3 Feb 2017

Searching the Historic American Buildings Survey

Interested in searching the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) to find a connection between an ancestor and a specific place?
HABS was established in 1933 when Charles E. Peterson, a young landscape architect proposed the project. It was initially founded as a “constructive make-work program for architects, draftsmen and photographers left jobless by the Great Depression. By creating an archive of historic architecture, HABS provided a database of primary source material and documentation for the then-fledgling historic preservation movement.”
Today, a division of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) administers HABS, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Records include “556,900 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 38,600 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.” The collection is managed by the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
When I searched HABS for churches in Cook County, Illinois, I […]

13 Jan 2017

You Are in Whether or Not You Want to Be

Right now, you are in whether or not you want to be. Information about you and other living family members has been aggregated and is available for free. From the Washington Post, an article today entitled “You’ve Probably Never Heard of This Creepy Genealogy Site. But It Knows a Lot About You.” Abby Ohlheiser writes,
There are many “people search” sites and data brokers out there, like Spokeo, or Intelius, that also know a lot about you. This is not news, at least for the Internet-literate. And the information on FamilyTreeNow comes largely from the public records and other legally accessible sources that those other data brokers use. What makes FamilyTreeNow stand out on the creepy scale, though, is how easy the site makes it for anyone to access that information all at once, and free.

…Unusually for a site like this, FamilyTreeNow doesn’t require a fee, or even the creation of an account, to access […]

10 Nov 2016

Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert

Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert – on Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13, ArkivDigital  is providing free access to everyone who wants to try out ArkivDigital All-in-One.
New users and users with Base subscription get access to everything in their All-in-One database on both days. Church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records, military and other historical records are included, together with access to all registers.

Download and install the new software ArkivDigital 2.0 -beta software by clicking here.

Using ArkivDigital Sweden is easu via an online subscription service called ArkivDigital Online, which provides online access to the entire image database for a specific period of time. Download the Coverage Table here. You can also search their database by county and parish name, district name, record type, etc. Search results are improved when using Swedish spelling and diacritical marks when searching, e.g. Örebro rathr than Orebro.

ArkivDigital also offers the following tutorials to help you find and use records about your Swedish ancestors:

Introduction to […]

2 Sep 2016

Updates to FamilySearch Databases August 2016

There’s something for everyone in the new updates to FamilySearch databases August 2016:





Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837- 1965



New browsable image collection.

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942



Added images to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration 1803-1933



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Queensland Maryborough Public Records 1847-1989



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Spain Diocese of Lugo Catholic Parish Records 1550-1966



Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

California San Francisco Register of Chinese Immigrant Court Cases and Foreign Seamen Tax Cards 1883-1924



New browsable image collection.

Netherlands Gelderland Province Civil Registration 1800-1952



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845



New browsable image collection.

New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records 1675-1835



New browsable image collection.

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838



New browsable image collection.

North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782



New browsable image collection.

New Zealand Obituaries 1844-1963



New indexed records and images collection

England Lancashire Oldham […]

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