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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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A Weekly Summary of Events and Topics of Interest to Online Genealogists

Vol. 7 No. 50 – December 16, 2002

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IN THIS ISSUE:

- Dick Eastman Joins the Family History Radio Team
- What Is "Second Cousin Once Removed?"
- I Am My Own Grandpa...
- Strange But True Relationship
- (+) Genealogy Manager for Lindows and Linux
- GeneWeb
- Christmas Gift Subscriptions
- GEDCOM XML Beta Specification Available
- They Came In Ships
- (+) Put Your Life on a Disk
- Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition
- MyFamily.com, Inc. Completes Acquisition of BigHugs.com
- New African American Institute in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
- (+) Update: Where to Stay in Salt Lake City
- Wanted: Ben Franklin’s Descendants
- New Books

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- Dick Eastman Joins the Family History Radio Team

I am delighted to announce that I am expanding this electronic newsletter into worldwide Internet radio. Karen Clifford has an online radio program that I admire. You can read about her show in my past newsletters at http://www.rootsforum.com/archives/news0244.htm#FamilyHistoryRadio, http://www.rootsforum.com/archives/news0235.htm#Family%20History%20Radio and at http://www.rootsforum.com/archives/news0147.htm. When Karen Clifford and Executive Producer Steve Jensen invited me to join their online radio team, I jumped at the chance.

My contribution to the Karen Clifford Show will be loosely similar to the electronic newsletter: I will discuss current happenings and will review new software, CD-ROM disks, and online sites. The "radio format" will allow me to do some things I have not been able to accomplish in the present newsletter. I am looking forward to this new medium.

This is a "return to radio" for me. When I first got out of school, I spent several years as a disk jockey at a small-town AM radio station. That was a long time ago, years before the invention of home computers or the Internet. I enjoy the idea of getting back into radio and am especially intrigued by the capability of reaching a wider audience. Instead of being limited to listeners within a few miles of the AM radio transmitter, Internet radio can reach listeners all over the world, all of whom will hear near-broadcast quality audio.

My first episode is available now as part of Family History Radio’s "Holiday Show." To listen to the program, all you need is a computer, an Internet connection, and speakers or headphones connected to the sound card of your computer. The show can easily be heard worldwide, using either a dial-up connection or a broadband connection. You can listen to live shows free of charge. All shows are recorded and stored online; you can listen to the archived shows for a small fee.

My first episode is available at http://www.familyhistoryradio.com. In this episode I discuss The Pocket Genealogist, a program for handheld Pocket PCs, as well as the appointment of new editors of the NGS Quarterly, new Florida online databases, and Cherokee ancestry in Georgia.

The following is a press release about this Family History Radio addition:

Dick Eastman Joins Family History Radio with New Feature:
"What’s New in Your Past"

Family History Radio, LLC, www.familyhistoryradio.com announced today that Dick Eastman will join the Family History Radio team by providing a regular news and information segment for Family History Radio called "What’s New in Your Past." This program, which will be webcast over the Internet as well as offered to broadcast radio stations, will feature a summary of the latest genealogy news and events. "We are very excited to have Dick Eastman on our team," states Al Jensen President of Family History Radio. "He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of genealogy."

"What’s New in Your Past" will be posted on the Family History Radio website starting December 16, 2002. .Listeners can tune in and listen to the current show for free. All past archived shows will be offered for a small monthly fee. In addition to this show, Dick Eastman will continue to publish his popular online genealogy newsletter.

Dick Eastman is a frequent presenter at major genealogy conferences. He has published articles in Genealogical Computing and Family Chronicle magazines and for a number of Web sites. He was an advisor to PBS' Ancestry series and appeared as a guest in one of the episodes. He serves on the Advisory Board of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is a past Director of GENTECH and of the New England Computer Genealogists. Dick is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press. He also manages three Genealogy Forums on CompuServe.

Family History Radio also provides genealogy training from its Internet-based Genealogy School. This school provides scores of lessons for beginning to advanced genealogists. The Director of Curriculum is Karen Clifford, a renowned genealogist with over 30 years professional genealogical experience. Jensen says, "So many people are interested in Family History, but have no idea where to start. With The Karen Clifford Show and The Genealogy School, Family History Radio is providing that starting point where people can learn the basics, as well as taking them as far as they would like to go, all the way to expert. Karen is the real heart and soul of this. She’s been at that starting point -- like most people -- with only a desire to research her roots, and her lifelong dedication to genealogy is something that listeners can draw on to find success in their own research."

