Automatically Numbering Your Genealogy in Microsoft Word

If you use Microsoft Word, you may be interested in a free ebook by Rondina Muncy: Automatically Numbering Your Genealogy in Microsoft® Word. It tells the reader how to renumber genealogies using both the Register (created in 1870 for use in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society) and NGSQ (National Genealogical Society Quarterly) styles without manually going back and correcting their numbers.


The 27-page booklet is full of screenshots that illustrate the methods described. The methods described work in Microsoft Word on Macintosh and Windows.

The New York City Marriage Index for 1950-1995 is now Online

Reclaim the Records has won another major victory in obtaining records from the New York City Clerk’s Office, under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and placing them online. The following is an extract from a recent Reclaim the Records newsletter:

Introducing…the NYC Marriage Index!


That’s right, you can now search through the index to New York City marriage licenses for 1950-1995, for free! Our search engine even recognizes soundalike surnames, spelling variants, wildcards (with no minimum number of letters needed), common nicknames, year ranges, borough preferences, and more.

Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Birth Database Doubles in Size to 20,000

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

Following the recent update of the Society’s Early Irish Death and Marriage Indexes, the Birth Index has now been updated, doubling from 10,000 entries to just over 20,000!

Among many sources, this update includes records referring to the births and parentage of several thousand Irish nuns; a census-substitute dated 1887 recording the Roman Catholic residents of the town and surrounding areas of Ballymena, Co. Antrim; and details of state-aided emigrants from Ireland to North America in the years 1847-1852

Ireland Reaching Out – A Different Kind of Genealogy Web Site

irelandxo-logoAre you of Irish Heritage? Would you like to find out more about where your ancestors came from and even connect with people still living in that place today? Ireland Reaching Out is the national diaspora programme and has been connecting people of Irish descent with their ancestral home since 2009.

Most genealogy web sites are designed for use by descendants who wish to learn more about their ancestor and their ancestors’ homelands. Ireland Reaching Out goes in both directions: it is used both by residents in Ireland to to find the descendants of Irish men and women who left the island over the years and by the Irish overseas descendants seeking information about their ancestors and heritage. Both groups benefit greatly.

Ireland Reaching Out is a non-profit organization financed largely by the Irish government. It has pioneered what it calls “reverse genealogy”. Rather than waiting for people to trace their Irish ancestry, it constructs family trees from root to branch, tracking down the descendants of those who left for America, Australia and other countries. Volunteers then invite them to visit the homeland. The hope is to eventually build a database of the Irish diaspora containing 30 or 40 million names.

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society Announces a New Database: Headstones of Civil War & Spanish American War Veterans

The folks at the Troy Irish Genealogy Society again are busy transcribing records. (See for a list of my past articles about this hyper-active society’s efforts.) Here is the Society’s announcement about the latest effort:

New York State, was well as many other states, passed legislation to provide for the care, burial and erection of headstones for veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Under that law, (Chapter 225, Article V, Section 84 of the NYS Poor Laws) all counties in New York State were required to provide for the erection of headstones for these veterans.

Rare Photographs at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture

sgt_josiah_whiteAt the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, a small object is getting a lot of attention. An album of Civil War photos portraying 17 men of Company G, 14th Regiment, United States Colored Troops was a gift from the descendants of Captain William A. Prickitt, the white officer commanding those black troops, and the person most likely responsible for writing the names of the men in the album. These names make the album quite rare, since few of the 200,000 African American soldiers who served in the Union Army have been identified in photographs.

No Longer on the Road

Just a quick note to say that I finished my 2-week trip to Ireland and England. I returned home yesterday evening. Now all I need is a few hours’ sleep to get over the jet lag.

If I owe you an email message, I should be able to catch up on the backlog within 2 or 3 days. Thank you for your patience.

It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.

(+) How to Find City Directories For Sale Online

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

city_directoryLooking for a city directory from the 1800s or early 1900s? You may be able to purchase the city directory you wish for modest prices. I have seen reprinted city directories sell for as little as $2.00 while digital copies on CD-ROM frequently sell for about $5.00 or so. Even the original city directories printed in the 1800s sometimes sell for as little as $4.95 although $20 or $30 seems to be a more common price.

Best of all, if you don’t see what you want today, you can create an “automated search robot” that will check for you every day. If the robot finds an item that matches the search terms you specify, it will send you an email message to notify you of the latest addition. It will search for you day after day, even while you are sleeping, even if your computer is turned off.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 2.2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Billion Graves Cemetery Index

Over 1.7 million new records have been added to our Billion Graves Cemetery index collections. With over 12 million headstone records, Billion Graves is the largest online resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records, allowing you to discover the exact location of your ancestor’s grave.

This latest update includes;

FamilySearch Adds 141 Million Family History Record Hints

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (29 September 2016)–You might discover new ancestors on your family tree this week at

fs-1The nonprofit FamilySearch International, the largest genealogical organization in the world, released 141 million new hints in its online Family Tree today. The hints make use of the newest additions to FamilySearch’s massive collections of worldwide historical records made searchable online by volunteer indexers. These hints can lead to exciting new family history discoveries.

Two years ago,’s search engine began creating the hints by comparing data from the five billion names in its historical records online to the 1.2 billion customer-contributed ancestry names in the online Family Tree. “When we put the data together for comparison and find high-scoring matches to people in your family tree, that’s what we call a hint,” explained Robert Kehrer, FamilySearch senior product manager.

Twile Now Integrates with FamilySearch

I have written before about Twile, an online service that helps users get a visualization of their family history information and to easily share that information with their family. (See for my previous articles about Twile.) Now the folks at Twile have announced a major addition to the services available, as described in this announcement:

LONDON, UK and SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Twile and FamilySearch International have announced the launch of a new feature that will let users generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online. The timeline is designed to make research and discoveries more engaging for the broader family—especially younger generations—and to encourage collaboration.

Connecting securely to, Twile imports a user’s tree and automatically adds events, such as births and marriages, to a personal, interactive timeline of their family history. Users can then browse the timeline, add photos, and share it privately with other family members.

Genealogy Research Without Borders: Legacy Tree Genealogists Launches Site in Portuguese

The following announcement was written by Legacy Tree Genealogists:

legacy-tree-genealogistsSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – September 28, 2016 – Legacy Tree Genealogists, a leading genealogy research firm based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, has announced their website will now be available to residents of Brazil in their native tongue of Portuguese. The announcement comes after months of development and professional translation services, ensuring that all elements will transition seamlessly for international users.

Already translated in Spanish, the website aims to provide resources for those searching for their ancestors who may feel overwhelmed or have hit a brick wall in their personal research, uniting them with a worldwide network of professional genealogists who can help them find the answers they seek.

New Collections: Week of September 26, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:


The Find A Grave Index continues to grow with a new addition of over 6 million indexed records. Also, find more indexed records from Australia and the United States Revolutionary War. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how

Kerry Scott Named Editor of APG eNews

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Kerry Scott

Kerry Scott

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2016 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG has named Kerry Scott, as the new editor of APG’s monthly newsletter. Scott is a professional genealogist and owner of Clue Wagon, LLC. She brings years of experience as a blogger, writer, and lecturer to APG’s popular monthly electronic newsletter. She is the author of How to Use Evernote for Genealogy and has written genealogy and technology articles for Family Tree Magazine and other publications.

Scott served as F W Media’s online content manager, creating content and producing webinars and courses for and Her background is in human resources. She served as the member benefits coordinator for APG for three years.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) The Majority of Books Published Before 1964 Are Free of Copyrights

(+) It Always Feels Like Somebody is Watching Me… So Get a VPN!

On the Road Again: Ireland and England

Book Review: Organize Your Genealogy

Book Review: Story of My Life

North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Will Cost the State more than $395 Million and Even Affects Genealogy Conferences

Book Review: Story of My Life

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

story-of-my-life-a-workbook-for-preserving-your-legacy-by-sunny-jane-mortonStory of My Life
A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy
By Sunny Jane Morton. Family Tree Books. 2016. 191 pages.
This volume is an updated version of Ms. Morton’s My Life & Times published in 2011.

Story of My Life is titled as a workbook, and a workbook it is. I can see this as a group project. I’ve noticed that when my mother came with me on research visits to far-flung, long-ago-visited relatives, her memories stimulated their memories, and their memories stimulated her memories, and the stories poured out. The holidays are coming up, and these workbooks could offer opportunities to kindle some very good family information. Each workbook is for one person, but everyone can write in their respective books, and you can record the final results for your genealogy records.

Reception marking 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society

The following announcement was written by the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

On the evening of Friday, 23rd September a reception was held in London to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

It took place at the College of Arms, where 80 years earlier the Society had been founded, on the 15th September 1936, in the rooms of the then York Herald, Aubrey J. Toppin, CVO, a longtime friend of Fr Wallace Clare, the Society’s founding father.

Libraries and Archives Canada adds more than 333,000 Files to its World War I Soldiers Database

According to the Libraries and Archives Canada web site, “As of today, 333,687 of 640,000 files are available online in our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.

“The Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files for more details on the digitization project. The digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) service files is underway and a substantial number of digitized files have been added to our website as part of the Government of Canada First World War commemoration activities.

(+) The Majority of Books Published Before 1964 Are Free of Copyrights

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Over and over, genealogists have been told that the copyright has expired for all works published in the United States before 1923. In other words, if the work was published in the U.S. before January 1, 1923, anyone is free to republish excerpts or even the entire book without obtaining permission. That statement remains correct today. However, many genealogists are not aware that the overwhelming majority of all books published prior to 1964 are also free of copyright. That’s “the overwhelming majority of all books” but not all of them.