6 Aug 2015

Genealogy Gophers

Genealogy Gophers is my new favorite site. It’s a data aggregator that searches 80,000 digitized genealogy books by name and returns search results to you free of charge.
In the example above, I searched for my GG-grandfather, Hans Loe. Searching for Hans’s family is tricky because his birth patronymic was Christensen but his American surname (based on his Norwegian farm name) was Loe.

Genealogy Gophers sidestepped these details and delivered a screen full of results, mostly based in England. But the top hit was for a book in the Family History Library in SLC for a location in Norway called Eker [Eiker]. The title was distorted a bit by Genealogy Gophers not handling diacriticals very well. But a visit to WorldCat revealed that this book is titled A Genealogy of the Loe and Hoen Families from Østre Aker (Eker), Oslo City, Norway, Who Are Descendants of Hans Børgesen Loe Born in 1616. This title was written […]

15 Sep 2013

Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference 2013

The Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference 2013 is coming on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois. I’m happy to say I’ll be there, presenting on Saturday the 26th. Since I was actually born in Sandwich, I’m looking forward to going home and meeting new genealogists at the same time. I’ll be presenting the three following sessions.

1. Managing Your Digital Environment

This session presents simple strategies for 1. organizing digital files on your computer, and 2. using Internet tools to manage your online life. Topics include Using Consistent Data Entry and File Naming; Creating the Six-Folder Digital Filing System; and Apps to Organize Your Online Life.

Download Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Principles, an expanded guide on this topic here, using the coupon code from the session.


2. Picture This: Cataloging Family Photographs and Records

This session teaches you how to add names, dates, and other information inside digital photographs. Scanning techniques and how to name, file, and […]