NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

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This message was received from the National Genealogical Society via e-mail on August 16, 2016. NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out ARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists. “Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes” introduces the family historian to the various types of cemeteries (i.e., public and church owned), provides resou...
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Learning from the start – 350 years ago!

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Over the past year, I have taken a deep dive into the facts supporting many published works on the Quackenbush Family. One historical reference book has been extremely helpful in understanding the social aspects of history in Rensselar County, New York. The following are excerpts from the book, "History of Rensselar Co., New York" - published in 1880 by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester. On page 365, Peter Quackenbush is profiled and the sketch contains some rather interesting lines which seem to connect well with me. "As a family they were distinguished for business habits, and the quiet un-obstructive performance of the duties which society and citizenship required at their hands." "They are good livers, prudent managers, and while...
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OGS Conference 2016 – come and gone!

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The first weekend of June, the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto was home to The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2016 with 700+ attendees, arriving from many locations around the globe - it was surely a weekend to remember. Learn more about the OGS Conference 2016 - an remember, the App is still available to check out course content and learn about this exceptional weekend. OGS Conference 2017 planning is well under-way! We will head out to Algonquin College for June 16-18, 2017 - also celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Check out the details so far!    
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Titanic: 104 Years Later

104 years ago, what began as a true wonder of its time, one of White Star Line's Olympic-class ocean liners, the RMS Titanic, took her maiden voyage from Southampton destined for New York. At 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912 the steam-liner hit an iceberg and began to sink. In just three hours, 1,517 people lost their lives in the cold North Atlantic waters in the wee hours of April 15, 1912. Of the 2,200 passengers on-board - just over 700 survived. Just over 300 bodies of victims were recovered from the wreck site. 121 victims were interred in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia - nineteen in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, and ten in the Baron de Hirsch Jewish Cemetery. Encyclopedia Titanica is a wonderful website d...
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Welcome to Archives Awareness Week!

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From April 4 -April 9, join in the celebrations for Archives Awareness Week 2016! The purpose of this week is to celebrate the archives', "unique potential to inspire and excite people, bring communities together, and tell memorable stories about the past."1 This year the Archive of Ontario is focusing on it's patrons and the ways that we use the many collections! This includes festivities all week, and prize giveaways at the Reception Desk! Plan your trip this week!   Learn more - Visit the Archives of Ontario Source: 1. Archives Awareness Week 2016. Archives of Ontario. http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/about/archives_week.aspx . Accessed: 4 Apr 2016.
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Findmypast Discount! 20% Off All 12 month subscriptions!

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Findmypast are offering a fantastic discount on new annual subscriptions! 20% OFF any 12 month subscription with this exclusive code - '12MONTHFEB'. When choosing a subscription - REMEMBER, the 1939 Register is ONLY included in 12 month Britain and World subscriptions. Find out what life was like for your ancestors in 1939 with historical, maps, photos and newspapers from the era! Discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Code expires: 23:59 GMT 27/02/16.
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AncestryDNA Results are in!

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Some people have recently asked me why I chose AncestryDNA for my autosomal DNA testing. As there is no "right" reason, and purely by my personal preference - I did seem to find a way to maximize my resources. I chose AncestryDNA for my autosomal DNA test primarily because I didn't want any health information analyzed from my sample. I wanted my DNA analyzed purely for the genealogical purpose. That being said, since you can't import Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) data into AncestryDNA, but you CAN import AncestryDNA into FTDNA - I decided to go with AncestryDNA - get those results, then import my data into FTDNA for more matches, and further my results by uploading as well to Gedmatch. Since each of these organizations/groups match withi...
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Great Canadian Genealogy Summit Contest!

            WIN YOUR REGISTRATION! On January 30, 2016, the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit will be holding a draw of all registrations and one lucky winner will have their registration fees reimbursed. In order to qualify you MUST have paid for your registration before January 29th, 2016 - at midnight ET. Don't miss out on your chance to WIN REGISTER NOW!
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Going In-Depth Magazine Sale!

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I received an exciting message from The In-Depth Genealogist and thought I'd share! Today starts our sale for a year-long subscription to our monthly magazine, Going In-Depth. Our normal price is $35 per year, but for the next week we will be offering it for $25 with coupon code Thankful15. This sale is valid until December 4th. Each issue includes 8-12 articles from our excellent writers. Our columns over the past three years include: Jewish Genealogy, The Society Pages, Going Dutch, Nurturing Your African American Tree, Reunions, Genealogy Solutions, Tracing Blue & Gray, Remembering Olde New England, Timeless Territories, Across the Pond, Genealogy Downunder: Australia & New Zealand, In the Land of the Maple Leaf, S...
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Norfolk Archives – Fall Genealogy Workshop

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SIMCOE - Today, at the Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives was the Norfolk Archives Fall Genealogy Workshop. The first part of the day kicked off at 9:30am with Dave Naylor presenting  a very informative talk titled, "DNA Testing for Genealogists". Unfortunately, I couldn't make it for Dave's presentation, though I did have the pleasure of seeing him speak at the Scottish SIG Symposium this past-August. Dave provides excellent easy-to-understand explanations of the various types of DNA tests available to both males and females to aid in their genealogical research; with a focus on autosomal-DNA. Dave Naylor is a member of ISOGG - International Society of Genetic Genealogy. He is a Project Administrator for various DNA projects at Fa...
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