Saturday, October 22, 2016

Twile Software

Twile released a new feature allowing users to merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree and keep it updated with future changes.

The new feature means that family members storing their research independently in different family history sites – such as Ancestry or Findmypast – can now bring all of their findings together in one private family tree on Twile and import newer versions as they further their research. As well as building their tree, Twile will use the data in the GEDCOM files to automatically add events to the family timeline, such as births, marriages and deaths.
The merge tool will intelligently match people from a GEDCOM file by comparing their names, genders, dates of birth and relationships, requesting the user’s help with any matches that aren’t obvious.  

Unknown No Longer

Unknown No Longer is a database that is the latest step by the Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items.The Unknown No Longer database is available free of charge at

New York City Marriage Index for 1950-1995

The New York City Marriage Index for 1950-1995 is now Online

Reclaim the Records has won another major victory in obtaining records from the New York City Clerk's Office, under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and placing them online. The following is an extract from a recent Reclaim the Records newsletter:
Introducing...the NYC Marriage Index!

Virtual Genealogy Fair

The (U.S.) National Archives and Records Administration is hosting a two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on October 26 & 27, 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday). Viewers have the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available online free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. Registration is not required.
The sessions include:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park

FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers
FGS-LogoAugust 8, 2016 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.
The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.-Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians

The publication unlocks key resources for anyone tracing New York City’s vast
history to leverage the hundreds of key collections housed at the Municipal Archives.
NEW YORK, NY — The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is pleased to announce the release of New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.
The 245-page guide will make research at this vital facility far more approachable and will introduce researchers to many previously-unknown record collections housed there.

As one of the world’s largest repositories of city records, the holdings of the New York City Municipal Archives offer untold resources for those tracing the history of New Yok City and its families. But until now, it has remained difficult for anyone but the most experienced researcher to navigate more than the basics of this essential archive. This new guide, created with the assistance of the New York City Municipal Archives, will make it possible for genealogists, family historians or anyone researching New York City’s vast history to leverage the hundreds of key collections found there.The New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians is available in print for $40 at (members of the NYG&B receive a $10 discount and can also purchase an exclusive digital version alongside a paperback copy).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Story Boarding Your Family History

Story Boarding Your Family History, a webinar given by Lisa Alzo on Saturday, July 23 gives you insight on how to use story boarding techniques to begin writing your family history. Just click on the link and type the password "story".

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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