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Records Of Plymouth Colony: Births, Deaths, Burials, And Other Records, 1633-1689; 20% OFF for the Next FEW Days!

gpc5360Records Of Plymouth Colony: Births, Deaths, Burials, And Other Records, 1633-1689, edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, is a reprint of a work originally published as Volume Eight of Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England: Miscellaneous Records 1633-1689. This renamed eighth volume also contains a reprint of Plymouth Colony Vital Records a supplement form The Mayflower Descendant by George Earnest Bowman. “The miscellaneous records appertaining to the Plymouth Colony, originally forming part of the contents of several volumes, have been printed collectively, and are comprised in this volume;” with, said contents broken down into three main sections. The sections are first, miscellaneous records of birth, marriages, deaths, and burials; second, treasury accounts; third, lists of freemen and others.

In the first section, records of births, marriages, deaths, and burials come from several towns as returned by town clerks. “he records of births, commencing in 1647, of Swansea, Yarmouth, Plymouth, Sandwich, Eastham, Scituate, Taunton, Barnstable, and Rehobeth give the names of the newborn, dates, and names of parents. The records of marriages commence in 1633 and give the names of the newlyweds, dates, and sometimes names of brides’ fathers.”

The second section originally comprised of about one hundred and twelve pages, much of which was written on one side of a page only. These records comprised about one third of their original volume in which were recorded portions of the law, Indian Deeds and the Treasurer’s Accounts. These records begin on 10 June 1658 and run through 5 June 1686, when the colony was Andros. Many of these records are the results of taxes, fees, and court orders.

The final section contains “the names of those who were admitted to the freedom of the colony of New Plymouth, together with those who took the oath of fidelity, and those who were able to bear arms, in the year 1643.”

Each section is indexed. The first section is indexed by surname with each letter broken down by births, then marriages, then death and burials together.

Copies of Records Of Plymouth Colony: Births, Deaths, Burials, And Other Records, 1633-1689 are available from Family Roots Publishing.

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AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins by Coupling Genetic Science With Historical Records

The following news release was written by staff and distributed via Marketwired News Releases:

PROVO, UT — (Marketwired) — 02/26/14 — Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their ancestral heritage for centuries. With test takers on average having at least three and a half regions in Africa as part of their genetic ethnicity estimate, African Americans are learning more about their own ancestral “melting pot.”

Using state-of-the-art technology developed by the dynamic team of genetic scientists at AncestryDNA, people of African descent are able to identify their ethnicity beyond just a continent. Instead, the AncestryDNA test provides a detailed and personalized estimate of genetic ethnicity for 26 regions across the globe. These 26 regions include a total of 9 African regions, of which 6 different countries/regions are within Western Africa: Benin/Togo, Cameroon/Congo, Ivory/Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.

“Through the expanded capabilities of AncestryDNA, African Americans can learn more about the many regions that are part of their ancestral lineage. No longer do they have to be content with the blanket ethnicity of African,” said Dr. Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. “AncestryDNA is connecting customers of African descent to the people and cultures that are part of their heritage, and that can be a really exciting discovery for those whose family history journeys have been cut short or unrevealing through records alone.”

Additionally, has collected, preserved, digitized and indexed one of the most comprehensive collections of historical records online relating to the African American community. The records, which include Freedman Bank Records, US Federal Censuses, The California African-American “Who’s Who” and others are extensive, historically-rich and encapsulate the history of African Americans in the country.

Now through the end of February, is offering a comprehensive package for African American discovery that includes the AncestryDNA test and one-month free access to all U.S. record collections on, including the African American records. Available at a price of $99, this great offer provides personalized DNA results as well as access to more than 10 billion records, photos and images.

For more information about the resources available on, or to start uncovering your own African roots, please visit

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California Cemetery Agrees to $80M Settlement

The following excerpt is from an article published in the February 27, 2014 edition of

Los Angeles (CNN) — One of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the Los Angeles area has agreed to an $80.5 million settlement of a lawsuit that accused it of desecrating remains, according to court documents.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleged that employees at Eden Memorial Park, in Mission Hills, California, “intentionally, willfully and secretly desecrated the remains of deceased individuals,” often moving them to make room for new remains. The cemetery is owned by Service Corporation International, or SCI, the largest owner of cemeteries in the United States.

The court granted preliminary approval of the settlement Thursday.

The case was brought on behalf of more than 25,000 Jewish families, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

“This settlement is a testament to the thousands of Jewish families who have been traumatized because of the conduct of Eden Memorial Park and SCI,” lead attorney Michael Avenatti said in a statement.

Read the full article.

