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EOGN: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
A Weekly Summary of Events and
Vol. 5 No. 36 – Sept. 2, 2000
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- On the Road Again
- On the Road Again
I’ll spend part of this coming week at the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies conference. This year’s event is being held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City and is co-hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association. The conference schedule shows more than 60 speakers who are giving more than 130 presentations. The conference also promises more than 150 exhibits, including software vendors, publishers, booksellers, and genealogy societies. For more information about the conference, look at:http://www.fgs.org/
I expect that most of next week’s newsletter will be written while I am at the conference or on the airplane when flying home. I hope to write about any new genealogy products or services introduced at the conference.
As always, there are no promises about newsletter promptness. Traveling with a tiny palmtop computer and connecting from various hotel rooms can be a bit tricky. Next week’s newsletter may be delayed or even possibly skipped if I encounter unforeseen problems. I’ve always had good luck with sending this newsletter in the past. It has been sent from four different countries, but there’s always a first time for difficulties.
- Scottish, English, and Welsh Genealogy Records Online at FGS
One exhibit that I want to see at the FGS conference is from Origins Network. The company plans to demonstrate Internet access to UK ancestral records not previously available online.
I first wrote about these new online collections in the April 8, 2000 edition of this newsletter, and then I wrote a longer article in the May 6, 2000 edition. The Society of Genealogists and Origins Network have obviously been working hard since then to place the records online. The new service for the Society of Genealogists (SoG) will be available in preview at the FGS conference. This "preview look" will include the indexes to documents dating from the 1600s through the 1800s: Bank of England Wills, London City Apprenticeship Indentures, Vicar General and Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations, London Consistory Court (the "Bawdy Court") and Archdeaconry Court of London depositions.
Bruno Longmore, the Departmental Record Officer and Archivist of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) will also be present to discuss Scotland's initiative that has put records dating from 1553 on the Internet, also using the facilities of Origins Network.
- Family Roots Organizer: the Videos
The Studio is a company in Hurricane, Utah that produces genealogy videotapes. I have recently written about some of their tapes, including "PAF 4.0" in the May 6 newsletter and "Family History on the Internet" in the May 20 newsletter. This week I watched another set of tapes, called "Family Roots Organizer" featuring Mary E. Vassel Hill.
"Family Roots Organizer" is a two-tape lesson in how to organize the information that you find in your genealogy research. Ms. Hill is obviously well qualified to teach this topic. She has been a genealogy instructor at Brigham Young University and, more recently, at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She lectures frequently at major genealogy conferences, usually on the subject of organizing research efforts. Her presentation style is informal and very effective. At the beginning of tape #1, Ms. Hill emphasizes two points:
Mary Hill then walks the viewer through a process that ensures you can find anything you want at a later date. She says that the purpose is to:
The introduction is then followed by a discussion of how to use your computer to organize all recorded facts. The purpose of a computer is to simplify the recording of information; the methods of filing shown on this videotape complement the use of modern genealogy programs.
The videotapes then focus on a filing system that Ms. Hill recommends, using color-coded file folders and color stick-on dots to denote specific data. Materials included with the videotape include sample pedigree charts and other forms. The 160 minutes of videotape give detailed instructions on the use of this filing system. Along the way Ms. Hill also discusses to-do lists, research logs, timelines, maps and research notes.
If you think you are drowning in a sea of notes, if you can never find what you want, or if you just need to "straighten out this mess," you need this videotape!
"Family Roots Organizer" with Mary E. Vassel Hill costs $24.00 and is available directly from the producers. For more information, or to order online using the producer’s secure online order form, look at: http://www.123genealogy.com/store/video/052037.htm
- Hidden Sources
This week I had a chance to read a new book, called "Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places" by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer. Most people who have been researching their ancestry for some time have already used the "big name" records, such as census records, town clerks records, information from state vital records departments, pension applications, etc. However, this book gives suggestions for those hard-to-find records. If you have been "stone walled" while looking for information about a certain ancestor, this book may give you some new ideas about where to look.
"Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places" offers suggestions for:
The one that caught my eye was Internal Revenue Service records. I always thought these were never released to the public. According to this book, today’s I.R.S. records are kept secret, but those of 1862 through 1866 are available on microfilm. Since I have been searching for years for information about one particular ancestor who was in his prime earning years at that time and most likely subject to taxation, I’m going to look at the I.R.S. records the first chance I get! Without Laura Pfeiffer’s book, I wouldn’t have thought of this source.
Pfeiffer provides clues to the location of the records mentioned and also gives a list of books with further information about each type. She has also included URLs (Web site addresses) to sites with further information about these "hidden sources."
This one is a keeper. "Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places" by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer is an excellent reference book, one that I found very useful. This 312-page hardbound book retails for $39.95 (U.S. funds) but may be available at discount in some bookstores. Any bookstore can obtain it if you specify ISBN 0-916489-86-8. It is published by Ancestry Publishing, a division of MyFamily.com, and is available for secure online ordering on the publisher’s Web site for $35.95 plus shipping. For more information, go to: http://shop.myfamily.com/ancestrycatalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=1447&dept%5Fid=10201000
- Kinship: It’s All Relative
What constitutes a relative? I read a book this week that answers that question in detail. As noted in the introduction:
"Kinship: It’s All Relative" by Jackie Smith Arnold goes on to spend 123 pages defining "kinship." The author discusses cousins, both removed and not. She differentiates between your legal next-of-kin and your closest biological relative (no, they are not the same thing). Do you know the degree of blood relationship, or consanguinity, between yourself and your first cousins? Between third cousins and second cousins once removed? Do you know anything at all about the removes? Do you understand the difference between a greataunt and a grandaunt? Or between a cousin-german and a cater cousin?
Arnold discusses all this as well as genetic inheritance, medical charts, family law, ascents and descents, the legal consequences of in vitro fertilization, and more. One chapter discusses tracing your family tree. The author included a bibliography and reference list, along with a glossary of terms found in the book.
"Kinship: It’s All Relative" was originally released in 1990, and a second edition followed a few years later. The latest version is still called the Second Edition, but the book was updated this year with a new glossary, bibliography, and index.
This book turned out to be more interesting than I ever expected it to be. The author takes a rather dry subject and makes it quite enjoyable. I learned a bit about cousin relationships and about medical conditions. My favorite quote is on page 86, at the end of a discussion of inherited medical conditions: "Choose your ancestors well."
"Kinship: It’s All Relative" by Jackie Smith Arnold, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, retails for $9.95 and should be available from any bookstore if you specify ISBN 0-8063-1444-3. You can also order it online from the publisher’s secure Web site at:http://www.genealogybookshop.com/genealogybookshop/files/General,General_Reference/177.html
- New Web Site Features Surname Extracts From Old Newspapers
NewspaperAbstracts.com is a new Web site with an ambitious agenda: it wants to extract all the surnames found in 62 million pages of newspapers. Quoting from the site’s introduction:
I did a search of the site looking for my own surname but didn’t find anything. No surprise there as the site is brand new, and only a tiny percentage of the 62 million pages have been indexed to date. However, I did find two different articles about Bangor, Maine that I found interesting. These show the hazards of life in the 1860s:
You can view the beginnings of this project at:http://www.newspaperabstracts.com
Volunteers extract all the information available on the site. If you would like to contribute some time to this worthy effort, look at:http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/volunteer.html
- Cyndi Howells in People Magazine
I haven’t seen the magazine yet, but a reliable source tells me that this week's People Magazine (dated September 4, 2000) features a small story about Cyndi Howells on page 35. The story also contains a nice picture.
As most readers should know by now, Cyndi is the creator of a very popular genealogy Web site, http://www.Cyndislist.com. This amazing site is also a past recipient of an elite award, the Eastman Newsletter Readers’ Choice for Best Genealogy Web Site. Cyndi is also a frequent guest speaker at genealogy events.
It’s great to see Cyndi featured alongside all those other celebrities.
- Washington County, Maine Records Preservation Fund
The following announcement is from the Washington County, Maine Records Preservation Fund:
email@example.com Web Page: http://hometown.aol.com/shwkrp/shwkrp.html
- DNA Test Proves (?) the Fate of Louis XVII
After Louis XVI was guillotined in Paris in 1793, his eldest surviving son, Louis-Charles, became the titular king of France under the name of Louis XVII. But the monarchy had been formally abolished in 1792, and the new king, then eight years old, was held in the Temple Prison in Paris. The young king without a throne was held in a dark and dank room that he rarely left and apparently was treated little better than a caged animal. History books say that he contracted tuberculosis and died on June 8, 1795.
However, rumors have echoed for more than 200 years, claiming that Louis XVII escaped from or was taken from Temple Prison and that a look-alike died there instead. The rumors are based upon one point: the remains identified in the 19th century as those of the dead child from the prison were determined to be those of an older boy.
The rumors claim that Louis XVII escaped, grew to adulthood, married, had children and lived a quiet life in anonymity. One version of the rumors claims that the boy-king lived under the assumed name of Karl-Wilhelm Naundorff, a Prussian watchmaker. In the two centuries since the child’s death, many people have claimed to be descendants. At last count, more than 100 people claim to be descendants of Louis XVII. Their claims should have been silenced recently by DNA tests, but the controversy continues.
An autopsy was performed on the boy who died in Temple Prison. The doctor who performed the autopsy in 1795, Philippe-Jean Pelletan, hoping to preserve a royal relic, hid the heart in a handkerchief in his pocket. The heart passed through several owners over the years, eventually ending up in an urn in the royal basilica of Saint-Denis. DNA tests were recently performed on the heart. The geneticists then compared the results with the genetic code revealed by hair taken from his mother, Marie-Antoinette, as well as with DNA samples taken from two of her living descendants. The results, released in April, revealed "obvious proof that the heart belongs to a child related to Marie-Antoinette and her family."
Those who claimed to be descendants were loud in their rebuttals. "This is a lie," charges Charles-Louis-Edmond de Bourbon, who claims to be a direct descendant of the uncrowned king and views the recent DNA test as a sinister plot. "There's an organization that wants to destroy us," he says. "These people work for the Bourbons of Spain," a rival branch of pretenders to the non-existent French throne.
You can read more about this fascinating story of political intrigue, genealogy and DNA at the New York Times’ Web site at: http://search3.nytimes.com/search/daily/bin/fastweb?getdoc+site+site+61711+0+wAAA+Louis%7EXVII
- From The Mailbox
Last week’s newsletter had a story about President Benjamin Harrison. A number of people wrote to me to point out that the first paragraph of the article was inaccurate. That paragraph confused President Benjamin Harrison with his grandfather President William Henry Harrison. Back to the history books…
- Upcoming Events
The Upcoming Events section of this newsletter is published once per month, usually in the first newsletter of each month. Each event will be listed very briefly: title, date(s), location, and sponsoring organization, all followed by either an e-mail address or a Web page that you can use to find more information. Since detailed information is available via e-mail or the Web, I will not list the details in this newsletter. If you do contact any of these organizations, please tell them where you heard about the event.
Here are the listings, arranged by date. An asterisk indicates a new listing that has been added since the last time this list was published:
The Twentieth Annual Meeting for the Towne Family Association, Inc. to be held September 14-17, 2000 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Towne Family Association is a genealogical organization whose members are the descendants of William and Joanna who came to America from Great Yarmouth, England and settled in Salem, MA about 1640. For information on the annual meeting or Association membership please contact: BRBAYLIS@aol.com
The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies will host its Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, 22-23 September 2000, Lakewood CO. Featured speakers will be Cyndi Howells, Henry "Hank" Jones, and Christina Schaefer. For details, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American-Canadian Genealogical Society’s fall conference will be held at the society’s library on September 22, 23 and 24. This is a great resource for anyone researching French-Canadian ancestry. More information may be obtained at: http://www.ACGS.org
The National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region, the Chicago Historical Society, the National Park Service, Chicago and Salt Creek Civil War Round Tables are cosponsoring their annual Civil War Symposium in Chicago on Saturday, September 23, 2000. This year's program is "War on the Waters: Civil War Naval Operations." Details are available at: http://www.nara.gov/regional/chisym00.html
*The Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County (California) will present an all-day genealogical workshop, "Genealogy on Two Levels," in Modesto on Saturday, September 23. Level One will include: Especially for Beginners; classes will include: Basic Forms to Organize Your Information, What To Do Next, Using the FHC-Gateway to Record Collection in Salt Lake City, and Using the FHC-What Else is Available Through the FHC. Level Two will include: Researching From Afar; classes include: Effective Use of CA Sutro Library, Materials Needed to Identify Countries & Proveniences, Evaluating E-INFO from the web, and National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collection. "Using the FHC Computers" is a hands-on class available to any level. Details are available from: JMastergardener@aol.com
The Fox Valley (Illinois) Genealogical Society's September 30, 2000 Conference will feature Dr. George K. Schweitzer (who dresses in appropriate period costume). Topics will include "Migration Routes and Settlement Patterns," "Finding Your Ancestors’ Parents," and "Civil War Genealogy." Early registration is strongly suggested. Details are available at: http://members.aol.com/fvgs1/index.html/
*The Dallas Genealogical Society Lecture Series Seminar will be held on September 30, 2000 in Dallas, Texas. Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck will lecture on Tracking Your Ancestors in Missouri and Arkansas. For further information, visit our website at:http://www.dallasgenealogy.org
The Genealogical Council of Oregon invites all genealogists to attend the 6th Statewide Genealogical Conference Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 & 7, 2000. The meeting will be held in Salem, Oregon. Alan Mann will be the keynote speaker, and a number of presentations are planned. For information, contact: email@example.com
A Family History & Genealogy Fair to be held at Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona on October 7. For information, see the Family History Society web site athttp://www.fhsa.org/.
The descendants of Isaac Lesesne, Huguenot immigrant to Daniel Island, SC, in the 17th century, will hold their biennial reunion at New Market, near Greeleyville, South Carolina, on October 7, 2000. For details, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The North San Diego County Genealogy Society, Inc. is having their Fall Seminar, Saturday, October 7, 2000 in Carlsbad, California. "Bytes of Knowledge" featuring Ancestry.com will include topics from Beginner's to Advanced, learning how to access, navigate, and retrieve information, plus information on soon to be released databases, including Census images. Details are available at: http://www.compuology.com/nsdcgs
*The Berkshire Family History Association will hold their GATEWAY TO THE WEST - SEMINAR XVII in Lenox, Massachusetts, October 7, 2000. This seminar will feature five speakers. For additional information, look at:http://www.berkshire.net/~bfha/
AKEHURST GetTogether: An international meeting of all researching the name Akehurst (and variants) will be held in Canterbury, Kent, UK, on the weekend of 7 & 8 October 2000. For further information, look at:http://www.peninsula.starway.net.au/~ackehurst/conference.html
The Newberry Library's Friends of Genealogy will hold their 4th annual "Ask The Experts: On Military Records" panel discussion on October 11 Chicago. Details are available at:http://www.newberry.org/nl/genealogy/L3gfriends.html
*The Massachusetts Society Of Genealogists, Inc. will hold their twenty-fifth annual meeting on October 14, 2000 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Speakers include Peter H. Viles speaking on "Religion, Pilgrims, and Early Settlements," Jean Nudd, Director, Pittsfield office, National Archives and Records Administration, speaking on "Resources at the Pittsfield National Archives" and Marcia D. Melnyk on "Twentieth Century Records." Details are available from email@example.com
*The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Fall Seminar will be held Saturday, October 14, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Featured speaker will be James L. Hansen, F.A.S.G., State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. Details are available at:http://www.rootsweb.com/~wsgs/meetings.htm
The annual Family History Fair in New York City will be held on October 15, 2000. This year’s session includes numerous workshops and also commercial exhibitors. Admission is free. Details are available at:http://www.nycarchivists.org/fhf.html
*The Alabama Genealogical Society will hold its Fall meeting and Seminar in Montgomery on Saturday, October 21, 2000. Jimmy B. Parker, a nationally known genealogical speaker, will present the following subjects: "What Did Your Ancestors Do and In Which War: U.S. Military History and Sources" and "Mining familysearch.org for Genealogical Resources." For additional information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The 24th Annual Conference of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) will be held in Jacksonville, FL on 10 and 11 November 2000. The guest speakers will include nationally recognized family history speakers Paula and Jim Warren plus a number of others. Details are available at:http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsgs
Laws Family Reunion 2000 will be held on Saturday, 11th November 2000, in Welton, Lincolnshire, England. Details are available from:email@example.com
The SPENCER Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (SHGS) will hold its Bi-annual Reunion October 11-15, 2000, in Grapevine and Irving, Texas (between Dallas & Fort Worth). Confirmed speakers include Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dragoo Family Association (DFA) Biennial Reunion will be held October 12-15, 2000 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, contact: GWatson3@Compuserve.com
An O'Mahony get-together will be held in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on October 13-15, 2000. This will be the first Canadian gathering. For information about the society and fall gathering, contact: email@example.com
The Alford American Family Association will hold its 13th annual meeting and national Alford family reunion in Augusta, GA, Oct. 13-15, 2000. The association is for all spelling variations such as Alvord, Halford, Alfred, etc. For more information go to:http://www.alford.com/alford/aafa/homepage.html.
