Our massive collection of Irish records just got a lot bigger, making Irish genealogy easier to trace than ever before.
Coming soon: 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Records – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast
[Here’s your lesson in history of British government activity. Read the first comment to include the Irish in the lesson.—Barbara H Basden, editor]
A little recognized fact is that when the British government allotted its land grants in Canada, for the purposes of colonial settlements, these lands were strategically placed as a military defense. Following the French- Indian Wars, the British government wanted very much to hold onto their newly won lands. As such, they began granting land… Read more »
I just returned home from Salt Lake City on Saturday, the final day of RootsTech 2016. This was my 4th year at RootsTech and I’m sharing with you my impressions of this year’s event along with some contrasts with previous years.
Hallmark Hall of Fame Side of RootsTech
The General Sessions held at 8:30 am to 10:00 am on Th, Fri, and Sat. mornings consistently present the Hallmark Hall of Fame side of RootsTech. Each year, speakers are brought to the stage that touch the hearts of the audience. This year I was impressed by by (Jamaican black) Paula Madison’s presentation about her search for her Chinese forbears, “Finding Samuel Lowe.” Paula was able to connect with her expansive Chinese family and extend her family history back to 1000 B.C. On Friday morning, we were treated to an introduction to the Love Taza blog written by a young couple rearing their three offspring in a New York apartment. The blog includes child talk, Eleanorisms. Charming. I also enjoyed hearing from David Isay of StoryCorps and learned that an app is available for smartphones that will help you interview your family members the StoryCorps way. David presented this video at the end of his presentation, Q & A . It’s a child with aspergers who wrote his own questions, interviewing his mother.
Of course, I go to RootsTech for tech tips. Here’s a smattering of what I picked up:
(1) Geni World Tree is still quite active and employs a curator system to help develop a collaborative family tree. I was able to fix errors others had introduced to a tree added to Geni in 2013 and received assurances that my fixes would not disappear.
(2) MooseRoots is a new free website containing over 3 billion records plus interactive charts and graphs for use on blogs and websites. When you find a hit in MooseRoots, say from the U.S. Census, the results are displayed as a “story” illustrated by other facts from that time period in the U.S. MooseRoots will shortly be added to the Free Sites on the Website Menu at JCGL.
(3) MyHeritage, the site that continues to add clever new techie tricks to help you find records has modified the usual search routine to help you better search OCRed records. If you search for William in newspaper records on their site (NewspaperArchive), the name will bring up many graphical variants that may help you complete your search. Search success of newspaper records on MyHeritage is 50-60%, much higher than on other sites offering newspaper records.
(4) PERSI records found on Heritage Quest are archived records. Updated PERSI records are on Findmypast. Findmypast has digitized 10% of the periodical holdings and they are concentrating on “big” publications first.
(5) Amazon (use the link to Amazon on our website) markets a mouse-like scanning device called Zscan that performs much than the earlier portable “wand” scanners.
Changes over the Years …More Mainstream Speakers
For those of you who are less enthralled with the tech world, RootsTech drew top speakers of the “academic” genealogy world who in turn drew top crowds. I attended Judy Russell’s talk on NARA MythBusting (your ordinary family IS likely to be in Nara records). Every seat was filled if not overfilled. Judy held everyone enthralled despite the discomfort. Judy also got laughs with her confession that she inherited grandma’s fat thighs. [She is NOT fat, this is a running joke with her brother.] Judy will be coming to Medford this September. Don’t miss it! Other notables at RootsTech 2016 included Tom Jones, Lisa Alzo, Warren Bittner, Lisa Louise Cooke, Valerie Elkins (she uses Zscan), Joshua Taylor, Thomas MacEntee, Kory Meyerink, etc.
As of today only a few recorded sessions are available on the RootsTech website. Over the next week or so many more will be added. I will publish the schedule in this blog.
..Barbara H Basden, blog editor
- New Irish records released by RootsIreland.i.e. Source: More than 51,000 new BMDs for Co. Antrim and Co. Down released – Roots Ireland
The largest online collection of marriages recently became available on Findmypast. During this brief introductory period (until Feb. 14th) you can search the collection for free without an account. Enjoy! Source: United States marriages | findmypast.com
Genealogy Jamboree Blog: FREE Webinar From SCGS February 17, 2016 – Nicka J. Smith: “The Family Historian’s Publishing Primer”
Take note FTM users! Here’s a blog that provides resources to help you make better use of FTM software. This post takes a look at MacKiev the new supplier of FTM software. Source: Family Tree Maker User: Initial Observations of the new home for Family Tree Maker
Part Three of Three As a Certified Genealogical Librarian, I am often asked. “What is the cutoff for your records?” My answer is always the same, “There is no cutoff.” Records can be from anyone who wants to deposit their family genealogies with the institution (always with living people’s’ first names not displayed and never… Read more »
Family Tree Maker is Back! And you can use RootsMagic as well.
Feb 3-6 Salt Lake City UT ROOTSTECH
The largest genealogy event in the world, RootsTech.org, is coming soon. RootsTech is the perfect place to discover, preserve, and share your family stories and connections across generations. With a lineup of world-class speakers, thrilling entertainment, over 200 engaging classes, and a huge expo hall, there’s something for everyone, no matter the age or skill level.
Just because you can’t visit Salt Lake City doesn’t mean you can’t learn from the presentations going on there. Below is the schedule of sessions being streamed live and FREE to all users during Thursday-Saturday from the Salt Palace Convention Center. Just go to RootsTech.org at the correct time to view these presentations.
RootsTech Streaming Schedule (RootsTech.org Thursday, February 4; Friday, February 5; Saturday February 6, 2016). Class times are (1) 7:30am, (2) 10:00am, (3) 12:30pm, (4) 2:00pm and (5) 4:30 pm PST.
|1||RootsTech General Session Stephen T. Rockwood, Paula Madison and Bruce Feiler||RootsTech General Session: Josh and Naomi Davis and David Isay||RootsTech General Session: Michael Leavitt|
|2||Seven Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries Mike Mansfield||Innovator Showdown (Starts at 10:30)||Photos-Emerging Technologies in Photography Jens Nielsen|
|3||Best Websites and Apps for Local Amy Crow||Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy Lisa Louise Cooke||Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry Anne Mitchell|
|4||What’s New in Family Tree for 2016 Ron Tanner||Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org Robert Kehrer||Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers Peggy Lauritzen|
|5||Virtual Family Reunions Joseph Richardson||My Ancestors are from Britain– What do I do next? Myko Clelland||Five Steps to Identify a Family Photo Maureen Taylor|