Thursday, February 23, 2017

8-year-old author publishes book to strengthen families

8-year-old author publishes book to strengthen families
New e-book offers specific ideas for family laughter and play— Silliness may be the new watchword for healthy families. A recent publication by a young author calls on the power of play to strengthen bonds:

The How To Be Silly Book: 11 easy ways to have more fun and grow closer as a family

Written and illustrated by 8-year-old Rebecca Robison, (known as Little Sister in the Legacy Tale family on social media), the book gives eleven simple, concrete ideas- complete with descriptive artwork- for playing together as a family.

The young author feels so strongly about the role of laughter and play in families that she decided to write her own tutorial. She says, “My dad tells me every day how silly I am. I think being silly helps us be closer and happier as a family. Because silliness leads to laughter and play, which results in more love and happiness. PLUS, silliness always cures the grumpies!”

With ideas from “play Twister” to “eat dessert for dinner” and a laugh-out-loud tutorial for "tickling," the book’s instructions are suitable for family members of all ages, including multiple generations and extended family. Most of the ideas are very simple to implement, requiring little or no preparation or expense. The focus is on family time spent intentionally, making memories and building bonds. Making memories- and keeping them- lines right up with the family’s business, Legacy Tale.

An avid writer and illustrator, this is not Miss Robison’s first completed book, but it is the first to be offered for sale to the public. She spread her working time on this publication across three months- developing the concept, creating the drawings with colored pencils and markers, then writing the text. “I’m excited to earn money for college,” says the third grader.

At a price of $5.99, the e-book is available for purchase in PDF format from the family’s website:

About Legacy Tale

Legacy Tale was founded in 2015 by Hilarie and Ben Robison. With a core business of custom interviewing, writing, editing and publishing heirloom family books, they also provide e-books and online courses for DIYers. The blog at is a robust resource of free content focused on making and keeping memories, including how to capture and preserve family narratives and photos.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, February 17, 2017

Over 6.3 million records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

Norfolk Bishop's transcripts contain over 647,000 records. Each entry includes an image of the original document and a transcript of the vital details. The amount of information found in the transcript will depend on the age and condition of the original document although most will include your ancestor's name, baptism year, baptism place and the names of their parent's. Images may reveal additional information such as your ancestor's birth date, father's occupation and the name of the officiating minister.

Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Marriages contains Over 157,000 records. Each record includes a transcript that will reveal your ancestor's birth year, date of marriage, place of marriage and the name of their spouse as well as an image of the original document. Images may reveal further information about your ancestor's marriage, such as the couple's occupations, fathers' names, and the names of any witnesses.

Search over 434,000 Bishop's transcripts of Norfolk burials to discover your ancestor's final resting place. Transcripts will also reveal when they died and their age at death. Images of original documents may reveal additional information such as the name of the minister who performed the ceremony, your ancestor's date of death and, occasionally, their cause of death.

Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832-1915 contains over 4.5 million records. Each entry includes an image of the original register and a transcript of the facts listed. Transcripts will list your ancestor's name, the place they registered, the district and the year they were registered. Images will provide additional information such as you’re their address and the type of property they owned or rented.

British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852 contains over 485,000 records held by The National Archives at Kew. Each record includes a transcripts that will reveal your ancestor's rank, the year of their declaration, their pay book number, their relationship the recipient and any additional remarks. Images may reveal where and when they were married, the names, ages, and baptism dates of their children, the allotted individuals residence, the allotment date and where payable. Prior to 1853, men joined the navy on a short-term basis and service records were not created until after 1853. Allotment Declarations are an excellent way to trace the careers of your earlier naval ancestors.

Over 104,000 records have been added to our collection of Victoria Births. These civil registration records will reveal your ancestors birth place, birth year, parent's names and registration number. The entire collection now contains over 1.9 million records spanning the years 1837 t0 1917. During this period, Victoria's birth certificates – as well as marriage and death certificates – were the most detailed of all Australian colonies'. Ordered copies of original certificates may contain additional information such as the parents' ages, place of birth, marriage details and the details of any previous children.

Over 1.6 million articles and 13 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers this month. The new additions cover the North West and South East of England a number of Scottish counties, Nottinghamshire and Bournemouth. The new Scottish titles include the Haddingtonshire Courier, Linlithgowshire Gazette, Ross-shire Journal, Rothesay Chronicle, Kinross-shire Advertiser, Peeblesshire Advertiser and the Scottish Referee.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Announcing The Journal of Genealogy & Family History

Launching in April 2017, the new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will address the current need for a high quality, peer reviewed publication, covering broad scholarly research in genealogy and family history in a 21st century online format. The journal will be offered to readers and contributors for free, on an open-access, non-commercial basis, with content available under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The scope of the journal will include any field or academic discipline associated with genealogy or family history research such as heraldry, demography, education and record conservation.

Articles will offer the reader insights into current thinking and practice and provide an outlet for theoretical and speculative ideas within genealogy and family history. Topics will be wide ranging, and include for example:

  • Family histories which demonstrate new and innovative approaches and analytic techniques;
  • Locational studies
  • The use of new technologies
  • Software applications and databases
  • The use of DNA analyses to better understand kinship
  • Ancestry and populations
  • Micro histories which may focus on personal, local, community and social histories.
  • Ethical and legal issues surrounding the practice of genealogy

The journal will attract authors from around the world who wish to have their genealogical and family history work published in a credible form and made available to anyone who chooses to read it. All articles submitted for publication will undergo anonymous peer review, which will provide a rigorous and robust process of close scrutiny.

The Editor, Jessica Feinstein, says: "I am very excited to be part of the great team involved in this venture, and look forward to enabling authors in our field to publish academic articles that will advance genealogical research in many areas."

The editorial board will include prominent individuals from within the field of genealogy and family history as well as associated disciplines. The Journal of Genealogy and Family History is registered at the British Library with ISSN 2399-2964.

The journal was initiated and designed by the Register of Qualified Genealogists and will be published via their website at:

Discover Two of our Nation’s Important Repositories in Madison, Wisconsin

ARLINGTON, VA, 15 FEBRUARY 2017—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) opens registration today for family historians to participate in on-site orientations in genealogical research at the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Library and Archives and the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 24-28 July 2017.

The WHS Library and Archives’ genealogy and history collections are among our nation’s most extensive repositories and reflect the diversity of the people who have lived or passed through its territory. Native American tribes, French-Canadians, Northern Europeans—primarily from Germany and Norway—African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics have called Wisconsin home. The state has also seen the rise and diminution of miners, loggers, and railroad workers, and once held Confederate prisoners of war during the Civil War. Dedicated to preserving history, the Society’s more than four million records extend beyond Wisconsin to the rest of the United States and to Canada. Its Draper collection’s 491 volumes (ca. 1775-1815) concentrates on the area known as "Trans-Allegheny West," including the western Carolinas and Virginia, some portions of Georgia and Alabama, the entire Ohio River valley, and parts of the Mississippi River valley. Its collection of newspapers, journals, magazines, and union and guilds publications from around the country is only surpassed by the Library of Congress. The WHS also serves as Wisconsin State Archives that includes state, county, and local government records. Land deeds, naturalization records, tax rolls, and court documents are just some of the original records that genealogists can access at the Archives.

Family historians with ancestors from Germany will be especially interested in the Max Kade Institute’s robust collection of German-American newspapers, letters, diaries, and church and business records. The Institute is also an excellent resource for locating historic German-language, European towns and villages.

Space is limited for this new NGS research trip. Experienced, BCG certified genealogists will introduce and mentor a group of 20 individuals as they explore the wealth of data at both facilities. Participants will also have ample time to conduct their own personal research during this four-day trip in Madison, Wisconsin, 24-28 July 2017.

Research consultants Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CGSM, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGLSM, will insure that your introduction to these institutions is both productive and enriching.

The trip includes:

  • Guidance from leading experts
  • Online orientation
  • Meet and greet on Monday afternoon at the hotel
  • Four days of research
  • Orientation at the repositories
  • Personal research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Four nights at the Lowell Center, including daily continental breakfast and free internet in rooms
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities

Make your reservation quickly so you don’t miss out on this research trip. Space is limited to only 20 individuals. To make your reservation or to learn more, visit

About the National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, the highest standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.