Start Looking Now Has Over 10M American Indian Records

The following excerpt is from the November 7, 2014 edition of

Genealogy site has added millions of new American Indian records for the use of those who think they may have American Indian blood, according to AP.

The idea came about due to a slim 5.2 million people identifying themselves as having American Indian or Alaskan Native ancestry on 2010 U.S. Census forms.

Estimates as to those who have American Indian in their genealogy were much higher. figured that a lot of times, people just don’t know their genealogy very well or that they have American Indian blood.

So, to help solve that problem, the genealogy website has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add the American Indian historical records, as well as images, to its website. will now have more than 10 million American Indian historical records. That makes it the largest online collection of American Indian genealogy out there.

Read the full article – Warning – turn down your sound.

Check out’s American Indian records.

See the AP article at the ABC website.

Read Crista Cowen’s very interesting blog about the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

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Genealogy Archives Opening at Cornwall Public Library, Ontario

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 12, 2104 edition of


CORNWALL, Ontario – Local genealogists are getting an early Christmas present.

The official opening of the Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent, at its new location at Cornwall Public Library, will take place Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent has been operating through fundraising, donations and memberships since its inception in 1986 in the Nativity Church basement. It is the only genealogy centre in this region.

Earlier this year officials with the Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent signed a lease agreement with the Cornwall Public Library, with the approval of city hall, that will allow for more than 15,000 documents and associated paraphernalia to move to its new home in the massive basement on Second Street West.

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Auschwitz Survivor Finds First Cousins in America

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 12, 2014 edition of

The picture from the cousin in America: Roza and Ignatz Gottesman - Photo Credit: Ynet News

The picture from the cousin in America: Roza and Ignatz Gottesman – Photo Credit: Ynet News

Auschwitz prisoner No. A7733 has yet to find his twin brother, but his journey has already generated a family.

About a year and a half ago, Ynet published the story of Menachem Bodner, a twin survivor of the Mengele experiments, who after 70 years, thanks to a persistent genealogy researcher, discovered his real name, his place of birth and the fact that he has distant relatives living in Israel.

Recently, thanks to a DNA test and a research of his roots in the United States, he also found cousins he never knew he had, and held a video chat with them from California last week.

In addition, for the first time in his adult life, he received a picture of his parents, who were erased from his scarred memory in Auschwitz and who he had not seen since the family was sent to the camps by the Gestapo.

The journey in search of his twin brother, Jeno, prisoner No. A7734, is still going on.

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Online Program & PDF Registration Brochure For NGS 2015 Conference Now Online

The following is from NGS:


A fully searchable conference program for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference is now available online at

The theme of the thirty-seventh NGS Family History Conference is Crossroads of America. NGS varies the theme and geographic location of its conference annually and brings together thousands of genealogists and family historians to learn the latest in genealogical research. The online searchable program allows you to review the full scope of more than 140 lectures and workshops over the four-day conference.

Some examples of the diverse program offerings include DNA, ethnic research, technology, immigration, military, migration, methodology, religion, and Skillbuilding. There are more than 75 speakers including John P. Coletta, J. Mark Lowe, Thomas W. Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Judy G. Russell.

A PDF version of the registration brochure is available at The brochure includes information about lectures, sessions, speakers, luncheons, tours, pre-conference events, registration times and rates, and accessibility as well as general conference and exhibit hall specifics.

Registration for the conference will begin Monday, 1 December 2014.

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Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

The following news release is from APG:


Ten Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 12 November 2014 — Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2015–2016. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2015 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Ruy Cardoso, CG, (Massachusetts) is a professional genealogist specializing in New England and Portuguese research. He brings to the board 30 years of experience as an actuary and 20 years in genealogy. He is active in the New England APG Chapter and is the founder of a long running local genealogy club.

Luana Darby (Utah) is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in U.S., Canadian, and German records. She serves as APG’s conference booth and has held executive-level positions at the Utah Genealogical Association and other groups.

Bruce Durie, PhD (Scotland) was reelected to the APG Board. He is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists. He started and directed the Genealogical Studies Programme at the University of Strathclyde and is now a fellow there. He has authored 30 books on family and local history and is known for his BBC Radio series, “Digging up Your Roots,” now in its 8th season.

Billie Stone Fogarty, (Oklahoma), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national conferences and has served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.

Jan Gow, QSM, FSG (New Zealand) was reelected to the APG Board. She is a longtime member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, having served in many offices and capacities. She has been honored with several awards, including the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies award for meritorious service to Family History and the Queen’s Service Medal. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in London in 2012.

Diane Gravel, CG, (New Hampshire) a professional genealogist and lecturer, was reelected to the APG Board. She has been very active in APG, serving on the board, several committees, and as a past president of the New England Chapter of APG. She is Vice President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists and is on the faculty of the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Kathryn Lake Hogan (Ontario, Canada) is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author specializing in Canadian research. She has written 15 research guides and authored Digging Your Canadian Roots. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Yvette Hoitink, (Netherlands) is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in the Netherlands, and authors the popular blog Dutch Genealogy. In addition to client work, she leverages her background in computers and information technology to provide consulting services for archives and other organizations in the heritage sector.

Deborah Hooper, CG, (Delaware), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and was the 2011 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize winner, an award presented to exceptional students in the Advanced Methodology track at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA (North Carolina) was reelected to the APG Board. Craig is a well-known genealogy educator, author of 13 books and numerous articles, and is owner of Heritage Books, Inc. A Grahame T. Smallwood Award recipient, Craig has been active in APG since he joined, holding office and serving on the APG Board and on numerous committees. He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Virtual APG chapter in Second Life and is helping to develop the APG Writer’s group.

Nominations Committee: Harold Henderson, CG, (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He has served two terms on the APG board and chairs the APGQ Advisory Committee. He wites the Midwest Microhistory blog. Melanie D. Holtz, CG, (North Carolina) is a full-time professional genealogist and co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She has served APG in many capacities and currently works on the APG Professional Development Committee.

“We congratulate and welcome our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “We look forward to their passion, expertise and contributions as we continue to grow the organization. We also thank the nominations committee for putting together such a strong slate, and our retiring board members for their service.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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Alex Boye & Quarter-Finalists from NBC’s America’s Got Talent Joining RootsTech 2015

The following news release is from FamilySearch and RootsTech 2015. This may not have a lot to do with genealogy, but the music is fantastic! Click on the illustration to check it out.


Popular musician and YouTube sensation Alex Boye is teaming up with the stars of his popular “Let It Go” YouTube cover, the One Voice Children’s Choir, to perform on the opening day of RootsTech, the world’s largest family history conference.

Known for taking popular songs and “Africanizing” them with African rhythms, voices, and instruments, Alex Boye has developed an impressive following through live concerts, musical collaborations (with artists including The Piano Guys, MC Hammer, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and his thrilling and entertaining YouTube videos. His music videos on YouTube have been seen more than 100 million times combined.

Alex Boye’s most popular cover, “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen, has been seen more than 50 million times. On that song, he is joined by the One Voice Children’s Choir, and it is frequently listed as the best cover of that song.

The One Voice Children’s Choir, comprised of children ages 4 through 17, received national attention over the summer as quarter-finalists on the NBC hit show America’s Got Talent. Over the years, the choir has received numerous awards, including the prestigious John Lennon International Music Award, presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin, producer of the Beatles.

Join us on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the RootsTech opening event with Alex Boye, featuring the One Voice Children’s Choir.

Passes start at just $19. Register Today.

RootsTech, the largest family history event in the world, is happening February 12–14, 2015, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to

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Find Your Family’s World War I Veterans in New, Free Military Collections Online at FamilySearch

The following news release was received from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY, November 10, 2014 — Veterans’ Day is a time to recognize the veterans in our lives—to honor their service for our country and show them that we appreciate their sacrifices made in our behalf. “The Great War,” World War I, began 100 years ago and later ended on November 11, 1918. In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920. These vital genealogical resources were made available in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC, The National Archives in Kew, Surrey, England, and

These resources include the free United States World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918. This collection “acts like a national census,” notes FamilySearch collection manager Ken Nelson, “because it includes over 24 million records representing almost half of the male population of the United States at the time.” Out of those who registered, approximately 4.8 million served and 2.8 million were drafted.

“Included in the draft registration cards,” said Nelson, “we can find such notables as Babe Ruth, entertainer/musician George M. Cohan, immigrant Metropolitan tenor Enrico Caruso, and silent film star Charlie Chaplin, a British enrollee, answering the call to arms alongside our own ancestors.”

FamilySearch has also made two additional significant WWI collections available online for free with the help of The National Archives in Surrey, England, and These resources include the United Kingdom WWI Service Records 1914-1920 collection and the United Kingdom WWI Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 collection. These two collections combined add more than 43,000,000 images to FamilySearch’s growing military databases while allowing users a unique glimpse into their connection to The War to End All Wars.

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Index to the Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar V. I – 1822-1856


I just got a download copy of Andrew J. Morris’s new Index to Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 – 1822-1856. I was excited to see that Andrew had completed this project, as I have Oakland County research myself.

If you go to FamilySearch, you will find that they have posted images of the Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 & 2 – 1822-1870 for the county, but it has no index currently. Being 724 images long, and containing 2,654 probates, it’s a bit of a job to find family if you don’t know death dates. Even then, as we all know, deaths were not always probated in as timely a fashion as we would like.

Using the new Index to Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 – 1822-1856, I was able to find probate record #711 for Selah Canfield, with the record being made in 1847. I had found his wife, Dorcas, living in the county in the 1850 census using, but previously had no name for her deceased husband. Now I’ve got it.

Nearly 4,000 persons listed in this eBook are not yet in the FamilySearch names index, at least for these 1308 records. The record numbers run from 1 to 1339 in Volume 1, but 31 of those are blank. According to the book’s website, “the cases include 452 guardianship actions, and 818 estate probates, and several continuances from earlier records. Intestate cases outnumber those having a will by about three to one. For the first few years these records are not in exact chronological order.”

The first part of this book lists each person named in each record, and the role they played, with records in their original order. The second part of this volume (the index) is an alphabetical list of all the names and name variants encountered, and the corresponding record number or numbers where they appear. I found the Canfields in this index, stating that Record 711 is where I’d find the info that led me to the full Record 711 at the FamilySearch site. That was easy to find as I just used the Image number box to go forward and backward until I spotted #711. It just turned out to be on image 192 of 724 images. In the book, Andrew also included a key that lists which numbers begin with each 10th image of the on-line version, to help users more easily zoom in on the correct record.

This eBook is downloadable in PDF format, 369 pgs, and is 458Kb in size. It sell for just $6.95 total. There is no shipping charge of course, as it’s a pdf download. Click on the link to learn more, and to order.

Surnames found in the Index are:

Abbee, Abbott, Ackerman, Ackley, Adams, Addiss, Ager, Aiken, Albright, Alderman, Alderman, Aldern, Aldrich, Alexander, Alford, Alger, Algoe, Allen, Allison, Almy, Ames, Amscomb, Anscomb, Andrew, Andrews, Andrus, Anscomb, Anscome, Arms, Armstrong, Arnold, Arthur, Ashley, Atkin, Axford, Babcock, Bachans, Bachman, Bacon, Bagg, Bagley, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Ballard, Ballinger, Bancroft, Banks, Barber, Barbour, Bard, Barhaus, Barkley, Barnum, Barrett, Barritt, Barross, Barrows, Bartlett, Bassett, Batcham, Bateham, Bates, Bawker, Bayley, Bayley, Beach, Beal, Beam, Beardslee, Beardsley, Beardslie, Beber, Beech, Belding, Belford, Belknapp, Bell, Bement, Benedict, Benjamin, Benjiman, Bennet, Bennett, Berridge, Besley, Bessey, Betteys, Betty, Bettys, Beyeral, Bibler, Bickford, Bigelow, Biggalow, Biggerstaff, Bigler, Biglow, Bingham, Bird, Birdsall, Birdsel, Bishop, Bissel, Bixbey, Bixby, Blackman, Blackwood, Blain, Blakely, Blakeslee, Blakeslie, Blanchard, Blindbury, Bloss, Blount, Blumburg, Bonny, Boswell, Botsford, Botsworth, Boughton, Bouny, Boutwell, Bower, Bowers, Bowkes, Bowman, Boyer, Bradley, Bradly, Bray, Braynard, Brazington, Brennan, Brewer, Brewster, Briggs, Brigham, Brigler, Bristol, Britain, Britian, Broctey, Bromley, Bronell, Bronson, Brook, Brooks, Browman, Brown, Brownell, Bryan, Bryns, Buckland, Bull, Bullard, Bullock, Burbank, Burges, Burke, Burks, Burnett, Burns, Burroughs, Burrows, Burt, Burton, Burwell, Bush, Bushaw, Butler, Butson, Butterfield, Buttolph, Button, Buzzell, Cady, Cahoon, Cain, Calking, Calkins, Calon, Campbell, Canfield, Card, Carey, Cargill, Carhart, Carhartt, Carm, Carman, Carnes, Carpenter, Carter, Carter, Caruss, Casmer, Cass, Cassidy, Caster, Castle, Caswell, Chadwick, Chafey, Chaffey, Chamberlin, Chambers, Champion, Chapel, Chapin, Chapman, Chappel, Chappell, Chase, Chatfield, Cheney, Chew, Chipman, Christopher, Church, Clark, Clarke, Clawson, Clifford, Close, Coddington, Coe, Cogsdell, Cogsdill, Cogshall, Cogswell, Cole, Coleman, Colin, Collins, Colver, Colvin, Comstock, Conant, Conart, Cone, Conert, Connont, Cook, Coon, Coonley, Coonly, Coons, Cooper, Coovert, Copeland, Courliss, Cove, Covert, Covey, Covill, Covitt, Cowell, Cowles, Crafts, Craig, Crain, Cram, Cramb, Crane, Cranson, Crawford, Cressey, Cressy, Crippen, Crippin, Crombie, Cronk, Cross, Crotty, Cudworth, Culver, Cummings, Cupit, Curtice, Curtis, Curtiss, Daily, Danchey, Daniels, Danow, Darrah, Darrow, Davidson, David, Davis, Davison, Day, De Smet, Dean, Decker, Decomick, Delling, Demerest, Demun, Demunn, Denison, Derbyshire, Dernberger, Deuel, Devenport, Devirieux, Deviruiux, Devrieux, Dewey, Dietz, Dilling, Dillon, Dimmick, Dimon, Dimond, Dodd, Dole, Donaldson, Dornberger, Dorr, Doty, Douglas, Douglass, Dove, Dow, Downes, Downey, Drake, Draper, Drinkall, Drum, Drummond, Drummont, Drumont, Dubois, Duers, Duglass, Dunham, Dunklee, Dunning, Dunston, Durfee, Durham, Durkee, Dutcher, Dutton, Dwelle, East, Eastman, Eaton, Eckles, Eddy, Eldred, Eldrith, Eliot, Ellenwood, Elliot, Elliott, Ellsworth, Ellwood, Elving, Elwood, Ensign, Estes, Evenes, Evens, Ewell, Ewen, Fairchild, Fall, Fanton, Farley, Farnsworth, Farr, Fellows, Felton, Fenner, Ferguson, Ferister, Ferris, Field, Fields, Fifield, Findlay, Findley, Fish, Fisher, Fitch, FitzPatrick, Fletcher, Flinn, Flint, Flower, Flummerfelt, Foot, Foote, Fortis, Fosdick, Foster, Foulk, Fowler, Fox, Fraizer, Frakes, Frasier, French, Frick, Frink, Frost, Fuller, Furgason, Furgeson, Furgesson, Furguson, Gadiner, Gage, Gallespie, Galloway, Gamble, Gamwell, Gardiner, Gardner, Garfield, Garlick, Garner, Garrett, Geanona, Gerkes, German, Gibbles, Gibbles, Gibbs, Giddings, Gilbert, Gillett, Gillick, Gillick, Gilmour, Given, Glaiser, Glazier, Godfrey, Goodale, Goodenough, Goodrich, Goodrick, Goodsale, Goodwin, Gool, Gorman, Goss, Gould, Grace, Graham, Granger, Grant, Grattan, Graves, Grean, Green, Greer, Gregory, Greoett, Grey, Grindley, Grinell, Grinley, Grinnell, Grinnelley, Griswold, Groett, Grow, Guile, Gulick, Guoett, Hadley, Hadly, Hadsell, Haff, Hagerman, Haight, Haines, Hall, Hamilton, Hamlin, Hammen, Hammer, Hammond, Hance, Hand, Hanifare, Hankinson, Hanscom, Haon, Harding, Hare, Harmon, Harper, Harrington, Harris, Harter, Hartman, Hartwell, Hascall, Hassler, Hasslers, Hastings, Hatch, Hathaway, Hausard, Haviland, Hawcom, Hawley, Haworth, Haywood, Hazard, Haze, Hazen, Hazzard, Hearn, Heartwell, Hedger, Hedges, Hemingway, Henderson, Hendrickson, Henry, Herrick, Herrington, Hibbler, Hibler, Hickey, Hickling, Hickok, Hicks, Hide, Higby, Hill, Hilldreth, Hiller, Hills, Hinsely, Hitchcock, Hoaeg, Hoag, Hoagland, Hoaglund, Hoar, Hobdy, Hodge, Hodges, Hoffman, Holbrook, Holister, Holland, Hollister, Hollsted, Holmes, Hopkins, Horner, Horton, Hosner, Hotchkiss, Hothkiss, Hough, Houghkirk, Houghton, Houston, Houton, Houtoon, Houtoon, Howan, Howard, Howe, Howland, Hubbard, Hubbel, Hubbell, Hubbert, Hubble, Hudson, Huff, Hummer, Hungerford, Hunn, Hunsmer, Hunt, Hunter, Huntington, Huntoon, Hurlburt, Husted, Hutchins, Huton, Hyde, Hyly, Ingersoll, Ingolls, Insley, Irish, Irvine, Irwin, Isham, Jackson, Jacox, James, Janness, Jarvis, Jasper, Jaycocks, Jaycoxx, Jenkins, Jenks, Jennings, Jewell, Johns, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Judd, Junks, Kain, Kelley, Kellogg, Kelloy, Kelly, Kemmis, Kendall, Kennedy, Kent, Ketchum, Keyes, Keys, King, Kinsman, Kinyon, Kipp, Kirby, Kline, Knapp, Knight, Knowles, Knowls, Knowlton, Kyle, Lacey, Lacy, Ladson, Lafayette, Lamb, Lambertson, Landin, Lane, Langdell, Lanning, Lapham, Larkins, Larzelier, Lathrop, Lattin, Lavenworth, Lawrence, Lawson, Lay, Le Roy, Lee, Leek, Leet, Lemarel, Leonard, LeRoy, Letson, Lewis, Linabery, Little, Lochman, Lockwood, Lodge, Logan, Longhry, Loomis, Loop, Lorey, Loser, Losey, Loud, Louthard, Louton, Lovejoy, Lowell, Lowerey, Lowrey, Luce, Lucey, Luddy, Ludun, Lull, Lusk, Luthard, Lynch, Lyon, Mach, Mack, Maddin, Magown, Maloney, Mann, Manning, Mansfield, Marlatt, Marlin, Marsh, Martin, Mason, Mathews, Mathewson, Matthews, Maxwell, Maybee, McAlpine, McCall, McCarnel, McClane, McClaroe, McCloskey, McClung, McConnel, McConnell, McDevitt, McDole, McGinnis, McGowan, McGown, McGraw, McGregor, McGunigal, McIntyre, McKnight, McLaga, McLagan, McLane, McLarin, McLaughlin, McPherson, McVea, McVean, McWethey, McWethy, Mead, Mendham, Merchant, Merithew, Meserall, Mickall, Micksell, Middagh, Middaugh, Millard, Miller, Millerd, Milliard, Milligan, Mills, Mitchell, Moegle, Monroe, Montfort, Montgomery, Mooney, Moore, Morgan, Morin, Morley, Morris, Morrison, Morse, Morton, Mowrey, Mowry, Mun, Munn, Munson, Murdock, Murlin, Murray, Murry, Myre, Myrick, Narrin, Nate, Nelson, Neubury, Neudall, Newbery, Newman, Newton, Nichols, Nicholson, Niles, Nixon, Noble, Norris, North, Northrop, Northrope, Northrup, Northway, Norton, Noyes, Nye, O\\\\\\\’Rourke, Oatman, Ogden, Ogle, Olmstead, Oothout, ORouk, Orvis, Osborn, Ostrander, Owen, Owens, Pack, Packard, Paddack, Paddock, Page, Palenes, Palmer, Palmerlee, Parish, Park, Parke, Parker, Parkherst, Parks, Parmer, Parsons, Partridge, Patten, Patterson, Patton, Pearsall, Pearson, Pease, Peck, Pendrigh, Perison, Perkins, Perrin, Perry, Peter, Pettibone, Petty, Pettybone, Phelps, Philbrick, Philips, Phillips, Pickering, Pierce, Pierson, Pinkerton, Pinkney, Pittman, Pitts, Plat, Platt, Pope, Porit, Porrit, Porter, Postal, Posttle, Potter, Potts, Powell, Power, Pratt, Predmore, Presly, Preston, Prindel, Proctor, Putnam, Pyle, Queenan, Quick, Quness, Ragg, Randall, Randel, Ransford, Rathbun, Rathburn, Raught, Ray, Raynale, Raynor, Redmond, Reed, Regon, Reid, Reid, Rendall, Reyley, Reynold, Reynolds, Rhoads, Rice, Ricen, Rich, Richardson, Richmond, Rickard, Rickerd, Riggs, Rikerd, Rikes, Riley, Risden, Roberts, Robertson, Robinson, Rockwell, Rodger, Rodimon, Rogers, Rood, Rose, Roseburgh, Rosebury, Rosenkrans, Ross, Rouse, Rowand, Royce, Ruaght, Rudd, Ruffles, Ruggels, Ruggles, Rundell, Russel, Rust, Rutt, Ryley, Ryman, Sadler, Sammers, Samuel, Sanderson, Sarolell, Satterlee, Saunderson, Sawtell, Saymor, Saymour, Schollard, Schutt, Scot, Scott, Scougale, Scudder, Sears, Seaton, Seeley, Seely, Selden, Seldon, Servis, Servise, Sessions, Seville, Sexton, Shadbolt, Shafton, Shain, Shanahan, Shanklin, Shaver, Shaw, Sheffield, Shelburt, Shelden, Shell, Sherman, Sherwood, Shippen, Shippey, Shirtiff, Shirtliff, Shirts, Short, Shuler, Shute, Sibly, Sikes, Simerson, Simmons, Simonson, Sinclair, Sisson, Skidmore, Skinner, Sleeper, Slingerland, Sloat, Sly, Smart, Smith, Snell, Snover, Snow, Snyder, Sova, Sowle, Spalding, Spaulding, Spear, Speer, Speller, Spencer, Sperry, Sprague, Spreyne, Stambo, Stanard, Standard, Stanley, Starkey, Starr, Steel, Steele, Stephens, Stephenson, Stevens, Stevenson, Stewart, Stinson, Stockwell, Stoddard, Stone, Stoughton, Stout, Stowell, Strattor, Stringer, Stuart, Sugden, Sullivan, Suthard, Sutphin, Sutton, Swan, Swartz, Swayza, Swayze, Sweet, Swezey, Sykes, Tabbs, Taber, Tackels, Talbott, Tayler, Taylor, Teach, Teas, Tedman, Ten Eyck, TenEyck, Tennant, Tenney, Terry, Thacher, Thatcher, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton, Thurber, Thurston, Tibbets, Tibbetts, Tibbits, Tibbles, Tibits, Tindall, Tinney, Tinny, Todd, Tollman, Tompkins, Toms, Tootill, Torry, Townsend, Traphagen, Travis, Treat, Trebuch, Trick, Trobridge, Trobrige, Troop, Trotwin, Trotwine, Trowbridge, Turner, Tutt, Tuttle, Tyler, Underhill, Underwood, Ureh, Utter, Valentine, Van Amburgh, Van Buren, Van Duzn, Van Epps, Van Sickle, VanDuzen, VanSteinburgh, Vaughan, Vaughn, Vincent, Vlett, Voorheis, Voorhies, Voornhies, Voughan, Voujal, Vreidinburgh, Waldo, Walker, Wallace, Wallan, Walter, Walton, Warner, Warren, Wass, Wasson, Waters, Watkins, Watson, Watters, Watts, Wazer, Weaver, Webb, Webster, Weed, Weeks, Welles, Wells, Wendall, Wendell, Wendel, Werrington, Wesson, West, Westmoreland, Weston, Wever, Weydemeyer, Wheeler, Wheelock, Whelock, Whitcomb, White, Whitemore, Whitfield, Whitney, Whitteman, Whittemon, Whittimore, Wilber, Wilbur, Wilcox, Wilder, Wilders, Wilkinson, Willcox, Willey, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wilsey, Wilson, Winans, Windcate, Windeate, Windiate, Winfield, Winslow, Wisner, Witmore, Wixom, Wixsom, Woggles, Wolcott, Wolf, Wood, Woodford, Woodhull, Woodin, Woodman, Woodworth, Wooley, Woolf, Wooster, Worden, Wordon, Worthing, Worthman, Wortman, Wrighley, Wright, Wrigley, Wycoff, Yerkes, Youden, Youdoun, Youdun, Young, Zekush, Zimmerman

