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# Friday, October 21, 2011
Oct. 21 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, a one-year membership to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, a fabulous resource for anyone whose ancestors spent time in the state (you'll see genealogy expert James M. Beidler recommending it in our January 2012 Philadelphia Research Guide).

And the winner is ... Linette Edwards of Austin, Texas!

Here's the deal: Anyone purchasing an annual Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania membership today, Oct. 21, will have their membership extended from 12 to 15 months for the same annual rate of $60. Check out the benefits here.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 22, is our Research Remedies CD, which is chock-full of advice for tracking down elusive ancestors. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month | Genealogy societies
Friday, October 21, 2011 4:37:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 17-21
Posted by Diane

  • If you’re visiting the National Archives in Washington, DC, you can use your phone to play a mobile history game, earn points and possibly win rewards. Go to the Scvngr gaming site to download the free iPhone or Android app  (or text CIVWAR to 728647), then complete challenges within four blocks of the National Archives D.C. headquarters. Examples include locating Civil War photographer Mathew Brady’s studio and finding Red Cross founder Clara Barton’s office. So far, you can redeem points for a discount in the National Archives Shop.
  • Randy Majors announced enhancements to his Historical US County Boundary Maps site,  for helping you figure out which county had jurisdiction of the places where your ancestors lived. For example, type a place and a year, click Go, and be zoomed to that place with an information panel above the map. See what else is new here

Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives
Friday, October 21, 2011 2:01:42 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
New: Irish Prison Records at FindMyPast.ie
Posted by Diane

Do you have an Irish ancestor who served time? You might have one who served time and you don’t know about it, given that FindMyPast.ie’s new Irish Prison Registers 1790-1920 database contains 3.5 million entries at a time when Ireland’s population averaged 4.08 million.

The prison registers, which came the National Archives of Ireland, cover bridewells (places of detention), county prisons, sanatoriums for alcoholics and other institutions. Most records give the prisoner’s name, address, place of birth, occupation, religion, education, age, physical description, name and address of next of kin, crime, sentence, and incarceration start and ending dates.

Drunkenness accounted for more than 30 percent of crimes reported and more than 25 percent of incarcerations. Other common offenses in the registers are theft (16 percent), assault (12 percent), vagrancy (8 percent) and rioting (4 percent).

You can access the records with a FindMyPast.ie subscription or with PayAsYouGo credits

For help finding Irish ancestors in court and other records, check out Family Tree University’s Irish Research 101 and 102 courses, as well as our $4 Irish Heritage Research Guide from ShopFamilyTree.com


court records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 21, 2011 10:47:02 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 20, 2011
10/20 Daily Deal!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the Family Tree Sourcebook: Your Essential Directory of American County and Town Sources. The winner is Kathleen Nitsch.

The Sourcebook is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for researching your family history.

Today's deal is: Get the Family Tree Sourcebook for just $15. The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 20. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 21, is a one-year membership to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, a fabulous resource for anyone whose ancestors spent time in the state (check it out here).

Click here to sign up for the deal on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:12:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Oct. 19 Daily Deal!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our Virtual Conference video class on mining the free Internet Archive website for genealogy answers: The winner is Catherine Lord.

In this 30-minute video called "Reaching Into the Internet Archive," Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers shows you how to tap into digitized historical books and other ancestral artifacts at this free website dedicated to "universal access to all knowledge.

Today's deal is: Get the Reaching Into the Internet Archive video class for just $15!

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 19. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 20, is the Family Tree Sourcebook—the most comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for researching your family history. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 4:06:56 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Start Writing Your Life Story: Watch the Free Webinar
Posted by Diane

Everyone has a story to tell, but recording those stories for future generations can be a daunting task. What should you share? How much should you write? How can you clear the fog from memories made long ago?

Sunny Jane Morton, author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal For Collecting Your Stories, answered these and more questions in last week’s free webinar Start Writing Your Life Stories.

