Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for September 2017

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for September 2017. A Nordic countries series (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) will feature 21 classes for researchers from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15. Participants can attend in person or online. See the full schedule below. Find and easily share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom

Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars.  Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.


Monday, September 04, 2017

MoSGA Announces New First Families

The Missouri State Genealogical Association takes pride in offering the Missouri First Families program to honor early Missouri families.  Your work in proving your ancestor’s early years in Missouri will be preserved for future generations by the Missouri State Genealogical Association [MoSGA].


The three categories are: 
Territorial Certificates – Ancestors proven to have resided in Missouri on or before statehood, 10 August 1821.
Pioneer Certificates – Ancestors proven to have resided in Missouri at any time between and including 11 August 1821 and 31 December 1860.
Civil War Service Certificates – Ancestors proven to have served in a Missouri military unit during the Civil War; those ancestors in other military units who saw service in Missouri during the Civil War; and those ancestors who were Civil War veterans and died and/or were buried in Missouri.

Please welcome our newest first families!

Category: Civil War
Ancestor: Johann Nicholas Friedrich
Name of Person Requesting: Carol J. Norman

Category: Civil War
Ancestor:  Martin Ballew
Name of Person Requesting: Marilyn L Taylor

Category: Pioneer
Ancestor: Charles Skinner
Name of Person Requesting: Anna Lou Martin

Category: Territorial
Ancestor: William Jones Kelly
Name of Person Requesting: Judith Lee Frisch


Would you like to see your ancestor's name on a certificate? Your application and accompanying documentation will make a significant contribution to the record of our state’s heritage and your family’s participation in that heritage.


In order to comply with genealogical standards of evidence, we ask that all applications include a complete set of the supporting documentation for all generations from yourself to the ancestor you are honoring. Please send only photocopies of the documents. The application may be shared with other genealogists; however, information on living persons and those born within the past 100 years will be withheld.

For more information check the MoSGA website.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" Is Coming Back in 2018

Ancestry.com has announced that "Who Do You Think You Are will be seen on TLC in spring 2018. Celebrity names have not been released, but the 2017 season included: Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen, Jennifer Gray, Noah Wyle, Jessica Biel, John Stamos and Liv Tyler, and musician Smokey Robinson.


Disaster Planning for Genealogists

With the national heartache over the Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding in Houston and other Gulf coast towns, genealogists are often reminded about disaster planning for our records and keepsakes.  Here are a few suggested sites and tips worth your time.

1.  Thomas McEntee blogged about a great reference for disaster planning that is currently FREE at Legacy Family Tree.
Melissa Barker, aka The Archive Lady, knows all too well what can happen to important papers and artifacts as well as data when a disaster hits. Whether it is fire, flood or simply a computer failure, Melissa has created a guide at Legacy Family Tree entitled Disaster Planning for the Genealogist.
2.  Melissa Barker also recommends a free document from the New York State Archives that is available for free here.  It is a bit dated but the 58-page document is worth a read.

3.  Lisa Louise Cooke provides a three-step process on her website.  She also has a podcast about disaster planning here.

4. Family Tree Magazine provides additional advice here. Maureen Taylor has tips for protecting photos here, while Diane Hadad gives four pointers for protecting keepsakes here.

5. Finally, I got a Flip Pal Mobile Scanner at the recent MoSGA annual conference.  It is my new best friend.  I immediately went to my Aunt Mary's and proceeded to run through a set of batteries scanning photos.  Flip Pal has a great blog here.