Monday, September 21, 2015

Celebrating Renee's Genealogy Blog 10th Anniversary

My how the time has flown by. Little did I know where this blog would take me over the past 10 years. I am grateful for all the friends I have made over the years. The great job it lead me to with RootsMagic. The conferences I have been able to attend. It's not been easy to keep a blog running for 10 years, I am grateful to my readers that have put up with me. Once a blogger always a blogger, I guess it gets into your blood. 

Renee Zamora

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FindMyPast Newspapers for FREE this weekend!

The following is from FindMyPast.

Enjoy our newspapers for free this weekend!
This weekend we’re giving you the chance to take your family history research further than ever before, by opening up our collection of over 4 billion records and newspaper pages, absolutely free. 
From 7am on Friday, September 18th (EDT) to 7am Monday, September 21st (EDT), you’ll have access to our archive of over 11 million British newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710, as well as our collections of newspapers from all over the world. 
Find out more
Join us this weekend at and bring your past to life for free with Findmypast. 
The Findmypast team

Upcoming NEHGS Events

The following is from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Tours & Education Programs
Happenings at Our Library & Archives in Boston
One-Name Studies and Early New England & Atlantic Canada Research-- last chance to register!
Where: NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.
When: September 24-25, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Cost: $80
While most family historians focus their efforts on researching their own ancestry, others undertake surname studies, which compile all occurrences of a single surname. Have you started collecting surnames? You may be interested in building a one-name study! NEHGS, together with the Guild of One-Name Studies, is pleased to offer a two-day seminar that aims to teach you how to create, organize, and share a one-name project while deepening your knowledge of early New England and Atlantic Canadian research. The program includes lectures, research, consultations, and informal workshops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. View the agenda and register today

Book Event: Daisy Turner's Kin: An African American Family Saga 
Presented by author Dr. Jane Beck
Where: NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.
When: September 30, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner (1883-1988) became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her began among the Yoruba in West Africa and represented four generations of family history. Beck combines Turner's storytelling with historical research to build and authenticate a family saga. Join the author to learn more about Daisy Turner, her family's stories, and the hazards and uses of memory from a folklorist's perspective. Book sales and signing to follow. Register today

*To register for this free event you must "Add to Cart" and go through the checkout process--your total will be $0.00.

Questions? Call us at 617-226-1226 or email
Visit us online for a full listing of education programs, including our September book talks!

Sign up for a FREE Webinar
Mining the Treasures in Newspapers 
Wednesday, September 30, 3 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT; 1 p.m. MDT; 12 p.m. PDT)  
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist
Newspapers contain a wealth of information for genealogists and can provide historical narrative and glimpses into your ancestors' everyday lives. Learn what information is available, how it can help you in your family history research, and how to access these important resources--particularly those available at the NEHGS library and on Register today

*The previously scheduled webinar "Digital Collections at NEHGS and AJHS-NEA" has been rescheduled for March.
Additional Resources
Visit the Online Learning Center for subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, informative videos, webinars, online courses, and more. If you have questions or feedback, contact Ginevra Morse, Director of Education and Online Programs.

Join Us for Family History Day - 3 Oct 2015
Family stories connect us to loved ones, the past, and each other. Find your family stories with American Ancestors (NEHGS) and Findmypast at Family History Day 2015!

NEHGS members--bring a nonmember guest and receive 50% off your admission!

This seminar will help new researchers learn the basics of genealogy and advanced researchers delve deeper into their family history.
  • Attend lectures and demos
  • Meet one-on-one with genealogical experts
  • Browse published volumes
  • Receive special discounts on books and memberships
  • Enter to win door prizes
  • Connect with fellow family historians

Visit for a full schedule of events and to register. Special offers are available for members, students, and groups. Preregistration is encouraged as space is limited.

StoryKeep - Forget-Me-Not Stories

The following is from StoryKeep.

StoryKeep, what we do

Forget-Me-Not Stories

Stan Siegel got out of the military about 60 years ago, but he still remembers his army serial number. As a boy, he loved nature and explored what wildlife still existed inside New York City. He was a pioneering medical illustrator, drawing bones, ligaments and muscles. Stan's greatest love? His wife Adele. 

Click here to watch Stan's story:

This 1-minute video gives you an idea for our process.

Imagine what you could capture of your parents' stories. Imagine what it could mean for your family.
StoryKeep, what we do
"I'm Stanley H. Siegel. Army serial number 32815279."
StoryKeep specializes in conducting intimate interviews. We record and gather family stories to create personalized videos, books, and oral histories. We can convert your analog media to make meaningful projects from your slides, silent films, and memorabilia. There’s no company in America that does what we do so well.
You probably found us just in time, so let’s get started. 
Visit the website. 
You can call us at 347-762-6575 or email us at

Family History Expos Upcoming Events

The following is from Family History Expos. They have branched out to virtual expos, where you can ask questions live and receive assistance with your research.

Letting,, and FamilySearch's Family Tree Offer Research Assistance
Family History Expos
​Join us online!

Thursday evening,September 24th, for a detailed view of how three of the leading family history service providers can assist you with your research.

Thursday evening at 5:30 pm Mountain time we will broadcast live from Salt Lake City.

Online with you will be James L. Tanner and Marlo E. Schuldt.

See you online!
Click here to register

German Research Library Learning Experience (Sources & Strategies)

We still have room, it's not too late to register! 

The Research Guide for this event has 296 pages of in-depth instruction and resources for your research success. 

Ruth Ellen Maness, AG will be there to teach you in the classroom and personally assist you with your research questions each day at the Family History Library. We have additional staff to assist you with US or other areas your family lived before or after living in Germany.

Please join us!

September 21-26, 2015

Pre-registration – $499
 At the door– $600
Click here for details!

German Research Virtual Expo
For those of you who just can't make it to Salt Lake City in July, please join us virtually from your personal computer. You can participate with us live, ask questions, and enjoy the handouts. Much like attending a Family History Expo except you get more classes spread over 5 days. With time to relax in-between class sessions.

​September 21-15, 2015

Online registration - $69

Click here to register

In-depth Census Research 
Library Learning Experience
October 19-24, 2015

Early bird registration $399.00 (expires September 18, 2015)

Full registration - $499.00
At the door registration - $600.00

Don't miss this chance to really dig into census resources and have personal professional assistance at the Family History Library. We are looking forward to telling you about census resources you've never heard of and then show you how they will lead you to other important collections.

Click here to register today!

In-depth Census Research Virtual Expo
For those of you who just can't make it to Salt Lake City, please join us virtually from your personal computer. You can participate with us live, ask questions, and enjoy the handouts. Much like attending a Family History Expo except you get more classes spread over 5 days. With time to relax in-between class sessions.

October 19-24, 2015

Online registration - $69

Click here to register

Watch our website as we have new events being added weekly.

Thank you from the whole Family History Expos Team!

BCG Offers A Free Day Of Skillbuilding Genealogy Lectures

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Association.

Utah Genealogical Association



Top genealogists Michael Hait, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Judy G. Russell, Michael Ramage, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Thomas W. Jones will present six one-hour skillbuilding lectures at the Family History Library’s Main Floor Classroom in Salt Lake City Friday, October 9, 2015, between 9 AM and 5 PM. The annual lectures are free and open to the public, cosponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the Family History Library. The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 – “What Is ‘Reasonably Exhaustive Research’?” Michael Hait, CG
10:15 – “The Art of Negative Space Research: Women,” Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
11:30 – “After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA,” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
1:30 – “Forensic Genealogy Meets the Genealogical Proof Standard,” Michael Ramage, JD, CG
2:45 – “Margaret’s Baby’s Father and the Lessons He Taught Me (about Illegitimacy, Footloose Males, Burned Counties & More)” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
4:00 – “When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?” Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

“Whether you attend one skillbuilding lecture or all six, you will learn more about how to apply sound methodology to your genealogical research,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Education is part of this mission.”

For questions or more information contact

Registration for The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is ongoing

The following is from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Utah Genealogical Association.

Registration for The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is ongoing

Did you know that UGA members receive a $50.00 discount on registration?

The 2016 institute program has seats available in several amazing courses.  Those new to the institute, or wanting to make sure they have a solid foundation, may wish to study under Paula Stuart-Warren in US Records and Research.  The program opens with a welcome reception on Sunday, January 10, 2016 and wraps up with a banquet, Friday, January 15.  The program will be followed by the second annual SLIG Colloquium, where genealogy thought leaders convene to review papers on hot topics of the day.  UGA members reap the benefit as the papers are subsequently published in CrossRoad magazine.

Registrations for the institute are presently being accepted as well as lodging reservations for those who wish to stay at on-site at the Hilton SLC Downtown.  Evening events will be announced in next month’s e-news.  Complete information about course availability may be found at  

For more information please visit the SLIG website at

New FamilySearch Collections - September 14, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch.
New FamilySearch Collections Update: Week of September 14, 2015

Mama Mia! The Italian records continue to expand this week with new collections for Italy Arezzo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1314-1934Italy Enna Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1944Italy Imperia San Remo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1805-1910, Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1929. Brazil, New York, Utah, and Delaware also have some new content. Look for these and more by selecting the links below. 

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New browsable image collection.
New browsable image collection.
New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection
New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Added images to an existing collection
Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at
About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Church News and Updates

The following is from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The First Presidency Announces Latter-day Saint Edition of the Holy Bible in Portuguese
New Web Page for Priesthood Restoration Site
New Children's Video: What Do I Do If I See Pornography?
LDS Charities Partners with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Help Children
‌September 13
‌September 19
‌September 26 and October 3–4
‌October 15
‌October 20
‌October 23–24
(Tickets available starting September 22)
‌October 25
(Tickets available starting September 22)
‌December 10–13
(Tickets available October 17–26)
With general conference approaching, there's no better time than now to learn more about the leaders of the Church. Take time to view an organizational chart of Church leadership, learn more about how they're organized, and click each profile to learn more about each person.