Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar - Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

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Facing identity and kinship problems? Confused by multiple, same-named men? Learn how applying the Genealogical Proof Standard resolved similar challenges in the search for a freedman's family. A case example traces a South Carolina family of color, differentiates multiple men of similar profiles who lived in the same time and place, resolves conflicting evidence, identifies a freedman's last slave owner, and ultimately finds his enslaved birth family. The methodology and record types apply to reconstructing all families.
 
Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL for the live webinar Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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NancyPeters-144x144A board-certified genealogist, Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL works as a researcher, author, editor, and lecturer with special interests in genealogical problem solving and methodology. She serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as the editor of BCG's OnBoard publication. She lectures at local and national conferences and has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and the BCG Education Fund's Putting Skills to Work workshop on evidence correlation. Nancy's client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.

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Down Under edition of Webinar Wednesday announced

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars, the leading genealogy and DNA education platform, announced today the addition of a new webinar channel specifically for genealogists in Australia and New Zealand. The "Down Under" series will be broadcast live the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm (noon) Sydney, Australia time. The webinar series has been created to recognize the importance of Australian and New Zealand genealogists and to provide live genealogy education in a more convenient local time zone.

The new channel features both well-known Australian and New Zealand educators as well as international genealogists. The speakers for the 2019 series include Helen Smith, Carol Baxter, Jill Ball, Fiona Brooker, Cyndi Ingle, Thomas MacEntee, Blaine Bettinger and Paul Milner. Topics in the new series range from Australian Cemetery Records to the British Parish Chest as well as technology and DNA.

"With 30 million people combined between Australia and New Zealand and the challenging time difference between there and elsewhere, we felt we really needed to do something unique and special for genealogists Down Under," said Geoff Rasmussen, founder and host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. "Genealogists in Australia and New Zealand will now have regular access to monthly live genealogy education with top notch regional and international experts, and not have to wake up in the early hours of the night to attend. We are very excited to be able to make this happen."

While the "Down Under" series is geared toward the southern hemisphere, anyone is welcome to attend either the live session or the replay afterwards. The webinars will permanently be available on-demand to Legacy Family Tree Webinars subscribers. All webinar recordings will have closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

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Title Presenter Date
Researching in Australian Archives Helen Smith January 2, 2019
Six Feet Under Down Under - Cemetery records in Australia Jill Ball February 6, 2019
Polled! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales colonial muster and census returns Carol Baxter March 6, 2019
One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once Thomas MacEntee April 3, 2019
English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch Helen Smith May 1, 2019
They really didn’t swim! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales colonial shipping records Carol Baxter June 5, 2019
Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy Cyndi Ingle July 3, 2019
Finding Families in New Zealand Fiona Brooker August 7, 2019
Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research Paul Milner September 4, 2019
The Stories Behind the Segments Blaine Bettinger October 2, 2019
Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure Helen Smith November 6, 2019
Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest Paul Milner December 4, 2019

(Live at 12pm (noon) Sydney, 1st Wednesday of each month)

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Citation for Beginners - free webinar by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG now online for limited time

Citation for Beginners

The recording of Friday's webinar, "Citation for Beginners” by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to subdue the panic, and produce quality work.
 
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Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG


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New "Member Friday" Webinar - That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega

That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy" by Gena Philibert-Ortega. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy

It's hard to keep up with all the different websites that can help you with your family history but there's a few core ones that are crucial to your research. In this presentation we will explore such websites as WorldCat, ArchiveGrid, and the Digital Public Library of America and how they can make the difference in your family history research.

That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega

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About the Presenter

Gena Philibert-OrtegaGena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG's monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor. 
 

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Register for Webinar Friday - Citation for beginners by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

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Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to subdue the panic, and produce quality work.
 
Join us and Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG for the live webinar Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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ShelleeMorehead-144x144Shellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of Biology at NEIT. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history. Her most recent article is "Thomas Hamilton -- Progenitor of a Colonial American Family: His Ulster Origins revealed using DNA" which appeared in the Directory of Irish Family History Research. Recent speaking events include NGS 2016, The Genealogy Event in New York, the Ukrainian Historical and Education Center in New Jersey, and NERGC 2015 in Providence. She was one of the program Tri-Chairs for NERGC 2015. In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Danish Television's Who Do You Think You Are?

Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), an active member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter.

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101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart - free webinar by Janet Hovorka now online for limited time

101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart - free webinar by Janet Hovorka now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart” by Janet Hovorka is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Tired of the regular fan, left to right or top to bottom chart? Want to show off your family relationships, places and time periods in an engaging way? If your clients and family members aren't clamoring for more, maybe you're just not showing it off effectively. The visual presentation of a family's history is one of the most powerful communication tools for genealogists. What is the difference between a butterfly, hourglass, waterfall, DNA and bow-tie chart and which format will show ALL of your family members? How do you squish a whole bunch of people onto a teeny tiny paper? Get lots of creative, artistic hints and come learn about the best tools for displaying your family's history.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 34 minute recording of "101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart"  is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

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Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG


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Tuesday's Tip - Accessing FamilySearch (Beginner)

Accessing FamilySearch

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Tuesday's Tip - Accessing FamilySearch (Beginner)

There are several different ways you can connect to FamilySearch through Legacy. Before you get started, make sure that you have FamilySearch turned on in your file. Go to Options > Customize > General Settings > Option 1.8 FamilySearch. Check the box to Integrate with FamilySearch.

#1 - The Ribbon 
Go to Search > FamilySearch and that will bring up the main FamilySearch interface screen. Whoever is highlighted in Legacy will be the focus person. If that person has not been synced to FamilySearch yet you will be asked to do so.

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#2 - Click the arrows
On the Family View or the Pedigree View, right (or left) click any of the arrows to take you directly to that person on the FamilySearch interface. Again, if that person has not been sync'd yet you will be asked to do so.

Click the arrows
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#3 - Click the hot link
On the Individual's Information screen, there is a field for the FamilySearch ID. Notice that the word FamilySearch ID is underlined. That means it is a clickable hot link. If there is a FamilySearch ID filled in, you will be taken to that person's personal FamilySearch page on the FamilySearch website. If there is no FamilySearch ID entered you will be taken to the main FamilySearch Record Search screen.

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If none of this makes sense to you, I highly recommend you go through our FamilySearch Training materials.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

 

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

 


Why You Should Be Using WorldCat Now!

Are you familiar with WorldCat? No? One of my favorite resources, WorldCat  is an important tool for genealogy researchers that can make the difference between finding information you need to document your ancestor and coming up short.

WorldCat

WorldCat describes itself as “the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.”[1] What’s important for you to know is that WorldCat is the world’s library catalog with 2 billion items from 10,000 libraries.

WorldCat

Two billion items. Don’t assume that means two billion books because it doesn’t. No doubt that would be great but like other library catalogs, it includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, thesis/dissertations, archival materials, articles, newspapers, and more. So basically all the materials that we should be searching for when we research our ancestors.

What can you find on WorldCat?:

  • Local histories for the place your ancestor lived
  • Transcriptions of cemeteries
  • Maps
  • Indexes for vital records
  • Images of your ancestors hometown
  • Family history books
  • Dissertations detailing the historical era of your ancestor
  • Archival materials that document your ancestor’s membership group

Basically you can find anything having to do with the place, occupation, religion, or events that your ancestor was involved in.

Start using WorldCat by searching your ancestor’s hometown. Now, when I say search by a location that really involves more than one search. So for example, Independence, California is in Inyo County. So I would want to search for “Independence, California” and “Inyo County.” But then I also need to consider regional nicknames for that place which include “Eastern Sierra” and the “Owens Valley.” These searches will help me find records that detail the local history and genealogical records of that area.

Did you notice that I didn’t tell you to search by your ancestor’s name? Why? Because this is a library catalog and not a genealogy database. Genealogy databases are filled with records that are indexed by name, date, and place. Library catalogs are different. So unless your ancestor was famous, infamous or an author, stick to searching by using  keywords that describe a place, an occupation, religious affiliation, or an event.

Let me give you an example of why WorldCat is important.

If I do a search on “Snowflake, Arizona” I receive over 500 results. Snowflake is a small town in northern Arizona where my maternal family lived. These results include all kinds of histories including some religious histories that I’ve seen at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

WorldCat Snowflake all Results

One of the items found in this search is a genealogical report of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the time period my family, including my maternal grandmother, lived in Snowflake. Notice where this item is located.

Worldcat genelaogy report

Now, let me narrow my search so that I'm just looking at archival materials. This search results in  144 hits including interviews and diaries. One of the more interesting archival materials is bank records covering the years 1890-1909 found at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. None of those diaries or letters appear to be written by someone related to me but because this was a small town, it’s possible they knew my ancestors and mentioned them and would be worth checking into.

WorldCat Snowflake Results

So why should you use WorldCat for every research project? WorldCat is where you can identify histories and other materials important to your research. You already know that the FamilySearch Catalog is an essential part of your research. Guess what? FamilySearch’s Catalog is also available in WorldCat. Which for you means that if you find something in the FamilySearch Catalog that is only available onsite at the Family History Library, check WorldCat for the possibility of a closer repository with that same item.

Get Started with WorldCat!

Don’t take my word for it, start using WorldCat now. Conduct a search on the place where your ancestor lived. If too many results appear, narrow it by choosing a specific format (on the left-hand side of the page). See what it can help you identify that you didn’t know about before.

 

[1] “What is WorldCat,” WorldCat (https://www.worldcat.org/whatis/default.jsp: accessed 7 December 2018).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday: 101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart by Janet Hovorka

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Tired of the regular fan, left to right or top to bottom chart? Want to show off your family relationships, places and time periods in an engaging way? If your clients and family members aren't clamoring for more, maybe you're just not showing it off effectively. The visual presentation of a family's history is one of the most powerful communication tools for genealogists. What is the difference between a butterfly, hourglass, waterfall, DNA and bow-tie chart and which format will show ALL of your family members? How do you squish a whole bunch of people onto a teeny tiny paper? Get lots of creative, artistic hints and come learn about the best tools for displaying your family's history.
 
Join us and Janet Hovorka for the live webinar Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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JanetHovorka-144x144Janet Hovorka and her husband own Family ChartMasters, a genealogy chart printing service and official printing service for Legacy Charting. She is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chickand the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of UGA and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.

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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

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Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database” by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions.
 
In this class, “Adding an Entry from an Online Database,” you’ll learn the six steps of adding information from any online database to Legacy. You’ll also learn about the Find A Grave tool.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 17 minute recording of "Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database"  is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Wild, Wonderful West Virginia! by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

NNew "Member Friday" Webinar - Wild, Wonderful West Virginia! by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!" by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!

West Virginia has had more fun poked at it than nearly any other state. But, there are some vast resources there in the history of this, the “restored government of Virginia.” Having been part of Virginia since the beginning, the fifty counties of West Virginia elected to remain loyal to the Union. Its history is rich, as are the people who hail from this region of the Ohio River Valley.

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Wild, Wonderful West Virginia! by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

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Peggy Clemens Lauritzen Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com.  
 

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51.7 million new records added to MyHeritage in November

A great lineup of new records from MyHeritage this month. I'm particularly excited about the updates to the Sweden records and all of the new newspaper collections. Below is the official announcement.

We are delighted to announce the addition of over 51 million new historical records to SuperSearch™ since our last update in October!

These include updates in two of our popular collections: Sweden Household Examination Books, 1860- 1947, and New York City Marriages collection, 1950 – 2017. Also included are 19 completely new collections — 14 of which are in the US Newspaper Collections.

Here’s a look at all records added since the October 2018 update.

