23 June 2006

Colorado genealogists will lecture at the FGS Conference

Two Colorado genealogists, Birdie Holsclaw, CG, and Roberta “Bobbi” King, will be lecturing at the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Genealogy Conference. The conference will be held in Boston from 30 August to 2 September 2006.

    Birdie Holsclaw, CG Lectures
    Print on Demand: A Publishing Option for Genealogists (with Jake Gehring)
    Extreme Googling for Genealogists
    Blogging for Genealogists
    Finding the Story in Your Ancestors’ Lives
    Murphy’s Law in Genealogy (Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon)

    Bobbi King Lectures
    How to Deal with a Difficult Board Member
    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to School We Go

If you would like more information about the program and other events, go to the FGS website. There is also a FGS Conference blog.

This year, FGS is offering a roommate-finding service. As a member of the FGS Conference Planning Committee, Bobbi King will receive email requests for individuals looking for possible roommates for Boston. You can email her your inquiry and she will match you up with a possible roommate. Send details such as: your name, city and state/province, e-mail address, telephone number, and about the type of roommate you are seeking. This would include such things as smoker/non-smoker, late or early to bed and to rise, arrival and departure days, whether or not you have already booked a room, male/female roommate preference and special requirements. The information you provide will not be posted online. It will be shared only with others seeking a roommate. Bobbi can be reached at Rking24600@comcast.net.

22 June 2006

1910 census options for Coloradoans

A lot of publicity has resulted from yesterday’s announcement that Ancestry.com has completed an every-name index of the 1910 census. The Colorado portion of the database has 799,625 entries, more than double the 313,022 entries in the prior index (mostly heads of household only).

For COGenBlog readers who aren’t Ancestry subscribers, here are some options for accessing this database at no charge:

If you know of other libraries offering Ancestry access, please add a comment to this post. (If you are commenting for the first time, it might be helpful to read our “Comments?” page.)

In addition, the Heritage Quest index to 1910 heads of households is available through many Colorado libraries. See the list in the Encyclopedia of Genealogy‘s entry for HeritageQuestOnline – when you scroll down to Colorado, you’ll find six major library systems which offer access, including at-home access for individuals with library cards.

20 June 2006

New marriage abstracts available for Montrose County

Volunteers from the Fore-Kin Trails Genealogical Society have completed more abstracts of marriage records for the USGenWeb archives of Montrose County. These abstracts have some advantages over the recently published statewide index because they are arranged chronologically, and are based on the original records in the courthouse. Chronological order allows the researcher to see the marriages in context, such as this possible double wedding between brothers and sisters:

   BK  Pg  Rec#  Marriage Date  Groom First  Groom Last  Bride First  Bride Last
   1   50  156   26 Dec 1888    Alva W.      Galloway    Luanna       Temple
   1   50  157   26 Dec 1888    Lee W.       Galloway    Anna Laura   Temple

Other features which enhance these abstracts are the “marginal” notes (which appear as footnotes) explaining difficult-to-read records, cross references to other sources, and information about how to order copies of records.

The abstracts are grouped by years: 1883-1889, 1890-1899, 1900-1905, and 1906-1909. To search all these marriages at once, try a Google search similar to this:

site:rootsweb.com inurl:co inurl:montrose inurl:marriages galloway
(substitute your surname for galloway)

13 June 2006

Terry Quirke wins NGS Award for Excellence

Terence T. “Terry” Quirke, Jr., Ph.D. was the recipient of the 2006 Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book, presented by the National Genealogical Society at the NGS Annual Banquet on 9 June 2006. The award is given for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book which serves to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advances or promotes excellence in genealogy.

Dr. Quirke’s book, Quirke Genealogy and Family History of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland; India, New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, and the United States, begins in 1787 with Michael Quirke of County Tipperary, Ireland. The preface of the book states:

    “This genealogy and family history exemplifies the Irish diaspora of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From an Irish foot soldier in a British regiment of the early 1800s he, his children, and their descendants became significant persons living in almost all the major English-speaking countries and the British Empire: Ireland, India, New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, as well as the United States. Although none lived in Canada more than fifteen years, significant contributions to the geology of that country were made.”

Dr. Quirke is a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, a member of the board of directors of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, a member of the Colorado Genealogical Society and WISE Family History Society.

Congratulations Terry!

4 June 2006

Possible Library Closing May Endanger Genealogy Collection

The following was submitted to COGenBlog by Georgia Neilsen, Library Assistant and Coordinator at the Perl Mack Library (303/428-3576).

The Perl Mack Library, part of the Rangeview Library District, located at 7611 Hilltop Circle has a genealogy collection of 450 books for the public at their branch. Some of the books are how-to’s but there are some rare books that most smaller libraries outside of Denver Public Library may not own & offer to the public. That collection is now in danger. The Rangeview Library District Board will meet at the Thornton Library located at 8992 N. Washington June 12, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. concerning the closure of this library branch due to funding issues. The closure of this branch puts the collection at risk. The Perl Mack Genealogy Group has been an active group of 30 members who have been meeting at this branch since 2002 & have contributed 70 of the books that are part of the collection.

This information is to inform the genealogy community of another threat to research in the north metro area. All comments should be directed to the Rangeview Library Director & Board members. Go to the website: www.rangeviewld.org for information.