Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
" The California Digital Newspaper Collection offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-191l: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907. All the issues are available online and can be viewed on your computer.
"Additional years are forthcoming, as are other early California newspapers: the Californian; the California Star; the California Star and Californian; the Sacramento Transcript; the Placer Times; and the Pacific Rural Press."
You can find the collection at: http://cdnc.ucr.edu
Saturday, June 13, 2009
“A further five counties have been added to the National Archives of Ireland's 1911 census website. Returns for Cork, Donegal, Wexford, King's County, and Galway can now be searched online. Antrim, Down, Dublin and Kerry were released last year.
“The 1901 and 1911 censuses are the only surviving full censuses of Ireland open to the public. Both censuses cover the entire island of Ireland. The 1911 census was taken on 2 April 1911.
“Ireland's census records are unusual in that the original household manuscript returns survive. These are the forms filled out and signed by the head of each household on census night. Most other countries only have enumerators' books, where family details were transcribed by the person charged with collecting the census information. In Irish records, you can see your ancestor's handwriting, assuming that he or she was the head of household at the time.”
You can find the online Irish census returns at http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie
Friday, June 12, 2009
This is a full-text site and contains thousands of Canadian local histories in both French and English.
You can explore the site at: http://www.ourroots.ca
Thursday, June 11, 2009
“Cassini Publishing, in partnership with The National Archives, has released a unique set of historical maps on-line. For the first time, digital versions of the original Registration District maps from the 1871 census are available to browse and download. The original Registration District maps are stored with The National Archives in Kew, London. This set of maps is the only known collection in the world and offers a fascinating snapshot of how England and Wales were administered at the time of the 1871 census.
“At the Cassini Maps site, you can:
>Find any location in England and Wales
>Create your own personalized maps centered on this point
>Explore how the landscape has changed over time
>Understand the world your ancestors inhabited
>Discover long-lost place names, villages, mills, woodlands, mines, railways, canals, farms... “
The maps are free to view online, however, there is a charge to download them.
You can find the maps at: http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/tna1.asp.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sharon says: “To many people, deeds are boring legal descriptions of land bought and sold. But for the genealogical researcher, they are rich records. Hidden within them, one might find the maiden names of female ancestors, evidence of prior marriages, children's names, even records of slave ancestors.”
You can read all of Sharon’s article at: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun/05/land-deeds-can-be-clues-past/life/
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Recently the Seguin Gazette Enterprise had an article about the efforts of Mark Gretchen to document the life and time of a Negro League baseball player by the name of “Smokey” Joe Williams. Complicating the effort was the fact the Williams came from a slave family.
Gretchen’s efforts expanded into a book about all of the local slave population in his area.
You can read about the book and some of the research challenges Gretchen faced at: <http://www.seguingazette.com/story.lasso?ewcd=11159311ecb3037c>
This has special meaning for us because one of our PGS members, Harriet Thompkins, is constructing a class on researching Black genealogy, and will address some of the same issue encountered by Gretchen.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
“Sharon Tate Moody has written an excellent article that perhaps should be required reading for all beginning genealogists: ‘People new to genealogy often are surprised to learn they can't "do their family history" on the Internet in a weekend. In fact, those of us who have been working on our families for 30 or 40 years know it might take more than one lifetime to get it all done.’
You can read Sharon's entire article at http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/may/24/tr-it-takes-details-to-bring-your-ancestors-to-lif/life/.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Check it out at http://www.Jekl.ru.
Friday, June 5, 2009
This site gives you interactive access to building a time line of your choosing. There are lots of cool features here that you should check out. You have to register to use the site, but the registration is free unless you wish to buy some of the advanced features. Check it out and play around with it at http://www.timeglider.com/.
If the topic of time lines interests you, search this Blog for information on another site where you can build free time lines. It is found at http://www.ourtimelines.com/.