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.

ArchiveGrid has a new URL to bookmark!

My favorite website for searching manuscript collections has a new address (URL). ArchiveGrid carries descriptions of more than 4 million manuscript collections. These include personal letters, diaries, journals, farm records, membership records from organizations, church records, family history records, prison records, insane asylums records, poor farms listings, and other items that assist in our family history research.

These records are held by state and local archives, state and local historical societies, public libraries, university libraries, museums, and other institutions mainly located in the United States. ArchiveGrid tells where the collection is held and often links to more detailed finding aids on the institution’s website.

To learn more on the background and sources of the descriptions, check here.

Change your bookmarks, lecture handouts, or your list of favorite websites to reflect the URL change: https://researchworks.oclc.org/archivegrid/

Only 18 more days till registration for excellent summer in-person genealogy education!

February 5, 2020. My calendar is marked. See my earlier blog post about registration for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh three weeks of education for genealogists. Choose 1 course or choose a course for each of the three weeks. I will be there the third week teaching and consulting in Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor database.

A wonderful press release received today!

January 14, 2020

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo
Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NPS) announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican
War Soldier & Sailor database.

This online, searchable database contains information for over 85,000 U.S. and
Mexican veterans who served in this war. Many records include personal details, such
as hair color and occupation.

The database allows descendants of these soldiers and sailors to connect to their
personal history and helps Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of those who
served. This invaluable research tool benefits genealogists, historians, as well as
people who may have never known they are related to a U.S.-Mexican War veteran.
This project started in 2007. Progress was extremely slow until 2015, when FGS joined
forces with the NPS. FGS offered their expertise and numerous volunteers.

Patricia Rand, the FGS contact, recruited and trained volunteers who spent over 17,000
hours doing the tedious task of inputting data. Their dedication makes it possible for
future generations to learn about those who served in the U.S.-Mexican War..

Join us for the virtual launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database on
Monday, January 27 at 3 pm Central.
You can join us in-person at the Palo Alto Visitor
Center or live from your computer. Check the Palo Alto website or Facebook for details
about the livestream connection.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers
the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and
organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing
resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions.
FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and
grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national
which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both
societies and family history enthusiasts. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions
project in 2010 to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the
pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising was completed for that project in 2016
and the digitization continues. FGS was also the driving force behind the Civil War
Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service. To learn more visit

Feb. 5 is when registration opens for GRIP 2020

I’m ready. It’s on my calendar. Put it on all your calendars! Wednesday, 5 February 2020 is when registration goes live for the three different week of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). I’ve been a course coordinator and instructor at GRIP since its inaugural year. I love the setting, the many opportunities for networking, and have been know to sit and gab about genealogy for hours. We all understand each other! Take a look at the lineup for my course Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills. We have hand-on work, discussions, and a bit of homework to apply your newly learned skills

Twenty course offered over three different weeks. The starting hours of registration for each of the three weeks are:

  • 11 AM Eastern / 8 AM Pacific for the seven courses offered June 21-26
  • 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific for the six courses offered July 6-10
  • 3 PM Eastern / Noon Pacific for the seven courses offered July 19-24

If the course you prefer fills right away, add yourself to the wait list or take a second look at the course offerings. Private and shared rooms on campus sell out quickly. GRIP is the only institute that offers affordable on-campus housing which includes 5 days and 15 meals or 4 days and 12 meals (for the shorter July 6-10 week).

Descriptions of the 18 sessions in each of the 20 courses is available by following the course title links at www.GRIPitt.org/courses.

Black Friday in the genealogy world has sales!

I’m not going to list all the DNA and subscription sales that are going on this weekend, but I do urge you to check the websites of each company to see all the offers. I took advantage of some and hope my family and friends will do the same. The more DNA testing, the more we find cousins and can fill in the missing pieces on our family trees. Many of the companies have banners on their websites that tell of the offers. Others are found on Facebook, Twitter, etc. You could take care of many of those names on your holiday gift lists by purchasing DNA kits at the great prices.

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh: Donn Devine Scholarship

I’m excited to share this news.’ If you never met Donn, you missed in-depth discussions on many topics related to genealogy, history, and records. If you ever had the pleasure of such discussions. you’ll know that it’s not easy to briefly describe our colleague. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announced the Donn Devine, JD, CG Emeritus, FNGS, Scholarship which will enable one applicant who has never been to GRIP to attend with full tuition and on-campus housing in a shared room.

This scholarship will enable one applicant who has never been to GRIP to attend with a full scholarship of tuition and on-campus housing in a shared room (total value $825). Application deadline is January 1, 2020 with the winner notified by February 1. For full details on the application process, visit the GRIP website.

A little hint: I would love to see the scholarship winner in the course I coordinate, Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills, which takes place 19-24 July 2020. Of course, the other 19 courses are also fantastic.

Native American genealogy webinar now online for free (6 more days)

The webinar I presented on November 19th is now available for everyone for free. After the next 6 days, you will need a Legacy Family Tree Webinars subscription to view this webinar. The recording of the webinar “Native American Research: Things You May Not Know” was sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

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Free webinar Nov 19: “Native American Research: Things You May Not Know”

BCG Free Webinar – Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 8 pm EST
“Native American Research: Things You May Not Know”
by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

November is Native American Heritage Month and what better time to delve into Native American research? Learn about records, libraries, archives, websites, and databases, and analyzing what you find. Be prepared for some surprises on where you might find more about this amazing heritage.
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree will present “Native American Research: Things You May Not Know,” by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, live and free to the public, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, November 19, 2019. In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, the webinar may be accessed at no charge for one week after the broadcast. It will remain available to subscribers on our partner website Legacy Family Tree Webinars (https://familytreewebinars.com).
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in railroad records and Native American research. She is a course coordinator and instructor for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and was an instructor for Ancestry Academy. Her lecturing experience includes the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and National Genealogical Society (NGS) conferences, and seminars in many states and Canada. She served on the Board of Directors of FGS and the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS), as an officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and President of the Northland Chapter of APG. She initiated the MGS education committee and classes and was one of the founding members of the MGS Library. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Her ancestors came to the U.S. from eight ancestral countries and that led to research from many states and countries. Her articles have appeared in FGS FORUMNGS MagazineFamily Tree MagazineNew England AncestorsMinnesota Genealogist, and she currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com.
“The Board for Certification of Genealogists offers monthly webinars on an array of subjects in support of its mission to promote standards and ethics among all who practice genealogy, not just those who are seeking certification,” said President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL. “These webinars provide an opportunity for certified associates to participate in advancing the Board’s goals by presenting quality educational experiences to the entire genealogical community.” 

Register for “Native American Research: Things You May Not Know,” by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, before November 19, 2019. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate link: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619. To see and register for the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2019, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at https://bcgcertification.org/bcg-webinars-2019/.