National Genealogical Society’s Virtual Conference

Check out the National Genealogical Society’s Virtual Conference

Like most genealogical societies, the National Genealogical Society will be holding its annual conference virtually this year. In fact the 2021 conference is literally days away (May 17-21). Here’s NGS’ vision for this year’s event: “Learn new strategies, resources, records, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family[…]Read more

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Complete Coverage of Scottish Church and Religious Records in New Guidebook

One of the important features of Dr. David Dobson’s new book, Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond, is a comprehensive chapter on Scottish church and other religious records.  In addition to the Church of Scotland, the author covers more than a dozen denominations and smaller sects, explaining the historical origins of each church or sect[…]Read more

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Royal Descents

You May Have Royal Cousins!

What do you and Prince Harry and HRH Prince William have in common? The exciting possibility is that you and they are cousins, as well as cousins to both of their royal parents. In the film The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Mary Boleyn is depicted as having had a five-year relationship as the mistress of Henry VIII, King of England, despite her marriage to William[…]Read more

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Maine Genealogy

“Genealogical Resources in Maine,” by Denise R. Larson. Part One

Just as the Smithsonian is said to be the nation’s attic, Maine is New England’s attic. Among Maine’s many treasures and whatnots are several early nineteenth-century embroidery samplers that are more than elaborate fruits and flowers surrounding a carefully stitched alphabet. The fine silk threads sewn into the linen of these special samplers sketch family[…]Read more

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Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond

Excerpt from Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond, by David Dobson

Today we are highlighting the first of several sections from Dr. David Dobson’s new book, Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond. The product of Mr. Dobson’s fifty years of research in Scotland, the British Isles, continental Europe and beyond, this new book is guaranteed to introduce researchers with Scottish ancestry to sources they’ve never laid[…]Read more

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Genealogy Tips

Genealogical Facts, Assertions & “The Truth”

[Excerpted from Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d ed. rev. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017), pp. 18–22, §1.4, 1.11.] Our latest excerpt from Elizabeth Shown Mills’ classic work, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, is one we would all do well to contemplate regularly as we  conduct our research,[…]Read more

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Ontario, Canada, Genealogy Research

Genealogy at a Glance: Ontario, Canada, Genealogy Research

By Lorine McGinnis Schulze Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, was a wilderness until 1782, when thousands of Loyalists from the United States—fleeing the colonies after the American Revolution—settled along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. They were soon joined by Swiss Mennonites from Pennsylvania, and in the 19th century by emigrants[…]Read more

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Scottish Genealogy

Groundbreaking Book for Scottish Genealogy

Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and BeyondBy Dr. David Dobson Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond marks the culmination of over fifty years of historical and genealogical research by Dr. David Dobson in archives and libraries throughout Scotland. As one would expect in a Scottish genealogy guidebook, this publication identifies the major sources and repositories for[…]Read more

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