Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Palm Creek Genealogy Club News

November 27 Workshop

We'll have an early look at the classes planned for the January 23 Pinal County Genealogy Workshop. Information should be on their website after December 1. We will also take a quick look at the Learning Center on FamilySearch. More help for beginners and other researchers.

Take a look at handouts from past presentations. If you missed any of our speaker nights, you can still pick up the information provided.

Legacy's December Webinars: visit www.familytreewebinars.com to learn more or to register.

December 2: Cemetery Research
December 9: Process of Becoming an Accredited Genealogist
December 16: Breaking Down Brick Walls (by researching siblings and cousins)

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 17 Workshop

We had a very educational presentation called "Remember the Ladies" from Maureen Edwards Tuesday evening. It was gratifying to have such a large group in attendance during this time of the year. Thank you, Maureen, for taking the time to prepare and present this entertaining topic.

The first part of her talk focused on records where it might be possible to discover those elusive maiden names, such as marriage records, the children's birth records, death records, cemeteries and census. Maureen had several examples from her own research. Other possibilities include pension records, wills & probate and various newspaper articles.

Maureen also suggested that researchers might want to learn more about the time and place of a female ancestor by looking for letters, diaries, etc. Even though your particular ancestor may not have left her own records, there are many resources available for her time period. NUCMC, WorldCat, and Internet Archive were some of the suggestions provided.

The handout has specific websites that you might want to access. Extra copies of the handout for "Remember the Ladies" will be available at future meetings. Maureen also donated a Quick Sheet called "Finding Female Ancestors" to our library. We have enough resources on this subject to create a folder for researching women--available for checkout during the year.  

Norwegian/Danish Translations

We heard Tuesday evening that there is a resource in the park for anyone who needs Norwegian or Danish records translated. Susan was trying to recruit a new member and learned that their family research had been completed by a relative in the Scandinavian area. However, she has expertise in reading the church records for those two countries. Please contact me if you would like help with any of your records from Norway or Denmark.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tuesday's Speaker

This week Maureen Edwards will be talking about "Researching Female Ancestors." Finding the maiden names of female ancestors can create brick walls for researchers. We will hear about some of the records that can provide those elusive names with examples from Maureen's own research.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 10 Workshop

Tuesday's workshop began with a short presentation from Maureen Salter, who gave us the background behind Remembrance Day in Canada and Veteran's Day in America. Both originated as a commemoration of the end of World War I and have continued in some fashion since that time. Maureen even found a musical version of the poem "In Flanders Fields," written during the war by Canadian physician John McCrae.

We took a short look at Fold3, the subscription website that concentrates on military records, to point out that some of its content is free to browse. The beginners' table was busy, and other members were getting reacquainted or making use of the room's internet capability.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Exploring Fold3

Fold3 is a subscription website that concentrates on military records. According to the weekly newsletter from Family Tree Magazine, Fold3 is allowing free access to its Native American records through November 15. Linking from the newsletter brought me directly to the available records, but they were not as easily found when visiting www.fold3.com.

From the Fold3 home page, click on "Explore Our Content," followed by "Browse Records." If you then choose "non-military records" under the Categories, you can select the "Native American Collection" to reach the 7 available databases.

However, I also discovered that a large number of record categories are always free to search. From the Categories mentioned above, select "All Titles" where you can browse the index to find all free databases.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 3 Workshop Report

During our first workshop of the season, we used the round table format to share successes, mention new discoveries and meet new members. It was gratifying to hear many members report that they had used research techniques that we have suggested during previous meetings and workshops! Our new members also had interesting stories and plans for research. A few of the shared stories are listed below.

check home sources such as attics and garages; contact relatives

Anne found two boxes that had been stored in a garage and showed us two fabric reproductions of wedding announcements from newspapers in the early 1900s. Susan was able to scan photographic negatives and reproduce pictures that had been lost. Myron had done further research in Pennsylvania and has a long list of cousins to contact.

visit the old home town

Carolyn was able to break down a long time brick wall by returning to the small towns where her ancestors had lived to use the local libraries and courthouses; she discovered records that had not been placed online. Susan visited the local cemetery and "dug up" information that was not included in Find A Grave.

revisit online resources

Maureen wrote to a Find A Grave connection and received information about a Maryland/Virginia family. Jean had a stack of information about one family line that was new to Find A Grave. Carolyn had received a family tree from a relative and was proving the information using census records.

continue to work on research goals

Trish published the book of her mother's memoirs that was a three-year project. Mike was able to find records about his grandfather's service in World War I. Annie received records that furthered her research about her grandmother in Poland after speaking to a volunteer in Salt Lake City and making a connection with a researcher in Poland. Maureen learned more about the grandmother who had been a "home child."

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Genealogy Club Workshop

Tuesday, November 3, is our first workshop of the fall season. We will conduct a round table discussion sharing a genealogy-related activity from the past few months. We hope to see all members who have returned to Palm Creek and will collect $5 dues and issue folders. The library, including books, magazines and folders, will be open for business. Bring a friend or neighbor!