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Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research – 10% off thru August 28

2020. augusztus 16., vasárnap 23:09:00

FRPC recently obtained a stock of the new Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research. It is on sale for 10% off through August 28. Click on the links to order.

Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research; by Robert Johnson; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11, Published: 2020; ISBN: 9780806321059; Item # GPC3041

The first notable Swedish migration to North America took place between 1638 and 1655, when the colony of New Sweden was established along the lower reaches of the Delaware River. The vast majority of Swedes immigrated during the period of the Great Migration, 1850 through 1930, and by the time the 2000 U.S. federal census was taken, there were 4 million Americans claiming Swedish roots.

In just four laminated pages, this “at a glance” guide by Robert Johnson, JD, CG, gives you all the information you’ll ever need to begin tracing your Swedish ancestors. After a discussion of Swedish immigration and migration, Johnson offers details about the Swedish language and Swedish surnames that will help you unlock your Swedish family history. He then goes on to highlight the major record sources, repositories, and online resources. Sprinkled throughout are tips and additional references for you to consult.

If you have Swedish ancestry, there’s no better place to begin or proceed with your family history research than Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research.

The following is a Table of Contents of the new product:

  • Quick Facts
  • Swedish Immigration to North America
  • New Sweden 1638-1655
  • Migration Records
  • Unlocking Swedish Family History
  • Swedish Language
  • Major Record Sources
  • Household Examination Records
  • Birth/Christening, Banns/Marriage, and Death/Burial Records
  • Moving Records
  • Tax Records
  • Census Records
  • Estate Inventories
  • Court Records
  • Military Records
  • Land Records
  • Repositories
  • Other Online Resources

Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research; by Robert Johnson; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11, Published: 2020; ISBN: 9780806321059; Item # GPC3041

New: Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Volume 13 – Canton of Ticino

2020. augusztus 15., szombat 3:39:43

The softbound edition of Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Volume 13: Canton of Ticino – is now available and shipping from the FRPC website. This volume is 281 pages.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Historical Background of Switzerland
  • Canton Ticino (Tessin) Genealogical Resources
  • How to Use This Book
  • Overview Map of the Cantons in Switzerland
  • Canton Tecino (Tessin) – Overview Map
  • Church Parishes
  • Bezirk Bellinzona (also Bellenz) – Overview Map
  • Bezirk Blenio (Bollenz) – Overview Map
  • Bezirk Leventina (also Livinen) – Overview Map
  • Bezirk Locarno (also Luggarus)
  • Bezirk Lugano (also Lauis)
  • Bezirk Mendrisio (also Mendris)
  • Bezirk Riviera
  • Bezirk Valle-Maggia (also Mainthal)
  • Locality Index of Canton Ticino, Switzerland
Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers – Vol. 13 – Canton of Ticino; by Kevan M. Hansen; 2020; 281 pp; 8.5×11; soft cover; perfect bound; ISBN: 9781628592160; Item #: FR0683

Note – This volume will also be available in a hardback edition – which is at the bindery and expected to be available in early August.

The Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers series is an out-growth of the very popular Map Guide to German Parish Registers project, which is still in process, but nearing completion. Over the years, we’ve been asked by numerous parties to extend the project to cover other German-speaking European countries. We did that with the publication of Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers in 2016. There are 26 current cantons in Switzerland. Historic Bern is covered in the first two volumes of this series, and makes up two of those 26, as the current Canton of Jura is in historic Bern Canton. Volume three covers Canton Zürich. Volume 4 deals with Canton Fribourg. Volume 5 covers Canton Aargau. Volume 6 covers Canton Sankt Gallen, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhodden. Volume 7 covers Vaud (Waadt). Volume 8 covers Cantons Solthurn, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt and Schaffhausen. Volume 9 covers the cantons of Lucerne, Obwalden, Nidwalden, and Schwyz. Volume 10 covered about half of Graubünden. Volume 11 covered the other half of the Canton. Volume 12 covered the cantons of Glarus, Thurgau, Uri and Zug. Volume 13 (this volume) covers only the Canton of Ticino. Many of the 26 Swiss cantons are small, so a number of guides contain multiple cantons.The full series will be 14 volumes upon completion.

Unlike American genealogical research, where the place to search is usually a civil registration (city, county, and state), European research is usually related to an ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In 18th and 19th century Switzerland, one must search the parish registers for births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. The historic boundaries for the Swiss cantons and amtsbezirke are quite well defined, and this volume lays them out in map form. Listings are given for both Catholic and Protestant parishes, along with what records are available and where to access them. Contact information, and the municipalities covered by each parish is found, making your Swiss research much easier to accomplish.

Each of the Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers does the following:

  • Identifies the major online resources for Swiss genealogical research.
  • Identifies each canton with amtsbezirke (districts), and the municipalities, bauerten (farming coalitions), and subsidiary locations.
  • Visually identifies church parishes within each amtsbezirk (district).
  • Provides an overview of Swiss genealogical records.
  • Identifies neighboring parishes, just in case your ancestor may have gone to an alternate parish.
  • Aids in conducting area searches, particularly across district and canton borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for your family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Identifies important gazetteers and online dictionaries available to researchers.

The following alphabetical list of 614 places are those found in the this volume covering Canton of Ticino.

  • Ablentschen
  • Acquarossa
  • Agarono
  • Agno
  • Agnuzzo
  • Agra
  • Airolo
  • Aje
  • Albinasca‑Bedrina
  • Albonago
  • Albumo
  • Aldesago
  • Al di là del Ponte
  • Almatro
  • Alnasca‑Muro
  • Altanca
  • Ambri‑sopra
  • Ambri‑sotto
  • Anzonico
  • Aquila
  • Aquino
  • Aranno
  • Arasio
  • Arbedo
  • Arcegno
  • Arogno
  • Arosio
  • Artore
  • Arzo
  • Ascona
  • Astano
  • Auressio
  • Aurigeno
  • Avegno
  • Avegno della chiesa
  • Bairone
  • Baldogno
  • Balerna
  • Banoc
  • Barbengo
  • Barico
  • Barnasco
  • Bedano
  • Bedigliora
  • Bedretto
  • Bellenz
  • Bellinzona
  • Benitti
  • Beredino
  • Beride
  • Berzona
  • Besazio
  • Besso
  • Bettagno
  • Biasca
  • Biasca‑stazione
  • Bidogno
  • Bietto
  • Bignasco
  • Bigogno
  • Bigorio
  • Bioggio
  • Biogno
  • Biogno‑Beride
  • Bironico
  • Bisio
  • Bissone
  • Bivera‑stazione
  • Bodio
  • Bogno
  • Bonzaglio
  • Bordel
  • Borgnone
  • Boscarina
  • Boschetto
  • Boscioli
  • Boscioreda
  • Boscioro
  • Bosco
  • Bosco Luganese
  • Botti
  • Bottogno
  • Brè
  • Brè‑Aldesago
  • Breganzona
  • Breno
  • Bricola
  • Briè
  • Brione
  • Brione sopra Minusio
  • Brione‑Verzasca
  • Brissago
  • Broglio
  • Brontallo
  • Bruagnano
  • Brugnasco
  • Brusata
  • Brusino‑Arsizio
  • Bruzella
  • Busada
  • Cabbio
  • Cà del Ferrèe
  • Cà del pozzo
  • Cademario
  • Cadempino
  • Cadenazzo
  • Cadepiano
  • Cadero
  • Cadogno
  • Cadro
  • Cagiallo
  • Calezzo
  • Calgiano
  • Calonico
  • Calpiogna
  • Calprino
  • Camagnolio
  • Camedo
  • Camiasca
  • Camignolo
  • Camorino
  • Campello
  • Campestro
  • Campo
  • Campora
  • Caneggio
  • Canobbio
  • Cà Nova
  • Cantone
  • Capidogno
  • Capolago
  • Caprino
  • Carabbia
  • Carabbietta
  • Caragna
  • Carasso
  • Carena
  • Carmenna
  • Carmignone
  • Carnago
  • Carona
  • Carusio
  • Case de’ Muschi
  • Case de’ Rossi
  • Case di sotto
  • Case Feretti
  • Case nuovo
  • Casenzano
  • Caserto
  • Casima
  • Casiroli
  • Caslano
  • Casoro
  • Cassarate
  • Cassina
  • Castagnola
  • Castel di sotto
  • Castellaccio
  • Castello
  • Castello San Pietro
  • Castelrotto
  • Castel San Pietro
  • Castione
  • Castro
  • Catto
  • Cavagnago
  • Cavergno
  • Caviano
  • Cavigliano
  • Cerentino
  • Cernesio
  • Certara
  • Certenago
  • Cevio
  • Chiasso
  • Chiggiogna
  • Chinchengo
  • Chioso di dentro
  • Chiosso
  • Chironico
  • Cimadera
  • Cimalmoito
  • Cimo
  • Cimo‑Iseo
  • Ciona
  • Claro
  • Coglio
  • Coldrerio
  • Colla
  • Collognasca
  • Comano
  • Comologno
  • Comprovasco
  • Contone
  • Contra
  • Contra di sotto
  • Corbella
  • Corcapolo
  • Corgelia
  • Corino
  • Corippo
  • Cornone
  • Corognola
  • Cortasciolo
  • Corte di sopra
  • Corte di sotto
  • Corticiasca
  • Cortignelli‑Veglia
  • Cortivallo
  • Cortivo
  • Corzoneso
  • Costa
  • Cozzo
  • Cragno
  • Crana
  • Cremaso
  • Cresciano
  • Crespera
  • Croce
  • Croglio
  • Crucivaglio
  • Cugnasco
  • Cureggia
  • Cureglia
  • Curio
  • Curtina
  • Dalpe
  • Dangio
  • Daro
  • Davesco
  • Deggio
  • Devoggio
  • Dino
  • Dirinella
  • Dongio
  • Faido
  • Faido‑stazione
  • Fescoggia
  • Fiesso
  • Figino
  • Figione
  • Fontana
  • Fontanedo
  • Fontanella
  • Fornaci
  • Fornasette
  • Fosano
  • Frasco
  • Freggio
  • Fusio
  • Gaggio
  • Gaggiola
  • Gandria
  • Garaverio
  • Genestrerio
  • Gentilino
  • Gerra
  • Gerra‑Gambarogno
  • Gerra‑Verzasca
  • Gerre di sopra
  • Gerre di sotto
  • Ghirone
  • Giornico
  • Giubiasco
  • Giumaglio
  • Glardino
  • Gnosca
  • Golino
  • Gordemo
  • Gordevio
  • Gordola
  • Gorduno
  • Gorla
  • Grancia
  • Gravesano
  • Gresso
  • Grumarone
  • Grumo
  • Gudo
  • Gurin
  • Incella
  • Indemini
  • Insone
  • Intragna
  • Iragna
  • Irnis
  • Iseo
  • Isone
  • Lamone
  • Lanera
  • Largario
  • Lauis
  • Lavertezzo
  • Lavorceno
  • Lavorgo
  • Lelgio
  • Leontica
  • Lessoi
  • Leventina
  • Leverciano
  • Ligaino
  • Ligornetto
  • Ligrignano
  • Linescio
  • Lionza
  • Lisora
  • Livinen
  • Locarno
  • Loco
  • Lodano
  • Loderio
  • Lodrino
  • Lopagno
  • Lorentino
  • Loro
  • Losone
  • Lottigna
  • Ludiano
  • Lugaggia
  • Lugano
  • Luggarus
  • Lumino
  • Lurenco
  • Madonetta
  • Madonna
  • Madonna del Piano
  • Madrano
  • Magadino
  • Maggia
  • Magliasina
  • Magliaso
  • Maglio di Colla
  • Mairengo
  • Maltino
  • Malvaglia
  • Manno
  • Margnetti
  • Maroggia
  • Marolta
  • Marzano
  • Mascengo
  • Massagno
  • Medeglia
  • Medici
  • Medoscio
  • Melano
  • Melera
  • Melide
  • Melirolo
  • Mendris
  • Mendrisio
  • Mendrisio Borgo
  • Menzonio
  • Mercole
  • Mergoscia
  • Meride
  • Mezzana
  • Mezzovico
  • Mezzovico‑Vira
  • Miera
  • Miglieglia
  • Minusio
  • Moghegno
  • Mogno
  • Molare
  • Moleno
  • Molinazzo
  • Molini
  • Molino nuovo
  • Monadello
  • Mondacce
  • Mondonico
  • Moneto
  • Montagnola
  • Montarina
  • Monte
  • Monte‑Carasso
  • Monte‑Cucco
  • Monteggio
  • Monte‑Plottino
  • Morasco
  • Morbio Inferiore
  • Morbio Superiore
  • Morcote
  • Mosogno
  • Mosognosotto
  • Mossana
  • Motta
  • Motti
  • Motto
  • Mugena
  • Muggio
  • Mugglasca
  • Mulini
  • Muralto
  • Muzzano
  • Nante
  • Neggio
  • Nerocco
  • Niva
  • Nivo
  • Nocca
  • Noranco
  • Novaggio
  • Novazzano
  • Obino
  • Odogno
  • Ogazzo
  • Oggio
  • Olivone
  • Orgnana
  • Origlio
  • Orlino
  • Orselina
  • Osco
  • Osignano
  • Osogna
  • Ossasco
  • Paiarde
  • Palagnedra
  • Palasio
  • Pambio
  • Paradiso
  • Pasquerio
  • Paudo
  • Pazzalino
  • Pazzallo
  • Pdevilla
  • Peccia
  • Pedemonte
  • Pedepiodi
  • Pedrinate
  • Percamorina
  • Personico
  • Petullo
  • Pezze
  • Pezzolo
  • Pfaid
  • Piandera
  • Pianezzo
  • Piano
  • Piano Roncale
  • Piazza Magliasina
  • Piazzogna
  • Piè
  • Pieggi
  • Pila
  • Pinaderio
  • Piodina
  • Piotta
  • Plandescio
  • Plattifer
  • Pollegio
  • Polmengo
  • Ponte
  • Ponte‑Capriasca
  • Ponte Cremenaga
  • Pontegana
  • Pontei
  • Ponte‑Tresa
  • Pontirone
  • Ponto
  • Ponto‑Valentino
  • Porta
  • Porza
  • Prato
  • Prato‑Carasso
  • Prato‑Leventina
  • Prato‑Sornico
  • Pregassona
  • Prella
  • Preonzo
  • Primadengo
  • Progero
  • Prosito
  • Prugiasco
  • Pugerna
  • Pura
  • Purasca
  • Quartino
  • Quinto
  • Ramello
  • Rancate
  • Rancone
  • Ranzo
  • Rasa
  • Remagliasco
  • Ressega
  • Ressiga
  • Rivapiana
  • Riva San Vitale
  • Riveo
  • Rivera
  • Robasacco
  • Rodi
  • Roncaccio
  • Roncapiano
  • Ronco
  • Ronco d’ Ascona
  • Ronco sopra Ascona
  • Rongiana
  • Ronzano
  • Rossa
  • Rossura
  • Rovedera
  • Rovello
  • Roveredo
  • Rovio
  • Russo
  • Ruvigliana
  • Sagno
  • Sala
  • Sallo
  • Salorino
  • San Abbondio
  • San Bartolomeo
  • San Carlo
  • San Lorenzo
  • San Nazzaro
  • San Pietro
  • San Simone
  • Santa Anna
  • Sant’ Antonino
  • Sant’ Antonio
  • Santi Giorgio
  • Santi Lorenzo
  • Santi Rocco
  • Sarone
  • Savosa
  • S. Bugarro
  • Scairolo
  • Scajano
  • Scalate
  • Scareglia
  • Scarpino
  • Scona
  • Scudellate
  • Seghelina
  • Sementina
  • Semione
  • Senago
  • Serocca
  • Seseglio
  • Sessa
  • Sigirino
  • Signôra
  • Sobrio
  • Solario
  • Solduno
  • Somascona
  • Somazzo
  • Someo
  • Sonogno
  • Sonvico
  • Soragno
  • Sorencino
  • Sorengo
  • Soresina
  • Sornico
  • Spruga
  • Stabio
  • Suino
  • Sureggio
  • Suvigliana
  • Taverna
  • Taverne
  • Taverne inferiore
  • Taverne superiore
  • Tegna
  • Tenero
  • Tengia
  • Termine
  • Tesserete
  • Tiradelza
  • Tirolo
  • Toricella
  • Toricella‑Taverne
  • Torrazza
  • Torre
  • Tortengo
  • Tremona
  • Vacallo
  • Vaglio
  • Vairano
  • Valle
  • Val Morobbia
  • Varenzo
  • Velano
  • Verdasio
  • Vergeletto
  • Vernate
  • Verscio
  • Verzolo‑Cognora
  • Vezio
  • Via al Camp militare
  • Via al Cimitero
  • Vialetto
  • Vianco
  • Via per Massagno
  • Via Valcolla
  • Vico‑Morcote
  • Vigana di sopra
  • Vigana di sotto
  • Viganello
  • Vigera
  • Viglio
  • Vignola
  • Villa
  • Villa Luganese
  • Vira
  • Vira Gambarogno
  • Vocaglia
  • Vogorno
  • Vosa

NEW: German Immigrants in American Church Records – Volumes 29 (Dayton) & 30 (West Central OH) Now Shipping

2020. augusztus 15., szombat 2:29:43

The latest volumes of German Immigrants in American Church Records – Volumes 29 and 30 – are now shipping. Both volumes were printed in late July and picked up at the bindery last week. Details on each book are as follows:

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Vol. 29: Dayton Ohio Protestant; Edited by Roger P. Minert; Ph.D., A.G.; July 2020; 558 pp; Hard Cover; Every-name index; Acid Free Paper; ISBN 978-1-62859-276-4; Item #FR0665.
Volume 29 deals with two churches found in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. 14,770 names from 7,447 records from emigrants of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are found in German Immigrants in American Church Records, Vol. 29.
The following two churches have been extracted.

  • St. John’s s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Vol. 30: West Central Ohio Protestant; Edited by Roger P. Minert; Ph.D., A.G.; July 2020; 624 pp; Hard Cover; Every-name index; Acid Free Paper; ISBN 978-1-62859-294-8; Item #FR0666.
Volume 30 covers fifty-four churches found in Western Central Ohio. Seventeen of twenty-six counties in the region had records that were transcribed in this volume. The following list is made up of those counties. In parentheses is the number of churches covered for the county: Allen (4), Auglaize (4), Butler (4), Clark (1), Darke (5), Delaware (2), Fairfield (9), Franklin (5), Hardin (1), Mercer (5), Miami (3), Montgomery (3), Morrow (1), Pickaway (1), Shelby (3), Union (1), Van Wert (2). 15,130 entries (names) from 6,979 records from emigrants of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are found in German Immigrants in American Church Records, Vol. 30.
The following fifty-four churches have been extracted.

  • Auburn Twp., Fairfield Co., St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Beamsville, Darke Co., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Berne Twp., Fairfield Co., St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
  • Berne Twp., Fairfield Co., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Berne Twp., Fairfield Co., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Bluffton, Allen Co., First Mennonite Church
  • Bluffton, Allen Co., Riley Creek Church
  • Celina, Mercer Co., Hope Lutheran Church
  • Celina, Mercer Co., St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • Chattanooga, Mercer Co., Zion’s Lutheran Church
  • Circleville, Pickaway Co., Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Coldwater, Mercer Co., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Columbus, Franklin Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Columbus, Franklin Co., St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Columbus, Franklin Co., Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Convoy, Van Wert Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Delaware, Delaware Co., St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Delaware, Delaware Co., Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Delphos, Allen Co., St. Peter’s German Evangelical Church
  • Dublin, Franklin Co., St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • Fairfield Co., St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • Farmersville, Montgomery Co., St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Greenville, Darke Co., St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Greenville, Darke Co., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Grove City, Franklin Co., St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Hamilton, Butler Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Hamilton, Butler Co., Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Hopewell Twp., Mercer Co., St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Kenton, Hardin Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Kettlersville, Shelby Co., Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Lancaster, Fairfield Co., St. Peter’s and Emanuel Lutheran Churches
  • Lima, Allen Co., German Evangelical and Reformed Church
  • Miamisburg, Montgomery Co., St. Jacob’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Middletown, Butler Co., Bethlehem German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Moulton, Auglaize Co., Trinity German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • New Bremen, Auglaize Co., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
  • New Knoxville, Auglaize Co., First Church of New Knoxville
  • Neudettelsau, Union Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Bordner’s United Church
  • Philippsburg, Montgomery Co., Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Piqua, Miami Co., St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church
  • Piqua, Miami Co., Zion’s German Reformed Church
  • Pitsburg, Darke Co., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co., Grace Lutheran Church
  • Sidney, Shelby Co., St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • Sidney, Shelby Co., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Springfield, Clark Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Sugar Grove, Fairfield Co., Emanuel Lutheran Church
  • Sugar Grove, Fairfield Co., St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
  • Trenton, Butler Co., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
  • Troy, Miami Co., St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • Versailles, Darke Co., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Wapakoneta, Auglaize Co., St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Willshire, Van Wert Co., Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Both of the above volumes will have surname indexes produced and posted at, as well as at their respective pages at the FRPC website. The surname indexes haven’t been produced yet – but should be in the very near future.

To order any volumes 19 through 30, click here.
To order volume 29, click here.
To order volume 30, click here.

NEW: Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research – Updated Edition – 10% Off Through August 21

2020. augusztus 14., péntek 5:57:39

FRPC recently received the 2020 Updated Edition of Ernest Thode’s Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research. We are discounting them 10% through August 21 for quick sale. Click on the links to order.

Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research – Updated Edition; by Ernest Thode; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11, Published: 2020; ISBN: 9780806321035; Item # GPC5761

The wonder of German genealogy expert Ernest Thode’s Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research — one of the most popular At a Glance guides — is that it manages to provide all the information you’ll need on how to get started and proceed with your genealogy research in just four pages. Thode’s guide, originally published in 2011, has now been updated to contain the most current URLs for online genealogy sites, as well as some additional tips and suggested resources for German genealogy researchers.

It is said that more Americans are of German origin than any other nationality, yet Germany wasn’t created as a sovereign state until 1871. Germanic origins are therefore quite diffuse, covering most of the German-speaking regions of central Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, portions of Belgium, Denmark, Poland, and parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Genealogical research into German origins is thus understandably complex, but Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research – Updated Edition can help set you on the right path. With information on German emigration to America, surnames and given names, places of origin, church records, civil registration, and censuses, as well as citations to the best books and online sources, you’ll have all the key elements of a research strategy right at your fingertips.

NEW: American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins – 15% Off Thru September

2020. augusztus 13., csütörtök 5:18:15

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

To celebrate the publication of American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins, Family Roots Publishing is discounting the book by 15% through September. Regular $34.95, it’s available at the FRPC website for just $29.71 (plus $5.50 p&h). This book is in print and now shipping.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NEW – Census Substitutes & State Census Records – Third Edition – Now Shipping – 15% Off Through September

    2020. augusztus 12., szerda 7:03:25

    Many months in the writing, the Third Edition of William Dollarhide’s popular Census Substitutes & State Census Records is now shipping. The publication is in five volumes (previously 3), covering the United States, and its territories. Totaling 1,441 pages, the volumes average 288 pages.

    Since the Second Edition was published in 2016, millions of pages of scanned digital images of Censuses and Census Substitutes came online. The URL links were added to this Third Edition and each of the 50 states & DC has many more citations for newly added online databases and recently digitized microfilm collections. In just three years, the number went from 3,865 to a total of 8,067 hyperlinks.

    To celebrate the publication of these new books, FRPC has discounted the price by 15% across the board – whether you’re purchasing the set or individual volumes. This sale price runs through September of 2020. Read on for the details and the appropriate links. USA shipping for printed volumes are $5.50 for the first book and $2.50 for each thereafter, or $10.50 for the 5-volume set ordered at one time. No shipping charges are included for PDF eBooks.

    Census Substitutes & State Census Records, 3rd Edition; Five Volumes: Vol. 1 – Northeastern States & U.S. Territories; Vol. 2 – Southeastern States; Vol. 3 – Northcentral States; Vol. 4 – Southcentral & Four Corners States; and Vol. 5 – Western / Pacific States & Nationwide Chapter; by William Dollarhide; 2020; 5 volumes; 1,441 pages, Printed Books Only, Item FR0480.

    The 2020 Third Edition was expanded to five volumes, each volume a region of the United States:

    Volume 1 – Northeastern States: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. (10 States). U.S. Territories: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Panama Canal Zone (1903-1979), Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and The Philippines (1902-1946). (7 Territories). Printed Book: FR0481.
    eBook: FR0481-PDF.
    Printed & eBook Bundle: FR0481&PDF.

    Volume 2 – Southeastern States: Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. (12 States). Printed Book: FR0482. eBook: FR0482-PDF. Printed Book & eBook Bundle: FR0482&PDF. 

    Volume 3 – Northeastern States: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. (10 States). Printed Book: FR0483. eBook: FR0483-PDF. Printed Book & eBook Bundle: FR0483&PDF.

    Volume 4 – Southcentral & Four Corners States: Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. (10 States). Printed Book: FR0484. eBook: FR0484-PDF. Printed Book & eBook Bundle: FR0484&PDF.

    Volume 5 – Western / Pacific States & Nationwide Chapter: Alaska, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming (9 States). Nationwide – Part 1: Maps, Descriptions, and Internet Access for the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1950; and Part 2: U.S. Census Substitutes. Printed Book: FR0485. eBook: FR0485-PDF. Printed Book & eBook Bundle: FR0485&PDF.

    The Census 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, portions of a state, or larger counties of a state. Thirty-eight (38) states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today.

    Why Census Substitutes & State Census Records? There are some huge genealogy look-up sites on the Internet. The main sites all provide the means of searching for a name or a place, starting with a global search screen. They are a good way to find someone when little is known about a person at the onset. But this Shotgun Approach can produce more names/results than you ever thought possible. A better method might be the Sniper Approach: To be more precise, start looking beyond the global search box to find specific types of records available for a certain time period, i.e., look for specific Census Substitute databases. These include name lists of births, marriages, deaths & burials; lists of military units, and lists of veterans, and immigrants, and naturalization records, tax records, land records, probate records, misc. court records, or other databases that reveal the place of residence and much more information about a person of interest. There is no better place to find out what Censuses and Census Substitutes are available for the time period and place a person lived back in time than these five volumes.

    Click here to download a free 2-page flyer detailing the 5-volume set.


    William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author/cartographer of 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: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets For The U.S. Federal Censuses; 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.

    NEW- Map Guide To German Parish Registers (Vol. 59) Covering the Cities of Munich & Nuremberg Now Available

    2020. augusztus 7., péntek 20:46:58

    Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 59 – Cities of Munich & Nuremberg, by Kevan Hansen, has now been printed and is now available at the Family Roots Publishing website. Available in both hard and softbound editions, the volume contains 227 pages.

    Click on the links below to order.

    Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Volume 59 – Cities of Munich & Nuremberg – Softbound – ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-259-7. Item # FR0129
    Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Volume 58 – Cities of Dresden and Leipzig – Hardbound – ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-260-3. Item # FR0130

    Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 59 of the German Map Guide series was published in the Summer of 2020. This volume is made up of the two large German cities. They are: Munich (München) and Nuremberg (Nürnberg). Written in English by Kevan Hansen, this volume was 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. This is the fifty-ninth of a series covering all of Germany. These places are as of about 1870 to 1900. The Munich and Nuremberg Map Guide is different than the most of the others, in that totally different techniques are needed to locate in which church your ancestors may have worshipped when doing big city research.

    The final volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series (Vol. 56 through 61) all deal with the large and free cities of the German Empire. Volumes 60 and 61 will be published before the end of 2020.

    The following is from the Table of Contents:

    • Introduction
    • Overview Map of Munich and Nuremberg within Bavaria

    The City of Munich (München)

    Historical Background of the city of Munich (München)

    • Munich Parish Registers
    • Map and Map Key to the Parishes of the City of Munich
    • Munich Catholic Parish Listings – Inner City
    • Munich Catholic Parish Listings – Suburbs
    • Munich – Minority Religions
    • Using City Directories to Find the Street Reference
    • 1900 Munich Parish Street Index – by Street
    • Munich Reverse Street Index – by Church
    • Other Munich Genealogical Resources

    The City of Nuremberg (Nürnberg)

    • Historical Background of the City of Nuremberg (Nürnberg)
    • Nuremberg Parish Registers
    • Map and Map Key to the Parishes of the City of Nuremberg (Nürnberg)
    • Nuremberg Lutheran Parish Listings
    • Nuremberg – Minority Religions
    • Using City Directories to Find the Street Reference
    • 1886 Nuremberg Parish Street Index – by Street
    • Nuremberg Reverse Parish Street Index – by Church

    Historical Address Changes – by City Section

    • St. Lorenz side.
    • St. Lorenz Castle District – Galgenhof
    • St. Lorenz Castle District – Gostenhof
    • St. Lorenz Castle District – Kleinweidenmühle
    • St. Lorenz Castle District – St. Peter
    • St. Lorenz Castle District – Steinbühl
    • St. Lorenz Castle District – Tafelhof
    • St. Sebald side
    • St. Sebald Castle District – Gärten by Wöhrd
    • St. Sebald Castle District – Hinter der Veste
    • St. Sebald Castle District – Rennweg
    • St. Sebald Castle District – St. Johannis
    • St. Sebald Castle District – Wöhrd

    Other Nuremberg Genealogical Resources

    NEW – Becker/Beckher Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective – 15% Off

    2020. augusztus 6., csütörtök 23:49:24

    Family Roots Publishing has just released the fifth in a series of volumes dealing with popular Germanic surnames. This book goes into great detail in covering Becker/Beckher heraldry and genealogy.

    To celebrate the publication of the colorful new volume, FRPC is offering all five volumes 15% off MSRP for a limited time. Click on the links to view each item.

    The four volumes are:
    Muller/Mueller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
    Wagner Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
    Hoffmann Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
    Bauer/Baur Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
    Becker/Beckher Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective

    Becker/Beckher: A Geographical Perspective, by Frederick George Siler; 2020; 260 pp; 8.5×11; paperback; color illustrations; ISBN: 978-1-62859-282-5; Item #: FR0704.

    This volume deals with the Germanic heraldry of families whose name was one of the most common in Germany – that of Becker.

    Ever since the late middle ages, surnames in every European country have continued to spread out and develop into a significant number of variant spellings. This phenomenon is due mainly to the fact that the spelling of names in early times, as well as spelling in general, was not yet standardized. Later on, spellings would also change with the branching and movement of families. The complexity of researching historical records is compounded by the reality that, in many cases, an ancestor’s surname may have been misspelled. Since the first use of the Becker surname in northwestern Germany and parts of the Low Countries, the name and its variant spellings had quickly spread throughout the rest of Germany, Denmark, and the Scandanavian countries of Europe. In English and other European languages, such as Dutch, Yiddish, and Danish, the name is also spelled many ways.

    The following is a list of Becker spelling variations: As the Becker surname has become widespread, not only in Germany but throughout Europe, many different spellings of the name have arisen over the centuries. The following variant spellings were investigated during the preparation of this book: Bacher, Backer, Bäcker Beccher, Becher, Bechler, Becker, Beckker, Becquer, Bekker Bicker, Brecher, Bricker, Bucher, Decker, Ecker, Kocher, Necker, Packer, Päcker, Pecher, Recher, and Secker.

    The following is from the Table of Contents:

    • Preface
    • Introduction

    CHAPTER 1 – Synthesizing Heraldry and Genealogy for a Practical Research Tool

    • What is Heraldry?
    • Common aspects of Genealogy
    • Heraldry and the family historian
    • Geography as a fundamental tool for integrating heraldry and genealogy
    • Associating a coat-of-arms with your ancestor

    CHAPTER 2 – A Brief Introduction to German Heraldry

    • Historical Background of Germanic Heraldry
    • Components of the Germanic Coat-of-Arms
    • Modern German Heraldry

    CHAPTER 3 – Heraldic Symbolism

    • Introduction to heraldic symbolism
    • Symbolism of the colors, furs, lines, divisions, and ordinaries
    • Symbolism of the common charges

    CHAPTER 4 – An Introduction to the Becker Surname

    • Origins and meanings of the name
    • Variations of the Becker surname.
    • Location and distribution of the surname
    • Some historical documentations of Becker

    CHAPTER 5 – Becker Armorial Bearings: Defining the Elements

    • Introduction to the geographical territory
    • Bearer(s) of the coat-of-arms
    • Particular geographical locale(s) associated with the bearer(s)
    • Description of the coat-of-arms
    • Interpreting the coat-of-arms
    • Other Bauer arms bearers of this geographical territory
    • Additional geographical and genealogical resources

    CHAPTER 6 – Becker Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective

    • Bavaria
    • Belgium
    • Brandenburg
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • France
    • Hamburg
    • Hesse
    • Hungary
    • Latvia
    • Lower Austria
    • Lower Saxony
    • Luxemburg
    • Netherlands
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Saarland
    • Saxony
    • Saxony-Anhalt
    • Schleswig-Holstein
    • Silesia
    • Slovakia
    • Styria
    • Switzerland
    • Thuringia
    • Tyrol
    • Vorarlberg
    • West Prussia

    CHAPTER 7 – Interpreting the Heraldry of Becker

    • Charges associated with the meaning of the surname
    • Recognizing different branches of a family in Germanic armory.
    • Discerning marital unions, inheritance or other similar family relationships.
    • Evolution of the family coat-of-arms
    • Heraldic elements that address an honor or notable accomplishment.
    • Ancient house or family marks.
    • Armorial achievements that convey a military theme.
    • Charges that could represent a specific characteristic of the bearer.
    • Coats-of-arms displaying symbols of the bearer’s religious faith.
    • Charges that may identify early family occupations, traditions or events.
    • Curious and uncommon charges.

    APPENDIX A – Gallery of Becker Coats-of-Arms
    APPENDIX B – Glossary of Heraldic Symbolism
    APPENDIX C – A Glossary of Special Terminology
    APPENDIX D – Online Genealogy Research by Location
    APPENDIX E: A Guide to Additional Resources
    INDEX: Historical and Modern Geographical Locales

    The following is from the Introduction:

    The primary endeavor of this treatise is to assist the family historian with establishing a coat-of-arms applicable to the German roots of their ancestors. To fully appreciate its contents, one needs only a basic level of competence about the functions of genealogical investigations. We believe that this book will serve to acquaint you with the basics of heraldry, as well as how to use a coat-of-arms to add more depth to your family history. The genealogist who strives for accuracy in the depiction of their ancestral story will enjoy using this reference book as it is indeed possible to locate a Germanic coat-of-arms that can be associated with a paternal or maternal hereditary family. It may be as general in scope as a match between the region where your antecedents originated or as accurate as the armorial bearings of someone in your family tree database. Either way, you will not only be able to explain why that particular image is appropriate to your research but also have some idea of how to interpret the meaning of the arms. As with most heraldic endeavors, there is a genealogical parallel involved because it is common for published armorials to not only describe a family coat-of-arms but also to include some of that family’s history as well.

    We believe that this book is a truly unique and useful research tool for family historians whose primary language is English in the following ways:

    While resources written about German heraldry and genealogy are widespread, this book is unique in that it is one of the very few that have been written for researchers who are not fluent in the German language.

    The vast majority of resources adapted to the synthesis of heraldry and genealogy are exclusive to the armigerous families of the British Isles. This book is different in that it focuses on the heraldry and genealogy of Germanic Central Europe.

    This book not only synthesizes German heraldry and genealogy, but it also places it into a geographical perspective – the importance of which is not lost on researchers who have attempted to locate an ancestral location of German families based upon an 18th or 19th-century record for a place now in a different country under a different name. Herein we have sought to unravel this problem with short and concise explanations linking both the historical and modern-day locations, the names of which are listed in the index found at the end of this book. Also, in Appendix B, there are links to where additional family records can be located within that geographical locale.

    Our research shows that very little attention has been given, in the literature, to authentic reproductions of Germanic coats-of-arms. In our “Gallery of Becker Coats-of-Arms,” the reader will find many re-created historical images constructed directly from descriptions and illustrations of the original coat-of-arms.

    A feature of this book has an interpretation component that will add further understanding of the armorial bearings associated with your German ancestors. The “Glossary of Heraldic Symbolism” contains hundreds of terms along with definitions of what the heraldic symbols incorporated into the coat-of-arms represent or suggest. In addition, a “Glossary of Specialized Terminology,” has an alphabetical listing of uncommon, or specialized words relevant to the study of Germanic genealogy, heraldry, and geography along with the definitions for those terms found in the books of this German Surnames Series.

    Other topics, such as the origins and meanings of the surname, common spelling variations, as well as current and historical locations and distributions of the name, are 12 comprehensively addressed in this book. Most historians agree that information of this nature is essential for adding context to any family history.

    This unique 21st-century book of Becker armory and history is written in a language easily understood by North American heralds, family historians, and genealogists interested in German ancestry. Those who successfully use it are sure to achieve a better understanding of why armorial bearings have been an important family-symbol throughout all European cultures.

    Order your copy today by clicking on the following link.
    Becker/Beckher: A Geographical Perspective, by Frederick George Siler; 2020; 260 pp; 8.5×11; paperback; color illustrations; ISBN: 978-1-62859-282-5; Item #: FR0704.

    Publishing During a Pandemic – Part 2

    2020. augusztus 6., csütörtök 22:12:26

    On the 12th of May, I posted a blog about our continued operations at Family Roots Publishing during the COVID-19 era. Honestly, I thought this thing would be past us now, but as we all know – I was wrong. We’ve been fortunate in Pierce County as we’ve only had 129 coronavirus deaths here – much less than many areas. We’ve had over 5000 cases, with 2400 still active. I consider that pretty good, considering the size and population of the county. Our county is in what they call Phase 2 – and we’ve been stuck there for months. Most businesses are operational, but with lots of restrictions. We continue to print and ship books, but with very limited numbers of staff on site. In the last month, we produced a number of new books – some not even posted to the website yet. I’m hoping to have all new products on the FRPC website by the weekend.

    I know that COVID-19 has touched many of your families – some directly. We pray that you will be safe, and if you do get it, that recovery will be quick. On a personal level, our son lost his sister-in-law. She was only 30 (with no underlying conditions that we know of), and lived in Utah. Lee suddenly became a believer in COVID-19, which he was somewhat skeptical about previously. This thing is real folks. Be careful and take precautions. Don’t count on anyone doing it for you.

    I’ll be posting about the new books. Exciting things have been happening behind the scenes here. We have resources now available that will be game changers for thousands of researchers.

    Loni Gardner 1944-2020 RIP

    2020. július 9., csütörtök 22:07:24

    Word was received this morning that our dear friend, and fellow researcher, Loni Gardner, passed away July 4. According to her obituary at the Russon Brothers Mortuary website, she was born Loni Gayle Johnson on 4 March 1944 in Phoenix, Arizona, to Lloyd Douglas & Eva (Haymore) Johnson. She married and was sealed to Marvin Ray Gardner on 14 May 1965 in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple.

    Nearly every December for the last 20 years or so, Loni would join with us at the Salt Lake Christmas Tour in Salt Lake City. She loved to help folks find their ancestors, and as one of the Christmas Tour staff she worked one-on-one with attendees. She also  presented lectures, and moderated an annual Legacy Software discussion group evening.

    We loved Loni. She was a special person, and we’re all gonna’ miss her.  Thanks to genealogists Dwight Radford and Kevan Hanson for giving me the heads-up this morning.

    Loni and Marvin lived in Phoenix and Paradise Valley, Arizona; Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland; and made their last home in Bountiful, Utah. They raised six children with love, all the while continuing her other passions which included genealogy, church callings, cub scouts, joy school, and civic duties.

    A viewing for family members will be held at Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful, Utah, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 July 2020. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, 1640 E. Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, Utah. This service will be streamed online by Russon Mortuary. Log into Facebook and search for Russon Brothers Mortuary about 3 pm MDT Friday. You may or may not have to click on “Videos.”

    If you knew Loni and would like to leave a note, there’s a Tribute Wall at the mortuary site.

    To see a full obituary and/or leave a note on the Tribute Wall at the Russon Brothers Mortuary site, see:

    Free June Webinars Available at FamilySearch

    2020. május 23., szombat 0:26:10

    The following is from FamilySearch:

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 22, 2020)—The world famous FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free webinars for June 2020. Class topics range from the Research Process, Research Help and Searching Records, to The FamilySearch Catalog, Dutch Handwriting, England Records, Best Practices for Nordic Research, and Oregon Land Records. Other interesting topics in Spanish language are entitled ¿Qué dice? Como leer la escritura antigua, and ¿Qué harías tu?  All sessions are online. No registration is required. See the table of classes below for more details. (Find and share this announcement online from the FamilySearch Newsroom).

    If you cannot attend the live event at the scheduled time, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.

    All class times are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

    Mon, Jun 1, 10:00 AM MDT Using the FamiySearch Catalog (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Jun 2, 10:00 AM MDT The Research Process, Research Help, and Searching Records (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Jun 9, 11:00 AM MDT ¿Qué dice? Como leer la escritura antigua (Beginner – taught in Spanish) Yes
    Tue, Jun 9, 1:00 PM MDT Online resources for Reading Dutch Documents (All Levels) Yes
    Wed, Jun 10, 1:00 PM MDT England Records Beyond the Grave (Beginner) Yes
    Mon, Jun 15, 1:00 PM MDT Best Practices on Family Tree for Nordic Ancestors (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Jun 23, 11:00 AM MDT ¿Qué harías tu? (Beginner – taught in Spanish) Yes
    Tue, Jun 23, 1:00 PM MDT Oregon Land Donation Records (Beginner) Yes

    For a list of monthly classes visit our website. To find the class webinar go to Classes and Online Webinars

    FindMyPast Releases 2 Million Additional Military Records

    2020. május 23., szombat 0:21:40

    The following is from Alex Cox at FindMyPast:

    The War Illustrated 1939-1947

    The War Illustrated 1939-1947 was a magazine first published in 1939 following the start of the Second World War. The series was edited by Sir John Hammerton and its 255 editions ran from 16 September 1938 to 11 April 1947.

    The magazine captured World War 2 as it was happening. It is filled with black and white photographs and stories from those involved in the conflict, living up to its tagline as ‘a permanent picture record of the Second World War’.

    United States, National Veterans Cemetery Index

    Explore an additional 1.1 million records in this poignant collection of fallen United States service personnel. The index can reveal the final resting place of your ancestor including:

    • Their date of birth
    • Their service and rank
    • Their date of death
    • The burial place and cemetery

    This collection contains death records of those who served and are buried in various Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

    Covering over a century of history, these veterans fought in various conflicts, from the American Civil War, and the two World Wars through to the Afghanistan War.

    Georgia World War II Draft Registration Cards 1940-1942

    Over 839,000 additions to these draft cards from the state of Georgia, can help you learn key information about your World War 2 ancestors. Discover important facts for your family tree including:

    • Your relative’s age and birth date
    • Where they lived before they entered the war

    While the military draft, or Selective Service System, was a national obligation, registration was carried out by draft boards on a local level. These records document the conscription that began in 1940 and continued through 1942 after the United States had officially joined the Allies in the war.

    Louisiana Draft Cards

    This week’s update to our military collection is rounded-off with an additional 39,000 records from Louisiana.

    After the outbreak of World War 2 in Europe in 1939, the United States Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1940 and began the first peacetime draft in the history of the country, in anticipation of joining the war. Even after the Second World War ended in 1945, the draft was revived again by the Selective Service Act of 1948 and various other laws that kept military conscription active in peacetime, although fewer people were called up for service.

    Along with Georgia and Louisiana, you’ll also find World War 2 registration and enlistment records from KansasArkansas and Maine on Findmypast.

    Over One Million RAF Operations Record Books Released on TheGenealogist

    2020. május 23., szombat 0:10:56

    The following is from Nick Thorne at TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist has expanded its unique collection of searchable RAF Operations Record Books with the addition of 1.2 Million new records for aircrew operations.

    Operations Record Books (ORBs) are official air force documents chronicling an air force unit from the time of its formation. They were intended to be an accurate daily record of the operations that the squadron carried out in peace and at war. The ORBs are for squadrons primarily after the First World War, but there are a few early squadron records from 1911 to 1918. TheGenealogist uniquely has made the Operations Record Books fully searchable by name, year and keywords.

    This collection also includes some record books for Dominion Air Forces (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa) as well as Allied Air Force squadrons under British Command and can be used to find the stories of brave aircrew, giving insights into the operations that they carried out. The ORBs follow a daily diary format giving summaries of events and can reveal the death of aircrews, crashes, as well as less disquieting entries such as the weather for flying, promotions and the decorations men of the squadron received. ORBs also detail the areas that the fighter planes patrolled, or the bombers targeted, as well as where the squadrons were based as the war wore on. These duties and assignments include bombing the enemy, patrolling the skies, convoy escorts, submarine hunts, attacking docks & shipping, dive bombing raids, and more.

    As aircrew personnel are named in these reports, those wanting to follow where an ancestor had been posted to and what may have happened to them will find these records extremely informative.

    Use these records to:

    • Add details to an aircrewman’s story
    • Study the war movements of personnel in air force units
    • Discover if a pilot, navigator, radio operator or gunner is mentioned in the action
    • Note dates airman received promotions, medals, or other honours
    • See the names of squadron members wounded, killed, or who did not return
    • Easily search the transcribed records and images licensed from The National Archives

    This latest release expands TheGenealogist’s extensive Military records collection and is available to all Diamond subscribers.

    You can read their article about a famous fighter ace and a bomber pilot who flew more than 120 operations:




    For more information on TheGenealogist, please contact Nick at

    NGS Announces Its 2020 Awards & Competition Honorees

    2020. május 22., péntek 23:52:12

    The following is from Susan Yockey at The National Genealogical Society:

    FALLS CHURCH, VA, 20 MAY 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced its 2020 award honorees and competition winners at its Virtual Family History Conference NGS 2020 Live! on 20 May 2020. The following awards were announced to recognize excellence, achievement, and genealogical service.  

    National Genealogy Hall of Fame: George Ely Russell, CG®, FASG, FNGS
    NGS introduced its National Genealogy Hall of Fame in 1986. The award honors outstanding genealogists whose achievements in American genealogy have had a great impact on the field.  We invite you to visit the National Genealogy Hall of Fame and learn about its honorees. This year George Ely Russell, nominated by the American Society of Genealogists, was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. Born in Niagara Falls, New York, on 24 November 1927, George died in Ijamsville, Maryland, on 9 January 2013.

    In 1955, Russell started writing what became a massive output of genealogical articles and books, reaching around 150 publications. From 1970 to 1986, he served as editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), bringing it to its high scholarly standards. NGSQ became recognized as one of the four leading genealogical journals, the position it holds today. For several years, he was editor and publisher of Genealogical Periodical Annual Index, a pioneer publication in that field. His numerous articles on early Maryland families represent a significant contribution to the literature. As a lecturer at major genealogical conferences, he was an inspiration, mentor, and teacher to many aspiring genealogists.

    Over the years, Russell also served on the NGS Council and as a contributing editor for The American Genealogist (1982–1993), a contributing editor for Western Maryland Genealogy (1985–2013), and founder and first president of the Prince George’s County (MD) Genealogical Society (1969). He was the recipient of the NGS Distinguished Service Award (1978); a Fellow, American Society of Genealogists (1980–2013); a Fellow, National Genealogical Society (1981); and a board-certified associate (Certified Genealogist®) of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (1967–2012).

    Russell’s dry sense of humor was enjoyed by many. He was dedicated, knowledgeable, and a wonderful friend to those who were fortunate to know him personally. His legacy of accumulated genealogical material will be valuable to generations to come.

    NGS Fellow: Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, CGLSM
    NGS Fellows are recognized for their outstanding work in genealogy or the related fields of history, biography, or heraldry, in addition to significant service to the National Genealogical Society. This year’s Fellow is Ronald Ames Hill of Portland, Oregon.

    Hill is among the most prolific NGSQ authors. To date, the journal has published eighteen of his articles. Thirty of his genealogical articles have appeared in other publications. Hill has served on NGSQ’s editorial board for seventeen years. In that capacity, he provides the editors and prospective authors with detailed, helpful advice and critiques of papers submitted for publication consideration.

    A former NGS board member and conference speaker, Hill has also spoken at Federation of Genealogical Societies and GenTech conferences, the North American Cornish Genealogy Seminar, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. One of his eight model family histories won the 2008 NGS Award of Excellence for a Genealogy and Family History Book.

    The President’s Citation: Ric Murphy
    The President’s Citation is given in recognition of exceptional, continuing, or unusual contributions to genealogy or the Society.
    Ric Murphy, national vice president for history for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is this year’s recipient of the President’s Citation. The award recognizes Murphy for his extraordinary career as an educator, historian, scholar, lecturer, and award-winning author. His work explores the roles and rich contributions made by African Americans in United States history.

    As a direct result of his groundbreaking research, Murphy learned that his African American family lineage dates to the earliest colonial periods of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Jamestown, Virginia. In 1983 he submitted his mother’s application to the Daughters of the American Revolution. She became the first African American DAR member during modern times to be recognized for her descent from an African American Revolutionary soldier, an enslaved man named Caesar Russell.

    Through his leadership, Murphy has helped residents of communities of color understand the historical and genealogical importance of the African diaspora, the importance of personal genealogical research, and learning about and connecting to their African roots. He has conducted training sessions to help Americans of African descent find their Revolutionary War ancestors and has assisted many to become members of the lineage societies of the Daughters and the Sons of the American Revolution. He is one of the founders and charter members of the only African American lineage society, the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

    Murphy recently chaired AAHGS’s four-hundredth Commemoration Commission, bringing attention to the arrival of the first documented Africans in English North America in 1619, at Point Comfort in the Virginia colony; and helped to guide the organization in recording the historic contributions and achievements of Americans of African descent over a four-hundred-year period.

    The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship: Kris Rzepczynski
    The Filby Award, sponsored by ProQuest since 2006 with its $1,000 prize, is presented to Kris Rzepczynski, senior archivist, the Archives of Michigan, in Lansing, Michigan.

    State Archivist Mark Harvey says Rzepczynski “embodies the many aspects of an exemplary genealogical librarian/archivist.” He worked with the Abrams Family Historical Collection at the Library of Michigan from 1998 to 2012. In 2012, he moved, with the Collection, to the Archives of Michigan. He continued hosting the Abrams Family History Seminar and introduced researcher “lock-ins” the night before the seminar, drawing up to fifty researchers who could get one-on-one research attention from a team of family history archivists and librarians.

    Rzepczynski regularly writes articles on genealogy research tips and book reviews for the Trace, the magazine of the Archives of Michigan, and averages thirty to forty presentations per year, from New York state throughout Michigan and west to Montana.  His work and infectious enthusiasm for family history have helped many researchers clear log jams in their research and inspired them to help others.

    Working tirelessly to promote archival collections and assist researchers, Rzepcyznski still finds time to preserve the collections for the future. Currently, he oversees the acquisition of many Michigan county records that will be housed at the Archives of Michigan. He works with FamilySearch on digitizing records in projects such as the Michigan Naturalization Project and the Michigan Probate Project.

    The Conference Award of Honor is presented to the Utah Genealogical Association, Kelly Summers, president, in recognition of the Association’s dedication and sustained service in support of the 2020 NGS Family History Conference.

     Conference Certificates of Appreciation are given to those who worked unstintingly to plan this year’s conference. The honorees include: Conference Chair Luana Darby, ag®; Conference Blog Editor Valerie Elkins; Hospitality Chair Rebecca Dalton; Librarians’ Day Moderator Kim Harrison; Local Events Chairs Katrena Mortenson and Zachary Hamilton; Local Host Committee Chair Tristan Tolman, AG; Registration Chair Suzannah Beasley, ag; Local Publicity Chair Erin Pritchett; Vendor Support Co-Chairs Pat Richley-Erickson and Gordon Erickson; and Volunteer Chair Ken Smith.

    The NGS Awards for Excellence are presented for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book, a publication discussing or demonstrating genealogical methods and sources, or an article published in the NGS Quarterly.

    Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book
    This year’s recipient is George L. Findlen, CG, CGL, of Madison, Wisconsin. The title of his book is Our Acadian Martin Family History; The First Four Generations, 1650-1800.

    Honorable mention: Cdr. Stephen F. Snell, USN (Ret.) for his book, Descendants of Thomas Snell (1634-1725): of Fillongley, Warwickshire, England and Bridgewater, Plymouth.

    Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
    Robert C. Anderson, FASG, is this year’s recipient. The title of his book is Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England.

     Award for Excellence: National Genealogical Society Quarterly

    Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG, of Ashland, Oregon, received the Award for Excellence for her article, “A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas,” published in the March 2019 issue of the NGSQ.

     The NGS Newsletter Competition honors excellence in newsletter editorship in three categories:

    Major Genealogical and/or Historical Societies
    This year’s winner is The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, published by the Virginia Genealogical Society, Orange, Virginia, edited by Deborah R. Harvey.

    Local Genealogical and/or Historical Societies
    The winner is The Heritagenewsletter of the Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville, Georgia, edited by Miriam Machida.

    Honorable mention: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, Long Island, New York, edited by Jim Regan.

    Family Associations
    The 2020 recipient is The Hungerford World Treenewsletter of The Hungerford Family Foundation, Inc., in Bonita Springs, Florida, edited by Charles C. Morgan.

    Honorable Mention:  The Seeley Genealogical Society Newsletter, published by the Seeley Genealogical Society in Abilene, Kansas, edited by Paul Taylor.

    The Rubincam Youth Writing Contest was established in 1986 to encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians. It honors Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to NGS and to the field of genealogy.

    Jason DiRusso of Vestavia Hill, Alabama, is the winner of this year’s Senior Category for students in grades ten through twelve. The title of his entry is “The Family History of a Boy and His Dog.”

    Andrea Bergamaschi, of Fossombrone, Italy, is the winner of the Junior Rubincam Youth Award for students in grades seven through nine. The title of her entry is “A Dad, my Superhero: Life of Valerio Bergamaschi.”

    Honorable mentions were presented to Logan Starkey (Senior Category)of Malvern, Arkansas, for his paper, “Up Close and Personal with Four Generations,” and Elizabeth Bradshaw (Junior Category) of Centerville, Virginia,  for her paper, “Carline Grove: A Biography.”

    The National Genealogical Society congratulates all of the 2020 award recipients and contest winners. Sincere thanks go to the volunteer judges, chairs, and evaluators from across the country who generously gave their time and expertise to review the submissions for each award and competition. Thanks, too, to Janet Bailey, chair of the Awards Committee, and Susan Yockey of the NGS staff.

    NGS asks you to help us with next year’s awards. You probably know an individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities we honor with our awards. You may know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of genealogy, or maybe you have been impressed with a local newsletter. Please consider nominating them or encourage someone to enter one of our competitions.

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

    The Zebulon Record 1925-1956 Now on Digital North Carolina

    2020. május 22., péntek 23:31:36

    The following excerpt is from the DigitalNC blog.

    DigitalNC is proud to now host The Zebulon Record, the first contribution by our partners at Little River Historical Society. Just over 1,400 issues from this Wake County, N.C. publication are ready to view online, adding to our newspaper coverage of the greater Raleigh area.

    Covering the years 1925-1956, The Zebulon Record focused on local agriculture, a main segment of Zebulon’s economy since its foundation in the early 1900’s. Tobacco, the largest local crop, is widely covered. Notices to farmers of agricultural events, such as a Boll Weevil Plague in 1941, were frequently reported. In 1932, Zebulon even held a national campaign known as the Yard and Garden Contest in an attempt to beautify the area as well as garner tourist attraction through the community’s “civic spirit and love of beauty”.

    Read the full article: