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March  2012           Mostly genealogy, with some history, and a bit of humor             VOL. 18  NO. 3


Donna Moughty reports that not all Irish records were destroyed in the 1922 fire at the Public Records Office.  The key to finding our ancestors is to know where they lived.  She will show us the types of records available to help discover their origin.  You can enjoy her blog at:

She is planning a research tour to Ireland for Oct 2012. If you are interested, please discuss this with her at the meeting.

A Tuna Salad on 1/2 of a Croissant and Ham and Cheese on 1/2 of a bun, with a side of potato salad. Or,
a Salad plate with Cottage cheese, assorted veggies, fruit and a muffin.Dessert = Cherry Pineapple Cake.  Yum, yum.                                  

SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES  The SSA will now block out parents' names on the SS-5 if the applicant was born less than 100 years ago and you don't provide proof the parents are deceased. 

IMMIGRATION Between 1880 and 1890, the foreign-born population was twice that of the native population. Most of the new immigrants came from Europe. This is the mass-migration period, lasting into the early 20th century. 

At 9:00 AM (EST) on April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse, and download the 1940 Census schedules from their own computers, free of charge This is the first time the National Archives has offered the Census on-line.


You won't be able to search the census by name right away on April 2; instead, you'll need to know the enumeration district (ED) your relatives lived in and then browse the records

for that district. You can find the ED if you know your ancestor's address in 1940 or in 1930.


FamilySearch is heading up an effort to index the 1940 census records ASAP after they are released, which will let genealogists search by name. also has announced plans to provide the 1940 census for free, at least through 2013.


You 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.Lynn Betlock, Editor of American Ancestors suggests you prepare by:
1. Making a list of all the people you want to look for in the 1940 census

2. Determine their addresses using sources such as city directories, 1930 census information, and World War II draft records.

3. Identify the enumeration district for each address.


           Comments by Ye Olde Editor

There was an article about genealogy in a recent issue of Wall Street Journal that concerns me. It dealt with the, which apparently combines Genealogy with Social Networking.

The article indicated that with it, one can tap into a “single, giant family tree.”  Using this facility, the person featured in the story was able to leap from her “35th great grandfather” to another family tree that showed her relationship with Marie Antoinette (10th cousin, eight times removed.) and Jane Austen (9th cousin, seven times removed). 

I guess that is fine, if you just want to impress everyone, including oneself, with your lineage. But where are the Sources, Proofs, and Documentation that we are told is a vital part of Genealogy? 

The article in WSJ tells us that “Wikis, Social-networking sites, search engines and on-line courses are changing genealogy from a loner’s hobby to a social butterfly’s field day.”

Maybe so, but I prefer old-fashioned genealogy, with results that I truly believe to be accurate.

Or, am I the only “loner” out there?


Many genealogists and  genealogical societies have begun to embrace Facebook as a way to communicate  For more information, surf to: 


One of the most popular radio shows in rural Ireland is still the weekly broadcast of local obituaries. According to some historians, over 40% of all American presidents have had some Irish ancestry The Vikings founded Dublin in 988. The national symbol of Ireland is the Celtic harp, not the shamrock. Medieval laws in Ireland allowed a man to divorce his wife if she damaged his honor through infidelity, thieving, or “making a mess of everything.” According to the Census Bureau, 4.58 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2010. This is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.


PBS will debut an hour-long, 10-part genealogy series on March 25 called “Finding Your Roots.”  It is hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.



is a free genealogy search website, searchable by state and across multiple resources. Unique to the site is its Obituary Search Portal, Surname Search Portal, and Genealogical Prison Records. The Census Finder page provides links to census records of the U.S. and Internationally. The site offers a host of related links within each category.   (Source: Weekly Buzz, 22/Nov/2011)

“Keep in mind, if your cousin cites a source you haven't viewed personally, you can only cite your cousin's report about the source, not the original source. You are telling your reader that you trust your cousin's analysis of the documents in question. You cannot claim that analysis as your own.”         DEAR Myrtle

NEED A MAP…to find your ancestor’s  home?     cousub_ utline/cen2k_pgsz


If your ancestors were pioneers in the westward expansion during the mid-to-late 1800’s, you may be able to obtain their homestead file from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

To obtain these records from NARA, you will need the certificate number, land description and legal property description. Hopefully, you can find the land description online at the Bureau of Land Management website . The county clerk’s office should have the information in their land entry register, which included the certificate number.


The SBGS Board has announced that the Society will again hold a day-long Genealogy Seminar on February 19, 2013.  The speaker will be the noted Dr. John Philip Colletta.  Details to follow but mark your 2013 calendar.


Thanks to Ed Frank for this information. The Italian Genealogical Group has created indexes for:

NY City Deaths

            Brooklyn 1862-1897

            Manhattan 1868-1897

            NY City (all Boroughs) 1898-1948

NY City Grooms

            Kings County 1864-1907

            Manhattan 1866-1907

            Richmond 1898-1907

            Bronx 1898-1907

            Queens 1905-1907

            NY City (all Boroughs) 1908-1937

NY City Brides

            Brooklyn 1871-1918 and 1928-1937

            Bronx 1899-1937

            Queens 1904-1937 

Imperial Polk GS announced a day-long seminar featuring

George K. Schweitzer,

March 3 in Lakeland. Details at

As many as 1 million of the 2.8 million deaths expected next year will not be included in the public Death Master File, a reduction of almost 36 percent. In addition, the SSA plans to remove about 4.8 million names from the historical SSDI.  The names that will no longer be included in, or will be removed from, are those where the only source of death information was a State record of death.  SSA has determined that they have no contractual authority to include such records.


Certificate of Irish Heritage                   is an Irish Government program to provide official recognition to   

  people of Irish ancestry across the world. The Certificate honors those Irish ancestors who sacrificed by leaving Ireland,  thus creating opportunities for later generations. Details at


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