Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 5

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 5 – Mar. 23, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through April 5, 2011

Breakthrough! – A Review of Mocavo.com- the Latest in Genealogical Search Engines

New Death Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

Going to Salt Lake City?

United States Death & Probate Records at Posted at FamilySearch.org – The List

Newspapers: The Key to Documenting Your Family History, by Thomas Jay Kemp

Additional Marriage Records Found at FamilySearch.org as of March 23, 2011

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy
  • The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox
  • Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 on CD-ROM
  • More Dating Old Photographs 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION
  • Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors – Webinar on CD-ROM
  • Google for Genealogists – Webinar on CD-ROM

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Family Maps All Now Online at the FRPC Website

Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

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About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

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PARTLY PERSONAL
Bandit 1994-2011 RIP
Bandit passed away yesterday. He was a siamese cat that adopted us when he was just a tiny kitten. In early September of 1994, Patty and I were out at by the mailbox at our getaway place in South Dakota. Bandit was crying and hidden under a sign by the highway. He was almost all white, with a few markings that gave away his siamese heritage. He looked to be about 6 weeks old. He immediately became part of the family, traveling in the motor coach for 6 years, and then settling down with us in Bountiful, Utah. When he was young, he would spring up onto the passenger-side windshield visor in the RV, riding up there for hours. He slowed down as he got older, but stayed close to Patty and I. Wherever we were, he’d be nearby. Yesterday, he came in the kitchen asking for breakfast. I fed him, and he died of old age related issues a couple hours later – with us until the end. He was just over sixteen and a half years old. We will miss him.

Canceled out of attending the New England Regional Genealogy Conference
I’m sorry to report that I just canceled out of exhibiting at the New England Regional Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. With fuel costs way up and no end in sight, I made the decision that we would stay home, and not risk losing thousands of dollars of travel expenses. Honestly, in all my years of selling books I can’t remember canceling out of a conference before, but the economics just don’t work when 4600 miles of truck-travel at high fuel costs are involved. This means that we’ve got to make up for lost sales by using the Family Roots Publishing website – so please go over to the site and buy something! We’re offering FREE Shipping on all orders over $25 an an incentive!

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FREE USA SHIPPING ON ALL $25 OR MORE PURCHASES OF BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ORDERED AT THE FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING WEBSITE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011.

Since we can’t exhibit at Springfield, Massachusetts, we’ve extended our FREE SHIPPING sale through April 5. Buy $25 or more in books, charts, forms, or supplies at the Family Roots Publishing Co. online bookstore before Midnight MDT April 5, 2011, and the items ship free. FREE SHIPPING is available for purchases with items being delivered within the United States. Click here to search or browse over 1000 genealogy-related guidebooks, atlases and charts. Regional guidebooks for most countries, American states, and Canadian provinces are located here! Guides on writing, and recording genealogy, photography, DNA research, genealogy dictionaries, computer use, immigration, migration, and on & on are found at the site!

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BREAKTHROUGH – A REVIEW OF MOCAVO.COM – THE LATEST IN GENEALOGICAL SEARCH ENGINES

I haven’t made a breakthrough on any of my direct-line ancestors in years. All the easy research was done years ago, and most breakthroughs are now made after extensive research. However, prompted by the need to write a review of a new search engine, and with a little flexibility & persistence on my part, I now have the name of a previously unknown fourth great-grandfather, as well as vital record dates, and burial places for family members in Rensselaer County, New York.

I was very pleased when I had the chance a couple weeks ago to play with a new search developed by Cliff Shaw. Cliff is probably best known for bringing us a site called GenCircles.com years ago. His latest project is a free search engine called Mocavo.com.

Mocavo.com searches genealogy-related websites for terms that you type into the search-box found on the home page of the site. According to the website, Mocavo searches free genealogy content on the web. The search includes “genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. Similar to other search engines, Mocavo.com honors site owners by linking directly to their content.” I noted right-off that it was also searching digitized data at BYU servers, as well as digitized data from the Allen County Public Library. Many of the sources available to use today haven’t been around all that long, so an exacting search engine, combined with fresh content makes breakthroughs seem all that much more possible.

When Cliff initially sent me the link, and asked me to try the site out, but keep my mouth shut, I spent maybe a half hour trying various searches. I was impressed, and told him so. However, I’ve been very busy with a rapidly growing Family Roots Publishing Company business, and couldn’t get back to doing anything in depth until Friday. About noon I started searching for two of my my brick-wall ancestors. After searching for information on Timothy Titus (of New Perth, Washington County, NY), and coming up with the same things I already had, I moved on to Ebenezer Stephens, who died in Rensselaer County, New York in 1825. Ebenezer was my 5th great-grandfather, the father of Sally Anthony, and grand-father of Maria Anthony, who married William Canfield. William was the father of William Henry Canfield, about whom I wrote just a few days ago. I spent several hours searching, using Mocavo.com, and getting hits, but most often finding items that I’d posted online, or data I’d seen before.

According to his will, dated 28 April 1825, and probated in Rensselaer County, Ebenezer Stephens had left his “mansion house” to his wife, Elizabeth, and granted his daughters, Harriet Stephens, and Sally Anthony the right to live in the family home with their mother. His son, Ebenezer Stephens, was given the real estate and personal estate not otherwise disposed of. Upon the death of Elizabeth, cash was to be distributed to Betsy Raynor, Sally Anthony, John Stephens, Harriet Stephens, Susan Rheubottom, and George Stephens (relationships not given). The will was probated 3 November 1825. So I had an approximate death date and a few names to work with. I had proof that Sally Anthony was a fourth great-grandmother, but didn’t know her husband’s name. I found that Ebenezer Stephens was her father when the Rensselaer County Probate abstracts were published in book form a few years ago. They can now be found on the web. Over the years I’ve searched for the Stephens without much luck. I wasn’t having any luck with Mocavo.com either. So I got to thinking that maybe I should be searching on the surname of Stevens instead. I’ve done this in the past with no luck, but as I tell folks when speaking on brick-walls, sometimes we just have to wait until the data we need gets posted and is searchable before we find what we’re looking for. So I searched for <"Ebenezer Stevens" Rensselaer> using Mocavo.com. I got 199 hits, which seemed like a lot… I started checking each hit, going to the website, and using Control F and the term “Ebenezer Stephens” to search the entire page. I was on the 6th page (with 10 pages per hit), when I ran across a page from the “Interments in Rensselaer Co.” Searching on the page specifically for Ebenezer Stevens, I got two hits. The database was such that I found it easier to read by grabbing the lower right-hand corner, and dragging it out over nearly 35 inches of computer screen (2 monitors). The second Ebenezer Stephens was listed as the father of Sally Stephens, who died 30 January 1829 at age 48. Her husband was Tillinghast Anthony, and she was buried in Buckley #1 Cemetery in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY. I then found Ebenezer Stevens burial in the same cemetery, having died 5 May 1825 at age 72. I also found other family members buried in Buckley #1, or other Rensselaer County cemeteries. Breakthrough!

How long this massive USGenweb database has been posted I really don’t know. It seems to have about 92,000 entries currently. If I’d searched the Rensselaer County GenWeb site earlier, I most likely would have found the data before now, but that goes for all genealogical data. It’s often just setting out there waiting for us. Because Cliff Shaw built a fine and dandy new search for us, I found a new dead ancestor. Thanks, Cliff.

Now go try out Mocavo.com yourself.

Disclaimer – I have no affiliation whatsoever to Mocavo.com. I’m just a user, like the rest of you.

To view the above article with illustrations, click here.

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NEW DEATH RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

During the last week of February, FamilySearch posted a large index of North Carolina deaths. It covers the years 1931 through 1994. According to the website, the data comes from the North Carolina Dept. of Health, with the original documents housed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina. Note that the data posted is only an index, extracted from 1279 reels of microfilm at the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I did a search on the surname Daffern, and came up with 55 results, none of them specifically Daffern, with most being the variation of Daffron. Most of the family still spells it as Daffron, so I was pleased with what I got. Following is an example of what you can expect to see. I’m using the death record of William H Daffron. According to the Index, he was born in Chatham Co., NC in 1873, and died 24 Apr 1941 in Hadleys, Chatham, NC. He resided in Pittsboro, Chatham Co., NC. He was buried His father was William Daffern and mother Elder D. Copeland. He was married to Pearl Daffron.

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970
Also posted within the last fews day, was the Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 for 24 counties. There’s no index yet, but there are 301,249 images, made up of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The amount of data, and the years covered vary dramatically from county-to-county, with some counties having lots of data available at the site, and others very little. The following Illinois counties are included. Click on the link to see what records are available for that county – then browse those of interest. Note that although the database isn’t indexed, most of the scanned books include an index, so you don’t have to wade through will after will or probate after probate.

None of the Illinois counties that I wanted to browse are posted yet, but maybe some of you have ancestors in these counties.

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THINKING OF GOING TO SALT LAKE CITY?

If you’re considering a research trip at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City NOW IS A GREAT TIME! The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Family History Library is offering special genealogy discounts for April and May 2011. Your discount will depend on the dates you reserve. They offer microwaves and refrigerators in every room, a full service restaurant, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet and a complimentary airport shuttle. Call them at 800-366-3684 or e-mail at admin@plaza-hotel.com and mention the Genealogy Newsline to receive your discount rate.

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UNITED STATES DEATH & PROBATE RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG – THE LIST

The following 78 databases can all be accessed at FamilySearch.org. They currently cover 41 states plus the District of Columbia. In addition, you will find two USA-wide indexes at the end of this list. Note that of the 78 databases, 27 of them contained digitized images of the original documents.

Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952– Name index to death and burial records from the state of Alabama – 105,825 Records as of 4 May 2010

Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 -Name index to death certificates from the state of Alabama – 1,858,819 Records as of 5 May 2010

Arizona Death and Burials, 1910-1911; 1933-1994 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arizona – 10,168 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951Imaged Records -Published images and index of Arizona death certificates. The certificates are arranged in chronological order within each county – 265,726 Records as of 24 Mar 2010

Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arkansas – 38,956 Records after 27 Apr 2010

California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931Imaged Records -This project was indexed in partnership with the California Genealogical Society and Library. Name index and images of funeral home records from the Halsted N. Gray – Carew & English Mortuary Collection, located at the San Francisco Public Library. Images for all years in collection can be browsed, but name index currently covers only years 1896-1931. Collection includes a number of different funeral homes acquired over time by the Halsted N. Gray – Carew & English Mortuary company, most from the San Francisco area, but also including some from Burlingame, Stockton, and Sacramento. The collection includes funeral register books, burial registers, account books, case books, etc. Indexes appear at the beginning of some volumes – 98,871 Records as of 15 Sep 2010

Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934-Name index to death and burial records from the state of Connecticut – 2,010,970 Records as of 6 May 2010

Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955Imaged Records – Name index and images of Delaware statewide death records – 209,962 Records as of 14 Jan 2011

Delaware Death and Burials, 1815-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Delaware – 1,653 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

District of Columbia Death and Burials, 1840-1964 – Name index to death and burial records from the District of Columbia – 372,173 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Florida Death and Burials, 1900-1921 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Florida – 24,800 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 – Name index of Florida death records created by Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida – 471,800 Records as of 29 Mar 2010

Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927 Imaged Records – Name index and images of Georgia statewide deaths – 305, 880 Records as of 28 Mar 2010

Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930Imaged Records – Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers – 123,419 Records as of 5 Nov 2010

Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862-1919 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Hawaii – 105,070 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937 – The certificates are arranged numerically by file number, with a rough chronological arrangement by death date, i.e. month and year – 106,484 Records as of 27 Mar 2010

Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Idaho – 31,253 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922 Imaged Records – Name index and images of deaths recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915 – 1,431,659 Records as of 30 Apr 2010

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 – Name index of deaths and stillbirths in Illinois, 1916-1947. Includes records for Cook County and Chicago – 2,879,598 Records as of 13 Aug 2010

Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956Imaged Records currently Browsable by Parish – unindexed – Records are found for the following 26 counties: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death (to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman Catholic Church – 34,135 images as of 13 Nov 2010

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970Browsable Imaged Records – Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. – 301,249 images as of 16 Mar 2011

Iowa Death and Burials, 1850-1990 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Iowa – 398,978 Records as of 6 May 2010

Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Kansas – 39,907 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Kentucky – 637,320 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875; 1874-1954 – Name index to statewide deaths. Coverage: missing years between 1875-1893; has only a few entries for 1894-1904. One part of these death records includes death records for only Jefferson Parish, 1850-1875 and 1905-1921. The statewide records for all parishes cover 1911-1954 – 664,511 Records as of 6 Apr 2010

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files, 1804-1846 – Name index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file consists of multiple images.The event date is the probate date – 7,080 Records as of 15 Mar 2011

Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Maine – 172,879 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Maryland – 11,686 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Maryland Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983Imaged Records – Browsable Digital images (currently unindexed) from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s – 170,228 images as of Mar 18, 2011

Maryland, Probate Estate & Guardianship Files 1796-1940 – Name index and images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the county courthouse. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Caroline (1838-1940), Cecil (1851-1940), Prince George’s (1796-1940), and Queen Anne’s (1833-1940), and portions of Calvert (1882-1940) – 20,533 Records as of 22 Mar 2011

Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Massachusetts – 1,563,610 Records as of 16 Dec 2010

Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915Imaged Records – Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and certificates. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the second page of the form is on the next image. The death registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town – 2,744,355 Records as of 25 Jan 2011

Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Michigan – 1,355,265 Records after 4 May 2010

Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897Imaged Records – Name index and images of Michigan statewide death registration entries – 507,342 Records as of 5 May 2010

Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Minnesota – 1,434,142 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Missouri – 58,813 Records after 6 May 2010

Montana, Rosebud County RecordsBrowsable Images – Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana – 54,808 images as of 23, Mar 2011

New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947Imaged Records – Name index and images of New Hampshire death records. Records consist of index cards that give the name of the deceased, date and place of death, plus often much more information, such as age, place of birth and names of parents. With the town and date of death, the original records can usually be located – 581,056 Records as of 10 Jun 2010

New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New Hampshire – 262,660 after 6 May 2010

New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New Jersey – 1,122,330 Records after 6 May 2010

New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New Mexico – 9,627 Records after 27 Apr 2010

New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945 – Name index of death certificates and records of death – 167,925 Records as of 5 Nov 2010

New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of New York – 701,396 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923 – Brief indexes of estate files. The files may include lists of heirs, oaths of executors, reports of witnesses, forms about guardians, etc. – 168,543 Records as of 11 Mar 2011

North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of North Carolina – 2,742,609 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

North Carolina Deaths,1906-1930Imaged Records – Name index and images of death certificates recorded in North Carolina – 615,657 Records as of 21 Jan 2011

North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994 – Name index to deaths recorded in North Carolina – 2,642,875 Records as of 25 Feb 2011

North Carolina Davidson County Deaths 1914-1984 Browsable Images, by year, currently unindexed – The entire collection of vital records files contain 79,127 images as of 24 Mar 2010

Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio – 2,535,557 Records as of 27 Apr 2010

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953Imaged Records – Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates – 3,541,457 Records as of 23 Apr 2010

Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004Browsable Imaged Records, Currently unindexed – Death Records are included. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc. The following counties are found in the database: Allen, Crawford. Defiance. Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot. 101,982 images as of 26 Mar 2010

Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files 1813-1900Browsable imaged records – not indexed yet – Probate case files from the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The files are arranged by docket number, case number and date – 1,054,666 images as of 22 Mar 2011

Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903-1947 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Oregon – 29,035 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 Imaged Records – This collection has several types of records: 1) Death certificate, 2) Return of Death with a hospital certificate, physician’s certificate, and an undertaker’s certificate, and 3) Transit Permit with the permit to move a body and an undertaker’s certificate concerning the move. The records give the name of the deceased plus the date and place of death and/or burial. The records may also give the date and place of birth, names of parents and spouse, cause of death, and other information – 1,556,855 Records as of 5 Nov 2010

Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Rhode Island – 846,069 Records after 7 May 2010

South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943Imaged Records – Name index and images of South Carolina death records. Original records created by South Carolina Department of Health. Records are arranged by year and alphabetically by locality. Records from 1915-1943 were acquired from South Carolina Department of Archives and History – 636,445 Records as of 6 Apr 2010

South Carolina Deaths, 1944-1955 – Name index of South Carolina death records created by South Carolina Department of Health – 231,138 Records as of 27 Mar 2010

Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Tennessee – 227,540 Records as of 15 Dec 2010

Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1955Imaged Records – Name index and images of Tennessee death certificates. Statewide death registration began in 1914 – 1,276,298 Records as of 21 Jan 2011

Texas Death Index, 1964-1998 – Name index to Texas statewide death certificates – 4,13,934 Records as of 29 Mar 2010

Texas Death and Burials, 1903-1973 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Texas – 274,258 Records after 7 May 2010

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976Imaged Records – Name index and images of Texas statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index was created by FamilySearch, and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 – 4,281,854 Records as of 20 Apr 2010

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1905Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records – 317,420 images as of 3 Mar 2011

Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985Browsable Imaged Records, currently unindexed as a full collection – Including births, marriages, deaths, court records, deed records, divorce records, naturalization records, probate records, and indexes for each of these record sets. 153,682 Images as of 9 Mar 2011

Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956Imaged Records – Name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates – 263,277 Records as of 30 Apr 2010

Utah Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Utah – 148,933 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Utah, Salt Lake County Deaths Records, 1908-1949Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Utah Genealogical Association. Name index and images for Salt Lake County death records from 1908-1949. The volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries are arranged numerically. Deaths from 1908-1949 were recorded on certificates . They are arranged numerically by registered number then by date of death (i.e. month & year). Some records in this collection may be for deaths occurring before 1908 where the remains were re-interred between 1908 and 1949 – 80,970 Records as of 15 Apr 2010

Vermont Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Vermont – 74,099 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 721,132 Records as of 23 Feb 2011

Utah, Veterans with Federal Service buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966 Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Utah Genealogical Association. Name index and images of cemetery cards of veteran burials in the state of Utah to 1966. 18,924 Records as of 16 Sep 2010

Virginia Death and Burials, 1853-1912 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Virginia Deaths – 785,241 Records after 27 Apr 2010

Virginia, Fluvanna County – Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1829-1976 Browsable Imaged Records – The funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed except for the one covering 1973-1976 – 1,866 images as of 13 Nov 2010

Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 – Name index of Washington statewide death certificates – 975,866 Records as of 26 Apr 2010

West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of West Virginia – 48,702 Records as of 13 Dec 2010

West Virginia Deaths, 1853-1970 – Imaged Records – Name index of West Virginia statewide and county death records. The statewide death index covers years 1917-1956 and includes all 55 West Virginia counties. The county deaths index covers years 1853-1970. Data is searchable for all state and county records. However, records within each county may not be available for the full year range – 2,408,098 Records as of 15 May 2010

Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 – 454,484 Records as of 25 Jan 2011

United States Death and Burials, 1867-1961 – A name index to small sets of death and burial records from a few states – 3,130 Records as of 27 Dec 2010

U.S.A. Social Security Death Index – A name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962 – 88,958,502 Records as of 8 Mar 2011

The above article is available with illustrations at GenealogyBlog.com.

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NEWSPAPERS: THE KEY TO DOCUMENTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
by Tom Kemp:

Read this article at Genealogyblog.com, complete with illustrations.

Genealogists are hungry for details about the lives of our ancestors, information that can only be found in newspapers. To get to know our ancestors better—the lives they lived, their hardships and triumphs—you need to know their stories. For that kind of information, nothing beats an archive of historical newspapers. Today there are thousands of newspapers online, from big cities and small towns all across America, easily searchable on the Internet.

Newspapers have been published in the U.S. since 1690. The great thing about newspapers is that most are published every day, providing information that gives genealogists the crucial details necessary to document every member on the family tree. Newspapers are essential to family history research, as the following two stories illustrate.

19th Century Tragedy in the Ayres Family

The Ayres family lived in Westchester County, New York, in the mid-nineteenth century. Census records provide important information about this family, but don’t tell the entire story. Tragedy struck the family in 1848, as we discover only by digging deeper into some old newspapers.

The 1850 Census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York, listed James Ayres (born in 1817) and his wife Ann (also born in 1817). The Census also listed their three children: James H. (born in 1842), Sarah (born in 1844), and Frederica (born in 1849).

  • James Ayres – 33 – m- tailor
  • Ann Ayres – 33 – f
  • James H Ayres – 8 – m
  • Sarah Ayres – 6 – f
  • Frederica – 1- f

Looking at this family closely, we see that there is a suspicious five-year gap in the ages of the two youngest children: Sarah is 6 and Frederica 1. These gaps are often the most difficult to research—and yet often turn up the most interesting and poignant family history. You can’t rely on census records alone to find every member of a family, or the family’s complete story.

Death was something people in 1850 were all too familiar with. The life expectancy was only around 39 years. Infant mortality was shockingly high—roughly 22 out of every 100 live births died as infants. Is there an Ayres family tragedy that the above record does not reveal—was there a child born that had died before the 1850 Census? Newspapers provide the answer, revealing a painful part of the Ayres family history.

In the Dec. 12, 1848, issue of the Hudson River Chronicle (Sing Sing, New York), there is an obituary notice for the daughter of James and Ann Ayres: Lovina Ayres, who was born Aug. 7, 1846, and died Nov. 26, 1848.

Now, notice these dates: 1846 to 1848. Little Lovina was born and died in between the census years; she was gone before the 1850 Census began recording the names of every member of the Ayres family. And so, her name was never recorded in a census. Without the account in the Hudson River Chronicle this little girl might have been omitted from the Ayres family history.

And there is more. Accompanying the obituary, the family inserted this notice—and suddenly the personal connection is made, and we can feel the Ayres’ sorrow:

“At Tarrytown, on the 28th Ult. after a short illness of only three day, Lovina, younget daughter of James E. and Ann Ayres, aged 2 years, 4 mos, and 20 days.
The anguished heart can ne’er forget,
That last loved heavenly smile.
Which round her lips so sweetly played,
Whilst sinking ‘neath the stroke of death,
Her spirit seemed in converse sweet,
With angels from the mercy seat.

The Hudson River Chronicle gives us not only the fact that Lovina was their child, it gives us the actual poem that the parents chose to remember her by. For a brief moment we are standing there in the home—feeling the grief of our ancestors as they lived it.

Newspapers Fill In Gaps and Provide Intimate Details
Newspapers not only fill in gaps in census records, they provide intimate family details that humanize genealogy research. Imagine if the Ayres were part of your family tree and you found this newspaper notice. Suddenly, you’ve come to know something about their lives; you’ve shared their grief, holding onto the image of the smile on Lovina’s lips as their darling two-year-old girl passed away. They’ve become part of your family. Your family tree is just not complete without the details that are readily available in newspapers.

As this story illustrates, newspapers are an essential tool for documenting American family histories.

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MORE UNITED STATES MARRIAGE RECORDS POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.COM

The following Marriage Databases have been posted since I published my Long List a while back. Note that I have updated the Long List of Marriages through 23 March 2011.

California County Marriages 1850-1952 – Name index of marriage records including a number of different type of documents such as licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, stubs, etc. – 158,202 Records as of 8 Mar 2011.

Delaware Marriages 1913-1954 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Delaware – 112,894 records as of 17 Feb 2011 – up from just over 8,000 a few days ago.

All New Database – Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1910 – Images of marriage registers and records made by county clerks in Kansas. Includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Clay, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson. 136,726 images as of 11 February, 2011.

Maryland Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983
The Maryland Register of Wills Books 1792-1983 have just been posted, but are not yet indexed, at FamilySearch.org. They are made up of 170,228 browsable images for Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s counties.

Montana, Rosebud County Records 1911-1938Browsable Imaged Records – No index yet- Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana – 40,990 images as of Mar 8 2011

All New Database – New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947 – name index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage. – 501,128 records as of 17 February, 2011.

Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977- Many new records added! – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 286,668 records as of 22 Mar 2011.

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1905Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records – 317,420 images as of 3 Mar 2011

Mills County, Texas County Clerk Records, 1841-1985
Note that the County Clerk Records of Mills County, Texas have just been posted at FamilySearch.org. These are browsable Imaged Records, currently unindexed as a full collection – Including births, marriages, deaths, court records, deed records, divorce records, naturalization records, probate records, and indexes for each of these record sets. 153,682 Images as of 9 Mar 2011.

All New Database – Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954Imaged Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. As more data is received, the remaining year ranges will be incrementally updated – 721,132 Records as of 23 Feb 2011.

Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950Browsable Imaged Records – Not Indexed yet – Various marriage records for Surry County, Virginia, including certificates to obtain a marriage license, marriage bonds and consents, marriage licenses, and marriage returns. All records are from the Register of Deeds Office, Surry, Virginia – 19,618 images as of 17 Mar 2011

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THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two books, and reprinting several reviews from the last issue.

THE HIDDEN HALF OF THE FAMILY: A SOURCEBOOK FOR WOMEN’S GENEALOGY; by Christina K. Schaefer; Published 1999, Reprinted, 2008; 310 pp

By law and by custom, women’s individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records–the conventional sources of genealogical identification–all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors.

Whether listed under their maiden names, married names, patronymic/matronymic surnames or some other permutation, or hidden under such terms as “Mrs.,” “Mistress,” “goodwife,” “wife of,” or even “daughter of,” it is clear that women are hard to find. But while women may never be as easy to locate as their male counterparts, Christina Schaefer here pioneers an approach to the problem that just might set genealogy on its head! And her solution is simplicity itself: Look closely at those areas where the female ancestor interacts with the government and the legal system, she advises, where law, precedent, and even custom mandate the unequivocal identification of all parties, male and female. According to this thesis, the legal status of women at any point in time is the key to unraveling the identity of the female ancestor, and therefore this work highlights those laws, both federal and state, that indicate when a woman could own real estate in her own name, devise a will, enter into contracts, and so on.

