06 July 2015

National Genealogical Society Enters Partnership with Findmypast to Benefit NGS Members!

Findmypast NGS Members-Only Information Page

ARLINGTON, VA, 6 July 2015—National Genealogical Society (NGS) has made a special arrangement with Findmypast (FMP), one of the leading genealogical records companies, to provide NGS members a free, one-year subscription to Findmypast US and Canada collection.

Members can use this opportunity to extend their own FMP US and Canada subscriptions beyond their current expiration date. Also available to NGS members is a one-year subscription to Findmypast World collection at a significantly discounted rate.

Current and new NGS members are encouraged to visit the NGS website for additional details and to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

Home Page link to more information about this Members-only offer [look near Findmypast logo]

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogical research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes more than two billion family history records—from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a valuable resource for building family trees and making family connections through its historical records and advanced search tools.

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Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

More details can be found online at www.ngsgenealogy.org

Contact Information
Edward Grandi
Phone 703-525-0050 ext. 222






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National Genealogical Society - June 2015 Quarterly Now Online



Volume 103, No.2, June 2015 (PDF 2.8MB) of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly is now available online in the Members Only section of the website.

Feature Articles
+ Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Some Greenfields in Central and Western New York by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS
+ Mothers for Sophie (Kanetski) Howe of Scranton, Pennsylvania by Melissa A. Johnson, CG
+ Free and Enslaved: John and Melinda Human/Newman of Talbot County and Baltimore, Maryland by Michael G. Hait, CG
+ Family Members Missing from Derbyshire Censuses Help Identify Edwin Thorpe’s Parents and Original Name by Allen R. Peterson, CG
+ Identifying a Son for John Temple of Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama by Rachel Mills Lennon, CG

and other regular features ...



Editor’s Note: Please note that online access to the NGS Quarterly (NGSQ) and NGS Magazine are available only as long as your membership is active. You can access the NGSQ archive – the index is available for FREE and as a member you can access archives encompassing 1970, 1972–74, 1976, 1978–current.






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04 July 2015

Top 10 -- Declaration of Independence (courtesy of NARA)



Happy 4th July ...

The above fun facts come courtesy of the National Archives FB page.




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03 July 2015

FREE Access to Fold3 Revolutionary War Records (through 15 July 2015)


From Fold3 ...

As we celebrate America’s independence this month, learn more about the people who made it possible by exploring Fold3’s Revolutionary War Collection for free July 1stto 15th.

Popular titles for finding Revolutionary War ancestors include:
§        Revolutionary War Pensions
§        Revolutionary War Rolls

If you’re interested in the historical aspects of the war, you can explore the captured vessels prize casesRevolutionary War Milestone Documents, the Pennsylvania ArchivesConstitutional Convention Records, and the papers and records of the Continental Congress, among others.

Read all the details.







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Commemorate 4th of July by Signing the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights -- We Need Your Support!


From the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) ...

Did you know that a date of death is no longer added to the Social Security Death Index until three years after the event occurs?

Did you know the State Vital Records Officers have a Model Act which if passed in your state will close access to birth record for 125 years, marriage records for 100 years, and death records for 75 years?

GENEALOGISTS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND SPEAK-UP IF WE ARE TO REVERSE THESE RECENT TRENDS! We need to let Congress and our state legislatures know that genealogists need access to public records and GENEALOGISTS VOTE! You can help by signing the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights and by asking the societies to which you belong to encourage members to also sign the Declaration.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) has obtained 8,000 signatures over the last year including more than 1,500 at the national genealogy conferences, over 2,300 at regional, state, and local societies, and 4,100 online signatures. WE NEED 10,000 SIGNATURES BY THE END OF 2015 FOR GENEALOGISTS TO MAKE A STRONG STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS.

We need YOU to sign the Declaration. Take five minutes and sign at http://bit.ly/gen-declaration.  

Spread the word! Take a copy of the Declaration signature form to your local society and obtain more signatures. The signature form for organizations can be found on the RPAC Blog at www.fgs.orgrpac/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/DeclarationSignaturePageOrganizational-2015-.pdf.

Keep reading if you want more details about how access for genealogists has been restricted this year. There’s bad news, but there’s good news, too.

·       Section 203 of the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act, which went into effect 29 March 2014, closed access to the Death Master File (used by genealogists as the Social Security Death Index) for three years after an individual’s death. Access during the three-year embargo is limited to persons certified by the Commerce Department. Certification costs $400; the annual cost to access the data is $995; the available data is limited; the search engine inadequate, and new audit and security requirements will make access unaffordable by even professional genealogists.
·       Since 1 November 2011, the public DMF/SSDI has omitted those deaths which were reported only by states. The Social Security Administration also omits geographic data, although data aggregators such as Ancestry have been able to add data such as state of issue back into the SSDI based upon the first three digits of the SSN.
·       Genealogists have had no access to death records in Oklahoma since a version of the 2011 Revision of the Model Vital Statistics Act was passed in 2012. Efforts to amend the law and provide access to attorneys did not make it out of committee in the 2015 legislative session.
·       The Kansas Supreme Court has a proposed Rule 106 which would redact the mother’s maiden name, date of birth, and city and state of birth from marriage licenses. RPAC and Kansas genealogy organizations have written the court but the procedures for implementation of a judicial rule are not clear so RPAC is continuing to follow up.

Where genealogists have been actively involved, access to vital records has improved. On a positive note genealogists from some states have been able to reverse the closure trend:
·       Death Records in Virginia are closed for only 25 years. Images of Virginia Death Records 1912-2014 and Marriage Records 1936-2014 are available at the Library of Virginia and on Ancestry.com through 1987.

See the 14 June 2015 RPAC Blog post, “Virginia Vital Records Online,” at http://www.fgs.org/RPAC for more details. 
·       Pennsylvania death records have been digitized from 1906 to 1963 and are also available in the state and on Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania death records are closed for 50 years.
·       The Michigan State Archives has recently added free digitized copies of death records from 1921-1952 to its earlier collection of imaged death records from 1897-1920.

For current updates on access issues check the RPAC Blog at http://www.fgs.org/RPAC.


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02 July 2015

WDYTYA Returns 26 July 2015 & Finding Your Roots Postponed



Okay fans of WDYTYA, the new summer season starts 26 July 2015.  Read more about the new season and the planned celebrities at TLC Reveals Celebrities for Summer 2015 Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

On the other hand, Finding Your Roots hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr is currently in limbo as a result of the Ben Affleck controversy.  Read a synopsis of the controversy and the list of celebrities who have been taped in Celebrity Genealogy on TV: Who and When?

If you haven’t yet caught any of these shows, they are a mix of entertainment and education.  We learn more about these individuals and something of their ancestry while we are reminded of tried and true research strategies and resources while also possibly being introduced to new-to-us strategies and resources that just might benefit our own personal research.




9:30am 2 July 2015 fixed title -- Find to Finding


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01 July 2015

FREE Access to Ancestry.com 13 Colonies Collections (ends 5 July 2015)



Ancestry.com has announced FREE access (through 5 July 2015) to its 13 Colonies Collections.

Celebrate this 4th of July with your forefathers.

What role did the American Revolution play in your family story? Find out with free access to more than 160 million birth, marriage, death, and divorce records from the original 13 colonies–including our just released Virginia collection.




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