15 March 2020   Coronavirus edition

Lectures Cancelled: More Time for Writing!

  Well, since I last sent out this newsletter (only 2 weeks ago!), the virus situation has escalated quickly all across the US. Millions of people are now working from home, schools (and now restaurants) are being closed, and church services are being streamed online.
    Like so many other genealogical speakers, my lectures are being cancelled for the immediate future, and I have noted those on my website. I'm planning on doing some more writing during this time: updating my first two books, and writing a new one. In addition to that, I am making my handouts available for free, for those of you who are turning to genealogical research. See details below.

What I've Been Doing
*   Placing myself in quarantine; the only exception is going to babysit Summer twice a week
*  Watching virtual services at the National Cathedral and St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle
*   Reading the local news on Seattle Times & Tacoma News Tribune
*   Planning to write another book based on one of my new lectures: Don't Trust the Transcript: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Genealogy Research
*   As always, reading, reading, reading 

What I'm Reading
    Just One Damned Thing After Another is the first of several books by Jodi Taylor. The historians at St. Mary's in England "investigate events in contemporary time". (Do NOT call it time travel!). The plot, characters and settings are all riveting, and reading about the Battle of Agincourt or the building of Winchester Cathedral, or a defining battle of World War I, I feel as though I'm there. These books are laugh-out-loud funny, touching, and will draw you in!
In the News
 Free webinar: Research Like a Pro

 Stuck at home? Take a virtual museum tour!

Protecting Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

Take a free genealogy course from University of Strathclyde

Library resources accessible from home
Now in quarantine, Summer and I on a cozy morning, watching Sesame Street
Handouts to Download and Enjoy!

All of my lectures in Western Washington are being cancelled until further notice. As a result, to benefit those who would have attended, and those who are now homebound, I have decided to make the following handouts available for download:

Discover Your Family History: an introduction to genealogy


I've Done the DNA Test: Now What Do I Do?

Beyond the Internet: Finding Family History Records That Are Not Online

Finding and Using Historic Newspapers

Social Media and Genealogy

Beyond Outlander: English, Scottish and Irish Research

Writing Up Your Research

Level Up With Land Records

The Murder of Rhoda Jones             (9 pages, illustrated)

If these handouts are useful to you, and if you feel led, you can make a donation through PayPal, using my email address

Happy Hunting! 
DNA News

 A reading list to stay home with

A new book on DNA, just published
Read my past newsletters (July 2016 - March 2020) here
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