Slovakian Genealogical Records Growing Online at

The following information is from FamilySearch – 7/27/2012:

FamilySearch’s free online Slovakian record collection has now grown to over 5 million searchable records. The Slovakia 1869 census is also available as a browsable image collection. Other new searchable collections online were expanded this week for South Africa, Canada, Poland, Portugal, and the United States. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 73,895 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 40,000 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911 – 0 – 31,785 – New browsable image collection.
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 – 1,098,483 – 15,823 – Added index records and browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956 – 22,920 – 26,512 – New index records and browsable images.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1991 – 0 – 36,865 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956 – 0 – 7,404 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 56,335 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937 – 104,670 – 0 – Added index records to existing collection.

Locating and Visiting Cemeteries

The article was written by my good friend, William Dollarhide. I’d advise readers to keep their sense of humor about them while reading, and enjoy it. And please note that Bill doesn’t require that you do exactly as he and Joyce did while cemetery-hopping (but it can’t hurt!). Enjoy…

Dollarhide’s Genealogy Rule #30: That cemetery in Missouri where your great-grandparents were buried is now called “Interstate 70.”

Although I would not consider myself as someone obsessed with death, burials, or other ghoulish activities, I have had some wonderful experiences in cemeteries. I am sure I am not alone. Since visiting cemeteries is part of what we do to find information about our ancestors, every genealogist has a cemetery story. These stories may include the weird problems associated with cemeteries as well as the wonderful discoveries that can be found there.

To most genealogists, the first problem is always that of finding the exact location of a cemetery where an ancestor was supposed to have been buried. But once the cemetery has been located, other problems prevail, such as finding a gravestone in an old unkempt graveyard with no finding aids available.

Here are some thoughts on finding and visiting cemeteries that may be of use to genealogists:

Finding Tools for Locating a Cemetery Maybe the deceased person you are after has been identified in the largest online database of grave records,, now with over 83 million searchable grave records. If you can find a specific person here, you can find the name of the cemetery in which the person was buried. You will also get a photo of many gravestones, plus many other details.

Death Certificates and Funeral Homes: A death certificate may give the name of a cemetery where the deceased was interred, as well as the name of a funeral director. The funeral director is probably still in business (or his successor) and should be contacted. To do this, use the Yellow Book (a directory of funeral homes) to find a funeral director today. Funeral directors are clearly the best experts on the location of cemeteries in a particular area. The Yellow Book is distributed annually to every funeral home in North America. Anyone should be able to call or visit a local funeral home, and request to use their directory to find an address and phone number for any other funeral home. Fortunately, the same Yellow Book database is now on the Internet at where the address and phone number for virtually every funeral home in the U.S. and Canada can be found online.

Dollarhide’s Genealogy Rule No. 3: When visiting a funeral home, wear old clothes, no make-up, and look like you have about a week to live… the funeral director will give you anything you ask for if he thinks you may be a customer soon.

Obituaries: Another possible source for locating a cemetery where an ancestor was buried is to see if a printed obituary for the deceased person includes information about where the body was interred. Most obituaries are found in newspapers published near the place where a person died. Many old newspapers are available to genealogical researchers on microfilm, and usually located in a public library, college library, archives, genealogical society, historical society, or some other institution near the place of death of the subject. A two-volume publication, Newspapers in Microform, published by the Library of Congress is the best listing of what newspapers might be found on microfilm. The publication acts as a means of identifying and then borrowing rolls of film that can be used at a local library through the national Interlibrary Loan System used at over 6,000 libraries in the U.S. In addition, state libraries or state archives usually have a good collection of newspapers for a particular state. Most state archives now have a website on the Internet, and where a review of county newspapers are often given in detail.

The Internet is also a good place to search for obituaries that may have been published for a particular area. One of the best collections of newspaper obituaries online is at Also, check under the category, “Obituaries.” Or, use your browser to search the web for the keyword, “obituaries.” A hit list on Google has 162 million results – a better way to go is to be more specific to the place where the obituary may have been published, such as “Obituaries FL” (7.7 million hits), or “Miami FL Obituaries” (2.2 million hits), or “Miami Herald Obituaries” (598,000 hits), or “Berger Obituary Miami FL” (55,800 hits), or better yet, “Betty Jo Berger Obituary Miami Herald” (3,190 results).

