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National Women's History Museum

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The National Women's History Museum now has a blog.

Awesome New PDF Tool!

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Thank you Judy for posting about this!
You can PDF any webpage you want!  It's so easy - just put your URL in the box and up pops a download box for the PDF.  Even better, you can get a bookmarklet, which makes it even easier.  The ways this can help with saving webpages you like and backing up your data are numerous.

National Women's History Museum

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The National Women's History Museum now has a blog.

Surname Saturday: Eichhorn/Eichorn

Each Saturday this year I am posting one of my surnames, going in alphabetical order.  This weeks surname is Eichhorn/Eichorn.  The names in red are my direct line ancestors.


1-Nicholas EICHHORN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->b: calculated 16 January 1799, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Canada:Ontario:Niagara:Welland " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->d: 28 July 1878, Welland, Niagara, Ontario, Canada
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "SCHNEIDER:Dorothea " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->+Dorothea SCHNEIDER
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->b: , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "EICHHORN:Charles Herman (b. 1848) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . .…

IFLA Adopt a Student!

I am officially "adopted" as a student member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.  IFLA, according to their website, "is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession."  Their new Adopt a Student! program allows professionals in the field to sponsor a one year membership of a student and act as a mentor.  The student just needs one letter of recommendation and to fill out a (very simple) form.  I am the newest student adopted and am very excited and grateful for this opportunity.

Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day (thank you Angel for posting it).  This day was developed so that people remember to protect their private information, especially on social networking cites.  It is important to remember to privacy settings where ever available.  It is also important to remember that even "private" social networking cites are not actually private and that what goes online never disappears.

Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day.  This was created so people would remember to think about their privacy for online sites, particularly in relation to social networking sites.  What does this mean for genealogists?  It is important to remember that what we put online can be seen by all.  If you have a genealogy blog, do not post information about living people unless you have their permission.  Remember also that what you put online will always be there, through Internet Archives' Way Back Machine, for example.  It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Happy Blogoversary to Me...

It is hard to believe I have been blogging now for a full year.  During this time I have met many great bloggers and cousins through this blog!

Part 5 of The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute

To get to the beginning of this series, go here:-)


Laura Prescott, APG President, spoke on Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective.  I had not realized the importance in using timelines for your research and plan on using them in the future much more often.


By using timelines, you can see important events that happened in your ancestors lives, which may have influenced their decisions and movements.  You can also use them to migration and settlement patterns, look at military and career paths and track your ancestors through the census, among other things.


Many genealogy programs have timeline options, but there are multiple other places to create them.  The most interesting one is Google Maps.  I have often used this for directions, but was unaware of their My Maps feature.  By adding addresses, you can create a timeline of your ancestors movements, homes or cemetery cites.  You can even add photos, videos or text and then embed the map into a blog post or email it to…

The 11th Hour

When I was approximately ten years old, I created my first environmental awareness club.  I recruited my sister and two of my cousins and convinced my grandmother to sponsor a trip to the Discovery Store, where she bought us two books full of activities.  Ever since that time, I have been very environmentally conscious, going so far as to save all of my cans, bottles and papers at school to bring home when I went, as my college town did not recycle.  As such, I am very excited by the Sustainable Libraries class I am currently taking and look forward to learning about green building, LEED certification and creating sustainable processes and activities within a library.

Our goal this semester is to come up with our own definition of sustainability.  To help us with that, our first assignment was to watch the documentary The 11th Hour.  I highly recommend viewing this movie, particularly the last half hour, which gives both macro and micro things you can do to help.  They also have a Face…

Week in Review: 18 Jan 2010 – 24 Jan 2010

Research:

Read A History of Knockholt in the County of Kent by David Waldron SmithersIt has my Knockholt surnames of Bond, Whitehead and Wells(which may or may not be one of my surnames...)Education:Was accepted as a member of the ProGen Study Group, beginning 1 February.
Blog:My The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute series was listed as one of Genea-Musings Best of Genea-Blogs!!!  This is the first time I have made this list and I may now have to stop blogging, as I have nowhere to go but down...  Randy is one of my genea-blog hero's and to get on this list is a tremendous honor.Caught up on the past 2 weeks of the 52 Weeks to Better GenealogyVolunteer:Continued transcribing East Aurora in 1865 NY Census for WNYGS

Library Day in the Life

Round 4 of Library Day in the Life is today.  Begun by Bobbi Newman 2008, it allows anyone working in a library to post, either to their blog or on twitter, about what they do all day.  For library school students such as myself or people who are thinking about going to library school, this allows us to see what different types of librarians there are and what they do.

Syracuse University MSLIS students are lucky in that our first required course has two or three alumni speakers each week, discussing what they with their library degree.  It shows us the multitude of options available and gives us recommendations for internships and courses to take.  Reading items like Library Day in the Life and the book A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Scienceby Richard Murray and Priscilla K. Shontz also give this type of assistance.  I look forward to participating in a future round once I work in a library.

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #4

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:


Week 4: Learn about your local public library’s inter-library loan (ILL) policy. Pick a genealogy-related book that you want to read that is not in your library’s collection. Ask the librarian how to request the book from another library. Find the different library systems from which you can request books through your own library, as this can dramatically increase the number of genealogy books to which you have access. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experience with requesting items through your library’s ILL service.



I adore inter-library loan.  As a college student, I tend to use the universities system, because I can do it from my couch, while for the public library I have to go in to request an item.  I recently received my first ILL for a genealogy book.  While looking for films on Knockholt, Kent, England from th…
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Life Outside Genealogy

From Randy at Genea-MusingsYour mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

* Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.

When not doing genealogy, my hobbies and interests include:

Hanging out with my fiancé Aaron, my family and friends - we get tea, play board games, watch movies and chat.Traveling - I love cities, history and subways the most.  I cannot ever imagine traveling to lay on a beach, when there are so many old buildings, churches, museums and world heritage sites to see.  My favorite places I have been include South Africa, Prague, Savannah, and Ottawa.Reading - Mostly nonfiction and magazines.  Recently I have been reading the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, which I highly recommend.  I also hang out in bookstores and libraries as much as possible.Musicals - I used to be in them constantly, but it is too difficult with work and school, so now I just listen to the CD's and…

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #3

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:
Assess yourself! You’re great at researching everyone else’s history, but how much of your own have you recorded? Do an assessment of your personal records and timeline events to ensure your own life is as well-documented as that of your ancestors. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the status of your own research and steps you may take to fill gaps and document your own life.


This is an aspect of my research that I have pretty much skipped over entirely.  I do have a few events for my life in my genealogy program, mainly addresses, schools and diplomas.  Outside of this, I have no information that will help my (future) descents.


Plan of attack:  I need to do some (it will someday be) Spring Cleaning!  I will go through my folders and boxes and pull out important documents and give myself a space in my genealogy binders.  I wil…

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #2

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:



Go to your local public library branch again. Examine the local history, archives and/or special collections section. Ask a librarian if you don’t know if your library has special collections or where they are located. Be sure to check the reference section, too, as many of the newer and more valuable books are held in that area. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s local history and special collections.


Slightly late, but better than never;-)


At the Onondaga County Public Library Central Branch, the Local History/Genealogy room is amazing.  It is on the 6th floor and contains a tremendously large amount of books and microfims.  Some of the items I have used in the past or need to check out that are useful to my searching are:





Marriages from Buffalo church records 1825-1900, volume 1 : transcribed f…

Surname Saturday: Casillo/Casell

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Each Saturday this year I am posting one of my surnames, going in alphabetical order.  This weeks surname is Casillo, which was changed to Casell after immigration to the US to fit in better on the railroad where my gg grandfather worked.

According to Gens, Casillo is most common in the Campania region of Italy, which is where my family came from.

Looking at Italy in Full Detail, Casillo is most popular in the Napoli province today, although 17.15 people with the surname still live in Roccaromana, Caserta, Italy, where my ancestors came from.

I currently have 2 microfilms on order for Roccaromana, which should be arriving any day now.  I am hopeful these will expand upon this line.


Descendants of Guiseppe Casillo
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1-Guiseppe Casillo d. Bef 1868
 +Unknown
|--2-Pietro Casillo b. Abt 1835
    +Angela Rosa Palmiero b. Abt 1845
   |--3-Marcantonio Maria Casillo (Marco Antonio Casell) b. 11 Jan 1868, Roccaromana, Caserta,
   |    Campania, Italy, d. 26 Nov 1937, Colden, …

Part 4 of The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute

To get to the beginning of this series, go here:-)

The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute had lunch sponsored by ProQuest.  As such, they did a presentation on some of their library services, such as HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition, both of which I use on a regular basis.

They also told us about their new library product: ProQuest Digital Microfilm.  ProQuest will go into libraries and digitize their microfilmed newspaper holdings so that users can have access to it remotely.  It will also be searchable, users can crop and save the articles they want and enhance brightness and contrast.  According to ProQuest, this will "reduce film damage and loss as will as the need to use and maintain microfilm readers/printers."  ProQuest will also help they libraries with getting the rights due to copyright.  It will be interesting to see how many libraries take this on.  I know it would help me out as I do not get to Buffalo nearly enough to go through newspapers there.

The nex…

Upload any Document Type to Google Docs!

Google Docs now allows any type of document to be uploaded! After seeing this announcement I tried to upload my Gedcom and it does indeed work. This is one more place I recommend you back-up your data each month!

Part 3 of The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute

For Part 1 and Part 2 of the series:-)

The third session was titled "My Family is Boring, May I Borrow Yours?: Integrating Historical Research into Historical Inquiry" by Christine Baron.  Christine discussed her work in searching for a way to make the famous Old North Church of Boston into a cite for learning by visitors.

This was one of the most fascinating and useful parts of the day, as Christine and her staff are not genealogists, do not want to be genealogists, but see the value in genealogical interpretations.  Their goal was to "put the people back in the pews," and genealogists at the NEHGS helped them get beyond names and dates, connecting families while using primary and secondary sources.

Although many people have preconceptions about historians versus genealogists, Gex Xers (and Y as well) just want expertise.  These are the people genealogists can reach to expand their users.  What kind of projct would benefit from a genealogist?  Questions about soc…

Part 2 of The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute

Please see part 1 of this series.

The second session of the Genealogy Reference Desk Institute was "An Overview of American Colonial Records" by David Dearborn, staff genealogist at the NEHGS and Fellow, American Society of Genealogists.

David began the presentation by telling us the cardinal rule, "Colonial records were not created for the benefit of 21st century genealogists."  A rule that needs to be remembered for all records, in my opinion, not just those of the colonial time period.

What I learned most about these records is that it is important to learn about the area one is researching, as every area is different and borders changed drastically over time.  Towns were invented in the colonies.  Prior to this, there were ecclesiastical parishes, manors, et cetera, in England, but not a governmental area without a religious basis.

The earlier back your ancestry is in the colonies, the easier it is to find information for a few reasons.  First, there were few peopl…

How to Make the Most of Your First ALA Midwinter

I attended my first ALA official conference other the weekend in Boston.  I had an amazing time, attending meetings, manning the SU booth, looking at exhibits and hanging out with my fellow students.  Overall, the conference was a stunning success for me and I have a few tips on what one should do for their first conference.

First, try to attend a workshop on Friday if you are interested in any of the topics.  They are of very low cost to the students and you are able to meet librarians in the field you are interested in.  Additionally, you get training that is not offered in school.  I attended the Genealogy Reference Desk Institute and my discussion of it is on my other blog, A Tale of Two Ancestors.

Second, make sure you plan what you want to attend in the way of meetings and exhibits.  The Event Planner is located on the conference page and, while slightly difficult to use at first, allows you to print out your schedule, which is much easier than trying to figure it out when you …

The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute

On Friday, 15 January, I attended the American Library Association's "The Genealogy Reference Desk: Where Everyone Knows Your Name" at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The NEHGS is located in the historic Back Bay area of Boston in a gorgeous old bank.

The first session was "Sustainability in Genealogical Collections" by D. Brenton Simons, president of the NEHGS. He began by discussing the the Society, which was formed in 1845. They currently have a reference librarian whose entire purpose is to be online to "spread the intellectual capital." I had never realized how much information they have on areas outside of New England, which is shown in their online catalog and portals such as their new AficanAmericanAncestors.org (coming February 3rd). They are even changing their journal name to "American Ancestors" and we were the first outside of staff to get a sneak preview at the cover.

He went on to discuss the importance of a …

Class has Started

The winter break is over and it is time for me to start semester number 2.  I am only taking a one-credit course currently, titled Sustainable Libraries.  The professor, Steven Carr, is one of the first LEED accredited librarians, which should make for a very educational class.  This goes until 22 February.  After that, I am signed up for a second class, Services for Older Adults, which is also a one-credit, one month course.

On 27 February, I leave for Hamburg, Germany, where I will be studying at HAW Hamburg in their information science module from 1 March - 16 July.  I am tremendously excited about this opportunity, as the classes are very technology based and have practical, hands-on assignments.  I will also be studying basic German, which I hope to become conversational in by the time I leave.  In addition to taking classes, I have been using Mango which I love!

Week in Review: 11 Jan 2010 – 17 Jan 2010

After being sick for the first half of the week and in Boston for the second, I did not accomplish any research, blogging or transcribing.  Luckily, the conference I attended in Boston (ALA midwinter) had an optional Genealogical Reference Workshop at the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY!!!  Starting tomorrow I will do a series of posts on what I learned there and the amazing speakers I saw, which included Laura Prescott, APA President and Drew Smith from The Genealogy Guys Podcast

At NEHGS

Week in Review: 4 Jan 2010 – 10 Jan 2010

Research:
Found death dates for Katherine and Charles GorndtNeed marriage dateFound marriage date for Amelia CasilloGot census and civil war documents for Charles Gorndt Ordered from the FHC:
RoccaromanoNati, pubblicazioni, matrimoni, morti, cittadinanze 1887-1910: 1801992 Item 1Morti 1830-1865: 1178754 Items 1-18Nati 1834-1865: 1216619Matrimoni giugno 1834-1865: 1173692 Items 1-13Knockholt, EnglandBaptisms, marriages, burials, 1548-1731. Baptisms, 1727-1812; marriages, 1727-1752; burials, 1727-1783. Marriages and banns, 1754-1798.: 2228390 Items 11 – 13Marriages, 1798-1812; marriage banns, 1798-1813, 1848. Baptisms, 1813-1869. Marriages, 1813-1837. Burials, 1813-1892. Banns, 1824-1945.: 2228391Blog:
Wrote a post for the first Carnival of Genealogy of the yearWrote a post for week 1 of Amy Coffin’s new seriesWon the data backup weekend prize from Geneabloggers! Volunteer:
Began transcribing East Aurora in 1865 NY…

Research Log: 4 Jan 2010 - 10 Jan 2010

Week in Review:
4 Jan 2010 – 10 Jan 2010

Research:
Found death dates for Katherine and Charles GorndtNeed marriage dateFound marriage date for Amelia CasilloGot census and civil war documents for Charles Gorndt
Ordered from the FHC:
RoccaromanoNati, pubblicazioni, matrimoni, morti, cittadinanze 1887-1910: 1801992 Item 1Morti 1830-1865: 1178754 Items 1-18Nati 1834-1865: 1216619Matrimoni giugno 1834-1865: 1173692 Items 1-13Knockholt, EnglandBaptisms, marriages, burials, 1548-1731. Baptisms, 1727-1812; marriages, 1727-1752; burials, 1727-1783. Marriages and banns, 1754-1798.: 2228390 Items 11 – 13Marriages, 1798-1812; marriage banns, 1798-1813, 1848. Baptisms, 1813-1869. Marriages, 1813-1837. Burials, 1813-1892. Banns, 1824-1945.: 2228391Blog:
Wrote a post for the first Carnival of Genealogy of the yearWrote a post for week 1 of Amy Coffin’s new seriesWon the data backup weekend prize from Geneabloggers!
Volunteer:
Began …

