Friday, May 12, 2006

1841 Scotland Census Now Online

In sorting through volumes of email, Ol' Myrt got wind of the 1841 census index and images FINALLY going online. SO I went to: and discovered the following:


We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the 1851, 61, '71, '81, '91 and 1901 census records, the indexes and images for the 1841 Census for Scotland are now available online at

There are a small number of districts that are missing or empty and these are listed in the help section.

In addition, St Kilda was missed out of the 1841 census. There is some dubiety as to whether it was forgotten about, or that the Census Regional Manager at the time simply couldn't be bothered traveling out there. However, we have transcribed a page that was later stapled into the volume "Census of Scotland - 1841" and tells the tale of St Kilda being missed out of the 1841 Census."

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

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: May Classes, etc.

NOTE: This is just in from Louise St Denis, of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Please address all inquiries to her at the address mentioned below:


Subject: May Courses and Used books available

Online courses starting in May are listed below...

Do you have GOOD used genealogy books in your personal collection you just don't need or use anymore? If you do, let us know and we will list them in this monthly e-mail. Provide the information about the book as shown below and send to

If you are interested in one of these books, remember they are single copies, therefore, send an e-mail ASAP to the e-mail provided with the entry. The price indicated is the minimum the owner will accept, but if you would like to offer more, the individual with the highest offer will receive the book. Naturally shipping charges will apply. As these charges vary greatly depending on the destination, calculate on an average of $7.50. The owner of the book will provide the exact shipping/handling costs before completing your transaction. Owners of these books have been asked to contact the successful purchaser one week after this posting. ALL negotiation and responsibilities will be between the owner of the book and the prospective purchaser. The National Institute is not responsible for any issues arising from your discussions.
A Genealogical Gazetteer of Scotland by Frank Smith FSG, Everton Publishers Inc, 1971. Hard bound, 6x9 140 pp. Alphabetical place name guide to towns, villages and parishes; includes list of non-conformist registers and maps. $5.00

Ontario Loyalist Ancestors by Lindsay Reeks, Gateway Press, 1992. Hard bound, 6x9, 235 pp. Limited edition publication features ancestral lines of Beatty, Birch/Burtch, Green, Kerrison, Mott, Rathbone, Swain and related lines; over 400 source notes and all-name index. $10.00.

Days Into Decades Grant Family Sketches by Lois Grant, Standfast Publishing, 1995. Hard bound, 6x9, 252 pp. Limited edition publication about a Highland Grant family from Glenmoriston, Scotland, to the Mohawk valley, and then as Loyalists to eastern Ontario and descendants to northern Ontario. Photographs, maps, illustrations; genealogy tables, recipes, bibliography. $5.00

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood, Genealogical Publishing Co, 1977. Hard cover, 6x9 535 pp. ISBN 0-8063-0560-6. The classic 'how to' text of American sources and methodology; introduction by Milton Rubincam, Illustrations, Charts. $10.00

Locating Lost Family Members & Friends, modern genealogical research techniques for locating the people of your past and present by Kathleen W. Hinckley, Betterway Books, 1999. Soft Cover, 8 1/2x11 174 pp. Sources and strategies for 20th century research by a leading American genealogist who is also a private investigator. $10.00

Genealogical Resources in English Repositories by Joy Wade Moulton, Hampton House, 1998. Hard bound, 6x9, 614 pp. ISBN 0-944485-00-6. England-wide addresses, maps, directions; very comprehensive. Includes 1992 Supplement. $5.00.

This message is also to let you know that 47 online courses are starting today, most starting on Monday, May 1st, 2006. Please see the list of courses below and instructions for registrations.
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines Genetics and Genealogy Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice Research at Family History Centers

Canadian: Census Records - Part 1
Canadian: Land Records - Part 1
Canadian: Land Records - Part 2
Canadian: Local History & Special Collections
Canadian: Vital Statistics - Part 1
Canadian: Vital Statistics - Part 2
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records - Part 1
English: Census Records including Wales
English: Non-Anglican Church Records
English: Parish Registers
English: Poor Law & Parish Chest Records
English: Taxes, Lists, Business & Insurance Records
German: Civil Registration Records
German: Locating Places in Germany
German: The Language
Irish: Census & Census Substitute Records
Irish: Electoral & Taxation Records
Irish: Land Administration Records
Irish: Military, Naval & Pension Records
Irish: Understanding Ireland, History & Source Records
Scottish: Basic Sources
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records
US: Court Records
US: Immigration & Naturalization Records
US: Land Records
US: Occupational Records
US: Religious Records - Part 1
Librarianship: Genealogy Reference Interview
Librarianship: Programming and Marketing Your Services
Librarianship: Specialized Genealogy Sources
Librarianship: Twenty-First Century Genealogy Services
Electronic Resources: Family Tree Maker
Electronic Resources: RootsMagic
Research: Newfoundland and Labrador
Researching French Forts of New France

If you would like to register for any of the above courses, please do so by logging on to our site at

If this is the first time you are accessing your Private Student Briefcase and you have not
entered your own password, click on Login, enter your e-mail address and the password: institute. Otherwise you can subscribe in the normal fashion.

To continue the registration process:

Click on Course Calendar (please be patient: this page takes a few minutes to load, since courses are listed up to 2008) Click on Chronological View then Scroll down Click on Register (for more details about the course, click on the course name) Complete the registration

Keep in mind, you can register and pay online to save time. These courses are starting on May 1st, 2006. Please register as soon as possible. If you are past the start date, you can still register for one of the above courses, but simply choose the next date available. If you are within 7 days of the start date, once your registration is processed, go to your Briefcase area, click on the future date of the course, change the date to the current date. If you have any difficulties, simply send us an e-mail or call 1-800-580-0165.

PLEASE NOTE (For students with packages): If you have courses remaining in a package of course, click on the name of your package found in your briefcase area. When the registration form is completed, the fee will be $0.00. (Librarianship courses can only be taken from the Librarianship packages.)

PRINTED COURSE MATERIALS: If you have an elective binder kit and would like to receive the printed materials, please send us an e-mail at

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to either call us toll free 1-800-580-0165 (or in the Toronto area 416-861-0165) or send us a message at

Louise St Denis
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Library Manners & Filed Wrong

Apparently the several articles about "Library Manners" struck a responsive cord. THANK-YOU for sharing your personal experiences.

On a personal note, Ol' Myrt here just got her computer up and running at my Dad's house in Medina, so I am working through old email more readily than via internet access to my email box. There is a big difference between dial-up and high speed.

From: NameWithheld2
Yes, misfiling can be a big problem but it is not always the patron who misfiles things. I went to the Library of Congress to look up a Newspaper article on my New Orleans relative and I left a request at the desk to have a reprint made of the article. About 3 weeks later I got a letter from the Library of Congress stating that they could not find any article about my relative. The rules there are "only the employees can refile anything" so any misfiling was done by the employees of the Library of Congress. Since I had read it there was no doubt that an article did exist. It had been misfiled therefore they could not find it. A year later they still had not found it so the search was discontinued. I finally got a copy of the article from a person in New Orleans who found the article and copied it for me.

Please don't publish my name even though I probably will never again get to the Library of Congress!

Several times at the LOC in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Ol' Myrt has been quite at the mercy of the tech staff (not the official librarian at the reference desk.) It seems text messaging is more important than answering questions about retrievals, even with 2 people in line.

Myrt :)

From: WRStrouse
I have been in many libraries doing research and am VERY careful to note where I got an item so that it can be refilled if I am allowed to do so. At the local library I was refilling what I had been using when a librarian expressed her appreciation but requested that in the future I let them do it because that is the way they kept track of the usage of their facility.

From: Karen
I had to laugh at an experience I had last month while I was visiting Salt Lake and the Family History Library. I had been through a rough few weeks and was feeling tired and depressed and just wanted to spend a pleasant afternoon looking at microfilms. I found a reader, stashed my binder to mark it and went to retrieve a couple of films. Just as I came up to my reader, I saw a woman pull her hand from my reader cubicle. As she saw me stop right in front of her she had that guilty look of being caught with her hand in the cookie jar. On the shelf of my cubicle was the film she had just placed there. I sighed and said, "I really don't want to put away your film, I have enough of my own."

"Oh, I guess I'll put my film away!" she said as she walked away in a huff. I laughed to myself as I sat down and shook my head.

From: nharamija
I have not been to FHL Family History Library (in Salt Lake City) but will attempt it later this year. My youngest son has moved to Tooele, a half hour drive from Salt Lake City, so I will try to research my Croatian Family. My question is: What is the policy on taking digital pictures of the screen while viewing the micro film? No flash? If necessary I would buy the film or if it is on a CD. I do think this an appropriate question concerning library manners.

One may take the microfilm to the photocopy center on the floor, where you can indeed save the pages from the microfilm to CD, in addition to the usual microfilm photocopiers. I have used digital cameras with both microfilm and books and there was no problem. Ol' Myrt is not aware of a program allowing FHL patrons to purchase rolls of microfilm.

BEFORE you go on your trip, be sure to use the Family History Library Catalog online. Print out the catalog entries for each microfilm and book you intend to review. Spend a good 40-50 hours doing this, because it will save you that time in Salt Lake City. Be sure to make a quick note on each printout about what you expect to find, i.e.:

-- Look for anyone by the name of "Haramija"
-- Locate marriage in 1853 of Lucile and Leonard Haramija.

This advice would apply to anyone planning a research trip. Fortunately most libraries have online catalog of holdings, and some sort of general descriptive catalog of manuscript collections. There are little tricks to learn, however. For instance, the State Archives in South Carolina does not house the manuscript collection, but rather many files with loose papers are across town at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina.

Myrt :)

From: TeresaE
Curious if it's posted to restock your films? Some archives and libraries prefer that you NOT restock them. The Tennessee State Archives has a table where you are to replace the films and they put them away.

Anyone wishing to know about the policies and procedures for ANY library or archive, should first check the facility's website. For instance, when planning a trip to Salt Lake City to visit the Family History Library, Ol' Myrt recommends:

1. Go to
2. Click the "Library" tab.
3. Note the navigation bar on the left has such categories as:
hours & holidays
key resources
library rules
floor plan
preparing for a visit

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