Saturday, November 28, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Florida Mortality Schedules

 Click here to read about and search this valuable resource at the Florida Memory Project database. A link to Florida Memory is available on the library website under the Database tab on the home page.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Ancestry adds new marriage database, available in the library's e-resources, has added the Marriage Index collection, including wedding announcements from 1800-1999. Announcements from 2000 to the present time will be added next year.

To access Ancestry (from in the library only), hover over "Databases" on our home page, then click on e-resources for adults. Ancestry is the first database listed. This article includes further instructions on how to access the index.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Genealogy Standards: Numbering systems

 Here  in a 2003 article from about the value of using standard numbering systems in ancestral trees to avoid confusion 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Internet Archive

Search the Internet Archive ( for texts, videos, and audio recordings related to genealogy. We searched "Florida Genealogy", for example, and our results ranged from census data on microform to University of Florida yearbooks to "Genealogy Notes on the Frisbie Family".  Another online source for genealogy works:

Friday, September 18, 2020

Deciphering handwriting, Mayflower family trees

Here is another aid to dealing with palaeography, from England's National History Museum...FamilySearch has added new Mayflower records (membership applications and documented family trees) to its website.  source:ResearchBuzz

Monday, August 31, 2020

New Editions to Digital Newspaper Collections, and Photos of NYC buildings, circa 1940 , a free historic newspaper archive, has added the Hoosier State Chronicles  collection, containing 137,198 issues(almost 1.2 millions pages) of Indiana newspapers.
     The always growing Georgia Historic Newspaper database will be adding a variety of  new papers in the coming year.
    Beginning in 1939, the city of New York sent photographers around all five Boroughs to take photographs of every building for tax assessment purposes. The photographs were digitized in 2018, but the collection was difficult to navigate. An article, including a  link to the improved database. is here. All the photos were taken between 1939-1941. source: ResearchBuzz

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Articles from the National Genealogical Society.

There are some interesting and helpful articles on the National Genealogical Society's website. This is the current collection of complimentary articles. They appear to be targeted at more experienced genealogists.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


If your ancestor served in any of our country's wars, going back to the Revolution, remember to look at Fold3 in the library's e-resources.

From our homepage, click on "Research Help" and select e-resources for adults.Scroll down until you see the logo for Fold3, and click on it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

DNA testing

Two articles from 2018: in the first, small collections of reference panels (DNA samples from a particular area) are a stumbling block for people researching their non-European Ancestry. The second points out that these samples are estimates of where your roots are.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

North Carolina Colonial Court Records, and "Every Name Counts" project.

The No. Carolina State archives is in the process of making accesible these records, some of which cover the years prior to NC's becoming a  state in 1789. Read about it here......and here is an article about "Every Name Counts", a crowdsourcing project to digitize 26 million documents related to victims of Nazi persecution collected by the Allies as Europe was liberated at the end of WW II. The link to the project is in the first paragraph. Learn how you can participate. source: ResearchBuzz

Friday, July 17, 2020

Slave Narratives

During the Great Depression of the 1930's, the Federal Writers Project collected the personal stories of 2000+ former slaves. Beginning in 1972, retired Detroit librarians Ola Mae Spinks and Phillys G. Williams began organizing the material that is now available for viewing at the Library of Congress website. In addition to the type written narratives, click on "Collection Items" to see photographs  of the participants. source: ResearchBuzz

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Land Entry Records at the National Archives

Land Entry Case Files  provide details about land transferred from the federal government to private citizens. They are available online at the National Archives website and can contain much information of value to genealogists.There are records available for 30 states; for the others, go to their state archives (see article for details). To print a good copy of the record, click the download button to download it to your computer.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Fold3 Update

Fold3, the e-resource for military records, has added the unit history of the 456th Bombardment Group, which was based in Italy in World War II.
The Hernando County Public library offers free, 24/7 access to Fold3 from your home computer:

From our homepage, click on "Research Help" and select e-resources for adults.
Scroll down until you see the logo for Fold3, and click on it.
Enter your library card number and PIN.
Use the search box at the top of the page to find what you are looking for. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Free online consultations, the website of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is offering free 20 minute consultations via the web. A research expert will discuss with you resources and records available online. The program currently includes Brazil, the British Isles, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Latin America, Norway, Portugal, the area comprising the historical Russian empire, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Looking for an obscure or just elusive genealogical work? Try WorldCat, the worlds largest library catalog. Used the advanced search to specify titles, authors, keywords, etc. If your book is in a Florida library, contact us- we may be able to get it for you. If not, try going to the holding library's website. Find out if they will make copies of relevant pages. Most large universities and public libraries have a genealogy department- you can contact them by phone, or in some cases via chat.

Monday, June 22, 2020

African American Funeral Programs

The Digital Library of Georgia has added 3 thousand funeral programs from the Atlanta and elsewhere in the southeast. Go here and search for "funeral programs". Source: ResearchBuzz

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tax Records

Here is an article on the blog about researching U.S tax records. We found this on Pinterest, which has a lot of information on genealogy.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

New Genealogy Resources at the Library

The Hernando County Public Library recently added two new e-resources for genealogists, and both are accessible from home:  Heritage Quest Online for general research; and Fold3 for military records. To get to either, click on "Research Help" on our home page, then on  "e-resources for adults". Scroll down a bit to find the logos for each and click on them. At some point, you will be prompted to enter your library card number.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Biography Assistant

This is a link to's "Biography Assistant".You'll find a comprehensive list of questions to address about your subjects life before you begin to write.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Irish translator

It's that time of year again.
Microsoft Translator  has added Irish to its collection of languages- its available on  Bing, Office, and Microsoft apps.......Here is a link to the Irish resources on Cyndi's List

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Civil War slave laborers

The National Archives has digitized a  list of names of slaves who labored on behalf of the Confederate army in the Civil War, mostly from Virginia and North Carolina. Although the slaves are listed by their first name only, the name of the owner may provide a clue to their identity. The article includes a link to the data.    source: ResearchBuzz

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Brooklyn Student Newspapers

The Brooklyn Public Library has digitized more than 900 student newspapers from schools in the borough. The dates span 1853 to 1994, with the highest number being from 1958 to 1964.  source: ResearchBuzz

Friday, January 24, 2020

Next census release

"According to the '72-Year Rule,, the National Archives releases census records to the general public 72 years after Census Day. As a result, the 1930 census records were released April 1, 2002, and the 1940 records were released April 2, 2012. The 1950 census records will be released in April 2022.Dec 17, 2019"

Friday, January 10, 2020

George Washington Genealogical chart

Our first president created a rudimentary family tree in his late teens. The document is held at the Library of Congress.  The article discusses the document and demonstrates that genealogy can be more than just a hobby.

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