Thursday, July 28, 2016

"Call Me Ishmael"

The New Bedford Whaling Museum has a database of  crew members who sailed from New Bedford on whaling ships between 1809 and 1927. Most records seem to consist of a last name, the name and type of the vessel, and the year. The link to the museum website is here. Click "explore", then "collections", and then "crew list database"(the link is a photo on the right side of the page). While you are at the website, you should take at the look at the collection of old photographs and photographs of paintings.
A  brief article about the database from the Boston Herald can be found here.
(source: ResearchBuzz).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GSHC Newsletter Highlights

Some events mentioned in the Jul-Aug 2016 edition of Links and Bridges, the newsletter of the Genealogy Society of Hernando County:  The August 19th meeting of the GSHC will feature a presentation about obituaries by the Merritt Funeral Home....the genealogy library at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa will present a program on tracking down photos of your ancestors. The event will take place on August 20th, at 10:30....The Florida Genealogical Society will present Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist", at Robert R. Saunders library, 1505 N. Nebraska Ave, in Tampa. on October 1st, from 9am - 4 pm. For more information, visit

The GSHC meets at 10 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of month (except Dec.) at the LDS Family History Center, 21043 Yontz Road, in Brooksville. Visit their website at

Monday, July 18, 2016

Creating Family History videos

Click here to begin viewing a series of videos by Lisa Louise Cooke on how to create family history videos.  Scroll down to find the link to the first video; the rest can be found on her YouTube channel.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Put Your Smartphone to Work

This article talks about using your smartphone as a research tool. Of course you can take a photo of what you are looking at, but why not creat a PDF document right there on your phone?

20 Reasons You May Have Trouble Finding An Ancestor In the Census