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A New Genetic Map of the U.K.

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Researchers have found genetic signatures among Britons that betray their historical roots in particular locales of the United Kingdom, leading to the finest-scale map of genetic variation yet created. The analysis — which shows a snapshot of clusters of genetic variation in the late 1800s, when people were less likely to migrate far from their region of birth — reflects historical waves of migration by different populations into the island.

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Secrets of London’s Infamous “Bedlam” Mental Hospital Revealed at Findmypast

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· Findmypast is working with Bethlem Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital, in London, UK, popularly known as Bedlam, to make its extensive patient records from 1683 – 1932 available online for the very first time

· Over 248,000 records, many including photos, reveal the lives and stories of its inmates

· Highlights of the detailed records show why people were committed included stabbing people with cutlery, insatiable appetite for pleasure, condemnation of sinful behaviour from public officials, objecting to a forced marriage, religious fervour, paralysis, women dressing as men and more

London, UK, 19 March 2015 – Leading family history website, Findmypast, today announced an exciting partnership with Bethlem Museum of the Mind to release Bethlem Royal Hospital’s extensive patient records online for the very first time. The records are being released today to mark the official reopening of the museum in Beckenham, with Findmypast making scans of the original patient case notes and staff registers available online for browsing and searching by everyone.

As one of the world’s oldest hospitals for the treatment of mental illness, Bethlem Royal Hospital has a chequered past in how it determined not only who was insane, but also in its treatment of patients. The records released today go into detail about each patient, in many cases documenting their mental state and including photographs of the inmates once photography became available.

The records also detail the reasons why they had been deemed insane, with first-hand accounts of the behaviour of the inmates and their families. Some of the more unusual reasons for incarceration given in the records include:


· Attempted royal assassination with a dessert knife: Margaret Nicolson was sent to Bethlem Royal Hospital in August 1787 for attempting to stab King George III with a pearl-handled dessert knife. Her records from Bethlem Royal Hospital show that she was sent to Bethlem Royal Hospital “by the Order of the Committee” i.e. by parliament vote, as opposed to by an individual or family, and a trial followed in September 1787. Nicholson spent the rest of her life in Bethlem Royal Hospital, dying there in May 1828


· An insatiable appetite for pleasure, including lounging in the fashionable shopping streets of London: Ingrid Schwitzguebel was admitted in July 1909 by her husband. His reasons for committing her was that she was “living almost exclusively for pleasure, in fact her desire for theatres, musicals, lounging in the London fashionable streets, looking at shops etc, is insatiable.” However, other motives may have been at play as the records go on to show that she suspected her husband of an “immoral life of going with other women”, and had “threatened to attack him with a hat pin”


· Objecting to a forced marriage with a cousin: Kate Jeffery was sent to Bethlem Royal Hospital for Melancholia in October 1910, with her blaming her relatives for attempting to force her into a marriage with a cousin whom she thought immoral. An original letter from Jeffery herself is included in the records in which she rails against imprisonment, saying that “my uncle and brother must have thought themselves very fortunate to meet with Dr Gooding and the Aldridges. People will know where to send their unwanted relatives”


General paralysis: Richard Cook Thompson was admitted to Bethlem Royal Hospital in February 1901 with general paralysis as the official diagnosis. That said, the records show more clearly why he was sent to a mental institution and not a regular hospital, with the notes recording that “he is one of the Apostles, he has a message from Almighty God to go to Windsor Castle, these things are not true”. Thompson was not the only one to believe he was a messenger of God, with James Duggan also incarcerated in October 1906 for saying “he is the pope of Rome”


· Overtaxed brain due to writing a dictionary: At 66 years old, Alexander Tolhausen, was one of the older inmates at Bethlem Royal Hospital when he was committed in July 1886 for an overtaxed brain. Tolhausen’s illness was attributed to working on a technological dictionary in French, English and German with symptoms including “gets up and dresses and undresses himself sometimes six times a day”, “threw his breakfast at his wife” and “that his house was unhealthy”


· Belief in themselves as a persecuted God: Ethel Julia Ouselay Collins was committed for “mixing of her ideas with religious matters,” including believing that she had “not been born yet” and was “a God chained on a pedestal.” It was also documented that she had “delusions of suspicion and persecution.”

“These records provide an extraordinary level of detail about the patients of the Bethlem Royal Hospital as far back as the 17th century,” said Debra Chatfield, family historian at Findmypast. “Containing letters written in their own words and handwriting, photographs at different stages of their illness, and reports on their day to day behaviour by close family members and the medical staff at the hospital, these records provide, for the very first time online, real insight into life in this infamous institution. It’s hard not to empathise with the inmates as you learn about their often harrowing and tragic stories. Publishing these records online allows those stories to be told for the first time to a wider audience, and you might discover that you had an ancestor who was sent to Bedlam.”

To discover more about the inmates at Bethlem Royal Hospital and see the full images and transcripts of the records, please visit

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Civil War 3 Book Bundle at 40% Savings and NO USA POSTAGE!

Three Civil War books

Bundle of 3 Civil War best sellers, Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era – Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869 & Post-Civil War Veteran Lists; by William Dollarhide; Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors, by David A. Norris; and Life During the Civil War, by David A. Norris.

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Following is a description of each of the 3 books.

Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era – Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869 & Post-Civil War Veteran Lists; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp; Item # FR0113; Regular $32.95

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

The following broad categories are identified within this book:

National Resources:

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

Statewide Resources:

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

The Best Civil War Resource Centers for Local & County Research

  • Online Resources
  • Libraries & Archives
  • ———–

    Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors, by David A. Norris; 2011; magazine-style, saddled stapled; 8.5×11; 85 pp; ISBN #: 9780978159276; Item #: MM004.

    This informative publication is the latest in Civil War research publications. It is authored by the same gentleman who wrote the popular Life During the Civil War.

    This book is also available in PDF format.

    The Research Resources You Need For Success!

    • Including:
      • Civil War Newspapers, what you need to know about this vital resource
      • Census Records, state censuses can be a treasure-trove of information!
      • Civilians in the War! How to find non-military relatives on the ‘Net
      • Veterans’ Organizations, a great post-war source of genealogical information
      • And much more!

    The following chapters are found in the booklet:

    • The first Steps to Finding a Civil War Ancestor – Some thoughts and tips on getting started in Civil War research.
    • Companies and Regiments: Civil War Army Units – Knowing how the armies were structured will help you understand records and references.
    • Non-Regimental and “Untypical” Soldiers – Some tips for finding soldier ancestors in unusual categories.
    • Emergency Troops, Militia and Home Guard – Records of temporary units might reveal a hard-to-find ancestor’s service.
    • Ensigns and Engineers: Ancestors in the Navies – Though tracking a relative in the navy can be challenging, there are many valuable resources available.
    • US Colored Troops and African-American Sailors – Here are some resources for African-Americans who served in the Civil War.
    • Southern Loyalists and “Galvanized Yankees” – Here are some resources to check for Southern ancestor’s who served with the Union.
    • To Helmira and Back: Prisoners of War – POW resources can fill in holes in your ancestor’s record, or reveal the fate of a missing ancestor.
    • Medical Records and Hospital Personnel – Records from Civil War hospitals contain a wealth of information on soldiers and staff.
    • Military Pay Resources – Civil War payroll records pay off again for genealogists.
    • The Civil War and the Census – Pre- and postwar censuses off important information on the lives and families of veterans.
    • The 1865 Parole Lists: To the Very End – These documents list the Confederate soldiers who endured to the end of the war.
    • Finding You Ancestors’ Flags – Regimental flags had important practical and symbolic purposes for Civil War Soldiers.
    • Buried in History: Civil War Cemeteries – Finding a soldier’s grave can seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be a lost cause.
    • Civil War Pension Records and Wartime Relief – Pension records are a genealogical treasure trove for soldiers and their families.
    • Confederate State Pension Resources – A state-by-state guide to locating Confederate pension records.
    • Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Widows’ Resources – The records of these institutions may contain a wealth of detail that can’t be found elsewhere.
    • Civil War Veterans’ Groups – Records of veterans’ organizations might let you follow your ancestor into the 20th-century.
    • Wartime Civilian Records- Relatives who were not in the military may still have left a wealth of information about their lives.
    • Amnesty Papers and Southern Claims – Some potentially helpful sources for Southern relatives.
    • Spies, Smugglers and “Disloyal Citizens” – Records of civilian prisoners include ordinary citizens, political prisoners, and even politicians.
    • Finding Civil War Income Tax Records – You might find that your ancestors’ 1860s tax records are a source of family history.
    • A Gift From the Past: Civil War Newspapers – Here are some tips on finding your newsmaker ancestors.
    • A Picture in time: Civil War Era Photographs – You can find photos of people and places connected to your family, or even your ancestors.
    • Best of the Best: Classic Civil War Resources – These records contain the most essential information for Civil War Research.
    • National Archives Records – A soldier’s Compiled Military Service Record contains some of the most essential details of his service.
    • Finding Your Way Through the Civil War With Maps – Maps can help you follow your ancestor during the war or find a family farm near a battlefield.

    The booklet is heavily illustrated, highly informative, and a great value at only $9.95!


    Life During the Civil War; by David A Norris ; 95 pp; Softcover; 2010; 8.5 x 11; ISBN: 978-0-9781592-5-2; Item #: MM001

    This book is also available in PDF eBook format .

    • Life in the Civil War Armies
    • Hospitals & Medicine
    • Letters Home
    • Music of the Civil War
    • Rations & Cooking
    • Civil War Humor
    • News from the Front
    • …And Much More!

    The publication starts right off with a 3-page dictionary of Civil War terminology. Did you know that hardtack crackers were often called worm castles? Further on, Norris points out that the hotel business boomed during the war years. My great-grandfather ran a hotel throughout the war, and did well. However, I’d never made the connection with the war effort before. The chapter on music I found especially interesting. Among other things, it’s noted that “Dixie” was written by Yankee abolitionist Daniel Decatur Emmett. The mail was a big deal to both the soldiers and their loved-ones at home. This was the case for both Northern and Southern families. However, keep in mind that when the Confederacy split from the Union, it had dramatic repercussions on the U.S. postal system. I found the entire booklet to be interesting – front to back.

    The following is from the table of contents.

    • Opening Notes – Notes From the Publisher, About the Author
    • From Abatis To Zouaves: A Civil War Dictionary – What were some of the popular sayings, slang, jargon and military terms in the 1860s?
    • Tale Of Two Capitals: Richmond And Washington – The war brought great changes to the lives of residents of Richmond and Washington
    • Home Away From Home: Hotels Of The Civil War – From four-star resorts to small town hostelries, hotel business boomed during the war
    • Soundtrack To A Conflict: Music Of The Civil War – Music, whether popular songs or military tunes, was as much a part of life then as it is now
    • Starvation Parties And Confederate Candles? – Southerners found unusual substitutes for scarce staples, like wheat, pins, shoe polish and coffee
    • Slumgullion, Salt Horse And Hell-Fired Stew! – What did soldiers, and their families at home, eat during the war years?
    • Relief From Reality: Civil War Humor – Popular humorists and jokes helped lighten hearts on both sides of the battle
    • Shinplasters And Greenbacks: Money During The Civil War – Banks, businesses, states, the Union and Confederacy all issued their own, incompatible, money
    • Zouaves: New York Firemen And Louisiana Tigers – Instead of the familiar blue and gray, some regiments donned bright colors and turbans
    • Man’s Best Friends: Pets In The Army – From the exotic to the common, animals were kept as companions and mascots
    • Johnnie Reb And Billy Yank: Life In The Armies – Fresh recruits and veterans of past conflicts faced new, and familiar, challenges in the Civil War
    • Fighting For Freedom: The US Colored Troops – African-American troops played a vital role in the Civil War
    • Sutler Shops: Convenience Stores For Soldiers – Where did soldiers get ink, ginger snaps or Valentine cards?
    • Life On Soap Suds Row: Army Laundresses – Laundry was a grueling, but essential, duty in army camps
    • Taking The Cars: Rail Travel During The Civil War – Though far from luxurious, or safe, trains became vital to the war effort and civilian life
    • What The Doctor Ordered: Hospitals And Medicine – Hospitals were understaffed, undersupplied and relied on dangerous cures and treatments
    • Common Civil War Medicines – Hospitals stocked standard treatments of the day, including mercury, opium and brandy
    • Fundraising Fairs: The US Sanitary Commission – Volunteer groups raised millions of dollars to improve military hospital and camp conditions
    • Picturing The Civil War: War Artists – Before modern photography and TV, how did people get a glimpse of the battles?
    • From The Frontlines To The HomeFront: Newspapers – Despite shortages of labor and ink, papers fed the public appetite for news and entertainment
    • Telegrams: At The Speed Of Lightning – The telegraph became an indispensible part of military and commercial communication during the war
    • Worth A Thousand Words: Photography In The Civil War – Despite technological limitations, photography boomed during the Civil War
    • “I Hain’t Got Any Stamps”: Confederate And Union Mail – Two postal systems kept soldiers and families in contact across shifting battlelines
    • The Civil War Navies: Cottonclads And Blockades – Whether they patrolled rivers or the South Pacific, a sailor’s life was far different than a soldier’s
    • The New Naval Warfare: Life On Ironclads – Heavily armored ironclads offered unique advantages, and dangers, to their crews
    • Missed It By That Much…! – From aseptic surgery to moon landings, the years after the Civil War were full of amazing changes

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Angie Harmon to be Featured this Sunday on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?


One-time model, and now actress, Angie Harmon, is to be featured on The Learning Channel’s Who Do You Think You Are? this Sunday (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c). She may be best known for playing the character ADA Abbie Carmichael from 1998-2001 on NBC’s series Law & Order.

In the upcoming episode, which was filmed October 20 to 27, 2014, Angie travels from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina to the Charlotte Museum of History; then on to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the Free Library of Philadelphia in the same city. She then goes to Valley Forge National Park in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg. Finally, she goes to the Harrodsburg Historical Society in Kentucky, which leads her to Michael Harmon’s farm, in Mercer County.

Angie knew quite a lot about her mother’s side of the family, but not so much about that of her father, with whom she grew up and is very close. Larry Harmon (her dad) sent her a package of material about the family to help her get started. Finding a Jim Harmon, her 2nd great-grandfather, she sent the information on to Joseph Shumway, who works for ProGenealogists, an company. I had the privilege a few weeks ago to attend a class given by Joseph Shumway at the BYU Family History Tech Conference, “Life of the 21st Century Genealogist.” You may click on the link for a review of the class.


Shumway did his research and met Angie at the genealogy library of the Charlotte Museum of History. Her line went back to a Michael Harmon, who came to America as an indentured servant in the early 1770s – and was contracted to work as a tanner for 5 years and 7 months. However, a year or so before the contract ran out, Harmon enlisted in the Revolutionary War. Angie met with Colonial historian Jim Horn at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where she she got to see the immigration document, and an online record that shows that Michael enlisted in the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment on May 10, 1777 – maybe not the best time to be joining the revolution! According to Revolutionary War Historian Scott Stephenson, who met Angie at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the British had recently captured Philadelphia, and a paystub shows that Michel Harmon was one of those soldiers camped at Valley Forge during the bitter winter of 1777-78. Angie and Scott actually went to Valley Forge to learn more.


