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  1. I hope to spend more time at genealogy research. This summer, I was able to devote quite a bit of time working with my Mother on a book about her Grandmother, Alta May Thomas. I am truly thankful, both to spend the time with parents (as my Dad is also assisting) and to hear all the wonderful stories, the memories that Mom has of her Grandmother. I cannot wait to see the finished product. Part of my assistance was providing research support to validate facts and also find new information on Alta. It has been a wonderful journey of fantastic finds and quality time with my parents. However, as we are nearing the end of this project, I am looking to what I want to work on next. I have multiple things I would like to resume work on for friends and family: a story about Linda's Mum, finding Christian's heritage through his Father's line, and continuing the tree for all of Hancock County (yes, that will take me a few years). I also would love to find out what area of Ireland the John Robinson family came from before emigrating to Pennsylvania. But I only have one week! Why the rush? In approximately one week, my youngest daughter, Michele, will be heading to Ireland with her boyfriend, Alex. So my challenge is to find out as much as I can about the Irish background on the Robinson line in one week. Of course, it is also possible that Michele's travels will not take her and Alex anywhere near where our ancestors lived in Ireland. No worries, it just means another trip for her and Alex...and perhaps Ron and I!
  2. MSSDAR Founder's Day

    More details to follow.
  3. Free Family Fall Event

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    Free Fall Family Event and Open House at the Rising Sun Inn from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This is free family event coincides with the Inn’s Open House tours. There will be children’s crafts and face painting with a trick or treat activity scheduled at 2:00 p.m. around the Inn’s property for the children. Various refreshments will be available for purchase.
  4. DAR Chapter Meeting

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    Speaker: Robert Reyes, Vice Chair of the board for the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. (W3R®-US) will discuss updates on the work the organization is doing to initiate, coordinate, and promote programs that engage, inspire, and educate the public in the history of the 700-mile W3R® National Historic Trail. A business meeting will follow the presentation.
  5. Golf Tournament

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    Registration begins at 7:30 am. 2nd Annual Golf Tournament for the Friends of the Rising Sun Inn at Compass Point Golf Course in Pasadena. We need friends and family golfers! Please come and support a fun-filled day of golf, food, and prizes. A registration fee of $125.00 per person includes a continental breakfast, greens fee and cart, refreshments on the course, and an All American Grill luncheon with prizes. Portions of the proceeds help support the Rising Sun Inn. This year the Friends of the Rising Sun Inn have partnered with Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA). This association is a nonprofit organization that assists physically and emotionally wounded veterans learn how to play golf for free. If you wish to learn more about SMGA and how they help veterans, go to the website, www.smga.org. If you do not have any family or friend golfers, you can sponsor a wounded veteran through SMGA to play in the golf tournament and still show support for our historic inn as well as a wounded veteran by gifting him or her an opportunity to play a round of golf. To register a golfer or sponsor a wounded veteran, please contact Kris Jenkins at lawgirl610@yahoo.com or friendsoftheRSI@gmail.com
  6. MSSDAR Fall Forum

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    At Milestone Restaurant, Easton, MD
  7. Open House Tours

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    Look for future dates as well.
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    No speaker is scheduled. The annual Chapter business meeting will discuss the upcoming 2017-2018 DAR year to include review of the annual budget, Chapter and Rising Sun Inn business updates, upcoming future events, and other activities. * A Chapter Social will follow the meeting with refreshments to welcome back everyone from our summer hiatus
  9. National Aviation Day

    Poster by NASA for National Aviation Day In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt designated 19 August as National Aviation Day to coincide with Orville Wright's birthday. The National Park service is holding events to celebrate this day, including a whole day of festivities at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. All park fees have been waived for the event.
  10. Sanborn Maps

    As of 1 June 2017, nearly 25,000 maps have been put online at the Library of Congress. Check it out here.
  11. An article on Family Tree Magazine provides information on websites to help you in your search. This includes free and paid resources. Additionally, the article provides information on the scope of the information (time-frames and geographic regions) and some historical information on the website and their specific growth areas. In case the link ever disappears, here is the full text: --------------------------- Claire SantryMay 26, 2015 Genealogy research in Ireland has its challenges, but more and more websites are helping you overcome them. These 11 are the web’s best bets for tracing your Irish ancestors. If you’re tracing (or trying to trace) Irish ancestors, you may have heard that “all the records burned in the fire”—the 1922 Four Courts Fire at the Public Record Office in Dublin, an unfortunate event of the Irish Civil War. But this is a myth that online Irish family history databases are doing their level best to shatter, and rightly so. While it’s true that an important part of Ireland’s genealogical heritage did go up in smoke that day—including many wills, legal court records, Church of Ireland parish records and national censuses from 1821 to 1851—many important collections survived. Modern-day Celtic creative thinking is helping to bridge some of the record gaps with an ever-increasing selection of online historical documents that hold clues to the lives of our Irish ancestors. Undoubtedly, Irish genealogy will remain challenging for many researchers, especially for those whose immigrant ancestors didn’t leave behind readily discovered information about their origins in Ireland. But as these 11 top websites demonstrate, the opportunity to discover more about your Irish heritage has never been greater. 2. Ancestry.com $ Beyond its US-focused databases, which may reveal details of your Irish immigrant ancestor’s journey, naturalization (if indeed he became a citizen) and life in North America, subscription site Ancestry.com has an Ireland-specific collection of about 40 million records (requires a World membership). Although this is considerably smaller than the collection on Findmypast (see website No. 4), it includes several essential beginner record sets—censuses, civil registrations and Griffith’s Valuation—and a few less widely available resources such as Royal Irish Constabulary records (1816-1921) and the browseable Famine Relief Commission papers (1844-1847). The jewel in this site’s crown, an indexed collection of more than 700,000 names in Roman Catholic parish registers, made an unheralded debut only last year, much to the delight of Irish researchers. It consists of baptism, marriage, burial and very unusually, confirmations from 73 parishes in the counties of Armagh, Carlow, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Londonderry, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow. The earliest records date from 1763. Many entries include a high-quality scanned image of the original register, while others return a transcription. Depending on the layout of some of the registers, you may need to click to the next page to see the names of sponsors (godparents). 2. AncestryIreland.com $ Not to be confused with the aforementioned Ancestry.com, based in Utah, AncestryIreland is the online home of the Ulster Historical Foundation (ULF), an educational charity from Belfast, as well as its membership arm, the Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild. As part of the Irish Family History Foundation’s network of island-wide genealogy centers, the ULF uploads its church and civil record transcriptions for counties Antrim and Down to the subscription-based RootsIreland database (see website No. 11), but these records are also accessible on AncestryIreland. The difference is that while RootsIreland offers these and other records as part of a monthly subscription package, AncestryIreland offers them on a pay-per-view basis. Your most cost-effective option will depend on the geographical focus of your research and how much time you can dedicate to your ancestral hunt over a month. Also depending on your particular research needs, you might consider membership in the guild. This opens up some 200 small- to medium-sized databases covering more of Ulster, many of them exclusive and dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. 3. FamilySearch.org FamilySearch, the genealogical arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has an agreement with the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) that allows duplication of nearly all the NAI’s records except the 1901 and 1911 censuses. Indexes to Landed Estate Court Records 1850-1885 and Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924 are free to search on Family­Search.org, but you can view the record images only from a branch FamilySearch Center (or with a World subscription to Findmypast.com). You can also find copies of valuable Irish civil registration records here as well. Other potentially useful collections are Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620–1881 and Ireland Marriages, 1619–1898 which, together, hold just under 6 million records. The coverage of these collections is a bit inconsistent, though. For example, the Roman Catholic records come from only a few parishes in counties Cork, Galway, Kerry, Roscommon and Sligo, and although Protestant coverage is excellent in some areas (such as County Monaghan), it’s nonexistent in others. To better understand these limitations, navigate to the search page for each collection and click the Learn More link. 4. Findmypast.com $ Findmypast has the largest collection of Irish family history records (about 140 million) online. In addition, a World subscription to Findmypast.com site, or an Ireland subscription via Findmypast.ie, includes a growing number