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Thursday, August 21, 2014

$5 Genealogy Webinar Sale on until 25 August

Due to popular demand, we have brought back our $5 webinar sales now through 25 August. If you've not seen our list of topics, a complete list and ordering instructions are available here.

We have a variety of topics and our presentation is informal with a focus on increasing your skill level and knowledge.

Download is immediate and you can view the presentation as many times as you want.

Witnessing the Will

Who are the three witnesses on this 18th century will from Massachusetts?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Underlined in Red

What is underlined in this 1750 era estate inventory?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buried in the Circle

What is this burial location in the red circle? The entry is from an Illinois death register in the 1880s.

Meyers Orts and 18th Century Estate Inventory Transcription Webinars

We are offering two new webinars at the end of August:

  • Meyers Orts--on 31 August
  • Transcribing an 18th Century Estate Inventory on 30 August

Meyers Orts--Gazetteer of the German Empire. Published in the early 20th century, this print geographic reference in traditional Gothic print contains information on thousands of German place names. If you've ever struggled with this reference, or never used it because it seemed overwhelming, then this presentation is for you. We'll assume that you know no German and are unfamiliar with the script. See how the entries are organized, how to interpret them, and how to use the information from the entries to further your research. Geared to those who have not used the gazetteer extensively before. Session will run approximately one hour. 31 August 2014--8:00 pm central time.

Transcribing an 18th Century Estate Inventory. In this presentation we will go step-by-step through the transcription of estate inventories from Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia that were recorded in the 1700s. We can't make you an expert at reading handwriting in one session, but we will systematically go through the listing of items, showing ways to assist in "guessing" when the handwriting is difficult to interpret, determining what the items are, and using the inventory to further your research. Geared towards advanced beginner or intermediate researchers. Session will run approximately one hour. 30 August 2014--8:30 pm central time.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Buried Where?

What is the place of burial on this late 19th century death register entry from Illinois?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Stowe Man Signs

This resident of Stowe, Massachusetts, signed a probate document in the early 19th century.What is his name?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Three On One

What three people signed this 18th century document?

Allen County Library Research Trip to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, August 2014

Join me for 3 plus days of research at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the United States, the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in August of 2014. Additional details are on our web site.

See you there!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A 17th Century Signing

This man signed a probate document in the late 17th century.

A 1770 Signing

Who signed this 1770 era document from Massachusetts?

Three Signers

These three men signed a probate document in Massachusetts in the late 1700s.What are their names?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Beat the Train Home Webinar Sale

I'm heading home from Salt Lake from a successful group research trip where I was able even to find some items of my own that I'll be writing about over the next several months. You can read the slavery in New England post here or the three generation deed here.

At the request of some followers, we've reactivated the webinar downloads until my train gets me back home around noon on 6 June. If there was something you missed, now's a good time as the download site is being phased out when my next billing cycle comes around in mid-June.

For those who are big fans of scanning and making digital images, I only made about 15 paper copies the entire week I was at the Family History Library.

If you missed the webinar closeout, or wanted to add one additional presentation to your collection, now's an excellent time.

A Signer, but No Declaration

Who signed as a witness on a probate document in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, shortly after the American Revolution?