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House moves blew a hole in my writing time. Hence the two-year gap in posting. Thanks for your patience. I will post more in the weeks ahead.
Furthermore, I invite other writers of genealogy related articles to submit them for publication.
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Genealogy is Exciting!
Genealogy is a fascinating and exciting activity. I love being a detective and making the connections that build my family tree. The process fires up my brain and brings history alive for me. Consequently, it is my hope that this website, together with the True Miracles with Genealogy books, will encourage many people to get involved with research. As a result, we can all enjoy uniting families in heaven and on earth, one link at a time. ~ Anne Bradshaw
Does international genealogy research sound impossible to you? Think again! FamilySearch has some wonderful research guides on their website at https://familysearch.org. And everything is free of charge.
With permission from the FamilySearch website, I quote below from their easy to understand explanation of what to do when visiting their guides.
Each Genealogy Guide Comes with Three Parts
Each guide comes with three parts – Instruction, which includes a guided activity, Assignment, to test what you’ve learned, and an Answer key, to check how you did on the assignment. The guides are also rated as either Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. The majority are designed for beginners.
The guides are available in PDF form designed to be downloaded and printed. To view a guide, click on its title. Once the guide has opened, use the PDF tools found in your browser to print and save the document.
PLEASE NOTE: Some guides are designed to be completed using resources found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. These are indicated by an * following the title of the guide. If you cannot visit the Family History Library, check your local library or your local FamilySearch Family History Center for availability of the resources described in the guide.
What You’ll Find in the International Genealogy Guides
Check below for the various sections available in the international “how to” guides.
1 How to use the guides
2 Work in progress
3.1 General Help
3.2 Latin America
3.3.11 The Netherlands
3.4 Africa and Asia
3.4.1 South Africa
Happy hunting–the world is indeed your searchable oyster!
FREE United States Research Seminar, August 22-26, 2016
Thomas MacEntee, owner of Geneabloggers.com , gave me permission to share a recent post from his blog about this upcoming free United States research seminar. To quote:
Classes Include: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Gulf South, Midwest, Great Plains, Pacific, and Mountain West Regions, U.S. Topics, FamilySearch classes and lunch time research activities. Click here to download the PDF brochure and read below for the official announcement!
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The Family History Library’s Research Specialists invite you to their free week-long United States Seminar. The seminar, which will be held August 22nd – 26th, 2016, is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about U.S. regions and records, FamilySearch resources, and Family History Library collections.
Come and spend a week at the world renowned Family History Library learning from our expert staff genealogists on how to effectively use the FamilySearch Catalog, Historical Records, Research Wiki and more. This year various regions of the United States will be explored. Learn what records are unique and similar to each region. Discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.
In house seating is limited to 120 attendees and this year all classes will be held as webinars except for the hands on activities. We ask that all participants register for the seminar.
If you are attending in person please visit the following link to register: http://bit.ly/29yftnL*
If you are attending by webinar please visit the follow-ing link to register: http://bit.ly/29SVbmz*
Each in house participant will be provided a free spiral-bound syllabus containing all of the class handouts and materials. Those attending by webinar will be able to print the handouts at their home.
We hope this seminar will not only be informative and instructive, but that it will also encourage and inspire you to continue your family history research. Perhaps this seminar will be just what you need to break through that 20 year old brick wall research problem. We look forward to working with you!
F or a short time, the UK National Archives have free access to their criminal and prison records. Below is a link to the website and a quote from their page.
In this month’s issue, we’ll give you hints and tips for how to use our records that look at crimes, criminals and prisons, including the final release of a selection of these records available through our partners at findmypast.co.uk.
We’ll also take a look at some newly-released files and how you can access a selection in our collection free of charge for a limited period. Read on too for some hints and tips on getting the most from Discovery, our catalogue.
I recently received an excellent wall chart titled Kings and Queens of England and Other European Nations. Here is my review for all genealogists with royalty in their lines—and for any other history buffs out there.
Kings and Queens of England Chart
At last, I now have a better understanding of how and where all these kings and queens are related. This chart is a masterpiece of construction that is really easy to follow. It outlines the direct lineage and doesn’t go off into the many hundreds of sidelines that would only confuse the overall picture.
The Kings and Queens of England chart comes rolled in a tube for protection. When unfurled, it measures a 24″ by 36″ and is printed in color on quality glossy paper. It costs $24.95 in the USA, and £15.95 in the UK. (See “Where to Buy” heading below for links to Amazon).
Another thing I really like, is that all charts from this company are printed in a carbon neutral plant using environmentally friendly inks.
Kings and Queens Who’s Who
Published in August 2013 by UsefulCharts Publishing, the Kings and Queens of England chart is right up to date and includes the new Prince George of Cambridge.
The company website says, “[The chart] shows the direct line between Queen Elizabeth II and historical figures such as Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, and William the Conqueror. It includes every monarch of England from 927 to today (Houses of Wessex, Plantagenet, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Windsor, etc.) and shows the Scottish royal line from Robert the Bruce as well as several independent Welsh and Irish kings. It also includes many of the contemporary monarchs from neighboring countries such as Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark (e.g. – Charles I of Spain, Louis XIV of France, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Napoleon Bonaparte, and more) and demonstrates how the current monarchs of Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK are all descended from either Queen Victoria or King Christian IX (of Denmark), and in most cases, both.”
Where to Buy Kings and Queens Poster Charts
Among other things, the company also produces two more historical charts—Timeline of World History, and Greek Mythology Family Tree. These can be bought for $24.95 each, or bundled with the Kings and Queens of England saving 33% at $49.95 at www.amazon.com.
Meet the Designer
UsefulCharts’ posters are designed by Matt Baker from Vancouver, BC. Matt has worked as both a teacher and a curriculum developer. He has always loved charts and considers himself to be a visual learner. His posters aim to capture large amounts of information in simple, easy-to-follow formats. His website is at www.usefulcharts.com.
Matt helped establish and manage a non-profit community college in rural Sri Lanka where he also developed curriculum and taught classes in the liberal arts and sciences. In May 2009, he received a Public Service Honor Award from the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka for “unstinted service in the field of upgrading the leadership and language skills of the youth of this city.”
Kings and Queens of England Highly Recommended
I highly recommend posters by Matt Baker—especially the Kings and Queens chart. What a vast number of hours must have gone into the production of this excellent visual aid. Congratulations!