FamilySearch Records Update: New records for Canada, France, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, and United States

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Millions of new US an international records this week including Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984, New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998,Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001, France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940 Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records 1891-1939

172,347

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

California Fresno and Napa Counties Obituaries 1974-1997

65,850

76,098

New indexed records and images collection

France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940

244,795

0

New indexed records collection

Iowa Church and Civil Marriages 1837-1989

13,474

0

New indexed records collection

Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934

67,489

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Lesotho Evangelical Church Records 1874-1983

0

20,396

New browsable image collection.

Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001

472,449

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Town Records ca. 1638-1961

58,412

87,781

New indexed records and images collection

Michigan Church Marriages 1865-1931

2,303

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Michigan County Marriages 1820-1940

62,733

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Brunswick Saint John Saint John Burial Permits 1889-1919

0

13,902

New browsable image collection.

New Hampshire Birth Certificates 1901-1909

104,327

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998

10,511

363,839

Added images to an existing collection

New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1948

27,054

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ontario County Marriage Registers 1858-1869

0

9,447

New browsable image collection.

Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015

397,638

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1865-1936

14,100

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998

339,222

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005

0

248,882

Added images to an existing collection

Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984

0

1,741,178

Added images to an existing collection

Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939

0

444,585

Added images to an existing collection

Russia Tver Church Books 1722-1918

0

905

Added images to an existing collection

South Carolina Deaths 1915-1965

157,759

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920

0

205,216

Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,900 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Google Drive for Genealogists - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Google Drive for Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Learn how to use Google Drive - a free cloud computing application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage while performing genealogy research. We’ll cover how to create new documents, import documents from your hard drive, and how to use the basic functions of each component.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 57 minute recording of "Google Drive for Genealogists" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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GoogleThe Genealogist's Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition by Lisa Louise Cooke - 21.95

The completely updated second addition of the national bestseller! When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done! In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, renowned genealogy podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011, and it's all documented step-by-step in this new edition.

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox includes:
  • Google Search: Get all the latest on how to get the best search results possible. New chapter on searching for common surnames!
  • Google Alerts: Yous personal genealogy assistant.
  • Gmail: Never lose another email. Expanded!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips. Includes expanded instructions on using My Library.
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites and documents.
  • YouTube: Find your family history in action on video. And all new: Build your own free YouTube channel.
  • Brand new chapters on Google Scholar and Google Patents!
  • Google Earth: Rock your ancestor’s world!

Published 2015, Perfect-bound Paperback: 203 pages, 8.5" x 11", black and white with illustrations

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  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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Break Down Those Brick Walls

How many times have you been stuck on an ancestor, unable to get back any further in your search? You’ve searched for years for parents or an exact birth location without success. I’m pretty sure we’ve all reached that place, that formidable brick wall, many times in our genealogy research.

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Let's assume you have not been able to find your great-great grandmother's maiden name. You know her first name is Mary but there is no notation of her former surname on the records you’ve found.

You’ve done all the right things. You’ve looked for her son Henry, your great-grandfather in all the usual record sources - in marriage records, birth records and obituaries. You searched for the family in census records. You searched church records, vital registrations, and newspapers for obituaries. You’ve concentrated on great-grandfather Henry and great-great grandmother Mary because those are your direct ancestors.

Great-grandpa Henry’s marriage record showed his mother with her married name. There was no help there. You found his death registration and viewed it in anticipation. But sadly the informant (great-great grandpa's second wife) didn't know her mother-in-law’s maiden name.

Henry’s obituary was no help. Neither was his mother Mary’s. Obituaries for both great-grandpa and his mother were interesting but there was no mention of her maiden name or her parents. What to do now?

It’s time to start researching Henry’s siblings!


Why search siblings? You're only interested in YOUR ancestor, right? WRONG!

Remember that your ancestor and his siblings shared the same parents, and those parents are your next generation back. That’s right – the generation you’re looking for. Somewhere in a sibling record may very well be Great-grandmother Mary’s maiden name, the names of her parents, and a great deal more. You will never know until you start looking.

Look for great great grandpa's youngest sister's marriage record. Look for his brothers' death records. Research each sibling in turn as if they were your direct ancestors, and follow the standard genealogical research methods. Find every document you can on each sibling.

Researching and tracking siblings, finding their marriages, children, deaths and all other details about their lives can provide you with those long-sought answers to your brickwall.

A bonus is that you will have a much better idea of great-grandpa Henry’s family and their lives. He will be more alive for you and you will have an intimate sense of him as a real person not just a name and a few dates on your Pedigree Chart. You may be quite surprised at the interesting facts you’ll find on his siblings. When I searched my great-grandfather Stephen Peer’s family, I discovered that his brother Harmen Peer was the first base jumper in North America.  Further research led me to my great-grandfather’s cousin Stephen Peer who was a tightrope walker and who died walking his tightrope over Niagara Falls.  What great stories to add to story-telling time with my grandchildren!

Here’s an example of another benefit to researching an entire family. After more than 30 years of researching my Peer family, I had gathered so much information on the five sons of the immigrant ancestor that I compiled it all into six volumes of books on the Peer family in North America which other descendants can purchase and which my children and grandchildren are being given this Christmas.  So my research is being shared and interested descendants may find some answers to their own personal brickwalls!

So remember – search those siblings. Don’t overlook turning any stone available to you in your hunt for your own ancestor.

There are four Brick Wall classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar Library. Start learning today!

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.


Tuesday's Tip - Quick Look

  Tuesday's Tip - Quick Look

 

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

Quick Look

Here is a feature that you might not know about. If you have individual pictures showing on the Family View/Pedigree View you can click the picture itself to get a "Quick Look."

 

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You will see the photo at full size along with the Caption, Date, and Notes. It is a nice way to take a closer look at a photo without having to open the Media Gallery.

By the way, the very handsome fellow in the photo is my grandfather. He died shortly after being released from a Polish prisoner of war camp during World War II.

Karl August Weichert abt 1920

 

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 checkout 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 is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.

 

 


Got CALIFORNIA ancestors? Two new webinars to help you find them by Gena Philibert-Ortega

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Got ancestors in The Golden State? We'll help you find them! Announcing the first two classes in our California Research series:

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! Both of these new classes are bonus webinars in the webinar library. The webinar previews are always free.

Researching in California - Libraries, Archives and Online

Have California ancestors? Where do you start looking? Trying to figure out what is available can be intimidating and time consuming. In this webinar we look at what you need to know to start your California research. We’ll explore repositories for research starting with archives, libraries, and museums and then cover genealogical and historical societies. We will continue our discussion by looking at what California collections are online. Knowing what is available will help you better understand where to look for that must-have record.

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To Live and Die in California: Researching Vital Records

Birth, marriage, death, and a final resting place. These are all important events in documenting our ancestor’s life. California officially started recording BMD events in 1905 but what counties started the process earlier? What alternative sources exist for vital records when a government issued certificate is not available? Once you have documented the death of an ancestor, where do you find their final resting place? We will explore vital record recording in California and alternatives prior to official state recording. We will also explore other places to find information about your ancestor’s BMD event. Finally we will look at what types of cemeteries exist in California and where to find burial information.

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The Top 10 Genealogy Classes of April 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for April 2016! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-342 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of April 2016.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for April 2016

1. Watch Geoff Live: DNA by Geoff Rasmussen

2. Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin

3. FamilyBrowse - Another Way to Look at FamilySearch.org by Mary Roddy

4. Proof Arguments - How to Write Them and Why They Matter by Warren Bittner

5. U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill

6. Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier

7. Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli

8. Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

9. History Lives at JSTOR by Sarah Kim

10. England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray

The Runner-Ups

11. FamilySearch Pilot Tool by FamilySearch.org Panel

12. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

13. 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

14. Brand New - Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

15. Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard

16. Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

17. Microsoft Word Series - #1 Getting Started with Microsoft Word by Thomas MacEntee

18. Plan Your Way to Research Success by Marian Pierre-Louis

19. The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions by Rebecca Koford

20. Searching for Surnames Downunder by Jill Ball

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an annual or monthly membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee

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Learn how to use Google Drive - a free cloud computing application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage while performing genealogy research. We’ll cover how to create new documents, import documents from your hard drive, and how to use the basic functions of each component.

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Join us and Thomas MacEntee for the live webinar Wednesday, May 4, 2016 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. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. 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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About the presenter

ThomasMacEntee-144x144What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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New Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage - free webinar by Mike Mansfield now online

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Incredible webinar today by MyHeritage's Mike Mansfield! The recording of "New Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage" by MyHeritage's Mike Mansfield is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

This webinar presents newly invented technology that allows genealogists to discover amazing content in digitized books. ​Published books have always been an important source for family historians. A number of book digitization efforts have brought millions of books online and are a gold mine of information that can help us find unknown facts and events that colored the lives of our ancestors. However, searching these online book collections has been difficult and time-consuming. Until now, that is. Register for this free webinar to find out how this technology can boost your family history research.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "New Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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Use webinar coupon code - book - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, May 2, 2016

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 342 classes, 492 hours of genealogy education)
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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Was Great Grandpa's Name Changed at Ellis Island?

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"My great-grandpa's name was changed at Ellis Island!" How often have we genealogists heard this statement? Sadly, this is a commonly held misconception. There is not one shred of evidence to support the claim that officials changed the names of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island.

Officials not only did not have the time to start assigning new names to incoming passengers they didn't have the authority to do so. 

Check how many ships were arriving daily and how many passengers on average were on each one, then think about the lineups of immigrants waiting to be cleared. Yes, it’s about the math, it’s about the sheer numbers of immigrants arriving in any one day, month or year. There was no time for officials to do more than process each immigrant as quickly as possible.

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Ellis Island Arrivals. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division


Sometimes an arriving immigrant used an incorrect name such as the surname of a stepfather rather than the biological father, or a name the family had adopted for other reasons. It is also important to remember that names of passengers were taken at the port of departure. These were entered on the ship’s manifest (which we commonly refer to as a passenger list). How the name was entered when the immigrant left their country is how the name was received at the incoming arrival port.

Sometimes an immigrant deliberately falsified their name and arrived under the name of someone else. Often these falsified arrival names were changed by the immigrants themselves later in life, such as when they applied for naturalization papers, or some form of pension, or they wanted to vote in elections.

If an immigrant's new name did not match that shown on their official immigration record such as a ship's passenger list, he or she might face difficulties voting, in legal proceedings, or naturalization.

One of the most common reason that an ancestor's name on the manifest does not match the surname your father and grandfather have used, is that it was a name unfamiliar to English speaking clerks, and was entered phonetically in other documents, such as census records. For example the surname Przybyszewskl is not only challenging for North Americans to spell, but also to pronounce. It can easily be incorrectly recorded and eventually may become the standard and new name.

Sometimes an immigrant chose to "Americanize" their surname themselves and simply began using a new name a year or so after settling in America. Americanizing a surname usually meant making it more familiar to English speakers and spellers. Many of these Americanized names were simply shortened from their original version, for example Kohnovalsky could become Cohn.

First names can also be inadvertently or intentionally changed by the immigrant himself or by a clerk recording the name phonetically. My husband’s Belgium born great grandfather’s name was Archie. Or so we thought. But baptism records in Belgium proved it was Achilles, which is pronounced Aw-shee. That sounds like Archie and so he became Archie to his friends in his new land of Canada.

Names in other countries and non-English languages are often changed to their English equivalent. My sister’s father-in-law was baptised as Waclaw in Poland. He is found under that name on his 1927 passenger list. But one year later he was recorded under the English equivalent of Walter as he crossed the border from America to Canada.

Another reason why an immigrant’s name can be different than his birth name is when a nickname was the name given by the immigrant himself. My grandmother’s original legal name was Ruth, but her family called her Dolly. She gave that name on official records but it was her decision, and was not arbitrarily assigned to her by immigration officials. My husband’s grandfather was Leon Thomas but he was always called Charlie and was the name he used on all official documents.

Below are some sample letters representing typical cases of immigrants who made their own decisions to change their surnames.

How Diamond became Cohen
How Kohnovalsky became Cohn
How Bahash became Amber
How Shukowsky became Zakotsky
How Asszony became Miazaroz
 
 An excellent article on this topic called "American Names / Declaring Independence" can be found at Immigrant Name Changes

 

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.


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This webinar presents newly invented technology that allows genealogists to discover amazing content in digitized books. ​Published books have always been an important source for family historians. A number of book digitization efforts have brought millions of books online and are a gold mine of information that can help us find unknown facts and events that colored the lives of our ancestors. However, searching these online book collections has been difficult and time-consuming. Until now, that is. Register for this free webinar to find out how this technology can boost your family history research.

