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Boston’s Mayflower Commemoration Opened by American Ancestors with Tributes to Pilgrims & the Wampanoag Nation

2019. május 17. 20:41:29

This announcement was made some time ago by NEHGS, but I seem to have failed to upload it. I think it’s better late than never in this case… enjoy…

April 17, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—the oldest and largest genealogical society in America—today held the first of a series of events in the U.S. commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower with a festive ceremony at their headquarters on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

An imposing replica of the Mayflower, the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the new world in 1620, was christened the Boston Mayflower and placed in the organization’s front courtyard to commemorate the significance of the event in the nation’s history. Unveiled adjacent to it was an artistic tribute to the people and culture of the Wampanoag Nation, the Native Americans who met the Pilgrims after their arrival in Plymouth harbor.
“The sailing of the Mayflower stands as an icon in American history. The Mayflower Compact was formative to our democracy. And we are just as committed to telling the Native American story,” said D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.
“As the largest nonprofit involved in the commemoration—with more than 260,000 members and millions of online users—we have a responsibility to educate people everywhere about this historic occasion,” Simons said. “We will carry out our work in many different ways—through events, tours, published scholarship, exhibitions, educational opportunities, and online research resources. We have had an important stake in telling this story since our founding in 1845 and we are dedicated to helping our members and the public connect to this important moment in American history,” he added.
The Boston Mayflower is a large replica of the iconic, square-rigged, 17th century vessel, measuring 10 ft. long x 10 ft. 10 in. high, and was crafted by marine artist Terrance “Terry” Geaghan of Bath, Maine. Anchored at the main entrance to American Ancestors on Newbury Street—one of Boston’s most-traveled pedestrian streets—it is constructed of eastern white pine. The replica was christened by Nancy S. Maulsby, of Greenwich, Conn., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.

In tribute to the Wampanoag people, an installation was unveiled by American Ancestors of a young Patuxet mother and child. Created by Steven Peters, creative director at SmokeSygnals, a Native American consultancy located in Mashpee, Mass., the piece depicts the tradition in which the Wampanoag people shared stories of family through the creation of intricately woven, beaded wampum belts. These belts included symbols that informed a narrative, recorded a treaty, or represented a legacy. Usually a collaboration of many tribal artisans, these most sacred belts were held by elders, spiritual leaders, and sachems and were often left unfinished for the story to continue.

At the ceremonies on Wednesday, a new exhibit, Origins and Legacy of the Mayflower, was opened in the first floor gallery of American Ancestors. It explores the origins of the Mayflower migration and its lasting legacy and presents the story of the Mayflower—the quintessential American story—across four centuries, expressed through items drawn from New England Historic Genealogical Society. The exhibit complements the two art installations in honoring and learning from the enduring legacies of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.  The art installations and the exhibit will be on view at the American Ancestors headquarters building through the end of the 2020 commemorative year.
Individuals around the world can trace their genealogical ties to one of the 26 Pilgrim families known to have left descendants. It is estimated that there are more than 35 million people today who are descended from a Pilgrim. American Ancestors offers its expertise in researching and documenting that lineage through its website at and through specialized Mayflower products and services. A guest membership in American Ancestors is free and allows the member to research their family history online and to explore their own connection to the Mayflower story. 

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), with its national headquarters located in Boston’s Back Bay, is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. NEHGS and its American Ancestors brand serve more than 260,000 members and millions of online users engaged in family history nationally and around the world. It is home to a world-class research library and archive, and an expert staff. NEHGS offers an award-winning genealogical research website at with more than 1.4 billion records and maintains a publishing division which produces original genealogical research, scholarship, and educational materials, including the Mayflower Descendant, a quarterly journal of Pilgrim genealogy and history.

Family History Library to Add Sunday Hours 1 to 5 PM & Monday Hours to 9 PM to Schedule – Begins June 2, 2019

2019. május 17. 20:30:37

The following news release is from FamilySearch.
May 08, 2019: The FamilySearch Family History Library, one of Salt Lake City’s top attractions and the world’s largest genealogy library, will extend its hours of operation beginning Sunday, June 2, 2019. For the first time, the main floor of the library, including the FamilySearch Discovery Experiences, will be open on Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and extended to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays. Regular library hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The library is free to the public.

The addition of Sunday hours and extended Monday hours will allow more individuals and families to take advantage of the library’s rich, fun, and interactive discovery activities. On Sundays, services will be limited to the main floor of the library, with its immersive, interactive discovery experiences and 68 computers that provide free access to premium family history websites and digital collections. Guest support will be provided by a research specialist and local consultants. On Monday through Saturday, the library will be fully staffed and will continue to offer full services on all floors.

“Family history is a family activity,” explained David Rencher, the director of the Family History Library. “We are excited to extend our hours so that families can better connect, discover, and gather their families—both living and dead.”

Through fun, hands-on activities, the 10,000 square feet of discovery experiences at the Family History Library provide people of all ages a personal way to explore and experience their heritage. The attraction offers more than 100 custom iPads, 44 touch-screen monitors, and 42 computers. Six recording studios enable guests to create free, high-definition audio and video recordings of family members and preserve treasured memories for future generations.

The library serves hundreds of thousands of guests yearly from all parts of the world. They come specifically seeking elusive ancestors in the family tree or are merely curious to see what they can discover about themselves while passing through Salt Lake City. In addition to free access to the world’s historical genealogical records, the library also offers free family history classes and webinars on various topics and accommodates field trips, bus tours, and group events.

“We are always looking at ways to make our amazing resources more accessible to our guests and to make their visit to the library more inviting and welcoming,” said Lynn Turner, a manager at the Family History Library.

The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City, west of Historic Temple Square. The phone number is 1-801-240-6996.

Dollarhide’s Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides Series – 30% Off For the 2019 Memorial Day Sale

2019. május 17. 19:02:59

For 18 months in 2017 & 2018, Bill Dollarhide went about compiling a series of Censuses & Substitute Names Lists volumes. There are now 52 books – each from 75 to 120 pages in length. The volumes running alphabetically from Alabama through Michigan are all second editions, as the first edition books were written from 2013 through 2015. The Second Edition books have all expanded by 10 to 30 pages each). All 52 books are very current in their information, as they were all written in 2017 and 2018.

FRPC has decided to offer the print edition books at 30% off for our annual Memorial Day Sale. By the way, for a limited time, buy the printed volume and get the PDF eBook as an immediate download – and start researching instantly! The Printed Books (with free PDF eBook) are just $13.27 each. This is the lowest price we’ve ever offered on these popular volumes. This offer is only good through May 31, 2019- so order today!

To go to the Secure FRPC website and browse the list of all 52 Printed books, click here.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Censuses & Substitute Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what censuses and substitute name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Censuses & substitute name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Censuses & Substitute Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does each volume give a detailed bibliography of censuses & substitute name lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co.:


Introduction to German Family History Research for Australians; by Eric Kopittke; 2017; 68 pp; 5.75×8.25; paper; Indexed; ISBN: 9781925323733; Item #: RUTP0203

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for Australians in researching their family history from Germany, or a German speaking area, is knowing where and how to start. But once you’ve started you often find that the amount of detail that is available in German records exceeds that of comparable English records.

It goes without saying that some understanding of the history of the region helps the researcher better understand the lives of their ancestors (the same goes for any region), and this book helps with that.

It also takes the reader through the issues surrounding names of people and places that tend to confuse the beginner, and it points to records that can be accessed from within Australia as well as those overseas from Australia that are able to provide the foundation upon which research into our German ancestors can be built.

An increasing variety of material, including maps, gazetteers, census records, newspapers, passenger lists and some civil records of birth, marriage and death, and church records of baptisms, marriage burial have been digitized and indexed and are being made available online. This book gives guidance as to how to access these.

But it’s not all online by any stretch of the imagination, and the reader is reminded of the value of being part of a family history, genealogy or local history organization, both locally and overseas. Of course the German records are written in German, usually in old German script, but a range of tools exist that will help you to make sense of these … and there’s more than like a number of more experienced researchers in local societies who would be happy to help as well.


  • Introduction
  • A brief overview of German history
    • Holy Roman Empire
    • Reformation
    • Thirty Years War
    • Prussia
    • French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
    • Zollverein – Customs Union
    • Schleswig-Holstein
    • German Empire 1871-1919
    • Between the wars
    • Following World War II
  • Getting started
  • Identifying the immigrant ancestor
  • German spelling and pronunciation
  • What’s in a name?
    • Surnames
    • Given names
    • Traps with names from German language records
  • German place names
    • Geogen
    • Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs
    • Kartenmeister
  • Maps
    • Historical maps of Middle Europe
    • Ravenstein Atlas des deutschen reichs 1883
    • Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB)
    • Third military mapping survey of Austria-Hungary
    • GeoGRIEF – Griefswald
    • Mapster
    • Google Street View
  • German migration to Australia
    • Early Germans in Australia
    • Germans in South Australia
    • Germans in Queensland
    • Germans in New South Wales
    • Germans in Victoria
    • Gold rushes and other mining
  • Passenger lists
    • Departure lists
    • Arrival lists
  • Birth, marriage and death certificates from Germany
    • Accessing German birth, marriage and death certificates
    • The former German Eastern Territories
  • Church records of baptism, marriage and burial
    • Baptism records
    • Marriage records
    • Burial records
    • Confirmation records
  • Local family books (Ortsfamilienbücher)
  • German census records
    • Elsaß-Lothringer (alsace-Lorraine)
    • Hannover
    • Lübeck
    • Mecklenburg-Schwerin
    • Schaumburg-Lippe
    • Schleswig-Holstein
    • Westfalen
  • Cemeteries
  • Directories
  • Military
  • Newspapers
  • Genealogical and family histories societies
    • In Australia
    • In Germany
  • Conclusion
  • Index

Two Books Now Printing in the USA – On the Facebook Generation & Google – for Genealogists

2019. március 28. 1:08:05

Family Roots Publishing recently picked up the printing rights to two popular guides, and FRPC currently has an Internet-site promotion on them at 15% off.

The titles are:

Harnessing the Facebook Generation, by Janet Few
Google – the Genealogist’s Friend, by Helen V. Smith

Following are details on each book:

Google: The Genealogist’s Friend; by Helen V. Smith; 2016; 52 pp; 5.75×8.25; index; paperback; ISBN: 9781925323450; Item #: RUTP0182

Everyone knows Google as the most used search engine in the world, but for genealogists it can do so much more to further their family history research.

Finding an image of the ship on which your ancestor went to war, using Street view to walk the streets of your ancestral area, translating that document, finding that distant cousin who has the photos of family bible, mapping their migration path – these are just some of the ways you can use Google in your family history.


  • Just Google it!
  • Google search
    • Automatic AND
    • OR
    • Quotation marks
    • Wildcard (*)
    • Excluding terms
    • Tilde
    • Search for specific file types
    • AROUND ()
    • Number range
    • Other operators
    • Use Google’s Advanced Search form
    • Cached sites
  • Google Alerts
  • Google Images
    • Reverse image search
  • Google Accounts
    • Gmail
    • Google Keep
    • Google Calendar
    • Google Drive
    • Google Docs
    • Google Sheets
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drawings
    • Google Forms
  • Google Translate
    • Translate text
    • Translate documents
    • Translate web sites to any language
    • Finding documents
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Groups
  • YouTube: more than cat videos
  • Google Books
    • Searching the database
    • My library
  • Google News
  • Google Scholar
  • Google Blogs: Blogger
  • Google Patents
  • Picasa
    • Web Albums
    • Facial recognition
    • Backups
  • Google Photos
  • Google Maps
    • Panoramio
    • My Maps
  • Google Earth
  • Index

Harnessing the Facebook Generation: Ideas for Involving Young People in Family History and Heritage; by Janet Few; 2016; 48 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w photos, index, paperback; ISBN: 9781925323320; Item #: RUTP0263

Despite its title, this book is not about how to set up a Facebook page, how to Tweet, or how to create a website. Instead, it is about ensuring a future for our research. It is about why we should be concerned about doing this and how we can go about making sure that our family’s history is not only preserved, but enhanced when we are no longer able to be its custodian. It is about presenting our hobby in a way that is attractive to all age groups. This is a book for grown-ups who want to inspire their descendants and other young people, with a love of history and heritage.

It is a thought-provoking look at how we can encourage the next generation of family historians and why we might want to do so. Suggestions cover activities, outings, toys, games, books and ways of exploiting the internet in order to motivate and enthuse young people, even toddlers.


  • Introduction
  • Meet the Facebook generation
  • Overcoming barriers to involving young people
    • The children in my family live too far away
    • I have no children in my family
    • The children in my family are too young
    • The children in my family aren’t interested
  • Books, magazine, films and websites
    • Books aimed at the under 5s
    • Books aimed at the 5-7 year olds
    • Books aimed at the 8-11 year olds
    • Books aimed at young people from the age of 12
  • Toys and games
  • Exploiting technology and the world of social media
  • Visits, re-enactments and reunions
  • Children like to do and touch
  • Other activities
  • Ideas for the under fives
  • Books and websites
  • Index

New – The Cowkeeper’s Wish – A Genealogical Journey

2019. március 27. 21:52:41

The Cowkeeper’s Wish is, by far, one of the best-written family histories I have seen. The vast majority of family histories are written by folks with good intentions, but lacking in the skills to make the story broadly interesting to anyone other than the descendants and relatives. This is not the case with The Cowkeeper’s Wish. The volume is written by Tracy Kasaboski & Kristen Den Hartog. The authors are sisters, and both have written award-winning books in the past. The 448-page book is family history at its best. The story of the family is interwoven with the social history of the places and times in which the characters lived. It starts out in the 1840s, with the young cowkeeper, Benjamin Jones, and his wife, Margaret Davies, walking from their rural home in coastal Wales to the city of London, England – herding their cows the entire way. They settled in on Red Cross Street in the Borough of Southwerk. This was a miserable slum, a “black hole,” made up of the very worst of housing, bleak workhouses, and insane asylums. Crime, as well as notorious & enticing pubs were everywhere. The family was caught in the worst of situations, living and dying in wretched poverty – with some spending much of their lives in the workhouses and asylums. Sickness and death was a common occurrence in the Borough – often touching the family. But in spite of the grinding poverty, over time family members clawed their way out and escaped.

The Cowkeeper’s Wish goes on to follow the family through history – Victorian, and Edwardian England, World War I, and the depression. It is told in a wonderfully written narrative covering nearly one hundred years – and follows the family from London, England to London, Ontario, Canada.

Starting with yellowed photographs and family trees, the sisters searched archives, newspapers, and histories. They tracked down the long-forgotten London streets, pubs and factories that had such an affect on their ancestor’s lives. Then they pieced it all together with the wider history – the social history, telling a compelling story that is of interest to far more than just “family.”

Those interested in history will find The Cowkeeper’s Wish to be of great interest. It’s a “good read.” The book is also one of the best examples I’ve seen of how to write a compelling family history. I was impressed with the “Notes” portion of the book, found at the end. It goes on for many pages of fine print – listing the sources used in the writing. Good genealogists love sources!

The Cowkeeper’s Wish – A Genealogical Journey, by Tracy Kasaboski & Kristen Den Hartog; 2019; Published by Douglas & McIntrye; Distributed in USA by Publishers Group West; Cloth Volume with Jacket; 448 pp; 30 B&W photographs; ISBM 978-1-77162-202-8; $32.95 USD; Available at Amazon with Prime free shipping.

The Jewish History of Olivia Newton-John

2019. március 26. 23:32:49

Olivia Newton-John has long been one of my favorite artists. So I was intrigued when I ran across this article about her Jewish ancestry. Following is a teaser from the article written by Seth Rogovoy and posted at March 25, 2019.

In a recent celebrity memoir, the author writes, “In 1933, my Jewish grandfather fled from Germany with his wife, Hedwig, to escape Hitler’s regime. He was not only a brilliant mind but also a humanitarian who helped Jews escape Germany. I’m extremely proud of my peace-loving grandfather.” The grandfather was Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born, one of the founders of quantum mechanics and a longtime friend of Albert Einstein. The granddaughter, which might come as a surprise to some, is Olivia Newton-John.

In fact, the English-born Australian singer/actress has plenty of yikhes to spread around. Her maternal great-grandfather was prominent German-Jewish jurist Victor Ehrenberg; her father was a British intelligence officer who took Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess into custody during World War II; and she also traces her ancestry back to Protestant theologian Martin Luther.

Read the full article.

Listen to Olivia Newton-John sing Let Me Be There (with lyrics) at YouTube – one of my favorites – the ultimate feel-good song.

TheGenealogist Announces Map Explorer – A Powerful New Map Tool to Help Trace British Properties Through Time

2019. március 26. 22:54:47

The following was received from Nick Thorne at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist’s latest innovation helps you find an ancestor’s property and watch the landscape change over time. The team have georeferenced their Lloyd George Maps for Greater London which are available at launch, with further exciting developments planned for the coming months.

  • TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer displays maps for different historical periods up to the modern day
  • Maps are fully searchable by county, parish, street and even postcode
  • Zoom down to show the individual properties as they were at the time
  • Use the transparency slider to reveal a modern street map underneath
  • Change the modern base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today
  • Georeferenced pins link to the records for each property
  • Display county or parish boundaries
  • Find out more and watch the video at

The powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps overlaid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view, letting you see where your ancestor’s house is today.

To complement the launch of the new Map Explorer, TheGenealogist has also released historic Ordnance Survey maps covering England, Scotland and Wales between the 1890’s and 1960’s. These have also been georeferenced, allowing you to see how the landscape changed over time.

These maps have been divided up into 3 types of layer that can be viewed on top of each other like sheets of paper –  you can then change the transparency of a layer to view the layers below.

The Base Layer
This is the modern layer, which can be used to select a modern OS Map, Open Street Map or a Bing Satellite Image.

The Historic Layer
The historic layer can be used to select a range of OS maps from the 1890’s to the 1960’s

Record Set Layer
This layer provides access to map record sets such as the Lloyd George Domesday, or the soon to be launched Georeferenced Tithe Maps. Keep an eye out as further record sets are added to this layer in the future. This layer also has the ability to show “Pins”, these are map markers that link directly to the records so you can see who was living in a particular property.

[The new Map Explorer from TheGenealogist, going from a historic map to satellite view]

The new Map Explorer has several tools to aid researchers, such as the “Place Search”.  This allows you to enter a postcode or address (either Modern or Historic) and jump to that location on the maps.

Further tools let you see county and parish boundaries and even historic “Wards”, which were the areas that the Lloyd George Domesday Survey were divided into.

[Map showing coverage now available for Lloyd George Domesday Maps]

Researchers are now able to view Lloyd George Domesday Maps for the Greater London Area (Survey books for this area are being released ward by ward over the coming months).

Now you can pinpoint properties old and new with TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer.

Find out more and watch the video at

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of March 25, 2019

2019. március 26. 22:16:23

The following was received from FamilySearch March 26, 2019:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— FamilySearch added new, free, indexed historical records this week from France, Germany, Peru, Sweden, and the United States: Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Country Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments


France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932



Added indexed records to an existing collection


Germany, Bavaria, Middle Franconia, Brenner Collection of Genealogical Records, 1550-1900



Added indexed records to an existing collection


Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1935-1999



Added indexed records to an existing collection


Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016



Added indexed records to an existing collection


Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577-1907; index 1625-1860



Added images to an existing collection

United States

Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

Idaho, Bingham County Historical Society, Bingham County Records, 1885-1920



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

Indiana, World War I Enrollment Cards, 1919



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

Maine, State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

South Carolina, Chesterfield County, Original Marriage licenses, 1911-1951



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

Texas, Gonzales County, Divorce Records, 1911-1958



New indexed records collection

United States

Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008



Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States

West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.













Voices of Second World War Veterans

2019. március 26. 21:38:55

The following teaser is from an article posted March 25, 2019 at
The voices of Second World War veterans and their relatives are being recorded to mark the 75th anniversary of some of the conflict’s most momentous battles.

Their stories will be captured for an online sound archive created by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
‘Voices of Liberation’ has been set up to commemorate more than 100,000 service personnel who died in 1944.
The public will be able to explore and range of recordings and add their own.

Read the full article at:
Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the Heads-Up.