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EOGN: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

A Weekly Summary of Events and
Topics of Interest to Online Genealogists

Vol. 7 No. 1 – January 7, 2002

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IN THIS ISSUE:

- 1901 UK Census is Online and Busy
- Hugh St. Clair Civil War Diary on CD-ROM
- ISFHWE Annual Writing Contest
- FGS/CSGA 2002 Conference
- Military Family Sought
- Maine Historical Society Online
- Online Beginning Computer Genealogy Class
- On The Day You Were Born
- Upcoming Events


- 1901 UK Census is Online and Busy

After two years of preparation, the British Public Record Office released the 1901 UK census results on its website on January 2. Within minutes, anxious genealogists and others who are seeking information about UK residents of a century ago overloaded the site. The Web site virtually ground to a halt as more than a million users tried to log on and trace their family history during its first three hours.

The Public Record Office (PRO) had doubled the number of servers in anticipation of the demand. However, the 1901 census was placed online at 9:00 AM GMT. At noon a PRO spokeswoman said, "We have had more than a million hits since it went online. The system is overloading and we ask people to be patient. All we can suggest is to keep trying."

The census was conducted a few weeks after the death of Queen Victoria as Britain was beginning a new era under the rule of King Edward VII. The 1901 UK census lists the names, ages, addresses, and mental health of more than 32 million people. It provides the first public look at details that have been extracted from 1.5 million pages of handwritten census returns for residents of England and Wales. Alison Webster, Public Record Office project manager, said: "The census returns are our most popular documents and making them available on the internet means that anyone can access information on their ancestors, the history of their house and their local area, as well as gaining an insight into the social and economic conditions of the time. All this without the trouble and expense of traveling to London. We hope this will be the first of many censuses to be digitized and plan to put the 1891 census returns online."

The 1901 census forms asked respondents for their name, address, age, and occupation. The forms also asked them to list the state of their mental health, reporting whether they are deaf and dumb, blind, lunatic, an imbecile, or feeble-minded. More than 90,000 individuals are listed as "lunatics, imbeciles, or feeble-minded people."

The 1901 census includes the name of the Queen Mother, then eight months old. She is listed as Elizabeth Angela Bowes-Lyon, with her address listed as Walden, Herts. A spelling mistake or poor handwriting appears to have misspelled her middle name with an "i," spelling it as Angelia.

Others found in the 1901 UK census include comedian Charlie Chaplin, listed as a "music hall artiste," while legendary cricketer W.G. Grace is described as a "physician and secretary of the London County Cricket Club." Other famous names to appear include French artist Claude Monet, author H.G. Wells, author J.R.R. Tolkien, Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, and nurse Florence Nightingale.

Of course, data transcription is never perfect, and some enumerators’ shortcuts don’t make the job easier. Genealogist Jeanne Bunting points out, "If anyone is researching the name DITTO, there are 39 of them in the index to the 1901 census… . One of them was even born in Ditto Ditto!!" Jeanne’s experience proves that there is never a substitute for original records. Luckily, digitized images of the original forms are also available online at the Public Record Office site.

Users logging on to the site will be able to search under several categories, including name, place, and address. You can search by first name, last name, gender, or age (plus or minus a number of years). An advanced search also allows the user to search by marital status, occupation, and relation to head of the family. There are also searches for locations, institutions (hospitals, barracks), and maritime vessels. For a cost of 50 pence (about 72 cents in US currency), users can look at the transcribed details from the census return. Another 50p buys the details of all other people listed at that address. You can also look at a digital image of the census return for 75p. The money raised will help to fund the digitizing of other censuses. The Public Record Office has already begun work on building a similar site for the 1891 census, which is expected to be available to the public next year.

If you have ancestors or other family living in England or Wales during 1901, you will want to look at these online transcribed records. English and Welsh residents may also be interested to find who lived in their house in 1901.

With so many genealogists trying to access this site, you may find the site to be unavailable. In fact, at the time these words are being written, a disclaimer on the site says, "Due to overwhelming demand the technical project team for the 1901 Census site has had to place access restrictions to the site. This will mean that some users will not be able to currently access the service." That’s no surprise to experienced online genealogists, as the same thing happened when the LDS FamilySearch.org site first appeared online, as well as with the Ellis Island immigration database. Both of these sites were virtually unusable in the first week or two of operation as they were flooded with genealogists seeking information. Both eventually settled down and are now easily accessible at any hour of the day or night. I suspect the same will soon be true of the 1901 UK census results on the British Public Record Office’s Web site.

You can view the 1901 UK census returns at: http://www.pro.gov.uk


- Hugh St. Clair Civil War Diary on CD-ROM

I rarely write reviews of CD-ROM disks or books about individual families or about one person. The reason is simple: there are far too many of those books and CDs! However, this week I had a chance to read a Civil War diary that has been transcribed to CD-ROM, and I must say that technically it is one of the best such efforts I have seen. It is also a very interesting story, so I decided to write about this one.

Quoting from the Preface of Hugh St. Clair's Civil War Diary on CD-ROM:

Hugh St. Clair was born on his parent’s farm in West Wheatfield Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania on the 12th of June in 1827. His father, Archibald St. Clair, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and came to America in 1802 at the age of seven years with his parents Hugh and Rebecca (Beatty) St. Clair. In 1850, Hugh moved northwest to Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania where relatives of his mother Esther Alcorn, and his grandmother Mary Mars, had been living since around 1800. Here Hugh married, on December 28 of that same year, his second cousin Mary Crawford Kerr.

Hugh’s father Archibald St. Clair also moved to Crawford County in 1859, where most of his sons and daughters then lived. Three of Archibald’s sons -Hugh, Samuel and Archibald Jr., and two of his sons-in-law - John Mack and Samuel M. Edmond, enlisted for three-year terms in Company D of the 18th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. The capture of Arch Jr. is noted in Hugh’s diary on 6 July, 1863, and his death noted on 6 September. In September of 1862 when Hugh enlisted in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, he was 35 years old and the father of 5 children, the oldest still ten years old, and the youngest not yet two. The 6th child, a daughter Maria Isabelle, was born two months later, and lived just over a year. She died while Hugh was home on furlough in January of 1864.

Two years after his discharge, Hugh St. Clair moved his family west to Benton County, Iowa, where a number of related families had settled in the area around Vinton. Here he lived 31 years on his farm on section 10 in Jackson Township, then moved to Vinton, where he died on June 25th, 1911. An item in his obituary in the Vinton Eagle adds a footnote to the diary account of 6 July 1863, which tells of Hugh taking refuge in the cellar of one D. Williamson during a battle in Hagerstown, Maryland - "An incident that serves to show his spirit of gratitude occurred during the Civil War etc . . . each Christmas until his death, Mr. Williamson received a ten dollar bill from Mr. St. Clair."

Hugh St. Clair kept a diary every day for the year 1863, a diary that still exists today and has been transcribed to CD-ROM. Private St. Clair apparently purchased a blank book made for this purpose. The journal is printed with a Title Page of "Pocket Diary for 1863, Containing a Blank Space for Every Day in the Year." Hugh St. Clair then filled in an entry almost every day. One would assume that Private St. Clair may have kept diaries in the years before and after 1863. However, if he did so, those diaries have never been found and made public. The details of 1863 are all that are available to date.

Patricia St. Clair Ostwald eventually obtained the original diary, transcribed it, and published it in book format in 1993. W. Michael Kiteley of the SoftEase Company converted the book to Adobe Acrobat format in 2000, and SunShine Press Publications soon published the result on CD-ROM. The Adobe Acrobat software is an excellent choice as the CD-ROM disk can be used on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and some other systems as well. I wish that all CD-ROM disks were operating system-independent.

Opening up the Hugh St. Clair Civil War Diary on CD-ROM for the first time, you see a colorful title page and a Table of Contents list at the extreme left side of the screen. You can then leaf through the diary, one page at a time, or else jump to any section by clicking on the appropriate entry in the Table of Contents.

The interesting part is that you see an image of the actual diary in the center of your screen, surrounded by transcribed text from the page displayed. In other words, you see an open diary showing the pages for one week. For instance, page 24 of the Acrobat document covers the week of April 28 through May 3, 1863. The handwritten words on the page can be read, although with some difficulty. To the left of the image you see the transcribed words for April 28, 29 and 30 as computer text. To the right, you see similar computer text for each day from May 1 through 3. For instance, the entry for April 29 says, "arrived in camp 2 AM, captured 75 prisoners and 100 horses, lost 8 men and 1 Lieut in advance gard [sic], tired and sleepy."

Page after page follows, detailing the life of a soldier in the American Civil War. He chronicles the tedium of camp life along with the horror of battle. This diary provides a fascinating insight into one person’s experiences in the most difficult of times.

The CD-ROM’s images of the original pages can be manipulated easily in Adobe Acrobat. You can zoom in to examine the handwriting closely. You can rotate the images clockwise or counterclockwise, a nice feature since some of the text at the beginning was written sideways on the page. You can also print individual pages on your local printer. I found that copies printed on my inkjet printer were clear and rather easy to read.

The CD-ROM disk includes full text as well as images of the original diary pages. This information is supplemented with numerous articles, photographs, etchings, and even an animated map showing encampments, movements, skirmishes, and battles of Mr. St. Clair's regiment.

The Hugh St. Clair Civil War Diary on CD-ROM should appeal to many people. Obviously, any of his descendants will want to obtain this fascinating account of an ancestor’s life. However, many students and historians will also be interested in this "insider’s view" of the American Civil War. His daily entries are usually brief, but Private St. Clair did record a lot of details not always found in history books.

The Hugh St. Clair Civil War Diary on CD-ROM is one of the better genealogy CD-ROM disks I have used. It combines excellent image reproductions of the original historical document, a full text transcription of every word in the original document, plus a lot of supplementary material. All of this is wrapped up in a software package that is easy to use on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

Hugh St. Clair Civil War Diary on CD-ROM sells for $19.95 plus shipping. It is available directly from its publisher, SunShine Press Publications. For more information, Look at: http://www.sunshinepress.com/cds.htm


- ISFHWE Annual Writing Contest

The following is an extract from an announcement of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors:

The ISFHWE sponsors an annual competition for published and unpublished writers. You must be a member of ISFHWE ($15 per year -- open to all interested in writing or editing family or local history) in order to participate in the contest. The contest is judged by professionals in the field of journalism and genealogy.

Background

The annual competition for members of what was then the Council of Genealogy Columnists was begun in 1989 to encourage high standards in genealogy journalism. Previously the categories judged by professionals in the field of journalism and genealogy included local genealogy and history, columns of general interest, columns on ethnic subjects, and columns that appeared in magazines and journals. Competition in one category was, and still is, open to "would-be" writers.

  • Category I. Newspaper Columns (published in 2001)

  • Category II. Articles (published in 2001)

  • Category III. Genealogy Research Story (original, unpublished stories)

  • Category IV. Want-to-be Writer/Columnist (original, unpublished material)

This is an excellent opportunity for writers and would-be writers to have their work reviewed and acknowledged. There is a lot more information available, including full rules and an entry form, at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cgc/2002rules.htm


- FGS/CSGA 2002 Conference

The following is an announcement issued jointly by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the California State Genealogical Alliance:

Begin the New Year with 100 Reasons to attend the FGS/CSGA 2002 Conference.

Be brilliant. Let your creative juices flow. Come up with a reason that would persuade the world to attend the FGS/CSGA 2002 Genealogy Conference in Ontario California and win a prize. You may submit more than one reason.

Send your entries to Catht@aol.com

    1. All entries must be e-mailed by midnight March 15, 2002.
    2. They will be ranked by a committee selected by the FGS/CSGA 2002 Publicity Committee.
    3. Submitters of duplicate entries will be notified so they can try again.
    4. The Top Ten Winners will receive a prize. [Prize list coming soon]
    5. The Top 10 Reasons and submitters will be posted to the FGS-CONF-L E-zine on March 30th. The other Top 100 Reasons will be shared through the Conference E-zine postings until the Conference.
    6. Mark the dates on your calendar - August 7-10, 2002 - to attend the FGS/CSGA conference.
    7. To subscribe:

      1. To join the list, send an e-mail message to: FGS-CONF-L-request@rootsweb.com
      2. Your message should read: subscribe
      3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail message.

Your e-mail address will NOT be shared and there will be no advertisements as part of the message.

