22 November 2017

Offer Ends Soon - 50% Off MyHeritage for NGS Members, Friends and Family


Reminder, the special MyHeritage offer for NGS members will end of Thursday, 23 November 2017. Sign up before midnight on Thursday, November 23 to get 50% of Complete Access to everything on MyHeritage.

NGS occasionally partners with services that can offer our members an excellent value. Today we have arranged a great offer for our members who may be new to MyHeritage. MyHeritage is offering you a chance to subscribe to its FULL ACCESS for everything on MyHeritage for HALF THE PRICE!

MyHeritage is an award-winning genealogy website that helps millions of users around the world discover their family history — and it can help you, too, achieve a breakthrough in your research.

With this offer, you can access all MyHeritage features and collections for half of the normal MyHeritage Complete subscription price! Hurry, this offer is good for 7 days only! Offer expires Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Take advantage of this offer now for 50% off MyHeritage
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only

"I was amazed at the results. Within minutes MyHeritage.com showed me more information about a number of my ancestors than I had found in 35 years of searching on my own!"

Dick Eastman, Author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 

MyHeritage offers billions of records and the industry's most powerful automatic matching technologies, which “research while you sleep”.




Join 91 million users who have built trees with 2 billion tree profiles.
The MyHeritage Complete Plan includes:

  • Private family site with unlimited capacity
  • Automatic Record Matches
  • Vital records from 48 countries
  • Smart Matches™ with 38 million trees
  • Record Detective™ II
  • Book Matching
  • PedigreeMap™
  • Sun Charts™
  • Consistency Checker
  • NEW Photo Discoveries™
  • Over 8.2 billion historical records
  • Start a new tree or import GEDCOM
  • Unlimited photo storage
  • Apps for iOS/Android smartphones and tablets
  • Military and immigration records
  • 1790-1940 US census
  • 1841-1911 England & Wales census
  • Compilation of Published Sources collection with over 450,000 books and 91 million pages
  • Family Tree Builder premium software
  •  


For a limited time, NGS members new to MyHeritage can join for only $125.29 for a one-year MyHeritage Complete subscription, which includes everything on MyHeritage. To get this low price, join before Thursday, November 23, 2017. That's a savings of 50 percent!


Click here to join MyHeritage today for only $125.29!
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only





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20 November 2017

National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference Program Now Available


National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference Program Now Available

Arlington, VA, 20 November 2017—The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page registration brochure. This year’s program, Paths to Your Past, will feature a full conference DNA track, an expanded African American track, and many new tracks and topics including “Paths, Trails, and Waterways” and “Occupations” and “Organizations” that developed as our ancestors left farms and moved into towns and cities. In all, the conference, which will be held 2-5 May 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will offer family historians and genealogists more than 175 lectures, an array of social events, and an expo with some eighty exhibitors.

The program will begin with John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA, delivering the keynote address, “Coming Along the Towpath: The Erie Canal and the Peopling of the Great Lake States.” Ten lecture tracks will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including immigration and migration, ethnic groups, military research, technology, repositories, etc. Also of interest will be topics that focus on Michigan, other Midwest states, and New York, which served as a major migration route to the Midwest. 

The conference will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center. Registration opens on 1 December 2017.  A number of special events have been planned with limited seating, so register on 1 December, or as soon as possible thereafter, if you plan to attend any of these events. To learn more about our special events, see the announcement brochure and our program. Participants also will want to sign up early for tickets to the NGS banquet on Friday evening, featuring Ric Mixter, renowned shipwreck researcher, diver, and photographer, who will recount stories and show video clips about “The Great Storms of the Great Lakes.”  

Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found on our conference website.  Be sure to sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you do not miss conference news or announcements. 

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.


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16 November 2017

50% Off MyHeritage for NGS Members, Friends and Family


NGS occasionally partners with services that can offer our members an excellent value. Today we have arranged a great offer for our members who may be new to MyHeritage. MyHeritage is offering you a chance to subscribe to its FULL ACCESS for everything on MyHeritage for HALF THE PRICE!

MyHeritage is an award-winning genealogy website that helps millions of users around the world discover their family history — and it can help you, too, achieve a breakthrough in your research.

With this offer, you can access all MyHeritage features and collections for half of the normal MyHeritage Complete subscription price! Hurry, this offer is good for 7 days only! Offer expires Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Take advantage of this offer now for 50% off MyHeritage
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only

"I was amazed at the results. Within minutes MyHeritage.com showed me more information about a number of my ancestors than I had found in 35 years of searching on my own!"

Dick Eastman, Author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 

MyHeritage offers billions of records and the industry's most powerful automatic matching technologies, which “research while you sleep”.




Join 91 million users who have built trees with 2 billion tree profiles.
The MyHeritage Complete Plan includes:

  • Private family site with unlimited capacity
  • Automatic Record Matches
  • Vital records from 48 countries
  • Smart Matches™ with 38 million trees
  • Record Detective™ II
  • Book Matching
  • PedigreeMap™
  • Sun Charts™
  • Consistency Checker
  • NEW Photo Discoveries™
  • Over 8.2 billion historical records
  • Start a new tree or import GEDCOM
  • Unlimited photo storage
  • Apps for iOS/Android smartphones and tablets
  • Military and immigration records
  • 1790-1940 US census
  • 1841-1911 England & Wales census
  • Compilation of Published Sources collection with over 450,000 books and 91 million pages
  • Family Tree Builder premium software
  •  


For a limited time, NGS members new to MyHeritage can join for only $125.29 for a one-year MyHeritage Complete subscription, which includes everything on MyHeritage. To get this low price, join before Thursday, November 23, 2017. That's a savings of 50 percent!


Click here to join MyHeritage today for only $125.29!
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only

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27 October 2017

GenealogyBank – FREE eBooks on Select Research Topics


GenealogyBank – FREE eBooks on Select Research Topics

I love newspapers!  They bring so much color to the research I do as well as sometimes provide me with “evidence” that might not be found elsewhere.

I associate GenealogyBank with newspapers.  That is a happy association.

Though GenealogyBank is a subscription service, to get you “hooked” on how valuable newspapers can be to your research (really not too much effort needed to get us interested and we all have a budget we have to work to!), they also have produced some eBooks that look at various ways that newspapers might help you with your research. 


It makes me wish I was Thomas Jay Kemp, the author of these eBooks so I could write about the juicy finds contained in newspapers!



What other subscription databases/services also have some FREE resources to benefit family historians?





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25 October 2017

Did You Know That You Can Borrow Books From Internet Archive?



Did You Know That You Can Borrow Books From Internet Archive?

I didn’t.  That is until I came across the book mentioned in the image to the left and spotted the words “Borrow This Book.”

Internet Archive

With those three words, I learned that you can “borrow” books for 14 days from the Internet Archive via its Books to Borrow page. In order to do this you must be registered with Internet Archive.  Here is a FAQs page on how you can borrow from the lending library.

Looking at my own account, it appears that you can currently have 5 books on loan at a time.  You can access the books online or download in PDF/ePub format.  When you are done, you can “return” the book.

JSTOR

This is one of my go-to websites for certain types of periodical publications. For free you can borrow up to 3 publications for 14 days each or for fees, you can borrow more.


Do note that with JSTOR, any loaned publication has to be on your shelf for 14 days before it can be returned!

Additionally, it’s possible to borrow books via digital offerings from your local or regional library.  I do 14-day loans of fiction books using this feature of my local library.

What other online platforms will “loan” books to individuals?





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23 October 2017

It’s Never Too Early to Consider Writing About Your Research and Submitting it to a Contest


It’s Never Too Early to Consider Writing About Your Research and Submitting it to a Contest

Sharing our research with others, whether families or the broader community is very important. Why put in all that hard research effort to let what you’ve done gather dust?!?!  By sharing our research, everyone benefits whether directly or indirectly related to you – either through family connections, education about records and strategies, or more.

Consider entering one of these competitions.  Many have deadlines coming up!

NGS

NGS sponsors a few contests based on family history research and writing. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2017.


ISFHWE

We recently announced the 2017 winners of the ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition. Since 1 October 2017, entries are being accepted for the 2018 edition.

This gives you family history writers plenty of time to make submissions in any of the 6 available categories:
·        Category 1 – Published Columns
·        Category 2 – Published Articles
·        Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
·        Category 4 – Unpublished Material by Unpublished Authors
·        Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
·        Category 6 – Poetry and Music Lyrics

All the important details are found here.

Consider submitting on behalf of your own writing or on behalf of what you consider a particularly stellar genealogy newsletter.

Ohio Genealogical Society

The Ohio Genealogical Society sponsors a Writing Competition and awards prizes! Entries are accepted from 1 September through 31 December 2017.

Rules and style guide available here.

Chicago Genealogical Society Writing Contest

A contest designed to encourage those with a Chicago connection in their family history to share their genealogical research in narrative format.

Entries are accepted 1 April – 31 December 2017 and details can be found here.

Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2018 Writing Contest

This year’s theme is Family Tradition …
Traditions often enrich and strengthen family bonds and create fond memories. Whether they are stories, activities, or beliefs handed down from generation to generation, it’s important to preserve your family traditions for future generations. WMGS encourages you to write about one of your family’s traditions. They may occur daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, and revolve around military, holidays, or her special occasions. Some may be humorous or unusual.

Entries are accepted 1 January – 15 March 2018.  Full details are here.

MASSOG Writing Contest

The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. (MASSOG) holds a writing contest.  For the first time, in 2018, the competition will be open to non-members who pay a submission fee.

Deadline for submissions is 1 August 2018.  Full details are here.


Which competition will you be entering?

What other genealogy writing-related competitions do you know of?




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20 October 2017

Speaking of the Internet Archive – Claims Libraries Can Sometimes Legally Scan and Make Available Materials Published 1923-1941


Speaking of the Internet Archive – Claims Libraries Can Sometimes Legally Scan and Make Available Materials Published 1923-1941

Yesterday the topic was a collaboration between OCLC and the Internet Archive and today it’s news from the latter about a provision in US copyright law that permits library to extend what they digitize up to 1941 provided that the material is not being actively sold.

Dick Eastman (The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter) shared this news via his piece The Internet Archive Now Claims that Libraries may Legally Scan, Digitize, and Republish Books from 1923 to 1941.

You can read the original post from Internet Archive via Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated! The comments made are an interesting read also.

Today we announce the “Sonny Bono Memorial Collection” containing the first books to be liberated. Anyone can download, read, and enjoy these works that have been long out of print. We will add another 10,000 books and other works in the near future.

You can also read a discussion of the legal basis on which this is premised via, Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Tulane University Law School, Creating a Last Twenty (L20) Collection: Implementing Section 108(H) in Libraries, Archives and Museum.

This ONLY applies to libraries and it ONLY applies to books that are NOT actively being sold.

This could greatly expand our access to all kinds of materials beneficial to our genealogy research.





What book containing genealogically relevant material published 1923-1941 and that is no longer sold would you like to see digitized?




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