Finding A Cemetery Using the GNIS
There is another great tool for locating a particular cemetery that may not be obvious to researchers. The most complete listing and locations of named cemeteries in the U.S. can be found at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website on the Internet at

This site has the USGS’s Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which contains the names of some two million place-names (map features) in America, of which about 107,000 are cemeteries. The GNIS includes the largest list of named cemeteries published anywhere. (A few years ago, a very expensive printed publication advertised as the “most complete list of cemeteries in America” was produced showing about 25,000 cemeteries, less than one-fourth the number that can be found in the free GNIS listing).

The GNIS cemetery names were taken from the most detailed topographical maps, the 7.5 x 7.5 minute series published by the USGS. Each map in this series covers 7.5 minutes of latitude and 7.5 minutes of longitude, a rectangle which represents an area about 6-7 miles wide by about 7-8 miles deep. For the 7.5 series, over 50,000 maps were required to show the entire United States and its possessions.

In addition to cemeteries, all other named features from the maps were extracted, including cities, towns, villages, hills, mountains, valleys, oil fields, airports, post offices, streams, lakes, and any other place on a map with a name. For years, genealogists were compelled to pay several dollars per map for copies of the USGS 7.5 series maps. Today they are all freely accessible on the Internet and parts or all of each map can be printed directly to your printer.

Visiting a Cemetery
Typically, a cemetery of interest to a genealogist is either too big in size or too small. The very large cemeteries, such as a Forest Lawn in the Los Angeles area, are not user-friendly to genealogists. They have restrictions on giving out information about people buried there, without going through a time consuming process of inquiry, and often through a mail request for information only. And, the very smallest cemeteries are a problem because they are without any official maintenance or sponsorship and site neglected (and often invisible).

The greatest number of cemeteries, however, are those in between the largest and smallest in size. These are the ones that are maintained by some governing body, such as a cemetery association, or a county, city, or church. Although most of these cemeteries have an official sponsorship and in most cases have written records of the interments, there are many without a sexton’s office at the site. So, a genealogist should try to find out who is the keeper of the records before actually visiting the cemetery.

Who has the cemetery records?
Some years ago, I was able to visit a cemetery outside the little town of Edna, Kansas where my great- grandfather, Benjamin Watkins, was buried in 1914. I was accompanied by my genealogy friend, Joyce Hensen, of Linden, Kansas, a well-known genealogy witch. Joyce used divining rods to “witch” for unmarked graves. She could tell you where a burial was precisely located using this method, including whether the burial was for an adult or a child. It may sound a bit oija-oija — but I have seen it work and have become a believer. (The divining rods do not work when I am holding them — it takes a person with the “gift” to do it, just like dousing for water).

Joyce Hensen also believed in communicating with her dead ancestors to assist her in finding the exact location of their graves. I have been with her in several unindexed cemeteries, and have always been instructed to stand at the entrance to the cemetery, put my hands over my head, turn in a circle, and yell out to my dead ancestor with something like, “Lafayette Black! Where are you!” — then sense a direction to walk and find the tombstone. In at least two occasions, this technique worked beautifully. One time, while at Liberty Cemetery near McFall, Missouri, after yelling out to Lafayette Black, I headed in the first direction that came to my mind, and walked in a straight line to his grave, some 200 feet away.

Now I know this may sound a bit far fetched. But it had worked two different times in two different cemeteries. The other time Joyce and I were visiting a cemetery outside of Waco, Texas, and when we yelled the deceased’s name out, we both turned immediately and were about to walk simultaneously in the same direction. We both spotted his gravestone less than twenty feet away at the same instant. We looked at each other with our mouths agape, amazed that the direction had come to both of us at the same time.

So, as a believer, I was with Joyce again, this time in Edna, Kansas, attempting the same technique to find Benjamin Watkins’ grave. But as we approached the cemetery, we saw that there were three entrances to the I.O.O.F cemetery outside of town. So Joyce, who was driving, raised her hands and cried out, “Benjamin Watkins, where are you?” a few times. (I had to grab the steering wheel so we didn’t go crashing into the ditch). She immediately slowed and turned into the second entrance road, driving about halfway into the cemetery. We got out of the car and repeated the hands-over-the-head thing, walking in a circle around the car and calling out, “Benjamin Watkins, where are you?” but neither of us could get a strong sense of a direction to walk. In fact, after about an hour of both of us walking aimlessly around the cemetery, and not finding Benjamin Watkins’ gravestone, we gave up and went back to the car.

I talked Joyce into going back into town so we could visit that little coffee shop we had passed on our way through town. She agreed, reluctantly, and we discovered that the coffee shop was occupied by a dozen or more retired farmers, all of whom seemed to be dressed in bib overalls and baseball caps, and all having a grand afternoon gab session. I asked one of them if he knew who was in charge of the cemetery, and whether there were any records of the burials there. I was told immediately who was the keeper of the records, who happened to be on the local cemetery district board. With the retired farmer’s directions, and within just a few minutes, Joyce and I were knocking on the man’s door.

He took us out to his garage, where he had a length of PVC pipe over his workbench in which was a rolled-up blueprint diagram of the Edna Cemetery, showing all the burial plots and the names of all interments. We found the name “Benjamin Watkins” in no time, and had an exact plot location for his burial, so off we went again to the cemetery.

Now with a little sketch map the man had made for us, we knew where to look for Benjamin’s grave, which, as it turned out, was fairly close to where we had entered the cemetery the first time. We took the second entrance, went into the cemetery over half way in, stopped and found Benjamin Watkins’ tombstone in a matter of seconds.

Now. The reason we didn’t find the grave marker the first time we entered the cemetery was because Joyce, who had been communicated with Benjamin, had stopped the car where she thought Benjamin was telling her where to go. We didn’t find the grave marker the first time because it was directly underneath the car!

Although I still believe my method was the surest and most logical way to find the grave marker for Benjamin Watkins, Joyce proved to me once again her uncanny ability. But in this case, she was too accurate. She parked the car over the grave!

I’m not saying that everyone will find their ancestors’ burial using Joyce Hensen’s techniques, but it is certainly worth a try. But, in the meantime, when you are about to visit a cemetery, there should be someone in the local area who has information about the burials. If a cemetery has obvious care, someone knows, and finding that someone should not be that difficult. It is a matter of contacting someone in the community to learn who has the records of that cemetery. A local genealogical society may help. Or, start by contacting a local funeral director to see who may have the records of a particular cemetery.

Dollarhide’s Genealogy Rule #4: The cemetery where your ancestor was buried does not have perpetual care, has no office, is accessible only by a muddy road, and has snakes, tall grass, and lots of bugs . . . and many of the old gravestones are in broken pieces, stacked in a corner near a pile of dirt.

Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory

There is an intrinsic value in studying history; rather, history beyond the stories of our own ancestors. Local and world events shaped the course of lives, including our own ancestors, in ways we may never fully appreciate. Reading history can help the genealogist better understand the world in which their ancestors lived. Some of the most enjoyable histories are those written as stories. Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory is just such a book.

Did you know that eleven days before Fort Sumter, South Carolina, was fired upon, the Civil War had already begun in Texas? Civil War stories from the western states and territories are often forgotten with so many major battles and stories that happened further east. Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory  by Steve Cottrell outlines the conflict of war as it directly affected Texas and the New Mexico Territory, their participation, and the people involved. The book is written in storybook style. Cottrell writes this story with skill, captivating the reader from page 1.

The book opens immediately with Texas voting against it Governor’s wishes and joining the Confederacy. The quickly established army immediately took over all U.S. forts and military installations in the state without a single casualty. There is even a story of how Robert E. Lee was nearly held captive, but was permitted to leave the state because a declaration of war had not yet actually been declared. The book continues with story after story about Texas’ and New Mexico’s part in the war. Between the lines of this well-written story lies the facts and interesting detail of the Civil War in the South West and is well worth the time taken to read its pages.

“There is enough detail to give the reader a clear understanding of the war in the far west, which tends to be a forgotten subject.” Civil War Courier


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Lone Star Rebels

Chapter 2: Desert Empire

Chapter 3: Ships, Sand, and Shells

Chapter 4: The Last Hurrah

Appendix: Refighting the War




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Neglect of a South Korean Cemetery Where North Korean and Chinese “Enemy” Soldiers are Buried

The following teaser is from an AP story posted at

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — Just south of the Demilitarized Zone, hundreds of identical wooden grave markers poke out of the grass on a hill surrounded by rice paddies and trees, North Korea’s dark mountains visible in the distance. Some are rotting; some have been knocked to the dirt; most have no names.

They call this the “enemy cemetery,” though of the two nations whose soldiers are buried here, only North Korea is still considered an enemy by the South. The other, China, has inspired proposals for improving this site, but bitter feelings for the North have formed a seemingly impassable barrier.

China is now a major trading and diplomatic partner, and a significant source of tourists to South Korea. Many might come here to honor their war dead if a more fitting memorial were built, especially on a day like Friday, the anniversary of the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean War.

At least a few Chinese have visited this cemetery near the border with North Korea, though there is not even a parking lot at the site. They often are saddened by what they see.

“My fellow countrymen were left in the wild by themselves. So lonely,” Chinese businessman Huang Zhun said in Beijing. The son of a Korean War veteran who survived, he visited the cemetery last year to honor those who died.

South Korean government collected the scattered remains of about 770 North Koreans and 270 Chinese and buried them here in 1996, calling it a humanitarian measure. Most of the dead are unidentified.

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Also found in the Huffington Post. Quarterly Revenue Tops Estimates Amid Buyout Talks

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the July 26, 2012 edition of Inc., the family history research website in talks to sell itself, reported second-quarter sales and profit that topped analysts’ estimates, citing user gains and demand for new products.

Revenue rose 18 percent to $119.1 million, topping $117.4 million, the average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Per-share profit also rose to 44 cents, topping the 41 cents projected by analysts. The company also raised its sales forecast for 2012 to $473 million to $480 million.

Provo, Utah-based passed the 2 million-user milestone and boosted sales by giving access to more information, including on DNA and U.S. census figures. The company is discussing a possible buyout with private-equity firm Providence Equity Partners Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

With stable revenue and relatively lower valuation, was “attractively priced,” Bank of America Corp. analysts said last month in a research report. The New York Times reported yesterday that the company is in talks with Providence and other companies to be taken private. It could be valued at more than $1.5 billion, the newspaper reported.

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National Archives at New York City Opens in New Location

The following press release is from the National Archives website.

World-Class Research, Education and Exhibitions at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

New York, NY… The National Archives and Records Administration today announced a fall 2012 opening of the new location for the National Archives at New York City—the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan.

“This exciting new venture will bring the records of American history to life through exhibitions, educational and research opportunities, an expanded research room, and public programs for hundreds of thousands of new visitors each year. We are thrilled to bring the National Archives to New York City – a location close to my heart” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, who formerly served as Director of the New York Public Libraries.

The National Archives’ New York research facility was on Varick Street in Greenwich Village for 20 years. The new location at the Alexander Hamilton U.S.Custom House will provide greater visibility and accessibility to the important Federal records originating in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It will allow the Archives to expand its research functions in New York and create a new educational destination in a building that already welcomes museum visitors through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The new educational spaces and exhibitions are made possible by a public-private partnership between the National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Components of the National Archives at New York City, all free and open to the public, will include:

  • A Welcome Center to introduce visitors to the National Archives and the depth and diversity of Federal records. The Center will feature a small exhibition gallery with a changing selection of original documents from the National Archives, in addition to an opening exhibition in the grand rotunda of the Alexander Hamilton U.S.Custom House.
  • A Research Center for scholars, genealogists, and the general public to conduct their own research using original records and microfilm holdings with the assistance of professional archivists. Researchers will have free access to resources including online subscription services such as Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, and ProQuest.
  • A Learning Center to welcome school groups and families and to encourage them to explore National Archives records through workshops, school programs, online access, “Archival Adventures,” and more.
  • Exhibitions in the Alexander Hamilton U.S.Custom House Rotunda featuring holdings from the Archives. The opening exhibition, “The World’s Port: Through Documents of the National Archives,” opens September 21, 2012, and runs through November 25, 2012.
  • Public Programs in the Welcome, Research and Learning Centers and in the Alexander Hamilton U.S.Custom House’s 300-seat theater and lecture halls to highlight the nation’s history and New York’s special role in shaping the nation. Outreach programs will increase awareness of National Archives resources in New York and nationwide.

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promote civic education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent nonprofit that serves as the National Archives’ private-sector partner in the creation of and ongoing support of the National Archives Experience, which includes permanent exhibits, educational programs, traveling exhibits, special events and film screenings, and historical/records-related products, publications, and media. The Foundation helps the public understand the importance of the holdings of the National Archives by presenting the depth and diversity of the records through award-winning, interactive educational exhibits and programs. It generates financial and creative support for the National Archives Experience from individuals, foundations, and corporations who share a belief in the importance of innovative civics education. In addition, the Foundation has taken the Archives nationwide through online initiatives such as the Digital Vaults online exhibit and DocsTeach, a web-based educational resource. These components make the rich resources of the National Archives accessible to Americans nationwide.

The National Archives at New York City is an integral part of the tri-state area’s internationally renowned network of research and cultural institutions. Holdings consist of Federal records from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, completed by architect Cass Gilbert in 1907, is a magnificent Beaux-Arts style building located at the junction of the Wall Street Financial District and the Battery Park tourism district. Its exterior and interior are decorated with carvings, murals and sculpture, including work by Daniel Chester French, Louis Tiffany, and Louis St. Gaudens. The site itself is historically significant, from its origins as the location of Fort Amsterdam, the nucleus of what would become New York City. The National Archives at New York City will occupy space on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Custom House. The rotunda, auditorium and lecture halls are shared spaces.

New At the Original Record

The following is from The Original Record:

1645-1646 – Astrologer’s Clients
William Lilly, an astrologer, kept practice books listing his clients, their questions and the figures or horoscopes that he cast. Their questions relate to stolen property, probable success in any undertaking, ships at sea, health, long-life, love, marriage, pregnancy, &c. The books came into the possession of Elias Ashmole, who bequeathed them to Oxford University. This calendar was prepared by William Henry Black and printed in 1845. He lists the clients by folio number, remarking ‘the names are often omitted, and usually written invertedly, or disguised in some other manner’. Where a date of birth is specified in the practice book, it is given in the calendar. Practice Book II is for consultations from 22 September 1645 to 17 August 1646.

1766 – Derby Small Debt Court Commissioners
‘An Act for the more easy and speedy Recovery of Small Debts within the Borough of Derby, and the Liberties thereof’, 6 Geo. III c. 20, appointed 120 initial commissioners to hear and determine cases as a court of justice to be called ‘The Court of Requests for the Town and Borough of Derby, and the Liberties thereof’.

1775 – Loyal Addresses of the Inhabitants of Haverfordwest and of Cirencester
A loyal address, 18 October 1775, from the Mayor, Sheriff, Aldermen, Common Council-men and inhabitants of the town and county of Haverfordwest, condemning rebellion in the American Colonies, and expressing wholehearted loyalty to Crown and Parliament, was presented to king George III, 14 November 1775, ‘Which Address His Majesty was pleased to receive very graciously.’ ‘Let those wicked Persons, who from hence either secretly abet, or in America openly support, this destructive Contest, be taught some Truths, of which it is material that they and their misguided Followers should no longer be ignorant.’ A similar address was presented at the same time from the Steward, Bailiffs and principal inhabitants of the ancient borough of Cirencester condemning ‘so ill-founded and so unnatural a Rebellion’. Both addresses are subscribed by lists of inhabitants.

