Saturday, July 31, 2010

Walking with Ancestors

This was held at Fairmount Cemetery on July 31, 2010, and the cast researched the people they portrayed picked mainly at random close to the rock chapel for easy walking by everyone, and Fairmount supplied a free barbecue, the weather was threatening, but except for a few showers and a little thunder it was a nice day for a Walk with our Ancestors.

This is the cast of EWGS members that researched and portrayed people buried in Fairmount Cemetery. The Guides were Cecily Kelly, Miriam Midkiff, Barbara Brazington, Donna Phillips and Judith McDonnell.
The Actors Carolyn Whaley, Michael Chandler, Bill Hire, Echo Simmons (granddaughter of Carolyn Whaley), Clair Brazington (husband of Barbara Brazington), Sarah Hoover and Sydney Chrittum (Lakeside High School students), John Wilson, Carol Nettles, Patricia Mielbrecht (she contacted local Civic Theater for costumes), Deborah LeGrand, Jeanne Coe, Doris Woodward, Edward Kelly (husband of Cecily Kelly), Donna Phillips, Patricia Bayonne Johnson, Susan Puhek, Janice Bueckers, Jonathan Berrige (Lakeside High School Student), and Maria Balcom

They Portrayed: Ida C.B. Anderson from Sweden, John E. Peterman from Germany and worked for Northern Pacific Railroad, Frank Johnson A civil War soldier that was a body guard for Abe Lincoln, Florence Harris, Charles K. Monfort a Carman for street railways. This group was all along the GAR Avenue. Harriet Ham and Maud Lulu Parks were both children that died of Scarlet Fever, Edgar Jerome Webster another Civil War soldier and first President of Fairmount Cemetery, Christiana H. Ellis who married Norman J, Merriam, Matilda M. Holly married Joseph Holley another Civil War Vet who was part of the Holly Mason hardware store in downtown Spokane, Adella Louella Kenward Wetzel who married Daniel Florence Wetzel and died after surgery, Francis and Lucy Tull owner of the Tull block in downtown Spokane, Elizabeth and Thomas Tannatt another Civil War Vet and she founded the Esther Reed DAR chapter here in Spokane. The last group was Robert W. Forest the first Mayor of Spokane and another Civil War Vet with a free military tombstone for the millionaire landowner, Barbara Wirt Clarkson a former EWGS President and accountant, Rudolph Bowman Scott a black man that was in the Navy in the Civil War, The Rundel Family Jennie and Osmer C. Rundel from Michigan and New York, James Albert and Melissa English Crisler pioneers of Valleyford, V. Eltinge son of one of the men killed in the worst avalanche to ever occur near Wellington, Washington 96 people were killed 35 passengers and 58 Great Northern employees, and Andrew Jackson and Harriet Robinson Ross Gandy he helped build the first railroad to Spokane and helped found the first newspaper in Spokane with his friend J.J. Brown.

The SAR Booth

Northeast Washington Genealogical Society Booth

Free Lunch, Thanks Fairmount!!

More people at Free Lunch, Thanks Fairmount!!

Thanks to Shirley Penna-Oakes the organizer of this wonderful Walking with Ancestors and all the other volunteers that helped to make this a success, hope to see you all back next year.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

FamilySearch Record Search News: Millions of Historic Documents from Microfilms Emerging Digitally Online

FamilySearch’s microfilm conversion initiative is beginning to sail. Over 12 million digital images from thousands of microfilm, representing 8 countries, were published online for free viewing this month. FamilySearch’s online image viewer makes it easy for online patrons to view the newest digital images from Argentina, Costa Rica, France, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

This week the complete U.S. 1910 Federal Census name indexes for Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Missouri were also published online at (FamilySearch’s Record Search, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) and coming soon to

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections.

FamilySearch plans on digitizing and publishing online the bulk of its 2.4 million rolls of microfilm—representing 132 countries. In addition, it is now capturing millions of new images each year digitally “at birth” from its 185 field camera teams worldwide. It all translates to a steady stream of new digital image collections for genealogy enthusiasts to anticipate and enjoy.

