Wednesday, April 29, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch added the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration to its online collection—about 4.5 million new digital images. The free collection contains searchable digital images of the original birth, marriage, and death records from all of the municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro from 1889 to 2006. The new digital images can be searched for free at www.FamilySearch.org (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).
The published records cover births up to 1930, marriages to 1950, and deaths up to 2006. There are an estimated 18 million names in the free online digital collection. FamilySearch continues to film civil registration records in Rio de Janeiro and will update the collection as applicable.
Prior to now, the Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration records were only available in archive offices in Brazil or on microfilm through one of FamilySearch’s family history centers worldwide. FamilySearch digitized the collection—over 2,500 microfilms, spanning 117 years of vital records—and published them online for free public access.
“Now instead of ordering some of the films and traveling to a local family history center to use it, researchers worldwide can search any of the 2,500 films digitally and freely online from the comfort of their home,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “Family history enthusiasts with Rio de Janeiro ancestors have just been handed a big-time free gift,” added Nauta.
Civil records were kept for all the population, including the Catholics and the non-Catholics. There was a large infusion of non-Catholics in Brazil after the 1880s. The civil registration records are an important public record of this section of the population as well.
FamilySearch has the largest collection of Brazilian vital records outside of Brazil. Currently these records are available to the public on microfilm through FamilySearch’s 4,500 family history centers worldwide or affiliate public libraries. FamilySearch plans to continue expanding online access to its Brazil collections. Pernambuco and Paranã will be the next state civil registrations added to the collection.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In this episode I'll talk you through all it's features and I'll walk you through them visually in a brand new companion video on my Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel (and be sure to subscribe free to the channel while you're there) I love the News Timeline and I think it has a lot of potential for helping us with our family history research. And because it's part of Google Labs we can look forward to a lot more additions and improvements to it in the future.
Also in this podcast episode we get a chance to talk about a Gem of an idea that Mark Tucker proposed on his Think Genealogy blog: subscription genealogy records websites providing downloadable source citations for the records they provide. I found this to be a fascinating idea, and in this episode you'll hear what respected genealogy blogger Stephen Danko has to say about it, Ancestry and World Vital Records responses, and my two cents.
It's definitely an idea we as genealogists will want to consider getting around.
And finally, the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor will be joining me for a chat. She's always fun!
Monday, April 27, 2009
That's what happened to a man named Kyle. And my friend Forensic Genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick, co-founder of IdentiFinders, a California based company that does genetic genealogy detecting is on the case. (Listen to my interview with Colleen Fitzpatrick about another fascinating case she's worked on in Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 54)
Read this fascinating story and see the face of the man who is not only in search of his family history, but also of the key: his name.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
New Techniques and Technology Make Family History Research a Virtual Treasure Hunt
My good friend Holly Hansen has just announced the final details on the upcoming Family History Expo in Logan, Utah on May 9, 2009.
The Logan Family History Expo promises to deliver the education and fun that participants consistently find at these events. But you are in for something extra special in Logan because Barry Ewell is the keynote speaker.
I first met Barry at an expo in Mesa, AZ and was so impressed with his presentation that I immediately pulled him aside for an interview for the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast Episode 6. Barry is a captivating and thoughtful speaker and the perfect choice for the Keynote address at the Logan expo!
Here's the entire scoop on this terrific upcoming event:
Logan, Utah – Family history research has come a long way. New techniques and technology have turned the task of digging up family roots into a virtual treasure hunt. FamilyHistory Expos.com is coming to Logan, Utah, May 9th to help beginners and old-timers alike take their research to the next level. The expo will be held at the Eccles Conference Center on USU Campus (5005 Old Main Hill).
Family History Expos’ “Learn the Tech to Trace Your Roots”event will feature national speakers, vendors promoting the latest techniques and technology, hundreds of door prizes and opportunities to network with experienced professionals.Thousands of exciting products and hands-on demonstrations to aid family history research will be on display in an exhibit open to the public.
Registered participants will be able to choose from seven different courses offered each hour. “There’s something for everyone whether you’re just beginning or are an old pro,” Hansen said. Workshops include fascinating, relevant subjects including a course taught by an Abraham Lincoln historian on, “The Power of Abraham Lincoln’s Integrity.” Other popular topics include, “Finding Your English/Welsh Ancestors,” “Bringing Life to Your Life Stories,” “Beginning the Search of Your Ancestors,” and “Easier Scanning for Great Results.”
Keynote speaker Barry J. Ewell is a Senior Marketing Manager for IBM and founder of MyGenShare.com. Despite his busy professional life, Barry has spent the last decade tracing his own roots through family history and genealogy.
The event’s line-up of presenters includes professional researchers from throughout the U.S., FamilySearch developers, Family History Library staff, and some of Cache Valley’s own talent, Hansen said. Sheri Lynn Lemon will be among them. Lemon has worked in the Logan Utah Regional Family History Center as the Associate Director of Training, editor of their weekly email newsletter, and Webmaster.
To register for this third annual event, review presenter information, and locate complete details visit http://www.fhexpos.com/.
This event is sponsored by Family History Expos.com, FamilySearch, Family Tree Magazine, Roots Magic, Generation Maps, and Genealogy Gems Podcast.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch expanded its Knowles Collection—a free popular database of Jewish records hailing from the British Isles. The collection builds upon work commenced by the late Isobel Mordy—a well-known historian of the Jews of the British Isles.
Mordy was a retired mathematician and used a complex code to link Jewish United Kingdom families in her research. Her work yielded 8,000 names and has been very popular for Jewish family history researchers with British ancestry.
“The complexity of the code Mordy used to index her research is daunting even to the most experienced researcher,” said Todd Knowles, author and manager of the Knowles Collection and a British Reference consultant for the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It took Knowles a few years, but he ultimately managed to transcribe the records from Mordy’s work into a more easily searchable genealogy database.
The great advantage of the Knowles Collection is that it links together electronically tens of thousands of individual Jews into family groups. Knowles has since expanded Mordy’s collection of 8,000 names to a collection of over 40,000.
“The records come from over 100 individual sources,” noted Knowles. “That saves the researcher a lot of time and travel.”
Some of the record sources were actively maintained until the mid 1980s, so many people living today will be able to find their relatives from recent memory in the collection. The newly added names come from many types of records—censuses; probate records; synagogue birth, marriage, and death records; biographies; and more.
Perhaps the most interesting records added recently include over 200 Jewish Welsh marriages from a community in the city of Cardiff, original synagogue records, and patron-submitted records. Some of the families tie into the work of Malcolm Stern’s The First American Jewish Families, which includes families who had English ancestry.
The collection can be accessed at FamilySearch.org on the Jewish Family History Resources page. It is available to download for free as either a GEDCOM or PAF file. Individuals can add their own records to the collection by contacting the collection’s author, Todd Knowles, directly at email@example.com.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Panel to discuss future National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia
Washington, DC. . . On Thursday, May 21, at 7 PM, the National Archives will celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with a special programentitled: "Exhibiting the American Jewish Experience." This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.
To commemorate the third annual Jewish American Heritage Month, a panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the creation and importance of the National Museum of American Jewish History, scheduled to open in Philadelphia in fall 2010. Gwen Goodman, executive director of the National Museum of American Jewish History, will moderate the panel that includes Patrick Gallagher, president of Gallagher and Associates, responsible for the exhibition design; Robert Young of Polshek Partnership Architects, responsible for the building design; and Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I'm particularly looking forward to Arkansas Marriages. Is there anything listed here that is just what you've been waiting for?
· Arkansas Marriages VI
· Arkansas Marriages VII
· Australia, Bounty Immigrants, 1824-1842
· Australia, Greenwich, Genealogical Records
· Austria, Vienna Population Cards
· Brazil, Pernambuco Civil Register 1900-1920
· Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Marriages 1900-10
· Canada, British Columbia Birth 1854-1903
· Canada, British Columbia Marriages
· Chicago Archdiocese Cemetery Records 1 (1864-1989)
· Czech, Litomerice Church Records - Part 1 1552-1905
· Freedmen Marriages
· Germany, Baden Church Books 1810-1869
· Germany, Mecklenburg 1890 Census
· Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates 1
· Indiana, Allen County Marriages 1811-1959
· Jamaica, Trelawny Births
· Peru, Lima Civil Register Index 1910-1930
Monday, April 13, 2009
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs – available unrestricted to the public and free of charge. The browseable, searchable site will function in seven languages and offer content in dozens of languages.
For a sneak peek at what's coming head to the web site at http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/project/english/ and watch the video.
Of special interest is the ability to select text from a book and have it translated right there on the web site. It looks like there will also be a focus on international materials, mobile technology, timelines tools, and even computerized voice technology.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The GPS has been the standard for years for professional genealogists. They depend on it to ensure the quality, accuracy and success of their research. But you don't have to be a professional to apply it to your research.
Now is the ideal time to become familiar with the GPS because you don't want to have to go back and re-do your hard work later down the road! But how do you get started?
Well, in the newest episode #23, I’m going to help you put these ideas into concrete action. I've create a worksheet that provides a research process that incorporates achieving the GPS, and gives you a method for staying organized all along the way. Best of all, it's available for FREE download from the web page show notes for this episode. Along with the worksheet, you will find a case study example worksheet filled out that you can follow along as you listen to the show.
My hope is that through the ideas shared in this episode and the tools I'm providing, you will be able to stay better organized, while following sound genealogical principles and making significant progress on your family tree.
Friday, April 3, 2009
On March 28, 1906, the Washington Times (Washington, DC) reported that the U.S. Census Office proposed to improve census-taking methods through the implementation of "A Punch Instead of a Pen" which they believed would revolutionize census-taking methods.
The article describes the technological developments in card-punch and automated tabulation machines that were occurring at that time, and the government's plans to increase speed and efficiency in data collection.
Head to the page in the newspaper featured in the Chronicling America section of the Library of Congress web site to read the entire article and the proposed punch card.
Personally, I love the cartoon of the census taker with the lady of the house. She's the spitting image of my great grandmother with her hand on her hip and her finger in his face. Being an enumerator could not have been an easy job, even with all the technological advances!