Sunday, March 8th, is International Women's Day and here in the United States the month of March is Women's History Month — a perfect time to celebrate the women in your family tree by learning more about them and telling their stories!
And a great way of learning about the females in your family tree is by focusing on finding documents that can reveal more about them as well as focusing on documents that reveal clues to help you ferret out their story. Sometimes the clue is that the document puts them in a specific time and place and sometimes it can reveal even more like familial relationships. A document is like a box of chocolates. You just never know what you're gonna get.
Every Friday, Findmypast releases new records sets, and to help you find out more about the women in your family tree, according to their press release, they have released "...over 9,500 fascinating UK military records that illustrate the various roles played by woman during the First World War." Take a look:
In addition, Findmypast has released the following records today:
To learn more about each records set as well as how to use it for your research (Kind of important, don't you think? I do.), head over to the Findmypast Friday Page. Also? Findmypast is running an unlimited free access weekend starting today. Snag the details about it on their Free Weekend Page.
That's right. The daily 10 Genealogy Things You Need To Know is coming back starting tomorrow. However, it will be slightly different.
It won't be a blog post.
It will be a daily email with the 10 genealogy things full of all the "things" you loved — technology news, genealogy industry news, links to helps and tips, new records added online from the previous day, links to interesting history articles, my [sometimes snarky] commentary on the links & news, and, of course, we can't forget this...
...a new image of coffee every day (or something seasonal or chocolate-ey or all of the above). Because we have to have our priorities straight when searching for our ancestors.
Now, there will usually be 3 blog posts published right here on the blog — some family history oriented and some technology oriented — every week. And sometimes a video post just to mix it up.
And those 3 blog posts won't show up in email at all — just the 10 things will via email. So, if you're not ready for a daily email in your inbox of everything you need to need know for the day to help you find your ancestors' stories plus a virtual cup of coffee, then don't sign up for the daily email list. Just visit the blog. Or subscribe to the monthly Genea-Tech Newsletter (below).
Now, this daily email of the 10 genealogy things you need to know should not be confused with the monthly Genea-Tech Newsletter email (which is starting back up from a hiatus). THAT one will have links to previous blog posts, some new information in it and such just once a month.
So, to recap:
If you want the daily 10 Genealogy Things You Need To Know Today in your email inbox once a day (and nothing else), subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/udxtr
If you want the monthly Genea-Tech Newsletter in your inbox around the 3rd Thursday of the month with a recap and some new things, subscribe here:
If you want to just read at least 3 blog posts a week right here on the blog, then bookmark this blog and visit every day. Or add 4YourFamilyStory.com to your Feedly.
Or you can sign up for the daily 10 Genealogy Things and the monthly Genea-Tech Newsletter. And bookmark the website. Totally up to you.
So the 10 Genealogy Things will be back. Sorta the same. Sorta different. But? Coffee.
A single surname society is one where data and research on a particular surname beyond their own family members with that surname is gathered and published by researchers. These types of societies provide a single surname researcher a place to publish their work and to collaborate with other single surname researchers on that surname. This type of research, of course, can also be a great reference for any type of researcher to use.
Below is a press release from a new society for single surnames called The Surname Society. You can join if you are interested in researching single surnames beyond your own family tree and then you can collaborate with others researching the same name. This new single surname society provides collaboration with other researchers around the world using online technology only. Take a look at what they have to offer below in their press release and on their website. Also, you can search their website for your particular surnames and see what research they have published already. They also have an introductory recorded Hangout On Air video on their "About Us" webpage.
NEW SOCIETY LAUNCHES at http://surname-society.org
The founder members are delighted to announce the launch of The Surname Society - the online society for individuals, groups and associations with an interest in surname studies, regardless of their location in the world, the surname they are studying, or their level of research expertise.
Focussing on single surname studies, the society meets the needs of researchers in the world of family history and genealogy as it evolves in the 21st century. The Surname Society’s vision is to connect like-minded people by providing facilities which enable members to share knowledge, data and good practice with others. The society allows members to register both worldwide and limited studies and is entirely online. Collaboration is facilitated and encouraged as it is the core ethos of The Surname Society.
Surname researchers collect data relating to all name bearers, either on a global or restricted basis. The society does not mandate study methods and members are encouraged to develop their own approach to the investigation of their surname to advance their knowledge and expertise in areas such as etymology, DNA, name collection and family reconstruction. The Surname Society will help and advise inexperienced members on ways to conduct their study and how to avoid the pitfalls which can occur!
A truly global organisation from the outset, the committee members are located around the world from Australia to England, Spain and Canada and in the first week since its announcement to those who completed the online questionnaire, the society has almost one hundred new and enthusiastic members.
The cost of membership to The Surname Society is just £5 per annum with no hidden extras. You can register as many names as you want on either a restricted or worldwide basis, collaborate with others, share in the educational opportunities offered and a plethora of resources in the Members’ area of the website including a fascinating quarterly e-newsletter and the School of Surnames, with many other developments in the pipeline in due course.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at the website and if you are interested, join!
For more information visit http://surname-society.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or follow us on Twitter: @surnamesoc
Will I find my Annie O'Brien and my O'Brien and Lennon families this weekend?
Every Friday, Findmypast releases thousands of new records online. This week's Findmypast Friday release includes wills and probate indexes as well as Thom's Directory, an Irish street directory and almanac, spanning the years 1844-1900.
If you have Irish ancestry and have begun researching it (like I have), you know just how difficult it can be with a lack of records. And street directories can help to place your ancestor in a time and place between censuses.
And the UK wills and probate records and abstracts can also be very helpful too. Abstracts can reveal spouses, children, etc., and also give you names of witnesses who may or may not have been related.
Take a look at what they added:
So, if your roots take you back to Ireland or the UK, you'll want to check out all these new records as well as all of the Findmypast online records since it's a FREE weekend starting today. Plus, if you have roots across the pond, but don't know how to get started, then you're in luck. They have a free live broadcast tomorrow to help you out.
And since Thom's Directory is for Dublin and my Annie O'Brien was born there and I've been needing to isolate all the O'Brien's and the Lennon's for this time period *and* since Findmypast is FREE this weekend, I think I'll forego sleep and delve into Findmypast into the wee hours of the weekend. (Time to dig out that old street map of Dublin I found online. Oh, Annie, Henry, James, and Jane...I'm coming for you.) Do you have O'Briens and Lennons in your family tree? Are we related? To read more about my research exploits with Annie et al, visit my personal (and very neglected) Family Stories blog.
Looks like FGS and Rootstech 2015 attendees will have a special treat kicking off all the genealogy festivities in Salt Lake City with the YouTube sensation Alex Boye and the One Voice Children's Choir taking the stage at the Salt Palace Convention Center at 6:00 PM, Thursday, February 12th.
So, genealogy? Check.
Alex Boye? Check?
One Voice Children's Choir? Check.
Yup. I'm happy.
Register now for FGS 2015 so you can be, um, happy too. Then watch Alex Boye and One Voice Children's Choir perform Pharrel Williams' "Happy" below [I *love* this version!] ( http://youtu.be/2VfWB3_VzcY ):