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Local Project Digitizes Invaluable Documents

<b>Local Project Digitizes Invaluable Documents</b><p>We frequently talk about digitization as a way to preserve documents while often making them more …

Genealogy

New digital platform (Umbra) makes black history archives MORE accessible

<b>New digital platform (Umbra) makes black history archives MORE accessible</b><p>Some news from the University of Minnesota … U's new digital platform makes …

Black Culture

You Can Now Easily Convert B&W Photos to Color Ones for FREE!

<b>You Can Now Easily Convert B&W Photos to Color Ones for FREE!</b><p>I don’t know about you and I don’t have a lot of time to play around with image …

Do you use Reddit for Genealogy?

<b>Do you use Reddit for Genealogy?</b><p>There is much I don’t know about and Reddit falls into that category.<p>I do know that it has a genealogy subreddit and …

Genealogy

DPLA and FamilySearch Partner to Expand Access to Digitized Historical Books Online

<b>DPLA and FamilySearch Partner to Expand Access to Digitized Historical Books Online</b><p>Last month DPLA and FamilySearch announced the following</i> …

Genealogy

So many lineage societies, not enough ancestors! Or, maybe you are not considering all the lineage societies that might be applicable ...

source: http://lineagesocietyofamerica.com/list-of-lineage-societies.html<p><b>So many lineage societies, not enough ancestors! Or, maybe you are not</b> …

American Revolution

Marketing + Video + Students = a great PR piece for an archive!

Reminder -- this is only a screen capture. A link to the video is provided below!<p><b>Marketing + Video + Students = a great PR piece for an …

Marketing

Repurposed Military Installations -- Sometimes not just the only and a GREAT option for preserving historical structures!

<b>Repurposed Military Installations -- Sometimes not just the only and a GREAT option for preserving historical structures!</b><p>One way to preserve a …

History

Slave Ads -- New Database Coming from Cornell

<b>Slave Ads -- New Database Coming from Cornell – Freedom on the Move</b><p>The last few years have greatly increased our access to Runaway Slave …

Slavery

Starts Tomorrow -- FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event

<b>FamilySearch recruits 100,000 to save the world’s records</b><p>From our friends at FamilySearch …<p><i>SALT LAKE CITY (July 11, 2016) — On July 15, FamilySearch</i> …

Salt Lake City

National Genealogical Society - June 2016 Quarterly Now Online

<b>National Genealogical Society - June 2016 Quarterly Now Online</b><p>Volume 104, No.2, June 2016 (PDF 2.5MB) of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly …

Journal of Multidisciplinary Research -- Special Issue on Genealogy and Family History

<b>Journal of Multidisciplinary Research</b> <b>-- Special Issue on Genealogy and Family History</b><p>The current issue of the <i>Journal of Multidisciplinary Research</i>, …

Genealogy

Do you remember playing telephone? The same happens sometimes to the documents we access!

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Phones

Archives Actively Seek Lost/Missing Documents

<b>Archives Actively Seek Lost/Missing Documents</b><p>Unfortunately, there are individuals who believe that certain historical documents belong in their …

20th Century

Libraries + Historypin Mapping the History of Rural America

<b>Libraries + Historypin Mapping the History of Rural America</b><p>Context is so important to history and history is so important to genealogy. They are so …

Genealogy

50th Anniversary of FOIA Recently Celebrated

<b>50th Anniversary of FOIA Recently Celebrated</b><p>Hard to believe that we’ve been able to make Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for 50 years! …

Freedom of Information

Genealogists Support Access to State and Local Records

Austin, Texas, 5 July 2016—With access to many state and local government records threatened by decreasing budgets, the Records Preservation and …

Indigenous Peoples

Using Genealogy as a Platform to Teach Children the Elements of Researching Family and History

<b></b><b></b><b><br>Using Genealogy as a Platform to Teach Children the Elements of Researching Family and History</b><br>A recent newspaper article, Students hunt for treasure …

Research

When Was The Last Time You Used a "Physical" Library Card?

<b>Library Cards -- Opened So Many Windows Into Literal and Imaginary Worlds</b><p>This was a recent post title on <i>The Atlantic</i>.<p>Definitely inspired some …

Libraries

Record Retention -- Important to ALL of us whether managing a personal collection or a large archive

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Genealogy

FREE Access to WWI Military & British/Irish Census Records at Findmypast Starts TODAY (ends 4 July 2016)

<b>FREE Access to WWI Military & British/Irish Census Records -- FindmyPast (27 June - 4 July 2016)</b><p>From Findmypast …<p><i>In commemoration of the 100th</i> …

Census

FamilySearch plans Outage TOMORROW (27 June 2016) -- possibly down 24 hours!

<b>FamilySearch Planned Outage – 27 June – Possibly 24 Hours!</b><p>From FamilySearch …<p><i>FamilySearch has been working hard to upgrade our website to accommodate</i> …

Genealogy

Want to De-Code Secret Civil War Telegrams? Now is Your Chance!

<b>Want to De-Code Secret Civil War Telegrams? Now is Your Chance!</b><p>This sounds like so much fun.<p>As shared on the National Historical Publications and …

Plagiarism and Fabrication: Genealogical Land Mines

<b>Plagiarism and Fabrication: Genealogical Land Mines</b><p>Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, and Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the Great Migration …

Plagiarism

Though The NMAAHC Doors Are Not Yet Physically Open, Some "Virtual Doors" Are OPEN! #NMAAHC

<b>#NMAAHC</b><p>The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors 24 September 2016.<p>You don’t have to wait though to …

American Society of Genealogists (ASG) Scholar Award for 2017 -- Applications NOW Open [deadline = 31 August 2016]

<b>ASG Scholar Award for 2017 -- Applications NOW Open</b><p>From our friends at ASG …<p>Applications are now being accepted for the <b>ASG Scholar Award for 2017</b> …

1950 Census Enumeration District Maps NOW Available #‎1950Census

<b>1950 Census Enumeration District Maps NOW Available!</b><p><b>#‎1950Census</b><p>Though we won’t be able to access the 1950 Census population schedules until April …

NHPRC Announces "Public Engagement with Historical Records" Grant Opportunity

<b>NHPRC Announces "Public Engagement with Historical Records" Grant Opportunity</b><p>Originally saw the announcement on the National Historical Publications …

Genealogy

Join the Nationwide Service Project "Finding the Fallen"

<b>National Service Project: Finding the Fallen</b><p>Finding the Fallen project organized by BillionGraves presents several wonderful opportunities for …