Monday, January 31, 2011

Genline Newsletter offers much help

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friend Kathy Meade of Genline.com. Please address all inquiries to her directly usinfo@genline.com.

Swedish Church Records Online
1600's to 1937 - 18 million records



January 2011 Genline Newsletter
Mark your calendars! A group of Swedish genealogists from Sweden and representatives from Lantmäteriet will be touring the United States in September giving presentations on Swedish genealogy and historical maps as well as helping persons to discover their Swedish heritage. See below for more details.

This month we are highlighting our offer for new customers to Genline which includes a 3-month Genline subscription with the book, Your Swedish Roots.

Also, you will find information about Swedish genealogy events and the availability of some Swedish American Genealogist journals online.

Your Swedish RootsWe are highlighting our product that we offer to first time Genline customers, a 3-month Genline subscription with the book, Your Swedish Roots, written by Per Clemensson and Kjell Andersson for 595 SEK (about $92 U.S and $92 CN).

The book is a step-by-step guide instruction for the North-American Swedish researcher showing how to trace one's Swedish roots and how to research using the Swedish church books. There are four case examples in the book using the Swedish church records with explanations of the various record types and then pointing out the next research steps. Limited to first-time North American Genline customers.



SwedGen 2011
 
Mark your calendars! SwedGen 2011 will occur in September. Have you hit a brick wall in your Swedish research or don't know where to begin? A group of Swedish genealogists will be visiting the United States in September to teach and assist Swedish-Americans in how to find their roots and how to do Swedish research.
This year representatives from Lantm√§teriet, the Swedish mapping and land registration authority, will also be present at the SwedGen events presenting information about Swedish historical maps.
Details and event locations are still being finalized. More details will follow in future communications.
Below are the tentative dates and places:
Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rock Island, IL
Augustana College
Sunday, September 11, 2011

Denver, CO
Sponsored by the
Saturday, September 17, 2011


Swedish Research Assistance!
 
Kathy Meade will be at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, IL. to assist people with their Swedish research once a month for the next four months. To register sign up on the Arlington Heights Memorial Library website's event page.  Dates and times are listed below:

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
12 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
10 am - 3 pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
12 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
10 am - 3 pm


February Event in Illinois!
Kathy Meade will give a presentation titled "Swedish Genealogy: A Discussion of Resources" at the Kane County Genealogical Society in Geneva, Illinois on Thursday, February 24th.
February 24, 2011
Kane County Genealogical Society
Geneva History Center
113 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL
7:30 PM


Swedish Research Tip!
Many issues of the Swedish American Genealogist journal are now online and free to the public. Issues as recent as 2007 are available. The Swedish American Genealogist is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Swedish genealogy and culture.

NARA: Civil War-Themed Public Programs in February

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives (US). Please address all inquiries to public.program@nara.gov.

National Archives Presents Free Civil War-Themed Public Programs in February

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives presents a special series of programs in February including book talks, a presentation on espionage in the Civil War, and a screening of three parts of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, inspired by Part II, Consequences, of the Discovering the Civil War exhibition.  The programs are free and open to the public.  While most of the programs will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, one of the programs will be held at the International Spy Museum, and one will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD.  For programs in the William G. McGowan Theater and in the Jefferson and Adams Rooms of the National Archives Building, please use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. 

Discovering the Civil War Part II, Consequences, is featured in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and runs through April 17, 2011.  The exhibit peels back 150 years of accumulated analysis, interpretation, and opinion to reveal a Civil War that is little-known and even more rarely displayed.  The exhibition offers visitors the chance to join researchers in unlocking secrets, solving mysteries, and uncovering unexpected events in the Civil War records of the National Archives. Museum winter hours (through March 14) are 10A.M. to 5:30 P.M. daily.  The exhibition is presented by the Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives.

BOOK TALK:  Near Andersonville - Winslow Homer's Civil War
Monday, February 7, at noon, Jefferson Room         
American painter Winslow Homer rose to national attention during the Civil War, but one of his most important early paintings, “Near Andersonville,” remained unknown for a century. In this illustrated lecture, author Peter Wood reveals the long-hidden story of this remarkable Civil War painting. Wood examines the interplay of symbolic elements and links the painting to Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign of 1864. Wood’s provocative study offers a fresh vantage point on Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the dramatic closing years of the Civil War.  A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

BOOK TALK:  An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, DC
Tuesday, February 8, at noon, Jefferson Room                
In An Example for All the Land, author Kate Masur discusses Washington, DC, during the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The city became a laboratory for political experimentation as the question of racial equality produced a debate about black Washingtonians and their demands for public respect, equal access to employment, public services, and the right to vote. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.


PROGRAM:  Spies and Conspiracies: Espionage in the Civil War
Tuesday, February 8, at 7 P.M.
International Spy Museum, 800 F Street NW, Washington D.C                    
During the Civil War both sides conducted intelligence operations. Despite the often disorderly nature of these efforts, there were successes, including the use of Union codes to protect communications.  Both sides also effectively used agents to gather and report information. Clayton D. Laurie, historian for the Center for the Study of Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), moderates a panel including Donald E. Markle, author of Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War; Ann Blackman, author of Wild Rose: Rose O’Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy; and Ken Daigler, former CIA employee and author of Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War.  This program is presented in partnership with the International Spy Museum.

FILM:  The Hunley Saturday, February 12, at noon, Jefferson Room                    
Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland star in the true story of the submarine CSS Hunley, set during the siege of Charleston of 1864. The Hunley was the first submersible to sink an enemy ship during wartime. (1999; 120 minutes)

FILM:  Ken Burns’s The Civil War  - Thursdays, February 10, 17, and 24 at noon
National Archives Building - Jefferson Room and William G. McGowan Theater
We continue the landmark nine-part television series by filmmaker Ken Burns:
February 10—Most Hallowed Ground (1990; 72 minutes) -  Jefferson Room
February 17—War is All Hell (1990; 67 minutes) - Jefferson Room
February 24—The Better Angels of Our Nature (1990; 69 minutes)- William G. McGowan Theater

Related records programs
Know Your Records:  From the Records Book Group
Tuesday, February 15, at 11 A.M. and noon, Adams Room
After a related presentation at 11 a.m., the book group discusses Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad by Mary Kay Ricks. Check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a discount for book group participants. Brown bag lunches are welcome.

Know Your Records:  Emancipation Records of the District of Columbia
Wednesday, February 16, at 11 A.M., Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)
Damani Davis, archivist, teaches this month’s “Beyond the Basics” archival research skills for genealogists (all skill levels welcome).

Know Your Records:  Exploring the Ex-Slave Pension Movement
Tuesday, February 22, at 11 A.M., Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)
Miranda Booker Perry, archivist trainee, discusses the quest for ex-slave pensions and the role Federal agencies played in suppressing freed people. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, February 24, at 11 A.M.)

PLEASE NOTE: The William G. McGowan Theater will be closed through February 19, 2011, to make necessary improvements to the lighting and projection systems.  Public programs will continue during this period in alternate venues.

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at: http://www.archives.gov/calendar.   To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event.


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St George: Family History Expo

DearREADERS,

The end of the month will find Ol' Myrt once again traveling to see folks at the St. George Family History Expo in southern Utah. Holly Hansen and her team have pulled together another great lineup of presenters and exhibitors ready to teach us new genealogy tricks.



St. George Family History Expo 2011
The Dixie Center
1835 Convention Center Dr.
St. George, Utah 84790
February 25 - 26, 2011

This year our Keynote presenter is Glenn Rawson noted historian and host of the TV series "The Joseph Smith Papers". 

DearMYRTLE's schedule includes:

Friday, February 25, 2011
10:00 am: How Ancestry’s Trees Can Jumpstart Your Research (All Levels) A live demo of uploading a family tree from one's computer to Ancestry Trees. Includes discussion of 3 privacy level settings, and 2 methods for getting Ancestry.com's computers to search for matches on each ancestor in the context of the family. Myrt doesn't work for Ancestry, but has concluded Ancestry Trees are an essential component of a reasonably exhaustive search. 

Noon-4pm:- in the exhibit hall, to assist with setting up your blogs at the "Blog House" with the other geneabloggers.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
9:30 am: Blogging for Beginners
11:00 am: More Blogging for Beginners
1pm-4pm: in the exhibit hall, to assist with setting up your blogs at the "Blog House" with the other geneabloggers.


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

Fairfax Genealogical Society (VA) Conference 25-26 Mar 2011

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following is just in from our friends at the Fairfax Genealogical Society in Virginia. This conference is one of Mr. Myrt's special projects. Please address all inquiries to conference@fxgs.org.

Spring Conference
March 25-26, 2011

FREE
Genealogy Expo
Saturday, 8:00-3:30
in the hotel atrium
Over two dozen genealogy vendors!

