Thursday, February 22, 2018

Denise Doyon submitted this link to 5 free sites: Click here
This includes (1) FamilySearch, (2) Digital Public Library of America, (3) The Library of Congress - Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers, (4) Digital State Archives and (5) Google Books.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21st Meeting

During this meeting we discussed in detail how to download images and documents from to the personal computer.  How to best use the FamilySearch hints in Family Tree Maker as well as some of the primary entry process in Family Tree Maker.  All the attendees used their own computers to find their own information and experiment with how to do the discussed processes.  Then there was the discussion of how to organize the digital genealogy, the use of Worldcat / Interlibrary loan to get historical books. and finally the master genealogy checklist.  Use the following links to get to the key information:

Organizing your Digital Genealogy handout: click here
Genealogy checklist: click here
Homework: click here click here

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14: Happy Valentine's Day

Our main focus for this meeting was on:

(1) Death Certificates and what can be learned from them, each participant had great insight on what to look for and how to identify discrepancies.  One recommended website was USGENWEB.ORG: Click here

(2) States Research Project - each group from last meeting reported on what they found when researching vital records in a specific state or county

(3) Quick demo with Family Tree Maker on how to print out charts, descendants lists and making a book

(4) The research log (link) mentioned in the February 7th meeting has been updated.

Great discussion.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 7th Meeting- Beginners Part II

Another great session with 15 attendees.  We started the meeting by discussing the Pedigree chart / Family Group Sheet homework.  It was great to hear the new discoveries of information and gaps.  It was stressed to Start with Yourself, create a good foundation with source documents and then work slowly backward in time?  How many of you have your own parents birth, marriage and death (if appropriate) certificates?  What about those Aunts and Uncles?

As you begin to use search databases, interviews, and other means to get information - you should (must) use a research log to keep track of not only the path to finding new information, but also those deadends so you do not repeat that same search in the future.

Here are some example Research logs - use one per person to research

pdf document for printing out log: Click here
MS Excel spreadsheet with tabs for each name to research: Click here

A demonstration of Family Tree Maker was given.  It is important to start your tree and grow it.  You can use an online "internet" tree like or or others (which you may do anyway for searching of other trees).  You may also want to have a genealogy software program on your computer for disconnected work and having more control over your tree and the ability to publish information for others.  Here is a short video on why you may want to use Family Tree Maker: Click here  Decide if you want to purchase this software and download this to your computer: Click here

Next was the use of (free tree building and database for searching).  Everyone then created an account in FamilySearch and looked up some family members to experience using for searching records and the worldwide family tree.

TIP: Once you have a account and have connected your tree, whenever you are in someone else's "person" view, near the top of the page below the person's name, you can select the 
and if you are related to the person, it will show the family tree relationship, this is great when finding people from your DNA searches to find relationships.  Try it - have some fun finding cousins.


  1. Use the research log for at least two of your ancestor searches
  2. Use to research at least two of your ancestors (grand parents) and find new information
  3. Decide if you want to purchase the Family Tree Maker software or continue with just paper
Have fun, see you next time.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 24 Meeting
There was terrific interaction and questions at today’s session with 16 attendees.  We covered three main topics with the handouts and links available below.  Our next session will be Wednesday night, February 7th, 7:00-9:00 PM for those beginning their genealogy journey (everyone is welcome).

1)      We did a refresh of Interpreting your AncestryDNA with focus on using the DNA Matches for cousin fishing.  To get the handout: Click here
2)      Death Certificates, what to look for and how to interpret the information,
        a.       HOMEWORK: to get the sample Death Certificate: click here
                    What information can you get from this death certificate and 
                     where would you look for more information - bring your 
                     observations and recommendations to the next afternoon meeting.
        b.      to access the International Classification of Diseases: click here
        c.       to get the Genealogy Records Checklist: clickhere
        d.      to get the spreadsheet genealogy checklist: click here
3)      Research Project : STATES
        a.       HOMEWORK: Each member of your group should be researching
               one vital record in that state
        b.      to access the FamilySearch Wiki for the homework, click here
4)      Fun Ellis Island 360: click here
       a.       Civil War: A letter from the trenches 360: Click here
       b.      Battle Road: The American Revolution 360: Click here
Quick links:
a.    For obtaining phone numbers for free use:

b.    New innovations for "" in 2018: Click here

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January 17 Genealogy 101 Session

We had a great turnout of 15 people to this session, many new members looking for how to get started and current members helping out.  This was a session on "how to get started and how to focus on "Yourself" first", then move backward along your ancestors lines (making sure to go up the father and mother side of the family).  Our next session on February 7th will review the homework assignments and then begin to use to look up some of our heritage.  The homework was to start a pedigree chart and then do several family group sheets.

Here are the handouts and a video for refresh:

1) Homework page: Click here
2) Pedigree Chart: Click here
3) Family Group Worksheet: Click here
4) Search Sources checklist: Click here
5) Relationship Chart: Click here
6) Genealogy 101 Video: Click here

Here are some useful websites to look at before our next meeting:

1) : click here
2) Family Tree Maker (genealogy software for your computer - $): click here

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018:

New resource announcements:

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - click here
  - Article about the Journal of Genealogy and Family History

Index of Old Occupation (United Kingdom and Ireland Occupations 1891) - click here
  - Thank you Linda Juchatz for this reference