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4 Jun 2016

“Our true nationality is mankind.”

Yes, this is an ad for travel company, but I think it’s well done. Any genealogist would leap to have this opportunity for DNA testing and travel. As H.G. Wells said, “Our true nationality is mankind.”
It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. If you dare to question who you really are, head to to WIN your own DNA journey: a DNA kit and the chance to visit every single country you’re from!


30 Dec 2015

Win a Free 3-Day RootsTech 2016 Pass

As a RootsTech 2016 speaker and ambassador, I’m giving away one free 3-day RootsTech 2016 pass through my website, Sassy Jane Genealogy.

If you’re planning to attend RootsTech 2016, read on for the way to enter this giveaway.

RootsTech 2016 is 3-6, 2016 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. With an excellent exhibit hall, more than 200 classes, and inspirational keynote speakers (Doris Kearns Goodwin!!), RootsTech 2016 is bigger and better than ever.

This year at RootsTech, I’m presenting Managing Your Digital Research Environment on Saturday on 6 Feb 2016. When you organize your digital records and online life, your genealogy research is more effective. My session helps you: 1) put your digital research records in order, using professional archival organization techniques, and 2) manage your online life. Avoid information overload and get organized online using specific Internet tools, and genealogy and productivity apps.

To enter my contest for a free RootsTech 2016 pass, click on the form below and […]

9 Dec 2015

Portable Scanners for Genealogy

Today’s post is about the latest portable scanners for genealogy. It’s been just three years since I recommended a portable scanner for genealogy research from an archivist’s perspective. And we know that three years is a long time in the tech field.
The latest scanner the Canon LiDE220 Document Scanner – $76 at Amazon.

Why do I like this one over all the others? Mostly because of these four things:

Highly portable at 3.5 pounds
Large 8×10 scanning bed
4800 x 4800 ppi (pixels per inch), higher than handheld scanners
Auto-upload to cloud services, such as Evernote and Dropbox

If you’ve read my earlier post on scanners, you know that I’m not impressed with small scanners that require images to be knit together digitally after scanning. I also avoid scanners that require you to drag the scanner over the document or photo, or feed it through the scanner. That’s very bad for the originals.

So if you have one chance at some originals – let’s […]

7 Dec 2015

From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa

Letters From the Pacific, From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa

This day doesn’t get much play anymore, possibly because the Pearl Harbor Survivors are all in their 90s.

My husband and I considered it a privilege in 2011 to commemorate the 70th anniversary from Ford Island in Pearl Harbor and attend the USS Utah interment ceremony.

This year, to commemorate the day, the New York Times has published a great article by Diantha Parker entitled, “Letters From the Pacific, From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa” about the Mossman collection of letters. It is well worth the time of any genealogist with WWII family.

In 2001, a box of old World War II letters surfaced from a neglected box in storage. What laid inside were the complete letters documenting the life of

Harold Moss, a soldier in the American Army during WWII. His journey starts in the States during basic training and leads him throughout the Pacific, all the way to Okinawa. Harold was fortunate to make it back […]