Friday, July 19, 2013

Free Webinar: Direct Your Research with City Directories

Legacy Family Tree Webinars presents a free webinar, "Direct Your Research with City Directories," with Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, July 31st, 2:00 PM, EDT. The course description states: "Browse the pages of various types of directories to discover where your ancestor worked, lived and played. City Directories are for more than family research. The details can help you date a photograph or plot your relative on a map." It is geared toward beginning and intermediate researchers.

"Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Creative Memories' Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. The Wall Street Journal calls Maureen 'the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.' Before she was the Photo Detective, Maureen was known for her expertise researching families in her home state of Rhode Island."

You can sign up for the webinar here.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Video Tutorial: Researching City Directories Using the Internet Archive

Kenneth R. Marks of The Ancestor Hunt website has a very good tutorial on researching city directories at the Internet Archive. It is posted at YouTube and is free to access:

To watch a bigger (screen-wise) version of this video, click on the "play" button above, then click on the YouTube icon that will appear at the bottom of the video. This will take you to the YouTube site to see a larger screen.

Ken also has a number of tutorials on newspaper research on his site.

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