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1 Aug 2014

First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane

First Friday Genealogy with Sassy JaneFirst Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is my free genealogy newsletter, written from the perspective of a genealogy librarian and archivist.


Available (you guessed it) the first Friday of the month, “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” contains tips and tricks for your family history research and highlights from this website, so you don’t miss a thing.

My focus is genealogy from an archivist’s perspective, including using primary sources effectively, search strategies, archives news, and technology tips. Frequent topics include how to organize genealogy research, catalog family photographs, and simplify sources and citations. I also like sharing information on using iPads and iPhones for mobile genealogy.

There are lots of genealogy newsletters out there, so I want you to know that “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is: 1. short, 2. sweet, 3. free. Delivery is timed to inspire […]

29 Jul 2014

Can These Reading Stats Be True?

Can These Reading Stats Be True?

According to Vintage Books & Anchor Books:

Reading Stats Sassy Jane Genealogy


I’d bet cash money that these reading stats are not true for genealogists, who learn about history, language, culture, sociology, geography, all in the course of family history research. Tell me what you’re reading in the comments.

22 Jul 2014

Ethnic America Mapped

Edit: Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader, the correct map now accompanies this post.

Ethnic America Mapped is the subject of today’s post, courtesy of the Washington Post. Frequent readers of Sassy Jane Genealogy know that I recommend the research insights to be gained from combining data with mapping. This interesting map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties, showing that the history of settlement of the United States by various ethnicities is still evident today.

The Washington Post notes:

Some highlights to note: The Irish really do run Boston. People of Irish ancestry make up the largest contingent of counties in Massachusetts, and in parts of Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire and eastern New York. The only counties outside the Northeast where the Irish make up the biggest share of the population are in southern Oregon.

The legacy of slavery still shows up in many rural Southern […]

18 Jul 2014

Immigrant Ancestors Talk at SBCGS

Immigrant Ancestors Talk at SBCGS (Santa Barbara County Genealogy Society) tomorrow!

This is one of my favorite presentations – “Coming to America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors” – and it begins at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Constance and State in Santa Barbara, California. Don’t forget the Special Interest Groups starting at 9:30 a.m.

This talk is based on my new e-book, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors, a 77-page PDF with 25 pages of active links to immigration and naturalization resources and an overview of immigration from Europe to America in the 19th and twentieth centuries. Fifteen percent of e-book sales will be donated to the Sahyun Library.

There are five parts to my talk, as this is a hybrid of two presentations. In the first part, we’ll follow in the footsteps of European immigrant ancestors who approached America’s “front doors to freedom” through the Customs House, Castle Garden, or Ellis Island in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In […]