Newsletter October 1 2017


September was my birthday month and I hit one of those big decade numbers. I have to admit it feels a bit surreal. How can the numbers show us on the upper end of demographics when we feel young in spirit? A mystery!

This month I have several truly excellent resources for you, so let’s get started.

New on the Website

If you haven’t been on the site lately, you might like these new additions:

How-To Video on Finding Historic Records

Part of the AncestorsWorld series – Walden Pond

A Family Story Idea – Saving a Trip

Another in the Heirloom Recipes series – Apple Slice Cake

Family History Free Classes

Click this link to see all of the Family History Library Classes and Webinars for October. Most classes are recorded, so you can access even if you can’t be there in person. Classes this month include a wide variety of topics including:

  • Jewish ancestors in England
  • Canadian census records
  • England probate
  • Brick walls and their solutions
  • Black sheep ancestors

Evolution of Languages

I loved the graphics that shows the evolution of languages. You can read the info at this website. This is just one of many maps on the site – click over to the site to see the maps full-size. It’s really fascinating.

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Turkey DNA and the Ancients

DNA isn’t just for people. According to Archaeology Magazine, scientists have traced turkey DNA to help solve the puzzle of the “disappearing” Anasazi around 1400.¬† (By the way, the currently accepted term for Anasazi is Ancestral Puebloans). I have spent a tremendous amount of time exploring Ancestral Puebloan ruins in the Southwest, and the question of their disappearance has always fascinated me. That we now think we can use turkey DNA to trace their journey is really interesting.

RootsMagic and Ancestry TreeShare

If you use RootsMagic and have questions about how it works in conjunction with trees, this article will help untangle confusion around the issue. I was a beta tester for the new features in RootsMagic and really appreciate the ability to sync the software with all of the information (including records) from Ancestry. And, this article covers best practices for RootsMagic and Ancestry.

New Free Records

Another announcement from the Family History Library folks. This one is about the new records added the week of September 25, 2017. Among the new databases:

  • Ireland Civil Registration
  • Catholic Church Records, Peru
  • Dorset, England Parish registers

and more.

Free British Records

FreeCen offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, they have more than 32 million individuals available on their website that anyone can search without having to create an account. If you have UK ancestors, get over to this one!

Free Genealogy Records on Subscription Sites

I loved this article by the folks over at Family Tree Magazine. It tells how to best use subscription genealogy sites even if you don’t have a subscription. I found information I wasn’t aware of – so kudos to the Family Tree editors for putting this one together.

Georgia Historic Newspapers

If you have Georgia ancestors you’re lucky! The Digital Library of Georgia has launched the site Georgia Historic Newspapers. The site is searchable and free. I found several references to one of my main surnames, and loved the ease of using this site.

georgia newspapers free genealogy


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