Salt Lake Christmas Tour………….. Week’s Peek


A few days ago, Leland wrote a review of this book; I do hope you all order a copy. But that being said, do not get a copy if you won’t read and study it!  I’ve written before about how crazy it is to purchase a book with great intentions of reading and studying and using the book and there it sits on the shelf gathering dust. Shame on us!

For instance, for a project I’ve been working on I found the Fitzroy Chapin, son of Paul Fitzroy Chapin, son of Paul Chapin and Mary Fitzroy. It looked good, it seemed good and I grabbed it up. But it was wrong! Fitzroy Chapin was born in 1821 and so could not have been the son of Paul Fitzroy Chapin born in 1824. Pertaining to the same clan most likely, but these two were not father-son. Had I slowed down and taken a second, third or fourth look, and had the advice in this book more firmly in my mind, I would not have made that mistake so quickly and easily.

This book clearly and repeatedly explains the value of keeping the definitions of proof statement and proof summary  and proof argument  more clearly in mind when pondering a possible genealogy connection.  If those terms and concepts are a bit foreign to you (as they were to me at one time) then you need this book! It’s a little book, only 80 pages, so it’s a doable study.

Many of us on the Salt Lake Christmas Tour have been researching for years and years but are now finding that some of the connections we made early on might just not be so. To lose one child-parent link can remove a long interesting pedigree. But it he or she is not “yours,” then you must seek out who is your ancestor. This book will help you hone the skills you’ve been using for decades when you come to the Family History Library in December…. especially if you’ve been working on the same problem for years! Decide now to become a better researcher and results in December will prove the worth of that decision.

Click here to order a copy of Genealogy Standards!

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.

Deciphering Gothic Records

ftp3Deciphering Gothic Records is a great little flip book designed to help those with German ancestry read and understand older German documents and handwriting. The books contents include information and words common to traditional vital records; including; birth, christenings, marriages, deaths, and burials.

Fay S. Dearden created Deciphering Gothic Records: Useful Hints for Helping You Read “Old German” Script to provide the researcher with common alphabet variations, German words, names, Latin terms, and abbreviations in Gothic records. For example, under “Symbols” a list of of marks are show with their German meaning and English translation. One mark we know, or is at least similar to today’s asterick, means gobren or born. Another looks like two small boxes connected on the under side by an downward arching line means twin boys.

This booklet is printed on cardstock and measures in at 4.25″ x 9″. This little guide is small enough and tough enough to toss in bag or purse and take with you to the library. Spiral bound on the top also makes it easy to read and use while researching.


Contents include:

  • Complete alphabet, with both lower and uppercase, letter variations
  • Symbols
  • Common words in German and English, with handwritten examples for:
  • Birth records
  • Marriage records
  • Death records
  • Abbreviations in both Gothic and Latin (English)
  • Latin terms
  • Illness related terms
  • Titles and occupations
  • Common German names


Add this great guide as an added bonus to any order at Family Roots Publishing. Deciphering Gothic Records: Useful Hints for Helping You Read “Old German” Script.

Check Out the Top 10 Unbelievable Wedding & Marriage Records posted an interesting article dealing with what Denise Ngo has found to be the top 10 unbelievable wedding and marriage records. The funny part is that it includes 11 items. The article deals with:

  • The World’s Longest Marriage
  • The Greatest Age Difference in Marriage
  • The World’s Tallest Married Couple
  • The World’s Shortest Married Couple
  • The Biggest Wedding Cake
  • Longest Engagement
  • Most Marriages in a Lifetime
  • Oldest Bride and Groom
  • Most Marriage Vow Renewals
  • Largest Difference in Weight
  • Most Expensive Wedding

Check out the article.

