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Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census – 20% Off & Free eBook – Thru Nov. 22

2019. november 18., hétfő 0:02:37

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census is the first comprehensive guide to substitutes for the lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census ever compiled. Written by researcher and author, William Dollarhide, this volume pulls together a listing of mostly online and quickly accessible sources to overcome the hurdle of the “gap” between the 1880 and 1910 U.S. Federal Censuses.

The book is currently shipping and available for 20% off at the Family Roots Publishing website. MSRP is $25.95, but is 20% off if you purchase now – making it $20.76 (plus $5.50 p&h). Not only that, but buy before the sale ends on Nov. 22, and get a FREE immediate download of the entire book as a PDF eBook – but only through FRIDAY!

All 1,203 database source titles listed in this book were extracted from the series of state books, Censuses & Substitute Name Lists. The sources identified are in the form of databases mostly found on the Internet. This volume adds the number of records covering the years 1885-1895 into the description of each database whenever possible, making the guide invaluable to the researcher. Any substitute name lists not digitized yet are noted with a link a reference to a state book wherein more information is available.

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census; by William Dollarhide, 2019; 101 pp; 8.5×11; softbound; ISBN: 978-1-62895-245-2; Item #: FR0426

National Name Lists. 65 major U.S. databases identified in the National Name Lists section came from one of the following categories:

National Vital Records Lists. Includes major databases such as burials, obituary listings, and birth, marriage, and death records from multiple states.

Immigration Lists. Includes records of ships manifests, customs reports, and lists of aliens arriving at U.S. ports of call.

U.S. Military Lists. Includes rosters of soldiers, sailors, and Marines; and draft registrations.

Veterans and Pensioners Lists. Includes databases from national organizations, and U.S. Pension Lists.

State Name Lists – 1,138 statewide databases in the State Name Lists section came from one of the following categories:

State & Territory Census Records. Between 1884 and 1896, thirty-two censuses were conducted by twenty different states/territories, all separate from the federal censuses They were taken for the years 1884 (1), 1885 (14), 1890 (3), 1891 (1), 1892 (1), 1894 (1), 1895 (10), and 1896 (1). See Table 1 (page 2) for the list of states/territories involved.

State and County Court Records. Includes naturalizations, probates, estates, wills, and real estate records, in particular, those with a substantial number of records dated 1885-1895.

Directories. For the period 1885-1895, city/county directories provide a good substitute for the lost 1890 census. The basic name/date/place elements are always recorded in a directory.

State Militia Lists. Includes rosters of soldiers at the regimental level, those having a substantial number of records dated 1885-1895.

Tax Lists. Includes name/date/place lists for an entire state, or for larger counties within a state, and covering the period 1885-1895.

Vital Records. Lists of statewide births, marriages, divorces, obituaries, deaths, and burials are included in the State Name Lists section, those with a large number of 1885-1895 events.

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census; by William Dollarhide, 2019; 101 pp; 8.5×11; softbound; ISBN: 978-1-62895-245-2; Item #: FR0426

MyHeritage DNA Test – Just $49 & FREE USA Shipping if You Purchase Two

2019. november 17., vasárnap 4:50:46

MyHeritage is running a Thanksgiving promotion on their Autosomal DNA test kit – making it just $49 – with FREE USA shipping if you purchase two! Click on the links or the illustration for more information and/or to order.

Disclaimer: Family Roots Publishing, GenealogyBlog.com, Genealogy Newsline, and Leland K Meitzler have an affiliate relationship with MyHeritageDNA, and receive a small portion of each sale when readers click and purchase using the links found above.

British (England, Ireland & Scotland) Research Guides Written By Chris Patton – 15% Off Thru Dec. 25, 2019

2019. november 16., szombat 22:42:20

Family Roots Publishing recently received the rights to print the Chris Patton tiles from Unlock the Past in Australia. Until now, these volumes were printed in Australia, making the shipping costs very high. Now also printed in the USA, we’ve been able to get the prices down for sales to genealogical researchers in America.

The following nine titles are now available and on sale for 15% off through December 25, 2019. During the sale, p&h within the USA for these nine titles is just $4.50 for the first book, and 50 cents for each thereafter – OR Free USA shipping if you purchase $25 or more in product at the FRPC website during the dale period.

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

THE FOLLOWING TWO TITLES DEAL WITH BRITISH AND IRISH RESEARCH:

A Beginner’s Guide to British and Irish Genealogy; by Chris Paton; 2016; 72 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for $11.86.

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

THE FOLLOWING THREE TITLES DEAL WITH IRISH RESEARCH:

Irish Family History Resources Online, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2015; 64 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for just $11.86.

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923; by Chris Paton; 2016; 60 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.

Discover Irish Land Records; by Chris Paton; 2015; 68 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for just $11.86.

THE FOLLOWING FOUR TITLES DEAL WITH SCOTTISH RESEARCH:

Discover Scottish Church Records, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2016; 92 pp: Reg. $19.95 – On sale for just $16.96.

Discover Scottish Land Records, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2017; 64 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for just $11.86.

Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records; by Chris Paton; 2013; 52 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.

Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis; by Chris Paton; 2015; 56 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.

Census Substitutes & State Census Records- 2nd Edition – 30% Off through December 25

2019. november 16., szombat 21:30:36

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Bill Dollarhide’s popular Census Substitutes & State Census Records books are on sale for 30% off through December 25, 2019!

Family Roots Publishing released a Second Edition of Bill Dollarhide’s popular 2008 Census Substitutes and State Census Records set in late 2016. The series is in three books, all over 270 pages each, Eastern States, Central States, and Western States. So many changes have taken place since the 2008 edition was printed that we were compelled to finally do a complete update of what was a 2-volume set. The use of colonial, territorial and state census records is mandatory if doing United States family research. Thirty-eight states took these censuses. Al states have what we’d call census substitutes – tax lists, voter registrations, land record indexes, directories, military lists, land ownership maps, and on and on… Mr. Dollarhide has compiled the best descriptive listing, complete with call numbers and internet links, that has ever been produced. It’s sure to help you find more ancestors and cousins than ever before.

Again, we’re making the 3 volume set 30% off. Get these fabulous research aids today! The set of three books sells for $99.95. Taking off 30% makes them just $69.97 for all three volumes. Click on the links to purchase. The books are available as paperback books, PDF eBooks, or a combination thereof. All options are at 30% Off sale prices. See the links at the bottom of this entry.

In this Second Edition, William Dollarhide identifies Census Substitutes, as well as State Census Records for the Eastern, Central and Western portion of the United States of America. The substitutes are those name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership maps, voter registrations, and other compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state or one or more towns in a county. Thirty-eight states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today. Often taken between Federal Decennial Census years, these records may contain unique information, and may even shed light on the lives of your ancestors that might have been on-the-move.

The Second Edition includes numerous online sources that have been posted on the Internet since the First Edition was published in 2008. This reflects the ongoing efforts of both public and private companies to digitize relevant records. Although the series is by region, and then by state, there have been numerous nationwide census and census substitute sources that have been developed in the last decade, with most posted online. For this reason, we have included a Nationwide Censuses & Substitutes chapter within Volume 3. The First Edition was printed in two volumes (Eastern & Western), while the Second Edition is now in three.

The 1st volume covers 22 eastern states, organized with these regions: Old Southwest (AL, FL, GA, &; MS); New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, & VT): Mid-Atlantic States (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, & PA); and The Old South (KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV).

This 2nd volume covers 16 central states of The Old Northwest (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, & WI); The Central Plains IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, & SD); and the more Central Southern states of (TX, OK, LA, & AR).

This 3rd volume covers 13 western states of CA, NV, AK, & HI; Nuevo Mexico (NM & AZ); The Mountain West (CO, UT, & WY); and The Oregon Country (OR, WA, ID, & MT). Also included is a full chapter on Federal Censuses and Nationwide Substitute Name Lists.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME ONE – EASTERN STATES

Chapter 1 – The Old Southwest
● Timeline – The Old Southwest
● Alabama
● Florida
● Georgia
● Mississippi

Chapter 2 – New England
● Timeline – New England
● New England Name Indexes
● Connecticut
● Maine
● Massachusetts
● New Hampshire
● Rhode Island
● Vermont

Chapter 3 – Mid-Atlantic States
● Timeline – Mid-Atlantic States
● Middle Colonies Name Indexes & Guides
● Delaware
● District of Columbia
● Maryland
● New Jersey
● New York
● Pennsylvania

Chapter 4 – The Old South
● Timeline – The Old South
● Kentucky
● North Carolina
● South Carolina
● Tennessee
● Virginia
● West Virginia

CONTENTS OF VOLUME TWO – CENTRAL STATES

Chapter 1 – The Old Northwest
● Timeline – The Old Northwest
● Illinois
● Indiana
● Michigan
● Minnesota
● Ohio
● Wisconsin

Chapter 2 – The Central Plains
● Timeline – The Central Plains
● Iowa
● Kansas
● Missouri
● Nebraska
● Dakota Territory
● North Dakota
● South Dakota

Chapter 3 – Central Southern
● Arkansas
● Louisiana
● Oklahoma
● Texas

CONTENTS OF VOLUME THREE – WESTERN STATES & NATIONAL

Chapter 1 – Sierra Pacific & Alaska
● California
● Nevada
● Hawaii
● Alaska

Chapter 2 – Nuevo Mexico
● Timeline – Arizona & New Mexico
● Arizona
● New Mexico

Chapter 3 – The Mountain West
● Colorado
● Utah
● Wyoming

Chapter 4 – The Oregon Country
● Timeline – ID/MT/OR/WA
● Idaho
● Montana
● Oregon
● Washington

Chapter 5 – Nationwide
● Federal Censuses
● National Census Substitutes

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Volume 1 – Eastern States; Volume 2 – Central States; Volume 3 – Western States & National: Substitute Name Lists for all 50 States and State Censuses for 38 States, Second Edition; by William Dollarhide; 2016; 3 volumes; 822 pages; Item FR0195

Also available as a PDF ebook bundle of the three books, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – FR0196.

Also available as a super-bundle with Volumes 2 & 3, as well as PDF ebooks of all three volumes – FR0197.

ALSO AVAILABLE AS THREE INDIVIDUAL PRINTED BOOKS

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 1 – Eastern States – FR0419

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 2 – Central States – FR0421

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 3 – Western States & National – FR0423

ALSO AVAILABLE AS THREE INDIVIDUAL PDF EBOOKS

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 1 – Eastern States – FR0419-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 2 – Central States – FR0421-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 3 – Western States & National – FR0423-PDF

ALSO AVAILABLE AS THREE INDIVIDUAL PRINTED AS WELL AS PDF EBOOKS

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 1 – Eastern States – FR0419-PRINTED-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 2 – Central States – FR0421-PRINTED-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 3 – Western States & National – FR0423-PRINTED-PDF

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author of the Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, acclaimed a top-5 best-selling title in genealogy. He has also authored The Census Book, Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census, New York State Censuses & Substitutes; Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815; and Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, as well as dozens of other titles related to genealogical research. William Dollarhide was born and raised in Seattle, lived near Salt Lake City for two decades, and now lives in Mount Vernon, Washington.

German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – 25% Off Through December 25

2019. november 16., szombat 15:31:58

Donna Schilling recently wrote a delightful full-color book, entitled: German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research.

Family Roots Publishing is discounting it by 25% through December 25, 2019. Normally $27.95, FRPC is is offering it for just $20.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the link or illustration to order.

