Memorial scholarship offered for new Applied Genealogy Institute (8/12/2021)
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Donna Hansen Peterson

Recently, we told you about the Applied Genealogy Institute, a practicum-based learning course launched by CGS member Lisa Gorrell, along with Mary Kircher Roddy and Jill Morelli. Friends of the late Donna Hansen Peterson have organized a scholarship in her name which will allow one student to attend AppGen this fall. Donna was known for her love for learning and expanding her genealogical horizons. She was a student in the ProGen and NGSQ study groups at the time of her death in July. Members of her book group including Gena Philibert-Ortega created this scholarship to honor her memory.

Details about applying for the scholarship can be found at the AppGen website:

Yet another note about Ancestry’s terms of service (8/9/2021)

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As mentioned in a previous post, there’s been a lot of buzz in the genealogy world lately over a recent change to the wording of’s terms of service. Last week, we shared some thoughts by The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell. In fairness, we should acknowledge there are differences of opinion among respected professionals. Leah LaPerle Larkin (“The DNA Geek”) has a different take on the issue. “Almost none of the discontent on social media right now is about the two words that actually changed,” she writes. “[I]t’s about the fact that Ancestry can use our content in the first place. But they always could!”

She goes on to point out that there are similar clauses in the terms found on sites like MyHeritage, FindMyPast, and FamilySearch. In her opinion, the recent furor is a tempest in a teacup… or, making a mountain out of a molehill.

For more details, see Leah’s blog post here.

Online genealogy, August 9-15 (8/8/2021)

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Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week, many of them free. To register for an event below, click on the name of the host organization.


August 10: “Tracing Your New York Ancestors with the NYG&B” by Josh Taylor

August 12: “Scanning and Beyond” by Kay Spears


August 15:
“The Timeline Grid: An Easy Way to Track, Organize, and Use Your Research” by Kathryn Grant

“Using Genealogical Periodicals” by James Tanner

“Fast, Accurate Research” by Van Celaya


August 10: “New Tools for DNA Matches Research” by Ran Snir

August 11: “Introduction to Researching Your Mississippi Ancestors” by Angela Walton-Raji

August 17 & 18: “Standards for Genealogical Documentation” by Tom Jones


>>Sutro Library’s BAY AREA GENEALOGY CALENDAR lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week’s highlights:

August 11: Cyndi’s List Discussion Group (Solano County Genealogical Society)

August 11: SF Genealogy Workshop (San Francisco Public Library)

August 12: “Journey to Gold Mountain: Chinese and the Gold Rush” by Connie Young Yu (Los Altos History Museum)

August 14: Irish Genealogy Club (United Irish Cultural Center)

August 14: Tour of Cypress Lawn in Colma: virtual and in-person (San Mateo County History Museum)

August 15: Tour of Wellesley Park in Redwood City: virtual and in-person (San Mateo County History Museum)

>>CONFERENCE KEEPER has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) hosted by genealogical organizations around the country and abroad. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to browse the entire calendar. Here’s a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:

August 9: “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” (Family History Society of Arizona)

August 10: “Reconstructing Communities Using Genealogical Resources” (Dallas TX Public Library)

August 11: “What Happened to Freeborn Nelly Scott: a focus on university and non-traditional archives” (Antelope Valley CA Genealogical Society)

August 12: “Got Germans? Beginning German Genealogy” (Sacramento Genealogical Society)

August 13: “In their own write: Punishing the Victorian pauper complainer” (UK National Archives)

August 14: “It’s All Relative: Challenges of Romanian Research” with Andrei Popescu (Romanian Genealogy Society)

August 15: “Guide to Researching Family Roots in Lithuania” (Polish Genealogical Society of America)

See our post “Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus” for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!