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One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. Genealogy HowTo - Issue Apr 20, 2017 - Newsletter. By Cynthia Carman The internet has become the premier place for libraries to publish their catalogs and in many cases provide the printed, graphic, or index resource online.

Genealogy HowTo - Issue Apr 20, 2017 - Newsletter

What a boost for the genealogist! 5 Tech Tools That Will Revolutionize Your Genealogy. Find out how these award-winning genealogy technology tools, introduced at FamilySearch's RootsTech conference, will change how you do genealogy research.

5 Tech Tools That Will Revolutionize Your Genealogy

Designed to encourage innovative technology tools in the family history industry, FamilySearch’s Innovator Showdown is a highlight of its annual RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City each winter. This year, more than 40 applicants from the United States and Europe vied for nearly $200,000 in cash and prizes sponsored by Amazon Web Services, the Kickstarter Seed Fund, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and others. In the 2017 showdown, each of the five finalists had three minutes to present his or her innovation and win over a panel of judges and a live audience, and four minutes to answer judges’ questions.

Prizes went to the judges’ top three picks as well as the audience-chosen People’s Choice Award recipient. Free Civil War Records: Find Your Ancestors with These 4 No-Cost Resources. May 9th, 2017 marks 152 years since the U.S.

Free Civil War Records: Find Your Ancestors with These 4 No-Cost Resources

Civil War ended, but the numerous records created by the War Between the States still provide a glimpse into the lives of those who served. Genealogy HowTo - Issue Apr 20, 2017 - Newsletter. Millions of books online. RAOGK - Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. Home - BLM GLO Records. NARA - AAD - Main Page. Genealogy Trails History Group - Start your free family research here. Ww1.distantcousin. 11 Best Websites for Researching Irish Ancestors. Genealogy research in Ireland has its challenges, but more and more websites are helping you overcome them.

11 Best Websites for Researching Irish Ancestors

These 11 are the web’s best bets for tracing your Irish ancestors. If you’re tracing (or trying to trace) Irish ancestors, you may have heard that “all the records burned in the fire”—the 1922 Four Courts Fire at the Public Record Office in Dublin, an unfortunate event of the Irish Civil War. But this is a myth that online Irish family history databases are doing their level best to shatter, and rightly so. While it’s true that an important part of Ireland’s genealogical heritage did go up in smoke that day—including many wills, legal court records, Church of Ireland parish records and national censuses from 1821 to 1851—many important collections survived. Modern-day Celtic creative thinking is helping to bridge some of the record gaps with an ever-increasing selection of online historical documents that hold clues to the lives of our Irish ancestors. 1. 2.

How to Add Sources on Since Family Tree is a collaborative tree and we all share the same ancestors, it’s important to verify the information you enter and provide sources to show others where your information came from.

How to Add Sources on

On FamilySearch’s Family Tree, now it’s easy to attach actual images of the sources. Here are the most common scenarios and some tips to help: A) Adding sources to individuals from the Person screen. The Historical Marker Database. Legacy News: Using the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Online Catalog for Research. With the growing size of digital collections now available, an online catalog is simply no longer just a research tool.

Legacy News: Using the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Online Catalog for Research

They are now online databases where you can do original research. I have used numerous online images from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) catalog in past Legacy News posts as examples of documents that may include an ancestor. Searching Ancestry databases. Since Ancestry remains the primary website online for genealogists, I’d like to share a few tips for researching its databases.

Searching Ancestry databases

For the first example, below you’ll see the search page for a typical database, this one for Maryland Marriages, 1667-1899: Most people would put the names of their ancestors in the search box, and if the search came up empty, they’d conclude the marriage record wasn’t there. That’s a big mistake. First of all, in every database we search, we need to know exactly where the information in the database originated. The Two Main “Go-To” Record Types for Researching Mexican Genealogy. Legacy News: Using the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Online Catalog for Research. ResearchTies. S3356 scots irish genealogy crash course. Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Instructions - History. View larger image Collecting information from a Winnebago Indian family during the 1910 census.

Instructions - History

The decennial census has always required a large workforce to visit and collect data from households. Between 1790 to 1870, the duty of collecting census data fell upon the U.S. Marshals. A March 3, 1879 act replaced the U.S. Marshals with specially hired and trained census-takers to conduct the 1880 and subsequent censuses. During the early censuses, U.S. Beginning with the 1880 census, specially hired and trained census-takers replaced the U.S. marshals. As more and more households received and returned their questionnaires by mail, the role of census-taker changed. - Home. Ancestors & Cousins. Why Your and Other Online Genealogy Searches Don't Work.

Chances are you've become frustrated at times when searching for ancestors online at genealogy sites such as, MyHeritage and FamilySearch.

Why Your and Other Online Genealogy Searches Don't Work

Knowing why genealogy searches sometimes fail can help you figure out how to fix them. Below is our cheat sheet of common issues that trip up your searches, plus tips to fix them. Get expert guidance on using in our Become an Power User online course, starting Monday, Aug. 1, at Family Tree University. This four-week course will help you delve into the Ancestry's rich resources and pull out records where you came up empty before. Genealogy Gophers. Searching for Family Photos with Google. I have an ancestor, James Wilson, who drives me crazy.

Searching for Family Photos with Google

I bet you have a few of those too! It took decades to piece together what I know about him. Despite all this research I still can't find a photograph of him or anyone in his wife's family. It's doubtful that I'll ever locate an image of him but over the years I've been able to piece together photographs that document key points in his life. Using the facts of his life here's what I've found (and how).

