Volume V, Issue 5
FAMILY HISTORY NEWSLETTER May 2011
PERSONAL ANCESTRAL FILE IS HELPFUL PROGRAMS ENDORSED
STILL PROMOTED BY THE BY THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHURCH CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Ancestral Quest Basics
Gaia Family Tree
Get My Ancestors
Legacy Family Tree
MagiKey Family Tree
Personal Ancestral File Ordinance Tracker
Personal Ancestral File
Version 5.2, Windows RootsMagic Essentials
PAF is a free desktop genealogy and family
history program for Windows. It allows you to Again, if you go to the welcome page
quickly and easily collect, organize and share of New FamilySearch, click on this
your family history and genealogy information. statement: Click here for free, trial,
Get started today: and other products for the new
Genealogy News is a monthly
This information is available on the Welcome
publication of Family History
page of new.familysearch.org. While the
Church is not continuing to upgrade the Consultants of the York 2nd Ward, York,
program, it is still a very user friendly Pennsylvania
program. It is still a good idea to keep a Jack and Sylvia Sonneborn.
personal record of your family history in You may contact the editors at
addition to nFS. New FamilySearch is for email@example.com
deceased ancestors. So if you want to keep firstname.lastname@example.org
a record of the births of children, This is not an official publication of The
grandchildren, nephews and nieces, etc., you
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
should keep this information in another
program, and the FREE PAF will work for
USING CEMETERIES 3. www.usgwtombstones.org
(US GenWeb Tombstone
TO DO FAMILY Transcription Program)
HISTORY RESEARCH 4. funeralnet.com (To find
Because we have just honored our
deceased on Memorial Day, this is a
(To find obituaries)
month to consider ways that we can
use cemetery stones to learn more of
the details of our deceased ancestors
or friends. The Susquehanna Trail
(Lots of good cemetery
Genealogy Club used this topic to
explore some of the many websites
that are available for family history
BERNADETTE LIVINGSTON TOLD
8. military.com (Find veterans
Bernadette Livingston featured Find a
and veterans cemetery
Grave, which is available at
findagrave.com. She encouraged club records)
members to check out the site and to
do a search for some of their
ancestors. They can either use a first www.FamilyLink.com/Genealo
and last name or just a last name to gy (Indiana cemetery records)
find everyone in the website with that
last name. She explained that this is
a nice way to honor our deceased ths.htm#States
ancestors and to contribute to the
site with information and photos of
our own loved ones. She mentioned esearch.htm?q=cemetery+pho
that this can be a controversial idea tos&SUName=genealogy
[Excellent site for cemetery
because some people do not want to
post private details on this website.
SOME SITES THAT FEATURE
HARRY SENFT DISCUSSED HIS
CEMETERY PHOTOS AND
OBITUARIES PROJECT TO PHOTOGRAPH ALL
YORK COUNTY CEMETERIES
Sylvia Sonneborn compiled a list of
websites to check to look for Since we are from York County,
Pennsylvania, we next asked Harry
tombstones and obituaries:
Senft of Dover to present information
1. http://www.findagrave.com on the work he has been doing in the
2. interment.net local cemeteries. His goal has been
to digitize all cemeteries in York
County, and many in Adams County, What camera setting do you use? – I
with special emphasis on York. always use the landscape mode, and I
adjust the settings for light and dark.
He presented information about
photographing cemeteries. How long does it take you to photograph
a cemetery? – It depends. I can take
What motivated you to begin to over 1,000 pictures within 3 hours.
photograph tombstones? One day I was
copying information from a headstone, Have you ever had any problems getting
and I remembered that I have a digital into a cemetery to photograph it? – Only
camera. At first I only took photos of one, but because of e-mail from family
the families that I was interested in. history friends, the cemetery manager
Then I noted that I was missing other changed his mind.
family members in the cemetery. After
my first disk, I decided to do all of the What is the largest cemetery that you
headstones in the cemetery. Since then I have ever photographed? - Prospect Hill,
have redone every cemetery that was on 30,000 pictures.
the Disk # 1 except Mummert’s
Cemetery in Adams County, because How many cemeteries have you
Kathy Francis has been working on that photographed? 265 cemeteries, about
one. 216,000 photos.
What are some of the tricks that you How much longer are you going to
have learned to get the best photograph cemeteries? – At least until
photographs? all are done in York County.
Time of Day – It depends on where the Where can we find your cemeteries
sun is shining; sometimes if the sun is posted online? -
shining on the back of the stone, the
quality of the photo isn’t as good as it is PLACES TO ACCESS HARRY
if the sun was shining on it or not at all. SENFT’S CEMETERY
I like the morning and the late afternoon PHOTOGRAPHS
the best for the flat stones. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.
com/~payork/ (Posted by Don
Season – I like early spring because I do
not have to worry about the grass and Jeanine Hartman)
growing over the stones.
How do you photograph old, moss- cestry.com/familyhart/pictures
covered tombstones? – Sometimes I /HarrySenft/ (Harry Senft’s site
clean them off with a wire brush, but
that is not the best thing to use because
it can damage the stone.
What kind of camera do you use and pa/york/yccemeteries.htm
how can you protect a camera to extend (Kathy Francis)
its life? - The first couple of years I used
a digital HP camera, and then two years http://www.usgwarchives.net/
ago, I changed to a Canon. I just pa/adams/accemeteries.htm
extended my warranty for three more
Adams County Cemeteries all
years (because he has worn out a
number of cameras.) indexed by Kathy (Mummert)
Francis, (some taken by Harry 3. Often the birth date
4. Or the age at which the
http://theotherdisneys.com/pe person died, like 56 y 2 m 3 d
In addition, there are other
Harry Senft Photos Index by valuable pieces of information
Carmeron Darby of Barrens that you can glean from
Salem Union Cemetery (Now tombstones.
United Lutheran Cemetery)
and Dillsburg Cemetery that ―Cemeteries are living lessons in
goes to the Hartmans’ web history. People who buried their
dead said much about themselves
and the ones who had died. While
not considered a primary
area-cemeteries/ A blog by
information source, gravestones
are an excellent source of dates,
SYLVIA SONNEBORN birthplaces, maiden names,
INTRODUCED THE NATIONAL spouses' names and parents'
TOMBSTONE TRANSCRIPTION names. They can also provide
PROJECT evidence of military service,
membership in a fraternal
1. Access the US GenWeb
organization and religious
transcription project at this
rg/ Sylvia encouraged the members to
check this site by state, county, and
2. Click on State Projects cemetery to see if their cemetery of
interest has been digitized/indexed.
3. Click on a state, such as
She encouraged the members to
Virginia; then click on a submit tombstone photos, even if
county, like Frederick; and they represent incomplete listings.
then a cemetery, like the
George Hott Cemetery. She Sylvia advised that if you are going to
and Jack have submitted visit a cemetery, there are some
things that you should consider
photos for 3 cemeteries.
taking and doing:
What information will you find
Take these items - Paper, pencil,
on most tombstones?
charcoal, material to make rubbings
1. Name of the departed
A map of the location; also take
2. Usually the death date paper to make a map of the cemetery
if a map is not available
Electronic equipment – digital In looking at Victorian tombstones, a
camera, tape recorder, hand-held lamb usually represents a baby, a
computer, sufficient batteries hand with one finger pointing into the
heavens shows the individual’s faith
Water and small pail, a soft nylon that he will be going to heaven.
brush, old rags Clasped hands represent a farewell
from a loved one. A broken column
Reflectors – aluminum foil, collapsible represents a life cut short. Roses,
light reflector, black light depending on their stage of
development, represent the age of
Water to wet stone, shaving cream the deceased – a bud for a child, a
(banned in some cemeteries because rose in bloom for an adult. We can
of the acid) learn a lot from tombstones, and the
Internet has more information on the
Do not use bleach on a stone, a wire symbolism if you just google
brush, or a power washer because of ―tombstone symbolism.‖
damaging a stone
Heber J. Grant overcame many of his
Photo-Flo or Orvis are two weaknesses and turned them into talents. He
recommended cleaners had as a motto these words: “That which
we persist in doing becomes easier for
us to do; not that the nature of the
Sturdy shoes, clippers to cut back thing is changed, but that our power to
brush or grass, long pants and shirts do is increased” (in Teachings of
if there is poison ivy in older Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant
cemeteries that are not being , 35).
Submitted by Elder William Paul
Find more information at these sites:
http://genealogy.about.com/sitesearc OF BLOCKED IMAGES
=genealogy [Excellent site for "Thank you for contacting
cemetery information] FamilySearch regarding your user
name changing to "null" when you try
http://www.progenealogists.com/tom to access images. Sometimes images
bstonecare.htm> are blocked by temporary internet
files and cookies on your browser
The last part of the program involved history. Deleting these files often
tombstone symbolism and acronyms. gives you access to the images. See
Often you can discover a fraternal instructions at:
organization that your ancestor
belonged to or information about his https://help.familysearch.org/help/vie
religion based on symbols on the wdocument?documentId=105483&sli
tombstone. Go to this site for a list ceId=SAL_Public&userQuery=clear+c
of the meaning of symbols and the ookies
acronyms for fraternal organizations If this does not work, try clicking on
as well as funereal definitions. the "back to search results" link, then
http://history.org/HISTORY/TEACHING/G clear the files and cookies again and
LOSSARY2.CFM then click on the name for the image
you need. You may need to close the RootsMagic To-Go: Running
browser and open familysearch.org RootsMagic on a Flash Drive
again to access the images.
If the above solutions do not work, Sources, Citations, and
try opening familysearch.org in a Documentation with RootsMagic
different browser, like Mozilla Firefox
Working with Files and Folders in
or Google Chrome. You can find free
downloads for these browsers online. RootsMagic
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name, event, location, and date of to Your Life Stories
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QUESTIONS ABOUT FAMILY QUESTION ABOUT USING AN
HISTORY EQUIPMENT IPAD AND ROOTSMAGIC
Would someone be so kind as to help me QUESTION:
locate where it would state OFFICIALLY Is it possible to do Family History using
whether the Director is or is not supposed RootsMagic on an Ipad?
to have Administrative codes for the
computers in a Family Search Centers, or ANSWER: "Currently" there is no way to
whether or not only the techs can have
run any of the major software packages
them. And secondly, again officially if it
on the ipad with one exception (Legacy
states that FSC's HAVE to use Open Office
has one called "Families.‖ There is an
and cannot have other programs on the
computers such as Word/Word Perfect/
app called "Gedview" that would let you
Excel etc. upload a gedcom of your RootsMagic
A Frustrated Director software to your ipad. I only use it as a
lookup; I don't make changes.
I think that all of the official policies on Ancestry has an app that lets you view
computer use can be found in the your family tree if you have created one.
document "Policy and Guidelines for It's called simply "Ancestry.‖
Computers in Family History Centers" FamilySearch has one called "Mobile Family
found at Tree" that lets you access your tree on
aining by clicking "Other Resources.‖ I
encourage you to print this document. There are a very few other apps that can
Page 3 answers your software questions. help but not full database organizers. The
National Archives has one, and there is one
Donated or purchased software may be called "History Maps" that is very helpful.
loaded on computers in the family history
center if it does not interfere with Church For those who use "Reunion" on the MAC,
software and Church Internet-based tools. there is an app for it.
FamilySearch Support Offices do not
provide support for software that has not Be patient. I would imagine that
been developed by the Church. License RootsMagic as well as a few others will
documentation must be maintained for all eventually have an ipad app.
software. Sue Maxwell
Family history centers are encouraged to Vice President - Utah Genealogical
use OpenOffice. It includes word Association
processing, presentation, and spreadsheet
tools. OpenOffice is available for download LEGACY USERS AND NFS GROUP
at www.openoffice.org. Support for
OpenOffice is available on the following There is a mailing list for Legacy users:
Web site: www.openoffice.org
So the use of OpenOffice is a suggestion
(there are no licensing issues), but other This is primarily a list for Legacy AND NFS
software can be installed if the above rules users.
are followed. My FHC has OpenOffice on 6 Often it is users answering. But if users are
computers, and MS Office on one not able the tech-personnel come in.
QUESTION ABOUT THE RELEASE UPDATE OF HARRY SENFT’S
OF NFS TO THE PUBLIC CEMETERY PHOTOS IN YORK
AND ADAMS COUNTIES
I attended a RM Users meeting
yesterday and was asked by several Disk #42 has been posted
members when/how nFS is being
released to the public. I could only tell 1. Biglerville Cemetery, Biglerville, Adams, PA
them that it was being released to some 2. Christ Lutheran Cemetery, York, York, PA
public members by some unknown
means currently. Does anyone have 3. Deardorff Cemetery, Washington Twp, York, PA
better information to give than that?
4. Fairview Cemetery, Wrightsville, York, PA.
Nancy Scott (Completely Redone)
The public release of nFS is actually a 5. Hampton Brethren Cemetery, Reading Twp,
planned one of several steps with Adams, PA
controls put in place to throttle the 6. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, York, York, PA
number of registrants. There has been a
new internal service added to nFS called http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/york/
an "invite" service that allows an yccemeteries.htm
invitation to certain groups of those
without access to nFS for a specified HARRY E SENFT
time and up to a certain amount. Those 3048 SOLAR DR
"campaigns" will be ongoing throughout
DOVER, PA 17315
the year and beyond and are managed
by the Family History Dept management
on the timing and amounts allowed to
register. “BILLION GRAVES” TO COMPETE
WITH “FIND A GRAVE”
There have been a couple of campaigns
already. One, to all those serving in The affiliate is AppTime. They built
Family History Centers that did not have MobileTree. You can try out Billion
access (community volunteers) and one Graves at www.billiongraves.com
just recently to friends and family of and http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/b
Family History Department associates illion-
and missionaries. There are more coming graves/id437939495?mt=8&ls=1.
through this year and likely into next. Tim Cross
These are private announcements from
the department to the groups that will
Now that Billion Graves is up,
have the opportunity to "invite" the someone went in and shot the entire
groups targeted. These groups will be Provo City Cemetery. I just did one
increasingly broader and broader until and it's very easy. The site shows an
they reach the point where it will be image plus some fields to fill, and
open to all who want access. This needs given it’s an iPhone photo, it's very
to be a controlled rollout due to the good; the difference may be on some
potential of overwhelming the system. old stones that are weathered. And
So there is more method to the madness the images are still good given that
than perhaps has been evident. most older iPhone cameras are only 3
megapixels. iPhone 4's and some
Area Family History Adviser
iPads are 5 megapixels
Utah South Area
All you have to do is do a simple INFORMATION ABOUT
registration and wait for the TEACHING FAMILY HISTORY
confirmation email; then once you CLASSES
get that log in and look for the
transcription link. They will also tell We hold an Open House semiannually
you how many more are left to do and publicize them through the ward
once you have done your first stone. bulletins, the stake web site,
All they need is the names and dates, community newspapers and radio
and if more than one person is on a stations. This year we held an Open
stone, you just add lines by way of a House in April and will offer a
button on the far left near the fields seminar in the fall, offering six
for transcription. classes, repeated in four hour-long
It may take a little time for the sessions. We're inviting D.A.R. to
confirmation email to reach your participate with us in putting on this
inbox, which is odd given how fast seminar.
most places that require that step
arrive. Click the link; then sign in and Consultants have been making
the rest is ready to go whether you presentations at service clubs and
have things to upload or you want to other organizations within the stake
transcribe stones already photo- boundaries, making the public aware
graphed. James Anderson of our presence and resources. We've
provided tours and research
INVITATION FROM ANCESTRY assistance to local adult school family
TO SEARCH MILITARY RECORDS history classes.
We're working with the Stake YM and
U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918- YW Presidencies to provide research
2009 Similar to yearbooks for naval ships, training to our youth. We've had
these records include photographs, officer
biographies and more.
opportunities to teach several ward
youth groups how to log onto New
U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, FamilySearch and to find names that
1938-1949 This collection of over 33 million they can personally take to the
records gives facts about WWII enlisted Temple. We've been a "lifesaver" on
personnel, like occupational specialty and several occasions when youth groups
don't have an activity planned one
"We renew our appeal for the keeping of week or when the activity needs to
individual journals and records and compiling be canceled.
family histories.... Some families possess
some spiritual treasures because ancestors We're also working with the Stake YM
have recorded the events surrounding their President to identify Scouting
conversion to the gospel and other
happenings of interest, including many Genealogy Merit Badge Counselors to
miraculous blessings and spiritual teach the merit badge at the FHC.
experiences.... I promise you that if you will We will encourage parents to attend
keep your journals and records they will these classes with their sons. These
indeed be a source of great inspiration to classes will also be promoted through
your families, to your children, your
grandchildren, and others, on through district Scout training venues, inviting
generations." President Spencer W. Kimball, nonmember Scouts to attend with
General Conference, Oct, 1978 their parents.
We also have a Consultant assigned Modern Man Has
to teach classes to all consultants and
volunteers on a monthly basis. Thus
Grown 4 Inches Taller
far we've learned about New than his Ancestors in
FamilySearch, the portal sites, 100 Years
Hispanic and Portuguese resources.
In the coming months we will hold Nobel Prize-winning US economist Robert
Fogel and his colleagues have found that
classes on microfilms and fiche,
the height of the average man has
military records, updates in New increased by four inches in the last
FamilySearch and research basics. century due to improvements in diet and
public health. In 1900, a typical male
Ron was 5ft 6in tall, but by 2000 that had
Turlock, CA gone up to 5ft 10in. Over the same time
women have grown by one-and-a-half
NOTES FROM DICK EASTMAN inches, from just under 5ft 3in to just
over 5ft 4in, according to their data.
Posted by Dick Eastman, May 2, 2011
WikiTree.com is seeking an African Origins Project
experienced genealogist to be its
official "Cousin Connector." This Hopes to Identify
person will work from home Origins of Africans
approximately five hours a week Transported in the
introducing distant cousins to each
other, helping them merge their Transatlantic Slave
ancestors, and facilitating their Trade
enjoyable, productive collaborations.
For more information, please look at
the full description at
http://goo.gl/3avKw. Position has
been filled. Posted May 27, 2011
You can sign up for Dick Eastman’s
very informative blog at this site.
There is a free version that
shows only a paragraph of
information and then a plus
edition to read all entries, but
there is a charge. African Origins contains information about
the migration histories of Africans forcibly
carried on slave ships into the Atlantic. Using
detailed information on 9,453 Africans
Thomas MacEntee's list at liberated by Courts of Mixed Commission,
http://goo.gl/4fR5A now lists more this resource presents geographic, ethnic,
than 1,900 genealogy blogs and linguistic data on peoples captured in
Africa and pulled into the slave trade.
Through contributions to the website by U.S., and Wales. The biggest winners were
Africans, members of the African Diaspora, Brazil and Honduras. More than 1.7 million
and others, the hope is to realize the history images were added to the Brazil Civil
of the millions of Africans captured and sold Registration collection, with records from
into slavery during suppression of 1870 to 2009. And 346,000 church records
transatlantic slave trading in the 19th were added for Honduras. These birth,
century. marriage, death, and church records are very
valuable because they usually include
Historical information in the African-Origins multiple generations in a single document.
database comes from Havana, Cuba, and See the table below for details of all the
Freetown, Sierra Leone, Courts of Mixed updates this week. You can search all of the
Commission registers, created between 1819 record collections now for free
and 1845. The data describes individual at FamilySearch.org.
Africans who were liberated from slaving
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transatlantic slave trade. Such information as free records added weekly, please consider
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English-speaking Court registrar who indexing.familysearch.org. Posted by Dick
recorded these descriptions as a way of Eastman on May 3, 2011
helping to prevent these Africans from being
re-enslaved. IRELAND GENEALOGY
The African Origins Project invites members
If you belong to a Family History Society or
of the public to assist in identifying the
similar organization, your members can take
historical origins of Africans transported in
advantage of a 20% discount on all Ireland
the transatlantic slave trade. The project
Genealogy research. However, the
organizers seek assistance from those with
organization must apply in advance for the
knowledge of African languages, cultural
discount. Details may be found
naming practices, and ethnic groups. Perhaps
you can assist in identifying these Africans'
origins by drawing on your own expertise to
Again, the searches are free but you do need
identify the likely ethno-linguistic origin of an
to pay to view the records that are found.
You can find the Ireland Genealogy web site
You can learn more at the African Origins at http://www.ireland-genealogy.com/
web site at http://www.african-origins.org/
Posted by Dick Eastman on May 5, 2011
Posted by Dick Eastman on May 2, 2011
New Web Site:
FamilySearch Reports findmypast Ireland
New Historic Brazil
and Honduras Records A new web site went live today: findmypast
Ireland. The site is the result of a partnership
Online between Eneclann, a research and
publishing house in Ireland, and findmypast,
The following announcement was written by a family history website, initially launched in
FamilySearch: the UK.You can find findmypast Ireland today
at http://www.findmypast.ie/ Posted by
Six Additional Country Collections Also DickEastman on May 7, 2011
More digital images poured out of the Nearly 19,000 records commencing 1869 for
FamilySearch pipeline this week—over 2 Constitution Hill Cemetery in Peterhead,
Aberdeenshire are immediately available on
million, in fact. Historic record collections for www.deceasedonline.com.
8 countries were updated: Brazil, Chile, El
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Switzerland, Posted by Dick Eastman May 22, 2011
Announcing the If you need further assistance please don't
hesitate to email us at
Institute of Pittsburgh
We hope you enjoy your new tool as much
May 6, 2011 - Pittsburgh, PA – GRIP – The as we've enjoyed making it.
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh Aloha,
– a new genealogical institute of learning The Ohana Software Team
announces a genealogy educational
opportunity planned for July 2012. Consisting
of four courses, it will be held Monday, July Susan Gates Young once asker her
23 through Friday, July 27, 2012, at LaRoche Father, the Prophet Brigham Young:
College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ―HOW WILL WE EVER FIND THE
Courses: TIME TO DO TEMPLE WORK AND
~Intermediate Genealogy: Tools
for Digging Deeper
~Advanced Research Methods Brigham Young responded: ―THE
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Problem Solving with Online SAVING DEVICES.‖ (YW Journal, Vol.
Repositories 2, p. 231) [Thanks to Sister Cogdell}
~German Genealogical Research
SYLVIA’S GENEALOGY CORNER
Posted by Dick Eastman on May 9, 2011
I have to give credit to Bernadette
INVITATION FROM OHANA
Livingston as my inspiration for a new
task I began this week. Bernadette is
Dear Sylvia Sonneborn, a member of our genealogy club, and
she and Harry Senft and I were
We know you want to get working on your presenting a class on how to use
family history, so we thought you might tombstones to find pertinent family
enjoy some help: history information.
FamilyInsight Tutorial Videos:
Bernadette came into the family
orials history center a few weeks before the
presentation to discuss her part,
Free Live Webinar Trainings- Sign up, which was to feature the Find a
watch, & ask questions...all from home. Grave site. She showed me some of
her family’s memorials, and I thought
These cover both FamilyInsight and other it looked like a wonderful tribute to
general family history topics:
the deceased. I decided in the next
http://www.OhanaSoftware.com/Webinars week to begin with my parents Coy
and Elizabeth Hott to record
Click on the "Guide me" button information about their lives as well
in FamilyInsight. This gives help based on as some photos. Then I continued
where you are in the program. with my grandparents. I worked for
about a week and was able to post
See the video at:
15 memorials. True, my biographies
ideo are longer than suggested, but that’s
just the way I am – verbose.
The night of the presentation could A template appears for your text
have been more successful for information – mainly the ancestor’s
Bernadette. Unfortunately, our name, birth and death dates and
church’s connection to the Internet is locations. Fill that in and also write a
not very good, and it took forever for short biography on a word processor
a page to load. Nonetheless, we did and paste it into the largest white
get to see one of her pages, and she block on the page. If you paste in the
passed some others around for club obituary, then you need to tell which
members to see. She also told us newspaper published it and what
about Find A Grave and explained date. Preview and proofread it. Then
how to get started. We appreciate click on ―Add this person to Find a
her enthusiasm and are sorry the Grave.‖
Internet was not working well that
night. Next I added photos. If Find A Grave
has a photo of the cemetery, it will
So, I thought I would talk to you automatically insert it, and you can
about the process of creating a add 5 additional photos of the person
memorial in Find a Grave, and and/or tombstone. Anyway, the
perhaps you, too, might get curious maximum free amount to add is 5
enough to go online and post [you are allowed 6 photos if Find A
information about your ancestors. Grave has posted the cemetery’s
photo]. You can upgrade by paying if
Type findagrave.com into your you want to add more photos.
browser box and hit Go. Then click
on How can you add photos? First you
• Search 62 million grave records need to have scanned them. You will
need to scan as a TIF but then save a
A ―Find A Grave Search Form‖ second time as a Jpg and make sure
template will open up, and you can the photo is saved under 800 pixels.
either type in your ancestor’s first Know where you have stored the
and last name, or you can put in a scan on your computer, and then go
last name to find all individuals in the back to the memorial page which has
database by that name. I typed in the name and biography, and click
my maiden name ―Hott,‖ only to find ―Add a Photo‖ and browse back to
that there are hundreds of Hotts that your photo storage site. Select the
have been added to the site. type of photo – person, gravestone,
etc. Choose the file and let it upload.
The reason for the search is to see if Then click on ―Add this photo.‖
your ancestor is already there. If so, Maximum size is 500 KB, or 300-1200
you can add to the site. But if you do pixels. Find A Grave asks you to crop
not find your ancestor, then the fun your photo of excess white space
begins. You can use the commands before you store it for their site. If
along the left hand side to ―Add you did not add the photo yourself,
Burial Records.‖ I clicked on ―Family but you find interesting photos of
and Friends (Old version)‖ to begin your ancestors that you would like to
the memorial to my parents and have, you can ―Request a Photo.‖ It
others. will also copy and paste into another
Last you can ―Leave flowers and a SPOTLIGHT ON GENI
note.‖ There are other symbols to
leave, like religious icons. You can Geni.com is one of the world’s
have your name attached, someone largest free family trees. You can get
else’s, or ―anonymous.‖ a free account and with that account
There are a few other things that you
can do, such as create memorials for Upload your family tree (there
spouses, children, or parents and is no size limit)
then use the ID number to link Store unlimited documents,
relatives. Also, if the tombstone is photos and videos.
difficult to read, you can transcribe Collaborate with other
the writing on the tombstone and genealogists that share your
post it on Find A Grave. family lines.
Invites your relatives to share
The site is controversial because you your tree.
are putting a lot of personal Merge your tree with other
information on the Internet if you family trees. Posted by Ohana
include the obituary. It generally Software
names the family members that
survive the deceased. That
information is generally available on BYU Conference on Family
online obituaries too. History and Genealogy
"Strengthening Ties that
If you want to look at some of my Bind Families Together"
sites, you can go to Find a Grave and July 26-29, 2011
find a particular cemetery or person. BYU Conference Center
I added Elga Rufus Hott and Hilda Provo, Utah
Ona Haines Hott in the Salem John Vilburn will be teaching a
Cemetery, Hampshire County, West class
Virginia, also Verlie Hott Conn. I Click here for more information
have made memorials for my parents
Coy Elga Hott and Elizabeth Mae HOW TO ACCESS THE MAJOR
Krise Hott in Grandview Cemetery, FAMILY HISTORY
Cambria County, Pennsylvania, as REPOSITORIES
well as my mother’s sister Ruth Krise.
You can search for the contributor, The Latest Version of FamilyInsight
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Presenter: Cina Johnson United States marks the 150th anniversary of
the Civil War, people who had ancestors
involved in the conflict can access millions of
If you are comfortable using historical records recently published on the
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utilize its features, this class is for records are coming, as Civil War volunteers
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more. Some of these records have been RECORDS
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Arizona, Service Records of
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"These records are significant because nearly or incomplete data. Up until now genealogy
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was impacted either directly or indirectly by have. GenDetective's powerful reporting
the war," FamilySearch project manager Ken features will tell you what you DON'T KNOW,
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during the war. Each family has their own
story to tell. This is the paper trail that tells Posted by Dick Eastman May 10, 2011,
the stories about that period in our nation's written by Rumble Soft
history," Nelson said.
AncestorSync IMPORTANCE OF MIND SET IN
To Bridge The Gap Between FAMILY HISTORY INTERPRETATION
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It may be difficult, but remember
History when reading or analyzing any
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AncestorSync™ enables you to some cultural, historical, economic, or
synchronize your family tree, source legal events impacting that document
documents, citations, and notes or causing it to be created. Don't
across all of your computers and a interpret a 19th century document
web pedigree of your choice. with a 21st century mind. Source:
Orem, Utah (Real-Time Michael John Neill, Genealogy Tip of
Collaboration) May 10, 2011 – the Day, posted 9 May 2011.
Real-Time Collaboration has
announced the release of their latest Social Networking
offering, AncestorSync™, which
allows you to seamlessly download, I have a Family History Facebook
upload, or synchronize your family page. I also started a Family History
tree from your online pedigree to Blog thanks to your class I attended.
your personal computer, and back From these two ways of sharing my
again. AncestorSync™ is the first Family History, I have been contacted
service on the market that allows you by quite a few distant cousins. One
to easily move all of your family cousin has his own Facebook page of
history work from a desktop Family History. From his page I have
genealogy program to an online gathered about 150 more names than
pedigree without anyone or anything I had. Another cousin has her own
getting lost in the process. blog and has been adding what I
AncestorSync™ has partnerships have to her blog. What a difference
with FamilySearch, Geni, Inc., the computer makes! I remember
and ourFamilyology, Inc. and is a my mom and her cousins gathering
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The following announcement was written by
Deceased Online regarding English Question:
cemeteries: 11 cemeteries across Wiltshire, What does "EASy" mean in the System
Dorset and Devon now on Origin field in many FamilySearch
historical records entries? For example,
Other Sites to look at
Samuel Dill baptized 14 Oct 1748 in
http://www.civil-war.net/ Eutingen, Baden, Germany has Germany-
whatwasthere.com EASy in the System Origin field.
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www.iar.ie for Extraction Administration System, the
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Genealogy's Star You can use the National Atlas
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Check out this blog, Genealogy's Star, all of the United States or just your
for information on the latest area of interest. In the National Atlas
developments in genealogical Map Maker you can assemble, view,
research tools and methods. and print your own maps.
Source: Eastman's Online Genealogy
Newsletter, April 24, 2011, as reported in
Virginia Family Histories - Links "Generations", Washington DC Family History
Center Newsletter, Vol V, No 5, May 1022.
to the Past
This site has a collection of links to Question:
family histories and genealogy sites How do I get the handouts for
related to the history of families in classes taught at the various Family
Lynchburg and Central Virginia Centers located throughout the USA?
including the counties of Answer:
Appomattox, Amherst, Bedford and Our website is now on the
Campbell. FamilySearch Wiki. Click here for the
Schedule/Handouts page OR go to
Label Your Flash drive
FamilySearch.org, click the Learn tab,
and enter Logan FHC in the search
Please label your flash drives if you
box. From the results list select the
are going to bring them to the
Logan Utah Family History
Center. They are so easy to leave in
Center/Classes and Handouts
the computers. If we knew who they
belonged to, we could call and let you
know. One suggestion is to use a
small mailing label. Another is to
Ancient Faces contains free photos of
rename the actual drive. (Right-click
faces and places in history. You can
the drive and select rename.) One of
search over 50,000 vintage photos.
our staff members can assist you
Search by surname or topic. You
can also share your ancestral photos
and help build the site for others.
An Easy Way to Add Maps to a
"The Lord expects of us all that we do
Would you like to include U.S. maps what we can for ourselves and for our
in your family history projects, but dead. He wants us to make the search for
can't find what you want? The our ancestry because he does not do for
National Atlas is a map-making us what we can do for ourselves. And
platform sponsored by the Federal after we have done all we can, then
Government that lets you build your means will be furnished, or the way will
own maps. You can create maps that be opened for the finishing of the
capture and depict patterns, information which we are unable to
conditions, and trends of American discover."
life. Source: Joseph Fielding Smith,
Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 2, p. 149
Finding Your Ancestor's Grave INDEXING PRESENTATION
Finding where an ancestor is buried is Document ID: 106682 Introduction to
not always easy. Obstacles to finding FamilySearch indexing--Group presentation
A presentation, in Adobe PDF format,
that information can exist, including
introducing the FamilySearch indexing
not knowing where the person died, program is available online at
knowing where they died but not https://fch.ldschurch.org/fsinformation/Res
finding them in local cemeteries and ource_Guide/Introduction_to_Indexing.pdf
a lack of information available about To save the file to your computer:
local cemeteries. The following ideas Right-click the link above.
are meant to help you carefully Click Save Target As... or Save Link As....
Select a location where you can save the
survey the information available and
file that is easy to remember, such as your
find where your ancestor is buried." desktop.
Read Gena Ortega’s article, which Type a name for the file. Click Save.
includes many links to helpful To present this file as a slideshow, open
websites including links to states with the saved file, and then change the view to
digitized death certificates. Full Screen Mode. To do this:
Source: World Vital Records Click the View menu.
Click Full Screen Mode.
Newsletter, Oct 28, 2010,
To exit Full Screen Mode, press Esc key.
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m/news/volume4issue34/ [Nice currently have the required utility installed
newsletter] on your computer, Adobe Reader is
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Is it possible to find a pension record Bill Buchanan website:
for my ancestor, a confederate in the http://billbuchanan.byethost17.com
Civil War? blog: http://billbuchanan.blogspot.com
Pension records for Confederates
"We are a covenant-making people.
were issued by the state where the
These eternal blessings are for all who
veteran lived when he applied for it.
wish to worthily receive of them, both the
There are many indexes and even
living and the dead. In the mercy of God
digital images online. Check some of we are privileged to receive these
the following sites for more blessings by proxy for our deceased
information: ancestors who did not have this privilege
NARA - Confederate Pension Records in life. They, of course, may choose
Genealogy Branches - Ordering Civil whether to accept these blessings. Our
War Pension Records duty is to search out our forebears and
Military Indexes - Online Civil give them the opportunity to accept and
Indexes, Records & Rosters receive these blessings. As the Prophet
Genealogy Branches - Civil War Joseph Smith said, 'The greatest
Service Records Research Guide responsibility in this world that God has
laid upon us is to seek after our dead.'"
BREAKING DOWN BRICK WALLS Source: James E. Faust, "Eternity Lies
http://genealogy.about.com/od/search_tip before Us," April 1997 General
Microsoft is Buying that are relevant to your ancestors, and it
also takes time to work out the best way to
Skype for $8.5 Billion search them once you do manage to track
Until Jack and I served our mission,
we were not familiar with Skype, but To help solve this, we are launching a new
it is a computer to computer feature that searches select websites and
communication system that we used brings back any matching results we find,
along with a link to the site to enable you to
with other missionaries. It is free to go straight to the original record. Where
call anywhere in the world. We used relevant, we will include these results into
headsets so that our hands would be your main search results. We will also list
free. If your computer has a camera, each collection we have within our card
you can talk on the phone and see catalog, which will allow you to search those
collections directly from within Ancestry.com.
the person at the same time. We Posted by Dick Eastman on May 13, 2011
used it to instant message other
missionaries when we needed help, NEWSLETTER FOR BEGINNERS
but we also used it to chat. If you
have not used Skype, find someone Tentatively titled Casefile Clues for
who has a child at BYU or somewhere Beginners, this new newsletter will be bi-
else that he can call and IM without weekly and feature beginning level material
written by a variety of genealogists, not just
charge to discover the benefits. me. We'll have a question and answer
There is also a paid version, but for section, interpret the handwriting section,
my purposes, this one was good one or two articles every issue, and more.
This new periodical will be written in a down-
enough. to-earth, practical format. Casefile Clues for
Beginners will concentrate on those who are
Ancestry.com starting or have just started their search for
Announces New Web
There is more information about Casefile
Search Clues for Beginners on our blog:
The following announcement was written by Posted by Dick Eastman May 15, 2011
May 16, 2011
Last October we launched Ancestry Labs to
test a few new ideas, and we’d like to thank Free Online File
all those members who contributed a lot of
great feedback and discussion around these. Converter
Today we’re excited to announce the
Bookmark this site. It converts files from
introduction of one of the ideas, Web Search,
hundreds of formats to any of hundreds of
into the main Ancestry.com search.
other formats. Want to convert a DOC file to
a PDF file? Online-Convert will do that. Want
Why are we launching Web Search?
to convert an audio MP3 file to WAV format?
Online-Convert will do that. The site has
We’ve heard from many members that
many, many other formats available as well.
although Ancestry.com has the broadest
collections of historical records available, it
If you can’t find the conversion you need,
certainly isn’t completely comprehensive.
you can contact the site owners and they will
Every day, digital records are being published
try to help you. Best of all, the service is
on sites across the web, many of which are
available free of charge.
free to access.
You can find it at http://www.online-
These sites can be a great resource in convert.com/
helping break through brick walls; however,
it can be hard to know where to find sites Posted by Dick Eastman May 17, 2011
Fully Searchable Death Announcing GeneaSpeak - A
Records now Online at Genealogy Speakers Bureau
The following announcement was written by The following announcement was
findmypast.co.uk: Leading UK family history written by GeneaBloggers:
website www.findmypast.co.uk has today
launched a quicker way to find the deaths of May 31, 2011 - Chicago, Illinois:
your ancestors, completing a two-year
GeneaBloggers, the genealogy
project to make the birth, marriage and
death records of England and Wales easier to community's resource for blogging,
use. Over 1,000 people have worked on this announces the creation of
project, rescanning 170 years of records and GeneaSpeak.
transcribing the quarter of a billion names
they contain. GeneaSpeak is a community-driven
This final installment means that over 85 resource that allows genealogy
million death records can now be searched speakers to post their own profiles
with as little as a surname. This will return a and speaking engagements in order
list of individual names, so you’ll no longer to publicize their presentations.
need to search through pages of results to GeneaSpeak replaces the
spot your ancestor. Finding a death record
GeneaBloggers Speakers Bureau
will take a fraction of the time that it used to.
For more information log on which resided at the GeneaBloggers
to www.findmypast.co.uk website since 2009.
Posted by Dick Eastman May 21, 2011 Posted by Dick Eastman June 1, 2011
FamilySearch News: Free Online Records
Cast Historic Light on South Carolina
Filming is Underway for
Ireland's "Genealogy 11 May 2011
Program Free Online Records Cast Historic
Light on South Carolina
Production is currently underway on
"The Genealogy Roadshow," a new 4 SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch, a
x 52 minute format from Big nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization in
Mountain Productions which aims to charge of the world’s largest genealogy
uncover the extraordinary family repository, announced today rich new
histories of ordinary people. The online resources that will certainly be of
interest to South Carolina residents, Civil
series is set to shoot in Kildare,
War buffs, and family historians with
Meath, Limerick and Galway in May Southern roots. FamilySearch’s free
and June and is presented by Derek resources consist of new historic records
Mooney. You can read more in an and image collections and anin-depth
article in IFTN's web site online help center (wiki) for South Carolina
at http://goo.gl/Ipjfd. genealogy resources. The information can
Posted by Dick Eastman May 27, 2011 be found at FamilySearch.org. The
announcement coincides with the National
BROKEN LINK IN APRIL NEWSLETTER Genealogical Society’s 33rd annual family
Kip Sperry's List of Family History history conference in Charleston this week.
Internet Sites may be found at
FamilySearch’s newest South Carolina
collections are South Carolina Probate
yinternetsites/ Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-
Kip's bio can be found at 1964, and South Carolina Probate Records,
http://www.kipsperry.com/ Bound Volumes, 1671-1977. Probate and
estate records typically include wills, DEATH OF GOOGLE NEWS ARCHIVE
bonds, property inventory, and court here is a link to check out.
―These types of records are extremely Archive.html
valuable to genealogists because they may
be the only known source of an ancestor’s
death date, name of a spouse, children, "Now let me say something to all who
parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, can worthily go to the house of the
associates, relatives, and their place of Lord. When you attend the temple
residence,‖ said Mary Lynn Sharpe,
and perform the ordinances
FamilySearch project manager.
that pertain to the house of the Lord,
The new collections include hundreds of certain blessings will come to you:
thousands of digital images of the original You will receive the spirit of Elijah,
historic documents that can be browsed which will turn your hearts to
online at FamilySearch.org using a digital your spouse, to your children, and to
viewer. your forebears. You will love your
family with a deeper love than you
―For example, let’s say your ancestor was have loved before. You will be
Jasper Crooks, and you knew he lived in endowed with power from on high as
Oconee County South Carolina,‖ said the Lord has promised."
Sharpe. ―A review of the historic probate
Source: Ezra Taft
records online will reveal that his wife,
Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft
Sallie Crooks, petitioned the court for
permission to divvy up his estate. The Benson, p. 254
records show Jasper Crooks’ death date
was November 1, 1897, and personal
property deemed most valuable at the
New Tricks and Ol' Tips
time—right down to the mouse grey mule, Irfanview
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padlocks, wash pot, and a corn sheller.‖ with graphics, saving images to your
computer and then opening them up to crop
Also in FamilySearch’s free online collection as you want and make copies. It downloads
of South Carolina records are South for free at Irfanview.com and is on the
computers at the Family History Library in
Carolina Deaths (1915–1955) and Civil War
SLC. (The desktop icon is a squashed red cat
Confederate Service Records (1861–
with a black mask.)
1865)—the two collections comprise
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FamilySearch has also introduced a South
Carolina section to its free online research
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patrons can quickly find out what other
historical records exist by county and http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~payork/York
where. There are also links to free online
genealogy courses and a free forum for
Thanks to Don and Jeanine Hartman of
asking personal research questions. The Utah for posting the newsletter online for
help services are supported by volunteers. us. You can contribute your family history
of original York County ancestors at
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Complete 1930 Mexico Census Now Available
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: May 23, 2011
25 Million New Records and Images for 19 U.S. States and 16 Countries
The FamilySearch volunteers did it! With the completion of the state of Veracruz, they indexed the
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Austria, Vienna, Population
36,823 37,409 Added images and index to existing collection.
Brazil, Catholic Church
0 211,410 Added images to existing collection.
Canada, Lower Canada
0 3,259 New browsable image collection.
Canada, New Brunswick
Provincial Deaths, 1815– 92,009 96,135 Added images and index to existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial
0 54,920 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chinese Genealogies 0 750,021 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic Church
0 20,237 Added images to existing collection.
Germany Church Records,
0 140,265 New browsable image collection.
Germany, Baden, Church
43,560 0 Added records to existing index collection.
Book Duplicates, 1810-1869
0 253,140 New browsable image collection.
Schwerin Census, 1867
0 7,102 Added browsable images to existing collection.
0 978 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Added browsable images to existing collection for
Italy, Civil Registration,
0 985,543 several provinces, including new images for
Bologna and Genova.
Added the state of Veracruz. This completes the
Mexico Census, 1930 1,126,587538
1930 Mexico Census!
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic
0 5,772,188New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic
0 914 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Church Records, 1598-1969
Mexico, State of Mexico,
0 269,871 New browsable image collection.
Catholic Church Records
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic
0 121,419 New browsable image collection.
New browsable image collection. Includes
Netherlands, Passenger passenger lists for the Holland-America Line
Lists Holland-America Line, 0 113,050 (Holland Amerika Lijn), which transported
1900-1974 numerous refugees from war-torn Europe to the
United States prior to 1941.
New Zealand, Immigration
85,349 152 Added images and index to existing collection.
Passenger Lists, 1855-1973
Peru, Civil Registration,
0 15,354 Added browsable images to existing collection.
0 1,809,282New browsable image collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic
0 843,095 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Church Books, 1600-1950
Added index records and images to existing
Poland, Roman Catholic
1,002,15581,805 collection (indexes for Tarnow; browsable images
Church Books, 1600-1950
for Lódz and Kielce).
Portugal, Braga Catholic
0 520,913 New browsable image collection.
Church Records, 1530-1890
Puerto Rico Civil
8,712 3,599 Added images and index to existing collection.
Russia, Samara Church
0 52,170 New browsable image collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Passports,
0 19,802 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Municipal Records 0 98,118 Added browsable images (Leon and Lugo).
U.S., Alabama, County
216,021 128,241 New index collection.
U.S., Alabama, County
0 56,738 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Arkansas, Draft
Registration Cards, 0 31,882 New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo
0 53,404 Added browsable images to existing collection.
County Records, 1856-1967
U.S., District of Columbia
103,160 106,382 New index collection.
U.S., Georgia Headright and
Bounty Land Records, 1783- 0 35,881 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate
0 126,521 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, First
Registration Draft Cards, 0 26,821 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive
0 73,678 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Probate
Estate and Guardianship 6,488 151,200 Added records to existing index collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of
0 5,137 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Wills Books, 1792-1983
U.S., Michigan, County
0 292,239 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Death
383,230 173,016 New index collection.
U.S., Mississippi, Tippah
0 38,645 Added browsable images to existing collection.
County Records, 1836-1923
U.S., New York Passenger
0 6,399 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York State
0 21,307 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange
County Probate Records, 0 59,885 New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens
County Probate Records, 0 34,382 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Stark County
0 37,995 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Court Records, 1809-1917
U.S., South Carolina
Probate Records, Bound 0 222,728 New browsable image collection.
U.S., South Carolina
Probate Records, Files and 0 652,423 New browsable image collection.
Loose Papers, 1732-1964
U.S., Tennessee County
219,217 198,208 Added images and index to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of
the Republic of Texas,
0 26,147 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Gonzalez de la
0 98,801 New browsable image collection.
Garza Genealogy Collection
U.S., Vermont Enrolled
4,350 0 Added records to existing collection.
Militia Records, 1861-1867
U.S., Virginia Births and
1,422,8550 New index collection.
U.S., Virginia, Danville City
Cemetery Records, 1833- 0 4,093 New browsable image collection.
United States, Civil War
6,282,3600 New index collection.
United States, Naval
Enlistment Rendezvous, 262,742 34,965 New index collection.
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