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Posts about using primary sources for genealogy research. Primary sources are created at the time of an event, such as birth, marriage, and death records.

18 Oct 2017

National Archives Genealogy Fair 2017

By |18 Oct 2017|Genealogy, Primary Sources|0 Comments

The fifth virtual National Archives Genealogy Fair 2017 is scheduled for October 25. Tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research are featured. Lectures are designed for family historians from beginners to experienced. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during [...]

27 Sep 2017

Transcribing Scottish Baptism Records

By |27 Sep 2017|Church Records, Ross, Scottish Genealogy|0 Comments

Transcribing Scottish baptism records can be a challenge, even for researchers fluent in English. Since I returned from my heritage travel to the Highlands in August, I've been puzzling over the Scottish baptism record (above) for my great-great-great-grandfather. George Ross, son of Hugh Ross & Margaret McFinley, was “babtized” [...]

21 Sep 2017

Making Historic Newspaper Photos Searchable

By |21 Sep 2017|Newspapers|0 Comments

Do you want to help the Library of Congress by making historic newspaper photos searchable? Beyond Words is a new Library of Congress project making historic newspaper photos searchable by transcribing captions. This new crowdsourcing project invites volunteers to use a Library of Congress website to identify cartoons and [...]

29 Jun 2017

Western State Lunatic Asylum and Martha Saul

By |29 Jun 2017|Primary Sources, Unusual Records|1 Comment

The Western State Lunatic Asylum and Martha Saul is my follow-up post to a 2010 (!) Madness Monday post about my husband's great-great grandmother. In 1860, she was a wife and mother to five children; in the 1870 census, she was found at the "Western State Lunatic Asylum" in [...]