Irish Passenger Lists, 1803-1806: Lists Of Passengers Sailing From Ireland To America

Irish Passenger ListsThe Hardwicke Papers, are they became know, represent emigrant passengers form Ireland to the United State during the period of 1803 to 1806. The Hardwicke Papers were mandatory passenger lists created by the masters of emigrant ships before being allowed to set sail. This is also the only period in which registers of passengers leaving Irish ports were kept, at least by law. These compiled lists, the Harwicke Papers, have been reproduced for a modern research audience and published under the title Irish Passenger Lists 1803-1806.

According the “Act for regulating the carrying of Passengers 43rd. of King George the 3rd. of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,” the masters of ships were required to compile a list of passengers, with notation of age, occupation, and, in most cases, place of domicile. These passenger lists were submitted under oath to the Commissioner, a custom’s official, at the Custom House for each port. Copies of the list were sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The Lord Lieutenant during this period was Earl Harwicke; hence, the nickname for the papers.

An Order of Council was given, granting permission for ships to set sail. The date associated with each ship’s passenger list is the date for which the Order of Council was granted, not the actual sailing date. However, it is assumed most ships set sail as soon as tides and weather permitted, following the issuance of an Order. Permission to emigrate was sometimes denied specific passengers who were deemed skilled craftsmen.

American ports did not keep “customs passenger lists,” documenting immigrants, until 1820. Thus, these papers may be the only existing records of immigration into the United States for these Irish emigrants.

In all, there are 109 sailings for Irish ports documented in these lists. The number of sailings breakdown per Irish port as follows:

  • Dublin 28
  • Londonderry 26
  • Belfast 22
  • Newry 19
  • Sligo 6
  • Warrenpoint 3
  • Cork 2
  • Ballyshannon 1
  • Killybegs 1
  • Limerick 1

Sailing break down by years as follows:

  • 1803 – 35 sailings
  • 1804 – 37 sailings
  • 1805 – 29 sailings
  • 1806 – 8 sailings (records only kept through March of 1806)

All ships in these papers made port in the United States, with the following breakdown by port:

  • New York 61
  • Philadelphia/Newcastle/Wilmington area 24
  • Baltimore 7
  • Boston 4
  • Chaleston 4
  • New Bedford 1
  • Norfolk 1
  • Wiscasset 1
  • and one unspecified port

According to an estimate made from the index, there are over 2,700 individuals are listed in these records.


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Salt Lake Christmas Tour…… Week’s Peek

We’re spotlighting George Ott today.  I’ve known George since about 1988 and in all that time I’ve known him to be a Gold-Plated Gentleman and Top-Notch Knowledgeable Genealogist. He’s assisted on Leland’s Christmas tour almost since the very beginning and I can safely raise my hand and say that yes, he’s helped everybody who asks him for help and he’s found something for everybody.

Bet you didn’t know that he was one of the behind-the-scenes genealogists on Who Do You Think You Are? Currently he works for ProGenealogists, a professional firm in Salt Lake. He does much of his work in the Family History Library…………. and that’s where he will be the first week in December helping us!

His specialty is U.S. Research and U.S. Military and Italian research. Bring your problems and your questions and plan to spend some quality time with George Ott.  He’ll be giving all of us the first talk bright away Monday morning; George will teach us how to evaluate the Preponderance of Evidence, and I guarantee you will benefit from this opening learning session.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next time. to be Acquired by Pirmira Funds for $32 per Share in Cash with Investigations Already in the Works

So it’s finally happened… has been sold for $32 per share in cash. The stock sold for as much as $32.48 on August 20, leaving some folks scratching their heads about the sale, which is set to close in early 2013. I see that two investigations of the sale have already started. I’m not insinuating that anything untoward is going on in the sale of the company. It’s just interesting that there is such an immediate clammor on the part of firms representing investors. It’s said that they are looking into “into possible breaches of fiduciary duties by the Board of Directors of, Inc.” management will “maintain a majority of their equity stakes in the company…”

As far as members and users are concerned, I’m sure that we’ll continue to get more “good stuff” on a daily basis, as we have been for years now.

See the news excerpts following’s news release below.

The following news release is from Heather Erickson at

Transaction Valued at $1.6 billion;

Permira Funds Partners with Management and Spectrum Equity to Acquire World’s Leading Online Family History Resource

PROVO, Utah, October 22, 2012 – (Nasdaq:ACOM), the global leader in online family history, and Permira, the European private equity firm with global reach, today announced that a company owned by the Permira funds and co-investors has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire for $32.00 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $1.6 billion. Tim Sullivan,’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Howard Hochhauser,’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will maintain a majority of their equity stakes in the company as part of the transaction. Spectrum Equity will also remain an investor in the company.

The transaction represents a premium of 41% over’s closing stock price on June 5, 2012, the last trading day prior to press reports that had retained a financial advisor in connection with a possible sale of the company. The disinterested members of’s Board of Directors have unanimously approved the transaction and recommend that stockholders approve the merger. Affiliates of Spectrum Equity, which together own approximately 30% of the company’s outstanding shares, have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the merger. is the world’s largest online family history resource. Its global network of websites empowers users to make meaningful discoveries and share their family history. Over 15 years has assembled an unrivaled worldwide collection of over 10 billion digitized, indexed records and built a feature-rich, engaging product experience for its 2 million-plus subscribers. The company’s best-in-class technology ensures access everywhere via web, desktop and mobile.

“This is a successful outcome for our public stockholders, and a great day for employees and subscribers around the world,” said Tim Sullivan. “We’re excited that Permira shares our commitment to keep investing in our technology and product experience to make family history easy and accessible for more and more families around the world. Their strong investment track record in the technology and Internet sectors makes them a terrific advisor and partner as we take the company forward.”

Added Charles Boesenberg, Chairman of the Board of, “Our board conducted a thorough sale process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our stockholders this premium transaction.”

Brian Ruder, Partner and Head of Permira’s Menlo Park office said: “With its pioneering technology and market leading position, is an exciting investment opportunity for the Permira funds. We are thrilled to be able to back the company as it continues to develop new and innovative content, and expand in both its core markets and into new geographies. We look forward to bringing Permira’s technology and media experience to bear in supporting Tim, Howard and the rest of the talented team at and its mission of helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.” and Permira indicated that the company will continue executing on its growth strategy and initiatives led by content acquisition and technology investment, with the support of the Permira funds and the investor group. There are no anticipated changes in’s operating structure.’s focus will continue to be on investing in content, technology and its user experience, expanding its product offerings in areas like DNA, and building the brand and the family history category, all on a global basis. will remain headquartered in Provo, Utah, with a continued large presence in San Francisco, Dublin, London and other international markets.

The transaction, which is subject to the approval of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2013. The company will file additional details regarding the transaction shortly with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Form 8-K, and in proxy materials to be provided to the company’s stockholders in connection with the special meeting to vote on the merger.

The Board of Directors of received financial advice from Qatalyst Partners LP, who also provided a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as the company’s legal counsel. Morgan Stanley served as financial advisor to the Permira funds while Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Clifford Chance LLP served as legal advisors. The Permira funds were also advised by McKinsey & Company, Aon M&A Solutions, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Barclays, Credit Suisse Securities, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets have agreed to provide financing to the acquiring company in connection with the merger. Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
As previously announced, will release financial results for its third quarter 2012 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at approximately 2:00 p.m. MT (4:00 p.m. ET). In light of today’s announcement, the company will no longer be hosting a corresponding conference call with analysts and investors to discuss the financial results.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 39 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history

About Permira
Permira is a European private equity firm with global reach. The Permira funds, raised from pension funds and other institutions, make long-term investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance and driving sustainable growth. Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately $26 billion.

Permira established its presence in North America with the opening of the New York office in 2002 followed by the Menlo Park office in 2008. The Permira funds have a long track record of successful technology and digital media investing in companies around the world including Odigeo, NDS, Renaissance Learning and Genesys. Since 1997, over 30% of the Permira funds’ investments have been in the core sector of Technology, Media & Telecom.

The following investigations have also been announced:

Block & Leviton LLP Investigates, Inc. for Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty in Connection With Its Proposed Going Private Transaction

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Block & Leviton LLP (, a Boston-based law firm representing investors nationwide, has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duties by the Board of Directors of, Inc. (“” or the “Company”) (NASDAQGS: ACOM) with regards to their recently announced going private transaction by Permira Funds Partners, scheduled to close in early 2013.

Read the full article.

Newman Ferrara LLP Announces Investigation Of Inc.

Newman Ferrara LLP is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Inc. (“”) (Nasdaq: ACOM) concerning the proposed acquisition of by an investor group headed by European private equity firm Permira Funds (“Permira”) and which includes members of’s management.

On October 22, 2012, announced that it had entered into an agreement and plan of merger to be acquired by Permira in an all cash deal valued at approximately $1.6 billion. Under the terms of the agreement,’s shareholders will receive $32.00 per share of stock owned. However, common stock traded at above the $32.00 per share offer price as recently as August 20, 2012 when it traded at $32.48 per share. common stock also traded as high as $33.80 per share as recently as August 3, 2012. stock has increased in value by over 27% so far this year.

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour……….. Week’s Peek














Who knows where these photos were taken??????  The Salt Lake City International Airport, that’s where! Isn’t it fun to arrive into Salt Lake City and be greeted by Christmas-red poinsettias lining the walkways??? Those cheery flowers introduce you to a wonderful week!  Hope YOU are not going to miss it this year.

Donna, aka Mother Hen

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Eases Access to Pa. Death Records

The following article came from

Court ruling eases access to Pa. death records

MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

Updated 12:53 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that coroners cannot withhold information about the cause and manner of deaths until after the end of each year.

The high court ruled 5-1 in favor of a south-central Pennsylvania television station that was turned down when it sought such records from the Cumberland County coroner after a Shippensburg University football player died more than three years ago.

The ruling overturned decisions by the Office of Open Records, a county judge and Commonwealth Court, which had all ruled against WGAL-TV and in favor of then-coroner Michael Norris.

The station wanted information about the death of Thomas Rainey, 19, inside his apartment in April 2009. Authorities said Rainey’s death was not suspicious.

The earlier rulings, siding with Norris, had cited a provision of the Coroner’s Act that said their records must be made public for each year by the end of the following January. But the Supreme Court majority said public access requirements under the Right-to-Know Law are not in conflict with the other law, making the records more immediately available.

The court said both laws provide immediate access to cause and manner death records.

U.S. Department of Interior Names 27 New Historic Landmarks

The following article was found on the Miami Herald website:

Government names 27 new historic landmarks

A Kansas battlefield where forces faced off over slavery several years before the Civil War, two New England churches, and several sites associated with indigenous North American cultures are among 27 places designated new National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Other sites include homes of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and examples of Beaux Arts, modern and City Beautiful movements and architecture.

“Each of these landmarks represents a thread in the great tapestry that tells the story of our beautiful land, our diverse culture and our nation’s rich heritage,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in announcing the list Wednesday.

The new sites according to the U.S. Department of Interior are:

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Gravesite, New York City. Farragut was an important Civil War naval commander.

Black Jack Battlefield, Douglas County, Kansas. A June 2, 1856 conflict took place here between abolitionist John Brown’s forces and a pro-slavery contingent led by Henry Clay Pate, predating the Civil War.

Camp Evans, Wall Township, N.J. This World War II-era U.S. Army Signal Corps facility was a principal U.S. site for development of radar.

Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers/Dayton Veterans Administration Home, Dayton, Ohio. The home represents a “shift in federal care for veterans” from World War I through creation of the Veterans Administration in 1930.

Two New England churches, Central Congregational Church, Boston, noted for its intact Tiffany-designed ecclesiastical interior, and United Congregational Church, Newport, R.I., noted for its 1880-81 murals and opalescent and stained glass windows by artist John LaFarge.

Click here to read the full article.’s Updated Yearbook Collection

The following press release was issued by

What Do Snoop Dogg and Warren Buffett Have in Common? Both Are Included in’s Updated Yearbook Collection

Search Millions of Photos of Loved Ones, Friends, and Celebrities in Expanded U.S. Yearbooks Collection

PROVO, UT–(Marketwire – Oct 17, 2012) –, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced today that it has added more than 18,000 yearbooks to its growing U.S. Yearbook Collection. The new additions, spanning 1806-2008, include schools across the United States, from junior highs and high schools to colleges and universities. Visitors can browse this rich collection for a glimpse into relatives’, friends’ and celebrities’ past, from more formal class portraits to team photos and fun, candid shots. In total, the collection now stands at 53,000 yearbooks and approximately seven million images.

Available to everyone who visits the collection is a gallery of stars long before they became the focus of the paparazzi’s lenses. Notable additions include these previously unpublished photos:

  • Snoop Dogg as an underclassman at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1988
  • Warren Buffett, who lettered on the golf team at Wilson High School in 1947
  • A young Owen Wilson at St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1980
  • Kevin Costner playing varsity basketball at Villa Park High School in 1973
  • Dennis Quaid‘s Bellaire High School portraits in 1971
  • Lucy Liu as a part of the Big Siblings Club at Stuyvesant High School in 1986
  • Mariah Carey as a sophomore at Harborfields High School in 1985
  • Sally Field as a cheerleader at Birmingham High School in 1964

For those who are interested in browsing but don’t have anyone in particular to search, offers a free 14-day trial for all new visitors to the site.

“This collection gives everyone the chance to see the surprising differences, and similarities, we share with our relatives and others and serves as a reminder of our own formative years,” said Daniel Jones, VP of Content Acquisition for Regardless of who you are searching for, the U.S. Yearbooks Collection can make the journey easy, informative, and, most importantly, a lot of fun.”

The yearbooks are easy to search — visitors to the site need only a name and year of birth to get started. From there, they can quickly and easily find what their current family members and others looked like as youngsters and what their interests were. On a broader level, the yearbooks offer a trip back through time, providing snapshots of each era’s fashion, culture and politics


For anyone interested in discovering their family history with the online yearbook collection, visit

About Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 39 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Land Owners in Ireland 1876

Land Owners in Ireland 1876 presents the returns from a count of land owners of one acre or more throughout the country. The process began in 1873 when the Local Government Board in Ireland decided to ascertain the number and names of land owners. Clerks from Poor Law Unions extracted lists of owners from the property valuation and rate books in their custody. The Local Government Board collected these returns, alphabetized the results, and published them under the title Return of Owners of Land of One Acre and Upwards, in the Several Counties, Counties of Cities, and Counties of Towns in Ireland.

The intent in creating this return was to show the following for each county in Ireland:

  1. “The number and names of owners of land of one acre and upwards, whether build upon or not; including lessees for terms exceeding 99 years, or with a right of perpetual renewal, with the acreage and net annual vaule of the property belonging to each owner as shown in the valuation lists.
  2. The number of onwers of land, wheather build upon or ot, of less than one acre, with the aggregate area and net annual value of such proptery.
  3. The estimated area of Waste Land.”

Having collected the names form all land owners of one acre or more, these collected returns represent a significant portion of the population. In fact, the list represents nearly 50% of all land owners. (There were 32,614 owners of land of one acre and 36,144 unnamed owners of less than one acre.)

The returns are organized by provinces (Leinster, Munster, Ulster, and Connaught), then by counties, and thereunder alphabetically by the name of the landowner, giving his address, the extent of his property (acreage), and its valuation. The work constitutes an official inventory of land ownership and is in effect an 1870s-style Domesday Book for Ireland.


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The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area

When genealogists think of Washington D.C. and/or federal records, they tend to think of census records and the National Archives. Maybe the Library of Congress comes to mind. Census records are, of course, of great value, which is why so many websites offer digital access to these records. As for the National Archives and the Library of Congress, just how well does the average researcher know about what these repositories have to offer? Thinking of these exceptional resources beg the question, what else does the nation’s capital have to offer genealogists?

The answer to these questions are revealed in The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area. This guidebook reveals the agencies, departments, and archives in the Washington D.C. area. D.C. plays a unique role as a repository of genealogical material. Collectively, there are more records and materials available through D.C. than the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. As a matter of fact, the Washington area collectively represents the world’s largest holding of research materials.

Like any book which references offices, addresses, and phone numbers, the contact data in this book may have changed. Fortunately, resources like Google make finding new addresses and contact information quick and easy. However, finding a listing of resources like the one compiled in this book, is not as easy. This guide gives researchers not only the name and place of repositories, but also a description, a listing of resources, procedures, and more. The detailed Table of Contents, listed below, provides good overview of what the researcher will find in this valuable guide to the nation’s genealogical records.




Chapter 1: Where Do I Start?

  • About This Book
  • The Gathering Process
  • Getting Around

Chapter 2: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

  • Introduction
  • General Information
  • Room 400, Microfilm Reading Room
  • Room 203, Central Research Room
  • Federal Census Records
  • Military Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Naturalization Records
  • Passport Records
  • Native American/Indian Records
  • Black and African American Records
  • Confederate Records Relating to Civilians
  • Miscellaneous Records
  • Tax Records
  • Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, RG 39
  • The Regional Archives System
  • A Selection of National Archives Publications Available Through the Family History Library System

Chapter 3: Federal Land Records

  • Agencies of the Department of Interior
  • Public Land States
  • The Public Land Survey System of the United States
  • Maps
  • A Selection of Resources Available Through the Family History Library System

Chapter 4: The Library of Congress (LC)

  • Introduction
  • General Information
  • The Thomas Jefferson Building “LJ”
  • James Madison Memorial Building “LM”
  • John Adams Building “LA”
  • A Selection of Library of Congress Materials Available Through the Family History Library System

Chapter 5: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the National Genealogy Society (NGS)

  • National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • A Selection of DAR Resources Available Through the Family History Library System
  • National Genealogical Society
  • A Selection of NGS Resources Available Through the Family History Library System
  • Chapter 6: Facilities for Military Records and Research
  • American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
  • Department of Defense and Related Sources
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Government Printing Office

Chapter 7: Federal Government Agencies and Public Facilities

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of State
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Government Printing Office

Chapter 8: Government and Public Facilities, State, County, Regional, and Local, in Maryland and Virginia

  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Chapter 9: Genealogical Sources for the District of Columbia

  • Introduction
  • National Archives and Records Administration, Archives I
  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Archives
  • City Directories
  • Clerk of The U.S. District Court
  • District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services
  • District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds
  • Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Library
  • Maryland State Archives
  • National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • U.S. Government Printing Office
  • Virginia State Library and Archives
  • A Selection of District of Columbia Resources Available Through the Family History Library System

Chapter 10: Academic Instituions and Private Archives and Libraries with Genealogical Resources

  • Academic Institutions
  • Universities, Colleges, and Seminaries
  • Private Archives and Libraries
  • Family History Centers (FHCs)

Chapter 11: Resources for Ethnic and Religious Research

Chapter 12: Societies and Professional Organizations with Genealogical Resources

Geographical Cross-Reference


Appendix: Selected National Archives Order Forms



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When Your Ox is in the Ditch: Genealogical How-to Letters

Eventually, every genealogist hits a stumbling block. What do I do now? Where can I find the information I need? What records have I missed? “In short, family research is a big Detective game.” To answer some of these questions, Vera McDowell began writing letters in a Dear Abby-esque manner for the Augusta Genealogical Society’s monthly newsletter. When Your Ox is in the Ditch: Genealogical How-to Letters is a compilation of these insightful articles. Vera’s thoughful research suggestions can help the family researcher overcome all manner of issues.

Each page in this book is its own letter. At the top of each page is a short note of introduction. Each hints and the nature of the letter, but doesn’t always give away the full extent of what the reader can expect in actual letter. Here are a few examples:

  • Death Notices Found in Consular Dispatches. all sorts of records are kept by “Big Brother” on American citizens traveling or residing overseas. An act of 1792 ordered death records sent home—and they’re all at the National Archives!
  • Mortality Schedules. If your ancestor died in the 12-month period before 1 June 1850, 1860, 1870, or 1880, details may be in the Mortalities!

There is even a letter on writing letters. In all, there are approximately 150 letters covering a 10 year period found in this book. Each on a different topic, organized into chapters based on research similarities. The letters were originally published to “universal acclaim” in 1992, but letters were published to universal acclaim in 1992. With the Society’s permission, it is now being released to an even wider audience by GPC.

When released, this book received many positive reviews, such as:

“Through the device of good-humored, chatty letters to her cousin, Bette, Vera manages to give sound advice and detailed instruction, and to make genealogy sound like fun–which it is.” THE CONNECTICUT NUTMEGGER (March 1993)

“…clear and easy-to-read…offer[s] a wealth of basic instruction…lends [itself] to browsing.” THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Fall/Winter 1996), pp. 437-438.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting the Record Straight

Chapter 2 Charting a Course on the Research Road

Chapter 3 Daily Mail: Incoming, Outgoing

Chapter 4 You Can go Home Again

Chapter 5 Names and Other Family Foibles

Chapter 6 Were Your Ancestors “Counts” or “No Counts”

Chapter 7 Sources: They’re Everywhere!

Chapter 8 Courthouses: That’s Where the Good Stuff Is!

Chapter 9 Printed Words: Libraries/Books/Indexes

Chapter 10 Dictionary Time: Meaningful Meanings

Chapter 11 Historical Perspectives

Chapter 12 Cemeteries: A Genealogist’s Last Resort??

Chapter 13 “When Your Ox is in the Ditch”

Epilogue And after all that, “Why Genealogy?”

Subject Index


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Learning to Create an Oral History recently posted an excellent blog pointing to resources for learning to capture an oral history. Here is an abstract from that blog:

Online Resources for Learning About Creating Oral Histories

October 16, 2012 By Guest Blogger

Oral History Article

With the advent of inexpensive digital voice recorders, it is now possible to make a direct digital recording of your relatives’ stories and family history. Digital voice recorders are so small and unobtrusive that they can be carried in a pocket and used when the opportunity arises. But before you sit down with a relative to record a life history or talk about family events, it is vitally important that you are prepared. Fortunately, there are lots of online resources, some with detailed outlines, to help with gathering your oral history. The equipment needed to capture an oral history is minimal; a digital voice recorder and a digital camera. You could get more elaborate and do a full-blown video recording, but likely you will have to do some convincing with older relatives.

To begin to understand the terminology and references to equipment used in making audio recordings, it is a good idea to review a glossary of the terms used in digital oral histories. Here is a link to the Glossary for Digital Oral History (PDF file) from the Baylor University, Institute for Oral History.

Before you get out your voice recorder and push the record button, you just may wish to take some time in preparation. There are some tried and true procedures that will make any oral history a lot more interesting and relevant. It is also important to plan how you are going to preserve the files after they are on your computer. So making a successful oral history involves four steps:

Be sure to click here to read the full post at There are plenty of links in the article to additional learning materials.

Heirloom Registry Partners with Family Tree Magazine for Promotion

The following is from a press release obtained from

Heirloom Registry Partners with Family Tree Magazine, Family Heirlooms Expert for New Promotion

The Heirloom Registry™ – a new service that helps its users save and share the stories behind their family heirlooms – has partnered with Family Tree Magazine and author Denise May Levenick to give readers three lifetime registrations on The Heirloom Registry with the purchase of Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

Ferndale, WA and Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 18, 2012

Family Tree Magazine, familyheirlooms expert Denise May Levenick and The Heirloom Registry announce a brand new promotion for buyers of Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

The sales campaign, entitled, “Fingerprint Your Heirlooms,” is simple: With every purchase of Levenick’s book made through or, The Heirloom Registry will include three permanent registry listings (and three registry stickers) with the order.

“We are excited to partner with Family Tree Magazine and Denise, who is truly a leader in family heirloom preservation,” said Dan Hiestand, Heirloom Registry marketing director. “Our promotion is called ‘Fingerprint Your Heirlooms’ because researching family history is too often like detective work. Her book helps folks to organize, preserve and share family heirlooms, while our product helps to make sure the stories behind the heirlooms are saved and accessible — in effect, “fingerprinted” — for future generations. This combined effort means your descendants won’t have to play detective.”

Levenick said she agrees with that sentiment.

“I love a good mystery,” said Levenick. “But uncovering the history of unidentified heirlooms can be a heartbreaking task. I don’t want my family treasures to become orphan heirlooms, and that’s why I’m enthusiastic about The Heirloom Registry and our new promotion to help you ‘Fingerprint Your Heirlooms.’ Family historians know that archival preservation is only the first step in caring for your legacy. It’s also vital to have a plan for passing on your family treasures. The Heirloom Registry makes it easy and inexpensive to write a history – and plan a future – for your heirloom.”

Working in unison, the promotion should be a valuable addition for those seeking to save their family histories, Hiestand said.

“By utilizing the information and advice Denise talks about in her book in tandem with The Heirloom Registry, you can leave a gift for future generations by adding texture and color to your family tree now,” said Hiestand.

“Fingerprint Your Heirlooms” will run until the end of 2012.

About Family Tree Magazine
Family Tree Magazine is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc. (, which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars, genealogy books and the online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do.

About Denise May Levenick
Denise May Levenick is the creator of The Family Curator genealogy blog named one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and 2011 where she has written about her own family archive experiences since 2007. Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences in How to Archive Family Keepsakes. Denise is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and presents online webinars and conference seminars on a variety of archival subjects.

About The Heirloom Registry™
When you record the history of a family heirloom or treasured belonging in The Heirloom Registry, its story travels with it. Wherever it goes. Always. For as little as 99 cents and in just 10-15 minutes, family stories can be safely preserved. It’s simple: Mark/label your family heirlooms (and future family keepsakes) with a high-quality Heirloom Registry sticker, brass or aluminum plate, and share your items’ stories – or provenances — in words and pictures at Once registered, those stories will be available to future owners no matter where the item goes.

All 1911 Census Transcriptions Are Now Free Until Nov 18 on Genes Reunited &

Leading family history websites and have teamed up to offer their members free access to all 1911 census transcriptions from today until 18th November 2012.

The 1911 census is a great place to start researching your family history as the records are the most detailed of any census. It includes places of birth, details of siblings, occupations, how many children have been born to the marriage, how many still alive at the time of the census and how many had died.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager of, said: “The 1911 census is an invaluable resource for tracing your ancestors and it’s fantastic to be able to offer this to our members for free.”

About Genes Reunited
Genes Reunited was launched in 2003 as a sister-site to the Internet phenomenon Friends Reunited. Since then it has grown to become the UK’s largest genealogy website.

It marked a revolution in genealogy and ancestry by combining them with Internet social-networking. Members are able to build their family tree by posting it on the site and investigating which ancestors they share with other members. They can also search historical records such as census, birth, marriage, death and military records.

Genes Reunited has 12 million members and over 780 million names listed. One new name is added to the site every single second.

Leading UK family history website was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. has subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 750 million records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitised several other record sets from the national collection.

Thanks to Natasha White with Brightsolid, with for the above news release.

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23andMe Creates Mathematical Model to Show Family History and Genetic Tests Together Create Better Disease Predictor

23andMe is a personal genetics company. They were responsible for providing celebrity DNA profiles for the PBS show “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Now, the company has developed a mathematical model for that combines family history and genetic testing for a better predictor of complex disease risk. Following is the press release obtained from PRNewswire:

23andMe Compares Family History and Genetic Tests for Predicting Complex Disease Risk

Predictive Ability of Family History and SNP-based Methods Best Used in Combination to Provide Valuable Evidence in a Differential Diagnosis

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In a new theoretical study, 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, developed a mathematical model which shows that family history and genetic tests offer different strengths. The study results suggest that both family history and genetics are best used in combination to improve disease risk prediction. The full results of the study have now been published online in the journal PLOS Genetics.

Family history is most useful in assessing risks for highly common, heritable conditions such as coronary artery disease. However, for diseases with moderate or low frequency, such as Crohn’s disease, family history accounts for less than four percent of disease heritability and is substantially less predictive than genetic factors in the overall population. The study results indicate single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based genetic tests can reveal extreme likelihood ratios for a relatively large percentage of individuals, thus providing potentially valuable evidence in differential diagnoses.

“Both family history and genetics are important tools for assessing an individual’s risk for disease,” 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki said.  “We believe it will become increasingly important for individuals and physicians to know both family history and genetic profile to provide optimal healthcare.”

Lead author and 23andMe scientist Chuong Do, Ph.D, worked with 23andMe senior medical director Uta Francke , M.D., and principal scientists David Hinds , Ph.D., and Nicholas Eriksson Ph.D. to make a comprehensive comparison of family health histories and genetic testing to assess risk for 23 different conditions. These conditions included coronary artery and heart diseases, type 1 and 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, lung cancer, Crohn’s and celiac disease, ovarian cancer, melanoma, bipolar disease and schizophrenia among others.

The analysis confirms that family history is most useful for highly common, heritable conditions and for single-gene (Mendelian) disorders with high penetrance, where the specific genetic cause is not yet known.  For relatively common diseases that may have many contributing genetic and environmental factors, such as coronary artery disease, knowing that your father had the disease is helpful at predicting whether or not you might be at risk for the same condition.

For less common diseases involving many weak genetic, such as Crohn’s disease, knowing family history seldom helps in making a risk prediction, in part, because these diseases are uncommon enough that they would rarely show up in the immediate family health history. When family histories are uninformative, genetic testing may still reveal the genetic variants that would put an individual at a higher or lower risk for the condition. For example, Crohn’s disease might not show up in a family history, but the risk prediction from a genetic test can be relatively more informative.

“These results indicate that for a broad range of diseases, already identified SNP associations may be better predictors of risk than their family history-based counterparts, despite the large fraction of missing heritability that remains to be explained,” stated lead researcher Chuong Do, Ph.D. “They also suggest that in some cases, individuals may benefit from supplementing their family medical history with genetic data, in particular, as genetic tests are improving and more risk factors are discovered.”

“This study addresses the false division between these two diagnostic tools, genetic testing versus family health histories, where the approaches have traditionally been portrayed as competing alternatives,” explained Uta Francke , M.D., senior medical director. “Physicians rely on a variety of tools such as a stethoscope or a thermometer – both are useful in their own way. Similarly, family health histories and genetics both offer different but equally valuable information to inform patient care.”

“Using genetic testing or SNP-association based methods to estimate risk for some rare complex diseases is as good as family histories can be at estimating risk for common heritable conditions,” Dr. Francke continued, “and for individuals who don’t have access to their family health history, genetic testing can alert them to risks they wouldn’t be aware of otherwise.”

The authors use their theoretical model to demonstrate the limits of predictive testing while also outlining specific areas where genetic tests have the potential to be medically useful.  These results, which provide a cautiously optimistic outlook on the future of genetic testing, contrast with the conclusions reached in an independent study published earlier this year in Science Translational Medicine.

This investigation follows a number of previously published studies that utilized the company’s customer database in identifying new genetic associations for a variety of health conditions, including the discovery of two novel genetic associations for Parkinson’s disease, published in PLOS Genetics; five novel significant genetic associations for hypothyroidism in the largest known genome-wide association study of hypothyroidism conducted to date published online in the journal PLOS ONE; six novel associations for male pattern baldness and their unexpected association with common diseases including prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease also published in PLOS Genetics; and seven novel associations for breast size, published in BMC Medical Genetics, three of which are also associated with breast cancer.

About 23andMe

23andMe, Inc. is the leading personal genetics company dedicated to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools.  The company’s Personal Genome Service® enables individuals to gain deeper insights into their ancestry and inherited traits.  The vision for 23andMe is to personalize healthcare by making and supporting meaningful discoveries through genetic research. 23andMe, Inc., was founded in 2006, and the company is advised by a group of renowned experts in the fields of human genetics, bioinformatics and computer science.  More information is available at

SOURCE 23andMe