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June 16, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Canadian records - webinar
The Canadian Interest Group is hosting a free webinar, Kathryn Lake Hogan - Maximizing the Library and Archives Canada Website, this Sunday at 1:00p.m.
 
The webinar will be streamed at William J. Hoffman Library & Research Center or if you would prefer to view from home, register here
June 11, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
On the road
Just a quick note to let you know I won’t be blogging for a few days.
 
We’re heading to South Dakota to deal with weeds on the farm where I grew up.
 
Thistles are the biggest challenge, and below you see their potential size, as well as the landscape in our pastures on the prairie.
 
We spray, we dig, we pull, we chop. Whatever it takes.
 
With my Scots-Irish roots, isn’t it ironic that the thistle should be my nemesis?
 
My husband Bill & a big musk thistle
 
June 9, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Mapping your ancestral home in Ireland
A descendant of nine immigrants from eight counties in Ireland who braved the Atlantic between 1848 and 1905. And a professional background as secondary-school science teacher and research scientist using DNA as a drug-discovery tool!
 
Sounds like an excellent candidate as a conference speaker.

Interested in genealogy and immigration: check!
Brings a scientist’s curiosity and attention to detail: check!
A certified genealogist, lecturer, journal editor: check!

That’s Nora Galvin, one of the presenters at the August 10-11 Celtic Connections Conference.

Her topic: Mapping your ancestral home in Ireland using Google Earth

Don’t miss Pathways to our Past, the 2018 Celtic Connections Conference at the Boston Marriott-Newton on Friday/Saturday, August 10-11, 2018.
 
And don’t forget Monday, June 11, is the last day to register and get the reduced conference rate. Read more at the conference website.  
June 8, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Reminder about IGSI classes
Tired of yard work? Ready to get back to your Irish research? 
 
CLASS AT MGS LIBRARY, SATURDAY, JUNE 9
  
"ALL OF THE CENSUS RECORDS WERE DESTROYED!"  
10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM, Library & Research Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights
 
Instructor: Audrey Leonard
Discover what resources are available to help you “fill in the gaps.” We’ll look at the remaining census records, Tithe Applotment records (1823-1837) and Griffith’s Valuation Records (1823-1838).

Visit our Store (at left) to pre-register and pay: $20 non-member; or LOG IN for $15 IGSI member pricing; or if you can't attend, purchase class handouts for $5.
 
Class will be followed by an informal social time (Noon to 1:30 pm) to meet others who plan to attend the August 10-11 Celtic Connections Conference (or to talk with those who attended the 2014 or 2016 conferences). No charge and you need not be an IGSI member to attend.
 
CLASS AT CELTIC JUNCTION, SATURDAY, JUNE 16
 
UPDATE ON GENEALOGY WEBSITES 
10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul

Instructor:  Ann Eccles  
Last year, Ann helped us with genealogy websites for Irish research. She has updates to share with you!  
 
Visit our Store (at left) to pre-register and pay: $20 non-member; or LOG IN for $15 IGSI pricing; or if you can't attend, purchase class handouts for $5.  
June 7, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Father's Day specials on DNA kits
Several companies are sponsoring Father's Day sales on their DNA kits:
  • FamilyTreeDNA's FamilyFinder kit is $59, and their Y-DNA kits start at $129 (reduced from $169), through June 18
  • AncestryDNA's kit is $69, "their lowest Father's Day price ever," through June 18
  • MyHeritage's DNA kit is $59, through June 17
  • 23andme's regular DNA kit is $69, while their Health + Ancestry service is $139, through June 17
An interesting article, "DNA tests reveal roots -- maybe" appeared in today's StarTribune. The report quotes Scott Woodward, a former Ancestry.com employee:
 
"It is a very, very hard problem," said Woodward, a Utah academic who previously was Ancestry's director of genomic discovery. "People like to draw hard lines with ethnicity, and they should be fluffy clouds."
 
I couldn't immediately find an online version of the article, written by Stuart Leavenworth of the McClatchy Washington Bureau, but you may see it in your local newspaper.
June 6, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
More hotel rooms available for CCC
The Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) will be buzzing at the Boston Marriott-Newton on August 10-11!
 
Last week the conference (temporarily) reached its cap on hotel rooms for one of the nights. Conference organizers quickly completed negotiations for more rooms at the $139 price (not including state and local taxes).
 
Lodging at this rate will be available for conference-goers from August 6-15, a really good deal considering conference attendees get free overnight parking and complimentary wifi in their rooms.
 
Make your reservations soon at the CCC lodging link.
 
And don't delay on registering! The Early Bird rates were extended a week but will definitely end June 11.
June 5, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Photos found in a Utah thrift shop
Finding I had a free minute or two for the first time in several weeks, I took a peek at Ancestry hints this morning.
 
The name at the top was Maria McKlveen Graham. Of course I recognized her maiden name, McKlveen, but I knew very little about Maria. Like many generations of McKlveens, she lived and died in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
 
Today I followed Maria’s trail on Ancestry and saw photographs someone found in a thrift store in St. George, Utah.
 
But that’s getting ahead of the story. I’ll start my telling with Elizabeth McKlveen Stahl, my 3X great-grandmother, supposedly born in Ireland to Scottish-born parents in about 1792. They emigrated to the U.S. in about 1800, but from exactly where they came is a family mystery. They settled in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County. I assumed they followed other Donegal Scots-Irish, but it's only an assumption.
 
Elizabeth McKlveen had two brothers, John and Thomas. Maria McKlveen Graham was John’s granddaughter. I had never bothered to flesh out her life because she was such a distant relative but today I did, thanks to all the Ancestry hints. Maria (1853-1929) married Israel Graham (1847-1921) and had two children, Clarence (1875-1932) and Irene (1881-1960). Irene married a man named Clopp. Like their parents, siblings Clarence and Irene lived out their lives in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, PA.
 
Then I saw the pictures someone had posted on Ancestry with this note, “Found in box of photos in thrift store in St. George, Utah”:
 
Stamped on back: “C. W. Smith, photographer, Ligonier St, Latrobe, PA" -- Irene Graham?
Handwritten on back: “1 Ada Graham  2 John Smith 3 Nelli Graham 4 Irene Graham Clopp 5 Ethel Graham”
 
There couldn’t be more than one Irene Graham Clopp in that era, could there? Was she pictured with Graham cousins?
 
I backed up to look more closely at Irene’s father (and Maria’s husband), Israel Graham. Summarizing an Ancestry hint taken from the History of Westmoreland County, 1906:
 
Israel Graham, born 1847 to James and Louise Graham, had been a teacher and principal in Ligonier public schools before becoming owner and editor of the Ligonier Echo. Married Maria McKlveen and had two children, Clarence and Irene.
 
Then I read a more complete bio from the 1906 Westmoreland County History, which had been posted by another Graham descendant and included ancestral information:
 
"Israel M. Graham. The family of which Israel M. Graham, of Ligonier, is a representative, was founded in this country by Barney Graham, who came about 1804 from Donegal, Ireland, being of Scotch-Irish descent. He was a farmer, a man of limited education and a member of the Presbyterian Church…
 
George Graham, second son of Barney Graham, was 16 when the family came to the United States…
 
James Graham, son of George… was born in 1820… ”
 
Israel Graham was therefore Barney’s great-grandson.
 
Did the Graham and McKlveen families both come from County Donegal? Will the Graham name help me find where the McKlveens originated in Ireland?
 
Will a clue from a thrift shop in St. George, Utah, enable me to break through my research wall?
 
June 4, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
New records at Findmypast
Findmypast loads new records each Friday. Last week's additions appear to have lots of potential:
 
1) About 2 million birth/marriage/burial records for Roman Catholics living in the Chicago area (Cook and Lake counties)
 
2) Over 43,000 records from County Mayo added to the collection of Ireland National School Registers
 
3) And a little bonus of 33,000 new records in Scotland Monumental Inscriptions
 
June 1, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
IGSI announces June 9 plans
Come to the MGS Library and Research Center on Saturday, June 9, for a class followed by a social.

