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Atlas of the Great Irish Famine

famineThere are many theories behind the actual cause of the Great Irish Famine of 1845 to 1849. Some focus on specific topics of population density, crop production, politics, the prevalent owner-tenant land system of the day, etc. Of course, history teaches that there is rarely one simple culprit and one simple answer. It is clear, however, that the country-wide dependence upon the annual potato crop production left Ireland vulnerable to very problem it experienced, famine. Wide-spread crop failure, with other social and economic factors, led to wide-spread famine and disease, resulting in a loss 1,000,000 lives and the emigration of additional 1,000,000. In all, nearly a quarter of the country’s population was lost in just a few short years.

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The Great Irish Famine is the most pivotal event in modern Irish history, with implications that cannot be underestimated.

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The Irish have long suffered the infamy of having had the most documented and well-known famines in history. There are many questions about what caused the famine and why it produced such wide-spread devastation.  Every history student has heard the questions asked, can we learn from history? Does history repeat itself? What would we do different? “Sustainable agriculture” is both a concept and a growing movement in America. The movement stands in contrast to massive, single-crop, corporate owned farms and supply chain monopolization. After browsing through the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, I won’t claim to know the answers to food production in the modern world, but I do understand the concerns some have over where our current food production system is taking us. I see why we should ask the questions listed above. I see one more reason to study history. I don’t see a famine in America’s future, but I can see parallels in our system to the Irish famine. I think there are lessons we can learn from this Atlas.

Drawing parallels to modern times is just one aspect of studying the Famine. Family history is large part told through the perspective and eye of those that have departed, those who lived through such events. The Great Famine makes for an interesting historical study. And, regardless of your own individual family line, of which I have no known Irish parentage myself, this Atlas represents an important and thorough study into the Irish Famine. But, for those of Irish descent, the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine offers a perspective on your ancestry.

The Atlas provides an amazing collective of reasoned research along with visually stunning drawings, renderings, painted portraits, amazing photographs, maps and charts. Together, these items tell as complete a story.

“Very few books have been written on the greatest catastrophe in Irish history which encompasses both the diversity of perspectives and the parish-by-parish detail found in this book. This magnificent compilation – a series of essays by over fifty distinguished scholars, combined with the detailed maps, photographs, archival material, paintings and other artistic insights – redresses an imbalance in the literature on the Great Irish Famine. The inclusion of photographs of Famine landscapes, for example, including mass graves and workhouse sites, add to the poignancy of the story being told. Such images invite the reader to contemplate the real human suffering which lies at the heart of the Famine. Remembering is important but it is equally important to remember in ways which challenge our understandings of such tragic events.”

I suppose being a genealogist makes me somewhat partial to history in general, and even more, a good story. The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine is both. There is so much detail and rich content in these pages the book is hard to put down. Actually, the book is so big at 710 pages, printed on nice thick paper, this book is too heavy to hold; so, putting the Atlas down to read it would be a more accurate statement, but you get the idea.

As for the actual contents of the book, I think the cover summery tell the story rather well:

“The Great Irish Famine is the most pivotal event in modern Irish history, with implications that cannot be underestimated. Over a million people perished between 1845-1852, and well over a million others fled to other locales within Europe and America. By 1850, the Irish made up a quarter of the population in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. The 2000 US census had 41 million people claim Irish ancestry, or one in five white Americans. Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (1845-52) considers how such a near total decimation of a country by natural causes could take place in industrialized, 19th century Europe and situates the Great Famine alongside other world famines for a more globally informed approach.

The Atlas seeks to try and bear witness to the thousands and thousands of people who died and are buried in mass Famine pits or in fields and ditches, with little or nothing to remind us of their going. The centrality of the Famine workhouse as a place of destitution is also examined in depth. Likewise the atlas represents and documents the conditions and experiences of the many thousands who emigrated from Ireland in those desperate years, with case studies of famine emigrants in cities such as Liverpool, Glasgow, New York and Toronto.

The Atlas places the devastating Irish Famine in greater historic context than has been attempted before, by including over 150 original maps of population decline, analysis and examples of poetry, contemporary art, written and oral accounts, numerous illustrations, and photography, all of which help to paint a fuller picture of the event and to trace its impact and legacy. In this comprehensive and stunningly illustrated volume, over fifty chapters on history, politics, geography, art, population, and folklore provide readers with a broad range of perspectives and insights into this event.”

