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AncestryDNA Launches New Technology Called New Ancestor Discoveries

A few days ago, AncestryDNA launched a new program called New Ancestor Discoveries. I’ve been swamped with the editing of several new books and Insta-Guides that are about to launch at FRPC and have just now gotten time to check it out.

I got an email from Ancestry saying that I had matches in the new program. It seems that there’s a good chance (70% or better) I’m descended from or related to two folks I’d never heard of.


Based on DNA tests that I’ve had done with Ancestry, there are connections and online trees for 157 folks with whom I have a 4th cousin or better relationship. I recognize a lot of these folks, so the technology does work. We’ve come a long way in the 35 years since I started to actively research!

According to a note from my friend, Anna Swayne, with Ancestry DNA, the following points are what make this latest New Ancestor Discoveries technology exciting:

DNA Circles will now include anyone in your tree not only direct ancestral lines. For example, if you are genetically related to members of your 3rd great-granduncle’s DNA Circle and you have him in your tree we will now include you into that DNA Circle.

  • DNA Circle graph is now included in all DNA Circles and New Ancestor Discoveries
  • The orange lines represent DNA and the common ancestor connection between each individual in the DNA Circle
    • The thickness of the lines are determined by the strength of the connection

We changed the way family groups are displayed in the DNA connection page

  • If you belong to a family unit (family unit consists of 1st cousin relationships or closer) we will roll you up under the name of the most common ancestor.
    • For example, you, and your three 1st cousins were tested we would wrap your “family unit” up under your grandparent in common and the display the name of that common ancestor.

The Ancestor Page is new to all DNA Circle members

  • It is only accessible from the DNA Circle or New Ancestor Discovery experience
  • Have an all access pass with a subscription to see photos, records, and facts about this particular ancestor
    • Information from this page is compiled from public member trees

The following is the press release from Ancestry:

Latest Breakthrough in Consumer Genetics Connects People to Ancestors Dating Back to the 1700s Using Just Their DNA

PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – April 02, 2015) – AncestryDNA, the leader in DNA testing for family history, today launched a significant technological advancement that makes discovering one’s family history faster and easier than ever. Now with the easy-to-use AncestryDNA test, customers will have the unique ability to find their ancestors, who lived hundreds of years ago, using just their DNA. Only possible through the groundbreaking work of the AncestryDNA science team, New Ancestor Discoveries is a technical innovation that combines the latest in genetic science, new patent-pending algorithms, and access to AncestryDNA’s extensive database to push the boundaries of human genetics, and help people find ancestors from their past using just a DNA test, no genealogy research required.

“This is the biggest advancement in family history since we introduced our Hint feature, the Ancestry shaky leaf, which scours billions of historical records to automatically find new information about your family,” said Tim Sullivan CEO of Ancestry. “Now, through a simple DNA test, AncestryDNA is fundamentally revolutionizing the way to discover your family history, transforming the experience by making it faster and easier to go further into your family’s past, and instantly discover new ancestors you never knew you had.”


New Ancestor Discoveries are revealed through a unique combination of AncestryDNA results and the millions of family trees shared by Ancestry members. First, living cousins of each AncestryDNA member are found and organized into family networks, called DNA Circles, which bring together groups of people who are genetically related to the same ancestor. When a new AncestryDNA customer is connected into that DNA Circle, it’s likely they also share that same ancestor. As a result, it is now possible to simply take the AncestryDNA test and see the name of an ancestor from your family’s past appear in your DNA results.

“It is effectively a shortcut through time — you take the test today and we tell you who your ancestors were, for example, in the 1700s. You don’t need to research records or build a family tree — AncestryDNA now transports you to the past,” said Dr. Ken Chahine, SVP and GM of AncestryDNA. “It’s a combination of three things that allowed us to achieve this breakthrough innovation: 1) millions of family trees created by Ancestry members, 2) the fastest growing genetic database in the world, currently with more than 800,000 genotyped members and 3) a dedicated team of scientists who are pushing the boundaries of genetics and statistics to help people make family history discoveries in ways never before possible.”

