Thursday, August 29, 2013

Immigration Records

Diane Haddad posts on Family Tree Magazine's weekly internet page: "I just got an email that is offering free access to its collection of immigration and travel records through Labor Day."

The records include:
  • passenger lists
  • border-crossing records
  • passports
  • citizenship and naturalization records
and more. The records are free through midnight ET on Sept. 2, so if you have time over the weekend for searching, you'll need to sign up for a free account if you don't already have one.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Roots Magic

The latest issue of Internet Genealogy (June/July 2013) contains a very positive review of RootsMagic 6 software. Members who are still trying to decide on a software program might be interested in this article. It was built for Windows but it would be possible for Mac users to adapt it (with quite a few steps involved, according to the author). RootsMagic integrates with FamilySearch, another feature in its favor.

Two versions are available: RootsMagic Essentials (free) and the full version called RootsMagic. For more information check out

Monday, August 26, 2013

Legacy Webinar: August 28

This week's webinar is called "Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From." The presenter, Mary Hill, specializes in research in the eastern and southern U. S. 
Between 1607 and 1790, about 900,000 immigrants came to the colonies. Learn about each of the nationalities that came before the Revolutionary War, where they came from, and sources available to identify them.

Visit to register for Wednesday's presentation, or view on your own for the following week or so.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Genealogy Roadshow

Dick Eastman posts the following: "Genealogy Roadshow, based on the hit Irish series of the same name, is scheduled to debut at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, on PBS." Participants seem to have been chosen based on interesting family stories, as opposed to the celebrities who have been featured on other genealogy programs. To read the entire post, go to

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Webinar: August 20, 2013

Legacy's webinar this week is called "Do More with your Photos with Templates from Heritage Collector Software." It is scheduled for tomorrow and available for the next several days.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The New York Researcher

The New York Researcher is the publication of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Dick decided to join that group while we were attending the national conference, as he has several brick walls in New York. He received his first quarterly issue of their magazine this week. (They also publish The NYG&B Record; we haven't received a copy yet.)

One article features a New Jersey repository: Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society, its public and member collections and a link to its website. Another article describes the History Center in Tompkins County in south central New York and its collections. Both articles would be of interest to anyone researching in those specific areas. A third article reports on the Rochester (Monroe County) Churches online indexing project.

Dick also purchased a copy of "New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County," the latest in the National Genealogical Society's Research in the States series.

Any of our members who are researching in New York or the New York City area can certainly plan to borrow these items during the coming season.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Legacy Webinar: August 14

This week's webinar on Legacy will provide information for using the latest technology to organize and plan your research strategies.

From the Legacy website:

"Geoff Rasmussen will educate, compare, and contrast the three major research guidance tools: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy Family Tree's Research Guidance. You will learn how to easily keep track of what you've previously researched, as well as plan your research To Do List."

For more information and/or to register, visit

Friday, August 9, 2013

1921 Canadian Census

Rick Wood shared the following announcement from Ancestry:
"With the recent release of the 1921 Census of Canada by Statistics Canada, it is now available for browsing on through a partnership with Library and Archives Canada!
The 1921 Census of Canada is the most recent census available to the public and its records cover Canada's peak immigration period, the rise of aboriginal and women's rights and the formation of this country's modern identity.
Indexing all 8.8 million records is keeping us busy here at, but you won't have to wait long to get a first look at the collection. You can browse the images of the entire collection for FREE now at or with your regular ancestry subscription. Be sure to return often for updates--the entire collection will be indexed and ready to search later this year.
Thanks, Rick, and good luck to those of you who begin browsing!