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Great News From the State of Iowa
On April 17, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an act relating to inspection and examination of certain public records under the custody of the State Archivist and County Registrars which goes into effect on July 1, 2018.
I invite you to visit the language that will be placed into published Iowa Code in the coming months.
What these changes mean:
- New section 22.16 opens all records in the custody of the State Archivist at 100 years old.
· The bottom line is the State Archives of Iowa can now make more records available to researchers without having to first obtain permissions from State Agencies where the records originated before making them available.
- Revised section 144.43, subsection 3 relates to vital records.
· The revised law clearly lays out the responsibilities of the County Registrars and State Archivist as custodians of vital records at the county and state level respectively.
· Reduces the term of state death record closure in the custody of the State Archivist from 75 to 50 years. As of 7/1, an additional 750,000 death records will be be open to researchers for the first time!
· For the first time the State Archives will be able to open State Fetal Death vital records in the custody of the State Archivist for public inspection, and we will be able to do so when they reach 50 years old.
o Additionally, since Fetal Death records will now be open, the State Archives will work with its partners in the coming year to image State birth and death registers 1880 - June 1904 and place on the web.
Please share this exciting news with your fellow genealogy, library, museum and archives colleagues and patrons.
February Monthly Meeting Minutes
The Union County Genealogical Society met on February 26, 2018 at the Gibson Memorial Library. President Tessa Hull called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. A discussion of possible names to be included in the planned late September Calvary Cemetery walk was held with Susan Weight and Kay Raymond from the Capital Campaign/Events committee. Six names will be chosen for inclusion in the walk with each name needing 15 minutes of narrative. Information gathering will continue through June first.
Kathy Parmenter gave a website summary showing that Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays were the heaviest days for visitors to the website with 3am and 3pm being the most popular times. Most of the visitors are spending between a half hour and an hour on the website. Although nearly all of the users were from the United States there were users from Australia, Canada, Germany and Russia. Saundra Leininger is working on entering the Lorimor Cemetery burials onto the website format. Ruth McDowell has completed information on Brown’s Mountain Cemetery.
Saundra reported that 18 individuals attended the February 3rd workshop on “Photo Touch Up with Microsoft Paint.” Dennis Allen from Genealogical Treasures will present the March 3rd workshop on DNA Basics. The program will be held at the library with registration beginning at 11:00 am. The program will be from noon until 1:00 pm. The cost of the seminar is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
Saundra reported on plans for the Southwest Iowa Genealogy Conference on Tracking Your Past to be held in Creston on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The workshop will be held from 8:30 am through 3:30 pm at the O’Riley Center. Program topics will include where to search for genealogical information on the internet, how to document and cite resources, how to develop research plans and research logs, and how to utilize organizational tools. Reservations need to be made by May 19th.
The society has 15 Generation Pedigree Charts which will be offered for sale on the website at the Roots Seller Shop for $5 each. Memorials and the development of a memorial page for the website will be discussed at the next meeting.
Katie Carlton, Union County Recorder, will present the program on Union County Vital Records for the April monthly meeting.
Tessa presented the program on Photographic Forensics and provided a handout to aid in the identification of unknown subjects in photos.
The next meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on March 26th at the Gibson Memorial Library. Roll call will be “Is there an Icarian in your tree?” Saundra will present the program on Who Were the Icarians?
Jackie Shafar, Secretary
January Society Meeting Minutes
President Tessa Hull presided over the January 22,2018 meeting of the Union County Genealogical Society. Thirteen members were in attendance. Jane Briley made the motion to approve the agenda. The motion was approved after a second by Ruth McDowell.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved after a correction was made. Saundra Leininger made the motion for approval, Ruth seconded that motion.
The treasurer’s report showing a balance of $1,628.14 was approved after a motion to accept was made by Jackie and seconded by Roger Nurnberg. Members were given a printed summary of the society’s financial activity for the last quarter. Correspondence was passed.
Saundra and Roger reported that the cemetery records from 16 of the 39 Union County cemeteries had been added to the society’s website. They requested assistance in the completion of this project. Saundra announced that additional photos had been added to the gallery.
Tessa reported that the January society sponsored workshop on "Beginning Genealogy" was well attended and there had been positive feedback about the event. She announced that the next workshop will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Gibson Memorial Library. Dennis Allen of the Iowa Genealogical Society will present the program on "Photo Touch Up with Microsoft Paint" from noon until 1:00 pm. Advance registration is appreciated and can be done on the society’s website https://unioncgs.org/. The price of the workshop is $5.00 for society members and $10.00 for non-members.
Tessa also announced plans to host a Southwest Iowa Genealogical Conference in Creston on June 2nd. Kathy Parmenter, Saundra and Jackie agreed to assist her in the planning. A list of suggested family names for the 2018 Calvary Cemetery Walk was passed. Members offered to do preliminary research on these names to determine if there was enough information available on the families for them to be included in the walk.
Discussion was held on a duplicate society owned comb binder. Wally Miller will check with the historical society to determine if they would have a use for it.
Roger presented an updated membership list of 34 members. A very few still haven’t paid their dues for 2018, however a number of new members has been gained since the new website went live.
Discussion was held on sending sympathy cards to members. Jane made the motion for the society to purchase a book of stamps for this use. Saundra seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Tessa reported that the society had been invited to participate in special library programming during National Library Week which is the second week in April. Jane offered to present a program on "Beginning Genealogy." She will work with the library staff to schedule the event.
The program on "Brick Walls" was moderated by Tessa. Members provided hints to assist others in their genealogical research.
