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3 Feb 2017

Searching the Historic American Buildings Survey

HABS team in 1934 measuring the Kentucky School for the Blind. (Courtesy HABS, Library of Congress) 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 [...]

14 Jan 2017

Finding German Place Names at

Using the essential Meyers Orts German gazetteer just got easier. Try finding German place names at, which provides maps and translations. is a new site for searching the indispensable Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs (Meyers-Orts for short). As FamilySearch notes, This gazetteer of the German Empire is the gazetteer to use to locate place names in German research. It was originally compiled in 1912. This gazetteer is the gazetteer to use because it includes all areas that were part of the pre-World War I German Empire. Gazetteers published after World War I may not include parts of the Empire that were lost to bordering countries. Overall, this gazetteer includes more than 210,000 cities, towns, hamlets, villages, etc. Meyers Orts is available in print at libraries and searchable index at Ancestry and FamilySearch. But for English-speaking researchers, Meyers Orts can be tricky to use. This historical reference work is, of course, published in [...]

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 [...]

2 Sep 2016

Updates to FamilySearch Databases August 2016

There's something for everyone in the new updates to FamilySearch databases August 2016: COLLECTION INDEXED RECORDS DIGITAL RECORDS COMMENTS Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837- 1965 0 16,231 New browsable image collection. United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942 0 882,986 Added images to an existing collection Australia Tasmania Civil Registration 1803-1933 425,774 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection Australia Queensland Maryborough Public Records 1847-1989 17,156 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection Spain Diocese of Lugo Catholic Parish Records 1550-1966 19,557 76,329 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 0 12,404 New browsable image collection. Netherlands Gelderland Province Civil Registration 1800-1952 39,539 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845 0 2,522 New browsable image collection. [...]