Monday, February 20, 2017

Saturday Challenge- School Days

From GeneaMusing’s Randy Seaver here is this week’s Saturday challenge.
For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I want you to:

1)  Michael John Neill started an interesting Facebook meme - when and where did you go to school?  

1-    Did this count as school? (1969-1970) Mother’s Day Out Nursery School Program at Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South Street Auburn, NY.
2-    (1970-1977) Moravia Elementary- changed to Millard Fillmore Elementary School. 24 South Main Street, Moravia, NY.
a.     Kindergarten Miss Hyatt
b.     First Grade Mrs. Abbott
c.      Second Grade Miss Tierney
d.     Third Grade Mrs. Head
e.     Fourth Grade Miss Walsh
f.      Fifth Grade Mrs. Dyer
g.     Sixth Grade Mr. Ward

3-    (1977-1983) Moravia High School 68 South Main Street, Moravia, NY.

4-    (1983-1985) Cayuga Community College, Auburn, NY.
a.     I got an AAS in Business Administration
5-    (1987-1989) SUNY College at Oswego, Oswego, NY
a.     I got a BS in Business Administration/Marketing
6-    (1990-1992) SUNY College at Oswego, Oswego, NY
a.     I got a MSEd in Business and Distributive Education
7-    (2001-2008) Syracuse Universtiy, Syracuse, NY
a.     I got a MS-LIS in Library Science

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gen-Fed Registration Details

And another conference is getting ready for registration. Visit:

...or see the announcement below. Gen-Fed, if you haven't heard of it is a week long festival of federal records. Held in Washington, D.C., you will be immersed in presentations about various federal records and be right there to dive into them! I understand there are field trips to not only the repositories in D.C., but also NARA in Maryland during the week.

Here is their announcement:

Registration Details for Gen-Fed 2017 Released

National Archives Archives, Constitution Avenue
The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) has announced details on registration, scheduled to open on Saturday, February 25, at 3:00 PM EST. Reservations will be taken online, via 123SignUp, and tuition payment will be due by check within 15 days of making a reservation. Complete instructions are posted here. Read them over and mark your calendars!
If you are wondering if Gen-Fed is a good choice for you, check out last year’s post entitled “Are You Ready for Gen-Fed?”  For other perspectives on how this institute fits in a genealogical education plan, read blog posts by Dave McDonald and DearMyrtle.
To learn more about this year’s program, visit Gen-Fed-2017.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Marriage Records from find my past

Find my past has quite a collection of marriage records. In honor of Valentine's Day today, they are featuring some of their records as well as search tips. As a reminder when you're looking at those marriage records, don't forget to check out the other participants as well.
Who performed the marriage? Might this person have been a relative or be a clue to what religion/denomination they belonged to? Who are the witnesses? Could these be siblings or cousins or another close relative? Often in our excitement of finding a record, we forget to look at these subtle clues that could lead us to even more information.

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With Valentine’s Day upon us, take some time to delve into our most romantic collection – world marriage records. These emotive memoirs are much more than family heirlooms, they are vital genealogy resources. What’s more, Findmypast has over 379 million marriage records just waiting to be explored.

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When complete, our landmark collection of United States marriage records will be the largest of its kind anywhere online. The record set currently holds over 167 million records (with more to come) and covers 360 years of history. This short video takes you inside the marriages that made America.
  Where available, our MarriageFinder™ provides potential matches for people found on the same page of a marriage register. This is extremely useful when you only know a spouse’s first name, or where the precise year or location is not known.
  Be sure to check our historical newspapers for marriage information. Wedding announcements were common in the local press and often very detailed.
  When searching our United States Marriages, make sure you view available images as well as transcripts, as they’ll provide additional facts.
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  Findmypast's records have illuminated the story behind this love letter from Samuel William Franklin to his sweetheart Sarah Nelson in 1861. The letter, and an official request for permission to marry, written by Samuel to his commanding officer, has been passed down by many generations of my family. Happily, Samuel was successful in his suit, and his marriage to Sarah took place in Corfu on the 20th January 1862.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

New England Regional Genealogical Conference

And yet another news release arrived in my inbox. The early registration ends this month, so if you're planning on going and haven't registered yet- why not? The little countdown on my computer says 2 months and 17 days until we leave for the conference!

“Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past,” the 14th biennial NERGC Conference, will bring together 75 leading genealogy speakers and over 900 genealogists from around New England and the US at the MassMutual Conference Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Additionally, approximately 70 vendors of genealogy related products, services, software and books will be in the Exhibit Hall. The program includes not only the individual presentations but workshops covering DNA, Italian research, paleography, Portuguese genealogy, photo identification, and more.

Featured speakers are Thomas MacEntee, F. Warren Bittner and Kenyatta Berry, a co-host of the PBS series, Genealogy Road Show.  The remaining schedule of speakers will cover genealogy at all levels, from beginner to expert.

NERGC is a regional, volunteer organization supported by 23 genealogy societies, all of which will be represented by their members. The program begins on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 with a schedule of specialties in 5 main areas: Librarians, DNA, Society Management, Professional Genealogy, and Technology as well as four stand-alone workshops on Getting Started, Family History Books, Military Records, and Deeds. 

The main conference begins on Thursday, 27 April with a presentation by Mary Tedesco, another co-host of the PBS series, Genealogy Road Show, and continues through Saturday, 29 April 2017.  During the conference, registrants can choose to spend time with a professional genealogist at the Ancestor Road show, walk through the Society Fair, participate in a Special Interest Group discussion, or enjoy the sites of and resources of Springfield, MA.

Early bird registration ends on 28 February 2017. Visit to register, select the programs you’d like to attend, and, optionally, the lunches and dinners, most of which are sponsored. Luncheon speakers are Thomas MacEntee, NEAPG Table Topics, and Jane Wilcox while the banquets include presentations by Kenyatta Berry on Friday and Thomas MacEntee on Saturday.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Discovery Experiences

Family Search has announced the advent of it's new space on the first floor of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Discovery Experiences. They completed it just in time for RootsTech, one of the biggest, if not THE biggest genealogy conference. RootsTech is taking place at the Salt Palace Convention Center just down the street this week. The first floor used to house family genealogy books, many of which are now available online through their website. So, although we lose the ready access of thumbing through these books, we can now look at them online in digital form from the comfort of our own homes. There are probably at least a few that could not be digitized or that are not allowed to be viewable on the web due to restrictions from copyright or donor's stipulations, but the vast majority are available.

Here is the press release:

Family History Library Unveils Salt Lake City’s Newest Attraction LAKE CITY, Utah (6 February 2017), The popular Family History Library will open the doors to Salt Lake City’s newest attraction this week, the 10,139 square foot, interactive discovery experiences. The new attraction is located on the main floor of the library downtown and offers something for guests of all ages. The innovative technology and inviting activities are designed to introduce guests to the many fun facets of personal and family discovery. The doors officially open to the public on Wednesday, February 8, at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free to the public. (Find additional high res photos and easily share this news release online through the FamilySearch Media Room.)
The Family History Library is one of the state’s top visitor attractions. The new discovery experiences will add to the library’s allure as a unique and exciting destination for locals, families, youth groups, and tourists of all ages visiting Utah or Temple Square from around the world. These experiences create an inviting environment for families to discuss their family history together in entertaining, unexpected ways.
The discovery experiences at the Family History Library has over 100 custom iPads, 44 touch-screen monitors, and 42 computers with research and discovery-experience capability. Six recording studios create free, high definition audio and video recordings that will preserve treasured family memories for future generations.
Youth enjoy the life-sized, touch-screen computer monitors for some of the interactive stations. In addition, an enclosed space for parents with smaller children allows these parents to explore their family history while also being able to observe their children play. At a fun green-screen, guests can choose from a variety of themed backgrounds to create a lasting photo memory of their visit to the discovery experiences. of thousands of people visit the Family History Library yearly from all over the world. Elder Bradley D. Foster, chairman of the board of FamilySearch International, a nonprofit subsidiary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that operates the library and the discovery experiences, said that people worldwide naturally want to know who they are and where and how to connect.
“The new discovery experiences at the Family History Library is a gathering place for families,” said Foster. “There's an incredible spirit here. Guests and families come for fun, to expand their family tree, and to learn new tools, sources, and skills, and then return home to apply what they learn.”
Elder Foster said the engaging activities designed for these discovery experience are part of an organizational effort to create opportunities for families to make and deepen family connections and get to know their ancestors.
When entering the discovery experiences, guests are each given a custom iPad. They log into their free FamilySearch account and proceed to the various stations throughout the facility, where they enjoy interactive family history experiences personalized to each guest's family history in the Family Tree. For the best experiences, guests should create a free online account and build their family tree before coming. A guest account option is available for those who didn't create a FamilySearch account before arriving.
Tamra Stansfield, manager of the Family History Library, said the new transformations are designed to create unique, interactive, and immersive discovery experiences for visitors of all ages. The other four floors of the library will continue to offer the signature services for which the library is known among family history enthusiasts and researchers—billions of historical records and resources and personal assistance from genealogical specialists.
It is suggested that groups over 20 register online at
The FamilySearch Center and Discovery Center located in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City will remain open.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,983 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.