Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free UK Genealogy

Internet Genealogy's latest issue has an article about the three sites now available under the name Free UK Genealogy. Many of us have used Free BMD, the website for civil registration in England and Wales from 1837-1983. This is now under the same umbrella as Free REG which can be used to search baptism, marriage and burial records transcribed from parish registers for the same locations. The third option is called Free CEN, which is a search facility for census records from 1841 to 1891. Not all census records have been transcribed as yet; for example, only the 1871 census is available for Lowestoft.

To access any of the three choices, visit All of the material has been produced by volunteers and it is an ongoing project.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Upcoming Genealogical Society Events

Internet Genealogy June/July has listed several opportunities for attending conferences, depending on where you happen to be located this summer.

Calgary, Alberta: July 29-31, 2016 -- The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE) is holding its 2016 convention in Calgary. Check their convention link at

Huntsville, Texas: August 5-6, 2016 -- Walker County Genealogical Society and Huntsville Public Library are hosting a weekend concentrating on research in Texas. Register online at

Springfield, Illinois: August 31-September 3, 2016 -- The Illinois State Genealogical Society is hosting the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference. More information can be found at

Ottawa, Canada - September 9-11, 2016. The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa is holding its annual conference in Ottawa. More details at

Kansas City, Missouri - September 16-17, 2016 -- GenealogyKC is in its fourth year and more information can be found at

Kelowna, British Columbia - September 17-25, 2016 -- The Kelowna and District Genealogical Society claims to be one of Western Canada's largest conferences and you can learn more about the speakers and topics at

Medford, Oregon - September 27, 2016 -- Judy Russell will be speaking at the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society event. Details at

Interactive Immigration Map

This week a friend sent the following link to Dick. It portrays immigration to the United States throughout the past centuries, showing total numbers and countries with the most immigrants.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July Webinars from Legacy

Legacy has quite a variety of topics this month. Remember, each webinar can be viewed for about a week following its initial presentation. Legacy also has an archive of webinars that are free to view at any time. Register for any of this month's offerings and learn more at

Wednesday, July 6 - Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. This is a talk aimed at intermediate researchers that will cover first papers, petitions, certificates and registrations.

Friday, July 8 - Watch Geoff Live: will be a presentation by Geoff Rasmussen and Diahan Southard to explain Geoff's DNA results.

Wednesday, July 13 - A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett will acquaint you with the basics of heraldry, its historic uses, who can display arms (and why many shouldn't) and how it might help your research. This topic is for beginning and intermediate researchers.

Friday, July 15 - Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby will show beginners and intermediates how to find resources for French research and techniques on both sides of the Atlantic.

Wednesday, July 20 - Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke will provide tech tips for staying organized, saving time and getting more results.

Wednesday, July 27 - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega is meant to be a talk on researching female ancestors. Gena says those cookbooks are a "city directory" of women and can be used for family history.

The following webinars will be presented back-to-back on Saturday, July 30. Be sure to check the time of each presentation.

The Germanic French: Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta is a topic for intermediate researchers explaining how German-speakers came to reside in France and exploring the difficulties of research in Alsace-Lorraine. John says, "Research challenges include: records kept in French, German and Latin; shifting national borders; peculiar surnames; and Catholic, Protestant and Jewish residents."

Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones is intended for intermediate and advanced researchers and will teach strategies for overcoming barriers caused by lost records, poor record-keeping, or simply a lack of records.

Sunday, July 3, 2016


We have just returned from a week "up north" where the views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands were spectacular but the internet connections were minimal. If you are passing through that area, we recommend the Ashland Baking Company and the Black Cat Coffeehouse across Chapple Street from each other in Ashland, Wisconsin.