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The North Carolina Historical Review is Now Digitized and Online!

The following teaser is from the June 9, 2013 edition of The Stanley News and Press.


Sunday, June 9, 2013 — RALEIGH — The first forty-four volumes (1924-1967) of the North Carolina Historical Review are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections. First published in the spring of 1924, the quarterly Review quickly established and maintains through today a reputation for scholarly excellence.

Now in its ninetieth year of publication by the Historical Publications Section of the Office of Archives and History, the North Carolina Historical Review has provided a forum for scholarship on North Carolina’s rich history for generations of students, historians, and the general population. Each issue of the Review contains a table of contents, several articles and essays, a selection of book reviews, and notes of historical interest. Since 1934, the April issue includes a bibliography of North Carolina books published in the previous year. The October issue contains a cumulative index for all four issues in that volume. Access to these new digital volumes is free and the full text of each of the 176 issues is searchable.

Read the full article.

See the North Carolina Digital Collections.

Check out the digitized collection of the North Carolina Historical Review 1924-1967 by clicking here. Scroll the right hand column to choose issues. Scrolling to the bottom gets you to 1924.

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2013 FGS Conference-Bird Registration Ends July 1

The following is from FGS:
FGS Conference 2013 Fort Wayne, Indiana
“Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

June 10, 2013 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details at

The conference will be held 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI). Platinum sponsors are FamilySearch, and

The conference offers opportunities for all who are interested in researching their family history, with over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists at all levels. The exhibit hall features over 70 vendors offering a wide range of genealogical products and is open and free to the public.

Luncheons, workshops and special events provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Make sure the get your tickets to these conference “extras” early to guarantee your spot.

See you in Fort Wayne in August!

Learn More and Stay Connected
Visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at
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Follow the conference on Twitter at and hashtag #FGS2013.
Visit Fort Wayne at

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

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Classes Form Around Tom Jones’s Mastering Genealogical Proof

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:
Arlington, VA, 10 June 2013: One of the National Genealogical Society’s educational goals two years ago was to bring an excellent learning tool to the genealogical community that would help expand understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). With the help of Dr. Thomas W. Jones, phd, cg, cgl, fasg, fngs, that NGS goal was realized recently with the publication of Mastering Genealogical Proof. The release of this book has excited and enthused genealogists of all skill levels and as a result classes and courses of study are forming quickly around this excellent text. NGS President Jordan Jones recently spoke to Dr. Jones about this new publication. Jordan shares that conversation and his thoughts:

I had an opportunity to talk to Tom Jones about his book Mastering Genealogical Proof, recently published by the National Genealogical Society.

The book is a culmination of Tom’s years of interest in the topic of genealogical proof. While he was serving as its president, the Board for Certification of Genealogists published The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Provo: Ancestry Publishing, 2000). According to Tom, this book was “one of the first places where the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) was articulated and laid out in its five parts.” He continues: “In fact, the Standards Manual was released at the NGS Conference in Providence in 2000, and I did a presentation on the GPS at that conference and have been doing them in one form or another over the years.” Often, in the course of a one-hour lecture, Tom can share an insight into some aspect of the GPS, but the proof standard is a large topic that requires far more than a single hour.

The courses Tom teaches at Boston University and at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy treat the GPS in a broader context, and this book builds on that approach. “It’s the result of my learning from all the teaching I have done, at BU and at the Salt Lake Institute particularly.” Originally, the book was to have been an NGS online course. As he started to develop the content, Tom felt that “the complexity and the length suggested that an online course was not the best way to deliver the content.” The exercises also made the work better suited to being a “textbook to accompany a course, rather than a course itself.” So, the National Genealogical Society worked with Tom to re-conceive the project as a book to support in-class coursework.

And now the courses are coming: Two study groups have formed to study Mastering Genealogical Proof. One study group is hosted by Angela Packer McGhie, a genealogical researcher, lecturer, and instructor. Angela serves as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program and course coordinator. She has set up a “train-the-trainer” model where she is working through the content with a small group of mentors, who will then teach others. The course is being held online via Google Hangouts. For more information, see the “Gen Proof” groups post on her blog, Adventures in Genealogy Education.

