30 October 2007

Delayed Birth Certificates

Have you heard of the Delayed Birth Records?
During the late 30's and early 40's the Federal Government encouraged people to register delayed birth records. Because before 1905 it wasn't required to register birth records universally. Due to the advent of Social Security, which began in 1935, required people to have written proof of their birth and a delayed birth record was a way of doing that.
An article on page 52 of the Heritage Quest Magazine, Vol 20, Number 4, Issue 112, Winter 2004/2005 says the same thing. The magazine is in our LDS Family History Center Library.
Many delayed records are online as well. Do a Google search and enter delayed birth in quotes and about 6.450 hits will take place. Try narrowing it down by entering the town, state, or county name for you keywords.
If you are at a standstill to prove a birth record, try this avenue. You might hit paydirt.

21 October 2007

PCGS November Meeting - Newsletters!

Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research and wonder if there is anyone in your family that might offer a clue? Or have you broken through a brick wall and want to let others know? Maybe you want to tell everyone about a great vacation you had, a new addition to the family tree, or that you are thinking about them.

So what is holding you back? You have the tools, material, knowledge, and technology to produce a newsletter. You just need a nudge to show you how to get started.

Pattie and Pam will take you through the planning, budgeting, and production of a family newsletter. They will give you suggestions on how to organize your material, help you decide if it will be distributed via email or snail mail, and show you how to discover the templates that are available online.

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Sat., November 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.

Visit our web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for more information.

18 October 2007

Online Digital Records for Georgia

Historically many of Florida's families migrated from or slowly through Georgia. Sometimes they left records and sometimes the left branches of the family behind in Georgia.

There are a few good places to see Georgia records online in many cases images of the original record. One website to try is the Digital Library of Georgia, another is the Virtual Vault in the Georgia State Archives, and also check the Encyclopedia of Georgia. It is wonderful that we can view these records on our computer screen and make print copies for our personal collection.

A new addition to the Virtual Vault is the addition of Death Certificates for the years 1919 to 1928. These are images of the death certificates. Dates, family relationships, causes of death, burial location, and more could be found on these records. First question is why just this period, well privacy (80 years and the other people on the record are dead too) and formal death certificates likely started in 1919. Ancestry.com has a Georgia Death Index [a derivative source] that lists more recent deaths.

CHALLENGE : Are you aware of other good Online Digital Record collections (preferably free) with significant genealogical information in them? Please share where to find them online and what will be found in the collection as a comment or better new blog entry.

11 October 2007

Meeting of Pasco County Genealogy Society

I got this email and I wondered if the sender would add it to the blog, it appears not to be the case.

Are you smarter than…….

The Pasco County Genealogy Society will be playing genealogy trivia at their October 13th meeting. Do you know why there are no vital records for Cook County, Illinois before 1871? What year did the United States government first start issuing Social Security Numbers? Come and test your knowledge with others and learn a thing or two!

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Saturday, October 13th at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.

Visit our web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for more information.


Great Chicago Fire in 1871 & 1936

08 October 2007

Additional Online Databases to be Found at Family History Center

Last Spring, the Family History Centers (FHC) had to drop access to Ancestry.Com, however there were promises of alternative services being provided for customers at the Family History Centers.

The alternative services are now installed on the two high-speed-Internet-access computers at the FHC that our Pasco County Genealogical Society supports with volunteers and our genealogy library collection [i.e. the LDS Church on Ft. King Road.]

The 5 "new" databases are Footnote.com, Godfrey Memorial Library, Heritage Quest/ProQuest, Kindred Konnections, and World Vital Records. They are FHC versions of each database which means they may not provide as much access as a personal subscription to each of them, but access at a reasonable level is provided. When Ancestry.Com was available, it was a limited version. You need to come into the FHC and check them out. You can find the hours the FHC/Library are open at our PCGS website.

The cost is FREE, and the FHC/Library hours are limited (so check the schedule, Wednesday evening is currently very busy).

05 October 2007

Busbice Family History Book Published

Over the last few years our genealogical society has been encouraging the membership to publish them family histories.

Our past president Pat Busbice has recently done that. Uncovering the Secrets of a Southern Family: A Memoir by Wayne E. Busbice with Patricia Busbice was published this August with Authorhouse. [It is also available at Amazon.] The book opens with a large depression-era family working the cotton fields in Louisiana. It does emphasis Wayne's pulling himself up to overcome the book's opening, but then he goes back in to find understanding in his families history. He explores name changes, court records and more to find out his history.

I am expecting a second book now on Pat's side. She sat next to me during the class Pam Tremé and Pattie Schultz taught on writing a family history using Microsoft Word.

At the last membership meeting in September we talked about family histories. Now we have an example of getting it done. Are there more member books we will see soon?