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Posts about search strategies, including how to limit or expand searches, and specific tips for searching genealogy sites and Google.

11 Jul 2017

Advanced WorldCat Searches

By |11 Jul 2017|Search Strategies|Comments Off on Advanced WorldCat Searches

This Tuesday's tip is about advanced WorldCat searches. For reasons known only to OCLC, the basic WorldCat search has one screen/interface and the advanced search has another. Which one would you choose as the Advanced Search page - the one at the very top or the one below? First [...]

12 May 2017

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall

By |12 May 2017|Church Records, German Genealogy, Search Strategies|16 Comments

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall. Which is mightier? As it turns out, the Ancestry shaking leaf is mightier than my brick wall. I didn’t realize it, but for nearly a decade, my Austrian research has been complicated by looking for a “vagabond" family. With one Ancestry shaking leaf, [...]

25 Oct 2016

National Archives Genealogy Fair 2016

By |25 Oct 2016|Genealogy, Search Strategies|1 Comment

Tomorrow and Thursday the National Archives Genealogy Fair 2016 is available on YouTube. This free two-day online fair offers viewers the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from this web page free [...]

18 Aug 2016

Free Aerial Photography Resource for Genealogists

By |18 Aug 2016|Genealogy, Maps, Search Strategies|2 Comments

The ASPRS Aerial Data Catalog is a free aerial photography resource for genealogists to use in their research. Provided by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), this is a useful tool for locating aerial photography for both U.S. and international geographic areas of the past and the present. ASPRS bills this database as "the Source [...]