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# Friday, 20 November 2009
Genealogy News Corral: November 16-20
Posted by Diane

  • In preparation for the Civil War sesquicentennial from 2011 to 2015, the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) and Cleveland State University's Center for Public History and Digital Humanities launched a website about Ohio’s role in the Civil War. You can submit content for several areas of the site. See the OHS newsletter for more information.

  • FamilySearch updated several collections on its free Record Search Pilot site: the 1920 US census index (Texas, Ohio and Iowa were added), Massachusetts marriages, Spanish civil registers, Brazil Catholic church records, and Mexico Catholic baptisms. To see details of each collection, click the appropriate region on the site’s map, click the collection title, then click About This Collection.

  • Pedigree database site OneGreatFamily created a page to help you discover Mayflower ancestors. You’ll find a list of passengers and information about their journey, and if you have a tree on the site (requires a subscription or a free trial), you can see if your branches match up with a Mayflower tree. Follow the directions on OneGreatFamily's Mayflower page to get started.

  • If you’re going to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) annual conference in Salt Lake City April 28 to May 1, NGS has arranged air travel discounts of 2 to 7 percent with Delta/KLM/NWA, and car rental discounts of 8 percent with Thrifty. See the NGS website for how to take advantage of these deals.

FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Events | Genealogy Web Sites | Military records
Friday, 20 November 2009 13:41:39 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 19 November 2009
Footnote Releases American Indian Collection
Posted by Diane

Historical records subscription site Footnote released a new records collection focusing on American Indians. It includes:
  • Ratified Indian Treaties dating back to 1722

  • Indian Census Rolls featuring information including age, place of residence and degree of Indian blood

  • The Guion Miller Roll, an important source for Cherokee ancestors

  • Dawes Packets, containing original applications for tribal enrollments, as well as other documents relating to the Five Civilized Tribes

As with Footnote’s other records, members can search, annotate and add comments to records. Visitors also can view pages for other American Indian tribes, which feature a timeline and map, photo gallery, stories and members’ comments.

The records are available with a $79.95 annual subscription to Footnote (a free seven-day trial is available). Access the collection here.

Related resources on

American Indian roots | Footnote | Genealogy Web Sites
Thursday, 19 November 2009 20:01:50 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Free MyHeritage CD With January 2010 Issue
Posted by Diane

If you’ve already gotten your January 2010 Family Tree Magazine, you’ll notice it’s wrapped with a little present: a CD containing free FamilyTreeBuilder software from MyHeritage, a genealogy and family networking website.

The CD works on Windows 98 or newer. Pop in the CD and the download should begin automatically. If it doesn’t, use the finder to navigate to your CD drive and click on the icon. Need technical help or have questions about the software? See the MyHeritage Help Center or Family Tree Builder pages.

The CD comes with both subscriber issues (now being delivered) and newsstand issues (available Dec. 1 at bookstores and on

Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Software | Genealogy Web Sites
Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:00:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Search DAR Genealogy Indexes Free Online
Posted by Diane

The Daughters of the American Revolution, a 119-year-old lineage society for women descended from patriots of the American Revolution, has added its Genealogical Research System to its public website.

The system, which is free to search, includes several genealogical databases:
  • The Genealogical Records Committee National Index (also called the GRC Index) was already on the site, but if you’ve used it before, it has a different interface as part of the Research System. It indexes 20,000 volumes of transcribed gravestones, family Bibles and other records (and not just from the Revolution era) DAR members have collected.
  • The Ancestor Database of ancestral data from applications of DAR members (who must prove their descent from a Patriot).
  • A Member search, which lets you enter a deceased DAR member's number for limited information on her ancestors.
  • The Descendants index, still under construction, lets you search for names in generations between the DAR member and the Revolutionary War ancestor. It includes much 18th and 19th-century information.
Read more about what’s in each database here.

Start searching here (click Enter Site).

Each database has a separate search. Try alternate spellings, as the search doesn’t automatically find them. It does find partial names, though: If you search on Mary Smith, for example, you’d also get entries for Maryann Smith and Mary Smithson.

Depending on the database you search, you may be able to click to the resource’s listing in the DAR’s online library catalog, or to see basic information (name, birth and death dates, parents’ and children’s names) about an ancestor named in a DAR application.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of some DAR materials; search its online catalog to see if it has the title you need. Then you can rent it by visiting a branch Family History Center near you.

The DAR takes requests for photocopies by fax or postal mail (not e-mail); see the Search Services page for more information.

Free Databases | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites
Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47:56 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Editors Pick: Family Tree Legacies
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine editor Allison Stacy and I talked about everything we’d want in one of those “record your family history” books, and Family Tree Legacies: Preserving Memories Throughout Time is the result. We’re a little biased, but we love how well-organized, versatile and pretty it is (and we think it would make a good Christmas or wedding gift).

This book is a three-ring binder with blank fill-in pages for all kinds of information, and a CD in the back that has printable versions of all the fill-in pages.

Lovely tabbed separators divide the book into themed sections, each focusing on a different type of family history information.

Sections let you record details about your immediate family, extended family, memories and traditions, photographs, family heirlooms, relatives who served in the military, newspaper articles featuring family members, places that are prominent in your family history, family recipes and important dates.

Each section begins with tips and tricks (the one below gets you started finding newspaper articles about your family members) . . .

. . . and then has specially designed pages to record information. The pages below are in the Family Heirlooms section.

There’s also an introduction with 10 steps to discovering your family history and a reference guide with helpful references, websites and books. We also love the fold-out family tree chart (below).

You can use the stickers to mark historical family events in the calendar section, maps in the Places section and more.

We’re hoping Family Tree Legacies will become a keepsake you can pass on to future generations. 

Celebrating your heritage | Family Heirlooms | Genealogy books
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 17:09:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
Download Free RootsMagic Essentials Software
Posted by Diane

RootsMagic, maker of RootsMagic desktop genealogy software for Windows, has released a free version called RootsMagic Essentials. The program contains many core features found in its namesake.

It’s designed for people who want to start using genealogy software, but aren’t yet ready to purchase a full-fledged program. RootsMagic Essentials offers the ability to
  • add an unlimited number of people and events to your tree
  • add pictures and media management
  • write source citations using the SourceWizard
  • create dozens of reports and charts
  • share data with other people and software programs.
It can directly import data from Personal Ancestral File, Family Tree Maker (through version 2006), Family Origins and Legacy Family Tree. It reads and writes data using the GEDCOM format.

The full version of RootsMagic 4, which includes additional faeatures, is available for $29.95. See the website for more details.

Speaking of the web, RootsMagic unveiled a sleek new site today. The navigation tabs with drop-down menus neatly organize the site’s content so it’s easy to find.

You can download trial versions of other RootsMagic programs, too, including Personal Historian, FamilyAtlas and Family Reunion Organizer.

Genealogy Software
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 13:30:19 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 17 November 2009
So a Genealogist Walks Into a Bar . . .
Posted by Diane

Just when I needed a laugh this morning, reader Crystal Pickett emailed links to a few of her favorite funny genealogy sites. Yes, there is such a thing as genealogy humor. For example:

Cyndi’s List: Humor (from Crystal)

My Elusive Ancestors (from Crystal)

Strange but true epitaphs (On an auctioneer's tombstone: "Going! Going!! Gone!!!")

Genealogy Humor (turns out you can be your own grandpa)

Census Whacking (blogger Randy Seaver's links to funny names in census records)

Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogy (video on Roots Television)

The Genealogue

To thank Crystal, here are the lines she’s searching: Shaw/Burtley from Mer Rouge, La.; and Crutch/Crutcher and Wilburn from Vaughn Miss. and Pickens, Miss. 

Click comments if a name rings a bell, or to add a link to your favorite funny genealogy site.

Genealogy fun
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:57:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 16 November 2009
How to Win Your Wish List!
Posted by Diane

It’s fun playing Santa this time of year, so we’re offering a chance to win your favorite how-to genealogy books, CDs, digital downloads and more.

Just fill out your wish list by Wed., Dec. 2, and you’ll be entered to win everything on your list up to $150. (You’re still entered if you already had a wish list.) No purchase necessary to create a wish list or to win.

Four lucky winners will be announced on on December 3. You’ll find wish list instructions and giveaway details on

Genealogy fun
Monday, 16 November 2009 15:13:35 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 13 November 2009
Genealogy News Corral: November 9-13
Posted by Diane

Subscriptions to these publications are included with an NEHGS membership, which starts at $75 per year.
  • Subscription site WorldVitalRecords has added newspaper content from Alaska, California, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Mexico and the UK. Click here to see the titles and other details. The papers are accessible with a World Vital Records subscription ($39.96 per year).
  • David Ferriero was sworn in this week as the 10th Archivist of the United States. The new director of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, and he’s served in leadership positions at other academic libraries. You can read more about Ferriero on NARA's website.

Free Databases | Genealogy societies | Libraries and Archives | Newspapers
Friday, 13 November 2009 14:04:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 12 November 2009
Foonote Extends Free Holocaust Records Access
Posted by Diane

Due to its overwhelming popularity, Footnote’s Holocaust Collection—which was to remain free for the month of October—will now be free to access for the rest of the year.

On January 1, 2010, these records will become part of the $79.95-per-year paid subscription to Footnote. (You’ll still be able to get them free, though, if you visit a National Archives and Records Administration facility and use an on-site computer.)

You can access Footnote's Holocaust Collection here.

More Resources Jewish genealogy articles

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Footnote | Free Databases | Jewish roots
Thursday, 12 November 2009 14:18:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]