Monday, July 27, 2015

This Week's Webinars

Two webinars from Legacy this week might be of interest to a few. On July 29 Lisa Alzo will talk about Scrivener software and how it can help plot, organize and write your family narrative. On Friday, July 31, Melvin J. Collier has a presentation on researching ancestors who were slaves. Find more about these two topics (both targeted for beginner and intermediate researchers) at

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Who Do You Think You Are

A new season of The Learning Channel's genealogy research program begins tonight featuring Ginnifer Goodwin. J. K. Rowling and Alfre Woodard find more about their ancestors in upcoming weeks. Although these programs sometimes make the research seem easier than it actually is, the process and results are interesting. "Who Do You Think You Are?" is scheduled for 8 PM in our central time zone.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Legacy Webinar - Swedish Research

The July 22 webinar presented by Legacy is specifically for researchers who are beginning their research in Sweden. Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital, the website offering online Swedish records. Learn more and/or register at Kathy's description of her topic follows:

"Learn how to trace your Swedish roots. The presentation will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and how to locate parishes. The presentation will provide an overview of emigration records, passenger lists, census records, and church records--and how to locate and use these valuable resources."

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wednesday's Webinar

Legacy's webinar this week gives you a chance to ask a question about a genealogical problem. Karen Clifford will be giving advice for solving viewer brick walls in a "Researching With Karen" session. Even if you do not submit your own problem, the suggestions for a solution should be helpful. More info and registration at Here's the description of the topic suggested for both beginning and intermediate researchers.

Feeling stuck? Have a difficult genealogy research problem? It may be time for a professional to assist. Join educator, author, and researcher, Karen Clifford, as she answers your questions and demonstrates how she solves genealogy cases. Seeing how someone else approaches a genealogy mystery can give you new ideas to apply for your own hunt.
In this Researching with Karen series, we invite you to submit a brief description of your current genealogy problem. Karen will select a few of your cases to be discussed in this webinar. While she doesn’t promise to solve your mystery, she will show how an experienced professional would approach the research.
To be considered, be sure to submit electronic copies of the following:
  • Family Group Record, with citations and/or notes
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Research Log of what you have already researched
  • Your goal. Be specific. What exactly are you trying to find?
The Legacy Family Tree software makes it easy to create these electronic reports. Instead of printing to your printer, select the PDF File option.

Email your case to with the subject line of "Researching with Karen"

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday's Thought

A few weeks ago Maureen Salter sent a link to a few genealogy-related quotes that she thought might be appropriate for our blog. Occasionally I'll include one of them for your amusement or enlightenment. We would all agree with the following thought, I'm sure. Thanks, Maureen!

“Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.” – Unknown

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

We had an email from Trish today with the following suggestion:

"Thought you might want to post this to the blog.  About Grey Nuns in Canada and how they cared for the Irish famine immigrants, widows, orphans who came to Canada.  Accounts by individuals who survived."     Thanks, Trish!

Also, the Legacy Webinar for tomorrow, July 8, is called "Pinning Your Family History," presented by Thomas MacEntee and directed at beginner and intermediate researchers. Another webinar is scheduled for Friday, July 10 but is for "members-only." Judy Russell will be talking about "Making a Federal Case Out of It." As the title indicates, she will be talking about federal court cases.    More at

Here's the description for Pinning Your Family History: "Have you considered using a variety of social media “pinning” sites like Pinterest to share your family history photos and stories? You might be surprised at the connection you can make with other genealogists as well as far-flung family members! One of the challenges in for the family historian is handling family photos and mementos and the question of “what do I do with it now that it’s scanned?” Using social media pinning sites such as Pinterest, What Was There, History Pin and even Google Maps allows you to not only share your family history photos, but you never know who will find your content and what connections you could make!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Free Websites for the Fourth

Family Search Magazine's newsletter lists three subscription websites that are providing free access for different time periods surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. 

1. In honor of Independence Day, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering a week of free access to its Great Migration online databases at starting July 1. You will need to set up a free guest registration with the site. This project traces the 20,000 Europeans who crossed the Atlantic from 1620 to 1640.

2. is giving free access to its 160 million birth, marriage, death and divorce records from the original 13 colonies. The included databases extend beyond the Colonial era. Use this collection through Sunday, July 5.

3. Fold3 is allowing free searches of its Revolutionary War Collection through July 15.