1812 – Union for Parliamentary Reform: Subscribers
Following several meetings in London in June 1812, a Union for Parliamentary Reform was established, drawing support from throughout Britain. The union’s principal tenets were:
‘1. Representation – the happiest discovery of political wisdom – is the vital principle of the English Constitution, inasmuch as it is that alone, which in a state, too extensive for personal legislation, constitutes political liberty.
‘2. Political Liberty being a common right, representation co-extensive with direct taxation, ought, with all practicable equality, to be fairly and honestly distributed throughout the community, the facility of which cannot be denied.
‘3. The constitutional duration of a Parliament cannot exceed one year.’
This list of subscribers gives full names, with the town of residence. Those subscribers who paid three guineas a year have a dagger in front of their names.

1848 – Bedfordshire Land Tax Commissioners
‘An Act to appoint additional Commissioners for executing the Acts for granting a Land Tax and other Rates and Taxes’, 11 & 12 Vic. c. 62, 14 August 1848, lists the new commissioners county by county and borough by borough, giving full name, with addresses in italics. Where part of a county lay, for taxation purposes, within a borough &c., the list of new commissioners for the rural portion is headed ‘For the Rest of the County of …’.

1850 – London Missionary Contributions:
The monthly Missionary Magazine and Chronicle listed contributions to the London Missionary Society received from individuals and through the auxiliaries. The issues for 1850 covered contributions received from 1 November 1849 to 31 October 1850. There are returns from Albany Chapel, Camberwell; Albion Chapel; Barbican; Barnsbury Chapel, Islington; Broad Street; Buckingham Chapel, Pimlico; Camberwell; Clapham; Claremont Chapel; Coverdale Chapel, Limehouse; Craven Chapel; Ebenezer Chapel, Bermondsey; Falcon Square; Fetter Lane; Finsbury; Hanover Chapel, Peckham; Hare Court; Haverstock Hill; Holloway; Holywell Mount; Hoxton; Islington Chapel; Jamaica Row; Kensington; Kingsland; Latimer Chapel; Lower Street, Islington; Maberly Chapel; Mile End New Town; New Court, Carey Street; Old Gravel Pit, Homerton; Orange Street; Paddington Chapel; Poultry Chapel; Queen Street, Ratcliffe; Robert Street, Grosvenor Square; Spa Fields; Stepney; St John’s Chapel, Walworth; Stockwell; St Thomas’s Square, Hackney; Surrey Chapel; Tabernacle; Tottenham Court Road; Trevor Chapel; Trinity Chapel, Brixton; Trinity Chapel, Poplar; Union Chapel, Islington; Union Street, Southwark; Walthamstow; Walworth; York Road; and York Street, Walworth.

1857 – Bengal Civil Servants
The East India Register and Army List was compiled, by permission of the East India Company, from the official returns received at the East India House. The list of civil servants in Bengal presidency is arranged by class of rank, and then by seniority of appointment. The season of appointment is given on the left, then name (usually in the form christian name, initials for middle names, surname) and current position, or if on furlough – except in the case of the appointees of the season of 1856 in the sixth class, where no position is stated, and christian names are given only as initials.

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Utah Marriages 1887-1966 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Utah – 277,380 records as of 5 March 1012.

Utah, County Marriages 1787-1937 – Name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes, applications, licenses, certificates, etc. This collection is currently 71% complete and more records will be added as they are completed – 398,852 as of 16 July 2012, up 104,670 records from 8 May 2012.

California, San Mateo County Records – 1856-1967 – Browsable Imaged Records – County records including marriage license applications 1927-1943; Coroner’s reports 1865-1946; naturalization, deeds, patents, homesteads, and military service discharges – 1,243,205 images as of 17 July 2012 – up 306,926 images from 23 February 2012.

Texas Deaths, 1977-1986Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available. Certificates for 1978 are currently posted by county. – 78,411 records and 1,062,227 images as of 17 July 2012 – up 56,355 images since 10 July 2012.


The Irish Scots and the “Scotch-Irish”

The Irish and the Scots have a nearly inseparable history, if examined on the basis if origin. Scottish Highlanders originally came from Ireland and the two peoples have long been connected by blood, language, and religion. Both, have also, played a significant role in the founding and growth of America dating back to the earliest colonies. The Irish Scots and the “Scotch-Irish”: An Historical and Ethnological Monograph, With Some Reference to Scotia Major and Scotia Minor tell of the lives and history of these two groups. The discussion covers both the historical and ethnic background to the Irish and Scots as well as their place in early America.

This book is comprised of several independent publications produced between 1888 and 1895. Thus, the book is broken into three main sections in accordance with those publications:

  • “The Irish Scots and the Scotch-Irish”
  • “How the Irish Came as Builders of the Nation”
  • “Supplementary Facts and Comment”

In the historical review, reader learn of the relationships between Celts, Saxons, Normans, and various religions practiced by these groups. The Gaelic language is also reviewed. In examining American contributions, the book tells of Irish settlers who played prominently in early American and U.S. history. Adding value to genealogists, the book lists the surnames for many Irish immigrants of the 1700s. There are also lists of surnames of Irish natives who received land grants or had land set apart in the Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s. There is also a list of Scottish names derived from Irish names.

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Writing the Family Narrative

Eventually, most genealogist come to realize that years of collected data, records, diaries, pictures, heirlooms, and more cannot endlessly pile up in boxes and still serve living or future generations. Organizing and sharing volumes of data in a practical and digestible manner becomes a problem. The solution for many is the publishing of a family history book. However, putting a book together can seem like an overwhelming task. With help, some of the fear around writing and compiling a book can be alleviated. The most common type of family history book is a narrative. Writing a Family Narrative was created to help genealogist bring their experience and research together with the necessary help to produce that family history book. Learn from author, Lawrence P. Goudrup, “how to compose a controlled and focused rendition of your family’s story.”

This book was written specifically for the genealogist and those hoping to write about themselves or their own family’s history. Though not spelled out in the table of contents or on the cover, here is what the reader can expect to learn from reading this book:

  • Planning: writing a family narrative requires careful preparation to avoid being tedious or unappealing
  • Scope: avoid beginner pitfalls like trying to tell the complete story, when focus on specific issues, people, or periods is better
  • Focus: commitment to the specific theme and selecting only those facts from one’s genealogical data that contribute to the narrative in a positive way
  • Evaluation: deciding what is truth and what it not, and what truth to include in order to properly tell the story
  • Avoiding Fiction: avoiding tendency to “put words in their mouths;” avoid adding opinions, ideas, or details to embellish a story but lack truth
  • Immersion: put at least the same effort into organizing facts and into the writing process that went into the original research. “Leave no leaf unturned,” “leave no lead unfollowed.”

Writing a Family Narrative helps the reader examine aspects of family information to determine relevancy and the relevant details necessary to construct a story without undue embellishments. For example, sections include “How did the family earn its money and how did it spend it?” and “What did the family consider important or valuable?” The book also focuses on important writing techniques such as characterization, plot conflict, and point of view.

Each section provides clear instructions and is filled with examples. The book is easy to read and the examples help take the reader step-by-step through the literary process.




Chapter One What is Family History?

Chapter Two Using Genealogical and Local History Records to Write the Historical Exposition

Chapter Three Writing the Narrative

Chapter Four Point of View

Chapter Five Some Finishing Touches


Writing a Family Narrative is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TP274, Price: $12.69.


Ancestry Adds 1940 Indexes for 12 More States & is Now up to 37 States plus Washington D.C.!

The following is from Matthew Deighton at

With today’s addition of 12 states (18 million records) to the 1940 US Federal Census, now has 37 states and Washington DC fully indexed and searchable on the site. All of the 1940 US Census will be free through 2013.

Number of records per state:

  • Alaska: 72,665
  • Arkansas: 1,955,176
  • Idaho: 526,673
  • Massachusetts: 4,325,657
  • Minnesota: 2,797,461
  • Missouri: 3,790,868
  • New Mexico: 534,334
  • North Dakota: 644,245
  • Oklahoma: 2,341,108
  • Rhode Island: 714,519
  • South Dakota: 643,766
  • Utah: 551,609 Launch Offers Big Bargain on Global Records to First Subscribers

The following news release was received from Brian Spekart, Marketing Manager of North America for brightsolid Online Publishing Inc.:

“Pioneer Offer” Provides World Subscription at a 75 Percent Discount – $4.95 per Month Instead of $20.83 per Month

LOS ANGELES, July 24,, a British-owned family history website, is marking its launch into the U.S. genealogy market on July 24 by offering its first customers a world subscription at a 75 percent discount – just $4.95 per month.

This introductory price point will give access to not just a wealth of US census and vital records but also a vast overseas collection. The latter includes almost 1,000 unique British, Irish and Australian record collections, some of which contain up to 30 million records in a single collection. is offering a limited number of these introductory-rate subscriptions on a “first come, first served” basis.

“The genealogy community knows $4.95 per month for these records is a steal,” says Brian Speckart, marketing manager of North America for and brightsolid online publishing, its parent company. “We want those new to family history searching to understand the weight of this offer before it’s over.”

A 12-month World Subscription to will normally cost $20.83 per month or $249.95 year – but customers who are quick enough to secure the “Pioneer Offer” will get one for just $4.95 per month or $59.95 per year. is the new US addition to a global network of findmypast websites – it joins existing findmypast sites in the UK, Ireland and Australia. It has recruited a separate US team, based in a new office in Venice, California. It is also a participant in the 1940 US Census Community Project, which is currently indexing the 1940 US Census, for viewing on

For more information on other subscription and payment options, visit

About (owned by brightsolid) is the US site of findmypast, an International leader in online family history with over 18 million registered members worldwide. Findmypast connects people to core and unique US English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.

About brightsolid is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts over a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

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

I’ve not been into genealogy this week……. I’ve not been into researching genealogy…….. I did attend the wedding of a grandson and I guess that’s certainly to be considered family history…….

This week I’ve been thinking about gardening and my garden and I’m sure many of our Tour Family are some percentage gardeners too. This is a scene in my yard showing (to the right) the birdhouse trellis wherein wrens raised their brood, a purple clematis (we say CLE-matis and some say CLEM-atis…which do you say?), “Lucifer” crocosmia, azaleas (finished blooming), a Horse Chestnut Tree (grown from a seed), an Amaryllis (I keep all the past years’ blubs in one big planter; they may bloom or not, their choice), and to the left, a happy holly bush. The fence is pieces of driftwood that I’ve hauled home and wired to a re-bar frame. And this is just one small corner of my garden!

If you’d really like to see beautiful flowers, Google jacquie lawson flowers of america and then click on some of the things she offers to gratify the senses without having to dig in the dirt. I especially liked America the Beautiful.

I’d really enjoy seeing and sharing pictures of YOUR garden……………. we cannot and really should not be doing genealogy every waking minute in the short days of summer.  Especially in states (like Washington) where the summer is short.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next week Becomes Headline Sponsor for “Exodus: Movement of the People,” a Major Family History Conference in Leicestershire

The Halsted Trust is delighted to announce that have agreed to sponsor their forthcoming conference on migration, to, from and within the British Isles

“Exodus: Movement of the People” will take place from the 6th to 8th September 2013 at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. This major residential conference will give the genealogy community an opportunity to increase their knowledge on migration and network with other family historians. Full details of the programme will be announced in September.

Alec Tritton, Chairman of the Halsted Trust says “We are delighted to once more bring a residential conference to the genealogy world. After the unparalleled success of our 2009 conference “Open the Door and Here are the People”, the last International Conference for family historians, having yet again as a major sponsor will help us deliver an outstanding conference at a reasonable cost to the general public with all the features delegates have come to expect from a residential conference.

Debra Chatfield of says “We are happy to take the opportunity to associate our brand once again with the Halsted Trust. The trustees have a proven track record in organising residential conferences and we are looking forward to a conference on migration. have many records relating to migration on our website as do our sister brands and This conference is an excellent opportunity for genealogists to learn about the records of migration in a framework ideally suited for the purpose”

Details of the conference can be found on the website together with many stories of migration to, from and within the British Isles.