Messages from the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone - free webinar by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Messages from the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone" by Elissa Scalise Powell is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

In order to find an ancestor's tombstone, the burial ground must first be found. Tips are given on how to find the different cemeteries depending on the time period, type (church or commercial), and economic condition of the deceased. Tombstones are the last monuments to our lives on this earth. In their shape and inscribed symbols, they can speak of the lifestyle of the deceased or the attitude of death of the loved ones left behind. They are being destroyed by many factors, which make them illegible or eradicate them altogether. Abandoned and "lost" cemeteries can be found through records and natural signs. Discussion includes ways to read "illegible" stones, which may be the last time a person may hear the tombstone "speak." This webinar illustrates these techniques and shows what problems are encountered in reading a variety of markers and what might be done to overcome them. Internet sources and resources are also discussed throughout the lecture.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 48 minute recording of "Messages from the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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The Cemetery Research Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including tips and tricks, a list of different types of cemeteries, terminology, and more. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

For the genealogy researcher, cemeteries are considered “museums” providing a link with the past which reflect the culture, history, art, architecture and attitudes of an ancestor’s era. Data found through cemetery visits, as well as through online and/or offline cemetery research, may unearth clues about an ancestor and about the time and place where an ancestor lived.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

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Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin - free webinar by Denise Levenick now online for limited time

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The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin" by Denise May Levenick is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Dirty negatives, smudged old photos, curled panorama pictures, and photos stuck in sticky albums. Learn how to rescue your family photos, albums, and scrapbooks from the ravages of time.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 28 minute recording of "Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin"  is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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BookHow to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick - 18.95

In every family someone ends up with Mom's and Dad's "stuff"—a lifetime's worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks, and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you organize your loved one's estate in a way that honors your loved one, keeps the peace in your family and doesn't take over your home or life? How to Archive Family Keepsakes gives you step-by-step advice for how to organize, distribute and preserve family heirlooms.

You'll learn how to:
  • Organize the boxes of your parents' stuff that you inherited
  • Decide which family heirlooms to keep
  • Donate items to museums, societies, and charities
  • Protect and pass on keepsakes
  • Create a catalog of family heirlooms
  • Organize genealogy files and paperwork
  • Digitize family history records
  • Organize computer files to improve your research
Whether you have boxes filled with treasures or are helping a parent or relative downsize to a smaller home, this book will help you organize your family archive and preserve your family history for future generations.

Published 2012, Paperback: 208 pages, 6" x 9"

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  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

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Register for Webinar Friday - Messages from the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

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In order to find an ancestor's tombstone, the burial ground must first be found. Tips are given on how to find the different cemeteries depending on the time period, type (church or commercial), and economic condition of the deceased. Tombstones are the last monuments to our lives on this earth. In their shape and inscribed symbols, they can speak of the lifestyle of the deceased or the attitude of death of the loved ones left behind. They are being destroyed by many factors, which make them illegible or eradicate them altogether. Abandoned and "lost" cemeteries can be found through records and natural signs. Discussion includes ways to read "illegible" stones, which may be the last time a person may hear the tombstone "speak." This webinar illustrates these techniques and shows what problems are encountered in reading a variety of markers and what might be done to overcome them. Internet sources and resources are also discussed throughout the lecture.

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Join us and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL for the live webinar Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenter

ElissaPowell-144x144Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University. She is an instructor for Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate online program. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management.

She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President's Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; taught genealogy courses at the local community college for fourteen years; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show ANCESTORS2 cemetery episode. She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She is a past-President of two local Pittsburgh area societies and a contributing author to many publications including the APG Quarterly.

An NSDAR member, she is also a lifetime member of the Ohio Genealogical Society; the Medina County Chapter, OGS; and the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society (Greensburg, PA) which was named for her ancestor.

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Ephemera: Genealogy Gold - new BONUS webinar by Sharon S. Atkins now available

Discover the wonderful world of ephemera (records designed for short term use - such as diaries, postcards, letters and newspaper articles) for genealogy research. In this BONUS webinar, learn how these records enhance our understanding of ancestors in the context of time and place.

