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# Monday, 29 June 2009
New Online Local History Collection Launches for Libraries
Posted by Diane

A local history-focused genealogy database may be coming soon to a library near you.

Arcadia Publishing and the electronic publisher Alexander Street Press have launched a new site called Local and Regional History Online: A History of American Life in Images and Texts.

It’ll eventually contain more than a million photos, postcards and maps, plus stories of immigrants, laborers and newsmakers, from all over the United States and some parts of Canada. They're from Arcadia’s 5,000 photo-rich local history books. Click here to see titles of books included so far.

If your library subscribes, you'll be able to use Local and Regional History Online at the library or from home through the library’s Web site.

You can search texts for a name or other term, or search for a book title, author, place it’s about, subject, “featured” person, historical event, date range, organization name or ethnic group. You also can browse these categories.

I was lucky enough to try out the search. If you get to use the site, search for ancestors’ names, but also try names of churches, schools, parks, organizations, employers, neighborhoods, streets, ethnic groups, events and other topics.

This may be a glitch, but my search results didn’t link directly to the page with the match—instead, I was taken to the main page for the book with the matching term. Then I searched again to go to the right page.

Note that many Arcadia books are available for limited preview in Google Book Search, which is how I found this 1920s photo of my great-grandmother’s house in Bellevue, Ky.

Learn more about Local and Regional History Online here. Thanks to Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Sharon DeBartolo Carmack for this tip.

Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives | Social History
Monday, 29 June 2009 16:10:26 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
FamilyLink Ponders GenSeek Road Show
Posted by Diane

Paul Allen, CEO of FamilyLink, has posted a request for “GenSeekers,” people willing to step out of their lives for a year and drive around the country to meet with genealogists and archivists in small communities. The goal: raise awareness of GenSeek.

GenSeek is a forthcoming site that’s a partnership between FamilyLink and FamilySearch. The site is expected to feature a Web 2.0 version of the Family History Library catalog, along with the opportunity for libraries and other repositories to list their own content.

You can get a notification when GenSeek is ready for launch by entering your e-mail address here.

The GenSeek partnership was announced at the National Genealogical Society Conference in May 2008. This past March, FamilyLink president Steve Nickle gave genealogy Gems Podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke late May as a target release date.

If Allen’s vision works out, the GenSeekers will have all expenses paid, be outfitted with mobile technology, and have a team back at the office to help plan meetings and publish the seekers’ findings. But will the Genseekers have anything to demo?

FamilySearch | Genealogy Web Sites
Monday, 29 June 2009 11:14:49 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Bringing the Family History to the Reunion
Posted by Diane

This weekend we drove out to southeastern Indiana for my dad’s mom’s family reunion on the dairy farm my grand-uncle and -aunt started in 1934.

With so many new faces showing up at this every-other-year affair, it gets hard to keep track of who’s who. I loved my grand-aunt's generationally color-coded system for creating name tags:

Above is my husband’s name tag, with my grandma’s name in green (her brother and his wife owned the farm), my dad in black, and my own and my husband’s names in blue.

I also got to add Greg to one of the genealogy charts she hung up around the room.

She also brought old family photos and snapshots from past reunions.

Activities included catching up ...

getting to know the local residents ...

and playing basketball by the barn, at least for awhile.

If you’ve got a reunion coming up, check out these tips on bringing your family history into the picture and these recommended resources.

Celebrating your heritage | Family Reunions
Monday, 29 June 2009 09:13:00 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Friday, 26 June 2009
Genealogy News Corral: June 22-26
Posted by Diane

Here are some of the news items we rounded up this week:
The conference is Sept. 2-5 in Little Rock, Ark.
  • The New England Historic and Genealogical Society is organizing a few genealogy research trips, led by expert genealogists. Groups are headed to St. John’s, Newfoundland, July 12-19; the NEHGS Library in Boston Aug. 10-15; Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 20-27; and Salt Lake City Oct. 25-Nov. 1.
Find more details and prices on NEHGS’ events calendar.
  • Keep an eye on Miriam Midkiff's city directories portal Online City, County and Rural Directories. This week, she's added links to directories from more than a dozen US states and several Canadian provinces.

Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites | Social Networking
Friday, 26 June 2009 15:13:56 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
New Live Roots Tools Manage Your Genealogy Research Projects
Posted by Diane

Genealogy Today enhanced its Live Roots genealogy metasearch site—one of our 101 Best Web sites for genealogy in 2009—with tools that help you manage your research projects.

We told you a bit about these about last month. The new tools will help you keep track of resources you turn up using Live Roots, as well as your offline searches.

For the site to remember your research information, you first need a free Team Roots membership. Then you can use the project management tools via four new buttons that appear throughout the site:
  • Follow: bookmarks resources

  • Comment: lets you comments on resources

  • Record: keep a research log of Live Roots and other searches

  • Share: e-mail notices about resources to friends and family
You can create as many projects as you want—say, one for your mom’s grandfather, who seems to have disappeared between 1885 and 1900; another for your dad’s paternal line in New England; a third for your spouse’s Missouri family; and so on. Within each project, you can track your:
  • Recent Activity: a running history of your interaction with Live Roots features

  • Ancestor Notecards: profiles of your brick wall ancestors, which remain are accessible throughout Live Roots (so you don’t have to retype the name every time you search)

  • Related Resources: items you’ve "followed", so you can quickly revisit them; you can search across the transcriptions you’ve followed

  • Research History: your research log

  • Personal Library: catalog your own private collection

  • Research Notepad: a simple way record miscellaneous genealogy notes, such as a to-do list or the phone number for the library in Granddad’s hometown

  • External Resources: lets you configure links to your research activities on other sites, such Flickr or Twitter
See more information on Live Roots’ new project management tools here.

Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives | Research Tips
Friday, 26 June 2009 10:55:31 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, 25 June 2009
Free: Search Louisiana Obituary Index 1804-1972
Posted by Diane

The Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index is now online at the New Orleans Public Library Web site.

The database has references to obituaries and death notices published in New Orleans newspapers from 1804 to 1972, and biographical information from older Louisiana biography collections.

You can use three options to find a name in the database:
  • Use the basic search form (below) to search by surname, first and middle names, and the death date. You can use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard at the beginning or end of a name. A Browse button by each field lets you select from an alphabetical listing of all available terms for that field. The Search button is at the bottom of the form.

  • Click the Advanced Search link to add age, birth date, cause of death and other terms.
  • At the bottom of the basic search form, click a letter of the alphabet to browse entries for surnames beginning with that letter. (I wasn’t able to get any of these surname listings to load.)
Matches give you the publication name, date and page number where you can find the original obituary or biographical information. Click Ordering Obituaries for instructions on requesting the item (the cost is $2 per item).

The index is from the New Orleans Public Library's card file of more than 650,000 names. Putting it online was a nearly-10-year endeavor of the library and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Free Databases | Libraries and Archives | Newspapers | Vital Records
Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:55:39 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Wednesday, 24 June 2009 Launches Expert Connect
Posted by Diane

Just wanted to let you know that’s ExpertConnect service, which we gave you some details on last month, is live at

Project manager Lane Hancock says more than 400 genealogists have registered to provide genealogy services ranging from quick lookups to broad research projects. Experts who've registered to provide custom research must fulfill several qualifications.

Here’s what the site looks like:

Click Start a Project to begin the process of deciding what type of service you need and requesting bids from registered experts.

Or use the Find an Expert link (on th eleft side of the page) to search for specific experts to start a project with. You'll be able to select the type of service you need and the associated geographic location, heritage or religion, time period and/or repository. You'll get a list of experts who've indicated expertise in the options you selected. Click a name to see the person's profile.

Use the My Projects area to keep track of projects you've started.

It’s free to search the experts. After you've selected an expert for your project, you submit funds for the estimated cost to They’re held until the project is completed, then released to the expert.

See the Expert Connect FAQs for more on how the service works.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:36:30 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
Genealogists Jam the Jamboree This Weekend
Posted by Diane

The genealogy world is on the move. Judging from all the blog posts and tweets, a whole bunch of you are headed to Burbank, Calif., for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s (SCGS) Jamboree 2009.

Attendees can choose from nearly 100 lectures, including a workshop from our Photo Detective, Maureen A. Taylor. Ethnic research classes focus on the British Isles, with others on Eastern European, Italian and African American ancestors.

The Small, Small World facilitated roundtable discussions on Saturday afternoon let folks exchange tips about researching overseas ancestors.

Blogger Summit 2:  Son of Blogger—the sequel to last year’s inaugural meeting for genealogy bloggers—features leading bloggers including Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, George G. Morgan and others.

The free exhibit hall will be packed with database and software companies, publishers, societies and other genealogy service providers. Stop by the Family Tree Magazine booth (#118) to meet Cooke, who hosts both the Family Tree Magazine podcast and the Genealogy Gems podcast, and pounce on show specials for how-to genealogy helps.

Registration costs $90 for all three days; and $45 or $50 for a single day. (SCGS members get discounts.)

There are some free sessions on Friday morning: a Librarians’ Boot Camp, Kids’ Family History Camp, and beginning genealogy classes.

For more details and updates, see the Jamboree home page and blog.

Genealogy Events
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:25:31 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, 23 June 2009
CNN Site Explores African-American Family Histories
Posted by Diane

CNN iReporter Neal Kelley, of Lawrenceville, Ga., has traced his African American family’s roots to his great-grandfather, a slave in Louisiana in 1842, and he’s hoping to discover his ancestors’ African homeland.

The story of Kelley’s genealogical explorations is part of the Journeys section on CNN’s Black in America Web site.

As you listen to Kelley and other iReporters talk about their families, you see their ancestors’ migrations on a map and a slideshow of family documents and photos.

You also can hover over states on the map for statistics on African-American residents now and then.

Click the surnames above the map to see each family’s story. Click Nation for an overview of historical African-American migrations by era. Use the Submit or see all link at the bottom of the page to share your own photos and videos.
African-American roots
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 13:22:21 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 22 June 2009
Footnote Rates to Rise
Posted by Diane

Footnote spokesperson Justin Schroepfer tells us that starting August 1, the historical records service is raising its annual subscription rate by $10, to $79.95.

But there's a limited-time special for basic (free) members who want to subscribe and current subscribers who want to renew. Until the end of July, those folks can subscribe or renew for a year at $59.95.

See the special offer page here.

Monday, 22 June 2009 13:00:14 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]