Thursday, August 30, 2012
Land Record Research
For a more detailed explanation of why land records are important to genealogists, read the article at If He Owned Land, There’s a Deed
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
South Bay Genealogical Society Seminar Features John Colletta
Dr. Colletta's topics will include
--Breaking Through Brick Walls: Use Your Head
--The County Courthouse: "Your Trunk in the Attic"
--Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events, How to Build Historical Context
--Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigran Ancestors
The cost is $40 for SBGS members and $45 for non-members. Doors open at 8:30 AM and reservations close on February 8, 2013. For more information or to make a reservation send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Suncoast Genealogy Society Seminar Scheduled for October 27
The speakers this year will be Patti Schultz and Pam Treme. They will talk on "Paint and Genealogy-Create Uniqe Captures of Pages from a Website to Add to Your Research," and "Next Generation-Who Will Continue Your Research?"
For additional information contact Ann James at 727-791-1983 or email@example.com
Solve Those Brick Wall Problems
The GenealogyInTime Magazine recently published an article on brick wall solutions—50 of them. It starts with a quote attributed to Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.” How appropriate when applied to some of our research challenges we call “brick walls”!
The article addresses categories of solutions: names (maiden names, middle names, aliases), geography (changing jurisdictions, searching by village), local resources (schoolhouse records, poor houses), and migration (port of entry, land records, place of birth).
I’ve only listed some of the topics. There are actually 26 of them. At the bottom of the last page is a link to part two of the article where the next 24 suggestions are found. The categories for those suggestions are death, family, military records,and general.
This article may contain just the tip you need. You can find it at 50 Best Genealogy Brick Wall Solutions
Sunday, August 26, 2012
View of Genealogy’s Major Players
Recently James Tanner in his Blog Genealogy’s Star, wrote an overview of the “giants” of the genealogy world. In his view, the “giants” include Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, MyHeritage.com, and brightsolid.com.
His treatment of each includes some of their history, recent acquisitions, and possible strategies in some cases. It is well worth reading if you want some help in making sense of what we see happening in the marketplace. You can find James’ article at Genealogy's Star: Movement among the giants
Friday, August 24, 2012
War of 1812 Pension Application Files Free at Fold3
This is the two hundredth year anniversary of the War of 1812. As a consequence, that war is receiving more attention than it usually does…it is often referred to as “the ‘other’ war” or the “forgotten war.”
There is a huge effort underway to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Application Files. The work is being done by Fold2 with funding provided by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. At this point only about 3% of the files have been digitized, but they are free for viewing at Fold3. This is a site worth checking regularly because you can’t tell when your ancestor’s records will be added. While you are there, there are a couple other 1812 record sets that you can look at too.
Check it out at War of 1812 Pension Application Files - Fold3
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Planning to Visit an Archive
The thought of going to an actual archive can be intimidating to some people, but help is here. The Society of American Archivists has produced some guidance on effectively using archives. It covers such topics as the difference between archives and libraries, how to plan a visit, and usage guidelines.
If you wish, there is also a PDF version of the guide that you can download. You can read the article at http://www2.archivists.org/usingarchives
Monday, August 20, 2012
What Genealogists Can Learn From Cats
First published in Largo Leader, April 2010.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Analysis of Genealogy Trends
The Genealogy In Time Magazine recently conducted a survey of genealogy on the Internet and came up with interesting and informative results.
The title of the article is “Top Trends in Genealogy,” and although some of the results may fit you suspicions, some may be surprising. Expected or not, they are worth looking at.
The areas explored are as follows:
>Stability of the field
>How fast the field is growing
>What countries have the strongest growth
>Which sectors within the field are growing faster
>The growth picture comparing free and pay websites
>How genealogy sites are linked to the Internet
You can find the article at Top Trends in Genealogy
Thursday, August 16, 2012
English Equivalents of Foreign Given Names
You start by looking up the “root” of the name, and then you read a table to see the male and female variations in each language.
As an example, I started with “Peter” and found Pierre and Pierrick in French, Peter and Peti in Hungarian, Peko and nine others in German, and Petechka plus a bunch more in Russian.
The list you are given is in PDF format, so you need the free Adobe reader to use the site. Start your exploration at Equivalent Czechslovakian, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Russian & Yiddish Foreign Given Names
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
FGS Seminar features D. Joshua Taylor
Taylor's subject area, “Becoming a 21st Century Genealogist," will include these topics:. Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically
. New Tools & Ideas in Research
. Legends & Fairy Tales: Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
. On& amp; Off the Net: Locality Searching
The cost for FGS members is $35 and $40 for non-members. The seminar will take place at the University of South Florida (Tampa Campus), Marshall Student Center, Room 2708 (Plaza Room).
For more information, visit the website: fgstampa.org
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Indexes Available Online From Chester County, PA
The archive was created in 1982 and currently holds over 2,940 volumes and 1,823 cubic feet of original public records. It is quite a collection.
After you click on the link below, next click “Online Indexes” to see a list of the categories of indexes available. That list is shown below, and as you can see, it is quite extensive. Those categories are even further subdivided as you follow the links.
- Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Civil Court and Debt Related Records
- Criminal and Prison Records
- Land Records
- Military Records
- Municipal and Road Records
- Naturalization Records
- Occupation and Licensing Records
- Pauper Records
- Probate, Estate and Guardianship Records
- Servant and Slavery Records
- Tax and Census Records
The indexes are in PDF format, so you need the free Adobe reader to work with them…and they are just indexes, not digitized documents. But if you find a name you want to pursue, you can email the archives the reference and they will provide you with a price quote and mailing instructions.
Get started at Archives Department
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Chinese Genealogies on FamilySearch.org
I browsed several of the images and found them to be very clear copies…and not in English. I had no expectation that they would be, but it is worth keeping in mind that some translation will be necessary.
Check it out at View Images FamilySearch.org — Free Family History and Genealogy Records
Friday, August 10, 2012
Canadian mail-order catalogues
Not only do you get interesting pictures of items (like clothing…which can help to date old photographs), but the site offers insight to company business practices and histories. Access is free and can be found at Civilization.ca - Before e-commerce, A history of Canadian mail-order catalogues
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Incorrect Conclusions Can Get In Your Way
Check it out at Genealogy Tip of the Day: Is Your First Conclusion Incorrect?
Monday, August 6, 2012
Getting Ready for a Genealogy Conference
Diane Haddad in her blog Genealogy Insider gives us a different twist to this theme: how to prepare for attending a genealogy conference. It makes sense. You want to be comfortable, and you want to get the most out of the time you spend there. That will not happen automatically…it will require a bit of prior planning.
The summer is the time when many conferences are held and you may be including one in your summer trip plans. If so, take a minute to read what she has to say at Genealogy Insider - Tips to Get Ready for a Genealogy Conference
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan
Here’s a news flash that most of us don’t want to hear: effective research requires planning. Comments like those above generally come from people who have no established research objective other than simply wanting to find some about their ancestors. They mine the Internet or the library in haphazard fashion hoping to stumble across a nugget of information. I do that too, but I have a name for it: it is called recreation, not research, and I engage in it without the expectation of finding anything. If I do find something, I rejoice. If I don’t find anything, I don’t become frustrated because I have no real expectation of doing so.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Family Tree Strategies
The Genealogy In Time Magazine recently published an article on “Ten Effective Strategies for Building a Family Tree.” The piece should be of interest certainly to those just getting started in their family research, but also to old hands who want to polish up their own techniques.
Check it out at Ten Effective Strategies for Building a Family Tree