Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday 24 March 2015

82% OFF – The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic – an amazing book about “more than 400 abandoned suitcases filled with patients’ belongings that were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving—and devastating—group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care” – normally $11.99, now only $2.99 via Amazon.

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Deals

  • 82% OFF – The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic – an amazing book about “more than 400 abandoned suitcases filled with patients’ belongings that were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving—and devastating—group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care” – normally $11.99, now only $2.99 via Amazon.

Expiring Deals

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25% OFF Scrivener software – use promo code 25OFFSCRIV now through March 24th – via Writer's Digest

Ongoing Deals

Save over 30% on Audio Tape Digital Transfer – are you sitting on a pile of cassette tapes containing interviews of family members? Want to convert them to digital files so you can preserve them? Larsen Digital has an AMAZING SALE right now – convert an entire cassette tape (sides A and B) for $14.99 each (normally $21.99 each). Click here to get started and select the conversion type you need. PLUS use promo code THOMAS2015 and get an additional 10% off! Offer ends March 29th – via Larsen Digital

  • Save over 30% on Audio Tape Digital Transfer – are you sitting on a pile of cassette tapes containing interviews of family members? Want to convert them to digital files so you can preserve them? Larsen Digital has an AMAZING SALE right now – convert an entire cassette tape (sides A and B) for $14.99 each (normally $21.99 each). Click here to get started and select the conversion type you need. PLUS use promo code THOMAS2015 and get an additional 10% off! Offer ends March 29th – via Larsen Digital

FREE Webinar – Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence – with Chris Staats – Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1pm Central – SIGN UP TODAY – via Legacy Family Tree.

  • FREE Webinar – Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence – with Chris Staats – Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1pm Central – SIGN UP TODAY – via Legacy Family Tree.Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By collecting, analyzing, and correlating indirect evidence of course! The Henry McGinnis family of 19th century rural Pennsylvania provides a good example of using mostly indirect evidence to reconstruct a family which left precious little for descendants to work with.

30% all items at Genealogical Publishing Company – use promo code SS30 at checkout – via Genealogical Publishing Company

The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT on Evidentia Software – for fans and followers of Genealogy Bargains – use promo code HIDEFGEN at checkout and get 15% off the list price – you pay $25.49 instead of $29.99 – via Evidentia

“Evidentia not only solves the problems facing the genealogy community, but also simplifies the process of analyzing evidence and creating proof arguments while still following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).” There is also a FREE 14-day trial available! If you haven’t checked out this amazing software, you really it owe to yourself and your genealogy research to do so!

And there are several great sale items – like Chris Paton’s British and Irish Newspapers e-book now only $3.95 (prices are in Australian Dollars – so for those of us in the United States this is an even better bargain ($1 AUD = $0.77 USD)!

And there are several great sale items – like Chris Paton’s British and Irish Newspapers e-book now only $3.95 (prices are in Australian Dollars – so for those of us in the United States this is an even better bargain ($1 AUD = $0.77 USD)!

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

FINAL DAYS! Save 30% on Ancestry.com World Subscription if you have an AARP Membership – this offer expires on Wednesday March 4th – via Ancestry.com

Save 70% on Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton – I met the author Chris Paton last year while teaching on a genealogy cruise in Australia. I heard several of his lectures and I can tell you this: the man know his stuff and is a wealth of knowledge on UK, Scottish, and Irish genealogy!

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 24 March 2015

World Tuberculosis Day is designed to promote awareness about the serious health consequences of tuberculosis throughout the world. Observed on the anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s 24 March 1882 announcement that he had discovered the bacillus that causes TB. Sponsored by the World Health Organization, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and other international health agencies.

World Tuberculosis Day is designed to promote awareness about the serious health consequences of tuberculosis throughout the world. Observed on the anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s 24 March 1882 announcement that he had discovered the bacillus that causes TB. Sponsored by the World Health Organization, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and other international health agencies.


Today is Tuesday, 24 March 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – Anniversary, Dorothy Height’s Birthday – Anniversary, Elvis Presley Inducted Into The Army – Anniversary, Feast of Saint Gabriel, and World Tuberculosis Day.

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 24: Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

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May I Introduce to You . . . Jacquie Schattner

Come meet genealogy blogger Jacquie Schattner, author of the Seeds to Trees blog, in this interview by Jana Last at GeneaBloggers.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jacquie Schattner and her blog, Seeds to Tree described as, “Family, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.”

A Little About Jacquie

“Born in Chicago, I grew up in the Chicago suburbs where I have lived here all of my life; for the last 30 years in Palatine, IL. Earned a B.S. degree in Business from the University of Illinois. I work as a school secretary, allowing me free time in the summer to pursue new information. Happily married for 35 years to Fred Schattner. We have three grown children, two son-in-laws and three adorable grandchildren.”

“My husband’s family originally came from France. My father is from Belgium and Luxembourg. When his family visited, only French was spoken. I studied French second grade through college and have focused much of my research on French speaking countries. I hope to infuse my blog with some of that culture. I also want to write about some of the same genealogical lessons that I teach in my classes.”

“My husband’s family is from the Buffalo, New York area. His family dates back to pre-Revolutionary War. So I have plenty of areas to study. In New York, there are fabulous libraries and historical groups. We visit there and research often. Thankfully Fred is a very patient man.”

How Jacquie Got Started in Genealogy

“I have been actively researching my family’s ancestors since 1996. Although not a member, I volunteered at the local Family History Center (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) for 15 years. Currently I teach weekly genealogy to three different adult education groups and area libraries, and am active on the board of several local genealogy societies. I also volunteer in a local library’s genealogy room.”

“As I look back on my childhood, I realize I was always interested. I was the little girl going up to the oldest person in a group and asking “Tell me a story about when you were little?” I was fortunate that two of my grandparents lived well into their 80’s and one grandmother until she was 99, so I had opportunities to collect many stories. At funerals and weddings (even my own wedding) I would bring a little spiral book and take notes on their stories. I kept all those pages of information and letters in one big shoebox for 20 years and when we got our first real computer in 1996, I bought a genealogy database and entered all those stories and began to actively pursue more information.”

Jacquie’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I have been totally hooked on daily reading of genealogy blogs for about three years. While I have a lot of my family researched, my mother recently reminded me that it is really important to write down the stories I know. When I read about the 52 week challenge, I realized that if I wrote a story a week, I’d have a good start. My daughter blogs about her family, and she helped me set up my blog. She even took the photo of the trees for me.”

Jacquie’s Tips for New Bloggers

“About a year before I started writing a blog, I slowly made a list of 50 ideas to write about, in case I had writer’s block. I still add to that list.”

“For ideas on creating layout and look, check other genealogy blogs. Why do you like the layout of some and not others? Create your blog layout using that information.”

“As an editor of many newsletters (and thus taken many newsletter classes) I use some newsletter knowledge. Rule one is to make it visually easy to read. Font and color is important. Save bright colors for posters. Blogs (and newsletters) should be in colors and fonts that are easy on eyes.”

“Your first blog post should be written about yourself and your background.”

“Publish relatively regularly. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, write an “away message” blog that you are coming back.”

“I sleep before I publish my newest blog entry, even when I think it’s perfect. The next morning, while fresh, I always find a few words to tweak before I push the publish button.”

“If you want, you are able to change the publish dates of blogs you already published. Also you can write a blog in advance and date it to publish at a future date. (Thomas MacEntee’s advice.) “

“Comment on other blogs, we bloggers love comments.”

“List your blog at GeneaBloggers!”

Jacquie’s Favorite Blog Posts

“Around the first week of every month, I write a blog listing free presentations and classes in the Chicago Northwest suburbs. These blogs are very popular and help others.”

Jacquie’s Time with the Ancestors

“I am a tenacious researcher. I spend anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours a day and  usually more on weekends and in the summer when I’m off work. Most vacations include a research location.”

Jacquie’s Favorite Ancestors

“I love them all, but the somewhat elusive Hiram R. Dunbar (b.1804 Kentucky – d. 1884 Kansas) is my top pick. In 1828, he married Jamima Wolf and they had 10 children. Jamima lived to 96 years old. Hiram’s life choices reflect much of history during his time period. He was actively involved in the Underground Railroad, saw three sons fight in the Civil War, became wealthy at the California gold rush and homesteaded in Kansas.  He was so proud of this that most of this information is found on his tombstone! Last year, on etsy.com, I located (and purchased) the only known photo of him. It was found in an album about 20 miles from his birth place.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Jacquie’s Life

“Aren’t genealogists the nicest group of people? Honest, helpful, kind, generous. I enjoy meeting, helping and being helped by other researchers. I’ve also enjoyed the relationships I’ve made with family who I have met or become reacquainted with along the way.”

What Jacquie Loves Most About Genealogy

“Teaching! I love inspiring other to find their roots.”

Jacquie’s Genealogy Bucket List

“A trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.”

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Please take a moment to head over to Jacquie’s blog, Seeds to Tree, and leave her a comment, letting her know you stopped by. Thank you Jacquie for telling us about yourself and your blog. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.

© 2015, copyright Jana Last. All rights reserved.

Jana Last is a wife, mom and grandma living in sunny California. She loves family history and enjoys learning about her ancestors. She started her family history research in 1996 after the death of her maternal grandfather. She is the author of three blogs: Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog, Grandpa’s Postcards, and Jana’s Place.  Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Jana via email at jmlast61@gmail.com.