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In some Arkansas Counties, Death Records Leave With the Outgoing Coroners

2021. szeptember 25., szombat 1:13:12

The following excerpt is from

Sebastian County Coroner Kenneth Hobbs keeps detailed reports for every death in his county. Just don’t ask him about anyone who died before he took office at the beginning of this year.

Hobbs said his office does not have reports for any death before Jan. 1, when he started. Those files were written under his predecessor, who did not bring them to the county office before he retired, Hobbs said.

That means the reports, which log details on where, when and how a person died, aren’t readily accessible, a problem that experts say may not be illegal but is impractical and unnecessary. The reports are referenced by a slew of groups, including law enforcement, prosecutors, insurance adjusters and family members, well after a person dies.

Hobbs’ predecessor, Terry Campbell, keeps the reports from his 10-year tenure at his home and in storage, Campbell said in a brief interview. It was his understanding that once a coroner leaves, he or she keeps those records, he said. The coroner before him who held the job for 20 years did the same, he added.

Read the full article by Emma Pettit.

How President Joe Biden Became Irish

2021. szeptember 25., szombat 1:01:43

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and members of his family pose in the Long Room Library at Trinity College in Dublin in June 2016. | Maxwells Dublin/Irish Government photo via AP

The following excerpt is a well-researched and excellent article about President Joe Biden’s ancestry – especially the Irish portion of it, which he emphasizes. 

While it is cliche for political figures to portray themselves as being “as American as apple pie,” President Joe Biden has long advertised another selling point: He’s also as Irish as a pint of Guinness (despite being, like his predecessor, a teetotaler).

More so than any president since John F. Kennedy — the only other Catholic to hold the office — Biden’s Irish heritage is central to his public persona. He is so strongly identified with it that Sarah Palin, famously, could not get his name right. During prep sessions for their 2008 vice presidential debate, she kept referring to him as Senator O’Bidenaccording to an account given by a campaign aide. His Secret Service codename, meanwhile, is Celtic.

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TikTok User Finds Antiques & Locates Families with Connections to the Items

2021. szeptember 25., szombat 0:47:18

Chelsey Brown says shopping for antiques led her to connecting with her distant cousin.

This lady not only found a family photo album, but then located a cousin when tracking down the family. The following excerpt is from

Chelsey Brown says she has been going to thrift stores and flea markets for years to find unique antique items — and then return the heirlooms to the families they came from.

The New York City-based interior designer started documenting her finds on TikTok in July, and told Insider that at the time of writing she has returned more than 200 antique items to the families of ancestors who owned them.

Brown, 28, says she tracks down the descendants of the antiques she finds using as well as her own knowledge of genealogy; she said she learned about the subject from her father and hopes to get formal training in genealogy studies soon.

“Since my dad is a genealogist, aside from decorating, family history and ancestry have always been important to me,” Brown said. “Now I try and thrift at least three items per week that I can trace back to a family member.”

One of Brown’s recent antique discoveries led her to a distant family member of her own, she said.

Brown said she discovered that she was distantly related to someone whose family photo album she found at Chelsea Market in New York City.

After hours of searching, Brown said she found the name of someone in the family album: William Fenning.

Only his first name was in the album, Brown said. To find his last name, Brown said she searched for first names in the book in every early 1900s census until she found a William as a head of house along with other names mentioned in the album. Fenning’s family was mentioned in a census report from the 1930s, she said.

Read the full article.

Irish Research Guide Sale: Up to 70% Off through Thursday, Sept 30, 2021

2021. szeptember 25., szombat 0:41:42

Family Roots Publishing is running an Irish Research Guide promotion. We now market over 40 different guides, and have placed them all on sale for one week only. Click on the links for full information on each book.


Irish Research Guides by Chris Patton – 20% Off

Irish Handy Guides – 20% Off  – Only $4 each

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

Study Rewrites the Understanding of Modern Japan’s Genetic Ancestry

2021. szeptember 25., szombat 0:33:41

The following teaser is from
Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance.

Sept 17, 2021 (Reuters) by Will Dunham – An analysis of ancient DNA is transforming the understanding of the genetic ancestry of Japan’s modern-day population, identifying a crucial contribution from people who arrived about 1,700 years ago and helped revolutionize Japanese culture.

Research published on Friday showed that the people of Japan bear genetic signatures from three ancient populations rather than just two as previously thought – a more complex ancestry for the archipelago nation of roughly 125 million.

