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Thursday, June 14, 2012
1940 Census Update: 24 States Are Now Searchable By Name
Posted by Diane
Across all the websites hosting 1940 census records, a
total of 24 states now have free, searchable name indexes for this
has released two more searchable state indexes, Oklahoma and South Dakota. All the states searchable on
FamilySearch and its volunteer 1940
Census Community Project partners findmypast.com and
Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington DC are searchable by name.
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
Rhode Island and part of New York indexed.
Ancestry.com | Archives.com | census records | MyHeritage
Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:51:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
War of 1812 Bicentennial: Genealogy Resources
Posted by Diane
Two hundred years ago June 18, President James Madison signed the
United States' war declaration against Great Britain, starting the
War of 1812.
Contributing to the declaration were British impediments to American
trade with France, the impressment of American merchant sailors into
Britain's Royal Navy, and Britain's support of American Indian
tribes against American expansion into the Old Northwest as a buffer
for Canada. Some Americans including Thomas Jefferson even saw the
war as an opportunity to acquire Canada.
The war lasted until 1815 and ended in what many historians consider
a draw, with neither side gaining or losing significant territory.
Psychologically, though, Americans felt they'd won a second war of
independence. Canada successfully repelled US invaders, giving the
war a prominent spot in Canadian national consciousness. Great Lakes
and Southeast American Indians lost their hold on their lands. Many
left, made deals with the US government or were removed to Indian
You can learn more
about the war and watch PBS' documentary on the network's War of
Find bicentennial events, a timeline, and museum and historic site
information at the Official War
of 1812 Bicentennial website.
Also check state commemorative websites such as Ohio's War of 1812 and Maryland's StarSpangled200.
The Battle of Baltimore, of course, inspired Francis Scott
Key to pen the "Star Spangled Banner."
The Navy, which emerged as the key to US defenses, is posting
information and commemorative events at OurFlagWasStillThere.org
and the War of 1812
Bicentennial Network Facebook page.
If your ancestors fought in the War of 1812, here are some free
FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles to start your research:
Your Service: Compare your ancestor's birth date to this
chart to see if he might have fought in the War of 1812 (or
of 1812 Records: Our AncestorNews columnist links to
several of her favorite, free War of 1812 online databases.
(Note that the Library of Virginia database linked on this page
is down June 12 due to a power outage at the library.)
Here are some resources from ShopFamilyTree.com that you might
Canadian roots | Family Tree Magazine articles | Military records
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:43:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, June 08, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 4-8
Posted by Diane
our article about the Ellis Island Hospital Complex on
Genetic genealogy company 23andMe, exhibiting at the Southern
California Genealogy Jamboree this weekend, announced it'll
release four new genealogical features for beta testing in the
coming weeks. Those are family tree building on the site; Ancestry
Painting, which breaks down your ancestry based on approximately 20
world regions; the My Ancestry Page, a "dashboard" summary of your
ancestry; and the Relative Finder Map View plotting where in
the world your matches are.
more about these upcoming features on 23andMe's Spittoon blog.
Cemeteries | Free Databases | Genealogy Events | Genealogy Web Sites | Genetic Genealogy | Historic preservation | Social History
Friday, June 08, 2012 1:55:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Take a Crash Course in Texas Genealogy!
Posted by Diane
I've had a little taste of Texas genealogy research. The Lone Star
State is where my great-grandfather was jailed and later pardoned for violating local
liquor laws, and where my grandfather spent time in an orphanage and went to college.
So I'm excited about learning how to dig deeper into my Texas family
history in our next webinar!
Texas genealogist Randy Whited will show
genealogists how to research their roots Texas-style in our Texas Genealogy Crash Course webinar. Here are
You'll learn important state history, details on finding records
such as vital and immigration records, the best websites and
resources for Texas research—including the Texas State Library and
Archives Commission, which was helpful in my search—and more.
Webinar attendees you'll participate in the live
event and Q&A session, get access to the presentation slides and
the recording to view again as often as you like, and you'll receive
a free PDF of our Texas Research Guide book.
Sign up now to save $10 on your Texas Genealogy
Crash Course registration in ShopFamilyTree.com.
Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
Friday, June 08, 2012 11:15:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, June 07, 2012
FamilySearch Adds 4 States to 1940 Census Index
Posted by Diane
FamilySearch announces that you can now search the 1940 census index
for 18 states free at FamilySearch.org
and 1940 Census Community
Project partners Archives.com,
FindMyPast.com and 1940census.archives.gov
(although I can't find a name search at 1940census.archives.gov,
which is the National Archives' census website).
That brings the total of searchable states/districts across all 1940
census sites to 22 (see below for links to the other sites).
FamilySearch's 18 indexed states are:
has free searchable indexes for
Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington, DC; and MyHeritage has
Rhode Island and part of New York.
- New Hampshire
Ancestry.com | Archives.com | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | MyHeritage
Thursday, June 07, 2012 12:33:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Ancestry.com Adds New York Censuses
Posted by Diane
Genealogy website Ancestry.com has released a name index to the 1940 US
census for New York. With a population of
13.5 million in 1940, New York State was home more than 10 percent
of the country’s residents.
You can search
Ancestry.com's 1940 census index (besides New York, it also covers
Washington DC, Delaware, Maine and Nevada) for free here.
Ancestry.com also has added the 1892,
New York state censuses to its subscription databases.
The 1892 census is important as a substitute for the lost 1890 US
census, which was destroyed after a fire at the Census Bureau. Some
New York counties are missing from the 1892 census.
If you're not an Ancestry.com subscriber, the
1892 census also is searchable free at FamilySearch.org.
