Judy G. Russell’s (“The Legal Genealogist”) article, “Through The Golden Door: Immigration after the Civil War (1864-1924),” was a handout at a recent meeting of the German Genealogy Group (www.germangenealogygroup.com) and available to members of that society, includes a timeline of laws affecting immigration as well as resources for further study.

New year resolutions?

Whether or not you are inclined to make resolutions at the start of a new year, an interesting blog at http://tinyurl.com.rr8xufb suggests that a new year offers an excellent opportunity to set some genealogy goals.

Perhaps a membership in the German Genealogy Group would be appropriate. Visit https://tinyurl.com/vvax8v7 for an application and more information. The cost is only $15 per year.

The society’s many databases focus on German genealogy, but include all nationalities and are free to all.

Also joining or renewing a membership in the Illinois State Genealogical Society would be a good choice for giving your Illinois research a boost in the New Year. Visit www.ilgensoc.org for membership categories, prices and benefits.

Same-sex families

According to a recent post at https://tinyurl.com/u9jpndv FamilySearch will allow users “to build same-sex family trees on its free website … (allowing) users to add a spouse or parent of the same sex.” Judy Russell’s (“The Legal Genealogist”) article, at http://tinyurl.com/vg9nxlz, offers more details on this important action.

Irish Lives Remembered

The most recent issue of Irish Lives Remembered (Issue 47, Winter 2019), the free online E-magazine devoted to Irish Genealogy is now available at www.irishlivesremembered.ie. This issue includes Paul MacCotter’s article, “The Broderick Surname in Ireland” and a wealth of interesting and helpful material for family researchers.

U.S. land records online

Jill Shoemaker of the Riverton FamilySearch Library had posted a most useful 14-page Class Handout on US Land Records at https://tinyurl.com/tp5vgnl. Topics include Value of Land Records, Searching Deed Indexes, Where to find Land Records. Military Bounty Land Grants, County Boundary Changes, Colonial Land Grants or Patents, Rectangular Survey System, Metes and Bounds, State Land Grants, Public Land Acts, General Land Office and National Archives, Locating State Land Patents, a Bibliography, and more.

The importance of land records for genealogical research cannot be over-emphasized!

Free map collection

The David Rumsey Map Collection — “the world’s largest private Collection” — has made its 91,000 maps available for free download. Searches can be made in a variety of categories such as celestial, maritime, United States, etc. and date back to the 16th century.

Read more about this valuable resource at https://tinyurl.com/upa4ovz.

American slavery records

Smithsonian magazine has posted information about the upcoming online database, “Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade,” to be launched this year, at https://tinyurl.com/u8otk8v. “It aims to serve as a clearinghouse for information about enslaved people and their captors.”

The project will be funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com

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