Family History Radio also broadcasts The Karen Clifford Show, where thousands of listeners from around the world ask Karen their genealogy questions. A free genealogy talk radio show that is streamed over the Internet, The Karen Clifford Show focuses on answering pressing genealogy questions and teaching people how to discover their ancestors. "The real satisfaction comes when Karen shows people the path to solving their genealogy questions. Some people have searched years for this information," says Steve Jensen, Executive Producer and co-host for The Karen Clifford Show. The show has received questions from people all over the United States, the U.K., and even as far away as Australia. "What gives us such broad appeal is that you only need a dial up Internet connection to listen. We’ve eliminated the stops and starts that people associate with streaming media. For those with the Internet Explorer browser, the show is enhanced with visual slides that correlate to the topic Karen is addressing. It’s really fantastic genealogy training", says Jensen.

Second only to gardening, genealogy research is a hobby that is part of over 80 million Americans’ lives. It is the second most accessed topic on the Internet. The purpose of Family History Radio is to provide high quality training in genealogy research that is easily accessible, affordable, and educational. With The Genealogy School, The Karen Clifford Show, and eGenConference.com, Family History Radio is accomplishing that mission.

For further information, go to www.familyhistoryradio.com or email us at info@familyhistoryradio.com or call 801-553-9005.

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- What Is "Second Cousin Once Removed?"

A term often found in genealogy is "removed," specifically when referring to family relationships. Indeed, almost everyone has heard of a "second cousin once removed," but many people cannot explain that relationship. Of course, a person might be more than once removed, as in third cousin, four times removed.

In short, the definition of cousins is two people who share a common ancestor:

First Cousin
Your first cousins are the people in your family who have at least one of the same grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children of your aunts and uncles.

Second Cousin
Your second cousins are the people in your family who share the same great-grandparent with you.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Cousins
Your third cousins share at least one great-great-grandparent, fourth cousins share a great-great-great-grandparent, and so on.

Removed

When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. "Once removed" indicates a difference of one generation, "twice removed" indicates a difference of two generations, and so forth.

For example, the child of your first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. That is, your cousin’s child would be your first cousin, except that he or she is one generation removed from that relationship. Likewise, the grandchild of your first cousin is your first cousin twice removed (two generations removed from being a first cousin).

Many people confuse the term "first cousin once removed" with "second cousin." The two are not the same.

There are many consanguinity charts available that attempt to explain these relationships visually. I find most of them to be more confusing than the words. However, I like the chart created by Big Al Creations at http://users.chariot.net.au/~samhain/relation.html. I find this one easier to read than most of the others. Look first for the box labeled YOURSELF. From here you can see how other people are related to you as you go up and down the generations illustrated there.

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- I Am My Own Grandpa...

Now that you have digested the definitions of cousinship, are you ready for the advanced test? Consider the lyrics to the song I Am My Own Grandpa, written by Dwight B. Latham and Moe Jaffe:

Many many years ago when I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.
This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.
 
To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.
 
My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.
 
For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.
 
Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son.
 
My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,
She's my grandmother, too.
 
If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It simply drives me wild.
 
For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa!

This song has been recorded by many artists, including Shel Silverstein, Lonzo & Oscar, Homer & Jethro, Ray Stevens, and Dave Grisman. It reportedly was inspired by an anecdote that Mark Twain related in a book, proving how a person could become his own grandfather.

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- Strange But True Relationship

The above song lyrics are whimsical and fictitious, of course. Or are they? Consider the following true story:

At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, Bill and Mandy were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son from a former marriage, Stephen, married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.

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- (+) Genealogy Manager for Lindows and Linux

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- GeneWeb

GeneWeb is a free Windows, Macintosh and Linux genealogy program from France that is often referred to as an "Internet genealogy program." Indeed, you do everything from Netscape, Internet Explorer, or a similar Web browser. You do have to install GeneWeb software on your own computer, but you use a Web browser as the program’s interface. If you already surf on the Web, you do not need to learn how to use GeneWeb: click on the texts, the buttons, fill in the zones, go forward, backward, record the bookmarks, change the sizes of the pages, use one or several pages, etc. All operations in GeneWeb are essentially the same as performing the equivalent operations on the Web. However, you are not forced to connect to the network.

You can use GeneWeb in either of two ways:

  • As a free-standing genealogy program without any need to be connected to the Internet.
  • As a Web service, if your computer is capable of connecting to the Internet. You can store your data on a Web site and then use GeneWeb in exactly the same manner you would if the data was stored on your own hard drive. Optionally, you can allow access to your data to anyone else who has Web access. You also can place a link to your data on your personal home page.

I downloaded the latest version of GeneWeb from the program’s Web site and installed it. Installation on Windows 2000 was simple. However, a README.TXT file appeared at the end of the installation with some unusual instructions on how to operate the program.

To start GeneWeb, just double-click first on the gwsetup icon and then on the gwd icon. Two new programs should appear in the task bar at the bottom of the screen. Then you must double-click on the "START.htm" icon to bring up your Web browser. The resulting Web browser displays a link to click on in order to connect to the gwsetup service. Starting the program is a four-step process, but one that is easy to do.

GeneWeb comprises two servers (programs that receive requests from the web browser and return information to it):

  • gwsetup manages data bases: creating, deleting, renaming, merging, importing/exporting GEDCOM, and so on.
  • gwd provides the ability to read a data base, make changes, compute relationships, display ancestors, and so on.

The two server programs really are normal Windows programs that require no special attention. You can minimize them, but you must not close their windows while GeneWeb is in operation. Everything is done in your favorite Web browser, which carries on a dialog with these programs using the Internet protocol. You do not need to be connected to the Web. Because everything is performed in a Web browser, it is easy to move your database to a Web server someplace on the Internet. The GeneWeb site provides details on Web use.

I found the operation of the program to be simple. In fact, it feels as if you are entering data onto a Web site with one exception: pages get updated almost instantly with new information. Even though I normally use a cable modem to connect to the Internet, surfing a database on my own hard drive was noticeably faster than doing the same thing on the Internet.

Not only is GeneWeb available for multiple operating systems, but it is also multilingual. It can display its pages in several languages, including Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, German, Danish, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Latvian, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, and Chinese. Of course, your data will not be translated and will remain in the language you use; however, the displaying of headers, dates, etc, will be done in the selected language. I am not sure there is a big need for an Esperanto genealogy program, but the other language choices should prove to be popular.

Two things were noticeably absent: a user’s manual and built-in Help pages. The user is left to figure things out on his own. As the program does not always follow the standard conventions used by other Windows and Macintosh programs, this can be confusing at times.

GeneWeb has all the normal data elements found in simpler genealogy programs: first name(s), surname, and the normal dates and places of birth, marriage, and death. The European origins of the program are apparent as well: there are data fields for "titles" and for "estates." The program even tracks the years of a person’s reign. In fact, many of the examples on the program’s Web sites contain information about European nobility.

I entered data manually for a few people. I then imported a GEDCOM file of about 3,000 people. The GEDCOM interface was a bit unusual. It asked for the file name, so I entered C:\GEDCOM\EASTMAN.GED, the name of my GEDCOM file with full path and drive letter. GeneWeb complained that my entry had "illegal characters in the file name." There is no user manual to consult or any help pages, so I had to experiment on my own. Eventually I discovered that the program would not handle "C:\GEDCOM\" or any other subdirectory names or drive letters. It seems that GeneWeb cannot handle the backslashes and the colon. I had to either copy the file to the GeneWeb directory or else use the program’s internal file browser to locate the correct GEDCOM file.

GeneWeb has several major flaws, in my opinion. For one thing, its fields for source citations are limited. For each birth, marriage, or death, there is a single additional field called "Source." You can type the source of the data into this field. However, if you have 50 names found in one source, you have to enter the same source data 50 times. Finally, there is no method for sorting on sources or forupdating a single source that is used for multiple people. Most other Windows and Macintosh genealogy programs have had more sophisticated source citation databases for several years.

Next, the program has no capability for storing conflicting data. For instance, I have three different dates of birth and four different locations of birth for my great-great-grandfather. Although I have been investigating this for years, I still have no idea which date and location are correct. In fact, the more hours I spend researching this fellow, the more dates and locations I keep finding! Almost all modern genealogy programs allow me to enter all the dates and places; the better programs also allow me to assign a "weight" or "best guess" factor to each date and location. GeneWeb offers no such capability; I found that I could enter only one date and one location. This constitutes a "show stopper" for me and for most other genealogists.

The documentation for GeneWeb is almost non-existent. There is a brief README file, and you can find some information on the producer’s Web site. However, there is no user’s manual and no built-in help file. This is compounded by the fact that the program does not use a standard graphical user interface as found in most other modern programs. It does not have pull-down menus across the top of the screen like most modern computer programs.

In addition, GeneWeb is very limited in the number of reports it can generate. It does not create Register Format reports or hourglass reports or bowtie reports as are found in so many other genealogy programs. In fact, what reporting it does generate is designed for on-screen viewing, not for printing. While the program will store one picture of each individual in the database, there is no capability for producing multimedia scrapbooks.

Finally, GeneWeb stores only basic information about each person: name, date of birth/marriage/death, place of birth/marriage/death, relationship to other individuals, and also quite a bit of information about titles (king, prince, lord, knight, etc.) There are no fields for military service, occupations held during lifetime, religious affiliation, bar mizvahs, education, or other data as seen in most other modern genealogy programs.

In short, GeneWeb reminds me of the typical MS-DOS and Macintosh programs that were popular ten to fifteen years ago.

