Thursday, December 30, 2010

Age of Civil War soldier & old soldiers' home paperwork

Subject: Age of Civil War soldier
From: Ernest Thode
I am puzzled why you would be so surprised to find a 79-year-old Civil War soldier in the 1920 census.  That places his birth around 1841, just about right for the Civil War.  He was about 20 in 1861 when it began and 24 in 1865 when it ended.  He wasn't a soldier when he was 79, but living in the old soldiers' home.  I have a feeling that you wanted to convey something more about the soldier.

DearERNEST,

Thank-you for your feedback. You are absolutely correct that one should look for Talbert Higgins as a soldier in the Civil War as for any male except infants living in the US during the time period. Yet as a newbie years ago, I just didn't look because there was no family history of his service.

When I wrote the blog entry listing ten surprising things I learned from my ancestors, there was no specification as to when that surprise occurred. As with any genealogist, it is thrilling to find something new, and to work through additional surviving record groups to determine if indeed the documents concern a specific ancestor, and not someone else who goes by the same name.

Like all newbies, I hadn't done much genealogy in the early 1980s beyond copying the family group sheets and pedigree charts my mother and paternal grandmother had created
. Looking at census microfilm at NARA I, hand-cranking the film reader and making the over-sized, old-fashioned "wet" photocopies, was considered pretty hi-tech at the time. This was a good 15-20 years before online presentation of census images became the norm.

We didn't have comprehensive, all-US census indexes in those early years. Earlier census and land records had this man in Clinton and Daviess counties in Missouri. I figured Talbert had passed away when he didn't show up in Missouri  in the 1910 federal enumerations for those counties. Looking in any other other location even in the immediate vicinity would have necessitated looking at a good twenty or thirty 1,400 page census microfilm.  But as indexes improved, I found Tolbert in the 1910 federal census in Clifton Township, Washington County, Kansas. (Image at Ancestry.com).

I remember my surprise finding Tolbert/Talbert Higgins in the 1920 census when the images were posted at  Ancestry.com. The Civil War Index at the National Parks Service was either non-existent or newly emerging and therefore incomplete. I didn't bother to use the microfilm of pension index cards at NARA (now available at Ancestry.com and Footnote.com), again because I was a short-sighted beginner and simply didn't know any better.

Fortunately, when I found Talbert Higgins' military pension file, his known wife and unusually-named daughter were listed by the soldier including name and birth date as members of his immediate family. From documents in this pension file, I was able to conclude that the Talbert Higgins who served the Union during the Civil War was indeed my known ancestor.

Ancestry.com added some records from the Leavenworth, Kansas US National Home, and Talbert begins to show up in 1905. Here are the four sections of his listing at the Leavenworth facility. I've taken care to include part of the next section, so that you can consider page 15891 in context.

The first section "MILITARY HISTORY" includes a report of Talbert's enlistment on April 3, 1862 as a private in company F 2nd Missouri Cavalry at All[??], Missouri, and discharged April 17, 1865 at Chatanoooga , Tennessee at the close of the war. Also listed are his medical disabilities.




From Ancestry.com's scanned images of
U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938
entry for Talbert Higgins.

The second portion of the page is "DOMESTIC HISTORY", indicating that Talbert was born in Missouri. At age 65 he was 5' 10", had ruddy complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, could read and write, was a Protestant, farmer, and lived at Seymour, Indiana subsequent to discharge. Talbert is listed as married to Sarah Ann Higgins [whom we know to be his second wife]. Mrs. Narci Handley of Grayson, Missouri is listed as Talbert's daughter.




The third portion of the page is the "HOME HISTORY", with columns listing rate of pension; date of admission; re-admission and transfer; conditions on re-admissions; date of discharge and transfer; cause of discharge; date of death; and cause of death. Talbert was hospitalized five times from 1905 and 1921 for as little as 3.5  months and as long as 9 months duration.


The bottom of the page is reserved for "GENERAL REMARKS" including Talbert's all-important pension certificate #549430, useful for obtaining access to the original file at the National Archives. Since Talbert did not die while living at the Leavenworth, Kansas soldiers' home, there is nothing about the distribution of his estate or information about burial.




SUMMARY
So, yes, Ernest, Ol' Myrt here did have much more to share about this Civil War soldier. Hopefully my genealogy research and analysis will improve considerably in the next 35 years as it did during the previous 35. And I hope I'll never cease to be surprised and amazed by the things learned about my ancestors.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ancestor Approved - Thank-you

DearREADERS,
From time to time genealogy awards are handed out among our peers in a sort of peer-to-peer network of accolades. (This recognition is distinctly different from non-genealogy websites that give awards indiscriminately just for the possibility of gaining more click-throughs.) This is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight ten other genea-bloggers by paying it forward. First let me thank Katie from From Little Acorns blog, who honored Ol' Myrt here.




The award comes with two conditions:
  • List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you.
  • Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.

 Ten Things - genealogically speaking.
  1. My father died 35 years to the day that his mother died, and in the same house.
  2. I was surprised to discover the 1920 US Federal Census listed my 79-year old 2nd great-grandfather, Tolvert [sic Tolbert] Higgins at the State Soldiers Home, in Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, NARA T625 Roll: 532 Page: 211. It turned out he served in the US Civil War. From this I learned never to assume someone is too old or young to serve. 
  3. I learned about other genealogy programs using GoToMeeting, and having 2 other presenters share in showing a feature -- each one after the other. Great opportunity to share point for point, back and forth in real time.
  4. My 2nd-great grandfather Thomas Wasden had a "Utah Brands" as recorded at the Utah State Archives. Record Series: 540 Reel Number: 1 Volume Date: Dec 1849-Dec 1874 Page Number: 108 Entry Name: WASDEN, THOMAS Date: March 6., 1873 County: Millard. http://archives.state.ut.us
  5. My 6th great-grandfather Conrad Weiser is mentioned as a father in law of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg in The 20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol.8, p.8. "MUHLENBERG, Henry Melchior, pioneer Lutheran, was born in Einbeck, Hanover, Germany, Sept. 6, 1711; son of Nicholaus Melchior and Anna Maria Muhlenberg, persons of prominent social standing. ... He was married, April 23, 1745, to Anna Mary daughter of J. Conrad Weiser, the famous Indian interpreter of Tulpeholken, Pa."
  6. Fellow genea-blogger Jean Wilcox Hibbens are distant cousins, with J. Conrad Weiser as our common ancestor.
  7. My paternal grandmother Myrtle Eliza (Weiser) Player Severinson set up a "shoes for school children" plan during the depression after the family had moved from Salt Lake City, Utah to Seattle, Washington according to my Dad's story corroborated by several historical newspaper write-ups discovered at GenealogyBank.com.
  8. My ancestor L J Froman first purchased land from the US federal government in 1835 in Clinton County, Missouri, according to Bureau of Land Management records available online.  Accession/Serial #: MO0210__.271. Aliquot Parts  SWSW; Sec. 6; Township 54-N; Range 32-W; Fract. No; Meridian 5th PM; State MO; Counties: Clinton. http://tinyurl.com/27zfjrn
  9. William G[ist] Froman's Civil War Pension File #8424237 indicates he served in Company D Division 3 Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia.
  10. US Civil War pension file of William Phillips, Certificate #243464, Co K 19th Indiana Volunteers contains certificate of marriage with Louisa Terry 6 Aug 1874. Also lists Sarah Pugh as previous wife, and two additional daughters, Calley [Phillips] Taylor and Viola [Phillips] Dontal, in addition to known wife Louisa Phillips and her daughter Stella Mae (Phillips) Goering. Dated July 4, 1989, signed by the soldier. 
And one more...
  1. Apparently our ancestors had difficulty keeping track of state boundary lines. William Phillips (listed above in #10) signs an affidavit found in his pension file indicating "said affects of rheumatism and disease of liver was contracted after the [illegible] battle of Gettysburg in the state of Virginia about Aug 1863, caused by exposure incident to the marching and campaign after said battle of Gettysburg which battle was fought July 4, 1863."
     
I hereby bestow the Ancestor Approved Award to the following genea-bloggers:

  1. Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog where we await the unrolling of her 2011 "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy" suggestions.
  2. The mysterious Ancestry Insider, who isn't afraid to describe a technical challenge so coders can make the fix sometime this year or next.
  3. Audrey Collins of The Family Recorder for an insider's look at British research. She works at The National Archives (UK) yet finds time at home to blog on a frequent basis.
  4. Professor Dru (Drusilla Pair) of the Find Your Folks blog who is much better at inserting videos in her posts than most genea-bloggers.
  5. Lisa Also of The Accidental Genealogist, who took her dream trip this past year to Slovakia ancestral stomping grounds.








FamilySearch: Polish Indexing

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: FamilySearch sent this notice a day after posting the info on their own blog, but I guess old news is good news. Please address all inquiries to support@FamilySearch.org.


29 December 2010

First Polish Indexing Project Now Available



FamilySearch Indexing now has projects available in 11 languages, with the addition of the first project in Polish. If you would like to help index Polska Ksiegi Metrykaine Diecezja Lublin, 1902–1945, please contact FamilySearch to learn more.

Recently completed projects that will soon be available to search on FamilySearch.org include records from the Czech Republic, Spain, Nicaragua, and the United States.

New Projects in the Past Three Weeks


(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects

  • Česká republika, Litoměřice Matriky, 1552–1905 [část 1]
    (Czech Republic, Litomerice Parish Registers, 1552–1905 [Part 1])
  • España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935
    (Spain, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta Church Registers, 1530–1935)
  • Nicaragua, Managua Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Part 3B]
    (Nicaragua, Managua Civil Registration, 1879–1984 [Part 3B])
  • U.S. Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files, 1812–1905
  • U.S., Connecticut WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • U.S., District of Columbia Deaths, 1874–1959
  • U.S., Iowa 1930 Federal Census
  • U.S., Maine 1930 Federal Census
  • U.S., Ohio Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3]
  • U.S., Texas Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part C]

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.)

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion


Argentina, Balvanera Registros Parroquiales,
1833–1934 [Parte B]


(Argentina, Balvanera Church Records, 1833–1934 [Part
B])

Spanish

71%


Argentina, Cordoba Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924
[Parte B]


(Argentina, Cordoba Church Records, 1722–1924 [Part
B])

Spanish

91%


Argentina, Santa Fe Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926
[Parte A]


(Argentina, Santa Fe Church Records, 1634–1926 [Part
A])

Spanish

42%


Brasil Registro Civil, 1852–1914 [Parte 2A]


(Brazil Civil Registration, 1852–1914 [Part 2A])

Portuguese

1%


Brasil, Florianópolis Registros da Igreja,
1751–1954 [Parte A]


(Brazil, Florianópolis Church Records,
1751–1954 [Part A])

Portuguese

15%


Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife Registro Civil,
1900–1920


(Brazil, Pernambuco, Recife Civil Registration,
1900–1920)

Portuguese

3%


Brasil, Rio de Janeiro Matrimonios, 1900–1910
[Piloto]


(Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Marriages, 1900–1910)

Portuguese

54%


Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922

English

5%


Canada, Bas-Canada Recensement de 1842


(Canada, Lower Canada 1842 Census)

French

1%


Canada, New Brunswick Deaths, 1815–1938 [Part
B]

English

39%

Canada, Ontario 1861 Census Records [Part 2]

English

(New)


Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

English

6%


Chile Registros Civiles, 1885–1900


(Chile Civil Registration, 1885–1900)

Spanish

32%


Chile, Concepción Registros Civiles, 1885–1903
[Parte 2B]


(Chile, Concepcion Civil Registration, 1885–1903
[Part 2B])

Spanish

41%


Colombia, Bucaramanga Registros Parroquiales,
1649–1959


(Colombia, Bucaramanga Church Records, 1649–1959)

Spanish

13%


Colombia, Marinilla Registros Parroquiales,
1815–1959


(Colombia, Marinilla Parish Records, 1815–1959)

Spanish

70%


Deutschland, Baden, Achern Kirchenbücher,
1810–1869 [Part D]


(Germany, Baden, Achern Church Books, 1810–1869 [Part
D])

German

26%


El Salvador Registros Civiles, 1835–1910


(El Salvador Civil Registration, 1835–1910)

Spanish

28%


España, Andalucía Registros Civiles,
1837–1870


(Spain, Andalucia Civil Registration, 1837–1870)

Spanish

6%

España, Lugo Registros Parroquiales,
1530–1930 [Parte 1]

(Spain, Lugo Parish Registers, 1530–1930 [Part
1])

Spanish

42%

France, Cherbourg Registres Paroissiaux,
1802–1907

(France, Cherbourg Parish Registers, 1802–1907)

French

44%

France, Coutances Registres Paroissiaux
1802–1907

(France, Coutances Parish Registers, 1802–1907)

French

63%


France, Paris Registres Protestants, 1612–1906
[Partie D]


(France, Paris Protestant Registers, 1612–1906 [Part
D])

French

88%

France, Saint-Lo Registres Paroissiaux,
1802–1907

(France, Saint-Lo Parish Registers, 1802–1907)

French

61%


Guatemala, Guatemala Registros Civiles,
1800–1900


(Guatemala, Guatemala Civil Registration,
1800–1900)

Spanish

11%


Guatemala, Guatemala Registros Civiles,
1877–1900


(Guatemala, Guatemala Civil Registration,
1877–1900)

Spanish

31%


Ireland Tithe Applotment Books, 1824–1840

English

3%


Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia Atti di Morte,
1809–1936 [Parte B]


(Italy, Napoli, Castellammare Deaths, 1809–1936 [Part
B])

Italian

80%


Italy, Trento Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A]

Italian

47%


Jamaica Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part C]

English

12%


Mexico, D.F. Bautismos, 1536–1900 [Parte A]


(Mexico, D.F. Church Baptisms, 1536–1900 [Part
A])

Spanish

3%

Mexico, Oaxaca 1930 Federal Censo

(Mexico, Oaxaca 1930 Federal Census)

Spanish

46%

Mexico, Puebla 1930 Federal Censo

(Mexico, Puebla 1930 Federal Census)

Spanish

90%


New Zealand Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part
2A]

English

9%


Nicaragua, Masaya Registros Civiles,
1879–1984


(Nicaragua, Masaya Civil Registration, 1879–1984)

Spanish

1%


Norge Tinglysningskort, 1640–1903


(Norway Probate Index Cards, 1640–1903)

Norwegian

3%


Perú, Lima Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte
A]


(Peru, Lima Civil Registration, 1887–1921 [Part
A])

Spanish

82%


Portugal, Setúbal Registros da Igreja,
1581–1910


(Portugal, Setúbal Church Records,
1581–1910)

Portuguese

25%


República Dominicana Nacimientos Civiles,
1828–1906


(Dominican Republic Civil Births, 1828–1906)

Spanish

1%

Russland, Sankt Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat,
1833–1885

(Russia, Saint Petersburg Parish Register Duplicates,
1833–1885)

German

42%

South Africa, Cape Province Church Records,
1660–1970

Afrikaans, Dutch, English

67%


Sverige, Södermanland Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del
1]


(Sweden, Södermanland Church Records, to 1860 [Part
1])

Swedish

72%


Sverige, Uppsala Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del
1]


(Sweden, Uppsala Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])

Swedish

78%


Sverige, Örebro Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del
1]


(Sweden, Örebro Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])

Swedish

32%


U.K., Essex Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part
A]

English

15%


U.K., Manchester Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part
B]

English

38%


U.K., Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part
2 Adv]

English, Old English

34%


Uruguay Registros Civiles (Nacimientos),
1879–1930


(Uruguay Civil Registration (Births), 1879–1930)

Spanish

8%


U.S. Naval Enlistment Registers, 1855–1891

English

30%


U.S., Alabama County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part
A]

English

63%


U.S., Arkansas County Marriages, 1837–1957
[IX]

English

79%


U.S., Arkansas WWII Draft Registration, 1942

English

42%


U.S., California County Marriages, 1850–1952 [Part
B]

English

88%


U.S., District of Columbia County Marriages,
1811–1950 [Part A]

English

57%


U.S., Illinois 1930 Federal Census

English

(New)


U.S., Illinois County Marriages, 1810–1934 [Part
A]

English

74%


U.S., Indiana, Bartholomew County Marriages,
1811–1959

English

75%


U.S., Iowa County Births, 1880–1935 [Part A]

English

17%


U.S., Iowa County Marriages, 1838–1992 [Part
A]

English

53%


U.S., Minnesota County Marriages, 1860–1949 [Part
A]

English

63%


U.S., Mississippi 1930 Federal Census

English

(New)


U.S., New Jersey County Marriages, 1682–1956 [Part
1]

English

26%


U.S., New Jersey WWII Draft Registration Cards,
1942

English

54%


U.S., New York 1892 State Census [Part 2]

English

(New)


U.S., New York Marriage Licenses, 1908–1938 [Part
A]

English

41%


U.S., New York Marriages, 1908–1935 [Part A]

English

36%


U.S., North Carolina County Marriages, 1762–1959
[Part B]

English

26%


U.S., North Carolina Freedmen Letters,
1862–1870

English

16%


U.S., Oklahoma Allotment Records, 1899–1907

English

93%


U.S., Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891–1959 [Part
B]

English

50%


U.S., Oklahoma Land Allotment Records, 1899–1907
[Part B]

English

(New)


U.S., Puerto Rico 1910 Censo Federal


(U.S., Puerto Rico 1910 Federal Census)

Spanish

16%


U.S., Puerto Rico Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930
[Parte B]


(U.S., Puerto Rico Civil Births, 1836–1930 [Part
B])

Spanish

6%


U.S., Tennessee County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part
B]

English

29%


U.S., Tennessee County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part
C]

English

52%


U.S., Texas 1910 Federal Census [Part B]

English

(New)


U.S., Texas Birth Records, 1903-1934 [Part D]

English

(New)


U.S., Texas County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part
B]

English

33%


U.S., Wisconsin 1930 Federal Census

English

58%


Venezuela Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909


(Venezuela Civil Births, 1873–1909)

Spanish

2%


Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales,
1654–1992 [Parte 2]


(Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654–1992 [Part
2])

Spanish

29%

Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925

(Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1890–1925)

German

35%


Россия,
Самара
Метрические
книги
церкви, 1869–1917
(часть 1)


(Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869–1917 [Part 1])

Russian

83%


Украина,
Киев
Метрические
книги
русской
православной
церкви, 1843–1845
[Часть B]


(Ukraine, Kiev Orthodox Consistory Church Books,
1843–1845 [Part B])

Russian

22%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion



België Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel
3A]


(Belgium Civil Registration, 1851–1900 [Part 3A])

Dutch, Flemish

(New)


Belgique Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie
A]


(Belgium Civil Registration, 1851–1900 [Part A])

French

66%


Brasil, Minas Gerais Church Records, 1706-1952

Portuguese

1%


Canada, Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries,
1826–1935

English

19%


Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden Volkszählung,
1880–1900


(Germany, Westphalia, Minden City Censuses,
1880–1900)

German

12%


España, Avila, Barroman Registros Parroquiales,
1550–1930


(Spain, Avila, Barroman Parish Registers,
1550–1930)

Spanish

14%


España, Malaga Registros Civiles,
1846–1870


(Spain, Malaga Civil Registration, 1846–1870)

Spanish

54%


France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis Registres Paroissiaux,
1722–1909


(France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis Church Registers,
1722–1909)

French

85%


Norway 1875 Census [Part B]

Norwegian

68%


Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan Registros Parroquiales,
1615–1982


(Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan Church Registers,
1615–1982)

Spanish

77%


Polska Księgi Metrykalne Diecezja Lublin,
1902–1945


(Poland, Lublin Diocese Church Books, 1902–1945)

Polish

(New)


U.K., Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538–1900

English

52%


U.S., Colorado 1885 State Census

English

(New)

U.S., Ohio Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 4]

English

(New)

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Registers,
1890–1908

English

67%

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County Death Registers,
1848–1940

English

33%

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

RootsMagic is first to support FamilySearch Discussions

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Somehow in the rush of the holidays, Ol' Myrt missed sending out this press release from our friends at RootsMagic.com. Thanks to two readers who brought this to my attention. Please address all inquiries to support@rootsmagic.com.

RootsMagic Adds FamilySearch Discussions and More

RootsMagic 4 becomes First Genealogy Software to Support FamilySearch Discussions


SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — December 14, 2010 — RootsMagic, Inc. announced the immediate availability of an update to their RootsMagic 4 and RootsMagic Essentials genealogy software which is certified byFamilySearch for their new "Discussions" service. They become the first- and currently the only- software to offer this feature. The update also adds new FamilySearch features including temple ordinance card tracking, historical record searching, saved logins, sharing of Family Ordinance Requests (FORs), and more.

Discussions Certified
The new FamilySearch system gives RootsMagic users a central platform where they can share their  information and work together. When the new FamilySearch system first became available, one of the principal collaborative tools were "disputes"- the ability to mark a piece of information as incorrect with a basic explanation. In the latest update to FamilySearch, disputes have been replaced with fully-interactive "discussions". By joining a discussion about a given person, you can make comments, ask questions, and post  answers with others who are also interested in that person.

RootsMagic is the first and only software certified by FamilySearch to offer this feature. "Discussions are a tremendous step-forward in collaborative research," said Bruce Buzbee, president. "As more and more people join discussions about their ancestors, the information contained in new FamilySearch will be more  complete and hopefully more  accurate. Plus, you'll be surprised how many new cousins you will
meet."

New Temple Ordinance Tools

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RootsMagic is the first software certified by FamilySearch to reserve and request temple ordinances for deceased ancestors. The new update adds even more tools to manage and track these ordinances. "One
feature that many of our users have requested is the ability to track temple ordinance cards," said Michael Booth, vice-president. 


"RootsMagic can now retrieve a list of all your printed cards from FamilySearch and lets your keep track of  to whom you've given each card and their progress as the ordinances are completed." Added Booth, "I know my mom has been waiting a long time for this feature and will be putting it to good use."

The update also adds other enhancements such as graphically visualizing ordinance cards and the ability to  e-mail and share Family
Ordinance Requests (FORs) with others.

Search Over 1 Billion Historical Records

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With today's [ 14 Dec 2010] launch of the updated FamilySearch website (www.familysearch.org), RootsMagic can now search for your ancestors through over a billion historical records using the integrated WebSearch feature. Just click on the ancestor's name and RootsMagic will search FamilySearch's collections of censuses, probates, military records, and vital records for possible matches. Many of the collections include pictures of the original records which are viewable at no charge.

FamilySearch Made Easy

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The latest update to RootsMagic adds other new features to make working with FamilySearch even easier.  These features include filtering and narrowing-down groups of people to work with FamilySearch, saving your username and password for automatic sign-in, and several improvements in speed and reliability. "Our mission is, 'Family History Made Easy', and that is exactly what this is," said Buzbee. "As FamilySearch evolves, so does RootsMagic to make the process as simple as possible."


RootsMagic 4 received FamilySearch Developer awards for "Easiest to Sync" and "Best Dashboard" as well as the "Trailblazer" award for pioneering FamilySearch features. Video tutorials, demonstrating how easy it is to work with New FamilySearch using RootsMagic 4 are available at
http://www.rootsmagic.com/fs.

Free and Available Now

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Discussions and ordinance card tracking are included in RootsMagic Essentials, free genealogy software which includes all of the FamilySearch features. It is available for download at http://www.rootsmagic.com/essentials. Current users of RootsMagic 4 and RootsMagic Essentials may update their software for free athttp://www.rootsmagic.com/updates.

Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read data using the popular GEDCOM format.


About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite  families. One of our earliest products- the popular "Family Origins" software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with "RootsMagic", our award-winning genealogy software which makes  researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. "Personal Historian" will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. "Family Reunion Organizer" takes the headaches out of planning those  important get-togethers. And "Family Atlas" creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.


For more information, visit
http://www.rootsmagic.com.
Source: RootsMagic, Inc.

Legacy 7.5 receives FamilySearch Certifications

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Happy to learn more about version 7.5 from our friends at LegacyFamilyTree.com, reproduced partially here with permission. Please address all inquiries to Geoff@LegacyFamilyTree.com.


Legacy 7.5 receives FamilySearch certifications - to be released January 17, 2011

Legacy Family Tree 7.5 has now received official FamilySearch certification in four new categories and will be available as a free update for both Standard and Deluxe edition users on Monday, January 17, 2011.
For years, FamilySearch has worked on developing a web application for researchers to be able to interact with a very large, unified database of connected genealogical information. This new system is being released in phases - first for members of the LDS church while it is tested and perfected, and then to the public. This new database, commonly known as "New FamilySearch" is the database with which Legacy 7.5 will interact. All other databases, including the new Historical Records, Family Trees, and Library Catalog are currently open to everyone at www.FamilySearch.org.

Who should install this update?
Everyone. Although the only major new feature in the 7.5 update will be the addition of more new FamilySearch integration tools, there will be dozens of minor additions and fixes for everyone. However, gaining access to the new FamilySearch databases requires an account. Currently, registering for a new account is restricted to members of the LDS church.

New FamilySearch Certifications
  • Sync - ability to keep FamilySearch family tree current with Legacy's information for selected persons and information (optional - you do not have to share anything if you do not desire)
  • Update - publish to new.familysearch.org family tree. Also includes request to combine matched individuals (also optional)
  • Ordinance Reservation (LDS-specific) - identify persons needing ordinances, prepare for Ordinance Request, and check for duplicate ordinances
  • Ordinance Request (LDS-specific) - request ordinances in order to print the ordinance cards
Previous FamilySearch Certifications
  • Access - search and read new.familysearch.org family tree
  • Print - print multiple reports and charts using online data from FamilySearch
  • Ordinance Status (LDS-specific) - read and display ordinance status information
  • PAF Import - PAF data can be imported into Legacy for use in the tree
We also expect to be certified in the "Helper" category for this update.

Register for our Legacy-FamilySearch webinars
As part of the Arizona Family History Expo in January we are teaching two classes about Legacy and its new FamilySearch tools. These classes will also be broadcast to a live webinar audience. Registration is free but space is limited.
  • Improving Your Use of New FamilySearch: Data Cleanup Strategies, Friday, January 21, 201
  • New FamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree, Saturday, January 22, 2011

What's New
View Geoff's original blog entry to see screen shots of what's new.

What will Legacy 7.5 cost?
Nothing. Legacy 7.5 will be a free update to Legacy 7.0 or 7.4. When it is available, all you will need to do is download and install the update as you usually install Legacy updates. The new FamilySearch integration tools will be available as part of both the Standard (free) and Deluxe editions of Legacy.

When will Legacy 7.5 be released?
On January 17, 2011. Watch the Legacy Family Tree blog at http://news.legacyfamilytree.com for the announcement, or simply check the Updates section on the Legacy Home tab inside Legacy 7.


New England: NEGHS January Offerings

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Please address all inquiries through their website www.AmericanAncestors.org .

January New Visitor and Welcome Tour
Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston. You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

January 8, 2011 10:00AM - 11:30AM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116
www.AmericanAncestors.org

NEHGS recently launched its new Website, AmericanAncestors.org. It is full of new features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ growing national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 135 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

January 12, 2011  10:00AM - 11:30AM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116
www.AmericanAncestors.org

 

Dom's, An Odyssey
Join NEHGS as we welcome guest speaker Dom Capossela, who will discuss his recent book, Dom's, An Odyssey. Dom's, An Odyssey is an immigrant story. Through the lens of Italian immigration, with a tour of Boston's 1950s North End, Dom takes us on a voyage of discovery which reminds us of the immigrant roots of All Americans.

January 19, 2011 7:30PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116
www.AmericanAncestors.org

 

Winter Weekend Research Getaway - Effective Use of Technology
NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts. 

Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

January 27, 2011  9:00AM – January 29, 2011 5:00PM

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116
www.AmericanAncestors.org

NARA: Locked bags now required of Archives I & II researchers

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt's 21 Nov 2010 blog entry titled What I learned at the NARA users group meeting Friday mentioned the use of lockable, zippered "green bags" will extend to all researchers using the NARA I and NARA II facilities in the DC-metro area, once the order for additional bags arrives. Now comes news that the new policy went into effect yesterday.


Photo Source:
NARA's Locked Bags for All announcement.
Customer Services Division - Dec 2010
Locked Bags for All!


Beginning December 27, 2010 all researchers will be required to use locking bags for removing reproductions, personal notes, and other papers from the Research Center.


All researchers are required to have staff inspect their personal property before they exit each Research Room (RR). This procedure makes mandatory the voluntary inspection and bagging of the papers of researchers that has been available for the past 4 years. We are making the use of the document security bags mandatory in an effort to tighten records security procedures throughout the entire research complex.

For more information on what must be placed in the locked security bags, see NARA's official announcement.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

MyHeritage: Personalized Family Memory Game

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at MyHeritage. Please address all inquiries to MyHeritage.com's Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, daniel@myheritage.com. You can bet Ol' Myrt will have fun playing this with the grandchildren when some come to spend the night on Thursday evening.


Online family tree game makes family history engaging for the entire family

London, England & Tel Aviv, IsraelDecember 28, 2010 - MyHeritage.com, the most popular family network on the web, today released a new online family memory game, as a fun and free way to create cross-generational interest in family history.

“The new game makes family history more fun and engaging for the whole family”, said Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage.com. “It’s a prime example of the free, innovative and user friendly products available on MyHeritage.com, which demonstrate our leadership in bringing family history to the masses.”

Play online at MyHeritage.com with your own family tree data.

The game, one of the first ever online family tree games, automatically generates beautiful personalized picture cards of close relatives and ancestors - based on each user’s family tree. Following the same rules as a typical memory card game, users can play online against other family members, or solo against the clock. With a webcam option, players can even include a live picture of themselves in one pair of the cards – providing added entertainment particularly for younger players. 

The game is recommended for all users with a family tree that features photos of relatives. Click here to view an image of the game.

Played by the young and old alike, the game is ideal for educating the younger generation about their ancestors and introducing them to genealogy as a hobby. Families who enjoy the online version of the game can order the actual printed cards from MyHeritage.com for playing on-the-go – such as on holiday travels and at family reunions. This is made possible through MyHeritage.com’s new partnership with AncestryGames.com, with a deck of handmade personalized cards available from as little as $20 (plus shipping). The printed cards feature up to 30 relatives of a user’s choice (totalling 60 cards) and include additional information on birth dates and locations of relatives listed in the family tree.

About MyHeritage.com:
MyHeritage.com is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private place for their families to keep in touch. MyHeritage.com’s Smart Matches™ technology empowers users with an exciting and innovative way to find relatives and explore their family history. With all family information stored in a secure site, MyHeritage.com is the ideal place to share family photos, and celebrate and preserve special family moments. With 650 million profiles, 16 million family trees, and available in 36 languages, MyHeritage.com is nurturing family relationships and uniting families worldwide. For more information please visit www.myheritage.com