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From 24.com: Could you claim the throne?

London - Hundreds of hopefuls have stepped forward to claim the throne of England after a worldwide quest by genealogists to find a rightful heir.

After rooting through their family trees, legions of French, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish and Canadian would-be royals bid for the monarchy.

More than a quarter of all claims came from the United States after English Heritage, an organisation which seeks to protect Britain's historical environment, placed advertisements in newspapers around the world. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 11

Usenet Newsgroups are message groups set up for messages based on a particular subject matter. These are open forums that may or may not be moderated. As far as genealogy is concerned with the Usenet “hierarchy” system, the bulk of the newsgroups will be found in the soc.genealogy.* and alt.family-name.* groups. (The asterisks indicate a specific topic such as soc. genealogy.ireland or alt.family-name.wheadon). Read more »

FGS/NEHGS Conference Recordings

From the New England Historic Genealogical Society's website "FGS/NEHGS Conference Recordings Now Available." Thousands of people attended the recent FGS/NEHGS conference in Boston and had the opportunity to see and hear first-rate presentations made by leading experts in the field from several countries. But with hundreds of sessions to choose from they weren’t able to hear every session in which they were interested. Read more »

Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications

If you have Tennessee soldiers who received a Confederate pension, you'll want to check the State Archives site at http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/military/pension.htm Unlike Georgia, Tennessee has only the index of Soldiers and Widows Applications. However, you can order them from the Archives using their online form at http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/ss-2236.pdf

Richmond Newspaper Database, 1860-1865

From the website: "The Richmond Daily Dispatch is the result of a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and collaboration between the University of Richmond, Tufts University's Perseus Project, and the Virginia Center for Digital History. There are currently 1384 issues of the paper available online, ranging in date from November 1860 through December 1865." Take a look at http://dlxs.richmond.edu/d/ddr/index.html

Fantastic research database!

General Record Office - English Database

The General Register Office (GRO) in England has announced that a contract has been signed to digitize the birth, marriage, and death certificates that start in July 1837. For more information see http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/news/Dove_contract_signed.asp

These are crucial records for finding and documenting families. Indexes are available on film or fiche in select libraries. Searching is tedious because each year has four A-Z indexes, one for each quarter of the year. A recent online project, FreeBMD, is a quicker way to search an index but is not complete. Read more »

NEHGS Journal on CD

The New England Historic Genealogical Society published its 150+ years of its journal in CD form, and has also added it to its website.

Marie E. Daly
Director of Research Library
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
mdaly [at] nehgs [dot] org

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 10

Townships and Ranges

With the expansion of the country westward after the Louisiana Purchase, exploration began of the frontier to learn more about the recent land acquisition. As the federal government became more organized, it was decided to open these lands to the general population. The plan was two-fold. First, offer plots to soldiers for their military service and secondly, to sell off as much of the remaining land as possible to raise money for the young republic. To provide for the fairest distribution of the still mostly unmapped and very diverse two and a quarter million square miles, the government divided up the land into squares.

 

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