Digital Images
Indexed Records
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Province, Catholic Church Records, 1642–1931

New Images
Costa Rica, Church Records, 1595–1992

New Images
France, Coutances, Catholic Diocese, 1802–1907

Indexed Records Only
Luxembourg Civil Registration, 1793–1923

New Images
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1860–1950

New Images
México, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886–1933, Part 1

New Images
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records,1546-1963

New Images
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Church Records 1703-1964, Part 2

New Images
Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province Civil Registration 1811-1940

New Images
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Amsterdam Civil Registration 1811-1940

New Images
Netherlands, Overijssel Civil Registration 1811-1952 -

New Images
Netherlands, Utrecht Province Civil Registration 1811-1950

New Images
Netherlands, Zeeland Civil Registration 1796-1940 -

New Images
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Leiden Civil Registration 1812-1882

New Images
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Rotterdam Civil Registration 1811-1942

New Images
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, 's-Gravenhage Civil Registration 1811-1882

New Images
Puerto Rico Civil Registration, 1836–2001

New Images
Spain, Alicante, 1762–1921, Part 1

New Images
Spain, Barcelona Civil Registration, 1886–1936

New Images
Spain, Cordoba, Civil Registration, 1841–1870

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo de la Diputacion de Sevilla, 1841–1882

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo Municipal de Carmona, 1841–1871

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo Municipal de Marchena, 1841–1870

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo Municipal de Sevilla, 1841–1882

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Census, Archivo Municipal de Torrent, 1875–1912

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archivo Municipal de Corbera, 1825–1920

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archivo Municipal de Gandia, 1611–1935

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archivo Municipal de Sueca, 1797–1921

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archvio Municipal de Carcagente, 1847–1920

New Images
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Idaho

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Montana

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Nebraska

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, North Carolina

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Oklahoma

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910 Census, Missouri

Indexed Records Only

About FamilySearch
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EWGS Presidents Marvelene E. Roach Carney

This is the fortieth in the series on the Presidents of EWGS leading up to the 75th anniversary in 2010. See the previous posts on Samuel Pool Weaver, Leora Cookingham Thiel, Susan Marie West Jack, Ruth Churchill Austin, Alfred Denman, Florence Ballou Brown, Harriet Jefferson Pinkham, Mary Elizabeth Dow Maltbie, Achsah Maltbie Rawlings, Lee DeGolyer Patchen, Susie Elliott Faubion, Edith Webb Nelson, Carrie Teats Lartigue, Guy Alfred Clumpner, Grace Ellis Woodward, Mabel Rue Frederick, Nell Hartman Peel, Edwin Allan Poole, Mabel Enid Rice Conrad, Helen Elizabeth Osborne Rowe, Dr. Herbert Hoover Osborne, Jane Merritt Logie Webster, Beatrice Cutler Mitcham, Marie E. Stone Larson, Lorena May Saylor Wildman, Raymond J. Fisher, Grace E. Kelso Garner , Catherine P. Cornehl Hyslop, Barbara J. Wirt Clarkson, Ruby L. Simonson McNeill, Jeanne J. Jones Holder , Jeanne M. Polumsky Coe , Maxine E. LeGrant Pence, Mary Kay McGlothlin Gant, Elizabeth Dale Hastin Smith, Bette Butcher Topp, Gordon Dean Clay, John R. Zeimantz, and Shirley E. Penna-Oakes

