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Popular Turn-of-the-Century Census Now Free Online

SALT LAKE CITY | 7 January 2009 | FamilySearch International continues to feed the growing appetite of family historians and researchers worldwide with the release of its free 1900 U.S. Census online. The free collection allows users to search the entire population of the U.S. in 1900 — over 76 million people — and view high quality images of the original census at Full Story

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“The Restoration through a Nauvoo Artist’s Eyes”
Ever since Michael Bedard joined the Church 33 years ago, he has desired to put his brushes to work painting the Book of Mormon and the Restoration. He and his family has moved to Nauvoo and his dreams are becoming a reality. Come and see.
By Rosemary G. Palmer



Standing together with Israel
1,500 gather at solidarity rally in Scottsdale

FULL STORY Scottsdale resident Michael Kaplan brought his three young children to the rally to support Israel on Jan. 4 because he wanted to make sure that “the Jewish voice, the Israeli voice, is represented” and because “it’s important for the children to see this, and understand they can play a role.”

Sisters Mary Anne, Pinea and Devorah, of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, came to the rally at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale, because, said Sister Mary Anne, “We love Israel and the Jewish people, and we feel it is our duty of love to stand by the Jewish community in Phoenix.” She explained that the order’s mother house is in Germany – it was founded just after World War II – and added, “We have a sad history toward Jewish people, and we need to change.”

Asked what brought her to the campus Sunday, Sister Devorah, who was born in Berlin in 1925, said simply, “My heart.”


Radiant nights
Hanukkah celebrations abound
FULL STORY Publicizing the miracle of the oil, an important tenet of Hanukkah, was in full force this year with public menorah lightings and community celebrations throughout the Valley. This year’s holiday, from the evening of Dec. 21 through Dec. 29, included menorah lighting events at several Valley malls, from Anthem to Mesa; the largest was a community lighting at Arizona Mills mall planned by multiple organizations. Even Judah the Maccabee made an appearance at a few of these.

Several synagogues offered ways to celebrate as a community with their own programs, and religious and day schools prepared their students for the holiday with latkes, olive press demonstrations and rounds of “The Dreidel Song.”

>Genealogy, AKA Family History, Is Fun And Very Rewarding

Genealogy – how to get started

In order to find a person, you must have some basic information, like full name, date and place of birth, marriage or death or an exact address in a year with a census.

What You Need To know Before You Start

It would be almost impossible to find a great-grandmother for instance, if all you knew was her name, and that she came from Denmark. Our records come from hundreds of local agencies, and there is no huge index or computer file that covers all of them.

In order to find a person, you must have some basic information. Otherwise, you will not know in which records to look for him or her. Information to get you started could be:

* Full name
* plus either
* Date and place of birth, marriage or death or
* An exact address in a year with a census.

Things That Could Give You A Clue…

If you only have scanty information about your ancestors, the first thing to do would naturally be to ask elderly relatives or friends what they remember. Make notes of names, places and dates, although they may not be totally accurate. If there are none left to ask, you may find valuable clues in for instance:

* Certifcates of birth, death, etc. – bring copies if you come to the archives
* Old letters – look for names, places, etc.
* Envelopes – look for addresses and postal stamps.
* Photos – look for photographer´s address, it may be a clue.

Beware Of Family Myths

Most families have various stories about their past. Such traditions can have lots of valuable information – but beware!

Family tradition is – as oral tradition in general – often colourful and vivid, and tends to concentrate on the exciting things, that made this particular family something special.

Not all stories are reliable, and it happens frequently that an alleged illegitimate daugther af a local count will end up with parents who are smallholders or farmers – but not necessarily less interesting!

Beware Of Suspicious Names And Place

From parents or grandparents you might have been given names of various ancestors. You might also have been told where they came from, or where they lived. Such information is not always 100% correct.

Please remember that many emigrants changed their names. Maybe friends and authorities in the new country had difficulties spelling or pronouncing the original name. Or maybe the emigrant just wanted to change name in order to “blend in”.

Places of origin that you have been told about might also be slightly wrong. Many mistakes, misspellings etc. can have occurred during the trip across the Atlantic.

If an emigrant was asked “where she came from”, she might not give her place of birth, but instead the name of a city or village, that was her last residence before leaving. And if she lived in the vicinity of a market town or larger city, she might give the name of this – to her – more dominant landmark. And so, “Marie Jensen” from the suburb of Valby might quickly end up as “Mary Johnson from Copenhagen”.