Thursday, October 19, 2017

Recently Released just this Past Weekend: In Their Words Volume IV: German

Note: This post was originally published Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017, at 6:28 p.m. ET. Updated information has been added.

This past weekend the new book In Their Words: A Genealogist's Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume IV: German by William F. Hoffman and Jonathan D. Shea was released.

"The 665-page work is designed to help genealogical researchers find and understand German-language records that will tell them about the lives of their ancestors and relatives," according to the website. There is a section of example documents from the United States and Europe, as well as chapters on German grammar phonetics and structure, locating records in the United States, finding places and using gazetteers, a German letter writing guide, a vocabulary guide, and a list of common German given names and their equivalents in other European languages, and an index.

The book is available direct from Language and Lineage Press for $49 plus $5 shipping. You can print an order form and send a check with it, or send an email and directions to pay by PayPal will be sent to you.

But please note that the authors are currently awaiting a new shipment of books from the printer because they have already sold out of the copies of volume four that they had on hand. Update: The authors should be restocked next week.

The Polish Genealogical Society of America is also selling the book for $50 plus $4 shipping as a Pre-Order purchase. PGSA's shipment of books from the printer is currently on its way to them. Those who are PGSA members will get a member discount when ordering thru PGSA. Update: PGSA has received its shipment and started shipping the book today.
In Their Words volumes one thru three at MCPL.

Earlier volumes in the series are also available from a few other retailers. See the order information page on Language and Lineage Press website for details of who is carrying which volumes.

Our favorite library Mount Clemens Public Library already has the first three volumes of the In Their Words series: Volume 1 Polish, Volume 2 Russian and Volume 3 Latin. So if you are in need of Polish, Russian and Latin help, the books are awaiting your use.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NSDAR Alexander Macomb Chapter hosts free Genealogy and Lineage Workshop

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Alexander Macomb Chapter is hosting a free Genealogy and Lineage Workshop on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library located at 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens.

Bring your family records and your research questions. Lineage research assistance and application filing is the main focus. However, anyone interested in learning to track his or her roots is welcome to attend the workshop at any time throughout the morning. Experienced DAR members will be available to help you.

For more information contact the Alexander Macomb DAR chapter.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Roseville Family History Center to Close Nov. 1, Merges with Bloomfield Hills FHC

We just got word that the Roseville Family History Center on 12 Mile Road will close on November 1, 2017, and will consolidate with the Bloomfield Hill Family History Center.

"Initially, the plan is to have the most recent extended films (the ones in the file cabinet near the main door) transferred to the Bloomfield Hills FHC for use by the patrons who ordered them. Ultimately, the needed equipment and remaining films will also be transferred over," according to the announcement.


The Bloomfield Hills Family History Center is located on 37425 Woodard Avenue, Bloomfield Hill, Michigan, 48304-5002. Though it might be a little further for some patrons to travel, the Bloomfield Hills Family History Center has many more days and hours of operations giving patrons more flexibility for their research. The Bloomfield Hills FHC is open: Tues 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Wed and Thurs 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please note that this FHC is generally closed between the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Entrance to the Bloomfield Hills FHC is by the NorthWest door at the back of the redish-brick church building. Upon entering, proceed straight ahead down the North hallway to the East hallway, turn right (south) and the entrance to the FHC is the third door on your left (East) side.

To see the locked digitized microfilm that is only available to view when visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah; a local Family History Center; or an approved Family History Center affiliate location, you must use the patron computers of that facility. Remember to bring a USB drive with you if you hope to download any record images. The Bloomfield Hills Family History Center currently has about six or eight computers for patron use.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, October 12, 2017

5th National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 25 from 10 am to 4 pm

The National Archives will hold its 5th Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 25, 2017. No matter where you are if you have internet access you can attend by watching the speakers live via YouTube.

All session videos and handouts are available free of charge and are accessible from the Virtual Genealogy Fair page of the National Archives website.

The virtual day starts off at 10 a.m. Eastern Time with opening remarks. Topics include taking care of heirlooms, tax records, accessing burned records, as well as two sessions on working with records from the War Relocation Administration for finding Japanese American relocatees in other records and deciphering electronic records on Japanese Americans interned during World War II. Closing remarks are at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The day's events will be recorded and made accessible for free to those who can not attend/watch the presentations live.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting Starts at 7 p.m. Tonight at MCPL!

Tonight -- Wednesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is this month's MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... SeekingMichigan.org Tips & Tricks.

We'll share resources found on the Archives of Michigan website as well as tips and tricks for better results.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

It's Back ... October is Family History Month ... Focus on Your Genealogy!

Note: This post was originally made October 5, 2017, at 9:56 p.m. ET. We've added some additional information.

