PBS Genealogy Roadshow Season 2 Premieres January 13

The following news release is from Nisa Kiang at goodmanmedia.com

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ARLINGTON, VA; DECEMBER 9, 2014 – From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs every Tuesday through February 24 (check local listings). Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans in and around St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Each individual’s story links to a larger community (and in some cases, national) history, to become part of America’s rich cultural tapestry.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco and features participants with unique claims and storylines, including a woman seeking to find out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a pair of sisters exploring connections to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; a man hoping to recover essential family history that washed away in Hurricane Katrina; and a man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history.

Over the course of the series, Berry, Taylor and Tedesco work with participants’ anecdotal clues, documents and family heirlooms to unite them with histories and people they never knew existed, as well as to reveal surprising turns and incredible histories.

“In three great and complex American cities we find engaging stories, dark mysteries, emotional reveals and more” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “In each episode, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW reaches out to help Americans who are interested in their family heritage and their community history. It proves that no matter one’s culture and background, everyone is part of the American story.”

St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans were chosen as representative of America’s fascinating crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history, as well as for their deep pools of riveting stories. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s hosts and experts add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes part of solving the mystery.

Below are episode descriptions for each of GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s six episodes:

New Orleans – Cabildo
Premieres, January 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m
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A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the famous Cabildo, home of the Louisiana State Museum. A couple whose ancestors hail from the same small Italian town explore the chance they may be related; a woman is desperate to find out who committed a gruesome murder in her ancestor’s past; a home held by one family for more than a century renders a fascinating story; and a woman discovers the difficult journey her ancestor took on the path to freedom from slavery.

St. Louis – Central Library
Premieres, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

At Saint Louis’ historic central library, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri’s famous gateway city. A mystery writer discovers her mother has hidden a life-changing secret; a woman finds out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a mother and daughter seek connections to a famous author; and a young man seeks connection to the Mali tribe in Africa.

Philadelphia – Franklin Institute
Premieres, January 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories. A man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history; a man may be a Viking descendant; another’s family could have part of one of history’s biggest scams; a young man hopes to confirm his relation to a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and two sisters learn their ancestors were part of the great Irish migration.

New Orleans – Board of Trade
Premieres, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade. A local man seeks to recover essential history washed away in Hurricane Katrina; a woman discovers she has links to both sides of the Civil War; another unravels the mystery behind her grandfather’s adoption; and one man explores a link to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

St. Louis – Union Station
Premieres, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

Philadelphia – Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Premieres, February 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and, with the help of DNA testing, gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

PBS LearningMedia, PBS’ destination for educators and students, offers a range of curriculum-targeted resources that support lessons on genealogy, immigration, and identity and delve into the personal histories of well-known icons and everyday Americans. Through discussion questions, worksheets, and videos, PBS LearningMedia helps teachers to promote inquiry in their classrooms and strengthen their student’s personal connection to history. For more information on the latest digital resources for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW classroom instruction, please visit pbslearningmedia.org.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a longtime television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country’s top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. The series is also executive produced by TV veteran Carlos Ortiz, who has produced mega-hits for almost every major network on television. He brings 20 years of development and producing experience to the table and returns to PBS for his second season on the series.

About Big Mountain Productions
Big Mountain originated the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW format, and recently aired its second hit season in Ireland on RTE Television. Run by husband-and-wife team Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern — who are former BBC/RTE executive producers — Big Mountain originates and produces television shows for national broadcasters, specializing in hybrid shows that combine great content and entertainment value, including The Tenements, Life in the Big House, Craftmaster, Living the Eviction and the music-mentoring show Jam. For more information: bigmountainproductions.com.

About Krasnow Productions
Krasnow Productions is named for its founder and president, Stuart Krasnow, a 30-year veteran television producer. Under his banner, Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Krasnow Productions also sold and produced Searching For…, one of the first original series to be produced for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Additionally, Krasnow Productions has sold and produced original projects for NBC, A&E, TBS, GSN, MTV, HGTV, E! and Fremantlemedia.

About PBS
PBS, with its more than 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices.

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans — 50% OFF

 

A Family Roots Publishing Holiday Special: 50% OFF Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans

 

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In his History of New Hampshire, historian Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole attempts to answer the question, “What makes a man prominent?” In his words:

“Whoever has helped notably in the great march of human progress deserves credit therefor in the popular estimation. Abilities, character and achievement make men prominent. Learning and money may be helpful, but they are not enough; without character they may the sooner sink one into oblivion.”

This seems to me as good as any definition. By whatever scale of prominence men have chosen to use, historians has provided us with tales, biographies, and accounts of men deemed important in their own right. Histories are written of events from those that changed the world to the deeds of men known only in their own communities. Either way, research can help uncover these men and their deeds. Family historians should take note that many of these histories contain vital genealogical data about not only individuals of prominence, but also their families, their acquaintances, and those with whom they interact, fixing these individual in time and place.

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, by William S. Speer, is a prime example of a selective history of men considered prominent with in their state. By whatever right the Honorable William Speer thought these men important, he has immortalized their names through the written word. First published in 1888, Speer selected 259 men from 19th century Tennessee for his historical record.

“I had a native ambition to rise from obscurity and make myself useful in the world, to shine and be distinguished.” ~ The  Hon. Neil S. Brown, one of the 259 prominent 19th-century Tennesseans profiled in this extraordinary book.

It is this kind of unique first-hand biographical information that makes Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans unequaled in the canon of Tennessee genealogical literature. Not only did compiler William S. Speer have the unparalleled opportunity to interview a number of the featured Tennesseans himself, he also was able to garner–and include in this book–thousands and thousands of names of their family members, friends, and colleagues.

Republished in 2008, this type of book is a treasure to both those interested in Tennessean history as well as to genealogists. As would be hoped, these sketches include many details about the lives of these men and their families. Speer offers, often extraordinary, insight into the personal, professional, and sometimes even physical characteristics that made each of these men a success. A complete list of names, or even surnames, would be too lengthy to list here. However, below is a list of surnames of those men highlighted in this book.

 

Pick up a copy of Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $44.10.

 

Surnames featured in the book:

  • Anderson
  • Arrington
  • Atkins
  • Atlee

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Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian

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Life in the past, the life your ancestors lived, was different from our own. They still had to meet their basic requirements of work, food, shelter, family, and religion. People were born, they were christened, they married and had families, they worked and they died. They lived their lives. Some ran businesses or worked for others. Some lived in cities and other in the country. These things don’t change. However, the means in which people conducted their daily lives, and the records that document those lives vary from place to place and by cultural and religion. Some vital records are kept by churches, many by governments. No matter where a person lived, one thing is for sure, they lived under the laws that governed their homelands.

As a unique textbook, Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.

Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 — Understanding the Law

  • Creating a Law
  • Government Checks and Balances
  • The Changing Law
  • Law and the Courts
  • The Importance of time and Place
  • Quiz – Chapter 1: Understanding the Law

Chapter 2 — Understanding the Terminology

  • Origin of Terms
  • Dictionaries – Black and Bouvier; Legal Dictionaries, Print and Online; Genealogical Dictionaries
  • Quiz 2 – Chapter 2: Understanding the Terminology

Chapter 3 — Types of Law

  • Jurisprudence
  • Historical Background
  • Origin of Laws – Stautory Law – Case Law
  • Public and Private Laws
  • Laws of Time and Place
  • Subjects and Actions – Civil Actions – Criminal Actions
  • Equity
  • Bankruptcy

Chapter 4 — Finding the Pertinent Law

  • Legislative History
  • Genealogy of a Law – with Examples of a 1783 Division of Real Estate and an 1847 Naturalization Requirements law.
  • Quiz – Chapter 4: Finding the Pertinent Law

Chapter 5 — Sources to Use

  • Codes
  • Session Laws
  • Case Reporters and Digests
  • Law Review Articles
  • Treatises
  • Legal Databases
  • State “Blue Books”
  • Biographical Materials
  • Directories
  • Quiz – Chapter 5: Sources to Use

Chapter 6 — Where to Research

  • Law Libraries
  • Law Library of Congress
  • State Law Libraries
  • County Law Libraries
  • Law Schools Libraries
  • Other Libraries
  • Genealogical Libraries
  • Online Sources
  • Quiz – Chapter 6 – Where to Research

Chapter 7 — Citing Legal Sources

  • Codes
  • Reporters and Digests
  • Unpublished Cases
  • Statutes
  • Law Review Articles
  • Treatises
  • Citation Guides
  • Quiz – Chapter 7: Citing Legal Sources

Chapter 8 — Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

  • Laws and Everyday Life
  • Case Studies
  • Quiz – Chapter 8: Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

Appendix 1 — Vocabulary of the Law

Appendix 2 — Selected Bibliography

Appendix 3 — Answers to Quizzes

Purchase Genealogy and the Law at the FRPC website for less than $20. Click here to order.

Bundle of 2 Popular New York Vital Records Books – 55% Off

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Andy earlier posted two reviews for 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York 1813-1850 and 10,000 Vital Records for Western New York 1809-1850 – two classic hard-back vital records volumes written by the late Fred Q. Bowman.

Central New York covers 15 counties, with records pulled from publications in nine towns; Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Chittenango, Corning, Elmira, Geneva, Norwich, Oxford, and Utica. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1809–1829 appear in the Western New York volume. Records for Geneva from 1830 to 1850 appear in this volume.

Western New York covers 17 counties, with records pulled from publications in five towns; Batavia, Bath, Geneva, Jamestown, and Palmyra. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1824–1850 appear in the Central New York volume.

Family Roots Publishing made a special purchase of the volumes to offer for Christmas 2014 sales. They bundled the two books, and are offering them at 55% off the publisher’s MRSP. Regularly $77.00 for the two volumes, they are on sale for just $34.65 through Christmas Eve, 2014. Click here or on the illustration to purchase.

This bundle is made up of the two volumes:

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York 1809-1850

Click here for a review of the book at GenealogyBlog.com.

and

10,000 Vital Records Records of Central New York 1813-1850

Click here for a review of the book at GenealogyBlog.com

10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 – on sale for 20-55% Off!

In my review of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809-1850, I stated:

“When someone has a real passion for genealogy, it will sometimes drive them to perform marvelous, if somewhat crazy, feats. I must assume it was passion that drove the late Fred Q. Bowman to abstract individual vital information for over 10,000, 19th century New Yorkers from early 19th century newspapers. After doing just that, Bowman did so twice more. The good news is, you don’t have to repeat the research process to enjoy the results of Bowman’s work.”

Like his book, 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850,  10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 is collection of records taken from the marriage and death columns from New York newspapers before 1850.

10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850, includes 5,124 marriage and 4,897 death (for an actual total of 10,021) records in Central New York. While births were not covered in these early newspapers, often birth dates and birthplaces and parents names were listed in these notices. Central New York covers 15 counties, with records pulled from publications in nine towns; Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Chittenango, Corning, Elmira, Geneva, Norwich, Oxford, and Utica. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1809–1829 appear in the Western New York volume. Records for Geneva from 1830 to 1850 appear in this volume.

Central New York, like Western and Eastern New York, lists all records alphabetically, either by bridegroom or the deceased. Marriage officials are listed in the appendix; otherwise, all mentioned names appear in the index. These officials are listed alphabetically, with their religious affiliation (when available), the town in which they live, a date span of ceremonies they performed; and the number of ceremonies performed.

Like any source of extracted information from published records, this book makes a great addition to all family history and genealogical society libraries, as well as for individuals researching the New York area during the first half of the 1800s.

Order a copy of 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #GPC641. On Sale for 20% Off through December 17, 2016 – or bundle with the Western New York volume at an even better price of 55% off!

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850 – on sale for 20-55% Off

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850, includes 5,275 marriage and 4,781 death (for an actual total of 10,056) records. While births were not covered in these early newspapers, often birth dates and birthplaces and parents names were listed in these notices. Western New York covers 17 counties, with records pulled from publications in five towns; Batavia, Bath, Geneva, Jamestown, and Palmyra. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1824–1850 appear in the Central New York volume.

Records are listed alphabetically, either by bridegroom or the name of the deceased. Despite being listed alphabetically, there is an index, which may be easier to skim when browsing for a name. An appendix lists an abstract of names of Marriage Officials. These officials are listed alphabetically, with their religious affiliation (when available), the town in which they live, a date span of ceremonies they performed; and the number of ceremonies performed.

Like any source of extracted information from published records, this book makes a great addition to all family history and genealogical society libraries, as well as for individuals researching the New York area during the first half of the 1800s.

Order a copy of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #GPC643. On Sale for 20% Off through December 17, 2016 – or as a bundle with the Central New York volume at an even better price of 55% off!

An Index to the New UDC CSA Ancestor Album

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A few days ago, I received a few copies (now gone) of the United Daughters of the Confederacy CSA Ancestor Album, 2nd Edition. I got them from the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, and they tell me that the book was printed in short run specifically for pre-orders of the book taken by the United Daughters of the Confederacy prior to their annual 2014 convention, where they distributed the volume. This book is a absolute delight! Patty immediately started searching for our Southern ancestors in the volume, and when she realized that this big hard-cover book was actually one book following another, she decided it needed an index produced for it. You can check out her surname index below. Note that the index is only to the Confederate Ancestor about whom the biography is written. All kinds of other family members, family history and genealogy is included, but for this index, she didn’t attempt to cover them all. There are 1526 surnames listed within the two books in the hard-cover volume (all listed below). The first volume in this book made up the First Edition – with the Second Edition having the second volume added. Volume 1 makes up the first 176 pages, with the additional biographies running from page 178 to 432.

Born out of the Daughters of the Confederacy in Missouri and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Confederate Soldiers Home in Tennessee, the United Daughters of the Confederacy® (UDC) aims to preserve the history of the South, to support veterans who served in the War between the States, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship between its members. Membership is open to women descendent from those who fought in the War between the States or those who served honorably for the cause.

Since 1890, chapters have formed throughout the country, from Texas to Alabama and Ohio to North Carolina. From aiding Red Cross Efforts in World War II to offering assistance to veterans and their families, the UDC understands the importance of community and patriotism. In addition to the physical preservation of memorial sites and graves, the UDC maintains its historical, patriotic, benevolent, memorial, and educational objectives by speaking in schools, writing papers, publishing historical documents, and providing scholarships to exceptional young people.

Adding new and updated information to the long-out-of-print volume, the national organization has compiled an exhaustive number of notable ancestral records. This collection of biographies and photos is an impressive memorial to Confederate veterans. Whether you are a Southern history enthusiast, a son or daughter of the Confederacy, or a genealogy buff, you will discover a wealth of information in this volume about the lineal heritage, personal lives, and military efforts of the men who served in the War between the States.

About the Editors
Jamesene E. “Jamie” Likins serves as president general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy®. She attended the University of Florida and lives in Palm Coast, Florida.

With a background in the publishing and marketing industries, Lynda Moreau serves as general chairman of ways and means for the UDC. A Southerner through and through, she is an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy® and several other lineage organizations. Moreau is the editor of The Confederate Cookbook: Family Favorites from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sweetly Southern: Delicious Desserts from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, both published by Pelican. She lives in Metairie, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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  • AARON 178
  • ABBOTT 8,178
  • ABEL 8
  • ABELS 8,9
  • ABERCROMBIE 178
  • ABERNATHY 9
  • ABLES 9
  • ADAIR 178
  • ADAMS 9,178
  • ADAMSON 178,179
  • ADERHOLT 179
  • ADKINS 179
  • AGEE 179
  • AGERTON 179
  • AGNEW 10,180
  • AILLS 10
  • ALBEA 180
  • ALBRITTON 10
  • ALDRIDGE 10,180
  • ALEXANDER 180
  • ALLEN 10,181
  • ALLEY 181,182
  • ALLGOOD 182
  • ALMAND 182
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Finding Family in the Newspapers – Book Bundle – 30% Off

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Locating family in newspapers is always fun and rewarding. This bundle is made up of two popular items dealing with locating family in the papers – one by Lisa Louise Cooke, and the other by William Dollarhide. Family Roots Publishing has discounted the bundle by 30% for 2014 Christmas sales, making it only $20.93 (Reg. 29.90) (plus $5.50 p&h)

This bundle is made up of the following books:

Limited to quantities on hand (less than 50), so order now! Sale ends Midnight PST December 24, 2014 or when FRPC runs out of stock, whichever comes first.

The British Newspaper Archive Celebrates its 3rd Birthday

The following press release was issued in celebration of The British Newspaper Archive’s website’s 3rd birthday:

 

The British Newspaper Archive celebrates its 3rd birthday

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) has come a long way since the website launched on 29 November 2011 with 4 million historic newspaper pages.

9 million newspaper pages now online

The collection is now more than twice the size, with over 9 million fully searchable pages available from 300 British and Irish titles. The newspapers cover 1710 – 1954, a much broader time period than at launch.

If you weren’t able to find a particular person, event or place when The British Newspaper Archive launched, it’s well worth looking again now. Visit www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to try a search for free.

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Revealed: the 5 most popular searches

As a birthday celebration, The British Newspaper Archive has used website analytics to work out the five most popular newspaper titles and search terms.

Based on search volume, the most popular titles are:

1.       Hull Daily Mail
2.       Aberdeen Journal
3.       Dundee Courier
4.       Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette
5.       Nottingham Evening Post

While some of the more unusual examples include ‘mouth is worn slightly open’ and ‘eyes with red hot needles’, the five most common search terms are:

1.       Football
2.       Murder
3.       Death
4.       Jack the Ripper
5.       Railway

You’ll find more information about The British Newspaper Archive and how the website is being used at http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2014/11/28/the-british-newspaper-archive-is-3-years-old/

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Civil War 1/2 Boot Has Its Own Story to Tell

The following excerpt is from a fascinating story by Tony Gonzalez, published in the November 19, 2014 edition of The Tennessean.

The little leather boot sat on a shelf for 90 years. A family heirloom, mostly just gathering dust.

But when it showed up in a room filled with historical archivists, well, the boot could still turn heads.

Myers Brown remembers the moment as the crowd gathered around it.

“This guy walks in and he’s got it in this little box,” said Brown, a researcher with the Tennessee State Library and Archives who specializes in the Civil War.

“It’s a Yankee shoe. I knew immediately that it was legitimate.”

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Registration Open for the NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri May 13-16, 2015

We will be heading for the NGS conference in St. Charles, Missouri this next May. It’s now time to get registered. The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-seventh annual family history conference, Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails given by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president.

Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will feature a variety of lectures for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: researching in many Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; ethnic and religious groups including African American, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish; methodology, analysis, and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and websites useful in genealogical research. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

Registration is currently open. To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/ and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/agenda/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/x92kAg. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around Richmond and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

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

They Catholic Church & the National Library of Ireland to Make Parish Records Free Online

The following teaser is from an article by Michael Kelly, published at the Catholic News Service website.

DUBLIN (CNS) – The Catholic Church and the National Library of Ireland have partnered to make almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms available online for free.

A National Library of Ireland statement called the records the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover nearly 1,100 parishes throughout the island of Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.

“Most census records from this period were destroyed in the Four Courts fire of 1922, so these parish registers are the most comprehensive surviving source of information on Irish families in the 1700s and 1800s,” said Colette O’Flaherty, head of special collections at the National Library of Ireland.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

50% Off! $hide Name List-Census Substitute #Genealogy Books AL-KS with Free eBook & Super-Saver USA Shipping

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To celebrate the Christmas Season, FRPC is discounting all seventeen Dollarhide Name List printed books by 50%, making them just $9.48 each (including a FREE immediate download of the eBook). The eBooks themselves are also discounted 40%, making them just $7.50 (with no shipping charges). We’ve also put together a Super-Saver USA shipping arrangement for these books. The first book in an order ships for just $4 – and each book thereafter is only 50 cents each! Order 2 Name List books, shipping is $4.50; three books, just $5; four books, just $5.50. Mix or match your Name List books. All 17 books currently in print are included in the sale with no limits on numbers to be ordered. Dealer purchases are welcome. Sales are subject to books in stock and on hand, as reprinting of the volumes will take too long for Christmas sales. This offer is good through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014.

Sorry – this offer is for USA sales only.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of a PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

These books are also available in an electronic PDF format also. See below – 40% off for this sale!

See Bill Dollarhide’s article, “What Are Name Lists?

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., and are being offered at 50% OFF FOR THIS CHRISTMAS 2014 PROMOTION:

  • Alabama

 

 

Tracing Your Kildare Ancestors

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Family Roots Publishing now stocks Tracing Your Kildare Ancestors; by Karel Kiley, Marion Corrigan and James Durney. It was printed in Dublin in 2014 and is one more of the Tracing guides from Flyleaf Press.

This new title is a guide for family research in County Kildare. It provides a comprehensive account of all of the many genealogical sources available for those tracing ancestors from this county. These sources include websites, birth, marriage and other personal records, public records. books, journals and manuscripts. County Kildare has a diverse population including farmers, soldiers and horsemen.

The county has had a long association with the military including the major Curragh camp. It is also the centre of the Irish equine industry and is one of the richest counties outside Dublin. Large estates, military barracks, stud farms and horse racing establishments still feature in the county which has a current population of 210,000.

Common names in the county include Byrne, O’Toole, Cullen, Dowling, Dunne, Nolan, Lawlor, Farrell, McKelly, Birmingham, Sutton, FItzgerald, Eustace, OKelly, Murphy, Doyle, Walsh, Dowling, Connor, Neill, Brennan, Moore and Kavanagh.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Abbreviations
  • A Brief History of County Kildare
  • Getting Started
  • Administrative Divisions
  • Civil Registration
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
  • Church Records
  • Wills and Administrations
  • Land Records
  • Commercial and Trade Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Military and Police Records
  • Surnames and Family Histories
  • Miscellaneous Sources
  • Library, Archive and Society Addresses
  • Index

Order: Tracing Your Kildare Ancestors; by Karel Kiley, Marion Corrigan and James Durney, 2014; 160 pp; 5.5×9; Dublin Co., Ireland; Perfect-bound – soft cover; ISBN: 978-1-907990-07-6; Item #: FLP021; On Sale for $18.66; Reg. $21.95.

Tracing your Limerick Ancestors, Second Edition – Now Available

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Margaret Franklin wrote a second edition of her popular Irish research guidebook, Tracing your Limerick Ancestors in 2013. Family Roots Publishing has obtained a stock of them from Ireland.

Margaret Franklin is the local history specialist in Limerick County Library. She has now compiled a comprehensive 2nd edition guide to tracing families in the City and County of Limerick. The book has been expanded from 121 pages in the first edition to 159.

The most common family names in Limerick include O’Brien, Ryan, O’Donovan, O’Sheehan, O’Hurley, O’Gorman, O’Scanlan, Fitzgerald, Wall, Fitzgibbon, Harold, de Lacy and Woulfe. The book is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. It is well illustrated with maps, examples of the records to be found; and other relevant material. There is also a comprehensive index.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Foreword
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Administrative Divisions
  • Civil Registration
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
  • Church Records
  • Wills and Administrations
  • Land Records
  • Commercial Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Gravestone Inscriptions
  • Family Names and Histories
  • Miscellaneous Sources
  • Further Reading
  • Library, Archive and Society Addresses
  • Index

Order: Tracing your Limerick Ancestors, Second Edition; by Margaret Franklin; 159 pp; Paperback; 5.75×9; Published: 2013; ISBN: 9781907990069; Illustrated; Item # FLP013; On Sale for $18.66; Reg. $21.95.