Friday, March 27, 2015

Received at the Library

Do you need some inspiration to rev up your research?  Family tree magazine (Jan./Feb. 2015) offers 101 top tips from 15 years of publishing in "Best of the Best."  These tips are arranged in categories:

  • beating brick walls
  • uncovering American ancestors
  • finding Canadian kin
  • solving immigration puzzles
  • tracing British Isles branches
  • discovering Eastern European and Jewish ancestors
  • researching Western European roots
  • getting genetic clues
  • investigating military mysteries
  • discovering American Indian heritage
  • organizing your search
  • finding clues in old photographs
  • preserving family memories
  • researching at repositories
  • tracking sources and resources

"Heirloom wisdom" offers practical suggestions on taking care of your family artifacts.  An 8-page article on obituaries includes a worksheet, lists websites, and covers types of remembrances, the history of obituaries, how to find them, and a discussion of the content.  "Invisible ancestors" suggests ideas for tracing slave ancestors in your tree.  Other articles treat online court records, preserving watches and clocks, and more.

The lead story in Internet genealogy (Feb./Mar. 2015) gives 5 suggestions of "Hidden immigration resources."  A new type of family tree called Treelines is reviewed -- in addition to traditional info, you can add photos, memories, historical context.  Are you a clutterbug, even digitally?  Check out "Reduce your digital clutter."  Other articles cover: yesterday's weather; using iBooks to author family history publications; top 50 online sites for 2015; black sheep in the UK; online photo fixing services; and Ancestry's Associated Press collection.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time Travel with Google Earth at Our April Meeting!

We all have them -- the non-genealogists in our families who just roll their eyes when we talk about our family history discoveries. At our April meeting, Tuesday, April 14, we will learn one way we can get those family members to appreciate what we already know. Using the free Google Earth program online, our speaker will show us how to create time travel experiences that will attract everyone's interest.

Lisa Louise Cooke, our April speaker invites us to "get ready to experience old historic maps, genealogical records, images, and videos, coming together to create stunning time travel experiences...we'll incorporate  automated changing boundaries, and uncover historic maps that are built right into Google Earth. Tell time travel stories that will truly excite your non-genealogist relatives! You have never seen anything like this class."

Lisa Louise is the owner of  Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. Through this company, Lisa Louise produces her very popular Genealogy Gems podcast, an online audio genealogy show that is heard in 75 countries around the world. She is also the author of the Genealogy Gems website and blog, 4 books ( Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategy), and a video series, Google Earth for Genealogists. When she is not online, she is a very dynamic and popular speaker at conferences, seminars, and genealogical societies, worldwide. While she is achieving all this, she is proud of her loving role as a wife, mother, and grandmother! 

Lisa Louise will be joining us prior to her appearance at the NERGC conference in Providence, RI, which is scheduled to begin the day after our meeting. 

If you have never heard, nor seen, Lisa Louise, you will not want to miss this wonderful opportunity. Join us at the Brewster Ladies Library, Tuesday, April 14, at 10 AM. 

Please note the day change for this month only!! -- It will be on TUESDAY! - APRIL 14,  to avoid a conflict with the NERGC conference.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Received at the Library

Anyone with Danish heritage will be pleased to hear that MyHeritage will be digitizing millions of records from the Danish National Archives.  For those with British heritage,  over 41 million wills from England and Wales are now online at  These news items are found in NGS Magazine (Jan.-Mar. 2015).  A 2-part article on "Educational opportunities in Genealogy" continues with a description of various forms of online education and collaboration.  Get the most out of FamilySearch with 15 tips for productive searching.  A case study of a shootout in Virginia in 1929 shows how to research life-changing events in newspapers and court records.  Other articles describe researching Civil War court-martial records, locating free African-Americans, the role of the book mark in military service records, and the practice of name changing (contrary to popular myth, it didn't usually happen at Ellis Island).  Lastly, the process of logging and analyzing autosomal DNA matches is described..

The Essex Genealogist (Feb. 2015) has transcriptions of presentations on "Adding DNA to your entire family tree," and on "Using Zotero... for electronic research logs."

Mass-Pocha (Feb. 2015) summarizes presentations on:

  • Wandering Jews: Peddlers and the discovery of new worlds
  • DNA Haplogroups
  • Finding your ancestors in Polish records
  • Resources in Ukrainian Archives for Jewish Genealogical Research

There are also articles about cemeteries in Vienna, and Chelsea MA.