The researchers analyzed genetic information from 17 ancient Japanese people – DNA extracted from the bones of 12 specifically for this study and five done previously – and compared it to genomic data for modern Japanese people.

Previously documented genetic contributions were confirmed from two ancient groups. The first was Japan’s indigenous culture of hunter-gatherers dating to roughly 15,000 years ago, the start of what is called the Jomon period. The second was a population of Northeast Asian origins who arrived at about 900 BC, bringing wet-rice farming during the subsequent Yayoi period.

Modern Japanese possess approximately 13% and 16% genetic ancestry from those two groups, respectively, the researchers determined.

But 71% of their ancestry was found to come from a third ancient population with East Asian origins that arrived at roughly 300 AD to launch what is called the Kofun period, bringing various cultural advances and developing centralized leadership. These migrants appear to have had ancestry mainly resembling the Han people who make up most of China’s population…

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Former Amazon & Facebook Execs Move to

2021. szeptember 25., szombat 0:21:45

The following teaser is from an article posted at

Genealogy is big business — and poised to get bigger — as demonstrated by investment firm Blackstone’s December 2020 purchase of Ancestry for $4.7 billion. Further driving the point home was the announcement on Thursday (Sept. 16) that Ancestry is appointing former Amazon and Facebook executives to top positions at the company.

That development is renewing the debate about the commercialization of genetic data and how it may be monetized, with everyone from Big Pharma to the FBI asking for access.

In a statement, Ancestry said, “Brian Donnelly, formerly head of Diagnostics and Genomics at Amazon, has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA, and Ashish Nayyar, Facebook’s Senior Director of Data Science, has been appointed Chief Data Officer.” Additionally, Ancestry Senior Vice President Heather Friedland has been promoted to Chief Product Officer. The company says it has over 3 million paying subscribers.

Ancestry President and CEO Deborah Liu said, “We are thrilled to welcome these three outstanding thought leaders to our executive bench, each of whom bring a wealth of experience from both within Ancestry, and other leading technology companies. I am confident that together we will continue to drive innovation and growth so that we can empower even more journeys of personal discovery globally.”

What shape these DNA-fueled “journeys of personal discovery” will take going forward is a hotly contested issue. For example, while not a money-making proposition, the FBI has used a commercial DNA database to catch criminals, most notably the notorious Golden State Killer.

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American Scots-Irish Research – 20% Off Through Sept. 30, 2021

2021. szeptember 24., péntek 19:18:15

FRPC is offering the following guidebook at 20% off through Sept 30, 2021:
Family Roots Publishing Co. recently released what promises to be a best-selling genealogy research guidebook. American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins was written by my friend, Dwight A. Radford. Unique, in that the author shares his knowledge gained in a 30-year career specializing in Irish research, his book is written from an American point-of-view, and lays out strategies never before presented. I’ve personally worked with Dwight at our Salt Lake Christmas Tour for about 20 years, and consider him to be the best in dealing with Irish and Scots-Irish research problems. Wade Hone designed the book, and included 84 illustrations, many of them he uniquely produced for this outstanding volume.

American Scots-Irish Research: Strategies and Sources in the Quest for Ulster-Scots Origins, Family Roots Publishing is now discounting the book by 20% through Sept. 30, 2021. Regular $34.95, it’s available at the FRPC website for just $27.96.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Strategies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birth Registers of the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home of Mitchell County, GA 1949-1971 Now Digitized

2021. szeptember 24., péntek 0:26:12

The following excerpt probably falls in the category of “old news” as it was posted August 31. However, I missed it, so am posting it here today.
Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online

The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia, and the Digital Library of Georgia have worked together to digitize and present online the birth registers of the mothers and babies born at the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home between 1949-1971.

This nursing home, located at the home of state-certified midwife Mrs. Beatrice (“Miss Bea”) Borders (1892–1971), was the first and only professional birthing center in the rural South where African American women were allowed by local doctors to receive midwife delivery for their newborns during segregation, Jim Crow depression, and medical deprivation in the 20th century.

“Miss Bea” and her assistants oversaw over 6,000 births and provided a safe place for African American mothers who had nowhere else to go.

Read the full article at the blog of the Digital Library of Georgia.

Army Corps of Engineers Civil War Maps Are Digitized

2021. szeptember 24., péntek 0:04:14

Record Group 77: Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1789-1999. NAID: 200167991. Manassas and Bull Run Battlefields, Virginia.

The following excerpt is from the National Archives blog.

Sept. 21, 2021: Civil War era and related maps from the Army Corps of Engineers have been digitized and are available to view and download from the National Archives Catalog. The records are part of the Civil Works Map File series from Record Group 77, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. The records make up the Z file unit.

