IN THIS EDITION -- March 28, 2002


Countdown to 1930 Census


Are you ready for one of genealogy's most exciting "premieres" in years? The 1930 census opening is just days away, and to get you prepared, we've got highlights from Family Tree Magazine's article on using the census at For a more in-depth look at census research, check out Kathleen W. Hinckley's new book, Your Guide to the Federal Census (available at your local bookstore or online at Also, visit these two Web sites: Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities) at and the 1930 Census Microfilm Locator at

If you want to be part of the opening festivities, here are the National Archives and Records Administration locations where the 1930 census will make its debut, starting at 8:45 a.m. on April 1 (except for the Northeast Region in Waltham, Mass., which opens at midnight!):

1. National Archives Building
Pennsylvania Avenue at Eighth Street NW
Washington, DC 20408
(202) 501-5500
2. Pacific Alaska Region
654 W. Third Ave.
Anchorage, AL 99501
(907) 271-2443
3. Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 526-6501
4. Northeast Region
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 445-6885
5. Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel)
24000 Avila Road, First Floor-East Entrance
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 360-2641
6. Pacific Region (San Francisco)
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 876-9009
7. Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 647-8104
8. Northeast Region (New York City)
201 Varick St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 337-1300
9. Central Plains Region
2312 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 926-6272
10. Rocky Mountain Region Building
Building 46, Denver Federal Center
Fifth Street and Center Avenue
Denver, CO 80225
(303) 236-0806
11. Mid Atlantic Region
900 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 597-3000
12. Southeast Region
1557 St. Joseph Ave.
East Point, GA 30344
(404) 763-7477
13. Southwest Region
501 W. Felix St., Building I
Fort Worth, TX 76115
(817) 334-5525
14. Great Lakes Region
7358 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 581-7816


Land Patents Site Up and Running


Several months after a federal court order shut down all US Department of Interior Web sites, one of the most popular ones for genealogists is back online. The Official Federal Land Patent Records site at is once again available for searching 2 million land title records from 1820 to 1908. Frequent users may notice a new look and improved features, including faster page loads, simpler navigation, streamlined searches, more data fields and a printer-friendly results page.


Chart Smarts


A tip from Michelle Rickard of Everett, Wash.:

"I am the family historian and reunion organizer for both sides of my family. For each reunion, I print out the descendants chart, which is easy to do with most computer programs. This can be many, many feet long. But that's OK-it really attracts attention at the reunion. I either tack it to the wall or roll it out on a line of long tables. Then I have lots of pens and a tape recorder handy. As people come to check out the chart, I can record their comments and stories. I also invite family members to write on the chart, putting their name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number by the branch of tree they are 'fixing.' This is not as neat and tidy as an 8 1/2x11-inch piece of paper, but it reaps much more information, new family stories and everyone is always amazed at how large our family really is."

Editor's note: Look for Family Tree Magazine's guide to creating family tree charts (including a free blank tree suitable for framing!) in the June issue, on sale April 23.


Mortality Schedules


The mortality schedules (1850 through 1885 and 1900 in Minnesota only) reported the names of persons who died during the 12 months preceding June 1 of the census year. In other words, persons who died June 1, 1849, through May 31, 1850, are listed in the 1850 mortality schedules. Deaths that occurred after the census date were not supposed to be reported, although enumerators sometimes made such errors, which benefit genealogists.

Since death certificates were not generally created until around the turn of the 20th century, these one-year death registers created every 10 years provide an invaluable amount of data for historians and genealogists.

Mortality schedules are available for examination at the National Archives and the Family History Library, and can be purchased from Heritage Quest. The records have been indexed and are described in Thomas Jay Kemp's The American Census Handbook (Scholarly Resources, $29.95).

Mortality schedules recorded

* name of deceased
* age
* sex
* color (white, black, mulatto)
* free or slave (recorded in 1850 and 1860 only)
* married or widowed
* place of birth (state, territory or country)
* month of death
* occupation
* disease or cause of death
* number of days ill
* whether father or mother were of foreign birth (added in 1870)
* birthplace of parents (added in 1880)
* place where disease was contracted (added in 1880)
* how long the deceased person had been a citizen or resident of the area (added in 1880)
* page number and family from population schedule (added in 1880)

-Excerpted from Your Guide to the Federal Census by Kathleen W. Hinckley, $21.99. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher, Betterway Books. Available in bookstores or online at


Launch Your Online Search for Irish Roots


Don't let your ancestral enthusiasm on St. Patrick's Day fizzle out with the green beer! A new Web site may be just what you need to jumpstart your Irish roots research. From the creators of subscription database sites Scots Origins and English Origins comes a free search site called Irish Origins at This search engine will comb 22,351 Irish genealogy Web pages containing 1.4 million names for your ancestors. These pages contain records such as census data, Griffith's valuations, passenger lists, church records, convict records and more. You'll also find information about Irish record archives and other useful Irish Web sites.


Top 12 National Park Projects


The US National Park Service is promoting the repairs, overhauls and maintenance of some of our most historic national treasures with a new "Top 12" list. This year's top 12 preservation projects are taking place at:

1. Federal Hall National Memorial (New York City)
2. Everglades National Park (Florida)
3. Independence National Historical Park (Pennsylvania)
4. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming/Montana)
5. Padre Island National Seashore (Texas)
6. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland)
7. San Juan National Historical Park (Puerto Rico)
8. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (Maryland)
9. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska)
10. Keweenaw National Historical Park (Michigan)
11. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (Missouri)
12. Lava Beds National Monument (California)

Learn more about these projects at