Next week is the annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank. If you can go, it's awesome. If not, a number of sessions will be live streamed, for free! You just need to register. The schedule of live streamed sessions is here: Friday, May 31, 2019 1:00 – 2:00 FR010 Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying… Continue reading Genealogy Jamboree 2019, Free Streaming!
The NGS annual conference gathers some of the most talented genealogy lecturers for a wonderful educational experience. As in recent years, the organizers are offering packages to stream a subset of the lectures online. The packages include, either of two sets of five lectures or a set of ten. Some people who attended the conference… Continue reading Register to LiveStream 2019 NGS Conference Lectures
Not all sources are equal. When my third grader started researching a project for school this year, she hadn't learned much at school about getting information from trusted sources, like encyclopedias. She was apt to blindly trust anything on the web. In genealogy, often first we learn to cite our sources and then we learn… Continue reading Truth and Fiction
From New York State Historic Newspapers: The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history. To search the entire collection, use the Search Tab. Or, click on a county to search or browse geographically. I suggest that you use the option to… Continue reading New York State Historic Newspapers
Genealogists should interview their relatives to learn more about the past. Terry Gross is a professional interviewer for NPR's Fresh Air. Recently she was interviewed by The New York Times. The article How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross includes tips about interviewing and general conversation. I wish it were longer, but it is… Continue reading Insight from Interviewer Terry Gross
My ancestor Franklin Lewis Beckmann of Erie County, Pennsylvania, and Kings County, California, and Family
This weekend I had the privilege to attend a lecture by Bill Griffeth; CNBC financial journalist, genealogy enthusiast, and author of The Stranger in My Genes; as part of the Silicon Valley Reads events series. His book describes his journey taking a Y-DNA test that led to the discovery that the father who raised him was… Continue reading Review: The Stranger in My Genes, by Bill Griffeth
Many sessions from RootsTech 2019 are now online. There are 23 sessions on the RootsTech website here. (I found it non-obvious to navigate to them from the main page, so I'm glad I found the link.) There are DNA and non-DNA sessions. Topics include: Essential Considerations for DNA Evidence, by Blaine Bettinger What's New on… Continue reading RootsTech Recorded Sessions 2019
FamilySearch Family Tree is a great source of information. It is one of the first places I turn when doing a survey of previous research. Unfortunately, not everything in the tree is correct. I can fix an error in the tree when I have done thorough research and have strong evidence to contradict a relationship in… Continue reading How to Fix FamilySearch Family Tree
As genealogy researchers, we should aim to write up our research. Our writing will be taken more seriously if we show knowledge of basic writing mechanics. Recently I came across a good guide to using commas. A good refresher: https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp.