A new genealogy site has appeared within the past few days at FamilyTreeNow.com. It is billed as being completely free for everything. The site is in beta and claims to have “billions of historical records, including census (1790-1940) records, birth records, death records, marriage & divorce records, living people records, and military records.”
I took a look at the site and was impressed. It doesn’t have everything that the well-established commercial web sites have, but the price tag of free will appeal to many.
Lawrence University students mapped out a graveyard over the weekend. Students marked out a grid to help locate the 133 burial sites in the former Outagamie County Insane Asylum Cemetery in Grand Chute. The headstones were removed in the 1970s.
What interested me is the method used to identify graves. The students walked down the rows with a device to collect information about the earth’s magnetic field.
The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist and S&N Genealogy:
Following the success of last year’s inaugural East of England Family History Show “Echoes of the Past” the event is now bigger than ever and will be held at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln on Sunday 26th October 2014.
The event offers the opportunity for visitors to research their family history, find central records and learn more about the archives of the area. Exhibitors include family history societies, genealogists, heritage groups and local publishers. Workshops and talks will be held throughout the day including Military Research, Researching Online, Lincolnshire Family History and The Garton Archive.
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was the largest fraternal organization for Union veterans. It was a very active organization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Only Union veterans were permitted to join the GAR. As the members aged and then died, the organization eventually disappeared. However, it was replaced by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, with membership restricted to descendants of Union Civil War veterans. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War inherited most of the records of the national GAR organization, as well as many of the records of local chapters (called “encampments”).
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) now has created its Grave Registration Project to document the final resting places of BOTH Union and Confederate Civil War veterans. The fully-searchable database is available online and is free for everyone.
A little-known program of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides genealogy information that may be difficult or impossible to obtain elsewhere. The records include naturalization files, visa applications, and citizenship tests, and may reveal family secrets and mysteries. In addition to relatives, historians or researchers can also request files.
Under the USCIS Genealogy Program, which started in 2008, requests are usually completed within 90 days. The government will run a search of the name, as long as the person is deceased. If there are records available, the government charges additional fees for the files. The fee for a record copy from microfilm identified as (M) is $20 per request. The fee for a copy of a hard copy file identified as (HC) is $35 per request. More information about the fees associated with each file series may be found at http://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/historical-records-series-available-genealogy-program.
The next episode of “Finding Your Roots” will be broadcast on most PBS stations on Tuesday, October 28th. The program will trace three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation’s sense of itself. Hip-hop artist Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors and their intimate relationship with their slave master; award-winning actress Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story; and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett goes back in time more than 200 years to meet a formidable line-up of free people of color — all of them of trailblazers.
Finding Your Roots II, Pt. 6, “We Come from People,” will be broadcast on Tuesday, October 28th. Check your local listings for the time and channel nearest you. The program’s web site may be found at http://video.pbs.org/program/finding-your-roots.
A campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historical English and Welsh birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.
“Guy Etchells, the man who is behind the push to get the 1911 Census released early, for which we are all eternally grateful, has now started an online petition asking for the UK’s civil registration records … to be made open for public inspection, online and at local record offices. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
“Currently the main way that English and Welsh BDM records can be accessed is by certificates posted out by the General Register Office (GRO) – a process that costs £9.25 per certificate, and obviously takes time in the mail, anything from a few days to weeks.
“According to Mr Etchells this whole process could be alleviated if historic registers were made available, as other historic records are, through the National Archives – as instant downloads. “
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Consider the environment. Do you really need to print out this article?
I occasionally receive e-mail messages from newsletter readers asking various questions about how to print the newsletter. I also frequently hear comments at genealogy conferences and elsewhere from family historians stating, “I printed it out to save it and…” or similar words.
I have one question: Why?
Google Takeout (also called Google Takeaway in some languages) is a little known service that allows users of Google products, such as YouTube, Google Drive files, Google Calendar appointments, Google Contacts, and Gmail, to export their data as a downloadable ZIP file. It is a great method of keeping backup copies of your online data. Google Takeout makes it easy for you to make copies of your information that is stored in many of Google’s many services. In fact, the service is so simple to use that there is little documentation needed or available. Best of all, the Google Takeout service is available free of charge.
The full list of Google data services available (so far) with Google Takeout include:
YouTube, Bookmarks, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Drive, Voice, Profile, Hangouts, Google+, Circles, Google+, Stream, +1s, Google+, Pages, Blogger, Orkut, Messenger, YouTube, Google Photos, Google Play, Books, Location, and History.
Google does not delete your data after exporting.
The Irish Family History Foundation, RootsIreland.ie, is the largest online database of Irish family records, and is best known for its extensive holdings of parish registers. The web site’s owners have now changed from a “pay per view” business model to a subscription model.
A one-month subscription costs €25/£20/$32; a six-month sub costs €125/£98/$161; and a one-year sub costs €225/£177/$289. The old pay per view service is being closed down and no further purchases of credits can be made.
Between 1854 and 1929, more than 250,000 children were placed on orphan trains from the East Coast of the U.S., venturing into unknown territory in the West by train, to settle with unfamiliar families across America. The transfer was the first emigration plan and largest mass migration of children ever to take place on American soil, formulating the country’s first child welfare system.
Descendants and interested persons gather annually to celebrate and discover the saga of those little pioneers drawn into a social experiment spanning more than 75 years. There are fewer than 50 surviving orphan train riders in the U.S. today.
The Hopkins County Genealogical Society of Sulphur Springs, Texas, has created a map that shows nearly all known cemetery plots across the county. Best of all, the map is available online where it is conveniently available to everyone, not limited to only those who can visit the society in person.
When looking at the map, the user can move the cursor over marker for info and then click for more info. A pop-up appears that provides the name of the cemetery as well as a link to more detailed information. Clicking on the link then opens a page on USGenWeb that provides more information about the cemetery. Some of the links I clicked on, although not all, contained lists of the tombstones in each cemetery, including name(s), birth date, death date, burial date, and comments of the transcriber. Many of the dates were left blank when the information did not appear on the tombstone or in the cemetery’s records.
Life was often difficult for our ancestors, as shown in pictures of Dickensian poverty on the streets of London. The images show the grim reality of life in Victorian London.
The photographs of working class people, captured by photojournalist John Thomson in 1877, show the backbreaking daily grind which was a reality for the capital’s citizens. You can read more and view the pictures at http://goo.gl/7sjLG5.
Tulsa police are investigating a case where vandals damaged headstones in one of the oldest cemeteries in the city. About a week ago, a City of Tulsa security guard patrolling through the cemetery at 11th and Peoria at about three in the morning, discovered a vandal damaged several headstones. Altogether, five headstones are damaged. The markers date back to a span from 1906 to 1915. City crews have uprighted the headstones, but they still need permanent fixes.
Police officers are searching for relatives of the deceased whose monuments were damaged. Perhaps a genealogist can help. The names of the deceased are:
The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:
APG Shows Commitment to Next Generation with Young Professional Discount for 2015 Professional Management Conference
Build Your Career Skills at the Only Conference Aimed at Professional Genealogy
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today demonstrated its commitment to next-generation genealogists by offering young professionals a significant discount to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC). The Young Professional discount offers savings of 40 percent off the full price of the conference, with additional discounts for single days. The conference, themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” will be held the 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is now open for the 2015 PMC at www.apgen.org/conferences.
The following announcement was written by Thomas MacEntee:
Chicago, Illinois: GenBiz Solutions™ Guides hit the marketplace today to meet the demands of the business owner with a genealogy-related business focus. Independent of developing genealogical research skills, today’s successful genealogy-related business owner must develop or enhance specific business skills. Each GenBiz Solutions™ Guide, geared towards the business side of genealogy, addresses a specific business topic. Initial guides released include:
- Starting a Genealogy Business
- Creating a Marketing Plan
- Creating a Sales Process
- Building Media Relationships
- Starting a Business Blog
Raymond Alan Brownley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was obviously a self-made man. Quoting his obituary:
“He despised canned cranberry sauce, wearing shorts, cigarette butts in his driveway, oatmeal, loud-mouth know-it-alls, Tabasco sauce, reality TV shows, and anything to do with the Kardashians.”
That’s only the beginning. The obituary is quite long, describing Raymond as “He was generous to a fault, a pussy cat at heart, and yet he sugar-coated absolutely nothing.”
You can read all of it at http://goo.gl/cO3k35.
A groundbreaking new DNA project is aimed at finding out, “Who are the Welsh exactly?” The ambitious scheme, launched last night at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, hopes to take DNA samples from thousands of individuals in order to trace Welsh lineage back over many thousands of years to find out where their ancestors first came from.
The brainchild of CymruDNA Wales — in an exclusive partnership with the Daily Post, the Western Mail, S4C and production company Greenbay Media — the project aims to delve, via a simple saliva sample, back way beyond written records to the end of the last ice age around 9,000 BC when colossal glacial shifts gouged the landscape of Wales and allowed the first immigrants to settle there.
The Master Genealogist (TMG) has long been a popular genealogy program for Windows. Unfortunately, on July 29th 2014, Wholly Genes Software announced that they would be discontinuing “The Master Genealogist”. See my earlier article at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/07/29/the-master-genealogist-to-be-discontinued for details.)
TMG will not stop working without the company’s support. However, no new features will ever be added and, in case of a technical difficulty, the company will no longer be able to offer support. Sooner or later, some new version of Windows probably will break the software in The Master Genealogist. The prudent TMG user should start planning now to migrate to another product. There is no need to rush into the migration but I would suggest having a plan NOW to migrate whenever the need does arise.
One option is to convert from TMG to RootsMagic, a popular and powerful competitor to TMG. While data can be transferred to RootsMagic via GEDCOM, TMG loses many details as it exports to GEDCOM including witnesses, roles, source templates, and more. However, a better capability has just been announced.