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APRIL 2012            Mostly genealogy, with some history, and a bit of humor                 VOL. 18   NO. 4


Peter Summers will join us to speak on the subject of Immigration and 
Passenger Lists; what immigration records tell us about our ancestors;
 plus strategies to find them. 

THE APRIL MENUTurkey Breast with gravy, Mashed Potatoes, bread stuffing and side veggies, OR, Vegetable Quiche with Fruit Cup and Muffin.  And, a Strawberry Dessert for all.        

On April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse, and download the 1940 Census schedules from their own computers at the free,  new 1940 Census web site, at  

A name index will not exist when the information is first released in April. The National Archives has indexed the schedules by state, county, city, township or minor civil division, and enumeration district.  

Researchers can prepare for the launch by searching the 1940 Census maps and enumeration district descriptions in the National Archives’ Online Public Access catalog at, then browse the 1940 Census population schedules for that enumeration district (ED) You can find the ED if you know your ancestor's address in 1940 or in 1930.  Or, read about ED sources at  

                  I am a Genealogist:

        I would find you more interesting

                   if you were dead.


“My brother has a tattoo he wants to ink in the colors of the family tartan.”


The National Archives has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops.  These videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as census, immigration and military records.  These popular workshops, led by National Archives , are available at :

IRELAND'S MILITARY ARCHIVES …. are available online for the first time. The Archives, which are held at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines in Dublin, can now be accessed via a new website:-


Check out the FAQ at

SORRY, YOU SCOTCH-IRISHThe Census Bureau has announced that individuals reporting as such are no longer tabulated as "Scotch-Irish" but, rather, are included in the "Other Groups" category.”

A NEW SOURCE FamilySearchWiki offers an opportunity to enter a locality and obtain a whole host of information: boundary changes, records location, and much more. It’s worth taking a look at:

FamilySearch has recently surpassed 1,000 record collections and 2.5 billion searchable names. They expect to have over a half billion images by their next update.



Members of the Board are occasionally asked about the cost of meals at the Monthly Luncheons.  $13 may seem a bit high for a luncheon but, hopefully, the following may help explain it.

Our actual food costs usually run about $8.  Not too bad for a light meal, beverage and dessert – delivered to your table.  However, since there is no kitchen at the Library, all food must  be prepared off-site, transported to the meeting, and served.  The size of the Community Room precludes a buffet, so we pay the four servers a total of $4.50. per attendee.  That also includes the dessert and beverages, which they prepare for each luncheon. 

The speaker’s fee usually runs over $150, but this is paid from your dues, So $8, plus $4.50, plus a bit of reserve for extras (like our May Ice-Cream Social), adds up to the $13. We hope you approve.

By Edith Wagner, editor of
Reunions magazine.
Genealogists often originate reunions to take advantage of the opportunity to share their outcomes and excitement. Prepare your materials for display and sharing at the reunion. Family trees, charts, photos, books including Bibles, spreadsheets, print outs, maps, memorabilia, tools, toys, crafts and scrapbooks are obvious displays. Or use these ways to highlight fascinating family history

Collect and organize pictures of ancestors and their homes. Plan visits by bus or caravan to the very places they lived, went to school and church, worked and played.

 Visit cemeteries and take the opportunity to tell family stories. Collect ancestors’ clothing and artifacts and add explanations about what they are/were used for. Assemble oral history tapes from family elders. Bring a computer to enter new and update information. Use a scanner to copy photos and documents.

If you’re planning a reunion as beginner or have been planning reunions for years, Reunions Magazine and Reunions Workbook, along with an enormous web site, can answer questions, provide motivation and inspiration and give you many ideas. Request a sample at sample.asp  or qualify for a free subscription at form_help_us.html


June 18, 2012 will be the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812.  On that date, the  earlier conflict between Great Britain and the United States reappeared. The War of 1812 used to be called  the forgotten war. ... Indeed, it was    long regarded by Americans as a victorious second war of independence.  Canadians saw it as a heroic stand against American aggression. Others view it as a failed war of conquest.

There were several reasons for the War:  Britain’s seizure of American ships, it’s pressing of American sailors into the British navy, and Britain’s attempt to block trade between the United States and France.  Events on the U.S. northwestern frontier added more fuel, as Indian fears over American encroachment grew.  Britain allied with the Indians, confirming the fears of American settlers who believed that Britain's removal from Canada would end their Indian problems.  In fact, there was substantial interest in the U. S. to expand into Canada, in order to finally achieve the expulsion of England from the continent. James Madison became the first U.S. president to ask Congress to declare war.  Among the War’s most memorable episodes, British troops burned the White House, and the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” were written by Francis Scott Key, after he watched American forces withstand the British siege of Fort McHenry.

The final engagement, The Battle of New Orleans in January 1815, took place after the war had officially ended since news of the Treaty of Ghent, signed the previous December, had not yet reached the British and American forces.

(It has been said that the only winner of the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.)

The National Archives can help find ancestors who fought in this endeavor.  Check out:


Outmigrant refers to one who is "going out" or leaving from one region or part of a country to live or work, as compared to emigrant, which refers to one who is leaving one country to make his or her home in another.The word "alien" means "foreign," such as a person from another country.  In genealogy, the term is typically used to refer to a non-citizen resident: a person other than a native-born or naturalized citizen.


Various European countries claim the original of the tune we know as Yankee Doodle, and it was the British who brought the tune to America during the French and Indian Wars. The opening words of the song refer to the fact that when Oliver Cromwell rode horseback into Oxford in 1653 he wore a hat decorated with a single feather fastened by an elaborate knot — an Italian decoration called a "macaroni." The British troops used the song and the term sarcastically, to ridicule the makeshift appearance of the dress of American Colonial troops. When the Revolution began, the Americans adopted the song as a rallying tune, and played it in every camp and battle. At the British surrender at Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781, the American army band played Yankee Doodle to celebrate the American victory.

The PA Division of Vital Records has opened death records older than 50 years and birth records older than 105 years for public access, and put up free online indexes to both record sets. Surf to:

FINDMYPAST.CO.UK offers a full set of searchable images of the 1881 UK census; the 1841-1911 census collection on-line: a complete online index of births, marriages and deaths 1837-2006; migration records; 24 million passenger list records: and parish records of baptism, marriages, and burials from 1538. 


You’re a not alone.  Even MI5, the British Secret Service, has been unable to find when/where Charlie Chaplin was born.

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:

Born 1903--Died 1942

Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. 

 It was. 


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