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IN THIS ISSUE:

- February is Black History Month
- First Black Player in Major League Baseball
- (+) Searching Census Images at Ancestry.com
- (+) Coincidence? Who's to Say?
- The Knights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Knight Batchelors
- A Branch of Clan MacDonald Has a New Chief
- The Alphabetary Heraldic, a Genealogical Glossary
- How to Date Old Photographs
- A Source of 19th Century Clothing
- America's Quack Medicine
- Credit Card Skimming
- Upcoming Events

Items marked with a Plus Sign (+) appear only in the Plus Edition newsletter.


Genealogy: A haystack full of needles. It's the threads that I need.


- Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History month in the United States. With that in mind, I would like to mention some of the better resources for African-American genealogy research that are available on the Web and elsewhere. Very few of these sites have online records available. However, most of them offer excellent tutorials and background information. Armed with this information, you should be able to narrow the focus of your own search.

Here are some of the better sites that I know of:

Afrigeneas, probably the best-known Black American genealogy site: http://www.afrigeneas.com/

The AFRO-American Almanac: http://www.toptags.com/aama/

The Freedmen's Bureau Online: http://www.freedmensbureau.com/

Amistad Research Center: http://www.tulane.edu/~amistad/

Finding Your African American Ancestors: A Beginner Guide by the late David Thackery

African American Research by Roseann Reinemuth Hogan, Ph.D. at http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/2052.asp

The Challenge of African American Research by Curt Witcher at http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/1586.asp

The Southern Claims Commission by Reginald Washington at http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/213.asp

The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company and African American Genealogical Research by Reginald Washington at http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/summer_1997_freedmans_savings_and_trust.html

Institutions of Memory and the Documentation of African Americans in Federal Records by Walter B. Hill, Jr. at http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/summer_1997_institutions_of_memory.html

The Britannica Guide to Black History: http://blackhistory.eb.com/

The Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture: http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html

Cyndi's List also has a listing of Black genealogy and heritage societies at: http://www.cyndislist.com/african.htm#Societies

You can also find several good books about African-American genealogy research. I will describe a new one in a separate article. I also highly recommend Tony Burroughs' Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide. You can read my review of that book in a past newsletter at: http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0107.htm.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- First Black Player in Major League Baseball

Baseball historians are trying to determine whether William Edward White was the first black player in the major leagues.

White played one game for the Providence Greys of the National League on June 21, 1879, and the Society for American Baseball Research is researching his history and his genealogy.

Until now, it was generally accepted that the first two black players were catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker and his brother, Welday, an outfielder. Both played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association, then a major league, in 1884.

After that, no black player appeared until Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- (+) Searching Census Images at Ancestry.Com

The following is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article written by Sherrie L. Gould:

The federal census returns provide ample information for family historians. Having access to the census records via the internet is a valuable resource that should not be overlooked when searching for our elusive ancestors. Today there is much discussion about the pros and cons of the Internet when doing genealogical research. This is an area that is undisputedly a pro for the researcher. Past articles of this newsletter have discussed the process and benefits of census images online, including those at Ancestry.com. It is important to point out that access to the census images is through paid subscription. Information on subscribing to the service can be found at Ancestry.com. This article will focus on tips for using Ancestry's powerful search capabilities for finding individuals in those images.

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- (+) Coincidence? Who's to Say?

The following is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article written by Jim Haas:

In the early part of 1990, during a relic-hunting jaunt in Poolesville, Maryland, with my friend Henry Winkler, I had the good fortune to find the I.D. Tag of a soldier named Frank Ward who served in Co. H, 2nd Vermont Infantry. Further research determined that Ward had been born in Williston, Vermont, July 29, 1844, and subsequently I wrote a piece about the I.D. Tag for a popular Civil War magazine, North South Trader's Civil War. I gave little thought to the article until the issue in which it appeared was delivered to my door. Therein lies part one of this story and a certain "coincidental" event that occurred shortly thereafter.

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- The Knights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Knight Batchelors

This week I had an opportunity to use a CD-ROM produced by S&N Genealogy Supplies in England. "The Knights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Knight Batchelors" was originally a two-volume set of books by William A. Shaw, Litt.D., published in 1906. This is a huge compilation of about 1,200 pages that lists all orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland. S&N Genealogy Supplies has converted it to digital format – and they have added an index, something that was sorely missing in the original volumes.

I found this CD-ROM to be extremely simple to use. It uses Adobe Acrobat. The required Acrobat Reader for Windows software is included on the CD-ROM, including a 16-bit version for Windows 3.1 as well as 32-bit versions for Windows 95 and later. Macintosh, Linux, UNIX, and other systems can also use this same CD-ROM disk but may have to download the appropriate version of Acrobat Reader for the desired system from Adobe's Web site at http://www.adobe.com.

Viewing the records on your computer screen is very simple; the records are formatted in a manner similar to a book. However, unlike many other CD-ROM disks created from old books, "The Knights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Knight Batchelors" does not contain images of the original publication. Instead, it is full text and is computer-searchable. I found that I could search on any word or phrase, either by using Control-F or by selecting EDIT and then SEARCH from the pulldown menus.

The CD-ROM contains two files: the first contains the data from volume one, and the second file contains that of volume two.

Note: I found that the spelling of "Batchelors" was used in the book title and in earlier records. However, later records typically used the more modern spelling of "Bachelors," omitting the letter "t."

Volume one of the "Knights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Knight Batchelors" contains the names of all documented knights, arranged by the order in which they served. For instance, Knights of the Noble Order of the Garter fill the first 72 pages, followed by those who served in the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, the Knights of Bath, the Honourable Order of Bath, the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, the Royal Victorian Order and finally the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order.

Volume two of the series contains the list of Knight Bachelors, sorted by date. The first Knight Bachelor listed is Henry Plantagenet, 2nd son of Richard, earl of Cornwall. Sir Henry was knighted on May 18, 1257, the day his father was crowned as King of the Romans at Aachen. The last Knight Bachelor listed in this work was Walter Llewellyn Lewis, chief justice of the colony of British Honduras, who was knighted on Dec. 19, 1904.

I found the information about some of the earlier knights to be very interesting. Of course, as knights in the Middle Ages, one can expect that they lead violent lives. Several of them are listed with a cause of death of "beheaded" and a few listed as "assassinated."

You will find little information of direct genealogical value on this disk. Some knights were listed as the sons of noblemen, and there is an occasional reference to other relatives of noble birth. None of the entries that I saw listed the descendants of knights.

This CD-ROM disk will be valuable to anyone who already knows of an ancestor who received a knighthood. It also provides an excellent reference to anyone interested in English, Welsh, or Irish history, as well as anyone studying the British Empire in India.

"The Knights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Knight Batchelors" sells for £19.95 and is available directly from S&N Genealogy Supplies. You can safely order it online via a safe and secure shopping cart system at: http://www.genealogysupplies.com/

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- A Branch of Clan MacDonald Has a New Chief

MacDonald of Keppoch has been without a leader for some time. The last person to hold the title died in 1848, and he left no male heirs. After an 18-year court fight, 73-year-old Ranald MacDonald has been recognized as the chief of a branch of the MacDonald clan.

His claim to be MacDonald of Keppoch was based upon traditional Gaelic genealogy, which relied on details of the male line in a family being passed down orally from generation to generation. His claim had been rejected by the Lord Lyon, but the Court of Session ruled that he could take up the Highland title that has lain dormant for 156 years.

The judges were told that the 21st holder of the chieftainship died in 1848 without male heirs, but Mr. MacDonald claimed the title through a male line of descent from the 14th title-holder, Alexander Buy, who died in 1669.

You can read more about this court action at: http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=121922004

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- The Alphabetary Heraldic, a Genealogical Glossary

You can find many genealogy dictionaries and other lists of terminology on the Web. However, this week I found the largest one that I have ever seen. It appears to be very complete and even contains genealogical terms from many languages besides English.

The Alphabetary Heraldic was created by John R. Mayer and is published online by the Arapacana Press. Over many years of research, John R. Mayer compiled a genealogical glossary of terms "With Notations and Phrases Typical of Anthropology, History, and Biography; Based on Saxon, Latin, and Greek, and Annotated with Comparative Expressions in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Japanese, and Chinese." If published on paper, this book would be almost 300 pages long.

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to "The Alphabetary Heraldic":

Glosses of Words Obscure

A glossary is a selection of obscure words, designed to illustrate special meanings and uses. The glosses of an art or science are those terms and expressions that compose the nomenclature for the craft. Thus, in order to generate a glossary, one must elect a number of words and sayings that adequately and fairly represent the chosen discipline. This happens to be a genealogical glossary, with unique parameters and peculiar designs. In a single list of words, the editor has striven to combine several points of view, and several sources of vocabulary items. [John R. Mayer] has aimed to provide the reader with terminology that pertains to modern genealogy, as well as the obscure meanings and translations which a student will sometimes encounter in historiography.

You can find "The Alphabetary Heraldic" at http://www.arapacana.com/Glossary/_Glossary.htm.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- How to Date Old Photographs

When looking through old family photographs, you may have trouble identifying the people. Is that grandma or great-grandma? Identifying the approximate year in which the photograph was taken can be a big help. A recent newspaper about period dressmaker and 19th-century clothing enthusiast Shirley Jolliff can help.

Jolliff reports that the fashionable young woman of the 1840s would have her hair in a center part with loops over her ears, a style unflatteringly dubbed "spaniel ears," and a bun in the back. Sleeves were tight, bodices of dresses had vertical shirring, and waistlines came to a downward point.

Identifying children can be much more difficult since young boys and girls alike wore dresses until they were six or seven years old. The trick is to look at their hair; boys' hair was parted on the side, and girls had center parts.

You can learn all this and a lot more in the article from the Alameda (California) Times-Star available at http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125~1549~1927190,00.html.

In the article, Shirley Jolliff also mentions an excellent reference book but does not tell where to obtain it. I found it on Amazon for $10.47.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- A Source of 19th Century Clothing

Recent genealogy conferences in the United States have encouraged attendees to dress in period clothes similar to what their ancestors wore. Friday is usually the designated day to honor one's ancestors by dressing like them. The problem is, where to find the clothes?

Like almost everything else in life, you can look on the Internet. The Gentleman's Emporium is an online Web site that offers reproduction clothing, including men's vests, shirts, trousers, hats, coats and personal accessories. Some ladies' items are also available, as are a wide variety of accessories, including military equipment, uniform accessories, writing instruments, and more.

You can browse this interesting site at: http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/

Confuse your descendants! Dress up in 19th century clothing and have your picture taken!

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- America's Quack Medicine

Sometimes you have to wonder how any of our ancestors survived. I suspect that many doctors of a couple centuries ago hastened the deaths of their patients rather than saving them.

One of the earliest notable quacks was Dr. Elisha Perkins (1740-1799) of Connecticut. The doctor had a theory that metals draw diseases out of the body. In 1796 he patented a device consisting of two rods, each three inches long. One rod was supposed to be an alloy of copper, zinc, and gold; the other – iron, silver, and platinum. By drawing "Perkins' Patented Metallic Tractor" downward over the ailing part, the disease was allegedly yanked out.

You can see pictures of Perkins’ Tractors and a cartoon showing their use at http://www.collectmedicalantiques.com/quack.html.

Perkins sold his tractors for five guineas each to such notables as George Washington, whose entire family used it, and Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth. His son, Benjamin D. Perkins (Yale, class of `94), made a fortune selling the tractors in England. In Copenhagen, twelve doctors published a learned volume defending "Perkinism." Benjamin himself wrote a book in 1796, containing hundreds of stirring testimonials by well-educated people. They included doctors, ministers, university professors, and members of Congress. Most historians of the subject think the old man actually believed in his tractors, but that the son – who retired in New York City as a wealthy man – was simply a crook promoter.

You can read a lot more about quack medicine in the United States at "Dr. Bob's" Medical Quackery Web site at: http://www.quackmedicine.com/

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- Credit Card Skimming

Note: This article contains no genealogy-related information. It is a follow-up to an article written earlier in this newsletter about the use of credit cards on online genealogy Web sites. That article is still available at: http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0245.htm.)

Despite the old wives' tales, online use of credit cards is actually safer than using them for in-person transactions. Now the thieves have moved the scamming operations up another notch. The latest is credit card "skimming."

Hayward, California, police Lieutenant Daryl McAllister is so used to investigating identity fraud that he almost forgot it could happen to him until a thief recently reminded him. "It has happened to a lot of people, including me. I'm a police officer running a detective bureau, and it happened to me," he said.

McAllister was at a local restaurant, went to pay for his meal, and put his credit card down for the waiter to pick up. The waiter took the card and used a machine to capture the magnetic information on the back. Apparently, the waiter or someone else at the restaurant later sold the credit card information to a thief. The thief used the stolen information to modify his own credit card with his own name on it. He erased the magnetic strip on the back of his own card and replaced the magnetic information with that obtained from the policeman's credit card. The thief then went on a spending spree. It is a practice consumer advocates call "skimming."

While the modified credit card has the thief's correct name and card number imprinted on the front, the same information is no longer recorded on the magnetic strip on the back of the card. That magnetic strip now contains stolen credit card information.

The retail clerk swipes the card through a card reader. When asked for identification, the thief can present his own driver's license since it matches his name on the front of the card. Nonetheless, only the illicit information on the magnetic strip is captured by the store's credit card readers. The thief signs the receipt with an illegible scrawl and puts his card back into his pocket. Only the stolen information is recorded by the store.

Remember the old method of capturing the imprinted front-of-card information with a machine? That has almost disappeared.

Equipment to read and write credit card magnetic strips can be purchased in many places. As I am writing this article, I see two such machines for sale on eBay. I used to work for a credit card processor; we had a number of those machines around the office. Keep an eye open at flea markets and garage sales, and you will find them almost anywhere that second-hand equipment is sold. A credit card thief will have no problem obtaining a magnetic stripe reader/writer.

As scary as skimming is, consumer advocates say that, if you are good about checking your credit card statement each month, you have recourse. U.S. Federal law says that if your credit card is used fraudulently, you are only liable for up to $50. (This does not apply to debit cards, however.)

Even better, all the U.S. credit card companies fully protect online purchases against fraud. In other words, the credit card companies will absorb even the first $50 if your credit card info is stolen from an online transaction. However, this is not true for in-person transactions, where you are liable for the first $50.

In summation, the above shows that using a credit card for online purchases is actually safer than using the same card in a face-to-face transaction. Just ask Lieutenant McAllister.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- 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: date(s), location and brief details, 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.

If you would like to see your event listed in future newsletters, send an e-mail to: meetings@eogn.com. You must include either a Web page that gives details or an e-mail address for the organization or for someone within the organization who is willing to supply the meeting details upon request. Please limit your listings to events where you expect 100 or more people to attend.

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:

Feb. 7 - San Luis Obispo, CA: The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society will host its annual seminar. Several speakers will make presentations at this day-long event. http://www.kcbx.net/~slogen/

*Feb. 7 - Casa Grande, Arizona: The Pinal County Genealogists will hold an all-day genealogy seminar featuring a nationally known speaker, Paula Stuart Warren, CGRS. She will give four lectures: Newspaper Research for the Genealogist; United States Census Records: The Basics and Beyond; Organizing Your Genealogical Materials; and Genealogy and the Internet: Make it Work for You. For more information, contact: genewinnie@aol.com

*Feb. 7 - Dallas, Texas: The next Dallas Genealogical Society 2003-2004 Lecture Series event will feature nationally recognized Henry Z. "Hank" Jones, Jr. Hank is a professional genealogist; Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists; a charter member of The Genealogical Speakers Guild; author of seven books, including Psychic Roots; and he had a 25-year acting career in motion pictures and television. This lecture covers the following topics: "When the Sources are Wrong!" "Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine Emigrants," "Family Traditions: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research" and "How Psychic Roots became an 'Unsolved Mystery!'" You can obtain details from Mbrewer233@aol.com

*Feb. 21 - Indianapolis, Indiana: The Indiana Historical Society will host a discussion on "The Orphan Train in Indiana and Michigan." In the mid-1850s there were thousands of destitute children living on the streets in New York City. Immigrant families were often poor and vulnerable to sudden changes such as the deaths of mothers or fathers. To help feed the remaining family, children often took to the streets. In 1853 Charles Loring Brace, a Methodist minister, formed the New York Children's Aid Society to help these children. Al and Dave Eicher are a father-and-son team who operate Program Source International, a video production, marketing, and distributing company. The Eichers received the Historical Society of Michigan's Award of Merit for Distinguished Service in 2002 for their work preserving the history of Michigan through videos, including "The Orphan Train in Michigan." Their presentation will cover the orphanages in eastern states, information on Charles Loring Brace, the background of the Boston Home for Little Wanderers, the lives of the orphan train agents, and information on records that can be used to research the orphan train riders. A registration brochure can be downloaded at http://indianahistory.org/pub_prog/genealogy/gen_programs.html

Feb. 28 - Sarasota, FL: Germanic Genealogy Workshop. The Germanic SIG of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota will present a workshop by Dr. Roger P. Minert, "Advancing Your Germanic Research." Further information on the conference can be found under the Calendar of Events at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~flgss

Feb. 28 - St. Charles, Illinois (New location): The DuPage County (IL) Genealogy Society will host its Twenty-ninth Annual Conference, offering a 3-track program with 12 sessions. Patricia Reaves will conduct four sessions. Other speakers include Paul Milner and John Konvalinka. For further information and registration forms, visit http://WWW.dcgs.org

March 6 - Charlotte, Florida - GenFair 2004, a genealogical conference for family history buffs, will be sponsored by the Alliance for Genealogical Societies of Southwest Florida. The conference features noted speaker Dr. George K. Schweitzer, who will make three genealogical presentations. His topics include "Civil War Genealogy", "Rivers to Trails to Roads to Canals to Trains," and "Finding Your Ancestor’s Parents." He will also hold an "Open Question and Answer Period.". For additional information, contact bfleshman46@comcast.net

March 9 to 13- Galesburg, Illinois: Carl Sandburg College is hosting its 6th annual Genealogy Computing Week. 6 days of hands-on genealogy computing workshops will be held in the college's new state-of-the art instructional computing building. All presentations are made by Michael John Neill, columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and Part I Course Coordinator at the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America. More information on the workshops is available at: http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html

March 13 - Lake Havasu City, AZ: The Lake Havasu Genealogical Society, Inc., will be holding its 10th Annual Seminar with featured speaker Janna Bennington Larson. gloharr@rraz.net

*March 13 - Rexburg, Idaho: Brigham Young University ­ Idaho will hold a full-day Family History Conference on March 6th. For more information go to http://www.byui.edu/ce/community/familyhistory/default.htm

March 20 – Vancouver, WA: The Clark County Genealogical Society is having Dr John Philip Colletta return for their Spring Seminar. For more information see the society's Web site at http://www.ccgs-wa.org

March 27, Waltham, Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Genealogical Council presents a full-day seminar by renowned genealogist and noted educator Helen Leary, Certified Genealogist, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, Fellow of the National Genealogical Society. Helen Leary's four lectures on genealogy method will be: "Is This the Same Man, or a Different One With the Same Name;" "Time-Lines and Real Lives — Using Ancestor’s Life Patterns to Find Their Parents;" "Our Ancestors’ Voices — Getting the Records To Tell Us Everything They Know;" "The Hemings-Jefferson Connection". Details are available at http://Massgencouncil.org

*March 27 - Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society annual day-long seminar will feature Dr. George K. Schweitzer. His very educational and entertaining historical re-enactments (in uniform) of characters representing the American Revolution and the Confederacy make learning military history fun! You will learn about the beliefs of the day and why they fought. He will also explain what sources are available, how to locate them, and what they tell us about these historic periods in time. A special hotel rate is available for attendees. For more information, contact: southernfootprints@comcast.net

March 28 – Dublin, Ireland: Nora Keohane Hickey, Sally Warren, and Jana Black are organizing a Dublin-based research week beginning March 28th 2004. This is a resumption of research trips organized in mid 1995-1997. Full details are available at: http://www.websweweave.net/IrishResearch

April 3 – St. Louis, Missouri: "Tracing ancestors back to Europe" is the theme of the annual St. Louis Genealogical Fair. The day-long program features John Philip Colletta. Ph. D., an expert and entertaining speaker, in four different lectures on how to find your family's European roots. For more information visit the website at http://www.stlgs.org

*April 3 – Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day workshop on "Writing and Editing Your Family History." Conducted by leading experts in the field, this special one-day program at NEHGS' Boston headquarters will offer you constructive advice and guidance on how to prepare your own family history. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=306

*April 16-19 - Salt Lake City, Utah: the United Polish Genealogical Societies announce their biennial conference "Continuing the Challenge." Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of California (PGSCA) and the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), this Conference offers an outstanding opportunity to use the world¹s largest collection of genealogical material and have access to expert Polish/Eastern European researchers. The world-renowned Family History Library has records that include ship passenger lists, naturalization and census records, vital records for many U.S. cities, church records, books, maps and microfilm, and much more. For further information please visit the websites: http://www.pgsca.org, http://www.pgsa.org or http://wwwPolishRoots.org

April 17 – Lake Mary, Florida (15 miles north of Orlando): The Central Florida Genealogical Society will present a genealogy conference featuring George Schweitzer, PhD, ScD, Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee. He will present three lectures: Military Genealogical Research, River To Trails To Road To Canals To Trains, and Researching in Burned Out Counties. http://www.cfgs.org/schweitzer.htm

*April 17 – Richmond, Virginia: The Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its Spring Conference with a theme of "Methodology: The Foundation of Good Genealogy." There will be three lecture sessions on handwriting and transcription, abstracting, and documentation. These lectures will be followed by hands-on sessions covering the same topics. For details, contact VaGenSoc@aol.com .

*April 17 - Portage, Michigan: The Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society and the Portage District Library will present a genealogical conference featuring guest speaker Amy Johnson Crow, CG. Her topics include: " Between the County and Federal Levels: Using State Government Records," "Evaluating Evidence and Its Sources," "Ten Years is a Long Time: Finding & Using Census Substitutes," "What Do You Mean There's No Record?!" and "Finding Vital Records Substitutes." Details are available from sanders@net-link.net

April 22-24 - Wilmington, OH (between Columbus and Cincinnati): The Ohio Genealogical Society presents its Annual Conference. The Conference will feature Thomas W. Jones and 28 other speakers presenting 58 sessions. The theme of the conference is "Settlers and Builders of Ohio, Discovering Family History Resources and Strategies." Additional details are available from ogs@ogs.org

April 24 – Santa Rosa, CA: Elizabeth Shown Mills will hold an all-day seminar in Sonoma County, California, sponsored by the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. Details are available at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cascgs/mills.htm

April 24 - Topeka, Kansas -- The Topeka Genealogical Society hosts its 32nd annual genealogy conference with Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck as featured speaker. For more information see Conference at the TGS website: http://www.tgstopeka.org

*April 24 – Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day workshop on "Genealogy and Genetics" at the NEHGS Research Library. Never has the subject of genetics been more important to your genealogical research! Among the featured speakers will be John Chandler, PhD; New England Ancestors genetics editor Anita A. Lustenberger, CG; Thomas H. Roderick, PhD; and Thomas H. Shawker, MD. Topics will include an introduction to tracking your genes and DNA testing, the design of DNA studies, mtDNA and Y chromosomal analyses, and how to compile a family health history. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=309

*May 1-2 – London, England: The Society of Genealogists will hold their annual Family History Fair at the Royal Horticultural Hall on Greycoat Street, Westminster, London. This is the largest genealogy event in England with thousands of attendees and many exhibitors from all over the U.K., Ireland, and many overseas countries as well. Details may be found at: http://www.sog.org.uk/events/fair.html

*May 8 - Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day "Irish Genealogical Seminar. This one-day seminar will focus on Irish research methods and resources (many of which may be found at the New England Historic Genealogical Society). Speakers will include Irish experts Eileen and Sean O’Duill from Dublin; the Society’s library director and nationally-known Irish research scholar Marie E. Daly; NEHGS Assistant Executive Director for Technology Dick Eastman; and George Handran, JD, CG. This seminar is cosponsored by TIARA, the Irish Ancestral Research Association. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=310

*May 19-22 – Sacramento, California: The U.S. National Genealogical Society's annual conference will be co-sponsored by the Genealogical & Historical Council of Sacramento Valley. This national event attracts genealogists from all over the U.s. Details may be found at: http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/

May 20-22 - Dearborn, Michigan: The Henry Ford Community College is sponsoring three days of hands-on genealogy computing workshop. Topics include: Census Research Online, Genealogy Potpourri, and Family Tree Maker. Presenter will be Michael John Neill, columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and Part I Studies Coordinator at the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America. More details are available at: http://www.rootdig.com/dearbornmay2004.html.

May 27-30 – Toronto, Ontario: The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society's annual seminar with a theme of "The 3 R's of Family History: Resources, Research, Results." The seminar will feature different streams of interest: Methodology, Technology, Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian research, and a miscellaneous stream which could include topics related to such things as Society Management, genetics/DNA, and others. http://www.ogsseminar.org

*June 13-20 - Boston, Massachusetts: "Come Home to New England #1" - This weeklong program will fully acquaint you with the New England Historic Genealogical Society's world-class genealogical research facility and expert staff. Throughout the week you will receive guided research assistance, personal consultations, informative lectures, and much more! http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=311

*June 18-19 ­ Braintree, MA: A reunion of the descendents of Lt. Alexander MARSH (1628-1698) of Braintree, MA. For further details contact Ken Marsh at fcchurch@ffni.com

June 18 - 20 - Sandwich, MA: The Wing Family of America is hosting their annual reunion. You do not have to be a member of the WFA to attend the reunion. Many activities planned, and the first volume of the new Wing Genealogy will hopefully be available. For more information see the WFA's Web site at http://www.wingfamily.org

*June 26 - Boston, Massachusetts: "Electronic and Online Genealogical Resources." This special one-day seminar sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society will acquaint you with technological tools that will greatly aid your genealogical research. Dick Eastman, NEHGS Assistant Executive Director for Technology, will discuss and demonstrate modern devices that will assist the genealogist in locating records, finding old (and even abandoned) cemeteries, plotting grave locations, locating ancestral homesteads and more. NEHGS resources, including new CD-ROMs and the NewEnglandAncestors.org website, will be surveyed in detail by Michael J. Leclerc, director of electronic publications at NEHGS and a frequent contributor to New England Ancestors magazine. Researching U.S. and Canadian military records online will be presented by David Lambert, NEHGS Library microtext & technology manager. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=313

*July 10 - Provo, Utah: The German Interest Group-Wisconsin is sponsoring a German genealogy workshop, "Insights in Your German Past." Roger Minert will speak on four German research topics. For more information see the GIG web page at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~wigig/index.html

July 11-17 - Washington, D.C.: The National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) offers on-site and in-depth examination of the common and less-known federal records. This intensive week-long study opportunity is for experienced genealogists and for archivists, historians and librarians interested in using federal records for genealogical research. It is not an introductory course in genealogy. Details may be found at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~natgenin/

Sept. 25 – Oxford, England: The Oxfordshire Family History Society's Open Day 2004 will feature a demonstration and workshop on the scanning of old photographs, an assortment of visiting societies, dealers in second hand books and postcards, sales of microfiche readers and the like, the society's library and search services, a beginners' helpdesk, computing demonstrations giving advice on such topics as which genealogical software package to choose, and the use of the internet in family history, and more. Details are still developing, keep a watch on http://www.ofhs.org.uk

October 2 - Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Western Michigan Genealogical Society (WMGS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary from October 2003 - October 2004. This celebration will culminate in a one-day Conference – "Got Ancestors?!" along with a banquet. Speakers include Dick Eastman, Joan Griffin, and Shirley De Boer. Dick Eastman will also speak at the Saturday evening banquet. Details are available at: http://www.GotAncestors.com

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