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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Cemeteries
    of a family tree member from an obituary death notice family member veteran s burial card church record or cemetery index Previous researchers took on the laborious task to index tombstone inscriptions or records of a cemetery The information may include an approximate location section plot and a cemetery map may be available Modern cemetery offices may offer assistance in locating the grave of a few ancestors With the popularity of genealogy many cemeteries now charge a fee to do this Although the surnames are different on the headstones these are all family members 2 daughters are buried with their parents Headstones and family plots in cemeteries offer useful information for the genealogist that includes Date of birth and date of death Length of life in years months and days Spouse s name Wife s maiden name War veteran information Marriage date Children parents other family members and spouse s family members may be buried close by or in the same cemetery Many genealogists spend time walking through cemeteries looking for headstones of ancestors In addition to the digital camera with extra batteries and memory card they may carry a cemetery kit that includes the following A spray bottle of distilled water and a soft brush to clean the headstone Small clippers to trim the landscape around the headstone Hand rake and hand garden shovel to uncover flat sunken markers Foil to gently press over a hard to read inscription It will create a relief that is easier to read First Aid kit including sun block insect repellant sting bite relief medication and sanitary wipes Small notebook and pens for notes about grave location and hard to read marker inscriptions Drinks to stay hydrated Genealogists use different methods to carry their kit including a nail apron canvas book bag back

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Genealogy Software
    Tips Genealogy Software Getting Started Censusl Records Vital Records Obituaries Millions of people have adopted genealogy as a hobby and even as a passion People discover a sense of self identity and family pride through uncovering their family s legacy Genealogical research of your ancestral roots can bring your current family together by creating a project to which everyone can contribute Whatever your reason for researching the past genealogy software can become your most valuable tool The Web Site TopTenREVIEWS offers information so consumers can make a smart purchase They make recommendations for the best product in each category Through their side by side comparison charts news articles and videos they simplify the buying process Top 5 Genealogy Software Titles Rank 1 2 3 4 5 Software Legacy Family Tree Maker RootsMagic Family Tree Heritage Ancestral Quest Cost 30 40 30 40 30 Comments Read Review Read Review Read Review Read Review Read Review Rating 9 85 10 9 63 10 9 2 10 9 03 10 8 98 10 While all these software packages offer a wealth of features only Family Tree Maker and Legacy can import data from online sources like ancestry com RootsMagic offers a free basic version of their software RootsMagic Essentials MyHeritage com offers a free genealogy software package called Family Tree Builder Users can upgrade to a premium version with more powerful features Let s not forget about the Mac users The Mac version of Family Tree Maker topped the list Check out the reviews of the top Mac genealogy software titles Some may prefer to build their family tree at an online site Most sites require a membership fee Many offer a free trial period The popular online sites allow users to convert their family tree information to a popular format GEDCOM in

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - BCGS Journal Articles
    No 3 Spring 2014 Learning the Language Of Soundex by Shirley Kitner Mainello 1850 Occupations Listed in the Census for Berks County by Michele Ebert Volume 34 No 1 Fall 2013 Berks County Register of Wills Available at the Berks County Courthouse Volume 33 No 4 Summer 2013 Fraktur by Shirley Mainello Volume 33 No 1 Fall 2012 Enhancing Your Line Of Knots by Shirley Mainello Volume 32 No 4 Summer 2012 Researching The Irish Names Cultures History by Shirley Mainello Volume 32 No 2 Winter 2011 Family Bibles Are An Underutilized Genealogical Resource by Michael Hait Volume 32 No 1 Fall 2011 How to Determine a Birthdate German Naming Customs by Shirley Mainello Volume 31 No 4 Summer 2011 Spanish Naming Customs by Shirley Mainello Volume 31 No 1 Fall 2010 Trials of Novice Genealogist by Lenora Dietrich Adam Ask the Photo Retoucher by Eric Curtis M Basir Volume 28 No 4 Summer 2008 German resources in Berks County and Genealogical Society Library by Sylvia Ann Moyer Graybill Better PA State Historical Records Access by Roy Gehris Volume 28 No 2 Winter 2007 Death in the Family Tree List of old diseases 100 Rules and Regulations in a One Room Schoolhouse by Henry J Kauffman Volume 27 No 1 Fall 2006 Berks Revolutionary War Soldiers Not Contained in the Pennsylvania Archives by Mary Owen Steinmetz Volume 26 No 2 Winter 2005 Finding Female Ancestors After the Marriage by Michael John Neill Volume 25 No 4 Summer 2005 Twelve Google Search Tips for Genealogists by Kimberly Powell Military records where and what to expect by Roy F Gehris Volume 24 No 2 Winter 2003 GED COM what is it by Roy Gehris Volume 23 No 3 Spring 2003 Ahnentafel Charts what are they and why you need one All issues

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Genealogy Terms
    listing or counting such as a census Estate all property and debts belonging to a person Executor one appointed in a will to carry out its provisions Father in law father of one s spouse Fraternity group of men or women sharing a common purpose or interest Friend member of the Religious Society of Friends a Quaker Genealogy study of family history and descent Given name name given to a person at birth or baptism one s first and middle names Grantee one who buys property or receives a grant Grantor one who sells property or makes a grant Great aunt sister of one s grandparent Great uncle brother of one s grandparent Guardian person appointed to care for and manage property of a minor orphan or an adult incompetent of managing his own affairs Half brother half sister child by another marriage of one s mother or father the relationship of two people who have only one parent in common Heirs those entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit property from another Homestead Act law passed by Congress in 1862 allowing a head of family to obtain title to 160 acres of public land after clearing and improving it and living on it for 5 years Illegitimate born to a mother who was not married to the child s father Immigrant one moving into a country from another Indentured servant one who bound himself into service of another person for a specified number of years often in return for transportation to this country Instant calendar of the current month of this month Intestate one who dies without a will Used as an adjective dying without a will Issue offspring children Late recently deceased now deceased Legacy property or money left to someone in a will Legislature lawmaking branch of state or national government elected group of lawmakers Lineage ancestry direct descent from a specific ancestor Lodge chapter or meeting hall of a fraternal organization Loyalist Tory an American colonist who supported the British side during the American Revolution Maiden name a girl s last name or surname before she marries Maternal related through one s mother Maternal grandmother is the mother s mother Microfilm reproduction of documents on film at reduced size Microfiche sheet of microfilm with greatly reduced images of pages of documents Migrant person who moves from place to place usually in search of work Migrate to move from one country or state or region to another Militia citizens of a state who are not part of the national military forces but who can be called into military service in an emergency a citizen army apart from the regular military forces Minor one who is under legal age not yet a legal adult Mortality death death rate Mortality schedules enumeration of person who died during the year prior to June 1 of 1850 1860 1870 and 1880 in each state of the United States conducted by the Bureau of the Census e

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  • BCGS Store - Reference Aids, Maps, Data CDs, and Collectibles
    with surname index softcover 8 x 11 63 pp 10 00 2 00 S H 8 00 Members Pennsylvania Septennial Census Berks County 1779 BCGS7 Reprint of the original semi alphabetical lists of taxable inhabitants of the county softcover 8 x 11 8 00 2 00 S H 7 00 Members Index to the 1870 Federal Census of Berks County 1982 BCGS8 Berks County townships and boroughs excepting Reading softcover 5 x 8 72 pp 5 00 2 00 S H 4 00 Members 1770 Map of Eastern Portion of Pennsylvania BCGS12 Reprint from published Pennsylvania Archives 17 x 22 5 00 1 50 S H 4 00 Members Portion of a Map With Variants From 1723 1743 BCGS13 From Atlantic Ocean and west to Lancaster Co and 39 to 41 degrees latitude Reprint from the published Pennsylvania Archives 11 x 17 1 00 1 50 S H 1 00 Members Portion of a 1792 Map of Pennsylvania BCGS14 All of Berks County and portions of bordering counties Reprint from the published Pennsylvania Archives 11 x 17 1 00 1 50 S H 1 00 Members 1784 Berks County Taxable s BCGS15 A new typed Alpha list from PA Archives Softcover 8 x 11 155 pages 15 00 3 00 S H 12 00 Members 1862 Atlas of Berks County BCGS16 11 x 15 booklet of Berks County Township maps with Landowners marked on map SURNAME INDEX included soft cover Printed for BCGS by Mastoff Press 19 00 3 00 S H 17 00 Members Index of Surnames Found in Berks County Historical and Biographical Books BCGS17 Surname index not every name compiled from four main Historical and Biographical works about Berks County softcover 8 x 11 24 pp 5 00 2 00 S H 4 00 Members The Petitioners BCGS18 18th Century Actions to erect Present day Berks County softcover 8 x 11 36 pp 5 00 2 00 S H 4 00 Members 1854 Atlas of Berks County BCGS19 1985 reprint of Henry Boyer s Township Map of Berks County Maps of each township except Ruscombmanor Landowners are marked on maps indexed softcover 8 x 11 51 pp 10 00 3 00 S H 8 00 Members Index Only to 1876 Atlas Berks County BCGS20 Surname index of Landowners marked on maps 8 00 2 00 S H 7 00 Members PA Counties Formation Map color BCGS21 5 00 2 00 S H 4 00 Members The Pastors Herman of Berks County 1810 1901 BCGS25 A CD ROM with PDF files of the Baptism Marriage and Death records of Rev Charles Herman Rev Jacob S Herman Rev Alfred J Herman 19 00 1 50 S H 17 00 Members Reading Death Records 1873 1905 BCGS26 A CD ROM with PDF Alpha files of approximately 39 000 deaths as transcribed from the ledgers at the Reading courthouse Also include additional PDF files used to print the Berks County Death Collection 19 00 1 50 S H 17 00 Members

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  • Berks County Genealogical Society | About Us
    interest to professional and amateur genelogists and historians Our resources focus on Berks and surrounding counties with specific empasis on the 18th and 19th centuries Membership is available to anyone with an interest in history or genealogy The BCGS Library located on the 4th Floor of the handicapped accessible GoggleWorks Center for the Arts contains an extensive collection of books and documents related to your family community or church heritage It is staffed by an all volunteer society who have knowledgeable hands on experience The Library is open year round and features FREE WiFi access Plenty of FREE parking is available behind the building in a lot secured with camera surveillance with entrances from North 2nd Street North 3rd Street and Walnut Street Get Directions A list of our current board officers is displayed to the right If you have any questions feel free to email any one of them Or you can contact us via phone email comment form or in person If you re visiting or are new to our area here s some helpful links you may enjoy Berks County The Berks County web site provides a wealth of information including services history events calendar and recreation

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  • BCGS Publications - Journal of the Berks County Genealogical Society and Branches of Berks
    BCGS Journal Index Journal Order Form The BCGS publishes a number of reference aids and works and makes them available to members and the public These publications may be ordered by mail or they may be purchased at the Society s library The society publishes Journal of the Berks County Genealogical Society a scholarly quarterly journal edited by Joan Seaman and Branches of Berks a quarterly informal newsletter edited by Ann Balderrama BCGS Jounal We welcome articles related to Berks County families places or events to be considered for publication in the Journal of the Berks County Genealogical Society Articles are sent to the authors for their approval before going to press Email articles Microsoft Word format to Joan Seaman Editor Typewritten or handwritten submissions may be sent to Berks County Genealogical Society Attn Joan Seaman Journal Editor 201 Washington St Room 413 Reading PA 19601 4040 Back issues of the Journal are available for 2 00 plus shipping and handling Print Order Form BCGS Branches of Berks Branches of Berks accepts genealogical queries of fifty words or less for publication without charge for members a 3 00 donation is requested from non members Brief humorous or informative articles relevant

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