Polish Roots is Now in a New Second Edition! 15% Off Sale Extended Through October 20


Rosemary Chorzempa’s Polish Roots has been the leading guidebook for Polish genealogical research for over 20 years. During that time, there have been numerous advances in Polish genealogy research. As all of my reader’s know, the Internet has made the task of locating Polish ancestors much easier, as more information and images are made available online. In addition, there has been a marked rise in interest in genealogy in Poland itself, resulting in many more Polish genealogical societies and the amount of helpful information disseminated by them. The second edition of Polish Roots addresses these exciting developments, with a new Introduction, four brand-new chapters, one completely rewritten chapter, several new maps and charts, and numerous updates scattered throughout the original text.

Family Roots Publishing is now making this new book available for 15% off as an Exceptional Bargain Offer through midnight PDT Monday, October 20, 2014. Click here to Purchase.

Polish genealogy is almost completely defined by geography and history. Situated in the center of Europe, Poland has been foster mother to people of many different nationalities, especially Russians, Austrians, Germans, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians—people belonging to the nation states that exercised dominion over it. It has also been host over the centuries to Balkan and Carpathian Slavs, Jews, Prussians, Balts, Gypsies, and even Scots, so the Polish genealogical landscape is actually a mosaic. To explore it properly is to cross the overlapping boundaries of language, religion, geography, and history. The second edition of this pioneering work on Polish family history provides the American researcher with the most up-to-date tools to succeed in genealogical research in each of these areas.

The following is from the Table of Contents:


Chapter One: Valuable Records
The Trunk in the Attic
Ciocia Kasia
Church Records
Cemetery and Gravestone Records
Funeral Home Records
Church Anniversary Books
Fraternal Societies
Vital Records
U.S. Federal Census Records
U.S. Naturalization Records
Alien Registration Records
World War I Draft Registration Records
World War I Polish-American Military Records
Other Military Records
City Directories
Other Civil Records
Ships’ Passenger Lists’
Your Ancestor’s Ship
U.S. Passport Office
Russian Consular Records
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Two: Polish Genealogical Research in America
Research Libraries With Polish Materials in the U.S. and Canada
Family History Library and Family History Centers
Locality Index
International Genealogical Index
Ancestral File
Patron Microfilming Program
Polish Museum of American Archives and Library
Allen County Public Library
National Archives and Records Administration
Regional Archives of the National Archives
University of Illinois Library
National Archives of Canada
University of Pittsburgh Slavic Department
Polonica Americana Research Center
Immigration History Research Center
University of Wisconsin Library and Archives

Sources For Regional Research
Baltimore, Maryland
Connecticut and the Connecticut River Valley
Detroit, Michigan
New England and the Mid-Atlantic States
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
South Bend, Indiana
Toledo, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio

Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Three: Polish Genealogical Societies of America
Polish Genealogical Society of America
Polish Genealogical Society of California
Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc.
Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland
Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts
Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Polish Genealogical Society of New York State
Polish Genealogical Society of Texas
Toledo Polish Genealogical Society
East European Genealogical Society
Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Life in Poland
History of Poland
Social Classes in Poland
Magnates (Magnacy)
Nobility (Szachtha)
Peasants (Chlopy)
Loose People
Polish Heraldry
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Five: Other Ethic Groups in Poland
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Six: Geographic and Ethnic Areas of Poland
Greater Poland
Little Poland
Western Pomerania
Ruthania and Ukraine
Halich Ruthenia
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Seven: Maps and Gazetteers
Locating Your Ancestor’s Village or Town
Village Names
Land Measurements
Map Symbols
Map Coordinates
Maps of Poland
Additional Reading and Maps
Gazetteers (Geographical Dictionaries)

Chapter Eight: Research Using Records from Poland
The Big Three
Research Services in Poland
Strategy for Researching Polish Records
Missing Records
Resources at the LDS Family History Library
Additional Reading

Chapter Nine: Church Records
Religions in Poland
Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church Registers
Birth/Baptismal Registers
Marriage Registers
Death/Funeral Registers
Availability of Catholic Church Records
Roman Catholic Church Archives
Additional Reading

Greek Catholic Church & Availability of Records
Russian Orthodox Church & Availability of Records
Evangelical (Lutheran) Church & Availability of Records
Mennonite Church & Availability of Records
Reformed (Protestant) Church & Availability of Records
The Hebrew Religion & Availability of Jewish Records
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Ten:Civil Records
Russian Occupied Territory & Availability of Russian Civil Records
Prussian/German-occupied Territory & Availability of Prussian/German Civil Records
Austrian Occupied Territory & Availability of Austrian Civil Records

Archives in Poland
National Archives
State Provincial Archives/Regional Archives
Local Record Offices

Records of Departure
Polish Military Records
Polish Military Records for Russian-occupied Territory
Polish Military Records for Prussian-occupied Territory
Polish Military Records for Austrian-occupied Territory
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Eleven: Surnames
Polish Surnames
Place Names
Patronymics and Matronymics
Occupational Names
Physical Appearance, Personality, and Nicknames
More About Polish Surnames
Lithuanian Surnames
Livonian Surnames
Estonian Surnames
Byelorussian Surnames
Russian Surnames
Ukrainian (Ruthenian) Surnames
Slovak and Carpatho-Ukrainian Surnames
Serbian and Croatian Surnames
Czech Surnames
Armenian Surnames
Western Slavonic Surnames
Germanic Surnames
Dutch Surnames
Jewish Surnames
Surname Research in Poland
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Twelve: Christian or First Names
Feast Days of the Saints
Polish Customs in Names Children
Common Polish Names
Ukrainian Customs in Naming Children
Ukrainian Calendar Names
German Customs in Naming Children
Jewish Customs in Naming Children
Sources and Additional Reading

Chapter Thirteen: Breaking the Language Barrier
A Timetable
The Polish Language
Language and Regional Differences
The Polish Alphabet
Pronunciation of Common Letter Combinations
Cases in the Polish Language
Nominal Surnames
Adjectival Surnames
Numbers and Dates
Polish Terms Found in Vital Records

The Latin Language
Proper Names
Numbers and Months
Latin Terms Found in Vital Records

The German Language
Proper Names
German Terms Found in Vital Records

The Russian Language
Russian Alphabet
Genealogical Research in Russia
Additional Reading

Chapter Fourteen: Writing Letters to Poland
Polish Genealogical Letter-Writing Guide

Chapter Fifteen: Additional Reading
Additional Reading – Polish Genealogical Research
Additional Reading – Maps, Gazetteers, and Surnames
Additional Reading – Languages


Chapter Sixteen: Online Polish Genealogical Research
FamilySearch Online and Family History Centers

Subscription Websites
World Vital Records

Government Records
National Archives
Civil Records
U.S. Census Records
U.S. Naturalization Records

Ships’ Passenger Lists
Passengers From German Areas
Passengers From Russian Areas
Emigration Museum in Poland

Military Records
U.S. Military Draft Registration Cards
World War I Polish-American Military Records
Polish-Americans in the U.S. Civil War

Other Records
Polish Roman Catholic Union of America
Cemetery and Gravestone Records
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Plat Maps
Polish Food and Culture
Family Health History

Research Libraries with Polish Materials in America
Polish Museum of America Library and Archives
The Genealogy Center / Allen County Public Library
Polonica Americana Research Institute

Regional Research
Detroit, Michigan
Toledo, Ohio
Silesian Texans
Historical Societies

Chapter Seventeen: Online Research Using Records from Poland
General Websites
Internet Polish Genealogical Source
Discovering Roots in Poland
Poznan Project

Genealogical Societies in Poland
PTG Pomordkie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne

Government Archives
Naczelnej Dyrekeji Archiwow Panstwowych
Office of Chief Archivist of Lithuania

Diocesan and Parish Records
Parafie Ziemi Dobrzynskiej
Radom Diocese Civil Records