Don’t just let my opinion or a 5 Stars average review on Amazon sway you, here are just a few reviews from the academic community:

“Cork University Press has established an enviably high reputation in producing atlases. The latest – of the Great Irish Famine – maintains and enhances this record. Not only are the maps themselves innovative and attractive to look at, but they communicate clearly an abundance of information, often unfamiliar. The cartography is accompanied by a wealth of other images, sometimes strikingly beautiful, and also hauntingly distressful. In addition, a starry cast of experts provides incisive and illuminating commentary on all aspects of the disaster.  All in all, this is likely to prove one of the most original and enduring studies of the grievous famine” — Toby Barnard, Oxford University

“This monumental work is far more than an Atlas, it is the definitive summary of all aspects of the Great Irish Famine. The many maps are accompanied by accessible yet scientifically sound texts. The demographics and  geography are surveyed with unequaled detail and care, yet the historical background, the politics, and the economics of the Famine are discussed at an equally high scholarly level. Lavishly illustrated and scholarly immaculate, written by the best scholars in the field, this volume belongs in the library of everyone interested in the greatest natural disaster of the modern age” — Joel Mokyr , Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, USA

“This Atlas offers a powerful, unflinching and coherent understanding of the Irish Famine as the defining event in Irish history. It balances sweeping survey with minute details, while always attending to the surprising diversity of this small island in the mid nineteenth century. Its unparalleled assemblage of new maps, old images and extensive documentation offers a brilliant teaching aid for the history of Ireland and of the Irish diaspora. Firmly rooted in recent research, saturated in meticulous scholarship, and interdisciplinary in the best sense, it is unafraid to draw the necessary trenchant conclusions. Its broad synthesis offers the best overview we have ever had of this traumatic and defining episode” — Professor Kevin Whelan, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin.

 

Table of Contents

I. IRELAND BEFORE AND AFTER THE GREAT FAMINE

The story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-52 : a geographical perspective

‘Mapping the people’ : the growth and distribution of the population

1740-41 Famine

The potato : root of the Famine

Baunreagh, County Laois : The failure of the potato

Diet in pre-Famine Ireland

II. THE GREAT HUNGER

The longue durée – imperial Britain and colonial Ireland

The colonial dimensions of the Great Irish Famine

British relief measures

Charles Trevelyan

The operation of the poor law during the Famine

Queen Victoria and the Great Famine

Burying and resurrecting the past : the Queen Victoria statue in University College Cork

The largest amount of good : Quaker relief efforts

‘Born astride a grave’ : The geography of the dead

III. THE WORKHOUSE

The creation of the workhouse system

Classify, confine, discipline and punish – the Roscrea Union : a microgeography of the workhouse system during the Famine

Famine and workhouse clothing

The Cork workhouse

Ulster workhouses – ideological geometry and conflict

Lurgan workhouse

IV. POPULATION DECLINE AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Mortality and the Great Famine

‘Variations in vulnerability’ : understanding where and why people died

Medical relief and the Great Famine

‘Report upon the recent epidemic fever in Ireland’ : the evidence from County Cork

Emigration to North America in the era of the Great Famine, 1845-55

The cities and towns of Ireland, 1841-51

The roles of cities and towns during the Great Famine

The impact of the Great Famine on subsistent women

The landed classes during the Great Irish Famine

‘Turned out … thrown down’ : evictions in Bunkilla and Monavanshare, Donoughmore,County Cork

CONNACHT

Introduction : the province of Connacht and the Great Famine

Clifden Union, Connemara, County Galway

In the shadow of Sliabh an Iarainn

Mohill workhouse Union

The Famine in County Roscommon

Ballykilcline, County Roscommon

LEINSTER

Introduction : the province of Leinster and the Great Famine

County Meath during the Famine

Burying the Famine dead : Kilkenny Union workhouse

King’s County during the Great Famine :’poverty and plenty’

The Smith estate of Baltyboys, County Wicklow

MUNSTER

Introduction : the province of Munster and the Great Famine

Mortality and emigration in six parishes in the Union of Skibbereen, West Cork, 1846-47

From ‘famine roads’ to ‘manor walls’ : the Famine in Glenville, County Cork

The Famine in the County Tipperary parish of Shanrahan

The Famine in the Dingle Peninsula

Famine relief in Cove and the Great Island, April 1846-March 1847

Visit of Queen Victoria to Cove, August 1849

ULSTER

Introduction: the province of Ulster and the Great Famine

The Great Famine and religious demography in midnineteenth-century Ulster

The Great Hunger in Belfast

Mapping the Famine in Monaghan

The management of famine in Donegal in the hungry forties

V. WITNESSING THE FAMINE

The Great Famine in Gaelic manuscripts

The artist as witness : James Mahony

Asenath Nicholson’s Irish journeys

Thomas Carlyle and Famine Ireland

‘Le pays classique de la faim’ : France and the Great Irish Famine

VI. THE SCATTERING

Exodus from Ireland – patterns of emigration

Liverpool and the Great Irish Famine

The Fidelia

Irish Famine refugees and the emergence of Glasgow Celtic Football Club

Archaeological evidence of Irish migration? : rickets in the Irish community of London’s East End, 1843-54

Black ’47 and Toronto, Canada

Gross Île, Quebec

The Famine and New York City

New York Famine memorial

The Great Famine and Australia

‘Week after week, the eviction and the exodus’ : Ireland and Moreton Bay, 1848-52

VII. LEGACY

Land reform in post-Famine Ireland

Legacy and loss : the great silence and its aftermath

Famine and the Irish diaspora

VIII. REMEMBERING THE FAMINE

The folklore of the Famine : Seanchas an Drochshaoil

Na prátaí dubha

Tadhg Ó Murchú (1842-928)

Sites of memory

Famine memorial sites in County Cork

‘Remembering, not forgetting’, a commemorative composition

The Big House and Famine memory : Strokestown Park House

A Great Famine discovery of Viking Gold : Vesnoy,Strokestown, County Roscommon

Mapping the Great Famine in Irish art

Sculpting Famine

Literature and the Famine

IX. HUNGER AND FAMINE TODAY

The Great Famine and today’s famines

Food security, food poverty, food sovereignty : moving beyond labels to a world of change?

Images of famine : whose hunger?

Fighting world hunger in the twenty-first century

Endnotes

Index of Places

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Kansas Name Lists – Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854-2012 – Now Shipping – ALL NAME LIST BOOKS, AL-KS ON SALE AT GREAT DISCOUNTS, Now Thru July 31!

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Kansas Name Lists, Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854-2012 with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present, is now available with a FREE PDF immediate download eBook. The latest in a series of books detailing Online Censuses & Substitutes state-by-state, this volume will prove to be invaluable for those researching ancestors in Kansas. This is the seventeenth volume published in the series. See the entire list at the bottom of this entry.

To celebrate the publication of this printed book and ebook, FRPC is discounting all seventeen Dollarhide Name List printed books by 21%, making them just $14.97 each (including a FREE immediate download of the eBook). The eBook itself is discounted 10%, making it just $11.25 (with no shipping charges). This offer has now been extended through, July 31, 2014.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of a PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

This book is also available in an electronic PDF format.

See Bill Dollarhide’s article, “What Are Name Lists?

Contents

  • Preface
  • Map: 1860 Kansas Territory.
  • Kansas Name Lists
  • Kansas Historical Timeline, 1540-1996
  • Introduction to Kansas Territorial & Statewide Censuses
  • Online Resources of the Kansas Historical Society
  • Bibliography of Kansas Name Lists, 1854-2012
  • U.S. Maps
    • 1763 British North America
    • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
    • 1790 United States
    • 1800 United States
    • 1810 United States
    • 1820 United States
    • 1830 United States
    • 1840 United States
    • 1850 United States
    • 1860 United States
    • 1870-1880 United States
    • 1890-1940 United States
    • 50 States, AL to WY / Year a State / Order Admitted to the U.S.
  • National Name Lists
    • Getting Started
    • National Look-up Sites Online
    • Bibliography of National Lists, 1600s – Present

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    Kansas Name Lists, Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854-2012 with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present, an annotated bibliography of published and online name lists – with FR0242 FREE as a PDF download eBook; by William Dollarhide; 105 pp., paper; 8.5×11; Published: 2014; ISBN: 9781628590159; Item # FR0241

    The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co.:

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    Family Roots Publishing Co. – Move Update

    Announcement from Family Roots Publishing Co.:

    As of today, July 24, 2014, FRPC is fully back in business. We made the move from Bountiful, Utah, arriving here in beautiful downtown Orting, Washington on July 3. It’s taken us a full three weeks to get our stockroom filled, and computer and phone systems in place. However, we are now up and running.

    All shipment of products ordered during our move has now been made with a couple exceptions. Those being orders for one of the family group sheets and a select group of At-A-Glance laminates. The boxes of those items are missing and are probably setting with another 400 cases of books and materials that are still to ship from Utah.

    To order, go to FamilyRootsPublishing.com.

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    FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 14 July 2014

    Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:

    Currently updates as of 14 July 2014

    Previous update: 13 June 2014

    There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

    Recent Changes:

    [NEW] Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990 — Browsable Images — This collection contains images of probate records from seventy-five different counties in the state of Texas. The content and time period of these records vary by county. – There are 1,164,427 Images as of 17 June 2014.

    [NEW] North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 — Browsable Images — 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. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage. – There are 593,567 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images — Deeds, school census, mining, vital records, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available. Birth and Death records indexed. – There are 23,985 Records and 94,699 Images as of 18 June 2014; up 23,985 Records since 1 May 2014.

    Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images— Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county.– There are 3,378,538 Records and 1,434,177 Images as of 18 June 2014; up 1,434,177 images since 24 March 2014.

    [NEW] Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949 — Browsable Images — This collection contains the following records for the listed institutions: Admittance cards, 1915-1947 and employment cards, 1915-1940 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital; burial permits, 1915-1947 of the Briar Hill Cemetery and coroner’s inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit county. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 12,047 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980 — Browsable ImagesImages of probate records from various court houses in New Jersey. Most records end in 1920 but some counties have records up to the year 1970. – There are 1,913,824 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Maine, Aroostook County Probate Records, 1837-2007 — Browsable Images — Indexes, books, dockets and estate files located in the probate office in Houlton, Maine – There are 129,686 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Georgia, Elbert County Records, 1790-2002 — Browsable Images —Collection of digital images of marriage, court, land, school and other records from Elbert County. – There are 63,290 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1933 — Browsable Images — Includes Atlanta city census and voter registration and a necrology including transcribed obituaries, death and cemetery records from Fulton County. – There are 31,670 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886-1972 — Browsable Images — Vital records, coroner’s inquests, military discharges, deeds, patents, probate case files and registers of cases located at the Clerk of the District Court, Clerk and Recorder Offices in Shoshone. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 163,636 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979Browsable ImagesImages of county probate books. The record content and time period varies by county. – There are 504,141 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 — Browsable Images — County probate estate files for Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, and Rockingham counties. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 877,366 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973 — Browsable Images — Probate records from Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, and Sullivan counties. – There are 524,272 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Oklahoma Probate Records, 1887-2008 — Browsable Images — Probate records and estate files from Oklahoma counties. The content and time period varies by county. – There are 6,044,798 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Missouri, Probate Records, 1800-1959 — Browsable Images —This collection includes probate records created by county courts including wills and records of estates. Most of the records in this collection fall between 1840 and 1930, but the content and years of the court records varies by county. In rare instances, if the court heard other cases in addition to probate, such as civil disputes or even some criminal matters, the records are mixed in with the probate records. Most of this collection is images of records filmed by FamilySearch. The estate files from Cole and Andrew counties were scanned at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. There is an index for the estate files from Cole and Andrew counties. Additional images will be published as they become available.– There are 143,379 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of county records for Swisher County, Texas. Records include vital records, military discharges, probate records, deed records, marks and brands, court records and civil case files from the county and district courts. It is being published as images become available. – There are 93,603Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Idaho,Butte County Records, 1882-1970 — Browsable Images —Land, marriage, and probate records from the county courthouse in Arco. – There are 23,226 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    [NEW] Idaho, Gooding County Records, 1879-1962 — Browsable Images — Land, naturalization, marriage, military, school and probate records from the Clerk of the District Court in Gooding. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 52,108 Images as of 18 June 2014.

    Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Idaho county marriages acquired from local courthouses. Also includes records for the towns of Ashton and Marysville. Bannock County marriages are not currently apart of this collection. Currently the collection includes the following counties: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington.– There are 148,053 Records and 62,274 Images as of 19 June 2014; up 39,405 Images since 2 January 2014.

    Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. – There are 1,379,066 Records and 1,831,788 Images as of 24 June 2014; up 16,887 Records since 15 November 1013.

    BillionGraves Index — Searchable Index — Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site.– There are 7,977,395 Records as of 24 June 2014; up 522,882 records since 28 May 2014.

    Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1915 — Browsable Images — Probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 819,700 Images as of 25 June 2014.

    Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — 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 records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.– There are 3,271,252 Records and 1,183,405 Images as of 27 June 2014; up 487,117 records and 19,519 images since 25 April 2014.

    Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 — Browsable Images — Obituary file from the Crawford County Genealogical Society in Galion, Ohio.– There are 127,017 Images as of 30 June 2014; up 25,819 images since 4 June 2012.

    [NEW] Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996 — Browsable Images — Probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county. – There are 6,995,866 Images as of 1 July 2014.

    [NEW] Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 — Browsable Images — Newspaper clippings collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. – There are 3,200,560 Images as of 3 July 2014.

    Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922, 1959-1994 — Searchable Index — Name index of deaths recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915. Records for 1959-1994 are only for Chicago.– There are 2,183,464 Records as of 10 July 2014; up 751,805 records as of 29 April 2010.

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    Ancestry.com to Release 2nd Quarter Results Followed by Conferece Call and Live Webcast

    Ancestry.com posted the following release on July 9th:

    Ancestry.com LLC to Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

    PROVO, Utah, July 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its second quarter 2014 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

    A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com.  Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 315-625-6887approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

    The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com, under Events and Presentations.

    About Ancestry.com

    Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 14 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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    Family Roots Publishing On the Move – Update

    This is just a quick note to let folks now that the Meitzler family, as well as the Family Roots Publishing business, is now fully in the process of the move from Bountiful Utah to Orting, Washington. We are now in Orting, and we are finally getting the computer systems up and running. Phone service is expected to be fully operational by Monday, July 14. Watch the FRPC website, as well as this blog for the new number. FRPC shipments of products purchased from June 26 on will be made on July 15, from Orting, Washington.

