End coming for FamilySearch microfilm

On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. The last day to order microfilm will be August 31.

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History in the china cabinet

My husband Bill and I inherited a lot of stuff from our parents. ‘Inherit’ is probably not exactly the right word. It’s more like we became caretakers of family items our parents had received when their parents died.

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Black sheep in your family tree

Some people hesitate to begin searching their family history out of fear they may uncover embarrassing information. Others relish finding stories about scandals and scamps.

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How many have your name?

There are 325,066,801 people in the U.S. How many have your name?

This website will tell you: http://howmanyofme.com/.

The site makes no claim to scientific accuracy and states, “All numbers based on statistical and demographic from U.S. Census Bureau. For entertainment purposes only.”

Thanks to Dick Eastman’s blog for this bit of fun.

Suffragettes (& imbeciles & lunatics)

Sometimes family historians find cause for a chuckle while doing research. John Grenham’s June 12 blog posting about the 1911 census provides just such material.

Genealogy website/DNA help ID WWII remains

In January 1944 1st Lt Robert Eugene Oxford was one of eight men on a supply mission aboard a U.S. Army bomber headed from China to India. The plane never arrived, and a search was impossible because there was no way to pinpoint where it went down. The men were later declared dead.

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Goodby to the Ancestry Insider

A faithful blogger has put down his virtual pen and paper. The Ancestry Insider – “unofficial and unauthorized” commenter on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org – announced the end of his online newsletter last week.

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Catholic Parish records on microfilm (Rice & Scott Cos.)

Here’s Part 3 of our series regarding IGSI-held, microfilmed church records from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Catholic Parish records on microfilm (Anoka & Dakota Cos.)

Here’s Part 2 of our series regarding IGSI-held, microfilmed church records from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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MN Catholic Parish records on microfilm (Hennepin Co.)

Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) members often boast about our “Irish Collection” – the books, journals, family histories, maps, and more – housed at the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library in South St. Paul. Also part of the collection are 101 rolls of microfilmed records from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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