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Ancestor Searching: Volume 4, #11

The LDS has filmed all of the birth, marriage, and death records for the state of New Jersey for the period 1848-1900. There are a total of 290 microfilms, including indexes, that can be ordered through the local Family History Centers. Also, available on their web site is a work in progress of Arkansas marriage records. The records date from 1837 to 1957 and include a searchable index linked to digital images of the original marriage certificates.

The North Carolina Genealogical Society in cooperation with the Wilkes Genealogical Society is offering a one-day workshop on Saturday, April 10th. The program is entitled 'Farm House, Meeting House, Court House: Breathing Life into Your Family's Story'. The featured speaker will be J. Mark Lowe who will be presenting four lectures:

  1. Making Those Early Census Records Talk to You
  2. My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for your Rural Ancestor
  3. Bible Thumper or Pious Pilgrim: Religious Ancestors on the Frontier
  4. Follow a Case Through Court

Another very useful feature on the North Carolina Genealogical Society web site is the online posting of the society's journal beginning with the first issue back in 1975. These issues are 'full-text searchable on a per-issue basis.'

The Slaters Royal National Commercial Directory is now online at There are directories of 35 Scottish counties with over 250,000 entries. This covers all of the largest professions such as taverns and public houses to name a couple. A virtual visit to the National Archives of Scotland can be a rewarding experience for other types of records and information on Scottish ancestry. Records there span the time period from the 12th through the 21st century.

For researchers with Devon (England) ancestors, a new online project Devon Wills is now available covering documents up to the year 1857. This is ONLY an index and doesn't transcribe or collect transcriptions of wills.

GenQueries is a new FREE service now being offered by the creator of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, Richard Eastman. Not only can researchers post their own personal genealogical queries on the site, but societies, publishers, authors, etc. can post as long as the post is genealogy related.

For those with Greek ancestors, the Greek Genealogy web site is a place to visit. Here can be found records, books, cemetery information, maps, photos and more. A blog is also available that goes into discussion of other Greek research resources.

Doing Irish research? Mike O'Laughlin has The Irish Roots Café podcast dealing with all aspects of researching ancestors from Ireland. Mike's Ireland website Irish Roots also contains a wealth of information and resources on research in Ireland.

Sources for this article

  • NCGS News – The Newsletter of the North Carolina Genealogical Society
  • FamilySearch.Org – Free Genealogy from the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)
  • 'Mississippi History Newsletter' published by the Mississippi State Archives
  • Internet Genealogy Magazine – Feb/Mar 2010 issue 

Genealogy Workshop

Fact: The National Genealogical Society has a twelve-minute video documentary available online entitled 'Paths to Your Past' where 'noted genealogists and family researchers tell why they are passionate about researching their family history.' Look for it on their website under 'Videos and Publications'. 

Tip: The Mississippi Digital Archives has added more collections to their online databases of historical Mississippi photographs and records. Just click on the 'Collections' link in the left side-bar to begin viewing/searching.