Nov 22, 13
Sharing adventures in genealogy research online, from the genealogy blogging community… (Been saving these ones up for a while.)
Pitfalls of online genealogy research
While all of the online database releases have been a huge blessing, it’s also important to be aware of the traps we can fall into if we…fall asleep while researching…
Remind yourself that the index is not enough in Examples abound of need for online caution, by James Beidler, Roots and Branches.
And more about 8 Reasons You Can’t Find Squat About Your Ancestors Online, by Kenneth R. Marks, The Ancestor Hunt
James Tanner can always be counted on to share his thoughts about the state of online research. Read a few of his recent articles about online searching here:
Let’s get specific
Why we as genealogists can be thankful for at least one thing from the federal government - The Feds Link Us Up for Genealogy!, by Kenneth R. Marks, The Ancestor Hunt.
Here’s a little more detail about one of those websites – Chronicling America, the US Government’s online newspaper site, in Chronicling America: A Researcher’s Guide, by Kimberly Powell, About.com.
We may be a week past Veteran’s Day (or Remembrance Day), but it’s never too late to honor your ancestors who served in the military. Learn more about Creating an Honor Wall Page on Fold3.com, from Randy Seaver, Geneamusings.
Find Out Where All the Newspapers from Your State are Held, by Kenneth R. Marks, The Ancestor Hunt (a one minute video).
Read up on the making of the Online Death Indexes website. We all have a desire to add something to the world - this is a great example of starting small and then just continuing on, from Joe Beine on the Genealogy Roots Blog.
Use maps to solve your research problems - start with these four free websites from Diane, the Genealogy Insider.
Find a library with online resources in this list, brought to us by Lisa Louise Cook, Genealogy Gems.
And here’s one to look forward to: Harvard University to Digitize Massive Collections of Colonial Documents, by Dick Eastman.
There is sorrow in war: Records of WW1 Ships Lost at Sea, from findmypast. Use multiple record collections to learn more about those lost at sea.
What can the Scottish Valuation Rolls tell you about your ancestors? Find out from Sharn White, FamilyHistory4u.
And information about two wars fought on opposite sides of the world in South Australian Boer War and Boxer Rebellion records, from findmypast.
Wow, Mocavo is working on historical handwriting recognition, this has huge implications for the creation of online databases (though if you read James Tanner’s post above about the value of indexes, you might also recognize that this could help hide lots of records too…) by Cliff Shaw, Mocavo.
Nov 22, 13
Australia’s Trove added additional newspapers to its online collections during the last two weeks:
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
See a complete list of newspapers on Trove.
If these newspapers are for the right place, but not the right time, be sure to follow updates to those newspapers to be notified when more issues are added. To follow a specific newspaper, go to that newspaper and scroll down to the bottom. Under the Web Feeds section, right-click on the first link, copy the link address, and add to your favorite news reader.
Nov 21, 13
Have you tried Elephind.com yet? It is a free search engine designed specifically for performing keyword searches across multiple world-wide historic newspaper collections at once.
There are now more than 110 million pages and nearly 2,000 titles people can explore through a single search. Newspapers are searched from each of the following sources, click here for more detail about what is included from each source:
- Trove (National Library of Australia)
- The Portal to Texas History
- Papers Past (National Library of New Zealand)
- Upper Hutt City Library
- Singapore National Library Board
- Boston College
- Brooklyn Public Library
- California Digital Newspaper Collection (UC Riverside)
- Cambridge Public Library, Massachusetts
- Chronicling America (US Library of Congress)
- Door County Library
- Kent State University
- Library of Virginia
- Pennsylvania State University
- University of Richmond
- The Portal to Texas History
- University of California, San Francisco
- University of Illinois
- University of Missouri School of Journalism (Missouri Digital Heritage)
Nov 20, 13
The Ancestry websites added the following collections during the last two weeks:
* indicates a new collection
Web: indicates a collection found outside of Ancestry.com
- *Associated Press, Name Card Index to AP Stories, 1905-1990
- *Associated Press, Subject Card Index to AP Stories, 1937–1985
- *Associated Press, Service Bulletin, 1904-1927
- *Associated Press, The AP World, 1943–2001
These Associated Press collections are big news – and are not just for US researchers. Read the press release here.
- Dawes Commission Index (overturned), 1896
- *Web: Genesee County, Michigan, Marriage Index, 1836-1934
- Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959
- *Web: Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Riverside Cemetery Index, 1800-2012
- *Web: Monroe County, Michigan, Obituary Index,1821-2012
- *New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635
- *Web: Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Marriage Index, 1889-1951
- *Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982
- *Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932
- *Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950
- *Web: Western Michigan Newspapers, Marriage Index, 1959-2011
- U.S., Index to General Correspondence of the Record and Pension Office, 1889-1904
- *U.S., Album of Criminals, 1906
- Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 (in German)
- *England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837
- UK, Commissioners’ Report of Children’s Employment, 1842
Ancestry World Archives Project
Volunteer indexing of historical records
Ancestry’s World Archives project is also holding a Fall Challenge, working through the countries of the world over 8 weeks. They spotlight a couple projects each week and have a contest with prizes for the top keyers and reviewers each week. They’re already into week 4, so join in now!
This weeks projects are:
Follow the blog to learn more.
Remember that the indexes published by the volunteers will remain free on Ancestry.com.
No Ancestry account? Did you know you could view these records for free at a local Family History Center?
Nov 19, 13
Archives.com added the following genealogy records this week. From their blog:
- Delaware, Early Marriage Records covers 1744-1912. The earliest records come from a variety of sources compiled by the Delaware Public Archives. Information varies by record, but may include the names of the bride and groom, ages, birth dates, and marriage date. Images are included and may contain additional information.
- Rhode Island, Birth Records includes 1636-1930. When available, the records provide the child’s name, parents’ names, and birth date. Not all counties are covered for all years.
- Rhode Island, Marriage Index includes 1851-1920. When available, the records provide the names of the bride and groom and the date of marriage. Not all counties are covered for all years.
- Rhode Island, Death Records covers 1630-1930. When available, the records provide the person’s name, relatives’ names, death date, age, and comments. Not all counties are covered for all years.
- South Dakota, Marriage Index covers the years 1905-1949. Information varies by record, but could include the names of the bride and groom; marriage date and place; registration number; certificate number; age; and residence. An image of the index is included; the image may contain additional information.
- South Dakota, Death Index includes 1905-1955. Information in the index includes the person’s name, date of death, county of death, and certificate number. An image of the index is also included.
- District of Columbia, Early Marriage Index includes 1801 to 1825. Information includes the names of the bride and groom, marriage date, and location.
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