Sassy Jane Genealogy Blog

22 Jul 2014

Ethnic America Mapped

Edit: Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader, the correct map now accompanies this post.

Ethnic America Mapped is the subject of today’s post, courtesy of the Washington Post. Frequent readers of Sassy Jane Genealogy know that I recommend the research insights to be gained from combining data with mapping. This interesting map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties, showing that the history of settlement of the United States by various ethnicities is still evident today.

The Washington Post notes:

Some highlights to note: The Irish really do run Boston. People of Irish ancestry make up the largest contingent of counties in Massachusetts, and in parts of Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire and eastern New York. The only counties outside the Northeast where the Irish make up the biggest share of the population are in southern Oregon.

The legacy of slavery still shows up in many rural Southern […]

18 Jul 2014

Immigrant Ancestors Talk at SBCGS

Immigrant Ancestors Talk at SBCGS (Santa Barbara County Genealogy Society) tomorrow!

This is one of my favorite presentations – “Coming to America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors” – and it begins at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Constance and State in Santa Barbara, California. Don’t forget the Special Interest Groups starting at 9:30 a.m.

This talk is based on my new e-book, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors, a 77-page PDF with 25 pages of active links to immigration and naturalization resources and an overview of immigration from Europe to America in the 19th and twentieth centuries. Fifteen percent of e-book sales will be donated to the Sahyun Library.

There are five parts to my talk, as this is a hybrid of two presentations. In the first part, we’ll follow in the footsteps of European immigrant ancestors who approached America’s “front doors to freedom” through the Customs House, Castle Garden, or Ellis Island in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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15 Jul 2014

Google Maps Offline – Tuesday’s Tip

Are you interested in using Google Maps offline?

There are two big advantages to using Google Maps this way:

  1. Save money by going easy on your data plan
  2. Avoid that dreaded “No Service” message

Using Google Maps online (i.e., with 3G or 4G connections instead of wireless) can chew through a lot of data quickly. Or have you ever been closing in a cemetery hunt or the location of a library when Google Maps can’t connect?

Whether you use an iPhone or an Android cell phone, you can take advantage of the ability to use Google Maps offline.

CNET, one of my favorite websites full of digital wizardry, shows in two steps how to save maps for offline access in their article, “How to Use Google Maps Offline Mode on iOS, Android.”

“With this feature, you can store large map areas for guidance, even when you’re stuck without reception,” […]

14 Jul 2014

Free E-book on Ancestry Search Tips

Family Tree University is offering a free e-book on Ancestry Search Tips, available for download here.

Titled 48 Ancestry Search Tips, this e-book contains “tricks, hints and hacks to unlock new family tree discoveries [and] helpful guides to using the genealogy website, including an exclusive excerpt from the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com by Nancy Hendrickson.” 

Ancestry.com likely holds answers to at least some of your family tree questions. The key to finding those answers is learning how to sift through the massive amount of ancestor data on the subscription genealogy website. Whether you want to use your paid Ancestry.com subscription more effectively, make the most of a free trial subscription or eke out whatever information you can for free, the pointers in our free e-book 48 Ancestry Search Tips will help you.”