29 December 2008

Salt Lake Library Trip 2009--deadline of 3 January 2009

Due to a printing error, we've extended the "early" registration deadline on my 2009 group trip to Salt Lake City's Family History Library. The "early" deadline is 3 January 2009. Registrants whose registrations are postmarked by this date or are submitted via Paypal by this date can still register for the early price of $200.

More information about the trip is on our site at
http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

The deadlines have not been changed on the website, but the date of 15 Dec 2008 has been replaced by 3 January 2009. Questions can be sent to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com.

Thanks!

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10 December 2008

Online Databases at Family History Library

There is more than books and film at the Family History Library. These are the following databases that are available to patrons who are onsite using the library's facilities:

19th U.S. Century Newspapers
Accessible Archives
Ancestry FHL Edition
FindMyPast.com
Footnote.com
Godfrey Memorial Library
HeritageQuest Online
JSTOR - Scholarly Journals back to the 1800s.
Making of the Modern World
Digital Archives (British)
New England Ancestors (NEHGS website)
One Great Family
Original Sources (In Their Own Words)
Oxford English Dictionary
Sabin Americana
Supreme Court Records and Briefs
SVAR - National Archives of Sweden
The Times (London) 1785-1985
World Vital Records

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01 December 2008

Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City May 2009

The earlybird registration deadline for our research trip to Salt Lake Library research trip is 15 December 2008. We still have spaces on our trip. The dates of our trip are 14 May – 21 May 2009.

Why Go With Us?

  • Use the outstanding resources of one of the top genealogy
    collections in the United States. The Family History Library in Salt
    Lake City has the nation’s largest collection of genealogical
    materials, both in print and in microform.

  • You'll have expert, experienced guidance from
    nationally-known genealogist Michael Neill, M.S, columnist for Ancestry
    Daily News,
    and genealogy lecturer and speaker
    . Michael will
    help you get the most out of your trip through individualized
    attention. Michael will:

    • Assist in pre-trip preparation, with a private website (not this one), mailing list and
      individualized suggestions. Pre-trip planning is an integral part of our trip experience.

    • Assist you in developing research strategies and using resources while you are at the library.

    • Answer your follow-up questions after the trip.

  • Maximize your library experience through consultations before and after the trip to help you make more effective use of library time.

  • You’ll be staying within walking distance of the library at The Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square.

  • Michael has led research trips to the Family History Library, the Allen County Public Library and has twenty years of family history experience. He has researched his own family in the Midwest and points east and worked on his children’s ancestry in seven European countries.

  • Be a part of a small congenial group and network with
    others. You will not be at the library in complete isolation!


  • Morning lectures/presentations on a variety of genealogical
    topics every morning the library is open during our trip.

  • Brunch on Sunday.

There is more information at http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

Fees and other information can be found at: http://www.rootdig.com/slc_fees.html

Questions? Email saltlake@rootdig.com

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14 August 2008

Drawing for Room Discount for May 2009 Salt Lake Trip

Our deadline for our second promotion is ending soon....

Anyone who registers by 15 August 2008 (just pay via paypal by midnight or email me that you are registering) will be entered into a contestto get $200 off your hotel bill. The winner will be responsible forthe balance of their hotel charges, including all incidentals. Thewinner will still be required to make their hotel reservationthemselves and use a credit card to hold the room. Rootdig will makea. $200 payment toward your room charges during the May 2009 trip. Anyhotel charges beyond $200 are the responsibility of the winner.

Anyone who has already registered is already entered. More information about the trip is located at
http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html
Questions can be sent to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com
Thanks!
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01 August 2008

May 2009 Salt Lake Research Trip

Response to our contest promoting our 2009 Salt Lake City trip was so
good that we are doing another one, just a little bit different.

Anyone who registers by 15 August 2008 will be entered into a contest
to get $200 off your hotel bill. The winner will be responsible for
the balance of their hotel charges, including all incidentals. The
winner will still be required to make their hotel reservation
themselves and use a credit card to hold the room. Rootdig will make
a. $200 payment toward your room charges during the May 2009 trip. Any
hotel charges beyond $200 are the responsibility of the winner.

Anyone who has already registered is already entered. More information
about the trip is located at

http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html


Questions can be sent to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com

Thanks!

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Michael John Neill
May 2009 Group Trip to Salt Lake City
http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

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27 July 2008

Winner in Free Salt Lake Trip Room Drawing

We have announced our winner for our Plaza hotel stay during our May 2009 Family History Library Research trip to Salt Lake.

B. from the East Coast is our winner. We don't announce full names unless the winner indicates that is okay.

We are looking forward to another great trip in 2009. Stay tuned for more details. We still have spaces available.

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20 May 2008

At the Salt Lake Family History Library

I've been at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah on our 3rd annual research trip since the middle of last week. In between making presentations to our trip participants, providing consultations and on-the-fly help, I've had little time to create any blog entries. I've made some new discoveries while I've been here.