How did so many pages of the calendar flip? Time is flying by because it is once again October -- which means it is Family History Month in the United States! 

As you know from years past MCGG encourages everyone to do something for his or her own genealogy this month! Though we are a little late this year mentioning our favorite hobby's "month of honor" you can do something each day or week using cues inspired by other national or international days of honor. Whether it is a bunch of little tasks, a couple larger tasks or some of each take time this month to do something for your genealogy.

Keep in mind that there are often many genealogy "free-access" and sale offers in honor of this month so stay tuned here and keep an eye out for them yourself. But do be careful: know what you are accessing/buying and from whom.

For those October days that have passed already, do the inspiration task suggestion on another day if they inspire you more than another day's suggestion. 

October 1 - 31 -- Family History Month in the United States.
It is also Computer Learning Month so check out a book or watch a webinar on how to use one of your genealogy-related programs ... or your computer; and it is American Archives Month so plan a future research visit to your state or local archive.


Additional month of October observations are:  Polish-American Heritage Month, German American Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), Filipino American History Month, LGBT History Month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Dyslexia Awareness Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), and National Work and Family Month to name just a few. So take sometime to research the Polish, German, Filipino, Hispanic branches in your family tree. And/Or take inspiration from the other month long observations to focus on some aspect of your family's history this month.

The week of October 1 - 7 (the first full week) is Mystery Series Week, plan to focus on the mysterious ancestors in your tree. Take another try at finding those elusive ancestors. The week of October 2 - 8 is National Carry A Tune Week, plan to focus on those ancestors known for their musical talent. The week of October 2 - 8 is Spinning and Weaving Week, plan to focus on those ancestors who were spinners or weavers. 

October 1 -- National Homemade Cookies Day. It's not genealogy related or is it? Bake up a batch of grandma's or great grandma's cookies from a passed-down recipe. If grandma is still living, visit or call her and talk to her about her -- informally interview her. International Day of Older Persons. Visit or call and talk to an older relative about his/her life and memories -- do an informal interview.

October 2 -- National Name Your Car Day. Scan those photographs with your ancestors and their cars, or write down your car memories of your own. 

October 3 -- National Techies Day. Spend sometime organizing the files on your hard drive and backing up your hard drive. Learn a new program or simply enter into your genealogy program that information you have been meaning to do. 

October 4 -- National Tacos Day; National Golf Lover's Day; National Vodka Day. Use today to research/focus on your Mexican/Spanish, Scottish, or Russian ancestors. National Pumpkin Seed Day (first Wednesday in October.) Write down your Halloween or farm harvesting memories. National Walk to School Day (first Wednesday in October.) Write down the memories of your and your children's first days of school and/or how you/they would get to school. Ask an Archivist Day. Sponsored by The Society of Archivists, use your Twitter account to ask your archive question using the #AskAnArchivist hashtag. 

October 5 -- National Do Something Nice Day and National Apple Betty Day. Use today to share something with a relative, or to research/focus on a Betty (Elizabeth) in your ancestry. National Rhode Island Day. Spend some time researching your Rhode Island ancestors. World Teachers Day. Spend some time researching relatives who were teachers.

October 6 -- National German-American Day. Use today to research/focus on your German ancestors. National Mad Hatter Day. Got a hatter in the family? Use today to research that relative. National Noodle Day. So many nationalities are known for noodles, pick one and research your ancestors of those nationalities or who lived in those countries. World Smile Day (first Friday in October.) Scan some of those ancestral photos (even those without smiles) or print out some of your digital photos. 

October 7 -- International Frugal Fun Day. Spend some time researching on your favorite or a new-to-you free genealogy website. International Newspaper Carrier Day. Use today to investigate digitized newspapers for your ancestors. Or re-read your newspaper finds to see if you missed something.

October 8 -- National Pirogi Day. Use today to research/focus on your Polish ancestors. Clergy Appreciation Day (second Sunday in October.) Research your clergy ancestors today and appreciate those in your life today.

The week of October 9 - 15 is Healthcare Security & Safety Week, plan to focus on those ancestors who worked in the healthcare or police/security fields. The second week of October is National Newspaper Week, plan to focus on those ancestors who worked in the newspaper field or research your ancestors in digitized newspapers.

October 9 -- National Leif Erikson Day. Use today to research/focus on your Nordic ancestors. National Native American Day (second Monday in October.) Use today to research/focus on your Native American ancestors. Curious Events Day. Try investigating a mystery in your family tree. Columbus Day (second Monday in October.) Use today to research/focus on your immigrant ancestors. Thanksgiving Day in Canada (second Monday in October.) Use today to research your Canadian ancestors, or those that lived there for a time. 