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

This was my Tika’s Teachings blog ( and I thought it would be of interest to GenealogyBlog readers too:

When Handy Man and I returned from Maui, of course Tika was overjoyed to see us. After all the obligatory doggie kisses, and after we were all “squared away” (Handy Man’s old Navy term), I settled Tika into the chair next to me and told her what I’d learned about Hawaiian cemeteries.

It’s not particularly good news. More and more development is terribly encroaching on ancient as well as newer cemeteries or burial grounds. Here is one just a bit north of Lahina, squashed between the highway and the beach, and you can clearly see what is happening:



This last one has a lei made from those old pop-top cans. Yes, the place looks a bit neglected but that is not the point. On a busy beach day the cars would park everywhere if not held back by those ropes.

A local newspaper carried this tidbit:  “One of the reasons land developers tend to get bad press is that their hotels, resorts and shopping centers often disturb the remains of those who lived here before the arrival of Westerners. The general rule is that any bones (iwi) found during construction must stay where found. If that can’t happen, then those who dug them up must rebury them as close as possible to their original site.

Apparently, this plan of action, which is actually part of state law, isn’t working too well, because now the state Senate is kicking around (a new bill) which proposes that we simply bury all the bones we can’t really find a place for over on Kaho’olawe.

Hawaii’s Senate is considering a bill that would designate the island of Kahooalwe as the resting place for unknown or inadvertently discovered Hawaiian bones when those remains cannot be buried nearby.”

(This was copied into the local newspaper from an AP story reported on 31 Jan 2014.)

Tika thought that sounded like a good idea; what do YOU think of such a proposal? What if your state designated a specific place for the common reburial of Native American remains???

Donna, until next peek.

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The Document Behind “12 Years a Slave”

The following easer is from an excellent article by Michel E. Ruane, published in the February 27, 2014 edition of the Washington Post.


The slave manifest for the brig Orleans, bound from Richmond that Tuesday in 1841, included one Plat Hamilton — male, age 26, height 5 feet 7 inches, color “yellow.”

He was one of 41 men, women and children being shipped, along with a cargo of tobacco, to the slave markets of New Orleans.

The manifest declared the shipment legal, and the description of the cargo, upon examination, to be “correct.”

But the document, which went on display last week at the National Archives in downtown Washington, carried more than details of tobacco and slaves.

Thursday afternoon, Vera J. Williams, approached it carefully, her eyes filling with tears. She knew Plat Hamilton was really her great-great-great-grandfather, Solomon Northup, author of the book “12 Years a Slave.”

Read the full article.

Click on the illustration above to see the document.

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Genealogists Needed for Global Family Reunion in 2015

The following press release was received from Thomas MacEntee:


26 February 2014: Genealogists at WikiTree, the free global family tree website, have teamed-up with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs to find cousin connections for the Global Family Reunion to be held Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. Our shared goal is to show how much of the world can be connected through family relationships.

The Global Family Reunion
The idea of a global family reunion, conceived by A.J. Jacobs, will be the subject of his next book and a feature-length documentary in collaboration with director Morgan “Super Size Me” Spurlock. Jacobs jumpstarted the publicity for the reunion with a February 1, 2014, op-ed in The New York Times entitled “Are You My Cousin?”

During February 2014, Jacobs has been interviewed twice on National Public Radio, including a February 13 appearance discussing “Crowdsourcing and the New Genealogy Boom” alongside Judy Russell (the “Legal Genealogist”) and Dr. Spencer Wells of National Geographic’s Genographic Project.

A Family Reunion Based on Genealogy or Mythology?
The idea of a global family reunion based on a crowd-sourced world family tree does have its skeptics. Many experienced genealogists shy away from collaborative family trees since they can be filled with inaccuracies and lack sources.

To make sure the Global Family Reunion has a solid genealogical foundation, WikiTree is seeking the help of more volunteers familiar with sound genealogical research methods.

How You Can Help
Are you willing to help research A.J. Jacobs’ ancestors and their descendants? If you are not already a WikiTree member, register here. WikiTree is entirely free but members need to express their desire to help with the mission and their willingness to abide by the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code.

Once you’ve registered, contact the Global Family Reunion Project leader Abby Glann. Abby will help you find a line that needs your research help.

“I am honored to have genealogists at WikiTree helping grow my tree for the Global Family Reunion. Abby and the project members are talented and smart. Which makes sense because they are all cousins with Albert Einstein. Though in some cases we’re still figuring out how.” -A.J. Jacobs

About WikiTree
Growing since 2008, is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See

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Historic Prisoner Record Book Surfaces and is Given to the Tasmanian Archives

The following teaser is from the Feb. 28, 2014 edition of


An historic prisoner record missing for decades is in the hands of Tasmania’s Archives and Heritage Office.