Happy 101 Award:-)

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Thank you to Greta and Harriet for giving me a Happy 101 Award!  In order to receive it, I first have to give a list of 10 things that make me happy:
1. My fiancé Aaron, who is my best friend and always there for me.
2. My family and friends.
3. The opportunity to go to back to school to get my Master's degree and all the amazing people I am meeting through it.
4. Traveling.  Whether to a new town or a new country, I love it!
5. Books.  I love reading and all things book-related.
6. Making a new genealogy find!
7. All the cousins I have found doing genealogy.  Two new ones this week alone!
8. My apartment.  It's nice to have something of your own to go to at the end of a long day.
9. Singing.  Whether at karaoke, on stage or in my car with the radio:-)
10. Thinking about my upcoming trip to Germany.  I can't wait!!!

Now I get to give the award to 10 other bloggers who I enjoy:
1.  Terri at Little Pieces of Me
2.  Barbara at One "Fein" Family
3.  Jennifer at Jennifer's Gene…

SNGF - My Superpower

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This weeks Saturday Night Genealogy Fun task:
Dean Richardson posted What’s Your Genealogical Superpower? on his Genlighten Blog - Genealogy Documented blog last week, along with a nifty picture of a young lady with a big S on her shirt flying (is that Dean's wife?). I thought Dean's question was a great one for SNGF - so your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to...

1) Answer the question: Do you have a genealogical “superpower”? (i.e., a unique research ability or technique that helps you track down records or assemble conclusions that others can’t?) If so, what is it?

My superpower is luck.  I have always been a lucky person, which to me means working hard, paying attention to what occurs and taking the opportunities presented to me.  I hear about a new book at the library or an interesting website and I make sure I go check it out, which usually leads me to finding something useful.  Sometimes luck runs out, though, in which case I use my handy jedi-whip pictured abo…

Google Personalized Results

Google has become tremendously important to genealogists.  Some, such as myself, use their blogging platform to share their research.  Others use Google alerts to stay on top of what others are posting about their surnames.  Many more use the search function to try to find ancestors, research help and a multitude of other items.

Over the past month, you may have noticed a difference in your searches.  If once a week you search for your surname, the same sights now seem to be at the top of the list and genealogy sites seem to be a majority of the hits you receive.  It almost seems as if the Google search bar now knows who you are and creates personalized results.

Indeed, this is now the case.  In December, in an uncharacteristicly quiet move, Google launched a new personalized search result tool.  When signed into Google, they now keep the information you searched for 180 days.  If they notice you view the links for RootsWeb ofter, other RootsWeb links will then get more weight in the se…

2010, UNESCO International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

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Fom the IFLA website:


Paris, France
5 January 2010

UNESCO

The goal of the International Year consists in making the rapprochement of cultures the hallmark of all policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels, involving the greatest number of relevant stakeholders.
Entrusted with the mandate to contribute to build "the defences of peace in the minds of men" thanks to international cooperation in the fields of its competence, namely through education, sciences, culture and communication, UNESCO is designated to play a leading role for the celebration of the Year within the United Nations system.

In fact, over the years and indeed in the past decade, the Organization has gained special experience and has won recognition through its efforts to demonstrate the beneficial effects of cultural diversity highlighting the importance of borrowings, transfers and exchanges between cultures.
Official website: 2010, Year Rapprochement Cultures

Buffalo, NY Local History File being Digitized

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is digitizing its Local history File and putting it on Flickr.  According to the website, "The Local History File is the Library’s most comprehensive resource for Buffalo research. It is an index to select Buffalo newspaper articles. References to books, vertical file materials, scrapbooks, and magazines are also included. 

The Local History File covers Buffalo and Erie County people, places, things, and history. It was started in 1936 as a WPA project and now includes about 300,000 entries on over 100,000 index cards. Most citations date from 1930-1982, but some go back as far as the 1890s and as recent as this year.

Repository: 
Grosvenor Room, Central Library, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203-1887. www.buffalolib.org"
They currently have 60 state hospital cards, which are fully searchable.  As they add files, this will be a boon to genealogists with family from Western New York who are u…

Surname Saturday: Bond

In the new year, I am finally going to start doing the Surname Saturday theme.  My plan is to go alphabetically through each of my surnames in order to get them all on the internet and, hopefully, meet some more cousins:-)


The second surname for the year is Bond.  The Bond's were located in Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.  After marriage, Emma Bond Whitehead moved to Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.  I currently have 3 microfilms on order at the Family History Center for Knockholt.  These will hopefully arrive in the next week and I will write a follow-up post once that occurs.



Descendants of Richard Bond
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1-Richard Bond d. Bef 1841
 +Mary b. Abt 1798, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, d. 3 Nov 1862,
  Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England
|--2-Emma Bond b. Cir 1812, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, d. 24 Feb
|    1877, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England
|   +Charles Whitehead b. Cir 1811, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, d. 13
|    Mar 1887, Sundri…

(Nearly) Worldess Wednesday - Sulmona, Italy - Casillo

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The young woman in my great-great aunt Amelia Casillo Berni.  The child is her son Frank.  Who are the other two people?  We have no idea.  I also have not yet researched the area of Sulmona yet.  I have ordered the FHC film for my ggg grandparents marriage (hopefully) and it may give Carolina Izzo's hometown, which may help clear up this photo.  If anyone knows Italian, can you translate what this card says?  The Google translation was jibberish:-(

Tombstone(less) Tuesday - Marie Strassheim Tross and Louise J. Tross

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My great-great-great grandmother Marie Strassheim Tross (1841 - 1921) in Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie, NY.  The tombstone belongs to to her granddaughter Louise J. Tross (1913 - 1937)

One more reason GeneaBloggers rocks

My recent post, Data Backup Weekend, was also an entry into the GeneaBloggers Data Backup Weekend Contest and, amazingly, I WON!  My prize is the Handy Backup Standard 6.4 by Novosoft LLC.  I am so excited to have this software, which will back up my computer on a monthly, weekly or daily (for those true OCD types) basis without my having to worry about it.  I am so excited to start playing with this new software and will let you all know what I think about it for the next Data Backup day:-)


Thank you GeneaBloggers and Novosoft LLC!

Volunteerism in the Genealogical World

Up until I went back to school in August, my favorite way to volunteer in the genealogy world was through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  I began by going to cemeteries to take photographs of tombstones (or grave sites if there wasn't a headstone) for people.  This became a "date" day, once or twice a month, for my fiancé and I, where we would drive around Onondaga county and see who could find the most tombstones, walking up and down the rows in the cemeteries (see why he's a keeper?!?).  Eventually it progressed to my doing searches at the library, mostly for city directories and obituaries, and at the courthouse, where I never had much luck unfortunately.

I also volunteer for FamilySearch Indexing, mainly for the 1892 New York census.  I did not do nearly as many names as I had hoped, but I like knowing I was part of the group that got this project finished.  Just today I received an email from the president of the Western New York genealogy society, to whic…

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #1

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:


Week 1 is: Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s genealogy collection.



As my library is part of a large county library system, I went to their website and started searching for genealogy books that I have not yet read.  I have requested the following, which will be delivered over the next few weeks as they become available:


Finding your Italian Ancestors: A Beginners Guide by Suzanne Russo Adams: I have a long list of microfilms to order from the FHC for my Italian ancestors.  This book will hopefully help …