Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1875

We heard from Susan Mavor this week with information about ScotlandsPeople. This subscription website is providing a good deal for the coming months for those of you with Scottish ancestors.
Here is Susan's info and suggestion:
"ScotlandsPeople are allowing a search and browse for free of the Valuation Rolls for 1875 until Dec 31st.  The trick is to sign up for an account but attach no credit card.  This gives you access to the advanced search."
Following is more information on what is included in those valuation rolls:
The Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1875

We're delighted to announce that the Valuation Rolls (VRs) for 1875 are now available on the ScotlandsPeople website. For the first time, the index is Free to Search and can be browsed free of charge until the 31st December 2014.
Among the hundreds of thousands of Victorian Scots who can be found in the latest year of Valuation Rolls to be released on ScotlandsPeople are two of the most celebrated sportsmen of the era, the golfers Old Tom Morris and his eldest son Young Tom. Valuation rolls for 1875 covering the whole of Scotland have become available, enabling searches for property owners, tenants and occupiers across Scotland from 1875 to 1920, and often revealing valuable information about the inter-census years. The latest addition comprises over 900,000 index entries and almost 72,000 digital images taken from 141 volumes of Valuation Rolls.
Thanks, Susan, and happy searching!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Legacy Webinars

Legacy's webinar for Wednesday, October 1, is directed at intermediate researchers. Judy Russell, a genealogist with a specialty in law, is the presenter. The description of her topic follows:

The Fair Court: Records of Chancery Courts
"Only one court has ever had doing what’s fair as part of its official mission: the chancery court. With different names in different states (and countries), it was often the go-to court for cases of great genealogical value, including divorces, guardianships, real property partition and more."

Another webinar is scheduled for this week. On Friday, October 3, Karen Clifford will present a topic for intermediate and advanced researchers. Those of you with brick wall problems may find this of interest.

Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records
"Were you told that all the records in the courthouse were burned so you cannot go any further on your ancestor's line? Or have you searched many times at the local repositories only to discover that the records are missing for the years you need? This presentation will cover a handful of proven research techniques that may help you to overcome your destroyed or missing records."

For more information or to register to watch in real time: www.familytreewebinars.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Finding Your Roots


The PBS series "Finding Your Roots" begins tonight, September 23, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He will take some of his favorite personalities on a journey to find their roots. They'll discover champions, trailblazers, and more as they connect with their ancestral pasts.
Check your local listings if you're interested in this program.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Legacy Webinar

We have talked about Internet Archive several times at our club meetings; particularly in reference to using county histories. Maureen Taylor will be presenting a webinar covering this topic on Wednesday, September 24, for beginning and intermediate researchers. The description of the webinar follows, and you can access more information and/or register at www.familytreewebinars.com.

A Library at Your Fingertips - the Internet Archive
"Genealogies, local histories, historic publications and more are available through the Internet Archive for FREE. This in-depth look at how to use this site covers publications, video and the WayBack machine. This is a live presentation with input from the audience."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Genealogy on Facebook

Katherine R. Willson writes to Family Tree Magazine about her compilation of genealogical and historical links found on Facebook. She frequently updates this list and makes it available for download at no charge at www.socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list.

The first time I tried to access this site a message said the PDF file was corrupted, but today there was no problem. The list contained 118 pages with more than 4000 links. It begins with U. S. states, continues with international links and other genealogy topics.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Family Tree Magazine Websites

The September issue of Family Tree Magazine contains their 15th annual listing of the 101 best genealogy websites. They include old favorites and new suggestions. This is an article that we usually reproduce for club members who are interested, but you can probably find the information on the magazine's website.

For those interested: there was no scheduled webinar from Legacy this week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Delayed Birth Records

The NGS Magazine recently had an article about vital records; reading it reminded me of another source to check for birth records. After President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in August 1936, individuals had to prove the date of their birth in order to qualify for payments. According to the NGS article, the system of issuing regular payments began in 1942, but lump-sum checks were issued from 1937 to 1940. At this time there was a huge rush to obtain delayed birth records, as many born in the nineteenth century had no birth certificate.

My paternal grandmother and her many siblings were all registered at the courthouse by their mother around this same time. Their names do not appear in the usual place in the indexes, however; the names were simply added to the end of that section of the alphabet. If you are missing birth records for ancestors who would fit this category, it is worth checking further into your county records.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Legacy's Weekly Webinar

Wednesday, September 10, Barbara Renick will be discussing manuscript sources. Her topic is suggested for intermediate researchers, as locating and using manuscripts would be something to try after the usual searches for vital records, censuses, newspapers, passenger lists, land records, etc. have been completed.

Legacy's description of this week's topic follows. Register to attend in real time at www.familytreewebinars.com.

Success with Manuscript Sources
"Genealogists love manuscript sources because they are often primary sources. Because of this interest many genealogical, historical, patriotic, and lineage societies seek out and publish manuscript sources. Typically, these sources are also found in archives, libraries, and private collections. Today's Internet makes many important finding aids for manuscript collections available online."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mesa FamilySearch Library Newsletter

The September newsletter from the Mesa facility is available, and the subject this month is beginning research.

This edition focuses on the many resources available to learn how to do family history work--online, at the Library and many, many more. There are links to various resources for beginners and suggestions for use of the Mesa website, which has research helps, blank charts, webinars, and many other ideas for beginning your research.

And don't forget about the October Conference where you can learn even more about doing family history.  It will be held on Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU campus.  Registration is required, but the conference itself is free. Space is limited, so if you will be in Casa Grande by the end of October, register now!

For more information visit www.mesafsl.org.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Legacy Webinars

Wednesday, September 3, Legacy will present Jennifer Alford, who specializes in Jewish research. The description of her talk (appropriate for beginner and intermediate researchers) follows.

Researching Your Jewish Ancestors

"Whether you have a Jewish ancestor or are looking to assist others, this webinar will step you through the recommended research process. Jennifer will present tips on unique aspects of Jewish life and guide viewers through the discovery of the hometown of her great-grandfather."

Friday, September 5, a Legacy panel will hold a group session for all (and future) users of their program. 

Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting
"Learn tips, tricks, and best practices related to using the Legacy Family Tree software. Topics for beginners through advanced presented by the Legacy staff and other experts. We’ll also leave time for questions and answers. Have a favorite Legacy tip and want to share it? Send us an email, we’d love to have you participate. Everyone is welcome!"

Register for either webinar or access more information at www.familytreewebinars.com