Inside the weathered exterior of the leather-bound book are 525 previously untold stories.

The book is a detailed record of prisoners who passed through the Hobart Gaol in the late 1800s.

It was recently given to the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site in Hobart.

The Curator Brian Rieusset says it is very detailed.

“It’s got records of 525 people who committed offences here in Tasmania,” said Mr Rieusset.

“What they did, where they went, where they committed the offences, what their sentences were.

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bills Would Open Adoption Records

The following excerpt is from an interesting article by Suzette Parmley, posted at the February 23, 2014 edition of

Not knowing the identity of her real mother was always a painful, unresolved issue, but when Susan Perry was diagnosed with melanoma, finding out became a medical necessity.

Perry, 63, of Cherry Hill, began looking 13 years ago but sealed-record laws in New Jersey prevented access to her original birth certificate, the gateway to a person’s genealogical, medical, and other information.

“I realized adopted people really have no rights,” said Perry, now battling stage-four melanoma. “With many people, there is a real wish to know something about your genealogy and to know your roots. It’s really the first chapter of your life.”

Perry has worked with the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education (NJ CARE) over the last decade for passage of the adoptees’ birthright bill. The measure would allow adopted adults over 18 in New Jersey to secure their original birth certificates from the state registrar.

Seven other states have passed access legislation for adopted adults since 1999. Two – Kansas and Alaska – have never sealed adoption records.

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What Did They Mean By That? On Sale For Just $19.44 Through Thursday, May 15 – a 46% Price Drop!


Family Roots Publishing Company just got in a hundred copies of What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New. It’s by far the most popular of the genealogical dictionaries, and has traditionally been the most expensive. However, in the last few days, the publisher did a long print run on the volume, allowing to price to drop. Then FRPC discounted the book some more, making it this weekend’s FRPC Exceptional Bargain Offer. It’s on sale for just $19.44! – a 46% drop from the earlier price of $36.00. This sale runs through midnight MDT Thursday, May 15, 2014. Please note that we only have 100 copies in our warehouse, so there’s a chance we may run out, and shipping for any sold after that will be delayed about a week, while we get more in.

Following is a review we posted earlier:

What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New has long been the most popular historical dictionary carried by Family Roots Publishing. This book provides an understanding, in modern terms, for words used in the past. Many of these words, used historically in everyday conversation, to describe items, jobs, events, and technology of the day, are no longer in use or get used with a different meaning. This book provides the background family historians need to grasp the meaning of letters, documents, and sources from the past.

Genealogists enjoy the thoroughness of this book. At 6″ x 9″ and 350 pages this is a big dictionary, and it lists entries paragraph style, instead of using a typical dictionary two-column format. In fact, the book feels a bit more like an encyclopedia than it does a standard dictionary. Most entries provide more than just a standard definition. Rather, entries provide an explanations, examples, and observations. This dictionary has other unique features as well. What Did They Mean By That includes images. While not on every page, the pictures do provide both an element of interest as well as prove educational. Some of the images are pictures and some are document samples. There is also a small chart at the beginning showing a comparison between Saxon and English alphabets.

With that all said, perhaps the best review of this book is the one the book gives itself on the back cover:

“The family historian must seek out the records of the merchants, courts, legislators, and churches, as well as the everyday expressions of the common men and women, all the while striving to remain aware that just as we have created words like television, computer, microwave oven, automobile, space station, gigabyte, and airplane, and set aside words as ticking and icebox, stadle, and squabpie, our ancestors had to do the same. They made up the likes of telegraph, railroad, and telescope, and assimilated German words like hex, sauerkraut, fresh, hoodlum, and kindergarten; Spanish words such as barbeque, chocolate, and tornado; French sounds like bayou, levee, depot, and chowder; and Indian words such as hickory, pecan, hominy, moccasin, and raccoon. Though they invented the likes of popcorn, sweet potato, eggplant, bullfrog, and backwoodsman, they left behind them terms no longer needed in their daily lives. Gone were the likes of moxa (Indian moss burned on an area of the body, thought to cure gout), hautboy (oboe), gruntling (young hog), muchwhat (nearly), revelrout (a ruckus), and, from most regions of the U.S., the long “a” sounds of old England (fahst for fast, dahnce for dance, and hoff, meaning half).

In addition to terminology, such as the names of the many courts and legal processes, this collection of more than 4500 words includes many occupations, descriptions of early furniture and foods, common medical terms and herbal remedies, and many all but forgotten expressions. The words found here are seen at every turn of research; in court documents (especially inventories of estates, court entries, and lawsuits), church records, books, newspapers, letters, and songs.”


What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms, Old and New is available from Family Roots Publishing; Previous Price: $36.00 – On sale for just $19.44 (plus $5.50 p&h) through midnight MDT, May 15, 2014.

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Pomerania: Atlantic Bridge to Germany — Back in Print and Discounted 15% for a Short Time

o-bk233Many years have passed since North America has seen any of its national boundaries change. Most of the World has proven less stable of recent decades. Even Europe has seen its share of change. World history is wroth with the ebb and flow of political and military boundaries. During the middle ages and on up to the First World War a modest portion of western-central Europe was a land of ever changing boundaries. In the heart of this area were the German people. At different times, different rulers and governments ruled the various lands, including areas of modern France, Austria, and more. As maps changed, so did the names of towns and parishes throughout the region. At one point a town may have a German name, and at another time a French name. Sorting out the names of places, as they would have appeared on records and documents at any particular time in history is difficult. Fortunately, researches have spent countless hours reviewing and documenting these variation.

Pomerania: Atlantic Bridge to Germany is the third book in this series. “The splitting of Pomerania in 1945 between Germany and Poland has caused considerable problems for genealogists. Also World War II and its aftermath destroyed many records. Those records that survived are scattered in numerous German or Polish Archives, remain in the local church or civil offices or ended up in private hands…

This book is an attempt to identify most of the places in Pomerania before 1920 along with indicating the location of available church and civil records.”

This book has been out of print for some time. Fortunately is was just reprinted and copies are available.


Get Pomerania: Atlantic Bridge to Germany from Family Roots Publishing. Available at 15% off for a short time.


Table of Contents

Introduction and Explanation




Swedish Pomerania

Vorpommern and East Germany

Hinterpommern and Poland

Major border Changes

Minor Border changes

Governmental Districts

Governmental District History

Rural Lifestyles







Old Lutherans



German Archives

Church Records

Civil Records

Family History Library

Resources for Research






Where are the Pomeranian Church and Vital Records?

Writing to Poland

Writing to Germany

Bibliography & Footnoes

Key to Map Terms

Maps of Pomerania

Placenames of Pomerania


Alsace-Larraine: Atlantic Bridge to Germany is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: OBK531, Price: $24.45.

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Back Issues: Family Chronicle & Internet Genealogy Aug/Sept 2012

fcma13Last week I wrote a review on a specific issue of Internet Genealogy — Time Management Tools, Evernote, and More. In the article, I extolled my belief in the value genealogist can find in back issues of relevant magazines:

“A fantastic, and relatively inexpensive, way for genealogists to learn new skills and garner new ideas is through back issues of genealogically oriented magazines. It is impractical to subscribe to every magazine on every topic of interest for any individual. If I were to take all the magazines that were available for my favorite hobbies, ones that are work related, and journals to keep abreast of modern world events, I would have hundred of magazines filling my mailbox with no time to read them. Instead, I subscribe to the ones I find most valuable or enjoyable. Occasionally, I will find a single issue from a magazine I don’t subscribe to but where the one copy has, in my opinion, enough interest or value to justify its single edition purchase.”

Keeping to this mindset, I asked Leland Meitzler to pull a couple more back issues of different magazines out of the Family Roots Publishing warehouse, so I could offer up a synopsis and article list for each. Hopefully, you will find some value in these issues. If not, there are plenty more listed at Family Roots Publishing’s website. Find one that interests you and give it a try.

In hand with me now are Family Chronicle Mar/Apr 2013 (“The how-to-guide to tracing your ancestors) and Internet Genealogy Aug/Sept 201, featuring “50 Top Sites For Genealogy Research!” Each offers a bonanza of articles on a variety of genealogical research topics.

igas12Inside the Family Chronicle issue you will find tips for establishing a “timeline in six steps,” and information on “solving research mysteries through photographs.” I personally enjoyed the article on Italian to American English naming traditions, like how Vincenzo becomes James. I have little to no Italian in my family. However, the article was interesting enough and made me think of other cultural and language variations have been adopted as people from all over the World have immigrated/emigrated between so many different countries.

The Internet Genealogy volume provides a list of 50 useful sites to family historian, along with some of these great topics:

  • 20 Groups You Should Follow on Twitter
  • Finding Your Scottish Ancestors on the ‘Net!
  • Life of a Prairie Man: Preserving Memories
  • Database Gems: The Adam Matthew Group
  • Two Mobile Apps Reviewed!
  • Discovering PeoplePlotr

Copies of each are available from Family Root Publishing.


Contents of Family Chronicle Mar/Apr 2013

Establishing a Timeline in Six Steps

Marianne Perry shows how creating a timeline can help you to solve a family history research problem

On the Other Hand

Beverly Smith Vorpahl equivocates on’s trembling leaves

How Did “Vincenzo” Become “James?”

John Philip Colletta, Ph.D examines Italian name traditions in America

Picture Perfect

Richard H. Goms Jr. details how he located his ancestors through diligent detective work and a little help from some photographs

Crossing Without Bridges

David A. Norris looks at fords and ferries and how they took our ancestors where bridges did not go.

FGS 2013 Preview: Journey through Generations

Harold Henderson invites you to find experts, fellow genealogists, and you ancestors in Fort Wayne!

Searching for the Golden Nut

Greg Green offers tips on how to find those “interesting” ancestors

The Lighter Side

Lianna LaLiberte reveals her secret: she’s a genealogy addict

All You Need to Know About Research Logs

Arnon Hershkovitz explains why keeping a research log can increase your chances for success down the road

Researching the British Army Abroad

In part one of his look at records for the British Army abroad, Ed Storey examines the structure of some useful sources to gain information on military ancestors

Research Resources

We look at some recent releases of books on family history research

Look at the Bigger Picture!

Dave Obee argues that genealogists are really historians rather than family historians


Contents for Internet Genealogy Aug/Sept 2012

MyHeritage Mobile App Reviewed

Tony Brady reviews’s mobile app

Ancestry Mobile App Review

Tony Brady is crazy for mobile apps! Here’s another from


Diane L. Richard highlights the World Memory Project, and Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Historic Pathways

50+ Top Sites for Genealogy!

Tony Brandy highlights over 50 websites your should know about for your genealogy research!

Adam Matthew Group Databaes

Diane L. Richard looks at two important collections: Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, and the Virginia Company Archives

Arthur Toepel: Defender of Liberty

Constance R. Cherba delves into the short life of 1st Lt. Arthur Toepel, WWII USAF bombardier

The Life of a Prairie Man

Pat Javor details how she created a photo book to commemorate her father’s wartime experiences

PeoplePlotr Review

Tony Brady shows a new way to display your genealogy research

Unlocking Pennsylvania Records

Lisa A. Alzo looks at birth and death indices now available for the state of Pennsylvania

20 Groups to Follow on Twitter

Gena Philibert-Ortega keys in on some important groups you should follow in Twitter

Scots on the Internet

Amanda Epperson, Ph.D., shows you where to find your Scots ancestors online

The Back Page

Dave Obee speaks out on the importance of supporting your library

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Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved

bks01Many of the books that I have reviewed have much to offer not just to genealogist but also historians, scientists, professionals and people from all walks of life. However, most of the books don’t point out their potential value to these other groups. Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved is the first book I have come across doing these reviews which states right up front its intent is to serve not just genealogists but also groups like costume designers, theatre Companies, social historians, vintage collectors, and fashionistas. Yet, this book offers obvious value to the genealogist. Knowledge of fashion, for example, can help date old photographs. In another example, there is a history as to where and how the garments your ancestors wore were designed and made.

Author, and Illustrator, Betty Kreisel Shubert is undoubtedly an expert on fashion. She knows what she was talking about and has every faith in her own abilities. According to her Author’s Notes, she got started on this book when she found herself walking with a women carrying photographs on her way to a genealogy club meeting. With what sounds like every confidence in her own ability she told the women, “show them to me, I can tell by the clothes about when the pictures were taken.” The very next month she was asked to speak at the club, and from that moment her career went from “Costume Designer to Fashion Historian, Author-Illustrator and Columnist for Ancestry Magazine.”

Despite her seeming self assurance, Shubert spared nothing in her efforts to assure every detail in this book was covered. She talks of having as many as 18 books open at once trying to verify and resolve questions.

One of my favorite elements of the book is the illustrations. There is a unique 40′s/50′s feel to this book; yet, it was published just this year.

From the 1900s, the author reveals carefully studied fashions, looking for and sharing the everyday wardrobe. These are the clothes your ancestors wore. As the book moves into the 20th century, the content becomes more personal. Especially, the discussion from the 30s on. Here you have more than just the author’s historical perspective. These are years in which the author was hard at work in her career. Her memories are a part of the discussion.


Table of Contents

Decade by Decade, Illustrations and Descriptive Text

Author’s Notes: How This Book Was Born


PART ONE – 19TH CENTURY 1830-1900

Chapter 1: Evolution In A Thimble 1830-1900

  • Illustrated Overview of the Primary Silhouettes of Each Decade 1830-1900
  • How Fashions Go Forward and Sometimes Back Again

Chapter 2: Why Hoop Skirts Were Born

  • Illustrated Chart to Identify the Shape of Hoop Skirts
  • How They Grew and Why They Died

Chapter 3: The Nine Sequential Phases Of The Rise And Fall And Rise (Again!) Of The Bustle

  • Illustrations – What Was Hiding Under Her Bustle?
  • Illustrated Chart of the Nine Phases
  • Style Clues of the Nine Phases Decade-by-Decade

Chapter 4: The Out-Of-Style Fashion Show

  • Invitation to an Out-of-Style Fashion Show
  • From Stylish to Obsolete in a Few Short Years

Chapter 5: When Proportions Change

  • Illustrations – Proportions Change at Their Most Extreme to a Completely Opposite Look
  • Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
  • Illustrations – Ever-Changing Erogenous Zones
  • The Pressure to Conform (Even if it Kills You!)
  • Illustrations – Foot Fetishes and Fashion Victims
  • The Pressure to Conform (Even if it Gives You Bunions!)
  • Arrested Development: Women Who Wait Too Long

Chapter 6: How Undergarments Affected The Posture And Shape Of Women’s Bodies

    • Illustrations – How the Changing Shape of Corsets Changed the Shape of Women and Their Clothes
    • All About Corsets … (How Fitting!)
    • Tight Lacing
    • Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
    • A Good Body Never Goes Out-of-Style
    • From Upholstered Bodies to “LOOK MA! … NO BRA!”
    • From Thick Stockings to Sheer Pantyhose in a Few Hundred Years
    • News Flash! … 600 Year Old Bra Found in Medieval Castle!

Chapter 7: Special Occasion Clothes

    • Illustrations – The Milestones of Reform Dress
    • The Milestones of Reform Dress and the Birth of the Bloomer Girl
    • Illustration – “We Got the Vote.”…1920
    • Illustrations – Wedding Veils and Hairstyles 1840s-1920s
    • Is She Wearing Her Own New Wedding Gown or Her Mother’s?
    • Illustrations – Maternity Clothes
    • The Comfort of Mother Hubbard Dresses While “Heavy with Child” (aka pregnant)
    • Illustrations – First Phase Mourning Dress
    • How to Recognize Mourning Clothes in a Vintage Photograph
    • The Four Stages of Mourning in 19th Century
    • Mourning in the 20th Century
    • Mourning Dress Is Dead!
    • The Colors of Mourning
    • Life (And Weddings) Must Go On
    • Mourning Jewelry
    • Illustration – From Baggy Bloomers to Sexy Bikinis 1850s-1950s
    • The Evolution of Bathing Suits

Chapter 8: Modern Improvements

    • Illustration –Vintage Camera…”See the Birdie”?
    • How Early Photography Froze Moments In Time, So that We Can Look at the Past
    • The First Sewing Machines
    • Illustration – What an Old Sew and Sew!
    • Illustration – Before Washing Machines and Dryers
    • Wash Day Over a Wash Tub
    • Illustration – Permanent Wave Machine
    • Women’s Hairstyle Notes – 19th to 20th Century

Chapter 9: How To Trace Your Ancestors… Literally!

  • Illustrated Instructions – How to Trace Your Ancestors
  • Style Clues That Result From Tracings

Chapter 10: Overview – Women’s Clothes 1840-1900

  • Style Clues for the Fashion Detective
  • Illustrations and Descriptive Text Decade-by-Decade
  • 1840-1850s
  • 1850-1860s
  • 1860-1870s
  • 1870-1880s
  • 1880-1890s
  • 1890-1900

Chapter 11: Overview – Men’s Clothes 1840-1900

  • Illustrations and Descriptive Text
  • 1840-1850s
  • 1850-1860s
  • 1860-1870s
  • 1870-1880s
  • 1880-1890s
  • 1890-1900

Chapter 12: Children’s Clothes 19th Century

  • Illustrations – From Pantaloons to Pants
  • When Little Boys Wore Dresses and Little Girls Wore Pantaloons
  • Illustration – Little Lord Fauntleroy and His Sister
  • Overview – The Small World of 19th Century Children

Chapter 13: Boys’ Clothes 1840-1900

  • Illustrations and Descriptive Text Decade-by-Decade
  • 1840-1850s
  • 1850-1860s
  • 1860-1870s
  • 1870-1880s
  • 1880-1890s
  • 1890-1900

Chapter 14: Girls’ Clothes 1840-1900

  • Illustrations and Descriptive Text Decade-by-Decade
  • 1840-1850s
  • 1850-1860s
  • 1860-1870s
  • 1870-1880s
  • 1880-1890s
  • 1890-1900

PART TWO – 20TH CENTURY 1900-1960

Chapter 15: Overview

  • Illustrations – Evolution of Hemlines in 100 years
  • Overview: The Bottom Line About Hemlines and The March to Modernity 1900-2000

Chapter 16: The First Two Decades 1900-1920

  • Illustrations 1900-1910 – Women’s Dress Variations
  • Turn of Century Silhouettes
  • Illustrations 1910-1920 – Women’s Dress Variations
  • Designer Paul Poiret and the Demise of The Hourglass Figure
  • How Tailor-Made Suits and Sears, Roebuck Catalogs Helped Unify America
  • Shirtwaist Blouses and Show Biz Gossip
  • The Color Alice-Blue and The Birth of Teddy Bears
  • Illustration – Child with Teddy Bear
  • Illustrations – Hats 1900-1914
  • The Changing Shapes of Millinery 1900-1920s
  • Illustrations – 1906-1920

Chapter 17: America On The Road

  • Illustrations – Auto Touring Clothes
  • Automobile Touring Clothes
  • Photograph: 1916 Elgin automobile
  • How WWI Jodphurs and Riding Britches Replaced Dusters and Hats

Chapter 18: Fashion Changes 1920-1960

    • Illustrations – Dress Variations 1920-1930
    • Who Put the Roar in the Roaring Twenties?
    • Illustrations – Hats and Hairstyles 1920-1930
    • Everything Changed in the 1930s
    • Illustrations – Dress Variations 1930s
    • Illustrations – Hats 1930s
    • Illustrations – Hats 1940s
    • Illustrations – Hairstyles 1940s
    • Illustrations – Dress Variations 1940s
    • Fashions of the Forties and Hollywood Boulevard
    • The “Frantic Forties” Party Invitation
    • Newspaper Article
    • Illustrations – Dress Variations 1950s
    • The “New Look” for Women (and the “New Look” for Movies and Las Vegas) in the 1950s
    • Illustrations – Hair Styles 1950s
    • Phenomenon of the Fifties Felt Skirt
    • Illustration of the “Poodle Skirt”
    • Fashion Photo 1934
    • The Changing Styles of Fashion Photography
    • The Origin of Fashion Shows
    • Chanel’s Influence on Clothes Designed for The Movies
    • Authenticity of Period Costumes Designed for The Movies

Chapter 19: The Psychology Of Clothes

  • The Blue Velveteen Suit
  • The Eccentric Dresser
  • What is “Good Taste”?
  • The Twenty-five-year-old Dress – When do “Old” clothes Become “Vintage” Clothes?

Chapter 20: Overview, Men’s Clothes – 20th Century

  • Style Clues for the Fashion Detective
  • Descriptive Text 1900-1960s
  • Zippers and the Prince of Wales
  • The “New Look” for Men … Early 1950s
  • Illustrations – Foreign Cars Invade America
  • Illustrations 1900-1910
  • Illustrations 1910-1920
  • Illustrations 1920-1930
  • Illustrations 1930-1940
  • Illustrations 1940-1950
  • Illustrations 1950-1960

Chapter 21: Overview, Boys’ And Girls’ Clothes

  • Long Denims and Short-Shorts
  • Sears, Roebuck Catalog Prices at Turn-of-the-Century Illustrations: Boys and Girls Together
  • Illustrations 1900-1910
  • Illustrations 1910-1920
  • Illustrations 1920-1930
  • Illustrations 1930-1940
  • Illustrations 1940-1950
  • Illustrations 1950-1960

Photo: Visit to the Costume Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
Betty’s Bio
Recommended Sources


Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved is available at Family Roots Publishing.

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Scotland’s Valuation Rolls 1885 Posted Online

Property records containing the names and addresses of more than 1.4 million people living in Scotland in 1885 were released on, the government’s family history website, a few days ago.

The following News Release is from Scotland’s People:
Scotland's People

Historical Property Records Go Online

The Valuation Rolls of 1885 offer genealogists and other history researchers a fascinating picture of Victorian Scottish society, including figures ranging from William McGonagall to Dr Sophia Jex-Blake…

Called Valuation Rolls, the new records comprise over 77,000 digital images taken from 144 volumes, and cover every type of property which was assessed as having a rateable value in 1885. As the records include details of owners, tenants and occupiers of property, they offer historians and genealogists an excellent online resource for researching Scottish society in the late Victorian age.

