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If you missed this morning’s Family History segment on Good Morning America, you can still see it online on the GMA website. Today’s piece investigated Chris Cuomo’s Italian Roots. Segments are also scheduled for November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
See Ancestry.com on ABC Newsâ€™ Good Morning America Thursday October 26th andÂ November 1st,Â 2nd, and 3rd. Learn how Ancestry.com helped the Good Morning America anchors discover surprising details about their family stories.Â
Ancestry.com Unearths Spooky Records From Largest Online Census Collection
There Is Quite a Cast of Halloween Characters Lurking in the U.S. and UK Census Collections on Ancestry.com
PROVO, Utah, Oct. 24 — Looking for invitees for this year’s Halloween party? For a spooky selection, look no further than the U.S. and UK census collections on Ancestry.com. As the world’s largest online family history resource, Ancestry.com is the only source for the complete digitized and indexed U.S. Federal Census collection from 1790 to 1930 and England and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1901. Ancestry.com has done some digging through its vast historical records databases and found the following ghoulish individuals buried in the website’s extensive U.S. and UK census collections: Continue reading
The following press release came in today from the folks at Roots Television. Sounds like it’s off toÂ a great start. Congratulations Megan and Marcy!
When Roots Televisionâ„¢ debuted on September 29, 2006, it was a quiet launch in beta mode intended to draw enough traffic to test the site and work through the inevitable technical bugs that accompany new ventures into cyberspace.Â That â€œquietâ€ launch quickly became an international roar, as word spread lightening-fast and Roots Televisionâ„¢ drew viewers from five continents in the first 24 hours!Â Not surprising really, since family history commands one of the largest and fast-growing markets in the world.
Perhaps what is surprising is that no one thought of launching a family history channel sooner.Â After all, thereâ€™s a golf channel, a wine channel, a sailing channel, a horse channel, and poker channel, and even a shipwreck channel.Â Why not a channel for whatâ€™s said to be the second most popular hobby?
Today, roots fever is hotter than ever, with over 113 million Americans interested in their family history, and roots-sleuthing running at near-epidemic proportions in other countries, such as the U.K.Â Yet this audience has been largely neglected by television.Â Roots Televisionâ„¢ is uniquely positioned to be one of the first media outlets to take advantage of the inevitable merge between television and the Internet â€“ and in so doing, serve this global and long-ignored audience. Continue reading
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- England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837â€“1983 (Updated adding 3,606,544 names) Free database
- England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837â€“1983 (Updated 696,793 names adding) Free database
- England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837â€“1983 (Updated adding 381,650 names) Free database
- Guide to the Location of Genealogical and Historical Data on Oregon Pioneer Families
- Index to the 1880 Census of Yakima County, Washington TerritoryÂ
Is there a particular record that you have avoided working with because you donâ€™t have experience with it? Land records? Tax lists? Coronersâ€™ records? Court records? Take the bull by the horns this week and do some research into that record type and its availability in the areas you are researching. Start with a reference book, or look for an article on the subject in the Ancestry Library. Follow up with research on the websites of repositories that may hold these records and determine what records are available and how they can be accessed (e.g., snail mail requests, online and e-mail requests, interlibrary loan, etc.). Then make it happen. Youâ€™ll wonder why you ever put it off!
by Mary PennerÂ
Turn this knob; slide this under there; snap this shut. Simple. Any first grader can load film onto a microfilm reader, right? Iâ€™m ready to launch; Iâ€™ll just press this button.
Instead of slithering with the speed of a cobra onto the take-up reel, the film explodes all over the floor like a trick snake in a fake peanut can.Â
The researchers at the other microfilm readers glance in my direction. Some shake their heads with disdain, thinking â€œWhat a maroon.â€ Others have sympathetic half-smiles, thinking â€œI was an idiot once, too.â€
â€œI guess I had the film on upside down or maybe backwards,â€ I stutter, feeling like a total moron.
The delicate art of loading film has been my enduring bugaboo. Interpreting those little diagrams on the machines isnâ€™t rocket science. But, for some reason, I still frequently misread them.
Loading film onto the beasts isnâ€™t the only challenge. Every microfilm reader has its own quirks. Today I had a machine that required a firm whack on the side panel every few minutes to keep its motor humming. I wasnâ€™t happy about the whacking, but it was the only machine available and the librarian gave me explicit whacking instructions.
Not only did this machine require regular whacking, when I accelerated the film into fast-forward it mimicked the sound of a jet engine.Â I asked the librarian if they supplied ear plugs. She just patted the machine affectionately saying, â€œIt is our oldest machine.â€
I suppose quirky electronic microfilm readers are still preferable to the old hand-crank readers. Why is it that the data I need is always at the very end of a two-mile-long film that I have to hand crank? Walk around any research library with hand crank readers and youâ€™ll see Popeye-like muscles bulging out of the researchersâ€™ right arms.
Muscle toning in the right arm is probably the only health benefit youâ€™ll get from a microfilm reader. I have, in fact, discovered many negative health effects from using microfilm readers.
Have you ever sliced your fingers on the edge of the film? Thatâ€™s a paper cut on steroids. And those hand crank readers have that big knob hanging off the front for moving the image up and down. How many times have I banged my head on that? And what about our nearly ruined eyesight? No matter how much we adjust the focus, some words just refuse to sharpen into legible script. And those films with the black background and the white letters–now thatâ€™s a real strain on the old rods and cones.
To me, the most disturbing side effect of microfilm reading is a bout of â€œscanitis nauseatosis.â€ Yes, baffling all known tenets of medicine, genealogists can get a roaring case of motion sickness while barely moving a muscle. Sit at a microfilm reader, manual or electric, and slowly scan page after page of film. Before long the eyes and brain have decided this repetitious exercise must translate into a case of microfilm-reading motion sickness.
So, we family history researchers have a love-hate relationship with microfilm readers. At least I do anyway; although, most of my problems come from operator error. Regardless of the hazards, Iâ€™ll keep using microfilm and microfilm readers. After all, those little frames of analog text have offered me countless answers to my genealogical questions.
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Genealogist Mary Penner writes â€œLineage Lessons,â€ a weekly genealogy column, for the Albuquerque Tribune (http://www.abqtrib.com/staff/mary-penner/). She can be reached through her website (www.marypenner.com).
by Paula Stuart-Warren
After a meal, my mother always corrected me and said that meat is â€œdoneâ€ and that I was â€œfinishedâ€ with my meal. Done? Finished? Completed? Exhausted all resources? Already published? Somebody else did that line? Canâ€™t find anything else on them? Does one of these reflect your research? Have you truly exhausted all resources?Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
While we may have limitations as far as access to some of the records we need to seek out in our family history, donâ€™t shut your mind off yet. There are some less traveled avenues that may hold some clues to ancestral details and could place your ancestor in a specific locality at given time.