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# Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Editors' Pick: Scandinavian and Irish Genealogy Value Packs
Posted by Beth





Whether you're just starting to explore your Swedish, Danish or Norwegian roots, or you want to go deeper into your Scandinavian roots research, the Scandinavian Genealogy Value Pack includes the resources you need to search for your Northern European ancestors.

You'll learn:
  • History and geography of Scandinavian countries
  • How the patronymic naming system works
  • Basic language tips
  • How to find overseas records and navigate records websites, including the Swedish National Archives
  • Tricks for sorting out Swedish roots
  • Tips for decrypting your Viking ancestry

The value pack includes:
    •    Scandinavian Genealogy 101 Independent Study download
    •    Scandinavian Genealogy Handbook download
    •    Your Swedish Roots
    •    Understanding Scandinavian Patronyms and Farm Names video class



Do you have Irish post-Famine immigrants or Catholic Colonial settlers in your family tree? Inspire your Irish research with the Boost Your Irish Genealogy Value Pack. If you've begun digging deeper into your roots, this pack can help you make use of a vast array of resources.

You'll learn:
  • Strategies for finding your Famine-era family through census-substitutes
  • Essential online resources for Irish genealogy
  • Basic steps for rooting out important Irish records, including birth, marriage, death, church and census records
  • Irish genealogy facts, charts and websites

The value pack includes:
  • Tracing Irish Ancestors in Griffith's Valuation video class
  • Irish Genealogy Online video class
  • Finding Your Irish Ancestors DVD
  • Irish Genealogy Cheat Sheet download

Take advantage of discounted value pack prices now and begin—or further—your European research efforts.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:39:56 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The End Is Near?
Posted by Beth

Friday, Dec. 21 is the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year and the date that marks the onset of winter. And, as you've no doubt heard by now, it's also the day the Mayan calendar ends, which many people believe translates to the end of the world. Happy holidays, eh?

This isn't the first time people have predicted the end of days and braced for the apocalypse. Here are three instances featured in Good Old Days, My Ass: 665 Funny History Facts and Terrifying Truths About Yesterday by David A. Fryxell:

  • Way back in 448, Moses of Crete, a rabbi, claimed to be the Messiah as predicted by Talmudic calculations and led his followers to the sea, which was supposed to part so they could reach Palestine. Having given away all their possessions, the rabbi's followers cast themselves into the Mediterranean. Seeing them crash on the rocks or drown, the rabbi declined to follow and "suddenly disappeared," leading some to conclude he had actually been "some malignant fiend" in human form.

  • Then there were the astrological predictions that a 1524 planetary alignment in Pisces would produce an apocalypse. Germans built boats, including a three-story ark constructed by Count von Igleheim, and residents of port cities took refuge afloat. When doomsday arrived with only a light drizzle, angry crowds outside the ark stampeded, trampling hundreds, and stoned the count to death.

  • In America, forerunners of today's Seventh-Day Adventists, the Millerites, followed Baptist preacher William Miller, who concluded Christ would return in 1844. Another Millerite pegged it more precisely on Oct. 22, 1844, a day that came to be known as "the Great Disappointment." Thousands of followers gave  away their possessions and awaited the end. When Jesus didn't appear, one wrote, "I lay prostrate for two days without any pain—sick with disappointment." Even children in the streets would taunt the disappointed Millerites, saying, "Have you not gone up [to heaven]?"

For a look at more interesting and often funny history facts—and terrifying truths—from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, check out David's book.

And if, by chance, the world is ending on Friday, what's to stop you from indulging in another piece of homemade fudge washed down by a cup of eggnog? After all, it is the holiday season …  


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:04:26 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Editors' Pick: Ancestry.com Search Secrets Webinar
Posted by Beth




If one of your new year's resolutions is to manage your genealogy research time more efficiently and effectively, you'll get 2013 off to a stellar start with our Ancestry.com Search Secrets webinar.
 
Sifting through the millions of records available on Ancestry.com can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, yet the wealth of data is critical to your research. Whether you're digging for your family in census records, military records or public member trees, let presenter Laura G. Prescott teach you her top tips for making the most of your searches on this genealogy juggernaut.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 24
Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until Jan. 17)

What You'll Learn:

  • How to rein in the massive amount of information available on Ancestry.com
  • Hints to set manageable search parameters for finding your family
  • How to dig into individual databases for specific records
  • Tricks and tips to make your search efforts more efficient and effective
  • PLUS: Get a free PDF download of our Ancestry.com Web Guide

To learn how to harness the information on Ancestry.com so you can quickly and easily track down your relatives, register here



Ancestry.com | Editor's Pick | saving and sharing family history | Webinars
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:45:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, December 17, 2012
December 2012 Family Tree Magazine Podcast: Record and Share Your Family History
Posted by Beth

The December 2012 Family Tree Magazine podcast, hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, offers tips on recording and sharing your family history family, including:
  • Six steps to get your family history book into library stacks, from Family Tree Magazine (FTM) contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton

  • D. Joshua Taylor of brightsolid talks about the FindMyPast.com website, which specializes in British genealogical records

  • Tips for assembling and printing a family keepsake, from FTM online editor Tyler Moss, as noted in the class Creating a Family History Book: Start-to-Finish Guidance for Assembling and Printing a Family Keepsake 

  • Recommendations for research sources from FTM publisher and editorial director Allison Dolan

You can listen to Family Tree Magazine's free genealogy podcast in iTunes or on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.  


Podcasts | saving and sharing family history
Monday, December 17, 2012 9:32:18 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, December 14, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 10-14
Posted by Beth

  • The Illinois State Genealogical Society has raised more than $40,000 during its War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge on June 18, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, and committed to matching any contribution up to the first $10,000 made to the project. Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in contributions being quadrupled.
The money will be donated to the Preserve the Pensions effort, resulting in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months. The campaign, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, hopes to raise more than $3.7 million to digitize all of the pension files currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online.
Files are being digitized as funds become available; many files are currently viewable here


Click here for official rules and click here for the entry form


Genealogy Industry
Friday, December 14, 2012 9:27:12 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Finish Your Holiday Shopping! 12 Days of Genealogy Gifts
Posted by Beth

Wrap up your holiday shopping here for the genealogists on your list (or for yourself!) PLUS: Become a VIP for the Day—get 10% off and FREE US SHIPPING. Hurry! The VIP for the Day offer ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday!



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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:26:41 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Editors' Pick: Maryland Genealogy Crash Course Webinar
Posted by Tyler




From the Potomac River to the Mason-Dixon Line, Maryland played a key role in the early development of the United States. Whether your ancestors were Protestant Colonials or Puritans that migrated from Virginia, our Maryland Genealogy Crash Course Webinar, part of the State Genealogy Series, will help you track down your Old Line State origins.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10
Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST; 1-hour duration
Presenter: Michael Hait
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until Thursday, Jan. 3)

What You'll Learn:
  • Basic Maryland history, from 1st Lord Baltimore's Province of Maryland to the Civil War
  • How to find and use key Maryland records
  • Tricks for tracing early Maryland ancestors
  • Top websites for Maryland genealogy
  • Specific tips for finding your Baltimore and Annapolis ancestors
PLUS: Receive two free downloads: a copy of our Maryland State Guide and our Baltimore Genealogy Guide

Register here: Maryland Genealogy Crash Course Webinar


Family Tree University | Webinars
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:32:01 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy Gems Reaches 1 Million Download Milestone
Posted by Beth

Genealogy Gems Podcast, a free 30-minute monthly podcast of genealogy resources, tips and fun hosted by our friend and colleague Lisa Louise Cooke, received its 1 millionth episode download this past weekend.

In early 2007, when Cooke published the first episode, podcasting was in its infancy. "It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology," says Cooke, a genealogist since the age of about 10. She has now published 146 free episodes, available through Apple's iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website. What started out as a single podcast episode has turned into a multimedia offering of audio, video, articles, books, DVDs, live classes and online webinars. The Genealogy Gems mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store, and an Android version through Amazon.com) gives genealogists the flexibility to hit the road and take it all with them.

"My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information and chiseling out the gems—the items that are really worthwhile—so that my listeners can have faster and greater success," Cooke says. "Ultimately, the genealogy gems I provide on the show lead to my listeners' genealogy gems: their precious ancestors."

Cooke is also the host of the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast, our monthly online radio show that takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in the magazine. Each episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy web sites, records and resources. Plus, publisher/editorial director Allison Dolan gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues; managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.

To subscribe to the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast, click here. To listen to an audio podcast via iTunes, click here.


Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites | Podcasts
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:46:58 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, December 07, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 3-7
Posted by Beth

Over the next several months, CDs, maps, microfilms and periodicals will be added to the catalog.


  • Thanks to the Flip-Pal Cares response team, Hurricane Sandy survivors in Union Beach, NJ, may soon be reunited with family photos that have washed up on the Jersey shoreline.
Last weekend, the rescue team, volunteers and Monmouth County, NJ, Boy Scout troops used donated Flip-Pal mobile scanners to digitally scan thousands of photos, wedding albums and scrapbooks collected from the shoreline, wetlands and piles of hurricane debris. All scanned photos have been posted on Facebook for their owners to claim.


 


Genealogy Events | Genealogy Industry
Friday, December 07, 2012 8:58:34 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, December 06, 2012
Special Sneak Peek: Using Criminal Court Records Webinar
Posted by Beth




Do you have a Jesse James in your family? What about a Wyatt Earp?

Sifting through criminal case files to find your ancestors in criminal court records is illuminating—whichever side of the law your ancestors are on.

The records created by the criminal justice system are "wonderful additions to any family history," says Using Criminal Court Records Webinar presenter Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, (For a video sneak peek of this Tuesday, Dec. 11 live webinar [7 p.m. ET], click here.)

Russell sums up those who are in the criminal justice system this way: "They came in all sizes, shapes, colors. They were men, women and even children. They acted out of greed or foolishness or just desperation—or were wrongly accused. And they became the criminals.

"They're among the most colorful characters in our family trees. They didn't toe the line, they went their own ways, and they did one thing that can't help but warm a genealogist's heart: They left records. Arrest records. Conviction records. Prison records."

"But they weren't all bad guys (or gals)," she adds. "Your ancestor might have played a different role: police officer, constable, judge, juror or witness."

Next week, "we'll take a look at a whole range of records created after a crime was committed, from police reports all the way to prison records," says Russell. "We'll look at cases prosecuted in local courts, state courts and federal courts. We'll look at some records from other countries. And we'll look at ways to find the records that relate to our ancestors in the many roles they played in the criminal justice system ... and what those records tell us about the times in which our ancestors lived."

Register now for this fascinating webinar!

 
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Thursday, December 06, 2012 1:06:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]