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Forbes + Rootstech = Great Press for Genealogy!

When Forbes writes about your industry, something is definitely going right!

From earlier posts you know that Rootstech took place last week. I’ve also …


Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) has a Blog!

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) has a brand new blog! The Records Advocate will communicate about records access issues.

Here is …

Colorado Adoptees Can Now Access Birth Records

The most recent state to allow its adoptees access to adoption records is Colorado.

As of Jan. 1, 2016, all birth certificates regardless of when the


Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members Now! (Jan/Feb/Mar 2016)

The Jan/Feb/Mar 2016 issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 5.3 MB) is now online in the Members Only section of the website.


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Easy Come Easy Go -- Family Tree Maker to be made available once again

Back in December we shared, Cleaning house?!?! Soon to disappear Genealogy Tools and Services which mentioned that Ancestry.com was discontinuing …


FREE Database Access in February -- Fold3 and American Ancestors

To continue celebrating African American (aka Black) History Month, we know of two options for FREE access to relevant databases.

1. Fold3 is making …


Virginia Untold:African American Narrative will be unveiled today

To kick off African American History Month, we’ll first talk about the Library of Virginia (LVA).

TODAY – the initial release of this database is …

African Americans

Vanderburgh County (Indiana) Documentary Treasures Found!

Just a month ago we published, Though not common -- rare documentary treasures are found in unexpected places, and a few weeks ago I came across this …


Mocavo and Findmypast are coming together

I am a customer of both Findmypast and Mocavo and from the latter I received this email last week ... I have bolded and underlined a statement …


NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

Arlington,VA, 01/27/2016 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, …


Chronicling America Data Challenge -- Prizes will be awarded!

We often talk about Chronicling America as a great resource for digitized newspaper content.

NEH has issued a challenge (with prizes!) -- Create a …

Information Architecture

NYPL Releases More than 180,000 Digitized Items to the Public Domain to be Used for FREE

Last week the New York Public Library (NYPL) announced ...

... that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as

New York Public Library

Rootstech Innovator Showdown -- 12 Semifinalists -- Who will win?

Each year at Rootstech developers/innovators have been encouraged to come up with new innovations of benefit to family historians.
The newest …


FREE Weekend (22-25 January 2016) -- Findmypast

As posted on FB by Findmypast ...

We're having a FREE WEEKEND! From 7am EST Friday, January 22nd to 7am EST Monday, January 25th our collections of


Invitation to Submit Recommendations to NGS Nominating Committee (deadline = 19 Feb 2016)

The following NGS positions are open for election at the Annual Members Meeting at the NGS Annual Conference to be held in Fort Lauderdale,Florida on …

Salt Lake City

Georgia Archives Doing Better Than Ever -- Being Part of the State University System!

You may remember that back in 2012 and 2013 we posted a couple of pieces about the state of the GeorgiaArchives – reduced access (staff and public …


National Genealogy Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2016 Election

Last Chance for Your Society to Make a Nomination

Deadline is 31 January 2016

National Genealogy Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

for 2016


NARA Piloting new Feature, History Hub (ends May 2016)

NARA is piloting a new feature called History Hub. In a nutshell, it “is conceived as a new kind of space in whichNARA’s archivists, staff from other …

National Archives

National Genealogical Society - December 2015 Quarterly Now Online

Volume 103, No.4, December 2015 (PDF 2.8MB) of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly is now available online in the Members Only section of the …

New NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor was once an NGS Rubincam Award Winner!

Last week we received news that D. Joshua Taylor has been appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical (NYG&B) Society.

Did you …


Current Season of Finding Your Roots Premiered Last Week & Continues Tonight

Unfortunately, I took a bit of a “medical” hiatus last week and didn’t get to post about Finding Your Roots premiering the current season last …

Soledad O'Brien

Radio in the 1930s was often maligned in the same way that video games et al are today

It’s a new year and Christmas is now a memory.

I realized after the holiday that for the first time in a few years, my family and I hadn’t watched “A …

A Christmas Story

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Database Adds Geissenhainer Pastoral Records

Geissenhainer Baptismal entry -- Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) database entry

From a post by Dick Eastman (Eastman’s Online Genealogy …


Eww! Insects would love to eat historic (and not so historic) documents -- Are you pest free?

Image from "Get the munchers!"

As we all know, eradicating pests can be problematic. Many of them are voracious in their appetites, and tenacious in …


Microfilm is NOT on death's doorstep nor will be anytime soon

Though we are increasingly able to find digitized versions of microfilm which we can access from our favorite tech toys, there is much much more …

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals for the 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina

Arlington,VA, 1 January 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will open the call for proposals for the 2017 Family History Conference, Family …

FREE Access to Popular NEGHS Vital Records Databases (Through 31 January 2016)

News from NEHGS ...

December 30, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts— To assist family historians of all levels with ambitious New Year’s resolutions, New …


Cemetery + Art Installation = a neat idea!

I recently came across a mention of the “art” in cemeteries in the form of the tombstones and buildings found. Something which I have long …

Though not common -- rare documentary treasures are found in unexpected places

We do know that sometimes there are pivotal events in history and people’s lives and often it’s less stressful to want to assume that the world won’t …