Another study group is led by Pat Richley-Erickson, the irrepressible blogger also known as “Dear Myrtle.” This course started with an orientation session on Sunday, with fifteen other panelists. There will be sessions through September, including a graduation ceremony. For more information, see Pat Richley-Erickson’s blog Dear Myrtle or her MGP Study Group schedule.

Of the audience for the Mastering Genealogical Proof, Tom says he hopes it would include “everyone interested in tracing their family history. Most of my teaching experience has been with people that I would say are intermediate and higher in terms of their research experience. I think the greatest interest in the book is among that group, but I really hope people who are just embarking on their family history research will pick this up and get a lot out of it, because it will get them started off on the right foot. It will minimize all the hours of work put into something that a few years down the road they realize is worthless. I don’t think anything in here is too advanced or too complex for a new family historian to digest and benefit from and apply to their own research.” I agree, and hope researchers, those just beginning, and those with more experience, will take a look at Tom’s book, and learn to benefit from the rigor and clarity of the genealogical proof standard. The National Genealogical Society is proud to have helped bring Mastering Genealogical Proof to the community of genealogists. We are heartened to see that the book is generating interest in advanced genealogical study, and that students and teachers are using it to explore and extend their understanding of the GPS.

— Jordan Jones, President, National Genealogical Society

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.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than Half a Million Index Records and Images to New Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations Collection

The following is from FamilySearch:
FamilySearch has recently added more than 2.7 million images from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 544,966 index records and images from the new Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920, collection, the 731,428 index records and images from the BillionGraves Index, and the 452,357 index records from the U.S., Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 365,714 – 365,714 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971 – 0 – 2,408 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 24,443 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 68,596 – Added images to an existing collection.
Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920 – 518,567 – 26,399 – New indexed records and images collection.
Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941 – 0 – 149 – Added images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982 – 0 – 77,206 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596-1911 – 0 – 94,902 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1936 – 0 – 41,206 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1959 – 0 – 86,691 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939 – 452,357 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867-2012 – 0 – 87,557 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979 – 0 – 46,602 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 – 0 – 57,742 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 36,078 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905 – 63 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 – 0 – 368,047 – Added images to an existing collection.

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BillionGraves Introduces FamilyTree Connect

A couple weeks ago, BillionGraves surpassed 4 million records posted online. The company has been doing some interesting collaboration with FamilySearch of late. I had a good conversation with reps for the company at the SCGS Jamboree last week. They are doing some great work. The following is from BillionGraves.

Now you can connect all those images you upload on the BillionGraves site straight to FamilySearch with just the click of a button!


Simply go to the “Tools” tab on the BillionGraves site, and click “FamilySearch” from the dropdown menu and you can start connecting your family members’ records (and any other records for that matter) to their FamilySearch records. You can also attach any record by clicking on “Link to Family Search” on any records page.

To see how it works, watch our introduction video or read more about it on the BillionGraves blog!

This is another way we are making the valuable records you contrubute to those people who need them. By connecting these records straight to their corresponding FamilySearch records, you will be helping people piece together their family stories faster and easier than ever before.

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150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

Most genealogist’s tend to write… Sometimes we write a lot… Now there’s a website where we can get help with our writing. I recommend the 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively found at the Open Education Database website to everyone.

The following teaser is from the site:

It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or a professional writer: there’s always something new to learn and ways to make your writing more refined, better researched, and more effective. Writing is essential for students who want to succeed, whether they’re enrolled in one of the top online colleges or an Ivy League university. As essential as it is, learning to write well isn’t easy. The best practices for writing and research can sometimes be subjective, and the finer points of syntax and style often take a backseat to looming deadlines and strict citation guidelines.

Luckily, there are many helpful resources that make it easier to build on your existing skills while learning new ones. We’ve compiled links to sites dedicated to helping students, bloggers, and professional writers improve their techniques while also becoming better editors and researchers. Browse through the following list or focus on categories you need most. It’s organized by subject and resources are listed alphabetically within. With more than 150 resources to chose from, you’re bound to find something that can make your writing life a little easier.

Click here to see the list of 150 great resources.

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FGS Radio: Getting the Next Generation Involved with Genealogy

The subject of getting kids involved in genealogy has been near to my heart for nearly 30 years. Randy Whited’s FGS Radio show on Getting the Next Generation Involved with Genealogy should be a good one. The following is from FGS.

FGS Radio: Getting the Next Generation Involved with Genealogy

Saturday, June 15, 2013
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio – My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

This week’s episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled Getting the Next Generation Involved with Genealogy. Our guest this week will be Tina Lyons, Vice President of the Indiana Genealogical Society and as Publicity Chair of the FGS 2013 Conference. She will share her ideas on how to entice the next generation of genealogy researchers. Our Society Spotlight this week will showcase the Oregon Genealogical Society.

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

Join Us Each Saturday Afternoon at FGS Radio

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

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Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources

hbd1810Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources is a straight-forward listing of resource pertinent to Americans and Europeans searching their Nordic ancestry. Resources are divided into five major Nordic groups, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Each group, of course, represents a home country. The book lists resources by this home country association, but offers repositories found in that country as well as American location of records.

Actual resource listings cover national repositories, along with local libraries and regional historical societies. Specific information is listed for groups, including contact information as well as ideas on how best to use the resources found at each location or group. This book also lists a selective bibliography of books covering the Scandinavian culture and history.

About the Author

“Dr. [Charles] Dickson is a college chemistry instructor and an ordained minister in addition to being a freelance writer. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Stetson University, and the University of Florida.”

Dickson is a prolific author, having written books and articles on religion, chemistry, and history. His historical publishings have appeared in Scandinavian Review, The American Dane, The Finnish American Newsletter, Genealogical Helper, Heritage Quest, and Ancestry Newsletter.

He is also of Swedish-American descent.


Table of Contents

The Author


Finding Ancestors in America

Finding Ancestors in Denmark

  • Danish American Resources
  • Danish Immigrant Museum
  • Danish Immigrant Archives
  • Danish American Heritage Society
  • Danish American Historical Archives
  • Danish Brotherhood of American
  • Additional Danish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Danish

Finding Ancestors in Finland

  • Finnish American Resources
  • Finlandia University Library
  • Finnish American Heritage Center
  • Swedish Finn Historical Society
  • Finnish American Historical Society of the West
  • Additional Finnish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Finnish

Finding Ancestors in Iceland

  • Icelandic American Resources
  • Everett Psychiatric Clinic
  • Additional Icelandic Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Icelandic

Finding Ancestors in Norway

  • Norwegian American Resources
  • Augsburg College – Sverdrup Library
  • Norwegian American Historical Associattion
  • Luther College – Preus Library
  • Vesterheim Genealogical Center
  • Sons of Norway International Library
  • Concordia College – Ylvisaker Library
  • Augustana College – Mikkelsen Library
  • Lutheran Brethren Schools Library
  • Bethany Lutheran College Library
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Mortvedt Library
  • Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary Library
  • Additional Norwegian Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Norwegian

Finding Ancestors in Sweden

  • Swedish American Resources
  • The American Swedish Institute
  • American Swedish Historical Foundation
  • The Swedish American Historical Society
  • Swedish Colonial Society
  • Gustavus Adolphus College – Folke Bernadotte Library
  • Baptist General Conference Archives
  • Augustana Historical Society
  • North Park College Library
  • Swenson Swedish Immigration Center
  • Bethany College – Wallerstedt Library
  • Additional Swedish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Swedish

General Scandinavian Resources

  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Scandinavian American Genealogical Society
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – Rolfing Library
  • Scandinavian Periodicals and Newspapters
  • Scandinavian Studies and Language Instruction
  • Places with Scandinavian Names

General Genealogical Resources



Copies of Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $14.70.

