Free Trial Databases for Illinois Residents

For the past sixteen years, the Illinois State Library has sponsored a free trial database program called Try-It! Illinois. Each fall, users of over 5,000 Illinois ILLINET libraries are given access to a myriad of databases to peruse. Continue reading

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NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair, 21-22 October 2015 (Wed-Th)

What a week for free learning opportunities, all accessible from the comfort of your home! The National Archives will present its annual Virtual Genealogy Fair on 21-22 October 2015. If you aren’t near a calendar, the sessions are this Wednesday and Thursday. Continue reading

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BCG offers a Free Webinar on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Board for Certification of Genealogists continues their popular free webinar series this Tuesday at 8 PM EDT. On 20 October 2015, Melanie D. Holtz, CGSM, will present “Applying the Standards to International Research.” Continue reading

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Montana Original Birth Certificates Open (to some) on 1 October 2015

Montana increases access to original birth certificate on 1 October 2015, but the law does not provide the level of access that some would like. Continue reading

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Reminders of a Time

Perhaps it was a mistake.  Continue reading

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Finding Irish Origins: Part One

Finding an ancestor’s Irish town of origin is a goal for many genealogists. This January, I was able to do that for an ancestral couple. The strategy and resources used might help others who are searching for an Irish ancestral hometown.  Continue reading

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Connecticut Opens Original Birth Certificates to Some Adoptees on 1 July 2015

In just over a week, Connecticut’s Public Act 14-133 will be in effect. That law allows some Connecticut adoptees to obtain original birth certificates.1 Continue reading

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