I’m considering whether to write a 9th edition of Genealogy Online.What would my dear readers like to see in a new edition? More on social networking? Multimedia? Databases?I’m listening….let me hear from you!
Archive for July, 2009
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould
I have some family legends I’d love to prove or disprove:
- That “Toxie” was the name of a doctor who attended a Powell birth, and that’s why several generations of men have that for a middle name in my family.
- That one of my grandfather’s cousins married a famous Nashville radio star
- That one of my ancestors was once upon a time in love with someone who was killed by Indians.
The thing about family legends is that they often have a grain of truth, and are there for good clues for your research. But you can’t take them as gospel, only inspiration for your research and study. I’m looking for birth, marriage and death certificates that could show these stories true or untrue….
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary____________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release July 28, 2009NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Kelvin James Cochran, of Louisiana, to be Administrator of the United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, vice Gregory B. Cade, resigned. David S. Ferriero, of North Carolina, to be Archivist of the United States, vice Allen Weinstein, resigned. Suedeen G. Kelly, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2014. (Reappointment) Mary Jo Wills, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary____________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release July 28, 2009NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:
Kelvin James Cochran, of Louisiana, to be Administrator of the United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, vice Gregory B. Cade, resigned.
David S. Ferriero, of North Carolina, to be Archivist of the United States, vice Allen Weinstein, resigned.
Suedeen G. Kelly, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2014. (Reappointment)
Mary Jo Wills, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles.
Little Shop of Memories, www.littleshopofmemories.com has been updated. All sections of the genealogy section has had new entries. In addition, a large number of new photos have been added to the picture area. Several photo provided by Fred Sams – taken at the 2009 Lorenzo Hamrick Reunion in Webster Springs, W. Va.Note: My grandmother Flora Beeman Powell’s mother was a Hamrick. Mama always told me I have the “Hamrick Hips” — twins tended to run in that family.
Third Edition of Polish Genealogy Guide Published: “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents”Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
SKOKIE, IL–(Marketwire – July 27, 2009) – The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents (including Birth, Marriage and Death Records).” This resource helps anyone with roots in Poland locate ancestral towns on a modern map, determine if old vital records exist, and learn how to acquire, decipher and translate the records.
The 472 page book includes a step-by-step guide on how to divide each document into a series of “mini-documents”; seven sample documents with important words and the information which follows these words highlighted; tips on how to locate one’s ancestral town and records from that town; and fifteen topical vocabulary lists, such as Age, Family and Occupations, which include words that occur in 19th-century documents.
The book will be making its debut at this summer’s International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Conference in Philadelphia. The author will be presenting a workshop at the conference on Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m., and a book signing is scheduled for 1:30 that same afternoon.
About Judith R. Frazin. Judith R. Frazin is the author of three editions of “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents.” The Polish Genealogical Society of America recognized her contribution to the field of genealogy by selecting her to receive its Wiglia award in 2000. A genealogist for 39 years, she was program chairperson for the 1984 national seminar on Jewish genealogy, served as president of JGSI for ten years, and served as a member-at-large on the Board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogists for three years. Ms. Frazin is an experienced author, lecturer and researcher.
About JGSI. JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors, and serves as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago-area Jewish roots. The society provides speakers on a wide range of topics, access to research materials, publishes a newsletter, and maintains an online, searchable death index.
Wicked Local Lancaster - - Jul 24, 2009
I keep saying I’m going to do a DNA test on the maternal side of my family.” Peach said patience and a passion for history are needed to be a successful …
American Thinker - - Jul 25, 2009 Inkwell, the Gates charity is designed to help blacks trace their genealogy through their DNA. The stated purpose for Gates’ trip to China which preceded …
Jewish Exponent - - Jul 22, 2009
Meanwhile, technology’s applications to genealogy proceed in ways that no one from the Kurzweil-Rottenberg era could have imagined. DNA testing allows …
Canada.com - - Jul 4, 2009
David Pike, who has led a Pike family DNA genealogy project since 2004, says a number of clan members have obtained their genetic profiles and that “thanks …
Vicksburg Post - - Jul 20, 2009
Vick and a number of workshops exploring Vick family DNA, genealogy and history. “The genealogy gets in your blood, and you can’t help it. …
PR Newswire (press release) - Jul 8, 2009
… the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) will use Biomatrica’s SampleMatrix room temperature storage technology to archive its DNA samples. …
Opelika Auburn News - - Jul 25, 2009
Some collections are online, others like the library’s genealogy collection exist only as hard copies. Currently, the library is digitizing its collection …
ScienceBlog.com - Jul 15, 2009
As an author who has written about using DNA, genealogy and American family history to trace my ancestors to Ghana and Scotland, I was one of the few …
New projects for Italy, New Zealand, Perú, and the U.S. were added this month. FamilySearch has 42 international indexing projects underway currently (see charts below). It has a growing need for more volunteers who can help with the increasing number of foreign language projects. Please feel free to encourage and recruit friends, family, colleagues, and society or special interest group members to help with any projects of interest. Sign up is easy at FamilySearch Indexing. The average assignment only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Many volunteers make quick work—which equates to quicker access to the completed indexes!
New indexing projects added in July:
· Italy, Trento—Baptisms, 1784-1924 [Part 2]
· New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915
· Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930 [Part 2]
· U.S.—Freedmen Marriages, 1861–1869
· U.S., Delaware—Birth Records, 1861–1922
· U.S., Georgia—Deaths, 1930
· U.S., Indiana, Carroll County—Marriages, 1811–1959
· U.S., Oklahoma—1920 U.S. Federal Census
· U.S., Tennessee—1920 Federal Census
· U.S., Virginia—1920 U.S. Federal Census
(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)
Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication. Patrons can search other published collections for free at the FamilySearch Records Search pilot.)
· Australia, Greenwich—Genealogical Records, 1776–1980
· België—Overlijdens Registers—In het Nederlands, 1796–1910
· België—Overlijdens Registers—Kalmthout, 1851–1900
· Canada, Nova Scotia, Antigonish—Catholic Diocese, 1823–1905
· France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 1]
· U.S., Indiana, Blackford County—Marriages, 1811–1959
· U.S., Indiana—Marriages, 1882–April 1905
· U.S., Massachusetts Marriages, 1896–1897
New record collections were added to the FamilySearch Record Search pilot this week for Cheshire, England, Minnesota, and New York.These collections can be searched for free at the FamilySearch.org Record Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).Special thanks to the online volunteers who help make these collections freely available by donating a few minutes of their time or talents to the FamilySearch Indexing program.Collection NameIndexed RecordsDigital ImagesCommentsEngland, Cheshire Non-conformist records, 1671-190074,925NEW. Index only.Minnesota State Census, 18951,542,818NEW. Complete census. Index only.New York State Census, 190544,005NEW. Images only. Index is currently in progress through FamilySearch Indexing.About FamilySearchFamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.