U.S. research seminar to offer free webinars

The Family History Library and the Research Specialists of the United States and Canada Reference team will be offering free webinars as part of its week-long seminar in Salt Lake City from Oct. 12-16. The focus will be exclusively U.S. research.

The following webinars will be available as part of the seminar. All times are converted to Eastern Standard Time.

Monday, Oct. 12:
3:30-4:30 pm, Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records Collection
4:45-5:45 pm, FamilySearch Research Wiki
6:00-7:00 pm, Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively

Tuesday, Oct. 13:
10:30-11:30 am, United States Census
11:45am-12:45 pm, United States Census Techniques and Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Finding Your Ancestors in Vital Records

Wednesday, Oct. 14:
10:30-11:30 am, United States Court Records
11:45am-12:30 pm, Immigration Into the United States
1 p.m. – 2:00 pm, United States Naturalization

Thursday, Oct. 15:
3:30-4:30 pm, United States Newspaper Research: News You Can Use
4:45-5:45 pm, Overview of American Indian Resesarch
6:00-7:00 pm, Beginning African-American Research: Post 1865

Friday, Oct. 16:
10:30-11:30 am, Descendancy Research
11:45am-12:45 pm, Solving Tough Research Problems
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Some People Really Need to Get a Clue! Document Analyzation and Evaluation

In order to participate in the webinars, click on https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Research_Seminar and then click on the desired webinar.

New collection contains information on foreign crewmen

A new collection has been recently added to the New York records on FamilySearch.org

The New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917-1957, contains indexes to alien crewmen who were discharged or who deserted at the Port of New York. The records may include the name of the crewman, age, vessel on which he served, date of discharge or desertion. This is a browsable collection, you cannot search on an individual name.

To access this collection, go to: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2467808

FamilySearch.org to stop its photoduplication service

Photoduplication services at FamilySearch.org will be discontinued as of Dec. 5, 2014, according to a statement on the FamilySearch.org wiki. As of Dec. 5, existing orders will be completed but new orders will not be accepted.

In the statement, it is noted that many books and microfilm have been digitized and are available on the site and can be printed.

To find resources that are digitized, go to the FamilySearch catalog at: https://familysearch.org/catalog-search.

If a microfilm or book has not been digitized, and it is available on microfiche or microfilm, it can be ordered and sent to a local family history center where you can then view it. The cost is $7.50 per roll.

For listing of the nearest family history center, go to: