31 August 2011

Archivists check collections in wake of Md. Theft

If you didn’t catch the news last month, a presidential historian was charged with stealing millions of dollars in documents from a historical society in Baltimore.

“Archivists are combing their collections to make sure they're not missing artifacts after a presidential historian was charged this month with stealing millions of dollars in documents from a historical society in Baltimore. Already, the accused author's name has turned up again in the investigation of a George Washington letter that went missing in Philadelphia.

Before the accusations, Barry Landau had helped plan special events for several presidents and drew upon his collection of souvenirs to write a coffee-table book about meals in the White House. He has visited archives in several cities to do research on the presidents.” …

Read the full article. A follow-up article provides additional details.

So, when you do visit an archives, repository or library and wonder why you can bring in less and less and why there seem to be more stringent security measures in place, it is because there are still individuals and a market place which crave the personal possession of so-called valuable documents.  Once documents are no longer available via public archives and repositories, there is an increased chance that they will eventually be lost or at least made un-accessible to researchers.

I think of how many times I have seen references to family bibles, which clearly existed at some point, and which appear to no longer be extant.  Unfortunately, not all individuals or institutions place the same value on “family papers” as archivists and genealogists do.  Because of that, you will never find me griping at the security measures put in place to help make sure that the collected documents remain at an archive where I can access them. Though, I do sometimes wish there were better pencil sharpeners to be found!



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30 August 2011

Ancestry.com Offers Free Access to Immigration and Naturalization Records

PROVO, UT--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced an entire week of free access to its popular U.S. and International Immigration and Naturalization records. The free access week begins August 29th and runs through the Labor Day holiday ending September 5th. During this time, all visitors to Ancestry.com will be able to search for free the indices and images of new and updated U.S. immigration records as well as selected international immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. Millions of Americans can trace their family history to other countries, and these collections provide valuable information about the travels and journeys that brought them to America or other countries around the world.

Ancestry.com's extensive collection of immigration, naturalization and travel records offers an important resource for discovering and celebrating family history. As part of this promotion, the company is adding to its collection of U.S. and international records for tracing relatives from their homeland to other countries around the world. These records include ships passenger and crew lists, declarations of intent, petitions for naturalization, witness affidavits, border crossings, certificates and other records generated by the naturalization process, which is the act and procedure of becoming a new citizen of a country. Because the process has changed significantly over time and varies from country to country, different records are available from a wide variety of state, federal and international sources.

Newly added U.S. collections include Florida Petitions for Naturalization, 1913-1991; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959 and Utah Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1850-1960. Noteworthy updated U.S. and international collections include U.S. Naturalization and Passport applications, 1795-1972; UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960; Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956; New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922; Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957; New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973; Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959.

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N.C. Civil War history might need a rewrite

We know as genealogists, the more research you do, the more you learn. Sometimes what we learn refutes what we thought we knew.  This article is a case in point.  As we celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it talks about examining the records of those soldiers from NC who died while serving in the Civil War – the results were not what the researcher expected to find.

“For more than a century, North Carolina clung to a pair of Civil War distinctions thought sacred: It sent the first Confederate killed in battle, and it sacrificed 40,275 men - the most in the South.

Only part of that may still be true.

On the 150th anniversary of the war's first shots, a new state study pulls together the scattered, error-riddled records of North Carolina's Civil War dead and shows the following:

·        A Virginia captain beat Pvt. Henry Lawson Wyatt, a 19-year-old from Tarboro, to the grave by nine days;
·        North Carolina's casualty list is actually closer to 32,000, possibly 35,000 if you count those still missing from the records and lumped into the "probable" category. Whether that's the highest is unclear;
·        The war killed about a quarter of the state's men of military age. More died of typhoid fever and chronic diarrhea than bullets. Some even died of spider bites and lightning strikes.

The point of the study isn't to debunk any points of pride, said Josh Howard, the study's author and a historian with the state Office of Archives and History. He started the study six years ago assuming the 40,275 figure was accurate.” …

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29 August 2011

Online FamilySearch microfilm ordering available to CA and the Pacific NW

Kimberly Powell, About.com Guide, tells us the following:

“The new Family History Library microfilm ordering system is continuing to roll out to new Family History Centers (FHCs) in the United States and Canada, retiring the old Inventory Manager system which required you to physically visit the FHC to place your order. July 27th [was] the magic day for California and the remaining western/northwestern U.S. states, with the rest of the United States and Canada to be rolled out in stages throughout the remainder of the year. Check films.familysearch.org and search for your state to see what's available -- and keep checking back because new centers are coming online every few weeks.



Editor's Note: FamilySearch officially sent out a press release on 10 August 2011 to announce the availability of online film ordering to the U.S. Northwest/West Area. This also states that on 24 August 2011, this service might also have become available in the Southeast. Please post a "comment" if this is true.

Editor's Note: Those of us in Raleigh (NC) received an e-mail notification on 26 August that we could now use the online order service and Sharon Tate Moody has reported the same for Florida.
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26 August 2011

National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators and the Council of State Archivists Annual Meeting -- Learn the challenges faces by archives and what they are doing in response!

Though most genealogists are not professional archivists, we do maintain our own archives and also have a great interest in any archives or repository where original records can be found.

An annual meeting held relevant to archivists is the “National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators and the Council of State Archivists Annual Meeting.” The most recent one was held in July of this year.  Just by reading the program, you learn a lot about the issues facing archivists, new technologies on the rise and so much more.

Some of the sessions have materials available online:

Additionally the NARA blog posted a follow-up talking about a session on the 1940 census (mentioned above) and the bottom of that post lists several resources you might want to check out regarding the soon-to-be-released 1940 census.



Editor’s Note: If you haven’t read yesterdays UpFront with NGS post, also on the 1940 census, do check it out.



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25 August 2011

More Information About Release of the U.S. 1940 Census

I regularly check out Nu? What's New? The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy From Avotaynu (Gary Mokotoff, Editor) for news.  Though it’s labeled as for those doing Jewish Genealogy, I often find great information of general interest to any genealogist as well as those researching Eastern European-born ancestors.

Volume 12, Number 29  | July 24, 2011 included this bit of news that will interest anyone awaiting the release of the 1940 census.  
 
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has uploaded the 1940 Enumeration District (ED) maps to their website. Stephen P. Morse and associates have created an easy-to-use finding aid to locate the map for a town that has multiple EDs. The new utility, called "Viewing 1940 ED Maps in One Step," is at http://www.stevemorse.org/census/arc1940edmaps.html.”

Consider signing up for this E-zine.  It is free for the first 30 days (four issues) and thereafter the cost is $12.00 per year. Back issues are available on the site and you can access up through Vol 12, Number 25 as this posting is made.



Editors Note: If you have not previously explored the aforementioned Steve Morse website or not revisited it recently, it’s always worth checking out to see what new and useful tools he has posted.




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24 August 2011

The Guild of One-Name Studies makes Extended Membership Offer to new Joiners at the NZ Family History Fair in Hamilton

 

Following successful offers made earlier in the year at Family History Fairs in London and York, England, and Colorado, USA, the international Guild of One Name Studies will be making a similar offer at the NZ SoG’s New Zealand Family History Fair in Hamilton on 26-27 August.

Normally, membership of the Guild of One-Name Studies costs either £15 sterling or US$25.00 (or equivalent in NZ$) for 12 months membership.  This offer covers membership for 15 months with renewal not due until 1 November 2012

Visitors to the Fair at Hamilton can call at the Guild of One-Name Studies’ stall where questions about the Guild and this offer will be welcomed.

For those unable to get to Hamilton, the extended membership offer will also be made globally for the whole of August, during Family History Month. Go to the Guild website at: www.one-name.org/nzfhf-offer.html.

Details of all the Guild facilities can be found at: www.one-name.org/guildsvces.html where you can find out:
  • more about undertaking a one-name study
  • the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and
  • the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the nearly 8,000 plus names currently being researched 



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23 August 2011

Fall Programs -- Two National Park Service Experts discuss Adolph Sutro

Sutro Library, the San Francisco branch of the California State Library, announces two evening programs to be held on the last Thursdays in September and October.

Our featured speakers this fall are two National Park Service experts who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Adolph Sutro:

September 29, 2011 
TITLE: Grounds for Pleasure: The Archaeology of Adolph Sutro's "Merry Way" Amusement Park 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Leo Barker, National Park Service Archaeologist  

October 27, 2011       
TITLE: My Family Experiences Working at Sutro Baths
 


GUEST SPEAKER:  Tom Bratton, National Park Service Docent   

These programs are free and open to the public.  Receptions with light refreshments will begin both evenings at 7:00 pm; the lectures start at 7:30 pm.

The Sutro Library is located at 480 Winston Drive in San Francisco.  Directions to the Library are posted on Google Maps.  For more information, please contact the Sutro Library directly at (415) 731-4477 or Sutro@library.ca.gov. 






 
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22 August 2011

August Scanfest -- Sunday, 28 August 2011

The August 2011 Scanfest will take place at AnceStories this coming Sunday, August 28th, from to , Pacific Daylight Time.

What is Scanfest? It's a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

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The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society and Tennessee Historical Society sponsors its 25th Annual All-Day Genealogical Workshop

  
What:             
The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society and Tennessee Historical Society sponsors its 25th Annual All-Day Genealogical Workshop.  

Guest Speakers: 
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG and FUGA will speak on: "Problem Solving in the Problem-Riddled Carolina Backcountry".  
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a professional genealogist, lecturer and author, Topic: "Inheritance Laws and Estate Settlements in the Carolinas". 
Charles A. Sherrill, M.A., M.L.S., State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee, Topic: "Service Records/Civil War.  

Where:            
Brentwood Public Library, Brentwood, TN 

When:             
Sat. 19 November 2011, 9:15 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
  
For detailed information, registration, and payment, please visit our website, www.mtgs.org for details. 




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19 August 2011

Scaling the family tree: Genealogy is a fun way for kids to discover the past

Julie Miller, vice president of the National Genealogical Society, is quoted in this article published 27 July 2011 in the Chicago Tribune.

“Like a power outage brought on by a summer storm, genealogy unites families, instantly transporting them to a distant, pre-electricity past — only without the worry of what will happen to the perishables in the refrigerator.

For kids growing up in the well-lighted information age, what better way to broaden their myopic view than by pointing to the past?

"Genealogy makes history personal by helping children better understand their place in it," said Julie Miller, vice president of the National Genealogical Society (ngsgenealogy.org).” …

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18 August 2011

Footnote now fold3

From the newly renamed website ...

Why the change? As we refocus our efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories we wanted a name that would reflect military history and honor.

So what does it mean?

Traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.


 Read more about the change on the fold3 (previously Footnote) blog.




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“I’m Sorry, Those Records Were Lost” – California Genealogical Society Publication Gives Researchers New Hope

 

OAKLAND, California–July 25, 2011–The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces publication of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, second edition, a guide to circumventing the enormous record loss in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. This authoritative book by Nancy Simons Peterson, Research Director at CGS, is a must have for researching San Francisco ancestors, providing invaluable guidance on which records were lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire, which records survived, and where to find them.

Peterson alerts the reader to lesser-known sources, recently published references, and newly discovered documents. Sources are clearly identified and evaluated, while graphics, statistics, and historical background enrich the text. Not limited to
San Francisco, Peterson's solutions for working around lost records and her emphasis on casting a much wider net than is customary will be especially welcomed by researchers wherever natural disasters have destroyed historical documents. First published in 2006, the second edition has been substantially updated and expanded.

ISBN 978-0-9785694-5-7
Format: Perfect-bound paperback, 242 pages
Dimensions (inches) 8.5 wide × 11.0 tall
Retail Price:  $25.00
Publisher: California Ge
nealogical Society
Additional information at:  http://rakingtheashes.weebly.com/

About the author:
Nancy Simons Peterson is a certified ge
nealogist and author of numerous articles. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.

About CGS:
The California Ge
nealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website, CaliforniaAncestors.org




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