Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces Upcoming Events


FGS Hosts 2015 Alaskan Cruise, 2015 New York Regional Conference, and Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in Springfield, Illinois in 2016

May 14, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is excited to announce its upcoming events lineup, which includes a 2015 FGS Alaskan Cruise, August 28th – September 4th; a 2015 New York Regional Conference in Syracuse in conjunction with the New York State Family History Conference, September 17th-19th; and the 2016 FGS National Conference in Springfield, Illinois, August 31st – September 3rd.

2015 Alaskan Cruise
Join your friends and fellow genealogists on the first FGS Cruise in the fall of 2015. This event promises to deliver a memorable vacation and education from leading genealogists on a variety of topics. Watch for additional information in late 2014.

2015 New York Regional Conference
The New York State Family History Conference returns to Syracuse, New York September 17-19, 2015. Organized by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society, the second biennial conference has expanded to include three tracks of lectures, a significant increase in attendance, and an enlarged space that will accommodate many more exhibitors and societies of interest to attendees. One of the conference focal points is researching New York families, a pursuit that offers unique challenges and requires special techniques and knowledge; the other focal point is building general research skills. In 2015, the event will be hosted as a regional conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) who will provide topics and events for genealogical society leaders and volunteers as part of the conference’s activities.

2016 National Conference
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies as we return to Illinois in 2016. Hosted in the Land of Lincoln, the 2016 conference will feature the latest news and updates from the family history community, a full exhibit hall, the popular Society Showcase, and sessions related to the Midwestern states, research methods, and other topics.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “As we watch our organizations meet the needs of today’s genealogists, we are delighted to offer a variety of activities for 2015 and our return to Springfield for our 40th Anniversary in 2016.”

Currently, registration is open for the Federation’s 2014 National Conference, “Gone to Texas,” to be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 27th-30th. Further, the Federation has a Call for Papers for its 2015 National Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held concurrently with Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah, February, 11th-14th.

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

Royal Families: Americans Of Royal And Noble Ancestry. Volume Three

gpc6163I am not sure why it is, but it seems like American genealogist are obsessed with the notion of having royal ancestry. The truth is, a significant number of us are descendant or royal blood; however, proving so will bring you little more than bragging rights, which you will share with millions of other people. First, whether of a legitimate relationship, or the other type, given enough generations any royal will have millions of descendants. Second, even if you proved a connection, there is no crown, no throne, no glory waiting for you. What does that leave us? Bragging rights, and maybe a few more generations filled in on our pedigree. To be honest, that may be a reward in itself, regardless of the royal nature of that extended pedigree. Yet, we are still captivated by the possibility or our royal ancestry. In full disclosure, I too must admit I think it would be cool to be royal lineage. Just don’t ask me to explain why.

So what does this commentary have to do with anything? Well, because there is a book, Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry. There is actually an entire series of books; however, for today, we will look at Volume Three. Within this book, you will find the five generations of descendant of Samuel Appleton and his wife Judith Everard, who were descended of William the Conqueror and of Louis IV. Together they came to the American colonies in the 1630s. There are over three thousand descendents in just fiver generations. The 3,000 would easily measure into the millions today, giving those of European descent a significant chance of tying our own ancestry into this family line.

You may be wondering just how this all works. Let me try and explain further. Samuel Appleton married Judith Everard in the early 1600s. Each was a descendant of royal ancestry. Here are their royal lineage lines:

Samuel Appleton

Mary Issac

Margery Whetehill

Sir Richard Whetehill of Calais

Margaret Worsley

Rose Revor

Angharad Puleston

Lowri ferch Gruffyd Fychan

Guffyd Fychan ap Gruffydd

Elizabeth Lestrange

John Lestrange V

Joan de Somery

Nichole d’Aubigny

Mabel of Chester

Hugh de Kevelioc

Maud of Gloucester

Robert de Caen

Henry I Beauclerc of England, King of England

William I, the Conqueror

In the book, spouses are also listed. One interesting fact is the spouse listed on this line for Henry I is simply “unknown mistress.” Here is Judith’s line:

Judith Everard

John Everard

Thomas Everard

Henry Everard

Mary Cornish

John Cornish

John Cornish

Iodena Hunt

Margaret Pecche

Sir Simon Pecche

Gilbert Pecche

Gilbert Pecche

Hamon Pecche

Alice Fitz Walter

Walter Fitz Robert

Matilda de Saint Liz




Matilda de Louvain


Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine

Louis IV “the Simple,” King of the Franks

Somewhere in my genealogy I have a similar list, created by one of my ancestors, also tying me to Henry I. Looks like I could have a few hundred thousand more cousins by way of Samuel and Judith.

