Genealogy at a Glance: Research

Back in December I reviewed a new Genealogy at a Glance, by George G. Morgan, on Research. Morgan now has a new guide, Genealogy at a Glance: Research. Like, is an enormous database collection of genealogically pertinent family trees, stories, photos, vital records, and documents. Both site share a lot of information and collaborate in bringing many resources to their patrons. Both sites represent the two most used and visited sites by genealogists. Morgan’s guides are designed to help any researcher learn to get the most form each site. But what does FamilySearch really offer?

Here are some of FamilySearch’s impressive statistics:

Launch date 24 May 1999
Number of names in searchable databases Over 3.5 billion
Number of historic records published online each month Over 35 million
Number of digital images published online each month from original source documents Over 33 million
Number of searchable historic record collections online 1,363
Number of indexed names published per year Over 200 million
Number of visits per day Over 10 million
Number of visitors per day Over 85,000
Number of pages viewed per day Over 5 million
Page views since launch Over 16.6 billion
Visits since launch 712 million
Visitors since launch 308 million
Number of online indexing volunteers Over 200,000
Number of registered users Over 1 million
Number of family history centers 4,600 in 126 countries
Number of digital books Over 60,000

FamilySearch has 6.875 billion historic records on microfilm that are being digitized and eventually indexed. These records contain an estimated 20.6 billion names.

gpc3891This guide covers the organization of materials at, how to search the various records, how to read search results, and how to get more help if you need it. You cannot fit everything into four pages, but Morgan, like other Genealogy at a Glance authors, did his best to fill these four pages with as much as he could.


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Genealogical Resources of the Civil War — 25% OFF Extended Through June 30, 2014

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

The following broad categories are identified within this book:

National Resources:

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

Statewide Resources:

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

The Best Civil War Resource Centers for Local & County Research

  • Online Resources
  • Libraries & Archives


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

Flemish DNA & Ancestry

gpc1406dIn a book that began as a family case study, Flemish DNA & Ancestry: History of Three Families over Five Centuries Using Conventional and Genetic Genealogy by Guido J. Deboeck, has proven to be much more. The book offers an excellent primer on genetic or DNA genealogy, including, how to take a DNA test, what to expect in terms of results, and concrete examples showing how DNA results can be used to investigate paternal and maternal lineages, as well as interpret and solve family puzzles.

So, starting as a book on the history of three families from Flanders: The Deboeck family, whose surname represents one of the oldest names in Flanders; the Girardin family; and the De Zutter family, this book becomes an almost free standing guide on exceptional genealogical research practices. Here are a few more areas Deboeck covers, areas he searched and used in detailing this family history:

  • Historical documents, such as: civil registries, parish registers, orphan acts, meiseniers letters, property transactions, militia records, and tax records.
  • Using DNA testing to verify or potentially correct information extracted from historical documents.
  • Flemish emigration, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The history of embroidery, lace-making, and beer brewing.
  • A summary of what is currently known about the deep ancestry of the author’s paternal and maternal ancestors and hence the deep ancestry of many Flemish people.
  • An introduction to the Flanders-Flemish DNA project, which brings together the DNA from people who have roots in Flanders.

Flemish DNA & Ancestry will greatly benefit not only those interested in Flemish-American heritage and the specific history of the three families documented in this book, but also all genealogists seeking insight into how to integrate the findings of conventional genealogy research with results from DNA testing.

In the author’s own words, “The scope of this book is such that genealogists in general will enjoy reading it and will benefit from its methodological guideline and practical applications.”

This books is definitely an uncommon approach to sharing both a family history as well as covering the how-tos and whys of genealogical research, but maybe that is what makes it all the more interesting.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables




1 Introduction

  • Why research family history?
  • Main sources for conventional genealogy
  • Quick introduction to genetic genealogy
  • History of Flanders and Brabant
  • Objectives and layout of this book


2. De Bock family of Little Brabant (1540-1875)

  • Introduction
  • Origin of the family name
  • The birthplace: Sint-Amands and surroundings
  • Fifteen generations of the family

