Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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Monday, August 2, 2021
Remember how your parents had to provide information about you, such as date and place of birth, as part of registering you for school? Many schools maintain their records indefinitely, usually in some records retention facility. Registration, grades, yearbooks, and other information may still exist. If you can determine the location of the school that your ancestor or relative attended, and the county it is/was in, chances are that you may be able to obtain copies of school records.
Also, don't overlook colleges and universities your ancestor attended. Registrars’ offices can be contacted for academic records and alumni associations may have subsequent addresses. Yearbooks are usually a permanent part of the institution’s library so be sure to check them for details about your ancestors’ extracurricular school activities. Don’t forget to check with fraternities, sororities, and alumni offices. Be prepared, however, to provide proof of your relationship in order to gain access to or copies of some of the academic records.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education site is on sale at 25% off from July 1st through July 31st for $74 for the first year's subscription (new members only). Our regular annual subscription price is $99, and this sale price of $74 is a 25% savings!
Genealogy Guys Learn currently offers 35 video and 20 written courses with new content added every month. Courses range from beginning to advanced topics. A complete list of current courses and new topics coming soon can be found at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=29.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Help Find Uncle George!
Vivid-Pix has created a fun genealogy whodunit game that combines elements of family history research with the use of RESTORE, their powerful image restoration software.
The game immerses you into the genealogy process using restored photos and documents to learn about relatives’ past. The game is all about a fictional long-lost Great-Uncle: George Albert Bellamy, who emigrated from the U.K. to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. By collaborating with distant cousin Peter, you will analyze miniscule details in old photos and documents using the restoration tools in Vivid-Pix to discover hidden clues from Great-Uncle George’s past in the U.K. and his mysterious travels overseas to the U.S. Prepare yourself for a journey through Edwardian Britain and beyond, complete with crime, cryptic postcards, and more!
The game provides Tips & Tricks on genealogy research and Vivid-Pix RESTORE software.
Those who successfully complete the challenge can enter to win great prizes, including a weekend in New York City, London or $1,000 USD, and photo gifts.
Get started by clicking the image below or this link! The game goes on through September 30, 2021, but get started NOW!
Enjoy the mystery!
Monday, June 14, 2021
A number of African American cemeteries in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area have been "lost" or "erased" over time. One cemetery, the Zion Cemetery, has been the focus of a great deal of scrutiny. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has been used to verify the presence of graves. Government and community members have gotten involved to identify those interred there, and to learn more about them.
Drew Smith is the Genealogy Librarian at the University of South Florida Libraries and he is leading a group of volunteers to trace the families and descendants of those interred in the Zion Cemetery. The article he wrote about the project can be found at https://lib.usf.edu/news/the-lost-african-american-cemeteries-of-tampa-bay-whats-being-done-to-remember-them/?fbclid=IwAR3CC0WUQMtSCw6u7kan9t0m05SFE2mSw3HXlBREGcgKtcKnsYxHpXgb7T4.
Monday, June 7, 2021
FamilySearch International is pleased to announce the release of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 (Genealogical Data Communications). The latest version allows zip packaging capabilities for photos and files with genealogical information, plus new tools, and a public GitHub repository for ongoing maintenance. Technical information, specifications, tools, and guides can be found at GEDCOM.io.
At RootsTech 2020, FamilySearch launched an effort to create a new version of GEDCOM based on the 5.5.1 version that would include: 1) new expressivity, flexibility, and compatibility; 2) zip packaging of associated images and other files with the related GEDCOM file; and 3) public access using a GitHub repository. Many industry software providers and key influencers participated, and the initiative concluded May 15, 2021, with the completion of this comprehensive effort.
FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 is the outcome of those efforts and includes the following new enhancements:
· Zip packaging capabilities for photos and files have been added.
· Notes have been expanded for more versatile use and styling of text.
· Tools, sample files, sample code, and self-testing guides are included.
· The GEDCOM specification and any code available from FamilySearch based on the specification is subject to the terms and conditions of the Apache License, Version 2.0.
· Ambiguities in the GEDCOM Version 5.5.1 specification have been removed.
· A public GitHub repository generates maintenance requests and on-going discussions about future features.
Users of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 will be able to import files from older GEDCOM versions. However, users of older versions of GEDCOM will not be able to import from FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0.
FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 is copyrighted.
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General information can be found at GEDCOM.info.
General Info: GEDCOM.info