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The Family History Library is Reopening July 6, 2021!

2021. június 8., kedd 23:09:27

Finally! The Family History Library is reopening on July 6, 2021

Following is the News Release from FamilySearch:

June 08, 2021
FamilySearch Family History Library Reopening

New patron film scanning station in the FamilySearch Family History LibraryThe FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced it will begin a phased reopening starting 6 July 2021. The popular destination service has been closed since March 13, 2020, due to precautions pertaining to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The library serves beginner and professional family history patrons from all over the world and is a popular tourist attraction for the state of Utah. Initially, hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plans to extend to additional days and hours soon.

“While billions of our records are available online, we realize that many researchers—including professional genealogists whose livelihoods depend on reliable records—are anxious to access records in-person within the library. We know the extended closing has created difficulties, and we are excited to welcome our guests back into a safe environment for continued research and discoveries,” said David Rencher, director of the Family History Library and FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogical Officer.

Rencher says as one of the most popular attractions in the state, it has been tough to be closed for so long, but necessary to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. When the library reopens, patrons will be asked to respect any prevailing safety precautions at that time. In addition, sanitizing stations are placed throughout the library, and continuous cleaning procedures will also be in place.

New patron workstations at the FamilySearch Family History Library.The library has taken advantage of the prolonged closure to make needed renovations to the facility that will be very exciting to patrons when the doors reopen. “Guests will return to an environment that will significantly improve discovery and research experiences,” said Rencher. Crews have been busy preparing to welcome guests back by remodeling, adding new features like state-of-the-art patron workstations with multiple monitors and adjustable height desks to accommodate sitting or standing preferences, enhanced workflow throughout, and nearly 40,000 books from new acquisition and long-term storage.

The library has added or upgraded the following new, free patron services. They are accessible through the new Family History Library web page.

Guests can sign up for free, online, one-on-one virtual consultations with a research specialist (available in languages).

Library look-up services. If you can’t come to the library, a staff member can retrieve a book from its shelves and help you find what you’re seeking.

In FamilySearch Communities online, guests can get assistance from volunteers worldwide, including locating or interpreting ancestor records, asking questions, or sharing their expertise with others.

Check out the growing menu of popular free online classes and webinars. New selections are offered and recorded weekly and made available on-demand.

In the library, take advantage of improved services to digitize your family photos and artifacts or convert family audio and video tapes to digital media.

FamilySearch family history centers and libraries will open based on the direction of their local ecclesiastical leaders and government guidelines. If you plan to visit a FamilySearch center soon, please call ahead to ensure it is open and its hours of operation.


Since the Library is reopening, this guarantees that we will have a 2021 Salt Lake Christmas Tour!

Covid-19 and the Long Haul

2021. június 3., csütörtök 4:19:50

I’m guessing a few of my readers may be wondering what happened to me. For those who don’t know, I caught the Covid-19 Virus in January, and posted an update about it in February, thinking I was on the mend. That was all wishful thinking on my part, as I’m still dealing with it. I have numerous symptoms, including fatigue, brain fog, and rashes, as well as bone, muscle and headaches. This has made me nigh on to worthless most of the time. It’s now been nearly 5 months of this thing. New scientific research has shown that a no-histamine diet may help – so I’m now trying that. Goodbye tomatoes, chocolate, and most other food that I like! I’ll let my readers know if it works.

SCGS Virtual Jamboree 2021 Show Specials & Daily Prizes – the Exhibit Hall is FREE! June 4 thru 13, 2021

2021. június 3., csütörtök 1:29:20

Family Roots Publishing is once again exhibiting at the annual SCGS Jamboree. And we’re offering a great show special, as well as daily prizes! And you can attend from home! The Exhibit Hall is FREE! This link goes directly to our Online Booth (which directs you back to this page 🙂 ).

First – All in-stock items listed at our website ( are 15% Off with FREE USA Shipping during the Jamboree. Note that books ending with a D or beginning with 978 in the item number are all drop-ship books, not stocked in our warehouse, and are not included in the 15% discount sale. However, we are offering FREE USA Postage on those items.

FREE Shipping: We are offering FREE USA Shipping when ordering online during the Jamboree ending at midnight PDT June 13. We haven’t raised our rates in many years. However, most items normally include a USA p&h fee of 4.50 to $8.00 for the first item and $2.50 for each thereafter. Order Online by June 13, and we will pay all that postage money!

Second – We are offering a different prize drawing EVERY DAY! Just send an email to Leland at within the hours of 12:01 am and 12 pm on the scheduled day – putting the word Jamboree2021 in the subject line. Just give us your name, shipping address, and your preferred email in the body of the email. One entry per day per person. Every morning at 10 am PDT the previous day’s drawing winner will be announced. Winners will be contacted immediately by email. Enter every day if you’d like.

The daily prize drawing schedule is as follows. You may click on the following links to view the item description and/or purchase the item.

Friday June 4: American Scots-Irish Research – Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins; Dwight Radford; 2020; (paperback) $34.95 Value

Saturday, June 5: Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Third Edition, Five Volumes; William Dollarhide; 2020; (PDF Ebooks) $119.75 Value.

Sunday, June 6: The Census Book; William Dollarhide; 2020; (PDF eBook). $27.95 Value.

Monday, June 7: German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany; Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2018; (Paperback) $34.95 Value

Tuesday, June 8: Austrian Family History Research: Sources and Methodologies; by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; and Charlotte Noelle Champenois; 2019; (paperback) $34.95 Value

Wednesday, June 9: Bundle of Two X DNA Ancestral Guides, Regina Negrycz; 2020; (Paper) $10 Value

Thursday, June 10: Map Guide to German Parish Registers Volumes 1 through 60 – choose one eBook from the series; upon confirmation of having won the prize, the winner can pick the specific book they would like; Kevan Hansen (PDF eBook) $23.95 Value

Friday, June 11: Finding Your Ancestral Village in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Slovakia, Czechy, Ukraine, Galacia and Hungary – Second Edition; By John A. Hudik; Edited and Updated by Lisa A. Alzo; 2018; (PDF eBook) $19.95 Value

Saturday, June 12: Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Volumes 1 through 14 – choose one eBook from the series; upon confirmation of having won the prize, the winner can pick the specific book they would like; Kevan Hansen (PDF eBook) $23.95 Value

Sunday, June 13: German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource; by Roger P Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2016; (PDF eBook) $24.95 Value

Join GenealogyBank and Save Over 50% through this Monday, March 29, 2021.

2021. március 24., szerda 21:18:14

We’re excited to share a Special Offer to our Genealogy Newsline & GenealogyBlog readers: Over 50% off on a subscription to GenealogyBank, offer valid through this Monday, 03/29/2021. An annual subscription for just $48.95! Get 54% off on a two-year sub., saving even more!

As I mentioned in the past, I’ve been a member of for many years. I even found a letter written by my third great grandfather – the first thing I’ve ever seen written by the man. This letter was published in the Albany (New York) Argus in February of 1819. Wonderful! Most of the content found at GenealogyBank is unique, not found on other sites.

GenealogyBank features over 13,000 fully-searchable, digital newspaper titles from 1690-today in all 50 states.  Within the millions of pages are many details about your ancestors. You’ll discover:

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2021. február 22., hétfő 8:41:03


We’re excited to share an exclusive offer for Genealogy Newsline & GenealogyBlog readers: 50% off the ultimate subscription to MyHeritage, offer valid through Friday, 02/26/2021.

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Covid-19: Not Fun at All

2021. február 22., hétfő 7:12:43

Since I last wrote, Patty and I got and survived Covid-19.  My brother, Steve, also had a pretty bad case of it. I was in the hospital less than 24 hours, while Steve was there for three days. Patty was able to get rehydrated in the emergency room and was sent home. I believe that our son, Dale, as well as his wife, Tara, and their 3 children all had it too. But they were able to fight it off more easily than us older folks. Luckily, none of us had any lasting lung issues. All of us had similar symptoms, as well as other health issues that were very different.

Patty came down sick on January 4 – Initially dealing with headache and fever. Over the next two days she developed a lot more body aches, as well as a cough to go with them. I got sick on the evening of January 7, and like Patty, I got the headaches, dizziness, overall body aches and fever. Although I got pneumonia, I never got the cough as Patty did. We didn’t go to the hospital until the evening of January 14. Steve got sick prior to January 15, and went to the hospital by ambulance about midnight on the 20th.

The bottom line is that we all survived. Patty was extremely ill for about 15 days. Steve, and I were down for 16 days each. Those were the days that we were dealing with fevers, aches and such. I’ve read all this nonsense about how I should have been be able to go back to work in a week… NOT! For some that may be the case, but it wasn’t that way for us. I was totally and completely worthless for over 3 weeks.

The after effects of Covid. All of us have been dealing with extreme fatigue. Patty seems to now be entirely beyond that. Steve deals with it every day, and I’ve been much feeling better since about February 12. I have good days and not-so-good days now. The other really weird thing is that my eyes began to ache and I got a bad case of pink eye, which is now gone. I can no longer see correctly using my bifocal computer glasses or my trifocals that I was wearing the rest of the time. So I spend most of my time with my glasses in my shirt pocket. Granted, I am nearsighted, and have worn glasses since the second grade. I wear them when driving. I guess I need to see an ophthalmologist, as this isn’t going away.

I thank the Lord that we came through Covid pretty well. So many haven’t. I see where the official numbers for the USA are now over 500,000 dead. Let’s hope that we put this pandemic behind us very soon. Two of our 3 grandchildren, all elementary school age, go back to in-class learning again on Monday. We are hoping that isn’t temporary.

More DNA-Related Research Guides at up to 70% Off Thru Dec. 31!

2020. december 11., péntek 22:23:26

Family Roots Publishing is again running a promotion on Handy Guides that deal with DNA-related research.
The Guides are 4 pages each, A4 (8.25×11.25) in size, printed on Glossy Card Stock.
We’ve bundled the five DNA-Related Handy Guides and discounted the bundle by 30% – making it just $17.50.
Click on the links to view each at its own web page. Click on your back arrow to come back to this page and order the bundle.
Don’t need all five? These Handy Guides are currently discounted individually by 20%, making them just $4.00 each.
The five guides are:

The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing: How to Use Genetic Genealogy to Discover Your Long-Lost Family, by Tamar Weinberg – Reg. $29.99 – 40% Off – Just $17.99.
Genetic Genealogy in Practice, by Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne – Reg. $29.95 – 10% Off – Just $26.96!
DNA for Genealogists (4th edition); by Kerry Farmer – Reg. $12.95 – 50% Off – Just $6.48!
Flemish DNA & Ancestry: History of Three Families over Five Centuries Using Conventional and Genetic Genealogy; by Guido J. Deboeck – Reg. $28.45 – 70% Off! – Just $8.54!
Tracing Your Ancestors – DNA & Your Genealogy; by Dr. Maurice Gleeson – Reg. $9.95 – 50% Off! – Just $4.98!
Regina Negrycz has written three Ancestral Guides for Family Roots Publishing. Two of them deal with X-DNA research and one deals with Online City Directory Databases. FRPC is offering them at the website at 20% off (making them only $4.00) through Dec. 31. All are available as both 4-page Quick Reference guides, as well as PDF eBooks (Only $3.20 each).
The following are available:

Click on the links to read about the items and/or to order. Use your back arrow to come back to this page.

Diahan Southard wrote or updated eight DNA guides this last Fall. We’ve obtained the rights to distribute the PDF eBook versions of these guides via the Family Roots Publishing website. Each of these guides is excellent – and of great help. The PDF downloads are instant. You can begin using them immediately. The eight guides can be purchased for $40 as a bundle, or individually at just $5 each. Since they are downloads, there are no shipping charges. Following are the details.
The bundle is made up of eight 4-page PDF eBook guides from Diahan Southard. They were created or updated in October of 2019. Click on the Bundle link below to purchase all eight.

The eight PDF eBook guides are listed below. Click on the links to read full descriptions or order individual guides. Use your back arrow to come back to this page.

Diahann Southard worked for Sorenson Molecular, and is a popular speaker, writer, and DNA guide.

Note that there are no shipping charges on this item, as it is a PDF download. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the PDF eBooks directly from the FRPC screen. The bundle will download as a Zip folder. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the zipped folder. Click on the downloaded folder and it will unzip and create a new folder containing all the PDF guides. You can only download the PDF eBooks once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email.

If ordering individual guides, they will download as PDF files – no zipping involved.


Your DNA Guide: the book – Step-by-Step Plans to connect you with your family using DNA – This PRINT new book – published in Feb. of 2020 is not part of the above bundle. However, it’s a powerful guide to breaking your brick-wall DNA problems. Click on the link to see a full description of the printed book. Note that this particular item is the PRINT edition, not PDF eBook. Use your back arrow to return to this page to order the bundle of eBook DNA guides – 15% Off for the year-end promotion – While Supplies Last.</p

More British Research Guides – Discounted 50-70% for Year-End Sales

2020. december 11., péntek 21:26:22

Family History in the Wars – 50% Off – just $4.00
Military service, especially during war time, can have a traumatic effect on an individual and families alike. Families, both at the time of war and descendants alike can have little appreciation for the dramatic events which unfolded around their loved ones. Sometime family members failed to come home. Sometimes they came home but would speak little upon their experiences. Yet, military records can be a key resource for genealogists. These records can explain a lot about one’s ancestors, including shedding light on their active service. For those who served in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, or as a civilian with these organizations within Great Britain, then those service records will be found at the [British] National Archives. This includes records for those whose descendants may have moved to other countries, or for those from other countries who have served with Britain. Family History in the Wars is a guide to military records, both in paper and digital, within the National Archives.

Published by the Archives, this guide is intended to provide the necessary knowledge and skills required to research the archives for those who served in war between 1899 and 1953. These wars and conflicts include:

  • Abor 1911-12
  • Ashanti Rising 1900
  • Second Beor/South African War 1899-1902
  • The Third China War (Boxer Rebellion) 1900
  • Burma 1930-32
  • Operations in India and Afghanistan 1919-39
  • Iraq (various between Dec. 1919 and Nov. 1920 and again in 1928)
  • Kenya 1952-1960
  • Korea (1950-1953)
  • Malaya (between 1948 and 1960)
  • North West Frontier 1908
  • Palestine 1936-9 and Palestine 1945-8
  • Persian Gulf 1909-15
  • Somaliland (various time between 1901 and 1920)
  • Tibet 1903-4
  • The First World War
  • The Second World War

The book suggests having certain upfront knowledge about what theatre and ancestor served in, along with regiment or ship information, etc. will help speed the process. Other questions suggested in the Introduction will also help lead to greater information resources. For example, having or knowing what medals someone earned may help lead to information on specific lists or rolls. Learn from this book about fields of battle, which services and groups participated, types of medals awarded for service and honor, and where to find associated records in the archives.

Included with those services mentioned above, this book covers women’s auxiliary and nursing units, prisoner-of-war files, civil defence, casualty lists, medals and gallantry awards. Not to mention, the chapters are rich with tips, techniques, and practical advice from an expert military researcher.


1. From 1899 to the end of the First World War
2. The inter-war years: 1919-39
3. The Second World War: 1939-45
4. Post-war: 1945-53
5. Consequences of war
6. Research Advice
Useful addresses and websites
Further reading
Picture captions and credits

For your own copy of Family History in the Wars, published by the [British] National Archives, contact Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TNA06, Reg. Price: $8.00 – 50% Off making it just $4.00!
Family History Companion – 50% Off – Just $4.00!
The Family History Companion: Fast-forward your family history search, by Mark Pearsall, is like a cross between a dictionary and and encyclopedia. Published by the National Archives (British), this pocket-sized guide provides an a to z listing of hundreds of family history terms, entities, and resources. Written for both beginners and practiced researchers, this guide carries a wealth of information useful to any genealogist seeking their English ancestry.

Some terms are listed with a brief description, like a dictionary entry. Other entries, however, contain more information, reading more like an encyclopedia entry. For example, the entry for the Royal Navy runs nearly five pages, and contains information on the following important subtopics:

  • the Naval Biographical Database
  • Ratings
  • Ships’ pay books
  • Ships’ musters
  • Continuous service
  • Registers of Seamen’s Service
  • Commissioned officers
  • Warrant officers

Inserted throughout the book are breakout pages containing short essays and advice on numerous subtopics, written by experts at The National Archives (British). Some of the titles include:

  • Tackling the census by David Annal
  • Hearth Tax by Peter Seaman
  • Searching Parish Registers by Mark Pearsall
  • and more…

Entries in the book, for which known sources are available, are listed with those source locations. For example, Chatham Chest: “Established in 1851, a fund for sailors hurt or wounded in the war…Ledgers recording payments covering various dates from 1653 to 1799 are in TNA series ADM82.” A list of abbreviations is provided at the beginning of the text to help readers identify these sources. This little book offers the collective knowledge of experts from the National Archives. Their knowledge is published in an easy to read fashion with insights a plenty for all levels of family historians researching their British ancestors.


Picture acknowledgements
Introduction: A Companion for the 21st century
A note on the text
A–Z Entries
Useful addresses and websites

Order a copy of The Family History Companion: Fast-forward your family history search from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TNA05, Reg. Price: $8.00 – On sale for just $4.00!
Smart Family History: Fast Track Your Family Research – 50% Off – Just $4.00!
What happens once a genealogist learns the basics? What happens once a few names are on the lists? What happens when that first error is discovered or an expected name doesn’t appear in a census? Sometimes dates don’t match or a place of birth on a certificate doesn’t match the family bible, or even other “official” records. This is where beginners either become so frustrated that they quit or, they seek professional help, preserver, and find themselves on the way to becoming advanced researchers. Help in making it over these early stumbling blocks can be found in Smart Family History: Fast Track Your Family Research by Geoff Swinfield.

“This book has been structured so that you can follow each stage of your ancestor’s life from birth, through marriage and work, to death. At each stage there are sources you can research and shortcuts you can make to fast track the process.” Ever learning more about each ancestor from a full set of sources in key to bypassing road blocks. New clues can be found in almost any document. Learning about someone’s life, their career, their relationships, when and where and why they moved, all add to the story. According to the author, “by adopting a holistic approach to the lives of our ancestors, the answers to your research question may become clearer. If just one idea works for you, then the book has been a success.”

Though this book was published by the [British] National Archives, every genealogists, regardless of country of residence, can learn key research techniques and skills from this book. Specific registries and source locations are listed primary for UK centric research; which, will benefit anyone with British ancestors or possibly immigrant ancestors who passed through England on their way to America or elsewhere. Yet, the types of resources, such as census, school, or court records will be found in almost any country. Taking the advice provided herein, and simply locating sources within the reader’s own country will serve any family historian; especially, considering the relatively low cost of purchase for this book.


Introduction: Getting smarter
1. A start in life
2. Out of school
3. Settling down
4. The fighting man
5. Courts and criminals
6. A matter of status
7. Passing away
8. Exploring further
Useful addresses
Useful websites
Further reading

For your own copy of Smart Family History: Fast Track Your Family Research, published by the [British] National Archives, contact Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TNA08, Reg. Price: $8.00 – on sale for just $4.00!
Family History on the Move – Where Your Ancestors Went and Why – 50% Off – Just $4.00!
Throughout history, people have always been on the move. Even before planes, trains, and automobiles, the world saw not just families moving between towns and countrysides, but also mass migrations over great distances. For a physically small country, the United Kingdom has seen its own share of immigrants and emigrants. Over the  centuries the Flemish, Huguenots, the Irish, Jews, and even the Polish have flooded into the United Kingdom. However, the country has seen its own share of emigration as well. Family History on the Move: Where Your Ancestors Went and Why, examines the movement of people, the reasons they moved, and the records they left across the United Kingdom.

Why do people move? The obvious answer is to search for a better life; though, seldom is the answer quite so simple. This book reviews the reason people moved and to help identify sources of information for the family historian about their mobile ancestors. In this book you will find:

  • “Expert advice on tracking down  your roaming ancestors
  • How and why people came and went, from refugees and wartime aliens to families seeking better lives
  • Find out more from passenger lists, arrival records, settlement documents and community sources”

Family History on the Move is focused on the in flux and out flow of people through the United Kingdom. The book was written by Roger Kershaw and Mark Pearsall and, published by the British National Archives. This pocket size book travels easily inside pocket or handbag, and can be taken along during research trip. While the book was produced in the UK, its value is relatively obvious to those living in countries, like the United Sates, who were destination countries for those who emigrated from, or simply passed through, the UK over the centuries.


Introduction: why migrate?
1 Records of arrival
2 Settling into the community
3 Becoming British
4 Refugees in Britain
5 Aliens in wartime
6 Beyond the seas
7 Crossing the pond
8 Down under
9 Further afield
10 Child migration
11 Matters of life and death
Useful addresses
Useful websites

Order a copy of Family History on the Move: Where Your Ancestors Went and Why from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TNA07, Reg. Price: $8.00 – On sale for just $4.00!
Air Force Records: A guide for family historians
Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians, Second Edition is part of a series of books covering military records available at the British National Archives. From the Boer War, through two World Wars, Korea, Kenya, Suez, and other interwar actions, this book provides the necessary information for genealogists to trace ancestors who served in any of the many British air forces. The earliest service records predate mechanical flight with the Royal Engineers Balloon Section. Other forces include the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF), Glider Pilot Regiment, Fleet Air Arm, and the Royal Naval Air Services.

Each service is reviewed with an historical overview. Key records created and used by various government agencies which administrated the flying services and personnel are noted and referenced. Records types include operational record books, unit war diaries, individual service records, medal rolls, gallantry awards and casualty lists. Guidance is given with a focus on the National Archives, but also c0vers other resources including various museums and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Like so many books reviewed on this site, Air Force Records is an interesting read just for the historical insights it provides. This book is also exceptionally well organized with plenty of pictures and sample documents. The family historian will be able to quickly identify similar documents when conducting their own research. With a primary focus on the National Archives, the author provides useful instructions for accessing records located at the Archives, including using and searching the online catalogue. Each year, more and more of the records are digitized and placed in the DocumentsOnline section of the National Archives’ website.

The author, William Spencer, works as the principal military specialist at the National Archives. He previously served 13 years in the Fleet Air Arm and holds a MA in War Studies from the Department of War Studies at King’s College. We have previously another book in this series by Spencer, First World War Army Service Records: A Guide for Family Historians.

Note: The British National Archives are no longer in the “publishing” business. First World War Army Service Records and other books previously published by the National Archives are in limited supply and may not be available in the future.

Table of Contents

Using The National Archives
1 Military Flying Up to 1914

  • The Royal Engineers and their Balloons
  • The Royal Flying Corps
  • The Royal Naval Air Service

2 Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force up to 1918

  • The Royal Flying Corp
  • The Royal Naval Air Service
  • The Royal Air Force and Women’s Royal Air Force

3 Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm, Glider Pilot Regiment and Army Air Corps From 1919

  • Royal Air Force
  • Fleet Air Arm
  • Glider Pilot Regiment and Army Air Corps

4 Royal Engineers Balloon Section Records of Service

  • Officers
  • Other Ranks
  • Case Studies

5 Royal Flying Corps Records of Service

  • Officers
  • Airmen
  • Case Studies

6 Royal Naval Air Service Records of Service

  • Officers
  • Ratings
  • Case Study

7 Royal Air Force and Women’s Royal Air Force Records of Service

  • Officers
  • Airmen
  • Women’s Royal Air Force
  • Special Operations Executive
  • Case Study

8 Operational Records

  • Royal Engineers Balloon Section
  • Royal Flying Corps
  • Royal Naval Air Service
  • Royal Air Force: First World War
  • Royal Air Force: Inter-war Years
  • Royal Air Force: Second World War and After
  • Fleet Air Arm
  • Glider Pilot Regiment and Army Air Corps: Second World War and After

9 Casualties and Air Crashes

  • Casualties
  • Air Crashes

10 Medals and Awards

  • Royal Engineers Balloon Section: Campaign Medals
  • Royal Flying Corps: Campaign Medals
  • Royal Naval Air Service: Campaign Medals
  • Royal Air Force: Campaign Medals
  • Awards for Gallantry and Meritorious Service
  • Royal Air Force Awards
  • Fleet Air Arm Awards
  • Glider Pilot Regiment and Army Air Corps Awards
  • The London Gazette
  • Long Service Awards
  • Coronation and Jubilee Medals

11 Court Martial

  • Admiralty Records
  • War Office Records
  • Air Ministry Records
  • Supreme Court Records

12 Prisoners of War and War Crimes

  • First World War
  • Second World War
  • War Crimes
  • Missing Personnel

13 Medical Records

  • Records up to 1918
  • Inter-war Records
  • Second World War Records
  • Post-Second World War Medical Records

14 Photographs
15 Records Held by Other Institutions

  • Fleet Air Arm Museum
  • Royal Engineers Museum
  • Museum of Army Flying
  • Airborne Forces Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Royal Air Force Museum
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

16 Research Techniques

  • Printed Sources
  • The London Gazette Online
  • Aids to Research

Appendix 1: RAF Ranks
Appendix 2: Useful Addresses
Appendix 3: Unit Abbreviations
Appendix 4: Royal Naval Air Stations
Appendix 5: Command and Organizations found in AIR 24
Appendix 6: Regimental Order of Precedence
Further Reading and Websites

Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians, Second Edition is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TNA02, Reg. Price: $24.95 – 50% Off! – On sale for just $12.48!
[British] Army Records: A Guide for Family Historians; by William Spencer – Item #TNA03 – Reg. $24.95 – 50% off – Just $12.48!
Tracing Your [British] Naval Ancestors; by Bruno Pappalardo – Item #TNA15 – 5 in stock – Reg. $24.95 – 50% off – Just $12.48!
[British] House History Starter Pack, All You Need to Become Your Own House Detective; by Nick Barratt – Item #TNA19 – Reg. $18.95 – 70% off – Just $5.69!

Regina Negrycz’ Ancestral Guides – 20% Off (Just $4 each) Through Dec. 31, 2020

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Regina Negrycz has written three Ancestral Guides for Family Roots Publishing. Two of them deal with X-DNA research and one deals with Online City Directory Databases. FRPC is offering them at the website at 20% off through Dec. 31. All are available as both 4-page Quick Reference guides, as well as PDF eBooks.

The following are available:

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Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The Effects Climate Change and Other Natural Phenomena have had on the lives of our Ancestors – 40% Off

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Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The Effects Climate Change and Other Natural Phenomena have had on the lives of our Ancestors – 40% Off for the 2020 Year-End Promotion. 

In 2018, Wayne Shepheard wrote a new book on how climate change has influenced our ancestor’s lives. It was published in Australia. His examples found in the volume are from the British Isles. FRPC is now printing the volume in a perfect-bound edition, and distributed it in the United States. The 182 page volume sells for just $29.95. However, it’s now on sale for 40% Off – making it just $17.97. The sale now ends December 31, 2020.

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The Effects Climate Change and Other Natural Phenomena have had on the lives of our Ancestors; by W. Wayne Shepheard; 2018; 182 pp; 8.5×11; maps, tables, index; ISBN: 9781925781465; Item #: UTPM004

‘Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests’ directly relates many of the situations observed in nature to the lives of families who experienced or endured them, primarily over the past several centuries. Family historians will appreciate that natural events had wide-ranging effects on generations of people – especially in consideration of how people sought to obtain the basic necessities of food, shelter and employment – as well as influencing changes to political, economic and societal situations.

Information presented here will also be of interest to those who want an introduction to the causes and effects of climate change and its impact on the environment and human habitats of the past.

The book summarizes different natural phenomena, the time periods in which they occurred and explanations of how people survived the particular tests imposed on them by Mother Nature. Among these are:

  • Climate change – what controls global changes
  • Epochal changes – how gradual altering of physical environments and human habitats occurring over generations affected living conditions and societal history
  • The Holocene epoch – brief summaries of human and natural history of the last 10,000 years illustrating the frequency of alternating warm and cold periods and the commonality of the effects on societies
  • The Last Millennium – natural conditions during the last 1,000 years with an emphasis on the effects on people, communities and social systems
  • Slow-Developing Events – how such events as drought and famine, erosion of coastal margins, infilling of estuaries, shifts in river courses and volcanic activity affected living conditions and economies
  • Rapidly-Materializing Incidents – impacts on people and communities from disease, earthquakes, floods and storms

Table of Contents

  • Illustrations
    • Introduction
    • The Parameters of Climate Change
      • Determining Whether Climate has Changed
      • Controls on Climate
      • Pre-Holocene Warm and Cold Periods
    • Epochal Changes: The Holocene
      • Warm and Cold Periods of the Holocene
      • The Rise and Fall of Civilizations
      • Summary
    • The Last Millennium
      • Medieval Warm Period
      • Little Ice Age
      • Changed Farming Methods
      • Enclosure
      • Land Abandonment
      • The Age of Enlightenment
      • The Industrial Revolution
      • Modern Warm Period
      • Summary
    • Slow-Developing Events
      • Rivers and Estuaries
        • River Bolin, Cheshire
        • River Trent, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire
        • Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire
      • Shoreline Processes
        • Culbin Foreland and Findhorn Estuary, Morayshire, Nairnshire
        • Firvie, Aberdeenshire
        • Holderness, East Yorkshire
        • The Broads, Norfolk, Suffolk
        • Dunwich, Suffolk
        • Romney Marsh, Dungeness Foreland, Kent, Sussex
        • Hallsands, Devon
        • Kenfig, Bridgend
        • Morfa Harlech, Gwynedd
      • Drought
        • 1540 Drought in Europe
        • 1887-1910 The Long Drought
      • Famine
        • 1315-1317 Great Famine
        • 1623 Uplands Famine
        • 1740-1741 Irish Famine ‘Year of the Slaughter’
        • 1845-1852 Irish Potato Famine
      • Volcanic Eruptions
        • 1258 Indonesia
        • 1783 Laki
        • 1815 Tambora
        • 1883 Krakatau
      • Summary
    • Rapidly-Developing Events
      • Major Storms
        • 1287 South England Storms: Kent, Norfolk and Sussex
        • 1638 Lightning Strike: Widecombe, Devon
        • 1694 Culbin Sands Disaster: Morayshire and Nairnshire
        • 1703 The Great Storm: Southern England
        • 1824 The Great Gale: Cornwall to Sussex
        • 1839 Night of the Big Wind
        • 1848 Moray Firth
        • 1881 Eyemouth Disaster
      • Floods
        • 1607 Bristol, Channel Flood
        • 1771 Tyne, Tees, Wear and Eden Rivers Flood
        • 1852 Oxford (Duke of Wellington) Flood
        • 1866 Pennine Flood
        • 1920 Louth Flood
        • 1953 North Sea Flood
      • Earthquakes and Landslides
        • 1771 Solway Moss Irruption
        • 1839 Bindon, Dorset
        • 1884 Colchester Earthquake
      • Diseases and Epidemics
        • 1347-1351 Black Death
        • 1665-1666 Great Plague
        • 1831-1866 Cholera Epidemics
        • 1918 Influenza Pandemic
      • Fire
      • Summary
    • Genealogical Information
      • Information from Parish Registers
      • Other Information Available in Historical Records
      • Summary
    • Summary and Conclusions
    • References
  • Index

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The Effects Climate Change and Other Natural Phenomena have had on the lives of our Ancestors; by W. Wayne Shepheard; 2018; 182 pp; 8.5×11; maps, tables, index; ISBN: 9781925781465; Item #: UTPM004

British Guides (including England, Ireland & Scotland) – 20 to 75% Off Thru Dec. 31, 2020

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The following titles have been added to the Holiday sale for 20% to 75% off – through Dec 31, 2020.

Click on the links for more information and/or to order.


A Beginner’s Guide to British and Irish Genealogy; by Chris Paton; 2016; 72 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale 20% off – just $11.16.

British and Irish Newspapers; by Chris Paton; 2014; 56 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale 20% Off – just $11.01.


Irish Family History Resources Online, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2015; 64 pp; Reg. $13.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $11.16.

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923; by Chris Paton; 2016; 60 pp; Reg. $12.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $10.36.

Discover Irish Land Records; by Chris Paton; 2015; 68 pp; Reg. $13.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $11.16.

The Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, and Other Contemporary Listings; by Jeremy Gibson and Alan Dell
The Protestation–a form of oath of loyalty–was initiated by the House of Commons to determine the number of Roman Catholics in England and to defend the Protestant religion from all forms of “Popery.” Taken in 1641-1642, these Protestation Returns are the nearest there is (for the next two hundred years) to a widespread census of adult males. Surviving Returns, located today in the House of Lords Record Office, exist for about one-third of all English parishes. In alphabetical order by county, and therein by parishes and hundreds, this book provides an exhaustive list of all such Returns, also giving a list of published Protestation Returns. In addition, other contemporary records are itemized here, including the following: The Collection in Aid of Distressed Protestants in Ireland; The Covenants and Petitions to Parliament; and Taxation Records (Subsidy, Poll Tax, and Assessment or Grant). Taking account of all the records covered, this is an extremely important guide to name lists of the early 1640s.
Paper, 83pp, 1995, ISBN: 9780806315645, Item #: GPC2194 – 75% Off! Just $2.50.

Bishops’ Transcripts and Marriage Licenses, Bonds and Allegations, A Guide to Their Location and Indexes, Fourth Edition, by Jeremy Gibson
This is a guide to the location of Bishops’ Transcripts and of the records connected with the issuance of marriage licenses in England, Wales, and Ireland, such as Bonds and Allegations. Also included are abstracts, calendars, and indexes to marriage licenses, published or not, and when these are lacking there is an indication of the arrangement of the surviving documents. English marriage records were maintained in a wide variety of ecclesiastical courts. Anyone searching for marriage records prior to 1837, when civil registration was introduced, will find this simplified guide to be of inestimable value. This new edition includes maps of ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
Paper, 56pp, 1997, ISBN: 9780806315690, Item #: GPC2176 75% Off – Just $1.88!

The Growth of British Education and Its Records, 1st Edition by Colin R. Chapman. The\is book is an historical description of education and the present whereabouts of its records in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Every type of school imaginable is covered; including, universities, reformatories, military and adult academies. Schools were run or governed by the State, by charities, by endowments, by religious bodies of all denominations, by professional institutions and by individuals. The surviving documents, notes, and records for student admissions and attendances, teachers’ log books, reports, honors and awards, punishments, accounts and managers’ and governors’ meetings are all potentially help to family, social and educational historians.
Paoer, 76 pp; ISBN: 1873686013; Item # A0061 – 75% Off – Just $3.24.


Discover Scottish Church Records, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2016; 92 pp: Reg. $19.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $15.96.

Discover Scottish Land Records, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2017; 64 pp; Reg. $13.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $11.16.

Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records; by Chris Paton; 2013; 52 pp; Reg. $12.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $10.36.

Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis; by Chris Paton; 2015; 56 pp; Reg. $12.95 – 20% Off – On sale for just $10.36.

Dozens of Additional Books Discounted for the Holidays at the FRPC Year-End Sale thru Dec. 31, 2020

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First – we just recently discounted dozens of additional books for our holiday sale at the FRPC website. In order to get this posted quickly, we made a rather categorized list of the titles for the posting. Click on the links for more information, and/or to purchase.

Second – We added FREE USA postage for online sales at the FRPC website of over $50.




Identifying German Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes – 20% Off each.



American Scots-Irish Research – 20% Off Through Dec. 31, 2020

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FRPC is offering the following guidebook at 20% off through December 31, 2020:
Family Roots Publishing Co. recently released what promises to be a best-selling genealogy research guidebook. American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins was written by my friend, Dwight A. Radford. Unique, in that the author shares his knowledge gained in a 30-year career specializing in Irish research, his book is written from an American point-of-view, and lays out strategies never before presented. I’ve personally worked with Dwight at our Salt Lake Christmas Tour for about 20 years, and consider him to be the best in dealing with Irish and Scots-Irish research problems. Wade Hone designed the book, and included 84 illustrations, many of them he uniquely produced for this outstanding volume.

To celebrate the holidays, American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins, Family Roots Publishing is now discounting the book by 20% through December 31. Regular $34.95, it’s available at the FRPC website for just $27.96.

American Scots-Irish Research – Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins; by Dwight A. Radford; Foreword by Wendy Bebout Elliott, PhD; Diagrams, Charts, and Maps designed by Wade Hone; 84 Illustrations; August 2020; 284 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-1-62859-280-1; Item # FR0151

Initial book reviews are found at the end of this post.

Dwight Radford has lived in Salt Lake City, working as a professional genealogist for over 30 years.He has conducted extensive research at archives throughout the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland. During his decades of employment experience on others’ genealogies, he has been able to explore techniques that do and do not result in breakthroughs in tracing lineages. In the pages of this book, he shares exactly how he, as a professional, would analyze and evaluate sources to develop plans to track ancestors from ethnic and cultural populations who had few early or complete records.

The Scots-Irish present the ultimate challenge in implementing unconventional research methods because of the scarceness of documentation for the group before immigration to the United States. The information herein is limited to Ulster, where most Scots-Irish were born, and mainly underscores records and strategies from the U.S. that will assist in proving or at least indicating the birthplace of an ancestor from that province.

The historic province of Ulster includes counties on both sides of the post-1921 border, which today separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They are Antrim (NI), Armagh (NI), Cavan (IRE), Donegal (IRE), Down (NI), Fermanagh (NI), Londonderry (Derry) (NI), Monaghan (IRE), and Tyrone (NI). The focus of this book is on non-Catholic families, because the majority of what is termed Scots-Irish or Ulster-Scots belonged to a denomination not of the Catholic tradition. Yet most people think of the Ulster-Scots as being Presbyterians, which is also a little narrow. Many came as Anglicans, Brethren (Plymouth) and Gospel Hall, Methodists, Moravians, Mormons, and Quakers. The people who did arrive as Presbyterians became unchurched for a couple of generations on the frontiers of the U.S. because few, if any, clergy or schools were in a number of areas. The Scots-Irish would convert to or reunite with the Presbyterian Church during the revivals on the frontiers, leaving the impression that they always had been Presbyterian.

Search tactics are indispensable in finding answers to investigations as difficult as those for the Scots-Irish and other groups. American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins concentrates on strategies. When researchers know how to use documents effectively, even some with no apparent relevance can be helpful. As an example, tax books do not have birthplaces, and so novices probably would not look at them. For seasoned researchers and as his mentors taught him, tax rolls can be a most important tool for discerning who is who, and where and when they were living.

Dwight has observed researchers, each spending years looking for a piece of paper stating where a person was born in Ulster. If one is found, it is remarkable, but in most cases, the pursuit is more complex. In the large majority of cases, the paper is nonexistent. What is required is not only identifying the immigrant, but also tracing his or her life step by step for clues. It can be necessary to document the children and grandchildren of the immigrant in the hope that someone from a branch of the family preserved the knowledge of an Ulster birthplace. You may be the one who designs a new pattern of analysis that works for your family problem. The same tactic may not be successful for someone else’s genealogy, but it may yield discoveries for you because of the circumstances in which your ancestors lived.

This is not a book for those seeking effortless answers. It is intended to disclose research strategies that perhaps have not been considered before. Dwight asks that researchers not think in linear terms. If Scots-Irish research, especially in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, were easy, the place of origin in Ulster would have been found long ago. Linear thinking, which seems to promote the notion of the existence of a document stating a place of birth when, in fact, it was never created, typically will hinder research and waste time. In most cases, an entry noting where someone was born in the 1700s is not in an archive in either Ireland or Northern Ireland. Therefore, it remains a U.S. research problem. The assertion is not that Irish sources cannot be used effectively, but that records of births for documenting most Ulster-Scots during the 1700s are scarce. For 1800s immigrants, registers of birthplaces may be in Ulster. The same is true from the U.S. side of the research process, yet even that depends on the period, the sources, and the circumstances in which a family found itself.

This volume outlines and details the tactics that may be necessary to find your Scots-Irish place of origin. Besides the professional strategies, Dwight lists numerous websites and databases. The bibliographies found throughout the volume are extensive. Both black, white and color maps, charts and illustrations are found from cover to cover – eighty-four in all!

The Following is from the Front Matter and Table of Contents:

    • Dedication
    • Abbreviations Referenced in Maps and Text
    • Image/Chart Reference List
    • Table of Contents
    • Foreword – by Wendy Bebout Elliot, PhD
    • Introduction
    • Chapter One: Who Were the Scots-Irish?
    • Chapter Two: Census Records to 1850
    • Chapter Three: Church Records
    • Chapter Four: Female Ancestors: Maiden Names
    • Chapter Five: Land Records
    • Chapter Six: Lineage Societies
    • Chapter Seven: Migration Patterns
    • Chapter Eight: Military Records
    • Chapter Nine: Naturalization and Citizenship
    • Chapter Ten: Passengers’ Lists (Pre-1820)
    • Chapter Eleven: Published and Internet Family Histories
    • Chapter Twelve: Tax Records
    • Chapter Thirteen: Vital Records

Special Strategies

      • Chapter Fourteen: Special Strategy: Using Ulster Records
      • Chapter Fifteen: Special Strategy: The Latter-day Saint Connection
      • Chapter Sixteen: Special Strategy: Southeastern Native American Connection
      • Chapter Seventeen: Special Strategy: United Empire Loyalists
      • Index

Initial Reviews of American Scots-Irish Research
This is an essential resource for the study of Scots-Irish genealogies. Radford uses his encyclopedic knowledge of this ethnic group to guide the reader generation by generation back to their Scots-Irish ancestors and then to their place of origin in Ulster. He does this firstly by telling the reader how to best use core genealogical record types to best advantage when tracing a Scots-Irish lineage. Radford extends his guide from the usual census, vital and church records to sources such as tax records and published and Internet family histories. One of the strengths of Radford’s approach is its emphasis on methods of record analysis and how to follow clues from one source to another.

The other, often neglected, strong point is Radford’s discussion of records of the various groups the Scots-Irish associated with such as the native American tribes of Southeast, the religions they became part of such as the Latter Day Saints and the social groups they may have been part of such as the Loyalists. These chapters are rich with references to key resources for studying these groups, especially sources that discuss the Scots-Irish as parts of these societies.
Tom Rice, PhD, CGSM is the managing editor of The Septs, the quarterly journal of the Irish Genealogical Society International ( Radford has written many articles for The Septs.
Radford’s new informative Scots-Irish guide is essential to enable researchers to break through long-standing brick walls and is a necessary addition for every researcher’s library. This valuable work provides proven strategies for family historians and genealogists, while connecting historical events that impacted these families. He discusses records and techniques needed to follow migrations within the U.S., as well as bridging the Atlantic to locate former residences. (Note – Wendy went on to write the Foreword for the volume).
Wendy Bebout Elliott, PhD; Professor Emerita of History, California State University, Fullerton; Past President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies; Distinguished Service from Utah Genealogical Association; Retired professional genealogist and author.
Since the catastrophic destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922 the work of archivists in identifying and accessioning records of historical importance has resulted in a vast amount of material being available for the genealogical researcher to peruse. In addition, there are other repositories in Ireland where the collections have survived virtually intact. Together these records help us form a better understanding of the past and the lives of the people of this island. This includes the Scots-Irish, mainly, though not exclusively, Presbyterians from the province of Ulster.

However, for those researching Scots-Irish forebears the issue is where to start. Frustratingly, for many people the vital piece of information on where exactly their ancestors lived in Ulster has not been passed down through the generations to the present. In this book Dwight Radford brings his three decades of experience as a genealogist to bear in outlining different lines of attack in searching for Scots-Irish ancestors. In a series of chapters, he discusses different categories of records in the United States, including church and land records, documentation relating to naturalization, and passenger lists, among others.

This book, however, is much more than an overview and explanation of source material in America. One of its great strengths is the way in which the author challenges researchers to consider carefully how best to approach the task at hand. For many people a degree of lateral thinking will be necessary, and the tactics required to overcome obstacles might not fit the conventional pattern of genealogical research. The Chapter titled ‘Special Strategies’ will be very helpful for researchers and it is not going too far to say that the sections on the ‘Latter Day Saint Connection,’ the ‘Southeastern Native American Connection,’ and ‘United Empire Loyalists’ will be revelatory for most.

In conclusion, this is a book to be read by everyone seeking their Scots-Irish lineage. Those who do so will be much better equipped for what for many will be the ultimate – a research trip to Ireland and perhaps, just perhaps, an opportunity to visit the ancestral homestead.
William J. Roulston, PhD, Queens University, Belfast; Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation; Author of Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation 2018).
I have known Dwight Radford, as a colleague and mentor, for many years and value his creative approaches to solving genealogical problems. In his latest book, Mr. Radford details several unique research strategies for wringing out clues held within a wide variety of sources – some of the record groups he analyzes will be familiar to most researchers, while others, included in his “Special Strategies” section, may be more obscure.

As a Canadian family historian, I wondered what relevance Mr. Radford’s American Scots-Irish handbook would have to Canadian researchers. First, I found that his detailed strategies for manipulating a vast number of records can be applied to any type of historical research, even if that research delves into non-US created records. Secondly, many Canadians have ancestral roots that reach back into the United States and the British American colonies. While focused on Scots-Irish origins, Mr. Radford’s book is generally invaluable to reconstructing early American family histories and discovering European origins. It is also an important lesson in “thinking outside the box.”

The Special Strategies chapters are a fascinating exploration of some under-used resources. I found the “Southeastern Native American Connection,” to be particularly comprehensive.

Many of our Canadian Scots-Irish ancestors found their way to Canada as refugees from the American Revolution. Those who remained loyal to the British crown had no choice but to leave their land and possessions in the US and flee for their lives, with Canada being the closest place of refuge. These refugees were known as Loyalists and Mr. Radford includes a “Special Strategies” chapter on the vast number of records that were created by this important group.

Comprehensive bibliographies plus websites where one might be able to access digitized records and indexes are included for each chapter in Mr. Radford’s book. I was particularly impressed by the coverage of various religious records, including records of the clergy (and why these are so important in locating one’s Scots-Irish kin). Mr. Radford also devotes a chapter on helpful approaches for discovering women’s maiden names. Readers will certainly appreciate the step-by step information on creating census substitutes, interpreting the statistical information found in the pre-1850 US census records, using land records to reconstruct family units and cluster-immigration groups and the historical background presented on the creation of many of the record-groups covered in this book.

Lineage Societies are not typically covered in much detail by genealogical handbooks. Mr. Radford devotes a chapter to these societies where he details the resources of 47 lineage societies, including the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada.

I would highly recommend American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins as an excellent, thorough and thought-provoking handbook. I am sure it will be key in solving many genealogical brick walls.
Claire Smith-Burns; Genealogical Research; Educator; Kelowna, B.C., Canada
If you have Scots-Irish ancestors, this new book from Dwight Radford is heaven sent! Tracing the Irish origins of Scots-Irish immigrants in America is one of the most challenging types of genealogy research, and we all can rejoice that Dwight shares his vast knowledge of the subject and his keen sense of strategy in this book. Over the past three decades, Dwight has pioneered Irish immigrant research and taught countless family historians and professional genealogists how to be successful. I am fortunate to count myself among his students.

In his book, Dwight gives us not only a detailed discussion of the relevant record sources, but also explores the history, religious doctrine, and culture we need to understand our ancestors’ stories and to follow them back in time. He explains what the available American and Irish records are, and how to use them effectively, from his decades of experience working for genealogy clients. Dwight spends particular time on sources he has found essential for researching the Scots-Irish, like lineage societies and military records. He also discusses other vital topics such as migration patterns and female ancestors’ maiden names.

If you feel stuck seeking your Ulster-Scots origins, Dwight’s imaginative chapters will suggest avenues of investigation you haven’t thought of. Have you considered your Scots-Irish family’s potential connections to Native Americans, Mormons, or United Empire Loyalists? You will now! This book should be standard reading for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy enthusiasts. I congratulate Dwight for bringing forward, in this valuable work, the fruit of many years of extensive study and practice. Get ready for a fascinating and educational journey!
Kyle J. Betit; Genealogist & Ancestral Travel Expert; Co-Founder, AncestryProGenealogists®

Click on the following link to order:
American Scots-Irish Research – Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins; by Dwight A. Radford; Foreword by Wendy Bebout Elliott, PhD; Diagrams, Charts, and Maps designed by Wade Hone; 84 Illustrations; August 2020; 284 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-1-62859-280-1; Item # FR0151

Irish Research Guide Sale: Up to 70% Off

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Family Roots Publishing is running an Irish Research Guide promotion. We market over 30 different guides, and have placed them all on sale for the 2020 year-end promotion. Click on the links for full information on each book.


Irish Flyleaf Press books – 15% Off

Heritage Productions Books – Imported from Ontario, Canada – 10% Off. Note that we have limited numbers of each of these popular books. If we run out, it can take up to 2 weeks to get restocked. If we are out, we will attempt to get it so-marked at the webpage for the item.

Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research – 50% Off

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We are running a holiday promotion on Mobile Genealogy and are offering the popular book to our readers for under $10! That’s now 50% off, and is the lowest price we’ve offered on the volume. Click on the links to order.

Family Roots Publishing is offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 50% off – the lowest price we’ve ever offered. We have lots of copies in stock, ready to ship immediately. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $9.98. Click on the links to order.

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.


  • A Few Tips for Using the Book


  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List


  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree


    • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
      • Chrome Remote Desktop
    • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
      • New Features
      • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
      • Navigation Tips and Tricks
      • Voice Command
      • Functionality Tips and Tricks
      • App Related Tips and Tricks


  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

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