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NGS Research in the States Series: New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County

ngs19Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later issued as special publications. The latest version of the series contains revised guides, plus additional states not included in the previous releases. Now, new for 2013, NGS has provided a slight twist to the “States Series” by adding a city and county based guide. Then again, considering the age and overall size of the city in question, it’s no wonder it got its own guide. Just released, and authored by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, is NGS Research in the States Series: New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County.

This time, let me start with the guide’s author. Laura Murphy DeGrazia is a Brooklyn-born New York native. She was raised in Nassau County on Long Island and is a coeditor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and is a certified genealogist. She served as president for the board for Certification of Genealogists from 2008 to 2010. Editing was provided by Barbara Vines Little.

For those less familiar with New York; New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County effectively make up the southeastern part of New York State. New York City spans across the western part of Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan island, several islands in New York Harbor, and the mainland area south of Westchester County. Giovanni di Verrazano is considered to be the first explorer to the area, exploring the area in 1524. Trade began in the area in 1609 through the Dutch East India Company, with the first permanent settlers. The settlement became the City of New Amsterdam in 1653, some 360 years ago.

New York long served as a major port of immigration, seeing a great cultural diversity. Main among the immigrants were Africans (both slaves and freemen) British, French, Germans, Irish, Jews, Scandinavians, and many other European nationalities. Large, diverse, and old (as far as old gets in America), it’s no wonder New York City is worthy of its own research guide in the NGS States Series. Like any good genealogical guide, this book is broken down into sections, offering historical and research relevant data, along with listings of key sources for continued research.


Table of Contents


  • History and Settlement
  • Migration
  • Economy
  • Jurisdictional Changes

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • National Archives at New York City
  • New York State Archives
  • New York State Library
  • New York City Department of Records: Municipal Archives
  • New York Public Library: Research Libraries
  • New-York Historical Society
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B)
  • Local and Special Interest Libraries and Societies

Major Resources

    • Aids to Research

Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps

  • Biographical and Genealogical Compilations
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Name Lists
    • Federal Censuses
    • State Censuses
    • Local Censuses
  • City, County, and Community Directories
  • City-, Town-, and Village-Level Research
  • County-Level Research
  • Court Records
  • Ethnic and Religious Group Resources
    • African Americans
    • Germans
    • Irish
    • Italians
    • Jews
  • Historians: Borough, County, City, Town, Village, Community
  • Immigration Records
  • Land Records
  • Military Records
    • Militia and Colonial Wars
    • American Revolution
    • War of 1812
    • Civil War
    • Spanish-American War
    • World War I
    • World War II
  • Naturalization Records
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Probate and Administration Records
  • Religious Records
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
    • Divorce Records
    • Adoption Records
  • Voter Records
  • Conclusion


The NGS States Series guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

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

Ever heard of Mourning Rings?  Not morning rings but mourning rings……. memorial rings given to commemorate a deceased relative, close friend or historical figure.



Do a search on Google Images and you’ll see hundreds of different Mourning Rings (some are for sale).

The concept of giving Mourning Rings has been identified back to the 15th century and continuing until the peak of the idea in the 18th century. In medieval times, it became customary to remember a departed loved one with a plain hoop ring engraved or enameled with the initials of the deceased along with the death date. As years past, the design changed; they became more and more detailed and fancy.

The will of William Shakespeare (in 1616) mentions that sums of money are bequeathed to several friends to buy them golden rings. Between 1687 and 1725, Judge Samuel Sewall of Salem, Massachusetts, was given 57 mourning rings. (He had been quite involved with the Salem Witch Trials and no doubt many wished to keep on his good side.

Do you have a family mourning ring? Have you ever found mention of one in your family’s papers?  Care to share the story?

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.