Based on these lists, Samuel and Judith can trace their royal ancestry back to at least one king each. Thus, any descendant would also link to these two kings. While there may be other royals along other lines, this book only details these two lines. Still, the book outlines five generations of individuals, descendents, from Samuel and Judith. If you can find a family connection to any of the three plus names inscribed in this book, then you too can claim your own bragging rights to royal ancestry.

To put all another way, “The purpose of the book is to provide a genealogical history with documented sources (using vital records primarily) for the descendants of Samuel and Judith (Everard) Appleton. Where possible, the identity of the parents of each known spouse is also provided, along with relevant biographical, genealogical, and historical details.”

If your lineage connects to this family, then who might some of your more famous cousins be? “Americans linked to Samuel and Judith Appleton will find near or distant cousins among such distinguished individuals as President Franklin Pierce, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, Jr. Other descendants include “signer” William Whipple, Jr., Mrs. John Singleton Copley, James Russell Lowell, Francis Parkman, Jr., Phillips Brooks, Josiah Quincy, Jr., and poet Robert Frost.”

So in the end, why get the book? One, you may discover your own connection to royalty. Second, and in my opinion the more important reason, if you can connect your lineage to anyone in this book then you just opened up a huge addition to your family pedigree.


Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary Boyd Roberts


About the Author

Appleton Pedigree Chart

Appleton Descendancy Chart

Everard Pedigree Chart

Everard Descendancy Chart

Generation One

Generation Two

Generation Three

Generation Four

Generation Five

Generation Six


Person Index

Lineage Society Index


You may just uncover your own Royal connection, with Royal Families: American of Royal and Noble Ancestry, Volume Three; Available from Family Roots Publishing.

BBC Scotland has created an Online Database of 21,740 Scots Who Died During WWII

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the May 7, 2014 BBC website.


To mark the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day BBC Scotland has created an ONLINE DATABASE of 21,740 of the 57,000 Scots who died during World War Two.

Etched into sun-seared stone, the names of hundreds of Scots can be read on the seemingly endless rows of headstones criss-crossing the small cemetery in northern Egypt.

Names like Bruce, Cameron, McCallum, and Stewart appear alien in a landscape so different to that of their homeland.

El Alamein is now the final resting place for 7,240 soldiers – approximately 498 of them Scottish – who lost their lives fighting the Axis forces in North Africa during World War Two.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship & Service Honored By the National Genealogical Society

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

The National Genealogical Society

Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service Honored by National Genealogical Society Awards

Arlington, VA, 9 MAY 2014: The National Genealogical Society held its annual banquet on Friday evening, 9 May 2014, at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, to present awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. Each year, these awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have performed outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

National Genealogical Society Hall of Fame. Beginning in 1986, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame program, administered by the National Genealogical Society, has honored outstanding genealogists whose achievements in the field of American genealogy have had a great impact on our field. Qualified nominations are solicited annually from genealogical organizations. Those nominated must have been deceased for at least five years and have been actively engaged in genealogy for a minimum of ten years. Their contributions to the field of genealogy in this country need to have been significant in a way that was unique, pioneering, or exemplary. Such contributions could have been as an author of books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works, served as a model of genealogical research or writing, or made source records more readily available. Nominees could also have been a teacher or lecturer, or contributed to the field through leadership in a genealogical organization or periodical.

Entries are judged by a panel of genealogists from various parts of the United States. This year, Florence Harlow Barclay, whose nomination was made by The American Society of Genealogists and supported by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, and the New England Historical Genealogical Society, was elected to the NGS Hall of Fame. The main body of her work consists of over fifty articles published in The American Genealogist between 1946 and 1971. She was appointed a contributing editor to The American Genealogist in 1951 and served as vice president of the society in 1964-65, chair of the publications and membership committees, and was one of the founding members of the Harlow Family Association.

Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society recognizes a valued servant of the National Genealogical Society. This year’s Fellow, Janet A. Alpert, served on the NGS Board from 2004–2012 as secretary, president, and past-president. During her four years as NGS President, Jan used her management skills, acquired from a thirty-five year career in the title insurance industry, to guide the Society toward a financial model based on best practices in the business community helping to create a solid financial foundation for the society.

Jan was 2011 Conference Chair in Charleston, a role that overlapped with her last year as NGS President. She is also Co-Chair in 2014 Richmond. Jan represented the Society and the genealogical community on several occasions, speaking on Capitol Hill advocating records access and preservation issues.

Although she has gone above and beyond what is normally expected in her many roles at NGS, it is her work with the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) and the impact that it has had and continues to have on record access that is of primary importance to both NGS and the genealogical community at large, She was unanimously chosen to become its chairperson beginning in January 2013.

For her years of service to the genealogical community and her volunteer efforts on behalf of the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community at large, the NGS Board has elected Janet A. Alpert a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society.

The Award of Merit is presented to an individual or non-profit genealogical or historical organization to recognize exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy over a period of five or more years, which has significantly aided research or increased interest in genealogy. The Award of Merit goes to Don Eckerle of the German Genealogy Group, NY; John Martino of the Italian Genealogy Group, NY; and Bob Boeckle of the German Genealogy Group, NY. Together, the three men organized and led their fellow members and over 1,000 volunteers from the Long Island Genealogy Federation and beyond to create one of the most important databases in the US: digitized indexes to over 16 million records that include the earliest vital records for the five boroughs of New York City plus Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, plus naturalization indexes for all of these counties as well as NARA-NY’s entire naturalization collection from six district courts in New York and three in New Jersey. Don managed the computer and database creation for this work, John managed the thousands of volunteers, and Bob managed the scanning and printing of millions of records. This work represents only two of the many key searchable databases produced by these prolific, hardworking groups of volunteers who scanned and printed over 20 million records to offer these free indexes to family researchers all over the world as a gateway to finding their New York ancestors.

The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism recognizes a volunteer whose generosity of spirit and time has greatly benefited the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community in general over a period of years. Sharon B. Hodges of Alexandria, Virginia, has graded lessons for the NGS home study course for fifteen years and has also served as a judge for the society’s newsletter competition. She is a former secretary of the Fairfax (Virginia) Genealogical Society, is the current president of the Mount Vernon (Virginia) Genealogical Society, and serves as a Governor at Large of the Virginia Genealogical Society. For her many year of service to NGS and the genealogical community, the NGS Board has selected Sharon to be the fourth recipient of the Wilcox Award.

Family History Writing Contest: Leslie Anderson of Silver Spring, Maryland, was the winner of the Family History Writing contest with her entry, Tabitha’s Story: Survival, Struggle, and Success. This award is to encourage NGS members to write a family history that covers at least three generations and not more than four generations of their family. This scholarly article will be published in the upcoming December issue of the NGSQ.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s Award for Excellence: This award is presented for an outstanding article published in the NGSQ in the previous calendar year. For 2013, the editors have chosen Parentage of Martha Smith of Alabama and Mississippi: Overcoming Inconsistent, Incorrect, and Missing Records, by Laurel T. Baty, cg, published in the June 2013 issue of the NGSQ.

Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources: This year’s recipient was Ted O. Brooke of Cumming, Georgia. The title of his entry was Georgia Stray Wills, 1733-1900. This award is for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a book, an article, or a series of articles that discuss genealogical methods and sources, which serves to foster scholarship and/or advances or promotes excellence in genealogy.

Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book: This year’s recipient was Robert V. Montague III of Navarre, Florida. The title of his entry was History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Jamestown, Virginia (1603–2003). This award is for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book published in the past five years. Entries serve to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advance or promote excellence in genealogy.

Senior Rubincam Youth Award (for students in grades 10–12 or between the ages of 16 and 18): Rachel Hattok of Leavenworth Kansas, was this year’s winner. The title of her entry was Through the Years. The Senior Rubincam Award was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, cg, fasg, fngs, for his many years of service to the National Genealogical Society and to the field of genealogy. The award encourages and recognizes our youth as the next generation of family historians.

