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Famous Relatives of George H. W. Bush

2018. december 5. 22:30:28

The following news release was received from Jim Power at NEHGS:

As Tributes Pour in Celebrating the Life of the 41st President, Genealogists at New England Historic Genealogical Society Provide a Look at Famous Relatives of George H. W. Bush

Boston, Massachusetts—December 5, 2018 — As tributes pour in following the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, genealogists at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), who have long studied the ancestry of all US presidents, shed light on the extensive family background of the beloved 41st US President. The world-renowned genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, NEHGS Senior Research Scholar Emeritus, has documented the family history of the late President Bush extensively:

President Bush was several times related to his wife, the late Barbara (Pierce) Bush—via Richardsons and Kendalls of Woburn, Mass., Holbrooks of Weymouth, Mass., and probably other New England families. In addition to his son, 43rd US President George Walker Bush, the 41st President was also related—albeit distantly—to Presidents George Washington (through the English Spencers, who are also ancestors of Sir Winston Churchill and the late Diana, Princess of Wales), John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Barack Obama—18 in all. The kinship to Lincoln is through the immigrant Samuel Lincoln of Hingham, Mass. One kinship to Richard Nixon is through the Lippincotts of New Jersey. The kinships to Barack Obama are through the Blossoms and Hinckleys, both of Plymouth, Mass.

Among First Ladies, the 41st President is related to Abigail Adams, Abigail Fillmore, Lucy Grant, Lucretia Garfield, Frances Cleveland, Edith Roosevelt, Helen Taft, both Ellen and Edith Wilson, Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, Lou Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, and Nancy Reagan—16 in all.

George Herbert Walker Bush, with about one-third New England ancestry, one-third mid-Atlantic ancestry, and one-third Southern US ancestry, was descended from some of the country’s earliest settlers—among them at least four of the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower—John Howland, his wife Elizabeth Tilley, and her parents John Tilley and Joan Hurst. But his ancestry goes back even further to various medieval kings, including Edward I of England, who died in 1307, and Robert III of Scotland, who died in 1406. The late President’s immigrant ancestors of royal descent include Robert Livingston, the elder, of New York; the famed religious heretic Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson; and Rev. Peter Bulkeley, founder of Concord, Mass.

Via his Livingston, Hutchinson, Bulkeley, Clements, and Palgrave ancestors, President Bush was a cousin of a host of notable Americans, including, among political figures:

1. John Hancock
2. Stephen A. Douglas
3. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
4-5. Henry Cabot Lodge I and II
6. William H. Rehnquist
7. Mitt Romney
8. Sir Winston Churchill

Among literary figures or historians:
1. Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
3. James Thurber
4. Robert Lowell
5. Samuel Eliot Morison

Among actors and singers:
1. Bette Davis
2. Katharine Hepburn
3-4. Henry and Jane Fonda
5. Michael Douglas
6. The Beach Boys (Wilsons and Mike Love)

1. Eli Whitney
2. Elizabeth (Cady) Stanton
3. The American and British Astors
4. Norman Rockwell
5. Alan Shepard
6. Julia Child

Gary Boyd Roberts is Senior Research Scholar Emeritus at New England Historic Genealogical Society, with which he has been associated since 1974. He is the author of American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales; The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States in two volumes; Notable Kin, volumes one and two; Ancestors of American Presidents, 2nd Edition; The Best Genealogical Sources in Print, volume one, and many magazine and journal articles and columns.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 250,000 constituents through an award-winning website, Since its organization, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level, today providing constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.
American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, German, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese American, and Jewish research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99—101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

NEW – German words for family historians Handy Guide – 30% Off – Just $3.50

2018. november 30. 4:35:44

Family Roots Publishing is now printing Unlock the Past publications in the USA. One of the latest to come off the press is Eric and Rosemary Kopittke’s German words for family historians Handy Guide – a helpful new (2018) and inexpensive product. On sale for just $3.50 (Reg. $5) for the holidays.

Handy Guide: German words for family historians; by Eric & Rosemary Kopittke; 2018; 4 pp; 8.25×11.75; card stock, folded; b&w photos, further reading; ISBN: 9781925781229; Item #: UTPH0202

Researching a German ancestor will undoubtedly lead you at some point to needing to read German records. .

Having access to a list of German words that may be found in documents will help your to identify and understand the records. .

This Handy Guide lists several hundred German words together with their English translation. Divided into categories of Relationships, Occupations, Religious and Church terms, Jurisdictions or political terms, Months and days, and Assorted words. .

Also included are references (and samples) of the “old style” German writing, and you’ll also find links to various websites and suggestions for further reading.

Click on the links or illustration to order.

Finding Your Ancestral Village in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire: 2nd Edition – 25% Off!

2018. november 26. 8:49:29

Family Roots Publishing released a book earlier this year that we’ve been working on for several years. It’s a new Second Edition of John Hudick’s Finding Your Ancestral Village in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Slovakia, Czechy, Ukraine, Galacia and Hungary. The first edition book was 45 pages. The new volume, edited by Lisa Alzo, has expanded to 196 pages.

For the annual 12 Days of Christmas sale, FRPC is offering the paperback volume at 25% off, with a FREE immediately downloadable PDF eBook of the same title. Normally $29.95, it’s available now for just $22.46. Click here or on the illustration to order.

Explore your ancestral village in Slovokia, Czechy, Hungary, parts of Ukraine, Galacia, and other areas in Central or Eastern Europe. Inderstand the impact of Eastern border changes and political and administrative divisions, and learn how to correctly identify perplexing place names.

The tools, tips, and techniques in this guide will help you understand the changing boundaries of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, identify the correct historical county, and inform your search for genealogical records.

Greatly expanded from the saddle-stappled 45-page first edition, this 196 page book is complete with the latest websites that allow immediate access to many online resources.

For a limited time, this volume is available with a free PDF eBook of the volume. The eBook is hot-linked, allowing the user immediate access to nearly 300 online websites at the click of a mouse.

If the user just wants the PDF eBook, it is available that way as well. Click on this link to go to its page. To order the paperback book (with FREE download of the eBook), click on the link below, or on the illustration.

Finding Your Ancestral Village in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Slovakia, Czechy, Ukraine, Galacia and Hungary – Second Edition; By John A. Hudik; Edited and Updated by Lisa A. Alzo; 2018; 196 pp; Soft Cover; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-6289-095-1; Item #: FR0118

The following is from the Table of Contents for this new volume:

  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword

Chapter 1: Where Did Your Ancestor Really Come From?

  • Introduction
  • General Information on the Ethnic Groups of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Rusyn
  • Slovak, Ukrainian, Summary

Chapter 2: Determining the Ancestral Village

  • Home and Family Sources
  • Talk to Your Relatives
  • Starting Your Search for Immigrant Ancestors
  • Establishing the Immigrant Ancestor’s Date of Arrival
  • Identify the Original Name and Hometown
  • Determine Where Your Ancestor’s Hometown is Today
  • Determining Names
  • Unraveling Name Changes
  • Sorting Out Places
  • Summary

Chapter 3: Searching Other Records

  • Census Records
  • Obituary Notices
  • Other Records
  • Vital Records (B, M, D)
  • Local Church (Parish) Records
  • Naturalization Declaration of Intent
  • Passenger Arrival Records
  • Coming to America
  • Morton-Allen Directory of European Arrivals
  • Leo Baca’s Index of Czech Arrivals
  • Passport Applications
  • Fraternal Organization Records
  • FamilySearch
  • FamilySearch Online Records
  • FamilySearch Global Search
  • Hungarian Baptismal Register Columns
  • FamilySearch Searching in Family Tree
  • FamilySearch Search by Location
  • FamilySearch Search by Collection
  • FamilySearch Wiki
  • FamilySearch Books
  • The Family History Library Catalog
  • FamilySearch Indexing
  • Additional Strategies
  • Shot in the Dark Technique
  • Research in Whole Family and FAN Club
  • Summary

Chapter 4: Documenting Your Work

  • Recording Data: Family Tree Software and Online Trees
  • Research Logs
  • Source Citations
  • Other Forms
  • Summary

Chapter 5: Using Maps and Atlases

  • Using Maps
  • Antique Maps
  • Old Hungarian County Maps pre-1918
  • Hungarian County Maps prior to 1918 on the Web
  • Hungarian County Maps prior to 1918 on microfilm
  • Modern Road Maps
  • Road maps published by Freytag and Berndt
  • Czech & Slovakia Republic Road Maps
  • Hungary Road Maps
  • Freytag & Berndt Maps, Folded Map, Scale 1:150,000
  • Road maps published by Kummerly & Frey
  • Maps available from Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
  • U.S. Army Maps
  • Maps on the World Wide Web
  • Atlases on the Internet
  • Maps on the Internet
  • Summary

Chapter 6: Gazetteers

  • Online Gazetteers
  • Family History Library Gazetteer Holdings
  • Gazetteers of Hungary
  • List of Abbreviation and Symbols Used in Hungarian Gazetteers
  • Procedure to use the Gazetteer of Hungary
  • Gazetteers of Slovakia, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic
  • Gazetteers of Poland
  • Gazetteers of Yugoslavia
  • Gazetteers of Romania
  • Gazetteers of Russia, Ukraine, and other Former Soviet Countries
  • Geography pre-1918
  • Old Hungarian Counties Previous to 1918
  • Slovak Republic Geographic County Changes
  • Ukraine Geographic County Changes
  • Croatia Geographic County Changes
  • Serbia Geographic County Changes
  • Romania Geographic County Changes
  • Slovenia Geographic County Changes
  • Austria Geographic County Changes
  • Summary

Chapter 7: Other Online Geographic Tools

  • JewishGen
  • Google Earth
  • Using Google Earth to Locate Your Eastern European Town or Village
  • Summary

Chapter 8: Identifying the Ancestral Town or Village Case Studies (Examples)

  • Example 1: The Name of the Slovak Town is Known
  • Example 2: The Name of the Hungarian Town is Known


  • Introduction to Verifying Your Findings
  • Confirming the Ancestral Hometown
  • Problematic Place Names

Chapter 9: Locating Foreign Records

  • Civil Registration Records
  • Where to Find Archival Records
  • State Archives
  • University Collections and Other Repositories
  • Military Sources
  • Parish Record Inventories
  • Slovak and Czech Parish Record Inventories
  • Church and Diocesan Archives
  • Hungarian Census of 1869
  • Translation of Pages of the 1869 Hungarian Census
  • Other Census Records
  • Online Resources
  • Summary

Chapter 10: Finding Relatives

  • Posting on the Internet Genealogy Groups
  • Sharing Information
  • Case Study: Are We Related?

Chapter 11: Where to Ask for Help

  • Collaborate Online
  • Social Media
  • DNA Testing
  • Hiring a Professional
  • Summary

Chapter 12: Visiting Your Ancestral Homeland

  • Planning
  • Packing
  • Researching in Archives
  • Guidelines for Onsite Research
  • Other Tips for Visiting an Archive
  • While in the Archive
  • Immersion Genealogy
  • Summary

Books, Articles, and Other Resources

  • Articles
  • Books
  • CDs, DVDs, and Videos


  • Miscellaneous Websites
  • Professional Genealogists
  • DNA Testing
  • FamilySearch Shortcut Links
  • East European Websites
  • Czech and Slovak Websites
  • Hungarian Websites
  • Rusyn Websites
  • Polish Websites
  • Ukrainian Websites
  • Russian Websites
  • Common Place-Name Terminology, Maps, & Gazetteers
  • Galicia and Poland Gazetteers & Maps
  • Russia Gazetteers & Maps
  • Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe
  • Maps of the Ukraine
  • Gazetteers
  • Selected North American Libraries and Repositories
  • Selected Central and Eastern European Archives
  • General Archives
  • Croatia Archives
  • Czech Republic Archives
  • Hungary Archives
  • Lithuania Archives
  • Poland Archives
  • Romania Archives
  • Russian Archives
  • Slovakia Archives
  • Slovenia Archives
  • Ukraine Archives
  • Research Logs
  • Immigrant Data Sheets
  • Languages
  • Hungarian Language
  • Dictionaries
  • Online Dictionaries

Sample Letter to the Mayor of a Town or Village

  • Letter: English Version
  • Letter: Slovak Version
  • Blind Letter Blank Form
  • Blind Letter Sample

Blank and Sample Correspondence for Archives or Churches
Sample Letter to Czech Archive
Sample Letter to Slovak Archive

  • Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors

Click on the link below to order:

Finding Your Ancestral Village in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Slovakia, Czechy, Ukraine, Galacia and Hungary – Second Edition; By John A. Hudik; Edited and Updated by Lisa A. Alzo; 2018; 196 pp; Soft Cover; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-6289-095-1; Item #: FR0118

German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany – 15% Off the 12 Days of Christmas Sale at FRPC

2018. november 25. 3:50:37

Sometime before the completion of Dr. Roger Minert’s 2016 book, German Census Records, 1816-1916, he found himself studying one of the best examples of residential registration he had found in four decades of Germanic family history research. The page established for Theresia Baumgärtner, who arrived in Würzburg from München in 1889, is replete with details about her partner and their illegitimate children. Roger began to research the origins of the practice of documenting strangers and foreigners in Germany – finding that the practice was used all over Germany – and goes back for centuries in some areas. Thus this book, German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany, was conceived.

German residential records are found in archives all over Germany, and yes – many have been microfilmed and are available through the Family History Library.

The study, and subsequent book identifies the registration of foreigners (Fremdenmeldung) in every German state early in the nineteenth century. Specific laws have been located in every one of the states existing after the withdrawal of French occupation forces by 1815 and the conclusion of the Congress of Vienna that same year, where many German state borders were re-drawn. In many cases, the earliest laws refer to decrees issued at previous times. As the leading member state of the North German League, the kingdom of Prussia was instrumental in the enactment of laws regarding mobility among German states. The Mobility Laws of 1867 provided that any citizen of any member state of the North German League (a majority of the German states at that time) had the right to move into any other member state, to purchase property, and to be employed or do business there. Any laws or rules regarding the registration of strangers enacted previously by member states were to remain in force.

This book, German state by German state, details the history of these records. Tremendous numbers of these records were made, in that residential registration is a fact of life in Germany, an idea that’s foreign to American researchers. The volume not only details the laws for each historic area of the Germany Empire, but includes examples, and state-by-state information on accessing these documents.

The new book in soft and hard cover. FRPC is offering 15% off during the 12 Days of Christmas sale. Order your soft cover copy by clicking on this link today. The volume is also available in hard cover.

German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany; Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2018; Soft Cover; 193 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-1-62859-214-6; Item #: FR0652.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • A History of Residential Registration in Germany
  • Chapter 1: Anhalt
  • Chapter 2: Baden
  • Chapter 3: Bayern (Bavaria)
  • Chapter 4: Brandenburg
  • Chapter 5: Braunschweig (Brunswick)
  • Chapter 6: Bremen (Hansestadt Bremen)
  • Chapter 7: Elsaß-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine)
  • Chapter 8: Hamburg (Hansestadt Hamburg)
  • Chapter 9: Hannover (Hanover)
  • Chapter 10: Hessen (Hesse)
  • Chapter 11: Hessen-Nassau (Hesse-Nassau)
  • Chapter 12: Hohenzollern
  • Chapter 13: Lippe
  • Chapter 14: Lübeck (Hansestadt Lübeck, Luebeck)
  • Chapter 15: Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Chapter 16: Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Chapter 17: Oldenburg
  • Chapter 18: Ostpreußen (East Prussia)
  • Chapter 19: Pommern (Pomerania)
  • Chapter 20: Posen
  • Chapter 21: Reuß älterer Linie (Reuss Elder Line)
  • Chapter 22: Reuß jüngerer Linie (Reuß Younger Line)
  • Chapter 23: Rheinprovinz (Rhineland Province)
  • Chapter 24: Sachsen-Altenburg (Saxe-Altenburg)
  • Chapter 25: Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)
  • Chapter 26: Königreich Sachsen (Kingdom of Saxony)
  • Chapter 27: Sachsen-Meiningen (Saxe-Meiningen)
  • Chapter 28: Provinz Sachsen (Province of Saxony)
  • Chapter 29: Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach)
  • Chapter 30: Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Chapter 31: Schlesien (Silesia)
  • Chapter 32: Schleswig-Holstein
  • Chapter 33: Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • Chapter 34: Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
  • Chapter 35: Waldeck
  • Chapter 36: Westfalen (Westphalia)
  • Chapter 37: Westpreußen (West Prussia)
  • Chapter 38: Württemberg (Wuerttemberg)
  • Appendix A: Writing to Archives in Germany, France, and Poland
  • Appendix B: Conducting Residential Research in Archives in Germany, France, and Poland
  • Appendix C: The States of the German Empire from 1871 to 1918
  • Appendix D: Glossary
  • Index
  • About the Author

Following are comments made about German Residential Records for Genealogists:

  • Wouldn’t you know! Roger P. Minert has pounced on still another German research topic. And he’s shared it with German family historians. We’ve known for a long time about the existence of these residential registration records, but we’ve not known much of anything about how to put those records to work in our own research. Now we can learn not only the background of these records – what this “signing in” and “signing out” business was all about through German centuries – but most important – now we can learn how to go about finding these ancestral “traveling around” records. When Minert recently found dramatic examples of these long-ago German “comings and goings” records, they lighted a spark in him that fired up this book.
    Shirley Riemer, author, and German genealogy research professional
  • Roger Minert has done it again! He has discovered yet another German record type that is universal, of utmost value to family historians, not widely recognized as a genealogical source, and has shown us how to use it. This time it is residential registrations. Minert describes the genesis of his book and the German legal basis behind such records, and he elucidates terms such as Polizei and Fremde and Heimat that can be misleading to Americans. Following the same format he successfully used in his groundbreaking German census book, German state by German state, he methodically spells out each state’s laws, provides sample record forms or records, and suggests how best to obtain records from archives. Hint: Local is best. I can vouch for the usefulness of this type of record. When I recently obtained my father’s citizenship file from USCIS, I was amazed to learn his place of residence every day from birth until his emigration from two jurisdictions in Schleswig-Holstein, including the exact dates when he went to work on my uncle’s farm in different years and when he came back to his parental home. Each local residential registration office keeps records of all arrivals and departures of everybody, and he needed to document his good standing with the residential policing authority in each place in order to get his visa to emigrate. Like German census records, residential registration records are underrepresented in FHL microfilm and internet sites and hardly ever used as a genealogical source even by Germans, partly because they are described by many dissimilar terms in different areas. But at least now we know how to look for them, thanks to Minert’s book.
    Ernie Thode – author, researcher, and lecturer in Germanic family history

About the Author
Roger P. Minert is a Nebraska native with ancestry in Hannover, Baden, Sachsen-Provinz, and Württemberg. He received his doctoral degree from the Ohio State University in German language history and second language acquisition theory. He taught German language and history for ten years, and then became a professional family history researcher. Accredited by the Family History Library for research in Germany and Austria, he has more than 38,000 hours of research experience. In August 2003, Dr. Minert became a professor of family history at Brigham Young University. The author of more than 150 books and articles, he is currently directing the research project “German Immigrants in American Church Records” that has already resulted in 25 large hard-bound volumes under this title. His next publication will be a book entitled “Austrian Family History Research: Sources and Methods.” He and his wife Jeanne have four daughters and 21 grandchildren.

The volume is also be available in a hard back edition.

German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany; Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2018; Soft Cover; 193 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-1-62859-214-6; Item #: FR0652.

Map Guide to German Parish Registers Vol. 1-57 – On Sale 25% Off & FREE USA Shipping During the 12 Days of Christmas Sale at FRPC

2018. november 25. 3:39:52


To Kick off the 12 Days of Christmas Sale, Family Roots Publishing is putting all the German Map Guides – soft cover editions – on sale for 25% off. That makes them just $26.21 each. Click on the links to learn more about each of the titles – and/or to order.

All USA orders of $25 or more placed at the FRPC website receive FREE USA shipping during the 12 Days of Christmas sale.

Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volumes were principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

The online description of each book includes an index listing every town found in that book. To search across the entire database for any particular German town, Click here, enter the name of the town in the Search Box, click on “Description Only,” and then click Search. Note that many town names can be found in multiple books, as there are often multiple towns by any paricular name.

Each volume of the series does the following:


  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions. 

If you know the name of your town, but do not know where it might be in Germany, you may use the search engine at the FRPC website to locate which book it might be found in. The Product Search box is found in the upper left-hand corner. Don’t use the “Advanced Search,” just use the Product Search box on the home page. Enter the name of the town, and click on GO. Some town names are found in more than one place in Germany – and will be listed in multiple books – so knowing the German State of origin is helpful.

Books covering the following old German states are now available:

The F.T. Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree In Italy – 20% Off During the Cyber-Week Sale

2018. november 24. 21:18:28

FRPC again brought in a stock of The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Italy, by Melanie D. Holtz, and we’re running a 20% off sale on the volume during the annual Cyber-Week. The book is just $21.59, Reg. $26.99. Click on the illustration or links to order. While supplies last!

Learn how to discover your Italian ancestors with this comprehensive guide to using Italian records and genealogy websites. This guide teaches you how to find your ancestors in Italian census and birth, marriage and death records, plus how to use Italian maps and understand Italian-language records.

Say “ciao” to your Italian ancestors! This in-depth guide will walk you through the exciting journey of researching your Italian famiglia both here and in Italy. Inside, you’ll find tips for every phase of Italian genealogy research, from identifying your immigrant ancestor and pinpointing his hometown to uncovering records of him in Italian archives.

Whether your ancestors hail from the island of Sicily or the hills of Piedmont, The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track your family in Italy.

The Family Tree Guide to Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree In Italy; by Melanie D. Holtz; 2017; Soft Cover; 7×9; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-4403-4905-8; Item #: IG06

The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide features:

  • Basic information on starting your family history research, including how to trace your immigrant ancestor back to Italy
  • Strategies for uncovering genealogy records (including passenger lists, draft cards, and birth, marriage, and death records) from both the United States and Italy, with annotated sample records
  • Crash-course guides to Italian history, geography and names
  • Helpful Italian genealogical word lists
  • Sample letters for requesting records from Italian archives

You’ll love The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide if…

  • You just discovered Italian heritage in your family tree and want to know how to learn more about your ancestors
  • You’ve hit a brick wall in your Italian research and need some new leads and techniques
  • You’re fascinated by Italian culture and history want to know more

Here are some tips you’ll find in The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide:

  • Ask the living. If you have family members living in Italy, don’t hesitate to ask them about mystery documents. They can often provide great insight into why these records were created.
  • Control your borders. As you research, be careful with Italian towns near current provincial or regional borders. You may find they belonged to a different province or region at one time. Tracking the movements of the documents in these situations can sometimes be difficult. However, the provincial archives for the areas in question should give you some guidance.
  • Consider the geography.The physical features of your ancestors’ homeland can often tell you more about them and why they made the decisions they did. For example, one of my ancestors came from a small town in Sicily called Isnello. After finding the birthplace address for this ancestor and viewing a topographical map of the cliffside neighborhood, I could better understand why she felt right at home against the mountainside in Pittsburgh.

About The Author: Melanie D. Holtz

Melanie D. Holtz, CG is a full-time professional genealogist and owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, an international business that maintains offices in both the United States and Italy. She travels frequently to Italy, expanding her skills in genealogy, history, and language. In 2010, Melanie became a board-certified genealogist and has worked as a professional genealogist for fourteen years. Her love of travel and the Italian language played a large part in the vocation she chose.

Melanie lectures and writes on Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. She’s written courses for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree University, and the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Melanie lectures around the country to various Italian organizations, historical societies, or at genealogical conferences.

As a former board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and chair of APG’s Professional Development Committee, she was an advocate for professionalism within the field of genealogy, mentorship, and expanded educational offerings within the organization. Melanie is also a co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, a business that offers Institute quality genealogical education using a virtual platform.

Contents of the The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide:


Part 1: Linking Your Family Tree to Italy

  • Chapter 1: Discovering Your Italian Heritage
  • Chapter 2: Jump-Starting Your Italian Research
  • Chapter 3: Identifying Your Immigrant Ancestors

Part 2: Getting to Know the Old Country

  • Chapter 4: Understanding Italian History
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Italian Geography
  • Chapter 6: Deciphering Italian: Language, Names, and Surnames

Part 3: Tracing Your Family in Italy

  • Chapter 7: Civil Records
  • Chapter 8: Church Records
  • Chapter 9: Census and Taxation Records
  • Chapter 10: Notarial Records
  • Chapter 11: Military Records
  • Chapter 12: Other Records

Part 4: Advanced Sources and Strategies

  • Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Case Studies
  • Chapter 14: What to Do When You Get Stuck
  • Appendix A: Publications and Websites
  • Appendix B: Italian Provinces and Archives
  • Appendix C: Sample Letters to Request Records
  • Appendix D: Italian Genealogical Word Lists

The Family Tree Guide to Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree In Italy; by Melanie D. Holtz; 2017; Soft Cover; 7×9; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-4403-4905-8; Item #: IG06

The F.T. Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland – 20% Off During the Cyber-Week Sale

2018. november 22. 22:19:11

FRPC again brought in a stock of The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland, by Claire Santry, and we’re running a 20% off sale on the volume during the annual Cyber-Week sale. The book is just $21.59, Reg. $26.99. Click on the illustration or links to order. While supplies last!

Your Irish ancestors are calling! Dig deeper into your family’s history with this complete guide to Irish genealogy. This book will take you step-by-step through researching ancestors from Ireland, from understanding genealogy basics to applying advanced research techniques to your family tree. You’ll learn how to identify your immigrant ancestors, then how to use passenger lists, naturalization records, marriage certificates, census records and more to pinpoint the immigrant’s place of origin. And once you’ve traced your ancestors back to Ireland, this book will show you how to use records from the old country to research further up your family tree. With chapters explaining the old country’s history, geography and administrative divisions, plus sections about finding civil registration, church records, wills, deeds and other traces your ancestors left behind, this book has all the answers you need to find your ancestors hiding in records. The book’s appendices also feature guides to Irish archives, libraries and heritage centers, plus a list of the best Irish genealogy websites and publications to consult for further study.

Whether you’re just getting into genealogy or you’ve been searching in Ireland for years, this comprehensive how-to guide will give you the tools you need to discover your Irish heritage.

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland; by Claire Santry; 2017; 240 pp; Soft Cover; 7×9; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-4403-4880-8; Item #: IG05

You’ll love The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide if:

  • You just discovered Irish heritage in your family tree and want to know how to learn more about your ancestors
  • You’ve hit a brick wall in your Irish research and need some new leads and techniques
  • You’re fascinated by Irish culture and history want to know more

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide features:

  • Tips and techniques for identifying your Irish immigrant ancestor and tracing him back to Europe
  • Crash-course guides to Irish naming conventions, history and geography
  • Maps of administrative divisions to help you identify the civil and military records your ancestors would have created
  • Case studies that apply concepts to real-life research problems
  • Lists of resources for further research, including Irish archives, heritage centers and genealogy websites

Excerpt: Sample Tips – Here are some tips you’ll find in The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide:

  • Treat family stories as clues. Stories handed down through generations may be based on fact, but they may have changed (intentionally or not) along the way. Indeed, some may bear little resemblance to the historical reality. As a result, treat family stories as clues that inspire further research, rather than proven facts.
  • Catch the ship in Derry. Immigrants from the Ulster counties of Derry, Donegal, and Tyrone used the port of Londonderry as their preferred route to North America in the mid-nineteenth century. The passenger lists from two companies out of Londonderry are the subject of Irish Passenger Lists, 1847-1871 by Brian Mitchell (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008). This book includes the names and residences in Ireland of more than twenty-seven thousand passengers to North America, many disembarking in Philadelphia. The book can also be accessed on
  • Extend your search to adjacent parishes. In the nineteenth century, new Catholic parishes were created in Ireland, and the boundaries of many parishes changed. As a result, you may find earlier records for your ancestors’ locality in the registers of an adjoining parish.

About The Author: Claire Santry

A full-time freelance journalist for more than thirty years, Claire Santry has three specialities: Irish genealogy, architecture, and travel. She has written for many Irish, UK, and US newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Belfast News Letter, the Washington Post, Visitor Ireland, Britain, Family Tree (UK), and Family Tree Magazine (US), and publishes both the well-established Irish Genealogy News blog and its stablemate website Irish Genealogy Toolkit. She is a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and editor of its monthly members bulletin, which carries news of record releases and other developments in Irish family history.

Claire’s work has taken her to many far flung corners of the globe, and she lived and worked in Paris, France, for a spell, but she now divides her time between England and Ireland. When she finally packs away her suitcase, she and her husband plan to settle near her childhood home in County Carlow.

Contents of the The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide:


Part 1: Linking Your Family Tree to Ireland

  • Chapter 1: Discovering Your Irish Heritage
  • Chapter 2: Jump-Starting Your Irish Research
  • Chapter 3: Identifying Your Immigrant Ancestor

Part 2: Getting to Know the Old Country

  • Chapter 4: Understanding Irish History
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Irish Geography
  • Chapter 6: Deciphering Irish Names and Surnames
  • Chapter 7: Civil Registrations
  • Chapter 8: Church Records
  • Chapter 9: Census Records
  • Chapter 10: Land and Property Records
  • Chapter 11: Printed Sources
  • Chapter 12: Probate, Law & Order, Military, and Occupation Records

Part 3: Using Advanced Sources and Strategies

  • Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Case Studies
  • Chapter 14: What to Do When You Get Stuck
  • Appendix A: Latin in Irish Catholic Parish Registers
  • Appendix B: Irish Genealogy Research Societies
  • Appendix C: Irish Graveyard Research
  • Appendix D: Archives, Libraries, and Other Repositories in Ireland
  • Appendix E: County and Heritage Genealogy Centers
  • Appendix F: Publications and Websites

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland; by Claire Santry; 2017; 240 pp; Soft Cover; 7×9; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-4403-4880-8; Item #: IG05

New – Rhode Island: NGS Research in the States Series

2018. november 7. 2:12:57

The National Genealogical Society recently released several new guides for their Research in the States Series. One of them deals with the state of Rhode Island, and was written by Diane LacLean Boumenot and Maureen Alice Taylor.

Research in Rhode Island: NGS Research in the States Series; By Diane MacLean Boumenot and Maureen Alice Taylor; 2018, Soft Cover; Saddle-Stapled; 8.5×11; 40 p; ISBN: 978-1-935815-41-9; Item #: NGS39

Click on the illustration or the link to order.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Research in Rhode Island
Early History and Settlement
Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS)
  • Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS)
  • Rhode Island State Archives (RISA)
  • Other Facilities (In-State)