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Friday, April 3, 2020

Spoilt for choice: Free webinars this week

Friday, April 10th 10AM PDT

This FREE online webinar is brought to you by the Doughboy Foundation, building the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. which will honor the 4.7 million veterans of WWI for generations to come. Learn more at: Each participant will receive a free copy of the 100-page "WWI Genealogy Research Guide", in digital form, featuring hundreds of references and live links to other resources for your research. Though these are difficult times, with literally tens of millions sheltering in place, it is also an opportunity to get to some of "those" projects you have been too busy to get around to. Here is your chance to get the tools, resources and know-how to get started. You'll receive amazing advice, tips and tricks from Debra Dudek who is expert on finding WWI family heritage. You'll not only enjoy the hour with the very energetic and dynamic Ms. Dudek, but with what you take away, you can create a project that reaches across family units, geography and generations.
To register, go to
Thursday, April 9th, 10AM California Genealogical Society

blog post imageCGS is joining the online learning community with our first class: "Blogging to share family history" with Chris Pattillo on Thursday, April 9. This presentation is free to all.
Chris, who blogs about her family at Pattillo Thornally Ancestors, will talk about using the easy platform and offer tips and tricks for tackling family stories and putting them into words. The presentation starts at 10 am. If you join, please sign in by 9:45 to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you a link the night before the class, which will get you right into our class.

To register and for more details, go to our EventBrite listing

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From Dick Eastman's blog

Series starting April 3rd.
Vivid-Pix, announced today the Vivid-Pix “Round Tuit!” (Get Around to It!) Online Education Program at that helps people during quarantine with classes priced for free or $1.99 to organize family photos and learn about their family history with the help of the world’s most respected historians, genealogists, and educators. The series is hosted by Daniel Earl and will be broadcast live each Tuesday and Friday evening, starting April 3rd, and available to view on demand at

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Help Needed To Rescue UK’s Old Rainfall Records


Help Needed To Rescue UK’s Old Rainfall Records

Are you sitting around the house, completely isolated from the outside world because of the CoronaVirus’ social isolation requirements? Are you bored? Would you like to help meteorologists, historians, and others with a crowdsourcing effort? There’s a great crowdsourcing project that needs your help.
The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can’t easily be used to analyze past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets.
You’re not required to rummage through old bound volumes; the Met Office has already scanned the necessary documents — all 65,000 sheets. You simply have to visit a website, read the scribbled rainfall amounts and enter the numbers into a series of boxes.
“If you do just a couple of minutes every now and then — that’s great,” said Prof Ed Hawkins. “If you want to spend an hour doing 30 or 40 columns – then that’ll be amazing. But any amount of time, it will all add up and be a tremendous help.”

from Eastmans Online Genealogy Newsletter

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ancestry Library Edition available at home!

San Mateo County Libraries Website is at and ProQuest are providing public libraries with temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition through April 30, 2020. All you need to do is to click the link on our website and log in with your library card number and PIN.

Please note that Ancestry Library Edition has some differences from the consumer version of Ancestry. The family tree building tool, for example, is not available in Ancestry Library Edition nor are the DNA capabilities. For a full list of differences between the two products, visit this page from ProQuest.

When you get there, the trick is to click on Ancestry Library Edition (from home use)

Enter your card number and pin, and it should take you right there. Similar services are available from the Palo Alto Library System and other library websites.

Check your local library for further information.

Special thanks to Sara Hayden for following up on this with the librarian and getting an answer.