Latest News, Upcoming Conferences



Upcoming Genealogy Class: "Discover Your Family Tree" Sat., May 6, Chester County Historical Society
Boston Irish Parish records coming to American Ancestors.

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IMPORTANT article about how to opt out of those search pages that contain so much of your personal information.

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 From Shelly Nye at Family History Center in Broomall: 
Hello Patrons of the Valley Forge Family History Center,
If you are into FREE! See the schedule below for some opportunities to learn more about genealogy.
1. Winter Discussions in the Valley Forge Family History Center located at 721 Paxon Hollow Rd. Broomall, PA. See schedule below for current topics and dates. (no registration required) Check out our Wiki page for other updates as we go along.

2. Friends of the Delaware Archives presents a free spring 2017 Conference. "Genealogy-Beyond Bare Bones, Building your Skills" by Dr. Thomas W.  Jones, PhD, CG, FASG. FUGA.  Registration required and is filling up quickly!!! so act fast if you want to go. This is a unique opportunity to see a well known and respected genealogist and see how he thinks! See the attached flyer for details. Call Donna Josefowski (302) 222-0694 or email djosefowski@gmail.com to register. Include the event,  your name, email and phone number.

If you are new to Inferential Genealogy, or want a refresher, I recommend that you take the time before the conference to walk through both of his free 2 classes on FamilySearch.org. I have provided the links below, (note that there is a handout link for both classes.)

Beginning Genealogy by Tom Jones – examples of a great classes in the learning center

https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/principles-for-beginning-genealogy/253

Inferential Genealogy

https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/inferential-genealogy/251

Current Schedule:

April 19: Germany - Records examples and how to find them and gather information from them by Robert Danovich. A long time patron and microfilm researcher who gave our DNA discussion last year.
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All Pennsylvania citizens can access Pennsylvania Archive records that Ancestry.com has use of by going HERE and signing up for access.
The Pennsylvania State Archives has a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records in the State Archives and make them available online. The list of records available is located in the bottom left corner of the Ancestry.com Pennsylvania web page."
This link will give you instructions. All you need is a free Ancestry account.
This link gives you some ideas of what you can find in the Archives.

Pennsylvania Archive Record Access:
All Pennsylvania citizens can access Pennsylvania Archive records that Ancestry.com has use of by going to pastatearchives.com and signing up for access.
The Pennsylvania State Archives has a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records in the State Archives and make them available online. The list of records available is located in the bottom left corner of the Ancestry.com Pennsylvania web page.

This link will give you instructions. All you need is a free Ancestry account.
This link gives you some ideas of what you can find in the Archives.
http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/default.aspx

RootsMagic to be synced with Ancestry
 Launch of Early Irish Birth Records

Your Family 's Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (pfffft raspberries!) Read about it here
Which DNA test should I take: Check it out HERE
 

  Check out other Upcoming local conferences HERE

 Library of Congress: Web Archives Collection has a new Presentation Home page! Click here
 Learn about "Evidence Explained"
  FREE Google Tutorials!
Free eBooks for Genealogy Research

eBooks - or electronic books — exist  in a variety of digital formats and can be read on your computer, smart phone, or eReader (Kindle,  Nook, iPad, etc.). Different eReaders utilize different digital formats, but, in most cases, an eBook can be converted  to work on your device by using calibre-ebook.com.

A number of websites offer free eBooks — generally  out-of-copyright books or works made available by their authors. Categories of  particular interest to the family historian are family genealogies, compendiums of genealogical facts  (such as military records), directories, and local histories.

Sources of free eBooks for genealogical research:

  FREE GENEALOGY BOOKS

 Family History Books is a collection of over 40,000 books made available by FamilySearch. All books  on this site are free and relate to genealogy.
Google Books is provided by Google. This site contains literally  millions of books. After you enter your search terms, you can limit your search  to free books by clicking “Free Google eBooks” halfway down the left side of  the page. Further down the column, you can also select a custom date range, or choose a 19th, 20th, or 21st century search.

The non-profit Internet Archive offers a wide range  of volumes. To limit a search to books, select “Texts” from the drop-down  menu labeled “All Media Types.”
  Thanks to NEGHS for this article.
The National Archives has online genealogical presentations HERE.

  Dick Eastman's FREE Genealogy Newsletter
  Griffiths Valuation now online at: http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/
GREAT Way to find out changing U. S. county boundaries! The following announcement was written by the Newberry Library:

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the completion and release of its Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, a dataset that covers every day-to-day change in the size, shape, location, name, organization, and attachment of each U.S. county and state from the creation of the first county in 1634 through 2000.

Irish Church Records Online - FREE!

An 1895 marriage record for William McGushion and
                Dora Davis in St. Peter's Parish, Dublin, Ireland. From
                Irish Genealogy (www.irishgenealogy.ie)Irish Genealogy,hosted by Ireland's 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.

Project work is ongoing to complete the computerization and digitization of the remaining Roman Catholic records for Dublin City and the Diocese of Cork and Ross, which encompasses Cork City and all of the parishes in West Cork. The intent is to have the rest of the project completed and available online by the end of 2010.

View the church records online for free at Irish Genealogy, learn more about how to research your Irish ancestors, or view more Irish genealogy databases in 15 Web Sites for Researching Irish Ancestors.

 

   ANCESTRY MAGAZINE is now available FREE on Google Books!

Browse Ancestry issues ranging from January 2004 through February 2009 and catch up on your family history reading. 


Chronicling America Helps You Find Even More Old Newspapers

We’re big fans of the Library of Congress’ ChroniclingAmerica site, where you can both searchdigitized newspapers published in 11 states and Washington, DC, between 1880 and1922, and search directory of historical newspaper titles by date and place.

GREAT NEW WAY to work online with your COUSINS!

Users can upload GEDCOM files, upload and annotate scanned documents and photos, share family stories and biographies, and generate maps of ancestors' life events.

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DID YOU KNOW?
 Do you know about the Genealogy Encyclopedia? It is like Wikipedia in that you can add information to it. Read more at: http://www.eogen.com/
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