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Brownwood Texas Genealogical Library the Latest FamilySearch Affiliate Library

The following excerpt is from the November 19, 2012 edition of

Brownwood Texas Genealogical Library announces that it is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.

Family Search is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historical records through select public libraries, which now includes the Brownwood Texas Genealogical Library. It is a priceless resource for local residents interested in discovering their family tree.

“Less than 5% of the world’s genealogical records are available online, and most family history researchers cannot afford to travel to an archive nationally or worldwide to find the historic records they are seeking,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “If Family Search has filmed the records they need, then as far as they will need to travel to view them is the Brownwood Texas Genealogy Library.”

Read the full article.

Note – Paul Nauta will be our featured speaker at the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour dinner Monday, December 3, 2012. Adds NY Death, Haywood Co, NC Marriage & AK Divorce Records

The following excerpt is from a press release posted at

OMAHA, Nebraska (November 1, 2012) has announced the addition of new records collections to make the work of genealogical researchers even faster. The new collections include documents for New York, North Carolina and Alaska, providing additional resources for members of the website that include death, marriage and divorce records for their perusal and use. Ashley Evans, PR manager for, explained the additional files are in response to RecordsBase review asking for more information to become available.

“Our goal is to make public records searches as fast and easy as possible,” Evans stated. “That is why we are constantly working toward making more records available to our members, through our website search functions that offer instant access to the records our members are looking for. Now, our customers can search even more public records free, with the addition of these collections.”

New files offered by RecordsBase include New York State death records dating between 1957 and 1962. This collection contains a total of 485,114 files. North Carolina, Haywood County marriage records, dating between 1857 and 1925, add 8,383 records, and Alaska divorce records dating from 1970 to present include 51,883 files. These records are now accessible for viewing through the website. Currently the website offers more than two billion public records, according to one review.


Lincoln’s Blockade of Southern Ports Document For Sale for $900,000

The following teaser is from an article posted in the November 21, 2012 edition of

A proclamation signed by former US President Abraham Lincoln on April 19, 1861, that marked the official start of the American Civil War, is up for sale for a whopping USD 900,000.

The one-page document, authorised the blockade of Southern ports, which, under the international law, was an act of war. The Raab Collection in Philadelphia said it is selling the document, which it calls one of the most important in American history, for USD 900,000, CNN reported.

“The action was bold and with great risk,” said Nathan Raab, vice president of The Raab Collection. “Lincoln was aware that the blockading of ports was an act of war. Some in his cabinet argued that a blockade would constitute recognition of the sovereignty of the Confederacy, something the North wanted to avoid. Lincoln was less interested in the legal definitions of ‘war’ than in victory, and he approved it despite the objections.”.

Read the full article.

Read the original article at the CNN website.

Hope Church of Holland, Michigan Publishes Sesquicentennial History Book

The following excerpt is from the November 16, 2012 edition of the Holland Sentinel:

Holland [MI]: As a part of Hope Church’s year of celebration for its sesquicentennial year, a comprehensive history of the congregation’s first 150 years has been published. For more than two years, Hope Church elder Judy Parr has researched and written that history.

“As I worked at the Theil Research Center, where much of the historical material was readily at hand, I discovered as I read the minutes of consistory, stories in the Holland Daily News, diaries, and letters, that people from history seemed to come back to life. ‘Tell my story,’ they pleaded.” Parr did.

Her book of more than 500 pages provides details not only of the history of the ministers and buildings, but also how Hope Church responded to revivalism, the Freemasonry controversy, the Temperance movement, World War I, Women’s Suffrage, World War II, and community needs. There are stories about the Holland fire of 1871, children’s Christmas programs from the 19th century, and the Rev. J. T. Bergen’s work in evangelism which led to the conversion of Apache Chief Geronimo. Among the appendices are a selection of recipes from various cookbooks published by Hope Church women’s groups and a story about a dog’s visit to a worship service.

Hope Church, Holland, Michigan: The First 150 Years 1862-2012,” published by Dickinson Press Inc., Grand Rapids; $15. The book is available at the Hope Church office, Western Seminary Bookstore and Reader’s World.

Read the full article.

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The following excerpt is from a very interesting article by Ray Tsuchiyama about the “punchbowl,” or the “National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific” located above Honolulu, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. It’w well worth the read at the Maui News website.

Above-listed is the official name, known in Hawai’i as simply “Punchbowl”, for the large green, calming dipped expanse atop an extinct volcanic tuff cone located near downtown Honolulu. According to geologic time, the cone is not that ancient, as it was blasted and formed about 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the most “recent” period of volcanic activity on Oahu Island.

After the 1893 Overthrow, the new Republic of Hawai’i government assigned a committee to investigate various land parcels, and a committee (all pro-Republic, non-Kingdom loyalists) recommended that Punchbowl become the site for a new cemetery. However, the new pro-Dole government rejected the idea, since that would put a graveyard for all races overlooking the Republic’s new splendid capital city, and for the next fifty years, after the Territory of Hawai’i was established, the idea for a cemetery languished.*

After World War II Congress and veteran’s organizations lobbied the U.S. Department of War to accelerate the burials of the remains of thousands of GIs stored on Guam awaiting permanent burial. This was the trigger for the U.S. Army to begin planning the Punchbowl cemetery, and soon construction began.

Starting in early 1949 among the first persons to be buried at Punchbowl was Ernie Pyle, the famous war correspondent who was killed on Iwo Jima in 1945 (he was also an ex-Navy enlisted man, Seaman Third Class, which gave him great empathy for the downtrodden soldiers and sailors, especially in the Pacific War, and was beloved by millions who read his battlefield reports).

Read the full article.

Read more about the “National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific” at Wikipedia.

Cruising For Eternity…

The following teaser is from an article in the November 24, 2012 edition of

HONG KONG (CNN) — Yet another passenger ship could be about to anchor in Hong Kong’s popular waters, but berths aboard this particular vessel will be more permanent.

New sketches from a company in the city on China’s southern coast have proposed the creation of a floating cemetery. Designed as a possible solution to Hong Kong’s shortage building space — particularly for graveyards – Bread Studio has come up with “Floating Eternity.”

The structure would hold a rotating wall of 370,000 niches which are compartments allotted for people to place their urn containing the remains of their loved ones. Designed like a cruise ship, the floating cemetery would anchor along Hong Kong’s coastline, docking at a designated pier for visitors who want to visit their deceased relatives.

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

The post-Revolutionary period in Western Massachusetts found families and settlements in constant flux. People were moving westward into New York and northward into Vermont. The transient nature of the period presents certain difficulties for genealogical research. In an attempt to help researchers, members of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) contributed 50 well-researched and carefully constructed genealogical sketches of Western Massachusetts families using heads of households and a listing of children from 1790. These sketches appear in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, published in 2012 by the NEHGS.

The geographical area covered includes what is called today Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. In 1790 there were actually only two counties, Hampshire and Berkshire. Franklin and Hampden were separated from Hampshire in 1811 and 1812 respectively. In selecting individual families for this book, the NEHGS began with some 250 families submitted by members. The list was then cut down, choosing families which have little to no representation in existing works, and represent the area as a whole. Every source was double checked for accuracy. All children and spouses were identified and listed as fully as possible. In addition to primary sources, sketches reference old family records, bibles, letters, and other collections compiled for research. All this allows for a level of detail not found in other places.

Each sketch begins with the entries for the head of house as it appears in the 1790 census. For example:

Baldwin, James

2 – 0 – 1 – 0 – 0

The columns represent the following:

  1. The number of free white males age 16 and older, including the head of household if male
  2. The number of free white males under 16
  3. The number of free white females
  4. All other free white persons
  5. The number of slaves

The remainder of each sketch follows in “Register” style, with vital data on the head of house along with his/her spouse, biographical information, and a listing of their children. Every sketch is well documented, creating an extensive list of sources.

One commentary had this to say about the book:

“This compilation of family histories represents some of the fines contemporary genealogical research for Western Massachusetts. Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 is an essential reference fro anyone conducting serious historical, biographical, or genealogical research on this vital region of western New England.”


There are hundreds of individuals represented withing these sketches. However, the surnames from the 50 heads of household who are sketched are as follows:

  • Baldwin
  • Beals
  • Beaman
  • Bigelow
  • Bowen
  • Burghardt
  • Chapman
  • Converse
  • Cook
  • Cranson
  • Cutler
  • Dorchester
  • Fobes
  • Frary
  • Fuller
  • Griswold
  • Harwood
  • Hastings
  • Heath
  • Hines
  • Holton
  • Howard
  • King
  • Kingsley
  • Milliman
  • Nelson
  • Pepper
  • Perry
  • Pittsinger
  • Rogers
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Tolman
  • Tooley/Tully
  • Tyler
  • Warner
  • White
  • Williams


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Bring Your Ancestors to Life Using Newspapers

Newspapers are a remarkable genealogical resource. Even before societies developed a system of daily news, criers would walk the streets “announcing births, deaths, marriages and divorces.” (History of Newspapers by Mitchell Stephens) The first daily handwritten news sheets can be traced to the Romans who began the practice around 59 B.C. The Chinese had government circulated news sheets as early as 202 B.C., during the Han dynasty. These were little more than experiments compared to the modern newspapers. However, sharing the latest news, whether political, economical or genealogical has always been a part of human nature.

Newspapers, for the most part, have always served a local geographical area. Newspapers are also full of names of individual who are both part of the news, and, historically, live in the same geographical area in which those people lived. Best of all, newspapers have long been archived by local and national libraries. These facts make newspapers excellent resources for genealogists.

So how can genealogists make use of newspapers. Paul Larsen has supplied the answers in his book Bring Your Ancestors to Life Using Newspapers. According to Larsen, “Archived newspapers allow you to tap into a reliable source of hundres of years of history, and give you the remarkable ability to see it through eyewitness accounts.” This book shows the reader how to explore one’s family roots through newspaper research. The reader will learn:

  • “How to glimpse into the lives of your ancestors
  • How to gain detailed information about them and their stories
  • Best Free online newspaper repositories
  • How to access millions of articles from thousands of newspapers
  • How to search over 300 years of historical newspapers in seconds
  • How to find vintage photos of your ancestors life
  • How to trace your ancestors that fought in the Civil War
  • How to tap into historic secrets of the past without the hassle of manually sorting through mounds of newspapers
  • Tips for searching newspapers”

This books is presented in digital format on CD. The CD contains a high-quality digital eBook available in your choice of a 39mb PDF for Windows and Mac computers and tablets, and a 3mb PDF for smaller-screen tablets and e-readers. Both sizes contain “live” links to websites for added tutorial and active research.


Table of Contents


  • Why Family History?
  • The Scope of this Book
  • Fast and Easy Results First
  • How the Idea for the Book Developed

1. Glimpse into the Lives of Your Ancestors

2. The Power of the Internet

3. Discover More About Your Ancestors

4. A Degree of Skepticism

5. Genealogy Records Found in Newspapers

6. Tips for Searching Newspapers

7. The Evolution of Newspapers in America

8. Eye-View Visualization of the Growth of American Newspapers

9. A Quick and Easy Way to Find Your Ancestor’s Newspaper

10. Commercial Newspaper Archives

11. Best Free Online Directories and Newspaper Repositories

12. Best Obituary and Cemetery Resources

13. Learn More about Newspaper Research


Order Bring Your Ancestors to Life Using Newspapers as an eBook on CD from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $13.67.

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

This week’s spotlight on our tour professionals features (alphabetically) the last three, Lisa Alzo, Linda Brinkerhoff and Arlene Eakle.   Hope YOU will be there with us in eleven days……………

Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A., grew up in Duquesne , Pennsylvania , and currently resides in Ithaca , New York . She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.

Lisa began writing creatively in the fourth grade with an assignment entitled, “All About Me,” and went on to win several English/Writing awards in high school and college.

Lisa specializes in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors.

Lisa has published articles in Ancestry MagazineDiscovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle , Family Tree Magazine , Genealogical Computing, Reunions Magazine, NGSNews Magazine, Reunions Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, FEEFHS Journal and Rocenka: Journal of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

An avid genealogist for 22 years, Lisa currently teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars, and is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies. 

Visit for more information about Lisa.

Arlene Eakle, Ph.D.

Dr. Eakle was a co-editor of the 1st edition of The Source, is president and founder of The Genealogical Institute and Family World. She is a professional genealogist with over 35 years of experience, including on-site research at many state archives as well as university and college libraries, county courthouses and public libraries. Arlene has done research in England, Germany, and Canada. She has a 96% success rate. Dr. Eakle shares research tips and shortcuts with clients through consultations. She has addressed more than 300 workshops and seminars in the U.S., Canada and Europe helping seminar attendees solve their genealogical problems. She is author of more than 90 books and newsletters. Arlene has consulted with Salt Lake Christmas Tour patrons since its inception in 1985.

Linda Brinkerhoff

Linda was personally trained by her mother, Dr. Arlene Eakle, and worked side by side with her for over ten years. Linda is a professional researcher, consultant, and lecturer, as well as a U.S. Postal Service postmaster! She is the author of Vital Records Computer Databases and co-author of Family History for Fun and Profit: the Research Process. She is co-editor of several books including Researching Your Roots in New York (4 vols.), Native American Ancestors, and Huguenot Research Sources. Linda has traveled extensively doing on-site research in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, and Pennsylvania for The Genealogical Institute’s clients and has addressed over 75 seminars.

Cavaliers and Pioneers: Virginia Genealgoy

Since its first printing in 1934, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666, the book has proven to be one of the most important genealogical references for colonial Virginia. The book is effectively a directory of Virginia’s earliest settlers. The book is a history into colonial origins, and offers genealogical references possibly not found anywhere else.

The book is comprised of land record abstracts dating back to 1623. Each record is provided in paragraph form under the name of each patentee or grantee.  Each records provides the number of acres, locations and dates of settlement, and names of family members. Many entries even include further references to marriages, wills, and other legal instruments. The volume also has the names of some thousands who were transported or brought over by the early settlers as “headrights.” A 200 page index contains the names of about 20,000 persons.

Extracting these records was a massive undertaking; especially, in the 1930s before computers and automated filing systems. The records themselves were often in poor shape, primarily due to mishandling, after nearly 300 years. In summary, the Land Office records followed thus: “45 volumes or 24,983 pages of Colonial Patents; 22 1/2 volumes or 8,371 pages of Northern Neck Deeds (issued by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, beginning in 1690); 67 volumes or 47,769 pages of Commonwealth Grants (beginning in 1779) and 7 1/2 volumes or 4,782 pages of Northern Neck Grants subsequent to the Revolutionary War, making a total of 142 manuscript volumes, representing 85,905 pages.”

Here is a sample entry, chosen at random:

“WILLIAM MELLING, 100 acs. Accomack Co, 20 June 1636, p. 366. At the head of the old plantation Cr., beg. at the Cabin brand, running Nly. along the same & Ely. along the head br. into the woods towards pynie swampe. 50 acs. for his per. adv. & 50 acs. by assignment from William Morton, to whom it was due for his per. adv.”

An explanation provided in the front matter gives the meaning for all the various abbreviations.


Table of Contents

Publishers Introduction

List of Illustrations

General Forword: Nell Marion Nugent

Introduction: Robert Armistead Stewart



  • Patent Book 1, Part I
  • Patent Book 1, Part II
  • Patent Book 2
  • Patents Book 3
  • Patent Book 4
  • Patent Book 5

Greatest Number of Acres in a Single Patent (Table)

Index to Introduction

General Index



Copies of Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666, are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $49.00.

Researching Your: German Ancestors

“This webinar changed my whole perspective on German Genealogy”viewer comment

Web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

In Researching Your: German Ancestors, presenter Kory Meyerink takes the view through all the basics of German research. Coverage includes the language, records, places, and tools needed for success. With more Americans having German ancestry than any other ethnic group, there is something in this presentation for just about every genealogist. There is not need to plan a trip to Europe or to learn a new language to start having success in researching German ancestral roots. Meyerink provides the information needed to start having success today.

German Ancestors runs 1 hour 50 minutes, and the presentation CD includes a link to a four-page handout. An active Internet connection is needed to download the handout.

About Kory Meyering:

“Kory Meyerink is accredited in four areas (Germany, Midwest, Eastern and New England U.S.), specializing in tracing the origins of German and Dutch immigrants. He developed instructional and reference material for the thousands of Family History Centers supported by the Family History Library. He also served as the primary content consultant for the PBS Ancestors television series. As a teacher, Kory has spoken at many local, state, and national genealogical conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, including NGS, FGS, GENTECH, and, since 1991, the annual BYU Family History Conference. Since 1991, he has also served as adjunct history faculty for that university’s Salt Lake Center. As the founding director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, he developed one of the nation’s largest such institutes. He has written extensively, including chapters in The Library, both editions of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, as well as numerous articles and book reviews for the Genealogical Journal, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Computing, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The Genealogist.”

Viewer comments about this presentation:

  • A good overview and foundation to start with.
  • A wealth of information. Covers every important topic.
  • An excellent webinar. I have been struggling with my German research and Kory motivated me greatly today. Very informative and I very much like how Kory explained things, easily and very understandable.
  • Awesome amount of information – and I have already attended a 3 day seminar through our local Genealogical Society on researching your German Ancestors.  While I have never purchased a webinar CD on a webinar that I have watched, I will be purchasing this one and watching it over and over again!  Thank you for all the education you provide!
  • Many good research suggestions were offered and the Q & A was informative, too. I especially liked the reference Geoff made about the Centennia Historical Atlas Software.
  • Danke Schoen, Kory! Your presentation was absolutely excellent!! More info than I ever expected, and very professionally done!  I hope LFT asks you to return for other webinars! I won’t miss them!
  • Didn’t think I had any interest in “Researching Your German Ancestors,” but always enjoy these webinars, so I signed up. Whilst I still don’t think I have any German ancestors to research, this webinar was so incredibly interesting & entertaining that I am glad I signed up & attended. Still waiting to win my first door prize though.  😉
  • Excellent!!! Excellent!!! This session was jam-packed with information. I’ve enjoyed many webinars in the past, but this is one that I will have to order.
  • This webinar changed my whole perspective on German Genealogy.


Get your own copy of Researching Your: German Ancestors from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

Birth Record Databases Updated at

familysearch.orgHere are recent birth-record related databases updated at Family We have also updated the following records on this site:





Ohio County Births 1856-1909Indexed and Browsable Images – Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county – 3,326,863 records and 946,034 images as of 24 August 2012 – up 275,644 records and 431,200 images since 8 May 2012!

Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – 2,548,887 records as of 24 August 2012.

Minnesota Birth Index 1935-2002 – Index of births from the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis. Index provided by – 4,267,626 records as of 20 September 2012

[NEW] West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930 – Name index of West Virginia county birth records. Data is searchable for all counties. However, records within each county may not be available for the full year range. 1,289,392 records as of 26 September 2012.

West Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1928 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of West Virginia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – 410,186  records as of 26 September 2012.

[Added 1 Year, 1935] Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935Digitized Records – Digital images and index of birth certificates for the state of Texas. Original records at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas – 1,751,776 1,610,439 records and 3,156,470 images as of 27 September 2012 – up 141,337 records and 1,634,013 images since 28 December 2011.

[NEW] Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 – Indexed Records and Browsable Images – Name index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. At present, only the 1892-1907 vital records have been indexed. 634,833 records and 2,466,220 images as of 28 September 2012.

[NEW] Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-2003 – Browsable Images – Images from microfilm of births, marriages and deaths. The records for 1955-1979 are arranged alphabetically. Images courtesy of and the Vermont State Archives. 1,162,117 images as of 4 October 2012.

[6 Years Added] California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1994Imaged Records – Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. This collection is being published as images become available. – 2,919,335 images as of 4 October 2012; up  1,694,678images from 15 June 2012.

Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Iowa – 676,909 records as of 18 October 2012.

[NEW] Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907 – Index of births from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in Madison. Index provided by 985,659 records as of 27 October 2012.

[NEW] Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876-2011 – Browsable Images – Images of Chouteau County records held at various repositories. Records located in the Museum of the Northern Plains (River and Plains Society) include voter registers, school district records, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church records, Riverside Cemetery records and newspapers clippings of births, marriages and deaths. Records held by the Chouteau County Courthouse include birth, death, probate, naturalization, deeds and school census records. This collection is being published as image become available. 241,430 images as of 17 November 2012.

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

Everybody who comes to Salt Lake City at Christmas time loves to see the lights on Temple Square. Our Salt Lake Christmas Tour “family” is no exception. Doing some reading about all the lights I marveled at the logistics of getting them up and down and thought you’d enjoy knowing too.

Some 35 acres are decorated; that’s Temple Square and the surrounding plazas. And over 100 smaller trees are brought in and positioned to further decorate the grounds. Over 100 workers are on the grounds putting up nearly a million lights. It takes four months (Aug-Nov) to put up the lights and two and one-half months (Jan-mid-Mar) to take them down. The one tree with the most lights is the (always red) Cedar of Lebanon with 75,000 lights. They are turned on the day after Thanksgiving and turned off January 6th.

And why do they take them down every year? Even with the switch to LED lights (since 2007) the lights produce heat which can damage the trees. A bigger reason is that the tree branches keep growing and the lights used one year might not fit the next.

Besides all the lighted trees, luminaries line the walk-ways and fountains and there are several different nativities, both large and small, positioned for the thousands of folks to visit.

My favorite is the reflecting pool in front of the Temple with the hundreds of floating bubble lights….. what is your favorite?

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.