Northwest Genealogy Conference Meetup


The NextGen Genealogy Network will be hosting a meetup immediately after the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Arlington, Washington.

Head on down to the Stilly Coffee House (530 N W Ave, Arlington) from 4.45pm-5.30pm to meet and network with fellow young genealogists – we would love to see you!

East Tennessee History Fair Meetup


The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will be a participant in the East Tennessee Historical Society’s East Tennessee History Fair on Saturday, August 18th from 10 am to 5 pm. As part of this event, the society’s tent will play host to the NextGen Genealogy Network as a meeting point for NextGen members in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. The Jonesborough Genealogical Society was founded in April 1990 in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Tennessee’s oldest town. Today the society serves to promote, study, preserve, and document the family heritages of Jonesborough, Washington County, and Northeast Tennessee. As the society continues to transition, they will love to help beginners and experienced genealogists with brickwalls and issues within the Northeast Tennessee region.

Stop by the tent, meet other genealogists and pick up some information on NextGen and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society and check out the society’s range of materials.

For additional details and to RSVP – Check out the Event page HERE

#IamNextGen Spotlight: German Geography in the Days of Our Ancestors: How to Navigate German Geography

In this second installment of our new guest blog series #IamNextGen Spotlight, Dallas of Turning Hearts Family History and Genealogy Blog explains how to navigate the challenges of German Geography.

German Geography in the Days of Our Ancestors: How to Navigate German Geography

One issue we deal with in German Geography is Exclaves and Enclaves.

Exclave – a portion of a state or territory geographically separated from the main part by surrounding alien territory (of one or more states).

Enclave – a territory, or a part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of one other state.

Let’s take a look at maps that show us the various territories and geography of Germany.

















Just look at this map from Germany in 1648. Look at the complexity and the many enclaves and exclaves.
















The map above is the largest Germany ever was. If it was ever in Germany than it was in Germany in this period.













When recording a German place include town, county, province which can include (state, kingdom, principality, counties, free cities) and country (Germany). There are 38 entities (units) in Germany.

How do we determine the name of the corresponding counties, provinces? Use the Meyers Gazetteer. This will be your go to resources for finding key information for Germany cities, counties etc.

One important key to remember is that you should not change the official spelling of German towns, counties and provinces to english because you will not be able to find those names in a map. However use Germany instead of Deutschland because Germany is the international index name used by family history programs.

Find Dallas online at Turning Hearts Family History, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Original blog post can be found here

Dallas is an adventurous son, the FUN uncle and college student living in the great state of Minnesota. I attend Brigham Young University during the year and come home during the summer. Family History is my passion and I love helping others catch the wave of finding their personal history. I started family history when I was 13 years old and have gained a love for it ever since. While on my mission for my church in Arizona I participated in family history and helped many start their personal discovery. Besides family history I enjoy playing racquetball, watching movies and binge watching my favorite tv shows.

OGS Webinar: Surveying the Community – Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors


On the first Thursday of every month, the Ontario Genealogical Society hosts an  education webinar.  This month, Luana Darby will be presenting a webinar entitled ‘Surveying the Community – Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors’.   The presentation will begin at 7pm EST on July 5 and registration is required.

Luana says “Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help your fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.”

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity:   REGISTER HERE for Thursday’s webinar