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Monday, July 21, 2014

FAMILYSEARCH WORLD WIDE INDEXING EVENT PROGRESS REPORT

After a slow start the FamilySearch indexing event is off and running.  I just submitted my first batch with no problem. Last night I lost internet to the house and when it came back on FamilySearch was very slow.  Finally indexed a batch and after trying to submit it four times I gave up and went to bed.  The site is working just fine today.  So get to indexing.
https://www.facebook.com/familysearch?fref=photo

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

I subscribed to the Alabama Pioneers Newsletter about a year ago and have found some very enjoyable and informative information about my Alabama ancestors.  My Jones line moved to Bibb/Chilton Counties, Alabama about 1820.  Some moved on to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas after the Civil War, but many stayed in this area of Alabama.

Click on "Alabama Pioneers" below to go to their website and while you are there subscribe to their newsletter.  Click on the Framed Picture to see their latest newsletter with a article about storytelling that I found very interesting.

Happy ancestor hunting.

http://alabamapioneers.com/#sthash.bUDtxVvg.dpbs

http://alabamapioneers.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/AFCF168B19457FA32540EF23F30FEDED/A52C8CD8061562D66B5BE456C00C2519

Friday, July 18, 2014

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED QUIRKY COINCIDENCES OR OCCURRENCES IN YOUR FAMILY TREE?

Last week John Prime spoke to our SAR group about experiencing serendipity while doing research for his newspaper articles.  At first, I did not understand exactly how serendipity applied to research but as he continued, I began to understand what he was talking about.

The official dictionary definition  or serendipity is: "the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also :  an instance of this"

I began to research how this would apply to genealogy research and found the following definition from the Ancestry Ancestor - It is as though our ancestors want to be found. Uncanny coincidence. Olympian luck. Phenomenal fate. Tremendous intuition. Remarkable miracle. We call It, “Serendipity in Genealogy.”  Now, I like that much better!

I kind of think of genealogy serendipity as a fancy word for going off on what I call "rabbit trails" when doing our genealogy research and forgetting what we were searching for in the first place.

In the short youtube video below preeminent family historian Helen Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, reflects on why people do genealogy and on the comforts that people find in researching their ancestors. In addition she touches on the unique experiences that researchers often encounter when researching their family tree -- those little touches of unexplained serendipity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WVF4c7n4wWs
 Happy serendipity in your ancestor hunting.

NEW AND UPDATED RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH.ORG AND ANCESTRY.COM

The following records are new or updated on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com

Happy ancestor hunting.
 
FamilySearch.org Records
Title Records Last Updated
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991158,732 *18 Jul 2014
Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-19381,509,422 *18 Jul 2014
Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-18685,897 *18 Jul 2014
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-196641,259 *17 Jul 2014
Netherlands, Utrecht Province, Church Records, 1542-1955Browse Images *17 Jul 2014
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941Browse Images *17 Jul 2014
Poland, Częstochowa Roman Catholic Church Books, 1226-1950Browse Images *17 Jul 2014
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911Browse Images *16 Jul 2014
Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-197979,535 *16 Jul 2014
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994Browse Images *16 Jul 2014

Ancestry.com Records
 Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978Birth, Marriage & Death2,322,348Updated

Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1813-1834Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills2,980,774Updated

New York, Estate Inventories and Accounts, 1666-1822Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills1,104New

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FAMILY SEARCH WORLDWIDE INDEXING EVENT

If you are an indexer or arbitrator for FamilySearch be sure and participate in the 24 hour indexing event starting Sunday, 20 July 2014.  For details click on the picture below.

I you have never indexed for FamilySearch and want to give it a try, I will be glad to meet you at Broadmoor library any time Monday, 21 July and help you get started.  Just email me at jgjones09@gmail.com.

Happy ancestor hunting.

http://view.familysearch.ldschurch.org/?j=fe561077706704747313&m=fe6315707166057a711d&ls=fde9137777630d7a73147470&l=fe5f16797d61067d7314&s=fe3013767760017c751773&jb=ff9c1572&ju=fe1f177173650274731c78&et_cid=47530967&et_rid=762451033&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fview.familysearch.ldschurch.org%2f%3fj%3dfe561077706704747313%26m%3d%%ex2%3bMemberID%%%26ls%3d%%ex2%3blistsubid%%%26l%3d%%ex2%3blistid%%%26s%3d%%ex2%3bSubscriberID%%%26jb%3d%%ex2%3b_JobSubscriberBatchID%%%26ju%3d%%ex2%3bjoburlid%%&cid=WorldwideIndexingEvent&r=0


Monday, July 14, 2014

NEW AND UPDATED RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

The following record collections are show as new or updated on FamilySearch.org records.

Happy ancestor hunting.
 
FamilySearch.org Records
Title Records Last Updated
United States Census, 1940134,867,562 *14 Jul 2014
Canadian Headstones766,368 *14 Jul 2014
United States Census, 1920107,543,064 *14 Jul 2014
Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-19531,160,179 *14 Jul 2014
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-193799,950 *14 Jul 2014
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997167,102 *14 Jul 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

WWI RECORDS FREE AT MYHERITAGE

If you are searching for records of one of your ancestors who served in World War I, this is the ideal time to check out the records on MyHeritage. Look-ups on these records are free through the end of July.

Happy ancestor hunting. 

http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2014/07/search-wwi-records-for-free-at.html

Friday, July 11, 2014

ALABAMA PIONEERS WEBSITE




Welcome to Alabama Pioneers
Those who walk in another’s tracks leave no footprints  
Alabama Pioneers is devoted to discovering and sharing the footprints left behind by our ancestors through documents, stories and biographies as we journey through our state’s history. We report the news of the past!

Though we have considerable information for those interested in genealogy, we are not just another genealogy website. In Days Gone By you will find many heart-warming stories and memories from various authors that will touch your heart, inspire you and sometimes make you laugh.

The website is totally FREE! If you find an article you enjoy, pleas comment in the Reply section of the article. Our authors appreciate hearing from you.

We are nearing one thousand biographies of Alabama Pioneers on the site. Some people are notable people you may have read about while others are not-so-notable and a few could be your ancestors.
At Alabama Pioneers, we search through thousands of historical documents to report important news of Alabama’s past. From historical accounts, genealogy queries and wonderful memories from our contributing authors, you will always find something interesting on Alabama Pioneers.



NEW AND UPDATED RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH.ORG AND ANCESTRY.COM

The following record collections have been updated or new on FamilyTree.org and Ancestry.com.

Happy ancestor hunting.
 
FamilySearch.org Records
Title Records Last Updated
United States Census, 185020,224,571 *10 Jul 2014
Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574-1940Browse Images *10 Jul 2014
United States Census, 1930125,187,863 *10 Jul 2014
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration, 1811-1978Browse Images *10 Jul 2014
England, Durham Probate Commissions, Monitions and Citations, 1650-1858Browse Images *10 Jul 2014
England, Durham Probate Bonds, 1556-1858 Browse Images *10 Jul 2014
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972103,574 *10 Jul 2014
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922, 1959-19942,183,464 *10 Jul 2014
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-196386,069 *09 Jul 2014
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-20136,762 *09 Jul 2014

Ancestry.com Records
 Early WellingtonStories, Memories & Histories542New

Savannah, Georgia, City Council Minutes, 1790-1900Stories, Memories & Histories13,019New