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Military DNA Identification Lectures Announced

Posted: February 13th, 2014

Will you be attending the Forensic Genealogy Institute March 24-29 in Dallas, Texas? If you haven’t signed up yet, these two new lectures announced today are even more reason to attend. I’ve heard these lectures when I attended a Family Update Meeting last summer as part of my work researching US Army military repatriation cases, and they are terrific. Here is the press release from CAFG:

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is pleased to announce a special guest presenter at the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute. James J. Canik, Deputy Director, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, will present two sessions during the Advanced Track, immediately following Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG (sm).

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Genealogy featured on NPR’s “On Point”

Posted: February 12th, 2014

If you are a genealogy geek like me, then you’ll want to tune into NPR’s On Point radio show tomorrow (Thursday, 2/13). …

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Early Rutland Court Records Coming to Vermont State Archives!

Posted: February 8th, 2014

Breaking news! (Remember, you heard it here first, gang.)

Some very early Vermont court records previously inaccessible to researchers are coming to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) in Middlesex. These records have been in storage in Rutland, and cover the time period from the establishment of Vermont’s court system in 1778 through 1945.

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Gettysburg Address: Read by a Soldier’s Granddaughter

Posted: November 20th, 2013

The American Civil War really wasn’t that long ago, as I’ve reminded my children many times. Grammy’s grandfather fought in it, I tell them. The lives of many people alive today overlapped with the lives of these soldiers. So many of us are at most two degrees separated from the civil war. …

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Vermont Church Records at the State Archives

Posted: October 28th, 2013

Church records are probably one of the most under-utilized sources by Vermont historians and genealogists. Many researchers are not aware that the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) has a sizable collection of church records on microfilm. In order to make the titles in VSARA collection more easily searchable for myself and other researchers, I transcribed the church record films in their card catalog into the following table.

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CAFG proud to assist Purple Hearts Reunited

Posted: May 27th, 2013

On this Memorial Day weekend the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is proud to announce our partnership with Purple Hearts Reunited as CAFG’s newest Volunteer Initiative Program. Capt. Zachariah Fike of the Vermont Army National Guard has established Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc., a non-profit organization that “rescues” lost or stolen Purple Heart medals and returns them to the family of the serviceman/woman who earned them. …

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National Archives of Ireland Tour

Posted: January 9th, 2013

A tour of the National Archives of Ireland, by a visiting American professional genealogist. Read More

The National Library of Ireland

Posted: December 13th, 2012

As if I wasn’t overwhelmed enough by just being in Ireland, entering the most beautiful library I have ever been in put me over the top. I love this place. If I didn’t have to find food eventually, I might never leave. Well, not for a long time anyway.
Doesn’t the beauty of this place say…

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A heart-filling, time-traveling day in Ireland

Posted: November 12th, 2012

I’ve been home from Ireland for a few weeks, but am just now getting my feet back under me. I had hoped to post to my blog during my trip, but I found myself falling exhausted into bed each night instead. Every day was thrilling and overwhelming. I did take lots of photos, and over [...]

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Crossover for Mac and Linux FREE on October 31st!

Posted: October 29th, 2012

I love my Mac, but I’ve never warmed up to Reunion or Family Tree Maker for Mac, or any of the other Mac-native genealogy database software. I prefer RootsMagic, which is a Windows-based program. I know I am not alone in that regard. RootsMagic will eventually be offering a Mac version, but there’s no release date set yet. Fortunately, I can run RootsMagic on my Mac with a little bit of help from ……

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Catherine is a Board-Certified Genealogist. Certified Genealogist and CG are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations.