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May 31, 2014

GENEALOGY: Genealogy programs, updates and special offers

TERRE HAUTE — The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will conduct its June public meeting and educational program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 9 in the Vigo County Public Library. The speaker will be Marlene Polster, a genealogical clerk at the Porter County Library, presenting “Backdooring the 1890 Census.” Almost every genealogist knows that the 1890 census was destroyed. Ms. Polster will give details on how to search through other sources to help replace the material lost in the 1890 census. This program is free and open to the public.


FamilySearch recently announced that its website has made “significant updates to its free Civil War historic record collections online. The new Family landing page provides a quick overview of the vast array of historic records and aids for those researching casualties and veterans of the Civil War. Collections include: Union and Confederate pension, prisoner of war, cemetery, National Soldier Home and census records. Families can also freely preserve historic photos, stories and correspondence of family members who served in other periods of the armed forces for future generations at Family”


The Southern California Genealogical Society will be live-streaming 14 of their 2014 Genealogy Jamboree sessions for free viewing on June 6, 7 and 8. This is a great opportunity for those who can’t make it to California for the conference. The following sessions will be available: Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans; DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard; Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records; Proof Arguments: How and Why, Elusive Immigrant; Staying out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogist; Researching Your New England Ancestors; The Future of Genetic Genealogy; Researching Your Irish Ancestry; The Internet: A Genealogist's Printing Press; Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers; How to Write a Personal History that Captures your Interesting Life; Ireland and the Slave Trade; and Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin.

They are free, but registration is required. Visit to see the streaming schedule. Also included on the above site is information on five sessions from the June 5 Family History and DNA conference that will also be live-streamed. These include: Real World Stories from the Desk of a Genealogy DNA Detective; Lab Tour: How Your Data is Generated; Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry; Which DNA is Best for You; and Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls. A fee will be charged for viewing these DNA sessions.


Early-bird registration for the 2014 FGS (Federation of Genealogy Societies) Conference, to take place in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 27-30 is now open and will last through July 1. Visit www.fg to take advantage of this money-saving offer.


Family Chronicle is offering a two-years-for-the-price-of-one special for those who subscribe to History Magazine by June 6. The price for two years will be the one-year rate of $30.95. Subscribe at or call 888-326-2476, ext 111, between 8:30 and 4:30, Monday through Thursday.


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