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! This new class is a bonus webinar in the webinar library. The webinar previews are always free.

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Sharon is also the author of the Legacy QuickGuide, Ephemera: Genealogy Gold

Valuable clues about an ancestor’s life are often found by locating different forms of ephemera as well as researching various categories of ephemera. Ephemera can provide a glimpse into the world of your ancestor; whether you find an old postcard, a newspaper article, a graduation program, or something as wonderful as a diary, you can instantly be transported back in time and place to experience your ancestor’s life.
 
The Ephemera: Genealogy Gold Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including tips and tricks, a list of different types of ephemera, terminology, and more. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
 
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Trace Your German Roots Online - new book and webinar for your German ancestors

Got German roots? Then you'll enjoy this brand new book and webinar from James M. Beidler. He is also the author of our Legacy QuickGuide on German Genealogy.

GermanyBook: Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites - $21.99 $18.95

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Click your way to German ancestors!
 
Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer! Trace Your German Roots Online highlights important German resources on popular genealogy websites including Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, as well as lesser-known resources such as Archion.de. With helpful illustrated step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. In addition, this book contains links to the best websites to consult when answering key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling place names to locating living relatives in the old country.

Trace Your German Roots Online features:
  • Tips to find and use German databases, records, and research tools on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and other popular genealogy websites
  • Guidance for helpful German-focused research websites, including help translating foreign-language sites
  • Recommended websites for accomplishing key German research tasks
  • Worksheets to log research progress and at-a-glance guides to help you identify important terms and resources
An ideal companion to author James M. Beidler's The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, this book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level. Whether your ancestors came from Bavaria, Baden, Berlin, or Bremen, this comprehensive guide will help you find your German ancestors on the Internet.

Paperback: 208 pages, 9" x 7"

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Webinar: Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors

JamesBeidler-144x144Join FamilyTreeWebinars.com and webinar speaker, James M. Beidler, for a free webinar on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Here's the webinar description:

While there’s a galaxy of Internet sites that can help you with your German genealogy, some stars shine brighter than others – and it’s not just Ancestry and FamilySearch, although those two 500-pound canaries both have huge assets for those seeking Deutsch ancestors.

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Legacy QuickGuide: German Genealogy - $2.95

Jim is also the author of the 6-page PDF guide. Here's the guide's description:

More Americans have German-speaking ancestry than any other ethnicity. While German research has challenges involving historical disunity and shifting boundaries – as well as older records handwritten in a chicken-scratchy version of cursive – the flip side is that many documents have survived wars and social disorder. As a group, Germans have a reputation for “Teutonic thoroughness” in producing and retaining many types of documents that other ethnics lack.

The German Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of important events, terminology, migration patterns, record types and how to access those records. This handy 6-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

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Legacy Family Tree in German

Did you know Legacy Family Tree is also available in the German language - all the screens, reports, help file and more are in German. Best of all, it's already included in your copy of Legacy. Just go to Options > Select Language and select Deutsch. To visit the German version of our website visit http://www.legacydeutsch.com

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise May Levenick

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Dirty negatives, smudged old photos, curled panorama pictures, and photos stuck in sticky albums. Learn how to rescue your family photos, albums, and scrapbooks from the ravages of time.

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Join us and Denise May Levenick for the live webinar Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenter

DeniseLevenick-144x144In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books, 2015), and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012).

Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences at her website, and in her books and articles.

Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is a former high school English and Journalism teacher, and a holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes helps family historians use professional archival techniques with their own family treasures.  Numerous charts and checklists and Denise’s practical guidance offer step-by-step advice for organizing, preserving, and digitizing heirlooms, and genealogy research. 

Denise is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She heads the grant committee for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


My first look at FindMyPast's new 100 million marriage records

FindMyPast has been known as the leader for genealogy in the British Isles, but with their recent announcement of their addition of 100 million United States marriage records, they are beginning to attract attention from this side of the pond as well - including mine. In February they published the first 33 million of these records, and just this week they announced the availability of the next 10 million records.

After my recent successful experience with uploading part of my tree to FindMyPast for the first time (see it again in the after-webinar party here), I thought I would start over and this time upload my entire tree. I was hopeful that the same green hints that appeared for my small tree would begin to appear for the U.S. side of my tree, thus alerting me to those ancestors it found in the new marriage record collection. The entire uploading process took a little less than an hour (not bad for having 23,540 individuals in my tree), yet a couple of days later the hints have not yet started to appear. Perhaps the reason for the delay was that my tree was so large. I'll keep checking back.

In the meantime, I am anxious to begin searching the new marriage records, of which sixty percent have never before been published anywhere online. My first step was to query my Legacy family file to see which married couples had incomplete information about their date or place of marriage. Astonishingly, there were 8,301 individuals who had no place of marriage recorded. Many of them had partial or complete dates, but no marriage place. Blank! Wow, could I ever use this new marriage collection. Here's how I created the list in Legacy.

1) At Search > Find I filled in the following information:

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Notice that I left the "What to look for" field blank. This would give me a list of all individuals who were married, but didn't have a marriage place recorded.

2) Click on the Create List button and the Search List will appear.

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Notice here that Clayton Robert McCall's marriage information is completely blank. I simply haven't previously found the record. This list can then be printed to paper or to PDF by clicking on the Print button. And for you advanced Legacy users, I could also TAG everyone in this list so I can quickly refer back to them again.

I thought I'd give the new marriage collection a try by searching for Clayton and Ruth's marriage record. His parents were from Tennessee but moved first to Hancock County, Illinois and then to Yamhill County, Oregon in the 1860s. So these were three potential places they could have married.

Next, at FindMyPast.com, under the Search menu, I clicked on the "A-Z of records sets" link.

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Then I typed "United States" into the Search box which narrowed down the list of collections, and clicked on the "United States Marriages" link.

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Knowing that Clayton McCall was a fairly uncommon name, I entered only his name and clicked the search button.

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Of the 493 results, numbers 4-6 have a Clayton R. McCall married to a Ruth E. in Yamhill County, Oregon in 1915. Even Clayton's birth year as shown in the index matched my records. Getting exciting! But then, I get excited for ANY new record I find, have you ever noticed that?

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The first of the three records was a digitized image of the county's marriage index:

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The next gave their marriage date and ages:

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And the last entry was the same as the second, but it appeared to be the index sorted by the bride.

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So...I was hoping for a copy of the actual marriage record (makes me sound a little spoiled, eh?) but at least now I have the date, volume, and page number so I can request a copy of the original. I'll go add a new To Do item in Legacy for this task before I forget:

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One down, 8,299 to go. It looks like my relationship with FindMyPast is going to get a lot closer in these next few months. And that sleep I was hoping for - well, that can wait.


FamilySearch Records Update: New records for Canada, France, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, and United States

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Millions of new US an international records this week including Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984, New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998,Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001, France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940 Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records 1891-1939

172,347

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

California Fresno and Napa Counties Obituaries 1974-1997

65,850

76,098

New indexed records and images collection

France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940

244,795

0

New indexed records collection

Iowa Church and Civil Marriages 1837-1989

13,474

0

New indexed records collection

Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934

67,489

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Lesotho Evangelical Church Records 1874-1983

0

20,396

New browsable image collection.

Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001

472,449

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Town Records ca. 1638-1961

58,412

87,781

New indexed records and images collection

Michigan Church Marriages 1865-1931

2,303

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Michigan County Marriages 1820-1940

62,733

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Brunswick Saint John Saint John Burial Permits 1889-1919

0

13,902

New browsable image collection.

New Hampshire Birth Certificates 1901-1909

104,327

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998

10,511

363,839

Added images to an existing collection

New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1948

27,054

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ontario County Marriage Registers 1858-1869

0

9,447

New browsable image collection.

Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015

397,638

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1865-1936

14,100

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998

339,222

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005

0

248,882

Added images to an existing collection

Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984

0

1,741,178

Added images to an existing collection

Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939

0

444,585

Added images to an existing collection

Russia Tver Church Books 1722-1918

0

905

Added images to an existing collection

South Carolina Deaths 1915-1965

157,759

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920

0

205,216

Added images to an existing collection

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Google Drive for Genealogists - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Google Drive for Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Learn how to use Google Drive - a free cloud computing application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage while performing genealogy research. We’ll cover how to create new documents, import documents from your hard drive, and how to use the basic functions of each component.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 57 minute recording of "Google Drive for Genealogists" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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GoogleThe Genealogist's Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition by Lisa Louise Cooke - 21.95

The completely updated second addition of the national bestseller! When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done! In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, renowned genealogy podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011, and it's all documented step-by-step in this new edition.

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox includes:
  • Google Search: Get all the latest on how to get the best search results possible. New chapter on searching for common surnames!
  • Google Alerts: Yous personal genealogy assistant.
  • Gmail: Never lose another email. Expanded!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips. Includes expanded instructions on using My Library.
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites and documents.
  • YouTube: Find your family history in action on video. And all new: Build your own free YouTube channel.
  • Brand new chapters on Google Scholar and Google Patents!
  • Google Earth: Rock your ancestor’s world!

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  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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Break Down Those Brick Walls

How many times have you been stuck on an ancestor, unable to get back any further in your search? You’ve searched for years for parents or an exact birth location without success. I’m pretty sure we’ve all reached that place, that formidable brick wall, many times in our genealogy research.

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Let's assume you have not been able to find your great-great grandmother's maiden name. You know her first name is Mary but there is no notation of her former surname on the records you’ve found.

You’ve done all the right things. You’ve looked for her son Henry, your great-grandfather in all the usual record sources - in marriage records, birth records and obituaries. You searched for the family in census records. You searched church records, vital registrations, and newspapers for obituaries. You’ve concentrated on great-grandfather Henry and great-great grandmother Mary because those are your direct ancestors.

Great-grandpa Henry’s marriage record showed his mother with her married name. There was no help there. You found his death registration and viewed it in anticipation. But sadly the informant (great-great grandpa's second wife) didn't know her mother-in-law’s maiden name.

Henry’s obituary was no help. Neither was his mother Mary’s. Obituaries for both great-grandpa and his mother were interesting but there was no mention of her maiden name or her parents. What to do now?

It’s time to start researching Henry’s siblings!


Why search siblings? You're only interested in YOUR ancestor, right? WRONG!

Remember that your ancestor and his siblings shared the same parents, and those parents are your next generation back. That’s right – the generation you’re looking for. Somewhere in a sibling record may very well be Great-grandmother Mary’s maiden name, the names of her parents, and a great deal more. You will never know until you start looking.

Look for great great grandpa's youngest sister's marriage record. Look for his brothers' death records. Research each sibling in turn as if they were your direct ancestors, and follow the standard genealogical research methods. Find every document you can on each sibling.

Researching and tracking siblings, finding their marriages, children, deaths and all other details about their lives can provide you with those long-sought answers to your brickwall.

A bonus is that you will have a much better idea of great-grandpa Henry’s family and their lives. He will be more alive for you and you will have an intimate sense of him as a real person not just a name and a few dates on your Pedigree Chart. You may be quite surprised at the interesting facts you’ll find on his siblings. When I searched my great-grandfather Stephen Peer’s family, I discovered that his brother Harmen Peer was the first base jumper in North America.  Further research led me to my great-grandfather’s cousin Stephen Peer who was a tightrope walker and who died walking his tightrope over Niagara Falls.  What great stories to add to story-telling time with my grandchildren!

Here’s an example of another benefit to researching an entire family. After more than 30 years of researching my Peer family, I had gathered so much information on the five sons of the immigrant ancestor that I compiled it all into six volumes of books on the Peer family in North America which other descendants can purchase and which my children and grandchildren are being given this Christmas.  So my research is being shared and interested descendants may find some answers to their own personal brickwalls!

So remember – search those siblings. Don’t overlook turning any stone available to you in your hunt for your own ancestor.

There are four Brick Wall classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar Library. Start learning today!

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.