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Attendance, Breakfast, Luncheons, & the NGS Banquet at Richmond

The following is from NGS:


Have you registered for the NGS Family History Conference in Richmond? The deadline for pre-conference registration is 22 April 2014. Registration will be available on-site beginning at 12:00 noon, 6 May 2014, in the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops closes on 22 April 2014. No ticket purchases will be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or workshops. Likewise, registration for LibrariansFor conference information and to register, go to

Breakfast, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons during the conference. Seats are still available for several of the luncheons, the NGS First-Timers Breakfast, and the NGS Banquet. Make your reservations now at The NGS First-Timers Breakfast is $24, luncheons are $32, and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure at

Live Streaming
If you are unable to attend the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, ten lectures featuring some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers will be available to you via live streaming. Details about viewing the live streaming program and the costs can be found at Registration for the live streaming program closes on 30 April 2014.

Society Night
On Wednesday evening 7 May 2014, many Virginia genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Richmond Marriott from 5:15 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group

Richmond Area Tours
There are a few seats left on the historical tours prior to the NGS 2014 Family History Conference through Richmond Discoveries The password is NGS2014 and is case sensitive.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals to your current registration, log on at, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions. To add pre-conference events, click on My Account and then select Upcoming Events.

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2014 FGS National Conference Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations

The following is from Caroline M. Pointer, Director, Federation of Genealogical Societies, FGS Marketing & Publicity Chair:


In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and,
the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall
Presentations to be held during the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San
Antonio, Texas.

As part of the educational and outreach missions of both FGS and TSGS, the exhibit
hall will be free and open to the public. During that time, approximately twenty half-hour
presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute
presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a
special focus on beginners or the casually curious. The challenge for presenters will be
to excite and convert participants in a short period of time.

The deadline for submission of exhibit hall proposals is Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The categories of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic and introductory genealogical instruction
  • Storytelling and interviewing
  • Preserving for future generations
  • DNA and family medical history
  • Technology, software and social media
  • Benefits of joining a local genealogy society
  • Online pitfalls

As there will also be a separate vendor presentation stage, vendor specific topics or
sponsors are outside the scope of this call for presentations.

Submission Requirements
Presentations will be 30 minutes long. Send proposals in Microsoft Word, RTF or similar
format. File names should include your last name, first initial, and proposal topic.
(Example: SmithR – TechStrategies). Please submit one file per proposed topic. Each
proposal document should include:

  • Speaker(s) name.
  • Speaker(s) contact information, including mailing address, phone, email and
    website, if applicable.
  • Prior speaking experience.
  • Speaker(s) biography.
  • Presentation outline/summary (1 page or less)

Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2014 Call for Exhibit Hall
Presentations” in the subject line, to no later than Sunday, 18
May 2014

Invitations to speak will be extended by 1 July 2014. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 15 July 2014.

Due to the structure and location of the presentations, speakers will be compensated for
their time only at a rate of $75 per 30-minute presentation.

Society Sponsored Presentations
Societies are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring
organization will cover its speaker’s compensation. Sponsored speakers will abide by all
speaker deadlines.

Additional Information
Handouts and other reference material will not be compiled in the printed syllabus
distributed to conference participants. However, syllabus materials will be made
available online and via the FGS mobile app. These materials will be limited to two
pages per session. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to all speakers upon receipt
of their signed contract. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is 25
July 2014.

About the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS)
The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) was founded in 1960, in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas as an educational and
literary corporation. The purpose of TSGS is to promote, assist, develop, and conserve
the genealogical and historical resources of Texas and to cooperate with local, regional,
and state wide groups in promoting an awareness of the need to preserve family
heritage. To learn more, visit

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

About is a leading global family history website, offering more than 1.8 billion
records from 875 AD to the present day. Findmypast offers family historians
comprehensive collections of newspapers, periodicals, military, census, migration,
parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth,
marriage and death records from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Fold3 Offers FREE Access the Civil War Collection Through April 30

The following is from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry:


To remember the commencement of the Civil War in April 1861, Fold3 invites you to explore all records in its Civil War Collection [] for free April 14–30.

Explore Civil War documents featuring everything from military records to personal accounts and historic writings. Soldier records include service records, pension index cards, “Widows’ Pension” files, Navy survivors certificates, Army registers, and much more. Other record types include photographs, original war maps, court investigations, slave records, and beyond. Items such as the Lincoln Assassination Papers, Sultana Disaster documents, letters to the Adjutant General and Commission Branch, and the 1860 census are also contained in the Civil War Collection.

