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USA State, Territorial & School Censuses and Tax Records at FamilySearch.org

UNITED STATES TERRITORIAL, SCHOOL CENSUS, AND TAX RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG – UPDATED AS OF 24 June 2013.

Colonial, Territorial and State Censuses are of vital importance to genealogists, as they were often taken on non-Federal Decennial census years, taken prior to statehood, or between the Federal Censuses. Thirty-seven states (or what became states) took them. Tax records are also of extreme value, again, being taken between Federal Censuses, as well as on the census years. They are probably the best census substitutes in existence.

The following listing, complete with links, descriptions, and numbers of records & images is made up of state and school censuses, as well as tax lists currently found at FamilySearch.org. I will continue to update this posting as new data goes up.

Have fun. These links are sure to please…

Alabama State Census 1855 – Index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855 – 34,978 records as of 12 December 2011.

Alabama State Census 1866 – Index of the 1866 census from Alabama.This census lists head of household and has statistical information about the makeup of the household. In some counties, the records indicate whether there were soldiers in the household who were killed, disabled, or died of sickness – 243,781 records as of 12 December 2011.

California State Census, 1852 – Name index of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of California in 1852 – 188,578 records as of 30 October 2011.


Colorado State Census 1885 - Index & Browsable Images – Name index and images of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of Colorado. The 1885 census was taken with the assistance of the United States Government. Included are the Population, Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Mortality Schedules – 56,302 records and 6,069 3,520 images as of 16 November 2012.

Florida State Census 1885Imaged Records – Schedules of the Census of Florida taken by that state in 1885. All counties then in the state are represented with the exception of Alachua, Clay, Columbia and Nassau. The 1885 Florida State Census is comprised of four schedules – Population, Agriculture, Manufactures and Mortality. Population schedules are available for all counties, but there are no agriculture, manufactures or mortality schedules for some counties. 110,864 records, and 8,468 images as of 27 Mar 2010; From 13 rolls of NARA microfilm M845.

Florida State Census 1935Imaged Records – Population census for the State of Florida for the year 1935. This 1935 Florida State Census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants. The census is arranged alphabetically by county and then geographically by election precinct. All counties within the state are represented, although some election precincts are missing. The collection details include an estimated precinct locality that is based on the census precinct number within a county. 1,599,085 records and 36,019 images as of 27 March 2010; From 30 rolls of NARA microfilm.

Florida State Census 1945Imaged Records – Population census for the State of Florida for the year 1945. This 1945 Florida State Census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants. The census is arranged alphabetically by county and then geographically by election precinct. All counties within the state are represented, although some election precincts are missing. The records are segregated by race. The collection details include an estimated precinct locality that is based on the census precinct number within a county. 2,249,138 records and 51,692 images as of 27 March 2010; From 43 rolls of NARA microfilm.

Idaho, Minidoka County Records 1913-1961Imaged Records – Marriage, naturalization, land and property, probate, school and military records located at the county courthouse in Rupert. Includes the Minidoka School Census 1909-1952. This collection is being published as images become available – 41,712 images as of 16 December 2011.

Illinois State Census 1855 – Name indexes for the Illinois State Census taken in 1855. The census names the head of household. Schedules do not exist for the following counties: Carroll, Champaign, Franklin, Gallatin, Henry, Jefferson, Jo Davies, Lake, Stark, Will, and Woodford. 256,004 Records as of 1 March 2011; From the Illinois State Archives, on 13 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Illinois State Census 1865 - Imaged Records – Name indexes and imiages for the Illinois State Census taken 3 July 1865. Missing counties: Gallatin, Mason, Monroe and part of Tazewell. 380,262 Records as of 5 September 2011; and 12,090 images – From the Illinois State Archives, on 18 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Iowa State Census 1885 – Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1885. The population schedule names every person in the household. 503,573 records as of 25 January 2011; From the State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, on 95 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Iowa State Census 1895 – Indexed and Imaged Records – Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1895. The census names everyone in the household – From the Iowa State Historical Society, Des Moines IA – 526,916 records and 79,808 images as of 5 April 2013.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – Imaged Records - Images of probate records from court record collections housed at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Probate records often include wills, and other records dealing with the administration of estates including bonds, inventories, guardianships, real estate, and various indexes to the records. Includes the following counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worcester. Also includes records from Baltimore City. This collection is being published as images become available; 1,233,459 images as of 2 January 2013.

Massachusetts State Census 1855Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Name index and images of population schedules listing inhabitants of the State of Massachusetts in 1855. 155 images from Suffolk County are missing and will be forthcoming (953961). 261,883 records and 15,299 images as of 4 June 2011; From the Massachusetts State Archives on 68 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Massachusetts State Census 1865Imaged Records – Name index and images of population schedules listing inhabitants of the State of Massachusetts in 1865. This project was indexed in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). 304,814 records and 17,616 images as of 29 Mar 2010; From the Massachusetts State Archives on 68 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Michigan State Census 1894 – Name index of the Michigan state census taken in June 1894. Due to destroyed and missing records, in addition to a partial acquisition of records, this collection includes the following counties: Barry, Benzie, Bay, Dickinson, Emmet, Gratiot, Ingham, Iosco, Kalamazoo, Kent, Keweenaw, Lapeer, Leelanau, Menominee, Montcalm, and Washtenaw. 92,831 records as of 8 July 2011; From the Michigan Department of State, Lansing on 26 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Minnesota Territorial Census 1857Imaged Records – Indexes and images of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the Minnesota Territory in 1857. NOTE: “All entries for the following newly created [23 May 1857] counties were fabricated to cover voter fraud: Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock. (For further information see Robert J. Forrest, ‘Mythical Cities of Southwestern Minnesota,’ Minnesota History, 14 (1933), pp. 243-52).” This collection coincides with NARA publication T1175 – 45,567 records and 3,990 images as of 20 July 2011; Rrom the Central Plains Region, National Archives. FHL Digital images.

