Archive for January, 2009

What’s in a Name?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan,, Inc.

Last night one of my friends had her eighth child (Yes, here in Utah, there are lots of BIG families)! No name had been previously selected for this new 7 pound 3 ounce baby, and as I am writing no name has been selected. However, the seven siblings and proud father have put forth many suggestions for a name. Unfortunately, none have quite fit. So, what’s in a name? Many people select a name for their children based on the etymology and history of the name. For example, the name “Melissa” means “bee” in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology. It is also the name of the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina in Ludovico Ariosto’s poem Orlando Furioso (1516). As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century. The name “Whitney,” my name, comes from a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning “white island” in Old English. (I was not named based on the etymology of my name!).

For those of you who are interested in knowing the meaning of your name, or for those of you who want to know the meaning of a possible name for your child, check out This site provides the meaning and history of names from many languages and genres including English, Spanish, French, Arabic, , German, Indian, African, Italian, Irish, mythological, biblical, and more.

What does a name mean when you are searching for your ancestors? There are more than 1.6 million surnames in the United States. To add a little more confusion to the mix, the surname of your ancestor may have several variations. Some of your ancestors may have been known simply by their last name, or they may not have even known how to spell their name correctly!  Plus, believe it or not, surnames didn’t actually exist until about 1,000 years ago. Back then, there weren’t as many people, and first and last names were just not necessary.

In searching for your ancestors, pay attention to naming patterns and situations where the name of the family member has been repeated. For example, your great, great, great grandfather could have been named Samuel, and your great, great grandfather could also have been given the name of Samuel.

An additional help source comes from In this article the author describes a common naming pattern prior to the 20th century.

1st son– father’s father
2nd son– mother’s father
3rd son– father
4th son– father’s oldest brother
5th son– father’s second oldest brother or mother’s oldest brother
1st daughter– mother’s mother
2nd daughter– father’s mother
3rd daughter– mother
4th daughter– mother’s oldest sister
5th daughter– mother’s second oldest sister or father’s oldest sister

Try to discover how your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents received their names. If you have children, take the time to write down the reason you chose the name of your child, and the meaning of the name.

New, Inc. Corporate Site

Thursday, January 29th, 2009, Inc. recently launched a new corporate site: We’re excited to provide you with information about our current projects, blog posts, articles in the press, and more!

When you visit, you can also see what jobs are available. For example, today we posted a job description for the new position of chief genealogy officer. We are also looking for a systems administrator/architect, and an outbound sales consultant. If you think you may be a good fit for any of these jobs, please go to

If you are interested in advertising with, Inc. you will find information at

We hope you enjoy the new site!, Inc. Announces New CTO

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Allan Carroll to bring new expertise, talent, and skill to, Inc. 

PROVO, UT, January 21, 2009 —, Inc. recently named Allan Carroll as its new chief technology officer bringing much expertise, talent, and skill to the Company.

“We are thrilled to have Allan on our team. He is very gifted and will bring much needed experience and skill,” said Paul Allen, CEO,, Inc. “In this new role, Allan will help streamline our processes, and will also be instrumental in building the stable architecture we need for long-term growth.”

As CTO, Carroll plans to scale software to support all of the users while continuing to make a stable platform for people to connect with their families.

“Allan is ideal for this position. He knows how to work in any organization from  organizations such as Microsoft to small startups,” said Paul Allen, CEO,, Inc. “Not only is Allan fluent in coding languages such as PHP, C++, PERL, and PYTHON, he also knows how to scale our developer organization and bring it to the next level as continues to explode in user growth.”

Carroll recently received his master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Washington. Prior to working at, Inc. Allan worked at Microsoft on its performance team.

“This job was appealing to me because I really wanted to be able to work on something that will change the world for families,” Carroll said.  “I am excited because the company is doing so well, and I will be part of an excellent team.”

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Whitney Ransom McGowan
Corporate Communications Director, Inc.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,,, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to bring families closer through innovative online services. A combined global audience of 11.5 million unique individuals visits the Web properties owned and operated by, Inc. each month to generate 28 million monthly page views. We’re Related is one of the fastest-growing social networks for genealogists as well as other family members with more than 16.5 million users. The application helps individuals find relatives on Facebook, keep in touch with family members through news and status updates, build family trees, and share photos. Those who use We’re Related actively participate in guiding the product roadmap through an online forum and direct feedback.

