Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now Posted by Diane

Guest blog post by Family Tree Magazine Contributing EditorSunny Jane Morton

For 80 years, the FamilySearch FamilyHistory Library (FHL) has made its enormous stash ofmicrofilmed genealogy records available to researchers through an inexpensive rental service through local FamilySearchCenters.

That's about to change: FamilySearch has announcedthat this service will end Aug.

More than two decades after it was discovered at the bottom of Lake Champlain (between Vermont and New York), a Revolutionary War gunboat may see the light of day under a museum plan to raise, preserve and put the vessel on display.

The Spitfire, a 54-foot boat that’s part of a fleet built by Benedict Arnold before he turned traitor, sank a day after the 1776 Battle of Valcour Island, helping delay a British advance down the lake.

Det er ingen enkel kunst å drive slektsforskning når man kommer til middelalderen. Det er få bevarte nedskrevne kilder, og mange av de som eksisterte ble brent eler ødelagt i kriger og konflikter. Men det finnes håp! Dette blogginnlegget er skrevet av Danièle Cybulskie Hun er forfatteren bak  boka The Five-Minute Medievalist, og skriver også for bloggen Medievalists.net.

The Registry of Deeds Index Project database has been updated and now boasts 243,717 index entries taken from 27,306 memorials of deeds. They are free to search.

In addition, there are now 39,476 townland index entries and 16,740 grantor index entries.

Founder and co-ordinator of the index project Nick Reddan FIGRS advises that he has updated his guide to townland films and it now includes a facillity to search by county.

King Edward III

Everyone with European ancestry is descended from Kings and Queens. Dr Adam Rutherford, a leading geneticist, said this is not remarkable at all. If you research your European ancestry far enough, you undoubtedly will find a number of royal ancestors in your family tree.

Speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, sponsored by the Daily Mail, he said that ‘literally’ everyone in Europe had a direct lineage to Charlemagne, while there was a ‘significant’ chance most people in Britain are a descendant of Edward III.

The following announcement was written by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Today the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announced the retirement of editor Karen Mauer Jones and the selection of Laura Murphy DeGrazia as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (The Record).

Earlier this year the NYG&B announced that Karen Mauer Jones wished to retire as editor of The Record.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., host of the PBS hit series “Finding Your Roots,” will be the featured speaker on “Genetics and Genealogy in America” on Thursday evening at the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS) Conference, to be held at the Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Florida. I will also be at the conference and expect a huge crowd will be there as well.

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