Monday, December 17, 2012

Differences Between and Ancestry Library Edition

Users of Ancestry Library Edition need to be aware that there are differences between the personal subscription version of and the “library edition” available for onsite use at many libraries and genealogical organizations.

Differences occur in both “user experience” and “databases/ collections.” For “...a list of major features and functionality in that is not included in Library Edition as well as “...certain databases or collections that are available in, but are not included in Ancestry Library Edition, use one of the following links:

It should be noted that the ProQuest document (revised July 2011) lists only the key differences - not all differences. 

You may want to download or print this document for future reference.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Webinar: "The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources"

Legacy Family Tree's latest webinar, "The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources," is now available for viewing online through December 10, 2012. The webinar covers the use of census, vital, land, and probate records in doing genealogy research in the United States. The 90 minute presentation should be of interest to both new and experienced genealogists.

To view the presentation, click on the following link:


Thursday, September 20, 2012

GA Archives To Stay Open

In a surprise announcement made on Wednesday during  his "Georgia Archives Month" proclamation, Governor Nathan Deal announced that the  Georgia State Archives Building, located in Morrow, GA, would not close to the public on November 1st as had been previously announced.   While the announcement was welcome news, there was no mention as to exactly how the budgetary problem would be resolved.

To learn more, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:    

Monday, September 17, 2012

Georgia State Archives Building To Be Closed To The Public

The Georgia State Archives Building, located in Morrow, GA, will be closed to the public beginning November 1, 2012 in order to help meet required budget cuts. After November 1st, public access to the building will be by appointment only and the number of appointments may be limited.

The closure announcement was made in a statement by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. To read the announcement, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Free U.S. Census Access is making available through September 3rd free access to its U.S. Census Collection (1790-1940).  To view search results will require registration for a “free account.”

Copy and paste the following URL into your web browser to access this collection:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Here is a listing of webinars Legacy Family Tree has scheduled for the month of August.

  • Wikis for Genealogists presented by Thomas MacEntee - August 8
  • Researching with Geoff - Live! presented by Geoff Rasmussen -  August 17
  • The 5 C's for Success in Genealogy Today presented by Barbara Renick -  August 22
  • Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence presented by Judy Russell -  August 29

To register:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Free Record Access

In connection with the July 4th holiday, some genealogical sites are offering free short-term access to their Revolutionary War records. is making available through July 15 access to its Revolutionary War records including:
  • Revolutionary War Pension Files
  • Revolutionary War Service Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Revolutionary War Muster Rolls is making available through July 8 access to its Revolutionary War records including:

  • U.S. Sons of American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889 -1970
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900

Additionally, Ancestry is making available access to its "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements, 1851-2003."

To take advantage of these freebies, go to the following websites. Free accounts will need to be be set up at each site.

Friday, March 9, 2012

RPAC Petition Fails to Meet Signature Threshold

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. It has as its mission: “To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.”

Of major concern to RPAC are ongoing efforts that could lead to closing, or severely limiting, access by the public to the "Social Security Death Index" (SSDI). RPAC created a petition on the government’s “We the People” website for genealogists and other interested individuals to sign. It was hoped that the “Stop Identity Theft NOW!” petition would obtain 25,000 signatures by March 8. A check of the We the People website reveals that the RPAC petition has expired and has been removed from the website “...because it failed to meet the signature threshold.”

An informative article on RPAC’s efforts, “Genealogists want to keep access to Death Index” by Sharon Tate Moody, was published February 26, 2012 - just prior to the petition’s expiration. To access the article click on the following URL (or copy and paste into your web browser):

Persons desiring to learn more about the "Social Security Administration’s Death Master File" and its process for distributing death records should read testimony provided at a Congressional hearing on February 2nd by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration. To access, click on the following URL (or copy and paste into your web browser):

Since the issue regarding the availability of the Social Security Death Index is yet to be resolved, RPAC’s efforts are expected to continue. To monitor, click on the following URL (or copy and paste into your web browser):

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Link to 1940 Census

The 1940 U.S. Census will be made available to the public beginning at 9 a.m. EST on April 2nd. A link has been provided on GSGC's website which will provide access.

Until April 2nd, the link can be used as a source of background information concerning the census.

To access GSGC's website, click on the following URL (or copy and paste into your web browser):

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Update: Webinar - Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners

In case you didn't make it to LegacyFamilyTree's live webinar on February 15th or just want to view it again, the 91 minute archived webinar is now available.

To view "Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners," click on the following URL (or copy and paste into your web browser):

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Webinar - Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners

On February 15th, LegacyFamilyTree will sponsor a free webinar: “Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners.” The live webinar, to be taught by Marian Pierre-Louis, will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

To learn more details and to register, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

Note: Attendance will be limited to 1,000 persons.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Price of Film Loans in Family History Centers to Increase

The following is from a FamilySearch email regarding an upcoming increase in microfilm prices:
Due to the increase in the price of raw microfilm stock and the decreasing availability of this product on the market, and higher costs to ship microfilm, it has become necessary for FamilySearch to increase the price of film loans in family history centers. As of 15 February 2012 the following prices will be in effect for film loans in the United States and Canada:

- Short-term film loan........................$7.50

- Short-term film loan extension...........$7.50

- Extended film loan.........................$18.75

- Microfiche loan...............................$4.75

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

GSGC Member Area Updated

Five sections of the Member area of GSGC's website have been updated to reflect recently submitted information.

The five sections are:
  • Members' Surname Research
  • Members' Organization Memberships
  • Members' Cities and States
  • Members' Nationalities
  • Members' Genealogy Software/Paid Subscriptions
Information in each of these sections is intended to assist GSGC members further their genealogical research efforts and assist other club members, assist in developing topics for discussion at monthly GSGC meetings and identify the need for GSGC special interest groups.


GSGC members are reminded that information that they previously submitted for these sections will continue to be included until amended by the GSGC club member. Specific instructions should be provided for removal of any information no longer applicable.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Webinar: “Introduction to the 1940 Federal Census”

Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region, Inc. will sponsor a live webinar on January 9, 2012: Introduction to the 1940 Federal Census. The one hour webinar will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will be presented by archivist and genealogist, Constance Potter.

Although the webinar is free, registration is required. To register, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Local Family History Center Revises Hours

The Family History Center (FHC) located at 48th Ave N & Hwy US 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has revised its Saturday hours to what they were previously.

Normal Hours for the FHC are:
  • Wednesday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Persons wishing to visit the FHC during off-hours can call 843/449-1166.