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18 Oct 2015

NARA Free Online Genealogy Fair 2015

The National Archives of the United States is hosting the NARA Free Online Genealogy Fair 2015 this coming Wednesday and Thursday.
This annual event is a live two-day program via webcast on YouTube, offering family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records dealing with immigration, military and civilian personnel, and bankruptcy.

Sessions on are available on genealogical research using traditional and electronic records. The National Archives’ lead preservation expert will hold a special question-and-answer session on how to preserve family records. Sessions and handouts will be available free of charge during and after the event. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair website.

WHEN: October 21 and 22, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT [7 a.m. PDT ouch!]

WHO: Experts on genealogy-related records from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.

WHERE: Anywhere! The Fair will be video streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel::

Day 1: Wednesday, October 21 –Watch live on YouTube

Day 2: Thursday, October […]

11 Oct 2015

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Today’s post is about a cool Web-based service called TinEye Reverse Image Search.
TinEye is an image search company in Toronto, Canada. Their website (and related browser plug-ins) offer innovative ways to link specific images in your collections with their locations on the Internet. Don’t remember where you got that great family photo? Not even sure it’s Great-Aunt Myrtle and her sisters? Try TinEye!

As you can see from the featured image above, you can search three ways: 1) upload an image file, 2) drag and drop an image file, or 3) provide a URL for the image. Then perform the search. Here are the results in action:

I found the digital image below in my DropBox folder labeled “vernon_and_family2.jpg.” The Vernons seem like nice people and it’s a great family photo, but Vernon as surname or given name wasn’t in my tree or in my clients’ trees. I was at a loss to figure out 1) where this image came from, […]

26 Sep 2015

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present.
Chronicling America at the Library of Congress gets lots of good press from me and other genealogists for the free access provided to a wide variety of newspapers published in the United States over the past 320+ years.

But it’s easy to overlook the ability to search U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present database to find existing copies of newspapers in repositories throughout the United States. The U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present is part of the Chronicling America site, but it’s not too obvious either that it exists or what it can do for your research.

Looking at the example above of the main page, my eye always always goes to the wonderful digitized front pages of newspapers just waiting to be read. What can be overlooked is the link in the upper right (red box added) to search U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present. (Personally, I’ve always thought Google was a big success because of its […]

3 Sep 2015

First Friday Genealogy Issue Sep 4 2015

Subscribe now to get the next First Friday Genealogy issue Sep 4 2015 on cemetery resources. It’s free!
“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 […]