THE MARCH 20
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:
planning a research tour to Ireland for Oct 2012. If you are interested,
please discuss this with her at the meeting.
THE MARCH MENU
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.
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.
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.
IS ALMOST HERE
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
for that district. You can find
the ED if you know your ancestor's address in 1940 or in 1930.
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
Online Public Access catalog at
then browse the 1940 Census population schedules for that enumeration
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
their addresses using sources such as city directories, 1930 census
information, and World War II draft records.
the enumeration district for each address.
SCARY, SCARY, SCARY
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 Geni.com,
which apparently combines Genealogy with Social Networking.
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
Maybe so, but I
prefer old-fashioned genealogy, with results that I truly believe to be
Or, am I the only
“loner” out there?
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.”
NEED A MAP…to
find your ancestor’s home? usgenmap.rootsweb.ancestry.com/usgenmap.htm
DID THEY MOVE WEST?
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
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
in their land entry register, which included the certificate number.
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.
NEW YORK VITAL
to Ed Frank for this information.
The Italian Genealogical Group has created indexes for:
NY City (all Boroughs) 1898-1948
Kings County 1864-1907
NY City (all Boroughs)
Brooklyn 1871-1918 and 1928-1937
announced a day-long seminar featuring
March 3 in
Lakeland. Details at ipgs.org
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.
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
Email Contacts : The Society