Saturday, March 24, 2012

Only 8 days left!

The 1940 Census will be released on April 2nd.  If you haven't started checking for your ancestors' Enumeration District, now is the time to do it!  There is a great tutorial on how to find an Enumeration District by Stephen Morse How to Access the 1940 Census in One Step

Some of the places to find the Census when it arrives:
  • National Archives:
  • Ancestry Library Edition (available free at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library)
  • FamilySearch: 
  • MyHeritage: and .  As on other websites planning to offer the 1940 census, you'll be able to browse the record images by place as soon as they're added to the site.  A searchable index will be added throughout the year, as data from each state are transcribed. The MyHeritage 1940 census index will be created separately from both the FamilySearch and indexes.  Once MyHeritage has launched the index for a given state, you'll be able to search it by multiple criteria using the MyHeritage SuperSearch, a fast and sophisticated new search engine to be released in April.  The search engine will support 38 languages. You'll also be able to search the records using the MyHeritage mobile app. If you have a family tree on, the site will automatically match it to 1940 census data as indexes are added and notify you about relevant results. This reduces the need to constantly repeat your searches to see if the index for your ancestor's state has been added.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Items and Free Film or VHS Conversion to DVD for Texans

New Items at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
February 2012

  • Irish Emigrants in North America: Part Seven
  • Later Scots – Irish Links 1725 – 1825: Part Two and Part Three
  • Scots – Irish Links 1825 – 1900
  • The Winthrop Fleet of 1630
  • Resolutions, Laws, and Ordinances Relating to the Officers and Soldiers of the Revolution
  • Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies
  • Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America 1625 – 1825: Volume I, III, V, VI
  • The Complete Book of Emigrants 1700 – 1750 and 1751 – 1776
  • Creating Junior Genealogists: Tips and Activities for Family History Fun (this item may be checked out)
  • Dig Up Your Roots and Find Your Branches: A Child’s Guide to Genealogy (this item may be checked out)
  • Some Records of Sussex County Delaware
  • Florida’s First Families: Translated Abstracts of Pre-1821 Spanish Censuses Volume 1
  • Family Maps of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Vernon Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Bossier Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Caddo Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Red River Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Winn Parish, Louisiana
  • Family Maps of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
  • Maryland Colonial Military Service Index with Roster of Colonial Ancestors of Members of the Society Daughters of Colonial Wars in the State of Florida
  • Early Landowners of Maryland – Volume 7: Baltimore County 1658 – 1710, Volume 9: Queen Anne’s County 1640 – 1710
  • Harford County Maryland Wills 1774 – 1800
  • Prince George’s County Maryland Marriages and Deaths in Nineteenth Century Newspapers: Volume I – A-J and Volume II – K-Z
  • Worcester County Maryland
    Orphans Court
    Proceedings Volume 2 1800 – 1816
  • Marylanders to Tennessee 1775 – 1835
  • Orphans and Infants of Prince George’s County Maryland 1696 – 1750
  • Tax Lists of Somerset County Maryland 1730 – 1740
  • Kent County, Maryland Land Records: Volume 1: 1648 – 1694, Volume 2: 1694 – 1706, Volume 3: 1707 – 1726, and Volume 4: 1726 – 1737
  • Phelps County,  Missouri Records
  • Missouri Marriage Records, Dent County: Marriage Bk. A 1851 – 1870 and Wills Bk. A 1866 – 1893
New Jersey:
  • Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey I Wars 1791 – 1815
  • The German Element in the Ohio Valley: Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
  • A Record of the Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Lake County, Ohio With a Partial List of Those in Geauga County and a Membership Roll of New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Cincinnati’s German Heritage
  • An Alphabetical Index to Ulster Emigration to Philadelphia 1803 – 1850
South Carolina:
  • Laurens County, S.C.: Rabun Creek Settlement 1762 – 1848
  • Texas Land Survey Maps of Montague County
  • Texas Land Survey Maps of Uvalde County
  • Texas Land Survey Maps of Wood County
  • Texas Land Survey Maps of Young County
  • The Story of Milan (Red Mount, Red Mound) Sabine County, Texas 1519 – 2010 and Selected Cemeteries of Milam
  • Lancaster County, Virginia Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, Deeds, Inventories, Etc. 1736 – 1742
  • The Accomack County Birth Register: Volume I 1853 – 1876, Volume II 1877 – 1886, Volume III 1887 – 1896
  • Loudoun County, Virginia Marriages After 1850: Volume I 1851 – 1880
  • Princess Anne County Virginia Wills 1783 – 1871
  • Patrick County Virginia Superior Court Order Book May 1809 – May 1831
  • A Brief History of Roads in Virginia 1607 – 1840 
West Virginia:
  • Berkeley County, West Virginia Birth Records 1853 – 1860
Free Film or VHS Conversion to DVD for Texans
If you have taken films that relate to the history and culture of Texas (including home movies) and they were filmed in Texas by a Texan featuring Texas or Texans, the Collin County Historical Commission and the Collin County Genealogical Society will be hosting a Texas Film Round-Up on July 14, 2012 at the Heard-Craig Hall Gallery 306 North Church Street. 
The Tecas Archive of the Moving Image will provide free digitization of your Texas films and videos in exchange for the donation of a digital copy to the archive. 
For more information, please check the website: or e-mail questions to: