genealogy

23 Apr 2015

CuriousFox US for American Research


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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 […]

21 Apr 2015

CuriousFox for UK and Ireland Research

Curious Fox for UK and Ireland Research sassy jane genealogyToday’s post is about CuriousFox for UK and Ireland research. CuriousFox is a “village by village contact site for anyone researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland.” Everyone can post for free, but only paid members can contact others. Membership is £5.50 a year.

UPDATE: Judy Webster, genealogist par excellence in Australia, has a help page here for using CuriousFox. I didn’t want this to be lost in the comments section. Thx, Judy!

CuriousFox offers:

  • Maps and Old Maps
    Shows exact locations on both old and modern maps.
  • Find Nearby
    Find nearby villages and entries for nearby villages.
  • Surname Geosearch
    Search for a surname in any city, village, or town, or within a chosen distance of any place.
    CuriousFox was created to allow people to post messages about genealogy and local history without exposing […]

11 Apr 2015

Civil War Battles

From the Civil War Trust, this infographic of Civil War battles reminds us of the toll taken by the war that ended 150 years ago tomorrow.

The Civil War Trust is non-profit that works to save endangered Civil War battlefields.They also do a splendid job of increasing understanding of the Civil War. Visit their excellent maps of Civil War battlefields if you’re doing Civil War research. And consider giving a to donation,in honor of an ancestor who served, to support their mission.

9 Apr 2015

National Archives and Ancestry Staff Caught Discarding Thousands of Records

In an incident at the end of March, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatchan Ancestry.com employee was caught throwing away military records at the NARA facility in St. Louis. According to one blog report:

Bryan McGraw, director of the National Personnel Records Center, said Friday that his staff recovered all the papers, some of them from a trash can. The incident on March 12 prompted the federal agency to halt contract work by Ancestry Inc., which operates as ancestry.com, at St. Louis and four other sites.

McGraw said the employee apparently had been warned about productivity by his supervisor and tried to dispose of a pending stack of supplemental papers that had been attached to individual draft cards. McGraw said another person found some of the records on the employee’s desk and others stuffed into a latex glove in a trash can.

The employee is suspected of throwing away the […]