Confederate-specific records include Confederate service records, amnesty papers, casualty reports, and citizens files, as well as Confederate Navy subject files and Southern Claims Commission documents.

Join Fold3 in its commemoration of the Civil War. Discover information on famous participants as well as your own Civil War ancestors through documents, photos, and images that capture the experiences and vital information of those involved in America’s deadliest conflict. Then commemorate your ancestors by creating or expanding memorial pages for them on Fold3’s Honor Wall []. Get started searching the Civil War Collection here [].

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Illustrations: A Collage of Genealogical Pictorial Arrangements

gp05In regards to author Phillip M Mayer’s style, I have said before in reviewing another of his works, he likes to keep things simple. In his guides, readers are taught to use common tools and strategies in a simple, straight-forward way to produce clean, easy-to-replicate results. In his latest book, Illustrations: A Collage of Genealogical Pictorial Arrangements, he provides a “step-by-step guide to sequence family presentation.” Learn by using information and resources you are likely to already have on hand, such as memories, timelines, histories and stories, and other family information.

According to Mayer, the objective of this book is two-fold:

“The first is to teach you how to organize and put all your family information into a loose leaf 3-ring binder.

The second is to provide you with ideas to create your own presentations. Most people have little to no idea as to what and how to present.”

Whether you actually use a 3-ring binder or some other structured method to organize your papers, you can learn from Mayer some tips and ideas to keeping and presenting your family history in new and interesting ways.

The bulk of this book is in the 65 illustrative examples with informative captions. These examples don’t just show the author’s way of doing things, but also help stimulate the creative juices and thinking for doing your own presentations.


Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction

  • Objective

2.0 The 3-ring Binder

  • The Process
  • Overview

3.0 The Step-by-Step Process

4.0 Information Section

  • Figure 4.1 Information Spreadsheet

5.0 File ID Section

  • Figure 5.1 File ID Spreadsheet

6.0 Presentation Section

  • Figure 6.1 Horizontal Family Tree
  • Figure 6.2 Family Tree
  • Figure 6.3 Vertical Family Tree
  • Figure 6.4 Personal Information
  • Figure 6.5 Directional Pointers
  • Figure 6.6 Conjoint Presentation
  • Figure 6.7 Timeline
  • Figure 6.8 Death Certificate
  • Figure 6.9 Personal Presentation
  • Figure 6.10 ’2004′ Family Gathering
  • Figure 6.11 Complex Relationships
  • Figure 6.12 Name Changes
  • Figure 6.13 Unidentified Individuals
  • Figure 6.14 Citizenship Certificate
  • Figure 6.15 Death Certificate
  • Figure 6.16 Birth Timeline
  • Figure 6.17 Ancestral Bible Extraction
  • Figure 6.18 Newspaper Article
  • Figure 6.19 Snapshots
  • Figure 6.20 Memorials
  • Figure 6.21 Directional Pointers
  • Figure 6.22 Birth Timeline
  • Figure 6.23 Mixture
  • Figure 6.24 Child-Parent Connection
  • Figure 6.25  Name Tag Preferences
  • Figure 6.26 Basic Family Tree
  • Figure 6.27 Personal Presentation
  • Figure 6.28 Conjoint Presentation
  • Figure 6.29 Complex Presentation 1/3
  • Figure 6.30 Complex Presentation 2/3
  • Figure 6.31 Complex Presentation 3/3
  • Figure 6.32 Tombstones
  • Figure 6.33 Notification of a Death
  • Figure 6.34 Conjoint Presentation
  • Figure 6.35 Grave Markers
  • Figure 6.36 Memorials
  • Figure 6.37 Birth Certificate (1/2)
  • Figure 6.38 Birth Certificate (2/2)
  • Figure 6.39 Class Reunions
  • Figure 6.40 First Grade
  • Figure 6.41 1st Holy Communion
  • Figure 6.42 Many Directional Pointers
  • Figure 6.43 Personal Information
  • Figure 6.44 Family Story 1/2
  • Figure 6.45 Family Story 2/2
  • Figure 6.46 Book Photograph
  • Figure 6.47 Simple Presentation
  • Figure 6.48 Family Outing
  • Figure 6.49 Mixing Things Up
  • Figure 6.50 Birth Certificate
  • Figure 6.51 Ethnic Activities
  • Figure 6.52 Sports
  • Figure 6.53 Marriage Certificate
  • Figure 6.54 Military Service
  • Figure 6.55 Educational Certificates
  • Figure 6.56 General Information
  • Figure 6.57 Dates
  • Figure 6.58 The Personal Touch
  • Figure 6.59 First Cousin Marriages
  • Figure 6.60 Complex Information
  • Figure 6.61 Creativity
  • Figure 6.62 Personal Information (1/3)
  • Figure 6.63 Personal Information (2/3)
  • Figure 6.64 Personal Information (3/3)
  • Figure 6.65 Letters
  • Summary

7.0 Source Publications

  • Genealogy Presentations
  • Preservation is Everything
  • Indexing – Photographs and Documents
  • Illustrations – A Collage of Genealogical Pictorial Arrangements
  • 4 Decade of Pueblo’s German Club


Illustrations: A Collage of Genealogical Pictorial Arrangements is available at Family Roots Publishing. Don’t forget to check out other books by Mayer.

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FamilySearch Campaigning to Get Folks to Share Photos & Stories of Those Interested in Baseball

The following teaser is from an article posted in the April 9, 2104 edition of Deseret News.


With baseball season in full swing, has launched a campaign to encourage family historians to preserve and share photos and stories of ancestors who had an interest in America’s favorite pastime.

“I associate baseball with family,” FamilySearch collection manager Jeff Svare told the Deseret News. “Baseball is a great family activity.” He hopes that others’ enthusiasm for the sport will transform into a desire to seek out ancestors who loved the game as well.

FamilySearch has plenty of interesting artifacts available for baseball fanatics, including public documents such as birth and death records, census information and World War II draft registration cards for some of baseball’s biggest names.

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Irving Wants Hitler’s Hair Back

A few days ago I posted a piece about how Hitler’s wife may have had Jewish ancestry. Now we have a follow-up to the story…

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 13, 2014 edition of

When Channel 4 paid David Irving $5,000 to obtain what the controversial historian claimed was a lock of Adolf Hitler’s hair, it was criticised for a ‘sick’ and ‘tawdry’ stunt.

Now, however, the broadcaster faces legal action after failing to return the Nazi dictator’s supposed crowning glory.

Irving, who is based in Florida, has made repeated requests to the producers of TV show Dead Famous DNA that they send back the hair used in last week’s episode, which claimed Hitler’s wife, Eva Braun, could have had Jewish ancestry.

Furious that the lock, which he lent them in June 2012, has still not been given back, Irving is threatening to take legal action against the TV company, Double Act Productions.

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Preserving a Revolutionary War Battlefield

The following teaser is from an article posted in the April 12, 2014 edition of


SYLVANIA, Ga. — More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia’s least explored Revolutionary War sites.

This battlefield has all the components very rarely seen in preservation,” said archaeologist Dan Battle, who has spent the past year assessing the Screven County historic site to determine what secrets it might still hold.

The Battle of Brier Creek unfolded March 3, 1779, when a British force of 1,500 men led by Col. Marc Prevost circled back on Gen. John Ashe’s encamped Patriot army, which included about 1,700 soldiers.

The late afternoon attack was a complete surprise. About 150 Americans died, while hundreds of others were captured. The fleeing survivors left behind their arms, food and supplies.

The British victory was so decisive scholars believe it prolonged the American Revolution by a year, changing the course of U.S. history.

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WOW! 40% OFF ’til Thursday, April 17 — Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search

fnw3Technological advances have brought change to many fields of study, genealogy no less so than another. The speed of change itself has increased along with technology. The Internet key amongst these changes. Keeping up with new tools and resources can be difficult. Keeping up with change requires a constant effort. Author’s constantly need to update their material and publish new or updated books. Thus, a beginner’s guide to online genealogy is not likely to be just another copy of the one published last year. New authors are likely too have new ideas and new information to share. So it is with Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search, by Nancy Hendrickson.

The book begins with an education, or refresher, on the tools necessary to research on the web. Namely the early chapters cover computer techniques, web browsing, and search skills. Chapters are filled with examples, images and more.

“Inside you’ll find:

  • An overview of where and how to start your family history research
  • Detailed descriptions of the best online databases for family historians
  • Hundreds of helpful websites to further your research
  • Step-by-step search instructions to help you find exactly what you’re looking for
  • Chapters dedicated to finding specific records, including birth, marriage and death; census; military; land; and immigration
  • Case studies that apply key concepts to real-life searches
  • Ideas for connecting with fellow researchers and distant relatives through social media, blogging and newsletters
  • Special resources for researching American Indian, African-American and Jewish ancestors
  • Plus access to bonus online video demonstrations”


About the Author

Nancy is the author of six books and multitudes of magazine and web articles. She is an Internet genealogy consultant and a teacher at Family Tree University. Hendrickson loves American history, and one would suppose from her efforts genealogy rank high on her list as well.



Chapter 1: Building Your Family Tree

Chapter 2: Computer Basics for the Online Genealogist

Chapter 3: Using Search Engines

Chapter 4: Online Databases

Chapter 5: Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Chapter 6: Life During Your Ancestors’ Era

Chapter 7: Google for Genealogists

Chapter 8: Land Records

Chapter 9: The Census

Chapter 10: Military Records

Chapter 11: Finding Local Resources Online

Chapter 12: Tracing Immigrant and American Indian Ancestors

Chapter 13: Share What You’ve Found

Chapter 14: Putting it all to Work

Appendix A: American Indian Resources by Geographic Region

Appendix B: Tracing Jewish Ancestors by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Appendix C: Tracing Slave Ancestors by Kenyatta D. Berry

Family Group Sheet

Records Checklist



Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search is available from Family Roots Publishing. 40% OFF for just a couple of days!

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Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era — by Bill Dollarhide; 20% OFF until April 17, 2014

civil-war-era-350pw-75resMost genealogical records during the decade of the Civil War are related to the soldiers and regiments of the Union and Confederate military. However, there are numerous records relating to the entire population as well. Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, by William Dollarhide, identifies the places to look and documents to be found for ancestors during the decade, 1861-1869, as well as post-war veterans. The book is laid out first by nation-wide name lists and then by state listings in alphabetical order.

The following broad categories, as well as others, are identified within this book:

National Resources:

  • Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
  • The American Civil War Research Database
  • Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
  • General and Organizational Indexes to Pension Files, 1861-1934
  • 1883 List of U.S. Pensioners on the Roll
  • 1890 Federal Census of Union Veterans
  • Roll of Honor & Veteran Burials
  • 1865-1867 Confederate Amnesty Papers
  • Consolidated Lists of Confederate Soldiers & United Confederate Veterans Association
  • Index to Compiled Service Records

Statewide Resources:

  • Compiled Service Records (by state)
  • Index to Compiled Service Records (by state)
  • 1861-1869 State Censuses
  • 1861-1869 Statewide Name Lists
  • 1862-1869 Internal Revenue Assessment Lists
  • Statewide Militia Lists
  • Confederate Pension Applications
  • Pensioner Name Lists and censuses of Confederate Veterans
  • Indexes to Statewide Records
  • Lists of Veteran Burials; State Adjutant General Reports & state-sponsored histories

The Best Civil War Resource Centers for Local & County Research

    • Online Resources
    • Libraries & Archives

Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era – Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869 & Post-Civil War Veteran Lists; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp.

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Odisha [India] State Archives Records About to Go Online

The following is from the April 11, 2014 edition of

The rare records and books in the Odisha State Archives would soon be accessed from any corner of the world through a website.

The State Archives is in possession of over 50,000 rare books and more than six lakh important records from 1803 to 1947 related to Odisha’s political, cultural, social and administrative history.

Documents belonging to the pre and post-Independence period, rare agreements, books and old maps are in the archives. The Culture Department has plans to upload these rare records and books on an independent website for benefit of research scholars.

“The State Archives has already finished conservation of a large number of records and started their digitisation a year back,” said BP Ray, Superintendent, Odisha State Archives.

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

The following success story was shared with me from one of our Salt Lake Christmas Tour favorites, Jan from Florida. I thought it was cool enough to share here with you:

In June 2013 my friend Jan, who lives in Florida, sent me an email telling about this really unusual and kinda sad entry she found on a U.S. census.  She had been tracing a sibling of one of her 3-greats grandmother from Maryland to California. “I knew they had a son born in 1849 in Missouri and named after his father,” she explained.  Looking in 1850 in St.Louis, Missouri, she found this:

Oliver Irwin, 1812 in Maryland, brickmaker

Isabella (Moffitt-Jan knows this), b. 1823 in Pennsylvania

Margaret, daughter, 1842 in Missouri

“boy found at front door,” age 11/12, b. prob. Missouri

Most intrigued, Jan looked for the family in the 1860 census and found them in San Rafael, California:

Oliver Irvin, age 48, b. Maryland, stockraiser

Isabelle, age 44, b. Pennsylvania, housewife

O.M. (Oliver Moffit), age 10, b. Missouri

Alice, age 9, born Ohio

I looked for them again and found some of them on the 1880 census of San Rafael:

Oliver Irwin, age 63, b. Maryland, widowed, retired banker

Oliver M. (Moffit)  Irwin, age 31, b. Missouri

                                Sarah Moffatt, sister, age 72, b. Pennsylvania

Jan further explained more about this family:  “Oliver Irvin married Isabelle Moffit;  his sister Sarah Irvin married John Moffit. Sarah and John had a son in 1844 in Missouri whom they named Oliver Irvin Moffitt. Oliver and Isabelle’s adopted/foundling son they named after his parents, Oliver Moffit Irvin.

