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GENTREK: July 2012 Calendar for GenealogyWise

Monday, July 2, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday July 3, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Without a Will: Intestate Estates. Unfortunately for genealogists, many individuals do not leave a valid will and testament and died intestate. Their lack of planning does not mean that records do not exist. Your Chat Hosts, Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell.

Monday, July 9, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday July 10, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Register Style Family Sketches. German ancestors can get “go missing” in a variety of ways. Most commonly, you can't find them in Germany because key information, namely the town of origin, is still unknown. Or the town is known, but it either doesn't exist [under that spelling], or there are lots of towns by that name all over Germany [Just try Oberdorf or Weiler!]. People even disappear in the church records of their home town without ever having moved! Your Chat Hosts, Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell.

Monday, July 16, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday, July 17, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: NUCMC. The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, or NUCMC, provides comparatively brief collection descriptions of the manuscripts. Since 1959 it has cataloged more than two million American manuscript collections of all sizes. Many of the materials predate 1959. Your Chat Hosts, Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell.

Monday, July 23, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday, July 24 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Genealogy Blogs – Instant Information. The largest grouping of blogs (770) appears under the heading of “personal research.” Two other large categories of blogs include locality specific sites (285) and sites for tips, resources and reviews (293). Your Chat Hosts, Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell.

Monday, July 30, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday July 31, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Researching Pennsylvania Tax Records. While Pennsylvania did not conduct any state censuses, tax records for the Commonwealth are particularly good.  Taxpayer lists, often referred to as the "Septennial Census," were compiled every seven years from 1779 until 1863. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of these taxpayer lists have survived. Your Chat Hosts, Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell.

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