Saturday, July 3, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Genealogy Pot Luck!

I'm not in the mood for a long Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) blog post, but I know that my readers count on me and love to have genealogy fun, so tonight (and tomorrow) let's do:


Whatever genealogy fun you want to do - please spend an hour and do it!  Then tell us about it in your own blog post, and leave a comment here which I will add to the Comments after moderation.

Here's mine:

1)  It's been a terrible week for Linda and me as many of you know - she fell on Sunday, broke her left hip bone, was transported by ambulance to Orange Coast Medical Center (Fountain Valley, CA), had her hip surgically repaired on Monday, left the hospital via ambulance on Wednesday night to a skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista (one mile from home), and is being treated there.  She has not been able to have meaningful physical therapy yet.  It's a hospital gown, hospital food, bedpans and diapers.  I can visit once a day by appointment for 30 minutes.  My daughters and I have started gathering resources for the next stop in Linda's life journey, and need education and resources.  So that's the first No Genealogy Fun League (NGFL) experience

2)  Since I got home Wednesday night, I've been able to work a bit on writing blog posts, moderating comments, checking my DNA matches, and answering email, sending text messages, and writing updates on Facebook. I even updated the last 60 TreeShare persons to my Ancestry Member Tree using RootsMagic.  That was really the only GFL experience of the week.  It's been nice to get back to some of my routine daily activities of learning, writing, sharing and researching.

3)  However, my computer (I fear it's the monitor) makes it extremely difficult to copy and paste text from one place to another.  The mouse skips words or whole lines when I try to copy - perhaps 1 in 5 tries is successful.  I do a lot of that highlighting to do bolding and different font sizes too.  Another NGFL experience.  Maybe a new computer is in order?  I use the laptop now to do some of this, like the FamilySearch Saturday posts.

4)  My GPL (Genealogy Pot Luck)?  I'm looking forward to spending some of this weekend resolving hundreds of Ancestry Record Hints, matching profiles with FamilySearch Family Tree, and adding information to RootsMagic based on what I find online.  I may even transcribe a deed for Amanuensis Monday.  

5)  Life goes on here in the RJS Genealogy Cave.  It's pretty quiet without the radio or TV on, and I'm sleeping really well since I got home.  I'm trying foods that I could not prepare for us when Linda was home because of her allergies to soybeans, soybean oil, MSG, shellfish, farm-fed fish, parmesan and romano cheese, chocolate, beer, and a number of other foods.  I had a Hungry Man last night and will try a Marie Callenders Pot Roast tonight.  Pizza and lasagna coming soon, I hope!

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 26 June to 2 July 2021

 I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 2 July 2021, there are 2,994 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):
The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 264,452 indexed records with 2,235 record images (was 263,333 records with 2,227 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 (; 468,899 indexed records with 2,944,655 record images (was 468,133 records with 2,944,655 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 2,450,315 indexed records with 165,948 record images (was 2,366,817 records with 161,531 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 491,643 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 479,823 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 514,606 indexed records with 219,549 record images (was 510,197 records with 217,533 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021

Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977 (; 813,990 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 813,990 records with 998,148 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 4,150,238 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 4,129,319 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2021
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,222,617 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,193,329 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (282,191 records), no images (was 278,959 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Peru, Pasco, Civil Registration, 1931-1996 (; 74,016 indexed records with 73,849 record images (was 74,016 records with 73,849 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021

France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792-1893 (; 548,009 indexed records with 118,246 record images (was 547,872 records with 118,246 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 536,295 indexed records with 45,171 record images (was 528,262 records with 43,987 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2021
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 610,687 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 610,687 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 22,385 indexed records with 18,781 record images (was 18,921 records with 18,780 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,006,527 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 985,287 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 721,594 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 720,955 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Louisiana, Orleans Parish, State Museum Historical Center, Cemetery Records, 1805-1944 (; 223,696 indexed records with 207,372 record images (was 223,593 records with 207,278 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,337 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,337 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 6,223 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 3,870 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 8,942 indexed records with 8,929 record images (was 8,844 records with 8,831 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021

England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 72,789 indexed records with 14,143 record images (was 72,634 records with 13,988 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 14,855 indexed records with 14,846 record images (was 12,161 records with 12,154 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 16,442 indexed records with 49,617 record images (was 16,437 records with 46,357 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 134,364 indexed records with 49,562 record images (was 134,316 records with 49,537 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 681,129 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 650,523 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2021

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,354 record images (was 469,181 records with 69,353 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019 (; 5,182,515 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,068,411 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 1,567 indexed records with 995 record images (was 1,004 records with 653 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 5,243,610 indexed records with 54,835 record images (was 5,213,556 records with 44,202 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 788,715 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 764,904 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2021

Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 636,463 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 603,196 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 140,130 indexed records with 16,279 record images (was 132,981 records with 15,585 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 384,174 indexed records with 371,687 record images (was 376,132 records with 364,060 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 177,076 indexed records with 147,874 record images (was 177,051 records with 147,849 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 213,240 indexed records with 33,937 record images (was 205,797 records with 30,041 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2021

South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991 (; 1,893,847 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,893,764 records with 140,942 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1918 (; 71,344 indexed records with 4,874 record images (was 71,316 records with 3,000 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960 (; 8,280,934 indexed records with 2,315,874 record images (was 8,280,934 records with 2,315,874 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 5,405,868 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 5,098,541 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,218,684 indexed records with 1,903,470 record images (was 7,218,197 records with 1,970,299 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021

Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 89,076 indexed records with 1,285 record images (was 68,327 records with 622 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 208,103 indexed records with 207,918 record images (was 119,320 records with 119,179 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,545,469 indexed records with 115,081 record images (was 1,545,030 records with 115,063 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941 (; 460,173 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 460,147 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 465,581 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 464,387 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021

Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 3,005,397 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 2,457,855 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 2,602,013 indexed records with 901,829 record images (was 2,221,181 records with 711,503 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2021
Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 (; Index only (7,601,863 records), no images (was 7,601,863 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2021
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records, 1600-2000 (; 42,197,700 indexed records with 42,197,700 record images (was 41,542,423 records with 41,542,423 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 148,060 indexed records with 15,411 record images (was 141,986 records with 14,872 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 22,357 indexed records with 21,333 record images (was 22,341 records with 21,317 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2021
England, Surrey Marriages Bonds and Licenses, 1536-1992 (; 3,296 indexed records with 2,805 record images (was 1,179 records with 811 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 295,763 indexed records with 127,096 record images (was 295,763 records with 127,096 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 230,890 indexed records with 18,693 record images (was 223,313 records with 18,146 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,062,881 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,062,881 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 525,091 indexed records with 8,737 record images (was 525,091 records with 8,181 images), last updated 24-Jun-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 64,127 indexed records with 86,079 record images (was 64,127 records with 85,156 images), last updated 22-Jun-2021
Canadian Headstones (; 2,982,451 indexed records with 2,982,451 record images (was 2,982,451 records with 0 images), last updated 21-May-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,083,266 indexed records with 63,596 record images (was 1,083,266 records with 69,454 images), last updated 23-Jun-2021
Mississippi, Voter Registration, 1871-1967 (; 314,508 indexed records with 5,272 record images (was 314,508 records with 11,541 images), last updated 05-May-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 111,057 indexed records with 59,621 record images (was 111,057 records with 60,445 images), last updated 21-Jun-2021
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 301,518 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 304,033 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 64,074 indexed records with 63,096 record images (was 64,074 records with 63,438 images), last updated 21-Jun-2021

Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991 (; 9,757 indexed records with 1,276 record images (was 9,757 records with 3,707 images), last updated 18-Jun-2021
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 189,153 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,601,722 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,978 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943 (; 9,337 indexed records with 472 record images (was 6,606 records with 472 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 (; Index only (35,620 records), no images (was 36,338 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Jun-2021
Missouri Births and Christenings, 1827-1935 (; Index only (161,405 records), no images (was 163,282 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Jun-2021
Argentina, National Census, 1895 (; 3,908,367 indexed records with 338,844 record images (was 3,908,397 records with 338,844 images), last updated 21-Aug-2017


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, July 2, 2021

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 26 June to 2 July 2021

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  26 June to 2 July 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

* Glamorganshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1570-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2021

U.S., National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2021

U.S., Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/1/2021

Brecknockshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2021

Anglesey, Wales, Anglican Church Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1547-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2021

Denbighshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1556-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2021

Canada, Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/30/2021

North Dakota, U.S., Cemetery Records, 1877-1999; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Ireland, Wills and Grants of Probate, 1858-1900; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Ireland, Indexes to Wills, Probate Administration, Marriage Bonds and Licences, 1591-1866; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Ireland, Registers of Wills and Administrations, 1828-1885; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Births, 1842-1917; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/28/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Divorces, 1925-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/28/2021

Ireland, Crew Lists and Shipping Agreements, 1863-1920; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Westerbork, Netherlands, Fritz Grünberg papers of Transit Camp, 1942-1945; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Ireland, Census Fragments, 1821-1851; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Ireland, National School Registers, 1847-1959; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

WEB: North Dakota, U.S., Select County Marriages, 1890-2020; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/28/2021

Montreal, Québec, Canada, Property Tax Evaluations, 1847-1987; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/28/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 10 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,014 collections available as of 2 July, an increase of  10 from last week.   


Disclosure: I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Findmypast Friday: New North American Records

I received this from Findmypast this morning:

Findmypast Friday: celebrate North American ancestors with thousands of new records

Findmypast mark Canada Day and American Independence Day with new Revolutionary War records, Canadian life event indexes and more in this week’s Findmypast Friday update.

Manitoba Vital Records

Do you have roots in the Canadian province of Manitoba? Discover family milestones in brand new birth, marriage and death indexes. The new Manitoba records now available to search on Findmypast include;
Essential for growing your family tree, birth, marriage and death records will reveal important dates and locations as well as the identities of parent’s, spouses and children.

United States, Census of Revolutionary War Pensioners, 1840

Explore the veterans and widows of the American Revolution by identifying them on the list of pensioners, taken as part of the United States Federal Census of 1840.

In 1840, a census was undertaken of surviving revolutionary war veterans and widows as part of the sixth census of the United States. The material consist of transcripts and images that are listed geographically, starting with Maine and moving south. This special census may provide names of multiple family members, which is not included in the population schedule of the 1840 US census.

United States, British Loyalists

Not everyone in British America wanted independence. Trace those loyalists and their intriguing stories in this unique collection of publications.

This record set consists of PDF images from 22 combined publications from across British America, covering everything from orderly books to subscription lists.

United States, Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment, 1776

This small but eye-opening record set lists enslaved people who answered Lord Dunmore’s call to arms during the American Revolution.

Compiled from a number of sources, Findmypast have created a searchable index of all known individuals who joined Dunmore's unit. In it, you'll discover their names, aliases, ages and, in some cases, what became of them after the war.


Three new papers have joined the Findmypast archives this week, including a publication designed for British emigrants moving to America. 12 existing titles have also been updated with additional pages.

Brand new to the site are:
While new pages and date ranges have been added to:

Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Changes to Genea-Musings

 There will be some changes to the home delivery of Genea-Musings:

1) Feedburner, the email service that sends daily emails with Genea-Musings content to about 4,000 subscribers of Genea-Musings to registrants, is going away in July.  I have captured a list of subscribers and will eventually employ another email system in the near future.  Life is too busy for me right now to work on it.

2)  The RSS feeds for Genea-Musings are not changing.  This is the best way to read genealogy blogs because they are indexed every day and your email Inbox does not get cluttered.  I use Feedly on a daily basis to read hundreds of blog posts every day.  

3)  You can put in your computer browser Favorites or Bookmarks and visit the website any time you want.  

4)  I have enabled Comment Moderation because I'm tired of deleting 30-50 spam comments every day.  It is not a good use of my time.  If you make a Comment to a blog post (I get about 10 valid comments every week) then I will get an email and be able to Accept or Reject each one with one click.  If this doesn't work well, then I will disable Comments entirely.  Life is shorter now - I prefer doing genealogy first.

Thank you for reading my Genea-Musings.  

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Best Laid Plans -- Life Happens

 No blog posts besides this one today and perhaps for the rest of the week.

Linda and I are in Huntington Beach - we came up to see my grandchildren act in Moana at their local Boys and Girls Club - they all did well.

Unfortunately, at intermission of the play on Sunday, my wife Linda fell and broke her left hip.  She will have the repair operation today at Orange Coast Medical Center.  At some time this week, I hope we can transfer her to a rehab center in Chula Vista for further treatment.  How that happens is a mystery right now!  Where is a mystery right now.  Life is reality, but a mystery too.

I am staying at my daughter's house in Huntington Beach.  I have my laptop and my cell phone, so please email or message me.  I will try to post updates on my Randy Seaver Geneaholic page on Facebook.

Please pray for Linda.

UPDATE: 8 p.m. PDT:

Linda had successful hip repair surgery and came back to her room at about 3 p.m.  She now has titanium hardware in both legs.  She slept all afternoon until I had to leave at 8 p.m.  

So the surgery part is over, and now the hard part - the therapy and the rehab before she can come home.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 30 June Features Thomas MacEntee

 CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)

 Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 12 noon PDT

"The 1950 Census -- Are You Ready?"

presented by:  Thomas McEntee

Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to US genealogy research!

Participants will get up to speed on the history of the 1950 US Census, why the 1950 US Census form is radically different than previous forms, and how the data will be accessed. In addition we’ll cover what you can do NOW to prepare for the release of the 1950 US Census as well as volunteer projects related to indexing and finding aids. Finally, we’ll cover how you can always get the latest information related to the release of the 1950 US Census data!

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. He is a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. Since 2009, Thomas has given over 1,000 genealogy-related presentations in person and online.

Attendance is free but only 100 seats are available so please register soon.

This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for Meetings. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to CVGS members on 28 June.  Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time.  The Zoom Meeting room will be open by 11:45 a.m. for visiting and helping attendees connect.

This invitation is available to non-members by registering at You will receive an email the day before the meeting with the link to JOIN.  Attendance is limited to 100 attendees.  Contact if you have problems.

NOTE:  The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an email membership of $10 per year for distant members (outside of San Diego County, California).  Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program on last Wednesdays, there is a monthly Research Group meeting on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on the third Wednesdays, plus a monthly 10-page email newsletter chock full of program announcements, research tips and program reviews.


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 20 to 26 June 2021

 Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  How to turn your genealogy to-do list into 15-minute tasks by Prudence on The Creative Family Historian.

My Genealogical Process - Part 1 of 2 by Don Taylor on Don Taylor Genealogy.

Setting the Record Straight:  6 Common Myths About Hiring a Professional Genealogist by Carolyn on Legacy Tree Genealogists.

Pesky Middle Initials by Christopher Child on Vita Brevis.

The Rest of the Gift by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

Connecting Descendants of Enslaved and Enslavers by Sunny Morton on Your DNA Guide.

Vital Records Newly Available by Diane Boumenot on One Rhode Island Family.

Generate a Tree From the Shared Match Tool by Jonny Perl on DNA Painter Blog.

*  Archives of Ontario Creates New Research Guide and Updates Look of Other Guides by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte.

Your Ultimate Guide to Search by Family Tree Editors on Family Tree Magazine.

Lessons In Genealogical Research: Part Three by Philip Grover on Vita Brevis.

Genealogy Tip:  Always Check Back by Gena Philibert-Ortega on GenealogyBank Blog.

Two Thurstons by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds  by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Friday Fossicking 25th Jun 2021 by Crissouili on That Moment In Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme - June 26, 2021  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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