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# Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Search Irish Vital Records Free on Thursday Jan. 24
Posted by Diane

Researching ancestors in Ireland? Flex those typing muscles: Tomorrow, Jan. 24, Irish genealogy website will let you access 21 million Irish vital records free in honor of its first Irish Family History Day.

This according to the Irish news websites IrishCentral and siliconrepublic

The vital records, new on the site, range from the 1800s to 1958. Read more about them here is a website from brightsolid publishing, which also operates (US), (Australia and New Zealand) and (England, Wales and Scotland), among other genealogy websites. When you visit from the United States, you may get a pop-up suggesting you use the American site, but you can just close it and carry on.

Also, if you're in the United States, be mindful of time zone differences when you plan your search session(s). is based in Dublin, which is five hours ahead of the US East Coast.

Update: Now that Irish Family History Day is upon us, I found more information about this offer. Visit's Irish Family History Day page for a promo code that gets you 50 free credits to use the site's pay-as-you-go records. The code is valid through Jan. 31.

Free Databases | UK and Irish roots | Vital Records
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:04:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Editors' Pick: Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls Live Webinar
Posted by Beth

Ever wished you had a professional genealogist at your beck and call when trying to solve your military brick wall? Have you run into obstacles while tracing your military veteran ancestors and want tips for getting on track? Or do you just need some general strategies for battling brick walls? Find the solutions you're looking for in Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls Live Webinar.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST; 1-hour duration
Presenter: David Allen Lambert, chief researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until Wednesday, Feb. 13)

About This Webinar:
  • Submit questions about any conflict—from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, from the Spanish-American War to World War I—to have them answered in the live presentation.
  • Learn top strategies for tracing elusive veteran ancestors whether your research stumper relates to military pensions or war widows.
  • Get key tips for busting through brick walls.
  • PLUS: Receive a free PDF, "Brick Wall Busters: Proving Military Service."

Register here: Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls Live Webinar 

Military records | Research Tips | Webinars
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:10:51 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 18 January 2013
"I do solemnly swear …"
Posted by Beth

The Lincoln inaugural Bible—used by President Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009—will be used again by the president, along with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible, at his second inaugural ceremony Jan. 21. The two Bibles will be stacked one on top of the other, as the president takes the oath of office.

The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed metal rim, will be on view from Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 18, in the exhibition “The Civil War in America” in the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

On March 4, 1861, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a 1,280-page Bible provided by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, because Lincoln’s family Bible was packed with other belongings that were still en route to Washington from Springfield, Ill.

Genealogy fun
Friday, 18 January 2013 14:36:01 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 14-18
Posted by Beth

  • Saving Memories Forever has launched its new free Android app designed to make interviewing and preserving stories through audio recordings even easier. The technology allows users to build story archives they can share and manage through the company's website.

  • FamilySearch has added 7 million new indexed records and images to its collection. Notable additions include the 1.7 million+ indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910; 1 million+ records added to the United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, from 1820-1874; and the 1.3 million+ records from the United States General Index to Pension Files collection from 1861-1934.

  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the creation of a new society to promote the preservation of records in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): The Society of Preservation Patriots. This new group recognizes donors who have contributed $250 or more to the Stern-NARA Gift Fund or the current Preserve the Pensions initiative, a project to digitally capture the 7.2 million images from the 180,000 pensions of those who served in the War of 1812.
Donors will receive a society pin and be listed on the FGS website. For more information, see the Preserve the Pensions initiative or the Stern-NARA Gift Fund. 

Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:17:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 17 January 2013
Climbing Back into the Genealogy Saddle
Posted by Diane

I’m back here at Family Tree Magazine after being on maternity leave long enough to forget my computer password and have no idea which issue I should start working on.

But I didn’t forget all about genealogy. Monday was our practice day at the sitter with Norah and her big brother, so I used my “me time” to go to the library.

Courtesy of the Kenton County (Kentucky) Public Library’s Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index and Northern Kentucky Genealogy Index (you can search both free online, then email yourself a list of results), I have a long list of newspaper and record look-ups about my maternal relatives. It's been on my to-do list for a shameful length of time.

Since I only had a couple of hours at the library, I prepped by organizing my lookups according to the newspaper and date (for articles) or the church and volume number (for church records). That way I’d be able to find all the articles on one roll of film, then move right on to the next. I also highlighted the most important items so I’d be sure to get to those if time ran short.

Even though I knew where the library is, I checked out the visitor info onlinee (good thing— the regular lot was closed due to construction). I couldn’t find the details about making copies, so I gathered up change and singles just in case. Turns out I should have brought a flash drive for the microfilm reader that makes digital copies. Live and learn. 

The librarian showed me the newspaper and church record microfilm, gave me a refresher on the microfilm readers and changed my dollars for dimes (required to make paper copies). I got all my priority articles and one church record in the two hours. I wrote the newspaper or record title, date, volume number, etc. on each printout.

As a woman on a mission, I only glanced at the rest of the local history collection. Oh, the time I could spend there if I had all day.

Now, I’m reading the newspaper articles and trying to sort out who’s who and how (or whether) they’re all related in this big family full of Josephs, Bernards and Marys. Every time I read in an obituary that the deceased was survived by “a wife and children” or see a married woman identified as “Mrs. Joseph so-and-so,” I want to pull my hair out. Names! I NEED NAMES!

So I’ve still got some work to do. In the mean time, I’m glad to be back with you!

Free Databases | Libraries and Archives | Newspapers | Research Tips
Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:44:09 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [6]
Don't Miss Family Tree University's Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference
Posted by Beth

Get an intensive dose of genealogy education at Family Tree University’s Winter 2013 Virtual Conference! At this February weekend workshop, you’ll learn strategies and resources to boost your research—and because it’s web-based, you can participate from anywhere at any time. Get all the benefits of a genealogy conference—education, camaraderie, expert advice—without all the hassle.

  • 9am EST Friday, Feb., 22 to 11:59pm EST Sunday, Feb. 24

  • Genealogy Technology 
  • Research Strategies
  • Ethnic Research
  • The opportunity to participate in LIVE chats with topic experts
  • PLUS: Your Virtual Conference registration gives you the ability to download a copy of all sessions and watch them whenever and wherever you want.
  • AND: Get a "swag bag" of freebies from

  • $199.99
  • EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Reserve your spot on or before Friday, Jan. 25 and lock in the early bird rate of $149.99—a savings of 25 percent! (Just use special offer code WINTERVCEARLY to save.) Click here to register.

Family Tree University | Research Tips | Webinars
Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:20:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Editors' Pick: Google for Genealogists Ultimate Collection
Posted by Beth

When it comes to free online genealogy tools, nothing rivals Google for power or potential. From Google+ to Google Reader to the Google News Archive, a little bit of expert training can help you turn this robust search engine into the ultimate genealogy assistant. Get wired with this month's Google for Genealogists Ultimate Collection if you want to:

  • be more successful in your Google searches you do for your genealogy research
  • go beyond subscription sites such as and discover sources of free genealogy data online
  • leverage Google’s full suite of tools that will be helpful in your family history research, such as Google Alerts, Google Translate, Google Drive—and even ones you may not know about

Get search secrets in one exclusive kit, including:
  • Advanced Google searching strategies
  • Details on how to go about digging into your roots online
  • How to use cool Google tools such as Gmail and Google Books
  • How to navigate the genealogy globe with Google Earth
  • Tips and tricks for finding and sharing genealogy on Google+
Get started now!

Editor's Pick | Research Tips | Sales
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 09:17:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [13]
# Monday, 14 January 2013
Win a Family Tree Magazine VIP Program Subscription
Posted by Beth

Want to take your research to the next level this year? One lucky genealogist will get to enjoy a one-year Family Tree Magazine VIP Program Subscription for FREE! Enter for a chance to win a subscription that includes:  

  • A one-year subscription to Family Tree Magazine (1-year/7-issue US subscription): Get America's #1 genealogy magazine, packed with how-to tips and step-by-step guidance to discover, preserve and celebrate your family history. (If you're a current subscriber, your VIP membership will extend your existing subscription by 7 issues.)
  • A one-year subscription to Family Tree Plus: Get subscription-only access to 10 years of how-to articles from the experts at Family Tree Magazine through the online archives.
  • Exclusive tuition discounts on Family Tree University online courses: Get an additional 10 percent off sale prices and specials on our web-based classes for family history hobbyists. Choose from dozens of one- to eight-week courses led by expert instructors that will boost your research skills!
  • Family Tree Toolkit: This exclusive toolkit includes a PDF of 101 Websites, selected project forms and a printable family tree that is perfect for framing.
  • Member-only savings: Log in before you shop to save even more on every order from with your exclusive 10 percent automatic discount! Additional discounts for members will be provided throughout the year. Get free standard shipping on US orders from throughout the year.
Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win by filling out this form by 11:59 p.m. ET Jan. 28, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and notified by email. 

Genealogy fun | Sales
Monday, 14 January 2013 09:44:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 11 January 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 7-11
Posted by Beth

  • has updated its 1850 US census collections (correcting some Indiana birth places that were keyed incorrectly) and its City Directories. In addition, Ancestry continues with its indexing of information for the 1940 US census to make it more complete.

  • Genealogy search engine service Mocavo and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced that Mocavo has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. FHISO is a standards-developing organization bring the international family history and genealogical community in a self-governing forum to develop information standards to solve today's interoperability issues.
Mocavo will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

  • MyHeritage has released a new version of its free MyHeritage app (v2.0) that now lets users do their genealogy on the go—create and edit their family tree, add relatives and photos, and edit profiles, info and events. The app is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets, in 32 languages. If you have an older version of the app, the new app will upgrade seamlessly. Click here to download the app.

Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, 11 January 2013 09:16:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 10 January 2013
Blog Book Tour: How to Archive Family Keepsakes
Posted by Beth

How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records (Family Tree Books, 2012) by Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, launches a blog book tour today that runs through Saturday, Jan. 26.

Visit 14 popular genealogy blogs and websites featuring Denise and her book for book excerpts, interviews, special guest posts, free downloads and giveaways. View the schedule at the Blog Book Tour Page.

With top reviews from leading genealogy bloggers and 5-star ratings on, this new resource by Denise will help you organize and preserve your family history heirlooms and research in 2013.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes offers practical guidance for family historians who are:
  • helping a parent or loved one downsize to a smaller home.
  • needing a simple, effective filing system for genealogy research.
  • interested in scanning and making digital copies of genealogy records.
  • looking for a way to preserve your family history and heirlooms for future generations.
The book is currently available at at a 28 percent discount. Proceeds from the sale of the book during the online book tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

Family Heirlooms | saving and sharing family history | Sales
Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:37:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]