Sunday, March 7, 2010

March Newsletter

Vol. 10, No. 3 MARCH 2010

IRISH GENEALOGY WEBSITES: Start your Irish Research with a class from Family Search (Update) “We are pleased to announce that the Ireland Beginning Research Series has been added to the Research Series Classes Online page of the Web site”.

The official website of Irish Genealogy Limited (IGL) was set up in 1993 to manage and market the Irish genealogical Project. This web site is dedicated to helping you in your search for records of family history for past generations. You can view over 1.3 million church records free of charge.

There are over 1000 genealogy links for Ireland, including Irish ships passenger lists, immigrant records, censuses, cemetery lists, etc.

Family Research - English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy ... An Irish genealogy website, created in Ireland, carrying information on genealogical resources, ...

From an excerpt from the March edition of the magazine.
“Welcome home. This is the Irish Roots Café where every day’s a holiday and there’s always room for one more.” Mike O’Laughlin begins every podcast with this pronouncement, which is typical of Irish hospitality. O’Laughlin, with personal family roots going back to counties Clare and Kerry, founded his project in 1978, which now includes the popular site,; a blog,; an annual print journal of Irish families (which O’Laughlin is considering transitioning to online only); hundreds of Irish genealogical-related articles and several books; genealogical resources on every county in Ireland (The Irish Families Project); and reprints of some old Irish histories and biographies.
(Note: We have a subscription to this magazine in our FHC.)

Family Search Update
FamilySearch is pleased to announce that it has added two links to the Hispanic Family History Resources page, which is available in both English and Spanish, on its FamilySearch home page at These two links are titled: Hispanic Family History Resources
And Recursos de Historia Familiar (Español)
The information actually resides on the FamilySearch Research Wiki and may be directly accessed at the following research Wiki links:
English: Hispanic Family History Resources
Spanish: Recursos de Historia Familiar (Español)

FamilySearch continues to make progress on indexing the 1910 and 1920 United States Censuses, with five new states released this week. In addition, new international projects
New Projects in the Past Two Weeks
· Deutschland, Baden, Achern- Kirchebucher,. 1810-1869 (Part B)
· Espana, Malaga-Registros Civiles, 1846-1870
· Jamaica – Civil Births, 1878-1899 (Part A)
· Norway-1875 Census (Part B) In partnership with DIS-Norge)
· US, Alaska- 1920 Federal Census
· US, Hawaii- 1920 Federal Census
· US, Illinois – 1910 Federal Census
· US, Indiana – 1910 Federal Census
· US, Iowa – 1910 Federal Census

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.

Collections added by WorldVitalRecords: City Directories from New York City and Vietnam War Records City Directories for New York, New York (available 1/21/2010)
Directories of residents, organizations, and businesses in New York, New York, 1786-1922 (and some undated). Before the modern phone book, many cities and towns published alphabetical directories of their residents and businesses. These publications contain names and addresses for most adults and businesses in the city and may include references to age, occupation, employer, the name of a deceased spouse, and other information. These directories tended to be published more often than every ten years, so they give a more dynamic picture of a city's population than the decennial US census, in partnership with

Church Records and City Histories for New York and Connecticut
The Catskill Mountains and the Region Around The Catskill Mountains and the Region Around. Rockwell, Charles. (1867) Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, Staten Island, Baptisms From 1696 To 1772 Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, S.I., Baptisms From 1696 To 1772: United Brethren Congregation, Commonly Called Moravian Church, S.I., Births and Baptisms: 1749 To 1853, Marriages: 1764 To 1863, Deaths and Burials: 1758 To 1828: St. Andrew's Church, Richmond, S.I., Births and Baptisms From 1752 To 1795, Marriages From 1754 To 1808. with Portrait of Rev. Melatiah Everett Dwight. Wright, Tobias Alexander. (1909)

The following announcement was written by
-Over 27,000 Photos And Records Are Added To The Largest Online Vietnam War Collection-
Lindon, UT – February 4, 2010 – Today announced a major addition to its Vietnam War Collection: Army Photos and Unit Service Awards. Now totaling over 100,000 photos and documents, this collection helps visitors gain a better perspective and appreciation for this often-misunderstood event in U.S. History. “Our partnership with the National Archives has proven to be invaluable as we work to make these records more accessible,” explains Russell Wilding, CEO of “Previously you were required to travel to Washington, D.C. to see these records. Now anyone can access the original records through the internet.”

MYHERITAGE.COM -With 13 million family trees, 47 million members and 530 million profiles, becomes the largest international site dedicated to families on the web. You can upload pictures with little effort; add names and notations about each picture and person. Additionally, this site has a real nice facial recognition program. It searches all of your uploaded photos, finds the faces and catalogs them. You can see all of the faces that the program thinks are the same person, unselect those that are not the same person, and enter the person's name. Once you enter the name of the person in the picture you will see the possible matches in your family tree and you can associate the pictures with the person in your tree. The tree view looks like your typical pedigree layout and is easy to move around in. (Caution: If you are invited to come on the site and add any additional data, DO NOT add your full data base of names. You can get your own MyHeritage site for free!!)

ITSOURTREE.COM - is a similar website. This one is free to use, and allows you to load up your family pictures but no facial recognition capabilities here. You can also invite friends to collaborate with you and help build your family tree. You might want to check out the reviews by Dick Eastman and Renee Zamora at to see what they think of the site.

BLOGS, short for Weblogs, is an on line journal. It is important to note that even in a genealogy blog, genealogy does not have to be the sole focus. Some bloggers highlight their genealogical pursuits or their own family history in only one section of a blog, yet the blog can still be known among genealogist as a useful site. One blogger, Jasia from Creative Gene, ( started her blog as a creative writing outlet focusing on photography and creative writing as well as the general topic of genealogy, specifically Polish and Detroit genealogy in particular. It quickly went in the direction of genealogy, and she has started a second blog that focus’ on Creative Genealogy ( which talks about scrapbooking and writing a family history. Two blogs you might enjoy are Jean Hibbens blog, and Gena Orgega’s blog, Editors note: I have a Family blog which each of my children and grandchildren who have blogs link to and I just recently started a second blog to archive these Newsletters (

Some blogs worth looking at are: Crowe’s Nest Genalogy Blog, by Elizabeth Powell Crowe This blog offers a wide range of information that will be helpful to anyone researching family history in North America. Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog, by DearMyrtle, aka Pat Richley This is a long-standing genealogy advice column, started way back in the days of electronic bulletin boards. Genealogy Blog by Everton Publishers You won’t find folksy stories or eloquent essays here, just lots and lots of press releases and news from around the world.

FamilySearch Pilot Database & Documents Now Searchable at LiveRoots
I just got a note from my friend, Illya D’Addezio, telling me that genealogists can now view results from the Record Search pilot from within Live Roots.
“The FamilySearch Record Search pilot include millions of indexed records, and is expanding each month. When you perform a search in Live Roots, you will see a link to the FamilySearch Record Search feature in the “Available Partner Services” section. You also have the ability to search a specific collection within the Record Search pilot from the corresponding resource page. Resources from the pilot are cataloged in Live Roots as soon as they are posted online.”
Since you can search specific sites within live roots by searching individual Live Roots partner databases, I tested the search by going directly to the Live Roots Search & Preview page, and then searching for the surname “Daffern” in the Record Search box.
Twelve seconds later, I had numerous hits, including many entries from the Texas Death Certificates, 1900 U.S. Census, 1920 U.S. Census, and England Marriages, 1700-1900. Choosing the entry for Martin L. Daffern, Patty’s cousin, I was able to drill right on down to his death certificate. It took a few seconds to load the Certificate, but when it came up, it was great!
Try it out yourself at:
(This info from

Bits and Pieces
Find A Grave: You can search about 10 million grave records, add names and photographs, create virtual memorials, add cyber-flowers and a note to a loved one’s grave, and even search for graves of the famous (and Infamous!) You can also perform cemetery lookups by clicking the “Cemetery Lookup” link, typing in the first name of the cemetery and selecting the country and state. Find a grave is now #6 on the list of 50 most used sites.

Kansas State Historical Society: Don’t skip over this website just because you don’t have Kansas ancestors. This is one of my favorite websites. The Kansas State Historical Society has a large collection of microfilmed newspapers from throughout the United States and best of all you can order them through interlibrary loan. To see the list of newspapers, from the homepage, click on the link for Genealogists and then Newspapers. Go to the drop down menu and click on the state you are interested in. You can the look through a list of what newspapers they have for that state. 32 states are represented plus a few foreign newspapers including Cuba. (From Gena Philbert Ortega’s list of Genealogy Websites in WorldViltalRecords Newsletter)

Google Digitizes the Ottawa Citizen Archives Google has digitized and made available online most of the archives of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, putting about 2.5 million articles at your fingertips, the earliest from 1890. You may be amazed at the speed and ease with which you can find family history. Google's Advanced News Archive Search also contains the contents of a few hundred other newspaper archives and is available free of charge at

Steve Morse and his One-Step Webpages. Some genealogists just seem to be dedicated to helping their fellow researchers. Steve Morse is one of those genealogists. He took his knowledge of technology and uses it to make genealogy searches simpler and more effective.
His website, One-Step Webpages at, allows researchers to easily search various online genealogy databases in one-step. Thus making searching easy and eliminating the need to make multiple searches. Simply put, his one-step searches take an already existing search engine and makes it better. (Email from Family History Expos, Inc.)
Coming Event: Super Bowl of Genealogy
We want to make you aware that four major family history conferences will all happen in one week in Salt Lake City this spring:
· National Genealogical Society 2010 Family History Conference
· Brigham Young University 2010 Conference on Computerized Family History and
· Brigham Young University 10th Annual Family History Technology Workshop
· FamilySearch’s 2010 Developers Conference
The premier event of the week is the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference. The theme for this year's NGS Conference is “Follow Your Ancestral Trail.” It will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 28–May 1, 2010.
If you want to attend the NGS conference classes, price and registration information can be found at There is an early-bird discount until March 8, 2010.
This promises to be a full week of family history learning and activities that will help you better assist the members in your ward. We hope that you will come and enjoy the conference with us. For additional information, please visit: