Need help researching your Western European ancestors? FamilySearch can help!
FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be holding its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki.
Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.
Get registration details and complete course descriptions at FamilySearch.
The Family History Library has announced their free classes and webinars for April. Taught by library specialists, they include sessions for beginner to intermediate level researchers. Follow this link for details on the April Classes and Webinars.
Evernote isn’t your only option to manage your research. oneNote has some pretty impressive features too. Here’s a look at some of them . . . 4 Useful Ways to Embed Media in OneNote
If you are using Google Spaces to collaborate with friends, family and researchers, you’ll need to find another option. Google is shutting down Spaces on April 17th. Beginning March 3rd, all content will become read-only and on April 17th it will all be deleted.
Looking for an alternative platform? Check these out:
The Library of Congress has opened an online portal to their World War I collection.
Today we launched a comprehensive portal to its extensive holdings on the subject of World War I (1914–1918) as part of our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in the war. The portal is a one-stop destination page for digitized versions of many of these assets.
These remarkable collections include recruitment and wartime information posters, photos from the front, manuscripts and papers of prominent figures such as General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, newspapers that provided the first draft of the war’s history, maps of campaigns and battle lines, sound recordings of prominent leaders of the era, war-related sheet music, even early film treasures.
Along with extensive access to these rare materials, the portal will include links to the online version of the Library’s major new exhibition, “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” which opens April 4.
In addition, the portal will feature articles from our blogs, written by Library curators who will offer unique insight into the collections and highlight stories and materials that are most revealing about the war, and America’s involvement in it—before, during and after its military participation.
Learn more at the LOC WWI portal site.
This app won the Innovators Showdown at RootsTech. It is a mobile app that makes it easy to search the historic newspapers in the Chronicling America collection at the National Archives. The app is free but right now is only available for Android devices. The iOS app will be released later this year.