Newsletter May 26, 2017

Welcome to this week’s issue of the newsletter. And thank you for not sharing this link with others – it’s for newsletter subscribers only 🙂

Before getting into this week’s huge amount of genealogy resources, I want to thank everyone who emailed me about my mom’s passing. As I’m sure you know, it has been much more difficult than I could have imagined. Mom will be buried in the same plot as my dad at Fort Rosecrans, National Cemetery. I always say that since dad died so young (age 44), that’s why we were lucky enough to have mom until she was 95.

My class on Saving Family Stories wrapped up today. There were so many great questions in today’s Q&A, I was happy to be able to help so many people get over the overwhelm of saving a family’s legacy.  And, now I’m starting to write the second edition of the Unofficial Guide to, which will be released next spring (2018). If you have any questions about using the Ancestry site, send me an email so I can make sure it’s covered in the book.

My Genealogy Resource Finds

As you may or may not know, the Family History Library presents classes and free webinars each month. You’ll find the June course listings here. This is going to be an excellent month for those who’ve never used and for those who have non-U.S. ancestors. (I think that would be most of us!)

And, before leaving the FamilySearch site, don’t miss the new (free) databases that were added the week of May 22. One I think you might find particularly interesting is the New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942.

As we’re coming up on Memorial Day weekend, don’t miss Diane Haddad’s column in Family Tree Magazine on Three Ways to Learn About Your Ancestor’s Military Service. Her video resources are excellent.

This is purely for fun. A website called Data Point will look up places on Google maps that have your first name. The site can look up everything with your first name and launch a U.S. map, or if you click Earth it will create a .kmz file which you can load into Google Earth. Nancy seems to be pretty popular in Western Europe!

Don’miss this one: Registration is now open for FREE live-streaming of Jamboree 2017. You can access 14 Jamboree sessions for free but you MUST register.

If you use Legacy as I do, check out this article on Legacy’s Cause of Death charts. I think this is a truly interesting way at looking at medical issues over time. One of the five styles of this chart is a fan (below)

Legacy Fan Chart Cause of Death

Lisa Louise Cooke had a great piece of new Australian records. If you’re reading this and are Down Under or had ancestors who lived there, don’t miss these resources.

I loved this piece of “Persuasive Cartography” – a term I’d never heard before. The link in the article will point you to a digitized collection at Cornell University.

Genealogy and Maps

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, wrote this piece of stereographic images and about the five clues she found in a set of photos. Even though this isn’t YOUR photo, her clues will help you in identifying your own old pix.

As you may have gathered, I’m pretty much a map geek – so really liked this piece by Diane Haddad on the Western States. These are the places I routinely travel so it was great to read a bit about the history of changing boundary lines.

It’s rare to read anything about Medieval roots, so imagine my surprise in finding this article on the MyHeritage blog about 5 tips to finding your Medieval roots.

Family History Daily had an excellent article on using ICD codes on death certificates. This was  a new one to me!

That’s it for this week – and if you can’t find something about your genealogy in this week’s resources I’ll owe you a burrito!

Happy Searching,


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