Register for Tuesday's BCG Webinar - Civil Law Notaries: Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History by Melanie D. Holtz, CG

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Notarial records are a valuable resource in those areas of the world where civil law notaries recorded all legal transactions. Property deeds [land, personal, or agricultural], mortgages, wills, dowries, late birth registrations, marriage permissions, and many other types of documents can be found within this record set. These records often provide key details about a family, their relationships, and financial transactions which cannot be found within any other type of genealogical resource.

Understanding the procedures behind the preparation of these documents is key to understanding their method of conservation, the formats the documents will be found in, and the contents therein. This lecture will provide examples of several Italian and French documents that were particularly descriptive and which provided key details on the families being researched.

Join us and Melanie D. Holtz, CG for the live webinar, hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

 

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MelanieHoltz-144x144Melanie D. Holtz, CGsm is a board-certified genealogist, lecturer, and writer with a specialty in Italian genealogy and Italian-American dual citizenship. With offices in both the U.S. and Italy, she’s able to provide her clients with a wide range of services, including Italian ancestral tours. Melanie is also a co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research and the author of several courses on Italian genealogy available through Family Tree University and the National Institute of Genealogical Research.

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New BONUS webinar - Crowdsourcing with Social Media to Overcome Brick Walls by Amie Bowser Tennant

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Crowdsourcing with Social Media to Overcome Brick Walls in Genealogy Research

Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are not just for the teenagers anymore. These are just three of the many social media apps and websites that you need to utilize for your family history. Answers to brick walls are waiting! Using social media as a type of crowdsourcing tool will amaze you, so join us for this fun and informative topic.

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AmieTennant-144x144Amie Bowser Tennant has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 16 years. She was awarded the NGS Home Study Scholarship in 2011 and is currently "on the clock" for national certification. She has been very involved in the genealogical community as she served as the Vice President of the A.B. Graham Center in Conover, Ohio; Recording Secretary for Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society [Miami County, Ohio]; Newsletter Editor for Miami Meanderings; and she recently accepted the position of Head Content Specialist at RootsBid.com. Today, Amie works as a research genealogist, speaker, and writer. Follow her adventures in genealogy at www.rootsbid.com/blog or her personal blog at www.mykithnkin.blogspot.com.

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New BONUS webinar - Tech Savvy Scrapbooking & Journaling for Family History by Amie Bowser Tennant

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Tech Savvy Scrapbooking & Journaling for Family History

Scrapbooking and journaling your family history has never been easier! Using free apps on your mobile devices will turn your selfies into family treasures to be shared for generations. We will discuss using, creating, and printing with Chatbooks and MySocialBooks as well as why it is important to preserve your pictures both digitally and physically. Lastly, we will have a brief discussion on blogging your family history, how to begin, and how to eventually print your blog into book form.

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AmieTennant-144x144Amie Bowser Tennant has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 16 years. She was awarded the NGS Home Study Scholarship in 2011 and is currently "on the clock" for national certification. She has been very involved in the genealogical community as she served as the Vice President of the A.B. Graham Center in Conover, Ohio; Recording Secretary for Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society [Miami County, Ohio]; Newsletter Editor for Miami Meanderings; and she recently accepted the position of Head Content Specialist at RootsBid.com. Today, Amie works as a research genealogist, speaker, and writer. Follow her adventures in genealogy at www.rootsbid.com/blog or her personal blog at www.mykithnkin.blogspot.com.

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New Bonus Webinar - Find Your Colonial Rhode Island Ancestors

Finding Your Colonial Rhode Island Ancestors

It can be scary doing genealogy research in the colonial era. But if you have Rhode Island ancestors it is well worth effort. Diane MacLean Boumenot is going to take the fear out of colonial research and set you on the path to discovering the lives of your early Rhode Island ancestors!

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Find Your Colonial Rhode Island Ancestors

You've found that an ancestor may have early Rhode Island roots. But how do you find their records, family relationships and their place in the unique and fascinating history of colonial Rhode Island? From Quakers to pirates, learn new strategies and sources for finding your own Rhode Island story.

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Additionally, Diane has a long career in association management and believes strongly in the powerful combination of organizations and members pursuing their passion. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in American History and English, Diane is a member of ProGen 28.

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Publishing a Genealogy E-Book - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Publishing a Genealogy E-Book" by Thomas MacEntee is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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After years of genealogy research, are you ready to share your work with family, friends and the general public? Consider converting your manuscript to various e-book platforms. In this session you'll learn the various e-book types, the best ways to convert a manuscript, how to create a book cover, and even how to market your e-book to the genealogy community and beyond. Participants will learn how to convert a manuscript to various e-book formats including PDF, Amazon Kindle and more. In addition, we'll cover how to market your genealogy e-book using social media and other platforms.

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  • Civil Law Notaries - Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History by Melanie D. Holtz, CG. November 15. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is... and isn't by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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FamilySearch Records Update: New records from Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and United States

FamilySearch Records Update

Over 4 million birth, death, census, civil, church, and other indexed records were published and made available at FamilySearch this week. Find new historical records from South Africa, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Philippines, and across the United States including Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee. See the interactive table below for these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

Tennessee Birth Records (ER Series) 1908-1912

212,545

213,127

New indexed records and images collection

South Dakota School Records 1879-1970

59,241

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records 1848-1956

317,868

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005

8

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Netherlands Archival Indexes Miscellaneous Records

939

0

New indexed records collection

Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939

0

426,296

Added images to an existing collection

Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984

252,908

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

BillionGraves Index

313,368

313,368

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Oregon Births 1860-1952

12,923

0

New indexed records collection

Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans 1907, 1921, 1927

0

13,710

New browsable image collection.

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914

29

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Iowa Delayed Birth Records 1850-1939

540,796

419,728

New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Death Records 1921-1940

516,904

475,273

New indexed records and images collection

Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records 1864-1989

1,921,208

1,623,555

New indexed records and images collection

 
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

Enriching Your Family History through Pictures and Stories - BONUS webinar by Amie Bowser Tennant now available

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Enriching Your Family History through Pictures and Stories

Pictures and stories add that special piece of enriching detail to your family story. Learn where and how you might drag up old photos and stories about your ancestors. We will be discussing helpful websites, how to use social media as a tool, and specified search techniques to find these lost stories and photos.

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AmieTennant-144x144Amie Bowser Tennant has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 16 years. She was awarded the NGS Home Study Scholarship in 2011 and is currently "on the clock" for national certification. She has been very involved in the genealogical community as she served as the Vice President of the A.B. Graham Center in Conover, Ohio; Recording Secretary for Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society [Miami County, Ohio]; Newsletter Editor for Miami Meanderings; and she recently accepted the position of Head Content Specialist at RootsBid.com. Today, Amie works as a research genealogist, speaker, and writer. Follow her adventures in genealogy at www.rootsbid.com/blog or her personal blog at www.mykithnkin.blogspot.com.

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Searching the Heir & Devisee Commission for Canadian Ancestors

Searching the Heir & Devisee Commission for Canadian Ancestors

For those searching ancestors in Upper Canada (present day Ontario), Canadiana.org has some wonderful digital images of miscellaneous databases online. One of these is the overlooked but valuable Heir & Devisee Commission papers 1797-1854, which are found in their Heritage Collection.

Quoting from their website "In 1797, the government of Upper Canada (now Ontario) established the Heir and Devisee Commission. Its purpose was to clarify land titles for settlers on unpatented land. If your ancestor was living in Upper Canada around this time, there is a chance that you might find them referenced in this collection. Records can include: affidavits, bonds, location certificates, powers of attorney, orders-in-council, copies of wills, mortgages, deeds of sale, and testimonial letters." [Source: Canadiana.org]

Film 1146. 1795 Certificate that Jonas & Abraham Larroway were in Butler's Rangers in American Revolution
Film 1146. 1795 Certificate that Jonas & Abraham Larroway were in Butler's Rangers in American Revolution

This digitized but unindexed collection consists of 21 microfilm reels. The reels contain various volumes of the Heir & Devisee Commission papers, starting from Volume 1 to Volume 104. Canadiana.org provides a list of each microfilm and what volume numbers are included, plus a very brief description of what is contained in the volumes. For example, the first microfilm H 1143 contains Volumes 1 to 6. Volume 5, as an example, is said to contain Notices of claims, received but disallowed or unresolved, arranged alphabetically for the Eastern District ca 1809-1841.

Film 1140. German Birth Certificate 1767
Film 1140. German Birth Certificate 1767


These descriptions are very useful to the researcher as we can narrow our browsing to those microfilms of interest to us. It's still a time-consuming task as there are no indexes and each volume is arranged differently. Some are alphabetical, some are by district and some appear to have little, if any, organization.  But this listing of microfilms with volumes contained should narrow our search.

Unfortunately Canadiana.org's listings of what is in each microfilm are incorrect, as is their main title "Heir and Devisee Commission, 1777-1854". The correct dates are 1797-1854.

10 of 21 Films Are Wrong on Canadiana.org

As mentioned, Canadiana.Org has digitized 21 films of the Heir & Devisee Commission Papers and that's a good thing for genealogists. But since their index and description of what is in each film is incorrect for almost half of the films, their usefulness for genealogists is greatly diminished.

I discovered the incorrect listings in the online finding aid when searching for a specific time period in a specific location. Using the list provided on Canadiana.org, I chose the appropriate images for Niagara.  But as I scrolled through I realized something was wrong. I seemed to be looking at documents for the Johnston District, not Niagara area. Then I came across a cover page - a typewritten sheet stating what volume number I was viewing and a description of what images came next. But the volume number was wrong and should not have been on that particular microfilm according to the list provided by Canadiana.org.

With that I began a methodical (slow!) search of every microfilm that has been digitized and placed online. That allowed me to create a corrected list of films and their contents.

I should mention that I approached Canadiana.org about the incorrect indexing and offered them my corrected index. After several unanswered emails from me, they finally responded and explained they cannot change the index as that is how it was given to them by Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada did not respond to my emails about the errors.

To assist other genealogists and researchers, I decided to publish online my correctly identified contents of each microfilm. I will be providing a list of where each volume starts within each film. That is, I will provide image numbers for each volume buried in the films so that researchers can quickly and easily jump to the volume of interest.  This project is underway and I have most of the films completed with only a few more to look through. Please check the Heir & Devisee Commission page for updates as I work through the 10 incorrectly identified microfilms.

Film 1144. Land Record Letter from Christian Bradt in Newark, Lincoln County, Upper Canada
Film 1144. Land Record Letter from Christian Bradt in Newark, Lincoln County, Upper Canada

Following is the corrected list of Heir & Devisee Commission microfilms and volumes contained within each compared to the Canadiana.org list. Those in red are incorrectly labelled and identified on Canadiana.org. For those microfilms with no cover pages indicating volume numbers, I compared page numbers at the start and the end of each film to determine what volume(s) were in each film. I have begun adding a detailed list of what is found within each volume.

Corrected List of Heir & Devisee Commission Films

Film #

Candiana.org Volume list

Actual Volumes

H 1133

V 1-6

V 1-6

H 1134

V 6-8

V 6-8

H 1135

V 9-15

V 16-20

H 1136

V 16-20

No V# labels but is V 20-24

H 1137

V 20-24

No V# labels but is V 24-28

H 1138

V 24-28

No V# labels but is V 28-32

H 1139

V 28-32

V 33-37

H 1140

V 33-37

V 38-44

H 1141

V 37-44

V 45-46

H 1142

V 46-51

V 9-15

H 1143

V 51-54

No V# labels but it is V 51-54

H 1144

V 54-63

No V# labels at start but V 56-62 labelled. This is V 54-63

H 1145

V 64-73

V 64-73

H 1146

V 74-78

V 74-78

H 1147

V 78-80

V 78-80

H 1148

V 81-83

V 81-83

H 1149

V 84-86

V 84-86

H 1150

V 87-89

V 90-98

H 1151

V 90-98

V 86-89

H 1152

V 99-103

V 99-103

H 1153

V 103-104

V 103-104

Example of the Detailed Listings I am Preparing for each Film

Here is an example of my listings that I have provided online as I work through each microfilm. H 1135 (Volumes 16-20 Johnston District Location Certificates) does not contain what Canadiana.org has listed. H 1135 is described on Canadiana.org as containing Volumes 9-15. In fact this digitized film contains volumes 16-20. I have gone through the entire film and provided image numbers and a brief description of what can be found there.

  • Image 14  V16 Johnston District  
  • Image 148 V 17 Johnston District Location Certificates, alphabetical  A-B
  • Image 149 A names Land Certificates
  • Image 186 B names Land Certificates
  • Image 319 V 18  Location Certificates C-F
  • Image 319 C names Land Certificates
  • Image 402 D names Land Certificates
  • Image 434 E names Land Certificates 1787-1795
  • Image 448 F names Land Certificates 1784-1803
  • Image 485 V 19 Location Certificates G & H
  • Image 486 G names Land Certificates 1785-1806
  • Image 547 H names Land Certificates 1784-1803
  • Image 619 J names Land Certificates 1784-1802
  • Image 665 V 20 Location Certificates K-M
  • Image  666 K names Land Certificates 1784-1810
  • Image  701 L names Land Certificates 1784-1801
  • Image 757 M names Land Certificates  1783-1803

I am continuing to work on this project to help those searching for ancestors in Upper Canada so please check the site frequently for updates.

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.


Where is my ancestor hiding in that big database?

Often times the large database providers like FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast will release a really big database that encompasses an entire state or maybe even a whole country. The dates of the database look promising - perhaps you'll see 1610-1950.  You think "Perfect, my ancestor should be in there!"  

But then you search and you don't find them.  What on earth is going on?

There are two issues at play.

First the date range of the database. Let's take a look at the Ancestry database "Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932" as an example. You think to yourself, and rightly so, "But Rhode Island didn't exist in 1582!"

From what I understand (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that it is a standard practice of archivists to title or name a date range so that it encompasses the entire date range found in a record set rather than the logical and expected date range of the jurisdiction (in this case Rhode Island). So for instance, if a record from London, England from 1582 gets recorded in the Rhode Island probate records in 1685 then it is included as part of the date range of the database record set.

Don't worry about the date range of the database. That's actually the smaller of the two issues.

The second issue, and this is the really important one, is that big databases are really made up of a bunch of smaller databases. You will encounter this in most state databases especially when the individual counties have started recording at different times.

Let's take a look at the "Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932" database again. If you go straight to the Search box and type in your ancestor's name you may be frustrated when they don't turn up in the results.

A better approach is to "browse" the database information before using the search feature. 

You'll find the browse feature on the main page of the database on the right hand side. It says "Browse this collection."

Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932

Click on the arrow to the right of the word "Choose" and you will  find a county list. Select the county that your ancestor lived in.

What you'll soon discover is that there are different date ranges for each county. See these examples for Bristol County, Rhode Island and Providence County, Rhode Island.

Bristol County Rhode Island Probate records on Ancestry.com
Bristol County Rhode Island Probate records on Ancestry.com
Providence County Rhode Island Probate records on Ancestry.com
Providence County Rhode Island Probate records on Ancestry.com

By determining the date range for your target county through the browse feature you'll be able to figure out in advance whether your ancestor is likely to be included in the database. Knowing that your ancestor's 1685 will is not included in the Bristol County database will save you the frustration of many futile searches.

It's important to keep in mind that there are at least two considerations impacting the date range of any given county.

When you search databases in any of the original colonies you have to consider that counties were formed, divided and re-formed over time. One county may have been formed in the 1600s and another in the 1800s. You really need to understand when counties were formed to know where to find the records you were looking for.

For instance, Norfolk County, Massachusetts was founded in 1793. Records from 1793 to the present will be found in Norfolk County. Records before 1793 will be found in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

The other consideration is that regardless of when a county was formed they may have started recording records at different times from other counties in the same state. What's even worse is it may vary from town to town. 

You can use a tool such as the Research Guidance feature in Legacy Family Tree software as well as research guides such as the FamilySearch Wiki to find out what records were created when for the place where your ancestor lived.

The next time you use a large online database don't get frustrated when your ancestor goes missing! Take charge by understanding specifically what records are included in the database for your specific county. 

For more research strategies from Marian Pierre-Louis see her classes in the Legacy Webinar Library.

Good luck with your research!

 

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee

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After years of genealogy research, are you ready to share your work with family, friends and the general public? Consider converting your manuscript to various e-book platforms. In this session you'll learn the various e-book types, the best ways to convert a manuscript, how to create a book cover, and even how to market your e-book to the genealogy community and beyond. Participants will learn how to convert a manuscript to various e-book formats including PDF, Amazon Kindle and more. In addition, we'll cover how to market your genealogy e-book using social media and other platforms.

Join us and Thomas MacEntee for the live webinar Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenter

Macenteethomas-144What happens when a "tech guy" with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who's also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to "re-purpose today's technology for tomorrow's genealogy."

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at:

  • 8pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 7pm Central
  • 6pm Mountain
  • 5pm Pacific

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Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!