April 27th through May 3rd 2014 is this year’s Preservation Week. Every year a branch of the American Library Association invites families and individuals to help preserve the records at their local libraries, and the records they have at home, for use by future generations. The Preservation Week website gives you many ways to celebrate. Some of them are as simple as going to a library and learning how to preserve your own family history records. You can also host an event to raise awareness about Preservation Week and the local efforts of your library. Full Story
About a year ago I did a blog post on a relatively new online service called JustAJoy. It’s a fascinating online service that puts you in touch with antique dealers across the country. JustAJoy is the brain child of Joy Shivar and her husband George. I tried it and I thought this was a service that is ahead of its time. Full Story
The Dallas Genealogical Society reminds all potential entrants to the 2013Writing Contest that the deadline for submissions is August 31. Cash awards of $500, $300, and $150 will be awarded to winners.
Imagine being able to acquire a family history research degree online. Thanks to a productive partnership with the Family History Department and BYU-Idaho over the past three years, the university introduced this year a new online Applied Associate Degree (AAS) in Family History Research. Full Story
25 June 2013 marked an important date in the history of discovering one’s ancestors. On that day User:Morphh merged two Wikipedia articles “Genealogy” and “Family History” into a single article titled “Genealogy.” The merge was the culmination of a two-year discussion (now closed) among Wikipedians over whether the terms are synonyms or have different meanings. The consensus was that any distinctions in modern English were so subtle and undefined that there should be only one article. Full Story
This remarkable story begins with the discovery of a bible that is nearly 2 centuries old. It was found in a trash can in a back alley in San Diego, California. Its journey from trash can to its rightful heirs and all the individual people involved make for a fascinating story of discovery and reconnection. Take a few minutes now and read this fascinating story by clicking on this link. Full Story
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 31, 2013—OCLC and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will enrich WorldCat and FamilySearch services with data from both organizations to provide users with more resources for improved genealogy research. Full Story
We’d love to have you send us your stories about interesting experiences you’ve had as you’ve worked on your family history. We will post them so that others can learn from your experience, find comfort in knowing that others face the same challenges, or laugh as you share your amusing adventures. Full Story