Ancestry.com | census records | FamilySearch
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 9:08:19 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Genealogy Jamboree Sessions You Can Watch From Home
Posted by Diane
Jealous of those now trekking to Burbank, Calif., for the Southern California
Genealogical Society's 2012 Genealogy Jamboree this weekend,
June 9 and 10?
You can share in some of the fun by watching the 10 sessions
that'll be streamed over the internet free during the two-day
find schedule of the 10 sessions on the Jamboree blog
(remember, you need to translate the times from Pacific to
whatever time zone you're in—this Pacific time zone converter can help you).
A couple I've got my eye on include Lisa Louise Cooke's
class "Projects That Will Captivate the Non-Genealogists In
Your Life" (Saturday at 10 a.m. PT) and Barry J. Ewell's "30 Second
Genealogist: How to Find Genealogy Answers You Want Now" (Saturday
at 5 p.m. PT).
To watch a session, go
to this Jamboree blog post a little before the scheduled time (translated into your time zone), click the title of the session and then
log in. Attendance is limited, so try to arrive early.
Speakers permitting, sessions will be available for free
viewing after Jamboree is over.
more details, see the Jamboree blog.
Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Research Tips
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 3:35:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, June 01, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, May 28-June 1
Posted by Diane
- Think you have a relative who served in a household of
Britain's Royal Family? (Perhaps as Chocolate Maker to the Queen
or Strewer of Herbs?) In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee, British genealogy website findmypast.co.uk, in
association with the Royal
Archives, has added a collection of Royal Household Staff
Lists. It covers royal residences across the United Kingdom such
as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St. James’ Palace, and
includes 50,000 staff records from the reign of King Charles II
to King George V (1660 to 1924). Details you might learn include
the person's occupation, age, length of service and salary.
- The Civil War Trust is holding its annual
photo contest. You can enter your Civil War battlefield
photos in five categories for prizes including publication of
your image, a trust membership, and registration to the trust's
annual conference. Enter before Aug. 26 by uploading photos to
the Trust's Flickr group—be sure to tag your image as directed
in the contest
rules. (Last year's winning photos are pretty impressive—view
- UK cemetery site DeceasedOnline.com
has added records for 120,000 mostly rural Scottish burials. The
records comprise from 99 cemeteries and burial grounds, with the
oldest dating back to 1526. That brings the total of Scottish
cemeteries with records on the site to 250. Once you search for
a record, you can use pay-per-view credits or subscribe to view
the full information it contains.
Cemeteries | Civil War | UK and Irish roots
Friday, June 01, 2012 2:14:49 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
War of 1812 Genealogy Records Free on Fold3 in June
Posted by Diane
Subscription genealogy website Fold3 is opening up its War
of 1812 records for free access during June.
This is prime time for researching
ancestors who were soldiers in the War of 1812. The war
started 200 years ago June 18 when the United States
declared war on Great Britain.
Fold3's collection has more than 400,000 record images. That
includes 233,000 images of War of 1812 pension files never
before available online. Here's an overview of the free databases:
- War of 1812 Service Records:
These records consist of cards compiled from muster, pay,
receipt and other rolls for soldiers and sailors who served in
the war. For each person named, you'll usually learn his service
dates, terms of service, monthly pay, where he served, and other
- War of 1812 Prize Cases,
Southern District Court, NY: These records relate to
British vessels seized by American privateers and US Navy
vessels. "Prize courts" helped dispose of the ship and its cargo
as war prizes, and the records document questions asked of
sailors, witnesses and others.
Start searching Fold3's War
of 1812 collections here. You can search them all at once using
the search box at the top of the page, or scroll down and click a
collection title to search just those records.
- Letters Received by the
Adjutant General, 1805-1821: This correspondence came
from Army officers and enlisted men, the Secretary of War,
President and other officials, and it deals with Army personnel
and administrative matters. The records are part of NARA
record group 94.
For more help researching your War of 1812 ancestors, look for our
how-to guide by David Allen Lambert in the July/August 2012 Family Tree Magazine (it starts
mailing to subscribers in early June).
The War of 1812 is also covered in our guide
to researching ancestors in 10 of America's "lesser-known"
Family Tree Magazine articles | Fold3 | Free Databases | Military records
Friday, June 01, 2012 1:09:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Need an Easy, Memorable, Personalized Birthday or Anniversary Gift Idea?
Posted by Diane
Need a quick, fun way to say
"Happy birthday!" or "Happy
anniversary!" to a loved one? Here's a way to create a
personalized, memorable greeting—and at just 99 cents, it's more economical than a store-bought card.
Each of our Birth Year or Anniversary Memory Pages is a one-page PDF download full of fun trivia from the year of the
birth or wedding, including.
- top news and events
- movies, songs, fads and celebrity births
- average prices of common goods
- notable inventions and advancements in technology
After you download the PDF, just open it in Adobe Reader (a free download if you don't already have it), type in the recipient's name and
birth or wedding information, and save. Then you could:
- print and frame the customized page to create a
- print the page for an album of birthday memories
- mail the printed page or attach it to a present, as you would
- send it as an e-card via email
- post a digital image of the page to Facebook
You also could print the page and then write in the recipient's
name and other information.
Birth Year Memory Pages are available for each year from 1930
through 2010, and you can also get memory
pages covering decades from the 1930s through 2000s.
Anniversary Memory Pages are available in five-year increments from 10th
to 70th. This one's for a couple celebrating 25 years in 2012:
Take a look at our Birth Year and Anniversary Memory Pages now in ShopFamilyTree.com.
Editor's Pick | Genealogy fun | saving and sharing family history | Social History
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:14:24 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)