One idea that struck me right at the beginning is to imagine that a biography has been written about your life. When you look at the book jacket, what does it say? What main theme of your life, setting and colorful characters does it mention. “In the broadest sense, that book jacket is your story,” Morton says. “Everyday life is found in the chapters inside.”

If you missed the Start Writing Your Life Stories webinar—or you want to watch it again (still free!)—just click here and fill in your name and email address.


saving and sharing family history | Webinars
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:11:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway: Photo-Retouching Help
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our Amateur Photo Restoration Virtual Conference video class: The lucky person is Paul Bing.

He'll learn how to digitally repair worn, torn or moldy photos—no photo editing experience required, just the free online tools and easy techniques demoed in this 30-minute video.

And the deal is: Get the Amatuer Photo Restoration video class for just $15.

I love the idea of using the instructions in the video to digitally restore a photo, then printing and framing it, and giving it as a gift.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 18. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 17, is our Internet Archive Virtual Conference video class, with Thomas MacEntee's secrets to tapping into digitized historical books and other ancestral artifacts at the free Internet Archive website. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month | Photos
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:21:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Tips for Finding Death Records on This Friday's Geneabloggers Radio
Posted by Diane

This Friday’s free GeneaBloggers Radio show is all about death—records, that is—and host Thomas MacEntee will interview Diana Crisman Smith, instructor of the Family Tree University Death Records 101 course. You’ll also hear from Susan Soper, an author and journalist who has created ObitKit, a workbook for writing your own or someone else’s obituary.

This ominously titled GeneaBloggers Radio show, “The Final Chapter—Obituaries, Death Records and Genealogy” is Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 CT, 7 MT and 6 PT (for regular listeners, that’s a new time). Go to the GeneaBloggers Radio website to listen.


Research Tips | Vital Records
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:33:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
'Tis the Season for Old Cemetery Tours
Posted by Diane

Do the Halloween pumpkin patches and candy sales have you in the mood for ghost-hunting in a cemetery? You’re in luck: ‘Tis the season for old cemetery tours.

These events offer the chance to take in interesting local history, nice scenery and slight spookery. You can find tours by day or night, for free or a fee (they often serve as fundraisers for historical societies).

A Google search or visiting the website of a local historic cemetery or historical society will help you find tours near you. Here are some tours around the country that my searches turned up:

  • Oct. 29, the Historical Society of Long Beach (Calif.) holds a nonscary tour of Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery, featuring actors in period garb delivering graveside presentations (based on sources such as obituaries, newspaper articles and oral histories) about the person who lies at rest. General admission costs $18, with specials for society members and students younger than age 18.
  • Riverside Cemetery (which has an online burial database), established in 1887 in Macon, Ga., holds its Spirits in October series Oct. 20-22 and 27-29, with cemetery tours and more. Advance tickets are required; admission costs $10 to $20.
  • Capturing the Spirit of Oakland at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta features nighttime tours with historical accounts from cemetery “residents” and candlelit mausoleums. Tickets must be purchased in advance; admission ranges from $10 to $17.50.
  • Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo., has a free Halloween Tour Oct. 30.
  • Historic All Hallows Eve cemetery tours with costumed interpreters are happening on Halloween evening at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va. Adults: $7; children 12 and younger, $5.

Cemeteries | Genealogy Events | Social History
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:04:18 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 17, 2011
10/17 Daily Deal: Family Tree Legacies!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the book Family Tree Legacies by Allison Stacy and yours truly: The lucky person is Karen Bellmer of Overland Park, Kan.

This keepsake book is an interactive album for recording your family's history. It's totally customizable: The three-ring binder lets you add, take out or rearrange pages, and it includes a CD with printable refill pages. You can get a look inside this book and learn more about it here.

And now for the deal: Get Family Tree Legacies for just $15, half off the regular price. You can get a jump on your holiday shopping—this book makes a great sentimental gift.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 17. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 18, is our Amatuer Photo Restoration Virtual Conference video class (another wy to give a wonderful holiday gift). Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Monday, October 17, 2011 4:20:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]