Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember the importance of genealogy and family history research

Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember the importance of genealogy and family history researchBy Barry J. Ewell

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated each year on the final Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it was established after the U.S. Civil War on May 5, 1868, to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Decoration Day referred to the practice of laying or decorating flowers on graves to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War and as a sign of healing. The name Memorial Day was first used in 1888, and after World War I was extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. Continue reading

25+ Introduction to African-American Genealogy Tutorials

25+ Introduction to African-American Genealogy TutorialsThe African-American Research series is provided as a sampling  the resources you will find on MyGenShare.com.  These videos are part of the Genealogy Records category featuring an online library designed to help genealogists and family historians learn about records, research skills and processes to advance the joining of generations.

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  2. Copy and place the video title or portion of the title in the blog search field, click search and you will be directed to video.
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A listing of the available video in this series is as follows:

African-American #1:  Introduction to African-American genealogy research
African-American #2: Why is African American genealogy different?
African-American #3:  The cardinal rules of genealogical research
African-American #4:  Learn the fundamentals and follow the process
African-American #5: Gather oral history and family records

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Genealogy: Care and cleaning of 78s

Genealogy: Care and cleaning of 78sBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are details of how to take care of the 78s which I  have used to take care of 100’s of my own 78s.

Un-warping

  1. Place the record between two sheets of plate glass (or any completely flat surface of moderate weight).
  2. DO NOT place any additional weight or add heat, or place them in the sun, etc.
  3. Placing additional weight on the record will cause the peaks between the grooves to flatten out somewhat, causing distortion during playback; heat can cause the shellac to soften considerably, which causes all kinds of problems. Continue reading

Genealogy: Digitizing records and tapes with Audacity

Digitizing records and tapes with AudacityBy Barry J. Ewell

You’ve been ripping CDs for years, but what about those dusty cassette tapes in your attic and all that bargain-basement vinyl at used book sales? With Audacity, you can capture those vintage tunes, clean up their sound, and carry them around on your MP3 player.

Audacity is a powerful free cross-platform audio editor. It includes tools such as noise removal filters and automatic track splitting that can speed up the process of turning your antique audio into shiny new MP3s or Oggs.
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25+ Genealogy Webinars and Tutorials

25+ Genealogy Webinars and TutorialsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following webinars are presented by Barry J. Ewell and  cover hundreds of topics that designed to help the genealogist find greater success in genealogy and family history research.  Most of the webinars are about 1 hour in length.

Barry J. Ewell is the founder of MyGenShare.com. He is a writer and researcher with extensive genealogical experience in internet and field research, digital and software resources and mentoring genealogists. Research interests include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia.

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  3. Click on the listing and your will be taken to the video.

The webinars that are included in this category are as follows:

  1. Webinar: Digitally Preserving Your Family History and Heritage
  2. Webinar: Fifty Google Searches Every Genealogist Needs to Know
  3. Webinar: Supercharge Your Research: Cut Ten Years off Your Learning Curve
  4. Webinar: The 30 Second Genealogist…How to Find Genealogy Answers You Want Now
  5. Webinar: Ancestor Immigration and Migration: Keys to Unlocking Family History Continue reading

100+ Introduction to Photography and Scanning Tutorials

100+ Introduction to Photography and Scanning TutorialsThe  Photography for the Genealogist series is provided as a sampling the resources you will find on MyGenShare.com.  The series will provide you direction, tips and tricks on how to use photography in genealogy and your overall skills.

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A listing of the available slideshow in this series is as follows:

  1. Photography #1: Intro to editing genealogy photography
  2. Photography #2: Defining digital imaging
  3. Photography #3: Defining image file formats
  4. Photography #4: Megapixel makes a difference in genealogy photography
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Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using death records in researching immigrant ancestors

By Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Death certificates are among the first official records that can provide an exact place and date of death, as well as additional genealogical details, such as the date and place of birth, name of father, maiden name of mother, name of spouse, social security number, Continue reading