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Archive for April, 2010

Footnote Extends Free Access to US Census Records

Footnote has decided to extend  free access to it’s US Census Collection until April 30, 2010.  You will have full access to the entire collection until then and if you find you like using Footnote, then you can subscribe now for an Annual Membership for only $49.99!

Footnote - Free Access to US Census Collection

Footnote - Free Access to US Census Collection Extended

Online Research Series Classes

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City Utah now offers free online Research Classes to help you get started in tracing your roots. Some classes are broken down into 2 or 3 lessons about 30 minutes long each. Others, have only one class that is about an hour long. Videos can be paused and resumed at your convenience so if the phone rings or you need to step away for a minute you don’t need to worry about missing something.

There are basic tips on how to research using records for several countries including a 58 minute class on Basic Italian Research. The video file is a bit large for downloading so I would recommend using a fast connection. There are some great handouts that you can print out as well that highlight key points of the class and list some interesting links to visit.

Although quite basic, the video is definitely worth watching.

You can read more about the online classes on the Article posted on Family Search on 12 Mar 2010 and written by Paul Nauta – FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager, – Family History Library Classes Now Available on Internet

Italian Surname Database

Italian Surname LogoThe Italian Surname Database lists hundreds of surnames and contacts for those looking to connect with others researching the same names. To submit your surname to the site, use the feedback form. Include your Surname, Town, Province and Region in Italy you are researching, the name you wish to be known as and a valid email address where you can be contacted.

Please, do not send genealogy related questions through the feedback form as they go directly to the database queue to await approval and all other questions will be deleted. If you do have a genealogical related question then consider posting on Gente di Mare Italian Genealogy Forum. Registration and membership are both free and there are many wonderful volunteers willing and ready to help. Happy Researching! :)

OGS Conference 2010

The Ontario Genealogical Conference 2010 will be held on Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This years theme is: “Essentials, Innovations & Delights” and will feature case studies, workshops and guest speakers such as genealogist Dr. John Philip Colletta, author of They Came in Ships and Finding Italian Roots – two must haves for anyone researching their Italian Roots,
Ruth Blair, who is also a professional genealogist based in Oakville, Ontario and author of Planning a Genealogical Trip to Ireland: the Research Trail in Dublin and Linda L. Reid, a retired librarian and volunteer in the Toronto Family History Centre of the LDS Church.

Of special interest to me is the Italian Ancestry Stream they have planned for Saturday, May 15 in which Dr. Colletta will conduct an exclusive two part lecture followed by highlight research techniques and sources in Italy, and how they are used to trace a family’s origins.

The Conference location for this years event will be held at
Doubletree by Hilton—Toronto Airport
655 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 1J3
Tel: 1-416-244-1711

You can book your accommodation here or visit their website for more information.

I look forward to attending and hope to see you there!

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