Twenty Newspaper Databases From Mexico and Canada

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This week’s major collection at includes 20 newspaper databases from Mexico and Canada. The titles of the databases are listed below, as well as the location of the collection. The databases in this week’s launch range from 1833-1994.

Agricultor Mexicano y Hogar (Ciudad JuÃïrez, Chihuahua, Mexico)
Apuntes Viejos (General, , Mexico)
Arte (Mocorito, Sinaloa, Mexico)
British Columbian (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada)
Bytown Gazette (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Cambridge Daily Reporter (Cambridge(Galt, Hespeler, Preston), Ontario, Canada)
Canada Gazette (Ottawa, Federal Government Publications, Canada)
Canadian Correspondent (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Charlottetown Examiner (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Correo Espanol (General, Mexico)
Correspondent and Advocate (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Daily Mirror (London, England – London Area, UK)
Diario del Hogar (Mexico D.F., Mexico)
Drumheller Mail (Drumheller, Alberta, Canada)
Edmonton Bulletin (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Educador Practico Ilustrado (Mexico D.F., Mexico)
Fin de Siglo (General, Mexico)
Grand River Sachem (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada)
Halifax British Colonist (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Halifax Citizen (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Recipes From Grandma’s Kitchen

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

by Whitney Ransom McGowan

Do you ever wonder what kinds of foods were served on your ancestor’s dinner table? I love to cook and recently I have been thinking about the food my grandparents, great grandparents, and great, great grandparents ate while they were growing up. My grandmother (I call her Grammie.) is a fantastic cook. I love going to her home because she always makes delicious food, from her famous crepes, to her gingerbread cookies, to her rolls, among many other delicious dishes. Although she always makes my favorite recipes, I wanted to find out what her favorite recipe is, as well as what her mother’s (my great grandmother) favorite recipe was.

Shortly after I spoke to my grandmother, Beverly Christensen, she sent me an email with the information I was seeking.

Here is what my grandmother, the chef, said in her own words: My favorite thing to make and eat is bread.  I like to do different things with it and now I like to use some of the quick things you can do with prepared biscuits from the grocery store. Any roll recipe will work fine, but this is a family recipe for cinnamon twists, and I have used it for a long time.

Beverly’s Cinnamon Twists
2 c. milk
3 tsp. salt
1/3 c. sugar + melted butter to sprinkle over twists
½ c. butter (1 cube)
2 eggs
2 T. yeast
¼ c. warm water
4 c. flour
cinnamon sugar (to taste)

Scald 2 cups of milk. Put it in your mixing bowl. Then add 3 tsp. of salt and 1/3 c. of sugar. Then put in one cube of butter. (I cut it up a little. It will help cool the milk.) Also add 2 beaten eggs. Start your yeast using 2 T. of yeast in large cup with 1/4 sup warm water.  When yeast has grown to at least twice the size and milk is just warm, add yeast to rest of ingredients. Add about 4 C. of flour. I always sift it first. Beat with mixture to combine all and then beat on higher speed for about 2 minutes. Then add about 3 more cups of sifted four. You want to have the dough just a little sticky rather than stiff.  So if it needs a little more or a little less, watch that. Then I let the dough rise until it is double. Flour your board and roll dough, half of it at a  time in a rectangle until about 3/4 inch thick. I can usually then cut down the middle lengthwise. Then cut strips about 3/4 inch wide. Dip into melted butter and then cinnamon sugar. Twist two of the strips together and place on pan. On a large pan I put about 6 twists across and three down.  Let rise until double. Then bake at 375 degrees or until browned. Dump out on board or wax paper and eat!!  They are good until they are gone, but are best, we think when still warm.

Great Grandmother’s  Apple Roll

1 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 c. + 1 T. sugar
2 T. shortening.
chopped apples (to taste)
cinnamon sugar
1 c. water
butter (to taste)

You make a biscuit dough of l cup of flour, 2 tsp. of baking powder 1/2 tsp. of salt, l T. sugar 2 T. shortening and enough milk to make a fairly thick dough.  Roll out in a rectangle and cover with chopped or thin-sliced apples. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the apple and dot a little butter on top as well.  Roll up as for a cinnamon roll and slice in one and a half width  Bring to boil l cup sugar and l cup water.  Put this in bottom of your pan. Put rolled up slices into the sugar water mix.  Sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top, and put small pieces of butter on top of each one. Bake at 350 degrees until apple are tender. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
Thanks, Grammie!

Although it is simple right now to go to the Internet and quickly find a recipe, our ancestors did not enjoy that privilege. Many individuals found new ideas for recipes in their local newspaper.

I searched through some of the newspapers in the databases at for “historical” recipes. Here are a few I found:

Taken from Blair Press (Blair, Wisconsin) on February 12, 1931

Angel Food Cake Success is Not in Recipe Alone
Quality of Ingredients, Mixing, and Baking Are All Important

An angel food cake for seventeen cents.

Seventeen cents isn’t much, yet that is all it takes at present prices to pay for the ingredients for this favorite dessert. No wonder that it is often considered the goal which every American housewife hopes to attain in her baking art.

A good recipe alone, is not all that is necessary to produce angel food cake that is “light as a feather”, snowy white in color with a delicate brown crust, and has a fine, even texture and a delicate flavor. Even though the recipe does not tell the whole story, one should be careful to select one that has been tried and found satisfactory and then to follow it carefully, measuring all ingredients accurately.

A recipe which is recommended by the home economics department at the University of Wisconsin calls for 1 cupful egg whites (about 8 whites), 1 teaspoon cream of tarter, 1 cup granulated sugar, ¾ cup cake flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

The sugar and flour are each sifted separately three times. The egg whites are beaten until foamy. Then the cream of tarter is added and the beating continued until the whites are stiff. The sugar and the flour to which salt has been added are then lightly folded in. The vanilla is added at the last.

The eggs should be as fresh and cold as possible. Although the cake is larger when fresh eggs are used it is possible to make a very satisfactory cake with storage or packed eggs.

In combining the ingredients, the important thing is to carry the process through as quickly as possible after starting. In order to avoid delays and interruption all of the ingredients and utensils to be used should be assembled before the actual beating of the egg whites is begun. Success seems to depend upon folding the ingredients together thoroughly but lightly, so that the air is not driven out of the beaten whites. Undermixing makes coarse grained cake, overmixing makes heavy tough cakes.

Taken from Spirit of Jefferson Farmer’s Advocate (Charles Town, West Virginia) on October 6, 1949

Cake Recipe

Good everyday cake recipe combine 1 cup of good salad dressing, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup warm water, sift together 21/4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons soda. 2 tablespoons cocoa, pinch salt, add to first mixture, then beat good, add vanilla flavoring, bake in loaf pan. When ready to ice make a good carmel icing. It’s delicious. You will bake a second cake.

No matter where you obtain your recipes, I hope you will start keeping a record of your favorite recipes that can be passed on to your friends and family members. You could also have every member of your family send to you one of their favorite recipes and put them into a book. This compilation could become a cherished cookbook. Bon Appetite!

Share Your Story

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

In the past few months at, Inc. we have talked about the importance of sharing your family history– whether that means interviewing a loved one, or simply writing down your personal history to share with others.

Recently, StoryCorps announced its desire to make its recording sessions available to as many people as possible. Recordings are now available in cities listed below. The cities that include a link below are now open for booking reservations. There is no cost for the interview, although a donation is suggested.

Tucson, AZ Jan. 5- 17, 2009
Tampa, FL Jan. – 17, 2009
Juneau, AK Jan. 5- Jan. 29, 2009
Savannah, GA Jan. 27 -Feb. 21, 2009
Greater Los Angeles, CA Jan. 29- Feb. 21, 2009
Winston-Salem, NC Feb. 26- Mar. 21, 2009
Asheville, NC Mar. 26- May 2, 2009
Salt Lake City, UT Mar. 26- May 2, 2009
Eugene, OR May 7- 29, 2009
Yakima, WA Jun. 4- 26, 2009

Take the opportunity to share your story. Sign up today.

New Content From Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Kentucky, and More

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

This week’s major collection includes ten new databases filled with rich content from Genealogical Publishing Company. All of the U.S. content in this launch will be free to access for ten days. Descriptions of each database are provided, courtesy of

Census Returns, 1841–1881

The original books of enumerators’ returns for the censuses of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 for England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man are at the National Archives in Kew, southwest of London. Those for Scotland are in the General Register Office of Edinburgh, Scotland. Microfilm copies of selected portions of these six censuses are in libraries and record offices throughout Britain. This guide shows what microfilm is available and where, and it provides–county by county, library by library–a breakdown of local holdings and the registration districts that are covered.

British Roots of Maryland Families

In this new and comprehensive collection of genealogies, noted Maryland genealogist Robert Barnes has put together the most authoritative account of the British origins of Maryland families ever published. Families included in this groundbreaking work were chosen by Mr. Barnes based on the following criteria: (a) there was some reason to believe that the families’ home parish in Britain had been identified, (b) the families had taken root and left descendants in the New World, and (c) most had arrived before the year 1800. Source materials on which these genealogies are based derive from a combination of Mr. Barnes’s own extensive research over the past thirty years and the pioneering work on the origins of Maryland families made by earlier researchers such as Henry F. Waters, Lothrop Withington, Harry Wright Newman, Jack and Marion Kaminkow, and, more recently, Peter Wilson Coldham.

Some British sources used by Mr. Barnes include printed and manuscript genealogies, county histories and heraldic visitations, works on the peerage and landed gentry, and distinguished periodicals such as The Genealogist, Harleian Society Parish Register Series, and Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica. Clues in Maryland source records were discovered in land records, county and provincial court records, parish registers, probate records, printed and manuscript family histories, and in dozens of well-known periodicals specializing in genealogy and family history. The result is a world-class combination of genealogical source materials that extends the reach of Maryland genealogy well beyond what has been known up until this point.

Altogether this work contains information on nearly 500 individuals and families whose descendants came to Maryland. Many of the families, such as the Frowicks, Lewkenors, and Wroths, did not come to Maryland themselves but were ancestors through the marriage of daughters of those who did. Some families, such as the Blakistons, Towneleys, and Keenes, sent more than one individual to Maryland. One hundred and nineteen of the arrivals (24.1%) had a right to bear a coat of arms; 58 families (11.7%) had a well-proven royal descent, while another 73 (14.6%) had a professional, clerical, or mercantile background. The remaining families comprised indentured servants, convicts (only 6), and a number of individuals of undetermined status. More than half of all settlers came from London and the Home Counties and the northern counties of England.

In general, families are traced back two or more generations in England and brought forward two or more generations in Maryland. A clear, well-formatted text of more than 500 pages is followed by a 140-page index containing the names of 20,000 individuals–remarkable in themselves in that they can be said to have seeded the population of early Maryland.

British Roots of Maryland Families, Volume 2

British Roots II is the culmination of research that was undertaken after the publication in 1999 of British Roots of Maryland Families, the groundbreaking work that identified 500 individuals and families who seeded the early population of Maryland. Using the same format as the parent volume, British Roots II discusses the British origins of an additional 203 Maryland settlers and establishes connections to 120 settlers in other colonies. Its publication was necessitated by information that came to light after the publication of the first volume, important clues that enabled the compiler to extend his research in Britain and provide genealogical evidence relating to hundreds more families.

The families included in this work were chosen because (a) their home parish in Britain was identified, (b) the families had taken root and left descendants in Maryland, and (c) most had arrived well before the year 1800. Source materials on which the family histories are based derive from a combination of Mr. Barnes’s own extensive research over the past thirty years and the pioneering work on the origins of Maryland families made by earlier generations of researchers. In addition, Mr. Barnes has profited by the work made available to him by several distinguished contemporaries.

In general, families are traced back two or more generations in Britain and are brought forward two or more generations in Maryland. The specific British sources used by Mr. Barnes include printed and manuscript genealogies, county histories and heraldic visitations, works on the peerage and landed gentry, and, most importantly, marriage bonds and allegations published as part of the Harleian Society Visitation series. Clues in Maryland source records were discovered in land records, county and provincial court records, parish registers, probate records, and in printed and manuscript family histories.

A History of Watauga County, North Carolina
In the decade preceding the Revolutionary War, frontier settlers migrated into the western parts of North Carolina, settling on lands along the Watauga River that belonged to the Cherokee Indian Nation. Many were Scotch-Irish who had traveled to the area through the Shenandoah Valley down the Great Wagon Road, while others were settlers who wandered westward over the mountains after the collapse of the Regulator movement in North Carolina. In May 1772 these settlers, led by John Sevier and James Robertson, established the Watauga Association, which boasted the country’s first majority-rule system of government, and the first written constitution in America. The Watauga Association negotiated a ten-year lease with the Cherokees, and later purchased the land from the Indians. In 1776 the Watauga settlement was annexed to North Carolina, then was ceded to the federal government in 1784, briefly comprised the State of Franklin, and finally became part of Tennessee when it attained statehood in mid-1796.

Although Watauga County, North Carolina, was not established until 1849 from the existing counties of Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell, and Yancey in northwestern North Carolina, “all of Watauga County on the waters of Watauga River was once a part…of the famous and immortal Old Watauga Settlement of Sevier . . . .” In his History of Watauga County, North Carolina, John Preston Arthur provides an invaluable study of the origins and early settlers of this area rich in genealogical history. Arthur’s History not only covers the topics standard to such histories–the first settlements, Indian raids, churches, Revolutionary and Civil War activities, geological facts, legislative and other officers, population and agricultural statistics, place names, schools, etc.–but also peppers his narrative with innumerable names of early settlers, biographical sketches, and anecdotes about county residents. One chapter of the book deals with Daniel Boone, who according to local tradition, “hunted all through the mountains of what is now Watauga County during several years preceding 1769, and knew the country thoroughly.”

Of particular interest to genealogists are biographical sketches of the following prominent Watauga County families: Adams, Baird, Banner, Bingham, Blackburn, Blair, Brown, Bryan or Bryant, Cable, Coffey, Cottrell, Councill, Critcher, Davis, Dugger, Eggers, Elrod, Farthing, Franklin, Gragg, Greene, Greer, Grider, Grubb, Hagaman, Hardin, Harman, Hartley, Hayes, Hodges, Holtzclaw, Horton, Ingram, Isaacs, Lenoir, Lewis, Linney, Lovill, McBride, McGhee, Mast, Miller, Moretz, Morphew, Norris, Penley, Perkins, Presnell, Reese, Rivers, Sands, Shearer, Sherrill, Shull, Smith, Story, Swift, Tatum, Tester, Thomas, Todd, Trivett, Tugman, Van Dyke, Vannoy, Ward, Watson, Welch, Wilson, Winebarger, Winkler, Woodring, and Yountz.

Ages from Court Records, 1636 – 1700: Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts
From thousands of court cases in Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts, dating from 1636 to 1700, Melinde Sanborn has extracted the names of all deponents and witnesses whose ages are given in the court records of those counties. Depositions provided in early court records are among the richest sources of personal information surviving from New England’s first century, and Ms. Sanborn argues that “so many people in early New England were deponents for one reason or another that no biography or genealogy can be complete without a search through court records to see if a pertinent deposition exists.”

For this early period, the single most useful bit of evidence included in the depositions is the age of the deponent. While most depositions vary in quality from being virtually useless to providing corroboration of marriages, wills, and deeds, ages alone provide incontrovertible value to the genealogist. Sometimes the age of a deponent was very important to a particular case. Men over sixty, for example, were often brought into court to support the claims of the ancient boundaries of litigants’ property. Likewise, many older women who were experienced midwives were called upon to offer opinions on the timeliness of a birth in a fornication case.

Also, one of the most common errors in genealogical work is confusing two or more individuals of the same name. If “senior” or “junior” or “tertius” is not used, it is very difficult to assign events to the correct individual. Frequently, fathers and sons with the same given name came to court together, but with stated ages they are easily differentiated. Men with the same name and of the same generation can be another problem, but again a deposition with a specific age given can make all the difference.With this index–which lists the names and ages of 11,000 deponents, and the year and source of the court records–researchers can quickly determine whether it is worthwhile to track down the original court record.

Schlegel’s American Families of German Ancestry in the United States, Volumes 1-3

This is a reprint of the largest collection of German-American genealogies ever published, a full-blown compendium of family history and biography unknown to all but a handful of specialists. The first three volumes were published somewhat inopportunely between 1916 and 1918, with a fourth volume added in 1926. Each volume was limited to 200 numbered and registered copies, and consequently only a dozen or so three-volume sets can be located today, while the fourth volume is all but unknown. This is a complete paradox, for like similar compendia by Virkus and McKenzie, this work should be available to all students of genealogy and should be the very first resource for anyone researching German-American ancestry.
Unlike other great compendia, however, Schlegel doesn’t just start out with the immigrant ancestor; rather, each family history usually begins two or three generations back, examining the family in its historic setting before bringing it forward to the immigrant ancestor and his descendants in America. Averaging about ten pages in length, including portraits and coats of arms, the family histories are no mere catalogues of births, marriages, and deaths but are rich biographical and genealogical studies, each depicting the education, service, achievements, life, and career of the various family members, and each tracing the roots of the first four or five generations in America, usually commencing in the 18th or the 19th century, naming thousands of related family members.

Of all the information-rich sources of German-American ancestry, none is this comprehensive or as useful to the researcher, as illustrated by its coverage of the following families:

Ackermann, Aichmann, Altenbrand, Ammann, Auer, Barkhausen, Bauer, Baumann, Becker, Bender, Bermel, Biertuempfel, Boos, Bossert, Brandis, Braunstein, Breidt, Broking, Burger, Cordts, Cronau, Dangler, Dannenhoffer, de Kalb, Deck, Dippel, Dittenhoefer, Dochtermann, Dornhoefer, Doscher, Draesel, Dreier, Dressel, Drewes, Dreyer, Eichacker, Eichhorn, Eimer, Engelhardt, Espenscheid, Faber, Faller, Fink, Fischer, Flammer, Focht-Vogt, Frank, Frey, Fritz, Froeb, Funk, Gaus, Gobel, Goebel, Goepel, Golsner, Grell, Gretsch, Groborsch, Gunther, Hauenstein, Haug, Haupt, Haussling, Havemeyer, Hechtenberg, Hecker, Helwig, Hering, Herkimer, Herlich, Herrmann, Hoecker, Hoffmann, Jaeckle, Jahn, Janson, Junge, Just, Katz, Keene, Kern, Kessler, Kiefer, Kircher, Kirsch, Kleinert, Kline, Kny, Kobbe, Kochersberger, Koelble, Komitsch, Korth, Kost, Koster, Kraemer, Kramer, Kroeger, Kuhn, Lafrentz, Lamprecht, Lausecker, Leisler, Lexow, Liebmann, Limbacher, Lohse, Lotz, Luckhardt, Luhrsen, Lutz, Marquardt, Martin, Maulbeck, Maurer, Meeker, Mehlin, Mende, Meurer, Meyer, Mielke, Mietz, Moeller, Moser, Mueller, Muhlenberg, Muller, Naeher, Nissen, Nungesser, Oberglock, Offermann, Otto, Pedersen, Peter, Pflug, Poppenhusen, Prahl, Rasch, Rath, Reichhelm, Reisinger, Reppenhagen, Reuter, Ridder, Riedman, Ries, Ringler, Roehr, Runkel, Ruoff, Sauerwein, Schaeffer, Schalck, Schering, Scherrer, Schieren, Schill, Schilling, Schissel, Schlegel, Schlitz, Schmelzer, Schmidt, Schmieder, Schneider, Scholzel, Schortau, Schrader, Schroeder, Schultz, Schumann, Schurz, Schwarz, Sebold, Seyfarth, Sigel, Solms, Specht, Spengler, Stadler, Steiger, Steil, Steingut, Steinway, Stemme, Stengel, Steubner, Steurer, Stiefel, Stier, Stohn, Strebel, Stuber, Stutz, Stutzmann, Sutro, Thumann, Vogeler, Vollweiler, vom Hofe, von Bernuth, von Briesen, von Steuben, Wahlers, Weber, Weimar, Weismann, Weitling, Wendel, Wenk, Wesel, Wilhelms, Wintjen, Wischmann, Wolffram, Zaabel, Zechiel, and Zobel

Craftsman of the Cumberlands, Tradition and Creativity
Sensitive, illustrated account of wood craftsmen in the Cumberland Mountains of southeastern Kentucky as reflected in the life and work of woodworker and chairmaker Chester Cornett. Describes not only Cornett’s tools and techniques but also his aspirations and values. Considers Cornett’s experience vis-Ã -vis other Cumberland craftsmen and their views about the world.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Volume 1

This is the basic genealogical dictionary of early New England settlers, giving the name of every settler who arrived in New England before 1692 regardless of their station, rank, or fortune. Alphabetically arranged for each, it gives the dates of his marriage and death, dates of birth, marriage and death of his children, and birthdates and names of the grandchildren. According to the author, “nineteen twentieths of the people of these New England colonies in 1775 were descendants of those found here in 1692, and probably seven-eighths of them were offspring of the settlers before 1642.”

Owners of this series will also want to purchase the newFemale Index to “Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England,” which indexes all the females scattered throughout Savage’s four volumes by both maiden and married names.

“Probably the greatest work on genealogy ever compiled for the New England area.”–P.W. Filby, American & British Genealogy & Heraldry

Ten Ways To Save Money on Your Genealogy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

By Whitney Ransom McGowan

This year one of your New Year’s resolutions may have been to set a budget and stick to it. Here are ten ideas to help you save some money on your family history research:

1. is a free site that allows you to connect with other genealogists to do your research. Using, you can find other people who are searching the same surname you may be searching. You can also be connected to people who are researching in the same city or area you are. Individuals using can also list on their profile page if they are willing to do a free lookup for you. This can, for example, save you the cost of flying to Maine to get a picture of your great, great, grandfather’s headstone. Currently has more than 111,000 members. To sign up, go to

2. Subscribe to free newsletters -Subscribing to free newsletters can give you access to great content ranging from the latest genealogy news stories and products, to genealogical tips, upcoming events, and even some freebies. In addition to the free newsletter, try other free newsletters such as. Dick Eastman’s standard edition newsletter, Family Tree Digest, Genealogy, Family Tree Magazine’s Free Weekly Email Update, Gould Genealogy – Taking Genealogy Into the Future – Newsletter, and much more.

3. Purchase Google Your Family Tree - As you may have heard, Google Your Family Tree is an excellent, new genealogy book from, Inc. Once you purchase the book, you will be able to learn how to use the Web’s largest search engine to find information about your ancestors In the book you will learn many new tips that will save you money, and that will help you find links to your ancestors. Click here to purchase Google Your Family Tree.

4. Free databases on – currently offers more than 500 free databases. Plus, all new U.S. content is free for ten days at

5. is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. encourages all people to find their ancestors and preserve their family histories. To help in this pursuit, the Church has been actively gathering and preserving genealogical records from all over the world for more than 100 years. The site is contains an ever-growing amount of free genealogical resources.

6. Book conferences early – Although genealogy conferences may not be considered “cheap,” the information one can glean by attending a conference is well worth it. Many conferences also offer vendor booths, free demonstrations, networking opportunities, and more. Plus, when you register early you often receive a discount. Decide which conference(s) you will attend early in the year, and then book the conference. You can also often save on airfare if you book early.

7. Collaboration – Collaborating with others is a great way to cut down on costs because you can split the costs among those with whom you are working. Plus, you have the opportunity to work through brick walls together, while sharing resources and ideas.

8. We’re Related – We share an article about We’re Related in the News section of this newsletter edition. We’re Related is free and is a great way to stay connected with your family. You can even find relatives you may have lost contact with, or even some who you didn’t know exist.

9.Go to the library. - When was the last time you went to your local library? Libraries are treasure troves for many genealogical resources including family histories, maps, city directories, genealogy books, and much more. You may even find microfilm collections containing vital records of your ancestors. Some libraries also offer free access to large Web databases.

10. Get free charts and demos online. Many Web sites offer downloads of free pedigree charts and family group sheets. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of free trials and demos on a variety of genealogical products and services.

Vital Records From United Kingdom Coming Online

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The major collection this week at includes 25 titles of United Kingdom vital records from the Anguline Research Archives (ARA).

Many of the databases in this collection, which will be launched throughout the week, contain parish registers. The parish registers begin in 1538 and contain baptism, marriage, and burial information. Some of the parish register databases also include details about births and deaths, as required by various Acts of Parliament.

ARA was founded by Guy Etchells and Angela Petyt B.A.(hons.). ARA is an organization dedicated to offering rare books on CD at an affordable price. It caters to local history researchers, as well as to family history researchers.

ARA also offers school and college registers, directories, local histories and topography, wills, study aids, and maps. Plus, they provide some rare printed resources from Medieval times up to the 20th century.

FamilyLink Application on Facebook Becomes Fifth Most Popular Application

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Connecting with family outpaces playing poker, writing bumper stickers, or posting videos.

PROVO, UT, January 6, 2009 — We’re Related, a service developed by, Inc. to connect Facebook users to other family members, just became the fifth most popular application on Facebook Platform. The We’re Related application surpassed Texas HoldEm Poker, Bumper Sticker, and Video by Facebook as well as more than 52,000 other Facebook applications in terms of active monthly users. “We are thrilled with the momentum of We’re Related and are looking forward to future growth and the new functionality we will offer our loyal users,” said Paul Allen, CEO,, Inc. “As the number of We’re Related users increases, so does the number of connections people are making to their families.”We’re Related was launched in October 2007 and is currently the most popular Facebook application for families with more than 16.5 million users., Inc. also recently became one of the Top 500 Web companies in the world, based on Quantcast statistics.

“I’m just excited to see that families really want to connect with each other on the Internet. Our next goal is to grow to 50 million users by the end of this year to help even more individuals stay connected to their loved ones,” said Jason McGowan, VP Product,, Inc.

Connecting families is also important to the top three family sites on the Internet, which include,, and In addition to the 5.8 million monthly visitors using We’re Related on Facebook, these three websites attract an additional 2.6 million monthly visitors  who connect with their families online, according to statistics published by Quantcast, a service that measures online audiences.

Those who use the We’re Related application also share their excitement through online comments and reviews:

“It’s good to get all of my family in one place. I’m slowly adding people who I didn’t even no I was related to and finding people that I haven’t seen or heard from in years. We even found a cousin we had never spoken to,” said Neka Towers. ”So far so good! It’s great to connect with relatives I don’t get to see more often!” said Kathie Smith, a Facebook user from Massachusetts.

 ”Awesome app…Makes keeping up with the fam easier,” said Junius Simon from Texas.

“Just joined and it has helped me find family I never knew existed. 5 stars!” said Tom Davies, new user on We’re Related.

“This application is amazing… I love being able to show who I am related to. Keep up the excellent work,” said Willow Bigelow from Colorado.We’re Related was created to help individuals stay in touch with their families through photo sharing, a news feed, birthday reminders, etc. Individuals can also build their family tree using We’re Related.  For example, more than 100 million relationships (of living people) have been defined on We’re Related. The most common relationship, by far, is cousin. This relationship is often defined in We’re Related using the terms cuz, first cousin, or my cousin.

We’re Related is a free application on Facebook. It can be downloaded through Facebook at:

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom McGowan
Corporate Communications Director, Inc.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,,, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to bring families closer through innovative online services. A combined global audience of 11.5 million unique individuals visits the Web properties owned and operated by, Inc. each month to generate 28 million monthly page views. We’re Related is one of the fastest-growing social networks for genealogists as well as other family members. The application helps individuals find relatives on Facebook, keep in touch with family members through news and status updates, build family trees, and share photos. Those who use We’re Related actively participate in guiding the product roadmap through an online forum and direct feedback.