Hurricane Isaac’s Unearthed Coffins and Tombs

The following excerpt is from the November 15, 2012 the Times-Picayune.

A few of Hurricane Isaac’s unearthed coffins and tombs continue to line the Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish, some still standing askew near houses or amid woods. By now, though, the majority of the disinterred remains are back in the Braithwaite cemeteries where they once peacefully rested.

About 150 tombs and coffins floated away, some about a mile, from the east bank’s cemeteries during Isaac. State and parish crews have worked about two months to bring them home.

“It’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together,” said Plaquemines Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Mudge, who, in a cooperative agreement between the parish government and Sheriff’s Office, is assisting in the rehabilitation efforts. The parish government is picking up the initial cost with the expectation of getting reimbursement from FEMA.

Read the full article.

Retired Scots Council Clerk Accused of Destroying Adoption Records

The following excerpt is from an article in the November 11, 2012 edition of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail:

A RETIRING registrar has been accused of deliberately destroying adoption records detailing the birth parents of babies born over 30 years.

The records, held by council officials, contained vital details for children who later wanted to trace their natural parents.

But it has emerged that records of all adoptions in Stirlingshire between 1935 and 1969 are missing.

The files are believed to have been destroyed by a female clerk, now dead, apparently because she feared families’ dark secrets leaking out.

Fashion designer Rubeus Flint, 43, discovered his records had been destroyed when he tried to trace his natural parents.

He was placed for adoption by Clackmannan County Council in 1968 but a senior social worker from Stirling Council told him the documents had been destroyed by a retiring children’s officer.

The woman has been identified as Etta Kennedy, who also worked part-time as a registrar before leaving her job with the council 43 years ago.

Read the full article.

National Archives to Display Original Emancipation Proclamation for 150th Anniversary

Special Viewing Hours December 30, 2012 through January 1, 2013

Washington, DC, Nov 14, 2012: The National Archives will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a free special display of the original document from December 30, 2012 through January 1, 2013. The Emancipation Proclamation is displayed only for a limited time each year because of its fragility, which can be made worse by exposure to light, and the need to preserve it for future generations.

The document will be on display in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building, which is located on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW, and is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

Viewing schedule for the original Emancipation Proclamation:
Sunday, December 30, 2012 – 10 a.m. –5 p.m.
Monday, December 31, 2012 – 10 a.m. – midnight
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Watch Night Festivities, Monday, December 31, 2012
11:30 p.m. – Performance by Washington Revels Heritage Voices
Midnight – Bell ringing by Harriet Tubman, portrayed by historical re-enactor

Emancipation Proclamation Reading, Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 9 a.m.
The first hundred guests in line at the main museum entrance at Constitution and 9th Street, NW, by 8:15 a.m. are invited to enter the building to experience the dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician, song talker, and scholar.

Family Day Programming, Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Hands-on family activities
  • Storyteller Bill Grimmest portrays Frederick Douglass in “Tales of My Friend Mr. Lincoln”
  • Historical re-enactors will portray Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks.

About the Emancipation Proclamation
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt. The issuance of this Proclamation clarified and strengthened the position of the Union government, decreased the likelihood of European support of the Confederacy and, as the Union armies extended their occupation of the southern states, brought freedom to the slaves in those states. The Proclamation invited black men to join the Union Army and Navy, resulting in the enlistment of approximately 200,000 freed slaves and free black people before the War’s end.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it placed the issue squarely on top of the wartime agenda. It added moral force to the Union cause and was a significant milestone leading to the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1865, formally outlawing slavery throughout the nation.

The Emancipation Proclamation linked the preservation of American constitutional government to the end of slavery, and has become one of our country’s most treasured documents.

For information on National Archives public programs, call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Repositories Holding 1880 Federal Census Originals

The following article was written by my good friend, William Dollarhide. Enjoy…

Genealogists should know that many of the original sets of census records for 1880 are available to them by visiting various repositories outside of the National Archives. The 1880 census is the only federal census year which was distributed to other repositories by the National Archives and where the originals can be viewed in person at various institutions around the country.

In addition to the microfilm and online versions of the many U.S. Federal censuses, the original manuscripts for the surviving 1790 through 1870 censuses are now kept at the National Archives. This is not the case for later censuses, which, with the exception of the 1880 census, were all destroyed. Why the 1880 census survived as it did is not known.

Some time after the founding of the National Archives in 1934 and before the start of World War II in 1941, all of the surviving census records, 1790-1880, were transferred from the Census Bureau to the National Archives. All of these original census schedules (the name lists) were later microfilmed by the National Archives. However, during World War II, the Census Bureau still had the original censuses from 1900 through 1940 kept in storage at the Commerce Building in Washington, DC. To save space, the Bureau undertook a large microfilming project, and after they were microfilmed, the original 1900 through 1940 censuses were destroyed with the permission of Congress.

After microfilming, in 1956 the National Archives transferred most of the original 1880 census schedules to state archives, state libraries, historical societies, university libraries, or other repositories willing to take them. The National Archives’ offer may have been turned down by certain states and in those cases, the originals were transferred to the DAR Library in Washington, DC, who said they would take any state, and give great care to their preservation. In 1956, the DAR Library took possession of the original 1880 census schedules for Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. However, a check of the current DAR Library Online Catalog does not list any of the 1880 originals. Further research will be necessary to find out if any were moved and to where. Any reader who has information about any of the eight states first transferred to the DAR Library and their current status is invited to comment to this article.

We do know that the National Archives kept the 92 volumes for 1880 Pennsylvania, which apparently, are the only state originals still located at the Washington DC facility. The National Archives also retained their master microfilm set to the 1880 census, the source for microfilm copies distributed to various libraries and archives around the country.

Although some of the original 1880 census schedules are said to be very fragile, a set of original manuscript volumes act as an better alternate than the microfilmed version. In many cases, the microfilmed copies may be unreadable. But the original documents can be viewed in person for confirmation of the census data if a genealogist is willing to visit a repository where the originals are located.

A recent comment to my Early U.S. Census Losses article was by Michael Elwood Pollock, a professional genealogist who has considerable experience reading the original census manuscripts at the National Archives. Michael said, “. . . on multiple occasions I have encountered microfilm where a page appeared to be blank, but having access to the actual census books at the National Archives, I found there was not only writing on the page, but that it was quite legible, even “crisp”. How could that be possible? Well, early microfilming technology had no appreciation of the fact that a black & white camera can “see” only BLACK or WHITE. All other colors are reduced to shades of gray and if light or dark enough, become indistinguishable from the true black or true white. “

Listed below are the states/territories, the number of state volumes of originals transferred (if known), and a repository holding original 1880 census schedules (if known):

State (in 1880) – Volumes – Repository holding original 1880 census schedules

Alabama – 23 – Dept. of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL
Alaska (Department) – 0 – No 1880 census. AK District 1884, Territory 1912, State 1959.
Arizona (Territory) – 1 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
Arkansas – 15 – Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, AR
California – 18 – California State Archives, Sacramento, CA
Colorado – 4 – Division of State Archives and Public Records, Denver, CO
Connecticut – 10 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
Delaware – 3 – Hall of Records, Dover, DE
District of Columbia – 16 – Historical Society of Washington, Washington, DC
Florida – 5 – Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Georgia – 26 – Georgia Dept. of Archives and History, Atlanta, GA
Hawaii (Kingdom) – 0 – No 1880 census. HI annexed to U.S. 1896, Territory 1900, State 1959.
Idaho (Territory) – 1 – Idaho State Historical Society, Boise, ID
Illinois – 59 – Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
Indiana – 38 – Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN
Iowa – 33 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
Kansas – 21 – Kansas Genealogical Society, Dodge City, KS
Kentucky – 30 – Kentucky Dept. of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, KY
Louisiana – 17 – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Maine – 13 – Maine Division of Vital Statistics, Augusta, ME
Maryland – 19 – Maryland State Law Library, Annapolis, MD
Massachusetts – ? – Archives of the Commonwealth, Boston, MA
Michigan – 31 – Michigan Department of State, Lansing, MI
Minnesota – ? – Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Mississippi – 23 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
Missouri – 45 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
Montana (Territory) – 1 – Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT
Nebraska – 10 – DAR, Washington, DC (in 1956)
Nevada – 2 – Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV
New Hampshire – 3 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
New Jersey – 22 – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
New Mexico (Territory) – 3 – DAR Library, Washington, DC (in 1956)
New York – 105 – New York State Library, Albany, NY
North Carolina – 24 – North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC
North Dakota counties of Dakota Territory – ? – State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND, ND a state in 1889.
Oklahoma (Indian Terr.) – 0 – No 1880 census. OK Territory 1890, State 1907.
Ohio – 68 – Ohio State Museum, Columbus, OH
Oregon – 4 – Oregon State Library, Salem, OR
Pennsylvania – 92 – National Archives, Washington, DC (never transferred)
Rhode Island – ? – Repository unknown – info not available from National Archives
South Carolina – ? – Repository unknown – info not available from National Archives
South Dakota counties of Dakota Territory – ? – South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre, SD., SD a state in 1889.
Tennessee – 35 – Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN
Texas – 34 – Texas State Library, Austin, TX
Utah (Territory) – 3 – Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City, UT
Vermont – ? – Law and Documents, Vermont State Library, Montpelier, VT
Virginia – 32 – Virginia State Library, Richmond, VA
Washington (Territory) – 2 – Washington State Library, Olympia, WA
West Virginia – 14 – West Virginia Historical Society, Charleston, WV
Wisconsin – 32 – State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Wyoming (Territory) – 1 – Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne, WY

Note: An earlier version of this table was published in The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules, and Indexes, by William Dollarhide.

A Visit to the “New” Archives of Michigan

The following excerpt is from a “Family Tree Talk” article, written by Jim Moses and published in the November 11, 2012 edition of the Sentinal-Standard:

LANSING, Mich. — A group of us from the Ionia County Genealogical Society, headed by President Pam Swiler, met at the Library of Michigan a few days ago for a tour of the “new” Archives of Michigan.

We met near the library cafeteria and Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist, took us up to the second floor, where we were met by Jessica Miller.

Due to the reorganization of certain departments in our state government the archives has taken on a slightly different role from what was done there before. In the past, the Archives held millions of important documents for Michigan, which they still do. Now, however, they have also been given much of the genealogy material that we used to have in the genealogy section of the library.

Kris and Jessica took us around, showing some of the collection. We were even allowed to enter one of the vaults where records are stored. It was an amazing site, looking at the floor-to-ceiling shelves crammed with boxes and books in a large room. If you watch “Cold Case” on television you can see something similar.

Read the full article.

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

William “Bill” Dollarhide will not be one of our professional-library helpers, but he will be giving us a couple of GREAT lecture-presentations.  Bill is the co-author of the Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, which book has become a standard in all libraries. We genealogists could not do our family history sleuthing without using this book!  Bill has several more books to offer ( and writes insightful and timely tips and helps on this blog.  We look forward to spending time with you, Bill!

Our professional helper featured today is Billy Dubois Edgington…A U.S. and Native American specialist, she has over 40 years of genealogy experience as a researcher, bookseller, author and speaker. With a BA and graduate work in history, she is a staff member with Family History Expos. She was a contributor to the Genealogical Helper. Co-author of  Vital Information from the Guion Miller Roll of the Eastern Cherokees and author of  African Cherokee Connections. We look forward to working with you, Billy!


Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.

NEHGS Wins Award for Hannah Mather Crocker Book

The following news release was received from NEHGS:

This marks the second national and regional award for the Hannah Mather Crocker book.

November 14, 2012, Boston, MA – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced today that its book, Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker edited by Eileen Hunt Botting and Sarah L. Houser, received the 2012 Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) “Edition Award.” This award is given every three years in recognition of excellence in the recovery of American women writers. SSAWW praised the book for its interdisciplinary and collaborative nature, and the way it brings American women’s voices to a larger audience.

Crocker’s manuscript, housed at NEHGS for more than 130 years, provides a significant resource for women’s historians, scholars of feminist political thought, and early American historians alike. Crocker’s history chronicles Puritan law, colonial and provincial history, interactions with the British, French, and Native Americans, the establishment of Boston churches, and Boston’s economic growth, paying special attention to women’s work and culture. For this edition, Botting and Houser transcribed and annotated Crocker’s original manuscript and added a biographical directory of famous figures and comprehensive subject and poetry indexes.

D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS, said, “This book gives us a charming, anecdotal view of a city and its peoples now long gone. It will be prized by historians, genealogists, and readers interested in Boston and its early history as recounted by a native daughter.”

Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker was recognized earlier this year for its design with a New England Book Show Award. It also received a glowing review in a recent issue of The New England Quarterly, noting, “Botting and Houser have made a notable contribution to the literary and historical legacy of Hannah Mather Crocker . . . After more than a century in an archive, it can now benefit general readers, genealogists, teachers, and scholars.”

Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker is available for purchase in our book store and online at or by calling 617-226-1212.

