Sassy Jane Genealogy Blog

7 May 2015

US Port Passenger Lists 1820-1957

Today’s post is about US Port Passenger Lists from 1820-1957. Immigration records are a particular delight to me, as the great-granddaughter of immigrants from five European countries.

This Saturday, I’ll be presenting “Coming To America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors” at the San Diego County Genealogical Society, one of my favorite genealogical societies.

But what if your ancestors arrived in Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans, or through Canada? One valuable guide is Joe Beine’s US Ports of Entry and Their Immigration Records and Passenger Lists. Arranged by states, Joe Beine’s site is especially valuable for comprehensive coverage of immigration records of ports throughout the United States.

Even if your ancestors arrived at US ports other than New York, my presentation and the related Sassy Jane Guide, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors at Castle Garden and Ellis Island, helps you explore what your ancestors experienced as they left their homes and sailed to New World, passed through immigration […]

4 May 2015

Primary Source Analysis Tool

The Primary Source Analysis Tool is a creation of the Library of Congress that can help your genealogy research.

LC’s Primary Source Analysis Tool was originally designed to help teachers enliven history for their students using historical documents. The exercises built into the Primary Source Analysis Tool can also be helpful for genealogy research, encouraging you to look at family primary source photos or documents with a fresh perspective.

For genealogical purposes, it helps to use the Primary Source Analysis Tool on your family primary sources with other genealogist friends or groups. Or you can think of yourself as both the teacher and the student as you work through the questions.

The Library of Congress exercise is as follows:

Using Primary Sources

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by […]

1 May 2015

SOS Save Our Stuff 2015

SOS Save Our Stuff 2015

The American Library Association is now promoting SOS Save Our Stuff 2015. Each year during national Preservation Week in the United States, ALA reaches out to family historians and cultural organizations with helpful resources for preserving archives and family records. Here are the links for SOS Save Our Stuff 2015:

Preservation Facts

Shocking facts that illustrate the need for national preservation awareness.

More Preservation Facts

More facts that discusses how items become damaged and simple steps to keep items safe.

Resources for Military Families

Information for the specific challenges that come with documenting and preserving a military career.

Preserving Your Memories

Organized by material type, these websites, books, and other sources give useful information on caring for any kind of collection.

Disaster Recovery

Information for before and after a disaster has damaged precious collections.

23 Apr 2015

CuriousFox US for American Research


Curious Fox US Sassy Jane Genealogy
Today’s post is about CuriousFox US, a “village by village contact site for anyone researching family history, genealogy and local history in the U.S.” Everyone can post for free, but only paid members can contact others. Membership is $9/year.

CuriousFox US is a message board offering spam-free posts protecting the identity of users. Organized by the 50 states and District of Columbia, CuriousFox US offers searches by surname and by location.

CuriousFox is best known for their UK and Ireland site, featured a few days ago in this post.

About CuriousFox US:

CuriousFox UK was created in August 2002. The aim was to provide a resource for finding and identifying the myriad of UK villages and hamlets, and to provide a facility for genealogists, and family and local history researchers to make contact […]