Discovering new ancestors is made simple. Customers just provide a small saliva sample for the AncestryDNA test, which reads a person’s genetic code at more than 700,000 DNA markers. Mail it back where it will be analyzed and compared alongside 65 million family trees and more than 800,000 genotyped AncestryDNA members. Results are available within six to eight weeks, including new possible ancestors, accompanied by historical narratives of their lives that can include photos, locations, and life events available to Ancestry members.

With this latest innovation, AncestryDNA will open the door to a whole new segment of consumers that may be interested in family history but don’t know how or don’t have the time to search records or build a family tree. It will also meet the needs of experienced genealogists, who may need new genetic connections to their ancestors to help break through dead-ends in their research that historical records alone cannot.

AncestryDNA is now connecting people to ancestors from significant periods of time and from all around the world, including Colonial America, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy and more. Extending beyond the initial discovery of these ancestors, with a subscription to Ancestry, members can dig into the rich story of those ancestors’ lives through historical documents, photos, and insights from the events that shaped the times in which they lived.

To learn more about the new AncestryDNA experience, visit

About DNA, LLC
About DNA, LLC. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of LLC. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual’s DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people’s ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit

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Ancestry to Announce 1st Quarter Financials April 22, 2015

The following news release is from Globe Newswire:

PROVO, Utah, April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its first quarter 2015 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 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 website, Participants can also access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the website,, under Events and Presentations.

About is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 65 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site and its affiliated international websites. offers a suite of online family history brands, including,,, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which along with its core Ancestry websites, are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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Bundle of 6 British Guidebooks for 75% Off – Now Through April 20, 2015!


Family Roots Publishing has bundled 6 British research titles, and discounted them 75% from the original MSRP. See the items listed below. The books are also discounted 30% as individual titles. Click on the links for more information. Use your backarrow to come back to this page.

Genealogical Resources in English Repositories, by Joy Wade Moulton, was designed to provide “genealogists and historians with…information on resources in the key repositories in England. It categorizes manuscript records, as well as printed, transcribed and microfilm materials, with respect to their contents, and in most instances, lists covering dates.” Originally intended to help Americans find ancestral information. County listings represent the bulk of the information. Each county opens with a short review of local geographical and political/administrative boundary changes made over the years. The listing of each library, archive, records office, or other repository is complete with address (mostly likely not changed over the years), phone number (possibly changed over the years), and holdings of genealogical value (which most likely have only expanded over the years). Publications of possible interest are also listed.

Please note that there have been significant changes in the PRO over the years, and it might be necessary to use Google to locate the exact location of some records listed within this volume. While this book predates web usage as we know it today (including Google), is still serves as a great one-stop listing for finding genealogically important holding in England. Think of running a search at Google for English repositories, then reducing the results to an accurate, non-repeating listing of resources and then printing those results with a listing of holdings at each repository. That pretty well describes Genealogical Resources in English Repositories. Each book comes with a 1992 and 1996 update supplement. Just having the names of the various repositories gives the reader the name to search for when using the Internet. Read a full review of the book by clicking here. Use your backarrow to return to this page.
Hardcover; with two paper supplements; 648 pp; 6.25×9.25; Published: 1988 (1992); ISBN 0944485006; Item # CF3924

Lists of Londoners, Second Edition; by Jeremy Gibson and Heather Creaton
This is a guide to manuscript lists and indexes of people who lived or worked in London during various time periods. A collaboration between the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Federation of Family History Societies, it identifies unpublished indexes held in London record offices, local libraries, and family history societies. While a complete breakdown of the type of lists contained in the work would be somewhat excessive, we can point out several that are typical: parish records, marriages, wills, gravestones, censuses, taxes, oaths, and voters’ lists, among others. Entries typically include the title of the index, a rough estimate of the total number of names included in the index, and the abbreviated name of the compiler or holding institution (full names and addresses are given at the beginning of the book). For those researching elusive London ancestors, this is a magnificent aid.
Paper, 39pp, 1997, ISBN: 9780806315638, Item #GPC2193

