Sassy Jane Genealogy Blog

18 Aug 2016

Free Aerial Photography Resource for Genealogists

The ASPRS Aerial Data Catalog is a free aerial photography resource for genealogists to use in their research.

Provided by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), this is a useful tool for locating aerial photography for both U.S. and international geographic areas of the past and the present. ASPRS bills this database as “the Source for Finding Aerial Collections”.

The ASPRS Aerial Data Catalog aggregates aerial photography from private companies, universities, states, non-governmental organizations, and federal sources. The catalog contains metadata allowing users to determine if coverage exists over an area of interest. The acquisition date, film type, sensor type, and scale are also provided along with the repository contact information. Click here for more information.

Once you have located a set of records, you can narrow a search by applying a filter once, or multiple times, to refine your search. If you need assistance, please check the Help page for more tips.

Here are some of the latest uploads to this site, […]

14 Aug 2016

Chronicling America Additions August 2016

Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey are the Chronicling America additions August 2016.

The four new partners are the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums; the Colorado Historical Society; the Maine State Library, and Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Forty-three states and one territory are now participating in the program. NEH is now approaching its goal of representing every state and U.S. territory in Chronicling America, the open access database of historic American newspapers maintained by the Library of Congress.

Additional NEH awards have also been made to Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas partners to continue their contributions to Chronicling America.  More about all of the awards issued by NEH are available in August’s press release.

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between NEH, the Library of Congress, and state partners.  NEH awards enable state partners to choose and digitize newspapers representing their historical, cultural, and geographic diversity.  […]

11 Aug 2016

Rambles Through Our Country in 1890

The Library of Congress Prints and Photos blog today features an 1890 game called Rambles Through Our Country – An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young. While it’s nice just to marvel at the chromolithograph printing of this colorful game, this item has research value for genealogists working on records from the United States in 1890.

There are probably no earth-shattering revelations here, but the images and the way in which Americans viewed individual states in 1890 makes interesting reading, as well as providing context for your research.

Lara Szpszak writes, “The goal of the game is to help players become familiar with American geography and the treasures the United States has to offer. A player spins the “teetotum” and places their counter on the matching number on the map. Each number then corresponds to a location and description in the accompanying booklet. Fortunately, the booklet is available online from the Internet Archives!” […]

10 Aug 2016 Sale

Deceased Online is offering users double credits on pay-per-view vouchers used to access records and data on

The sale starts immediately and runs until midnight (British Summer Time) on 29th August 2016.

Under the ‘buy one get one free’ offer, all voucher purchases, which start at £5.00, will be doubled in value. For every voucher purchased, the same value will be added to your account in the form of a bonus

When purchasing vouchers simply click on ‘add a promotion code’ and enter the special code  in the box provided.
As I’ve noted before, this site offers free searches of a centralized database for burials and cremations in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Similar to ScotlandsPeople, you can search for free, but downloading actual records costs a certain number of credits. Available records include:

Digital scans of cremation and burial registers
Digital scans of books of remembrance
Photographs of graves and memorials
Cemetery maps […]