History is Made as Israeli Child is Registered as an Aramean

The following excerpt is from the October 21, 2014 edition of israeltoday.co.il:

Yaakov Khalloul, a two-year-old Christian child from the Galilee, made history on Monday when he became the first person in Israel’s modern history to be officially registered as an Aramean.

To date, all Christians in Israel have been registered with population authorities as Arabs, given that for most, their mother tongue is Arabic. But last month, outgoing Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar issued a directive permitting local Christians to now be voluntarily registered according to a more ancient ancestry.

“We are not Arabs. We are simply Christians who speak Arabic,” noted Father Gabriel Naddaf in an interview with Israeli media last year. The Nazareth-based priest who has been actively encouraging young Christians to join the Israeli army, noted that Aramean Christians were living in this region long before the Arab Muslim conquest.

Read the full article.

CSI-Genealogy to be Held in Galesburg, Illinois

Carl Sandburg College has announced that CSI-Genealogy is to be held in Galesburg, Illinois, May 28 through June 1 of 2015. This four and a half day event will feature speakers Cyndi Ingle, Debbie Mieszala, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin and Michael John Neill coordinating topics including:

  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis
  • The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Sources
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods

Classes will be held in modern comfortable classrooms and attendees will have complimentary access to wifi to enhance their educational experience. Registrants can add an optional meal package to their registration. The college is completely handicapped accessible and all activities will be held under one roof.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.sandburggenealogy.com.

Detroit News Archival Materials Moving to the State Archives of Michigan

If you have Detroit-area ancestry, you’ll be interested to know that The Detroit News is moving their archival collections to the Michigan State Archives. These collections include items that Michigan researchers will want to check out. The following teaser is from the October 20, 2014 edition of detroitnews.com:


As The Detroit News packs up for the move to our new Fort Street location Friday, staffers have been poring through treasures and oddities from almost 100 years of producing journalism at 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Think of it as a cross between “American Pickers,” “History Detectives” and “Hoarders,” if the latter show featured a 141-year-old newspaper instead of someone’s elderly, pack-rat uncle.

The good news is that much of our archival material will be available for the first time for the public to see and use as research, because the bulk of it is going to the state Archives of Michigan, and is being digitized and preserved for our access, and the future.

One of the most interesting tools for genealogists and historians will be 2 million typed index cards that Pulitzer Prize winner David Ashenfelter said are “worth their weight in gold.”

Read the full article.

Juneau Archives Named for William L. Paul, Sr.

It’s been announced that the Juneau Alaska archives at the new Walter Soboleff building will be named for Tlingit Native rights champion, William L. Paul, Sr. The following excerpt is from an article posted in the October 19, 2014 edition of JuneauEmpire.com:


The archives facility at the new Walter Soboleff building will be named for Tlingit Native rights hero William L. Paul, Sr., who was a major force in Alaska history and is recognized as the father of the Alaska Native land claims.

The William L. Paul, Sr., Archives houses 3,100 linear feet of archival and historical manuscripts and papers, photographs, and audio and visual recordings. The archives also include historical documents, manuscripts, and papers of individuals of importance to both the indigenous people of the region and Alaska history, and over 60,000 historic photographs.

Read the full article.

23andMe and MyHeritage Announce Strategic Collaboration & Product Integration

The following news release was received from Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist and Translation Manager for MyHeritage:


New collaboration combines family trees and DNA to empower individuals to discover and document their ancestry

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California & TEL AVIV, Israel – October 21, 2014: 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, and MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history, announced today a strategic collaboration that will provide an enhanced experience for individuals to discover their legacy based on genetic ancestry and documented family history.

23andMe pioneered autosomal DNA ancestry analysis for consumers, and has created the largest DNA ancestry service in the world. With a simple saliva sample 23andMe can reveal the geographic origins of distant ancestors and help people discover unknown relatives. MyHeritage helps millions of families worldwide find and treasure their unique history with easy-to-use family tree tools, a huge library of more than 5.5 billion historical records and innovative matching technologies for automating discoveries. Integrating the market leading solutions in ancestral DNA and family trees will provide an unparalleled experience for customers of both companies.

“We believe this collaboration with MyHeritage will offer our customers a vastly improved opportunity to build their family tree and discover new connections,” said Andy Page, President of 23andMe. “Given MyHeritage’s technology leadership in the ancestry space and vast global reach, we are excited about the value this relationship will bring to our customers around the world.”

“Combining genealogy with DNA-based ancestry is the next evolution in uncovering family history,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “DNA testing can connect you to relatives you never knew existed, who descend from shared ancestors centuries ago, but family trees and historical records are critical to map and fully understand these connections. We have great respect for 23andMe’s technology and values, and its pioneering approach to genetics represents strong potential value for our users in the future.”

23andMe will offer its more than three quarters of a million customers around the globe access to MyHeritage’s family tree tools. This will allow 23andMe’s customers to enjoy automated family history discoveries. Smart Matching™ automatically finds connections between user-contributed family trees and Record Matching automatically locates historical records from the billions of records available on MyHeritage, pertaining to any person in the family tree. MyHeritage will utilize 23andMe’s API to provide the best experience for customers, by allowing any two people with matching DNA to explore their family tree connections. MyHeritage will also offer 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service® to its global community of more than 70 million registered users, in addition to the DNA tests it already offers.

The first phase of integration will be complete by early 2015.

About 23andMe
23andMe, Inc. is the leading personal genetics company dedicated to helping people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company’s Personal Genome Service® enables individuals to gain deeper insights into their genetics and ancestry. The vision for 23andMe is to personalize healthcare by making and supporting meaningful discoveries through genetic research. 23andMe, Inc., was founded in 2006, and the company is advised by a group of renowned experts in the fields of human genetics, bioinformatics and computer science. More information is available at www.23andme.com. 23andMe’s health reports are not cleared by the FDA. US customers may purchase 23andMe’s ancestry-only product.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Trusted by millions of families, its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies.
MyHeritage empowers families with an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages. www.myheritage.com

You can watch MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, break the news live on Bloomberg TV earlier today (And watch Oscar Pistorius being given five years for Reeva Steenkamp death at the same time): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1MefhlGTA8

Ebola, Disease, Pestilence & Family History


Anyone not totally brain-dead knows that the world community is extremely concerned about the rise of Ebola virus disease (EVD). It was earlier known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), since victims bleed both within the body and externally. The disease kills about 50% of those who get it. As of this writing the current outbreak is on the rise in three countries, those being Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, with no end in site. According to the Ebola site at Wikipedia, “As of 15 October 2014, 8,998 suspected cases resulting in the deaths of 4,493 have been reported.” I’ve seen numbers that were considerably higher, but no one really knows… There is currently no widely-available drug that is known to cure those with Ebola. What drugs are available are in extremely short supply and they are all still being tested for effectiveness.

Why am I writing about Ebola? Because I believe that this virus has the potential to dramatically change family history on a world-wide basis. In not-so-nice language, it can very quickly kill millions of folks – and not just those in far-off (not so far-off?) Africa. Talk about an effect on family history, and genealogy… The disease has already altered the families of thousands of people, and we have no idea where this will end.

Diseases have come and gone, rising and eventually falling, for the history of mankind. The overarching importance of good hygiene was only recognized in the nineteenth-century, so our human ancestors spent thousands of years in relative squalor, and the resulting disease, pandemics, and epidemics that go with it – Justinian’s Plague of the fifth-century, and the Black Death of the fourteenth and later centuries possibly being the worst of those found in recorded history. Note that epidemics are the rapid spread of infectious disease, with pandemics being epidemics that spread over large regions (often continents or worldwide). Justinian’s Plague, as well as the Black death are now commonly ascribed to Yersinia pestis. It was carried by infected fleas. The Plague again broke out in the 1300s, that time thought to have originated in Asia. By 1347 it had reached Italy, carried by the occupants of twelve Genoese galleys. According to medieval historian Philip Daileader, The trend of recent research is pointing to a figure more like 45–50% of the European population dying during a four-year period. There is a fair amount of geographic variation. In Mediterranean Europe, areas such as Italy, the south of France and Spain, where plague ran for about four years consecutively, it was probably closer to 75–80% of the population. In Germany and England … it was probably closer to 20%. Philip Daileader, The Late Middle Ages, audio/video course produced by The Teaching Company, (2007) ISBN: 978-1-59803-345-8. The Kingdom of Poland seems to have been spared.

A few other major diseases that decimated populations were Cholera, Influenza, Malaria, Smallpox, Typhus, and Yellow Fever.

The first cholera pandemic took place in India starting in 1817 and ran through 1824. The disease spread from India to Southeast Asia, China, Japan, the Middle East, and southern Russia. The second pandemic was from 1827 to 1835 and spread to the United States and Europe. Later Cholera pandemics spread to Africa and South America. Cholera transmission takes place mainly by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person, who can pass on the disease even though they may not have any apparent symptoms. Water treatment and good sanitation has all but wiped out cholera in developed countries. Many of our American ancestors lost their lives to cholera. New York State had several epidemics during the 1800s, attributed to cholera’s spread in waterways (like the Erie Canal), and off the Atlantic Coast. See the Cholera History pages at Wikipedia. In 2010, it’s been estimated that 100,000 to 300,000 cholera deaths took place worldwide.

According to the CDC, there are numerous different influenza A viruses. Some flu viruses are found in humans, while others are in animals such as avian flu in birds and poultry. Flu season usually starts about October every year, and many of us get annual vaccinations in an attempt to not get sick. The virus keeps changing, and the drug companies scramble to come up with vaccines that alleviate the virus in its most current form. The vaccines now help keep the mortality rate down. However, it wasn’t long ago that we had no protection against the virus. It’s a fact that between 50 and 100 million people died just during the 1918-1919 pandemic alone! Some of the viruses have produced worse symptoms than others, with the 1918 pandemic being extremely lethal. Since this wasn’t even 100 years ago, many of us have found death records of our ancestors who succumbed to this round of the flu. See the Influenza History pages of Wikipedia.

Malaria is said to kill a child about every 60 seconds… The disease is a microorganism carried and spread by mosquitos. The WHO has estimated that in 2012 alone, there were 207 million cases of malaria, with between 473,000 and 789,000 people killed, many of whom were children in Africa. Vaccines to fight malaria have never been successfully produced, and insect control seems to be the only effective preventative technique. See the History of Malaria pages at Wikipedia.

Smallpox alone has killed so many people that it’s mind-boggling. According to the History of Smallpox pages found at Wikipedia, “During the 20th century, it is estimated that smallpox was responsible for 300–500 million deaths.[5][6][7] In the early 1950s an estimated 50 million cases of smallpox occurred in the world each year.[8] As recently as 1967, the World Health Organization estimated that 15 million people contracted the disease and that two million died in that year.[8] After successful vaccination campaigns throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the WHO certified the eradication of smallpox in December 1979.[8] To this day, smallpox is the only human infectious disease to have been completely eradicated.[9]See the History of Smallpox pages at Wikipedia. It’s known that smallpox was one of a number of European diseases that Native Americans succumbed to during the post-Columbus expedition to the Americas. There’s some evidence to show that it was used as a “weapon” against them by the British during the French and Indian War.

Typhus is a bacterial disease that is spread by lice, ticks and fleas. It’s estimated that 100,000 Irish died of the disease during the famine of 1815-1816. An epidemic appeared again in the 1830s, and again during the Great Irish Potato Famine. Typhus killed hundreds of thousands of Nazi concentration camp prisoners in during World War II. Many soldiers died of typhus during World War I. It’s said that more French soldiers died of the disease during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812 than were killed by the Russians. Read the History pages at the Wikipedia website.

Yellow Fever is a viral disease that causes liver damage – thus the yellow skin of those afflicted with it. It’s spread by mosquitos and leads to about 30,000 annual deaths, most occurring in Africa. Yellow fever epidemics hit Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York in the 18th and 19th centuries, coming there by steamboat routes from New Orleans. The epidemics caused some 100,000–150,000 deaths. The 1793 Philadelphia epidemic caused the death of about 9% of the city’s population. See the Yellow Fever History pages at Wikipedia.

Although the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) is attempting to reassure us that chances of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the USA are low, their assurances sound pretty hollow. We know that the now-deceased Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who flew to the USA, was able to do so by just stating that he had had no contact with anyone with the disease (he lied)… We now know that the nursing staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas didn’t have the protective clothing needed to shield them from the virus.. As of today, we know that two nurses caring for Duncan caught the virus… We now know that one of the nurses was given permission to fly by commercial airliner even though she had reported an elevated temperature to the CDC… The CDC is attempting to find all 132 people that were on that flight, and an additional 800 people who later flew on that Frontier Airlines jet. The CDC and the U.S. government as a whole does not want us to panic. That can have bad results both for the economy, as well as the politicians who we seem to think can protect us. The President has appointed Ron Klain to act as his “Ebola Czar” in an attempt to manage the crisis. Although Klain has no medical experience, he is said have a successful management background.

Common sense tells us that those areas where the disease is spreading rapidly should be put under quarantine and travel to and from those areas suspended. However, that’s easier said than done. It just happens that the disease is currently spreading exponentially in countries that have little in the way of resources, and appropriate health-care. If “western” countries and health-care professionals don’t go into the areas and help, what will happen? Possibly mass-death, with the disease finding it’s way outside the borders anyway? At the moment, there seems to be no appetite for stopping outbound airline flights from leaving those countries. These are living, breathing, human beings, many of whom may be our own kin… Keep in mind that Liberia was settled by freed slaves from the United States. Sierra Leone got started as a colony of African-American loyalists and poor blacks from England in 1787. The United States is sending troops into harm’s way in the attempt to build badly needed healthcare facilities.

I’ve written a bit about a number of diseases in this blog. Note that some of these diseases have and continue to kill untold numbers of our family members. Disease is nothing to disregard. Once an epidemic gets underway, it can quickly become a pandemic, and the entire human family can be involved. Thus far, the Ebola death numbers seem small when compared to annual death rates of some diseases. Those directly involved may seem far away. But that can change – and quickly. I pray to Jehovah God that we quickly get a handle on Ebola and stop it before many more lives are lost. Remember – each person lost is someone’s family member.

For further online reading check out the following sites (and one book):

The Center for Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

The World Health Organization Website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

Ebola virus disease pages at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease

Black Death pages at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death#cite_note-50 This site has a good gif illustration showing the spread of Black Death throughout Europe from 1346 to 1343.

Plague of Justinian pages at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_of_Justinian

Armies of Pestilence, The Impact of Disease on History, by R.S. Bray compiles a lot of interesting information from numerous sources. It’s a bit “heavy,” but in my search for information, I found it useful. I’ve read the book and have referred to it many times since obtaining a copy a few years ago. Not for casual reading…

Evernote for Mac for Genealogists

Evernote-for-Mac-300pwLast year Lisa Louise Cooke brought us Evernote for Windows for Genealogists. Here is a portion of the review I wrote for this guide:

Evernote has quickly become a very popular tech tool among genealogists. Likewise, laminated guides have also become popular among family historians looking for solid reference materials to assist in a variety of research tasks. Given both statements, it was only time before someone created an Evernote guide for genealogical application. And, who better to write Evernote for Windows for Genealogists, than Lisa Louise Cooke, author of tech favorites like the The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox.

Cooks followed this guide with a version for Mac users, Evernote for Mac for Genealogists. Like the Windows version, this guide covers more ground than most guides, as outlined below, page by page:

Page 1 covers the basics of working with notes, including a complete list of note taking quick keys and a “Getting Started Checklist”

Page 2 examines the task of clipping, with basics, quick keys, and an informative chart on which tasks work best with the desktop client vs. web clipper

Page 3 digs into the desktop client, including another extensive list of desktop quick keys

Page 4 breaks down two topics. First is genealogical organization, with tagging, notebooks, and stacks. There is also a chart covering the free vs. premium benefits.

So why Evernote at all? Cook explains:

“Evernote is a free tech tool that enables you to instantly capture and retrieve everything that is important to your research, Cloud storage of your notes allows you to access them anywhere, from any computing device. And Optical Character Recognition (OCR) makes images in notes keyword”

Weather you have already discovered the value of Evernote in your research, or you have been waiting for a little push that direction, Lisa has you covered with Evernote for Windows for Genealogists and Evernote for Mac for GenealogistsAvailable from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $8.77 each.

Genealogy at a Glance: North Carolina Genealogy Research

NC-At-a-Glance-Laminate-200pwReported records of exploration by colonists into the Carolinas began in 1622. Carolina became an official colony in 1663 by charter of Charles II. The province was split in two, north and south, in 1710. This is just part of the “Settlement Background” information found in the new laminated guide, Genealogy at a Glance: North Carolina Genealogy Research.

Written by Michael A. Ports, this “At a Glance” guide follows the same format and pattern as similar guides of the same name. This guide is a four-page, full-color limited brochure meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research. Useful history is provided for standard genealogical record sources. There are plenty of “further readings” suggested by the author.

The listing of major repositories and online sources provide locations to search for the records described in the guide.

Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts & Important Dates

Settlement Background

Record Sources

  • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Birth and Death Records
  • Land Grant Records
  • Probate Records
  • Military Records

Supplementary Sources

  • State Census of 1785-1787
  • Bonds

Major Repositories

Online Resources


Order Genealogy at a Glance: North Carolina Genealogy Research from Family Roots Publishing.

Ancestry Uncovers Members of Armed Services Among Least Likely to Own Homes, While Fire Fighters Are More Likely to Than Lawyers and Judges

The following News Release is from MarketWired:

New Analysis From Ancestry Reveals Surprising Connections Between Occupation and Home Ownership Today and Since 1900

PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – October 15, 2014) – Members of the armed services are among the least likely to own a home in the United States, according to a new analysis by Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource. Ancestry recently analyzed 112 years of U.S. Federal Census data to better understand the connection between occupation and home ownership across the nation over the last century. As of 2012, optometrists have the clearest line of sight to home ownership at 90%, while dancers and dance instructors have the lowest home ownership rate at just 23%.

Occupation has had a major impact on home ownership rates since 1900. While the typical size of a profession’s paycheck is an important factor in the rankings, it’s not the only one. There are many instances of a profession having a higher rate of home ownership than another that typically pays more. Some interesting findings from 2012:
Public service often pays off in terms of home ownership rates, except if you are in the armed forces. Fire fighters ranked #7 at 84%, and police officers and detectives #12 at 79%, compared to lawyers and judges who ranked #20 at 78%. Teachers were higher than economists (#45 at 74% versus #97, 64%).

Janitors and sextons had a rate about double that of waiters and waitresses (54% versus 27%).

It turns out that all artists are not starving. Sixty-three percent of artists and art teachers own homes, which is almost twice as high as dancers and dance teachers, which have the lowest rate of home ownership among any profession. Higher rates of home ownership were also seen among musicians and music teachers (62%), entertainers (57%) and authors (63%).

Some skilled professions that include many unionized workers had fairly high rates of home ownership, such as electricians at 73%, plumbers at 70% and power station operators at 87%.

Sixty-two (62) percent of editors and reporters owned homes in 2012, which is higher than almost every other analyzed decade.
Home ownership rates were at just 32% in 1900 and have doubled since then, but nearly all that growth came by 1960. “This kind of historical context is extremely valuable information for people researching their family history,” said Todd Godfrey, Head of Global Content at Ancestry. “Home ownership, occupation, and location are often key bits of information that can help bring the stories of our ancestors to life and greater illumination to the times in which they lived.”

With the stability of the housing market and the economy fluctuating drastically in recent years, occupations with specialized skills and heavy ties to the community fared the best. According to the analysis by Ancestry, top occupations for home ownership in the United States for 2012 are as follows:

  • Optometrists: 90%
  • Toolmakers and Die Makers/Setters: 88%
  • Dentists: 87%
  • Power Station Operators: 87%
  • Forgemen and Hammermen: 84%
  • Inspectors: 84%
  • Firemen: 84%
  • Locomotive Engineers: 84%
  • Airplane Pilots and Navigators: 83%
  • Farmers: 81%

“Firemen, dentists and farmers all play integral roles in their local community, so perhaps the need to root in the communities they serve has played a role in home ownership,” Godfrey said. “Firefighters have a deep love for the community they serve, farmers are tied to the land and optometrists and dentists have spent their careers building a clientele list tied to the community. It could also be a case of raising their families in the same homes they were raised in and their parents before them.”

Lower Rates of Home Ownership
From a list of nearly 200 occupations, the rate of home ownership in 2012 is as low as 23% for certain job types. While the professions with the very highest rate of home ownership weren’t necessarily those with the biggest paychecks, the majority of the professions with the worst rates of home ownership have a mean hourly wage of $13 or less. Job stability and job security also played a large role in how likely those in a given profession were to own a home.

As expected, many of the lowest ranking occupations don’t require higher education including cleaners, waiters, counter workers and cashiers–and have lower job stability. Though surprising at first, members of the armed forces are less likely to own a home due to ability/requirement to live on base, possible deployment or the average age skewing younger. The following are occupations with the lowest rate of home ownership in 2012:

  • Dancers and Dance Teachers: 23%
  • Motion Picture Projectionists: 27%
  • Waiters and Waitresses: 27%
  • Counter and Fountain Workers: 28%
  • Members of the Armed Forces: 33%
  • Service Workers (except private households): 34%
  • Bartenders: 35%
  • Charwomen and Cleaners: 35%
  • Cashiers: 36%
  • Cooks (except private households): 36%

Home ownership has been the dream of working men and women in the United States from the nation’s founding. For people from tool makers to optometrists to dancers, home ownership continues to be part of the American dream. To learn more about the Ancestry analysis of home ownership and occupation, visit http://ancstry.me/1ywaIkB. Or, visit www.ancestry.com and sign up for a 14-day free trial to learn more about the working men and women in your family.

Methodology: Statistics were compiled using Census microdata obtained from ipums.org at the University of Minnesota Population Center. The microdata are records containing the characteristics of individuals compiled from a representative sample of Census forms. Only heads of households were included in the analysis. Occupations were categorized into 197 categories classified by the U.S. Federal Census Bureau in 1950 and standardized by IPUMS for all other census years. Home ownership is defined as owning or having a mortgage on the residence as opposed to renting it. Occupations with an inadequate sample size in the year reviewed for any given decade were dropped from the analysis for that year. Ancestry.com continues to partner with the Minnesota Population Center in sharing historical census data and standardization methods to benefit both academic researchers and Ancestry’s customers.

Link to the News Release.

Connecticut State Library Digitizing WWI History

The following excerpt is from an article by David Drury, posted at courant.com:

The now century-old conflict known to its contemporaries as the Great War left an indelible imprint on Connecticut.

For those who lived through it, on the battlefield or the home front, it was a life-defining event, and the Connecticut State Library wants to assure that family-held memories and mementos will be preserved and available to historians, students, genealogists or the simply curious.

Beginning later this month, state library officials will hold a series of community events at which local residents are urged to bring in family letters, photographs, diaries, recorded stories and other objects from the World War I period.

Those materials will be processed and digitally scanned on site by volunteers….

In conjunction with the project, a new website, http://www.CTinWorldWar1.org, launched this fall that provides a platform for sharing historical material from local libraries and institutions about Connecticut wartime experience at home and abroad…

Upcoming sessions of the Connecticut State Library’s digitalization project will be held at the Middletown Library Service Center, Oct. 22, 6 to 9 p.m.; Willimantic Library Service Center, Oct. 25, 1 to 4 p.m.; the Connecticut State Library, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Read the full article.

Hawaii State Archives Makes Documents More Accessible Online


For several years, the Hawaii State Archives has been diligently working to make the Archives documents more accessible to the public. The Archives was rather forced into it since many documents created today are in a digital form only, and they just weren’t set up to deal with them. Now we’re seeing both digital documents as well as older “digitized” items being made available to the public online.

A video dealing with the Hawaii State Archives going digital can be found at the kitv.com website.

Although the project is far from completion, there are already a number of digital collections found at the Hawaii State Archives website. Some are limited to just a few letters of the alphabet for a limited period of time. Check them out below.

Name Search – search all collections indexed by name. Excludes the Genealogy Index, Mahele Book, Map and Library Catalog and Photograph Collection.

Genealogy Index
Government Office Holders, 1843-1959
Hawaiian Genealogy Book Index (PDF)
Chinese Passenger Manifest Index, A-Z
Japanese Passenger Manifests Index, A-L
Japanese Passenger Manifests Index, M-Z
Portuguese Passenger Manifests Index, A-Z
Land Index – People Names, 1838-1918 (O-Z)
Land Index – Place Names, 1838-1918 (A, E and U)
Name Index, 1790-1950 (A-Bonnier)
Subject Index, 1790-1970 (A-Airports, Molokai)

Certificates of Registration, National Register of Republic of Hawaii
Official Journals of the Legislature of the Republic of Hawaii, 1895-1898
Judiciary Records (Probate Case Files)
Mahele Book (PDF)
Photograph Collection
Tax Ledgers, 1847-1900 (Hamakua & Hilo)
Vital Statistics Collection, 1826-1929 (Molokai, Niihau, Kauai, and Maui)
Vital Statistics Collection, 1826-1929 (Hawaii Island)
World War I Service Records

Map and Library Catalog

Back in the Great State of Washington

After an absence of about 23 years, Patty and I are again living in Orting, Washington. We lived about 5 miles outside of Orting, in Pierce County, up until 1991. We then moved to the tiny community of Elbe (just outside Mt. Rainier National Park) for several years. After spending 6 years on the road, and settling in Utah for well over a decade, we’ve come full circle, and moved back to Orting. This time we live within the city limits, with a wonderful view of Mount Rainier from our front porch. Don’t misunderstand me here – we have that great view if it’s not raining – which it’s doing today.

We started making our move from Utah last May, and have made several trips to Utah in the meantime. One of those trips took seven weeks as we were getting our house ready to place on the real estate market. Although we will be back in Utah again several times this fall and winter, we are now getting settled into our home in Orting, as well as working normal business hours at Family Roots Publishing. We moved the company from Utah, back into the old Heritage Quest Press building that my brother and I initially purchased about 1987. Steve has been running a printing business here for about 20 years while I’ve been away. Now both businesses are operating under the same roof. Our son, Dale, and his family came back to Washington with us. Many of you know Dale and Tara, having met them as they displayed product for Family Roots Publishing at conferences all over the U.S.A.

We really love Western Washington, even enjoying the rain. Patty and I both have family here and we are glad to be home again.

Read an earlier blog of August 19 dealing with the move.

The “Genealogy Roadshow” Comes to Philadelphia October 25 & 26


The following excerpt is from an article by Kristie Rearick, posted in the October 14 edition of NJ.com:

On Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, PBS and WHYY bring the TV series “Genealogy Roadshow,” to Philadelphia. Anyone can attend this free event and watch as preselected area residents have family mysteries revealed on camera with featured genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco.

The public can explore their own personal histories, too, with representatives from historical and genealogical societies — who will be on-site for the weekend — including the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Find My Past, the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the African American Genealogy Group and the Daughters of the American Revolution, among others.

Read the full article.

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Tennessee K-12 Students Get Free Classroom Access to Ancestry.com

According to an AP article posted on October 8 at the ksl.com website, the Tennessee State Library and Archives has further collaborated with Ancestry.com, offering all K-12 classrooms in the state free access to Ancestry.com. Hmmm… smart move on Ancestry’s part. Get ’em hooked early-on and they just may be hooked for life…

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Tracing Your Bajan (Barbados) Roots


The following question was sent to Professor Louis Henry Gates, and was published with his reply (in consultation with Meaghan Siekman) in the October 10, 2014 edition of TheRoot.com. It’s a must-read article if you have Bajan ancestry.

I am doing my husband’s genealogy. His grandmother was born Ethel (Etherea) Chantilla Pounder on March 23, 1898, in St. Philip Parish, Barbados, West Indies. Her father was Arthur Pounder and her mother was Avis Jordan. How can I find records on Arthur and Avis? —Patricia L. Blackwell

There are plenty of resources available to you! However, before we list them, we want to remind you that the first step to tracing relatives of an immigrant ancestor is to gather as much information as you can from documents in the United States, such as passenger lists and U.S. census records.

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