The first part of the book–a lengthy and informative introduction–deals with the special ways women are dealt with in federal records such as immigration records, passports, naturalization records, census enumerations, land records, military records, and records dealing with minorities. All such records are discussed with reference to their impact on women, as are a group of miscellaneous, non-governmental records, including newspapers, cemetery records, city directories, church records, and state laws covering common law marriages and marriage and divorce registration.

The bulk of this absorbing new reference work, however, deals with the individual states, showing how their laws, records, and resources can be used in determining female identity. Each state section begins with a time line of events, i.e. important dates in the state’s history, following which is a detailed listing of eight key categories of information:
(1) Marriage and Divorce (marriage and divorce laws and where to find marriage and divorce records);
(2) Property and Inheritance (women’s legal status in a state as reflected in statute law, code, and legislative acts);
(3) Suffrage (information as to when any voting rights were granted prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920);
(4) Citizenship (dates when residents of an area became U.S. citizens);
(5) Census Information (special notes on searching federal, state, and territorial enumerations);
(6) Other (information on welfare, pensions, and other laws affecting women);
(7) Bibliography (books and articles relating to women in the state, historical and biographical sources, and publications regarding legal history and jurisprudence); and
(8) Selected Resources for Women’s History (addresses of state archives, historical societies, and libraries; women’s studies programs, women’s history programs);
(9) and more.

This engrossing new work is as amazing as it is informative: amazing because it shows how women have been written out of genealogical history; informative because it demonstrates how their identities can be recovered. This is a new and promising path in genealogy, suggesting fruitful avenues of research and many new possibilities.

The Hidden Half of the Family is available at Family Roots Publishing, at 5% off with FREE Shipping through Midnight MST April 5, 2011.

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THE GENEALOGISTS GOOGLE TOOLBOX, by Lisa Louise Cook; 2011, Soft Cover; 209 pp; 8.5×11

This new book on using Google for genealogy is an excellent volume. Lisa is known for her Genealogy Gems podcast website, and had become a popular speaker on the lecture circuit during the last couple of years. She lectured on using Google Earth at RootsTech, which was very well received.

According to Lisa, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us.

The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Caffeine & Search Options Column
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Web Sites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 7: Gmail
  • Chapter 8: iGoogle – Your Personal Genealogy Home Page
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Timeline
  • Chapter 11: Google Translate & Translation Toolkit
  • Chapter 12: YouTube & Google Video
  • Chapter 13: Google Earth Overview
  • Chapter 14: Google Earth – Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth – Organizing, Naming & Sharing
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth – Historic Maps & Images
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth – Fun with Images & Video
  • Chapter 19: Family History Tour Maps
  • Chapter 20: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I like the guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them.

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox is available at Family Roots Publishing for just $25.00. Purchase before Midnight MDT April 5, 2011 and get FREE SHIPPING!

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THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS ARE REPRINTED FROM THE GENEALOGY NEWSLINE VOL. 1 #4:

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs. They rely almost entirely on descriptions. This book on CD-ROM is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date. There are over 700 pictures covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of 1839-1860, the ambrotypes of 1854-1860s, the tintypes of 1856-1900, the carte-de-visites of 1859-1890s, and the cabinet cards of 1866-1910.

Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine. The book then goes on to graphically show the photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – pages 8 & 9
  • The 1850s – pages 10-13
  • 1860-1864 – pages 14-17
  • 1865-1869 – pages 18-20
  • 1870-1874 – pages 21-24
  • 1875-1879 – pages 25-26
  • 1880-1884 – pages 27-30
  • 1885-1889 – pages 31-36
  • 1890-1894 – pages 37-43
  • 1895-1899 – pages 44-51
  • 1900-1904 – pages 52-60
  • 1905-1909 – pages 61-69
  • 1910-1914 – pages 70-77
  • 1915-1919 – pages 78-84
  • 1920-1924 – pages 85-89
  • 1925-1929 – pages 90-93

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 5 to 8 pictures. To make the book even more valuable, the photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

System requirements:

PC or Mac with Windows installed for auto start. Since the pages are pdf files they are readable under either Windows or Mac OS. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or later.

Purchase this CD-ROM at Family Roots Publishing for just $11.88 (including postage) – or get it FREE with your purchase of the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs. See the review of the new More Dating Old Photographs below:

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MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects:

  • Photographic Jewelry
  • Other Formats
  • Manipulated Images
  • Retouching
  • Hand Coloring
  • Crayon Portraits
  • Photo Editing
  • Watch out for copies
  • Noticing the Details
  • Photographer’s Imprint
  • Clothing
  • Women
  • Bodices
  • Sleeves
  • Accessories
  • Hats and Bonnets
  • Women’s Hair
  • Men
  • Coats
  • Ties
  • Vests
  • Men’s Hair
  • Children
  • Occupational Clothing
  • Ethnic Dress
  • Special Occasions
  • Oddities in the Collection
  • A Case Study
  • Caring for Your Photographs
  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Space Considerations

The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – page 18
  • The 1850s – pages 19-20
  • 1860-1864 – pages 21-24
  • 1865-1869 – pages 25-28
  • 1870-1874 – pages 29-32
  • 1875-1879 – pages 33-37
  • 1880-1884 – pages 38-43
  • 1885-1889 – pages 44-48
  • 1890-1894 – pages 49-54
  • 1895-1899 – pages 55-60
  • 1900-1904 – pages 61-67
  • 1905-1909 – pages 68-74
  • 1910-1914 – pages 75-83
  • 1915-1919 – pages 84-92
  • 1920-1924 – pages 93-100
  • 1925-1929 – pages 101-108
  • Unusual photos – pages 109-112
  • Hand Colored – pages 113-117

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

Posting this mention of the CD-ROM produced for the webinar I gave on February 16 seems a bit self-serving, but I’m actually kind of proud of the way it turned out. It is now shipping!

Recording this webinar was fun, a bit frustrating because of technology challenges, and very worthwhile! I was able to cover numerous resources, with a wonderful response from a worldwide audience.

Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

Features

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 16, 2011. 1 hour 21 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

Viewers’ comments:

  • Leland’s info gave me a few more options in finding my historical ladies. This may just pull my ox out of the ditch.
  • There was a lot of good information. I can hardly wait to try it out.
  • Learned a few new tips and it was nice to get a refresher on old ones. I really liked hearing about the German Parrish Registries, that’s going to be very helpful!
  • Leland was terrific! Informative, entertaining, and enjoyable.
  • Great info; could hear the passion in Leland’s voice
  • Enjoyed the many hints and can’t wait to try out a few. Have enjoyed Leland’s work with Heritage Quest and Gen. Helper in the past.
  • I like having all of these sources in one place. When I finish checking one, I can just move to the next source. It will give some order to my research.
  • I got so much info from the class. Can’t wait to go searching with all the new ideas I just learned. Thanks so much for offering this webinar. I would be very interested in any other webinars that Leland gives.
  • The information shared was excellent. The pace was good and I like the opportunity for Q&A at the end. I also like the ability to download his handouts.
  • Great ideas, I think I can now break a brickwall that is twenty years old!
  • This webinar certainly opened my eyes to the importance of using records that I have not tried before.
  • Soooo much good information of places to look. I’m encouraged! Thank you.
  • Excellent review for those who have been researching a long time. Also, a great guide for newcomers.
  • Leland was fantastic…he has given me so many more options for finding my female ancestors…I can hardly wait to get started. I especially found the German Parish Records information very helpful as I had hit a brick wall on many of them, now I have something to go on…thank you for these webinars.
  • A LOT of great information! I have renewed energy now to find a few of my female in-laws!

The Chasing Women CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GOOGLE FOR GENEALOGISTS – Webinar on CD-ROM – presented by Thomas MacEntee

My friend, Thomas McEntee, presented this Webinar just over two months ago. I was lucky enough to be able to catch the Webinar live, and came away from the program very impressed. I learned a lot – and enjoyed the entire program. You will too.

Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 5, 2011.1 hour 28 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

About the author: Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

The Google for Genealogists CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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MORE GENEALOGY NEWS

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ESSENTIAL BOOKS FROM FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY

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FAMILY MAP PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT #2:
Family Roots Publishing Co. is now marketing the Arphax U.S.A. Land Ownership Atlases. There are currently about 500 of them, for many of the states. They are all now posted. CLICK HERE to see an example description from Baldwin County, Alabama. Look for your county Family Map Atlas under the State Category at the FRPC site.

These wonderful atlases can be included in our free shipping sale going on until Midnight MDT, April 5, 2011. An official review and announcement will be made in the next Newsline

We have Land Ownership Atlases for the following states (the number following the state is how many county atlases are currently available)

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POPULAR BOOKS FEATURED IN PAST GENEALOGY NEWSLINES

THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

Family Roots Publishing is now offering this wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

GUIDE TO THE GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF ITALY – REGION OF SICILY by George E. Ott

George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

  • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
  • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
  • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
  • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
  • Maps of each province showing town locations.
  • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
  • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

RECORDING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, by William Fletcher

This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch

Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.
Google Your Family Tree is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide

Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased at 10% off, making the price $17.95 through Tuesday, April 5, 2011. All new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, April 5, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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CHECK OUT AREA-INFO.NET

I’ve just begun writing a genealogy column for a new website entitled Area-Info.net. The column is owned by my friends, Lee Everton and John Hardy. It’s set up so that you write the local news – including obituaries, family info, and such. As Lee says, “It’s about the people.” I think the site is a great idea. Check it out.

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FAMILY CHRONICLE MAGAZINE
I write for Family Chronicle, a delightful genealogy magazine that I recommend to everyone. For more information about the publication and to download a free issue, click here.

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LELAND K. MEITZLER BIOGRAPHY
Mr. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. Mr. Meitzler worked as Managing Editor for Heritage Quest Magazine from 1985 through 2005, and held the same position with Everton Publishers, editing The Genealogical Helper, from 2006 until February of 2009. He is the now co-owner of Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, and writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com. Meitzler conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, now in its 27th year. With over 2000 lectures to his credit, his programs are always motivational and informative. He may be contacted at Leland@familyrootspublishing.com

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Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 # 4

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #4 – Mar. 12, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the fourth edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal

Free USA Shipping on Purchases of $25 or more at FRPC through March 22, 2011

United States Military Post Returns Dating From 1806 Through 1916

Accessing the Pennsylvania Archives

Additional Marriage Records Found at FamilySearch.org as of February 21, 2011

Email to the Editor

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 on CD-ROM
  • More Dating Old Photographs 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION
  • Google Your Family Tree – Unlock the Hidden Power of Google
  • Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors – Webinar on CD-ROM
  • Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815
  • Google for Genealogists – Webinar on CD-ROM

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Family Map Pre-Announcement

Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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PARTLY PERSONAL

I’m afraid I’m still struggling to get the Newsline on schedule. In the last 30 days I’ve had three major conferences to attend and all kinds of deadlines to meet. Needless to say, it took a while to get back at the Newsline. I’ve hired several employees, and given a few more days we should get into the groove around here. I’ve also held this up for the last few days, hoping that FamilySearch.org would get through doing their server upgrade, which has caused the website to be down most of the time for nearly a week. It seems the new system, which includes a full back-up of all data, is still buggy. It was up early this morning for a bit, but now it’s down again. So I’ve decided to go ahead and send this out. Additions that I hoped to write about will be in another Newsline later in the week.

In the last Newsline, I promised that I’d let readers know where Hazel Mills (my long-term secretary) is now living. She had a stroke, and is now at Heartwood Extended Health Care, 1649 E 72nd St, Room 311, Tacoma, WA 98404. Cards and letters of encouragement would be welcomed, I’m sure.

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UNITED STATES MILITARY POST RETURNS DATING FROM 1806 THROUGH 1916

The February 20, 2011 edition of Ancestry.com’s Weekly Discovery noted that United States Military Post Returns dating from 1806 through 1916 had been updated, complete with a free index at Ancestry.com. That got me to thinking about my great-grandfather, and led to some remarkable discoveries.

My great-grandfather, Henry Canfield, fought with volunteer Michigan Cavalry throughout the Civil War. As the war ended, he reenlisted and according to family lore, went west, dying at Camp Douglas in Salt Lake City in March of 1866. Over the last 30 years, I’ve done a lot of research on Henry, and have pulled together a fair amount of material on the man. The posting of the US Military Post returns has placed records in my hands that I saw at the National Archives in Washington D.C. in the summer of 1982. At the time, I made note of some of the information, did not see it all, and wished many times over the years that I’d spent more time and gotten copies of documents. I now have those documents and more…

In searching the Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916 collection, I located documents relating to Henry Canfield in post returns of Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as Camp Douglas, Utah. The returns noting 1st Lieutenant Henry Canfield were dated from July 9, 1865 through March of 1866.

With this information, as well as numerous other records, I just wrote an article that be will published in the July/August issue of Family Chronicle – telling the story of my great-grandfather’s life and his military service, and the records I used to document those months.

I located 17 documents in the Military Post database all listing Henry Canfield. The earlier returns, from Fort Collins, Colorado, dealt with his service keeping stage routes open, then being on court martial duty in Denver, and by January of 1866 (in Camp Douglas returns), being sick, and dying in March of 1866. The example below lists 1st Lieut. Henry Canfield with the 7th Michigan Cavalry as absent on detached service commanding Company B at Coopers Creek, Dakota Territory. Note that I found the documents using a variety of spellings for Henry’s name – Canfield, Caufield, Camfield, and Harry as well as Henry. I also browsed the images.

