search strategies

9 Jun 2016

Updates to FamilySearch Databases June 2016

There’s something for everyone in the new updates to FamilySearch databases June 2016, including newly indexed records for the following existing databases:

California San Francisco County Records 1824‐1997

Connecticut Marriages 1640‐1939

Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates 1871‐1940

Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878‐1994

Iowa Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1861-1949

Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626‐2001

Michigan Civil Marriages 1834‐1974

Ohio County Births 1841-2003

The entire list of 35 new historic record collections published online in this update includes the following:





Argentina Tucumán Catholic Church Records 1727‐1955



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration (District Registers) 1839‐1938



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588‐1913



Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541‐1914



Added images to an existing collection

Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Namur Civil Registration 1800-1912



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration […]

21 Feb 2016

Your Ancestors’ Birth Year Words

Have you ever wondered how recent the language is that you use everyday? What are your ancestors’ birth year words? What new word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) the year you were born? 
Today’s post is a bit of fun (while I’m still catching up after Rootstech with clients, new colleagues (hi Katherine Willson! readers of this blog already know about her fabulous Facebook genealogy list), email, and research results from the Family History Library, plus life outside genealogy with fascinating things like laundry and taxes.

Now you can find out you and your ancestors’ birth year words – words that were “born” or entered the lexicon the same year you or your ancestors were born, courtesy of the seminal research work, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). For subscribers, they provide a blog with an online search tool delivering examples by month and year for birth year words. Their more traditional role of providing access to the […]

4 Dec 2015

Searching Webinar

Join Library of Congress staff for their Searching webinar on Thursday, 10 December 2015 at 4pm EST.
The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Do you want to find Library of Congress primary sources? What search strategies does a power user need to know? Because the holdings of the Library of Congress are massive and so it its Web site, the Searching webinar can help.

During the Searching webinar, Library of Congress staff will break it down for you to make it easier to navigate. As a result, you will gain greater understanding of the breadth and depth of the Library’s collections.

Although the Searching webinar  is marketed to educators, genealogists will also find the “tips and shortcuts to finding primary sources, suggestions on how to plan effective searches, and how to ask […]

18 Oct 2015

NARA Free Online Genealogy Fair 2015

The National Archives of the United States is hosting the NARA Free Online Genealogy Fair 2015 this coming Wednesday and Thursday.
This annual event is a live two-day program via webcast on YouTube, offering family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records dealing with immigration, military and civilian personnel, and bankruptcy.

Sessions on are available on genealogical research using traditional and electronic records. The National Archives’ lead preservation expert will hold a special question-and-answer session on how to preserve family records. Sessions and handouts will be available free of charge during and after the event. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair website.

WHEN: October 21 and 22, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT [7 a.m. PDT ouch!]

WHO: Experts on genealogy-related records from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.

WHERE: Anywhere! The Fair will be video streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel::

Day 1: Wednesday, October 21 –Watch live on YouTube

Day 2: Thursday, October […]