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Announcing the New FamilySearch Indexing Website

The following is from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY – FamilySearch recently released a newly redesigned indexing website at, and we invite you to come and take a look. This new website integrates indexing with the rest of, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need.
FamilySearch indexing is the volunteer program that has already generated more than a billion freely searchable names on Changes to the indexing program over time have greatly increased the number of records that FamilySearch is able to publish. Projects that used to take years to index can now be completed in a matter of months, and as the indexing program improves, the availability of searchable records will only accelerate.

Come and explore what’s new:

  • Getting started with indexing just got easier. With an easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page, the new website is the perfect introduction to indexing.
  • Looking for more indexing help? Check out the completely redesigned resource guide. Now called Help Resources, this page guides you to the help you need.
  • Find projects you want faster. In the old indexing website, you had to scroll through over 200 projects, now you can click on an interactive map and filter the project list based on language and country.

The change in the indexing website is just the first step in a total redesign and improvement of the indexing experience. The coming year will see the all-new indexing program become more integrated with, bringing indexing to your Internet browser, enabling indexing on tablet devices, and much more.

Join us at RootsTech in February to learn more about what’s coming. Visit the FamilySearch indexing booth in the exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public, to get a hands-on experience with the new indexing program, or attend the session “Introducing the new FamilySearch indexing tool.”

Why you should get involved with FamilySearch indexing?

Indexing is great for:

  • Beginners to family history. Anyone can index. And indexing can be a stepping stone, giving you a great experience with family history while teaching you about the types of records that can be found as you research your ancestors.
  • Experienced genealogists. If you are more experienced, you already know the great value of indexes and searchable online records. Indexing gives you great satisfaction as you help bring even more records online for your own research needs and for the entire genealogy community.

Come and see what everyone is talking about; visit the FamilySearch indexing website today!

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Preregister for the 2014 Salt Lake Christmas Tour – and Break your Brick Walls!

Salt Lake Christmas Tour

It’s now been almost a month since the 2013 Salt Lake Christmas Tour. This last year we had a total of 60 researchers at the Tour, even after illness and weather kept a number of the regulars away.

We had a total staff of 20 folks, with 12 professional researchers consulting daily with the group of 60 researchers in 2013.

The theme for the Salt Lake Christmas Tour is “Breaking Brick Walls.” With the help of our 12 pros, as well as the Family History Library professional staff, the chances for genealogists on the tour to break their brick wall problems is has high as can possibly be.

Plan to join us in 2014. The tour will be held from Sunday, December 7 through Saturday, December 13. Most attendees will fly in on Sunday the 7th and out on Sunday, the 14th. Note that for the first time in 30 years, we are limited in the number of rooms available for the attendees to just 53 rooms in the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, due to a city-wide convention taking place in town. We expect these rooms to fill quickly, as we already have 45 attendees registered for the 2014 Tour.

Preregistration cost is just $50 at registration, with the balance due by Oct. 15. Fees are fully refundable if cancellation is needed and made by October 15.

For more information, see the Salt Lake Christmas Tour website – and register today!

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FamilySearch WorldCat Partnership

The following excerpt is from an article posted January 8, 2014 at


Nearly a year ago FamilySearch and OCLC announced a partnership to exchange services. Search results from the OCLC catalog,, would include the holdings of the FamilySearch Salt Lake City Family History Library (FHL). Search results from the FamilySearch catalog (formerly the Family History Library Catalog) would included results from WorldCat.

FamilySearch catalog links to WorldCat and Archive Grid. I noticed several weeks ago that on the FamilySearch beta catalog search page FamilySearch had started showing links to OCLC’s WorldCat and Archive Grid websites.

Archive Grid is a research project by OCLC aimed at cataloging archival holdings. It includes entries from WorldCat as well as materials published on the Internet. (There’s a system called EAD tags that archives can use to make their archival finding aids discoverable on the Internet.) It currently catalogs over two million items from thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies.

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Michael LeClerc & Thomas MacEntee to do an Online “Fireside Chat” on January 15.


Every couple weeks, Michael LeClerc (with hosts a fireside chat with one of those folks who we might call movers and shakers in the genealogy community. In the past he’s had Maureen Taylor, Paula Stuart-Warren, Kelvin Meyers, Dr. Michael Lacopo, Kris Rzepczynski, and Diane Gravel and others on these free events.

Next Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 1:00 PM EDT, Michael will host another chat with Thomas MacEntee from Thomas MacEntee is well-known for his knowledge in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research. Thomas spent a week with us at the 2013 Salt Lake Christmas Tour in Utah this last December, and will be back in 2014. His wealth of tech knowledge is amazing.

According to the announcement from Mocavo, “Michael and Thomas will discuss what the future may hold for technology and genealogy as well as how to start your own genealogy blog. Don’t forget to submit your burning genealogy questions to before Thursday January 9th, at 9:00AM EDT.” To view this event, CLICK HERE at 1:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, January 15th.

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British Red Cross to Digitize 244,000 WWI Voluntary Aid Detachment Index Cards

The following excerpt is from an article by Jenna Pudelek, posted in the January 6, 2013 edition of

The British Red Cross has been awarded an £80,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and digitise historic documents detailing the work of volunteers during the First World War.

As part of the project to commemorate the centenary of the war, the BRC will recruit 100 volunteers to create a free and publicly available online archive of 244,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards.

These paper cards include details of nurses, ambulance drivers and seamstresses who contributed to the war effort. They were organised on a county basis and allocated to carry out a variety of roles between 1914 and 1918.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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An Historical Timeline for Georgia, 1497 – 1803

The following article was written by my friend, William Dollarhide, and is excerpted from his new book, Georgia Name Lists, 1733 – 2010.

For genealogical research in Georgia, the following timeline of events should help any genealogist understand the area with an historical, jurisdictional, and genealogical point of view:

1497-1498. Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), sailing under the commission of Henry VII of England, landed in 1497 on the island of Terra Nova, now called Newfoundland. In 1498, Cabot’s second trip to North America may have included visits along the coast of present North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. However, the historian who made this discovery, Dr. Alwyn Ruddock, died in 2005 after instructions to destroy all of her notes relating to Cabot’s voyages. Since 2009, the Cabot Project is an international and collaborative project to investigate the Bristol discovery voyages, and to reaffirm the revelations made by Dr. Ruddock.

1526. The first European attempt to establish a settlement in what is now the continental United States, was by a party of six ships and some 600 men led by Spaniard Lucas Vazques de Ayllon. The San Miguel de Guadalpe colony, believed to have been located on Georgia’s Sapelo Island, lasted less than three months. The Spanish were later more successful with colonies in Florida, but continued to hold their claims to the coastal areas of present Georgia.

1539-1542. Spaniard Hernando DeSoto, on a quest to find gold and a route to China, landed on Florida’s West Coast in 1539, somewhere between present Cape Coral and Bradenton. He traveled on land towards Tampa Bay and then further north to present-day Tallahassee. In 1540, DeSoto led his party of some 620 men, 400 horses, numerous beef cattle, and over 200 pigs north into Georgia, where he was met unfavorably by the Creek Indians. DeSoto was the first European to travel into the interior of present Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

1629-1641. In 1629, British King Charles I granted a patent to Sir Robert Heath for lands between Latitude 31o and 36o, sea to sea, named “The Province of Carolina,” which including the entire area of present Georgia. However, Heath never established a settlement there. He may have been dissuaded by a Spanish declaration that the area in question was part of La Florida and for the British to stay away or there would be war. But a more likely reason was that the British interest in the Carolina area had faded during the era of the Civil War in England. In 1629, the preferred destination of the purged Puritans so disliked by Charles I was to Massachusetts Bay, not Albemarle Sound. Charles I made up for his Heath debacle in 1641, when he appointed William Berkeley as the Governor of Virginia. Berkeley would transform a moribund colony into a tobacco giant.

1660-1663. After the Cromwell era and the restoration of the throne in 1660, Charles II renewed Britain’s interest in establishing colonies in America, which he did over the next twenty years in Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania. His first action on colonies was to transfer the original 1629 Carolina grant to eight prominent loyalists in 1663, who became the real founders of Carolina. The Carolina grant included all of present-day Georgia.

