MyHeritage’s collection of birth records includes 115 collections containing a total of 1,144,541,613 individual records from all over the world. Some of the collections contain indexes which help you find out where the birth record is located, while others contain the actual image of the record. Guess what!!! Free access to these through April 24th.
Geoff Rasmussen had a big announcement on Friday. That was the day of Legacy Family Tree Webinars 1,500th webinar! That’s a lot of education. Think about subscribing so you have access to all of them and the accompanying syllabus material. This includes this month’s 24-hour marathon. It was actually 26 hours with Terri Flack and I doing the last two added hours. Subscribe here via my own affiliate link http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=1739
Ancestry’s frequently updated list of “Recently Added and Updated Collections” is something I frequently check. One caught my eye: Cook County, Illinois, U.S., Obituaries, 1970-1990. “This collection includes index and images of obituaries from various newspapers in southern Cook County, Illinois, as well as Hammond, Indiana. Cook County, Illinois, U.S., Obituaries, 1970-1990” I did find a few possibilities in this. https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/62018/
When I hear from some genealogical and historical organizations about doing a seminar or single talk for them, I get asked “what are your best topics?”
The best topics have to be judged by those who listen and hopefully learn from them. I can’t always judge that but I can tell which are my favorite presentations. Generally, these are ones that I get extra excited about sharing the information and that I continually research to add updates to the handouts and PowerPoint slides. Any website mentions need to be updated continually! Some of these topics do get some added or tweaked details and new record examples that apply more to the locality of the sponsoring organization.
The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Government
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
Family History Gems in Century and Bicentennial Farms Programs
The Farmer in the Dell . . . and in Many U.S. Records
Genealogical and Historical Periodicals in Print and Online: Surprises Await
Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
Researching Midwestern River People
Sources and Methods for Researching Native American Ancestors
It’s almost like saying which is my favorite grandchild and that is impossible to choose. I do have other topics that are listed under the
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I hope you heard my big sigh of relief and that of many others. In 2016 a decision was made that this regional location of the U.S. National Archives was expendable. Federal records that are needed and used weekly were to be moved to NARA locations a distance away. I had blogged previously about that impending horrific action. Many people protested and among those who voiced loud opinions of the planned idiocy were Northwestern U.S. Native American tribes and law firms. Even though the NARA (National Archives and Records Administartion) touts digitization efforts and those of its partners, millions upon millions of original records are in archival boxes in the various NARA locations. These are records needed for many reasons, personal, historical, community, and legal. The Seattle Times carried the good news on April 8th. In part:
On Thursday, the Office of Management and Budget, which administers the federal budget and had approved the sale of the 10-acre Sand Point facility during the Trump administration, reversed course.
“Tribal consultation is a priority for this Administration … the process that led to the decision to approve the sale … is contrary to this Administration’s tribal-consultation policy, and I am accordingly withdrawing OMB’s approval of the sale of that facility,” Shalanda D. Young, the agency’s acting director, wrote in a letter.”
Webinars, institutes, conferences, and seminars. Genealogical education is vital and, in many ways, so easily accessible in 2020 and 2021 as these have gone virtual. Don’t forget to check county, regional, and state genealogical societies to see what they have to offer. Some are free, but many have a fee associated. The organization needs to pay for Zoom or other platform they use, pay the speaker, and also support the organization’s overall educational efforts. Heck, even in the case of free events, a nice donation to the society is a smart and caring thing to do! These are just two of the upcoming all-day events that might interest you, no matter where you live!
17 April 2001: Minnesota Genealogical Society Virtual Spring All Star Seminar.
Four impressive speakers: David Rencher, Pamela Boyer Sayre, LaBrenda Garret-Nelson, Michael Lacopo!
I forgot that I had this page bookmarked. I probably do need to browse through all my bookmarked sites more often to see which ones still work. This page from Findmypast tells the records held by Fmp by country, state, subject , and country. I still do a variety of searches by names and some places, but this list reminds me of what I can find and search in specifically. https://www.findmypast.com/articles/world-records. Nothing for my two main states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but there are Chicago records. Even if something can be found on another genealogy website, sometimes the search on a different one turns up something the other didn’t find or even a surprise!
I’m excited to be a part of this The 2nd Annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon hosted by FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage. The marathon will begin on Thursday, April 8 at 5pm eastern U.S. time (Friday, April 9 at 7am Sydney time) and end on Friday, April 9 at 7pm eastern U.S. time (Saturday, April 10 at 9am Sydney time). It’s FREE.
The wide variety of topics means something for everyone! “You will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world’s top genealogists and educators. From creating your own YouTube channel to DNA, from Cherokee ancestry to Canada and England, there’s something for everyone… in every time zone. And thanks to FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it’s completely up to you. (We couldn’t resist – there are actually 26 hours of classes!) There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes.
Register on this page. The attendance for each session is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. If you can’t join us in real time, we’ve got you covered: all recordings will be available afterwards absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a FamilyTreeWebinars.com membership!
Opinions ahead. Some of you may know that I am involved with Native American historical and genealogical research and related work. I have been working with Tribes and law firms since the early 1990s. I have read thousands of pages of documents in the National Archives, historical societies, other archives, and online that have made me both sad and infuriated at how other human beings were treated.
National Public Radio today stated “Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, has become the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.”
Finally, this country has a Native American heading the Interior Department! Think about that. A Native American heading the agency that oversees land in this country. Land that was largely taken from Native Americans. The new Secretary of the Interior is also female. I am doubly happy. Congratulations to Deb Haaland of New Mexico. She has been serving her state in the House of Representatives.
I truly hope there is cooperation and healing that will start to take place. Congress, are you listening? Everyone?
I remember hearing about this Cyndi’s List. I checked it. Then I met the creator, the owner, the person who added all those links to genealogy and history websites, the adjustor of links as places kept her busy by changing their URLs, and I saw one of these persons sitting at the computer doing the job. Would you believe these are all the same person? It’s true. She doesn’t even charge us to do a search on the website or to then click on an interesting link. Cyndi Ingle is a one-woman wonder. I love to seek out a neat website, database, buried index, or other item that she probably doesn’t have. Dangitall, 99% of the time she already has it.
She tells us she has more than 300K links. Under each of those links are many more links on the specific websites she tells us about.
It’s the Silver Anniversary of Cyndi’s List. She has kept it up through changing a baby’s diapers, cooking meals, taking care of parents, adding her Mom to her household, raising her beloved Boston Terriers, teaching others about websites, helping others understand HTML, and so much more.
One way to thank her is to look for Cyndi’s List on social media and like the page, tweet, or post. Use the “Submit a New Link” or “Report a Broken Link” buttons on the left side to add to the List. Then look at the upper right side of the page and click on the Donate button. What would be an appropriate 25th Anniversary gift? 25 years. 25 or 25 or 25 or maybe 25. You get the idea.