Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The 101st COLVIN family reunion will be held on 5 August 2017 at the Hamilton Warehouse in Dubach, Louisiana. Descendants of John COLVIN (died in 1793 in Chester County, South Carolina) and his wife, Hannah PRICE, are invited to attend. Registration will take place at 10:00 a. m. and the program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Attendees should bring a covered dish for the luncheon. Paper products will be provided.

     In an effort to raise funds for the Colvin Memorial, please bring at least one item to be raffled off during the reunion. A silent auction will be held for any large donated items.

     The reunion is believed to be the oldest continuous family gathering in Louisiana and one of the oldest in the country. For more information, see Colvin Family of North Louisiana on Face Book.

Locating vital records and navigating your way through the various document storage facilities and privacy laws can be a difficult task. Attempting to seek such certificates overseas can be even more daunting. To help make the process easier and faster, Thomas Jay Kemp has completed a new seventh edition of his INTERNATIONAL VITAL RECORDS HANDBOOK.

     Following the format in his previous editions, Kemp furnishes the location—-both online and on-site--of vital records databases and indexes, along with other resources, that can aid people in their quest. He continues to supply ordering information and application forms for all fifty states, American trust territories (Guam and Puerto Rico, for example), and U. S. citizens born abroad. He also includes data for Australia and New Zealand, as well as places under British, Canadian, and Irish jurisdiction. In this expanded edition, he has added material about a variety of places, including Grenada, India, Israel, Mali, Namibia, the Philippines, St. Lucia, the Slovak Republic, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Vietnam, and Japan. Clearly, the author has attempted to include currently available vital records information concerning as many countries as possible.

     Along with basic order forms, Kemp gives details regarding which records are restricted and for how long. He also tells if uncertified copies of records may be obtained by genealogical researchers.

     Adoption is another type of record he covers. For instance, he tells about adoption search contact information and, where available, pre-adoption birth records and adoption search applications.

     Because some nations do not have a centralized vital records registration system, the author furnishes addresses for key repositories or embassies that may help you to get copies of documents in those countries. He also points out those nations may not have a standardized vital records application form. In addition, he stresses that procuring the document could take as long as several months.

     By Kemp’s making vital records application forms readily available, genealogists can easily photocopy them for personal use and, therefore, save themselves a lot of time. The best one-volume reference on available vital records, INTERNATIONAL VITAL RECORDS HANDBOOK will be a valuable addition to library holdings.

     The 756-page softbound publication has an introduction, acknowledgements, and a biographical sketch of the author. To the book’s price of $84.95, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #3148) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

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