Sunday, August 31, 2014

Find-A-Record Offers Research Assistance

This website could prove valuable in some of your record research. It has a short video that will help explain how the site works.

There are two main aids offered on the site. The first is “Research Assistant.” This will link to your FamilySearch Family Tree and give you suggestions on how to correct your tree entries and how to fill in research gaps.

The second aid is a search geographically for records. It is found on the site home page at the blue box simply labeled “Search.” You enter the name of the place and time frame you are interested in, the type of record you are interested in, whether you want free or paid suggestions, and click “search.” You will be presented with a file by file listing of suggestions on where to find the appropriate records. The suggestions I got in a quick test were basically from FamilySearch, World Vital Records, and Ancestry.com, but presumably the sources suggested would vary with the parameters of the search. In all, the process is easy, and may reveal some sources that your own search of those sites did not reveal.

Try it at:  Find-A-Record

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 1 to 6 Sep

Wednesday, 3-Sep-14 at 10:00 AM--Pre-1850 Census analysis--Many researchers become frustrated with the difficulty in researching the US Census prior to 1850 because of only the heads of households being explicitly named. However, those early censuses contain more information than one might initially think. This class examines the characteristics of the pre-1850 census, the information available, and some strategies for analyzing those census years. Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 6-Sep-14 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group—First meeting after the summer hiatus; Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Jenkins C, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ask Yourself—Why Was The Record Created?

Michael John Neill in his Genealogy Tip of the Day Blog, gives us an important bit of advice to follow as we explore any record, especially one we have not encountered before.

Read his tip at:  Genealogy Tip of the Day: The Purpose of the Record

Monday, August 25, 2014

Learn to Use FamilySearch Family Tree

FamilySearch offers an online training course on how to use FamilySearch Family Tree. The learning modules start with the basics of developing mouse skills, and then progress through skill levels of actually using Family Tree. In the three levels are 16 individual lessons.

If you have been hesitant about using FamilySearch Family Tree, this curriculum may be what you need to give you the understanding and confidence to use the resource.

Check it out at:  FamilySearch Family Tree Curriculum

Friday, August 22, 2014

Welsh Newspapers Online

This website gives you free access to 7.6 million articles and 725,000 pages from over 100 historical Welsh newspapers. The site is supported by the National Library of Wales and may be of value for those of you with Welsh ancestry.

Check it out at: Welsh Newspapers Online

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FamilySearch: One Billion Images and Counting

Recently, the GenealogyInTime Magazine published an article about the status of FamilySearch’s digitizing efforts. The title gives a terse summary, but behind that one billion images are multiple billions of individual records, about 3.2 billion of which have been indexed for searching.

The article gives some of the history of FamilySearch (did you know that it has been providing access to genealogy records since 1938?) as well as a summary of the current effort to digitize their microfilm holdings and their continuing effort to digitize new material.

It is a very informative read. Find it at:  FamilySearch Reaches One Billion Images

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Local History and Genealogy Sources for New Brunswick, New Jersey

The New Brunswick Free Public Library has several online sources of information that may be in interest to you if you have ancestors from that area.

The sources include some cemetery listings, military rosters, digitized newspapers, and maps.

You can view the collections at New Brunswick Free Public Library - Materials: Local History and Genealogy