Holiday gift ideas for family historians and others, including you!

I was thinking about Christmas or Hanukkah gift ideas for family historians. What a change from even two to three decades ago. A box of blank CDs, a roll of film for a camera, or a few blank cassette tapes were great gifts. A paper gift certificate for membership in a genealogical or historical society […]

Newspapers to the rescue to solve some family timeline issues.

My Cook ancestral family has origins in Dromcolliher (aka Dromcolligher Civil Parish, County Limerick) Ireland. My Great Great Grandfather James Cook (born ca 1837-1839) is still eluding me in the Catholic parish baptisms, but a sibling, John, has been found. Their parents were James Cook and Mary Green,, and John’s godparents were Edmund Green and […]

National Endowment for the Humanities timely initiative

A recent press release from the National Endowment for the Humanities addresses part of what some colleagues and I were discussing today. The education component is vital. The first two paragraphs of the announcement: WASHINGTON, D.C. —Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), today announced a new NEH-wide initiative […]

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You know you need this! A New Webinar Membership with “24/7 access to 1,800+ full-length genealogy classes PLUS all 7,000+ pages of instructors’ handouts. Just $49.95 $24.98 (new memberships only).” Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offering this deal for new memberships from now through December 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Order now, for 50% […]

U. S. National Archives new catalog has launched.

The official date is November 21st, but it’s live early. Lots of people doing presentations that include National Archives information and records are scrambling to update PowerPoint slides. Found something  for my Native American research webinar on Monday night for the Kansas City Kansas Public Library. I even found a few things for my own […]

42 Minnesota history organizations receive large grants for historic preservation

“History Organizations Across Minnesota Receive $4,987,373 in Legacy Amendment Funding” That headline in a press release a few days ago from the Minnesota Historical Society caught my interest. “ The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 42 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Large Grants ($10,000 and more), totaling $4,987,373 […]

1 more Native American research free webinar for this November

I’ve been working this week on new things for my next Native American research webinar for this National Native American Heritage month. The fun part of creating a new PowerPoint is finding the coolest examples. It also includes some basics that apply no matter the tribe. This last free 2022 webinar on Native American research […]

Teenagers and others help to restore long-forgotten sad cemetery in Minnesota

Way too many long deceased fellow human beings lie in cemeteries marked only by a small rock, a number on a wooden spike, or nothing at all. They were residents at orphanages, poor farms, Native American boarding schools, state hospitals, and other dreary places in the U.S. and Canada. Today, we have updated histories and […]