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Friday, September 28, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 24-28
Posted by Diane
- Got family who landed in Australia? This weekend,
Ancestry.com.au (Ancestry.com's Australia site) is giving free access to its
Australian Birth, Marriage and Death and Cemetery indexes,
containing more than 17 million records of those who were born,
married or died in Australia from 1788 until the early 20th
century. The free period runs through Monday, Oct. 1, 11:59 p.m.
Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday 1 October, 2012
(that's 9:59 a.m. Monday EST in the United States). You'll need
to set up a free registration with the site to search the records.
- Registration is open for FamilySearch's 2013 Rootstech genealogy
conference, taking place March 21-23 in Salt Lake City.
Organizers are planning for the 2013 conference to have a 40
percent larger exhibit hall and more classes, including a new
track for those beginning their family history research.
Registration fees range from $19 for a one-day pass to the
Getting Started track ($39 for all three days) to a $149 early
bird special (regularly $219) for a full three-day pass. Click
here to register for the conference.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | International Genealogy | Vital Records
Friday, September 28, 2012 1:14:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Celebrating Family History Month 2012
Posted by Diane
Monday, Oct. 1, starts Family History Month!
In the past October has been officially proclaimed a month for
celebrating family history; recently, it's become an unofficial
celebration among genealogy researchers and organizations.
So let the celebration begin! Family Tree Magazine has ideas for you
to mark Family History month on our
Family History Month resources page (it includes our free
Discover Your Roots webinar).
It's a great time to find classes and presentations at genealogy
libraries and societies near you—many free or for a small fee. Check
the website of your local library or society or call to
ask about special events. Be sure to register for the event if it's
Here's a sampling of Family History Month events across the country. Feel free to click Comments below and tell us about events you know of:
- Cincinnati: The public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton
County will hold a Day with the Experts on Saturday, Oct. 6, with
genealogy tours, a Researching Your Civil War Online class,
consultations with experts and a presentation on Cincinnati's
legendary military officer Gen. William Haines Lytle. For more
details, call (513) 369-6905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Conroe, Texas: The Montgomery County Library will have a
Genealogy Basics Boot Camp Oct. 10, a Get Your research into Shape
session on Oct. 20, and more. Here's
the library's October events calendar; hover over a listing to
learn more about it.
- Fort Myers, Fla.: The Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library is
holding a Family History Month Series on Saturdays in October
covering topics such as tracking your research, using courthouse
records, finding censuses and substitutes and using immigration
here to find out more.
- Fort Wayne, Ind.: Of course the biggest public genealogy
library in the country, the Allen County Library, is celebrating
with classes on
cemetery research, state and regional research, census research,
photograph analysis, brick wall research and more. The library's
Genealogy Center also will have extended research hours on Oct. 26.
more and download a class schedule here.
Oakland, Calif.: The African-American Genealogical Society of
Northern California and the Oakland FamilySearch Center are holding
a Black Family History Day Oct. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the
FamilySearch Center. Click
here to learn more about the event (including how to register
for a free family history consultation).
- Santa Barbara, Calif.: The Santa Barbara County Genealogical
Society has classes all month long, including a Genealogy and DNA
workshop (Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.) and Beginning Genealogy (Oct. 8 at 10
a.m.). Registration is required, with a fee for nonmembers. You also
can go to free open houses on Sept. 30 and Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 27.
To learn more, go to the
society's website and click READ HERE to download a PDF
listing the events.
- Tucson, Ariz.: The Pima County Genealogy Society and the Pima
County Public Library are teaming up to offer family tree
workshops at the library throughout October. See the
dates and times here.
- Vermilion, Ohio: Ritter Public Library is holding genealogy
classes on researching a house history (Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.), creating
a computerized family photo project (Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.) and getting
started (Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.). Learn more on
the library's blog.
Family History Month | Genealogy Events | Genealogy fun | Genealogy societies
Friday, September 28, 2012 12:02:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Find Your Ancestors' Military Records Online
Posted by Diane
Just about everyone has an ancestor (or more) who served in the
military, and the records of their service can be rich
with genealogy answers: compiled military service records (aka CMSRs), pension
applications, bounty land warrants, draft registrations, discharge
papers, citations, regimental histories, burial records, veterans
questionnaires—the list goes on.
Our upcoming webinar Online
Military Records: Document Your Family's Service will help you
use online resources to find your family's US military records.
Plus you'll be able to submit your own military research questions
to presenter David A. Fryxell both when you register and during the
- what types of military records might exist for your ancestors and where to find them
- how to track down draft registrations (even if your ancestor
- how to trace ancestors' service in the American Revolution,
Civil War, World Wars and other US wars
- the best websites for finding military records, including Fold3, the Daughters
of the American Revolution genealogy database and more
The hourlong Online
Military Records webinar is Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7
p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT).
registration includes access to the webinar recording to watch again
as often as you want, a 25-page handout of the presentation
slides, and a six-page handout of additional information on finding
online military records.
here to lean more about our Online Military Records webinar
$10 on your registration with our early bird discount).
Fold3 | Genealogy Web Sites | Military records | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:59:22 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Courthouse Research Tips from the Virtual Genealogy Conference
Posted by Diane
Courthouse records can be some of the most revealing sources about
These Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference tips
come from our live chat on Researching Courthouse Records, hosted by
the Legal Genealogist
Judy G. Russell.
- Types of records you might find at a
courthouse include civil and criminal court records,
naturally, but also deeds and mortgages, tax lists,
county commissioner meeting
minutes, vital records,
business licenses, voter registrations, cattle brand
registrations and more.
- But depending on the place your family
lived, older records may have been turned over to a local or
state archives, historical society or library. Check in
advance before you plan a courthouse trip.
- "Keep in mind is that most of these
facilities aren't really archives," Russell advised. "They're
working offices trying to keep up with the day-to- day
business of government. For the most part, they're not set up
to do a lot of hand-holding." Find out as much as you can
about the records you need—the date, a microfilm number or
volume and page number, where they're located, etc.—before you
- More things to know before you go:
Check online for courthouse hours, holiday schedules and access information.
The court may have limited hours when staff will pull files.
Some won't allow personal scanners or cameras. Different types
of records might be in different buildings or rooms. The local genealogy librarian and
genealogical society are good sources to ask ahead of time
about courthouse quirks.
- See if the office holding the records
you need has a busy season. Russell gave this example: "If the
records you really want are the tax records, and the tax
office's busy season is October, then going there in October
just about guarantees that nobody is going to be available to
help you—and they may not even allow record lookups at that
- One chat participant advises you to dress
nicely—"so you look like you might be a lawyer or paralegal."
And if you have allergies to dust or mold, bring medication.
- Look for an online or microfilmed
index so you have all the volumes and page numbers you need in
advance. Also see whether the Family History Library
has microfilm of the records you
need or even posted them online at FamilySearch.org.
'burned counties' have some records," Russell said. "And don't
forget many people re-recorded deeds, etc., after a courthouse
Ready to head to the courthouse now? Click
here to find out about our downloadable guide to researching in courthouse
records, available in ShopFamilyTree.com.
from our Virtual Genealogy Conferences are available in
ShopFamilyTree.com. And mark your calendar now for our Winter
2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference, Feb. 22-24.
court records | Genealogy Events | Research Tips
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:21:02 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Monday, September 24, 2012
Get Free Admission to 100s of Museums Across the Country on Sept. 29!
Posted by Diane
This Saturday, Sept. 29, is Museum Day—when hundreds of museums
across the country open their doors and let you visit for free.
You do need to sign up for
your free tickets on the Museum Day website (each ticket is
good for admission for two people). Tickets will be emailed to you;
print them and take with you to the place you visit on Museum Day.
to find a participating museum near you.
A few I like for the history-minded:
- Out West in Nevada, you can step into your Silver State
ancestors' shoes at the Nevada State Museum
in Carson City, which features American Indian artifacts,
fossils, a recreated ghost town and underground mine, and more.
- At the Western
Heritage Center in Billings, Mont., you can see special
exhibits on Montana Women at Work and how the railroad shaped
Billings. One of the museum's galleries replicates a 1930s dude
Museums | Social History
Monday, September 24, 2012 2:02:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, September 21, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 17-21
Posted by Diane
- This week MyHeritage.com
announced the launch of its automatic Record Matching premium
service. The service automatically searches the 4 billion
records on MyHeritage.com websites (which now include World Vital Records
and FamilyLink) for matches
to people in your MyHeritage family tree. MyHeritage users will
receive weekly email updates of new Record Matches and can visit
MyHeritage.com to review, filter, sort, confirm and reject
his Genea-Musings blog, Randy Seaver has some detailed posts
about using Record Matching to find information.
- Genealogy search engine Mocavo
has acquired ReadyMicro,
a company that develops document digitization technology. On
its blog, Mocavo says it's planning
several exciting announcements in the coming weeks about
offering searchable records and forming partnerships to digitize
organizations' records "at a very low cost and even, in many
cases, at no cost." Stay tuned ...
- British burial records site DeceasedOnline has
added records from London's Charlton Cemetery, opened in 1855.
Records include scans of burial registers and some photographs.
You can see
a list of all the cemeteries included on the site here.
You can search the site and get basic search results free;
purchase credits to view additional details and records.
- Don't forget to enter our giveaway for a year's subscription
to our Family
Tree eBooks website—it's a digital library of dozens of
ebooks on genealogy, history, heirloom identification, sharing
and preserving your family history, and more, plus many issues
of Family Tree Magazine. Click
here to enter by September 30!
Cemeteries | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites | MyHeritage | UK and Irish roots
Friday, September 21, 2012 2:27:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, September 20, 2012
5 Connecticut Research Tips from D. Joshua Taylor
Posted by Diane
D. Joshua Taylor, the New England genealogy expert who delivered
genealogy news to several famous folks on NBC's "Who Do You think You
Are?" is hard at work putting together the Connecticut
Genealogy Crash Course webinar he'll present next Thursday,
Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
Josh shares these Connecticut research tips, which he'll expand on
in the Connecticut
Genealogy Crash Course:
Got Connecticut ancestors? Register
for the Connecticut Genealogy Crash Course now and you'll save
$10 with our early bird special and get a chance to submit your
Connecticut research question to Josh ahead of time.
- Many of the common resources for Connecticut research have
been published, transcribed, retranscribed, and republished in
various formats, so always look for the original source of the
information. In the webinar, we'll discuss key
resources for tracing Connecticut families, including the Barbour and Hale records
collections, which require a bit of sleuthing to use
- Connecticut keeps probate records by districts, rather than by
counties or towns. But there's a quick way to search all of
Connecticut's probate records through one central source! Tune
in to the webinar to learn how.
- Connecticut's shared borders can cause dilemmas for
genealogists. We'll talk briefly about the complexities
surrounding the western border with New York and ideas for
tracing Connecticut families who might've spent time in and around Dutchess
- Subscribe to the Connecticut
Society of Genealogists' quarterly The
Connecticut Nutmegger. It'll keep you up to date on
Connecticut resources and provide book reviews, record abstracts
and other guidance.
- If you have a chance, visit the Connecticut State Library. Although many of its resources are on microfilm (much of it
available through interlibrary loan or from the Family History
Library), there's nothing like researching
on-site and using resources in the original formats.
Editor's Pick | Research Tips | Webinars
Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:31:28 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Genealogy Apps for Your Tablet
Posted by Diane
Last weekend's Family Tree University Virtual Genealogy Conference
was a great chance to learn from professional genealogy experts and
from other researchers like me via video classes, message boards and
Mark your calendar now for our Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference, Feb. 22-24.
I'll bring you a few of my favorite conference tips and tidbits over the next
few weeks, starting with great apps from our Best Genealogy Tablet
Apps chat. Interestingly, they're not all expressly for doing
genealogy. These are some of the apps chat host Kerry Scott
and other participants use to track their trees, manage time,
digitize documents, search websites and more:
classes from the Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference will be
available soon in ShopFamilyTree.com (and you can check
out classes from past Virtual Conferences now).
- 30/30 for time management—you work for 30 minutes or
another set length of time, then take a break (iPad)
- Ancestry for displaying your Ancestry member tree and doing quick record lookups, though the
search capabilities are limited compared to the full version
of the site (Android and iPad)
- AroundMe for finding gas stations and food in
- CamScanner for digitizing documents and turning them
into PDFs (iPad and Android)
- Civil War Today for newspaper
accounts, diaries, letters and more from this day 150 years
- CousinCalc for figuring out exactly how you're related
- DropBox for sharing and accessing files across devices
(iPad and Android)
- Evernote for taking notes and making them searchable
and accessible across devices—you can get
Kerry's video class on using Evernote for $10 off in
ShopFamilyTree.com (iPad and Android)
- Find A Grave for searching the cemetery
transcriptions and info on Find A Grave (Android)
- Focus Time for time management; you
work for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break, with a longer
break after four cycles (iPad)
- GoodReader for reading PDF files (iPad)
- Google Translate (iPhone and Android)
- LastPass for keeping and generating passwords (IPad and Android)
- MyHeritage for displaying your
MyHeritage family tree and searching the site (iPad and
- PrinterPro for printing wirelessly from iPad to printer
- Reeder for managing blog RSS feeds (iPad)
- RestingSpot for adding
your ancestor's burial location GPS coordinates to the
RestingSpot database (iPhone and Android)
- Scanner Pro for digitizing documents and turning them
into PDFs (iPad)
- Symbaloo.com as an iGoogle replacement (iPad and
- Wikipanion (iPad) or Wapedia
(Android) for using Wikipedia
- Wolfram Genealogy & History Research Assistant for
a variety of tools including historical weather to an inflation
- Zite for finding news stories and blog posts about your
pet topics, such as genealogy (iPad and Android)
And if you're hungry for more ways to use your iPad for genealogy,
you'll find them in the new book Turn
Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse by Lisa Louise Cooke—click
here to learn more.
Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Events | Research Tips | Tech Advice
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:34:15 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
We're on the Prowl for Hilarious Holiday Photos
Posted by Diane
You expect to see Halloween decorations everywhere this time of year,
but can you believe some stores are already stocking Christmas
We’re celebrating the joys of both holidays—as well as Valentine's
Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Earth Day, the Fourth of July,
Thanksgiving, and other special days throughout the year—with
an upcoming book called Hilarious Holiday Photos.
Want to join in the fun? Share your funny holiday photos of people
or pets, and they could appear on the book’s Facebook page and even
in the book itself.
For example, this Halloween photo, courtesy
of a coworker here at Family Tree Magazine HQ, cracked us up:
book’s Facebook page to see more funny photos and click
here to submit your pictures online.
Genealogy fun | Photos
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:57:48 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
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
Plus, you'll get news from the genealogy blogosphere and hear what's
coming up next from Family Tree Magazine.
- preventing "sick" sources in your family tree
- documenting genealogy sources
- using DNA testing in your genealogy research
Listen to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast in iTunes or on
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)