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# Friday, 21 June 2013
Genealogy News Corral, June 17-21
Posted by Diane

  • In related news, on Sunday, June 30, FamilySearch will shut off the ability for vendors (such as software companies) to "write" to trees on, which is actually the old version of FamilySearch Family Trees. That means that if you're using a third-party product that works with the system, you won't be able to use it to update your tree. Read more about this on Renee Zamora's blog.

FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy Software | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 21 June 2013 12:35:21 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Free Irish Vital Records on June 27-30
Posted by Diane is offering free access to Irish vital records from June 27-30. You'll be able to search for free:
  • Ireland Births 1864-1958
  • Ireland Marriages 1845-1958
  • Ireland Deaths 1864-1958
It's part of the site's Ashes to Archives initiative, which marks the anniversary of the Four Courts Fire in Dublin. This June 30, 1922, fire during the Irish Civil War severely damaged the Public Records Office, resulting in a major loss of historical records. It's one of the most infamous events in Irish genealogy.'s helpful site tells you what records were lost and what survived (including sources available with a subscription or pay-per-view credits).

You'll need a free membership on the site to view the Irish vital records.

Got Irish ancestors? Take a look at these resources from

Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 21 June 2013 12:33:36 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [74]
# Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Observe Juneteenth by Remembering Slave Ancestors
Posted by Diane

Happy Juneteenth—the holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.  On that day, Union Gen. Gordon Granger stood on a balcony in Galveston and read General Order No. 3, informing the people of Texas that slaves there were freed.

From the beginning, Texas freedmen marked Emancipation Day—now known as Juneteenth—with festivals and remembrances of enslaved ancestors. Observances declined during the early 20th century, but have seen a resurgence since the Civil Rights movement. Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas in 1980; 41 other states and Washington DC have designated it a holiday or a day of observance.

Learning about African-American roots during slavery is difficult but it isn't always impossible. These free online articles will get you started:

Also check out these resources in

African-American roots
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:24:37 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Family Tree University Summer School Sale—Learn How to Tackle Your Genealogy Projects!
Posted by Diane

Want to put together a family history book this summer? Trace your Civil War ancestor? Finally get organized and be on top of your genealogy research?

Enroll yourself in our specially priced Family Tree University Summer School sessions, and do all these things and more.

We're offering a discounted tuition of $59.99 on 11 summer school courses—five starting now, and six starting July 1:

Starting June 17 (available for registration through this Friday):
  • Cemetery Research 101: Dig Up Your Family History
  • Digital Photography Essentials: Techniques to Capture and Preserve Your Family History
  • Time Management for Genealogists: Make Time for Your Tree, Yourself and Your Sanity
  • Exploring City Directories: How to Trace Your Family in Yesterdays Yellow Pages
  • US Military Records: Trace Your Ancestors' Service
Starting July 1:
  • Newspaper Research 101: Find Your Ancestors in American News Sources
  • Computer Boot Camp for Genealogists: Become a Power User in 4 Weeks
  • Creating a Family History Book: Start-to-Finish Guidance for Assembling and Printing a Family Keepsake
  • Reverse Genealogy: Working Forward to Break Down Brick Walls
  • Civil War Research: Find Your Ancestors in the War Between the States
  • Google for Genealogy: Find Ancestors Online
Visit the Family Tree University Summer School Sale page to learn more about each course and register.

Family Tree University
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:32:30 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 07 June 2013
Genealogy News Corral, June 3-7
Posted by Diane

  • The folks at Flip-Pal mobile scanner are presenting a free webinar, Metdata and Digital Images, on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 Central Time (that's 8:30 Eastern,  6:30 Mountain and 5:30 Pacific). Presenter Thomas MacEntee will show you how to use a digital photo's metadata (the information embedded in digital files) to add captions and details such as who's in a photo and when it was taken. See more details about the webinar and click to register here.
  • Friday through Sunday marks the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, one of the most-anticipated conferences of the year. Remember to register for sessions you want to watch from home via free JamboSTREAM webcast. See the schedule on the Jamboree blog.
  • has added 2.5 million court records to its collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers (1828-1912), which has information on petty crimes (such as public drunkeness and allowing livestock to wander) and punishments of Ireland's residents. They're available with a World Subscription or pay-per-view credits on international sites.

Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Photos | UK and Irish roots | Webinars
Friday, 07 June 2013 11:47:16 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 06 June 2013
Founders Online Site Will Give Access to Historic American Documents
Posted by Diane

The National Archives is poised to launch the Founders Online website with thousands of transcribed and annotated documents from George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.

Eventually, 175,000 letters, diary entries, publications and other documents will be on Founders Online. Their source is 242 printed volumes that collect the papers of each man from the National Archives, Library of Congress and other archives around the world. The volumes also include editorial essays that introduce the materials and add historical context.

The site will launch at (there's a placeholder page there now)  June 13 with a ceremony at the National Archives building. Student winners of the National History Day contest will be among the first to search the site's records.

This video gives you an overview of Founders Online and the documents it provides access to:

Read more about how the papers were collected, transcribed and annotated in this online article from the Winter 2010 issue of Prologue, the National Archives' magazine.

Libraries and Archives | NARA | Social History
Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:04:18 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 05 June 2013
Six Tips for Mapping Your Family History
Posted by Diane

One of my research goals is to visualize my family history on a map showing all the places my ancestors lived and worked.

I found plenty of advice in last month's Family Tree University One-Week Workshop, Map Your Family History With Google Earth. Participants studied course materials and created a family history map project with guidance from Google Earth expert Lisa Louise Cooke.

Here are a few tips from Lisa for using Google Earth and finding old maps of places your family lived:
  • A great source of old maps to use with Google Earth is the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. Sign up for a free account for access to the highest resolution downloadable maps (You can still download up to about medium resolution if you aren't signed in).

    Instead of using the "Search the Site" box, scroll down on the home page and use the Map Rank Search tool to search by year and location.
  • Lisa recommends using Google to find online plat maps (these show property boundaries and owners' names), which might be anywhere from large mapping web sites to a genealogist's own site. Try doing a Google Image search with keywords such as Indiana "Randolph County" "Plat map."
  • Another strategy to find plat maps is to run a Google Books search on a county, state and the term "plat map." If the book you want isn't fully digitized, copy the title and search for it at WorldCat to find libraries that have that book.
  • You can have Google email you when Google Maps or Google Earth map images are updated, or Street View becomes available, for the areas where your ancestors lived. Go to Follow Your World, log in with your Google account, and follow the prompts.
  • Google Earth doesn't auto save, so if it crashes on you, you'll lose your work. Every so often, go up to the menu and select File>Save My Places to save everything in My Places.
Enhance your family history search with the maps and how-to guide on Family Tree Magazine's new Genealogy Map Collection CD.

Check out Family Tree University's next One-Week Workshop, How to Research Genealogy Records, with video classes on essential family history records and guidance from expert researcher Lisa A. Alzo.

Historical maps | Research Tips
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:26:51 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 04 June 2013
June Ultimate Collection: Free Genealogy Websites
Posted by Diane

As I mentioned in my post last week about finding free genealogy data, you save where you can so you can spend where you need to.

A little bit of spending that'll pay off big time is our Best Free Genealogy Websites Ultimate Collection. (It's also on sale!)

The video classes, books and articles in this collection of genealogy tools will show you
  • What free genealogy sites you should be scouring for information on your ancestors.
  • How to use popular free sites such as, and Internet Archive.
  • Online search tricks to find data on smaller, less well-known free genealogy websites.
  • Using the free Evernote site to organize your research and become a more-efficient genealogist. (Personal note: I've started using Evernote for my genealogy to-do list, and it's keeping me from forgetting research tasks that occur to me while I'm doing something else. And I can check the list anytime on my smartphone.)
Researching your family history doesn't have to break the bank. The Best Free Genealogy Websites Ultimate Collection will pay off in genealogy research funds saved. It's available only in June—check it out now in

Editor's Pick | Free Databases | Sales
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:29:23 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
More on "Genealogy Roadshow" Series on PBS
Posted by Diane

Here's a bit more detail on the new "Genealogy Roadshow" series coming to PBS this fall:

Four episodes of "Genealogy Roadshow" will air starting Monday, Sept. 23. They'll be set in Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Detroit and San Francisco.

The show has professional genealogists research the pasts of everyday individuals, and present the results in front of a live audience.

The producers of the Irish show the series is based on call it "part detective story, part emotional journey" in this Variety article.

Read more about how 'Genealogy Roadshow" crossed the pond to the United States on the Variety website.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:58:27 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 31 May 2013
Genealogy News Corral, May 27-31
Posted by Diane

  • To mark the anniversary of the WWII Battle of Midway, which took place June 4-7, 1942, the US Navy will host a Google+ Hangout with a panel of historians from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Pentagon operations leaders, and representatives from the USS Midway Museum.

    The hangout is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, June 3. You can watch and participate in the event on the Navy's Google+ page, or watch it afterward on YouTube.
  • The Southern California Genealogical Society will live-stream more than a dozen sessions of the 2013 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, taking place June 7-9. The "JamboSTREAM" webcast is free and sponsored by

    You must register to view a session. See the live-stream schedule on the Jamboree blog and click a class title to register. You'll get a login and password to use when you log in to watch the session. The times on the schedule are Pacific Coast Time; remember to translate them into your time zone so you don't miss the session.

FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Military records | Social History
Friday, 31 May 2013 13:55:52 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]