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Top 10 -- Declaration of Independence (courtesy of NARA)

Happy 4th July ...

The above fun facts come courtesy of the National Archives FB page.

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Declaration of Independence

FREE Access to Fold3 Revolutionary War Records (through 15 July 2015)

From Fold3 ...

As we celebrate America’s independence this month, learn more about the people who made it possible by exploring Fold3’s Revolutionary

Genealogy

Commemorate 4th of July by Signing the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights -- We Need Your Support!

From the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) ...

Did you know that a date of death is no longer added to the Social Security Death Index

July 4th

WDYTYA Returns 26 July 2015 & Find Your Roots Postponed

Okay fans of WDYTYA, the new summer season starts 26 July 2015. Read more about the new season and the planned celebrities at TLC Reveals Celebrities …

Upfront

FREE Access to NEHGS Great Migration Databases (through 8 July 2015)

News from NEHGS ...

Since 1988 NEHGS has sponsored the Great Migration Study Project. The results are yours to research FREE all week. To salute the

Migration

So many FREE Webinars, so little time!

Webinars have been such a great technological boon to our family history community!

Now you don’t necessarily have to live (or be able to visit) where …

Webinars

BCG Will Make Two Changes to the Certification Process in 2016

A news release from the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) ...

18 June 2015

At the May meeting, the trustees of the Board for

Certification

Will Digital Newspaper Archives for ALL Newspapers Be Available to Our Descendants?

Yesterday we discussed highways wiping out whole neighborhoods.

Today, let’s turn our attention to modern day newspapers disappearing and possibly …

Print Media

Highways and their impact on cities -- so many neighborhoods no longer exist!

Have you ever had an address from a directory in the first half of the 20th century and then put it in Google Maps (or something comparable) and …

Google Maps

24 Hours in The Past -- a BBC Living History TV Show involving celebrities

The genealogy community often talks about television programs that are about individuals researching their ancestry (e.g. WDYTYA, Finding Your Roots, …

Genealogy

Sorenson Molecular Genetics Foundation Database Shutdown last month

Above is what one currently finds when accessing Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF). Ancestry.com closed down the website last month.

You …

Genealogy

Freedmen’s Bureau Records -- Volunteer indexing effort of 4 million freed slave records underway

A new project was unveiled on Friday in honor of Juneteenth Day – the Freedmen’s Bureau Project.

SALT LAKE CITY — FamilySearch International, the

Genealogy

Facebook (FB) -- Are you taking advantage of its wonderful and FREE genealogical resources?

Back in December, we blogged Facebook can be a genealogical goldmine or a "too much" nightmare -- taming social media. That hasn’t changed. There is …

Facebook

Virginia Vital Records NOW Online -- Partnership between VDH & Ancestry

Screen Capture for Ancestry.com Virginia Page -- note the NEW symbols next to vital records databases!

Vital records + Access = happy dance for …

Virginia

Are you properly preserving your family heirlooms?

As family historians we often become the keepers of invaluable family artifacts – documents, photographs, textiles and more.

Are we doing the best we

Genealogy

What would you put in a time capsule?

Time Capsules – what fun!

This has been a hot issue for one NC community!

AshevilleNCrecently opened a time capsule created in 1897 found under …

Time Capsules

Many many libraries, archives, institutions and other entities have an online presence! Are you taking advantage?

I was just reminded that online archives exist for so many different institutions!

I saw a Facebook (FB) post from the Photo Detective about a photo …

Archives

Genealogy & Cooking -- What do they have in common?

Screen Capture of Google Image search on the phrase "Start Here"

This post comes about based on a newspaper article and a blog post I recently read …

Genealogy

Couldn't Attend the Global Family Reunion -- No Worries -- Select Sessions Recorded & Available to Watch

The Global Family Reunion took place this past Saturday (6 June 2015).

If you weren’t able to attend, many sessions were streamed and are now …

Genealogy

Yesterday was International Archives Day -- Did you Celebrate?

Happy Belated National Archives Day!

Though I didn’t celebrate National Archives Day (yesterday), I did use the many online resources available for …

Archives

NHPRC Awards 33 Grants for Historical Records Projects

We always like to share when NARA awards grants! Preservation and improved access benefit us al. Here is the latest news ...

Washington,DC…Archivist

Awards

Family History Library -- FREE week-long US Research Seminar; 1/2 of classes offered as FREE webinars

The Family History Library (in Salt Lake CityUT) is offering a FREE week-long United States Research Seminar (30 classes) 12th -16th October 2015. …

Genealogy

Bible Records added to DAR Genealogical Research System

Some good news from The National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ...

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is

A Jewish Cemetery That is only Accessible 2 Times a Year!

JUST AN IMAGE -- WORKING LINK TO VIDEO IN BODY OF ARTICLE

We often talk about access to cemeteries, or just as often, lack of access to cemeteries. …

New & Free collaborative guide for teaching about WWI

The School ofEducation at UNC (this time along with Virginia Tech) continues to create resources that both help educate on historical topics of …

Global Family Reunion (6 June 2015)

There’s a new event taking place on June 6th called Global Family Reunion.

The Global FamilyReunionwill have more than 30 wonderful speakers,

Library of Congress Magazine -- a FREE Gem Overlooked by Many!

Have you been taking advantage of the FREE Library of Congress (LOC) Magazine? This delightful magazine started publication in the fall of 2012. You …

What Places Matter to You?

This Place Matters is a campaign by the National Trust for Historic Preservation where everyone can share a “This Place Matters” sign superimposed on …

Reserve Your Hotel Room for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON,VA, 27 MAY 2015: The 2016 NGS Family History Conference inFort Lauderdale,Florida, 4-7 May, is less than one year away, but it is not too …