primary sources

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 […]

4 Dec 2015

Searching LOC.gov Webinar

Join Library of Congress staff for their Searching LOC.gov webinar on Thursday, 10 December 2015 at 4pm EST.
The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Do you want to find Library of Congress primary sources? What search strategies does a power user need to know? Because the holdings of the Library of Congress are massive and so it its Web site, the Searching LOC.gov webinar can help.

During the Searching LOC.gov webinar, Library of Congress staff will break it down for you to make it easier to navigate. As a result, you will gain greater understanding of the breadth and depth of the Library’s collections.

Although the Searching LOC.gov webinar  is marketed to educators, genealogists will also find the “tips and shortcuts to finding primary sources, suggestions on how to plan effective searches, and how to ask […]

13 Oct 2015

Rootstech Early Bird Reg Ends in 2 Days

Rootstech early bird reg ends in 2 days. Register by October 15 for a RootsTech 2016 conference pass at the discounted price of $149. After 15 Oct, the RootsTech conference registration price rises to $249.

With over 200 classes and an expo hall with hundreds of exhibitors (the best part, imho, and I’m a speaker), RootsTech 2016 is going to be great.

I look forward to meeting you at my Saturday session on Managing Your Digital Research Environment. My session on managing your digital environment for effective genealogy research helps you be a more effective researcher. This session helps you:

1) Put your digital research records in order, using professional archival techniques, and

2) Organize your online life. Learn how to create a master genealogy filing system with just six main folders, and how to link digital and paper records.

Avoid information overload and get organized online using specific Internet tools, and genealogy and productivity apps. Discover ways […]

13 Sep 2015

Using ArchivDigital Sweden

Interested in using ArchivDigital Sweden to find Swedish ancestors?
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to be in the audience for the Legacy webinar with Kathleen Meade entitled, “Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online.”

There were so many helpful tips for using ArchivDigital Sweden that after this webinar, a one-year subscription seemed well worth the cost to me. Using ArchivDigital Sweden image database offers
about 190 000 historical books, documents and records or 56 million digital color images of Swedish church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records and other historical records. We use modern technology to digitalize the records directly from the original books and we extend the image database with more than 600,000 color images each month.

Using ArkivDigital Sweden is a snap via an online subscription service called ArkivDigital online, which provides online access to the entire image database for a specific period of time. Download the Coverage Table here . You can also search their database by county […]