Start Looking Adds 12 Million Records – most from England & Mexico

The following is from Paul Nauta, with

FamilySearch Adds 12 Million New Records and Images

The recent collection updates at are too diverse to summarize—seigniorial and notarial records, bishop’s transcripts and parish registers, citizen lists, court case files—well, okay, you get the picture. The largest collection updates this week are from England and Mexico—eight million records and images between the two countries’ collections. Another 4 million records and images were added for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, USA, and Wales. Search the records online now at See the list below for more details.

Collection Records Images Comments
Austria, Upper Austria Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 0 116,182 New browsable image collection.
Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1920 0 29,195 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 0 150,480 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 0 35,342 Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Cheshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1598-1900 202,219 0 Added index records to existing collection.
England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 929,054 Added images and index to existing collection.
England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 947,377 332,814 New index collection.
Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists, 1574-1902 14,707 902 New index collection.
Italy, Civil Registration, 1806-1940 0 4,284 Added browsable images to existing collection for Salerno.
Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records 0 16,082 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1984 0 2,271,610 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records 0 1,352,091 New browsable image collection.
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1970 0 2,110,380 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records 0 2,486,833 New browsable image collection.
South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996 0 18,726 New browsable image collection.
Sweden, Södermanland Church Records, 1640-1860 19,783 1,302 Added images and index to existing collection.
U.S., Arkansas, Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1948-1959 0 14,402 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967 0 62,131 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records 0 4,902 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959 0 35,210 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections 0 17,613 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983 0 23,884 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, State Census, 1894 381,961 0 New index collection.
U.S., Mississippi, Tippah County Marriages, 1858-1979 0 17,039 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Rosebud County Records 0 43,056 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 0 30,344 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909 0 256,204 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 9,723 0 Added index records to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 0 3,375 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Washington State, Army National Guard Records, 1880-1947 0 11,647 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933 0 26,634 Added browsable images to existing collection for Green County.
Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1773-1780 0 3,466 Added browsable images to existing collection.

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Two Important Genealogy Events in Livonia, Michigan This November

The following events are to take place in Livonia, Michigan in November. They have both been added to the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar.

November 5, 2011 – Livonia, Michigan

The Western Wayne County Genealogical Society and the Livonia Civic Center Library are hosting a seminar called “Finding That Elusive Ancestor,” with Barbara Vines Little. It wil be from 8 am to 5 pm at the Livonia Civic Center Library at 32777 Five Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan. 734-466-2491 is the phone # for the library.
People can go on WWCGS’ website or they can call Sue at 248-477-5846. Registration is $27 before Oct. 27th, plus a lunch that costs $7.00. It’s $35 after Oct. 27th and no guarantee of lunch. There will be vendors and door prizes. About 100 people are expected.

November 19, 2011 – Livonia, Michigan

The Irish Genealogical Society’s 15th Anniversary Seminar is to be held at the Monaghan Knights of Columbus Hall, 19801 Farmington Road. “Discover Your True Self, Discover Your Irish Roots” is the theme with Nualla Farrel-Griffin from Ontario to speak. We expect about 125 people and there will be vendors and door prizes. Cost is $35, which includes a continental breakfast and a lunch if received by Nov. 5th; $45 after that date. The program runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Registration forms can be found at or you can call Sue at 248-477-5846.

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New Zealand’s Family History Fair – August 26-27, 2011

August 26-27, 2011 – Hamilton, New Zealand

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists is holding its annual nationwide Family History Fair at the Claudelands Events Centre. for more information, see:

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour Week Peek #32

Did you catch that? Week number 32…………that means that there are only 20 weeks until the 2011 Salt Lake Christmas Tour! That’s less than FIVE MONTHS!!

So here is a photo of one of our favorite places to help get you into the mood…… you do remember where this is?

NOW IS THE TIME for you to be telling me WHAT classes you want this year and WHAT we can do to ensure a great week for you. Maybe no classes? Except for Thomas MacEntee’s!!!! Yes, he will be with us again. And what about a Salt Lake someplace tour? Any interest?? Email me at

Until next week, Donna, aka Mother Hen

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Rerun Season of NBC’s Season 2 of Who Do You Think You Are? Begins Saturday

The following was received from Heather Erickson at

If you missed any of the intriguing and emotional episodes from Season 2 of Who Do You Think You Are? then you’ll have a second chance to enjoy the journeys of America’s favorite celebrities starting this weekend. Throughout the summer, NBC will begin airing encores of the eight original episodes from earlier this year and we couldn’t be more excited. Last season’s premiere episode will air this Saturday, July 16 on NBC at 8/7c. Ashley Judd’s episode will repeat the following Friday, July 22 at the same time. The remainder of the episodes will run on Saturday’s at 8p/7c with a few exceptions. Check your local listings for the latest information or visit for more weekly information.

Season 2 featured eight of your favorite stars, including Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lionel Richie tracing their family roots through the centuries. Relive their experiences as they solve family mysteries, make discoveries, and connect with family lines they’ve never known before. One finds a family of trailblazers who stood firm against social opposition to gain freedom for all; another uncovers his own family’s rags-to-riches real estate tale with ties to America’s founding fathers. And the list of discoveries goes on and on. is a proud sponsor of the show and we’re very happy to report that Season 3 is currently in production and will return with all new episodes in 2012!

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SwedGen 2011 to Take Place in Chicago IL, Rock Island IL, Denver CO & Salt Lake City UT

SwedGen 2011 will occur in September 2011. Have you hit a brick wall in your Swedish research or don’t know where to begin?

A group of Swedish genealogists will be visiting the United States in September to teach and assist Swedish- Americans in how to find their roots and how to do Swedish research. This year the group will be making stops in Chicago, IL., Rock Island, IL., Denver, CO. and Salt Lake City, UT.

At each location, the Research Day will include presentations on Swedish genealogical online resources, genealogical CDs, probate and tax registers and historical maps. Individual consultations with a Swedish genealogist will be available to a limited number of persons at each location.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 The Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL., will host the SwedGen 2011 Research Day at the Swedish American on September 10th (9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Pre-registration is required. For complete details and registration information, go to:

Sunday, September 11, 2011 The Swedish Swenson Immigration Research Center in Rock Island, IL will host a SwedGen 2011 Research Day on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (9 a.m. to 5:00 p,m). The event is free but registration is required for both the event and individual consultations. For registration information, go to:

Saturday, September 17, 2011. The Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado will host the SwedGen 2011 Research Day at the Community College of Aurora, CO. For complete details and registration information, go to:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 and Wednesday, September 21, 2011 The Research Day will be split into two morning sessions at the Family History Support Center in Salt Lake City. Go to: and then click on the schedule to see the presentation schedule for each day and registration information.

For additional information about the SwedGen Tour go to: or you can contact Kathy Meade at

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Summer Workshop Features Pamela Boyer Sayre

Summer Workshop features Pamela Boyer Sayre, CGSM CGLSM

The North Carolina and the Moore County Genealogical Societies will present Gathering, Organizing, and Sharing Your Family History on Saturday, 13 August 2011, at the Hampton Inn–Southern Pines/Pinehurst in Aberdeen, North Carolina.

The following lectures are planned:

1. Where Do I Go From Here?
Family historians who have exhausted the usual starting places may need to seek clues in printed or online sources. These clues can guide researchers to such original governmental records as military service, property holdings, taxes, offices held, court cases, and more.

2. Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress website is chock-full of genealogical gems. This lecture explores the myriad sources available online. Attendees will learn how to use the various search features on the website to winnow results.

3. Digitizing Your Way to Organization
How do we organize those piles of notes and boxes of paper? Learn how organizing records can be easy if we know some basic information about digitizing and use simple ways to electronically file our research.

4. Sharing Your Family History
Will your many years of genealogical research end up in a trash bin when you’re gone? Not if you organize it, even a small piece at a time, and share it with others now. This session demonstrates simple ways genealogists can share the stories they uncover.

For complete details about the talks and registration, go to or write to NCGS Regional Workshop, PO Box 30815, Raleigh, NC 27622-0815.

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A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland

Since its initial publication in 1986, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland has established itself as a key resource in Irish genealogical research. Now, with the addition of maps detailing the location of Roman Catholic parishes in all thirty-two counties of Ireland and Presbyterian congregations in the nine counties of Northern Ireland, this 2nd Edition (published in 2002, and reprinted in 2008) moves the book to the forefront of Irish genealogical research. Also, for the first time ever, this one volume contains a complete geographical picture of the three major religious denominations in Ireland during the middle years of the 19th century.

And just what is the importance of this? Civil registration for everyone in Ireland didn’t begin until 1864. Prior to that, the only records of births, marriages, and deaths were found in local parishes. Therefore, the first step in any Irish research for the first half of the 19th century and before should be to identify the religious denomination and parish of your ancestor. Although any of the Townland Indexes from 1851, 1871, or 1901 will show the location of each civil parish (which generally corresponds to the boundaries of the Church of Ireland parishes), it has been much more difficult to uncover the corresponding Catholic parish or Presbyterian congregation. Until now!

This 2nd Edition is not only invaluable for tracing your pre-1864 ancestors in church records but also for locating your post-1864 ancestor in civil records, for this volume provides descriptions and maps of the parochial and civil administrative divisions to which all major Irish record sources are linked. To aid the researcher in identifying the precise location of the administrative divisions, and thus their jurisdiction, Mr. Mitchell has drawn at least four, and sometimes five, maps for every county. The first county map depicts the civil/Church of Ireland parishes; the second shows the baronies and Church of Ireland dioceses; the third map illustrates the poor law unions and the parishes included within the probate districts serving that county; the fourth plots Roman Catholic parishes and dioceses; and the fifth locates Presbyterian congregations for the nine counties of Northern Ireland. Three maps of Ireland are also included to show the area covered by each county, diocese, and probate district.

In addition, the book describes all of the major record sources of Ireland.
These maps provide the clues to the Irish origins of millions of Americans, making this atlas indispensable for tracing ancestors in Ireland!

This book acts as a companion book with A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards, which references this book throughout.

Purchase A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, Second Edition for the discounted price of just $19.60. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Saturday, August, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge…

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FREE Shipping for All Purchases Over $25 @ Family Roots Publishing Website Through August 20, 2011 – New Books Included!


Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is offered FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 1600 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

We are also making the offer to USA located Libraries and Institutions who wish to purchase by online Purchase Order (see the Library Purchases paragraph near the bottom of the Family Roots Publishing Co. homepage for Purchase Order purchase requirements).

As mentioned above, over 1600 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

There are no minimum or maximum number of items that can be purchased under this offer.

Foreign orders, as well as those to Canada are not included in this FREE SHIPPING offer. There are a few items on the site that normally include the shipping as part of the price, and we have not attempted to change those prices, as it would be too labor-intensive to do so.

This offer ends at midnight, saturday, August 20, 2011 MDT.

Take advantage of this FREE SHIPPING offer on order totaling $25 or more on the books you want now!

Selected Categories from the FRPC Website:

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Royal Lineages books

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German Map Guides – Soft Cover

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Searching Newspaper ‘Local Briefs’

The following article was written by my good friend, Tom Kemp:

Searching Newspaper ‘Local Briefs’ – Family History Gems that make Local Briefs Essential to your Family History Research.

Experienced genealogists rely on historical newspapers, tracking down obituaries, birth announcements and marriage notices to help fill in details on their family trees. However, many people don’t realize that newspapers provide another valuable resource for family history research, one that is often overlooked: the humble “local brief.”

These aren’t always about the next bake sale the local church is having—these short notices can turn up family details that appeared nowhere else in print.

Local Brief
Newspaper editors wanted to catch and keep their readers’ interest and attention. They did that by writing about their readers’ friends and neighbors, providing details about what was happening in their lives. In both small towns and big cities, readers were interested in their neighbors and in keeping up with how they were doing.

Key Family Information
Here is a good example. This is a typical “local matters” item of the sort that routinely appeared in newspapers around the country. This one appeared in the Aug. 28, 1917, issue of the Times Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana). At first glance, it is just a simple article about a family’s visits:

Looking at it more closely, we see it has key family information. It gives us the following:

  • Names of the family members
  • Where they lived
  • Various family relationships
  • Brother’s military career

These are all great clues for piecing the family links together.

You’d be surprised how often these local briefs supply missing details about a family’s history. Don’t know what became of a relative, or whom she married, or where she moved to? One of these small notices can really come in handy, providing just the right clue you need to fill in a family gap that’s been stumping you.

“Society” Column
Many newspapers ran a “Society” column, in which the news tended to be about the more established, wealthier families in town. Other newspapers labeled similar columns “Local Briefs,” “Personals,” “Chatter,” or “Social Events,” and tended to include notes on a broad sweep of the middle class.

Here is another good example. The “Social & Personal” notice was printed in the June 17, 1928, issue of the Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts):

Look at how much family history we learn from a simple announcement that a local couple travelled to attend a wedding in Virginia! For one thing, we learn both the married name and the maiden name (often a difficult fact to establish) of three different women. We glean many names and relationships from several different families, covering three generations.

The social notice posted below was printed by the New York Herald (New York, New York) on Dec. 25, 1898:

Here we get a glimpse into a little slice of this family’s life that would not appear in an obituary, birth announcement or marriage notice, yet tells us something real and concrete about their lives. These are the details that, unless an ancestor left you a letter or diary, can’t be found anywhere else. These are the family history gems that make local briefs essential to your family history research.

Family Reunions

Newspapers also routinely published news of family reunions. These can be filled with family details like:

  • Names of first ancestors to settle in the area
  • Favorite recipes
  • Names of the oldest and youngest attendees
  • Names of those that came the longest distances to be there along with the locations where they now live
  • Favorite family stories
  • Colorful relatives
  • Details about the old family homestead, business or farm
  • Family photographs or the old familiar etchings that appeared in 19th century newspapers

As you can see, it’s worthwhile to keep society listings, social and personal columns, and local briefs in mind when searching old newspapers—don’t just focus on the obvious obituaries, birth announcements and marriage notices.

This is one more reason why an archive of historical newspapers—such as the collection of over 5,500 titles that GenealogyBank features—is a gold mine of facts and stories, one you will mine again and again as you pursue your family history research.

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One of the key sources for online newspapers is By providing access to rare and hard-to-find newspapers from 1690 to the present day, GenealogyBank gives researchers the opportunity to discover unique, long-forgotten information about their American ancestors.

Featuring more than 5,000 U.S. newspapers with over 1 billion names from all 50 states, GenealogyBank is one of the most extensive online historical newspaper archives available anywhere, designed specifically for family history research. Over 95% of our newspaper content is exclusive to GenealogyBank.

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The Midwest Family History Expo in Overland Park, Kansas is Just Three Weeks Away

The Midwest Family History Expo will take place July 29-30, 2011 in Overland Park, Kansas. Family Roots Publishing will be exhibiting there again this year, and I wanted to take a moment to invite all of my mid-west readers to join us.

The keynote speaker is Lisa Louise Cooke. Lisa is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show at Lisa will also be teaching the latest in using Google and other inspiring works for successful research.

M. Bridget Cook will be the featured dinner speaker. She is a U.S. Best Selling author and biographer. Her book, Shattered Silence, has been featured on Oprah, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and many other national TV shows and magazines. Bridget is a brilliant writer and will be teaching classes to assist us with writing our own juicy family histories! See:

See the full agenda of classes offered online at

Don’t delay, register today at Then, share the news with friends, fellow society members and library patrons. Please assist us in letting everyone know about the amazing opportunity to spend two days learning from leading experts and visiting top genealogy exhibits with essential products and services for genealogists and family history enthusiasts.

Also – Register online today and save $25!

The Midwest Family History Expo sponsors include:

  • FamilySearch
  • AGES-online
  • RootsMagic
  • Jackson County Genealogical Society

All of the sponsors and many additional exhibitors (including Family Roots Publishing) will be in the Exhibit Hall to assist you with your research needs. Please come join us for a fun filled educational weekend. This is the place “Where Ol’ Dogs Learn New Tricks!” and young puppies learn old ones.

The Expo will take place at the Overland Park conference Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas. Join us there!

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Family Tree University to Host Virtual Conference

The following News Release was written by F&W Media staff:

First-of-its-kind event August 19-21 will connect attendees with experts

Early Bird deadline is July 15

CINCINNATI, July 5, 2011 — For genealogists who find themselves too busy or too cash-strapped to travel for conferences this year—or who just want more learning opportunities—Family Tree University’s first Virtual Conference will be August 19-21. Learn more and register at:

“We’re creating a genealogy conference experience that’s accessible to everyone,” says Family Tree University publisher/editorial director Allison Stacy. “All you need to participate is a computer and web connection, so physical limitations, travel costs and scheduling conflicts don’t have to get in the way.”

Registrants who purchase a three-day pass to the conference will have access to:
• 15 half-hour video classes that can also be downloaded to watch later
• Bonus videos exclusive to the conference
• Live chats and message board discussions with experts
• A “swag bag” of freebies from

Session topics will include:
• Build Your Research Toolbox with Thomas MacEntee
• Digital Preservation for the 21st Century with Sunny Jane Morton
• Finding Your East European Ancestors’ Village with Lisa A. Alzo
• German Newspapers in America with James M. Beidler
• Google Surname Search Secrets with Lisa Louise Cooke
• Making Sense of Pre-1850 Censuses with Maureen A. Taylor
• Twitter for Genealogists with Nancy Hendrickson

See the full program here:

“This event is a great opportunity for people who don’t have the time or money to travel to a far-off conference to see presentations from nationally known genealogy speakers,” Stacy says. “We’re bringing the experts to you.”

Conference registration is $199, but early birds who register by July 15 can save $50 by using the coupon code VCS11. The video sessions will also be available a la carte from Conference registration saves you 45 percent off the price of purchasing each video separately (at $29.99)—the equivalent of getting eight classes for free.

About Family Tree University
Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the online store. In addition to the virtual conference, Family Tree University offers more than 30 online genealogy courses and monthly live webinars.

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New GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar Items Posted 7-13-2011

The following items were posted to the 2011 Genealogyblog Genealogy Events Calendar today, 7-13-2011:

July 16, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL) will have a class on from 9 to 11 am on “Getting Started with Legacy Genealogy Software.” Jim Johnson will be teaching the class. Join them as Jim explains how to set up your family file and how to input your information properly. Intermediate and advanced Legacy classes will be offered at a later date. You are invited to bring your laptop computer so you can follow along live with the lesson, if you have Legacy installed. This class is limited to the first 24 to sign up, since they need tables in the classroom for the laptops. Email or call the Library fron 11-4 Tuesday thru Saturday to register. HQRL is located at 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Phone: 253-863-1806. For more information, See:

July 23, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL) will sponsor a class from 9 to 11 am on “Using Maps in Pursuit of Family History.” Dave Liesse will be giving a presentation on the use of maps in developing your family history. He’ll cover types of maps available, where they can be found, and how they can be used to best advantage. Note to South King County Genealogical Society members: although there will be a little overlap, this is NOT the same presentation you’ve seen before! Dave’s interest in maps and geography goes back to when he was a single-digit age, a natural outgrowth of his interest in airlines (which comes from being part of an airline family). He reads maps — and airline timetables — the way many of us read books, looking for all the nuances they hide. We’re all sure to find at least one useful tidbit from his presentation! Email or call the Library fron 11-4 Tuesday thru Saturday to register. Registration recommended but not required. They need to know how many handouts to produce. HQRL is located at 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Phone: 253-863-1806. For more information, See:

September 17, 2011 – Ogden, Utah

The Ogden Utah Family History Center Conference will take place in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University. For more information, See:

October 8, 2011- Tacoma, Washington

The Heritage Quest Research Library will sponsor their annual Autumn Quest at theTacoma Elks Club, 1965 S Union Ave., featuring Michael John Neill. For more information, See:

October 15, 2011 – Logan, Utah

The Logan Utah Family History Center Conference, with the theme, “With Help I can Find Them”, will take place 9 am to 5:30 pm at Bridgerland applied Technology College, 600 W 1400 N., Logan. Ron Tanner, Product Manager for new.FamilySearch will be the keynote speaker. For more information, See:

October 15, 2011 – Shelton, Washington

The Mason County Genealogical Society will sponsor an all-day seminar be held at the Shelton United Methodist Church located at 1900 King St, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Speaker will be Jim Johnson, lecturing on Animap and Maps on the Internet. Jim is the Director of the Heritage Quest Research Library. Steven Morrison will speak on Irish History For Genealogists. Entertainment during the lunch break will be provided by members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers. For more information, See:

October 22, 2011 – Colville, Washington

The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society is sponsoring their NeWGS 30th Annual Fall Conference from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Colville Ambulance Shack. This year’s theme is “Moving Right Along!” The speaker will be Jim Johnson, the Director of the Heritage Quest Library in Sumner, WA. Jim will speak to us on the following topics: Western Migration During the Gold Rush Era; Google Earth and Maps for the Genealogist; and Cemetery and Death Records. For more information, See:

October 29, 2011 – Portland, Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon will sponsor their annual Fall Seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, See:

It is my goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to:, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

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Mary Slough Museum in Enloe, Delta County, Texas May Have the History of Your Ancestors

The following excerpt is from an article published in the July 11, 2011 edition of the North Texas e-News. It caught my eye and my attention, as Patty has Delta County ancestry, and this museum didn’t exist the last time we were in the area doing research. The article is rather lengthy, which you don’t want to miss if you happen to have Delta County, Texas ancestry – so be sure and click on the link at the bottom of the article to read the full thing.

Unique in many ways, the Mary Slough Museum in downtown Enloe, seven miles northeast of Cooper is likely to become a favorite Texas historical showcase for visitors who spend an hour with Richard Duncan, director of research, genealogist, and chief volunteer.

“Most of the people who find their way to the museum are not from around here. They come from Hawaii, Illinois, and all across the country to discover the Delta County roots of their ancestors who once resided here,” Duncan explains.

Few leave disappointed after mentioning an ancestral Delta County family name to Duncan. If he does not respond immediately with information from his encyclopedic memory, he pulls from the shelves one of the hundred or so loose leaf notebooks filled with maps, photographs, genealogical information, and lists of related families. Some researchers will spend a six-hour day finding answers they could locate nowhere else about their heritage.

Read the full article.

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ProQuest Names Kurt Sanford as CEO

While I was working for HeritageQuest in North Salt Lake in 2002, we were acquired by ProQuest – who now continues to own HeritageQuest, but is itself owned by Cambridge Information Group. The HeritageQuest Online that you may access through your local library today is the firm whose parent company has named Kurt Sanford as its new CEO. That sounds complicated, but it’s not… I just don’t know how to write it out decently…

The following news release is from the July 5 edition of PRNewswire.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ProQuest LLC, an information firm central to global research, today announced that Kurt Sanford will join the Company as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors on July 13, 2011. Mr. Sanford, a highly experienced information services executive, previously spent the past 14 years at LexisNexis, serving most recently as President, Global Operations for its global legal business.

Mr. Sanford will succeed Marty Kahn, who has led ProQuest since it was acquired by Cambridge Information Group (CIG) in 2007. Mr. Kahn will become Vice Chairman of ProQuest’s Board of Directors, and also consult with ProQuest and its parent company CIG. He will be based in CIG’s New York office.

Andrew M. Snyder, Chairman of ProQuest and President of CIG, said, “We are delighted to welcome Kurt Sanford to ProQuest. Our ability to attract an information industry executive with Kurt’s track record and knowledge reflects ProQuest’s potential for continued strong growth. We look forward to his leadership in driving and executing on the strategies that will allow ProQuest to further enhance its position in the industry.”

Mr. Snyder continued, “We are very grateful to Marty Kahn for the great work he has done over the past four years to build ProQuest’s business as well as the role he will continue to play working with the Company and with CIG.”
Mr. Kahn said, “Our Company has made great strides in expanding our offerings and service for librarians and information professionals, with a strong focus on understanding the needs of researchers as they advance through their education and professional life. ProQuest will be in great hands with Kurt, who brings outstanding expertise in the global information industry, including a deep background in leveraging technology that will serve ProQuest well. Kurt has the ideal background to take ProQuest to the next level.”

Mr. Sanford said, “I am very impressed with ProQuest’s business and the strategic steps it has taken in recent years to expand and enhance digital access to the world’s scholarship. The Company has exceptional assets and a solid foundation in place to enable it to add even greater value for its customers and end-users. I look forward to working with CIG and the whole ProQuest team. Together, we will continue to relentlessly focus on our customers and deliver to them innovative solutions and services.”

About Kurt Sanford
Prior to joining ProQuest, Mr. Sanford, 53, was President, Global Operations for the global legal business of LexisNexis, with responsibility for global oversight and management of all technology functions, editorial and production, and customer support. Previously, he was President and CEO of U.S. Corporate and Public Markets for LexisNexis, overseeing the business, government and academic markets as well as the Risk Solutions business. Earlier, Mr. Sanford served as CEO of LexisNexis Asia Pacific and as the Senior Vice President for LexisNexis Large Law Firm Markets in the U.S., as well as holding other strategic and business development roles within the Company. Before joining LexisNexis, Mr. Sanford was a consultant at Bain and Company, the global business strategy consulting firm, where he specialized in assisting technology, telecommunications, consumer products and financial service firms. Prior to that, he was a vice president of a diversified financial services firm and also served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Captain and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Mr. Sanford earned an MBA, with distinction, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his JD, with honors, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. He also graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

About Marty Kahn
Mr. Kahn, 61, is widely respected throughout the information industry. Before joining ProQuest, Mr. Kahn was Chairman of the Board of Directors of OneSource Information Services, Inc. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ovid Technologies, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board of Vista Information Solutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kahn served as President of BRS Information Technologies; General Manager of the Health Professions Division of McGraw-Hill; and as VP, Sales and Marketing, of the W.B. Saunders Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA cum laude from Yale College.

About ProQuest (
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world’s knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest’s massive information pool is accessible through the all-new ProQuest® platform, which moves beyond navigation to empower researchers to use, create, and share content — accelerating research productivity.

This energetic, fast-growing organization includes the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, the new ProQuest Dialog™ service, and business units ebrary®, Serials Solutions®, RefWorks-COS™, and Bowker®.

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