The following is from the Ancestry.com website:

About U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916

This database contains returns from U.S. military posts from the early 1800’s to 1916, with a few returns extending through 1917.

Army Regulations stipulated that every post was to submit a return to the Adjutant General, usually at monthly intervals. These returns showed:

  • The units stationed at each post
  • The strength of each unit
  • Names and duties of the officers
  • Number of officers present and absent
  • Listing of official communications received
  • Record of events

This information was returned on forms provided by the Office of the Adjutant General. Over the years, several changes were made to the forms, but the general information recorded was the same. In the earlier years some returns were sent on manuscript forms. These manuscript forms followed the format of the printed forms. Earlier post returns also used the same forms as the regimental and organizational returns.

While most of the records in this collection consist of monthly post returns, some additional records, such as morning reports, field returns, rosters of officers, and other related papers, have been mixed in. These additional records provide supplemental information or act as substitutes for missing returns. Records are available for military posts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Cuba, Panama Canal Zone, Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, and Mexico.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations:

  • California State Genealogical Alliance
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • Nebraska State Genealogy Society
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
  • SFGenealogy.com

Original data:

Returns From U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M617, 1,550 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

See if you can find your ancestor in these records.

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ACCESSING THE PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES

Footnote.com is one of my favorite websites. Found among the many databases located there is the entire series of the Pennsylvania Archives. It’s one of the FREE databases found at Footnote.com, and one of the most useful, if you’ve got early Pennsylvania people.

You’ll find the following types of early Pennsylvania records at the site:

  • Church Records
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Governors and their Constituents
  • Land Warrantee Records (1730-1898)
  • Militia Records and Council of Safety
  • Oaths of Allegiance, Naturalization and Ship Manifests
  • Tax Records

In searching on the surname Meitzler, I got 11 hits. Some of these hits included more than one Meitzler. They included 6 documents for Meitzlers who were found on Militia Lists and Muster Rolls (War of 1812); two Meitzler entries for families who were found on tax rolls, one document for Meitzlers who were Pennsylvania land warrantees, and two hits that were just to index entries.

Learn more. There’s an excellent article about the Pennsylvania Archives, written by my friend, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, found here. Search for your ancestors in The Pennsylvania Archives – FREE at Footnote.com.

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ADDITIONAL MARRIAGE RECORDS FOUND AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG AS OF FEBRUARY 21, 2011:

Note that at the time of this posting, FamilySearch is in a server upgrade process, and may still be down when you read this info.

In checking FamilySearch.org, I see that a number of new and updated United States Marriage Records have been posted. I have also updated my complete FamilySearch U.S.A. Marriage Records posting of January 30 to reflect these new databases and records as of February 21, 2011. More may be there now.

Delaware Marriages 1913-1954 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Delaware – 112,894 records as of 17 Feb 2011 – up from just over 8,000 a few days ago.

All New Database – Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1910 – Images of marriage registers and records made by county clerks in Kansas. Includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Clay, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery,Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson. 136,726 images as of 11 February, 2011.

All New Database – New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947 – name index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage. – 501,128 records as of 17 February, 2011.

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Email from Deberah Martinez, Peachtree City, PA

I really enjoy reading your Genealogy Newsline. There’s one thing you should point out to your readers regarding the FamilySearch.org Marriage Indexes. I found the entry for my ancestor Lizzie Steinbach and her husband John Muller(also known as Johan Muller and John Miller). The date of marriage given on this index record was really the date the marriage was registered at the county office. I have a photostat of the original document from Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin. Tell your readers that the “marriage” date from the index may be the “registration date” and they should go ahead and request a copy of the original document from the county that houses the record to verify the correct marriage date.
Keep sending the Newsline. Thanks.

Leland’s Note: Thanks Deberah, Good point. In Genealogy Newsline Vol.1 #3, I posted links to marriage records found at FamilySearch.

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THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be lecturing and leading hands-on workshops throughout the week – 10 altogether. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing several books, two on identifying old photos, one on using Google for genealogy, one on American migrations, my CD-ROM on chasing women, and thomas MacEntee’s on Google for genealogists.

DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840-1929 on CD-ROM; pdf format; auto-run; originally published in 2000; republished as a CD-ROM 2011 by Family Roots Publishing Co. L.L.C.; 94pp.; item #: FR0115; $12.00 price includes postage within the United States.

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs. They rely almost entirely on descriptions. This book on CD-ROM is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date. There are over 700 pictures covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of 1839-1860, the ambrotypes of 1854-1860s, the tintypes of 1856-1900, the carte-de-visites of 1859-1890s, and the cabinet cards of 1866-1910.

Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine. The book then goes on to graphically show the photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – pages 8 & 9
  • The 1850s – pages 10-13
  • 1860-1864 – pages 14-17
  • 1865-1869 – pages 18-20
  • 1870-1874 – pages 21-24
  • 1875-1879 – pages 25-26
  • 1880-1884 – pages 27-30
  • 1885-1889 – pages 31-36
  • 1890-1894 – pages 37-43
  • 1895-1899 – pages 44-51
  • 1900-1904 – pages 52-60
  • 1905-1909 – pages 61-69
  • 1910-1914 – pages 70-77
  • 1915-1919 – pages 78-84
  • 1920-1924 – pages 85-89
  • 1925-1929 – pages 90-93

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 5 to 8 pictures. To make the book even more valuable, the photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

System requirements:

PC or Mac with Windows installed for auto start. Since the pages are pdf files they are readable under either Windows or Mac OS. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or later.

Purchase this CD-ROM at Family Roots Publishing for just $11.88 (including postage) – or get it FREE with your purchase of the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs. See the review of the new More Dating Old Photographs below:

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MORE DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS 1840 -1929, THIRD EDITION; originally published 2004; Revised & republished 2011; 120pp.; Soft Cover; item #: FR0116; ISBN: 0-9731303-4-2; $15.95

You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you’ve got an album or box of old photographs but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle‘s More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 can’t help you identify the subject but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years.

This book on is made up of reproductions of old photographs of known date, and identity. There are over 650 pictures with photos of virtually thousands of people covering the period from the 1840s to the 1920s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in our book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.

More Dating Old Photographs has been compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of them are photographs submitted by readers of the magazine.

The book begins with a 12-page article by the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor in which she explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. She details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerrotypes of 1839-1860, the tintypes of 1856-1930, the ambrotypes of 1854-1865, the calotypes/talbotypes of 1833-1860s, the salt-paper prints of 1850-c1860, the arte-de-visites of 1859-1900, the cabinet cards of 1863-c1920, the cyanotypes of 1840s to present, and stereotypes of 1851-c1925. She then includes sections on the following photographic subjects:

  • Photographic Jewelry
  • Other Formats
  • Manipulated Images
  • Retouching
  • Hand Coloring
  • Crayon Portraits
  • Photo Editing
  • Watch out for copies
  • Noticing the Details
  • Photographer’s Imprint
  • Clothing
  • Women
  • Bodices
  • Sleeves
  • Accessories
  • Hats and Bonnets
  • Women’s Hair
  • Men
  • Coats
  • Ties
  • Vests
  • Men’s Hair
  • Children
  • Occupational Clothing
  • Ethnic Dress
  • Special Occasions
  • Oddities in the Collection
  • A Case Study
  • Caring for Your Photographs
  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Space Considerations

The book goes on to graphically show photographs of the following eras:

  • The 1840s – page 18
  • The 1850s – pages 19-20
  • 1860-1864 – pages 21-24
  • 1865-1869 – pages 25-28
  • 1870-1874 – pages 29-32
  • 1875-1879 – pages 33-37
  • 1880-1884 – pages 38-43
  • 1885-1889 – pages 44-48
  • 1890-1894 – pages 49-54
  • 1895-1899 – pages 55-60
  • 1900-1904 – pages 61-67
  • 1905-1909 – pages 68-74
  • 1910-1914 – pages 75-83
  • 1915-1919 – pages 84-92
  • 1920-1924 – pages 93-100
  • 1925-1929 – pages 101-108
  • Unusual photos – pages 109-112
  • Hand Colored – pages 113-117

Most pages have 9 photographs on them, with some larger photos on pages with 4 to 8 pictures. The photos are identified, and include the name of the party owning the original.

This book is a winner. If you’re only going to have one book on dating old photos, this is the one to have!

Purchase the new Third Edition of More Dating Old Photographs for just $15.95 by Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 22, and get Dating Old Photographs (see description above) absolutely FREE! To get the Free CD, do nothing but order the above More Dating Old Photographs. Do not order the CD separately. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 22, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and they ship at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE – UNLOCK THE HIDDEN POWER OF GOOGLE, by Daniel M. Lynch; 2009; 352 pp; Soft Cover; 8.25×10; Indexed; ISBN: 978-0-9820737-1-1; Item # DL1

Since the last Newsline, one of the major genealogical events was RootsTech, which took place here in Salt Lake City. Over 3,000 people showed up for the conference. Several lectures were about using Google for genealogy. One of the speakers was Dan Lynch, the author of Google Your Family Tree. As we all know, Google is by far the most popular Internet search engine available to us today. The Internet is also loaded with genealogical and historical databases, web pages, indexes, photographs, video and stuff we never even thought of before. Finding and accessing these resources is our challenge – and it looks to me like if you know how to harness the overwhelming power of Google, you may – just may – be able to break some of those genealogical brick walls you have before you. If nothing else, you’ll certainly be able to locate data that will fill in holes and add richness to your family story.

Dan’s book can help. First off – and maybe more important than anything else, Dan explains though words, illustrations, and pictures just how to search “smart.” Sure – you can just type in that string of words that you think may be on the Web somewhere, but then again, you might want to type words that will bring you the results you actually want. The first three chapters of the book, as well as Appendix E (see below) really get down into the nitty-gritty of searching.

Chapters 3 through 14 deal with Google applications that enhance the family history research experience. Apps like Language Tools, Google Books, Google News Archive, Blog Search, Images & Video, Google Alerts, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Notebook, and the Google Toolbar all have direct application to our genealogy search.

Google is truly helping genealogists open up the resources of the Internet – and Dan’s book makes using Google easier and more produce than ever before. Every genealogist with a computer can profit from the volume.

The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Search Engine Basics
The Foundation of all Google searches, this chapter describes basic functionality, screen layout, use of keywords, basic commands, and syntax

Chapter 2 – Interpreting Web Search Results
The anatomy of Google Web Search results and the powerful commands that can be accessed from links appearing within your search results

Chapter – 3 – Advanced Search Techniques
A detailed description of advanced search techniques, both command-line entries as well as those used in the Advanced Search Form

Chapter 4 – Language Tools
Using the foreign language capabilities of Google, including automatic language translation, International content search, and Google’s offering worldwide

Chapter 5 – Google Books
Tapping the content archives found within Google’s growing online digital library and tips for using these books in your family history search

Chapter 6 – Google News Archive
Stepping beyond the current-day news into the rich historical news archive, learn to use the time line feature to quickly sort through historical results

Chapter 7 – Blog Search
An in-depth look at searching through and using blog postings as an effective means to conduct your family history research

Chapter 8 – Images & Video
Bring you research to life with pictures and video by learning special tips for getting the most value from Google’s image and video archives

Chapter 9 – Google Alerts
Search while you sleep! Discussion and step-by-step instructions for using Alerts to make Google work as hard as you do in finding your ancestors

Chapter 10 – Google Maps
A look at the indispensable tool for researching places and unique integration with Google Local and Street View

Chapter 11 – Google Earth
An in-depth look at one of the most addictive of all Google applications, you’ll be able to “travel” to the home of your ancestors and anywhere else you desire

Chapter 12 – Google Notebook
Google Notebook enables you to keep your research organized and available – even when performed on different computers – and easily shared with others

Chapter 13 – The Google Toolbar
An optional add-on requiring download and installation, the Google Toolbar offers a host of one-click wonders; also includes brief mention of Google Chrome

Chapter 14 – Other Tips and Tricks
More than a dozen additional features of Google that are too good to ignore, even if they don’t have a direct connection to genealogy research

Appendix A – Getting Started in Genealogy
A condensed step-by-step guide for those just starting to trace their family tree

Appendix B – Top Sites for Genealogists
An overview of the leading free and fee-based websites for genealogy, including a top-ten favorites list and dozens of other useful resources from around the world

Appendix C – Other Internet Search Engines
A look at the useful features of more than a dozen other Web search engines

Appendix D – Web Search Engine Defined
The history and evolution of Internet Search Engines, courtesy of Wikipedia

Appendix E – Syntax Summary & Quick Reference
A concise listing of Google commands and syntax with examples of their use for genealogy

Index

Google Your Family Tree is available at the FRPC website, and can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING within the United States through Tuesday, March 21, 2011. In fact, all new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 11, will be shipped FREE. Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees.

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CHASING WOMEN – FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – Webinar on CD-ROM – A webinar on CD-ROM by this column’s author, Leland K. Meitzler

Posting this mention of the CD-ROM produced for the webinar I gave on February 16 seems a bit self-serving, but I’m actually kind of proud of the way it turned out. It is now shipping!

Recording this webinar was fun, a bit frustrating because of technology challenges, and very worthwhile! I was able to cover numerous resources, with a wonderful response from a worldwide audience.

Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

Features

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 16, 2011. 1 hour 21 minutes. Plus a link to download the 4 pages of printable and clickable links in the handouts.

Viewers’ comments:

  • Leland’s info gave me a few more options in finding my historical ladies. This may just pull my ox out of the ditch.
  • There was a lot of good information. I can hardly wait to try it out.
  • Learned a few new tips and it was nice to get a refresher on old ones. I really liked hearing about the German Parrish Registries, that’s going to be very helpful!
  • Leland was terrific! Informative, entertaining, and enjoyable.
  • Great info; could hear the passion in Leland’s voice
  • Enjoyed the many hints and can’t wait to try out a few. Have enjoyed Leland’s work with Heritage Quest and Gen. Helper in the past.
  • I like having all of these sources in one place. When I finish checking one, I can just move to the next source. It will give some order to my research.
  • I got so much info from the class. Can’t wait to go searching with all the new ideas I just learned. Thanks so much for offering this webinar. I would be very interested in any other webinars that Leland gives.
  • The information shared was excellent. The pace was good and I like the opportunity for Q&A at the end. I also like the ability to download his handouts.
  • Great ideas, I think I can now break a brickwall that is twenty years old!
  • This webinar certainly opened my eyes to the importance of using records that I have not tried before.
  • Soooo much good information of places to look. I’m encouraged! Thank you.
  • Excellent review for those who have been researching a long time. Also, a great guide for newcomers.
  • Leland was fantastic…he has given me so many more options for finding my female ancestors…I can hardly wait to get started. I especially found the German Parish Records information very helpful as I had hit a brick wall on many of them, now I have something to go on…thank you for these webinars.
  • A LOT of great information! I have renewed energy now to find a few of my female in-laws!

The Chasing Women CD-ROM is now shipping at FRPC. Regularly priced at $12.95, the seminar is available for just $9.95. There is a shipping fee of $4.90, but new orders for U.S.A. delivery over $25 placed at the FRPC online genealogy bookstore before Midnight MDT on Tuesday, March 22, will be shipped FREE. So just add another item or two to your order and it ships at no charge… Sorry, orders shipping to Canada and other countries have the normal shipping fees

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MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide; ISBN 1-877677-74-4; 8.5 x 11; perfect bound; b&w;

Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

The Following is from the Table of Contents:

Preface

Colonial Roads to 1750

  • The Boston Post Road and the King’s Highway
  • The Lancaster Road
  • The Fall Line Road
  • The Great Valley Road
  • The Pioneer’s Road
  • The Upper Road

Colonial Roads, 1750-1775

  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road
  • The Wilderness Road
  • New York Migrations

Roads to the Ohio Country

  • Zane’s Trace
  • The Nashville Road
  • The National Road

Roads to the Old Southwest

Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 3

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #3 – Feb. 2, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the third edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Partly Personal

Iowa 1885 State Census Index Posted at FamilySearch.org

United States Marriage Document & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Recording Your Family History
  • Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily
  • John Fuller – 17th Century Immigrant from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Captain William Fuller (1620-1695)
  • Fuller Surname U.S. Census Index – Alpha Listing of Given Names – Head of Families – 1790 to 1890
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – the Series

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Popular Books From Previous Genealogy Newslines

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Changing a Password

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

Copyrights & Permissions

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  • Because until December of 2008 you were an Everton Newsline subscriber, Genealogical Helper subscriber, or had some other affiliation with Everton Publishers or the Everton.com website. More information about Everton.com is found near the end of this Genealogy Newsline

If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, you may Unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

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PARTLY PERSONAL

I’m afraid I just learned a few harsh realities. One of them being that producing this Genealogy Newsline while already working a 60-hour week can be taxing – if not impossible. Since the last Newsline, we exhibited at the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa (scratch 7 days), worked several days doing nothing but paperwork for federal and state governments (that is called end-of-January paperwork), shipped a couple hundred orders, placed purchase orders with a dozen companies, paid bills, did all kinds of conference-related paperwork, produced the daily GenealogyBlog.com, dealt with severe weather, fought with an accounting system that doesn’t want to do reports as I need them, hired employees, and dozens of other things. Beside that, I had to take some time to play with the grandchildren! In the process, I’m a week later than I’d planned getting this Newsline out. I’m thinking that the new employees, and the streamlining of operations will make the next Newslines easier to get out, but I have an idea there will still be challenges. Have patience, please. We will get there.

Those of you who have known me for a long while may remember my executive secretary, Hazel Mills, who went to work at Heritage Quest in 1987. Hazel scheduled all my Road Shows, and did all the paperwork, and interaction with attendees for the Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Hazel had a stroke this last week, was in the hospital in Puyallup, Washington for several days and has now moved to a rehab facility in Tacoma. I don’t know the address yet, but will pass it along when I get it. My niece, Christina Meitzler, got Hazel into the rehab facility, and is keeping me posted on what’s happening. I understand that Hazel has lost movement on one side of her body – don’t know which at this time. Your prayers for Hazel would be appreciated.

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Get a FREE copy of Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History with the purchase of $25 or more in books at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website until Wednesday Midnight EST February 9, 2011. To take advantage of the offer, enter the word RECORDING in the ORDER NOTES box at checkout, along with an order of $25 or more (any applicable shipping & taxes not included – United States delivery orders only) Sorry – this FREE book offer is not available for shipment outside of the United States. See the book review below for more information. Note that shipping of the FREE book is FREE also!

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IOWA 1885 STATE CENSUS INDEX POSTED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

I see that an index to the 1885 Iowa State Census is now available for research at FamilySearch.org. It is from the State Historical Society of Iowa, and indexes 95 rolls of FHL microfilm. The census is made up of 503,573 records. A couple weeks ago, I featured State Censuses at FamilySearch, but this one wasn’t posted yet. Although it’s just an index, it is invaluable if you’ve got folks in Iowa in 1885. I did a search on the surname of Hinchey and got back results from two families. Click here to see the index page for John Hinchey.

Search the 1885 Iowa Census Index at FamilySearch.org.

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UNITED STATES MARRIAGE DOCUMENTS & INDEXES FOUND AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

One of the records types found at FamilySearch.org that is growing rapidly are digital images and indexes for marriages found in county and state records of the United States. Since I have a lot of New York ancestry, I was pleased to see that additions have been made to the New York Marriage Records, 1908-1935 database this last week.

The New York Marriages 1908-1935 database currently covers the counties of Broome, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Delaware, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Warren. There are 22,264 images currently available on the site, with 157,260 records currently both digitized and indexed. Marriage records will often have several records and names per image, thus the spread between images and records. Please note that the collection does not include New York City, nor its boroughs.

I did a search for the name Meitzler, and came up with 2 exact hits. These were for my cousin Charles Roy Meitzler, and his father, Charles H. Meitzler. Both of these records came from the same document, which was the marriage record of Charles Roy Meitzler to Phyllis Hecht.

As I mentioned above, FamilySearch.org has posted numerous marriage databases for the United States. Following are links to 53 databases with records for 43 states that you may find of interest, Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records, while a few records may be earlier or later. In most cases, the records may be researched using microfilm found at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Note that in a number of cases I have stated that the number of records was AFTER a specific date. I did this when I found that more records were within the database than I found listed with that date. I’m guessing that this occurs when records are added, but the Collection List Page itself doesn’t get updated.

UNITED STATES MARRIAGE RECORDS AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Alabama Marriages 1816-1957 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Alabama – 1,472,271 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Arizona Marriages 1888-1908 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Arizona – 75,094 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957 – Index and images of marriages recorded in counties of Arkansas – 1,694,330 records as of 5 November, 2010.

Arkansas Marriages 1837-1944 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Arkansas – 1,005,608 records after 27 April, 2010.

Connecticut Marriages 1729-1867 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Connecticut – 453,527 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Delaware Marriages 1713-1953 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Delaware – 8,842 records as of 27 December, 2010.

District of Columbia Marriages 1830-1921 – Name index to marriage records from the District of Columbia – 242,760 records after 27 April, 2010.

Florida Marriages 1837-1974 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Florida – 860,110 records after 27 April, 2010.

Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia – 1,152,385 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Hawaii Marriages 1826-1922 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Hawaii – 103,871 records after 27 April, 2010.

Idaho Marriages 1878-1898, 1903-1942 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Idaho – 88,588 records after 27 April, 2010.

Idaho County Marriages 1864-1950 – Name index and images of Idaho county marriages acquired from local courthouses. Also includes records for the towns of Ashton and Marysville. Currently includes the following counties: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington – 148,053 records as of 19 October, 2010.

Illinois, Cook County Marriages 1871-1920 – Name index and images of marriage licenses and returns recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago – 865,669 records as of 26 April, 2010.

Indiana Marriages 1780-1992 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Indiana – 1,008,396 records as of 4 May, 2010.

Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. The collection also includes searchable images for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Harrison, Huntington, Marshall, Ohio, Owen and Rush. – 1,008,412 records as of 13 December, 2010.

Iowa Marriages 1809-1992 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Iowa – 2,626,423 records as of 6 May, 2010.

Kansas Marriages 1840-1935 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Kansas – 378,903 records after 27 April, 2010.

Kentucky Marriages 1785-1979 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Kentucky – 1,532,718 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Louisiana Marriages 1816-1906 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Louisiana – 129,641 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Maine Marriages 1771-1907 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Maine – 597,508 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Maryland – 253,727 records as of 27 April, 2010.

Massachusetts Marriages 1695-1910 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Massachusetts – 1,955,241 records as of 16 December, 2010.

Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 – Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town. – 1,538,139 records as of 28 December, 2010.

Michigan Marriages 1822-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Michigan – 1,908,349 records as of 4 May, 2010.

Michigan Marriages 1868-1925 – Name index and images of marriages recorded in the State of Michigan. In some instances, marriages were celebrated and recorded in a county different from the county where the marriage license was issued. – 1,533,863 records as of 5 May, 2010.

Minnesota Marriages 1849-1950 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Minnesota – 459,384 records after 6 May, 2010.

Montana Marriages 1889-1947 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Montana – 20,739 records as of 27 December, 2010.

Montana County Marriages 1865-1950 – Name index and images of Montana county marriage records acquired from local courthouses – 338,109 records as of 28 December, 2010.

Nebraska Marriages 1855-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Nebraska – 195,329 records after 6 May, 2010.

New Hampshire Marriages 1720-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Hampshire – 439,673 records as of 16 December, 2010

New Jersey Marriages 1678-1985 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey – 871,503 records after 7 May, 2010.

New Mexico Marriages 1751-1918 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Mexico – 93,387 records as of 27 April, 2010

New York Marriages 1686-1980 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New York – 742,984 records as of 13 December, 2010.

New York County Marriages 1908-1935 – Name index and images of New York county marriage records. The collection includes the following counties: Broome, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Delaware, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Warren. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. – 157,260 images as of 26 January, 2011.

North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979 – Name index to marriage records from the state of North Carolina – 2,128,391 records as of 27 April, 2010.

North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. – 45,204 records as of 3 December, 2010.

Ohio Marriages 1800-1958 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio – 4,740,284 records after 14 May, 2010.

Oregon Marriages 1853-1935 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Oregon – 57,523 records after 27 April, 2010.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes 1885-1951 – Marriage indexes (imaged) are arranged by the names of brides and grooms with the year of the marriage and the license number. The surname of the spouse is shown in parentheses. Use the license numbers listed in this index to find copies of the marriage license records. Marriage license records for years 1885-1915 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Marriage license records for years 1916-1951 are available at the City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – 1,830,468 records on 25,981 images as of 29 March, 2010.

Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island – 235,690 records after 7 May, 2010.

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet. – 24,243 as of 5 November, 2010.

Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Tennessee – 1,691,768 records after 15 May, 2010.

Texas Marriages 1837-1973 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Texas – 2,097,030 records after 15 May, 2010.

Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 166,132 records as of 4 January, 2011.

United States Marriages 1733-1990 – Name index to small sets of marriage records from a few states within the United States – 7,176 records as of 27 April, 2010

Utah Marriages 1887-1966 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Utah – 308,854 records after 27 April, 2010.

Vermont Marriages 1791-1974 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Vermont – 15,392 records as of 13 December, 2010

Virginia Marriages 1785-1940 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Virginia – 1,264,889 records after 7 May, 2010.

Washington State County Marriages 1858-1950 – Name index and images of the marriage records for Lewis, Wahkiakum, Thurston and Pacific Counties. This collection of marriage records includes: Lewis County marriage returns, 1914-1948; Wahkiakum County marriage certificates, 1907-1939; Thurston County marriage certificates, 1927-1950; and Pacific County marriage certificates, 1878-1947. The records are arranged chronologically. From the Washington State Archives – 48,385 records on 42,746 images as of 26 March, 2010.

West Virginia Marriages 1853-1970 – Name index (and images offsite) of West Virginia county marriage records. Data is searchable for all counties. However, records within each county may not be available for the full year range. You may need to click on the link to wvculture website to see the image itself. In most cases you’ll be able to click right through for a FREE image, although the site says that fees may apply. – 1,504,135 records as of 29 April, 2010.

West Virginia Marriages 1854-1932 – Name index to marriage records from the state of West Virginia – 203,378 records after 27 April, 2010.

Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin – 80,630 records as of 7 May, 2010.

Wyoming Marriages 1877-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wyoming – 14,070 records after 27 April, 2010.

To view the complete listing of all items currently posted in the FamilySearch Historical Records Collections, Click here.

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THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be leading hands-on online workshops throughout the week. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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FREE “FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Registration is still open for the upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by GenealogyBlog.com’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While I understand that the webinar is already oversold, with over 2000 people now signed up to attend, registration is still open. I’m told that based on past experience, it takes about 1800 registrations to fill the 1000 attendee classes. However, I’m also told that this webinar is setting new records for registrations, and we’re getting into uncharted territory. So I guess my advice is show up early if you want to get in the on live program, or if you can’t get in, come back the next day for the recorded session.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing one old book, one book that is about to go out of print, three recent titles compiled by a Fuller family historian, and a series of books that now stands at 36 in number. The first volume is one that I’ve recommended for about 20 years. The second has been in print since 2004, and is about sold out. The third, fourth, and fifth were published in 2008. The series is one of which I can proudly say that I am the publisher, started in 2004, and still in process. I personally use all these volumes in my own research.

Recording Your Family History, by William Fletcher

This 317 page volume is a guide to preserving oral history. Although Fletcher wrote the book with video and audio recording in mind, the same methods apply to all types of digital recording today. Fletcher has designed a program that will allow you or anyone in your family to be a capable life history interviewer. Tips on interview techniques plus hundreds of useful family tree topics and questions. . . all in a practical, easy-to-use handbook that will help any reader/historian develop a comprehensive record of one’s life, or the saga of several generations. In a recent review for another similar book., Judith P. Reid of the Library of Congress said, “the best available work is William Fletcher’s Recording Your Family History,” which confirms that there are those who know still think this is the best available book on recording your family history.

The Following Chapters are listed in the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Family History
  • Childhood
  • Middle Age
  • Old Age
  • Narrator as Parent
  • Grandchildren
  • Historical Events
  • General Questions, Unusual Life Experiences, and Personal Philosophy and Values
  • Special Question for Jewish Narrators
  • Special Questions for Black Narrators
  • Special Questions for Hispanic-American Narrators
  • Further Reading
  • Index

All the above chapters are broken down into sections with all kinds of questions listed for each section. It doesn’t get any better than this if you’re looking for a book to help with interviewing a relative, or recording (writing?) your own personal history. This 317 page book is only $9.95 – or better yet, FREE with the purchase of $25 or more in books at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website until Wednesday Midnight EST February 9, 2011. Nearly 1000 genealogy books are available at the site. To take advantage of the offer, enter the word RECORDING in the ORDER NOTES box at checkout, along with an order of $25 or more (any applicable shipping & taxes not included – United States delivery orders only) Sorry – this FREE book offer is not available for shipment outside of the United States. Postage costs are just too high. The FREE book is also shipped FREE with the above offer.

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Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily by George E. Ott

George Ott’s book on research in Sicilian genealogical resources gives all kinds of information never before compiled for the genealogist. Following is a short list what it can do for anyone researching Sicilian ancestry.

  • An index of all incorporated towns/comuni and hamlets/frazioni in the region.
  • A wealth of information for each incorporated town/comune including: Population, Postal Code, Phone Code, Hamlets/Frazione under its jurisdiction, Town hall with address and phone number, Library and cemetery information, and Catholic parish information..
  • A listing of the Family History Library collection for each town with microfilm numbers.
  • A listing of State Archives and Diocesan Archives with addresses and phone numbers.
  • Maps of each province showing town locations.
  • Web site information for towns, provinces and region.
  • A listing of Provincial records available at the Family History Library with microfilm numbers.

In the front of the volume, Mr. Ott has also included a chapter on visiting the old country, as well as a How To section with detailed descriptions of the following:

  • Comune/Town
  • Frazione/Hamlet
  • Postal Code
  • Civil Registers
  • Churches
  • Patron Saint and Feast Day
  • Town Hall
  • Library
  • Cemetery
  • Town Web Site
  • Riveli

See what has been said about Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy – Region of Sicily at the end of the Town Listing below.

Following is a list, laid out alphabetically by province, of the towns (comunes) described in this volume. I left out all the diacritical marks. Note that there are also hundreds of hamlets (fraziones) listed in the book under the appropriate town (commune), allowing the user to locate the appropriate records when researching the family.

Agrigento Province

  • Agrigento
  • Alessandria delia Rocca
  • Aragona
  • Burgio
  • Calamonaci
  • Caltabellotta
  • Camastra
  • Cammarata
  • Campobello di Licata
  • Canicatti
  • Casteltermini
  • Cattolica Eraclea
  • Cainciana
  • Comitni
  • Favara
  • Grotte
  • Joppolo Giancaxio
  • Lampedusa E Linosa
  • Licata
  • Lucca Sinula
  • Menfi
  • Montallegro
  • Porto Empedocle
  • Racalmuto
  • Raffadali
  • Ravanusa
  • Realmonte
  • Ribera
  • Sambuca Di Sicilia
  • San Biagio Platani
  • San Gioanni Gemini
  • Sant Angelo Muxaro
  • Santa Elisabetta
  • Santo Margherita di Belice
  • Santo Stefano Quisquina
  • Sciacca
  • Siculiana
  • Villafrana Sicula

Caltanisseta Province

  • Acquaviva Platani
  • Bompensiere
  • Butera
  • Caltanissetta
  • Delia
  • Gela
  • Marianopoli
  • Mazzarino
  • Mileno
  • Montedoro
  • Mussomelli
  • Niscemi
  • Resuttano
  • Riesi
  • San Cataldo
  • Santa Caterina Villarmosa
  • Serradifalco
  • Sommatino
  • Sutera
  • Vallelunga Pratameno
  • Villalba

Catania Province

  • Aci Bonaccorsi
  • Aci Castello
  • Aci Catena
  • Aci Sant Antonio
  • Acireale
  • Adrano
  • Belpasso
  • Biancavilla
  • Bronte
  • Calatabiano
  • Caltagirone
  • Caltagirone
  • Camporotondo Etneo
  • Castel di Judica
  • Castiglione di Sicilia
  • Catania
  • Fiumfreddo di Catania
  • Licodia Eubea
  • Linguaglossa
  • Maletto
  • Mascali
  • Mascalucia
  • Mazzarrone
  • Militello in Val di Catonia
  • Milo
  • Mineo
  • Mirabella Imbaccari
  • Misterbianco
  • Motta Sant`Anastasia
  • Nicolosi
  • Palagonia
  • Paterno
  • Pedara
  • Piedimonte Etneo
  • Raddusa
  • Ragalna
  • Ramacca
  • Randazzo
  • Riposto
  • San Cono
  • San Giovanni La Punta
  • San Gregorio di Catania
  • San Michele di Ganzaria
  • San Pietro Clarenza
  • Sant Agata Li Battiati
  • Sant Alfio
  • Santa Maria Di Licodia
  • Santa Venerina
  • Scordia
  • Trecastagni
  • Tremestieri Etneo
  • Valvarde
  • Viagrande
  • Vizzini
  • Zafferana Etnea

Enna Province

  • Agira
  • Aidone
  • Assoro
  • Barrafranca
  • Calascibetta
  • Catenanuova
  • Canturipe
  • Cerami
  • Enna
  • Gagliano Castelferrato
  • Leonforte
  • Nicosia
  • Nissoria
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Pietraperzia
  • Regalbuto
  • Sperlinga
  • Troina
  • Valuarnera Caropep
  • Villarosa

Missina Province

  • Acquedolci
  • Alcara Li Fusi
  • Ali
  • Ali Terme
  • Antillo
  • Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto
  • Basico
  • Brolo
  • Capizzi
  • Capo d Orlando
  • Capri Leone
  • Caronia
  • Casalvecchio Siculo
  • Castel di Lucio
  • Castell umberto
  • Castelmola
  • Castoreale
  • Cesaro
  • Condro
  • Falcone
  • Ficarro
  • Flumedinisi
  • Floresta
  • Fondachelli Fantina
  • Forza d Agro
  • Francavilla di Sicilia
  • Frazzano
  • Furci Siculo
  • Furnari
  • Gaggi
  • Galati Marmertino
  • Gallodoro
  • Giardini Naxos
  • Gioiosa Mareo
  • Graniti
  • Gualtieri Sicamino
  • Itala
  • Leni
  • Letojanni
  • Librizzi
  • Limina
  • Lipari
  • Longi
  • Malfa
  • Malvagna
  • Mandanici
  • Mazzarra S. Andrea
  • Meri
  • Messina
  • Militello Rosmarino
  • Mirto
  • Mistretta
  • Moio Alcantara
  • Monforte San Giorgio
  • Mongiuffi Melia
  • Montagnareale
  • Montalbano Elicona
  • Motta Camastra
  • Motta d Affermo
  • Naso
  • Nizza di Sicilia
  • Novara di Sicilia
  • Oliveri
  • Pace del Mela
  • Pagliara
  • Patti
  • Pettineo
  • Piraino
  • Raccuja
  • Reitano
  • Roccaflorita
  • Roccalumera
  • Roccavaldina
  • Rocella Valdemone
  • Rodi Milici
  • Rometta
  • San Filippo del Mela
  • San Fratello
  • San Marco D Alunzio
  • San Pier Niceto
  • San Piero Patti
  • San Salvatore di Fitalia
  • San Teodoro
  • Sant Agata di Militello
  • Sant Alessio Siculo
  • Santa Domenica Vittoria
  • Santa Lucia del Mela
  • Santa Marina Salina
  • Santa Teresa di Riva
  • Santo Stefano di Camastra
  • Saponara
  • Savoca
  • Scaletta Zanclea
  • Sinagra
  • Spadafora
  • Taormina
  • Terme Vigliatore
  • Torregrotta
  • Torrenova
  • Tortorici
  • Tripi
  • Tusa
  • Ucria
  • Valdina
  • Venetico
  • Villafranca Tirrena

Palermo Province

  • Alia
  • Alimena
  • Aliminusa
  • Altavilla Milica
  • Altofonte
  • Bagheria
  • Balestrate
  • Baucina
  • Belmonte Mezzagno
  • Bisacquino
  • Blufi
  • Bolgnetta
  • Bompietro
  • Borgetto
  • Caccamo
  • Caltavuturo
  • Campofelice di Fitalia
  • Campofelice di Roncella
  • Campofiorito
  • Camporeale
  • Capaci
  • Carini
  • Casteldaccia
  • Castellana Sicula
  • Castronuovo di Sicilia
  • Cefala Diana
  • Cefalu
  • Cerda
  • Chiusa Sclafani
  • Ciminna
  • Cinisi
  • Collesano
  • Contessa Entelina
  • Corleone
  • Ficarazzi
  • Gangi
  • Geraci Siculo
  • Giardinello
  • Giuliana
  • Godrano
  • Gratteri
  • Isnello
  • Isolo delle Femmine
  • Lascari
  • Lercara Friddi
  • Marineo
  • Mezzojuso
  • Misilmeri
  • Monreale
  • Montelepre
  • Montemaggiore Belsito
  • Palazzo Adriano
  • Palermo
  • Partinico
  • Petralia Soprana
  • Petralia Sottana
  • Piana degli Albanesi
  • Polizzi Generosa
  • Pollina
  • Prizzi
  • Roccamena
  • Roccapalumba
  • San Cipirello
  • San Giuseppe Jato
  • San Mauro Castelverde
  • Santa Cristina Gela
  • Santa Flavia
  • Sciara
  • Scillato
  • Sclafani Bagni
  • Termini Imerese
  • Terrasini
  • Torretta
  • Trabia
  • Trappeto
  • Ustica
  • Valledolmo
  • Ventimiglia di Sicilia
  • Vicari
  • Villabate
  • Villafrati

Ragusa Province

  • Acate
  • Chiaramonte Gulfi
  • Comiso
  • Giarratana
  • Ispica
  • Modica
  • Monterosso Almo
  • Pozzallo
  • Ragusa
  • Santa Croce Camerina
  • Scicli
  • Vittoria

Siracusa Province

  • Augusta
  • Avola
  • Buccheri
  • Buscemi
  • Canicattini Bagni
  • Carlentini
  • Cassaro
  • Ferla
  • Floridia
  • Francofonte
  • Lentini
  • Melilli
  • Noto
  • Pachino
  • Palazzola Acreide
  • Portopalo di Capo Passero
  • Priolo Gargallo
  • Rosolini
  • Siracusa
  • Solarino
  • Sortino

Trapani Province

  • Alcamo
  • Buseto Palizzolo
  • Calatafimi
  • Campobello di Mazara
  • Castellamare del Golfo
  • Castelvetrano
  • Custonaci
  • Erice
  • Favignana
  • Gibellina
  • Marsala
  • Mazara del Vallo
  • Paceco
  • Pantelleria
  • Partanna
  • Petrosino
  • Poggioreale
  • Salaparuta
  • Salemi
  • San Vito Lo Capo
  • Santa Ninfa
  • Trapani
  • Valderice
  • Vita

I highly recommend this publication to anyone with a genealogical interest in Sicily.

ISBN 1933194-16-2; 8.5×11; 230 pages; hard bound; 2004; $49.95 less FRPC discounts – 25 copies are all that are available, so order immediately if you’re interested.

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John Fuller – 17th Century Immigrant from Baltimore, Maryland, by John Beattie Fuller

This 598 page perfect-bound soft cover book notes several possible immigrant John Fullers, attempting to identify in a two-page introduction specifically which John Fuller arrived in a southern colony as an immigrant. This John Fuller was the progenitor of a Fuller family line which over time became perhaps the second largest southern Fuller family to be recorded. The author goes on to identify the descendants of John Fuller who was born abt 1651 in Maryland, and died before 6 March 1699/00 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He married Hester Enlows abt 1677 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, daughter of Hendrick Enlows and Christina Wright. She was born abt 1660 in Baltimore County, Maryland, and died November 1720 in Maryland? The volume identifies descendants through the 10th generation, with family spread coast-to-coast in the United States over 300 years. The book is complete with an every-name index to all persons listed within the volume. Cost is $26, which includes postage. 2008; 5.5×8; Perfect-bound; For more information, or to purchase, contact the author, John Beattie Fuller, Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, 24609 Alligator Rd., Astor, Florida 32102. Email: jfuller82@embarqmail.com.

Captain William Fuller (1620-1695), by John Beattie Fuller

This 288 page volume contains a twenty-one page introduction regarding the early foundation of the state of Maryland with specific emphasis on Captain William Fuller’s arrival in Maryland and his role as a governor in 1655. The book also addresses his relocation to South Carolina and his family establishment in the Charleston area. His genealogical (colonial) family is covered in 13 generations. It is the opinion of the author that Captain William Fuller is one of, if not, the most interesting Fuller family members in the colonial south. The book is complete with an every-name index to all persons listed within the volume. Cost is $22, which includes postage. 2008; 5.5×8; Perfect-bound; For more information, or to purchase, contact the author, John Beattie Fuller, Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, Alligator Rd., Astor, Florida 32102. Email: jfuller82@embarqmail.com.

Fuller Surname U.S. Census Index – Alpha Listing of Given Names – Head of Families – 1790 to 1890, Compiled by John Beattie Fuller

This 585 page volume contains 30,000 Fuller given names in alphabetical order that identifies all heads of Fuller families in the U.S. Census microfilm files from the first census in 1790 to 1890 for all the states. Each Fuller family head appears in column form followed by the census year, state, county, census schedule, roll number, and page number. One can use this data to find specific Fuller families. This volume is most helpful in tracking a specific Fuller family who may have relocated from one census year to another. The book contains only genealogical research data and there are no narratives, photos, drawings, or graphs. Cost is $32, which includes postage. 2008; 8.5×11; Perfect-bound; Also available in a hard-bound edition for $62 including postage. For more information, or to purchase, contact the author, John Beattie Fuller, Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, 24609 Alligator Rd., Astor, Florida 32102. Email: jfuller82@embarqmail.com.

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Map Guide to German Parish Registers – a Series – by Kevan M. Hansen

Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series is principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church in the old country – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in volumes – 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. Volumes dealing with Alsace-Lorraine are an obvious exception to that rule.

Each volumes of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the Family History Library 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.

The series is now at 36 volumes, published in both soft and hard cover bindings. All 36 books are in print, with another 18 expected before the series comes to an end, when it will cover all of Germany.

The following German States are currently covered by the series:

To find out which of the above volumes your town may be in, just type the town name into the search engine on the left-hand side of any page of the Family Roots Publishing Company website. If the name includes diacritical marks (like an umlaut), be sure and include them. You may also find your town by scrolling through the listing of places found within each book, if you know about where the family lived.

Books on the following areas are in process and have yet to be published:

  • Alsace-Lorraine (the last two volumes – covering Lorraine (Lothringen) in two books.
  • Province of Westphalia
  • Province of West Prussia
  • Province of Brandenburg
  • Province of East Prussia
  • Province of Pomerania
  • Province of Posen
  • Province os Silesia
  • Remaining Free Cities

Click here to go to the home page for the German Map Guide category.

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ESSENTIAL BOOKS FROM FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING COMPANY

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POPULAR BOOKS FEATURED IN PAST GENEALOGY NEWSLINES

THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

Family Roots Publishing is now offering this wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

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Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #2 – January 18, 2011
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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Using the United States Colonial, Territorial & State Censuses

FREE Finding Your Female Ancestors” Webinar

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States
  • Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 2, Western States

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?

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About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

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USING UNITED STATES COLONIAL, TERRITORIAL, & STATE CENSUSES

In checking the FamilySearch.org website this morning, I noted that new digital data for two important state censuses was posted last week. The two states and census years are Rhode Island 1935, and New York State 1892. Since I had many relatives living in New York in 1892, I immediately checked out the new data.

Two New York families immediately came to mind, first my Meitzler grandparents who lived in Brighton, and secondly, my cousin, Robert Cyrus Titus. In searching for Charles Meitzler, I got three hits, one in Brooklyn that rang no bells, one for Charles H. Meitzler, my cousin, and one for my great-grandfather. By clicking on “view image,” I got the digital image of the record. This included three generations of the family. I already had a copy of this record, which I found some years back, while searching the then unindexed films at the New York State Library.

However, my next search was for my cousin, Robert Cyrus Titus, who lived in Buffalo, New York. I didn’t have an 1892 census record for him. He was a political kind of guy, spending years on the New York Supreme Court, running for governor of New York, and acting as defense attorney for President McKinley’s assassin, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Searching for Robert Titus, I got four solid hits, one of them being specifically for Robert C Titus, who was listed with an occupation of Judge on the digitized image.

Thirty-Seven States Took State Censuses

Thirty-seven states took colonial, territorial and/or state censuses. These census records help fill in the 10-year blanks between the Federal Decennial censuses that have been taken since 1790, and in some cases even before that. State censuses haven’t had near the accessibility, nor the publicity that Federal census records have had. Most haven’t had indexes, so we just didn’t hear much about them. That’s all changing very rapidly. Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and other websites have been digitizing and posting these records. Dollarhide wrote several books on the subject, the two most popular being Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States; and Census Substitutes & State Census Records Vol. 2, Western States. The publication of these two books has opened up a plethora of resources to genealogists, most of whom had no idea that they even existed. Note that the title includes census substitutes. Census substitutes are closely related to the State Census Records, as they are records that are most-often available for years between the Federal Decennial Censuses, and are made up of large name lists. Substitutes include tax records, voter registration rolls, city directories and any other lists that cover large numbers of the population. If you haven’t used these types of records, I highly recommend that you do so, as these types of records will add all kinds of information on your family – and maybe even help you break a few brick-wall genealogy problems.

As I mentioned above, FamilySearch.org is one of the websites where we are now finding digitized and indexed state census records. Following are links to the two collections just updated at FamilySearch.org, with additional state census records following.

NEW DIGITIZED & INDEXED STATE CENSUS IMAGES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Search the digitized 1892 New York State Census Records

Details about the New York State 1892 Census from the FamilySearch.org website: This database is made up of a name index and images of the population schedule from the New York census taken in 1892. This state census is an every-name index to the state’s inhabitants as of February 16, 1892. The collection includes 40 counties. Population schedules for the following counties are missing or lost: Chenango, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Livingston, New York (the Bronx and Manhattan), Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and Wyoming.

Search the digitized 1935 Rhode Island State Census

Details about the 1935 Rhode Island State Census from the FamilySearch.org website: This database is made up of a name index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by that state in 1935. Officially known as the 1935 state census, these schedules are on computer cards dated January 1936. This census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants as of 1935. The records are arranged by county and town and then alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups.

MORE DIGITIZED & INDEXED STATE CENSUS IMAGES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

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THE SALT LAKE CHRISTMAS TOUR

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be leading hands-on online workshops throughout the week. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See: http://www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com

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FREE “FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by GenealogyBlog.com’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 16, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

Webinar Description
Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. However, women historically haven’t produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely didn’t exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives.

There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you’re doing both types of searches on the same women.

This webinar is very “source” oriented, giving detailed information on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

About the presenter
Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 27th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Registration
Registration is free, but space is limited to 1000 attendees. Click Here to go the the GotoWebinar site and reserve your webinar seat, by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button.

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two relatively new books that tie in with the above feature subject this time around. I am the publisher of both volumes. They were both written on my recommendation, and they are books the I heartily endorse. I personally use them regularly in my own research.

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Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States

In this 2-volume set of books, written on my direction, acclaimed author William Dollarhide identifies Census Substitutes, as well as State Census Records for the United States of America. The substitutes are those name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership lists, voter registrations, and other compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state, or one or more towns of a county. As mentioned in my feature article above, thirty-seven states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today. Usually taken between Federal Decennial Census years, these records often contain unique information, and may even shed light on the lives of your ancestors that may have been on-the-move.

Volume 1 covers:

  • The Old Southwest (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana & Mississippi);
  • New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont);
  • Mid-Atlantic States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania);
  • The Old South (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia);
  • The Old Northwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin);
  • and the Central Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Dakota Territory/North Dakota/South Dakota).

Through Monday, January 24 at 12 P.M. EST, Family Roots Publishing is offering this volume at 10% off. The book is normally $32.95, but with the 10% discount, it’s only $29.65 – a great value for genealogists. Click for more information and/or to order.

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Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 2, Western States

Volume 2 covers:

  • Texas, Oklahoma (Spanish/Mexican Texas, Republic of Texas/State of Texas, Indian Territory/Oklahoma Territory & Oklahoma);
  • California & Nevada, Alaska & Hawaii (Spanish/Mexican/State of California, Nevada, District/Territory/State of Alaska, Kingdom/Territory/State of Hawaii);
  • Nuevo Mexico (Spanish/Mexican New Mexico, New Mexico &Arizona);
  • The Mountain West (Colorado, Utah & Wyoming);
  • and the Oregon Country (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana).

I personally use these two books on a regular basis and recommend them to all my friends. In full disclosure, I am the publisher. However, they are of tremendous value, listing resources that you may not have otherwise known about.

Through Monday, January 24 at 12 P.M. EST, Family Roots Publishing is offering this volume at 10% off. The book is normally $32.95, but with the 10% discount, it’s only $29.65 – a great value for genealogists. Click for more information and/or to order.

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Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #1 – January 10-16, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the first edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter. The roll-out of the first Genealogy Newsline has taken nearly a week. It started on January 10, and wrapped Sunday January 16, with testing of various features of our email sender with portions of the mailing list. The next newsletter is scheduled to go out the the full list on Tuesday, January 18 with succeeding newsletters sent on Tuesday of each week thereafter.

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CONTENTS OF THIS GENEALOGY NEWSLINE

Why Did I Receive This Genealogy Newsline?

Changes to the Newsline

FREE “Finding Your Female Ancestors” Webinar

New Online Resources Reviewed

  • New Online Maine Vital Records Resources
  • The Allen Co. – Fort Wayne Historical Society “History Center Digital Collections”
  • The German Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • The German Research Companion, by Shirley Riemer, et al
  • Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy

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More Genealogy News – with links to 30 Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

What Happened to the Genealogical Helper?

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

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About the Genealogy Newsline

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

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CHANGES TO THE NEWSLINE
The first change is a tiny one. I have changed the name of The Newsline to Genealogy Newsline. The second, and most prominent change in the Genealogy Newsline is that it is produced in an HTML format, while continuing to be largely in a textual format. Leaving the Genealogy Newsline as text allows me to produce a much longer newsletter, which will download a lot faster than one with a lot of graphics.

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FREE “FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by GenealogyBlog.com’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 16, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

Webinar Description
Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. However, women historically haven’t produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely didn’t exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives.

There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you’re doing both types of searches on the same women.

This webinar is very “source” oriented, giving detailed information on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

About the presenter
Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 27th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Registration
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NEW ONLINE RESOURCES REVIEWED
I produce a daily blog called GenealogyBlog.com. In that blog, I do a lot of reviews of important and new online resources. The following articles are excerpts of important blogs that I have been posted in the last few days. Plan to see a lot of this type of review in the Genealogy Newsline.

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NEW ONLINE MAINE VITAL RECORDS DATABASES
On the 16th of December, Ancestry.com posted the Maine Vital Records from data found at the Maine State Archives. The records themselves are transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths that took place statewide. They are digitized, and indexed. These are not images of the originals recorded at the town level. However, they do comprise a statewide set of Maine vital records, transcribed from those made on the local level.

Following you will find links to the three Ancestry.com databases, as well as a short description of each.

Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922

Contained in this index are Maine birth records from 1621-1922. From 1621-1891 record birth records were not standardize and therefore are sparsely recorded. Though there are many records from 1621-1891, this collection contains a comprehensive birth record set only from 1892-1922.
Information in this index:

  • Child’s Name
  • Birth Date
  • Birth place
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name

The above information is excerpted from a much longer About Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922 found at Ancestry.com

Maine Marriage Records, 1705-1922

Contained in this index are Maine marriage records from 1705-1922. From 1705-1891 record marriage records were not standardize and therefore are sparsely recorded. Therefore, this collection contains a comprehensive marriage record set only from 1892-1922.
Information in this index:

  • Surname
  • Date
  • Location
  • Parents’ Names
  • Birthdates

The above information is excerpted from a much longer About Maine Marriage Records, 1705-1922 found at Ancestry.com

Maine Death Records, 1617-1922

Contained in this index are Maine death records from 1617-1922. From 1617-1891 record death records were not standardize and therefore are sparsely recorded. Though there are many records from 1621-1891, this collection contains a comprehensive birth record set only from 1892-1922.

Information in this index:

  • Surname
  • Date
  • Location
  • Spouse’s Name
  • Children

The above information is excerpted from a much longer About Maine Death Records, 1617-1922 found at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is a subscription service, and there is a fee to access the above data. For more information as well as more Maine online databases (some FREE), see New Online Maine Vital Records Databases at GenealogyBlog.com

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THE ALLEN COUNTY – FORT WAYNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY “HISTORY CENTER DIGITAL COLLECTIONS”
Do you have ancestry that stems from the Allen County, Indiana area? If so, the History Center Digital Collections, sponsored by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society will be of interest to you.

Thus far, 571 items have been digitized and posted online. The majority of the collection seems to be photographs, with many early documents relating to area history also included. You can also find digital images of various artifacts at the site, items like bottles, beads, an axe head, and so forth.

You can browse the collection, or using their search engine; search the full collection, or narrow the search.

The Digital Collection is made up of four categories:

  • The Glorious Gate
  • Making of a People
  • Miami Indiana
  • Thirteen Millennia

About the collection.

Search the collection.

Thanks to a note at on the MoSOG Messenger blog to again alert me to these Indiana digital docs.

For more information, see The Allen County – Fort Wayne Historical Society History Center Digital Collections at GenealogyBlog.com

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THE GERMAN VITAL RECORDS DATABASES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG
Noting that additional data had been added to the Germany Vital Records databases at FamilySearch.org in the last few days, I spent a few minutes checking them out, and came away very surprised and pleased by what I found.

Three separate databases are available. They are:

As of today, the Births and Baptisms database contains 32,877,879 entries. The Deaths and Burials database contains 3,538,826 entries, while the Marriage database has 7,212,791 entries.

According to the website, 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 records don’t cover all of Germany, and time periods vary. The indexes are derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Germany.

For more information, see The German Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org Continue to Grow at GenealogyBlog.com

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BOOK REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two relatively new books that I recommend. They are Shirley Riemer’s new Third edition of The German Research Companion, and Cecile Wendt Jensen’s new Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy

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THE GERMAN RESEARCH COMPANION, by Shirley Riemers, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson

Shirley Riemer’s classic book, The German Research Companion is now in it’s Third Edition. The book has always been the best place to look for sources of German research information, but this new edition is by far the most useful ever published. The page count is up to 706 pages, but the price hasn’t gone up even a penny! As the cover says, the book is Revised, Updated and Expanded.

Shirley enlisted the help of two other well-known Germanic genealogists, Roger Minert, and Jennifer Anderson, who spent hundreds of hours in adding additional material, editing, and layout of the book, making a good volume even better.

The German Research Companion is often referred to as “the Bible of German family history.” It provides a wide range of helpful information on virtually hundreds of topics related to German research, most indexed for easy reference. It is published in a handy 5.5 x 8.5 inch format, making it an ideal book to accompany the German family historian on research trips to libraries, archives, seminars, and even the “old country.”

Although not intended as a “how to do German research” volume, genealogists will find it the most complete book on German research produced. Concentrating on German research sources, it is in fact the only book in print that deals with the wide range of material needed by those who are searching their German lines. Written in English, the genealogist needs no knowledge of the German language to use the volume. Any German words and phrases found in The German Research Companion are either translated or clarified in English.

The German Research Companion contains useful details on hundreds of German genealogical topics. The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Section 1: German land, past and present

  • Germany’s political and jurisdictional organization
  • The three empires
  • Populations, capitals, and geography
  • The courts and the constitution
  • The rulers, the flag and the colonies
  • The major turning points and markers of German history

Section 2: The Tools, Contacts, and Resources

  • Resources for utilizing the Family History Library and its branches
  • Uses of the Family History Library Catalog for German Research
  • Credentialed researchers, societies, home-area sources
  • The search for the German immigrant’s place of origin
  • Communicating with Germany
  • Sending euro abroad
  • Village photographs and conference audiotapes
  • Choosing between Du and Sie
  • German organizations and institutes
  • Frequently used resources

Section 3: Emigration and Immigration

  • Immigration laws in the United States
  • Emigration laws in Germany
  • Naturalization records
  • The immigration process and Ellis Island
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration laws
  • Passport applications
  • German immigrant aid societies
  • Pennsylvania societies, archives, and libraries
  • Basic resources for researching Germans from Russia
  • Basic resources for researching the Danube Swabians
  • Basic resources for researching the Wends (Sorbs)
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Pennsylvania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Alsace-Lorraine
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Sudetenland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Bukovina
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Canada
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Czechoslovakia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Galatia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Liechtenstein
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Lithuania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Netherlands
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Poland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Silesia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Switzerland

Section 4: United States Resources

  • U.S. Cemeteries and burial records
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Social Security history and research
  • U.S. Railroad and Retirement Board
  • U.S. vital records
  • The WPA
  • The U.S. Census
  • Land and property records
  • The Homestead Act
  • U.S. Libraries and publishers
  • American military records
  • Germans who fought in the American Civil War
  • Hessian soldier research
  • The Turnverein in America
  • Fraternal organizations

Section 5: Language and Vocabularies

  • History and characteristics of the German alphabet and language
  • German dialectics and high, middle, and low German
  • The old German script
  • Abbreviations in German and Latin
  • German genealogy vocabulary
  • Occupations, trades and titles in German and Latin
  • Medical terms, illnesses, and causes of death, in German
  • German family relationships vocabulary
  • Christenings, marriages, and deaths vocabularies
  • Latin genealogy vocabulary
  • Roman numerals
  • Latin vocabularies for calendar dates, tombstone expressions, and old cities of Europe
  • French genealogy vocabulary
  • Fraktur
  • Yiddish

Section 6: German Resources

  • German church and civil registration records
  • Church inventories
  • Citizen books
  • The German privacy law
  • City registers
  • German cemeteries
  • Abbreviations keys to Meyers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon & Müllers grosses deutsches Ortsbuvh
  • Reverse alphabetical place name indexes
  • Maps
  • German phonetics
  • Indexes of German surnames
  • Periodicals
  • Place names
  • Researchers
  • Queries in German publications
  • Village lineage books
  • Postal code directories
  • The Ahnenpass
  • Telephone directories
  • Dictionaries

Section 7: Archives

  • German archive terminologies
  • German federal and state archives
  • County archives
  • Ecclesiastical archives and organizations
  • Central office for genealogy in Leipzig
  • The Berlin Document Center
  • The “Gauck” files
  • Specialized archives
  • Recommendations for working in a German archive
  • Genealogy related organizations in Germany
  • Historical societies in Germany

Section 8: Life in Our Ancestor’s Times

  • Names and naming patterns
  • Patronymic names
  • Given names of Germanic and foreign origin
  • “Name days”
  • Old measurements
  • Monetary units
  • Records of guilds and tradesmen
  • Calendars through the ages
  • The perpetual calendar
  • Feast days
  • Holidays and observances
  • History and customs of Christmas
  • The church in modern Germany
  • Religions: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and pietist, with resources
  • German Universities and academic degrees
  • Heraldry
  • German nobility
  • Military church-books, cemeteries, archives & records
  • German expellees following World War II
  • German prisoners of war in Americas

Section 9: Newspapers, Libraries, Museums and other Information

  • City directories and manuscript collections
  • German and German-American newspapers
  • Special interest publications
  • Emigration records in newspapers
  • Sister City arrangements
  • German museums, libraries, and publishers
  • American universities in Germany
  • U.S. Embassy offices in Germany
  • Academic and cultural organizations
  • Cooking measurements and ingredients
  • Folk dress (Trachten)
  • Greetings in German
  • Formalities of letter-writing
  • Telephone cards

The Appendix

  • The appendix includes maps, tables, charts, and pictures that help to illustrate Germanic research.

In Conclusion
Simply said, if you’re an English-speaking person doing German research, you will profit by a copy of this new Third Edition of The German Research Companion. The volume is immediately available by purchase from Family Roots Publishing Company, the primary sponsor of GenealogyBlog.com. The cost is just $28.00, less the FRPC discount. A real deal…

The German Research Companion, Third Edition, by Shirley J. Riemer, Roger P. Minert & Jennifer A. Anderson. 706 pp; softbound; ISBN 0-9656761-6-1; Item #M0025.

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STO LAT: A MODERN GUIDE TO POLISH GENEALOGY, by Cecile Wendt Jensen

I have sold a few books on Polish research over the years, most often the classic Polish Roots, by Rosemary Chorzempa. Family Roots Publishing is now offering a wonderful new title written by Ceil Jensen, whom I met at the 2010 NGS Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. The volume is a lavishly illustrated workbook titled Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy which offers a plan for researching at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of Ms. Jensen’s techniques developed over thirty years of research and teaching. Both traditional and digital research methods are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in both North America and Poland.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Palonia: Communities and Societies
  • Foundation Research
  • U.S. Military Records
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records
  • Geography, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Record Keeping and Handwriting in Poland
  • Case Studies and Historical Documents
  • Heirlooms, Documents and Collections
  • Research – Digital and Traditional
  • Web Addresses

I’ve found this volume very interesting, with a lot of good information for anyone interested in researching Polish Ancestry.

It’s available from Family Roots Publishing Company at just $25, less the FRPC web discount of course…

About the Author: Cecile (Ceil) Wendt Jensen is a native Detroiter. Her grandparents arrived in Detroit in the 1880s and 1890s from Russian Poland, West Prussia, Posen, and Galicia. Cecile has taught in public schools for 30 years in traditional and electronic art, art history, and social studies. She is a certified genealogist and develops Web sites, videos, CDs, DVDs, and databases for genealogists of all ages.

Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy; by Cecile (Ceil) Wendt Jensen; 2009; 144 pp; Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; ISBN 9780615360997; Item #: MP01

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What Happened to the Genealogical Helper?

I was the last editor of The Genealogical Helper, which, unfortunately, ceased publication in February of 2009 – nearly two years ago. I was laid off on February 17, 2009 and the Everton Publishers Company, as such, ceased to exist soon thereafter. From what I have been told, it is my understanding that the bank, wiping out all the working capital of the company, called a major loan just prior to my termination. Please note that I was only an employee of Everton Publishers, working as an editor out of my home office 80 miles from the headquarters in Logan, Utah. I had no financial stake or management within the company, except as an editor, paid a monthly wage. I state this because I am aware that several thousand subscribers did not have their subscriptions fulfilled. A short while back I purchased the Everton.com website, and the Newsline, and plan to make the Genealogy Newsline a vibrant part of the GenealogyBlog.com / Family Roots Publishing family, which became a full-time occupation upon losing my job with Everton Publishers.

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FAMILY ROOTS PUBLISHING CO., LLC IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO EXHIBIT AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS in 2011:

  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy – Salt Lake City, Utah – January 10, 2011
  • Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Heritage Room – Exhibits Only – January 12-14, 2011
  • The Arizona Family History Expo – Mesa, Arizona – January 21 & 22, 2011
  • SLOCGS Family History Day – San Luis Obispo, California – February 5, 2011
  • Rootstech – Salt Lake City, Utah – February 10-12, 2011
  • St. George Family History Expo – St. George, Utah – February 25-26, 2011
  • South Davis Family History Fair – Bountiful, Utah – March 5, 2011
  • New England Regional Genealogy Conference – Springfield, Massachusetts – April 6-10, 2011
  • National Genealogical Society Annual Conference – Charleston, South Carolina – May 11-14, 2011
  • SCGS Jamboree – Burbank, California – June 10-12, 2011
  • Colorado Family History Expo – Loveland, Colorado – June 24 & 25, 2011
  • Midwest Family History Expo – Overland Park, Kansas – July 29 & 30, 2011
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference – Springfield, Illinois – September 7-10, 2011
  • Washington State Gen Society Annual Conference – Richland, Washington – Sept. 16 & 17, 2011
  • Northern California Family History Expo – San Mateo, California – October 7 & 8, 2011
  • Military Family History Expo – Salt Lake City, Utah – October 29, 2011
  • Atlanta Family History Expo – Duluth, Georgia – November 11 & 12, 2011
  • Salt Lake Christmas Tour – Salt Lake City, Utah – December 5-11, 2011
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