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The Pennsylvania Department of Health website has been re-designed. The birth and death pdf indexes are now accessible from the Pennsylvania Public Records portal at
http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Public-Records/Pages/20686.aspx
The previous url [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686] is now re-directed to http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Pages/11596.aspx, which does not directly link to the indexes.
I've been checking for updates adding 1909 births and 1964 deaths, so the website changes happened in the past few days.
The indices for birth and death public records are available at Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) website http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_archives/2887 , now including the most recent public record years of 1909 birth indices and 1964 death ...
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Hi Russ, Good video showing how to use filtering technigues.

I have 2 twists and a question:
A complication that perhaps you haven't had to deal with is immigration. When I set up a query like this, I first had to filter in everyone born in the USA and those foreign-born who arrived before the census date. Then I could start filtering out by birth and death dates. I used the final report to set up placeholder census events, with expected location and household relationship details, which helped my subsequent searches.

Unless you never have a residence event with another source that happens to be dated in or ranged with a census year, you are going lose some by filtering on the residence date. Since I use the census event, I can easily filter on the description, the format of which shows whether I've found an enumeration or if it's still tbd or if it can't be found for a specific reason.

Question: Could you filter on some text in the (residence or census) source citation instead of the date? If you have "1900 Census" or "1900 Population Schedule" somewhere in each of those citations, that would be the easiest way to ensure that only those whose enumerations had been found were filtered out. Filtering on source text was possible with FTM16.
This is a revised video for: Question from the Cousin Russ Community Question: Is there a good query language in any tools where you can query your family tree in a more advanced way? "Give me all people where you have descen...
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+B.G. Wiehle 

The Immigration filter question.

Why did you Filter IN everyone born In the USA. I would Filter everyone NOT born in the USA.

One of the Census Record fields that I would capture in those census that contained Immigration date / information.

I'll have to thing about that one, but I don't have anyone that would have an immigration record in my database.

Your Census Question: I wouldn't use a filter. But I am not sure what you are looking for.

I would go to the Sources Workspace and go to the Census Year and Location and LOOK for the Enumeration District. They are in all of my Census Citations. I use the Year and Location Census Template, making this very easy.

I can look at my Citations for a specific Census Year and Location and SEE who were in the same ED.

The template feature, is very helpful there. The first entry in each County Source Grouping is my Local jurisdiction or locality / town / township, but the ED is the next entry. Since the ED is only for that Census Year, that works for me.

In fact, that was VERY helpful with the 1940 Census BEFORE they were indexed. I had all of my focus people in the 1940 census within a couple of hours. even by browsing, because I had captured the Supervisory District from 1930 and the ED for 1930. The one step website had the conversion table so it was very easy to find the ED for the 1940 Census.

Hope that answered your question. If not, what are you trying to do with you asked the Filter for an ED.

And, I think you can filter for text.

Russ
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In Hungary, there appears to have been a government mandate to get the population immunized, starting about 1809, but I have not seen this requirement specifically referenced. I have indexed several Lutheran church registers from Transylvania (Hungary/Romania), dating to the mid-1700s, which include smallpox immunization records, for the children of the village. The earlier immunizations seem to have been done by a doctor, in an annual visit, over the course of a couple of days (depending on numbers to be inocculated). The pastor or his assistent recorded names and ages and signed off as witness. Later immunizations were recorded in the baptism register.
A scar "by inoculation" on this 1809 Seaman's Proof of Citizenship likely refers to an inoculation against smallpox. Those with a knowledge of the fight to eradicate smallpox will remember that vaccines were around in 180...
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Does anyone know of an academic paper or case study that addresses the topic of immigration vs temporary work stays in the USA between 1895-1915?
My research of U.S. records focuses on immigrants from my ancestral villages and their descendants. Passenger lists include many people who immigrated AND those who entered the U.S. but only stayed for a few years. I recognize that each case was unique and decisions were dependent on family relationships, economics, etc.
However, I wonder if there are patterns that I may have missed among the people in my genealogy database, and whether they (as a group) were different from the average.
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What patterns are evident in your (Rusyn?) family members? Such as: When did the first immigrants from your area of interest start to emigrate? Were they making multiple trips? What proportion of the married men brought their families vs coming alone? How did the families deal with the separations? What triggered returns? If they married in the U.S., was the partner from the same village or region? Where did your people "cluster" in the U.S.? What mutual support or social groups were organized by them?
Very few Transylvanian Saxons emigrated before 1895. It's hard to get a feel for how many of the working-age men were away at any single point in time since we don't have returning passenger manifests, but my impression is that more than half had made at least one trip of some duration. Only a few brought their families; most worked a few years, then returned to retire, pay off mortgages, or if they were young, to marry. If they married in the U.S., they were more likely to stay, although sometimes the first child triggered a return. Long-time separations caused a lot of divorces. Many children left behind if both parents were away, grew up not knowing parents and younger siblings. Main destinations were the steel cities of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan & Illinois - Cleveland OH, Youngstown OH, New Castle PA, Pittsburgh PA, Gary IN, etc.
The book "Saxons through Seventeen Centuries" (John Foisel, 1936) includes a couple of chapters on the immigrants to the U.S., but these deal with church and social organizations.
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Now that the 15th Anniversary access to Ancestry is over (Thank-you and Congratulations Ancestry!), I can resume my subscription hiatus. Since U.S. resources cover only a portion of my research needs, I don't need to keep Ancestry constantly available. I buy access a month or so at a time, and use the gaps not just to save money, but also to consolidate my research finds, work with other resources, and catch up on non-genealogy activities. When I do search in Ancestry during these times, I can bookmark the results screen in Zotero (a Firefox add-on) for later follow-up.
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Most genealogists probably have some focus to their research, whether its their ancestors, all descendants of a progenitor, a one-name study, or some mixture that works for them. Nobody pursues the ancestors/descendants of everyone that they find in records associated with the people they are interested in.
For my research, I use a custom event called "Other relationships" where I can document people who are linked to "my" people but whose identities are ambiguous or incomplete or who I don't want to include as individuals in the database.
I suspect there are other solutions in use.
Question: What do you do with evidence pertaining to someone associated with, but not in, your scope of research?
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Nice flowchart.  I often include them as individuals and link them as associated persons, even when I don't plan on including them in future research.  It's hard to predict when I might want that data.  For example, recording the officiants at weddings, baptisms, and funerals may seem like overkill at first, until you need to find out what church someone attended. At that point, finding a timeline of the clergyman's career can be useful to provide background information.
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I used a similar report to generate a list of names to use for searching the new Pennsylvania deaths database. However, there are 2 categories of names that weren't on the list:
1. people who might have died in that timeframe and state (but whose death location may be blank or USA only). Although more difficult to identify (primarily through the residence fact), they could be searched, even if only to rule out a Pennsylvania death.
2. children not in the database. While looking for their parents or siblings, a number of persons who died young (between censuses) have turned up in my searches that I never knew about (thank-you ancestry, for indexing the parent fields).
So, an online database is releasing a new set of records for Deaths that occurred in Pennsylvania between the years 1906 and 1924 and I want to be ready. How do I generate such a report? Go to the Publish Workspace, selected ...
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+B.G. Wiehle - great. Thanks for the feedback.

Good luck,

Russ
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Recently, I was out at Ford Cemetery, near my parents' home, and saw one of the barn quilts that my brother had told me about. I knew that there was a local (Elgin County, Ontario) project for a barn quilt trail (inspired by the Temiskaming and Wardsville trails) and now they have a website showcasing all the locations and quilt designs [http://www.barnquilttrails.ca/] . According to Wikipedia "Quilt Trail", the idea started in Ohio in 2001.
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In the last month, FamilySearch has added almost 3 million indexed records to "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" (current total 7,556,245). Indexed records and images for Arkansas, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are now available. PA images were already browsable, but access to the other states is new to FS.
States where FamilySearch has images and Ancestry does not are Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. Also, coverages for Ohio and California are different.
At this time, only Ancestry has Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Virginia and Washington. 15 other states have no coverage yet.
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My grandfather's first cousin Michael Bayer (1891-1918) died in the First World War in France as a private in the U.S. Army. From my transcription of the Dunesdorf church registers (FHL microfilm 1417956), I knew that he had been re-interred 17 Apr 1922 in the cemetery in his hometown of Dunesdorf (now Daneş, Romania). I had wondered how that was arranged. Today, I got a clue that addresses that question - there is a letter from the War Department attached to Andrew Bayer's 1922 passport application (Ancestry.com. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925) regarding the disposition of his brother's body. Wow!
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I spend a lot of time working on my extended family tree. That includes many Transylvanian Saxon families that are potentially relatives as well as known descendants of my ancestors.
I have a freepages website at Rootsweb: Unsere Deutsche Wurzeln - Our German Roots
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