Friday, December 31, 2010

Redlands Family History Center Newsletter

Vol. 10, No. 12 December 2010
Phone Number: 909-794-3844. Located at 5th and Wabash in Redlands.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday—9:00 to 1:00 Tuesday and Wednesday Nights—6:00-9:00pm
Closed Sunday Nights. Open Thursday nights by appointment only.
The center will be closed for the Christmas Holidays Saturday, December 18 thru Saturday, January 1, 2011 (Christmas/New Year’s) Reopen: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

December Events
Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society No meeting. Potluck
Redland Family History Center- No Research Class this month.

FamilySearchIndexing: over 160 Million records in 2010
FamilySearch volunteers have been busy–we have indexed 160 million records so far this year and more are on the way! New projects now available include records from Canada, England, Russia, and the United States. Completed collections will soon be available on

The Ancestry Insider: Los Angeles Family History Library Opens Thank you Marsha Green

Family Search Update
Wisdom from the Insider
One prerequisite of growing a family tree: matching.
Like a game of Concentration, genealogy involves finding matches. You must reliably match two mentions of one individual in two records. For example, you look at a John Johnson in the 1880 census and a John Johnson in your pedigree and decide if the two are a match. Records include information that identify and characterize individuals. For example, a John Johnson might be characterized in the 1880 census by his name, his age, his birth state, where he was enumerated, and so forth.

A definitive match requires that the identifying characteristics from both records must differentiate the individual from every other person that has ever lived. Reliably making a match is extremely difficult because of the amount of information that must be learned. You must learn how common each of the identifying characteristics is. For example, perhaps the name John Johnson was extremely common in 1810 Norway. You must learn how common the combination of the characteristics is. For example, you might consider it extremely unlikely that there are two 60-year-old John Johnsons with the farm name Vedum in 1810 Norway.
Short of unique identification, you must know—qualitatively if not quantitatively—the probability that the two mentions match.

You must learn and recognize equivalent values of a characteristic. For example, sometimes John matches Johannes. Sometimes it matches Jack. Sometimes Nevada matches Utah. Sometimes 1700 matches 1701. Sometimes Johnson matches Jonsen. You must learn to recognize non-matching values that probably should match. For example, sometimes typists transposed letters. Sometimes census enumerators rounded ages. Sometimes indexers read Lemuel as Samuel.

You must learn how to judge the trustworthiness of information in a particular record. For example, the length of time between an event and the recording of the event affects the trustworthiness of the information. In summary, one reason genealogy is hard is that reliable matching requires years of learning and experience.
Thanks to Marsha Green

FamilySearch Hosts Bloggers
The buzz in the genealogy blogging world is about last month's Blogger Day hosted by FamilySearch. At this Blogger Day, the discussion centered around the exciting updates coming to FamilySearch. To learn more about what will be happening check out these blog posts. You can also follow the tweets that bloggers posted on Twitter by using the hashtag #FSBlogDay.
Amy Coffin of We Tree Blog
FamilySearch Bloggers Day, Part 1
FamilySearch Bloggers Day, Part 2
FamilySearch Bloggers Day, Part 3
FamilySearch Bloggers Day, Part 4
FamilySearch Bloggers Day, Part 5
James Tanner of Genealogy's Star
FamilySearch Bloggers Day has arrived
FamilySearch Bloggers Day in Slat Lake, Part 2
FamilySearch Bloggers Day in Slat Lake, Part 3
FamilySearch Bloggers Day in Slat Lake, Part 4
FamilySearch Bloggers Day in Slat Lake, Part 5
FamilySearch Bloggers Day in Slat Lake, Part 6
Blogger's Day at FamilySearch—a summary
Reported in WorldVitalRecords Newsletter

Become a Friend with FamilySearch on Facebook

FamilySearch has just launched a new fan page on Facebook, where you can interact with a community of people who are interested in FamilySearch and the services the organization provides. Anyone who uses Facebook can simply visit the FamilySearch page and click the "like" button to become a fan of FamilySearch on Facebook.
>> Visit the FamilySearch page on Facebook.
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Taken from the FamilySearch Blog

National Archives Website for Genealogists The easiest way for genealogist to gain access to the most useful features of the national Archives website is to select the Genealogists/Family Historians link in the upper right corner of the National Archives homepage ( The resulting Main Genealogy Page contains most of the useful links in research tools, resource lists, explanations of resources, and descriptions of records available on the website, and they are grouped for your convenience.
Information about Universal Genealogical Sources and Other Topics
Guide to Federal Records
Microfilm Catalog
New Microfilm
Archival Research Catalog
Records Digitized by or
Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
National Personnel Records Center
Genealogy Support Pages
If you have questions about Federal Records, or questions relating to Your Research, you may send an email to the National Archives at Riverside
This facility is the repository for all of Southern California, Arizona, and Clark Co., Nevada

They Didn't All Get Here By Ship: Border Crossing Records
When we think of immigration we often start wondering about which port our ancestor used to enter the United States. But not everyone came to America by ship. Some walked or perhaps rode in an automobile over the border from Canada or Mexico. Even though they entered a different way, they still left a paper trail.

What kind of information can you find on a border crossing record? In one Mexican Crossing record for a family member, I was able to see which family members arrived with him, what his occupation was, and the mode of his arrival (listed as afoot). When you find one border crossing record, don't forget to look for additional crossings. Your ancestors may have crossed back and forth numerous times due to seasonal work opportunities, visiting family, or returning to live in their home country.

While Ancestry does have Mexican and Canadian Border Crossing Records, they do not have all the records that are available. As you search this collection, if you don't find your ancestor don't assume that means they did not cross into the United States through a border crossing. To learn more about Mexican Border Crossing records, check out the National Archives (also email for California Border Records. MH) To learn more about Mexican and Canadian border crossing records, see Joe Beine's, US Ports of Arrival and their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957 .
Tip from Family History

Some Gems from Genealogy Gems (A Louisa Louise Cook Podcast)
New to Genealogy Gems?
For Answers to Frequently Asked Questions click on

Question 1: Where can I go to find information on someone when Google doesn't provide the answer?
GEM: Next time you need to find a long lost relative, why not try
Archivist Nancy Loe came up to me after my Finding Living Relatives Class at the recent Family History Expo and said she'd had amazing results with it. "Do a search on yourself in Spokeo" she said, "the results are Spooky!"

Question 2: What's a quick way to find a funeral home located near an ancestor's home?
GEM: Check out
From Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems

Lisa Louise Family History Holiday Wreath
Incorporate your family history into your holidays and traditions with this gorgeous Christmas wreath. Genealogy Gems is the place for creative ideas for researching and sharing your family history.
Family History Christmas Wreath Part 1 - Genealogy Gems
Family History Christmas Wreath Part 2 - Genealogy Gems
Family History Wreath by Genealogy Gems Part 3
Family History Wreath from Genealogy Gems Part 4

Roots Magic - Our Best Special Holiday Offer Ever!
During this special holiday sale, you can order gift copies of RootsMagic 4 PLUS the book "Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic" for $20 (plus shipping). That's right, both the full program (on CD) and the book for just $20.

There is no limit on the number of discounted gift copies you can buy during this limited time offer which will expire December 22, 2010. You will receive the full program for each copy you order. To take advantage of this offer, just visit: Note: You must order from this page to receive the special discount pricing, or order by phone at 1-800-ROOTSMAGIC (1-800-766-8762).
Disclaimer: The Redlands FHC does not endorse or favor any particular genealogy software program (other than PAF). There are several different software programs on our FHC computers for you to try. We encourage you to use whatever works best for you. – Leslie Johnson

10 Ways to Use Twitter for Genealogy
Twitter isn’t just a place to exchange meaningless thoughts in 140 characters or less. For plenty of people, it’s a place to meet and learn from people who share your interests. Genealogy, for example.
Here’s how family historians can use Twitter in their research:
1. Find other genealogists. Click Find People to search for folks with genealogy in their username. If you regularly read a blog, look on the blog for a link to Twitter. Once you find people you like following, see who they follow (listed on the right side of the person's Twitter profile).
2. Learn about research resources. Many bloggers feed their posts to Twitter, so you click the "tweet" to see the whole post. You’ll also pick up tips in people’s tweets about the latest records they’ve found.
3. Get opinions on genealogy Web sites and products.
4. Ask questions. You can just throw it out to your followers, or direct your question to someone using @ and the user name, like this: @FamilyTreeMag.
5. Be heard by people who work at genealogy companies. Use Find People to search for the company name.
6. Get links to how-to advice. Tweets are 140 characters at most, but people often link to helpful articles they’ve found online.
7. Hear about industry news. It’s like having thousands of eyes and ears looking for even obscure and not-yet-announced stories. If you see RT in a tweet, that means someone is repeating the tweet of someone he or she follows—you can see how the news gets around.
8. See how funny genealogists can be. One to follow: @TheGenealogue
9. Find events. Genealogy societies, libraries, museums, and conferences often tweet upcoming events.
10. Get cheap stuff. Many companies use Twitter to publicize sales and giveaways (some are exclusive to Twitter followers). Online backup service @Mozy, for example, has regular Twitter giveaways.
To sign up for a Twitter account, go to and click Get Started—Join. Then follow Family Tree Magazine at @FamilyTreeMag.

Bits and Pieces
Ohio Obituary Index An index to over 1,600,000 obituaries, death and marriage notices and other sources from Ohio from the 1810’s to the present day is available on the website for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. This index only includes obituaries for select counties, shown on this map. and the referenced newspapers with information on years indexed can be found at If you have Ohio ancestors, check the index for them. Copies of any obituaries found in the index can be obtained for a nominal charge from the center and details are provided on how to do this.
Internet Genealogy Magazine, Oct.-Nov 2010

Video showing process used by #FamilySearch to make #genealogy records available online.

We are all cousins ~ Elizabeth Shown Mills, Video

Joe Beine’s websites. Before you embark on your vital records research, check out Joe Beines’s “Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records” and his “Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes for the USA” These two websites are an updated list of what vital records are currently available online and save you the headache of wondering whether what you need can be accessed online.

Eastern European Phone Books Online
Did you know that the European Reading Room at the Library of Congress has European Phone books in their collection? A few of the phone books have been digitized and are available online, while many more are indexed.

According to their website: "The Library of Congress began systematically collecting residential and organizational telephone directories from many countries in 1937, but the records for these items are generally not included in the Library's online catalog. To fill that gap, the indexes (on the web site) list the Library's holdings of European directories, organized by country."

Create a Holiday Recipe Book
The holidays are the perfect time to play genealogy reporter. Grab your camera and a notebook to make a quick and easy memory book of your family’s favorite dishes.
1. At an upcoming holiday gathering, take a picture of every dish served. If possible, get a photo of the person who brought it.
2. Collect each recipe. Note who brought it and why, along with any traditions or family stories that go along with it. (If you can’t get all of this done during the holiday get-together, send follow-up e-mails.
3. Print the photos.
4. Gather photos and your notes in a scrapbook, binder or photo album. For example a 4x6-inch photo album with three pockets per page can hold a photo on top, a recipe card in the middle, and a family story about the dish or its creator in the bottom slot. Recipes and stories can be written on 4x6-inch journaling cards or index cards.
5. Create copies for other family members as keepsakes.
From Family Tree Magazine, Dec. 2010

Coming Events
February 10-12, 2011 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT
RootsTech is a new conference focused on finding and applying technical innovations in genealogy. There will be sessions of interest to novice, intermediate, and advanced users of genealogical technology. For more information check out their website at

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society and the Hemet FHC Library, Saturday, February 26, 2011, 9:00am until 3:45pm, presenter Curt B. Witcher, speaking on Historical Research Methodology, Mining the Mother Lode, Using Church Records and Roll Call (New Sites and Sources for Military Records). Pre-Registration $27.00, Catered Lunch $9.00. Registrations must be postmarked by 20th February 2011. To learn more go to For registration form go to

The Twelve Days of Christmas
(Genealogy Style)
My true love gave to me
Twelve census searches
Eleven family bibles
Ten e-mail contacts
Nine headstone rubbings
Eight wills and admons
Seven miners mining
Six second cousins
Five coats of arms
Four GEDCOM files
Three old wills
And a branch in my family tree.
--Author Unknown


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vol. 10, No. 11 November 2010
Phone Number: 909-794-3844. Located at 5th and Wabash in Redlands.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday—9:00 to 1:00 Tuesday and Wednesday Night—6:00-9:00pm
Closed Sunday Nights except the 4th Sunday before the Research Class
The center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday-Nov. 23-30

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 Ancestry Novemberfest Seminar 9:00am - 12:30pm (registration at 8:30am) Redlands/Yucaipa FHC - 350 Wabash Ave, Redlands A variety of professional genealogists covering a wide range of topics including learning to use, how to research your ancestry in Mexico, Ireland, Italy, France, Poland, Scandinavia and Russia; American Indian research, using census records and much more.
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society at Citi Bank 34580 Yucaipa Blvd. 12 noon to 3pm
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 – Family History Research Class in the Redlands Stake Center High Council Room. 7:00pm Subject: “Creating and Sharing Family Histories” Presenter: Marilyn Harrison

A Heartfelt Thank You to Dianna Rounds
Dianna has served as the Yucaipa Director for the Family History Center for 12 years. She has recently been released but will continue on ordering the microfilms and working on Wednesday mornings. She has done much for our center and has become a very fine genealogist. We love her and wish her the very best of everything.

Leslie Johnson was called to be the new Yucaipa Stake FSC Director. She is very knowledgeable on genealogy and will do a fine job. Her email is
Family History Center names have been changed to FamilySearch Centers. The vision of the FamilySearch Center in the Community is spectacular and will change the way we all work in the Center. The implementation of this vision will improve our image in the community and enhance our public relations program in a wonderful way.
From FamilySearch

BYUTV to air “A Celebration of Family History”
This month BYUTV invites you to accelerate your curiosity for your ancestors with these special broadcasts that are sure to inspire you and draw your heart toward the stories of the past.
Tuesday, Nov.2, at 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9pm
Tuesday, Nov. 9, at noon and 6pm
Sunday, Nov 28, at 5pm

FamilySearch Beta is being looked at and used. On September 14, 2010 they had 29,468 visitors from 17 countries. Enhancements are continuing and in particular the Family History Library Catalog is being re-designed to include drop down boxes which will enhance your search experience. All is on target to present to the Genealogical Community an early Christmas present consisting of the merging of Family Search and FamilySearch Beta. In the mean time help is needed: (1) Go often to the FamilySearch Beta site and look around. Click the brown "Feedback" button and tell the how they are doing. (2) Follow the FamilySearch Beta Blog (top menu on home page screen), and learn and see the new updates to the web site. (3) Tell others about the site. This will be the future home of
In May 2010 eleven of the world's leading archivist accepted the invitation to meet with FamilySearch. Three very valuable pieces of information was gleaned from the meeting: (1) Each of these archivist's feel pressure to digitize their collections but feel under funded and feel they don't have the expertise to do it. (2) They feel FamilySearch is their leading alternative in solving his problem, which is why they came to Salt Lake. (3) However, for FamilySearch to do business with them - the archivist must maintain control of their records. As a result ~ Family Search is working out ways to satisfy the needs of all and work will be done to make these indexes available.
At the FGS conference in Knoxville, TN last month FamilySearch focused on creating relationships with Genealogical Societies. They met with officers of leading Historical Societies and showed the kind of work FamilySearch has been doing in the Untied States with societies. As a result work is being done to digitize and make available to the world via the internet the mortuary records from the pre 1906 San Francisco Fire. All records were lost in this fire.
Nathan Murphy a research consultant in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City was given the assignment to improve the FamilySearch Wiki content for Tennessee. He reached out into the community and asked many to contribute. The Tennessee Wiki went from 1 guide and 40 pages for the whole state to 95 guides, one for each county, and 1,000 Wiki pages to become the 2nd most visited Wiki page on the Wiki. Since the NGS Conference, attended by over 20,000 people - the largest Genealogical Conference ever held - Wiki traffic has increased 10% and a 75% increase in the number of Wiki contributors. All of this because of Nathan’s willingness to branch out into the Community and ask for help. Because of the success of this great effort FamilySearch is introducing the Branch Out Into The Community Program for Wards and Stakes. Here is the program:
The joy of family history is very real. We know that it can change lives of families and individuals. As the Family History Department strives to increase participation throughout the Church worldwide we often get asked, “What are others doing? Do you have examples?” While we do have some success stories and examples, we want to try to encourage success on a much larger scale. You can help as we try to establish family history catalysts in every unit of the Church.
Here is what you can do: (1.) Tell us about programs or activities that have worked in your ward or stake to increase participation in family history. Did your youth hold a family history week? Is your bishop calling indexing specialists? If you have a strong level of family history activity in your ward or stake, we want to know why you think it is so strong.
(2.) Are you just now implementing something new? We want to know what is planned for your wards or stakes. It may not be a success story yet, but you think it will be shortly. Tell us about approved plans that are in the early stage of execution or that will be started shortly. This will help us observe from start to finish.
(3.) Each of you has a calling, whether that is in family history or in another auxiliary like Primary, working with the youth, or in Relief Society. As you have pondered how to help those under your stewardship become more engaged, what ideas have you come up with? Please share them. Maybe we can help incubate them into something that could benefit more than just your ward.
(4.) Finally, are you in a position where you would be willing to help? Are you a bishop or a priesthood or auxiliary leader with a desire to try something out that could bless the lives of the saints under your stewardship? Would you be willing to work with the Family History Department Marketing Division to try new programs or activities in coordination with your priesthood leaders?
You may fit into any or all of the above categories. Send an e-mail to and let us know into which of these categories you fall, give us details, and how you would be willing to help. For the first 50 of those who fit into the first three categories we will provide a thank you Branch Out t-shirt.
Thank you for your diligence in family history efforts. We look forward to branching out with you! The Family History Marketing Division Thanks to Elder Mick Altmyer, World Wide Support Missionary
Los Angeles Family History Library Announces Reopening
Please come for the grand reopening of the Los Angeles Family History Library: Saturday, November 6, 2010 -9:00 a.m.–9: 00 p.m., with special tours at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 2010 3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Those who come to the open house will be able to attend some of the free 20-minute miniclasses, the schedule for which will be posted before the open house on the library’s website at The library will not be available for research during the open house. During the open house, you will be introduced to our newly renovated and enhanced library, which includes:
· State-of-the-art technology: High-speed Internet, new updated computers, and virtual teaching classrooms facilitate genealogical research that cannot be accessed at smaller family history centers.
· Large collection of resources: Microfilms and fiches, books, and free use of fee-based websites such as
· Video conferencing: The computer laboratory is uniquely designed to support video conferencing technology. As a result, classes originating from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or the Riverton FamilySearch Library and facility can be taught real time at the Los Angeles Family History Library. Conversely, programming may originate from Los Angeles and be distributed to distant family history libraries.
· Classroom facilities: Two large new classrooms will be used for training and for beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history courses that teach the most current family history research methods.
The Saturday tours start with a special presentation followed by time for questions and answers. All who attend the open house are invited to participate in the tours, but they are geared especially for priesthood leaders, family history center directors, and family history consultants.

Author: NEHGS
Boston, MA - August 19, 2010 - D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), announced the launch of , the organization's new website that will serve as the home of its growing regional and national genealogical sources. will contain all of the Society's New England and New York content, features, articles, and resources, as well as weekly updates and databases in a variety of regional and ethnic specialties, such as sources for mid-Atlantic, Irish, and African American research.

Allen County Public Library Launches New Genealogy Site
One of FamilySearch's valued affiliates, the Allen County Public Library, has launched a new website. The Fort Wayne, Indiana, facility has an excellent genealogy center and now you can access some of the library's helpful resources from the comfort of your own home.
For more information, visit:
The new web site, located at, includes several free databases and portals including the African American Gateway, Family Bible Records and Our Military Heritage that have been developed by the Genealogy Center.

The Genealogy Center’s website includes other resources, including full-text books that have been digitized by Internet Archives, the Center’s Pathfinders to various areas of research, and the Community Album, a collection of historical photographs for the surrounding area.

French Genealogy Records Online
Dave Velten sent a note after reading some earlier articles in this newsletter about various online collections of genealogy records. Dave writes: Along the theme of accessing digitized records online, some of the French archives are scanning and placing civil and church records online, for free. Check out the Bas-Rhin archives at and the Haut-Rhin archives at They each have different interfaces you have to learn to drive, but it's pretty cool and and no need to order and wait for a film at the FHC.
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

FamilyLink’s Facebook Application, We’re Related, Gets a Facelift
The following announcement was written by FamilyLink:
Provo, Utah — FamilyLink, the largest family social networking website with more than 50 million users, is re-launching its We’re Related Facebook application. This application is one of the top family applications on Facebook, and allows users to find and connect with their relatives.
The We’re Related application is an all-inclusive tool to connect family members through family trees, family photos and family updates. The new edition incorporates many features of the previous version, but includes new features such as an improved relative suggestion tool and the ability to organize relatives on Facebook profiles with a drag and drop feature. It also allows users to categorize relatives by groups.
“With the new version of We’re Related, we listened to our users and gave them what they wanted,” said FamilyLink CEO Paul Allen. “This version allows users to filter photos to only show relatives, view photos with an auto thumbnail expander, and gives users the ability to find articles, photos and historical records of themselves and family members.”

For more information on FamilyLink’s new We’re Related app, visit the web at

NOAA Releases Free Civil War Map Collection
Under the auspices of the NOAA is the Office of the Coast Survey, which president Thomas Jefferson established in 1807 to produce nautical charts that would provide for maritime safety, defense and the establishment of national boundaries. By the start of the Civil War, the Coast Survey was a leading scientific agency, charting coastlines and determining land elevations. It still surveys coasts and produces nautical charts today.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011, NOAA has gathered materials the Coast Survey prepared during the war years into a free, online collection called Charting a More Perfect Union.

The collection, which will help you visualize terrain, ports, and coasts as they were from 1861 to 1865, includes:
· 394 maps and nautical charts used for naval campaigns, and troop movements and battles. You can search the maps by keyword(s), state or region, year or chart number. If you click Search without entering terms, you’ll get a list of all the documents in the collection (not in alphabetical or chronological order).
· the Coast Survey publication Notes on the Coast, which aided Union forces in planning naval blockades. Browse Notes on the Coast here.
· annual report summaries by war-era Coast Survey Superintendent Alexander Bache. Download them by year using the links on the Charting a More Perfect Union home page.
Find more Civil War resources in our Civil War genealogy toolkit

Bits and Pieces
World Vital Records Top Databases
Social Security Death Index
Find A Grave
Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records (1892 - 1924)
WWII Army Enlistment
Everton Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets
UK 1881 Census
Maine Marriage Records
Everton's Genealogical Helper
World Vital Records has some new databases. Go to to view them

Nationwide Gravesite Locator - This US Department of Veterans' Affairs site lists
burials of military personnel and family members in US military cemeteries. Listings
date from the Revolutionary War to the present and usually include name, rank,
branch of service, and dates of birth and death.

Teaching the Next Generation - I have been holding weekly Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge nights at our FHC over the last month. I announce these at our District Round Table and have 3-5 boys and their parent come to the FHC for 3 hours each
time. During the 3 hour class we can cover all the requirements for the merit badge.
But the real benefit is when we let the boys go online to find records for their
ancestors. We talk about what the census record, marriage record, birth record, etc
tells them about their ancestor and occasionally we find out something real
interesting that the family didn't know. Last night we found a census record from
1870 listing a family’s property value at $10,500. That is pretty much for back then.
We were then able to find a biography for the family on Google Books (its always
good to check for county biographies for major landowners in the midwest). They
found new children who died early, immigration dates, marriage dates, etc, in just a
few minutes. The boys get interested and the parents return the next week. This is a
good opportunity for us to teach the next generation about research techniques in a
fun way that also allows them to progress in the ranks for Scouts. –
Miles Meyer, Jacksonville, FL, FHCNET 8/18/2010

Webinar on Searching - This is an excellent way to learn some exciting ways to search for your ancestors on more effectively. Go to Click on the Learning Center tab. Scroll down to "Getting the Most Out of Your Subscription". Click the Watch Video button.

Requested Reprint
Church History Library and Archives The collections of the Church History Library and Archives contain materials chronicling the history of the Church from its beginning in 1830 to the present day. The collections contain manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for accessing this wide variety of information.
Click on Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel (1847-1868) The most complete index of individuals and companies that crossed the plains to Utah between 1847 and 1868. Include transcribed excerpts from trail diaries, letters, and newspaper reports.,15773,3966-1,00.html
If you have questions, at the bottom of the screen is an “Ask a librarian” link.

Deadline for articles for the Newsletter.
Third Sunday of the Month
If you have experiences, pictures or genealogy news you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact the editor, Marilyn Harrison, at OR 909-797-1429

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Vol. 10, No. 9 September 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 1:00pm at the Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society at the Yucaipa Branch Library. Diane Wright will be speaking on "The 1930 Census Taker"

Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 7:00pm Family History Research Class at the Redlands Stake Center High Council Room Subject: “Google” Presenter: Dawna Lund
Granite Mountain Records Vault Videos Online
Many of us have heard of the Granite Mountain vault that is underneath 700 feet of granite outside of Salt Lake City but very few have ever seen the inside of the vault. FamilySearch has released videos that give all of us a view into the operations behind the vault door.
I was especially impressed with the comments that not only are microfilms stored and duplicated in the Granite Mountain Records Vault, but efforts now underway will result in all the microfilms eventually being digitized. Future plans include making all images available to everyone, worldwide, in the convenience of their homes.
Many of the images stored in the Granite Mountain Records Vault are the only copies left in existence.
The Granite Mountain Records Vault videos are available in two parts:
For video #1, go to
For video #2, go to

Hemet FHC and Hemet/San Jacito Genealogical Society
The Hemet FHC has a fair size film collection and also many books. Their inventory is on the website at
The Hemet/San Jacinto Genealogical Society also has a good collection and they are now located in the new Hemet Library at 300 E. Latham Ave. Hemet, CA

Coming Event at the HSJGS Oct. 23, A seminar with Kerry Bartels and Lisa Louise Cooke. Speakers will be speaking about the National Archives at Perris, Calif., What You must know to save your research From destruction, Solving family tree mysteries with Google Earth, and the many facets of the national Archives Website. This event will take place at the Simpson Center, just north of the Hemet Library at 305 E. Devonshire Ave. 951-765-2372. You are encouraged to get your registration in before Oct. 13, 2010. There are only a limited number of seats available. Pre registration $20 At the door $25 For a registration form click on Feature Update: Tennessee Page on FamilySearch Research Wiki The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:
The Tennessee page on the FamilySearch Research Wiki has recently been updated and now includes a wealth of new information and resources to help people find their ancestors in the Volunteer State. The link for this revised page is:
The Wiki staff is currently working on updating all of the state pages; Tennessee is one of the first because the 2010 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will be held in Knoxville August 18 to 21. For more information about the FGS conference, please visit:
Page Highlights
· A clickable county map on the main page
· Easy navigation at the bottom of each page
· How to find Tennessee sources in archives, libraries, in print, and online
· Information on substitute sources when records are lost
· Local lists of published family histories
· Links to published Tennessee county tax lists
· Audio files of locals pronouncing Tennessee county names
· Contact information for volunteers who will look up information in local resources

On the Home page of Family Search in the ”What’s New” section click on Family History Lesson Series provides useful guides . This will take you to several short lessons covering a variety of Family History topics which are available for download in convenient pdf format. The lessons may be used as self-study guides or as class supplements for Family History instructors. The first lesson is Lesson 1: Perform Descendancy Research

More New Family Search Research Classes On Line
(Family Search>Library>Education>Research Classes On Line)
Reading Handwritten Records Series New!
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NewFamilySearch Update
The dispute feature is being removed from the system. As a first phase, you can no longer add a new dispute. You can still see disputes that were previously entered. Eventually, all of the disputes in the system, including their notes, will be moved to the discussion boards.

Beginning Family History Research by The Nosey Genealogist
This video produced by The Nosey Genealogist, a researcher from the UK, is aimed towards beginning genealogists, especially those starting their UK research. From the video description, "The web has made Beginning Family History Research to find our ancestors so much easier to do. As more and more data finds its way onto the Internet many more lines of enquiry are opened up to us. But, with this, is the danger of information overload. The new family historian may become frozen in the headlights as the genealogical data juggernaut races on towards them. Here is some free advice about how to organize your family tree search so that in the long run you save yourself time and quite possibly money. It is also proposed that it is well worth continuing to learn as much as you can about this fascinating subject by taking courses or reading around the subject. The best family historian is one that thinks of himself as an advanced beginner. That is, they are always open to learning more skills. The more skilled you get, the better you will be able to find those elusive ancestors."

See the world with Google Earth
Because land doesn't move, it's one of the few elements of our ancestors' lives that we can always count on. Consider an old photograph: Buildings may have changed but the surrounding landmarks such as hills, valleys and rock formations still stand today and can aid in identification. There is a great tutorial on Google Earth that will teach you everything you need to know to use this great tool. Google Earth for Genealogy DVD by Lisa Louise Cooke Only $11.95 + $2.50 U.S. Continental Shipping Only
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Family Tree Magazines Best Genealogy Websites
Click on any of the following categories to explore this year's 101 Best Websites:
· Best Big Genealogy Sites
· Best Records Resources
· Best US Government Sites
· Best Sites for Eastern US Research
· Best Sites for Western US Research
· Best Canadian Resources

· Best Sites for African-American Roots
· Best History Sites
· Best Sites for Immigrant Research
· Best for Great Britain and Ireland
· Best Sites for Continental Europe
· Best High-Tech Tools
· Best Social Networking Sites
Or, you can download this printable PDF of all of this year's best websites.
(Right-click the link to Save As to your computer.) to Acquire Professional Genealogy Firm ProGenealogists, Inc.
The following announcement was written by
PROVO, UTAH (August 6, 2010) – Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) announced today that it has acquired the leading professional genealogy research firm, ProGenealogists, Inc.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, ProGenealogists specializes in genealogical, forensic and family history research. During its 10-year history, the firm has become a trusted name in professional genealogy, finding great success with client research and expanding both its domestic and international capabilities. As a part of, ProGenealogists will continue to provide premier family history research to its existing clients while extending the reach across the genealogy value chain.
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World Vital Records top databases- Free on the FHC Portal
Social Security Death Index
The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) contains over 80 million records of deaths that have been reported to SSA. This file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are available to the SSA: social security number, name, date of birth, date of death, state or country of residence (prior to Mar 1988), ZIP code of last residence, and ZIP code of lump sum payment.
Find A Grave
Find A Grave database contains more than 16 million burial records, which are free to access online at More than 200,000 individuals have contributed lists of cemeteries, names, photographs, and additional burial information to the Find A Grave database.
Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records (1892 - 1924)
The Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records contains details for more than 24 million passengers and crew who arrived through the Port of New York at Ellis Island between January 1, 1892 and December 31, 1924. This index is provided in cooperation with FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and contains passenger name, residence, year of arrival, and age on arrival.
WWII Army Enlistment
The World War II army enlistment database contains more than 9 million records. NARA created the database in 2002 in conjunction with the Bureau of the Census. The World War II Army Enlistment database contains the majority of the Army enlistments during World War II from 1938-1946.
Everton Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets
Everton's family group sheets and pedigree files contain over 1,500,000 names ranging from 1700-1930, and a wealth of valuable family history research conducted over the past fifty years. The family group sheets contain records from all 50 states. Each record contains vital information such as birth, marriage, death, location, place, etc.
UK 1881 Census
The UK 1881 Census contains 26 million names and provides ages, professions, birth places, and other useful information. Census records are the number one resource for researching British ancestors. The census is used hand in hand with parish registers and shows families in groups, rather than single individuals.
Maine Marriage Records
The Maine Marriage Records database contains more than 1.5 million marriage records. The database has been provided by the Maine Department of Human Services, and contains the bride and groom names, date of marriage, marriage certificate number, and the places of residence.
Everton's Genealogical Helper
Everton's Genealogical Helper database contains 10,000 pages representing over 200 issues from 1947 to the present. It is the one magazine in the genealogical industry that emphasizes content, continuing education, and research resources, for both professional genealogists and amateur family history researchers. The Genealogical Helper magazine is content-heavy and has been the industry bible for over 50 years.
Gena Philibert Ortega, World Vital Records Bulletin
Bits and Pieces
Question: Is there a sure-fire way of getting two PAF files side by side on the screen at the same time? When I open the second one it closes the first one. I want to look at both of them side by side if that can be done.
Answer: Yes there is. In PAF, follow these steps:
Select File > Open and select the first database.
Select File > Open and select the second database.
Select Window > Tile Vertically and it will put them side by side.
Thank you Marsha Green

New Google Images
Tip: for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting to the info you need quickly

Memory Makers A new site for scrap booking your ancestors. Lots of good ideas. This month they are talking about writing and scrapping letters. Remember letters, we used to use them all the time. Tip: Don’t use originals if you can help it. Scan them and put them on the page. There are tips on how to do this on the blog.

Organizing your paper files with folders
Thanks to Tamara Madai

New Irish Church Records Online for FREE
“…has added a number of new church records of baptism, marriage and death to their free Web site. This brings the total to over 2 million church records from Dublin City and counties Kerry and Carlow, plus a subset from Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Cork & Ross.”

People who want to learn how to find their roots in France, Italy, Norway or Iceland have new helps available from the Church.
"Finding Records of Your Ancestors," has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions in "how-to" booklets that include colorful graphics and tear-out worksheets. How-to booklets about Denmark and Sweden were published previously. These guide booklets are designed for those who have already gathered some information from their family and started to organize their family history. The booklets simplify the next step, which is to begin searching public and private records.
The guides are designed for those who have had little experience in research, and who may not have time to do extensive research.

Personal Ancestry Writer II version 94 Released
Howard Metcalfe, the man behind PAWriter, wrote to say that version 94 (universal binary) of Personal Ancestry Writer II, aka PAWriter, is now available. This is a popular FREE genealogy program for Macintosh systems.
Version 94 of Personal Ancestry Writer II is available for download at:
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Genealogy “tweets” Follow some of your favorite genealogists on Twitter. Below are a couple of good ones.
#Genealogy - Info on pioneer overland travel, 1847-1868
#Genealogy: Chasing the poor and landless in Ireland:
New booklets make #genealogy research easier
Here is a great #genealogy resource: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Just had to share it...
Inferential #Genealogy ~ this is a great place to start
"Roots Television: New Genealogy Video: Using Google News in #Genealogy Research" ( )
Family History Comes to Your BlackBerry with Genealogy Gems Podcast

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vol. 10, No. 8 August 2010

Phone Number: 909-794-3844. Located at 5th and Wabash in Redlands.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday—9:00 to 1:00 Tuesday and Wednesday Night—6:00-9:00pm
Closed Sunday Nights except the 4th Sunday before the Research Class

Record Search Update: 100 million records in 6 mos.
FamilySearch Indexing is excited to announce that our dedicated volunteers have completed 100 million records in the first half of 2010, and is on track to complete a targeted 200 million by the end of the year. Patrons can search the completed indexes and images at
Indexing Update
A project to index Freedmen Letters from North Carolina is now available. This is the second Freedmen’s Bureau collection FamilySearch has worked on with the National Archives. These records provide the earliest major compilation of information on many emancipated slaves, freed Blacks, and Black Union soldiers, including names, marriages, education and employment information, and receipt of rations, health care, and legal support. Click here for the latest Indexing projects, news, and updates

Check out our Popular Collections Page World Vital Records Looking for some databases to search on WorldVitalRecords? Check out our Popular Collections page. This page includes our most popular databases including the Everton Library, U.S.Navy and Marine Registers, U.S. Air Force Registers, Revolutionary War Databases, and our Photo Collections. Try a few new databases on WorldVitalRecords by browsing the Popular Collections Page.

DAR Library
While many genealogists are familiar with the genealogical holdings of institutions like the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, fewer may be aware of the rich resources available through The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library. While originally founded in 1896 to be used as a resource by staff to verify genealogies submitted by potential members, since 1900 the Library has been open to the general public wanting to learn more about their Revolutionary ancestor in America.
While a researcher would need to travel to Washington D.C. to benefit from all that the library has to offer, some of their information is now available online through their website.
Through their Online Research section you can utilize The DAR Genealogical Research System. According to the Website this System, "is a combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its inception in 1890."
Information included in this database is of Revolutionary Patriots whose "service and identity have been established by NSDAR." So this will not be a complete list of patriots but it is a good starting point for your research. After conducting a search on a patriot's name you may find such information as the patriot's date of birth, "name of spouse/s, residence during the revolution, rank and type of service, and the state where the patriot served." You will also see the DAR membership numbers of women who have joined DAR using information from that patriot. You may also see an indication that supporting documents or a descendant list is available. If you are having difficulty using or understanding the database, don't hesitate to check out the help section. This provides detailed answers about the database and what information it provides.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4th, with its annual ceremony, its first ever National Independence Day Parade float, and a brand new logo. Here is a fun video of the celebration. Do you want to know more about NARA? Here is another video to watch Thanks Marcia
JewishGen and Establish Collaboration
The following announcement was written by and
JewishGen and collaborate to build the Family Tree of the Jewish People
Tel Aviv, Israel; London, UK and Los Angeles, US – and are now working together to invigorate the Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP) project.
Under this collaboration, family trees built with a special version of available at, with the consent of the tree creators, will be transferred periodically to the FTJP for digital safekeeping. Privacy controls, using the tools, can be set according to the wishes of the tree creator. Data of existing users will not be transferred.
Continue reading "JewishGen and Establish Collaboration" »

Release of the 1940 Census
Circle this date on your calendar: Monday, April 2, 2012.
Less than two years from now, all genealogists will be able to access the 1940 U.S. Census Records for the first time. Title 13 of the United States Code governs how the Census is conducted and mandates the confidentiality of information concerning individuals. Aggregate information, including statistical models, may be released, but any information about individuals must be kept confidential for 72 years. The 1940 census was conducted on April 1, 1940 so the information cannot be released until April 1, 2012.
1940 Census Training is Now Online

Search Engines by Gena Philibert Ortega
We all have our favorite search engines. But sometimes it can be helpful to try out a different search engine to see if there are any additional results that can enhance your research. The following are a list of search engines that you may want to consider.

Search Smarter - Many larger genealogy sites (e.g., Ancestry or Footnote, offer a global site search that allows for searching across multiple databases. But there's a caveat: the global search form doesn't always give you the specific search fields appropriate for each individual database. If you're trying to locate your grandfather in both the 1920 and the 1930 censuses, search each individual census directly. Or if you're looking for him in the Social Security Death Index, search it separately. In addition, try search tools to help with specific
databases, such as the free One-Step Webpages designed by Dr. Stephen Morse, (the tools are free, but you will need to be registered and/or
have access to the databases where the results appear to see actual records). For
example, his Gold form lets you do "Sounds Like" searches, not just on immigrants'
first and last names, but also by town name. Try some "power searching" of databases. Use's Megadex technology to search multiple databases for multiple spelling variations , or use LiveRoots, .
Internet Genealogy, Oct/Nov 2009, "Help! My Ancestors are Hiding", pg 14-

Illinois Research
"Illinois Harvest" is a free web site with some good possibilities for researchers. It is the result of a project of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, which is digitizing selected books from their print collection of over eleven million volumes. On the home page enter "genealogy" in the keyword box. One hundred sixty-six titles are listed under this topic, including several portrait and biographical records of Illinois counties. Some other examples are Immigration and Emigration (89), county and local histories (567 books), notable Illinoisans (117 books). There is a separate home page for military history. There could be some things here that will help you with your family research. From Will/Grundy Counties, Illinois Genealogical Society Newsletter, Feb.,2010
Thanks to Carole Cross

Reached a Brickwall? Check these compiled sites and see if you missed anything.
United States Genealogy Sleuth

International Genealogy Sleuth
Thanks to Marcia Green

Updated to Bring New Features Under One Roof
Breanna Olaveson, “Updated to Bring New Features Under One Roof,” Ensign, July 2010, 74–76
An update to, available now at, will make the site a hub of genealogical activity. Users can visit the site and provide feedback for developers before the beta version replaces later this year.
The site brings together many of the tools FamilySearch provides, including FamilySearch Indexing,, user-generated and -edited wikis, and forums. To create a more seamless user experience, a single username and password will allow users to log in once and gain access to all areas of the site., which replaced TempleReady last year and includes the Family Tree feature, will be integrated into the updated site. The beta site also includes new record collections currently available at As developers bring these various tools together, feedback from users is a valuable asset in helping prepare the site for a worldwide audience.
“In the past, using all the FamilySearch tools has been like visiting separate, distinct buildings. The goal of the beta site is to create a sense of visiting different rooms in the same house,” said Robert Kehrer, senior product manager for the site.
With the remodel, the site’s search capability, collaboration tools, and overall simplicity will help put valuable information closer to the user’s fingertips.
Search Capability
The Church is digitizing billions of records stored at the Granite Mountain Records Vault and adding them to the documents already available online. A new image viewer feature allows users to search digital images of microfilm and view them as they would using a microfilm reader at a family history center, only without the hand crank and eye fatigue. The image viewer enhances the legibility of record images and provides access to published records online. With so many records becoming readily accessible, an easy process for sifting through information is essential to a useful family history site.
In searching for ancestors,’s search engine goes beyond requested documents and provides users with other information that might also be helpful in research. A search for an individual’s birth certificate, for example, will return historical documents but may also return information from Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, forums, the Family History Library Catalog, and other sources.
To help organize results, search pages include a “Record Type” box. Here, records are organized as Birth, Marriage, and Death; Census and Lists; Military; Probate and Court; Migration and Naturalization; and Other. The new site will also allow members to access select collections on third-party Web sites.
Collaboration Tools
The improved will also provide several forums for collaboration that will enable family members to share and compare information without leaving the site.
Forums on specific localities, a blog, and similar communication areas are accessible now on the beta site, with more functionality to come in the future.
“The name family history implies that this isn’t a work to be done in isolation. We are laying the foundations of a site where families can collaborate on finding their ancestors,” Brother Kehrer said.
Users can read and contribute to wiki pages dedicated to specific localities through the “Learn” tab on the beta site. These pages provide forums where users can share information pertinent to a certain place, share research tips, and include external links to helpful Web sites.
In time, will be able to notify users when certain information of personal interest is edited or added. These alerts will help ensure changed information is accurate and encourage family members with similar information to compare sources and reach sound conclusions.
Even with so many new features, the beta site is designed to simplify family history work. The site’s usability saves visitors time as they find and prepare names to take to the temple.
One of the goals of is to help novice researchers get started quickly and make meaningful contributions to family history work without a lot of training. The site is structured to make it easy for casual volunteers to learn what information is already available, find out what needs to be done, and help by finding sources of information and establishing credibility of information.
Even individuals whose family history is largely completed can help with family history by making records available for others. For example, users can transcribe information from online images such as census records on a personal computer in a process called indexing. After records are indexed, they can be searched digitally. The indexing application is currently housed on, but will be part of later this year.
Indexing is one way to help with family history, but it certainly isn’t the only way.
“Each person has different interests and skills that they can contribute to family history,” Brother Kehrer said. “We are building a site that gives users a lot of options for becoming engaged in the work.”
Help is also available on the Web site. Users can ask research questions and find information on getting started, understanding historical documents, researching specific localities, and other helpful hints under the “Learn” tab on the site.
With the coming improvements, makes family history work easier and helps further one of the great purposes of the Church in the latter days. President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, “Family history work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. Family history work of Church members has a refining, spiritualizing, tempering influence on those who are engaged in it. They understand that they are tying their family together—their living family here with those who have gone before” (“Your Family History: Getting Started,” Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2003, 12).
Bringing the Family Together, which will replace later this year, will be home to the following:
· • Family Tree and temple preparation features currently available on
· • Search capabilities currently available on
· • FamilySearch Indexing functions currently available on
· • User forums currently available on
· • Family History Library Catalog and other information
· • Family History blogs
· • Wiki pages that provide research help and guidance currently available on
· • Help features
The Web site will soon be replaced. Visit the beta site for at

Friday, July 16, 2010


Vol. 10, No. 7 July 2010

It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the passing of our friend, Samuel Maxwell, who has worked with us in the Family History Center, maintaining the computers and serving us all. We will miss him.
More Collections added to RecordSearch
Twenty two (22) new collections were updated or added this week - 6 June through 11 June - at—over 11 million new, free indexed names and images from original source records!
· Brazil, Paraiba, Registro Civil [Part 2] 53,2000 New imagesBrazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration 665,000 New imagesCanada,
· British Columbia, Deaths 1872-1986 [Part 4] 5,000 Updated index
· Canada, Nova Scotia, Antigonish Diocese 1823-1905 92,000 9,000 New index and images
· Czech Republic, Trebon, State Regional Archive Church Records 1650-1900 [Part 2] 112,552 New images
· Guatemala, Sagrario, Catholic Church Records, Baptisms, 1898-1920 19,000 2,000 New index and images
· Mexico, Yucatan 1930 Census 35,000 New index to published images
· Spain, Barcelona, Vich, Civil Registration 11,000 Images & WP
· Spain, Barcelona Civil Registration Pt 2 1,000 Images & WP
· Spain, Barcelona Civil Registration Pt 3 2,000 Images & WP
· Spain, Cordoba, Civil Registration 4,000 Images & WP
· Spain, M├ílaga, Civil Registration 22,000 Images & WP
· Spain, Ripoll (Girona), Municipal Records 53,000 Images & WP
· US Federal Census, 1910, Arkansas 1,421,000 Index only
· US Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut 955,000 Index only
· US Federal Census, 1910, District of Columbia 35,6000 Index only
· US Federal Census, 1910, Indiana 295,7000 Index only
· US Federal Census, 1910, Nevada 91,000 Index only
· US Federal Census, 1910, New Jersey 267,0000 Index only
· US Federal Census, 1910, Texas 4,000,000 Index only
· US, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1913 v. 50-53 2,000 2,000 New index and images
· US, Minnesota, Probate Court Wills 1849-1918 - Part 1 37,000 Updated index
FamilySearch Maps - Are you aware of the new ? It's
interactive maps of England. . You can find the political district in a number of areas. It will also do radius searches and a number of other helps including printing.

What is Inferential Genealogy? This presentation was given at the NGS Conference in Salt Lake City. Take this online class and increase your understanding of this subject. Go to click on Free Online Classes. Scroll down to Inferential Genealogy sponsor: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. As you scroll notice all the different Genealogy Classes that are available.

Want a syllabus of the Conferences in Salt Lake?
For a syllabus of the FamilySearch Presentations at NGS 2010 go to Type in NGS 2010. This will take you to FamilySearch Wiki:Userboxes/Gallery. Click on the first User Box under Conference and Events.

For a syllabus of the BYU Computerized Conference go to
Type in BYU 2010. The first entry is FamilySearch Presentations at BYU 2010
There are great classes at this conference.

I am a cencus takers for the city of Bufflow. Our city has groan very
fast in resent years & now in 1865, it has become a hard & time
consuming job to count all the peephill. There are not many that con
do this werk, as it is nesessarie to have an ejucashun, wich a lot of
pursons still do not have. Anuther atribeart needed for this job is god spelling, for
meny of the pephill to be counted can hardle speek inglish, let alon spel there names.

Memory Album - I made a memory album of my late brother for each of his three daughters. I took the few pictures that I had of him as a child and spread them throughout the album along with pictures of the two houses he lived in as a child, the old theatre where we spent many Saturday afternoons, the "main drag" of our neighborhood, and other pictures that pertained to his life. I included some journaling
throughout the album, illustrating with photos and stickers the memories that I had of his years growing up and of our mother who is also deceased. These stories would be lost to them otherwise and I think this album will give them a deeper understanding of their dad. Our local library was very helpful with pictures of the things and places I wanted from the 1930s and the 1940s. Along with this, I included a genealogy chart, which I think will be fascinating to them. It will be a thrill for his grandchildren to see where they fit into our history, and perhaps encourage them to dig deeper into their past. ---Nancy Dow

Family History Tips
Before you visit a library, visit it online. This can help you save time in three ways:
1. Check the basic information about the facility, including its location and hours. You don't want to plan a trip for the wrong time.
2. If the Web site contains an overview of the collection, it may help you determine if the library is one you actually wish to visit.
3. You may be able to access the library's card catalog through their Web site. Searching the catalog from home before your trip may save significant amounts of on-site research time, allowing you to spend more time with the materials you came to see.
Print one bibliographic page for each book or source you plan to use.
Enter all information from each source or record at the same time. - Data entry is not fun, but it makes information analysis and pattern recognition much easier. When entering information from records, don't sift through all your records looking for information on one person. Instead, enter all information from each source at the same time. Data entry with most software programs is easier if you enter information about one document completely before starting on another one, and you may be able to copy and paste repetitive information during the data entry process. If you aren't constantly flipping through documents while entering data, you also reduce your chances of making errors.
Source: " Time-Saving Tips for Genealogists", by Michael John Neill,

As you prepare for your Research trip you might want to look at GOOGLE MAPS. Google Maps is really more than just a tool for finding an address. Goggle Maps has become a tool for not only finding an address but viewing a picture of what is at that address. Google maps can be accessed from the Google home page by clicking on the link “Maps” at the top left hand side of the screen. Once you are at the Google Maps page, click on the button that says “Street View” You will see an United States map that has camera graphics all over. These cameras indicate places where Google has sent cars with cameras to photograph the streets and structures on the street. What does this mean for your genealogy? As Google photographs more areas, you will be able to put in your ancestor’s address and see if their house is still there. So here’s how it works. Type in an address in the Google box next to the button “Search Maps”. I went ahead and used an address for one of my ancestors that I found while looking over their California Voter Registration. You will then be shown a box with the address and if there is a picture available you will see a little thumbnail of that picture that you can then click on and look at. Now, these pictures are not high resolution so zooming in will not necessarily provide you with a clear image. Also, you can turn the image so that you can see basically the whole street at a 360-degree view. Please note that the address you type in may not be the picture pf the exact house you are looking for. I know in the case of my house and a few others I talked to, our addresses brought up neighbor’s two houses up from us. But overall this is a great tool for “visiting” your ancestor’s home and neighborhood. For more on using this feature see .
From class on Google given by Gena Philibert Ortega last November at “Novemberfest 2009”

German Genealogical Website - This site is a treasure trove of information for German research. It includes a beginner's guide and hundreds of links:
From Logan FHC Newsletter

Famine Irish Collection - The U.S. National Archives has two online databases of
information on immigrants who came to America from Ireland during the Irish
famine, covering the years 1846 to 1851. The "Famine Irish Passenger Record Data
File" has 605,596 records of passengers arriving in New York, about 70% of whom
came from Ireland. The second database, "List of Ships that Arrived at the Port of
New York During the Irish Famine," gives background detail on the ships that brought them over, including the total number of passengers. Free. (Click on Passenger Lists under the Genealogy/Personal
History category)

Canadian Genealogy Centre
New images and webpages at the Canadian Genealogy Centre at the Library and Archives Canada website. Ocean Arrivals 1919-1924 have been digitized and are available online through the Microform Digitization online research tool.

GEN TIP -Genealogy Book Links
Genealogy Book Links, is a resource of the freely available digital books of interest to genealogists with links to 15,000+ online history, records, biographies and family genealogies gathered from more than 24 sources. Also, links to additional resources can be found in black at the top of the pages. Books are organized by name, subject and state laid out in an easy to use browseable format. Biographies and family genealogies are arranged alphabetically by name. Just click on the first letter of the name you're seeking and you'll find a three column table with the last name, source link, and title. Scroll down until you find the name and click on the link. Some names with a large number of volumes such as Smith, Clark, Johnson, Williams, etc. are on individual pages. There is also a Google site search towards the bottom of the homepage.
Some states such as Penn, NY, and Mass, are more developed then others. The free available Massachusetts town vital records books are a subtopic of the Mass page. Genealogy Book Links is also a good source of civil war regimental histories. The site is maintained with titles added weekly. Currently the site map is being updated.

Ways to Walk in Your Ancestors' Shoes
Want to find out what was happening on or about an important event in your family’s history? These sites can help:'s This Day in History:
You’ll see a top story from on today’s date in history; click View Calendar to select another date.
Any Day in History:
Pick a date and get a list of famous people’s birthdates, holidays and a timeline of historic happenings on that date.
New York Times On This Day:
Find events on today’s date, or click the tiny Go To previous date link for a clickable list of dates..
BrainyHistory: Select a year range, then a year, and get a list of events that happened on most days of the year.
Library of Congress Today in History:
Get a look at some library materials related to historic events on today’s date. Click archives to enter another date.
On This Day in History:
Pick a date and see events, births and deaths that happened on that day.
What happened in my birth year?: Type in your birth year (or any year) and you’ll see a countdown and get an essay—letter by letter—about what life was like and what happened that year. This cool tool only goes back to 1900, though. Find out what happened this week in history and browse timelines such as American history, technology, famous people and sports. At the bottom of the page, click What Happened On to select a date.
Don’t forget Google News Timelines (We talked about this last month)
To Access the Google News Timeline
1. Launch your web browser software and visit
2. Conduct a search for the phrase google news timeline
3. The first result should take you directly to
(Keep in mind – this is a prototype under construction, so be patient)

Sources vs. Notes
– Venita Roylance
In the genealogy world at large there is a big difference between notes and sources. Notes are meant to explain or expand the genealogical data you put into the name, dates, places fields. They are also to provide supporting data such as exact quotes, extracted census data, obituaries, etc., etc. Sources, on the other hand, are meant to be concise references to where you found the data you put in the name, dates and places fields. Ideally, a source will tell the reader where to find the exact information (the original document) that you found, fifty years and more from now. That's why there are fields for notes and fields for sources.
A member wrote the following in a FHCNET note: “ I have been using individual notes’ or ‘family notes’ for my sources. I just copy and paste from my notes in PAF. There so far seems to be no limit on space. I haven't seen any comments on doing this so maybe I've been wrong, but it is a comfort to have my sources there for all to read. The source fields in the various database programs have always been a problem for me. They are too complicated and time consuming for me and they do not transfer between programs very well.”
Editorial response from Venita: Church members in general have a weak reputation in the genealogy world at large because we choose to not follow the research rules that other family historians adhere to. While our ultimate goal is to free the prisoners by doing proxy temple work for them, it would be a laudable bonus if we would also be excellent researchers, recorders, and source's of their personal data. We would surely also gain more respect among our peers outside the church membership rolls if we did so.
Ogden Family History Center Newsletter

Bogus Genealogy
A company called The Historical Research Center has ads plastered all over the Internet and on late-night television, claiming to sell you the history of your family name. The company even claims to provide your “family coat of arms” on wall plaques, coffee cups, and other such mementos. There's only one problem – it's all bogus. Chris Rodda, from the Ogden Family History Center did some research into the Historical Research Center and found some interesting facts. For one, there is no such thing as a family coat of arms. (Any advanced genealogist could have told you that). As you’ve probably guessed by now The Historical Research Center is a pseudo-genealogy franchise business. Don't be taken in!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vol. 10, No. 6
June 2010

Phone Number: 909-794-3844. Located at 5th and Wabash in Redlands.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday—9:00 to 1:00 Tuesday and Wednesday Night—6:00-9:00pm
Closed Sunday Nights except the 4th Sunday before the Research Class
Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 1:00pm at the Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society at the Yucaipa Branch Library. Speaker will be Charlie Frye, Chief Cartographer at Environmental Systems Research Institute in Redlands, and president of the Sons of the American Revolution in Redlands, “More than dates and places: Tracing the paths of Revolutionary War Ancestors in GIS”

Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 7:00pm Family History Research Class at the Redlands Stake Center High Council Room. Subject: “Accessing and Using Censuses” Presenter: Leslie Johnson.

National Archive, Pacific Region (formerly known as Laguna Niguel) is now open. “The National Archives regional archives is located at 23123 Cajalco Road in Perris, California. We are open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month (except Federal holidays). No appointment is necessary. We hold only records of the Federal government. This, of course, includes commonly used genealogical records such as the U.S. census for all states and all years available, military records, passenger lists and naturalization records, tribal censuses and other sources of interest to Native-Americans, and Federal land records relating to southern California and Arizona. Since our holdings include nearly 70,000 boxes of original records relating to southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada and 70,000 rolls of microfilm containing images of records held at the National Archives facilities in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland, we have records on a large number of other topics, and other areas of the United States, besides those I have listed. In addition, we offer and free at our facility and any copies people may wish to make from these services are free as well. Our email address for sending us reference inquiries is Our telephone number is (951) 956-2000.” From an email from Mr. Kerry Bartels, archivist at the Nation Archives regional archives. There is a map that shows how to get there on the website.

FamilySearch invites you to become a member of the FamilySearch online community. The community resources will become invaluable as you do your own family history work or help others with theirs. In addition, community members’ experience and assistance is needed in building online help for family history enthusiasts and newcomers.
FamilySearch Research Wiki
On the Research Wiki you can:
· Find information about resources available for family history research in a
particular geographic area.
· Determine where best to look for records from a specific time period.
· Add information about a place that you’ve been to or researched.
· Add information about records or archives that will help others.
You can access the Research Wiki by clicking this link: . You do not need to register in order to contribute to the site if you already have an LDS Account.

FamilySearch Forums
On the FamilySearch Forums site, you can find answers to any question that you may have. Here you can ask about:
· Specific ancestors that you’re trying to find.
· Which records are best for a particular time period.
· Locations of resources.
· Features of
· Any other FamilySearch product or Web site, such as the Indexing site.
To access the FamilySearch Forums, click here: . If you register on the site, you will need to set up a user name and password because the Forums site has not yet converted to the LDS Account system. Hint: It is recommended that when you register for Forums, you choose the same user name and password that you use for your LDS Account so that you will not have to change your user information later.
Email received from FamilySearch, May 11, 2010

“Tweets” from the opening session of the National Genealogical Society conference held last week in Salt Lake City. (Editor’s note: I would call these “notes”)
Opening Session - Jay Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch, is talking about technology and how it is advancing so fast.
Verkler is showing a video of the Granite Mountain Vault outside of Salt Lake City The microfilm in the vault holds about 3.5 billion images!! And there is more room to grow!
Some records in the vault are the only copies that exist! Now they are working on digitizing these records.
Digitization was going to take over a century, but with new technology it will take about 10 years!! (Editor’s note: This is probably the most important note of all)
Over 300,000 registered indexers that help with the digitization process!! Learn more at 300 million new records on FamilySearch!!
FS(FamilySearch) has been working on a collaboration effort called Family Tree
Even "deep experts" need to collaborate with other "deep experts"
Now talking about the FS Wiki. "Fundamentally designed for sharing"
Encourages to contribute to the wiki. Learn more at
Register at

GenealogyBank ($)
Ancestry ($)
WorldVitalRecords ($) (Free at the Portal)
NewspaperARCHIVE ($)
Google News Archive (1840 – current)
Google News Timeline Labs
Chronicling America
ICON: the International Coalition on Newspapers
Click the Database link on the menu and select “ICON Newspaper Database”, and “Links to other Databases.”

Lisa’s Top 5 Newspaper Tips
TIP #1: Only A Fraction of Papers Are Visible Online
TIP #2: Create Your Go-To Bookmark File
TIP #3: Newspapers Are Secondary Sources
Tip #4: Look To The Future! Many newspapers run or have run columns that feature articles from decades earlier. Lesson: Don’t just search the year of the event.
Tip #5: Ask For Help Be sure and use that “Contact Us” link you find on library and archive websites to ask questions about which newspapers existed, where they are located, etc. Answers from the experts can save you from going on a wild goose chase for a newspaper that doesn’t exist. Lisa Louise Cooke’s Webinar

This product presents search results in chronological order, including current and historical news, scanned newspapers and magazine articles and other data sources – all displayed on a graphical timeline. By using a host of customization options, you can quickly filter through results to obtain those that have greater relevance for your research. I am giving you a link to a youtube video presented by Lisa Louise Cooke showing how to use this site and how it will help you with your genealogy. It is about 5 min. long.

Free Access to Historical Newspapers on is offering free access to all the historical newspapers on the company's web site. On Footnote you will find newspapers ranging from small towns to major cities and dating back to the 1700’s. Whether a historian or a genealogist, historical newspapers are one of the best resources that provide a unique window into the past.
Continue reading "Free Access to Historical Newspapers on" » to take over The following announcement was written by Australian online service will be relaunched as supported by Gould Genealogy & History. The National Genealogical Society Conference in Salt Lake City provides the backdrop for a joint announcement today by three leading players in the world genealogy market., Inc.’s WorldVitalRecords Australasian operation is to be taken over by leading UK family history website and run in partnership with Gould Genealogy & History of Australia.
The website currently known as will be relaunched next month under the new name of It will initially provide subscription access to mainly Australian and New Zealand content. The plan is then to fully integrate both content and features from the website as soon as possible.

World Vital Records -Enhancement to our Find a Grave Results, Find A Grave Photos
WorldVitalRecords brings together various content providers in one place to make it easier to find your ancestors. One of our partners is the website Find A Grave, Part of your search result on WorldVitalRecords may include the photos from Find A Grave. This new database, Find A Grave Photos found at helps you easily find a gravestone photograph and learn more about it at Find A Grave's website. You can also browse or search this database through it's homepage. The first installment of 150,000 images is currently available on WorldVitalRecords. This database as well as the Find A Grave database, are free to all visitors of WorldVitalRecords.

Need a scout project? How about digitizing a cemetery. Take pictures of tombstones. If the graves have not been entered on Find A Grave, upload the pictures with the information on the tombstones.


Ancestry has launched a new wiki that includes two books - The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. The wiki can be found at the Ancestry Wiki. This is still a beta site.

Pennsylvania researchers might want to check out the Ancestor Tracks website, which has free township warrantee maps for many counties and other resources for learning about early Pennsylvania landowners. You can get the full maps, atlases and more on Ancestor tracks’ Early Landowners of Pennsylvania books and CDs.

At the National Genealogical Society conference, we came across a site called It indexes historical resources that refer to ocean and river vessels. If you search or browse on the site to a page for a vessel, you’ll get citations to find more details in resources such as Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia by Lincoln P. Paine. You can subscribe to the site for additional resources.

“How to Use New Familysearch Correctly” by George W. Scott. New FamilySearch Instructor at Lindon Utah FHC. Can be downloaded free or purchased at Stevenson’s in Provo for $3.95. Google “George Scott – New FamilySearch” for further information and additional video tutorials or click on
Submitted by Jack Moser

Genealogical Tip
Print one bibliographic page for each book or source you plan to use.
Documenting your research is extremely important. However, it frequently slows down on-site research. To allow you to spend more time with the materials when you go to a library or archive, create one sheet for each book or record you plan to search. If you've used the online card catalog, copy and paste the bibliographic information into a word processor, using one sheet for each book. Make research notes on the sheet for use at the library or archives. Then when at the facility, you can make additional notes regarding the success (or failure) of your search. If you make copies from the source, attach them to the sheet for ease in tracking sources and entering data when you return home.
Source: "Time-Saving Tips for Genealogists", by Michael John Neill,
Thank you to Marsha Green

Genealogy Tip of the Day
If someone walked up to you and said "Hi, I'm your third cousin, once removed," would you know what they meant? Most of us don't think about our relationships in such exact terms ("cousin" seems good enough), so many of us aren't very familiar with what these words mean. When working on your family history, however, it's important to understand the various types of cousin relationships.
First cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you.
Second cousins have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.
Third cousins have in common two great-great-grandparents and their ancestors.
When cousins descend from common ancestors by a different number of generations they are called “removed.”
Once removed means there is a difference of one generation. Your mother's first cousin would be your first cousin, once removed. She is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents.
Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. Your grandmother's first cousin would be your first cousin, twice removed because you are separated by two generations.
Just to complicate matters, there are also many cases of double cousins. This situation usually occurs when siblings from one family marry siblings from another family. The resulting children, grandchildren, etc. are double cousins, because they share all four ancestors in common. These types of relationships can be difficult to determine and it is usually easiest to chart them one at a time (through one family line and then through the other line).

