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# Tuesday, 06 July 2010
NARA Archives I Adds Saturday Record Pulls in July
Posted by Diane

Great news for those taking research vacations this month to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, called Archives I.

Archives I is starting a pilot program to “pull” paper records (retrieve them from storage for viewing in the Research Room) on Saturdays during July.

The Saturday pull times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Previously, staff did not pull any records on Saturdays. (Note that Archives II in College Park, Md., isn't participating in the pilot program.)

Weekday pull times are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, there’s an additional pull at 3:30 p.m.

Researchers at the archives need to fill out and submit a Reference Service Slip for each requested record, which staff will retrieve at the next pull time. Without Saturday pulls, weekend researchers have to submit their requests early, or limit themselves to using microfilm, which is self-service.

For information on researching at the National Archives in Washington, DC, see its online guide.

You can use many National Archives resources at home through Learn how to make the most of this site from our National Archives Web Guide, available from

Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:16:40 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Friday, 02 July 2010
Genealogy News Corral: June 28-July 2
Posted by Diane

A free website called London Lives has posted 240,000 manuscripts and 3.35 million names of “non-elite” 18th-century Londoners. Sources include criminal and court records, parish registers, workhouse records and more. (Click here for more details about the resources.) Registration isn’t necessary to search, but you can register to create a personal workspace and link documents together into biographies.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has announced that Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, head of the National Archives and Records Administration, will speak at the FGS annual conference Focus on Societies Luncheon on Aug. 18 in Knoxville, Tenn. Learn more on the FGS conference blog.

Two items from the National Archives and Records Administration this Fourth of July weekend: First, the archives has a new logo, which will be featured on the archives’ first-ever float in the National Independence Day Parade. What do you think? I like it!

Second, the National Archives is launching a video series called Inside the Vaults, which will take you behind the scenes as staff and research highlight new finds at the archives, and report on “complicated and technical subjects.” The first video features the conservation of the Declaration of Independence and a mysterious handprint in the lower-left corner of the document.

Free Databases | Genealogy Events | Genealogy Web Sites | NARA | UK and Irish roots | Videos
Friday, 02 July 2010 15:21:41 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Tell Us What You'd Like to See in Family Tree Magazine
Posted by Diane

This is the time of year when we plan future Family Tree Magazine issues and how-to genealogy products, so we're hoping you'll lend a hand by sharing your thoughts on some ideas we cooked up for 2011 and beyond.

Please take our 3-minute survey by clicking here.

At the end, you'll get a coupon code for 15 percent off the genealogy books, CDs, Family Tree Magazine back issues, and webinar recordings in

Family Tree Magazine articles | Sales
Friday, 02 July 2010 08:43:04 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 01 July 2010
Save $ and Be a Better Genealogist With Our 4th of July Sale
Posted by Diane

It’s Fourth of July sale time at and! Here’s how you can save $$ while becoming a better genealogist:
  • At, you can save 40 percent on Family Tree Magazine products by entering offer code SFT111 when you check out (some exclusions apply). This offer expires July 5.
Click here to start browsing our genealogy how-to books, CDs, back issues, digital downloads and webinar recordings.
  • At Family Tree University, you can take $13 off any genealogy course registration by entering the code 13COLONIES. This offer also expires July 5.
Courses include Land Records 101 (starting July 19 or Sept. 13), Tracing Immigrants (starting July 21), Digital Photography Essentials (starting July 19) and more—click here to see all our FTU offerings.

Editor's Pick | Family Tree University | Sales
Thursday, 01 July 2010 09:27:05 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Search Revolutionary War Records Free on Footnote July 1-7
Posted by Diane

I blogged earlier about Revolutionary War resources, including subscription genealogy site Footnote’s pension and service records.

Lo and behold, Footnote announces those records will be free to all starting tomorrow, July 1, through July 7.

You’ll need to register for a free basic Footnote membership to search these records. Get started at

Footnote | Free Databases | Military records
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:35:16 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Resources for Revolutionary War Ancestors
Posted by Diane

Do your US roots run all the way back to the American Revolution? This Independence Day, research your Revolutionary War ancestors using these resources:
  • Revolutionary War Websites:15 websites where you can learn more about the struggle for US independence and research your Revolutionary War ancestors.
  • Black Loyalists: Our History, Our People: As many as 30 000 American slaves took advantage of Britain’s promise of freedom to slaves who joined the British troops. As the war ended, many moved to Canada with other Loyalists.
  • Sons of the American Revolution: This lineage society with a research library in Louisville, Ky., is for males who are descended from a Revolutionary War Patriot.
Need help researching your Colonial and Revolutionary War ancestors? Check out these resources from

Military records
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 13:53:14 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Access the 1911 Canadian Census Free Through July 4
Posted by Diane

Got Canadian ancestors? In celebration of Canada Day tomorrow, Canadian subscription genealogy site is making its 1911 Canadian Census records free through July 4.

You’ll need a free basic registration with the site to access the  records. Get started by clicking here.

The census includes the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan; and the territories of Yukon and Northwest. You may find an individual’s address, occupation, place of birth, immigration year, family members, religion, and parents’ birthplaces.

For more help  researching your Canadian roots, see these resources from Family Tree Magazine:

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 09:28:08 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 25 June 2010
Genealogy News Corral: June 21-25
Posted by Diane

Thanks to the World Cup, you can once again access records on British genealogy site free for a limited time this weekend. You’ll need to register for a free account by midnight June 26 for access between 9a.m. Sunday and 9a.m. Monday (note that these are UK times—midnight June 26 in the UK equals 7p.m. EST June 25, according to the World Time Converter, so you'll have to get a move on). Get details about this offer on

FamilySearch is starting new indexing projects for civil births in Jamaica (1878–1899); Arkansas WWII draft registrations (1942); Washington, DC, deaths (1874–1959); and North Carolina Freedmen Letters (1862–1870) from former slaves to the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. The indexes will eventually be searchable free on FamilySearch. To volunteer for any of these projects, visit FamilySearch Indexing. has announced its discovery that actor Robert Pattinson, star of the popular “Twilight Saga” vampire books and movies, is related to Vlad the Impaler (considered by some to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula) through the British royal family. Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver points out, though, that the company doesn’t specify the exact relationship, and that Pattinson’s link to British royals and their link to Vlad the Impaler doesn’t guarantee Pattinson is related to Vlad. | Celebrity Roots | FamilySearch | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 25 June 2010 14:37:14 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
See the world with Google Earth
Posted by Grace

We're putting together four new classes for the next session of Family Tree University, which starts July 21! Lisa Louise Cooke's new class Google Earth for Genealogists will show you how to use a powerful free program in your genealogy search. Here's a taste of what you'll learn:
Because land doesn't move, it's one of the few elements of our ancestors' lives that we can always count on. Consider an old photograph: Buildings may have changed but the surrounding landmarks such as hills, valleys and rock formations still stand today and can aid in identification.

Let's start using Google Earth by searching for an address that you probably have to get a feel for what I mean by this: the house where one of your sets of grandparents lived.
  1. In the Search panel type the address in the Fly To box and click the magnifying glass icon.
  2. The globe in the 3D viewer will start to turn and very quickly will zoom in to that location.
  3. Place a placemark on that location so you keep track of the exact spot by clicking the Placemark button in the Viewer Toolbar.
  4. When the New Placemark box opens, label the placemark with the exact street address and your grandparents' names.
  5. Click OK.
You have now located your first ancestral home on Google Earth. Great job! 
Learn more and sign up here

Family Tree University | Research Tips
Friday, 25 June 2010 12:49:02 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 24 June 2010
Historical Photo Database Shows NYC's Lower East Side Tenements
Posted by Diane

The Tenement Museum in New York City’s Lower East has launched on online database of more than 1,300 images from the museum’s collection.

Photos show the neighborhood, historic and contemporary photographs of 97 Orchard Street (the restored tenement where the museum is located) and historic portraits of people who lived and worked there.

You can browse, run a basic search by keyword, or run an advanced search on a name, place, year range or other terms. If you click on an image in your search results, you can enlarge it or save it to your favorites (in which case you’ll need to create a free account).

By 1900, more than 80,000 tenements had been built in New York City, according to About 2.3 million people—two-thirds of the city’s population, many of them poor immigrants—lived in tenement housing. The building at 97 Orchard Street was home to 7,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 1935.

Author and photographer Jacob Riis exposed the miserable conditions of tenement houses in his book How the Other Half Lives, published in 1890. (Read it on Google Books). The book was instrumental in urban reforms regulating the construction of tenements.

Free Databases | Museums | Photos | Social History
Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:04:06 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]