FGS Genealogy Conference discount deadline is July 1

This Saturday is July 1. That means it’s the last day to get the nice registration discount for the big Federation of Genealogical Societies being held Aug 30-Sept 2 in Pittsburgh. I am signed up for luncheons, the Wednesday evening boat cruise and dinner, have a list of books I need from vendors in the Exhibit Hall, and know I will be seeing some other genealogists from around the country.  I am one of the many presenters.

The FGS conference is held annually about the same time and is in a different city each year.  It’s a good kind of addiction.

It’s a nice convention center, Pittsburgh has great restaurants and places to research, and the hotels are close. The room block at the Westin has been increased to meet the demand. Peruse the program on the website and the long list of speakers and then sign up right on the website. There are some special things planned and you won’t want to miss it.

https://www.fgsconference.org/ #FGS2017

p.s. The Pittsburgh airport is really nice!



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My birthday and SLIG registration on July 8: a perfect gift


Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
21-26 January 2018
Hilton SLC Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

SLIG 2018 offers 14 courses. It’s time to peruse the website to learn more about each course. Registration opens on in 2 weeks on Saturday, July 8, at 9:00 a.m. MDT. That’s 10:00 CDT, which is my time zone.

July 8th happens to be my birthday. I think a perfect birthday gift for me would be a whole bunch of registrations for SLIG and my course, in particular! I am not shy in wishing for this.

I am coordinating Taking your Research to the Next Level. From the course description: We all reach the point where we need to learn about other resources and delve more deeply into those we already know. This is the way we take our research to a higher level, solve problems, and advance our family history. This course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. We probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. It’s not just listening to lectures, but interactive classroom time that takes you beyond basic research tools. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

Read more about the classes in this course and in others here on the SLIG website. Click on Course Schedule in each section for the full lineup of topics for each course.

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Iowa genealogy: more vital records online!

The Iowa Genealogical Society shared this great news on Facebook:

New vital records have been digitized and are now online!

Delayed Birth Records from 1850-1940 and Deaths from 1921-1940 are now both on Ancestry and FamilySearch. Details here: bit.ly/2tRNmqe


I have no ancestors connected to Iowa but I do have collateral family there and one grandchild has some Iowa connections.




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Yet another entry into digitized newspapers but not U.S. centric

I saw reference to this in several places today. Yet another upcoming resource for digitized newspapers and other materials. This is a bit different in that it will include many newspapers from outside the U.S. The company involved, East View Information Services, is located here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

From the press release last year:

Minneapolis, MN, USA. November 2, 2016—East View is excited to announce a long-term relationship with Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to make rare newspapers from around the world available for research. East View will work with faculty and collection development specialists in numerous subject areas to improve discoverability and access to over 2,500 predominantly foreign-language titles dating as far back as the nineteenth century that are part of the collections at Stanford Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Opening a treasure trove for researchers, this joint initiative will digitally preserve and make searchable potentially 25 million pages of newspaper content originally collected by Hoover curators and later cataloged, organized, and stored at an offsite facility by Stanford University Libraries.”

This company deals with a variety of countries and more information on this newspaper initiative and other material is available here: eastview.com/pressreleases/rarenewspaperspr

The press release states that it will take about ten years for the process but that some would be available in a years. For those researching in Russia, Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Middle East,and some other places, this is welcome news. I got lost (in a good way) reviewing the East View website, blogs, press releases and other segments. I see that some university libraries already have access to some East View research products.
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Scholarships for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2018

News from SLIG!

SLIG Scholarship Opportunities

Planning to attend the January 2018 SLIG? There are several scholarship opportunities available for SLIG students.

SLIG Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship

Deadline June 20, 2017

Named in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, whose legacy of service to the genealogical community covered more than 50 years, this full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an individual who has “demonstrated commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement”. The winner will be announced July 1st and their course of choice pre-reserved.  Full details here.

SLIG Scholarshp for First-Time Institute Attendees

Deadline June 20, 2017

This fund, opened at SLIG 2016, was created to enhance scholarship opportunities for SLIG students. Donations have been made by Maia’s Bookstore and SLIG students. More details and submission requirements may be found here.

ASG Scholar Award, American Society of Genealogists

This award provides “financial assistance for a developing scholar to attend one of five academic programs in American genealogy.” The award, which will be given in October, will apply toward a SLIG 2018 course of study. To find out more, visit their website.

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship

Deadline TBD for SLIG 2019

Established to “foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts”. Scholarship covers tuition and specific other expenses to attend one of the four US-based genealogical institutes.

Unfortunately, due to a lot of complicating factors, applicants won’t be aware of the courses to be offered for SLIG 2019 until after they have completed their application. For that reason, we offer the opportunity to have open dialogue with the director if needed to help you rank SLIG in order of attendance preference on your application.

You can learn more about the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship on their website.

p.s. The SLIG Course I coordinate is Taking Your Research to the Next Level.  The SLIG 2018 dates are January 21-25. Registration opens on July 8th. Get your fingers ready to log in on that date!

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Findmypast adds 2 Canadian censuses and Essex burials index

Findmypast added a bunch of items this week. Two jumped out at me.

One is actually two, the 1881 and 1891 Canadian censuses. My guy still doesn’t appear but the collateral lines do. (Copping, Reinhart, Jones, and others).

Canadian searches have been separated from the United States and that makes me happy!

The Essex Burial Index covers 1530-1950 but does not include all burying grounds. But, it still gave me 18 Copping burials to investigate. My branch left Essex for London and then ended up in Canada so I need to figure how these others connect.

Read the site’s blog to see what else has been added.

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“Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors” webinar is free online for several days

The Legacy Family Tree webinar I did on Wednesday, June 7, is now online for free until the 14th.

I enjoyed presenting Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors. From the evaluations, it’s apparent I have convinced many people they need to come to Minnesota for research and tourism. For some who live here already, new resources were learned. A 5 page handout accompanies the webinar.

Can’t get to it by the 14th? Please consider a subscription to enjoy the vast library of webinars.

Click here to view the video.


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Packing list tips for GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh)

I promised a few people I would share a packing list for this summer’s GRIP. I am teaching the week of July 16-21 in my intermediate level course. People seem to know that I like to be prepared for just about anything. Of course, your packing list will differ depending on whether you fly or drive. These are in no particular order and are directed at those staying in the dorms. A dorm is a dorm, not a 5 star hotel. I have stayed in a dorm room every year at GRIP. If you have other suggestions, please add them in a comment.

  • a couple clothespins to close a bag of snacks
  • snacks for between lectures
  • comfortable shoes (2 pair so one can rest for a day)
  • laundry bag
  • sweater or lightweight jacket in case a classroom is chilly
  • throat lozenges or hard candies in case you get a scratchy throat
  • chargers and a power strip for phones, tablets, and computers
  • account passwords
  • business cards so others can find you after GRIP (Add the surnames you are searching)
  • water bottle that doesn’t leak and that can be refilled during the week
  • don’t forget to bring any over the counter or prescription medications
  • your own pillow if you can’t sleep without it!
  • mattress pad or topper (some do bring one; sheets and a light blanket are supplied)
  • thicker towels than what are supplied
  • small fan (I like the room quite cool but my roommate is the opposite)
  • desk lamp
  • cable for Internet, no wifi in dorms
  • power strip
  • tissues
  • hair dryer/curling iron
  • some hangers
  • Some paper towels (you really don’t need a whole roll)
  • paper bags/trash bags (rooms have a small wastebasket)
  • rubber bath mat
  • couple file folders for any extra handouts
  • pad of paper and pens/pencils
  • computer or electronic tablet for taking notes and for homework
  • highlighter for marking items in syllabus
  • clothing (definitely not optional)
  • headphones (you may need quiet for a while or to listen to a different kind of music than your roommate)
  • soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (remember, it’s not a hotel where these are supplied)
  • razor, shaving cream
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • makeup
  • prescriptions
  • disinfectant wipes
  • post-it pad – leave notes for yourself or a roommate
  • umbrella (it has rained at times)


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