Posted in Conferences and workshops, Institutes, Software, Technology

A Firsthand Look at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): Day 1 – Tech Day

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Curious about what it’s like to attend a genealogy institute?  Follow along as I share observations and experiences during my week at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I touched down in Salt Lake City International Airport two days ago and have already begun my adventure. Continue reading “A Firsthand Look at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): Day 1 – Tech Day”

Posted in Archives and Libraries, National Archives, Research tips

Learn more about NARA records at “The Twelve Key” blog

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I just came across an excellent blog for any of you who are interested in U.S. National Archives records, and wanted to share a link to it.  It is called The Twelve Key, by Claire Prechtel Kluskens, who is a senior reference and projects archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, DC.

In my first visit to her blog I learned about the carded medical records for Mexican War volunteers in a link to an article she wrote about it for NGS Magazine in 2014, and I was able to order my great-great grandfather’s medical record from the Mexican War.  According to his pension file, which I obtained years ago, he had been hospitalized when he lost a finger “in a charge made by lancers” at the Battle of Buena Vista.  I am very interested to see his medical record!  I’ll post it here when I receive it.

The Twelve Key website has links to Kluskens’ extensive historical and genealogical publications, as well as research guides she has produced for the National Archives, and syllabus materials for lectures.  You are going to love this website!

Posted in Conferences and workshops

Ancestor Roundup in Seaside, CA – Feb 3, 2018

Just thought I’d put a good word in for the 37th annual Ancestor Roundup, to be held in Seaside, California on February 3, 2018. It’s a bargain at only $20 if you opt for the e-syllabus, and that even includes lunch!

I’ll be presenting four classes:  Evernote Research Tricks, Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit, Archives and Libraries – Successful Research Onsite and Online, and Washington, D.C. Research Online in Your Jammies.

The keynote speaker will be Karen Clifford, AG, FUGA.  Her keynote presentation is entitled, “New Tools for Successful Research.”  Address for the conference is 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA.

Here is a preview of the class schedule, and the registration form.

 

Posted in Research tips

Where to Download Thousands of Free eBooks

Here’s a post on the Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter I thought would be good to share, because who doesn’t like “free”?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

It would be a stretch to say this article relates to genealogy; however, I have found that many genealogists are also avid readers with a broad range of literary interests. With this in mind, I thought I would share some ideas for those times when you want to enjoy reading a good book on a different subject.

Did you know you can obtain thousands of free ebooks to read online, download to your computer, or transfer to your Kindle, iPad, or other ebook reader?

Many of the available ebooks are electronic versions of classic literature. In other words, they are old books and are out of copyright. However, mixed in with these are quite a few more modern books where copyright permission has been obtained.

Most of these books can be read on a Kindle, iPad, or Nook, as well as on the screen of any Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, or…

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Posted in Lineage Societies

Associated Daughters of Early American Witches…and other lineage societies worth joining

It’s October, and we of course are all celebrating “National Family History Month.”  Have you decorated yet?  I noticed everyone is getting into the spirit of National Family History Month with skeletons, witches, and even a few headstones springing up in front yards.  Well done!

As part of my own celebration I decided to finally join a lineage society.  You know, those organizations that only accept members with ancestors who meet certain elevated standards, like Daughters of the American Revolution, or Colonial Dames of America, or… the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches.  Yes!

Looking through The Complete List of Active Hereditary Societies I discovered oh so many organizations for the rest of us. And they sound like their meetings must be way more fun:

  • Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain
  • Associated Daughters of Early American Witches
  • Flagon and Trencher (descendants of early tavern or innkeepers)
  • Order of Descendants of Pirates and Privateers
  • Registry of Infamous and Famous Relatives in American Families
  • National Society of Saints and Sinners

Alas/fortunately, I do not qualify for any of those societies.  Looking forward to the next big holiday I love to celebrate—Thanksgiving (because I was born on Thanksgiving and I really like pie)—I plan to apply to The General Society of Mayflower Descendants or National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants.  They don’t let you join just because you like pie, however, so I will need to come up with some proof of descendancy from my 10th great-grandparents, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.  I will let you know how it goes.

Bacon’s “Landing of the Pilgrims” on Pilgrimhall.org

Check out the Complete List of Active Hereditary Societies—I’ll bet you qualify for at least five organizations.  Let me know what you find.