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Full Lineup of Speakers Announced for RootsTech Family Discovery Day


SALT LAKE CITY, 28 January 2016 — RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today the complete lineup of speakers for its free Family Discovery Day event, which will take place Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This incredible opportunity is specially designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ages 8 and older.

The free one-day event will feature inspirational messages, instructional classes, interactive activities, and exciting entertainment designed to teach LDS families how to find their ancestors, prepare names for temple ordinances, and teach others to do the same. Attendees will also receive access to the Expo Hall, where hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the latest technology and tools. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and FamilySearch will host the event. Families are encouraged to register online at

This year’s event will kick off with an exciting opening family general session featuring newly called apostle Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund. Their daughter, Ashley Renlund, will join them for what will be an inspiring and candid moment with the entire Renlund family. This 45-minute opening session starts at 1 p.m.

Sheri Dew and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson will speak during the family history discussion, which will be an exclusive conversation between best friends. Sheri Dew is the executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation and the CEO of Deseret Book Company. Sister Wendy Watson Nelson is the wife of President Russell M. Nelson and was a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. They will share their life experiences with family history during this 45-minute session, which starts at 2 p.m.

Primary General President Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Young Men General President Brother Stephen W. Owen will speak during the family session. Sister Wixom will share how the plan of salvation and family history provide a taproot that anchors our children. Brother Owen will speak about the role of families in the plan of salvation. This uplifting 30-minute session starts at 3:15 p.m.

Family Discovery Day continues its amazing lineup with a session featuring Britain Covey and Taysom Hill. Britain Covey is a University of Utah Wide Receiver from Provo, Utah. Taysom Hill is a Brigham Young University Quarterback from Pocatello, Idaho. They will both share inspiring stories, humorous memories, and faith-promoting experiences. This 30-minute session will start at 4:15 p.m.

Family Discovery Day will close with a stunning performance by The Lower Lights, a gospel and folk band that recently performed at Kingsbury Hall. The band will bring its part-revival, part-vigil sound steeped in tradition to Family Discovery Day for an exclusive performance that attendees will not want to miss. The performance starts at 5:30 p.m.

Family Discovery Day is free, but registration is required. Visit to learn more and to register.

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Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research – Now Shipping & 10% Off thru RootsTech!


Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy‘s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Starting right now, and thru RootsTech (ends Saturday, February 15), Family Roots Publishing is offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 10% off. We have 200 in stock, ready to ship immediately. If it looks like we will run low, we will order more in, which takes about 4 days. If we have that situation, we will post it on the item’s description page at the FRPC website Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $17.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.


  • A Few Tips for Using the Book


  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List


  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree


  • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
    • New Features
    • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
    • Navigation Tips and Tricks
    • Voice Command
    • Functionality Tips and Tricks
    • App Related Tips and Tricks


  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

Starting right now, and thru RootsTech (ends Saturday, February 15), Family Roots Publishing is offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 10% off. We have 200 in stock, ready to ship immediately. If if looks like we will run low, we will order more in, which takes about 4 days. If we have that situation, we will post it on the item’s description page at the FRPC website. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $17.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

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Green River Community College of Auburn, Washington, Digitizes “The Current”


Finally – I get to post about a newspaper that pertains to me. I graduated from GRCC in 1984. I actually attended there in 1969, 1970, and 1981-1984. I went to school while working, quite often attending night classes. GRCC has digitized The Current, which is the school newspaper. This is exciting for me, as every now and then I have had a need to get historical information from the period when I went to school there. The following is from the Holman Library blog.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Green River College, Holman Library has developed a digital archive of the school newspaper, The Current. The collection contains scanned copies back to the first issue, which was published in the fall of 1965, up to 1999 or later. More recent issues are being added regularly.

Read the article.

Browse the Newspaper.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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National Archives of Ireland to Get an Upgrade

The following teaser was posted January 20, 2015 at

Heather Humphreys looking at documents in the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Photo: Douglas O'Connor.

Heather Humphreys looking at documents in the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Photo: Douglas O’Connor.

Some four million State files are set to have a new home as part of a new €8m redevelopment of the National Archives of Ireland.

The design and construction phase at the archives’ Dublin headquarters in Bishop Street will begin later this year, and will see an estimated 100 million pages stored in more suitable conditions.

It is also hoped the investment will allow for sufficient storage to accommodate a change to a 20-year rule for the release of State papers.

Launching the plans, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the expansion would transform the building into a “state-of-the-art” facility.

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From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes – Now on Sale for 55% Off thru Feb. 9, 2016

Food makes up, and takes up, a considerable portion of our human existence. A large portion of our time goes to earning an income, from which a significant portion goes to food. Hours can be spent each day preparing the daily meals. Major significance is given to the customs, habits, and manners surrounding food. Food can tell us about who we are, where we live, and in what time period we exist. The same is true for those who have gone on before us.  Food, often overlooked, should be a significant part of ones genealogical research. Learning about our food heritage and even those secret family recipes is made easier using From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes, by Gena Philibert-Ortega.

The book looks like a blast-from-the-past, hardbound, family recipe book. However, inside this creative little book one can find historical recipes, food traditions and clues to one’s family food past. Here are just a few things covered in this book:

  • “Methods for gathering family recipes
  • Interview questions to help loved ones record their food memories
  • Places to search for historical recipes
  • An explanation of how immigrants influenced the American diet
  • A look at how technology changed the way people eat
  • A glossary of historical cooking terms
  • Actual recipes from late nineteenth–and early twentieth-century cookbooks”

The author suggests you are now thinking,”What does food have to do with genealogy?” Her response, “For me, the real question is why doesn’t everyone include food traditions in their family history? I grew up in Southern California. Mexican dishes from tamales to burritos and tacos to quesadillas have always been a common factor in my life. But, I remember when finding a taco stand in other states was nearly impossible. I remember hearing of family friends who moved back east and could only find tortillas in a can. Now, it seems Mexican dishes are nearly a mainstay of the average American home. This book walks the reader through understanding and preserving one’s own food heritage as well as researching and evaluating one’s ancestral dietary connections.


Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Food Heritage

Genealogy is more than names and dates. Studying social history will help you better understand how your ancestors lived.

Chapter 2 They Brought Their Food With Them

Immigrants brought recipes, raw ingredients, and even seeds from their homelands. How did these food traditions meld into our ancestors’ diet?

Chapter 3 Oysters, Peacocks, and Green Jell-O

Food traditions vary by region, state, county, city, and even neighborhood. This chapter explores the impact of climate, ethnic and religious groups, and industry on our food.

Chapter 4 Food Throughout Time

The foods your ancestors ate were often influenced or dictated by technology, location, and social and political events such as economic depression and war.

Chapter 5 Cookbooks and Menus

This chapter explores the evolution of cookbooks since the eighteenth century and explores menus from nineteenth-century restaurants.

Chapter 6 How to Find your  Ancestor’s Recipes

The best place to find family recipes is in your own home. You can also interview relatives and research local cookbooks to learn more about your ancestors’ diets.


Chapter 7 Decipher Old Cooking Terms

Having trouble understanding an old recipe? This chapter includes a vintage glossary of cooking terms, measuring charts, and cooking times.

Chapter 8 The Arts of Dining and Cleaning

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. Read vintage advice on menu planning, table setting and decorating, and proper cleaning techniques.

Chapter 9 Historical Recipes

This chapter contains recipes from both community cookbooks and cooking school cookbooks and from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Record you own family recipes in this journal section

Bibliography and Resources



Delve into your own culinary heritage in From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes, available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPO01, NOW ON SALE FOR 55% OFF! Just $12.60; Reg. Price: $27.99.

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NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland

“and then on the 3 of March came into Chesapeake bay, at the mouth of the Patomecke, this baye is the most delightfull water I ever saw, between two seet lande, with a channel, 4:5:6:7: and 8 fathoms deepe, some 10 leagues broad, at time of yeare full of fish, yet it doth yeild to Patomecke, which we have made St. Gregories; this is teh sweetest and greatest river have seene, so that the Thames is but a little finder to it, there are noe marshes or swampes about it, but solid firme ground.” — Father Andrew White, S.J.

ngs04This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland; written by Patricia O’Brien Shawker.

“The Chesapeake Bay described by Father White dominates Maryland… At the time of Maryland’s founding, it was increadibly rich in fish and shellfish, a magnet attracting the Europeans…

“Knowledge of the history of Maryland and the nature of the record keeping is essential when conducting genealogical research. As one of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland had 140 years of colonial history and has one of the most complete collections of colonial records.”

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Women of Maryland, you will find the following:

“The Maryland State Archives has three online research aids for women. One is the Women Legislators of Maryland, another is the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, and the third is Maryland Women Citizen; Women’s History at the Maryland State Archives. All three of these have biographical and genealogical information about women in Maryland. There are more than one hundred items useful for researching women in the Archives’ special collections including the records of women’s clubs in Maryland (minutes and reports) and the records of the Young Women’s Christian Association (directories, minutes, and reports). Other useful records are city directories (which usually list them as a widow), wills, marriage, divorce, church, land, and military pension records. The Maryland Room at the Hornbake Library of the University of Maryland has a resource guide for women, which includes the Female Writer’s of Maryland, Biographies of Women from Maryland, and Maryland Women’s History.”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Authors

Patricia O’Brien Shawker is a professional genealogist and lecturer. She served as the Director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and has served as the treasurer for the National Genealogical Society.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Maryland Genealogical Society
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Maryland State Archives
  • Maryland State Law Library
  • National Archives — College Park
  • Other Facilities
  • Other Libraries and Societies

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Archives of Maryland
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Directories
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • Colonial Census
    • Federal Census
  • City and County Directories
  • County Records
  • Court Records
    • Colonial
    • Post-Colonial
    • After 1851
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Germans American
    • Irish American
    • Jewish American
    • Native American
  • Land Records
    • Colonial Land Grants
    • State Land Grants
    • Subsequent Land Records Transactions – County and Baltimore City Land Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Colonial Wars
    • American Revolution
    • War of 1812
    • Mexican War
    • Civil War
    • Spanish American War
    • World War I
    • World War II
  • Naturalization and Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Religious Records
  • State Records
  • Tax Records
    • Colonial Tax Records
    • Later Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth and Death Records
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Voter Registration
  • Women of Maryland
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

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Belarus Receives Copies of Deportation Orders of Austrian Jews Murdered in the Trostenets Concentration Camp

The following teaser is from the January 18, 2016 edition of

View of the charred remains of Jewish victims burned in a barn by the Germans near the Maly Trostenets concentration camp.

View of the charred remains of Jewish victims burned in a barn by the Germans near the Maly Trostenets concentration camp.

MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – Austrian historian Hubert Steiner gave Belarus the copies of the deportation orders from the Austrian State Archives containing the names of the Austrian Jews who were killed by the Nazis in the concentration camp Trostenets, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of Belarus in Austria.

Hubert Steiner’s visit to Minsk on 15-20 January has been organized by the Belarusian embassy in Austria. For many years the historian and referent of the Austrian State Archives has studied the deportation of Austrian Jews to the death camp Trostenets during the Second World War.

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From what I’ve read, 201,000 people were murdered at Trostenets – most shot in the back of the neck. And there are those who claim that there was no holocaust… Very disturbing.

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Twelve Thousand Dutchess County, New York Documents Now online at the Dutchess County Website

The following teaser is from an article posted in the January 18, 2016 edition of

POUGHKEEPSIE New York – The “Ancient Documents Portal” is now open and accessible through the Dutchess County website.

Through the portal, at, 12,000 pages of documents from the county’s earliest court records are now catalogued, digitized and accessible for viewing.

The project is a joint effort of the Dutchess County clerk and historian. It was funded by the New York State Archives through the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund.

Read the full article.

I did a search for Ebenezer Titus, and found a number of documents I hadn’t seen before. I clicked on the links and could view digital images of the original documents.


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Findmypast and Sister Site Mocavo Come Together

The following is from FindMyPast:

· Findmypast aims to deliver a more focussed, efficient and comprehensive service to US family historians

· The move is part of Findmypast’s plans for continued expansion in the US

January 18, 2016 – Leading family history website Findmypast, has today announced that sister site Mocavo will be incorporated into Findmypast to create a single experience for customers interested in discovering more about their family history.

The move forms an important part of the US growth strategy set out by Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, and will bring the best aspects and features of both sites into one place.

The two websites are currently working together to transfer Mocavo’s strengths and expansive record collections over to Findmypast.

The transition will begin immediately and is expected to be completed within the next few months.

The move is part of Findmypast’s continued expansion and growth in the US market. By merging the two brands, Findmypast will create a more focussed and efficient business that will offer a more comprehensive experience to US customers while continuing to offer the industry’s best British and Irish collections.

In 2016, Findmypast will also be publishing hundreds of millions of new and exclusive US records to further enhance the experience for US family historians.

