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Flip-Pal - Coupon Code

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Wordless Wednesday - The Urman Family 1966


Confessions of a "Flip-Pal ohalic"

Image's true, I am a "Flip-Pal ohalic".  I think I have crossed the line from avid user to nut case.  I have written previously about my use of the Flip-Pal - I truly adore the little scanner.  Today we had a society meeting and I told some of the folks at lunch about my latest faux pas with my sweet little scanner.  One of the gals suggested I write about what I did on my blog so here I go.  My dear Aunt passed recently.  I knew I would be traveling to Illinois and naturally I packed my Flip-Pal (we always take trips together).  While were at the funeral home for the family visitation I noticed that some of my cousins had brought photo albums to the funeral home. Yes you guessed it - I went out to the car and grabbed my Flip-Pal.  Now my mother gave me that don't do it look, Dad shook his head but yes I grabbed one of the albums and started scanning pictures.

The process was going well.....  I was scanning the photos while in the album - I did not remove any picture…

1940 Census - Skibbe Family Chicago

So the good news is I located my mother and her family in the 1940 Census living in Chicago.  The bad news is I still have not located my father's family in Southern Illinois.  They are not living were my father believed they had been living.  Now he thinks perhaps they may have lived in Kincade or Morrison rather than Stonington.  Guess I need to do a little more research on those rascally Clark's.

Mom's family was in the same location that was listed on her birth certificate.  It appears they moved just one year later in 1941.  Boy did I luck out finding them on my first try!

Here is a snapshot of the census entries and then the full pages located below the short version...

Wordless Wednesday - Great Grandpa Ora Pearl Poundstone WWI registration card


Wordless Wednesday - Daughter Juliana Urman and Cousin Tim Clark


Census Updates from

Here’s what’s been accomplished so far just in the first week: More than 113,000 volunteers are working to index and arbitrateMore than 12.3 million names have been indexed.More than 5.3 million names have been arbitrated.Total number of names indexed and arbitrated is 17,720,076.22 states have been posted for indexing.4 states are 75% or more complete1 state (Delaware) has been completely indexed and is ready for posting. And counting! These stats reflect the excitement of those who are involved in this indexing effort.  Congratulations to everyone involved and let’s keep working! Haven’t started indexing the 1940 Census just yet?  Now is the perfect time – check out the weekly contest post from earlier today to find out how you can win an iPad by beinUg a part of the indexing crowd. Happy Indexing!

Free Upcoming Webinars - Friends of the National Archives - Southeast Region

Free Webinar - Monday, April 9th, 2012 The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to present Records of the War of 1812 with archivist Shane Bell.
Monday, April 9th, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
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Future WebinarsMay 14, 2012: Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists with Thomas MacEnteeJun 11, 2012: Railroad Retirement Records & CCC Records with Maureen Hill You can visit the National Archives-Southeast Region web page at web page.

Ancestry 1940 Census Update

News flash.......  Ancestry has just announce that they have Delaware and Nevada indexed and ready for searching on their website.

Ancestry also has an enumeration-district finder and a free downloadable guide for locating your family in the 1940 Census images.

Ancestry 1940 Census Update............

Ancestry is predicting that they will have every page - approximately 3.8 million of them - posted not later than 2 p.m. EST this Friday.  What exciting news!

Ancestry has also been posting videos on YouTube to help you navigate through the census images.  Visit their videos at Ancestry YouTube videos.  Give the videos a try they are quite informative.

Ancestry is also making a presence on Facebook.  The release of the 1940 census has triggered a plethora new genealogy enthusiasts. Check the Events Tabs on Facebook for Livestream broadcasts and Tweet chat opportunities.  You can check it out at Ancestry Events Facebook.

The Ancestry Sticky Notes blog page is posting tips and tricks for the census.  They are also looking for stories and pictures.  You can  email them and they will be posted to Ancestry's 1940 Stories section and possibly to their interactive map. To view the interactive map visit  it at

Ancestry has been indexing sinc… Updates

Time to warm up those fingers and start helping to index the 1940's census.  You may register to index at Getting Started.  There are wonderful contests and prizes for donating your time and fingers to indexing!  To find out more please visit The 1940 Census.

There are currently thirteen states available for indexing:
Delaware is 95% complete and should be completed shortly.
New Hampshire

The coming weeks shall bring the following states available (the order of release is subject to change):
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
District of Columbia
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Dakota
West Virginia
Alaska Territory
Hawaii Territory

1940's Census - Ancestry

Ancestry Insider Blog has a chart of showing which sites have uploaded which states.  You can view the post at Update 1940 Census.  It's cool to see the progress of the different companies. The order of speed that the companies are posting so far are MyHeritage,, and lastly FamilySearch.

I am still anxiously waiting for my Illinois relatives to show themselves.  I guess I better get back to some indexing so I can help move the project along.  For those of you that are interested, you can help index the census through  It is very easy to do and a page of 40 names doesn't take long at all.  Join in the 1940 Census indexing by visiting getting started  For the latest indexing news at FamilySearch visit 1940 Census.

Wordless Wednesday - Bob, Steve, Michael and Gary 1966

OK, the picture has a date on it of 1966 but Gary assures me it was more like 1968.........

1940's Census - Ancesty tools.

The wait is not over!  I had hoped to access the 1940 Census but a quick search of Ancestry shows that none of my areas have been uploaded!  Now I have finally received access to the (it took quite awhile to log into the site) and they also have not yet uploaded the areas I need to view.

In the meantime I do want to share with you some of the tools available at Ancestry for the 1940's census searcher.  First of all they have a chart of the progress of the 1940 Census.  Their chart my be found at Progress of the 1940 Census you will need to scroll down the page and locate the chart on the left hand side.

They also have a search to help locate your family and a 1940's-era records search (the 1940 Census is not included) at America 1940.  You can also advise Ancestry of the states that you want to research at State Notification and they will email you when they are available.  Talk about a time saver!
You may wish to try Ancestry's U.S. Enumeration Distri…