Genealogy Blog

6 October 2009

National Genealogy Society Newsletter Competition

The National Genealogy Society Newsletter Competition is aimed to recognize the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters.

• Major Genealogical and/or Historical Societies
• County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Societies
• Family Associations

• The winning society or association in each of the three categories will receive a complimentary one-year organizational NGS membership.
• Feature in the NGS Magazine

Submissions deadline: 31 December 2009

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24 September 2009

SwedGen Roadtour October 2009

Have you hit a brick wall in your Swedish research or don't know where to begin?

A group of four Swedish genealogists are touring the United States for the sole purpose of helping Swedish-Americans learn more about their heritage. These four individuals participated in previous SwedGen tours and have decided to continue the tradition with the new SwedGen Roadtour 2009. On previous trips, the group was successful in helping many individuals get started with their research as well as breaking down many brick walls. This year the group will make the following stops:

- Saturday, October 3, 2009 - Worcester, MA
- Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - Berlin, CT
- Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Cambridge, MN
- October 16-17, 2009 - St. Paul, MN

One-on-one-sessions are available at all places. Preregistration is needed.

23 September 2009

Southern California History Comes Alive at the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

The fourth-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar will feature exhibits by 60 local historical collections, book-signings by L.A. authors, documentary films about hidden L.A. stories, information about family genealogy and a wealth of other resources for exploring Southern California history. The event returns to the USC Davidson Conference Center on Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar is presented by L.A. as Subject, an association of historical collections hosted by the USC Libraries.

At this year’s bazaar, visitors will be able to browse the collections of L.A. as Subject members, including the Academy Film Archive, All the Saints of the City of the Angels, the Autry National Center of the American West, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the Filipino American Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles City Archives, the Mayme Clayton Library, the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the Pasadena Museum of History, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the USC Libraries Special Collections.

Learn more at or become a fan of the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on Facebook.

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9 June 2009

Archivists around the world celebrate International Archives Day on June 9 2009

The International Archives Day offers archivists throughout the world a tremendous opportunity to promote the cause of records and archives in their country. It can be used to persuade key decision-makers that effective record-keeping is an essential precondition for good governance, transparency and accountability; to emphasize the importance of preserving archives for the collective memory of nations and societies; and to encourage those members of the public who have never previously done so to consult archives for the first time.

More generally, it can be used as a means of raising the public profile of archives and archivists in the media. In countries where there is currently no national celebration of archives, it provides a powerful impetus to organize one for the first time. And in those countries which already have well-established celebrations at other times of year, International Archives Day offers another chance to reinforce key messages about the significance of archives.

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8 May 2009

Henry VIII's Royal Jousting Tournament at Leeds Castle

Take the family to historic Leeds Castle and celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. From Tuesday May 26 to Sunday May 31, Henry VIII's Royal Jousting Tournament recreates the pageantry of Tudor England against the stunning backdrop of the 900-year-old castle near Maidstone, Kent.

Experience the thrill of twice daily jousts with knights on horseback and men at arms. Staged by Europe's premier jousting company, the Knights of Royal England, the non-stop action features galloping horses, daredevil stunts, falls and fights in an authentic jousting arena complete with a royal box on the Cedar Lawn.

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17 April 2009

National Archives Celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month in May

On Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with a special program entitled: "Exhibiting the American Jewish Experience." This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

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April 17 is “Ellis Island Family History Day"

By official proclamation of our nation’s governors, April 17 has been designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day.” Under the auspices of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. and the National Genealogical Society, the day has been set aside annually to recognize the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants.

Historically, April 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through Ellis Island than on any other day in its colorful history -- 11,747 people. Over 40% of the U.S. population today -- 100 million Americans – can trace their roots back to the 17 million brave and hopeful immigrants who took their first steps towards freedom and opportunity by going through the “Golden Door” of Ellis Island.

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31 March 2009

15th Annual Civil War Encampment – May 2, 2009, May 3, 2009

The Elmbrook Historical Society invites history lovers and Civil War buffs throughout the State of Wisconsin to their 15th Annual Spring Civil War Encampment, a two day Civil War era re-enactment that will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009 and Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the grounds of the historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

At the 15th Annual Civil War Encampment, visitors will have the opportunity to: Step back in time to the 1860’s...

• Relive the experiences of the soldiers dressed in Confederate and Union army uniforms who fought in the Civil War.
• See how they encamped and cooked.
• View them marching and preparing for battle.
• Observe a skirmish or two and an artillery demonstration.
• Hear their canons roar.
• And much more...

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25 March 2009

National Archives Presents Unique Perspective on the Lincoln Assassination April 17

On Friday, April 17, at 7 PM, the National Archives continues its celebration of the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth with a book talk on "The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators: their confinement and execution, as recorded in the Letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft." Editors Harold Holzer and Edward Steers, Jr., will discuss this Letterbook, a National Archives record, for the first time and provide a "behind the scenes" glimpse of the assassination's aftermath. This event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Streets, NW. A book signing will follow the program.

View the Calendar of Events at:

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13 March 2009

National Archives to Hold 23rd Annual Preservation Conference March 26, 2009

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the National Archives will host its annual preservation conference entitled Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue, on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Adrienne Thomas, Acting Archivist of the United States, and Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist, Office of Records Services, will provide opening remarks for the event. The conference will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Streets NW, and is fully accessible.

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12 March 2009

Brooklyn Genealogy Club Will Meet March 15 at Library

The Brooklyn Genealogy Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Brookly Library, 4480 Ridge Road.

The group's featured speaker will be John Stoika, who will give a presentation titled "How a Computer Can Help Your Research."

Stoika has more than 40 years experience in the graphic arts business and is president of the Cuyahoga Valley Genealogy Society. Stoika is also the treasurer of the Computer Assisted Genealogy group and a member of the Western Reserve Historical Society Genealogy Committee.

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23 January 2009

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE will be held from 27 February to 1 March 2009 in the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.

"If you have ever wondered what your ancestors were like, where they lived or what they did for a living - this is an event where you can make incredible discoveries about the story of your family.

With the largest gathering of TV historians, family history experts and nearly 200 exhibitors – this is a unique opportunity to fill in the gaps in your family tree and make your connection to events in history."

5 January 2009

Homecoming Scotland 2009

During Homecoming Scotland 2009 there will be many special events focussing on Scottish ancestry, traditions and culture all along the year:

Forest Heritage Scotland
Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire
A Home Away from Home: The Scottish Emigration Experience
International Genealogy Festival
Island Emigrants: Conference on Emigration from the Outer Hebrides
and much more...

More information and calendar of events at

21 March 2008

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, sponsored by and supported by The Times Archive, will be held from 2-4 May 2008 in the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.

You’ll have the chance to uncover generations of people who make up your family and find out how they used to live with the help of TV historians, family history experts and celebrity enthusiasts.

Military History LIVE is a showcase of the Nation’s Military History which takes place alongside Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE. For those of you searching for information about ancestors who served in the Army, Navy or Air Force, the show offers you the opportunity to speak directly to organisations which hold vital records that will aid your research.

Archaeology LIVE is a special event dedicated to the interests of Archaeologists. The show, which takes place alongside Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, is the place to meet leading experts and TV personalities all engaged in this popular historical pursuit! You'll have the chance to come face to face with leading organisations and groups involved in Archaeology including those that are able to examine and identify your finds.

10 March 2008

700-year-old Magna Carta to be displayed at the U.S. National Archives

An investment executive who paid more than $20 million for an original, handwritten copy of the Magna Carta presented the ancient paper last week to the media and plans to loan it to the National Archives.

The National Archives considers the manuscript "a milestone in constitutional thought" from the 13th century, and plans to place it on public display later this month.

The original Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Rubenstein's is one of four remaining copies of the document commissioned by the King of England in 1297 to establish basic human rights as part of English law.

A scholar's contemporary translation of the Latin describes the right of the country's people "to be free and to have all its rights fully and its liberties entirely," as among the 37 principles described in the Magna Carta.

The fragile paper is displayed in a sealed viewing box to protect it from damage.

The Magna Carta will be on public display starting March 12 in the West Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building.

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