AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 12 Compiled Sources & Newspapers

AmericaGen Study Group

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 12 “Compiled Sources & Newspapers” from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.)

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Val Greenwoods book

Note: All panelists were invited ro read the chapter and then write about how that chapter relates to their personal research habits. AmericaGEN Study Group Chapter 12 Combined homework


10:02:02 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Hello Dear Myrtle and all the other contributors participants
10:02:05 From Sheri Fenley : Good Morning from Sunny California where it is 75 and we have no idea it is November tomorrow. Where are you Fall?
10:09:29 From Cary Bright : Here is the link to the Alonzo White Acct Bk:
10:15:36 From Danine Cozzens : I have many things to ultimately donate to special collections. I’d appreciate more tips on matching the things I have to their best homes.
10:16:34 From Danine Cozzens : Excellent point!
10:17:28 From Danine Cozzens : Wow Russ! Thanks!
10:17:48 From Cousin Russ : Archive Grid
10:18:13 From Janine Edmée Hakim : museum I am the president of, has a collections management policy that includes the info related to that question. A quick call should be able to get the info fro whoever their contact person is
10:18:51 From Cousin Russ : National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
10:19:21 From Cousin Russ : CONTENT STANDARD (NUCMC)
10:20:12 From Danine Cozzens : Presbyterian missionaries archive in Oregon!
10:22:10 From Hilary Gadsby : Finding records in places other than archives is the same over here in UK.
10:22:14 From Danine Cozzens : Great idea calling for references. I’ve been putting off making physical appointments with repositories. Thanks everyone for all the leads!
10:32:38 From Teri Chaffin : yup, we studied that in school and I worked in a library!
10:33:16 From Susan Bleimehl : Just used it yesterday to research French Spoliation articles.
10:33:20 From Danine Cozzens : Knew PERSI but not all the history behind it!
10:34:56 From Cousin Russ : PERSI (Periodical Source Index)
10:40:30 From Hilary Gadsby : I wonder if they have any of the English family history society journals. I will take a look.

Printed Sources
10:46:07 From Melinda Culpon :
10:46:44 From Melinda Culpon : I bought it used
10:50:15 From Melinda Culpon : portal to texas history –

10:59:10 From Danine Cozzens : Love local newspapers. Be sure to check all of them in one town. In 1876 Visalia, one paper had a mere listing for what its opponent called the wedding of the year— groom was a constant advertiser in the latter.
11:01:27 From Sue Burns to All panelists : I’ve found several articles in different newspapers regarding family reunions of my relatives.
11:02:14 From Hilary Gadsby : I have come across an article in a local newspaper that was originally in a national paper in the UK
11:06:45 From Danine Cozzens : Thanks so much!
11:07:12 From Danine Cozzens : I know where she lives….
11:07:35 From Hilary Gadsby : Melinda can I wish you a Happy Birthday
11:07:58 From Danine Cozzens to All panelists : This is changing my research plan — thanks for all the guidance.

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FindMyPast: British military, Scotland marriages & newspaper additions

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following arrived over the weekend from our friends at FindMyPast.

findmypast 2017

There are more than 849,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Britain, Royal Navy, Navy Lists 1827-1945

Search for your ancestor in official lists of Royal Navy Officers. The collection consists of 147 publications spanning the 1824 to 1945. The collection consists of digital images of original lists presented in PDF format.

The amount of information available will vary from volume to volume. Some details you may be able to discover include an individual’s name, rank, seniority, and place of service.

British Army Service Records

Over 34,000 new Scots Guards records have been added to our collection of British Army Service records. The new additions consist of Enlistment Registers spanning the years 1642 to 1939.

The records include bot transcripts and images of the original documents. The Register cover both officers and other ranks and will reveal the place, date, and age of the soldier at the time of attestation. You may also find the soldier’s birth place, spouse’s name, marriage date, and trade prior to joining the army. The books also recorded if the individual received medals or was wounded during service, as well as the individual’s rank at the time of discharge.