Even with these limitations, GeneWeb will still appeal to quite a few people. Its multilingual capabilities will obviously appeal to those who wish to use those languages. I expect that GeneWeb will become quite popular outside of the English-speaking world. Next, its excellent handling of titles and years of reign will appeal to anyone interested in tracking nobility. The fact that the program is free will attract some people, although Windows users can find much more powerful and user-friendly free programs elsewhere. Finally, Linux and Macintosh users will find GeneWeb attractive simply because there are so few genealogy programs available today for those platforms.

If any of the above reasons appeal to you, check out GeneWeb at http://cristal.inria.fr/~ddr/GeneWeb/en/index.html.

If you are an English-speaking Windows user, I would suggest that you look elsewhere for a free genealogy program. You can find Legacy at http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/ and Personal Ancestral File at http://www.FamilySearch.org. Both are free, both have many more features and both are also easier to install and use.

Macintosh users will want to look at the commercial program Reunion at http://www.leisterpro.com. While expensive, Reunion offers many more features than those found in GeneWeb.

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- Christmas Gift Subscriptions

Have a genealogist on your Christmas list? Looking for a suitable gift? You might consider a gift subscription to this newsletter.

To give a newsletter subscription to someone else, go to http://www.RootsForum.com/plus and sign up in the usual manner. This will create an additional subscription for you. Then drop a note to me at richard@eastman.net and give me the e-mail address of the recipient. On Christmas Day, I will send a message to the recipient. I will also change the e-mail address on the subscription at the same time so that the person of your choice will receive all the future newsletters directly in his or her mailbox.

Happy Holidays!

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- GEDCOM XML Beta Specification Available

The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently published a beta version of their GEDCOM XML specification. The specification is in Adobe Acrobat’s PDF format and can be downloaded from the Church’s genealogy Web site.

To obtain your copy, got to http://www.familysearch.org and follow the "FamilySearch Questions" link. After that, follow the "GEDCOM" link. When this article was being prepared, I found a direct link to the document at: http://www.familysearch.org/GEDCOM/GedXML60.pdf. Be aware, however, that the exact address may change in the future.

Remember that this new document is not a standard. Instead, it is a specification. Please refer to the cover letter that accompanies the specification for further details.

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- They Came In Ships

Virtually every American can find an ancestor whose name lies hidden in a ship’s passenger list. "They Came in Ships" is a book that will take you step-by-step through the records, demonstrating how to use the available indexes and alternative resources to find the ship passenger list that bears your ancestor’s name. This book has been a classic for a number of years. However, author John P. Colletta has updated the book extensively for the 2002 edition. I had a chance to read the new version this week.

"They Came in Ships" gives an excellent history of the immigration process, describes the records that were generated, and tells where to find those records today. The chapters in the new edition include:

  1. What You Need to Know and Where to Find It
  2. Passenger Arrival Information Prior to 1820
  3. Passenger Lists Since 1820
  4. Searching Years Not Included in National Archives Indexes
  5. Other Resources and Information of Potential Value
  6. Ellis Island: What’s Myth? What’s Reality?

This book provides the necessary information quickly and easily. Colletta’s writing style is easy to read. He makes his points quickly and then moves on to the next topic.

John Philip Colletta is highly-qualified to write this book. He is one of the most popular genealogy lecturers of our time. I have heard him speak several times and can verify that he knows his stuff. He also has a great sense of humor. Colletta teaches at the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and other Washington-area universities. He is also a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and also at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He has published many genealogy articles as well.

If you need to find immigrant ancestors to America from 1820 through modern times, I suggest you start first with "They Came in Ships." Any bookstore should be able to obtain it for you if you specify ISBN 0-916489-37-X. I found it for sale on publisher Ancestry.com’s Web site for $12.95.

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- (+) Put Your Life on a Disk

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- Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition

A few weeks ago I wrote that IMSI, Inc. had obtained marketing rights to Millennia Software’s Legacy Family Tree Deluxe. I also wrote that IMSI would repackage it as a Premium Edition, which would include more than $50 of additional IMSI products and discounts. You can read that article at: http://www.rootsforum.com/archives/news0242.htm#LegacyFamilyTreeDeluxe

This week IMSI announced that Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition is now available. Here is the press release from IMSI:

NOVATO, Calif., Dec. 4 -- IMSI(R) (OTC Bulletin Board: IMSI), a leading developer of visual content, design, and graphics software, today announced the release of Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition. Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition contains Legacy(R) Family Tree Deluxe 4.0, winner of the PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award. This groundbreaking ancestry tracing software allows users to easily unlock their family histories through connections to a comprehensive collection of data that provides a wealth of information about ancestors all over the world.

"We're very excited about this software because it really allows people to do meaningful research and to build extensive family trees," said Gordon Landies, President, IMSI. "With the marriage of CD-ROM technology and the Internet, we've been able to provide people with an unprecedented amount of data on their families. In addition, we add more value by giving people the opportunity to take their family trees from traditional static charts to full multimedia presentations."

Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition gives users access to over 4 billion names -- over one billion on the included CD-ROM and an additional 3 billion online. The CD-ROMs in the box include indexes to all MyTrees.com(TM) names as well as selected names from Ancestry.com(R). Both sites (and many others) can be searched directly from the program. This product also includes a free trial subscription to Ancestry.com. Both U.S. and international records can be accessed to research births, marriages, land ownership, military service, deaths, immigration, census, Ellis Island documents, and a host of other public information.

The software includes a full color video tutorial and comprehensive Help system with over 30 lessons. Interactive To Do List and Correspondence Log keep research time productive while bookmarks provide quick and easy access to research. Users can easily navigate up and down the family tree in multiple views.

Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition offers over 100 ways to share research and findings with family and friends. The software allows users to create beautiful color printouts of personal family trees suitable for framing, generate a family history book as a special keepsake and even use Legacy's web page creation to design and publish family heritage to a personal web site. Features like privatizing of sensitive information makes sharing online even easier. As a bonus, users can incorporate an unlimited number of pictures, sounds, and video to family members. Narrated slide shows can also be created. Using the included IMSI HiJaak Image Manager, pictures can be zoomed, organized, resized, captured, and converted to improve photo details and appearance.

Legacy Family Tree, Premium Edition is available in many retail destinations and directly from IMSI for $39.99.

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- MyFamily.com, Inc. Completes Acquisition of BigHugs.com

MyFamily.com, Inc., owner of several Web sites, including Ancestry.com, announced that it has completed the acquisition of BigHugs.com, one of the most widely recognized people-finder services in the United States.

According to an announcement from MyFamily.com, BigHugs, based in Ft. Myers, Florida, has been perfecting family locator investigative research for the past twelve years. Specializing in live family reunions on broadcast television, BigHugs has reunited thousands of loved ones on hundreds of television shows over the past decade. Most recently, on the December 6th broadcast of 48 Hours Investigates, this top-rated CBS television network program featured the story of an emotional family reunion uncovered by BigHugs.

"Our business is centered on connecting and strengthening families," said Tom Stockham, president and chief executive officer of MyFamily.com, Inc. "BigHugs is a great addition to our service offering. By integrating the BigHugs people-finder service with the outstanding family history and private family website products already offered through the MyFamily network of websites, our ability to help people connect with their living relatives, friends, and loved ones increases, and we extend our brand to millions of consumers in the offline world."

The acquisition of BigHugs also brings additional leadership in the form of BigHugs founder, Troy Dunn, who pioneered the process of searching for living family members online and also developed a proprietary process for generating national media exposure. Dunn's new role at MyFamily will be vice president of media relations. He will also assist in the development of new services to help people search for living loved ones.

You can read the full announcement at http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/micro_stories.pl?ACCT=147509&TICK=MYFAM&STORY=/www/story/12-09-2002/0001854180&EDATE=Dec+9,+2002

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- New African American Institute in Franklin County, Pennsylvania

A group of Pennsylvania residents have been working to bring to life the storied past of African Americans in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Once it finds a home, the non-profit Institute for African American History will provide a historical treasure trove for scholars, schoolchildren, and local residents.

The institute, which was incorporated on Aug. 29, 2002, is named in honor of the late Mike Waters of Chambersburg, a man who devoted his life to the betterment of his community.

The new institute already has 98 different projects planned, almost all of them dealing with Black American history and genealogy in the area. You can read the details at http://www.thegazettenews.com/newspub/story.cfm?ID=7026.

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- (+) Update: Where to Stay in Salt Lake City

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- Wanted: Ben Franklin’s Descendants

History books teach us that Benjamin Franklin never married and never had children. However, like a few other notable public figures of his time, after his death, rumors flew that Franklin, a printer and philosopher who persuaded France to enter the Revolutionary War and helped craft the Constitution, may have fathered several children out of wedlock.

Are the rumors true? For about 200 years there has been no method of proving or disproving such allegations. Today’s DNA technology has changed all that, however. Today’s technology can answer the questions.

One possibility, of course, would be digging up Franklin’s bones, which have been buried for 212 years near Independence Hall. Since this seems unlikely, L. David Roper is focusing instead on men with well-documented ties to the statesman and inventor. Roper says all he needs from each of the candidates is a simple, $150 analysis of markers on the Y chromosome — genetic material handed down from fathers to sons.

Y chromosomes change infrequently from generation to generation. Even after two centuries, males related to Franklin would have nearly identical ones, Roper said.

You can read the full story at: http://www.napanews.com/templates/index.cfm?template=story_full&id=C0F534AE-BAEA-49B2-828C-435C7BFE420E

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- New Books

I expect to announce new books every few weeks as announcements are received. Each book mentioned in this new section will be one that is newly published or perhaps is a significant new update of a book published some years ago. This listing is for books published on paper, not on CD-ROM or online. Prices mentioned typically do not include shipping or taxes.

"Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More" is a new book from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. NEHGS receives numerous requests each year for style guidelines, and in response produced this guide which addresses substantial changes in genealogical writing generally, and at NEHGS specifically. The book was edited by Henry B. Hoff, editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, with chapters written by editors and writers of NEHGS publications. NEHGS members may purchase this book, priced regularly at $17.95, for a special introductory price of $9.95. Details are at: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store/browse/product.asp?sku=240779745

"German Maps & Facts for Genealogy" points out the uniqueness of the German Empire in a variety of maps and facts. There are over 100 maps, from detailed maps of kingdoms, duchies, and principalities, to hand-rendered maps showing a wide range of topics. Maps show each German state of the German Empire along with information such as size, dominant religion, principal crops, etc. $14.00. http://www.OriginsBooks.com

"Death Notices from Richmond, Virginia Newspapers, 1841-1853" published by the Virginia Genealogical Society. There was no provision in Virginia to keep records of death prior to 1853. This volume brings this valuable series to 1853, the beginning of vital records registration in Virginia. $35.00. http://www.vgs.org/publications.htm

Index Of Virginia Estates, 1800-1865. An index of all estate-related records found on microfilm and other collections. This multiple-volume set will be completed geographically:

1800-1865, Volume 1. Covers the counties of Arlington (including the City of Alexandria), Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford. $40.00. http://www.vgs.org/publications.htm

1800-1865, Volume 2. Covers the counties of Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, and Warren, and the Cities of Fredericksburg and Winchester. $45.00. http://www.vgs.org/publications.htm

1800-1865, Volume 3. Covers the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe. $40.00. Please add shipping/handling $4 for the first item, $1 for each additional item. http://www.vgs.org/publications.htm

"Cemeteries of Sonoma County, California: A History and Guide" by Jeremy Dwight Nichols. The primary purpose of this book is to tell the story of the cemeteries in Sonoma County, California, and to enable genealogists, historians, and other researchers to locate those cemeteries. $18.00.

"Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Cemeteries – Volume I" has just been published by The Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society of Charlotte, NC. This 272 page book lists some 20 cemeteries with dates found of birth and death. $32.50. http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncomgs/

