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From the bylaws: "Dues shall become payable at the regular General Membership meeting in September of each year.  Any member whose dues remains unpaid at the last day of October will be dropped from the membership rolls as of that date.  Upon receipt of the dues, member shall be reinstated without inclusion in the Society's Year Book."

News - BAGS -  Most recent will be at the top
BAGS Quarterly -> Journal

We continue to receive great articles for the BAGS Quarterly which will now be known as the BAGS Journal.  The only difference is that now it does not have to be published 4 times a year.  If you have not picked up your copies of the Quarterly for last year, you can either pick them up at the next meeting or send in $5.00 to cover postage. If they are not picked up or the postage paid by December 1st, we will assume you do not want your copies.  If you think you paid for mailing but are not sure, email Loren Martin at

5 Generation Charts Needed 

Eleanor Caldwell is our chairperson for the 5 generation charts. If you have never sent in your chart to BAGS or you have updated it since you did so, please send your chart to Eleanor at:

In the Mail BAGS  - The following letters may be lightly edited.

Family Tree DNA Launches Family Finder DNA Test Using Affymetrix Microarray Technology

HOUSTON & SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 03, 2010 -- Family Tree DNA, the first and largest genealogical DNA testing company, today announced the launch of the Family Finder DNA test for connecting family members across all ancestral lines. The test utilizes Affymetrix' recently launched Axiom(TM) genotyping technology and the GeneTitan(R) System to confidently match a wide range of family relationships within five generations.

Family Finder represents a major advancement over earlier genealogical tests, which revealed only connections along specific paternal lines (for males) or maternal lines (males or females). Family Finder enables anyone, regardless of gender, to look for connections such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, half siblings, and first, second, third, and fourth cousins.

"This is the most exciting genetic genealogy breakthrough since 2000, when Family Tree DNA launched its Y-DNA test to uncover relatives in the direct paternal line," said Bennett Greenspan, founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA. "The comprehensive, genome-wide coverage of Axiom Arrays enables us to offer consumers the most advanced genealogical test available at a price that is attractive to our customers. In addition, the automated GeneTitan System allows us to process hundreds of samples at a time with minimal hands-on time for maximum efficiency."

The Family Finder test analyzes the DNA of two individuals using Axiom Array Plates containing nearly 570,000 genetic markers, including many that are relevant to genealogy. Family Tree DNA then analyzes the resulting data with internally developed algorithms to determine the closeness of the relationship. The complete Axiom Genotyping Solution includes array plates, complete reagent kits, and an automated workflow that enables scientists to process more than 760 samples per week.

Family Tree DNA offers counseling services, tutorials, and other helpful tools to assist in the genealogy and matching process, and provides names and email addresses of matched individuals whenever possible for easy communication.

"The Family Finder test represents a huge step forward for the direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy market and the application of microarray technology," said Kevin King, president and CEO of Affymetrix. "Now anyone can utilize the power of the Axiom Genotyping Solution and the GeneTitan System to find and connect with a broader range of family members than ever before."

For more information about the Family Finder test, please
For more information about Affymetrix products for genetic research, please visit

About Family Tree DNA

Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA ( was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes, something that had previously been available only for academic and scientific research. Almost a decade later, the Houston, Texas-based company has a database with over 290,000 individual records -- the largest DNA database in genetic genealogy, a number that makes Family Tree DNA the prime source for anyone researching recent and distant family ties. In 2006 Family Tree DNA established a state-of-the-art Genomics Research Center at its headquarters in Houston, where it currently performs R&D and processes over 200 advanced types of DNA tests for its customers, including the new Family Finder test.

About Affymetrix

Affymetrix technology is used by the world's top pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government, and nonprofit research institutes. More than 1,900 systems have been shipped around the world and more than 21,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published using the technology. Affymetrix is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and has manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio, and Singapore. The company has about 1,000 employees worldwide and maintains sales and distribution operations across Europe and Asia. For more information about Affymetrix, please

Passed along by Alice Braud-Jones

April 29, 2010
FamilySearch Adds 300 Million Names

FamilySearch, the world's largest repository of genealogical information, today announced it will release records containing 300 million names that can now be researched online for free. Jay Verkler, president of Family Search, the genealogy division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said these records and millions of names are being indexed, digitized and published through

The records contain information genealogists would have had to painstakingly pick through to find an ancestor's name or they would have had to contact a specific government agency or travel to the area of study to research. Among the indexed records are the 1935 South Dakota state census; Washington, D.C., deaths and burials 1840-1964; and Utah marriages, 1887-1966.

Family Search has established a temporary website, for the newly released names. In the next several weeks, the site will become a permanent part of

Passed along by Alice Braud-Jones

Submitted by Alice Braud-Jones. The following is an article from Dick Eastman's online genealogical newsletter. Thanks to all who assisted and participated in making these events so successful.

March 28, 2010
A Great Weekend in Houston

This article is being written in a hotel room in Houston, Texas. I'll head to the airport in a few hours and should be home in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. I had a chance to address two different genealogy groups this weekend: the Bay Area Genealogy Society on Friday night and the Friends of the Clayton Library on Saturday. I was pleased to see good turnouts at both events.

I finished the "genealogy weekend" by visiting the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, a branch of the Houston Public Library. Library Manager Sue Kaufman took time from her busy schedule to give me a tour. Thanks Sue! I had not visited the Clayton Library in years and must say that it has changed a lot, all for the better. If you live in the greater Houston area and have not yet used the facilities at this library, you HAVE to go there soon! If you have been there some years ago but have not visited recently, I would also advise you to visit again soon. . . . .

All in all, it has been a great weekend so far. Two different and very active genealogy groups were great hosts and hostesses. I have enjoyed the visit to Houston. I also ate a lot of Cajun food, something difficult to find where I live.

For more information about the Bay Area Genealogy Society. look at
For more information about the Friends of the Clayton Library, look at
For more information about the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, look at
Finally, for more information about my speaking schedule, go to and scroll down the menus on the right side to find my calendar.

Posted by Dick Eastman on March 28, 2010 in Travel | Permalink ShareThis Releases iPhone Family Tree Application has announced that it has created an iPhone family tree application called Tree to Go, which can allow you to carry your tree on your mobile phone (i.e. an iPhone or iPod Touch with version 2.0 or later).

The following is from the blog at

"Whether you're scouring the research library or getting together to share family stories with relatives, you'll never miss a chance to add to your family tree with this handy app. Log in to your account from anywhere to access your tree, edit information, upload photos, even add a long-lost family member you find on your way. You never know where or when you'll discover something to help you grow your family tree.

With this helpful mobile tree tool, you can see all the family trees you've already created on Just download the app to your iPhone or iPod Touch, log in to your account and choose a family tree.

You can browse names in your tree, search for a specific person in your tree, click on a relative to view, then edit or add vital information, immediate family members, life events, notes or new ancestors, plus, take photos of your relatives, historical documents, keepsakes, buildings and more and upload them directly to your tree. Just discovered a treasure trove of family heirlooms at your second cousin's house? Take pictures and upload them to your tree with stories about each one. Found a forgotten family member's headstone as you traverse an 18th century cemetery? Add this new person and upload an image of their gravesite. Now when you're on the go, your family tree and all your history goes with you."

For more details about the new Tree To Go iPhone app visit, or download the Trees To Go directly from the iTunes App Store.

Passed along by Alice Braud-Jones

Medieval battle records go online 

The detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers - including archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt - have gone online. The database of those who fought in the Hundred Years War reveals salaries, sickness records and who was knighted. The full profiles of soldiers from 1369 to 1453 will allow researchers to piece together details of their lives. Thomas, Lord Despenser is the youngest soldier on the database, whose career began when he was aged just 12 in 1385. Elsewhere, the career of Thomas Gloucestre, who fought at Agincourt, can be traced over 43 years and includes campaigns in Prussia and Jerusalem. 

'Remarkable survival' 

The website is the product of a research project by Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton and Dr Adrian Bell of the University of Reading. Dr Bell said: "The service records survive because the English exchequer had a very modern obsession with wanting to be sure that the government's money was being spent as intended. "Therefore we have the remarkable survival of indentures for service detailing the forces to be raised, muster rolls showing this service and naming every soldier from duke to archer." He said accounts from captains showing how funds were spent and entries detailing when the exchequer requested the payments can be found. 

The free-to-use website, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, also shows which soldiers rode the furthest. 

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/07/20 18:24:38 GMT


The Soldier in later Medieval England: An exciting new AHRC research project. For more information:

From Dick Eastman's column:

New Archivist of the United States: David Ferriero

President Obama is said to have picked David S. Ferriero, now chief executive of the research libraries at The New York Public Library, to be the Archivist of the United States. The selection, which had been rumored among historians, was reported earlier today by the National Coalition for History's newsletter. A spokesman for The New York Public Library declined to comment.

Before his New York job, Ferriero had been Duke University's librarian and had worked for 31 years before that in the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies libraries. He succeeds Allen Weinstein, who resigned for health reasons in December. 

Submitted by Alice Braud-Jones and found at the following link:

Passed along by Alice Braud-Jones - This is an interesting way to raise money for the Ellis Island Foundation.  You can submit your family photo for a $50.00 donation and it will be included on their Flag of Faces.  Each image can be enlarged and searched by name.

American Flag of Faces Launched Online

The following announcement was written by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation:

Will Be Featured Exhibit at Ellis Island

Ellis Island, NY (April 2009)  The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. today announced the official launch of its new American Flag of Faces website at This interactive website invites all Americans to submit photos of their families, their ancestors, even themselves to become a part of this living, ever-changing American mosaic.

Participants can upload digital photos at with a tax-deductible donation of $50 to become part of the American Flag of Faces. This dynamic website, created and produced by ESI Design and Artgig Studio, opens with an animated red, white and blue flag populated with user-submitted images. Each image can be clicked on and enlarged. Users can also search by name to call up specific individual or family photos.

The American Flag of Faces will also become a central exhibit in the upcoming Peopling of America Center, an exciting new expansion of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The Flag of Faces exhibit will consist of a large video installation providing a mosaic of all the portraits submitted by individuals and families who have made America their home throughout the generations.

The Peopling of America Center will enlarge the story currently told of the Ellis Island Era (1892-1954) to include the entire panorama of the American immigration experience, with exhibits dedicated to those who arrived before Ellis as well as those who arrived post-1954, right up to the present. With the anticipated 2011 opening of The Peopling of America Center, Ellis Island will illustrate the American immigration story across the generations, and the museum will be renamed Ellis Island: The National Museum of Immigration.

The launching of the American Flag of Faces is just in time for Mother's Day. Honoring ancestors and family by submitting their images to be a part of this exciting new exhibit makes a very special tribute to America's momsŁ on May 10. And proceeds will help support the creation of the upcoming Peopling of America Center at Ellis Island.

To learn more or to upload an image, visit Photos may also be submitted by mail. Applications are available by calling (212) 561-4588 or writing: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., c/o Flag of Faces, 17 Battery Place, Suite 210, New York, NY 10004-3507.

Passed along by Claudia Grafton:

The Texas City Ancestry Searchers has volunteers available to help in family history on Mondays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm; Wednesdays from 10:00am to noon and from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; and on Saturdays from 10:00am to noon.The service is located at the Moore Memorial Library, 1701 Ninth Ave. N, in Texas City.  Hispanic research in the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico, as well as German research  assistance is available by appointment.
For information or to schedule an appointment, please call (409)938-8053, (409) 948-2650, or (409) 945-7049.

Forwarded by a BAGS member:

Addicted to Genealogy? Love libraries and research?  Interested in learning about new resources?

The Allen County Public Library Historical Genealogy Department in Fort Wayne, Indiana is pleased to announce our electronic newsletter, "Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library." If the above describes you, sign up for our newsletter and read about one of the major genealogy research libraries in the nation.

Each month, learn about new collections, department special events, source highlights, new acquisitions, websites, and much more.  Learn what is going in the Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library. We will keep you up to date on our outstanding temporary location, where the books are on open stacks, available for your perusal. Information about the construction at the old library site, and our plans for moving back in 2-3 years will also be included.

To subscribe to this mailing list send a message with ACPL NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to:  You will NOT receive a confirmation message; you will just begin to receive the newsletters, which are scheduled to be published approximately once a month.

Sue Kaufman, Librarian
Allen County Public Library
Historical Genealogy Department
PO Box 2270
200 E. Berry
Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270
260-421-1225  260-421-1386 (fax)

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P.O. Box 891447
Houston, TX 77289-1447

This page last updated: 22 January 2015