENEALOGY RESEARCH COURSES AVAILABLE FROM FAMILYSEARCH

I just received this news release from FamilySearch, and this is so great that I decided to print the release just as I got it. GREAT NEWS!

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Ever found yourself researching your family tree and discovering a new branch that extended to another country—and you are not familiar with that country’s records or language? Or perhaps you are a fan of the popular reality show Who Do You Think You Are? and wonder, “How do the producers know what public records to search to find all of those cool stories about that celebrity’s ancestors?” Maybe you’d like to learn more about how to do your family history research but don’t think you can afford to take a class. Thousands of individuals are now satisfying many of those needs through FamilySearch’s growing collection of free online genealogy courses.

In just one year, the number of free FamilySearch courses has grown to over 140—and new courses are added monthly. Most recently, over 25 courses were added for Australia, England, Germany, and the U.S. Additional courses were added that focus on basic tools and techniques for anyone just getting started in family history research, as well as courses for intermediate and advanced researchers.

“The goal of the initiative is to educate more people worldwide about how to find their ancestors. We do it by filming theexperts teaching a particular class of interest and then offering free access to that presentation online—complete with the PowerPoint used and anyelectronic handouts that the user can download or print for future reference,” said Candace Turpan, FamilySearch instructional designer.

Turpan’s team films presentations made by its staff from the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as special guests (the library is frequented by accredited researchers from all over the world). They also travel to industry conferences or other venues where record and research specialists gather. There they film specialists’ presentations and make them available online.

Of course, you don’t have to be into genealogy to find presentations of interest. Fans of The Da Vinci Code or National Treasure might find the Cemetery Art course by Ellen Miller of the Mid-Continent Public Library System in Independence, Missouri, very intriguing and enlightening. Miller’s course teaches about funerary traditions and cemetery iconography. “[Tombstone] practices differ from country to country, culture to culture, and religion to religion. As funeral ceremonies differ, so do the burial practices,” said Miller. Those elements often influence the types of funeral markers and symbols used on headstones, footstones, and tablet stones and can therefore tell important facts about the person they help identify. The key is in understanding the messages behind the symbolism.

FamilySearch uses viewing software that splits the viewing screen (sort of like the picture-in-picture features on some televisions) so the user can watch the video of the presenter while also seeing the PowerPoint presentation. Most courses are 30 minutes in length. You canalso fast forward through the presentation or presentation slides or stop and pick up later where you left off—a luxury you don’t get in the live presentation.

“Maybe you enjoy the thrill of deciphering or reading old records in other languages. FamilySearch also has free courses to help genealogy students understand key words and terms of older foreign alphabets and handwriting, including Gothic,” added Turpin. The intent behind all of these courses is to give people the keys they need to successfully find their elusive ancestors in historic records. “Sometimes they just need a new sleuthing skill or resource. These genealogy courses are perfect for those personal development needs,” concluded Turpin.

Whatever your motivation or objective, bookmark and make regular visits to the growing catalog of free courses at FamilySearch.org.

And if you or someone you know currently teaches a class that would be of value to the genealogy community and wants to share it, find out how online at FamilySearch’s genealogy classes online.

Latest Course Additions:

Australia

  • Australia BDM Civil Registration Index
  • New South Wales Early Church Records 1788–1886
  • Using the New South Wales Birth, Death, Marriage Index

England

  • Getting the Most from the National Archives Website
  • Researching in the British Isles
  • What Is Britain?

Germany

  • My Experiences in German Family Research

Research Principles and Tools

  • Cemetery Art
  • Finding Your Way: Locating and Using Maps in Your Research
  • How to Find More at a Genealogy Library
  • If I’d Only Known: Beginner Genealogy Mistakes
  • Managing Your Family Records on the Internet

United States of America

  • Basic U.S. Military Records with Tiff
  • Beginning Census Research and Record Keeping
  • Colonial Immigration
  • Colonial Land
  • County Histories and Your Family
  • Finding the Slave Generation
  • Locating Ancestors on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes
  • See You on Sunday! Church Records in Genealogy
  • Some Underused Online Resources
  • U.S. Courthouse Research
  • Welcome to the World of Periodicals

ICAPGen The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists

  • Mentoring Class: Introduction to ICAPGen
  • Mentoring Class: Research Binder
  • Mentoring Class: Evidence Analysis Part II
  • Mentoring Class: Written Exam and Oral Review

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing 5 books and one Quicksheet.

200 YEARS OF U.S. CENSUS TAKING: POPULATION AND HOUSING QUESTIONS, 1790-1990; by the U.S. Government Printing Office; 108 pp; Paper; ISBN: 0945433727; Item # A0130

We just ran across a case of one of the most useful books ever produced to help in the analyzation of U.S. Federal Census information. This book is made up of census facts of various kinds. But I think the most important items found in the volume are the instructions to the enumerators, as well details about the questions the enumerators of the U.S. federal censuses asked and what those questions meant. What did the census enumerator have in mind when he asked those seemingly simple questions. They were often not as simple as they sounded. A very useful volume, long our of print.

Purchase 200 Years of U.S. Census Taking: Population and Housing Questions, 1790-1990 for just $9.75. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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ADDRESS BOOK FOR GERMANIC GENEALOGY, by Earnest Thode, reprinted 2000; 195 pp; ISBN: 9780806315263; Item # GPC5757

This volume has been around for a few years, but it’s still the best address book for Germanic research that you’ll find. Substantially larger than previous editions, this sixth edition of the Address Book for Germanic Genealogy brings many addresses up to date and adds numerous others, especially municipal archive addresses and the addresses of local European historical and genealogical societies. It is indispensable for genealogical researchers with interests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other German-speaking areas of central and western Europe.

Beginning with an exhaustive list of addresses in America, followed by an itemization of German and German-area addresses, this edition of the Address Book for Germanic Genealogy refers to nearly 2,000 genealogical and related societies, state and municipal archives, religious organizations, booksellers or importers, foreign information offices, newspapers, religious archives, and professional genealogists in North America, Germany, and elsewhere in the Germanic world.

Address Book for Germanic Genealogy is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $25 with FREE Shipping through Midnight MST May 3, 2011.

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PAPER TREES – GENEALOGICAL CLIP ART, by Tony Matthews, 100 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-0-8063160-7-9; 1999; Item GPC3832

Paper Trees is a unique collection of hand-drawn family trees and charts which you can fill in and color by yourself. All of these beautiful designs are original, drawn by my friend, Tony Matthews. In this book, they are available as clip-art for use as cards, announcements, book covers, section dividers, reunion T-shirts and mugs, newsletter designs, research aids, or for any of a thousand other things.

Filled in by hand, calligraphy, or type, and hand-colored in pen or paint, each of these family trees is guaranteed to be unique, and each illustration – whether elegant, whimsical, or just plain folksy–is a joyful celebration of your family. Uses for it are limited only by your imagination.

The family trees and charts can also be scanned, digitized, and added to your computer produced projects using one of various programs, including Photoshop.

You can photo-reduce the family trees for use as note cards and stationery, or you can enlarge them to show family detail at its optimum. Remember that each of these family trees is an ancestral tree. The tree starts with you, and each generation back doubles in size, showing two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, etc.

You’ll have a great time with these illustrations, and you can pass them on finished or unfinished, to be treasured as keepsakes or to be embellished and completed by others.

Purchase Paper Trees – genealogical clip art for just $18.57. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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QUICKSHEET – CITING ONLINE HISTORICAL RESOURCES – EVIDENCE! STYLE – First Revised Edition; by Elizabeth Shown Mills; Published 2007; 4 pp folded sheet, 8.5×11; laminated; ISBN: 9780806317762; Item # GPC3849

This First Revised Edition has updated sample citations and style changes.

Elizabeth Mills’s QuickSheet provides a template for citing historical sources on the Internet. It also lays down rules to help you judge the reliability of these sources.

Published in the form of a laminated folder, the QuickSheet contains a series of sample citations showing the correct way to identify online sources such as databases, census images, and digital books and articles.

Based on the premise that online sources are publications that have the same characteristics as printed publications, it provides rules and models for common record types such as passenger lists, vital records, and newspapers. Since a website is the online equivalent of a book, the QuickSheet shows you how to cite author/creator/owner of a website, title of the website, place (URL), date posted, and so forth.

Convenient for desktop use at home or in the library, the QuickSheet answers all those niggling questions left unanswered by the standard citation guides; it is also a perfect companion to the classic citation manual Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.

Purchase Quicksheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style – First Revised Edition for just $7.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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THE GENEALOGIST’S INTERNET, 4th Edition, New and Expanded, by Peter Christian; 384 pg; Paperback; 6.25×9.25; ISBN: 978-1-905615-39-1; 2009; Item TNA11

Fully updated, expanded 4th edition of a bestselling classic – the insider’s guide to researching family history online

This bestselling British guide explores the major sources of data available to family historians online and highlights the most useful directories and gateways. Suitable for those starting out and for experienced researchers, The Genealogist’s Internet features fully updated URLs and all the recent developments online in areas such as British births, marriages and deaths indexes; the expansion in census records and wills online; DNA testing and surname studies; genealogy blogs; changes in search engines; historical maps and photographs. Use it contact others with the same surname or to access the numerous genealogical forums, discussion groups, mailing lists and newsgroups to help in your own research.

This up to the minute 4th edition includes the following:

  • The launch of the 1911 census
  • The expansion of genealogical services, now in the complete range of census indexes and the first official data service for Ireland prospects for the digitization of civil registration
  • The many new projects and datasets on the FamilySearch site
  • New passenger lists and other migration records
  • Digitized out-of-copyright books
  • New ways of putting your family tree online
  • The rise of online sharing: DNA matching, photo sharing, social bookmarking
  • Expanded coverage of occupations and professions

The Genealogist’s Internet is available at Family Roots Publishing, for only $29.35 with FREE Shipping through Midnight MST May 3, 2011.

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GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY ONLINE; by William Dollarhide; Published 2006; reprinted 2007; 64 pp; ISBN: 9780806317700; Item # GPC1499

Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE is so basic that it brings the world of Internet genealogy into instant focus. Designed as a beginner’s guide, its 64 pages pack more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. If you ever wanted to trace your family tree online, this book will help you do it. The object of the book is to reduce the process of genealogical research to its most basic elements, enabling the raw beginner to be brought up to speed in no more time than it takes him to read a handful of pages. At the same time, it is a handy resource for the more experienced genealogist, providing in one convenient place the names and web addresses of all essential record repositories.

It begins with a How to Start section outlining a unique seven-step system for gathering facts essential for any genealogical project: interviewing family members, contacting relatives, writing for death records, following up on death records, census searching, name searching, and Family History Library Searching—the building blocks of genealogical research.

A Where to Find More section follows, giving the websites of the most important genealogy look-up sites, lineage-linked sites, genealogical software/GEDCOM sites, and a list of the various branches of the National Archives and their web addresses.

Next there is a comprehensive listing of Genealogy Resource Centers in the States, giving the websites of the most important genealogical collections in libraries, archives, and genealogical societies for all states, followed by a Research Help for the Addicted section, with a listing of research firms, genealogy magazines and newsletters, and the most important genealogy reference books.

At the back of the book are Master Forms used to keep track of the information gathered, including a Family Group Sheet, a Pedigree Chart, and a Family Data Sheet, all designed for making photocopies as needed.

In a world running on information overload, it’s a relief to find all the right stuff in just a handful of pages!

William Dollarhide is the author of over a dozen books on genealogy . Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE is a thoroughly revised and updated version of an earlier book called Genealogy Starter Kit.

Purchase Getting Started in Genealogy Online for just $12.69. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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IMPORTANT ITEMS REVIEWED IN EARLIER NEWSLETTERS

PHOTOGRAPHS

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase by midnight MDT May 3, and get Dating Old Photographs on CD-ROM for FREE!

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CIVIL WAR

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

CIVIL WAR IN THE OZARKS, by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell; 2009; softbound; 5.5×8.25; 160 pp; ISBN: 9781589806702; Item #PP702.

LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR; by David A Norris ; 95 pp; Softcover; 2010; 8.5 x 11; ISBN: 978-0-9781592-5-2; Item #: MM001

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MAPS & MIGRATION

MAP GUIDE TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS, 1790-1920; by William Dollarhide & William Thorndale; 445 pp; 8.5×11; first published in 1987, reprinted 2009; ISBN: 9780806311883; Item # GPC5786

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses is one of the most popular – and useful books ever printed for genealogists. William Dollarhide and William Thorndale wrote the book over 20 years ago, and it still outsells almost every other genealogy book. It’s also in the top 5 best-selling genealogy books of all time. There is good reason for this distinction. It’s one of the few books that I always have on my desk, near my computer, and my genealogy research materials. Without a doubt, it’s the book I turn to more than any other. And I’m not alone, I have had hundreds of other folks tell me the same thing over the years.

The county has always been used as the basic Federal census unit. Genealogical research in the census, therefore, begins with identifying the correct county jurisdictions. This work shows all U.S. county boundaries from 1790 to 1920. On each of the nearly 400 maps the old county lines are superimposed over the modern ones to highlight the boundary changes at ten-year intervals. Also included are:

  • A history of census growth; .
  • The technical facts about each census;
  • A discussion of census accuracy;
  • An essay on available sources for each state’s old county lines; and
  • A statement with each map indicating which county census lines exist and which are lost.
  • The volume includes an index listing all present-day counties, plus nearly all defunct counties or counties later re-named.

With each map there is data on boundary changes, notes about the census, and locality finding keys. There also are inset maps that clarify territorial lines, a state-by-state bibliography of sources, and an appendix outlining pitfalls in mapping county boundaries. The detail in this work is exhaustive and of such impeccable standards that there is little wonder why this award-winning publication is the number one tool in U.S. census research.

If you were to have only one American genealogy guidebook at your side, The Dollarhide Map Guide would be one to have.

The Map Guide to The U.S. Federal Census 1790-1920 is discounted for this edition of the Newsline and is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $56.95 through May 3. Purchase before Midnight MDT May 3, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

GENEALOGISTS’ COUNTY MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

County Map – Rolled is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT May 3, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

County Map – Folded is available at Family Roots Publishing for just at 17% off for just $14.94. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, May 3, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH REGISTERS (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
As posted in Newsline Vol. 1 #8, Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently nearly 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, May 3, 2011.

You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available).

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NEW YORK

NEW YORK STATES CENSUSES & SUBSTITUTES; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 0-8063-1766-3; Soft Cover; 249 pp; 2005; reprinted 2007

A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME; by Franklin B. Hough, A.M.,M.D.; 601 pp; Originally published 1854, Reprint: 2005; Paperback; 6 x 9; Item # PRJ03

CAPE VINCENT [NEW YORK] AND ITS HISTORY, 1909; by Nelie Horton Casler; 240 pp; Originally published 1906; Hardcover; 5.5 x 8.25; Item # PRJ01

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HOW-TO and GENEALOGY RESOURCE GUIDES & SEMINARS

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYNS: A GUIDE FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS (REVISED 2nd EDITION), by Kip Sperry; 192 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-5933102-6-4; 2009; Item #: TP269

THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 1, Eastern States, by William Dollarhide

CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, Vol. 2, Western States, by William Dollarhide

RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

TRUE MIRACLES WITH GENEALOGY: HELP FROM BEYOND THE VEIL; by Ann Bradshaw; 133 pp; 2010, Paper; ISBN: 9781453767115; Item # AB01

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GOOGLE GUIDES & SEMINARS

THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

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GERMAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH

THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION – THIRD EDITION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Map Guide to German Parish Registers (a series), by Kevan M. Hansen

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IRELAND RESEARCH

A GUIDE TO IRISH CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS; 1990, Reprinted 2001; Hardcover; 7×10; 253 pp; ISBN: 9780806312668; Item #GPC3856

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ITALY RESEARCH

GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

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POLISH RESEARCH

STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

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FRPC FREE SHIPPING OFFER- AND LINKS TO CATEGORIES AT THE FRPC WEBSITE

Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is offered FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 1500 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

We are also making the offer to USA located Libraries and Institutions who wish to purchase by online Purchase Order (see the Library Purchases paragraph near the bottom of the Family Roots Publishing Co. homepage for Purchase Order purchase requirements).

As mentioned above, over 1500 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

There are no minimum or maximum number of items that can be purchased under this offer.

Foreign orders, as well as those to Canada are not included in this FREE SHIPPING offer. There are a few items on the site that normally include the shipping as part of the price, and we have not attempted to change those prices, as it would be too labor-intensive to do so.

This offer now ends at midnight, May 3, 2011 MDT.

Take advantage of this FREE SHIPPING offer on order totaling $25 or more on the books you want now!

Selected Categories from the FRPC Website:

Dollarhide Research Guides

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German Map Guides – Soft Cover

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Photography, & Photo Identification

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Remember, this FREE shipping offer on orders totaling $25 or more is now only available through Tuesday,May 3, 2011 at midnight MDT. Shop now at the Family Roots Publishing Company Website.

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FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING CO., LLC IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO EXHIBIT AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS in 2011:

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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CHECK OUT GENEALOGYBLOG.COM

I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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LELAND K. MEITZLER BIOGRAPHY
Mr. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. Mr. Meitzler worked as Managing Editor for Heritage Quest Magazine from 1985 through 2005, and held the same position with Everton Publishers, editing The Genealogical Helper, from 2006 until February of 2009. He is the now co-owner of Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, and writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com. Meitzler conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, now in its 27th year. With over 2000 lectures to his credit, his programs are always motivational and informative. He may be contacted at Leland@familyrootspublishing.com

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Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 8

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 8 – Apr 16, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the eighth edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LINKS OR IN READING EMAIL NEWSLETTER, YOU WILL FIND IT ARCHIVED ONLINE AT: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=11144

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Page 2 – Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through April 19, 2011

George W. Meitzler Commits Suicide by Shooting Himself

New USA Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Page 3 – Thinking of Going to Salt Lake City?

Canadian Vital Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org

Page 4 – USA Today Publishes Special Edition With FREE Website For The Civil War Sesquicentennial

Archives.com adds New Databases

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Civil War in the Ozarks
  • Life During the Civil War
  • Page 5 – Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses
  • True Miracles With Genealogy – Help From Beyond the Veil
  • Page 6 – A-Zax, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians
  • The Insider, NASA’s Man at Baikonur
  • A Steele Family History – Planters Of Old England, New England, And The American West

More Genealogy News

Page 7 – Books Reviewed in Previous Genealogy Newslines

Page 10 – More Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Check out Area-Info.net

Download a Free Issue of Family Chronicle Magazine

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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PARTLY PERSONAL
I’ve decided to shorten up this issue of the Newsline. I’ve found that it is taking me nearly all week just to write it. So I’m shortening it up a bit.

It continues to snow here, between bursts of sunshine. So we’ve delayed planting the garden. Things don’t grow well under 4 inches of snow. We’ve actually had some sunshine the last couple days, but I’m just waiting for more snow! But as I said before, there are signs of spring out there!

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011.

Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1000 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site!

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GEORGE W. MEITZLER COMMITS SUICIDE BY SHOOTING HIMSELF IN AUGUST OF 1921

While searching for Meitzler information at the WorldVitalRecords website today, I ran across a newspaper item about a bank cashier by the name of George W. Meitzler who went home and shot himself while the bank examiner was auditing accounts at the Union Central Bank in May, Idaho. This all took place in 1921 – nearly 90 years ago, so the incident has been long-forgotten. I knew Meitzler lived in Idaho, and I have an old Idaho postcard around the house somewhere whose photographer was George W. Meitzler. But until today I didn’t know about this guy’s sudden death.

The newspaper item reads as follows: “Mackay, Idaho, Aug 27 – George W. Meitzler, cashier at the Union Central bank in May, committed suicide Thursday morning by shooting himself at his home at May. Mr. Meitzler went to the bank that morning, opened up and received the state bank examiner. A few minutes thereafter he excused himself and went home, saying that he would be back in a few minutes, and after an hour or so a messenger was sent to the house and discovered the body in the basement. Mr. Meitzler left no word and there can be no cause ascribed for his act. The bank examiner found the affairs at the bank in perfect shape.”

See Original Newspaper at WorldVitalRecords.com

George was from a different line of Meitzlers than my family, having been born in Indiana 24 November of 1860 or 1861 (conflicting information). According to the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census, his wife’s name was Uma. According to his death record, found at FamilySearch.org, George died on the 24th of August, 1921, and was buried in the Salmon, Idaho Cemetery on the 26th. His father was John Meitzler, born in Germany, and his mother was Mamie Landers who was born in Kentucky.

The WorldVitalRecords.com website has thousands of databases, including newspapers from the NewspaperARCHIVES website. This item on George W. Meitzler was a particularly interesting clipping that I wouldn’t have run across if I hadn’t done a quick search. According to the WVR website, the WorldVitalRecord.com collection from NewspaperARCHIVE.com contains select newspapers from 1759 to 1923. Currently online 1890 – 1891, 1892 – 1893, 1894 – 1895, 1896 – 1897, 1898 – 1899, 1900 – 1901, 1902 – 1903, 1904 – 1905, 1906 – 1907, 1921 – 1922 and 1923. WorldVitalRecords.com is currently running a special on memberships – You might want to check it out. April Discount – 66% off one year

I have an affiliate relationship with WorldVitalRecords.com, and have for many years. In fact, they have a lot of my data on their website.

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NEW USA VITAL RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following United States vital records databases have been posted or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last Newsline

California County Marriages, 1850-1952 – Name index of marriage records including a number of different type of documents such as licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, stubs, etc. – 281,432 records as of 13 April 2011

Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934 – Name indexes and images of county marriages from the state of Illinois. Currently this collection is 9% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. Counties: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Brown, Champaign, Christian, Clark and Clay. Note that in a cursory search, I didn’t spot any images posted, but this will be a wonderful database as the data and images get up! – 323,712 records as of 15 April 2011.

Minnesota County Marriages, 1860-1949 – Name index and images of county marriage records for Minnesota. Currently the following counties are represented in this collection: Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, and Goodhue – 156,395 records from 88,640 images as of 13 Apr 2011

Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Green County (1848-1885), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). From Wisconsin State Historical Society & FHL digital images – 349,692 images as of 13 April, 2011

I have added the above databases to my Updated & Complete Alphabetical USA Vital Records Listing and Links at GenealogyBlog.com.

Births & Christenings

Marriages

Deaths, and Probates

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CANADIAN VITAL RECORDS DATABASES FOUND AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following Canadian Vital Records Databases are now posted at FamilySearch.org. The list is initially made up of 28 databases. Twenty-four of them cover seven provinces & four cover all of Canada. Thirteen of these databases contain digitized images. I plan to update this listing as new material is posted.

Note that many of the “number of records” are marked as AFTER a specific date. That means that additional records, in some some cases tens of thousands, have been added since that date, which is the last one found on the site (with lower numbers). So if you haven’t checked one of these AFTER dated websites lately, and it’s important to you, take a minute to go check it out. If the record is listed “AS OF” a specific date, the number of records are really “as of” that date.

British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903 – These are birth registrations, delayed birth registrations, and delayed registrations of Indian births – 38,340 Records as of 23 July 2010

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932 – These are marriage registrations from British Columbia Vital Statistics, and microfilm at the FHL – 124,592 Records as of 27 April 2010

British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 – These are death registrations including overseas casualties, delayed death registrations, and delayed registrations of Indian deaths – 933,845 Records as of 24 May 2010

New Brunswick Births and Baptisms, 1819-1899 – Index to selected New Brunswick births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 25,414 records after 27 April 2010

New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Births and Late Registrations, 1810-1906Index and images of provincial returns of births, 1869-1905, and 1906 (only surnames beginning with letters A-Be); and also late registrations, 1810-1905 – 160, 214 Records from 164,227 images as of 12 August 2010

New Brunswick Provincial Deaths, 1815-1938 – Index and Images of death records – 80,397 Records from 81,680 images as of 13 Dec 2010

New Brunswick, Death Certificates, 1920-1934Browsable Images of death certificates from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – 76,812 images as of 29 July 2010

New Brunswick, Death Certificates, 1935-1938Browsable Images of death certificates from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – 16,806 images as of 29 July 2010

New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Deaths, 1815-1919Browsable Images of Provincial Returns of Deaths from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – 80,741 images as of 29 July 2010

Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949Browsable images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths initially from the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland – 58,839 images as of 13 August 2010

Newfoundland, Vital Statistics, 1753-1893Browsable Images of church record transcripts. Contains baptisms, marriages, and some burials from many churches in the province – 14,649 images as of 4 August 2010

Nova Scotia Births and Baptisms, 1702-1896– Index to selected Nova Scotia births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality – 125,791 records after 27 April 2010

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711-1909 – Index to selected Nova Scotia marriages. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 36,254 records as of 27 April 2010

Nova Scotia Antigonish Catholic Diocese 1823-1905– Index & data abstract to the Nova Scotia Antigonish Catholic Diocese – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish was originally known as the Diocese of Arichat and was established on September 22, 1844. Previously the diocese was part of the Diocese of Quebec. On August 23, 1886, the see was moved from Arichat to the town of Antigonish, and the diocese became the Diocese of Antigonish. The diocese covers seven counties in northeastern Nova Scotia: Richmond, Inverness, Victoria, Cape Breton, Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough. Catholic records are traditionally kept on the parish level so the registers are usually found at the church where the event occurred. – This is a partner project with the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia to index digital-born images for this Catholic diocese. The images contain church records for some, but not all parishes in the diocese and include christenings, marriages and births. The data from this project will be used for family reconstruction prototype projects at GSU and shared with GANS. The original records are housed at Diocese of Antigonish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia – 91,875 records as of 20 May 2010

Ontario Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899 – Index to selected Ontario births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 455,469 records after 27 April 2010

Ontario Births, 1869-1912 – Index to birth records – 164,139 Records as of 5 November 2010

Ontario Marriages, 1800-1910 – Index to selected Ontario marriages. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality – 28,574 records after 27 April 2010

Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 – Index to marriage records from Ontario, Canada. Ontario Registrar General. Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927. Library and Archives Canada, Ottowa, Canada – 363,464 Records as of 14 January 2011

Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 – Name index of Ontario, Canada, death registration entries & registration entries for 1939-1947 are for overseas deaths only – 2,050,112 as of 28 January 2011

Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885Browsable images of index cards to baptismal records – 92,700 images as of 25 August 2010

Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888Images of indexes and registers. Marriages took place in churches and before Justices of the Peace. Dates of indexes correspond to dates of marriages, and marriage records are arranged by date of registration so the dates of the indexes and the marriage records do not always match. Indexes are alphabetized by first letter of the surname only. In some indexes, the “Mc” and “Mac” names are indexed by the first letter after “Mc” or “Mac” – 3,428 images as of 31 August 2010

Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905Images of index cards. Information comes from various sources, newspapers, cemeteries, churches, etc. – 15,903 Index images as of 31 August 2010

Quebec Births and Baptisms, 1662-1898 – Index to selected Quebec births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality – 27,212 records after 27 April 2010

Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1900Images of Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. Also includes some index entries for Montréal and Trois-Rivières – 79,936 records from 1,361,289 images as of 22 November 2010

Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959 – Name index to birth and baptism records from Canada. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 2,168,216 records after 27 April 2010.

