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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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

Vol. 8 No. 6 – February 10, 2003

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- Family History Documentation Guidelines
- RootsMagic Released
- (+) I Read It Online, So It Must Be True
- (+) City Directories on eBay
- New Jersey State Library Digitizes Three Books
- Tennessee Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Expansion
- Michigan Cemetery Sources Database
- Research Room of the Louisiana State Archives
- Nebraska, Research and Resources
- Genealogy Careers in Boston
- Spam Filters (Again)
- Kerry's Roots
- Fun With History
- Valentine’s Day
Home Pages Highlighted

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- Family History Documentation Guidelines

The Silicon Valley PAF Users Group has published a new revision to their popular and useful booklet, called "Family History Documentation Guidelines," written by Mary Lou Harline, Lesly Klippel, and Richard Rands and edited by Janet Brigham Rands. I had a chance to read the book this week and certainly can recommend it.

The abbreviation "PAF" in the group's name stands for Personal Ancestral File, the popular Windows genealogy program produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As you might expect in any publication from a PAF users group, this book is very specific to the use of that program. All of the examples shown and most of the text describe the proper entry of data into Personal Ancestral File. The explanations include source citations and researcher's notes as well as names, dates, and places.

The first chapter starts off with a good description of genealogy sources and notes and then illustrates the differences between a source and a note. Chapter two shows the proper way to create a source citation. I would suggest this chapter as a "must read" for anyone using Personal Ancestral File.

The later chapters go into greater detail about the proper use of the program, including the following topics:

PAF Source Template Guidelines
Source Examples
How to Create Note Entries
Tagged Note Entries
Considerations for PAF 3.x
Data Entry Guidelines for Names

The 116-page booklet ends with several excellent Appendices:

U.S. State and Territorial Postal Codes
Canadian Province Abbreviations
Great Britain County Abbreviations
Country Abbreviations and Internet Codes
Country Internet Codes in Alphabetical Order
Acceptable Multimedia Formats
Frequently Used Source Entries
Frequently Used Repositories
Useful Internet Web Addresses

This new book from the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group is written in an easy-to-read format. While it is a bit of a "techie’s" book and one that covers detail-specific topics, the authors managed to create a book that is both informative and easily digested.

In short, if you use Personal Ancestral File, you should buy this book! It will help you become a better recorder of genealogy facts. The new edition is aimed at users of the current version 5 of Personal Ancestral File. However, anyone using an earlier version of PAF will also find a lot of useful information in this book. You can also read a number of samples from the "Family History Documentation Guidelines" at:

"Family History Documentation Guidelines" sells for $10.00 (U.S. funds) plus shipping costs. That's a bargain, in my opinion. Members of the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group can obtain a significant discount. For more information, or to safely order the book online via a secure Web site, go to

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- RootsMagic Released

I have written a couple of times about the brand-new Windows genealogy program, called RootsMagic. Author Bruce Buzbee has written an all-new program designed to be very easy to use and yet very powerful with all the features that experienced genealogists demand.

The program has been under development for nearly a year. Bruce kindly gave me a very late beta copy of it a few weeks ago, and I described the new program in detail in the December 23, 2002 edition of this newsletter. You can read that review at:

In my article, I wrote, "RootsMagic is still not available for purchase, but the release date is getting close." The release actually happened this week.

For a limited time, RootsMagic will be available at the introductory price of $19.95 plus shipping/handling. After February 28, 2003 the price of RootsMagic will go to its regular price of $34.95.

Best of all, a demo version of RootsMagic is now available for download. The demo is a working copy of RootsMagic that allows you to take the program for a spin and get a feel for the interface and feature set. The demo is limited to 50 people, but it does allow you to import GEDCOM files with more names than that; so, you can try it with your own data if you are using another program. You can download the demo at:

For more information about RootsMagic, read my review at and then go to:

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- (+) I Read It Online, So It Must Be True

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- (+) City Directories on eBay

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- New Jersey State Library Digitizes Three Books

The New Jersey State Library has recently completed digitizing three books that are popular with genealogists and researchers. They are:

Stryker's "Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War"

The work is divided into several sections. The first is a listing of Jerseymen who were part of the "Jersey Line" of the Continental army, followed by a listing of miscellaneous organizations, the roster of the Continental Army, the roster of state troops and militia, the Quartermaster General's department, the Commissary General's department, the Wagonmaster General's department and those who served in the navy.

Morgan's "History of the New Jersey A.M.E. Church"

Morgan's rich History is divided into several parts. The first contains biographical sketches (along with some line portraits) of early church leaders. Following those are the histories of AME churches throughout the state, including names of the founders, along with previous pastors, trustees, stewards, superintendents of Sunday-school, secretaries, assistants, teachers and librarians where available. Chapter III covers the organization and work of the conferences with summaries of the sessions, motions, addresses, and attendees. Chapter IV gives "expressions of opinion" from the conferences on matters such as education, the emigration of blacks to Liberia, Chinese immigration, and the state of the country. Other sections include biographies of A.M.E. leaders from outside New Jersey, Sabbath school and missionary work, statistics, and obituaries.

"Corporations of New Jersey: List of Certificates to December 31, 1911"

Quoting from the information on the Web site: The following is a list of certificates relative to corporations organized under the laws of this state. This list is intended to show the corporations whose charters were in force on the thirty-first day of December, 1911. It will be noted that reference is made in this list to a considerable number of corporations organized by Special Acts of the Legislature. Inasmuch as there is nothing on file or of record in this Department to show whether or not these corporations are still in existence, we have deemed it wise to place them in the list of existing corporations."


All three are fully searchable databases and can be accessed at the State Library cyberdesk web page at Click on "Searchable New Jersey Publications."

My thanks to Chad Leinaweaver for this information.

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- Tennessee Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Expansion

The following is an announcement from the East Tennessee Historical Society:

Ten-Year Anniversary Reception Highlights Past and Future of ETHS

In addition to searching the past, the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) is also reaching for the future. As this year commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the opening of the ETHS Museum, it is also anticipating next year’s opening of an expanded East Tennessee History Center. With construction well underway, the center will open with more room for exhibits and research.

On March 13, the date of the opening of the museum in 1993, ETHS will host activities featuring a salute to the past decade. A Tenth Anniversary Reception, beginning at 4 p.m., will pay tribute to people whose hard work and dedication has made the past ten years possible. Visitors on this day may take a guided behind-the–scenes tour of the construction site (starting at 4 p.m.), led by McClung Historical Collection manager Steve Cotham and ETHS director Kent Whitworth.

At 5:30, staff historian Michael Toomey will present exciting plans of the expanded East Tennessee History Center, scheduled to open in late 2004, and he will discuss the museum’s new core exhibit, Voices of the Land: People of East Tennessee.

Members and guests are also encouraged to attend the temporary exhibit, Building for the Future: Highlights from 10 Years at the East Tennessee Historical Society Museum, which will close on March 16.

The free lecture, reception, and tours, will be held on Thursday, March 13, at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown Knoxville (600 Market Street). Tours will begin at 4 p.m. with the lecture to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The East Tennessee Historical Society, headquartered in Knoxville at 600 Market St., is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Tennessee. Founded in 1834, ETHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the history of East Tennessee. The society’s programs and activities are made possible through the support of its membership. For more information about the museum’s Tenth Anniversary Reception, the expansion of the center or other ETHS activities, call (865) 215-8824 or visit the society’s website at

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- Michigan Cemetery Sources Database

The Library of Michigan has released a new Michigan Cemetery Sources Database, offering genealogists, historians, and researchers online access to information about cemeteries in Michigan. The database identifies the location of over 3,700 Michigan cemeteries and lists sources at the Library of Michigan, where the researcher can find the names of those buried in each cemetery. The database does not include a list of the people buried in each cemetery, however.

The database is searchable by cemetery name, county, township, specific location, and keyword. The record for each cemetery contains detailed information about its location and whether the Library of Michigan owns a transcription of the cemetery. A transcription is a listing of persons buried at a cemetery, taken either from cemetery records or copied directly from headstones. Transcription sources may also include sexton’s records, obituaries, or other historical information.

The Library of Michigan will continually update the database as cemetery sources are added to its collection, and potential plans to expand it in the future include scanning the pages from transcriptions, with the publisher’s permission, and linking each cemetery to an online map.

You can access the Michigan Cemetery Sources Database at no charge at

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- Research Room of the Louisiana State Archives

The Research Room of the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be closed for renovations beginning Friday, February 21st, through Sunday, March 9th. The Research Room will reopen Monday, March 10th, at 8 a.m.

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- Nebraska, Research and Resources

This week I had an opportunity to try a new Windows and Macintosh CD-ROM genealogy disk created by Ruby Coleman. "Nebraska, Research and Resources" is a reference work that will be valuable to anyone researching Nebraska ancestry. The disk contains information about the types of records that are available. It includes physical addresses of many repositories as well as Web addresses, (URLs) where available.

In short, "Nebraska, Research and Resources" is a book that was published on CD-ROM instead of on paper. It is organized in much the same manner as similar genealogy reference books: there are chapters on the history of Nebraska and the migration patterns of families into and out of the state, as well as extensive lists of record repositories available.

The CD contains the following "chapters:"

Contents of History

Early Beginnings; Trails Across Nebraska; Trail Traffic and Forts; Trail Misconceptions & Facts; Early Newspapers; Territorial Expansion, War, the Railroad and Statehood; The 1870s; 1870 Settlements; Colonization & Development by the Railroads; Prominent Nebraska Settlements; The Range & Changing Frontier; Turn of the Century; Nebraska Time Line

Contents of Research

Basic Research Technique; Tips for Nebraska Research; Research in Pre-Statehood Records; Nebraska Court System & Records; Nebraska Vital Records; Probate & Guardianships; Adoption Records; Land Records; Naturalization Records; Civil and Criminal Court Records; County Histories, aka "Mug Books"; Ethnic Research; Territory, Federal and State Census; Nebraska Religious Research; Orphan Trains; Nebraska Military Records; Nebraska Schools; Nebraska Cemeteries; Nebraska Institutional Records; Nebraska Organizations; Nebraska Railroads

Contents of Resources

Nebraska Counties & Courthouses; Nebraska Family History Centers; Nebraska Historical & Genealogical Societies; Nebraska State Historical Society, Nebraska State Genealogical Society; University of Nebraska- Lincoln Archives & Special Collections; American Historical Society Germans from Russia; Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogical Society Collection; Nebraska Library Commission; W. Dale Clark Library-Omaha Genealogy Department; Genealogy Collections in Nebraska Libraries; Supreme Court Law Library; Federal Record Center; Nebraska Public Libraries; Nebraska Museums; Nebraska Newspapers; Nebraska Funeral Homes; Nebraska County Veterans' Service Offices; American Indian Agencies and Societies; Nebraska Cattle Brands

Contents of Internet

NEGenWeb Project; USGenWeb Archives-Nebraska; USGenNet-Nebraska; Nebraska Maps, Directories & Places; Trail Web Sites; Miscellaneous Web Sites; Internet Subscription Databases; Mailing Lists, Message Boards, Newsgroups, Portals & Forums

The information in "Nebraska, Research and Resources" is almost all text. It is published in Adobe Acrobat format, a wise choice. Anyone can view this information with a Windows, Macintosh, or Linux system. I was able to use most of Adobe's built-in features, such as its excellent search capabilities. Simple searches for a word or phrase take only two or three seconds to complete. I was a bit disappointed, however, to find that I could not "copy-and-paste" information from the CD into another application, such as a word processor or a genealogy program.

"Nebraska, Research and Resources" is an excellent reference, written by an expert in the topic. Best of all, this CD-ROM disk sells for only $14.95. Publishing the same material as a printed book would probably require a much higher price to pay for the printing fees. If you are researching Nebraska ancestry, you will want this reference disk!

You can order "Nebraska, Research and Resources" for $14.95 plus $1.05 Nebraska sales tax (for Nebraska residents) and $3.00 postage/handling. Checks and money orders are accepted and should be payable to Genealogy Works. Please allow three weeks for delivery. Orders should be sent to:

Genealogy Works
Ruby Coleman
420 N. Wood St.
Valentine, NE 69201

Ruby's e-mail address is:

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- Genealogy Careers in Boston

Many of us would love to have full-time employment in genealogy. Now you may have such an opportunity. Two positions are currently open at the New England Historic Genealogical Society headquarters in Boston: Director of Development and Administrative Assistant to the Director.

For more information about these positions, please visit

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- Spam Filters (Again)

As most of the AOL, CompuServe 2000, and subscribers to this newsletter already know, I have been battling with AOL's spam filters. I send this newsletter out to thousands of people every week. Most receive the newsletter as expected. However, hundreds of people with AOL e-mail addresses or with e-mail addresses of AOL's two subsidiaries, CompuServe and Netscape, often do not receive the mail sent to them. AOL's mail servers often delete this newsletter, although not always. The same also happens occasionally with other Internet providers, but AOL and its subsidiaries are by far the biggest offenders.

This week I received detailed information about the inner workings of the spam filters used by a number of Internet providers. To be sure, this was not a description of AOL's filters, but apparently there are many similarities. These filters look inside each e-mail and look for "offending" words and phrases to decide if a message is legitimate or is unwanted mail (spam). Of course, no piece of software is perfect; so, these filters often make erroneous decisions.

As a service to the AOL, Netscape, and CompuServe subscribers, I was going to write about the words that cause AOL to delete the newsletters. However, I quickly realized that if I mentioned those words in an article here, this edition would also get deleted!

You may have similar problems if you write an electronic newsletter for your genealogy society or if you regularly send large numbers of identical e-mail messages to many people. Your e-mails also may be deleted without your knowledge, so you probably need to know about these things.

If you have an interest in why e-mail messages sometimes do not get delivered to you, read the messages on this newsletter's Discussion Board at:;act=ST;f=2;t=32

Please contact your Internet provider and ask them to add Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter to their "whitelist" (the list of approved bulk mail senders). This should solve your problems. Otherwise, you may need to obtain a free e-mail address at or elsewhere in order to receive all the e-mail that you want to receive.

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- Kerry's Roots

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has lived in Massachusetts his entire life. With a last name of Kerry, one would assume that he was of Irish ancestry, the same as hundreds of thousands of other residents of the area. However, Kerry always knew otherwise. Recently, a professional genealogist hired by The Boston Globe confirmed Kerry's beliefs and then provided a lot of surprising new information.

Felix Gundacker, an Austrian genealogy specialist, located birth records that show that Kerry's grandfather, Frederick A. Kerry was born Fritz Kohn in 1873, in the town of Bennisch in what was then the Austrian empire, now part of the Czech Republic. That information alone was not a surprise to the grandson. What did surprise him, however, was the information that his grandfather was born to a Jewish family.

The birth of a son to Benedikt Kohn, a "master brewer," and his wife, Mathilde, was listed in church records on an addendum page listing Jewish families. "This is incredible stuff," Kerry said in a story in the Boston Globe. "I think it is more than interesting; it is a revelation."

The record in the town of Bennisch notes that Kohn changed his name to Frederick Kerry on March 17, 1902. The document does not mention a baptism, but the family says Frederick Kerry was a Roman Catholic, as is his grandson. Frederick Kerry emigrated to the United States in 1905, eventually settling in Boston and becoming a shoe merchant. On Nov. 21, 1921, he walked into the Copley Plaza Hotel, went into a washroom and shot himself in the head.

"How many times have I walked into that hotel ..." an emotional Kerry told the Globe, his voice trailing off. He had known his grandfather killed himself but not the details. The suicide made front-page news at the time in several Boston newspapers, which speculated it may have stemmed from health or financial difficulties. "Oh, God, that's awful," Kerry said when shown a copy of a 1921 Globe article. He recalled that his own father, diplomat Richard Kerry, "was sort of painfully remote and shut off and angry" about the loss of his father.

In recent years a number of articles have appeared claiming that Kerry is Irish-American. However, Kerry has always been quick to correct any such misstatement. He always has claimed that his grandfather was a German-speaking immigrant.

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- Fun With History

Want to find out what happened on this day in years past? Or what happened on the day you were born? You can do that and a lot more at the Library of Congress' "America's Story" Web site. Take a look at:

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- Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday to send a card. The Greeting Card Association claims that an estimated one billion cards are sent each year. Yet most of the people who send the cards have no idea who Saint Valentine was. Even historians cannot agree.

According to some authorities, there were two Valentines. One was a priest and doctor who was martyred in the year 269, and the other was the bishop of Terni, who was brought to Rome to be tortured and executed in 273. Others say it was the same person. Both men (or the same man) have legends attributed to them concerning love and matrimony, legends that may or may not be true. In either case, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D.

In the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds begin mating in the middle of February. Even Chaucer wrote in the fourteenth century, "For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day, whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate."

Nonetheless, this martyred saint probably is responsible for the fact that many of us are alive and walking the earth today. Without the excuse of Saint Valentine's Day, how many of our ancestors would never have courted and consequently never have married? How many of us would not have been born? Perhaps we all owe a debt of gratitude to Saint Valentine for our very existence.

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- Home Pages Highlighted

The "Home Pages Highlighted" section consists of new genealogy-related home pages that you, the readers of this newsletter, nominate for publication in this newsletter. While anyone may nominate any genealogy-related home page, the process seems to work best when the webmaster for a home page nominates his or her own work. You are invited to enter your nomination online at

The following is a list of some of the genealogy-related World Wide Web home pages that have recently been listed by newsletter readers at

"Letters from Elmira's Trunk: An Indiana Family in the Civil War" is based on the Catey-Rippey-Jeffries extended family in the Indiana counties of Wayne, Kosciusko, and Benton.

An insight into the Wogan name from its inception with coat of arms, motto, and history:

Step-by-step guidance for people who are looking for obituaries in Southern California. The site lists of more than 400 public libraries, academic libraries, genealogical societies, historical societies, and newspaper publishers who may have newspapers in their collections.

Beverly Whitaker's genealogy and history site. This site includes postcard memories, rivers and waterways, migration patterns, roadtrails, relationship chart, genealogy tutor tips, and much more:

German Immigrant Ancestors in Syracuse & Onondaga County, New York - History, genealogy, & biographies of Onondaga County Germans, including transcriptions and translations of 1897 text, Syracuse area timeline 1654-1945, German societies, churches, newspapers, music, postcards, queries, and more:

The South East Witwatersrand Family History Society of South Africa:

Timeless Memories – a commercial service that brings photos back to life before they cannot be reclaimed. Our goal is to share that magic, to ensure that your family treasures are preserved for the next generation.

Aliff Family from 1740 to present: From England to Virginia and West Virginia:

To submit your genealogy page to this newsletter, enter the necessary information at:, click on "add your genealogy Web page to this list." Due to the volume of new Web pages submitted, I am not able to list all of them in the newsletter.

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Dick Eastman is a frequent presenter at major genealogy conferences. He has published articles in Genealogical Computing and Family Chronicle magazines and for a number of Web sites. He was an advisor to PBS' Ancestry series and appeared as a guest in one of the episodes. He serves on the Advisory Board of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is a past Director of GENTECH and of the New England Computer Genealogists. Dick is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press. He also manages three Genealogy Forums on CompuServe. He can be reached at: Due to the volume of e-mail received, he is unable to answer every e-mail message received.

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