Next, Angie went on the the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg. Here she met with Historian Major Sean Sculley. It was revealed that the soldiers got fed up with the lack of pay, food, and clothing and that a number of them mutinied – including Michael Harmon. They could have been shot! However the government backed off, met their terms, and allowed soldiers to leave if they wanted. It looks liked Michael “wanted” as his war record ends, and he shows up owning 130 acres in Mercer County, Kentucky in 1895.

Angie then traveled to the Harrodsburg Historical Society in Mercer County, Kentucky , where got got a look at Michael Harmon’s will. She found that Michael had entered the tanning business, owned several plantations, married and had seven children. Angie found her ancestor’s land on an old map, and with the help of local historian Amalie Preston, went for a visit. The land is still in the Harmon family today, and Angie had found her way home. Quite a story…


Be sure and set your appointments devices – whatever they are – for Who Do You Think You Are? - March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC.

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FEEFHS Announces a Change in their Name & Focus

It’s recently been announced that the Federation of East European Family History Societies, founded by my friend, the late Charles Hall, has had a change in its name – although not its acronym! FEEFHS is still FEEFHS. It’s now the Foundation for East European Family History Studies. This makes a lot of sense – although we still can’t say it! The focus of the group has also changed.


The following is from the FEEHS website:

Thom Edlund, President, recently announced that FEEFHS has changed its name to the Foundation for East European Family History Studies. Formerly called the Federation of East European Family History Societies, FEEFHS was organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization for many organizations that focused their research efforts on areas of East Europe and Transcaucasia. The Federation provided a Web portal and published a journal distributed to members. As technology evolved and member societies grew, these services became less relevant, and FEEFHS discontinued the journal and membership fees in 2009.

With this change, Edlund will “direct the energies of the organization toward indexing and other record discovery projects,” expanding the offerings of the FEEFHS Web site as a resource to all East European researchers. As a Foundation, the organization will be able to “coordinate and collaborate its efforts with others wishing to participate with or fund such projects.” FEEFHS will continue to place a high level of emphasis on providing educational opportunities to researchers.

Note that their 2015 Eastern European Family History Conference is coming up August 11-15, 2015 at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel.

Thanks to Lisa Alzo, and the Internet Genealogy Newsletter for the heads-up.

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FREE German #Genealogy Resources at


When the United States population census was taken in 2010, about 49 million Americans identified themselves as having German ancestry. 308.7 million people were identified in that census, making those claiming German ancestry nearly 16% of the whole. That makes for a lot of folks doing German genealogy research.

I spend a good portion of each work day dealing with German ancestry issues – either my own; or as a publisher of German research guides, those of others. I got to thinking that maybe I should compile a detailed listing of the many resources found free of charge at the website. Following is a somewhat annotated list that I hope you will find useful. The information is linked, with informational data about the databases from the website, as well as some of my own observations.

The FamilySearch Historical Databases for Germany – as of today, includes 56 collections, twelve of them indexed. Note that a number of the browsable databases have items in alphabetical order by surname, so indexes are not necessarily required. However, the names don’t show up in a “search” at the website. Three of the databases (immediately below) contain German vital records indexes (Births, Baptisms, Deaths, and Burials, records dating from 1558 to 1958). Browsing images isn’t as difficult as you might think. FamilySearch has added “waypoints” within the collections, making them much easier to visually search.

  • Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 – 37,703,414 records – Index to selected Germany births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. The three Meitzler births I found were all from the town of Kriegsfeld, in the Pfalz, the town where my ancestors resided – Updated as of 24 Mar 2012
  • Germany, Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958 – 3,507,357 Records – Index to selected Germany deaths and burials. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – I found fifteen Meitzlers, but none said to be from the Pfalz (where my family is from) in this collection – Updated as of 26 Sep 2011
  • Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929 – 8,521,370 Records – Index to selected Germany marriages. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – I found 113 Meitzler records in the collection, many of them from Kriegsfeld, Pfalz, where my ancestors lived – Updated as of 21 Mar 2012
  • Germany, Bremen Passenger Departure Lists, 1904-1914 – 44,315 records – These are index cards, arranged alphabetically by place of last residence and then by surname, of German emigrants, based upon the Bremen Passenger Lists. Includes marital status, occupation, ship name, place of last residence, and destination. For some countries, such as Austria, the arrangement is chronological by departure date, with names grouped alphabetically by ship name for that date. Many cards are not in sequence. Includes index cards for Jewish emigrants. The information contained in this index is for the years 1907-1908 and 1913-1914 only. Updated as of 17 Feb 2011



  • Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870 287,965 indexed records linked to FREE images at the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg – Civil copies of church books for Baden, Germany. This index currently includes records from Achern and Bonndorf – Updated as of 06 Feb 2014




  • Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration, 1874-1927 – Civil registration of births, marriages, and death for Hesse, Germany. Birth records are available for 1874-1901, marriages only for 1874-1877, and deaths for 1874-1927. Also includes index volumes for births 1874-1901, marriages 1874-1927 and deaths 1874-1927. Not all localities are complete but records will continue to be added to this collection over time. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage. Original records are located in the Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg – Browse 2,289,166 Images – Updated as of 05 Dec 2012
  • Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration, 1811-1814, 1833-1928 – Civil registration of births, marriages, and death for Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. Birth records are available for 1811-1814, 1833-1898, marriages only for 1833-1887, and deaths for 1851-1928. In addition to the actual records there are indexes which extend beyond these ranges, including marriage indexes up to 1932 and death indexes up to 1978. This collection includes a set of records for “Eingemeindete Vororte” (incorporated suburbs) which include records for the following suburbs: Bergen, Bockenheim, Bonames, Bornheim, Eschersheim, Fechenheim, Hausen, Kalbach, Niederrad, Niederursel, Oberrad, Praunheim, Preungesheim, and Seckbach. See the Hesse collection for additional Frankfurt civil registration records. Not all localities are complete but records will continue to be added to this collection over time. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage. Original records are located in the Institut für Stadtgeschichte, Frankfurt. – Browse 386,801 Images – Updated as of 10 Jul 2014
  • Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876-1925 – 8,420 records – Indexes to civil registration of births and deaths for the Darmstadt civil registration office. Original records are located in the Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg – Updated as of 13 Jan 2014
  • Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records, 1627-1940 – Images for records from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany. Records in this collection include population registers, certificates of citizenship, recordings of citizens and residents, and emigration records. Original records are located at Stadtarchiv Darmstadt, Karolinenplatz 3, Darmstadt – Browse 55,528 Images – Updated as of 12 Oct 2012


  • Germany, Hesse-Nassau, Civil Registers and Church Books, 1701-1875 – Civil registers and church books containing births, marriages, and deaths (as well as occasional marriage proclamations) for localities in the historical German state of Hesse-Nassau. Today these localities are primarily in Hesse with some in Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. The original records are all located in the Hessian State Archives Marburg, Germany – Browse 231,317 Images – Updated as of 28 Nov 2012


  • Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867 – 507,106 indexed records linked to digitized images – Census records of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany for 1867. Towns are arranged under their enumeration district. The district could be a Ritteramt (R.A.), Domänenamt (D.A.), Klosteramt (K.A.) or Stadt. The 1867 Census contains three separate forms: the Bevölkerungstabelle, the Zählungsliste and the Nachtragsliste. The Bevölkerungstabelle lists heads-of-households and provides a numerical count of other household members. The Zählungsliste provides a complete list of all household members and gives the date of birth, religion, marital status, occupation and nationality. The Nachtragsliste is a supplemental list of individuals who were temporarily absent from their main residence at the time of the census – Updated as of Aug 2014
  • Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890 – 126,847 indexed records leading to digitized images – A name index and images for a portion of the 1890 census, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Towns are arranged under their enumeration district. Two types of forms are found for each town: Zählkarten and Namenslisten. The Zählkarten list individuals and give the date and place of birth, occupation, residence, gender and marital status, etc. The Namenslisten list the inhabitants of a given household and show relationship to the head of the household. Most of the census did not survive – Updated as of 15 Apr 2014
  • Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900 – 1,249,431 indexed records leading to digitized images – Census records of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany for 1900. Towns are arranged under their enumeration district. The district could be a Ritteramt (R.A.), Domänenamt (D.A.), Klosteramt (K.A.) or Stadt. Two types of forms are found for each town: The Zählkarten and the Haushaltungslisten. The Zählkarten list individuals and give the date and place of birth, occupation, residence, gender and marital status, etc. The Haushaltungslisten list the inhabitants of a given household and show relationship to the head of the household – Updated as of 04 Jan 2011

Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen

Prussia, Brandenburg

Prussia, East Prussia

Prussia, Pomerania

  • Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 – Evangelical Lutheran and Roman Catholic church records and transcripts for a portion of historic Pomerania now split between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and Szczecin, Poland. Includes births, marriages, and death records. Original records are located in the Landesarchiv Greifswald, Germany – 185,216 records leading to 143,003 images – Updated as of 22 Nov 2013
  • Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Labes, Church Records, 1647-1764 – Catholic Church records containing baptisms, marriages, and burials for the parish of Labes in Pomerania, Prussia. The original records are in private possession – Browse 639 Images – Updated as of 10 Sep 2013
  • Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Stralsund, Church Book Indexes, 1600-1900 – Images of seven card files of baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials for Stralsund, Pomerania and the neighboring community of Voigdehagen. There are three separate files for baptisms, marriages, and deaths for Stralsund; a separate file for burials at the Klosterkirche St. Johannis, also in Stralsund; and three additional files for baptisms, marriages, and deaths for the community of Voigdehagen. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname and then by given name. The original files are located in the Stadtarchiv der Hansestadt Stralsund, Germany – Browse 457,603 Images – Updated as of 05 Dec 2012

Prussia, Saxony

  • Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Halle, Miscellaneous City Records, 1401-1926 – Collection of records from the city of Halle, Saxony, Prussia. This collection includes burial registers, citizen rolls, a card index to citizens from the city, and city directories. Original records are located in the Stadtarchiv in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. – Browse 125,430 Images – Updated as of 01 Nov 2012
  • Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Nordhausen, City Directories, 1824-1919 – City directories for Nordhausen, Saxony. These city directories are generally arranged alphabetically by surname and given name and provide the individual’s occupation and address. Often included are classified directories of government offices and other institutions and services of public interest. The original city directories are located in the Nordhausen Stadtarchiv in Nordhausen, Saxony, Germany – Browse 5,119 Images – Updated as of 12 Apr 2013
  • Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records, 1594-1951 – Handwritten transcriptions of Protestant church records for several parishes in Saxony, Prussia. Parishes include Bibra (Kr. Eckartsberga), Burgholzhausen (Kr. Eckartsberga), Eckartsberga (Kr. Eckartsberga), Gößnitz (Kr. Eckartsberga), Kalbitz (Kr. Naumburg), Lißdorf (Kr. Naumburg), Marienthal (Kr. Naumburg), Niederholzhausen (Kr. Naumburg), Plesimar (Kr. Naumburg), Seena (Kr. Eckartsberga), Taugwitz (Kr. Naumburg), and Wallroda (Kr. Naumburg) – Browse 4,056 Images – Updated as of 18 Jun 2014

Prussia, Westphalia


  • Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate Church Record Extractions and Family Registers, 1600-1925 – Images of church record extractions and indexes, as well as family registers, for the district of Rhine Hesse-Palatinate (Rheinland Hessen-Pfalz) in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). Most image sets are arranged chronologically (by year of event) or alphabetically (by surname). Originals are housed in Pfälzisch-Rheinische Familienkunde e.V., Rottstrasse 17, 67061 Ludwigshafen, Germany – Browse 106,564 Images – Updated as of 12 Oct 2012

Saxe-Meiningen (now in Thüringen)

  • Germany, Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, Jena, City Directories, 1810-1935 – Collection of city directories for Jena, Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, which is now in Thuringia. These city directories are generally arranged alphabetically by surname and by given name and provide the individual’s occupation and address. Often included are classified directories of government offices and other institutions and services of public interest. The original directories are located in the Stadtarchiv Jena, in Jena, Thuringia, Germany – Browse 3,721 Images – Updated as of 11 Apr 2013
  • Germany, Saxe-Meiningen, Saalfeld an der Saale, Miscellaneous City Records, 1876-1920 – Citizen rolls and city directories for Saalfeld, Saxe-Meiningen (now in Thüringen) and the surrounding localities. Records are arranged by record type and then by year. The original records are located in the Stadtarchiv Saalfeld, Thüringen, Germany – Browse 8,433 Images – Updated as of 18 Jun 2014




  • Germany, Württemberg, Albstadt, Miscellaneous City Records, 1705-1850 – Probate records for Albstadt, Württemberg, Germany includes the various cities and towns of Albstadt: Ebingen, Laufen an der Eyach, Lautlingen, Onstmettingen, Pfeffingen, Tailfingen, and Truchtelfingen. Record types include account books, census-like records, church record card indexes, citizen rolls, city directories, death records, family registers, probate records, property tax registers, and resident lists – Browse 308,313 Images – Updated as of 21 Mar 2014
  • Germany, Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall, Probate Records, 1803-1929 – Probate records for Schwäbisch Hall, Württemberg, Germany including inventories (Inventuren) and divisions (Teilungen). The use of each of these documents was precipitated by different events: the Inventuren by marriage and the Teilungen by death. These records are all arranged in a single chronological sequence. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse 272,394 Images – Updated as of 23 Dec 2014

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The Best of Roots & Branches

Roots & Branches is a long running newspaper column focusing on genealogy and family history research. The column written by Pennsylvanian columnist James M. Beidler covers all the standard areas of research like census and land records to more advanced skills like finding an immigrants hometown, name changes, and finding secondary uses for primary sources. The Best Of Roots & Branches, Pennsylvania Genealogy And Family History Newspaper Column, Third Edition, is a collection of the most relevant and best articles selected from 14 years and over 700 columns.

Beidler provides expert advice and thought invoking tips to the study of family history. With such a wide range of experience and knowledge shared within the pages of this book, just about everyone will find something of value. This book lets the reader access the very best advice from a true professional with the skill to easily convey a message which is both easy to read and understand.

Column entries are categorized into 10 sections:

  • Records
  • Germans
  • Newspapers
  • Case Studies
  • Methodology
  • Philosophy
  • DNA
  • Resources
  • Websites
  • Vital Records

In addition, the last few pages include tips from the author. Tips are short, not written as articles but as direct advice. Review the contents below, there are a number of eye catching titles in the series


If interested in The Best Of Roots & Branches, Pennsylvania Genealogy And Family History Newspaper Column, Third Edition, then click here Family Roots Publishing to order; Item #: JBR01, Price: $19.60.



Editor’s Foreword

Author’s Preface


  • How the U.S. Census helps
  • Finding records begins at home
  • Turning up missing heirs

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Genealogy and the Law – A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian

Genealogy and the Law-Front_Cover

Life in the past, the life your ancestors lived, was different from our own. They still had to meet their basic requirements of work, food, shelter, family, and religion. People were born, they were christened, they married and had families, they worked and they died. They lived their lives. Some ran businesses or worked for others. Some lived in cities and other in the country. These things don’t change. However, the means in which people conducted their daily lives, and the records that document those lives vary from place to place and by cultural and religion. Some vital records are kept by churches, many by governments. No matter where a person lived, one thing is for sure, they lived under the laws that governed their homelands.

As a unique textbook, Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.



Chapter 1 — Understanding the Law

  • Creating a Law
  • Government Checks and Balances
  • The Changing Law
  • Law and the Courts
  • The Importance of time and Place
  • Quiz – Chapter 1: Understanding the Law

Chapter 2 — Understanding the Terminology

  • Origin of Terms
  • Dictionaries – Black and Bouvier; Legal Dictionaries, Print and Online; Genealogical Dictionaries
  • Quiz 2 – Chapter 2: Understanding the Terminology

Chapter 3 — Types of Law

  • Jurisprudence
  • Historical Background
  • Origin of Laws – Stautory Law – Case Law
  • Public and Private Laws
  • Laws of Time and Place
  • Subjects and Actions – Civil Actions – Criminal Actions
  • Equity
  • Bankruptcy

Chapter 4 — Finding the Pertinent Law

  • Legislative History
  • Genealogy of a Law – with Examples of a 1783 Division of Real Estate and an 1847 Naturalization Requirements law.
  • Quiz – Chapter 4: Finding the Pertinent Law

Chapter 5 — Sources to Use

  • Codes
  • Session Laws
  • Case Reporters and Digests
  • Law Review Articles
  • Treatises
  • Legal Databases
  • State “Blue Books”
  • Biographical Materials
  • Directories
  • Quiz – Chapter 5: Sources to Use

Chapter 6 — Where to Research

  • Law Libraries
  • Law Library of Congress
  • State Law Libraries
  • County Law Libraries
  • Law Schools Libraries
  • Other Libraries
  • Genealogical Libraries
  • Online Sources
  • Quiz – Chapter 6 – Where to Research

Chapter 7 — Citing Legal Sources

  • Codes
  • Reporters and Digests
  • Unpublished Cases
  • Statutes
  • Law Review Articles
  • Treatises
  • Citation Guides
  • Quiz – Chapter 7: Citing Legal Sources

Chapter 8 — Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

  • Laws and Everyday Life
  • Case Studies
  • Quiz – Chapter 8: Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

Appendix 1 — Vocabulary of the Law

Appendix 2 — Selected Bibliography

Appendix 3 — Answers to Quizzes

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Riverside Cemetery in Maumee, Ohio, Devastated By Huge Chunks of Ice


The Riverside Cemetery, in Maumee, Ohio is being devastated by large chunks of ice that have broken up along the Maumee River in Northern Ohio. The cemetery lies low near the river, and the ice has knocked over Civil War-era monuments, as well as causing all kinds of other damage. Some of the ice blocks are the size of small cars. It looks like about 90% off the headstones are down!

Read more about it in a March 17, 2015 AP article posted at the website.

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Discover Your Family History Online – Now 65% Off through March 23, 2015

fnw3Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search, by Nancy Hendrickson, begins with an education, or refresher, on the tools necessary to research on the web. Namely, the early chapters cover computer techniques, web browsing, and search skills. Chapters are filled with examples, images and more.

“Inside you’ll find:

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


About the Author

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



Chapter 1: Building Your Family Tree

Chapter 2: Computer Basics for the Online Genealogist

Chapter 3: Using Search Engines

Chapter 4: Online Databases

Chapter 5: Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Chapter 6: Life During Your Ancestors’ Era

Chapter 7: Google for Genealogists

Chapter 8: Land Records

Chapter 9: The Census

Chapter 10: Military Records

Chapter 11: Finding Local Resources Online

Chapter 12: Tracing Immigrant and American Indian Ancestors

Chapter 13: Share What You’ve Found

Chapter 14: Putting it all to Work

Appendix A: American Indian Resources by Geographic Region

Appendix B: Tracing Jewish Ancestors by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Appendix C: Tracing Slave Ancestors by Kenyatta D. Berry

Family Group Sheet

Records Checklist



Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search is available from Family Roots Publishing. Now 65% OFF Thru Thursday, March 13, 2015, or while supplies last. That’s only $8.75 each! Regular $24.99.

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Michigan Death Certificates From 1921 to 1939 Now Available FREE Online – #Genealogy

It was announced today that digitized images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 to 1939 are now freely available online. Digitized certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 were previously available. The index to 1940 through 1952 is said to be available soon. Privacy restrictions keep the actual images for that time period from being released. However, release will come annually, as the 75-year restriction passes. The addition of the 1921-1920 death certificates now brings the total number to 2.6 million.

For more information, see the Seeking Michigan blog.

Search for Michigan Death Certificates 1921 to 1939 by Using the Advanced Search found at the website. Instructions are included. Note that when using the advanced search at this link, you should unclick “Death Records 1897-1920,” and click on “Death Records 1921-1952.”

I searched for the name “Titus” across “all fields” as I could not get Surname to come up under Death Records 1921-1952. I got 304 results, all of which were from Death Certificates for the time period. Searching across all fields also allows the searcher to find females by their married names.

I then narrowed my search to just Tituses within Washtenaw County, getting 14 results. Very cool!


Search for Michigan Death Certificates 1897 to 1920 by Using the Advanced Search found at the website.

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RootsTech 2015 Registered 23,918 Attendees over 3 Days of Events

RootsTech 2015 was an amazing event. For the first time since 1984, I attended a major genealogy event and didn’t feel compelled to stand behind a table in the exhibit hall. I and nearly 24,000 other folks had a great time. Following is the latest about the event from FamilySearch:


RootsTech 2015 Breaks Records and Keeps Giving

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 17 March, 2015 — The fifth annual RootsTech 2015 conference, hosted by FamilySearch, is officially in the record books as registering 23,918 attendees over three days, an 83 percent increase over 2014. And it’s not done yet as the world’s largest family history conference. There are already plans to deliver over 1,000 local family discovery day events throughout the remainder of 2015. It’s another indicator that family history continues to be a strong and growing interest not only in the United States, but internationally as well. Attendees to RootsTech 2015 came from far and wide, hailing from 49 states (West Virginia was the holdout) and 37 countries.

The popular conference’s formula for success included attracting well-known keynote speakers, such as former First Lady Laura Bush, Donny Osmond, Tan Le, and A. J. Jacobs, who shared inspiring family stories, and offering a rich combination of more than 500 classes, exhibits, demonstrations, and fun entertainment designed to appeal to multiple generations of family members and broad family history interests. Select sessions from RootsTech 2015 can be viewed for free at

RootsTech 2015 also included Innovator Summit and Family Discovery Day. RootsTech-specific registrations were up 43 percent (10,216 paid attendees versus 7,253 for 2014) and Family Discovery Day was up 125 percent (15,765 attendees versus 6,900 in 2014, which includes some who also paid to attend RootsTech). Registrations for both were closed early because of popular demand and full sessions. Additionally, 20 sessions were broadcast live online, pulling in another 128,000 viewers. Family Discovery Day sessions and highlights can be viewed at

The Innovator Summit at Rootstech featured cutting-edge content for developers, business leaders, and enthusiasts seeking to use family history data and services. The summit saw increases in attendees, developer apps, and prize money from sponsors ($25,000) for the growing RootsTech Innovator Showdown that challenged developers to submit their entries for a possible share of the reward purse. This year’s big winner was StoryWorth, which provides simple solutions to help families preserve and share their family stories.

Another exciting fact is that before the lights were turned off for RootsTech 2015 on February 14, volunteers from locations worldwide were already busy preparing to deliver their own free local family discovery day events. Select sessions and planning resources from RootsTech 2015 have been recorded, translated in 10 languages, and made available online to support these local volunteer organizers. By the first week following the conference, 65 local family discovery day events had already been held, including 27 in Latin America, one in Korea, and another in the Philippines. Over 1,000 more events are expected to be held throughout 2015, significantly extending the reach and impact of this popular conference. Search online the growing list of local family discovery day events to find one near you.

The most popular question posed by many conference goers, media, and exhibitors was, “What about next year?”

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, which hosts the popular conference replied, “We are just thrilled to provide a forum where families and people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of family discovery and learn new ways to share and involve others, and the growing attendance numbers are certainly very encouraging.”

In 2016, in addition to the venue in Salt Lake City, the conference’s organizers plan on taking more advantage of live broadcasting, recording of content for online viewing, and further offering local family discovery day events worldwide as a way to continue expanding the popular conference’s reach.

To view select sessions of RootsTech 2015 online, go to and

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Documentary of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg Proposed


The 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment was in the Battle of Gettysburg, with over 200 soldiers killed or wounded (82% casualties). According to an AP article posted at the website, the soldiers bought time for Union troops, who eventually won the fight. Now film makers, with Bills Semans as the director, are looking for some $750,000 in Minnesota state funds to help produce a documentary. The group has raised over $100,000 for story research and development, but much more is needed.

Read more about the proposed film at the website.

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Celebrate the Scotch-Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

The following teaser is from an excellent article posted March 16, 2015 on the Deseret News website.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the invisible Irish, the Scotch-Irish. These are Scots who moved to Ireland four centuries ago, their offspring later immigrating to this country during the colonial period.

Once on these shores, the Scotch-Irish all but disappeared as a distinct group, dispersing and intermixing with other immigrant groups as they pushed westward and southward to the frontier.

Conversely, the Irish Catholic immigration was later, larger and more focused in urban areas, allowing them to retain a more distinct identity as Irish-Americans. But given that the American population was 15 percent Scotch-Irish at the time of the Revolution, there’s a good chance you may be a bit Scotch-Irish — and not even know it.

Read the full article.

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Call for Papers for FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois in 2016 – Deadline is April 10, 2015


The following is from Thomas McEntee, National Publicity Chair for the conference:

February 10, 2015 – Austin, TX – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for its 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

• Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.

• Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.

• Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.

• Great Britain and the former British Empire (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India); the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.

• Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.

• Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.

• Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.

• Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.

• Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.

• Society Management: Use of technology by and for societies; adaption to change; internal and external communication; meeting changing member needs and member engagement; education projects and events; society leadership; team building, implementing large projects.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal. The Call for Presentations is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015. This deadline is for all proposal submissions, including sponsored presentations.

Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at

Sponsored Presentations
Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information
Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent presentations, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

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