Digital Archive Provides Access to Historic Atlanta Newspapers

A new digital database providing online access to 14 newspaper titles published in Atlanta from 1847 to 1922 is now available through the Digital Library of Georgia, housed at The University of Georgia Libraries. The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/atlnewspapers) consists of more than 67,000 newspaper pages and provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. “This site will provide users with a record of Atlanta's history from its origins as a railroad terminus, through the devastation of the Civil War, to its … [Read more...]

ProQuest celebrates National Library Week

To celebrate libraries and the ways you help communities thrive – ProQuest offers free, open access to many popular resources. Access is available from April 12 through April 18, 2010. History & Genealogy ProQuest® African American Heritage (try it out | learn more) is a groundbreaking resource that brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts. ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers (try it out | learn more) for eye-witness accounts of history being made, start here. Search and … [Read more...]

National Archives Hosts 6th Genealogy Fair, April 14-15, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the National Archives: Free two-day genealogy fair to focus on "The World of Genealogy" WHAT: The National Archives will host its sixth annual Genealogy Fair: The World of Genealogy on April 14 and 15, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This year's two-day program will showcase the diversity of Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. The fair will provide information and … [Read more...]

Genealogists at mercy of information pirates

In a perfect world, everyone would be honest, bad things wouldn't happen to good people and private genealogy research wouldn't be spread across the Internet without permission. But the world isn't perfect and some genealogists have been stung by a cruel hornet. Read More … [Read more...]

National Archives Hosts Fifth Genealogy Fair, April 22-23, 2009

The National Archives will host its fifth annual Genealogy Fair. This year's two-day program will showcase Federal records located at the National Archives and professional genealogy organizations' resources for family history research. Sessions include introductions to genealogy research, census records, Freedman's Bureau records, immigration records, Congressional records, Native American records, and much more. National Archives staff will demonstrate how to use databases including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and Access to Archival Databases (AAD). The fair will provide information … [Read more...]

Ancestry.com Marks Lincoln Bicentennial With Launch of Five New Databases Featuring Millions of New Civil War Era Records

World's Leading Online Family History Resource Adds More Than 4 Million New Records to Its Civil War Collection, Including More Than 20,000 Letters Written to and from Lincoln PROVO, Utah, Feb. 12-- Ancestry.com, the world's largest online resource for family history, announced today it will commemorate the 200th birthday of one of the nation's greatest Presidents - Abraham Lincoln - with the addition of five new databases to its Civil War Collection. This historically significant collection includes unique content such as photographs, handwritten letters, slave manifests and pension … [Read more...]

Cathy’s family secrets

WHEN Cathy Freeman had "cos I'm free" tattooed on her arm, she meant it as a bold statement about love and identity. But the words took on a deeper meaning when the Olympic gold medallist unearthed her ancestors' hardships after she participated in the new SBS series, Who Do You Think You Are? Read More … [Read more...]

Web 2.0 genealogy site Geni.com aims to become ‘digital scrapbook’

Genealogy networking site, Geni.com has today announced they want to become a "digital scrapbook" for families. To do this, Geni.com have launched two new features, Timelines and Family News. Geni's CEO David Sacks says, "The most important events in people's lives involve family. The benefits and workload of memorializing these events should be distributed among family members. Geni will introduce a Family Timeline that rolls up the individual timelines of family members thus creating a digital family scrapbook." Read More … [Read more...]

Columnist receives a variety of reactions to ‘I’m a genealogist’

When meeting people and the subject of “what do you do for a living” comes up, there’s an interesting mix of reactions.The most popular response is a polite, “Oh, that must be very interesting,” oftentimes followed by some genealogy frame of reference: “My aunt (or uncle or cousin or fill-in-the-blank relative) has done a lot of work on that and traced us back to … .” Read More … [Read more...]

Mormons Expand Free Access to Genealogy Records for Researchers

There has never been a better time to research a family tree because of the free access to billions of records offered by Mormon Family History Libraries around the world. The Church has just announced an agreement with FamilySearch and The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com, to provide free access to billions of records the company normally provides only to paid subscribers. Read More … [Read more...]