Marvelene E. Roach Carney was EWGS President in 2002 and 2003. On March 1, 1952 Marvelene married Frank James Carney a staff sergeant in the US Air Force stationed at Fairchild, AFB. Frank was from Chicago, Illinois and when he left the air force he worked as a sales man at several auto and recreational vehicle dealerships. They had three children, two daughters Denise and Judith and one son Thomas. Frank died May 6, 1998 in San Bernardino, California while on vacation. Marvelene was a nurse and there is a nice article in the Spokane Chronicle September 7, 1968 "49 New Nurses Enter Deaconess School of Nursing" and Marvelene is one of those listed. Marvelene was an author of a surname booklet by Carney Notepad Publishing called Roach Discovery. Marvelene also collected and indexed the 1991 obits for the 1991 Patchin Book. In 2000 Marvelene became an EWGS Distinguished Service Member for all her work as Vice-President, a library helper, chairing many seminars and workshops, and educational classes.
The 2002 spring seminar was Richard L. Hooverson at thje West Coast River Inn (Now Red Lion River Inn) April 20, 2002, cost $30.00. June 1, 2002 at the Davenport Hotel EWGS celebrated the reopening of the Davenport with Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, cost $25.00. The October workshop was Craig Scott on Military History at the Days Inn October 5, 2002, cost $30.00. Since EWGS had such poor turn outs for the 2002 seminars the December 2002 issue had a survey on how attendance at seminars was dependent on the cost of the seminar. Turned out many said the cost of the seminars was getting too expensive, so due to poor attendance at the 2002 seminars the spring seminar was canceled. March 31, 2003 the City of Spokane Valley was incorporated and that would be a big boost for EWGS, but I did not know that till later in the year. At the May 2003 general meeting dues were raised to $25.00 a year or $375.00 for lifetime starting with the January 1, 2004 dues. In early July I received a note in my mail box at the library from the Spokane County Auditor was looking for a genealogist to help with genealogical queries that the auditor received because of the new city of Spokane Valley being incorporated, which cut the county income by nearly a third so every department was asked to find ways to save money. The next Monday I was reporting for jury duty at the courthouse, so before I became a juror again, I stopped at the auditors office and volunteered. I handled all the requests and all the money I collected after copy costs went to EWGS. Turned out to be a big boost for the EWGS book fund. The October workshop was at Spokane Falls Community College October 4, 2003 and it cost $35.00.
The next EWGS President was Bette Butcher Topp in 2004 and 2005, and I already wrote about Bette so check out her blog post. In 2004 two new EWGS Distinguished Service Members were announced, I was one and the other was Dorothy Braithwait, I think we were both nominated by Bette and Marvelene. Thanks Bette and Marvelene. Both of these EWGS Presidents are hard workers, very excellent genealogists, and great supporters of EWGS.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

FamilySearch Indexing Update: Online Volunteers Index a Whopping 100 Million Records Already This Year

FamilySearch Indexing is excited to announce that our dedicated volunteers have completed 100 million records in the first half of 2010, and is on track to complete a targeted 200 million by the end of the year. Patrons can search the completed indexes and images at

More volunteers are always needed—particularly on international, non-English projects. New projects were added for Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Russia.

Interested volunteers can start helping any time by registering at and selecting a project.

New Projects in the Past Month
(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. They will be published at in the near future.)
  • Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2A]
  • Jamaica—Civil Births, 1878–1899 [Part C]
  • Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part A]
  • U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part C]
  • U.S., Military—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., New York—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., South Dakota—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Utah—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Utah—County Marriages, 1887–1966 [Part A]
  • U.S., West Virginia—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Wyoming—1910 Federal Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
Argentina, Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte B]Spanish31%
Argentina, Cordoba—Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924 [Parte B]Spanish29%
Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte A]Spanish22%
Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte B]Spanish37%
Brasil, Florianópolis—Registros da Igreja, 1751–1954 [Parte A]Portuguese(New)
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife—Registro Civil, 1900–1920Portuguese1%
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios, 1900–1910 [Piloto]Portuguese38%
Canada—Passenger Lists, 1881–1922English(New)
Canada, Ontario—Births, 1869–1912English22%
Canada, Ontario—Deaths, 1933–1937English72%
Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part A]English20%
Canada, Québec, Montreal—Régistres Paroissiaux, 1800–1900French32%
Česká republika, Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1]
(Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1])
Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2B]Spanish22%
Colombia, Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959Spanish8%
Colombia, Marinilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959Spanish37%
Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part C]German26%
Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 [Div 70–92]German56%
España, Avila, Navalmoral—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935Spanish88%
España, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1]Spanish38%
España, Malaga—Registros Civiles, 1846–1870Spanish95%
France, Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907French23%
France, Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907French20%
France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906French93%
France, Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie D]French52%
France, Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907French57%
Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900Spanish2%
Guatemala, Huehuetenango y San Marcos—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900Spanish91%
Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1809–1936 [Parte B]Italian45%
Italy, Trento—Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A]Italian18%
Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part B]English(New)
Mexico, DF—Registros Parroquiales, 1855–1934 [Parte 4]Spanish65%
Mexico, San Luis Potosi—1930 Federal CensoSpanish(New)
Mexico, Zacatecas—1930 Federal CensoSpanish94%
New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2A]English(New)
Norge —Tinglysningskort, 1640–1903Norwegian4%
Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte A]Spanish28%
Portugal, Setúbal—Registros da Igreja, 1581–1910Portuguese16%
Russland, Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885German3%
South Africa, Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970Afrikaans, Dutch, English45%
Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish35%
Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish44%
Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish23%
U.K., Bristol—Non-Conformist Registers, Pre-1900 [Part A]English18%
U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part D]English(New)
U.K., Essex—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part A]English6%
U.K., Isle of Man—Parish Registers, 1598–1850English/
Old English
U.K., Manchester—Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part A]English6%
U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 2 Adv]English/
Old English
U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754–1900 [Part 1C]English66%
U.S., Alabama—County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part A]English4%
U.S., Alaska—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [VIII]English34%
U.S., Arkansas—WWII Draft Registration, 1942English4%
U.S., California—County Marriages, 1850–1952 [Part A]English11%
U.S., District of Columbia—County Marriages, 1811–1950 [Part A]English2%
U.S., District of Columbia—Deaths, 1874–1959English7%
U.S., Hawaii—1920 Federal CensusEnglish94%
U.S., Idaho—County Marriages, 1864–1950English85%
U.S., Illinois—County Marriages, 1810–1934 [Part A]English9%
U.S., Indiana, De Kalb County—Marriages, 1811–1959English28%
U.S., Indiana, Dearborn County—Marriages, 1811–1959English25%
U.S., Indiana, Delaware County—Marriages, 1811–1959English58%
U.S., Iowa—1885 State CensusEnglish15%
U.S., Iowa—County Marriages, 1838–1992 [Part A]English3%
U.S., Louisiana—WWII Draft Registration, 1942English(New)
U.S., Military and Naval—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Minnesota—1905 State CensusEnglish83%
U.S., Minnesota—County Marriages, 1860–1949 [Part A]English1%
U.S., New Jersey—County Marriages, 1682–1956 [Part 1]English8%
U.S., New York—1905 State Census [Part 2]English34%
U.S., New York—Marriage Licenses, 1908–1938 [Part A]English5%
U.S., New York—Marriages, 1908–1935 [Part A]English4%
U.S., North Carolina—County Marriages, 1762–1959 [Part A]English34%
U.S., North Carolina—Freedmen Letters, 1862–1870English1%
U.S., Oklahoma—County Marriages, 1891–1959 [Part A]English12%
U.S., Puerto Rico—1920 Censo FederalSpanish7%
U.S., Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte A]Spanish44%
U.S., Rhode Island—1885 State CensusEnglish57%
U.S., Rhode Island—1935 State CensusEnglish78%
U.S., South Dakota—1945 State Census [Part C]English(New)
U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part B]English16%
U.S., Texas—1910 Federal Census [Part 2]English(New)
U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934English(New)
U.S., Texas—County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part A]English15%
U.S., Wisconsin—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
Venezuela, Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2]Spanish13%
Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925German26%
Россия, Самара—Метрические книги церкви, 1869–1917 (часть 1)Russian(New)
Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843–1845 [Часть А]Russian29%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
Australia, Victoria—Probate Records, 1853–1989English92%
België—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel D]Dutch14%
Belgique—Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie A]French36%
Brasil, Minas Gerais—Church Records, 1706-1952Portuguese(New)
Canada, Ontario, Toronto—Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935English17%
Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden—Volkszählung, 1880–1900German7%
España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935Spanish64%
France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis—Registres Paroissiaux, 1722–1909French37%
Norway—1875 Census [Part B]Norwegian24%
Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982Spanish26%
U.K., Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900English1%
U.S., Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3]English39%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908English51%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940English32%

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch 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 or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.