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Unlock the Past Cruises to Alaska in 2018   Recently updated !

We are excited to partner with Unlock the Past (UTP) for their cruise to Alaska in September 7 – 14, 2018 on Royal Caribbean’s, Explorer of the Seas. They have already confirmed Chris Paton and Dick Eastman as speakers, as well as the following: Dr Janet Few (England) Jan Gow (New Zealand) Caroline Gurney (England) Shauna Hicks (Australia) Cyndi Ingle (USA) Eric […]


Smaller Irish Archives: The Franciscan Library, Dublin

I recently visited the Franciscan Library in Killiney, Co. Dublin.  This excellent and well-maintained resource contains much of the archive and book collection of the Franciscan Order in Ireland.   They have been in this location since 1946. A modern library and manuscript room was built in 1955-56 and the library holdings were enriched with rare books from friaries of the […]


Chit Chat Live: Genealogy Conferences 1   Recently updated !

This weeks edition of Chit Chat Live takes a look at the National Genealogy Society Conference that took place the beginning of this month as well as discussing upcoming conferences: Jamboree, Northwest Genealogy Conference, Unlock the Past – Alaska Conference, Genealogy Journey’s conference at sea. For more information about the upcoming conferences: SCGS Jamboree Northwest Genealogy Conference  Unlock the Past […]


Researching Lunatics in England 1

The history of mental health is poorly understood and many of those who were labeled as ‘lunatics’ in the past would have a very different diagnosis in the present. There are a number of sources that tell us more about these unfortunate members of our family. From 1871, the census columns concerning disability added idiot (later replaced by feeble minded), […]


Insults, Fiery Speeches, Dire Warnings, Your Typical Presidential Campaign 2

Blurb: One major political party completely ruptured into two, when unable to agree on a platform or nominee for president. Another political party nominated a candidate for president without any governing experience and a brand new party was birthed in the process of all the heated debate. Sound a little familiar? One of the many pluses in family research is […]


An Interview with Lara Diamond

Chit Chat Live host, Valerie Eichler Lair, interviews one of our newest writers, Lara Diamond. Lara’s specialty is Jewish Genealogy. Links discussed during the interview: JewishGen Tracing the Tribe on Facebook Jewish Genealogy Portal on Facebook Lara’s Genealogy Blog Email Lara It is time to grab your favorite snack and cuppa, sit back and enjoy the chat.