A New Year Has Arrived!

Greetings everyone! In what came as a surprise to me, 2016 has snuck up on me and arrived unexpectedly!

With the new year, I’m launching the occasional (very occasional!) newsletter to keep in touch with all my readers here, and with our Ottawa Family Tree Reunion friends and cousins, to talk about future reunions, to share ideas on researching the tree and to share new information about the various branches of our tree.

I expect that I will also chronicle in the newsletter and here, in the blog, my journey from FamilyTreeMaker software and the ancestry.com websites to RootsMagic7 and some new online subscription sites I’ll be exploring.

Here in the blog I’ll be continuing to explore what has become the single most popular topic among all posts: the free online resources for Canadian genealogy. (The all-time most popular post is about how to access and navigate the free Google newspaper archive to discover the Ottawa Citizen and other newspapers online.)

And I’ll continue to share the best of what I learn from online genealogy folks and my travels here are there for events and research. (Post Animal Kingdom in January, I’m looking forward to an Irish genealogy workshop at the New York Public Library at the end of February, provided the weather allows.)

For more pithy insights, links and helps to genealogy research (and updates on news and local weather too!), you can follow me on Twitter where you’ll find me @ottawafamtree

This past year we had 5,700 visits to the blog. I’m told that a New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. So if the blog were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people! But no tokens required to enjoy this ride!

Thanks to everyone who has visited, commented and connected at reunions! Wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy and joyous 2016!

Check in again soon!