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# Tuesday, September 18, 2012
New, Free Family Tree Magazine Podcast: Tips for Diagnosing Sick Genealogy Sources and More!
Posted by Diane

Our September 2012 Family Tree Magazine Podcast is available (and free!) for your listening enjoyment!

Host Lisa Louise Cooke (also of the Genealogy Gems Podcast) and guests including Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, FamilyTreeDNA President Bennett Greenspan and  Family Tree University instructor Charlotte Bocage share research tips on
  • preventing "sick" sources in your family tree
  • documenting genealogy sources
  • using DNA testing in your genealogy research
Plus, you'll get news from the genealogy blogosphere and hear what's coming up next from Family Tree Magazine.

Listen to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast in iTunes or on FamilyTreeMagazine.com. Visit FamilyTreeMagazine.com for the show notes, too.

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Genetic Genealogy | Podcasts | Research Tips
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:12:52 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, September 14, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 10-14
Posted by Diane

To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the US Constitution, the National Archives is featuring a “Tweet the Preamble” contest now through Sept. 17 on Twitter (@usnatarchives). The archives' Twitter followers can enter by summarizing the Preamble of the Constitution in 140 characters (using #Constitution225). The Archivist of the United States will choose the winner, who will receive a pocket Constitution from the Foundation for the National Archives. Get more contest details here.

The Kansas Historical Society (KHS) has announced that 250,000 images from its record collections have been uploaded uploaded to Kansas Memory, KHS’s online archive of photographs, letters, government records, newspapers and objects. You can search teh collections or browse  by place, date, topic, record type or any number of other ways.  You can see the 250,000th image on the KHS blog.

Genealogy website ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk is celebrating its 10th birthday this month. Since its launch in mid-September 2002, the site has grown to more than 90 million digital records and more than one million registered users from across the world,making it the biggest online resource for Scottish census, birth, marriage and death records. British company brightsolid, which also owns findmypast.com, enables ScotlandsPeople for the National Records of Scotland.


Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | NARA | UK and Irish roots
Friday, September 14, 2012 1:34:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Budget Cuts to Close Georgia State Archives as of Nov. 1
Posted by Diane

The Georgia state archives in Morrow, Ga., will close to the public starting Nov. 1 due to state budget cuts, announced Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Thursday. Staff will be cut as part of the closure.

"To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state," Kemp says.

The public will be able to access the archives by appointment, but appointments may be limited. You can read Kemp's announcement here.

As part of a 3 percent cut ordered across the state government, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal instructed the secretary of state’s office to cut its budget by $732,626 during the remainder of this fiscal year and in the fiscal year starting next July. 

"I will fight during this legislative session to have this cut restored so the people will have a place to meet, research, and review the historical records of Georgia," Kemp says.

You can sign an online petition to stop the closure on Change.org and visit the Georgians Against Closing State Archives Facebook page here


Libraries and Archives | Public Records
Friday, September 14, 2012 9:11:28 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, September 13, 2012
Take the Course, Luke: Tech Tips from a Genealogy Jedi
Posted by Tyler

For our final Guest Blog in our ‘Meet the Presenter’ series, we have a piece by genealogy Jedi Thomas MacEntee. Here’s what he has to say:

Welcome to the Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference at Family Tree University. Once again, I’m pleased to be a part of this unique, on-line event that provides important educational content to the genealogy community.

What’s So Great about a Virtual Genealogy Conference?

A virtual genealogy conference is just like a conference you attend in-person but with more flexibility and just as many opportunities to network with other genealogy researchers. At the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference you’ll find pre-recorded webinars (a total of 15!), scheduled chats where you can ask the experts various questions, a message board and even a virtual gift bag filled with genealogy goodies!

The upcoming conference is a great alternative for busy genealogists as well as those that can’t travel long distances to attend genealogy conferences.

Why Technology Should Matter To Genealogists

I’m of an age where I remember the introduction of the personal computer and its impact on not just genealogy, but life in general. I don’t consider myself a “techie” especially since my academic background is more in the arts, language and literature. However, I’ve come to realize that if I don’t keep on top of technology that I risk being left behind. So even though it can be similar to “homework” in school, I make it a point to stay informed and to try out different apps, websites and other technologies. I may not incorporate them as part of my genealogy research, but knowing is better than not knowing.

That’s why I try to ensure that several of my presentations focus on how genealogists can use specific technologies to advance their own research. My goal is to present these new sites and apps in an easy-to-learn atmosphere where you’ll feel comfortable asking questions and making your own decisions as to what technology is best for your own situation.

My Presentations and Chats

During the conference I’ll be offering three new presentations covering tips for working with search engines, how to get what you want from the FamilySearch website, and easy ways to use a research log for your genealogy. In addition, there will be a live, on-line chat session covering cloud computing and genealogy where you’ll get to “pick my brain” on various programs and which program is best for you.

  • Power Up Your Web Searches: Feel like your Google and website searches are going nowhere? Learn to pull those elusive ancestors out from the depths of search engines and genealogy websites with this session on how to sharpen your search skills. We’ll cover Google’s Search Tools and specialty search engines including Mocavo and others. (Recorded session)
  • Tips for Using FamilySearch.org: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ free genealogy website offers a plethora of searchable family trees, historical records and resources—but how do you find what you’re looking for? This class will show you how to become a seasoned and savvy FamilySearch navigator. (Recorded session)
  • Research Logs for the Rest of Us: From Captain Cook to Christopher Columbus, numerous noteworthy explorers kept comprehensive journals to document their adventures, so why should your genealogical expedition be any different? In this class, you’ll learn why you need a research log and how it can help you make genealogical discoveries more effectively and efficiently. (Recorded session)
  • Choosing a Cloud Genealogy Program: Working in the “cloud” can be confusing and the concept of working with data stored on a remote server is just catching on with the genealogy community. If you are tired of keeping your genealogy research data on multiple CDs, DVDs, flash drives, hard drives and in different locations then you owe it to yourself to learn more about cloud computing. During this chat you’ll learn not only how cloud computing works, but also the latest cloud programs and how to keep your data secure and private. (Live on-line chat session)
  • Stay In Touch

    For me, the best part of any conference is making new genealogy friends and staying in touch with them. Sometimes we meet up again in person, or we stay in touch on-line. Either way, it always helps to network with other genealogists. Feel free to keep tabs on what I’m up to by following my websites GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy , or email me at hidefgen@gmail.com.

    The conference starts TOMORROW! But there is still time to register--click here and use the code FRIENDSOFTHOMAS at checkout to save $40.



    Family Tree University | Genealogy Events | Research Tips | Tech Advice
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:53:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
    # Wednesday, September 12, 2012
    Spice Up Your Roots: Family History and Food Collide at the Fall Virtual Conference
    Posted by Tyler

    Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist, author and contributor to Family Tree Magazine. Her primary passions are history and food, which she'll blend together like cake batter at this weekend's Fall Virtual Conference. In this guest post, the author of From the Family Kitchen talks in detail about her VC sessions:

    Social history and genealogy go hand in hand. As family history researchers we tend to focus solely on the dates and places of our ancestor’s life. That’s important, but it’s one thing to know the dates and places and another to fully understand what was going on during that historical time period. Social history is the story of people’s everyday lives. Social history places your ancestors in context. It will even help make your research more interesting to the non-genealogists in your family. The session itself is called "Top 10 Tools For Social History", in which we'll talk about resources you can use for any research project. These will include images, online catalogs and collections.

    My second presentation, "Cook up Answers About Immigrant Ancestors", is a chance to see social history in action. What does food have to do with your ancestor? Everything! Food is so integral to everything we do in our families. It’s part of celebrations, holidays and even somber events. Food and food history resources can help us learn far more about our ancestors. I can’t wait to tell you about all the available resources, such as community cookbooks.

    Please join me at the Virtual Conference. What a great way to spend a weekend. Talking genealogy from the comfort of your own home!


    ACT QUICKLY:Only three days until the conference! Register now for the Fall Virtual Conference and save $40 with coupon code FRIENDSOFGENA.



    Family Recipes | Family Tree University | Genealogy Events | Social History
    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:28:10 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
    # Monday, September 10, 2012
    Prepare to Plot Your Ancestors
    Posted by Tyler

    Lisa Louise Cooke is both an author and podcaster extraordinaire. She produces the Genealogy Gems podcast, as well as the official podcast of Family Tree Magazine. In this guest post, she writes an open letter to those considering coming to her sessions for Family Tree University’s Fall Virtual Conference:

    In the real estate world they say it’s all about Location, Location, Location! And the same holds true in the Genealogy world. Location is a key element in understanding the context of our ancestor’s lives and obtaining coveted genealogical documents. What better way to zero in on a location than with maps? My class Best Websites for Finding Historical Maps delivers the goods in a big way!

    If you have ever listened to my show The Genealogy Gems Podcast at http://www.genealogygems.com then you know that maps, and working with them in programs like Google Earth, is one of my specialties. Historical maps offer an exciting way to do your own genealogical time travel. Please join me in a map-packed half hour that will provide you the best resources for obtaining FREE downloadable historical maps that will take you back to the time, and place, of your ancestors. See you in class!

    NOTE:Act quickly—the conference starts this Friday, Sept. 14! Register now for the Fall Virtual Conference and save $40 with coupon code FRIENDSOFLISACOOKE.



    Family Tree University | Genealogy Events | Historical maps
    Monday, September 10, 2012 4:16:24 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
    Get Your Connecticut Genealogy Questions Answered!
    Posted by Diane


    Calling genealogists with Connecticut kin: Get help tracing your Constitution State ancestors in our upcoming Connecticut Genealogy Crash Course webinar.

    Presenter D. Joshua Taylor, whom you might recall revealing roots information to the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Rob Lowe on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?," will share secrets to discovering your family tree in Connecticut.



    What will you learn? Among the strategies Taylor will show you:
    • how to find resources such as vital records (going back as early as 1650!), church records, censuses, court records and more
    • tricks for tracing Dutch, English, Italian, Irish and other ethnic ancestors
    • the best places to search for Connecticut ancestors online
    You'll have the chance to submit your Connecticut genealogy questions to Taylor when you register, and again during the webinar.

    Registrants also get copies of the presentation slides plus handouts including Family Tree Magazine's Connecticut State Guide and New Haven City Guide, and they can to view the webinar again as many times as they like.

    Here are the Connecticut Genealogy Crash Course basics:
    • Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
    • Time: 7-8 p.m. ET (starts at 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT)
    • Price: $49.99 (register now to save $10 with our early bird special!)
    Click here to join us for the Connecticut Genealogy Crash Course!

    Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
    Monday, September 10, 2012 1:16:18 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
    # Friday, September 07, 2012
    Fresh Fall Sale (Plus Friends & Family Savings) at ShopFamilyTree.com
    Posted by Diane

    I wanted to do a quick post to let you know we're having a a big sale—the Fresh Fall Sale—in ShopFamilyTree.com! You can save up to 50 percent off select genealogy how-to CDs, DVDs, Video Classes, books and Family Tree Magazine back issues. 

    You could get
    • on-demand webinars such as Using Probate Records or our Illinois or Michigan genealogy crash course
    • the Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference to keep handy (it's full of information and tips, and it really does fit in your pocket)
    • our Family Tree Essentials CD with how-tos on the basic genealogical records you need to search for
    • any number of Family Tree University Independent Study courses
    ... and lots more. Plus I'll let you in on our Friends & Family savings, which gets you another 15 percent off when you enter code FAMILY (expires Sept. 14) at checkout.

    Shop the Fresh Fall Sale here, now through Sept. 15!


    ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
    Friday, September 07, 2012 4:49:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
    Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 3-7
    Posted by Diane

    Congratulations to all the ISFHWE competition winners—you can see their names here!


    Family Heirlooms | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies
    Friday, September 07, 2012 4:14:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
    Of Census Searches and Landlubbers
    Posted by Tyler

    Diana Crisman Smith has been researching genealogy since childhood and has served as a lay librarian at the local Family History Center for more than 20 years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, including current regular columns in the National Genealogical Society’s NewsMagazine and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ APG Quarterly. In this guest post, she talks about the two sessions she is presenting at Family Tree University’s Fall Virtual Conference: “Smarter Online Census Searching” and “Finding Land Records Online”.

    I’m Diana Crisman Smith, and I’ve been researching my family since I was eleven years old. I have been helping others with their research for more than twenty years through writing, speaking, teaching and volunteering at the Family History Center. I have roots throughout the US and Europe, but US research is the starting place for all my family branches. Two of the most useful tools I use in US genealogical research are land records and census records.

    Now that so many of the US censuses are available in online images or indexed online, researchers have a wonderful opportunity to use these important records. We all know that they are not perfect, since we can’t always find what we want easily. Join me to learn some tips to make the best use of these records by searching smarter.

    I also love “playing in the dirt” with land records. If your ancestors were farmers, they are critical for you; if they were city folk, they still may have land purchases (they bought houses just like we do, which means land records). For those who were in the “Western states” (essentially west of the original colonies, plus a few special states), the Bureau of Land Management website is one of the most useful, but little-known, resources of the Federal Government. Come learn to use some of the great information available through this source.

    Act quickly—the conference starts next Friday, Sept. 14! Register now for the Fall Virtual Conference and save $20 with coupon code FRIENDSOFDIANA.



    census records | Family Tree University | Genealogy Events | Land records
    Friday, September 07, 2012 10:20:37 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]