Electoral Registers Since 1832; and Burgess Rolls, Second Edition; by Jeremy S. W. Gibson and Colin Rogers
Published annually since 1832, electoral registers list the names and addresses of everyone entitled to vote, noting the qualifications which brought each voter onto the register, such as current residence or ownership of property. During most of the 19th century the printed registers were arranged in alphabetical order by constituency, while later they were arranged in street order by parish. Thus they are used widely by genealogists as a tool to locate individuals in the various decennial censuses. Until now there has never been a guide showing just where these amazingly informative lists can be consulted, but this present work redresses that problem and provides a county-by-county inventory of published electoral registers held in libraries and record offices throughout Britain.
Paper, 60pp, 1990 (reprinted 2001), ISBN: 9780806312866, Item #: GPC2187

The Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, and Other Contemporary Listings; by Jeremy Gibson and Alan Dell
The Protestation–a form of oath of loyalty–was initiated by the House of Commons to determine the number of Roman Catholics in England and to defend the Protestant religion from all forms of “Popery.” Taken in 1641-1642, these Protestation Returns are the nearest there is (for the next two hundred years) to a widespread census of adult males. Surviving Returns, located today in the House of Lords Record Office, exist for about one-third of all English parishes. In alphabetical order by county, and therein by parishes and hundreds, this book provides an exhaustive list of all such Returns, also giving a list of published Protestation Returns. In addition, other contemporary records are itemized here, including the following: The Collection in Aid of Distressed Protestants in Ireland; The Covenants and Petitions to Parliament; and Taxation Records (Subsidy, Poll Tax, and Assessment or Grant). Taking account of all the records covered, this is an extremely important guide to name lists of the early 1640s.
Paper, 83pp, 1995, ISBN: 9780806315645, Item #: GPC2194

Bishops’ Transcripts and Marriage Licenses, Bonds and Allegations, A Guide to Their Location and Indexes, Fourth Edition, by Jeremy Gibson
This is a guide to the location of Bishops’ Transcripts and of the records connected with the issuance of marriage licenses in England, Wales, and Ireland, such as Bonds and Allegations. Also included are abstracts, calendars, and indexes to marriage licenses, published or not, and when these are lacking there is an indication of the arrangement of the surviving documents. English marriage records were maintained in a wide variety of ecclesiastical courts. Anyone searching for marriage records prior to 1837, when civil registration was introduced, will find this simplified guide to be of inestimable value. This new edition includes maps of ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
Paper, 56pp, 1997, ISBN: 9780806315690, Item #: GPC2176

The Growth of British Education and Its Records, 1st Edition by Colin R. Chapman. The\is book is an historical description of education and the present whereabouts of its records in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Every type of school imaginable is covered; including, universities, reformatories, military and adult academies. Schools were run or governed by the State, by charities, by endowments, by religious bodies of all denominations, by professional institutions and by individuals. The surviving documents, notes, and records for student admissions and attendances, teachers’ log books, reports, honors and awards, punishments, accounts and managers’ and governors’ meetings are all potentially help to family, social and educational historians.
Paoer, 76 pp; ISBN: 1873686013; Item # A0061

The collection is all specifically directed at researching British Ancestors – most of the info dealing with English research. These 6 books sell individually for anywhere from $7.50 to $45, with a total combined value of $90.00. For a limited time, FRPC is making them available as a “bundle” for 75% off – just $22.50 (plus $8.00 USA p&h).

Order this British Research Bundle today at 75% off!

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RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations


The following is from RootsTech:

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events, that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology.

If you have a desire to help define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, we invite you to download the RootsTech and Innovator Summit Call For Presentation guidelines by clicking HERE. We encourage you to review all the information found in each of the guidelines before submitting.

Presentation submissions will be accepted from June 12 to June 30, 2015, through the Call For Presentations portal on

Presentation Categories

We are seeking presentation proposals for RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events in the following categories:

RootsTech Categories:


  • Finding and Organizing: search strategies, resources, specialized tools and technologies, data mining, information recall, record sourcing, military and time-period research, record types
  • Research and Methodology: land records and surveys, DNA and genetic science, migration patterns, geographical research, ethnic and cultural studies, surname research, beyond-basic skills and resources


  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions, metadata, artifact preservation, digital file formats, legalities and research ownership
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle: cultural arts, food, influential historical events, social customs, pastimes


  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and oral histories, interviewing tools and technologies, preserving stories, photography, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, facial recognition tools

Innovator Summit Categories:

  • Developer: standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, data organization, and so on.
  • Business: funding and investment, start-up success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship

About RootsTech and Innovator Summit
RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections trough technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.

Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create opportunities within the family history and adjacent industries.

Do you know a great presenter?
Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this with him or her.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at RootsTech 2016, please contact us at

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Extreme Genes’ Scott Fisher Helps Find Family of Woman Whose Remains Were Found in Utah

The following was teaser is from an article posted at the April 5, 2015 website.

A well-known Utah radio personality and genealogist used his sleuthing skills to help local cops track down the family of a woman whose remains were found in February, nearly 32 years after she vanished.

Scott Fisher’s exhaustive search to find relatives of Theresa Rose Greaves provided closure to a family left heart-broken when the young woman disappeared in 1983 on her way to a job interview in Salt Lake City.

“I’m an absolute nerd, there’s no question about it. It’s very tedious. To me, it’s trying to complete the puzzle. But when you do it, it’s enormously satisfying,” Fisher, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, “Extreme Genes,” told the Deseret News Sunday.

Read the full article at the site.

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Ancestry Employee Fired for Attempted Record Destruction at Federal Records Center

According to a March 27, 2015 article posted at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, is currently suspended from digitizing 49 million WWII Draft cards at the Federal Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. An Ancestry employee, seemingly running behind on their work, was caught attempting to destroy records. Ancestry is under contract to digitize Federal records at five sites, including St. Louis.

Ancestry fired the employee, but their operations were put on hold. As of the date the article was published, two of the Ancestry contracted digitizing teams were back at work, but three, including the St. Louis Federal Records Center team, were still suspended.

It seems that all the papers were recovered.

Let’s hope Ancestry is able to get a handle on their employee supervision issues, and things get back to normal quickly. There’s a lot at stake here.

For the full story, click here.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 18.3 Million Indexed Records & Images for England, Italy, the UK, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Logo 2014

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 18.3 million indexed records and images for England, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 10,026,835 indexed records and 776,840 images from the England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634–1900 collection; 4,327,810 indexed records from the United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914–1920 collection; and 534,653 images from the Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1926 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 world’s historical 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

England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634–1900 – 10,026,835 – 776,840 – New indexed records and images collection.

Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1926 – 0 – 534,653 – New browsable image collection.

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914–1920 – 4,327,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Probate Records, 1727–1990 – 0 – 365,502 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925–1957 – 168,306 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1866–1956 – 0 – 2,919 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837–1977 – 1,267,379 – 464,964 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Texas, World War I Records, 1917–1920 – 0 – 400,918 – New browsable image collection.

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Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery


A few weeks ago I received a copy of Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery, by Judith King and Bruce Mathews. Not only is the book informative, but also very attractive. I’d call it a “useful” coffee-table book. The pictures, most taken by Bruce Mathews, are fantastic, but so is the content. Judith King and Bruce Mathews, along with many other contributors, have produced what could very well be the best “cemetery book” I’ve ever seen.

Fifty-five thousand people are buried in Union Cemetery. It was established in 1857, and came by it’s name because it was built on 49 acres of land for the burial of folks from both the town of Westport and Kansas (City).

The volume is loaded with historical and biographical information. Together with Mathew’s photography, it’s not only informational, it’s a good read! I found the stories about the people, events, and even cemetery art to be fascinating.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 – Kansas City’s Oldest Cemetery, by Kevin Fewell
Chapter 2 – Through the Seasons, by Bruce Mathews
Chapter 3 – The Founding of the City, by R. Crosby Kemper III
Chapter 4 – Civl War: A Land Divided, by David W. Jackson
Chapter 5 – Other Wars: Defending Liberty, by John Dillingham
Chapter 6 – That They Not Be Forgotten, by Lynn Mackle
Chapter 7 – Where and How They Lived, by Chris Smart
Chapter 8 – For a Better Community, by Frank McMillan
Chapter 9 – Symbols of Life and Death, by Tom Taylor
Chapter 10 – Legacies, by Bruce Mathews
Chapter 11 – From This Day Forward, by Rachael Blackburn Cozad
Contributing Authors

The volume is sponsored by the Union Cemetery Historical Society, and may be purchased directly from them at 227 East 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108.See:

It is also available at See below.

The volume is in hardcover; 228 pages; 11.5 x 10 inches; and published by Kansas City Star Books; 1st edition (2014); ISBN-13: 978-1611691504. Only $29.95.

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Library of Congress Acquires Rare Civil War Stereographs

The following is from News from the Library of Congress:


March 31, 2015: Selection of Images Now Online

The Library of Congress has acquired 540 rare and historic Civil War stereographs from the Robin G. Stanford Collection. The first 77 images are now online, including 12 stereographs of President Lincoln’s funeral procession through several cities and 65 images by Southern photographers showing South Carolina in 1860-61.

The images can be viewed in this gallery within the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. More images will be added each month, until all are online.

The Library of Congress acquired the collection through a purchase/gift from Robin G. Stanford of Houston, Texas. During the past 40 years, Stanford has collected stereographs of both the Civil War and Texas. Through the assistance of the Center for Civil War Photography and retired Library of Congress curator Carol Johnson, the Library was allowed to select images that significantly improve its representation of the war and of life in mid-19th-century America. The center has also funded the digitizing of the first group of stereographs.

“I’m delighted that the Library of Congress has agreed to acquire my collection,” said Stanford. “I feel that the Library is the perfect home for the images, an ultra-safe and secure place where they will be fully accessible, not only now, but for future generations to come.”

Helena Zinkham, chief of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, said “Mrs. Stanford offered the Library an exceptional opportunity to fill key gaps in our holdings by making available selections from her unparalleled collection of American Civil War stereographs.”

The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division is a premiere research center for access to original Civil War pictures. But most of the documentary photographs were made by such master Northern photographers as Alexander Gardner and the Mathew Brady Studio.

“We have critical gaps in our Southern stereographs and in images by local photographers in both North and South. The Stanford Collection can provide scenes with slaves in 1860 South Carolina, views in Louisiana and Texas, rare coverage of naval and land battles, small Pennsylvania battlefront towns and much more,” said Zinkham. “The Library has long sought to expand its coverage of the war. At the start of the Civil War 150th anniversary years, the Liljenquist Collection brought remarkable portraiture of enlisted men, both Confederate and Union. As the anniversary years conclude, the Stanford Collection adds rare views of the South made by the people who lived there. Together, these collections can fuel new research for years to come.”

The 77 images now online include 12 from Lincoln’s funeral procession through cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Springfield, Illinois. The images show the president’s casket in elaborate open-air hearses that passed through the main streets of the cities; buildings draped in mourning bunting; and crowds lined up to see the procession.

The other 65 images are stereograph photos taken by James M. Osborn and Frederick E. Durbec, who operated a photography business, “Osborn & Durbec’s Southern Stereoscopic & Photographic Depot” on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina, from about 1859 to1863. The stereo photos show scenes from South Carolina in 1860-61, including slaves living and working at Rockville Plantation; Fort Sumter after bombardment; Fort Moultrie; and the Charleston Battery.

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division holds more than 15 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day. International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich array of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history. For more information, visit

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at

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About Kentucky’s Land Records

This article is by my good friend, William Dollarhide:

The following is based on information in the new Kentucky Name Lists book:

The original lands of Kentucky were inherited from Virginia when Kentucky became a state in 1792. The Kentucky Land Office was established soon after, acquiring record copies of all of the original Virginia land grants issued since 1774 in the area of old Fincastle County, Virginia. The Kentucky Land Office is still the keeper of the original land records and is a great resource for genealogical research in Kentucky. Information from the Kentucky Land Office webpage: “In Kentucky, land is allocated via the patenting process. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office is the repository for all records pertaining to patents issued within the Kentucky boundary, including those issued by the state of Virginia prior to Kentucky’s statehood in 1792. This website contains searchable databases and information regarding military warrants issued for service in the French and Indian War, Lord Dunmore’s War and the Revolutionary War; non-military warrants and the resulting patents and a number of other databases. For additional information about Kentucky land records and related topics, please visit the Land Office’s Online Resources page, which houses materials that will aid researchers in their study of the Kentucky land patenting process and Land Office databases. If you would like to obtain copies of records maintained by the Land Office, please print and return or submit online a Land Office Order Form. Prepayment is not required; an invoice will be included when your order is returned to you. Please feel free to contact us about your research.” See the KY Name Lists book (page KY-6) for a screen print of the search form for Kentucky Land Patents. For the Land Office Contact Form, see

Included in the new Kentucky Name Lists book (page KY-2), is a map and description of the last Indian Cessions of land within the present state of Kentucky.


Indian Cessions – Tennessee & Kentucky, a part of Map No. 54, “Tennessee and Portions of Bordering States,” in Indian Land Cessions in the United States, compiled by Charles C. Royce, published by the Government Printing Office in 1899. To download the full map or find information about the text for the numbered cessions, see The importance of understanding the areas and time periods of Indian Cessions in the U.S. is to know where and when it was possible for legal white settlement to take place. Although squatters were known to invade areas not yet ceded by the Indians, no one was permitted to purchase land until the area had been officially ceded by treaty with the various Indian tribes. Included on the map above are four numbered Indian Cession areas extending from Tennessee into Kentucky. Refer to the numbered cessions, Indian tribes, cession years, and descriptions of the areas below:

● Cession No. 3 (Cherokee, 1785), including the present towns of Nashville, Carthage, and Byrdstown, Tennessee; and Albany, Burkesville, and Monticello, Kentucky.

● Cession No. 55 (Chickasaw, 1805), an area between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers to the Ohio River, including a narrow stretch into Kentucky.

● Cession No. 57 (Cherokee, 1805), an area including the present towns of Waverly, McMinnville, Sparta, and Huntsville, Tennessee; to an area including Williamsburg and Pineville, Kentucky.

● Cession No. 100 (Chickasaw, 1818), the western parts of Tennessee and Kentucky lying between the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers. The Tennessee portion included the present towns of Memphis, Dyersburg, and Paris, Tennessee; and the Kentucky portion included the present towns of Murray, Mayfield, and Paducah, Kentucky. Although the region was purchased by the U.S. Government, title to the land fell to the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, two state land states. The Tennessee portion of Cession No. 100 is simply called West Tennessee. The Kentucky portion of Cession No. 100, is referred to as The Jackson Purchase. In Kentucky, the Jackson Purchase included both military tracts and public tracts, as specified by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1820. The entire area was surveyed using the US Rectangular System with townships, ranges, and sections. The public land was then sold in quarter sections (160 acre parcels). The Jackson Purchase region was the only part of Kentucky not surveyed with the colonial Metes and Bounds system of land measurement it had inherited from Virginia in the 1770s.

For more information, see
Kentucky Name Lists: Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes, 1773-2000, by William Dollarhide.
Kentucky Name Lists (PDF)
Online Kentucky Name Lists, a 4-page laminated Insta-Guide
Online Kentucky Name Lists (PDF)

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Ernest Thode’s German-English Genealogical Dictionary


The German-English Genealogical Dictionary, by Ernest Thode, has been around for years. I’ve gone through more than one since I got my first in the 1990s. The book is designed for the family researcher who has little or no knowledge of German, but who nevertheless needs to make a translation of German-language documents. The dictionary covers thousands of German terms and defines them in single words or brief phrases. All words, symbols, and abbreviations in the dictionary were chosen on the basis of their association with genealogy, having been noted in church records, civil registration records, family correspondence, genealogical journals, ships’ passenger lists, and emigration records.

Among the many categories of entries included in the dictionary are family relationships, days of the week, map terms, legal terms, cardinal and ordinary numbers, roman numerals, signs of the zodiac, coins, liquid and dry measures, measures of length, place names, historical territories, geographical terms, occupations, titles, military ranks, types of taxes, illnesses, calendar days, male and female given names, heraldry, abbreviations, books of the Bible, and common genealogical words from Danish, Dutch, French, Latin, and Polish.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations
  • German Alphabet with Script Variations
  • German Genealogical Terms
  • Genealogical Symbols
  • Male Given Names – Female Given Names
  • Surnames and Occupations
  • Months / Signs of the Zodiac
  • Planets / Metals/Days of the Week
  • Ordinal Numbers
  • Cardinal Numbers
  • Suffixes
  • Reverse Suffix Index
  • Key to German Dialect Pronunciations
  • Map of Germany 1871-1918
  • Dictionary A-Z – 286 pages

Purchase the book at the FRPC website – or at 5% off as part of an online German-language Newspapers bundle. Click on the links to purchase.

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The U.S. Census Bureau Created an Official Instagram Account

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The following tip sheet was released today by the U.S. Census Bureau:

Today the U.S. Census Bureau created an official Instagram account. The account will provide an outlet for the public to view the story behind the numbers, starting with the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., area. Follow the Census Bureau on Instagram at @u.s.censusbureau.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to the National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The following news release is from the National Archives:


March 24, 2015 – Washington, DC: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This Commission carries out the grants program of the National Archives to increase public access to America’s historical records.

“NHPRC plays a critical role in ensuring our country’s heritage is preserved and made accessible to Americans for generations to come,” said Senator Sullivan. “I’m honored and excited to serve on this important Commission.”

“We are fortunate to have Senator Sullivan serve on the Commission,” said the Archivist. “He brings a wealth of experience to the task, especially his long and distinguished career in the military and public service. We have long been proud of our partnership with the Alaska State Archives and Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board, and Senator Sullivan will add to the Commission’s efforts to connect the American people to our rich archival collections and make us all better stewards of the American record in a digital age.”

Prior to entering the U.S. Senate this January, Sullivan served as Alaska’s Attorney General and Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. He was a judicial clerk for the highest federal and state courts in Alaska. Over the past 21 years, he has served the nation on active duty and in the reserves and is currently an infantry officer and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Sullivan was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a Director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council staff at the White House. After earning a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987, he received a joint law and Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission promotes the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. Since 1964, the NHPRC has awarded $215 million to 5,000 projects in all 50 states and special jurisdictions to preserve historical records, including electronic records, to assist archives through a network of state partners, and to enhance public access through publishing finding aids and collections of historical records in print and digital formats.

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History Professor Dan Feller to be on TV Twice in the Next 10 Days

The following excerpt is from an article posted in March 27, 2015 edition of


[University of Tennessee] History Professor Dan Feller will be on television twice in the next ten days — once as part of C-SPAN’s Lectures in History series and once on the popular cable TV program Who Do You think You Are?

Feller is the editor and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, a multivolume project that is supported by UT, the National Archives, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

C-SPAN came to campus in January to film Feller leading a graduate seminar on Jacksonian democracy. The seven students in the class are all pursuing graduate degrees in US history. The resulting show will air at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, on C-SPAN3. It will be available CSPAN’s video library by Monday.

Read the full article.

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NGS 2016 Family History Conference Call for Papers Closes 1 April 2015

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:


ARLINGTON, VA, 26 MARCH 2015 — Time is running out to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. Speakers and sponsoring organizations must submit their proposals by 1 April 2015. The conference, entitled Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The ethnic makeup of Florida is, and always has been, diverse. Native Americans—including Miccosukees, Choctaw, Creek, Timucua, and Calusa—lived throughout the area, which became known as La Florida after the arrival of Ponce de León in 1513. The Spanish were followed by other groups such as the French, British, Irish, German, and Greeks. The importation of African slaves also affected society in Florida as did the formation of the Seminole alliance. All of these people have left many footprints in time and a rich repository of records to trace our ancestry.

NGS will consider lectures covering the following topics: Florida history (especially early settlements), records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, neighboring areas (i.e., the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina), and migration to, from, and within Florida. The Society will also consider regional topics of interest, including land and military records, especially those pertaining to the Revolutionary War, Indian wars, Civil War, and World War I. Additionally, proposals may cover broader genealogical categories, including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, genetic genealogy, analysis and problem solving, and technology.

Interested individuals and organizations should adhere to NGS guidelines. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website. Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements. All proposals must be submitted by 1 April 2015.

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

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