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The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, death & marriage records which date from 1845 are soon to be made available through its genealogy portal www.irishgenealogy.ie. This is terrific news, announced in CIGO’s 21st year, the year in which it ‘comes of age’.
BALTIMORE, May 22, 2013 -- Between 1937 and 1938, the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Project Administration (WPA) conducted thousands of interviews with former African-American slaves. While historians have known about these oral histories for some time, few researchers have exploited the genealogical potential of these sources--until now!
For the first time, the DVD series Generations, by Dr. James M. Rose, presents these ex-slave narratives with critical genealogical evidence pertaining to each interviewee. While varying from one ex-slave to another, Generations' genealogical content includes census record extracts, death certificates, probate records, plantation records, and biographical information on slave owners. When available, pictures of the ex-slaves are also included. By linking these sources with the recollections of hundreds of former slaves, Generations affords African-American genealogists the rare opportunity to surmount the brick wall of the 1870 U.S. census, the first federal census to identify all blacks by their full names. Among other things, the accounts also suggest that despite efforts by whites to destroy bonds between children and especially their fathers, most ex-slaves who discussed their families mentioned their fathers prominently.
May 22, 2013
FamilySearch has added more than 2.25 million index records and images this week from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,152,830 index records and images from the U.S., Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 collection, and the 244,523 images from the Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records, 1611-1935, 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 FamilySearch.org.
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.
Black families with ancestors in Edgefield County, South Carolina, can now follow the lives of ancestors throughout the 19th century, thanks to a comprehensive collection of records from the Edgefield County Archives pertaining to the purchasing and selling of slaves. The award-winning work, Slave Records of Edgefield County, is Gloria Lucas’ legacy, according to close friends and associates. Lucas died at age 84 last month.
The book, published by the Edgefield Historical Society, contains extractions from ledgers of estates, wills, inventories, appraisals, deed transfers, sheriff sales and other files that contain about 29,000 listings and more than 58,000 slave names. Many of the records provide gender, age, physical description, occupation and family relationships.
You can read the details in an article by Wesley Brown in The Augusta Chronicle at http://goo.gl/HXW7u. You may be able to find Slave Records of Edgefield County in a library near you by searching at http://goo.gl/VYJaZ.
The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
The Unofficial Family Archivist
A Guide to Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia.
by Melissa Mannon. 247 pages.
The problem with being the unofficial family archivist is that eventually you become the official family archivist.
When I started doing genealogy, Dear Myrtle on AOL Genealogy Forum was my beacon for organizing my papers. To this day, I follow her instructions for organizing all my notes. At least I got that much right.
Now we have Family Archivist to start us out doing things right. It’s the beginner who will benefit most from this book, but if you’re a senior historian, there’s something for you, too.
Computer hardware keeps evolving and prices keep dropping. Of course, that's been true for decades and there appears to be no let-up of the rapid changes ahead. One newly-announced computer I am enthusiastic about is Dell's new "Project Ophelia" computer that will sell for about $100.
The new "Project Ophelia" computer is expected to be released in July to developers who may want to write apps for Ophelia. In August, it will be available via cable companies or telecom providers that may want to offer it with cable packages or data plans. Shortly after, it will be available to consumers on Dell's website. "Project Ophelia" computers will be tiny. In fact, the new computer will be about the size of today's flash drives. Obviously, it won't have a CD-ROM drive in it. Then again, it won't need one. Many computers being built these days do not have CD-ROM drives.
Man is at his cruelest in times of war. This is illustrated by a video produced by the New York Times that displays still photos taken during the U.S. Civil War. You can view these historic photographs at http://nyti.ms/10v0FpL or click on the video player below.
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Here are the articles in this week's Plus Edition newsletter:
(+) Hands On with the $169.99 HP Slate 7 Tablet
FamilySearch Adds to Dominican Republic, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States Collections
Photos and Vital Information on every Tombstone in more than 770 Connecticut Cemeteries Now Online
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.I own one of the original Apple iPad handheld computers. While I like the device, I realize that newer handheld computers have more features, high-resolution cameras, more memory for data storage, and numerous other advantages that my aging device does not possess. In addition, I have realized the iPad's almost 10-inch screen makes it too bulky to carry with me all the time. As a result, the iPad often sits on the desk at home when I really would like to be using it when I am out and about. After all, what good is battery-powered portability when the thing is not convenient to carry?
"In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin—seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is."—Ralph Waldo EmersonThat was the favorite genealogical quote of our good friend, Carolyn L. Barkley, unexpectedly lost to our genealogical family on Sunday, 12 May 2013. She was 65 and had much she wanted to do in life.
She had been employed by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Libraries for over thirty years; where from 1986 until her retirement she was the Central Librarian.
The following was written by findmypast.com:
In honor of Memorial Day on May 27, and in remembrance of all who died while serving our country, findmypast.com will offer its collection of U.S. and international military records for free in the days leading up to the national observance.
With more than 26 million U.S. and international military records available, findmypast.com is encouraging people to explore and learn about the heroic efforts of their ancestors this Memorial Day. Record sets such as ‘Draft Registration Cards,’ ‘Casualties Returned Alive,’ ‘POWs’ and others will offer a captivating glimpse into the lives and experiences of our veteran ancestors.
Searching for birth relatives can be difficult in some states and impossible in others using standard adoption search methods but Genetic Genealogy Plus breaks down the barriers set up by closed records.
Search Quest America (SQA), a leader in reuniting families, is excited to announce Genetic Genealogy Plus, a new service for adoptees. This new service uses DNA and traditional genealogy research to find the family of adoptees with sealed records. Genetic Genealogy Plus is offered by SQA through an affiliation with two leading DNA testing companies, Family Tree DNA and 23andMe.
Great pictures aren’t taken, they’re made. And it’s the making part that many of us don’t have time for. We'd all love to have photos that capture our vacations and birthdays and anniversaries the way we remember them. But wonderful images require lots (and lots) of work.
I don’t know how many of you listened in to the hearing or accessed the audio only archives—but we won!
The hearing was only on the amended version I sent out earlier today —4 and is attached again which keeps the birth records at 100 years, and death, marriage, divorce, annulment and partnership at 50 years. See Section SECTION 33. ORS 432.121 (7a) (page 73) It also removes the restriction on cause of death that is in the existing statute. See Section SECTION 33. ORS 432.121 (3) [page 69] in the italicized ( redacted) portion and nothing comparable in the new language (bold) page 70-71.
May 14, 2013
FamilySearch has added more than 1.5 million index records and images this week from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 217,016 index records from the U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956, collection, the 151,020 index records and images from the United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files collection, and the 163,314 images from the South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006, 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 FamilySearch.org.
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.
The following is an update to a Plus Edition article I published about a year ago. Some of the information has changed since the original article was published. I have updated the article and am re-publishing it today.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.One of my favorite computer tools is Evernote. I've been using it for more than four years now and love it. Sometimes I wonder how I ever got along before Evernote. While Evernote has many uses, I use it primarily as a digital filing system. In fact, I find that it is a perfect complement to almost any genealogy program, often compensating for the shortcomings of whatever genealogy program you might use to track your research.
MyHeritage launches Record Detective™ to accelerate family history discoveries
Global family history network makes technology breakthrough that turns dead-ends into new leads
PROVO, Utah, and Tel Aviv, Israel, May 13 2013: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced the launch of Record Detective™, the first technology of its kind to automatically extend the paper trail from a single historical record to other related records and family tree connections.
Bill entitled an Act to amend the Statistics Act 1993, in relation to the first census of population of Ireland taken since the establishment of the State; to afford that census a special heritage status and to have such released to the public for genealogical, historical and other research
I did not get to watch last night's premier of "Family Tree" on HBO. I rarely watch television so I do not subscribe to HBO. The program is not supposed to be a genealogy program. Instead, it is a comedy or sometimes might be called a "mockumentary." However, several reviews of last night's program have since been posted online. Most of them state the program was not very funny. You can find several reviews if you start at http://goo.gl/OWVpt.
If you were able to watch last night's episode, please write a comment at the end of this article describing your impressions of the new program. I would like to read your opinion and I am sure others would like to do the same.
The iPad tablet is a great device but, by itself, is poor at saving web pages for later viewing or printing. Michele Berner has created a YouTube video that shows a better way to save those web pages. However, her method only works with the Chrome web browser (available free of charge at the iPad App Store).
Once saved as a PDF file locally or on a cloud-based storage service (Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, or a similar service), you also can print that file, display it later on your screen, save it in Evernote, or send it to someone via email.
Presentation proposals for RootsTech 2014 will be accepted June 17-July 8, 2013, online at rootstech.org/proposals.
RootsTech is a family history and technology conference "where families connect." The fourth annual conference, hosted by FamilySearch, will be held February 6-8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech brings together the best in family history tools and technology to help attendees discover and share their family's connections and stories. RootsTech 2014 will reach thousands of attendees both on-site in Salt Lake City and at remote locations around the world.
A new genealogy television show in the U.S. has been rumored for some time (see http://goo.gl/OWVzi for my earlier article), but now the producers have issued an official press release giving many of the details. The following was written by Big Mountain Productions and Krasnow Productions:
ARLINGTON, VA; MAY 9, 2013 – PBS announced today that it will add the new series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW to its fall lineup. Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Each individual’s past will link to a larger COMMUNITY history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will air Mondays, September 23-October 14, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET.
The following review was written by Bobbi King:
“At a Glance”guides.
Four-page laminated 8 ½ x 11 publications. Published by Genealogical.com.
“Irish Genealogy Research” by Brian Mitchell
“Scottish Genealogy Research” by David Dobson
“German Genealogy Research” by Ernest Thode
“African American Genealogy Research” by Michael Hait
“Ellis Island Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
“Revolutionary War Genealogy Research” by Craig R. Scott
“Michigan Genealogy Research” by Carol McGinnis
“Immigration Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
“English Genealogy Research” by Paul Milner
“Italian Genealogy Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
“French Genealogy Research” by Claire Bettag
“Virginia Genealogy Research” by Carol McGinnis
“American Cemetery Research” Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
“U.S. Federal Census Records” by Kory L. Meyerink
“Cherokee Genealogy Research” by Myra Vanderpool Gormley
“Pennsylvania Genealogy Research” by John T. Humphrey
“Finding Female Ancestors” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
“Polish Genealogy Research” by Rosemary A. Dembinski Chorzempa
“Family History Library Research” by Carolyn L. Barkley
Sometimes you don’t want the full reference. Sometimes you just need a quick but authoritative guide to get you going or remind you where you need to go next.
I have been ripped off. A website called downloadprovider.me has illegally scammed my book Digging Your Canadian Roots and is offering it on their website. All you have to do is become a member, pay their fee, and you can download it. However, the problem is no one from the this website has contacted me requesting permission about selling my book on their website. What they are doing is ILLEGAL. My copyright is being VIOLATED!
Arlington, VA, 8 May 2013: The National Genealogical Society honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 8 May 2013. The Opening Session keynote speaker was historian Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Research Branch, US Citizenship and Immigration Services who spoke on the topic “People, Policy, and Records: The Importance of Historical Background” after which NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.
A study of people in 40 countries illustrates long-established changes in Europe's population. Going back a few thousand years, researchers find that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else.
The Huns and the Slavs made incursions into Eastern Europe about 1,500 years ago. Migrants moved from Ireland to England in recent centuries. Populations in Italy and Spain have been comparatively stable. None of this is breaking news. But scientists were able to see it anew by examining the patterns of genes in 2,257 people now living in 40 countries on the continent.
Date: 8th May 2013
Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie) and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Eneclann has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. Brian Donovan, Eneclann’s CEO, said of the partnership “Digitising, indexing and publishing family history records online is fraught with problems. Genealogy needs FHISO to help navigate a collaborative solution to shared problems, and to set meaningful standards, and we in Eneclann are delighted to be partners in this”. The company will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. As an organisation involved in the management, digitisation of, and research with archives, they bring a unique perspective on the work of FHISO. Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director, commented ‘Digitisation of records has transformed the way we do genealogy, but we need standards so we can be sure of the quality of the electronic records we use. FHISO is a welcome development to achieve this goal.’
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June 7-9, 2013 - Southern California Genealogy Jamboree - Burbank, California
August 17, 2013 - DuPage County Genealogical Society, - Wheaton, Illinois
Sept. 28, 2013 - American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, New Hampshire
February 6-8, 2014 - RootsTech - Salt Lake City, Utah
February 16, 2014 - Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Florida
March 22, 2014 - Bay County Genealogical Society, Panama City, Florida
June 14, 2014 - Middlesex Society of Genealogists, Middlesex County, Massachusetts