3. Deboeck Brothers: Entrepreneurs in Embroidery and Lace Making in Belgium (1875-1968)

  • Brief history of lace making in Flanders
  • Guillaume Deboeck launches lace making factory
  • Brother Victor also started a business
  • Guillaume’s wife and children continue his enterprise
  • The establishment of a company
  • Conducting business during and after the war: the first ten years
  • Growth of the company in the fifties and sixties
  • The decline and liquidation of the company
  • Why they closed and what happened thereafter?
  • Private investments
  • Personal hobbies

4. Girardin Family: Brewers of Iambic and Gueuze (1882-Present)

  • Where is Pajottenland?
  • Brief history of Brussels
  • The ancestors of Augustine Girardin
  • The descendants of Franciscus-Alexius Girardin
  • Two catholic mayors of Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle
  • Beer brewing around Brussels
  • 125 years of Girardin brewery
  • The Girardin approach to investing

5. De Zutter family of West Flanders

  • From Moerkerke and Lapscheure to Blankenberge
  • From Blankenberge to Nieuwpoort
  • De Zutter Family of Blankenberge
  • Irmard Burkhardt
  • Daniel De Zutter


6. Flemish emigration to the United States

  • Flemish role is discovery of America
  • The first Belgians in America
  • Belgian emigration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Flemish publication in the U.S.A.
  • Belgians in Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Belgian contributions to America

7. Deboeck Family Branches Out to the United States (1964-Present)

  • A voyage that sowed the seeds
  • Studying in Leuven and the student rebellion of 1968
  • Graduate studies at Clark University
  • Four years traveling for W.H.O. like a sailor
  • Twenty-two years, four months and 15 days
  • From day trading to investment management
  • The next generation


8. The Genetic Inheritance of the Deboeck Children

  • Beyond the basics
  • Common DNA tests
  • Taking a DNA test
  • How to read Y-DNA and mtDNA results?
  • What does all this tell us about deep ancestry?

9. Other Findings From Genetic Genealogy

  • Are we related? The Deboeck Surname Project
  • Solving family puzzles
  • Public databases of DNA
  • The Genographic Project
  • Risk and rewards of DNA testing

10 Flanders-Flemish DNA Project

  • Objectives
  • Participation
  • Preliminary results
  • Future directions

Epilogue: A Fantastic Voyage


  1. Branches of the Deboeck family tree
  2. Distances, Surface Measures and Land Prices
  3. Evolution of prices, wages and the value of money in Belgium over the past six centuries
  4. Value of investments in Belgium in US dollars
  5. Was Franciscus-Alexius the son of Leopold I, first King of Belgium?


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Name Index

Geographical Index

Subject Index

About the Author


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New Jersey Adoptees Inching Closer To Getting Their Real Birth Records

New Jersey Statehouse

According to an AP article posted at the website, adoptees in New Jersey are now closer to receiving access to their original birth records.

The state Assembly on Thursday, May 22, voted to approve a conditional veto settlement that was worked out by Gov. Chris Christie and legislature that opens the birth records for the first time since their sealing in 1940.

The compromise does delay access for almost three years in order to give birth parents enough time to get their names removed from birth certificates – if they so decide.

The birth parents of children who were adopted before August 1, 2015 would have until the end of 2016 to get their names be removed. If they chose to do so, they will be asked to give some medical history.

Read the AP article.

Film Footage Shows FDR Walking

The following teaser is from the May 19, 2014 Boston Globe:


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that he completely hid his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday.

The clip, at, shows Roosevelt, who was paralyzed from the waist down by polio in 1921, grasping a rail with one hand while being supported on the other side by an assistant. Roosevelt used a wheelchair because he could walk only with braces on his legs and the support of a cane.

‘‘Here is FDR going to a stadium full of people,’’ said Bob Clark, deputy director of FDR’s Presidential Library and Museum. ‘‘Even the simple act of going to a baseball game required a great deal of logistics and preparation.’’

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Pictoral History Book Proposed for Belleview, Florida

The following is excerpt is from an article posted in the May 22, 2014 edition of

The history of Belleview might be able to fit neatly on a bookshelf in the near future.

At the beginning of Tuesday night’s Belleview City Commission meeting, Tom Dann, president of the Friends of the Belleview Public Library group, told commissioners he had been approached by Arcadia Publishing about producing a book for the company’s Images of America series.

“They’d like to do one for Belleview,” Dann said.