To Google or Not to Google
We are all familiar with the many large genealogical databases that we can join to search their resources, but what if we want to find resources on our own without joining a website?
Many of the resources we can get through genealogy databases can be found for free if we know how and where to search. A search engine such as Google will help your search be a productive one. I personally like to use a search engine that has an "advanced search" screen. The advanced option makes filtering your search results easier. You are given fields such as "All these words", "Exact phrases", "Any of these words", or "None of these words". Sometimes this is not important but if you are searching for Jeffery Mason Massachusetts, you may get every stone mason in Massachusetts named Jeffery and these are added results that can make finding the correct information more tedious. I searched for Jeffery Mason Massachusetts with a regular search box with no extra tools and found 280,000 search results. I could see that most of these did not have anything to do with Jeffery Mason. I added "Genealogy" to that search box and trimmed the results down to 35900. Still too many to find what I need. I then went to the advanced search option in Google. And moved "Jeffery Mason" to the field that said "this exact wording or phrase" and searched. This returned 174 results. Much better. I then added "stone brick mortar" to the field "But don't show pages that have any of these unwanted words:" Now the results were 10. You can change the combination any way that you like.
You might reverse the name phrase to "Mason, Jeffery" and this would bring different results. If the person lived in various towns, you might enter "Boston, Worcester, Salem" in the field "one or more of these words:". This would give your search a variety of words to include. As you can see, using a search engine to search is only limited by your imagination for entering search combinations...
Source: Paula Vilburn, Ogden Regional Family History Center Newsletter, April 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Vol. 10, No. 5
MAY 2010
National Genealogical Society Conference Among the many activities in Salt Lake City during the last week in April was the announcement: "FamilySearch Shares Plans to Digitize Billions of Records Stored at Granite Mountain Records Vault". Go to and read more.

The new face for will probably be showing up early in June. Record Search is now being beta tested. The name will be changed to Historical Records and we will be able to sign in to more records. They are looking to add 5 billion more records including some “Super Collections”. Family Tree (formerly New Family Search) will only be accessible through the new site. The question everyone asks is “When will Family Tree be available to non members?’ The answer is sometime before the end of this year.
Bryce Roper, Product manager for Family Search

Bryce’s Top Tips for Getting the Most Out of FamilySearch:
1. Try putting in less information in your search
2. Search the appropriate record group
3. Start with the most recent record
4. Try searching a name without dates
5. Try different spellings
6. Use the filters on Record Search up at the top in the blue bar
7. Keep in mind that many records have been digitized but not yet indexed. Try
browsing them. (They do however include meta data)
8.Look at the list of collections and see if it says “Images Only”

FAMILY SEARCH INDEXING UPDATES (April 28) From 168 Collections to 341 Collections and Still Growing Go to and then click the "Search or Browse our Record Collections" in blue below the input boxes. When the next screen opens click on the green box "Browse Collections".

Here is a list of a few of the NEW amazing ones:
Canada Births and Baptisms 1859-1932
Canada Deaths and Burials 1664-1955
Plus many more
7 in Arizona
Delaware Marriages 1713-1953
Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856-1965
Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965
Idaho Marriages, 1978-1898 - 1903-1942
United States Census, 1910
Unites States Deaths and Burials, 1867-1961
United States Marriages, 1733-1990
Utah Births and Christenings, 1892-1941
Utath Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946
Utah Marriages, 1887-1966
Wyoming Marriages, 1877-1920
Austria, Belgium, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Iceland..... Can you imagine ~ Iceland Marriages 1770-1920 and Births and Baptisms, 1620 - 1881; Isle of Man, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Wales, Argentina, Bahama, and MORE and MORE

ORGANIZING YOUR FILES Did you know that FamilySearch has suggestions for organizing your files? To access the organizing materials:
1- Go to >Research Helps tab >Click on Articles > Go to “O” > Scroll down to Organizing Your Genealogy Using Computers [Description], [PDF] Organizing Your Paper Files [Description] [PDF], Organizing Your Paper Files Using File Folders [Description] [PDF] or
Organizing Your Paper Files Using Binders (Notebooks) [Description] [PDF]. Hint: Every time you see “Example” click on it to bring up a picture.

SUCCESS STORY “ In your last newsletter I went to the church history site and discovered my 4th great grandfather’s journal excerpt from crossing the plains. Now I have 8 lines of my ancestors that I can definitely identify which company they were in, it was a great experience. I am hip high in finding my non-member mother’s line and it gets frustrating. So…it was wonderful to find this information on my father’s line, those great early church pioneers. It gives me heart to keep plugging along.”
Kim Reichmann

This site has lessons on how to use the site. Click on the above link,. Go to the Features and click on the Quick Animated Guides or click on Education and choose how you would like to learn how to use the site. There are Lessons, workshops, Videoconferences, Virtual Classroom and/or Podcasts.
Records popular with family historians include:
census records for England and Wales from 1841 to 1911
military service records – most of our military service records predate the 1920s, and some date back as far as the 17th century
other records of service, including documents on Metropolitan Police officers, merchant seamen and railway workers
lists of ships' passengers arriving in or departing from the UK between 1878 and 1960, and naturalisation records wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (the senior ecclesiastical court in England) from 1384 to 1858

Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 1663 - 1760
This invaluable work of reference contains abstracts of every will found in the office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina. While it covers the period 1663 to 1760, it does contain a few later wills. The work is arranged alphabetically according to the name of the testator. The abstracts give the name of the testator, place of residence, names of wife, children, legatees, witnesses, and probate officers, names of plantations mentioned, and remarkable items or noteworthy passages in wills. The extensive 200-page index contains all the names mentioned in the will abstracts–nearly 20,000! An appendix containing indexes to each of the will books is yet another outstanding feature of this monumental work.
WorldVitalRecords adds Italian Passenger Lists
The Center for Immigration Research created this series to promote access to information about German, Russian and Italians immigrants to the United States. The information was extracted from ship passenger lists in the records of the U.S. Customs Service (NARA Record Group 36).
There are records of passengers who were U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens planning to continue their travels, returning to the U.S., or staying in the U.S. Most of the records are of passengers arriving at the Port of New York, although there are some records of passengers arriving at the following ports: Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. Each of the passenger records may include name, age, town of last residence, destination, and codes for passenger's sex, occupation, literacy, country of origin, transit and/or travel compartment, the name of the ship, the port of departure, date of arrival and the port of arrival.
WorldVitalRecords allows wildcards where you type in the first three letters of a first and or last name and then an asterisk. So a search for John Smith might look like Joh* Smith, Joh* Smit* or John Smi*. With a name like John, the wildcards will help you catch variations like Johnny or Johnnie.

GOOGLE TRANSLATOR You can use Google to translate words, phrases and documents, . This online translator is handy for words or phrases. Enter a search phrase in your own language to find information in other languages. A number of languages (from Afrikaans to Hungarian to Yiddish and more) are available for translation. Consider using the Google Language Tools to translate commonly used genealogy term, such as archive, baptism, marriage, cemetery, church, etc., into the native language of your ancestor to gather results posted online from other countries. (Editors note: We had a woman come into the FHC the other day. She was translating a book about the history of the town, her ancestors came from, in Italy.)

DEAD FRED Dead Fred’s Genealogy Photo Archive is a free, photo genealogy research website (or photobase) devoted to helping you visualize your heritage. Search for images by name, date, location, photographer and other criteria. You can also post your won photos to the archive. The site also has an extensive collection of mystery photos, whish are interesting to browse. It huge, searchable database contains 16937 surnames and 98160 records. It has had 1817 reunions of photographs with their rightful owners. Sign up for a free newsletter to learn about recent updates to the site.
Internet Genealogy Magazine

The other day while browsing around the Internet, I decided to re-visit a genealogy site that has been around since 1999. The longevity of this site says that there is something very right going on. The name of the site is Genealogy Today,
The first thing you will notice is the labeled tabs across the top of the site, Getting Started, Family History, Research Tools, Advanced Topics, What's New, and Other Stuff. Each of these areas by themselves are chock full of information, but they are only gateways to much more information. Kathryn Brannigan Walizer

MacFamilyTree 5.7 Released
The following was written by Synium Software:
The modern genealogy software for your Mac is available in version 5.7 now, which sports a great number of useful new features and improvements of existing ones. You'll find yourself being more productive due to our completely renewed Source Management, the Facts pane in the Person Editor and Family Editor, direct Audio and Video recording as well as the improved Kinship Report. MacFamilyTree 5.7 is a free update for all existing version 5 users. Continue reading "MacFamilyTree 5.7 Released" » Combs LDS Genealogy Database
The following announcement from will be of interest to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), commonly known as Mormons:
April 1, 2010, Springville UT – is launching today, giving members of the LDS Church a quick and easy way to identify ancestors they can take to the temple for ordinance work. ties directly to, the well-known and comprehensive genealogy database built and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), commonly known as Mormons. The new web site has been certified by FamilySearch for temple ordinance work.
Continue reading " Combs LDS Genealogy Database" »

Maryland Archives website includes published volumes of Archives of Maryland. Baltimore Historical Society: 1883-1972.
Note from the description that: “The ongoing Maryland State Archives publication series, Archives of Maryland Online, currently provides access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland's government. Online access enables users to research such topics as Maryland's constitutions and constitutional conventions' proceedings, session laws, proceedings of the General Assembly, governors' papers, and military records. This project allows the Archives to place into electronic form and preserve for future generations records that are scattered among a number of repositories and that often exist only on rapidly disintegrating paper.”

WORTH CHECKING OUT American Libraries It has links to digitized books. I found on it an Adams book and a Chipman book.
From Dianna Rounds

PODCASTS You can listen to these genealogy podcasts, about an hour each. They cover a variety of subjects, interviews and misc. info, etc. They have show notes that cover what they have been talking about and links to what has been discussed, at Genealogy Gems or the Genealogy Guys at .
Ipod Users, Genealogy Gems and Genealogy Guys Podcasts are free at Itunes.