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And the Winner of the RootsTech 2018 pass is…

Angela Rodesky! The three sessions Angela is interested in are: “You’re on Social Media. Now What?” (Amy Johnson Crow) “Using MyHeritage to Drive Genealogical Discovery” (Michael Mansfield) “Get ‘Twitterpated’ with Twitter for Genealogy” (Amie Browser Tennant) Great choices, Angela! The MyHeritage talk looks pretty interesting. I might just have to go to that one too. There’s still plenty of time to register […]

Yad Vashem – Finding Relatives Killed in the Holocaust

Yad Vashem is Jerusalem’s Holocaust museum. For decades, the museum has been collecting information about those killed in and impacted by the Holocaust—and it is in the process of putting the majority of that information online. Jews of European origin almost surely have relatives who were impacted by the Holocaust, even if their own direct ancestors had emigrated before World […]

Preserving Military Correspondence 2

On November 11, 2017 the United States will observe Veteran’s Day. On this day, we honor our military veterans and their service to our country. From the Revolutionary War up to today and Afghanistan, correspondence is very important to collect and preserve from the members of our family that were in the military. Many genealogists have letters from their ancestor’s […]

Did Your Confederate Ancestor Apply for Amnesty? 1

As soon as he took the oath of office, President Andrew Johnson was faced with the formidable task of reuniting our broken nation. Johnson needed to heal the wounds of war yet deal with the treason of the South. On May 29, 1865, Johnson issued an amnesty proclamation. He signed a sweeping pardon that covered the average Confederate citizen/soldier. Once […]


Or just another term for data smog. Recently I had the pleasure of attending a regional genealogical conference near me, and some national level speakers were there. I enjoyed hearing them, as they are very well informed and up to date on many trends. Yet the last speaker left me with some questions in my mind. He was D. Joshua […]