Category Archive: Learning Opportunities

Jan 19

FamilySearch Catalog and Digitized Books


While preparing my research plans for a trip to Salt Lake City, I frequently depend on the Family History Library (FHL) online catalog at  I want to know the call numbers for books and microfilm that I want to view when I get there. Since I’m a firm believer in being as prepared as …

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Jul 15

FGS Announces Two Free Genealogy Webinars

Note: Copy originally published by FGS, 10 July 2013 The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces two new webinars focusing on the use of military records in genealogical research.  These webinars are FREE and open to the public!   Discovering Local & State Militia Records Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2013, …

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Jan 03

Learning Opportunities for Family Historians & Genealogists


Let Us Resolve to Become Better Acquainted with the Records We Use & and Learn about New Possibilities! Free Webinars GGS: FNAS: Legacy Family Tree: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series: Illinois State Genealogical Society: GeneaWebinars Blog: Conferences and Week-long workshops RootsTech: New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC):  NGS Conference: Southern California …

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Nov 14

Educational Opportunities: Building a Personal Library


It is likely that a novice or beginning family historian will need a little guidance in order to begin their new adventure climbing their family tree. It is the duty, in my humble opinion, of the novice to become educated so that their work will meet current standards. There are many educational opportunities available and …

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Aug 29

Community Indexing Projects at FamilySearch

The community index project, spearheaded by FamilySearch, was a stellar example of what happens when the genealogical community makes a collaborative effort. The project was completed several months ahead of schedule. Those of you that participated may be having withdrawal symptoms. If so, I’ve got the perfect cure! Family Search has instigated two new community …

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Apr 17

TV Show – Tracing Your Family Roots

It was about two years ago when I had my first experience on a television “talk show.” In July of 2010, Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, and I drove to Fairfax Public Access broadcasting facility in Fairfax County, Virginia, where each of us recorded a session for Tracing Your Family Roots. Pam was taped discussing …

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Feb 26

Ahnentafel Numbers


Ahnentafel numbers are a precise number system that we use to number our direct ancestors on our pedigree chart.[1] The word “ahnentafel” is a composite of the German words, ahnen meaning ancestor and tafel meaning table or list. The ahnentafel numbering system is also to compile ascendant genealogical research using the Sosa-Stradonitz System.[2] The method …

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Feb 04

Evidence: A Matter of Context for Genealogists & Historians


There is never a good excuse for not remembering to wish our friends a happy birthday or plesant salutations for various holidays. However, some of us get caught up with every day family affairs and work and are not always wonderful about remembering to send out a “snail mail” paper greeting. With that in mind, a clever …

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Feb 03

2012 FGS Conference Registration is Open


For Immediate Release January 16, 2012 Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the “Old Southwest” A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists January 16, 2012 – Austin, TX. Registration for the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for August 29 – September 1, 2012, in beautiful Birmingham, Alabama, is now open. This year’s conference theme is …

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Feb 03

IGHR – Jean Thomason Scholarship


Released by Beth Ashmore, 1 February 2012 The Jean Thomason Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the2012 scholarship is Durham Hunt. Durham is a Library Assistant IV in the South Carolina Room of the Greenville County Library in Greenville, South Carolina. He has been in this position since August 2003, after having worked …

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