New Book Listings in June Thursday, Jun 30 2011 

Some of our new June, 2011 history & genealogy catalog listings below. Visit catalog additions ( for general history, children, and scrapbook resources:

Calloway Co., KY News, Vol. 23 (May 24, 1917-Oct 4, 1917). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2415-$15.00

Calloway Co., KY News, Vol. 22 (Jan 18, 1917-May 17, 1917). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2414-$15.00

Saline County, Missouri – Volume 2 (May 4, 1895 to December 26, 1903), by Kenneth E. Weant, 2011. 8½x11″, 226 pages, softbound book. 4188 Deaths Reported in and Chronological index to selected articles from Marshall Weekly Democrat News. The Marshall Democrat was one of the most informative newspapers thus far indexed the author has come across in reporting marriages and deaths with other vital statistics for those doing research of Saline County residents, and those who had connection with Saline County. In addition, it contained many articles of historical interest relating to the life of present and former residents as it often contained reprints of marriages and obituaries along with articles about Saline county people – many of which have been indexed in Part 2 of this volume. Many deaths were reported as news stories and have been indexed to aid researchers since they may provide clues found nowhere else. This volume includes information on deaths from 31 of the United States and 39 different Missouri Counties, in addition to three foreign countries. AD2427-$28.00

Gibson Co., TN Wills, Vol. 4 (1844-1846). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2413-$18.00

Pictures of the Mining Era Cardin – Picher, Oklahoma Area, by Fredas L. Cook, 2011. ISBN 978-1-936091-14-0, 8.5×11″, hardbound book. AD2428-$25.00
Gibson Co., TN Wills, Vol. 3 (1841-1844). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2412-$18.00

Gibson Co., TN Wills, Vol. 2 (1835-1840). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2411-$18.00

Gibson County, Tennessee Wills, Volume 1 (1824-1835). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2410-$18.00

Gibson County, Tennessee Deaths 1902-1912. 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2409-$13.00

Gibson Co., TN Births 1881-1882, 1909-1912. 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2408-$18.00

Saline County, Missouri – Volume 1 (January 15, 1858 to May 3, 1895), by Kenneth E. Weant, 2011. 8½x11″, 234 pages, softbound book. 4026 Deaths Reported in and Chronological index to selected articles from miscellaneous Marshall Newspapers, including 1747 marriages. The Marshall Democrat paper exists from January 1858 to July 1861, while the Saline County Weekly Progress files begin in 1868. Few papers still existed during and just after the war. Age has not been kind to the surviving records. This book is compiled from microfilmed material. While the author acknowledges the possibility of misreading source material, or missing small notices all together, every effort has been made to produce a complete index useful to the genealogical and historical researcher. The newspapers reported not only on events in Saline County, but also picked up many events in adjacent counties and in those counties with (then) current and former ties to Saline County residents. This volume includes information on deaths from 35 of the United States and 55 different Missouri Counties, in addition to three foreign countries. AD2426-$28.00

Civil War Records: Missouri Volunteer Infantry – Volume 1, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2011. 8½x11″, 226 pages, softbound book – 9236 names. Includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Three Month Volunteer Regiments and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Three Year Volunteer Regiments. AD2425-$28.00

Fulton County, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts, Volume 16: (May 13, 1904-Sept 28, 1905). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2407-$15.00

Fulton County, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts, Volume 15: (Nov 20, 1903-May 6, 1904). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2406-$15.00

Fulton County, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts, Volume 14: (Oct 24, 1902-Nov 13, 1903). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2405-$15.00

Fulton County, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts, Volume 13: (Nov 24, 1899-Dec 15, 1899, Jan 3, 1902-Oct 10, 1902). 8.5×11″, softbound book. AD2404-$15.00


Dallas Tour Update Thursday, Jun 9 2011 

Deposit ($300) now due by June 15, 2011 to secure your space for this trip. Total of $650.00 contengent on fuel prices and includes all travel and double ocupancy Accommodations at Hilton Ft. Worth while in Texas. Corresponds with 118th General Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and providing several different research opportunities!

Visit for more information on this and other trips!

New Book Listings (from May) Thursday, Jun 9 2011 

Some of our new May, 2011 history & genealogy catalog listings below. Visit catalog additions for general history, children, and scrapbook resources:


Finding Italian Roots, by John Philip Colletta, 2008 reprint. 206 pages, 5.5×8.5″, softbound book. Thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded Second Edition provides up-to-date information about accessing and interpreting the vast universe of materials available for tracking Italian ancestors and recording their stories for future generations. It contains more state and local sources, more point-by-point explanations, more step-by-step instructions, more “insider” hints and helps, more illustrations, more specific examples, plus an expanded glossary and annotated bibliography, and numerous Internet websites in both English and Italian–all brought vividly to life through the colorful stories of real Italian and Italian-American ancestors. Whether you are just beginning your investigations or have been doing genealogy for years, this guide will help maximize your investment of time, effort, and money. AD2402-$17.00


QuickSheet: Genealogical Problem Analysis, by Elizabeth Shown Mills. 8.5×11″, laminated fold out card. AD2399-$6.00


Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Second Edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2010 reprint. 886 pages, 8.5×11″, hardbound book.


Following its enthusiastic reception in 2007, we are pleased to announce a new edition of what is now the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources, a guide so thorough that it leaves nothing to chance, whether you want a podcast or a census record. AD2400-$60.00


QuickSheet: Citing Databases & Images. 1st Revised Edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills. 8.5×11″, laminated fold out card. AD2398-$8.00


Social Networking for Genealogists, by Drew Smith, 2009. 130 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book. This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith shows you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research. AD2401-$19.00


QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources Evidence! Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills. 8.5×11″, laminated fold out card.  AD2396-$8.00


Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, by John Grenham, 2006. 6×9″, 550 pages, softbound book. Arguably the best book ever written on Irish genealogy. Not since Margaret Falley’s Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, written in the early 1960s, has there been a book that combines all the best features of a textbook and a reference book, expertly describing the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use. AD2403-$35.00


QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style. First Revised Edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills. 8.5×11″, laminated fold out card. AD2397-$8.00

We do accept purchase orders from Libraries. Unless requested differently, all orders carry a $11.00 shipping and handling fee ($2 for each additional book to the same address) within the 50 states shipment after receipt of payment

June Magazine V10#6 – Computer Thursday, Jun 9 2011 

It takes a village! Find out who you know using the same software and web services you do. Occasional, casual queries to friends may net big gains. Be careful not to be the needy friend – don’t wear out you welcome. Likewise, be ready and supportive with any support you can give others.

June Magazine V10#6 – Genealogy Thursday, Jun 9 2011 


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Using Almanacs as Genealogical Sources
By Gena Philibert Ortega


When most people hear the word “almanac,” they think of The Old Farmer’s Almanac with its weather reports and advice on when to plant vegetables. But all types of almanacs are available that provide information on diverse subjects. According to the website Atlantic Cape Community College, an almanac is “a publication, usually an annual, containing useful facts and statistical information.” Almanacs from churches, regions, organizations and fraternal orders all hold information that can be useful to the genealogist. Information can include listings of people associated with the organization as well as address listings for businesses, churches and post office directories. These are a source that not only lists individual names, but also historical context for your ancestor’s life.


So where are almanacs available and where can a genealogist find them? You can start with a search on the Internet in places that house digitized books, like Google Books and Internet Archive.


A few examples found on those two sites include:


In the Canadian Almanac and Directory (1893) found on Internet Archive, there is a listing of post offices that can provide you with gazetteer-like information to see what places may have existed that do not anymore.


Google Books houses the National Temperance Almanac and Teetotaler’s Yearbook for 1900. This almanac includes statistical information related to temperance as well as the names of those involved in the temperance movement, including ministers and members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the American Anti-Saloon League, Royal Templars of Temperance and others. There is also a section that explains laws relating to temperance in each of the states. As with many sources, this publication steers you to additional potential sources in the form of the names of other temperance periodicals. One of my favorite sections details the position of various churches on the issue of temperance. This almanac is a great one for giving you some historical information for a cause that could have been embraced by your ancestor.


The Boston Almanac and Business Directory for the year 1872 has some surprising genealogical information. A calendar of events found in the beginning pages includes listings of deaths, accidents and historical happenings. Names of those holding federal, state and county and city offices are listed. City officials including those on school committees, police, firefighters, librarians, and overseers of the poor are also listed. A city directory of sorts that includes the addresses of businesses by type can be helpful to the genealogist trying to find whether a business existed during this time period. The business directory is a part of this almanac and begins on page 113.


Once you check out websites, continue your search through repositories like libraries and archives. You can do this by searching on individual catalogs or searching a union catalog like WorldCat (more on that below).


The University of Wisconsin Special Collections has a collection of almanacs. While these are not digitized, they do provide you with a list of what’s available. Check out the list, and if there is one that might be helpful to your research, you can email a librarian and ask them how you can access the collection.


The New York State Library has over 10,000 almanacs published from 1684 to the present day, including those from newspapers, religions, those promoting causes including temperance, those written for a specific region, political parties and more.


One book that may help you find other almanacs is A List of New York Almanacs 1694-1850 compiled by Alexander J Wall found on Google Books. According to its preface, this work is an effort to list almanacs in the possession of libraries and private collections. Collections surveyed include that of the New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, New York State Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Western Reserve Historical Society, Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society and the private collection of Henry E. Huntington (now the Huntington Library). This is an older publication, so if you find an almanac that you are interested in, verify with the listed institution that they still have the almanac in their collection.


WorldCat is a fabulous resource for finding materials in libraries around the world. WorldCat is a website of library catalogs with over 1.5 billion items. You can also use it to find additional almanac collections. Try searching using a keyword, just as you would with any library catalog. Keywords to try include “church almanac” (or the name of your church and the word almanac) “temperance almanac” or look for almanacs for your locality by typing in the name of a state or region and the word almanac. You can also search by a subject heading like “su: Almanacs, American” (don’t use the quote marks).


Other places to look for almanacs would include your state library, NUCMC and other archives and libraries.


Almanacs can provide you with the historical context needed to better understand the place or activities that your ancestor was a part of. While not often seen as a genealogical source, almanacs can hold the rich details needed to bring depth to your ancestor’s life. And in some cases, they may even provide an additional place to look for your ancestor.


***Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Madaleine Laird for providing links to almanac collections and the idea for this article.


Gena Philibert Ortega is the newsletter editor for World Vital Records. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, Gena has spoken to groups throughout California and in Utah as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. Gena is the author of over 100 articles. Her writings can also be found on her blog, Gena’s Genealogy. She is the author of the book, the Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007). Gena serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is also a Regional Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance.

June Magazine V10#6 – Production Thursday, Jun 9 2011 

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June Magazine V10#6 – Design Thursday, Jun 9 2011 


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June Magazine V10#6 – Define Thursday, Jun 9 2011 

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