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The Family Tree of Diana Ross explores the singer's roots in Tennessee and Alabama. Surnames in her ancestry include Ross, Moten, Snead, Caldwell, Varnell, and Jones.

“We were taught in school about indentured servants, impoverished young workers from England or Germany who wanted to come to America,” writes Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips in the preface of Without Indenture: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records. “They contracted, in writing, by indenture, to work without wages for a number of years to pay off the cost of their passage and lodging, after which they were free.” But what about those who worked without that written contract? Since English law allowed justices of the peace to seize anyone deemed to be a vagrant for shipping into a foreign colony or plantation, thousands of white children were spirited away from their homeland—without the knowledge of their families—and transported to American shores and sold into slavery. “The history books like to call them ‘indentured servants.’ But this is not true. They had no indentures,” says Phillips. Read the review.

"The Family Tree of Morgan Fairchild" is updated and revised. Surnames in the actress's family tree include McClenny, McGlamery, Hartt, Harnesberger, Ferrell, Hutcheson, Lyster, LaRue, Biggs, and Carter.

Added to the Biographies section: Rev. James Anderson, William T. Ball, John Henry Blair, Dr. George William Brock, J. Houston Carpenter, William M. Cross, Ed Duggan, William Dunson, Joseph Brown Graham, James Matthews Hannah, James A. Hardin, Isaac J. Hartsell, Rufus O'Keefe, Samuel T. Marrs, William A. Martin, Dr. William Sparks McElrath, Morris Henry Mills, C. C. Quillen, John H. Shurbet, Thomas F. Stewart, William Rufus Westbrook, George W. Whatley, Leonard Winstead

Added to the Biographies section: John Dyer, Samuel Thomas Howard, Lulu N. Kelly, Mrs. Thomas Kerr, Mrs. Vena Mae Lann, Andrew Jackson Leath, Charles H. Moore, John McElvy, Judge Fred Harrison Norton, Hamp E. Richards, William C. Weaver

Added to the Photographic Collection: Daniel Hubbard Willis Jr., Frances Victoria Taylor Watson, George W. Watson, James Henry Whitworth, Eliza Jane Watson Keeney and Clarissa Bell Watson, Joseph Filo Watson, and Raymond and Stella Watson.

The online version of the award-winning Peylont: Journal of Piland/Pilant/Pyland/Pylant Family History (revised and updated) is now available.

An update to "Larry Hagman's Southern Roots" adds data about the late actor's paternal line. Surnames in his family tree include Hagman, Johnson, Marquardt, Lasetzky, Martin, Pressley, Hearon, Sawyer, and Black.

Although Louisiana barred illegitimate from inheriting, some parents chose to legitimize their offspring by making an official acknowledgment of paternity. From 1821 until 1833, several St. Landry Parish couples filed notarized statements of their intention to marry and legitimize children born during that “concubinage.” Examples of these records are found in "Legitimized Children in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, 1821 — 1833".

More than 550 genealogical and historical references published by Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, will soon be available online to library patrons. A partnership between, the parent company of the two Baltimore-based publishers, and Gale, a reference publisher and now a part of Cengage Learning, will eventually provide nearly 1,500 works searchable online to subscribing libraries through Gale Genealogy Connect. Read our review.

"The Bewitching Family Tree of Elizabeth Montgomery" is updated to include new information about her grandfather and two great-grandfathers. James Pylant, author of the article, was interviewed by Herbie Pilato for the new celebrity biography, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. After the actress's Bewitched television series ended, she took the lead role in The Legend of Lizzie Borden. Genealogist Rhonda McClure, who documented Montgomery's kinship to the infamous Borden asked, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin?" Biographer Pilato answers that question with a response from TV Confidential host Ed Roberts who thinks Elizabeth Montgomery might have turned down the role or at least depicted Lizzie Borden differently.