Saturday, December 27, 2014 is giving free search access until December 29, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST to some of its collections released in 2014 -- sort of a review of the year.

There is a special offer page set up. You can see a complete list of which database collections are included at the specialized search page. A variety of countries are included: 1911 census for Canada and the UK, the 1940 USA Census, Hamburg Passenger Lists, Quebec Drouin Collection, US Passengers and Immigration Lists, US World War I and II Draft Cards ... see the list for more.

You do need to create a Free Account to see the record. This is the account type you use to have an online tree or to leave/get messages on the message boards without a paid membership. I am not sure if your credit card is required -- it says create Free Account not create Free Trial Membership.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

More Digital Images Added to Michigan Probates on

Today, added more digital images to its Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 collection.

A lot more counties have been added now but remember not everything is digital and online yet. One good thing is that this time is that FamilySearch seems to have digitized some of the index books. The index books are needed to figure out which estate file number is the one you seek.

Remember each county varies in what is available. Use the FamilySearch catalog to determine what records were microfilmed for the county you are dealing with and to figure out if more digital images are likely to be added later.

Good luck manually browsing/searching these digital images.

Oh, and remember these records are free.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


MCGG Meeting Topics Revealed for 2015

Hi Everyone!

We have released MCGG's 2015 meeting schedules for our MCGG Friday Group and our Let's Talk...Genealogy discussion group on Wednesday.

The meeting dates and topics can be found on the respective pages of this blog site or in our Southeast Michigan Genealogy Events calendar on the Calendar page. 

NEW! On both the MCGG Friday Meetings and Let's Talk Meetings blog pages, you will now find the PDF file of our current meetings flyer which can be viewed and downloaded. (Please note the image of the flyer in this post is just a low-res image. To see/download the flyer PDF you need to go to either of the meeting pages.)

We hope you enjoy the coming genealogy season.

See You Soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Webinars, Webinars ... Everywhere You Look There is a Learning Opportunity

Are you interested in learning? How about learning genealogy and history related things?

Was that a yes I heard out there?

Well, for those that said yes there are a lot of opportunities out there on the internet. Some are for a fee but many of them are free. If you really like the webinars of a particular host or want to see an older, archived webinar the cost of membership is not very high for many of these webinar hosts.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars has released its 2015 webinar schedule. The webinars, mostly held at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, are free to view live and for almost a week afterwards at which time they become accessible to webinar subscribers only. Some webinars are held on Friday and this year a few webinars will be held at night. Handouts are available only to webinar subscribers/members. Easy multiple-webinar sign-up at one time was added to the webinar registration system earlier this year. This greatly simplifies the registration process so don't forget to use it. Legacy webinar membership is $9.95/month or $49.95/year. (Note: If you view a webinar, there is often a discount code word which will get you 10 percent off items from the store, including webinar memberships.) Webinar members get an additional 5 percent off when signed-in.

Southern California Genealogical Society

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) has released its 2015 webinar schedule. The webinars, held the first Saturday and third Monday of the month, are free to live viewers and handouts are included. After the live webinar, only SCGS members can view the archived webinars. SCGS membership is $35/year and includes other benefits.

Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has released its 2015 webinar schedule.  The webinars are held the second Tuesday of the month at 9 p.m. ET and are free to live viewers and handouts are included. After the live webinar, only ISGS members can view the archived webinars. ISGS membership is $35/year.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will be releasing its 2015 webinar schedule soon. The webinars are held the third Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. ET and are free to live viewers and handouts are included. After the live webinar, only WSGS members can view the archived webinars. WSGS membership is $30/year.


FamilyTreeDNA hosts a variety of webinars on various DNA topics. Topics are not announced very far in advance of the scheduled date. The webinars are free to view, live or archived. There are no handouts.


This year, the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, began broadcasting the genealogy classes held in the library. Information about these free webinars are located at the FHL's page on FamilySearch. Classes through April 2015 have been listed but check back occasionally because sometimes additional webinars are added. Most of these webinars include handouts. And they are supposed to be recorded and archived in the FamilySearch Learning Center.

The societies and company listed above are not the only online webinar opportunities out there.

GeneaWebinars is a blog that hosts a calendar specializing in keeping track of the numerous genealogy webinars being held. About 35 organizers/hosts list their webinars in the calendar. Organizers/Hosts use a variety of webinar delivery systems from GoToWebinar to Google Hangouts to Twitter. Most entries have links taking you to the registration page for that webinar or the website of the host.

So if you want to learn something new or review a specific topic, there is likely a webinar out there for you. But you might have to find some patience if the webinar is not scheduled until later in the year.

Have fun learning.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A New Season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" is Coming in February 2015

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? is set to premiere on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 on The Learning Channel (TLC) at 10 p.m. There will be eight new hour-long episodes.

So who is on Who?

Four of the eight celebrities have been identified.
  • Julie Chen
  • Angie Harmon
  • Sean Hayes 
  • Bill Paxton

If you missed last season, you can catch some of it at the show's website.

Mark your calendars so you do not forget to watch.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Get Ready for Our Annual Holiday Party/Pot-luck this Friday

After tonight's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting it is time to get ready for our holiday party.

Friday, December 12th at 12:00 p.m. (noon) is our Annual Holiday Party and Pot-luck at the Mount Clemens Public Library. It is a joint meeting of the Macomb County Genealogy Group Friday group and the Let's Talk...Genealogy Wednesday group.

Bring a dish (home-made or store-bought) to share and come have some fun. (Remember this meeting starts at noon rather than our usual 1 p.m. start time.)

Please email Ann at the MCGG email (see our contact page) if you plan on attending so we know approximately how many tables to set up. But if you don't know until the last moment, come anyway.

Again this year, just for fun, we are going to have a White Elephant Auction. Look around your house and if you find something that you don't want (but someone else might) wrap it up and bring it. Oh, and bring a few dollars so you can bid on an "elephant" and raise some money for the genealogy room equipment. Bidding opens at 50 cents.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Friday, December 5, 2014

This Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genelaogy meeting topic is What Have You Learned This Year?

This Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is What Have You Learned This Year? 

Let's discuss and share what we have learned in genealogy or history this past year. We'll give everyone a turn. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Today Released New Holiday Sale Prices for 2014

The Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale ended just over two hours ago. Today, announced its holiday sale for the remainder of the season.

The length of the sale depends on the item.

AncestryDNA tests are now $89 which is 10 percent off the regular price of $99. The test is on sale until 6:59 p.m. EST Sunday, Dec. 21.

There is a code for free shipping on DNA tests but out on the internet people have been reporting that the code did not work every time with the Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale. It seemed to not always work when purchasing a single test but would work when purchasing multiple tests. Despite this recent "problem", it is worth a shot at saving the $9.95 shipping cost by entering the coupon code to see if you can get free DNA shipping on AncestryDNA tests. The code is FREESHIPDNA which was supposed to be valid until April 1, 2015. (The code is listed on RetailMeNot but you do not have to go to that website to get the code. It is as you see above, all capital letters with no spaces.)

Ancestry has also discounted Ancestry Gift Memberships by 10 percent and Family Tree Maker software by 25 percent. See this Ancestry Gifts page for details. Note: if you want the software on CD/DVD there is an added shipping cost which is $5 for our area. Shipping costs vary by location. These particular items are on sale until 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 26.

Be careful not to get lost in the various "store" and "gift" pages. Not all of the pages consistently show the sale prices. Some just show and charge the regular prices. So be sure you are on the holiday Give A Gift page so you get the sale price. 

As you can see,'s holiday sale is not quite as good as its short after Thanksgiving sale. But sometimes a little savings is better than none.

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!