REGISTER: www.fxgs.org




FRIDAY, 25th March 2011
4:00-9:00
Consultations with speakers, $20 for 20 minutes.
You will need to fill out an additional information form available online, www.fxgs.org. (full details in the consultation form)

4:30-6:30
Impossible Immigrants!:
Case Studies in Tracing Immigrant Origins
Presented by Warren Bittner
Enjoy an evening learning to solve "Brick Wall" immigrant problems. Learn how studying neighbors and relatives in the U.S. can lead to finding their places of origin. Then follow families in European records when they are not found in the towns where they were supposedly born. Learn techniques to correctly identify difficult families.

6:30-7:15
Break for Dinner or Consultations

7:15-7:45
Mini-session number 1
What’s New at Ancestry.com

8:00-9:00
Crossing the Ocean With the Internet
Presented by Leslie Albrecht Huber
With more sources coming online all the time, tracing your ancestors across the ocean to their European hometowns has never been easier. Familiarize yourself with some important websites for making your cross-continent connection.

SATURDAY, 26th March 2011
Check-in & vendors area opens at 8 am. Classes begin at 9am.

Track 1: Putting the Pieces Together (Warren Bittner and Leslie Huber)
These lectures look at a variety of skills including using the Genealogical Proof Standard, telling your family’s story, researching in different sources, and organization.
Lecture 1a-  Putting the Pieces Together: An Urban Case Study (Bittner)
Lecture 1b - The Journey Takers (Huber) Get Leslie’s book The Journey Takers signed after this lecture!


Lunchtime mini-lectures:
  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki
Lecture 1c - Welcome to the Library: Reading to Put Your Ancestors Into Historical Context (Bittner)
Lecture 1d - Get Organized! Take Control of Your Research Projects (Huber)

Track 2: Western European Research (Leslie Huber and Warren Bittner)
Got ancestors in Western Europe? These lectures are for you!
Lecture 2a - Jumping Over Hurdles in Western European Research (Huber)
Lecture 2b - How German Maps Affect European Research (Bittner)
Lunchtime mini-lectures:

  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki

Lecture 2c - Online Sources for Western European Research (Huber)
Lecture 2d - Understanding and Researching Illegitimacy: The Bittner Bastards of Bavaria (Bittner)

Track 3: Probate Records (Charles S. Mason, Jr., CGSM)
Do you research ancestors who have died? Learn about the different type of probate records that could have been created, even when there is no will.
Lecture 3a - Understanding Probate Laws and Processes
Lecture 3b - Testate and Intestate Estates
Lunchtime mini-lectures:

  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki

Lecture 3c - Estate Inventories
Lecture 3d - Guardianship Records



Track 4: Basics for Beginners and Beyond (Jennifer Dondero)
Whether you’re new to genealogy or looking to brush up your basic skills, check out these lectures.
Lecture 4a - Can I download my family tree?
Lecture 4b - Citing Sources: How and Why
Lunchtime mini-lectures:

  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki

Lecture 4c - What is Collateral Research?
Lecture 4d - Reporting to Yourself: Keeping Track of What You've Done


Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033
 $69/night Call 703-352-2525 and ask for the Fairfax Genealogical Society rate
On US Rte 50 at Fair Oaks Mall

REGISTER: www.fxgs.org
$55 members / $75 non-members

Sunday, January 30, 2011

FamilySearch: database errors and images not loading

DearREADERS,
Today Ol' Myrt found a database error at FamilySearch.org. when searching for William B. Wright (whom I know to be William Brockerman Wright, married to Emma Yearsley).

In looking for his Utah Death Certificate at www.FamilySearch.org, I clearly see him listed, twice for some reason.


Hit list for William B Wright search in Utah Death Certificates collection at FamilySearch.org.


Clicking on the first entry, William B. Wright gives us the following where Emma is his MOTHER, and his known wife is listed as Sarah. In fact the hit list entry is for William the older, BUT the indexed results are for William his son.

This also means the hit list screen pulled the name for his spouse from the "mother" section of the database behind the screen. I don't know if the error is in the label of the form, or the data field the form points to.

Erroneous indexed entry when searching for William B Wright search in Utah Death Certificates collection at FamilySearch.org.

OK, but I still wanted to see the death certificate, so I clicked to view the image but it won't load. There is only a black, unscrollable image where the document should be.

PROBLEM REPEATED (sort of...)

So I decided to click on the 2nd entry for Wm. B. Wright where Emma Yearsley is listed as spouse. This returns a death record NOT for Wm. B. Wright, but for Annie W. Evans, where Wm. and Emma are the parents of Annie.


Again, I could not load the image in my Firefox web browser.


COMMENT
Alas, using the search term William B Wright, and specifying the Utah Death Certificate Collection at FamilySearch.org, I could not find the death certificates for either William Brockerman Wright (died 30 Oct 1916, Salt Lake City, Utah) or his son William Brockerman Wright (died 24 Sept 1925 Salt Lake City, Utah).

It would appear that the Utah death records are inadequately searchable, as shown by the woefully incomplete "hit list". The list could easily show wife and spouse of the deceased. Additional searches may require my specifying the death date, something that wouldn't help researchers who don't know already know this information.


It is wild that the "hit list" fields don't match the indexed entry fields. A FamilySearch programmer might review how the "hit list" fields are labeled, and to what data field the call is sent.

Otherwise, researchers may assume there are NO death records for either of my William Brockerman Wrights.

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

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Daniel Horowitz: 2011 Genealogy Tour

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friend Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage.com. Please address all inquiries to him daniel@myheritage.com. I always look forward to meeting with Daniel, to see what new things are on the horizon for genealogists.


From: Daniel Horowitz
DearMYRTLE,
Following much planning, emails and international phone calls, I'm ready to start my 2011 Genealogy Tour.

As in the past, I'll travel to a number of genealogy conferences, such as: RootsTech, Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! UK, Ohio Genealogy Society Conference, New England Regional Genealogy Conference, and the National Genealogy Society conference.

I'll also take the opportunity to lecture at genealogy societies in many locations. This year, most are on the East Coast of the US.

My journey starts with a short trip on February 7 to speak at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Utah, followed by the new RootsTech conference, in Salt Lake City. After speaking at the Albuquerque JCC (New Mexico) on February 13, I head to the Breman Museum in Atlanta, on February 14, were they have prepared a wonderful program including a special visit to the exhibitions. Then to London UK for the JGS of Great Britain on February 24 and the "Who Do You Think You Are Live 2011" the next 3 days.

After a short break at home to see my wife and children, there's a long trek beginning March 29 (Dayton, Ohio) concluding May 15 (Washington, DC).

My lecture schedule is listed below. However, other talks may still be added. If your organization would like to schedule a talk, contact me at daniel@myheritage.com, and keep up to date with the tour on my personal site, http://www.searchingformyroots.com.

I'll be back in the US in June and August, but will write more about that trip later.

Pass on the information to those who are interested in genealogy, post it on bulletin boards, and try to attend one of the talks to learn about the latest technology developments in genealogy and receive a free gift from MyHeritage.com.

The tour:

8 February - Utah JGS, Salt Lake City, UT - Research Genealogical Resources in Israel from your Couch

10 February - RootsTech, Salt Lake City, UT - Enhanced Smart Matches and social networking technologies applied to facilitate collaboration between families and researchers.

13 February - JCC of Greater Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM - Connecting Around the World: Family History's Newest Tools are Fun and Easy

14 February - CSU & JGS Georgia, The Breman Museum, Atlanta, GA - Face Recognition and Photo Tagging Technology for Genealogy Research

24 February - JGS of Great Britain, London, UK - Stop Searching and Start Fnding Relatives with My Heritage tools

25 February - WDYTYA Live 2011, London, UK - Basic Steps for Genealogy Research - How Can I Start My Family Tree?

29 March - JGS of Dayton, OH - TBA

31 March to 2 April - VISIT Ohio Genealogy Society Conference

5 April - JGS of Cleveland, OH - Researching Genealogical Resources in Israel from your Couch

6 to 9 April - VISIT 11th New England Regional Genealogy Conference

10 April - JGS New York, Center for Jewish History, Manhattan, NY - Research Genealogical Resources in Israel from your Couch

11 April - Association of Professional Genealogists NY, Manhattan, NY - MyHeritage Tools for the Professional Genealogist

14 April - JGS of North Jersey, NJ - Find Relatives in One Click with Genealogy Super Search Engine

24 April - JGS of Long Island, NY - Research Genealogical Resources in Israel From Your Couch

26 April - Bernards Township Library, Basking Ridge, NJ - TBA

2 May - JGS of Greater Philadelphia, Elkins Park, PA - Planting a Family Tree on MyHeritage.com and Finding Relatives without Searching

3 May - New York Genealogy PC Users' Group, Manhattan, NY - Family Tree Builder 5.0, What's New

10-14 - VISIT NGS Conference

15 May - JGS of Greater Washington DC - How to Do a Genealogy Roots School Project

Follow-up: Rescue microfilm at NARA NYC for non-profits only

From: Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL 
DearMYRTLE,
Seems your column Rescue Microfilm Being Thrown Out at NARA NYC generated lots of phone calls and emails. I just heard from Diane LeBlanc with some additional info and a correction. Seems they can only give to non-profits not individuals and it's not on a first come first served basis. The attachments are from her.
They need to wait and see if someone is interested in the whole collection before they can even think about sending individual rolls. None of this was discussed in our original phone call.
The list has grown quite a bit. She said in going through the film if Waltham already has a copy of the film they are not going to keep a second copy. Unfortunately it will not be posted until the IT people in DC are able to get to work.
You will probably hear from her since I sent your email address to her. She said she was getting phone calls from individuals asking for "all the rolls of film that belong to my family."  I figure she was really inundated with calls.
DearMARIE,
Thanks for the follow-up. The "all the rolls of film that belong to my family" researcher reminds me of the man who walked into our Family History Center and said "I heard the Mormons were doing genealogy. I stopped by to pick mine up." 

Posted below is Diane's revised announcement followed by the microfilm list. I'll also modify the original blog post with this update.

MICROFILM AVAILABLE FOR “DONATION”.
The National Archives and Records Administration has some microfilm that your non-profit organization may be interested in.  To view a complete list, please go to:

Film is available only to non-profit organizations. 

To receive consideration, please e-mail Diane LeBlanc at diane.leblanc@nara.gov.  Please include your name, the name of your organization, and a phone number.  Please note that the cost of shipping the film needs to be incurred by the receiving organization. 

Please note, all of these publications will continue to be made available to our local patrons via on line access or upon request from an alternate location where we have copies of these collections.

For those of you who previously viewed this list you will note that it has grown.  This is because we found that in many cases we had two copies of the same collection in our region. We will keep one copy and the other is now being made available to the non-profit community for donation.    

To receive consideration, we must have your written request by March 1, 2011.
If you have questions you may also call Diane at 781 663-0133. 
Here is the link to Diane's second attachment, a .PDF file listing available NARA NYC microfilm.

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



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

FamilySearch: 18 Million Digital Images from 13 Countries

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearch. Please address all inquiries to support@familysearch.org.


FamilySearch Kicks Off 2011 with the Addition of 90 Million New Online Records

Includes 18 Million Digital Images from 13 Countries
No doubt family history enthusiasts will have a heyday looking over the latest collection updates! The 18 million free, browsable digital images are just a sample of what should be a banner year as FamilySearch continues to plug away at digitizing its massive microfilm collection for online access. U.S. researchers will be excited to begin poring over the 3 million new digital images of U.S. naturalization records included in this update. 

Patrons will also find 72 million new, searchable, indexed records to search for free thanks to FamilySearch's cadre of online volunteer indexers and agreements with Ancestry.com and findmypast.com. Findmypast.com's index to the 1881 and 1891 England and Wales censuses and Ancestry.com's indexes for U.S. border crossings from Canada to U.S. and Mexico to U.S. can now be searched free of charge at FamilySearch.org.

See the table below for additional details of the latest collection updates.
Collection Images Records Comment
Brazil, Catholic Church Records 588,020 Images added to the following collections: Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, and Rio de Janeiro
Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937, and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 188,756 Index only.
Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 363,464 Index only.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 71,036 Notary records from Montreal and Terrebonne.
England, Bristol, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1900 271,298 Index only.
England and Wales Census, 1881 30,262,586 Index only. Images available at findmypast.com.
England and Wales Census, 1891 31,782,845 Index only. Images available at findmypast.com.
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-1934 2,085,501 Images have waypoints.
Italy, Civil Registration 51,466 Localities published: Rovigo
Italy, Napoli Province Municipal Records, 1809-1936 84 37,416 Images and records added to this collection: Castellammare di Stabia
Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration 305,360 New records added to existing collection. Images were already published.
Mexico, Catholic Church Records 4,031,651 Images added for localities in the following states: Guerrero, Mexico (Estada), Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas
Mexico Census, 1930 (San Luis Potosi) 526 501,486
Netherlands, Civil Registration, 1792-1952 4,180,580 Images and waypoints added for Drenthe, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Overijssel, and Utrecht.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1839-1973 1,446 144,523
Nicaragua, Managua, Civil Registration, 1879-2007 1,263,191 New images.
Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994 1,972,249 New images.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Diocese Church Books, 1654-1946, Part 1 254,375 Digital images of baptism, birth, marriage, burial and death records for parishes in the Radom, Poland, diocese.
U.S., Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956 4,335,400 Data courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Border Crossings From Mexico to United States, 1903-1957 3,610,754 Data courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989 581,198 Images and waypoints added.
U.S., California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976 567,808 Images and waypoints added.
U.S., Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955 180,832 14,584
U.S., Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 1,493,775 Images and waypoints added.
U.S., Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 200,672 18,134 New records and images added to the existing collection. 2,126,586 records were moved to this collection from the legacy collection.
U.S., Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915 72,760 15,110 New records and images added to the existing collection. 1,083,931 records were moved to this collection from the legacy collection.
U.S., Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950 207,650 338,109
U.S., New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906 635,867 Images and browse entries are available.
U.S., New York State Census, 1892, Part 2 9,589 Images added for the following localities: Albany, Broome, Essex, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Long Island City, Madison, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Queens, Warren
U.S., Rhode Island, State Census, 1935 693,472 693,472 Contains information from index cards created for each person in the 1935 state census.
Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1773-1780 186 New images.
Total 18,936,289 72,883,291

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Across My Desk: 26 Jan 2011

DearREADERS,
Some days are so perfect, you just have to sit back and enjoy what others have written. Here are a few of today's highlights:
  • A nostalgic look at her childhood home, Elizabeth Powell Crowe describes her father's super-high quality electrical system, and we get a glimpse of his personality. Glad to see the Crowe's Nest blog is back! What would we daughters be without the influence of our fathers?
  • Via Facebook, Bill West let me know that Walmart has abandoned efforts to build a the Wilderness battleground. Glad to hear this as the project was utterly distasteful to my sense of humanity, not to mention my sense of history.
  • Great to hear the younger set is getting involved in FamilySearch Indexing! Note fellow geneablogger A. C. Ivory's post Give Them Food and They Will Index. This isn't a one shot deal. This group is holding indexing parties "Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and during Sunday School" throughout the coming year. Can you say as much for your local genealogy society?

AND ANOTHER THING...
Last night during our Second Life chat at Just Genealogy, my avatar Clarise Beaumont pointed to the availability of the archived FamilySearch 2011 January Bloginar. Someone asked "What's a bloginar?" I thought it was a word coined by FamilySearch combining the term "webinar" with the term "bloggers", the latter being those invited to participate in the webinar. Since then I've looked to see if Wikipedia has "bloginar" listed. (It doesn't.) A Google search for the word returned 54,000 hits including a definition from the Urban Dictionary which reads:
A bloginar is a webinar hosted specifically for bloggers, and may include promotion of specific social media tools designed for bloggers, such as online graphics, widgets, or online video. Bloginars provide a way for bloggers to get accurate, credible information to write blogs about current topics of interest. (CDC)
Hey man, [what's] a bloginar? It's what the rest of the world calls a webinar, or web chat.

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

Scanfest is Sunday 31st

DearREADERS,
For those of you who are following Ol' Myrt's 2011 January Organization Checklist are aware that on the 31st (this coming Sunday) we're scheduled to participate in Scanfest from 11am to 2pm Pacific US time. Even  if you haven't been following the checklist, ALL are welcome to participate in scanning old photos and documents.

Our hostess with the mostest Miriam writes:
"The January 2011 Scanfest will take place here at AnceStories next Sunday, January 30th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

What is Scanfest? It's a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

Scanfest is a great time to "meet" other genealogists, ask questions about scanning and preservation, and get the kick in the pants we all need on starting those massive scanning projects that just seem too overwhelming to begin."


It isn't necessary to join in the online Scanfest chat, but it helps pass the time while that scanner is doing it's thing.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.


 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FamilySearch Jan 2011 Bloginar

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: This was just received from our friends at FamilySearch. Please address all inquiries to support@familysearch.org.

25 January 2011

The FamilySearch January 2011 Bloginar recording is now available online. If you were unable to attend the event on January 18, 2011, you or your subscribers can now listen to and view the free presentation and discussions at FamilySearch Wiki. Go to Wiki.FamilySearch.org, and search FamilySearch Bloginar.

Following is a summary of the January Bloginar agenda.
  • FamilySearch latest collection updates
  • Indexing milestone(s)
  • RootsTech 2011 Conference Update: Overview of Scheduled Open Panels and Discussions
  • FamilySearch Research Courses Online 
  • 90 day outlook of upcoming developments
  • New webinars and podcasts offerings
  • Big picture of research curricula coming online 
  • Community involvement and free training recording services

ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH INTERNATIONAL
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.