Saturday, May 21, 2016

Searching for Military Records

In a recent article on Ancestral Findings details how the 1973 fire can affect military record availability.

Many U.S. Army or Air Force records (1912-1964) were destroyed at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in a devastating fire on July 12, 1973.

The article explains how "over 6.5 million records were able to be recovered from the building after the fire, though they were in terrible condition. They were carefully dried, sprayed with mold repellant, and pieces of records that were charred began to be put back together in a painstaking, careful, and slow process."

At the 2015 NGS conference in St. Charles a representative from the Center provided a comprehensive explanation of what has been done to ensure veterans, historians and genealogists have access to the records. He explained that the only way to know for sure whether a record is available is to request it from the NPRC. More than 40 years later many records have yet to be scanned. Instead records are found, copied and preserved by request only.

Organizing with Evernote

Guru Lisa Louise Cooke has shared another helpful tip for using Evernote. A recent Genealogy Gems post detailed the process of organizing your notes into notebooks.

This is another tool I use daily.  The Evernote Web clipper is my best friend as I can quickly scan emails, articles or other Web information and save items I want to read later or add to my files quickly and easily. I use both tags and notebooks to organize my documents. Items are easy to move or delete which means you aren't stuck with keeping a lot of data you don't want. I tag data with multiple tags so that I can easily find it again with Evernote search.

Word Press Upgrades For IOS 6.1

On her blog Moultry Creek Gazette, Denise Olson recently explained the attributes of the Word Press app upgrade.  The app now allows users to "manage Publicize and third-party sharing using the app" and "manage comments using swipe gestures to approve, unapprove or trash them."  Additionally users can tag locations by using map search.

I use Word Press for my own blog and find it an effective platform. Even if you don't blog you can set up a free account and follow genealogy, history and local / regional blogs of interest to you.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

2016 FGS Conference Registration is Open

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) online registration is now open for the 40th Annual 2016 FGS National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31 — September 3, 2016, in Springfield, IL. Register by July 1, 2016, for the early-bird discount here.  visit the conference website for additional details. Also, follow the FGS Voice blog and by subscribing to the FGS Voice Newsletter to keep up with FGS events and conference details.

FREE Fold3 WWII Records 1-15 May

Fold3 is offering FREE access to all of its World War II records to honor veterans this Memorial Day.  Hurry!  Its available only through May 15, 2016.

2016 NGS Family History Conference this Week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (May 4-7)

The 2016 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is this week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Even if you cannot attend there are several ways you can participate.  The conference program is here.  NGS has a live stream option where several of the lectures will be available for online viewing.  Third, you can follow the event or your favorite presenter via Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase professionally-made recordings of sessions after the event from here.  I attended last year's even in St. Charles.  While there were many great lectures and events, Elizabeth Shown Mills blew me away with her presentation on how she traced her "lost relatives" through a combination of DNA and records.  I was overwhelmed with the information so I purchased the recording so I could go back to it and absorb more of the details of her process.

Finally, many nationally-known genealogists participate in the NGS conference so it is a great time to watch their blogs and websites for news and updates - sometimes gratis "conference extas" can be found.  This year's presenters include Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, Pam & Rick Sayre and many others.