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. Our award-winning website,, provides access to more than 135 million searchable names in 3,000 collections.

Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners

Proverbial brick walls are the bane of all researchers. Tear down the brick wall, and you often still have stumbling blocks. Patience helps, but often the best solution to breaking through brick walls is finding someone to help. Legacy Family Tree helps genealogists build their research skills and find encouragement through a series of webinars hosted on their website. One great example of a webinar designed to help genealogist it Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners, presented by Marian Pierre-Louis.

In her webinar, Marian presents tips for getting past typical research brick walls. These 10 tips can help genealogists look at their research challenges in new ways and find the encouragement needed to get their research back on track.  Marians tips are so useful, one person commented, “A fabulous webinar. Although I am an intermediate genealogist, I believe I can Learn from any presentation, and this was no exception.” See more viewer comments later in this review.

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

Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners runs 1 hour 30 minutes, and the presentation CD includes a link to a eight-page handout. An active Internet connection is needed to download the handout.

About Marian Pierre-Louis (from her websites):

“Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogical Lecturer who specializes in southern New England research. She frequently speaks at conferences, societies and libraries on New England topics ranging from house history research, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics.

Marian has a broad range of genealogical experience. Her area of expertise focuses on Southern New England which includes the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Particular research interests include early (1700-1850) African Americans in New England.”

Viewer comments about this presentation:

  • Absolutely one of the best. The information was clear, concise and extremely useful.
  • Absolutely the best webinar I have attended! I have tried using the “old research logs” etc – with mixed results. But we need new conceptual sheets for today’s researching; and Marian has given us those. Many THANKS.
  • As always, Marian was excellent – both in content and presentation. As a professional genealogist I always use research plans for my client work but, even though I am very familiar with them, I learned several handy tips from this webinar. Thank you, Marian, and thank you Geoff, once again, for your excellent series of webinars.
  • Every genealogist should watch this webinar, it’s one of THE most informative webinars I’ve seen. I’ve known I needed to implement a research plan but never known exactly how to go about it. Now with such great instruction, I’m finally going to be able to be more organized and efficient in my researching. Thank you Marian!
  • Excellent presentation. Thorough conceptual base, and showed us that we will want to individualize it for the way we research. Thanks for the motivation to control my research!
  • Excellent webinar! Fit my needs perfectly. Now I’m ready to tackle those brick walls.
  • Extremely informative! Has completely changed my definition of how to search. Thank you for hosting this webinar.
  • I really enjoyed learning about the importance of having a Research Plan. I practice a rather haphazard way of ancestering. Marian’s method does put one in control.It is so organized and I’m sure less stressful in the long run.
  • I think it was most helpful — I only wish I had this information 20 years ago!! I would have saved so much time and footwork!


Get your own copy of Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

Artificial Intelligence to Be Used to Translate Documents?

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 9, 2012 edition of Upstart Business Journal:

Chicago startup called Narrative Science may soon deploy its powerful artificial intelligence technology to help make family history research accessible and easy for everyone.

The Provo, Utah-based public company made that promise—that it could make family history searches mainstream—when it agreed in October to be sold to European private equity firm Permira.

Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan hinted the relationship between the two companies during a keynote address at a Startup Summit in Raleigh this week…

Read the full article.

Jason Savedoff Sentenced to 12 Months for Thefts From National Archives & Other Institutions

The following news releases are from NARA:

Archivist of the United States’ Statement – See also the Archivist of the United States’ Statement on Jason Savedoff Sentencing below.

Washington, DC – October 9, 2012, the U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake sentenced Jason Savedoff to twelve months and one day in prison, plus two years probation, for conspiracy and theft of historical documents from cultural institutions in four states, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.

Among the items known to be stolen from the Roosevelt Library, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration, were seven “reading copies” of speeches that President Roosevelt delivered. They contained President Roosevelt’s edits and handwritten additions, along with his signature. The speeches have all been recovered.

Savedoff’s co-conspirator, Barry Landau, pled guilty, and was sentenced on July 28, 2012, to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero thanked the Maryland Historical Society, the National Archives’ Holdings Protection Team and Office of the Inspector General, and the U.S. Justice Department, for bringing the case to justice. He stated: “Close coordination with these tireless stewards allowed us to stop Jason Savedoff and Barry Landau, to build a case against them, and to bring them to justice.”
The Archivist continued, “The security of the holdings of the National Archives is my highest priority. I will not tolerate any violation of the law that protects both records and property that belongs to the U.S. government and the American people.
“The National Archives does not stand alone. All repositories of historical records and artifacts are faced with the serious challenge to keep their holdings secure. Any theft of our nation’s records is an irreplaceable loss. We at the National Archives must remain constantly vigilant, to ensure the protection of our nation’s precious heritage, while at the same time balancing the right of every American to have access to original records.”

Under the current leadership, the National Archives has become more vigilant, including by ensuring the establishment of the Holdings Protection Team to assess, determine, and implement security measures to ensure the public’s access to their holdings. The Holdings Protection Team has instituted a program of security studies, risk assessments, and increased security, monitoring, and screening at National Archives facilities nationwide. The Holdings Protection Team provides training to National Archives archivists and research room staff (and other employees), as well as to staff at other institutions, all aimed at increasing awareness and communication of security issues. The National Archives has also instituted a number of other measures aimed at preventing theft, such as closed-circuit cameras, exit searches, mandatory staff training, and outgoing mail inspections.

According to court records, seven “reading copies” of President Roosevelt’s speeches were stolen when Savedoff and Landau visited the Roosevelt Presidential Library on December 2, 2010.

“Reading copies” are the actual copies of the speeches from which the President read. They contain edits and handwritten annotations made by him and bear his signature.

Four of these “reading copies” of speeches were sold to a collector on December 20, 2010, for $35,000. Three other “reading copies” of inaugural addresses delivered by President Roosevelt were recovered elsewhere. Each was valued at more than $100,000, and one was the water-stained reading copy of the inaugural address President Roosevelt delivered in a steady rain in 1937.
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public the permanent records of the U.S. Government that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. 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 National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

Washington, DC: Nov 9, 2012 “Today the U.S. District Court sentenced an individual, Jason Savedoff, who stole thousands of original documents from major archival repositories, including the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY.

This individual, and his partner, Barry Landau, systematically targeted artifacts from our history, in research institutions, to sell for personal profit. Their crimes were crimes against America’s priceless historical legacy, and the heritage that we pass to our children.
I want to personally thank the Maryland Historical Society, the Department of Justice, our own Office of Inspector General, and the National Archives Holdings Protection Team, for their work on this case. Close coordination with these tireless stewards allowed us to stop Jason Savedoff and Barry Landau, to build a case against them, and to bring them to justice.

The security of the holdings of the National Archives is my highest priority. I will not tolerate any violation of the law that protects both records and property that belongs to the U.S. government and the American people.

The National Archives does not stand alone. All repositories of historical records and artifacts are faced with the serious challenge to keep their holdings secure. Any theft of our nation’s records is an irreplaceable loss. We at the National Archives must remain constantly vigilant, to ensure the protection of our nation’s precious heritage, while at the same time balancing the right of every American to have access to original records.”

David S. Ferriero

Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania

Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania. This is one title that just about says it all. Of course, the expanded title page gives even greater clarity as to the origin of these names:

A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French, and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727 to 1776,

with a

Statement of the names of Ships, whence they sailed, and the data of their arrival in Philadelphia,

Chronologically Arranged, Together with the Necessary Historical and other Notes,


An Appendix containing Lists of more than one thousand German and French Names in New York prior to 1712


Prof. I. Daniel Rupp,

Reprint of the Second Revised and Enlarged Edition with an Added Index


This book has been reprinted many times from 1876 second edition, including the 1931 third-edition index. The latest reprint comes from 2006. In his own words, Rupp makes clear what the genealogical value of this book:

“It has been truthfully said: ‘That comparatively few of the living millions in the United States can tell when their forefathers came to this country.’ by the aid of this Collection, thousands of the descendants of early immigrants, can with certainty, determine the year of the arrival of their progenitors.”

Nearly 140 years have passed since Rupp made this statement. The number of descendants of these immigrants has surely grown to number in the tens of thousands; maybe, even the millions. This book can help researchers link their ancestors to their Old World origins. The Introduction, the Prolegomena, the brief on names, and notes throughout the book appear in both English and German. As the title states, names are arranged chronologically by date of arrival, listed by ship. This book makes an excellent addition to society and genealogical libraries, as well as to personal libraries for researchers who know of their Pennsylvanian-European family origins.



General Introduction


Names of German, Swiss and other Immigrants



  1. Names of first settlers at Germantown and vicinity, from 1683 to 1710
  2. Names of early settlers of Berks and Montgomery Counties, originally Philadelphia, County, &c., &c.
  3. Swiss and German settlers in Lancaster county, from 1709 to 1730
  4. Names, age and occupation of those, who accompanied Rev. Joshua Kocherthal, &c. &c.
  5. Names and ages of the heads of families remaining in the City of New York, 1710
  6. Names and ages of male children, apprenticed by Governor Hunter, 1710 to 1714
  7. Names of male Palatines, above twenty-one years old, in Livingston Manor, N. Y., &c.
  8. Names of the first Palatines in North Carolina, as early as 1709 and 1710
  9. Names of males, Salzburgers, settled in Georgia, 1734 to 1741
  10. .
  11. German settlement in North Carolina, 1709, 1710
  12. Germanna
  13. Names of males at New Rochelle in 1710
  14. Names of early settlers in Tulpehocken, Berks and Lebanon Counties
  15. List of members of the German Reformed Church, between 1735 and 1755
  16. Four Hundred and sixty-five names of German, Dutch and French inhabitants of Philad’s Co., &c., &c.

Interpretation of Names

Index by Ernest Wecken

Index to Ships


Order a copy of Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $42.63.

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

Today’s professional spotlight is on Loni Gardner.

Loni Gardner is a professional genealogist who knows there’s more to genealogy than names, dates and places. She enjoys creating fun ways to share family information through games, puzzles, etc. She is a co-founder of Medical Pedigree Research Services which traces ascending and descending pedigrees for medical research and owner of Gardner Genealogical Services. Loni has compiled the Census Birth Year Chart, Mindmaps and other forms to help with organization and research. Loni will station herself mostly on the 3rd floor to help with U.S. research……. bring your question and problem to her and she will amaze you with her knowledge and her help!
Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek. Remembers the Fallen With New Military Records

The following news release is from releases three new military datasets for the first time containing lists of more than 35,000 British and Dominion Officers who were killed or captured during the Great War. We are proud to have added the following to our website:

British Officers Prisoners of War 1914-1918

Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

The Bond of Sacrifice – A Biographical Record of British Officers Who Fell in the Great War

On Armistice Day the collection commemorates British military personnel who were taken prisoner, detailing their name, rank, regiment, camp location, date of capture and release date. Even those who escaped are included.

The Bond of Sacrifice collection presents 4,000 biographies of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, arranged alphabetically to provide an invaluable record of the contribution and achievements of those who served.

The collection lists a surprising number of Brigadier Generals including Hurdis Secundus Lalande Ravenshaw CMG who as a senior British Army officer during the First World War served at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and saw action on the North-West Frontier of India, in South Africa during the Second Boer War and in France and Greece during the First World War. In 1916 he was captured by an Austrian submarine with all his staff and held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

Another lists one of the war’s most popular heroes Captain William Leefe Robinson VC of the Royal Flying Corp. who shot down the first German Zeppelin airship over London and transformed the battle in the air over Britain. Captain Robinson was later shot down by German fighter aircraft led by the “Red Baron” Lieutenant Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen and captured.

Reports that Robinson had been killed stunned the nation however a letter to his fiancée confirmed he was a prisoner. Although safe, his captors made his life unpleasant and he was poorly treated as he and his fellow prisoners had made several attempts to escape and was sentenced to a month of solitary confinement. He and others were sent to the underground fortress of Zorndorf much as hardened escapees were confined in Colditz Castle in World War II.

The records also tell us of those who lost their lives at sea when even hospital ships fell victim to enemy action. The nation lamented the loss of its largest ship the Britannic which was sunk in the Mediterranean. Mercifully of the 1,066 crew and wounded service personnel only 30 souls were lost. A huge contrast to its ill fated sister ship the Titanic when 1,523 were drowned out of the 2,228 on board.

The records were digitised and provided online for easier searching and are a useful resource when researching family military history. The collection now forms part of’s online military archives which number over 20 million records.

The collection is only a part of more than 850 million historic records available online to all members and visitors by way of an annual subscription for just £25 or €30 / US$40 at

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The Ultimate Search Book: Worldwide Adoption, Genealogy & Other Search Secrets

Ultimate [adoption] Search BookNearly half of the United States population, approximately 140,000,000 people, have some connection with adoption in their immediate family. Whether the connection is an immediate association with an adopted member of their family, or from the relinquishment for adoption. Often both adoptees and “birth” parents are left with life-long questions:

  • Where did I come from?
  • Why was I given up for adoption?
  • What happened to the child I gave up?
  • Are they OK? Are they still alive?

For some the questions go on and on. Sealed records laws and traditions don’t make it easy for either party to find their biological family once an adoption is complete. Adding to the complexity is the number of legal adoptions from foreign countries which operate under different laws, as well as the child trafficking of both domestic and foreign obtained kidnapping victims placed for adoption on the black market. In fact, according to the United Nation’s “Rights of the Child” project, the United States is the “largest market for stolen children in the world.”

For those seeking to reconnect with the biological parents/children, the roadblocks and the system’s built-in secrecy can seem like an insurmountable barrier. However, experts have learned to get past these problems and uncover the truth. Expert Lori Carangelo has put her experience and knowledge within reach through her book The Ultimate Search Book, 2011 Edition: Worldwide Adoption, Genealogy & Other Search Secrets from the the files of Americans for Open Records (AmFOR).

The 2011 edition replaces the popular 2002 edition. As director of the organization Americans for Open Records, Ms. Carangelo has amassed considerable expertise in helping people, and especially birth parents, find their missing loved ones. In this book she shares the secrets to successful searching with a broader audience. How, in the case of adoptees, do they find someone without a prior knowledge of the name? She answers typical questions by providing “how to” search tips and both free and for fee resources for legally accessing information and for locating anyone in the U.S. and 200 other countries.

The first five chapters of the new edition lay out Ms. Carangelo’s blueprint for successful searching. Chapter One identifies the major categories of databases that a researcher is likely to consult (DMV records, voter registrations, etc.). Chapters Two and Three home in on missing children, old loves, war buddies, child support deadbeats, and so on. Chapter Four treats missing persons whose names you may or may not have (birth children, foster care records, missing person locators), while Chapter Five concentrates on the principal websites for finding missing persons. The bulk of the book the leads the reader, U.S. state by state, and then country by country. through the specifics of successful searching. For example, in the case of Idaho state, we are given the addresses, phone numbers, and websites of the vital records office, DMV, state archives, and central adoption agency; the coverage and dates of the available records; and the adoption disclosure statute(s) currently in force. But that is not all. Ms. Carangelo also provides contact information for Idaho adoption search/support groups, as well as sample letters that readers can use to address their own concerns to the appropriate agencies and/or testimonials from state- or country-specific searchers. While the detail is not as marked for many countries as it is for the U.S., Canada, or Great Britain, there is no question that anyone who avails him/herself of the 2011 edition of The Ultimate Search Book will be off to a good start in tracking down a missing loved one.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Search Basics Forty Search Tips for Starters

Chapter 2: Missing and Runaway Children

Chapter 3: Family Tree, Genealogy, Debtor, Child Support, Heir, Classmate, Ol Love, War buddy, Missing Adults or Anyone

Chapter 4: With or Without a Name – Family Members Separated Due to Adoption, Divorce

Chapter 5: Internet Searches

Searching the USA

includes all 50 states and U.S. possessions and trust territories

International Searching

including International Search Resources, International Social Services, Citizenship and Adoption, and Abducted Children


Addendum: State Private Investigator Licensing Boards


The Ultimate Search Book, 2011 Edition: Worldwide Adoption, Genealogy & Other Search Secrets from the the files of Americans for Open Records (AmFOR) is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $42.63.

Organizing and Sharing Digital Images

Last week I reviewed Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos by Geoff Rasmussen. In the webinar, Geoff provided professional guidance and expertise on scanning and modifying Digital images:

  • Learning how to digitize photographs and documents
  • Choosing the resolution (dpi) setting
  • Choosing the best file type (.tif, .jpg, etc.)
  • Fixing and repairing photos and document images

In Organizing And Sharing Digital Images, Geoff continues his coverage using digital images. The presentation’s title gives a fairly good indication of what is covered. Part of finding and making the most of digital images comes from technique and part for using the right tools. Geoff covers using Google’s Picasa and Adobe’s Photoshop Elements to help sort, tag, and quickly locate images. Viewers will also learn how to securely locate, share, and access photos in the “cloud.” In addition, Geoff gives his expert advice on organizing digital genealogy documents (e.g. wills, censuses, etc.) and how to add them to Legacy Family Tree.

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

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 29, 2012.  1 hour 44 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts.

About Geoff Rasmussen:

“Geoff is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City (2011). He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program.”


Get your own copy of Organizing And Sharing Digital Images from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.