Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fearless Females: Educational Resource: Special Women's History Month Offer from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

To help celebrate Women's History Month, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies is offering a special 25% off discount, good for one of the following three courses:

1) Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women - Our female ancestors played significant roles in history. Yet, researching and writing about the women in our families can be a daunting task. If you have hit a brick wall in the quest to find information about your female ancestors, this course covers strategies and key sources to assist you with your research and show you how to document “her” story.  Click here to view the course outline. 

2) Writing Your Family History Book - Recording interesting family stories is essential if you want future generations to read your family history book. This course will help you write the story of your life or your ancestors'' lives. Techniques for researching the facts, remembering the events, writing the text, adding visuals with graphics or pictures and finally reproducing your book will all be discussed. Click here to view the course outline.

3) Connecting Family: Online and Virtually - Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way families communicate. This course will highlight a few specific ways to use your computer and the Internet to build and strengthen family ties. Click here to view the course outline. 

The promotion coupon code is: grand2014pe and is good until the end of this month.

Visit the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to register online or by telephone, or to learn more about the offer and the courses. 

A special thanks to Director, Louise St. Denis for this special offer, and to Gena Philibert-Ortega for assisting in arranging it.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies was established to assist all genealogists---from family historians to practising professionals---by providing studies in a variety of genealogical topics. Education provides an important role in raising levels of personal and visible growth and in the certification or accreditation of genealogists.  Click here to learn more about the Institute's mission.

[Disclaimer:  I work as an instructor for the NIGS and have received compensation for course development].

Copyright 2014, Lisa A. Alzo
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fearless Females: Pinterest Boards about Women's History

Looking for even more resources for Women's History Month?  Have you checked out Pinterest?  You can search on "Women's History".

Here are some boards worth a look.

Gena Philibert-Ortega has several Pinterest boards on women's topic including:
Other boards:

National Women's History Month (Levo League)
Women's History (History Press)
Women's History Month (US National Archives)

See other boards for Women's History by clicking here.

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Fearless Females: Research Tip: Five Ways to Honor Your Female Ancestors

Sharing a this blog post I wrote last year for the Legacy Family Tree Blog. Hope you will enjoy these tips for finding your female ancestors.


Legacy Family Tree Blog:  March 07, 2013 - Guest Blog Post by Lisa A. Alzo
Five Ways to Honor Your Female Ancestors
[This post has been edited slightly to reflect updated content]
A special thanks to Geoff Rasmussen and Legacy Family Tree (Millennia).

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Fearless Females: Free Research Resources

Tracing the females in your family tree can be a daunting task.  But there are plenty of online resources to help you track them down.

Verona Straka and Mary Straka Yuhasz.  Photo courtesy of Lisa A. Alzo (personal collection).

During this month, I will be sharing a few of my favorite free websites and sources for finding female ancestors (click on the links to go to the sites). Here are the first three:

1. American Women’s History: A Research Guide.  This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. Offers detailed descriptions and links to more than 600 digital collections.

2. Cyndi’s List: Female Ancestors. Cyndi’s List (run by Cyndi Ingle) has been around since 1996, and currently contains more than 320,000 links for family history, with more than 200 links for female ancestors.

3. National Women’s History Museum. The official website of the National Women’s History Museum located in Alexandria, Virginia. Watch a video clip of actress Meryl Streep introducing the museum, or take a virtual tour via the museum’s CyberExhibits covering a wide range of topics from Women in Industry to Rights for Women to Women of Jamestown.  You’ll also find educational resources such as self-guided tours, biographies, and lesson plans and quizzes (for teachers).

Happy Searching!

Copyright 2014, Lisa A. Alzo
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fearless Females: Educational Resource: Register Now for Discount on Family Tree University's Finding Female Ancestors Course Starting 24 March 2014

In celebration of Women's History Month, Family Tree University is offering a 20% discount on the online Finding Female Ancestors course that begins 03/24/14.  But you must act fast and register before the course begins to receive the discount.  

Go to to register now!  

Enter Coupon Code ALZOFEMALES

Course Description

Let's be frank: Most historical records were created for men. Most are all about men.  Men controlled the government and ran most businesses. Property was listed under a man’s name, and it was the male’s surname that carried to the next generation. It’s a fact—following women in your family tree can be a pain. But while tracing the ladies in your family line can be challenging, it’s not impossible. There are oodles of available resources to help trace your maternal ancestry—you just need to know where to look!


  • You want solid strategies for finding females in your family tree
  • You don't know where to start when tracing maiden names
  • You need a specific solution to your special research problem
  • You want to understand more about the day-to-day life of your female ancestors


  • Developing a successful research strategy for rooting out women in your family tree
  • Tips for teasing out maiden names in a vast variety of record groups
  • Rooting out female ancestors in sources such as oral histories, family traditions, diaries, letters and more
  • Brick wall strategies for solving special research problems

View the complete course outline here.  Learn the in-depth techniques to find the females in your family tree.

[Disclaimer:  I work as an instructor for Family Tree University and am paid an instructor's fee to teach this course].

Copyright 2014,  Lisa A. Alzo
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Genealogy Boot Camp is Back! Learn How to Survive Self-Publishing - 22 March 2014

Once again I am pleased to team up with my colleague and friend, Thomas MacEntee to offer another Genealogy Boot Camp experience - Self-Publishing Survival Guide - on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  

Here's the announcement from Hack Genealogy.  Hope you can join us!


Come join well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee as they team up to offer a unique education event: Self-Publishing Survival Guide! On Saturday, 22 March 2014, you’ll be able to learn from two experts on how to take your written genealogical research and publish it in both print and e-book format.
Are you all ready to publish on your own, but you don’t know where to start and have these questions?
  • What is the best self-publishing platform for me and my book?
  • Should I use a service that handles book cover design, marketing and more . . . or can I really do this all on my own?
  • Should I have a print version and an e-book version?
  • What are the formatting and document preparation requirements for both print and e-book self-publishing?

  • 11:00 am EDT /10:00 am CDT
  • Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:15 am EDT / 10:15 am CDT
  • DIY Publishing for the Family Historian: Tips, Tricks and Tools
  • Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • 12:30 pm EDT/11:30 am CDT
  • Break
  • 1:00 pm EDT /12:00 pm CDT
  • Microsoft Word Secrets for Self-Publishing
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • 2:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm CDT
  • Closing and Thank You


DIY Publishing for the Family Historian: Tips, Tricks and Tools
Presented by:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
Whether you’re a family historian looking to share information with your family, an aspiring author, or a society looking for cost-effective way to produce materials, this session is just what you need to get started with self-publishing. Learn tips and tricks for preparing your book from idea to print, and the basics about which software and online writing tools can help with the process. Various self-publishing/print-on-demand platforms including: CreateSpace, Lulu, Smashwords, Kindle, and more, will also be briefly discussed.*
*    Attendees will also receive a free Self-Publishing Checklist.
Microsoft Word Secrets for Self-Publishing
Presented by:  Thomas MacEntee
Preparing a written narrative extracted from your genealogy research may seem straightforward, even using a generally accepted document software like Microsoft Word*. But there are special considerations when it comes to self-publishing that narrative, in both print and e-book format. Learn the secrets to producing a formatted narrative that can easily be published on a variety of self-publishing platforms.**
*    Microsoft Word 2010 will be the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.
**   Attendees will also receive access to a special Self-Publishing for Genealogists Toolbox – tons of links covering platforms, methods and tips!
Lisa Alzo
Lisa A. Alzo
Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak AncestorsWriting Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree MagazineFamily Chronicle,Internet GenealogyAPG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information see
Thomas Mac Entee
Thomas Macentee
When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.
Ready to join in this great educational event? Please click here to  visit the Hack Genealogy website to register or learn more.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Please read the Terms and Conditions for all Hack Genealogy Boot Camp events before you pay and register! 
Questions? Email:
©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Fearless Females Bonus: Tracing Female Ancestors Webinar: Watch FREE for the month of March!

Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning how to research your female ancestors.

For the month of March, you can watch my previously recorded Webinar* (March 2011)  for free.

Silent Voices: Tips and Tricks for Tracing Female Ancestors 

Webinar Description: While most historical records have been created for and are about men, making it more challenging to research the women in your family tree.  In this webinar you’ll learn about key records for locating maiden names, as well as some unique resources pertaining to women, and the importance of documenting your female ancestors, including many suggestions for how to create meaningful lasting tributes to their lives. (67MB .wmv)

Click here to get to the video

*Please note that this recording is in Windows Media (.wmv) format and may not be compatible with all systems.  MAC users may wish to consider using the free Flip4Mac Player (The official Windows Media player on the Mac). 

ADDITIONAL NOTE: This webinar was recorded in 2011. Since the world of genealogy is dynamic, there may have been changes and updates to some of the resources and access to them. Please visit the websites or sources listed to get the most current information. In particular, there have been changes to accessing the Social Security Death Index, one of the sources listed in the presentation. To learn more about the latest changes, I encourage you to visit the The Legal Genealogist Blog written by Judy G. Russell, in particular the "News from the SSDI front" Post January 30, 2013.

Copyright, 2013-2014, Lisa A. Alzo
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*This author of this blog/webinar presenter assumes no responsibility for any incompatibility with individual computers, tablets, or mobile devices, operating systems, browsers, or the inability of any such computer or device to play this video. or any resulting effects. By clicking on the link user agrees and accepts these terms.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Fearless Female Ancestors: A Little Something Different From Me This Year

I am really thrilled to host the Fearless Female Ancestors Blogging Prompt Series on this blog again this year (Year #5!).  In years past, I have done a post each day here to honor the women in my own family tree.  Unfortunately, my personal research time has been limited lately, so I don't have enough material to adequately come up with new posts this year.  You can find my posts from 2013 here.  

Instead, each week, or as I find them, I will list or link to some of my favorite resources for researching female ancestors.  I hope you will find them useful.

So...stay tuned...and watch this space!  And...Happy Blogging!

- Lisa

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