Feb 17, Wednesday, as in tomorrow is GRIP registration

It snuck up on me, too. Have you chosen which course(s) to take? Two weeks of GRIP this year and lots of courses to choose from. GRIP is going virtual again tas it celebrates its 10th Anniversary. Zoom worked exceedingly well last year for the classes, networking, asking questions, and even for the hands-on sessions.

Of course, I recommend the course I developed “Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills.” I also teach in the Great Lakes course. Both are taking place in the June week.

Are you ready? Have you read the registration and courses pages on the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh’s website?

The directors of GRIP have some Strategies for Registration. These are important as some courses fill up in only minutes.

Sales and free genealogy stuff examples for this long U.S. weekend

This long weekend includes Valentine’s Day and also the U.S. President’s Day. I am self-employed in the genealogy profession, so I still work on both days but my weekend is extra-long because of the extreme cold temperatures. Here in Minnesota we will have temperatures in the -20s and the “feels like” will be in the -40s. It had been a pretty mild winter, but that has changed. I am looking forward to our spectacularly beautiful spring and summer. Here are some deals and free things to keep us occupied for at least a couple more days. As always, check the details and also the content of any website before signing on or subscribing. Many subscription-based genealogy websites offer free trials.

  • Check the DNA websites for lots of sales this weekend.
  • Ancesty.com is giving free access to Newspapers.com this weekend. http://nwspprs.com/barefoot
  • Findmypast has been adding Welsh records and many newspaper titles https://www.findmypast.com/blog/new. My grandkids have Welsh ancestry.
  • MyHeritage is giving free access to marriage records this weekend. https://www.myheritage.com  It has added United States, Border Crossings from Canada, 1895-1956 to their lineup of records.
  • The Board for Certification of Genealogists is sponsoring a free webinar on Legacy Family Tree webinars. A Family for Suzanne” by Ruth Randall, CG, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EST.

Breaking good news for now: Seattle National Archives

“SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Friday to stop the sale of the National Archives at Seattle. An agency has recommended the archives be shuttered in Seattle.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office, along with 29 tribes and various groups, filed a lawsuit Jan. 4 seeking to declare the sale illegal. But that lawsuit could take a while to wind its way through the courts, prompting the request for the preliminary injunction. . .”

Read the full story at https://komonews.com/news/local/judge-blocks-sale-of-national-archives-in-seattle

Strategies for GRIP registration on February 17

Are you ready? Have you read the registration and courses pages on the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh’s website as I recommended 4 days ago? I’m asking that in my Mom voice.

The directors of GRIP have just released some Strategies for Registration. I strongly suggest reading that soon. (Mom voice again.)

Oral histories from the Iron Range area of Minnesota

Many news outlets are reporting this story. “The Erie Mining Company History Project Team, in conjunction with the St. Louis County Historical Society, is donating more than 150 oral history interviews to seven organizations in northeastern Minnesota.” Station WDIO in Duluth, Minnesota carried the story and the details can be read there.

The famed and storied Iron Range mining area of Northern Minnesota has been home to many immigrants. Other oral histories from the area can be found in various repositories in the state including the archives of the Iron Range Research Center in Chisholm, The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul.

The Genealogy Professional Podcast #62: Paula Stuart-Warren

I’ve been interviewed on TV, radio, and for newspapers, magazines, blogs, conference publicity, institute publicity, and by family members for school projects. All were enjoyable parts of my professional genealogist career. A recent one sped by so fast because it was an extra enjoyable time. Marian Pierre-Louis’ interviewed and chatted with me for her The Genealogy Professional podcast. We veered off into many subjects related to what we both do. I hope you enjoy listening to us and learning a bit more about my career, activities in the field, volunteering, and other aspects I love about family history. https://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/paula-stuart-warren/

Only 15 days till Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh registration opens

A full week of in-depth education. Are you ready? Have you read all the registration details? Have you chosen a course? Wednesday, February 17th is the online registration date. The course shown below is being held June 20-25 and it’s going to be online the entire week. The syllabus for this course is extensive and the instructors are engaging, knowledgeable, and experienced. Please join us in June! https://www.gripitt.org/courses/digging_deeper/

Donating family history, china, bibles and more needs planning.

The treasures found in historical societies, libraries, archives, museums, and other repositories are never-ending. We already know that there is no one place that’s best for all of our family history or community research. Today, online catalogs, finding aids, and photos help us locate items related to a family or locality. One of the frequent questions I receive is “where should I donate my” bible, candlesticks, research files, farm equipment, or other items. I have a several pronged response:

  1. Donate to a place that has good cataloging and an online presence so that others may find your cool stuff.
  2. Be sure that place is run by caring staff and that it has the proper temperature-controlled storage.
  3. Donate to a place that relates to the material. If you family research is largely connected to Iowa, don’t give it to a place in Oregon. If the candlesticks are truly unique and were initially used in Indiana, do they really belong in a museum in Texas?
  4. Don’t drop off your box or boxes of material without first checking to see if the repository really wants your items.
  5. If that place is ready to accept your boxes, be sure to follow their instructions as far as arranging, appointment time, descriptions of what you are donating, and anything else that is required. Sometimes, funding is requested to rebind books or to arrange a collection or to create a finding aid.

A recent article in the West Central Tribune published in Willmar, Minnesota, was titled “West central Minnesota museums struggle with too much of a good thing.” It’s worth a read and explains some of the issues facing our historical societies, archives, and museums. I’m guessing many of us have been sorting things around our house, attic, and basement and are thinking of donating items. We really do need to think before we even contact the place.