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Genealogy Materials Require Acid Free Protection

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Professional artists have known about the value of preserving works of art with acid free materials for centuries. Genealogists work extensively with old papers, photographs and documents and do well to learn from the masters of all disciplines.

For instance: don’t take your precious old photographs and slip them in cheap plastic folders and scrapbooks available at the department stores! And for heaven’s sake… don’t try to repair or mount anything with tape from your regular tape dispenser!!

Acid free tape, acid free paper and acid free photo pockets are a must to prevent damage to your genealogy materials. A few lucky genealogists living in high arts and museum districts of big cities will have access to local stores selling quality preservation materials. For the rest of us our best bet is online stores selling high quality preservation materials.

Megan Smolenyak found Obama’s Irish ancestry

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Finding President Obama's Irish ancestry had a bit 'o the (yes) luck of the green in it. During Obama's run for the presidency Megan Smolenyak was quoted as a genealogist in a press release announcing that he was part Irish. That bit 'o luck started people inquiring of her and she naturally turned to genealogy tools and started digging.

No one knew where his family was from in Ireland, and the quest led Megan to a pair of tombstones with Obama's fourth great-grandfather and corresponding grand uncle. This in turn led to the President's third great-grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney. The Kearney's had hailed from Moneygall.

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Here are Megan Smolenyak's 5 Genealogy Secrets

  1. Be methodical and organized.
  2. Remember that everything is not online: search real places!
  3. Remember cemeteries.
  4. Don't believe everything the family tells you until verified
  5. Connect!

And finally, why do we all do it?

Make An Ancestor Drawing

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Here's a quick little tutorial on how you can take a photo of an ancestory and turn it into an old-timey looking drawing with a few keystrokes strokes in Photoshop.

Photo Contest on Grave Book

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Grave Book is having a grave photo contest on their Facebook page. Some amazing photos are coming in for this month! Worth just the look, but also gives me an urge to head up to the local cemetery and see what photos I can get tomorrow.

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New Genealogy Networking site launched by NIGS

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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has launched a new social networking site for genealogists. The site, GenealogyWise is quickly becoming the new genealogy social network.

The site features forums and a live chat room. It also has a full range of courses from NIGS and many pages of interesting videos about family research.

Signing up for the site is quick, although they require both an email verification and place your account on hold for a short time while you are approved.

When Abby's signed up for an account we were approved within five minutes, and then could start browsing the site looking for research information.

On the new GenealogyWise site a member can join surname groups. As of the writing of this blog there are already hundreds of surnames being discussed.

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