Scotland, Edinburgh Marriages 1595-1800

Did any of your relations marry in Edinburgh, Scotland? Discover their names, occupations, residences, spouses and dates of marriage, former marriages, and more in this collection of records from parish registers collated throughout the city.

The collection consists of over 2,400 PDF images of printed marriage registers.

Scotland, Testaments 1514-1800

Did your ancestors die in Scotland? Discover details of their property, relatives, and more in records of their last will and testaments. The collection contains over 2,800 PDF images of original documents

The detail in these records may vary but most will include a combination of the names of those who died, their marital status, their occupations, the names of close relatives, residences and the date of testament.

Scotland, Edinburgh Apprentices 1583-1700

Did any of your ancestors learn their trade in Edinburgh? Discover details of their apprenticeships and occupations in this collection of over 30,000 records from the capital of Scotland.

The information contained in these records varies. Records may include the names and occupations of relatives, locations of birth and residence, occupations and trades, details of close relations and notable life events.

Extra! Extra! The latest additions to our newspaper collection

This week we have added 114,026 new pages to The Archive. We have updated three of our Irish titles, and there are also updates to titles covering the city of Liverpool, the county of Gloucestershire and one of our Scottish titles.

This week’s new additions include;

Irish Independent 1989-1990, 1993-1994
Peeblesshire Advertiser 1880-1882, 1887-1892
Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser 1869
Evening Herald (Dublin) 1986-1987, 1990
Music Hall and Theatre Review 1890
Belfast Telegraph 1913-1914, 1920
Liverpool Echo 1984, 1986

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 23 July 2018


A power-packed discussion of the research process, archived historical newspaper go-to websites, Google Earth and Google Maps “street view”, Progeny’s new DNA option in Charting Companion, RootsWeb message boards and mailing lists, the Ancestry Wiki (now on RootsWeb), Fold3 has British in addition to US Military records. We also locate Family History Ron on Facebook and YouTube.



09:47:30 From DearMYRTLE :  PARTNERSHIP: FindMyPast & LivingDNA
09:50:30 From Pat Kuhn :

10:02:49 From June Butka : I’m loving you Research Process videos.
10:04:00 From June Butka : I use Google sheets. I plan to do it in FTM2017 onward along with the Google Sheets.
10:04:56 From Leah Smith to All panelists : I watched the first 2. What a great teaching tool!
10:06:57 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Good morning from South Louisiana.
10:07:31 From Jacqueline Wilson : I am already a member!
10:08:02 From Bill West : Good morning from hazy, hot and humid Massachusetts.
10:09:32 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Nice to see all the panelists 🙂
10:09:48 From Molly McKinley : I have enjoyed many of Russ’s FTM videos.
10:10:07 From June Butka : Year round humidity. That is why the winter chills usand much as the somummer zaps us.
10:10:17 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have not used Google Sheets except with the study groups. Instead, I have been using Excel – I may need to change so I can use my Samsung Tablet at the the Newberry Library.
10:10:57 From June Butka : I like Google Sheet Jacqueline, so I can access when out traveling .
10:11:50 From Rebecca Williams : I do like the new views, ~ seeing all the panelists.
10:14:35 From Bill West : My family gave me an air conditioner as an early birthday present so I don’t have to dealwith the heat and humidity anymore. I can sitting here in the cool and watch it hum out. 🙂
10:15:13 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I have Newspapers. com with Ancestry and upgraded to received more newspapers. A great resource and has helped fill in gaps in families.
10:15:31 From June Butka : I’ve used all of those you mentioned for news. Reminder that Probate are under Ads in some newspapers.
10:15:53 From Lisa Gorrell : you can subscribe and receive email updates on new stuff. from TheAncestorHunt
10:16:10 From Cousin Russ : GenealogyBank (findMyPast) – Library of Congress Chronicling America Ken Mark’s TheAncestorHunt
10:16:17 From Randy Seaver : Seavers in the News –
10:16:33 From June Butka : I still can’t find the 1823 fire in Gilman Pond Plantation, Maine, in any paper.

Randy Seaver’s List of go-to newspaper sites
10:18:26 From Cousin Russ :  has Library of Congress Chronicling America in easier to search format.
10:18:34 From Cousin Russ :
10:18:41 From Cousin Russ : (findMyPast)
Ken Mark’s

10:20:14 From Sue Draper : select all, then you can do more
10:22:49 From Michelle Minner : I already knew how to do this process…but I never thought of it for newspaper and citation! WOO HOO! GREAT idea!
10:22:58 From June Butka : I wanted to learn how to do the citation with the photo. Thank you.
10:23:24 From Hilary Gadsby : Thanks for reminding us of this great tip.
10:23:52 From Susan Ennis : The mid-19th century newspaper articles helped me to break down three brick walls with females!
10:23:58 From Deb Andrew : I found my dh’s great grandmother’s death place in a totally different state, instead of Chicago, IL, she was in Louisiana, on a visit.
10:24:15 From Sue Draper : A stray notice looking for relatives for a probate case led to much information about my immigrant ancestor’s extended family.
10:24:17 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I have several newspaper copies from film that I need to do that with
10:24:25 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Through an obituary I found out that my husband’s cousin married my great-aunt’s granddaughter.
10:25:04 From Marcia Philbrick : I found that my ancestor, Richard Foster, died from rabies in 1831.
10:25:11 From June Butka : Family Search Pioneer hints provided me with hints of why certain surnames were coming up in my DNA Hints. I was able to fill out my tree with verifiable sources.
10:25:19 From Danine Cozzens : Check ALL the newspapers. In 1878 Visalia, California, a g-g-g-aunt’s wedding rated a civil citation in one paper and was the wedding of the year in its opponent, where the groom was a prominent advertiser.

10:25:36 From Cousin Russ : Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles 
10:25:37 From Lisa Gorrell : I’m lucky I guess that I don’t have many DNA circles.
10:25:42 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles
10:29:25 From Leah Smith : A DNA match has a daughter born to a woman more than 100 yrs after this woman’s death. Tree owner occasionally corrects and then later the error reappears. Possibly she keeps picking up the same inappropriate record from a hint.
10:30:52 From Michelle Minner : I have learned the hard way, exactly what is being talked about! I used to be a hunter/gatherer…I use ancestry and Family Search and My Heritage…records! and I am making more progress than ever before!
10:32:35 From JoAnn Lawrencw : Maybe we should start a hunter/gatherer support group. Boy I need to learn more to stop being a hunter.gatherer.
10:33:03 From Bill West : I am greatful toAncestry and FamilySearch for the records they posted that helped me discover so much. It’s the trees on both sites that frustrate me.
10:33:07 From Michelle Minner : Yep, I have tried to contact someone that had NO sources or citations…and they added a few husbands to my grandmother that were inaccurate (with no marriage records)…and I sent a nice email and asked for their sources….and was told that I was wrong…and leave their tree and person alone!
10:33:23 From June Butka : I attempted with a link to the sources. If they respond with a source to support their information, I will review mine again.
10:33:27 From JoAnn Lawrencw to All panelists : Thanks to this group, I’ve learn a great more information. Thank you Thanky you.
10:34:35 From Marcia Philbrick : Thanks for pointing out the issue with the circle biography! I clicked on the ‘more about .. ‘ link and it shows images. I’m assuming that at least one person has attached the image. Out of 6 images, only 3 fit the ancestors
10:35:14 From Sue Draper : Those are in the vault, too. Maybe recent acquisitions, so they are not reels or images.
10:35:38 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : My problem is that I have people who are stating with dna and using there relationship with thier matches to build thier tree. With basicly no document research.
10:35:59 From Marcia Philbrick : I have my icons for Woodson County, Kansas — Marriage Records (under vital records) — I have a camera and a film icon for two different record sets.
10:36:32 From Sue Draper : You can request availability.
10:36:56 From Hilary Gadsby : We all need to be aware that we can make mistakes and need to look at what we do. Ithought I had found an error at the weekend but when I checked again later I realised I had missed something. Fortunately I had not changed anything but just left a comment which I could delete.
10:36:57 From June Butka : Icon that were there 2 days ago are not there now in Maine Land Deeds
10:39:05 From Marcia Philbrick : camera with a key
10:40:58 From Sue Draper : could be priorities too, land is below vital
10:41:21 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I am having a problem with Hampshire West End registers
10:41:52 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : It is sending my around in cicles.
10:42:27 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have both page and camera
10:43:39 From Randy Seaver : You could join one of the FS Communities which act like a message board.
10:47:31 From June Butka : Love Family History Ron.
10:47:50 From Randy Seaver : FamilySearch Communities
10:48:17 From Sue Draper : I watch it when I’m not at a folk dance Thursday.
10:48:22 From June Butka : The link to the Land deed records from Maine, I saved does still work. The Icon is not there on the Family Search site.
10:49:45 From Michelle Minner : Myrt….I have a member of my family search Facebook group (jane’s gang) who has done a LOT of chinese research…and written a book that is in the SLC Family History Center Library. If you need a referral, I can hook you up with her!
10:50:05 From Hilary Gadsby : I have joined the England and British Isles Communities
10:51:42 From Deb Andrew : It’s under help

10:52:20 From Randy Seaver : Message Boards are at
10:53:59 From Jacqueline Wilson : Pat: happy allergy season – not!
10:54:52 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb List
10:59:42 From Michelle Minner : not only do you have to LIKE it, you also have to click all, most, to see the notifications on your own page
10:59:50 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb
10:59:56 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb Wiki

11:00:35 From Randy Seaver : I’ve added Family History Ron to my YouTube Subscriptions which I check twice a week

FamilyHistoryRon Facebook

See also Family History Ron Facebook Page here
11:03:54 From Randy Seaver : I prefer to speed watch on YouTube especially for presentation videos

11:04:16 From Deb Andrew : I am
11:04:20 From June Butka : Yes
11:04:22 From Sue Draper : I am, using Excel
11:04:23 From Karen Trearchis : I do
11:04:27 From Danine Cozzens : Moi!
11:05:24 From Deb Andrew : I was a beta tester for the DNA Matrix when Pierre brought that in to Charting Companion.
11:05:54 From Deb Andrew : It does work nicely with FTM, Roots Magic and Legacy, I tested those three.
11:06:37 From June Butka : My Uncle was in the RAF, he was on loan from the USAF
11:06:42 From Cousin Russ :
11:06:56 From Karen Trearchis : What is the link for charting companion?

11:07:30 From Cousin Russ : PROGENY’S Charting Companion
11:07:48 From Cousin Russ : Its also a Plugin for FTM2017 Karen
11:08:21 From Karen Trearchis : Thanks Russ.
11:09:29 From Randy Seaver :

11:09:49 From Cousin Russ : FOLD 3 TRAINING CENTER
11:12:37 From Molly McKinley : I have one for my brother on Fold 3
11:13:40 From Molly McKinley : We have one for my ggrandfather placed with his family.

11:14:23 From DearMYRTLE : U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 for Charles De Smith
11:14:37 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists :
11:14:44 From Randy Seaver : I did a memorial for my father on We Remember – see
11:14:46 From Michelle Minner : I found the application for Headstone or marker for my great-grandfather (served in Civil War)…and the application for Headstone for my brother who died at 9 months old at Offutt AFB…LOADS of information on those documents!
11:14:50 From Cousin Russ :
11:16:54 From Randy Seaver : One of my Fold3 memorials is at
11:17:00 From June Butka : I mad one for my Dad, Nelson W. Stearns
11:17:12 From Michelle Minner : Red Filters
11:18:29 From June Butka :
11:19:07 From Cousin Russ : Fold3 training video at
11:19:42 From Pamela Wells : My father’s memorial at Fold 3
11:19:48 From Cousin Russ : Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship
11:20:12 From Lisa Gorrell : Judy Russell blog about Laura Prescott

Google Earth

11:25:04 From Michelle Minner : I used google earth to find my grandparents home…and it is still kept up, occupied and wonderful…my mother cried seeing her old home in a picture I took off Google Earth.

737 2nd Street NW PuyallupWA

IMAGE: From Google Earth to “street view” 737 2nd St NW, Puyallup, Washington, owned by DearMYRTLE’s grandmother in the 1950s.

11:27:29 From Pat Kuhn : I use Google Earth to find where everyone has lived and I pin them
11:28:21 From Pamela Wells : Pat, I do, too!
11:30:41 From Michelle Minner : I took a girlfriend to Devonshire (near Plymouth) from sitting here in the living room in Tucson, Arizona!

IS LETTER WRITING DEAD? Not by a long shot!
11:31:44 From Denise Coughlin : I plan on following Tim’s example and write a letter a day in August!!
11:31:57 From Randy Seaver : I’m going to use Google Earth and Maps for my WDYTYA presentation at the CVGS Family History Day – tell my subject where he can visit his ancestors birthplaces.

11:33:14 From Randy Seaver : Thats’ beautiful, Pat. Thank you for the example and idea. [NOTE from DearMYRTLE: My grandkids should receive their personal letters via snail mail delivery tomorrow!]
11:34:43 From Karen Trearchis : I know you have a great time, Pat!

11:35:17 From Cousin Russ : Tom MacEntee’s announcement:
11:35:21 From Pamela Wells : Thank you for all you do! I’ve learned so much for all you do. I posted my father’s memorial above.
11:35:22 From Randy Seaver : Technology for genealogy rocks!!!
11:36:09 From Jacqueline Wilson : Bye everyone!
11:36:53 From Pat Stano-Carpenter : I don’t get a chance to attend “Mondays” often, but when I do I always learn something. Thanks

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FindMyPast: Lancashire UK parish records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FindMyPast.

findmypast 2017Lancashire joins Findmypast’s collection of UK parish records

Leading UK family history website, Findmypast, has today announced that Lancashire is the latest county to join their unrivalled collection of UK parish records. Over 4.5 million parish records held by the Lancashire Archives and spanning more than 450 years of the county’s history are now available to search, including;

Lancashire Baptisms

Discover your ancestor in in over 1.1 million baptism register records from Lancashire. Learn when and where your ancestor’s baptism took place, as well as your ancestor’s parents’ names. The registers span the years from 1538 to 1917 and cover 191 parishes across the county. View the full list of places included in our parish list, linked to in the Useful links and resources section.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original register, provided by Lancashire Archives. Some records may contain additional details such as your ancestor’s religious denomination, residence and father’s occupation.

Lancashire Banns & Marriages

Discover your ancestor in banns and marriage registers from the Lancashire Archives. The registers contains over 713,000 records, span the years 1538 to 1932 and cover 194 Lancashire parishes.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original register. Each transcript will reveal a combination of the couples’ birth years, occupations, marriage date, marriage location, parents’ names, father’s occupations and the names of any witnesses. Images may offer additional details, such as if your ancestor was married by banns or licence.

Lancashire Burials

Discover your ancestor in burial registers from Lancashire. Learn when and where your ancestor’s burial took place, as well as your ancestor’s age at the time of death. The registers, provided by Lancashire Archives, span the years from 1538 to 199, cover 123 parishes and contain over 712,000 records.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original register. Images may provide additional details.

Lancashire Parish Registers Browse

Our new collections of Lancashire parish baptisms, marriages, banns and burials are also available to browse.

Other new additions available to search this Findmypast Friday

Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index From The “Pekin Times” 1914-2007 Image Browse

Find your relative in over 90,000 obituary index cards taken from the Pekin Times, spanning the years from 1914 to 2007. This collection has been provided by FamilySearch.

This obituary card index, from the Pekin Public Library, pertains to obituaries published in the Pekin Times and covers the years from 1914 to 2007. The paper was founded in 1881 and is published in Pekin, Illinois. From this index, you may discover an individual’s full name, birth date, death date, and burial place.

Queensland, Inquests 1859-1897

Discover your ancestor in this index of over 14,000 records compiled from the inquest files created by the Justice Department for the period 1859 to 1897. Each result will provide you with a transcript including a combination of your ancestor’s name, alias, and inquest year, any additional notes, their file number, reference and item ID.

Some records only include a first or last name. Others only include a known name, like Greasy Jack. Occasionally, no name is provided, either where it is unknown (e.g. South Sea Islander of Pentecost, sometimes with a location transcribed in the last name field) or where the incident does not pertain to an individual (e.g. fire at Abbott Street, Cairns).

British & Irish Newspapers

This week we have added 134,662 new pages to The Archive. We have updated five of our existing titles, covering the county of Kent and the city of Liverpool. We have also updated three of our Irish titles, with titles covering the latter half of the twentieth century, and the Evening Herald (Dublin) now covering the twenty-first century, with pages added for 2001. The new additions include:

ISBGFH: Mini-Institute Aug 2018, Philadelphia

ISBGFHResearching Family in the British Isles

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) to conduct a four day program of researching family in the British Isles. ISBGFH conducts the British Institute held annually in Salt Lake City to provide week-long education by well-known genealogists on the British Isles. From 13-16 August 2018, the ISBGFH has arranged for several presenters to provide an overview of researching British Isles topics at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. These presentations will explore DNA, Scotland, Ireland and England research. London based genetic genealogist Dr. Maurice Gleeson, MB, will present on DNA and Irish research, Christine Woodcock, from Genealogy Tours of Scotland, will discuss Scottish research, and Frank Southcott, President, ISBGFH, will explore the English records.

The HSP program is designed to be attended either on a given day and topic or in its entirety. It is an in-depth overview of British Isles research and enhances attendance for those who may desire to attend the British Institute where morning instruction and afternoon independent research are conducted in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City on a country topic. More information about the British Institute is available HERE

The HSP curriculum for each day involves 4 presentations of one hour and fifteen minutes each. Monday, 13 August 2018, Dr Gleeson, MB, will explore advances made in DNA and how it can be applied to your British Isles research. Christine Woodcock will discuss the uniqueness of Scottish research on Tuesday, 14 August 2018. Dr. Gleeson will return on Wednesday, 15 August 2018, to present on the ever increasing resources available on Irish research, and Thursday, 16 August 2018, Frank Southcott, will examine English genealogical resources.

The cost of the four day program will be $299. Individual program days are available for $99 per day. Limited consultation slots will be available on DNA, Scotland and Ireland during the program for $125 hour.

DNA Instructor: Dr Maurice GleesonMaurice Gleeson

  • An introduction to DNA testing for Genealogy
    This introductory talk will explain the basics of DNA testing, the three main types of test, how each one can be applied in practice (with examples), and which one is best for you to specifically address your genealogical conundrums.
  • Using Y-DNA to research your surname of choice
    Anyone can research any particular surname (i.e. family name) that they want – you just need to find the right cousin to test. Y-DNA is eminently suited to surname research because it follows the same path as hereditary surnames i.e. back along the father father father line. This talk explores surname DNA studies and what they can reveal about your surname
  • Applying autosomal DNA to your family history research – the theory
    The most popular of the DNA tests is the autosomal test. This can be used to research all of your ancestral lines (as opposed to Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA which only help you explore a single ancestral line each). This talk explores the basic science behind autosomal DNA testing, the secrets to successfully applying it, and how it can be combined with other tests and genealogy to help answer specific genealogical questions.
  • Applying autosomal DNA to your family history research – the practice
    This is a more in-depth look at the use of autosomal DNA, including a step-by-step approach to tackling your matches, the concept of triangulation, the use of third party tools, and how techniques used to help adoptees trace their birth family can also help us to break thru our genealogical Brick Walls.

Scottish Genealogy Instructor Christine WoodcockChristine Woodcock

  • In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors: Search Your Roots; Discover Your Heritage
    While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage, they don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, researching our Scottish ancestors is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. This presentation will get you started in researching your Scottish ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research. Topics Include: starting your search, reaching out to others, ScotlandsPeople website, Scottish naming patterns, marriages and family history societies.
  • Breaking Through Brick Walls in Scottish Research
    Scottish documents contain a wealth of information and can make researching so much easier when you really take a look at what the documents are telling you. It becomes important to really pay attention to the key words on the documents so that you know what records you need to look at next in order to break through brick walls and learn as much as you can about your Scottish ancestors. In this presentation we will look at the key words on the documents that may help break down the brick wall. Then we will look at where those records exist and how you can access them.
  • Online and Offline Databases for Scottish Genealogy Research
    There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this presentation you will learn of the databases that aren’t as well know but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls. These include: websites for researching Scottish occupations, websites specific to the genealogy of regions where your ancestors might have lived, emigration databases, military databases, witchcraft databases, medieval ancestry, and British newspapers.
  • Military Men, Covenanters and Jacobites: Historic Events That Led to Mass Migration
    This session will help you understand the importance of the events in Scottish history that led to a large number of Scots leaving their homeland for life in the Americas. In order to be successful researching in the Scottish records, we need to know where in Scotland our ancestors originated. Bridging the gap between finding them in the North American records (birth, marriage, death and census records) and being able to locate them in the Scottish records may seem like a daunting task. However, it is often less of a challenge and more of a reward if you understand what brought them here in the first place. Some clues can be taken from the major historic events in Scottish history that led to Scots leaving their homeland.

Irish Research Instructor Dr Maurice Gleeson

Maurice Gleeson


  • Tracing Your Ancestors Back to Ireland
    For many Irish-Americans, all they know is their ancestor “came from Ireland” but they have no further information than that. This talk gives an overview of the various techniques & records available in the US (and elsewhere) that can be used to help trace your ancestor back to where they came from in Ireland. These include shipping records, emigration records, but also surname dictionaries and distribution maps.
  • Irish Church and Civil Registration Records
    In the last year or so, many of the civil registration records are coming online. Most of these are now available for free via and digital images of the original record can be downloaded. Civil registration started in 1864 for most records. Prior to this, one has to rely on church records for tracing further back and these can be very helpful indeed or not at all – coverage is patchy and most records peter out around 1800-1830. However, all of Ireland is covered by two websites and most of this research can be done from the comfort of your own home.
  • Census, Census Substitutes, and Land Records
    Census records survive for only 1901 and 1911, with some scraps from other years. Griffith’s Valuation can be very helpful as a mid-1800 census substitute but it is the Cancelled or Revised Valuation Books that provide a wealth of information that allow tracing relatives forward and backward from the present day to the 1850s. We will also look at the Tithe Applotment books and the Registry of Deeds.
  • Less Common Irish Genealogical Records
    This talk explores the wealth of genealogical material to be found in newspapers, cemeteries, probate, petty session court records, & dog licenses. We will also explore some of the resources that everyone should be using as a routine part of their ongoing Irish research.

English Research Instructor Frank Southcott
Frank Southcott

  • Researching Your Family in England: Census and National Registration
    A useful England census has been conducted every 10 years since 1841 and is accessible through 1911. It is the primary resource to establish families in England during that period. England also conducted a national registration in 1939 as an ancillary of WWII. Both of these resources will be explored during this session.
  • Researching Your Family in England: Civil Registration
    Civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths commenced on 1 July 1837. Explore the records and idiosyncrasies of the registration process in England and how to obtain the information for your family.
  • Researching Your Family in England: Wills and Church Records
    Wills survive from early times. Baptisms, marriages and burials survive in a great number of parishes from the mid-1500’s. This session will explore the available probate and church records and the wealth of information that can be derived.
  • Researching English Family at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    Many people are surprised at the vast collection of British Isles records available at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania library. Explore the records and resources available for British Isles family research at HSP with Daniel Rolph, PhD, Historian and Head of Reference Services.