Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Irish Records online---FREE

Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Ireland Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, has added a large number of new church records of baptism, marriage and death to their free Web site. This brings the total to over 2 million church records from Dublin City and counties Kerry and Carlow, plus a subset from Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Cork & Ross. These records include transcriptions and, in many cases, digitized images of the original records (though these are not yet available for all online records) taken from Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes, as well as a small number of Presbyterian records relating to a congregation in Lucan. Best of all, these Irish church records can be accessed online completely free of charge.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

SanDisk SD Card

From a recent Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter...
Genealogists often are concerned about the life expectancy of data stored on digital devices. Most digital cards, jump drives, and similar devices typically are guaranteed to store data for only a few months or years.

SanDisk has now announced a one gigabyte Secure Digital card that can store data for 100 years, but can be written on only once. Secure Digital cards are used in many digital cameras as well as other devices. The WORM (write once, read many) card is "tamper-proof" and data cannot be altered or deleted, SanDisk said in a statement. The card is designed for long-time preservation of crucial data like legal documents, medical files and forensic evidence, SanDisk said.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Who's who in the family tree?

I think in a recent newsletter I printed a page that helped define relationships such as who is my cousin's son's daughter to me? Now there is a website that will help. Just type in cousin's son's daughter and they will show you the family tree. Try it yourself at: http://www.wolframalpha.com

BTW the answer is first cousin twice removed.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

July EGS Meetings

At our June evening meeting, which by the way was very interesting, there was some confusion about July meeting dates.
I have been notified that there is no change in dates for July - morning meeting July 6; evening meeting July 15. However, the morning meeting will be held in conference room 1 upstairs, not in our normal meeting rooms.

Also, don't forget the July CIG on July 8.

See you there!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Family Tree Maker: How Do I Do That?

Family Tree Maker: How Do I Do That?

This is helpful how-to article from Ancestry for some seldom done so often forgotten tasks in Family Tree Maker.

Ancestry Tells about Genline Purchase

Ancestry.com Acquires New Family Member: Sweden’s Genline.se

Information from Ancestry about their purchase plans for Genline. Interesting article.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Genealogy Insider - Ancestry.com to Buy Genline

Genealogy Insider - Ancestry.com to Buy Genline

Those who use Genline will be interested in this post.
I wonder if Ancestry will just absorb the databases or create yet another category of membership?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Family Stories: It Doesn't Matter

Family Stories: It Doesn't Matter

Please take the time for read the above post. IMHO, it was one of the best I've read in a long time. I'm sure we can all relate to what Caroline has to say.

Google Caffeine Equals Big Genealogy News

Google Caffeine Equals Big Genealogy News

Read this article from Genealogy In Time to hear about how Google searches should be getting even better than ever. I can't wait to see what may pop up now!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Navy Service and Medical Records

Navy Service and Medical Records

At our CIG meeting on Tuesday, Don Tuttle mentioned that he doesn't find his WWII naval records online. We did a quick search at the time and came up with nothing.

Based on the above link regarding Naval records, I believe we now know why. Check it out for yourself.

No, Don, not everything is on the internet:)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Illinois Genealogy Websites

Here are some Illinois Genealogical Websites. Some of these were discussed at the Computer Interest Group meeting on June 10, 2010. Hope they're helpful.

Journal of the Ilinois State Historical Society 1950-2006.

Illinois State Gen Soc Website

Illinois State Gen Soc Blog

Free Illinois Genealgoy Search Engines

Access Genealogy - Illinois Genealogy

Illinois Genealogy Links

ALHN Illinois-Land of Lincoln

Illinois State Archives - Genealogical Records

Illinois State Archives Gen. Databases

GeneaSearch - Illinois Genealogy

GeneaLinks - Illinois Genealogy

Cyndi's List - Illinois

My Illinois Genealogy

Genealogy Trails - Illinois

Kindred Trails - Illinois Genealogy

US GenWeb

There are many more and, of course, many that address specific counties. Be sure to remember to use whatever search engines you use - Google, Bing, Ask, Yahoo, Dogpile, etc. - to find more.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Feeling Lucky?

Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Feeling Lucky?

Here's Randy Seaver's game of the week. Why not give it a try. You can post your outcome as a comment to this post and share the results with us.

Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go to http://www.google.com/ and enter a search term and click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

Genealogy This Week: 5 June 2010

Check out this article and link about newspaper research from Genealogy In Time newsletter for June 2010.

A Great Genealogy Brick Wall Solution for Newspapers - One of the most intractable problems in genealogy is trying to trace ancestors from countries that simply failed to keep official government records of births, marriages and deaths. Well, this week, we have a good genealogy brick wall solution for you. Try to trace your ancestors through newspaper announcements. The only problem with this approach is 1) knowing what newspapers may have existed in the part of the world where your ancestors came from and 2) even if you did know what newspapers existed, it can often be hard to access copies of them. This is where the free website ICON (International Coalition of Newspapers) can be immensely valuable. Simply type in the city/region/country (in the field 'Country') and year that interests you. The site will provide you with a list of known newspapers for the area. By clicking further on an individual newspaper name you can find out what libraries keep copies of the listed newspapers. This is a great resource.{Click here for the link to ICON}

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

~ Shades Of The Departed ~

~ Shades Of The Departed ~

Check out this wonderful e-magazine. It's free and it's tremendous. This issue is about photos and suggests some great gifts.

May Morning Meeting and More

Thanks to our faithful members for supporting our member sharing programs. We had 43 in attendance at our June morning meeting yesterday. Hopefully, each person learned something to take home and use in their research.
The program was presented by a panel make up of Suzanne Kovak, Carol Blohm and me. The topic: What We Learned at Recent Conferences: Fox Valley, Dupage, and Illinois State Genealogical Societies. Each of us spoke about a session or two we had attended and shared some of the great information we made available to us there.
Even when you attend a conference, you can’t go to all the sessions – unless there is only one speaker. It was very enlightening to hear about talks I wasn’t able to hear. We were able to pass along some of the tips and knowledge we picked up along the way.
During our Q&A segment, Judy VanDusen reminded everyone that these conferences are great places to shop!! It’s a chance to see a number of vendors all in one place; a rare opportunity.
I hope to see everyone at the June evening meeting on the 17th when Steve Szabados presents Write your Family History. Steve will share his method of organizing his research into readable documents so everyone can understand and enjoy reading about their heritage.
Also, don’t forget the Computer Interest Group will meet at 9:00 on Thursday, June 10. This month will be looking at Illinois online research sites.