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Genealogy News: North America – 10 October 2011

This week's edition focuses on new records at FamilySearch.org, a California conference deadline, the National Black Genealogy Summit, Who Do You Think You Are? new US season lineup, Canadian news and more.

Let us know which resources you like, which you have used, your experiences. We value your opinions and comments.

New Records

FamilySearch.org sends out a weekly update  of new records added to its database. This week's collection includes an addition of seven million record images, covering Austria (1537-1888), Belgium (1795-1920), Canada (1800-1900), Czech Republic (land records, 1450-1850), Spain (1241-1950), various US states, as well as five million for the Philippines (1945-1980).

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Deadline

If you would like to speak at one of the best regional genealogy conferences in the US, the deadline for proposals is fast approaching - October 13.

Even if you won't be speaking at the event, do think about attending. Click here for more information.

MyHeritage's team will attend the June 2012 event and we always look forward to meeting happy users and hearing about their success stories.

Who Do You Think You Are? names some 2012 celebs

Three of the new season's celebrity participants have been named: Marisa Tomei, Martin Sheen and Blair Underwood. The new season is expected to air in early 2012. For more information, click here.

Family History in the Front Yard

We've heard of people surprised to find relatives in their own "back yard," but a Michigan couple found a tombstone from the 1850s in their front yard. While it did not mark the grave of a relative, it did connect with local and national history, as the woman was born around 1776. 

You never know what you might dig up when landscaping! Click here for the complete story.

National Black Genealogy Summit

This three-day event -  in Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 20-22 - will feature major speakers and the resources of the well-known Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center.

Speakers include Carla Peterson, Tony Burroughs, Tim Pinnick, Angela Walton-Raji, Roberta Estes, Sandra Joseph, James Ison and others.

Topics: Tips and strategies for researching Black ancestors, newspaper records, DNA and genealogy, Blacks in Canada, records of resistance, plantations, antebellum African-American research, Caribbean immigrants, maps, days of freedom, Kansas migration, finding the "unfindables," and more.

For more information on the event, click here.

Moving on up - New York's Lower East Side

AmericanAncestors.org - the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) website and blog - offers an interesting take on immigrant history in New York City.

It points to a review of an interesting book: The Archaeology of Home: An Epic Set On A Thousand Square Feet of The Lower East Sideby Katharine Greider, which details the Tenement Museum and its neighborhood.

So many groups have put down roots here. First, Dutch and then English settlers chased off the Lenape Indians and used slaves to drain the salt marshes. By the early 19th century, shipwrights, carters and ironmongers were the professionals on the block; after the Civil War, they disappeared along with the city’s shipyards.

They were followed by Germans, Jews, Hungarians and every other immigrant group. The lives of those who lived in the apartments in the Museum are the stories of immigrant families everywhere. Readers in New York City, or those planning visits, should take the time to visit.

North of the Border

-- Surrey, BC: The Cloverdale Library has one of the largest Canadian family history collections in the country. Its Family History Department offers microfilm/fiche readers and printers, photocopies, computers and a classroom. On October 15, the library will hold a seminar from 8.30am-4pm. Fall and winter classes include: Learning about the collection, a five-session beginners session, an intro to family history, a family history "show-and-tell," were your ancestors really Irish? and start writing your family history with a five-session workshop. Click here for information.

-- Ontario Archives: The archives holds a database index to four volumes of assisted immigration registers, dating from 1865-1883. Fields include, application date, nationality, trade and destination. For more information on the registers and the history of the Immigration Offices, click here.

-- Genealogy Trivia: More conferences are offering this fun-filled activity during which teams pit their knowledge against each other. The southeastern branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will hold a session at its October workshop on Saturday, October 15, from 1-4pm.

-- Prince Edward Island: Does PEI figure into your ancestral research? If so, you may find the following of interest:. The PEI Island Registeroffered several family history stories recently. One story details how a Tennessee researcher uses Skype to communicate with her cousin, 98, in PEI. The next is a diary entry (1927-1941) of PEI resident Samuel Beaton by his grandson, while the third is about FDR's Secretary of the Navy William Franklin Knox and his PEI roots.

Let us know if you've followed these links and if you've enjoyed them, attended classes or events. We're always interested in your comments and opinions, so let us know.

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