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!
Research Principles and Tools New!
U.S. Research New!

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
Order at

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