Thursday, November 24, 2016

Genealogy Black Friday (and Earlier) Sales

We have scoured the internet, e-newsletters, Facebook, and blogs for special genealogy deals offered during Black Friday (and some are offered now). Here's what we found (in no particular order):

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Holiday Value Pack is $25 off on November 25 and 26. The value pack includes Flip-Pal mobile scanner 100C, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, and Flip-Pal Deluxe Carry Case in your choice of four colors. Visit the Flip-Pal Holiday Value Pack order page to place your order. No special codes are necessary.

Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  40% off from Wednesday, 11/23 through Monday, 11/28. The 40% off sale applies to all books and ebooks by Lisa Louise Cooke, all DNA Digital Quick Guides, and her Genealogy Gems Premium Membership. Visit the Genealogy Gems Store and use coupon code SAVE40BF at checkout.

Evernote: Get six extra months when you buy 1 year of Evernote Premium or Plus. This offer is good for new or Evernote Basic users only. Offer expires November 28. Click here to get the deal.

Hack Genealogy Boot Camp: Save 50% on all digital downloads from Monday, November 21 through Monday, November 28 with promo code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Visit the Hack Genealogy Store.

Family Tree DNA: At $59, the Family Finder kit (autosomal DNA test) is lower than it has ever been (regular price $99). Other tests and bundles are also on sale. Visit the Family Tree DNA website for prices on all their tests. These prices began on November 13 and have no expiration date listed. It could end at any time.

MyHeritage DNA: This is the new kid in DNA town. MyHeritage is offering an introductory price of $79 for their autosomal DNA test. After the introductory period, their price will go up to $99. Click here for more information from MyHeritage and to order a kit; click here for an extensive Q&A from MyHeritage's Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet. No expiration date is provided for the introductory price and may end at any time.

Ancestry DNA: Will be on sale for $69 for Black Friday starting Thursday night at 10 pm Mountain Time. Watch the GeneaBloggers website or CeCe Moore's Facebook page for links and codes.
Update: Here is the link for the AncestryDNA sale and also to save 20% on Ancestry Gift Memberships:

23andMe: 10% off on 1 kit, 20% off on 2 kits, 40% off on 3 or more kits. Visit their website on Friday, November 25 to get the sales prices.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars: Save 30% on Legacy Family Tree Webinars annual membership starting Cyber Monday, November 28. Click here on Monday to get the deal.

Legacy Family Tree: 50% off all software in the Legacy Family Tree Store. Begins Friday, November 25.

RootsMagic: Their most amazing Holiday Sale yet! Their holiday download only bundle including RootsMagic 7, Personal Historian 2, Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 7 ebook, and Personal Historian 2: The Companion Guide ebook for $25. The CDs & Books are only $35. This offer begins on Friday, November 25 and ends on Tuesday, December 20. Visit the RootsMagic website on Friday to get the offer.

The In-Depth Genealogist: $20 for an annual subscription to Going In-Depth magazine starts Thursday, November 24 and expires Monday, November 28. Their normal price is $35. Click here for details and to order your subscription.

That's all we have found so far. Do you know of any other genealogy deals out there? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee and the GeneaBloggers newsletter for advance notice on the sales that are beginning on Friday.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Free Acess to Special Collections on Fold3 for a Limited Time

Fold3 is offering free access to the following collections for a limited time this November. (Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account.)

The World War II collection is free until Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Find untold stories of your family's WWII veterans with access to exclusive records, personal stories, photos, and more. Follow this link to search the WW II Collection for FREE through Tuesday.

Fold3's Native American Collection is free until Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Titles in the collection include Ratified Indian Treaties, Indian Census Rolls, Dawes Packets, Dawes Enrollment cards, and much, much more. Visit the Fold3 blog post Free*Access to the Native American Collection for additional information, or go directly to the Native American Collection webpage to start searching for FREE.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Honoring American Veterans

"We crossed the _____ River the night of the 6th then we camped at Suchrey in the woods until the Armistice was signed on the 11th month 11th day and 11th hour. The last shot was fired at 10:45 am."

Those words were written in my grandfather's journal where he recorded his marches and camps in Europe during World War I. He began the journal on June 24, 1918 with his arrival at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, for boot camp and titled it "Around the World with the U.S. Army."

Veterans Day has long been a day for honoring our American veterans, both living and dead, who served our country honorably during war or peacetime. The History Channel has a lovely video explaining the history of Veterans Day at In it, we learn that "Veterans Day originated as 'Armistice Day' on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I."

PCGS wishes to honor our veterans and invites you to upload a photo* of your veteran ancestors to our Facebook page, give the veterans name, and identify the war(s) in which he or she served or the years of service if it was during peacetime. You will only be able to upload the photo in the comments section of this post in Facebook. Go to, find this post, and click "Comment". Select the camera icon to browse to the desired photo in your computer and type the veteran's name and war(s) or dates of service. You may do this any time during the month of November.

And while you're there, be sure to Like our page in order to receive notices of other articles posted there.

*FINE PRINT:  Please do not upload photos that are copyrighted unless you have permission from the copyright owner.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ISFHWE 2017 "Excellence in Writing" Press Release

PCGS received this press release from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE):      

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)

Website:         Email Address:
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2017. 
The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2016. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2016 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2016. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.
Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry/Song Lyrics. This category is for original content (published in 2016 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2017.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count.  Send entries to:

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to:   For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at:

Monday, October 24, 2016

Two + Two = One Dream Weekend

Two presenters for two days make for a Genealogist's Dream Weekend!

There are still seats available for the Fall Workshop and Seminar featuring Pamela Boyd Sayre and Richard G. Sayre. And the registration deadline has been extended to October 31.

Pamela Boyd Sayre and Richard G. Sayre
Image Source: Sayre & Sayre (

The weekend opens on Friday, November 4 for a 2-hour workshop on Maps! Wonderful Maps!
"Maps enable genealogists to understand more about an ancestor's migration, community, and occupation. In this two-hour hands-on workshop, students will learn about traditional and online resources for finding historical, topographical, birds-eye view, and other maps, how to interpret the maps’ symbols and notations, and how to correlate other information with map data to place an ancestor in time and place.
"In on-line demonstrations, students will see some of the myriad sites for finding and downloading appropriate maps. For hands-on exercises, students will be provided with hard copies of maps, documents, and other tools to be used in correlating deeds, censuses, newspaper articles, or other documents with maps to solve genealogical problems using various kinds of maps, from deed plats to land ownership maps to panoramic maps. Demonstrations and exercises will include a mix of rural and urban problems and solutions." (Sayre & Sayre Lecture Topics,
Image Source: Ryde District Historical Society

The all day seminar will be presented the following day, Saturday, November 5. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m., topics presented are:
  • Enough is Enough. Or Is It? : "Tips and a step-by-step case study help attendees learn how to decide when adequate research has been conducted to meet the goals of a project. This session covers determining what other sources might be available, analyzing, and organizing research to ensure that a reasonably exhaustive search has been conducted." (Lecture Topics,
  • Apps Galore for a Genealogist : "Learn about some of the many iPhone or iPad applications that will increase productivity for a genealogist. In this two-hour session, the speakers will discuss and demonstrate applications for the iPhone (or other smartphone) and iPad, from eBooks to genealogy programs to deed-platting to GoogleEarth, and beyond that to apps that help organize our busy lives—from accounting to contact management to file sharing. Live demonstrations from the iPhone and iPad will be shown on the projector, enabling attendees to see the usefulness of these apps for themselves." (Lecture Topics,
  • Capital Treasures : "This presentation features four brief case studies that demonstrate the wealth of records that can be found in the Washington, DC area or on websites of repositories such as the National Archives, Library of Congress, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office, National Park Service, and Civil War Trust. Cases show how to find records of birth, marriage, and death for a burned county in which all such records were destroyed; how to learn how a Civil War veteran was shot to death in his old age; how to locate detailed facts about a person’s life from a simple land record; and why numbers of Union Civil War soldiers are buried at a site far from where they fell." (Lecture Topics,
    Burning of Del Norte County Courthouse, Crescent City, CA
    Image Source: David Berry (
  • The Civil War-A Valuable Genealogical Resource : "More than 3 million men fought in the Civil War (2,213,363 Union and 1,050,000 Confederate). The eligible military population (ages 18–45) in the 1860 census was about 4.5 million men. When compared to other eighteenth-and nineteenth-century wars the greatest probability of a military-aged individual serving is in the Civil War. The enormous quantity of extant records combined with the broad scope of the war make this event a unique and extraordinarily rich genealogical resource." (Lecture Topics,

  • Image Source: Pixabay

    The Saturday seminar includes lunch. Vendors and book sales will be present and some very nice door prizes will be awarded to some lucky winners!

    If you have never heard these wonderful presenters speak, you are really missing out. The Sayres are both Certified Genealogists (CG), Certified Genealogical Lecturers (CGL) and Fellows of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA). They both have recently broadcast webinars for the Board for Certification of Genealogy (BCG); Richard's topic was Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records and Pamela's was Enough is Enough. Or Is It? Visit Family Tree Webinars at to get a preview of those presentations and to see for yourself what wonderful presenters they are.

    Both the workshop and seminar will be held at the La Quinta Inn & Suites - Reid Park, 102 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ. Out of town guests (or anyone not wishing to drive home after the seminar) may book a room at the hotel for a reduced nightly rate.

    Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from two of the best presenters the genealogy community has to offer. Hop on over to the PCGS 2016 Workshop-Seminar webpage at for details and registration.

    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    BCG Free Day of Quality Education October 7, 2016

    Image from Legacy Family Tree News
    The Board for Certification of Genealogists is sponsoring six one-hour lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on October 7. The lectures are free and open to the public with no advance registration.

    The good news for those of us residing outside the Salt Lake City area, five of those lectures will be broadcast as live webinars by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Registration for the webinars is required. Go to the Legacy Family Tree News article To Be Broadcast Online - BCG's Free Day of Quality Genealogy Education October 7 in Salt Lake City for details and the link to register. Below is the schedule for the live broadcasts (all times are in Arizona time):
    8:00 AM - "Enough is Enough. Or Is It?" Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

    9:15 AM - "FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta." Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

    10:30 AM - "Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records." Ann Staley, CG, CGL

    12:30 PM - "Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections." Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

    3:00 PM - "When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence." Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Marriage Indexing Seminar

    Image Source: FamilySearch Blog
    The U.S. Marriages Project is a joint initiative between and Its purpose is to save the marriage records from every state in the United States. This service project will create a high quality, searchable database of nearly every marriage recorded in the United States since the early 1800s.

    Anyone can participate in this deserving project. Indexers may choose the state(s) they wish to index. Who knows? You might even get the marriage record for your great-grandparents! Visit the FamilySearch Blog Join the Cause! Index Every Marriage Record in the United States for instructions on how to get started.

    Also, FamilySearch representatives will be in Arizona soon to show how anyone can learn to do this work.
    WHEN: September 30, 2016
    WHERE: Mesa FamilySearch Library Training Center, 464 E. 1st Ave. Mesa, AZ
    TIME: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
    Attendance is free and registration is not required. Save a marriage! Join in this special project.

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    Fall 2016 Workshop & Seminar : "A Little Bit of Everything"

    We announced our Fall workshop & seminar in a previous blog post from March 10, 2016, A Little Bit of Everything Workshop & Seminar. The deadline for registering is drawing near.

    The seminar will take place Saturday, November 5, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 102 N. Alvernon Way.  Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre will be our presenters. Seminar topics include:
    • Enough is Enough Or Is It 
    • Apps Galore for a Genealogist
    • Capital Treasures
    • The Civil War-A Valuable Genealogical Resource 
    The seminar includes lunch and beverages. Vendors, book sales, and door prizes will also be available. Check-in is 8:30-9:00 a.m. and the seminar runs from 9:00-4:00 p.m. PCGS member cost is $45.00, Non members $55.00.  

    An optional workshop on using Maps will also be presented from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (check-in from 1:30-2:00 p.m.) on Friday, November 4th by Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard Sayre at the above location. The cost of the workshop is $35 for members and $45 for non members.

    Special pricing for attending both events will also be available.

    Registration deadline is October 22, 2016.

    Visit our previous blog post (link above) or our 2016 Workshop-Seminar page on our website for details and registration.