The next meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on February 26 at the public library. Roll call will be answered by describing a unique family photo. The program will be presented by Tessa on "Identifying an Unknown Photo."
Jackie Shafar, secretary
Check out these Freebies
Family Tree Magazine is offering some great freebies for genealogists.
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Hard Criminal Justice
Because “hard money” was scarce in colonial times, money in the form of pounds, shillings and pence was published on paper and could rather easily be counterfeited. The General Assembly of the Colony of North Carolina passed a law in 1779 for the punishment of counterfeiting money and lottery tickets. Because of the severity of the punishment, few attempted to violate the law!
In Rowan County District Superior Court, a JOHN KIMBROUGH was found guilty in manner and form as charged in the bill of indictment. “It was the judgement of the court that the defendant stand in the pillory three hours and have his right ear nailed to the pillory and cut off and receive on his bare back thirty nine lashes and be branded on the right cheek with a red hot iron with the letter C and on the left cheek with the letter M, that he forfeit one-half of his goods and chattels, lands and tenements of which he was seized or possessed, on the 8th Day of June Anno Domini 1786 and that he be imprisoned six months in the District Goal of Salisbury and that he give good and sufficient security in the sum of two hundred pounds for himself and two securities in the sum of one hundred pounds each for his good behavior for the space of one year and that the Sheriff of Rowan County put this order in Execution half an hour past three o’clock this evening.” The branding iron was ordered to be at least 1 inch long and ¾ inch wide.
(The word Goal in this order was the old spelling for jail).
This type of punishment is today considered by some to be cruel and unusual. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, millions of dollars are being counterfeited today.
General Assembly Session Laws of North Carolina, 1779, Chapter VIII, page 9
Minute Docket District Superior Court of Rowan County, 1782 – 1786 C.R. 207.311.2
John B. Hagler
Rootsweb Update announcement:
RootsWeb is currently unavailable
*Update: January 9, 2018*
We have spent the last few weeks reviewing the functionality on RootsWeb and have created a plan to bring many of your contributions back online over the next few months. As we stated before, our first priority is security, and ensuring that every part of RootsWeb meets our stringent security standards. Our next priority is getting you, the users of RootsWeb and its services, access to your content.
Right now, the best way for us to meet both goals is to begin bringing portions of RootsWeb back online in a read-only state. This means you will have access to content, but you will not be able to load new content in these sections. While this may not be ideal, it is the best way for us to protect RootsWeb users while also providing the ability to use the content you value. This is an interim step while we continue to evaluate the potential for bringing more of the RootsWeb services back online in a more complete manner.
Here’s our current plan:
*Hosted Web Sites:* Soon we will begin bringing Hosted Web Sites back online. We will start with a few hundred and then add more over time, giving us a chance to scan the content.
*Family Trees/WorldConnect:* Family Trees or WorldConnect allows you to upload a GEDCOM file and publish it for others to see. It is currently being reviewed by our software engineers and security team and we plan on having a read-only, searchable version up in the next few weeks. The ability to upload new GEDCOM files will be available in the coming months.
*Mailing Lists:* Mailing Lists have been functioning as normal, but the archives have been unavailable. We plan to make the archives available to you once we have WorldConnect available to you in a readable version.
We will be making decisions about other functionality over time.
We appreciate your patience as we bring the different pieces of RootsWeb back online in a secure manner. You, our contributors and viewers, are what has made RootsWeb the vibrant free genealogy community it is.
Changes at Family Search Website
Don’t forget to get your FamilySearch login so you can continue to use this great free site.
Salt Lake City, Utah (16 November 2017
Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting the FamilySearch website will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free expanded benefits FamilySearch has to offer.
Since its launch in 1999, FamilySearch has added millions of users, billions of various historical records, and many fun, new features like Family Tree, Memories, mobile apps, digital books, and dynamic help. In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment. Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.
To connect with Family Search, go to the Research Links page.
Winding Down by Roger Nurnberg
Winding Down Yes, it's that time of year again (already). And still we have a lot to do. The website committee is pulling data bases together in preparation for going live, hopefully around the first of December. If you are one who is working on one of those data bases, your time is getting short. Don't push it though as the old adage of "Haste Makes Waste" is very true in this case. And we don't like mistakes now do we? We will soon be having our last meeting of the year on November 27. At that meeting we need to have our suggestions ready for the items we want to happen next year. We need to brain storm about goals, presentations we would like, a seminar possibly, and any fun things to do like our cemetery walk we did this year. Do you want to do another? Anyway be sure to jot them down so you don't forget them. It's going to be time to renew your membership and pay your dues soon. The dues structure has changed and you will have a choice of categories with different benefits and prices. When the new website goes live we'll make sure to get the word out then you can log on and decide for yourself. At that time you will also get your password to the new website complete with instructions to access everything.. The plan is to go live with the website in December. Stay Tuned.
Vital Records Restrictions Repealed
Effective May 17, 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Health repealed its restrictions on access to vital records held in county courthouses. The open records law now governs local vital records, without improper restrictions. From May 17: 1. Searches for records need not be made in person. (Courthouse staff may impose search fees if they do the work, and they need not take on "fishing expedition" requests.) 2. Requests for uncertified copies of local vital records need not be made in person. 3. Requests for uncertified copies may be delivered by telephone, by mail, or by email. Copy charges may apply. Some counties -- $1; the maximum allowed is $5. 4. People who search in person may use their own cameras to snap photos of local vital records, free of charge. 5. Publication of local vital records is no longer prohibited and punishable. 6. Indexing, web-posting, and distribution of information taken from local vital records is no longer