Alex Haley’s family tree grows via DNA study

USA Today (7 April 2009) is reporting that a DNA study has extended the branches of Alex Haley’s family tree.

The clue came when a “78-year-old man in Scotland named Thomas Baff, … took the DNA test to help his daughter” who was working on the family history.

You may read the story here.

GenealogyBank – packed with veteran’s records

Today is Veteran’s Day – I have many ancestors and cousins that served – from the days of the Colonial militia, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 right up to today. In fact my brother and I joined the Navy when we were 17 – but that was a long time ago.

With Veteran’s Day in mind I started looking at the many resources in GenealogyBank for researching our family members that served in the military.

The Historical Documents section of GenealogyBank now has over 226,000 documents – it is packed with military records.
For example – here is one page from the published list of all lieutenants serving in the US Navy – as of 1832. The list gives their names; dates of appointment; ships they served on etc.

(US Congress. American State Papers. List of lieutenants in the Navy in 1832, and the sea service performed by each since his promotion. Communicated to the House of Representatives, June 16, 1832. American State Papers. 026, Naval Affairs Vol. 4; 22nd Congress, 1st Session Publication No. 483).

I decided to pick a name at random from this list just to see what else I could find out about him.

I selected John P. Zantzinger.

I quickly found that he was listed in multiple documents – the ships he served on – his rejected pay increase request for serving off the coast of Brazil – and other interesting details of his career.
Turning to the Historical Newspapers I found even more.
I found his marriage to Susan R. Hipkins – recorded in the Massachusetts newspaper, the Columbia Centennial (21 March 1821) even though they were married in North Carolina!

This article also filled in another detail – that his middle name was: Paul.

Then I found the sad news that 25 years later his wife died at Fauquier White Sulpher Springs, VA – an area then well known for the “restorative” powers of its natural sulpher springs.

Note that her obituary was published in the New London (CT) Morning News 18 Sep 1846 – even though her death occurred in Virginia.

TIP: Remember – a newspaper from across the country might have printed your ancestor’s marriage announcement or obituary. Don’t limit your search to just the newspapers in one state.

In all I found more than 1,500 records for Zantzinger.

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Peruvian Vital Records 1874-1930; Spanish Parish Registers go online

FamilySearchLabs.org has put the birth, marriage and death records of Lima, Peru for 1874-1930; and the Ciudad Rodrigo (Spain) Parish registers for 1550-1930 online.

This has been my third blog posting today about new Hispanic family history records.

Earlier I wrote about the more than 230 Spanish language newspapers – 1808-1977 going live on GenealogyBank and that FamilySearch Indexing now has a Spanish language website.

GenealogyBank is the best and largest source for online Hispanic newspapers.

It’s a great day for Hispanic genealogy!

Peruvian Vital Records – 1874-1930
The civil registration records: births, marriages and deaths from the Registro Civil de Lima, Peru are now searchable on FamilySearchLabs. These records were digitized and indexed from 227 (35mm) microfilm in the vaults of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For more information on Lima’s vital records see: Officina Registral Lima

Ciudad Rodrigo (Spain) Parish registers for 1550-1930
Roman Catholic parish registers from the Ciudad Rodrigo Diocese in Spain from 1550-1930 are now searchable at FamilySearchLabs. These records include baptisms, marriages, burials and other church records.

Ohio & Oregon: Upcoming titles being added to GenealogyBank.com

Many of you want to know – What are the upcoming newspapers that we will be adding for my state?

To get the word out I am going to begin posting the titles from the Upcoming Title list.


I will research and post two States per day.

Remember – this is an advance look at the list. Some of these titles are going live this summer and some will not be added for months. We want you to know what our plans are.

I usually hear about new newspaper titles going live on GenealogyBank three times a month. I will post those titles and their dates of coverage as soon as I get the word.

Thousands of newspapers are being considered for addition to GenealogyBank. We continue to evaluate and add more titles that are not on this list.

As soon as I know which titles are going live or have been added to the “Upcoming Titles” list – I will post it to this blog.

This way you will know which titles have been added to GenealogyBank and which titles are on the Upcoming Titles list.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list of Ohio newspapers that are live online right now at GenealogyBank.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list of Oregon newspapers that are live online right now at GenealogyBank.

Here is an advance look at the list of the historical newspapers we are adding in the months ahead for Ohio and Oregon.

OHIO
Fredonian. Chillicothe, OH. 1807 to 1813
Scioto Gazette. Chillicothe, OH. 1805 to 1818
Scioto Gazette and Fredonia Chronicle. Chillicothe, OH. 1821 to 1867
Supporter. Chillicothe, OH. 1809 o 1820
Cincinnati Daily Gazette. Cincinnati, OH. 1835 to 1845
Cincinnati Enquirer. Cincinnati, OH. 1861 to 1876
Cincinnati Times & Chronicle. Cincinnati, OH. 1871 to 1874
Cincinnati Volksfreund. Cincinnati, OH. 1863 to 1864
Saturday Evening Chronicle. Cincinnati, OH. 1827 to 1829
Spirit of the West. Cincinnati, OH. 1814 to 1815
Cincinnati Advertiser. Cincinnati, OH. 1819 to
1825
Plain Dealer. Clevelend, OH. 1842 to 1922
Columbus Gazette. Columbus, OH. 1821 to 1861
Crisis. Columbus, OH. 1865 to 1870
Ohio Monitor. Columbus, OH. 1821 to 1865
Democratic Herald. Dayton, OH. 1835 to 1837
Ohio Republican. Dayton, OH. 1813 to 1816
Elyria Republican. Elyria, OH. 1835 to 1837
Ohio Gazette & Virginia Herald. Marrietta, OH. 1806 to 1811
Western Spectator. Marrietta, OH. 1810 to 1813
Portage County Democrat. Ravenna, OH. 1854 to 1855
Daily Commercial Register. Sandusky, OH. 1851 to 1867
Daily Sanduskian. Sandusky, OH. 1848 to 1851
Ohio Federalist. St. Clairsville, OH. 1813 to 1816
Western Herald. Steubenville, OH. 1812 to 1817
Western Herald & Stubenville Gazette. Steubenville, OH. 1823 to 1829
Trump of Fame. Warren, OH. 1812 to 1814
Wooster Republican. Wooster, OH. 1862 to 1863
Greene County Journal. Xenia, OH. 1863 to 1864
Greene County Torch-Light. Xenia, OH. 1841


OREGON
Oregon State Journal. Eugene, OR. 1864 to 1875
Firebrand. Portland, OR. 1895 to 1897
Oregonian. Portland, OR. 1850 to 1922