Revised and Improved — Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition — AND, On Sale for 15% Off Thru Thursday, May 15. 2014

tp187Since my own first introduction to genealogy, back in high school, I recognized a strong need for evidence and accuracy in research. Though not a certified genealogist myself, my feelings on the matter are reflected by the The Board for Certification of Genealogists [BCG]; or perhaps it is more accurate to state, my position reflects that of the BCG. In the BCG’s Genealogy Standards guidebook, the boards states in the first lines of the introduction:

“Accuracy is fundamental to genealogical research. Without it, a family’s history would be fiction.”

Genealogy Standards is the guidebook to the research standards practiced by professional genealogists, and should be used by all genealogists. The BCG has just released a major upgrade to this reference book, with its Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition. For the record, that is 50 years of the BCG. The guidebook is 14 years old. The Standards were first released in 2000 after a three year initiative to create a combined and clear standard by which all genealogists, not just those certified by the BCG, could conduct and organize their research. After 14 years of progress, learning, and technical advances it was time for a refresh.

“This manual presents the standards family historians use to obtain valid results.” I believe this should and does apply to all genealogists, not just those certified or hoping to become so. All genealogists need to follow the basic parameters as addressed by these standards in the areas of:

  • documentation
  • research planning and execution,
  • reasoning from evidence
  • compiling research results
  • education
  • ongoing development of knowledge and skills

I look at it in terms of what previous family research I have been able to obtain from family members, and the amount of rework necessary to verify the accuracy, and often inaccuracy, of data obtained from non-cited and unverified sources. Why should one of my descendents have to do the work yet again because I fail to follow some basic guidelines in my research practices?

As mentioned above, this guidebook offers an upgrade to the previous standards. This new slimmer package includes changes that better handle Internet and electronic-based resources, as well as other improved practices learned over the years. There are now 83 standards, up from 72; though, most reflect a change in organization where multi-part standards are now broken into their own sections. Following norms practiced in standards development across many research fields, these standards are broken into two main types:

  • Product standards – “qualities of useful outcomes”
  • Process standards – “activities leading to useful outcomes”

Despite these changes, the guide is much smaller than the millennial version. The slimmer guide simply lists the standards with explanations. The examples are now available on the BCG website instead of in the printed manual. Now the guide is easy to carry around and lighter to thumb through for a quick reference as needed.

The average, everyday, happy-to-have-a-hobby genealogist will find their own research more productive, easier to manage, and ultimately more satisfying if they follow the easy to read and easily applied standards found in this guidebook. Many professional genealogists may already apply most of theses standards to their daily research, but it doesn’t hurt to have a nice compact copy to take with you when you travel about or as a desk reference.

Every genealogist should have their own copy of these standards. They are easy to read and follow. Having a reference copy on hand makes it easy to refer to any time you have a question about research. Get your own personal copy of Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition is available from Family Roots Publishing at 15% off through Midnight MDT Thursday, May 15, 2014.

The Online North Carolina Gazetteer

NCpedia is an online encyclopedia. Its purpose is to highlight North Carolina’s unique resources, people, and culture to enrich, educate, and inform. As of March 1, 2014, NCpedia included 5,345 entries and 6,046 images!

The following is a press release written by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR):

RALEIGH, N.C. – NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at Click on the link or the illustration to visit the site.

The free online encyclopedia features thousands of articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history. It is hosted by NC LIVE, and managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

“The North Carolina Gazetteer” is a dictionary of North Carolina’s geographical place names documenting their location, history and origins.

First published by the UNC Press in 1968, it was compiled by noted North Carolina historian William S. Powell, Professor Emeritus of history at UNC-Chapel Hill. A revised 2010 edition co-edited with Michael Hill of the N.C. Office of Archives and History updated and expanded the volume. It contains information on more than 20,000 places in North Carolina.

“The key is that, whereas other sources list just the name, Powell’s book included the stories and derivations behind the names,” says Hill. “No other state has anything like it. I was pleased to work with Professor Powell and UNC Press on the revised edition.” Hill is lead research historian in the Office of Archives and History at the N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources. “‘The North Carolina Gazetteer’ has had a prominent place on the bookshelf of North Carolinians for more than a generation,” says UNC Press Editorial Director Mark Simpson-Vos. “Journalists, librarians, and teachers have told me they cannot do their work without its handy reference to our state’s places.” Nearly 21,000 place names are in the expanded “Gazetteer.”

