May News Brief

posted May 29, 2012, 10:47 AM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Jun 29, 2012, 8:52 AM ]
   The May MGS meeting proved to be yet another popular and interesting meeting, with Janie Daugherty, Library Associate at the Mobile Public Library, Division of Local History & Genealogy, presenting “How the Scots Took America.” A few of the many interesting facts stated by Ms. Daugherty are that the number of Americans with Scottish ancestry is currently estimated at between eleven and fifteen million, that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish origin and that thirty-one American Presidents have a Scottish ethnic background.
   An Intermediate Genealogy Class will be taught the first four Saturdays in June - 2, 9, 16 and 23. Classes will be held from 1 - 3 p.m. in the MGS Library. A field trip to the Mobile County Probate Court is planned. has added 119 million new, free records from 33 countries. Included are many new records and images from U. S. states. For more information and a look at the list of records, go to:
   As of May 17, 2012, the website indicates they have the 1940 Census records 100% indexed for the following states: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia. Many other states are nearly complete. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming. For updated information, go to:

(In the photo: Dressed in traditional Scottish attire are Victor and Lynne Rupert, who accompanied speaker Janie Daugherty (left) to the May meeting).