Saturday, March 31, 2007

FYI - I've started a blog

From: Kemp, Tom

I wanted to let you know that I’ve launched my own blog: Genealogy Librarian News at

I want it to be a way to spread the word on news, announcements and other items of interest to genealogy librarians.

Back in the late 90’s I began an e-mail newsletter of the same name Genealogy Librarian News. The original e-mail newsletter was published from the late 1990s to about 2002. It also had a print version for several years. That e-mail newsletter ran under several names and had a circulation of 17,000 subscribers.

So, if you have news about genealogy libraries ... let me know.
Thomas Jay Kemp
Director, Genealogy Products
NewsBank Inc.

Friday, March 30, 2007

ACROSS MY DESK: Nova Scotia vital records 1864-1930

One Million Historical Names from Canada Go Online

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Early vital records of Nova Scotia, Canada, are viewable over the Internet for the first time and for free, thanks to a joint project by the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearch™, and the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM).
The records include one million names found in birth records from 1864 to 1877, marriages from 1864 to 1930, and death records from 1864 to 1877 and 1908 to 1955. Users can search the database at

Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to digitize all of its historical vital statistics and make them available online. "This project provides key information to researchers on their ancestors," said Genealogical Society of Utah regional manager Alain Allard. "It involves the vital records — births, marriages, and deaths — which are a key record set to find, identify, and link ancestors into family units."

The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) first microfilmed most of Nova Scotia’s vital records back in the 1980s. In 2005, GSU used FamilySearch Scanning to convert those microfilms to digital images, while at the same time capturing additional vital records with a specially designed digital camera. Volunteers for the Nova Scotia Archives then used the images to create the searchable electronic index, which was completed in 2006.

Anyone can now search names in the index and view a high quality digital copy of the original image online for free at NSARM’s Web site, In the near future, the index and images will also be available on Researchers who want to obtain an official copy of a record can do so online through the Nova Scotia Archives. The cost will be CAN$9.95 for an electronic file and CAN$19.95, plus shipping and taxes, for paper copies.
Nova Scotia Provincial Archivist, W. Brian Speirs, said the cooperation of GSU was crucial to this important project. "Without the Genealogical Society of Utah offering in the early days of the project to provide complimentary digitization of all the records as their contribution to the initiative, the proposed undertaking would have been dead in the water and gone nowhere," Speirs said.

FamilySearch is the public channel of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and more than 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.


Thursday, March 29, 2007 Partners With to Bring Online Nearly 300 Years of Early Canadian Historical Documents

Transmitted by CNW Group on : March 29, 2007 08:19

PROVO, Utah, March 29 /CNW/ —, the largest Canadian family
history website, and, a non-profit organization dedicated to
preserving access to early Canadian publications, today announced a
partnership to digitize and bring online nearly 300 years of’s
early historical records spanning from the 1600s to the 1900s. The new
collection includes more than 6,200 publication titles and 1.6 million pages
of family histories, local histories, biographies, civil service records and
other early historical documents.

As the steward of one of the greatest collections of local Canadian
historical archives, worked closely with professional historians
and genealogists to extract records of genealogical significance from its
entire archive. Through these efforts, has created a new
collection, Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900, which
is digitizing and making available online along with its existing and highly
complementary collections such as the fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911
Censuses of Canada. The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 is the
largest family and local history collection of its kind in Canada.

" is a fantastic organization working to preserve and
provide access to invaluable historical data for educational and genealogical
research in Canada," said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent
company of "We are pleased to be working with to
provide Canadians and others around the world with online access to these
precious genealogical documents for the first time."

Highlights of the Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 include
150,000 names and birth dates for all civil service employees in Canada, which
contains records for both houses of Parliament from 1886 to 1900. The
collection also encompasses histories of churches, towns, counties and the
military. A variety of legal documents are also available from court trials
to voter lists.

"This is our first major collaboration with a commercial vendor to
provide online access and make this unique collection of early historical
documents more readily available,” said John Teskey, President,
“ is committed to providing Canadians with enhanced tools and
resources for researching their family history. We believe that a partnership
of this nature w"

In tandem with the collaboration, has made a contribution of
C$93,000 to to provide funding for its multi-year Early Canadian
Periodicals Project which is available through Early Canadiana Online (ECO),’s digital library.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 will be available
online through within the next year. will also
offer these images through its digital library, ECO at a later date, once the
Periodicals Project has reached greater critical mass. is the leading online site for Canadian family history
records, with the first and only online collection of vital records for
Ontario and the only fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of
Canada. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading
network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,,,,,, and Family Tree Maker. The Generations Network also publishes
Family Tree Maker(R) (No. 1 selling family tree software), Ancestry Magazine,
over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on, visit is a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing
access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.
First established as the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
(CIHM) by Canada’s research community, has been dedicated to
safeguarding early Canadian printed publications since 1978. The Early
Canadiana Online (ECO) research database is the largest of its kind, with more
than 100,000 volumes. The collection features works published from the time
of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century. The Institute is
an independent, non-profit corporation, governed by a board of directors
composed of distinguished Canadian scholars and directors of major research
libraries. For more information on, visit

For further information:
Ellis Island Approaches Centennial of Record-Breaking Day

NOTE FROM DearMYRTLE: The follow was received from the Ellis Island Foundation. All inquiries should be addressed through the website:

Ellis Island Approaches Centennial of Record-Breaking Day

Immigrants More Than Doubled on April 17, 1907

ELLIS ISLAND, N.Y., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- April 17, 2007 marks the100th anniversary of the busiest day in Ellis Island's history, when11,747individuals arrived there to begin new lives in America. A usual day sawsome 5,000 immigrants processed. It was the highpoint of 1907 when1,285,349 immigrants entered the United States, with Ellis Islandprocessing nearly 80 percent of those new arrivals. The country wouldnotwelcome as many immigrants again until 1990.

Forty percent of Americans can trace their roots back to at least oneancestor who arrived through Ellis Island, which processed 17 millionimmigrants from 1892-1954. Notable people who entered there weresongwriterIrving Berlin, comedians Henny Youngman and Bob Hope, and actors RudolphValentino and Cary Grant.

Many immigrants, like the Natte family from Holland, underwent numeroushardships to start better lives in America. Evert Jan Natte and hiswife,Cato, arrived on the S.S. Potsdam in March 1907, after having lost twooftheir eight children at sea to diphtheria and seeing a third die fromthesame illness shortly after they arrived. The surviving children weresent to a hospital in nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, while Cato, pregnant anddueto give birth, remained at Ellis Island for the entire month of April. Herinfant son was named Robert Ellis Natte, after the Port Commissioner atEllis Island and the place where he was born.

Finally, the family wasreunited and on May 3, 1907, they headed west for Minnesota. Today theNatte family has a rich and extensive genealogy, with 100 directdescendents sharing a tie to the Dutch couple's sacrifice and courage.

According to Dr. Alan Kraut of American University and chair of theHistory Advisory Committee for The Statue of Liberty-Ellis IslandFoundation, Inc., America's current wave of immigration has strikingsimilarities to the turn of the last century when Ellis Island wasAmerica's flagship immigration depot.

"The percentage of our foreignbornpopulation in 1907 was 15.7%, and today it is just slightly lower at12.5%," says Dr. Kraut. "However, the real difference is where they arecoming from: in 1907 most of those arriving were from Southern andEasternEurope, while today they are coming predominantly from Latin America andAsia.

"The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation will celebrate thiscentennial by holding its 6th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage AwardsonTuesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall at the Ellis IslandImmigration Museum. These awards will honor three outstanding Americans with roots to Ellis Island: Mike ("Coach K") Krzyzewski in Sports, BillNovelli in Public Service, and John Mack in Business.

The Peopling ofAmerica Award, honoring an immigrant from another time period ordifferentport of entry, will salute fashion entrepreneur Josie Natori.

For more information on Ellis Island, visit The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profitorganization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historicrestorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working inpartnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of theInterior.

In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museuminthe Statue's base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum,TheAmerican Immigrant Wall of Honor(R) and the American Family ImmigrationHistory Center(R). Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at theislands.

SOURCE Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

US-Canadian Border Crossings Collection From 1895 to 1956

NOTE FROM DearMYRTLE: This is just in from All inquiries should be directed to Launches the United States - Canadian Border Crossings Collection From 1895 to 1956

Superman Creator, Joseph Shuster, Among More Than 4 Million Names Added to Largest Online Collection of U.S. Immigration Records

PROVO, Utah, March 28 --, the world's largest online resource for family history, today announced the addition of the first and only online collection of more than 4 million names of individuals who crossed the U.S.-Canadian border between 1895 and 1956. These historical records are the latest addition to's Immigration Records Collection, which also includes more than 100 million names from the largest online collection of U.S. passenger lists, spanning 1820 to 1960.

An often-overlooked, but major U.S. immigration channel, the U.S.-Canadian border typically offered easier entrance to the United States than sea ports such as Ellis Island. This new collection includes immigrants who first sailed to or settled in Canada before continuing to the United States as well as U.S. and Canadian citizens crossing the border.

"Everyone has their unique family story -- not all our immigrant ancestors came to America on board a ship," said Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for "This collection represents a significant opportunity for people whose ancestors had Canadian roots or entered the country via Canada to trace their footsteps back in time." transcribed the names in the collection from more than 1 million documents, some containing passport-type photos of immigrants. The records were culled from more than 100 land-ports of entry, from Washington to Maine. Among the busiest ports of entry on both sides of the border were Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

The border crossings also contain a surprising number of nationalities with Russians, Italians and Chinese among the most common nationalities of people crossing the U.S.-Canadian border.

Among notable border crossers is Superman creator, Joseph Shuster. Born in Toronto, Shuster moved to the United States as a child, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. His 1941 return to Canada, crossing at Buffalo, NY, is documented in the collection.

With 23,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,, and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive 9.6 million unique visitors worldwide and over 380 million page views a month (© comScore Media Metrix, February, 2007).

Scanning & Indexing: Family History Library Collection

A friend, Maurice Marler, is director in the census indexing I volunteer to do at Maurice spotted the following article concerning the phenomenal digitizing and indexing projects of material at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

By Susan Whitney
Deseret Morning News
Tuesday 27 March 2007

[...]"Rich Running, also a project manager for the [LDS] church's
Family History Department, is responsible for seeing that the church's genealogy
records — more than 5 billion documents on 2 1/2 million rolls of microfilm and
1 1/2 million microfiche — are scanned.

Not everything in the Granite Mountain vaults in Little Cottonwood
Canyon can be scanned. The LDS Church got these records from a variety of
sources, some of which are archival companies that don't want their records

Still, the vast majority of the church's documents are reproducible,
and right now the church's software experts need to scan quickly, because they
have a lot to scan. Dobson explains that the U.S. Library of Congress contains
29 million books, and the LDS Church's records hold 132 times that much data.
Dobson doesn't want to guess how many billions of names are on those 5 billion

Ol' Myrt suggests reading the full article located at:,1249,660205784,00.html

There is info about:
  • How it works if you choose to participate as a volunteer.
  • The much anticipated _new_ is scheduled to debut before the end of the year.

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ancestry's multi-media ad campaign


PROVO, Utah, March 27 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest online resource for family history, today announced the launch of its first- ever nationwide fully-integrated external marketing campaign with Mullen, the company's agency of record. Scheduled to run through October, the new ads will be integrated across all channels including television, print, radio, and online.

The new campaign, which is's most significant branding initiative in the history of the company, kicked off this week with the first set of ads running on a number of leading cable network stations and nationally syndicated radio stations. Meet Your Ancestors. Learn their Stories. Your Family History Awaits is the campaign's central theme, capturing the emotional rewards that result from gaining a more thorough understanding of family history and encouraging everyone to start their journey of discovery today.

(View ads at:

"The family history category is exploding with tremendous interest but many people need help knowing where to start," said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent company of "We are pleased to be driving this trend and speaking to a broader audience. The new ads capture a deep, emotional experience, illustrating the thrill that comes with discovering your roots and boldly showcasing how to forcibly insert you into your own family history."

The launch of the new marketing campaign comes on the heels of a very successful year of milestone achievements for Over the past decade, the company has amassed an unrivaled wealth of digital genealogical content and just within the last year launched the exclusive U.S. Federal Census Collection (1790-1930), the largest compilation of passenger list records (1820-1960) and the African-American Historical Records Collection. This month, was catapulted to the front pages after discovering a shocking connection between civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton and former segregationist, the late Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Combined, these initiatives have spurred unprecedented explosions in site traffic and user-uploaded content, including more than 1.4 million family trees created in the past seven months. The company is building on this momentum with its new nationwide advertising push to establish as the definer brand and showcase family history as an experience of powerful, personal discovery.

"One of the core messages we capture in all the spots is that magic moment of being able to connect with someone from your distance past and the emotional experience it inspires," said Jim Hagar, Creative Director, Mullen. "Most people's knowledge of their family history is pretty fuzzy, but when you begin to learn the names of relatives who lived long ago, where they lived, what they did for a living, which war they served in, they become real, bringing your past to life and also giving new meaning to the present."

The new ads will run March 26 and run through June and again in September and October, on six cable networks including A&E, the History Channel, Biography, HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself Network with 1,000 total spots airing reaching a target audience of 377 million. has also secured more than 600 spots scheduled to air March through June on nationally syndicated radio stations such as FOX News Radio, Air America Radio, CBS News as well as custom integration with top radio personalities like Delilah and John Tesh, generating 645 million impressions.

Television and print features are also set to run in American Airlines and United Airlines' in-flight venues in the month of May where 60 second videos will be paired with print insertions projected to generate more than 8.4 million impressions. In addition, secured a multi-brand custom sweepstakes with Time Inc., which launched on March 14 offering a grand prize family reunion package on The cross-promotion also includes inserts in Time, Life, People and Money magazines.


With 23,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,, and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive 8.5 million unique visitors worldwide and over 400 million page views a month (© comScore Media Metrix, January, 2007).

About Mullen

Mullen is a full-service agency and an independent brand within the Interpublic Group of Companies. Mullen's client portfolio includes General Motors, XM Satellite Radio, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Stride Rite Children's Group, Progress Energy, Royal Ahold, Turner Broadcasting System, LendingTree,,, T.J. Maxx, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sealy, The Stanley Works, Wachovia, Sprint-EMBARQ™, MassMutual and Panera Bread. Headquartered in Wenham, Mass., the agency operates offices in Winston-Salem, N.C., Detroit, Mich. and Pittsburgh, Penn. For more on Mullen, visit


CONTACT: Tola St. Matthew-Daniel of Coltrin & Associates,
+1-212-221-1616 ext. 101,, for; or David Swaebe
of Mullen, +1-978-468-8932,

Web site:

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Heading for Logan Jamboree

Ol' Myrt is packing and heading for the Logan Utah Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree where she will deliver the keynote address on the theme: PIRATES OF THE PEDIGREE. 36 additional classes will be ably taught by a variety of experienced researchers and teachers.

There is still time to register at:

And now a little something on the personal side.

My DearREADERS have known that my dear step-mom died on Christmas Day, and now it is my Dad's turn. He has been on hospice for two weeks and it has been an odd combination of really bad nights and fairly active, happy days as various extended family members have come to visit. Being the primary caregiver has been a challenge and a privilege.

I haven't written on this topic before, because I figured that Dad would pass away and I would be writing about him at that time. He is hanging in there, and we're doing all we can to keep Dad comfortable at home. But God has his own timetable.

Now I am coming to Utah for a week to "do" this genealogy seminar and visit with my grandchildren.

I know my brother and his wife will take good care of our Dad in my absence. I have prepared myself (if one can ever do that) for the possibility that Dad's passing may occur during this time. What can I say, DearREADERS, for I know that man of you have walked the path that I am taking at this time. Your email from time to time has been a comfort. Right now, Ol' Myrt needs your prayers and so does my Dad.

On the brighter side, my middle daughter is due to deliver her 4th son in May. That will make six delightful, beautiful, intelligent grandchildren for me to enjoy and spoil.

Life ebbs and flows, doesn't it?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
Snail Mail Address:
227 Bellevue Way NE PMB 544
Bellevue, WA 98004
READERS' FEEDBACK: Different Family Lines

From: larcher kathryn
LEGACY, which I also use, does not actually import your photos but makes note of where they are situated on your hard drive. This keeps the database smaller. I keep one copy of my current base and photos on my c: hard drive and another back-up on an external hard-drive, plus the occasional DVD.

By the way, it's best to scan photos in TIFF format since JPEG compresses the file thus losing information EACH TIME the file is opened. Then make a JEPG copy if you want to send by email or put on a website. Best only to scan a photo once (or twice) since each time exposes it to a lot of very bright light.

Good points! Ol' Myrt uses TIFF for important photos and GIF for most other photos quite simply because of file size. While .jpg sounds good for exchanging photos, they really do become corrupted over time and look less marvelous. However, with the noses on some of Myrt's ancestors it wouldn't make any difference!

It is true that current genealogy software programs do not embed a second copy of a photo within the confines of your compiled database. When backing up all relevant files, one must follow a "manual" [read that self-imposed] plan to include the attached ancestral photos and scanned images of proof documents.

I have two trees using Family Tree Maker. One starting with my wife and including our children and one starting with me and including our children. How do I combine both trees so I can start the tree with each individual child?

It is quite easy to combine two genealogy databases. In Family Tree Maker 2006:
-- Open one file
-- Click "File"
-- Select "Append/Merge"
-- Choose the names you wish to import.
-- Merge duplicates which FTM prompts you to do

When you wish to print out a pedigree chart for each child in Family Tree Maker 2006:
-- Click on a child's name child
-- Click the "Tree Charts" Button
-- Specify the type of chart you wish (standard pedigree, ancestor tree in standard, fan or vertical format)
-- Repeat for each additional child

Different Family Lines (original column)

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
Snail Mail Address:
227 Bellevue Way NE PMB 544
Bellevue, WA 98004
READERS' FEEDBACK: Step-Children, Descendancy Charts & Funeral

From: Lorraine Boucher
I've read "Withheld" but am having difficulty applying the information to my situation. The specifics are:

  • My brother (Ron) second marriage to a woman (Cindy) who had children from a previous marriage/relationship. (Does it matter if the children are from a relationship as opposed to a marriage?)
  • We are doing our parent's Family Tree. (Are Cindy's children from a previous marriage/relationship part of Ron's parent's genealogy?

All names associated in any familial relationship (blood, adopted, step, etc.) should be included, for your parent's genealogy. To leave anyone out would only isolate and label "not included". Ol' Myrt is the half sister to some, and step-sister to others. When my grandchildren think of "Grand-Uncle Dave" or "Grand-Uncle Dan" they are not making such distinctions. In fact, if I were to leave the step-sibling out, my grandchildren will someday work through my genealogy and wonder why I didn't include Dan.

Any union of a couple producing children can be clearly documented by typing "not married" in the marriage date field, so that someone won't go on a wild goose chase later looking for a marriage document.

From: Janis Rodriguez
She can do this in "The Master Genealogist" by running two trees (an hourglass tree for herself and a descendant tree for her second husband with his first wife) then pasting them together. Bob Velke the software developer for TMG or Kent Riggins who wrote the Visual Chart Form software which produces charts in TMG could explain better.

Janis Parkison Rodriguez
VP Arlington RUG, a TMG Users Group

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

Snail Mail Address:
227 Bellevue Way NE PMB 544
Bellevue, WA 98004

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Historic American Newspapers from LOC & NEH

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: This is just in from the Library of Congress. All inquiries should be addressed to the Public Affairs Office at

"Chronicling America" Offers Historic Newspapers from Six States and D.C. in First Release
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities today announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" is debuting with more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The fully-searchable site is available at

"Chronicling America" is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress created to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic pages as well as information about newspapers from 1690 to the present. Supported by NEH’s "We the People" program and Digital Humanities Initiative, this rich digital resource will continue to be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress.

Over a period of approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 from all U.S. states and territories. Also on the Web site, an accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information directs users to newspaper titles in all formats. The information in the directory was created through an earlier NEH initiative. The Library of Congress will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections during the course of this partnership. For the initial launch the Library of Congress contributed more than 90,000 pages from 14 different newspaper titles published in the District of Columbia between 1900 and 1910.

"The Library congratulates all the partners in this extraordinary program to make historic newspapers available through our Web site," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "The National Digital Newspaper Program provides access to one of our best sources of information about what was considered important to Americans at a given point in time."

"'Chronicling America' will allow students, teachers, historians -- in fact, all Americans -- access to some of our most important historical documents. It is one thing to read about historical events from the perspective of historians, narrated with the value of hindsight. It is entirely different to read the story as it was happening," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "'Chronicling America' will be available to the American public for free, forever; and I hope Americans will visit the site and try to imagine the emotions and actions of their forebears as those stories went to print." [bold italics added]

The following six institutions received the first NDNP grants to digitize papers in their respective states from the first decade of the 20th century:
  • University of California, Riverside, $400,000
  • University of Florida Libraries, Gainesville, $320, 959
  • University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, $310,000
  • New York Public Library, New York City, $351,500
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, $352,693
  • Library of Virginia, Richmond, $201,226

New NDNP awardees will be announced later this summer.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Its more than 134 million items -- books, newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, photographs, films, sound recordings and digital materials – are accessible through its 21 reading rooms on Capitol Hill. The Library’s newspaper collections have grown to comprise more than 1 million current issues, more than 30,000 bound historical volumes and more than 600,000 microfilm reels.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. to host six-week teleconference series on family history

International authors and educators to present teleconference workshops on family history in March and April, 2007.

A six-week series of teleconference presentations on a wide variety of family history topics will be offered from March 18 – April 23, 2007 at 8 PM each evening by the of Waltham, MA. Over twenty-five notable historians, authors, educators and entrepreneurs will discuss everything from new methods for using traditional resources to emerging on-line resources and technological tools for family historians and practical case studies will abound throughout the series.

For more information and links to specific presentations, please see our teleconference webpage at

Featured presenters include Thomas J. Kemp of (A NewsBank company); Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG, and Thomas Jones, PhD (co-editors of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly); Suzanne Russo Adams, AG (The Generations Network); Maureen Taylor ("The Photo Detective" for Family Tree Magazine); Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD (DNA Detective); (Jonathan D. Galli (Chain Enterprises); and Sharon Varnum Sergeant (

The cost for each teleconference session varies from free to $15 per session for the consultation and the PDF handout and example illustrations. Recordings for some sessions are also available as MP3 and PDF downloads.

Myrt of exclaims, "Teleconferencing is a fun & easy way to experience real-time learning & find time to talk with like-minded researchers. I simply love the idea of connecting with other researchers in real time, where no typing is required! It's a great use of technology to further our understanding of genealogy research methods."

Indeed the dynamics of real-time learning and sharing anywhere in the world through the use of easy to use technology – telephones and home computers – is a dream come true for family historians who are often hundreds of miles away from their ancestral roots and resources.

Timely presentations include: Disaster Preparedness for Family Historians; Emerging On-Line Resources & Technological Tools; Ancestral Cash: Finding Lost, Missing and Hiding Ancestors cached away at; A New Genealogy Research Methodology: Electronic Sources and Resources ; and on April 1 DNA & Genealogy: "Weird DNA" for April Fool's Day (seriously fun and informative!).

