Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Monday, December 4, 2023


 This article from talks about using the artificial intelligence tool chatGPT for genealogical research. The gist: its not a search engine, and shouldn't be used like Google.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Revolutionary War: Black and Native American Soldiers has added a new database: U.S. Black and Indigenous Soldiers in the American Revolution, 1775-1783.  Details can be found in this this article. 

Ancestry is available in the library during business hours.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Reclaim The Records!  is a nonprofit organization committed to providing access to genealogical records that government entities have made off limits to the public. They employ the Freedom of Information Act and sometimes take the issue to court. A recent case pertained to birth and death indexes in Missouri.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Conference Keeper

 Stay informed about genealogy conferences and other events at Its free to use and includes thousands of events that will enhance your knowledge of genealogical research.


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Family History Month with NGS

 October is Family History Month. The National Genealogical Society has posted this guide  to help you "explore, preserve and share your family's history".

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Using To Find Your Ancestors can be accessed from the library homepage under Research Tools. It's available 24/7 on any device with Internet access. This post from the blog demonstrates how it can be used to track down ancestors missing from the family tree.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Georgia City Directories

214 Georgia City directories are now online, free and full-text searchable, thanks to the Georgia Public Library Service. The directories cover 17 communities across 100 years and can be accessed at the Digital Library of Georgia

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Civil War: Soldiers and Sailors Database

 The Soldiers and Sailors Database maintained on the National Park Service website contains the records of six million men who served both sides during the Civil War. Other collections include African American Sailors, Regiments, Cemeteries, Battles, Prisoners (Fort McHenry and Andersonville  POW camps), Medals of Honor, and Monuments.  

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Connecticut introduces the The Connecticut Genealogy Index, 5.5 million records of births, marriages, civil unions, and deaths spanning 3 centuries. Some background information about it can be found here.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Copyright free images

 This post by the Legal Genealogist talks about the copyright-free photos of Carol Highsmith, which you can use to enhance your blog, newsletter, or family history page: 

The photos can be found at the Library of Congress website as the Carol M. Highsmith Archive

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Ulster Settlers Database

This article from talks about the database, which contains information on the English and Scottish who settled in Ulster between 1609 and 1641. It is currently comprised of about 14,500 names and is a work in progress. A link to the database can be found at the end of the article.

Monday, August 7, 2023

"10 Million Names" project

 From  comes an article about the "10 Million Names Project,  a collaboration between American Ancestors, family historians, African American scholars, and cultural institutions. The project will gather names of millions of persons enslaved in what is now the US from the 1500s to 1865. The data available so far can be found at

Monday, July 31, 2023

New UK military records

Fold3, available 24/7 on the library's website, has added 1/2 million new records from the UK's military.

Details on what's included are here.  This is a link to Fold3.

Friday, July 21, 2023

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

 If any of your English ancestors found themselves on the wrong side of the law, you might be able to find records of their misdeeds at The Old Bailey is London's Central Criminal Court, and the Proceedings were published from 1673-1913. They contain records of more than 197, 000 trials held there. There are videos and tutorials to help you navigate through the search process.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The Northern Ireland, Valuation Revision Books, 1864-1933

 This index of over 3 million names became available in June at Ancestry. Many census records were lost during the Irish Civil war in the early 1920's, and these land transfer records can help genealogists make family connections back to the 19th century.

Ancestry is acessible at the library only under "Research Tools"  on the library website.

Monday, July 3, 2023

NYC Naturalization Records

 The Queens Public Library and the Office of Court Administration have collaborated to make 400,000 or so naturalization records available online. They include records signed  between 1794 and 1952 in the Queens and the Bronx. You can read the article in the Queens Eagle.  The database is

Friday, June 30, 2023

This is an article from Genealogy by Paula about not appropriating somebody else's work as your own. 

Monday, June 19, 2023

Texas Newspapers online

 Historical Texas newspapers from 1855-1930 have been made available thanks to a collaborative effort between the Texas State Library Archives Commission the University of North Texas Libraries. The collection includes close to 10 million pages from 4500 issues.

Friday, June 9, 2023

Web Clearing Houses for Genealogy

 Click on this link to see a video from GenealogyTV on Web Clearing Houses . Learn what they are and how to use them.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

War of 1812 pension files

 Pension files for the War of 1812 are now available at Fold3 on the library's website. 83% of the 7.2 million pages have been added so far.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023


The Internet Archive ( has a collection of  more than 92,000 yearbooks. We didn't find any from Hernando County but you might get lucky and find one helpful for your genealogy research.

Not all are school yearbooks- some are related to professional associations, such as the Yearbook of the City Managers Association 1920. 

 Scroll down just a bit and you will see on the left side of the page a "Search this collection" box.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

1931 Census of Canada

The Canadian government will release the 1931 census on June 1st. Read about it here, at, the newest addition to the library's e-resources.


Wednesday, May 17, 2023

 Hernando County Public Library has added to its collection of e-resources. Find it under Research Tools on the library's home page.

Search for obituaries, marriage announcements, birth announcements, social pages, local sports action, advertisements, news articles, and more in the largest online newspaper archive. Library Edition offers full-page images with searchable full text for millions of pages of newspapers dating from the early 1700s into the early 2000s.

Clip, save, and share newspaper articles via social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.



Thursday, May 11, 2023

County Cork (Ireland) Cemeteries

The Skibbereen Heritage Center has compiled an online database of Cork County Council burial registers
and graveyard surveys:  West Cork Graveyard Database (

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

German Genealogy tools  Archion- Protestant church registers  Matricula- Catholic registers  Meyers Gazetteer- geographical dictionary of the 2nd German Empire  Kartenmeister- Gazetteer focusing on villages once part of the German Empire that changed hands Compgen- German Genealogy site - Austrian Genealogy site

Grimms' Worterbuch- mid 19th century German dictionary by the Brothers Grimm- to translate old words and phrases Geogen Surname mapping tool

Das Telefonbuch- current nationwide German telephone book

Friday, May 5, 2023

Mexican Genealogy

 The library's resources has more than 130 sources for Mexican Genealogy. You can access Ancestry at the library only by clicking on Research Tools on our home page, then scrolling down to Another good place to start online is at

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Ask A Librarian

Get assistance with your genealogy project by using Ask A Librarian 

Ask A Librarian is administered by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium and provides Florida residents with virtual reference services through live chat and text messaging with Florida librarians from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (ET) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ET).

Email is available to patrons 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Links to Ask a Librarian are below under Links to Related Websites, and on the library’s homepage under
Research Tools

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Maps for Genealogy

 Family Tree magazine recently listed map websites that can be useful for genealogists:

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records

David Rumsey Map Collection

Historic Map Works

Mapire (

US Geological Survey

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Polish Genealogy Websites

If you are researching your Polish ancestors, these free websites might help: (click on the UK flag for English) (click on the UK flag for English) (click on "English")
poland genweb  (Polish Genealogical Society of America)
Polish State Archives  (click on the US flag for English) (Poznan Project)

Thursday, March 16, 2023

1931 Census of Canada

 The 1931 census of Canada will be released June 1st. Look for it later this year on Ancestry, which is available at the library only.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

The AAHGS "was founded in 1977 in Washington, DC by a small group of historians and genealogists, who felt a need to share resources and methodology for pursuing historical and genealogical research". 

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Research your family tree at (in-library only), Fold3(for military records), and Heritage Quest, all found on the library website under Research Tools . In addition, here is a list of the Best African American Genealogy Websites of 2022, from Family Tree magazine.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Passenger Lists

This is a link to websites where you can search passenger lists, courtesy of Family Tree magazine.

It includes, which is available for use in the library only- just click on Research Tools.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Vietnam Memorial Wall of Faces

 Volunteers organized by the nonprofit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund have found photos for all of the 58000 Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam. Click here for an article from the Christian Science Monitor about the project.  A link to the Wall of Faces is here.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Artificial Intelligence and Geneology

Click here for speculation on what's ahead for genealogy in 2023 and beyond, including the impact of artificial intelligence (AI). This article is from the Genealogy Star  blog.

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