"Gilmanton, New Hampshire Vital Records, 1887-2001" by Richard P. Roberts. A valuable, but time-consuming, source of information for events occurring after 1886 is the section of vital statistics, which is provided in the Annual Town Reports of many New Hampshire towns. This work is divided into births, marriages, and deaths, and each section is arranged alphabetically. Published by Heritage Books, Inc. $37.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Marriages and Deaths, Accidents, Duels and Runaways, etc., Compiled from The Weekly Georgia Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, 1850-1853" by R. Newton Wilcox. This volume includes abstracts of articles gleaned from issues of The Weekly Georgia Telegraph from Jan. 1, 1850 to Dec. 27, 1853. Marriage notices with the names of those involved; death notices with varying amounts of biographical information; plus accounts of accidents, duels, and other interesting tidbits of local concern really bring this community to life. Articles on "runaways" offer detailed physical descriptions of the missing slave and the full name of his/her owner. Published by Heritage Books, Inc. $21.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Floral Home; or, First Years of Minnesota. Early Sketches, Later Settlements, and Further Developments" by Harriet E. Bishop. This work chronicles the remarkable experiences of a young teacher, Harriet Bishop, who witnessed the earliest settlement in the territory known as Minnesota. Her work is interesting because it was published in 1857. Minnesota was not granted statehood until 1858. Reprint of an 1857 publication. Heritage Books, Inc. $29.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Annals and Family Records of Winchester, Connecticut" by John Boyd. A well-written history with numerous interesting anecdotes, biographical sketches, and genealogical records, going well back into the early 1700s. Includes early land titles, pioneer settlers, Indians, war records, society and customs, taxable property lists, town organization, church history, business operations, temperance reform, and Masonic societies. Heritage Books, Inc. $47.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Hanover County, Virginia Chancery Wills and Notes: A Compendium of Genealogical, Biographical and Historical Material as Contained in Cases of the Chancery Suits of Hanover County, Virginia" compiled by William Ronald Cocke, III. The papers of these suits consist of the bills or petitions, answers of defendants, powers of attorney, subpoenas, copies of wills, deeds, and other exhibits. Since most of the Hanover County Records were destroyed near the end of the Civil War, this work preserves valuable data from the extant records of Hanover County, especially the vital facts related to the "ante bellum" period. Heritage Books, Inc. $21.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Story of the Huguenots: A Sixteenth Century Narrative Wherein The French, Spaniards and Indians Were The Actors" by F. A. Mann. "It will be seen by the historical facts given in this Story of the Huguenots that they were the first martyrs to civil and religious liberty on the North American Continent; arriving as they did nearly half a century before the landing of the Puritans at Plymouth. In 1562, inspired by Cortez, Pizarro, Balboa, De Leon and De Soto, Admiral Coligny of France sent two vessels with colonists, under Jean Ribault and Rene Laudonniere, in search of a refuge for French Huguenots, but a settlement was not established in Florida until 1564. Heritage Books, Inc. $20.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Kansas Conflict" by Charles Robinson. An exceptional account of the struggle between Free-State and Slave-State parties, recounted here by one of "the most conspicuous and influential leaders of the Free-State party," Charles Robinson, who was the first Governor of the State of Kansas. 1892 reprint with new fullname index. Heritage Books, Inc. $38.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Life of Major John André, Adjutant-General of the British Army in America" by Winthrop Sargent. John André is best remembered for being hanged as a spy for his role as Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator in the attempt to take West Point during the American Revolution. Only twenty-nine years old at the time of his execution, his life had been a colorful and active one. This work contains much history of the American Revolution in addition to the important people and events in Andre's life. 1871 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $37.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Indian Creek Massacre And Captivity Of Hall Girls; Complete History of the Massacre Of Sixteen Whites on Indian Creek, Near Ottawa, Ill., and Sylvia Hall and Rachel Hall As Captives in Illinois and Wisconsin during The Black Hawk War, 1832" by Charles M. Scanlan. In addition to personal interviews with relatives of Sylvia and Rachel Hall, facts were gleaned from books, "correspondence with historical societies, editors of newspapers, and the War and the Interior Department of the United States. …no fact has been stated on tradition without the clues being verified by land records or government documents." 1915 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $21.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Annals of Binghamton [NY], and the Country Connected with it, From the Earliest Settlement" by J. B. Wilkinson. This work is a history of the town of Binghamton from the time of its settlement up to the 1870s. The beginning chapters provide the reader with information about the region: geography, geological characteristics, and landmarks, its namesake William Bingham, the town's first survey, buildings, the court house, commerce, trade and industry, educational facilities, and the gradual settlement of this area. 1872 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $28.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Hancock County, Indiana, Civil War Soldiers Plus Related Facts" by Sue Baker. The purpose of this volume is to document as many soldiers as possible who resided in Hancock County, Indiana, before, during, or after the Civil War. More than 2000 names have been compiled from primary military sources, official Hancock County records, newspapers of the era, and numerous secondary sources. Heritage Books, Inc. $40.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"North Carolina Slaves And Free Persons Of Color: Chowan County, Volume I" by William L. Byrd III. These pages contain a wealth of information transcribed from obscure and fragile, original documents housed at the North Carolina State Archives. Every attempt has been made to transcribe the complete collection, including partial or fragmented documents. Papers were listed under the general headings of "Slaves and Free Negroes," "Slaves and Free Persons of Color" and "Miscellaneous Records." Heritage Books, Inc. $$22.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Fithian: A Diary of a Small Town" by Richard Cannon. This book preserves the detailed history of Fithian, Illinois, complete with the names of residents, events, and memories, from its earliest days as a muddy, dusty depot, to its transformation into an active center of commerce, and finally, Fithian's evolution into the quiet residential community that exists today. Heritage Books, Inc. $49.95 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Ohio County (WV) Index, Volume 10. Card Index to all Ohio County Courts' Case Files & Loose Papers, Part 3; 1837-1841" by Kenneth Fischer Craft, Jr. Volume 10 continues the series by continuing to publish an exciting group of Ohio County, VA/WV Records - the "Card Index to Ohio Co. Courts' original case files & loose papers" housed at the West Virginia & Regional History Collection at WVU. Heritage Books, Inc. $63.