    Thanks for all your support.

    Leland, Patty, Dale and Tara

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    Mocavo Acquired by Findmypast / DC Thomson Family History

    June 22, 2014 – The following news release was received from Cliff Shaw, founder of Mocavo.com:

    Today is an exciting day for genealogists everywhere as we’re announcing that Mocavo has been acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. This is a groundbreaking development for the industry and a major turning point in Mocavo’s quest to bring all the world’s historical information online for free. The wonderful folks at DC Thomson Family History share our vision of the future of family history, and we couldn’t be more excited to join them.

    For the past few years, the Mocavo team and I have dedicated ourselves to bringing innovation and competition to an industry that is sorely lacking in both. From the very beginning of Mocavo’s history, we had this burning desire to figure out how to organize all of the historical information disparately spread across the Web. Not long ago, even with a hard-working and incredibly talented team, our service wasn’t resonating with users and our business wasn’t working. In October of last year, we decided to do something audacious and bold – something never before tried in the industry. We launched our Free Forever revolution and this became the day when Mocavo’s soul was born. Everything turned around once we put a stake in the ground and stood for free genealogy (and now Mocavo is growing rapidly, putting more than 1,000 free databases online every single day and more users discovering us than ever). We have our loyal and supportive users to thank more than anyone!

    One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that we’re putting the complete US Census index online for free (forever!), making us the first commercial provider in history to ever do this. Search the United States Federal Census Now.

    The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting as we bring together two companies with enormous resources, content, and technology to bring you more of what you love. I’ll also note that nothing on either site will be going away – just getting better (and quickly!).

    Lastly, we could not have done this without the support of our loyal community members. We appreciate your dedication and patience, and we look forward to helping you discover even more of your family’s story.

    Best regards,
    Cliff Shaw, Founder

    Just in case you were wondering…
    Is Mocavo’s Free Forever movement going away?

    Not remotely. It’s only getting better. As part of our commitment, we’re now putting the US Census index online for free. No commercial provider has ever done that in the history of this industry, and we’re just getting started.

    What will change about Mocavo?
    Mocavo and Findmypast will only get better as we merge an enormous amount of technology with vast amounts of content (and great people on both teams).

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    Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

    The following is from APG:

    APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

    WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 June 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2014 for attendance at the APG PMC 2015, which will take place in Salt Lake City on 8–9 January 2015.

    “It is exciting to see so many young people involved in genealogy, and we are thrilled to be able to support an up-and-coming professional genealogist with this scholarship,” said Kimberly T. Powell, APG President. “Our APG Professional Management Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the business of genealogy and explore advanced genealogical topics, while networking with other professionals. We look forward to receiving many applications.”

    APG Youth Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

    Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2014. This is open to a student, young professional, young parents, military personnel, home school, and currently employed individuals. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.
    Applications should contain the following: name; address; main contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicant’s interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

    1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

    2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

    See the blog posting at www.apgen.org for the application. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 22 July 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at admin@apgen.org.

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    FindMyPast Buys Origins.net

    The following press release is from Myko Clelland. Content Lead, DC Thomson Family History:

    FINDMYPAST BUYS ORIGINS.NET

    London, UK, June 17, 2014. Findmypast.co.uk, the leading British family history company, announced today that it has bought Origins.net, one of the early pioneers of online records.

    The first company to set up a pay-as you-go model for online family history records, Origins.net specialises in unusual and often hard to find British and Irish records. Its many early records include rare marriage indexes, apprentices and poor law records. Another key strength is its National Wills Index, which, combined with collections currently on Findmypast and those in development, will provide the largest online resource for UK wills and probate material.

    Origins will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Findmypast. Ian Galbraith, founder of Origins, will continue to work with Findmypast on collection development. The extensive record sets from Origins will be brought into Findmypast over the next few months and the Origins website will continue to run as usual.

    Elaine Collins, Partnership Director of Findmypast said: “We are delighted to bring Origins and its founder, Ian Galbraith, into the Findmypast group of family history brands. By joining together, we are able to offer customers the most comprehensive collection of British and Irish online records. This rich collection will help descendants of early North American settlers to bridge the gap to the old country, as well as anyone with UK ancestry looking to delve beyond 19th and 20th century records.”

    Ian Galbraith, founder of Origins, said: “The partnership with Findmypast makes perfect sense for both companies and their customers. We have had a long association and together we can offer a broader family history experience and help people to fill in the blanks on the family tree and enrich their family story.”

    About Findmypast
    Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. With more than 1.8 billion records online, Findmypast offers access to military, census, immigration, education, occupation, and parish records from around the world. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, the company won the competitive bid to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online from The National Archives. Findmypast is the leading brand in the DC Thomson Family History portfolio.

    About Origins
    Origins.net pioneered the provision of web access to genealogical data, starting in 1997 with Scotland’s official births, marriages and deaths records, in partnership with the General Register Office for Scotland. This was the UK’s first governmental ecommerce service and the first time pay-per-view had been used on the web. The Origins approach to this service has been followed by nearly all subsequent online services of this type. Origins has since specialised in providing access for the family historian to very rich but less well known and hard-to-get material, including apprenticeship records, poor law records and, especially, probate records. In 2010, in association with the British Record Society, Origins launched the National Wills Index (www.nationalwillsindex.com), a collaborative project to create a single, dedicated, online resource for pre-1858 probate material for England. The National Wills Index website, developed and hosted by Origins, is the most extensive online resource for English probate material, and contains indexes, abstracts and digitised images of probate documents from all over England.

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    United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 13 June 2014

    Some of our all time most popular articles are the five U.S. and Canadian vital records database lists for FamilySearch.org. We try and keep these lists updated, and we normally post those updates in a separate article. For various reasons, we fell behind for a time. Part of the problem, is we came to discover FamilySearch.org had updated all their database links. Instead of just trying to update our lists, we decided to give the who thing an overhall.

    In the process of updating and cleaning our lists, we also standardized on the naming and formatting of all five lists. As there are so many databases noted in our five lists, it has taken a little over two months to complete, but we are done.

    We first posted updates to the birth, marriage, and death database lists back on 1 April 2014. The the state census and school tax list was complete on 3 May 2014. Finally, the revamp of the Canadian vital records databases was completed today.

    The databases listed below are the updates to the Unites States records lists since 1 April and 3 May. Thus, at this point all five databases are up to date as of 13 June, 2014.

    In addition, we have added a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Updates and links will appear regularly in the blog as well as on this new page. Here are the five links as they have appeared in the past, and will continue to do so in the future:

     

    Most recent up dates since April and May to United States lists:

    Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of vital records, naturalization index, land index and probate records from the clerk of court, clerk and recorder offices in Choteau. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 117,351 Images as of 9 April 2014; up 19,083 images from 26 December 2013.

    California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985-2011 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituary card file indexes created from local newspapers. The card files for 1985-2002, 2003-2006 and 1986-2011 are located at the Oakland Family History Center. This collection is being published as images become available. — There are 738 Records as of 10 April 2014.

    Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1977-2010 — Browsable Images — Newspaper clippings collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. – There are 122,063 Images as of 11 April 2014.

    [NEW] Arkansas, Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Records, 1867-2013 — Searchable Index —Images of cemetery records including burial and lot sales books and 3 x 5 index burial cards. – There are 25,618 Records as of 16 April 2014.

    Delaware Vital Records, 1680-1971 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 1,974,520 Images as of 24 April 2014; up 476,907 images since 18 March 2014.

    Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — 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 records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.– There are 2,784,135 Records and 1,163,886 Images as of 25 April 2014; up 146,461 images since 22 October 2013.

    Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935 — Searchable Index — Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. This collection is 80% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 2,152,718 Records as of 2 May 2014; up 139,525 records since 7 November 2012.

    [NEW] New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959  Browsable Images —Images of marriage certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name. – There are 96,581 Images as of 2 May 2014.

    Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriages recorded in the State of Michigan between 1868 and 1925. In some instances, marriages were celebrated and recorded in a county different from the county where the marriage license was issued.– There are 1,533,863 Records and 116,995 Images as of 26 February 2013; up 49,063 images since 9 May 2014.

    Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1930 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers.– There are 410,112 Records and 483,210 Images as of 9 May 2014; up 286,693 records and 359,550 images since 2 November 2010.

    California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index of marriage records including a number of different type of documents such as licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, stubs, etc. Currently this collection is 99% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. Not all indexed names will have a viewable record image due to contractual agreements.– There are 1,911,081 Records and 2,480,495 Images as of 12 May 2014; up 227628 images since 20 December 2012.

    North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,044,146 Records and 466,344 Images as of 12 May 2014; up 125,264 images since 26 March 2014.

    New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Currently this collection is 100% complete. Due to contract restrictions some images from the following counties may not be available for view: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union, and Warren.– There are 300,071 Records and 90,538 Images as of 14 May 2014; up 33,799 images since 2 April 2012.

    District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 87% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 664,774 Records and 293,832 Images as of 14 May 2014; up 7,888 images since 26 March 2014.

    Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes civil marriage records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include registers, affidavits and marriage licenses. In some instances, divorce records are recorded with marriages.– There are 2,246,248 Records and 1,900,516 Images as of 15 May 2014; up 13,566 images since 30 January 2014.

    Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes records created in King County, Washington during 1941 and 1942 for people who applied for delayed birth certificates. Delayed certificates can be issued for people whose birth was not recorded at the time of the event. The records were created in the 1940s but the actual births occurred earlier.– There are 5,631 Records and 30,969 Images as of 15 May 2014; up 8,262 images since 18 April 2012.

    Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 1,566,937 Records and 1,121,901 Images as of 15 May 2014; up 9,292 images since 31 October 2012.

    Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008 — Browsable Images — This collection contains burial applications, obituaries, lot books, interment documents, mausoleum records, and plot maps from the Historic Hollywood Cemetery near downtown Houston. It is being published as images become available.– There are 41,543 Images as of 16 May 2014; up 600 images since 16 November 2012.

    Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.– There are 2,442,468 Records and 1,864,418 Images as of 19 May 2014; up 4,493 images since 28 June 2012.

    [NEW]Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 — Searchable Index —Compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties. – There are 354,301 Records as of 20 May 2014.

    Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of catholic church records from the Bishop of Chicago. Some indexes go beyond 1925.– There are 107,678 Records and 295,723 Images as of 27 May 2014; up 107,678 records since 12 April 2013.

    BillionGraves Index — Searchable Index — Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site.– There are 7,454,513 Records as of 28 May 2014; up 1,328,601 records since 20 March 2014.

    Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of county marriage records for Minnesota. Currently the following counties are represented in this collection: Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Kanabec.– There are 404,879 Records and 585,021 Images as of 28 May 2014; up 122,410 records since 25 March 2014.

    New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of the Swann Vital Records Collection from the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan, New York. A collection of compiled genealogy, newspaper clippings, bible pages, and family records. The Society named the collection after Frank L. Swann (1894-1987) who was the Yates County Historian from 1956 to 1980. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.– There are 82,444 Records and 87,588 Images as of 6 June 2014; up 18,497 records since 21 March 2014.

    Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1876 — Browsable Images — Index and digital images of extant state and territorial censuses for early counties in Missouri. This collection includes records from the Missouri State Archives and from FamilySearch. Images and index data will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 12,283 Images as of 29 May 2014; up 4,212 images since 7 February 2014.

    [NEW] Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948 — Browsable Images —Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Barron County (1910-1930), Bayfield County (1874-1919), Door County (1862-1938), Dunn County (1858-1940), Fond du Lac County (1848-1948), Green County (1848-1885), Jackson County (1897-1935), La Crosse County (1877-1935), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933), and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 1,325,826 Images as of 24 January 2014.

    [NEW] Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1881 — Browsable Images —Probate estate files of Worcester County located at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. The collection is being published as images become available..– There are 299,801 Images as of 16 May 2014.

    [NEW] Utah, Utah County Records, 1856-1920— Browsable Images —Images of naturalization, land and death records located at the Utah County Records Center in Spanish Fork. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 90,000 Images as of 23 May 2014.

    [NEW] New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 — Browsable Images — Name index of death certificates and records of death from 1889 – 1945. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers.– There are 14,045,639 Records as of 28 May 2014.

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    Family Roots Publishing Co. Moving Sale Enters a New Phase

    Since making the announcement of the move of Family Roots Publishing from Bountiful, Utah to Orting, Washington, FRPC has been running sales on selected books and CDs available at the Family Roots Publishing website. The discounts of the sale prices are substantial, running from 30 to 70%.

    Friday, June 13, was the last day FRPC posted NEW sales for a bit, in that the energies of those involved have switched from the time-consuming task of inventorying and posting sale items to packing books, equipment, shelving, and househould goods for transfer to Orting. Shipping and updating of available sale items will continue on a daily basis as most of the move is made (with brief exceptions which will be announced as they happen). Posting of NEW sale items is expected to continue within the next week to three weeks, dependent on time available. Those items already posted will continue to ship as long as they haven’t sold out.

    Note that this is an Internet sale only. Please don’t call FRPC to make purchases, as in most cases there is no one available at the phones to take calls. If urgent contact with FRPC is needed, please email Lmeitzler@gmail.com, which Leland has access to by mobile phone.

    Following is a listing of the updated sale announcements made thus far. Check them out for some great deals!

    Selected Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin & West Virginia Books 30-60% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected Irish, Italian, Polish, Romanian & Armenian Books 30-60% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey & Vermont Books 30-60% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected Australia, British: England, Scotland & Wales and Nobility Books 30-70% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky & Louisiana Books 30-60% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee & Texas Books 30-60% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected Canada, Caribbean, Central America, French, Hungary, Scandinavian, Ukrainian & Other Titles 30-40% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected Writing, Interviewing, Photography, Pictures, Professional Genealogy & Military Books 30-50% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Selected, Computers & Internet, Taxes, Courthouse, Dictionaries, Organizing & Misc. Books 30-80% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

    Note that occasionally FRPC employees have found that they have run out of items which were still posted as available. This has happened when FRPC didn’t get the items pulled down fast enough once the items ran out. When this happens, the customer’s credit card will be issued a refund for the items sold, but no longer available. This issue isn’t common, but has happened a number of times.

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    APG Professional Achievement Award – Nominations Due June 22

    The following is from Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director. Association of Professional Genealogists

    APG Professional Achievement Award
    Call for Nominations – Due 22 June 2014

    APG’s Professional Achievement Award will be presented at the APG luncheon to be held Saturday, August 30, at the FGS Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

    The award honors an APG member with a record of exceptional professional achievement and contributions to the field of genealogy through individual excellence and ethical behavior in published research, public presentations, innovative organization leadership, writing or editing, or successful business achievement by creating valuable products or services. The winner will be a professional who has demonstrated a commitment to advance and promote the highest standards in the field.

    Nominees must have been an APG member in good standing for at least one year. Nominees not selected in a previous year remain eligible for nomination. Past recipients are:

    • 2007 – Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
    • 2008 – Sandra Luebking
    • 2009 – Lou Szucs
    • 2010 – Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
    • 2011 – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
    • 2012 – Janet Robyn Worthington, JP, NZRN, Dip. FHS, FSAG
    • 2013 – Helen F.M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), CGL, FASG, FNGS

    The Awards Committee invites APG members and APG Chapters to submit nominations to Kathleen W. Hinckley, Executive Director, at admin@apgen.org.

    Nominations should include a written statement describing the nominees contributions to genealogy and APG. The Awards Committee will recommend a winner to the Executive Committee.

    DEADLINE: 22 June 2014

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    London & Northern Ireland Military Newspaper Editions from World War II to Debut On Stars and Stripes’ Online Archive

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    Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 Stars and Stripes first launched its digital archive in 2008 with over 1.0 million newspaper pages spanning 1948 through 1999. Fittingly, the World War II editions will begin to become available on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

    Originally established in London in 1942 for American military service members, the newspaper staff arrived on the Normandy beaches as part of the D-Day landing. Beginning June 6, editions from London (1942-1945) and Northern Ireland (1943-1945) will be available at Stars and Stripes Newspaper Archives, created in partnership with NewspaperArchive.com.

    The newspaper followed the Allies’ success up from Africa and across Europe into Germany, where its European headquarters is now in Kaiserslautern. Over 30 different editions were produced during the World War II. The Africa and Mediterranean editions (including the invasion of Italy) are planned for release in September 2014, followed by the editions through the end of the war, which are expected to release in December, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

    Read the Ress Release at the PR Web site.

    Thanks to ResearchBuzz.com for the heads-up.

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    Hotel Reservations Open for the 2015 FGS and RootsTech Conferences

    The following is the the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

    Book Your Room Today

    June 6, 2014 – Austin, TX. Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech conferences, which will be held February 11–14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

    The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, and Hilton Salt Lake City Center will offer reduced rates to attendees of both conferences. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Conference rates will be honored for reservation dates February 7 – 19, 2015. Reservations must be made by January 13, 2015 to receive the conference rates.

    Rooms will be in high demand. Reserve yours now through the FGS conference website at http://www.fgsconference.org/2015/lodging.

    Registration for both conferences will open in late August 2014. For additional information about the FGS conference visit www.FGSconference.org/2015.

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    Ancestry.com Focuses on Core Offerings

    I was not at all surprised when Ancestry.com made their announcement last week that they were “retiring” a number of their services, specifically MyFamily, MyCanvas, Genealogy.com, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Honestly, I’m surprised that it took them this long on a number of them. The announcement was made over a week ago, but I am just now getting around to blogging about it, having been distracted by our move from Utah to Washington State. Following is their announcement:

    We’re proud of the variety of products we’ve created over the years that enable people to discover, preserve and share their family history. We recognize that there are a lot of ways that we, as a company, can make family history easier, more accessible and more fun for people all over the world. And we’re continually innovating to make it a reality.

    We’re always looking to focus our efforts in a way that provide the most impact, while also delivering the best service and best product experience to users. To that end, we’ve decided to retire some of our services: MyFamily, MyCanvas, Genealogy.com, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.

    Starting September 5, 2014, these services will no longer be available to access. Genealogy.com is the exception to the rule, and will continue in a slightly different form. If you are an active member or subscriber to one of these services, you will be contacted directly with details of how to transition the information you’ve created using these services.

    We know these services have provided value to you. We think they’re pretty cool too, which is why this wasn’t an easy decision for us to make. In the end, it came down to priorities and we think our core offerings are a great place to spend our time and resources.

    So here’s to revolutionizing family history, focusing on providing the best product experience we can offer and to the limitless possibilities that lie before us.

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