The records in the Civil Works Map File comprised the main map collection for the Corps of Engineers during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. They include manuscript maps forwarded to headquarters by Corps of Topographic Engineers and Army Engineer surveyors and cartographers in the field, and published editions of selected maps. The maps pertain to numerous subjects, including surveys of the Mississippi River, Great Lakes, and other bodies of water; construction or improvement of harbors, canals, roads, railroads and other internal improvements; exploration of the West and surveying of western terrain; location of posts and fortifications, Indian tribes, and settlements in western territories; military roads and routes between Army posts; campaigns and battlefields of the Revolutionary War, the Seminole War in Florida, Indian Wars in the West, the Mexican War, and the Civil War (including both Union Army maps and Confederate Army maps acquired by Union forces); surveys of boundaries between States and Territories; and numerous foreign areas. Architectural and engineering drawings in this series relate to canals, bridges, dams, piers, and jetties as built along the coasts and inland waterways. Also included are plans of dredge boats used in improving rivers and harbors.

Read the full article.


MyHeritage Complete – 50% Off Through Sept. 30

2021. szeptember 23., csütörtök 12:57:55

We’re excited to share an exclusive offer for Genealogy Newsline readers: 50% off the ultimate subscription to MyHeritage, offer valid through Thursday, 09/30/2021.

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NEW: Tracing Your Ancestors – Genealogy Research Using Google – 20% Off at the FRPC Website

2021. szeptember 22., szerda 0:11:21

A new Google guide is available!

Tracing Your Ancestors – Genealogy Research Using Google; by Lisa Alzo; 2021; 66 pp; Soft Cover magazine format; Saddle-Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-15-6; Item #: MM035

The latest Tracing Your Ancestors publication is one of the best yet. My friend, long-time genealogy guru and instructor, Lisa Alzo, has authored a new guide for getting more out of Google than ever before. This 66-page publication is loaded with instruction and tips that will help you develop your family history. At under $10, it’s a great buy.

And right now, FRPC is offering it at 20% off! Click here or on the illustration to purchase.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • PhotoScan – A Google solution for Scanning Family Photographs
  • Google Photos and Images – Googles free photographic tools for working with images
  • What’s New in Google– Important changes to Google products
  • Google Gurus – Three power users share their thoughts on using Google for genealogy research
  • More Google Tools – We look at popular and some lesser-known products for your research toolkit
  • Google Drive – your one-stop virtual pace for your genealogy research
  • Google Sheets– Keep track of genealogy tasks
  • Google Docs – We show you how to document your family with Google Docs
  • Google Slides – How to create an online family history photo album
  • Google Forms – Fun ways to use Google Forms for family History
  • Google Calendar – Three ways to track your genealogy activities with Google’s popular scheduling tool
  • Google Maps/Earth – Four ways to Use Google Earth and Maps for genealogy
  • Google Jamboard – Jamboard is a tool for brainstorming research problems and more
  • New Improved Google Translate – How to up your translation game with Google
  • Google Cheat Sheet– Create a Google Cheat Sheet to fast-track you to your favorite Google services

FamilySearch Completes Microfilm Digitization Program

2021. szeptember 22., szerda 0:03:03

Great news! The following News Release is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Completes Digitization of Massive Microfilm Collection
Effort makes billions of global genealogy records freely available online

September 21, 2021; SALT LAKE CITY, UT—It is a milestone 83 years in the making. Today FamilySearch International announced the completion of a massive project to digitize its collection of millions of rolls of microfilm containing billions of family history records from around the world. The archive containing information on more than 11.5 billion individuals is now freely available to the public on

“We hope that all those who contributed to this milestone in the last 80 years feel a sense of humble accomplishment today,” said Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch International. “And we hope the millions of individuals who will discover, gather, and connect generation upon generation of their family members for years to come because of these efforts will have a deep sense of gratitude for the many unheralded contributors who made those discoveries possible.”

“It’s a game-changer for everybody in the world. So, instead of having to come to the library, people can start accessing these records from home,” said Becky Adamson, a research specialist at the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Over 200 countries and principalities and more than 100 languages are represented in the digitized documents. Completion of the project makes it much easier for individuals to make more personal and family discoveries.

To explore FamilySearch’s free collections of indexed records and images, go to and search both “Records” and “Images”. The Images feature enables users to peruse digitized images from the microfilm collection and more. A free FamilySearch account will be required to access the service.