“Together, Mike Hill and Bill Powell were able to update this resource for the 21st century, and we are thrilled that it is now so easily accessible for all readers through the NCPedia website,” added Simpson-Vos. “I know plenty of folks are going to spend hours like I have losing myself in the important, surprising, and sometimes quirky history of these places and their names.” The local color in the text gives a unique richness to each place.

“‘The North Carolina Gazetteer’ is a tremendous resource for anyone who lives in, or has ever traveled through, North Carolina,” says State Librarian Cal Shepard. “Where else would you go to find out Hanging Dog Creek was named after a Cherokee legend, or that Wolf Pit Township was named for the way colonists trapped wolves? We are excited to make it available through the NCpedia site.” Since its first printing the “Gazetteer” has been an essential reference for anyone with a serious interest in the Tar Heel state.

The “Gazetteer” is the third work to be made available online through NCpedia’s partnership with UNC Press. The agreement to make the content from both the “Encyclopedia of North Carolina” and the six volumes of the “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography” available online was announced Feb. 9, 2012. All articles from the “Encyclopedia of North Carolina” were added by the end of 2012. NCpedia is on schedule to complete the process of integrating articles from the “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography” this year. The NCpedia expansion to include resources from the University of North Carolina Press has been funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Doris C Pike 1918-2014 RIP

The following excerpt is from the March 28, 2014 ediiton of

Doris C. Pike, a homemaker who embarked on a diligent search for her family history and helped establish the first public genealogy library in Sacramento County, died March 24 of colon cancer complications, her family said. She was 95.

Long before personal computers and online databases, Mrs. Pike began the laborious task of researching her genealogy. The idea came to her while caring for her ill husband in 1969.

Mrs. Pike belonged to the Sacramento Genealogical Society – Root Cellar and the Genealogical Association of Sacramento. In 1982, the groups persuaded the Sacramento Public Library Commission to allocate a room at the Carmichael branch for a genealogy reference library. Volunteers painted the room, purchased and set up shelves and stocked the collection with reference books.

Mrs. Pike spent almost 25 years as a library volunteer, buying research materials and repairing and rebinding books…

Read the full article.

MyHeritage Produces Video About Their Global Cemetery Inititive

A few days ago, MyHeritage launched a pro-bono global initiative with BillionGraves to preserve every cemetery and gravestone in the world and they are providing the content online, for free. This project is important and beneficial for genealogists everywhere.

MyHeritage just have produced a short video about it. It features Gilad Japhet (MyHeritage’s Founder and CEO) who participated in our company’s trip to the cemetery and who alone was responsible for digitizing around 1000 gravestones in 3 hrs! It’s a race against time. The more people that they can encourage to participate now, the more data will be preserved for future generations, before inscriptions start to fade.

Check out the YouTube video.

Something Super Special For the Grandkids – at 37 to 42% off thru Thursday, May 15, 2014


About a month ago, F&W published a new book that I have gotten increasingly excited about. It’s titled “stories from my grandparent.” Written by Susan Adcox, this hardcover book is by far the best “fill in the blanks” volume I’ve ever seen. The questions that Susan came up with to trigger memories are written specifically to help the writer come up with memories that grandchildren might be interested in. When it came out, I immediately bought three books to fill in and give as special gifts to my grandchildren. I’ve been working on one of the books in the evenings the last few days, and every day I get more enthused about the project. My goal is to have all three books fully filled in before Christmas.

In my case, I am currently writing stories, and adding pictures to just one book. Then I plan to go back and fill in two more books, which will be fast, as I won’t have to dredge up the memories to compile the book. What I think makes this special is that it’s made up of my unique memories from my 64 years of a rather interesting life – all written by my hand with a #2 pencil!


I could easily give each child a computer printout of the family genealogy, and most likely will. However, this is special, in that it’s hand written. I am printing most of the lettering, as they say that in another 50 years, no one will know how to read cursive – and I want these to be true heirlooms…

The book has space for 15 pictures – there to help illustrate my stories. I’m using archival corners found at the local Michaels craft store to hold the photos in place. The pictures, although added to the book, making the interior thicker, do not effect the overall thickness of the book, as the pages are on a wire spiral held within the hard-cover binding.
I just bought 100 copies of this volume to share with my readers at 37% off the normal MSRP. Usually 18.95, we are selling the books for just $11.96 through Thursday at midnight MST, May 15, 2014. Click here to order.

If you’d like to produce another more adult-oriented volume at the same time, and get a great deal in the process, order the Family Story Bundle, made up of “stories from my grandparent,” and Our Family Heritage.
Our Family Heritage has traditionally been the most popular hard-cover book of this nature. I’ve been marketing this book for well over 20 years, and folks still love it. I’ll discount Our Family Heritage over 50% within the bundle, making it only an additional $5.96. The total cost of the Family Story Bundle is just $17.92 through Thursday at midnight MDT, April 3, 2013, making the bundle 42% off. Click here to order. Note that there is a $5.50 p&h fee, saving the buyer $2.50 over normal p&h.

Following are reviews of both books that Andy Pomeroy has done previously:

Review of “stories from my grandparent”


There are more than a few books on the market to help people capture living stories. Usually, these books focus on common questions, such as who was your best friend in grade school or how did you meet your spouse? These books come in all different shapes and size. Some focus on telling our own stories and others on gathering the stories of our living relatives. Some focus more on the genealogies we posses and others on a collection of life stories. Each has a purpose meant to inspire and assist in capturing those stories. Now there is a new book on the market inspired by grandparents, stories from my Grandparent: Creating an Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild.

One thing I really enjoyed is how the author didn’t just ask the usual questions. Instead, Susan Adcox tried to make the question more interesting. Instead of what is your favorite or least favorite food, Adcox coaches the Grandparent to fill in the space provide with a prompt like,”Children were commonly expected to clean their plates, which could be a problem for me when these foods were on my plate.” Here are a few more examples:

  • “In our classroom, we had real chalkboards. We had spelling bees and go-to-the-board drills, but no computers. Here’ what I remember about my first classroom and how we learned.”
  • “One year I received a birthday present that I’ll never forget:
  • “I learned a lot about myself the first time I lived on my own, away form my family”

Perhaps one of greatest advantages this book has over others is its thoughtful binding. The book was bound hardback but with a metal comb binding on the inside. This means the book will sit nicely on a shelf yet is very easy to open and write in. When I chatted with Leland Meitzler about this book he expressed his immediate approval. In fact, he indicated that he was going to buy and fill out three copies, one for each grandchild. An excellent gift idea for handing down a true family history heirloom.

This book really tries to make the storytelling process as easy and fun as possible.

Copies of stories from my grandparent: Creating an Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild are all available for all grandparents from Family Roots Publishing.

Review of Our Family Heritage


Looking for an easy and fun way to preserve the memories in the closest branches of your family’s history? Or, looking for a great way to get others in your family involved in the work? Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family is a great solution. The book also makes a great gift, and here is why.

Our Family Heritageis a hardback, fill-in the blank, beautiful family history memory book. This 8.5″ x 11″ hardback book, if properly cared for, will last generations. Filled with pages beautifully printed to add a sense of style to each form. This book is a journal, a memory book, and a family history reference all in one.

Page by page, the owner will enjoy creating this long-lasting memory by hand, recording basic genealogical information along with the memories of family treasures and special family events. Forms and charts are designed for ease of use and for easy reading. There are places for both genealogical data as well as family personal and family stories. Records of family heirlooms and collections will help future generations identify important family treasures. The contents listed below show all the exciting topics and sheets this book offers for creating a new family heirloom.

The book also comes with an inserted sheet offering “helpful suggestion for filling in your book.” This included tips on preparing and adding photographs and making the most of your entries.


As a gift now for others, or as a gift you leave behind, Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family  is available from Family Roots Publishing.

Table of Contents

  • From Generation to Generation
  • How to Use This book
  • Our Courtship
  • Our Marriage
  • Husband’s Family
  • Wife’s Family
  • Our Children
  • Our Grandchildren
  • Our Foreign-Born Ancestors
  • The Lands of Our Ancestors
  • Our Family Tree
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Wife’s Ancestral Chart
  • The Family of the Husband
  • The Family of the Husband’s Father
  • The Family of the Husband’s Mother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Paternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Paternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Husband’s Maternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Husband’s Maternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Great Grandparents
  • The Family of the Wife
  • The Family of the Wife’s Mother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Paternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Paternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Wife’s Maternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Wife’s Maternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Great Grandparents
  • Family Weddings
  • Other Religious Ceremonies in Our Family
  • Our Family’s Religious Affiliations
  • Where We Have Worshipped
  • Special Memories
  • Our Family’s Homes
  • The Schools We Have Attended
  • The Organizations We Have Joined
  • Professions, Occupations, Crafts and Trades
  • Our Family’s Military Service Record
  • Our Best Friends
  • the Pets in Our Lives
  • Automobiles—Our Mechanical Companions
  • Special Things
  • Our Prized Family POssessions
  • Sports We Enjoy
  • Our Hobbies
  • Memorable Vacations
  • Family Gatherings
  • Cherished Traditions
  • The Most Outstanding Events in Our Family’s History
  • Our Family’s Medical History
  • Our Vital Statistics
  • Photographs
  • Genealogical Research
  • Addresses
  • Autographs

Order the Family Story Bundle, made up of “stories from my grandparent,” and Our Family Heritage.


Again, Our Family Heritage has traditionally been the most popular hard-cover book of this nature. I’ll discount Our Family Heritage over 50% within the bundle, making it only an additional $5.96. The total cost of the Family Story Bundle is just $17.92 through Thursday at midnight MDT, May 15, 2013, making the bundle 42% off. Click here to order. Note that there is a $5.50 p&h fee, saving the buyer $2.50 over normal p&h. If you’d like to just order My Family Heritage, it’s on sale alone for 30% off during this sale.

FamilySearch Adds Nearly 11.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887 – 253,209 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

BillionGraves Index – 534,057 – 534,057 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 109,743 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canadian Headstones – 766,368 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010 – 171,083 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 – 2,917,490 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939 – 0 – 65,075 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 137,860 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963 – 0 – 237,263 – Added images to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969 – 0 – 1,329 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 11,622 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 – 10 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 – 0 – 106,020 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860 – 30,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991 – 275,482 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 – 223,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 – 63,947 – 87,588 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 – 30,607 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 – 2,610,151 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 – 0 – 7,940 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 – 1,703,529 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 3,322 – 4,154 – New indexed records and images collection.

United States Social Security Death Index – 213,017 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Bios from McLean Co. IL , Posey Co. IN, Lewis Co. Mo, Crockett Co. TN & Lawrence Co. TN Added at My Genealogy Hound

The following is from MyGenealogyHound:

The most recent additions to the My Genealogy Hound website bring the current total of family biographies available to more than 22,000 biographies in 140 counties across ten states. The most recent additions include McLean County, Illinois with 1,257 biographies; Posey County, Indiana with 232 biographies; Lewis County, Missouri with 293 biographies; Crockett County, Tennessee with 72 biographies; and Lawrence County, Tennessee with 79 biographies.

Biographies are also currently being added for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Union County, Iowa; Brown County, Ohio; Jefferson County, Kentucky; Cross County, Arkansas; and Scotland County, Missouri.

The My Genealogy Hound website currently features more than 31,700 pages with more than 22,000 family biographies extracted from numerous County History volumes published between the 1870’s and the early 1900’s. In addition, a growing collection of more than 450 vintage county maps are also featured.

All resources on My Genealogy Hound are available completely free to all without any subscription, membership or sign-in.

The My Genealogy Hound website home page is located at:

Library and Archives Canada Launches Portal for Residental Schools 1885-1996

The following is from the Library and Archives Canada website:

St. Joseph's Indian Industrial School, High River, Alberta, ca. 1896.
St. Joseph’s Indian Industrial School, High River, Alberta, ca. 1896.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a single portal to provide access to photos related to Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country.

The first set of published photos comprises about 65 images associated with the Residential Schools of Alberta. LAC will add photos for the other provinces and territories as they become available. The Residential Schools Photos page will make it easy to select the province or territory of your choice, and save or print the images you wish to view.

Check it out.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

FGS San Antonio Conference Registration is Now Open


The following News Release is from FGS:

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register at by 1 July 2014 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).

Josh Taylor, FGS President, shares, “This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. This conference will offer over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels. Sessions will be presented by some of the leading genealogists from the United States. Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.”

Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies,, FamilySearch, and findmypast. Other participating and supporting organizations include Dell, Lexmark Board for Certification of Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, and Texas State Genealogical Society, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and The National Huguenot Society.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Texas and neighboring states research, African-American and ethnic origin research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area.
  • Special Events: On Wednesday evening, local hosts San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and Texas State Genealogical Society invite registrants to an evening at the Institute of Texas Cultures, an amazing museum located directly behind the convention center. On Friday evening, The San Antonio Conservation Society hosts a festive evening with strumming guitars, shining horns, a capella voices of mariachis and local artisans at work at La Villita. The Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these events each year and FGS is excited to able to offer this. Details can be found at
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue. The day kicks off with a first ever, half-day workshop to develop a plan and tools to use to enhance and guide their society forward.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, ProQuest will sponsor a full-pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2014 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at for more information.

Learn More and Stay Connected

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Follow FGS on Twitter at and hashtag #FGS2014.

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

Witter’s German-English Primer

Language barriers are always present when researching one’s ancestors prior to their arrival in America. Both language barriers and unique handwriting forming these barriers can be difficult to surmount. One great tool available to help researchers with their German is an actual early German school book.

Every now and then a book will find new life. Sometimes a movie or newsworthy incident will bring a book back into the forefront and it will experience a revitalization. Sometimes a book will find new life for a purpose other than its original intent. So it is with Witter’s German-English Primer and New First German Reader for Public Schools, Revised Edition. This book was originally produced in 1881 as a German primer for American students. Over a century later, the book has found a new purpose, not for children, but for genealogists.

This German reader is a perfect guide by example to helping English researchers decipher old German Script. The book was produced as a mixed line by line reader of German with English translations. A line in German is followed by a line in English. In the first part of the book, the German line is written in both a “Gothic” like typeset, followed by typed English, and the following line by a script font representing the handwritten form of the letters and words. Other parts of the book use paragraph style mixed line German then English translation with “handwritten” German at the bottom.

The model used in the this book was one of many renditions of German script used in the 19th century. To assist the researcher, two other alphabet models are included in the appendix. Using these script models, researchers can improver their chances at deciphering older German records; thus, taking an old book and putting it to positive use in a new way, for genealogical research.


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Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

hbe0820Growing up I read my share of novels. Many of these included fantasy stories where taverns often play a major role as meeting place, rest stop, and center of information. Then there were the stories of the “wild west” where gun fights and town business seem to always center around shady activities and entertainment found in the nearest saloon. Though I knew from history, taverns and inns have often, if not always, played a major role as a community meeting place, as well as a way point for travelers, little did I think about the role of such in early America. Yet, according to Stage-Coach and Tavern Days, by Alice Morse Earle, these facilities were critical to the early colonies. Some colonial governments even made it law that each town have an operating “ordinary” or “a common victuallying house” or pay penalties.

This book offers an interesting view into the “enormous role of taverns and modes of travel in colonial culture.” The book speaks of America’s famous Revolutionaries plotting for Independence within tavern walls. Economic growth and decisions were shaped by alcohol and its sale in taverns. Even turnpikes popped up along old “Indian paths” when a tavern stood along the route.

The first chapter offers insight into Puritan life in a way many don’t consider when thinking of these early settlers for who religion dominated much of their lifestyle. Yet, for most towns, the ordinary was second in importance only to the church. Here people gathered, took and shared the news, filled their social needs and found entertainment.

Through 19 chapters, “both light-hearted and serious,” the author explores in detail the role of taverns and early transportation in the colonies. These facilities date back to even the earliest periods. This book offers more than 150 illustrations; plus, an index of names, subjects, and places (including names of taverns). Learn of the role entertainment and enticements, bans and approval for games both of chance and challenge, and the ever present spirits. Stories and personal quotes add to Alice Earle’s narrative; truly, making the book both informative as well as fun to read.



  1. The Puritan Ordinary
  2. Old-time Taverns
  3. The Tavern Landlord
  4. Tavern Fate and Tavern Ways
  5. Kill-devil and its Affines
  6. Small Drink
  7. Signs and Symbols
  8. The Tavern in War
  9. The Tavern Panorama
  10. From Path to Turnpike
  11. Packhorse and Conestoga Wagon
  12. Early Stage-coaches and Other Vehicles
  13. Two Stage Veterans of Massachusetts
  14. A Staging Centre
  15. The Stage-driver
  16. The Romance of the Road
  17. The Pains of Stage-coach Travel
  18. Knights of the Road
  19. Tavern Ghosts


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Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores

Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores is a scholarly book, full of details and amassed facts in an effort to explain the mass migrations from the war torn Rhine Valley in the early 1700s.  The Palatines were driven from their homes, into the British Empire, by circumstance and desire for a war-free life. Promises were made and hope for something better drove thousands to flee only to be hampered at every turn as politicians, monarchs, and business ventures debated and held in fist the fates of these emigrants. Despite it all, many of these German emigrants and their descendants have played major roles in the American colonies and the overall welfare of what became the United Sates.

History buffs and family historians alike will appreciate the efforts the author has made to uncover the real driving factors, political and  personal, that led to so many Palatines fleeing their homes and seeking refuge throughout the British Empire, including Ireland and the New World. Through a careful and emotionally controlled review of facts, Knittle has made connections and uncovered facts which, in many cases, go against the presumptions and stories that have endured for hundreds of years. Take this example from the introduction written by Dixon Ryan Fox:

“For example, it has usually been state that the Palatine’s disgust for the treatment they had received in New York was an important factor in diverting subsequent German settlement from that province into Pennsylvania. By cool analysis the present author reveals how untenable is this thesis. He has been ready to throw out the dramatic and the picturesque when clouded with doubt or founded on error. He cites the ‘interesting legend’ set forth by his predecessors which had it that the five Mohawk Indians taken by Peter Schulyer to London were so grieved at the plight of the Palatines, then encamped on Blackhearth, that they gave the Schoharie Valley to the Queen on consideration that’s she would bestow it upon the emigrants; then he points out that the Palatines sailed from London before the Indians sailed from Boston, that four of the five Indians were not sachems and had no authority to grant Mohawk lands and that these lands were subsequently ceded at Albany to the province with no reference to the Palatines.”

The book contains a bonus for those whose ancestry leads back to these early German settlers. Contained within these pages are lists totaling around 12,000 Palatine names.

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Key to Footnote Citations

I. The Causes of the Early “Palatine” Emigrations

A. The emigrations studied

B. Area in Germany affected by the emigrations

C. Causes

1. Devastation of War

2. Severe winter of 1708

3. Oppressive taxation

4. Religion and land hunger

5. Liberal advertising of British colonies

6. Favorable attitude of British government

a. The aid given to foreign Protestants

b. The naturalization act of 1709

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