Minnesota State Census 1865Imaged Records – Indexes and images of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of June 1, 1865 – 47,437 records and 3,396 images as of 26 November 2011; From the Minnesota State Library and Records Service, St. Paul, On 3 rolls of FHL Microfilm.

Minnesota State Census 1875Imaged Records – Images and index of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of May 1, 1875 – 160,919 records and 9,726 images as of 6 May 2010; From the Minnesota State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.

Minnesota State Census 1885Imaged Records – Images and index of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of 1885 – 227,047 records and 15,831 images as of 5 November 2010; From the Minnesota State Library and Records Service, St. Paul, On 28 rolls of FHL Microfilm.

Minnesota State Census 1895Imaged Records – Images and indexes of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of 1895. 555,334 records and 44,592 images as of 24 September 2010; From the Minnesota State Library and Records Service, St. Paul, On 59 rolls of FHL Microfilm.

Minnesota State Census 1905Imaged Records – Indexes and images of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of June 1, 1905 – 1,973,884 records and 52,172 images as of 25 January 2011; From the Minnesota State Library and Records Service, St. Paul, On 58 rolls of FHL Microfilm.

Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962Imaged Records – Images of school census records arranged by district number – 14,457 images as of 6 December 2011.

Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951Imaged Records – This collection is laid out by county, and includes images of records filmed at the Mississippi State Archives in Jackson, Mississippi. It includes narratives from former slaves, land records from the Office of the Secretary of State, lists of military veterans, military grave registrations, many county tax records, many state ceneus records, and naturalization records. The collection is being published as images become available. 187,576 images as of 27 December, 2011.

Mississippi School Censuses – Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children 1850-1892, 1908-1957 - Imaged Records – These records are lists of students prepared by the counties and school districts. School records can be a viable substitute for birth records. These include the names of both black and white students. The early records include the names of students and the school attended. More recent records include the age of the child and a parent or guardian’s name – 211,757 images as of 29 June 2011; From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945Imaged Records – Included under County Court Records are the Great Falls Tax Lists 1891-1895 and 1889, the County Poll Tax index 1891-1898, as well as Tax deed land sold under contract, vol. 1, 1931-1936 and Cascade County School Census Records 1897-1955, by school district number – 408,373 images as of 16 December 2011 – up 342,641 images since 19 August 2011.

Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010Imaged Records – Deeds, school census, mining, vital records, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available – 94,699 images as of 8 May 2012.

New Jersey State Census 1885 – Name index of the New Jersey state census taken in 1885 – 305,188 records as of 20 January 2011; From the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Archives and Record Management, Trenton.

New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – Name index of the 1905 Census of New Jersey which includes all residents in all counties. – 507,107 records as of 22 June 2012.

New York State Census 1955 – Indexed Records and Images - The population schedule for the 1855 New York state census records still in existence. Most counties are covered, but some records were destroyed. View the wiki or browse the collection to determine coverage — 594,539 records and 84,493 images as of 1 February 2013.

New York State Census 1865Imaged Records – This collection contains most of the 1865 New York state census records still in existence. Ten schedules were filed for each locality, including population, marriages, and deaths schedules. The population schedule included the name, age, birthplace, and occupation of each household member. Most counties are covered, but some records were destroyed – 57,158 images as of 9 May 2011; From various County Clerks throughout New York State, on 75 rolls of FHL microfilm.

New York State Census 1875 – Indexed and Imaged Records –Images of the 1875 New York State Census as of 1 June 1875. The following counties are not included: Chemung, Clinton, Hamilton, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Wayne, and Westchester – 721,358 records and 93,870 images as of 28 March 2013; up 12,497 records since 13 June 2012.

New York State Census 1892Imaged Records – Name index and images of the population schedule from the New York census taken in 1892. This state census is an every-name index to the state’s inhabitants as of February 16, 1892. The collection includes 40 counties. Population schedules for the following counties are missing or lost: Chenango, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Livingston, New York (the Bronx and Manhattan), Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and Wyoming – 3,766,108 records and 29,494 images as of 11 July 2011; From FHL microfilm originating at numerous New York County Courthouses.

New York State Census 1905Imaged Records – Images and indexes of the population schedule of the census of New York taken in 1905. This census is an every-name index to the state’s inhabitants as of June 1, 1905 – 2,752,966 records and 110,718 images as of 10 November 2010; From FHL microfilm originating at numerous New York County Courthouses.

New York State Census, 1915Imaged Records – Name index of the 1915 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 9,742,867 records as of 24 June 2012.

New York State Census, 1925Imaged Records – Name index of the 1925 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 11,117,922 records as of 24 June 2012

North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 – Browsable Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. The collection includes Ashe County School Censuses 1881-1903; Beaufort County Wills 1808-1968; Columbus County Estate Files 1812-1968; Duplin County Widows year support 1900-1968; Durham County Widow’s Dower & Year’s Support 1881-1944 (indexed in front of book); Gaston County Estates 1839-1971 & Wills 1847-1968 Vol. 38-41; Lincoln County Marriage Records 1892-1916; Mecklenburg County Estate Files 1880-1952; Northampton Coroner’s reports 1793-1905; Northampton County Estate Records 1782-1930; Richmond County Coroner’s inquests 1906-1967; Stanley County Coroner’s inquests 1914-1957; and Wake County Death Certificates 1900-1909 – 496,699 images as of 17 May 2012 – up 109,664 since 7 March 2012.

Ohio Tax Records 1800-1850Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Ohio Genealogical Society. Name index of tax records as recorded with the County Auditor of each county. Includes the following Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Trumbull and Washington. The majority of the tax records in this collection are for the years 1816 through 1838. Currently this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 1,101,150 records and 46,154 images as of 3 June 2011; From Digital copies of originals housed in County Auditors offices in the counties of Ohio.

Oregon, Columbia County Records 1854-1858Imaged Records- This collection includes digital images of land and property, marriage, and naturalization records and indexes digitally captured at the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens, Oregon. This collection is being published as images become available – Includes Land and Property (1854-1920), Civil Registration – Marriages (1854-1958), Naturalization / Citizenship 1891-1945), Tax (1898-1908); 91,013 images as of 5 December 2012.

Oregon, Marion County Records, 1849-1976 – Images - Includes marriage, birth, land and property, probate, naturalization, tax and old age pension records from the Marion County Clerk – 406,225 images as of 19 November 2012.

1885 Rhode Island Census 1885Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Name index and images of census population schedules of the population of the state of Rhode Island as June 1, 1885 – 302,482 records and 10,844 images as of 13 May 2011; From the Rhode Island State Archives, Providence, on 12 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Rhode Island State Census 1905Imaged Records -Images and index to the population schedule of the census Rhode Island taken by the state in 1905. The 1905 state census lists Rhode Island residents of the state as of 1905. Each resident is listed on a single form. The forms are arranged in order by place of residence (county, town or city, ward, enumeration district), then by gender, and then alphabetically by surname. The census tells whether a person is the head of household or lists relationship of the person to the head of household – 352,019 records and 950,324 images as of 5 November 2010; From the Rhode Island State Archives, Providence, on 445 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Rhode Island State Census 1915Imaged Records – Images and index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by the state in 1915. The 1915 state census of Rhode Island lists residents of Rhode Island as of April 15, 1915. Residents are listed by household and relationship to head of household is given. Children born after April 15, 1915 were not included. The census is arranged by county and then enumeration district – 540,589 records and 11,231 images as of 24 September 2010; From the Rhode Island State Archives, Providence, on 25 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Rhode Island State Census 1925Imaged Records – Images and index to the 1925 Rhode Island state census. The census lists residents of the state as of April 15, 1925 by household. The head of household is indicated and the relationship of each person to the head of household is given. Children born after April 15, 1925 are not listed. The records are arranged by county and enumeration district – 469,564 records and 10,916 images as of 10 September 2010; From the Rhode Island State Archives, Providence.

Rhode Island State Census 1935Imaged Records – Images and index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by that state in 1935. Officially known as the 1935 state census, these schedules are on computer cards dated January 1936. This census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants as of 1935. The records are arranged by county and town and then alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups – 693,472 records and 695,585 images as of 14 January 2011; From the Rhode Island State Archives, Providence.

South Dakota State Census 1905Imaged Records – Individual census cards arranged in alphabetical order – 472,575 records and 472,575 images as of 6 April 2010; From the South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre, on 125 rolls of FHL microfilm.

South Dakota State Census 1915Imaged Records – Name index and images of census cards from the 1915 South Dakota State Census – 613,769 records and 613,769 images as of 6 April 2010; From the South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre, on 182 rolls of FHL microfilm.

South Dakota State Census 1925Imaged Records – Name index and images of census cards from the 1925 South Dakota State Census – 705,319 records and 705,285 images as of 6 April 2010; From the South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre.

South Dakota State Census 1935Imaged Records – Name index and images of census cards from the 1935 South Dakota State Census – 673,322 records and 717,877 images as of 25 January 2011; From the South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre, on 213 rolls of FHL microfilm.

South Dakota State Census 1945Imaged Records – Name index and images of census cards from the 1945 South Dakota State Census – 570,085 records and 610,318 images as of 18 July 2011; From the South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre.

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records; 321,826 images as of 2 January 2013- up 681 images as of 19 June 2011.

Texas County Tax Rolls 1846-1910Imaged Records – Images for tax rolls for 237 counties in Texas. Index is in progress and additional records will be added as they are completed. The images are laid out by county and year, so if you know where your people lived, finding them usually isn’t difficult, even without the indexes finished – 1,209,864 indexed records and 725,748 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 1,200,141 indexed records and 46,861 images since 12 July 2011; From the Texas State Library and Archives, Austin on 423 rolls of FHL.

Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949 – Imaged Records – Records from Eastland County, Texas including Cemetery records, Chancery Court records, Circuit Court records, Commissioner’s Court records, Coroner’s records, County Court records, District Court records, Hospital records, Land and property records, Military records, Naturalization records, Pension records, Probate records, School records, Tax records, and Vital records. This collection is being published as images become available — 364,267 images available as of 30 January 2013.

Washington State County Records – Lincoln County Special Population Census Schedule (1911-1920)Imaged Records – posted 23 November 2011.

Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946Imaged Records – School census records for Matagorda County, Texas. Records are arranged by year, race (“colored” and “white”) and then alphabetically by surname. Additional images will be published to this collection as they become available – Currently covers 1923-1946 – with each year in alphabetical order – 52,548 images as of 7 November 2011.

Washington, County Records 1856-2009Imaged Records – Collection of various records including vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage – 3,435,759 2,682,528 images as of 9 April 2013; up 753,231 images since December 2012.

Wisconsin State Census 1855 – Name index of the Wisconsin state population census taken in 1855. This census only identifies the head of family by name. The rest of the census is statistical.133,164 records as of 23 September 2010; From the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, on 4 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Wisconsin, State Census, 1865 – Indexed Records & Browsable Images – Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan — 21,162 records and 874 images as of 18 June 2013.

Wisconsin State Census 1875 – Name index of the Wisconsin state population census taken in 1875. This census only identifies the head of family by name. The rest of the census is statistical – 269,899 records as of 23 September 2010; From the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, on 6 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Wisconsin State Census 1885 – Name index of the Wisconsin State Census taken on 20 June 1885. The images include the population schedule and the soldiers and sailors schedule. This census only identifies the head of family by name. The rest of the population census is statistical. The census does not include American Indians on reservations in Wisconsin. An enumeration was also taken of soldiers and sailors of the Late War (Civil War) – 407,138 records as of 21 January 2011; From the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, on 10 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Wisconsin State Census 1895 – Name index of the Wisconsin State Census taken in 1895. This census only identifies the head of family by name. The rest of the census is statistical. The census does not include American Indians on reservations in Wisconsin. Two additional schedules are included in this census – an enumeration of soldiers and sailors, and an enumeration of the militia – 494,911 records as of 21 January 2011; From the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, on 12 rolls of FHL microfilm.

Wisconsin State Census 1905 – Name index of the Wisconsin population schedule taken by that state in 1905. This census enumerates by name all of the state’s inhabitants as of June 1, 1905 – 489,005 records as of 30 April 2010; From the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, on 4 rolls of FHL microfilm.

United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War – Index & Images - Index and images of schedules enumerating Union veterans and widows of veterans of the Civil War for the states of Kentucky through Wyoming. Except for some miscellaneous returns, data for the states of Alabama through Kansas do not exist. Some returns include U.S. Naval Vessels and Navy Yards. The schedules are from Record Group 15, Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA publication M123 – 897,849 records and 117,012 images as of 27 November 2012.

 

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New Edition of Book on Pre-1906 San Francisco Research Now Available

The following news release was received from Kathryn M. Doyle, Communications, California Genealogical Society & Library:

“I’m Sorry. Those Records Were Lost”
California Genealogical Society Publication Gives Researchers New Hope


OAKLAND, California–July 25, 2011–The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces publication of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, second edition, a guide to circumventing the enormous record loss in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. This authoritative book by Nancy Simons Peterson, Research Director at CGS, is a must have for researching San Francisco ancestors, providing invaluable guidance on which records were lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire, which records survived, and where to find them.

Peterson alerts the reader to lesser-known sources, recently published references, and newly discovered documents. Sources are clearly identified and evaluated, while graphics, statistics, and historical background enrich the text. Not limited to San Francisco, Peterson’s solutions for working around lost records and her emphasis on casting a much wider net than is customary will be especially welcomed by researchers wherever natural disasters have destroyed historical documents. First published in 2006, the second edition has been substantially updated and expanded.

ISBN 978-0-9785694-5-7
Format: Perfect-bound paperback, 242 pages
Dimensions (inches) 8.5 wide × 11.0 tall
Retail Price: $25.00
Publisher: California Genealogical Society
Additional information at: http://rakingtheashes.weebly.com

About the author:
Nancy Simons Peterson is a certified genealogist and author of numerous articles. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.

About CGS:
The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website, CaliforniaAncestors.org

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German Map Guide Multiple-Volume German State Sets on Sale for 20% Off & FREE USA Shipping

For the first time since the inception of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers project in 2004, Family Roots Publishing is offering the completed German State multiple-volume sets of the soft-cover books at 20% off retail. This is a limited time offer and ends at Midnight MDT, Monday, August 1. We’re also offering FREE shipping within the United States on all purchases over $25, AND with a $50 purchase, a Free Copy of “More Dating Old Photographs” ($15.95 value) by simply putting the word “More” in the “Order Notes” field upon checkout. Each of the sets is over $50 (starting at $55.92), so all offers apply!

Note that the German States are laid out as they were at the time of confederation in 1871.

Orders to be shipped outside of the USA will require a shipping quote and order by phone, fax or email.

Following are links to the sets of German State Map Guides now in print – and on sale!

The following list details the volumes found in each multiple-volume German state set:

Württemberg
GMG Vol. 5 – Jagstkreis
GMG Vol. 6 – Neckarkreis & Hohenzollern Province
GMG Vol. 7 – Schwarzwaldkreis
GMG Vol. 8 – Donaukreis

Hessen-Nassau
GMG Vol. 9 – Hessen-Nassau RB Wiesbaden
GMG Vol. 10 – Hessen-Nassau RB Kassel

Rhineland & the Pfalz (Palatinate)
GMG Vol. 11 – Rhineland I Aachen & Düsseldorf
GMG Vol. 12 – Rhineland II Köln & Koblenz
GMG Vol. 13 – Rhineland III Trier & the Pfalz (Palatinate)

Bavaria – note that the Pfalz (Palatinate) is included in the Rhineland series – GMG vol. 13 – and it is also indexed as a separate index in the Bavaria Master index – GMG Vol. 23.

GMG Vol. 14 – Bavaria RB Unterfranken
GMG Vol. 15 – Bavaria RB Oberfranken
GMG Vol. 16 – Bavaria RB Mittelfranken
GMG Vol. 17 – Bavaria RB Oberpfalz
GMG Vol. 18 – Bavaria RB Schwaben
GMG Vol. 19 – Bavaria RB Niederbayern I
GMG Vol. 20 – Bavaria RB Niederbayern II
GMG Vol. 21 – Bavaria RB Oberbayern I
GMG Vol. 22 – Bavaria RB Oberbayern II
GMG Vol. 23 – Bavaria Master Index

Kingdom of Saxony
GMG Vol. 25 – Kingdom of Saxony I Zwickau & Leipzig
GMG Vol. 26 – Kingdom of Saxony II Chemnitz, Dresden, & Bautzen

Province of Sachsen
GMG Vol. 27 – Province of Sachsen I RB Erfurt & Duchies of Anhalt & Brunswick
GMG Vol. 28 – Province of Sachsen II RB Merseburg
GMG Vol. 29 – Province of Sachsen III RB Magdeburg

Hannover
GMG Vol. 30 Hannover RB Hannover & Hildesheimm
GMG Vol. 31 Hannover RB Lunneburg & Stade
GMG Vol. 32 Hannover RB Aurich & Osnabruck

Alsace Lorraine
GMG Vol. 33 Alsace Lorraine Dist. of Unteralsace I
GMG Vol. 34 Alsace Lorraine Dist. of Unteralsace II
GMG Vol. 35 Alsace Lorraine Dist. of Oberalsace I
GMG Vol. 36 Alsace Lorraine Dist. of Oberalsace II
GMG Vol. 37 Alsace Lorraine Dist. of Lothringen I
GMG Vol. 38 Alsace Lorraine Dist. of Lothringen II

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National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection Video Online

The following news release was received from the National Genealogical Society:

The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of an online presentation about the NGS Book Loan Collection presented by St. Louis County Reference Specialist, Ruth Ann Hager, cg, cgl. You can see this presentation by clicking on the graphic on the right.

In November 2001, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) moved their lending library of more than 20,000 books from their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to St. Louis County Library’s Special Collections Department in St. Louis, Missouri.

The collection was previously available to only NGS members. Now, the entire genealogical community can access the books through interlibrary loan at their local library. This noteworthy collection, which has strong holdings for East Coast and New England states, contains family histories and published abstracts of cemeteries, church records, court records, deeds, marriages, wills: and related probate records as well as state, county, and local histories.

In this presentation, Ms. Hager covers such elements of how to find, request, obtain, and donate to the NGS Book Loan Collection. You can see this presentation by clicking here, or on the graphic above.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour Week Peek #33

Summer has finally come good enough to blossom my petunias…….. isn’t this gorgeous? If it were larger, it would do as a bridal bouquet, seems to me.

Want to do a questionnaire today…… please let me know your answers: (1) Do you regularly read Leland’s GenealogyBlog? (2) Do you regularly read Dick Eastman’s blog? (3) Do you regularly read Arlene’s blog? (4) Do you regularly read your local genealogical society blog (if they have one)? And now the biggee: if not, WHY not?

When Thomas MacEntee comes to teach us at this year’s Christmas tour, he will be talking about blogs and blogging and the value and virtues thereof. Is this something you want to learn???????

Oh, and do you read the monthly newsletter, sent out by Bill Balter? Why or why not?

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next week

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The Minnesota Historical Society Reopens After State Government Shutdown

The following teaser is from an article printed in the July 23, 2011 edition of the Echo Press.


The Minnesota Historical Society, its museums, historic sites and library will reopen to the public today, Saturday, July 23, following the state of Minnesota government shutdown.

All programs scheduled beginning Saturday will resume as initially planned. Hours of operation and special programs are outlined at www.mnhs.org . This reopening schedule is contingent upon the passage of a budget bill by the legislature and signing by the governor.

The Minnesota Historical Society was closed during the state shutdown and unable to serve over 40,000 visitors during that time period. Funding from the state comprises more than half of the Society’s operating budget.

“It is with great pleasure that I invite the public back to visit all 26 of our popular historic sites, like Split Rock Lighthouse along the North Shore and Jeffers Petroglyphs near Comfrey, as well as metro sites like Historic Fort Snelling, Mill City Museum and the Minnesota History Center,” said Society Director and CEO Stephen Elliott.