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to the Bahamas, Cape Verde, Peru, & the USA

The following information was received from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch adds more than 3.4 million indexed records and images to the Bahamas, Cape Verde, Peru, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,623,218 indexed records from the US, New York, State Census, 1865 collection; the 178,692 images from the US, Illinois Probate Records, 1819–1988 collection; and the 163,023 images from the US, Ohio, Trumbull County Records, 1795–2010 collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850–1959 – 32,631 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Cape Verde, Republic of Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787–1957 – 0 – 105,781 – New browsable image collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 – 99,759 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 – 138,707 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Municipal Census, 1831–1866 – 0 – 7,064 – New browsable image collection.

Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 41,622 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Illinois Probate Records, 1819–1988 – 0 – 178,692 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New York, State Census, 1865 – 2,623,218 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Trumbull County Records, 1795–2010 – 0 – 163,023 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, South Dakota, School Records, 1879–1970 – 0 – 7,239 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, Probate Court Files, 1795–1955 – 0 – 54,638 – Added images to an existing collection.

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FindMyPast Announces Partnership With the Wall Street Journal

The following is from Alex Cox:

London, UK. 31 October, 2014. Findmypast, the leading British family history company, has announced a major partnership with The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ+ membership programme. .

Under this new partnership, members of WSJ+ can claim a complimentary three month subscription to as part of their WSJ+ benefits.

With a searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion historical records from around the world, including millions of local US and British newspapers, as well an easy-to-use family tree builder, Findmypast is one of the world’s fastest-growing family history websites, both in terms of records and members. It acquired Colorado-based genealogy site in June this year, and is quickly establishing itself as a major player in the competitive US online genealogy market.

WSJ+ members will have access to the largest collection of Irish records available online. Alongside extensive passenger lists, and parish records dating back over 1000 years, these records make Findmypast the best place to trace your ancestors and bring your past to life.

Juliet Bauer, Chief Commercial Officer at Findmypast, said “This is a great partnership for us. We are very excited to be bringing new customers to family history, and sharing our fantastic record collections with a new US audience. Tracing your family history is addictive and we look forward to giving the members of WSJ+ the chance to explore their past.”

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Bleeding Kansas – Part 2: Genealogical Resources from the Era of Kansas Territory, 1854-1861

The following article by my good friend, William Dollarhide:

In Bleeding Kansas-Part 1, we presented an historical timeline of events leading up to the era of “Bleeding Kansas,” a reference to the bloody battles that took place in Kansas Territory from its founding in 1854 to statehood in 1861. In this Bleeding Kansas-Part 2, an essential list of genealogical resources was extracted from Dollarhide’s new book, Kansas Name Lists: Online and Published Censuses and Substitutes, 1854-2012.

Genealogists have some interesting tools for locating an ancestor in Kansas Territory during this period, because the Pro-Slavery and Free-Staters who invaded Kansas Territory are mostly all named in various censuses, tax lists, and voter lists – a genealogical gold mine of information not found in other states.

Essential Genealogical Resources:
1854-1856 Name Lists. See Troubles in Kansas [Online Database], an excellent review and name lists from the Bleeding Kansas era, with links to the following: 1) A Brief History. 2) 1855 Kansas Census – Index of Voters. 3) Index of Testimony. 4) Emigrant Aid Society Settler List. 5) Further Reading. 6) Bibliography and Credits, and 7) The KSGenWeb Page. See

1854-1856 Name Lists. See The 1854-1856 Voters of the Territory of Kansas: Includes the Eighteen Original Districts and Voting Qualifications [Printed Book], compiled by Debra Graden, published 1999, publisher not noted, 630 pages. Lists voters alphabetically by surname. FHL book 978.1 N4g. This database of names was indexed online at the website as Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856. See

1854-1856 Name Lists. See Report of the Special Committee Appointed to Investigate the Troubles in Kansas, With the Views of the Minority of Said Committee [Digitized Book], original published Washington, DC, C. Wendell, Printer, 1856, 1,206 pages. Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2013, from an original copy at the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN. To view the digital images, see the online FHL catalog page for this title:*,0,0.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See An Index to the Report of the Special Committee Appointed to Investigate the Troubles in Kansas, 1856 [Printed Book & Microfilm], compiled by Robert A. Hodge, published by the author, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1984, 2 vols. 396 pages. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 provided for the organization of the Kansas Territory in preparation for statehood. This act required the citizens of the territory to vote on the issue of slavery. Due to disagreement as to what constituted authorized voters, the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress appointed a special committee to investigate the issue. The bulk of the report consisted of testimonies, lists of names from the census records, poll books and voting registers. This is an index to that report. Contents: Vol. 1: A-L . Vol. 2: M-Z. FHL book 978.1 X3h, v.1 & 2, also on 6 microfiche, FHL fiche #6111324. Some of the name lists were indexed online at the website. For the free search screen to Kansas Election List, 1854, see

1854-1856 Name Lists. See Kansas Pioneers of 1855: That Came by Way of New England Emigrant Aid Company [Printed Book], extracted by Debra F. Graden. In 1856 the U.S. House of Representatives ordered a special committee to investigate the pro-slave vs free-state troubles in Kansas. One purpose of the hearings was to determine whether the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society hired men to come to Kansas solely to manipulate the voting. This extract contains excerpts from testimony given by some of the settlers whose emigration to Kansas was sponsored by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. Also includes lists of all who emigrated to Kansas under the Emigrant Aid Society’s sponsorship during early 1855. Published by the author, Leavenworth, KS, 1997, 72 pages, FHL book 978.1 W2g.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See The Conquest of Kansas: by Missouri and her Allies; a History of the Troubles in Kansas, from the Passage of the Organic Act Until the Close of July, 1856 [Digitized book], by William Phillips, published Boston, Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1856, 414 pages. This is a history written during the era of Bleeding Kansas, and is a rather one-sided view of the events taking place there. Written by a Boston editor, obviously on the Free-Stater side of things, he offers no apologies for his viewpoints. The book is listed here because the names of the players involved in the conflict are mentioned. See the FHL catalog page to access the digital images of this book. See*,0,0.

