Thursday, May 31, 2012
"Hidden" Ancestry Database
It's true that if you do a general person search on Ancestry, this database will be culled for your search criteria, but the results may be quite a few pages down the hit list. In general, if you think a particular database will be productive, it may be a good idea to search it specifically. To do that, click on the search tab, then select "catalog" and then enter words from the title or a key descriptive word.
OK, so after all that, what does "Registration Certificates" give you. Allow me to quote from Ancestry:
" The certificates in this database were generated by U.S. citizens living abroad who were registering their intent to retain their U.S. citizenship. The registrants were widows, divorced women, and minors who had been born abroad to parents who were U.S. citizens. Registrants used several different forms, including separate forms for women who had obtained U.S. citizenship via marriage and women who were citizens before marriage. Information contained on the certificate can include: name, birth date, birthplace, marriage date, spouse’s name, and spouse’s birthplace. Records may also list death date (spouse), marital status, residence, date a person left the U.S., dates of residence in foreign country, naturalization facts, and other details."
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Another Take on the Genealogical Importance of Hist0ry
A recent article by Sharon Tate Moody in TBO.com—Tampa Bay Online give fresh insight to the value of written histories in our genealogical research. Her article is filled with examples of how “common folks” participated in historical events, and how reading about that participation adds depth to the history we are normally exposed to.
Read her article at Take research beyond genealogy reference books | TBO.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
You can find Diane’s article at Genealogy Insider - Tips on Exploring Your Irish Family Tree
Friday, May 25, 2012
Tutorial on Reading Old English Handwriting
This is a detailed tutorial with explanations, guidance, and lots of examples to work through.
You can find the tutorial at The National Archives | Palaeography tutorial (how to read old handwriting)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Genealogy Records for Canada
In the list you will find offerings from the Library and Archives Canada (LAC), FamilySearch.org, and Ancestry.ca. The areas in Canada focused on include Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Ontario and others.
Check it out at Most Recent Genealogy Records for Canada
Monday, May 21, 2012
Best Records for Finding Female Ancestors
If you have been faced with such a task, you may want to look at a Family Tree Magazine article by Lisa Alzo. In it she gives some time-tested sources and strategies that may be just what you need. I suspect that none of the records she talks about will be unknown to you, but a review of them may be helpful. The true value of the article in my opinion is not the list, but the explanation she gives on why each group of records may be of value.
Read the article at Best Records for Finding Female Ancestors - Family Tree Magazine
Saturday, May 19, 2012
RootsMagic’s New “Who Was There” Report
With this feature you can specify a place and a date (or range of dates) and the report will show you everyone in your database who was at that place at that time. It is a great tool for zeroing in on people you want to locate in a particular census…like the recently released 1940 US Census.
There are many ways to fine tune the report other than what I mentioned here. Check out Bruce’s article at RootsMagic Blog » RootsMagic’s New “Who Was There” Report
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Top Ten Most Popular Online Genealogy Magazines
You probably have your own selection of online genealogy magazines you like to read, but here’s chance to see the Internet statistics keepers list.
If you do not regularly read an online magazine, perhaps you can find one on this list that will become you favorite.
Thanks to the GenealogyInTime Magazine for this article. Top Ten Most Popular Online Genealogy Magazines
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Courthouse Research Tips
We all know the value of doing research at courthouses. You will find vital information there that you can find nowhere else.
Many of you have even attended the Pinellas Genealogy Society class on researching courthouse records.
A recent article in Genealogy Insider by Diane Haddad complements our class. In the piece, Diane gives us five tips that will make any courthouse research effort more productive. If you think even more broadly as you read the tips, you can easily apply them to most any research trip.
You can find the article at Genealogy Insider - Tips From My First Courthouse Research
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Are You A “GG”? (Genealogical Computer Geek)
Follow the link below to read a humorous article by James Tanner (Genealogy’s Star) the hits the nail on the head for many of us.
Genealogy's Star: How to be a total genealogical computer geek
Friday, May 11, 2012
Problems with the Census
We are all familiar with the problems of accuracy we run into when researching the census. At times that leads to frustration and, in some, a questioning of the value of the census. William Dollarhide writing in Genealogy Blog gives an interested review of question areas in the census most subject to errors.
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that due to its errors the census is not valuable. Bill goes on to point out that even with its flaws the census is an invaluable genealogical resource. If you go to the census expecting total accuracy, you are missing the point. For the most part the census gives us clues…clues we can use for further research to confirm what the census contains, and for information that goes even beyond what the census offers. For instance, it gives us places of events and date ranges for those events that can lead to successful court house searches as well as the discovery of records at the National Archives. Those are just two examples.
If you would like more on mistakes that can be found in the census, Check out Bill’s article at Census Mistakes
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
FamilySearch Makes Progress on Indexing 1940 Census
You can see the status in broad strokes on an interactive map, or expand the window to see the detailed progress for each state.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Write Those Stories Down…NOW
If you would like a short and entertaining incentive to put pen to paper and write down your memories of growing up, of family, of special occasions, or of whatever, take a minute to read James Tanner’s recent piece in Genealogy’s Star. You can find it at Genealogy's Star: Peeking under the bed, throwing shoes down the hall...
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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Important Death Records
Death certificates are on the list, of course, but so are less frequently used probate records, and rarely used medical examiner records.
This is a good article to refresh your memory on some record groups that you may not be paying attention to. You can find the article at Death Records: A Check List of Ten Documents Every Genealogist Should Acquire
Thursday, May 3, 2012
FGS 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama
"Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the 'Old Southwest'" is the conference theme, and it is hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society. Watch http://www.fgs.org/ for full details.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 1-3 June
Issues such as borders; land settlement and pension records (on both sides of the border) of participants in the war of 1812 and other wars; immigration and migration; and genealogical resources in areas bordering eastern Ontario as well as in Ontario will be among the topics covered by speakers at the Conference.
For more information if you are planning to be in the Ontario area can be found at