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Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1955, now online

In a time when closing public access to vital records seems to be the trend, it is good to see states like Missouri provide better access. Access to Missouri death certificates from 1910-1955 is now available online. The database was made possible by the work of over 600 volunteers who logged over 27,000 hours.

To access the new database, visit

1851 Scotland census now online

from ScotlandsPeople:

We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the 1861, '71, '81, '91 and 1901 census records, the indexes and images for the 1851 Census for Scotland are now available online at

We regret that a small percentage of 1851 census images were of such a poor quality (because of the quality of the original 1851 paper records, which are in blue ink on blue paper!) that we decided not to put them on the website, because users would have been paying to view an illegible image. Because an extract order copy will also have the same quality problem, we have also decided that these images cannot be ordered as extracts at the moment. Efforts are being made to have those images re-scanned in a way which enhances their quality and, if that is successful, we will make them available on the website. We will post updated information about that whenever we can.

In addition, we have been informed by customers of missing data, in particular, the whole of RD 597/0 (Kilmarnock). The Kilmarnock data has now been retrieved and we are working hard to make the missing data available on-line. Again, we will post updates when we know more about the timescale for doing so.

Pictures and Legacy

As he was getting ready for school this morning, my 5-year-old son asked me, "Daddy, what did you look like in Kindergarten?"

Fortunately, I was prepared. I was sitting at my computer, with Legacy already open. I quickly navigated to my individual record and opened my picture gallery. It contains my school pictures for every year - Kindergarten through university graduation. I located my Kindergarten picture and clicked on the Zoom button. In less than ten seconds, my 5-year-old had the answer to his question.

Are you just as prepared?

If you haven't yet entered into the world of digital imagery, you're really missing out on a lot of fun. Legacy Family Tree makes it easy to organize your photographs. Once you've scanned your picture, follow these steps to link the picture to your Legacy ancestors:

  1. Navigate to the desired individual.
  2. Click on their Picture icon.
  3. Click on the Picture icon in the upper left of the Picture Gallery.
  4. Locate the digital image and click OK.
  5. Add the caption, date, and description, and click Close.

The picture is now linked to the individual. You can link as many pictures as you want to the person's Picture Gallery. However, the picture with the asterisk next to it is the preferred picture, and will be the picture that prints on pedigree charts and other reports. Just highlight the desired picture, and click on the * button in the upper right.

These instructions are also available in the free Legacy for Beginners video. Just click on the Pictures link when viewing the video.

Click here for the video.

Norway parish registers now online

Those with Norwegian roots will benefit from a new service offered through The Digital Archives. Scanned images of the actual parish registers are now being published online.

The microfilm department of The National Archives holds close to all parish registered delivered from the priests' office to The Regional States Archives, ie. nearly 11,000 registers with millions of microfilmed pages. According to their plan, all the material will be published by 2008.

The project has a good start. Read all about it, and even search the records, at

George Morgan's "Along Those Lines" column

For over eight years, thousands of genealogists have looked forward to George Morgan's Along Those Lines column at Ancestry. When Ancestry recently changed to its new Ancestry Weekly Journal and its 24/7 Family History Circle, they discontinued George's column.

Fortunately, articles in Along Those Lines are still archived here. George has taken it a step further. He will continue publishing his columns in his new blog. Here is an excerpt from the first of his articles:

This week in "Along Those Lines ...", I want to discuss an issue that has bothered me for the past five years but which I have been unable to voice in previous columns in the "Ancestry Daily News" and on the Web site. It is the closure of access to public records. Ancestry was reluctant to print a column I wrote on this topic two years ago, and I actually received a call from their legal department. I was informed that California had 'requested' that remove the California Death Index from its database collection or that the state would seek to take legal action to force its removal. I could easily understand that and its parent company,, Inc., didn't want to throw fuel on that particular fire and I readily acquiesced. However, this is the time for another look at what is happening, especially since we are in yet another major mid-term election year in the U.S.

Continue reading this article, and update your bookmarks to George's new blog, at