research tips

26 Sep 2015

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present.
Chronicling America at the Library of Congress gets lots of good press from me and other genealogists for the free access provided to a wide variety of newspapers published in the United States over the past 320+ years.

But it’s easy to overlook the ability to search U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present database to find 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.

Looking at the example above of the main page, my eye always always goes to the wonderful digitized front pages of newspapers just waiting to be read. What can be overlooked is the link in the upper right (red box added) to search U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present. (Personally, I’ve always thought Google was a big success because of its […]

6 Sep 2015

Genealogy Groups on Facebook

A wealth of research assistance awaits you in the many Genealogy groups on Facebook. Genealogist Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has just updated her list of 5,500+ genealogy groups on Facebook links. Inspired by her success using Facebook to break down some of her brick walls, Katherine’s Genealogy on Facebook list is a gold mine of resources.

Download the 169-page PDF file here containing information and links to Facebook groups and pages for genealogy research on locations, subjects, time periods, ethnicity, societies, and other resources. The list is laid out well and easy to navigate and has a Table of Contents.

The list is arranged by location or subject. Links for locations on Facebook include virtually every country from Australia to Zimbabwe; U.S. locations are broken out by state. Subject links run the gamut from adoption to surnames. The links include subject groups that collaborate only on Facebook, and links for existing organizations, […]

3 Sep 2015

First Friday Genealogy Issue Sep 4 2015

Subscribe now to get the next First Friday Genealogy issue Sep 4 2015 on cemetery resources. It’s free!
“First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is a free genealogy newsletter, written from my perspective as a genealogy librarian and archivist.

Available (you guessed it) the first Friday of the month, “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” contains tips and tricks for your family history research and highlights from this website, so you don’t miss a thing.

I care about genealogy from an archivist’s perspective, including using primary sources effectively, search strategies, archives news, and technology tips. Frequent topics include how to organize genealogy research, catalog family photographs, and simplify sources and citations. I also like sharing information on using iPads, iPhones, and Macs for genealogy research

There are lots of genealogy newsletters out there, so I want you to know that “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is timed to inspire your weekend family history research. The September 2015 issue is out […]

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 […]