April 2013

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Here are my favourite blog posts from the last week.

There were three posts from British GENES this week. The first is “Old TNA catalogue to be switched off.” Tomorrow the TNA will start their new Discovery catalogue.

The other two posts were called “Democratising or Privileging archive conference in Dundee” and “Democratising or Privileging archives conference – day 2.” These are two very interesting posts about what he learned at the conference. There were quite a few Canadian archives presenting as well. There is an interesting take of Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada has lost its reputation on the international stage not to mention at home.

Irish Genealogy News has an interesting post called “Exploring Irish Identity – a free online course.” This looks really interesting and it starts on May 27th.

Congratulations FamilySearch and their dedicated volunteer indexers. You have reached the one billionth indexed record. “Thanks a Billion.”

Genealogy’s Star has an interesting post called “Is Genealogy History or is All History Genealogy?” Every genealogist needs to know about the history of the area where their ancestors lived and the era in which their ancestors lived. It can help answer a lot of questions.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

Genealogy Insider – Genealogy News Corral

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For Release: 29 April 2013

National Genealogical Society Announces Release
of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County Research Guide

Arlington, VA, 29 April 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of the newest edition in its Research in the States series: Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. This publication was written by native New Yorker and nationally recognized genealogist Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS. Laura is a trustee and former president of BCG and co-editor of the NYG&B Record. Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, is a former NGS president and is the current editor of the NGS Research in the States series and the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.

Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County is an introduction to resources and repositories essential to genealogical research in these geographic areas. “Millions of Americans have ancestors who spent some time in the New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County area,” said Laura Murphy DeGrazia, author, “and knowing what resources exist and where they are located can help family historians be more successful in their research.”

The guide will be available for sale at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas from 8–11 May in the NGS booth (#205). Author Laura Murphy DeGrazia will be available for book signings at the NGS conference booth on Thursday, 9 May from 9:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.

Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County will be available in the NGS store in a PDF and print version beginning 8 May; the print version will ship after 20 May. Other titles in the Research in the States series, which are also available in PDF and print form, include Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional states and a full New York State guide are planned for the future.

This has just been received from NGS. I will be picking up a copy for me and for a friend at the NGS Conference in Las Vegas.

NGS Announces Release of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 april 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twenty-first century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries. Dr. Jones, a noted writer, lecturer, and editor in the field of genealogy, explains and develops the level of proof that is appropriate to genealogy.

Dr. Jones relies on his vast experience as a genealogist to explain the various concepts and techniques involved in the genealogical research process. Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues.

Mastering Genealogical Proof will first be available for purchase at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013. Dr. Jones will also be available for book signings at the NGS booth (#205) in the exhibit hall on Friday, 10 May, from 10:45 a.m.–12:00 noon and on Saturday, 11 May, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Purchases may be made in advance of the signings in the NGS booth starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 May, when the conference exhibit hall opens. Mastering Genealogical Proof may also be pre-ordered from the NGS online store.

Last Chance Today to Purchase Tickets for Meals and Tours for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 22 APRIL 2013: Tick tock! Today is your last chance to purchase tickets for meals and tours and to pre-register for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Pre-registration for the conference and ticket sales for meals and tours ends today, 22 April, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The conference begins in two weeks. You can still purchase tickets for meals, the Museums Tour, and the Hoover Dam Tour. The BCG Education Fund Workshop, Librarian’s Day, and the Night Tour of the Strip and Downtown are sold out.

To be placed on the wait list for the BCG Education Fund Workshop or Librarian’s, e-mail the NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org. To register for the conference, visit the National Genealogical Society website. For tour information visit Las Vegas Area Tours.

On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Add Items to an Existing Registration

Meals and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close today, 22 April 2013.

Meals: log on at the National Genealogical Society website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

Tours: log on at NGS, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.

At the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Birmingham Alabama I interviewed Jenny Lanctot of the Are My Roots Showing? blog. I asked her ten questions relating to her family history research. You can listen to the interview below.

Jenny Lanctot FGS 2012

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Here are my favourite blog posts from the last few weeks.

Irish Genealogy News has a post called “Anglican Record Project releases trio of registers.” This is about the latest release from the Church of Ireland digitization project.

John Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections has a new update on the happenings at Library and Archives Canada with a post entitled “Service at LAC.” You can only view items at LAC but you might not even be able to view them there with the poor upkeep of the microfilm readers.

The National Archives of England blog has a post written by Audrey Collins called “Censuses compared.” Audrey compares census records from the US and Britain.

Kerry Scott of the Clue Wagon blog has been at it again with another wonderful post called “Dead People, Dead People, Dead People, SQUIRREL!” Oh I so agree Kerry.

The Brit-Ish Heritage Forum has a posted called “London Huguenot Record Treasures at FamilySearch” which provides a long list of items at FamilySearch to help you with your Huguenot research.

The British GENES blog has a post called “Irish Family History Event video” which has a video from the first ever Irish Family History Event held in Dublin over the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. There are several other small videos available.

What were your favourite blog posts from the last few weeks?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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This is a press release I received from findmypast.ie about their new initiative to collect stories of the ANZAC’s or the Australia and New Zeland Army Corps. My Great Grand Uncle Richard Fenton Toomey was an ANZAC. I have written about him here.

April 25th is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand and everyone remembers the great sacrifice these people made.

Press Release

Thousands of new Australian and New Zealand military records added to mark Anzac Day

With Anzac Day fast approaching, Australians and New Zealanders are preparing to reflect on the heroic efforts of their ancestors. To commemorate this important event, leading family history site, findmypast.ie has just launched its inaugural Findmypast Anzac Memory Bank and has also added thousands of new Australia and New Zealand military records to its World Collection.

The updated archives will make it easy for those with Australian and New Zealand ancestors to investigate their family’s past and learn more about their achievements and efforts during Australia’s and New Zealand’s international conflicts. Some of the new records available on findmypast.ie include:

Australasian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour – An index to the roll of honour of the soldiers and sailors of Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces
New South Wales Roll of Honour – A comprehensive list of the names of service personnel extracted from honour rolls in schools, public halls, clubs and village war memorials across NSW
New Zealand War Medal Roll – An index of returns of Officers and Men of the Colonial Forces who made applications for the New Zealand War Medal for services before 1866
New Zealand Boer War Servicemen – A list of New Zealand servicemen who took part in the Boer Wars

The updated military records will be another essential tool for anyone currently using the Anzac Memory Bank available on findmypast.ie. The Anzac Memory Bank is a commemorative archive, which contains heroic stories, exclusive photos, and expert information about Australian and New Zealand involvement in all wars and conflicts around the world. Users have shared their own personal and family stories, photos and diary entries so that others can learn what it was like to live through these times of turmoil.

Paul Nixon, military expert from findmypast, commented: “The updated military records and the online functionality of the Anzac Memory Bank make it easier than ever for those interested in Australian and New Zealand family history to commemorate the efforts of their bravest ancestors. The simplicity and ease of use make findmypast.ie a fantastic resource for finding out more about your military ancestors.”

Tara McMahon is one of countless Australian and New Zealand descendants who have discovered the phenomenal efforts of their ancestors with findmypast.ie. She said of her great uncle:

“Private Francis McMahon of the 10th Lighthorse Division was killed in action on the third wave at the Battle of Hill 60. Witnessing his death was one of Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipients, Lieutenant H.V Throssell. Through findmypast.ie I found a private letter from Lieutenant H.V Throssell to his commanding officer commending the efforts of my ancestor and three other men who took part in the battle. Lieutenant H.V Throssell spoke about my great uncle for years after the war as he toured Australia recalling the moments resulting in his Victoria Cross award.

“Were it not for findmypast.ie I would never have known of the exceptional bravery and passion that my great uncle displayed. It fills me with pride to know that one of Australia’s bravest men commends my ancestor for his bravery!”

In addition to the updated records on findmypast.ie, Inside History magazine are thrilled to announce a collaboration to produce an exclusive free digital magazine. The digital magazine will showcase new international historical records as well as providing intriguing case studies from around Australia. The free digital magazine is available on iPad by visiting the Anzac Memory Bank on findmypast.ie.

With even more military records included in the findmypast.ie archives and a new digital magazine it’s easier than ever before for Australian and New Zealand descendants to uncover the lost history of their ancestors.

The new records are available on all of findmypast’s international sites as part of a World Subscription.

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 APRIL 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. Register within the week to select any meals or pre-conference events or tours you plan to attend.

Pre-registration ends on Monday, 22 April 2013, which includes meals and tours sales. On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Meals and pre-conference tours and events must be purchased by 22 April 2013. They cannot be purchased on-site at the conference.

You don’t want to miss this year’s exciting conference program from 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For conference information and to register, go to conference information.

Space is still available for most conference social activities including meal events and the Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org

Breakfasts, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several breakfasts and luncheons during the conference, and the NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Make your reservation by the deadline, 22 April, at Conference Registration. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Breakfasts are $28; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Las Vegas Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for three exciting Las Vegas area tours on Tuesday, 7 May. Tour tickets are available only until 22 April 2013.

Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour: This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of the Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.

Museum Tour: Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.

Night Tour: Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!

For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours at National Genealogical Society Conference Tours.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

Meals and pre-conference events and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close 22 April 2013.

Pre-Conference Events and Tours: log on at NGS, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.

Meals: log on at NGS, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions

Here are my favourite blog posts from recent weeks.

Tonia’s Roots Family History and Genealogy blog had a post called “11 Must-Have Apps for Genealogy.” I think the title speaks for itself. You get a good range of apps for Apple devices.

There were a few from the British GENES blog. The first is “IWM sound archive goes online.” This is a great resource for those researching First World War soldiers. I can’t wait to listen to some from the hero’s who were at Gallipoli as that is where one of my Great Grand Uncle’s fought.

Griffith’s Valuation Revision Books for Northern Ireland” is a post where he talks about the latest release from PRONI. The revision books will be a great resource for those researching ancestors in Northern Ireland. Looks like he got more snow that we did this March.

The last one is “Western Front Association announces pension cards look-up service.” This is fantastic news. Pension records can provide you with some useful information.

The Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has a post called “Canadian Newspapers at Newspapers.com” John Reid tells us about what he learned about Canadian newspapers at RootsTech last month.

Dear Myrtle’s blog had a post entitled “Ol’Myrt’s #RootsTech 2013 Experience” where she provides links to the interviews she conducted at the conference.

The National Library of Ireland blog has an intriguing post entitled “Death in a Sweetshop.” This is about a death that happened in their mother’s sweetshop and the person who died was a famous artist. The story of how they found out more is fascinating. It helps that they work at the National Library.

The Irish Genealogy News blog had a post called “Lots of goodies coming soon from FindMyPast Ireland.” Here she examines the upcoming releases from Findmypast Ireland and what the future may hold. Irish researchers are about to get more information online.

The TCE Blog had a post called “Historical Maps of Toronto: Q&A with Nathan Ng.” This is about the online database of historic Toronto maps. It is very interesting how this came about.

What were your favourite blog posts?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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I am an Official Blogger for the NGS 2013 Conference in Las Vegas. Here is the latest release from NGS.

Arlington, VA, 8 April 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of its NGS Conference App. Get the most from your NGS 2013 Family History Conference experience by downloading the new and improved mobile app. Use the NGS Conference App to help you make the most of your trip to Las Vegas before, during, and after the conference.

The NGS Conference App is completely free! Improve your conference experience by taking the schedule, maps, Twitter, and more with you on your phone or other mobile device.

The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices.

The NGS Conference App is easy to use with these convenient features:
• The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute info.
• About This Show keeps all show information in one place.
• Alerts allow attendees to receive important real-time communications from the show organizer.
• The built-in Twitter feed allows you to follow and join in on the show chatter.
• Sync your schedule across multiple devices.
• Attendees can locate exhibitors they want to visit.
• Connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature.

You can download the conference app here.

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