Need some U. S. genealogy assistance?

Staying at home to be safe is not a problem with the consultations I do with clients and prospective clients. I have done them by Zoom, Google Hangout, and by phone over the last few weeks. I do have openings on my calendar starting next week for more. I can assist you with using any of the methods for a consultation. Clients send me documents as email attachments, by Google Docs, or place them in Dropbox. I review the material, make notes on questions and suggestions, and then we “talk” about their U.S. and Canadian research. It may be some of those missing ancestors, finding a place of birth, material that doesn’t quite make sense, or simply needing a research plan based on what you send to me. Some that I consult with are beginners at family history research and it’s like a private lesson on what to do.

A consultation is a minimum of 2 hours. The fee is $100 total payable via Paypal or check. Those 2 hours can be split up if you wish. If you want to continue after that, more hours can be added then or even a month or two later when more questions arise.

History and genealogy books, periodicals, and more from home

This is not a list of all the websites that offer digitized books and periodicals for us, but is a list that will get you started from the comfort of your own home. This list of free websites is abstracted from my oft-requested presentation Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks. We can do a lot of U.S. historical and genealogical research from our home.

Do some searching by various terms: surname, city, county, state, occupation, laws, vital records, bibles, and other keyword terminology. I will add another post soon about some websites that lead you to both free and fee-based websites.

Subscription based genealogy databases have some free material as do many genealogical societies. Many public, college, and university libraries and special collection departments have digitized books. County and state historical societies often have digital collections. Worldcat.org is what I call a library catalog of library catalogs and it’s easy to set a parameter to search for books and other items that are available online.

There’s no reason to be bored with all the research that we can do right now from our homes as we wait for our libraries, historical societies, and archives to reopen.

MyHeritage opens colorization tool for FREE with no limit

MyHeritage sent this today: “we’re giving everyone FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, so that people everywhere can join in the fun of colorizing their black and white photos. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free. “

Daniel Horowitz also said: “Colorizing photos is the perfect activity for anyone who is isolated at home. We invite everyone to pull out their family photo albums, colorize their photos, and start reminiscing. Over the coming month, anyone who shares their colorized photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #ColorBeatsCoronavirusBlues and tags @MyHeritage will enter a weekly draw. Each week we’ll select one lucky winner who will receive a free MyHeritage Complete subscription!

Please share the news on your social channels and with your audience so they can make the most of this opportunity and colorize their photos.

I also invite you to join me this Tuesday March 24 at 1:00 pm EST for a 30-minute session on how to work with this incredible feature. Feel free to register here and prepare your questions in advance.”

My genealogy presentations cancelled

In conjunction with the Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing Community Education, and the Dakota County Historical Society, my presentations scheduled over the next week in Red Wing and South St Paul, Minnesota have been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the future.

March 14, 2020 Red Wing, Minnesota

Goodhue County Historical Society and Red Wing Community Education, 1:00 p.m. I will be presenting “Research Rewards in County Courthouses and Town Hall Records ” accompanied by an extensive handout. Click on the society name to register.

March 19, 2020 South St. Paul, Minnesota

Dakota County Historical Society Lawshe Memorial Museum 7:00 p.m. I will be presenting “Researching Midwestern River People.” and it is accompanied by a handout.

3 upcoming genealogy presentations in MN and WI

March 12, 2020 Hudson, Wisconsin

Hudson Area Public Library Genealogy Presentation at 10:30 a.m. I will be presenting “Farmer in the Dell . . . and in Many U.S. Records” accompanied by a handout.


March 14, 2020 Red Wing, Minnesota

Goodhue County Historical Society and Red Wing Community Education, 1:00 p.m. I will be presenting “Research Rewards in County Courthouses and Town Hall Records ” accompanied by an extensive handout. Click on the society name to register.


March 19, 2020 South St. Paul, Minnesota

Dakota County Historical Society Lawshe Memorial Museum 7:00 p.m. I will be presenting “Researching Midwestern River People.” and it is accompanied by a handout.

CyndisList.com is 24 years old!

March 4th marks the birthday of Cyndi’s List. It’s 24 years old! I hope you have been using it for your family history research. New to you? It is a FREE categorized and cross-referenced list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. Visit the Categories page and browse to find the links arranged by localities, ethnic groups, occupations, religions, record types, methodology and more.
https://www.CyndisList.com/categories/

It’s constantly added to, old website links changed, and categories added, and, and, and! It’s a one-woman operation accomplished by Cyndi Ingle. You can submit new links and tell her about broken links via the website. After all, she can’t check each link every day. Join the CyndisList page on Facebook, too! https://www.facebook.com/CyndisList/

(Cyndi’s List is a full time job for her and is maintained on advertisements and donations:
https://www.cyndislist.com/donate/)

Feb. 5 tomorrow register Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh: a special tip

20 courses to choose from. Three weeks of excellent genealogical education with something for every level of experience. Advance your knowledge of resources, methodology, using websites fully, understand DNA, learn where else to find surprising records, learn ways to write your history, go beyond the basics, and be immersed in family history with like-minded people from all over the world.

Tomorrow! February 5 registration opens for 20 courses at GRIP– summer genealogy immersion for all levels. Pre-register today to save time tomorrow and so you don’t miss getting in to your choice of a course. I suggest https://gripitt.org/courses/digging_deeper/ for you! We will have some hands-on work, info on places you didn’t know held records, and time for questions and answers. Plus you will be invited to share one of your research problems to be discusses and suggestions offered. Pre-register today to save time tomorrow: https://gripitt.org/registration/

Hotel registration open for the 2020 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

I have reserved my room at the conference hotel! Now it’s your turn to be in the midst of the activity at the 2020 FGS conference. It’s also the last FGS conference ever! Join us in Kansas City!

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is now taking reservations for the 2020 FGS Family History Conference, “Blazing Trails in the Heart of America” The conference will be held September 2-5, 2020. This hotel is set in the heart of the downtown district and connects via walkway to the Kansas City Convention Center where the conference will be held.

FGS 2020 Conference room rates are available Saturday August 29, 2020 until Tuesday September 8, 2020 (subject to availability). Reservations must be made by August 3, 2020 to secure the conference rate. These dates give you lots of extra time at the conference rate to do some research in the area.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Full details and links for FGS discounted reservations can be found on the FGS website.

Next up will be the program info on the FGS website. I will post that link when I head that it’s available.