Home Study Course Scholarship: Krista M Burnette of Galax, Virginia, was the winner of the Home Study Course Scholarship. Burnette received the award for having demonstrated her serious interest in pursuing a career in genealogy. Criteria include attending genealogy conferences and training, subscribing to genealogical publications, and membership in NGS. The renowned NGS Home Study Course provides a solid foundation for researchers just starting out and new possibilities for experienced researchers’ more difficult problems.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Still Paying for the Civil War – Veteran’s Benefits Still Being Made to A Soldier’s Daughter

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article written by Michael M. Phillips, posted at the Wall Street Journal website.


WILKESBORO, N.C.—Each month, Irene Triplett collects $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a pension payment for her father’s military service—in the Civil War.

More than 3 million men fought and 530,000 men died in the conflict between North and South. Pvt. Mose Triplett joined the rebels, deserted on the road to Gettysburg, defected to the Union and married so late in life to a woman so young that their daughter Irene is today 84 years old—and the last child of any Civil War veteran still on the VA benefits rolls.

Ms. Triplett’s pension, small as it is, stands as a reminder that war’s bills don’t stop coming when the guns fall silent. The VA is still paying benefits to 16 widows and children of veterans from the 1898 Spanish-American War.

Read the full article.

Thanks to Wilbur Hanson Kalb for alerting me to this article. Very interesting!

Land Causes, Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826 – 50% Off Thru Thursday, May 15

FRPC just bought a quantity of a popular Virginia Eastern Shore source book to run as this weekend’s FRPC Exceptional Bargain offer. It’s titled Land Causes, Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826. If you’ve got Eastern Shore Virginia ancestry, this is a great hard back book to add to your collection. Normally $28.50, it’s 50% off, making it just $14.25 – now through Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Following is a review written by Andy Pomeroy.

cf4177I cannot imagine writing a better summary for Land Causes: Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826, than the one provided in its preface:

The records included in this volume are invaluable to anyone interested in Eastern Shore genealogy, and, the compiler believe, will prove to be a valuable addition to Virginia genealogy in general. The Land Causes or chancery suits for dower, division of lands, ejectment proceedings & c., give in full the declaration of the plaintiff, the answer of the defendants, the verdict of the jury, depositions, in many instances giving the date of birth, death and marriage of the parties; land is traced form the original patent to about 1825, showing the various owners and their descendants and next of kin through many generations. The records include those of the District Court as well as those of the County Court. In suits for division or ejectment when any of the interested parties have left the county or State, their then place of residence is given.

The abstracts in most cases are the special verdicts of juries, which sum up and give in concrete from the declarations and answers – Depositions of unusual interest, or which show anything not set out in the verdict, are also fully abstracted.

The compiler wishes to acknowledge his appreciation to Mr. John D. Grant, Jr. Clerk, and his Deputies, for the many courtesies extended him while making these abstracts.

If Land Causes: Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826 has the type of record you are looking for, then Family Roots Publishing has a copy waiting for you.


Following is a surname index for the volume.

Grin-ealogy — Sixty Years of Adventures and Misadventure

av356If you are going to spend 60 years of your life actively involved in genealogical research, then you better have a good sense of humor. Indeed, anyone with 60 years experience ought to have plenty of their own funny tales from their personal experience. So it is with, George I Sackheim who has compiled his 60 years of one-liners and stories into a fun-filled book called Grin-ealogy.

This book is small, but a delightful read with more than 100 entries to make you shake your head, smile in memory of your own similar experiences, and laugh aloud.

For example,the telephone call Sackheim once received from a family member: she said, “take my uncle’s name off the family tree.” When Sackheim asked why, she replied, “because he died!”

Or the incident that occurred when he wanted to get the hospital records of a child that was stillborn. The worker at the hospital stated , “I can only release that information to the next of kin. Are you the son of that baby who died at birth?” When Sackheim said, “yes,” he was given the information he needed.

Some of items were probably Sackheim’s own creation, showing his own sense of humor. Take, for example, the entry which reads, “my family came to the united states a month after the other pilgrims. They arrived on the juneflower.”

Interspersed with the humorous stories are serious ones, such as the story of the martyrdom of his 15-greats grandfather, rabbi Israel of Ruzhany from whom all Sackheims (and variants) descend.

Even though we probably all have our own list of humorous anecdote and experiences, reading another person’s stories can really make your day.



The Nine Commandments of Genealogy

I Innocent Questions and Comments

II What’s in a Name?

III Sins of Omission

IV A Little White Lie

V “True” Facts

VI Family Stories

VII Coincidences

VIII Miscellaneous

IX How it all Began


Enjoy a brief diversion from your research, have a read through Grin-ealogy. Available from Family Roots Publishing, for yourself or give as a gift for your favorite genealogist.

Virginians Now Have an Easier Way to Access Their Vital Records

The following press release came from the office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe:

Governor McAuliffe Announces Successful Launch of DMV/VDH Vital Records Partnership People Born in Virginia Will Now Have More Access to Birth Certificates Than Ever Before

Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas, (804) 225-4262 | Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles: Sunni Brown, (804) 367-6834 | Virginia Department of Health: Maribeth Brewster, (804) 864-7008

10 Apr 2014

RICHMOND –Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the successful launch of the partnership of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Division of Vital Records to provide increased access to Virginia birth certificates. As of March 1, 2014, copies of Virginia birth certificates are available statewide at all 75 DMV customer service centers and five mobile offices.

Already, approximately 5,000 Virginians have requested birth certificates at DMV locations. Most of these customers are able to leave DMV with copies of their birth certificates printed and in hand.

“By increasing access to these vital records, the DMV and VDH are making life a little easier for Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “That is an example of what government should do for its citizens. Efficiency, innovation and good service are and will continue to be cornerstones of my administration.”

The process for obtaining vital records through DMV is the same as doing so directly through the Division of Vital Records. Customers complete an application, submit the required documentation, and pay a fee to the agency. The fee for a birth certificate at DMV is $14.

“We are excited to partner with VDH to offer this option to Virginians,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “DMV is dedicated to providing security, integrity and convenience in delivering this important service.”

“The Division of Vital Records has long been a trusted steward of Virginia records,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine. “Together with our partners at DMV, we look forward to continuing that tradition while offering new avenues to access important documents.”

The DMV/VDH partnership was authorized by legislation (SB 1039, Newman) passed by the General Assembly in 2013. In addition to birth certificates, the legislation provides that DMV will begin issuing copies of death, marriage and divorce records on January 1, 2015. All original records will continue to be stored securely at the Vital Records office.

Genealogy at a Glance: Court Records

“Court records, including those for the territorial or colonial periods, provide vivid details of our ancestors’ action and those of their relatives and neighbors. Whether a plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses, jurors, local justices, signatories, or appointed officials, most Americans were named in court records at some point in their lives.”

gpc1626This quote comes from the “Overview” out of the latest laminated guide to hit the shelves, Genealogy at a Glance: Court Records by Wendy Bebout Elliott. Wendy’s new guide reviews the complicated American court system and helps genealogists understand just what

The one thing I always enjoy about these laminated guides is how straight forward the topics are covered. At four pages, the simple reality there is no room for fluff. Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, 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. This means the authors have to get straight to the point, compressing years of knowledge into concise statements and short sections.

While this approach may not give the researcher “all” the knowledge they may seek on a given topic, it does allow them to carry a very useful tool with them anywhere they go to conduct research. In this guide, Wendy does a fabulous job of covering all levels of court systems, local, state, and federal in the space provided. She start with a simple list of quick facts (a common, and useful, feature of the Genealogy at a Glance series). Here is a sample of those quick facts:

  • Various count courts heard most cases and generated judicial orders and decisions for its citizens; this, the registers of these courts can provide explanations for people’s actions and details about who was involved, when, and where
  • Though county courts generally contain the records of most interest to genealogists, some older records may have been transferred to state, regional, or federal archives
  • Court documents usually identify individuals and relationships

Sometime with these guides, the best way to get review the contents is to simply list them. From the list below, you will see just how much Wendy was able to squeeze into just four pages:



Quick Facts


Getting Started

  • Search Strategies

Major Types of Court Records

  • Probate Records
  • Non-probate Court Records
    • Adoption
    • County Activities
    • Land
    • Naturalization

Building a Knowledgeable Base

  • Understanding Laws, Courts, and Records
  • Vocabulary


  • Intact County Court Registers
  • Published versus Original Digitized or Microfilm
  • Lost, Destroyed, or Misplaced Court Records
  • Online Records
  • Indexes

Major Repositories


Find the help you need, and carry it with you, with your own copy of Genealogy at a Glance: Court Records available at Family Roots Publishing.

Click here to see a full listing of  laminated guides available from Family Roots Publishing.

Oregon Woman Meets Twin After 78 Years Apart

The following teaser is from an article posted in the May 7, 2014 edition of CBSNews.com


ALBANY, Ore. — Her entire life, Ann Hunt believed she was an only child.

Growing up in England, she used to pretend to be a twin, CBS affiliate KVAL-TV in Eugene reports.

Friends warned her “that will come back to you one day,” she said. “But isn’t it lovely coming back to a thing like this?”

One of her daughters delved into the family’s geneology and discovered, after 78 years, Hunt’s birth mother had given her up for adoption to focus on her twin sister, who needed medical attention.

Hunt’s twin, Elizabeth Hamel, lived half a world away from Aldershot, England, in Albany, Oregon.

Hunt’s daughter wrote a letter to Hamel about the discovery.

“I do get mail from England,” Hamel said, “but I was surprised when I saw Aldershot because we were born in Aldershot.”

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 5.4 Million Images to Collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:


FamilySearch has added more than 5.4 million images to collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,152,718 indexed records from the new England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913, collection; the 132,560 images from the Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1950, collection ; and the 696,276 images from U.S., Washington, County Records, 1803–2009, 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 FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

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 FamilySearch.org 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

England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538–1936 – 838,697 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 – 2,152,718 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538–1910 – 250,672 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index, 1862–1962 – 0 – 30,652 – New browsable image collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 – 0 – 2,434 – Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801–1983 – 0 – 7,873 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859–1911 – 2,571 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

Russia Tver Church Books, 1722–1918 – 163,712 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1950 – 0 – 132,560 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1930 – 347,408 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, County Births, 1880–1935 – 139,525 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906–1942 – 0 – 400,245 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791–1994 – 0 – 318,810 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Washington, County Records, 1803–2009 – 0 – 696,276 – Added images to an existing collection.

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Genealogy Newsletter Editorship & Service to NGS

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

The National Genealogical Society

Arlington, VA, 7 May 2014: The National Genealogical Society honored excellence in the categories of genealogy and family history newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 7 May 2014. The Opening Session keynote speaker was Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, who spoke on the topic “The Evolving Library: Planning and Adapting to Meet the Needs of Twenty-First-Century Researchers” after which NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.

Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year’s categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter:

Winner: The Timen Stiddem Society Newsletter, newsletter of the Timen Stiddem Society, edited by Richard L. Steadham of San Diego, California.

Honorable Mention: The Killian Family Newsletter, newsletter of the Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association, edited by Charles D. Killian of Ellenwood, Georgia.

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with less than 500 members:

Winner: The Tracer, newsletter of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, edited by Deb Cyprych of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Honorable Mention: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, edited by Patricia Mansfield Phelan of Freeport, New York.

Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with more than 500 members:

Winners: PastFinder, the newsletter of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group, edited by Janet Brigham of Mountain View, California and Der Blumenbaum, the newsletter of the Sacramento German Genealogical Society, edited by Shirley J. Riemer of Sacramento, California.

Honorable Mention: Penn in Hand, the newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, edited by Deborah Coombe Haas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The President’s Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society. The National Genealogical Society President selects the recipient and this year Ronald Ames Hill of Star, Idaho has been selected.

Ron Hill was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Certified Genealogist in 1997. Since 2003, he has served on the editorial board for the NGS Quarterly. He has served as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2003−2006) and as president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society (1978–1979). He has published four books and 37 articles in peer-reviewed genealogical journals; and he currently has six articles accepted and awaiting publication.

Ron earned the NGS Award of Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book (2008) for his book Ancestors and Descendants of Reuben Ball. In 2003, his book The Tumultuous Achym/Fulford Relationship: With Abstracts of Chancery Court Proceedings garnered him the American Society of Genealogists’ Donald Lines Jacobus Award for “a model genealogical work published within the previous five years.” That year, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He coordinated the English track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2009 and has lectured at many conferences, including the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas.

Ron is a consummate leader, scholar, and teacher who has tirelessly promoted excellence in genealogical research, writing, and teaching, all the while promoting adherence to the finest in genealogical standards.

NGS also recognized several individuals for their dedicated efforts in support of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond Virginia.

The Award of Honor was presented in recognition of dedication and sustained service in support of the conference. The recipient of the award was the Virginia Genealogical Society.

Certificates of Appreciation were given to recognize the committee chairs who spent countless hours preparing for the conference. NGS is aware that there could be no conference if it were not for the volunteers’ efforts and commitment. So honored were:

Host Chair – Chuck Novak

Volunteer Co-chair, Developing Volunteer list – Don Moore and Pam Brady

Volunteer Co-chair On-site coordination – Carolyn Goudie

Registration Chair – Teresa Kelley

Hospitality Chair & Ask Me Volunteers – Alice Sweeney

Publicity Chair – Kate Parker

Vendor Chair – Alice Phillips

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

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

For you several new folks in our Salt Lake Christmas Tour “family,” thought I’d share with you today some photos from our past tours:


We come from “four” corners of the country: Maureen from Washington, Jerry from New York and LindaSue from Arizona.


Our breakfast time gift-prize-drawings get pretty rambunctious sometimes! Here Thomas MacEntee surprises Bill.


Dwight Radford, our Irish expert professional, helps Agnes with her Irish family genealogy problem.

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Here is the view of Christmas-lighted Temple Square as seen from our hotel, The Plaza.

Need more reasons, more incentive, to join our Salt Lake Christmas Tour family?

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek


National Genealogical Society Presents William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA, 6 MAY 2014: The National Genealogical Society presented the annual William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship during Librarians’ Day, a preconference event of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 6 May 2014. Librarians’ Day, sponsored by ProQuest, is a full-day event for librarians who work with family history patrons.

The William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship is awarded annually to a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history and who is employed in a public, academic, or special library. This year’s award, and a $1,000 prize underwritten by ProQuest, went to Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. She has contributed biographical entries and edited printed editions of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography and supervised the transition of DVB to an online source as part of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Encyclopedia Virginia. She has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, articles, and papers on Virginia, with a focus on the women of Virginia. She has also lectured on these topics. Sandra holds a BA with honors from Mahattanville College, an MA and a PhD in history from the University of Virginia, and a MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee.

ProQuest LLC is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based electronic publisher and microfilm publisher. It provides archives of sources, such as newspapers, periodicals, dissertations, and aggregated databases of many types. Its content is estimated at 125 billion digital pages. Content is accessed most commonly through library Internet gateways. ProQuest is part of the Cambridge Information Group.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Promotional Rewind – FRPC Now Rerunning the Exceptional Bargain Sales of 16 Items/Bundles

In celebration of the 2014 National Genealogical Society Conference in Richmond, Virginia, Family Roots Publishing is rerunning most of the FRPC Exceptional Bargain promotions of the last couple months at the Family Roots Publishing Co. website.

Discounts run anywhere from 10 to 70% off on these popular items. This sale ends at midnight MDT Thursday, May 15, 2014.

The following sale items or bundles are available at GREAT PRICES! Click on the linked titles for details

Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Soft Cover, Volumes 1 through 43, With Free copy of the Atlantic Bridge to Germany: Nordrhein-Westfalen (Northrhine-Westphalia). See web page for details. 25% Off, Just $26.21 ea.

Dollarhide’s Name List Books, Alabama through Iowa, with FREE Immediate download of a fully linked PDF eBook of the same. 21% OFF, Just $14.97 ea. The PDF eBooks alone are available during the sale at 10% off, making them just $11.25 ea. See the web page for details.

Finding Italian Roots – 30% Off, Just $13.30!

A History of Shenandoah County Virginia – 50% Off, Just $37.50!

The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania: Who Held Office Between 1733 and 1776 AND Those Earlier Councillors Who Where Some Time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and Their Descendants – 60% Off, Just $18.00!

Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search – 40% off, Just $14.99!

Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, by William Dollarhide – 20% Off, Just $26.36!

German Records Research Package at 15% Off With a FREE PDF eBook of German Genealogy Research Online & a FREE Family Associations Book. Overall package is 66% Off – Only $25.42!

Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition – 15% Off – Just $12.71!

The Recording Family Stories bundle – 42% Off – Just $17.91 or either of the two bundled items individually: Stories From My Grandparent – 37% Off – Just $11.96; or My Family Heritage – 30% Off, Just $8.37.

Massachusetts and Maine Families – 55% Off – Just $60.75.

Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 70% Off – Just $13.50!

What Did They Mean By That? – 46% Off Old Price Now Just $19.44!

Irish Research Bundle – 15% Off – Just $25.42!

Bundle of Family Tree Pocket Reference & Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google – 25% Off – Just $17.15!

Land Causes, Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826 – 50% off – Just $14.25.