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A new and useful genealogy blog with a focus on Canada

October 9th, 2015

300px-Flag_of_Canada.svgFor those of you interested in Canadian genealogy, I just discovered a new blog that might be of interest. The blog is titled Genealogy: Beyond the BMD and the author’s name is Dianne Nolin.  It can be found here.

If you are just beginning your genealogy research, “BMD” refers to “Births, Marriages, and Deaths” or vital statistics as they are otherwise known. Most of us start our research with the BMD because they tend to contain so much information about our ancestors.

The blog contains a wonderful list of Canadian genealogy resources that can be found here. Besides providing new ideas for research, the list of Canadian research possibilities is very helpful because the author includes links to the online location of all of the resources. So, if you want to check something out all you have to do is click versus going off to hunt down the new website. I discovered several resources of great interest, including Digital Kingston and a list of very early Quebec and Acadian census that I did not know existed. I hope all you Canadian genealogists find this useful – happy research!

Hooking the next generation on family history

September 25th, 2015

How did you get hooked on genealogy?

NextGenBadge1-1I became interested in my family history when I was very young. My grandmother was a Yankee who lived in the same town that her family had been in for generations. Making regular visits to the local cemetery was a normal event for her and was how she felt connected to family members who had died. When I went for a visit to her house she would take me for walks through the cemetery and tell me stories about the people buried there. Since then I’ve always viewed cemeteries as wonderful places with interesting stories attached – perfect training for a budding family historian!

If you know of anyone in the 10-12 age range who might be a good genealogist in training, let them know about a workshop being held by Emily Schroeder at the Maine State Library. The program will teach young people how to put together a family tree and start a family legacy album. Some construction materials will be provided. Participants should bring at least one interested adult with them, family information they have gathered so far, and copies of any documents, articles or photographs that they would like to put in a scrapbook.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 6-7PM
Place: Maine State Library Studio, 230 State St., Augusta Call or e-mail to register: 287-5600, or<>

Happy research and here’s to developing the next generation of genealogists!

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