7 Feb 2016

Saving Historic Newspapers

Today’s post is about the sleuthing librarians and archivists do when finding, sharing, and saving historic newspapers.

I’ve written before about the joint NEH-Library of Congress project, Chronicling America, which offers free digitized historic newspapers from many U.S. states. But it’s easy to overlook the work being done to compile the U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present, a database locating existing copies of newspapers in repositories throughout the United States. The U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present is part of the Chronicling America site, but it’s not too obvious either that it exists or what it can do for your research.

Because this directory contains a list of virtually all of the newspapers published in America since 1690 compiled by LC librarians, it helps you identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access these newspapers. (Not all of them are digitized yet, of course, but the directory will tell you which repositories hold the newspaper in question.) At this […]

2 Feb 2016

Sassy Jane @ Rootstech 2016

Sassy Jane @ Rootstech 2016
Managing Your Digital Research Environment
Saturday 6 Feb 2016 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm
in Ballroom A of the Salt Palace.
When you organize your digital records and online life, your genealogy research is more effective. My session helps you: 1) put your digital research in order, using techniques from professional archivists, 2) organize your online life, and 3) secure your data.

Avoid information overload and get organized online using specific Internet tools, and genealogy and productivity apps. Discover ways to protect your family history data using automated backups.

Whether you’ve been researching for years or are just starting out, when you participate in RT1786 Managing Your Digital Research Environment at Rootstech2016, you’ll learn how to create a master genealogy filing system with just six main folders. A retrieval system—a way of locating what you own on demand—is vital. Information recall is quick and easy using consistent data entry and file naming.

Follow these guidelines and there’s […]

30 Jan 2016

Finding Ages When All You Know is a Name

From the statistical website, an intriguing article suggesting ways for finding ages when all you know is a name in your family research. Using Social Security data and related actuarial data, fivethirtyeight’s article, How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name, solidifies what all genealogists note about the ebb and flow of popular names in family trees.
Picture Mildred, Agnes, Ethel and Blanche. Perhaps you imagine the Golden Girls or your grandmother’s poker game. These are names for women of age, wisdom and distinction. The median living Mildred in the United States is now 78 years old.

Now imagine Madison, Sydney, Alexa and Hailey. They sound like the starting midfield on a fourth-grade girls’ soccer team. And they might as well be: the median American females with these names are between 9 and 12 years old.
According to, the “method for determining the answer is quite simple.* All you really need is […]

27 Jan 2016

And Still More Genealogy Humor

And Still More Genealogy Humor: Luke Has a Sister (StarWars)