Tallness is 80% Related to Your Genes

He Pingping (L) of China looks up at Sultan Kosen of Turkey as they pose for photographers during a promotional event in Istanbul in this January 14, 2010, file photo. Credit: Reuters
He Pingping (L) of China looks up at Sultan Kosen of Turkey as they pose for photographers during a promotional event in Istanbul in this January 14, 2010, file photo. Credit: Reuters

The following teaser is from an article posted in the October 7, 2014 edition of bdnews24.com:

It’s no secret that if your dad is tall and your mother is tall, you are probably going to be tall. But fully understanding the genetics

Researchers on Sunday unveiled what they called the biggest such study to date, analysing genome data from more than a quarter million people to identify nearly 700 genetic variants and more than 400 genome regions relating to height.

How tall or short a person becomes is estimated to be 80 percent genetic, with nutrition and other environmental factors accounting for the rest. The world’s people on average have become taller over the past few generations because of factors including improved nutrition.

Read the full article.

Register NOW for the 10th Annual Genealogy Conference & Cruise


I am reminded that the tenth annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise is coming up the later part of November. That’s less than 2 months away. If you aren’t already committed to joining us on the 30th Annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you might want to do a cruise this winter.

The Genealogy Conference and Cruise has traditionally been the largest family history conference on the seas. Previously sponsored by Wholly Genes, and The Master Genealogist software, this year my friend, Craig Scott, and his Heritage Books company is providing support.

The cruise will provide an educational and fun-filled voyage from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta then on to Mazatlan, then on to Cabo San Lucas and back to Los Angeles.

Attendees will learn about genealogical research methods, sources, tools, technologies and DNA from five of the foremost experts during 17 hours of classes during the cruise. As popular as the lecture series is, many veterans of the Cruise value something else even more. That is the opportunity to share a meal with a world-class genealogist or to schedule one-on-one time to discuss their particular research challenges. Attendees should come armed with records and be prepared to hear about new resources, repositories, and finding aids that will help break down their brick walls. Some folks find the private consultations alone are worth the trip, which is remarkably inexpensive. Several evening group brick wall discussions will add to the learning experience.

The following lectures have been announced (by speaker):

J Marke Lowe, GC, FUGA
Research in the South and Everywhere Else: Review, Prepare and Plan
Constructing an Ancestor through Mortgages, Trust Deeds and Personal Agreements
Making Those Pre-1850 Census Records Talk to You
My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for Your Rural Ancestor

Cyndi Ingle
Evernote for Every Genealogist
Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
Find the Silver Lining in the Cloud

Bill Litchman
The Underpinnings of the Genealogical Proof Standard
Methodology and Analytical Thought: The Neher Case Study
Methodology and Analytical Thought: The Stockman Case Study
Proper Research Log Use

Angie Bush, MS, BS
DNA Test Results – What Do I do Now?
Using Traditional DNA Tests in Genealogical Research
Using Autosomal DNA Tests in Genealogical Research
The Genealogical Proof Standard and DNA Testing

Craig Roberts Scott, MA CG, FUGA
Researching a Revolutionary War Hessian Soldier
Epidemics and Pandemics
Pension Ledgers, Vouchers, Last and Final Payments
Confederate Case Study: David Beard of Virginia

A Registration Form for this marvelous cruise is available at: www.heritagebooks.com
Email: Groups@Cruiseweb.com

A Conference Flyer is available at this link.

Click here for speaker’s bios.

Click here for pricing, cabins, registration, etc.

If you have questions, email Craig at: crscott@heritagebooks.com

Two Excellent FREE Webinars From the North Carolina Genealogical Society Oct 3-5 & Dec 5-7

NC Webinar Series Logo

The following is from Maryann Stockert Tuck with the NCGS Webinars. Note that NCGS members have free access to the live webinars, as well as the archived classes. Free webinars are limited to specific programs on specific dates.

October 3-5, 2014 Free three-day viewing of Mark Lowe’s “North Carolina Tax Lists: People, Time, and Delinquency” on www.ncgenealogy.org. This webinar was recorded on 19 September 2014.

New Webinar:

21 November 2014. The North Carolina Genealogical Society will present a live webinar featuring Craig R. Scott, CG, “Finding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestry”.

North Carolinians were active participants in the Revolutionary War, providing men, supplies, and support for the revolutionary cause. Records were created before, during, and after the war. There is more to research than complied military service records and pension application files, such as public claims, pension ledgers, and pension payment vouchers. Records are found in the National Archives, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, the State Library and Archives, and in some unexpected places. Clues to information on ancestors and descendants can be found in the lineage application papers of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.

See the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org for more details and dates of free viewing of the recording of this webinar will occur 5-7 December 2014.

The Genealogical Benefits of Tax Records

Tax records are some of my favorite places to find additional information on my American families. They are probably the best census substitutes available, in that they often predate federal census records. Bryan Mulcahy, M.L.S., a Reference Librarian specializing in genealogy at the Ft. Myers Regional Library distributed the following article, and we are reprinting it with permission. Enjoy…

For genealogists, tax records can help solve a multitude of genealogical problems, especially for tracing ancestors prior to the 1850 census. Clues may lead to the birth, marriage or death year of your early ancestor when no other record may have survived. Taxes were collected annually.

Tax records came in many forms. Poll or head taxes which were levied upon a person, real property taxes which were levied upon a person’s land, and personal property or income tax. These can be recorded separately but may have been combined into one record with various columns representing each property type. In some early colonial areas, quit-rents were collected. The rents, a remnant of the old feudal system in Europe, were collected by the government or by large land owners annually on small parcels sold to private citizens.

The Federal Government levied taxes upon citizens usually to help defray the cost of a war or pending war. Federal records are usually indexed. Researchers can usually locate tax lists in print and indexed for the years 1798, 1814-1816, and 1862-1866 for any given county. The same would also apply to many state and some local jurisdictions. Local laws governing who was taxable and who was exempt changed from time to time and for various reasons. A poll tax levied to raise money for a new courthouse may include persons over the age of sixteen, and a property assessment the same year may only include citizens age twenty-one and above.

Tax records can be used to determine parentage. When an ancestor has been tracked in the tax records for a series of years and suddenly a male with the same surname appears on the lists next to him, he is more than likely a son who is now of legal or taxable age. The legal age for owning land was 21 years which would explain a male who suddenly appears on the same assessment roll as your ancestor.

Some counties created a separate list for unmarried men often labeled singlemen or single freemen which meant they were not indentured to any individual. A young man coming of legal age would be taxed on his personal property–usually a horse or a cow. Once married, his name would leave the single freeman list and suddenly appear on the regular list with other heads of families.

You can determine the year your ancestor arrived and left the jurisdiction by his first and last appearance on a tax record. If the assessment shows enough detail, a match can be made across county and even state lines. Look for a matching occupation, livestock, or any unusual taxable items that would have been transported. Always use a series of years and always look in every township in the county. Like counties, townships were also divided.

Many tax records list occupation as a category, and those that don’t will often include the occupation to avoid confusion between two individuals with the same name. A father may have passed his trade on to son. Tax records issued for licenses and permits will be listed under occupations or business and commerce.

Upon his death, a man will disappear from the tax lists, but often the death is confirmed when his estate is still taxed awaiting probate. If you are lucky enough to find an entry listing the estate of your ancestor you can determine the year of his death. Make sure to look at a number of consecutive years because the deceased may be taxed for several years until his estate is probated.

Always check the end of each tax list as your ancestor may have been late or delinquent in paying or have un-resolved issues. Sometimes there will be two lists for each year: the local list and the list sent to the county. Check both because your ancestor may have been accidentally omitted from one.

Tax records and indexes are become increasingly available online through Family Search and Ancestry thanks to the efforts of the Family History Library. They can also be accessed at the county courthouse, the county historical society, the state archives, the National Archives, in published county histories, journals and periodicals.

In William Dollarhide’s “Name List” books, genealogist’s will find hundreds of tax records listed. Click on the links below to find out more…

The set of Name List Guides is currently made up of the following 17 books (Alabama through Kansas), written by William Dollarhide, all of which may be purchased individually or as electronic PDF eBooks from Family Roots Publishing Co. The paper-back books are currently on sale for 15% off, with a FREE immediate PDF download of the book available at the moment of purchase.

Progeny Genealogy Announces Version 5.2 of Charting Companion

The following was received from Pierre Clouthier at Progeny:

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Progeny Genealogy is pleased to announce ver. 5.2 of Charting Companion, featuring a fast, convenient chart preview directly in the main window.

You can now preview the Ancestor, Descendant, Hourglass, Bowtie, Fan charts and Trellis chart instantly, edit the chart by pruning selected branches, and print or publish to PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP image format. Just scroll the mouse to zoom in or zoom out, and adjust the size of the chart so it fits exactly in the page or pages that you choose.

The Ancestor and Descendant Fan charts can now be tiled over multiple pages.

Best of all, the new version is available as a free upgrade to all customers who have already bought their copy of Charting Companion (ver. 5).

Just click here to download and install Charting Companion if you have already bought a license.

If you don’t own Charting Companion, visit our website for more information, and to buy.

Charting Companion charts will make you a hit with your relatives, and the star of your next family reunion


We Are Selling our Home in Bountiful, Utah


I apologize for being away from blogging, newsletter, and such for the last two months, But we had things that had to be done that could not wait. On the 10th of August, Patty and I went back to Utah, spent another week clearing all the remaining “stuff” out of our house and basement business area – and then proceeded to spend the next 6 weeks getting the place ready to sell. We basically remodeled the entire house. If it could be repainted, or recarpeted, we did just that. If it could be replaced with something newer and more modern, in most cases we did that too. When we finished, to stand in the house and look around, you would think you were in a new home. The house is located exactly 10 miles from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, in the beautiful suburb north of the city known as Bountiful. The house is a ways up the “bench,” so the views are wonderful. The place is now our “dream house,” with all the upgrades done that we wanted to do while living there. We didn’t get them done until we moved out, as we found it’s nigh on to impossible to remodel while living in a home and running a business in the basement. So someone else is getting our baby.

We bought the place in 2008, principally because is was close to the Family History library, and had an interior room with no windows that we could use as our personal library area. The folks we bought it from had done the same, so the property was actually advertised as having a “library.”

Take a look at the listing online to see what we’ve done the last two months.

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

We are down to less than 100 days until our December rendezvous….. 96 days from today to be precise. With the first wisps of cooler fall air I find my thoughts turning to the upcoming good times we’re going to have…….. and here in Spokane we’ve already had those first few wisps.

One reason why we come to Salt Lake in December is to spend a week researching in the Family History Library. We’re looking not just to document our ancestors but to dig out the stories of their lives. Marquis Calmes (b. 1705 in Colonial Virginia) was my ancestor; “Marquis” was not a title but just his name. One of the first settlers into Fredericksburg, he became a justice of the peace. His duties included overseeing the building of a ducking stool, the common way of punishing women who gossiped too freely. He saw that a pit, “seven feet deep and six feet square in the clear and walled with stone” was built for the pond.

The Ducking Stool was founded upon and made obligatory by an act passed by the Grand Assembly held at James City on 23 December 1662. The reason for having a ducking stool as punishment was spelled out:

“WHEREAS, Many Babbling women Slander and Scandalize their Neighbors, for which their poor Husbands are often involved in chargeable and vexatious Suits, and cast in great Damages; Be it, therefore Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That in Actions of slander, occasioned by the Wife, after judgment passed for damages, the Woman shall be punished by Ducking; and if the slander be enormous as to be adjudged at greater Damages than Five Hundred pounds of Tobacco, then the Woman to suffer a Ducking for each Five Hundred pounds of Tobacco adjudged against the Husband, if he refuse to pay the Tobacco.” 

Hummm……… would your or my dear husband turn you or me over to the Ducking Stool because of our “babbling and scandalous” tongues?  Not us! But what wonderful stories to learn about our ancestors…… and on the Salt Lake Christmas Tour you will find some of those sorts of stories.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.

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

Only 104 days until the December rendezvous of the 30th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Are YOU planning to come? Are YOU registered? Leland reminds us that due to a booking snaffoo (back in 2013) our group can only have 60 rooms this year. So if you are planning to come and are not yet registered, better get onboard asap. Click to the tour website: www.saltlakechristmastour.com 

Let’s review some of the reasons why you might want to join the Salt Lake Christmas Tour:

1.  Great way to enter the Christmas season………. coming on the tour “forces” you to get all the Christmas business done before you go so you can relax and enjoy the holiday for the rest of December. (Works that way for me!)

2.  Enjoy all the “Christmas” on Temple Square. From the poinsettias to the Christmas trees to the Christmas music to the millions of Christmas lights………… you are surrounded with the beautiful things of the season.

3.  Enjoy the Family History Library without the lines at the copiers and without having to hunt for a vacant spot to work or a computer to work upon.

4.  Benefit from all the professional help available to you from our team of researchers hired for just that purpose: to help YOU.

5.  Learn from the classes of Thomas MacEntee and Lisa Alzo and others.

6.  Catch up with old friends…………. some have been coming for years and years.

7.  Enjoy a chance to wear those Christmas shirts and sweaters!!!

8.  Eat a great morning breakfast during the tour, spread out by the Cattaneos just for us, and win prizes daily.

9.  Have a full week of research without any strings attached…….no schedules, no family duties, no hassles.

10. Because you get the full attention of the Salt Lake Christmas Tour’s Mother Hen:  ME!

Donna Big Girl Panties This is your Mother Hen wearing the “Big Girl Panties” given to her during a breakfast on the tour by Thomas MacEntee. They fit nicely, don’t you think?  (Oh, yes, we do have a good time!)

Genealogical Proof Standard Classes Offered at the Iowa Genealogical Society

The following was received from Kevin Spire:

Do you want to start researching your family history? Get started on the right foot by taking classes at the Iowa Genealogical Society. Along with a free Beginning Genealogy class offered once a month, IGS will be offering a series of classes on Genealogical Proof Standard. Orientation for the GPS class is Sept. 6, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at IGS. Call 515-276-0287 or check our website, www.iowagenealogy.org for more information.

Findmypast Launches ‘Hall of Heroes’ to Celebrate the Heroes in Everyone’s Family


The following News Release was received from FindMyPast:

  • Findmypast.com launches ‘Hall of Heroes’ campaign to share individual stories about heroic figures from everyone’s own family history
  • Call for people to submit stories of their own family heroes to be included alongside famous historical figures
  • New record sets launched to help people discover the heroes in their family

London, UK, 19 August, 2014 – Leading family history website, Findmypast.com has today announced the launch of its Hall of Heroes. The Hall aims to celebrate the heroes from our history, from unsung underdogs to First World War medal winners.

Findmypast is asking people to help create a ‘Hall of Heroes’ that truly reflects the heroic figures from our own history by inviting everyone to submit their own heroes from their family history to be chosen for inclusion in the Hall of Heroes.

Unsung underdogs to military heroes
The Hall aims to celebrate the actions of all types of heroes, including men, women, children and animals.

Notable stories include Salem Poor (1747-1802), who was an African-American slave who bought his freedom, joined the army, and became a hero of the Revolutionary War. His gallantry during the Battle of Bunker Hill so impressed his fellow soldiers that they petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts on his behalf. Poor was commemorated with a stamp as part of the United States Bicentennial in 1975. Poor Street in Andover is named after him.

Another hero celebrated by Findmypast today is Sergeant Alvin Cullum York, one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I. Alvin won the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross. Legion of Honour, Croix de Guerre, War Merit Cross, and Order of Prince Danilo I for his service in France. York endeavoured to live a relatively quiet life after the war, shunning opportunities to cash in on his new fame. In the twenties he founded the Alvin C. York Foundation, aiming to increase education opportunities in his home state of Tennessee.

“It’s great to be able to celebrate the bravery and courage of figures in our history. The ‘Hall of Heroes’ allows the lives of well documented famous figures to be recognised alongside the bravery of the everyman, including maids, miners and even rescue dogs,” said Holly Thomas, historian and writer at Findmypast. “These people, drawn from all walks of life, and from all over the world, played an incredibly important part in shaping our history. We’re especially excited about reading the stories of the heroes that people will be submitting from their own families over the coming weeks and can’t wait to make these unknown stories available for everyone to read in one place for the very first time.”

Visit heroes.findmypast.com for more information on these heroes and to submit your own story.

Volunteers Needed for Massive Smithsonian Digitization Project

The following is from the Smithsonian website:


New Website Allows Anyone with Internet Connection to Help

August 12, 2014 – Today the Smithsonian launches its Transcription Center website to the public. The website is designed to leverage the power of crowds to help the Smithsonian unlock the content inside thousands of digitized images of documents, such as handwritten Civil War journals, personal letters from famous artists, 100-year-old botany specimen labels and examples of early American currency.

The Smithsonian has already produced digital images for millions of objects, specimens and documents in its collection. Many of the digitized documents are handwritten or have text that computers cannot easily decipher. Transcription by humans is the only way to make the text of these items searchable, which will open them up for endless opportunities for research and discovery.

“We are thrilled to invite the public to be our partners in the creation of knowledge to help open our resources for professional and casual researchers to make new discoveries,” said Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. “For years, the vast resources of the Smithsonian were powered by the pen; they can now be powered by the pixel.”

The Smithsonian’s collection is so vast that transcribing its content using its own staff could take decades. By harnessing the power of online volunteers that goal can become a reality. During the past year of beta testing with nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Transcription Center completed more than 13,000 pages of transcription. In one instance—transcribing the personal correspondence of members of the Monuments Men held in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art collection—49 volunteers finished the 200-page project in just one week. By some estimates, the volunteers are completing in a couple of days what it would take the Smithsonian months to complete without their help. Once a document is done, the work is reviewed by another volunteer before it is certified for accuracy by a Smithsonian expert.

Projects selected for transcription during the beta-test phase were chosen due to high demand from scientists, researchers and enthusiasts for certain items that presented accessibility challenges. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has one of the world’s largest bumble bee collections—nearly 45,000 specimens. Information about each bee, such as where it was collected and when it was collected, is extremely valuable to scientists studying the rapid decline of bee populations during the past few decades. The only way to obtain this information before digitization and transcription would be for a scientist to come to the museum and read each tiny, handwritten label (often as small as 3 millimeters by 7 millimeters) and record the information. Now, with the information digitized and transcribed, scientists anywhere in the world can understand more about the population history of the bumble bee and its recent population decline. The bumble bee transcription project is currently one of the highlighted projects on the site.

Curators at the Archives Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History chose to contribute the diary of Earl Shaffer, the first man to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking enthusiasts, naturalists and other researchers frequently consult this now fragile document. Once the diary was digitized and uploaded to the Transcription Center, members of the online Reddit community devoted to the trail promoted the project. As a result, all 121 pages were transcribed in two weeks. The diary is now available for download, allowing the public to read, study and search for key words or landmarks and reducing the need for researchers to handle the delicate artifact.

Volunteers can register online today to help the Smithsonian transcribe a variety of projects relating to art, history, culture and science, including:

For art lovers: Handwritten personal letters of artists from the Archives of American Art
Read and transcribe personal letters from artists such as Mary Cassatt, Grandma Moses and Claes Oldenburg. Transcriptions of these letters will be part of the Archives forthcoming book The Art of Handwriting. In an age of emails, texts and tweets, when handwritten letters have ceased to be a primary mode of person-to-person communication, this book will explore what can be learned from the handwriting of artists.

For armchair archeologists: Field reports from Langdon Warner
Langdon Warner was an American archeologist and art historian who specialized in East Asian art. He was also one of the Monuments Men who worked to protect monuments and cultural treasures in Japan during World War II. A professor at Harvard and Curator of Oriental Art at Harvard’s Fogg Museum, he is reputed to be one of the models for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones.

For bird lovers: Observation notebooks of James Eike
James Eike was a Virginia bird watcher who kept impeccably detailed field observations of birds and the weather nearly every day from 1960 to 1983 near his home in Northern Virginia. In addition to being an important resource for ecologists, it also includes tidbits of cultural events from that time, including the 1969 moon landing.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Upcoming FREE Live APG Webinars – Aug. 23 & Sept. 16


The following was received from the APG Professional Development Committee:

Mark your calendars! Don’t miss the following upcoming APG webinars brought to you by the APG Professional Development Committee. Register soon to reserve your spot. The first webinar is scheduled for this coming Saturday. You can also stay on top of upcoming APG professional development webinars and discussion groups on our website — they are listed on the main Members Only page as soon as you log in.

Careers in Genealogy: Lineage Specialist
Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:00 AM Eastern
Lineage and hereditary societies are a great motivator and a backbone of the family history community. This lecture will focus on supplementing income by properly preparing lineage applications for clients and on the experience of working for a lineage society.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How to Survive and Thrive as a Genealogy Professional
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 9:00 PM Eastern
When it comes to the genealogy professional, one size does not always fit all. This webinar will provide an overview of the many ways you can earn a living as a genealogy professional—as a writer, speaker, educator, and researcher—and have fun doing it. Tips for finding assignments/contracts, building skills and professional relationships, and diversifying your income stream will also be provided.

These webinars are free for both APG members and non-members to attend live, so please share on relevant mailing lists, with colleagues, on social media, etc. We want people to have a chance to experience what APG has to offer!

Webinars are also recorded, and the recordings made available to APG members on the Members Only section of our website for any member who is unable to attend the live session or just wants to review the material again. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a topic and/or speaker you would like to see for future webinars, please feel free to email me anytime — Kimberly Powell (president@apgen.org)

APG Professional Development Committee
Melanie Holtz (Chair), Sheri Fenley, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Kimberly Powell and Craig Scott

The Butte-Silver Bow Montana Public Archives

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the Montana Standard website:

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, which occupies the former city fire station at 17 W. Quartz St., is where the city/county government record is kept, along with Anaconda Copper Co. papers, labor union papers, Sanborn survey maps and donated family collections. The building is home to more than 25,000 linear feet of record. The building was used as a fire department from 1900, when it was built, to 1980. City records were moved from the former city hall to the archives building in the early 1980s. The building, which was renovated and a new addition built beginning in 2007, was completed in 2010.

Read the full article.

Bundle of 3 Valuable Old Photo KwikGuides Discounted 15% Thru Aug. 23

Family Roots Publishing Company has put together a bundle of the three popular Kwikguides used to date, identify, and get lots of useful historical information on your old photos – making them available at a discounted price with one low shipping fee. The bundle includes:

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19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A: Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards; by Gary W. Clark; 2013; ISBN: 978-0-9835785-5-0; 8.5×11; Soft cover – perfect bound; full color; 92 pp; ISBN #:9780983578550; Item #GC06

19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide presents a fun, interesting and easy-to-follow set of clues that guides genealogists, historians, and other researchers through the task of dating their card photographs from the 1800s. With over 200 high quality documented photographs included as examples for every clue, the researcher can accurately determine most photograph dates within two to six years.

This book illustrates photographic technology changes that occurred frequently throughout the 19th century. These changes are verified, tracked, and dated, providing a time line of identifiable characteristics. Traditional reviews of style and fashion are also included, many with new insight.

Informative chapters include:

  1. History of Photographs
  2. Cartes de visite
  3. Cabinet Cards
  4. Studio Props
  5. Unique Formats
  6. 20th Century Photographs
  7. and more.


Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Dauerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Tintypes.

Like his other books, Clark provides a brief history to the time and place these image types were in use, you learn about and how to date images, and you get a detailed coverage of the various image types. Topics include:

  • Daguerreotype Case Styles
  • Ambrotype Glass Types
  • Cased Tintype Images
  • Paper Sleeves and Mounts
  • Background and Studio Props
  • Fashion and Style

Above all other types of images, these reflect the true origins of commercial photography. These images are becoming increasingly rare with age; yet, many can still find photos of ancestors locked away in attics, basements and boxes the world over. These images are treasures for both their increase rarity and for their personal value to the family historian.

Learning to identify and date card photos may just be the skill you need to bringing your ancestors to life, and into your life.


Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide, a Guide to Identifying and dating Real Photo Postcards of the 20th Century; by Gary W. Clark; 96 pp; Softcover; Published: 2013; 8.5×11; ISBN: 9780983578581; Item # GC07

The only book for genealogists and historians that focuses on dating Real Photo Postcards or RPPCs as they are frequently called. Find the information you need to establish a close date of when the postcard was made.

Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide is a fun guide to the popular postcards in the early 20th century. This guide is a required reading for genealogists, family historians, postcard collectors, and vintage photograph enthusiasts. The KwikGuide presents a short history of all postcards and then covers Real Photo Postcards in detail, including how to recognize and date them.

Dating postcards is important to understanding who the subjects in the picture may be. For collectors, determining the date of a photograph may help understand the rarity and value of a postcard. Typical clues for dating postcards such as stamps, stamp boxes, and card format are illustrated with fine images from the PhotoTree.com collection.

Informative chapters include:

  • History of Postcards
  • Stamps and Stamp Boxes
  • Postcard Size and Formats
  • Postcard Galleries
  • Fashion and Style
  • The Demise of Photo Postcards
  • . . . and more.

A companion website allows the reader to view high resolution, color images found in the Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide.

About the Author

Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs. His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced PhotoTree.com to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs.

Purchase this bundle today for 15% off, only $38.97 (plus $5.50 p&h).

FamilySearch Adds Over 5.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, New Zealand, & the USA

The following data is from FamilySearch:


FamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 375,900 indexed records from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 1,152,816 indexed records and images from the U.S., BillionGraves Index, collection; and the 3,560,424 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, 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

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 – 375,900 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index, 1862–1962 – 20,415 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., BillionGraves Index – 576,408 – 576,408 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 0 – 139 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891 – 3,560,424 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012 – 21,120 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.