History of FamilySearch Records Preservation
FamilySearch and its predecessors have been collecting, preserving, and providing access to genealogically significant historical records for more than 100 years. Those records include birth, death, marriage, census, military service, immigration, and other types of documents.

FamilySearch began microfilming in 1938 as the Genealogical Society of Utah. It was one of the first major organizations to embrace the use of microfilm imaging. That microfilm collection eventually grew to more than 2.4 million rolls.

For many decades, duplicates of the original rolls could be ordered and viewed at one of FamilySearch’s more than 5,000 family history centers worldwide. The process of duplicating and distributing microfilm copies, and the laborious research that followed, seems excruciating by today’s instant online research standards, but at the time, it was innovative and the easiest, most economical way available to help patrons worldwide find family information without having to travel to an archive holding the original records.

Watch “Billions of Microfilm Records Digitized

FamilySearch ended its microfilm distribution to family history centers in September 2017 when it began its transition to an all-digital, free, online access approach. The microfilm collection will continue to be preserved, but the information the rolls contain can now be easily viewed and searched online.

FamilySearch continues to capture images of original records at an ever-increasing rate, howbeit in digital form, bypassing the need to transfer the information from film.

The Microfilm Digitization Timeline
Digitization of the rolls of film began more than 20 years ago when FamilySearch purchased its first microfilm scanners in 1998. The project was expected to take over 50 years to complete, but advances in technology helped shorten the timeline by nearly 30 years. The last of the microfilm scanning was completed this year. The project took a leap forward in 2006 when software and processes were developed by FamilySearch in conjunction with the Church History and the Information and Communication Services Departments of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The scanning began with about 5 employees. As the process was developed, up to 30 employees using 26 scanners were working on the process, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The digitization effort has been directed by the Church Historian and Recorder and executed by preservation professionals in the Church History Department. The last roll of film added to the collection was captured by FamilySearch’s in-field cameras in 2018.

FamilySearch is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the world’s genealogical records to help individuals and families worldwide discover and connect with their family histories. FamilySearch will continue to increase the digitization of new records worldwide from its digital camera operations and partnerships. It will also begin digitizing 335,000 microfiches in its collections.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

NEW: Genealogy at a Glance: Ukrainian Genealogy Research – 10% off

2021. szeptember 21., kedd 23:47:45

A new At a Glance quick guide has been published. This one covers doing research for your Ukraine ancestors.

Genealogy at a Glance: Ukrainian Genealogy Research; Vera Ivanova Miller; 2021; 4 pages; Folded; 8.5×11; laminated; ISBN: 9780806321172; Item #: GPC3833

The item retails for $9.95. FRPC is currently offering it at 10% off.

Because the borders of Ukraine shifted many times over the years, researching your Ukrainian ancestors can be challenging. The names of towns and cities often changed, and some towns and villages have completely vanished from today’s maps. In addition, Ukrainian archives were not accessible to the public until fairly recently, nor were the records from the Soviet period. Vera Ivanova Miller’s <em>Genealogy at a Glance: Ukrainian Genealogy Research</em> will help you overcome these challenges and successfully begin your Ukrainian family history research by providing you with the most current information on what resources are available and how to access them.

In four, laminated pages, this guide describes the waves of Ukrainian immigration to the Americas and various European countries; Ukrainian surnames and religions; vital records and censuses; Communist-era databases and Soviet-era persecution files; online resources; and much more. Sprinkled throughout are tips to help you locate your ancestor’s hometown and expand your search.

To assist Ukrainian genealogy researchers even further, Miller has included a “Quick Guide to the Ukrainian Alphabet” and pointers on understanding the culture of Ukraine.


  • Quick Facts & Important Dates
  • Ukrainian EmigrationUkrainian Surnames
  • Religion in Ukraine
  • Conversion to the Gregorian Calendar
  • Understanding the Culture of Ukraine
  • Finding Ukrainian Ancestral Homelands Maps
  • Communist-era Databases
  • Soviet-era Persecution Files
  • Registry Records
  • Ukrainian Archives
  • Metrical (Vital) Records
  • Censuses
  • USCIS Genealogy Program
  • Quick Guide to the Ukrainian Alphabet
  • Other Online Resources

Click on the link to order the product.

Ancestry® Adds New Freedmen’s Bureau Collection that Enables Family History Discoveries for Descendants of Formerly Enslaved People

2021. szeptember 11., szombat 2:11:11

The following News Release was posted a couple weeks ago, but I’m just now getting it up on my blog. These records contain all kinds of ancestral information – and not just for African-Americans. I did some searches for my white Virginia family, and got numerous hits on great uncles and cousins. I had no idea. If you have southern ancestry, African-American or not, you’ve got to check this out!

