Friday, January 20, 2012

1862 Homestead Act - Commemoration

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at < http://www.eogn.com >. (Published January 17, 2012)


National Park Service Seeks Descendants of Homesteaders

The National Park Service's Homestead National Monument is seeking people who participated in the Homestead Act of 1862 or are descendents of people who received land through the Homestead Law that have a strong connection to one of the 30 Homestead States.

A May 20 national commemoration event and a Homestead Day parade on June 16 are planned at the southeast Nebraska monument. The volunteer must carry the flag for a mile and a half. A different volunteer may be chosen for each event.

For information on participating in the events, visit the national monument’s website at http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm

Monday, January 16, 2012

British Columbia database

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at < http://www.eogn.com >. (Published January 15, 2012)

Historian Describes Victoria, British Columbia at the Turn of the Last Century

Patrick Dunae, a former archivist and now a director of the Hallmark Heritage Society and a member of the City's Heritage Advisory Committee, has been piecing together some unlikely records. Old maps, early directories listing residents' names, insurance underwriters' studies, property records and census data are all coming together to create pictures of what Victoria looked like during the Edwardian era.

You can read more about Dunae's research in an article by Richard Watts in the Times-Colonist web site at http://goo.gl/r1umc.

Details of Dunae's data with links to various databases can be found at http://vihistory.ca.

Quebec Family History Society - New Website

{NSGS News Editor: The following is a press release from The Quebec Family History Society.}

The Quebec Family History Society launches new website

MONTREAL, January 15, 2012 — The Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) is proud to announce the launch of its new website at http://www.qfhs.ca. Located at the same address as the genealogical society’s original site, the website features several new sections, such as Gary’s Genealogical Picks, research tips, surname interests, and a bulletin board.

QFHS members researching their ancestors in Quebec will benefit from the new Jacques Gagné Church Compilations in the members’ section. Long-time member Jacques Gagné has compiled historical information and the location of records for more than 1,000 English and French Protestant churches across the province, from 1759 to 1899.

ABOUT QFHS
The Quebec Family History Society is the largest English-language genealogical society in Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1977, it is a registered Canadian charity that helps people of all backgrounds research their family history. Its members, in addition to researching their Quebec roots, research historical records in all Canadian provinces and territories, the United States, the British Isles, and Western Europe. At the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, members have free access to a collection of 6,000 books, manuscripts, and family histories, plus thousands of microfilms, microfiche, historical maps, and periodicals, and access to billions of online genealogical records, including the world deluxe edition of Ancestry.ca.

The Quebec Family History Society / La Société de l’histoire des familles du Québec

Scotch-Irish census information

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on GeneaNet Newsletter < http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/ > By Jean-Yves BAXTER on 9 January 2012. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

Scotch-Irish will no longer be included in official US census figures- POLL

Shock move by Census Bureau as new Irish American figures announced

By BERNIE MALONE, IrishCentral Staff Writer Published Friday, January 6, 2012, 7:32 AM

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Almost 35 million people currently living in the US claim Irish ancestry, according to the just released figures from the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey for 2010.

But in a controversial move the figures for the numbers of Scotch-Irish are no longer available. The Census Bureau has announced the change.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ireland - Military Archives

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on GeneaNet Newsletter < http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/ > By Jean-Yves BAXTER. Published 4 January 2012. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

Ireland's Military Archives go online

Ireland's Military Archives are available online for the first time. The Archives, which are held in Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines in Dublin, can now be accessed via a new website - http://www.militaryarchives.ie.

The site has been launched in conjunction with the National Archives of Ireland, and is designed to appeal to historians, genealogists and members of the public researching their family tree.