Thursday, June 22, 2017

Free Access Weekend June 22-26 to FindMyPast's British & Irish Collections

It is a FREE ACCESS "weekend" or to be more specific FIVE DAYS from Thursday, June 22, 4 a.m. EDT to Monday, June 26, 6:59 p.m. EDT of free access to the British and Irish collections at the various FindMyPast websites.

During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account.

If you do not have a free account at FindMyPast already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account.

There are special search pages set up for this free access time period for most of the Find My Past websites -- FindMyPast.com's search for US and Canada, FindMyPast.co.uk's free search for UK, or FindMyPast.com.au's free search. You can access all the British and Irish records regardless of country from any of these FindMyPast websites.
 

Included are the UK Parish Registers, Irish family history records, British Military service records (all three service branches -- Army, Navy and Air Force), British WWI records and over 2.7 million Foreign Office Prisoner of War records covering both World Wars, England & Wales Crime, Prisons & Punishments records and over 13 million Roman Catholic Sacramental Registers covering Ireland, Scotland, England and the U.S. This free access does not include the 1939 Register, the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013), the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013), newspapers and periodicals, and all non-Britain & Ireland records.

Have fun searching.
 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Update: Family Tree Maker 2017's Release

It has been quite a while since we updated everyone on the status of Family Tree Maker 2017 so here goes with what we know ...

Software MacKiev is about to release TestDrive 2.0 at which time the pre-order discount upgrade pricing of Family Tree Maker 2017 comes to an end, likely this weekend. So if you have not pre-ordered your FTM 2017 upgrade for $29.95 (download version) then you might want to do so very soon before the upgrade price goes up.

If you have not been receiving emails from Software MacKiev, make sure you are on the Family Tree Maker mailing list. The mailing list is where you will get you link to the upgrade pricing (though see above) and the current news from Software MacKiev. If you are signed up but not getting the email, check your spam folder just in case the messages are ending up there. (They do not send a lot of emails so don't worry about that aspect.)

What is TestDrive 2.0? No, it is not a special version of the FTM 2017 program nor is it their Beta Test program. TestDrive is a way of releasing the program (the current build) slowly with some "training wheels" as they referred to it once. TestDrive participants receive the FTM 2017 download, use the program and after two days a diagnostic test is done and the participant answers some questions about the experience. If the participant wants to continue using FTM 2017 he/she downloads and runs a reset program to use FTM 2017 for another two days and repeats the reset process as often as he/she wants to continue using FTM 2017. Software MacKiev thought it might release a new build during TestDrive 1.0 but has not had to do so. TestDrive 2.0 will be a new build based on participants experiences with TestDrive 1.0 and those in the Beta Testing program.

It has been a long road since March 31 the initial expected release date of Family Tree Maker 2017. At that time, the interactive features of earlier versions of Family Tree Maker were shut off by Ancestry.com which meant no web merging, hints, and tree syncing among other things. Yes, this frustrated users but this had to be done because of changes Ancestry was making to its interface and to truly test some aspects of the new syncing experience with FTM 2017.

What was found at the time was syncing issues for those with very large trees and that there might be problems with Ancestry.com when large numbers of users try to sync at the same time. Thus the delay in the official release of Family Tree Maker 2017.

Software MacKiev has been working non-stop tweaking its program coding so that everyone no matter the size of the tree will be able to sync with Ancestry online trees without problems. This tweaking involved more than just Software MacKiev. Ancestry.com also had to make adjustments to its website environment.

Because of the delay, Ancestry turned the interactive hints, search and web merge back on so FTM 2014.1 and earlier version users of could continue to work on their trees. TreeSync was not turned back on. A couple weeks ago syncing for all versions of 2017 (TestDrive and Beta) had to be shut off to fix an issue that had developed. Syncing is now back on for beta testers. For TestDrive participants, syncing will likely resume by Monday with implementation of TestDrive 2.0 release.

Because FTM 2014.1 and earlier versions have not had the capability to sync trees between online and FTM, at the end of May Ancestry temporarily revived uploading and downloading of online trees with media for just the FTM 2014.1 and Mac 3.1 versions. What this did was give the user the capability to download or upload a backup of the tree(s) the user has been working on since March 31. This is not a sync nor just a GEDCOM. Read the May 25 update on the Release of FTM 2017 MacKiev Family Tree Maker Support page that more fully explains how this feature could help.

Eventually this summer all the interactive features for FTM 2014.1 and earlier versions (including Mac 3.1 and earlier) will be shut off again.

Obviously this process has taken time and required the patience of all involved -- the developers, the website people and most of all the Family Tree Maker users. Some users have been understanding of the situation and give Software MacKiev credit for not releasing a program that would not work for all right out of the box. But as you expect, there are others that are not understanding.
 

Just remember, the first company to tackle the new syncing system is the one that takes the most hits as some of the problems they solve the next guys won't have to deal with. Give them a break. Without Software MacKiev, Family Tree Maker would not exist anymore.
 

We hope as we suggested in our earlier posts (click on the Family Tree Maker label so see those), that you are checking the Family Tree Maker User Group FaceBook page and the Family Tree Maker Support page at Software MacKiev's website for official information from Software MacKiev.
 

Unlike Beta Testers who are under a strict no tell policy, TestDrive participants can say a tiny bit but not much. We have a TestDrive 1.0 participant who is an MCGG member and can report that "the overall look of FTM 2017 is the same as FTM 2014 and FTM 2014.1 versions so do not worry about having to get used to a 'new look.' The new color coding in FTM 2017 is discrete compared to other genealogy programs using it. The newly implemented 'weather report' on tree syncing status is a helpful feature. So if problems are noted with the sync system you can hold off and sync at a later time when 'the weather is better.' Have not had any syncing issues but the tree being used is a smaller one. As far as web search/merge with Ancestry, FTM 2017 is only using basic search not advanced but not sure if that is intended or oversight. We'll see what TestDrive 2.0 brings."
 

Again, remember to pay more attention to "official voices" and not the complaining if you want to learn the status of the release.

And with any genealogy program you are using, backup often and save those backups elsewhere not just on your hard drive. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tonight's Let's Talk...Genealogy is a Go!

See You Tonight!
Tonight Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library is the next MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... DNA and Genealogy 2017.

We'll review the various tests; testing companies and their features; and review some third-party companies. If you've already tested, share your experience — what have you learned so far? If you are considering testing or have tested, bring your questions.

*PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's meeting will take place as scheduled. Due to the library building's HVAC problem it will be warm in the auditorium but not as warm as the main floor.

New attendees are always welcome.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Next Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is this Wednesday, June 14, 2017*

This Wednesday!

On Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library is the next MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... DNA and Genealogy 2017.

We'll review the various tests; testing companies and their features; and review some third-party companies. If you've already tested, share your experience — what have you learned so far? If you are considering testing or have tested, bring your questions.

*PLEASE NOTE: Last week the compressor on the our favorite library's HVAC system broke down and due to age it is not an easy, quick fix. So that means the library will be quite warm. It is a good thing we had already moved our meeting downstairs where it is a little cooler. But that said depending on each day's temperature and how the library is effected inside, there is a chance the library will adjust its operating hours (close early) due to the heat. This decision will be made on a day-to-day basis. As soon as we know about Wednesday, we will let everyone know here and through our email list. If this meeting has to be cancelled we will hold it in September. So stay tuned everyone.

New attendees are always welcome.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

SCGS 2017 Genealogy Jamboree Live Streaming Starts Today, Runs until Sunday

Just a reminder, in just a short while the SCGS 2017 Genealogy Jamboree Live Streaming of selected sessions gets started. See our previous posts for how to register and the live stream schedule and how to find the session handouts.

Have Fun Everyone! It's going to be a hot, humid weekend so its a good reason (besides learning) to stay inside with the air conditioning.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sign of Summer: Next Week is Our Last Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting 'til Sept.

See you there on June 14.
On Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library is the next MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... DNA and Genealogy 2017. 

We'll review the various tests; testing companies and their features; and review some third-party companies. If you've already tested, share your experience — what have you learned so far? If you are considering testing or have tested, bring your questions.

As you can see from the photo, our meeting made the library's sign on Cass Avenue. So just in case we have a larger turnout, we have moved the meeting from the Local History and Genealogy Room to downstairs in the auditorium. We will keep the seating setup similar to that in the gene room.

New attendees are always welcome.


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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Father's Day Sale at Family Tree DNA: Y-DNA, Family Finder & Bundles on Sale

Family Tree DNA is having a Father's Day Sale on a few of its DNA tests. The sale prices are good until June 18, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time which is 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time. Taxes and shipping are extra

So which tests are on sale?

Autosomal Test (male or female) 
Family Finder is now $69, regularly $89 

Y-DNA Tests (male-only, father's line)
Y37 test is now $139, regularly $169 

Autosomal Test with Y-DNA Test (multiple tests package for one male)
Family Finder with Y37 test package is now $199, regularly $258 
Family Finder with Y67 test package is now $337, regularly $357 
Family Finder with Y111 test package is now $208, regularly $278

Autosomal Test with mtDNA Test (multiple tests package for one male OR one female, mother's line)
Family Finder with mtFull Sequence test is now $268, regularly $288

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. There is no annual subscription fee at Family Tree DNA. 

Remember, the sale price is not just for "fathers." 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. 

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 lets you see all your matches for free. It is just $19 to unlock the test to see/do more (like ethnicity) 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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Father's Day Sale, AncestryDNA Now $79

It's a Father's Day Sale!

AncestryDNA is on sale for $79 plus taxes and shipping until June 18, 2017, at 11:59 p.m ET. That is a 20 percent savings off the regular price of $99 for the test. Shipping costs are about $9.95 to one address. 

AncestryDNA is an Autosomal DNA test that both males and females can take to learn their ethnicity mixture and aid in their search for relatives. 

In the past we have mentioned that there is also a free shipping coupon code FREESHIPDNA listed at the RetailMeNot website. Please note that sometimes this code works meaning Ancestry lets you stack discounts together and sometimes the code does not meaning Ancestry only allows one discount at a time. It doesn't hurt to see if it works for this sale.

Though we haven't always mentioned in these posts but we have at meetings for some time now to see some features of AncestryDNA you will need an Ancestry.com subscription. (For AncestryDNA tests bought after October 2014.) As an alternative to a database subscription, you can call Ancestry.com for an AncestryDNA Insights subscription which is about $49/year as of 2016 (and does not include the databases) to obtain access to the more than basic DNA features like access to DNA trees, New Ancestor Discoveries, DNA Circles, Shared Ancestor Hints, Full Access to Matches' public trees, lists of surnames and birth locations in matches' trees. The AncestryDNA Insights subscription is only available by calling Ancestry.com, it is not available online. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Father's Day Sale: Save $20 on 23andMe DNA Tests (limit 2) until June 18, 2017

23andMe is having a Father's Day sale on its Autosomal DNA tests. You can save $20 on each DNA test kit with a limit of two kits per person. 23andMe has two versions of its test now. The sale ends June 18, 2017.

There is its Health + Ancestry Service which is on sale for $179 instead of $199 which is its regular price. This is the test version that 23andMe started with. Besides giving you DNA matches and an ethnicity breakdown, it will give you more than 65 online reports on your ancestry traits and health.

The other test version is just the Ancestry Service which is on sale for $79 instead of its $99 regular price. This version of the test gives you your ethnicity percentage breakdown and DNA matches (similar to the other DNA companies) but no health information.

Shipping is extra which will be approximately $9.95 for one kit and $14.95 for two kits.

If you are an adoptee the standard advice is to test at all three DNA testing companies because they each have differing customer pools. Of the three companies, the 23andMe DNA match service has been more difficult to use but the company has been making some changes. Regardless of where you test, read the terms and opt outs to make sure you don't accidentally agree to something (like researchers using your data) that you personally don't want to happen.

This is the only confirmed DNA sale at the moment. The websites of Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeDNA.com do not show any sales on their websites at this time.  

However, there seems to be a small sale advertised through various affiliates like genealogybargains.com etc. Affiliates are individuals or companies who promote products while doing what they do. By clicking on a link at an affiliate website that affiliate earns some money but it does not raise the cost of the sale price you pay. If we spot any other general sales of DNA tests we will let you know.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, May 26, 2017

Finding, Saving the Handouts with SCGS Jamboree 2017 App

So the 2017 SCGS Jamboree is just around the corner. Whether you are attending live in California or by live stream at home you will probably want to see the session handouts. And many will probably want to save and print them so any notes can be written directly on the handout. So how do you accomplish that?

You will need the SCGS Jamboree 2017 App to access the session handouts. As of today, many of the handouts are now available. 

The SCGS Jamboree 2017 app is made for smart phones just go to Google Play or the Apple Store (iOS), look for SCGS Jamboree 2017 and then download the app. The app can be downloaded to tablets too; under the app's settings (the cog) there is a tablet mode you can activate if you desire. There is a browser version (found here) accessible via browser on any computer for those without smart phones and tablets but you need to create a log-in to use anything more than the basic (download PDF files individually) features such as sending handouts to your email.

How do you find a session's handout? Search the conference schedule or search by speaker. To email a handout to yourself, you have to find the session you want, view the session, click on the PDF and you will be asked do you want to "open it, email it or take notes on the handout." (Note: in the browser version you can simply download the PDF at this point.) By this route, you must do this individually for each session you desire a handout. The PDF file name emailed to you will be a series of numbers and letters not the title of the session so you will likely want to rename it.

To download multiple session handouts at one time using the app on your smartphone/tablet, click on the star next to the session in the conference schedule for which you want a handout. Then go back to the App Home and then select the App's download and click the download icon. The files will que to be downloaded. They may not automatically download to your device right away so you might have to click the download icon again or on each pdf and tell it to download. Depending on your device, you might need to do this in batches such as Friday, Saturday, etc. sessions attending/watching -- just remember to un-star/bookmark the previous batch before selecting the next batch of session handouts to download.

Please note that like the RootsTech app from earlier this year, we have found this App to be troublesome on a tablet and in the browser format so exercise some patience while using it. (Apparently everyone is supposed to have a SmartPhone but in reality not everyone does.) When you are done with the App you may want to remove it from your tablet. But if you initially downloaded the handout PDFs rather than email them, before you remove the RootsTech App be sure to email those PDFs to yourself. The downloaded PDFs are stored in the Jamboree 2017 App data not in your tablet's download folder and if you delete the App you delete the PDFs.

Here's an example of where to find your downloaded session PDFs on an Android tablet: Prepare an email to yourself; click on attach files; go to My Files; go to the internal memory card (i.e. sdcard0) where apps store their data or that place on your device; go to Android folder; go to data folder; go to "com.coreapps. ...me.scgs2017" folder (it will be named something like that); go to files folder; then check the select boxes the PDF files you want to attach and then click done to attach your downloaded PDFs to the email; then send the email. (Tip: sort the files by date so you see the files newest to oldest downloaded.) Open the received email and save the attached files to your computer or another folder on your device. Now you will not lose the downloaded PDF files when you delete the Jamboree App.

Remember class times are listed in Pacific Time at the SCGS Jamboree website and in the Jamboree App. We are Eastern Time which is 3 hours ahead. So 8:30 am Pacific is 11:30 am Eastern. For your convenience we have listed the Live Stream Schedule on our Jamboree post using Eastern Time and have included the session numbers.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, May 22, 2017

Registration for Live Streaming of SCGS's 2017 Genealogy Jamboree is Now Open

Today Monday, May 22, the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) opened up registration for the FREE live streamed sessions of the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. 

The 2017 Genealogy Jamboree begins Thursday, June 8, with DNA Day and continues Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11. There will be hours of free genealogy education Friday through Sunday with handouts available. Sponsorship by Ancestry.com is making this possible. Registration gets you a user login and password sent by email to join the live stream event. 

The live streamed DNA sessions on Thursday are pay-to-view and must be registered for separately. If you have already payed/registered for the Thursday DNA sessions just log into your account and check the box at the bottom to add access to the free sessions. You will be sent a separate login for the Friday to Sunday free sessions. 

Visit the SCGS blog site or the Jamboree website to see the complete schedule of live streamed sessions for each day.

If you can not watch the sessions live, you will be able to watch at your convenience before July 10, 2017, from the special Jamboree Archive. You will still need to register to view the special archive. Live stream registration will remain available until July 10, 2017. (These sessions from Jamboree will not be added to the regular webinar archive for SCGS members only.) 

You will need the SCGS Jamboree 2017 App to access the session handouts. As of today, the handouts are not yet posted. 

The SCGS Jamboree 2017 app is made for smart phones just go to Google Play or the Apple Store (iOS) to download the app. Look for SCGS Jamboree 2017. The app has a tablet mode so it can be used by those too. There is a browser version (found here) accessible via browser on any computer for those without smart phones and tablets. To access a session's handout you must "browse" to that session's information page. Look for the PDF icon. There is no option to download all handouts for your sessions at one time. If a session handout is not there, check back at a later date to see if it has been added. Please note the Jamboree app is by the same company that provided this year's RootsTech app and it is showing similar issues discussed then. We will do separate post on how to access the session handouts. 

The sessions picked for live streaming are varied and look interesting so if you want to watch it all live plan your days accordingly and enjoy some genealogy education.

The 2017 Genealogy Jamboree Free Live Stream Sessions. 
Please note that for the convenience of our MCGG members, we have listed the session start times in Eastern Time rather than Pacific Time. Remember on the Jamboree pages, times are in Pacific Time.

Friday, June 9 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FR009  Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research presented by Thomas MacEntee

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FR018:  Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

7:00 to 8:00 p.m
FR027:  Treasures in Township Records presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
FR035:  From Famine to Plenty - Finding My Immigrant Ancestors' Stories presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SA009:  Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
SA018:  Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
SA027:  Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus presented by Camille Andrus

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
SA036:  Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research presented by Drew Smith, MLS

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
SA045:  Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records presented by Randy Whited

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
SA052:  DNA vs. Irish Annals presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SU009:  Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online presented by Donna M. Moughty

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
SU018:  Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy presented by Christine Woodcock

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
SU027:  What's New in Eastern European Genealogy? presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
SU036:  Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books presented by Michael John Neill

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Friday, May 19, 2017

MCPL Used Book Sale in Need of Office/Paper Case Boxes with Lids

Boxes with Lids are vital to the organization
of the MCPL Used Book Sale.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION:  We are in need of good/decent condition office/paper case boxes with lids so we can store the donated books after we sort them on the shelves. 

It does not matter what brand box ... any office/paper case box with a lid will work. We have less shelf space so these boxes are vital to our organization process. They also come in handy for the book sale itself.

Donated boxes can be dropped off at the Information Desk of the Mount Clemens Public Library with a note that the boxes are for the used book sale. 

We thank you for your support. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free Access May 16-23 to Pennsylvania Resources on AmericanAncestors.org

AmericanAncestors.org website has announced free access to all Pennsylvania resources on its website from May 16 - May 23, 2017. 

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has put together a lot of informational material on its AmericanAncestors website covering a variety of Pennsylvania research topics in addition to giving free access to its Pennsylvania-related databases. There is also a free webinar, "Resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy" presented by Ann Lawthers on Thursday, May 18, at 3 p.m. Registration is required. Find the registration link via the link to the free access summary page above. 

To access the free databases simply create a free guest user account if you do not already have one. If you are an New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS) member, simply sign into your account.

Registered guest users get access to a limited suite of databases; access to webinars, how-to videos and downloads; and can make purchases from the online store. Did you know that guest users also get free access to other new databases for the first 30 days that database is online? There are lots of great reasons to register as a guest user or become a member of the NEGHS society.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Sale on Family Tree DNA Family Finder (Autosomal) Test: Now $69

Family Tree DNA is having a Mother's Day Sale on its autosomal DNA test called Family Finder. Regularly $79, the FamilyFinder test is on sale for $69 plus taxes and shipping. The sale price is good until May 14, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time which is 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time.

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.

Remember, the sale price is not just for "mothers." 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.

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

Wednesday is Our Annual Pot-Luck and Silent Auction -- Bring a Dish to Share, the Event Starts at 5 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m.

Note: Originally posted May 6, 2017, at 2:37 p.m. Correction to date made.

A reminder to all MCGG Friday Group and MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy members that this Wednesday, May 10, is our Annual Pot-luck and Silent Auction combined meeting. Bidding starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought) to share and some money if you plan to place a bid.
 

Remember, to let Ann know if you are attending so we have an idea of how many tables/seats we will need. Reply to her recent email or use the Macomb email on our contact page. Of course, if you find you can attend at the last minute, don't worry we always have a few extra seats.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Sale on MyHeritage DNA, Now $69

MyHeritage is having a Mother's Day sale on its MyHeritageDNA autosomal DNA test until May 15.

At 30 percent off of the regular price of $99, that reduces the cost to $69 plus taxes and shipping.

MyHeritage is a newer player in the DNA and genealogy testing niche. You can learn more about it by reading a post by the Your Genetic Genealogy blogger. Because it is a newer service, its database of potential matches is smaller than those of the "Big 3" DNA/genealogy testing companies. So be aware you might not find as much as with testing at one of the "Big 3" but if you are adopted "fishing" in all the DNA matching ponds is the best search strategy.

Take note that if you have already taken an autosomal DNA test at another testing company, you can transfer your results to MyHeritageDNA which at this time transfers are still free. MyHeritageDNA accepts raw DNA data from Family Tree DNA; Ancestry DNA (V1 and V2 chips); and 23andMe (V2, V3 and V4 chips). The company expects to offer an ethnicity report sometime this month.

If you are wondering which DNA/genealogy testing companies accept data transfers, read a post by the DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy blogger.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Resources on the Research Help and Links Pages of the MCGG Website (Here)

To everyone that attended this past Saturday's Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society Workshop, thank you for attending. We hope you enjoyed it.

In producing this workshop, the Macomb County Genealogy Group created a few new resources and have placed them on our website for your personal use. If you think a friend or cousin would find one of the resources helpful, share the link to the page. That is allowable sharing. Please do not send him/her the file directly. These forms/documents are not for commercial use, for re-distribution by individuals/other groups, or for sale/re-sale.

So what have we created?

MCGG Lineage Resources a list of books at Mount Clemens Public Library that are helpful resources to check when doing lineage research to apply to various lineage societies.

If you do not live near Mount Clemens Public Library you may find some of the books at a library near you. Just be aware that Dewey Decimal codes might vary between libraries.


MCGG Lineage Source Log a form to use along side just about any lineage society's worksheet.

The idea behind this form is: a lineage society worksheet focuses on names/dates/places but does not have a lot of room for what source/documentation proves those names/dates/places and proof is everything to a lineage society. Our MCGG Lineage Source Log gives you a place to record your sources/proof in an organized manner that follows along with the worksheet. So you put your names/dates/places on the lineage society worksheet and just the source citation on the MCGG Lineage Source Log. Just use whichever source citation format is used by the lineage society you are joining. Then when you (or the lineage registrar) is ready to type up the final application all of your source citations (proofs) are listed in one organized, readable place.


MCGG's Digitized Civil Vital Records List  this is actually a new page on this website that can be accessed using our Links page or Research Help page.

MCGG has created a list of all States with Online Digitized Vital Records. Though there are numerous vital record indexes out on the internet to utilize, the databases on this list are the ones that have digitized civil vital records registers or certificates. Some are on free websites, some are on pay/subscription websites. We will try to keep this list updated.


We hope you find our new resources helpful along with our original ones the:  MCGG Family Group Sheet, MCGG Pedigree/Ancestral Chart, MCGG Relationship Chart, MCGG Simple Research Log, MCGG Simple Source Log as well as our MCGG Beginner's Kit.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Lapeer County Genealogical Society will Meet on May 9, 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 Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lapeer.

Len Thomas is presenting "It's about those Headstones -- Civil War Graves." Thomas will share his experiences in searching Civil War graves and how to make certain that Civil War graves are clearly marked.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Free Access to All Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records on FindMyPast Websites April 27 - May 1, 2017

FindMyPast is giving free access from Thursday, April 27, to Monday, May 1, to all of its birth, marriage, death and census records.

During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account.

If you do not have a free account at FindMyPast already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account.

There are special search pages set up for this free access time period for each of the Find My Past websites -- FindMyPast.com's search, FindMyPast.co.uk's free search, or FindMyPast.ie's free search except Australia. You can access all the birth/marriage/death and census records regardless of country from any of the FindMyPast websites.


This free access includes UK birth, marriage and death records including exclusive UK parish records; the Catholic Heritage Archive (records from Ireland, Scotland, Westminster, Birmingham and Philadelphia (USA) only at FindMyPast; US and Canadian vital records; the 1901 and 1911 Irish census; Australian and New Zealand birth, marriage and death records; UK census records; US and Canadian census records; and Australian and New Zealand census records.

Have fun searching.
 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Just a Few Days until the SAR-MCGG Lineage Workshop; You can Still Register!

Just a few days from now the Detroit Metro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) are hosting a free Genealogy Workshop: Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society at Mt. Clemens Public Library on April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Basic genealogy research and other topics will be covered including how to apply to various lineage societies like the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. You will also learn of the genealogy resources of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Bring your documents and laptop (if you have one) so one of the volunteers can help you review what you have done and give advice on what to do next. Not sure if you have a Revolutionary Patriot? A volunteer can help with that too. Representatives of the SAR, DAR and MCGG will be present.

To register contact Tom or Barb Reardon at 586-465-4021or by email use tbreardon at comcast.net [note replace the " at " with the @ symbol.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It is DNA Day! Now is a Good Time To Buy

Today, April 25, is DNA Day!

There are various sales going on at various testing companies and vendors with DNA related materials.

We have already told you about the sales at Family Tree DNA (runs until this Thursday) and at AncestryDNA (runs until this Wednesday) but there are others too.

Over at 23andMe its DNA tests are 20 percent off until May 14, 2017, with a note to order by May 7th for delivery by Mother's Day. The basic Ancestry Service test is on sale for $79, regularly $99, plus taxes and shipping. The Health + Ancestry Service test is on sale for $179, regularly $199, plus taxes and shipping. There is a limit of two tests at sale prices. 23andMe is the testing company that focuses a bit more on the health aspect of DNA than the genealogy aspect.

If you are an Amazon Prime member you can buy the same 23andMe tests and the AncestryDNA test at Amazon and get free two-day shipping, according to today's sales list at GenealogyBargains.com website.

A few of the newer, smaller entries into the DNA testing market are having sales too. A couple are listed on today's list at GenealogyBargains. MyHeritage.com website's MyHeritage DNA test is on sale for $79, regularly $99, plus taxes and shipping. This sale goes until Sunday, April 30, 2017. And Dick Eastman's blog has a coupon code to use for free shipping of MyHeritage DNA tests.

Please note if you live outside the United States, regular and sale prices of DNA tests may vary from what we have stated here.

To celebrate DNA Day, Family Tree Webinars is giving free access through Wednesday, April 26, to its DNA Course 1: Foundations in DNA webinars by Blaine Bettinger. That is five webinars to help you understand DNA and genealogy.

Other vendors like Family Tree Magazine and GenealogyGems are holding sales on guides and books, etc.

Yesterday Roberta Estes at her DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy blog published a post Which DNA Test is Best? that does a good job at comparing the Big Three (Family Tree DNA/AncestryDNA/23andMe) DNA testing companies for genealogy. She also covers a little bit about a newer, smaller entry into the DNA/genealogy testing market, MyHeritage.

Have a great DNA Day.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sign-Up Now! Sons of the American Revolution and MCGG to Host Free Genealogy & Lineage Workshop April 29

note: originally posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.

It is just a little over a week away!

The Detroit Metro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) are hosting a free Genealogy Workshop: Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society at Mt. Clemens Public Library on April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Basic genealogy research and other topics will be covered including how to apply to various lineage societies like the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. You will also learn of the genealogy resources of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Bring your documents and laptop (if you have one) so one of the volunteers can help you review what you have done and give advice on what to do next. Not sure if you have a Revolutionary Patriot? A volunteer can help with that too. Representatives of the SAR, DAR and MCGG will be present.

To register contact Tom or Barb Reardon at 586-465-4021or by email use tbreardon at comcast.net [note replace the " at " with the @ symbol.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

DNA Day Sale AncestryDNA Tests are $79

note: originally posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:39 a.m. Added Post Title

Today begins Ancestry.com's 2017 DNA Day Sale. 

The AncestryDNA test is now on sale for 20% off which means it is on sale for $79 (reg. price $99); taxes and shipping are extra. Sale ends April 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

AncestryDNA is an Autosomal DNA test that anyone can take and compare to anyone else. 

As usual, some people are having success with the coupon code FREESHIPDNA listed at RetailMeNot.com so give it a try to see if works for you.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Getting Closer: Software MacKiev, Ancestry.com Work to Tweak FTM 2017 Programming & Ancestry Systems Prior to Release of Family Tree Maker 2017

If you have been concerned about the release of Family Tree Maker 2017, we hope you are doing as we suggested, checking the Family Tree Maker User Group FaceBook page and the Family Tree Maker Support page at Software MacKiev's website for official information from Software MacKiev.

For those that have not been doing so, here is the latest news.

Software MacKiev and Ancestry.com have been working to fix some syncing issues that could only be seen during live testing with the old TreeSync system shut off so it would not interfere with the new version. As of a week ago beta testers were having an 89 percent success rate with syncing. That was not good enough for Software MacKiev and thus a revised release date was not set. The company and most customers would prefer a software program that was better than that. So Software MacKiev automated an error report process to help them and Ancestry.com identify where the software needed tweaking and where the behind the scenes aspects of the Ancestry website system needed tweaking.

After another week with even more beta testers about 6,000 of them, today Software MacKiev announced that they are up to a 94 percent success rate of syncing. Very large trees are still having some issues. (It was not specified what constituted very large trees -- number of people or number of items/media/sources or both.)

Ancestry.com has been making adjustments to the Ancestry system the latest of which will happen tomorrow, Friday. Software MacKiev has been tweaking the program code in Family Tree Maker will do some more this weekend after Ancestry's Friday adjustment.

With those adjustments MacKiev will start selective roll out of the latest best test build to further test the system to handle more trees called the "Beta TEST Drive Program." The first 25,000 to sign-up will have an opportunity to test drive Family Tree Maker 2017 without the usual Beta Tester rules and processes to follow and previous Beta testing experience is not required. To be a beta tester and to participate in this new beta test program you have to have pre-ordered/purchased Family Tree Maker 2017.

So on Monday afternoon Software MacKiev will send out an email with a sign-up link to be part of the "Beta Test Drive Program." If you have pressing need to sync your tree(s), sign up for the Best Test Drive Program. There is a place in the sign-up form to indicate what your urgent need is and in many cases you can get same day access.

If you are able to sync okay during the test drive and pass some automated diagnostic tests that confirm everything went as expected you can continue using Family Tree Maker 2017. Depending how it goes with the first 25,000 test drivers, more test drivers will be added. 

Read the complete Release of FTM 2017 dated April 20th using the link above to the Family Tree Maker 2017 Support page.

If you have not been receiving emails from Software MacKiev, make sure you are on the mailing list. Check your spam folder just in case the messages are ending up there. (They do not send a lot of emails so don't worry about that aspect.) Software MacKiev sends emails out in batches to lower the chance of the email ending up in Spam Folders so with thousands on the mailing list it may take some time to get the email out to everyone. Be patient.

Remember there are a lot of other genealogy-related things to do that don't involve using Family Tree Maker for a short period of time. We are sure we all have something on that to-do list ... be it a genealogy to-do list or a honey to-do list ... that can be done while we exercise our patience.

Lastly, remember to pay more attention to "official voices" and not the complaining if you want to learn the status of the release.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

2017 DNA Day Sales Have Now Begun Lowest Price Ever on FTDNA Family Finder

April 25 is DNA Day and with that usually comes sales on DNA tests. Family Tree DNA has begun its 2017 DNA Day Sale which will run through 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (That means an hour past midnight so 12:59 a.m. Friday for us in the Eastern time zone.)

The really big news is that Family Tree DNA's Family Finder (autosomal DNA) test is now its lowest price ever. Regularly $79, FamilyFinder is on sale for just $59 plus taxes and shipping.

The 2017 Family Tree DNA Day Sale actually involves a variety of DNA tests. The sale pricing does not include any taxes and shipping, which is usually under $10. 

So which tests are on sale? 

Autosomal Test 
Family Finder is now $59, regularly $79

Y-DNA Tests (male-only, father's line) 
Y37 test is now $129, regularly $169
Y67 test is now $209, regularly $268 
Y111 test is now $289, regularly $359
BigY test is now $425, regularly $575

For those with Y-DNA tests already:
SNP Backbone is now $79, regularly $99
SNP Packs are now $89, regularly $119
 
mtDNA Tests (male or female, mother's line) 

mtFull Sequence test is now $149, regularly $199
 
Autosomal Test with Y-DNA Test (multiple tests package for one male) 
Family Finder with Y37 test package is now $188, regularly $248
Family Finder with Y67 test package is now $268, regularly $347
Family Finder with Y111 test package is now $208, regularly $278 

Comprehensive Genome (multiple tests package for one male) 
FamilyFinder, Y-DNA (Y67) test and mtFull Sequence test is now $417, regularly $546 

If you already have a DNA test at Family Tree DNA and want to upgrade that test to include another type of DNA test that is on sale, simply sign into that particular DNA test kit and then place the order. You will need to do this for each test separately if you plan to upgrade multiple tests.

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 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, FamilyTreeDNA or AncestryDNA.

As other DNA sales go active (some are announced but not yet active) we will post them here. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Legacy Family Tree Releases Version 9

Legacy Family Tree announced yesterday that it has released its Legacy Family Tree 9.0 software.

The new 9.0 version has several new features:
  • Hinting from websites like FindMyPast, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, and MyHeritage so far
  • Find A Grave website searching
  • Online Backup
  • Stories Tool
  • Cause of Death Charts
  • X-DNA Charts
  • Hashtags (unlimited)
  • Family Dictionary Report
  • Family Bingo Report
  • Chronology Report to Compare 2 People
  • Enhanced Color Coding
  • Enhanced Multimedia
  • Enhanced Tagging

There is a six minute video over at FamilyTreeWebinars highlighting some of the new features of version 9.

As in the past, the Standard Edition is free and available as a download. The download is actually the same software but with the deluxe features locked.

The Deluxe Edition which is the pay version unlocks over 100 additional features. There are various price ranges depending on what bundle-type (printed book, CD, webinar membership, etc.) is purchased and whether you have purchased an earlier deluxe edition of Legacy Family Tree software or not.

For the Legacy 9.0 Deluxe Edition Download which includes the software via instant download and official manual in PDF format only, it is $34.95 for new purchasers and $26.95 upgrade price for anyone who purchased the deluxe edition version in the past. At time of purchase you will likely need to type-in your previous deluxe edition customer number as proof of prior purchase. Find that in your Legacy program under help, about Legacy, general info.

For those who like to save, remember if you watch a Legacy Family Tree Webinar (remember they are free to watch live and for about a week afterwards) you can get a discount code to save 10 percent. And if you are a FamilyTreeWebinar subscriber, you get an automatic extra 5 percent discount when on the Family Tree Webinar website. Hint: there is a webinar today over at FamilyTreeWebinars.com at 2 p.m. ET just register to view it live. Or wait until later today to view it for free.

OR go over to GenealogyBargains.com a new website by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers.com where you can find a code to save 15 percent off Legacy Family Tree 9.0 for a short while using discount code thomas15leg to save. According to MacEntee it now works on the upgrade pricing too.

Now with regards to syncing on Ancestry.com no mention has been made with this announcement. We believe Legacy is waiting Software MacKiev to iron out the kinks with Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker before implementing the sync feature in Legacy.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE