Monday, January 31, 2011

Come learn about EWGSI on February 5th.

Is your understanding of (and excitement about) our new EWGS website as little as the above picture??

If so, do come to our regular monthly meeting on Saturday, February 5th, 12:30, downtown Spokane Public Library where and when Cecily Cone Kelly will demonstrate and teach us about our spanking-new website, .

And Cecily will introduce us to our new EWGS Digital Digest, a prominent part of our new website.

Come for the Cookies, Coffee & Conversation at 12:30; the meeting begins at 1:00. Oh, and if you want to learn more, come down at 10:00 for Shirley Penna-Oakes regular beginners' class (main floor auditorium).

See you there!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mozart Genealogy???

Today on public radio I learned that today, January 27, was the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1756. He married Constanze Weber on August 4, 1782. The couple had six children but only two lived into adulthood and those two had no children. Thus, Mozart's genealogy ended. If you want to see Mozart's ancestry, click to and have a look. For a complete biography of the man and his music Wikipedia will tell you all about him.

Why this particular post on a genealogy blog? Well, it is his birthday today. And he did have ancestors (and I'm sure nieces and nephews as pseudo-descendants). And I'm guessing that most of us enjoy at least some of his music. And I loved the movie Amadeus. Genealogy can be learned in a wide variety of ways and places. Wouldn't you agree?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Earthquake in Spokane? Yes!

Wanting today to show you that the past issues of our Bulletin are still viable, vital and certainly interesting. In the March 2008 issue I had an article about our area's earthquake zone and how on June 25, 2001, at 7:15 in the morning, a 3.7 magnitude earthquake rumbled through Spokane. And over that next week, and in the weeks to follow, a swarm (term used by seismologists to describe a bunch of smallish earthquakes that are close in magnitude) of 101 earthquakes occurred in Eastern Washington. That big one, on June 25th, was centered under Gonzaga University. Were you living in town then? Did you realize what had happened?

My point it, don't toss out all your old issues of the Bulletin. At least page through them and look for once-again interesting articles to read and share. Idea? (All the past issues are on the shelves in the Genealogy Room of the downtown Spokane Public Library.)

If you want to know more about that quake and any other in the area, Google Washington Geology, Vol. 29, Nos 1-2, September 2001. Very interesting read. In fact, the image used in this post (which I found in Google images) came from that book.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Early Spokane Pictures Online at Northwest Room

The Northwest Room Blog posted an article on the pictures that they have posted on the internet and plans to add many more.

Larry Cebula comments on the pictures at his Northwest History Blog

I am working on an upcoming project where I needed some early pictures of Trent/Front Avenue in downtown Spokane and I found a couple there that really show what I was looking for.
Note: Trent in downtown Spokane is now named Spokane Falls Boulevard, but it was still Trent when the pictures I was looking for were taken.

They have posted pictures of Spokane Streets, Spokane Homes, Spokane Parks, Spokane Bridges, the Spokane Fire, Spokane River and Spokane Views.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

March 5: EWGS & Bing Crosby Event

News flash! Got some preliminary words today regarding the Bing Crosby Family History event planned for Saturday, March 5th, 2011. EWGS will cancel our regular meeting (REPEAT: OUR REGULAR MEETING AT THE DOWNTOWN SPL IS CANCELLED) so that all members can take advantage of this free event over on the Gonzaga campus. Planned are display tables, informational tables, computer lab demos and a program about Crosby's ancestry. More details will follow; for now, mark the change on your calendar and plan to come to something really interesting, productive and sure to be fun!

Update: You can register for this FREE event at

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Memoral Grant to Assist Young Genealogists Attending 2011 SCGS Jamboree

January 5, 2011 – Student genealogists interested in attending the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are invited to apply for the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant established by friends and family to honor Suzanne’s Freeman’s lifetime of service to young people and to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education.

Suzanne Freeman was the mother of blogger and writer Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, and a lifelong volunteer who worked with many youth organizations in the capacity of leader, organizer, and administrator. She also developed a strong interest in family history, and enjoyed the growing number of young student genealogists. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was still searching for her elusive Winsor cousins.

Genealogy bloggers came to know Suzanne the past two years at the SCGS Jamboree where she enthusiastically joined the GeneaBlogger Welcome Bag project, assisting in the assembly and distribution of gifts to attending genealogy bloggers.

To honor her support of the SCGS Jamboree, the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant will be awarded to a student attending the 2011 Jamboree. The grant includes a check for $500 toward conference expenses.

Applicants need not be a currently registered student, but must have been a enrolled at a college, university, or secondary school within the last twelve months, and be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.

Complete guidelines and application are available online at The Family Curator blog Deadline for applications is February 15, 2011; the award recipient will be announced March 1, 2011.

Suzanne Winsor Freeman was born January 5, 1933 in Olathe, Kansas to Arline (Kinsel) and Frank Ammi Brown, and grew up in Orange and Santa Ana after her family moved to California in 1937. She purchased property in Green Valley, Arizona in 1982 and became a full-time Arizona resident in 1997.

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund honors her love of service and of family history. The purpose of the fund is to assist young genealogists by offering grants to advance their genealogical education, including funds to attend genealogy conferences and workshops.

Suzanne enjoyed researching family history online and frequently posted queries that resulted in new family connections. She supplied stories and anecdotes for, the blog written by her daughter Denise Levenick, and also appeared as a guest blogger at

Donations to the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Green Valley, Arizona 520/625-1222.

For More Information Contact: Denise Levenick,, 626/688-8974.
Suzanne Winsor Freeman Obituary: and Green Valley News

Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveils New Website

Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveils New Website

New Design Features Illinois Resources for Genealogy Researchers

January 15, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the debut of its newly redesigned website available to the public on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Located at, the new ISGS website features links to ISGS projects as well as links to other records and resources throughout Illinois including those individual genealogical home pages with an Illinois connection!

Visitors are invited to explore the new ISGS website and enjoy these features:

·       The current issue of the ISGS Newsletter and archived copies back to 2008 
·       Listings of ISGS events and events for Illinois genealogical societies
·       Highlights of various ISGS projects and initiatives
·       Free databases filled with information on Illinois ancestors
·       A list of Illinois research resources

New Members Section
One of the new features of the ISGS website is a members-only section which will be populated with access to Illinois-related databases for those researchers with Prairie State ancestors. Over the course of the next few months, additional members-only databases will be added.

Stop By and Visit ISGS!
ISGS encourages everyone – ISGS members and the public – to stop by and explore. In addition, visitors are encouraged to leave their feedback with the ISGS webmaster at

About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was organized in October of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Year, 1968, and is a non-profit, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

·       To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
·       To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
·       To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
·       To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

The ISGS genealogical collection is located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield and an administrative office is maintained in the Illinois State Archives. For more information visit

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EWGS: Are You Out There?

Hello and Good Morning, EWGS. Would like to know how many of you are reading this? And reading it regularly?? This post appeared Sunday, January 16th. When did you see it? Would you let me know????? Reply to me or as a comment.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spokane Area Legacy Users Group to Meet Wednesday, January 19th

If you are a Legacy Family Tree genealogy software user, or are simply curious about this genealogy software program, you may be interested in the Legacy Users Group (LUG), which will meet next Wednesday, January 19th, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in the meeting room of the Shadle Park Branch of the Spokane Public Library at 2111 W. Wellesley. This meeting is free and open to the public. Regular attendees will take turns in the role of moderator for each meeting.  If you have more questions, please contact Donna Potter Phillips here.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tom Jones on Empathy and Analysis

New from NGS Video Productions:
Empathy and the Analytical Process
Featuring Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

4 January 2011 – The National Genealogical Society’s latest video for members, Empathy and the Analytical Process, is a short conversation with National Genealogical Society Quarterly co-editor Tom Jones. In this three minute film Tom reflects on the role of empathy in the analytical process, how it transports him from the 21st century into the lives of his ancestors and leads to solving genealogical problems. Produced by Kate Geis and Allen Moore.

To view the film, log in to, click on the Members Only tab, and then click on NGS Videos in the sidebar menu.

Also showing for our members
  • Leslie Anderson, MSLS
  • Laura DeGrazia, CG
  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, cg, cgl, fasg, fngs, fuga
  • David E Rencher, ag, cg, figrs, fuga
  • Willis H. White, cg

Many other videos at are free for everyone, including:
  • Thomas Adams, 2009 Rubincam Youth Award Winner
  • Helen F. M. Leary, CG (EMERITUS), FASG, FNGS
  • Paths to Your Past
  • Home Study Course
  • NGS Conferences
  • Finding Your Family at the National Archives
  • NGS & NARA

NGS wishes you a successful new research year!

Society of Genealogists' Collection Now Online at

January 5:

o Over 9 million family history records available online today
o to host Society’s collection in centenary year

Today the Society of Genealogists in London and leading family history website have published online over 9 million records from the Society’s unrivalled collection at

Among the records going online today are:

  • Boyd’s Marriage Index containing over 7 million names from 1538 to 1840
  • Boyd’s London Burials 1538-1872 containing 240,000 names
  • Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations 1701-1850
  • St Andrew's Holborn Marriage Index 1754-1812
  • Vicar-General Marriage Licences Allegations 1694-1850
  • St Leonard Shoreditch Burials 1805-1858 and Workhouse Deaths 1820-1828, online for the first time
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1750-1800

Today searchable indexes and transcripts have been added to the website, and customers will be able to order copies of the originals for some of the records from the Society of Genealogists.

In the coming weeks further records will be added to the website including Bank of England Wills Extracts containing 60,500 names, including images, and Apprentices of Great Britain containing 350,000 names. has been working in partnership with the Society of Genealogists for a number of years to make the Society’s collection available to a wider, international audience. Earlier projects were Civil Service Evidence of Age and Great Western Railway Shareholder records.

Anyone with a full subscription to will be able to access all the records within their existing package. Otherwise they can be viewed with PayAsYouGo credits.

Members of the Society of Genealogists will be able to view the records for free via their existing membership login to the Society of Genealogist’s own website at . The records will be added gradually during 2011.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager at, said, warmly welcomes the addition of these amazing records from the Society of Genealogists’ collection and looks forward to working with the Society on bringing these records to a wider, international audience in the Society’s Centenary Year and beyond. Family historians will find the records an invaluable aid to their research.”

June Perrin, CEO of the Society of Genealogists added: “The Society of Genealogists is delighted to be working with in widening the audience for these wonderful resources. It is a great boost to the start of the Society’s 100th year. We hope the records prove extremely useful in the search for that ‘elusive’ ancestor.”

Saturday, January 8, 2011

RootsTech News: RootsTech 2011 Early Bird Registration Ends January 15, 2011!

 January 5, 2011

The $99 Early Bird Registration for RootsTech 2011 in Salt Lake City Ends Soon!

· $99 early bird registration ends January 15, 2011 ($150 afterwards)
· Only $35 for students!
· February 10–12, 2011
· Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
· Walking distance from the Family History Library

SALT LAKE CITY—The $99 early bird registration for the RootsTech 2011 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, ends January 15, 2011. RootsTech is a completely new conference focused on bringing technology creators together with genealogy technology users to learn together and identify solutions to family history research challenges. Genealogists and family historians will discover exciting new research tools while technology creators will learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

The registration fee includes three full days of conference attendance, conference materials, entry to the Clarke Planetarium dinner event, extended access to the Family History Library, admission to the closing reception event, eligibility for prize drawings, and admission to the Community Zone (exhibition hall).

Advancing technology is becoming an integral part of the future of genealogical research. Whether a person is new to genealogy or is an experienced researcher, RootsTech is the ideal place to discover the latest family history tools. In addition, technology creators will learn the skills needed to deliver innovative applications and systems, and they will have the opportunity to receive instant feedback from peers and users on their ideas and creations.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Shane Robinson, Hewlett Packard chief strategy and technology officer; Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and digital librarian; Jay L. Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch International; and Curt Witcher, Historical Genealogy Department manager for Allen County Public Library.

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

New Video Lecture by Elyse Doerflinger


Learn to Organize Your Genealogy Papers

5 January 2011 - Los Angeles, CA. Elyse Doerflinger - author of the popular e-book Conquering The Paper Monster Once and For All - has released a video recording of the Conquering The Paper Monster Lecture. Elyse has presented this lecture at various genealogy societies and has finally recorded it for all the world to see!

This video lecture includes the presentation slides synced with Elyse’s voice audio to create a lecture that can be listened to in the comfort of your home. Along with the video, customers will receive a .pdf copy of the handout. Conquering The Paper Monster Video Lecture is available here for the price of $7.99.

In Conquering The Paper Monster Video Lecture, you’ll learn how to create a custom organizational system that is unique to your needs, wants, and personality. This lecture will walk you through the easy step-by-step process of organizing your genealogy papers. Organization is something nearly every researcher needs help with - and this lecture is perfect to help you finally “conquer the paper monster”.

About Elyse Doerflinger
Elyse Doerflinger is a rising young genealogist with a speciality in organization and technology. She is the author of Elyse's Genealogy Blog, where she shares her knowledge and family history. Her love of sharing knowledge with others has inspired her to write for lecture for various genealogy societies and write for genealogy magazines. Connect with her through email, Facebook, or Twitter! Releases Family Tree Maker for Mac on the Mac App Store


Downloadable Version of the #1-Selling Family History Software Available Today

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., January 6, 2011– today announced the launch of Family Tree Maker® for Mac on the Mac App Store. Family Tree Maker for Mac provides an easy way to save and organize your family tree conveniently on your Mac and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.

“We are excited that Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for download on the Mac App Store,” ,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for “We’re committed to making our Family Tree Maker products easily accessible to everyone and this is yet another resource available from to enable everyone to discover, preserve and share their family history.”

Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike. A dynamic user interface and integration with makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors’ stories. It’s even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives.

Family Tree Maker for Mac is built on the functionality of Family Tree Maker 2010 , and is constructed from the ground up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience.

System requirements for Family Tree Maker for Mac include:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Hard Disk Space: 500MB for installation
  • Internet access is required for all Web integration

Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for purchase and electronic download online on the Mac App Store for $99.99. The program is also available at and in select retail stores, including Apple’s retail stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at

NEHGS--Upcoming Research Tours

I received this from Alessandra Magno of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society:

Dear Miriam,

I just wanted to reiterate that NEHGS is hosting several exciting Research Tours. Here is a list that you and your readers may find interesting:

Winter Weekend Research Getaway - Effective Use of Technology
NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

January 27, 2011 9:00AM – January 29, 2011 5:00PM

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

English Heritage Long Weekend
Discover the rich heritage of London with NEHGS in February 2011. This unique long weekend will feature memorable events led by renowned scholars George Redmonds and John Titford, including talks, a guided tour of historic London churches, a visit to the College of Arms, optional side visits, special guests, and dinner at an exclusive private club. The weekend also includes up to three full days at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! — the largest family history event in the world. Space is extremely limited. In addition to events, the NEHGS English Heritage Long Weekend includes six nights lodging at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel, located at 179–199 Holland Park Avenue, London, daily coach service, and daily English breakfast for five days, and two additional group meals. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Hilton London Kensington Hotel and optional activities and all other meals not included in scheduled tour events. Refer to for more information about the trip and accommodations.

February 22, 2011 – February 28, 2011 12:00PM

London, England

Washington, D.C. Research Tour
Research in the repositories of the nation’s capital with NEHGS as we return to Washington, D.C. Researchers will visit the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Library of Congress (LOC), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group meal events. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, David A. Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure. Refer to for more information about the trip and accommodations.