August 24, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LEHI, Utah & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Ancestry® spotlights an important, yet often overlooked, part of American history by unveiling the world’s largest digitized and searchable collection of Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank records. This addition of more than 3.5 million records can help descendants of previously enslaved people in the U.S. learn more about their families. The collection can enable meaningful family history breakthroughs because it is likely the first time newly freed African Americans would appear in records after Emancipation, as many enslaved people were previously excluded from standard census and federal documents. The comprehensive collection is now available for everyone to search for free at

“Free access to this collection will enable meaningful Black family history discoveries for generations to come. Finding your ancestors’ names and stories on Ancestry is possible and unearthing them can shine a light that helps guide us going forward.”

The Freedmen’s Bureau was created near the end of the American Civil War to help formerly enslaved people transition from slavery to citizenship by providing food, housing, education and medical care. It supported more than 4 million people, which also included some impoverished white people and veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops. Bureau records include labor contracts, rations, apprenticeships, letters, marriages and more. Freedman’s Bank records, which are also part of the digitized collection, include family members’ names, thousands of signature cards, and details about the individual depositors.

Despite its significance, awareness of the Freedmen’s Bureau is very low. According to a Harris Poll survey by Ancestry, a staggering 72% of Americans surveyed have never heard of the Freedmen’s Bureau. However, nearly all of those familiar with the Freedmen’s Bureau (90%) believe it was a turning point in American history and that it still impacts Americans’ lives today, and 87% of Americans surveyed agree that it is important for the public to have access to historical records–like those saved by the Freedmen’s Bureau–in order for African Americans to be able to trace their family roots.

To better understand the African American experience during this chapter in history, Ancestry turned to experts, academics and authors like Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies at Morehouse College, who focuses on the history of the Reconstruction Era.

“Freedmen’s Bureau records paint a picture of who was migrating to major cities, what type of people they were, and their economic aspirations,” said Dr. Sims-Alvarado. “This narrative is largely untold in Reconstruction Era history, as those writing the history did not consider the perspectives of how Black people experienced and defined freedom. Increasing awareness of and access to this history is a key step toward a new understanding of this complex American history.”

Ancestry is proud to play a role in helping people find their personal connection to the past and untold stories of those who shaped our nation’s history.

“Free access to this collection will enable meaningful Black family history discoveries for generations to come,” says Nicka Sewell-Smith, Professional Genealogist. “Finding your ancestors’ names and stories on Ancestry is possible and unearthing them can shine a light that helps guide us going forward. Learning about the resiliency of those who came before us and the obstacles they overcame inspires us to know we can do the same.”

Starting today, offers everyone the opportunity to search for personal connections to this collection for free–simply create a free account to view the records.

*The Harris Poll on behalf of Ancestry, July 2021

About Ancestry®
Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With our unparalleled collection of more than 30 billion records and over 20 million people in our growing DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. For over 30 years, we’ve built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen us as the platform for discovering, preserving and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.

The Harris Poll Survey Methodology
The research was conducted online in the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of among 1,500 adults aged 18+. The survey was conducted June 29 – July 13, 2021. Data are weighted where necessary by age, gender, race/ethnicity, region, education, marital status, household size, and household income to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

New Warwickshire Vital Records & Newspapers Posted at FindMyPast this Week

2021. szeptember 11., szombat 1:44:14

The following databases have been posted at FindMyPast this Friday:

Warwickshire Parish Records

Findmypast have added hundreds of thousands of new baptism, marriage and burial records from St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham. Specifically, the new releases cover:

Check Findmypast’s handy parish list to see all of the churches and years covered in their vast Warwickshire collection.

Warwickshire, Coventry Midwife’s Birth Register 1845-1875

Coventry midwife Mary Eaves attended over 4,400 births during her long career. The registers she kept are now searchable online, only at Findmypast.

Mary was born around 1806 in Coventry. Her career as a midwife spanned from 1847 to 1875. In that time, she helped deliver 34 sets of twins. There were 21 deaths during the births she attended, five new-borns and 16 mothers.

In partnership with Coventry Family History Society, Findmypast is home to a host of unique resources from the area. Explore old pawnbroker ticketsair raid reports and more.


Findmypast continue to publish papers at a blistering pace. This week sees 44 new publications added to the archive, including: