Family Tree Magazine is offering a free download of their latest magazine. When you go to the page, there are 2 "gifts" for you - one a Family Tree Chart that you can download, and further down the page this latest issue. You just need to fill in your email address and they will send it to you. Download it onto your computer, tablet, or feel free to print it out if you want. Enjoy! Megan
Fold3 Providing FREE ACCESS to Civil War Collection!
FREE ACCESS to Civil War Collection at Fold3! “To commemorate the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, Fold3 is providing free access (with registration) to our Civil War Collection from April 1–15. This collection currently has 50 titles, with more than 91 million records, so if you’re looking for information on the Civil War veterans in your family tree—or doing other Civil War-era research—now is the perfect time to explo...re these records on Fold3.” Free access period good through April 15th. Click HERE to access for FREE - via Fold3
Here’s a brief look at just a few of Fold3’s Civil War titles:
Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
Census – US Federal 1860
Civil War Service Records
Civil War Pensions Index
Pension Numerical Index
Confederate Amnesty Papers
Confederate Casualty Reports
Confederate Citizens File
Confederate Navy Subject File
Confederate Service Records
Southern Claims Commission
Can’t find your Civil War ancestor on Fold3?
You can still use Fold3 to learn about what your ancestor’s military service may have been like. Here are a few ideas, though the possible uses of the Civil War Collection are endless!
Use the Brady and Civil War photo collections, as well as the Civil War Horse Soldier Artifacts Collection, to learn what life was like for soldiers during the war, including what uniforms and firearms were common, what military camps and headquarters were like, what battlefields and forts looked like, etc.
Look through the Service Records and “Widows’ Pensions” of men who were in the same company, regiment, etc., as your ancestor to learn more about what battles he may have been involved in and the movements of his unit.
If you have Confederate ancestors, explore the Confederate Casualty Reports for your ancestor’s unit to learn about casualty rates and even read narrative reports of actions your ancestor may have been involved in.
Get started searching or browsing Fold3’s Civil War Collection!
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, MyHeritage has a special gift for all our users. For a limited time, we are providing free access to love-related records in our massive historical records collection. No Data subscription is required, so you may search many US States, European and worldwide collections for your ancestors’ marriage records!
Access is open through midnight, February 15.
What can you find in these wonderful records? In many marriage records, you will see the names... of bride and groom, their birthdates, ages, places of residence, their parents’ names. Places of birth may be there, occupations of bride and groom, as well as religious affiliation. Each state and country has different requirements for that information so it may well be different.
To access these collections, visit our marriage records on this SuperSearch page
The collections include marriage records for many US states, including Illinois, Maine, Texas, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and for other major US cities that were ports of entry to millions of immigrants, such as New York City. The NYC License Index runs from 1908-1929 with Marriages from 1950-1995. Boston Marriages 1700-1751 and nearby Cambridge vital records. Other New England records include early Connecticut marriages.
Internationally, some exciting collections include:
Piotrków Trybunalski Poland 1808-1870 marriages
London Marriage licences, 1521-1869
Scotland, selected Banns and Marriages c1650-c1855
Irish Marriages 1771-1812
Netherlands Banns and Marriages, various cities, from 1575-1938
Norway Marriages 1660-1926. Other Scandinavian marriage records include Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
And, down under, for Australia: Victoria marriage index 1837-1942, and Australia, Marriages, 1810-1980
For those with Latino roots, take a look at the records for Mexico (1570-1950), Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Honduras, Panama. The Caribbean 1591-1905 is represented by Barbados,
FREE ACCESS at Findmypast to Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records This Week
FREE ACCESS at Findmypast! Get access to all Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records which you sign up for free at Findmypast!
"To celebrate 100 years of votes for women, we're encouraging as many people as possible to connect with their own inspirational female ancestors by tracing their family history. To help, we've made all of our civil birth, marriage, death and census records FREE from Th...ursday 1 February - Thursday 8 February 2018. Plus, our newly-released Suffragette Collection is available FREE for an extended period until Thursday 8 March 2018.
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All of our civil birth, marriage, death and census records are included in this free access promotion. That means any records you explore under the Civil Births, Civil Deaths & Burials, Civil Marriage & Divorce or Census sub-categories will be completely free to view.
Civil Birth Records: Essential for your family tree, uncover your ancestor's birth date and place, parents' names and more
Civil Marriage Records: Find out the details behind the union of two branches of your family with these family history staples
Civil Death Records: Discover vital information for your research including your relative's age at death, cause of death and next of kin
Census Records: Some of the most important records in genealogy, censuses will help you keep track of your family, generation by generation
This offer is valid through February 8th - click HERE to get started - via Findmypast
RCGS Members - if you have an Ancestry.com account or don't, this should be of interest to you. This is nothing new, but something you should bookmark on your computer.
This is a list of Free Index Collections on Ancestry that you can search WITHOUT a paid subscription to Ancestry.com. Just scroll down until you see the list.
It is with a heavy heart to make this post.....
JOYCE ANN DAVITZ, 75, of Ellis Grove, Illinois, passed away at 10:20 am, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at her home in Ellis Grove, Illinois.
She was born to Wesley and Ladora (nee Greer) Harris on September 11, 1942 in Barnes Ridge, Missouri....
Joyce married Dale Davitz on June 26, 1959 in Ellis Grove, IL. He survives.
She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Randolph County Genealogy Society and a volunteer with the Randolph County Historical Society.
Joyce was a retired beautician and had owned her own shop.
Dale Davitz Ellis Grove, IL
East Prairie, MO
Richard (Deborah) Davitz Red Bud, IL
Micky Lee (Lauren) Davitz Chester, IL
Jeff (Donna) Davitz Ellis Grove, IL
Jerry (Tereasa) Davitz Rockwood, IL
Scott (Torrie) Davitz Chester, IL
Steven &quot;Butch&quot; (Sue) Harris Black, MO
LaDonna Carter East Prairie, MO
Karen (Richard) Patrick East Prairie, MO
17 Great Grandchildren
Preceded in death by:
Father and 1 Sister - Carolyn Dehner
Friday, December 29, 2017
Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home, Chester, Illinois
Dr. Mike Fogerson
Ellis Grove City Cemetery
Ellis Grove, Illinois
Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home, Chester, Illinois
ACPMP Research Foundation
(Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonel Research Foundation)
or To The Family
Happy New Year from NEHGS!
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Reminder: HOLIDAY HOURS
The RCGS office will be closed from December 13, 2017 - January 8, 2018. Once the office reopens, be sure to call first before traveling to the office. Due to inclement weather, the office may be closed or closing early. Happy Holidays!
The RCGS Holiday Party will be held December 12, 2107. The event will begin at 4pm at Reid's Harvest House in Chester, IL.
Instead of a gift exchange, we will give to Tilden, IL food pantry....
ADDITIONAL NOTE ON OFFICE HOURS:
The RCGS office will be closed for Winter Break from December 13, 2017 - January 8, 2018.
FREE CANADIAN MILITARY RECORDS ON ANCESTRY.CA
FREE SEARCHING at FindMyPast
This weekend, starting today November 8th and running through Sunday, November 12th, you can access military records for FREE at findmypast!
Many genealogists focus on the heroic stories of military services for their ancestors and now you too can help honor those who served by researching these record sets....
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