Saturday Class

November 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Thinking About Your Stuff: Estate Planning for Genealogists

presenter: Mary Mannix

Wonder what happened to that family bible? How about the graduation
photographs of your grandmother? As a genealogist you’ve probably
spent long hours wondering where the “stuff” belonging to your
ancestors went. Not just the fun stuff but all the other stuff that
provides documentation you are missing. What will happen to your stuff
when you die? When you have joined your ancestors will your
descendants know where to look for your photographs, the family
artifacts in your care, and the results of your research? It is never
too early to start planning about where everything will go, and time
to start thinking about your stuff.

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New! Kodak Slide Scanner

Coming in October, we will have a new Kodak slide scanner that will capture an image of your slides in seconds instead of minutes. The quality is very good but not professional. To get optimum quality, you will need to do minor editing using Photoshop Elements. This is a simple three-step process for each slide. Contact Gary Petranek at gpetranek@gmail.com if you are interested in using this equipment.

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Wednesday Evening Schedule Change

Beginning June 1, the FHC will be closed on Wednesday evenings for research, and open from 7-9 p.m. for the DNA Special Interest Groups only.

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Navigating the Holdings of AGAD (Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych) in Poland

This guide shows how to research a collection of records originating primarily in the southeastern part of present-day Poland and the southwestern part of present-day Ukraine. The records have recently been transferred to the Central Archives of Historical Records (AGAD) in Warsaw. There they are being repaired, restored, and digitized, after which they are made available, free of charge, through the AGAD website. This guide is in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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New Resources

We are pleased to announce that the following new resources are now available to support patrons’ research and education. These are free of charge to use at our FHC:

Education:

We have a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars which has over 820 presentations from which you can select a wide variety of topics for viewing. There are two new webinars added every week. You can search by presenter’s name, topic, or date. We have headsets available, or you can bring your earbuds.

Newspaper databases: The following two websites provide thousands of birth, marriage and death announcements, news articles and obituaries.

  • Newspapers.com, the largest online newspaper archive with over 11,000 newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • GenealogyBank.com, a collection of over 9,000 newspapers with more than 250 million obituaries.

 

All of these resources are available at every computer. Please ask a staff member for assistance in accessing these tools.

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