Were your ancestors from Pomerania? Pommern was part of Germany prior to World War II. Today, the area lies in two countries. This book is written to help guide researchers who wish to research their ancestors who lived in what is now Northeastern Germany and Northwestern Poland. Suggestions on how to access the records of the area are given. Genealogical research in this area can be a most difficult task, but nevertheless fascinating and rewarding, just as it has been for the author and her family.

The author’s family was from Kreis Schlawe, located at the Northeastern tip of what was Pomerania, close to Danzig on the beautiful Baltic Sea. Kreis Schlawe serves as an example of how to find more family history information on this part of what was Germany. Although much of the information is specific to Kreis Schlawe, the same research concepts and the guidelines found within the book apply to any research done within this area.

Found within this volume:

  • Detailed information about location, cities, climate, demographics & infrastructure of Kreis Schlawe.
  • History of Pomerania – including detailed timelines, World War II, and the expulsion of the Germanic Pomeranians.
  • Culture and customs of Pomerania.
  • Kreis Schlawe’s cities, towns, churches and historic sites.
  • Research in the U.S.A., leading to finding your Pomeranian ancestors.
  • Specific guidelines and aids for researching Kreis Schlawe records.
  • Detailed bibliography.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Dedication Statement

Acknowledgements

Maps Found in This Volume

Pictures Found in This Volume

Chapter 1 Kreise (County) of Schlawe -Pomerania

  • Location of Schlawe, Pomerania, now in Northern Poland
  • Kreis Schlawe’s Major Cities
  • Kreis Schlawe’s Climate and Topography
  • Demographics of Pomerania
  • Present Day Infrastructure in Kreis Schlawe

Chapter 2 History of Pomerania

  • Early Historical Events in Pomerania and Kreis Schlawe (with*)
  • Rapid Growth of Pomerania after 1181 A.D.
  • Immigration to America and the Napoleonic Era
  • Review of Division in Pomerania 1155-1815, Dukes and Duchies
  • First partition 1155-1264
  • Second partition 1295-1368
  • Third partition 1368-1376
  • Fourth partition 1376/1377 – 1478
  • Fifth partition 1531-1569
  • Sixth partition 1569-1625
  • Province of Pomerania 1815-1945
  • World War I
  • The Economy in Pomerania and Nazism
  • Pomeranian Administrative Divisions Before World War II
  • Farther (or Hinter, Eastern) Pomerania-Barth
  • Vorpommern (Western Pomerania)
  • Posen-West Prussian Government Region
  • Northwest Government region of Stralsund Neuvorpommern
  • World War II in Pomerania and its Aftermath
  • Three Trips to Berlin – Before, During and After “the Wall”
  • Prisoners of War in America and in Germany
  • Camp Algona System in Iowa, an Example
  • Life in an American Prisoner of War Camp
  • Life in a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany, a Comparison
  • A Lasting Legacy to America from Algona POWs
  • Expulsion of Pomeranians

Chapter 3 Culture and Customs of Pomerania

  • Everyday Customs of Pomerania
  • Municipal Codes in Treptow in 1683
  • Farm Life Before and After 1930
  • Guilds in Pomerania
  • Pomeranian Food and Drink
  • Pomeranian Clothing (Tracht)
  • Buildings in Pomerania
  • Pomeranian Names
  • Annual Celebrations and Traditions
  • Easter
  • Erntefest (Harvest Festival)
  • Advent and Christmas in Pomerania
  • Special Events
  • Weddings in Pomerania
  • Christening Celebrations
  • Confirmations
  • Reflections of East German Life in the 1980s

Chapter 4 More About Kreis Schlawe’s Four Major Cities

  • Town of Schlawe and Alt Schlawe (Slawno and Slawko)
  • Location of Alt Schlawe and Stadt Schlawe
  • Brief History of Stadt Schlawe and Alt Schlawe
  • Notable People from Stadt Alt Schlawe or Schlawe
  • Attractions of Stadt Schlawe
  • Rügenwalde (now Darlowo, Poland) The Royal City of Darlowo
  • Location of Rügenwalde
  • Short History of Rügenwalde
  • Eight Main Sites and Attractions
  • Castle of King Eric
  • Saint Mary’s Church
  • Saint Gertrude’s Church
  • Saint Georges Chapel
  • The Town Hall
  • The Fountain—a Fisherman’s Monument
  • Stone Gate—known as High
  • Lighthouse
  • Zanow (now Sianów, Poland)
  • Location of Zanow
  • Historical Fact for Zanow
  • Attractions
  • Pollnow (now Polanow, Poland)
  • Location of Pollnow
  • History of City of Pollnow
  • Main Attractions
  • Notable People from Pollnow

Chapter 5 First Research in the U.S.A.

  • Church Records in the U.S.
  • County Records in America
  • State Historical and Other State Department Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Funeral Parlor Records
  • Court and Courthouse Records in the U.S
  • DNA
  • Online sites about German Culture and Genealogy
  • Networking Online
  • Importance of Sources of Information Found
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources

Chapter 6 Specific Guidelines for Kreis Schlawe

  • Learning, Practicing and Reading Old German Records
  • Catholic Records in Germany
  • Lutheran Church Records in No. Poland; Formerly Schlawe, Pomerania
  • Standesamt in Kreis Schlawe, now in Northern Poland; (Registry Offices for Civil records less than 100 years old)
  • Amtsbezirk also in Kreis Schlawe Northern Poland; (District Offices with records over 100 years old)
  • Amtsgericht in Schlawe (Court records for Kreis Schlawe)
  • Sources on the Internet for German Genealogy & Kreis Schlawe specifically
  • Practicing different German scripts, e.g. Sutterlin
  • Hints for Traveling to Kreis Schlawe (This is the most thrilling part!)

Bibliography

Click on the following link to order:
German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research; By Donna Schilling; May 2017, 156 pages; 8.5×11; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-62859-094-4; Item #: FR0720; MSRP: $27.95; On sale for just $20.96.

