Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Georgia Civil War and Reconstruction newspapers online

The Digital Library of Georgia has made available online more 100,000 pages of newspapers from 1861-1877. The papers are fully searchable. Learn what papers are  included and find the link here.  source: ResearchBuzz

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Fee hikes proposed for immigration records

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is proposing large fee hikes   for obtaining immigration documents from the late 19th and first half of the 20th century.  source: ResearchBuzz

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Traveling to Research Your Irish Ancestors

An Irish airline offers travel packages for Americans interested in tracing their Irish roots, including a consultation with a professional genealogist. Here is an article on how to prepare for it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Missing Persons from WWII In Europe

The Arolsen Archives has made available online information on persons persecuted by the Nazis in World War II Europe. The database includes 850,000 documents with information on 10 million names of both survivors and those that were killed.  Source: ResearchBuzz

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Phone book images

The Library of Congress has uploaded 1.7 million images from its Telephone Directory Collection. The images come from 14 states, the city of Chicago, and Washington D.C. The collection is not currently searchable by name or address, and years appear to range from the 30's to the 70's. Get more information and a link to the collection here.   Source: ResearchBuzz

Monday, November 4, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019


First in series on photography for genealogy, from the Genalogy's Star blog.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Digitizing your photos

Here is an article from Reddit.com on digitizing your photo collection. (via ResearchBuzz)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mayflower 400th Anniversary events

If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans with a Mayflower ancestor, or just have an interest in the subject, read here about live streaming of upcoming events to mark the 400th anniversary of her arrival in North America.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Georgia Historic Newspapers- new additions

Starting this fall, the Georgia Historic Newspapers website will be adding a large number of new titles from the 19th century. The website is run by the Digital Library of Georgia. The list of news titles is here.      source: ResearchBuzz

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Reading Old Handwriting

We probably have visited all or some of these resources in the past, but they are worth another look- instructions and courses in deciphering handwriting from in several languages and different time periods.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Encountering Latin in Your Research

An understanding of Latin terms can help you interpret old church and legal documents, especially those from Europe and the Roman Catholic church. This article from thoughtco.com can help.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Using the LOC Sanborn Map collection

The Library of Congress has digitized 25,000 Sanborn fire insurance maps, with many more coming in the next 3 years. The maps give you some idea of what your ancestor's home and  neighborhood were like.  This article explains how to use them.

Monday, July 15, 2019

US Navy Muster Rolls

The National Archives has partnered with 3 other organizations to digitize Navy muster rolls , providing the names and personal data of enlisted crewmen on various ships from 1861 through 1879. The list includes escaped slaves who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War.  
Source: ResearchBuzz

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

FamilySearch records expanded

If you haven't used the FamilySearch free online archives recently, you should know that they have added 15 million new records from many countries, as well as some U.S. States.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Florida's Division of Library and Information Services

This is an excellent resource for Florida  Genealogy- a listing of the genealogy material at the State Library. Most are available via inter-library loan. Ask about it at the HCPL branch you go to.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Genealogy videos

Click here for links to YouTube channels for the BYU Family History Library, the Genealogy Star's blog and the Family History Guide. (source: ResearchBuzz)

Monday, June 3, 2019

Census Records post-1940

U.S. census records are kept confidential for 72 years. The last one made public was the 1940 census; the 1950 census will be released in 2022. Read here about how to obtain records that have not yet been released.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

National Archives, Spanish-Language research

The National Archives is facing a budget crisis, with a potential impact on genealogists....Genealogy Bank offers links to a few tools for translating documents written in Spanish .

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A tip about defunct counties

Sometimes counties from the past are absorbed by others- often after a brief existence- like these in No. Carolina and Georgia . Make sure to check county histories to avoid overlooking them. Others are created after splitting from a larger county. Present day Citrus and Pasco counties, for example,  were part of Hernando County until June 1887.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Parish records for English and Irish research.

If you are searching back hundreds of years for ancestors in England and Ireland, understanding parish records is essential. Here are 15 tips, courtesy of the findmypast blog. In addition, here is a wikipedia article on Irish parishes and another on English parishes.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Restore the Ancestors 2019

Read here about how to join a volunteer project to index FamilySearch records related to African American genealogy. To participate, you just need to set up a free account at FamilySearch.org.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Slave voyages website

In addition to the online resources mentioned in our February posts, there is the Slave Voyages website, from Emory University. Especially noteworthy is the "African Names" database- make sure you read the "Understanding the database" page first.  source: ResearchBuzz

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Genealogy on YouTube

Here is another article about genealogy on YouTube, including a bit on how to use the site and links to genealogy channels.

Monday, March 11, 2019


AccessGenealogy is large collection of free genealogy sources, sorted by category (census, military,etc) and state. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Israeli cemteries online; Census tip

MyHeritage.com has digitized every cemetery in Israel , including images and transcriptions,  and put it online, for free.....
The Genealogy Star blog offers this tip regarding census indexes and human error.
source: ResearchBuzz

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Free Marriage Records

Myheritage.com is offering free access to its marriage records from Feb 10th-17th.
source: ResearchBuzz

Monday, February 4, 2019

Online resources for slave genealogy

First of several posts on African American genealogy:

Digital Library on American Slavery

Large slaveholders of 1860 & African American Surname Matches from 1870

Illinois Slavery Era Insurance Policies registry  
("Similar resources may be available from other states as well -- search for slave insurance registry along with a state name").

Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Unknown No Longer- a database of Virginia Slave Names

AfriGeneas Slave Data

Source: thoughtco.com

Ancestry.com, which can be accessed at the library, also has collections of slave records. 

also: freedomonthemove.org

Friday, February 1, 2019

Researching Family Legends

Do you believe you have a ancestor who was famous, or who played a part in some historic event? Maybe you have been told you have a full-blooded Native American in your family tree, or a that you are descended from a passenger on the Mayflower.
Here's an article  from the Sunburned Penguin that looks into 4 such legends.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Genealogy Roadshow

PBS presents its Genealogy Roadshow  on Tuesdays at 8pm EST on WEDU. It's also available on the PBS video app.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Dating photos: Womens Hats

One way to narrow down the date a photograph was taken is by dating the clothing of the subjects in the photo.
The Minnesota History Society has digitized a collection of 700+ women's hats, most from 1910 to 1950. This article discusses the project, and includes a link to the collection.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Becoming a Professional Genealogist

This webpage on the website of the Association of Professional Genealogists is a place to start if you are considering making a living as a genealogist.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Antebellum Georgia newspapers

The Digital Library of Georgia has grant dollars to digitize almost 54000 pages of pre-1861 Georgia newspapers. They will be available to the public at choniclingamerica.loc.gov. source: ResearchBuzz

Friday, January 4, 2019

Genealogy Research Plan

Avoid going down "rabbit trails" by planning your research- an  article by Lisa Lisson on her website.

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

 From   historyhub.history.gov