As part of Findmypast’s commitment to sustain Mocavo’s ‘free forever’ promise, Mocavo subscribers will continue to enjoy free access to all of the same records that were previously published for free on Mocavo. In addition, they will be invited to take advantage of a subscription to Findmypast equivalent to their existing Mocavo subscription. Mocavo customers can easily import their family trees onto Findmypast and can immediately start to receive hints opening the door to new discoveries that they never knew existed. A subscription to Findmypast will allow them access to the site’s entire collection of records, containing over eight billion names, as well as the thousands of new records released by Findmypast every week.

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GCO has a new website!

The following is from the Genealogical Council of Oregon (GCO):

GCO has a new website! –

July 28 & 29, 2016 – Western Institute of Genealogy and July 30, 2016 – Summer Genealogy Fest

We are having two events and each has it’s own registration page. They are individually listed under the tabs of the Summer Genealogy Fest and the Western Institute of Genealogy on the website.

Flyers and registration pages are available to print and share.

The Summer Genealogy Fest is a one-day event and encourages all levels of family historians to attend.

The two-day event, Western Institute of Genealogy (WIG) has limited spaces and will fill quickly. Please note that the WIG courses are for intermediate or advanced genealogists. We will soon open up registration for non-APG members, so get your seat soon!

If you have questions please contact us at:

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FGS Announces $2 Million Dollar Mark Surpassed for Preserve the P​e​nsions Project

The following is from FGS:


Significant Milestone Reached in Landmark Project Thanks to Donors

January 19, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the $2 million dollar mark has been surpassed in 2015 with the support of donors in the fundraising efforts to digitize the 7.2 million pension images for the 180,000 pensioners of the War of 1812 in the Preserve the Pensions project.

This is a landmark project. It marks the first time the genealogical community has come together to raise such a significant amount of money to preserve priceless documents. When completed, this project will save tax payers $3.45 million dollars. FGS’ previous successful efforts to index the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System with the help of volunteers produced a $6.3 million dollar tax savings. Hence, these two projects will result in nearly a $10 million dollar savings to tax payers.

“We are deeply appreciative of so many within the family history community who continue to support the Preserve the Pensions project,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “This important milestone is the start of the ‘homestretch’ and is evidence of the passion and commitment amongst genealogists to preserve records for the future.”

For every dollar raised, .98 cents goes directly to digitizing the documents. There are no salaries paid for this project—the project costs are primarily to print materials to publicize the project. Additionally, in 2015 the project raised $208,401 in total cash donations. This amount, coupled with the generous match from, doubled the funds raised to $416,802 bringing the total amount raised for the project thus far to $2,032,198!

With generous donations and continued help in sharing information about the project, significant progress can be made in 2016—possibly completing the fundraising for the project. The images for pensioners with surnames beginning with the letters “A” through “M” have already been posted on the Fold3 website and will remain free forever thanks to donors!

Furthermore, due to record preparation and image capture issues at the archives, there is a delay in the publication of images on the site. It is anticipated that these issues will be resolved quickly and that image publication will resume within the next 60-90 days. There is always a publication preparation delay between record capture and publishing the images online. In the meantime, because of the support of donors, great fundraising progress has been made to complete the project, and further donations can be made on the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions website.

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Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016


· Findmypast announces free access to historical records this weekend
· Billions of records available to everyone to search for free
· Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers enjoy 3 days added to their subscription

London, UK, 20th January 2016 Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, January 22nd to 7am on Monday, January 25th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

· Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection
· The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names
· Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
· The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
· Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
· The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
· The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
· Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
· An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
· Our Family Tree hints feature, which will suggest potential matches between the ancestors in your tree and records from our archives

Family historians will also have free access to the millions of other records available to search on Findmypast. Access to the 1939 Register has not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock household records.

Extended access for existing users
It’s not only new users who’ll enjoy special family history research opportunities this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

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New Volumes now Available on White Slave Children in Colonial Maryland & Virginia – Bundled at 15% Off!

As I blogged in 2014, soon after Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips wrote his first book on the topic, if you’ve got Maryland or Virginia Colonial roots, you really need to see the results of his research. He’s just written two new books on White Slave Children – many of whom many be our ancestors! Following are descriptions of the three books now in print. Since the first book was so popular, we’ve bundled the 3 volumes at 15% off. This sale runs through Tuesday, January 26. If you only need one or two of the books, you can get them at 10% off. Just click on the links.

Wondering if your ancestors might have been white slave children? As I did in 2014, I will personally check the index for surnames for you. As before, email me with the surname in the subject line of the email. Please – just the surname, no more. I will reply with just one word – yes or no. If Yes – I’ll note which book or books the surname is found in. Those requesting a surname search should note that I will not be able to reply on Saturday or Sunday, but will make the reply on Monday. Send index checking requests to me at .

Picking up where he left off in his ground-breaking book Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records, Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips has now taken the story back even further – back to the scenes of the original crimes-kidnapping of children to be sold into slavery (ca. 1660-1720). This new book is entitled White Slave Children Of Colonial Maryland And Virginia: Birth And Shipping Records.

In his original book, which I found to be most helpful, Dr. Phillips identified 5,290 “servants” without indentures, transported against their will. He culled that evidence from the Court Order Books of colonial Maryland and Virginia, where the county courts were authorized to examine the children, adjudge their ages, and sentence them to slavery for a number of years. The younger the child, the longer the sentence. In this book, compiled from shipping records found in the Library of Congress, the Bristol [England] Record Office, and elsewhere, the author has identified 170 ships that carried white slave children to the plantations of colonial Maryland and Virginia. The shipping records itemize the unfortunate kids as “cargo” and specify the import duties paid to the Royal Naval Officers for each child. The white slave ships sailed from no fewer than seventeen ports of departure in England.

The places from which the children were taken and their adjudged ages on the dates of their court appearances have enabled Dr. Phillips to conduct a targeted search of the birth and baptismal records. In all, he has matched more than 1,400 children with the parish or town records. The book also contains an exposé of the colonial shipping industry. Among the child traffickers were the Mayors of Bristol and Bideford and the Governor of Virginia.

Birth and Shipping Records – which begins with a detailed discussion of the author’s sources and detective-like methodology and concludes with a surname index – is arranged according to the localities in the British Isles from which the victims were confiscated. It is a volume that will help researchers trace their white slave heritage back even further than before, and it cries out for correctives to be written in American history books regarding our colonial origins and our treatment of one another.

Click here to order at 10% off. Sale runs through January 26.

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Also brand new from Dr. Phillips is White Slave Children Of Charles County, Maryland: The Search For Survivors. In this second companion volume to Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records (see also White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records), Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips takes the story forward–examining the treatment of children kidnapped and sold into slavery, and identifying those who survived.

In his original book Dr. Phillips identified 5,290 “servants” without indentures, transported against their will to places in Virginia and Maryland, including Charles County. For this book Dr. Phillips has indexed seventy-five years of handwritten records from Charles County, Maryland (1658-1733). The records are nearly complete and most have never been transcribed before–872 “servants” without indentures were brought to this county, and 333 were owned by the judges on the very court that sentenced them to slavery.

This book contains three indexes–with detailed abstracts–to Charles County servants with or without indentures (recaptured runaways, petitions for freedom, complaints of abuse or neglect), and six indexes to all residents of the county (vital records, witnesses who stated their ages, grantee index to deeds, gifts of livestock, deaths and estates, and orphan children). Most of these records have been microfilmed, scanned, and posted online by the Archives of Maryland. With brief citations, the reader is steered to online images of actual handwritten records.

All nine new indexes have been cross-checked with Dr. Phillips’ master list of 872 “servants” without indentures, from which he has compiled an Encyclopedia of Survivors. This section of the work, one of the longest, assembles all that is known about the lives of the children following their release from servitude. Many of these biographical sketches trace descendants for several generations, refer to acquisitions of land, and contain other details useful to genealogists. The alphabetically arranged chapter entitled Vital Records is a godsend for anyone tracing Charles County roots, whether or not your ancestor suffered white enslavement. Dr. Phillips has also included full-fledged biographies of three of the worst abusers of child labor among the county officials, an exposé of how the system of white slavery operated, and instances of resistance by the survivors. Thus begins the dark era of white slavery on the North American continent.

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As most of my readers know, Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records, is one of my favorite source books. It was published in 2013, and I refer to it regularly when researching my Maryland and Virginia families. Following is a review I did of the book when it first appeared:

Every parent has the fear that their child might disappear. And I can tell you that grandparents also have the same fear. As a grandparent of 3 small children, when they are under my care, I watch them like the proverbial hawk.

Believe it or not, based on an English law passed in 1659, minor children could be kidnapped by justices of the peace if they happened to be begging, or just seemed to be vagrant. These children were shipped to the plantations as servants without indentures. According to the author of “Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records (Maryland and Viginia),” the younger the child, the longer the sentence, and the county courts were the judges of their ages. The judges decided their age – and many of the kids were placed in servitude to the very judges who sentenced them.

Over 5000 children were picked up in Ireland, Scotland, England and New England, and shipped to Virginia and Maryland between 1660 to 1720. The names of these kids, their assigned age, the owner, and the date they appeared in court are found in Richard Phillips brand new book, “Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records (Maryland and Virginia).” The book also contains an index to ships and their captains that imported the children. A surname index is included.


I got really excited about the volume when, on page, 88, I found an entry for Charles County, Maryland that reads thus: Cornute, Hendrick, 14 June 1670, age 20, John Okeane. I’ve got to wonder, is this possibly a progenitor, sibling or cousin pertaining to my Cornute/Cornett family line? This Cornute is on of the earliest I’ve seen in America. This is a lead I didn’t have before.

Exacting information is given in the book as to where to locate digitized, microfilmed and in some cases original copies of the County Court books from where to the information for this book was taken. Now I can take the next step and view the original document. In my Cornute case mentioned above, the data is actually digitizing and available online!

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of January 11, 2016

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A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909, Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.


Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-2001 – 0 – 68,774 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 32,642 – 208 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996 – 35,765 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden Örebro Church Records 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 42,405 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Databases
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 27,075 – Added images to an existing collection
North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909 – 876,769 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991 – 136,534 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 0 – 25,217 – Added images to an existing collection

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Silesia II German Map Guide Now Shipping

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Family Roots Publishing printed and bound the second Silesia volume of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series this last week. This book is volume 54 of the series. The softbound books are now shipping and the hardbound volumes will ship in about a week. This volume covers RB Breslau, while volumes I (in print) and III will cover Liegnitz and Oppeln respectively. Over the last decade, I’ve received dozens of calls from folks anxious to get their hands on the Silesia Map Guides. Well, the books are finally coming available. The following is a detailed explanation of what the book is, and how it can help genealogists.

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 54 of the German Map Guide series was published in January of 2016. This volume includes a total of 2074 places – mostly towns, found in the Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Silesia, Regierungsbezirk Breslau. This book also includes a master index to Volumes 53 through 55, which covers all of Silesia. Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. This is the fifty-fourth of a series covering all of Germany. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

To order this volume in Soft Cover, click here or on the illustration.

To order this volume in Hard Cover, click here.

Each volumes of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.


Note – anyone doing research in Silesia parish registers will find the Silesia Place Name Indexes: Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical And Reverse Alphabetical Indexes helpful. It’s key to reading hard-to-decipher place names found in the parish registers. Click on the above link to check it out.

Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 54 – Kingdom Of Prussia, Province Of Silesia lI, Regierungsbezirk Breslau, with full index of included towns, by Kevan Hansen, 242 pp

German Map Guide Volume 54 – Soft Cover (Item #FR0107):

ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-065-4 ISBN-10: 1628590653

Library of Congress Control Number: 2015950405

The following places are found in this volume.

  • Adelsbach
  • Agnesfeld
  • Akreschfronze
  • Albendorf
  • Albrechtshof
  • Alexanderwitz
  • Algersdorf
  • Allerheiligen
  • Altaltmannsdorf
  • Altbatzdorf
  • Alt Ellguth
  • Altenau
  • Altenburg
  • Alt Festenberg
  • Alt Gandau
  • Alt Guhrau
  • Althain
  • Alt Hammer
  • Alt Hammer-Goschütz
  • Alt Hammer-Militsch
  • Altheide
  • Alt Heinrichau
  • Althof
  • Althofdürr
  • Althofnass
  • Alt Jauernick
  • Alt Köln
  • Alt Lässig
  • Alt Liebichau
  • Alt Lomnitz
  • Alt Neu Heidau
  • Alt Raudten
  • Alt Reissbach
  • Alt Schliesa
  • Altstadt
  • Alt Waltersdorf
  • Alt Wansen
  • Altwasser
  • Alt Weistritz
  • Altwilmsdorf
  • Alt Wohlau
  • Alzenau
  • Amalienthal
  • Annenthal
  • Arnoldsmühle
  • Arnsdorf
  • Aspenau
  • Auras
  • Austen
  • Bachreitz
  • Bachwitz
  • Backen
  • Bahra
  • Baitzen
  • Baldowitz
  • Banau
  • Bankau
  • Bankwitz
  • Bärdorf
  • Bärengrund
  • Barottwitz
  • Bärsdorf
  • Bartkerey
  • Bartnig
  • Bartschdorf
  • [Read the rest of this entry…]

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