The following press release and 30% lifetime discount offer was just received from HistoryLines. Disclosure: I met Jeff Haddon, co-founder of HistoryLines, at FGS 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, where he showed me HistoryLines. I then viewed it in beta, and I also received and took advantage of a lifetime 50% discount off the regular membership price available to beta testers. And next up from me is a blog post about using HistoryLines, but take a look at their press release and their offer. ~Caroline
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4/7/2015Read Now Back to Blog
This press release was just received from the Guild of One-Name Studies. ~Caroline
Join the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Who Do You Think You Are? – Live Birmingham show (16th to 18th April 2015), thereby saving £1 on the normal rate for April joiners and receive a special “show time only” goody bag.
A special show offer of £22 will cover full membership to the Guild of One-Name Studies for a period of 19 months up to 1 November 2016. The current rate for anyone taking out an extended Guild membership in April 2015 is £23. New Guild members joining at the show will receive a goody bag comprising a “Special Guild 8Gb USB drive” (priced £9.00 at the show) which has the Guilds Members handbook, The Art of One-Name Studies “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” book (hard copy usually £7.00), the 2014 Guild Register and all 132 back issues of the Guild Journal of One-Name Studies pre-loaded, a Guild Lanyard and a Guild pen, along with their normal Guild joining pack.
All visitors attending the Guild stand will also be offered free prints of the distribution map for their selected surname as recorded in the British 1881 census provided by Steve Archer’s “Surname Atlas” program.
This special offer of full membership to the Guild of One-Name Studies for a period of 19 months up to 1 November 2016 is also available Worldwide via the Guild’s website – www.one-name.org from the 16th April 2015. The joining fee is: UK £22.00, Australia AUS$44.00. Canada CAN$44.00, Europe €31.00, New Zealand NZ$47.00 and USA US$37.00.
Details of all the Guild facilities can be found at: www.one-name.org/guildsvces.html
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Cliff Kemball, the Guild Publicity Manager, said today:
“Visit the Guild Stand (Stand T7-T9) at the WDYTYA Birmingham show (16th to 18th April 2015) and learn more about the Guild of One-Name Studies and what excellent value for money membership of the Guild provides. Alternatively join the Guild on-line at http://www.one-name.org/about-the-guild/how-to-join.html from the 16th April and benefit from the reduced membership fee.”
I'm trying to find evidence of a birth in 1860. I have his birth date and place from his death certificate and the census records loosely support that but I need something closer in time to when he was born. His obituary cannot be found which would not be closer, but still...
And he died intestate and rather poor. His wife was appointed administratrix over...almost nothing. (I hate those slim envelopes in the mail from courthouses most of the time and this was one of those times.) Again, not closer in time to his birth.
I first thought that since his mother had grown up Catholic and married in the Catholic church, it might not be so hard. After all, I already knew the Catholic records for Galveston, Texas were pretty easy to access.
However, the archivist at the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston disabused me of that silly notion rather quickly with a thin envelope in the mail of her own. She also seemed kind of sad in her letter to me about not finding it or his marriage record. I was almost consoled by that. <grin>
So, it would seem this family line had a change in church denomination. Maybe. But I had no clue which denomination his father had been or what anyone else in the family had been.
I knew my guy had been married in Galveston because I finally obtained his marriage record. Only cost me a day of driving in the pouring rain with high winds and a Fitbit. (Yes, I lost my Fitbit that day either in the McDonald's I stopped at to go to the bathroom or at the courthouse or in either of those establishment's parking lots. Stupid thing had been popping off lately and it did one last time...in the pouring rain.)
When I got home and dried off I looked at the marriage record and transcribed it and the other lovely records I managed to wrangle from an obstinate clerk and then cooked dinner.
Several days later I'm looking in the Galveston, Texas newspaper not for my guy but his brothers. Everyone is prominent in this family because of their grandfather and great uncle and two are lawyers including my guy. However, other than being a lawyer and advertising his business, his paper trail is slim. (Of course.) His lawyer brother is in the papers too because he flirted with politics. So, I get lots of hits for both of them in the newspaper searches.
But his other brother?
A minister. At least, that's what his death certificate lists as his occupation and the census records too.
So, I was looking in the newspaper to see what I could see about the minister in this prominent family. And on the day this minister brother was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister up north, there was a 3 column write-up in the newspaper about it in Galveston. And I carefully began to read it. (Okay, I first skimmed it for personal family information which was at the end and quite abundant but I'd expect no less from this prominent family.) But then I went back and carefully read it from the beginning and then I recognized a name...
...a name of one of the ministers a part of my guy's brother's ordination.
I pulled out my guy's marriage record and voila. The minister who had married my guy had also been a part of his brother's ordination and according to the article was the minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Galveston who had been next on my list to look up in the newspaper but wasn't my first choice because I figured he'd pop up a lot in the search. (Could you imagine? The christenings, marriages, & funerals he presided over as well as the titles of the sermons he gave? Because it appears after looking him up those made the papers too.)
Of course, the city directories would have identified him as well, but I just thought, perhaps, since this was a prominent family in Galveston that my guy's minister brother would have showed up in the paper for...something. (And I had other clues I was looking for as well.)
And a quick Google search told me the church was still open. So I called and found out that their historical records are kept at the Rosenberg Library.
Of course, I already knew she meant the Galveston and Texas History Center which is the archives on the 3rd floor of the library which has an online searchable database of finding aids of their manuscript collections. And, presto — I have an inventory of all the church's records that they have.
Looks like I'll be going back to the Island to see what I can see. (I'll have plenty of steps. Just no Fitbit to count them. If you lose your Fitbit but you still step, does it count?)
But the clue was his brother was a minister.
3/6/2015Read Now Back to Blog
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.
11/13/2014Read Now Back to Blog
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:
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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.