Thursday, June 20, 2019

Upcoming Conferences

Do any of the following locations correspond with your travel schedule? Visit the websites for more information on each conference.

Huntsville, Texas      FREE
2-3 August 2019
Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend

Yorba Linda, California
3 August 2019
Genealogy Seminar: Genealogical Society of North Orange County California
Thomas Jones is featured speaker 

Winnipeg, Canada
16-18 August 2019
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe

Washington, D.C.
21-24 August 2019
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference

Wichita, Kansas
5 October 2019
Wichita Genealogical Society 2019 Conference
Judy Russell is featured speaker

Ottawa, Canada
27-29 September 2019
BIFHSGO Family History Conference
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Great Halifax Explosion

We have just finished one of the historical books we brought along for our summer travel reading. The Great Halifax Explosion tells the story of the Mont-Blanc, a ship filled to the brim with explosives headed for the battlefields of World War I in December of 1917. When there was a collision in the Halifax harbor, the resulting explosion destroyed the Richmond neighborhood and left 25,000 people homeless. John U. Bacon explains what happened, why it occurred and how it affected the people of Halifax.

The Great Halifax Explosion will be one of the selections for our annual door prize evening.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries

Here's the link to the list of FamilySearch affiliate libraries that appears on the Wiki. You can search by state or province to see whether a library in your area has more access to records than you do at home.

FamilySearch affiliate libraries have privileges to limited-access FamilySearch databases. Public or university libraries, archives, museums, or genealogical societies can become affiliate public libraries.

Affiliate libraries have some limitations and may not have all the services of a family history center. There may be some FamilySearch Historical Records collections that may not be available.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Website for Swedish Records

Every now and then I hear from our former member Trish with ideas for our club. In April she sent the following information.

This website is fantastic for Swedish records .. completely free. 

The records are indexed.  If you hit the UK flag in the upper right hand
corner, the contents will translate to English ... really helpful with some
occupations and terms not available using a translator.  Where there is an
image, they have a "Show" box that will take you to the digitized images ..
a little browsing is necessary but good results. 

Since we do not have Swedish ancestors, I was not able to try any surnames. Let us know if you have success using this particular website.

Thanks, Trish!

Ancestry DNA on Sale

If you are still thinking about a DNA test, Ancestry is offering a Father's Day sale. Good through June 17.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

June Webinars

Here are the free webinars planned for June. Visit if you would like to register or to view the presentation for the following week.

Wednesday, June 5 - "Lessons in Jewish DNA: One Man's Successes and What He Learned on the Journey" by Israel Pickholtz.  Intermediate

Friday, June 7 - "Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 7 of 12: Using ScotlandsPlaces for People in Land and Tax Records" by Bruce Durie.  Intermediate

Wednesday, June 12 - "Tracking Your Digital Bread Crumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications" by Cyndi Ingle.  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tuesday, June 18 - "Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section" by Patricia Walls Stamm.  Intermediate

Wednesday, June 19 - "Researching in New Mexico" by Henrietta Martinez Christmas.  Beginner

Wednesday, June 26 - "A Month's Worth of Must-Have Tech Tips To Start Using Today" by Gena Philibert-Ortega.  Beginner

Friday, June 28 - "5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor" by Marian Pierre-Louis.  Beginner, Intermediate

Friday, May 24, 2019

Genealogy Bargains

MyHeritage is offering free access to its military databases over the Memorial Day weekend. You can search those records until May 28. Read more about it in the MyHeritage blog.

Also through May 28 Legacy is offering a 50% off special on a one-year webinar membership. Check the website here:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Genealogy Conference - Final Day

The first thing I learned Saturday was that there is a lot more information than I realized in the BLM land office records. The class reminded me that I haven't tried all possible surnames in the database.

We have attended a session on Ortssippenbucher at previous conferences. These are abstractions of genenalogical information from a village or a group of villages in Germany. I keep hoping that one will turn up for my villages, but no luck so far. If you can find a book for your village, they are organized by surname--sometimes for generations.

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One example

Other classes the final day included "Finding Scottish Ancestors Online," "FamilySearch Collections: Tips and Tricks" (which I've already discussed) and "German for Genealogists."