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EOGN: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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Vol. 6 No. 19 – May 7, 2001

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- Personal Ancestral File Companion 5.0
- Norwich University’s "Learn Family History Online"
- TMG Utilities
- American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition
- Mercer County - The 19th Century and Before on CD-ROM
- Leiden Reconsiders Plan to Demolish Remains of Pilgrim Church
- More on Uncle Sam Wants You!
- Rescue Our Cemeteries
- Upcoming Events

- Personal Ancestral File Companion 5.0

Personal Ancestral File for Windows is one of the most popular genealogy programs in the world. There are good reasons for the program’s popularity: it is easy to use, stores most of the information that genealogists want to record, and can easily import and export data to and from other programs. Of course, the biggest reason for PAF’s popularity is its price: it is free. You can download this Windows program directly from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Web site at:

While Personal Ancestral File is a very good program, it doesn’t have all the on-screen or printed reports that many people want. For some time the producers of the program have offered "Personal Ancestral File Companion," which adds extra functionality. Now a new version of the Companion has been released. Personal Ancestral File Companion version 5.0 adds high-quality printed pedigree charts, family group records, ancestor charts, descendant charts, hourglass charts, fan charts, kinship reports, descendant reports, and narrative reports.

The following reports are new with version 5.0:

  • Standard Family Group Record. A variable format that will print all user-defined events.
  • Hourglass Chart. Print both ancestors and descendants on one chart for an individual, displayed in a format that resembles an hourglass with ancestors displayed above the focus individual and descendants below.

In addition to the above new reports, the following enhancements are in version 5.0:

  • Photos - Several reports and charts allow you to print a photo for each individual in the chart, including the Ancestor Chart, Descendant Chart, Hourglass Chart, Ahnentafel Report and Register Report.
  • Confidential Notes and Events - You can choose whether or not to print confidential notes and events in your charts. By default, confidential notes and events print only if both these settings are enabled in your Personal Ancestral File program. You can temporarily change this option in Companion at any time. This will not affect your settings in Personal Ancestral File.
  • User Defined Events may (optionally) be printed in reports.
  • Footnotes and Endnotes – You can now select whether to print sources as footnotes or endnotes.
  • Metric units of measure – Previous versions of Personal Ancestral File Companion allowed the user to specify the size of printed charts and box sizes in inches. The new version allows for metric specifications.
  • Compare to PRF Master Index - the Companion finds individuals in the Pedigree Resource File (PRF) who may match those in your Personal Ancestral File database. The Companion does this by comparing one or more individuals in your file to all individuals on a PRF Master Index CD-ROM (note: the Master Index must be for Discs 1-15 or newer). The results are presented in a WordPad document that you can print or save for later use. WordPad documents can easily be imported into any modern word processor.
  • Kin Search is a feature of the Companion that allows you to find all relatives (kinship) of an individual and browse through this list, selecting only those you are interested in. You can also print individual relatives and their relationship with the subject.
  • The Name List presents the entire list of individuals contained in your Personal Ancestral File database. From the Name List you can search for specific individuals by surname and given name (optional) or by RIN.
  • Foreign characters - Companion will now display and print Western European characters with diacritics.

I took Personal Ancestral File Companion version 5.0 for a "test drive" this week and found that it is as easy to use as the previous versions. The program does not have a printed manual, nor does it need one. Most of the options and selections are self-explanatory. However, just in case you do find something that is not intuitive, the online Help feature will illustrate the proper operation. I looked at the online Help for several topics, and it seemed to display information clearly in all instances.

While not new in version 5.0, my favorite feature of Personal Ancestral File Companion is the wall charts. This program makes excellent charts that you can print out locally in color or black-and-white, tape the printouts together, and take them to a family reunion or other gathering. In fact, you can also print to diskette and take the diskette to a commercial service that will print your output on large paper on a plotter or similar commercial-quality printing device. A number of other programs feature wall charts also, but the ones in Personal Ancestral File Companion have a more pleasing appearance than most of the others. If your present genealogy program does not feature wall charts, or if its wall charts are a bit "weak," you can download Personal Ancestral File, import your data from your primary genealogy program, then purchase Personal Ancestral File Companion to create nice looking reports.

Personal Ancestral File Companion 5.0 requires Windows 95, 98, ME, NT or 2000. It works with Personal Ancestral File versions 3.0 for MS-DOS as well as versions 4 and 5 for Windows. The Companion costs $13.50 (U.S. funds). For more information, or to order Personal Ancestral File Companion 5.0 via a secure online Web site, go to:

- Norwich University’s "Learn Family History Online" has teamed up with Norwich University/Vermont College to offer a series of online collaborative seminars focusing on the essentials of family history research. From the comfort of your own home, you can take courses to enhance your own family history skills and knowledge. Even better, these courses allow you to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and you can even earn undergraduate credit from Norwich University/Vermont College.

Several courses are available:

  • "Introduction to Family History" is a collaborative, interdisciplinary 10-week online research seminar. It consists of a series of learning modules designed to introduce participants to the basic components of family history research. This course is taught by an experienced, Certified Genealogist, Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., C.G. Alice is author of Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources.
  • "The British Isles in the 1600s - History, Records, Research" covers the events of this particular century in England, Scotland and Ireland that created an intricate web of special records and special problems for family historians. This 10-week, online seminar will convey the complexities of British Isles' history under the Stuarts; discuss records that arose in those turbulent times; and incorporate them, along with better-known resources, into methodology and research strategy for studying your family. You are encouraged to work with a personal research problem. The course is facilitated by Sherry Irvine, BA, MS, CGRS, FSA (Scot). Sherry is author of Ancestry's Your English Ancestry and Your Scottish Ancestry.
  • "Metes, Bounds, Sections, Surveys - Using Land Records in Family History Research" shows how to document relationships by using land records that document the ownership of property and frequently imply relationships. Land ownership was an integral part of the life of many pre-1900 families, and land records were recorded in virtually every American record-keeping jurisdiction since the earliest days of settlement. As a result, genealogical research for virtually any pre-1900 family is incomplete if land records are not included in the research design. This course will introduce the student to the use of land records in genealogical research. Pre-federal, federal, and post-federal records will be discussed, along with the basic terminology necessary in order to use and interpret these records effectively. The course is taught by Michael John Neill, M.S., genealogist, teacher, author, and regular contributor to the Ancestry Daily News.
  • "Lifestory - Remembering Your Life Stories" is an 8-week, online workshop to assist you in writing your personal family memories. Whether you want to create a written legacy for your heirs, write your autobiography, or serve as the family historian, you’ll learn how to turn your memories into memoirs. This noncredit workshop will help you explore photo essays, character sketches, anecdotes and narratives. The course is facilitated by Cynthia Basset, M.F.A., who has extensive experience in online teaching.
  • "Method or Madness: Internet Searching for Ancestors" is a noncredit workshop that will introduce you to the fundamentals of genealogical research on the Internet. It assumes that you have a basic working knowledge of elementary genealogical sources and will concentrate on effective online searching techniques applicable to many Web sites and on analysis and interpretation of online data. This course is taught by Michael Neill, M.S.

These classes are repeated every few weeks; so, if you miss one particular class, you can easily delay a bit and catch the next one. The University’s Web site also promises that additional seminars will be added this spring.

For more information, look at:

- TMG Utilities

The Master Genealogist, often referred to as TMG, has a reputation for being a very powerful program for demanding genealogists. It is frequently referred to as "the one that does it all." This powerful program appears to have more functionality than any other genealogy program available today. However, John Cardinal has managed to create a set of utilities that add a few more features to those already in TMG, even further enriching the functionality of this already powerful program.

The primary "TMG Utility" provides many different features to easily modify and update TMG databases. Some of the features are aimed at correcting data problems that arise because data was transferred from another program into TMG. Other features are designed to help people take advantage of the power of TMG. Here is a list of functions available in TMG Utility:

  • Set Person Field may be used to change the value of the Reference field or other fields in the Person table.
  • Set Living=N uses a person's events, and optionally, events by their descendants, to change the Living flag from "?" to "N".
  • Add Married Names adds a name event with the husband's surname to all married women without one. This is intended to produce non-printing name events for use with the picklist.
  • Change Married Names may be used to change specific fields within Name-Marr events. This feature is similar to Add Married Names except that it works on existing Name-Marr events.
  • Add Standard Names adds a name event for everyone who has a specific surname. You supply two surnames: the "standard" one you want for use with the picklist, and the "variant" that appears in the actual source documents. Wherever the program finds the variant surname, it adds a name event with the standard surname.
  • Capitalize Names changes names to proper capitalization, i.e., changes names that are all caps to mixed case.
  • Fix Names removes question marks, underscores and other undesirable characters from names. This function will also remove parenthesized surnames.
  • Change Event Type changes one type of event to another. For example, it will change "Note" events to "Event-Misc" events.
  • Change Name Type changes one type of name tag to another. For example, it will change "Name-Nick" names to "Name-Var" names.
  • Make P1 Male changes all events with a male principal and a female principal such that the male is always P1, and the female is always P2.
  • Set Sort Dates reduces the number of sort dates that must be entered manually to produce logical narrative reports. The program uses the tags with dates to determine reasonable sort dates for those without dates. Tidbit: Set Sort Dates was the original impetus for this program.
  • Add Marriages adds marriage events to unmarried parents. It can be used to recover from the case where data was not imported correctly.
  • Capitalize Places is similar to capitalize names, but for places.
  • Make Source Page makes an HTML page that contains a list of sources. If the source definition includes a URL, the function includes a link to that URL. Load the page into your favorite browser for quick access to your source data and especially to web-resident source data.
  • Change Citations changes a reference from one source to another source while also setting the citation detail (CD). This helps consolidate source references.
  • Exclude Citations by Type adds the exclusion marker to all the source citations attached to a particular tag type. When the exclusion marker is present, the citation is not included in reports unless TMG's Show excluded citation option is enabled. The function will also remove the exclusion marker.
  • Exclude Citations by Source Number adds the exclusion marker to all the source citations that refer to a particular source number. When the exclusion marker is present, the citation is not included in reports unless TMG's Show excluded citation option is enabled. The function will also remove the exclusion marker.
  • Export Sentences copies the sentences stored in the tag definitions of a database to a text file. Import Sentences reads such a file. Together, they may be used to copy languages, roles, and sentences from one database to another, or to copy roles and sentences from one language to another in the same or a different database.
  • Copy Custom Sentences can be used to copy sentences that you have customized for specific events and names from one language to another. The feature does not change existing custom sentences in the target language.
  • Rename Language changes all occurrences of language "A" in tag types, events, and names to language "B".
  • Rename Role changes the role name in the definition of the tag as well as in all occurrences of the role in events.
  • Show Role Usage produces a list of the tag/role combinations that occur in events.
  • Assign Principal Roles will assign a role to the principal(s) of an event.
  • Find and Replace changes one string of characters to another in names, memos, and other fields. The "Find what" text may be a literal string or a pattern. Patterns are a powerful "wild-carding" tool; see the detailed help for a more complete explanation.

John Cardinal also wrote "On This Day," a program that displays anniversaries from a TMG database. It will produce a list of events for a given day, week, or month; the user may send the list to the screen or to HTML, or export the events to Microsoft Outlook.

Finally, John also wrote Mocakebi (pronounced "moe-kah-kee-bee"), a read-only browser for TMG databases. Mocakebi can be used as a free-standing program or in conjunction with On This Day. When a list produced by On This Day is sent to the screen and you click on a name in the list, On This Day opens a Mocakebi window focused on the person whose name was clicked. You also can use Mocakebi to legally share data with your friends and relatives. Anyone using a modern Windows PC can display your data if you give them a copy of Mocakebi and a copy of your TMG database. They can view your information but cannot modify it or add to it. Using Mocakebi, the recipient of your data can display Name, Event, and Relationship Details as well as Search by ID number or Search by Name.

John Cardinal’s Utilities for The Master Genealogist will function on any computer capable of running The Master Genealogist, including: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, and Windows 2000 systems. These utilities are "donorware." That is, the author encourages satisfied users of the programs to make a donation in his name to the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For information about the Jimmy Fund, look at:

To learn more about John Cardinal’s utilities for The Master Genealogist, or to download the programs, go to:

- American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition

I have written in the past about the "Presidential Family Forest," a CD-ROM database produced by Millisecond Publishing Company. This is a lineage-linked database that digitally connects people with each other. That particular CD-ROM disk contains information about all of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States, along with that of their wives. It continues with information about other people who are related by birth or marriage (ancestors, descendants, and other relatives) to these people. The result is a fascinating study of the many intertwining relationships of these men and women.

Millisecond Publishing Company also produces other and larger databases. This week I had a chance to try a pre-release version of their latest project: the American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition. This CD-ROM disk continues in the same vein as the Presidential Family Forest, only it contains information about many thousands of more individuals. It is not limited to presidents and vice-presidents; it includes Americans from many walks of life. While the CD-ROM database focuses on Americans, many of the listings include ancestry traced into Europe. Therefore, you can also find many thousands of Europeans listed on this CD-ROM as well as Americans.

Lineage-linked and fully sourced, many ancestral lines on the American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition CD-ROM are covered back at least ten generations. A few claims go back more than sixty generations or 2,000 years. All claims need to be independently verified, however. Millisecond Publishing Company supplies the information "as is" and cites the sources where the information was found. However, the company cannot verify the accuracy of those sources. Most of the sources I found on the CD-ROM were secondary sources. Like all other genealogy information, the burden of proof rests on the shoulders of the individual researcher.

The American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition CD-ROM includes all the software needed to install and use the CD-ROM disk on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and Windows 2000. I installed it on a Windows 2000 Pro system and everything worked well, even though I was using a pre-release version of the product. While Millisecond Publishing has supplied the data, the American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition CD-ROM software is "Family Explorer" produced by Progeny Software. This is an excellent software choice, in my opinion. Unlike some other genealogy CD-ROM disks, this one is a true relational database. You can find information, print pedigree charts and print descendant charts from the information contained on the CD-ROM.

Installation was quick and simple. A minute or so after opening the package I was looking at genealogy data. I first entered my own surname and then clicked on "GO TO." Within two or three seconds I was looking at a list of 100 or so individuals. For more common surnames you will want to enter a first name as well. From the name list I clicked on a random individual’s listing; this displayed a details screen showing all the pertinent information about that person. Clicking on the "Sources" icon revealed the original source of that information. In this case, the source was a birth record listed in the "History & Genealogy of Montague Family" by George Wm. Montague, page 297. This book was about an entirely differently family, and I would not have known about the reference. Based upon the information on the American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition CD-ROM, I now know that I should rent a microfilm copy of the Montague book and look on page 297.

I clicked on "Ancestors," and a pedigree chart of the individual was then displayed. In this case, the individual’s great-grandmother was Hannah Montague, which explains why the person of another name was listed in the Montague family genealogy book. I also was able to print the pedigree chart, along with an hourglass report of ancestors and descendants, a family group sheet, a fan chart of ancestors, a descendants chart and more.

The American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition CD-ROM can produce very large pedigree box charts and descendants box charts. In theory, it can produce pedigree charts with more than one million boxes filled in. However, that number of individuals requires a very powerful computer with lots of memory. I guess it would also require a rather large printer! Don’t worry about it, however; you do not need to upgrade your computer. A normal Windows computer can easily produce reports of a few hundred or even a few thousand individuals.

I did a search for Samuel Finley Breese Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. The American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition only required a couple of seconds to produce a list of his six generations of known ancestors, including family names of Morse, Finley and Breese. A similar search on George Walker Bush, born in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, reveals thousands of ancestors. However, that report required more than 15 minutes to display on my 600-MHz Pentium III system running Windows 2000 with 128 megabytes of memory and a 32-speed CD-ROM drive. The time required on your computer will vary, depending upon the amount of memory available, the CD-ROM speed, and the processor speed.

The American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition is an interesting product, one that becomes addictive. It has many thousands of people in its database, and finding possible ancestors almost becomes a game. While it has the words "American & European" in its title, keep in mind that it focuses primarily on Americans and all of their ancestors, including those from Europe. You won’t find many twentieth-century Europeans listed.

The American & European Family Forest Millennium Edition CD-ROM costs $49.00 (U.S. funds) plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. It is available directly from Millisecond Publishing Company. For more information, look at:

- Mercer County - The 19th Century and Before on CD-ROM

Retrospect Publishing has announced the completion of their 8th CD-ROM in the Pennsylvania Retrospective Series: Mercer County - The 19th Century and Before. This CD-ROM disk contains a full text search capability along with the images of the original pages for the following books:

  • History of Mercer County, PA (Brown, Runk & Co., Publishers; 1888)
  • Mercer County Directory for 1898 (R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers; 1898)

These books contain information about more than 25,000 Mercer County residents from the 1700s to the late 1800s. The full text search capability allows the user to find information within seconds. The CD-ROM disk also contains lists of men from Mercer County who served in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The 1888 Mercer County History includes not only extensive chapters on county, township and city histories, but also a condensed history of the formation and development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, along with biographies of residents that often mention from what county or country they came. 

The Mercer County CD-ROM requires Windows 95, 98, ME, NT or 2000. It costs $39.95 (U.S. funds). For more information, look at Retrospect Publishing’s Web site at: Note that the Web site does not offer secure, online ordering. However, you may print out an order form at the Web site and then send the form to the publishers via traditional mail, along with a check or money order.

- Leiden Reconsiders Plan to Demolish Remains of Pilgrim Church

If you have been reading this newsletter for a few months, you already know that the Dutch city of Leiden plans to demolish the remaining ruins of a medieval church where the Pilgrims prayed before sailing to America. The ruins of the fourteenth-century church would be replaced by a public square and a shopping center. However, perhaps in response to public pressure, the Leiden City Council reportedly is now reconsidering their plans.

The United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has been one of the many groups asking for reconsideration of the plans. This week the United Church of Christ said the Leiden City Council had reversed its decision to raze the ruins. The Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, or Church of Our Dear Lady, 30 miles south of Amsterdam, was deemed "an important monument" and would be preserved, the church group said. However, councilman Alexander Pechtold disagreed a bit with the United Church of Christ’s report. In an interview with the Associated Press, Councilman Pechtold merely stated that the council had not yet made a final decision, but was studying a new development plan "to leave some of the remains" of the historic church at the center of a public plaza. "We decided to rethink the whole problem," said Pechtold, who led the redevelopment drive. "We are considering the concerns expressed in the United States. It may be that the old plan is outdated."

A final decision will be taken in a few months, Pechtold said, and it is still possible that the city could chose to demolish the Pilgrim remains under the original proposal.

You can read more about this controversial issue at:

- More on Uncle Sam Wants You!

Last week’s newsletter contained an article written by Megan Smolenyak that describes the U.S. Government’s efforts to use DNA analysis to identify the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War. Apparently the publicity generated by this newsletter and other online genealogy publications has been successful; the site is very busy. Megan submitted the following information this week:

Special thanks to everyone who responded to last week's plea for help with the Army's Korean Repatriation project! We are very optimistic that several cases will quickly be resolved as a result. Due to the article, traffic on has tripled, and because of this unusually high volume, some of you may have found the site to be a bit sluggish. A few may have even received error messages. The webmasters would like everyone to know that the site's bandwidth will increase threefold by next Wednesday, May 9th, when a new DSL line is installed. If you encountered any difficulty during your first visit, we strongly encourage you to try again. Thanks again for the outpouring of interest and assistance!

You can contact Megan Smolenyak at:

- Rescue Our Cemeteries

On any given weekend, a visit to Land Between The Lakes (or LBL, as it is known regionally), an inland peninsula in western Kentucky and Tennessee about 90 miles north of Nashville, might find dozens of volunteers hard at work in the cemeteries. Members of preservation and historical associations spend their free time researching, locating and cleaning cemeteries and graves. These efforts were recognized recently at a state-wide awards dinner in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Through the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, Between the Rivers Preservation Organization was given an Award of Merit for their project, Rescue Our Cemeteries. They were one of four groups from across the state to receive an award in the category Volunteer Groups.

There are 228 cemeteries in the area once known as Between the Rivers, many dating to the early 1800s and perhaps even earlier. These are always open for visitation, and existing access roads are maintained by LBL. However, relatives, friends and cemetery associations handle maintenance of the cemeteries themselves. During the past two years, Rescue Our Cemeteries workers have researched, located, identified, documented, cleaned and sometimes named 164 cemeteries -- and put in more than 7,200 man hours

Between the Rivers, Inc. is one of two private groups that work at Land Between the Lakes, restoring St. Mary's Cemetery on the Tennessee side and some of the peninsula's 250 or so other cemeteries. Members meet nearly every Saturday in the winter months, avoiding the summer months, which bring ticks and snakes. "We feel all graves should be respected and protected," said Ray Parish, the organization's president. "They're part of our heritage here, so it's important to leave a permanent marker."

The federal government used powers of eminent domain in the 1960s to buy and tear down houses, businesses and community buildings to create the Land Between the Lakes, an area covering 170,000 acres some 40 miles long and roughly seven miles wide. The cemeteries were the only things left under the control of the private sector.

Many former residents say they are drawn to the cemeteries because they are some of the last reminders of the once prosperous communities that existed before about 700 families were forced to give up their homes. "It's our heritage," said Della Oliver, a former resident and member of Between the Rivers. "It's all we have left of what we are as a community. Everything else has been taken away."

Kathy Harper, a spokeswoman for Land Between the Lakes, said it's no surprise that former residents feel such a link to the cemeteries. It's part of the region's culture "to maintain ties to your heritage and to former generations who are in these cemeteries," Harper said. "It's very important for genealogy research and also for people who want to come back and learn about their roots and heritage."

Even when Land Between the Lakes was created, many of the cemeteries -- some dating to the 1700s -- had been forgotten because there were no remaining descendants in the area. Since then, others who cared for the cemeteries have died or left the region. Only about 30 of LBL's cemeteries contain more than 100 graves. The remaining cemeteries are more likely to contain fewer than 10 graves. Some graves are the resting place for babies or children buried near an area where the mother or family member could keep watch over them by peering through a window in their home, said Sylvia Canon who, with her husband, Beale, are leaders in the cemetery restoration group called Rescue Our Cemeteries.

Members of Canon's group and Between the Rivers Inc. say they have found graves of white settlers and veterans from nearly every war, including the Revolutionary War, and also those of black slaves and Chinese immigrants who worked in the region's iron furnaces. Records show diarrhea, lightning strike, and whooping cough took the lives of many of these people. Parish said that, judging from many of the older graves, it is clear that there was a high infant mortality rate and that many women died during childbirth since they are buried next to an infant.

Members of Rescue Our Cemeteries were able to help some members of a nearby black community find their ancestors' graves at Barnett Cemetery. Family members knew only that their ancestors were buried at what was commonly called "the cemetery," but weren't sure which one.

For more information about the Land Between the Lakes recreation area, look at:

- Upcoming Events

The Upcoming Events section of this newsletter is published once per month, usually in the first newsletter of each month. Each event will be listed very briefly: title, date(s), location, and sponsoring organization, all followed by either an e-mail address or a Web page that you can use to find more information. Since detailed information is available via e-mail or the Web, I will not list the details in this newsletter. If you do contact any of these organizations, please tell them where you heard about the event.

Here are the listings, arranged by date. An asterisk indicates a new listing that has been added since the last time this list was published:

*The Lethbridge Family History Center and the Lethbridge Alberta Genealogical Society are presenting a Family History Conference on May 10,11, and 12 to be held in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. There will be 80 classes offered with 46 instructors. Dr. Scott Woodward of the Molecular Genealogy Research Project from the Brigham Young University will the guest speaker at the Friday evening conference session. He will also be doing DNA testing throughout the conference. For more information, class schedules, and registration form please visit the Lethbridge Family History Center website:

*The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is holding a conference in Saratoga Springs, New York on May 10 through 12. The conference is "Nineteenth-Century New York Genealogy & History: A Marriage Made in Heaven." It promises to be a fascinating event, bringing together genealogists and historians. For more information, including the program schedule, please visit:

*The Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County (California) will hold its monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2001 in Modesto. Eilene Kerr will speak on "Women Crossing the Prairie: Their Journeys on the Overland Trails to Reach Oregon and California during the 1840’s-1860’s". The program is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, look at:

The U.S. National Genealogical Society’s annual Conference in the States will be held in Portland, Oregon from May 15 through 19, 2001. This year’s conference will feature classes on methodology (how to), migration and naturalization, courthouse research, and land records. A delegation from the Public Record Office (PRO) is coming from London. They want to help you with your British research. There is a full day of family health history topics on Wednesday. You can learn about ethnic research, such as Hispanic, Chinese, Native American, Jewish. Each day, there are ten computer classes. There are also six computer labs. (Extra fee for these.) There is a full day of writing your family history classes on Friday. There are dozens of other classes - and all will help you get over your brick wall and find grandpa and grandma. You can find more information and even register on-line at

The Chapman Family Association's first annual convention will be held May 18-20 in St. Louis, MO at the Hilton Hotel at the Airport. The association is for all Chapmans and Chapman descendants of all family branches. The convention will include genealogy workshops, reception, business, Chapman family forum and banquet. For more information check:

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Wingfield Family Society will be held May 24 - 27, 2001 in Denver, Colorado. Details are available from:

The Seneca County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, a chapter of Ohio Genealogical Society, will host a special seminar on "Genealogy in the 21st Century" on June 1 - 2, 2001 at Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio. Emphasis will be on Ohio resources. Speakers from the Allen County (Ft. Wayne, IN) Public Library will discuss their resources with emphasis on immigration, Irish and German genealogy. Genealogists from Ireland will share information on Irish research and the Irish Archives. Beginners are welcome. For more information contact

*The Wayne County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society will host their Genealogy Fair 2001 on Saturday, June 16, 2001 in Hawley, PA. Thirteen regional historical/genealogical groups will participate in a panel discussion and workshops with the overall theme "You Can't Get There from Here: The Impact of History and Geography on Genealogical Research." For more information, send an e-mail to:

Your Revolutionary ancestors will come to life in Southern Vermont during the 9th Annual Ethan Allen Days on June 16, & 17, 2001. Whether your ancestors served in the Revolution or supported it from home, you will be able to see how they lived and fought for independence as the roar of revolutionary cannons and the crack of musket fire echo along the old Ethan Allen Highway (Historic Route 7A) and through the historic Battenkill River Valley in Sunderland, Vermont, where Allen mustered his band of Green Mountain Boys. The weekend will feature battle reenactments, music, food, crafters, artisans, and fun for the entire family as Ethan Allen Days returns for its ninth year. Information is available from:

*The 2001 DuVal Family Association reunion and general meeting will be in Richmond, Virginia Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, 2001. On Saturday, June 23, a monument will be dedicated in remembrance of Daniel DuVal on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his arrival in Virginia. This weekend will also coincide with the 350th year anniversary of the formation of Gloucester County. Full information may be found at:

On Saturday, June 23, 2001, the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Detroit River Region by presenting an all-day seminar, "Three Centuries, Two Nations, One French-Canadian Heritage - 21st Century Explorations In Genealogy." The seminar is being held in Belle River, Ontario. The seminar will feature speakers Denis Beauregard, John DuLong, Peter Halford and Sylvie Tremblay. Music of the Detroit River Region will be provided by Marcel Beneteau. For details visit the society’s web site at

*The Midwest Jewish Genealogy Conference will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2001 in Skokie, Illinois. The home page for the conference is at:

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' 21st International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, on July 8-13, 2001 in London, England. Information is available at:

The German Interest Group will present "Advancing your German Research" featuring Roger Minert of Salt Lake City, UT on July 14, 2001. Four speeches will be given at the UW-Whitewater, Whitewater WI. For information, look at:

*The Dallas Genealogical Society announces The Washington D.C. Institute, an in-depth, intensive study on research in the Washington D.C. area. The courses will be led by two of the nation’s leading genealogists, John P. Colletta, Ph.D. and Lloyd D. Bockstruck, FNGS. The Institute will be held 19-22 July 2001, in Dallas, Texas. Space is limited to 100 pre-registered students. No registrations will be accepted after 11 July 2001. Information is available at:

*The New England Historic Genealogical Society will hold its New England Summer Conference in Farmington, Connecticut on July 13 and 14. This conference will feature DNA and the family tree. The keynote speaker, Oxford University’s Dr. Bryan Sykes, will open the weekend. In addition, Dr. Bart Saxbe, CG, FASG, will conduct presentations on the interpretation of death certificates, and Dr. Thomas Roderick will lecture on "Mitochondrial DNA and Genealogy." The remainder of the conference will feature new lectures on classic research interests by NEHGS staff and special guest speaker Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG. Other topics include: New English Origins and Family Clusters, Land Platting Made Simple, Applying Computer Technology to Your Family Photos, Finding the Irish Connection and other topics as well. Information is available from:

*The third annual Mandeville Family Reunion will be held July 20-22, 2001 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This reunion is for the descendants of Olivier and Elizabeth Boisvert Mandeville of New Bedford. Full information is available at:

The Gregg Family Reunion will bring together descendants of Hugh and Sarah (Leslie) Gregg, who lived in both Londonderry and New Boston, New Hampshire during the 1700s. The Reunion will be held Saturday, July 21st, 2001, in New Boston, NH. For information, please contact:

*The 74th reunion of Acuffs from Tennessee will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 28 and 29, 2001. Details are available at:

Brigham Young University's 2001 Genealogy and Family History Conference will be held July 31-August 3 in the Conference Center on BYU's campus. Faculty will include many lecturers from the Family History Department in Salt Lake City, BYU, and other places in the country. Curt B. Witcher, president of the National Genealogical Society, will also be one of the presenters. Early registrations are encouraged. For more information about this conference, check the Web site at:

The Third Annual Local and Family History Fair will be held on Saturday 4 August 2001 at the Pavilion Conference Centre, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales. It will be hosted by the Powys Family History Society. Exhibitors invited include local and family history societies from Wales and the Border; Gwent and Powys Archives Offices, Brecon Military Museum, The Radnor Society, etc. For further details please see:

*The 115th Annual Mapes Family Reunion will be held August 11, 2001 at the Otis Mapes Farm in Phillipsport, NY. Copies of the 3-volume Mapes genealogy will be available at special Reunion prices. Laptop computers will be available with the complete current Mapes Family database for genealogical research. For additional information contact:

*The fourth annual BISSON Family Reunion will be held August 11, 2001 in Gatineau, Québec, Canada. This reunion is for all descendants of Bisson, Buisson or those interested in this surname. Further information is available at the official web site of the American Bisson Association/L'Association des Bisson d'Amérique:

The 14th Annual British and Irish Genealogical Seminar of the British Isles Family History Society – USA will be held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, Thursday-Friday-Saturday 23-24-25 August 2001. Featured speakers include David Dobson, Michael Gandy, and Trevor Parkhill. Details are available at:

A reunion for anyone who has an interest in, or ancestors from, the Dutch island of Goeree-Overflakkee (province of Zuid-Holland), will be held Sept. 4, to Sept.9, 2001. This reunion will take place in or near the village of Ouddorp. A farewell-dinner is planned in the house where Adriaan Florisz Boeyens (1459-1523), a priest of Goedereede, once lived. In 1522 he became Pope Adrianus VI, the only Dutchman to reach that office. Details regarding this reunion are available at:

*The Great Gallinger Reunion is planned for September 14th & 15th, 2001. It will be held in Cornwall, Ontario. All descendants of German immigrants Michael and Agatha (Ady) Gallinger, who first came to the Mohawk Valley in New York State and then fled to Upper Canada as they were loyal to the British King, are planning a reunion in Cornwall, Ontario. Details of the reunion can be found at

*The 4th Irish Genealogical Congress is scheduled for 17-23 September 2001 in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Genealogical Congress is an international conference dealing with family history and related subjects of interest to the Irish worldwide. It is open to anyone interested in Irish genealogy as a hobby or a profession. Genealogists from Ireland who will address the Congress include, among many others: Eileen O'Duill, Helen Kelly and Tony McCarthy. The program of lectures includes American specialists in Irish genealogy: Dwight Radford, Kyle Betit, Marie V. Melchiori, Elizabeth Kerstens and R. Andrew Pierce. The complete program for the week-long Congress is available at:

*The Pierre Chastain Family Association will hold its 26th annual reunion Sept. 21-23, 2001 in Jackson, Mississippi. See the website for details:

*The LOKRIG Family Association will meet in San Antonio, TX on September 27 - 29. For any other information please check the LOKRIG Family Association website:

Cyndi Howells will present three Internet genealogy programs and a question and answer session at an all-day conference hosted by McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois on September 29, 2001. For additional information and to request a registration flyer, contact:

*Explore the Future of Your Past with Michael John Neill on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at the 2001 Fall Conference of Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, Illinois. Lectures by Mr. Neill will include "Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources," "Tried and Tested Tidbits," "Documentation Roadblocks on the Information Superhighway" and "How to Use the LDS Family Search Website." For more information, look at:

*The Dallas Genealogical Society meeting for 29 Sept. 2001 will feature Tony Burroughs as guest speaker. This will be held in association with the AAIG. Details are available at:

*The Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Open Day 2001 will be held 6 October 2001 at the Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, Oxon. This year marks the society’s twenty-fifth year of existence. The Open Day will feature an assortment of visiting societies, dealers in second hand books and postcards, sales of microfiche readers and the like. The Society's library and search services will be available for consultation. Additionally, there will be computing demonstrations, which will give advice on such things as which genealogical software package to choose, and the use of the Internet in family history. Further details are available from:

*The Dallas Genealogical Society meeting for 13 October 2001 will feature Lloyd Bockstruck as guest speaker. Details are available at:

A Michigan Genealogical Council seminar entitled "Inkwells to the Internet: A Genealogical Conference of the Old Northwest Territory" will be co-hosted by the Farmington Genealogical Society, Oakland County Genealogical Society and Western Wayne County Genealogical Society. The dates are October 18-20, 2001 in Troy, Michigan. Information is available at:

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