A Note from the WMARE Team

As the entire country continues to suffer from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we here at WMARE hope you are all following the social distancing guidelines, wearing your face masks when out and about, washing your hands frequently and doing all the other recommended things designed to help keep you safe during these very trying times. We want you all to be able to join us again for genealogy research and maybe a class or two when things get back to normal!

But for right now, outside research is at a standstill with libraries, town halls and other research facilities closed until the pandemic passes. Local genealogy groups have had to suspend most of their meetings and events as a result of the restrictions on large gatherings. That means there isn’t much content to put into a monthly newsletter like ours, so we are suspending publication for the time being until we have something worthwhile to share with you. We’ll re-evaluate that each month, but in the meantime if anything comes up that might be of interest, we’ll publish it on our website blog (which you are reading now) and Facebook page, so keep an eye on those.

Hopefully we’ll be back soon. Until then, please stay safe, look out for each other, and if you can, do some research online at home, and for those of you who have joined us in class – don’t forget that online research is best done while wearing your bunny slippers.

Be Well,

The WMARE Team

American Ancestors Membership Sale

If you have ever contemplated an American Ancestors membership, this may be the time to take the plunge.  Through April 30th, membership is discounted $20.00.   The cost is normally $94.95 per year.  Membership benefits include full access to their extensive online databases and publications, access to their library in Boston and discounts on research-for-hire and consultations.

Follow the link for more information:


National Emergency Library

In response to the unprecedented closure of libraries around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internet Archive has created The National Emergency Library.  The Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in their lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.

This is an amazing resource.  Be sure and check it out at the link below.


Free Webinars from Legacy Family Tree

In case some of you missed this, all month long Legacy Family Tree is having a free genealogy related webinar each day.  Here is the full listing – many are still available.


And here are the ones still to come until April 30th.

April 24 – Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners by Marian Pierre-Louis

April 25 – Using Snag-It to Annotate a Screenshot by Cari Taplin

April 26 – The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree by Debra Mieszala

April 27 – Organizing Your DNA Results (updated!) by Diahan Southard

April 28 – An Introduction to Spanish Surnames by Daniel Smith-Ramos

April 29 – Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith

April 30 – Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England by Paul Milner

FREE American Ancestors Webinar

Creating a Research Plan for Cluster Research

Thursday, May 21, 3:00–4:00 PM (EDT)

Presented by: Lindsay Fulton, Director of NEHGS Research Services

Hit a brick wall in your research? Cluster research is a method that broadens the scope of your research to include your ancestor’s extended family, associates, and neighbors—all with the goal of solving a genealogical mystery. But by broadening the scope of your research, you’re also increasing your number of leads, records, and results. Join Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton to learn how a solid research plan can help you stay on track, stay organized, and achieve your research goals effectively and efficiently.

Register for the free webinar at the link below:


FREE Online Author Event

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are

Presented by the Author, Journalist Libby Copeland

May 20, 2020 – 6:00 pm EST

Guest Moderator: Amy Dockser Marcus, staff reporter, The Wall Street Journal

The Lost Family is a deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives. Journalist Libby Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.

Register for the virtual author event at the link below: