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The Genealogue


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RootsTech London Postponed to 2021

2020. március 13., péntek 22:30:11

The following was received from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (13 March 2020) — In consideration of the global COVID-19 virus, FamilySearch announced today that RootsTech London 2020 will be postponed until fall of 2021.

RootsTech Salt Lake 2021 is still scheduled for February 3-6, 2021.

 “The health and safety of all RootsTech London attendees, exhibitors, and speakers is our highest priority,” said Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. FamilySearch and RootsTech seek to be good global citizens and believe the decision to postpone RootsTech London 2020 would be wise.

Rockwood said RootsTech looks forward to holding the event in 2021 and will continue to plan a world-class conference experience over the coming months.

Those who had already registered for the event have been issued refunds.

If you would like to receive announcements and other updates regarding RootsTech London, please fill out the form at

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants.

Relive RootsTech 2020 Via Free Online Video

2020. március 2., hétfő 3:56:13

Rootstech 2020 is behind us, but you can still enjoy many of the sessions – free of charge – at the RootsTech website. Following are two Keynote & General sessions and 18 Class sessions that are posted at the site. These sessions were available as live-streaming programs, and then archived for us to enjoy following initial broadcast. Click on the illustrations to view the sessions. Enjoy!

  • General Session: 10 year Celebration – presented by Steve Rockwood
  • General Session – presented by David Hume Kennedy

Session Videos

  • Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using DNA – presented by Angie Bush

  • 2019: Year of the Copyright – presented by Judy G. Russell

  • FamilySearch App for Intermediate/Advanced Users – presented by Todd Powell

  • Tackling Difficult Chapters of our Family History – presented by Cheri Daniels

  • What’s New at Ancestry – presented by Crista Cowan

  • Introduction to What Are the Odds? (WATO) – presented by Leah Larkin

  • Preserving the Fabric of Our Families – presented by Jennifer Hadley

  • Healing & Family History-The Emotional Side of DNA – presented by Robin Worthlin

  • German Research for the Everyday American – presented by Karynne Moses

  • The Story of You on FamilySearch – presented by Michelle Barber

  • Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki – presented by Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, and Jeff Svare

  • City Directories and Other New Collections at MyHeritage – presented by Mike Mansfield

  • Y-DNA Basics for Genealogy & Parentage – presented by Gale French

  • DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts – presented by Blaine Bettinger

  • Photos Capture the Story – presented by Jens Nielsen

  • Discover Your Family with Interviews and Sources – presented by Mat and Rachel Trotter

  • Ancestry On-The-Go: Ancestry App Suite – presented by Randon Morford, Peter Drinkwater, Kenric Russell, and Victoria Smith

  • Finding Your Elusive Female Ancestors – presented by Julie Stoddard

    Family Discovery Day – for LDS Members – presented by Elder and Sister Stevenson
    Also Archived are historic sessions from the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 RootsTechs, as well as RootsTech London 2019. Click on the link to view the page for these programs. Continues to Grow & Make Records Available

2020. február 27., csütörtök 5:05:40

As my readers know, I am an fan. I’ve used their services, and have had a subscription since 1997 when they first went online. I was privileged to attend an Ancestry breakfast this morning, where we were given a heads-up on some of the announcements being made at RootsTech. Later in the day I received the following information by email… I was impressed. I’ve added comments in brackets where applicable.

● Ancestry is the industry leader with the largest family history record collection in the world, and it keeps growing. We have a long-term commitment to records, increasing our investment each of the last four years, totaling more than $300 million over 20 years. This continued global investment demonstrates the value Ancestry places on historical records in enabling members to make new discoveries.

● Ancestry added 1.8 billion records in 2019. [Yes – you read that right. That’s a new record]

● There are now more than 24 billion records available on, including historical records from our archive partners and family tree records, stories, and photographs from the community.

Record Updates
● Leading Record Collection: In 2019 alone, Ancestry added 1.8 billion records, more than we’ve ever added in one year. Ancestry continues to add to its industry-leading immigration and military collections, and leverage the latest in technology to open up new categories of story discovery at a scale only Ancestry can provide. We’re investing 15% more in content in 2020, with more than $21 million in record digitization alone.

● Commitment to Innovation: Ancestry recently used AI technology to unveil the world’s largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements. To make it as easy and efficient as possible for members to search our millions of obituary records, our data scientists and engineers used cutting-edge AI to create our own innovative models unlike anything else currently available. Using this groundbreaking technology, the Ancestry team is currently working to extract other key events from newspapers coming soon!

● WWII Draft Cards: We are also proud to announce the completion of a multi-year project with the US National Archives & Records Administration and FamilySearch with more than 300,000 volunteers to digitize all 36 million of the nation’s available WWII young man’s draft cards. This fully searchable collection, including color images, are available now on [I found several cards for uncles and cousins today that I’d not seen before. Although I’d already saved one for an uncle, the others were new to me. The registration was to get info on the industrial capacity and skills of men who were born from April 27, 1877 to February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64 – thus the moniker “Old Man’s Draft”). No plans were in place to actually draft these men to fight – but their labor skills were important to the war effort. My father was the youngest of 10 children, most of whom were born in the late 19th century.]

● Philanthropic Efforts: As part of our commitment to preserving valuable historical records, we digitized and made searchable millions of records related to the Holocaust in partnership with Arolsen Archives. These records are available to all for free in perpetuity. Later this year, the remainder of this collection will be completed and published.

● Upgrading Yearbooks: We also made it easier to search and utilize yearbook records by adding a function to save an individual photo, rather than an entire page. Ancestry re-indexed the entire existing collection of US yearbooks and added more than 100,000 yearbooks, for a total of over 420,000 yearbooks—the largest collection of yearbooks online. [These yearbook photos have been very exciting for me. They have allowed me to put faces with the facts in my database – faces that I’d most likely have never seen without these digitized yearbooks. Some really great algorithms had to be written to do this project – which used machine learning to allow us search and find people. I’m sure you’ve noticed that you get a lot of “hints” about yearbook photos.]

● US Record Additions:
○ Building on the largest collection of core US Birth, Marriage and Death Records, additional new collections coming to Ancestry this year from across the US include:
■ New York City Certificate Indexes for Birth, Marriage, and Death records (over 14 million records from 1862-1949) [Newly available today] [The 1949 cut-off date reflects New York privacy laws – Birth certificates cut off with 1909, Deaths in 1948 according to the titles. This is a deep index, indexing all names listed on the documents. It’s an index only – with an option to purchase the certificate from New York City.]
■ Statewide digitization projects in many states including Hawaii, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
■ Digitizing new US Naturalizations records from California, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

● International Record Additions:
○ This year, over 100 million new records will be added from national collections in Denmark, Finland, France, Mexico, and Norway, including more than six million Mexico Catholic records and over 50 million France Census and Birth, Marriage and Death records.
○ Ancestry is also actively digitizing and publishing Census and Birth, Marriage and Death records in over a dozen international countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
● New Mobile App: Searching and reviewing records on-the-go is now even more accessible thanks to the new Ancestry mobile app. [I’ve found that with the new search capability of the app, I’m spending two or three hours each evening winding down with my phone and the Ancestry App. I’m hooked…]

Key Value
● With Ancestry’s continued commitment to innovation by debuting the world’s largest digital archive of searchable online obituaries and death announcements, AI technology helped open a treasure trove of historical family data to power meaningful discoveries and connections for members. This is a major asset for advanced and new members, as obituaries are one of the most comprehensive records available about an ancestor — it can include places of birth, marriage, occupation, residence, and family members, and may even suggest burial site location.

● Thanks to the addition of all 36 million WWII draft cards, finding your family members’ records on Ancestry is even easier—and a single card can be a very helpful starting point for new users beginning to build a family tree. These records also help lead to more impactful discoveries due to the rich and unique details they often include, such as physical description, eye color, employer, next of kin, and it even may cite reasons why someone was exempt from the draft.

● Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records are the foundation of genealogical research. These records are a priority for our members and a top priority for Ancestry.

Finding This Feature
● You can find a list of recently added and updated collections at Ancestry at To search Ancestry records, please visit [Tip – At the hone screen, click on Search, then Card Catalog (near the bottom). Type in what you’re looking for. It’s a quick and easy way to find collections pertaining directly to your research].

Johni Cerny 1943-2019 R.I.P.

2020. február 26., szerda 5:34:54

We lost one of America’s finest genealogists this last week. Known lately for her great work as the chief genealogist of Finding Your Roots, many of us knew her as a friend and menter in all things genealogy. I met Johni the first time just after she, with our friend Arlene Eakle, edited the first edition of “The Source.” This was in the mid-80s and Johni was already a legend… She was a good friend and will be missed by many. R.I.P. Johni.

The following excerpt is from the Jan. 22, 2020 online edition of New York Times. It was written by Anita Gates.:

Johni Cerny, the chief genealogist for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” who helped some 200 famous people — among them Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Senator Bernie Sanders and Speaker Nancy Pelosi — trace their ancestry, died on Wednesday [Feb. 19, 2020] in Lehi, Utah, near Salt Lake City. She was 76.

Deborah Christensen, Ms. Cerny’s partner of 23 years, said the cause was coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.

“Johni Cerny was the proverbial dean of American genealogical research,” Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard professor who is a host and executive producer of “Finding Your Roots,” said in a statement. In an email message on Thursday, he described her work as “transforming raw data into narratives and metaphors about diversity and our common humanity.”

Ms. Cerny’s passion for the field began in childhood, for intensely personal reasons.

Jonnette Elaine Cerny was born on Aug. 27, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo. Her mother was Vivian Elaine (West) Cerny, and the man she was told was her father was John Steve Cerny, a soldier in World War II who later worked in the heating and air-conditioning business. She was the oldest of five children.

Read the full article at the New York Times website.

Anonymous No More: Combining Genetics with Genealogy to ID the dead in Unmarked Graves

2020. február 25., kedd 23:25:31

The following excerpt is from an article posted Feb. 23, 2020 at

In Quebec, gravestones did not come into common use until the second half of the 19th century, so historical cemeteries contain many unmarked graves. Inspired by colleagues at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University, a team of researchers in genetics, archaeology and demography from three Quebec universities (Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) conducted a study in which they combined genealogical information from BALSAC (a Quebec database that is the only one of its kind in the world) with genetic information from more than 960 modern Quebecers in order to access the genetic profile of Quebec’s historical population. The results, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, suggest the capabilities that this method may offer in the near future.

Read the full article.

Geneanet Launches Its DNA Matching Service

2020. február 25., kedd 22:40:27

The following is my PR

PARIS, Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — This new beta DNA matching service allows everyone to upload the raw data of a DNA test kit taken from any company, and to compare it to other Geneanet members’ DNA data for finding new relatives. Completely free of charge, Geneanet DNA supports DNA data from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA and Living DNA. Two persons who have taken a DNA test with two different companies will be able to find they are related thanks to the Geneanet DNA database.

With about 4 million members, more than 1 million family trees and 7 billion indexed individuals, Geneanet is the largest European genealogy database. By proposing this new and free DNA matching service, Geneanet allows its members to get a list of relatives with whom they share DNA sequences, to contact them and to view their family tree for finding their common ancestor.

If you have European ancestors, Geneanet is the most informative and fairly priced genealogy website of all. The Freemium, contributive and collaborative model of Geneanet is appreciated by all the members. They can grow their family tree and have contact with their relatives to share more information about their common family history. The Geneanet team is of great assistance and close to its members.

Based in France, Geneanet respects and complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) so the DNA data cannot be used for any other purpose than that accepted by the member. The DNA data remain the property of the member who can remove them at any time and Geneanet does not retain these data anymore.

On February 26-29, 2020, meet the Geneanet team at Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, at booth #417.

The Census Book – 15% Off with a FREE PDF eBook @ the FRPC Website During RootsTech 2020 Week -Offer Ends March 3

2020. február 25., kedd 17:00:57

Following a 20-year hiatus, William Dollarhide has again written the definitive guide to the United States Census. Written specifically for genealogists and family historians, this book details all the census schedules for 1790 through 1950. The first, and highly acclaimed Census Book was written in 1999. This all-new volume covers a lot of new ground that the earlier volume could not do. Read on for details.

FRPC is offering currently offering The Census Book at 15% off and including a FREE immediately downloadable PDF eBook version of the soft and hardcover books during the RootsTech 2020 week. Click on the links to order. This offer ends March 3, 2020.

Section 1 – Census Facts, Historical U.S. Censuses. This section includes many historical facts dealing with the United States Census. See the Table of Contents (below) to get a full overview of the section.

Section 2 – Population Schedules. Includes links to 630 websites, providing instant access to over 600 million indexed census records/names online. A table for each census year includes the starting FHL film roll number for each state’s population schedules, providing links to 580 FHL catalog webpages. It is the searchable roll number that gives a researcher quick access to the digital images of any census year, state, county, or town. Census substitutes have been added where available; U.S. maps of each census year are included; 1885; 1940 and 1950 census chapters are included in this edition.

Section 3 – Non-Population Schedules. This section identifies all non-population categories, with all-new statewide tables, Alabama to Wyoming, to 1935. URL links to 560 online databases. The location of the original Non-Population schedules is given, and the locations of microfilm copies features many direct links to a Family History Library online catalog webpage, in particular, those with digital images available.

Section 4 – Census Samples & Worksheets. The Census Book has 57 Samples and 42 Worksheets, including an 1890 Short Form; the 1940 Census; and the 1820, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1885 Manufactures Schedules.

The book is available as a soft-bound volume; hard-bound volume and PDF eBook. FRPC is currently offering the book (in all forms) at 15% off at the FRPC website. Click on the links to order.

The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses;William Dollarhide, 2019, 245 pages; Color printing throughout; Tables; Website links.

See the “Inside the Book” pdf pages at the end of this post.

The following is extracted from the Table of Contents:

Growth of the U.S. Federal Census
Section 1 – Census Facts

  • Historical U.S. Censuses
  • Early Census Takers
  • Censuses in U.S. Territories
  • Compensation to the Census Takers
  • The Census Day
  • Table 1: Census Year/Day/Time Allowed
  • Census Counting Machine
  • Early Census Losses
  • Table 2 – Statewide Census Losses
  • Census Copies, 1790-1820
  • Census Copies, 1830-1840
  • Census Copies, 1850-1870
  • Census Copies, 1880
  • 1880 Short Form
  • Census Copies, 1890
  • 1890 Short Form
  • 1890 Veterans Schedule
  • Copies/Microfilm/Digitizing, 1900-1940
  • Soundex Indexes, 1880-1930
  • Soundex Code
  • Personal Census Search
  • County Boundary Changes
  • Table 3: Statistics, 1790-1940 Censuses
  • References

Section 2 – Population Schedules
Contents – Section 2
Table 4: Availability of U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1950

  • First Census of the U.S. – 1790
  • Second Census of the U.S. – 1800
  • Third Census of the U.S. – 1810
  • Fourth Census of the U.S. – 1820
  • Fifth Census of the U.S. – 1830
  • Sixth Census of the U.S. – 1840
  • Seventh Census of the U.S. – 1850
  • Eighth Census of the U.S. – 1860
  • Ninth Census of the U.S. – 1870
  • Tenth Census of the U.S. – 1880
  • State Censuses Taken in 1885
  • Eleventh Census of the U.S. – 1890
  • Table 5 – 1884-1896 State Censuses
  • Twelfth Census of the U.S. – 1900
  • Thirteenth Census of the U.S. – 1910
  • Fourteenth Census of the U.S. – 1920
  • Fifteenth Census of the U.S. – 1930
  • Sixteenth Census of the U.S. – 1940
  • Seventeenth Census of the U.S. – 1950

Section 3 – Non-Population Schedules Contents – Section 3
Table 6: Availability of Non-Population Schedules
Descriptions of the Non-Population Schedules, 1820-1935
State Availability Tables:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Dakota Territory (1861-1889)
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota (1889-1935)
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota (1889-1935)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands of the U.S.
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Section 4 – Census Samples & Worksheets
Contents – Section 4
Population Schedules:

  • 1790 Federal Census
  • 1800 Federal Census
  • 1810 Federal Census
  • 1820 Federal Census
  • 1830 Federal Census
  • 1840 Federal Census
  • 1850 Federal Census
  • 1860 Federal Census
  • 1870 Federal Census
  • 1880 Federal Census
  • 1880 Short Form
  • 1885 State Census – 5 states
  • 1890 Short Form
  • 1890 Veterans Schedule
  • 1900 Federal Census
  • 1910 Federal Census
  • 1920 Federal Census
  • 1930 Federal Census
  • 1940 Federal Census
  • 1950 Federal Census

Industry/Manufactures Schedules:

  • 1820 Manufactures
  • 1850 Products of Industry
  • 1860 Products of Industry
  • 1870 Products of Industry
  • 1880 Manufactures-Products of Industry
  • 1880 Manufactures-Boots, Shoes
  • 1880 Manufactures-Flour & Grist Mills
  • 1880 Manufactures-Lumber Mills
  • 1880 Manufactures-Agri. Implements
  • 1885 Manufactures Schedule

Agriculture Schedules:

  • 1850 Agriculture
  • 1860 Agriculture
  • 1870 Agriculture
  • 1880 Agriculture
  • 1885 Agriculture

Mortality Schedules:

  • 1850 Mortality Schedule
  • 1860 Mortality Schedule
  • 1870 Mortality Schedule
  • 1880 Mortality Schedule
  • 1885 Mortality Schedule

Slave Schedules:

  • 1850 Slave Schedule
  • 1860 Slave Schedule

Social Statistics Schedules:

  • 1850, 1860, 1870 Social Statistics
  • 1880 Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Classes:
  • 1880 Insane Inhabitants & Idiots
  • 1880 Deaf-Mutes & Blind Inhabitants
  • 1880 Homeless Children & Prisoners
  • 1880 Pauper & Indigent Inhabitants

Soundex Extraction Forms:
Soundex Indexes Description & Contents

  • 1880 Soundex
  • 1900 Soundex
  • 1910 Soundex/Miracode
  • 1920 Soundex
  • 1930 Soundex

Census Comparison Sheets:

  • 1790-1840 Census Worksheet
  • Census Comparisons Sheet

In 1999, the first Census Book was published. The full title was The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes, by William Dollarhide (Publ. Heritage Quest, Bountiful, Utah, 182 pages). The original Census Book has been out of print for several years, but is still cited frequently at many genealogical websites.

In 2019, an all new Census Book was published. The full title: The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses, by William Dollarhide (Publ. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC, Orting, WA, 245 pages). The many references to CD-ROM publications were replaced with many more direct links to Internet databases. There are a total of 1,770 links to Internet websites, giving access to over one billion census records/names. The references to printed countywide census indexes were removed, replaced by links to census databases and substitute publications. Specific changes in each Section were as follows:

Comparison of Section 1 – Census Facts, Historical U.S. Censuses. The original concept and layout was enhanced with extensive editing and added features.

Comparison of Section 2 – Population Schedules. The 1999 edition had no references to the Internet for census population schedules – the 2019 edition has links to 630 websites, providing instant access to over 600 million indexed census records/names online. In the first Census Book, each census year had a table showing CD-ROM indexes and any printed book indexes available. In the new Census Book, a table for each census year now includes the starting FHL film roll number for each state’s population schedules, providing links to 580 FHL catalog webpages. It is the searchable roll number that gives a researcher quick access to the digital images of any census year, state, county, or town. Census substitutes were added where available; better U.S. maps of each census year were included; and 1940 and 1950 census chapters were added. Also, a new census chapter was inserted for 1885, when 14 states took state censuses – they are good substitutes for the lost 1890 census.

Comparison of Section 3 – Non-Population Schedules. This section identifies all non-population categories, adding those after 1900. All new statewide tables, Alabama to Wyoming, were expanded to 1935, and reorganized for appearance and adding URL links to 560 more online databases. The location of the original Non-Population schedules is given, and the locations of microfilm copies now features many direct links to a Family History Library online catalog webpage, in particular, those with digital images available.

Comparison of Section 4 – Census Samples & Worksheets. The 1999 Census Book had no Samples and 34 Census Worksheets; the new 2019 Census Book has 57 Samples and 42 Worksheets. New worksheets were added for the 1890 Short Form; the 1940 Census; and the 1820, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1885 Manufactures Schedules.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of the classic Map Guide to the U.S.Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, a book of 393 census-year maps, and one of the best selling books ever published in the field of genealogy. He released the first edition of The Census Book in 1999, a book that is still cited frequently at many genealogical websites. He has also written numerous Censuses & Substitutes guidebooks for genealogical research; e.g., a 3-volume regional set; and a 52-volume set (for each U.S. state, DC, and U.S. Territories). His other works include New York State Censuses & Substitutes, referred to as “the definitive guide,” by the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society; Managing a Genealogical Project, a manual for organizing genealogical documents; Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815, a review of the U.S. wagon roads in place before steam engines; and Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, a review of Military and Civilian name lists; and several other publications.

“Bill Dollarhide is the authority on U.S. federal censuses. The first edition of The Census Book was the bellwether for census research and has remained the go-to reference. The new edition is updated to include Internet resources and contains a wealth of insightful information, graphics of the schedules, and essential worksheets to help your federal census analyses. This book should be on every genealogist’s bookshelf and in every genealogical library collection. Bravo!” – George G. Morgan, co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, lecturer, and genealogy writer.

Following are a few pages from “Inside the Book” (Click on the links, then on the thumbnail image to view the PDF page):

The Census Book – Page 9 The Growth of the US Census – RS
The Census Book – Page 25 Co Boundary & Statistics – RS
The Census Book – Page 26 Co Boundaries & Statistics – RS
The Census Book – Page 39 1810 Census – RS
The Census Book – Page 108 Non-Population_Schedules_Table – RS
The Census Book – Page 109 Non-population Schedules Description – RS
The Census Book – Page 128 Michigan Non-population Schedules – RS
The Census Book – Page 147 Census Samples and Forms_Contents – RS

The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses; William Dollarhide, 2019, 245 pages; Color printing throughout; Tables; Website links – Click on the following links to order:

Again, FRPC is offering currently offering The Census Book at 15% off and including a free immediately downloadable PDF eBook version of the soft and hardcover books during the RootsTech 2020 week. Click on the links to order – and get yours today!

NEW – Tips & Tricks for Online Genealogy Research – 30% Off Thru March 3 OR Free with Purchase of $25 or More

2020. február 25., kedd 17:00:42

Gena Philibert-Ortega has written a new 66 page guide entitled Tips & Tricks for Online Genealogy Research. This publication is another in the popular Tracing Your Ancestors series from Moorshead Magazines. It’s absolutely loaded with information on how to get the most from your Internet research.

To celebrate the RootsTech week, Family Roots Publishing is selling the new Tips & Tricks for 30% off this week. AND – you can get it FREE with your purchase of $25 or more at the FRPC Website. YOU MUST purchase $25 in product (not counting any shipping or taxes) and enter the word “Tips” in the ORDER NOTES box (not the OFFER CODE box) at checkout to get free item. Note that it won’t show up on your purchase confirmation email, but we will include it with your package. Unless you want two, please don’t order it as well as putting the word “Tips” in the ORDER NOTES box, as you’ll just end up paying for one (and get 2). (Offer ends March 3, 2020)

Unlike my previous nearly 40 years of genealogy research, most of what I do today is done online. There was a time that I wrote letters, waited by the mailbox, and drove thousands of miles to visit archives, libraries and cousins. I’d love to do that today, but I just don’t have the time nor the energy to do all that anymore. That’s where online genealogy comes in. Although there’s still a place for making that genealogy road trip, there’s so much to do online that I’ll never get that completed. I now spend my “winding-down” hours in the evening online, either at my computer or using one of the cellphone apps. I’m getting more done now than ever before, thanks to the millions of records, and dozens of amazing websites that bring our ancestor’s records right into our homes.

As much as I do online research, I got several new (to me) tips that will help out in my personal research. And that was just while I was perusing the publication for this short review!

The Following is an expanded version of Table of Contents for the new guide:

  • Before You Begin: Things to consider for successful searching – It’s Not all Online; Know the FAQs; The Database May Not Be What You Think; A Name, Is A Name, Is a Name; Nothing Stays The Same; Start Online But Don’t Stay There!
  • Mastering the FamilySearch Catalog: What you need to know to maximize your success – Searching the Catalog; Place Search; Surname Search; Keyword Search; Other Searches; Digitized Records in the Catalog; I Want it Now!; The Family History Library; Search Now!
  • Getting the Most From There’s always something to discover – On the Homepage; Don’t Stop on the Homepage; What Is (and Isn’t) In that Database?; Use the Filmstrip; Not Every Collection is Name Searchable; Don’t Forget the Card Catalog; One Last Thing…Members; That’s Only the Beginning
  • Does That Birth Record Even Exist?: Using the Rootsweb Family History Wiki – Check online copies of The Source, and The Red Book, along with county-by-county listings of “extant vital, land, probate, and court records”
  • One Thing to Consider: Using digitized newspapers – Survey!; What Should You Do?
  • Chronicling America: Finding more that digitized newspapers
  • GenealogyBank: Six must-have tools you can take to the bank – 1. Results Your Way; 2. My Folder; 3. Save My Search + Alert; 4. Share; 5. Attach to FamilySearch Tree; 6. Source Citation; There’s More Than Newspapers!
  • American Ancestors Interview: A Q&A with David Allen Lambert – The American Ancestors Website; Searching American Ancestors; Mayflower 400
  • Digital Public Library of America: Finding genealogy in non-genealogy places – What is DPLA?; What Can You Find for Genealogy?; Searching DPLA; DPLA Tools; There’s Even More
  • Finding Your Military Ancestor – Military records, stories, photos, and more! – Browse; Search; Don’t Forget
  • Google Books: A great place to find family – Google Books; Online But Not Always: Preview Options; How to Find books Outside of Google books; Searching on Google Books; My Library; Using My Library; Google books: a Must-Have Website
  • From Lost to Found: Using the Periodical Source Index – What is PERSI?; Searching on PERSI; A Few Examples; Requesting Article Copies; Ready to Search?
  • Importance of Online Family Trees: Considerations for planting your family tree on the web – Should You Have an Online Tree?; All Trees Are Not Created Equal; Tips for Making the Most of Your Tree; Get Started Online
  • MyHeritage: Spanning record searching, DNA matching and more! – SuperSearch and Collection Catalog; Don’t Just Search; Th Learn More
  • Save Your Facebook finds: A great way to connect with fellow family historians – Saved; The Facebook App

This new publication is in stock and shipping from the Family Roots Publishing warehouse. On Sale for 30% off – making it just $6.97 – now through March 3, 2020. (Reg. MSRP: $9.95) Or purchase $25 in product and put the word “Tips” in the Order Notes box at checkout.Click on this link or the illustration to order. $4.50 postage (or 50 Cents as an additional item ordered with any another product).

Visit the Family Roots Publishing Bookstore in the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel this Week

2020. február 25., kedd 4:04:00

Are you coming to RootsTech?Are you already in town? If so, be sure and stop by the Family Roots Publishing bookstore – open this week on the lobby floor of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel – that’s next door to the Family History Library.

We brought hundreds of books, programs and CDs with us with we are giving away just for stopping in. These items are earlier editions, slightly damaged, misprints, and such. All very useful, but items I’m not selling. So we are giving them away to get folks through the door. There’s a limited number of these things, so come by as soon as possible if you’re in town. One item per visitor.

We are running discounts of 15 to 80% on many books, and guides.

A FREE 1884-1896 State Censuses: Substitutes for the Lost 1890 Census Insta-Guide – to the first 1000 visitors – or while they last.

FREE NEW 66-page Tracing Your Ancestors: Tips & Tricks for Online Genealogy, by Gena Philibert-Ortega ($9.95 value) – with purchase of $25 or more in product OR select from titles covering DNA Research, African-American, Germanic, Scottish, Irish, Hispanic, Genealogy Organization, & Genealogy Travel ($9.95 value).

Hours – Feb 25 to 28
Thru Thursday: 8 am to 9:30 pm
Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday: CLOSED

The Madness of the “Mac” Surnames – 15% Off at the FRPC Website Through March 15

2020. február 25., kedd 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 March 15 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.


  • 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

MyHeritage DNA Kits – Just $39 USD! Buy 2, Get Free Shipping – Also on Sale in Other Countries! Thru March 2nd

2020. február 25., kedd 1:27:49

MyHeritage DNA Kits are on sale this week for just $39 USD! Buy two and get free shipping! It’s also on sale in other countries… Join me in buying multiple copies to hand out to the relatives while the price in sooo… low. This is the best price ever offered.

In checking my results at the MyHeritage site just now, I see that I am currently at 7,975 matches. Eight of those are fairly close relatives, with the rest being more extended family. However, using the MyHeritage Theory of Relativity, I’ve been able to calculate my relationship to hundreds of people.

Click on the following illustrations to order. Remember, buy 2 and get free shipping!

United States of America – Just $39 USD!




NOTE:, Leland K Meitzler, and the Genealogy Newsline receive a small portion of any purchase made by clicking on the above links. Thank you for your support.

Regina Negrycz’ Ancestral Guides – 20% Off (Just $4 each) Through March 15

2020. február 25., kedd 1:05:21

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 March 15. All are available as both 4-page Quick Reference guides, as well as PDF eBooks.

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.

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census – 20% Off With Free PDF eBook Thru March 3

2020. február 25., kedd 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 at the website. In addition, In celebration of Rootstech 2020, we will add an immediate free PDF eBook download and it’s only $20.76 this week! Offer good through March 3.

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

Bundle of 3 Excellent Hardbound New York City Source Books – 50% Off – Just $22.50 thru March 15

2020. február 24., hétfő 15:39:36

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

The books are:

FRPC has priced the $45 retail bundle at 50% off through March 15, 2020, or whenever we run out of books to fill out the bundle. The promotional bundle cost is just $22.50 (plus $8 p&h). Click on this link or the illustration to order. Click on the individual book links to check out the full description of each book, and to browse the alphabetical surname indexes. Use your back arrow to return to this page to order the bundle.

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

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

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

2020. február 24., hétfő 2:37:04

We just received new editions of two of popular Irish research guides published by Flyleaf Press in Dublin. To celebrate the RootsTech week, all the guides are 15% off – through March 15. The new editions are:

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

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

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

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

Other Flyleaf Irish County Guides available: