23 March 2011


Several colleagues have suggested I add myself to the SpeakerWiki. I always have a difficult time with self-promotion but I just placed my information on the Wiki. I love sharing my knowledge with others and meeting the attendees at my presentations is a plus. 

If you have heard me lecture, have worked with me in your job as a program planner, or have read my articles, please share a review on the website: http://speakerwiki.org/speakers/Paula_Stuart-Warren.


22 March 2011

FamilySearch adds 9 million images from 9 countries!

Another good news press release from FamilySearch

"22 March 2011

9 Million Free Browsable Images from 9 Countries Added: New Records for Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, U.S., and Venezuela

The bounty just keeps coming from FamilySearch’s digital pipeline. Mexico collections earned the top spot this week, with nearly 5 million new browsable images added. The Mexico records date from 1545 to 1984. In addition to Mexico, FamilySearch continued this week to strengthen its freeonline international collections by expanding 7 more of its collections.

Millions more records or images were added for Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, and Venezuela. The U.S. collections were also expanded, with new data for California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Union Provost Marshal’s File, and Virginia. See the table below for more details. You can search all of the record collections now for free at FamilySearch.org.

If you enjoy the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider “giving back” by contributing a little time online as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop volunteering at any time. Find out more at indexing.familysearch.org."

Click here to see the full chart of these recent additions and updates.

20 March 2011

Minnesota British Isles Family History Day

The Minnesota Genealogical Society & The Irish Genealogical Society International proudly present “British Isles Family History Days, Irish, Scottish, English, and Welsh Genealogy” featuring David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch.org.

  • Friday, April 29, 2011: An Evening with David Rencher, Dessert Reception and Presentation "The Sun Never Sets on the Data Empire."
  • Saturday, April 30, 2011: Irish, Scottish, English, and Welsh Genealogy 
    • Two plenary sessions presented by David Rencher
    • Twelve Breakout Sessions
    • Vendors and Exhibitors
Events will take place at Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN 20 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.

For more information, full lineup, and registration, Click Here.

There are also details there for a guided tour of the beautiful Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis which is home to such notables as Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Charles A. Lindberg, Paul Wellstone, Tiny Tim, Carl Pohlad, Curtis Carlson, several former Minnesota governors, prominent sports figures, and many other other people.

Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

The 2011 OGS Annual Conference, "Genealogy through the Centuries," takes place in less than two weeks. It is being held from March 31 to April 2, 2011, The Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio. 

I am just one of the many speakers. I hope to see you there! Click here for all the details and the full program. It's always a great event.

07 March 2011

NGS early registration deadline is Friday, March 11th.

This Friday, March 11th, is the deadline for the early registration discount for the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference. The conferences dates are May 11-14 and the place is Charleston, South Carolina!

By registering online no later than Friday or having a regular mail registration postmarked on or before March 11th you save $35.00. March 11th is also the deadline to order the syllabus in the print version. All registrants receive the syllabus on CD and about two weeks before the conference will have online access to the syllabus.

I hope to see you in Charleston! I will be speaking on "Southern Deeds: More than Land" on Friday, March 13th, at 2:30. On the Saturday, I will be team teaching a special "Genealogy 101 Workshop" with D. Joshua Taylor.

03 March 2011

Friday, March 4th Cyndi's List on Geneabloggers Radio

Tomorrow (Friday, March 4th) watch Who Do You Think You Are? with Lionel Ritchie on NBC TV and then tune in to Geneabloggers Radio. WDYTYA begins at 7 pm CST. Geneabloggers Radio is online beginning at 9:00 pm CST (10 EST, 8 MST, 7 PST).

Thomas MacEntee is the host and his featured guest is Cyndi Howells, the creator and workforce behind the popular Cyndislist.com which turns 15 on Friday.

Click here to learn more about Thomas' show that you can listen to online. Thomas explains more about the show and how to join in the listening. You also have the opportunity to chat live with other listeners or to call in with your thoughts on WDYTYA and Cyndi's List.

If you are on Facebook be sure to "like" Cyndi's List at https://www.facebook.com/CyndisList?ref=ts.
Fellow genealogists are trying to get her to 15,000 likes by the end of March 4th. It's already at an amazing 12,035 as I write this!

Getting back on track

Well, I am trying to get back to blogging more often after the last couple of weeks. I was sick for a week and then had so many work deadlines to meet that I had to ignore the other tasks. I will be playing some catch-up on things over the next week so check back here to see some new posts.