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Books Added to FRPC Web Site 10-31-2013

Books added to Family Roots Publishing web site for October 31st 2013

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Records of Military College Preparatory Schools

The following was written by Bryan Mulcahy, M.L.S., Reference Librarian at the Ft. Myers – Lee County Public Library, and used with his permission:

Periodically we receive queries from patrons seeking information and records from military college preparatory schools or academies. For those not familiar with these institutions, conducting a basic Internet search using the term “Military College Prep Schools” will bring up a host of websites and specific school links containing information on the history of the school, current status, alumni, etc. This is applicable even if the school has been closed, as is the case with the one I attended briefly in the 1960s, Miami Military Academy.
Military schools of this nature began to appear in the aftermath of the Civil War and were established throughout the country. Each academy had its own history in terms of development, but they were especially prominent from the early 1920s through the late 1960s. The fallout from Vietnam caused many to close permanently in the 1970s, but a significant number are still in operation.

Until the 1970s, admission to most academies or schools was limited to boys between the ages of 11-17 or grades 6-12. The intent was to provide an environment where they would develop leadership skills, patriotism, independence, intellectualism, and the desire to pursue a military career. Academies developed their curriculum through the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp. (JROTC) whose mission was to instill in students values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The goal was to help groom a higher intellectual level of potential servicemen and officers for the nation’s military and/or to serve in civilian government.

Options for locating records and other information depend on the institution and its guidelines for access. If the institution is still in operation, contact the Office of the Registrar. If the institution has closed, locating information can be challenging but not impossible. The following options have proven to be successful:

  1. Virtually all academies/schools no longer operating, such as Miami Military Academy, have well-established alumni associations that have a proven track record for being very helpful.
  2. Since most of these schools were under the jurisdiction of the United States military, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has some surviving records and information.
  3. The State Department of Education set standards and licensed the schools to operate.
  4. Most schools were accredited and affiliated with other educational organizations that may have potentially useful information or research advice. Examples would include the Florida Council of Independent Schools; Southern Association of Independent Schools; National Association of Independent Schools; and Association of Military Colleges and Schools.
  5. Clues also may be found in old family records, letters, souvenirs, obituaries, tombstone inscriptions, and local histories.

Editor’s note: There are currently 23 military boarding schools located throughout the United States and Canada. Click on this link to learn more about them.

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Books Added to FRPC Web Site 10-30-2013

Books added to Family Roots Publishing web site for October 30th 2013

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FamilySearch Adds Over 135 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 135 million indexed records and images from Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,227,603 indexed records from the new Canada Census, 1911, collection, the 949,214 indexed records and images from the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965, collection, and the 132,330,416 indexed records from the United States Public Records Index . 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 world’s 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, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 334,188 – 615,026 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Canada Census, 1911 – 1,227,603 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

Canada, Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989 – 96,228 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 – 14,673 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Kebumen, Naturalization Records, 1951-2013 – 0 – 14,330 – Added images to an existing collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonogiri District Court Records, 1925-2013 – 0 – 137,465 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Trieste, Trieste, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1924-1939 - 0 – 97,505 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 468,724 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 – 51,232 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Wilmington and Morehead City Passenger and Crew Lists, 1908-1958 – 88,345 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Public Records Index – 132,330,416 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

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Books Added to FRPC Web Site 10-29-2013

Books added to Family Roots Publishing web site for October 29th 2013

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Google is Mapping Arlington National Cemetery

Google is about to post a walk-through of Arlington National Cemetery. Although some headstones photographed with the walk-through might not be as clear and readable as others, it is said that many will for more legible than those currently posted at the Cemetery website (not bad in itself!), as the photography is being done in very high resolution. The site is scheduled to be live in May of 2014, in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Cemetery.

The following excerpt is from an article by Cecelia Kang, published in the October 20, 2013 edition of the Washington Post:

The walk through Arlington National Cemetery on a beautiful October day was being captured by Google for anyone to experience with a few keystrokes or the swipe of a smartphone screen.

Google on Sunday began its project to map the cemetery by collecting millions of photos and stitching them together to re-
create the feeling of strolling the iconic burial ground of presidents and soldiers.

Online users will be able to zoom in close enough to read some grave markers. Or zoom out for panoramas of rolling hills dotted with thousands of white headstones. Or experience a 360-degree view of the resting place of America’s service members.

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Visit the offical website of Arlington National Cemetery and check out the 400,000 fully indexed and searchable headstones on the site.

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The Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva

Word has been received that there is a new lineage group.


The Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva is a new international lineage group for those who are descendants of Lady Godiva. The first meeting will be held April 13, 2014, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Lifetime membership is offered now to descendants who can prove their lineage of descent from Godiva. The Society is taking applications now, and for more information about the society and the application process, please contact Lady General Davine Roberts at

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Vandals Damage Headstones at Canton (New York) Cemetery

CEMETERY DAMAGE - Vandals toppled headstones during the weekend at St. Mary´s Cemetery on Riverside Drive, Canton. (Kimbler-Lago photo)

CEMETERY DAMAGE – Vandals toppled headstones during the weekend at St. Mary´s Cemetery on Riverside Drive, Canton. (Kimbler-Lago photo)

CANTON, NY — Vandals knocked over headstones and did other damage Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on Riverside Drive in the town.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies said 36 headstones were knocked over or displaced. Flags and flower pots also were broken.

The Rev. Douglas J. Lucia said visitors noticed things were out of place in the cemetery about 1:15 p.m. Sunday and notified him. He then went to the cemetery to see what had happened. After realizing the amount of damage, he reported it to the police.

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Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces Its 2014 Webinar Lineup


The following excerpt is from the MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 Issue of Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog

Registration for the 2014 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of our webinars are free to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

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Beginners Guide To Genetic Genealogy


14 easy lessons on DNA, and how a genealogists can use it to find relatives.

What is Genetic Genealogy? Genealogy is simply the study of one’s family tree or ancestry. Genetic genealogy uses DNA testing to determine the genetic relationship between individuals.

Why would someone want to use DNA for genealogy? There are many reasons but here are a few of the most common:

  • To learn more about one’s ancestry
  • To prove that one’s family tree reflects one’s actual ancestry
  • To prove or disprove the relationship between two people
  • To prove or disprove a theory of where people came from
  • To break down a brick wall in one’s genealogy research
  • To find relatives for those that were adopted, gave up a child for adoption or otherwise do not know their ancestry
  • To learn from which ancestor(s) certain traits were inherited

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Books Added to FRPC Web Site 10-28-2013

Books added to Family Roots Publishing web site for October 28th 2013

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Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

gpc5176Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere is the most comprehensive collection of information on colonial period records covering the entire Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. As far as I know, there is no other single reference for records sources covering the colonial periods for the entire hemisphere.

This book examines the colonial period from the earliest European colonization in the Western Hemisphere until:

  • the American Revolution for the thirteen colonies
  • statehood was obtained for other U.S. states
  • Latin American countries which did not declare independence from Spain and Portugal until 1808 or later
  • Caribbean countries and dependencies through about 1810
  • the abolition of the slave trade, for slavery related records, including dates of emancipation

For each country, the author Christina K. Schaefer, provides an historical background and brief sketches of the records themselves, plus descriptions for the principle holding of the major repositories. Record groups are broken down into similar categories for each country. Common sections include church and ecclesiastical records, census records, notarial records, governmental and municipal records, military records, land records, etc. A list of suggested readings rounds out each chapter.

At 814 pages, this reference is indeed extensive. It may be literally impossible to cover every possible resource in a single project. Still, Schaefer has provided a treasure trove of information vital to genealogical record finding. If you need colonial period records for anywhere in the Americas, this book can help.