March 6, 2011, 3:00PM – March 13, 2011, 12:00PM

Washington, D.C.

Allen County Public Library Research Tour—Fort Wayne, Indiana
Join NEHGS for our inaugural visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana, as we explore one of the world's largest genealogical collections at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). Fort Wayne has been dubbed the “Best Read City” by Places Rated Almanac as ACPL holds more than 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Consequently, ACPL is a destination for every genealogist. The tour includes individual consultations, group meals, lectures, and other events. Please refer to our website,, for more information about the trip and accommodations.

May 22, 2011 3:00PM - May 29, 2011 11:00AM

Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
For additional information contact or call 1-888-286-3447

Weekend Research Trip to Albany, New York
Searching for ancestors from New York State? Join NEHGS as we explore the vast resources of the New York State Archives. The weekend includes individual consultations, lectures, and a group dinner. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, editor of the Register, and Christopher C. Child, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press. Please refer to for more information about the trip and accommodations.

July 13, 2011 3:00PM - July 17, 2011 11:00AM

Albany, NY
For additional information contact or call 1-888-286-3447

What You Missed The January 8, 2011 Luncheon

The January luncheon is usually a fun meeting where the EWGS past presidents and the distinguished service members are honored, but they skipped that part this year since both groups were honored last June and will be again this June.

The speakers were Tony and Suzanne Bamonte talking on their book Life behind the Badge: The Spokane Police Department's Founding Years, 1881-1903.

This first picture is Doris Woodward intoducing her friends Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.

This is Suzanne Bamonte talking with Tony waiting to talk. They did a great talk on the book on the founding of the Spokane Police Department, but then they went into a tribute to Doris Woodward and all the work she has done on several books the Bamonte's have published. They even showed her list of FIVE books she has written.

This is Bette Topp giving her tribute to Doris Woodward.

This is Jeanne Coe and her tribute to Doris Woodward.

This is Ruby McNeill giving her tribute to Doris Woodward. Note my camera jammed when Dottie Braithwait was giving her tribute, and I got it working just in time for Ruby so did not get a picture of Dottie.

This is the gift for Doris Woodward: a large coffee cup that says Maine on the side. Note Doris' family is in Maine and her ancestors there were some of the very first to settle in Maine. Donna Philips is explaining the gift.

This is Doris thanking everyone for all the tributes. Hard to believe we will not have Doris for our Bulletin editor anymore; for the last 23 years she has made the EWGS Bulletin into an award-winning genealogical society newsletter. She was always asking for articles from me and with her expert editing my poor grammar turned into wonderful articles. Thanks, Doris, we will miss you and the paper Bulletin as we join the digital era with an online bulletin in 2011.

A few years ago I got a letter from the Family History Library asking for help in updating the Washington State Resource Guide they had in paper form. I asked for volunteers to help me and Doris Woodward was the only one that volunteered, so together we added many Washington Resources to the Washington State Resource Guide and explained some resources better than they had. Soon after we submitted our letter, they put the resource guides online and today they are in the Family Search Wiki.

Monday, January 3, 2011

FamilySearch Indexing Update: First Polish Project Now Available

29 December 2010

First Polish Indexing Project Now Available

FamilySearch Indexing now has projects available in 11 languages, with the addition of the first project in Polish. If you would like to help index Polska Ksiegi Metrykaine Diecezja Lublin, 1902–1945, please contact FamilySearch to learn more.

Recently completed projects that will soon be available to search on include records from the Czech Republic, Spain, Nicaragua, and the United States.

New Projects in the Past Three Weeks

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects
  • Česká republika, Litoměřice Matriky, 1552–1905 [část 1] (Czech Republic, Litomerice Parish Registers, 1552–1905 [Part 1])
  • España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935 (Spain, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta Church Registers, 1530–1935)
  • Nicaragua, Managua Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Part 3B] (Nicaragua, Managua Civil Registration, 1879–1984 [Part 3B])
  • U.S. Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files, 1812–1905
  • U.S., Connecticut WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • U.S., District of Columbia Deaths, 1874–1959
  • U.S., Iowa 1930 Federal Census
  • U.S., Maine 1930 Federal Census
  • U.S., Ohio Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3]
  • U.S., Texas Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part C]

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at in the near future.)

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Argentina, Balvanera Registros Parroquiales,
1833–1934 [Parte B]
(Argentina, Balvanera Church Records, 1833–1934 [Part B])


Argentina, Cordoba Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924
[Parte B]
(Argentina, Cordoba Church Records, 1722–1924 [Part


Argentina, Santa Fe Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926
[Parte A]
(Argentina, Santa Fe Church Records, 1634–1926 [Part


Brasil Registro Civil, 1852–1914 [Parte 2A] (Brazil Civil Registration, 1852–1914 [Part 2A])

Brasil, Florianópolis Registros da Igreja,
1751–1954 [Parte A]
(Brazil, Florianópolis Church Records,
1751–1954 [Part A])


Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife Registro Civil,
(Brazil, Pernambuco, Recife Civil Registration,


Brasil, Rio de Janeiro Matrimonios, 1900–1910
(Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Marriages, 1900–1910)


Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922

Canada, Bas-Canada Recensement de 1842 (Canada, Lower Canada 1842 Census)

Canada, New Brunswick Deaths, 1815–1938 [Part B]


Canada, Ontario 1861 Census Records [Part 2]


Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

Chile Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 (Chile Civil Registration, 1885–1900)

Chile, Concepción Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2B] (Chile, Concepcion Civil Registration, 1885–1903 [Part 2B])

Colombia, Bucaramanga Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959 (Colombia, Bucaramanga Church Records, 1649–1959)

Colombia, Marinilla Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959 (Colombia, Marinilla Parish Records, 1815–1959)

Deutschland, Baden, Achern Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part D]
(Germany, Baden, Achern Church Books, 1810–1869 [Part D])


El Salvador Registros Civiles, 1835–1910 (El Salvador Civil Registration, 1835–1910)

España, Andalucía Registros Civiles, 1837–1870 (Spain, Andalucia Civil Registration, 1837–1870)

España, Lugo Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1]
(Spain, Lugo Parish Registers, 1530–1930 [Part 1])


France, Cherbourg Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 (France, Cherbourg Parish Registers, 1802–1907)

France, Coutances Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 (France, Coutances Parish Registers, 1802–1907)

France, Paris Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie D] (France, Paris Protestant Registers, 1612–1906 [Part D])

France, Saint-Lo Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 (France, Saint-Lo Parish Registers, 1802–1907)

Guatemala, Guatemala Registros Civiles, 1800–1900 (Guatemala, Guatemala Civil Registration, 1800–1900)

Guatemala, Guatemala Registros Civiles, 1877–1900 (Guatemala, Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877–1900)

Ireland Tithe Applotment Books, 1824–1840

Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia Atti di Morte, 1809–1936 [Parte B] (Italy, Napoli, Castellammare Deaths, 1809–1936 [Part B])

Italy, Trento Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A]

Jamaica Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part C]

Mexico, D.F. Bautismos, 1536–1900 [Parte A] (Mexico, D.F. Church Baptisms, 1536–1900 [Part A])

Mexico, Oaxaca 1930 Federal Censo (Mexico, Oaxaca 1930 Federal Census)

Mexico, Puebla 1930 Federal Censo (Mexico, Puebla 1930 Federal Census)

New Zealand Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2A]

Nicaragua, Masaya Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 (Nicaragua, Masaya Civil Registration, 1879–1984)

Norge Tinglysningskort, 1640–1903 (Norway Probate Index Cards, 1640–1903)

Perú, Lima Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte A] (Peru, Lima Civil Registration, 1887–1921 [Part A])

Portugal, Setúbal Registros da Igreja, 1581–1910 (Portugal, Setúbal Church Records, 1581–1910)

República Dominicana Nacimientos Civiles, 1828–1906 (Dominican Republic Civil Births, 1828–1906)

Russland, Sankt Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885 (Russia, Saint Petersburg Parish Register Duplicates, 1833–1885)

South Africa, Cape Province Church Records, 1660–1970
Afrikaans, Dutch, English

Sverige, Södermanland Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] (Sweden, Södermanland Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])

Sverige, Uppsala Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] (Sweden, Uppsala Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])

Sverige, Örebro Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] (Sweden, Örebro Church Records, to 1860 [Part 1])

U.K., Essex Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part A]

U.K., Manchester Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part B]

U.K., Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 2 Adv]
English, Old English

Uruguay Registros Civiles (Nacimientos), 1879–1930 (Uruguay Civil Registration (Births), 1879–1930)

U.S. Naval Enlistment Registers, 1855–1891

U.S., Alabama County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part A]

U.S., Arkansas County Marriages, 1837–1957 [IX]

U.S., Arkansas WWII Draft Registration, 1942

U.S., California County Marriages, 1850–1952 [Part B]

U.S., District of Columbia County Marriages, 1811–1950 [Part A]

U.S., Illinois 1930 Federal Census

U.S., Illinois County Marriages, 1810–1934 [Part A]

U.S., Indiana, Bartholomew County Marriages, 1811–1959

U.S., Iowa County Births, 1880–1935 [Part A]

U.S., Iowa County Marriages, 1838–1992 [Part A]

U.S., Minnesota County Marriages, 1860–1949 [Part A]

U.S., Mississippi 1930 Federal Census

U.S., New Jersey County Marriages, 1682–1956 [Part I]

U.S., New Jersey WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942

U.S., New York 1892 State Census [Part 2]

U.S., New York Marriage Licenses, 1908–1938 [Part A]

U.S., New York Marriages, 1908–1935 [Part A]

U.S., North Carolina County Marriages, 1762–1959 [Part B]

U.S., North Carolina Freedmen Letters, 1862–1870

U.S., Oklahoma Allotment Records, 1899–1907

U.S., Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891–1959 [Part B]

U.S., Oklahoma Land Allotment Records, 1899–1907 [Part B]

U.S., Puerto Rico 1910 Censo Federal (U.S., Puerto Rico 1910 Federal Census)

U.S., Puerto Rico Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte B] (U.S., Puerto Rico Civil Births, 1836–1930 [Part B])

U.S., Tennessee County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part B]

U.S., Tennessee County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part C]

U.S., Texas 1910 Federal Census [Part B]

U.S., Texas Birth Records, 1903-1934 [Part D]

U.S., Texas County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part B]

U.S., Wisconsin 1930 Federal Census

Venezuela Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909 (Venezuela Civil Births, 1873–1909)

Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2]
(Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654–1992 [Part 2])


Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925 (Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1890–1925)

Россия, Самара Метрические книги церкви, 1869–1917 (часть 1)
(Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869–1917 [Part 1])


Украина, Киев Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843–1845 [Часть B] (Ukraine, Kiev Orthodox Consistory Church Books,
1843–1845 [Part B])


Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

België Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel 3A]  (Belgium Civil Registration, 1851–1900 [Part 3A])
Dutch, Flemish

Belgique Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie A] (Belgium Civil Registration, 1851–1900 [Part A])

Brasil, Minas Gerais Church Records, 1706-1952

Canada, Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935

Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden Volkszählung, 1880–1900 (Germany, Westphalia, Minden City Censuses, 1880–1900)

España, Avila, Barroman Registros Parroquiales, 1550–1930 (Spain, Avila, Barroman Parish Registers, 1550–1930)

España, Malaga Registros Civiles, 1846–1870 (Spain, Malaga Civil Registration, 1846–1870)

France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis Registres Paroissiaux, 1722–1909
(France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis Church Registers, 1722–1909)


Norway 1875 Census [Part B]

Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982
(Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan Church Registers, 1615–1982)


Polska Księgi Metrykalne Diecezja Lublin, 1902–1945 (Poland, Lublin Diocese Church Books, 1902–1945)

U.K., Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538–1900

U.S., Colorado 1885 State Census

U.S., Ohio Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 4]

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Registers, 1890–1908

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County Death Registers, 1848–1940


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Press Release: Call for Papers, NGS 2012 Family History Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

The National Genealogical Society announces the Call for Papers for the 2012 Family History Conference, “The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier,” to be held 9–2 May 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The deadline for submitting proposals is 1 April 2011.
The Ohio River has served as a major passageway for travelers and goods going west since the eighteenth century. It played a major role in the development and progress of  Cincinnati, one of the early settlements on the river. Cincinnati overlooks northern Kentucky just across the river, and southeast Indiana is only a few miles to the west.  There is an abundance of family history to discover in Cincinnati, "Queen City of the West": explorers, frontiersmen, pioneers, and immigrants. We are looking for lectures about the early migration into and out of the area, river travel, regional land and military subjects, nineteenth century ethnic immigration groups, and topics pertaining to African American research and the Underground Railroad. Lectures are also requested about the history, records, repositories, ethnic, and religious groups of Ohio, Kentucky (especially Northern Kentucky), and Indiana (especially southeastern Indiana). 
Other general topics needed for the conference include methodology, skill building, problem solving, record analysis, federal records, family history writing, and technological innovation in genealogy.    
Sessions are generally limited to fifty minutes plus a ten-minute question-and-answer session. Syllabus materials (PDF files), due in early 2012, are required for each lecture or workshop presentation.
Proposals should include
$      speaker’s full name, address, telephone, fax number, and e-mail address;
$      lecture title, not to exceed fourteen (14) words, and a brief but comprehensive outline;
$      short summary of the lecture—word count not to exceed twenty-five words—to be used in the program, if selected;
$      identification of the audience level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced;
$      brief speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five (25) words; and
$      résumé of recent lectures the speaker has given (those who have not spoken previously at a regional or national conference are encouraged to submit an audio or video tape of a recent lecture).

Speakers are expected to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital projectors. NGS will provide the VGA cable, cart, and power strip projector support.

Individuals may submit up to eight (8) proposals. NGS members will be given first consideration. Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration with CD syllabus.  Honorarium, travel allowance, hotel accommodations, and per diem compensation are based on the number of lectures given. See the NGS website, papers, for more details.
Interested individuals should submit proposals online through the NGS website at from 1 January to 1 April 2011.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures at the 2012 Family History Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, please see the details and sponsor requirements at Deadline for submission is 1 April 2011.
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Missouri Volunteers Needed

A few of my followers know I have been helping index Washington State Records for many years from the Washington State Library, but today I received this request from a Missouri mail list I subscribe to. All of my mothers family were from Missouri before moving to Washington, so I hope they get a lot of volunteers. This is the same format the Washington State Library is using to digitize their records. Here is the message I got:

Hello All,

Were almost to the start of a new year, and you know what that means 1960
death certificates!!! Instead of transcribing the relevant information
from photocopies of the index, this year the Missouri State Archives is going
to try something a little different. Our IT department has set up an
application allowing volunteers to log in to a website to view actual death
certificate images. They will then be asked to transcribe the required
information from the images, directly into an online form found directly
below. This new process is set up as a double blind system, meaning each
certificate will be transcribed at least twice. If the first two
transcriptions match, the record will be approved. If not, the certificate
image will go to a third volunteer. If the third transcription does not
match either the first or second, it will automatically be sent to me for
review. Hopefully this new process will allow us to get an index online
faster and with greater accuracy than we have in the past.

If the above process sounds interesting and you would like to take part in
the project, send me a quick message and I'll add you to my list of
volunteers to contact once the website is live (likely sometime during the
second week of January). In the meantime, please feel free to contact me
with any questions or concerns.

Best Wishes,

Brian Rogers
Missouri State Archives
600 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101