Sunday, January 31, 2021

52 THINGS: Battenberg Lace and Estelle Mae Phillips



DearREADERS,
This week O' Myrt has created a mini-journal to tell what she knows about her grandchildren's 3rd great-grandmother Estelle Mae Phillips. She sends her grandchildren on a journey to find clues in the old family bible, a 1920 US federal census enumeration and an official marriage return from Marion County, Iowa. One goal is to determine Chas. H. Goering's occupation as reported in 1920. The journal will accompany an intricately hand stitched and crocheted tablecloth.

Estelle Mae Phillips
born 30 Nov 1876/77 in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
married Charles Henry Goering 23 May 1900 at her parent's home in Knoxville.
died 11 Sep 1921 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas
buried in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, next to her parents William Henry Phillips and Louisa Mae Terry.

To find out more about Battenberg Lace (tape lace) see:
DearMYRTLE is making custom journals to share personal and family history anecdotes and documents with her children and grandchildren, in an intriguing manner. Find out more about other 52 THINGS posts here: https://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/52-things.html
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Friday, January 29, 2021

FamilySearch: New Family History Library Webpage

 NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Family History Library, part of FamilySearch.org.


The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch International is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage for its brick-and-mortar flagship, the Family History Library, located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The new Family History Library webpage is a part of FamilySearch.org and will provide new online patron experiences and up-to-date information on the library’s services and activities.

The new webpage enables guests to better access existing site services, such as visitor information, collections and hours of operations, and introduces many new and expanded services. For example, patrons worldwide can now schedule 20-minute appointments for free personal research consultations with a specialist. And book look-up services will be coming soon.

David Rencher, the chief genealogy officer for FamilySearch and director of the Family History Library, says this resource is just the beginning of plans for the library’s updated web presence. “Moving forward, we will build out the webpage to help our patrons’ and guests’ expanding needs with a global reach.”

The webpage is available in German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese. Japanese and Italian languages will be added soon.

“The Family History Library offers the largest collection of genealogical materials in one place, making it a premier destination for family history resources and genealogical expertise,” added Rencher. “Its mission is constantly expanding to meet the evolving needs of guests throughout the world—and at no charge.”

Although the library itself is currently closed due to a global pandemic, it is now able to create more of its signature personalized discovery experiences online for patrons worldwide.

Free Online Consultations

Patrons can now schedule personal research consultations with the library’s genealogy experts in multiple languages, accommodating varying time zones worldwide. Personal consultations are conducted live online and are currently offered in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and English. More languages will be added.

Learning Center

In the new online learning center, hundreds of the library’s previously recorded how-to webinars are now available on-demand, along with other help tips and instructions based on your research needs.

Collections

The library currently has more than 340,000 genealogically unique books, 1.3 million microfilms, 190,000 microfiche, and a collection of 18,460 maps from around the world. While the goal is to make all library materials available to people throughout the world, some items and digital materials are contractually restricted and available only at the Family History Library.

During the pandemic, remodeling has continued at the library to improve visitor access to materials and services. The webpage includes descriptions of materials and collection information and images of the Library's new layout will be added as soon as the remodeling is completed.

Services

Record preservation is an essential part of the library’s mission. Guests have free access to equipment to scan books and records and convert audio and digital media to digital formats. The Discovery Center provides interactive activities for guests of all ages to learn about their heritage, a place to record stories, and more. Throughout the year, the library also provides in-person activities and heritage displays. When the Family History Library reopens, groups may register online for these activities and check for up-to-date calendars and schedules.

Family History Centers and Affiliate Libraries

FamilySearch owns and operates over 5,000 satellite branches of the Family History Library in 141 countries, called family history centers. In addition, it has over 1,100 affiliate libraries. FamilySearch digital content with limited access can often be viewed in these facilities, in addition to other specialized content helpful in each facility’s locale. Detailed information regarding this broader network and associated services will be added throughout 2021.

Find the new Family History Library webpage at FamilySearch.org/Family-History-Library

Find this news release online in the FamilySearchNewsroom.


About FamilySearch

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


Thursday, January 28, 2021

MyHeritage: Genetic Groups — New User Interface Improvements

 NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at MyHeritage.


Re: Genetic Groups — New User Interface Improvements

"Last month, we announced the release of Genetic Groups: a long-awaited enhancement of MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results which accurately identifies ancestral origins with an incredibly high resolution of 2,114 geographic regions. This new feature gives users the chance to take a deep dive into their ancestral origins and discover the paths their ancestors traveled. Our users across the globe have been raving about Genetic Groups." Source: Genetic Groups - New User Interface Improvements by EstherMyHeritage Blog 27 Jan 2021, (https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/01/genetic-groups-new-user-interface-improvements : viewed 28 Jan 2021.)

From today's email:

We are pleased to announce the release of the first set of improvements for Genetic Groups. They include the addition of a Timeline Widget that allows you to follow the migration pattern of a Genetic Group over time, as well as a more detailed, better organized Top Places section, where you can see where members of a Genetic Group have lived during a given time period.

These updates are available to any MyHeritage user who has access to their Genetic Groups, which are part of the DNA Ethnicity Estimate. This includes users who have purchased a MyHeritage DNA kit and those who have uploaded their DNA from another service and were grandfathered in, or paid the unlock fee to access MyHeritage’s advanced DNA features.

Genetic Groups is one of our most exciting new features, and the result of three years of hard work by our team. We continue to bring you new insights about your ancestors and help you make the most of your DNA ethnicity results. Stay tuned — there’s more great stuff coming soon!

Read more about these improvements on our blog.


FHL: Free classes and webinars in February 2021

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.


The free FamilySearch Family History Library Webinars for February 2021 include beginner classes in African American Records and Strategies, an Overview of FamilySearch, the FamilySearch Catalog, and US Immigration records, plus one special Spanish language session entitled "El amor es ciego, pero el sacerdote no: la infinidad de información en las actas matrimoniales" (Love is blind, but the priest is not: the endless information in marriage certificates). February's schedule is notably abbreviated to support the 1,000+ free, exciting sessions that will be available at RootsTech Connect 2021, a three-day virtual family history conference beginning February 25, 2021. 

If you cannot attend a live Family History Library webinar, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars

All class times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

DATE/TIME

CLASS

WEBINAR

Mon, Feb 1, 10:00 AM MST

Using the FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner)

Yes

Tue, Feb 2, 10:00 AM MST

Overview of FamilySearch (Beginner)

Yes

Thu, Feb 4, 10:00 AM MST

The Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: U.S. Immigration 1820-1954 (Beginner)

Yes

Tue, Feb 16, 11:00 AM MST

El amor es ciego, pero el sacerdote no: la infinidad de información en las actas matrimoniales (Intermediate)

Yes

Thu, Feb 18, 10:00 AM MST

African American Records and Strategies: Post-1865 (Beginner)

Yes

Visit our website for more Classes and Online Webinars.

Find and share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

About FamilySearch

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


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 25 January 2021

 NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.

Find your roots at FamilySearch in 2M new, free, Pennsylvania Historical Society (Births and Baptisms 1520–1999, and Congregational Records 1620–1991), plus 1.6M New Zealand Obituaries 1844–1963, new collections for Australia, NSW Immigrants 1828–1890, England, Devon Parish Chest Records1556–1950, Germany, Saxony Catholic Church Records 1621–1976and expanded collections for Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, S. Africa and the US (CA, GA, IL, MA, MS, VA and WA).

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Find and share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Country

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

Argentina

Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000

2,698

0

Expanded collection 

Australia

Australia, New South Wales, Assisted Immigrants Inwards, 1828-1890

263,719

0

New collection

Brazil

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949

14,616

0

Expanded collection 

Brazil

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996

39,025

0

Expanded collection 

Brazil

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006

479

0

Expanded collection 

Brazil

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999

1,867

0

Expanded collection 

Canada

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001

2,523

0

Expanded collection 

Croatia

Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926

5,475

0

Expanded collection 

Ecuador

Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019

20,598

0

Expanded collection 

England

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971

1,627

0

Expanded collection 

England

England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996

9,370

0

Expanded collection 

England

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898

16,226

0

Expanded collection 

England

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988

2,077

0

Expanded collection 

England

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920

9,454

0

Expanded collection 

France

France, Marne, Census, 1856

478

0

Expanded collection 

France

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892

357

0

Expanded collection 

Germany

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900

10,746

0

Expanded collection 

Germany

Germany, Saxony, Diocese of Dresden-Meissen, Catholic Church Records, 1621-1976

252,965

0

New collection

Kiribati

Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991

5

0

Expanded collection 

Micronesia

Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983

4

0

Expanded collection 

Micronesia

Micronesia, Death Records, 1970-1986

48

0

Expanded collection 

New Zealand

New Zealand, Obituaries, 1844-1963

1,648,592

0

Expanded collection 

Peru

Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996

58,582

0

Expanded collection 

Peru

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018

10,548

0

Expanded collection 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001

496

0

Expanded collection 

Samoa

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996

6,583

0

Expanded collection 

South Africa

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966

61,389

0

Expanded collection 

South Africa

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 

13,779

0

Expanded collection 

South Africa

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976

1,440

0

Expanded collection 

Sweden

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860

11,511

0

Expanded collection 

United Kingdom

England, Devon, Plymouth, Parish Chest Records, 1556-1950

434,647

0

New collection 

United States

Alabama, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1962

17,438

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Arizona, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1989

7,423

0

Expanded collection 

United States

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002

29,087

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Florida, Military Discharge Records, ca.1837 - ca.1970

8,354

0

New collection 

United States

Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900

58,380

0

New collection 

United States

Hawaii, Various Islands, Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1849-1915

6,146

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998

67,424

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, 1921-1924

126,605

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924

130,310

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000

8

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979

20,481

0

Expanded collection 

United States

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929

556

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999

1,290,401

0

New collection 

United States

Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Congregational Records, 1620-1991

698,360

0

New collection 

United States

Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966

800

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Virginia Voter Registration, 1902-1970

5,761

0

New collection 

United States

Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943

21,404

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Virginia, Various Counties, Marriage Bonds, 1706-1901

888

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965

387

0

Expanded collection 

United States

Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950

10,210

0

Expanded collection 

Uruguay

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930

450

0

Expanded collection 

Venezuela

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003

4,454

0

Expanded collection 

Zambia

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015

2

0

Expanded collection 

About FamilySearch

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