Table of Contents


Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

  • Chronology of colonial history
  • Dates of the first colonial governors

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Colonies founded by England, France, The Netherlands, and Portugal

  • Brazil
  • The Guianas
  • Belize/British Honduras
  • The Falkland Islands

Part Three: The Caribbean

  • Introduction
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Leeward Islands
  • The British Windward Islands
  • Cuba
  • The French Antilles
  • Hispaniola
  • Jamica
  • The Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Virgin Islands

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Middle Colonies

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

Part Five: Other U.S. States with settlements prior to the Revolution

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario


  • Introduction to Acadia
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Other North American Colonies

  • Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Rupert’s Land

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

  • Religious groups in the New World
  • Africa and the New World
  • Colonial sources in Denmark
  • Colonial sources in France
  • Colonial sources in Great Britain
  • Colonial sources in Germany
  • Colonial sources in The Netherlands
  • Colonial sources in Portugal
  • Colonial sources in Spain
  • Colonial sources in Sweden
  • Colonial sources in Switzerland
  • Foreign records at the Library of Congress



Although technically out-of-print, Family Roots Publishing has several cases of this book in stock – all at a very special price! Order Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5176; Price: $47.96 [20% off the cover price].

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Understanding Meyers Orts

ftp1“All research in Germany depends on locating the birthplace of an ancestor.” At least, that is the opinion of Fay S. Dearden, as I am sure it is with many others. Despite the wide variety of resources available online and through libraries like the Family History Library, the Meyers Orts Gazetteer remains an important resource to finding places in the old German Empire. The gazetteer lists roughly 200,000 locations.

Meyers Orts was published in 1912, printed in old Gothic typeface. Understanding Meyers Orts: Translating Guide for the Directory of the Towns and Places in the German Empire, by Fay S. Dearden, is effectively a manual to understanding and reading this old gazetteer. This spiral-bound guide demonstrates how to read Meyers Orts entries as well as understanding, translating, the old Gothic script. The majority of the book demonstrates letters and abbreviations as found throughout the book, listed here in alphabetical order. For each entry there is a sample of the old script, a modern typeface copy plus the entry’s meaning in both German and English.

One important note, the Gothic used in Meyers differs form other Gothic alphabets. Plus, there is a specific advantage to having a single resources dedicated to a single resource if you intent to make use of the Meyer Orts Gazetteer.



Meyers Orts – A Directory of Place Names

The Gothic Typeface Used in Meyers

How to Read Meyers Orts Entries

Sample Translation

Common Abbreviations used in the Meyers Orts Gazetteer


Understanding Meyers Orts: Translating Guide for the Directory of the Towns and Places in the German Empire is available from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $7.84.


Copies of Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs: With Researcher’s Guide and Translation of the Introduction, Instruction for the Use of the Gazetteer are also available from Family Roots Publishing. [Click here to read a review]

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Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon

gpc6504Meyers Orts (for short) is perhaps one of the most well know and famous of all gazetteers. Those searching their German ancestry have no doubt heard of it. Some have said, “Almost all serious German research begins with Meyers Orts.” The Gazetteer, first printed in 1912, covers approximately 210,000 cities, towns, hamlets, and dwelling places in the German Empire prior to World War I. The book is still available to individuals and libraries under the title Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs: With Researcher’s Guide and Translation of the Introduction, Instruction for the Use of the Gazetteer, and Abbreviations, by Raymond S Wright III.

The Gazetteer was originally published to assist government and economic entities and representatives in identifying public services, governmental agencies, educational and religious institutions, and transportation and business facilities in each of the thousands of communities. The book even claims it provides heading for all named dwelling places in the German Empire.

Throughout this vast work locality entries are arranged alphabetically and describe each place in terms of the type of community it is (city, village, hamlet, etc.) and the civil, court, military, and religious jurisdictions under which it falls. An understanding of these several jurisdictions will assist researchers in their efforts to find original records that are housed today in church or government offices and archives. Describing these jurisdictions is a crucial as well as significant part of of the researcher’s guide written by Wright.

Raymond S Wright III is a professor at Brigham Young University. His contributions have made this difficult to read book truly accessible to the everyday family historian

Meyers Orts comes as a three volume set, with a total 2,390 pages. Whether the claim that every dwelling place in the Empire is listed is true or not, this is clearly and exhaustive work that has stood the test of time as a key resource for those researching their German ancestry. “This reprint edition includes a third volume consisting of the often-omitted Appendix to Volume II and the scarce Supplement of September 1913. Thus a rare and indispensable work, encompassing thousands of pages and dozens of maps–previously found in only a handful of American libraries–is not only available to researchers but is now a practical research tool.”

The Researcher’s Guide Covers:

Scope and Purpose

  • Unlisted Localities

Understanding Entries in the Meyers Gazetteer

  • How to Read the Gothic Typeface Used in Locality Entries
  • Abbreviations and Punctuations

Using Meyers to Find Records in Archives, Record Offices, and Libraries

  • National, State, and Local Records
  • Religious Jurisdictions
  • State, Provinces, and Districts in Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon
  • Government Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
  • Courts
  • Military Records
  • Cities, Town, and Villages
  • Private Jurisdictions
  • Summary

The Introduction Covers:

[An] Introduction

Instruction for the Use of the Gazetteer

  1. Arrangement of Locality Entries
  2. Arrangement of the Content within Locality Entries


Copies of this massive three volume set,  Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs: With Researcher’s Guide and Translation of the Introduction, Instruction for the Use of the Gazetteer,  are available to individuals and to libraries from Family Roots Publishing. Price: $294.00.

Also note that the above set of books (less the third supplemental volume) is available at

Apart from the informaiton contained within the researcher’s guide, other guides are also available. One suggested reading is Understanding Meyers Orts: Translating Guide for the Directory of the Towns and Places in the German Empire. [Click here to read a review]


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Heartbreak & Hope: New Blog Launched to Tell the Stories of Ellis Island Immigrants

The following news release is from Larisa Thomas:

Hearbreak & Hope: Stories of Ellis Island

New York, NY – In honor of the reopening of Ellis Island on Monday, October 28, 2013, Statue Cruises is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog to tell the stories of the immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island.

Inspired by the stories of their own employees’ families, Statue Cruises has launched Heartbreak & Hope: The Stories of Ellis Island to tell not only those stories but the stories of the many descendants of over 14 million people who found their way to the U.S. through the Ellis Island Immigration Station.

Anyone with an Ellis Island story is welcome to submit their story through the blog for publication. The blog will also feature those stories of the employees of Statue Cruises, and its parent company Hornblower Cruises.

Reopening almost exactly one year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, Ellis Island’s reopening is a symbol of the recovery effort. The goal of this new project is to bring attention to the valuable resources offered by the Ellis Island Foundation, and their mission, in partnership with the National Park Service, to preserve and share immigration history. The Ellis Island Foundation estimates that it will cost them $2 million to replace and install the destroyed computer equipment that runs the American Family Immigration History Center at the museum.

Visit Heartbreak & Hope at

About Statue Cruises
Statue Cruises, the official concessioner to the National Park Service, is the premier harbor cruise operator in New York Harbor, sharing the sights of New York with almost 4.0 million annual visitors from around the world. For more information visit: It is a subsidiary of Hornblower Cruises, which has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 32 years. The company operates 32 vessels in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego, and an office in New York City.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

About Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island was the former federal immigration processing station which processed over 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954. A 1965 presidential proclamation added the island to the National Park Service as part of Statue of Liberty National Monument. After years of neglect, major restoration work on the Main Building took place in the 1980s, opening as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in 1990. The National Park Service works with its partner organizations, The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation and Save Ellis Island, to improve and enhance operations at the park.

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