Wednesday, November 18, 2015

U.S. National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Videos

The U.S. National Archives held a Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. Presenters included Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Executive for Research Services William A. Mayer, and a number of other genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. The presentations focused on tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.
The lectures are now available on YouTube. The first day’s presentations are available at while Day 2 may be found at
You can also download copies of the slides and the presentation handouts at

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side

How well do you know your ancestors? Most of us want to believe our ancestors were hard-working, noble, or  “salt-of-the-earth” types. However, the reality is that if we go back far enough, we all can dig up a few proverbial “skeletons in the closet.” Join Lisa Alzo for this webinar. If you missed this webinar you can see it by clicking on the following link and typing the password "skeletons".

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

1891 Norwegian Census is now Available

According to an announcement by The National Archives of Norway:
“The Norwegian 1891 Census consists of one sheet per person and one sheet per house/residence. These sheets have all been scanned and published in ordered series for the 559 cities and municipalities (herred) that existed in Norway at the time of the census.
“Apart from name and occupation, most of the information in the census sheets is in printed letters. You need to access the information from the house lists. In these lists you will find reference to the person lists.
“For Kristiania/Oslo, the address book of 1891 is scanned and available to simplify the information retrieval.”
You can learn more at That web page also contains links to the many pages of the 1891 Census of Norway.

Glen Meakem has launched, which Meakem says is the world’s first permanent online media storage and sharing service. Forever claims to offer you one home for all your stories and special moments. The web site makes it easy to store, organize, share and print your family photos for generations. The web site also offers a “Forever Guarantee.”Your Guaranteed Storage is backed up in multiple places across multiple regions, ensuring you will never lose any of your photos. Over time, will even migrate your files to newer formats as old formats become obsolete.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Explore Your Family Tree with FTAnalyzer 5

Genealogy sites and as well as genealogy programs like RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, AncestralQuest, Family Historian, and many others are great for presenting family trees, displaying your data in a straightforward graphical form. However, one Windows program allows you to really understand your tree, to spot problems, links, and patterns you might have missed.

FTAnalyzer is an open source tool for Windows which imports your data in the form of a GEDCOM file, then analyzes it by using a number of useful reports, providing details you might not have uncovered any other way.

Latin In Irish Registers

Latin in Irish Registers The Irish Genealogy Toolkit website has a helpful guide to translating the Latin used in Roman Catholic baptism, marriage, and death registers.

Catholic Cemeteries in Brooklyn

Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York now offer a search engine to help you find the site of a grave.Enter your loved one's information to get location information such as crypts / niches, section, row, and grave number.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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