of Irish newspaper titles (more than 70 at last count) dating back to the 1700s. Among the gems to look for are Landed Estate Court Rentals, a collection much more interesting than its name might suggest: It often holds surprising details about land tenants. The Irish Petty Sessions, a collection of records 22 million strong (Republic of Ireland counties only), hold the stories of our ancestors’ sporadic misdemeanors and squabbles with neighbors. And then there are the esoteric dog licenses registers, which record 6 million names of people and an occasional furry friend. Beyond adding color to your knowledge of an ancestor’s life, these records can provide great clues to the ever-changing story of a family. Not to be missed by anyone with roots in Ireland’s West Coast counties are the Poverty Relief Loans, 1821–1874. These record small loans by local committees, which may have funded the purchase of a sheep or a ticket across the Atlantic. Findmypast also has a unique search mechanism for the 1901 census, which lets you search for more than one household member, by birth year and by variants on the spelling of first and last names. If you’ve had trouble finding ancestors in this census on the National Archives of Ireland website (No. 8 in this listing), check out the Findmypast version. Watch for its frequent promotional offers and free access weekends. 5. General Register Office of Northern Ireland In 2014, GRONI launched an online database of civil registration records for counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Fermanagh and Tyrone. Its birth records date from 1864 to 100 years ago, marriages from 1864 (or 1845 if Protestant or civil ceremonies) to 75 years ago, and deaths from 1864 to 50 years ago. You must register before you start to explore the records. Although registration is free, watch out for the first quirk of the system: You must have at least one credit in your account in order to see search results (even free search results). One credit costs .4 pounds or about 60 cents. Basic, free searches may satisfy your research needs. You only start paying if you select Enhanced View, which provides additional information transcribed from the original birth, marriage or death certificate, or if you choose Full Certificate View, which presents both a transcription and a digital image of the original certificate. This is where the second quirk appears. Your search results remain in your account for only 72 hours. As there isn’t a download-to-computer option, be sure to take a screenshot of your records before you finish your research session. Finally, if you have Northern Ireland ancestors, don’t miss the useful and often overlooked searchable townland map. 6. Irish Ancestors Irish Ancestors is Ireland’s longest-running established genealogy website, founded and managed by the renowned Irish genealogist John Grenham. Unlike the other sites here, Irish Ancestors doesn’t hold any record collections. Instead, it provides masses of information and clear direction to those starting their Irish ancestry hunt. The site is split into two sections, one free and one pay-per-view or subscription-based. The free segment is huge and worth the time spent exploring. Behind the Browse button lies an online version of Grenham’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (Genealogical Publishing Co.; widely considered the Bible of Irish genealogy), a vast list of Irish genealogy links, detailed civil and Roman Catholic parish maps, step-by-step how-to advice, and an extensive collection of articles on Irish heritage and genealogy. A recently added free feature is the excellent Research Wizard. This tool analyses the details of what you already know about an ancestor and produces specific recommendations for further research. Researchers also should search the Surnames database for free counts of households by county, a surname dictionary, surname histories and more. The paying sections of the site provide more searchable tools and finding aids, including the Double Surname Search. This lets you search Griffiths Valuation for parishes with both surnames you search for—particularly useful if you know the surnames of an immigrant couple but not their place of origin in Ireland. 7. IrishGenealogy.ie This free database IrishGenealogy.ie holds nearly 3 million transcriptions of pre-20th century church records of baptisms, marriages and burials for selected Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic parishes in counties Kerry, Cork and Carlow and the city of Dublin, plus one Presbyterian register for Lucan in County Dublin. More than half a million of the records date from the 17th and 18th centuries, with nearly all of the rest from the early 1800s and later. In some cases, you also can view images of the register page. You’ll find a list of parishes this collection includes on the Church Records search page. For those with ancestors in this relatively small geographical area, IrishGenealogy.ie is invaluable: These indexed records aren’t online elsewhere. The site also holds the only official version of Ireland’s civil registration indexes of births, marriages and deaths. “Non-approved” versions, from FamilySearch microfilm taken during the 1960s, are available at FamilySearch, Findmypast and Ancestry.com. These records extend to 1921 for Northern Ireland and to 1958 for the Republic of Ireland. IrishGenealogy.ie’s civil registrations follow the 100-75-50-year privacy rule GRONI uses. At first glance, this appears to offer less than the microfilm version. But this official collection is actually known as the “enhanced” version, because the General Register Office (GRO) staff who use it are slowly—very slowly—adding details transcribed from the original vital certificates. These details include mothers’ maiden names for births registered from 1900 to 1914 and some earlier ones. GRO staff also are “coupling” brides and grooms, so the spouse is shown in most marriage entries from 1903 to 1939. If you’re researching in the 20th century, these are great improvements. 8. The National Archives: Genealogy The website of the National Archives of Ireland has been much-loved since the day in late 2007 when it launched the first lot of indexed 1911 census returns. Irish genealogy research turned a corner and has never looked back. Seven years later, this site offers access to the complete 1901 and 1911 censuses; every single surviving scrap from earlier censuses; tithe applotment books dating from the 1820s and 1830s; Calendars of Wills and Administration (1858-1922); and a small, sad collection of wills written, often hurriedly, by soldiers departing to fight for the British Army in the Great War or in the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa. Pre-1858 testamentary records will join the lineup this year, as will the Griffith’s Valuation Field, House and Quarto Books collection. The latter notebooks were created by valuers between 1848 and 1860; they often contain names of property occupants. All records here are free and link to images of the original material. They’re also available with a World subscription to Findmypast.com, an Ireland subscription via Findmypast.ie, and on FamilySearch.org. 9. National Library of Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Registers The National Library of Ireland (NLI) launched a free online home for its collection of Ireland’s Roman Catholic parish registers Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, these registers cover 1,091 parishes and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records. The microfilms on which the registers were recorded have been converted into nearly 400,000 digital images, which are browsable by parish location only. You won’t be able to search for a name, so the site won’t be of immediate help to those who don’t know where in Ireland their immigrant ancestors came from. But it’s likely that genealogy data sites will rush to begin indexing the images as soon as the new site is live. For those who already can pinpoint a parish of origin, this website heralds a new era for Irish genealogy by making old church records for its majority religious group readily accessible. Information in the registers varies from parish to parish, but typically includes the dates of the events and the names of key people, including godparents or witnesses. In the absence of an index to these records, researchers will find it helpful to use the new site in conjunction with RootsIreland.ie (see No. 11) and IrishGenealogy.ie. 10. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland While it doesn’t offer online access to census, vital or church records, the website of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is a top-drawer destination for family historians with connections to the six counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. Judge not the site’s plain appearance. Exploration here is well rewarded with heaps of background information, an extensive range of downloadable family history guides and several useful databases served up free of charge. These databases, most of which link to images of the original material, are accessible from the home page (under Online Records on the right side). They include Will Calendars (1858–1965), Street Directories (1819–1900), the Ulster Covenant (1912), Freeholders Records (pre-1840), and the Londonderry Corporation Records (minutes, 1673–1901). The most popular database, online since 2014, is Valuation Revision Books (1864–1933), which record Griffith’s Valuation changes in size, quality and value to all properties, both rural and urban, as well as the names of their occupiers and owners. Changes were recorded in different colors of ink, one color for each year, and can help to establish significant dates in a family’s history, such as dates of death, land sale or migration. Note that these revision books are often referred to as “cancelled books,” especially in the Republic of Ireland. The PRONI site also offers a rather unassuming Name Search database. Be sure to dip in. It allows you to search a number of indexes to pre-1858 wills, surviving fragments of the 1740 and 1766 religious censuses, 1775 dissenters’ petitions and coroners’ inquest papers from 1872 to 1920. 11. RootsIreland.ie $ If ever a website demanded a researcher to draw breath and make its acquaintance before attempting to tease out its treasures, Roots­Ireland is it. The nonprofit Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) manages this site and its database of 20 million transcriptions of records (not linked to images) held by the IFHF network of county and regional genealogy centers. The site, which has switched from a pay-to-view system to a subscription model, is best known for its church records of mixed denominations, but it also has transcribed birth, marriage and death certificates for some counties. Before going anywhere near the search page, you’re best off reading the FAQs or at least looking for your ancestral counties on the list of available records. Collections in the database date between 1700 and 1920 and some of the parish registers have significant gaps, so you really do need to check that records for the year, religion and parish or district you’re interested in are available. Although transcriptions are still being added and are generally of a high standard, the bulk of the parish register transcriptions are of variable quality. Think creatively, especially with regard to the spelling of surnames, if you can’t find a record you believe should be available. Click here for more on Irish geographic divisions. Tip: Naturalization papers and records generated when a person died—obituaries, tombstones, burial records, funeral home records—can be especially helpful in determining an Irish ancestor’s place of origin.
  12. 2017 Fall Seminar

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    Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell,"The Legal Genealogist" Hosted by Maryland Genealogical Society
  13. GoToWebinar - Fraternally Yours

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    For more information on this Webinar, see American Ancestor website here.
  14. Family Tree magazine has posted the Top 100 FREE Websites for Genealogy in 2017. Check out the full list listing here. It is broken out into topical areas of: Big Genealogy Websites Online Vital and Grave Records Military Genealogy Websites Genealogy Immigration Websites Genealogy Map Websites Old Newspaper Genealogy Websites Genealogy Library Websites US Genealogy Websites Websites for Sharing Your Genealogy Online Genealogy Technology Tools UK & Irish Genealogy Websites International Genealogy Websites Genealogy Social History Websites Online Genealogy Tips and Help
  15. Photo by Raphael Schaller on Unsplash We received a request, via the GoAncestry Facebook page, to search for an obituary for Shirley M. Albea. She was born 5 June 1941 and died on 15 December 2004. There are obvious places to search such as Ancestry.com or other paid online sources. Ancestry.com does not have obituaries (original or transcribed) available. The U.S. Obituary Collection at Ancestry notes only the Name, Death Age: 63, Birth Date: 1941, Death Date: 15 Dec 2004, Obituary Date: 18 Dec 2004, and Newspaper Title: The Albany Herald. Next step, Newspapers.com which has a wealth of newspapers online; this requires a subscription. A quick check there showed that The Albany Herald is not one of the papers digitized yet. So then I went to the Library of Congress website where they also have a large collection of newspapers which are being digitized under the program "Chronicling America". This time for free but again, no Albany Herald. Based on Ms. Albea's fairly recent death date of 2004, I decided to check Funeral Home websites. The Mathews Funeral Home maintains a collection of obituaries but the oldest I found in my searches was for 2013. A prior Google search had provided me with a transcribed obituary at GenealogyBuff.com. However, I really wanted to find the original for the request. There are further searches that could be done by contacting a local (to Albany, GA) library to see if they have copies of this newspaper, on microfilm or print. I decided to stop my search here as I feel the GenealogyBuff websites probably provides a good transcription of the obituary and should be sufficient. For the obituary, please see the Surname entry for Joseph and Shirley Albea. Additionally, check out Georgia Homepage or Dougherty County Homepage for more information on these regions. The South is definitely not my area of expertise in researching so if anyone would like to assist in building out any states and/or counties with quality information, please send me a message!
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