The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) just completed another very successful Jamboree in Burbank, California, this month.
Over 1,700 genealogists jammed the genealogy classes, presentations and the exhibit hall for the past four days.
Our own in-house genealogist, Tom Kemp, spoke at three sessions during the SCGS Jamboree. His Friday Genealogy Jamboree talk (“Newspapers: Finding the Details about Your Family”) was so popular that a large crowd wanting to get into the two-room lecture hall had to be turned away. Seeing this large interest in Tom’s talk, the SCGS conference organizers then arranged for an additional session and he repeated the program on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday he gave an early morning pep talk: “GenealogyBank Quick Tips.”
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"Newspapers: Finding the Details about Your Family" handout for SCGS Jamboree 2012
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If you can’t be at this year’s SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in person but you have a family history question you’d like to ask, leave your question in the comments section and I’ll respond to you here on the blog and incorporate your question into our session.
For those of you who will be attending the genealogy conference this year, we look forward to seeing you there!
A: Great question. GenealogyBank makes it easy to enlarge any page or article.
Newspapers over the past 4 centuries have been printed in all shapes and sizes. That is particularly true of Colonial American newspapers. GenealogyBank captures each article and page and displays them for you online – making it easy for you to save them as an Adobe PDF document.
When you want print or save an article and you see that it is too small to be easily read – simply enlarge it using Adobe Acrobat.
Step One: Click on the PDF icon to open up the article as a PDF document.
Step Two: Use the zoom button to enlarge the article to the desired size.
Now you can easily read the article, copy, save or print it. Look closely at this example – an account of the statue of King George III being torn down and made into bullets – Connecticut Journal 17 July 1776 page 1. “On July 9, 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was read to the American army in New York City, the soldiers rushed to the foot of Broadway at the Bowling Green. As depicted in this engraving, they had the assistance of free Blacks or slaves in pulling down the statue of King George III. The lead statue was later brought to Connecticut, where it was made into bullets.”
I told you about key genealogy blogs that you read daily. But wait, there’s more.
Here are even more genealogy blog sites that are must reading:
Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog – knowledgeable blogger Schelly Talalay Dardashti has one foot planted in her home in Israel and another with her relatives and family here in the States. Her articles go beyond resources focused on Jewish research and cover technology and opportunities that will help genealogists researching other lines as well. Schelly will be speaking on genealogy blogs at the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree next weekend in Burbank.
Another must read site is: Roots Television Megan’s Roots Worldwritten by Megan Smolenyak – the prolific lecturer and author. Her brief blog posts are tech savvy – often speak to DNA research – or to her break through research findings. She is a key leader in genealogy today.
Everyone reads Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver – his daily posts focus on his research on the Seaver family, new technology and items he hasspotted on other blogs – in the news and beyond – all of it useful.