Can you keep that story straight? And what a truly unbreakable brick wall for the Irvin or Irwin or Moffit or Moffat family. Did that foundling son leave descendants to look for him??

And, dear old Uncle Oliver Irvin surely had an interesting variety of careers.

Thanks, Jan, for sharing this story. Proves doing genealogy is not-never boring!

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.

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

Leland posted here a short while back explaining that the upcoming 2014 Salt Lake Christmas Tour would be THE year to break down your genealogy brick walls. And why? Because our tour has a 29-year proven track record and because we’re the only tour putting a full dozen professional researchers at your service. Does that not sound wonderful???



I quote Leland and our team:  “Come let us help you have success with your long-standing brickwall problem ancestors!”  ”No brickwall problem is too tough for our team of professional research helpers!”  Please come and let our helpers help you break right through your brickwall and let the sunshine in!

broken wall


What is a brickwall problem anyway? An online dictionary defines it as:  (1) a point or level that it is very difficult to go past; or (2) a problem or situation that is very difficult to solve.

Don’t we all have some brickwall situations in our genealogy? Don’t you?

At our Saturday night farewell social (end of the Salt Lake Christmas Tour week), we ask folks to raise their hands if they solved a brickwall problem, if they added new names to their charts, and if they had a great time. All hands waggled upwards in positive response to all three questions.

It is the old, “Try us you’ll like us.”

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.



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Trace Your Ancestry Right Down to the Village Through DNA?

It’s now said that the technology has advanced to the point where we will soon be able to trace our ancestry using DNA right down to the “village and island of origin.” Interesting…


The following teaser is from an interesting article posted in the April 11, 2014 edition of

Tracing where your DNA was formed over 1,000 years ago is now possible due to a revolutionary technique developed by a team of international scientists led by experts from the University of Sheffield. The ground breaking Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, created by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and Dr Tatiana Tatarinova from University of Southern California, works similarly to a satellite navigation system as it helps you to find your way home, but not the one you currently live in – but rather your actual ancestor’s home from 1,000 years ago.

Previously, scientists have only been able to locate where your DNA was formed to within 700kms, which in Europe could be two countries away. However this pioneering technique has been 98 per cent successful in locating worldwide populations to their right geographic regions, and down to their village and island of origin.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 2.1 Million Images to Collections from Italy

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 2.1 million images to collections from Italy. Notable collection updates include the 89,778 images from the new Italy, Lucca, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1807-1814, collection; the 445,302 images from the new Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796-1812, 1838-1859, 1866-1899, collection; and the 1,637,317 images from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865, 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

Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796-1812, 1838-1859, 1866-1899 – 0 – 445,302 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Lucca, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1807-1814 – 0 – 89,778 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865 – 0 – 1,637,317 – Added images to an existing collection.

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Daisy’s Daughters Reunited 70 Years Later…

The following teaser is from an article posted in the April 6, 2014 edition of

Verda Byrd sorts through photos taken in Dallas the first weekend of March of her intitial meeting with one of her sisters. Photo By Marvin Pfeiffer / EN Communities

Verda Byrd sorts through photos taken in Dallas the first weekend of March of her intitial meeting with one of her sisters. Photo By Marvin Pfeiffer / EN Communities

SAN ANTONIO — When Daisy Beagle’s daughters grew up, they remembered their mother’s stories about the baby girl she gave up for adoption. They remembered how she’d talk about the hard days, trying to raise five children in Kansas City in the 1940s. And they remembered how she’d wonder aloud if the child had a good life.

In February, one of the sisters, Sybil Panko, received a certified letter at her home in Merritt Island, Fla., from San Antonio. The writer, Verda Byrd, claimed to be the infant that Beagle had given up in 1944.

Panko was leery. She called her younger sister in Dallas, Debbie Romero.

“Guess what I got in the mail?” she said. “A letter from a woman saying she’s my sister. And there’s a phone number.”

Romero called the number. When Byrd, 71, answered, Romero said there wasn’t a doubt. The woman was her sister.

“There’s no denying,” Romero said. “I know she’s my sister, I don’t need a DNA test.”

After a 70-year separation, Byrd found sisters she never knew existed. After an exhaustive search on the Internet and library archives, she located three living siblings: Panko, 76; Romero, 56; and Kathryn Gutierrez, 59, of Omaha, Neb.

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