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Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2011 Election Results

New Board Members and Directors Include Kim Kasprzyk, Polly Kimmitt and Angela Walton-Raji

October 12, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2011 with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2012.

With the recent election results, Pat Oxley, President of FGS states, “I’m thrilled to have this talented group of genealogists bring their experience and skills to the FGS board.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were re-elected:

· George G. Morgan (Florida) – Vice-President Membership

· Curt D. Witcher (Indiana) – Vice-President Development

· Loretto “Lou” Szucs (Illinois) – Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected:

· Kim Kasprzyk (Illinois) – Treasurer

· Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt CG℠ (Massachusetts) – Director

· Angela Walton-Raji (Maryland) – Director

· Randy Whited* (Texas) – Director

*Whited was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2011 and elected outright in this recent election.

Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

The above news release was received fom Thomas MacEntee with FGS.

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Capturing Memories

Whether you are already the family photographer or simply aspire to be, Capturing Memories: Your Family Story in Photographs was written to help you improve your technique and make correct equipment buying decisions. Photo expert Maureen Taylor walks the reader through better framing techniques, editing, choosing the right camera, film and digital photography, and much, much more. This book is about more than the camera and composition, its about creating lasting memories.

As family historians, its important to remember the living as well as the past. This book will help you plan and execute the perfect family photo. The book also covers ways to display and highlight your photos and get them into the hands of family who will enjoy them. For the genealogist, the book also covers photographing tombstones, heirlooms, and documents. Capturing Memories is a complete guide to the world of photography for the family.

Table of Contents


  • Stop, Shoot, and Save
  • Camera-Carrying Habits
  • An Everyday Opportunity

A Camera for Everyone

  • Needs and Wants
  • Skill Level
  • Budget
  • Developing a Budget
  • Do Your Research
  • Online Sources of Information
  • Used vs. New
  • Evaluating Cameras
  • Reading the Specifications: Terminology
  • The Last Decision: Warranties

Family Photo Basics: Processing and Printing

  • Film and Formats
  • Editing
  • Printing
  • Buying a Printer
  • Reading the Specifications: Photo Printers
  • Activity: Create a Family Photo Album

Documenting the Present for the Future

  • Become the Family Photographer
  • What to Photograph
  • Label Your Photographs
  • Types of Projects
  • Activity: Create a Family Photo Archive
  • Organize Your Photographs and Data
  • Storing Prints and Negatives
  • Sharing Images

Taking Better Pictures

  • Seeing the Final Photo
  • Read the Manual
  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Composition
  • Activity: Composing a Shot
  • Common Errors
  • Taking Better Portraits
  • Special Case: Groups
  • References
  • Photo-Editing Improvements
  • Activity: Create a Photo Biography

Photographing Gravestones, Heirlooms, and Documents

  • Gravestones
  • Preparing for the Trip
  • Photo Basics
  • Technique
  • Background
  • Other Ways to Improve the Quality of the Photograph
  • Documentation
  • Activity: Create a Family Memorial with Photographs
  • References
  • Heirlooms, Documents, and Photographs
  • Preparing for the Trip
  • Basic Requirements
  • Accessories
  • Getting Ready
  • Conservation Help
  • Documentation
  • Photographing Microfilm
  • Activity: Make a Family Scrapbook
  • References

Get the Whole Family Involved

  • Photo Sharing
  • Questions to Consider
  • Sites to Try
  • Photo Projects: Anyone Can Do
  • Activity: Create a Photo Bulletin Board
  • Activity: Display Your Photos
  • Activity: Express Yourself with a Family Website
  • References
  • Activities for Family Reunion Fun
  • Activity: Produce a Family Magazine or Newsletter

A Family in Motion

  • Home Movies—Then and Now
  • Digital Video Cameras
  • Tell the Story
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Sound Considerations
  • Labeling
  • Editing Footage
  • Activity: Family History Video
  • Transfer Old Formats to Digital
  • Resources

Ethical Considerations

  • Ethics and Family Photographs
  • Photo Etiquette
  • Copyright
  • Public Domain
  • Rules to Follow
  • Permissions vs. Copyright
  • Family Photographs Taken by Professional Photographers
  • Obtaining Permission
  • Copyright Your Photographs?
  • References

Digital Cameras

  • Advantage
  • Disadvantages
  • Purchasing Criteria
  • Making a Decision
  • Purchasing Options
  • Basic Rules of Usage
  • Shooting and Saving Photos
  • Reading the Specifications: Digital Cameras
  • References

Film Cameras

  • Variety, Variety, Variety
  • Single-Use Cameras
  • Instant Cameras
  • Compact Cameras
  • Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) Cameras

Appendix: List of Album Suppliers


Capturing Memories: Your Family Story in Photographs is available from Family Root Publishing; Item #:TP039.

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour Week Peek (humm..where be we?)

No picture today…what “week peek” day is it? Funny how a big WHOPP to your body impacts your mind. You all know that I had hip replacment surgery on Oct 3rd and (according to the PT fellow) I’m over-the-top doing good for just a week. But my mind is working and I’m thinking about the Christmas Tour….

Concurrently this week, my grandson, Ry, made it through Marine Boot Camp and is now a Marine. This accomplishment has really set me thinking. This was a young man living far from mainstream (Port Angeles WA) who up to his high school senior year had done NOTHING, truly nothing. Mid-year he announced he was joining the Marines and (long story short) he set out to climb his personal Everest and he made it…. How many of us can say we set such an awesome goal for oursevles and made it?

What has this to do with you and me? And genealogy? Permission to speak freely? I’m really annoyed by folks and friends who say “Oh, I can’t do that.” And I’m not talking about climbing Everest; I’m talking genealogical research on the Internet. What you are saying, dear friend, is “I don’t want to do genealgical research on the Internet; I’ve not got the guts to learn it. So I’ll just continue to whine and wish I could.” Right? Baldercookies!

Now if you really want to make progress with your family history may I ask how much effort are you putting in to the DOING of it? Case in point, our Christmas Tour. Sure it’s a great social time, but how many of you come only for a social time? (And there is nothing wrong with that; just admit that is so and quit whining about not finding anything.) How many of you do nothing (no classes, no seminars, no computer time, etc. etc. etc.) between tours and then expect to find something during the few days of the tour? How many of you really say you want to do research but have not taken the time to learn what that means?? How many of you are stuck in the 80s of researching and keep whining about the changes…when the rest of us are going wild with all the wonderful new stuff we’re finding in new places because we took the time to learn?

Case in point: Thomas MacEntee. Leland thought he was doing us a humumgous favor by signing Thomas to be our “guide” and teacher for the week. Have you been happily under a rock and do not know that Thomas MacEntee is one of the most sought after biggest wigs in genealogy today? We 2010 tour goers may have underused Sir Thomas last year. These are classes that were he presenting them in any other venue would cost you Big Bucks and you’d be in an audience of 100+. Again, Leland is doing us a big favor by signing Thomas again for the 2011 Tour. What does this mean to you?

I know what it means to me…. I’m excited! I realize I do not have to do all the things he teaches me but I want to understand them so I have the knowledge to make the choice. I do not want to be left out of the conversation! I want to learn the tools, to have the tools, to use these new tools, to solve some of my geneaology brick walls.

Here is your assignment for the next six weeks: Go to the tour website, look at the classes Thomas will be offering us (which might be tweaked a bit) and do some Google searching on your own (at your current comfort level) and start learning something more about all of this. Google “Thomas MacEntee” and learn about the teacher he is. Think about all of this and make a written list of what YOU want to better understand. You’ll have the opportunity to do just that on the 2011 Christmas Tour. Being blunt: DO SOMETHING and stop wishing, wanting and whining.

Well, this “Peek” is to let you know that I care about you guys and want you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity…that you are paying for!


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Digital Images Added at for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, & Spain as well as USA Records for AR, CA, FL, ID, IN, NC, OR, & UT

More than seven million records were added to this week, including five million digital civil registration images from the Philippines from 1945–1980. Have ancestors from Europe? New digital images of historic records from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain may be helpful. Find your ancestors now at

Searchable records on are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make them easily searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to help accelerate this great initiative to preserve and provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit

Collection – Records – Images – Comments

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 – 0 – 106,488 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1920 – 0 – 345,558 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 25,288 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Czech Republic, Land Records 1450-1850 – 0 – 170,322 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Italy, Civil Registration, 1806-1940 – 0 – 21,660 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Cuneo, Genova, Treviso.

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000 – 0 – 8,888 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1978 – 0 – 66,191 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration, 1945-1980 – 0 – 5,246,424 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Spain, Catastro of Ensenada, 1749-1756 – 0 – 633,283 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Spain, Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950 – 0 – 221,334 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963 – 5,719 – 0 – New index.

U.S., California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011 – 0 – 1,277 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Florida, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955 – 0 – 101,513 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Idaho, Clark County Records, 1884-1998 – 0 – 3,185 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 55,339 – 0 – Added records to existing collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1917 – 11,812 – 281,396 – Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S., Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958 – 0 – 47,375 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961 – 0 – 23,527 – New browsable image collection.

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Finding County Histories Made Easy

Local histories often provide invaluable information to family historians about their ancestors in specific areas of the country. However, finding those histories can be a chore. A Bibliography of American County Histories was compiled to help researchers quickly identify potentially useful volumes.

Though published in 1985, according to the author, there have likely been very few additional histories of note written which would have made the list in this compilations. The author notes that even the Bicentennial, which caused a small jump in valuable histories, did not make a big leap overall to the 5,000 or so well written histories, almost all of which were produced by 1919. This book is a reference guide to those important historical volumes.

This book provides the biographical sketches for local histories in alphabetical order by counties within each state. Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are excluded. A Bibliography of American County Histories is another one of those great reference guides libraries and genealogical societies should consider collecting. Individuals with a taste for local histories may also find this book useful in identifying potential great reads.

Order a copy of A Bibliography of American County Histories for your library at Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC1825.

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Translating Danish Occupations into English

What Did They Do? In Danish, by John E. Herl  is perhaps more like an extensive glossary than anything else. In the words of the author, “this book is a compendium of English translations and explanations of ancient & modern Danish names of occupations, officials and descriptions for family historians.” But, the book is fun. The book simply gives the Danish word for many occupations and anywhere from a one word translations to a paragraph describing the person or position.

In browsing through this book, I found some of the translations both unique and entertaining. Møller, for example, means miller. A nice simple English translation. But then the list goes on. Mølledreng is a boy who works in a mill. I cannot think of a specific name in old or modern English for a boy who works in a mill. Perhaps, that is why the author required a sentence instead of a one word translation. A Møllebygger is a mill buider, a Mølleejer is a mill owner, especially one who owned more than one mill, and a Møllesvend is a journeyman miller. Clearly, mills were of some importance in Denmark to have so many specific job titles for those associated with mills. All English got was the miller.

Reading through the list provided not only some entertainment, but also the recognition that our ancestors led very different lives, at least in some aspects. When it comes to careers and occupations, and you need a Danish/English translations for your research, look no further than What Did They Do? In Danish. You might even have a little fun with your work.

Table of Contents

Source Materials



  • Danish & Norwegian Languages
  • Foreign Letters
  • Unique Danish Letters

Additional Guidelines

What Did They Do

  • Occupations Starting with A
  • Occupations Starting with B
  • Occupations Starting with C
  • Occupations Starting with D
  • Occupations Starting with E
  • Occupations Starting with F
  • Occupations Starting with G
  • Occupations Starting with H
  • Occupations Starting with I
  • Occupations Starting with J
  • Occupations Starting with K
  • Occupations Starting with L
  • Occupations Starting with M
  • Occupations Starting with N
  • Occupations Starting with O
  • Occupations Starting with P
  • Occupations Starting with R
  • Occupations Starting with S
  • Occupations Starting with T
  • Occupations Starting with U
  • Occupations Starting with V
  • Occupations Starting with W-X-Z
  • Occupations Starting with Æ-Ø

Get your own copy of What Did They Do? In Danish… from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HV05

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Free Shipping on Sales of $25 or more at the Family Roots Publishing Website Through October 31, 2011!


Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC is now offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders for delivery within the United States totaling $25 or more in product. This offer starts NOW, and ends MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 at Midnight MDT. We NOW HAVE OVER 2000 items posted at the site, with more going up every day!

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As mentioned above, over 2000 great genealogy guidebooks can be found on the website. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located on the site! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found there! Click on the links below to go immediately view a number of selected categories of books.

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Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn to Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the Annual Christmas Concert December 15-18, 2011

The annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert looks to be a winner again this year. Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn will be headlining the annual Salt Lake City event, taking place December 15 to 18, 2011. You may sign up for a chance at getting the FREE tickets online between the dates of October 8 and October 17. The concert is a week after the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, but if you’re coming on the tour and staying an extra week, it’s a real treat. The following news release was received from

Two internationally renowned performers—Jane Seymour, beloved British actress, artist, and author, and Nathan Gunn, much sought-after American baritone—will take the stage with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square December 15-18. No doubt they will bring down the house!

Seymour is a familiar face on the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. A recipient of the Officer of the British Empire, her long list of credits includes the James Bond film Live and Let Die, romantic classic Somewhere in Time and six-season television classic, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She holds an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her work. She has a thriving career as an artist and has written several books including a children’s series.

Gunn has appeared in opera houses around the world from the Met in New York to the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Paris, Bilboa and Brussels Operas and so many more. In addition he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, London, and Rotterdam Symphony Orchestras. He also got rave reviews for his role in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall.

Set your clock! Online registration for random ticket selection will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 12:01 a.m. at and continue through Monday, October 17, 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access can register by phone at 801-570-0080 or 1-866-LDS-TIKS Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.

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How Well Do You Know America’s Most Infamous Outlaws?

Their names are infamous. They have been the subjects of movies. They are mentioned in history books and classrooms across North America. They were bank robbers, gang leaders, and murderers. They are America’s most notorious Outlaws & Villains.

But how much do your really know about them? What was their history? You can now find out. History Magazine put together a collection of previously published stories into a single publication called Outlaws &Villains. The one time special issue covers the life stories of some of the most well know names in criminal history: Jesse James, Butch  Cassidy, Al Capone, Bill the Kid, Bonnie & Clyde, and many more. Family Roots Publishing has managed to acquire back issues of Outlaws & Villains and are making them available while supplies last.

The stories are not all what you might expect. Sure, we know their most infamous deeds. But, they were once someone’s child. They didn’t all seemed destined to a life of crime. Bonnie Parker, for example, was known as a bright student who won literary prizes and wrote poetry. But, she apparently liked bad boys. She married at 16 to a man who ended up in jail just three years later. Not long after she met Clyde and the rest is well-known history.

These stories are a great read. Photographs, sketches and posters bring these criminals to life. Their deed affected the live of our ancestors in the same way modern criminals and deeds affect our own. Here is a complete list of articles you will find in this special edition publication:

  • Billy the Kid: Noted Desperado
  • Milt Sharp AKA The Polite Bandit
  • Bonnie & Clyde: Original Gangsters
  • The Imperfect Crime of Leopold and Loeb
  • Outlaw or Hero? The Legend of Jesse James
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Alcatraz
  • Butch Cassidy and the Montpelier Bank Robbery
  • The Crimes of the Mysterious Mr. Mudgett
  • Outlaws and Renegades: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
  • Joseph Taylor: The Man They Couldn’t Hang
  • Lizzie Borden and the Fall River Axe Murders

Get your own copy of History Magazine’s Outlaws & Villains from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: Mm010

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10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York: 1777–1834

The title of this book pretty much says it all. 10,000 Vital Records includes 5,192 marriage and 4,920 death (for an actual total of 10,112) records pulled from newspaper columns published before 1835 in Eastern New York. Counties covered in this volume include: Clinton, Essex, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Albany, Columbia, and “Old Dutchess,” which prior to 1812 included the territory of present-day Putnam.

10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York: 1777–1834, lists all records alphabetically, either by bridegroom or the deceased. Marriage officials are listed in the appendix; otherwise, all mentioned names appear in the index. Like any source of extracted information from published records, this book makes a great addition to all family history and genealogical society libraries, as well as for individuals researching the New York area prior to 1835.

Order 10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York: 1777–1834, from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC642.

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Ancestry Celebrates 15 Years is celebrating 15 years. Hard to believe in today’s ever changing World Wide Web any single site could celebrate 15 years of service. The Web itself is not much older. Congratulations to Ancestry.

In celebration of this milestone, Ancestry is offering free access to one of their favorite collections each day. Through October 15, 2011, free access will be given each day to a different collection. You can also enter the 15 Days of Discovery Sweepstakes, a drawing with 15 daily prizes and a Grand Prize trip to California with a behind the scenes tour of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are, with Executive Producer Lisa Kudrow.

Join in their birthday celebration and gain access to 15 collections over 15 days. You can also sign up for a 14 free trial membership and gain access to their entire site.

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Chicago & Cook County: A Guide to Research


We often review research guides and books covering specific countries or individual states. We don’t see many guides covering a single city. Yet, Chicago & Cook County: A Guide to Research does just that. And, why not? Chicago is the third largest city in the country, and including its surrounding metropolitan area is home to approximately 9.8 million people. That’s a larger population than many countries, including Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. The city has a rich history and is home to immigrants from around the world.

Author Loretto Dennis Szucs acknowledges the sheer size and shape, especially geographical distribution and bureaucratic barriers, makes record searching in Chicago and Cook County a difficult process without assistance. Loretto wrote Chicago & Cook County as a guide to show the reader how abundant sources are for the area, and to facilitate research. She definitely did her research in providing every possible source or information. The depth of each chapter is fascinating. For example, under the chapter for libraries and museums, she lists the Van Oostenbrugge Home (a former home of a local Dutch pioneer). Definitely not the typical tourist attraction. This may seem an odd example but it demonstrates the efforts of the author to provide every possible resource available to the family historian.

Of course, no author of a book this detailed works alone. Szucs had her help, as noted in his own words: “This book is the result of a prolonged and careful survey of available sources. Further, it is an outgrowth of my work with many others who willingly shared their time, knowledge, and expertise.” The reader may just expand his/her own family history knowledge from using the Cook County resources found in this guide.


Table of Contents


  1. Chicago and Cook County Facts
  2. Adoption Records
  3. Architectural and House History Sources
  4. Biographies (Collected)
  5. Cemeteries in Metropolitan Chicago Area
  6. Cemetery Records
  7. Census Records
  8. Chicago Historical Society Library (CHS)
  9. Chicago Landmarks
  10. Chicago Public Library
  11. Church and Religious Records
  12. Communities and Neighborhoods in Chicago
  13. Court Records and Research for Cook County
  14. Directories
  15. Ethnic Sources
  16. Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  17. Gazetteer of Cook County Towns and Townships
  18. Genealogical Societies Serving the Chicago Metropolitan Area
  19. Historical Libraries and Museums in Cook County
  20. Historical Societies, Archives, and Manuscript Collections
  21. Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
  22. Illinois State Sources for Cook County
  23. Land and Property Records
  24. Libraries in Cook County—Outside of Chicago
  25. Maps and Geographical Finding Aids
  26. Military Records
  27. National Archives-Great Lakes Region
  28. Naturalization Records
  29. Newberry Library
  30. Newspapers
  31. Occupational and Business Resources
  32. Passenger Lists and Maritime Records
  33. Societies: Fraternal, Social, and Patriotic
  34. Vital Records
  35. Voter Registration Lists and Tax Records


For your own copy of Chicago & Cook County: A Guide to Research, please visit Family Roots Publishing; Item #:TP620.

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Family History Library Will Provide an All-Day Class on U.S. Immigration on October 8

This article was posted today on Desert News:

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. immigration research will be the topic of an all-day class series at the Family History Library on Oct. 8. Classes include “U.S. Immigration, 1820-1954,” “U.S. Naturalization Records” and “Canadian Border Crossing Records” and will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To view the class schedule online, go to Classes will be held in the Main Floor classroom of the Family History Library. The library is west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple streets in downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum. To register for these free classes, send an email to or call 801-240-4950.

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Will Your Lucky Irish Blood Help You Find Your Ancestors?

If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are Lucky enough. Author David S. Ouimette uses this Irish proverb to portray the joy of finding your Irish ancestor. His book, Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, was written to give you that lucky edge in tracing your own Irish ancestry.

Finding Your Irish Ancestors walks the researcher through the basic principle of Irish research. This book reviews a basic history of the people of Ireland; examines common records such as church records, vital records, censuses, etc.; and reviews other vital sources of information. The author also helps the researcher find centers of research, both physical and well as Internet resources.

More descendants of the Irish live outside of Ireland today than those left on the Emerald Island. For getting started on searching out your Irish ancestors, this book serves as a clean, easy to read, handbook to finding records. The last chapter will even help you plan a productive family research trip to the lucky homeland.


Table of Contents

Getting Started
Chapter 1: Basic Principles
Chapter 2: Time Line of Irish History
Chapter 3: Surnames and Given Names
Chapter 4: Place Names and Land Divisions
Chapter 5: The Irish Overseas
Major Records
Chapter 6: Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates
Chapter 7: Church Records
Chapter 8: Censuses and Census Substitutes
Chapter 9: Land and Property Records
Other Records
Chapter 10: Gravestone Inscriptions
Chapter 11: Newspapers
Chapter 12: Commercial and Social Directories
Chapter 13: Wills and Administrations
Chapter 14: National School Registers
Chapter 15: Occupational Records
Where to Research
Chapter 16: Internet Sites
Chapter 17: The Family History Library
Chapter 18: Irish Heritage Centres
Chapter 19: Archives and Libraries
Chapter 20: Visiting Ireland
Appendix: Registration Districts
Glossary: Terms Used in Irish Family History
Bibliography: Recommended Reading

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New USA Vital Records Data Published at During the Last Month

Although we’ve been writing about many new records posting at, we haven’t done a full update to the U.S.A. Vital Records for about a month. There have been MANY database additions & updates. Thirty-nine major additions and updates have been made for the states of Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. There were no major changes to the Canadian databases. See:


Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880-1893 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Arkansas – 6,825 records as of 23 September 2011.

Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arkansas – 10,447 Records after 23 September, 2011

Arkansas, Sebastian County Births & Deaths 1877–1963 – Name index to births and deaths from Sebastian County, Arkansas, 1877-1929. Also includes death records from Fort Smith, 1945-1963 – This collection is part of a cooperative indexing project with the Central Arkansas Genealogical And Historical Society – 32,250 records as of 23 September 2011.

California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records 1899-2011 -Imaged Records – Index cards and daily log book of the Italian Cemetery in Colma. This collection is being published as images become available. 32,134 images as of 29 September, 1011 – up 1,277 images since 26 July, 2011.

Georgia Deaths Index 1933-1998 Imaged Records – Name index and images of Georgia statewide deaths – 2,701,430 records as of 28 September 2011 – Index provided by

Idaho, Cassia County Records 1879-1960Imaged Records – Marriage, probate, soldier discharge, school census, deeds, patents, homesteads, mining location, coroners, and mothers pension records located at the county courthouse located in Burley. This collection is being published as images become available – Includes Marriages 1908-1947, Coroner’s Inquests 1918-1922; and Probate Records made up of Estate Files 1919-1990, and Record of Wills 1891-1956. 66,835 images as of 19 September, 2011.

Idaho, Clark County Records 1884-1998Imaged Records – Clark County marriage affidavits, naturalization records, declarations of intention, deeds, patents, brands and marks, mining records, probate records, and estate files located at the Clark County courthouse. Time period varies by record type. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available. 19,976 Records as of 23 September, 2011 – up 3,185 images since 19 June 2011.

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970Browsable Imaged Records – Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819 – 596,642 images as of 22 September, 2011.

Illinois, Chicago Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925Images of Catholic church records from the Bishop of Chicago. Some indexes go beyond 1925. Includes Baptisms, Communions. Marriages, and Deaths – 179,454 images as of 9 September 2011 – Includes the records of 171 Churches!

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 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,303,868 Records as of 23 September 2011 – up 55,157 records since 13 September 2011.

Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records 1785-1950Imaged Records – Records from the Washington County Courthouse including revolutionary war, probate and census records – Indexes to these records are included – Includes probate indexes, notices and records – 91,241 images as of 20 September, 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 412,711 images as of 17 September 2011 – up 33,782 images since 19 August 2011

Maryland, Probate Estate & Guardianship Files 1796-1940 – Name index and images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the county courthouse. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Calvert (1882-1940), (1838-1940), Cecil (1851-1940), Kent (1749-1940), Prince George’s (1796-1940), and Queen Anne’s (1833-1940), Wicomico (1868-1940) and portions of Allegany (1779-1946) – 62,967 Records and 1,217,025 images as of 9 September 2011.

Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915Imaged Records – Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and certificates. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the second page of the form is on the next image. The death registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town – 2,744,355 Records and 804,136 images as of 15 September 2011.

Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate files 1686-1881Imaged Records – Probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. The files cover the Series 1, 1686-1881. This collection is being published as images become available – 73,733 images as of 12 September 2011.

Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935Images of marriage registers and certificates from county records. This collection does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee. – 292,064 images as of 7 September 2011

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945Imaged Records – Includes: Index to births 1893-1933, Certificates of birth 1918-1920, and Register of Births 1893-1933 – 172,198 images as of 9 September, 2011 – up 106,466 since 19 Aug 2011.

New York County Marriages 1908-1935 – Name index and images of New York county marriage records. The collection includes the following counties: Allegheny, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chatauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, and portions of Wyoming. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. The collections is currently 13% complete – 374,909 records in 83,891 images as of 17 September 2011.

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938Imaged Records 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. – It is published by volume and year range – 202,145 images as of 13 September 2011 – up 59,021 images since 16 Aug 2011.

New York, New York City, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church Records, 1862-1955Imaged Records – Digital images of baptism, marriage, and burial records from Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City. This collection is being published as images become available – 3,561 images as of 13 September 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. – 216,157 images as of 14 Sep 2011 – up 61,695 records since 30 July 2011.

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1917Imaged Records – Index and images of estate files from North Carolina counties. The originals were filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History. The estate records contain loose papers relating to the settlement of estates including such matters as provision for heirs including minor children as well as distribution of funds, land and property, including slaves – 25,085 records and 558,092 images as of 28 September, 2011 – up 11,809 records and 281,396 images since 20 August, 2011.

North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970Imaged 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. The collection includes Beaufort County Wills 1808-1968; Columbus County Estate Files 1812-1968; Durham County Widow’s Dower & Year’s Support 1881-1944 (indexed in front of book); Gaston County Estates 1839-1970 & Wills 1847-1968 Vol. 38-41; Lincoln County Marriage Records 1892-1916; Mecklenburg County Estate Files 1880-1952; Northampton Coroner’s reports 1793-1905; Richmond County Coroner’s inquests 1906-1967; and Stanley County Coroner’s inquests 1914-1957 – 189,051 images as of Sept 17, 2011.

Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files 1813-1900Browsable imaged records – not indexed yet – Probate case files from the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The files are arranged by docket number, case number and date – 1,124,558 images as of 22 September 2011, up 55,196 images since 25 April 2011.

Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975Index and images of marriage records from counties in Oregon. These records include licenses amd marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date. Currently this collection is 13% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 55,959 records and 5,466 images as of 17 September 2011.

Oregon, Benton County Records, 1853-1984Imaged Records – This collection includes digital images of land and property records, old age pensions, naturalization records, military records, and a few probate records, made up of Records of Bonds of Guardians 1853-1856. More records will be added to the collection as images become available – 75,599 images as of 17 September, 2011.

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 Marriage Indexes 1854-1899, and Marriage Records 1854-1956 – 47,375 images as of 23 September, 2011.

Oregon, Polk County Records, 1857-1972Imaged Records – Includes will records 1925-1945 (Volume 4) for the county – This collection includes digital images of records from the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas, Oregon. More records will be added to this collection as images become available – 34,823 images as of 17 September, 2011.

Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Tennessee – 1,672,006 records as of 20 September, 2011.

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates from the following counties: Carroll, Cheatham, Cocke, Grainger and Greene. There may be others. Currently this collection is 8% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet – 375,362 records as of 21 September 2011 – 299,122 browsable images.

Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961Imaged Records - Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the Probate Courts of various Utah counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection is being published as images become available. 23,527 images as of 23 September 2011.

Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1920Imaged Records – Images of naturalization, birth, deaths, marriage, probates, wills, land and cemetery records from the county courthouse in Farmington. This collection is being published as images become available. 40,381 images as of 19 September, 2011 – Up 7,786 images since 24 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 – 23,106 images provide 118,620 Records as of 13 September 2011 – up 2,138 records since 18 July 2010.

Vermont Town Records, 1850-2005Imaged Records – Records posted thus far are for the counties and towns of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, and Washington. Inducled are Births, Marriages, and Deaths – 75,597 images as of 9 September 2011 – From the “Vermont Town Records, 1850-2005,” database, FamilySearch Record Search, 2010. Digital copies of originals housed in town halls in various counties throughout Vermont.

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. This is an ongoing collection – Currently contains records for Adams (Birth Returns 1894-1942, Probate bonds 1903-1923, Probate Case files 1885-1945, Probate Letters 1904-1927, Probate Records 1885-1931, Record of Probate Claims 1903-1917, and Record of Wills 1888-1959); Asotin (Probate Case Files 1901-1937); Lincoln (Probate Journals 1917-1961 and Probate Records 1897-1917); Pend Oreille (Probate Case Files 1912-1931 and Probate Records 1915-1916); and Pierce counties – 498,452 images as of 23 September, 2011.

Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Green County (1848-1885), Jackson County (1897-1935), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). From Wisconsin State Historical Society & FHL digital images – 475,818 images as of 20 September 2011.

United States, Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941Imaged Records – Images of applications for headstones received by the Cemeterial Division of the Quartermaster General. Most are for veterans of the Civil War or later. A few may cover earlier wars. 323,560 Images as of September 6, 2011 – From the Quartermaster General. Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941. Record Group 92, NARA publication M1916. United States. Federal Archives and Records Center. Washington D.C.

United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903 – Imaged Records – Images of card records used to provide headstones for deceased Union veterans. Most burials occurred in private cemeteries though some may have occurred in National Soldier Home cemeteries. Gravestones were provided to Union soldiers who died between 1861 and 1903. Some cards may include War of 1812 veterans.The gravestones were provided between 1879-1903 by the United States government. Some of the names on the cards may be difficult to read – 19,265 Images as of September 6, 2011 – From the Cemetery Branch in the Office of the Quartermaster General. Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca 1879-1903. NARA publication M1845. Federal Archives and Records Center. Washington D.C.

U.S.A. Social Security Death Index – A name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962 – 90,418,282 Records as of 17 September 2011.

Again, w’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See:

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