Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, 27 August 2016

Aug 27, 1859. W.A. “Uncle Billy” Smith discovered oil in a shaft being sunk by Colonel E.L. Drake at Titusville, in western Pennsylvania. Drilling had reached 69 feet 6 inches, when Smith saw a dark film floating on the water below the derrick floor. Soon 20 barrels of crude were being pumped each day. The first oil was refined to make kerosene for lighting, replacing whale oil. Later it was refined to make gasoline for cars. The first gas station opened in 1907

Aug 27, 1859. W.A. “Uncle Billy” Smith discovered oil in a shaft being sunk by Colonel E.L. Drake at Titusville, in western Pennsylvania. Drilling had reached 69 feet 6 inches, when Smith saw a dark film floating on the water below the derrick floor. Soon 20 barrels of crude were being pumped each day. The first oil was refined to make kerosene for lighting, replacing whale oil. Later it was refined to make gasoline for cars. The first gas station opened in 1907

Today is Saturday, 27 August 2016 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the Genealogy Blogging world:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: First Commercial Oil Well – Anniversary and Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Birthday – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Events: 26 August – 2 September 2016

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 26 August - 2 September 2016 at GeneaBloggers, the authority on genealogy blogging.
Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Genealogy Daze of the Week!

Here are some upcoming dates to look out for so you can plan your genealogy and family history blog posts for next week:

  • 26 August: Krakatoa Eruption – Anniversary, National Dog Day (US), and Women’s Equality Day (US).
  • 27 August: First Commercial Oil Well – Anniversary and Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 28 August: Death of Emmitt Till – Anniversary and March on Washington – Anniversary.
  • 29 August: “According to Hoyle” Day, Amistad Seized – Anniversary, Hurricane Katrina Strikes Gulf Coast – Anniversary, Shay’s Rebellion – Anniversary, and Summer Bank Holiday – (UK).
  • 30 August: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s Birthday – Anniversary, Toasted Marshmallow Day, and Ted Williams’ Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 31 August: “Alice” television debut – Anniversary, Charleston SC Earthquake – Anniversary, Diana Princess of Wales’ Death – Anniversary, La Tomatina (Spain), Solidarity founded – Anniversary, and Whitechapel Murders Begin – Anniversary.
  • 1 September: Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month begins, Data Backup Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, Library Card Sign Up Month begins, National Coupon Month begins, National Preparedness Month begins, and World War II Begins – Invasion of Poland – Anniversary.
  • 2 September: Calendar Adjustment Day – Anniversary, Great Fire of London – Anniversary, James Forten’s Birthday – Anniversary, Liliuokalani’s Birthday – Anniversary, Sherman Enters Atlanta – Anniversary, and V-J Day – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Bargains for Friday 26 August 2016

NEW! The "Life Is Short, Do Genealogy First" t-shirt from Legacy Family Tree! “Visit the library, the grocery store, the dentist, or even the cemetery in this soft and comfortable, yet durable 50/50 cotton/poly genea-T-shirt. You'll be sure to start a genea-conversation everywhere you go.”

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Friday, August 26, 2016

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NEW Genealogy Bargains

NEW! The "Life Is Short, Do Genealogy First" t-shirt from Legacy Family Tree! “Visit the library, the grocery store, the dentist, or even the cemetery in this soft and comfortable, yet durable 50/50 cotton/poly genea-T-shirt. You'll be sure to start a genea-conversation everywhere you go.”

NEW! The “Life Is Short, Do Genealogy First” t-shirt from Legacy Family Tree! “Visit the library, the grocery store, the dentist, or even the cemetery in this soft and comfortable, yet durable 50/50 cotton/poly genea-T-shirt. You’ll be sure to start a genea-conversation everywhere you go.”

Pre-order by Friday, September 9, 2016 and receive these other products by Geoff Rasmussen for FREE! (Geoff’s way of saying thanks!)

  • Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors (PDF edition) $9.95 value
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FREE ACCESS to over 70 Million Australian Records! Now through August 29th, get free access to records at Findmypast. “Between the 26th and the 29th August, you can take your research even further without paying a penny, with free access to all Findmypast's Australian records. Delve into the land records to see whether your relatives owned property, and trace the generations in our birth, marriage and death collections. We'll be here to help every step of the way with tips and tricks to improve your research, so your family tree will be blossoming in no time. Start searching now, and you’ll soon become an Australian family history super sleuth.” Click here to get started - via findmypast

  • FREE ACCESS to over 70 Million Australian Records! Now through August 29th, get free access to records at Findmypast. “Between the 26th and the 29th August, you can take your research even further without paying a penny, with free access to all Findmypast’s Australian records. Delve into the land records to see whether your relatives owned property, and trace the generations in our birth, marriage and death collections. We’ll be here to help every step of the way with tips and tricks to improve your research, so your family tree will be blossoming in no time. Start searching now, and you’ll soon become an Australian family history super sleuth.” Click here to get started – via findmypast

Twisted Twigs is holding its second annual Labor Day sale!

  • 2nd Annual Labor Day Sale at Twisted Twigs! Now through August 28th, you can get a FULL MILITARY PENSION FILE from the National Archives for just $70, PLUS a free record PLUS Twisted Twigs will make a donation to the Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 campaign! Click here for more information – via Twisted Twigs

EXPIRING SOON Genealogy Bargains

You won't see another sale Family Tree DNA like this until the holidays! Get the Family Finder DNA test kit for 30% off - now only $69!

  • Amazing Summer Sale at Family Tree DNA – save $30 on Family Finder DNA test kit, normally $99, now just $69!  While sales at other genealogy DNA vendors occur frequently, it is rare to have a sale this good and on a great product! Click here to save – via Family Tree DNA

ONGOING Genealogy Bargains

FREE Webinar - Finding French Ancestors presented by Luana Darby - Friday, August 26th, 1:00 pm Central - “From Alsace-Lorraine to Paris and Huguenots to nobility, discover key resources for French research and techniques to meet challenges on both sides of the ocean.” Click here to register - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  • FREE Webinar – Finding French Ancestors presented by Luana Darby – Friday, August 26th, 1:00 pm Central – “From Alsace-Lorraine to Paris and Huguenots to nobility, discover key resources for French research and techniques to meet challenges on both sides of the ocean.” Click here to register – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

FREE Webinar Recording - Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry presented by Brian Donovan - “There are over 100 million unique Irish genealogical records at findmypast.com, by far the largest collection anywhere online. But using them well is the subject of this talk. Brian will talk through the many collections available online, focusing on those records which are most valuable for Irish research.” Click here to view for free - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  • FREE Webinar Recording – Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry presented by Brian Donovan – “There are over 100 million unique Irish genealogical records at findmypast.com, by far the largest collection anywhere online. But using them well is the subject of this talk. Brian will talk through the many collections available online, focusing on those records which are most valuable for Irish research.” Click here to view for free – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

 Save 33% on Findmypast monthly and annual subscriptions! This offer applies only to the UK and Ireland and you can here is what you can save: In the UK, £6.67 per month vs. £9.95, and £80.37 per year vs. £119.95. Click here to save! In Ireland, €6.67 per month vs. €9.95, and €76.72 per year vs. €114.50. Click here to save! The offer expires Saturday, August 27th at 11:59 pm BST - via Findmypast

Save 33% on Findmypast monthly and annual subscriptions! This offer applies only to the UK and Ireland and you can here is what you can save:

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The offer expires Saturday, August 27th at 11:59 pm BST – via Findmypast

A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois - are you headed to the FGS 2016 conference next week? Plan on researching at Springfield, IL area archives and libraries? Then you’ll need A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois by Jane Gwynn Haldeman available NOW for only $4.99! “A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area. Think of it as your personal travel guide with information on where to research in addition to where to eat and what to see.” Just $4.99 for the PDF format - click here to save - via The In-Depth Genealogists

  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois – are you headed to the FGS 2016 conference next week? Plan on researching at Springfield, IL area archives and libraries? Then you’ll need A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois by Jane Gwynn Haldeman available NOW for only $4.99!  “A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area.  Think of it as your personal travel guide with information on where to research in addition to where to eat and what to see.” Just $4.99 for the PDF format and $9.99 for paperback edition – click here to save – via The In-Depth Genealogists

EXCLUSIVE! Save $5 more on already reduced Historical Maps Collection from Shop Family Tree! Normally $124.96, sale price is $59.99 PLUS if you use promo code THOMASMAP5 at checkout, take an additional $5 off for a total of $54.99! “Beyond being beautiful artifacts of bygone times, historical maps can prove particularly useful in your genealogy research. Old maps help you visualize your family history, showing the places your ancestors lived and worked. They can be valuable for pinpointing your ancestral village, discovering county boundary changes or documenting country border shifts. Enhance your family history search with the maps and how-to videos in the Historical Maps Premium Collection.” Offer expires September 30, 2016 - click here for more info - via Shop Family Tree.

  • EXCLUSIVE! Save $5 more on already reduced Historical Maps Collection from Shop Family Tree! Normally $124.96, sale price is $59.99 PLUS if you use promo code THOMASMAP5 at checkout, take an additional $5 off for a total of $54.99!  “Beyond being beautiful artifacts of bygone times, historical maps can prove particularly useful in your genealogy research. Old maps help you visualize your family history, showing the places your ancestors lived and worked. They can be valuable for pinpointing your ancestral village, discovering county boundary changes or documenting country border shifts. Enhance your family history search with the maps and how-to videos in the Historical Maps Premium Collection.” Offer expires September 30, 2016 – click here for more info – via Shop Family Tree.

Discover Your Roots 2016 Issue - special annual edition from Family Tree Magazine! “Discover Your Roots is an annual guide to getting started in genealogy research. Here, you’ll find articles written by seasoned genealogists sharing how to best research your ancestors, how to make the use of online resources, tips for organizing your research and more. In addition to these, you’ll find a workbook full of forms designed to help you better plan and record your family history research.” Only $9.99! Click here for digital download (no shipping fee!) and click here for the print edition (use promo code ROOTS for FREE SHIPPING!) - via Shop Family Tree

  • Discover Your Roots 2016 Issue – special annual edition from Family Tree Magazine! “Discover Your Roots is an annual guide to getting started in genealogy research. Here, you’ll find articles written by seasoned genealogists sharing how to best research your ancestors, how to make the use of online resources, tips for organizing your research and more. In addition to these, you’ll find a workbook full of forms designed to help you better plan and record your family history research.” Only $9.99! Click here for digital download (no shipping fee!) and click here for the print edition – via Shop Family Tree. ALSO! Don’t forget to use promo code SFTTHOMAS16 to save 15% – the final price is $8.49!

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  • Everyday Low Prices on Genealogy and Family History! Dig deeper into your ancestry with the genealogy books and family tree software that have helped so many other genealogists and general hobbyists discover their past, Enjoy your ancestry lookup to the fullest, right from the start, and learn to research by state, research your family heritage, dive into genealogy records, and step back in time by using family photos and heirlooms to unlock your family’s secrets.” And use promo code SFTTHOMAS16 at checkout and save an additional 15%! Click here to save – via Shop Family Tree

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