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# Monday, November 19, 2012
Ancestry.com Introduces Community Support Site
Posted by Beth

Ancestry.com has launched a new Community Support site created for collaboration focused on family history research for beginners, product questions, how-to discussions and general help-related topics.

The Support Community is designed to maximize collaboration and encourage members to engage with one another to share similar real-world experiences and ideas.
 
Community Support can be accessed by clicking on "Get Help" at the top of the Ancestry.com homepage. Once on "Online Help," there will be a button for “Ask the Community” on the right-hand side. That link will take you directly to the new Community Support section.
 


Ancestry.com | Research Tips
Monday, November 19, 2012 3:06:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Scavenger Hunt at Grandma's House!
Posted by Beth

If you've got grandkids, nieces or nephews heading over the river and through the woods to your house this Thanksgiving, the holiday gathering is the perfect time to introduce them to genealogy. 


Before- or After-dinner Activities:
Whether you're basting the turkey or basking in a tryptophan afterglow, these printable sheets can keep the little ones busy.
 
Genealogy Word Scramble (Downloadable PDF)

Word Search: Family History Records (Downloadable PDF)

Build Your Family Tree (Fillable and Downloadable PDF)


Weekend Activities:
If you've got a little more time and can be involved in the process, these activities offer a great opportunity to talk about family history while making memories together.

Create a Tombstone Rubbing

Make Picture Magnets

Scavenger Hunt



Celebrating your heritage | Genealogy for kids | Genealogy fun
Monday, November 19, 2012 9:17:54 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, November 16, 2012
Mocavo Announces Community Digitization Grant
Posted by Beth

Mocavo, a genealogy search engine and now a growing records site with its acquisition of ReadyMicro, is offering a $25,000 grant to enable other stewards of genealogical content to share their information.

Mocavo is seeking proposals from organizations with genealogical content, archives or historical records that they want to make freely available online.

The grant provides the recipient with $25,000 of digitization services from ReadyMicro, including digital media organized into a searchable database; unlimited display and distribution rights for the resulting digital media; and an online version of the database which may be presented on the grant recipient’s website. The information will also be shared at Mocavo's site.

More information about the program, as well as the application form, can be found here. The deadline is February 28, 2013.


Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, November 16, 2012 11:31:02 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Nov. 12-16
Posted by Beth



  • Familyrelatives.com has released three new military collections containing lists of more than 35,000 British and Dominion Officers who were killed or captured during the Great War:
British Officers Prisoners of War 1914-1918

Officers Who Died in the Great War 1914-1919 

The Bond of Sacrifice (a biographical record of British officers who fell in the Great War)   


Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives
Friday, November 16, 2012 9:09:11 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, November 15, 2012
Mocavo Announces Free Scanning Service
Posted by Beth

If you've got piles of genealogical research laying around, or old books or historical documents gathering dust, Mocavo, the world's largest genealogy search engine, has a "get-'er-done" scanning solution for you to digitize your materials.

The company has announced its Free Scanning Service, available now through the end of the year, that will scan members' historical and genealogical materials—books, documents and standard-size paper sheets—to bring them online for their owners and the rest of the Mocavo community.

ReadyMicro, Mocavo's digitization group, will handle the free document scanning. A member's document(s) will be scanned, and he or she will then receive a digital copy of each document. (Member can have their materials shipped back to them for $10/shipment plus the cost of shipping.) The members' documents will also be placed online at Mocavo.

The company's goal is to work with its community to bring all of the world's genealogical information online for free, helping to put everyone's family history within reach.

This scanning service is applicable for:
  • Paper documents
  • Unbound books and books that can have their binding removed
  • Photocopies of original content
  • Notes and paper family trees
This scanning service is not applicable for:
  • Photographs 
  • Moldy or damaged documents
  • Copyrighted materials
  • Non-historical content
  • Very fragile content
  • Small pieces of paper
  • Old newspapers or clippings
  • Documents larger than 11x17 inches
  • Photographs cannot be processed at this time.

Learn more about Mocavo’s Free Scanning Service here.


Genealogy Industry | Historic preservation | saving and sharing family history
Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:56:02 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, November 14, 2012
LIFE Shares Rare Ellis Island Photos
Posted by Beth


LIFE has released rare photographs from Ellis Island taken by one of its preeminent photographers, Alfred Eisenstaedt. His photos, some never seen before, chronicle a day in 1950 when political bureaucracy had delayed the processing of immigrants looking to step onto American soil.

Eisenstaedt, who was also an immigrant, captures scenes that mirror those in Ellis Island photos taken decades in the early 1900s.

Interested in tracing your immigrant ancestors? Then be sure to check out our 101 Best Immigration Websites


immigration records | Photos
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:27:10 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Family Tree Firsts Blogger Entries Due Friday
Posted by Beth



Just a friendly reminder that if you're a newbie genealogist, you could be Family Tree Magazine's next Family Tree Firsts blogger!

We're looking for someone who enjoys writing and is interested in his or her family history, but is just starting—or hasn't yet started—to research it.

We'll select one winner based on the strength of the application. Over the course of six months, you'll have access to Family Tree Magazine's how-to genealogy products, Family Tree University classes and webinars, as well as other products, services and surprises from our partners. You'll blog once a week to share your genealogical finds, trials and tribulations. We might even include you in a future issue of the magazine!

To enter, click here to fill out an application and compose your first blog post. This will let us get to know you and see how you'd write your blog. But, hurry! The deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. Good luck!


Family Tree Firsts | saving and sharing family history
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:25:12 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, November 12, 2012
Document the Lives of Your Military Ancestors
Posted by Beth





Celebrate your ancestors who served in the military or lived through historical conflicts by exploring and documenting their lives. With the Military Research Value Pack, you'll get easy-to-use tools that will guide you through:
  • What records to look for—military or otherwise—and how to locate them
  • How to find and mine online records
  • Research tips and guidance for tracing ancestors' involvement in specific US wars and conflicts
You'll find that many types of military documents—from service to pension to land records—can reveal important information about your family tree, including soldiers' widows and children. Even ancestors who didn't serve might have left behind draft records.

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And, a reminder:
There's still time to register for one (or more) of the 16 Family Tree University courses that begin today, including:
Use code FTU1112 and save 20 percent!


Editor's Pick | German roots | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Monday, November 12, 2012 10:26:09 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, November 09, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Nov. 5-9
Posted by Beth

  • The University of Indianapolis is teaming up with Ancestry.com in a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage its students to explore and reflect on how their family history impacts their identity. All UIndy students, faculty and staff have been granted access to all Ancestry.com content available from computers and mobile devices anywhere on campus, as well as to on-campus identity workshops and seminars.


  • Family tree building wiki site WikiTree has released MatchBot, an automated matching tool that crawls the sites database checking for high-probability matches in the trees on the site. When it finds a match, it emails the tree managers with a match proposal. They can merge the profiles, create an "unmerged match" or reject the merge. Until now, members discovered such matches using traditional searches and the not-automated FindMatches tool.

  • In a new blog series on Ancestry.com, the family of Rob and Kathy Brown and their five children are embarking on a family history journey in an RV decorated with Ancestry.com branding. The Browns will travel for six to nine months and more than 10,000 miles, through 42 states and 40 major cities, discovering the stories of their ancestors and blogging along the way. Read blog posts in the Great Ancestry Adventure series here and check out photos on Facebook here.


 



Free Databases | NARA | Research Tips
Friday, November 09, 2012 9:36:34 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, November 08, 2012
The National Archives of Ireland Launches Genealogy Site
Posted by Beth

Researching your Irish roots? A new Irish online free resource is now available to aid your research.

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Ireland, has today formally launched The National Archives of Ireland's new genealogy-specific website. 

The following collections are now freely available on the site:
The census information links to the already established website, but the latter two are newly released today. The Tithe Applotment Books, in particular, are a major resource, being an early 19th century precursor to Griffith's Valuation; these are the actual images from the books.

Joining the site in near future:
  •  Calendars of Wills and Administrations (1858-1922)
  •  Nineteenth-century census survivals (1821-1851)
  •  Valuation Office House and Field Books (1848-1860)
  •  Census Search Forms for the 1841 and 1851 Censuses


Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | UK and Irish roots
Thursday, November 08, 2012 10:26:51 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]