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RPAC Announces STOP ID THEFT NOW! Campaign With White House Petition

The following news release was received from Thomas MacEntee:

Genealogy Community Responds To Efforts To Remove Access to Social Security Death Index and Other Records

February 7, 2012– Austin, TX: The Records Preservation & Access Committee (RPAC) – a joint coalition of international genealogical societies representing millions of genealogists and family historians – announces the launch of its Stop ID Theft NOW! campaign with its We The People petition posted at

Call To Action For IRS To Do Its Job
Each year, fraudulent tax refund claims based upon identity theft from recently deceased infants and adults are filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The current target is the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) or Death Master File since this file, as found on numerous genealogy-oriented websites, could possibly be the source of identity thieves acquiring a deceased person’s Social Security number.

The IRS could close the door to this form of identity theft if, in fact, it were to use the Death Master File for the purpose for which it was created: to reduce fraud. If returns claiming a tax refund were screened against the Master Death File and matching cases identified for special processing, the thief should receive a rejection notice for the filing.

Tax Fraud and Identity Theft: Genealogists Are Not To Blame
The House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security is proposing to completely shut down use of the SSDI by genealogists as well as other industries such as banking and insurance that rely upon its information. Such an attempt is short-sighted and runs counter to the original purpose of the SSDI: to actually combat fraud.

Loss of Access to SSDI Affects More Than Genealogists
The SSDI is accessed by many different companies, non-profits and other entities besides individuals researching their family history. Forensic specialists utilize the SSDI when reuniting remains of military veterans with their next-of-kin and descendants. Law offices, banks and insurance companies utilize the SSDI to resolve probate cases and to locate heirs.

All of these entities would be required to spend more money and more time leveraging other resources of information when the SSDI has served this purpose, uninterrupted, for over a decade.

RPAC Petitions Obama Administration
The We the People petition, now posted at and accepting signatures, has a simple yet effective mission:

Take immediate steps that would curtail the filing of fraudulent tax refund claims based upon identity theft from recently deceased infants and adults.

No need for lengthy hearings in front of a Congressional committee. No need for filing statements for or against any House action. No need to waste time and effort which could be directed to more pressing national issues. In fact, the National Taxpayer Advocate in 2011 issued suggestions which do not require additional legislation but can be implemented collaboratively between the IRS and Social Security Administration (SSA) almost immediately in time to impact the current tax filing season.

About Records Preservation & Access Committee (RPAC)
The Records Preservation & Access Committee (RPAC) was formed to advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.

The genealogical community works together through The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), which today includes The National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) as voting members. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), the American Society of Genealogists (ASG), ProQuest and serve as participating members.

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

Hello and good morning from Salt Lake. I’ve just finished up attending RootsTech and it was fab. I think the over-arching new understanding I gained was this: Imagine all the available genealogical data as kernels of wheat. This wheat with modern technology can now be harvested or gathered into one huge silo or place. No problem there. But think of all the steps to make your sandwich bread between those stored kernels and your plate. With the advent and use of modern technology “all” (certainly in quotes) the available genealogical data can be gathered into one place……… can be microfilmed, digitized, copied, etc. And of course, FamilySearch and Ancestry are in a race to be that one place, but that’s another story. Just imagine most all the answers to most all your genealogical questions and/or problems available to you via the Internet!! That’s the goal of course. Just like harvesting wheat into huge silos, harvesting names, dates and places into one humungous database. But what we mere mortals don’t understand is HOW all that information is morphed into words that we can access………. that was the “Tech” part of RootsTech. It takes an army of teckie-geeks (bless them!) to tackle the million problems involved with turning these bezillion bits of data into bytes for our use. At RootsTech some of these problems were highlighted and I understood some/most of it and certainly enough to be impressed and thankful for those youngsters and their zeal, knowledge and enthusiasm.

At this conference I shared hugs with several tour family folks. I visited with Joy Price, Loni Gardner and Trudy Schenk and with Henrietta “Hank” Christmas (and her handsome hubby and friend who will be coming with her this next December), with Jane VanTour, with Arlene Amodei, with Ruth Bishop and Jan Healey, with Christine Mueller and David Kroska from years past…David says he’s coming this year and will bring his beautiful daughter, Alena… and Cecily Kelly. Maureen MacDonald and I were roommates! Of course I saw Leland, Tara and Dale and Leland was selling Flip-Pals like the proverbial hot cakes. Thomas MacEntee was very in evidence too, he being one of the blogging world’s smilingest bigwigs.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next time.

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Calendars & Genealogical Research

The following post was written by Brian Mulcahy, Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers-Lee County Library, and is shared here with his permission:

Calendars provide a method of measuring time and allow people to record and calculate dates and events. Genealogists encounter problems with differences in dates caused by the changeover from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in 1582. Individual countries, depending on their political and religious view of the Papacy and Pope Gregory, adopted this changeover at different times. Researchers must consult historical sources in Europe and the British Isles to determine which calendar was being utilized during a specific time period. Germany is an example of a country where the Protestant and Catholic regions utilized two different calendars simultaneously during this historical period.

Most of the civilized world adopted the Julian calendar (named in honor of Julius Caesar) around 45 BC. This calendar computed the solar year, the time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the sun, as 365 days and six hours. Three years each of which consisted of 365 days were followed by a fourth or leap year of 366 days. By the Julian calendar, March 25 was the first day of the year. During the Middle Ages, astronomers and mathematicians became aware of discrepancies in the Julian calendar. Dates were ahead of actual time by ten days. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII commissioned a new calendar which became known as the Gregorian Calendar. This new calendar changed the first day of the year to January 1 and moved the current date ahead 11 days to make up for lost time.

While the Catholic countries of Europe adopted the Gregorian calendar as soon as copies of the Papal decree reached them, Protestant countries refused initially to adopt the change. Protestant states of the Holy Roman Empire, by the order of the Diet (Parliament) at Regensburg, dropped 11 days from the 19th to the 29th of February 1700, so that February 18th immediately became March 1st. Scotland which was still considered a separate kingdom before its union with England under James VI, converted in 1603 by order of the Privy Council.

The Gregorian calendar was not fully adopted in Colonial America until the mid-1700s. Until the new Gregorian calendar was adopted and the dates adjusted accordingly, New Years Day occurred in March. The designation of the New Year in Colonial America was used for the first time in the General Court of Connecticut as “this 20th day of March, 1649-1650” or 1650 by our present system of dating. This style of dating prevailed for almost 100 years. Due to an error in the Julian calendar, the dates in all months between 1600 and 1700 were carried forward eleven days. Thus, July 10 was really July 21 according to our present system of dating. In 1752, the British Parliament changed the calendar from the old style to the one used today, and changed the date on September 3, 1752 (old calendar) to September 14, 1752 (new calendar). Eleven days were thus eliminated.

Another confusing issue resulting from the switch was the practice of double dating. Double dating was used throughout the British Empire to clarify dates occurring between 1 January and 24 March on years between 1582 and 1752. In the ecclesiastical or legal calendar, March 25th was recognized as the first day of the year and was not double dated. Researchers of Colonial American ancestors will often see double dating in older records. Double dates were normally identified with a slash mark (/) representing the Old and New Style calendars, e.g., 1690/1691. Even before 1752 in Colonial America, some educated clerks knew of the calendar change in Europe and used double dating to distinguish between the calendars. This was especially true in civil records, but less so in church registers. Researchers will often see this type of double dating in New England town records, court records, church records, and wills, or on colonial gravestones or cemetery transcriptions. The system of double dating ended in 1752 in the American colonies with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

BLM 2/6/2012

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Missouri 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows

Missouri 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows was created from special schedules used to identify Union Civil War veterans as a means of locating persons entitled to pensions or disability benefits. Though intended to serve only Union veterans and their wives, mistakes allowed for some Confederate soldiers or their wives to be listed.

This index is for every name listed in the 1890 Census Schedules of Union Civil War veterans or widows for the state of Missouri. Alias names used during the war are included. Names crossed out or identified as Confederates were included and treated the same as Union veterans. The purpose of this book to serve research efforts and not to identify who served which side in the war. The population of Missouri in 1890 was 2,679,185, with 63,747 surviving Union vets. 17,558 Confederate vets and 1,940 Confederate widows lived in Missouri at that time.

This index lists 91.090 entries, though some names are likely repeats and others repeated for alternate interpretations. The index provides details meant to help the researcher quickly find the original census entry. The index is sorted alphabetically by surname. According to the introduction, best efforts were made to account for handwriting and other issues, but the researchers are reminded to  remain flexible so as not to miss names due to minor spelling errors and other misinterpretations. The book contains a Table of Common Interpretations to help identify where interpretation errors most often occur. An example given is “Warren might appear as WARNER or Warner as WARREN.” Bryan Lee Dilts, the books compiler, has made effort to ensure the flexible researcher can find the records (s)he seeks.


Table of Contents



Table of Common Interpertations

1890 Missouri Veterans Census File Numbers

Misplaced Enumeration Districts

Abbreviations Used to Locale Names

Map of 1880–1920 Missouri

1890 Missouri Veterans Census Index


Missouri 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: X917SB, Price: $45.55.

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Mobile Genealogical Society Turns 50

All genealogical societies should be celebrated for their efforts to, as the Mobile Genealogical Society puts it, “collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to genealogical and related historical, biographical and heraldic research.” The Mobile Genealogical Society is turning 50, as you can read below. There is probably a society in your area with a similar commitment to advancing family history research.

MOBILE, Alabama — The Mobile Genealogical Society is turning 50, and members are planning a celebration at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in the Vitale Room at Holy Family Catholic Church library, 1400 Joyce Road (off Overlook Road, just east of University Boulevard).

Mary Ann Ingram, president, said all current and former members, as well as all those interested in genealogy, are invited and encouraged to attend the event.

Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis will be the speaker.

Officers in addition to Ingram include Ken Day, director on the board of governors and chair of the recent successful 50th Anniversary Capital Fundraising Campaign; Gordon Cook, first vice president; Shirley Witherspoon, second vice president; Kathy Richardson, recording officer; Marta Pierce, corresponding officer; Don Culberson, treasurer; and Elizabeth Smyth, director and librarian.

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This Friday on Who Do You Think You Are

This Friday, on Who Do You Think You Are, will feature Marisa Tomei

Time: Friday, February 10th 8/7c

“Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei ventures to Italy and investigates a family murder mystery to discover who killed her great-grandfather.”

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Genealogy At A Glance: English Genealogy Research

The English began taking direct interest in North America beginning in the early 1500s by fishing its coastal waters, then claiming land in Newfoundland in 1583. Immigration grew by increasing numbers through the colonial years. Official government records for people departing was only required for the years 1890 to 1960.

Genealogy At A Glance: English Genealogy Research, written by Paul Milner, works to help genealogists in “unlocking English family history”. Like all the Genealogy At A Glance guide sheets, English Genealogy Research is a four-page, full-color limited guide meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research.

This guide is packed with information to help family historians locate their ancestors through a variety of record types; including printed and online resources. The author includes additional tips throughout the guide to provide interest and research value.

Like each At A Glance, the top of the first page provides Contents and Quick Facts. The Contents of this sheet include:

English Emigration Background

  • Passenger Lists

Unlocking English Family History

  • Locations
  • Surnames
  • Paleography
  • Dates

Basic Record Sources

  • Civil Registration
  • Parish Registers
  • Diocesan Records
  • Probate Records
  • Census Returns

Supplementary Sources

Major Online Resources

Parish Registers includes subsections for christenings, marriages, banns, and burials. Diocesan Records includes subsections for bishop’s transcripts, marriage licenses, and accessing parish and diocesan records. Probate Records includes subsections for post 1858 and prior to 1858

Find the help you need, and carry it with you, with your own copy of Genealogy At A Glance: English Genealogy Research available at Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5759, Price: $8.77

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Thames Watermen Records Now Available at

We received the following press release:


Today leading UK family history website has published online for the very first time just under 100,000 records of Thames watermen and lightermen, spanning the years 1688 to 1949. Watermen were highly skilled boatmen who carried passengers up and down and across the Thames in row boats, steam boats, sailing boats and vessels. Lightermen worked on cargo boats rather than passenger  vessels.

The collection comprises the following records:

  • names of competitors and those eligible to compete in the Doggett Coat & Badge Hanover prize race 1715-2010 – including details of where they were from, the date of the race and their position in \the race.   This is the oldest annual sporting event in the world and first took place on 1 August 1715 between London Bridge and Chelsea. The records give the name of every known competitor, including those who were unsuccessful in the drawing of lots at Watermen’s Hall or the trials held at Putney.
  • Corporation of Trinity House licenses issued to ex-mariners to ply their trade as Thames Watermen between the dates 1829 and 1864, giving the date and their age when the licence was issued;
  • Company of Watermen & Lightermen of River Thames Binding records 1692-1949 (apprenticeship records);
  • a register of contract licenses for over aged boys 1865-1926;
  • binding dates and birth proof affidavits 1898-1949;
  • reassignments 1698-1908: a list of apprentices who were reassigned from one master to another, with information about both the masters and the apprentices.

The Thames is the only river in the United Kingdom that Parliament regulates for the training and apprenticeship of young men to the trade of watermen and lightermen. Originally boys were bound to a master (or mistress, who was normally the widow of a freeman) for one year. During the 19th century, however, the apprenticeship period was altered so the boy served between five and seven years, completing his apprenticeship at the age of 21.

Amy Sell of said: “We often get asked about researching Thames watermen ancestors, so it’s very exciting that these records are now available for anyone to search online for the first time. There’s a rumour that one of my own ancestors won the Doggett Coat & Badge race, so I can’t wait to take a look.  And if you find one waterman or lighterman in your family tree, it’s likely that you’ll find more, as this tended to be an occupation that ran in families.”

The 99,140 new records can be searched from the Education & work area at They form part of the Thames-side and Medway collection, which also contains parish baptism, marriage and burial records for the region.

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The Atlantic Bridge to Germany: Nordrehin-Westfalen

Since 1845 about a third of central and eastern Europe’s emigrants to other continents took passage from Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg is a key city in the densely populated and industrialized Nordrhein-Westfalen area of Germany. The Atlantic Bridge to Germany, Volume VII, is a historical survey, with indexes, of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

This volume, written and compiled by Charles M. Hall,  indexes approximately 3,000 repositories of genealogical records. These repositories consist predominately of research for events prior to civil registration, which began in earnest around 1792. There are also records from 50 state and city archives along with 60 counties.

A Gemeinde (“Community”) Index takes up the majority of this book. The index includes maps and cross-references for each parish, its county, date of oldest available records, and time periods for which records are present. The index notes which entries have a civil records office. Full contents are listed below.


Table of Contents

Foreword and Introduction

Preface and Acknowledgements

Section I – Historical Orientation

Section II – Bibliography

Section III – General Helps

  1. Archives and Societies
  2. Stadtkreise (City Districts)
  3. Landkreise (New County’s) Index
  4. Case Studies

Section IV – General Maps

Section V – 1:300,000 Maps

Section VI – Gemeinde Index

Section VII – Supplementary Index


Order a copy of The Atlantic Bridge to Germany, Volume VII from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: EV0002, Price: $13.72.

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Brightsolid Introduces

We recently received this announcement from Brightsolid about their new pay-as-you-go website for census research:


  • First pay-as-you-go site offers greater choice and affordability
  • Launching later this year, brightsolid’s flagship US site

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH. brightsolid, a leading online provider of historical and genealogical content, today announces its entry into the US genealogy market with the launch of a ground-breaking, “pay-as-you-go” site:

The new site will let customers search all US census records from 1790 to 1930 and is the first dedicated to US genealogy by British-owned brightsolid. It will also house the 1940 US census records, when they are released later this year.

What makes it unique to the market, however, is it’s the first genealogy site in the US to give customers access to census records on either a pay-as-you-go basis or via the subscription model that is currently the only choice offered by other sites.

“In short, offers greater choice, flexibility and affordability”, says Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, announcing the site’s launch at RootsTech 2012 in Salt Lake City. “Those researching their family histories will now be able to choose which payment method best suits their needs and their budget.”

The new site is being launched as an early beta version, with brightsolid inviting user feedback and suggestions.

“We want to build on what we have and make it even better” says Joshua Taylor, brightsolid’s business development manager. “So, we’re asking site visitors to fill out the feedback form and we’ll be taking on board their comments as the site evolves.”

Every visitor to will be able to search for free. Customers wanting to view documents, and download them to their computer to keep and access later, will then have the option of either buying a subscription in the conventional way or buying pay-as-you-go credits, starting at $7.95. Pay-as-you-go customers will be able to buy further credits at any time, giving them the freedom to spend as much or as little time and money on their research as they want.

Taken every ten years from 1790 to the present, the US census provides an historical record of the entire US population. “It is America’s largest record set for family history and genealogy”, says Taylor. “Our new site brings this vast resource to you online from the comfort of your home.”

“The launch of is just our first offering to the US market”, says van der Kuyl. “It will be followed later this year by the launch of, which will be our flagship American brand.”

“We know that there is a global demand in family history for the sort of accurate data, innovative search and customer focus that we’re known for providing. Indeed, we’ve already seen significant international demand for our existing findmypast sites, in the UK, Ireland and Australia. We are excited about the big year we have ahead as we look to provide fresh choice and value to Americans interested in researching their family history.”

British-owned brightsolid has been at the forefront of technological innovations in family history for over three decades. It hosts over a billion genealogical records across its family of brands and was this month voted Best Genealogy Organization in the online Gene Awards.

It is proud to be part of the 1940 US Census Community Project, a joint initiative with, FamilySearch and other leading genealogy organizations, which aims to make the census searchable as quickly as possible after its release this April. The completion of the project will allow anyone to search for their ancestors in the 1940 census for free online.

Its expansion this year into the US follows the recent launch of findmypast sites in both Ireland and Australia and the launch online of the British Newspaper Archive ( The latter is a unique treasure trove for the family historian, containing millions of pages from the British Library’s newspaper collection, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland published in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“We have a strong reputation for putting great focus on accurate data for easy search”, says van der Kuyl. “Because of this emphasis you can find ancestors you might miss on other sites.”

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Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives

The 2009 publishing of the Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives is the twelfth revision of this book since 1963. This guide to the Archives holdings include state agency records, county records, private manuscript collections, and Civil War material. This edition covers more than “13,000 bound volumes and 22,000 boxes of loose records, as well as over 24,000 reels of microfilm, all of which are available to researchers in the State Archives, as of March 1, 2009.”

This latest edition adds a new list of records to each county, noted as CRX. These are records that were outside of the individual county’s possession until they were transferred to the State Archives for permanent preservation. This latest edition also adds a table of contents, an index, and a glossary. Finally, a map had been added showing which counties have experienced record losses.

Each county starts with a date of establishment and a note regarding record loss. For example, Johnston County was “established in 1746 from Craven County. No record of fires, but many records missing.”

Typical records, both original and microfilm sources, listed for each county include:

  • Bonds
  • Court Records
  • Election Records
  • Estate Records
  • Land Records
  • Marriage, Divorce, and Vital Statics
  • Military and Pension Records
  • Miscellaneous Records
  • Officials, County
  • Roads and Bridges
  • School Records
  • Tax and Fiscal Records
  • Wills
  • CRX Records


Table of Contents


Map of counties with record losses

County Records

  • Alamance
  • Albemarle [defunct]
  • Alexander
  • Alleghany
  • Anson
  • Ashe
  • Avery
  • Bath [defunct]
  • Beaufort
  • Bertie
  • Bladen
  • Brunswick
  • Buncombe
  • Burke
  • Bute [defunct]
  • Cabarrus
  • Caldwell
  • Camden
  • Carteret
  • Caswell
  • Catawba
  • Chatham
  • Cherokee
  • Showan
  • Clay
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Craven
  • Cumberland
  • Currituck
  • Dare
  • Davidson
  • Davie
  • Dobbs [defunct]
  • Duplin
  • Durham
  • Edgecombe
  • Forsyth
  • Franklin
  • Gaston
  • Gates
  • Graham
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Guilford
  • Halifax
  • Harnett
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Hertford
  • Hoke
  • Hyde
  • Iredell
  • Jackson
  • Johnston
  • Jones
  • Lee
  • Lenoir
  • Lincoln
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • Martin
  • McDowell
  • Mecklenburg
  • Mitchell
  • Montgomery
  • Moore
  • Nash
  • New Hanover
  • Northampton
  • Onslow
  • Orange
  • Pamlico
  • Pasquotank
  • Pender
  • Perquimans
  • Person
  • Pitt
  • Polk
  • Randolph
  • Richmond
  • Robeson
  • Rockingham
  • Rowan
  • Rutherford
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • Stanly
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Swain
  • Translyvania
  • Tryon [defunct]
  • Tyrrell
  • Union
  • Vance
  • Wake
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Watauga
  • Wayne
  • Wilkes
  • Wilson
  • Yadkin
  • Yancey




Order Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: NC3420, Price: $21.78.

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Former FamilySearch CEO Predicts 7 Billion will Participate in Family History

Speaking at RootsTech, Jay Verkler, former CEO of FamilySearch, told the audience that 7 billion people would participate in Family History by 2060. See this article in the Deseret News:

RootsTech speaker predicts 7 billion to participate in genealogy

By Brenna Carreon, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — By 2060 nearly 7 billion people will participate in family history, FamilySearch’s former Chief Executive Officer Jay Verkler told attendees at RootsTech.

FamilySearch has grown 3 percent per year, said Verkler, who retired last month. He is being replaced by Dennis Brimhall. The future and growth of family history work was the central topic at Thursday morning’s keynote address at RootsTech, an annual conference on family history and technology that is held in Salt Lake City.

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An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States

An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern State: 35,000 Microfilm References from the N.S.D.A.R. Files and Elsewhere was compiled by E. Kay Kirham. Kirham best describe the contents of this index in her introduction:

“The genealogical library in Washington, D.C. of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is one of the a few great genealogical libraries of this country. A part, but not all, of the records of this organization were microfilmed a few years ago. The index that follows is a partial index to one part of that library”

While this index itself was put together a number of years ago, the content remain relative and useful. The greater part of this index covers the southern states; however, a few hundred references are from other states. Apart from using this index at the DAR library in Washington, D.C., where original materials are available, items will be found on microfilms. This means using a library with access to the films, like the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or “if possible, through the branch library system of the Mormon Church.”

The index is a compilation of family Bibles, family records, family histories, and cemetery records. Family records, denoted by FR in the index, a of at least several pages. FH, family history, records are of at least 15 pages in length. All state are denoted in the index by there standard two letter abbreviation. The index also covers the Leonardo Andrea collection of South Carolina genealogies of some twelve hundred typescripts of extensive genealogies, and are given their own code SCA. The films covered also include over 3,000 California pioneer genealogies, denoted with an asterisk (*).

Get a copy of An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern State: 35,000 Microfilm References from the N.S.D.A.R. Files and Elsewhere for yourself or a library from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: EV0003.


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GeneTree to Introduce Y-19 DNA Testing

Already on the forefront of technology, DNA testing just took another step forward. GeneTree is going to offer Y-19 DNA testing. The following article was found in the Deseret News:

GeneTree to unveil Y-19; improved DNA test for family history research

By Lois M. Collins

SALT LAKE CITY — Family history can be a mystery. Take the case of Francis Vance and the two equally adventurous relatives who traveled with him from Ireland to Mississippi in the mid-1800s. Their tales were passed from relative to relative over the years, but the details got lost with time. His granddaughter, Angela Taylor, of Alpine, Utah, had no idea how the three men’s lives were connected. Were they cousins? Brothers? She figured, since the others were so tight, they must be brothers and Vance their cousin.


The mystery was solved by two new developments in the ever-broadening field of family history research, both coming from Salt Lake-based First, Taylor tried the company’s new Family Consultation Service to figure out what other avenues she might explore to get answers. That led to the new Y-19 genetic test, which GeneTree calls “the differentiator.”

Both consultation service and the gene test are being introduced Thursday at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake’s Salt Palace. During the conference, GeneTree is offering free 10-minute consultations.

DNA testing has become a powerful tool in genealogical research, says Scott Woodward, director of the nonprofit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and president of GeneTree, its wholly owned subsidiary. Mitochondrial DNA can be used to trace lineage back through generations of female ancestors. The Y chromosome test takes the journey back through male ancestors. The need for a consultation center resulted from the “Now what?” that can happen when people reach the end of their own genealogical know-how, he says.

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More Dating Old Photographs 1840–1929

What do you really know about the old photographs you have of your ancestors? Do you have names and dates to go with each? How sure are you of the information you do have? There are ways to examine photographs which can help place the date of a photo within a couple of years. Pictures can also tell stories about your ancestors and the lives they led. The best part is, you can learn to determine the approximate year of photographs and learn to read the stories within them for yourself.

More Dating Old Photographs 1840–1929 offers a unique approaches to helping you date your old photographs. Most of this book is pages of sample photographs, with dates. You can compare your photographs to those in the book and determine if your pictures look like the same time period. Pictures are grouped chronologically and grouped into four year time periods. Of course, the book doesn’t just throw pictures at you and expect you to date your own without some point of reference. A twelve page introduction by Maureen Talyor helps you get started.

Maureen Taylor is the author of Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840–1900, The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation, Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs, and Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Care for Your Family Photographs from Daguerreotypes to Digital Imaging. Taylor, a recognized expert in historical photography, compacts years of experience into a concise introduction geared to help the reader recognize key indicators to identifying a photographs age. Here is a list of topics covered in her introduction:

Photographic Methods

  • Metal Images
    • Daguerreotypes
    • Tintypes
  • Glass Images
    • Ambrotypes
  • Paper Images
    • Calotypes/Talbotypes
    • Salt-Paper Prints
    • Cartes-de-Visite (Visiting Cards)
    • Cabinet Cards
    • Cyanotypes
    • Stereographs
  • Photographic Jewelry
  • Other Formats
  • Maniputlated Images
  • Retouching
  • Handcoloring
  • Crayon Portraits
  • Photo Editing
  • A Word of Caution—Watch Out for Copies!

Noticing the Details

Photographer’s Imprint


  • Women
    • Bodices
    • Sleeves
    • Accessories
    • Hats and Bonnets
    • Hair
  • Men
    • Coats
    • Ties
    • Vests
    • Hair
  • Children
  • Other Clothing Clues:
  • Occupational
  • Ethnic Dress
  • Special Occasions

Oddities in the Collection

Case Study: Tying the Pieces Together

  • Placement of Individuals
  • Photographic Evidence
  • Clothing
  • Manipulations

Caring for Your Photographic Collection

  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Labels
  • Writing Utensils
  • Space Considerations
  • Preserving Your Collection for the Future

Using This Publication

With the introduction as a guide and hundreds of sample photographs for comparison, you will be quickly on your way to identifying and verifying your entire collection.

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