Saturday, April 30, 2016

May/June Family Tree Magazine

Bits and pieces from the latest issue of Family Tree Magazine:

Anyone located in the Arlington, Washington area? The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is holding the Northwest Genealogy Conference August 17-20, 2016. Blaine Bettinger, Lisa Louise Cooke, Claudia Greland and Beth Foulk are the featured speakers. The ad says that space is limited. Register at

The Toolkit page lists online photo editors. Since Google is doing away with Picasa, you might be looking for a replacement. Canva, Fotor, PicMonkey and Pixir are the four sites listed in the Quick Guide. All are free, although Fotor and PicMonkey have premium features.

Have you made plans to attend a family reunion this year? Family Tree Magazine says 200,000 U.S. family reunions are held annually and 8 million Americans attend an annual reunion.

Legacy Webinars for May

To register or read more about these upcoming webinars, visit

Wednesday, May 4: Thomas MacEntee is going to talk about Google Drive for Genealogists. It will be directed at beginning and intermediate researchers.

Wednesday May 11: Denise Levenick's presentation is called "Dirty Pictures--Save Your Family Photos from Ruin." She will show you how to rescue your family photos, albums, and scrapbooks from the ravages of time. This will also be aimed at beginning and intermediate researchers.

Friday, May 13: "Messages from the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstones" is the topic from Elissa Powell. She will provide tips on how to find different cemeteries depending on the time period, type (church or commercial), and economic condition of the deceased. Powell will discuss symbols on tombstones, as they speak to the lifestyle of the deceased. Internet resources will be mentioned during the webinar. Her topic is at a beginner level.

Wednesday, May 18: James M. Biedler will present "Mining the Uber-sites for German Ancestors." This is for intermediate researchers and will cover Ancestry and Family Search as well as other websites.

Wednesday, May 25: "Discover American Ancestors" by Lindsay Fulton will discuss the New England Historic Genealogical Society, which was established in 1845. Lindsay says: "Even though New England is in our name, we have resources—both online and at our library—and a staff of experts who can assist in nearly all aspects and areas of family history research." The presentation is for both beginning and intermediate researchers.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Family Search Reminder

Don't forget to check the new and/or updated records on Family Search every month or so. In some cases the numbers are small, but you never know when the database might include an ancestor. Today I noticed new additions to many states' vital records. There is also a database for "U. S. GenealogyBank obituaries, 1980-2014." You cannot look at the original obituary without a subscription, but there is a transcription that includes dates, places and names from the obit.

Remember to "browse all collections" from the home search page and then click on "last updated" to reorder the list.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Educational Opportunities

These announcements from the latest Internet Genealogy magazine list upcoming society events. Any club members residing or traveling in the vicinity of these conferences might consider attending.

April 28-30: The Ohio Genealogical Society Conference will take place in Mason, OH. Check the OGS website for more information:

May 4-7: The National Genealogical Society 2016 Conference is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this year. Find more information and registration at Dick and I will be attending the four days of classes. Maureen Edwards has located a map indicating that Fort Lauderdale is on the way from Arizona to the Washington, D.C. area and will also be in attendance.

May 21: The Seattle Genealogical Society's Spring Seminar on "Civil War Genealogy and American Migration Routes" will be presented by William Dollarhide, who has written many books on those subjects. Google the society for information.

June 3-5: The 2016 Ontario Genealogical Society's conference will be held in Toronto in June. Details at

July 30: The Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California will feature Cyndi Ingle, creator of "Cyndi's List," which is celebrating 20 years of existence this year. Register for this seminar at

Friday, April 15, 2016

American Ancestors Extension

According to this week's Family Tree Magazine newsletter, American Ancestors has extended its free access through April 20. If you didn't have time during the past week to look for a few ancestors, there is still time. Here's the scoop (and check the post below).

"The New England Historic Genealogical Society has extended its free access to all the genealogy databases at until next Wednesday, April 20. The site is great for New England research, but its collections reach beyond that to other states (including US census images and/or indexes) and countries."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Canadian Resources on Facebook

Gena Phillips-Ortega writes in the recent Internet Genealogy newsletter about Gail Dever's Facebook for Canadian Genealogy list.

Gail Dever writes a wonderful blog about new online resources and French Canadian and Franco-American research. In 2015 she published a collection of Facebook groups and pages that concentrate on Canadian ancestry.

Visit Gail's blog at and check out her list of Canadian genealogy Facebook pages from the tool bar on the home page.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Free Records on American Ancestors

There is another set of records to explore during the next week. The subscription website is offering its collection through April 13.  Here is the announcement from the Family Tree Magazine newsletter followed by a description of the website's contents.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is giving you free access to its entire records collection, with resources for New England and beyond, on from now through April 13.

" is the most-used genealogical society website in the world. It provides family historians access to more than 1 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths in our content include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials." 

Monday, April 4, 2016

April's Legacy Webinars

Legacy has a full schedule of free webinars this month. If there is something of interest to you, plan accordingly. The description for each topic is included.

Visit to register to watch in real time or plan to see these presentations anytime during the week following the live broadcast. The Findmypast topic is for beginner and/or intermediate level researchers, and the rest of this month's offerings are aimed at the intermediate level.

Wednesday, April 6: Getting to Know Findmypast, Jen Baldwin

"If your family has origins in the British Isles, Findmypast is a resource you should be utilizing! Learn about our incredible British and Irish collections, the advantages of using global newspapers, and get a glimpse of the new PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)."

Friday, April 8: Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA, Melvin Collier

"With slave ancestral research, one is often faced with direct evidence vs. indirect evidence. Collier will present cases where DNA was the direct piece of evidence that identified or confirmed an enslaved ancestor."

Wednesday, April 13: U.S. Land Records--State Land States, Mary Hill

"People recorded evidence of their property, paid taxes on property, gave away property, bought and sold property, fought over property, and willed property to heirs in the 20 state lands states. When understood and used properly, metes and bounds land records comprise one of the most important sources for research in America."

Wednesday, April 20: Fire Insurance Maps--The Google Maps of Their Day, Jill Morelli

"Fire insurance maps were developed in the late 19th century to assist insurance companies in managing their risk of coverage in areas where they did not have a physical presence. Over 54,000 maps were made of communities large and small and many communities had multiple maps created between 1895 and 1920. These maps today offer an incredible window into the past, illustrate the evolution of these communities and describe the physical environment of the lives of our ancestors. We will explore the history of the maps including the the Sanborn Map Company which had a virtual monopoly by the 1920s. We will also identify where to access these maps and, using four case studies, illustrate how these maps can solve our genealogical problems and add context to the lives of our ancestors."

Wednesday, April 27: Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales, Kirsty Gray

"The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in England and Wales give many genealogical clues to help build a family tree. Kirsty Gray also highlights other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the invaluable information which can be gleaned about the lives of our ancestors."

Friday, April 1, 2016

AARP Discount for Ancestry

Rick shared this message from Ancestry today. Note that you cannot take advantage of this AARP discount if you have used it in the past. Also, you must use it on the World Explorer membership.

" has just informed me that a new agreement has been signed with AARP and a discount on’s World Explorer subscription will continue to be available. The offer was set to expire yesterday, March 31, 2016.

There are some restrictions that you need to understand. Please review the parameters below before calling and requesting the discount:

You must be a current member of AARP and have your AARP membership number available.
The AARP discount applies to World Explorer memberships only.
The discount applies to new memberships as well as renewals.
You can only use this offer ONE TIME. If you have used the AARP discount in the past, you cannot renew your current membership using the discount."