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1838-1839" by Joan M. Dixon. The thirteenth volume in this popular series contains abstracts from the Daily National Intelligencer (formerly The National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser), Washington, D.C.'s first newspaper. Entries include advertisements, appointments by the President, House of Representatives petitions, passed Acts, legal notices, insolvent debtors, marriages, deaths, miscellaneous notices, tax lists, military promotions, court cases, deaths by accident, prisoners, and maritime information. Items or events which might provide clues as to the location, age or relationship of an individual are included. Heritage Books, Inc. $44.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Early East Texas - A History from Indian Settlements to Statehood" by Joe Ellis Ericson. Focusing on the four Mexican Municipalities of Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Sabine, and Shelby (Tenaha), this work begins with a discussion of the early settlements and lifestyles of the local inhabitants and proceeds through Texas History. A bibliography and a fullname + subject index round out this fascinating history, which should appeal to historians and genealogists alike. Heritage Books, Inc. $18.95 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Local History and Genealogy Abstracts from Marion, Indiana Newspapers, 1876-1880" by Ralph D. Kirkpatrick. Marriages, births and deaths are recorded, often in some detail. Local institutions, including churches and schools, continued to develop and their pastors, officers, and members are often noted. These abstracts are presented alphabetically by surname. A maiden name index is a handy feature of this book. Heritage Books, Inc. $24.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Lost Cities of Colorado" by Laurel Michele Wickersheim and Rawlene LeBaron. This book is arranged by county, and offers an overview of Colorado's gold rush history, the miners who helped settle Colorado, and elements of the gold mining, but the main focus is on the lost cities and mining camps, along with stories of the miners who established these cities. Transcripts from original documents and photographs enhance the text. Heritage Books, Inc. $19.95 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Black Watch: The Record Of An Historic Regiment" by Archibald Forbes, L.L.D. The 'Black Watch,' or as is its Gaelic name, 'Am Freiceadan Dubh,' was the appellation given to the independent companies of which, with reinforcements, the regiment was subsequently formed. From the time that the companies were first embodied until they were regimented, the Highlanders continued to wear the dress of their country." 1896 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $27.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Exiles in Virginia: With Observations on the Conduct of the Society of Friends During the Revolutionary War, Comprising the Official Papers of the Government Relating to that Period. 1777-1778" by Thomas Gilpin. This work provides a general account of the Society of Friends, who maintained the Journal, and describes the peculiar situation they found themselves in because of the general Resolutions of Congress, respecting the war. It was from these Resolutions that the Orders of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania were deemed legitimate, and they were able to direct the arrest of the Friends, and make arrangements for their exile. Additional information added to the Journal includes observations of the Society of Friends pertaining to the treatment of its members, and a defense against the charges made respecting their political conduct. Heritage Books, Inc. $26.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Biographical Sketches of Prominent Persons and the Genealogical Records of Many Early and Other Families in Medway, MA 1713-1886" by E. O. Jameson. The Medway Biographies and Genealogies contain more than one hundred fifty biographical sketches, and the genealogical records for nearly five hundred fifty families. This work contains portraits of townspeople and engravings of the various homesteads in Medway. 1886 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $22.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"The Lindsays of America. A Genealogical Narrative and Family Record, Beginning with the Family of the Earliest Settler in the Mother State, Virginia, and Including in an Appendix all the Lindsays of America" by Margaret Isabella Lindsay. This excellent family history begins with a discussion of the early Lindsay ancestors in Scotland, including a chart going back to the Baron Baldric de Limesay in the year 1086. The Lindsay forefather in Virginia was Reverend David Lindsay of Wicomico parish, Northumberland County, who came to the colony before 1655. The line is traced mostly through his grandson, Opie Lindsay. 1889 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $26.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"History of the Town of Waldoboro, Maine" by Samuel L. Miller. Lists include town clerks, treasurers, constables, and military men, and give the years of their service. The results of the census of 1790 and 1820 are discussed as well as the openings of different companies in the town, and the town's early German influence and Lutheran church development. Biographical sketches of early settlers include General Waldo and Samuel Waldo. This 1910 reprint includes a new index. Heritage Books, Inc. $27.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family From Civil, Military, Church and Family Records and Documents" compiled and edited by Samuel Gordon Smyth. This work is a genealogy and history of the related families of John Van Meter, Thomas Shepherd and John Duke, all of whom settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia between 1730 and 1750. Heritage Books, Inc. $37.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Old Tenth Legion Marriages in Rockingham County, VA from 1778-1816 Taken from the Marriage Bond" by Harry M. Strickler. The portion of the Shenandoah Valley that Thomas Jefferson called the Tenth Legion of Democracy included the counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Page. This work is an alphabetized listing of the marriages taken from the marriage bonds found in the Clerk's office of Rockingham County, from 1778-1816, with a few names added from other sources. 1928 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $16.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Father Marquette" by Reuben Gold Thwaites. In May of 1673, Father Marquette set out in company with Louis Joliet, to explore the Mississippi River. By mid-June, in two frail canoes of birchbark, and with five French servants, the explorers entered the great river at the mouth of the Wisconsin, and descended, with many interesting adventures, as far south as the mouth of the Arkansas River. Learning from the Indians the course and characteristics of the waterway from that point to the Gulf of Mexico, they returned northward by way of the Illinois and Chicago Rivers and the west shore of Lake Michigan, reaching the Jesuit mission at the De Pere rapids, Wisconsin, in September. 1902 reprint. Heritage Books, Inc. $25.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

"Representative Families of Northampton [MA]: A Demonstration of What High Character, Good Ancestry and Heredity have Accomplished in a New England Town" by Charles F. Warner. Originally published in 1917, this work pays tribute to a limited number of prominent local citizens and families living in Northampton eighty-five years ago. This work includes family portraits, illustrations of homesteads, coats of arms, and a new fullname index. Heritage Books, Inc. $33.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

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