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 […]

50% off for new Legacy Family Tree webinar memberships!

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% […]

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 […]

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 […]

Some of my free presentations for Native American Heritage month

I have a busy week on my calendar. Each of these upcoming presentations of mine for National Native American Heritage Month is being presented at no cost to registrants. The presentations and extensive handouts are not exactly the same, though some sections are necessarily general. Parts of each are devoted to Indigenous peoples connected to […]

U.S. National Archives and 200+ million digitized images

A press release from several days ago: “COLLEGE PARK, October 26, 2022 — The National Archives Catalog now contains more than 200 million digitized pages.  The Office of Innovation collaborated with offices across the National Archives, as well as external partners like Ancestry and FamilySearch, to reach this milestone in August.  Technical upgrades that improved how […]

Grants to history organizations in Minnesota that impact genealogists

From a 20 September 2022 press release from the Minnesota Historical Society: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 28 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $264,831 in 15 counties. Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and federally recognized […]

Updated speaking calendar with my next genealogy presentation on October 4 for Family History Month

I have added several new presentation dates to my Speaking Calendar. Click on the Speaking tab above or click here to see the full list even into 2023. Next up is this free webinar as we celebrate Family History Month in October here in the U.S.  October 4, 2022. Free webinar. Clayton Library Center for […]

Addendum to my recent webinar, Michigan: An Upper Midwest Researcher’s Dream

When I presented this webinar for Legacy Family Tree Webinars on September 14, I promised to add some things to my blog that weren’t in the syllabus but mentioned in the webinar. I thank Jamie W. for the reminder of that promise.  Archives of Michigan Circulars that are no longer updated and not available on […]