Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who Do You Think You Are?

Information from Family Tree Magazine's newsletter:

The new season will start Wednesday, July 23, at 9/8 central on TLC. (If you don't have cable or can't watch that evening, the episodes usually become available on the show's website after they air.)

Six new episodes will air, featuring the family histories of:

  • Valerie Bertinelli
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Lauren Graham
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Rachel and Kayleen McAdams

In addition, TLC has acquired 10 of the episodes that aired on NBC during previous seasons. Those feature Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Vanessa Williams and Rita Wilson.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Legacy Webinar: Research in Illinois

Thomas MacEntee will be presenting this week's Legacy Webinar on Wednesday, July 23. If you have ancestors who passed through or lived in Illinois, this should be of interest. The talk is suggested for both beginner and intermediate researchers.

Visit to register and learn more.

Researching Your Illinois Ancestors
"While Illinois genealogy research is no easier or more difficult than other states, there are special resources with which many genealogists are unfamiliar. Learn about the history of the Prairie State and its migration patterns to understand how your ancestors lived and how to find them!"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Legacy Webinars

Legacy has scheduled two webinars this week. Register or learn more about the topics at

Wednesday, July 9, you can learn details about becoming board-certified. The presentation is geared toward advanced researchers.

Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist?
Testing yourself against genealogical standards is one of the many reasons to seek credentials. This presentation will discuss who should go for credentials, what the testing procedure entails and how to prepare for it.

On Friday, July 11, Legacy will be offering a "group meeting" for those researchers who are using the Legacy software.

Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting
Learn tips, tricks, and best practices related to using the Legacy Family Tree software. Topics for beginners through advanced presented by the Legacy staff and other experts. We’ll also leave time for questions and answers. Have a favorite Legacy tip and want to share it? Send us an email, we’d love to have you participate. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Free Census Records on Ancestry

Information from Family Tree Magazine's weekly newsletter:

To celebrate the Fourth of July, has opened up its US Census collection for free access through July 6. has opened up its collection of U. S. census records for free access this Fourth of July holiday. You can search's US census records from 1790 through 1940 for free until July 6 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

When you click to view a record in your search results, you'll be prompted to sign in to your free account or create an account.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Prehistoric Googling

Rick Wood recently shared this remembrance of our early family history research. Thanks, Rick!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Internet Genealogy Magazine

The latest issue of Internet Genealogy, packed full of interesting articles, arrived in our mail this week. Many public libraries carry genealogy magazines, or you can find current issues in a large bookstore.

Tony Bandy has written a genealogy software update (including mobile apps) for 2014; anyone who is still trying to decide which option to choose will find it enlightening. He also writes a detailed article about Family Tree Maker for Mac 3.

For members working on writing family stories, the Storytoolz website is worth a look. The site has free access but requires registration. Resources include a story idea generator, title generator, word counts, a "cliché buster" and other editing tools to assist writers.

Other articles of interest include resources for researching the Dust Bowl Migration of the 1930s, the treasures you might find in the Washington State Digital Archives, online state land grant databases, and the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company records found on Ancestry.

By the way, there is no Legacy webinar scheduled for this week.