Using MET Public Domain Artwork

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art made than 375,000 of its public-domain artworks available online. The Met’s images include those of items that are not currently on display, which gives you a chance to look behind the scenes. This is a great resource for people who enjoy art and history, scholars, and genealogists! You can find the search page at:     To limit your search to return only those results in the public domain, in the Show Only group, click the box for “Public...

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Family History Outing: Laws Railroad Museum

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Get Children Involved, Military research | 0 comments

The Laws Railroad Museum is located outside of Bishop, CA. Certainly, the museum is of great genealogical interest to researchers who had family in the railroads in the early 1900s, and for those who had family in the area. There is much to learn for those who had family in the gold industry.     But the displays in the Pioneer Building are unexpected in a railroad museum. One of the displays held a well preserved, well displayed, interesting set of military uniforms, equipment and memorabilia.     There was a selection...

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National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Genealogy Education, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Are you looking for an easy way to learn about using the National Archives? Would you like to know more about researching your genealogy at NARA? The 2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair has come and gone, but the videos have been posted on YouTube, and the handouts are still available. You can learn directly from NARA personnel in the videos and have the handouts for reference. Check out the 2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair webpage for the topics and links to the videos and handouts. You can follow the links on that page...

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Family History Outing: U.S.S. Midway

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Get Children Involved, Military research, Useful Tips | 0 comments

If you have a U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps ancestor, the chances are he or she may have spent some time on an aircraft carrier. They might have been stationed on, landed on, refueled, resupplied or protected a carrier.     Touring the U.S.S. Midway Museum in San Diego, CA, brought some of our family’s history to life. Our family has some carrier history. In addition to having an uncle and cousin who served on carriers, my husband landed on one.     My husband was a Naval Aviator in the USMC, flying A-4s. His...

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Sales on DNA Tests and Our Books

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in A Week of Genealogy Book, A Weekend of Genealogy Book, DNA, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving! If you have been waiting to do your Autosomal DNA, now may be the time! The atDNA tests are on sale. (I have not seen a Black Friday price for 23andMe, and although the database is large, it may be that the other people in it may be more focused on the health aspect of the testing rather than genealogy.) Family Tree DNA Holiday Sale The annual Family Tree DNA Holiday Sale is offering the Family Finder/Ethnic Percentages for $59. They are also offering  bundles that combine Family Finder and Y-DNA and mitochondrial...

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Genealogy Fair at Odenton Regional Library

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is breaking news! The Odenton Regional Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library will be hosting a Genealogy Fair on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10am-3pm. They hope to have three parts to this event: speakers throughout the day, resource tables available for the whole event, and an open workshop in our computer lab for participants to get some hands-on experience with our resources. Put this on your calendar!

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6 Great Websites for Autosomal Tools and Techniques

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you excited about your autosomal DNA results? Have you been wondering what to do next? The half dozen websites in this blog post will keep you busy with these tools and techniques to make the most of your autosomal DNA test results. A great list of third party tools and apps from Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist If you have tested your autosomal DNA at FamilyTreeDNA, or transferred your results there, you will want Nine Autosomal Tools at Family Tree DNA Downloads of tools and presentations from Kitty Cooper’s Blog In...

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Get Your Irish Civil Records Online!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Genealogy Education, Irish Research, Useful Tips | 0 comments

If you have Irish ancestors, you need to be using the Civil Records at This website will be a major boon to your research. Using this website, I was able to look up and download records that would have cost quite a bit to order from overseas. The Civil Records that are online are: Births: 1864 to 1915 Marriages: 1882 to 1940 Deaths: 1891 to 1965 A good place to start is the page about the Civil Records:     To search, go to...

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Finding Melville S. Bulmer in the 51st Pioneer Infantry and Beyond

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Genealogy Education, Military research | 0 comments

Recently, I won auctions on ebay for a letter and some postcards written by a member of the 51st Pioneer Infantry. The letter was a pleasant, newsy conversation with the folks back home. The author mentioned the loss of his own Brother, his enjoyment of a pass to visit Coblenz on his birthday, and his goal of pastoral studies. At night he taught soldiers how to read and write. He mentioned his thoughts turning to his home “in the thick of the fight”.     I decided to do some investigation into the author of the letter....

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The Family History Guide: A Review

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Useful Tips | 0 comments

You have heard that there are websites on the Internet that can help you with your research. You have probably found some of them. Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone who could show you, step-by-step, where to find help when you need it? Could you benefit from a guide who would point you to good websites where you learn about a specific family history topic, or even about computer basics? You can find such a guide for the web, in The Family History Guide.     The Family History Guide was launched in July 2015 as an...

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