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Oh well, after having raised the alarm, the missing records are now back.  The number is at 1098 data sets again.   Outagamie, Marquette and Medina County records are as they were before.  I guess FamilySearch was just doing some kind of house cleaning.  Mea culpa.

Which "money grabbing archives" are you referring to?  Do you mean that Outagamie County, for example, is selling its records to for profit enterprises?  I don't see how they could do that since, by law, public records are public and cannot be copyrighted in the United States.

So I take it no one has any idea what is going on or else no one cares that 240 data sets have disappeared. In Wisconsin, for example, the Outagamie County land records are gone and also the database that included naturalization records for Marquette County.  In Ohio, the probate records for Medina County are gone.

United States of America / Have records been removed from FamilySearch?
« on: Tuesday 22 May 18 23:33 BST (UK)  »
What has happened at FamilySearch?  I keep a pretty close eye on the US records to see if anything new has been added that is useful to me.  As of yesterday, there were 1098 US data sets.  All of a sudden, today, that number has been reduced to 858.  Does anyone know what has been eliminated and why?  Or is this just some kind of glitch? 

The Common Room / Re: Finding photos of ancestors online
« on: Thursday 17 May 18 01:03 BST (UK)  »
You can also sometimes find useful photos by searching for historical photos + the name of the town where your ancestors lived.  For example, I searched for "historical photos endeavor wisconsin" and came up with two interesting items.  1) A current photo of Logan Hall which was built in 1890 and named after my g-grandfather.  It was the first building of the Endeavor Christian Academy, founded by my ancestors, and is now a private residence.  2) Two very crude sketch maps of the location of the Indian effigy mounds located around the village.  In about 1888, when my grandfather was 14, he was hired to drive the wagon for a visiting anthropologist and to assist him in measuring and mapping the mounds.  One of the maps shows the location of three burials that were discovered in the front yard of gg-uncle Cecil Chapman in 1901.

The Lighter Side / Take that, John Kelly
« on: Saturday 12 May 18 00:31 BST (UK)  »
John Kelly gets his nose rubbed in family history .....

The Common Room / Re: Finding photos of ancestors online
« on: Thursday 10 May 18 23:30 BST (UK)  »
I have found lots of photos on line, probably dozens, especially searching in college and high school yearbooks.  I've also found several pictures of houses occupied by ancestors.  Here's an example from the University of Oregon, 1902.  My grandmother is fourth from the left in the middle row.  She was in several other university photos, as well.

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