FREE British Isles Research Seminar, March 13-17, 2017

FamilySearch is offering an amazing opportunity - to attend a British Isles Research Seminar, in person OR online, March 13-17, 2017

FamilySearch Offering a FREE British Isles Research Seminar that you can attend in-person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City OR online! This event will take place starting Monday, March 13th and run through Friday, March 17th, 2017.

Click here to the FamilySearch Wiki article on this event or click here to download the PDF brochure. Both links contain information on how to sign up for the seminar.

Class Descriptions and Schedule

Note: all times shown are Mountain Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -6)

Presenter Bios

  • Phil Dunn, AG® is an Accredited Genealogist in England and Scotland research with nearly 35 years professional experience in genealogical research methodology and is an experienced missing persons locator/heir-tracer, formerly for two major UK corporations and, more recently with a local law firm. The son of English parentage, he has lived, studied and lectured in the UK, Ireland, U.S. and Canada, and is a specialist in especially London and ‘Home’ (surrounding) counties, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire, England’s big cities, ‘Brickwall’ 17th Century emigration, the West Midland counties, military, Nonconformist, (esp. Roman Catholic, Huguenots, Germanic churches, etc) British subjects abroad, maximizing users’ experience in the FamilySearch search engine.
  • Craig Foster, AG® has had an interest in history and genealogy since his youth. He earned two Master’s degrees at Brigham Young University and has worked at the Family History Library since 1991. He has worked as a British cataloger; in the VIP Services (formerly Library Public Affairs) Unit; and, since 2011, as a Research Specialist in British Reference. While Craig loves pretty much all British family history research, he has a particular interest in Scotland and Ireland. He is also very interested in and has researched and written about marriage practices and age at first marriage, generational family relationships, and naming patterns. Craig and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of three children.
  • Mark Gardner, AG® was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been a professional genealogist since November, 1982. Most of this time has been in the Family History Library assisting individuals locate their ancestors. His love for Genealogy came from his Father who instilled in him at a young age the importance of Genealogical Research.  His trips to The British Isles in 1974 and 1976 gave him a sense of the how important History is to the British. Research Trips to the British Isles in 1986, 2008, 2011, 2012 and Australia & New Zealand in 1990 were a very helpful experience.  He is currently a staff member of the British Reference/Research Unit since June, 2000 at the Family History Library. He has a great understanding of the British Isles Collection housed in the Family History Library and also online genealogical records.
  • Joni Kesler, AG® has been with the Family History Library for 30 years. She has worked in the United States, British, Hosting and VIP units. She currently works as a Research Specialist assigned to the Outreach and Discovery Team. Joni enjoys reading and spending time with her family of four daughters, four granddaughters, and one grandson.
  • Todd Knowles, AG® is an accredited Genealogist who specializes in English and Jewish research. For the past 15 years he has been a member of the reference staff at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Todd has lectured all over the world and his articles have been widely published. In own genealogical search began at the age of twelve and the desire to find more about his family grows every day. His quest to find more about his GGGrandfather, a Polish Jew, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of the Jewish people. It currently (as of Jan 2017) contains the records of over 1,400,000 people. Todd also authors a blog about the collection, knowlescollection.blogspot.com. Todd is married with seven children and 2 grandchildren.
  • David Rencher, AG®, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • Darris Williams, AG® has a Bachelor degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently a research community manager, freelance genealogist and family history instructor.

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Genealogy Blogging Events: 17-24 February 2017

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 17-24 February 2017 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!

  • 17 February: National PTA Founders’ Day
  • 18 February: Battery Day, Cow Milked While In Airplane – Anniversary, and Pluto Day.
  • 19 February: Chocolate Mint Day, Japanese Internment – 75th Anniversary, Knights of Pythias Founded – Anniversary, and National Engineers Week starts.
  • 20 February: Ansel Adams Birthday – Anniversary and President’s Day.
  • 21 February: Erma Bombeck’s Birthday – Anniversary, International Mother Language Day, Malcom X Assassinated – Anniversary, The New Yorker Published – Anniversary, Nixon’s Trip to China – 45th Anniversary, and Washington Monument Dedicated – Anniversary.
  • 22 February: Florida Acquired by US – Anniversary, National Margarita Day, Miracle on Ice Hockey Game – Anniversary, George Washington’s Birthday – Anniversary, and First Woolworth Store Opens – Anniversary.
  • 23 February: Curling Is Cool Day, Diesel Engine Patented – Anniversary, Iwo Jima Day – Anniversary, and World Spay Day.
  • 24 February: Gregorian Calendar Day – Anniversary, Hadassah Founded – Anniversary, and Steve Jobs’ Birthday – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Bargains for Friday 17 February 2017

FREE ACCESS at Ancestry.com to over 1 BILLION UK Records! “Discover your British roots without paying a shilling. This weekend only, we're giving you free access to more than 1 billion UK records—so mark your calendars and get ready to uncover some amazing family gems.” Note: Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from February 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET to February 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry World Explorer or All Access paid membership. Click here to get started - via Ancestry.com

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Friday, February 17, 2017

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NEW Genealogy Bargains

We just heard through the grapevine that Ancestry.com will have FREE ACCESS to more than 1 BILLION UK RECORDS starting Friday, February 17th! Stay tuned to Genealogy Bargains for more info . . .

  • FREE ACCESS at Ancestry.com to over 1 BILLION UK Records! “Discover your British roots without paying a shilling. This weekend only, we’re giving you free access to more than 1 billion UK records—so mark your calendars and get ready to uncover some amazing family gems.”  Note: Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from February 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET to February 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry World Explorer or All Access paid membership. Click here to get started – via Ancestry.com

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EXPIRING Genealogy Bargains

Save 60% on iDrive One - Your Personal Cloud for Backup and Streaming. Get a year of IDrive Personal 1TB cloud backup and 1TB HDD or 128 GB SSD drive for just $39.50 - normally $99.00! Offer good through November 28th. Click here to save - via iDrive

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ONGOING Genealogy Bargains

Living DNA is offering friends and fans of GeneaBloggers and exclusive $60 savings on their amazing DNA test - perfect if you have British or Irish heritage

UPDATED! EXCLUSIVE: Save $60 USD on Living DNA – Perfect for British Heritage – you won’t believe the type of regional breakdown you can get with the new Living DNA test!  Click here to learn more and see what other genealogists have found. Then click here to take advantage of this sale and you must use promo code HDGEN217 – regularly $159 USD, now just $99 USD. HURRY! Limited to 500 tests – these will sell out fast! Via Living DNA

And here are the discounts now available for those in the UK, Canada and Australia. Note: supplies are limited as detailed below – these are expected to sell out quickly!
  • UK: regularly £120 GBP, now just £99 GBP (only 200 tests available)
  • Canada: regularly $199 CAD, now just $159 CAD (only 100 tests available)
  • Australia: regularly $199 AUD, now just $159 AUD (only 100 tests available)

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Digitization Options for Family Photos: Including Slides, Film Negatives, and Home Movies by Thomas MacEntee

  • FREE Ebook! Digitization Options for Family Photos: Including Slides, Film Negatives, and Home Movies by Thomas MacEntee –  “Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs and wondering what is the best way to preserve them? What about boxes of family vacation slides, photo negatives or home movies? As more and more Baby Boomers take on the task of organizing family history materials, we’re uncertain about the best way to preserve these memories. And an over-abundance of technology doesn’t help! This short guide offers various ways to map out a plan and process for family media preservation.” Click HERE for more information on how to access Kindle books without a Kindle device, getting the UK, Canada and Australia versions, and even how to get the PDF version for free! Regularly $2.99, now FREE through Sunday, February 19th – click here for your free Kindle version – via Amazon

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FREE RECORDING - Be Your Own Digital Archivist presented by Cyndi Ingle - “ Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren't going to disappear.” Click here to view for FREE through Tuesday, February 22nd - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  • FREE RECORDING – Be Your Own Digital Archivist presented by Cyndi Ingle – “ Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren’t going to disappear.” Click here to view for FREE through Tuesday, February 22nd – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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Save up to $150 at Legacy Tree Genealogists: Have you hit a genealogy brick wall you can't seem to overcome? Or maybe you've always wanted to know more about your family history, but don't have the time to dedicate to research? Our Winter Sale is going on now through March 1st. Order genealogy research and preserve your legacy today!

Save up to $150 at Legacy Tree Genealogists: Have you hit a genealogy brick wall you can’t seem to overcome? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to know more about your family history, but don’t have the time to dedicate to research? Our Winter Sale is going on now through March 1st. Order genealogy research and preserve your legacy today!

During our Winter Sale new clients can enjoy $100 off of a 20-hour research project, or $150 off a 40-hour research project.

20-Hour Research Project:

  • Professional research and analysis on your family tree.
  • Best for 1-2 surname lines and 1-4 generations.
  • Includes printed report and documents, deluxe binder, private webpage, and up to $50 in document fees.
  • May be split into 3 monthly payments.
  • Project completed in 10-12 weeks (rush available).

40-Hour Research Project:

  • Extensive research and analysis on multiple parts of your family tree.
  • Best for 2-4 surname lines and 1-6 generations.
  • Includes printed report and documents, deluxe binder, private webpage, and all document fees.
  • May be split into 3 monthly payments.
  • Project completed in 10-12 weeks.

Click here for more information – via Legacy Tree Genealogists

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FREE ACCESS Black History collection at fold3 - “Throughout U.S. History, African Americans have played an integral part in the development and achievement of this country. Fold3 is now revealing a side of the African American story that few have seen before. View more than a million rare photos and documents.”

  • FREE ACCESS Black History collection at fold3 – “Throughout U.S. History, African Americans have played an integral part in the development and achievement of this country. Fold3 is now revealing a side of the African American story that few have seen before. View more than a million rare photos and documents.”  Click here to access – via fold3

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