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<February 2012>

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# Friday, February 24, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Feb. 20-24
Posted by Diane

  • today announced a project to digitize the 3.5 to 4 million historical records from the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies in England. The records cover parish churches and bishops' transcripts, spanning 1538 to 1990 (1910 for baptisms and 1928 for marriages). also added 359,000 records of UK merchant seamen records covering the years 1835-1857. Its sister site added Petty Sessions order books—court records from the lowest courts in Ireland—from 1850 through 1910.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | | Celebrity Roots | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, February 24, 2012 2:36:25 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [5]
Family Tree University Virtual Conference Sweepstakes Winner!
Posted by Diane

Congratulations to Barbara Lemley of St. Joseph, Mo., who won a registration to our Family Tree University Virtual Conference in this week's sweepstakes!

Want to join Barbara March 9-11 in a weekend of genealogy classes and networking—without leaving home? Find out more about the Virtual Conference on

Family Tree University | Genealogy Events
Friday, February 24, 2012 9:43:31 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [5]
# Thursday, February 23, 2012
Last Day to Enter our Virtual Conference Sweepstakes
Posted by Diane

Heads up! Today's the last day to enter to win a Family Tree University Virtual Conference registration in our Virtual Conference Sweepstakes.

You could win a registration (a $199 value) to this weekend event full of video classes, live chats with genealogy experts, message board networking and more. No need to book a hotel room, fuel up the car or even change out of your pajamas.

The Virtual Conference, sponsored by Flip-Pal (whose Flip-Pal mobile scanner is at the top of many genealogists' most-wanted lists), takes place March 9-11. You can log in anytime over the weekend it's convenient for you.

Enter your name in the Virtual Conference Sweepstakes at before 11:59 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Feb. 23.

And find out more about the Virtual Conference at

Family Tree University | Genealogy Events
Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:26:05 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
This Friday on "Who Do You Think You Are?": Blair Underwood
Posted by Diane

After last week's "Who Do You Think You Are?" hiatus, I'm looking forward to this week's episode featuring actor Blair Underwood. I've admired him ever since "L.A. Law." (I don't have to be a special fan of the celebrity to enjoy an episode, but it does add that extra element.)

In this preview clip, a genealogist guides Underwood through finding family in the 1860 census on—and Underwood realizes his African-American ancestor Delaware Scott was free in 1860, and owned real estate.

And check out this article, in which Underwood talks about filming the show and meeting relatives in Cameroon.

The episode airs at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 7 p.m. Central on NBC.

If you're researching African-American roots like Underwood, you'll find expert research advice in our African-American Genealogy Value Pack, on sale in during Black History Month.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | African-American roots | Celebrity Roots
Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:52:57 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Upcoming Webinars: Online Census Research and Tracing Indiana Ancestors
Posted by Diane

So much has changed in the online census landscape—and even more changes are in store, with the 1940 census release on April 2—that we're sharing search tips in our new Online Census Secrets webinar with presenter (and Family Tree Magazine publisher) Allison Dolan.

You'll learn key facts about censuses, where to find free census records, how to use the major online collections, search strategies for elusive ancestors and what to expect when using the 1940 census. Here's the basic info:

Hoosier Great-granddaddy? Whether you're descended from the native Miami or Potawotomi tribes, pioneers on the National Road, railroad workers of the 1850s, or African-Americans who migrated north in the early 1900s, it's likely that at some point, some of your ancestors were in Indiana.

In our Indiana Genealogy Crash Course webinar, professional genealogist Harold Henderson will show you his strategies for finding your Hoosier ancestors. You'll learn history essentials, how to find vital records and other important Indiana resources, the best websites for Indiana ancestor research and more. The basics:

census records | Editor's Pick | Research Tips | Webinars
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:46:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, February 21, 2012
National Archives Announces Website for 1940 Census Records
Posted by Diane

When the 1940 census is released free online this April 2 at 9 a.m. ET, you can view your ancestors’ records free at

According to the National Archives announcement, no other website will host the 1940 census data on its April 2 release date. Shortly after, though, you’ll also be able to view records free on

The National Archives and the US Census Bureau also are starting a 40 Days to the ’40 Census campaign. You can follow updates on Twitter (the hashtag is #1940Census), Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, and the blogs NARAtions and Prologue: Pieces of History.

The video below gives you a behind-the-scenes look at census preparations and tips on how to access the data on April 2—such as figuring out the enumeration district (ED) where your family lived. We explained how to do this in a post about Morse's One-Step questionnaire that guides you through the process.

To figure out the ED, you'll need to know your ancestors' address (or the street name and a cross street) at the time of the census. If your family didn't move between 1930 and 1940, you also can use their ED in the 1930 census to determine their ED in 1940.

census records
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:24:44 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Friday, February 17, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Feb. 13-17
Posted by Diane

  • has added new records including FamilySearch community trees dating back to around 1500, and 1930 census images (the majority of the 1930 census images are now available, with more images from this plus the 1920 and 1920 censuses coming online over the next several weeks).
The additions bring the count of records available on to more than 2 billion.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | | census records | FamilySearch | Genetic Genealogy | MyHeritage | Public Records
Friday, February 17, 2012 12:43:32 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Presidents Day Sale on Genealogy Resources at
Posted by Diane

Happy President’s Day! We’re marking the occasion with a big President's Day sale! President's Day Sale

You'll save up to 46 percent on selected genealogy books and how-to articles, including:
  • Guides to help you research ancestors in Illinois, Virginia and Washington DC

  • Our collected State Research Guides book with advice for tracing your ancestry all across the United States

  • Our Military Research Guide CD and other guides to finding records of ancestors in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II, and other American conflicts

  • The book Life in Civil War America by Michael O. Varhola

  • The book Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?: A Tour of Presidential Gravesites by Brian Lamb
See for the full list of what’s included in our President’s Day sale.

As always, you get free shipping on orders of $25 or more, and Family Tree VIPs get an extra 10 percent off.

And if you suspect there's a US president in your family tree, check out our presidential genealogy research resources on Sales
Friday, February 17, 2012 9:25:22 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, February 16, 2012
Free for a Limited Time: Canadian Vital Records, Japanese Internment Camp Records, 1930 Census
Posted by Diane

Two sites have limited-time free record offers:
  • is offering free access to two databases now through Feb. 23 to mark the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Japanese-Americans and residents to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor: 
  • Update: I also just received an newsletter stating that the site's 1930 US census collection will be free through Feb. 20.

In both cases, you'll need to set up a free account with the site (or log into your existing account) to view record matches.

Asian roots | Canadian roots | census records | Free Databases | Vital Records
Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:33:21 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [7]
Family Tree University Virtual Conference Sweepstakes!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree University is holding a Virtual Conference Sweepstakes! Now through Feb. 23, enter and you could win a free Virtual Conference registration—that's a $199 value.

The Virtual Conference, taking place March 9-11, is a weekend of family history learning and networking through video classes, live chats, a forum, a virtual exhibit hall, a swag bag and chances to win prizes. No plane tickets, hotel stays or other travel expenses—just log in and you're there.

Go to by February 23 to enter the Virtual Conference Sweepstakes. Good luck!

Family Tree University | Genealogy Events
Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:00:33 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]