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WE ARE FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCHERS
WELCOME TO OUR SITE

Thank you for visiting our site. This was a very exciting year for us as we launched our new, and greatly improved, website.
 
We have articles of interest, blank genealogy forms, and member stories on a variety of topics.
 
Check out our links page. We are frequently adding new links and new categories. We have recently added Norwegian, Swedish, and general Scandinavian sites and will be adding Denmark and Finland soon. Also, soon, we will be adding new Canadian sites, Cemetery sites, and more for NY City.
All links have been checked and are working (some are large and load slowly) but if ever you find a broken link, please, do not hesitate to contact us.
 
We also have links to many free, and mostly free, websites. Additionally, there are country specific links and topical links. And, we promise you that there are many more to come.
 
 
OUR 2015 - 2016 SEASON OF CLASSES WAS A GREAT SUCCESS:
We had an amazing season with many of our old friends returning and a fair number of new faces as well. We had four presenters this season with a wide variety of topics.  
Patti Kirk presented "The Elusive Female" which provided strategies for finding our female ancestor's surnames, "Vital Records from Indexing", "Immigration Law" designed to help perticipants navigate these ever changing laws, "Free Sites for Success" covering some old and some new sites, and a two for one class "City Directories and Hidden Census Answers".  In March she did a daylong conference on "Adoptions" and in May she did a special presentation for Mother's Day.
 
Deb Halacy did "Researching Massachusetts" discussing how to locate materials in the Bay State and best websites, "Thinking Outside the Box" in which she shared non traditional sources for research such as social media, eBay, YouTube, etc., "Forensic Photography" using markings, paper types, photo types, and other clues to determine who, when, and where, and, by demand, a class on "Best Photo Apps".
 
Carole Wiseman did two classes.  "Identifying Photos" in which the discussion centered on using clothing and hairstyles to identify a timeframe for a photo.  This class dovetailed nicely with "Forensic Photography".  She also presented "Black Sheep Ancestors" providing resources for finding ancestors in prison or other unsavory locales.
 
Merry Bering did a class on "Scots-Irish" in which she discussed when and why they came and best resources for research.
 
 
This summer we will, again, be working hard for you. We will continue to add resources to our website. And, of course, we will be working on the 2016 - 2017 class schedule.  I suspect there will be a DNA class or two.  Patti is developing new topics and towards the end of summer we will begin listing them here.
Until then we hope that you have a fun filled and relaxing summer so that you return ready to tackle new challenges.   We're looking forward to hearing about all of your summer adventures and bringing you exciting new classes in the fall.
 
 
NEW LINKS:
British Genes from historian and blogger, Chris Paton
Mocavo - UK
Mocavo - Scotland
Mocavo - Wales
 
 
NEW NAVIGATION BUTTONS ON THE HOME PAGE:
STATE RESOURCES:
We have moved all of the state archives, plus the District of Columbia, here and we will be adding city and county information as well. Once again, please be patient with the state archives. Some of them are very large and may take a second or so to load.
 
UNITED STATES RESOURCES:
Here you will find links to U.S. government sites plus multi-state sites. NARA and the LOC have been moved to this page.
 
MILITARY:
There are curently only two links added here: 
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database - contains information about men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Also, links to Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.
 
The Virtual Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Lists by state and town those who are named on the wall. 
 
We will be adding links for other conflicts in the coming weeks.
 
NATIONAL ARCHIVES:
When you click on "National Archives" on this page you will be directed to the links for the National Archives located in various states:
Each one of these websites has it's own unique characteristics and it's holdings and research reflects the area of the country that it serves. There is an incredible amount of information to be found here.  You may also access these archives by clicking on "State Resources" and selecting the state in which the archive resides.
 
 
On our site you will also find information on becoming a member and the benefits that are for members only. Just beneath the membership benefits button you will find our "Lending Library".  Click on this link to browse our many books that are available for lending to members.
 
You can find a full listing of coming events by clicking on the "Events" button.  Once you click on the Events button you will see a calendar submenu.  Click on it to get the current, printable calendar.
 
In the future we hope to add fast facts, blogs, forums, timelines, and more.
 
It is our desire that you join us for a little or a lot as your time allows.  And, certainly, if you have suggestions we would love to hear them.
 
We hope that you find something, or many things, that spark your interest and that you visit us again as we will be regularly adding new material. 
 
So, grab a cup of tea, browse through our offerings, and enjoy! 

                  GENEALOGY HAPPENINGS:
 
Roots Magic will sync with Ancestry.com this December. In addition to Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com will allow Roots Magic synchronization beginning in December 2016.  No exact date has been given for Roots Magic to be fully functional to sync with Ancestry but Ancestry did say that if you have the current version of Roots Magic the upgrade to sync with Ancestry will be free.  Check back in the fall for more information. 
 
The National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair was held on October 21 and 22, 2015. To view the schedule of talks, session descriptions and handouts go to:
www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair
If you are interested in any of these sessions they were recorded and are available for viewing online.
 

Upcoming
June 30
1812
President, James Madison, makes an urgent call to commission more officers to fight the British.
June 30
1936
Margaret Mitchell's, Gone with the Wind, one of the best selling novels of all time, is published.
June 30
1953
The first Chevy Corvette is built at the General Motors facility in Flint, MI.
July 1
1862
The United States congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue.