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1907, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, July 19

By |July 19th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: The official lyrics video of Miracles (Someone Special) by Coldplay & Big Sean. I love this! I'm very grateful to my great-grandparents who were brave enough to leave everything familiar and come to the USA.

1207, 2017

Update on Q2 2016 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant: Cecilia Chien, West Chester, PA

By |July 12th, 2017|Grants|0 Comments

It's always fun to get a peek at the outcome of one of my grants, so I was really happy to hear from Cecelia Chien, one of the Seton Shields Genealogy Grant recipients of 2016. Cecelia has given me permission to share her photos and the story of her research trip, so I'll let her take it from here, in her own words.

1207, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, July 12

By |July 12th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: Goat yoga in cemeteries, two soldiers accounted for and returning home, gardening the graves of strangers in a historic cemetery, and more . . .

2806, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, June 28

By |June 28th, 2017|Family History, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Immigration, Military|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: a history of Rusyns, a great grandkids photo idea, the possible genetic predisposition toward wanderlust, and more.

2706, 2017

Celebrating 200 Seton Shields Genealogy Grants Awarded

By |June 27th, 2017|Featured, Grants|0 Comments

Ever wondered how I choose who to award grants to each quarter – what makes an application stand out to me or be eliminated? As a way of celebrating the milestone of 200 Seton Shields Genealogy Grants awarded, here's a behind-the-scenes peek into my grants program and the woman who continues to inspire my life and work. Enjoy!

2206, 2017

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #200

By |June 22nd, 2017|Grants|0 Comments

This quarter, I awarded my 200th Seton Shields Genealogy Grant! This quarter's recipient is the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center – a treasure trove of countless books and microfilms, online databases, events ranging from national conferences to summer camps, and world class genealogists – for whatever use they think would be most helpful.

2106, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, June 21

By |June 21st, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest, Orphan Heirlooms|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: A family tree that's both a work of art and of love, an orphan heirloom story, time capsule rooms to explore, and more.

1406, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, June 14

By |June 14th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: Check out the trailer of Coco, Pixar's new film that celebrates family (and has some not-so-stealth genealogy, too)

1306, 2017

My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War

By |June 13th, 2017|Books, History, Military|0 Comments

2017 marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, a conflict often neglected in favor of World War II, which is unfortunate given that WWII is, in some respects, the offspring of the earlier conflict. Andrew Carroll’s My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War is the ideal book to help rectify this balance.

706, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, June 7

By |June 7th, 2017|Books, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: Get your heart warmed, reading about one bride's 'something blue'. Also: explore the 65 symbols on US military tombstones, check out Ancestry.com news, and more.