Visit the FGS Website: http://www.fgs.org

J. Mark Lowe, CG
National Publicity Chair, FGS/CSGA 2002 Conference
marklowe@infi.net


- Military Family Sought

Does your family have a proud military tradition with multiple generations having served our country? If so, best-selling author Andrew Carroll wants to know more.

Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters and Letters of a Nation, is the founder and director of the Legacy Project, http://www.warletters.com, a national, all-volunteer organization that works to honor and remember those who have served the United States in wartime by seeking out and preserving their letters. So dedicated is he to this mission that he is donating all of his earnings from War Letters to veterans groups. To date, the Legacy Project has collected and preserved more than 50,000 of our nation's war letters.

Now he's looking for a "great, untold story" (war-related or not) centering on a military family to feature in his next book. If you think your family might qualify, here are the criteria:

  • A family with five or more generations that served in the military
  • Preference for consecutive generations (or as close to as possible), but acceptable to skip a generation here or there
  • Preference for war-time service, but acceptable if some served during peacetime
  • Women who served in any military capacity (including nurses) welcome

Anyone who thinks their family might meet the criteria is invited to contact Andrew at warletterproject@aol.com . Please be sure to use this e-mail address rather than submitting through the site as Andrew rarely gets the opportunity to check his website's messages.


- Maine Historical Society Online

I have to preface this article by stating that all of my ancestors in the past 150 years or so were born in the State of Maine. Therefore, when I first heard of some new additions to the Maine Historical Society’s Web site, I immediately checked them out. What I found was a delight for anyone researching Maine history. The site also could serve as an example to other historical societies of what they might do with their Web sites.

The Maine Historical Society’s Web site describes the traditional resources available from the society, such as the society’s research library. This collection includes 125,000 books, newspapers, and other printed items, as well as 2 million manuscripts, 3,500 maps and atlases, 70,000 photographs, and 100,000 architectural and engineering drawings. The society is also renovating the 1785 Wadsworth–Longfellow House. Built by the poet's grandfather, General Peleg Wadsworth, this was the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th-century America's most famous poet. The Maine Historical Society opened the house to the public in 1901, making it the first historic house museum in Maine. The house is presently closed for restoration but will reopen to the public on June 1, 2002.

The Web site also has a link to the recently-launched Maine Memory Network, a statewide database of historical source documents contributed by Maine's historical organizations, including the Maine Historical Society, the Fogler Library, the North East Historic Film, the Maine Humanities Council, the Maine State Archives, the Maine State Library, the Maine State Museum and the Osher Map Library. The Maine Memory Network is still a new resource, and new material is constantly being added.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Maine Historical Society’s Web site contains a lot of background information about genealogy. Keep in mind that this is an historical society’s Web site, not that of a genealogy society. Historical societies generally focus on historical events, lifestyles, and other items of note from history, while genealogy societies tend to focus on individual people. Anyone interested in true family history will be interested in both. Collecting names, dates, and places isn’t half as interesting as combining that information with knowledge of people’s lives and the events that shaped those lives. A true family historian is both a genealogist and a "micro historian;" one who studies the lives and lifestyles of previous family generations. It was interesting to find genealogy information on the pages of an historical society’s Web pages.

Perhaps best of all, the Maine Historical Society’s Web site contains an active Genealogy Discussion Forum. This discussion board is divided into separate sections, one for Maine Surname Queries and others for Maine Locality Queries, Locality Queries for locations outside of Maine, Genealogy Software as well as others.

All in all, the Maine Historical Society has a Web site that they can be proud of. If you have an interest in Maine history or genealogy, take a look at: http://www.mainehistory.org


- Online Beginning Computer Genealogy Class

Georgeann Malowney will soon start the new session of her "Beginning Computer Genealogy" Class. The course is delivered online and covers use of Ancestry.com, Images Online, Internet Search Techniques, Online Libraries & Archives, Maps, Land Records, Migration Patterns, Social Security Death Index, Obtaining Vital Records, Citing Sources, Sharing your Family History Research, and much more.

Georgeann Malowney is well qualified to teach this class. She has an extensive background in genealogy research and specializes in Irish Research. She created http://www.irishgenealogy.com and maintains http://www.chartiers.com, the U.S. GenWeb site for Washington County, Pennsylvania.

The class fee of $29.95 (U.S. funds) covers online participation in the class as well as subscription to all databases on Ancestry.com, including the Census Images Online and UK/Ireland databases . Classes are held in an interactive MyFamily.com website with message boards and chats.

This looks like a good class. You can obtain more information at: http://www.irishgenealogy.com/class/computer-genealogy.htm. You can sign up for the class at: http://www.myfamily.com/isapi.dll?c=home&htx=training/genClass5&redirecturl=+&cmfile=+&siteid=*.


- On The Day You Were Born

What were the popular songs, news headlines, the price of bread, or the top TV show on the day you were born? You can find out at dMarie. Once at this Web site, you simply enter a chosen month, day, and year, and this free service will offer a choice of either a "quick" time capsule page or an "advanced" page that has more in-depth information, including the names of famous people born on that day of the year, typical consumer prices from that year, Academy Award winners, and more.

The available data online includes the years 1800 through 2001, although the Web site cautions that data for the years 1800 – 1875 is probably "spotty." I don’t normally reveal my age, but I will tell you that the average American new car cost $1,250 when I was born. Gee, I guess it really was a long time ago!

You can check out auto prices and a lot more on the day you were born at: http://www.dmarie.com/timecap


- 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:

*A.B. (Ben) Chandler III, Attorney General of Kentucky, will speak Saturday, 12 January at the monthly meeting of the Kentucky Genealogical Society in Frankfort. He will speak on cemeteries of the Commonwealth and what is being done to protect them. The public is invited to attend these talks. For further information, send an email to AAlfaro99@aol.com

*The Brazosport (Texas) Genealogy Society is announcing a Genealogical Workshop designed for beginners and for seasoned researchers who need to brush up on the essentials of exploring their family tree. The workshop is scheduled on January 12, 2002 in Lake Jackson, Texas. The special presenters for the workshop are Gordon and Carolyn Casper of Orem, Utah, two experienced teachers of genealogy. These classes are essential for those who have just begun to do genealogy research and will be extremely essential for the person who has much more experience in this endeavor. Full details can be obtained from: dpugh@brazosport.cc.tx.us

GENTECH 2002, the premier "technology in genealogy" event, will be held January 25 and 26 in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference will be held in the Hynes Convention Center, an excellent location for a mid-winter conference. Attendees will be able to attend the conference, walk to hotels, stores and many restaurants in shirtsleeve comfort, regardless of the outside weather. 50 different presentations will be made on a wide variety of computer, digital imaging and genetics topics. The presenters include many of the best-known names in genealogy technology. Details are available at: http://www.gentech.org

*The Family History Society of Arizona’s annual meeting will be held February 2 in Tempe with Richard Hooverson as the speaker. For information, contact: Rutledgemj@aol.com

The Friends of Genealogy (FOG) at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois will sponsor "Researching Irish Roots" on February 7, 2002. The lecturer will be Brian Donovan of the Irish Heritage Center. You can obtain more information at: http://www.newberry.org/nl/friends/L3fgenealogy.html

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that the third lecture of its Lecture Series will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2002 at 9:00 am. The speaker will be Curt B. Witcher of the Allen County Library. He will speak on "Historical Research Methodology: Engaging the Process to Find All the Answers", "Passenger and Immigration Research", "Using Government Documents for Genealogical Research", and "Who's Who Among Your Ancestors: Using Biographical Sources for Genealogical Research". More information is available at http://www.dallasgenealogy.org

*The Fourth Annual Mesa (Arizona) Genealogy and Family History Fair will be held February 9. For additional information, contact: tonyox@home.com

*"Cemeteries and Gravestone Resources, A Genealogical Seminar" will be presented by the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Saturday, February 9, 2002. Spend a day learning how to make the best use of cemetery and gravestone records in your research. Guest speakers include Laurel K. Gabel, head of the research department for The Association of Gravestone Studies and co-author of Gravestone Chronicles I and II, lecturing on "Understanding 17th through 20th-Century Gravestones," and Janet Heywood, Vice President of Interpretive Programs at Mount Auburn Cemetery, presenting "Changing Patterns in 19th and 20th-Century American Cemeteries." Rounding out the program are lectures by NEHGS librarians including "Utilizing Cemetery and Gravestone Resources at NEHGS" (David Allen Lambert) and "A New Look at Old Records: Searching for Your Ancestor’s Gravestone" (David C. Dearborn, FASG.) Full information is available from: education@nehgs.org.

*The 8th Annual Texas Research Ramblers Seminar with Patricia Law Hatcher is to be held in College Station on Feb 16, 2002. The topic will be "I Work Hard--Why Can't I Find Them?" Download a brochure and application blank at: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~elacey/ramblerssem.pdf.

*The West Valley (Arizona) Genealogical Society Annual Conference will be held February 16 in Sun City. The speaker will be Donna Bingham Munger, Archivist/ Genealogist/Historian. Her topic will be "Doing Research from the Sonoran Desert." For more information, contact pete_519@aol.com

The Whittier (California) Area Genealogical Society will host its 20th annual seminar on 23 February, 2002 in Whittier. Sharon DeBartolo Carmack will be the speaker. A lunch can be included in registration. For more information and registration form, see http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/

Carl Sandburg College proudly announces the 4th annual Genealogy Computing "Week" in March of 2002. This series of workshops will be held in Galesburg, Illinois, and will be presented by Michael John Neill, columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and faculty member at Carl Sandburg College. All workshops will be held in state-of-the-art computer labs with time for hands-on practice. Enrollment is limited and registration is only $35 per day. More information is available at http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html

*The Ingram Historical Society is hosting a Genealogical Workshop to celebrate their centennial in Ingram, PA on Saturday, March 2, 2002. Featured speakers are Lu Ann Eisler, head of the genealogy room at the Butler Public Library, presenting "Using and Understanding Newspapers as a Genealogy Resource" and Elissa Powell, CGRS and present program chair of the WPGS, presenting "How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get Here?: Migration Trails Out of the Keystone State" and "Sailing Into the Sunset: Tips for Finding Your Ancestors on Passenger Lists". Further information can be obtained from sharwill@ccia.com

GenFair 2002, sponsored by the Alliance of Genealogical Societies of Southwest Florida, will be held 9 March 2002 in Fort Myers, Florida. The featured speaker will be Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. More information can be obtained from: charleyslady@yahoo.com.

*The Williamson County Genealogical Society (Texas) announces the 2002 annual spring seminar on Saturday, March 9, 2001 in Round Rock, Texas. The featured speaker is Dr. George K. Schweitzer of Knoxville, Tennessee, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee. The day includes 3 topics presented in period costume: German Genealogical Research (in German costume), North Carolina Genealogical Research (in Colonial costume), Researching in Burned Out Counties (finding and using alternative records). Seminar details and registration can be found at: http://geocities.com/scwcgs/

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society will feature James L. Hansen, FASG in an all day seminar on 23 March 2002. Details are given at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cascgs/hansen.html

The Slippery Rock (Pennsylvania) Heritage Association’s "Annual Genealogy Workshop" will be held March 23, 2002. Details are available at: http://www.geniespeak.com/event.html

*The South Bend Area Genealogical Society is again sponsoring its annual "Michiana Area Genealogy Fair" on Saturday, March 23 in South Bend. The fair will include three presentations by Mary E. Vassel-Hill, of the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, plus commercial national genealogical suppliers, libraries, archives and area genealogical societies. Information is available at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~insbags

*The Virginia Beach Genealogical Society will hold its 2002 Annual Fair – March 30, 2002 in Virginia Beach, VA. The program will feature 4 workshops by Michael Neil. Topics will include "Researching the Entire Family," "Locating Emigrant Origins," "Searching Tips and Tricks" and "Documentation Road Blocks on the Information Superhighway." For more information, visit the society website at: www.rootsweb.com/~vavbgs

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that the fourth lecture of its Lecture Series will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 9:00 am. The Computer Interest Group of the DGS will jointly sponsor it. The speaker will be Dick Eastman. The subjects and location will be announced later. Further information can be found at http://www.dallasgenealogy.org

The Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its annual Spring Conference, "Neglected Sources: Unturned Stones," on 6 April 2002 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Eight sessions will be held, including two for beginning researchers. A box lunch will be included for those who register before 25 March 2002 and vendors will be present offering a wide assortment of genealogical books and materials. More details are available at: http://www.vgs.org

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Region V, holds its annual programme at the Civic Garden Centre, in Edwards Gardens, Toronto on Saturday, April 13, 2002. The theme is "The Art and Science of Genealogy". The keynote speaker is Dr. Penny Christensen of Vancouver, B.C., who will discuss the survival of your research, sources, evidence and genealogical proof. Other lectures cover local genealogical collections. For further information and a registration form see http://www.rootsweb.com/~onttbogs/torbranch.html

The Friends of Genealogy (FOG) at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois will sponsor its Fourth Annual Workshop featuring Michael John Neill on Saturday, April 20, 2002. You can obtain more information at: http://www.newberry.org/nl/friends/L3fgenealogy.html

*The Berkshire FHS/Society of Genealogists will present their "Computers in Family History" Conference on Saturday, 20th April 2002 at the Theale Green Community School, Reading, Berkshire, UK. The program includes talks, tutorials, software demonstrations, book, software and data disk sales. Admittance costs £18 (including buffet lunch) or £13 (without lunch). Latest details and booking forms are available at http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/conference2002/

*The annual Coffey Cousins' Convention will be held April 26-28, 2002 in Addison Texas. Details may be found at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~coffeycousins/Convention/convention.html

The Wingfield Family Society will have its 16th annual meeting in New Orleans, LA on May 24-26, 2002. Attendees are expected from the U. S., Canada and England. For more information interested persons should look at: http://www.Wingfield.org

The 18th Annual all-day Family History Seminar, Roots XVIII, of The Huntington (New York) Historical Society will be held Saturday, June 1, 2002. National, international and local speakers will present 16 lectures. The exhibit hall will feature genealogical vendors and representatives from various ethnic genealogical organizations. For information, send an e-mail to: wchamber@suffolk.lib.ny.us

The first "Family Tree Day" at the Oxfordshire (England) Record Office will be held 8 June 2002. Hosted by the staff of the record office in conjunction with the Oxfordshire Family History Society, the day will have numerous attractions including computer demonstrations. The society’s computerised search services and newly computerised birth brief index will also be available for consultation. The biggest feature of "Family History Day" will be the opportunity for family historians to consult prime records of relevance to their research with an expert at their elbow. Further information about "Family Tree Day" and about the Oxfordshire Family History Society can be obtained from the society’s website at: http://www.ofhs.org.uk

*The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will be held June 9-14, 2001. This week-long course is one of the best in genealogy. Details are available at: http://www.samford.edu/schools/ighr/ighr.html

The 5th Biennial Sisson Gathering, for genealogists and family members interested in the Sisson Family, will take place June 20 to 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. You can find all the details at: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dasisson/gathering.htm

The 2002 Annual Schwanger Family Association Reunion will be held on Saturday, 22 June 2002, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This is for all families named Schwanger, Swanger Or Swoner. Details may be obtained from asta2001@yahoo.com

*The 2002 National Conference of Palatines to America will be held in Springfield, Illinois on June 27 through 29. Palatines to America is a national genealogical society of those seeking the origin and family history of their German-speaking ancestors. The opening presentation will be by Dr. George Schweitzer on "Was Your Ancestor A Wine Drinking, A Beer Drinking or A Schnapps Drinking German?" During the conference he will present other subjects, including "Rivers to Trails to Roads to Canals to Trains." Other presentations during this conference will include: Dr. David Koss of Illinois College will speak on "You Don’t Have to be English to Have Royal Blood," Dr. John Colletta of the National Archives and Smithsonian Institution will give presentations on "Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Pulling Sources Together to Reconstruct Real-life Events" and "Discovering Real Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors," and Robert Frizzell of Northwest Missouri State University will present "Migration Chains to Illinois." For additional information or registration materials, send an e-mail to: RalphKroehler@prodigy.net

*The British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research Trip will be held June 30 - July 22, 2002. This study tour offers a unique opportunity to research your roots in the major repositories in London and in the record offices of York and Yorkshire. The Samford University British Study Tour is designed for a small group of curious, inquiring, active researchers. It features flexibility, practical experience, and guidance. Details are available at: http://www.samford.edu/schools/ighr/ighr.html

*The sixth annual family reunion for the Wisner/Wezenaar descendants and families will be held July 21, 2002 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Planned events include a cemetery tour, big picnic, fish fry dinner, family bloodline charts, genealogy reports and more. For information, contact: dadwisner@aol.com

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