1854-1861 Territorial Kansas Online [Online Database]. one of several outstanding websites by the Kansas Historical Society, this is a virtual repository for territorial Kansas history. Topics: Territorial Politics & Government; Border Warfare; Immigration & Early Settlement; Personalities; and National Debate About Kansas. Resources: Timeline, Annals of Kansas, Lesson Plans, Bibliography, Historic Sites, FAQs, and Related Links. See

1854-1861. See Death Notices from Kansas Territorial Newspapers, 1854-1861 [Printed Book], compiled by Alberta Pantle, originally published in the Kansas Historical Quarterly, reprinted by the Jefferson Co Genealogical Society, Oskaloosa, KS, ca1985, FHL book 978.1 V4p. For a digital version of this title, see the online FHL catalog page. See*,0,0.

1854-1880s. See Pioneers of the Bluestem Prairie, Full Name Index [Printed Book], compiled and published by the Riley County Genealogical Society, Manhattan, KS, 2005, 212 pages, FL book 978.1 D3pi index.

1854-1900s. See Cemetery Records of Kansas [Printed Books], compiled by members of the Kansas Mission (LDS), published by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 1966 – , 18 vols., with the names of persons buried, name of cemetery, and name of county. See FHL book 978.1 V22 v.1-18. Names of cemeteries/counties for all 18 volumes were indexed in Cemetery Records of Kansas, Combined Table of Contents, compiled by James Davis Moore, published by Genidex, Santa Margarita, CA, 1967, 10 pages, FHL book 978.1 V22 index.

1854-1925 See Kansas Census & Voter Lists at [Online Database]. Databases unique to Kansas: 1) Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925. 2) Kansas Compiled Census Index, 1850-1890. 3) Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856. 4) Kansas Election List, 1854. 5) Kansas Territorial Census, 1855. 6) Riley County, 1865 Kansas State Census. 7) Riley County, 1875 Kansas State Census. 8) Riley County, 1885 Kansas State Census. 9) Riley County, 1905 Kansas State Census. 10) Riley County, 1915 Kansas State Census. 11) Leavenworth, 1865 Kansas State Census. 12) Leavenworth, 1859 Kansas Voter Registration. The databases are all accessible at Ancestry’s Kansas Family History Research page: See

Further reading:

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Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) 2015 Dates


Lori A. Northrup, MLIS, Associate Dean, and Director, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research at the Samford University Library sent a note with the dates for IGHR 2015.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at the Samford University Library will be held June 7-12, 2015. They have recently updated their web site. Their new web address is .

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Stories From My Grandparent

fnw10There are more than a few books on the market to help people capture living stories. Usually, these books focus on common questions, such as who was your best friend in grade school or how did you meet your spouse? These books come in all different shapes and size. Some focus on telling our own stories and others on gathering the stories of our living relatives. Some focus more on the genealogies we posses and others on a collection of life stories. Each has a purpose meant to inspire and assist in capturing those stories. Now there is a new book on the market inspired by grandparents, Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild.

One thing I really enjoyed is how the author didn’t just ask the usual questions. Instead, Susan Adcox tried to make the question more interesting. Instead of what is your favorite or least favorite food, Adcox coaches the Grandparent to fill in the space provide with a prompt like,”Children were commonly expected to clean their plates, which could be a problem for me when these foods were on my plate.” Here are a few more examples:

  • “In our classroom, we had real chalkboards. We had spelling bees and go-to-the-board drills, but no computers. Here’ what I remember about my first classroom and how we learned.”
  • “One year I received a birthday present that I’ll never forget:
  • “I learned a lot about myself the first time I lived on my own, away form my family”

Perhaps one of greatest advantages this book has over others is its thoughtful binding. The book was bound hardback but with a metal comb binding on the inside. This means the book will sit nicely on a shelf yet is very easy to open and write in. When I chatted with Leland Meitzler about this book he expressed his immediate approval. In fact, he indicated that he was going to buy and fill out three copies, one for each grandchild. An excellent gift idea for handing down a true family history heirloom.

This book really tries to make the storytelling process as easy and fun as possible.

Copies of Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild. are all available for all grandparents from Family Roots Publishing.

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Across the Atlantic and Beyond!

Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America is an attempt to explain the genealogical mysteries associated with so many immigrant families. Why are there so many different spelling changes for family names? What drove people to move around? What factors contributed to the turbulent environment so many lived in? What was life like on the move? These questions are examined through the stories of two men and their descendants as they immigrated form place to place, and with a review of other historical factors considered to have been key elements in the politically, religiously, and economically difficult times endured by so many.

Across the Atlantic and Beyond opens and closes with a family story. The first is the tale of Gerrit Hendricks(ca. 1649-1691) and three generations of his migratory descendents. The final chapter concludes by counting the tale of Jacob Marzolf (1780-1870), an American immigrant. The intermediate chapters takes the reader through a step-by-step analysis of how these family histories were derived and the motivation behind these families migratory patterns. Genealogist encounter many frustrations and difficulties in their research. Name changes, plus map and border changes, are just a couple of the problems one may encounter in researching their immigrant ancestors. As to why people move from place to place, he obvious answer is war, famine, and disease. However, the author, Charles R. Haller, digs deeper looking for a root cause, or a collection of changes which moved the political and economic landscape.

The inner chapters of this book examines events such as the development of the moveable type printing press, the Reformation as begun by Martin Luther and advent of religious sects outside of the Catholic church, as well as the effects of industrialization. Many names are encountered withing this study. “As a necessary diversion, the changes in spelling of representative Germanic names is documented through various family histories from its origin in a European country to its modern occurrence, often Anglicized, in America.” In addition to all the above, the book gives an account of transportation in and around the Rhine River. Transportation along this major thoroughfare is examined from the earliest use to the time of steamboats.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables




Part 1: Gerritt Hendricks of Krisheim, Germany

Part 2: Changes in German Surnames and Personal Names

  • Hendriks and Hendricks
  • Surnames and Personal Names
  • Mechanics of Name changes
  • Heinrich Buchholtz alias Henry Pookeholes

Part 3: Changes in City and Village Names

  • City and Village Names
  • Griesheim / Krisheim / Kriegsheim
  • Old European Maps
  • Early American Maps

Part 4: Mennonites, Quakers and the Settlement of Pennsylvania

  • The Wandering Menno Simons
  • The Beginnings of English Quakerism
  • William Penn’s Travels in Europe
  • Early german Quakers: A Small Minority
  • The Frankfort Companie
  • Germantown and the Susquehanna Subscribers

Part 5: Protestantism and books: Driving Forces Behind the German Migration

  • Mainz and Gutenberg
  • Frankfurt and the Book Fair
  • Martin Luther and the Book Wars
  • The Froschauer Presses of Zurich
  • Matthaus Merian and the House of Merian
  • The Rhine Travel Guides

Part 6: The Push and the Pull

  • The German Americans
  • The Land of Wars
  • Of Kings and Queens and Lesser Nobility
  • The Rhine as a Migration Route
  • Across the Atlantic and Beyond
  • Bridging the Prairies of Kansas

Part 7: Jacob Marzolf and Alsace




Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBH0697, Price: $34.30.

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19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards

Card PhotosPhotography, like any other “technology” has advanced in many distinct ways over it nearly 200 years of existence. In 1839 the commercial use of photography became a reality, and many different methods were tried and used to create permanent images. From metal and glass to paper and film, and ultimately digital media, the process for capturing and preserving images has changed and improved numerous times. For every major change in photo technology there have also been numerous more minor changes. With a little knowledge, one can learn to identify these different photo types and date their origin to within a few years.

Around the world, there are innumerable photographs of people, of ancestors, who are unidentified by name and date. Whether on a desk, in a drawer or closet, stuffed in envelopes, photo albums or stacked in a box, these images are waiting to be identified. One of the most heavily used, of the 19th century photographic methods, were paper-based photographs glued to cartes de visite and cabinet cards. If you have ever seen a photo of your ancestors from the late 1800s to early 1900s, it is a good chance the picture was one of these two types of images.

Gary W. Clark has created a guide to help researchers identify and date these images to within a few years of their actual origin. 19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards covers both the history of these photographic technique along with a series of clues to help the reader date a card to within a few years, and sometimes, within a few miles of its origin. By evaluating the materials and methods of printing, where and style of the photographers imprints, the background choice, props, clothing, etc. researchers uncover clues as to a photos origins. If you have a image of an unnamed individual, but can place the photo to a relative time and place, there is a good chance you can user other bits of know family information to name the person in the picture.

Learning to identify and date card photos may just be the skill you need to bringing your ancestors to life, and into your life.




Defining the Card Photograph

Why Study Old Photographs?

Protecting Your Old Photographs

Chapter 1 ~ A Brief History of Photography

The Paper Revolution Begins

Mass Production and Social Influences

Historical Review

Chapter 2 ~ Cartes de Visite

Historical Review

Cartes de Visite in America

Clue #1 ~ Card Thickness & Size

Clue #2 ~ Card Borders & Frames

Clue #3 ~ Corners, Edges, and Color

Clue #4 ~ Photographer Imprints

Clue #5 ~ Subject Image Size

Clue #6 ~ Federal Tax Stamps

Clue #7  ~ Hair and Fashion

Clue #8 ~ Studio Backgrounds & Props

Cartes de visite from Around the World

Carte de visite Checklist

Chapter 3 ~ Cabinet Cards

Historical Review

From Rustic to Elegant

Dating the Cabinet Card

Clue #1 ~ Card Edges

Clue #2 ~ Card Borders

Clue #3 ~ Card Colors

Clue #4 ~ Photographer Imprints

Clue #5 ~ Gelatin and Collodion Papers

Clue #6 ~ Special Effects

Clue #7  ~ Fashion and Clothes

Clue #8 ~ Studio Backgrounds & Props

Cabinet Card Review

Cabinet Cards Around the World

Cabinet Card Checklist

Chapter 4 ~ Studio Props

Infatuation with Studio Props

1880s – Crowded Cabinet Cards

Chapter 5 ~Unique Photograph Formats

Unique Sizes & Formats of the 19th Century

Chapter 6 ~20th Century Photograph Introduction

The Modern Photograph Era

Appendix A ~ Common Card Sizes

Appendix B ~ Research Website

Appendix C ~ Glossary




19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards  is available from Family Roots Publishing.

Gary’s KwikTips guides make excellent additions to this book. Each guide serves as a reminder, or easy-to-take-along reference, to the identification skills taught in this book. Click the titles below for more information on each:


About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs. His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs

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