Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 8

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

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George W. Meitzler Commits Suicide by Shooting Himself

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

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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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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

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, 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 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 collection from 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. 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, and have for many years. In fact, they have a lot of my data on their website.



The following United States vital records databases have been posted or updated at 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

Births & Christenings


Deaths, and Probates



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 and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.



The following Canadian Vital Records Databases are now posted at 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



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:



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.


ARCHIVES.COM ADDS NOW DATABASES 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. 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 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, 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

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



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


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


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


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!


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


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


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 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



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.





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.



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!



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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 April 19, and get Dating Old Photographs on CD-ROM for FREE!


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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!



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.


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.


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).







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 and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.



I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled 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.


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.



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


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