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  • 15 Oct 2021 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.  

    Disclaimer: I had to think for a while to decide if I even wanted to write about this topic. It is a bit controversial, and I am not sure that I approve of it for private web sites. However, the topic is timely, and I think you should be aware of this information, whether any of us approve of it or not. In fact, I think you should be aware of this so that you can understand why some sites are trying to obtain some of your money—and how. The information is provided here for your education only and should not be interpreted as an endorsement or a recommendation by me.

    This week I will tell you how to make money from your genealogy web site. Yes, it is true: you can place genealogy data online about Aunt Gladys, Uncle Sylvester, and all the other outlaws in the family tree and even make a bit of money doing so. You will quickly ask, “How much money can I make?” I can only answer, “It all depends.” You might only make enough to buy a cup of coffee, perhaps not even at Starbucks’ inflated prices. Then again, rumors float around claiming that a handful of genealogy-related sites are making thousands of dollars per month.

    The remainder of this article is reserved for Plus Edition subscribers only. If you have a Plus Edition subscription, you may read the full article at:*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/11506368

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  • 15 Oct 2021 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist has just released records of baptisms, marriages and burials from Wexford Catholic Parish Records and new Dublin Will and Grant Books to provide a valuable resource for those researching Irish ancestry.

    The Dublin wills are from the Deputy Keeper Of Ireland, Index To The Act or Grant Books, and To Original Wills, of The Diocese Of Dublin 1272 -1858 (26th, 30th, and 31st Report) and cover an area that is bigger than the current County of Dublin as the diocese included a sizeable part of County Wicklow, some substantial parts of southern and eastern County Kildare, as well as smaller portions of Counties Carlow, Laois (Queen’s County) and Wexford.

    The Wexford Parish records, which are being released at the same time, have been newly transcribed by TheGenealogist and also benefit from their SmartSearch that enables subscribers to look for the parent’s potential marriage records from baptism records and also potential siblings. Each result also has a link to view the registers on the National Library of Ireland’s website should the researcher wish to see an image of the actual page of the Catholic parish register.

    This new release, now available to all Gold and Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist will be a useful resource for those researchers who wish to find out more about their Irish ancestors.

    Read TheGenealogist’s article: George Harrison’s Wexford ancestors found in the Irish Parish Records

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 15 Oct 2021 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Discover your ancestors’ school days in thousands of new records and explore the latest updates to Findmypast’s newspaper archives this Findmypast Firday.

    National School Admission Registers

    Findmypast have added thousands of new school records from Halifax, Yorkshire spanning 1859-1922 to there ever expanding collection of British school records.

    Search these new additions to gain rare insights into your ancestor’s childhood and reveal their birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

    This latest tranche of school records is published in partnership with the Family History Federation and Calderdale Family History Society. The schools and years covered are:

    • Haugh Shaw, 1892-1922
    • Akroyd Place Board School, 1896-1919
    • Heath Grammar School, 1874-1875
    • Halifax School Board, 1859-1884
    • Halifax Technical College, 1902-1910

    Now containing over 9 million records, the National School Admission Registers & Log-books collection is the result of a landmark project between schools, record offices and archives in England and Wales. Never before have so many organisations come together to create a digital version of their records. This is an ongoing project to scan and transcribe school admission registers and log-books from around the country.

    Does your heritage lie in the UK’s largest county? Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection is second to none. Delve into millions of parish records, 90 regional newspapers and so much more.


    Hot off the press, the latest papers to join the Findmypast newspaper Archive are:

    While 18 publications have been updated with additional content covering the following date ranges :

  • 15 Oct 2021 9:08 PM | Anonymous

    Here is an event I don't think I have heard of previously: focusing on Aeolian ancestry.

    The Aeolian Islands are a group of seven islands situated north of Sicily. These include the islands of Lipari, Salina and Stromboli.

    From the late 19th century there was large migration from this archipelago to USA, Australia and other parts of the world.

    The seminar is being run online from Melbourne Australia.

    Last year people from many countries attended a series of presentations live by Zoom.

    Recordings are available (for a limited time) for those who cannot attend live.

    The cost of AUD $45 is approximately $US 33.

    You can learn more about this event at There is even a video of last year's genealogy seminar available on the same web page.

  • 13 Oct 2021 7:47 PM | Anonymous

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT--Find more ancestors this week on FamilySearch in newly added records for the Liberia Census 2008, tax assessment rolls for Canada 1834–1899Finland 1809–1915, and expanded country collections for Brazil (Paraná 1852–1996), France (Ardèche 1481–1924), and Venezuela (1873–2003). Look for missing family connections in new cemetery records for Brazil 1850–2021, and thousands more Catholic Church records for Bolivia 1566–1996, Mexico (Distrito Federal 1514–1970, Hidalgo 1546–1971, Michoacán 1555–1996, Morelos 1598–1994, Nuevo León 1667–1981, Zacatecas 1605–1980), and Peru 1603–1992. 

    New US content was added for Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, and Texas.

    Search these new records and images for free by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 12 billion names and record images.

    Find and share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

    Country Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
    Argentina Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 17,661 0 Expanded collection 
    Austria Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 3,204 0 Expanded collection 
    Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 146,650 0 Expanded collection 
    Brazil Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 36,828 0 Expanded collection 
    Brazil Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 22,542 0 Expanded collection 
    Canada Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 111,572 0 Expanded collection 
    Finland Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920 2,031 0 Expanded collection 
    Finland Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 37,759 0 Expanded collection 
    France France, Ardèche, Parish and Civil Registration, 1481-1924 59,673 0 Expanded collection 
    Germany Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 4,673 0 Expanded collection 
    Hungary Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 2,830 0 Expanded collection 
    Liberia Liberia Census, 2008 455,084 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 11,910 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 4,341 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 5,935 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994 2,550 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 4,231 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 625 0 Expanded collection 
    Mexico Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 5,007 0 Expanded collection 
    Panama Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 1,171 0 Expanded collection 
    Paraguay Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 12,343 0 Expanded collection 
    Peru Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 142,503 0 Expanded collection 
    Peru Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 1,928 0 Expanded collection 
    Spain Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985 1,963 0 Expanded collection 
    Sweden Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 2,449 0 Expanded collection 
    Switzerland Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 2,458 0 Expanded collection 
    Switzerland Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 3,113 0 Expanded collection 
    Tuvalu Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 5,726 0 Expanded collection 
    United States Arizona, Yuma, Prison Records, 1884-1910 2,758 0 New collection 
    United States South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 1,581 0 Expanded collection 
    United States Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920 1,029 0 Expanded collection 
    United States Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 28,394 0 Expanded collection 
    Venezuela Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 35,422 0 Expanded collection 


    About FamilySearch

    FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • 13 Oct 2021 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    We are thrilled to announce the publication of 463 million historical records from France in 5 collections: birth, marriage, death, and two censuses. The collections provide the most comprehensive coverage available for vital records from France in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Until now they have been available exclusively through Filae, a leading French genealogy company recently acquired by MyHeritage. The collections cover nearly every department in France and include a high-quality index of the transcribed records and digital images of the original documents. Millions of these records are exclusive to MyHeritage and Filae and cannot be found on other commercial sites. By the end of the year, MyHeritage will publish hundreds of millions of additional records from Filae, further solidifying its position as an invaluable resource for anyone researching their French heritage. These new collections significantly bolster MyHeritage’s historical record offering in France, with a total of 514 million French records, and bring the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 15.6 billion.

    You can find more information about each of the collections in the MyHeritage Blog at:

  • 12 Oct 2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    This week's newsletter is being sent one day later than usual (it is being sent on Tuesday rather than the normal Monday email messages). The reason is my traveling. I spent all day yesterday and the day before traveling cross-country.

    This week's newsletter is being composed on my laptop from a relative's home in Maine. Everything else should be the same as usual.

    There is no promise for next week's newsletter. It might be sent on Monday or Tuesday or possibly even some other day, depending upon my travels, dictated by weather and other factors  beyond my control.

  • 12 Oct 2021 9:02 AM | Anonymous
  • 12 Oct 2021 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

    FALLS CHURCH, VA, 11 OCTOBER 2021—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) invites individuals, societies, and organizations to participate in its 2022 Awards and Competitions program. The deadline for submission of nominations is 15 December 2021. Award recipients will be honored at the NGS 2022 Family History Conference in Sacramento, California, 24-28 May 2022.

    The NGS Awards program recognizes scholarship, service, excellence, and achievement in the fields of genealogy, history, and biography by presenting awards to individuals, societies, and organizations. The Society’s competitions challenge individuals and societies. 

    “The NGS 2022 Awards and Competitions season is a perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations to enter a society’s newsletter in our newsletter competition or submit an archive or library’s promotional initiative for our Genealogical Tourism Award,” said NGS President Kathryn Doyle. “It also is a wonderful chance to nominate a member for a scholarship or service award and to encourage teens to participate in our Rubincam Youth Writing Competition.” 

    Doyle continued noting, “This year NGS welcomes a new Awards Committee Chair, Judy Nimer Muhn. Judy brings to her position a long career as a professional genealogist and international speaker. She specializes in French Canadian, Acadian, Native American, and Michigan research and is the president of the Oakland County Genealogical Society and vice president of the Michigan Genealogical Council.”

    For more information, visit NGS 2022 Awards and Competitions.

  • 12 Oct 2021 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®:

    BCG offers Emeritus status to a Board-certified genealogist who has had a long and distinguished career with BCG and who is retired. The Board of Trustees voted on 4 October 2021 to award this designation to Barbara J. Mathews, CG®, Retired (2021), FASG.

    Barbara J. Mathews became CG no. 388 on 12 January 1996. She served as a trustee of BCG from 2002 to 2013, as secretary from 2004 to 2005, and as vice president from 2005 to 2008. Mathews was also BCG’s representative to the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC).

    Mathews served as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund from 2002 to 2013. In this role she helped establish the 2005 Putting Skills to Work hands-on workshop. She also was the Conference Coordinator between the BCG Education Fund and the NGS conference coordinator chair.

    Barbara has supported BCG’s mission to inform and educate by authoring several articles for  SpringBoard, the BCG’s blog. Her efforts include “The New Renewal Requirement: What Does It Mean for You?”, “Skillbuilding: Structural Elements of a Good Genealogy,” and “Insight: Lineage Work, An Inside Look.”

    Besides her support to BCG, Barbara is also a distinguished scholar, author, and educator. Mathews contributed to excellence in genealogical education by serving as an instructor in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program, as mentor to ProGen Study Groups 6 and 21, and as a mentor to the GenProof study group.

    Her genealogical scholarship was recognized by her election as a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2014. She has published several books, including the three-volume Descendants of Gov. Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife, Alice Tomes. She has authored many articles for a variety of publications, such as The American Genealogist, Connecticut Ancestry, Connecticut Nutmegger, and The Virginia Genealogist.

    She co-authored, “Lineage Applications,” in the 2018 version of Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards. She is a popular columnist and author of methodology articles in professional publications such as the NGS Magazine. She actively blogs under the handle The Demanding Genealogist.

    On behalf of BCG and the entire genealogical community, thank you, Barbara!

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