October 10 -- World Post Day. Use today to investigate your postal carrier ancestors. Or to transcribe some family letters. National Cake Decorating Day and National Angel Food Cake Day. Use today to research/focus on your baker ancestors, or to concentrate on finding any birth records you do not already have for your ancestors. Or write down your memories about family gatherings like birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, etc.

October 11 -- National Fossil Day (on Wednesday of the second full week in October.) Use today to research/focus on your end-of-line ancestors. What sources have you missed in trying to research these ancestors? Are any now available online? They may not be indexed but they may now be accessible. Or research the life of your longest living relative. International Day of the Girl Child. Pick a female ancestor and spend some time today researching her. National Sausage Pizza Day. Research your butcher ancestors or your Italian ancestors. Take Your Parents to Lunch Day. Use today to research/focus on your parents. National Emergency Nurse's Day. Use today to research/focus on your ancestors who worked in the health care industry. 

October 12 -- National Farmer's Day. Use today to research/focus on your farming ancestors. National Gumbo Day. Use today to research/focus on your Louisiana ancestors. National Vermont Day. Research any Vermont ancestors you may have. Cookbook Launch Day. Use today to research your female ancestors. Or, create "family cookbook" of your own with treasured, passed-down recipes or more current family favorites. Make it a project and you'll have made a holiday gift item. Moment of Frustration Day. Re-examine one or more of your "brickwall" ancestors and create a plan to knock down that wall. There are lots of ideas for how to do something for your genealogy today. 

October 13 -- National Train Your Brain Day. Use today to learn something new. Watch a genealogy webinar, or read a genealogy book. National Yorkshire Pudding Day. Use today to research/focus on your English ancestors. Navy Birthday. Use today to research/focus on your naval/seafaring ancestors. International Skeptics Day. Take another look at those family branches that might be a little shaky. International Day for Disaster Reduction. Use today to shore up your genealogy's ability to survive in event of a disaster. 

October 14 -- National Dessert Day. Use today to bake a family favorite dessert. Or to work on your family recipe book. National Motorcycle Ride Day (second Saturday in October.) Scan photos of your relatives with their motorcycles or write your memories of them or your first ride on a motorcycle.

The third week of October is Teen Read Week and National Friends of Libraries Week, plan to focus on those ancestors who were librarians. Or search for your ancestors in digitized books.

October 15 -- National Cheese Curd Day. Use today to research/focus on your dairy farmer ancestors. National I Love Lucy Day. Use today to record your memories of your funniest relatives. National Grouch Day. Use today to record your memories of your grumpiest ancestors. International Day of Rural Women. Use today to research your female ancestors who lived in the country or on a farm. If your Mom grew up on a farm, informally interview her about it. National White Cane Safety Day. Research your ancestors/relatives who were or went blind. 

October 16 -- National Department Store Day. Use today to research or write about your ancestor/relatives that worked in a department store. National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day. Do exactly what the day says -- clean your desktop and organize your computer files! National Boss's Day. Research your ancestors who owned their own businesses. 

October 17 -- National Mulligan Day. Use today to "do something over." Revisit a problem or ancestor the eluded you once before. National Black Poetry Day. Use today to research/focus on your African American ancestors. 

October 18 -- National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Have a cupcake, with all this genealogy you need to keep your energy up.

October 19 -- National Kentucky Day. Use today to focus your research on your Kentucky ancestors. Evaluate Your Life Day. In the spirit of this day spend some time re-evaluating your research efforts on a particular problem. 

October 20 -- World Statistics Day. Even though numbers are not the goal of your genealogy, use today to see how many ancestors you know or how many sources you have in your genealogy. 

October 21 -- Sweetest Day. Use today to concentrate your research on finding any marriage records you do not already have for your ancestors. Or, as you show your "sweetests" you care, talk to them about themselves -- another opportunity to informally interview your relatives.

October 22 -- National Mother-in-law Day. Use today to research/focus on your spouse's mother's ancestors.

The week of October 23 - 29 is Get Organized Week, plan one or two days or an hour each day to organize your genealogy papers.

October 23 -- National Boston Creme Pie Day. Use today to research/focus on your Massachusetts ancestors. Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day. Use today to research/focus on your immigrant ancestors. Look again for those that are eluding your research efforts. 

October 24 -- United Nations Day. Use today to research/focus on an ancestor you put off researching because he/she is a nationality you have not researched before. 

October 25 -- International Artists Day. Use today to research/focus on your ancestors who were artistically inclined.

October 26 -- National Tennessee Day. Use today to research/focus on your ancestors Tennessee ancestors. National Day of the Deployed. Use today to research/focus on your military ancestors.

October 27 -- Navy Day. Use another day today to research/focus on your naval/seafaring ancestors. National Tell a Story Day in Scotland and the U.K. Try writing your memories about a particular relative. Or, write down those stories of your ancestors/family that you heard growing up. World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Use today to interview a relative or transcribe a previously recorded interview.

October 28 -- National Make a Difference Day. Use today to help someone else with their genealogy. National Chocolate Day. With all this genealogy, here is a reminder to buy some Halloween candy. Trick-or-Treat is just three days away.

October 29 -- National Hermit Day. Use today to research/focus on your ancestors who did not marry or have children. Sometimes the probates of those without direct heirs can be goldmines. 

October 30 -- National Speak Up for Service Day. Use today to research/focus on your ancestors who did a good deed. Look for them in digitized newspapers.

October 31 -- Halloween. Do some more cemetery research or research probate records for your ancestors today. And, take a little break from genealogy to pass out some candy tonight. You did remember to buy some trick-or-treat candy right? Girl Scout Founder's Day. Use today to write about your memories in scouting no matter if you are a boy or girl. World Cities Day. Research your ancestors in city directories.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Five Free BCG Day of Quality Education Webinars Available until October 13, 2017

Five free webinars (with handouts) are available until October 13 for viewing at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. These five presentation are part of the Board of Certified Genealogists sponsored A BCG Day of Quality Education and were recorded live in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 6, 2017.

Here are the five presentations.

Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis
by Jill Morelli, CG

Sweden's Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s
by Martha Garrett, CG

Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery
by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records
by Ann Staley, CG, CGL

Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls
by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

You can learn more about the Board of Certified Genealogists from its website. But be aware that BCG's website is undergoing updates so you may need to check back if the site is temporarily down. The above webinars are at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website and are not affected by the BCG website update.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE



Monday, October 9, 2017

The Next Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017!

Wednesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is this month's MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... SeekingMichigan.org Tips & Tricks.

We'll share resources found on the Archives of Michigan website as well as tips and tricks for better results.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ancestry.ca offers Free Access for Canada's Thanksgiving Holiday

This weekend Ancestry.ca is having a free access weekend in honor of Canada's Thankgiving Day. The free access period is from October 6 to October 9, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Included in this free access offer is access to all Canadian and Immigration Records. A list of included database collections can be found here. If you are not in Canada you may get a message about directing you to another Ancestry site for your country, just click continue to Ancestry.ca (the Canadian site) to be able to access the free access offer.

To participate in the free access offer you will need to register for free with the Ancestry.ca website to receive a username and password. The easiest way to do this is to perform a search from the free access weekend page and then click to view a record, you will then be asked to create a free registered account.

Enjoy searching for your Canadian ancestors.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Genealogists Beware ... Scammers are Afoot -- Keep Yourself Safe Out There!

Recently MCGG has heard of a scam aimed at genealogists so we want everyone to be on their toes and on the look out to protect themselves in their genealogy life and while living life.

This scam we heard of was a website offering free ebooks or printing of books that are obviously still under copyright by their authors and publishers. The old adage "if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is not" holds true for this scam. The free offer requires creating a username and password and then asks for credit card information for "verification." In the very fine and faint print there is note of cancelling within seven days or a monthly membership fee will be charged. Obvious misrepresentation is occurring here. In this case the website starts off as liverpoolofficial.com and then as you are registering it switches to filesfetcher website which is a known name of a browser hijacker. So be aware and stay away from too good to be true offers.

And as a reminder, always be on the look out for email phishing scams of any kind that make it through your email provider's spam filter. Protect yourself by stopping before acting. Ask yourself would the purported company/individual make contact using email (or even by telephone) and make such an offer or demand. BUT above all do not click on any links in that questionable email. If you are unsure investigate the email offer/demand by other means. One way is to ask a more technological-aware family member or friend is the email/phone offer/demand a scam?

Lastly, be careful what you click on while browsing the internet. Make sure your devices are running security software that helps protect you from those links and ads to bad places. But remember you are your first defense by surfing the world wide web smartly.

Stay safe out there.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, October 5, 2017

MCGG's Next Friday Meeting is Tomorrow

MCGG's next Friday meeting is tomorrow Friday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Deborah Larson, assistant director of the Mount Clemens Public Library, will present Tracing the History of Your House. 

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Lapeer County Genealogical Society will Meet on Oct 12, 2017, in Lapeer

The Lapeer County Genealogical Society is still without a website so as a courtesy MCGG would like to let you know that LCGS's next meeting is on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Lapeer County Center Building located at 425 County Center Street in Lapeer, Michigan. 

This month's meeting is annual joint meeting of the Lapeer County Genealogy Group and the Lapeer County Historical Society. The annual dinner begins at 6 p.m. for those who sent in their reservations and checks by the October 6 deadline.

At 7 p.m. there is a free presentation for all even if you are not attending the dinner. Tom Powers will present Wild Wild Midwest: Crime in the 20s & 30s. The topic is Michigan bank robbers based on Power's new book, Stick'Em Up: Michigan Bank Robberies of the 1920s and 1930s.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Thursday, September 28, 2017

MCGG's Next Friday Meeting is October 6

MCGG's next Friday meeting is on Friday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Deborah Larson, assistant director of the Mount Clemens Public Library, will present Tracing the History of Your House. 

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Finding Your Roots TV Show Returns to PBS on October 3, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Season four of Finding Your Roots will premiere Tuesday, October 3, 2017, on your local PBS station at 8 p.m. EST. This is the hour-long genealogy television show headed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

The season will spotlight 28 new guests including: Larry David, Bernie Sanders, Carly Simon, Christopher Walken, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, William H. Macy, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay, Janet Mock, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee, Suzanne Malveaux, Lupita Nyong'o, Carmelo Anthony, Ana Narvarro, Téa Leoni, Gaby Hoffman, Questlove, Dr. Phil McGraw, Carlayne Hunter-Gault, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, and three more.

 Everyone has different television delivery/provider systems. Use your television provider's schedule system or PBS Detroit's schedule system to find the PBS channel number on your provider system and to learn when the show will be re-aired again. (On PBS Detroit's schedule system you can customize the listing to your service provider by edit or change provider so the schedule generated reflects your television provider's channels and schedule.) 

See You Soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Word of Caution ...

Back in August we mentioned that some of the DNA for genealogy tests could be found for sale on the Amazon.com website. Even at sale prices, these tests usually meet the minimum purchase amount for free shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime Member you receive faster shipping.

We thought just to remind everyone to make sure you know what you are purchasing and who is selling it.

We recommend sticking to the known DNA tests from DNA testing companies that serve the genetic genealogy community such as AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage. These companies vary in size and some services but all offer a match service (seeing who you match from those who have also tested.)

We also recommend verifying who is actually selling the test kit on Amazon. (View the item page and look under the price for the "sold by" which is right after the In Stock or Out of Stock.) Is it the actual DNA testing company or is it a third-party seller? If it is a third-party check out its ratings and reviews before making a purchase.


Stay safe out there.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Family Tree DNA's Family Finder (autosomal) Test on Sale for $69

Family Tree DNA is having a sale on its autosomal DNA test called Family Finder. Now regularly $89, the FamilyFinder test is on sale for $69 plus taxes and shipping. We have not seen yet when this sale price will end. 

During the month of September a portion of each sale (new tests, upgrades and paid transfers) will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. Family Tree DNA is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and though email and phone support was hindered the back up generators protected the lab. Some FTDNA employees were personally effected by the hurricane.

Family Tree DNA is the only DNA testing company that tests Y-DNA and mtDNA in addition to autosomal DNA. At a later date, you can always add/upgrade another test type to the DNA sample already submitted. 

Any one (male or female) can take an autosomal DNA test. So if there is some elderly cousin or any relation really you hope to test, now is a good time to pick up a test kit or two. Each kit is managed separately and multiple kits can be linked to one email address.

Also, remember that Family Tree DNA also has a DNA Automsomal Transfer option. Autosomal DNA Transfers can be done with 23andMe V3 or V4 tests and AncestryDNA V1 and V2 tests. The initial transfer is free for a look at your matches and is just $19 to unlock the test to see/do more and be able to contact matches. We have two posts here and here that explain DNA Autosomal Transfers. 

Some of our other previous posts can explain a little bit about the difference between autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Click the labels to the left using either DNA, DNA Day, or FamilyTreeDNA. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

AncestryDNA on Sale for $79

Ancestry.com is having a sale on its AncestryDNA (autosomal) Test. Regularly $99, it is on sale for $79 plus shipping and taxes. We have seen no indication of when this sale will end.

From what we understand that free shipping coupon code FREESHIPDNA listed at the RetailMeNot website will work with this sale so you will save on the $9.95 shipping cost too! Also reported is that if you buy additional AncestryDNA test kits at the same time, those additional test kits will cost just $69 each.

One thing to remember with AncestryDNA is that there are new rules/procedures for activating tests that are not your own DNA aka spit aka test. We reported on this with our July 14, 2017, post. Essentially each DNA tester needs to have a unique email address (because of the next requirement), have his/her own Ancestry.com account (it can be a free one), activate his/her own test kit, and then invite the test requester (often the person that paid for the test) to be a manager of that DNA tester's results.

It has been speculated a lot of these changes were to comply with European Union privacy laws so that perhaps Ancestry.com can expand its test sales into other countries.

But that said, it makes things a whole lot more difficult to get other relatives who don't, won't or can't have technology like email and internet; and who don't, won't or can't manage their own test results due to age, capability or finances. Many relatives are willing to test if that is all they have to do so you can share the results with them.

So Ancestry advised us to help the tester set up those things.

How much help (with the tester's informed consent and permission) you need to give will depend on each situation.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Family Tree Maker 2017 Discount Upgrade Pricing $39.95 Ends Oct. 1, 2017

Three days ago, Software MacKiev announced that it will end the discounted upgrade pricing for Family Tree Maker 2017 on October 1, 2017.

The discounted upgrade pricing is $39.95 to upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2017 from any previous version of Family Tree Maker. After the discount ends Oct. 1 the upgrade pricing will be $79.95 which is the same cost as a first-time purchaser would pay. 

The discounted upgrade pricing page is here and be sure to make your purchase before October 1. The software is delivered by download using a link in an email. It can be purchased on a CD or USB also, but you can can easily copy your download to your own USB or external drive for safe keeping. Make sure the computer you intend to use the software on meets the minimum system requirements.

If you have want to continue using features Family Tree Maker has been known for like: syncing between an online tree and a FTM desktop tree; web search and record merge from within FTM; and tree hints (those shaky leaves) as well as other features, you must upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2017. Many of these capabilities no longer work in previous versions.

To learn more about the upgrade see the MacKiev Family Tree Maker page or its FTM support page. MacKiev does not have phone support but you can initiate a Live Chat using a link on the FTM Live Chat support page.

There is currently only one other sync-capable genealogy software option that works with Ancestry online trees. It does work a bit differently than the FTM version of online tree syncing.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Free Access to 15 Select Webinars at Family Tree Webinars Extended

Family Tree Webinars has extended its 7th Anniversary celebration by extending its free access to members-only webinars to Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. 

During this time non-members can watch 15 normally member-only webinars on a variety of topics. 

There are also quite a few always free webinars available during anytime of the year. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thank You for Supporting the MCPL Used Book Sale and Mt Clemens Public Library

If you made a purchase at the MCPL Used Book Sale ...
If you passed the word of the MCPL Used Book Sale ...
If you volunteered to staff the MCPL Used Book Sale ...
If you volunteered to help set up the MCPL Used Book Sale ...
If you volunteered to help take down the MCPL Used Book Sale ...
If you volunteered to sort the donated books throughout the year for the MCPL Used Book Sale ...

We thank you for supporting the MCPL Used Book Sale and Mount Clemens Public Library!

As you can see there were a lot of people that made this happen. And, we did good.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Last Day of the MCPL Used Book Sale Shop Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hurry in before the MCPL Used Book Sale closes.
It is Day 3 of the Used Book Sale at the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale and there are less than two hours left. Today is the last day of the sale and it is Bag Day ... buy a paper grocery bag from us for $5 and fill it with anything you can fit in it. The Used Book Sale is hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group and proceeds support the library.

Sale hours today (Sat., Sept. 23) are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have shopped the MCPL Used Book Sale, thank you for supporting the library.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, September 22, 2017

It is Day 2 of the MCPL Used Book Sale Shop Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amazingly we still have a good selection of used books
available. Please come buy a book or several books.
Day 2 of the Used Book Sale at the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale kicked off today a couple hours ago. There is still a great selection to pick from in a wide variety of categories. The Used Book Sale is hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

Sale hours today (Fri, Sept. 22) are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Used Book Sale Days and Hours are: 

September 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, September 21, 2017

It is Day 1 of the MCPL Used Book Sale Shop Today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lots of books to pick from at this sale.
Day 1 of the Used Book Sale at the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale kicked off today less than an hour ago. There is still a great selection to pick from in a wide variety of categories. The Used Book Sale is hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

Sale hours today (Thurs, Sept. 21) are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Used Book Sale Days and Hours are: 

September 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Day Two of the Sale. 

September 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MCPL Used Book Sale Preview Night Tomorrow, Wed., Sept 20, 6 - 8 p.m.

2017 MCPL Used Book Sale ...
Just one day until Preview Night.
As you can see from this photo we are just about ready for Wednesday night's Preview Night of the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale. Again, hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

Our Preview Event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wed., Sep. 20th, in the Community Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library. Preview Event Admission is $10 per person at the door.

We thank everyone who helped with sale setup for their hard work.

Used Book Sale Days and Hours are: 

September 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Preview Event. Preview Event Admission is $10 per person at the door. Shop the sale early for the best selection. 

September 21, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Day One of the Sale. 

September 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Day Two of the Sale. 

September 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Free One Week Access to 15 Select Webinars at Family Tree Webinars

Family Tree Webinars is celebrating its 7th Anniversary with a free access week from Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017, to Friday, Sep. 22, 2017.

During this time non-members can watch 15 normally member-only webinars on a variety of topics.

There are also quite a few always free webinars available during anytime of the year.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Get Ready! The Used Book Sale is Next Week at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

It is almost that time again ... the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale. Again, hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

We have had a few very-dedicated volunteers sorting all year round to get us ready for this event. We thank them immensely for their hard work.

Used Book Sale Days and Hours are: 

September 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Preview Event. Preview Event Admission is $10 per person at the door. Shop the sale early for the best selection. 

September 21, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Day One of the Sale. 

September 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Day Two of the Sale. 

September 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, September 11, 2017

This Wednesday is the First Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting for Fall 2017

Wednesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is the first MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting for Fall 2017. Our topic for the night is ... Where Do I Go From Here?

Bring research questions, brick walls or new finds to share with the group. Let's share our challenges, maybe someone will have an idea to solve them.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lapeer County Genealogical Society will Meet on Sep 12, 2017 in Attica

The Lapeer County Genealogical Society is still without a website so as a courtesy MCGG would like to let you know that LCGS's next meeting is on Tuesday, September 12, at 7 p.m.

This month's meeting is a field trip to the Attica Township Museum. A tour will be conducted by Janet O'Donnell.



The museum is located behind the Attica Township Hall at 4350 Peppermill Road in Attica. From Lapeer, go east on Imlay City Road (M-21) to Lake Pleasant Road, right on Lake Pleasant Road; turn right on Peppermill Road, and follow short distance to the Township Hall located on the left. If arriving from I-69, get off at Lake Pleasant Road exit and go north into town. Turn left on Peppermill Road.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September is Save Your Photos Month and Tomorrow's MCGG Friday Meeting Topic

September is the national month for ... Fall Hats, Hispanic Heritage (Sep. 15 - Oct 15), International Square Dancing, several foods like Chicken, Honey, Potatoes, Rice as well as some others, and Self Improvement to name just a few.

This year, September 2017, marks the fourth annual Save Your Photos Month which celebrates family history, memories and stories by promoting education of how to preserve photos and saving family photos. It it also a reminder to backup your digital photos, and to scan and save the vintage ones.

Tomorrow our Friday meeting topic is Organizing and Preserving Your Photos presented by Cheryl Warnock. Join us at 1 p.m., Friday, Sep. 8, at Mount Clemens Public Library.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Just a Few Days Left Until Our First Fall 2017 Friday Meeting on Fri., Sep. 8th

It is almost here! MCGG's first meeting of Fall 2017 is on Friday, September 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Cheryl Warnock will present Organizing and Preserving Your Photos.

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, September 1, 2017

New York State Death Index on Internet Archive; Ancestry.com Adds "New York, Death Index, 1880-1956" Collection Today

Last year, the group Reclaim the Records won its petition to access the New York City Death Index and made digitized images of the microfilm/microfiche index available for free via the Internet Archive website < www.archive.org > which is a free website. Earlier this year, the Reclaim the Records received access to the New York State Death Index and immediately set to work adding those images to Internet Archive as well.

All of the Reclaim the Records digitized records from a variety of states can be found under the group's name here at Internet Archive. At this time the New York State Death Index collection is still empty showing 0 items. BUT if you search the Internet Archive (not the WayBackMachine) using "New York State Death Index" you will find the individual PDFs for each year are already on the website. Add a year to your search to find the PDF file quickly for that year.

There is a basic search with these PDFs but note it will show the specific characters you search anywhere in the document. So searching Smith will bring up not only Smith surnames but also Smithtown. The other option is to manually browse the images (click thru via entering a specific page/image number to jump ahead or back) in the PDF until you come to the surname you are seeking.

But today, it appears Ancestry.com has created and added an electronic index to images of the New York State Death Index. The collection at Ancestry is called New York, Death Index, 1880-1956, and it is not free. Ancestry's electronic index allows one to limit a search to surnames and craft searches with a variety of search filters. Search a first and last name; search just a last name and a year or range of years; search just a location without a surname and add a year or year range if needed ... the search filter options/combinations are endless.

It is not clear if Ancestry obtained the index microfilm from New York directly and created its own digital images downloadable as individual jpg files, or if it is using the same images created by Reclaim the Records viewable and downloadable as PDF "books." The image quality appears very similar but if you are having trouble reading an entry at one site check the other just in case.

For those without home access, remember many local libraries have Ancestry Library Edition available for patron use while in the library usually on the library's computers or your own via the library's wireless access. Of course, the Internet Archive is available for free to anyone as long as you have internet access from somewhere.

Have a safe holiday weekend and for those who are local we will see you soon at our first meeting of the Fall 2017.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Free Access Weekend to Occupational Records at Ancestry.com & Ancestry.ca

Don't have an Ancestry subscription for home access to records?

This weekend is a free access weekends at Ancestry.com and Ancestry.ca (Canada) giving free access to occupational records in honor of Labor Day in the United States and in honor of Labour Day in Canada. Free Access lasts until 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, September 4, 2017. These are two separate free access weekends offers.

A lot of the records available during this free access time are census and directories. See a list of the featured collections available for free on this page for the Ancestry.com website and this page for the Ancestry.ca website. The accessible record collections are different and specific to each country so to see a US record use Ancestry.com website and to see a Canadian record use the Ancestry.ca website. To participate in the free access weekend you need to register for free with the Ancestry website to receive a username and password. (Yes, if you want to take part in both free access weekend offers you need to register for free at both websites.)

Be sure to download any of your finds because access to the records after the free access weekend will require a paid membership.

Have fun searching.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Free until Sunday, September 3, 2017, Legacy QuickGuide Disaster Planning for the Genealogist by Melissa Barker

Disasters around the world, be it as large as Texas or on a much smaller scale, usually makes one pause and think about their own family and "stuff" and what they would do or should do. And genealogists usually have a lot of "stuff."

Legacy's Family Tree Webinars is offering its Legacy QuickGuide Disaster Planning for the Genealogist by Melissa Barker aka "The Archive Lady" as a download for free through Sunday, September 3, 2017. Legacy's News Blog has a post explaining the reason behind the offer.

The guide is a combination of common sense advice; resources to more information and product types to use; and touches on paper to digital items.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Family History Library/FamilySearch Microfilm/Microfiche Rental Ordering Now Extended to September 7, 2017

We just spotted this one just a few minutes ago. Apparently a software upgrade at FamilySearch.org inadvertently removed the ability to order LDS microfilm rentals for a good part of a week. The error has since been fixed.

Microfilm lending (rentals) were due to end tomorrow, August 31, 2017, but to make up for the "lost time," FamilySearch officials have extended the lending expiration date to September 7, 2017.

If you tried to place a rental order and got an error message that the film did not exist, try placing that order again. It should work now unless the microfilm is already digitized or is a restricted film. If you still have not ordered your microfilm rentals, take a breath and know you have a few more days to place that order. But again we suggest you do not wait until the last minute to do so.

The nearest local Family History Centers here are in Roseville and Bloomfield Hills.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, August 28, 2017

Got Eastern European Ancestors? Take a Little Road Trip ... Lisa Alzo to Speak at Toledo Lucas County Public Library

If you have Eastern European ancestors and don't mind a little road trip, Lisa Alzo is presenting Researching your Eastern European Ancestors from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on September 23, 2017, at the McMaster Center of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library's Main Branch in Toledo, Ohio.

Alzo will discuss the basics of Eastern European genealogy and provide tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Register at the Toledo library website events page or by phone at 419-259-5233. The program is free as is parking. For the lunch break you can bring your own lunch or visit one of the local restaurants.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, August 25, 2017

Free Access to UK and Irish Records on Ancestry.co.uk

Don't have an Ancestry subscription with access to the world records?

Monday is a summer bank holiday in the United Kingdom so Ancestry.co.uk is having a free access weekend to its UK and Irish Records until 11:59 BST, Monday, August 28, 2017.

See a list of the featured collections available for free on this page. To participate in the free access weekend you need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk to receive a username and password. Your ancestry.com (United States) username and password won't work.

Be sure to download any of your finds because access to the records after the free access weekend will require a paid membership.

Have fun searching.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It is 28 Days until the Used Book Sale at Mount Clemens Public Library

Coming Soon!
Mark your calendars for September 20 - 23, 2017. These are the dates for the Used Book Sale at Mount Clemens Public Library sponsored by the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

September 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Preview Event. Preview Event Admission is $10 per person. Shop the sale early for the best selection.  

September 21, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Day One of the Sale. 

September 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Day Two of the Sale. 

September 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 

Check back here for additional details in the coming weeks.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The First MCGG Friday Meeting for Fall 2017 is September 8 ... Welcome Back

Fall is just around the corner and that means genealogy meetings are returning. MCGG's first meeting of Fall 2017 is on Friday, September 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Cheryl Warnock will present Organizing and Preserving Your Photos.

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

The Macomb County Genealogy Group Reveals Its Meeting Topics for Fall 2017

Hi Everyone!

We have released MCGG's 2017 Fall 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. 

On both the MCGG Friday Meetings and Let's Talk Meetings pages, you will now find the PDF file link 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!
LE