Friday, October 21, 2016
Most of the rest of the list are national sites with a few other Midwest exceptions including the Allen County Public Library and Cincinnati's Public Library.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Later, journalism was blamed by some as a source of the ugliness. According to Study.com the term "muckrakers" was coined by Teddy Roosevelt for investigative journalists, although "he borrowed the term from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, in which a rake was used to dig up filth and muck." Journalists began to wear the title as a badge of honor. Wikipedia quotes Roosevelt's 1906 speech in which he said, "the men with the muck rakes are often indispensable to the well being of society; but only if they know when to stop raking the muck..." In our current elections it seems journalists need not "muckrake" as the candidates do a fine job themselves.
On October 26 & 27, 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday), the National Archives is hosting a FREE two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers will have the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from here free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. Registration is not required. For more information check the National Archives website.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Whether you are just starting out with researching your family history or are a long-time genealogist, it is often difficult to keep up with new technologies or methodologies in the field. There are many options to help. Both Family Search and Ancestry have blogs and provide free webinars to assist researchers in getting the most out of their efforts. Family Search webinars, numbering at least 75 at last count, can be found on the classes and webinars page here. Ancestry.com's options are listed under the Ancestry Academy, found here. Happy hunting!
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Sorry for the long delay between posts. I had a family emergency and spent the last week enjoying fall in the Ozarks with my parents. I am headed home today.
This morning I saw the Legal Genealogist Judy Russell's post on time and thought I had to share it. Judy explains in her blog that even if you know precise dates for important events in your ancestors lives they may not be as precise as you think!
Judy explains the difference between the Julian calendar, in use from 46 B.C. and the Gregorian calendar implemented in the mid 1700s. The difficulty is that many countries changed to the new system on different dates making it difficult to determine accuracy of a
Check out Judy's blog for a detailed explanation of the calendars and how they may affect your family tree.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
One interesting aspect of European ancestry is that many centuries-old families are represented not only in name, but also by a crest or coat of arms. There are many avenues of research available. This website can help you to better understand heraldry. If you have German heritage this site may be useful. The Allen County Public Library has a guide here.
St. Louis will celebrate German-American Day on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the St. Louis German Culture Society's Hall. The hall will be transformed into a biergarten with beer, pretzels, Kaffe and Kuchen (coffee & cake) will be available. For more information call Event Chair Dorris Keeven-Franke at 636-221-1524 or check out the website here. Experience German Gemutlichkeit in Missouri!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
MyHeritage announced today the addition of a new historical records collection: Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1950. The collection includes clerical surveys (rippikirjat) and pre-confirmation books (lastenkirjat) for a period starting in 1657 and spanning nearly 300 years. The collection, indexed and searchable in its entirety, is currently available only on MyHeritage, along with millions of scanned original documents. It was created with the cooperation of the National Archives Service of Finland.
Friday, September 02, 2016
- 2-4 September 2016, KansasCity Irish Fest will feature music, heritage workshops and displays, comedy, genealogy, a children’s area and more.
- 9-10 September 2016, the Ozarks Genealogical Society (OGS) in Springfield, MO will hold its annual conference at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Michael J. Leclerc, CG will be the featured speaker, presenting The New England News: Colonial New England and Its Migration.
- 16-17 September 2016, Genealogy KC at the Liberty Missouri Stake Center, adjacent to the Kansas City Missouri Mormon Temple.