PDF files from UK GRO
Following successful piloting the General Records Office (GRO) is pleased to offer
PDF’s of historical birth and death records for England and Wales as part
of our established service. If you have Great Britain ancestry, this could be really
beneficial; also, quicker than snail mail. The extended Pilot covers PDF copies
of those historical digitised civil registration records held by GRO (i.e. birth
entries from 1837 - 1916 and death entries from 1837 - 1957). A GRO index reference
is required to be provided with the application. You can find the GRO index references
by logging on to the GRO online ordering service and accessing the GRO online indexes.
A PDF will cost £7.00 each.
> View GRO PDF Service Guide
Some Mullinax Roots
South Carolina to Texas
Otto B. Mullinax (1912-2000) was a founding member of the International Molyneux
Family Association (IMFA), formalized by its first newsletter in August of 1986
by founder and then editor Wesley L. Mullenneix (1919-1975).
Since the spring of 1998, it had been Otto’s wish that an updated edition of this
book, be co-authored by IMFA. Not resting on the research that led to its publication
in 1982, Otto continued to research, making hand-written notes of additions and
changes in the margins of his “master” copy. It was this master copy he gifted to
From this "master" copy IMFA created a fully searchable 2nd Edition PDF version,
incorporating Otto's changes plus additional commentary by IMFA researchers. IMFA
members / volunteers who have contributed to this project: Jim Molineux, Marie Mullenneix
Spearman, Steve Mullinax and Wayne Straight.
The complete book is available for download in our Resources/Bibliography.
> Download Now
New MxWorld Online
The November 2019 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.
Login (click Member Login at the top of this screen) and then
> View Now
Member MxPedigrees began appearing on the website several years ago as part of the
DNA Surname Project. We are in the process of expanding the pedigrees to include
information submitted by past and present members for publication in MxWorld.
When the project is completed you will be able to upload a GEDCOM file of your Mx
ancestry where it will become part of a searchable all-name database of member GEDCOMs.
Until then, you can add or update your information on this website at
Add/Edit Pedigree Information.
This information can be accessed by our members using the new
Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date after 1911 and no
death date, are automatically hidden on the website.
Who Will Inherit Your Genealogy Research?
is being posted so you can designate who you would like to see inherit your genealogical
research. Example: You can leave your research to a family member, a society or
perhaps a study partner. Print out this will and place it with your family papers.
From time to time we all find ourselves facing an apparent brick wall in our research
efforts. We find pieces of the puzzle are missing and cannot be found. Sometimes
another pair of eyes or knowledge of a little known document resource can break
the barrier and open new connections. If you find yourself in that situation we
might be able to help.
Collaborative Family Tree Making Platforms
IMFA is looking at collaborative family tree making platforms. The idea is explained
briefly on the WikiTree web site “A collaborative family tree, or single family
tree, is one that we all share. It’s not your tree or my tree. It
is our tree – a tree for the entire human family.”
I am aware of three such platforms. Besides WikiTree, there is FamilySearch Tree,
from the LDS Church, and Geni, a “freemium” membership site owned by
MyHeritage. Each of these platforms has its own “single family tree”,
managed collaboratively by its user community.
The single family tree differs from sites like Ancestry. There, each member is responsible
for their own tree. Other members can use it as a source of information for their
I have dabbled just a bit with each of these single-tree platforms. The obvious
problem that arises when you collaborate on a shared tree: what happens when there
is disagreement? Obviously, some negotiation is in order to resolve differences.
I ran into such a puzzle when I entered my father into the FamilySearch Tree. This
connected us with his father, whom someone had previously entered in the tree, along
with many of my grandfather’s forebears. Many, many generations, going back
before the time of William the Conqueror to 10th century France and Normandy. How
convenient! You might say. But wait! The paper trail was extremely thin and speculative
in places, leading ultimately to Abelard and Heloise in Medieval France. I would
charitably describe some of those putative connections as “unproven.”
Well, it was my first time connecting to the FamilySearch Tree. It illustrates a
couple of problems. First, what are the standards of proof and documentation? Second,
it puts a newbie like myself in the awkward position, not knowing the ropes, of
how to call out questionable information entered by earlier researchers. A “collaborative”
genealogy project risks becoming confrontational. I note that WikiTree has an “Honor
Code” that includes citation of sources, credit for previous work, and courtesy
in resolving misunderstandings.
I would like to hear from anyone interested in using a single tree platform for
an IMFA project. Do you have experience with any of the three I mentioned or with
any such platforms? What has your experience been? What do you see as the advantages
and disadvantages of the idea? What would the benefit to IMFA be of pursuing a single
tree project? Any drawbacks? Please send me any email with any responses (email@example.com).
Or respond on one of our Facebook sites. I would like to hear your thoughts and
Steve Mullinax US312