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Wow, this summer went by so fast! I usually do a monthly newsletter or update on my blog, but July and August were very hectic and ended up skipping last month’s update. I am glad that it is September, not just because fall weather will arrive soon, but also after a few months off I am now back to giving presentations and teaching genealogy.


Coming up first is my 4-week genealogy course at Monty Tech in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I will cover everything you need to get started on genealogy and there will be open research time, so students have a chance to receive individualized help on research problems. Reserve your seat now and register at montytechnites.com.

So much is going on right now and for that reason, I didn’t really slow down at all this summer. I’m working on new lecture topics, interesting research cases, booking programs, and sticking with the ProGen Study Group. For those thinking about a career or part-time job in genealogy, I’d highly suggest signing up for ProGen because the feedback and support from your group is invaluable. You also have a chance to see a variety of approaches to the same assignment, which for me has provided inspiration.

September is traditionally back to school month, so it feels fitting to be visiting so many repositories and learning about what collections of school records they might have. Last month, you may have read my blog post “School Days: A Trip To Boston City Archives,” demonstrating that amazing collections and genealogical sources are not always online. In surveying what school records have survived in Massachusetts, there is so much variety and many possibilities to learn about your ancestor’s education experience.

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I will be debuting this presentation for the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists’ webinar series on November 15th and subsequently this proposal was accepted for the New England Regional Genealogy Conference, which is happening in April 2017. You can find out more about the conference at nergc.org.

For those who follow my blog, you might know I enjoy coming across records that are overlooked for genealogy and blogging about them, even if they don’t pertain directly to my family. I feel it’s important to share these sources, because they may pertain to your family and be the hammer that breaks down your brick wall. To see what has perked my interest recently, check out these posts:

6 Military Records for Genealogy You Might Know About news.legacyfamilytree.com

Lost at Sea, Found in Records: A Look At NARA’s Deceased Seamen Case Files

6 Military Records (U.S.) for Genealogy You Might Not Know About

Setting The Scene: Using Historical Weather Data For Genealogy

Looking for more resources, visit the Legacy News and Research Toolbox page on my website to access more tips and links!

For personal research, I haven’t blogged much about my ancestors, however there is lot I’m working on for particular lines. I had the chance this summer to interview some cousins from my father’s side of the family who enlightened with details about relatives that would have never been apparent from the records. It was an important reminder that it’s not all about research in records or working with data, but preserving the family stories. Talking to cousins compelled me to write a guest post for another blog, explaining “The Importance of Oral History For A Genealogist.”

I was also able to connect with a new cousin, Ciaran from Galway, Ireland who descends from my 4th great-grandfather Bartholomew Oliver. I’m pleased to hear that the Oliver descendants not only continue to live in the same neighborhood of Galway, but stuck close to their maritime roots. Ciaran and his family offer tours of Galway Bay by boat, you can check out their website at http://www.galwaybaytours.com. I already added this to my bucket list and I yearn even more to travel back to Ireland!

As always with my newsletters, I like to share other people’s posts and interesting article from recent past. Here’s ten links that might perk your interest:

1. “Our tenth newsletter: WE WON! The New York City marriage index 1930-1995 will be free and open data!,” Reclaim the Records, 5 Aug 2016 (http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5f700fdc65a51d3813e67dab2&id=aee6566e00: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

2. Rick Anderson, “The Difference between Copyright Infringement and Plagarism – and Why It Matters,” Library Journal, 17 Aug 2016 (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/08/opinion/peer-to-peer-review/the-difference-between-copyright-infringement-and-plagiarism-and-why-it-matters-peet-to-peer-review/#_: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

3. Kitty Cooper, “How to tell the relationship from the shared DNA,” Kitty Cooper’s Blog, 14 Aug 2016, (http://blog.kittycooper.com/2016/08/how-to-tell-the-relationship-from-the-shared-dna/: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

4. John Grenham, “There Are No Genealogical Records On The Internet,” Irish Roots, 29 Aug 2016 (http://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2016/08/29/there-are-no-genealogical-records-on-the-internet/: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

5. Rhonda McClure, “Hunting for a church,” Vita Brevis, 25 Jul 2016 (http://vita-brevis.org/2016/07/hunting-for-a-church/: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

6. Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 17: The Evidence Analysis Process Model,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-17-evidence-analysis-process-map: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

7. Judy G. Russell, “Sailing Away,” The Legal Genealogist, 28 Jul 2016 (http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2016/07/28/sailing-away/: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

8. Lorine McGinnis Schulze, “Find Ancestors’ Immigration in New York Almshouse Records,” Legacy News, 1 Jul 2016 (http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2016/07/find-ancestors-immigration-in-new-york-almshouse-records.html: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

9. Julie Roberts Sczepankiewicz, “Online Translation Aids,” From Shepherds and Shoemakers, 24 Jul 2016 (https://fromshepherdsandshoemakers.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/online-translation-aids/: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)

10. Jim Shaughnessy, “British and Irish Newspapers on Findmypast,” FindMyPast Blog, 22 Aug 2016 (https://blog.findmypast.com/british-and-irish-newspapers-on-findmypast-1982656674.html: accessed 1 Sep 2016.)


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