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# Friday, April 06, 2012
ShopFamilyTree.com Maintenance
Posted by Diane

Just a quick housekeeping note to let you know ShopFamilyTree.com is undergoing scheduled maintenance and may be unavailable for a brief period. If you visit ShopFamilyTree.com and aren't able to find the genealogy how-to product you need, please wait a short time and try again. Thank you!


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Friday, April 06, 2012 3:30:55 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
1940 Census Status Update: PM Edition
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com: Record images for all US states and territories are available, as are searchable name indexes for Delaware and Nevada.

FamilySearch: Available record images are:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia

MyHeritage: Records for all states and territories are available now, as is an index to Bristol County, RI

National Archives: Records for all states and territories are available.

Check ShopFamilyTree.com for books, article downloads, online classes and CDs on how to research your genealogy in census records. Enjoy looking for your 1940 ancestors this weekend!


Ancestry.com | census records | FamilySearch | MyHeritage | NARA
Friday, April 06, 2012 3:26:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Ancestry.com's 1940s-Era Records Collection Free Through April 10
Posted by Diane

If you don't yet know your ancestor's address in 1940 for purposes of finding him or her in the 1940 census, here's a resource for you:

Ancestry.com's collection of 1940s-era records is free to search through Tuesday, April 10. The collection includes birth, marriage, death and military records from the 1940s, plus US city directories and the 1930 US census.

Search the 1940s-era records collection here.

Note this collection doesn't include the 1940 census. Ancestry.com's 1940 census is a separate records collection, available free here.


Ancestry.com | Free Databases
Friday, April 06, 2012 9:54:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
1940 Census Status Update: Where to Find Your Ancestors' Records
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com:

You'll now see an "Index Status" column on Ancestry.com's census progress chart.

Ancestry.com has published the first searchable name indexes to the 1940 census for Delaware and Nevada.

The site has almost finished uploading records for the states, predicting completion this morning. At this time, Ancestry.com has record images for all states and US territories except Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and South Carolina.

FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added a color-coded map showing its progress. Hovering over a state highlights the records-posting and indexing progress for each state (if nothing happens when you hover, try a different browser). On the map, Texas shows as "records unavailable," but they are online at FamilySearch, at least for the counties I tried.

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia

MyHeritage:

Records for all states are available here, as is an index to Bristol County, RI

National Archives:

All states are available.


Ancestry.com | FamilySearch | MyHeritage | NARA
Friday, April 06, 2012 8:41:41 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Tonight on "Who Do You Think You Are?": Edie Falco
Posted by Diane

Tonight on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?," (8p.m./7 Central) Edie Falco—the actress who played Carmela on "The Sopranos" and the title role on "Nurse Jackie"—explores her roots.

In this preview, she tries to find out the identity of an unknown figure on her family tree.

Here's another preview:


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Celebrity Roots | Videos
Friday, April 06, 2012 8:21:02 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Thursday, April 05, 2012
1940 Census Status Update: Where to Find Records for Your Ancestor's State
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com:
  • Complete: Alabama, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Panama Canal Zone, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

  • Almost complete: Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota

  • Next up: Maryland, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, South Carolina
FamilySearch:
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
MyHeritage: Records for all states are available now, as is an index to Bristol County, RI

National Archives: all states available


Ancestry.com | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | MyHeritage | NARA
Thursday, April 05, 2012 4:24:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Get Minnesota Genealogy Tips & Resources
Posted by Diane


If you've got roots in Minnesota, you should know the state has a lot more than lakes, the Mall of America and Garrison Keillor.

Minnesota also is a resource-rich state for discovering your family history, as you'll learn in our April 25 Minnesota Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your North Star State Ancestors webinar.

Minnesota Genealogy Crash Course webinar Family Tree Magazine

Lifelong Minnesotan and genealogy expert <a href=" http:="" paulastuartwarren.blogspot.com="" target="_blank" border="0">Paula Stuart-Warren will spill secrets and share her favorite sources for finding Minnesota ancestors, which include the terrific Minnesota Historical Society (it has great online resources, too) and regular state censuses from 1865 to 1905. 

Whether you come from Minnesota's American Indian residents, early fur traders and soldiers, or later German and Scandinavian settlers, you'll learn how to find ancestor answers.

Here are the details: 

  • Date: Wednesday, April 25
  • Starting time: 8 p.m. Eastern (7 Central/ 6 Mountain/ 5 Pacific)
  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Price: $39.99 when you register before April 18

Click here to register for the Minnesota Genealogy Crash Course at ShopFamilyTree.com.


Editor's Pick | Research Tips | Webinars
Thursday, April 05, 2012 9:49:14 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Just How Popular Is the 1940 Census?
Posted by Diane

Remember how it was nearly impossible to access the 1940 census on the National Archives website Monday? (Things are much better now that Archives.com, which designed the site, has made improvements, and other 1940 census websites are taking on some of the traffic burden.)

These statistics, which Archives.com made nice and pretty for you, explain why:

1940 census  archives.com


Archives.com | census records | NARA
Thursday, April 05, 2012 8:32:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, April 04, 2012
1940 Census Status Update, PM Edition: Where to Find the Records You Need
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com:
  • Complete: Alabama, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missuori, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Panama Canal Zone, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming

  • Almost complete: Illinois, West Virginia

  • Next up: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin
FamilySearch:
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Virginia

FamilySearch also reported that 1940 Census Community Project volunteer indexers have finished indexing records for Delaware; the index is being processed (it's not yet on the site).

MyHeritage: Records for all states are available now, as is a name index to Bristol County, RI

National Archives: Records for all states are available



See Family Tree Magazine's expert census research tools and guides in ShopFamilyTree.com.


Ancestry.com | census records | FamilySearch | MyHeritage | NARA
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 4:45:36 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
1940 Census Searches Done for You
Posted by Diane

FindMyPast.com, a site from brightsolid—a partner in FamilySearch's 1940 Census Community project, creator of the recently launched censusrecords.com site, and future host of 1940 census records—has announced a new "We'll find them for you" service.

Visit findmypast.com, submit the name and state of the person you plan to search for, plus other details you might know, and you'll get an email from findmypast.com when the person’s indexed record becomes available on the site.

This will start working as name indexes are made available for 1940 census records.

MyHeritage.com is promoting something along similar lines include —if you have a family tree there, you'll get a notification when a 1940 census record matches anyone on your tree.

On Ancestry.com, you'll presumably get a "shaky leaf" hint if an indexed 1940 census record matches someone in your Ancestry Member tree.


Ancestry.com | census records | MyHeritage
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 3:45:05 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]