Case Studies include: Finding Mariners, Seafaring Ancestors, Ships and Maritime News with; Same Man? Finding the Right "Smith:" Tracking Peter Faulkner with; Using Post Roads, U.S. Mail Contracts, Stagecoach Routes, Livery Stables and Inns to Find Your Ancestors with; Migration Case Studies.

Traditional resource presentations include: 19th & 20th Century Research; Scholarly Writing for Any Genealogical Publication; Identifying and Preserving Family Photographs; Uncovering Clues in Your Ancestors' Neighborhoods: Using Maps in Genealogical Research; Using Probate Records as a Shopping List for Other Sources; French Canadian & Metis Marriages; Loyalist Research; Newspaper Research Tips; Other Sources with Genealogical Clues .

Informational sessions and infomercials include: Provenance: "Information to Artifacts and Artifacts to Information"; Out of Print Genealogies: How Good Are They?; Jamboree! Genealogy and Family Heritage in Logan, Utah, March 24, 2007; New England Regional Genealogical Conference, April 26-29, 2007; Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, August 15, 2007; The Lincoln Connections: Everyone’s Connection to Abraham Lincoln.

A special "Ask the Experts: General Problem-Solving" session is also planned for any and every type of research question imaginable.

When asked why people in this modern era should study their ancestry, Jonathan D. Galli offers, "Genealogy is more than just names and dates on a page. When you know where to look and what to look for, we can easily find interesting detail about a variety of aspects of real people’s daily lives. People whose lives have had a direct influence on our lives today. It’s fascinating to uncover the chain of events from then to now, have a real connection to the past, and really make these people alive again."

For more information, contact:
Contact: Sharon Sergeant Phone fax 253-323-215148 Lake St., Waltham, MA 02451

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

ACROSS MY DESK: National Archives Celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month - May

NOTE FROM DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from the NARA. All inquiries should be addressed to:

March 20, 2007

Washington, DC. . . In May, the National
Archives will celebrate the first annual Jewish American Heritage Month with special programs, speakers, and films. All events are free and open to the public. They will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

Friday, May 4, at 11 A.M., Jefferson Room Repeat screening: Saturday, May 5, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater Family Film-An American Tail An American Tail is the animated story of the Mousekewitz family's journey to America and the adventures of their young son, Fievel, who gets lost along the way. Landing
in a bottle, Fievel washes ashore in New York Harbor where, determined to find
his family, he comes face to face with the perils and opportunities of the New
World. Featuring the voices of Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, and Madeline
Kahn. Directed by Don Bluth. Rated G. (1986, 80 minutes).

Wednesday, May 9, at 6 P.M., William G. McGowan Theater Film and Discussion-The Rape of Europa The Rape of Europa is a feature documentary that tells of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction, and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Second World War. The film skillfully interweaves the history of Nazi art looting with contemporary stories of restitution. Tonight, following a screening of the 117-minute film, a distinguished panel will participate in a discussion and a question-and-answer session with the audience. Panelists include Lynn H. Nicholas, author of The Rape of Europa, the award-winning companion book; Robert M. Edsel, author of Rescuing Da Vinci and a co-producer of the film, and Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services at the National Archives.

Thursday, May 17, at 7 P.M., William G. McGowan Theater Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the South Peter M. Ascoli, grandson of Julius Rosenwald, tells the
remarkable story of Rosenwald's lifelong devotion to hard work and success and
of his giving back to the nation in which he prospered. The son of German Jewish
immigrants, Julius Rosenwald-president and CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Co.-was
an exemplary businessman, pioneering philanthropist, and true humanitarian who
played an important part in the history of America at the start of the 20th century. Yet few know the story of this immensely talented figure. His commitment to social justice and equality led him to involvement in a wide range of philanthropic projects-among them the building of more than 5,300 schools for African Americans in the rural South and the issuing of an unprecedented $1 million challenge grant to aid Jewish victims of World War I.

Tuesday, May 22, at 7 P.M., William G. McGowan Theater Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson will discuss his latest work, Einstein: His Life and Universe. Albert Einstein was the most influential scientist of the 20th century, and Isaacson's book is the first full biography of this great icon of
our age since all of his papers have become available. Isaacson looks at Einstein's science, personal life, and politics, and explains how his mind worked, what he was really like, and the mysteries of the universe that he discovered. Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography and is co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

The National Archives is fully accessible.

If you need to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a
public program please email or call 202-357-5000 two
weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Spring hours
(through Labor Day) are 10 A.M. - 7 P.M. daily.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

What does 189 mean on death record?

From: Sharon Robinson
I read you column all the time and love the advise you give, but for the first time I am curious about something.

My grandmother died at the age of 38 in 1920 in Cabell County, West Virginia of typhoid fever. Her one and two-year-old babies also died. I have looked for epidemics in that area with no results. I concluded that there may have been a port of entry near the area and the fever was brought there aboard a ship, but I found nothing. I also looked for floods in the area in 1920 and found none in that year.

On the only death certificate found on one of the babies, it list the cause of death as 189. I would also like to know what 189 means: is it a number used when the death is from typhoid fever? Why didn't they write typhoid fever or just fever on the death certificate. This number has aroused my curiousity, and the death certificate has no attending Physician, no undertaker, no burial date, no dates of care, no county seal.

I would appreciate it, if you could find out especially what 189 means.

The US Centers for Disease Control website explains: "Salmonella Typhi lives only in humans. Persons with typhoid fever carry the bacteria in their bloodstream and intestinal tract. In addition, a small number of persons, called carriers , recover from typhoid fever but continue to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed S. Typhi in their feces (stool).

You can get typhoid fever if you eat food or drink beverages that have been handled by a person who is shedding S. Typhi or if sewage contaminated with S. Typhi bacteria gets into the water you use for drinking or washing food. Therefore, typhoid fever is more common in areas of the world where handwashing is less frequent and water is likely to be contaminated with sewage.
Once S. Typhi bacteria are eaten or drunk, they multiply and spread into the bloodstream. The body reacts with fever and other signs and symptoms."

From this you can see that a "port of entry" is not a required element for the spread of Typhoid fever.

Now as to the term "189" as cause of death. The use of codes are controlled entirely by an issuing agency, so you would need to speak with officials at Cabell County, West Virginia. A quick check of the 11th Edition HANDYBOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS states "County Clerk has birth & Death Records from 1853..." Contact info is as follows:

Cabell County
8th street & 4th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

The Cabell county website at USGenWeb isn't working properly, so Ol' Myrt won't list that as she normally would.

NOW, DearREADERS, Ol' Myrt wishes to stand on her soapbox for a moment.
Do you see the problem that codes/abbreviations can create for researchers that follow? While we know that the death records were not specifically created with family historians in mind, our genealogy databases ARE. For this reason I do NOT recommend creating your own unique numbering system for documents collected throughout your career as a genealogist. CITE SOURCES by listing:
-- Author
-- Title
-- Publication date
-- Page number (or document number)
-- Transcribe (word for word) using original spelling and abbreviation.
-- Then be most careful to also copy the info about codes or abbreviations used in the publication you are quoting.

In Sharon's case, the death certificate arrived without explanation of the code. Her next step is to follow-through with determining the meaning of the code 189. As our medical family histories become more important in determining our potential for disease, going this extra mile proves important.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

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Snail Mail Address:
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Friday, March 16, 2007 Digitizes All Readily Available Iowa State Census Records From 1836 to 1925

More Than 14 Million Records Offer Insight Into State and Family Histories
From Notable Natives, John Wayne and President Herbert Hoover, to the
Settlers of the 1830s

PROVO, Utah, March 15 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest online resource for family history, today announced that it has digitized and indexed all readily available Iowa State census records from 1836 to 1925. Researchers spent more than two years manually entering each name from actual early handwritten documents, bringing nearly a century of Iowa State history to life at the click of a mouse. In total, the collection features more than 14 million Iowa State census records and more than 3 million images, making the first and only online source to
provide access to all publicly released Iowa State census records.

"Census records are the backbone of family history. They're more than just names and numbers. If you look closely, they tell stories," said Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for "The Iowa state census records, in particular, provide a wide range of snapshots into the lives nd lifestyles of Iowan ancestors. With these records now available online, Iowans can dig deeper into their state and family histories."

Searching for Genealogical Gold
Iowa has an exceptionally rich census repertoire, having taken censuses more frequently than any other state in America. The Iowa census collection contains more than 14 million Iowa State census records from 28 state censuses. The state conducted five complete, statewide censuses of all 99 counties and 23 partial censuses, of which all but three contain 13 counties or less. The 1925 census, widely regarded as genealogical gold, is the highlight of the collection, featuring more detail than any other censuses in Iowa or most other states. Unique information available in this
enumeration include mother's maiden name and father's full name, birthplace and year of marriage, providing invaluable insight and additional clues to help discover family history. Other data listed in Iowa census records include name, age, gender, race, marital status, place of residence, parents' names and each resident's war service and citizenship status.

"The 1925 census's depth and detail is recognized across the country as a one-of-a-kind resource which, to the best of my knowledge, can't be found anywhere else," said Theresa Liewer, President, Iowa Genealogical Society. "Although census records are available on microfilm at our library, being able to use the online indexes and access the digitized versions makes it easier to sort through millions of names and find that elusive ancestor who sometimes seems to be deliberately hiding at the click of a mouse."

Inside America's Breadbasket
The Iowa census collection provides tremendous historical insights into the state, capturing a cross-section of America's "breadbasket," from the first white settlers of 1833 to a period of German and Northern European immigration to Iowa. It also accounts for the influx of thousands of
settlers from the American Midwest and mid-Atlantic. Interestingly, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes and Dutch made up most of Iowa's immigrant population.

Famous Personalities Owed To Iowa
Iowa is the birthplace for famous 19th century Wild West figures Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill Cody. Big-screen cowboy, John Wayne, born Marion Morrison in May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, and Johnny Carson, former host of the Tonight Show, also hail from the Hawkeye State. Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, can be found in the 1885 state census.

Free access to the Iowa State census records collection will be available on through the end of March.

With 23,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,, and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive 8.5 million unique visitors
worldwide and over 400 million page views a month ((C) comScore Media Metrix, January, 2007).
Ancestry to cut access through FHCs

The following is the first I've seen about a major policy change at regarding free access through Family History Centers. Ol' Myrt hasn't been able to verify this, but the reporter of said info is considered reliable.

Among the postings at, Family History Center directors are saying things like:

-- "We haven't been able to get through to for a week now."

-- "Well we might as well close down the Family History center! 90% of our patrons come because of It is only once in a blue moon that someone comes..."

From: On Behalf Of lorrainehernandez who
"See email sent to FHC Directors thru LDS Mail today

Ancestry has informed the Church that as of April 1, 2007, it will
discontinue this free access to the full service. Free access
through to the following databases will continue:

1. Index and images for the 1880, 1900 and 1920 U.S.

2. Full name indices for the British 1841-1891 censuses (England and

3. World War I draft cards indices as created and miscellaneous other

Free access is likely to be discontinued for the remainder of the databases including:

1. Index and images for the 1930 U.S. census

2. Index and images for the 1901 British census (England, Scotland, and

At this point, is not offering an option for Family
History Centers to independently purchase commercial or library site licenses.
Patrons, of course, may choose to subscribe directly to"

This represents a major shift in Ancestry's service provisions. Will keep my DearREADERS posted.

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

Snail Mail Address:
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New Website for Burke's Peerage

NOTE: This is just in from Jane Hewitt. All inquiries should be addressed to her at:

A brand new website for Burke's Peerage has just been launched. Specialists in Irish and British online genealogy, The Origins Network have totally re-designed the Burke's Peerage Online service making it much easier to search the rich genealogical database and to access an extraordinary range of detailed articles and essays on many aspects of the culture and traditions of the British Isles.

The Burke's Peerage Online database includes detailed genealogical information on over 15,000 families (some going back over 1,000 years) whose members shaped the history and evolution of Britain and Ireland and North America. Over a million family members are included.

In addition to detailed lineages of peers, knights and landed gentry, over 5,000 entries relate to current personalities - actors, politicians, artists, industrialists, architects, musicians - including Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the chef; Sir Paul Macartney; Baron [Norman] Foster, the architect; Dame Judi Dench; Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer.

There are detailed lineages of the kings and queens who ruled England and Scotland from the 9th century up to now, and of 42 US presidents and 33 UK prime ministers. But Burke's Peerage Online is much more than a database of family tree data: there are detailed - and witty - essays on Britain's 18th and 19th century prime ministers and on US Presidents; an essay in praise and support of the UK honours system; a guide to castles and stately homes in the British Isles; essays on artists and craftsmen; and many many more fascinating articles.

With many family records in Burke's containing hundreds of names it may not be as difficult as you imagine to find you have some connection to British Royalty or the US Presidency; Thomas Jefferson's entry lists over 2,500 descendants and that for George Washington lists over 1,000. An article on the site describes in detail how one researcher was able to confirm a connection to Edward III of England.

Often referred to as the "aristocracy bible" Burke's Peerage & Baronetage and Burke's Landed Gentry have, for over 175 years, recorded the genealogies and become the definitive guide to the major British, Irish and American families. Each of the family records has been meticulously researched by a team of professional genealogists to ensure the information is accurate and reliable. Burke's Peerage Online now offers a lower cost and more flexible access route to the rich genealogical data contained in the print publications.

The new site allows you to search on a family name or simply on the name of a person who may be mentioned in the records. You can restrict the search to people who were born, married or died within a specified period, to places associated with a person, to particular geographic regions, or to particular categories of record (eg Peerage, Contempory, American Families). The addition of NameX® (a proprietary name-matching tool) allows you to search for names even if you are unsure about the spelling.

Each online record has been structured so that experienced and first time users can quickly search and find information. The generations of each family are colour coded and indented to make the record much easier to read than in the print editions.

The two standard subscription rates are 24 hours' access for £15.95 or annual access for £64.95.
Ian Galbraith, founder and Managing Director of The Origins Network stated: "We are delighted that Burke's chose to work with The Origins Network to develop further their online services. This partnership further strengthens The Origins Network's position as a key provider of British and Irish genealogical data."

Visitors to the new site can also enjoy the e-magazine (Atavus) with over 100 articles on genealogy, British history, traditions and related topics.

More than a million names in over 15,000 family records in Burke's Peerage Online have been gathered from the following collections:
· Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 107th Edition, including Knights, Scottish Chiefs and Scottish Feudal Barons <>

· Burke's Landed Gentry 19th Edition: The Kingdom in Scotland <> ; The Ridings of York <> ; The North West; The Principality of Wales

· Burke's Landed Gentry 18th Edition

· Burke's Landed Gentry Irish Families (Irish supplement to the 15th Edition of Burke's Landed Gentry) <>

· American Families with British Ancestry <>

· American Presidential Families <>

· British Prime Ministers <>

· The Atavus Subscriber Library <>

To access these records please go to and sign in or register if you don't have an account. Origins Network current subscribers can log in using their Origins Network details.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Simi Valley question on DearMYRTLE

From: Christina Humphreys
DearMYRTLE & Linnette,

I spotted your question on DearMYRTLE.

Simi Valley is well-known for being one of the safest cities in the U.S., so a shoot-out with police is major news. The story would have been covered in the Simi Valley edition of the Ventura County Star. The online archives go back to 1997; you can check them here:

If the event occurred before 1997, you can contact the Simi Valley Public Library for a copy of the news article and obituary. They will need the exact dates.

However, that might not be necessary. The shooting would probably have been covered in the Los Angeles Times. Ten years ago the Times used to publish a daily section on Ventura County news, so the odds are quite good you'll find something. You can access the archives here:

Best of luck in your search,
Christina Humphreys
Tucson, AZ
(formerly of Simi Valley, CA)
CG, Certified Genealogist is a Service Mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Old obituaries

Do you have any idea as to how to find an old obituary or how do I find if a person has died. I heard that my daughter's father died in a shoot out with police in Simi Valley, Ventura Co, California about 10 years ago. I don't know or remember his parents' names. How do I find out?

You've got a few basic steps to follow in solving your research challenge by doing a search on all possible spellings and arrangements of your daughter's father's name (i.e. including middle name or excluding it, etc.)

Posted freely at RootsWeb (and other places on the web), the SSDI lists deaths reported to the Social Security Administration since 1969ish. One did not have to be receiving SS benefits to have the death reported.

-- Legacy
To find out which newspapers are part of this network, see:

-- Ancestry Obituary Collection - requires membership or view at local LDS Family History Center

-- obituaries 1977 to current (selected newspaper titles) - requires membership
"Over 23.3 million obituaries make this the most complete collection from the 20th and 21st centuries - includes more than 800 U.S. newspapers."


requires membership or view at local LDS Family History Center
Ancestry describes the database as follows: "This database is an index to the death records in State of California, USA, from 1940 through 1997. The database provides such valuable information as first, last and middle names of the descendants, birth dates, mother's maiden name, father's last name, sex, birth place, death place, residence at time of death, death date, social security number (when available), and the age of the individual when they died."

ONCE YOU'VE FOUND the death date, then look for the local paper on microfilm, to view the articles that surely were created when explaining the "shoot out" with police. Expect to find related articles for several days following the incident. There should also be a follow-up article a month or so later when the police IA (Internal Affairs) completes an investigation that is made any time a police officer discharges his weapon in the line of duty.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
Snail Mail Address:
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Family History and the Holocaust: A Day of Learning

NOTE FROM DearMYRTLE: This was just posted on various mailing lists by Joy Rich. All inquiries should be addressed to:

The Jewish Genealogical Society in New York City will present an all-day seminar, "Family History and the Holocaust: A Day of Learning," on Sunday, April 22nd. Five speakers will cover a wide range of Holocaust-related themes. The speakers are:

** NOLAN ALTMAN, Coordinator of JewishGen's Holocaust Database. Mr. Altman has presented his "How to Document and Research Your Family History" seminar to a university Holocaust history class and numerous adult education classes. He is Technical Coordinator for JewishGen's JOWBR (cemetery burial indexing) project as well as Project Coordinator for the presentation of the English translation of the Deblin Yizkor book in an online format.
Mr. Altman has had articles published in these magazines and journals: "Stammbaum,"
"FEEFHS Journal," "Shemot," "Avotaynu," "Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society," and "The Jewish Magazine."