Maps and Gazetteers
Wikimedia Atlas of Poland
Archiwum Map Wojskowego Instytutu Georapficznego
Mapa Szukaca
JewsihGen Gazetteer

Visiting Poland – Personal Tours and Virtual Tours

Breaking the Language Barrier
Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms
Navigating Polish Websites

Chapter Eighteen: Polish Genealogy Research in the Digital Age
Genealogy Software
How to Use a Digital Camera to Photograph Microfilm
Scanner Apps

There is also a List of Illustrations (many church registers and such), as well as a List of Maps found in the original Table of Contents for the Book. I have not attempted to include this in the above list from the Table of Contents.

An enthusiastic genealogist for close to 50 years, Rosemary Chorzempa has traced some branches of her Polish family back to the early 1700s. She was awarded the Polish Genealogical Society of America’s Wigilia Medal in 1999 for her contributions to the Polish Genealogical Society of America and Polish genealogy. In 2012 she was made an honorary lifetime member of the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society. Her books My Family Tree Workbook and Design Your Own Coat-of-Arms have been continuously in print since 1982 and 1987.

Polish Roots, Second Edition; by Rosemary A. Chorzempa; Published 2014; 298 pp; Soft Cover; 6×9; ISBN: 9780806320045; Item # GPC981; Available at the Family Roots Publishing website at 15% off, making it only $21.21, now through midnight PDT Monday, October 20.

The Hobby of Genealogy is Bigger Than Ever…

The following teaser is from an article posted in the October 13, 2014 edition of dailyherald.com:


Who would have ever thought that genealogy would become a topic worthy of media giants like “Time” magazine and ABC News?

But it has. In a recent report, ABC News proclaimed that genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States after gardening and it is the second most-visited category of websites.

“It’s a billion dollar industry that has spawned profitable websites, television shows, scores of books and — with the advent of over-the-counter genetic test kits — a cottage industry in DNA ancestry testing,” Gregory Rodriguez wrote in “Time.”

Read the full article.

University Professor Breaks the Code of a 150-year-old Confederate Diary

Confederate Diary

The following excerpt is from an article written by Eric Durr and posted at the humanevents.com website.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Oct. 8, 2014) –A university professor who is also a former government code breaker, and a retired college financial aid director teamed up to transcribe and decode the secrets in a 150-year-old Confederate diary discovered in the collections of the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Military Museum is administered by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the state agency which oversees the New York Army and Air National Guard.

Written in 1863 and 1864, by Confederate Army Lt. James Malbone, an officer in Company B, 6th Virginia Infantry, the diary records information about Soldiers in his unit, items he’s bought and sold, his African-American slaves, the faithlessness of other officers’ wives, Confederate deserters, women, and military movements.

To keep some of this private, Malbone used a code of letters and symbols.

Among that coded information is Malbone’s speculation about race of Varina Davis, the wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Read the full article.

Ancestry.com to Announce 3rd Quarter Financials on October 22

It’s been posted that Ancestry.com will announce their 3rd quarter financial results on October 22. Following is a copy of the News Release.

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its third quarter 2014 on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com. Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 315-625-6887 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com, under Events and Presentations.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 14 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Legacy of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans’ Daughter Lives On at Robin’s Corner Museum at Dale Rogers Training Center

I’ve been a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fan since childhood.The first record I can remember parents purchasing specifically for me was entitled, “The Bible Tells Me So.” It was written by Dale Evans, and recorded for kids by Roy and Dale. Until today I hadn’t realized that Roy and Dale had a daughter by the name of Robin Rogers. She was born with down syndrome and died at the tender age of 23 months in July of 1952. Roy and Dale had been advised to institutionalize the child, which was common at the time, but they decided to take her home and make her part of their family.

The following excerpt is from a moving article about an exhibit dedicated to Robin found at the Dale Rogers Training Center in Oklahoma City. I shed a few tears while reading the article… Family history is filled with families that include children with disabilities. These children offer not only challenges, but often much joy to our families. Robin was one of those special children.


Dale Rogers Training Center remembers famous namesake and her daughter with Oklahoma City museum exhibit.

In honor of the Dale Rogers Training Center’s 60th anniversary, the Oklahoma City United Way agency opened the Robin’s Corner Museum Exhibit and Roy & Dale Rogers Memorabilia Collection, dedicated to the famed Western entertainers and their daughter, Robin, who was born with Down syndrome.

Be not forgetful to entertain a stranger,

for thereby some have entertained

an Angel Unaware.

– Dale Evans Rogers, from the song “Angel Unaware”

Flanked by fancy figurines, a shiny lunchbox and a harmonica still in its colorful packaging, the tiny red piano with its worn keys and scratched paint is clearly both passionately used and lovingly preserved.

It was Robin Rogers’ favorite toy, a fitting choice for the daughter of “The King of the Cowboys” and “The Queen of the West.” Now, it is carefully arranged behind glass along with a toy record player, a soft white blanket and portraits of a little girl who will forever be 2 years old but still managed to make a big difference.

“During her short little life, Dale Evans Rogers really credited Robin with making their family closer,” said Connie Thrash McGoodwin, longtime executive director of the Dale Rogers Training Center.

Read the full article.

Welsh Ancestry DNA Project Underway

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the October 6, 2014 edition of bionews.org.uk:

A project to investigate the genetic history of the Welsh, which will also give participants information about their own DNA make-up, is now underway.

‘CymruDNAWales’ is expected to last two to three years. It is described as a ‘multi-media collaboration’ between S4C, the Western Mail, the Daily Post, Green Bay Media and the research company ScotlandsDNA.

People who live in Wales, consider themselves Welsh, or have Welsh ancestry, are invited to take part. They will provide a spit sample which will be submitted to DNA analysis and receive results about the markers and mutations found in their DNA which are prevalent in certain ethnic groups.

CymruDNAWales’ company website advertises ‘brochures featuring separate ancestral narratives for the motherline and fatherline, as well as certificates and printed [test] results’. Each ‘Spit Kit’ costs between £170 and £200.

The organisers say that the results will also be used as part of a genetic survey tracing the history of the Welsh people ‘from the prehistoric pioneers who first saw the valleys and mountains emerge from the last ice age 11,000 years ago to more modern arrivals’.

Read the full article.

23andMe Expands into Canada

23andMe has announced that they have expanded into the Canadian market with the introduction of 23andMe.ca. Following is a teaser from an article posted in to Winnipeg Free Press:


TORONTO – A U.S. personal genetics company, 23andMe, is now offering health and ancestry information based on analysis of DNA to Canadians.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company founded in 2006 provides home-based saliva-testing kits, which customers send in for genetic analysis.

23andMe will charge Canadian clients CDN$199 plus shipping for its personal genome service through 23andMe.ca, which the company says will help them to better understand their health and ancestry and “to possibly discover new relatives.”
Canadians will have access to 108 health-related reports that includes information on genetic risk factors for various health conditions, potential drug responses, genetic traits and inherited conditions.

“The health information available to Canadians focuses on individual genetic markers with well-established associations that have clinical validity and that could be incorporated into the management of an individual’s health,” said 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki.

Learn more at: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/us-company-launches-genetic-health-and-ancestry-info-service-in-canada-277718411.html.

“Roots: Our Journeys Home” Debuts Sunday, October 12 on CNN With 2 hour Primetime Showing


Finding celebrity roots has become a big deal on television. Now CNN show hosts have gotten into the act with a “Roots, Our Journeys Home” series which begins Sunday, October 12 at 9 pm Eastern. Following is the schedule. Click on the link for more detail.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Monday, October 20th at 9 pm ET
Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Monday, October 20th at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:

SUNDAY 10/12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country.

MONDAY 10/13
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada.

Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts.

Chris Cuomo – (6 am ET on New Day) The son and brother of two governors of New York, Chris Cuomo thought he knew all there was to know about his roots, but he discovers a mysterious figure, Germana Castaldo, at the heart of it.

Jake Tapper – (4 pm ET on The Lead) Jake Tapper grew up in Philly, blocks from Independence Hall, steeped in Americana. He was surprised to learn his family members were Colonists.

Erin Burnett – (7 pm ET on Erin Burnett OutFront) After 50 years of living on a farm in Maryland, Erin Burnett’s parents are packing up their memories and moving on.

Don Lemon – (10 pm ET on CNN Tonight) Because of poor record keeping, it’s nearly impossible for descendants of slaves in America to trace their ancestry past 1870.

Christine Romans – (6 am ET on New Day) As a journalist, Christine Romans interviews newsmakers every day. But in her family, the real newsmaker is just an ordinary girl who had the courage to leave a small town in Denmark, and everything she knew, behind to start all over again in America.

Wolf Blitzer – (5 pm ET on Sit Room) Wolf Blitzer pays a visit to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum. While there, this son of Holocaust survivors discovers his paternal grandparents actually perished in one of the most brutal extermination camps of WWII, Auschwitz.

Sanjay Gupta – (8 pm ET on AC360) CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, takes his family half-way around the world to uncover his roots. (re-air Saturday 9/18 at 4:30pm ET on Sanjay Gupta MD)

Kate Bolduan – (6 am ET on New Day) Kate Bolduan just gave birth to her first child, a daughter, so finding out about her family tree comes at a perfect time.

FRIDAY 10/17
John Berman – (6 am ET on New Day) Could John Berman be royalty? Is he related to the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, noted as the Prince of Philosophers?

Fareed Zakaria – (8 pm ET on AC360) Fareed Zakaria takes viewers on a historical journey as he explores his family’s roots and discovers how his personal story intersects with critical moments in history. (re-air Sunday 9/19, 10am ET on Fareed Zakaria GPS)

MONDAY 10/20
ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME – 9 pm ET – CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira will host a two hour special featuring 12 of the network’s hosts and anchors stories. The special will also include interviews with Anderson Cooper, Michaela Pereira, Erin Burnett and Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what the experience has meant to them personally.

Beginning Friday, October 10, a sneak peek at Roots will be available on CNN.com. As the journeys unfold on-air, viewers online will be invited to watch and share the segments as well as explore more of each anchor’s story through video extras, exclusive photos and first-person accounts of their individual journeys. They will also be able to compare their habits and hobbies to CNN’s anchors with a new “Which anchor are you?” quiz. Throughout, the Roots experience will extend across on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr using the hashtag #CNNRoots.

Read more details about the programs at: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/10/06/cnn-hosts-journey-to-find-their-roots-2/

The Implications of DNA Testing for Those Who May or May Not Know of Their Jewish Ancestry

Noah Slepkov

Combine the fact that tens of thousands of folks with Jewish ancestry worldwide are returning to Israel (with many Americans included) with with continuous advances being made in ancestral DNA research, and increased Jewish interest in DNA and Genetic DNA analysis makes perfect sense.

Following is an excerpt from the Introduction to an article written by Noah Slepkov, and posted at the jppi.org website. It’s a fascinating article, and worth the read.

Interest in genealogical mapping has dramatically increased in recent years. New online tools are available for individuals to research their family history and collaborate with distant relatives to build family trees. Concurrently, advances in genetic research and computing technology have enabled direct-to-consumer (DTC) genealogical mapping through DNA analysis at affordable prices.

The possible existence of Jewish ancestry is among the many discoveries sometimes made by individuals taking advantage of these advances in genealogical mapping. Companies that provide DTC DNA testing even boast that their product can “infer whether or not and to what degree you may have Jewish ancestry” or “discover your Jewish ancestry.”

DNA test results have led many consumers into exploring their newly discovered Jewish roots. Such developments offer exciting opportunities for connecting, engaging, and strengthening the bonds of the Jewish people.

Read the full article.

Read How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry, Bolster Zionist Narrative at breakingisraelnews.com.

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

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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.