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

Macomb County Genealogy Group Adopts a New Logo as of August 2017

MCGG's New Logo as of August 2017.
The Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) is proud to announce we have a new logo. 

MCGG's own roots began on 12 October 1973 as a program meeting of the Mount Clemens Public Library. The group has been meeting year round ever since on every other Friday afternoon. Our previous logo was designed by past MCGG chairperson Karen Harris in about 2004. About 13 years ago MCGG began the Let's Talk...Genealogy discussion group an evening meeting that has meet once a month (September to June) to allow those who work during the day to partake in their chosen hobby of genealogy.

MCGG's former logo.
To go with our incorporation as a non-profit in 2016 we decided to update the MCGG logo. We kept and updated the book; traded the laurel for a pedigree chart and a "sphere" representing the world; and after moving some elements around we added our established and incorporated years.

Our Let's Talk...Genealogy logo, created a few years ago, received a slight update of colors to coordinate with the new MCGG logo. 
MCGG's revised Let's Talk...Genelaogy logo.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Intermittent Closures Over the Next Few Days Possible for MCPL Parking Lot

The new and revised MCPL parking lot. Photo courtesy
of Debra Larsen, Mount Clemens Public Library
.
Due to some additional repair work that has become necessary, the parking lot of the Mount Clemens Public Library located on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens may be closed intermittently over the next few days.

If you find the lot closed, please park next door at the church parking lot on Cass Avenue.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14 - 20: MyHeritage Record Week Free Access to One Billion Census Records

MyHeritage website is celebrating passing the 8 billion historical records mark on its SuperSearch with a free access week August 14 - 20, 2017, for everyone to all its major census collections from the U.S., U.K., and Ireland, Canada, and Nordic countries.

Starting today you can search 94 census collections without a data subscription. Got ancestors from Finland, Sweden and Denmark? MyHeritage has some exclusive records that other websites do ont have for those countries. Links to various census collections can be found in the MyHeritage blog post announcing the free access week.

It appears no username is required to search and see the census images. Please note that the page display is a bit different than the other big genealogy websites, we suggest clicking on display full screen to better see the census image.

For those with ancestors in Northern Germany, don't forget that Sweden controlled parts of Pommerania for a long time so if you have some surnames that sort of sound Swedish take a look. Or put in the your ancestral village name and see what appears. A search for anyone born in Tribsees (a village in Vorpommern, Germany) yielded a few results. The census does not cover that area of Germany but it catches those born there that moved back to Sweden.

Have fun searching!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MCPL Parking Lot Construction is Done

The new and revised MCPL parking lot. Photo courtesy
of Debra Larsen, Mount Clemens Public Library
.
The parking lot repairs for Mount Clemens Public Library located on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens are now finished.

Come visit the library. Do some research or check-out a book and/or movie and enjoy the lot's new smooth surface. No more dodging holes and metal drain grates. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ancestry Summer Sale until August 15 AncestryDNA Tests Now $69

Ancestry.com is having a Summer Sale on its AncestryDNA test. Regularly $99, the test is on sale for $69 plus taxes and shipping until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

For those who buy things on Amazon, the AncestryDNA test is on sale for the same sale price but shipping is free because it meets the $25 minimum to qualify for free shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime member, your free shipping gets the product to you even faster. On the Amazon website, do a search for AncestryDNA. Usually only one result with AncestryDNA appears, click on it to see the item entry. Look next to the green In Stock under the price and you should see "AncestryDNA Official" and not a third-party of another name.

Autosomal DNA tests can be taken by males or females.

As of last month, AncestryDNA tests must be activated by the test taker with a separate email and Ancestry username. The test requester can be given access by the tester (DNA owner) as a manager. For elderly and those without computers to be tested Ancestry's recommendation is to help them set up the needed accounts. Genealogy bloggers have had some ideas on how to do this.

In addition, remember that to access all aspects of a DNA test like being able to contact matches, you need to have an Ancestry database subscription. Or at least an AncestryDNA Insights subscription which is about $49/year as of 2016, does not include database access and is available by contacting Customer Service by phone. BUT note that if someone is doing a test for you, that DNA owner does not have to have an Ancestry subscription. As long as you are invited as a manager of that test and you have an Ancestry subscription you will have the same access to all the features as your own or other tests you already manage.

Yes there are now more hoops to jump through with an AncestryDNA test, but Ancestry does have the largest DNA test database (matches) available.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Genealogy News Catch Up

Usually we try to post on genealogy news as it happens but sometimes life gets in the way. Here is a compilation of some genealogy-related news items.

Family History Library/FamilySearch Microfilm Rentals to Cease Distribution September 1, 2017
Back on May 30th, FamilySearch announced that it will discontinue distribution of FHL microfilm/microfiche rentals on September 1, 2017. Two of the reasons for this are changes in the microfilm industry and the progress made on digitizing its microfilm collection. Though FamilySearch says it does not expect to be complete digitization of its collection until 2020.

The last day to place a microfilm rental order is August 31, 2017. If you know you need/want to order microfilm(s), do so sooner rather than later. To order/rent a microfilm, log into your free FamilySearch user account, double check that you have specified the Family History Center you want your rentals to be delivered to and then use the FamilySearch catalog to locate the films/fiches you desire. Click on the icon to order the film/fiche. You might want to prepare you list of film/fiche numbers first to make ordering easier. Payment is by credit card or PayPal.

What happens after September 1st? We're not sure. If digitized microfilm is not made available freely from home, it might be possible it could be added to restricted access items meaning you would need to view it when visiting a local Family History Center or at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. What happens will likely depend on FamilySearch getting revised/updated agreements with the owners of the original material/records regarding distribution.

Genealogists may be taking a few more research road trips in the future.


MyHeritage Acquires Millennia Corporation (Producer of Legacy Family Tree Software and Legacy Family Tree Webinars)
On August 3, My Heritage and Millennia Corporation announced that MyHeritage is acquiring Millennia Corporation which is the producer of the Legacy Family Tree software and Legacy Family Tree Webinars website/service.

The merger is friendly and the announcement says "... everything will stay the same ... just better." New features will be developed for future releases/updates, an improved webinar platform to provide more than than 1,000 virtual seats for live webinars, "significant discounts" on MyHeritage subscriptions and DNA tests, and the same high-level customer service.

To celebrate the acquisition, there is a limited-time offer thru Sunday, August 13, 2017, of saving 50 percent off of Legacy Family Tree software and/or Legacy Family Tree Webinar 1-Year memberships (new customers or extensions for existing customers.) Use the links below to get to the product sale, or use the links in the Legacy blog announcement which is linked above.

Legacy Family Tree software
Regularly from $34.95 now from $17.48

Legacy Family Tree Webinar 1-Year Membership
New or Extension regularly $49.95 now $24.98

If you are an existing Family Tree Webinar subscriber/member, do not forget to sign into your webinar membership account before placing an order.


Do Not Forget the Family Tree DNA Month-Long Friends and Family Sale
See our August 1st post on the Family Tree DNA Friends and Family Sale on DNA tests that started August 1 and continues thru August 31.
Those are the news items, there will be another catch up post regarding genealogy sources in the near future.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Finally, Word about the 'Preserve the Pensions' Digitization Project Status

Yesterday the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) on its website's blog FGS Voice published a post on the what has been happening (not happening) with the digitization of the War of 1812 pension files located at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

FGS acknowledges that genealogists have been frustrated by the lack of progress on this project despite the Preserve the Pensions fundraising initiative accomplishing its overall goal. No new War of 1812 pensions files have been added to the Fold3 website for about a year.

Now we finally know that the security issues at the St. Louis branch on another project (unrelated to the War of 1812 pensions) lead to an all-stop of all digitization projects. Unfortunately the negotiated next step, a test of the new procedures on M[oore] - Q pension files, will not be completed until third-quarter 2018. (It is planned to start this September.)

So it appears the last section, the R-Z pension files, will not be started until after that — a very long wait for those with end of the alphabet ancestors. That is assuming the test of new procedures/protocols goes well. Hopefully FGS will do better at keeping the genealogical community informed even if the whole story can not be shared.

Read the full FGS Voice post by clicking on the link above.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Parking Lot Construction Progresses, Mount Clemens Public Library Still Open

MCPL parking lot after one
week of construction.
It has been one week since construction began on parking lot repairs for the Mount Clemens Public Library located on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens. Progress is being made and construction continues. 

Though the library parking lot is completely closed for repairs and resurfacing, the library itself is still open during this time

MCPL parking lot at end of day one last week.
Neighboring business First Presbyterian Church is kindly allowing library patrons to park in its FRONT parking lot accessible by Cass Avenue. Entry into the library will only be available through the south (FRONT) entrance which is the one facing Cass Avenue. The north entrance (to the library parking lot) will be closed due to the construction.

So if you are planning a visit from far away or even nearby, do not worry the library is open for business. You just have to remember where to park for a short while.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Friends & Family Sale at Family Tree DNA Save on Select Tests until August 31

originally posted Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm. made comment regarding a particular sale price

Last year it was the Sizzling Summer Sale, this August it is the Friends and Family Sale ... either way DNA tests are on sale for 20 percent off at Family Tree DNA until August 31, 2017. 

So which tests are on sale? 

Individual Tests
Autosomal Test  Family Finder is now $69, regularly $89 save $20

Y-DNA Test (male-only, father's line)  Y37 test is now $139, regularly $169 save $30

mtDNA Test (male or female, mother's line)  mtFull Sequence test is now $159, regularly $199 save $40 
 
Bundled Tests (for one individual)
Autosomal Test with Y-DNA Test (multiple tests package for one male)
Family Finder with Y37 test package is now $198, regularly $258 save $60
 
Family Finder with Y67 test package with mtFull Sequence is now $430
, regularly $556 save $126

 
Autosomal Test with mtFull Sequence Test (multiple tests package for one person who can be male or female) 
Family Finder with mtFull Sequence package is now $218, regularly $288 save $70

Upgrades for Existing Y-DNA and mtDNA Test Holders 
mt or mtPlus to mtFull Sequence upgrade is now $119 
y12 to y37 upgrade is now $69
y25 to y37 upgrade is now $35
y37 to y67 upgrade is now $79
y37 to y111 upgrade is now $168
y67 to y111 upgrade is now $99
Big Y upgrade is now $449 [note: The Big Y upgrade sale price has also been reported as $395. This cost difference may be due to participation in a Y-DNA Project. FTDNA Project administrators and their participants often get a small price break on test kits.]

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 and buy an upgrade to your existing test, 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. 

Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is being shipped. Shipping to Michigan was $12.95 (the last we know) which covers receiving and sending the test.

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.

Family Tree DNA does not require an annual subscription. Each test kit has its own login/password. You can manage your own test or allow (give access) to someone else to do so for you. Inside the test kit is a release form the tested person signs and sends with the samples so the DNA can be tested. There is also an option to indicate Beneficiary Information (who gets access to your DNA after you are gone) in the test kit account settings.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, July 24, 2017

Our Favorite Library MCPL is OPEN But Under Construction — Park Next Door

MCPL parking lot closed for construction. Photo courtesy
of Debra Larsen, Mount Clemens Public Library
.
If you are planning to visit our favorite library, Mount Clemens Public Library, located on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens during the next two to three weeks, please be aware that the library parking lot is under construction beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Though the library parking lot will be completely closed for repairs and resurfacing, the library itself will still be open during this time.

Neighboring business First Presbyterian Church is kindly allowing library patrons to park in its FRONT parking lot accessible by Cass Avenue. Entry into the library will only be available through the south (FRONT) entrance which is the one facing Cass Avenue. The north entrance (to the library parking lot) will be closed due to the construction.

So if you are planning a visit from far away or even nearby, do not worry the library is open for business. You just have to remember where to park for a short while.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ancestry Making Changes to AncestryDNA Test Activation and Administration

If you have an AncestryDNA test (or tests as many cases may be) processed, still siting around the house, or on route to you/the tester/the company, you are likely not aware of a change that Ancestry announced on its blog yesterday.

As of this morning based on comments and experience, no email from Ancestry corporate has been sent directly to Ancestry subscription members, AncestryDNA test purchasers, current AncestryDNA administrators, etc. announcing this change in policy.

As of July 18, 2017, Ancestry says each AncestryDNA tester (that is the person who provides the spit) must have their own Ancestry account and an email address and activate the test kit themselves. The tester would then invite the person who requested he/she take the test as a manager of that test while the tester retains ownership as the owner.

Ancestry said current accounts with multiple AncestryDNA tests will be allowed to retain "management" rather than administration of those tests. 

Though Ancestry said this change will be of as July 18th meaning multiple kits can still be activated under one account in the next few days, that activation process has already changed and there is currently no way for an administrator now called manager in the activation process to tell Ancestry what that tester's choice is regarding Agree to or Not Agree to Informed Consent regarding participation in research projects meaning can they or can they (Ancestry) not use/sell that DNA information scrubbed of personal details in research projects.

There is also currently no way for a "manager" to see what that tester's participation choice (agree or don't agree) is currently set at ... meaning is Ancestry still following the edicts of this tester ... for the tests they manage. This is of particular concern to those who manage multiple "grandfathered" tests in his/her account -- there is no way to ensure that tester's choice is being followed because there are no registered "owner accounts" of those older tests.

As can be seen on the comments section of that Ancestry Blog post, the overwhelming majority of the comments (384 and growing by the minute) are negative and against the change which Ancestry says is being made for personal privacy and control.

Another issue with two aspects being brought up in the comments is that: 1) there are people out there willing to test but they have no desire to manage their DNA or have an Ancestry membership due to various reasons (no interest in doing genealogy, no time, etc.), and 2) there are people out there willing to test but they do not have a device (computer, tablet, smartphone) nor an email account because they can't afford such and/or have no desire to own such, or they are not familiar with technology others take for granted (like some elderly) and do not own/use those devices or have an email account. Both those in Group 1 and Group 2 are happy to have someone else activate and administrate the test they were willing to provide spit if that is all they had to do. With the stated changes testing these individuals becomes extremely difficult if not impossible without bending the rules.

As some commenters have pointed out, the current/previous system of administrating tests was working and liked. A simple or somewhat simple consent form (like other DNA testing companies use) included in the test kit or available online would likely have covered any issues.

Read the blog announcement for yourself, add your comment if would like to do so. We have tried to keep this post informative including the jest of the announcement and overall constructive themes of some of the many hundreds of comments.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE


Today is the Last Day for Pre-Order Sale on Upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2017

Last night Software MacKiev announced that today, July 14, 2017, is the last day of the pre-order sale price of $29.95 for the Family Tree Maker 2017 upgrade for owners of previous Family Tree Maker versions. As of Saturday $39.95 will be the regular upgrade price.

MacKiev said the rollout of the "official" Family Tree Maker 2017 will likely begin late Saturday starting with Test Drivers. The company will post a rollout schedule when it is finalized. Notifications will be done by email that your download is ready. A rollout release is likely being used in order not to overtax the website as many try to download their long awaited software.

Read the latest announcement yourself either at the FTM support page (linked above and found under Release of FTM 2017) or the company's Family Tree Maker FaceBook page.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Take Inventory: Back-to-School Sales are ... Restock Your Genealogy Supply Sales!

Tuesday's Tip
Back-to-School Sales on school supplies are not just for kids! These sales are for genealogists too! 

Just a few of the many supplies a genealogist would use.
Anyone who uses a lot of common office supplies should keep their eyes and ears open for some extreme savings that are only around this time year for certain supplies. So be smart and pay attention to those Back-to-School Sales going on for the next month or two so you can partake in the savings too. 

What would interest a genealogist? The first things that come to mind are USB drives (large sizes at great prices and small sizes at even better prices); printer/copier paper; pens and pencils; pencil lead (for those mechanical pencils); highlighters; file folders or pocket folders; paper and binder clips; index cards for those that like old school ways; plastic file boxes (keep that water damage away); sticky notes; binders; paper; computer accessories (like mice, computer bags, external hard drives, printers, software, and more); etc. Even office desks and chairs can be found on sale. 

Yes, for some things it is best to make sure you get acid-free versions, but that can get expensive and sometimes compromises must be made. Note acid-free copier/printer paper is easier to find nowadays. 

Also, at about this time of year (July/August/September) computer manufacturers are about to release their new models so good to great prices can often be found on this past year's models. (If your computer is really old and can not upgrade to Windows 10 because of old hardware or low-memory issues consider these sales.) Just remember to get as large of hard drive and as much memory as you are able to afford, and keep an eye on processor speed/power. There are other factors to consider when buying a computer -- these are three key ones.

Lastly for those who are Amazon Prime members, today began Amazon Prime Day so keep an eye out for those short term deals but remember to do your due diligence and make sure your sale price is indeed a good one.

May you find the deals on what you need, not on what you don't need. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Monday, July 10, 2017

Launch Countdown Started for Official Release of Family Tree Maker 2017

Software MacKiev released an update on July 8th indicating that the latest builds of Family Tree Maker 2017 appear to be doing well with a variety of testers including those with large trees. They are "cautiously optimistic" that the company will be sticking to the schedule set three weeks ago.

That means the pre-order sale for upgrading to Family Tree Maker 2017 from any previous version of Family Tree Maker will be ending very soon. The pre-order sale for the upgrade is currently $29.95 for the software download. If you do not own any version of Family Tree Maker the regular price is $79.95 for the software download.

According to Software MacKiev, a final build will go out to beta testers tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11. If all goes well with that, Test Drivers will receive their copies of the "official release" on Saturday, July 15. Those who have pre-orders that are not test driving and the rest of the world will not be far behind according to Software MacKiev. Also, once the "official release" happens the pre-ordered Family Tree Maker 2017 CDs and USB drives will be produced and shipped.

Remember, keep up to date with any developments at the Family Tree Maker Support Center. To see any of our previous posts regarding Family Tree Maker just click on the Family Tree Maker label in the Label column to the left on this blog.

Our MCGG member who is now test driving Family Tree Maker 2017 Test Drive 2.0 reports "overall the program still looks like the familiar 2014 version; still no syncing issues but as before the tree being used is on the smaller side; the issue with web search/merge at Ancestry only using Ancestry Basic Search seems to have been addressed because there is now an not so obvious way to access the whole Ancestry website from within Family Tree Maker meaning there was a clear way to do so in versions 2014 and earlier. Overall experience is good so far."

See You Soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

RootsMagic Released Update Bringing Ancestry Online Tree Syncing and Hints

On June 28, the makers of RootsMagic announced the release of RootsMagic 7.5 a free update to RootsMagic 7. The update brings two new features: TreeShare for for Ancestry and the addition of Ancestry Hints to RootsMagic's WebHints feature.

TreeShare for Ancestry will let you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computers and your personal Ancestry online trees. It will also allow you to share and collaborate with others.

Ancestry Hints give you the ability to review hints from within the software and then add new information and media from matching records into your tree.

Learn more from the RootsMagic Blog, and a special page to answer Ancestry questions. There is a link to a demonstration video there too. Remember RootsMagic has a full, pay version and a more limited free version called RootsMagic Essentials. The Essentials version, with the update, will have some of these new capabilities. See the special page to answer Ancestry questions for the details.

The makers of RootsMagic are also having a sale on the full version of RootsMagic until July 31, 2017, for Ancestry members. The download version plus free ebook manual will be just $20 instead of the $44.90 regular price. There are other sale options for receiving the software on CD with and without a printed manual.

In addition, check out Randy Seaver's blog Genea-Musings where he has begun investigating how these new features work. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

It is our understanding from some various initial reviews and comments that the RootsMagic syncing works differently than the Family Tree Maker syncing works.

See you soon at Mt Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, July 3, 2017

Another Free Access Offer for Independence Day Weekend

Another late to the party free access offer. We have been checking the Fold3 homepage and Sunday night was the first time we saw this free access offer.

Free Access to Revolutionary War Collection at Fold3.com

Fold3.com is giving free access to its Revolutionary War Collection from July 1 until July 15, 2017. You will need a basic Fold3 membership. If you do not already have one, just register for a basic Fold3 membership which is free with no credit card required. If you already have a free Fold3 basic membership, just sign into the website. (You do not need to sign up for a 7-day free trial which requires a credit card.)

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sunday, July 2, 2017

More Free Access This Holiday Weekend

As promised we are still keeping an eye out ...

Here are some holiday related free access offers one of which has been hiding. We say hiding because if you go to the main homepage you do not see the offer.

Free Access to Original 13 Colonies Records at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is giving free access to its record collections for the Original 13 Colonies until 11:59 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Participation requires registration for a free Ancestry account. After the free access time is over, you will need a subscription to see those records online. But remember you can download found record images too. Ancestry.com has put together a list of the included record collections.

Free Access to All Canadian & Immigration Records at Ancestry.ca to Celebrate Canada DayAncestry.ca (that is the Canadian version of Ancestry) is giving free access to its Canadian & Immigration record collections until 11:59 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to celebrate Canada Day. Participation requires registration for a free Ancestry account. After the free access time is over, you will need a subscription to see those records online. But remember you can download found record images too. Ancestry.ca has put together a list of the included record collections.
 

But remember everyone, if you don't have a personal Ancestry subscription you can always visit your local library (like our favorite one whose air conditioning was restored a few days ago) to access its Ancestry Library Edition account for patrons. Most libraries have wireless internet access and allow you to access many library subscription databases from your own device like a laptop via wireless connection while in the library. Found records images can be downloaded/saved to your device for later use. For those databases where you must use a library computer, bring a USB drive to download/save your records.
 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Another Holiday Weekend Sale

originally posted at 1:49 p.m., Sat. July 1, 2017

As promised we are keeping an eye out ...

Family Tree Magazine and its shopfamilytree.com website is having a "Celebrate the 4th of JulyStorewide Sale* at 50 percent off from July 1 until July 5 at 11:59 p.m MT (or for us in the Eastern Time Zone 1:59 a.m., July 6.) Orders over $25 get free shipping.

*There are exclusions to the storewide sale. Prices are as marked. Sale does not include gift cards, subscriptions, pre-orders, value packs, collections, VIP memberships, live webinars, third party products, or items that ship directly from other manufacturers. Discounts cannot be applied to previous purchases. Other exclusions may apply.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Independence Day and Canada Day: Enjoy Genealogy Sales and Free Access!

As most genealogists know, if there's a holiday or recognition day approaching there is usually a genealogy sale or free access offer around the corner too. This holiday weekend is no different.

Here's a few of them that we think will help a variety of genealogists.

AmericanAncestors.org Free Access for One Week
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is celebrating Independence Day with free access from midnight, Thursday, June 29 to 11:59 p.m. EDT, Thursday July 6. For those who are not NEHGS members, all you need to do is use your guest account and if you don't have one just create one.

Genealogical Publishing Company All Print Publications 30 Percent Off
Genealogical.com the parent website of Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company is having and Independence Day Sale until 11:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 5. Order any publication (book or CD) and use a holiday discount code on the "Shipping and Handling" page during the checkout process to receive 30 percent off. The code can be used multiple times (just in case you change your mind about ordering something) before the end of the sale. Note: eBooks are not included in this sale.

If you haven't visited some of your own favorite genealogy vendors lately, take a few minutes to in the next few days to revisit them. Though they may not be advertising big sales for the holiday weekend, you might find a few things on sale.

For our Canadian neighbors ONLY across the river/lake:
AncestryDNA Sale at Ancestry.ca Save $30 for Canadian Residents
Ancestry.ca (that is the Ancestry Canada website) is having a sale on its AncestryDNA test until July 4, 2017. Canadians can save $30 on the AncestryDNA test which is regularly $129 (Canadian) plus taxes and shipping. Note: this is the same test as in the United States but different costs because of a different country.

Do not worry we keep an eye out for any DNA sales in the United States and will let you know when we spot any.

If we spot any other genealogy sales of note, we will be sure to let you know.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

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