A Beginner’s Guide to Archives

A Beginner's Guide to Archives is a guest blog post by Alistair McGowan, professional genealogist and owner of bespokeGenealogy.com. Originally from the UK, Alistair now lives in Ontario, Canada, where he runs his genealogy business & research services. Alistair is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.  If you have any UK ancestry, be sure to follow Alistair on Pinterest, where we connected. His images are beautiful and his posts are filled with useful family history resources, travel tips, and such detail it's hard to believe he spends any time in Canada. His blog and Pinterest images have inspired me to plan a Heritage trip to the UK!  My thanks in advance to Alistair for his willingness to share his knowledge. Now, on to his guest post, A Beginner's Guide to Archives.   It used to be that the only way you coul…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth – NARA Free Digital Databases

  On Day 12 of Family History Month, check out what you can access online at the US National Archives. The US National Archives, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), has online databases, many of which are helpful in family history research. These are listed at the NARA site, Access to Archival Databases (AAD).   Here's an example of one type of record you can find. This is a Prisoner of War record for the famous author, Kurt Vonnegut, who was captured at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.   Some helpful collections include: Immigration to America Russian Immigrants Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Russians to the United States, created, ca. 1977 - 2002, documenting the period 1834 - 1897 Russians to America Passenger Data File, 1834 - 1897 Russian Immigration Manifest Header Data File, 1834 -  1900 Irish Immigrants to America Records for Passengers Who Arrived at the Po…
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Free Genealogy Stuff – July 31st to August 6th

  Follow the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals. Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:   Sweepstakes: Last chance to enter the 23andMe DNA Sweepstakes, you don't have to purchase to enter (scroll to the bottom of the page and read the fine print). Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 pm PT on 8/3/17                   Books: Free Genealogy DNA book download, "Intro to DNA Crash Course" by Blaine T. Bettinger, author at www.thegeneticgenealogist.com (from @Heirs2U in the UK)                           Free Heirloom Searches: British Family Tree Research has an online shop with postcards and other historical documents listed by surname. British Surname searches for family memorabilia are free and you can see if they have any materials for sale rel…
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