Here's a 5-minute video tour of the RootsTech Connect 2021 Genealogy Convention.
At the end of the convention hall tour is a 5-minute video explanation of Relatives at Rootstech, a new and improved feature that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home or office. There's also a free Surname Search tool if you haven't added yourself to the FamilySearch family tree (so they can't compute your Relatives at RootsTech).
Be sure to visit www.rootstech.org, join Relatives at RootsTech, and see if we're related. I'm Alyson Tayler (maiden name) in the FamilySearch tree so that's how to search for me. And visit the Expo Hall vendors for free Conference swag and promotions.
Some promotions and swag include: subscription discounts, free downloadable books, free downloadable genealogy magazines, resources from genealogy societies, and at the OnGenealogy booth I have a couple of free, fillable-pdf family tree art 8x10s you can download, fill out on y…
The US World War I Draft Registration Cards is a popular collection for finding male ancestors because it "accounts for approximately 98 percent of men in the U.S. born between 1872 and 1900. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals, so close to 25 percent of the total population is represented in these records."*
There were three primary registrations:
The first registration was on June 5, 1917, for all men ages 21 to 31 (specifically, men born between June 6, 1886 and June 5, 1896)
The second registration was on June 5, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1917, and a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1918.
The third registration was on September 12, 1918 for all men ages 18 to 45 who had not previously enrolled.**
The US National Archives has some digitized draft registration cards for famous Americans, including this card for composer and jazz musician, …
The 1930 US Federal Census is a valuable collection for US family history research and subscription sites have invested a lot of time and money in their indexes, search capabilities, and extra features to help subscribers get the most bang for their buck.
Quite a few subscription sites have the 1930 US Federal Census.
Archives (Archives.com owned by Ancestry)
WorldVitalRecords (owned by MyHeritage)
Fold3 (owned by Ancestry, primarily a site for military records)
But, never fear, free alternatives exist, including:
FamilySearch - with a free index and images online
HeritageQuest - if your library subscribes to HeritageQuest, a product of ProQuest, you may have free access from your home, with a library card, to the 1930 US Federal Census index and images.
(Updated as of 1/4/2018) MooseRoots no longer has the 1930 US Federal Census available.
That said, I love to use a subsc…
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