23 April 2013

One Billion mark for FamilySearch.org

Can you believe it? A press release from FamilySearch on Monday announced a historic milestone. I am proud to have been a part of it.

"Thank you for contributing to the billion! We did it! We reached a major milestone of one billion records indexed and arbitrated since the launch of FamilySearch indexing in September of 2006. We are grateful for the many volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to make these records freely available for online research.

21 April 2013

Summer Genealogy Institute in Pittsburgh

Do you know about the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh? There's something for everyone this year. Six courses, great instructors, and time for intense networking and even some fun. GRIP 2013 will commence in less than 100 days. It begins the evening of Sunday, July 21 and end at noon on Friday, July 26.

There are still limited seats in a few courses. The early bird course deadline is May 15 by which time the tuition of $390 must be paid. Tuition is $425 thereafter. For those of you thinking about GRIP, now is the time to investigate further!

The dorm is just steps away from the classrooms and cafeteria. Check out the courses and other details at www.GRIPITT.org

20 April 2013

"No longer saved for generations, family heirlooms are being shed"

That is the title of an article in today's online Star-Tribune. I know from my own experience that not all family members want to hang on to furniture, dishes, and other items.

The sentences that really hit me are "Even highly personal items, such as scrapbooks, letters and photos, are now being shed. “We’re surprised,” Burley said. Empty the Nest sells those items to vintage dealers who buy in lots, turning mementos into artwork for others." and "Mueller has purchased other personal items, including vintage diplomas and handwritten love letters, which she plans to use, along with vintage maps, to create retro decor."

12 April 2013

Nordic Genealogy Conference in Minnesota: Early Bird Deadline is April 14

If you like to save money, don't forget to register for the discounted rate for the upcoming Nordic Genealogy Conference no later than Sunday, April 14th. The conference will be held in the Fine Arts Building at Inver Hills Community College, located in Inver Grove Heights [suburb of St. Paul] on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th.      

Friday night includes a dessert social, followed by a presentation by Doug Ohman, photographer of the

08 April 2013

Join the FGS 2013 Conference Ambassadors

April 8, 2013 – Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Conference by becoming FGS 2013 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

FGS 2013 Ambassadors will be:
  • Participating in monthly blogging prompts.
  • Writing about the conference on their blog. 
  • Using the hashtag #FGS2013 on Twitter.