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New USA Vital Records Data at FamilySearch.org

The following USA vital records databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org since I last blogged about the FamilySearch vital records just over 2 weeks ago. Note that most of the databases posted are digital images with waymarks to locate one’s ancestor. Numerous imaged databases also include indexes, so in many cases, it’s not difficult to find one’s ancestor, even if the data isn’t indexed as such.

I’ve also updated all four of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See:

California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records – Imaged Records – Index cards and daily log book of the Italian Cemetery in Colma. This collection is being published as images become available. 18,592 images as of 12 July 2011

Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 43% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,205,180 Records as of 20 July 2011 – up 44,359 records since 3 June, 2011.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983Digital images from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 326,778 images as of 22 July 2011 – up 17,630 images since 5 July 2011

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945Imaged Records – County record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls: Probate, voter registers, naturalization and immigration records. Great Falls Genealogy Society: Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926; court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937; old age applications, naturalization records, pre 1945; and Vital Records. This collection is being published as images become available. 19,761 images as of 18 July 2011

Montana, Rosebud County RecordsImaged Records – Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana – 97,864 images as of 12 July 2011.

Ohio, Montgomery County, Probate Estate Files, 1850-1900Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files from the Montgomery County Records Center and Archive in Dayton, Ohio. Usually the files are chronological and have a case file number. This collection is being published as images become available. 216,991 images as of 22 July 2011 – up 191,779 images since 27 June 2011!

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938Images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – 122,242 images as of 22 July 2011 – up 32,013 images since 5 July 2011

New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 105,176 images as of 22 July 2011 – up 23,531 records since 27 June 2011

North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 - Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. This collection is being published as images become available. To date, the site includes Beaufort County wills , 1808-1968; Gaston County estates & wills, 1894-1970; and Northampton Coroners’ reports Vol 1 1793-1905 – 90,283 images as of 22 July 2011 – up 12,924 images since 27 June 2011.

Utah, Salt Lake County Deaths Records, 1908-1949Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Utah Genealogical Association. Name index and images for Salt Lake County death records from 1908-1949. The volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries are arranged numerically. Deaths from 1908-1949 were recorded on certificates . They are arranged numerically by registered number then by date of death (i.e. month & year). Some records in this collection may be for deaths occurring before 1908 where the remains were re-interred between 1908 and 1949 – 116,482 Records as of 18 July 2010 – up 35,512 records since April, 2010.

Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915Imaged Records – Name index and images of Salt Lake County Birth records from 1890-1915. The records are arranged in volumes chronologically. The records from 1890-1908 were recorded in registers and are arranged numerically. From 1908-1915 births were recorded on certificates (four to a page) and also arranged numerically by registered number. 33,262 records from 1,687 images as of 18 July, 2011.

Washington State County Records 1885-1950Imaged Records – Collection of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1885-1950. Currently data for Adams, Asotin, and Pierce counties is posted. This includes probate records for Adams and Asotin counties. This is an ongoing collection. 223,653 images as of 22 July 2011.

U.S.A. Social Security Death Index – A name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962 – 90,023,057 Records as of 24 July 2011.

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FREE Copy of “More Dating Old Photographs” With $50 Purchase

Starting the minute this blog is posted, Family Roots Publishing Company is making a time-limited offer of a FREE copy of the popular “More Dating Old Photographs” ($15.95 value) with the purchase of $50 or more in product at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website. And that’s not all! FRPC is picking up the USA shipping charges for all Internet purchases over $25 through August 20. FREE SHIPPING! The FREE book offer is only good through Midnight MDT, Monday, August 1, 2011.

IMPORTANT!
To take advantage of this offer, purchase $50 in products (do not include “More Dating Old Photographs” in the purchase). Put the word “MORE” in the “Order Notes” box at checkout. You will not be billed for the book, nor will it show up on your invoice. However, FRPC will automatically send a copy with your order.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects:

  • Photographic Jewelry
  • Other Formats
  • Manipulated Images
  • Retouching
  • Hand Coloring
  • Crayon Portraits
  • Photo Editing
  • Watch out for copies
  • Noticing the Details
  • Photographer’s Imprint
  • Clothing
  • Women
  • Bodices
  • Sleeves
  • Accessories
  • Hats and Bonnets
  • Women’s Hair
  • Men
  • Coats
  • Ties
  • Vests
  • Men’s Hair
  • Children
  • Occupational Clothing
  • Ethnic Dress
  • Special Occasions
  • Oddities in the Collection
  • A Case Study
  • Caring for Your Photographs
  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Space Considerations

The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – page 18
  • The 1850s – pages 19-20
  • 1860-1864 – pages 21-24
  • 1865-1869 – pages 25-28
  • 1870-1874 – pages 29-32
  • 1875-1879 – pages 33-37
  • 1880-1884 – pages 38-43
  • 1885-1889 – pages 44-48
  • 1890-1894 – pages 49-54
  • 1895-1899 – pages 55-60
  • 1900-1904 – pages 61-67
  • 1905-1909 – pages 68-74
  • 1910-1914 – pages 75-83
  • 1915-1919 – pages 84-92
  • 1920-1924 – pages 93-100
  • 1925-1929 – pages 101-108
  • Unusual photos – pages 109-112
  • Hand Colored – pages 113-117

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

More Dating Old Photographs 1840 -1929, Third Edition; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2

This book is a sequel to Dating Old Photographs, which is available on CD-ROM at the FRPC website for just $11.88.

