Genealogist Joe Beine’s website, Online Death Indexes, Records and Obituaries (at has been updated. This most recent update contains Indiana’s Tippecanoe Historical Association Genealogy Indexes including Early Tippecanoe County Obituaries & Death Notices, 1830-1904; Index to Selected Death Records, 1830s-1960s; and Soldier Burials, 1889-1894.)

Recent Illinois updates are posted for Christian, DuPage, Kane, Knox, Peoria, Randolph, Sangamon and Winnebago counties. Be sure to check this helpful website ( for links to these and other states’ sites. Beine contact information can be found at

RootsWeb mailing lists to close

Beginning March 2, the Mailing Lists function on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. has been administrating this function of RootsWeb but has decided to “pull the plug.” Read more on this sad news at “For 30 years people have been sharing their research on genealogy mailing lists. Many of the people who collected that information are now dead, and much of their work will be lost.”

Researchers wishing to search RootsWeb’s complete list of 32,740 mailing lists before it’s gone should visit and click on “Search Mailing Lists Now.” Also, read Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter’s comments at

Genealogy cruise

The Genealogy at Sea! July 2020 Cruise is scheduled for July 19-26, and will be cohosted by Diana Smith, Dick Eastman and Ann Staley and will cruise from Port Liberty (New York City metro area) to Newport, R.I., and Kings Wharf, Bermuda.

There will be 2½ days at sea for presentations and group activities as well as one-on-one consultations opportunities. Full details (including links to videos of the ship) are available on the CruiseEverything website at There are photos of the ship, cabins, restaurants, and public areas and information on the ports of call. There also are photos taken at previous cruises. Phone 239-275-1717 or 1-800-959-SHIP for more information.

CCC newspapers online

“The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the U.S. for unemployed, unmarried men.” Currently there are 158 CCC newspapers from 12 states available online.

The Ancestor Hunt has posted those that are available to the general public at The list includes many from Illinois and Indiana. (For example, Parke County, Ind., had a CCC newspaper, Turkey Run Flash, which can be viewed at this website—and searched.)

Additional interesting information on the CCC, found at, includes notable CCC alumni and some CCC achievements.

'Sneak peek' at FamilySearch

The New Year is expected to bring improvements and new features to the popular website, FamilySearch ( Briana Taylor has posted “What’s Coming to FamilySearch in 2020” at

For example, languages already available are English, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; 19 languages will be added.

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

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