Free Access to American Ancestors

From the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

From 12:00 a.m. (EDST) on Thursday, June 29th, through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th, you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on—with only a Guest Registration. These databases include vital records (state, church, cemetery, and more), U.S. census records, genealogical journal articles, probate records, and other collections which can help advance your research.

Free Classes and Webinars at Family History Library

The Family History Library recently announced its class and webinar schedule for July 2017. Classes take place at the library but webinars can be viewed from anywhere. Webinars are free. You can attend them live online or view the recorded sessions later.

Most of the July classes are for beginning level researchers, but there are several at the intermediate level. Two of the classes are primarily question and answer sessions where attendees can get answers to questions or help with research problems.

To attend a live webinar, you need a computer or mobile device with a high-speed Internet connection. On the schedule page, click the link next to the class you wish to attend at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Note that all class times are listed in mountain standard time (MST).

To view a recorded session, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.

Great news for RootsMagic users!

Today, RootsMagic launches a free update to RootsMagic 7 with TreeShare™ for Ancestry. From within RootsMagic 7, as an existing Ancestry subscriber, you have access to your Ancestry Hints and the ability to share and synchronize data with your Ancestry online trees.

As a courtesy to Ancestry’s subscribers, RootsMagic is offering the full version of their software with a free eBook for only $20 (regularly $44.90). This offer is available to Ancestry subscribers through July 31, 2017.

Get the details at