1665-1670. Beginning in 1665, the Spanish started building coastal missions north of St. Augustine well into present Georgia and South Carolina. The 1670 Treaty of Madrid between Spain and England attempted to divide up the eastern half of North America. Spain asserted that the actual possession of land should determine ownership. The boundary created by this treaty was at latitude 32o30”, where the approximate point of the present-day boundary between Georgia and South Carolina begins.

1673. The Spanish built a presidio at Santa Catalina (now St. Catherines Island, Georgia). The fort was attacked by the British in 1680, and the Spanish abandoned it in 1681, moving the garrison to Sapelo Island.

1686. Sir Francis Drake attacked and burned the Spanish presidio at St. Augustine. The Spanish rebuilt the fort and continued to assert their claims to La Florida as their land by possession, including areas well north of present Savannah, Georgia.

1721. The British built Fort King George at the mouth of the Altamaha River, the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in North America. The fort was built to reinforce the British claims to the region and stop the Spanish from advancing any further north.

1730. The Earl of Egmont (James Edward Oglethorpe), and 19 associates petitioned King George II for a royal charter to establish a colony southwest of the Carolinas.

1732. George II granted the Oglethorpe group a royal charter, specifying that the new colony should be named after himself, and that the land area should be “. . between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers from the Atlantic coast to the headwaters of these streams and thence to the South Seas.” Oglethorpe had argued to the King that there was a need for a British colony between Spanish Florida and South Carolina as a military buffer. Not only did the King agree, he donated a grant of ₤5,000 to the cause.

As a well known prison reformer and philanthropist, Oglethorpe also acquired financial support from some of England’s leading reformers. Oglethorpe’s original plan was to provide a place to salvage Britain’s destitute poor, particularly those in debtor’s prisons, an endeavor he and many of his associates had been involved in as members of Parliament in England. The Georgia colony was set up as a Corporate Trust, with Trustees running the business of the colony from London.

Oglethorpe was the leader of the colony, but his titles were military rather than civilian. He arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in late 1732 on the ship “Anne” with a party of about 120 passengers, and settled near the present site of Savannah, Georgia in February 1733. Although he never got many debtors-prisoners to Georgia, he did encourage many of the “worthy poor” to come. In a more practical plan, English and Scottish tradesmen, artisans, and religious refugees from Switzerland, France, and Germany were welcomed. The Royal Charter provided for acceptance of all religions except Roman Catholicism and Judaism. But when a group of refugee Jews showed up in Savannah, Oglethorpe let them stay. Oglethorpe also set a tone for the new colony’s moral and cultural beginnings. While he was the leader for ten years, there was no slavery, no legal sale of rum, and no lawyers allowed.

1736. James Oglethorpe went back to England to convince the King to send troops to ward off the Spanish incursions into Georgia. He returned to Georgia with 600 soldiers and more colonists. Now a Colonel in the British Army, he established a settlement on St. Simons Island, called Fort Frederica. Meanwhile, William Stephens of Savannah was named the Secretary of the colony by the Trustees.

1741. Convinced that the city and town court systems were not working, the Georgia Trustees established two counties, dividing the colony into Savannah County and Frederica County. But, Frederica was revoked in 1743, leaving the colony with one county.

1743-1749. James Oglethorpe returned to England for the last time in 1743 (as a General), and the Georgia ban on Slavery was not lifted until 1749. After Oglethorpe’s departure, Trustee Georgia’s government consisted of a body of associates who essentially ran the business of the colony as a committee, with William Stephens (now President) in charge in Savannah.

1752. The 1732 grant to the Oglethorpe party had a life of 21 years. A year before its expiration, the trustees of the colony of Georgia relinquished their charter to the British government and became a Royal Colony. Until a royal governor could be appointed and installed in the colony, Patrick Graham was appointed as President.

1754. John Reynolds was named the first royal governor of Georgia. A Royal Navy man, he brought joy to the colonists because they believed Georgia’s economy needed more industry, slavery, and trade, which Reynolds promised to deliver. But Reynolds quit after two years, replaced by Henry Ellis.

1755. As Trustee Georgia, the colony could only recommend laws for passage by Parliament in London. Becoming a Royal Colony meant some self government and the right to issue their own laws, but still under the control of the English monarch. In 1755, Georgia’s first General Assembly met at Savannah. The first law dealt with the punishment for anyone questioning the decisions of the Assembly.

1758. As a royal colony, Georgia was required to adopt the Church of England as the established church of Georgia. By an act of the Georgia General Assembly, this was formally done in 1758. Several districts and divisions of the province were divided into eight parishes. The parish system used in England was installed in which the Church of England worship divisions and activities were administered under a parish vestry. A vestry was empowered to assess rates (taxes) for the repair of churches, the relief of the poor, and other parochial services. The original eight parishes replaced the single county, Savannah, and were all between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers, the area of the original Royal Grant.

1760. Georgia’s third and final Royal Governor, James Wright, was appointed by the King in 1760. soon after taking office, a proclamation by Governor Wright increased the coastal land area of the colony from the Altamaha River to the St. Marys River. In 1760, King George III began a reign that would last over 60 years. He was the British monarch who lost the American colonies.

1763. When George III took the throne, the British were still at war with France. In colonial American it was called the French and Indian War, and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. To deal with the lands east of the Mississippi River acquired from France in that treaty, by declaration, George III redefined the royal charters of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, all to end at the Mississippi River. He then issued the Proclamation Line of 1763, in which Indian Reserves were established west of the Appalachian Mountains, limiting western migrations by all of the British colonies.

1763-1764 British Florida. In the 1763 treaty negotiations concluding the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War), France ceded to Britain the areas east of the Mississippi River, notably excluding New Orleans, and including all of Florida. The British immediately divided the area into East Florida, with a capital at St. Augustine and West Florida, with a capital at Pensacola, both areas with a northern border at Latitude 31O. In 1764, the British extended the boundaries of West Florida to include all lands north of Latitude 31o to the mouth of the Yazoo River on the Mississippi, approximately Latitude 32o 30’, and running on that line to the Chattahoochee River, the current boundary between Georgia and Alabama. That extended area was to become a matter of dispute when the U.S. met with Britain, France, and Spain at the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

1764. The Sugar Act was passed by the British Parliament to raise revenues from the colonies. Georgia was one of the leading sugar producers of the thirteen colonies, and was heavily impacted by the new tax. The sugar tax was one of the first serious disputes between the colonies and Great Britain.

1765. The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament, credited as the start of the American rebellion, and the cry of “no taxation without representation.”

1776. The Declaration of Independence included Georgia as one of the original thirteen colonies in rebellion.

1777. As part of the Georgia Constitution of 1777, Georgia converted all parishes into eight counties: Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond, and Wilkes.

1780-1783. During the Revolutionary War, the British hold on West Florida and East Florida came to an end. With the Spanish as allies of the French, the British lost West Florida to Spanish forces, who captured Mobile in 1780 and Pensacola in 1781.

Soon after the British loss of West Florida, Georgia reasserted its claim to all lands west of the Altamaha and St. Marys Rivers to the Mississippi River; from the Florida line (Latitude 31o) up to the North Carolina/Tennessee line (Latitude 35o). This was Georgia’s original Royal Charter plus the 1763 declaration in which King George III had expanded Georgia’s Royal Charter to the Mississippi River. Georgia determined that the western lands were all up for grabs after the Spanish defeat of the British, and the loss of Florida to Spain. There were some flamboyant land speculations in the western areas during the 1780s, but no new settlements by Georgia were ever established, as most of the region was still under treaty with the five civilized tribes.

Early in 1783, the British returned East Florida to Spain, causing many American loyalists from Georgia who had fled the Revolutionary War to St. Augustine to flee again, this time heading for the Bahamas or West Indies.

The treaty of Paris in 1783 ended the Revolutionary War with Britain, and the United States of America became an independent nation. Although the U.S. recognized Georgia’s claim to the area from Latitude 31o to 35o, the language of the treaty left out of the U.S. the area from 31o to 32o 30’.

The U.S. claimed the area based on Georgia’s claim (and because of Britain’s inclusion of the area in 1763). Spain claimed the area because they felt that Britain had extended their claim in West Florida illegally back in 1763. Now claimed by both the U.S. and Spain, that area was left out of the U.S. at the Treaty of 1783, requiring both the Spanish and Americans to survey the land and come up with a plan separate from the main treaty. As a result, the area remained in dispute, belonging to no one until 1796.

1788. January 2. Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution to become the 4th state.

1789-1803. Georgia’s claim to huge tracts of western land, extending across both present-day Alabama and Mississippi to the Mississippi River, was to be the scene of some extraordinary and flamboyant land trading schemes. Two notorious land scandals emerged during this period: 1) From 1789 to 1796, three Governors of Georgia made gifts of land covering more than three times as much land as Georgia contained. Mostly centered in Montgomery County, Georgia, the Pine Barrens Speculation was the basis for a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1810, the first time the Supreme Court ruled a state law unconstitutional. 2) The 1794-1803 Yazoo Land Scandal involved the Governor and other Georgia state officials accepting bribes in return for land sales to speculators in the region of present-day Mississippi’s Yazoo River area, land that was later ceded by Georgia to the U.S. Public Domain.

1795-1798. In the October 1795 Treaty of San Lorenzo (also called Pinckney’s Treaty), the U.S. settled the Spanish-U.S. Disputed Area, which was ratified by Congress in August 1796. The lands above West Florida (Latitude 31o up to 32o30’) became U.S. territory. In April 1798, Congress created Mississippi Territory in the area, the first Public Domain land south of the Ohio River. The same Mississippi Territory act signed by President John Adams also authorized him to begin negotiations with Georgia over the cession of its western lands.

1798-1803. After the notorious Yazoo Land Scandal, and the Pine Barrens Speculation, and after losing its claim to the U.S./Spanish Disputed Area, Georgia was now being asked to cede its remaining western lands to the U.S. Public Domain. President Adams had received authorization from Congress to negotiate with Georgia for the western lands, and he had hoped that Georgia would cede the land without further demands. All other landed states had ceded their western lands by 1790, and without compensation. But, Georgia held out, and refused to give the land away until the U.S. Government paid them for it. An amount of 1.25 million dollars was finally negotiated in 1802. The area of land ceded by Georgia ran from its present western boundary west to the Mississippi River, and north from Latitude 32o 30” to 35o. In 1803, Georgia’s ceded area was added to Mississippi Territory. After the cession of its western lands, Georgia’s boundaries have not changed since.

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Dallas Genealogical Society Announces 2014 Writing Contest with Cash Prizes

The following is from the Dallas Genealogical Society:

Dallas, TX , January 3, 2014 – – The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce its 2014 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians. The contest is open to members and nonmembers of the DGS. Hobbyists, transitional, and professional genealogists are welcome to submit entries. Submissions may include genealogies, family histories, and case studies that demonstrate use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources.

While the DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas area history, subject matter for the competition is not limited to the local geographic area except as defined in the contest Rules and Guidelines.

Entries will be judged on accuracy, clarity of writing, and overall impact and interest. They may not have been previously published. The submission deadline is April 1, 2014. Winners will be announced in July 2014.

First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

Complete Rules and Guidelines are available at: “Once again this is an opportunity for genealogists and family historians to preserve some of their family history and to achieve recognition for their work,” said Marianne Szabo, Director of Publications Content. “The contest offers a unique venue for researchers to tell part of their story.”

About DGS
The Dallas Genealogical Society was formed in October 1954 when 22 people met at the downtown Dallas YMCA to discuss having a society with goals to preserve heritage and records. It was chartered as a non-profit corporation in November 1955.

The Society’s mission is to educate by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy; to assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas; and to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to the Dallas area and its early history. The genealogy collection at the Central Library has been recognized as one of the Top 10 research libraries for genealogists in the United States.

DGS conducts general meetings on the first Saturday of each month except June, July, and August with local speakers. DGS also hosts a Lecture Series with nationally recognized speakers for a full-day workshop each spring and fall, and a 2- day Institute during the summer.

DGS is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). ! The DGS is organized and operated as a non-profit tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) as defined by the Internal Revenue Service and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.

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Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis

cf1400dI couldn’t tell you why, but lately I keep coming across books worthy of serious attention but have titles that would make most think these treasure in disguise are not for them. Massachusetts and Maine Families: In the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis is just such a book. The title would have been just fine without all that “in the ancestry of” stuff. Why? Well, “almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry—and probably 100 million contemporary Americans, about 40 percent of the population, have some colonial New England forebears—will descend from one or more, often a dozen or more, of the 180 families herein.”

Massachusetts and Maine Families is a reprint, into three volumes, of an original seventeen volume twentieth-century genealogy. The work was created by Walter Goodwin Davis as a compendium of his ancestry, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. There are 2,300 pages, plus an index. In all, there are 180 families covered, plus 19 English families in the “immediate ancestry of American immigrants.” Most of the families lived in Massachusetts, 114, with 29 in Maine and 18 in New Hampshire.

The introduction to the 1996 reprint was written by Gary Boyd Roberts, who now retired was then working as the Director of Special Research Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Roberts writes glowingly about Davis’ life long dedication to genealogy and his contributions to the practice. Boyd refers to Davis as “the third pillar of two triads of genealogists that revolutionized both local (i.e. northern New England) antiquarian studies and national genealogical standards overall.”

The original 17 volume set covered Davis’ sixteen great-great-grandparents, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. This reprint consolidates these seventeen volume into three, indexes the whole set, and  rearranges the contents into alphabetical order. The sixteen g-g-grandparents for whom Davis focused each original volume where:

  • Nicholas Davis, 1753-1832, of Limington, Maine
  • Charity Haley, 1755-1800, wife of Nicholas Davis
  • Joseph Waterhouse, 1754-1837, of Standish, Maine
  • Lydia Harmon, 1755-1836, wife of Joseph Waterhouse
  • Joseph Neal, 1769-c. 1835, of Litchfield, Maine
  • Sarah Johnson, 1755-1824, wife of Joseph Neal
  • Annis Spear, 1755-1858, of Litchfield, Maine
  • Sarah Hildreth, 1773-1857, wife of Annis Spear
  • Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts
  • Bethia Harris, 1748-1833, wife of Dudley Wildes
  • Abel Lunt, 1769-1806, of Newbury, Massachusetts
  • Phoebe Tilton, 1775-1847, wife of Abel Lunt
  • James Patten, 1747?-1817, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
  • Sarah Stone, wife of James Patten
  • Lieut. Amos Towne, 1737-1793, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
  • Sarah Miller, 1755-1840, wife of Lieut. Amos Towne

Each volume has an index for that individual book; though, the book itself is arranged by surname of each ancestor. There are pedigrees charts for each of the 16 g-g-grandparents on the first few pages. This will help the reader identify where each individual actually falls in the family with one quick glance. Volume I covers the surnames Allanson to French. Volume II covers Gardner to Moses, and the third Neal to Wright.

Copies of the three volume set of Massachusetts and Maine Families: In the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis are available from Family Roots Publishing – now at 50% off the original MSRP!

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Florida Name Lists 1759-2009, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

fr0227It has been awhile since I have reviewed one of  William Dollarhide’s name lists books. However, with the recent release of a number of additional volumes it is time to look again at these great books. There are now 14 volumes in the series. In this review we detail the contents of Florida Name Lists 1759-2009, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present. Currently, there are nine new names lists books, and we are providing details on each.

In this book, names lists are detailed in the following database categories:

  • State Census Records
  • State and County Court Records
  • Directories
  • State Militia Lists
  • State Veterans & Pensioners Lists
  • Tax Lists
  • Vital Records
  • Voter Lists

Here are some interesting notes taken from the databases descriptions in the book:

– Town, City, or County Directories date back to the early 1800s

– “Unlike tax lists, voter lists were almost exclusively for males over 21 years of age, until the advent of Women’s Suffrage”

The contents of the District of Columbia section of the guide include:

  • 1920 Map of Florida
  • Florida Name Lists, 1759-2009
  • Historical Timeline for Florida, 1513-1971
  • Map: 1810 West Florida Annexation
  • Introduction to Florida’s Colonial, Territorial & Statewide Name Lists
  • Florida Memory
  • Genealogical Collection at the State Archives of Florida
  • Bibliography of Florida Name Lists, 1759-2009

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.

National Names Lists information included with every volume:

The National Names Lists have these categories (244 entries in all):

  • Federal Census Records
  • Immigration Lists
  • U.S. Military Lists
  • U.S. Veterans Records
  • U.S. Pension Records
  • National Vital Record

There are also a number of maps, including:

  • 1899 Alaska & Klondike Region
  • 1880-1940 Alaska Census Jurisdictions
  • 1763 British North America
  • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
  • 1790 United States
  • 1800 United States
  • 1810 United States
  • 1820 United States
  • 1830 United States
  • 1840 United States
  • 1850 United States
  • 1860 United States
  • 1870-1880 United States
  • 1890-1940 United States

All books currently come with a FREE download of the full-color 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.

Order your copy of District of Columbia Name Lists 1609-1992, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present from Family Roots Publishing.

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DAR Begins Accepting DNA Evidence

The following excerpt is from an article by Preston Trail and posted 1/6/2014 at


With the new year comes a new policy adaptation for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) regarding accepting DNA as evidence of lineage submitted with DAR membership applications. DAR staff genealogists will now consider Y-DNA evidence along with more traditional genealogical sources during the verification of member-related applications. With this change in policy, DAR recognizes the importance of DNA in genealogical research, but also that DNA evidence alone is not definitive enough to prove the exact relationships of remote ancestors. Although various types of DNA tests are commercially available, DAR staff genealogists will only consider Y-DNA 37 Marker test results.

Read the full article.

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Online Historic Digitized Canadian Newspapers

Bowling Green State University has links to digitized Canadian newspapers that are freely available on the Internet. The site is broken down into eleven tabs covering the twelve Canadian provinces.

They are:

Many Thanks to Cyndi Howells for posting these at and bringing them to my attention.

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Check Out Plat Plotter


Plat Plotter converts deed ‘metes-and-bounds’ into a Plat of Survey for your use with digital maps, as well as GPS devices. According to the website, “Plat Plotter is a free, cloud-based application that uses real estate deed metes-and-bounds to plot the property boundary on a digital map. Plat Plotter converts deed ‘metes-and-bounds’ into a Plat of Survey that can be viewed in Google Maps, imported into a mapping program like Google Earth, loaded into a GPS device, sent to a printing service or shared with others.”

Check it out.

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25 Sources of Free Public Domain eBooks

The following excerpt is from an article posted on Jan 1, 2014 at


Every year new publications enter public domain. That means their intellectual property rights have expired or are not applicable any longer.

The content of these works becomes available for public use. Anyone is free to use it – but also to reuse it, for instance publish a new edition. Therefore you may find in major ebookstores (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook Store, or Google Play Books) public domain books that are not free.

My advice is that if you want to get an ebook version of a classic novel like Pride and Prejudice, you should first check out the sites listed below. Browsing the ebookstore where you have an account is a next step, if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

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FamilyHistory Catalog a Part of OCLC

The following teaser is from an article posted on 28 December 2013 at


Items in the FamilyHistory card catalog now appear in OCLC–which is accessible through This is only the catalog of materials in the FamilySearch collection–their microfilm, books, and other print materials.

This does not change how we access materials via the FamilyHistory library system-you cannot typically go to your local public library to order FamilyHistory library film. But it does mean that we have an alternate way to access the FamilyHistory Library card catalog.

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Google Glass Price Expected To Be $600

The following excerpt is from an article by Adnan Farooqui on 01/02/2014 on


There has been a lot of speculation about Google Glass and when the company is finally going to open it up to the public. The first wave of Glass units were offered for sale to select “Explorers.” Over the past year Google gradually opened up its Explorer program to more and more people. Earlier this week the company allowed Google Play Music All Access subscribers to purchase Glass, a sign that its gearing for a public launch. It is expected that Google Glass might be launched for the public in April 2014, and that it may be priced at $600.

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