Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New ways of finding elusive ancestors

It seems like fellow genealogist, Tom Kemp, is always coming up with creative ways of finding ancestors. In his blog, he explains how he used GenealogyBank to find historical documents about the Platter family.

He also alerted me to GenealogyBank's new pricing - just $9.95 for the first month. For the amount of data available at this site, it really is a good deal.

- Over 106 million historical newspaper articles (1690-1977)- More than 26 million obituaries (1977-current)
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Monday, February 11, 2008

The Relatively Speaking Genealogy program is on the air

I have found an interesting genealogy radio program that airs each Sunday from 4-6 p.m. MST (6-8 pm EST) on KSL-AM/FM in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Relatively Speaking is a new radio program hosted by long-time KSL NewsRadio personality Jackie McKay and features the genealogy expertise of Mary Slawson, a highly respected genealogy author.

If you don't get a chance to hear the program live, they have podcast of past episodes on the home page for this program on the KSL website. There is also some additional interesting genealogy material available on the program's website page.

So turn your web browser to and check out this new weekly genealogy program.

You can get more information on listening to the program live via the internet at

PBS Ancestors TV Series Links Available Here

For the benefit of my genealogy class students and others who visit this site, I have added links to each of the PBS Ancestors episodes from Season 1 and 2 to the resource portion of this blog (see the bottom of this blog). These are courtesy of the Roots Television website. Just click on the link and it will open up the webpage and media player so you can view that episode. These are excellent training videos and is the same material that I use in my Beginner / Intermediate classes at Tri-County Community College in Peachtree, North Carolina.

So if you miss a class, you can at least get the jest of what I covered by reviewing the associated video for that class at the links to the left. If you are new to genealogy, or a reader of my syndicated newspaper column - Finding Your Roots, you can learn more about how to do genealogy by viewing all of these videos in both series.

Hope you enjoy the service and be sure to visit the Roots Television website for additional material that can aid you in your family research (link in our "Genealogy Related Links We Recommend" section of this blog).

Saturday, February 9, 2008

New Genealogy and Family History Genealogy Blog Available

We are writing to tell you about our new blog, We hope you will check it out soon.

So why another genealogy blog, you may already be asking? Our purpose is to showcase our authors and their books/CDs and encourage you to contribute your own ideas and comments--it's that simple. As we say in our mission statement, "With 50 years of experience in the field, will use its blog to inform researchers at all levels and to promote dialog about a variety of topics including resources, techniques, and items of current interest. We’ll provide an inside look into the world of genealogical publishing through interviews with authors and dialogs with senior members of our publishing companies. We’ll also post excerpts from our publications ..., so there will always be something for you to read about."

The first blog article entitled “The Small World of the 17th Century" is now up running. We hope to post new articles approximately once a week. You will also find postings for upcoming speaking engagements by our authors, links to other blogs, and more items as time and space dictate. We hope that you will become a regular visitor and invite you to participate with us freely and frequently. To access the blog, follow this link: .
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Friday, February 8, 2008

Family History Library now offering personal consultation sessions

The world's best library for genealogical research just got better! The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, recently added personal consultation sessions as one of their services. Sessions last from 30-45 minutes, depending on the nature of the problem.

Consultation sessions are not limited to genealogical research problems. They also include document reading, newsletters, organization, pictures/videos, PowerPoint, scanning techniques, and using flash drives.
Read more at:
(Source: Legacy News)

Just how good are the FamilySearch indexes ?

FamilySearch Indexing continues to grow. Today Headquarters announced that over 115,000 volunteers have signed up to help index records.

The fruits of the efforts are starting to help people more easily identify their ancestors. The completed projects, with the linked images, are freely available for searching at For
example, one of the first indexing projects was the 1900 U.S. federal census. The entire census (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) is now searchable at the labs website.
Read more on this at:
(Source: Legacy News)