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England and Wales: Rummaging in the Parish Chests - free webinar by Kirsty Gray now online for limited time

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Tuesday's Tip - A gem "hidden" in the Help File

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A gem "hidden" in the Help File

Well, it really isn't hidden but most people wouldn't think to look for it. If you want to merge two files then you will want to read this first. Go to the Help File and type in the word Merging. You will see two entries.
Merging Family Files - Best Practices
Merging Family Files - Best Practices Summary

The summary list makes a great checklist and the regular best practices entry contain the step by step instructions.

When you get to the part where you need to actually merge individual people, you will want to go back to the Help File and type in the words How to. Now click on Merge Duplicate Individuals. There are a couple of links on this pages that you will want to read.
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Merging Records (especially this one)

Now type the word Merge into the Help Index.
Merge Options
Additional Merge Options

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Knowing what all of the options on the Merge screen actually do will give you better results.

It is VERY important that you understand how merging works before you try to do it because it can really mess up your file if you don't know what you are doing. That is why it is also VERY important you make a backup before you get started. Legacy will also make an automatic backup for you if you have this selected in the Options menu. This will give you an Undo Merge button on the main toolbar/ribbon if you make a mistake.

Options > Customize > 12. Other Settings
Option 12.5 Message Boxes
Turn on or off Optional Reminder Messages
Prompts/Reminders tab
Prompt to do an automatic backup before merging

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - England and Wales: Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray

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The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in England and Wales give many genealogical clues to help build a family tree. Kirsty Gray also highlights other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the invaluable information which can be gleaned about the lives of our ancestors.

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In 2011, Kirsty took over from Penny Christensen as Director of English Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, updating previous courses and expanding the provision for online genealogical research courses about English records.

Having published Tracing Your West Country Ancestors in 2013, Kirsty is now working on Tracing Your Industrial Ancestors with Pen and Sword Books and is a founder member and was initially Chair (now Secretary) of the Society for One-Place Studies, an international society for family and local historians.

Although a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for almost two decades and has lectured on various stages from local to international. Having traded in her day job as a teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer and motivational speaker in the UK.

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What I learned from my first DNA experience, and what's next

I've been on an incredible genealogy high this week! And it has everything to do with my first DNA tests. If you missed it, the results of my DNA tests were unveiled, both to me and to a live webinar audience, this past Tuesday. Thousands of you have now tuned in and shared in the amazing discovery. I truly had no idea DNA testing could find what it did.

I'm finally starting to get the hype - this really is the hottest thing in genealogy. It's not that I've been in my own sheltered world trying to avoid DNA because I have been involved in it. In fact, I've now hosted nine full-length webinars (www.familytreewebinars.com/dna) teaching people about its value to our research. But it wasn't until I actually had my family tested that it has become so real. Finally.

Of those that attended the live webinar, 29% had not yet participated in a DNA test. To you I plead - find someone in your family - you, your parents, your grandparents - anyone! and get them tested yesterday! Another poll showed that most were still in the same boat as me:

  • 45% felt they were complete newbies to DNA genealogy
  • 44% have dabbled in DNA genealogy and know a little bit
  • 9% were pretty confident with DNA genealogy
  • 1% felt they were experts with DNA genealogy

So it seems that we still have a ways to go in this field, but it's incredible where we are now.

What I learned from my first test

Here's what I learned from my first test. To clarify, it was my mother's parents who were tested, and it was their autosomal DNA from AncestryDNA that was tested. The easiest part was getting them to spit into the container. The hardest part was waiting the one month and 14 days for the email that said the results were in, and then the additional 1 month and 9 days I waited to explore them with you.

I learned about Grandma's ethnicity - she was 100% from Europe.

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I learned that I have 15 DNA circles. Circles are created around a particular ancestor and everyone in a circle has DNA evidence that links them to Grandma or to someone else in the group. Here's what the William McCall DNA Circle looks like:

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I learned that I have 180 DNA Matches of 4th cousins or closer:

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It was by reviewing these matches that the answer to one of my longest-standing genealogy brick walls was discovered! My 4th great-grandfather, Asa Brown, had four children with his first wife. The identities of children #1 and #3 have been elusive...

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...yet I've always believed them to be John and Griffin:

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My theory has been that if Grandma's DNA matched the DNA of a descendant of either John or Griffin, then at least I know for sure that they are indeed related.

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Diahan, my on-air DNA consultant, suggested that I do a search in my DNA matches for any Brown surnames who were born in Pennsylvania.

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Of the 60 results, I clicked on the first match, who happened to be in the "4th Cousin" section. Then my heart rate jumped. I looked closely at the details of this John Nelson Brown...

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...and compared him with the details of my John Nelson Brown.

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Their names, dates, and places all seemed to match. Then Diahan suggested that I click on the Shared Matches button. This shows DNA matches that Grandma and John have in common. One match appeared. Reviewing it, my heart seemed to beat right out of my body, and I literally began to be light-headed.

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And here's my Griffin Brown in my Legacy family file:

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If I understand correctly, here's what all of this means. John Nelson BROWN shares DNA with Griffin BROWN, both of whom also share DNA with my grandmother - Virginia BROWN. Therefore, somewhere, somehow, both John and Griffin fit into the family. And with all of the genealogy research I've already performed, it now looks more likely than ever before that they really are children #1 and #3 of Asa Brown's family. And I thought I'd never find the proof! While DNA will not tell me that "Griffin is the son of Asa" I'm now as excited and energized as ever to continue pursuing this family. I am on the right trail.

Why was this so successful?

Hundreds of you have personally written to me (thanks!) to congratulate me on these findings. Many of the messages have suggested that this discovery was somewhat unusual, even ideal. Maybe it was beginner's luck, but I feel there were some factors that contributed to this success.

  • First, I was fortunate to have my grandmother perform the DNA test. Had I only tested myself, and since I only have 25% of my grandmother's DNA, there's a 50% chance that the DNA which matched John and Griffin wouldn't have been passed to me, and I would not have made this discovery.
  • Second, not only did I have part of my tree at Ancestry, but both the descendant of John and the descendant of Griffin also had partial trees at Ancestry. With the combination of that and our DNA match, we discovered each other. I will continue to keep the master copy of my tree in Legacy for all of the advantages it gives me, but recognize the benefits of having parts of it online.
  • Third, my genealogical research of both John and Griffin was very thorough, which permitted me to recognize the potentially matching names, dates, places, and relationships. Never be satisfied with a partial family!
  • Fourth, not only did the descendant of John and Griffin have a tree at Ancestry, but they also participated in DNA testing.
  • Fifth, the guidance I received from Diahan was invaluable to understanding and filtering through the results. If you've tried interpreting your DNA results on your own, I'd strongly recommend that you visit with her through her consultation services or learn from her via her inexpensive DNA reference guides.
  • Sixth, I must have really good DNA. :)

Next steps

I'm still a little overwhelmed with the results, and this was just my first test! Here's what I plan to do next. If you have other suggestions, I'd love to hear from you.

  • I've ordered another DNA test, this time for my father's 93-year-old father. It should arrive in the next day or so, and then I've got another excuse to make the 3-hour drive to visit him.
  • I'll probably spend most of my time looking for more evidence of John and Griffin. I look forward to that day when I can, with full confidence, link them to their correct places in my tree.
  • I'm more confident with DNA testing now, but I will definitely review these two reference guides by Diahan: Autosomal DNA for the genealogist and Understanding AncestryDNA. I should probably also review Getting Started: Genetics for the Genealogist.
  • Re-watch the previous DNA webinars in the library (at www.familytreewebinars.com/dna):
    • The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships
    • DNA Research for Genealogists: Beyond the Basics
    • The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing
    • Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union
    • I Had My DNA Tested - Now What?
    • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy
    • Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History
    • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA
    • Watch Geoff Live: DNA
  • Import my AncestralDNA results into FamilyTreeDNA. Transferring costs about $39 and from what I hear there are additional benefits by having the results there too.
  • Import the results into GEDMatch. This is free, and provides additional tools such as comparing my results with others who may not have had their tests done with AncestryDNA.
  • Against others' recommendations, I'm going to have myself tested sometime. I've got to prove to my parents that they didn't find me under a rock. And who knows what else I'll find?
  • I'd also like to have my wife's parents tested. I've done a little bit of research on my father-in-law's line, and feel this could help with some of the challenges.

So if you've read this far, and you haven't yet joined this new world of DNA testing for genealogy, I hope I've inspired you a little bit. At the very least, I've now got a summary of what I did and a checklist of where I'm heading - both good practices for genealogy research of any kind.


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