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FEBRUARY 2012       Mostly genealogy, with some history, and a bit of humor        VOL. 18   #2

Debra Fleming
will reveal “Newspaper resource; following the lead.” She is the principal of The Ancestry Detective, a genealogical research firm.  As a practicing genealogist for ten years, she trades her research time between her many New England immigrant ancestors and her husband’s southern colonials.


Your choice of Roast Pork, with Stewed Apples, Sweet potato and a side veggie, OR Pasta with veggies in a white cheese sauce.  Key Lime Pie for dessert

David Ouimette of FamilySearch has indicated that their collection of genealogy records has surpassed’s. He made the remarks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference. He said FamilySearch has more Images of civil vital records, church records of vital events, and census records

According to Ouimette, FamilySearch digitizes tens of millions of the 3.6 billion images in its vault each month. “We have about 200 cameras that are currently active throughout the world,” said Ouimette. They digitize millions of images in archives weekly. FamilySearch now has over 300 million images.

For info about identifying, cleaning, repairing or enhancing gravestones, check the FAQs at

 GOOD NEWS…. Ft. Wayne IN Public Library reports, “These days, most copier paper is acid free and will last many generations.”


For Norwegian research, check out:

The Mayflower had 102 passengers. The first winter in the New World killed about half.  Are you a descendant?  Estimates put them at around 35 million. That accounts for about 12% of the U.S. population!

For Indian Passenger lists, surf to:



WORLDCONNECT  features an option for downloading your trees as GEDCOM files. Submit a tree by clicking start here on the main page. It is recommended that you do not pre-clean your tree (GEDCOM) before you submit it. Let WorldConnect's filters do the job for you.

Once submitted, you can retrieve your complete file at any time, including data you submitted that WorldConnect has cleaned, from your public tree. Go here to retrieve an existing WorldConnect GEDCOM. Find the tree you wish to retrieve and click on EDIT then select DOWNLOAD GEDCOM. 


 On Saturday, 11 February 2012, the   

 Pinellas Genealogy Society will

 present its annual all-day educational

 seminar and book sale at the Largo

   Library, Largo, Florida.  

   Internationally known Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, author of several best-selling books and articles on genealogy, will be the guest speaker, presenting four lectures on genealogy.

Info and registration at:


Surnames that appeared on the records in Scotland around the 11th century, used by wealthy nobles to indicate the lands they held, included: Calder, Lockhart, Gordon, Seton, Galloway, Lauder, Meldrurn, Shaw, Learmont, Cargill, Strathearn, Rattray, Dundas, Cockburn, Mar, Abercromby, Myreton and Leslie.  These were known as the First Earls of Scotland.          Extracted from Everyday Genealogy  18/Oct/2011



The National Archive and Records Admin.  (NARA) has started the countdown to the release of the 1940 census.  Details may be found at:

The official release date is 2 April 2012.  This census will be presented as digital images, available on personal computers via the Internet, free of charge.

 This version of the census includes some interesting information. In addition to the customary name, address, relationship, and age data, this version includes:

·         Whether the person was born in a foreign country  

·         What language was spoken in the home they  grew up in  

·         Was the person a member of the WPA 

·         Was the person still living in 1935

·         Does the person have a Social Security number

·         Whether women have been married more than once with more detailed questions about the marriages  

Anyone who has been researching for awhile can attest to the genealogical value of newspapers, a subsidiary of the long-standing NewsBank, Inc., provides access to thousands of historical newspapers, books, and documents -- a collection that is continually growing. One should not overlook the historical books that include local area histories; family genealogies, biographies and more. All of these books are name-indexed.

Likewise, the historical documents collection includes military records, casualty lists, Revolutionary and Civil War pension requests, widow's claims, orphan petitions, land grants and more.

Among more recent records are the Newspaper Obituaries, dating from 1977 to the present, and an up-to-date Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

(Although is subscriber-based, access is free at the Genealogy Room at SouthShore Regional Library)

Source: Weekly Buzz, 31/Oct/2011)


In lieu of using a + sign to join two search arguments, Google now uses quotes (“)   Example of OLD Way:   +ragan +geneology

   Example of NEW Way:  "ragan" geneology"  

                                     reported by Robert Ragan

new website:


The Veterans Administration will provide a grave marker free of charge for a military veteran if requested by next of kin (including lineal descendent) or a representative, such as funeral director, cemetery official,  or Veterans counselor. Requests  must be accompanied by the discharge document. Costs for installation are not included. 

For information about placing or replacing a broken grave marker for your military ancestor, visit for complete information and to download the proper forms.

                Thanks to Halifax GS for this info 


The National Archives (www.archives. gov/research/military/) holds Federal military service records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Military records from WWI to the present are held in the National Military Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri.

These records cover the eras of the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Records can be ordered online for a fee. 


Are you looking for a ghost town, a small community, a place that was renamed, relocated (yes, there are towns in the US that have been relocated) or divided or perhaps you are searching for an old cemetery location or a church.  You can now get information about its geographical location (latitude, longitude, elevation), name change (year changed and sometimes by what authority and why), and if applicable name variations or name conflicts.  

Just  go to and use its search engines.     Thanks to Pasco County GS for this. 

The new season of

Who Do You Think You Are?”

will be broadcast on Fridays from

8 pm to 9 pm, beginning February 3.




                                                              UNION                         CONFEDERATE * 

Total service members                 2,213,363                             1,050,000

Battle deaths                                       364,511                                   74,524      

Other in-theatre deaths                 NOT KNOWN                            59,297      

 Died in prison                                NOT KNOWN                            28,500

 Wounded                                         281,881                          NOT KNOWN 

 More than one in five Union soldiers died or was wounded during the War, while the Confederate

 troops suffered even greater losses - one in three.

* Confederate numbers are estimates, since accurate numbers were not kept.  (per Wikipedia)


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