Visitors to the website will be able to search the 1885 Valuation Rolls by name and address, with the records listing the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property – in many cases occupations are also included. Since the Rolls list every type of rateable property in Scotland, these new records include people from all the social classes.

Some famous episodes in Scottish history can be traced using the Rolls. As the 1880s witnessed mass protests by crofters in the Highlands and Islands, ScotlandsPeople researchers looked at Rolls that contain the names and addresses of people who were imprisoned following the ‘Battle of the Braes’ on Skye in 1883.

Dr Sophia Jex-Blake, one of the first female medical students of Edinburgh University, was running her pioneering medical practice in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, for the benefit of women and children, and the Rolls reveal that she owned the house in Grove Street that was rented by her out-patient clinic, the Edinburgh Provident Dispensary for Women and Children.

Elsewhere in the Capital tenants were moving into Well Court in the Dean Village, a new housing development for the working class paid for by John Ritchie Findlay, proprietor of The Scotsman. Meanwhile his more famous project of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street was still under construction, and was valued at only £40.

Perhaps the only person who is listed in the Rolls as a ‘poet’ is William McGonagall, living in humble rented accommodation in Dundee, where he eked out a precarious livelihood performing his work and working as a weaver. Elsewhere in the town William Arrol, the famous engineer, was supervising the building of the replacement Tay Bridge, following the destruction of the first bridge in 1879. He had moved temporarily from Glasgow during the contract.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is a superb digital resource for those who to wish explore their family pasts, both for Scots who live here now and for those whose ancestors left Scotland as part of the Diaspora. I hope that researching these new online records will inspire people to visit Scotland to see the places where their ancestors lived and worked, making their own journey of discovery in this year of Homecoming.”

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“The Valuation Rolls of 1885 are a wonderful quarry for people wanting to find out more about the lives and homes of their Victorian ancestors – or for those who are interested in the rich stories and characters of that period. The National Records of Scotland is committed to continuously improving and enhancing its services, and I’m delighted that we’ve now been able to make these fascinating records available online through our ScotlandsPeople website.”

Annelies van den Belt, the CEO of DC Thomson Family History, who enable the ScotlandsPeople website on behalf of the National Records of Scotland, said:

“We’re extremely pleased to add this new set of historical property records to the ScotlandsPeople website. We’ve now released five sets of Valuation Rolls, covering the years 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1920. With this new release we’ve again chosen a mid-point between censuses, as we believe this will help family historians to find out more about those ancestors who moved address and/or changed jobs between census years.”

The 1885 Valuation Rolls will be available on the ScotlandsPeople website, at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh, and at local family history centres in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Hawick and Inverness.

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Family Tree Maker 2014 Patch Available

The following excerpt is from an extensive piece published at

Some issues have been discovered in Family Tree Maker 2014, and their programmers have been working on fixes which are included in this patch update. Covering general bug fixes, and also TreeSync, this is an update that everyone with FTM 2014 should do.

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The following news release is from PRNewsWire:

WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Every year, thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed for a variety of reasons at funeral homes, cremation providers and local and state agencies across the country.

Attempting to fix that issue, Michael Neal, a funeral director in Washington, Pa., has launched a revolutionary website to help with the painstaking task of identifying those unclaimed cremated remains and reuniting them with their loved ones.

To help with this effort, Mr. Neal is announcing his partnership with the Oregon State Hospital, a division of the Oregon Health Authority, to assist that state with finding the families of more than 3,500 individuals in their care who have been cremated, but never claimed.

“The task of trying to reconnect families with loved ones’ cremated remains in this way has never been done and it would be a shame not to harness the power of the Internet when addressing such an important problem,” Mr. Neal said.
To help with this delicate task, Mr. Neal launched that he hopes will connect families with their deceased relatives. Mr. Neal said the website currently has information for more than 1,000 people whose unclaimed cremated remains are awaiting reunification with their families.

The online database also goes beyond Oregon since anyone can log on to view the registry, and cremation providers may apply for online privileges to upload information related to their own unclaimed inventory at absolutely no cost.
“This has never been done before and is a completely unique service,” Mr. Neal said. “It’s a service with the single purpose of bringing long separated family members and their loved ones together again, thus enabling a final disposition to take place.”

Forgotten Ashes contains the names of the cremated as well as possible survivors, when available, and allows for the easy sharing of that information through social networks. Any funeral home can register to list their own inventory of forgotten ashes, which will be available at any time until they wish to remove them or until they have been claimed.
For more information, go to or email Michael Neal.

I note that the listings on the website thus far are for the states of Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

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