Collection
Description
Number of Records
Exclusive to MyHeritage
Link to Search
 
Sweden Household Examination Books, 1860-1947 Update
Records contain information about birth dates, marriages, deaths, and changes in residence, etc. from the years 1930-1947.
17,047,768 new records for a total of 104,449,108 records in the collection
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

New York Marriages, 1950-2017
An index to marriage licenses filed at the New York City Clerk Offices from 1950 to 2017. The index contains the given names and surnames of both the bride and the groom, the year of the license application, and the state file number.
9,515,366 records
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

West Virginia Birth Index, 1853-1914
An index to births filed in West Virginia from 1853 -1914. The index includes the name of the infant, birthdate, birthplace, and often the names of the parents.
3,172,114 records
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Ohio Death Index, 1913-1944, 1954-1963
An index to deaths filed at the Ohio State Clerk Offices from 1913- 1944 and 1954- 1963. The index contains the given and surname of the deceased, the year of death, and the state file number.
3,007,161 records
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

US Naturalization Record Index, Northern Illinois, 1840-1950
An index of petitions for naturalization filed in the Northern Illinois Circuit Court from 1840-1950.
1,491,656 records
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

US Naturalization Record Index, New England, 1791-1906
An index of naturalization documents filed in courts in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont from 1791- 1906.
615,903 records
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Queensland Pupils Index, Part 5
The names of pupils from 171 schools in Queensland Australia from 1866 to 2003.
450,748 records
Not Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Washington Newspapers, 1855-2009

A compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Washington from , 1855 until 2009
3,666,501 pages in 83 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

North Carolina Newspapers, 1852-2009
As above for North Carolina, from 1852 until 2009.
2,699,469 pages in 15 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Alabama Newspapers, 1870-2009
As above for Alabama Newspapers, from 1870 until 2009
2,215,485 pages in 12 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Georgia Newspapers, 1881-2009
As above for Georgia, from 1881 until 2009.
2,169,917 pages in 27 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

California Newspapers, 1847-2009
As above for California, from 1847 until 2009.
2,166,290 pages in 55 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
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Missouri Newspapers, 1845-2009
As above for Missouri, from 1845 until 2009.
2,088,228 pages in 21 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
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South Carolina Newspapers, 1787-2009
As above for South Carolina, from 1787 until 2009.
1,953,592 pages in 16 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
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Oregon Newspapers, 1867-2009
As above for Oregon, from 1867 until 2009.
1,584,745 pages in 12 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Utah Newspapers, 1850-2003
As above for Utah, from 1850 until 2003.
1,194,866 pages in 2 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Michigan Newspapers, 1817-2009
As above for Michigan, from 1817 until 2009.
1,141,972 pages in 50 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Iowa Newspapers, 1837-2009
As above for Iowa, from 1837 until 2009.
1,072,387 pages in 61 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Virginia Newspapers, 1792-2008
As above for Virginia, from 1792 until 2008.
872,907 pages in 29 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Arizona Newspapers, 1866-2009
As above for Arizona, from 1866 until 2009.
870,093 pages in 26 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now
 

Idaho Newspapers, 1894-2009
As above for Idaho, from 1894 until 2009.
680,126 pages in 20 newspaper titles
Partially Exclusive
Search collection now

Sweden Household Examination Books, 1860-1947

We have recently added over 17 million new records to the Sweden Household Examination Books from the years 1930- 1947, bringing the collection total to 104,449,108 historical records. If you have ancestors from Sweden, this collection is essential as it serves as the primary source for researching the lives of individuals and families throughout the Parishes of Sweden, from the late 1600s to modern times. Collected until 1991 by the Swedish Lutheran Church, the Sweden Household Examination Books contain information about birth dates, marriages, deaths, where people had moved to or from, etc.

To learn more about this remarkable collection, check our original blog post or jump right in and search the Sweden Household Examination Books 1860-1947 collection.

New York City Marriages, 1950-2017

This update adds 1,633,136 new historical records to the existing 7,882,294 historical records in this collection. The index now includes over 4 million marriage licenses filed at the New York City Clerk Offices in the five boroughs from 1950-2017. In addition to information on the bride and groom, the New York City Marriages collection contains additional information: Birth dates, birthplaces, occupations; whether single, widowed or divorced at the time of the marriage. It is often possible to learn more information about the bride and groom’s families with parent’s names and birthplaces. Please note that marriage licenses older than 50 years are classified as public documents and available to all researchers. Marriages of less than 50 years ago, however, are restricted and available only under certain circumstances.

From this collection is the marriage license of Eunice Kennedy and Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. It details their marriage license number, location and year in which they were married.

 
Eunice Kennedy and Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. at their wedding. [PhotoCredit: Bettmann/CORBIS]

Read our original post about our New York City Marriages collection, or search New York City Marriages,1950-2017 collection.

West Virginia Birth Index, 1853-1914

The West Virginia Birth Index is a compendium of 3,172,114 records from 1853-1914. Provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the index includes the name of the infant, birthplace, and names of the parents. Although earlier records show just the year of birth, later records contain the full birth dates. Images associated with the collection offer additional information about the parents such as their ages and birthplaces.

From 1853 (and sometimes as early as the late 1700s) birth records were collected by each of the 55 counties in Virginia and West Virginia, resulting in some variability in the record collection. Some counties had gaps in their records collection, privacy restrictions, or record losses depending on the year. Beginning in 1917, the record collection became more uniform as the West Virginia Department of Health Vital Registration began issuing official state birth certificates

See the collection catalog to find all details of the record collection by county.

Below is the record of Harley Orrin Staggers (1907-1991). Harley represented West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District as he served 16 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949-1981. From the record, see that he was born August 3, 1907 in Cabin Run, Mineral County, West Virginia, to J.K. and Fannie Staggers.

 
West Virginia Birth Index record of Harley Orrin Staggers (click to zoom)

Search the West Virginia Birth Index, 1853-1914 collection.

Ohio Death Index, 1913-1944, 1954-1963

The 3,007,161 records in this collection are from the Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates from 1913-1944 and 1954-1963, Stillborn Death Certificates from 1913-1935 and 1942-1953, and Columbus Board of Health Death Certificates from 1904-1908.

Death certificates are valuable resources for obtaining the exact name of the deceased, the death date, the death county, and certificate number and can also provide information on the deceased’s life.

Drawn from the Ohio Death Index, is the record of Roger Philip Bresnahan, a Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player who died in Lucas, Ohio on December 4, 1944 at age 65.

 
Roger Philip Bresnahan (1979- 1944) [Photo Credit: Library of Congress]

Search the Ohio Death Index, 1913-1944, 1954-1963.

US Naturalization Record Index, Northern Illinois, 1840-1950 and New England 1791-1906

We have added two new US naturalization record indexes: the US Naturalization Record Index, Northern Illinois, 1840-1950 and US Naturalization Records, New England, 1791-1906.

The US Naturalization Record Index, Northern Illinois, 1840-1950 is an index of petitions for naturalization filed in Northern Illinois Circuit Court and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) District 9 from 1840- 1950.

The 1,491,656 records in this collection include – in addition to Illinois – the INS District 9, which covered parts of northwestern Indiana, eastern Iowa, and southern and eastern Wisconsin.

From 1840-1906, petitions generally contained the name of the petitioner, the name of the court, record number, the petitioner’s country of origin, and the date of naturalization. From 1906-1950, petitions collected additional information such as the petitioner’s address, names, and addresses of any witnesses, birth date, as well as date and place of arrival in the US. These changes reflect overall changes in how the petitions were collected. Prior to 1906, petitioning for US citizenship could be done through any local, county, state or Federal court. After 1906, the petitions were collected only by the Federal court.

The US Naturalization Records, New England, 1791-1906 collection includes 615,903 records. It is an index of naturalization documents filed in courts in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont from 1791-1906.

These records reflect the history of US naturalization laws. The first law related to obtaining US citizenship, the Naturalization Act of 1790, required two years’ residence and limited citizenship to free white people of good moral character. The Naturalization Act of 1795 required five years’ residence before applying for citizenship. The Naturalization Act of 1798 extended the residency requirement to 14 years. In 1868, after the American Civil War, Congress passed the 14th Amendment, granting citizenship to all those born within the US, regardless of their parents’ citizenship. The Naturalization Act of 1870 further expanded the naturalization process to include “aliens of African nativity and…persons of African descent.”

Below is the naturalization record of John Muir, a Scottish-American immigrant who became a famous environmentalist and author. Known as the “Father of the National Parks”, Muir helped establish Yosemite National Park.

 
Naturalization Record of John Muir (click to zoom)

Search US Naturalization Record Index, Northern Illinois, 1840-1950 and New England 1791-1906 or learn more about US naturalization records.

US Newspapers Collections

In addition to the previous collections, we have added 14 new US newspaper collections reaching a total of 24,376, 578 newspaper historical records. This update contains newspapers from the states of Washington, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, California, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Arizona, and Idaho.

In addition to articles related to important events and activities in the communities, newspaper collections also contain birth, marriage and death announcements, obituaries and society pages.

This collection contains both the text and the scanned image of the newspaper article. Search the collection for a particular name or keyword and find a list of articles and an image of with the highlighted name or keyword. After selecting the record, you may enlarge it to full screen to zoom in and read the article from the scan of the original publication.

Drawn from the Alabama newspaper collection is the obituary of Governor Lureen B. Wallace. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Lurleen Burns Wallace (1926-1968) was the first woman to be elected Governor of Alabama. The article, from The Tuscaloosa News, pays tribute to Lurleen, who after one year as Governor died of cancer. In his eulogy of Lurleen, Rev. John Vickers shares that “Lurleen was committed to the truth that whatever proved to be the will of the Father, she would seek the power to accept.”

 
Obituary of Lureen B. Wallace, The Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 8, 1968 (click to zoom)

From our new Idaho Newspaper Collections, is an article about Picabo Street in the Sports section of the Moscow- Pullman Daily News, during the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games. On February 11, 1998, Picabo became the first US woman skier to win two gold medals since 1952.

 
Newspaper article about Picabo Street
Newspaper article about Picabo Street, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Moscow, Idaho, February 11, 1998 (click to zoom)

Search the 14 new and 37 existing collections in our US Newspaper collections.

Summary

Searching all these exciting new collections is completely free and accessible through MyHeritage SuperSearch™. A MyHeritage Data subscription is required to view records from these collections, to save them to your family tree or to confirm Record Matches.

Enjoy searching these collections and let us know in the comments below what you have discovered!


Register for Webinar Friday - Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database by Geoff Rasmussen

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In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions.
 
In this class, “Adding an Entry from an Online Database,” you’ll learn the six steps of adding information from any online database to Legacy. You’ll also learn about the Find A Grave tool.

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GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

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FamilyTreeWebinars.com Adds Captioning to Hundreds of Genealogy and DNA Education Classes

Cc1Legacy Family Tree Webinars, the leading genealogy and DNA webinar platform, announced today the addition of closed captioning to its service. Implemented as a full human-curated transcription via synced subtitles, closed captioning is now available as an option for all live and members-only webinar recordings released since May 1, 2018. In addition, the most popular 50 webinars on the platform and all MyHeritage-specific webinars have been captioned. Legacy will add captioning to all new webinars going forward.

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“When we acquired Legacy last year, we promised to invest resources to improve the webinar platform and increase its reach, while maintaining its high quality and unique character”, said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The addition of closed captioning makes good on this promise and, with translated captioning coming up soon, will help make the webinars accessible to millions of people in Europe and other countries, true to MyHeritage’s goal of making genealogy and DNA testing available to huge consumer audiences worldwide”.

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