Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 1

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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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

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


About the Genealogy Newsline

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions


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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.


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’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, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 27th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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.


I produce a daily blog called 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.


On the 16th of December, 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 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

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

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 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


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


Noting that additional data had been added to the Germany Vital Records databases at 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 Continue to Grow at



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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


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 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.



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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What Happened to the Genealogical Helper?

I was the last editor of The Genealogical Helper, which, unfortunately, ceased publication in February of 2009 – nearly two years ago. I was laid off on February 17, 2009 and the Everton Publishers Company, as such, ceased to exist soon thereafter. From what I have been told, it is my understanding that the bank, wiping out all the working capital of the company, called a major loan just prior to my termination. Please note that I was only an employee of Everton Publishers, working as an editor out of my home office 80 miles from the headquarters in Logan, Utah. I had no financial stake or management within the company, except as an editor, paid a monthly wage. I state this because I am aware that several thousand subscribers did not have their subscriptions fulfilled. A short while back I purchased the website, and the Newsline, and plan to make the Genealogy Newsline a vibrant part of the / Family Roots Publishing family, which became a full-time occupation upon losing my job with Everton Publishers.



  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy – Salt Lake City, Utah – January 10, 2011
  • Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Heritage Room – Exhibits Only – January 12-14, 2011
  • The Arizona Family History Expo – Mesa, Arizona – January 21 & 22, 2011
  • SLOCGS Family History Day – San Luis Obispo, California – February 5, 2011
  • Rootstech – Salt Lake City, Utah – February 10-12, 2011
  • St. George Family History Expo – St. George, Utah – February 25-26, 2011
  • South Davis Family History Fair – Bountiful, Utah – March 5, 2011
  • New England Regional Genealogy Conference – Springfield, Massachusetts – April 6-10, 2011
  • National Genealogical Society Annual Conference – Charleston, South Carolina – May 11-14, 2011
  • SCGS Jamboree – Burbank, California – June 10-12, 2011
  • Colorado Family History Expo – Loveland, Colorado – June 24 & 25, 2011
  • Midwest Family History Expo – Overland Park, Kansas – July 29 & 30, 2011
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference – Springfield, Illinois – September 7-10, 2011
  • Washington State Gen Society Annual Conference – Richland, Washington – Sept. 16 & 17, 2011
  • Northern California Family History Expo – San Mateo, California – October 7 & 8, 2011
  • Military Family History Expo – Salt Lake City, Utah – October 29, 2011
  • Atlanta Family History Expo – Duluth, Georgia – November 11 & 12, 2011
  • Salt Lake Christmas Tour – Salt Lake City, Utah – December 5-11, 2011
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      The Genealogy Newsline is a weekly publication of Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011. Additional Supplements are possible, but will not be published regularly. Genealogy Newsline is edited by Leland K. Meitzler. Guest articles are welcome, with acceptance wholly dependent on space available, quality of the writing, my personal interest in the subject, and interest to the genealogical community as a whole. Genealogy and history related books, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and software for review should be sent to the above address.

      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 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


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9 thoughts on “Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 1

  1. I was a happy subscriber to Everton’s Geneaolgy Helper for a LOT of years. Is there any access available to the Everton’s family trees that wer posted in each issue ?


  2. At some point during the last 15 years or so, a lot of the Everton data was put on CD-ROM and published on Family Tree Maker CD-ROMs. Family Link Inc., that owns, also purchased a tremendous amount of their data. Whether it’s all been posted at the WVR site or not, I just don’t know…

  3. That’s an excellent question, and one that I didn’t think to address in the Genealogy Newsline. I’ll get the info in the one I’m currently working on. Just go to the Family Roots Publishing website: On the left hand side is a column where you will find the word CONTENTS. A ways further down you will the words CHANGE PASSWORD and LOGIN. Log in first using your current password, then click on CHANGE PASSWORD. Type your old password, then your new password twice. Click on UPDATE. That will do it.

  4. I just wanted to say that I think I am really going to like this. Also you and Patty are a great looking couple. I am glad to see you doing this. I have soooo loved every class I have been too and you carry the best books as well. Very Exciting to me!!!!

  5. Thank you so much for your wonderful new ‘Genealogy Newsline.’ I’ve spent a great deal of time this morning following links, etc. and then sharing them with my friends. You both are to be commended for your dedication to genealogical research. Minnie Pitts Champ

  6. I very much appreciate your efforts to re-establish the news letter. I was very disappointed when I quit receiving The Genealogical Helper. Unfortuneately I have only recently started receiving the Genealogy Newsline and only have Vol.1 #15 and part of Vol. 1 #14. Is it possible to get the newsline parts I have missed? Pls advise what I will have to do.

  7. The archives for Vol. 1 #1 through Vol. 1 #11 is found at: The Archives for Vol. 1 #13 and onward are found at: – The Genealogy Newslines archived there start with July 2011, so scroll down a ways to July to locate them. In some cases, you’ll find that the issue numbers are duplicated, as we often send in batches. Just pick one with the Issue # you’re looking for.

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