Aug 2022

New Irish Resources: The Beyond 2022 Project

Researching Irish ancestors has often been described as difficult, and for many reasons. The reason most discouraging to American researchers, excited to discover their ancestors who flooded into this country in the nineteenth century, is that the Four Courts containing the Public Record Office in Dublin burned to the ground on 30 June 1922. It […]
Aug 2022

Revisiting the 2022 NGS Conference in Sacramento

As attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and the NGS team arrived in Sacramento, the temperature soared to 97+ degrees, but everyone’s spirits were high too. Luckily daily temperatures dropped quickly to agreeable mid-70s. It was the first in-person conference for NGS since the 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, and everyone was ready for a great […]
Aug 2022

Genealogy Records Roundup

Keeping up with available recent records and sources, especially newly digitized records, is either a full-time job or hit and miss, depending on how many emails or notifications you are willing to wade through in your in-box. I often miss announcements and learn about records of interest from chatting with friends or attending a local […]
Aug 2022

Highlights of the 2022 NGS Annual Meeting and NGS Board of Directors Election

The 2022 NGS Annual Meeting took place virtually on Zoom, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The meeting was recorded and can viewed in its entirety on the NGS YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4H3Ofu4boE. Kathryn Doyle, president of NGS, welcomed the virtual attendees, who numbered about two hundred participants. In her opening remarks, Kathryn reviewed […]
Apr 2022

Help For Researching German Roots: German-Related Resources and Strategies

Finding the ancestral town of your German ancestors is typically not easy—especially for those of us with family members who arrived before the twentieth century and no oral history or home sources still exist. Few if any US records may state their exact place of birth. Most US citizenship records for German immigrants before 1900 […]
Apr 2022

Webinar Libraries: Easily Accessible Genealogy Knowledge

The advent of easily accessible, affordable, user-friendly technology has changed the field of family history forever. While there has been constant change and improvement in access to genealogical learning materials in the last three decades, the last three years accelerated access to expert instruction via webinars exponentially. Today, webinar libraries have become a critical component […]
Mar 2022

Learning How to Access the 1950 Census

It’s important to realize that 1 April 2022 kicked off the first stage of access, and in the coming months it will be easier and more fruitful to search records in the 1950 census. Now that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has provided access to the digitized census forms, other organizations can begin […]
Mar 2022

Help Wanted! All Genealogists Please Apply

The anticipation was painfully sweet. Finally on Friday, 1 April, family history enthusiasts and genealogists celebrated the release of another decennial US census. Will the 1950 census finally solve a family mystery? Will it connect me with the family members who moved west looking for a new start? Could it help find that relative impossible […]
Feb 2022

Records of the General Land Office

In their Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, Anne Bruner Eales and Robert M. Kvasnicka describe a publication some of you may be familiar with: “The Territorial Papers of the United States is a multivolume documentary historical publication containing transcribed archival materials selected from many record groups of the National Archives. The objective […]
Feb 2022

Decrees of Legal Death

In April 1921, a 33-year-old man named Albert found himself unemployed after having worked for a while at the infamously short-lived Steel’s.[1] The circumstances leading to his unemployment aren’t currently known, but one thing is: That same month, Albert walked out of his Manhattan apartment and never returned.[2] He left behind his 28-year-old wife, Mary, […]