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Call for Papers for the 36th National Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society Conference

The following Call for Papers is from the AAHGS.org website: October 15-17, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia In October 2015, genealogists and historians from around the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the nation will travel to Richmond to discover and celebrate African-American family history, national history, and the connections therein. The occasion will be the 36th […]

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The 21st-Century Genealogist

A week chock full of genealogy classes got its start this morning with a class given by Joseph Shumway at the BYU Family History Tech Conference. Joseph works for ProGenealogists, an Ancestry.com company. The title of his talk was “Life of the 21st Century Genealogist – What do they do, and what do they need […]

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SiriusXM to Host a 3-week African Ancestry Radio Live Call-in Show – Starting February 8, 2015

The following excerpt is a February 5, 2015 post to the website of the Atlanta Daily World. SiriusXM announced they are launching of “African Ancestry Radio,” a three-week series of live, call-in shows during which the hosts help listeners and celebrities of African descent in their quest to reconnect with their heritage. Academy Award-winning actor […]

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Check out the Mobile App for RootsTech 2015

I got a notice from RootsTech this morning that the RootsTech 2015 mobile app is now available for download. I immediately downloaded it at Google Play, and began using it on my cell phone. The app gives the user access to all of the conference information, including classes, exhibitors, and speakers. With the conference app, […]

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The British Newspaper Archive Celebrates its 3rd Birthday

The following press release was issued in celebration of The British Newspaper Archive’s website’s 3rd birthday:   The British Newspaper Archive celebrates its 3rd birthday The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) has come a long way since the website launched on 29 November 2011 with 4 million historic newspaper pages. 9 million newspaper pages now online […]

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FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 24 November 2014

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org: Currently updates as of 24 November 2014 Previous update: 28 October 2014 There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use […]

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A History of Shenandoah County Virginia – on sale for 50% off thru Monday, November 24

A while back, Family Roots Publishing acquired a quantity of the beautiful book, A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia. The book 894 page hard-cover is technically out-of-print, and FRPC has just a few left. FRPC is again offering this volume as an Exceptional Bargain at just $37.50 (plus $5.50 p&h). That’s 50% off of the […]

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QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide To Citing Sources

In the recently posted review of Quicksheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to HISTORICAL ‘PROOF’, I stated: If you have spent much time reading on this website, then you must have read something by now about Elizabeth Shown Mills. Mills is an expert researcher and family historian. Her works include top selling books on proving and citing […]

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Evidence Explained – Citing History Sources From Artifacts To Cyberspace – Second Edition

When I first picked up Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, I read the Foreword and Acknowledgemen,t then skimmed a few pages. I immediately shut the book and said something to the effect of, “this is too academic.” Then I thought about it. My friend and the author, Elizabeth Shown Mills, is […]

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Haasl Genealogy Donated to Kewaunee, Wisconsin Public Library

The following teaser is from an article published in the July 24, 2014 edition of the Kewaunee County Star-News, and posted online at greenbaypressgazette.com: Sr. Cecilia Fandel, descendant of the Benish-Haasls from Wood and Rusk counties, has donated Haasl and Benish genealogy books to the Kewaunee Library history and genealogy section. Books were distributed to […]

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Ancestry.com to Release 2nd Quarter Results Followed by Conferece Call and Live Webcast

Ancestry.com posted the following release on July 9th: Ancestry.com LLC to Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results PROVO, Utah, July 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its second quarter 2014 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, […]

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Virginians Now Have an Easier Way to Access Their Vital Records

The following press release came from the office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe: Governor McAuliffe Announces Successful Launch of DMV/VDH Vital Records Partnership People Born in Virginia Will Now Have More Access to Birth Certificates Than Ever Before Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas, (804) 225-4262 | Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles: Sunni Brown, […]

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Family Tree Pocket Reference

Ever been working on your genealogy and needed a quick reminder on a date, a definition, or what questions were a given year’s census? Well, to quickly answer those little nagging questions, and to keep the work going, Family Tree has created an easy to use, and carry, companion for all genealogists. The Family Tree […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour…………….. Week’s Peek

Our class schedule for the Tour week this coming December is shaping up nicely. Here is the first part of the week: Monday, Dec 9 8:00 – Welcome & Introductions 8:30 – Joy Price: Understanding & Using the Subscription Databases Offered in the FHL 9:30 – Kevan Hansen: 10:30 – Thomas MacEntee:  Mind Mapping Your […]

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Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy

Let me start with a simplified, and probably more than you will ever need, introduction to Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy. In short, surnames of 17th and 18th century colonists have changed over 400 years. This dictionary provides a brief, yet thorough, explanation of these linguistic changes along with a substantial list […]

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