Canada Marriages, 1661-1949Digitized Name index to marriages from Canada. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 268,014 records after 27 April 2010

Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from Canada. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 101,189 records as of 27 April 2010

Canada Census Mortality Schedules, 1871 – Index and images of mortality schedules for the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia , Ontario, and Quebec – 45,371 Records as of 20 January 2011

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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USA TODAY PUBLISHES SPECIAL EDITION WITH FREE WEBSITE FOR THE CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL

USA Today has published a special edition called “Civil War, 150 years later, the conflict still reverberates.” It is available on newsstands April 11 to March 16, 2011. They also have a FREE website to go with it.

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ARCHIVES.COM ADDS NOW DATABASES

Archives.com recently announced the addition of over 3.5 million new U.S. vital records and images to their website, demonstrating its commitment to adding value while maintaining the same low-cost subscription database. The addition of these digital records is accompanied by the integration of 170,000 images of historical marriage certificates that date back to 1846.

These new databases are from a number of states. Included are the states of Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Texas, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Archives.com worked with the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center to integrate their set of almost 1.5 million obituary records. This massive index was compiled from original newspapers by Presidential Center library staff and volunteers, and covers years 1810 to 2010.

Each record collection added to Archives.com is easy to find through its simple search interface. Users can search by name, date, and location to filter results for a precise match. In total, Archives.com provides access to over 1.1 billion historical records, including vital, census, newspaper, immigration, and more.

Visit the Browse Collections page (the second item from the left on the subject bar at the top of the page) to learn about the records available on Archives.com

Note that I do have an affiliate relationship with Archives, and am proud to recommend their website.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing six books, and making an announcement of one Family History on CD-ROM.

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CIVIL WAR IN THE OZARKS, by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell; 2009; softbound; 5.5×8.25; 160 pp; ISBN: 9781589806702; Item #PP702.

In this revised edition, the late Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell provide new insight into the clashes that occurred in the Ozarks and additional commentary from experts. Explanations of the political and cultural conditions create a backdrop for the drama that unfolded as a result. An updated map is also included. In writing the original version of Civil War in the Ozarks, the authors extensively researched the battles taking place between 1861 and 1865. With meticulous detail, they chronicle the heroes, outlaws (Yes, Jesse and Frank James, Belle Starr, and the Younger brothers), and peacemakers who were at the center of this hot-blooded battleground. Many photographs are included. Information on 59 battles and skirmishes taking place in the Missouri, Arkansas area are included. A few conflicts taking place in Kansas and Indian Territory are also found in the volume. The book also has an outstanding bibliography for those who want to know more.

I had the privilege of meeting Phil Steele a few years ago, and have always appreciated his books. We market several of them at Family Roots Publishing.

Purchase the Revised Edition of Civil War in the Ozarks for just $15.63. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR; by David A Norris ; 95 pp; Softcover; 2010; 8.5 x 11; ISBN: 978-0-9781592-5-2; Item #: MM001

The publication starts right off with a 3-page dictionary of Civil War terminology. Did you know that hardtack crackers were often called worm castles? Further on, Norris points out that the hotel business boomed during the war years. My great-grandfather ran a hotel throughout the war, and did well. However, I’d never made the connection with the war effort before. The chapter on music I found especially interesting. Among other things, it’s noted that “Dixie” was written by Yankee abolitionist Daniel Decatur Emmett. The mail was a big deal to both the soldiers and their loved-ones at home. This was the case for both Northern and Southern families. However, keep in mind that when the Confederacy split from the Union, it had dramatic repercussions on the U.S. postal system. I found the entire booklet to be interesting – front to back.

The following is from the table of contents.

  • OPENING NOTES – Notes From the Publisher, About the Author
  • FROM ABATIS TO ZOUAVES: A CIVIL WAR DICTIONARY – What were some of the popular sayings, slang, jargon and military terms in the 1860s?
  • TALE OF TWO CAPITALS: RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON – The war brought great changes to the lives of residents of Richmond and Washington
  • HOME AWAY FROM HOME: HOTELS OF THE CIVIL WAR – From four-star resorts to small town hostelries, hotel business boomed during the war
  • SOUNDTRACK TO A CONFLICT: MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR – Music, whether popular songs or military tunes, was as much a part of life then as it is now
  • STARVATION PARTIES AND CONFEDERATE CANDLES? – Southerners found unusual substitutes for scarce staples, like wheat, pins, shoe polish and coffee
  • SLUMGULLION, SALT HORSE AND HELL-FIRED STEW! – What did soldiers, and their families at home, eat during the war years?
  • RELIEF FROM REALITY: CIVIL WAR HUMOR – Popular humorists and jokes helped lighten hearts on both sides of the battle
  • SHINPLASTERS AND GREENBACKS: MONEY DURING THE CIVIL WAR – Banks, businesses, states, the Union and Confederacy all issued their own, incompatible, money
  • ZOUAVES: NEW YORK FIREMEN AND LOUISIANA TIGERS – Instead of the familiar blue and gray, some regiments donned bright colors and turbans
  • MAN’S BEST FRIENDS: PETS IN THE ARMY – From the exotic to the common, animals were kept as companions and mascots
  • JOHNNIE REB AND BILLY YANK: LIFE IN THE ARMIES – Fresh recruits and veterans of past conflicts faced new, and familiar,challenges in the Civil War
  • FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: THE US COLORED TROOPS – African-American troops played a vital role in the Civil War
  • SUTLER SHOPS: CONVENIENCE STORES FOR SOLDIERS – Where did soldiers get ink, ginger snaps or Valentine cards?
  • LIFE ON SOAP SUDS ROW: ARMY LAUNDRESSES – Laundry was a grueling, but essential, duty in army camps
  • TAKING THE CARS: RAIL TRAVEL DURING THE CIVIL WAR – Though far from luxurious, or safe, trains became vital to the war effort and civilian life
  • WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: HOSPITALS AND MEDICINE – Hospitals were understaffed, undersupplied and relied on dangerous cures and treatments
  • COMMON CIVIL WAR MEDICINES – Hospitals stocked standard treatments of the day, including mercury, opium and brandy
  • FUNDRAISING FAIRS: THE US SANITARY COMMISSION – Volunteer groups raised millions of dollars to improve military hospital and camp conditions
  • PICTURING THE CIVIL WAR: WAR ARTISTS – Before modern photography and TV, how did people get a glimpse of the battles?
  • FROM THE FRONTLINES TO THE HOMEFRONT: NEWSPAPERS – Despite shortages of labor and ink, papers fed the public appetite for news and entertainment
  • TELEGRAMS: AT THE SPEED OF LIGHTNING – The telegraph became an indispensible part of military and commercial communication during the war
  • WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE CIVIL WAR – Despite technological limitations, photography boomed during the Civil War
  • “I HAIN’T GOT ANY STAMPS”: CONFEDERATE AND UNION MAIL – Two postal systems kept soldiers and families in contact across shifting battlelines
  • THE CIVIL WAR NAVIES: COTTONCLADS AND BLOCKADES – Whether they patrolled rivers or the South Pacific, a sailor’s life was far different than a soldier’s
  • THE NEW NAVAL WARFARE: LIFE ON IRONCLADS – Heavily armored ironclads offered unique advantages, and dangers, to their crews
  • MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH…! – From aseptic surgery to moon landings, the years after the Civil War were full of amazing changes

Purchase Life During the Civil War for just $9.85. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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MAP GUIDE TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS, 1790-1920; by William Dollarhide & William Thorndale; 445 pp; 8.5×11; first published in 1987, reprinted 2009; ISBN: 9780806311883; Item # GPC5786

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses is one of the most popular – and useful books ever printed for genealogists. William Dollarhide and William Thorndale wrote the book over 20 years ago, and it still outsells almost every other genealogy book. It’s also in the top 5 best-selling genealogy books of all time. There is good reason for this distinction. It’s one of the few books that I always have on my desk, near my computer, and my genealogy research materials. Without a doubt, it’s the book I turn to more than any other. And I’m not alone, I have had hundreds of other folks tell me the same thing over the years.

The county has always been used as the basic Federal census unit. Genealogical research in the census, therefore, begins with identifying the correct county jurisdictions. This work shows all U.S. county boundaries from 1790 to 1920. On each of the nearly 400 maps the old county lines are superimposed over the modern ones to highlight the boundary changes at ten-year intervals. Also included are:

  • A history of census growth; .
  • The technical facts about each census;
  • A discussion of census accuracy;
  • An essay on available sources for each state’s old county lines; and
  • A statement with each map indicating which county census lines exist and which are lost.
  • The volume includes an index listing all present-day counties, plus nearly all defunct counties or counties later re-named.

With each map there is data on boundary changes, notes about the census, and locality finding keys. There also are inset maps that clarify territorial lines, a state-by-state bibliography of sources, and an appendix outlining pitfalls in mapping county boundaries. The detail in this work is exhaustive and of such impeccable standards that there is little wonder why this award-winning publication is the number one tool in U.S. census research.

If you were to have only one American genealogy guidebook at your side, The Dollarhide Map Guide would be one to have.

The Map Guide to The U.S. Federal Census 1790-1920 is discounted for this edition of the Newsline and is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $56.95 through April 19. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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TRUE MIRACLES WITH GENEALOGY: HELP FROM BEYOND THE VEIL; by Ann Bradshaw; 133 pp; 2010, Paper; ISBN: 9781453767115; Item # AB01

True Miracles with Genealogy is a collection of inspiring research stories, and spiritual moments as help comes “from beyond the veil.” The book is principally written for the LDS audience, and entirely written from the Mormon point of view. I just ran across this book a couple months ago, and compare it to Hanks Jones’ two Psychic Roots books. I think it could be subtitled “Psychic roots for Mormons.” As a non-Mormon myself, I’m probably over-simplifying the case – but, as someone who really likes Jones’ books, I also find Bradshaw’s book compelling.

True Miracles with Genealogy: Help from Beyond the Veil is made up of research stories written by ordinary people with extraordinary experiences. Each account is unique. Each could easily be called a miracle. Each will inspire readers as they come to the heady realization that genealogy is more than it appears to be.

Author Bio:

Born in Wales, Anne Bradshaw grew up in England and now lives in the USA. When not glued to the chair typing, she is reading, working on family history, walking, or enjoying photography. Anne and her husband Bob are parents of four children, and grandparents to fifteen. Her sixth published book is True Miracles with Genealogy: Help from Beyond the Veil.

Purchase TRUE MIRACLES WITH GENEALOGY for just $11.83. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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A TO ZAX: A COMPREHENSIVE DICTIONARY FOR GENEALOGISTS AND HISTORIANS – 3rd Edition; by ‘Barbara J. Evans; 1995; 304 pp; Soft Cover; ISBN: 978-0-945231-02-8; Item # GE138

A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians – 3rd Edition, by Barbara J. Evans is a compilation of thousands of little-used or old-fashioned words and abbreviations that you might encounter in the course of your research. It’s the kind of book that pays for itself the first time you use it to help you interpret old records accurately and make your work time more productive.

How many times, while searching through old letters, manuscripts, or court records, have you come across an unfamiliar term or abbreviation and wondered what it meant? These are the times we all wish we had a specialist standing by to explain such obscure references.

A-Zax does just that. Many kinds of terms are included in the volume, such as:

  • Medical
  • Geographical
  • Foreign
  • Historical
  • Legal
  • Relational
  • Occupational
  • Household
  • Religious
  • Colloquial
  • Ethnic

The volume includes appendices that contain listings of Dutch given names, English-Dutch first names, and nicknames

Purchase A-Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians for just $14.80. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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The following book review is not about a genealogy book, instead it’s about an important period in American/Soviet history that was in the news nearly every day 1/2 century ago.

THE INSIDER – NASA’s MAN AT BAIKONUR, by Thomas S. Fiske, 2011, 286 pp, ISBN: 978-1-935188-20-9.

A few days ago I finished reading another impelling book by my friend, Tom Fiske. Tom writes for GenealogyBlog.com and we stay in touch on a regular basis. So I’ve known for some time that this new book was coming out. During our correspondence over the last several years Tom would often comment about dealing with various super-secret government agencies, Sergei Khrushchev (Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s son), and others. He told me he was doing research for an upcoming book on an American who, with the United States backing, helped the Soviet Union with their fledgling space program. Yes – back in the bad old days when we had something called a “cold war.”

The story is about a gentleman whose specialty was “space medicine.” The man spent nine years of his life traveling to and from the USSR during the most heated years of what we all knew as the “space race.” His job was to help keep the Soviet cosmonauts alive – and he did a good job of it.

April 12 was the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the earth in Vostok 1, so we’ve been hearing a lot about him the last week. But what you haven’t heard is that the pilot and cosmonaut Gagarin was a friend of an American working under cover who just may have helped to keep him alive on that first space orbit of the Earth.

Officially, all this never happened, but Tad Benson (an alias) did his humanitarian work as a physician and scientist while receiving no recognition for his work. He told his story to Tom when he realized that he had but a short time to live. Tom says that “grudgingly, US intel agencies have admitted that Tad was one of their own during the Space Race years, but little else.”

The book is printed as a work of fiction because of the sensitive nature of the material, and the unwillingness of governmental agencies tell the story. There are probably classified documents out there somewhere, but they haven’t been revealed yet.

The Insider is one heck of a great read. Being a history buff and having lived through the space race years (I collected all the newspapers with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space flight stories as a boy & young man), I found Tom’s latest book to be not only entertaining, but very informative. I just love knowing things that I’m “not supposed to know.”

Click on the links to learn more and/or order the book at Amazon.com.

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BOOK ON CD-ROM ANNOUNCEMENT

A STEELE FAMILY HISTORY – PLANTERS OF OLD ENGLAND, NEW ENGLAND, AND THE AMERICAN WEST
by Edward E. Steele – With a Foreword by Curt Witcher, Former President, National Genealogical Society.
Named the “Best Family History” in 2002 by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.
Now available on CD-ROM for $20 postpaid. 
This previously out-of-print 600-page history of one line of the Steele family in England and America
with over 100 illustrations, maps, and photographs is now available on CD. It includes an everyname
index, indexes of places and subjects, and an annotated bibliography.
Click here for more information.

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THE FOLLOWING BOOKS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED IN EARLIER NEWSLETTERS

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYNS: A GUIDE FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS (REVISED 2nd EDITION), by Kip Sperry; 192 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-5933102-6-4; 2009; Item #: TP269

This valuable book was written by my friend, Kip Sperry, whose “Links” website I review elsewhere in this Genealogy Newsline. It’s one that I wouldn’t be without, and I recommend it to all serious genealogists.

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GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

Most genealogical records during the decade of the Civil War are related to the soldiers and regiments of the Union and Confederate military. However, there are numerous records relating to the entire population as well. This volume by William Dollarhide identifies the places to look and documents to be found for ancestors during the decade, 1861-1869, as well as post-war veterans. The book is laid out first by nation-wide name lists and then by state listings in alphabetical order.

The various records are laid out in chronological order, complete with the Family History Library book or film numbers in most cases. Hundreds of online resources are also listed. All statewide lists are arranged alphabetically by state, and are then in chronological order. If you have Civil War era ancestors, this volume is sure to be of help in your research. It’s guaranteed to identify sources of information that you most likely never knew existed!

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GENEALOGISTS’ COUNTY MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

This large County Map of the United States is 39 x 27 inches in size. It is available as a folded map that fits well in a binder, briefcase or folder – as well as a rolled version that ships in a tube. Either version works well as a wall-mounted map. Genealogists find that the map is handy for not only locating counties, but also quickly obtaining proximity information between counties they are researching. You can quickly locate counties in each of the 50 states. Use this full-color county map to view lakes, rivers, county boundaries and state capitols as well.

County Map – Rolled is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

County Map – Folded is available at Family Roots Publishing for just at 17% off for just $14.94. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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A GUIDE TO IRISH CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS; 1990, Reprinted 2001; Hardcover; 7×10; 253 pp; ISBN: 9780806312668; Item #GPC3856

In this book every church and burial ground in Ireland is identified in relation to a townland or street address. Each townland is located in its appropriate civil parish, and each parish is listed in alphabetical order in its county and is preceded by a number that gives its location in A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. In addition, an Ordnance Survey number lets the researcher pinpoint the church’s exact location on a six-inch Ordnance Survey map. Churches that are now defunct and graveyards that have been separated from their churches can be located with this guide.

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A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME; by Franklin B. Hough, A.M.,M.D.; 601 pp; Originally published 1854, Reprint: 2005; Paperback; 6 x 9; Item # PRJ03

The author, Franklin B. Hough, holds the distinction of writing histories for several northern New York counties early in their history. His work for Jefferson County, published in 1854, contains over 600 pages. Very thorough in his descriptions, Hough covers the pre-(white) settlement of the area, gives a separate chapter for each Town, records the establishment of churches, schools, railroads, associations, newspapers in addition to extensively reporting on the War of 1812 and the Patriot War of 1837. This book is a ‘must-have’ for the understanding of the area, time period and people. The book is soft-cover and looks very similar to the original.

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CAPE VINCENT [NEW YORK] AND ITS HISTORY, 1909; by Nelie Horton Casler; 240 pp; Originally published 1906; Hardcover; 5.5 x 8.25; Item # PRJ01

In this delightful local history book, establishments such as churches, Cape Vincent’s small villages, Masonic lodges, etc. are briefly sketched. This town located along the Canadian border saw a lot of action in the Revolutionary War and is well covered in Ms. Casler’s book, with actual correspondence reproduced. Also, a lot of space is given to the involvement of the French in this region in its earliest years. A number of pages are devoted to early cemetery listings. Many pictures are included. The original index is a good one. Click Here to see a full list of the surnames found in this volume.

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NEW YORK STATES CENSUSES & SUBSTITUTES; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 0-8063-1766-3; Soft Cover; 249 pp; 2005; reprinted 2007

Bill Dollarhide wrote this book for me. A few years ago Bill came to me asking what I thought would be a good project for him. Knowing Bill’s strength lay in producing bibliographic research guides, and having New York ancestry, I asked him to produce on volume on New York State census records. As he got into the project, Bill realized that there were virtually hundreds of additional records with similar genealogical qualities, and he broadened the book to include census substitutes.

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THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

By law and by custom, women’s individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records–the conventional sources of genealogical identification–all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors.

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THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

This new book on using Google for genealogy is an excellent volume. Lisa is known for her Genealogy Gems podcast website, and had become a popular speaker on the lecture circuit during the last couple of years. She lectured on using Google Earth at RootsTech, which was very well received.

According to Lisa, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us. The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.

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DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

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MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase by midnight MDT April 19, and get Dating Old Photographs on CD-ROM for FREE!

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CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

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GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.

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THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

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STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

Family Roots Publishing is now offering this wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

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GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

  • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
  • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
  • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
  • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
  • Maps of each province showing town locations.
  • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
  • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

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RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

ONLY $9.95 at the Family Roots Publishing website!

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GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.

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MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

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FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
As posted in Newsline Vol. 1 #6, Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently nearly 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, April 19, 2011.

You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available).

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MORE ESSENTIAL BOOKS FROM FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY

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FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING CO., LLC IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO EXHIBIT AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS in 2011:

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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FAMILY CHRONICLE MAGAZINE
I write for Family Chronicle, a delightful genealogy magazine that I recommend to everyone. For more information about the publication and to download a free issue, click here.

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CHECK OUT GENEALOGYBLOG.COM

I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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ABOUT GENEALOGY NEWSLINE
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LELAND K. MEITZLER BIOGRAPHY
Mr. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. Mr. Meitzler worked as Managing Editor for Heritage Quest Magazine from 1985 through 2005, and held the same position with Everton Publishers, editing The Genealogical Helper, from 2006 until February of 2009. He is the now co-owner of Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, and writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com. Meitzler conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, now in its 27th year. With over 2000 lectures to his credit, his programs are always motivational and informative. He may be contacted at Leland@familyrootspublishing.com

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Although copyrighted by FRPC, readers may share the Genealogy Newsline with their friends by forwarding this email. Readers may also reproduce portions (not the entirety!) of the Genealogy Newsline in their own publications, newsletters, blogs, etc., with my permission, as long as full attribution is given as to where the information came from, in the following format please: From Genealogy Newsline Vol 1 #2, Tuesday, January 18, 2011; a publication of Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC – www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com

Permissions can be obtained by simply emailing me at: Leland@FamilyRootsPublishing.com. Any reasonable request will most likely be granted immediately.

Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 7

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 7 – Apr 7, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the seventh edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

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Page 1 – CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

The page numbers are added for those who would like to print portions of the email edition of the Newsline They may or may not be correct for your printer

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Page 2 – Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through April 19, 2011

New USA Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Going to Salt Lake City?

Page 3 – Kip Sperry’s Family History Internet Sites

New Civil War Databases FREE at Ancestry Through April 14!

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Abbreviations and Acronyms: A Guide for Family Historians
  • Genealogists’ County Map of the United States
  • Page 4 – A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards
  • A History of Jefferson County in the State of New York
  • Cape Vincent [New York] and Its History
  • Page 5 – New York State Censuses & Substitutes
  • Page 7 – Family Maps from Arphax Publishing – U.S.A. Land Ownership Maps

Page 8 – More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

Page 12 – More Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011 & 2012

Letters to the Editor

Going to Salt Lake City?

Page 13 – Check out Area-Info.net

Download a Free Issue of Family Chronicle Magazine

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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  • Because until December of 2008 you were an Everton Newsline subscriber, Genealogical Helper subscriber, or had some other affiliation with Everton Publishers or the Everton.com website. More information about Everton.com is found near the end of this Genealogy Newsline

If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, you may Unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

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PARTLY PERSONAL
A BIT ABOUT FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY
Every now and then folks will ask me how we came to be operating Family Roots Publishing. Honestly, it was partially planned, and somewhat by accident. I went to work for Everton Publishers as their managing editor in the Spring of 2006. It seemed the ideal job, as I could work from home, and do what I was experienced at, and that was to compile and edit a genealogy magazine. I’d edited Heritage Quest since its inception in 1985, so editing the Genealogical Helper was an easy transition for me. Once settled into my Everton job, I discussed the idea of publishing books with Bill Dollarhide, as well as Kevan Hansen, who writes the German Map Guides. Both Hansen and Dollarhide were eager to get on with it, so in short order I formed Family Roots Publishing Co. as a sole proprietorship, and began publication and marketing of a very limited number of books. With Patty’s help as editor this worked out pretty well, as the responsibilities involved for me were limited, and I could fulfill my Everton duties without much stress. Then the Everton job ended in February of 2009. Things had to change. My part time job became a full time one. My son, Dale, lost his job not long after I lost mine, so he was looking for something to do as well.

So we took Family Roots Publishing to the next level. We began to market genealogy guidebooks published by others, as well as our own. I was able to obtain what little inventory was left over from both Heritage Creations, as well as Everton Publishers. The HC inventory had all been purchased by one buyer at auction, and Everton’s had a few books, magazines and a website that came available. I was able to negotiate deals for those products, bringing our total number of items for sale to over 500. Dale and I continued searching for genealogy guidebooks, and now market about 1500 different titles. And that continues to grow.

In December of 2010, we incorporated, and shortly thereafter began hiring a few part time folks to help out. Dale, Patty and I work full time. Dale handles a lot of the sales and website responsibilities, with the help of his wife, Tara. Patty heads up the accounting side of things, and edits our books. She has a lot of experience in both areas, so she’s ideal for the position. My daughter-in-law, Lisa, works part time entering invoices and shipping orders, while my friend, Brian O’Conner, handles our graphics arts needs. He is currently doing the layout on several new books we are about to release. Many of you will recognize his work, as he was a graphic artist at Ancestry, and then the Heritage Quest graphics guy for a number of years. The last 5 years or more of Heritage Quest Magazine were Brians graphic creation. I’m really pleased to be working with him again.

Family Roots Publishing Company’s success has been built on a combination of displaying our products at conferences and seminars, Internet sales at our website, the ongoing publication of our own titles, and publicity obtained from GenealogyBlog.com and Genealogy Newsline.

As for me, I’m finding that more and more of mine time is spent with the blog and the Newsline. I enjoy what I do, as I can pass on knowledge gained daily in the quest for my own ancestors. I love genealogy… One of these times I will tell you how I happened to end up spending my life digging up dead relatives, and educating others in all aspects of this wonderful hobby.

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011.

Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1500 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site!

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NEW USA VITAL RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following United States vital records databases have been posted or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last Newsline

Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957 – Index and images of marriages recorded in counties of Arkansas – 1,787,914 records as of 4 Apr 2011.

Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio – 4,767,894 records as of 30 Mar 2010

Ohio Marriages 1800-1958 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio – 2, 386,537 records as of 30 March, 2011.

Ohio County Marriages, 1790-1950 – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 76% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 2,726,580 Records from 596,034 images as of 30 March, 2011.

Oklahoma County Marriages – 1891-1959 – Name index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma – Counties included so far include Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Dewey, Garfield, Harmon, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Kingfisher Counties. Other counties will be added over time.- 222,471 records indexed from 1,151,140 images as of 4 Apr 2011.

Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1955Imaged Records – Name index and images of Tennessee death certificates. Statewide death registration began in 1914 – 1,276,585 Records on 1,274,869 images as of 30 Mar 2011.

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 946,656 Records as of 28 Mar 2011

U.S.A. Social Security Death Index – A name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962 – 89,155,490 Records as of 4 Apr 2011.

I have added the above datbases to my Updated & Complete Alphabetical USA Vital Records Listing and Links at GenealogyBlog.com.

Births & Christenings

Marriages

Deaths, and Probates

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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KIP SPERRY’S FAMILY HISTORY INTERNET SITES

My friend, Kip Sperry, has produced an absolutely exceptional “links” website. It’s simple, direct, and includes the sites that Kip feels are the most important. For those unfamiliar with Kip, he teaches at BYU, and worked for years in management positions at the Family History Library. So he knows what’s most important. I noticed that he left off my Family Roots Publishing site in his list, but then again, he wasn’t attempting to link people to sites where they could buy books. So I’ll give him a pass… Beside that, he did include GenealogyBlog.com, so I’m happy.

Kip’s site is broken down into a dozen categories. They are:
Blogs and Newsletters
Brigham Young University
FamilySearch
General
Libraries and Archives
Link Collections
Maps
Miscellaneous
Records
Societies and Organizations
Technology and Forms
Tips

I’d advise bookmarking Kip’s site. It’s very useful…

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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NEW CIVIL WAR DATABASES FREE AT ANCESTRY THROUGH APRIL 14!

With the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War officially starting on April 12, Ancestry has posted new Civil War databases and given everyone FREE access to their Civil War Collection through April 14.

The New Databases are as follows:

New Union Records

  • U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865
  • U.S. Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
  • U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865 – UPDATED
  • New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900
  • New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865
  • Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868

New Confederate Records

  • Alabama, Confederate Pension and Service Records, 1862-1947
  • Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935
  • U.S. Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958 (Virginia and Texas)
  • Alabama, Census of Confederate Soldiers, 1907, 1921

In searching for records on my great-uncle, George Canfield, I ran across a document I had never seen before, that being the civil war draft registrations for Washtenaw County, Michigan. The Provost Marshal, R.J. Barry enumerated the men living in the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan in June 1863. The information on George Canfield states that he lived in Lyndon TWP, Washtenaw County, Michigan, aged 36, White, Farmer, born in New York, The book where the data is found was compiled and sent to the Provost Marshall General U.S. in Washington D.C., and dated August 13, 1863. It is in alphabetical order by the letter of the alphabet. A pretty interesting document.

Click on the graphic below to search for Civil War documents you may not have seen before!


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Full disclosure: I have an affiliate relationship with Ancestry.com, have used their databases for years, and recommend their services.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing five individual books, one series of books, and one genealogists’ county map.

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYNS: A GUIDE FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS (REVISED 2nd EDITION), by Kip Sperry; 192 pg; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-5933102-6-4; 2009; Item #: TP269

This valuable book was written by my friend, Kip Sperry, whose “Links” website I review elsewhere in this Genealogy Newsline. It’s one that I wouldn’t be without, and I recommend it to all serious genealogists.

All fields of study have their own unique abbreviations and acronyms. Genealogy and history are certainly no exception. This book lists abbreviations and acronyms, along with alphabetic symbols, initials, contractions, and shortenings of words, listed alphabetically. Many listings include a brief explanation of the abbreviation or acronym. This work is an ideal reference source for genealogists, historians, reference librarians, and others searching for the meaning of an abbreviation or acronym, including those found in census schedules, indexes, mortality schedules, court records and more.

The volume is laid out alphabetically from A to Z. Additional chapters are found in an appendix for Symbols, Measurements, Numbers, and a Bibliography

Abbreviations and Acronyms: A Guide for Family Historians is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $16.61. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GENEALOGISTS’ COUNTY MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

This large County Map of the United States is 39 x 27 inches in size. It is available as a folded map that fits well in a binder, briefcase or folder – as well as a rolled version that ships in a tube. Either version works well as a wall-mounted map. Genealogists find that the map is handy for not only locating counties, but also quickly obtaining proximity information between counties they are researching. You can quickly locate counties in each of the 50 states. Use this full-color county map to view lakes, rivers, county boundaries and state capitols as well.

Note that we have very limited numbers of this map available, and expect it to no longer be accessible in the near future, so if you are interested, now is the time to obtain your county map.

County Map – Rolled is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

County Map – Folded is available at Family Roots Publishing for just at 17% off for just $14.94. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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A GUIDE TO IRISH CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS; 1990, Reprinted 2001; Hardcover; 7×10; 253 pp; ISBN: 9780806312668; Item #GPC3856

In Ireland, the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1864, and the registration of Protestant marriages in 1845. Before this, church registers have the only reference to an ancestor’s birth, marriage or death, but because of the destruction of many Church of Ireland burial records, and the late beginning dates of many Roman Catholic and Presbyterian burial registers, a gravestone inscription may be the only record of an ancestor’s death. Moreover, since gravestones frequently mention the person’s residence and age at death and the deaths of other family members, the location of Irish churches and graveyards is very important to the family historian.

In this book every church and burial ground in Ireland is identified in relation to a townland or street address. Each townland is located in its appropriate civil parish, and each parish is listed in alphabetical order in its county and is preceded by a number that gives its location in A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. In addition, an Ordnance Survey number lets the researcher pinpoint the church’s exact location on a six-inch Ordnance Survey map. Churches that are now defunct and graveyards that have been separated from their churches can be located with this guide.

According to the author, with the establishment of new churches throughout the nineteenth century, many graveyards attached to the old church fell into disuse and can easily be overlooked. For example, the original church of Ireland burial ground for Desertoghill Parish, Co. Londonderry, now lies one mile to the north of the new church and graveyard. There is no trace of the original parish church, and the old burial ground is set back from the road and hidden by dry-stone wall and hedgerows. Only by stumbling on a person with good knowledge would a visitor identify this graveyard. This book, however, identifies all graveyards, including those which have long been departed from any church in use today.

The book is laid out in the following way:

  1. The number preceding the civil parish represents the map reference number used in A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland.
  2. The name of the civil parish in alphabetical order within the county.
  3. The name of the townland or town and street in which a church or graveyard was located in the mid-nineteenth century.
  4. The number following the townland is the Ordnance Survey sheet number in which the townland is located.
  5. In the church column are identified the chapels, meeting houses, and churches of the various denominations. The symbols used to denote religious denominations are listed on a separate page.
  6. In the graveyard column are identified all graveyards, burial grounds, or cemeteries. If the graveyard symbol is on the same line as the church symbol then the graveyard is attached to the church itself.

A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $34.30. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME; by Franklin B. Hough, A.M.,M.D.; 601 pp; Originally published 1854, Reprint: 2005; Paperback; 6 x 9; Item # PRJ03

The author, Franklin B. Hough, holds the distinction of writing histories for several northern New York counties early in their history. His work for Jefferson County, published in 1854, contains over 600 pages. Very thorough in his descriptions, Hough covers the pre-(white) settlement of the area, gives a separate chapter for each Town, records the establishment of churches, schools, railroads, associations, newspapers in addition to extensively reporting on the War of 1812 and the Patriot War of 1837. This book is a ‘must-have’ for the understanding of the area, time period and people. The book is soft-cover and looks very similar to the original.

The book is made up of 15 chapters, and an appendix. They are as follows:

Chapter I: Aboriginal Traces, French History

Chapter II: Organization of the County, Pubic Buildings, &C

Chapter III: History of Land Titles

Chapter IV: Towns of Jefferson County

Chapter V: Internal Improvements

Chapter VI: Statistics of Population and Resources

Chapter VII: Lists of Public Officers

Chapter VIII: The Periodical Press

Chapter IX: History of Academies

Chapter X: Societies and Associations

Chapter XI: Banks – Corporations

Chapter XII: War With Great Britain, 1812-1815

Chapter XIV: Events of 1837-1840

Chapter XV: Geology, Mineralogy, &C

Appendix

Index

Click Here to see a full listing of the surnames found in the volume.

A History of Jefferson County in the State of New York is available at Family Roots Publishing for 16% off, making it just $25.20. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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CAPE VINCENT [NEW YORK] AND ITS HISTORY, 1909; by Nelie Horton Casler; 240 pp; Originally published 1906; Hardcover; 5.5 x 8.25; Item # PRJ01

In this delightful local history book, establishments such as churches, Cape Vincent’s small villages, Masonic lodges, etc. are briefly sketched. This town located along the Canadian border saw a lot of action in the Revolutionary War and is well covered in Ms. Casler’s book, with actual correspondence reproduced. Also, a lot of space is given to the involvement of the French in this region in its earliest years. A number of pages are devoted to early cemetery listings. Many pictures are included. The original index is a good one.

Click Here to see a full list of the surnames found in this volume.

Cape Vincent and Its History is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $15. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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NEW YORK STATE CENSUSES & SUBSTITUTES; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 0-8063-1766-3; Soft Cover; 249 pp; 2005; reprinted 2007

Bill Dollarhide wrote this book for me. A few years ago Bill came to me asking what I thought would be a good project for him. Knowing Bill’s strength lay in producing bibliographic research guides, and having New York ancestry, I asked him to produce on volume on New York State census records. As he got into the project, Bill realized that there were virtually hundreds of additional records with similar genealogical qualities, and he broadened the book to include census substitutes.

By the way, the success of this volume eventually led to the publication of two other books, Census Substitutes and States Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States and Census Substitutes and State Census Records, Vol. 2, Western States.

Following is a listing of the attributes found in this volume:

  • The book identifies 448 state census originals for New York’s 62 counties, located at 68 different New York repositories, plus transcripts/extracts, abstracts, or indexes in print, all with library call numbers and FHL film numbers.
  • Identifies 120 statewide and regional name lists for New York, including tax lists, land records, military lists, newspaper indexes, CD-ROM publications, and online resources.
  • Identifies 105 original 1850-1880 federal censuses held by 30 New York counties. (County duplicate originals on microfilm that can be compared with the microfilmed federal copies).
  • Identifies over 1,200 census substitutes and selected name lists. Substitutes include tax lists, voter registrations, military lists, and deed indexes. Selected lists include county histories, city directories, naturalization indexes, vital records indexes, or other unique name lists for a particular county.
  • Identifies over 1,500 online town references to find direct links to census extracts, indexes, or other name lists online.
  • Identifies over 3,700 bibliographic citations in total, each with detailed descriptions and notes, library call numbers, and FHL film numbers.
  • Includes 19 county boundary maps for the period 1683-1915, showing the evolution of all New York counties and adjoining jurisdictions in bordering states and Canada.
  • Includes 26 NY State Census Extraction Forms, 1825-1925, with all NY population, military, agriculture, industry, births, deaths, and marriage schedules; plus the 1890 NY Police Census, and the 1880 Short Form; and includes 26 New York State Census Facsimiles, showing the actual state census schedules, tables, pages, and columns.

The following is listing of Statewide Resources found detailed on pages one to fifteen, followed by an alphabetical county by county listing of resources for the five counties of Albany, Alleghany, Bronx, Broome, and Cattaraugus found detailed on pages 16 through 27 of this landmark book. This list is made in order to give you an idea of what kind of data is found in the volume for ALL New York counties.

  • Guides to New York Colonial & State Censuses and Name Lists
  • Pre-1750 New York Lists, by Henry B. Hoff
  • New York State Censuses and Tax Lists, by Roger D. Joslyn
  • Finding Aids at the NYG&B Library for New York State Censuses, by Laura LeBarron
  • Guidebooks & Publications With Miscellaneous Name Lists
  • The Documentary History of the State of New York, arranged under direction of the Christopher Morgan, Secretary of State, by E. B. O’Callaghan
  • Early New York State Census Records, 1663-1772, published by RAM publishers
  • Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York: Excerpted From The Documentary History of the State of New York by Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan
  • Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons in New Netherland: From 1613 to 1674, prepared by David M. Riker
  • Supplement to the 1999 Directory to Persons in New Netherland from 1613 to 1674, by David M. Riker
  • The Register of New Netherland: 1626-1674, by Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan
  • Settlers From the Netherlands in America Before 1700: A Compendium of Genealogical Information, compiled by William J. Hoffman
  • Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York: Procured in Holland, England, and France, by John Romeyn Brodhead
  • Denizations, Naturalizations, and Oaths of Allegiance in Colonial New York, by Kenneth Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda
  • Calendar of Wills on File and Recorded in the Offices of the Clerk of the Court of Appeals, of the County Clerk at Albany and of the Secretary of State, 1626-1836, compiled and edited by Berthold Fernow
  • Complete Index to Colonial Laws and Ordinances of New Netherlands and New York, 1638-1775, published by Bookmark
  • Calendar of Council Minutes, 1668-1783, by Berthold Fernow
  • Directory to Collections of New York Vital Records, 1726-1989, With Rare Gazetteer, by Fred Q. Bowman and Thomas J. Lynch
  • Inhabitants of New York, 1774-1776, by Thomas B. Wilson
  • Tax Assessment Lists Under Laws of 1779, 1780, 1786, 1788
  • New York Treasurer “Assessment Rolls,” laws of 1779, 1786, 1787, 1788
  • 1799-1802 Tax Lists. See Gerrit V. Lansing Papers Tax Lists and Assessment Rolls
  • New York Marriages Previous to 1784: A Reprint of the Original Edition of 1860 with Additions and Corrections
  • Ship Passenger lists, New York and New Jersey, 1600-1825, edited and indexed by Carl Boyer, III
  • 1792-1906 Index (Soundex) to New York Naturalization Records
  • 1798 Federal Direct Tax, New York Locations
  • New York Alien Residents, 1825-1848
  • Revised Master Index to the New York State Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Records Volumes
  • Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, by William Wade Hinshaw
  • Quaker Census of 1828: Members of the New York Yearly Meeting, the Religious Society of Friends (in New York, Ontario, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Quebec) at the Time of the Separation of 1828, compiled by Loren Fay
  • 1842-1859 New York (State) Directories
  • 1845 New York State Census, Population Census of Indian Reservations
  • 1862-1866 Assessment Lists of the Federal Bureau of Internal Revenue
  • The New York State Biographical, Genealogical, and Portrait Index, a card index to over 750,000 names from more than 6,000 histories
  • Special Schedules from 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 Federal Censuses
  • Land Records
  • Patents of the State of New York, 1649-1912
  • 1659-1846 Recorded Deeds
  • Calendar of N.Y. Colonial Manuscripts, Indorsed Land Papers; in the Office of the Secretary of State of New York, 1643-1803, by E. B. O’Callaghan
  • Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739-1802, by Fred Q. Bowman
  • 1789-1835 Holland Land Company Records
  • Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York, Embracing Some Account of the Ancient Remains: A Brief History of Our Immediate Predecessors, the Confederated Iroquois, Their system of Government, Wars, Etc., a Synopsis of Colonial History, Some Notices of the Border Wars of the Revolution, by O. Turner
  • Complete Name Index to Pioneer History of the Holland purchase of Western New York by O. Turner, 1849 and 1850, compiled by LaVerne C. Cooley
  • 1804-1824 Western New York Land Transactions Extracted From the Archives of the Holland Land Company, by Karen E. Livsey
  • 1825-1835 Western New York Land Transactions, vol. 2, by Karen E. Livsey
  • Military Lists
  • Guide to New York Civil War Records. See The Union Preserved: A Guide to the Civil War Records in the New York State Archives, edited by Harold Holzer
  • Annual Report of the State Historian of the State of New York, Colonial Series, Transmitted to the Legislature March 3, 1896-March 14, 1898. 2 Vols
  • New York Colonial Muster rolls, 1664-1775: Report of the State Historian of the State of New York
  • Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops, 1755-1764
  • Military Minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, 1783-1821, compiled and edited by Hugh Hastings and Henry Harmon Noble
  • New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, these records were discovered, arranged and classified by James A. Roberts
  • New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, v. II A Compilation of Documents and Records from the Office of the State Comptroller, Frederic G. Mather
  • Index of Awards on Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812
  • 1861-1865 – Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of New York
  • Index to Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War, a searchable name index to 6.3 million Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers
  • Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca. 1865-1867
  • 1917-1918 Civilian Draft Registration Cards, New York State
  • World War I Veterans’ Service Data and Photographs (bulk 1919-1924)
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • 1784-1829 American Deaths and Marriages, reproduction of a card file compiled by Joseph Gavit
  • Joseph Gavit’s American Deaths and Marriages: Index to Non-principals in Microfilm Copies of Abstracts in the New York State Library, Albany, New York, compiled by Kenneth Scott
  • Genealogical Data From Colonial New York Newspapers: A Consolidation of Articles from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, compiled by Kenneth Scott
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850, by Fred Q. Bowman
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York, 1777-1834, by Fred Q. Bowman
  • 8000 More Vital Records of Eastern New York State, 1804-1850, by Fred Q. Bowman
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, by Fred Q. Bowman
  • 7000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley, (NY), Vital Records, 1808-1850, by Fred Q. Bowman
  • Personal Name Index to the New York Times, 1851-1993: With Additional Supplements to 1996, and to 2001, compiled by Byron A. Falk, Valerie R. Falk
  • General Index, 1869-1921, Editorial Index, 1902-1923, New York Evening Post
  • CD-ROM Publications, Census Substitutes
  • New York Abstracts of Wills, 1665-1801
  • New York 1675-1920
  • Early New York Families, 1600s-1900s
  • Early Settlers of New York State, 1760-1942
  • Heads-of-Household Listing New York as Birthplace in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census
  • City Directories: New York 1886-1894, Selected Cities & Years
  • Genealogies of Long Island Families, 1600s-1800s
  • Immigrants to the New World, 1600s-1800s
  • Index to Upstate New York Source Records, 1685-1910
  • New York, 1675-1920 Genealogical Records
  • Selected Areas of New York, 1639-1916 Marriage Index
  • New York #2, 1740s-1880s Marriage Index
  • New York City, 1600s-1800s Marriage Index
  • New York in the Revolution and War of 1812
  • New York Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1850
  • New York Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1840
  • COUNTYWIDE RESOURCES – BY COUNTY
  • ALBANY State Census of Albany County Towns in 1790, compiled by Kenneth Scott
  • ALBANY 1855-1905 New York State Censuses, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY 1855 New York State Census, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY 1855 New York State Census, 6th Ward, City of Albany
  • ALBANY Card Index to 1892 New York State Census, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY 1915 and 1925 New York State Censuses, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY Card Index to 1925 State Population Census Schedules, City of Albany and Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY Original Federal Censuses
  • ALBANY 1860 Federal Census, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY The Matched Mortality and Population Schedules of 1860 Census of Albany City and County, New York, compiled by David Paul Davenport
  • ALBANY 1870 Federal Census, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY 1880 Federal Census (Short Form), Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists
  • ALBANY An Index of Albany County Records Covering Materials Within the Dates 1630-1930, compiled by Lydia Hammond Gale
  • ALBANY 1630-1966 Grantee-Grantor Index to Deeds, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY 1653, 1697, 1699, and 1742 Name Lists. See The Annals of Albany, by Joel Munsell
  • ALBANY 1683-1700 Residents, Albany, New York, as extracted from the Albany Reformed Church member list by Arthur C. M. Kelly
  • ALBANY 1684 Freeholders, Albany County, New York
  • ALBANY 1697 Inhabitants, City of Albany, Albany County
  • ALBANY 1702 and 1720 Freeholders List. See The Documentary History of the State of New York
  • ALBANY Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York: Excerpted From The Documentary History of the State of New York by Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan, indexed by Rosanne Conway
  • ALBANY 1701 Albany County. See Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York: Procured in Holland, England, and France, by John Romeyn Brodhead
  • ALBANY 1730-1769 Patentees, Albany County
  • ALBANY Upstate New York in the 1760s, Tax Lists and Selected Militia Rolls of Old Albany County, 1760-1768, by Florence Christoph
  • ALBANY 1767 Rensselaer Manor Residents, West and East Sides of the Hudson River
  • ALBANY 1781-1790 Albany County Tax Records
  • ALBANY 1797 Book of Freeholders, Albany County, compiled by Arthur C. M. Kelly
  • ALBANY 1813 Albany City Directory, Albany County
  • ALBANY 1847-1849 Town Records, Town of Westerlo, Albany County
  • ALBANY 1866 Residents, Town of Berne, Albany County
  • ALBANY 1874-1879 Cemetery Proprietors, Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany County
  • ALLEGHANY State Census Originals, Extracts, Indexes, Etc.
  • ALLEGHANY 1845 & 1892 New York State Census, Town of Belfast, Allegany County, New York, part of 1824-1914 Records, Town of Belfast, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY 1845 New York State Census, Town of Genesee, Allegany County
  • ALLEGHANY Card Index to the 1855 New York State Census, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY 1855 New York State Census, Town of Alfred, Allegany County
  • ALLEGHANY 1855-1925 New York State Censuses, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY 1915 and 1925 New York State Censuses, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY Original Federal Censuses
  • ALLEGHANY 1850 Federal Census, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY 1860 Federal Census, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY 1870 Federal Census, Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY 1880 Federal Census (Short Form), Allegany County, New York
  • ALLEGHANY Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists
  • ALLEGHANY 1807-1929 Grantee-Grantor Index to Deeds
  • ALLEGHANY 1875 Gazetteer and Business Directory of Allegany County, N.Y
  • ALLEGHANY 1879 History. See History of Allegany County, NY: With Illustrations Descriptive of Scenery, Private Residences, Public Buildings , Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories, From Original Sketches by Artists of the Highest Ability; and Portraits of Old Pioneers and Prominent Residents
  • ALLEGHANY History of Allegany County, N.Y.: A Name Index, compiled by Robert M. French
  • BRONX State Census Originals, Extracts, Indexes, Etc.
  • BRONX 1905 New York State Census, Manhattan and Bronx Boroughs, New York
  • BRONX 1915, and 1925 New York State Censuses, Bronx County, New York
  • BRONX Card Index to Street Names and House Addresses in New York County, for the New York State Census for 1905, 1915, and 1925
  • BRONX 1925 Assembly District Maps for New York City Boroughs
  • BRONX Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists
  • BRONX 1698 Fordham Census (now Bronx County)
  • BRONX Early Settlers of West Farms, Westchester County, New York
  • BRONX History of Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil: An Historical Epitome of the Northwest Bronx, by William A. Tieck
  • BRONX 1853-1854 Henry’s Directory of Morrisania and Vicinity, by John A. Henry
  • BRONX Morrisania and Tremont Directory, 1871-72, Westchester County, New York [now Bronx County]
  • BRONX 1874-1890 Indexes to Land Conveyances
  • BRONX 1878-1895 Vital Records, see South Mount Vernon and Wakefield, New York, Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths (Ledgers)
  • BRONX 1886 History. See History of Westchester County, New York, Including Morrisania, Kings Bridge, and West Farm: Which Have Been Annexed to New York City, by John Thomas Scharf
  • BRONX 1914-1932 Declarations Index, Bronx County, New York
  • BRONX 1914-1932 Petitions Index, Bronx County, New York
  • BRONX 1931 Manhattan and Bronx Residential Directory: Containing an Alphabetical List of over 500,000 Names and Addresses and – Where Obtainable – Business or Occupation of Manhattan and Bronx Residents Not Listed in Current Telephone Books
  • BROOME State Census Originals, Extracts, Indexes, Etc.
  • BROOME 1825, 1835, 1845 State Censuses, and 1843 County Census, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1825 New York State Census Index, Broome County, compiled by W. David Samuelsen
  • BROOME 1825 and 1835 New York State Census, Various Towns, Broome County
  • BROOME 1855 New York State Censuses, Broome County
  • BROOME Card Index to the 1855 New York State Census, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1865 New York State Census, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1875 New York State Census, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1892 New York State Census, Broome County
  • BROOME 1905 New York State Census, Broome County
  • BROOME 1915 and 1925 New York State Censuses, Broome County
  • BROOME Original Federal Censuses
  • BROOME 1820 and 1830 Federal Censuses, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1850 Federal Census, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1860 Federal Census, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1880 Federal Census (Short Form), Broome County, New York
  • BROOME Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists
  • BROOME 1791-1962 Grantee-Grantor Index to Deeds, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1806-1832 Civil and Military Rolls, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1813 Assessment Roll, Windsor, Broome County
  • BROOME 1837-1840, 1869-1870 Assessment Rolls for Vestal, Collesville, and Windsor Towns, Broome County, New York
  • BROOME 1896 Fenton School Tax Records
  • CATTARAUGUS State Census Originals, Extracts, Indexes, Etc.
  • CATTARAUGUS 1825-1905 New York State Censuses, Cattaraugus County
  • CATTARAUGUS 1825 New York State Census, Town of Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County
  • CATTARAUGUS 1825 and 1835 New York State Censuses, Cattaraugus County, (Printed Abstract & Index)
  • CATTARAUGUS 1915 and 1925 New York State Censuses, Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS Original Federal Censuses
  • CATTARAUGUS 1850 Federal Census, Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS 1860 Federal Census, Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS 1870 Federal Census, Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS 1880 Federal Census (Short Form), Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists
  • CATTARAUGUS 1800-1911 Miscellaneous Court Records of Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS 1800-1877 Mortgage Records and Mortgagee-Mortgagor Index, 1800-1877
  • CATTARAUGUS 1817-1968 Grantee-Grantor Index to Deeds
  • CATTARAUGUS 1847-1956 Naturalization records, Cattaraugus County, New York
  • CATTARAUGUS 1874-1875 Gazetteer and Business Directory of Cattaraugus County, N.Y.

New York State Censuses & Substitutes is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $32.29. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
As posted in Newsline Vol. 1 #6, Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently nearly 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, April 19, 2011.

Patty and I love these atlases. Over the last couple of years, we’ve purchased atlases for virtually every ancestral county for which Greg had an atlas finished. And I know that we’re not alone. I’ve met many genealogists who love these maps just as much as we do. I think that you will too.

The atlases are compiled by my friend, Greg Boyd. Because of Greg’s work, you will find that locating original landowners in patent maps has never been easier. Each volume in the Family Maps series contains newly created maps of original landowners (patent maps), gleaned from the indexes of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. And the volumes offer much more than that. For each township in the county, there are two additional maps accompanying the patent map: a road map and a map showing waterways, railroads, and both modern and many historical city-centers and cemeteries. what a wealth of information!

Included are indexes to help you locate what you are looking for, whether you know a person’s name, a last name, a place-name, or a cemetery. The combination of maps and indexes are designed to aid researchers of American history or genealogy to explore frontier neighborhoods, examine family migrations, locate hard-to-find cemeteries and towns, as well as locate land based on legal descriptions found in old documents or deeds. The patent-maps are essentially plat maps, but instead of depicting owners for a particular year, these maps show original landowners, no matter when the transfer from the federal government was completed. You’ll find that dates of patents usually begin about the time of statehood and run down into the early 1900s.

You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available). For the purposes of this review, I’ve only listed the number of county atlases available for each state in most cases. However, In this issue, I have broken Nebraska down to the county level, and given direct links to each of the 12 Nebraska Atlases currently available.

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MORE GENEALOGY NEWS

  • New Databases at The Original Record in 2011
  • Swiss Court Orders Google to Manually Blur Street View Images
  • 14M New Records from Belgium, Canada, Chile, England, Netherlands, Slovakia, S Africa, & the U.S. (OH, VT, & WI)
  • 1911 Census Records for Scotland Go Online for the First Time
  • Offspring of the Same Gender are a Key Determinant for Continued Reproduction in Families
  • Call For Papers for the April 14, 2012 Iowa Genealogical Society Spring Technology Conference
  • APG Members to Educate Conference Goers on How to Hire a Professional Genealogist and How to Become a Professional Genealogist
  • New Free Records Online for Czech Republic, France, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain & USA at FamilySearch.org
  • When Was Joan Crawford Born? – It’s Multiple Choice
  • Australian Premier Candidates Have Fascinating Ancestry
  • Irish Americans Sharing President Obama’s Irish Ancestry
  • Multiplex Genotyping System for Efficient Inference of Matrilineal Genetic Ancestry with Continental Resolution
  • Genealogy the Easy Way, by Tom Fiske
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    THE FOLLOWING ABBREVIATED REVIEWS HAVE BEEN PRINTED IN EARLIER NEWSLETTERS

    THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

    By law and by custom, women’s individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records–the conventional sources of genealogical identification–all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors.

    The bulk of this absorbing reference work deals with the individual states, showing how their laws, records, and resources can be used in determining female identity. Each state section begins with a time line of events, i.e. important dates in the state’s history, following which is a detailed listing of eight key categories of information:
    (1) Marriage and Divorce (marriage and divorce laws and where to find marriage and divorce records);
    (2) Property and Inheritance (women’s legal status in a state as reflected in statute law, code, and legislative acts);
    (3) Suffrage (information as to when any voting rights were granted prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920);
    (4) Citizenship (dates when residents of an area became U.S. citizens);
    (5) Census Information (special notes on searching federal, state, and territorial enumerations);
    (6) Other (information on welfare, pensions, and other laws affecting women);
    (7) Bibliography (books and articles relating to women in the state, historical and biographical sources, and publications regarding legal history and jurisprudence); and
    (8) Selected Resources for Women’s History (addresses of state archives, historical societies, and libraries; women’s studies programs, women’s history programs);
    (9) and more.

    This engrossing new work is as amazing as it is informative: amazing because it shows how women have been written out of genealogical history; informative because it demonstrates how their identities can be recovered. This is a new and promising path in genealogy, suggesting fruitful avenues of research and many new possibilities.

    The Hidden Half of the Family is available at Family Roots Publishing, at 5% off with FREE Shipping through Midnight MST April 19, 2011.

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    THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

    This new book on using Google for genealogy is an excellent volume. Lisa is known for her Genealogy Gems podcast website, and had become a popular speaker on the lecture circuit during the last couple of years. She lectured on using Google Earth at RootsTech, which was very well received.

    According to Lisa, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us. The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.

    Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume: Introduction; Caffeine & Search Options Column; Basic & Advanced Search; Search Strategies for High-Quality Results; Site Search & Resurrecting Web Sites; Image Search; Google Alerts; Gmail; iGoogle – Your Personal Genealogy Home Page; Google Books; Google News Timeline; Google Translate & Translation Toolkit; YouTube & Google Video; Google Earth Overview; Google Earth – Ancestral Homes & Locations; Google Earth – Organizing, Naming & Sharing; Google Earth – Historic Maps & Images; Google Earth – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead; Google Earth – Fun with Images & Video; Family History Tour Maps; and Find it Quick: The “How To” Index.

    I like the guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them.

    The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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    DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run under Windows; manual start on Mac; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

    You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

    A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs. They rely almost entirely on descriptions. This book on CD-ROM is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date. There are over 700 pictures covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

    The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of 1839-1860, the ambrotypes of 1854-1860s, the tintypes of 1856-1900, the carte-de-visites of 1859-1890s, and the cabinet cards of 1866-1910.

    Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine. The book then goes on to graphically show the photographs of the following eras: The 1840s; the 1850s; 1860-1864; 1865-1869; 1870-1874; 1875-1879; 1880-1884; 1885-1889; 1890-1894; 1895-1899; 1900-1904; 1905-1909; 1910-1914; 1915-1919; 1920-1924; 1925-1929; Unusual photos ; and Hand Colored. Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original. This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

    Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

    You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

    This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

    More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

    The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects: Photographic Jewelry, Other Formats, Manipulated Images, Retouching, Hand Coloring, Crayon Portraits, Photo Editing, Watch out for copies, Noticing the Details, Photographer’s Imprint, Clothing, Women, Bodices, Sleeves, Accessories, Hats and Bonnets, Women’s Hair, Men, Coats, Ties, Vests, Men’s Hair, Children, Occupational Clothing, Ethnic Dress, Special Occasions, Oddities in the Collection, A Case Study, Caring for Your Photographs, Safe Handling Techniques,and Space Considerations.

    The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras: The 1840s, the 1850s, 1860-1864, 1865-1869, 1870-1874, 1875-1879, 1880-1884, 1885-1889, 1890-1894, 1895-1899 – pages 55-60, 1900-1904, 1905-1909, 1910-1914, 1915-1919, 1920-1924; 1925-1929, Unusual photos, and Hand colored. Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

    This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

    Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

    Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

    Features
    This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 16, 2011. 1 hour 21 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts. The CD runs under Windows XP or higher.

    The Chasing Women CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

    Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 5, 2011. One hour 28 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts. It runs under Windows XP or higher.

    The Google for Genealogists CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

    Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

    The German Research Companion is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $27.44. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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    STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

    Family Roots Publishing is now offering this wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

    Sto Lot: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $27.44. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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    GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

    George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

    • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
    • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
    • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
    • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
    • Maps of each province showing town locations.
    • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
    • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

    Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $48.95. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 19, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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    RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

    This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

    ONLY $9.95 at the Family Roots Publishing website!

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    GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

    Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.
    Google Your Family Tree is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, April 19, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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    MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

    Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

    Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased at 10% off, making the price $17.95 through Tuesday, April 19, 2011. All new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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    GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

    Most genealogical records during the decade of the Civil War are related to the soldiers and regiments of the Union and Confederate military. However, there are numerous records relating to the entire population as well. This volume by William Dollarhide identifies the places to look and documents to be found for ancestors during the decade, 1861-1869, as well as post-war veterans. The book is laid out first by nation-wide name lists and then by state listings in alphabetical order.

    The various records are laid out in chronological order, complete with the Family History Library book or film numbers in most cases. Hundreds of online resources are also listed. All statewide lists are arranged alphabetically by state, and are then in chronological order. If you have Civil War era ancestors, this volume is sure to be of help in your research. It’s guaranteed to identify sources of information that you most likely never knew existed!

    Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, April 19, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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    GOOGLE EARTH FOR GENEALOGY – A Tutorial DVD Instructional Video; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 72 Minutes; 2010; Item # Lu02

    This 72-minute DVD tutorial video is made up of 7 video lessons, all taught by Lisa Louise Cooke, the producer and host of the internationally popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show.

    Google Earth has the power to geographically document our ancestor’s lives. It’s one of the most exciting online genealogical tools now available. Best of all, it’s FREE!

    In this step-by-step tutorial series, the user will learn how to: Download & Use Google Earth; Identify Old Photos; Explore Church Record Origins; Plot Ancestor Homesteads; Create Historic Map Overlays; and Save & Share Images.

    Using this DVD, I learned what would have otherwise taken me days of experimentation. Lisa opened up new vistas in genealogy for me. The experience was even better than hearing her in person at a conference, as I could pause the DVD, go back, or whatever I needed to personally get a full understanding of using Google Earth for genealogy. I recommend this product to everyone! This DVD operates under the Windows PC operating system.

    The Google Earth for Genealogy DVD sells for just for $11.88, and is available at the Family Roots Publishing Company website. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

    Also see: Google Earth for Genealogy Vol. II

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    GOOGLE EARTH FOR GENEALOGY VOL. II – A Tutorial DVD Instructional Video; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 95 Minutes; 2010; Item # Lu03

    This 95-minute DVD tutorial video is made up of 7 video lessons, all thought by Lisa Louise Cooke, the producer and host of the internationally popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show. In this second installment of Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, Lisa shows us how to take the next exciting steps in using the Google Earth Program.

    Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor’s lives, and much more. It’s one of the most exciting online genealogical tools now available. Best of all, it’s FREE!

    In Vol. II of this step-by-step tutorial series, the user will learn how to: Pinpoint Property; Locate Original Land Surveys; Customize Place Marks; Create and Share Family History Tours; Add Video to Maps; Incorporate 3D Models; and Add Focus with Polygons and Paths. Also found on the DVD are links to 10 websites that work hand-in-hand with Google Earth to allow us to get the most genealogical use out of Google Earth.

    As with Volume I of this DVD series, using this DVD, I learned what would have otherwise taken me days of experimentation. Lisa continued to open up new vistas in genealogy for me. The experience was even better than hearing her in person at a conference, as I could pause the DVD, go back, or whatever I needed to personally get a full understanding of using Google Earth for genealogy. Again, I recommend this product to everyone! This DVD operates under the Windows PC operating system.

    The Google Earth for Genealogy, Vol. II DVD sells for just for $11.88, and is available at the Family Roots Publishing Company website. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 19, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

    Also see: Google Earth for Genealogy Vol. I

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    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    I’ve subscribed to all the Ancestry.com databases for years and to Footnote.com for the past couple of years. My Ancestry.com subscription renewed 3/1/11 for $299.40. I received an email today that Footnote.com would renew 3/30/11 for the discounted rate of $59.95 for continuing members (in lieu of the usual $79.95 rate). I found the discussion at http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.ancestry.ancsite/11094.1.2.2.1.1/mb.ashx that people had been sent notices around 12/1/10 about adding Footnote.com to their Ancestry.com subscriptions for $39.95. I never received such a notice. I called Ancestry.com and was advised that they planned to run the two subscriptions separately and that I would need to call Footnote.com to ask about subscriptions. I called Footnote.com (1-800-613-0181) and was advised that I probably did not receive an email because I already subscribed to Footnote.com but that I was eligible for the discounted Footnote.com annual subscription rate of $39.95 per year. I then renewed my Footnote.com subscription over the phone for the $39.95 rate. Please use your blog and newsletters to share this information with others who subscribe to both Ancestry.com and Footnote.com. Thank you. I enjoy reading your blog and newsletters and previously enjoyed your magazines. Susan Miller Wheaton, IL

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    I found out accidently, after lots of frustration, that it is possible to access the “old” format Family Search with this address:
    familysearch.org/eng/library/fhl/frameset_library.asp — If problems continue, this might help your readers. Jean.

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    THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

    If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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    CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

    I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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    FAMILY CHRONICLE MAGAZINE
    I write for Family Chronicle, a delightful genealogy magazine that I recommend to everyone. For more information about the publication and to download a free issue, click here.

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    CHECK OUT GENEALOGYBLOG.COM

    I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

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Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through April 5, 2011

New Wisconsin Probate Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Going to Salt Lake City?

United States Birth & Christening Records at Posted at FamilySearch.org – The List

Finding My Second Great-Grandfather, William Canfield, in the Newspaper

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era
  • Family Maps from Arphax Publishing – U.S.A. Land Ownership Maps
  • Google Earth for Genealogy Vol 1 – DVD
  • Google Earth for Genealogy Vol 2 – DVD
  • The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy
  • The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox
  • Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 on CD-ROM
  • More Dating Old Photographs 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION
  • Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors – Webinar on CD-ROM
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PARTLY PERSONAL
Gardening Season is Upon Us
It snowed several times here in Bountiful, Utah during the last week, but I have confidence that spring is going to get a chance. While the snow was clear for a couple days, I noticed that tiny green shoots of grass are pushing through the brown lawn that had to endure several months of being layered by the snow. Patty and I always look forward to spring. My grandfather George Meitzler spent most of his life as a farmer, and my father & mother (Theodore & Virginia Meitzler) operated greenhouses for about 35 years, raising everything from seasonal bedding plants to tropical foliage. I spent much of the earliest years of my life in a playpen perched on a greenhouse potting bench, and worked in the business for better than a decade before moving on to genealogy (you might say “from roots to roots”). I need to get a fence up, as last year we lost a lot of produce to the deer. Our grape vines don’t stand a chance. The deer eat the fresh foliage as soon as it makes an appearance. And there are a lot of deer! But we’re looking forward to planting and growing fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash and all such wonderful things.

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011.

Since we can’t exhibit at Springfield, Massachusetts, we’ve extended our FREE SHIPPING sale through April 5. Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT April 5, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1000 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site!

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NEW WISCONSIN PROBATE RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Just after I sent out the last Newsline, FamilySearch.org post a large group of images for the Probate Records of four Wisconsin counties. You’ll find the link below.

Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933 Imaged Records – No indexes yet – Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Green County (1848-1885), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County (1900-1920) – 347, 508 images as of 25 Mar 2011

I’ve added this Record Group to the long Family Search.org U.S. Death & Probate Record Listing at GenealogyBlog.com.

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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UNITED STATES BIRTH & CHRISTENING RECORDS FOUND AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following listing is for United States Birth and Christening Records found at FamilySearch.org. The list covers 47 databases for 34 states, plus one relatively small database (abt. 21,000) covering the entire USA

Note that many of the “number of records” are marked as AFTER a specific date. That means that additional records, in some some cases tens of thousands, have been added since that date, which is the last one found on the site (with lower numbers). So if you haven’t checked one of these AFTER dated websites lately, and it’s important to you, take a minute to go check it out. If the record is listed “AS OF” a specific date, the number of records are really “as of” that date.

Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Alabama – 203,254 records after 6 May 2010

Arizona Births and Christenings, 1909-1917 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Arizona – 27,483 records after 27 Apr 2010

Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880-1893 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Arkansas – 11,724 records – after 27 Apr 2010

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Connecticut – 548,635 records after 6 May 2010

Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710-1896 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Delaware – 24,010 records as of 27 Dec 2010

Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922Imaged Records – Name index and images of state birth records, 1861-1922, including delayed birth records – 121,234 records as of 4 May 2010

District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830-1955 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the District of Columbia – 121,224 records after 27 Apr 2010

Florida Births and Christenings, 1880-1935 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Florida – 28,301 records after 27 Apr 2010

Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852-1933 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Hawaii – 150,992 records after 27 Apr 2010

Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856-1965 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Idaho – 75,881 records after 27 Apr 2010

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922 Imaged Records – Name index and images of certificates of birth as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago – 1,431,946 Imaged records as of 6 Apr 2010

Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915Imaged records – Name index and images of birth registers as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago – 962,115 records as of 6 May 2010

Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956Imaged Records currently Browsable by Parish – unindexed – Records are found for the following 26 counties: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death (to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman Catholic Church – 34,135 images as of 13 Nov 2010

Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Iowa – 1,778,058 records as of 6 May 2010

Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818-1936 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Kansas – 59,392 records after 27 Apr 2010

Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Kentucky – 547,117 records after 13 Dec 2010>

Louisiana Births and Christenings, 1811-1830; 1854-1934 – Name index to birth, baptism, and christening records from the state of Louisiana – 16,890 records after 27 Apr 2010

Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Maine – 940,882 records as of 27 Apr 2010

Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Maryland – 206,288 records after 27 Apr 2010

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Massachusetts – 4,643,200 records as of 16 Dec 2010

Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915Imaged Records – Name index and images of state birth records from 1841-1915. The registers of births are first arranged in volumes by year. Within the volumes the birth entries are arranged by town, then numerically by the number it was entered into the registers. May include a few births for 1840 – 3,818,555 records as of 2 Feb 2011>/p>

Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Michigan – 1,631,193 records after 4 May 2010

Michigan Births, 1867-1902Imaged Records – Name index and images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries – 1,409,988 records as of May 2010

Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Minnesota – 1,204,577 records as of 13 Dec 2010

Montana, Rosebud County RecordsBrowsable Images – Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana – 54,808 images as of 23, Mar 2011

New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900Imaged Records – Name index and images of New Hampshire birth records. Records consist of index cards that give the town and date of the event and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Normally there is only one index card per child, but occasionally there is a corrected card before or after the original card – 480,354 records as of 23 Apr 2010

New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of New Hampshire – 404,459 records after 6 May 2010

New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of New Jersey – 2,334,526 records after 6 May 2010

New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of New Mexico – 435,411 records after 27 Apr 2010

New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of New York – 1,351,166 records after 27 Apr 2010

North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of North Carolina – 156,155 records as of 16 Dec 2010

Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio – 4,767,895 records as of 27 Apr 2010

Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004Browsable Imaged Records, Currently unindexed – Baptism Records are included. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc. The following counties are found in the database: Allen, Crawford. Defiance. Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot. 101,982 images as of 26 Mar 2010

Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868-1929 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Oregon – 70,253 records after 27 Apr 2010

Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1878-1914 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Rhode Island – 951,517 records after 7 May 2010

Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Tennessee – 211,072 records after 7 May 2010

Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934Digitized Records – Digital images and index of birth certificates for the state of Texas. Original records at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas – 635,749 records as of 18 Mar 2011

Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Texas – 560,870 records after 7 May 2010

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1905Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records – 317,420 images as of 3 Mar 2011

Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985Browsable Imaged Records, currently unindexed as a full collection – Including births, marriages, deaths, court records, deed records, divorce records, naturalization records, probate records, and indexes for each of these record sets. 153,682 Images as of 9 Mar 2011

Utah Births and Christenings, 1892-1941 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Utah – 48,049 records after 27 Apr 2010

Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Vermont – 218,041 as of 13 Dec 2010

Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 721,132 records as of 23 Feb 2011

West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1928 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of West Virginia – 54,589 records after 27 Apr 2010

West Virginia Births, 1853-1930 – Name index of West Virginia county birth records. Data is searchable for all counties. However, records within each county may not be available for the full year range – 1,051,545 records as of 27 Apr 2010

Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Wisconsin – 1,441,536 records as of 27 Dec 2010

United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931 – Name index to small sets of birth, baptism and christening records from a few states within the United States – 20,946 records after 27 Apr 2010

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FINDING MY SECOND GREAT-GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM CANFIELD, IN THE NEWSPAPER

A while back, I was looking for information on my 2nd-great-grandfather, William Canfield. Honestly, I didn’t know a lot about him. But in searching for him at the GenealogyBank website, I found the most interesting letter to the editor – and it was written by MY William Canfield. Until I read this letter to the editor, published in the Albany Argus, and later the Otsego Herald, I didn’t even know that he was literate! William was a farmer, and he had a bit of farming information that he wanted to pass on to readers of the paper. Following is a transcription of his letter that was published in the Otsego Herald Feb 22, 1819:

“From the Albany Argus

Mr. Editor – As every thing relating to agriculture is read with great interest, please insert the following:

I sowed one bushel of flaxseed in the spring of 1817, on little more than an acre of ground corn stock land, pretty much worn down, and soil a sandy loam. I soaked the seed 12 hours in a strong lye made of potash, and then dried it with plaster. The crop was eighteen bushels of seed, and five hundred and ninety six pounds of excellent flax.

WILLIAM CANFIELD

Schodack, Feb 10, 1819.

Locating the letter was actually pretty easy, as I narrowed my search to one for specifically William Canfield, in New York State. The site gives snippet views of the data, with free searches allowing the user to see the snippets. This makes searching easy, and takes all the risk out of checking out the site prior to subscribing.

Huge Historical Newspaper Archive at GenealogyBank.com

One of the key sources for online newspapers is GenealogyBank.com. Featuring more than 4,600 U.S. newspapers with over 1 billion names from all 50 states, GenealogyBank is one of the most extensive online historical newspaper archives available anywhere, designed specifically for family history research. Over 95% of our newspaper content is exclusive to GenealogyBank. By providing access to rare and hard-to-find newspapers from 1690 to the present day, GenealogyBank gives researchers the opportunity to discover unique, long-forgotten information about their American ancestors.

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing one book, one series of books, two DVDs and reprinting several reviews from earlier last issues.

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – ONLINE AND PUBLISHED MILITARY OR CIVILIAN NAME LISTS, 1861-1869 & POST-CIVIL WAR VETERAN LISTS; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113

Most genealogical records during the decade of the Civil War are related to the soldiers and regiments of the Union and Confederate military. However, there are numerous records relating to the entire population as well. This volume by William Dollarhide identifies the places to look and documents to be found for ancestors during the decade, 1861-1869, as well as post-war veterans. The book is laid out first by nation-wide name lists and then by state listings in alphabetical order.

The following broad categories are identified within this book, with numerous resources listed for each category:

National Resources:

  • Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
  • The American Civil War Research Database
  • Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
  • General and Organizational Indexes to Pension Files, 1861-1934
  • 1883 List of U.S. Pensioners on the Roll
  • 1890 Federal Census of Union Veterans
  • Roll of Honor & Veteran Burials
  • 1865-1867 Confederate Amnesty Papers
  • Consolidated Lists of Confederate Soldiers & United Confederate Veterans Association
  • Index to Compiled Service Records

Statewide Resources:

  • Compiled Service Records (by state)
  • Index to Compiled Service Records (by state)
  • 1861-1869 State Censuses
  • 1861-1869 Statewide Name Lists
  • 1862-1869 Internal Revenue Assessment Lists
  • Statewide Militia Lists
  • Confederate Pension Applications
  • Pensioner Name Lists and censuses of Confederate Veterans
  • Indexes to Statewide Records
  • Lists of Veteran Burials; State Adjutant General Reports & state-sponsored histories

The Best Civil War Resource Centers for Local & County Research

  • Online Resources
  • Libraries & Archives
  • The various records are laid out in chronological order, complete with the Family History Library book or film numbers in most cases. Hundreds of online resources are also listed. All statewide lists are arranged alphabetically by state, and are then in chronological order. If you have Civil War era ancestors, this volume is sure to be of help in your research. It’s guaranteed to identify sources of information that you most likely never knew existed!

    Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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    FAMILY MAPS FROM ARPHAX PUBLISHING – U.S.A. LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS:
    Family Roots Publishing Co. has now posted detailed descriptions of the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases on our website. There are currently almost 500 atlases, for 22 the states. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Barry County, Missouri. The description are detailed – including a listing of the Surnames found on the maps in each county atlas! Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

    These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, April 5, 2011.

    Patty and I love these atlases. Over the last couple of years, we’ve purchased atlases for virtually every ancestral county for which Greg had an atlas finished. And I know that we’re not alone. I’ve met many genealogists who love these maps just as much as we do. I think that you will too.

    The atlases are compiled by my friend, Greg Boyd. Because of Greg’s work, you will find that locating original landowners in patent maps has never been easier. Each volume in the Family Maps series contains newly created maps of original landowners (patent maps), gleaned from the indexes of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. And the volumes offer much more than that. For each township in the county, there are two additional maps accompanying the patent map: a road map and a map showing waterways, railroads, and both modern and many historical city-centers and cemeteries. what a wealth of information!

    Included are indexes to help you locate what you are looking for, whether you know a person’s name, a last name, a place-name, or a cemetery. The combination of maps and indexes are designed to aid researchers of American history or genealogy to explore frontier neighborhoods, examine family migrations, locate hard-to-find cemeteries and towns, as well as locate land based on legal descriptions found in old documents or deeds.

    The patent-maps are essentially plat maps, but instead of depicting owners for a particular year, these maps show original landowners, no matter when the transfer from the federal government was completed. You’ll find that dates of patents usually begin about the time of statehood and run down into the early 1900s.

    You may now obtain Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available). For the purposes of this review, I’ve only listed the number of county atlases available for each state in most cases. However, I’ve broken Michigan down to the county level, and given direct links to each of the 37 Michigan Atlases currently available.

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    GOOGLE EARTH FOR GENEALOGY – A Tutorial DVD Instructional Video; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 72 Minutes; 2010; Item # Lu02

    This 72-minute DVD tutorial video is made up of 7 video lessons, all taught by Lisa Louise Cooke, the producer and host of the internationally popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show.

    Google Earth has the power to geographically document our ancestor’s lives. It’s one of the most exciting online genealogical tools now available. Best of all, it’s FREE!

    In this step-by-step tutorial series, the user will learn how to:

    • Download & Use Google Earth – Solve research mysteries using Google Earth’s 360-degree 3-dimensional method of viewing your ancestors’ world.
    • Identify Old Photos – Lisa goes into great detail in explaining how we can take old photographs and using census records, city directories and such, match them up with locations in Google Earth. This process can take several steps, using Google Earth, Street View, and overlaid Rumsey Maps.
    • Explore Church Record Origins – Locate the location and photographs of our ancestors’ churches. Use the “Places of Worship” feature in Google Earth, as well as aspects of Google Maps, and Google Images.
    • Plot Ancestor Homesteads – Use Google Earth along with the Bureau of Land Management’s GLO (General Land Office) website. At the GLO site, we will find 1820-1908 land patents for our ancestors. Lisa shows us how to convert the Township-Range information found at the GLO site to Latitude & Longitude, then “fly” to the exact section of land, which will be outlined in purple. If Street View is available, you can use it to see the property itself, as well as nearby communities.
    • Create Historic Map Overlays – Lisa shows how we can take the information found in historic plat maps (see the review of Arphax atlases above) (and often found in old map atlases – usually produced by county), and create our own map overlays in Google Earth. She recommends that we first create a digital image of the map (or use one already digitized and online). Create a folder where we can store our maps. Fly to the intended area in Google Earth. Add our Image Overlay, by using the transparency tool, matching a point on the maps and resizing our overlay to exactly match the Google Earth image. Save the map on our hard drive, and share with friends via the Internet. Use census records, along with our plat maps to visually identify where people lived. We can even figure out where people who did not own land may have lived using a combination of the census, plat maps, and Google Earth.
    • Save & Share Images – Lisa shows us quick and easy ways to save and share the maps, overlays and images we’ve created using Google Earth, as jpg files, or as PowerPoint images, and then share with our friends by email.

    Using this DVD, I learned what would have otherwise taken me days of experimentation. Lisa opened up new vistas in genealogy for me. The experience was even better than hearing her in person at a conference, as I could pause the DVD, go back, or whatever I needed to personally get a full understanding of using Google Earth for genealogy. I recommend this product to everyone!

    This DVD operates under the Windows PC operating system. I viewed my DVD on my Mac Powerbook, using Parallels, and it ran just fine.

    The Google Earth for Genealogy DVD sells for just for $11.88, and is available at the Family Roots Publishing Company website. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

    Also see: Google Earth for Genealogy Vol. II

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    GOOGLE EARTH FOR GENEALOGY VOL. II – A Tutorial DVD Instructional Video; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 95 Minutes; 2010; Item # Lu03

    This 95-minute DVD tutorial video is made up of 7 video lessons, all thought by Lisa Louise Cooke, the producer and host of the internationally popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show. In this second installment of Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, Lisa shows us how to take the next exciting steps in using the Google Earth Program.

    Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor’s lives, and much more. It’s one of the most exciting online genealogical tools now available. Best of all, it’s FREE!

    In Vol. II of this step-by-step tutorial series, the user will learn how to:

    • Pinpoint Property – Lisa teaches us how to pinpoint the exact piece of property that our ancestor owned, plotting it on the Google Earth map. This involves reading and understanding the legal description of the property. Then creating and saving a custom overlay for the family homestead.
    • Locate Original Land Surveys – The Bureau of Land Management website includes more than just the Land Patent Image. The original survey and field notes for the property may also be available. We can save a jpg of the survey, and maybe even the field notes. The survey can be added as a layer on our saved Google Earth images.
    • Customize Place Marks – Beside our ancestors’ homes, we may also want to locate and mark places such as the church they attended, the cemetery where family is buried, the photographer’s studio where their pictures were taken, businesses where they worked, the schools they attended or maybe even battlefields where they fought! All kinds of icons are available, not just the usual pushpins. You can even color-code the labels and icons. Custom icons can also be added to your maps. We can include photographs, and documents that we can upload to the Internet.
    • Create and Share Family History Tours – Google Earth allows the user to create, save and share visual tours, showing movement over the land from one place to another, just as your ancestor may have moved from one place to another. Tours can be over distances, as in a major move of the family or very localized – like the route taken to school. Documents, 3-D models, video, photographs, and such will make your Family History Tour of interest to your relatives. You can record tours of your family members to share with others. You might want to write a script first, and narrow the story to that of one person or immediate family. Lisa explains all about how to record a really great tour for your relatives.
    • Add Video to Maps – We can add video using place marks. We upload our video to YouTube, and add information about the video. Copy the html code to our clipboard, and go to Google Earth. We can then zoom in on the location, and put a place mark on the map, then paste the html code in the description box. Add more description if we like. Change the icon to reflect the fact that this is a video. We can also link your map to historic video already residing on the web.
    • Incorporate 3D Models – We can add 3-D models of ancestral buildings using Sketchup. Sketchup.google actually has a 3-D warehouse where we can find models of all kinds of houses. We can add these models to our Google Earth map. We can even have a custom 3-D model made by Estate3d.com, and add representations of our ancestor’s actual home to Google 3-D maps.
    • Add Focus with Polygons and Paths – Draw polygons, adjust the width of the polygon lines, place them, colorize the polygon, and add a text box that appears when the image is clicked. Paths can illustrate movements. It can guide the viewer and enhance their experience. Using Tours can add further focus for the user.

    Also found on the DVD are links to 10 websites that work hand-in-hand with Google Earth to allow us to get the most genealogical use out of Google Earth.

    As with Volume I of this DVD series, using this DVD, I learned what would have otherwise taken me days of experimentation. Lisa continued to open up new vistas in genealogy for me. The experience was even better than hearing her in person at a conference, as I could pause the DVD, go back, or whatever I needed to personally get a full understanding of using Google Earth for genealogy. Again, I recommend this product to everyone!

    This DVD operates under the Windows PC operating system. I viewed my DVD on my Mac Powerbook, using Parallels, and it ran just fine.

    The Google Earth for Genealogy, Vol. II DVD sells for just for $11.88, and is available at the Family Roots Publishing Company website. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

    Also see: Google Earth for Genealogy Vol. I

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    THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS HAVE BEEN PRINTED IN EARLIER NEWSLETTERS

    THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

    By law and by custom, women’s individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records–the conventional sources of genealogical identification–all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors.

    Whether listed under their maiden names, married names, patronymic/matronymic surnames or some other permutation, or hidden under such terms as “Mrs.,” “Mistress,” “goodwife,” “wife of,” or even “daughter of,” it is clear that women are hard to find. But while women may never be as easy to locate as their male counterparts, Christina Schaefer here pioneers an approach to the problem that just might set genealogy on its head! And her solution is simplicity itself: Look closely at those areas where the female ancestor interacts with the government and the legal system, she advises, where law, precedent, and even custom mandate the unequivocal identification of all parties, male and female. According to this thesis, the legal status of women at any point in time is the key to unraveling the identity of the female ancestor, and therefore this work highlights those laws, both federal and state, that indicate when a woman could own real estate in her own name, devise a will, enter into contracts, and so on.

    The first part of the book–a lengthy and informative introduction–deals with the special ways women are dealt with in federal records such as immigration records, passports, naturalization records, census enumerations, land records, military records, and records dealing with minorities. All such records are discussed with reference to their impact on women, as are a group of miscellaneous, non-governmental records, including newspapers, cemetery records, city directories, church records, and state laws covering common law marriages and marriage and divorce registration.

    The bulk of this absorbing new reference work, however, deals with the individual states, showing how their laws, records, and resources can be used in determining female identity. Each state section begins with a time line of events, i.e. important dates in the state’s history, following which is a detailed listing of eight key categories of information:
    (1) Marriage and Divorce (marriage and divorce laws and where to find marriage and divorce records);
    (2) Property and Inheritance (women’s legal status in a state as reflected in statute law, code, and legislative acts);
    (3) Suffrage (information as to when any voting rights were granted prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920);
    (4) Citizenship (dates when residents of an area became U.S. citizens);
    (5) Census Information (special notes on searching federal, state, and territorial enumerations);
    (6) Other (information on welfare, pensions, and other laws affecting women);
    (7) Bibliography (books and articles relating to women in the state, historical and biographical sources, and publications regarding legal history and jurisprudence); and
    (8) Selected Resources for Women’s History (addresses of state archives, historical societies, and libraries; women’s studies programs, women’s history programs);
    (9) and more.

    This engrossing new work is as amazing as it is informative: amazing because it shows how women have been written out of genealogical history; informative because it demonstrates how their identities can be recovered. This is a new and promising path in genealogy, suggesting fruitful avenues of research and many new possibilities.

    The Hidden Half of the Family is available at Family Roots Publishing, at 5% off with FREE Shipping through Midnight MST April 5, 2011.

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    THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

    This new book on using Google for genealogy is an excellent volume. Lisa is known for her Genealogy Gems podcast website, and had become a popular speaker on the lecture circuit during the last couple of years. She lectured on using Google Earth at RootsTech, which was very well received.

    According to Lisa, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us.

    The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.

    Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Caffeine & Search Options Column
    • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
    • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
    • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Web Sites
    • Chapter 5: Image Search
    • Chapter 6: Google Alerts
    • Chapter 7: Gmail
    • Chapter 8: iGoogle – Your Personal Genealogy Home Page
    • Chapter 9: Google Books
    • Chapter 10: Google News Timeline
    • Chapter 11: Google Translate & Translation Toolkit
    • Chapter 12: YouTube & Google Video
    • Chapter 13: Google Earth Overview
    • Chapter 14: Google Earth – Ancestral Homes & Locations
    • Chapter 15: Google Earth – Organizing, Naming & Sharing
    • Chapter 16: Google Earth – Historic Maps & Images
    • Chapter 17: Google Earth – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
    • Chapter 18: Google Earth – Fun with Images & Video
    • Chapter 19: Family History Tour Maps
    • Chapter 20: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

    I like the guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them.

    The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 5, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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    DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

    You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

    A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs. They rely almost entirely on descriptions. This book on CD-ROM is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date. There are over 700 pictures covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

    The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of 1839-1860, the ambrotypes of 1854-1860s, the tintypes of 1856-1900, the carte-de-visites of 1859-1890s, and the cabinet cards of 1866-1910.

    Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine. The book then goes on to graphically show the photographs of the following eras:

    • The 1840s – pages 8 & 9
    • The 1850s – pages 10-13
    • 1860-1864 – pages 14-17
    • 1865-1869 – pages 18-20
    • 1870-1874 – pages 21-24
    • 1875-1879 – pages 25-26
    • 1880-1884 – pages 27-30
    • 1885-1889 – pages 31-36
    • 1890-1894 – pages 37-43
    • 1895-1899 – pages 44-51
    • 1900-1904 – pages 52-60
    • 1905-1909 – pages 61-69
    • 1910-1914 – pages 70-77
    • 1915-1919 – pages 78-84
    • 1920-1924 – pages 85-89
    • 1925-1929 – pages 90-93

    Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 5 to 8 pictures. To make the book even more valuable, the photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

    System requirements:

    PC or Mac with Windows installed for auto start. Since the pages are pdf files they are readable under either Windows or Mac OS. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or later.

    Purchase this CD-ROM at Family Roots Publishing for just $11.88 (including postage) – or get it FREE with your purchase of the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs. See the review of the new More Dating Old Photographs below:

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    MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

    You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

    This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

    More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

    The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects:

    • Photographic Jewelry
    • Other Formats
    • Manipulated Images
    • Retouching
    • Hand Coloring
    • Crayon Portraits
    • Photo Editing
    • Watch out for copies
    • Noticing the Details
    • Photographer’s Imprint
    • Clothing
    • Women
    • Bodices
    • Sleeves
    • Accessories
    • Hats and Bonnets
    • Women’s Hair
    • Men
    • Coats
    • Ties
    • Vests
    • Men’s Hair
    • Children
    • Occupational Clothing
    • Ethnic Dress
    • Special Occasions
    • Oddities in the Collection
    • A Case Study
    • Caring for Your Photographs
    • Safe Handling Techniques
    • Space Considerations

    The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras:

    • The 1840s – page 18
    • The 1850s – pages 19-20
    • 1860-1864 – pages 21-24
    • 1865-1869 – pages 25-28
    • 1870-1874 – pages 29-32
    • 1875-1879 – pages 33-37
    • 1880-1884 – pages 38-43
    • 1885-1889 – pages 44-48
    • 1890-1894 – pages 49-54
    • 1895-1899 – pages 55-60
    • 1900-1904 – pages 61-67
    • 1905-1909 – pages 68-74
    • 1910-1914 – pages 75-83
    • 1915-1919 – pages 84-92
    • 1920-1924 – pages 93-100
    • 1925-1929 – pages 101-108
    • Unusual photos – pages 109-112
    • Hand Colored – pages 113-117

    Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

    This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

    Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

    Posting this mention of the CD-ROM produced for the webinar I gave on February 16 seems a bit self-serving, but I’m actually kind of proud of the way it turned out. It is now shipping!

    Recording this webinar was fun, a bit frustrating because of technology challenges, and very worthwhile! I was able to cover numerous resources, with a wonderful response from a worldwide audience.

    Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

    Features

    This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 16, 2011. 1 hour 21 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

    Viewers’ comments:

    • Leland’s info gave me a few more options in finding my historical ladies. This may just pull my ox out of the ditch.
    • There was a lot of good information. I can hardly wait to try it out.
    • Learned a few new tips and it was nice to get a refresher on old ones. I really liked hearing about the German Parrish Registries, that’s going to be very helpful!
    • Leland was terrific! Informative, entertaining, and enjoyable.
    • Great info; could hear the passion in Leland’s voice
    • Enjoyed the many hints and can’t wait to try out a few. Have enjoyed Leland’s work with Heritage Quest and Gen. Helper in the past.
    • I like having all of these sources in one place. When I finish checking one, I can just move to the next source. It will give some order to my research.
    • I got so much info from the class. Can’t wait to go searching with all the new ideas I just learned. Thanks so much for offering this webinar. I would be very interested in any other webinars that Leland gives.
    • The information shared was excellent. The pace was good and I like the opportunity for Q&A at the end. I also like the ability to download his handouts.
    • Great ideas, I think I can now break a brickwall that is twenty years old!
    • This webinar certainly opened my eyes to the importance of using records that I have not tried before.
    • Soooo much good information of places to look. I’m encouraged! Thank you.
    • Excellent review for those who have been researching a long time. Also, a great guide for newcomers.
    • Leland was fantastic…he has given me so many more options for finding my female ancestors…I can hardly wait to get started. I especially found the German Parish Records information very helpful as I had hit a brick wall on many of them, now I have something to go on…thank you for these webinars.
    • A LOT of great information! I have renewed energy now to find a few of my female in-laws!

    The Chasing Women CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

    My friend, Thomas McEntee, presented this Webinar just over two months ago. I was lucky enough to be able to catch the Webinar live, and came away from the program very impressed. I learned a lot – and enjoyed the entire program. You will too.

    Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.

    This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 5, 2011.1 hour 28 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

    About the author: Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

    The Google for Genealogists CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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    THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

    Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

    STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

    Family Roots Publishing is now offering this wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

    GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

    George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

    • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
    • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
    • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
    • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
    • Maps of each province showing town locations.
    • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
    • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

    RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

    This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

    GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

    Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.
    Google Your Family Tree is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

    MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

    Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

    Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased at 10% off, making the price $17.95 through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. All new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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    THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

    If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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    CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

    I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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    I write for Family Chronicle, a delightful genealogy magazine that I recommend to everyone. For more information about the publication and to download a free issue, click here.

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    I blog at GenealogyBlog.com, which I’ve been doing since 2004. I invite you to check it out.

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Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 5

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 5 – Mar. 23, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through April 5, 2011

Breakthrough! – A Review of Mocavo.com- the Latest in Genealogical Search Engines

New Death Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Going to Salt Lake City?

United States Death & Probate Records at Posted at FamilySearch.org – The List

Newspapers: The Key to Documenting Your Family History, by Thomas Jay Kemp

Additional Marriage Records Found at FamilySearch.org as of March 23, 2011

Book Reviews & Announcements

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Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

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Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

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About the Genealogy Newsline

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PARTLY PERSONAL
Bandit 1994-2011 RIP
Bandit passed away yesterday. He was a siamese cat that adopted us when he was just a tiny kitten. In early September of 1994, Patty and I were out at by the mailbox at our getaway place in South Dakota. Bandit was crying and hidden under a sign by the highway. He was almost all white, with a few markings that gave away his siamese heritage. He looked to be about 6 weeks old. He immediately became part of the family, traveling in the motor coach for 6 years, and then settling down with us in Bountiful, Utah. When he was young, he would spring up onto the passenger-side windshield visor in the RV, riding up there for hours. He slowed down as he got older, but stayed close to Patty and I. Wherever we were, he’d be nearby. Yesterday, he came in the kitchen asking for breakfast. I fed him, and he died of old age related issues a couple hours later – with us until the end. He was just over sixteen and a half years old. We will miss him.

Canceled out of attending the New England Regional Genealogy Conference
I’m sorry to report that I just canceled out of exhibiting at the New England Regional Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. With fuel costs way up and no end in sight, I made the decision that we would stay home, and not risk losing thousands of dollars of travel expenses. Honestly, in all my years of selling books I can’t remember canceling out of a conference before, but the economics just don’t work when 4600 miles of truck-travel at high fuel costs are involved. This means that we’ve got to make up for lost sales by using the Family Roots Publishing website – so please go over to the site and buy something! We’re offering FREE Shipping on all orders over $25 an an incentive!

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BREAKTHROUGH – A REVIEW OF MOCAVO.COM – THE LATEST IN GENEALOGICAL SEARCH ENGINES

I haven’t made a breakthrough on any of my direct-line ancestors in years. All the easy research was done years ago, and most breakthroughs are now made after extensive research. However, prompted by the need to write a review of a new search engine, and with a little flexibility & persistence on my part, I now have the name of a previously unknown fourth great-grandfather, as well as vital record dates, and burial places for family members in Rensselaer County, New York.

I was very pleased when I had the chance a couple weeks ago to play with a new search developed by Cliff Shaw. Cliff is probably best known for bringing us a site called GenCircles.com years ago. His latest project is a free search engine called Mocavo.com.

Mocavo.com searches genealogy-related websites for terms that you type into the search-box found on the home page of the site. According to the website, Mocavo searches free genealogy content on the web. The search includes “genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. Similar to other search engines, Mocavo.com honors site owners by linking directly to their content.” I noted right-off that it was also searching digitized data at BYU servers, as well as digitized data from the Allen County Public Library. Many of the sources available to use today haven’t been around all that long, so an exacting search engine, combined with fresh content makes breakthroughs seem all that much more possible.

When Cliff initially sent me the link, and asked me to try the site out, but keep my mouth shut, I spent maybe a half hour trying various searches. I was impressed, and told him so. However, I’ve been very busy with a rapidly growing Family Roots Publishing Company business, and couldn’t get back to doing anything in depth until Friday. About noon I started searching for two of my my brick-wall ancestors. After searching for information on Timothy Titus (of New Perth, Washington County, NY), and coming up with the same things I already had, I moved on to Ebenezer Stephens, who died in Rensselaer County, New York in 1825. Ebenezer was my 5th great-grandfather, the father of Sally Anthony, and grand-father of Maria Anthony, who married William Canfield. William was the father of William Henry Canfield, about whom I wrote just a few days ago. I spent several hours searching, using Mocavo.com, and getting hits, but most often finding items that I’d posted online, or data I’d seen before.

According to his will, dated 28 April 1825, and probated in Rensselaer County, Ebenezer Stephens had left his “mansion house” to his wife, Elizabeth, and granted his daughters, Harriet Stephens, and Sally Anthony the right to live in the family home with their mother. His son, Ebenezer Stephens, was given the real estate and personal estate not otherwise disposed of. Upon the death of Elizabeth, cash was to be distributed to Betsy Raynor, Sally Anthony, John Stephens, Harriet Stephens, Susan Rheubottom, and George Stephens (relationships not given). The will was probated 3 November 1825. So I had an approximate death date and a few names to work with. I had proof that Sally Anthony was a fourth great-grandmother, but didn’t know her husband’s name. I found that Ebenezer Stephens was her father when the Rensselaer County Probate abstracts were published in book form a few years ago. They can now be found on the web. Over the years I’ve searched for the Stephens without much luck. I wasn’t having any luck with Mocavo.com either. So I got to thinking that maybe I should be searching on the surname of Stevens instead. I’ve done this in the past with no luck, but as I tell folks when speaking on brick-walls, sometimes we just have to wait until the data we need gets posted and is searchable before we find what we’re looking for. So I searched for <"Ebenezer Stevens" Rensselaer> using Mocavo.com. I got 199 hits, which seemed like a lot… I started checking each hit, going to the website, and using Control F and the term “Ebenezer Stephens” to search the entire page. I was on the 6th page (with 10 pages per hit), when I ran across a page from the “Interments in Rensselaer Co.” Searching on the page specifically for Ebenezer Stevens, I got two hits. The database was such that I found it easier to read by grabbing the lower right-hand corner, and dragging it out over nearly 35 inches of computer screen (2 monitors). The second Ebenezer Stephens was listed as the father of Sally Stephens, who died 30 January 1829 at age 48. Her husband was Tillinghast Anthony, and she was buried in Buckley #1 Cemetery in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY. I then found Ebenezer Stevens burial in the same cemetery, having died 5 May 1825 at age 72. I also found other family members buried in Buckley #1, or other Rensselaer County cemeteries. Breakthrough!

How long this massive USGenweb database has been posted I really don’t know. It seems to have about 92,000 entries currently. If I’d searched the Rensselaer County GenWeb site earlier, I most likely would have found the data before now, but that goes for all genealogical data. It’s often just setting out there waiting for us. Because Cliff Shaw built a fine and dandy new search for us, I found a new dead ancestor. Thanks, Cliff.

Now go try out Mocavo.com yourself.

Disclaimer – I have no affiliation whatsoever to Mocavo.com. I’m just a user, like the rest of you.

To view the above article with illustrations, click here.

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NEW DEATH RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

During the last week of February, FamilySearch posted a large index of North Carolina deaths. It covers the years 1931 through 1994. According to the website, the data comes from the North Carolina Dept. of Health, with the original documents housed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina. Note that the data posted is only an index, extracted from 1279 reels of microfilm at the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I did a search on the surname Daffern, and came up with 55 results, none of them specifically Daffern, with most being the variation of Daffron. Most of the family still spells it as Daffron, so I was pleased with what I got. Following is an example of what you can expect to see. I’m using the death record of William H Daffron. According to the Index, he was born in Chatham Co., NC in 1873, and died 24 Apr 1941 in Hadleys, Chatham, NC. He resided in Pittsboro, Chatham Co., NC. He was buried His father was William Daffern and mother Elder D. Copeland. He was married to Pearl Daffron.

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970
Also posted within the last fews day, was the Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 for 24 counties. There’s no index yet, but there are 301,249 images, made up of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The amount of data, and the years covered vary dramatically from county-to-county, with some counties having lots of data available at the site, and others very little. The following Illinois counties are included. Click on the link to see what records are available for that county – then browse those of interest. Note that although the database isn’t indexed, most of the scanned books include an index, so you don’t have to wade through will after will or probate after probate.

None of the Illinois counties that I wanted to browse are posted yet, but maybe some of you have ancestors in these counties.

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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UNITED STATES DEATH & PROBATE RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG – THE LIST

The following 78 databases can all be accessed at FamilySearch.org. They currently cover 41 states plus the District of Columbia. In addition, you will find two USA-wide indexes at the end of this list. Note that of the 78 databases, 27 of them contained digitized images of the original documents.

Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952– Name index to death and burial records from the state of Alabama – 105,825 Records as of 4 May 2010

Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 -Name index to death certificates from the state of Alabama – 1,858,819 Records as of 5 May 2010

Arizona Death and Burials, 1910-1911; 1933-1994 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arizona – 10,168 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951Imaged Records -Published images and index of Arizona death certificates. The certificates are arranged in chronological order within each county – 265,726 Records as of 24 Mar 2010

Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arkansas – 38,956 Records after 27 Apr 2010

California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931Imaged Records -This project was indexed in partnership with the California Genealogical Society and Library. Name index and images of funeral home records from the Halsted N. Gray – Carew & English Mortuary Collection, located at the San Francisco Public Library. Images for all years in collection can be browsed, but name index currently covers only years 1896-1931. Collection includes a number of different funeral homes acquired over time by the Halsted N. Gray – Carew & English Mortuary company, most from the San Francisco area, but also including some from Burlingame, Stockton, and Sacramento. The collection includes funeral register books, burial registers, account books, case books, etc. Indexes appear at the beginning of some volumes – 98,871 Records as of 15 Sep 2010

Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934-Name index to death and burial records from the state of Connecticut – 2,010,970 Records as of 6 May 2010

Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955Imaged Records – Name index and images of Delaware statewide death records – 209,962 Records as of 14 Jan 2011

Delaware Death and Burials, 1815-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Delaware – 1,653 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

District of Columbia Death and Burials, 1840-1964 – Name index to death and burial records from the District of Columbia – 372,173 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Florida Death and Burials, 1900-1921 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Florida – 24,800 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 – Name index of Florida death records created by Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida – 471,800 Records as of 29 Mar 2010

Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927 Imaged Records – Name index and images of Georgia statewide deaths – 305, 880 Records as of 28 Mar 2010

Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930Imaged Records – Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers – 123,419 Records as of 5 Nov 2010

Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862-1919 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Hawaii – 105,070 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937 – The certificates are arranged numerically by file number, with a rough chronological arrangement by death date, i.e. month and year – 106,484 Records as of 27 Mar 2010

Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Idaho – 31,253 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922 Imaged Records – Name index and images of deaths recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915 – 1,431,659 Records as of 30 Apr 2010

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 – Name index of deaths and stillbirths in Illinois, 1916-1947. Includes records for Cook County and Chicago – 2,879,598 Records as of 13 Aug 2010

Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956Imaged Records currently Browsable by Parish – unindexed – Records are found for the following 26 counties: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death (to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman Catholic Church – 34,135 images as of 13 Nov 2010

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970Browsable Imaged Records – Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. – 301,249 images as of 16 Mar 2011

Iowa Death and Burials, 1850-1990 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Iowa – 398,978 Records as of 6 May 2010

Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Kansas – 39,907 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Kentucky – 637,320 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875; 1874-1954 – Name index to statewide deaths. Coverage: missing years between 1875-1893; has only a few entries for 1894-1904. One part of these death records includes death records for only Jefferson Parish, 1850-1875 and 1905-1921. The statewide records for all parishes cover 1911-1954 – 664,511 Records as of 6 Apr 2010

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files, 1804-1846 – Name index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file consists of multiple images.The event date is the probate date – 7,080 Records as of 15 Mar 2011

Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Maine – 172,879 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Maryland – 11,686 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Maryland Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983Imaged Records – Browsable Digital images (currently unindexed) from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s – 170,228 images as of Mar 18, 2011

Maryland, Probate Estate & Guardianship Files 1796-1940 – Name index and images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the county courthouse. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Caroline (1838-1940), Cecil (1851-1940), Prince George’s (1796-1940), and Queen Anne’s (1833-1940), and portions of Calvert (1882-1940) – 20,533 Records as of 22 Mar 2011

Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Massachusetts – 1,563,610 Records as of 16 Dec 2010

Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915Imaged Records – Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and certificates. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the second page of the form is on the next image. The death registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town – 2,744,355 Records as of 25 Jan 2011

Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Michigan – 1,355,265 Records after 4 May 2010

Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897Imaged Records – Name index and images of Michigan statewide death registration entries – 507,342 Records as of 5 May 2010

Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Minnesota – 1,434,142 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Missouri – 58,813 Records after 6 May 2010

Montana, Rosebud County RecordsBrowsable Images – Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana – 54,808 images as of 23, Mar 2011

New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947Imaged Records – Name index and images of New Hampshire death records. Records consist of index cards that give the name of the deceased, date and place of death, plus often much more information, such as age, place of birth and names of parents. With the town and date of death, the original records can usually be located – 581,056 Records as of 10 Jun 2010

New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New Hampshire – 262,660 after 6 May 2010

New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New Jersey – 1,122,330 Records after 6 May 2010

New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New Mexico – 9,627 Records after 27 Apr 2010

New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945 – Name index of death certificates and records of death – 167,925 Records as of 5 Nov 2010

New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New York – 701,396 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923 – Brief indexes of estate files. The files may include lists of heirs, oaths of executors, reports of witnesses, forms about guardians, etc. – 168,543 Records as of 11 Mar 2011

North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of North Carolina – 2,742,609 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

North Carolina Deaths,1906-1930Imaged Records – Name index and images of death certificates recorded in North Carolina – 615,657 Records as of 21 Jan 2011

North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994 – Name index to deaths recorded in North Carolina – 2,642,875 Records as of 25 Feb 2011

North Carolina Davidson County Deaths 1914-1984 Browsable Images, by year, currently unindexed – The entire collection of vital records files contain 79,127 images as of 24 Mar 2010

Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio – 2,535,557 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953Imaged Records – Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates – 3,541,457 Records as of 23 Apr 2010

Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004Browsable Imaged Records, Currently unindexed – Death Records are included. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc. The following counties are found in the database: Allen, Crawford. Defiance. Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot. 101,982 images as of 26 Mar 2010

Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files 1813-1900Browsable imaged records – not indexed yet – Probate case files from the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The files are arranged by docket number, case number and date – 1,054,666 images as of 22 Mar 2011

Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903-1947 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Oregon – 29,035 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 Imaged Records – This collection has several types of records: 1) Death certificate, 2) Return of Death with a hospital certificate, physician’s certificate, and an undertaker’s certificate, and 3) Transit Permit with the permit to move a body and an undertaker’s certificate concerning the move. The records give the name of the deceased plus the date and place of death and/or burial. The records may also give the date and place of birth, names of parents and spouse, cause of death, and other information – 1,556,855 Records as of 5 Nov 2010

Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Rhode Island – 846,069 Records after 7 May 2010

South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943Imaged Records – Name index and images of South Carolina death records. Original records created by South Carolina Department of Health. Records are arranged by year and alphabetically by locality. Records from 1915-1943 were acquired from South Carolina Department of Archives and History – 636,445 Records as of 6 Apr 2010

South Carolina Deaths, 1944-1955 – Name index of South Carolina death records created by South Carolina Department of Health – 231,138 Records as of 27 Mar 2010

Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Tennessee – 227,540 Records as of 15 Dec 2010

Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1955Imaged Records – Name index and images of Tennessee death certificates. Statewide death registration began in 1914 – 1,276,298 Records as of 21 Jan 2011

Texas Death Index, 1964-1998 – Name index to Texas statewide death certificates – 4,13,934 Records as of 29 Mar 2010

Texas Death and Burials, 1903-1973 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Texas – 274,258 Records after 7 May 2010

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976Imaged Records – Name index and images of Texas statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index was created by FamilySearch, and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 – 4,281,854 Records as of 20 Apr 2010

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1905Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records – 317,420 images as of 3 Mar 2011

Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985Browsable Imaged Records, currently unindexed as a full collection – Including births, marriages, deaths, court records, deed records, divorce records, naturalization records, probate records, and indexes for each of these record sets. 153,682 Images as of 9 Mar 2011

Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956Imaged Records – Name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates – 263,277 Records as of 30 Apr 2010

Utah Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Utah – 148,933 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Utah, Salt Lake County Deaths Records, 1908-1949Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Utah Genealogical Association. Name index and images for Salt Lake County death records from 1908-1949. The volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries are arranged numerically. Deaths from 1908-1949 were recorded on certificates . They are arranged numerically by registered number then by date of death (i.e. month & year). Some records in this collection may be for deaths occurring before 1908 where the remains were re-interred between 1908 and 1949 – 80,970 Records as of 15 Apr 2010

Vermont Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Vermont – 74,099 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 721,132 Records as of 23 Feb 2011

Utah, Veterans with Federal Service buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966 Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Utah Genealogical Association. Name index and images of cemetery cards of veteran burials in the state of Utah to 1966. 18,924 Records as of 16 Sep 2010

Virginia Death and Burials, 1853-1912 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Virginia Deaths – 785,241 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Virginia, Fluvanna County – Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1829-1976 Browsable Imaged Records – The funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed except for the one covering 1973-1976 – 1,866 images as of 13 Nov 2010

Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 – Name index of Washington statewide death certificates – 975,866 Records as of 26 Apr 2010

West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of West Virginia – 48,702 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

West Virginia Deaths, 1853-1970 – Imaged Records – Name index of West Virginia statewide and county death records. The statewide death index covers years 1917-1956 and includes all 55 West Virginia counties. The county deaths index covers years 1853-1970. Data is searchable for all state and county records. However, records within each county may not be available for the full year range – 2,408,098 Records as of 15 May 2010

Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 – 454,484 Records as of 25 Jan 2011

United States Death and Burials, 1867-1961 – A name index to small sets of death and burial records from a few states – 3,130 Records as of 27 Dec 2010

U.S.A. Social Security Death Index – A name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962 – 88,958,502 Records as of 8 Mar 2011

The above article is available with illustrations at GenealogyBlog.com.

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NEWSPAPERS: THE KEY TO DOCUMENTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
by Tom Kemp:

Read this article at Genealogyblog.com, complete with illustrations.

Genealogists are hungry for details about the lives of our ancestors, information that can only be found in newspapers. To get to know our ancestors better—the lives they lived, their hardships and triumphs—you need to know their stories. For that kind of information, nothing beats an archive of historical newspapers. Today there are thousands of newspapers online, from big cities and small towns all across America, easily searchable on the Internet.

Newspapers have been published in the U.S. since 1690. The great thing about newspapers is that most are published every day, providing information that gives genealogists the crucial details necessary to document every member on the family tree. Newspapers are essential to family history research, as the following two stories illustrate.

19th Century Tragedy in the Ayres Family

The Ayres family lived in Westchester County, New York, in the mid-nineteenth century. Census records provide important information about this family, but don’t tell the entire story. Tragedy struck the family in 1848, as we discover only by digging deeper into some old newspapers.

The 1850 Census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York, listed James Ayres (born in 1817) and his wife Ann (also born in 1817). The Census also listed their three children: James H. (born in 1842), Sarah (born in 1844), and Frederica (born in 1849).

  • James Ayres – 33 – m- tailor
  • Ann Ayres – 33 – f
  • James H Ayres – 8 – m
  • Sarah Ayres – 6 – f
  • Frederica – 1- f

Looking at this family closely, we see that there is a suspicious five-year gap in the ages of the two youngest children: Sarah is 6 and Frederica 1. These gaps are often the most difficult to research—and yet often turn up the most interesting and poignant family history. You can’t rely on census records alone to find every member of a family, or the family’s complete story.

Death was something people in 1850 were all too familiar with. The life expectancy was only around 39 years. Infant mortality was shockingly high—roughly 22 out of every 100 live births died as infants. Is there an Ayres family tragedy that the above record does not reveal—was there a child born that had died before the 1850 Census? Newspapers provide the answer, revealing a painful part of the Ayres family history.

In the Dec. 12, 1848, issue of the Hudson River Chronicle (Sing Sing, New York), there is an obituary notice for the daughter of James and Ann Ayres: Lovina Ayres, who was born Aug. 7, 1846, and died Nov. 26, 1848.

Now, notice these dates: 1846 to 1848. Little Lovina was born and died in between the census years; she was gone before the 1850 Census began recording the names of every member of the Ayres family. And so, her name was never recorded in a census. Without the account in the Hudson River Chronicle this little girl might have been omitted from the Ayres family history.

And there is more. Accompanying the obituary, the family inserted this notice—and suddenly the personal connection is made, and we can feel the Ayres’ sorrow:

“At Tarrytown, on the 28th Ult. after a short illness of only three day, Lovina, younget daughter of James E. and Ann Ayres, aged 2 years, 4 mos, and 20 days.
The anguished heart can ne’er forget,
That last loved heavenly smile.
Which round her lips so sweetly played,
Whilst sinking ‘neath the stroke of death,
Her spirit seemed in converse sweet,
With angels from the mercy seat.

The Hudson River Chronicle gives us not only the fact that Lovina was their child, it gives us the actual poem that the parents chose to remember her by. For a brief moment we are standing there in the home—feeling the grief of our ancestors as they lived it.

Newspapers Fill In Gaps and Provide Intimate Details
Newspapers not only fill in gaps in census records, they provide intimate family details that humanize genealogy research. Imagine if the Ayres were part of your family tree and you found this newspaper notice. Suddenly, you’ve come to know something about their lives; you’ve shared their grief, holding onto the image of the smile on Lovina’s lips as their darling two-year-old girl passed away. They’ve become part of your family. Your family tree is just not complete without the details that are readily available in newspapers.

As this story illustrates, newspapers are an essential tool for documenting American family histories.

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MORE UNITED STATES MARRIAGE RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.COM

The following Marriage Databases have been posted since I published my Long List a while back. Note that I have updated the Long List of Marriages through 23 March 2011.

California County Marriages 1850-1952 – Name index of marriage records including a number of different type of documents such as licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, stubs, etc. – 158,202 Records as of 8 Mar 2011.

Delaware Marriages 1913-1954 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Delaware – 112,894 records as of 17 Feb 2011 – up from just over 8,000 a few days ago.

All New Database – Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1910 – Images of marriage registers and records made by county clerks in Kansas. Includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Clay, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson. 136,726 images as of 11 February, 2011.

Maryland Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983
The Maryland Register of Wills Books 1792-1983 have just been posted, but are not yet indexed, at FamilySearch.org. They are made up of 170,228 browsable images for Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s counties.

Montana, Rosebud County Records 1911-1938Browsable Imaged Records – No index yet- Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana – 40,990 images as of Mar 8 2011

All New Database – New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947 – name index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage. – 501,128 records as of 17 February, 2011.

Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977- Many new records added! – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 286,668 records as of 22 Mar 2011.

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1905Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records – 317,420 images as of 3 Mar 2011

Mills County, Texas County Clerk Records, 1841-1985
Note that the County Clerk Records of Mills County, Texas have just been posted at FamilySearch.org. These are browsable Imaged Records, currently unindexed as a full collection – Including births, marriages, deaths, court records, deed records, divorce records, naturalization records, probate records, and indexes for each of these record sets. 153,682 Images as of 9 Mar 2011.

All New Database – Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 721,132 Records as of 23 Feb 2011.

Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950Browsable Imaged Records – Not Indexed yet – Various marriage records for Surry County, Virginia, including certificates to obtain a marriage license, marriage bonds and consents, marriage licenses, and marriage returns. All records are from the Register of Deeds Office, Surry, Virginia – 19,618 images as of 17 Mar 2011

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two books, and reprinting several reviews from the last issue.

THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

By law and by custom, women’s individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records–the conventional sources of genealogical identification–all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors.

Whether listed under their maiden names, married names, patronymic/matronymic surnames or some other permutation, or hidden under such terms as “Mrs.,” “Mistress,” “goodwife,” “wife of,” or even “daughter of,” it is clear that women are hard to find. But while women may never be as easy to locate as their male counterparts, Christina Schaefer here pioneers an approach to the problem that just might set genealogy on its head! And her solution is simplicity itself: Look closely at those areas where the female ancestor interacts with the government and the legal system, she advises, where law, precedent, and even custom mandate the unequivocal identification of all parties, male and female. According to this thesis, the legal status of women at any point in time is the key to unraveling the identity of the female ancestor, and therefore this work highlights those laws, both federal and state, that indicate when a woman could own real estate in her own name, devise a will, enter into contracts, and so on.

The first part of the book–a lengthy and informative introduction–deals with the special ways women are dealt with in federal records such as immigration records, passports, naturalization records, census enumerations, land records, military records, and records dealing with minorities. All such records are discussed with reference to their impact on women, as are a group of miscellaneous, non-governmental records, including newspapers, cemetery records, city directories, church records, and state laws covering common law marriages and marriage and divorce registration.

The bulk of this absorbing new reference work, however, deals with the individual states, showing how their laws, records, and resources can be used in determining female identity. Each state section begins with a time line of events, i.e. important dates in the state’s history, following which is a detailed listing of eight key categories of information:
(1) Marriage and Divorce (marriage and divorce laws and where to find marriage and divorce records);
(2) Property and Inheritance (women’s legal status in a state as reflected in statute law, code, and legislative acts);
(3) Suffrage (information as to when any voting rights were granted prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920);
(4) Citizenship (dates when residents of an area became U.S. citizens);
(5) Census Information (special notes on searching federal, state, and territorial enumerations);
(6) Other (information on welfare, pensions, and other laws affecting women);
(7) Bibliography (books and articles relating to women in the state, historical and biographical sources, and publications regarding legal history and jurisprudence); and
(8) Selected Resources for Women’s History (addresses of state archives, historical societies, and libraries; women’s studies programs, women’s history programs);
(9) and more.

This engrossing new work is as amazing as it is informative: amazing because it shows how women have been written out of genealogical history; informative because it demonstrates how their identities can be recovered. This is a new and promising path in genealogy, suggesting fruitful avenues of research and many new possibilities.

The Hidden Half of the Family is available at Family Roots Publishing, at 5% off with FREE Shipping through Midnight MST April 5, 2011.

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THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

This new book on using Google for genealogy is an excellent volume. Lisa is known for her Genealogy Gems podcast website, and had become a popular speaker on the lecture circuit during the last couple of years. She lectured on using Google Earth at RootsTech, which was very well received.

According to Lisa, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us.

The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Caffeine & Search Options Column
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Web Sites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 7: Gmail
  • Chapter 8: iGoogle – Your Personal Genealogy Home Page
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Timeline
  • Chapter 11: Google Translate & Translation Toolkit
  • Chapter 12: YouTube & Google Video
  • Chapter 13: Google Earth Overview
  • Chapter 14: Google Earth – Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth – Organizing, Naming & Sharing
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth – Historic Maps & Images
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth – Fun with Images & Video
  • Chapter 19: Family History Tour Maps
  • Chapter 20: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I like the guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them.

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 5, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS ARE REPRINTED FROM THE GENEALOGY NEWSLINE VOL. 1 #4:

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs. They rely almost entirely on descriptions. This book on CD-ROM is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date. There are over 700 pictures covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of 1839-1860, the ambrotypes of 1854-1860s, the tintypes of 1856-1900, the carte-de-visites of 1859-1890s, and the cabinet cards of 1866-1910.

Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine. The book then goes on to graphically show the photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – pages 8 & 9
  • The 1850s – pages 10-13
  • 1860-1864 – pages 14-17
  • 1865-1869 – pages 18-20
  • 1870-1874 – pages 21-24
  • 1875-1879 – pages 25-26
  • 1880-1884 – pages 27-30
  • 1885-1889 – pages 31-36
  • 1890-1894 – pages 37-43
  • 1895-1899 – pages 44-51
  • 1900-1904 – pages 52-60
  • 1905-1909 – pages 61-69
  • 1910-1914 – pages 70-77
  • 1915-1919 – pages 78-84
  • 1920-1924 – pages 85-89
  • 1925-1929 – pages 90-93

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 5 to 8 pictures. To make the book even more valuable, the photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

System requirements:

PC or Mac with Windows installed for auto start. Since the pages are pdf files they are readable under either Windows or Mac OS. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or later.

Purchase this CD-ROM at Family Roots Publishing for just $11.88 (including postage) – or get it FREE with your purchase of the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs. See the review of the new More Dating Old Photographs below:

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MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects:

  • Photographic Jewelry
  • Other Formats
  • Manipulated Images
  • Retouching
  • Hand Coloring
  • Crayon Portraits
  • Photo Editing
  • Watch out for copies
  • Noticing the Details
  • Photographer’s Imprint
  • Clothing
  • Women
  • Bodices
  • Sleeves
  • Accessories
  • Hats and Bonnets
  • Women’s Hair
  • Men
  • Coats
  • Ties
  • Vests
  • Men’s Hair
  • Children
  • Occupational Clothing
  • Ethnic Dress
  • Special Occasions
  • Oddities in the Collection
  • A Case Study
  • Caring for Your Photographs
  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Space Considerations

The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – page 18
  • The 1850s – pages 19-20
  • 1860-1864 – pages 21-24
  • 1865-1869 – pages 25-28
  • 1870-1874 – pages 29-32
  • 1875-1879 – pages 33-37
  • 1880-1884 – pages 38-43
  • 1885-1889 – pages 44-48
  • 1890-1894 – pages 49-54
  • 1895-1899 – pages 55-60
  • 1900-1904 – pages 61-67
  • 1905-1909 – pages 68-74
  • 1910-1914 – pages 75-83
  • 1915-1919 – pages 84-92
  • 1920-1924 – pages 93-100
  • 1925-1929 – pages 101-108
  • Unusual photos – pages 109-112
  • Hand Colored – pages 113-117

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

Posting this mention of the CD-ROM produced for the webinar I gave on February 16 seems a bit self-serving, but I’m actually kind of proud of the way it turned out. It is now shipping!

Recording this webinar was fun, a bit frustrating because of technology challenges, and very worthwhile! I was able to cover numerous resources, with a wonderful response from a worldwide audience.

Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

Features

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 16, 2011. 1 hour 21 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

Viewers’ comments:

  • Leland’s info gave me a few more options in finding my historical ladies. This may just pull my ox out of the ditch.
  • There was a lot of good information. I can hardly wait to try it out.
  • Learned a few new tips and it was nice to get a refresher on old ones. I really liked hearing about the German Parrish Registries, that’s going to be very helpful!
  • Leland was terrific! Informative, entertaining, and enjoyable.
  • Great info; could hear the passion in Leland’s voice
  • Enjoyed the many hints and can’t wait to try out a few. Have enjoyed Leland’s work with Heritage Quest and Gen. Helper in the past.
  • I like having all of these sources in one place. When I finish checking one, I can just move to the next source. It will give some order to my research.
  • I got so much info from the class. Can’t wait to go searching with all the new ideas I just learned. Thanks so much for offering this webinar. I would be very interested in any other webinars that Leland gives.
  • The information shared was excellent. The pace was good and I like the opportunity for Q&A at the end. I also like the ability to download his handouts.
  • Great ideas, I think I can now break a brickwall that is twenty years old!
  • This webinar certainly opened my eyes to the importance of using records that I have not tried before.
  • Soooo much good information of places to look. I’m encouraged! Thank you.
  • Excellent review for those who have been researching a long time. Also, a great guide for newcomers.
  • Leland was fantastic…he has given me so many more options for finding my female ancestors…I can hardly wait to get started. I especially found the German Parish Records information very helpful as I had hit a brick wall on many of them, now I have something to go on…thank you for these webinars.
  • A LOT of great information! I have renewed energy now to find a few of my female in-laws!

The Chasing Women CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

My friend, Thomas McEntee, presented this Webinar just over two months ago. I was lucky enough to be able to catch the Webinar live, and came away from the program very impressed. I learned a lot – and enjoyed the entire program. You will too.

Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 5, 2011.1 hour 28 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

About the author: Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

The Google for Genealogists CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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MORE GENEALOGY NEWS

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ESSENTIAL BOOKS FROM FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY

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FAMILY MAP PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT #2:
Family Roots Publishing Co. is now marketing the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases. There are currently about 500 of them, for many of the states. They are all now posted. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Baldwin County, Alabama. Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, April 5, 2011. An official review and announcement will be made in the next Newsline

We have Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available)

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POPULAR BOOKS FEATURED IN PAST GENEALOGY NEWSLINES

THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

Family Roots Publishing is now offering this wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

  • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
  • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
  • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
  • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
  • Maps of each province showing town locations.
  • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
  • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.
Google Your Family Tree is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased at 10% off, making the price $17.95 through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. All new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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FAMILY CHRONICLE MAGAZINE
I write for Family Chronicle, a delightful genealogy magazine that I recommend to everyone. For more information about the publication and to download a free issue, click here.

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LELAND K. MEITZLER BIOGRAPHY
Mr. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. Mr. Meitzler worked as Managing Editor for Heritage Quest Magazine from 1985 through 2005, and held the same position with Everton Publishers, editing The Genealogical Helper, from 2006 until February of 2009. He is the now co-owner of Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, and writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com. Meitzler conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, now in its 27th year. With over 2000 lectures to his credit, his programs are always motivational and informative. He may be contacted at Leland@familyrootspublishing.com

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Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 4

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #4 – Mar. 12, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the fourth edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through March 22, 2011

United States Military Post Returns Dating From 1806 Through 1916

Accessing the Pennsylvania Archives

Additional Marriage Records Found at FamilySearch.org as of February 21, 2011

Email to the Editor

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 on CD-ROM
  • More Dating Old Photographs 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION
  • Google Your Family Tree – Unlock the Hidden Power of Google
  • Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors – Webinar on CD-ROM
  • Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815
  • Google for Genealogists – Webinar on CD-ROM

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Family Map Pre-Announcement

Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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PARTLY PERSONAL

I’m afraid I’m still struggling to get the Newsline on schedule. In the last 30 days I’ve had three major conferences to attend and all kinds of deadlines to meet. Needless to say, it took a while to get back at the Newsline. I’ve hired several employees, and given a few more days we should get into the groove around here. I’ve also held this up for the last few days, hoping that FamilySearch.org would get through doing their server upgrade, which has caused the website to be down most of the time for nearly a week. It seems the new system, which includes a full back-up of all data, is still buggy. It was up early this morning for a bit, but now it’s down again. So I’ve decided to go ahead and send this out. Additions that I hoped to write about will be in another Newsline later in the week.

In the last Newsline, I promised that I’d let readers know where Hazel Mills (my long-term secretary) is now living. She had a stroke, and is now at Heartwood Extended Health Care, 1649 E 72nd St, Room 311, Tacoma, WA 98404. Cards and letters of encouragement would be welcomed, I’m sure.

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UNITED STATES MILITARY POST RETURNS DATING FROM 1806 THROUGH 1916

The February 20, 2011 edition of Ancestry.com’s Weekly Discovery noted that United States Military Post Returns dating from 1806 through 1916 had been updated, complete with a free index at Ancestry.com. That got me to thinking about my great-grandfather, and led to some remarkable discoveries.

My great-grandfather, Henry Canfield, fought with volunteer Michigan Cavalry throughout the Civil War. As the war ended, he reenlisted and according to family lore, went west, dying at Camp Douglas in Salt Lake City in March of 1866. Over the last 30 years, I’ve done a lot of research on Henry, and have pulled together a fair amount of material on the man. The posting of the US Military Post returns has placed records in my hands that I saw at the National Archives in Washington D.C. in the summer of 1982. At the time, I made note of some of the information, did not see it all, and wished many times over the years that I’d spent more time and gotten copies of documents. I now have those documents and more…

In searching the Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916 collection, I located documents relating to Henry Canfield in post returns of Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as Camp Douglas, Utah. The returns noting 1st Lieutenant Henry Canfield were dated from July 9, 1865 through March of 1866.

With this information, as well as numerous other records, I just wrote an article that be will published in the July/August issue of Family Chronicle – telling the story of my great-grandfather’s life and his military service, and the records I used to document those months.

I located 17 documents in the Military Post database all listing Henry Canfield. The earlier returns, from Fort Collins, Colorado, dealt with his service keeping stage routes open, then being on court martial duty in Denver, and by January of 1866 (in Camp Douglas returns), being sick, and dying in March of 1866. The example below lists 1st Lieut. Henry Canfield with the 7th Michigan Cavalry as absent on detached service commanding Company B at Coopers Creek, Dakota Territory. Note that I found the documents using a variety of spellings for Henry’s name – Canfield, Caufield, Camfield, and Harry as well as Henry. I also browsed the images.

The following is from the Ancestry.com website:

About U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916

This database contains returns from U.S. military posts from the early 1800’s to 1916, with a few returns extending through 1917.

Army Regulations stipulated that every post was to submit a return to the Adjutant General, usually at monthly intervals. These returns showed:

  • The units stationed at each post
  • The strength of each unit
  • Names and duties of the officers
  • Number of officers present and absent
  • Listing of official communications received
  • Record of events

This information was returned on forms provided by the Office of the Adjutant General. Over the years, several changes were made to the forms, but the general information recorded was the same. In the earlier years some returns were sent on manuscript forms. These manuscript forms followed the format of the printed forms. Earlier post returns also used the same forms as the regimental and organizational returns.

While most of the records in this collection consist of monthly post returns, some additional records, such as morning reports, field returns, rosters of officers, and other related papers, have been mixed in. These additional records provide supplemental information or act as substitutes for missing returns. Records are available for military posts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Cuba, Panama Canal Zone, Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, and Mexico.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations:

  • California State Genealogical Alliance
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • Nebraska State Genealogy Society
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
  • SFGenealogy.com

Original data:

Returns From U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M617, 1,550 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

See if you can find your ancestor in these records.

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ACCESSING THE PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES

Footnote.com is one of my favorite websites. Found among the many databases located there is the entire series of the Pennsylvania Archives. It’s one of the FREE databases found at Footnote.com, and one of the most useful, if you’ve got early Pennsylvania people.

You’ll find the following types of early Pennsylvania records at the site:

  • Church Records
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Governors and their Constituents
  • Land Warrantee Records (1730-1898)
  • Militia Records and Council of Safety
  • Oaths of Allegiance, Naturalization and Ship Manifests
  • Tax Records

In searching on the surname Meitzler, I got 11 hits. Some of these hits included more than one Meitzler. They included 6 documents for Meitzlers who were found on Militia Lists and Muster Rolls (War of 1812); two Meitzler entries for families who were found on tax rolls, one document for Meitzlers who were Pennsylvania land warrantees, and two hits that were just to index entries.

Learn more. There’s an excellent article about the Pennsylvania Archives, written by my friend, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, found here. Search for your ancestors in The Pennsylvania Archives – FREE at Footnote.com.

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ADDITIONAL MARRIAGE RECORDS FOUND AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG AS OF FEBRUARY 21, 2011:

Note that at the time of this posting, FamilySearch is in a server upgrade process, and may still be down when you read this info.

In checking FamilySearch.org, I see that a number of new and updated United States Marriage Records have been posted. I have also updated my complete FamilySearch U.S.A. Marriage Records posting of January 30 to reflect these new databases and records as of February 21, 2011. More may be there now.

Delaware Marriages 1913-1954 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Delaware – 112,894 records as of 17 Feb 2011 – up from just over 8,000 a few days ago.

All New Database – Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1910 – Images of marriage registers and records made by county clerks in Kansas. Includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Clay, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery,Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson. 136,726 images as of 11 February, 2011.

All New Database – New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947 – name index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage. – 501,128 records as of 17 February, 2011.

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Email from Deberah Martinez, Peachtree City, PA

I really enjoy reading your Genealogy Newsline. There’s one thing you should point out to your readers regarding the FamilySearch.org Marriage Indexes. I found the entry for my ancestor Lizzie Steinbach and her husband John Muller(also known as Johan Muller and John Miller). The date of marriage given on this index record was really the date the marriage was registered at the county office. I have a photostat of the original document from Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin. Tell your readers that the “marriage” date from the index may be the “registration date” and they should go ahead and request a copy of the original document from the county that houses the record to verify the correct marriage date.
Keep sending the Newsline. Thanks.

