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Hello genealogy (anyone still out there?) I've taken a couple year break from research and trying to organize my family tree. I had downloaded Myheritage's free software and had filled in the blanks there but I'd kept it on my computer and not backed it up and, of course, my computer crashed. Now I have to start again, what does anyone like these days as far as free programs? I don't need anything flashy just ease of use and safe.

Also I have gotten help from distant family members that I never met but had done good research on their branches of the tree and they freely shared with me. What is the protocol if I make my family tree public? Do I include other people's research on my tree or just put my own work up and keep the extended work of others to myself? I would like to share but wouldn't want to take other credit for someone else's hard work.
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FindMyPast Free Weekend (Fri. Mar 6th- Mon. Mar. 9th)

I got this in my email from Thomas MacEntee/GeneaBloggers, just thought I'd pass it along. I haven't tried out their site yet, might see if I can look at their PERSI database. They are publishing the latest version now; HeritageQuest has an old version, I believe.

Free Access to Over 2 Billion Records

Deals like this don't come along every day so I knew I had to share! Visit FindMyPast at http://www.findmypast.com starting Friday, March 6th and create a free account if you don't already have one. Then start searching and grab what you need for your genealogy research. Note: this offer also applies to users of findmypast.uk, findmypast.ie, etc. And there is a limit of 1,000 records a day per user that can be viewed. Offer ends on Monday, March 9th.

Get Your Free Guide to FindMyPast!

If you are not familiar with FindMyPast, you may be looking for a quick guide or a cheat sheet. Well we found one! In May 2014, UK genealogist Mary Evans wrote the FindMyPast Guide which was mentioned in an article entitled Starter Guide to the New FindMyPast for www.familytree.co.uk (a UK-based genealogy magazine).

Click here to download the free PDF guide!
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Streaming Sessions @ 2015 RootsTech

RootsTech is a genealogy conference geared towards technology that is held yearly in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will be held February 11–14, 2015. They are live-streaming several sessions later this week, and according to the streaming info page, they will be available on their website after the conference ends for a limited time. I've seen talks given by several of these speakers (virtually, that is) and even if it's a topic that you are familiar with, they often can come up with an angle that will provide some new info for you, or get you thinking about the subject in a slightly different way that might be helpful.

(I am assuming that these times are Mountain Time)

Thursday (Feb 12th):
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Thursday General Session
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without (D. Joshua Taylor)
1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. You've Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next? (Karen Auman)
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. What's New at FamilySearch (Devin Ashby)
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy (Diahan Southard)

Friday (Feb 13th):
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Innovator Summit Challenge Event
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox (Thomas MacEntee)
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future (Anne Leishman)
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters (Valerie Elkins)

Saturday (Feb 14th):
8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Saturday General Session
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins (Amy Archibald)
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps (Crystal Beutler)
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life (Alison Taylor)
4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Finding Your Family on Newspapers.com (Peter Drinkwater)

You can get a few more details on each session HERE.
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Horrible Death

KYVR_7017497-2857Hey all. I am hoping to get some help, if it's possible. Being unable to travel at the moment (school is back in session), I've found myself hitting a sort of brick wall with an event that happened in Boyd county, Kentucky on February 25, 1925. All I have is my 3xgreat uncle's death certificate to go by, and even that is difficult to read.

What I am able to make out is that his right arm was torn off by belt, a fracture to right..., and that he died 18 hours after the accident due to shock and hemorrhaging. I've looked on newspaper archives available online to try and locate an article about the accident, if there is one, but came up empty handed.

So questions: What is the full description of what happened to cause Benjamin's death? Where might be a good place to find out about what happened (travel works too, I just can't travel until spring break)? Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated!
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Kindle Unlimited - A Gift to Genealogists?

Another resource that has just "opened up" in a big way is genealogy books in ebook format.