The library is a wonderful place to do research. We are looking forward our 2009 trip. We will post additional details when they are available.

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04 October 2007

Details set for May 2008 group trip to Salt Lake's Family History Library


We have set our details for the 2008 trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This will be our third annual trip.

Our group has been small in the past, but that has worked in our favor as it has made it easier for me to help those who needed more assistance with their own research.

Your trip planning begins as soon as you register. We do not want people waiting until the last minute to plan their research. Ideally everyone has a list of materials to work on with them as they enter the building, along with ideas about how those records are organized, what information they contain, etc. Part of our pre-trip planning is to have researchers do as much as they can BEFORE they get to Salt Lake so their time at the library can be focused on using sources unique to that repository.

Our trip begins with participants arriving on May 13, with an orientation that evening and actual research beginning the next day (or that evening if you want). We all depart for home on May 21st. The library is closed on May 18 (Sunday)--that forced day off gives us time to recoup, reorganize, focus, and be "rip roaring, ready to go" on Monday morning.

Registration for the trip is $250--those registering before 15 December can take advantage of our early discount and register for $200. Most of us will stay at the Plaza because it is close, but participants can make other lodging arrangements if they so desire.

More information on our trip is on our website at
http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

We would love to have you join us. Questions can be sent to me at saltlake@rootdig.com.

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01 October 2007

Join Michael in Salt Lake City in May 2008

Our annual research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is scheduled for 14-21 May 2008.

We are looking forward to our 3rd annual trip and would love to have new trip members join us. Our atmosphere is relaxed and informal, yet we research just about every minute the library is open. More information about our trip can be found on our website--final details are being finalized and will be announced early this month.

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12 September 2007

Want to Go to Salt Lake in May 2008?

We are in the final stages of planning our May 2008 Family History Research Trip to Salt Lake--the largest genealogy library in the world.

Tentative information on our trip is posted on our site:
http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

Questions or suggestions can be emailed to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com.
We would love ideas and welcome new or experienced researchers.
Join us for a week of exhilarating and exhausting research---data entry can wait until you get home!

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26 May 2007

Salt Lake City Research Trip May 2008

We have tentatively set the dates for our 2008 group trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as 14 May through 21 May 2008. We had a great time last week and are looking forward to a return trip next May. Stay tuned to our site for additional details as they are posted:

http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

Michael

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28 April 2007

Goals for Family History Library

I've decided to add a few additional families to my list while at the Family History Library in Salt Lake in late May. We'll be posting suggestions and ideas for the research as we get closer to our actual trip.

  1. Robert and Eleanor Carlisle Frame from County Cumberland, England. I am really trying to learn something about Robert's supposed Spanish origins. He is listed as a British citizen in the census 1841-1861, but his occupation of a warper makes me doubt he was a world traveller. I do have his death record but it does not provide any additional details. One goal is to search for other Spanish natives living in County Cumberland born about the same time as he. Another goal is to search for Spanish natives with the last name of Frame. There should not be too many. These are things I can do on Ancestry.com at home before I leave. I want to have as much time at the FHL to use actual records as I can when not helping other people.
  2. The parents of my great-grandmother Ida Mae Sargent Trautvetter Miller.I've written about her several times and while I know the names of her parents and have some information on them post-1880 anything earlier on either of them is elusive. The one thing I haven't really searched are the actual marriage records of Clark County, Missouri, where one record indicates Ida was born. The only other option is to search marriage records for the entire state of Iowa and Missouri starting in southeast Iowa and northeast Missouir and working my way outward.
  3. A few other quick "lookups"--a document here, etc. Nothing extensive.

Of course the vast majority of my time will be devoted to helping trip members when they have problems or questions. If I don't get to my problems that is okay with me. They aren't going anywhere.

We still have room on our trip for anyone who has been delaying making a decision.

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26 April 2007

Family History Library Trip--Special Southwest Fares

Southwest Airlines is offering fare specials---not certain how long they will last.
If you've been thinking about our trip to Salt Lake City's Family History Library, but have been holding off, now may be the time.

Fares on Southwest can be found on www.southwest.com
More information on our trip is on our site at www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html
Questions about the trip can be sent to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com
Thanks!

Michael

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25 April 2007

May 07 Family History Library Trip Update

To answer a few questions about our upcoming Salt Lake City Research Trip.

  1. You do not have to stay at the Plaza...you can make your own arrangements for lodging. If this is your choice, email me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com for a price that does not include lodging.
  2. You can arrive in Salt Lake however you choose. Arrival is on your own.
  3. We do have openings. If there is a question about whether there are still openings, please email me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com. Please do this before making a payment.
  4. You can have as many consultations in the Family History Library as time allows.

More questions? Simply email me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com

Thanks.

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