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  • 10 Sep 2021 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    With the health of the local community in mind, the Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society in Monticello, Illinois has announced it will open Mondays and by appointment only in September, October and November.

    Monday hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. the first two Mondays of each month, and from 1 to 4 p.m. the other Mondays at the society library, located in the Piatt County Office Building on State Street.

    Appointments should be made by email at

    The status of hours for December and January, as well as the annual dinner on Dec. 4, will be decided at the society Nov. 30 board meeting.

    Current mask mandates will be followed at the library.

    Information is also available on the Facebook page:

  • 10 Sep 2021 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    With new parish records, newspapers and a fascinating midwife's register to explore, where will your past take you this week?

    Warwickshire Parish Records

    Findmypast have added hundreds of thousands of new baptism, marriage and burial records from St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham. Specifically, the new releases cover:

    Check Findmypast’s handy parish list to see all of the churches and years covered in their vast Warwickshire collection.

    Warwickshire, Coventry Midwife's Birth Register 1845-1875

    Coventry midwife Mary Eaves attended over 4,400 births during her long career. The registers she kept are now searchable online, only at Findmypast.

    Mary was born around 1806 in Coventry. Her career as a midwife spanned from 1847 to 1875. In that time, she helped deliver 34 sets of twins. There were 21 deaths during the births she attended, five new-borns and 16 mothers.

    In partnership with Coventry Family History Society, Findmypast is home to a host of unique resources from the area. Explore old pawnbroker ticketsair raid reports and more.


    Findmypast continue to publish papers at a blistering pace. This week sees 44 new publications added to the archive, including:

  • 10 Sep 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    California may soon have a law requiring direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to provide information about the collection, use, and disclosure of people’s genetic data.

    Senate Bill 41, the Genetic Information Privacy Act, passed the California Senate on concurrence 38-0 on Thursday and will now be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) desk. The bill passed the state Assembly unanimously on Wednesday.

    The bill, was introduced by state Sen. Tom Umberg (D) and co-authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D).

    The bill specifies, "the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, provides various protections to a consumer with respect to a business that collects the consumer’s personal information, including biometric information such as the consumer’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The act requires a business that collects a consumer’s personal information to, at or before the point of collection, inform the consumer as to the categories of personal information to be collected and the purposes for which the information will be used, and grants to a consumer the right to opt-out of the sale of the consumer’s personal information by the business to a third party."

    The text of the bill may be found at:

  • 9 Sep 2021 5:20 PM | Anonymous

    “Melungeon” is a term applied to many people of the Southeastern United States, mainly in the Cumberland Gap area of central Appalachia: East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and East Kentucky. The most common adjective used to describe the Melungeons is “mysterious;” no one seems to know where the Melungeons originated. The Melungeons often did not fit into any of the racial categories that define an individual or group within American society; their neighbors considered them neither white, black, nor Indian.

    The Melungeons appear to be of mixed ancestry, and contradictory claims about the origins of these people have existed for centuries. Most modern-day descendants of Melungeon families are generally Caucasian in appearance, often, although not always, with dark hair and eyes, and a swarthy or olive complexion. Descriptions of Melungeons vary widely from observer to observer, from "Middle Eastern" to "Native American" to "light-skinned African American."

    A common belief about the Melungeons of east Tennessee was that they were an indigenous people of Appalachia, existing there before the arrival of the first white settlers. Many Melungeons believed that their ancestors have lived in the hills since the 1500s or early 1600s. Some claimed to be both Native American and Portuguese. One early Melungeon was called "Spanish" ("Spanish Peggy" Gibson, wife of Vardy Collins). Such claims were questionable, however. Because of the social problems associated with race, many Southern families with multiracial ancestry claimed Portuguese and/or American Indian (specifically Cherokee) ancestry as a strategy for denying African ancestry.

    During the 19th and 20th centuries, speculation on Melungeon origins produced tales of shipwrecked sailors, lost colonists of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern origin, hoards of silver, and ancient peoples such as the Carthaginians, Turkish, and even Sephardic (Iberian) Jews.

    In the past twenty years or so, genealogists have documented through tax, court, census and other colonial, late 18th and early 19th century records that the ancestors of today's Melungeons migrated into the region from Virginia and Kentucky. This evidence seems to refute earlier claims that the Melungeons were a "lost tribe" from Portugal or some other European nation that had arrived in the 1500s or 1600s.

    Dr. Kevin Jones carried out a DNA study on Melungeons in 2000, using 130 hair and cheek cell samples. The results were vague: Jones concluded that the Melungeons are mostly Eurasian, a catchall category spanning people from Scandinavia to the Middle East. He also found these people to be a little bit black and a little bit American Indian.

    More recently, Jack Goins started a Melungeon DNA Project, with the goal of studying the ancestry of hypothesized Melungeon lines. So far, Y chromosomal DNA testing of male subjects with the Melungeon surnames Collins, Gibson, Gill, Goins, Bunch, Bolin, Goodman, Stowers, Williams, Minor, and Moore has revealed evidence of European and sub-Saharan African ancestry. Such findings appear to verify the early designation of Melungeon ancestors as "mulattos," that is, descendants of white Europeans and Africans. Many of the Melungeons, but not all, have DNA haplogroups that show roots in Portugal, Spain, and Italy. These people likely are descendants of enslaved or servant people in the Chesapeake Bay colony with European fathers connected to the African slave trade run by Spain and Portugal.

    You can find much more information about the Melungeons at The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People available on Amazon at 0865545162, as well as online at:, and at Information about the Melungeon DNA Project can be found at

  • 9 Sep 2021 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    Cologne opens new city archive, 12 years after fatal collapse. “The western German city of Cologne on Friday inaugurated its new historical archive, 12 years after a subway construction mishap collapsed the former building. In March 2009, the Cologne archive building collapsed into an excavation pit of a nearby subway construction project. Two people were killed and irreplaceable historical documents of the 2,000-year-old city were buried in the rubble.”

    You can

  • 8 Sep 2021 7:10 PM | Anonymous

    Issues of The Roanoke Beacon Newspaper, from 1930-1956, Added to DigitalNC. “Additional issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News, published out of Plymouth, NC, are now online thanks to funding from the North Caroliniana Society. This newspaper was recommended for digitization by the Washington County Library which is part of Pettigrew Regional Library. With these additions, you can now search the newspaper from 1899 to 1956.”

  • 8 Sep 2021 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    A Florida doctor says she will stop treating patients in person if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, citing the risk of exposing immunocompromised patients and staffer to the virus that has killed over 46,000 people in the state and more than 648,000 nationwide.

    “I understand that people are free to choose, but to me, it’s a problem when it affects other people,” Dr. Linda Marraccini said.

    With the Delta variant fueling the latest COVID-19 surge, the Marraccini said she had to make a tough decision for her practice.

    “When it comes to the safety of others, when it comes to the fact that it’s a global health problem and community health problem, at this point, I really say that this is where it draws the line in the sand for me,” Marraccini said.

    You can read more and watch a video at

  • 7 Sep 2021 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    The following is from FamilySearch:

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT–FamilySearch expanded its free online collections this week with more Catholic Church records from Mexico (Jalisco 1590–1979, Puebla 1545–1977, San Luis Potosí 1586–1977, and Tlaxcala 1576–1994), civil registrations from Guatemala (Alta Verapaz 1877–1994, Baja Verapaz 1877–1994, Chimaltenango 1877–1994, El Progreso 1877–1994, Escuintla 1877–1994, Huehuetenango 1877–1994, Izabal 1877–1994, Jalapa 1877–1994, Jalapa 1877–1994, Retalhuleu 1877–1994, and Sololá 1877-1994), and tax assessment rolls from Canada (Ontario 1834–1899).

    US collections added voter registrations from Louisiana (Orleans and St. Tammany Parish 1867–1905), tax records for Massachusetts (Boston 1822–1918), and marriage records for Oregon (1906–1968).

    Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 11 billion free names and record images.

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    Argentina Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 15,590 0 Expanded collection

    Argentina Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 38,624 0 Expanded collection

    Argentina Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 1,835 0 Expanded collection

    Australia Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 4,950 0 Expanded collection

    Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 917 0 Expanded collection

    Brazil Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 73,202 0 Expanded collection

    Brazil Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 15,198 0 Expanded collection

    Canada Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 151,824 0 Expanded collection

    Costa Rica Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 2,306 0 Expanded collection

    Croatia Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926 2,753 0 Expanded collection

    Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 21,004 0 Expanded collection

    Dominican Republic Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 5,877 0 Expanded collection

    Ecuador Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 3,661 0 Expanded collection

    France France, Haute-Vienne, Census, 1836 16,573 0 Expanded collection

    France France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 87 0 Expanded collection

    French Polynesia French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 824 0 Expanded collection

    Germany Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 3,399 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 132,096 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 30,341 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 72,160 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 18,241 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 51,977 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 87,661 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 41,067 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 16,356 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 24,682 0 Expanded collection

    Guatemala Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 29,991 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 992 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 12,120 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 1,579 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 1,441,955 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 3,015 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 26,460 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 592,193 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 1,119 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 26,466 0 Expanded collection

    Mexico Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 684,289 0 Expanded collection

    Norway Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 7,953 0 Expanded collection

    Paraguay Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 61,312 0 Expanded collection

    Peru Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 6,206 0 Expanded collection

    Sierra Leone Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016 3,530 0 Expanded collection

    South Africa South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991 14 0 Expanded collection

    Spain Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985 41,818 0 Expanded collection

    Spain Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 2,960 0 Expanded collection

    Spain Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 17,246 0 Expanded collection

    Sweden Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 5,351 0 Expanded collection

    Switzerland Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 4,851 0 Expanded collection

    Switzerland Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 4,604 0 Expanded collection

    United States Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 244,858 0 Expanded collection

    United States Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 257,907 0 Expanded collection

    United States New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 3 0 Expanded collection

    United States Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968 290,801 0 Expanded collection

    United States The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960 1 0 Expanded collection

    United States United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955 31,518 0 Expanded collection

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  • 7 Sep 2021 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    Getting Started in Genealogy

    When you're looking for information at home, you may find items that are dated, but don't have years. For example, Thursday, March 8. This is especially true with diaries, letters, and clippings found in scrapbooks. You can figure out what the year is by using a perpetual calendar.

    Perhaps the best method of finding previous researchist o ask your older relatives about what they remember.

    You'll also want to check for previous research about your family. Previous research is information about your family that has already been compiled; including family and local histories, genealogies, pedigrees, articles in periodicals, and collections of family papers. You can find these types of items with the help of libraries.

    Collecting oral histories

    Once you have recorded all of the basic genealogical information that you and your family can recall, you may want to dig deeper into the family memory and collect stories that will give all of those names and dates a little bit of character. rrecording oral histories offers help with recording those stories.

    One of the major events For genealogists will be next year's release of the 21940 U.S. Census information from which can give you a great start.Amongst the things you may learn, while recording your family history.You may discover:


    Age at a certain point in time

    State or country of birth

    Parents' birthplace(s)

    Year of immigration (if relevant)

    Street address

    Marriage status and years of marriage (if relevant)


    Value of home and personal belongings

    Crops grown (in agricultural schedules), etc.

    Not all of this information is available in every census. Before the 1850 Census, few of these details were recorded. From 1790 to 1840, only the head of household is listed by name; other household members are merely counted in selected age groups, see For specifics on what information was collected in each census year, see Availability of Census Records About Individuals At:

    Age Search Service

    The Census Bureau provides an "age search" service to the public. Census Bureau will search

    Age Search Service

    The Census Bureau provides an "age search" service to the public. The Bureau will search the confidential records from the Federal population censuses of 1910 to 2010 and issue an official transcript of the results (for a congressionally mandated fee).

    NOTE: Information can be released only to the named person, his/her heirs, or legal representatives.

    Individuals can use these transcripts, which may contain information on a person’s age, sex, race, State or country of birth, and relationship to the householder, as evidence to qualify for social security and other retirement benefits, in making passport applications, to prove relationship in settling estates, in genealogy research, etc., or to satisfy other situations where a birth or other certificate may be needed but is not available.

    For questions regarding the age search service, please contact the National Processing Center at (812) 218-3046. Their fax number is (812) 218-3371.

    A video tutorial is also available to help explain how to obtain your Census record.

    Access: Census records with individual names are not on computer. They are on microfilm, arranged according to the address at the time of the census. Most agencies require the earliest census after the date of birth.

    Required: A completed BC-600 application for Search of Census Records, signed by the person for whom the search is to be conducted. This person may authorize the results to be sent to another person/agency by also completing item 3 of the application.

    Minor Children

    The application must be signed by (1) a blood relative in the immediate family (parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent), (2) the surviving wife or husband, (3) the administrator or executor of the estate, or (4) a beneficiary by will or insurance.

    State of birth and citizenship is only available in census records from 1910 to 1950.

    you can learn more about the census bureau's Age Service" at

  • 6 Sep 2021 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast add new feature to help researchers learn more about where their ancestors lived 

    ·        Findmypast’s 1891, 1901 and 1911 census transcripts now provide key information on the surrounding local area  

    ·        Sourced from Findmypast’s Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1895, transcripts now provide valuable contextual information and colour maps on the cities, towns, villages and parishes our ancestors called home 

    ·        By automatically connecting census transcripts to over 25,000 Gazeteer entries from every county in England and Wales, Findmypast is helping researchers around the world paint a fuller picture of their ancestor’s lives  

    Findmypast has today announced the launch of a helpful new update to their UK Census search that is designed to help researchers discover more about the places their ancestor’s called home.  

    Now live on all 18911901 and 1911 English and Welsh Census transcripts, the new “Gazetteer” feature automatically matches relevant content from Findmypast’s Comprehensive Gazetteer Of England and Wales 1895 to the locations recorded on individual census returns.  

    UK censuses are essential for discovering where your British ancestors and their family lived, often revealing the location of their home down to the name of the street and even the name or number of their house.  

    While this information is key to piecing together their lives, many researchers, particularly those from outside of the United Kingdom, will find ancestors living in locations that they are completely unfamiliar with, making it difficult to get a sense of the local culture, landscape and what it was like to live there.  

    By “zoning” each entry of the 1895 Gazetteer, Findmypast have been able to create a feature that brings the locations revealed by these censuses to life in vivid detail, allowing researchers to explore the cities, towns, villages and parishes that played a defining role in their family story with greater ease than ever before.   

    With more than 25,000 individual entries and beautiful colour maps of every English and Welsh County, the 1895 Gazetteer can provide family historians with remarkable insights into where their ancestors lived their lives. 

    As well as maps showing political boundaries, railways and geographical features, the gazetteer includes concise facts about each location, including but not limited to local history, notable inhabitants and principal trades. 

    Of particular value for family historians is the attention paid to churches and other ecclesiastical establishments in the various parishes; this can provide invaluable help in identifying the likely locations of original records for places with which ancestors may be associated.   

    There is also considerable historical information, mention of the main properties in each place, and the families associated with these properties. Victorian pride is shown by detailed statistics relating to commerce, shipping, manufactures and agriculture. 

    Chris Brake, Head of Data Products at Findmypast said; “At Findmypast we are always keen to look beyond the records, and try to understand and provide more information on the context of people’s lives. The gazetteer on our later censuses (combined with the recently introduced historical maps) will provide a contemporary description of the location from a recent gazetteer - to offer our users a little more insight beyond just a place name on a census form”

    Now available on all 97 million English and Welsh census transcripts between 1891 and 1911, Findmypast subscribers will be able to read gazetteer entries within the census transcript itself or follow a link to the relevant image to browse maps and much more. 

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