Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Aug 4, 1964. After disappearing on June 21, three civil rights workers were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, MS. The three young men were workers on the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. Prior to their disappearance, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. When their car was found, burned, on June 23, President Lyndon Johnson ordered an FBI search for the men.

Aug 4, 1964. After disappearing on June 21, three civil rights workers were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, MS. The three young men were workers on the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. Prior to their disappearance, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. When their car was found, burned, on June 23, President Lyndon Johnson ordered an FBI search for the men.


Today is Tuesday, 4 August 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: Louis Armstrong’s Birthday – Anniversary, Borden Ax Murders – Anniversary, Civil Rights Workers Found Slain – Anniversary, and Coast Guard Day.

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Contest: Win a Copy of The Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org

Enter the Win a Copy of The Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org Contest this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book.

Another Genealogy Contest at GeneaBloggers!

The new book Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org by Dana McCullough is filled with tips, tricks and clear instructions on how to get the most out of the FamilySearch website. You’ll learn not only about the basics of FamilySearch, but also find out how to use the Wiki, access Apps and more!

Enter the Win a Copy of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book. We’ll select three winners and each winner can choose the paperback or e-book version*. Many thanks to contest sponsor F+W Media, parent company of Family Tree Magazine!

This is a $25.99 value and you could win if you enter by 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday 9 August 2015. Click here to enter!

* Contest winners outside the US will receive the e-book version only.

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Review: Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org

unofficial guide to familysearch.org

Recently, I had the opportunity to read and review the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org – How to Find Your Family History on the World’s Largest Free Genealogy Website, by Dana McCullough. Even as a long-time genealogist, if you thought you knew FamilySearch, this guidebook brings you the latest, up-to-date information on a treasured resource for family history.

FamilySearch: A Hidden Gem for Genealogy

As the author notes at the outset, many beginning genealogists are completely unaware of FamilySearch and it remains a hidden gem for them. McCullough’s format for the book is to cover the major aspects of FamilySearch, including Trees, Historical Records, User-submitted Genealogies, Family History Books, Wiki, Catalog, Memories, Indexing and more. The author also devotes special side bar sections to tracing the roots of specific FamilySearch resources. This includes the background and origins of the Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File and the IGI (International Genealogical Index).

In reading the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, I felt guided by a genealogist who honestly confesses to the same mistakes that many of us have made in the past, such as not citing sources. I appreciated the special attention MCullough devoted to sources, their importance, and even how to save sources from other websites to FamilySearch.

Other nice features of the book are the Keys to Success and Getting Started checklist sections at the end of each chapter. Too many genealogy “how to” books don’t offer this type of “call to action” to the reader. Anyone purchasing this book has no excuse not to get started with FamilySearch since all the tools are laid out for them!

The Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org is filled with little gems and bits of advice covering many different areas. In the Family Trees chapter, the author reviews how to upload photos and documents and covers in detail how copyright is handled. In addition, she covers the collaboration aspect of Family Trees and how to protect your privacy and the privacy of your family.

Get to Know FamilySearch In-Depth and Up Close

At 242 pages, the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org is not just substantial, but also comprehensive. It is suitable for those just starting to explore their family history as well as seasoned genealogists who want to extract every bit of knowledge possible from the FamilySearch site and its affiliated sites.

The Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org can be purchased online at ShopFamilyTree.com – click here for more information.

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