New Feature at GeneaBloggers: The Archive Lady Column

Are you looking for advice on how to research at an archive or repository? What about archiving your personal history artifacts and preserving them for the future? Starting on Thursday, September 15th, GeneaBloggers will provide a new feature . . . The Archive Lady!

A regular advice column by Melissa Barker, archivist at the Houston County (TN) Archives, The Archive Lady will provide educational information and advice related to archival methods and research. If you have a question about researching in archives for The Archive Lady, send an email with your question to:

Melissa Barker - The Archive Lady

Introducing Melissa Barker, a.k.a. The Archive Lady

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Records Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist, a position she has held since 2010. She is also a Professional Genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives. In 2016, she became the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. She has written articles for many genealogy and archive publications such as the Society of American Archivists, Society of Tennessee Archivists, Ansearchin’ News and the FGS FORUM Magazine just to name a few. She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years.

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Stay tuned! The Archive Lady will appear on Thursday, 15 September 2016, right here at GeneaBloggers.

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The Stranger In My Genes – Amazing DNA Journey by CNBC Host – Now 20% OFF

CNBC Host Bill Griffeth was shocked by a recent DNA test - get his new book Stranger In My Genes at a 20% discount at Genealogy Bargains!

I absolutely LOVE books about personal journeys especially when they involve DNA testing and unexpected results!  If you are a fan of these types of books like I am, you must read The Stranger In My Genes by CNBC host Bill Griffeth.  And I have a special 20% discount offer for you on the hardcover and ebook version – this book is not even available yet on Amazon!

From the American Ancestors website:

“Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: “If the results were correct, it meant that the family I had spent years documenting was not my own.” Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, a quest which will shake his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others–and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.”

About the Author Bill Griffeth

Bill Griffeth is one of the country’s longest serving and most respected financial journalists on TV. He began covering Wall Street in 1981 on the Financial News Network (FNN). In 1991 he joined CNBC where he has anchored a number of programs, most recently Closing Bell from the New York Stock Exchange. Since 2003, his hobby has been genealogy, and he has traveled tens of thousands of miles in the U.S. and Europe researching his and his wife’s family histories. He currently serves as a Trustee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Bill and his wife, Cindy, have two grown children.

Review by Mary Tedesco, co-host of The Genealogy Roadshow on PBS

From the American Ancestors website:

“A courageous personal account, The Stranger in My Genes brings science and genealogy together in a powerful story of family secrets. Bill Griffeth has infused his passion for the unfettered truth into his riveting revelation. I couldn’t put it down.”

More News about The Stranger In My Genes

Click here for a recent post at CNBC entitled “CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth got the shock of his life after a simple DNA test” and click here for a recent article at Vita Brevis with additional info from the author about writing The Stranger In My Genes.

20% OFF – The Stranger In My Genes

Now, through a special offer with American Ancestors, you can get the hardcover edition (was $29.95), now just $23.96. And the e-book version (was  $24.99), for just $19.99.  Note: Amazon’s price is still $29.99, only on pre-order and no discount! Click here to save – via American Ancestors

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Who Is Your Favorite Rockstar Genealogist? 2016 Voting Now Open

It's time once again to vote for your favorite rockstar genealogist! Who, in your opinion, is a "must see" when it comes to genealogy lectures and webinars?

Once again, John D. Reid over at Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections is hosting the annual Rockstar Genealogist voting. This is the fifth year for the survey and John has compiled a list of genealogy lecturers, authors and educators based on submitted nominations from his readers. Click here to read the post and access the link to cast your vote.

rock star genealogists

You’ll find names of genealogists that you already know, but many that you don’t know. My suggestion is that you take a minute or two and take a name you don’t know and search for them on Google. Find out more about their focus area in genealogy and what makes them a rockstar genealogist!

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