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4 Nov 2014

Request Free FamilySearch Scans – Tuesday’s Tip

Did you know you can request free FamilySearch scans for specific records? The good people at FamilySearch.org have been offering to scan and email specific records from microfilm and books in their collections for free for some time. But FamilySearch recently unveiled a new online form for requests, so even if you have used the service before, this post can help you.

Here are the steps to request free FamilySearch scans:

  1. Register for a free FamilySearch account here, if you do not already have one.
  2. Check to make sure record is available in the FamilySearch.org collections and that it is not already available online.
  3. Submit a maximum of five requests (one image per request) each month, using the new photoduplication request form.
  4. Provide the following REQUIRED information in the online formso that the Photoduplication Team can fulfill your request:
  • Film or Fiche number, item number
  • Name of individual you are researching
  • Title of record and name of parents, spouse, grantor, grantee, […]
26 Sep 2014

Ancestry Subscription Discount

aarp ancestry subscription discountInterested in an Ancestry subscription discount? New or renewing Ancestry World Explorer subscribers receive a 30 percent discount with an AARP membership. The American Association of Retired Persons is a great organization offering a variety of discounts on travel and now on Ancestry subscriptions too. If you need to join AARP ($16/year, with discounts for multi-year membership), click here.

If you are an existing Ancestry subscriber, wait until you are a few days out from your renewal and call 1-800-514-4645 (7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET) to link your AARP membership to your Ancestry account for the discount. If you are a new Ancestry subscriber, call the same number to get started with the discount. Restrictions, according to the AARP site:

Offer good for valid AARP Members who wish to subscribe to the Ancestry.com® World Explorer membership for a one […]

11 Sep 2014

Free Online Genealogy Fair 2014

Hello from Sassy Jane! My absence posting to the blog was due to software conflicts, security issues, and being a dummkopf with the brains of a potato, as my German ancestors would say.

Now that I’m back, I have good news. The National Archives is hosting their annual Free Online Genealogy Fair 2014 from October 28-30, 2014. Fall is so busy that I want to give my readers plenty of notice about this great Free Online Genealogy Fair 2014.

WHAT:       The National Archives will host a live, three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. The free program offers family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records including census, American Indian, military, naturalization, and immigration. Other topics include overviews of online genealogy resources and guidance on preserving personal records. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair website.

WHEN:        October 28, 29, and 30, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT

WHO:          Speakers include […]

3 May 2014

Immigrant Ancestors Talk at SLOCGS

Immigrant Ancestors Talk at San Luis Obispo County Genealogy Society today! This is one of my favorite presentations – “Coming to America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors” – and it begins at 1:45 pm at 520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo, California. The general meeting starts at 12:15 pm.

This talk is based on my new guide, 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.

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. The second part, I’ll talk about essential and little-known resources for finding […]