** ZVI BERNHARDT, Assistant Director of the Hall of Names and Deputy Director of the Reference and Information unit at Yad Vashem. A member of the development team for the user interface for The Central Database of Holocaust Victims' Names, Dr. Bernhardt has been instrumental in the provision of Yad Vashem's interdepartmental and interdisciplinary services to the public. He is also credited with administering the digitization of names of Shoah victims from Yizkor books, resulting in the addition of 250,000 names to the Central Database. As Yad Vashem's liaison to genealogical organizations, Dr. Bernhardt has addressed numerous genealogy workshops and seminars and has worked closely with JewishGen, the 24th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in 2004, and groups in Israel, such as the Tapuz Family Roots forum.

** JAN TOMASZ GROSS, Norman B. Tomlinson Professor of War and Society at Princeton University. Dr. Gross was born in Warsaw and is now an American citizen. He has held academic appointments at the University of Haifa, New York University, University of Vienna, University of Paris, and Yale and Harvard universities, among many others. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, a fellowship from IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board), a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, the Distinguished Humanist Award from Ohio State University, and the Order of Merit, Knight's Cross from the Polish Republic in 1996. Dr. Gross was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction in 2002 and a National Book Award in 2001 from the National Book Foundation. Among his dozens of publications are his widely discussed book, "Neighbors: Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland," Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2001, and his most recent book, "Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz. An Essay in Historical Interpretation," Random House: New York, 2006.

** PETER LANDÉ, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer extraordinaire. Mr.
Landé was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1937. He was a State Department Foreign Service Officer from 1956 to 1988. Over the past fifteen years, he has collected and processed numerous lists of Holocaust victims and survivors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and JewishGen databases. These combined databases now total more than four million names. In 2001, Mr. Landé received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Holocaust records.

** ROBERT MOSES SHAPIRO, Assistant Professor of East European Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies and Yiddish in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Dr. Shapiro has been a Fellow of the Max Weinreich Center of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and both a Fulbright Fellow and a Yad Ha-Nadiv Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has edited two volumes: "Holocaust Chronicles:
Individualizing the Holocaust through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts," Hoboken, NJ: Yeshiva University Press in Association with KTAV, 1999, and "Why Didn't the Press Shout? American and International Journalism during the Holocaust," Hoboken, NJ: Yeshiva University Press in Association with KTAV, 2003. In 2006, Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, published Dr. Shapiro's translation from Yiddish, Polish, German, and Hebrew of Isaiah Trunk's classic "Lodz Ghetto: A History." Dr. Shapiro is currently completing the editing of his translation from Polish of the new catalog of the Ringelblum Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto at the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland. Other projects under way include translations of diaries from the Lodz ghetto.

The seminar will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hebrew Union College, located at 1 West 4th Street at Broadway in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Registration starts at
9:15 a.m. The first lecture starts at 9:45 a.m. Further details about the lecture topics, along with a complete time schedule of the speakers, will be announced on the JGS website at .

The early registration fee is $25 for JGS members registering by March 31st; late registration costs $30. The early registration fee is $35 for non-members registering by March 31st; late registration costs $40. A kosher buffet lunch is included.

The seminar takes the place of JGS's regularly scheduled April meeting. The last two seminar lectures will be open to all JGS members. Payment of a registration fee is not required to attend those two lectures. The fee for non-members for the two lectures is $10.

The seminar flyer and registration form can be printed out from .

If you have any questions about the seminar, you can e-mail or call (212) 294-8326.

Joy Rich
Editor, "Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society"

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Family Roots Radio

There's a new game on the block that I know you'll want to play!

WHO: Kory Meyerink, host

WHAT: Family Roots Radio (via computer with speakers)

WHEN: Thursdays 1pm Pacific Time

WHY: To learn more about genealogy


* Go to the website at 1pm Pacific Time each Thursday
* If you tune in at another time, you'll listen to Voice America's live broadcast
* Listen to archives by simply choosing from any of the links provided from the menu on the left under "Content Library"

3/01/07 - Building a Home Library
2/22/07 - Online Census Searches
2/15/07 - Using & Finding Surname & Family Websites
2/8/07 - Finding Your Ancestor's Passenger List

An EXCELLENT project, featuring top experts in the world of genealogy.

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

Snail Mail Address:
227 Bellevue Way NE PMB 544
Bellevue, WA 98004

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

ACROSS MY DESK: Legacy Family Tree Events

There are several upcoming Legacy Family Tree events in Utah this month. We hope you can join us!

March 10, 2007. Bountiful. South Davis 2007 Family History Fair. This has been Utah's largest genealogy fair for years, and it is free. For more information, visit Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen will teach the following classes:
- Organizing and Fun with Digital Images
- Research Guidance: FamilySearch, GenSmarts, and Legacy
- Organize, Plan, and Share Using Legacy Family Tree
- Insider's Guide to Using Legacy Family Tree: Tips/Tricks

March 16/17, 2007. Provo. 2007 Computerized Genealogy Conference. Dick Eastman and Alan Mann are the featured presenters. Don't miss the 5:15pm class on the 16th on Legacy (open to the public). Registration and more information is available at

March 24, 2007. Logan. Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree. Stop by and visit with us at our booth. For more information, visit

Of course I'll be at the Logan event. Its amazing what you can do with Legacy Family Tree. I look forward to learning a few more tips and tricks.

Legacy Family Tree website:

Legacy Family Tree blog:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
Snail Mail Address:
227 Bellevue Way NE PMB 544
Bellevue, WA 98004