Amazon recently introduced its Kindle Unlimited program, which allows you to borrow and read as many Kindle ebooks as you like, for $9.95 a month. I wonder if genealogists have grasped what a godsend KU may be. Here's why:

In the genealogy section of the Kindle ebook store on Amazon, along with the how-to-climb-your-family-tree books, there's a huge number of reference and raw-data collections, from histories of specific families to ships' records, newspaper abstracts, etc. The problem with such books in the past has been that you didn't know until after you purchased one (whether a print or a digital copy) if it contained information relevant to your own research.

With Kindle Unlimited, this pig-in-a-poke problem vanishes.

Here's what you could do to further your research without gambling on books that may or may not have anything of use in them (to you). With a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you could borrow ten genealogy ebooks (the maximum allowed at one time). Then you could flip through them, or use your Kindle device's search feature, to find any information of use to you. If you don't find anything, then you can simply return them and borrow ten more.

I know that these days, there are tons of information for ancestor hunters available for free or for a subscription fee at the dedicated genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com.

But there's still a lot of data locked up in various small-press books and books by individuals writing their own family's story. Kindle Unlimited gives us genealogists a virtually cost-free way to unlock those books -- at least the ones that have been committed to ebook format (and you might be surprised how many there are).

By the way, you don't even need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. You can download a free Kindle reading app for your smartphone or laptop that will do the trick. (Also BTW, I do NOT work for Amazon.)
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Sweden -- identifying location

If any of you out there are in Sweden, or have studied Sweden, this question is for you.

I'm transcribing my father's notes and I've come across something I'm not confident of, and Google is not helping. I have someone who was born in Aby <something>, Berga, Kronoberg,Sweden.  The <something> looks like Lateri or Latevi, but I can't be sure. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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Poll on Genealogists and Information

Hello, genealogy! I've been researching my family history for several years now and recently returned to school to (hopefully!) become a genealogy librarian one day.

In my studies right now, I've been asked to learn about how a specific group of people use information. It seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about genealogists!

I'm informally gathering some thoughts about how family historians find and use information. So, I'm hoping some of you will be able to help me! I've created a poll on my journal and I'm hoping you will take a few moments to fill it out and share your thoughts.

There are 11 questions total, with a lot of options, and you can feel free to answer any or all of them. If you run out of space in the text boxes, find yourself checking "other" a lot, or just want to elaborate on something, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. If you want to participate but feel something you'd like to say is private, feel free to PM me.

Thank you!

Link to the Poll on my LJ
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Census look up request, Ontario, Canada, 1891

There's a 2 year old John English in Perth, Lanark Co, Ontario, that I can find on familysearch.org, but they have the 1891 set up so I can't see other members of the household.

If anyone could help, I'd appreciate it.

I think this may be the son of John Joseph English and Ann McGlade (who died 6 months after her son's birth), but don't know, really.

thank you!
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Dead Ends...

Feel like just throwing this out there and see if it triggers anything. One branch is just throwing me for a loop. Also has to do somewhat with the picture I posted a few weeks ago (well, the identified one at any rate).

Identified lady, Martha Holmes, married Anthony King b. 25 Feb 1786 in Rhode Island; d. 14 Feb 1851 in Grattan, Kent County, Michigan. They had George, Alzada, Alanson, Sally, Nancy, Malinda, Harriet, Roxana, and Franklin between 1810 and 1831. All kids except the last were born in Chenango County, New York (I suspect all in Norwich). There are two children I haven't identified. The family then moved to Sterling, Macomb, Michigan in 1830. Completely stuck in New York. There are a couple King families from Rhode Island that settled in Norwich, but they appear to be well documented which makes me wonder if my Anthony was a nephew or cousin that followed family over. So, there's that.

Martha and Anthony King's daughter, Sally, married a man called Andrew Davison. I'm stuck on Andrew, too.  He was born abt 1806 in Connecticut according to census records. Doesn't show up in the Barbour Collection, so I have no idea where.  I just noticed there was an Andrew and Sally Davison who were married in 1837 in Delaware County, Indiana. Andrew was granted land in Sterling, Macomb County, Michigan in 1833. Not sure why they would marry in Indiana, but there was one other Davison that married in 1836. Thought there may be a connection there. Maybe. Maybe not. Children names are: George, Nancy, William, James, Sarah, and Nellie.

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