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Discover the Van Dusens of New Amsterdam – 1627-2011

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article by Alison Leigh Cowan, published in the July 22, 2011 edition of the New York Times.

“I was in seventh or eighth grade, and we were asked to do a little genealogy,” recalled Andrew Van Dusen, now a 47-year-old real estate broker specializing in Brownstone Brooklyn. “My dad handed me his file, and it was stunning.”

Mr. Van Dusen learned that he was a 12th-generation descendant of one of Manhattan’s first few hundred settlers, the operator of a windmill where the Dutch ground grain, and he has been collecting anecdotes and artifacts about his sprawling family ever since. Inside his town house on a historic cul-de-sac in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, ancestors gaze down from gilded frames: There is Andrew’s grandmother, Helen Campbell Van Dusen, along with the two men she married — consecutively — Bruce Buick Van Dusen and his older brother Theron. And there is Theron’s grandfather, Charles Theron Van Dusen, who faithfully kept a daily diary on the front lines of the Civil War.

As with the Old Testament patriarch who gave birth to a nation, it all began with Abraham, whose forebears were from the town of Duersen in northern Brabant. Known in official documents as “Abraham the miller,” or “Abraham Pieterszen,” as in son of Peter, he landed on the island of “Manatus” some time before February 1627. Nearly 400 years later, he has more than 200,000 descendants over 15 generations scattered across the Americas, according to several genealogical experts who have built on intensive studies of the family over the centuries. In the 1880 census, there were 3,000 heads of household with the name Van Dusen — or Van Deusen, Van Deursen, Van Duzer and other common variants — all, the experts say, traceable back to Abraham the miller.

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“Tehama County, 1856-2006: 150 years of Photos and History” now available in a Revised Edition

The Tehama County Genealogical and Historical Society, of Red Bluff, California, has just published a new 2011 revised edition of “Tehama County, 1856-2006: 150 years of Photos and History.” It is now available for purchase. The new edition has an index, making it a much more valuable book than the previous 2006 volume.

The revised edition is available from the Copy Center, 16 Antelope Boulevard, Red Bluff, California 9. Cost is $75 each. For more information call 530-527-6677 or just click here for ordering information.

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George Morgan Seminar to be Held in Quitman, Texas on August 5

The following event is to take place in Quitman, Texas on August 5, 2011. It has been added to the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar.

August 5, 2011 – Quitman, Texas

Up-to-the-minute ideas on how to explore one’s family tree – for beginners and experienced researchers – will be presented by an internationally-recognized genealogy author and workshop speaker at a free public workshop during Old Settlers Reunion Week in Quitman, Wood County, Texas. George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, author of nine books and hundreds of genealogy articles in magazines, journals, newsletters, and online, will share his knowledge acquired in 40-plus years of genealogy research Friday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library. The seminar is open to the general public, and members of East Texas genealogical societies are also encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is by calling 903-763-2535 or by email at wcgstx@gmail.com. The seminar is sponsored by the North East Texas Library System and the Quitman Public Library and hosted by the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society.

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National Archives Conservators Reveal Previously Illegible Text in Magna Carta

The following News Release was posted by the National Archives July 20, 2011:

Washington, DC… After weeks of intensive conservation treatment, the National Archives has completed the first phase of a major project leading to the re-encasement and public display of Magna Carta. The document – written on parchment in 1297 with iron gall ink – is one of 17 surviving versions of Magna Carta in the world today, the only one in North America and the only Magna Carta in private hands. The document is on loan to the National Archives from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group in Washington, DC.

In the course of treatment ultra-violet photography revealed previously illegible writing in the text of the document that had been obliterated by water damage at some unknown time in the past.

Magna Carta was removed from display at the National Archives building in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2011. In a secure location the document has been treated by National Archives senior conservators Terry Boone and Morgan Zinsmeister. The project manager is supervisory conservator Catherine Nicholson. A short documentary video – produced by the National Archives and in the public domain – chronicles the document’s conservation treatment online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqQVY1Zn0oM

The conservation team first assessed Magna Carta’s condition, then proceeded to stabilize the document, which is extremely vulnerable to changes in temperature and humidity. The work was undertaken in an environment under precise climate control.

The treatment began with an in-depth examination supported by extensive photographic documentation before and during treatment. Old repairs and residual adhesive were removed and the areas of loss were filled with long-fibered, handmade conservation papers, toned to match the color of the parchment. The fills were secured with an adhesive mixture of gelatin and wheat starch paste. Additional fills and repairs were applied to damaged areas by conservators Boone and Zinsmeister. All the repairs used chemically-stable materials which can be easily removed if future conservation techniques require it.

The document was then humidified and flattened. Magna Carta will lie undisturbed for at least three months under blotters and weights until the sensitive parchment reaches equilibrium moisture content, prior to being placed in a new, sealed encasement filled with carefully humidified argon — an inert gas – late this year. The encasement is now being fabricated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The encasement is based on a sophisticated engineering design used to house and protect the Charters of Freedom – Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights – also designed and built by NIST.

The project is underwritten by the document’s owner, Mr. Rubenstein, who in June 2011 announced a $13.5 million gift to the Foundation for the National Archives – the single largest Foundation gift to date – to help create a new permanent exhibition gallery and visitor orientation plaza in the National Archives building in Washington, DC. Known as the David M. Rubenstein Gallery and scheduled for completion in 2013, it will showcase Magna Carta and other original documents that chronicle the expansion of human rights across the centuries, adding context to the Charters of Freedom. Magna Carta is scheduled to return to public display in February 2012 adjacent to the Rotunda, where it will await completion of the new Gallery.

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Genealogy Meets the Blogosphere

The following is an excerpt from a good article published in the “Mormon Times” section of the Deseret News on July 14, 2011.


SALT LAKE CITY —”I’m just kind of flabbergasted that you found me,” said Margaret Cason, a genealogy blogger from Bountiful, when called for an interview. “I’m not accustomed to having anything I do found by anybody else.”

A number of people have found Cason’s blog, “Their Hearts Shall Turn,” since she started it in March. It’s likely that even more people will connect with her and follow her entries now.

Cason first started her genealogy research after a Sunday School lesson in her LDS ward particularly struck her with the importance of finding her ancestors. When she attended a RootsTech conference in February and learned about technologies to advance her research, she made the transition to the blogosphere.

Cason has since joined a listing of roughly 2,000 blogs related to genealogy and family history on GeneaBloggers.com. Browsing through the collection, you’ll find quite the variety. Some may think that genealogy is just a “Mormon thing,” but Mormons, Catholics, Jews, Baptists, atheists, etc., find a common interest in studying and finding their ancestors. While the blogs listed on GeneaBloggers are predominantly in English, there are some in Polish, Spanish, Dutch, French and Norwegian, just to name a few. You might even find one that’s multi-lingual.

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Seminars to be Held in Arkansas & Texas

The following events are to take place in Plano, Texas, and Little Rock Arkansas in October and November. They have both been added to the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar.

November 4-5, 2011 – North Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual Fall Seminar and Book Fair, featuring Mark, Lowe, CG, FUGA. the event will take place at the Wyndam Hotel, #2 Riverfront Place. On Friday evening, Mark will have a workshop – in two parks, entitled “Preparing for a Day in Court.” On Saturday, he will present: Out on a Limb, Trapped by Bad Research and Brick Walls;” “the Big Three, Tennessee’s Geographic Regions;” and “Is it Really Online: Finding and Using Original Sources at Home or in the Library.” The AGS Annual meeting will also take place Saturday afternoon.
Family Roots Publishing Co. will be exhibiting at this conference.
For more information, See: http://www.agsgenealogy.org/forms/AGS%20Seminar%202011%20Flyer.pdf

October 15, 2011 – Plano, Texas

The Plano and Richardson Texas Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are sponsoring their free annual Great Family Search conference. The keynote speaker will be Jim Greene, Marketing Manager for FamilySearch. Presenters also include: Shipley Munson, Sharlene Barton, Loyd Campbell, Arturo Cuéllar Gonzalez, Kay Harrell, Jeanette Hurst, Ron Jackons, Rich Kinnunen, Lynell Bennett Moss, Frances Sexton, Dotti Webb, and Monty Webb. For more information, See: http://www.greatfamilysearch.com/

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Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy formed

The following was written by by CAFG, and posted 07/19/11:

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy

“A new organization has formed to advance professionalism in forensic genealogy,” according to Leslie Brinkley Lawson. The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) was chartered in Texas in May and launched its web presence this week, www.forensicgenealogists.org.

CAFG is a business league with a professional membership. Its objectives are:

  • Advance public awareness and understanding of the profession.
  • Encourage broader use of the services of qualified forensic genealogists.
  • Promote and maintain high standards of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Encourage best practices in client services and business models.
  • Promote interchange of information among members through electronic forums, trade publications, meetings, and seminars.
  • Provide education and training for professional advancement of membership.
  • Assist fellow members in professional development through mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships.
  • Influence legislation that impacts the profession or the ability to access public records.

CAFG offers career ladder opportunities including a mentor program, full membership status for qualified, approved practitioners, plus the Fellowship award and optional credential component that are in development. Both the Advanced and Junior membership levels have minimum qualifications for education and experience. The mentor program also has minimum standards for enrollment. All members and mentor program enrollees agree to abide by the CAFG Standards of Practice and Conduct.

Seeds of this association were planted in 2007 when a small group of forensic genealogists collaborated in filling the gap that other genealogical groups did not meet in this relatively new field. At that time there were no accepted definitions for heir searcher and forensic genealogist nor was it widely known what the differences between the two were. In addition, there were few forensic genealogy educational opportunities, mentor programs, specialty credentials, or organizations dedicated to forensic genealogy.

In 2008, members of list-serves for professional genealogists engaged in lengthy discussions in an attempt to define the profession and its specialties. A core group formed from these discussions to explore the idea of a professional business league dedicated to forensic genealogy. In May 2011, these explorations and efforts culminated in the registration in the State of Texas of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.

Serving on the organizing Board of Directors are President Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Vice President Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG (sm), Secretary – Treasurer Dee Dee King, CG (sm), Registered Agent Kelvin L. Meyers, and Mentor Program Representative Catherine Desmarais, CG (sm).

More information about the organization is available at: www.forensicgenealogists.org .

CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

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