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The Pocket Genealogist: Genealogical Numbering

NE29 Pocket GenealogistThere has been a recent rush in the genealogy publishing market to produce two to four page laminated guides. These guides have proven very popular as they typically provide a high density of basic information on a single topic. Guides reviewed on this site cover everything from researching a specific ethnic group or nationality to areas of specific research, like Ellis Island records or U.S. Census Records, and even dating specific types of photographs. Now the New England Historic Genealogical Society has jumped on the bandwagon, and is producing a series of laminated guides called The Pocket Genealogist.

One guide from this new series is The Pocket Genealogist: Genealogical Numbering. Whether you are producing a report from your genealogy software, using an online system, or writing a custom list of family information, number systems are important. Following standardized numbering systems will help your reader follow your intentions. This numbering guide is intended to help you “navigate and implement these basic numbering systems in your writing.

In addition to covering standardized numbering practices, this guide shows the reader how to use the automatic numbering feature in Microsoft Word. Along with this main content, there are a couple of tips which stand out in their own shaded boxes. The NEGHS guides are three-color, four-page laminated guides, pre-punched for insertion into a three-ringed binder.

 

Topics Covered

Ancestor table numbering

Register-style numbering

Automatic numbering in Microsoft Word

Generational numbering

 

Order The Pocket Genealogist: Genealogical Numbering from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $6.81.

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The Irish Scots and the “Scotch-Irish”

hbl0788The Irish and the Scots have a nearly inseparable history, if examined on the basis if origin. Scottish Highlanders originally came from Ireland and the two peoples have long been connected by blood, language, and religion. Both, have also, played a significant role in the founding and growth of America dating back to the earliest colonies. The Irish Scots and the “Scotch-Irish”: An Historical and Ethnological Monograph, With Some Reference to Scotia Major and Scotia Minor tell of the lives and history of these two groups. The discussion covers both the historical and ethnic background to the Irish and Scots as well as their place in early America.

This book is comprised of several independent publications produced between 1888 and 1895. Thus, the book is broken into three main sections in accordance with those publications:

  • “The Irish Scots and the Scotch-Irish”
  • “How the Irish Came as Builders of the Nation”
  • “Supplementary Facts and Comment”

In the historical review, reader learn of the relationships between Celts, Saxons, Normans, and various religions practiced by these groups. The Gaelic language is also reviewed. In examining American contributions, the book tells of Irish settlers who played prominently in early American and U.S. history. Adding value to genealogists, the book lists the surnames for many Irish immigrants of the 1700s. There are also lists of surnames of Irish natives who received land grants or had land set apart in the Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s. There is also a list of Scottish names derived from Irish names.

Obtain a copy of The Irish Scots and the “Scotch-Irish”: An Historical and Ethnological Monograph, With Some Reference to Scotia Major and Scotia Minor from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBL0788, Price: $16.17.

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Old County Jail (Now an Archives) in Russellville, KY to Get Badly Needed Restoration

The following teaser is from an article posted in the May 15, 2013 edition of NewsDemocratLeader.com:
The Logan County Archives building on Fourth Street in Russellville, KY

Logan County, Kentucky: In March, Logan’s magistrates discussed renovating portions of the old county jail on Fourth Street in Russellville. The Archives and Genealogical Society now calls the historic structure home. Problems have been surfacing with rain getting into the building and the electrical system, which is outdated and a safety hazard.

Architect Robert Burge, who was in charge of the old courthouse renovation, was hired by the Fiscal Court to look into the problems and come back to the court with solutions. Burge attended Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting to present his findings, and suggest what the county can do to fix the issues.

The archives is the home of some of the county’s oldest documents and is operated by two part-time employees and a handfull of volunteers. The building, erected in 1869, once served as the county jail with living quarters in the front where the jailer lived. The bars are still visible from the outside of the structure, and the cells are all intact. The building is listed on the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, which is good news for the county, as it will be applying for historic funds to pay for the renovation project.

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The Face of Richard III

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the May 17, 2013 edition of TheAtlantic.com:
3D-printed model of Richard III
…If you are the Richard III Society, your answer would be (e). After the discovery of the remains of Richard III in February, a professor at the Society, Caroline Wilkinson, put the new evidence about the king’s body — a centuries-old smoking gun — to use. The professor, The Guardian reports, worked with the forensic art team at the University of Dundee to digitally determine what the king’s face would have looked like in person (well, “in person”). From there, the team used stereolithography — yep, 3D printing — to convert that rendering into a physical model of the king’s face. They extrapolated details like hair color and clothing style from portraits painted during Richard’s time.

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Baptismal Registry With Clues to the Ancestry of Samuel de Champlain to be Displayed

The following teaser is from an article posted in the May 17, 2013 edition of Canada.com:
This 439-year-old baptismal registry from France confirms previously debated details about the birth of Samuel de Champlain.

A time-yellowed, 439-year-old baptismal registry from 16th century France, recently found to contain long-sought clues about the birth and family history of the famed New World explorer Samuel de Champlain, has arrived in Canada to help mark a major milestone in this country’s own birth.

The document that appears to solve a centuries-old mystery about when the founder of New France was born — and whether he was, as generations of scholars have suspected, from a Protestant family — is to be publicly displayed for the first time later this month at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.

The exhibit, open from May 29 to Aug. 5, celebrates the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s landmark 1613 voyage up the river that runs past Canada’s national history museum. Its curators have been loaned the fragile parish registry by the district archive in France where local genealogist and Champlain enthusiast Jean-Marie Germe unearthed the telltale reference last year.

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A History of The First Parish Church of Scituate, Massachusetts

The following teaser is from an article posted at the May 18, 2013 edition of Boston.com.

Richard Stower, former minister of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate, has published “A History of The First Parish Church of Scituate, Massachusetts: Its Life and Times.” The book follows the congregation that was gathered in 1634 as a part of the Pilgrims’ Plymouth colony, making it one of the oldest in New England.

“The issues that the early church faced in Scituate and how they developed over time were very influential in New England Colonial church history — I don’t think the history of Scituate has gotten its due in terms of Colonial American history,” Stower said.

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Ancestry Financing

Interesting… Even the world’s most successful genealogy company has one heck of a lot of outstanding debt…

PROVO, Utah, May 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that it has refinanced its Term Loan due December 2018 (the “Old Term Loan”), which had an outstanding balance of approximately $668.3 million immediately prior to the refinancing, for an amended term B loan of approximately $488.3 million due December 2018 (the “Term Loan B”) and a term A loan of $150 million due May 2018 (the “Term Loan A”).

…Subsequent to the refinancing, the Company has total outstanding debt of $938 million.

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Carolyn Barkley 1947-2013 – RIP

Carolyn Barkley
I just received news that my friend, Carolyn Barkley, has passed on. This was a bit of a shock, as I didn’t realize she was terribly ill… I understand that she’s been dealing with a misdiagnosed “cough” for some time. Then a few days ago she found that she had cancer. Two days later she was dead. Goodness… Life is fragile. Carolyn always had hug for me when we would meet up at conferences. The last time I saw her was a RootsTech. I along with many others, am going to miss Carolyn.

Joe Garonzik, at Genealogical.com, gave me permission to use the following from their blog.

Carolyn was the creative force behind … www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com, but she was so much more. She wrote hundreds of articles for the blog, always emphasizing both the conventional and the most current electronic sources and techniques bearing on the topics. Many of her articles were rated by other bloggers as the “best of the week” on the Internet.

Carolyn also wore many other professional hats. She was a master indexer, who indexed a number of our [GPC's] recent reference works, including Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1625, by Martha W. McCartney. Carolyn was a longtime staff member of the Genealogical.com exhibits at the annual National Genealogical Society conferences and other trade shows. She served as president of a number of genealogical societies and other organizations throughout Virginia. In her professional life Carolyn was a distinguished librarian, who served thirty years as the head of the central Virginia Beach Public Library before retiring.

Above all, Carolyn was a wonderful human being. Quick to smile and possessing a hearty laugh, Carolyn was that rare combination of organizational whiz and kind personal friend. She got things done and she inspired and cared about others. We will miss her immensely.

Reprinted below is the obituary for Carolyn Barkley that appeared in a recent issue of The Virginia Pilot newspaper.

