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A Peek at the Upcoming “Finding Your Roots” Television Series

The following teaser about the upcoming “Finding Your Roots” PBS series is from a good story published in the July 17, 2011 edition of

The story begins with John Henry Schuker, a German immigrant who was living in Berks County in 1728.

Where it ends won’t be known until sometime next year, when the new series “Finding Your Roots,” begins airing on PBS.

The PBS crew that began filming the Berks connection Friday with local genealogist and historian Philip E. Pendleton wouldn’t say anything about where the Schuker story was headed.

In an email, PBS production manager Rebecca Brillhart stated that the series is about the genealogical heritage of prominent Americans.

If the Berks story becomes part of the series, the prominent person would be a guest on the show.

Even Pendleton, who was filmed in the research room in the Berks register of wills office, didn’t know who that person might be.

With the camera rolling, Pendleton explained how he uses wills, property records and other historical documents to research a family with American beginnings prior to the Revolutionary War.

Hosting the 10-part, hour-long series will be Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard University professor who drew public attention when police mistakenly arrested him for breaking into what turned out to be his own home. He later had a beer with President Barack Obama and the arresting officer in what became known as the White House Beer Summit.

Read the full article.

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German Maps & Facts For Genealogy

German Maps & Facts For Genealogy is a book by by Wendy Uncapher & Linda Herrick. This book points out the uniqueness of Germany in over 100 maps including detailed historic maps of kingdoms, duchies, and principalities, to hand-rendered maps showing the religion of the states, location of major rivers, and what was included in Prussia. The following maps are included:

  • German Settlement Growth – showing the evolution of German settlement from abt. 700 AD through the early 1800s
  • Germany 1892 (detailed map from the Chicago Chronicles Unrivaled Atlas of the World, Rand McNally & Company, Chicago 1901. The map includes an index to the major cities in 1901, as well as an index to the Kingdoms, Duchies, and Principalities – making the map extremely useful
  • Holy Roman Empire – 800-1806
  • Confederation of the Rhone 1806-1814
  • German Confederation 1815-1866
  • North German Confederation 1866-1870
  • German Empire (Deutsches Reich) 1871-1918
  • Weimar Republic 1918-1933
  • Third Reich 1833-1945
  • Allied Occupation 1945-1949
  • German Democratic Republic (East Germany) 1949-1990
  • Federal Republic of German (West Germany) 1949-1990
  • Federal Republic of Germany 1990-Present
  • Germany’s European Neighbors- Post WWII-1989
  • German Colonies – with explanation text and dates
  • German Emigration to the U.S.
  • Areas Affected by Wars – includes: Bohemian War 1618-20; Palatinate War 1621-23; Lower Saxon-Danish War 1625-29; Polish-Swedish War 1625-29; Swedish War 1630-34; Franco-Swedish War 1635-48; Treaty of Westphalia – 1648 Peace settlement for Thirty Years Was; Northern War 1655-60; Wars of Louis XIV 1667-97; Great Northern War 1700-21; War of Spanish Succession 1701-1714; Wars of Austrian Succession 1740-48; and the Seven Years’ War 1765-63 (The Third Silesian War). These are separate maps showing the regions affected by the war (as well as those unaffected)
  • German Migration 1940-1951
  • Historic Regions of the German Empire
  • German Dialects
  • German-Speaking Areas in Europe
  • German-Speaking Area in Russia
  • Religion – showing the regions where those of the Roman Catholic & Evangelical principally lived
  • Civil Registration – showing when Civil Registration started for the regions of Germany
  • Population Density about 1870
  • Forest & Mountains – showing the mountain ranges and forest for Germany
  • Elevation map for Germany
  • Major German Rivers
  • Industrial Products – showing major products of industry for Germany
  • Farm Products – showing major farm products for Germany
  • Farm Layout – map showing how farms were typically laid out around the villages in Germany – the example used is Maden, Hesse-Kassel
  • Railway Growth – 3 maps 1850, 1866 and 1880 with a chart of early important railway links
  • Ports and Shipping Routes – Trade Routes from Major Emigration Ports
  • Travel Distance – showing the German Empire and relative distances
  • Prussia – maps for: Brandenburg Land by 1640; by 1744; by 1793; 1806-1815; 1815-1865; 1866-1918
  • Alsace-Lorraine
  • Baden
  • Bavaria
  • Brandenburg
  • Brunswick & Anhalt & Waldeck
  • East Prussia
  • Hanover
  • Hesse
  • Lippe & Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Mecklenburg
  • Oldenburg
  • Palatinate
  • Pomerania
  • Posen
  • Rhineland
  • Kingdom of Saxony
  • Province of Saxony
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Silesia
  • Thuringia
  • Westphalia
  • West Prussia
  • Wuerttemberg (Württemberg)
  • Relationship Map of Central Germany 1871 – showing how the German States lay out in relationship to each other
  • Detailed Map of Thuringia

Also found in this book are population charts; timelines showing why people left, where they left from, and where they were heading; migration figures; terms; lists of rivers, forests, and mountains. Following is a listing of some of the charts, text and timelines:

  • Events That Affected Migration
  • Most Common Reasons to Leave for all Time Periods
  • Annual Migration Statistics
  • German Emigration to the U.S.
  • Germanic Migration in Europe
  • German Migration 1940-1951
  • German Dialects
  • Religion – showing numbers of those of the Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Other, and non-Christian Religions in 1871 (by German State)
  • 1875 Male & Female Population for the German States
  • Population for German States in Selected Years
  • Population for the German States in 1855 & 1871
  • German Rivers by name of river and German state/states in which it flows
  • Major Ports Used by German Emigrants – with details and timeline
  • Place Names in Other Languages (German – English – French – Polish – Other)
  • Terms found in Records
  • Postal Codes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

German Maps & Facts For Genealogy is available from Family Roots Publishing; item # OBK163

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Volunteers Make it Possible — You Can Too!

If FamilySearch only provided images, without indexes, how would that affect your research? Every birth record, death certificate, tax list, or any other document would have to be hunted down, one by one, through millions of images. Forget finding a needle in a haystack, that would be easy by comparison. Indexes make research practical. FamilySearch relies on volunteers to take images from browsable to searchable. Volunteers make vital records research possible.

Family historians are drawn to discover their past. Every single family member matters. Now, every researcher can participate in the effort of making priceless vital records’ indexes available to everyone. Join the effort at FamilySearch by volunteering. They have made the process as easy as possible. In their words:

You can help. No special skills or fixed time commitments are required. Volunteer when you can. Just register, sign in, and follow a simple process:

  1. Select a “batch” of records to download to your computer.
  2. Enter the requested information (names, dates, events, etc.) in the corresponding spaces.
  3. Submit your completed index to the online system.


Not sure if you are ready, then take a “Test Drive.” The test drive gives you a chance to see what the process looks like and practice imputing actual data.


Deciding to get involved is the toughest part. But, once you start, your contribution will give you a sense of great accomplishment. When you are ready to participate, just click the “Get Started” button.

Get started now and you can help on any of these current projects:

  • Argentina, Balvanera – Registros Parroquiales 1833-1934 [Parte C] (Argentina Balvanera – Church Records [Part C])
  • Argentina, Córdoba, Bell Ville—Registros Parroquiales, 1759–1946 (Argentina, Córdoba, Bell Ville – Registros Parroquiales, 1759-1946)
  • Argentina, Córdoba, Jesús María—Registros Parroquiales, 1858–1937 (Argentina, Córdoba, JesúsMaría—Church Records, 1858–1937)
  • Argentina, Córdoba, Río Cuarto—Registros Parroquiales, 1746–1929 (Argentina, Córdoba, Rio Cuarto—Church Records, 1746–1929)
  • Argentina, Santa Fe – Registros Parroquiales 1634-1926 [Parte A] (Argentina, Santa Fe – Church Records 1634-1926 [Part A])
  • Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Registros Parroquiales, 1884–1972 (Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Church Records, 1884–1972)
  • Brasil – Registro Civil, 1852-1914 [Parte 2A] (Brazil-Civil Reg 1852-1914 2A)
  • Brasil, Florianópolis – Registros da Igreja 1751-1954 [Parte A] (Brazil, Florianópolis – Church Records 1751-1954 [Part A])
  • Brasil, Minas Gerais – Church Records, 1706-1952 (Brazil, Minas Gerais – Church Records, 1706-1952)
  • Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife – Registro Civil, 1900-1920 (Brazil, Pernambuco, Recife – Civil Registration. 1900-1920)
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro – Matrimonios 1900-1910 (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro – Marriages 1900-1910)
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte D] (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro—Immigration Cards, 1900–1965 [Part D])
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte E] (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro – Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 [Part E])
  • Canada – Passenger Lists 1881-1922
  • Canada, Bas-Canada – Recensement de 1831 (Canada, Lower Canada – 1831 Census)
  • Canada, Ontario – Births, 1869-1912 [Part B]
  • Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869-1927 [Part B]
  • Canadian 1861 Census
  • Chile – Registros Civiles 1885-1900 (Chile – Civil Registration 1885-1900)
  • Chile, Concepción – Registros Civiles 1885-1920 [Parte 3] (Chile, Concepción – Civil Registrations, 1885-1920 [Part 3])
  • Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 [Part B] (Chile—Civil Registrations, 1885–1900 [Part B])
  • Colombia, Bucaramanga – Registros Parroquiales 1649-1959 (Colombia Bucaramanga-Church Records)
  • Deutschland, Baden-Württemberg, Emmendingen – Kirchenbücher, 1810-1869 (Germany, Braden-Wurttemberg, Emmendingen, Church Book Duplicates, 1810-1869)
  • Deutschland, Baden-Württemberg, Kirchzarten – Kirchenbücher, 1810-1869 (Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Kirchzarten – Church Book Duplicates, 1810-1869)
  • Deutschland, Brandenburg, Posen—Kirchenbücher, 1794–1874 (Germany, Brandenburg, Posen—Church Books, 1794–1874)
  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung (Germany, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Census)
  • El Salvador – Registros Civiles 1835-1910 (El Salvador – Civil Registration 1835-1910)
  • El Salvador – Registros Civiles 1836-1910 [Part B] (El Salvador – Registros Civiles 1836-1910 [Part B])
  • El Salvador – Registros Civiles 1867-1910 (ElSalvador-Civil Registration-1867-1910)
  • España, Andalucía – Registros Civiles 1837-1870 (Spain Andalucia Civil Registration 1837-1870)
  • España, Lugo – Registros Parroquiales 1530-1930 [Part 1] (Spain, Lugo – Parish Registers 1530-1930 [Part 1])
  • España, Málaga – Nacimientos 1841-1870 (Spain, Malaga – Births 1841-1870)
  • Estonia – Lutheran Church Books 1603-1940 [Part B] (Estonia – Lutheran Church Books 1603-1940 [Part B])
  • FamilySearch Evaluation Survey
  • France, Cherbourg – Registres Paroissiaux 1802-1907 (France, Cherbourg – Parish Registers 1802-1907)
  • France, Coutances – Registres Paroissiaux 1802-1907 [Part 2] (France, Coutances – Catholic Diocese 1802-1907 [Part 2])
  • France, Protestant Church Records [Part 2A] (France, Protestant Church Records [Part 2A])
  • Guatemala, Guatemala – Registros Civiles 1800-1900 (Guatemala, Guatemala – Registros Civiles 1800-1900)
  • Guatemala, Guatemala – Registros Civiles 1877-1900 (Guatemala Guatemala Civil Registration 1877-1900)
  • Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1800–1900 [Parte B] (Guatemala—Civil Registration, 1800–1900 [Part B])
  • Honduras, Tegucigalpa—Registros Parroquiales, 1684–1930 (Honduras, Tegucigalpa—Parish Records, 1684–1930)
  • Hrvatska, Delnicki dekanat—crkvene knjige, 1725–1926 (Croatia, Delnice Deanery—Church Books, 1725–1926)
  • Ireland – Tithe Applotment Books 1824-1840
  • Italia, (URGENTE), Cuneo, Mondovì—Nati, 1864–1899 (Italia, Cuneo, Mandovì—Civil Births, 1864–1899)
  • Italia, (URGENTE), Firenze, Prato—Stato Civile, 1892–1900 [Parte 1] (Italy, Firenze, Prato—Civil Registration, 1892–1900 [Part 1])
  • Italia, (URGENTE), Mantova—Stato Civile, 1806-1815 (Italy, Mantova—Civil Registration, 1806-1815)
  • Italia, (URGENTE), Messina, Messina—Nati, 1888–1900 [Parte 1] (Italy, Messina, Messina—Birth Registrations, 1888–1900 [Part 1])
  • Italia, (URGENTE), Torino, Torino—Nati, 1894–1899 [Parte A] (Italy, Torino, Torino—Civil Registration, Births, 1894–1899 [Part A])
  • Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1889–1924, Part 2 (Italy, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Civil Deaths, 1889–1924, Part 2)
  • Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Nascita, 1809–1885, Part 1 (Italy, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Civil Births, 1809–1885, Part 1)
  • Italia, Provincia di Vicenza – Registri Parrocchiali 1597-1937 (Italia, Provincia di Vicenza – Registri Parrocchiali 1597-1937)
  • Italy, Trento – Baptisms 1784-1924 [Part 2A]
  • Magyarország, Szabolcs – polgári anyakönyvi adatok, 1895-1978 [1. Rész] (Hungary, Szabolcs – Civil Registration, 1895-1978 [Part 1])
  • Magyarország, Szabolcs – polgári anyakönyvi adatok, 1895-1978 [2. Rész] (Hungary, Szabolcs Civil Registration, 1895–1978, Part 2)
  • Mexico, Aguascalientes – Nacimientos 1860-1921 (Mexico, Aguascalientes – Births 1860-1921)
  • Mexico, Tlaxcala – Nacimientos 1867-1925 (Mexico, Tlaxcala – Nacimientos 1867-1925)
  • México, Hidalgo—Registros Bautismales, 1561–1961 [Parte 1] (Mexico, Hidalgo—Registros Bautismales, 1561–1961 [Part 1])
  • New Zealand, Passenger Lists – 1871-1915 [Part 2A]
  • Nicaragua, Masaya – Registros Civiles 1879-1984 (Nicaragua, Masaya – Civil Registration 1879-1984)
  • Norge – Tinglysningskort 1640-1903 (Norway – Probate Index Cards 1640-1903 – Pilot)
  • Perú – Registros Civiles Nacimientos, 1860-1978 [Parte A] (Peru – Civil Birth Registrations, 1860-1978 [Part A])
  • Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupanâ—Registros Parroquiales 1615-1982 [Part 2] (Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupanâ—Parish Registers 1615-1982 [Part 2])
  • Polska, księgi metrykalne – Diecezja Radom 1654-1946 [Część 1] (Poland, Radom Diocese – Church Books 1654-1946 [Part 1])
  • Polska, księgi metrykalne – Diecezja Radom 1654-1946 [Część 2] (Poland, Radom – Roman Catholic Diocese Church Books 1654-1946 [Part 2])
  • Portugal, Setúbal – Registros da Igreja 1581-1910 (Portugal, Setúbal – Church Records 1581-1910)
  • Pre-indexing: Cote d’Ivore – 1975 Census
  • Pre-indexing: Ghana – 1982-1984 Census [Part 4B]
  • República Dominicana – Nacimientos Civiles, 1828-1906 (Dominican Republic – Civil Births, 1828-1906)
  • Russland, St Petersburg – Kirchenbuchduplikat 1833-1885 (Russia, St Petersburg – Parish Register Duplicates 1833-1885)
  • South Africa Free State-Church Records Part 1B
  • South Africa, Cape Province – Church Records 1660-1970
  • South Africa, Free State—Church Records [Part 1]
  • Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 2] (Sweden, Sodermanland—Church Records till 1860 [Part 2])
  • Sverige, Uppsala – Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] (Sweden, Uppsala – Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])
  • Sverige, Uppsala – Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 2] (Sweden, Uppsala—Church Records to 1860 [Part 2])
  • Sverige, Örebro – Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] (Sweden, Örebro – Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])
  • Sverige, Örebro – Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 2] (Sverige, Örebro—Church Records to 1860 [Part 2])
  • Sverige, Örebro – Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 3] (Sverige, Örebro – Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 3])
  • UK, Bristol – Parish Registers 1837-1900 [Part E]
  • UK, Derbyshire—Church of England Parish Records, 1538–1910
  • UK, Dorset—Church of England Church Records, 1538–1910 [Part B]
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Cornwall and Somerset
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Essex and Norfolk
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Hampshire, Kent, and Sussex
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Huntingdonshire, Radnorshire, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Leicestershire and Suffolk
  • UK, Essex – Parish Registers 1538-1900 [Part A]
  • UK, Lancashire—Church of England, 1541–1910 [Part A]
  • UK, Warwickshire – Parish Registers 1538-1900 [Part 2 Adv]
  • Uruguay – Registros Civiles (Nacimientos), 1879-1930 (Uruguay – Civil Registrations (Births), 1879-1930)
  • US Oregon – County Marriages 1851-1975 [Part C]
  • US Oregon – County Marriages 1851-1975 [Part D]
  • US, Alabama – 1930 Federal Census
  • US, Alabama – County Marriages, 1809-1950 [Part B]
  • US, Alabama—1855 State Census
  • US, Alabama—1866 State Census
  • US, Alabama—County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part C]
  • US, District of Columbia – County Marriages, 1811-1950 [Part C]
  • US, District of Columbia – Marriages, 1811-1950 [Part B]
  • US, Florida – County Marriages, 1830-1957 [Part A]
  • US, Hawaii—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • US, Illinois – County Marriages 1810-1934 [Part B]
  • US, Illinois, Chicago—Catholic Church Records, 1833–1910 [Part A]
  • US, Illinois, Danville—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Indiana, Marion—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866–1938
  • US, Iowa – County Marriages, 1838-1992 [Part B]
  • US, Iowa—County Births, 1880–1935 [Part B]
  • US, Kansas, Leavenworth—National Home for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Kentucky – County Marriages 1797-1954 [Part A]
  • US, Kentucky – County Marriages 1797-1954 [Part B]
  • US, Kentucky – County Marriages 1797-1954 [Part C]
  • US, Kentucky – County Marriages 1797-1954 [Part D]
  • US, Louisiana – Parish Marriages 1837-1929 [Part A]
  • US, Louisiana – Parish Marriages 1837-1929 [Part B]
  • US, Maine – Vital Records, 1892-1907 [Part A]
  • US, Maine, Togus—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Maine—Vital Records, 1892–1907 [Part B]
  • US, Massachusetts—Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1891
  • US, New England—Naturalization Card Index, 1791–1906
  • US, New Jersey – 1930 Federal Census
  • US, New York – Marriage Licenses 1908 – 1935 [PartB]
  • US, New York – Marriage Licenses 1908-1938 [Part A]
  • US, New York – WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • US, New York, Bath—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866–1938
  • US, North Carolina – County Marriages, 1762-1959 [Part C]
  • US, Ohio, Dayton—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Oklahoma – County Marriages 1891-1959 [Part C]
  • US, Oklahoma—Land Allotment Records of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1899–1907 [Part C]
  • US, Oregon – County Marriages 1851-1975
  • US, Oregon – County Marriages 1851-1975 [Part B]
  • US, Oregon—County Marriages 1851–1975 [Part A]
  • US, Pennsylvania—Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882
  • US, Puerto Rico—1930 De Los Estados Unidos (US, Puerto Rico—1930 Federal Census)
  • US, South Dakota, Hot Springs—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Tennessee – County Marriages, 1790-1950 [Part B]
  • US, Tennessee, Johnson City—National Homes Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part E]
  • US, Texas – Birth Records 1903-1934 [E]
  • US, Texas—Birth Records 1903-1934 [Part F]
  • US, Texas—Birth Records, 1935
  • US, Vermont—Vital Records, 1760–1954 [Part D]
  • US, Virginia, Hampton—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938
  • US, Virginia, Orange County—Marriage Records, 1757–1912
  • US, Virginia, Winchester—Evening Star Obituaries, 1899–1909
  • US, West Virginia–Will Books, 1756-1971 [Part B]
  • US, West Virginia—Will Books, 1756–1971 [Part A]
  • US, Wisconsin, Milwaukee—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866–1938
  • US, Wyoming – 1930 Federal Census
  • US—Headstone Records of Union Civil War Veterans, 1879–1903
  • US—Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army, 1798-1913
  • Venezuela – Nacimientos Civiles, 1873-1909 (Venezuela – Civil Births 1873-1909)
  • Venezuela Mérida – Registros Parroquiales, 1654-1992 [Parte 2] (Venezuela Merida-Parish Registers)
  • Österreich – Wiener Meldezettel (Austria Vienna Population Cards 1)
  • Österreich, Oberösterreich, Steyr—Kirchenbücher, 1601–1906 (Austria, Oberosterreich, Steyr—Church Records, 1601–1906)
  • Česká Republika (Tschechien), Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1B] (Czech, Litomerice – Church Records, 1552-1905 [Part 1B])
  • Česká Republika (Tschechien), Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552–1905 [část 1C] (Czech Republic, Litoměřice—Church Records, 1552–1905 [Part 1C])
  • Россия, Самара – Метрические книги церкви 1869-1917(часть 2) (Russia, Samara Church Books – Church Books 1869-1917 [Part 2])
  • Украина, Киев – Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843-1845 [Часть B] (Ukraine, Kyiv – Orthodox Consistory Church Books, 1843-1845 [Part B])
  • Украина, Киев – Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843-1845 [Часть C] (Ukraine, Kyiv – Orthodox Consistory Church Book duplicates 1843-1845 [Part C])
  • Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть A] (Ukraine, Kyiv—Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1846–1848 [Part A])



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Some Early Scots in the Maritime Provinces of Canada

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, a two-volume set by Terrence M. Punch.

Referring to the Maritime Provinces of Canada, specifically New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Price Edward Island, this book covers the immigration of Scottish settlers into this region. Collecting from a vast array of documents, articles, and vital records, the author “attempts to put names and places to a few thousand of these immigrants in hope that some readers may find an ancestor or a kinsman.”

The two volume set is based on materials found in the Nova Scotia Archives and the Public Archives of New Brunswick, among others resources, and it draws together a unique collection of miscellaneous records pertaining to Scottish immigrants to the Maritime Provinces. Details of life events such as birth, marriage, and death are revealed along with records ranging from newspaper announcements of marriages and deaths to cemetery records and censuses, and from ships’ passenger lists to land records. The book also contains histories, maps, indexes to ships and much more. Thousands of Canadian-Scottish immigrants are named who otherwise might have gone undiscovered through traditional genealogical research.


Table of Contents, Volume I

An Ocean Bridged, Scotland to the Maritimes (with 4 maps)
Shipping News Items
Newspaper Marriages and Deaths of Scots-Born, to 1843
Cape Brenton Census of 1818: The Scots (with map)
Census of Sydney County, NS, 1817: Natives of Scotland (with map)
Scots-Born, Nova Scotia Census of 1770
Probate Records:

  • Halifax County, Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland

Scots in Local Histories
Headstones of Scottish Immigrants:

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia

Some Pictou Scots Settlers in 1809
Scots Deserters from Ships, 1812–1813
The North British Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1768–1782
Assisting the Transient Poor in Nova Scotia
Passengers in the brig Harmony, Barra to Cape Breton, 1821
The William Tell, 1817
Scots Married, Catholic Church, Halifax, NS, 1803–1842
Index of Ships
Index of Surnames


Table of Contents, Volume II

Map 1 – Key to the Names of Scottish Shires
Map 2 – Parishes in Five North-eastern Shires
Map 3 – Parishes of the South-western Highlands
Scots-born New Brunswick Loyalists
Statement of Immigration to New Brunswick, 1831–1849
Scottish Names in Prince Edward Island Census, 1798 (map)
Scottish Immigrants to New Brunswick, 1804
Military Attrition in the Maritimes
Scots near Pictou, Nova Scotia, 1809
Scots Arrivals at Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1815
Scots in the Census of Hants County, Nova Scotia, 1817 (map)
Scots Settlers in the Maritimes before 1850 (miscellany)
Newspaper Items, 1844 to 1853
Addenda to Newspapers before 1844
Six New Brunswick Passenger Lists
Headstones of Scottish Immigrants
Queries in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Newsletters
Two Gaelic Opinions of Nova Scotia
New Brunswick Census, 1851: Scots in Five Parishes (map)
Scots in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia
Scots Immigrants to New Brunswick, 1874
Scots in Cape Breton Land Papers, 1801–1820 (with map)
A Scottish Army Surgeon
Probate records, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Index of Ships
Index of Surnames


Both these books are available from Family Roots Publishing:

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Volume I; Item # GPC4713

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Volume II; Item # GPC4714

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Millions More Civil War Records at Family Search

In a recent article, Millions of Civil War Service Records Added to FamilySearch, we listed the new Civil War records available at FamilySearch. Now they have added even more records. Millions more.

Here is the complete list of Confederate and Union soldier records currently available:

State-by-State Records

Additional General U.S. Records


Other war records added/updated this week:


I’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See:

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Emigrants in Chains — The Truth be Told

Did your ancestors emigrate to the American colonies? If so, why? Was it their choice? The popular view of colonization suggests the majority of pre-revolutionary settlers came for religious freedom, to own and work one’s own land, to satisfy an adventurous heart, or other seemingly noble and culturally acceptable reasons.

Emigrants in Chains, by Peter Wilson Coldham, examines in detail an often overlooked piece of history. The forced colonization of the American colonies by English prisoners. The book outlines the social, economical, and political reasons England forced as many as 50,000 prisoners to emigrate.

The book’s subtitle, “A Social History of Forced Emigration to the Americas of Felons, Destitute Children, Political and Religious Non-Conformists, Vagabonds, Beggars and other Undesirables 1607–1776,” well describes the contents of this unique history book.

Referring to those individuals sentenced to colonial life, the author states, “Their untold story may lack the romance of the cavalries of Virginia and Maryland—the heroic ring of a dispossessed aristocracy— but is has the distinct advantage of being true. Without diminishing or debunking the past, it is a story that nevertheless challenges our perceptions and our attitudes.”

The more we know about history, the better we can understand, know, and appreciate our ancestors. Emigrants in Chains tells of the less glamorous side of human nature in history but is all-together important for us to explore and understand.


Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Convicts and Their Background

  • Poverty and crime encouraged by legislation
  • The growth of villainy and criminal gangs
  • Environmental and economic inducements to law-breaking

Chapter II: The Prisons

  • Contemporary descriptions of London and provincial prisons
  • Punishments inflicted
  • Exactions of prison keepers
  • The power of money to relieve punishment

Chapter III: The Dispensers of Justice

  • The development of criminal justice system
  • The power of judges
  • The prevalence of political corruption and venality
  • Humanitarian reliefs

Chapter IV: The State Monopoly—Early Days

  • State-administrated schemes for transporting pardoned felons to the colonies
  • The extension of such schemes to vagrant children, beggars, drunks and political and religious misfits
  • Private enterprise and the practice of spiriting
  • The  American colonies begin to protest
  • The collapse of the early system of transportation

Chapter V: The Age of the Contractors

  • New law on criminal transportation of 1718
  • Appointment of Contractors for the Transports
  • Reactions of the colonies
  • Free trade and introduction of the Hulk Act in 1776
  • Some dismal experiments after the Peace of 1783

Chapter VI: Transportation as a Business

  • The official contractors, their commercial and maritime affairs
  • Difficulties at home, at sea and in the plantations
  • Profits and losses
  • A contractor’s summary of his activities

Chapter VII: The Scottish Experiment

  • Widespread practice of kidnapping in the Scottish Highlands
  • The complicity of civic authorities
  • Exposure of the illicit trade in plantation servants
  • Poverty the cause of a tidal wave of Scottish emigration
  • Government alarm

Chapter VIII: His Majesty’s Seven-Year Passengers

  • Conditions of shipboard life for transported felons
  • Personal reminiscences
  • Brutality of captains and crews
  • Shipboard security measures
  • Dangers to women at sea

Chapter IX: The New Immigrants

  • Accounts of living conditions for transported “servants”
  • The preparation and sale of human cargoes
  • Escapes and punishments
  • Monied exiles, impostors and cheats

Chapter X: Some Thumbnail Sketches

  • Biographies and autobiographies of transported felons
  • Their experiences in the American colonies
  • Their life and times in England

Chapter XI: The Twilight Years

  • Objections to the Hulk Act
  • Frustrated attempts to revive the transportation trade
  • American and British reflections on the effects of criminal transportation


  1. Pardons on Condition of Transportation
  2. Summary List of Principal Gaol Delivery and Assize Records
  3. An Act…for the More Effectual Transportation of Felons
  4. Specimens of Legal Documents
  5. Convict Ships Contracted from London to the American Colonies 1716–1775
  6. Convict Ships Contracted by Assize and Quarter Session Courts
  7. Convicts Pardoned for Transportation 1660–1699
  8. Convicts Pardoned for Transportation 1700–1775 (graph)
  9. Benjamin Franklin on the Subject of Transportation

Select Bibliography


Order today, Emigrants in Chains by Peter Wilson Coldham, available at Family Roots Publishing Item #GPC1109.

Leave a Comment Parody Ads & and a New Ad Campaign (for real!) took a hit on their stock prices today, dropping as much as 11%. I don’t think there was any connection, but the following ad parody is currently being run on the Internet. Warning, the F word with *** is found more than once in the parody…

By the way, Duncan/Channon has been hired by to create and launch a fully integrated ad campaign – taking the place of Penabrand.

Their website has posted the following announcement:
D/C’s pretty proud, too, now that the world’s largest online resource for family histories,, has tapped the agency to lead its creative efforts. The D/C team is developing a fully integrated campaign, including TV, digital, print and other media, set to launch in Q4.

With more than 2.4 billion individual profiles, six billion records and 24 million family trees, is the leader in helping ancestral explorers in the US and overseas discover, preserve and share the histories of their families. Among its happy subscribers is San Francisco’s R. Duncan family, who were proud to discover this daguerreotype of great-great-great grandpa Benjamin “B.J.” Duncan (1834-1891), the caption to which reads (cross our hearts and hope to die): “So manly and handsome.”

Read the announcement at the Duncan/Channon website.

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The following news release was posted on Marketwire today. The changes at, with the addition of the subscription programs, have not been without controversy.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA–(Marketwire – Sep 13, 2011) – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most accurate “World Family Tree,” today debuted its Geni Plus family tree research service. Designed for casual genealogists who want to collaborate with others on their family tree, Geni Plus is an enhancement to its free service tier and is available today for $4.95/month.

Before today, Geni offered only Basic (free) service and Pro ($12.95/month) membership tiers. Recent changes to these services, aimed to increase the collaboration and accuracy of the World Family Tree, and the resulting community feedback highlighted the need for a service designed for the more active social genealogist conducting research on their family tree.

“Our vision has always been focused on fostering a strong community of casual and expert genealogists who will work together to build one connected world family tree that includes a profile for every person who’s ever lived,” said Noah Tutak, Geni CEO. “We recognize that some people are more interested in sharing their personal family trees with their relatives than building the world family tree. The new Geni Plus is designed to give these members more power to build their personal family trees while discovering some of the benefits of working with others on their family history.”

Geni Plus offers benefits in addition to those found in the basic service, including:

  • No limit on number of relatives one can add to their family tree
  • Send unlimited virtual birthday and anniversary gifts to family and friends
  • Discover relationships to distant relatives, celebrities and historical figures
  • Export a GEDCOM file for any profile one can view on Geni (up to 100,000 records)
  • Access to Geni’s expert customer service staff
  • An ad free experience

Those choosing to use the free Geni Basic service can start creating their family tree by creating profiles for close relatives, inviting family and friends to join their family tree and contribute, receive event reminders for family birthdays and anniversaries, upload and share unlimited photos, videos and documents and access community features such as discussion groups and genealogy projects. While free members do not have access to live customer service help, they can use Geni’s robust self-help tools to quickly find solutions to common problems and ask for help from others in the Geni community.

Geni Pro provides serious genealogists the power to instantly discover new relatives while browsing, merge with other trees to quickly grow their family tree, search more than 100 million genealogy profiles for potential relatives, create/edit public profiles, and connect to the World Family tree of more than 58 million profiles.

About Geni, Inc.
Geni is an online community of casual and expert genealogists working together to create a single World Family Tree. Members can invite relatives to help them build their family tree with no limit to the number of people, documents, photos or videos added. They can then discover how they are related to celebrities, historical figures and other members of the World Family Tree. Privately held and based in Los Angeles, Geni’s financial backers include Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures. It was founded by David Sacks, the original chief operating officer of PayPal and founder of Yammer, Inc.

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A Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families

The Mohawk Valley is a geographically isolated, at least by eighteenth and nineteenth century standards, section of central New York. So named after the Mohawk Indians, members of the Iroquois Confederacy, who inhabited the region. Early fur traders established the first permanent settlement in the area in 1662. Beginning around 1709 a larger influx of Dutch, English, and Palatine settled westward along the Mohawk river. The relative isolation of the area led to substantial inter-family marriages crossing back and forth amongst the local families for many generations.

Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families is a two volume set by Maryly B. Penrose. As the name suggests, these books are a compendium of 18th and 19th century vital records for those living in the Mohawk Valley. Because of the strong religious convictions of the inhabitants, surprisingly good records were kept and preserved.

The Compendium is ordered alphabetically by surname. Individual data was collected from available marriage, birth, baptism, death, probate, pension, military, land, and census records. The two volume set also contains a brief history of the area and two appendices. Appendix A lists all know members of the Tryon County Militia with rank and regiment. Appendix B is an alphabetical listing of heads of families and corresponding entries as taken from the 1790 Federal Census of Montgomery County, New York.

At nearly 1150 pages, this compendium is a powerful collection of vital data for those living in Mohawk valley during the 17 and 18oos.

You can order a copy of Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families, Volumes I and II by Maryly B. Penrose at Family Roots Publishing Item #CF4558


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Family Search Updates for 12–13 September, 2011

Family Search has added/updated some of their browsable image files.

California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953: Passenger lists of those arriving in San Francisco, California, 1893-1953. 356,671 images as of 12 September 2011.

Passenger lists prior to 1906 generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of arrival
  • Port of embarkation
  • Name of ship

Passenger lists after 1906 generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Name and address of relative or friend
  • Port and date of entry
  • Name of ship


North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909: The collection contains images of case files from North Carolina State Supreme Court. Most cases are appeals of lower court decisions with each case usually covering multiple pages. The records are arranged chronologically and handwritten. 534,355 images available as of 12 September 2011.

The case files usually include the following information:

  • Date of case or filing with the court
  • Names of interested parties and witnesses

Depending upon the type of case heard you may also find any of the following:

  • Names of family members
  • Names of neighbors
  • Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Legal descriptions of land
  • Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions or assessed by the courts
Vermont, Town Records, 1850–2005: Images of Vermont vital records from various counties and towns. Curently includes only records from the following counties: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland. Records contain typical vitals such as marriage, death, and burial or removal records. Land, property, and military records may also be found in the collection. 75,597 images available as of 12 September 2011.


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Scottish Maritime Handbook

Scottish Maritime Records 1600–1850, A Guide for Family Historians is a brief but useful guide. Each section provides a short history of maritime travel and list of resources per type of seagoing endeavor. Take this example from the Fishing section of the book:

In 1808 an Act “for the further encouragement and better regulation” of the Scots herring industry was passed, impacting significantly on the structure and operation of the fishing industry. Records of the Fishery Board, set up to administer the industry, dated 1809–1939 can be found among the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Papers in the SRO [AF.1.38]…

Table of Contents


Royal Navy

Merchant Navy




Privateers and Pirates

The Slave Trade

Court Records

  • The High Court of the Admiralty of Scotland
  • The Court of Session

Museums and Archives

If your ancestors may have served in the Scottish navy or on any type of Scottish seagoing vessel between 1600 and 1850, then this handbook may just help you find the records you need.

Order your copy of Scottish Maritime Records 1600–1850, A Guide for Family Historians, by David Dobson; Family Roots Publishing Item #CF9215

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The Other 9-11

Every American knows what happened 10 years ago on September 11th. But, how many Americans, or even Utahans, know what happened 154 years ago on the same day? Well, a new National Historic Landmark dedicated this past Sunday, September 11, is a strong reminder of just how deeply rooted we are to the past.

On September 11, 1857, 120 members of the Baker-Fancher wagon train, en route from Arkansas to California, were massacred by Mormon Militia. Only 17 young children survived. These children were eventually returned to their families back east and grew to have children and grandchildren of their own. For years three separate descendant organizations tried to gain landmark status for the site of the massacre. Finally, in 2008, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints assisted these groups by filing for landmark status and helping push for approval. This past Sunday that landmark was dedicated.

While the Church has never officially apologized for the events of that fateful day, current leaders have expressed both regret and remorse over the incident. As details regarding the massacre have come to light over the past few years, many church members have expressed their sympathy over the tragedy. For many Church members, the Mountain Meadows Massacre is especially poignant since some of its participants, along with so many of the early Utah Mormons, had suffered similar pains and loss at the hands of mobs and militia not very many years before. That very suffering is what drove the Mormons to the Utah territory. To have some of their own participate is a similar act was, perhaps, was too much to bear at that time. Now, however, the truth of these tragic events have been revealed. Some expressed feelings that the new landmark status signifies a ‘reconciliation’ between the Church and descendents of all parties.

Descendents of the those 17 children are closely bonded to their ancestors through their efforts to reveal their story. These and similar stories of the past are what tie us to our ancestors. For better or worse, the struggles and decisions of our ancestor have partially shaped our lives. We feel a connection to our forefathers. Uncovering and revealing their stories brings us closer to them. Discovering the truth of their lives, for better or worse, can help define us, and if we choose to learn from the past, make us a better person.


“Utah massacre site dedicated as national landmark;” Associated Press;

Mountain Meadows Massacre segment, Doug Wright Show; KSL Raido 1160am; aired Monday September 12, 2011.

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Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry, the Book

Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry is a follow-up guide to Welsh Family History [previously reviewed on this blog]. Like its predecessor, this book is a compendium of research guides written by different authors, each an expert in his/her own area of specific research. This “Second Stages” guide goes beyond beginner levels taught in the first book, taking the shared knowledge of the contributors to help broaden the reader’s research skills.

The book is largely based on talks given over several years by the individual authors. According to the editors, the majority of these lessons can be divided into five major categories:

  • Religion and Society
  • Industry and Occupations
  • Documents and Specialist Studies
  • People and Places
  • The Welsh at Home and in the Professions

The editors and authors in this book express, sometimes at length, the differences between Welsh and English cultures as developed over the centuries. These differences effect the manner and approach the reader should take in their research. Even if the reader has a practiced knowledge in English research, this guide will explain the differences necessary to successfully finding one’s Welsh ancestors.

List of Figures and Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributing Authors


Chapter 1 Religion and Society in Nineteenth Century Wales by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones

Chapter 2 Catholics in Wales by Michael Gandy

Chapter 3 A Clergyman in the Family by Sheila Rowlands

Chapter 4 Indicators of Nonconformist Ancestry by John Rowlands

Chapter 5 Urban Growth and Industrialisation in Wales by Sandra Wheatley

Chapter 6 People in Mining and Metals: The Llanelli Area by Malcolm Symons

Chapter 7 Great Endeavor for Little Reward: Lead Miners in Wales by John Rowlands

Chapter 8 Reading Old documents: Strategies for Success by Susan J. Davies

Chapter 9 Using Peter Bartrum’s Welsh Genealogies by Michael Powell Siddons

Chapter 10 Sources for Surname Studies by Sheila Rowlands

Chapter 11 The Homes of Surnames in Wales by John Rowlands

Chapter 12 An English Settlement in Western Montgomeryshire during the Tudor Period by Murry Ll. Chapman

Chapter 13 Ordinary People in the Records of the Great Estates by Graham C.G. Thomas

Chapter 14 An Introduction to Maps of Wales for Family Historians by Sandra Wheatley

Chapter 15 The National Monuments Record of Wales by Hilary Malaws

Chapter 16 Writing an Estate and Family History: The Vaughans of Trawsgoed by Gerald Morgan

Chapter 17 The Rise of a Native Middle Class: The Pugh Family of Llanfair and Llanbedr, 1775–1900 by Lewis W. Lloyd

Chapter 18 The Welsh in the Professions by Sheila Rowlands

Chapter 19 The Lloyds of Ty Newydd: A Study of a North Wales Family by John Dilwyn Williams

Chapter 20 Morris Reignald, Gentleman, 1606–1678: Sheep Farmer in North Cardiganshire by Helen M. Kaznowski

Chapter 21 Titus Jones of Llanfihangel-ar-arth by Marion Martin

Chapter 22 ‘Baron’ Lewis Owen of Dolgellau and his Descendants by E. Mary Hartley


Order your copy of Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry, Edited by John and Sheila Rowlands; Family Roots Publishing Item #GPC5028

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour Week Peek #40

I’m back from Africa (hopefully) but…………… it’s time to really start thinking Salt Lake Christmas Tour if you haven’t been already! Just remember how much you enjoy all the fabulous decorations on Temple Square…… put up just for us!?!?!?! Remember that THOMAS MACENTEE will be with us once again to teach us all kinds of wonderful and useful stuff, stuff we need to know to find our ancestors via the Internet. Coming to the Family History Library is great, and it’s a great facility, but even the FHL staff will steer you to a computer to begin or continue working on your family history. So when you come this year on the tour, now is the year to get started on the Internet or to finally knuckle down and learn how to get going on the Internet. Think???

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour Week Peeking……………..

Hello! I thought I was so darn smart scribbling and scheduling posts ahead of time (before our Africa trip) but they did not appear as I thought they would! Mea culpa, my bad. So now you can read them all……………

This is one of my many, many pictures. I’m planning to create an album at and will share an invitation-link with you when it is ready.

Best experience? Seeing elephants and Victoria Falls up close. Funniest experience? Sharing a puddle of Coke with a tame squirrel at the hunting camp. Awfulest experience? Almost loosing my beautiful baseball-sized rocks that I was bringing home. In the Johannesburg airport they almost were taken away from me……… they could be used as weapons and I never, never thought of that. Best food? Pap! Finely-ground white corn meal cooked thick and served with butter and sugar. And BBQ’d kudu ……. they soak the meat in Coke to tenderize it. Good tip, eh?

NOW I’m home and must get back to real life and working on the tour business………….


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