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19 Oct 2015

FamilySearch German Databases Updated

An astute friend told me that the FamilySearch German Databases updated on 18 September 2015. Great news! If you haven't searched the three main German databases available at FamilySearch in a while, it's worth taking a look again. And if you're new to research in Germany (and Prussia), these database [...]

22 Aug 2015


SS Eastland rescue efforts, 24 Jul 1915. Courtesy Wikipedia. GenDisasters is an online database of "information on the [U.S. and Canadian] historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured," as well as information about their lives and deaths. I was working on a client's tree and she needed more information [...]

25 Jul 2015

Social Security Applications and Claims Index

Ancestry has added a great new database with 49 million records for researchers working in 20th- and early-21st-century America: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Entries in this database tend to have more information than the death index, including the following: Applicant's full name SSN (included if the person [...]