Sunday, December 31, 2017

Celebrations: New Year's Eve and Harold D. Currey's Birthday!

Born on December 31, 1902, Dad always claimed he just barely missed being a New Year's baby. This portrait of him and his mother Ethel Plank Currey was obviously taken in 1903 somewhere in Oregon.

Looking at all these pictures of Dad as he grew up in Marshfield (now Coos Bay), Oregon, I'm struck by how he's always recognizable.

[All photos from my personal collection]

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Limited Time Free Webinar: "Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search" by Elissa Scalise Powell

Don't be shallow!

Elissa Scalise Powell presented "Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search" on December 27, 2017.  There is some great advice here to keep you from making mistakes you'll have to correct in the next year:
Through examples the problems with not conducting an exhaustive search will be highlighted. Assumptions, misinterpretations, and not digging deep enough into original records will all be showcased as to how they can mislead research, sometimes for years. Encouraging the audience to follow the principles of a reasonably exhaustive search should give them incentive to make it a part of their usual research habits. They will also learn particular pitfalls to watch for.

Runs 1 hour 32 minutes
Free for non-subscribers through January 3, 2018

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Friday, December 29, 2017

From the Probate Files: William Kenedy - Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania - 1787

Is this the will of the father of my maternal ancestor Hugh Kennedy?

[Will Packets Or Files, 1789-1917; Author: Allegheny County (Pennsylvania). Register of Wills; Probate Place: Allegheny, Pennsylvania: Description - Notes: Will Packets, Vol 1, 1789-1808. Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Pennsylvania County, District and Probate Courts.]

Know all men by these Presents That I William
Kenedy of Rostraver Township in Westmoreland County ~
In the State of Pennsylvania Being Sick & Weak in Body,
but of Sound Mind, Memory and understanding Do make and Publish
This my last Will and Testament in a Manner & form following
(viz) First. I give and Bequeath unto my Bloved Wife Elisabeth -
Kenedy The Whole use Benefits & advantages of my Messuage,
Land & Tenament of which I am now Possessed of Lying & being Situate
In the above Named Township in Pennsy^a for and During her
Natural Life which Sd. Messuage Land & Tenament She may Enjoy
and Possess herself or Recieve the Profits Benefits and advantages
Arising therefrom by the Possession of others by her affirmation ---
During her Sd. Natural Life Likewise I allow & Bequeath
unto the Sd. Elisabeth One Milk Cow, One Ewe and Lamb and her Choice
of the Best Bed & Beding of Choice that I am Possessed of
And after the Decease of Elisabeth Kenedy my wife I Give and Bequeath
unto my Grandsone Henry Kenedy Son of Hugh Kenedys 
And my Granddaughtere Sarrah Sill Daughter to George Sill all the above
Named Messuage Land, and Tenament that is to say in Such 
Manner that the above Named Granddaughter Sarrah Sill Shall have
Dividend or one half thereof Layed Off to her on the Side which
Joyn her father Land or Line being the Land whereof that Sd. George Sill now
Occupieth Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Son James Kenedy
the Sum of Seven Shillings & Six pence Also I give &
Bequeath unto my Son Hugh Kenedy Seven Shillings &
Six pence. Also I give & Bequeath unto my Son James Regan [?]
Seven Shill. & Six Pence. Also I Give and Bequeath unto
my Son George Sill Seven Shillings & Six pence Also I give &
Bequeath unto my Son William Kenedy Seven Shill. and 
Six Pence. Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Robt. Kenedy Seven
Shillings & Six pence And Provided the Remainder of my
Property which is not Devised and given to the above named Persons (Exclusive
of my Recds[?]) are Sufficient to Compensate my Creditors &
Defray the Necessary Expense of my funeral after the Sale I allow then the Said
Recds[?] to my son Will^m Kenedy and in case the amount of the
Sale of the above named property which are hereby made Saleable not
Prove Sufficient to pay my Creditors Defray the Expenses as
above and [????] pay the above named Legatees who are allowed
a Dollar Each Shall then in Such Case those Above Legatees 
(viz) Henry Kenedy & Sarrah Sill are to pay the Sd. Legatees 
Legaceys are a Dollar Each And Hereby I Nominate
and apoint David Robison and Henry Westbery Executors of this
my last will & Testament Hereby Revoking all former will 
and Wills by me Hitherto made In Witness Whereof  I have hereunto
Set my hand & Seal this Twelfth day of March Anno
Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Seven 1787
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of 
Henry Westbery                                              his
John Laird                                          William O Kenedy       {Seal}
Margert  [?????}                                            mark

Although William stated he lived in Westmoreland County, boundaries have changed since then and it's believed that his residence was in what is now called Elizabeth Township in Allegheny County.

What about William's son Hugh? My ancestor Hugh's 1814 Will left bequests to his children including a son named Henry. However his Henry wasn't the oldest son so next week I'll examine Hugh's will to try to determine if there's a relationship between these two men.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Nooo! I Forgot to Register My Son's DNA Test at 23andMe!

Yeah, about that...
I was wondering what the status was of my son's 23andMe DNA kit.  It just dawned on me that it appears I totally spaced on registering my son's DNA kit at 23andMe.  You'd think I would not skip that point.

Hopefully an email will be sent once it reaches the lab unregistered.  From the 23andMe help page.

Edited to add: 23andMe sent their notice, as if on cue, and after properly registering Marc's kit I see that it is already in the DNA Extraction Phase at the lab.  Nice!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hugh Kennedy (1725 - 1814): Another Quaker Ancestor?

When did this Irish-born fifth great grandfather* arrive in Pennsylvania? The usual answer of 1741 from Grange in Ireland seems to be based on this quote from Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750 : with their early history in Ireland:

[Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750 : with their early history in Ireland (1902) by Myers, Albert Cook, 1874-1960.
Online source: the Internet Archive.]

However, according to another quote from the same source the Hugh Kenedy in this record is an much older man with grown children and therefore can't be my ancestor who was only about 16 at the time:

[Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750 : with their early history in Ireland (1902) by Myers, Albert Cook, 1874-1960.
Online source: the Internet Archive.]

Since traditionally Hugh's father is believed to be William Kennedy who mentioned a son with that name in his 1787 will, my ancestor can't be connected to this Quaker family.

Was he a Quaker? I don't know but since DAR records show him enlisting in the local militia in 1746 (and later serving in the Revolution) he doesn't appear to have subscribed to the pacifist tenets of that denomination.

Here's how I'm related to him.


*His surname is spelled variously as Kenedy, Kennedy and Canady.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Update on FamilySearch Online Records: What is Available Now That Microfilms Can No Longer Be Ordered

Like many other researchers I was worried when I read that FamilySearch will no longer offer microfilm delivery to the Family History Centers.  The September 1, 2017 deadline on that service has now past, and FamilySearch posted about the situation last week in "What's New: Search Records At Home":
FamilySearch continues to digitize microfilms at a rate of 1,000 each business day. That is the equivalent of digitizing every microfilm that has been requested by patrons in the past five years. What if the record you want hasn’t been digitized? First, check other family history websites to see if the information is available elsewhere. If not, you can request to have FamilySearch move your film to the top of the digitization priority list by contacting FamilySearch Support online or by phone at 1-866-406-1830.
With the changes to FamilySearch’s record collections, gone forever are late nights at the library, spinning microfilm reels. Instead, you can look forward to even more success finding your ancestors using your own computer.

If you haven't already set up a free account with them, now is the time to do it.  I've seen notices at the top of their pages indicating that in the near future they will require an account to access some records. 

A New Years' Resolution might be to learn about or reacquaint yourself with the structure of the FamilySearch site, not just the indexed records.  The Catalog, the Research Wiki, and the Books sections contain a vast amount of information. 

The post includes the icons to understand what is available for those who are new to the site:

From the FamilySearch blog.

From the FamilySearch blog.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Celebrations: Christmas, 1948

One of the very few "real" Christmas trees we ever had.* I was a year and a half and don't remember it at all.

[From my personal collection]

*All the Christmases I recall were spent in the trailer and we had a small artificial tree.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday Drive: Christmas at Agua Caliente - 1952

When the trailer was new...

[From my personal collection]

I don't remember this awning at all--by next year it had been replaced with a red one.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Limited Time Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: "Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogists" by Rorey Cathcart

I never really understood the history of South Carolina, but I do have ancestors who came through there at some point (Hardy/Avery/Thornton/Hanon, and possibly others), so this December 20, 2017 webinar "Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogists," presented by Rorey Cathcart, is a great overview:
This survey of Genealogy in the State of South Carolina will look at the state's long history, the importance of understanding her judicial units, major repositories and strategies for dealing with the state's significant records loss.

Runs 1 hour 29 minutes
Free to non-subscribers through December 27, 2017

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Friday, December 22, 2017

My Living DNA Test Results Came Back Too!

My daughter and I were willing to take yet another DNA test because this one offers a closer look at localized genetic ancestry in Great Britain and Ireland.

And as I expected, my heritage is solidly from the United Kingdom. 

I was a bit surprised to see that my only Irish connection (for the past 10 generations at least) are from the northernmost part of Northern Ireland.

The rest of my European ancestry tracks generally with my results from other DNA tests, although they tend to assign me a greater share of Iberian Peninsula than Scandinavian (and more than this with both).

But the map of the British Isles is fascinating, especially compared with what Christine found out from her test. 

I never imagined any part of my DNA would show connections to the Kurds, Pashtuns or the Orkneys! Live and learn...

I agree with Christine's rating: "Two thumbs up!"

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

My Living DNA Test Results are Back!

Click on the plus symbol for my detail.

My Living DNA test was ordered October 29, 2017, and my test results came back two days ago (originally it was estimated to be ready by February 2018, probably a smart to move on their part to underestimate the done date).  Mom had seen her results first and couldn't access the results, but the tech she contacted advised her to clear her cache data.  I cleared my cache data "for all time" and didn't have any problems seeing my results (this took a few minutes to clear).

The autosomal DNA results for me (95.5% European and 4.5% Asian (South)) are fairly consistent with my other results from other companies, which include AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and GEDmatch calculators.  The ability to refine the British origins of my DNA was the special appeal for this test, and as I expected I am hugely British Isles:

It estimates me at 69.5% Great Britain and Ireland, which is reasonable.

More of the results--obviously they have a lot of categories!
My non-British European and South Asian results.  My father often gets Moldavia in his results--not sure what this is telling me, although obviously it might indicate a Moldavian ancestors in the past few hundred years.

Every one of the categories can be clicked on and it leads to more information about the area.  For instance, they estimate I have more Yorkshire than any other particular English ancestry, although I have some from most areas:

The beginning of the North Yorkshire description, which is fairly lengthy.  After the text it gives some related ethnicities of contributing regions.

I really like this list of hyperlinked citations for the North Yorkshire article.

There is a lot going on with these results.  I think if I spend some time reviewing the results and articles for each region I think I'll learn a lot about my British Isles ancestry.

Two thumbs up!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gone for Soldiers: Valley Forge Anniversary

It's now 240 years since my paternal great grandfather Abraham Heath (c. 1740-c. 1807) went into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania) with the rest of George Washington's Continental Army.

[March to Valley Forge - William Trego, Philadelphia, 1883. This painting is now in the collection of The Museum of the American Revolution]

My ancestor's term of enlistment in the Virginia Line of the Continental Army ended in February so he didn't spend the entire winter in Valley Forge. You can read about his life after he went home here and learn the terms of his 1807 Warren County, Georgia, will here.

And here's a reminder of how I'm descended from Abraham Heath:


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Limited Time Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: "The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search" presented by Judy G. Russell

I've been waiting for this one for a while!  The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search
by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL:
There's a difference between searching and researching, and understanding how the law impacts records and research is critical to the reasonably exhaustive research needed to meet the Genealogical Proof Standard. Learn how the law impacts records -- and how finding the right law for the right place and time is critical to genealogy.

This webinar is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (check out the updated website!).

Free to non-subscribers through December 26, 2017

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Monday, December 18, 2017


Tonight the usual suspects gathered at my house for my annual Christmas party. The food and wine were good (as always) but the conversation was was stellar (as expected).

[From my personal collection]

I always have such a great time that I forget to take pictures of the group. Maybe next year.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday Drive: Agua Caliente Regional Park - Christmas, 1955

Dad Currey wrote that he took this photo from the picnic area at the park. We spent every Christmas and Easter vacation there until the Curreys acquired the property in Ocotillo.

[From my personal collection]

I've added the yellow outline to our rig to make it easy for you to locate.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Limited Time Free Webinar from Legacy Family Tree Webinars: "Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth" by Jill Morelli

I know the area where my great grandparents Mette Karine and Berdines Rasmussen come from (Nedstrand and Fister, both in Rogaland, Norway), but this webinar, "Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth," presented by Jill Morelli on December 15, 2017, reminds me how little I've done in that direction this year.  I didn't even get a single step closer to finding out who Mette Karine's birth father was beside being a Swedish railworker.  I need inspiration! (and to be done cleaning my tree's locations...):
Is that parish of birth of your Nordic ancestor proving to be elusive? Without it, we cannot make the trip “across the pond.” Often that parish is identified in the records located in the United States and research will reveal the name or at least narrow it down. We will explore numerous US record sets where the parish could be recorded and then we will identify the international databases that can also assist in our identification of the parish of birth.

1 hour 28 minutes
Free to non-subscribers through December 22, 2017

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Friday, December 15, 2017

From the Probate Files: Francis Grove - York County, Pennsylvania - 1812

As we saw earlier this week Franz Graaf, one of my maternal 5th great grandfathers, was an orphan in 1743 when he left his Swiss homeland for a new life in Pennsylvania.

Sixty-eight years later he made his will as the anglicized Francis Grove which was probated on February 28, 1812. His first wife my ancestor Anna Segrist had died in 1800 and the following year he married a widow named Catherine Eberhard.*

["Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch ( : 3 July 2014), York > Wills 1803-1818 vol L-N > image 446 of 800; county courthouses, Pennsylvania.]

For now** I'm going to rely on a transcript of his will attributed to Gail Bernkopf  that I found attached to the family tree of a distant cousin.

In the Name of God Amen I Francis Grove of York township in the County of York and State of Pennsylvania being aged and Infirm do therefore make and publish this my last will and Testament and in the first place I commit my Soul into the hands of God who gave it unto me and my Body I order to be buried in a Christian manner by my Executor and as to my worldly Estate I order to be disposed of as Follows, my debts and funeral Expenses I order to be paid in the first place I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catharina for and during her Natural life or as long as she Remains my widow, all and Every Kind of my household and Kitchen furniture, monies, Bonds, Notes or Book amounts be the same what it may, and also one Cow, And at or Imediately [sic] after, the death of my said wife I give and bequeath the same Household and Kitchen furniture of all and Every Kind as aforesaid and all monies or other Goods, Either in Bonds Notes or Book accounts, or any other thing or things, whatsoever unto my step daughter Eve Intermarried with Nicholas Strayer and to their Heirs and assigns forever, And I further give and bequeath unto my said wife, all and Every the articles & stipulations in a Bond of Performance Bearing Even date herewith  particularly mentioned to be delivered to me and my said wife for any during our Natural lives, or the Surviver [sic]of us and at and Imediately [sic] after the death of my said wife Catharina, all the articles in the said Bond specified and mentioned shall Cease and become Void to all Intents and purposes;  And it is my will that if any of the articles in the Said Bond of Performance mentioned should Remain unpaid at the time of my said wifes death, Shall not be asked Charged or Demanded by any of my heirs Executors administrators, or any other Person or persons whatsoever.  It is further my will and I order and direct that none of my Children Namely George, Frederich, John, Michael, Francis, and my daughter Margaret intermarried with George Shirey[?] shall be carged [sic] with any of the monies due me wherewith the stand charged on a half sheet of Paper in the hand writing of George

[next page]:

George Lewis Lefler[?] Esq. on purpose therein stated.  (Excepting those of my Children which have given me their obligations) shall be paid unto my Executors which sums of money with which they stand charged.  I give and bequeath, to them and each of them the sum that the Hand Charged with as aforesaid and no more which shall be in full of their shares out of my Estate both Real and personal, or of any household stuff or other goods whatsoever and wheresoever.  And lastly I do hereby Nominate, and appoint my son in law Nicholas Strayer, of Hopewell Township my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby Revoking and disannulling all other wills by me heretofore made declaring this and no other as and for my last will.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Soul the fifteenth Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Eleven.

Francis Grove [his mark and seal]

Signed Sealed pronounced and Published & Declared by the said Francis Grove the Testator as and for his last will & Testament.  In the presence of us who at his Request subscribed our Names hereunto as witnesses, in his presence and in the presence of Each other at the same time.

Sarah Neaff  [her mark]

Ignl. Leitner

York County ss.    Before me Jacob Barnitz Register for the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the County of York in the State of Pennsylvania, personally came Sarah Naeff and Ignatius Leitner Esq. the Two Subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing Instrument of Writing

[next page]:

Writing and on their Solemn Oath, Do severally say, that they were personally Present and saw and heard the above named Francis Grove make his mark unto and Seal and Publish the foregoing Instrument of writing as and for his Last Will and Testament; and that at the time of the doing thereof he the said Francis Grove was of a Sound and disposing Mind, Memory and Understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief And that they subscribed their names thereto as Witnesses in the Presence of the said Testator and at his request, and also in the Presence of each other at the same time.

Sarah Naeff [her mark]

Sworn & Subscribed before me at York the 28th Day of February A.D. 1812

J. Barnitz    Regr.[Register]

*Her first husband John Eberhard named he and Francis Grove as the executors of his 1790 will.
**I plan to read through the document and compare what I see there with the transcription. I'll share any discrepancies I might find later.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Limited Time Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: "I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes" presented by James M. Baker, PhD, CG

Yeah, I'm guilty of thinking someone was my ancestor when they weren't.  For a while I thought a certain Thomas Taylor and his wife Sarah Lynchard were direct ancestors, but reexamining the evidence pointed to an entirely different set of ancestorsJames M. Baker shows how to avoid this pitfall in 6 steps in his webinar "I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes":
Case studies are presented to show how to avoid the biggest mistakes, including trusting family myths; believing that the posted family trees are accurate; connecting the wrong "same name" people; and believing that all original family records are accurate.

Runs 1 hour 32 minutes
Free to non-subscribers through December 20, 2017

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Working on Wednesday: Franz Graaf/Francis Grove (1733 - 1812) Immigrant & Farmer

From Swiss records for the town of Rafz we know that this maternal 5X great grandfather left his native land in 1743 when he was a ten year old orphan in the company of his maternal uncle and his family.

[Emigration record for Francis Grove, 16 May 1743, Rafz, Zurich, Switzerland.
Source: Staatsarchiv Zurich.}

Fortunately for those of us who aren't fluent in German, a translation is available. As far as I can tell he never followed his father's (and uncle's) trade of mason.

[From Faust, A. Bernhardt. (1920-1925). Lists of Swiss emigrants in the eighteenth century to the American colonies. Volume 1 Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society. Source: HathiTrust]

Young Franz made it safely to Pennsylvania where he settled in Shrewsbury in York County and later* married the daughter of another Swiss couple  Hans/John Segrist and his wife Anna Wildberger.

This list informs us that Francis Grove** was taxed for 200 acres of land, two horses and two cows in 1779.

[ Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762–1794. Series No. 4.61; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.]

And he was counted in the 1786 Pennsylvania Septennial Census.

[ Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.]

There's a 1790 federal census record that may refer to him, but I'm not convinced because it's the enumeration for a township in Lancaster County and I don't know that he had any connection to any place but York County and I wasn't able to locate him in the 1800 U.S. Census.

But he's listed in the 1810 U.S. Census.

[Year: 1810; Census Place: York, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: 57; Page: 157; Image: 00168; Family History Library Film: 0193683. 1810 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls). Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

On Friday I'll take a look at his will which was probated in 1812.

["Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch ( : 3 July 2014), York > Wills 1803-1818 vol L-N > image 248 of 800; county courthouses, Pennsylvania.]

*The exact date of their wedding isn't known but their oldest child was born in October of 1760.
**Note how his name has been anglicized in this record, although in the list of wills for York County his surname was written as Groff.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Limited Time Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: "Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records" Presented by Lisa Toth Salinas

For whatever reason, I seem to have NO recent Catholic ancestors.  I wouldn't know where to start on that type of record should I ever find Catholic ancestors, or help someone else with their Catholic ancestors, but for fortunately Lisa Toth Salinas has put together a webinar on the topic, "Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records":
Catholic genealogical research has a depth unequaled by any other record group. The documents of the Catholic Church chronicle important events in the lives of members and can provide the key to uncovering otherwise impenetrable family mysteries. Author of the Catholic Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ and contributor to The Catholic Gene blog, Lisa Toth Salinas will guide you into exploration of the lives of your ancestors through sacramental records, additional Church records, and other Catholic sources. Join Lisa for an introduction into Catholic genealogy, an overview of traditional and often-overlooked documents, and research strategies that will help you dig into your Catholic roots.

Recorded December 6, 2017, free through December 13, 2017
Runs 1 hour 45 minutes

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