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3 Sep 2015

First Friday Genealogy Issue Sep 4 2015

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“First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is a free genealogy newsletter, written from my perspective as 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.

I care about 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, iPhones, and Macs for genealogy research

There are lots of genealogy newsletters out there, so I want you to know that “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is timed to inspire your weekend family history research. The September 2015 issue is out […]

30 Aug 2015

SAA Archives Change Lives

Proud of my profession today with this new outreach effort from the Society of American Archivists. Enjoy this video from SAA Archives Change Lives. “Archives take lives and make them legacies.” What a wonderful one-sentence summation of archives and genealogy.

Have archives changed your life? Tell SAA about it here. (This page is designed for professionals, but I’m sure SAA wants to hear from users, too.)

4 Aug 2015

Black Sheep Chicken Thief

There’s a black sheep chicken thief in our family tree. I found my father-in-law in the 1930 census as an “inmate” of the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory at the age of 19. Because my husband was not raised by his father, we didn’t know what he’d done.

Quick Googling revealed the records of this reformatory were at the Kansas State Archives. His case file revealed he “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, did steal, take and carry away in the night time 24 Rhode Island Red Chickens, of the fair and reasonable value of over $20” from a neighbor. Another count of stealing 36 chickens from another farmer was dropped when he pleaded guilty to the first charge. He got five years and served almost two years before he was released.

Five years for $20 worth of chickens sounds excessive to me, but it does seem that he made rather a career of it and perhaps had […]

2 Jan 2015

First Friday Genealogy January 2015

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, highlights from this website, and special content for subscribers only.
The First Friday Genealogy newsletter for January 2015 has been delivered to subscribers. This month’s issue looks back at the top posts from my blog in 2014. The most popular post this year was about finding missing marriage records.

Download the free January issue of FFG here. To receive each monthly issue in your mail, start your free subscription here:

My focus is genealogy from an archivist’s perspective. Topics include using primary sources effectively, search strategies, archives news, and technology tips. Information on how to organize genealogy research, catalog family photographs, and simplify sources and citations are also favorite topics. 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 […]