Leland’s Note: Thanks Deberah, Good point. In Genealogy Newsline Vol.1 #3, I posted links to marriage records found at FamilySearch.

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing several books, two on identifying old photos, one on using Google for genealogy, one on American migrations, my CD-ROM on chasing women, and thomas MacEntee’s on Google for genealogists.

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs. They rely almost entirely on descriptions. This book on CD-ROM is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date. There are over 700 pictures covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of 1839-1860, the ambrotypes of 1854-1860s, the tintypes of 1856-1900, the carte-de-visites of 1859-1890s, and the cabinet cards of 1866-1910.

Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine. The book then goes on to graphically show the photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – pages 8 & 9
  • The 1850s – pages 10-13
  • 1860-1864 – pages 14-17
  • 1865-1869 – pages 18-20
  • 1870-1874 – pages 21-24
  • 1875-1879 – pages 25-26
  • 1880-1884 – pages 27-30
  • 1885-1889 – pages 31-36
  • 1890-1894 – pages 37-43
  • 1895-1899 – pages 44-51
  • 1900-1904 – pages 52-60
  • 1905-1909 – pages 61-69
  • 1910-1914 – pages 70-77
  • 1915-1919 – pages 78-84
  • 1920-1924 – pages 85-89
  • 1925-1929 – pages 90-93

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 5 to 8 pictures. To make the book even more valuable, the photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

System requirements:

PC or Mac with Windows installed for auto start. Since the pages are pdf files they are readable under either Windows or Mac OS. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or later.

Purchase this CD-ROM at Family Roots Publishing for just $11.88 (including postage) – or get it FREE with your purchase of the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs. See the review of the new More Dating Old Photographs below:

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MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects:

  • Photographic Jewelry
  • Other Formats
  • Manipulated Images
  • Retouching
  • Hand Coloring
  • Crayon Portraits
  • Photo Editing
  • Watch out for copies
  • Noticing the Details
  • Photographer’s Imprint
  • Clothing
  • Women
  • Bodices
  • Sleeves
  • Accessories
  • Hats and Bonnets
  • Women’s Hair
  • Men
  • Coats
  • Ties
  • Vests
  • Men’s Hair
  • Children
  • Occupational Clothing
  • Ethnic Dress
  • Special Occasions
  • Oddities in the Collection
  • A Case Study
  • Caring for Your Photographs
  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Space Considerations

The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – page 18
  • The 1850s – pages 19-20
  • 1860-1864 – pages 21-24
  • 1865-1869 – pages 25-28
  • 1870-1874 – pages 29-32
  • 1875-1879 – pages 33-37
  • 1880-1884 – pages 38-43
  • 1885-1889 – pages 44-48
  • 1890-1894 – pages 49-54
  • 1895-1899 – pages 55-60
  • 1900-1904 – pages 61-67
  • 1905-1909 – pages 68-74
  • 1910-1914 – pages 75-83
  • 1915-1919 – pages 84-92
  • 1920-1924 – pages 93-100
  • 1925-1929 – pages 101-108
  • Unusual photos – pages 109-112
  • Hand Colored – pages 113-117

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 22, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 22, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch; 2009; 352 pp; Soft Cover; 8.25×10; Indexed; ISBN: 978-0-9820737-1-1; Item # DL1

Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.

Dan’s book can help. First off – and maybe more important than anything else, Dan explains though words, illustrations, and pictures just how to search “smart.” Sure – you can just type in that string of words that you think may be on the Web somewhere, but then again, you might want to type words that will bring you the results you actually want. The first three chapters of the book, as well as Appendix E (see below) really get down into the nitty-gritty of searching.

Chapters 3 through 14 deal with Google applications that enhance the family history research experience. Apps like Language Tools, Google Books, Google News Archive, Blog Search, Images & Video, Google Alerts, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Notebook, and the Google Toolbar all have direct application to our genealogy search.

Google is truly helping genealogists open up the resources of the Internet – and Dan’s book makes using Google easier and more produce than ever before. Every genealogist with a computer can profit from the volume.

The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Search Engine Basics
The Foundation of all Google searches, this chapter describes basic functionality, screen layout, use of keywords, basic commands, and syntax

Chapter 2 – Interpreting Web Search Results
The anatomy of Google Web Search results and the powerful commands that can be accessed from links appearing within your search results

Chapter – 3 – Advanced Search Techniques
A detailed description of advanced search techniques, both command-line entries as well as those used in the Advanced Search Form

Chapter 4 – Language Tools
Using the foreign language capabilities of Google, including automatic language translation, International content search, and Google’s offering worldwide

Chapter 5 – Google Books
Tapping the content archives found within Google’s growing online digital library and tips for using these books in your family history search

Chapter 6 – Google News Archive
Stepping beyond the current-day news into the rich historical news archive, learn to use the time line feature to quickly sort through historical results

Chapter 7 – Blog Search
An in-depth look at searching through and using blog postings as an effective means to conduct your family history research

Chapter 8 – Images & Video
Bring you research to life with pictures and video by learning special tips for getting the most value from Google’s image and video archives

Chapter 9 – Google Alerts
Search while you sleep! Discussion and step-by-step instructions for using Alerts to make Google work as hard as you do in finding your ancestors

Chapter 10 – Google Maps
A look at the indispensable tool for researching places and unique integration with Google Local and Street View

Chapter 11 – Google Earth
An in-depth look at one of the most addictive of all Google applications, you’ll be able to “travel” to the home of your ancestors and anywhere else you desire

Chapter 12 – Google Notebook
Google Notebook enables you to keep your research organized and available – even when performed on different computers – and easily shared with others

Chapter 13 – The Google Toolbar
An optional add-on requiring download and installation, the Google Toolbar offers a host of one-click wonders; also includes brief mention of Google Chrome

Chapter 14 – Other Tips and Tricks
More than a dozen additional features of Google that are too good to ignore, even if they don’t have a direct connection to genealogy research

Appendix A – Getting Started in Genealogy
A condensed step-by-step guide for those just starting to trace their family tree

Appendix B – Top Sites for Genealogists
An overview of the leading free and fee-based websites for genealogy, including a top-ten favorites list and dozens of other useful resources from around the world

Appendix C – Other Internet Search Engines
A look at the useful features of more than a dozen other Web search engines

Appendix D – Web Search Engine Defined
The history and evolution of Internet Search Engines, courtesy of Wikipedia

Appendix E – Syntax Summary & Quick Reference
A concise listing of Google commands and syntax with examples of their use for genealogy

Index

Google Your Family Tree is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, March 21, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 11, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

Posting this mention of the CD-ROM produced for the webinar I gave on February 16 seems a bit self-serving, but I’m actually kind of proud of the way it turned out. It is now shipping!

Recording this webinar was fun, a bit frustrating because of technology challenges, and very worthwhile! I was able to cover numerous resources, with a wonderful response from a worldwide audience.

Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

Features

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 16, 2011. 1 hour 21 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

Viewers’ comments:

  • Leland’s info gave me a few more options in finding my historical ladies. This may just pull my ox out of the ditch.
  • There was a lot of good information. I can hardly wait to try it out.
  • Learned a few new tips and it was nice to get a refresher on old ones. I really liked hearing about the German Parrish Registries, that’s going to be very helpful!
  • Leland was terrific! Informative, entertaining, and enjoyable.
  • Great info; could hear the passion in Leland’s voice
  • Enjoyed the many hints and can’t wait to try out a few. Have enjoyed Leland’s work with Heritage Quest and Gen. Helper in the past.
  • I like having all of these sources in one place. When I finish checking one, I can just move to the next source. It will give some order to my research.
  • I got so much info from the class. Can’t wait to go searching with all the new ideas I just learned. Thanks so much for offering this webinar. I would be very interested in any other webinars that Leland gives.
  • The information shared was excellent. The pace was good and I like the opportunity for Q&A at the end. I also like the ability to download his handouts.
  • Great ideas, I think I can now break a brickwall that is twenty years old!
  • This webinar certainly opened my eyes to the importance of using records that I have not tried before.
  • Soooo much good information of places to look. I’m encouraged! Thank you.
  • Excellent review for those who have been researching a long time. Also, a great guide for newcomers.
  • Leland was fantastic…he has given me so many more options for finding my female ancestors…I can hardly wait to get started. I especially found the German Parish Records information very helpful as I had hit a brick wall on many of them, now I have something to go on…thank you for these webinars.
  • A LOT of great information! I have renewed energy now to find a few of my female in-laws!

The Chasing Women CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 22, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 1-877677-74-4; 8.5 x 11; perfect bound; b&w;

Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

The Following is from the Table of Contents:

Preface

Colonial Roads to 1750

  • The Boston Post Road and the King’s Highway
  • The Lancaster Road
  • The Fall Line Road
  • The Great Valley Road
  • The Pioneer’s Road
  • The Upper Road

Colonial Roads, 1750-1775

  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road
  • The Wilderness Road
  • New York Migrations

Roads to the Ohio Country

  • Zane’s Trace
  • The Nashville Road
  • The National Road

Roads to the Old Southwest

Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 3

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #3 – Feb. 2, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the third edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal

Iowa 1885 State Census Index Posted at FamilySearch.org

United States Marriage Document & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Recording Your Family History
  • Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily
  • John Fuller – 17th Century Immigrant from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Captain William Fuller (1620-1695)
  • Fuller Surname U.S. Census Index – Alpha Listing of Given Names – Head of Families – 1790 to 1890
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – the Series

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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WHY DID YOU RECEIVE THE GENEALOGY NEWSLINE?


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  • You signed up for the newsletter at the Family Roots Publishing Company booth at a genealogy event.
  • Because until December of 2008 you were an Everton Newsline subscriber, Genealogical Helper subscriber, or had some other affiliation with Everton Publishers or the Everton.com website. More information about Everton.com is found near the end of this Genealogy Newsline

If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, you may Unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

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PARTLY PERSONAL

I’m afraid I just learned a few harsh realities. One of them being that producing this Genealogy Newsline while already working a 60-hour week can be taxing – if not impossible. Since the last Newsline, we exhibited at the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa (scratch 7 days), worked several days doing nothing but paperwork for federal and state governments (that is called end-of-January paperwork), shipped a couple hundred orders, placed purchase orders with a dozen companies, paid bills, did all kinds of conference-related paperwork, produced the daily GenealogyBlog.com, dealt with severe weather, fought with an accounting system that doesn’t want to do reports as I need them, hired employees, and dozens of other things. Beside that, I had to take some time to play with the grandchildren! In the process, I’m a week later than I’d planned getting this Newsline out. I’m thinking that the new employees, and the streamlining of operations will make the next Newslines easier to get out, but I have an idea there will still be challenges. Have patience, please. We will get there.

Those of you who have known me for a long while may remember my executive secretary, Hazel Mills, who went to work at Heritage Quest in 1987. Hazel scheduled all my Road Shows, and did all the paperwork, and interaction with attendees for the Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Hazel had a stroke this last week, was in the hospital in Puyallup, Washington for several days and has now moved to a rehab facility in Tacoma. I don’t know the address yet, but will pass it along when I get it. My niece, Christina Meitzler, got Hazel into the rehab facility, and is keeping me posted on what’s happening. I understand that Hazel has lost movement on one side of her body – don’t know which at this time. Your prayers for Hazel would be appreciated.

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Get a FREE copy of Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History with the purchase of $25 or more in books at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website until Wednesday Midnight EST February 9, 2011. To take advantage of the offer, enter the word RECORDING in the ORDER NOTES box at checkout, along with an order of $25 or more (any applicable shipping & taxes not included – United States delivery orders only) Sorry – this FREE book offer is not available for shipment outside of the United States. See the book review below for more information. Note that shipping of the FREE book is FREE also!

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IOWA 1885 STATE CENSUS INDEX POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

I see that an index to the 1885 Iowa State Census is now available for research at FamilySearch.org. It is from the State Historical Society of Iowa, and indexes 95 rolls of FHL microfilm. The census is made up of 503,573 records. A couple weeks ago, I featured State Censuses at FamilySearch, but this one wasn’t posted yet. Although it’s just an index, it is invaluable if you’ve got folks in Iowa in 1885. I did a search on the surname of Hinchey and got back results from two families. Click here to see the index page for John Hinchey.

Search the 1885 Iowa Census Index at FamilySearch.org.

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UNITED STATES MARRIAGE DOCUMENTS & INDEXES FOUND AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

One of the records types found at FamilySearch.org that is growing rapidly are digital images and indexes for marriages found in county and state records of the United States. Since I have a lot of New York ancestry, I was pleased to see that additions have been made to the New York Marriage Records, 1908-1935 database this last week.

The New York Marriages 1908-1935 database currently covers the counties of Broome, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Delaware, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Warren. There are 22,264 images currently available on the site, with 157,260 records currently both digitized and indexed. Marriage records will often have several records and names per image, thus the spread between images and records. Please note that the collection does not include New York City, nor its boroughs.

I did a search for the name Meitzler, and came up with 2 exact hits. These were for my cousin Charles Roy Meitzler, and his father, Charles H. Meitzler. Both of these records came from the same document, which was the marriage record of Charles Roy Meitzler to Phyllis Hecht.

As I mentioned above, FamilySearch.org has posted numerous marriage databases for the United States. Following are links to 53 databases with records for 43 states that you may find of interest, Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records, while a few records may be earlier or later. In most cases, the records may be researched using microfilm found at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Note that in a number of cases I have stated that the number of records was AFTER a specific date. I did this when I found that more records were within the database than I found listed with that date. I’m guessing that this occurs when records are added, but the Collection List Page itself doesn’t get updated.

UNITED STATES MARRIAGE RECORDS AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Alabama Marriages 1816-1957 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Alabama – 1,472,271 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Arizona Marriages 1888-1908 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Arizona – 75,094 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957 – Index and images of marriages recorded in counties of Arkansas – 1,694,330 records as of 5 November, 2010.

Arkansas Marriages 1837-1944 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Arkansas – 1,005,608 records after 27 April, 2010.

Connecticut Marriages 1729-1867 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Connecticut – 453,527 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Delaware Marriages 1713-1953 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Delaware – 8,842 records as of 27 December, 2010.

District of Columbia Marriages 1830-1921 – Name index to marriage records from the District of Columbia – 242,760 records after 27 April, 2010.

Florida Marriages 1837-1974 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Florida – 860,110 records after 27 April, 2010.

Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia – 1,152,385 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Hawaii Marriages 1826-1922 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Hawaii – 103,871 records after 27 April, 2010.

Idaho Marriages 1878-1898, 1903-1942 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Idaho – 88,588 records after 27 April, 2010.

Idaho County Marriages 1864-1950 – Name index and images of Idaho county marriages acquired from local courthouses. Also includes records for the towns of Ashton and Marysville. Currently includes the following counties: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington – 148,053 records as of 19 October, 2010.

Illinois, Cook County Marriages 1871-1920 – Name index and images of marriage licenses and returns recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago – 865,669 records as of 26 April, 2010.

Indiana Marriages 1780-1992 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Indiana – 1,008,396 records as of 4 May, 2010.

Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. The collection also includes searchable images for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Harrison, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen and Rush. – 1,008,412 records as of 13 December, 2010.

Iowa Marriages 1809-1992 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Iowa – 2,626,423 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Kansas Marriages 1840-1935 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Kansas – 378,903 records after 27 April, 2010.

Kentucky Marriages 1785-1979 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Kentucky – 1,532,718 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Louisiana Marriages 1816-1906 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Louisiana – 129,641 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Maine Marriages 1771-1907 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Maine – 597,508 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Maryland – 253,727 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Massachusetts Marriages 1695-1910 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Massachusetts – 1,955,241 records as of 16 December, 2010.

Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 – Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town. – 1,538,139 records as of 28 December, 2010.

Michigan Marriages 1822-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Michigan – 1,908,349 records as of 4 May, 2010.

Michigan Marriages 1868-1925 – Name index and images of marriages recorded in the State of Michigan. In some instances, marriages were celebrated and recorded in a county different from the county where the marriage license was issued. – 1,533,863 records as of 5 May, 2010.

Minnesota Marriages 1849-1950 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Minnesota – 459,384 records after 6 May, 2010.

Montana Marriages 1889-1947 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Montana – 20,739 records as of 27 December, 2010.

Montana County Marriages 1865-1950 – Name index and images of Montana county marriage records acquired from local courthouses – 338,109 records as of 28 December, 2010.

Nebraska Marriages 1855-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Nebraska – 195,329 records after 6 May, 2010.

New Hampshire Marriages 1720-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Hampshire – 439,673 records as of 16 December, 2010

New Jersey Marriages 1678-1985 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey – 871,503 records after 7 May, 2010.

New Mexico Marriages 1751-1918 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Mexico – 93,387 records as of 27 April, 2010

New York Marriages 1686-1980 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New York – 742,984 records as of 13 December, 2010.

New York County Marriages 1908-1935 – Name index and images of New York county marriage records. The collection includes the following counties: Broome, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Delaware, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Warren. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. – 157,260 images as of 26 January, 2011.

North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979 – Name index to marriage records from the state of North Carolina – 2,128,391 records as of 27 April, 2010.

North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. – 45,204 records as of 3 December, 2010.

Ohio Marriages 1800-1958 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio – 4,740,284 records after 14 May, 2010.

Oregon Marriages 1853-1935 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Oregon – 57,523 records after 27 April, 2010.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes 1885-1951 – Marriage indexes (imaged) are arranged by the names of brides and grooms with the year of the marriage and the license number. The surname of the spouse is shown in parentheses. Use the license numbers listed in this index to find copies of the marriage license records. Marriage license records for years 1885-1915 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Marriage license records for years 1916-1951 are available at the City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – 1,830,468 records on 25,981 images as of 29 March, 2010.

Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island – 235,690 records after 7 May, 2010.

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet. – 24,243 as of 5 November, 2010.

Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Tennessee – 1,691,768 records after 15 May, 2010.

Texas Marriages 1837-1973 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Texas – 2,097,030 records after 15 May, 2010.

Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 166,132 records as of 4 January, 2011.

United States Marriages 1733-1990 – Name index to small sets of marriage records from a few states within the United States – 7,176 records as of 27 April, 2010

Utah Marriages 1887-1966 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Utah – 308,854 records after 27 April, 2010.

Vermont Marriages 1791-1974 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Vermont – 15,392 records as of 13 December, 2010

Virginia Marriages 1785-1940 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Virginia – 1,264,889 records after 7 May, 2010.

Washington State County Marriages 1858-1950 – Name index and images of the marriage records for Lewis, Wahkiakum, Thurston and Pacific Counties. This collection of marriage records includes: Lewis County marriage returns, 1914-1948; Wahkiakum County marriage certificates, 1907-1939; Thurston County marriage certificates, 1927-1950; and Pacific County marriage certificates, 1878-1947. The records are arranged chronologically. From the Washington State Archives – 48,385 records on 42,746 images as of 26 March, 2010.

West Virginia Marriages 1853-1970 – Name index (and images offsite) of West Virginia county marriage records. Data is searchable for all counties. However, records within each county may not be available for the full year range. You may need to click on the link to wvculture website to see the image itself. In most cases you’ll be able to click right through for a FREE image, although the site says that fees may apply. – 1,504,135 records as of 29 April, 2010.

West Virginia Marriages 1854-1932 – Name index to marriage records from the state of West Virginia – 203,378 records after 27 April, 2010.

Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin – 80,630 records as of 7 May, 2010.

Wyoming Marriages 1877-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wyoming – 14,070 records after 27 April, 2010.

To view the complete listing of all items currently posted in the FamilySearch Historical Records Collections, Click here.

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be leading hands-on online workshops throughout the week. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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FREE “FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Registration is still open for the upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by GenealogyBlog.com’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While I understand that the webinar is already oversold, with over 2000 people now signed up to attend, registration is still open. I’m told that based on past experience, it takes about 1800 registrations to fill the 1000 attendee classes. However, I’m also told that this webinar is setting new records for registrations, and we’re getting into uncharted territory. So I guess my advice is show up early if you want to get in the on live program, or if you can’t get in, come back the next day for the recorded session.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing one old book, one book that is about to go out of print, three recent titles compiled by a Fuller family historian, and a series of books that now stands at 36 in number. The first volume is one that I’ve recommended for about 20 years. The second has been in print since 2004, and is about sold out. The third, fourth, and fifth were published in 2008. The series is one of which I can proudly say that I am the publisher, started in 2004, and still in process. I personally use all these volumes in my own research.

Recording Your Family History, by William Fletcher

This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

The Following Chapters are listed in the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Family History
  • Childhood
  • Middle Age
  • Old Age
  • Narrator as Parent
  • Grandchildren
  • Historical Events
  • General Questions, Unusual Life Experiences, and Personal Philosophy and Values
  • Special Question for Jewish Narrators
  • Special Questions for Black Narrators
  • Special Questions for Hispanic-American Narrators
  • Further Reading
  • Index

All the above chapters are broken down into sections with all kinds of questions listed for each section. It doesn’t get any better than this if you’re looking for a book to help with interviewing a relative, or recording (writing?) your own personal history. This 317 page book is only $9.95 – or better yet, FREE with the purchase of $25 or more in books at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website until Wednesday Midnight EST February 9, 2011. Nearly 1000 genealogy books are available at the site. To take advantage of the offer, enter the word RECORDING in the ORDER NOTES box at checkout, along with an order of $25 or more (any applicable shipping & taxes not included – United States delivery orders only) Sorry – this FREE book offer is not available for shipment outside of the United States. Postage costs are just too high. The FREE book is also shipped FREE with the above offer.

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Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily by George E. Ott

George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

  • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
  • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
  • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
  • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
  • Maps of each province showing town locations.
  • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
  • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

In the front of the volume, Mr. Ott has also included a chapter on visiting the old country, as well as a How To section with detailed descriptions of the following:

  • Comune/Town
  • Frazione/Hamlet
  • Postal Code
  • Civil Registers
  • Churches
  • Patron Saint and Feast Day
  • Town Hall
  • Library
  • Cemetery
  • Town Web Site
  • Riveli

See what has been said about Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily at the end of the Town Listing below.

Following is a list, laid out alphabetically by province, of the towns (comunes) described in this volume. I left out all the diacritical marks. Note that there are also hundreds of hamlets (fraziones) listed in the book under the appropriate town (commune), allowing the user to locate the appropriate records when researching the family.

Agrigento Province

  • Agrigento
  • Alessandria delia Rocca
  • Aragona
  • Burgio
  • Calamonaci
  • Caltabellotta
  • Camastra
  • Cammarata
  • Campobello di Licata
  • Canicatti
  • Casteltermini
  • Cattolica Eraclea
  • Cainciana
  • Comitni
  • Favara
  • Grotte
  • Joppolo Giancaxio
  • Lampedusa E Linosa
  • Licata
  • Lucca Sinula
  • Menfi
  • Montallegro
  • Porto Empedocle
  • Racalmuto
  • Raffadali
  • Ravanusa
  • Realmonte
  • Ribera
  • Sambuca Di Sicilia
  • San Biagio Platani
  • San Gioanni Gemini
  • Sant Angelo Muxaro
  • Santa Elisabetta
  • Santo Margherita di Belice
  • Santo Stefano Quisquina
  • Sciacca
  • Siculiana
  • Villafrana Sicula

Caltanisseta Province

  • Acquaviva Platani
  • Bompensiere
  • Butera
  • Caltanissetta
  • Delia
  • Gela
  • Marianopoli
  • Mazzarino
  • Mileno
  • Montedoro
  • Mussomelli
  • Niscemi
  • Resuttano
  • Riesi
  • San Cataldo
  • Santa Caterina Villarmosa
  • Serradifalco
  • Sommatino
  • Sutera
  • Vallelunga Pratameno
  • Villalba

Catania Province

  • Aci Bonaccorsi
  • Aci Castello
  • Aci Catena
  • Aci Sant Antonio
  • Acireale
  • Adrano
  • Belpasso
  • Biancavilla
  • Bronte
  • Calatabiano
  • Caltagirone
  • Caltagirone
  • Camporotondo Etneo
  • Castel di Judica
  • Castiglione di Sicilia
  • Catania
  • Fiumfreddo di Catania
  • Licodia Eubea
  • Linguaglossa
  • Maletto
  • Mascali
  • Mascalucia
  • Mazzarrone
  • Militello in Val di Catonia
  • Milo
  • Mineo
  • Mirabella Imbaccari
  • Misterbianco
  • Motta Sant`Anastasia
  • Nicolosi
  • Palagonia
  • Paterno
  • Pedara
  • Piedimonte Etneo
  • Raddusa
  • Ragalna
  • Ramacca
  • Randazzo
  • Riposto
  • San Cono
  • San Giovanni La Punta
  • San Gregorio di Catania
  • San Michele di Ganzaria
  • San Pietro Clarenza
  • Sant Agata Li Battiati
  • Sant Alfio
  • Santa Maria Di Licodia
  • Santa Venerina
  • Scordia
  • Trecastagni
  • Tremestieri Etneo
  • Valvarde
  • Viagrande
  • Vizzini
  • Zafferana Etnea

Enna Province

  • Agira
  • Aidone
  • Assoro
  • Barrafranca
  • Calascibetta
  • Catenanuova
  • Canturipe
  • Cerami
  • Enna
  • Gagliano Castelferrato
  • Leonforte
  • Nicosia
  • Nissoria
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Pietraperzia
  • Regalbuto
  • Sperlinga
  • Troina
  • Valuarnera Caropep
  • Villarosa

Missina Province

  • Acquedolci
  • Alcara Li Fusi
  • Ali
  • Ali Terme
  • Antillo
  • Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto
  • Basico
  • Brolo
  • Capizzi
  • Capo d Orlando
  • Capri Leone
  • Caronia
  • Casalvecchio Siculo
  • Castel di Lucio
  • Castell umberto
  • Castelmola
  • Castoreale
  • Cesaro
  • Condro
  • Falcone
  • Ficarro
  • Flumedinisi
  • Floresta
  • Fondachelli Fantina
  • Forza d Agro
  • Francavilla di Sicilia
  • Frazzano
  • Furci Siculo
  • Furnari
  • Gaggi
  • Galati Marmertino
  • Gallodoro
  • Giardini Naxos
  • Gioiosa Mareo
  • Graniti
  • Gualtieri Sicamino
  • Itala
  • Leni
  • Letojanni
  • Librizzi
  • Limina
  • Lipari
  • Longi
  • Malfa
  • Malvagna
  • Mandanici
  • Mazzarra S. Andrea
  • Meri
  • Messina
  • Militello Rosmarino
  • Mirto
  • Mistretta
  • Moio Alcantara
  • Monforte San Giorgio
  • Mongiuffi Melia
  • Montagnareale
  • Montalbano Elicona
  • Motta Camastra
  • Motta d Affermo
  • Naso
  • Nizza di Sicilia
  • Novara di Sicilia
  • Oliveri
  • Pace del Mela
  • Pagliara
  • Patti
  • Pettineo
  • Piraino
  • Raccuja
  • Reitano
  • Roccaflorita
  • Roccalumera
  • Roccavaldina
  • Rocella Valdemone
  • Rodi Milici
  • Rometta
  • San Filippo del Mela
  • San Fratello
  • San Marco D Alunzio
  • San Pier Niceto
  • San Piero Patti
  • San Salvatore di Fitalia
  • San Teodoro
  • Sant Agata di Militello
  • Sant Alessio Siculo
  • Santa Domenica Vittoria
  • Santa Lucia del Mela
  • Santa Marina Salina
  • Santa Teresa di Riva
  • Santo Stefano di Camastra
  • Saponara
  • Savoca
  • Scaletta Zanclea
  • Sinagra
  • Spadafora
  • Taormina
  • Terme Vigliatore
  • Torregrotta
  • Torrenova
  • Tortorici
  • Tripi
  • Tusa
  • Ucria
  • Valdina
  • Venetico
  • Villafranca Tirrena

Palermo Province

  • Alia
  • Alimena
  • Aliminusa
  • Altavilla Milica
  • Altofonte
  • Bagheria
  • Balestrate
  • Baucina
  • Belmonte Mezzagno
  • Bisacquino
  • Blufi
  • Bolgnetta
  • Bompietro
  • Borgetto
  • Caccamo
  • Caltavuturo
  • Campofelice di Fitalia
  • Campofelice di Roncella
  • Campofiorito
  • Camporeale
  • Capaci
  • Carini
  • Casteldaccia
  • Castellana Sicula
  • Castronuovo di Sicilia
  • Cefala Diana
  • Cefalu
  • Cerda
  • Chiusa Sclafani
  • Ciminna
  • Cinisi
  • Collesano
  • Contessa Entelina
  • Corleone
  • Ficarazzi
  • Gangi
  • Geraci Siculo
  • Giardinello
  • Giuliana
  • Godrano
  • Gratteri
  • Isnello
  • Isolo delle Femmine
  • Lascari
  • Lercara Friddi
  • Marineo
  • Mezzojuso
  • Misilmeri
  • Monreale
  • Montelepre
  • Montemaggiore Belsito
  • Palazzo Adriano
  • Palermo
  • Partinico
  • Petralia Soprana
  • Petralia Sottana
  • Piana degli Albanesi
  • Polizzi Generosa
  • Pollina
  • Prizzi
  • Roccamena
  • Roccapalumba
  • San Cipirello
  • San Giuseppe Jato
  • San Mauro Castelverde
  • Santa Cristina Gela
  • Santa Flavia
  • Sciara
  • Scillato
  • Sclafani Bagni
  • Termini Imerese
  • Terrasini
  • Torretta
  • Trabia
  • Trappeto
  • Ustica
  • Valledolmo
  • Ventimiglia di Sicilia
  • Vicari
  • Villabate
  • Villafrati

Ragusa Province

  • Acate
  • Chiaramonte Gulfi
  • Comiso
  • Giarratana
  • Ispica
  • Modica
  • Monterosso Almo
  • Pozzallo
  • Ragusa
  • Santa Croce Camerina
  • Scicli
  • Vittoria

Siracusa Province

  • Augusta
  • Avola
  • Buccheri
  • Buscemi
  • Canicattini Bagni
  • Carlentini
  • Cassaro
  • Ferla
  • Floridia
  • Francofonte
  • Lentini
  • Melilli
  • Noto
  • Pachino
  • Palazzola Acreide
  • Portopalo di Capo Passero
  • Priolo Gargallo
  • Rosolini
  • Siracusa
  • Solarino
  • Sortino

Trapani Province

  • Alcamo
  • Buseto Palizzolo
  • Calatafimi
  • Campobello di Mazara
  • Castellamare del Golfo
  • Castelvetrano
  • Custonaci
  • Erice
  • Favignana
  • Gibellina
  • Marsala
  • Mazara del Vallo
  • Paceco
  • Pantelleria
  • Partanna
  • Petrosino
  • Poggioreale
  • Salaparuta
  • Salemi
  • San Vito Lo Capo
  • Santa Ninfa
  • Trapani
  • Valderice
  • Vita

I highly recommend this publication to anyone with a genealogical interest in Sicily.

ISBN 1933194-16-2; 8.5×11; 230 pages; hard bound; 2004; $49.95 less FRPC discounts – 25 copies are all that are available, so order immediately if you’re interested.

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John Fuller – 17th Century Immigrant from Baltimore, Maryland, by John Beattie Fuller

This 598 page perfect-bound soft cover book notes several possible immigrant John Fullers, attempting to identify in a two-page introduction specifically which John Fuller arrived in a southern colony as an immigrant. This John Fuller was the progenitor of a Fuller family line which over time became perhaps the second largest southern Fuller family to be recorded. The author goes on to identify the descendants of John Fuller who was born abt 1651 in Maryland, and died before 6 March 1699/00 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He married Hester Enlows abt 1677 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, daughter of Hendrick Enlows and Christina Wright. She was born abt 1660 in Baltimore County, Maryland, and died November 1720 in Maryland? The volume identifies descendants through the 10th generation, with family spread coast-to-coast in the United States over 300 years. The book is complete with an every-name index to all persons listed within the volume. Cost is $26, which includes postage. 2008; 5.5×8; Perfect-bound; For more information, or to purchase, contact the author, John Beattie Fuller, Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, 24609 Alligator Rd., Astor, Florida 32102. Email: jfuller82@embarqmail.com.

Captain William Fuller (1620-1695), by John Beattie Fuller

This 288 page volume contains a twenty-one page introduction regarding the early foundation of the state of Maryland with specific emphasis on Captain William Fuller’s arrival in Maryland and his role as a governor in 1655. The book also addresses his relocation to South Carolina and his family establishment in the Charleston area. His genealogical (colonial) family is covered in 13 generations. It is the opinion of the author that Captain William Fuller is one of, if not, the most interesting Fuller family members in the colonial south. The book is complete with an every-name index to all persons listed within the volume. Cost is $22, which includes postage. 2008; 5.5×8; Perfect-bound; For more information, or to purchase, contact the author, John Beattie Fuller, Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, Alligator Rd., Astor, Florida 32102. Email: jfuller82@embarqmail.com.

Fuller Surname U.S. Census Index – Alpha Listing of Given Names – Head of Families – 1790 to 1890, Compiled by John Beattie Fuller

This 585 page volume contains 30,000 Fuller given names in alphabetical order that identifies all heads of Fuller families in the U.S. Census microfilm files from the first census in 1790 to 1890 for all the states. Each Fuller family head appears in column form followed by the census year, state, county, census schedule, roll number, and page number. One can use this data to find specific Fuller families. This volume is most helpful in tracking a specific Fuller family who may have relocated from one census year to another. The book contains only genealogical research data and there are no narratives, photos, drawings, or graphs. Cost is $32, which includes postage. 2008; 8.5×11; Perfect-bound; Also available in a hard-bound edition for $62 including postage. For more information, or to purchase, contact the author, John Beattie Fuller, Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, 24609 Alligator Rd., Astor, Florida 32102. Email: jfuller82@embarqmail.com.

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Map Guide to German Parish Registers – a Series – by Kevan M. Hansen

Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series is principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church in the old country – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in volumes – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop. Volumes dealing with Alsace-Lorraine are an obvious exception to that rule.

Each volumes of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the Family History Library microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.

The series is now at 36 volumes, published in both soft and hard cover bindings. All 36 books are in print, with another 18 expected before the series comes to an end, when it will cover all of Germany.

The following German States are currently covered by the series:

To find out which of the above volumes your town may be in, just type the town name into the search engine on the left-hand side of any page of the Family Roots Publishing Company website. If the name includes diacritical marks (like an umlaut), be sure and include them. You may also find your town by scrolling through the listing of places found within each book, if you know about where the family lived.

Books on the following areas are in process and have yet to be published:

  • Alsace-Lorraine (the last two volumes – covering Lorraine (Lothringen) in two books.
  • Province of Westphalia
  • Province of West Prussia
  • Province of Brandenburg
  • Province of East Prussia
  • Province of Pomerania
  • Province of Posen
  • Province os Silesia
  • Remaining Free Cities

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USING UNITED STATES COLONIAL, TERRITORIAL, & STATE CENSUSES

In checking the FamilySearch.org website this morning, I noted that new digital data for two important state censuses was posted last week. The two states and census years are Rhode Island 1935, and New York State 1892. Since I had many relatives living in New York in 1892, I immediately checked out the new data.

Two New York families immediately came to mind, first my Meitzler grandparents who lived in Brighton, and secondly, my cousin, Robert Cyrus Titus. In searching for Charles Meitzler, I got three hits, one in Brooklyn that rang no bells, one for Charles H. Meitzler, my cousin, and one for my great-grandfather. By clicking on “view image,” I got the digital image of the record. This included three generations of the family. I already had a copy of this record, which I found some years back, while searching the then unindexed films at the New York State Library.

However, my next search was for my cousin, Robert Cyrus Titus, who lived in Buffalo, New York. I didn’t have an 1892 census record for him. He was a political kind of guy, spending years on the New York Supreme Court, running for governor of New York, and acting as defense attorney for President McKinley’s assassin, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Searching for Robert Titus, I got four solid hits, one of them being specifically for Robert C Titus, who was listed with an occupation of Judge on the digitized image.

Thirty-Seven States Took State Censuses

Thirty-seven states took colonial, territorial and/or state censuses. These census records help fill in the 10-year blanks between the Federal Decennial censuses that have been taken since 1790, and in some cases even before that. State censuses haven’t had near the accessibility, nor the publicity that Federal census records have had. Most haven’t had indexes, so we just didn’t hear much about them. That’s all changing very rapidly. Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and other websites have been digitizing and posting these records. Dollarhide wrote several books on the subject, the two most popular being Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States; and Census Substitutes & State Census Records Vol. 2, Western States. The publication of these two books has opened up a plethora of resources to genealogists, most of whom had no idea that they even existed. Note that the title includes census substitutes. Census substitutes are closely related to the State Census Records, as they are records that are most-often available for years between the Federal Decennial Censuses, and are made up of large name lists. Substitutes include tax records, voter registration rolls, city directories and any other lists that cover large numbers of the population. If you haven’t used these types of records, I highly recommend that you do so, as these types of records will add all kinds of information on your family – and maybe even help you break a few brick-wall genealogy problems.

As I mentioned above, FamilySearch.org is one of the websites where we are now finding digitized and indexed state census records. Following are links to the two collections just updated at FamilySearch.org, with additional state census records following.

NEW DIGITIZED & INDEXED STATE CENSUS IMAGES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Search the digitized 1892 New York State Census Records

Details about the New York State 1892 Census from the FamilySearch.org website: This database is made up of a name index and images of the population schedule from the New York census taken in 1892. This state census is an every-name index to the state’s inhabitants as of February 16, 1892. The collection includes 40 counties. Population schedules for the following counties are missing or lost: Chenango, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Livingston, New York (the Bronx and Manhattan), Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and Wyoming.

Search the digitized 1935 Rhode Island State Census

Details about the 1935 Rhode Island State Census from the FamilySearch.org website: This database is made up of a name index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by that state in 1935. Officially known as the 1935 state census, these schedules are on computer cards dated January 1936. This census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants as of 1935. The records are arranged by county and town and then alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups.

MORE DIGITIZED & INDEXED STATE CENSUS IMAGES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

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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. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be leading hands-on online workshops throughout the week. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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FREE “FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by GenealogyBlog.com’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 16, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

Webinar Description
Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. However, women historically haven’t produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely didn’t exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives.

There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you’re doing both types of searches on the same women.

This webinar is very “source” oriented, giving detailed information on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

About the presenter
Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 27th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Registration
Registration is free, but space is limited to 1000 attendees. Click Here to go the the GotoWebinar site and reserve your webinar seat, by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two relatively new books that tie in with the above feature subject this time around. I am the publisher of both volumes. They were both written on my recommendation, and they are books the I heartily endorse. I personally use them regularly in my own research.

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Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States

In this 2-volume set of books, written on my direction, acclaimed author William Dollarhide identifies Census Substitutes, as well as State Census Records for the United States of America. The substitutes are those name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership lists, voter registrations, and other compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state, or one or more towns of a county. As mentioned in my feature article above, thirty-seven states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today. Usually taken between Federal Decennial Census years, these records often contain unique information, and may even shed light on the lives of your ancestors that may have been on-the-move.

Volume 1 covers:

  • The Old Southwest (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana & Mississippi);
  • New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont);
  • Mid-Atlantic States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania);
  • The Old South (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia);
  • The Old Northwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin);
  • and the Central Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Dakota Territory/North Dakota/South Dakota).

Through Monday, January 24 at 12 P.M. EST, Family Roots Publishing is offering this volume at 10% off. The book is normally $32.95, but with the 10% discount, it’s only $29.65 – a great value for genealogists. Click for more information and/or to order.

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Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 2, Western States

Volume 2 covers:

  • Texas, Oklahoma (Spanish/Mexican Texas, Republic of Texas/State of Texas, Indian Territory/Oklahoma Territory & Oklahoma);
  • California & Nevada, Alaska & Hawaii (Spanish/Mexican/State of California, Nevada, District/Territory/State of Alaska, Kingdom/Territory/State of Hawaii);
  • Nuevo Mexico (Spanish/Mexican New Mexico, New Mexico &Arizona);
  • The Mountain West (Colorado, Utah & Wyoming);
  • and the Oregon Country (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana).

I personally use these two books on a regular basis and recommend them to all my friends. In full disclosure, I am the publisher. However, they are of tremendous value, listing resources that you may not have otherwise known about.

Through Monday, January 24 at 12 P.M. EST, Family Roots Publishing is offering this volume at 10% off. The book is normally $32.95, but with the 10% discount, it’s only $29.65 – a great value for genealogists. Click for more information and/or to order.

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Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #1 – January 10-16, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the first edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter. The roll-out of the first Genealogy Newsline has taken nearly a week. It started on January 10, and wrapped Sunday January 16, with testing of various features of our email sender with portions of the mailing list. The next newsletter is scheduled to go out the the full list on Tuesday, January 18 with succeeding newsletters sent on Tuesday of each week thereafter.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Changes to the Newsline

FREE “Finding Your Female Ancestors” Webinar

New Online Resources Reviewed

  • New Online Maine Vital Records Resources
  • The Allen Co. – Fort Wayne Historical Society “History Center Digital Collections”
  • The German Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • The German Research Companion, by Shirley Riemer, et al
  • Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy

Free Shipping Through January 17 at the Family Roots Publishing Co. Website

More Genealogy News – with links to 30 Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

What Happened to the Genealogical Helper?

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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CHANGES TO THE NEWSLINE
The first change is a tiny one. I have changed the name of The Newsline to Genealogy Newsline. The second, and most prominent change in the Genealogy Newsline is that it is produced in an HTML format, while continuing to be largely in a textual format. Leaving the Genealogy Newsline as text allows me to produce a much longer newsletter, which will download a lot faster than one with a lot of graphics.

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FREE “FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by GenealogyBlog.com’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 16, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

Webinar Description
Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. However, women historically haven’t produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely didn’t exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives.

There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you’re doing both types of searches on the same women.

This webinar is very “source” oriented, giving detailed information on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

About the presenter
Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 27th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Registration
Registration is free, but space is limited to 1000 attendees. Click Here to go the the GotoWebinar site and reserve your webinar seat, by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button.

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NEW ONLINE RESOURCES REVIEWED
I produce a daily blog called GenealogyBlog.com. In that blog, I do a lot of reviews of important and new online resources. The following articles are excerpts of important blogs that I have been posted in the last few days. Plan to see a lot of this type of review in the Genealogy Newsline.

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NEW ONLINE MAINE VITAL RECORDS DATABASES
On the 16th of December, Ancestry.com posted the Maine Vital Records from data found at the Maine State Archives. The records themselves are transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths that took place statewide. They are digitized, and indexed. These are not images of the originals recorded at the town level. However, they do comprise a statewide set of Maine vital records, transcribed from those made on the local level.

Following you will find links to the three Ancestry.com databases, as well as a short description of each.

Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922

Contained in this index are Maine birth records from 1621-1922. From 1621-1891 record birth records were not standardize and therefore are sparsely recorded. Though there are many records from 1621-1891, this collection contains a comprehensive birth record set only from 1892-1922.
Information in this index:

  • Child’s Name
  • Birth Date
  • Birth place
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name

The above information is excerpted from a much longer About Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922 found at Ancestry.com

Maine Marriage Records, 1705-1922

Contained in this index are Maine marriage records from 1705-1922. From 1705-1891 record marriage records were not standardize and therefore are sparsely recorded. Therefore, this collection contains a comprehensive marriage record set only from 1892-1922.
Information in this index:

  • Surname
  • Date
  • Location
  • Parents’ Names
  • Birthdates

The above information is excerpted from a much longer About Maine Marriage Records, 1705-1922 found at Ancestry.com

Maine Death Records, 1617-1922

Contained in this index are Maine death records from 1617-1922. From 1617-1891 record death records were not standardize and therefore are sparsely recorded. Though there are many records from 1621-1891, this collection contains a comprehensive birth record set only from 1892-1922.

Information in this index:

  • Surname
  • Date
  • Location
  • Spouse’s Name
  • Children

The above information is excerpted from a much longer About Maine Death Records, 1617-1922 found at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is a subscription service, and there is a fee to access the above data. For more information as well as more Maine online databases (some FREE), see New Online Maine Vital Records Databases at GenealogyBlog.com

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THE ALLEN COUNTY – FORT WAYNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY “HISTORY CENTER DIGITAL COLLECTIONS”
Do you have ancestry that stems from the Allen County, Indiana area? If so, the History Center Digital Collections, sponsored by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society will be of interest to you.

Thus far, 571 items have been digitized and posted online. The majority of the collection seems to be photographs, with many early documents relating to area history also included. You can also find digital images of various artifacts at the site, items like bottles, beads, an axe head, and so forth.

You can browse the collection, or using their search engine; search the full collection, or narrow the search.

The Digital Collection is made up of four categories:

  • The Glorious Gate
  • Making of a People
  • Miami Indiana
  • Thirteen Millennia

About the collection.

Search the collection.

Thanks to a note at on the MoSOG Messenger blog to again alert me to these Indiana digital docs.

For more information, see The Allen County – Fort Wayne Historical Society History Center Digital Collections at GenealogyBlog.com

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THE GERMAN VITAL RECORDS DATABASES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG
Noting that additional data had been added to the Germany Vital Records databases at FamilySearch.org in the last few days, I spent a few minutes checking them out, and came away very surprised and pleased by what I found.

Three separate databases are available. They are:

As of today, the Births and Baptisms database contains 32,877,879 entries. The Deaths and Burials database contains 3,538,826 entries, while the Marriage database has 7,212,791 entries.

According to the website, due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. The records don’t cover all of Germany, and time periods vary. The indexes are derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Germany.

For more information, see The German Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org Continue to Grow at GenealogyBlog.com

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Nearly 1000 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two relatively new books that I recommend. They are Shirley Riemer’s new Third edition of The German Research Companion, and Cecile Wendt Jensen’s new Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy

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THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

Shirley enlisted the help of two other well-known Germanic genealogists, Roger Minert, and Jennifer Anderson, who spent hundreds of hours in adding additional material, editing, and layout of the book, making a good volume even better.

The German Research Companion is often referred to as “the Bible of German family history.” It provides a wide range of helpful information on virtually hundreds of topics related to German research, most indexed for easy reference. It is published in a handy 5.5 x 8.5 inch format, making it an ideal book to accompany the German family historian on research trips to libraries, archives, seminars, and even the “old country.”

Although not intended as a “how to do German research” volume, genealogists will find it the most complete book on German research produced. Concentrating on German research sources, it is in fact the only book in print that deals with the wide range of material needed by those who are searching their German lines. Written in English, the genealogist needs no knowledge of the German language to use the volume. Any German words and phrases found in The German Research Companion are either translated or clarified in English.

The German Research Companion contains useful details on hundreds of German genealogical topics. The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Section 1: German land, past and present

  • Germany’s political and jurisdictional organization
  • The three empires
  • Populations, capitals, and geography
  • The courts and the constitution
  • The rulers, the flag and the colonies
  • The major turning points and markers of German history

Section 2: The Tools, Contacts, and Resources

  • Resources for utilizing the Family History Library and its branches
  • Uses of the Family History Library Catalog for German Research
  • Credentialed researchers, societies, home-area sources
  • The search for the German immigrant’s place of origin
  • Communicating with Germany
  • Sending euro abroad
  • Village photographs and conference audiotapes
  • Choosing between Du and Sie
  • German organizations and institutes
  • Frequently used resources

Section 3: Emigration and Immigration

  • Immigration laws in the United States
  • Emigration laws in Germany
  • Naturalization records
  • The immigration process and Ellis Island
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration laws
  • Passport applications
  • German immigrant aid societies
  • Pennsylvania societies, archives, and libraries
  • Basic resources for researching Germans from Russia
  • Basic resources for researching the Danube Swabians
  • Basic resources for researching the Wends (Sorbs)
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Pennsylvania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Alsace-Lorraine
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Sudetenland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Bukovina
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Canada
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Czechoslovakia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Galatia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Liechtenstein
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Lithuania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Netherlands
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Poland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Silesia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Switzerland

Section 4: United States Resources

  • U.S. Cemeteries and burial records
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Social Security history and research
  • U.S. Railroad and Retirement Board
  • U.S. vital records
  • The WPA
  • The U.S. Census
  • Land and property records
  • The Homestead Act
  • U.S. Libraries and publishers
  • American military records
  • Germans who fought in the American Civil War
  • Hessian soldier research
  • The Turnverein in America
  • Fraternal organizations

Section 5: Language and Vocabularies

  • History and characteristics of the German alphabet and language
  • German dialectics and high, middle, and low German
  • The old German script
  • Abbreviations in German and Latin
  • German genealogy vocabulary
  • Occupations, trades and titles in German and Latin
  • Medical terms, illnesses, and causes of death, in German
  • German family relationships vocabulary
  • Christenings, marriages, and deaths vocabularies
  • Latin genealogy vocabulary
  • Roman numerals
  • Latin vocabularies for calendar dates, tombstone expressions, and old cities of Europe
  • French genealogy vocabulary
  • Fraktur
  • Yiddish

Section 6: German Resources

  • German church and civil registration records
  • Church inventories
  • Citizen books
  • The German privacy law
  • City registers
  • German cemeteries
  • Abbreviations keys to Meyers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon & Müllers grosses deutsches Ortsbuvh
  • Reverse alphabetical place name indexes
  • Maps
  • German phonetics
  • Indexes of German surnames
  • Periodicals
  • Place names
  • Researchers
  • Queries in German publications
  • Village lineage books
  • Postal code directories
  • The Ahnenpass
  • Telephone directories
  • Dictionaries

Section 7: Archives

  • German archive terminologies
  • German federal and state archives
  • County archives
  • Ecclesiastical archives and organizations
  • Central office for genealogy in Leipzig
  • The Berlin Document Center
  • The “Gauck” files
  • Specialized archives
  • Recommendations for working in a German archive
  • Genealogy related organizations in Germany
  • Historical societies in Germany

Section 8: Life in Our Ancestor’s Times

  • Names and naming patterns
  • Patronymic names
  • Given names of Germanic and foreign origin
  • “Name days”
  • Old measurements
  • Monetary units
  • Records of guilds and tradesmen
  • Calendars through the ages
  • The perpetual calendar
  • Feast days
  • Holidays and observances
  • History and customs of Christmas
  • The church in modern Germany
  • Religions: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and pietist, with resources
  • German Universities and academic degrees
  • Heraldry
  • German nobility
  • Military church-books, cemeteries, archives & records
  • German expellees following World War II
  • German prisoners of war in Americas

Section 9: Newspapers, Libraries, Museums and other Information

  • City directories and manuscript collections
  • German and German-American newspapers
  • Special interest publications
  • Emigration records in newspapers
  • Sister City arrangements
  • German museums, libraries, and publishers
  • American universities in Germany
  • U.S. Embassy offices in Germany
  • Academic and cultural organizations
  • Cooking measurements and ingredients
  • Folk dress (Trachten)
  • Greetings in German
  • Formalities of letter-writing
  • Telephone cards

The Appendix

  • The appendix includes maps, tables, charts, and pictures that help to illustrate Germanic research.

In Conclusion
Simply said, if you’re an English-speaking person doing German research, you will profit by a copy of this new Third Edition of The German Research Companion. The volume is immediately available by purchase from Family Roots Publishing Company, the primary sponsor of GenealogyBlog.com. The cost is just $28.00, less the FRPC discount. A real deal…

The German Research Companion, Third Edition, by Shirley J. Riemer, Roger P. Minert & Jennifer A. Anderson. 706 pp; softbound; ISBN 0-9656761-6-1; Item #M0025.

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STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

I have sold a few books on Polish research over the years, most often the classic Polish Roots, by Rosemary Chorzempa. Family Roots Publishing is now offering a wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen, whom I met at the 2010 NGS Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Palonia: Communities and Societies
  • Foundation Research
  • U.S. Military Records
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records
  • Geography, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Record Keeping and Handwriting in Poland
  • Case Studies and Historical Documents
  • Heirlooms, Documents and Collections
  • Research – Digital and Traditional
  • Web Addresses

I’ve found this volume very interesting, with a lot of good information for anyone interested in researching Polish Ancestry.

It’s available from Family Roots Publishing Company at just $25, less the FRPC web discount of course…

About the Author: Cecile (Ceil) Wendt Jensen is a native Detroiter. Her grandparents arrived in Detroit in the 1880s and 1890s from Russian Poland, West Prussia, Posen, and Galicia. Cecile has taught in public schools for 30 years in traditional and electronic art, art history, and social studies. She is a certified genealogist and develops Web sites, videos, CDs, DVDs, and databases for genealogists of all ages.

Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy; by Cecile (Ceil) Wendt Jensen; 2009; 144 pp; Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; ISBN 9780615360997; Item #: MP01

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