Monday, September 21, 2015

Celebrating Renee's Genealogy Blog 10th Anniversary

My how the time has flown by. Little did I know where this blog would take me over the past 10 years. I am grateful for all the friends I have made over the years. The great job it lead me to with RootsMagic. The conferences I have been able to attend. It's not been easy to keep a blog running for 10 years, I am grateful to my readers that have put up with me. Once a blogger always a blogger, I guess it gets into your blood. 

Renee Zamora

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FindMyPast Newspapers for FREE this weekend!

The following is from FindMyPast.

Enjoy our newspapers for free this weekend!
This weekend we’re giving you the chance to take your family history research further than ever before, by opening up our collection of over 4 billion records and newspaper pages, absolutely free. 
From 7am on Friday, September 18th (EDT) to 7am Monday, September 21st (EDT), you’ll have access to our archive of over 11 million British newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710, as well as our collections of newspapers from all over the world. 
Find out more
Join us this weekend at and bring your past to life for free with Findmypast. 
The Findmypast team

Upcoming NEHGS Events

The following is from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Tours & Education Programs
Happenings at Our Library & Archives in Boston
One-Name Studies and Early New England & Atlantic Canada Research-- last chance to register!
Where: NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.
When: September 24-25, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Cost: $80
While most family historians focus their efforts on researching their own ancestry, others undertake surname studies, which compile all occurrences of a single surname. Have you started collecting surnames? You may be interested in building a one-name study! NEHGS, together with the Guild of One-Name Studies, is pleased to offer a two-day seminar that aims to teach you how to create, organize, and share a one-name project while deepening your knowledge of early New England and Atlantic Canadian research. The program includes lectures, research, consultations, and informal workshops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. View the agenda and register today

Book Event: Daisy Turner's Kin: An African American Family Saga 
Presented by author Dr. Jane Beck
Where: NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.
When: September 30, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner (1883-1988) became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her began among the Yoruba in West Africa and represented four generations of family history. Beck combines Turner's storytelling with historical research to build and authenticate a family saga. Join the author to learn more about Daisy Turner, her family's stories, and the hazards and uses of memory from a folklorist's perspective. Book sales and signing to follow. Register today

*To register for this free event you must "Add to Cart" and go through the checkout process--your total will be $0.00.

Questions? Call us at 617-226-1226 or email
Visit us online for a full listing of education programs, including our September book talks!

Sign up for a FREE Webinar
Mining the Treasures in Newspapers 
Wednesday, September 30, 3 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT; 1 p.m. MDT; 12 p.m. PDT)  
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist
Newspapers contain a wealth of information for genealogists and can provide historical narrative and glimpses into your ancestors' everyday lives. Learn what information is available, how it can help you in your family history research, and how to access these important resources--particularly those available at the NEHGS library and on Register today

*The previously scheduled webinar "Digital Collections at NEHGS and AJHS-NEA" has been rescheduled for March.
Additional Resources
Visit the Online Learning Center for subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, informative videos, webinars, online courses, and more. If you have questions or feedback, contact Ginevra Morse, Director of Education and Online Programs.

Join Us for Family History Day - 3 Oct 2015
Family stories connect us to loved ones, the past, and each other. Find your family stories with American Ancestors (NEHGS) and Findmypast at Family History Day 2015!

NEHGS members--bring a nonmember guest and receive 50% off your admission!

This seminar will help new researchers learn the basics of genealogy and advanced researchers delve deeper into their family history.
  • Attend lectures and demos
  • Meet one-on-one with genealogical experts
  • Browse published volumes
  • Receive special discounts on books and memberships
  • Enter to win door prizes
  • Connect with fellow family historians

Visit for a full schedule of events and to register. Special offers are available for members, students, and groups. Preregistration is encouraged as space is limited.

StoryKeep - Forget-Me-Not Stories

The following is from StoryKeep.

StoryKeep, what we do

Forget-Me-Not Stories

Stan Siegel got out of the military about 60 years ago, but he still remembers his army serial number. As a boy, he loved nature and explored what wildlife still existed inside New York City. He was a pioneering medical illustrator, drawing bones, ligaments and muscles. Stan's greatest love? His wife Adele. 

Click here to watch Stan's story:

This 1-minute video gives you an idea for our process.

Imagine what you could capture of your parents' stories. Imagine what it could mean for your family.
StoryKeep, what we do
"I'm Stanley H. Siegel. Army serial number 32815279."
StoryKeep specializes in conducting intimate interviews. We record and gather family stories to create personalized videos, books, and oral histories. We can convert your analog media to make meaningful projects from your slides, silent films, and memorabilia. There’s no company in America that does what we do so well.
You probably found us just in time, so let’s get started. 
Visit the website. 
You can call us at 347-762-6575 or email us at