Dann said the best history of the city he has been able to find is contained in a 1997 report the city commissioned when discussing the possibility of creating a historic district.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.1 Million Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million images to collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 268,969 indexed records and images from the new Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 350,087 images from the Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid Citizenship Records, 1985–2013, collection and the 517,928 images from U.S, California, County Marriages, 1850–1952, 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

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013 – 0 – 96,208 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 – 17,314 – 251,655 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854–1903 – 0 – 34,334 – Added images to an existing collection.

France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533–1906 – 77,660 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid Citizenship Records, 1985–2013 – 0 – 350,087 – New browsable image collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Rembang, District Court Naturalization Records, 1953–2013 – 0 – 118,056 – New browsable image collection.

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Leiden, Notarial Records, 1591–1806 – 0 – 86,888 – New browsable image collection.

Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 116,244 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 304,551 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541–1985 – 0 – 244,394 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, California, County Marriages, 1850–1952 – 0 – 517,928 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 – 0 – 7,888 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Georgia, Confederate Home Records, 1901–1930 – 0 – 1,260 – New browsable image collection.

U.S, Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926–1979 – 2,197 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S, Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957 – 0 – 515,679 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731–1881 – 0 – 101,773 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 42,036 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682–1956 – 0 – 30,643 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979 – 0 – 125,264 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885–1950 – 0 – 8,693 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803–1915 – 0 – 1,697 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790–1950 – 0 – 1,892 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895–2008 – 0 – 600 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, United States Census, 1820 – 0 – 180 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934 – 0 – 8,526 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941–1942 – 0 – 6,325 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S, Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–1948 – 0 – 116,684 – Added images to an existing collection.

Fold3 Adds Medal of Honor Winners at Their Site

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Medal of Honor page Fold3

The Medal of Honor is the U.S. military’s highest award for valor. Discover more about this nation’s bravest heroes by exploring Fold3’s Medal of Honor Recipients title.

Compiled by congressional committee and originally spanning the years 1863 to 1978, Medal of Honor Recipients was recently expanded to include additional names from 1979 to 2013 for more than 3,400 entries on those who received the Medal of Honor. Offering Its Military Records FREE Thru Memorial Day is offering its Military Records free thru memorial day.


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  • NEW – U.S., Alien Draft Registrations, Selected States, 1940–1946
  • NEW – New York, National Guard Enlistment Cards, 1923–1947
  • NEW – New York, Military Service Cards, 1816–1979
  • NEW – New York, State Veterans Questionnaires, 1861–1991
  • U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
  • U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

New Quaker Records on Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends” – The Unsung Leaders of Equality and Peace

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Documents Spanning Over 300 Years Give Insight to the Presence and Influence of Quakers in American History

PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – Apr 28, 2014) today released 11.5 million new records documenting one of the most prominent groups in American history, the “Religious Society of Friends,” more commonly known as Quakers. Spanning over 300 years (late 1600s – late 1900s), the collection includes birth, marriage, death, disownment, and memorial records, sourced from the Quaker’s monthly meeting minutes.

Quakers have played a key role in American history and society since the country’s earliest days. There are currently more than 85,000 Quakers living in the United States and 350,000 worldwide, but it is estimated that in the 1700s, 50 percent of all people living in the Mid-Atlantic States were Quaker. has collaborated with a variety of institutions to compile a robust online documentation of the Quakers’ history. With the help of American Quaker colleges Earlham, Haverford, Swarthmore and Guilford, and The National Archives in England, estimates that it now has more than 75 percent of all the American Quaker records in existence.

“I was raised in the Quaker religion, attended Quaker schools, and was married in a Quaker wedding ceremony. I feel a deep commitment to spreading awareness of their culture, beliefs and powerful influence in history,” said Lisa Parry Arnold, a professional genealogist, author and lecturer at “These new collections will help people who are researching their family history discover or learn more about their own Quaker heritage.”

According to Arnold, Quakers tracked the activities of their members through their monthly business meetings. Detailed meeting minutes are part of the collection now available on, and can provide important information for those researching their family history, including names, dates, and relationships to fellow “Friends.” Monthly meetings also kept track of where members came from and their destinations when they chose to move to another colony, state or province — a real boon for those tracing their ancestors’ footsteps.

The Quaker Influence
In 1681, after nearly 20 years of persecution for defying the existing religious institutions of their time, William Penn was given land in the new colonies to settle a debt owed by the king to his father. Penn ensured the land became a place where Quakers could live and worship freely, and it was later named Pennsylvania in his honor. Penn enacted a self-limiting government among these early Quaker settlers in the colony, which later inspired legal practices that were eventually incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, alongside the Quaker beliefs of peace and equality.

The beliefs of the Quakers were quite radical for their time and mirror many of the forward-thinking beliefs found in today’s society. They believed in equality among all people in God’s sight, the equal opportunity for education despite race or income level, the empowerment of women, the eradication of slavery, and the senselessness of war. They played an integral role in the abolition of slavery in the United States and are often credited with helping to facilitate the Underground Railroad. When a slave was freed, Quakers often took the freed slave in and their presence would be noted in the meeting minutes from Quaker congregations.

Many Americans have ancestors with Quaker roots. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Kevin Bacon and Dave Matthews, and companies like Barclays Bank, Cadbury Chocolate and Sony, all have Quaker origins.

In conjunction with the Quaker record launch, Arnold, a 10th generation Quaker and descendant of the William Penn family, is also publishing Thee and Me: A Beginner’s Guide to Early Quaker Records, a companion guide designed to help those exploring their family history understand and use Quaker records. To learn more about Arnold’s book, for more information on the collection, or to learn more about your own Quaker heritage visit

About is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 13 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Fold3 Makes Their WWII Records Available for FREE Thru Memorial Day

Fold3 is offering its World War II military records totally free through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.


Some of the records you can view are:

  • Army Enlistment Records
  • Casualty Lists
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – BIRLS Death File
  • Draft Registration Cards
  • Missing Air Crew Reports
  • Navy Muster Rolls
  • Photos

MyHeritage Offering Free Access to Military Records During the Memorial Day Weekend

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In honor of Memorial Day, MyHeritage is offering FREE access to millions of US military records, which are available to search from May 23 to May 26.

Military records are valuable resources that provide insight into the lives of those who have served in the armed forces, as well as their families. With these records, users can learn about their ancestors and honor their memory and service to their country.

Please see our special search page for the military collections that will be free over the Memorial Day weekend:

New Online Collection of Civil War Records Released in Observance of Memorial Day

The following News Release is from FamilySearch:

New Online Collection of Civil War Records Released in Observance of Memorial Day

For Immediate Release
—In observation of Memorial Day, announced today significant updates to its free Civil War historic record collections online. The new landing page provides a quick overview of the vast array of historic records and aids for those researching casualties and veterans of the Civil War. Collections include: Union and Confederate pension, prisoner of war, cemetery, National Soldier Home, and census records. Families can also freely preserve historic photos, stories and correspondence of family members who served in other periods of the armed forces for future generations at

“Each soldier family has a story and these stories are handed down from generation to generation,” said Ken Nelson, collection manager for FamilySearch. “When you want to get the particulars of what that service was, you start going to these government records that document the service.”

The searchable records are available by state from sources such as widow’s pension records and headstones of deceased Union soldiers. United States census records from 1850 and 1860 help locate anyone alive at the time of the Civil War. And early state census records post 1865 help you locate them after they have retired from service.

Nelson said the census data gives people a “glimpse of what the towns looked like prior to the war.” He explained the state information is useful because “a majority of the men were in volunteer regiments raised out of counties and states. These regiments represented their homes.”

Locating African American Civil War ancestors is possible through Freedmen’s Bank and Bureau records, including correspondence and marriage documents.

Women also contributed to the war effort by serving as nurses and working in soldier aid societies that sent supplies to the front. Nelson said many of their stories are preserved in letters and diaries.

A quick look in FamilySearch’s Civil War collections online can reveal fascinating records and information about the 3 million soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the 620,000 who died.

“I’ve enjoyed working with these records because they tell a story, and these lives are relived through these records,” added Nelson, who said the FamilySearch collections will continue to grow as additional military records for the Civil War and other wars are digitized and indexed.

Decoration Day versus Memorial Day
Memorial Day finds its roots connecting all the way back to our nation’s Civil War and an annual event respectfully called Decoration Day. Following the Civil War, families of the fallen created a day of observance to honor their deceased servicemen by placing flowers on their graves. Dozens of towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but the first official observance of Decoration Day was May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Northern states all established Decoration Day as an official state holiday by 1890. Southern states didn’t honor Decoration Day until the end of the first World War in 1918, when the holiday began honoring the American dead from all wars.

Decoration Day was officially established as Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the law in 1971.

In the Gettysburg Address, given to honor those who died at Gettysburg 17 months before the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln said: “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

This Memorial Day, if you have photos, stories, and correspondence of family members who served in the armed forces, you might want to honor them by permanently preserving their memories for future generations to remember at

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International 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 free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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American Wars Research Bundle on Sale for 30% Off Thru Memorial Day!


To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, Family Roots Publishing is offering a bundle of three popular American war-related research guides from the publishers of History Magazine.

FRPC is discounting them 30% through Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. Regularly 29.85, the bundle is just $20.95 (plus only $5.50 p&h!) The guides are as follows:

Click on the links to learn more about the individual research guides or to purchase just one of the items at 15% off during the holiday weekend. Hurry, as this sale ends at midnight MST Monday, May 26, 2014.

Following are reviews of each of the guides:

Life During the Civil War

Life During the Civil War is an educational and entertaining collection of articles on the war, written by David A. Norris. Norris takes the reader beyond the battle fields and into the homes and occupations of Americans, including the soldiers, ans examines what they saw, heard, and felt during these trying years. Everyday life is the theme behind the collection. This publications answers, in vivid detail, what the average American experienced during the Civil War.

David Norris is an avid writer and historian with over 250 publications to his name. His publications have appeared online and in print in Family Chronicle, History Magazine,, American History, Civil War Times, and many more. The Civil War has been a passion of his since childhood. In particular, he loves the personal stories. Anyone would be hard pressed to call him anything but an expert on American life during 1860s.

There are, in this publication, article which cover common, even expected, topics. Food and cooking, life in the military, and even photography are common enough topics to find in almost any expose on the war. However, Norris digs even deeper covering topics like humor, pets in the army, army laundresses, war artists, common medicines, naval life on an ironclad, and fundraising fairs. It seems like you will find it all in these 26 articles. You will learn about the war. If you have ancestors who lived at that time, then you will learn about their lives, the way the thought and lived. Best of all, you will have fun doing it.



OPENING NOTES – Notes From the Publisher, About the Author
FROM ABATIS TO ZOUAVES: A CIVIL WAR DICTIONARY – What were some of the popular sayings, slang, jargon and military terms in the 1860s?
TALE OF TWO CAPITALS: RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON – The war brought great changes to the lives of residents of Richmond and Washington
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: HOTELS OF THE CIVIL WAR – From four-star resorts to small town hostelries, hotel business boomed during the war
SOUNDTRACK TO A CONFLICT: MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR – Music, whether popular songs or military tunes, was as much a part of life then as it is now
STARVATION PARTIES AND CONFEDERATE CANDLES? – Southerners found unusual substitutes for scarce staples, like wheat, pins, shoe polish and coffee
SLUMGULLION, SALT HORSE AND HELL-FIRED STEW! – What did soldiers, and their families at home, eat during the war years?
RELIEF FROM REALITY: CIVIL WAR HUMOR – Popular humorists and jokes helped lighten hearts on both sides of the battle
SHINPLASTERS AND GREENBACKS: MONEY DURING THE CIVIL WAR – Banks, businesses, states, the Union and Confederacy all issued their own, incompatible, money
ZOUAVES: NEW YORK FIREMEN AND LOUISIANA TIGERS – Instead of the familiar blue and gray, some regiments donned bright colors and turbans
MAN’S BEST FRIENDS: PETS IN THE ARMY – From the exotic to the common, animals were kept as companions and mascots
JOHNNIE REB AND BILLY YANK: LIFE IN THE ARMIES – Fresh recruits and veterans of past conflicts faced new, and familiar,challenges in the Civil War
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: THE US COLORED TROOPS – African-American troops played a vital role in the Civil War
SUTLER SHOPS: CONVENIENCE STORES FOR SOLDIERS – Where did soldiers get ink, ginger snaps or Valentine cards?
LIFE ON SOAP SUDS ROW: ARMY LAUNDRESSES – Laundry was a grueling, but essential, duty in army camps
TAKING THE CARS: RAIL TRAVEL DURING THE CIVIL WAR – Though far from luxurious, or safe, trains became vital to the war effort and civilian life
WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: HOSPITALS AND MEDICINE – Hospitals were understaffed, undersupplied and relied on dangerous cures and treatments
COMMON CIVIL WAR MEDICINES – Hospitals stocked standard treatments of the day, including mercury, opium and brandy
FUNDRAISING FAIRS: THE US SANITARY COMMISSION – Volunteer groups raised millions of dollars to improve military hospital and camp conditions
PICTURING THE CIVIL WAR: WAR ARTISTS – Before modern photography and TV, how did people get a glimpse of the battles?
FROM THE FRONTLINES TO THE HOMEFRONT: NEWSPAPERS – Despite shortages of labor and ink, papers fed the public appetite for news and entertainment
TELEGRAMS: AT THE SPEED OF LIGHTNING – The telegraph became an indispensable part of military and commercial communication during the war
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE CIVIL WAR – Despite technological limitations, photography boomed during the Civil War
“I HAIN’T GOT ANY STAMPS”: CONFEDERATE AND UNION MAIL – Two postal systems kept soldiers and families in contact across shifting battlelines
THE CIVIL WAR NAVIES: COTTONCLADS AND BLOCKADES – Whether they patrolled rivers or the South Pacific, a sailor’s life was far different than a soldier’s
THE NEW NAVAL WARFARE: LIFE ON IRONCLADS – Heavily armored ironclads offered unique advantages, and dangers, to their crews
MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH…! – From aseptic surgery to moon landings, the years after the Civil War were full of amazing changes.

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Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors is a collection of articles written by Civil War expert David A. Norris. These articles bring together Norris expertise on the War with his passion for genealogy. These articles examine all different types of records, both military and civilian, to hep the researcher identify potential resources and to find those critical records.

As the country, over a four year periods, recognizes the 150th anniversary of America’s most troubled period, genealogists can take advantage of the spotlight on the war as means to find even more historical data and records than ever before. To see how this collection can help the researcher discover ancestral information from this time period, see the following list of articles presented in this 82 page journal:

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

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Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors

war of 1812 ancestorsCreated as a “200th Anniversary Research Special, Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors, covers resources for the United States, Canada, and British research. Moorshead Magazines, publishers of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine, have published this special volume in memory of, and to provide assistance in researching, the War of 1812. This 82 page special offers 19 articles, covering such topics as:

  • Army & Navy Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Newspapers & Maps
  • Government Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Pension Records
  • Militia Service
  • Impressment
  • US Marines
  • Prisoners of War
  • And More!

Major events, especially war, generates mountains of records, histories, and documents. Newspapers, government and military records, and other records offer names and details about our ancestors which may not have been documented if not for these historical events. Regular contributor and expert David A. Norris has compiled helpful guides, a chronology of events, an introduction, and other articles for this publication; providing, great insight into evaluating potential sources of information and hunting those sources down.



War of 1812: Introduction

An introduction to look at what resources are available to researchers

Chronology & Outline

An outline of the war, and the causes and resolution

US Government Records

Local government records could reveal details of an ancestor’s home and life

Canadian War of 1812 Records

Published and online sources make tracking Canadian soldiers much easier

British War of 1812 Records

Tips on resources for locating ancestors who may have fought with the British Army or Royal Navy

US Army Records

A bit of digging might uncover a treasure trove of information on an ancestor in the US Army

United States Marines

Although US Marines were a small force in 1812, a number of resources exist for them

Naval Records

New resources provide valuable details on the lives of sailors in the US Navy

Prize Money: Spoils of War

Prize money could more than double a sailors pay

Militia Service

Most veterans of the War of 1812 served brief periods in the militia

Bounty Land Warrants

Land bounty records are a valuable source of information on veterans and their heirs

Cemetery Records

A number of resources are available that can help you locate burial sites


Maritime records are useful research tools and document a tumultuous era


Historic maps help bring the War of 1812 era, and your family history, to life


Pension files can reveal where your ancestor was born, where they lived and died and more

Privateer & Naval Pensions

An important genealogical resource for anyone researching a maritime ancestor

Newspapers: Breaking News!

Newspapers of the War of 1812 era are a valuable genealogical and historical resource

Prisoners Of War

Records of prisoners of war can provide additional details of an ancestor’s life

Last Survivors

As a rule of thumb, the last survivor of a war will live roughly 90 years after the war

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