New Features Make it Easier to Find and View Family Records. FamilySearch collections are growing every day, adding genealogically relevant sources to one of the largest databases in the world. A key FamilySearch goal is to improve the tools that provide access to these records by users searching for the details of their family story. Some enhancements were recently made to the historical image viewer as well as the search interface that should make accessing the growing amount of information that much easier. Improved viewer experience Getting around within the historical record image viewer has been made easier with two new enhancements. First is a unified and consistent navigational view, in either full-screen or pop-up view.

Second, you can now switch between the single image view and a new thumbnail gallery view as you browse images in a collection (3). Refinements of exact search. Family History Forms. Millions of Free Records on FamilySearch Can Not Be Found via Search: Here's How to Access Them. It’s an often overlooked fact that a vast amount of FamilySearch’s collections cannot be found via the search on their site.

Millions of free family history records are waiting to be discovered but have not yet been indexed and are, therefore, somewhat hard to find. These records are invaluable tools for genealogists and cover a wide range of locales and time periods so we thought we’d offer a quick rundown on how to access them. But first a note about searching collections individually. One of the most commonly overlooked tactics for successfully locating ancestors in online databases is to search collections individually.

It’s natural to want to check a site’s entire database with one quick search–and many places do make this incredibly easy and quite accurate–but the truth is, no search function is perfect. Luckily, FamilySearch makes the process pretty painless. New Features Make it Easier to Find and View Family Records. Riverton FamilySearch Library/Handouts and Guides. From FamilySearch Wiki Handouts and Guides Library Resource Materials for Staff and Patrons Library Quick Start Guides Tip of the Week. Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015. This article presents the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world.

Since we began this survey four years ago, this list has now become the gold standard for the genealogy industry. It profiles and ranks the best ancestral websites based on their internet traffic (as measured by Alexa, the internet traffic people). For 2015, we identify the most popular genealogy websites. A familiarity with the websites on this list will help you discover some new ways to find your ancestors. We also look at the overall genealogy industry and point out some interesting trends and discuss how it will impact your future research. There are many levels of genealogy interest. Family History Expos Genealogy Blog. Recently I received a packet in the mail with some family history information another researcher shared with me.

In return he asked if I could tell him what cities were in Weber County, Utah in 1936. He was looking for the exact death locality of an ancestor. He wanted the details. I quickly pulled up the Utah Death Certificate Index online and located the death certificate that held the answer to his question. Blog - The Ancestor Hunt. Blog - The Ancestor Hunt. Blog - The Ancestor Hunt.

Blog - The Ancestor Hunt. Blog - The Ancestor Hunt. HathiTrust Digital Library. a3Genealogy: Spanish-American War/Philippine Insurrection. 6 More Places to Locate Records So you’ve checked with the microfilm, M860, General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers, and M881, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. And, your ancestor is listed as having served in the Spanish American War (1898) or Philippine Insurrection (1899 - 1902). So you filled out National Archives Trust Fund (NATF) Form 86 Military Service Records and the patented response of “No. We are unable to locate the file you requested above. Review: Online State Resources v3. A guide to the lesser-known resources The first edition was 289 pages. Guide to Genealogy Acronyms - Family Tree Magazine. A Genealogist In The Archives. Vertical Files Are Like A Box of Chocolates. Stephen P. Morse: One-Step Webpages. Millions of Free Records on FamilySearch Can't Be Found via Search: Here's How to Access Them.

Irish ancestry search: research family history at The Irish Times. 7 Free Google Search Features Every Genealogist Should Use: Google for Genealogy. Books and Libraries - Genealogy Research Toolbox. Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Missing Birth Record? Here's What You Can Do To Track It Down. Have you ever had a case of a missing birth record, in a time and place where you know there should be one? It’s so frustrating! 5 Tips to prepare for your visit to the archives - Legacy News. 6 Ways to Have a Better Library Visit - Amy Johnson CrowAmy Johnson Crow. Visiting the library is fun, but it’s more enjoyable when you feel like you’re making some progress with your research. Adoption Reunion Search Resources Blog. DAR offers free online genealogy research tools. The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is the free online portal to genealogical records maintained by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

It provides seven databases that contain a wealth of information to help potential DAR members complete membership applications, but even genealogists who do not plan to join DAR may find valuable information on their ancestors. City Directories for Genealogy Research. Recently, I discovered proof of a thrilling family story in a very unexpected place. Using Google Image Search in Your Research - Lisa Lisson. Have you ever used Google Image Search to search images (ie photos, postcards, etc) in your genealogical research? Like most everyone these days, I search the internet using a search engine like Google. I search using keywords and phrases. 5 Time-Saving Tips for Finding Maiden Names ~ Indexed Family History Records Now Available Through the DAR Genealogical Research System. Search the First Landowners Project ( Full-text Search Results. 5 Online Places to Start Your Southern Genealogy Research - Legacy News.

Can't Find Your Ancestor? 6 Tips for More Effective Genealogy Searches. Millions of Free Records on FamilySearch Can't Be Found via Search: Here's How to Access Them. Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records and Obituaries. Red Book. DAR Makes Contributed Supporting Documentation Available to Researchers Online. Researching Your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor. Documenting the Lineage for Eligibility in DAR or SAR. Free Civil War Records: Find Your Ancestors with These 4 No-Cost Resources. Family Trees Searched at Ten Sites. Google Power Search: How to Search by a Date Range and Why You Might Want To.

Archives Summary Guide to Local Records. Ask Ancestry Anne: 5 Tips for Researching the Females in Your Tree.