Pierre Chastain Family Association - All descendants of Pierre Chastain are invited to this year's special 25th reunion and 300-year celebration of Pierre Chastain's arrival in Virginia. The reunion is to be held October 13-15 in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit the Chastain web site:http://www.kopower.com/~jimchstn/
Preserving Our Past (POP) Fair will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on October 14. The Fair features historical organizations and repositories from Central Arizona. For additional information, contact the Arizona Archives at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Genealogy Society Regional Conference will be held in Spokane, WA on the 14th of October. It is being hosted by the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society. The speakers will be Curt Witcher and Christine Rose. For additional information, contact email@example.com
The descendants of Victor David & Elalie Destroismaisons and descendants of Lambert Broussard & Sylvanie Istre Reunion will be held October 22,2000 in Welsh, Louisiana. For further info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will hold a conference entitled "Entering the New Millennium Building a Strong Family History" on October 26-29, 2000, in Washington, D.C. Details are at:http://www.rootsweb.com/~MDAAHGS
The Family History Society of Arizona will host an Annual Seminar on October 27 and 28, 2000. Guest speaker will be Kellee Blake, Director, National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region. The seminar will be held at Arizona State University Memorial Union. For information, see FHSA websitehttp://www.fhsa.org/
The Ingham County Genealogical Society (of Mason, Michigan) holds its annual fall seminar on October 28, 2000. Speakers are Curt B. Witcher and Shirley J. Hodges. For information go to:http://userdata.acd.net/mmgs/icgs.html
The Texas State Genealogical Society will hold their Annual Conference November 10 & 11, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck will be the main speaker. For more information and registration form see the web page at: htpp://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/
The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2001 will be held 8-12 January 2001 at the Wyndham Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT. The following courses will be held: 1) American Records and Research: Focusing on Localities; 2) Tracing Immigrant Origins; 3) Scottish Research; 4) Scandinavian Research; 5) Preparing a Family History in the New Millennium; 6) US Military records; 7) and 8) Research Methodology: Problem Solving I and Advanced Methodology: Problem Solving II; 9) Making the Most of Your Computer As a Serious Genealogist; 10) The Internet: A Tool for Genealogical Research. For more information, see:http://www.infouga.org/institut.htm
*The Lee County (Florida) Genealogical Society will sponsor a seminar in Ft. Myers on January 13, 2001. The guest speaker will be Linda Woodward Geiger, C.G.R.S. Sessions topics include Designing An Efficient Research Plan, Documentation: Never Having to Ask "Where Did That Come From?", Using Deeds to Solve Genealogical Problems, and Using Federal Naturalization Records. Details are available from: email@example.com
The West Valley Genealogical Society seminar will be held February 17, 2001 in Sun City, Arizona. Birdie Monk Holsclaw will be the guest speaker. For information, firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Whittier (California) Area Genealogical Society will host their annual seminar on 24 Feb 2001. This year's speaker will be Richard Wilson, author of computer books for genealogist and articles for national genealogy magazines. He will present a summary of some of the popular genealogy programs, how to use the Internet for effective genealogical research, and on to some of the more advanced techniques, such as using a scanner to add photographs to your printed genealogy. Details are available at: http://www.compuology.com/wags
The Sonoma County Genealogical Society in Santa Rosa, CA, will feature Helen F.M. Leary at their meeting on 24 March 2001. Details are available at:http://www.rootsweb.com/~cascgs/leary.htm
The Indiana Genealogical Society annual meeting and conference will feature Dr. John Philip Colletta. The conference is April 28, 2001 in Kokomo, Indiana. Information is available at the IGS Web site:http://www.IndGenSoc.org.
*The Coffey Cousins' Convention will be held May 4-6, 2001 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. More information can be found at the CC website:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~coffeycousins/coffeycousins.html
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' 21st International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, on July 8-13, 2001 in London, England. Information is available at:http://www.iajgs.org
A reunion for anyone who has an interest in, or ancestors from, the Dutch island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the province of Zuid, Holland, will be held in September 2001. This reunion will take place in or near the village of Ouddorp, which has been inhabited since before 300 BC. Participants will not only visit the Genealogical Center in Middelharnis, but also the annual genealogical day, organized by the Zeeland chapter of the NGV, (Dutch Genealogical Society). Details are available at:http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Lake/1588/
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