Monthly Archives: July 2017

The symbolism often found engraved on tombstones – as well as their symbolic value as perhaps the closest “representation” of an ancestor before photography – has long endeared genealogists to the markers and graveyards. So it’s fitting that the upcoming “Genealogy Conference 2017” sponsored by Kutztown University’s Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center has as its …

There’s something about old books with handwritten information in them that makes a genealogist’s ears prick up and take notice. Recently an e-mail came in to your “Roots & Branches” columnist from the Palatines to America, an organization oriented toward German genealogy, about how to market a copy of the Martyrs Mirror dating to 1814. …

Thomas Jay Kemp has had a varied career in the larger genealogical world, especially in the library portion of that world. He’s been in charge of the two largest genealogical libraries in the Northeast – the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania – before becoming director of genealogy products at …

Kissing Mormon microfilm goodbye

Published July 3, 2017

When the announcement hit the “social media-sphere” a week ago that FamilySearch was discontinuing its longtime service of providing rentals of the microfilms from its huge collection of worldwide records, my first reaction was one of nostalgia. Just a few years after I began researching my genealogy in the mid-1980s, I encountered a brick wall …