Genealogy

NARA Records Now Available on WorldVitalRecords

National Archives records can now be accessed at WorldVitalRecords.com. A note on the website states: "These databases, including more than 10.2 million records, are being posted at WorldVitalRecords as part of an agreement with the National Archives. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 12

The Huguenots: The French branch of the Reformation has come to be known to us as the Huguenots who were followers of the teachings of the French-born Reformer John Calvin. Around the middle of the 1550's the first congregations were becoming established in France, and before the decade was finished there were over 70 churches, which met for their first Synod in 1559. Also in 1559, a sickly fifteen year old Charles IX ascended to the throne with the government being run by his mother, Catherine Medicis. Read more »

Cherokee Nation Votes to Expel Slaves' Descendants

Cherokee Nation Votes to Expel Slaves' Descendants: OKLAHOMA CITY —Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves. With a majority of districts reporting, 76 percent had voted in favor of an amendment to the tribal constitution that would limit citizenship to descendants of "by blood" tribe members as listed on the federal Dawes Commission's rolls from more than 100 years ago. Read more »

Family Roots Radio

Family Roots Radio from http://www.familyrootsradio.com: ProGenealogists, Inc. and Genealogy Today announced the launch “Family Roots Radio,” an Internet radio show devoted to the widely popular pursuit of genealogy and family history. This weekly, hour-long radio show will begin airing each Thursday at 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern) beginning February 8, 2007 on Modavox’s VoiceAmerica™ Channel (www.voice.voiceamerica.com), the nation’s leading Internet radio provider. Read more »

From Dick Eastman's Newsletter...

The Last Muster: Did you know that many of the men and women of the American Revolution sat for photographs in the mid-nineteenth century? These Revolutionary War veterans were old men and women by the time photography was invented. However, it is believed that many of them had their photographs taken. As elders and as veterans, it was a sign of respect to record their images. Now Maureen Taylor is looking for those pictures. Read more »

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

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