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 LINKS   The monthly Journal of the


NOVEMBER 2011          Mostly genealogy, with some history, and a bit of humor          VOL. 17   NO. 8


 Kim Garvey will tell us all about the “Men in funny hats: the Pilgrims, Social  Historians and the Declension of America’s founding society.” Learn  how modern historians view Colonial America, which  includes the Chesapeake area, Southern Colonies, Spanish Florida, French Louisiana-Caribbean; all on an equal footing with New England. 

Kim is a historian, librarian, instructional designer and owns Tree Trax, a genealogical services company.  She is a graduate of the Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy and was the 2009 Richard S. Lackey Scholar of the National Institute of Genealogical Research.


Your choice – Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta OR Vegetable Lasagna.  Both served with a side salad and  Pumpkin Cake for dessert. 

JUST IN CASE YOU CARE                  

Celebrity genealogist Chris Child reports that Lady Gaga and Madonna are ninth cousins, once removed. They had common ancestors, a farming couple, who moved from France to Quebec in the 1600s 


The information in the Social Security Death Index for people who died prior to 1962 is sketchy, since SSA's death information was not automated before that date.

genealogyis an online archive of genealogy records from newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more. It contains links to more than 6 million genealogy records from over 1,500 sources online. It is free but some of the links it references may charge a fee. Surf to: 


The 1880 Census took eight years to hand count.  Fortunately, New York statistician Herman Hollerith invented a new approach – Punched Card equipment - specifically for the 1890 Census Bureau, making this the first census to take advantage of the new device.  It cut the counting-time for the 1890 census to only one year.


Dating back to the 1800's, funeral cards (also sometimes called mass, mourning or remembrance cards) are an excellent source of information for genealogists.  There is a free searchable database of them, at 

CENSUSFINDER.COM is a directory website aimed at linking users to all available online census records, subscription-based or free, in the U.S. and abroad. The site also provides many census-related resources and is free to search, but does link to paid websites. (Source: Weekly Buzz, 08/Jun/2011)

LOOKING FOR PASSENGER LISTS?This site is a comprehensive list of locations for the ship arrivals from Europe, 1820-1940 


An estimated 40 percent of today’s Americans are descended from foreigners who passed through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954.  Check out your ancestors at  It’s free!

Geneticists have revealed that, according to archaeological DNA evidence, 50 per cent of Britons have a German heritage. Tribes from northern Europe invaded Britain after the Romans left around 410 AD.

Many people are interested in finding their ancestors' Masonic records. The information may be useful, especially when other records are scarce. The amount of information may vary, depending on the Lodge and its record-keeping practices.


There is no central repository for Masonic membership information.  Local Lodges functioned independently; so, writing to the local Lodge (or the Grand Lodge of that jurisdiction) may be the best way to find information on a particular individual. Surf to addresses of Lodges worldwide.

Extracted from Answers at GenealogyToday, 7/8/2011

 Swedish American Genealogist

is a quarterly journal devoted to Swedish American biography, genealogy, and personal history. This online collection is free to the public and contains issues published as recently as 2007. Surf to:

FOR PAF HELP, CONTACT:Bill Patterson at 634-3775

FOR ROOTS MAGIC HELP, CONTACT:         Beth Clarke, at





“I don’t want to have my DNA taken because it might prove I am not me.


1.  Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: 
            Spades - King David 
            Hearts - Charlemagne 
            Clubs -Alexander, the Great 

            Diamonds - Julius Caesar

2.  If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.  If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the rider died of natural causes. 

2012 DUES ARE NOW DUE     Just send your check for $20  to SBGS at P.O. Box 5202 or   include it in your check for the     November luncheon.  Please do it  now, so you won’t risk missing announcements of future meetings or forgo a single issue of LINKS. 

"There's nothing like the smell of musty records, the feel of heavy deed books, and the irritated look on the clerk's face when you say you're a genealogist."

                            Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Genealogy is not just a pastime;It’s a passion

Thanks to the SouthShore    Regional Library, Footnote is now among several genealogy databases available, for FREE, that you can access from your  home (Ancestry is available only in the Library’s Genealogy Room.) Footnote preserves historic materials through digitization. Its partnership with the National Archives, Library of Congress and others, makes available important collections online, such as: Civil War Widow's Pension files; War of 1812 Pension Application files; The Holocaust Collection; Black History Collection; and the full text Newspapers Archives, to name a few.  

The site provides a search feature, and allows you to browse document collections within a historic period. The site's interactive “Census“and “Pages”  features offer a variety of ways to explore and view ancestor data.You can access Footnote, and the other databases at home, by going to, , clicking on Learning and Research, then on “Genealogy” and select the database of your choice and enter your Hillsborough County Library Card Number.


If you have an AKC-registered dog, you have the papers to show its respected background. For those of us whose dogs have a more questionable heritage, you can now buy a “Canine Genealogy Kit.” For $65, you get a cotton swab to rub inside your dog’s check. Assuming it doesn’t bite you in the attempt, you send the swab off to a professional lab, which will tell you which of the 63 major breeds make up its heritage,  and what each breed’s dominant traits have been passed on to your pet.

This should complete your “Family History.”


The perfect holiday gift for your Family History friends. Check it, and other topical items, out at:

Just a suggestion, not a commercial.


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a website that may help if you are searching for Revolutionary War patriot soldiers. The key word is "patriot." If you are looking for loyalist information, you will not find it there. Surf to:           


The National Archives is seeking industry input on a plan to create a searchable database of 1940 U.S. census information when it becomes publicly available in 2012. By law, all census information must become public 72 years after it is collected. This time, instead of simply making images of the census available for checkout on microfilm, the Archives plans to also make scans of the census schedules and maps searchable online and available for download. 

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