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RootsTech 2021

Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience

In short, this will be a modified version of the popular RootsTech conferences of the past few years. Now called RootsTech Connect, the ONLINE conference will be  held on  25-27 February 2021.
Quoting the announcement:
For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.
To register and read more about it go to:

RootsIreland adds 40,000+ non-RC Co. Armagh record

A bundle of more than 40,000 register records from Church of Ireland (CoI), Presbyterian and Society of Friends (Quakers), some of them dating back to the 1770s, have been added to the database. So have headstone inscriptions from 16 CoI, Prebyterian, Quaker and Methodist burial grounds, plus about 1,500 inscriptions from three Roman Catholic graveyards.

RootsIreland Uploads 16,000 Westmeath Records

Westmeath Genealogy, the family history centre based at Dún na Sí Heritage Centre near Moate, has added more than 16,000 records to their database at include nearly 700 bmd register entries that were 'missed' in earlier transcription projects; anyone who has previously searched these databases without success would be advised to revisit the collection to see if their ancestors have been 'found'.

Here's a summary of the new additions:
  • Headstone transcriptions from seven burial grounds (nearly 4,000)
  • Baptisms, St Mary’s Athlone RC (249 previously missed)
  • Marriages, Mayne RC, part of Coole parish (249 previously missed)
  • Deaths, Mullingar RC (190 previously missed. 1844-1866)
  • Castlepollard Parish, Baptisms (9,176); Marriages (321); Deaths (2,596)
You'll find a full and detailed list, including the names and location of the seven new graveyards, of Westmeath Genealogy's online sources here.

Digitization of NYC Naturalization Records

Taken from the Records-Access-Alerts Digest, Vol 87, Issue 5

The US National Archives gave a three-year grant of $872,000 which will pay for the Bronx and Queens (New York City)  County Clerks offices to upload naturalization record online starting in 2022.   They will be freely accessible on line.

Naturalization records in the Bronx and Queens stretch from the late 1700′s through the 1950′s when clerks offices ceased processing naturalization documents. The responsibility shifted to the federal government.  Thus far most of the requests in Queens are for records from the mid-1800′s through the early 1900′s.

To read more see:

France Approves Genetic Genealogy Tests

The French Senate adopted an amendment to a bill on 8 January 2020 to authorize genetic genealogy tests in France.  A person's DNA can be tested for genealogical research, to find possible family relationships and to estimate geographical origins.

Venice Library Genealogy Help

Volunteers are available at the Venice Library Monday thru Thursday.  Researchers can call 861-1347 for library hours or look online here
Friday hours will be added in the near future.
Melanie Odom

Sarasota & Manatee Cty Libraries FHL Affiliates!

We are pleased to announce that every branch of the Sarasota County & Manatee County Libraries have been granted Family History Library Affiliate access!!  While that doesn't provide access to all items with the camera and key icon, but it does grant more access than you would have from home.
This means that within each branch users connected to the library's wifi, whether on a library computer or your own device, will have access to 10 million more images than from home.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT is working on designing a better identification system for their online catalog to denote the level of access per catalog item.

Free parking @ the 2nd Street Garage @ Whole Foods

If travelling westbound on Fruitville Avenue, turn left (going southbound) onto Lemon Avenue.  Go south for 2 blocks and then turn right (going westbound) onto 2nd Street.  Go west on 2nd Street for ½ block and then turn right into the 2nd Street Garage at Whole Foods.  The address is 1400 2nd Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Only Whole Foods customers may park on the first floor.  GSS meeting attendees may park on floors 2 – 4.  There is an elevator on the east side of the parking garage building.  Selby Library is the first building immediately west (and across the street) from the parking garage building.

Public Domain Copyright-Free Books Being Scanned!!

This information was derived from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 7 Aug 2019.
The New York Public Library recently paid to convert the information in the Catalog of Copyright Entries into a searchable format.  This information identifies copyright registration dates and when/if they were renewed.  Approximately 80% of the books published from 1923-1964 are in the public domain!  The Hathi Trust has already uploaded some of these newly freed books.  There is a website that posts newly discovered books daily.

Selby Library is now a Family History Library Affiliate!!!!!  It finally happened!!  There are four levels of access to records on
open accesss - records you can obtain from any location, including home: 
Affiliate access - access to records within an affiliate location provided you are logged into your FamilySearch account and connected to the affiliate location's wifi (either on one of their computers or your laptop/tablet)
Family History Center access - Access to some records that have the camera and key icon: 
Family History Library access - access to all of their records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Unfortunately, FamilySearch's catalog doesn't identify which record group has what access.  I wish it did.  I did learn today that New York City vital records cannot be viewed at an affiliate library but can be viewed at a Family History Center.
In addition, there is one additional icon you will find in the FamilySearch catalog, that of a boxed camera, which denotes the images are on a Partner Site (such as Fold3).    
Happy Researching!!

Instructions to register for Fort Myers Programs

Click here for instructions on how to register.

Open Free Accounts to Upload Your Family Tree

Did you know you can upload your family tree gedcom files for FREE to:
Each site will provide you with hints on members of your tree, free of charge!

October 10
Bryan Mulcahy: Ships Passenger Lists & Immigration
Immigration records fall into a number of categories.  The most popular involve Ship Passenger Arrival Records.  Both categories often provide important genealogical information for tracing our immigrant ancestors.  The amount of information varies by time period.  These records can help ...

October 14
German Virtual SIG

November 4
Polish SIG - Location TBD

November 11
German Virtual SIG

November 12
New England SIG

November 14
Karen Fortin: The Mayflower 1620 - 400th Anniversary
Resources for Researching the Passengers of the Mayflower 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. This presentation will look at who these people were and why they came to the New World. It will also provide details on some ...

December 2
Polish SIG - Location TBD