Carolyn L. Barkley (1947-2013)
Virginia Beach – Carolyn Linda (Lopes) Barkley, 65, of Wintergreen, VA passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Augusta Health. Born December 16, 1947 in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Olivio and Lois (Smith) Lopes. She was the granddaughter of Clifford F. Smith, long time City Clerk of Springfield, and Mildred Carolyn Abbe. In addition to her grandparents and parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Barkley, in 2010. Carolyn earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was employed by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Libraries for over thirty years. After her retirement, Carolyn continued to work as a freelance editor and researcher. She spent much of her time traveling. Carolyn has been the genealogist for Clan Barclay International, served as President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Tidewater, the Scottish Society of Tidewater, the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society, the Virginia Library Association and many more too numerous to list. Most recently, Carolyn was President of the Wintergreen Nature Foundation. Survivors include her son, Kelley, and his wife, Kimberly (Murray) Powell, of Roanoke; granddaughters Megan Murray, Samantha Kate Powell and Mackenzie Grace Powell, all of Roanoke. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro, VA, with Pastor Matthew Coiner officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate may make donations to the Wintergreen Nature Foundation, R.R. 1, Box 770, Roseland, VA 22967. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 15, 2013

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

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Have any of you heard of this project? Their stated goal is “to study the surnames, families, clans, of the people of Ulster and their descendants throughout the Diaspora. Another goal is to allow Ulster descendants in the Diaspora to locate their kin still in Ulster and to communicate with them. The Ulster DNA Project will use the Y chromosome test to accomplish these goals. Anyone from Ulster of or Ulster ancestry is urged to participate.”

Here’s the link to their website: http://ulsterheritagedna.ulsterheritage.com/

Reason I’m asking is that I’d bet that my hubby John is not the only Ulster descendants “lost in the woods” and unable to trace his lineage. We have as far as a Mark Phillips who claims land in Georgia after the Revolutionary War. From all the background reading I’ve done on the Scotch-Irish (and I have it on good authority….. the guru of this project…. that it is rightfully Scotch-Irish and not Scots-Irish) show me that his Phillips were very likely among those frontier-loving-dwelling Scotch-Irish folks.

I’m very interested in having him do a DNA test particular to this project. The website gives about three pages of testing options (and pricing). I would very much like to hear from anybody who has contributed to this project; were you pleased with the results?

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek

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How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records

fc01Archiving valuables and keepsakes is a perpetual problem for the family historian. This may be even more true for the family member who is not a “genealogists” or “family historian” but finds themselves the keeper of the family’s history and heirlooms. Important questions arise, such as the following:

  • What should I actually archive?
  • Should I archive actual document and photographs, turn paper into a digital collections, or both?
  • What is the best process for each?
  • What else can I do with all this stuff?
  • How do I organize documents, keepsakes, computer files, and heirlooms?
  • How do I care for heirlooms, such as jewelry, dolls, medals and ribbons, and more?

All of these difficult questions, and more, are addresses in  Denise May Levenick’s new book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn how to preserve family photos, memorabilia, & genealogy records. This new books seems to just about cover it all, while remaining relatively short, concise, yet, informative.

The book is comprised of 16 chapters organized into three sections. The first section helps you organize, prepare, and properly archive all your family’s treasures. Here you will learn to evaluate the value of what you have on hand and determine not only how to preserve these items, but to give consideration to long term storage or even donating items of historical significance.

The second section will help you evaluate and digitize your paper collections, and to manage your computer files. This does not mean you should plan on throwing away mountains of paper. You may be able to toss your own print out, but original documents and photos still have value. Digitizing simply provides a back up to these originals, as well as a means of sharing.

The final section is for the working genealogist or avid family historian. Here the author helps you learn to organize and improve your own files. Looking at area like improved citation, saving time and money, and organizing your software, you can learn to prepare you contributions to the family’s history, so when you pass it on it is ready for the next generation to move forward and not rework it all.

In addition to all the above mentioned information this book contains, I simply like its overall design and layout. The design is clean and simple, but still carries its share of charts, forms, and stand out information boxes to keep the book interesting and easy to follow.

 

Contents

Introduction

Part 1: I Inherited Grandma’s Stuff, Now What?

Chapter 1 Organize Your Objectives

Checkpoint 1: Organize Your Objectives

Chapter 2 Organize Your Plan

Checkpoint 2: Set Your Goals and Timeline

Checkpoint 3: Inventory Your Archive

Checkpoint 4: Order Your Storage Supplies

Chapter 3 Organize Your Assistance From Family Members

Checkpoint 5: Enlist Assistance

Chapter 4 Organize Your Archive

Checkpoint 6: Sort and Organize Your Archive

Checkpoint 7: Catalog Your Archive

Checkpoint 8: Find a Home for Your Archive

Chapter 5 Organize for the Future

Checkpoint 9: Donate Your Family Archive

Checkpoint 10: Plan Your Legacy

Chapter 6 Organize Archival Papers

Chapter 7 Organize Archival Photos

Chapter 8 Organize Artifacts

Part 2: Break the Paper Habit

Chapter 9 Organize and Digitize Your Paper Documents

It’s not practical to eliminate all paper files, but going digital saves storage space and search time. This chapter shows you how to move toward a paperless genealogy office step by step, from scanning to storage.

Chapter 10 Digitize Your Family Archive

Digital copies preserve heirloom originals and give you a working copy for research and creative projects. This chapter presents sample workflows to help you safely create digital copies of archive materials.

Chapter 11 Organize Your Paper Files

Do you feel buried in a mountain of genealogy papers? This chapter offers practical ideas for a personalized filing system to suit your research style and experience.

Chapter 12 Organize Your Computer

Your computer can be a top-notch filing clerk and research assistant with strategies in this chapter for a consistent file-naming system, simple folder structure, and scheduled backup plan.

Part 3: Root Your Research in Strategies for Success

Chapter 13 Organize Your Research

Productive research begins with organized research methods. This chapter outlines effective research strategies with step-by-step ideas, case study examples, and helpful resource checklists.

Chapter 14 Organize Your Source Citations

Without proof, there is no truth. This chapter offers an overview of effective citation styles and helpful checklists for citing your archival materials.

Chapter 15 Organize Your Software Solutions

Technology can advance your genealogy research by saving time and effort. This chapter will help you discover useful services to fit your needs, both web-based and on your computer.

Chapter 16 Organize and Discover Research Connections Online

Social media services, blogs, forums, and List-SERVs can help you find family and break down brick walls. Use the tips in this chapter to expand your genealogy reach.

Conclusion

Index

 

Copies of How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $24.49.

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Missing Pieces: How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children

hbd2534Genealogists search for people all the time. Over time, the researches skills improve and knowledge of resources increases. Some become to experienced from their personal research, they take those skills, become certified professionals and help others find their ancestors. However, sometimes the search turns from the dead to the living. An especially delicate, and often tricky, form of living research is the search for the birth parents of an adopted child. The expertise and understanding needed to successfully uncover someone’s biological parents comes, as with any research, through time and effort. Missing Pieces: How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children — A Search and Reunion Guidebook, was written by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill with the intent of improving the researcher’s odds and chances of a successful search.

The details of this book are based on Beth Sherrill’s own search to locate her birth parents. “It is a how-to for those who also would seek birth parents or children who have been adopted in the past.” The details come from a study of the law, from interviews with those who made the same journey, and the personal search experiences of the authors.

The authors note the laws of most states are written as to discourage biological family reunions for adoptions. However, the laws do not prohibit searchers or reunions. Learning how to navigate the process is part of what this book will teach the reader. However, even before any research is conducted this book examines an equally important question, should an investigation even take place. Searchers, either parents or children, have to examine the possible feelings and ramifications the other parties in the process may experience from any contact or reunions that result from the process.

The book refers to the adoption triad as the adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. The book is intended to reach out to all three members of this group. There is information, and inspiration, within these pages to help all the members of the adoption triad to change the way one thinks of themselves and the others. Genealogists may also pick up a few tricks to assist their own ancestral research along the way.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: A New Way of Thinking

Chapter 2: A Starting Place

Chapter 3: Who’s to Blame?

Chapter 4: Why Search?

Chapter 5: Advice to Birth Parents

Chapter 6: Advice to Adoptive Parents

Chapter 7: Advice to Adoptees

Chapter 8: Needles in Haystacks

Chapter 9: More Detective Work

Chapter 10: Chrysalis

Chapter 11: Importance of Medical History

Conclusion

Index

About the Authors

 

Get a copy of Missing Pieces: How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children — A Search and Reunion Guidebook from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBD2534, Price: $26.95.

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FamilySearch Adds to Dominican Republic, Italy, Peru, Spain, & USA Collections

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.5 million index records and images this week from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 217,016 index records from the U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956, collection, the 151,020 index records and images from the United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files collection, and the 163,314 images from the South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 23,354 – Added images to an existing collection.
Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 – 111,027 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Monte di Procida, Civil Registration (Comune), 1817-1929 – 19,567 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Italy, Potenza, Melfi, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1929 – 0 – 34,284 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 94,834 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 – 0 – 163,314 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920 – 0 – 62,290 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966 – 0 – 52,917 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1930 – 0 – 6,163 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1833-1960 – 0 – 9,875 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1847-1950 – 0 – 62,144 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Delaware, Orphan Court Records, 1720-1975 – 0 – 69,367 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956 – 217,016 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Cook County, Maywood, Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002 – 61,565 – 2 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935 – 10,909 – 7,510 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 – 0 – 121,873 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 162,190 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012 – 0 – 93,603 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951 – 0 – 14,203 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – 75,510 – 75,510 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.

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Genealogy Guys Celebrate Their 250th Podcast

The following is from my friend, George Morgan:

The Genealogy Guys Drew (l) and George (r)
Aha! Seminars, Inc., announces that The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast (http://genealogyguys.com), the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, has published its 250th episode. The podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and began production in September of 2005. The total downloads for all episodes numbers more than 1,230,000.

The Genealogy Guys are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, both of whom are internationally recognized genealogical experts, speakers, and authors. George is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and the author of the book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill and now in its third edition. He is also Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Drew is an assistant librarian at the University of South Florida and the author of Social Networking for Genealogists, published by Genealogical Publishing Company. He is president of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Federation representative to the Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO). Together, George and Drew have just written a new book, Advanced Genealogical Research Techniques, which will be released by McGraw-Hill in September.

The free podcast includes genealogical news, press releases and announcements, interviews, book and product reviews, responses to listener email from around the globe, and other features. Each episode is sponsored by RootsMagic, findmypast.com, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Recordings of all of the podcast episodes are available for listening and download at http://genealogyguys.com, complete with show notes for each show. Listeners can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes store.

About Aha! Seminars, Inc.
Aha! Seminars, Inc., is a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to library personnel across the United States and to genealogists in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. since 1996. The company provides library collection consulting services, genealogical conference and event planning services, and organizes genealogical research tours on demand.

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US & International Military Records FREE at findmypast.com midnight EDT on Thursday, May 23 until midnight EDT on Monday, May 27

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In honor of Memorial Day on May 27, and in remembrance of all who died while serving our country, findmypast.com will offer its collection of US and International military records for free in the days leading up to national observance.

With more than 26 million US and International military records available, findmypast.com is encouraging people to explore and learn about the heroic efforts of their ancestors this Memorial Day. Record sets such as ‘Draft Registration Cards,’ ‘Casualties Returned Alive,’ ‘POWs’ and others will offer a captivating glimpse into the lives and experiences of our veteran ancestors.

The US and International military records will be available free of charge starting at midnight EDT on Thursday, May 23 until midnight EDT on Monday, May 27. Anyone can access the records by registering for free at findmypast.com.

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Building Solid Research Skills – The Genealogical Proof Standard webinar

The Genealogical Proof Standard webinar – Thursday, May 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST

This Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania-sponsored webinar is designed to help the family researcher learn about and develop solid genealogical research skills. Are the records you’ve found relevant to your family? What
proof is acceptable if no original document exists? What other record sources might be available to you? Michael Hait, CG, will help us understand what constitutes a ‘Reasonably Exhaustive Search’ and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, will point out the perils of jumping to conclusions while leading us through case studies. The webinar will be moderated by Shamele Jordon.

FREE for GSP members; Non-members $10

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