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The Genealogue


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Seattle Branch of the National Archives to Close

2020. január 26., vasárnap 6:37:36

It has been announced that the Seattle branch of the National Archives is being closed. I’ve spent a lot of time researching at the Sandpoint Way facility. Not only did I research my family (using the Federal Census microfilm prior to digitization), but I’ve done a lot of local history research, most relating to the early history of Pierce and King County, Washington. That was all working with original documents. However, the biggest losers in the move may be the many Native American tribes of the area – some 272 of them!

They say that the records can be stored in Kansas City and Southern California. Historians researching Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho will have a long way to go to search the records. They say that .001% of the collection is digitized, so that’s not going to help. This is about the money. I’d bet that no one working on the OMB board that made this decision has Pacific Northwest roots. Suddenly it all comes close to home, making us realize how much power a few unnamed bureaucrats in D.C. have over us lowly taxpayers.

Following is an excerpt from an article published in the January 25, 2020 edition of the Seattle Times:

The decision to pack up and move the National Archives at Seattle to Southern California and Kansas City, Missouri, has rattled those who have spent hours doing research in the mammoth facility.

A panel charged with looking at ways to trim federal properties deemed excess has recommended the 73-year-old building and its 10-acre site be sold. The U.S. Office of Management and the Budget (OMB) agreed and announced its decision late Friday that the facility should be closed.

“I’m deeply disappointed that OMB failed to heed bipartisan Congressional requests & approved selling #Seattle’s archives facility w/out engaging state & local officials & affected communities as required by law,” tweeted Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Democrat whose 7th Congressional District includes the Sand Point archives property.  “We must get answers about why the law wasn’t followed in this case.”

The move comes despite a letter sent Friday to the OMB  by   all senators from Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho, and eight of the 10 Washington state representatives to Congress. The letter concluded the recommendation to close the archives “was flawed” and should be rejected.

On Saturday, after learning of the approved closure, Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell said, “Trying to move these articles from the region with their historic content just shows an absolute disregard for the importance of them and their significance to our region.”

Read the full article.

SOLD OUT – Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, The essential genealogical guide to early modern Ulster – SOLD OUT

2020. január 24., péntek 23:10:58

Wow! We sold out of this title – in under 24 hours. When we get more in stock, we will make an announcement. Until, then – DO NOT ORDER – as we have no books in stock.

Family Roots Publishing just received a couple cases of Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, The essential genealogical guide to early modern Ulster. It’s published in Belfast. This second-edition volume of over 600 pages was published in 2018, and is loaded with information on doing Ulster research.

The book is on sale for 15% Off through January 31 (or while supplies last this week) at the Family Roots Publishing Website. Click on the illustration or links to order.

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, The essential genealogical guide to early modern Ulster, 1600-1800, Second Edition; By William J. Roulston; Published by The Ulster Historical Foundation – Belfast; 2018; 606+xxxiii pp; 6×9; ISBN: 978-1-909556-65-2; Item #: UHF01

When the first edition of this book appeared in 2005 it was quickly recognized as an essential work of reference for family historians searching for Ulster ancestors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At more than twice the size of the original, this edition is a massively expanded version of the first volume. It opens up many avenues for research, drawing attention to the riches of archives inside and outside of the island of Ireland, demonstrating the benefit of often undervalued, yet accessible sources which can help document your ancestors back to the 1600s.

This new edition includes additional information on church records and landed estate papers, as well as new chapters looking at records relating to law and order, emigration, business and occupations, diaries and journals, and clubs and societies. The extensive appendices to the book include a summary listing of the sources available from this period for every parish in the historic nine counties of Ulster (including a listing of surviving pre-1800 church records), and a detailed description of around 350 landed estate collections.

Whether Your ancestors are of English, German, Scottish or Gaelic Irish background, whether their religious affiliation was Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic or other, whether they were farmers, merchants, or laborers, this volume will be of enormous value to you in your quest to find our more about your Ulster roots.

23andMe Making Staff Reductions With Declining Sales

2020. január 24., péntek 19:27:22

The following teaser is from an article posted at January 24, 2020. Layoffs have come to 23andMe. Is this a sign of things to come for the DNA testing industry? Is “security” the reason? Is it that just that “the shine is off the rose?”

23andMe is reducing staff numbers by roughly 100 people, or 14 percent of its overall workforce, with its CEO citing privacy concerns as a potential reason for declining sales.

The company offers consumers DNA testing kits which may provide indicators of health predispositions, genetic traits, and ancestry. Saliva samples are posted to 23andMe, where they are processed in labs based in the United States.

When home DNA services went mainstream several years back, 23andMe, alongside rival companies including AncestryDNA, enjoyed strong sales rates. However, in recent times, it seems consumer appetite is waning.

23andMe is reducing its headcount and intends to focus on the direct-to-consumer business.

Read the full article, Privacy worries cited as possible reason for DNA test firm 23andMe’s sales downturn, by Charlie Osborne at

Cultural Identity, DNA Testing & Religion

2020. január 24., péntek 19:17:36

A very interesting article was written and posted by David Gewirtz, who hosts the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs. Not being Jewish, it’s a subject I hadn’t spent any time considering, but Mr. Gewirtz takes on the topic of cultural and religious identity. When you take a DNA test with Ancestry, you’ll get results that might show how “Jewish” you are. Wait a minute! Isn’t Jewish a religion? Why don’t our DNA tests tell us how Catholic or Lutheran we might be? Well… It’s much more complicated than that.

Mr. Gewirtz decidedly did not have a good time during his 5 years of Hebrew School, and that shaped his religious (non-religious?) identity for life. Then along comes DNA testing. He tested with Ancestry, then 23andMe, as well as Living DNA. The results were disconcerting, but also uplifting in many ways.

I don’t usually find other folks’ DNA results all that fascinating, but I’ll make an exception for David Gewirtz. Let me worn you, the article starts out a little boring (statistics and government stuff), setting the stage for the interesting parts in the later paragraphs. It’s worht wading through.

Read the article, My ancestry adventure: When DNA testing delivers unexpected and unsettling results, by David Gewirtz. I ended up subscribing the Gewirtz’ newsletter, as he’s a good writer.

Bundle of 3 Excellent Hardbound New York City Source Books – 50% Off – Just $22.50 thru January 31

2020. január 24., péntek 15:39:36

Family Roots Publishing has put together a bundle of three excellent hardbound New York City source books – all priced at extremely low prices, even before the 50% bundle discount. Although new, all seem to be out-of-print as far as we can tell, as we can find none at the publisher’s website or as new books at Amazon.

The books are:

FRPC has priced the $45 retail bundle at 50% off through Friday, January 31, 2020, or whenever we run out of books to fill out the bundle. The promotional bundle cost is just $22.50 (plus $8 p&h). Click on this link or the illustration to order. Click on the individual book links to check out the full description of each book, and to browse the alphabetical surname indexes. Use your back arrow to return to this page to order the bundle.

All three of these volumes were compiled years ago by Kenneth Smith, and are extremely useful for New York City research. We’ve assembled surname indexes for each volume. See the individual web pages for each of the titles to browse the alphabetical surname indexes, or to purchase an individual title. Return to this page to purchase the bundle. Note that we have limited quantities of these volumes.

Don’t need all three? Purchase any of individual copies of the volumes for 30% off their already low normal retail prices.

New From Flyleaf Press in Dublin – County Guides for Mayo and Sligo – 15% Off Through January 31

2020. január 24., péntek 2:37:04

We just received new editions of two of popular Irish research guides published by Flyleaf Press in Dublin. All the guides are 15% off through January 31. The new editions are:

Tracing your Mayo Ancestors – Third Edition; by Brian Smith; 160 pp; Paperback; 5.75×9; Published: 2019; ISBN: 9781907990; Illustrated; Item # FLP004-2

This is an updated 2019 Third Edition. The families of Mayo are a mixture of native families, of Gaelic families who migrated from Ulster in the 18th Century, and of English and Scotch-Irish settlers who came to Mayo from the 17th century onward. However, Mayo experienced a high level of emigration to North America, Scotland, and elsewhere in Britain. In comparison with most other Irish counties, Mayo has fewer records of value to family historians. This makes it important to use the existing records to their best advantage. The main Mayo families include Walsh, Gallagher, Kelly, O’Malley, Moran, MacHale, Gibbons, Joyce, Connor, Conway, Higgins, Murphy, Burke, Bourke, Reilly or Riley, Durkan or Durkin, Doherty, McHugh, MacHugh, Sweeney, Sweeny and Lyons. This book sets out the records available, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Mayo families.

Tracing your Sligo Ancestors – Second Edition; by James G. Ryan; 160 pp; Paperback; Published: 2019; ISBN: 9781907990359; Item # FLP018-2

This is an updated 2019 Second Edition. Originally printed in 2012. Sligo is a maritime county in the Northwest of Ireland, perhaps most famous for its scenery and as the home of the poet W.B. Yeats. Sligo families are a mixture of native Gaelic families, and of some Cromwellian settlers who arrived in the 17th century. The county is nestled between Mayo and Leitrim. Common names include: Scanlon, O’Healy, Brennan, Gallagher, O’Hara, O’Gara, O’Dowd, Kelly, Burke, Boland, McDonnell, McDonagh, Conlon, Breheny, Kelly, Feeney, Gallagher, Gilmartin, McGowan, (O)’Hart, Higgins, Connor/ O’Connor, >McDonagh, Walsh, Egan, and(O)’Crean. The main ‘gentry’ families in the county are: Cooper, Crofton, Gore, Nicholson, Ormsby, Parke, Phibbs, Irwin,and Wood. It is one of the counties which experienced a high level of emigration to North America and elsewhere, and the port of Sligo was a major port of embarkation during the mass exodus of the famine period. Sligo’s population was over 180,000 prior to the great famine of the 18402. It has again grown over the decades and is now 65,000. This book sets out the records available for Sligo, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Sligo families.

Other Flyleaf Irish County Guides available:

  • Tracing Your Clare Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Cork Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors
  • NEWTracing Your Dublin Ancestors – 4th Edition
  • Tracing Your Galway Ancestors
  • Finding Your Kerry Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Kildare Ancestors
  • NEWTracing Leitrim Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors
  • NEWTracing Your Tipperary Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Westmeath Ancestors
  • Click on the Links for more information. Order by January 31 and get 15% off (Just $18.66 each).

    RootsTech Adds KeyNote Speaker Leigh Ann Tuohy & Comedian Ryan Hamilton

    2020. január 21., kedd 18:49:02

    The Following was received from Jen Allen at RootsTech:

    Leigh Anne Tuohy and Ryan Hamilton round out RootsTech keynote speaker and entertainment line-up
    We’re thrilled to announce that Leigh Anne Tuohy, inspirational subject of the hit movie, The Blind Side, will be the featured keynote speaker at RootsTech on Thursday, February 27. Leigh Anne’s family story is proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to other people, we make the world a better place. An advocate of adoption and charitable giving, Leigh Anne continues to actively improve standards of living for children throughout the country who are fighting to survive in the invisible cracks of society.

    The RootsTech Evening Event, taking place on Friday, February 28, at 8:00 p.m., will feature popular comedian Ryan Hamilton.
    Hamilton has performed on stages across the country and in a very funny Netflix special, Happy Face. Capitalizing on his unique experience of growing up in rural Idaho before moving to New York, Hamilton makes delightful and relatable observations in an endearing style—often poking fun at his own wholesomeness. His recent appearances include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Conan. He has also opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan.

    Click here or on the illustrations to learn more about RootsTech 2020.

    Record Collections at MyHeritage Added in the Second Half of December 2019

    2020. január 21., kedd 17:15:27

    The following was received from

    Historical Books – Index of Authors and People Mentioned, 1811–2003

    An index of persons mentioned in various English-language public domain books as well as the names of authors of these publications. 494,096,291 records in 3,024,213 books Search collection now

    Authors of Scholarly Articles

    Names of authors of millions of scholarly articles 272,046,994 records Search collection now

    Texas Marriages and Divorces

    An index of marriage license applications from all counties in the state of Texas for the years 1966 to 2016. This collection was updated. 26,591,435 records Search collection now

    France, Military Death Index, 1914–1961

    An index of death records of individuals who died fighting in the French armed forces, members of foreign armed forces who died fighting in France, and civilians who were killed in France. 5,332,260 records Search collection now

    Germany, Hesse Marriage Index, 1849–1931

    An index of marriage records from several communities that are within the state of Hesse in Germany. 4,770,560 records Search collection now

    Germany, Hesse Birth Index, 1874–1911

    An index of birth records from several communities that are within the state of Hesse in Germany. 3,784,938 records Search collection now

    Florida Newspapers, 1901–2009

    A compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Florida from 1901 to 2009. 8,084,846 pages in 25 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Wisconsin Newspapers, 1884–2009

    As above for Wisconsin, from 1884 to 2009. 2,887,946 pages in 3 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Kansas Newspapers, 1869–2009

    As above for Kansas, from 1869 to 2009. 1,473,037 pages in 39 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Texas Newspapers, 1848–2009

    As above for Texas, from 1848 to 2009. 1,254,230 pages in 33 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Oklahoma Newspapers, 1927-2009

    As above for Oklahoma, from 1927 to 2009. 521,793 pages in 14 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Montana Newspapers, 1890–2009

    As above for Montana, from 1890 until 2009. 155,210 pages in 94 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Minnesota Newspapers, 1902–2009

    As above for Minnesota, from 1902 until 2009. 92,171 pages in 26 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Illinois Newspapers, 1840–2009

    As above for Illinois, from 1840 until 2009. 83,452 pages in 14 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Tennessee Newspapers, 1870–2009

    As above for Tennessee, from 1870 until 2009. 66,994 pages in 8 newspaper titles Search collection now

    Historical Books – Index of Authors and People Mentioned, 1811–2003

    This collection of 494 million records is an index of persons mentioned in various English-language public domain books as well as the names of authors of these publications. The number of digitized books is over 3 million. The following searchable information can be found in most records in the index: the title and the year of publication, name of the author(s), birth and death year of the author(s), the names of all the individuals mentioned in the publication, the publisher, and the subject(s) of the publication.

    Authors of Scholarly Articles

    This collection of 272 million records includes the names of authors of millions of scholarly articles. Authors’ names are collected from over 50,000 journals and open-access repositories from all over the world. Records typically include the given name and surname of authors and co-authors, the article’s title and date, the name of the journal, and the name of its publisher. For some of the articles, a link is provided to view the article online.

    Texas Marriages and Divorces

    This collection was updated and now contains 26 million records.

    France, Military Death Index, 1914–1961

    This free collection of 5 million records is an index of death records of individuals who died fighting in the French armed forces, members of foreign armed forces who died fighting in France, and civilians who were killed in France. The majority of the records pertain to the First World War, although there are also records from the Second World War, the Franco-Prussian War, and various other conflicts that occurred in France or that involved the French armed forces. Records may contain the following searchable information: first and last name of the individual, date and place of birth, date and place of death, burial place, and the first and last names of the individual’s parents and spouse.

    The following information may also be found in most records: rank and regiment, company, conflict, military decorations, additional notes on locations, and the individual’s family situation.

    Germany, Hesse Marriage Index, 1849–1931

    This collection of 4.77 million records includes marriage records from several communities within the state of Hesse in Germany. Marriages were usually recorded in the bride’s place of residence. When the information is available a record will include the groom’s given name and surname, age or birthdate, birthplace, residence, occupation, marriage date, and information about the groom’s parents. A record will also include the bride’s given name and surname or maiden name, age or birthdate, birthplace, residence, occupation, and information about the bride’s parents.

    Starting in 1874, the state mandated that new local civil registry offices be responsible for creating civil registers of birth, marriage, and death records in the former Prussian provinces, among them many communities in Hesse.

    Germany, Hesse Birth Index, 1874–1911

    This collection of 3.78 million records includes birth records from several communities within the state of Hesse in Germany. When the information is available a record will include the child’s given name, the date of a birth, and sex. Information about the mother includes given name, maiden name, last name, address, and spouse. Information is also provided about the informant. An informant was often the father of the child or a midwife.

    Newspaper collections from Florida, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, and Tennessee

    This is the next installment in our U.S. newspaper collections. We have added 14.6 million pages from nine states: Florida, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, and Tennessee. The newspapers in this update range in date from the late 19th/early 20th century to 2009.

    Newspapers are an important resource for genealogy and family history research as they contain obituaries and other vital record substitutes such as birth, marriage, and death notices. Additionally, society pages and stories of local interest contain rich information on activities and events in the community and often provide details about the persons involved.

    Before vital records were recorded by city, county, or state governments, local newspapers often published articles listing or detailing these events. Obituaries contain vital and biographical information on the deceased as well as his or her family and relatives.

    Society pages began as a way to entice readers with gossip and news about the wealthy and famous but soon evolved to cover the goings-on of “average” citizens. An incredible array of information can be discovered in these society pages or sections from seemingly mundane notices and reports on events such as parties, job changes, hospital stays, and social visits by friends or relatives. These pages are a source of historical events that are unlikely to exist in any other record.

    Coverage and completeness in this collection varies by title.

    Florida Newspapers, 1901–2009

    This collection is a compendium of over 8 million newspaper pages from 25 newspaper titles published in various cities and towns in the state of Florida from 1901 until 2009.

    Wisconsin Newspapers, 1884–2009

    This collection of 2.8 million newspaper pages is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Wisconsin from 1884 until 2009.

    Kansas Newspapers, 1869–2009

    This collection of 1.4 million newspaper pages is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Kansas from 1869 until 2009.

    Texas Newspapers, 1848–2009

    This collection of 1.2 million records is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Texas from 1848 until 2009.

    Oklahoma Newspapers, 1927-2009

    This collection is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Oklahoma from 1927 until 2009.

    Montana Newspapers, 1890–2009

    This collection is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Montana from 1890 until 2009.

    Minnesota Newspapers, 1902–2009

    This collection is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Minnesota from 1902 until 2009.

    Illinois Newspapers, 1840–2009

    This collection is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Illinois from 1840 until 2009.

    Tennessee Newspapers, 1870–2009

    This collection is a compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Tennessee from 1870 until 2009.


    Searching all of these collections in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ is free, but a Data or Complete subscription is required to view the full records, save them to your family tree, and fully access Record Matches. Our Record Matching technology will automatically find relevant historical records revealing new information about any ancestors who appear in these records.

    The Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847-1874 Are Now Online

    2020. január 21., kedd 3:40:02

    The Frederick Douglas Newspapers have been posted online at the Library of Congress website. The following excerpt is from a fascinating blog on the topic, posted January 17, 2020 and written by Arlene Balkansky:

    The striking, forward-thinking motto, “Right Is of No Sex–Truth Is of No Color–God Is the Father of Us All, and All We Are Brethren,” initially appeared on December 3, 1847 in the first issue of The North Star, the earliest newspaper African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass founded and edited. That issue is one of 568 now digitized and freely available in Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847-1874 on the Library of Congress website.

    Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave, in Tuckahoe, Talbot County, Maryland in February 1818. He escaped slavery in 1838 and went on to become one of the most significant orators, authors and journalists of the 19th century. While his best known writings are his three autobiographies, his newspaper articles and editorial choices showcase his brilliance and the evolution of his thinking over time.

    Douglass believed in the importance of the black press and in his leadership role within it, despite the struggles of earlier black newspaper enterprises. That first issue of The North Star emphasized his belief in “Our Paper and Its Prospects”.

    The issues of Douglas’ papers are scanned from the Library’s original paper & microfilm collections covering three weekly newspaper titles:

    Read the full article.

    Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

    Gadsden Public Library to Convert Alabama City Branch Into a Genealogy Library

    2020. január 21., kedd 0:27:05

    The following teaser is from an article by Dustin Fox for The Gadsden Times in Alabama:

    The library’s genealogy and reference department, which is currently located on the fourth floor of the main branch, will be moving into the Hoyt Warsham Library branch located in Alabama City. That branch closed as a traditional library on Friday.

    “It will still be a library, but it’s content will be different,” said GPL Director Craig Scott.

    Once reopened, it will serve as a facility devoted to researching family trees and local history.

    Scott said the move is the first in a series of expected changes to the library as he and the staff work to find new ways to carry out their mission — remaining at the heart of the community while enriching lives, inspiring ideas and creating community.

    The Alabama City branch will become formally known as the Bobby Junkins Collection at the Hoyt Warsham Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library.

    Read the full article.

    Ancestry Finds that AI Optimizes their Cloud Platform Without Impeding the User Experience

    2020. január 21., kedd 0:07:04

    The following teaser is from an article posted January 14, 2020 at

    Ancestry spent two years executing its shift to the cloud. In that time, the genealogy company migrated a database of over 20 million members away from data centers and into Amazon Web Services.

    After the move the company turned attention to optimizing its presence in the cloud, manually adjusting workload settings to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

    “Due to the fact that it’s a manual process, we iterated very slowly,” said Darek Gajewski, principal infrastructure analyst at Ancestry, in an interview with CIO Dive. “It takes time for us to do performance testing and then being able to get it out into our production environment safely so that we’re not affecting our customers at the end of the day.”

    But there was still room for improvement. An initial proof of concept from Opsani — an AIOps company that relies on machine learning and artificial intelligence — pointed the way to areas to optimize cloud use without hampering user experience.

    “We let the system run its course, give us feedback, and then we implemented the recommendations that Opsani’s tool gives us without having to spend a copious amount of time trying to come up with the most efficient path for that application,” said Gajewski.

    Driven by the threat of cloud cost overrun, cloud-based companies such as Ancestry are turning to AI to increase infrastructure efficiency and reduce the length of cloud receipts.

    Read the full article.

    Genetic Ancestry at a Genomic Location of an Admixed Individual – Report Posted at

    2020. január 20., hétfő 23:58:12

    An extensive article dealing with local ancestry, defined as the genetic ancestry at a genomic location of an admixed individual, has been posted as a Scientific Report at the website of Nature. Honestly, I was lost before I hardly got started reading the math-heavy report. However, I figure there are a few of my readers that just might understand. So I am posting the initial Abstract, and a link to the page.

    Local ancestry, defined as the genetic ancestry at a genomic location of an admixed individual, is widely used as a genetic marker in genetic association and evolutionary genetics studies. Many methods have been developed to infer the local ancestries in a set of unrelated individuals, a few of them have been extended to small nuclear families, but none can be applied to large (e.g. three-generation) pedigrees. In this study, we developed a method, FamANC, that can improve the accuracy of local ancestry inference in large pedigrees by: (1) using an existing algorithm to infer local ancestries for all individuals in a family, assuming (contrary to fact) they are unrelated, and (2) improving its accuracy by correcting inference errors using pedigree structure. Applied on African-American pedigrees from the Cleveland Family Study, FamANC was able to correct all identified Mendelian errors and most of double crossovers.

    Read the full article at:

    FGS and the National Park Service Announce Launch of U.S.- Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database

    2020. január 20., hétfő 22:12:08

    Great News! The following news release was received from Mike Mansfield, FGS:

    January 14, 2020 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX.: The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NPS) announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor database.

    This online, searchable database contains information for over 85,000 U.S. and Mexican veterans who served in this war. Many records include personal details, such as hair color and occupation.

    The database allows descendants of these soldiers and sailors to connect to their personal history and helps Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of those who served. This invaluable research tool benefits genealogists, historians, as well as people who may have never known they are related to a U.S.-Mexican War veteran.

    This project started in 2007. Progress was extremely slow until 2015, when FGS joined forces with the NPS. FGS offered their expertise and numerous volunteers.

    Patricia Rand, the FGS contact, recruited and trained volunteers who spent over 17,000 hours doing the tedious task of inputting data. Their dedication makes it possible for future generations to learn about those who served in the U.S.-Mexican War.

    Join us for the virtual launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database on Monday, January 27 at 3 pm Central. You can join us in-person at the Palo Alto Visitor Center or live from your computer. Check the Palo Alto website or Facebook for details about the livestream connection.

    About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
    The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising was completed for that project in 2016 and the digitization continues. FGS was also the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service. To learn more visit

    Finding Your Roots – Season 6 – Beyond the Pale – Featuring Guest Terry Gross, Jeff Goldblum and Marc Maron

    2020. január 20., hétfő 21:56:57

    Season 6 of Finding Your Roots is in full swing. Guests on the program airing at 8/7C pm Tuesday, January 21 are Terry Gross, Jeff Goldblum and Marc Maron. Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the genealogy adventures are always fascinating. Check your local PBS schedule.

    Season 6 Guide.

    WWII Could Have Had a Much Different Outcome

    2020. január 20., hétfő 21:12:09

    A Dornier 17Z of the Luftwaffe flying low over the English countryside. (RAF Museum)

    I ran across an interesting article that put forth the idea that World War II could very well have been won by Germany, and not the Allies, if just a few changes had been made in their planning during the war. As a student of history, I’ve found it fascinating how the smallest of differences can change outcomes – whether in war, politics, or even our personal lives. The following teaser is from an article written by Chris Ciaccia and posted January 14 at the website.

    A startling new study suggests that Germany could have won a key battle in World War II and perhaps changed the outcome of the war if they had made a few small strategic changes.

    Researchers at the U.K.’s University of York created a computer model using a technique known as “weighted bootstrapping” and determined that the Battle of Britain could have been won by the Germans if they attacked the Brits immediately after Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Finest Hour” speech on June 18, as opposed to July 10, more than three weeks later.

    Read the full article.