Genealogy Club · Public Presentations · Webinar

Discovering the Complicated Lives of our Colonial Ancestors – Those Places Thursday

November marks the celebration of Thanksgiving, a holiday with roots in America’s colonial history.  Both the native people and the European newcomers had traditions of ‘giving thanks’ for harvests and the birth of children.  Feasting and frivolity were enjoyed by people of all ages, and the festivities could last for consecutive days or several weeks.  Yes, our colonial era… Continue reading Discovering the Complicated Lives of our Colonial Ancestors – Those Places Thursday

Books and Print Material · Websites

Election Cake, Anyone? – Talented Tuesday

Cast your vote then eat cake?  That’s a tradition to perpetuate! Old World Levain (OWL) Bakery is supporting a resurgence of election cake baking this year. Their initiative “Make America Cake Again” is described as “a collaboration and celebration among bakeries, food professionals, home bakers, scholars, and educators across the country.” No need to pick… Continue reading Election Cake, Anyone? – Talented Tuesday

Technology Tools

Wondering what to do with all those treasured photographs that you inherited from a family member? – Motivation Monday

In the decades before the age of smart phones and digital cameras, most people took photographs with cameras that used photographic film. The images were then usually sent to a lab where the film was processed and the images were printed on photographic paper. This is how most families documented their lives, in particular, special… Continue reading Wondering what to do with all those treasured photographs that you inherited from a family member? – Motivation Monday

Databases · State Specific Research · Websites

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Motivation Monday

Kick off your fall research season with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial! If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Motivation Monday

Photographs · Technology Tools · Websites

Using Algorithmia’s Free Photo Coloration Tool – Thrifty Thursday

I spent a few hours today testing and playing around with Algorithmia’s free online photo coloring tool.  Marketing itself as a deep learning tool for app developers, Algorithmia is a boon for genealogists who are looking for a cheap and easy way to colorize their old photos. You may have been looking for an easy way to… Continue reading Using Algorithmia’s Free Photo Coloration Tool – Thrifty Thursday

Online Classes · Webinar · Websites

Shake Up Your Summer with Free Online Genealogy Classes and Webinars- Follow Friday

Who says you’re too cool for summer school?  Summer is a great time to pick up new genealogy skills! FutureLearn announced a second edition of Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree to their summer schedule.  The response to the first course in March was positively overwhelming, with over 26,000 genealogists participating in the coursework.  This summer’s class is… Continue reading Shake Up Your Summer with Free Online Genealogy Classes and Webinars- Follow Friday

Technology Tools · Websites

Unique University and College Directories – Talented Tuesday

Were your ancestors bringing home top marks or were they flunking out? Gradating from higher education is a huge accomplishment.  The pursuit of higher education was a goal for our ancestors.  Not all of them had the financial resources to attend studies beyond high school. At the beginning of the 20th century, fewer than 1,000… Continue reading Unique University and College Directories – Talented Tuesday