The Madness of the “Mac” Surnames – 15% Off Through December 25

2019. november 16., szombat 2:15:35

If you have determined that ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac’ surnames are the most complicated surnames originating in the British Isles, you need to read this book. And if you haven’t already worked that out, you ‘desperately’ need to read this book.

For example, imagine if you were researching the surname McClarence and to your surprise, you stumbled upon a variant, McLawrence. And you were researching McLachlan and saw it written as McGloughlan. And you were researching McGuigan and found McQuigan, and you saw McQuade written as McWade, and McWright written as McRight, and McReady and McCready.

By this stage you have gone all the way from ‘McC’ to ‘McL’ to ‘McG’ to ‘McQ’ to ‘McW’ to ‘McR’ and back to ‘McC’. You would have every reason for tearing your hair out in confusion and thinking that “it’s all too hard!”

Making Sense of Surname Spellings: The Madness of “Mac” Surnames; by Carol Baxter; 2018; 72 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index, paperback; ISBN: 9781925323771; Item #: UTP0504a

This book sells for $12.95. FRPC is offering it through December 25 at the website for 15% off, making it just $11.01. Click on the links to order.

There are logical reasons for all of these spelling exchanges. In fact they are predictable once you understand the sounds and letters of the English language and how they influence ‘Mac’ or ‘Mc’ surnames. The aim of this book is to communicate that information.

‘The Madness of “Mac” Surnames’ is not a surname dictionary, but rather a foundational guide to help you find other ways of spelling your ‘Mac’ surnames of interest.

Contents:

  • Introduction
    • BDA database
    • Letters, sounds and surnames
  • 1. The madness of ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac’
    • The ‘Mc’ prefix
    • ‘Mc’ abbreviations, squiggles and mistranscriptions
    • ‘Mc’ transcriptions
    • Other ‘Mc’ variations
    • Letter types
    • ‘Mc’ eliminations
    • ‘Mc’ replacements
  • 2.The ‘M’ in ‘Mc’ surnames
    • ‘M’ written as ‘H’
    • ‘M’ written as ‘N’
    • ‘M’ written as ‘V’
    • ‘M’ written as ‘W’
  • 3. The ‘a’ in ‘Mc’ surnames
    • Vowel sounds in ‘Mc’
    • Syllable emphasis
    • Syllable emphasis and spellings
  • 4. The ‘c’ in ‘Mc’ surnames
    • The sound of ‘c’
    • Consonant sound pairs
  • 5. The interaction between ‘Mc’ and the root word
    • ‘Mc’ plus vowel
    • ‘Mc’ plus ‘B’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘P’, ‘S’, ‘T’ or ‘V’
    • ‘Mc’ plus ‘C’, ‘G’, ‘K’ or ‘Q’
    • ‘Mc’ plus consonant sounds ‘Ch’, ‘J’ or ‘Sh’
    • ‘Mc’ plus ‘H’
    • ‘Mc’ plus consonants ‘L’ or ‘R’
    • ‘Mc’ plus consonants ‘M’ or ‘N’
    • ‘Mc’ plus ‘W’
  • 6. How to analyse ‘Mc’ surnames
  • 7. ‘Mc’ alphabetical examples
    • McA
    • McB
    • McC
    • McD
    • McE
    • McF
    • McG
    • McH
    • McI
    • McJ
    • McK
    • McL
    • McM
    • McN
    • McO
    • McP
    • McQ
    • McR
    • McS
    • McT
    • McU
    • McV
    • McW
    • McX, McY and McZ
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1. Vowel sounds
  • Appendix 2. Consonant sounds
  • Appendix 3. Categories in chapter 7
  • Bibliography
    • Books
    • Websites
  • Surname index

Making Sense of Surname Spellings: The Madness of “Mac” Surnames; by Carol Baxter; 2018; 72 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index, paperback; ISBN: 9781925323771; Item #: UTP0504a

Adoption Secrecy Comes to An End in New York State On January 15

2019. november 16., szombat 1:02:37

The following teaser is from an article posted November 15, 2019 at LongIsland.News12.com:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a historic measure into law that grants New York adoptees access to vital birth records.

The law ends 84 years of secrecy surrounding adoptions in New York state. For the first time since 1935, when the state sealed adoption records, adoptees will be able to obtain their original birth certificate when they turn 18 and find out the names of their birth parents.

Patrick Deegan, of Huntington, was adopted shortly after he was born 46 years ago. He says when he was 18, he tried to get his birth certificate but was denied under the old law. He says he spent more than 20 years fighting for the right to know where he came from.

“Knowing that I was not allowed access to my own records really felt as though it was a form of discrimination,” says Deegan.

The law will go into effect on Jan. 15. New York will become the 10th state to provide the birth certificates with unrestricted access.

Read the full article at longisland.news12.com

New Database Records Available at FindMyPast This Week – and Sale Prices Monday, Nov 18 thru Saturday, Nov 23

2019. november 15., péntek 23:10:48

The following records were announced as now being available at FindMyPast:

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers’ Medical Records
Over 36,000 new additions from the National Archives in Kew are now available to search. These highly detailed records include images of original documents and will reveal when and where your ancestor was wounded, the nature of their injuries, where they were treated and how long they were. Service details and other additional notes may also be included.

The medical records were collected by the Medical Research Committee and then given over to the British Museum during the First World War, 1914 to 1918. The records were used for statistical research. In 1931, Thomas John Mitchell and G M Smith published History of the Great War, based on official documents. Medical services: Casualties and medical statistics of the Great War from the data gathered from these medical records.

United States, Official Army Register 1861-1865
Did your ancestors serve in the volunteer force of the United States Army between 1861 and 1865? Explore thousands of PDF images of official army registers created by the United States Adjutant General’s Office to uncover details of their service.

The United States Volunteers force was separate from the Regular Army. During the nineteenth century, this was the United State Federal Government’s main means of raising large forces of citizen soldiers needed in time of war to supplement the regular army.

United States, Massachusetts: Index Of Casualties, World War I
Find out if your Massachusetts ancestors died in service during World War II. Explore this collection of more than 9,000 records compiled by the Adjutant General of the Commonwealth and held by the Massachusetts Archives. Transcripts include rank, death date, death place, additional notes and a link to an image of the original document.

An accompanying printed booklet with the title: World War II Honor list of dead and missing– the State of Massachusetts contains corresponding data, although the information in the booklet is arranged by county, and is confined to the name, serial number, rank, and circumstances of the death of each soldier.

PERiodical Source Index Update
Over 6,000 new images have been added this month. These new additions add additional years for the Saint Louis Catholic Historical Review, Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine and the Friends Historical Society Journal

PERSI provides a simple way to access articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods. This can help to build the historical context around your personal research, and the world your ancestors lived in.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
Nearly 200,000 new pages have been added to our collection with updates to 21 of our existing titles covering England, Scotland and Ireland.

Note – starting Monday, Nov. 18, FindMyPast is running a 25% Off for USA users. See the info below that for UK Users.

Discover the exciting stories of your family’s past with 25% off all subscription packages for Findmypast. Subscribe and save today, offer ends on Saturday 23rd November.

  • Start Date: Monday 18th November
  • End date: Saturday 23rd November
  • Discount Code: FW25ALLUS

United Kingdom Users – Discover the exciting stories of your family’s past with 30% off all subscription packages for Findmypast. Subscribe and save today, offer ends on Saturday 23rd November.

  • Start Date: Monday 18th November
  • End date: Saturday 23rd November
  • Discount Code: FW30ALL19

Family Roots Publishing, GenealogyBlog.com, and Leland K Meitzler have an affiliate relationship with FindMyPast and receive a portion of the proceeds of any sale made by clicking on the sale links found within this article.

Call for Presentations for 2020 PMC, Portland, Oregon – Due by 14 December 2019

2019. november 15., péntek 22:45:17

The following was received from APG:


APG Announces Call for Presentations for 2020 Professional Management Conference
Call for Presentations – 2020 APG PMC – Deadline 14 December 2019

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold its 22nd annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, 15 October, through Saturday, 17 October 2020, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Portland Washington Square, in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2020 APG Professional Management Conference:

– Classes presented by an individual or panel, 75 minutes in length (including time for questions)

– Roundtable presentations by an individual, 90 minutes in length featuring a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute period of moderated discussion (with the moderator to be appointed by APG)

– Workshops, 2 hours in length

– Discussion groups led by one or more individuals, 1 hour in length

– Poster sessions (informal discussions of a topic aided by a 30 by 40 inch poster), 1 hour in length

– Webinars to be presented before the conference about Portland, Oregon and its repositories, 1 hour in length

As they were in 2019, PMC presentations will be somewhat longer than the traditional 50 minutes, plus questions, to allow in-depth exploration of a topic. Topics should challenge professional genealogists to evaluate and improve their current businesses, increase their genealogical skills, and meet the demands of the 21st century client. Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists. While there is still room for traditional lectures, we are particularly looking for proposals that will allow more interaction among attendees to tap the expertise of the professionals attending the presentation and to delve more deeply into a topic.

Proposed presentations should be new and geared to the professional genealogist.

TOPICS OF INTEREST
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Business skills (for example, business organization and management, business plans and goal setting, collaborating with other genealogists on a client project, software to coordinate the work of a team, starting a genealogy business a “beginner’s” strategy)

– Marketing and branding strategies (for example, marketing with and without social media, how to establish a brand for one’s business, creative marketing strategies that have worked, discussion session in which the group reviews/critiques websites)

– Technology (for example, hardware and software to assist in research, writing, lecturing, and business/project management; platforms for podcasting or doing one’s own webinars or instructional videos; website development; genealogy’s technological future; hands-on workshops are particularly of interest)

– Speaker or lecturer training (for example, writing effective speaker proposals, effective use of visuals, crafting a dynamite presentation, overcoming fear of public speaking, considerations when teaching adult learners)

– Genealogical writing and publishing (for example, report writing, editing one’s own work, writing articles for different publications, self-publishing platforms)

– Client relationships and communication (for example, managing client expectations, communicating unexpected or unwelcome findings, explaining complex research, explaining DNA results to a client, dealing with difficult clients)

– Certification and accreditation (for example, meeting the GPS, strategies for success, educational preparation and planning for professional development)

– Organization and time management (for example, how to organize one’s office for efficiency, how to manage client projects, how to manage speaking engagements, planning efficient use of time)

– Career paths for professional genealogists (for example, forensic genealogy, house histories, dual citizenship, conference planning, producing videos for clients, lineage society work, providing archiving services)

– Success stories that inspire (for example, solving a difficult research case, breaking into a new line of genealogical work, taking a risk and how it worked out)

– DNA (for example, becoming a genetic genealogist, understanding DNA results, how to educate clients about DNA, when is DNA useful for a client project and when isn’t it, DNA’s future and how professionals can assist clients with changes/updates, advanced DNA topics, DNA content examples for client reports)

– Advanced genealogical research skills or methodology (for example, little-known or little-used records, truly complex case studies demonstrating advanced methods, taking a client project from beginning to end)

– Portland and Oregon research (for example, research in the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Genealogical Society library, the Family History Library, and other area repositories)

Successful proposals will offer in-depth, innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

ATTENDEE DEMOGRAPHICS FROM THE 2019 PMC
Half of the attendees at previous PMCs have been professional genealogists for three to twenty years. Fifty percent hold a master’s or doctoral degree, 47 percent are lecturers themselves, and 34 percent are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2020 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will be considered.

Submit proposals via email to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Saturday, 14 December 2019.

Proposals must include the following:

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)
  • Title of the presentation and category (from the “Topics of Interest” list above)
  • Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words)
  • Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 500 words)
  • Explanation of how the presentation meets demands faced by professional genealogists (50 to 75 words)
  • Presenter biography highlighting qualifications and expertise in the proposed topic (75 to 100 words)
  • Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location
  • Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded for possible broadcast and/or sale. (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)
  • Submit one PDF file per proposal. Name the file with your surname and the presentation title, for example SMITH Starting a Genealogical Business.

PRESENTER COMPENSATION
Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive

  • Complimentary PMC registration and digital syllabus
  • Lunch for the day of the presentation
  • Reimbursement for flight or mileage at the current government rate up to $700
  • All-inclusive honorarium per presentation:

$400 for a 75-minute presentation by an individual or panel
$375 for a 60-minute roundtable presentation
$650 for a 2 1/2-hour workshop
$550 for a 1-hour keynote or opening session presentation

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive:
$75 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals
$50 for a half-hour moderated discussion for a roundtable presentation

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive:
A 50 percent discount on PMC registration

Presenters giving pre-PMC webinars will receive:
$300 for a 1-hour webinar

All presentation proposals will be considered for keynote or opening session spots.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

Judy Muhn
2020 PMC Coordinator

Again – Submit proposals via email to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Saturday, 14 December 2019.

The German Research Companion, 3rd Edition – 30% Off Through December 25

2019. november 15., péntek 21:53:27

The The German Research Companion third edition of Shirley Riemer’s classic The German Research Companion. is on sale through December 25, 2019 at 30% off – making it just $19.60. Click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

The book has always been one of the best places to look for sources of German research information. The page count is 706 pages, making it the huge value, and a go-to book for those of us researching our German ancestors. When compiling the volume, Shirley enlisted the help of two other well-known Germanic genealogists, Roger Minert, and Jennifer Anderson, who spent hundreds of hours in adding additional material, editing, and layout of the book, making a good volume even better.

The German Research Companion is often referred to as “the Bible of German family history.” It provides a wide range of helpful information on virtually hundreds of topics related to German research, most indexed for easy reference. It is published in a handy 5.5 x 8.5 inch format, making it an ideal book to accompany the German family historian on research trips to libraries, archives, seminars, and even the “old country.”

Although not intended as a “how to do German research” volume, genealogists will find it the most complete book on German research produced. Concentrating on German research sources, it is in fact the only book in print that deals with the wide range of material needed by those who are searching their German lines. Written in English, the genealogist needs no knowledge of the German language to use the volume. Any German words and phrases found in The German Research Companion are either translated or clarified in English.

The German Research Companion contains useful details on hundreds of German genealogical topics. The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Section 1: German land, past and present

  • Germany’s political and jurisdictional organization
  • The three empires
  • Populations, capitals, and geography
  • The courts and the constitution
  • The rulers, the flag and the colonies
  • The major turning points and markers of German history

Section 2: The Tools, Contacts, and Resources

  • Resources for utilizing the Family History Library and its branches
  • Uses of the Family History Library Catalog for German Research
  • Credentialed researchers, societies, home-area sources
  • The search for the German immigrant’s place of origin
  • Communicating with Germany
  • Sending euro abroad
  • Village photographs and conference audiotapes
  • Choosing between Du and Sie
  • German organizations and institutes
  • Frequently used resources

Section 3: Emigration and Immigration

  • Immigration laws in the United States
  • Emigration laws in Germany
  • Naturalization records
  • The immigration process and Ellis Island
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration laws
  • Passport applications
  • German immigrant aid societies
  • Pennsylvania societies, archives, and libraries
  • Basic resources for researching Germans from Russia
  • Basic resources for researching the Danube Swabians
  • Basic resources for researching the Wends (Sorbs)
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Pennsylvania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Alsace-Lorraine
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Sudetenland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Bukovina
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Canada
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Czechoslovakia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Galatia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Liechtenstein
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Lithuania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Netherlands
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Poland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Silesia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Switzerland

Section 4: United States Resources

  • U.S. Cemeteries and burial records
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Social Security history and research
  • U.S. Railroad and Retirement Board
  • U.S. vital records
  • The WPA
  • The U.S. Census
  • Land and property records
  • The Homestead Act
  • U.S. Libraries and publishers
  • American military records
  • Germans who fought in the American Civil War
  • Hessian soldier research
  • The Turnverein in America
  • Fraternal organizations

Section 5: Language and Vocabularies

  • History and characteristics of the German alphabet and language
  • German dialectics and high, middle, and low German
  • The old German script
  • Abbreviations in German and Latin
  • German genealogy vocabulary
  • Occupations, trades and titles in German and Latin
  • Medical terms, illnesses, and causes of death, in German
  • German family relationships vocabulary
  • Christenings, marriages, and deaths vocabularies
  • Latin genealogy vocabulary
  • Roman numerals
  • Latin vocabularies for calendar dates, tombstone expressions, and old cities of Europe
  • French genealogy vocabulary
  • Fraktur
  • Yiddish

Section 6: German Resources

  • German church and civil registration records
  • Church inventories
  • Citizen books
  • The German privacy law
  • City registers
  • German cemeteries
  • Abbreviations keys to Meyers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon & Müllers grosses deutsches Ortsbuvh
  • Reverse alphabetical place name indexes
  • Maps
  • German phonetics
  • Indexes of German surnames
  • Periodicals
  • Place names
  • Researchers
  • Queries in German publications
  • Village lineage books
  • Postal code directories
  • The Ahnenpass
  • Telephone directories
  • Dictionaries

Section 7: Archives

  • German archive terminologies
  • German federal and state archives
  • County archives
  • Ecclesiastical archives and organizations
  • Central office for genealogy in Leipzig
  • The Berlin Document Center
  • The “Gauck” files
  • Specialized archives
  • Recommendations for working in a German archive
  • Genealogy related organizations in Germany
  • Historical societies in Germany

Section 8: Life in Our Ancestor’s Times

  • Names and naming patterns
  • Patronymic names
  • Given names of Germanic and foreign origin
  • “Name days”
  • Old measurements
  • Monetary units
  • Records of guilds and tradesmen
  • Calendars through the ages
  • The perpetual calendar
  • Feast days
  • Holidays and observances
  • History and customs of Christmas
  • The church in modern Germany
  • Religions: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and pietist, with resources
  • German Universities and academic degrees
  • Heraldry
  • German nobility
  • Military church-books, cemeteries, archives & records
  • German expellees following World War II
  • German prisoners of war in Americas

Section 9: Newspapers, Libraries, Museums and other Information

  • City directories and manuscript collections
  • German and German-American newspapers
  • Special interest publications
  • Emigration records in newspapers
  • Sister City arrangements
  • German museums, libraries, and publishers
  • American universities in Germany
  • U.S. Embassy offices in Germany
  • Academic and cultural organizations
  • Cooking measurements and ingredients
  • Folk dress (Trachten)
  • Greetings in German
  • Formalities of letter-writing
  • Telephone cards

The Appendix

  • The appendix includes maps, tables, charts, and pictures that help to illustrate Germanic research.

In Conclusion
Simply said, if you’re an English-speaking person doing German research, you will profit by a copy of this Third Edition of The German Research Companion. The volume is immediately available by purchase from Family Roots Publishing Company, the primary sponsor of GenealogyBlog.com. The cost is usually just $19.60 through December 25, 2019.

The German Research Companion, Third Edition, by Shirley J. Riemer, Roger P. Minert & Jennifer A. Anderson. 706 pp; softbound; ISBN 0-9656761-6-1; Item #M0025.

Why Should We Hire a Professional Genealogist?

2019. november 14., csütörtök 19:39:20

As most of you know, I’ve been researching my genealogy for nearly 45 years and working within the field on a professional level for over 35 years – most of that time spent as an editor, publisher, educator and speaker. I’ve done some “for hire” research projects, but most of my thousands of hours of research time has been spent searching my own family – often extended family, but family nonetheless. 

Every now and then I’ve hired a “pro” to help me with areas I found difficult. And it’s paid off nearly every time. I’ve also hired professionals to work the Salt Lake Christmas Tour for the last 35 years. These people are worth hiring when the time is right – and in today’s ever-changing and often high-tech research environment, it makes more sense than ever.

I am writing this because I’ve been approached by friends at Trace, asking if I’d be interesting in working with their company, by simply letting my readers know about what they do – and explaining why hiring professional genealogists is important to each of us. I’ve visited with their CEO, Wesley Eames, at RootsTech conferences over the years, and have been very favorably impressed with their approach to professional research. Trace has a network of over 4000 professional genealogists and experts working worldwide, with access to over 2000 archives and repositories. These professionals are in over 90 countries throughout the world, and include subject matter experts, such as private investigators, historians, religious scholars, archivists, clergy and university professors. For a very short time, GenealogyBlog readers can get a specialized review of your research for just $99 (that’s a $51 savings over the normal $150 fee). This $99 rate is only for GenealogyBlog readers and it expires this next Tuesday, November 19. So, fill out the short form and get started. But first, you might want to know a bit more about why hiring a professional makes sense for all of us. Please note that not all of the following is my wording, but I’m in full agreement with every word – mine or otherwise.

Why Hiring A Genealogist Makes Sense
It makes sense to hire a genealogist if your excitement and commitment are overshadowed by frustration and discouragement. It makes sense to hire a genealogist if you can’t access local records, translate documents in a foreign language, or interpret DNA results. Even if you have extensive genealogy research know-how, it makes sense to hire a genealogist if you simply don’t have enough extra time or money to tackle your project. Surprisingly, hiring a genealogist can save a lot of money in the long run.

Time is Money
Let’s face it, researching your family can be all-consuming, especially when dealing with records that are not indexed, or historic documents that are written in a foreign language or old script. Professional genealogists, who specialize in a specific subject or geographic location, are well acquainted with a wide variety of sources that a less experienced genealogist may overlook. As my readers know, I never have enough time. Spending a little money can move things along even when I’m buried with the publishing business. It can do the same for you.

Brick Walls
“I’ve hit a brick wall and I need help!” We’ve all said it at one point or another while trying to create accurate timelines and confirm family relationships. Brick walls happen to all of us, and the key to extending a line can be a professional with “boots on the ground,” or just a different perspective. It also takes a trained eye to keep a family tree from going off track. When dealing with a difficult project, a professional genealogist has the knowledge and experience necessary to solve these difficult puzzles. Allowing fresh eyes to methodically examine your brick wall allows new information to surface. Professional genealogists are an excellent resource to validate research passed down by other family members or to verify work you have completed yourself. Not only can they make new discoveries, but they have also been trained, utilizing the Genealogical Proof Standard, to analyze and interpret existing evidence, which may lead to new conclusions. They are experienced in working with specific information on a variety of record types over various time periods.

Digital Resources Can Only Get You So Far
With advances in technology and online genealogical databases over the past 20 years, many census and other vital records are now widely available to the public, leading some to wrongly assume that if it can’t be found online, it does not exist. This is a mistake. Only a small percentage of records are available online compared to the number that are still held in local or state repositories. In some cases the only way to find information is to access original records on-site. This requires time and travel and can be very expensive. It is always more cost effective to hire a local professional researcher on the ground. A local researcher is well versed in which records and which repository will likely hold the answers to the research question at hand. At Trace, they work with a wide variety of tested genealogists who can help individuals access records all across Europe, South America, Australia and the United States. It is more cost effective to pay a local professional researcher to obtain needed information than it is to take time off work and foot the bill for travel expenses in order to do the research yourself. Local professional researchers not only speak and understand the language, but they can also navigate the local customs and laws. They understand the fluidity of boundary changes caused by war or political disputes. In some countries multiple languages have been spoken over time, which affects the languages records may be written in. These variables can be overwhelming while trying to gather genealogical information. It is best to rely on a professional to help you understand the language, conventions and customs of a region or time period.

DNA
Genetic genealogy is an ever-growing field, and most of us are baffled by what to do with our results. My company, Family Roots Publishing, markets many guides for understanding DNA research. But it can still be hard! Understanding how to combine scientific and historical documentation can be a stumbling block for those of us who are passionate about genealogy. Genetic genealogists are trained in how to utilize your DNA data to aid you in solving your genealogical puzzles. Because genetic genealogy requires a distinct skill set from traditional genealogical research, it may be of value to seek the help of an expert to determine kinship.

Conclusion
The Trace approach of offering customized projects at customized prices, has proven to be far less risky than approaching genealogists we don’t know – sometimes in areas thousands of miles away. This is an efficient way to guide you safely toward the most qualified researchers that can help identity relatives, locate documents and confirm relationships. Their process is designed to feel mentored rather than managed, like a Sherpa guiding you up the mountain with your luggage on his back, rather than a concierge recommending night-life hot spots. If you’d like to explore the cost and process of hiring a professional researcher, visit Trace.com today.

Again, I’ve worked out a great deal for my readers. To begin your personal genealogical research project you just need to fill out the short form letting Trace know what you would like help with.

Once you do, an experienced professional matched specifically to your needs will contact you. This expert will then review your family history research and create a custom research proposal designed to perfectly tackle your problem. And, for a very short time, GenealogyBlog readers can get this specialized review of their research for just $99 (that’s a $51 savings over the normal $150 fee).

This $99 rate is only for GenealogyBlog readers and it expires this next Tuesday, November 19. Fill out the short form and get started. 

Again – Have you ever wished that you could get expert help with your family history research, but weren’t sure where to turn? Or, perhaps, you were worried about the high cost? If so, Trace can help. Trace offers a simple and affordable way to get help with your family history research problems by utilizing their unique network of over 4000 genealogy professionals, with access to over 2000 archives and repositories from over 90 countries around the world. You have nothing to lose – and ancestors to gain. Take a moment to fill out a short form at Trace right now – and advance your family’s history today. 

Disclaimer: GenealogyBlog, GenealogyBlog.com, and Leland K Meitzler have an affiliate relationship with Trace, and receive a portion of all receipts collected by Trace when readers purchase their research services using the links found within this article.

FREE Access to All Databases on AmericanAncestors.org Through Tuesday, November 19

2019. november 12., kedd 22:22:45

FREE Access is now available to all the databases on AmericanAncestors.org – from Tuesday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 19.

Fall back into family history research with FREE Access to more than 1.4 billion searchable names on AmericanAncestors.org between Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Anyone can access the many research databases by registering as a FREE Guest Member at AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion.

Tracing Your Ancestors – 20 Research Guides & Publications – all 40% Off – Now Through Christmas

2019. november 12., kedd 21:02:42

Family Roots Publishing did so well with our Tracing Your Ancestors promotion in October,that we’ve decided to again offer the 17 Research Guides and 3 History-related items at 40% off. These publications are produced by our friends at Moorshead Magazines in Ontario. I highly recommend these print publications, and have sold thousands of them. So again… FRPC is offering the print editions (not pdf ebooks) for 40% off now through December 25, 2019. That’s just $5.97 per publication (Reg. $9.95). There is a U.S.A. p&h fee of $4.50 for the first copy & 50 cents per copy thereafter. However, purchase a total of $25 or more worth of product at the FRPC website, and you’ll get FREE U.S.A. shipping through Christmas 2019..

The following publications are available at the sale price through December 25. Click on the links for full descriptions of each item.

Click on the links for full descriptions of each of the items – and/or to purchase. Remember – Purchase $25 or more in product during any single purchase at the FRPC website through December 25, 2019 and get FREE U.S.A. shipping.

Map Guide to German Parish Registers Vol. 1 thru 58 – 25% Off Through Dec. 25, 2019 – with FREE USA Shipping

2019. november 12., kedd 21:00:14

German-Map-Guide-Illustration

FRPC is discounting the entire soft-cover series of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers by 25% – making them just $26.21 each – through December 25, 2019. This is again the lowest sale price on this series that we’ve ever offered. This sale is for orders placed at the Family Roots Publishing website only. To make the celebration even better, all orders totaling $25 orders or more at the FRPC website get FREE U.S.A. shipping through Christmas, meaning that shipping within the USA is FREE! Click on the links for detailed information and/or to order.

It should be noted that the entire series will be 61 volumes, with the last three (59, 60, & 61 – all big-cities) volumes still in process – and not available yet.

Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volumes were principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

The online description of each book includes an index listing every town found in that book. To search across the entire database for any particular German town, Click here, enter the name of the town in the Search Box, click on “Description Only,” and then click Search. Note that many town names can be found in multiple books, as there are often multiple towns by any particular name.

Each volume of the series does the following:

 

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions. 

If you know the name of your town, but do not know where it might be in Germany, you may use the search engine at the FRPC website to locate which book it might be found in. The Product Search box is found in the upper left-hand corner. Don’t use the “Advanced Search,” just use the Product Search box on the home page. Enter the name of the town, and click on GO. Some town names are found in more than one place in Germany – and will be listed in multiple books – so knowing the German State of origin is helpful.

Books covering the following old German states are now available:

FREE U.S.A. Postage On All Orders Over $25 at the FamilyRootsPublishing.com Website – Thru Christmas 2019

2019. november 12., kedd 20:57:20

Family Roots Publishing is offering FREE U.S.A. shipping on all U.S.A. website-placed orders of $25 or more through Christmas, December 25, 2019. The FREE shipping applies to all items at the website (over 3000), whether they happen to be on heavily-discounted sale or not. Sorry – no phone, email, or U.S. mail orders accepted for the free postage deal. Check out the many genealogy guides, source books and supplies at the FRPC site today.