Friday, December 2, 2022

1921 Scottish Census

 The 1921 census has been released by the National Records of Scotland and includes close to 5 million individual records. Searching the index is free, but there is a charge to download the records. The website is

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Boston women register for the vote, 1920

 From Research Buzz:  The Mary Eliza Project. Voting records for 1500 women in Dorchester's Ward 11, including background information about these women and their spouses that would be of interest to genealogists.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Genealogy Society of Hernando County

 The Genealogy Society of Hernando County meets at the LDS Family History Center on Yontz Road.

Click here for their events calendar.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Plat Maps

This article from discusses how to use plat maps to  understand what property your ancestors owned and in some cases, worked on. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The Irish Potato Famine

 The Irish Potato famine of the 1845-1851 caused hundreds of thousand of Irish to leave their home country for the U.S. We were surprised to learn that the blight that destroyed much of the potato crop in Ireland was imported from the east coast of the U.S.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Genealogy Podcasts

Family Tree Magazine has a variety of topics on its podcasts. Some of the topics include conflicting birthdates across multiple records, becoming a forensic genealogist, and researching indentured servant ancestors. As of today there are 146 podcasts available.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Reconstructing Lost Military Records at Fold3

 This article from the Fold3 blog discusses the 1973 fire at the military records facility in St. Louis,
and how to reconstruct military records when they have been damaged or lost.
Fold3 is available 24/7 from the library's website for library card holders. Click on Research Tools
on the home page, and scroll down.

Monday, October 3, 2022

German Records on Geneanet

 From Oct 1st to 6th  inclusive, is offering access to its German collection, in celebration of Unity Day in Germany and German-American day in this country. 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Digitizing your old photos published  this article  on digitizing your old photographs. It discusses a few apps and offers some tips.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Archdeaconry of York

The University of York and Ancestry worked together to put more than two million records from the
Archdeaconry of York online.   Click here.

You can access at any of our 4 branches during business hours.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Northeast Slavery Record Index

From the website: "The Northeast Slavery Records Index (NESRI) is an online searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and enslavers in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey......NESRI indexes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources.."

Click here for the website.

1950 Census

 The 1950 census is now accessible on  Ancestry can be accessed in the library only- just click on Research Tools on the homepage.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Genealogy TV  is a collection of YouTube videos on different aspects of genealogy, hosted by Constance Knox. There is also a link on this site to Diahan Southard's Y-DNA website.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

War of 1812

 Geneanet now has the NARA's pension index for the War of 1812. It includes information on almost 90,000 individuals.

 Read the background information here; the link to the collection is here

Source: ResearchBuzz

Monday, May 23, 2022


 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offers genealogy assistance at its website:  This is a fee-for-service program.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Ellis Island Research

The Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation is a good place to start your immigration research.

The link is here .

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Fold3 Now has Morning Reports has added U.S. morning reports from 1912-1946 to its collection.  "Morning reports are company-level reports that were filled out each day to reflect status changes for personnel assigned to that unit. These changes may include transfers, disciplinary actions, battle wounds, leaves, and those who were sick in quarters". is available 24/7 to Hernando County library card holders. You can find it under "Research Tools" on the library's home page.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

History Hub

 Another tool for the genealogists toolbox:   

 From the website: "Free and open to anyone, you can ask questions and get answers from multiple sources including National Archives staff, other archives, libraries, museums, and a community of genealogists, history enthusiasts, and citizen experts like you".

You also have an opportunity to be a Citizen Archivist.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

DNA Testing options

Here is a list of some companies that offer DNA tests for genealogy, from

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

1950 Census

 The release date for the 1950 Census is approaching. The Census Bureau presented a webinar on March 14th; the link to the Powerpoint is here.  Of special interest is the  1950 Census blog:

To be notified via email when the Census goes live on Ancestry: Come into any branch of the library, then go to in our databases and enter your email address.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

New Irish Records

 The Irish government has extended by 12 months its collection  of   births, deaths, and marriages at  

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Great Courses: Genealogy

If you are new to genealogy, you should consider viewing Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy,  a series of 15 half-hour lectures now available in the library's Great Courses Collection.

Just look for "digital content" on our homepage and point to it with your cursor. Select Hoopla from the dropdown menu. At some point you will be asked to enter your library card # and PIN.

Log in or create an account (just requires an email address and password).

Look for the search box that says Everything, click on the small arrow, and select BingePasses from the
menu. Enter Great Courses in the search box.

When you see the Great Courses logo, click on it.

Click on play.

Search for genealogy in the search box provided.

Monday, February 28, 2022

1950 census and WW II veterans

 With the 1950 census being made public April 1st. Fold3 offers this information about  the enumeration of WWII veterans. Fold3 is available via the library's website to HCPL cardholders.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Lost black cemeteries; Tucker Hill Cemetery

Forgotten cemeteries and lost black graves in Hillsborough County and nationwide; a short video tour of the Tucker Hill Cemetery in the Withlacoocee State Forest off Croom Road: 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Family History Blogs

From 7 Important Reasons Why (and How) to Start a Family History Blog 

Another way to potentially fill in gaps and break through walls while sharing your family heritage with family members.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Monday, January 10, 2022

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