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, Málaga, 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!

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