National DNA Test Sales end today!

Vicki’s note – WOW – massive sale for everything DNA genealogy testing research!  Hurry – most end today April 26.  DNA testing sales will happen again around the Christmas Holiday season.  Also be looking to see if there is another National DNA Test Sales day (s) about April 21-25 next year.  I have been way busy lately and just saw notice of this very short sale from Thomas MacEntee:


😍 MASSIVE DNA DAY SALE 23andme $79 + free shipping, AncestryDNA $79 +free shipping, Family Tree DNA $59 and more

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12 Things to Know about DNA Testing

Vicki’s note – article from Thomas MacEntee, with his permission to share:


Before you buy a DNA Test Kit or delve into genetic genealogy, read 12 Things to Know about DNA Testing

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FREE: 12 Things to Know About DNA Testing
This past weekend I conducted an online DNA boot camp for 200 people presented by DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters LLC. One of handouts used was 12 Things to Know About DNA Testing and I thought that the information was so well presented that I wanted to share it with you. When I asked Mary if I could “share,” she gave me an enthusiastic “YES!”

Check out Mary’s site here because there is so much information available! And click here for your copy of 12 Things to Know About DNA Testing (PDF download).

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Additional DNA Tools and Concepts Digital Download

If you were unable to attend the Additional DNA Tools and Concepts Boot Camp recently,  you’re in luck! We’ve packaged the entire event – webinar videos and handouts into one product! We had a enthusiastic crowd with Mary Eberle presenting amazing information-filled webinars!

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EXCLUSIVE from Thomas MacEntee: Save 15% on NEW Legacy 9.0 Family History Software

Vicki’s Note – Well it finally is here – the new Version 9 update of Legacy genealogy software to keep track of your family history searches.  There is a free version available also. 

I bought Version 8, and like it, when I have time to do my own family genealogy.  And Thomas MacEntee has come up with a special discount, if you want to buy the enhanced version of Legacy 9.   Thanks Thomas.  I also suggest buying the CD as well as the download.  

Try the free version (see link below).  I found the enhancements worth paying for the paid version of Legacy 8.  I think that the new “hinting” feature (super leafs!) itself is going to be worth getting the upgrade of Legacy 9,

I cannot wait to try the other features.  They are amazing, and just upped the competition for other software providers.  Be sure to click on the link below to see details on the new enhancements.  I knew that they were working on this, but I am one joyous genealogist to see what fun is in store for me with all of the unexpected wonderful new features!


EXCLUSIVE from Thomas MacEntee: Save 15% on NEW Legacy 9.0 Family History Software

by Thomas MacEntee

April 18, 2017

Legacy Family Tree has just released Version 9.0 of its amazing genealogy software – you can save 15% via
 Legacy 9

Legacy 9.0 software for genealogy and family history research has just been released with amazing new features. Check out the new features you’ll find in the highly-anticipated new version of Legacy Family Tree Software:

  • Hinting: Legacy 9 sifts through billions of records from the key websites –  FindMyPast, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, and MyHeritage – for new information, pictures, and stories of your ancestors. As you add to your tree, Legacy 9 begins the search – automatically!
  • Reports and Charts: See trends in your ancestors’ medical history with the new Cause of Death charts. Expand your genetic genealogy tools with the new X‐DNA color schemes. Get everyone involved at your next reunion or family gathering with Family Tree BINGO – play with cards of your ancestors, descendants, or a mixture. You can also now see your tree at a glance in the Family Dictionary.
  • Searching: One‐click access to your ancestor’s Find A Grave memorial. Create a list of people in your tree with or without Find A Grave IDs.
  • Online Backup: You’ll never worry about losing your data again. In addition to backing up to your hard drive, a thumb drive, or a DVD, you can now backup your Legacy to the Legacy Cloud. It also makes transferring to a new computer a breeze.
  • Stories: Preserve the stories of your ancestors or stories of your own. The new Stories tool lets you  record, organize and print multiple stories for any of your ancestors.
  • Hashtags: Create unlimited hashtags to describe your ancestors. Then search for or print a report of everyone who shares that hashtag. You’re no longer limited to 9 tags. Call them anything you want – #civilwar  #DNAtested  #farmer  #ProvenAncestor  #BrownHair
  • Compare 2 People: Researching two same‐named individuals? Having difficulty differentiating two John Smiths in the same place? The new Chronology Comparison report puts them side‐by‐side, color codes their similarities and differences, and helps you determine if they could be the same person.
  • Color Coding: Legacy’s popular color‐coding system has been expanded. Now enjoy the ancestor color coding in both the Index View and Name List, making it simple to know what part of your tree you are looking at.
  • And dozens of other enhancements: Digital pictures are now auto‐sorted by date. View all 9 tags in the Name List. Two additional  custom toolbar buttons, and much more . . . .

The upgrade price, if you currently have Legacy Deluxe, is $26.95. For first time buyers, the price is $34.95 for the download version of Legacy 9.0 Deluxe. Click here and use promo code thomas15leg at checkout and save 15%! To take Legacy 9.0 Standard for a test with a FREE DOWNLOAD, click here.

Click here for more information and to upgrade your current copy of Legacy or get the new version – via Legacy Family Tree

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©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Baptisms, Christenings, and Dedications – The Differences

Vicki’s note – I shortened, and corrected typos, on article by Julie Heifner from her website 


Baptisms, Christenings, and Dedications Researched, Defined, and Explained

Thank You for visiting Babies and Brides! – … custom, hand made invitations and announcements for Baptisms, Dedications, Christenings, First Holy Communions, and Baby Namings. Throughout those years, customers have often asked, What is the difference between a Baptism and Christening? What is a Baby Dedication? What is a Naming?…, if you re-post this information, we require you give credit to the author and a link back to our site.

The Baptismal, Christening and Dedication ceremonies which are performed in various churches and denominations around the world, vary in length, formality and inclusions. …

Feel free to send your comments to me, the site owner and author, Julie Heifner, at:

Dedications – A Dedication, also known as an Infant Dedication or Baby Dedication, is a Christian ceremony which simply dedicates an infant to God, welcomes the baby into the church, and has the parents dedicate themselves to raising the child as a Christian.

The ceremony specifically does not include baptizing the baby with water. A baby Dedication is performed in Baptist, non-denominational, and Assembly of God churches, instead of an infant baptism. These churches do believe in performing water baptisms, but subscribe to the doctrine that baptism should only be undertaken by someone who is a believer and follower of Christ and is able to make the choice to be baptized; which an infant is not yet able to do…

When we use the terms “dedication” on invitations, we capitalize it if the invitation is for an actual “Dedication” ceremony – since it is the name of the event and therefore a proper noun:

“Our precious little angel sent from Heaven above, will be Dedicated to Christ’s family with joy and with love”.,

but if we use the term on a Baptism or Christening invitation, we do not capitalize, because it is used as a verb:

“Our precious little angel sent from Heaven above, will be dedicated to Christ’s family, with joy and with love.”

Baptisms – The most common use of the word “Baptism” refers to the ceremony of a water baptism, a Christian event, performed in some manner by almost every church and denomination…

Most denominations & churches hold baptism ceremonies for infants, although others such as Baptists and most non-denominational churches, do not baptize babies. They practice only what is known as “Believer’s Baptism” whereby the person being baptized must be able to make a conscious decision to do so as a believer in Christ, which infants cannot yet do…

Christenings – The Random House Dictionary defines Christening as 1. the ceremony of baptism; 2. a formal, public ceremony where a ship is named and launched; and 3. the act of naming or dedicating something.

In religious practice, I have found that it is only in the Catholic Church that a Baptism is sometimes referred to as a Christening and often the terms are used interchangeably. I have found in my research, many writings that state that the Christening is part of the baptism ceremony in the Roman Catholic Church. That it is simply the Naming portion whereby the baby’s name is publicly given and proclaimed… “We Christen you … (name) in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

However, none of the information that says the Christening is part of the Baptismal ceremony, came from the Catholic Church!…

Based on this research, I must conclude that there is no actual “Christening” ceremony or Sacrament in the Catholic Church. I did not find any reference to Christenings for any other religious denomination. Every invitation or program I’ve designed for a “Christening” has always been for a Catholic family.

There are many elements or components to a Catholic Rite of Baptism including an actual section called Baptism, and in that section they do use the baby’s name and state that “(baby’s name), I Baptize you in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit…” but no mention of Christening is actually made. I have found in the very beginning of the ceremony – called The Reception of the Child – that the priest asks the parents “What name have you given your child?” that in itself, as does the entire Rite of Baptism, fit into the dictionary’s definition of a Christening – “the act of naming or dedicating something”.

I believe then, that there is no actual, church-recognized, formal, event or ceremony known as a “Christening”. I believe that over the years, it has become accepted in some Catholic churches to interchangeably use the word “Christening” to refer to the very formal “Catholic Rite of Baptism” which is one of the Seven Sacraments…

The Catholic Church however, cares very deeply that a Catholic is baptized! Preferably as an infant, in case they die before getting baptized, but if a Catholic is not baptized as an infant, they absolutely can be baptized as an adult.


Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (NARA) – Free Webinar

Vicki’s  notes – free genealogy webinars:

Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (NARA) –

Free Webinar by Claire Kluskens

Here is a link to the webinar, if you missed the April 14, 2017 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.  This was just one session in a 2 day 2016 NARA conference (online) which had several sessions.  The Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (NARA) -Webinar by Claire Kluskens was the first session on day 1.  You can print the handouts if you click on the links.

There are also links to the previous several year’s of conferences.  You can watch any of them, all free.

2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Session Videos & Handouts

On October 26 & 27, 2016, the National Archives hosted the fourth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers participated with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts remain available from this web page free of charge.

You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Session Schedule

Day 1, October 26:  Watch entire day on YouTube

                  Session Ttitle
                         1 Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens
                         2 The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren’t Using by Lori Cox-Paul
                         3 National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn
                         4 You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak
                         5 Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer
                         6 Grave Yards and Genealogy: American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass

Day 2, October 27:  Watch entire day on YouTube

                  Session Title
Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
                         7 Nonpopulation Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics by Claire Kluskens
                         8 The Morning After – Changes as Reflected in Morning Reports (Army and Air Force) by Theresa Fitzgerald
                         9 The Iwo Jima Flag Raisers – Chaos, Controversy and World War II Marine Corps Personnel Records by Bryan K. McGraw
                        10 What’s New in the Lou: A Look at the Latest Accessions at the National Archives at St. Louis by David Hardin
                        11 Faces of the National Park Service by Cara L. Moore
Closing Remarks by Acting Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings


Transcripts from the live captioning and chat sessions are available. To request them, please send an email to:

Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see

Regarding links outside of the National Archives Website ( We have provided a link to this site because it has information that may interest you. This link is not an endorsement by the National Archives of the opinions, products, or services presented on this site, or any sites linked to it. The National Archives is not responsible for the legality or accuracy of information on this site, the policies, or for any costs incurred while using this site.

Posters and Web Pages from Previous Genealogy Fairs

See previous Virtual Genealogy Fair sessions and presentation materials for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015.

How to Trace WW1 Military Ancestors

Vicki’s Note  – an article from Family Tree Magazine Insider – a good follow-up to our NARA Webinar tomorrow, Friday April 14, 10 a.m. at the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

6 Records to Trace Ancestors Who Served in World War I
Posted by Diane HaddadThe United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago this month, on April 6, 1917, joining the side of the Allies in the Great War. See all the countries caught up in the conflict in our timeline of World War I war declarations.

More than 650,000 from Canada and Newfoundland and about 4 million from the United States served in the military. These are two of the US Expeditionary Force soldiers in my family:

On the left is Joe Seeger, who enlisted September 1917; and on the right is his brother Norbert (with their father), who enlisted July 1918.

Loss of WWI Service Records in NPRC Fire
When you go to research your WWI ancestors’ military service, you’ll make a sad discovery: More than 80 percent of US Army service records for those discharged between Nov. 1, 1912 and Jan. 1, 1960 (which includes WWI soldiers) were destroyed in a 1973 fire at the National Archives’ National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. (You can request surviving WWI service records following these instructions.)

But there are other ways to trace your ancestor’s WWI service, including:

1. Draft Registration Cards
More than 24 million men (including immigrants who hadn’t naturalized) registered for the draft in 1917 and 1918, although not all of them served. These are widely available on genealogy websites like and FamilySearch.

2. State Adjutant General Rosters
Most states issued a roster of soldiers in World War I. Both Joe and Norbert are listed in The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18, on as Ohio Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918.

3. WWI Transport Service Records
Fold3 just published this collection of passenger lists of military transport ships. Norbert was listed with Supply Co. 336, leaving New York City Oct 27, 1918, and arriving in Liverpool Nov. 8. I had to scroll through the records to find a page with a date and ports.

He was on another ship Nov. 11, but I can’t find a page noting where it took him. His last transport took him home: The USS Orizaba departed Brest, France, July 29, 1919, and arrived at Newport News, Va., Aug. 6.

4. Discharge Papers
Most discharged service members registered with their local courthouses on return to their communities. I can’t find my WWI servicemen among the veteran discharges in FamilySearch’s records for Hamilton County, Ohio, so here’s the record for another man:

5. Veterans Surveys
Many communities asked local veterans to complete surveys about their service in the World War. My cousin three times removed Louis E. Thoss filled out this one for the Kentucky Council of Defense (it’s now part of the Kenton County Public Library’s genealogy database).

The US Army Military History Institute also has a collection of WWI veterans questionnaires completed in the late 1970s, along with photos, letters, memoirs and other materials.

6. Military Headstone Application
When Joe died in 1941, his sister applied for a military headstone based on his WWI service. These are on National Archives microfilm, and digitized on

You’ll find more ways to research your World War I ancestors in these articles: | FamilySearch | Fold3 | Military records | World War One Genealogy

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Getting the Most out of the Allen County Road Trip

Vicki’s note – The CAGGNI group is planning  an overnight trip to Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne Indiana,  June 15th – 17th, 2017.  I contacted them to tell them of our group’s interest in having some club members go with them on their trip.  I don’t know if I will be able to go with yet.  Read more about this trip in other BLOG postings.  You may want to contact the group yourself if you want to go with.

CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois
Upcoming event information:
Getting the Most out of the Allen County Road Trip

Schaumburg Township District Library
Date: 22 Apr 2017 10:30 AM CDT

 Getting the Most out of the

Allen County Public Library

Road Trip

Allen County Public Library is the 2nd largest genealogical library in the U.S. and has a multitude of research resources for both the U.S. and some other countries.  The Program will include a review of what the Genealogy Center has to offer and how to prepare for your visit so you can make the most of your research time. 

Even if you are not joining the Road Trip, but want to learn more about the resources at Allen County, do join us for the workshop.

Presenter:  Sandra Trapp

Sandra Trapp has been researching her family, her husband’s, son-in-law’s, and friends’ families for almost 20 years.  She has provided genealogy programs for local organizations and libraries and has been the resource chairman for the Naperville Family History Center since 2000.  Her areas of interest include England, Italy, and some New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern states. 


For more information: Getting the Most out of the Allen County Road Trip

Best regards,
CAGGNI to Offer Free Access

Vicki’s Note – Article from to Offer Free Access this Weekend | per Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter :


Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter


FYI: to Offer Free Access this Weekend to Offer Free Access this Weekend

On Friday, April 14, will air webinar number 500. In addition to the big celebration during Friday’s live webinar, is also unlocking the membership key of the Webinar Library for the first time ever. Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, the entire library – all 500 classes – will be open and free to the public.

To view any of the webinars, visit (starting Friday, not now!) and browse or search for any topic or presenter and enjoy!

Details may be found in an article by Geoff Rasmussen at


Free download of Google Earth Pro

Vicki’s note – April 6, 2017 article from Family Tree Legacy Genealogy insider e-newsletter, Diane Haddad:


Free download of Google Earth Pro

Download Google Earth Pro for Free

Geography and genealogy go hand in hand: researching places tells you about the ancestors who lived there. This makes Google Earth software incredible handy, and now you can download Google Earth Pro for free. Watch Google Earth guru Lisa Louise Cooke explain what’s so great about this program–and learn about our Google Earth for Genealogists online course starting April 10. Read More…

Researching Italian Records

Vicki’s note – Upcoming event information for CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois.  Mr. Niemiec seems like an good resource for Italian Genealogy.  Note the attached handouts, which I will put in the Genealogy Links and Electronic Helps tab; and have printed out for you to use at the next meeting. :

CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois.

Researching Italian Records – Schaumburg Township District Library
Date: 15 Apr 2017 10:30 AM CDT

Researching Italian Records

by Daniel Niemiec

Many people with Italian ancestors don’t read Italian, and thus they don’t try to research Italian civil or church records.  Dan will show you that you can learn to find the genealogical information without reading every word on every page.  He will show you an overview of common document formats and indexes so you can work with them easily.

Daniel Niemiec has been the monthly Italian genealogy columnist for Fra Noi for the past 12 years. He has researched his family for 26 years and has traced his Italian roots back to the mid 1600’s. By tracing the descendants of those ancestors he has well over 80,000 known relatives.

Explaining Italian Civil and Church Records   >>HANDOUT 1<<

Italian Records Examined  >>HANDOUT 2<<

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