WWII Artifacts

BannerIn mid-2013 I posted a story about a Nazi banner I’d found in an old trunk. We theorize the banner had been sent to my mother after her first husband was killed in WWII, as a tribute to him by members of his Army unit. Mom never spoke of the banner, and no surviving member of my family knew anything about it. Continue reading WWII Artifacts

Digital Public Library of America

“The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world,” according to its website. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a great resource, and I think you’ll enjoy looking at what’s there. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America

Mike C’s picks for free online resources

Recently I posted about Mike Collins and his weekly letters from Ireland. One of the bonuses when I signed up to receive the letters was an article describing Mike’s “Favourite Online Resources.” Here’s a brief explanation of his picks for (free) research sites: Continue reading Mike C’s picks for free online resources

Audrey’s picks for research sites

We encourage our blog readers to submit research tips, stories, or ideas for articles. Today, IGSI president/volunteer researcher Audrey Leonard has shared recommendations for websites she’s found valuable in completing research requests. Continue reading Audrey’s picks for research sites

Roots 2015 in Quebec

The Quebec Family History Society is sponsoring “Roots 2015 – An International Conference on Family History in Quebec” to be held June 19-21, 2015, at McGill University in Montreal. Continue reading Roots 2015 in Quebec

A Letter from Ireland

Yesterday I purchased and downloaded a book to my Kindle, A Letter from Ireland (Volume 1) by Mike Collins of County Cork, Ireland. You’ll understand why I was drawn to the book when you read how Amazon describes it: Continue reading A Letter from Ireland

Using the Poverty Relief Loan records

Last month Findmypast released searchable “Poverty Relief Loans, 1824-1871″, part of the Irish Reproductive Loan Fund records from the National Archives. I was optimistic these records would be a brickwall-breaker. So far, no bricks have fallen from my family history, but I haven’t given up. Continue reading Using the Poverty Relief Loan records

Look closely in old envelopes & files

I often wonder how many valuable items are thrown away by neatniks cleaning out the box of Grandma or Grandpa’s old possessions. I’m usually thinking in terms of genealogy, e.g., a letter or a clipping containing a vital clue. Continue reading Look closely in old envelopes & files

RootsTech videos

If you weren’t among the 20,000-or-so genealogists in attendance last week at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, here’s your chance to catch up with “what’s new?” Continue reading RootsTech videos

DAR supporting documentation for sale

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) maintains a Genealogical Research System (GRS) which can be accessed for free by the public. DAR shares this resource to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. Continue reading DAR supporting documentation for sale