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# Friday, September 02, 2011
Google Advice Galore for Genealogists
Posted by Diane



You got a taste of how to use Google to ramp up your genealogy search in our free Ask the Google Guru webinar with Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems (if you missed the free webinar, or you want to see it again, you can access it here).

There’s a lot more advice where that came from in the limited-edition Ultimate Google for Genealogists Collection. These resources, all from Lisa, show you strategies for searching smarter and saving time by using Google tools.

Only 200 collections are available, and we think they could sell out by early next week. (Hence this special second-in-a-week Editor’s Pick.)

Here’s what’s in it:

  • The Genealogist's Google Toolbox book, signed by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Google Earth for Genealogy DVD, volumes I and II
  • Google Tools for Genealogists Family Tree University Independent Study Course download
  • Search Engine Tips & Tricks: Google Techniques to Boost Your Research Webinar

The Ultimate Google for Genealogists Collection is specially priced at $79.99, a 56 percent discount. Get more details about each of these items here.


Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Friday, September 02, 2011 2:02:48 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [12]
Genealogy News Corral, August 29-September 2
Posted by Diane

  • The Family History Library (FHL) is starting to roll out online microfilm ordering in the United States and Canada, meaning you soon won’t have to visit a FamilySearch Center to order microfilmed records (you’ll still need to go in person to view them, of course). First, you’ll find the film you need in the FHL online catalog, then you'll order it here. California, the Pacific Northwest and other points West were first to get online ordering, with the rest of us still to be added in phases.
  • UK subscription genealogy site FindMyPast.co.uk is adding a million 20th-century merchant navy seamen records (Britain’s Merchant Navy Day, is Saturday, Sept. 3). The records name crew members of UK merchant ships from 1918 to 1941, offer physical descriptions and include photos.
  • As an update to our November 2011 online newspapers article, which highlighted the subscription website Paper of Record in addition to other online sources, Rick Crume gave me a heads up about some improvements to the site: First, highlighting of your search terms has been restored on the digitized newspaper pages in your search results. Second, you now have the option to search a broader date range than five years within a single title.

FamilySearch | Genetic Genealogy | Newspapers | UK and Irish roots
Friday, September 02, 2011 10:34:42 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [11]
# Thursday, September 01, 2011
Archives.com to Add Entire US Census
Posted by Diane

Genealogy subscription site Archives.com will add indexes and images for the entire US federal census, probably the most-used US genealogical record, in what Archives.com CEO Matthew Monahan calls a “game-changer” for genealogists.

As part of the effort, Archives.com reached an agreement with FamilySearch—the source of the census records—to dedicate a minimum of $5 million to digitizing genealogy records that are not currently online.

The indexes for all censuses are available now, as are images for the 1850, 1870 and 1900 censuses, for a total of more than 500 million names and 3 million images. The rest of the images will be added over the next weeks and months, says spokesperson Julie Hill. Learn more about the site's census collection on its census resource page.

The census search screen looks like this:

You can see it's more streamlined with fewer options than Ancestry.com's census search. You'll also receive fewer results—a search of all census years for the last name Haddad (not exact) living anywhere in the United States, born in Ohio between 1907 and 1911, netted me 30 matches on Archives.com and 63 on Ancestry.com. This might be good or bad for your research—it can be overwhelming to search through a flood of matches, but you also might lose some searching flexibility.

Here's a page of Archives.com search results:

When you click on a match, you first see this page displaying all the indexed fields:

Archives also is introducing a new, Flash-based image viewer that lets users zoom in, adjust contrast, invert colors and more (a basic image viewer will be an option for computers without Flash):

We’re thinking this is what Archives.com product director Joe Godfrey was referring to in May, when he opened the National Genealogical Society conference by announcing the site would “embark on an ambitious content acquisition and digitization plan, focusing in part on the digitization of material not yet online.” 

Anne Roach, who chaired FamilySearch’s 2011 RootsTech conference, joined Archives to lead the project.

The addition of the census will bring Archives.com, which launched in July 2009, into more-direct competition with industry leader Ancestry.com. Until Archives.com adds the rest of the census images, Ancestry.com is the only site providing access to all extant US census records and document images.

Archives.com will keep its subscription price at $39.95 "for the time being," says Hill. "That’s one-eighth the price of an Ancestry.com World membership. If you compare the subscriptions on a line-by-line basis, its remarkable how many high-value collections are available for one-eighth the price.”


Ancestry.com | census records | Archives.com
Thursday, September 01, 2011 1:26:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [12]
# Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Family Reunion!
Posted by Diane

I’m in Madison, Wis., for the reunion of Patricia Skubis and her fourth cousin, Birgit Mose. Birgit traveled here from Denmark after Pat entered our family reunion contest with MyHeritage.

She and her daughter Christine were waiting with a sign at the airport when Birgit stepped off the escalator. 

I’ll bring you more of their story in an upcoming Family Tree Magazine.


Family Reunions | Genealogy fun
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:27:31 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [7]
# Monday, August 29, 2011
City Directories: Watch and Learn
Posted by Diane


Even if you missed the Family Tree University Summer 2011 Virtual Conference, you still can learn our expert instructors’ secrets and strategies with on-demand video classes from the conference.

Videos are about 30 minutes long and compatible with Macs and PCs. This snippet from Maureen A. Taylor’s class City Directories: Key to Your Family’s Past shows a demo of the free city directories on the Internet Archive website.

Other classes cover

  • Irish research
  • German newspapers in the United States
  • using naturalization records
  • platting your ancestors’ property
  • pre-1850 censuses
  • digitizing your family’s documents
  • … and more

You can get the Virtual Conference videos individually or in tracks (Tech Track, Ethnic Track or Research Strategies Track), or get all 17 videos in one fell swoop.


Editor's Pick | Family Tree University | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, August 29, 2011 11:43:49 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
Updated: Free Immigration Records on Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.com Through Sept. 5
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.co.uk, the British sister site of Ancestry.com, has made its immigration collection free today through Sept. 5 (you will need to register for a free account on the site).

Update: I just heard from Ancestry.com that its collection of U.S. and International Immigration and Naturalization records also will be free through Sept. 5. That includes arrivals at US and Canadian ports, naturalizations, passport applications, and more.

Click here to start searching the collection on Ancestry.com.

The Ancestry.co.uk collection includes many of the same records: arrivals at US Atlantic and other ports, records of early US immigrations, US naturalizations, the Irish Emigrants in North America collection, etc. To see the list, go here and scroll down to the Included Data Collections box.

Click here to start searching the Ancestry.co.uk immigration collection.


Ancestry.com | Free Databases | UK and Irish roots
Monday, August 29, 2011 8:41:17 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [6]
Free Immigration Records on Ancestry.co.uk Through Sept. 5
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.co.uk, the British sister site of Ancestry.com, has made its immigration collection free today through Sept. 5 (you will need to register for a free account on the site).

The collection includes arrivals at US Atlantic and other ports, records of early US immigrations, US naturalizations, the Irish Emigrants in North America collection and more. To see the list, go here and scroll down to the Included Data Collections box.

Click here to start searching the Ancestryco.uk immigration collection.


Ancestry.com | Free Databases | UK and Irish roots
Monday, August 29, 2011 8:41:11 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [22]
# Friday, August 26, 2011
Get Google Tips in Free Webinar
Posted by Allison

I'll bet everyone reading this blog uses Google to help with their family history work in some fashion, from ancestor searches to emailing cousins. But are you taking advantage of all its genealogy tools? Do you have a search dilemma that's driving you crazy?

Lisa Louise Cooke will tackle those questions in a free 30-minute webinar called Ask the Google Guru. Tune in Thursday, Sept. 1. at 1 p.m. Eastern time to hear Lisa's tips. You can submit a question in advance on the registration page.

That day, we'll also be releasing the Ultimate Google for Genealogists Collection of training tools by Lisa:
Watch for details on ShopFamilyTree.com. And be sure to register for the webinar! If you can't make it Thursday, you'll be able to watch the recording online afterward.

Genealogy Web Sites | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
Friday, August 26, 2011 5:05:04 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [10]
Genealogy News Corral, August 22-26
Posted by Diane

  • FamilySearch added to collections from seven countries, including 6 million record images from Mexico. Other additions include parish register records from Belgium and England, and church book records from Russia. New records were added from eight US states: Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Click through to the new and updated collections from here.
  • UK family history site Genes Reunited has released a variety of military records from WW1 and the Second Anglo-Boer War. Collections include Royal Naval Officers' Medal Roll 1914-1920, New Zealand WWI Soldiers, Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919, and records with 258,800 names of men and women who fought during the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902.
  • Subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com has expanded its US school yearbook collection, adding nearly 25,000 new yearbooks. It now totals more than 35,000 books with 155 million records from 1884 to 2009. The books come from high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges and universities. They're also are available on the Canadian-focused Ancestry.ca.
  • Jill Barone of St. Petersburg, Fla., won the Red Star Line Museum's "Do You Know This Girl?" social media contest. Barone wins a trip to Antwerp, Belgium, for the official pre-opening festivities of the Red Star Line Museum in May 2012, and a $1,000 shopping spree at Diane Von Furstenberg's Antwerp boutique. The museum will open in spring 2013.

Ancestry.com | Canadian roots | Genealogy Web Sites | Military records | Museums | UK and Irish roots
Friday, August 26, 2011 1:14:46 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
Nature's Wrath
Posted by Diane

The National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD, is closed today, Aug. 26, and Mon., August 29, due to building damage from Tuesday’s earthquake. According to a NARA blog, the earthquake didn’t damage records there.

The center holds records of Federal agencies located in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It also has records of Federal Courts in Washington, DC.

Hurricane Irene makes it a double whammy for NARA’s Washington, DC, -area facilities, and archives along the East Coast are in the storm’s projected path. Keep tabs on closures at NARA facilities by checking its operating status page and Facebook pages. In the DC area, call 301-837-0700.

Here's NARA’s emergency preparedness page, which also includes information on dealing with water-logged photos and documents after a disaster. Our thought are with those who live in the area—be safe. 


NARA
Friday, August 26, 2011 1:06:48 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [8]