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Map Guide to German Parish Registers: Rhineland III and Palatinate (Pfalz); Volume XIII [Newly Reprinted]

fr0025Family Roots Publishing’s Map Guide to German Parish Registers series are wildly popular. Of the 42 volumes now in print, Kingdom of Prussia, Province of  Rhineland III and Kingdom of Bavaria, Palatinate (Pfalz) is the most popular of all. Freshly reprinted, new copies are available for immediate ordering.

Map Guide to German Parish Registers: Kingdom of Prussia, Province of  Rhineland III and Kingdom of Bavaria, Palatinate (Pfalz) is the third volume covering Rhineland and thirteenth overall. This map guide provides an historical background to the region, including a complete list of rulers and political leaders for the Rhineland from 1143 until 1945 and for Palatinate from 1799 to 1918. There are also listings of genealogical resources covering civil registration, emigration, lineage books, periodicals and genealogical collections, plus archives and repositories. Archive include both state, church, and district or city archives.

Lineage books, or town lineage books, are available for many regions of Germany. These books are compiled from early parish and town records with data usually arranged by family unit and surname. Vital information, such as birth or christening dates, marriage dates, and burial or death dates were recorded in the books. This guide includes a list of available lineage books for the areas covered in the guide.

Map guides help make finding German Parishes easier. Map Guide to German Parish Registers: Kingdom of Prussia, Province of  Rhineland III and Kingdom of Bavaria, Palatinate (Pfalz) maps and lists parishes in the area of Rhineland and Palatinate in the mid to late 1800s. These maps serve as a “snapshot” to the parish districts as they existed at that time. Parishes were defined by the town to which they were assigned, and vice versa. Like the other volumes in this series, this map book offers the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.

The Map Guide to German Parish Registers: Kingdom of Prussia, Province of  Rhineland III and Kingdom of Bavaria, Palatinate (Pfalz), like all in the series, is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: FR0025, Price: $34.25.

Listed here are the places found is this volume:

  • Aach Trier Rheinland
  • Abachsmühle Trier Rheinland
  • Abschied Trier Rheinland
  • Abstäberhof Pfalz Bavaria
  • Abtei Trier Rheinland
  • Abutte Trier Rheinland
  • Achatmühle Pfalz Bavaria
  • Ackelshof Trier Rheinland
  • Ackerburg Trier Rheinland
  • Adenbach Pfalz Bavari

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Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas September 29

A Swedish Genealogy Workshop will be held Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th at Lindsborg, Kansas, the “Little Sweden” of the USA. The folowing news release was received from Kathy Meade:

Join us for a Swedish genealogy weekend in Lindsborg, led by genealogists from Sweden! Genealogists from Sweden will present informative sessions for both beginning and experienced researchers.

Sessions include: ‘I have Swedish roots, where do I start?’, ‘Research in the Swedish Church Records’, ‘CDs and Online Resources’, ‘Benefits of Disbyt & Dispos Databases’, ‘Swedish Probate Records & Estate Inventories’, ‘Swedish Military Records’ and ‘ Swedish Historical Maps’.

The two day workshop also includes time for research on your own projects on Sunday. You will have access to numerous online and CD resources free of charge. Computer stations are available to everyone, along with help from experienced researchers.

Attend one or two days. Discount for Early Bird Registration post marked by August 1st. Lodging is available in Lindsborg and nearby McPherson and Salina. Also enjoy a free Welcome Reception for attendees arriving Friday evening. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore your Swedish heritage with experts from Sweden!

For more information and registration:

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NGS Announces 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014

National Genealogical Society Announces 2014 Family History Conference
Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014
Virginia: The First Frontier

ARLINGTON, VA, 29 MAY 2013: The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the 2014 Family History Conference will be held 7–10 May 2014 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Marriott Hotel located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Conference highlights and contact information for conference hotels can be found in the Announcement Brochure, which can be downloaded at The conference theme, Virginia: The First Frontier, will explore the records and history that draw so many back to their roots in the Old Dominion. Lecture topics will also include migration into, within, and out of the region down the Great Wagon Road, over the Appalachian Mountains, and across the south to Texas and beyond.

Genealogy conferences in Richmond, Virginia, are always well attended, so plan to make your reservations early. The five conference hotels will accept reservations beginning 1 June 2013 and the special conference rates apply three days before and after the conference. The hotels offer a variety of amenities and dining options, so choose the one that best fits your needs. The convention and visitors bureau will be providing shuttle buses between the convention center and the Crowne Plaza, Omni, and Holiday Inn Express hotels, which are a few blocks away, while the conference is in session. For more details please see the NGS conference website at Consider arriving early to experience one or more historical tours in and around Richmond provided by Richmond Discoveries’ Tours on Monday afternoon 5 May 2014 and Tuesday morning and afternoon 6 May 2014. Details can be found at Tour reservations will be accepted beginning 1 December 2013.

The four-day conference will include more than 150 lectures by nationally known experts on topics including the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups in Virginia and the neighboring states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The program will also feature broader genealogical categories including military and other federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, and problem solving. There will also be an emphasis on the use of technology (GenTech) in genealogical research including genetics, mobile devices, and apps.

An Exhibit Hall with more than 100 vendors will be free and open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, directly across from the Marriott Hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog at so you do not miss any of the conference news or announcements. Conference registration opens 1 December 2013.

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.

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The 1895 Valuation Rolls Are Now Live on the ScotlandsPeople Website

The following was received from Scotland’sPeople:
Scotland's People

The Valuation Rolls (VRs) in Scotland for 1895 have just been added to the ScotlandsPeople website.

The new records, comprising 2,095,707 indexed names and 75,565 digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or dwelling that was assessed in 1895 as having a rateable value, and provide a fascinating picture of Scottish society during the late Victorian era.

What do the 1895 Valuation Rolls contain?
The Rolls contain the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property – and in many cases, occupations are also included. The head of the household is usually the named person, although sometimes a husband and wife might both be listed – interestingly, wives are often the named tenant in rented property.

As the Rolls contain individuals from right across the social spectrum – from dwellers in Scotland’s tenements to famous property and land owners – they reveal some very interesting features of social history in Scotland during the late Victorian era. To highlight some of the interesting social history captured in the Rolls, we’ve included some examples below.

If you have any questions about Valuation Rolls, visit the dedicated FAQs page that we’ve created to help explain what the VRs are all about.

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Version 7 of Both MacFamilyTree for Mac & MobileFamilyTree for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Released

Synium has released the brand new version 7 of both MacFamilyTree for Mac and MobileFamilyTree for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – packed with lots of major new features like iCloud sync, new Virtual Globe, new and much improved user interface, new Virtual Tree and several further improvement.

For Version 7, Synium has teamed up with to bring the world’s largest genealogical database with more than one billion entries to all customers – without any additional cost or subscription fees. Users can collaborate with millions of users and find or share new information about their family members.

By the way, Apple honored MacFamilyTree by promoting it big time on the Mac App Store. Since being published 24 hours ago on the Mac App Store, it has already reached the Top 20 sales charts in nearly all countries around the globe.

Overview: The new features of MacFamilyTree 7 and MobileFamilyTree 7

- New User Interface
– Completely rewritten Edit Mode
– iCloud Sync
– Rewritten FamilySearch Integration
– New Virtual Tree
– New Virtual Globe (Just MacFamilyTree)
– New Name Distribution Chart
– New Plausibility Report
– New Backup Manager (Just MacFamilyTree)
– Support for Associated Persons
– Global Search & Replace (Just MacFamilyTree)
– Improved Reports
– Improved Charts

Until July 31st 2013, MacFamilyTree 7 and MobileFamilyTree 7 are offered for upgrade prices for everyone. In this time period, MacFamilyTree 7 is just $29.99 and MobileFamilyTree 7 just $7.99. This price is valid for everyone, regardless if they own a previous version or not.

System Requirements:
MacFamilyTree 7.0 requires OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It is available exclusively on the Mac App Store (Apps using iCloud have to be sold through the App Store). MobileFamilyTree 7.0 requires iOS 5 or iOS 6.

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