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Research Notes 2017-10-2

Happy Family History Month! We have lots of genealogy goodness planned for October and here are a few things to get you started . . .

Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady, is offering 31 Days of Tips on her A Genealogist In The Archive blog.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has posted the schedule for their free family history classes and webinars for October. All class times shown below are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). If you can’t attend a webinar, most are recorded and can be viewed later. For details on how to participate and links to each webinar, go to the Family History Library Classes and Webinars page at the FamilySearch Wiki. This page also has the link to past webinars that can be viewed “on demand”.

  1. Monday Oct. 2,10:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

  2. Tuesday Oct. 3,10:00 a.m. Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records Collection (Beginner)

  3. Thursday Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m. Using England Probate Records (Intermediate)

  4. Monday Oct. 9,10:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

  5. Tuesday Oct. 10, 10:00 a.m. FamilyTree: Correcting Relationships (Intermediate)

  6. Tuesday October 10,11:00 a.m. Figuring Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate)

  7. Tuesday October 10,1:00 p.m. Criminals, Lunatics, and Witches, Oh My! Finding the Less Than Pleasant in Family History (Beginner)

  8. Tuesday October 10,2:00 p.m. Starting FamilyTree: Open Questions and Answers (Beginner)

  9. Wednesday Oct. 11, 3:00 p.m. Web Indexing Training for Temple and Family History Consultants—Brazil: (1½ hours) (Intermediate)

  10. Thursday Oct. 12, 1:00 p.m. Finding Jewish Ancestors in England (Beginner)

  11. Monday Oct. 16, 9:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

  12. Monday Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m. Canada Research: Canada Census Records (Beginner)

  13. Monday Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions (Intermediate)

  14. Monday Oct. 16, 1:15 p.m. United States Vital Records (Beginner)

  15. Monday Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m. United States Naturalization Records (Intermediate)

  16. Tuesday Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m. FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner)

  17. Tuesday Oct. 17, 10:15 a.m. Canada Research: Canada Vital Records (Beginner)

  18. Tuesday Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. Descendancy Research (Beginner)

  19. Tuesday Oct. 17, 1:15 p.m. United States Land Records (Intermediate)

  20. Tuesday Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m. United States Probate Records (Intermediate)

  21. Wednesday Oct. 18, 9:00 a.m. Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records Collection (Beginner)

  22. Wednesday Oct. 18, 10:15 a.m. Canada Research: Quebec Research (Beginner)

  23. Wednesday Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. A United States Case Study (Intermediate)

  24. Wednesday Oct. 18, 1:15 p.m. Census Techniques and Strategies (Beginner)

  25. Wednesday Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. Great Internet Sites for United States Research (Beginner)

  26. Thursday Oct. 19, 9:00 a.m. FamilySearch Memories (Beginner)

  27. Thursday Oct. 19, 10:15 a.m. Canada Research: Ontario Research (Beginner)

  28. Thursday Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. The Research Process (Beginner)

  29. Thursday Oct. 19, 1:15 p.m. Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)

  30. Thursday Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m. Using LDS Church Records (Beginner)

  31. Friday Oct. 20,9:00 a.m. Freedman Bureau Records (Intermediate)

  32. Friday Oct. 20,10:15 a.m. Immigration and Canadian Border Crossings (Intermediate)

  33. Friday Oct. 20,11:30 a.m. Ask Your United States and Canada Research Question (Beginner)

  34. Friday Oct. 20,1:15 p.m. Canada Research: Canada Military (Intermediate)

  35. Friday Oct. 20,2:30 p.m. Over There! World War I Records over Here (Intermediate)

  36. Monday Oct. 23, 10:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

  37. Tuesday Oct. 24, 10:00 a.m. What’s New at FamilySearch (Beginner)

  38. Tuesday Oct. 24, 11:00 a.m. Danish Tax Records (Advanced)

  39. Tuesday Oct. 24, 1:00 p.m. Exploring Probate Records in Norway (Intermediate)

  40. Wednesday Oct. 25, 11:00 a.m. Online Resources for Finnish Research (Intermediate)

  41. Wednesday Oct. 25, 1:00 p.m. Tracing Ancestry in Ireland’s Land and Other Records (Intermediate)

  42. Thursday Oct. 26, 1:00 p.m. Your British and Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)

  43. Monday Oct. 30, 10:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

To participate in a live webinar, you will need a computer with speakers or a headset and a high-speed Internet connection (Comcast, RoadRunner, Directv, etc.). They can also be viewed using a tablet or smart phone however the small screen on a phone can make viewing difficult. Whenever possible, use a Wi-Fi connection to participate in any online event using a mobile phone. Watching webinars and other online presentations using a cellular connection will quickly send you over your data limit with your phone service.


What happens to a personal collection of genealogical records, papers, letters and other resources when a genealogist passes away? Family members don’t usually appreciate the value of “the stuff” or don’t have room for it. Local societies and libraries seldom have the space or personnel to maintain an archive.

Fortunately there is another option. Arlene Eakle saw the need to save personal archives and did something about it. She created the Genealogy Research Library with two goals: 1) to help you preserve your personal manuscript genealogy files and supporting books, maps, and other genealogy materials and 2) to make these precious and valuable data available to genealogists who share common genealogy ancestry.

The library is located in Tremonton, Utah, and is operated as a non-profit organization. As she puts it – “If you have a genealogy research collection that needs a permanent home, please consider donating your collection to the Genealogy Library Center, Inc. We can give you a tax benefit for the donation of your precious genealogy stuff and you will have the secure feeling that all your devoted work will be protected and preserved. Your work will benefit future generations”.

Visit the Genealogy Library Center website for more information.

Facebook for Research? Absolutely!

Believe it or not, Facebook is an impressive resource for family history research. No, you won’t find any records there, but you will find plenty of useful information. There are tons of genealogy groups on Facebook focused on areas or specific topics. Just about every genealogy program and archive has either a Facebook page or support group. Many have both.

Nancy at My Ancestors and Me has a great article describing how to take advantage of the opportunities Facebook groups provide. Katherine Willson, a professional genealogist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has collected more than 11,200 links to English-speaking Facebook groups and pages related to genealogy and history. Even better, she has cataloged them as a downloadable PDF document. Visit her site to download your copy of the list.


iPhone users . . . have you updated your phone’s operating system to iOS11? If not, you are missing some great new features. The Notes app has had a major overhaul and now makes it possible to write and draw in a note. That’s not all, you can also scan documents into the Notes app using the phone’s camera. Want the details? Open the iBooks app, tap the Search icon and search for iPhone User Guide for iOS11. It’s a free download. iPad users can also find their updated user guide this way.

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