"ALL OF THE CENSUS RECORDS WERE DESTROYED!"  (class)
10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM
LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER, 1385 MENDOTA HEIGHTS RD., MENDOTA HEIGHTS
 
Discover what resources are available to help you “fill in the gaps”. We’ll look at the remaining census records, Tithe Applotment records (1823-1837) and Griffith’s Valuation Records (1823-1838).
Instructor:  Audrey Leonard

Visit our Store (at left) to pre-register. Cost is $20 for IGSI non-members, or LOG IN for $15 member pricing
 
MEET MEMBERS TRAVELING TO THE CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE  (social)
12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM
LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER, 1385 MENDOTA HEIGHTS RD., MENDOTA HEIGHTS

An informal opportunity to meet others from the Metro area who are planning to attend the August 10 - 11 Conference, or who have attended other Celtic Connections Conferences (CCC).   Compare travel plans, contact information, and maybe even plan a rideshare to/from the airport.

Open to past, present and current registrants for the CCC.  You need not be an IGSI member to participate.  No charge. 
  
June 1, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Did June sneak up on you?
The deadline for Celtic Connections Early Bird Registration has been extended from June 4 to June 11.
 
TIARA/IGSI planners understand the early Memorial Day weekend may have messed with your calendar, and they don't want you to miss the special pricing!
 
IMMERSE YOURSELF FOR 2 DAYS IN CELTIC GENEALOGY & CULTURE!
 
CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE "PATHWAYS TO OUR PAST", August 10-11 in Boston
 
Register by June 11th to save $50. (Early Bird discount is $25 plus TIARA & IGSI members get an additional $25 discount)
 
The deadline for advance registration has also been extended, to July 15. But don't wait. Go to the Celtic Connections website now.
 
Clarification added 2 Jun 2018: Conference planners are in the process of negotiating with the Boston Marriott-Newton for additional lodging rooms for Friday night, August 10. (Another reason to extend the Early Bird conference registration rate!) Keep checking back.
 
May 30, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
National Archives in England
“Always go back and look at what you did before.”
 
I’ve been blogging periodically about each of the excellent genealogists who will be presenters at the 2018 Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) August 10-11 in Boston.
 
I try to google and see what facts I can find about them, beyond the brief bios on the CCC website. The presenter featured in today’s posting may not remember it, but she was quoted in a 2016 podcast as giving the simple-but-brilliant advice in quotation marks above.
 
Audrey Collins has worked as a Records Specialist in Family History at the National Archives at Kew in England since 2002. Before that she was a freelance researcher for 15 years. She will be bringing a boatload of expertise on National Archives records and the U.K. census! Her conference topics include:
  • Tracing Irish ancestors in the National Archives – in England
  • Birth, Marriage and Death records in the National Archives – in England
  • There and Back Again (Going away doesn’t mean staying away)
Clearly Ms. Collins also has much common sense because her advice about reviewing previous research is spot on. How many times I’ve found I overlooked an important clue or jumped to a bad conclusion!
 
By the way, remember you can save $25 by registering for the conference no later than June 4. That’s over and above the $25 you save by being a member of IGSI or TIARA. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Audrey Collins and the other experts at this two-day conference.
 
Visit the Celtic Connections website now, before June 4 slips by. 
 
May 29, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Seeking adoption records
My friend’s (deceased) mom was adopted, and I’ve been helping her search for her mother’s birth parents. Admittedly, since I have no experience with adoptions, I’ve provided more moral support than technical assistance.

Her mom was born in 1924 and adopted two years later, all in Minnesota. She passed away in 2001. Adoption records in Minnesota are sealed by statute for 100 years.

Today my friend sent a ‘Petition for Access to Confidential or Sealed File’ to the District Court in the county where the 1926 adoption took place. I thought she developed a compelling case for the court to grant her access to adoption files. The following is a portion of what she wrote.

"My reasons for making this request are:
 
a) Her biological parents would be well over 114 years old and are no doubt deceased leaving me to conclude that no harm would come from releasing the information in these files.

b) My mother had seven children of which I am the second oldest. We range in age between 72 and 60. One of my sisters has Membranous Subaortic Stenosis and is undergoing a second open heart surgery at Mayo Clinic in efforts to improve her heart function. Her physicians have requested family history of heart conditions and she is only able to report on information known about our father’s family. With the names of her biological parents, we could access their death certificates and hopefully get some medical information that might be helpful even if no medical information is in the adoption file.

c) Another medical concern is that our mother developed Juvenile Diabetes when she was two years old. So far none of her children or grandchildren have developed that disease, but we would like to learn about any family history of it in her family, in case we need to be more vigilant watching for it in grandchildren. This might be in files or available through death certificates.

d) In addition, my siblings and I all have a great desire to learn about our heritage. The nationality of our mother is unknown to us, and we would very much like to know where our maternal ancestors originated and to learn more about our roots.

e) And finally, our grandmother shared stories about my mother’s birth mother and indicated that she had hesitated for about six months before placing our mother for adoption. This story always bothered our mother, leaving her troubled by not knowing the reasons her mother gave her up after that long of a time. She had a strong feeling of rejection that affected her self-esteem all of her life. We all had a lot of compassion for her feelings and would like to finally get answers to her questions if they are in the file."
 
We anxiously wait for the judge's decision.
May 28, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Memorial Day remembrances
When I was growing up, Memorial Day weekend meant a road trip to put flowers on the graves of relatives.
 
After helping my parents find the spot where someone was buried, I’d wander among the gravestones. I’d do the math to figure how old people were when they died, and I’d wonder about their lives. I guess that was the beginning of my fascination with cemeteries. I became a ‘Tombstone Tourist’, to borrow a term I found online.
 
On Memorial Day I’m especially mindful of the military cemeteries I’ve visited. This weekend, for the first time in 35 years, all the graves at Ft Snelling National Cemetery will be marked by a flag – a wonderful tribute. Whatever (or whomever) is kept in memory endures.
 
This year my husband and I are not spending Memorial Day in South Dakota where my parents are buried. I received a call a few days ago from an acquaintance who will be speaking at the services there. His questions brought to mind something I’d found while doing family history research.
 
A July 1942 article in the Evening Huronite, under the headline “Family Contributes Many Sons to Army,” reports “The Henrichsen Family of Buffalo County has done its share in giving sons to the armed forces of Uncle Sam.” Five Henrichsen siblings (my grandfather, his three brothers and a sister) had a total of nine sons in military service during World War II.
 
At the time the news article appeared, the total sacrifice hadn’t yet been computed. Jimmie Henrichsen was still reported as “missing in action” although he was on the USS Oklahoma when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor and his body would remain entombed there. My dad, George, would be captured by the Germans in 1944 and spend the last nine months of the war as a POW. And my dad’s brother, Maurice “Pete”, would be killed in January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
 
So many wars, so many losses.
 
Take a moment today to remember and honor those who’ve served to defend our country, those who gave their lives, and the families left behind.
May 25, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Tired of reading about GDPR?
Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, has written the clearest explanations I've seen on the subject.
 
You can read all her blogs this week about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), starting with the May 21 posting.
 
And we can hope there's more interesting genealogy news next week.
May 21, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
June 4 deadline for CCC early bird rate
Can it be? Memorial Day is next Monday. That means June is just around the corner. 
 
Don’t forget June 4, 2018, is the last day to get the Early Bird rate when you register for the Celtic Connections Conference (CCC).

Here’s a CCC quiz question: which 2018 presenter started doing genealogy at the age of nine years old?

While it’s possible there’s more than one correct answer and that more than one presenter’s interest in family history began that early at the knee of a grandparent, I’ve read the fact in only one bio.

According to his biography posted at www.progenealogists.com, Kyle Betit grew up in Juneau, Alaska, and started researching his family history at age 9 under his grandmother’s tutelage. By age 16 he was working for a genealogy company in Salt Lake City. That’s a lot of experience!

Betit cofounded AncestryProGenealogists and manages Ancestry’s new travel program where he will help others learn about their heritage and discover their roots throughout Europe. His intriguing topics at the August 10-11 conference in suburban Boston certainly support the conference theme, Pathways to our Past:
  • Irish and Irish immigrant societies and their records
  • Using Canadian records for your Irish research
  • Using Ancestry DNA
Register now at the conference website to take advantage of the reduced Early Bird registration rate – and book your hotel room to assure availability at the special attendee rate!
May 15, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Find an immigrant's place of origin
Determining where in the old country ancestors originated is every family historian's aim!
 
A class sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society (IGSI) this Saturday, May 19, could help you accomplish that important goal:
 
FIND AN IMMIGRANT'S ORIGIN PLACE  
Saturday May 19, 2018 
10:30 am to 12:00 pm 
Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 
 
What are best strategies and sources to uncover this most important key to extending a lineage back to the birthplace in the mother country? 

Instructor:  Tom Rice 
 
The cost is $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for class notes if you aren't able to attend. Click on 'Store' at left to register -- or just show up Saturday morning at the Celtic Junction Arts Center.
May 15, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Problems with FMP civil records indexes
Last March Findmypast (FMP) released new indexes for General Records Office (GRO) birth and marriage records.
 
While everyone welcomes new sources, concerns have been raised about FMP's descriptions and, in fact, the completeness of the records themselves.
 
For more information on the subject, I recommend you read the explanations in blogs written by Claire Santry and John Grenham.
May 14, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
IrishCentral shares readers' stories
IrishCentral is America’s largest Irish website. In early 2018 they started soliciting “contributors” who would share their stories with IrishCentral readers, “The Irish have the gift of gab and love nothing more than a good story and we want to help you tell yours.”
 
IrishCentral’s pitch was apparently successful. You’ll find published stories which are both entertaining and helpful in your own search.
 
Here’s a recent example, about a couple “hooked on chasing their ancestors back home in Ireland.” Read it here.
 
The contributors, Kate and Mike Lancor, share lots of tips. The nugget I took away from their story is this: a cemetery plot with only one name on the gravestone may actually have many family members buried there. Be sure to ask the cemetery caretaker for a copy of the plot card. Something I never considered.
 
Check out IrishCentral for facts and fun.
May 11, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
About IGSI's new website
If you've found your way to this blog, you've experienced the new-and-improved IGSI website which debuted last month. The transition has gone quite smoothly, thanks to the efforts of our Technology Team.
 
Members of the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) have received an email with instructions about logging in to the Members link (at left). If you have trouble logging in, use the password reset feature or contact webeditor@irishgenealogical.org for help.
 
Why did IGSI undertake the upgrade? An e-newsletter article provided an explanation:
 
"Some of the software used on the "old" website was out-of-date, risking security and other problems down the road. Costs of upgrading would be in the thousands of dollars. Our chosen vendor, EasyNetSites (ENS), specializes in websites for genealogical and historical socieities. ENS has over 100 genealogical and historical societies as customers and understands our needs. Most future software upgrades will be covered by our annual service fee so we will minimize surprises to the budget. ENS pricing is 25-30% of the cost of our former vendor."
 
Now the IGSI board can concentrate on enhancements, such as adding a Google site search and the capacity to buy and download PDF copies of The Septs (for non-members).
 
IGSI members will be adding their surname interests to the site and will be able to email privately to others who share their interests (one of many reasons to become a member). We encourage everyone to look around the website and to check back often.
May 10, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Val Bjornson on Icelandic settlements
The latest item of interest I’ve found stored away is a document entitled AMERICA IN THE MAKING, A Series of Broadcasts by Val Bjornson. It appears to be a transcript of three radio broadcasts made in Minnesota by Bjornson during October, 1948.
 
The front page says, “Since printed reproductions of this broadcast were exhausted last year, this copy has been prepared to send to a number of interested friends. Discussion of Icelandic settlements in Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States is retained in this manuscript presentation due to the particular interest it may hold  for some to whom it is sent.”
 
How and why it came to be among my husband’s Irish/Swedish family memorabilia remains a mystery to me.
 
And not having grown up in Minnesota, I resorted to Wikipedia to find out who Val Bjornson was:
 
"Kristjan Valdemar “Val” Bjornson (1906-1987) was a Minnesota writer, newspaper editor, and politician who served as State Treasurer for more than two decades.
 
He was born in Minneota, Minnesota, of Icelandic descent. In World War II he served in Navy Intelligence, stationed in Iceland. Besides English, he was able to speak Icelandic, Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian…"
 
The three segments in the transcript I found are “The Viking Voyagers,” “Modern Migrations Begin,” and “Evaluating the Contribution.” This 12-page typed report contains numerous names and places and appears to be a wonderful source for Icelandic research.
 
For today, I’ll just share part of Bjornson’s commentary “about the historic validity of Leif Erikson’s discovery of America in the year 1000. [He says} It isn’t just something to be treated with an indulgent smile – a shrugging, ‘Oh, yes, those Scandinavians again – swelling their chests about some fanciful claim that historians have never accepted fully.’”
 
Bjornson continues, “Columbus was no more the discoverer of America than you or I. He never saw the North American mainland. He got to the island of San Salvador in 1492. He visited the South American mainland later. But as a discoverer he was a full five hundred years late, as far as this continent is concerned…  I intend to discuss briefly the attempted Viking colonization of America – right here on our own mainland, and not merely in nearby Greenland – between the years 1003 and 1006. The Icelandic sagas contain the detailed record… For purposes of this discussion, however, I would rather use other sources than the sagas.”
 
He goes on, “The best evidence, both as to the discovery of America and the early attempt at its colonization is to be found in Catholic sources. In preparing this morning broadcast, I have beside me a large, 826-page volume. It is the first in a 15-volume set, The Catholic Encyclopedia (1907)… Look on page 416 of that first volume. The heading is: ‘America – Pre-Columbian Discovery of’. And then follows over seven pages of its finely printed text, one of the best and most authoritative brief treatments of Leif Erikson’s discovery of America that has been printed in the English language.”
 
After pages of examples and citations, Bjornson concludes, “(Leif Erikson) found America in the year 1000 on a voyage intended to take him from Nidaros, Norway’s ancient capital, now Trondheim, to Brattahlid, his father’s [Erik the Red’s] home in Greenland. He made three successive landings along our eastern seaboard. It was in 1003 that Thorfinnur Karlsefni, a rich merchant from Iceland, having married in Greenland, Gudridur, the widow of Thorsteinn, a brother of Leif Erikson, organized an expedition to find Vinland – which some think was in the region that is now Massachusetts, though others would place it considerably further north – and to attempt to colonize it.”
 
Bjornson then ended his first broadcast and promised to continue the story the next week; the following two parts of the transcript cover details of North American settlements.
 
I’ve shared the document with Icelandic Roots; the Icelandic National League of North American (INLNA); and IGSI's Bob Z., the only Icelander I know personally.
 
May 9, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Working on a big jigsaw puzzle
One of the fabulous presenters scheduled to speak at the August 10-11 Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) likens genealogy to dumping a box on the table of the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle. He says he was drawn into the puzzle and couldn’t quit.
 
That self-description comes from David Rencher, whose current position is Chief Genealogical Officer (CGO) with Family Search International. Rencher’s family history career started nearly four decades ago as a young Irish research reference consultant at the Family History Library.  Can you imagine how much expertise is neatly organized in his brain after almost 40 years in the genealogy business?
 
Participants at the 2018 CCC can choose to hear Rencher address three topics:
  • Introduction to Irish Internet Sites
  • Chasing the Poor and the Landless
  • Mining the Destination Data
Plan now to attend the CCC 2018 Pathways to our Past conference which will be held at the Newton (MA) Marriott. Remember to register before June 4 to get the reduced early-bird rate.
 
Visit the CCC website to register for the conference, read more about presenters and their topics, reserve your hotel room, or check out all the other planned conference activities.
 
You can also read the entire article about David Rencher's professional background at the FamilySearch website.
May 7, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Join IGSI or renew before July 1
The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) has announced a $10/year dues increase effective July 1, 2018.
 
If you’ve been meaning to join -- or if you’ll be renewing -- think about paying before July 1 to save $10. IGSI members see many benefits including
  1. Discounts to IGSI events,
  2. Email communication with IGSI info,
  3. Research assistance at low cost,
  4. Free entry to the Minnesota Genealogical Library and Research Center,
  5. Subscriptions to its world-class journal (The Septs) and bi-monthly e-newsletter (Ginealas).
  6. Access to the members-only section of the website, and more.
The dues increase will enable IGSI to provide more valuable benefits for members, to increase information on the new-and-improved website (more about that in a later posting), to provide more programs throughout the year, and to cover increased costs of printing and mailing.
 
While all membership prices will increase $10, you can save $5 per year by choosing electronic delivery of The Septs. The new prices for various membership categories are shown below:
General Membership - $40
Includes all benefits noted above plus a print copy of The Septs is mailed quarterly
Electronic Membership - $35
Paperless membership includes all benefits except a print copy of The Septs. Electronic members receive a notice to access an electronic version of the journal, downloadable as a PDF.
Dual Membership - $50
Includes all General Membership benefits for two individuals residing at the same address except only one copy of The Septs is received quarterly.
International Membership - $50
The same member benefits but includes mailing The Septs to a non-U.S. address. The higher cost reflects higher international mailing costs. International residents may opt for an Electronic or Dual Electronic Membership if they don’t want a printed copy of The Septs mailed to them.
 
You can join at the lower rate until June 30 (General: $30, Electronic: $25, Dual: $40, and International: $40).
 
Current members can renew at the lower prices and have the year’s renewal time added to their current membership expiration date. To do this, mail a check to IGSI before June 30. If your membership date is close to its anniversary, you’ll see a reminder on the login screen and you can renew online.
May 6, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Search Ancestry census by occupation
Here's yet another reason to follow Claire Santry's IrishGenealogyNews: on Thursday, May 3, she blogged about searching Ancestry's 1860 and 1870 US Federal Census by occupation. Previously this field was only searchable in the 1880 Federal Census.
 
For those of us researching common Irish surnames, the extra field for narrowing down results could be very helpful.
 
Read Santry's postings at IrishGenealogyNews
May 5, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Special deals for Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is still a week away, but several companies have begun advertising special deals.
  • FamilyTreeDNA kits: FamilyFinder $59 and mtFullSequence $149. Offers end May 14. 
  • MyHeritageDNA: DNA kit $59 through May 14.
  • Ancestry gift subscriptions: 30% off until May 13. U.S. memberships $129 for 12 months or $69 for 6 months: World memberships $209 for 12 months and $99 for 6 months.  
Remember the gifts don’t have to be purchased for your mother!
May 3, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Publishing your family history
Last week I mailed out copies of "A Hickey-Quinn Family History" to members of our small extended family. 
 
Inside its 85 pages are pedigree charts and family trees, articles I've written (published in prior issues of the Minnesota Genealogist and The Septs), lots of old photographs, and many snippets previously posted here at this blog.
 
I’m relieved and pleased with its reception. Even nephews’ wives are reading about ancestors of the families into which we’ve married.
 
The format isn’t fancy. 8 ½” X 11” paper with black-and-white pictures, duplex-copied and spiral-bound. All you need to publish something similar is word-processing software and a helpful printing company.
 
You won’t regret the time and effort you put into recording and sharing your research results.