Join us to celebrate Halvor Moorshead’s retirement

Halvor Moorshead after a lifetime of publishing in the genealogy industry is retiring.

Join us in person, by e-mail or blog to honor Halvor Moorshead on his retirement.

Dinner 7 pm Thursday, 15 May 2008 at the Hyatt Regency’s Crown Center Peppercorn restaurant. On a budget? No problem, we’re ordering from the menu. RSVP to the event coordinators Tom Kemp or Pat Richley by Sunday 5pm.

Sign the Guest Book: Stop by the GenealogyBank booth during the NGS conference and write your best wishes to Halvor.

Can’t Be There in Person? Leave your remarks at http://HonoringHalvor.blogspot.com~ or ~Send your comments to the event coordinators Tom Kemp or Pat Richley and we’ll include it in the book.

JOIN in the camaraderie and THANK HALVOR for his service to the genealogy community.

Everyone agrees that Halvor Moorshead lives a powerful life and has had amassive influence in the genealogy community through his three hugely popular magazines Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy & History Magazine; and equally well-received book titles including 500 Brickwall Solutions, More Brickwall Solutions, Dating Old Photographs and More Dating Old Photographs. His newest magazine project focuses on beginning research and is titled Discovering Family History. Halvor has been publishing since 1973,with 19 magazines titles to his credit.
Event Coordinators:Tom Kemp Thomas.J.Kemp@gmail.com
Pat Richley Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

War of 1812 POW List

The War of 1812 ended 193 years ago with the US ratification of the Treaty of Ghent on 12 Feb 1815.

But even before the war was over the two sides were exchanging prisoners of war.

One of the problems and underlying causes of the war was British impressments of former British subjects who became naturalized US citizens. This continued as an issue when the British were not going to return former British citizens captured in the war.

These were real people – and their names are clearly spelled out in early documents. Here are pages of the names of American and British POWs that were being exchanged in 1813/1814.

This is a great genealogy resource – a good example of the strength of the detailed records found in GenealogyBank.

Military lists; pension records; land records; and more. GenealogyBank is packed with resources.


These detailed lists were easy to find in the 692 pages of this report – just type in the name – click and it takes you right to these pages.

There are 1.3 Billion names in GenealogyBank – in over 221 Million documents and records.

Give it a try right now and see what we have on your ancestors.

Halvor Moorshead Retires

For more than two decades Halvor Moorshead has been in the forefront of genealogy.

Consistently on target his four publications Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, History Magazine and his newest title Discovering Family History are the best in the field. Readable and useful, you save each issue, mark them up and act on the suggestions, tips and ideas. I wish we could say that about every genealogy magazine.

Halvor has the pulse of genealogy. He knows where we need to be researching, the tools of the trade and the “next big thing” – and he knows how to present it. As publisher we all could see his hand in framing each issue so that it would be up to date and on target.

I personally have been grateful to know him and benefited from his candor, knowledge of the field and smiling good humor.
And hey, he’s a heck of a nice guy too.

Halvor is not leaving the stage just yet – he will be a consultant for the new publishers and he will be at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Kansas City in May. I am organizing an event there in Halvor’s honor and will post the details to this blog. Be sure to be there to wish him well.

Here is the official announcement from Halvor Moorshead:

I am retiring on Friday, 29 February 2008I wish I had the capacity to e-mail everyone with whom I do business – and my friends –individually about the following but this is not practical so I am sending out this general announcement about important changes affecting our publishing company.

I have sold Moorshead Magazines – which includes Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, History Magazine and the new Discovering Family History and will be retiring. The sale finalizes on Friday 29 February 2008.

This is not quite as radical as it first sounds. I am selling the company to two of the staff – Ed Zapletal and Rick Cree. They have made it clear that their main reason for buying the company is that they do NOT want any changes. There will obviously be some differences as I will be out of the picture, but there will be no staff changes. Victoria, Marc and Jeannette will be continuing in the same roles.I turned 65 in November and want time to travel and do other things with Marian (my wife) while we are still capable (I also plan on spending a lot of time researching my own genealogy!). I also want to do more lecturing.

I am intensely proud of what we have done with Moorshead Magazines – we have dedicated loyal and highly experienced staff. Ed and Rick have both been with me for 24 years – way, way before we published Family Chronicle. We work very well together and we have been pretty successful. Things are going well – Discovering Family History looks as though it will become another success story and this is important to me; I very much want to retire on a high note. Part of the sale agreement is that I will act as a consultant related to the magazines for three years so I am not entirely cut off. In addition, I plan to be at the NGS Annual Convention in Kansas City in May, largely to say good bye personally to the many friends I have made in the genealogy field over the years.

Halvor