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National Genealogical Society - September 2015 Quarterly Now Online

Volume 103, No.3, September 2015 (PDF 2.7MB) of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly is now available online in the Members Only section of …


Google Cultural Institute -- Are you taking advantage?

I don’t know about you and with me, when there is a constant stream of new websites, databases, and more being created, I sometimes (okay) often wait …


NGS Releases Two-minute Video To Promote 2016 Conference

Arlington,VA, 30 September 2015—The National Genealogical Society releases today a video promoting its 2016 Family History Conference, which will be …


It's Banned Books Week -- Let's Celebrate the Freedom to Read

We are fortunate that family history books per se don’t seem to make it to lists of banned books. We posited last year, What if Genealogy Books Were …

Banned Books Week

Electronic Records Day is 10 October 2015

Electronic records are becoming more and more prevalent in our life. Just as paper records are critical and need to be preserved, the same holds true …

Digital Preservation

Did you know that Ancestry.com has photos collections (beyond public member ones)?

Sarah N Dippity(*) (aka serendipity) is such a part of the fabric of our family history research.

I will be doing researching on one thing and stumble …


FREE War of 1812 Pension Access -- Have you supported this effort?

Preserve the Pensions is all about preserving the War of 1812 pensions. These are invaluable documents rapidly deteriorating with use.

Did you know …

War of 1812

Personal Digital Archiving Conference Re-Cap

We are ALL archivists. Our collections may not all be large or open to the public and they are still an archive. Archives need to be preserved. …


Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project -- the potential to really help our research

The Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project is in its infancy and it has the potential to become another tool in our genealogist …


How to Best Research in Libraries -- Don't let anxiety get in the way!

It can be hard to visit a library, archive, courthouse, or other repository that we are not familiar with.

In fact, sometimes it creates such anxiety, …


Save the date -- FREE National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair, 21 & 22 October 2015

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will once again be hosting a FREE Virtual Genealogy Fair. It will be held 21 & 22 October …


Findmypast FREE Weekend (18-21 September 2015)

Explore Findmypast, absolutely free this weekend!

From 7am EDT Friday, September 18th to 7am EDT on Monday, September 21st, you’ll be able to access a …


RootsTech Registration Now Open

From FamilySearch ...

SALT LAKE CITY, 15 September 2015—FamilySearch announced today that registration for RootsTech 2016 is now open. RootsTech is a


Let's Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs 15 September through 15 October annually. Let’s Celebrate!

There is a whole website dedicated to paying tribute …


Archive Corps -- Saving what is in danger of disappearing

Many of you know that the Internet Archive is one of my favorite resources, Internet Archive -- a FREE gem that just keeps getting better!

It was …

Internet Archive

Arizona State Library and Archives & FamilySearch Partner to Make Genealogy Records Accessible

Back in July we discussed that the Arizona State Genealogy Library was in jeopardy.

... FamilySearch is providing scanning and digital hosting


Petition Filed at the Supreme Court of the State of New York for Vital Records Access

Thanks to Jan Alpert of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) for sharing this piece written by Jan Meisels Allen and sent out as an …

New York State

Sometimes records have to be moved -- sounds like a job for dedicated archivists!

We love our records access! It’s great to walk into a building, request some documents and then have them at our finger tips.

Sometimes, due to the …

British Library

U.S. Marine Casualty Card Databases

The U.S. Marine Corps History Division has Casualty Card Databases

... for World War II, War Dogs, Interwar Period 1946-50,Korea, Interwar Period


Don't Overlook Academic/Scholarly Publications As You Research Your Family

Resources, Resources, Resources ... there can never be too many online ones that we know about and use!

We’ve often written about WorldCat, Google …


Jamestown Revelations

You may have seen the news in July about the Jamestown burials and also the mysterious box.

If not, here’s a bit of a recap of that news from a few …


FREE Access -- American Ancestors (NEHGS) to census, tax, and voter list information through 9 September 2015

Another offer of free access from a genealogical subscription service -- American Ancestors (NEHGS) ...

Your ancestors worked hard to give you this


FREE Access to Ancestry.com Wills & US Vital Records through 7 September 2015

Ancestry.com will offer FREE access to its new Wills collection and allUSbirth, death and marriage records this weekend!

Access available starting …


NextGen Genealogy Network fosters the next generation’s interest in family history

NextGen – are you?

We first shared with you about NextGen back in 2013 via a guest post, The NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN) -- Guest Post by Kassie


Vertical Files can be a goldmine of information -- Are you taking advantage of them?

Have you checked out the vertical files held in the community where you are doing research?

One of my earliest and best finds were tax lists for Wake …

North Carolina

ProQuest Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

We are often greatly challenged to determine where information of interest to us can be found! Because of this, websites or services that aggregate …

Google Scholar

New Funding support for Digital Public Library of America facilitates a push to serve all 50 states by 2017!

It’s always nice to read about how Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) keeps growing! Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all …


Not just crowdsourcing -- a Crowdsourcing Game Jam!

Crowdsourcing continues to be a popular way to get lots of work done in a short period of time by involving individuals from around the world to …


Historic Landmarks Database

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has a neat and free to access database – Historic Landmarks, http://www.asce.org/landmarks/.

As usual, …