Wednesday, June 16, 2021

 First in-person meeting since March 2020

We had our first "Hybrid" meeting of DIRT, this was a combination of In-person at the Lakehouse and virtual using zoom.  I appreciate all of you that joined and helped to identify some of the concerns with doing this combination of delivery vehicles.  I will work out these issues for the next Hybrid meeting. 

In July we will start having these "in-person" and zoom meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Lakehouse, Osprey 2 and also virtually using zoom.  (July 14th and 28th).  Come join the fun, bring your questions and your computer.

During the session today we covered: (There is no recording for this meeting)

  1. Using the new information available on the blog: Blog Index and Listing of Genealogy Websites.
  2. We also reviewed MyHeritage photo enhancement/colorization and animation.
  3. Then covered some resources available from Family Tree Magazine: US Migration Map, US Naturalization Laws, Women Naturalization Laws and State Vital Records Summary.
I have updated the List of Genealogy Websites to include ones identified in the "Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors" webinar hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society on 16 June 2021.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 "How to Use"

Our main topic for today was How to use a collaborative World Genealogy tree. If you get a chance to read J.A. Jacobs book "It's All Relative" he describes building this tool to connect the world through relatives.  For video replay of session: Click Here

Other topics: 

Southern California Genealogical Society has a Jamboree of webinars, to find out more Click Here

  - June 16 Free - Researching Pennsylvania Ancestors

Virginia Genealogical Society: Click Here

The Conestoga Wagon: Click Here

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

 Library of Congress for Genealogy

Our meeting today focused on how to use the Library of Congress for genealogy.  Here is a link to the recording: Click here

We will start having an in-person DIRT meeting starting June 16th at the Lakehouse from 1:30-3:30 pm.  

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 Immigration to U.S. pre-1820

Our main topic today was on Immigration to U.S. pre-1820 and research materials available for finding your ancestors: Click here for the video replay

Resource list with hotlinks for Researching you immigrants to Colonial America before 1820: Click Here

Ellie Burnaford recommended reading the book "It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree" by A.J. Jacobs

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

 Immigration to US post 1820

That was our main topic for today.  For the video recording, click here

During the session, there were references to several sites:

Charlie Black presented "Timelines and how to use them" for the FHC on Tuesday May 11, 2021, for the video recording: Click Here

Brenda Larsen suggested a site for North Carolina research called NC Pedia: Click Here

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

 NARA National Archives and Records Administration usage

Our meeting focused on NARA usage: Click here for replay

Upcoming free genealogy webinars:

  • Southern California Genealogical Society: Click here
    • May 19, Wednesday 6:00 PM PST, Using GEDmatch Basic Tools
    • Jun 16, Wednesday, 6:00 PM, Researching Pennsylvania Ancestors
  • National Archives and Records Administration: Click here
    • May 12, Wednesday 1:00 PM EST Finding Genealogy Resources and Tools on

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

 Allen County Public Library Research

Our session today had two main topics:

  1. What is new at Click here for recording
  2. Allen County Public Library Research: Click here for recording
We also introduced the book "Revolutionary Mothers, Women in the Struggle for America's Independence", by Carol Berkin.  I will loan this to anyone who wants to read it, just send me an email to get on the waiting list.

Some of the 24 hr Marathon Legacy Family Tree Webinars are still 
posted as FREE.  To reach them: Click Here

RootsTech 26 Apr 2021 DNA Day Series: Click here