Saturday, June 18, 2005

NGS Conference in the States 2005 - Press Releases

NGS Conference in the States 2005 - Press Releases: " PROVO, Utah�, Inc. will be sponsoring the 2005 National Genealogical Society Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. As a part of this sponsorship, all NGS attendees will receive the special price of $159.95 for a one-year subscription to With over 3 billion records online, this is a great opportunity to try or upgrade your current Ancestry subscription."

Press Contact:
Betsy McIff

who turned up in another context :-

Dear Sue,

Are you related to Royalty?

Do you have reason to believe you have blue blood?

Could you be related to a Duke, Earl or even a King or Queen?

A leading television production company is looking for volunteers to take part in a new primetime series that hopes to verify the true royal connections of everyday people.

If you think that you may be descended from royalty please email either of us your story right away: or

Thanks for your help,

The Research Team

see this thread:-
RootsWeb Message Boards [ United Kingdom and Ireland ]

Friday, June 17, 2005

ANCESTRY CLASSIC DATABASE - Search Civil War Service Records: "Description:
The Civil War Compiled Military Service Records are part of a historic effort to compile and link all available records of soldiers serving in individual states during the Civil War. This database is a listing of over 5.3 million men who served in the war. Taken from records housed in the National Archives, each record provides the soldier's name, company, and unit. Also provided is the individual's rank when inducted and rank when discharged. For researchers of ancestors who may have served in the American Civil War this can be an informative database.

Extended Description:
Union records were taken from National Archives Record Group 94. Confederate records were taken from National Archives Record Group 109 microfilm series M253.

Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) Each volunteer soldier has one Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) for each regiment in which he served. The CMSR contains basic information about the soldier's military career, and it is the first source the researcher should consult. The CMSR is an envelope (a jacket) containing one or more cards. These cards typically indicate that the soldier was present or absent during a certain period of time. Other cards may indicate the date of enlistment and discharge, amount of bounty paid him, and other information such as wounds received during battle or hospitalization for injury or illness. The soldier's place of birth may be indicated; if foreign born, only the country of birth is stated. The CMSR may contain an internal jacket for so-called 'personal papers' of various kinds. These may include a copy of the soldier's enlistment paper, papers relating to his capture and release as a prisoner of war, or a statement that he had no personal property with him when he died. Note, however, that the CMSR rarely indicates battles in which a soldier fought; that information must be derived from other sources."

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Family History Library (the world's largest)

from my email

Salt Lake City, September 26 - 29

Spend four full days at the Family History Library (the world's largest) searching for your ancestors from the United States, Canada and the British Isles. Get help from professional genealogists in overcoming your brick walls.

Attend classes to improve your research skills.

Meet others from throughout the US and Canada who share your interest in genealogy!

Call toll free at 877-896-0974 or visit

Saturday, June 11, 2005


SearchTipsRank: "Welcome to the Ancestry search help area. Ancestry supports two powerful search methods: exact match searching and ranked searching. The tips we have included below will help you used the ranked search method to search our website with greater ease and efficiency. You can switch from a ranked search to an exact match search by clicking on the blue "Exact Matches Only" tab. "

Ranked search automatically returns alternate spellings and abbreviations for your ancestor’s name(s). For example, a search for “Bill Smith” might return “William Smith,” “Wm Smith,” “Bill Smyth” or “B. Smith.” An exact name match is the closest match, and therefore the most relevant, followed by common variants, misspellings, and nicknames.

Search Tips for Searches Organized by Match Quality: "Exact match searching gives you complete control over your search results because each record that is returned must match all of the search terms you enter. Only matches that meet your criteria exactly are returned in the search results list. "

I mostly use exact match searching