Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Night Owls Lock In For Genealogists

Come find your family treasure!
Hosted by and at Muskogee Public Library
Friday, October 22, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Enter in the back door

-An evening of research -Upstairs computers also available (we are taking over the library for the evening)
-Door prizes-Blue light specials
-Bring your favorite snack (to share - or not)
-Security Available to escort you to your vehicle at 10 p.m. or earlier if you want
-No charge to attend! Come and have a good time without working!

Displays and help with getting started with your research, joining lineage societies and other organizations, and how to register and contribute to Oklahoma's WWI registration project. Muskogee County Genealogical Society members and Library staff will be available to answer questions.

REGISTRATION ENDS 12 NOON ON OCTOBER 21! Call the library at 683-6657 ex. 257 and let them know you want to come!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Read ALL About It With Dick Eastman-Man in the Know

Genealogy newsletters abound on the Internet now days but one has been around for quite a long time. Dick Eastman's EOGN-Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter will keep you up to date. In Dick's words EOGN is: "The DAILY newsletter for genealogy consumers, packed with straight talk-hold the sugar coating-whether the vendors like it or not!" and because it does not have advertisements it "relies solely upon 'word of mouse' advertising."

Dick often writes about technical things that can help us do better research or help us in making a purchase of items like scanners but he also includes lots of other things about what is going on in the genealogy world. For instance, in a recent newsletter, a weekly compilation of the daily postings that you can receive in text only format via email or read the full (with pictures) version online, part of the table of contents reads like this:


-(+) A Better (Cheaper) Method of Obtaining Wi-Fi Service
-(+) My New GPS and Camera and Mobile Internet Device and Secret Weapon
-EOGN Dinner in Knoxville and a Change in Plans for Future Dinners
-Salt Lake Family History Expo - Day #1
-Salt Lake Family History Expo - Day #2
-Reunion for iPad
-Scan2PDF Mobile
-Finding a Genealogy Society
-Griffith's Valuation now on
-New Disney Channel Series "My Family Tree"
-Ancestry.Com Adds 58 Million New Yearbook Records and NBC Team Up for Second Season of "Who Do You Think You Are?"
-Arkiv Digital Will Be Free This Weekend

The newsletter is free unless you want the + Plus Edition which provides extended version of the +Plus Edition articles. Because the + Plus Edition is by subscription it does cost money but the small fee is well worth it.

Dick Eastman is a frequent presenter at major genealogy conferences. He has written articles about how to get yourself to a major conference without breaking your (genealogy) bank. He has published articles in Genealogical Comuting and Family Chronicle magazines and for a number of Web sites. He was an advisor to PBS' Ancestry series and appeared as a guest in one of the episodes. He is past Assistant Executive Director for Technology at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, past Director of GENTECH and past Director of the New England Computer Genealogist. Dick is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press.

To subscribe to the Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter :
- Plus Edition, go to:

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Edition of the newsletter becomes available, go to:

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Society Hall at FGS Website

The Federation of Genealogical Societies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas, announces the re-launch today of the popular Society Hall at its website at

Society Hall is an informational database accessible on the Internet that can be used to locate FGS member organizations in the U.S. and abroad. This includes genealogical societies, historical societies, family associations, libraries, archives, and genealogical vendors serving the genealogical community. Thousands of people searching for information about these organizations visit Society Hall each month.

Every FGS Member society has a Society Hall listing at that it can edit and maintain. With the re-launching of the service, FGS has updated Society Hall listings with details from its member database. There are many fields that can be used to promote information about your organization. In addition to name, address, telephone and email, a link can be added to the organization’s website. Membership benefits and dues can be listed, as can periodicals and publications, a calendar of events, services, and pioneer/certification programs. previously hosted Society Hall at its site. FGS has now taken over hosting responsibilities for Society Hall at its own website.

Muskogee County Genealogical Society has long been a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and also had a listing on Society Hall. Make use of Society Hall to help you find those Societies and organizations that can help you find the records you need for your research.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2010

My daughter Loryn and I just returned yesterday from a week in Knoxville, TN at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. If you have never been to a conference you certainly should consider it. Four days of sessions all about genealogy! A conference is one of the best ways to further your genealogy education and have a great time with great people all at once.

We also took the opportunity to do some research side trips to a town where an ancestor was born and and visited (and photographed) a cemetery in the pouring rain. Genealogists don't let much keep them from 'getting their guy' do they?

A visit to the East Tennessee Historical Society's fabulous library proved to Loryn that you absolutely can't find everything you need on the Internet. She was able to find marriage records for her 2 great and 3 great Tolbert grandparents, a huge help to her research but an emotionally moving experience too. I even found a marriage I have been looking for for a really long time.

Back at the conference we attended the Genealogy Guys live podcast and a session about organizing your digital files and then another great one about genealogy blogs during which Loryn created her on family research blog using her cell phone.

I'll post later about some of the other sessions we attended especially those on Wednesday -Focus on Societies Day.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

National Trust Offers Historic Homes Website

If you own a historic home or plan to in the future, check out the website @home-every home has a story. This site is a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization helping people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. .

The introduction to the page states: "Home. It's not just where you live – it's a reflection of YOU – your personality, your passions and your unique style. It's also where history is made – family history, neighborhood history, American history. Whether you're looking to take a crack at rehabbing an older home or a seasoned house junkie, we've got the place for you to share restoration tips, home renovation war stories, and before-and-after pictures of your home projects."

The site offers a myriad of resources for historic home owners including weatherization tips, tackling tear downs, going green, as well as products and services. You will enjoy browsing the gallery of homes to see what others are doing or have completed. You can also include your own home project including pictures. Also included is an area that lists historic homes for sale.