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# Monday, June 18, 2012
ISGS Will Match Donations to War of 1812 Pension Digitization Projects
Posted by Diane

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has pledged to match donations to the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Preserve the Pensions campaign up to $10,000.

Preserve the Pensions raises money to help digitize War of 1812 pension records, now on paper at the National Archives, and make them free to access online. The archives has more than 180,000 pension files totaling 7.2 million pages.

You can see War of 1812 pension records that have already been digitzed on genealogy website

ISGS will match any contribution made to the Preserve the Pensions project before Dec. 31, 2012, up to the first $10,000. For instance, if you donate $100, the ISGS will match it for a total of $200.

 In addition, will also match all ISGS contributions, which means any contribution you make will be quadrupled: Your $100 contribution would become a $400 contribution.

A $10 contribution to Preserve the Pensions allows about 80 pages of pension files to be digitized. A total of $3.7 million is needed to digitize the entire collection.

You can donate via Paypal or by check. See the ISGS website for details on making a contribution.

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Monday, June 18, 2012 3:31:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
1940 Census: Big Deal or Not?
Posted by Diane

Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver has posted a response to a letter to the editor printed in the July/August Family Tree Magazine. The letter-writer thought that we at Family Tree Magazine, as well as other genealogy organizations, got overly giddy about the 1940 census. He thought that the time spent browsing for an ancestor's listing in the then-unindexed 1940 census yields little to no new genealogical information (now, though, 24 states are searchable by name).

Randy disagreed—you can see why in his post—and he wants to know what others think.

Personally, I've found the census useful. In some cases, I just confirmed what I knew; in others, I found evidence to support educated guesses. And as Randy points out, until you check a record, you don't know whether it'll hold a surprise. I was looking for someone else entirely when I found my grandfather staying at the YMCA in Cincinnati. When the Ohio name index comes out, you can bet I'll be searching for my grandma, who met my grandfather here soon after 1940.

A Family Tree Magazine Facebook fan says she's using the 1940 census to help in her search for living relatives. Another Facebook fan gets a kick out of finding his family members' names, whether he learns anything new or not. So do I! What about you?

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Monday, June 18, 2012 3:02:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, June 15, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 11-15
Posted by Diane

  • MyHeritage announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion profiles are in nearly 23 million family trees. has more than 63 million registered users who add about a million new profiles every day. About half of the billion profiles belong to living people.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 10:08:24 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# 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 census.

FamilySearch 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 and are:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming
On, Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington DC are searchable by name. has Rhode Island and part of New York indexed. | | census records | MyHeritage
Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:51:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# 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 Territory. 

You can learn more about the war and watch PBS' documentary on the network's War of 1812 website.

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 and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Network Facebook page.

If your ancestors fought in the War of 1812, here are some free articles to start your research:
  • At Your Service: Compare your ancestor's birth date to this chart to see if he might have fought in the War of 1812 (or another war).
  • War 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 that you might find helpful.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:43:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, June 08, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 4-8
Posted by Diane

Read 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.
Learn more about these upcoming features on 23andMe's Spittoon blog.

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Friday, June 08, 2012 1:55:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
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 the details:
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

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Friday, June 08, 2012 11:15:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# 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 and 1940 Census Community Project partners, and (although I can't find a name search at, 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:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming has free searchable indexes for Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington, DC; and MyHeritage has Rhode Island and part of New York. | | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | MyHeritage
Thursday, June 07, 2012 12:33:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Wednesday, June 06, 2012 Adds New York Censuses
Posted by Diane

Genealogy website 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's 1940 census index (besides New York, it also covers Washington DC, Delaware, Maine and Nevada) for free here. also has added the 1892, 1915 and 1925 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 subscriber, the 1892 census also is searchable free at | census records | FamilySearch
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 9:08:19 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# 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 event. 

You'll 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.

For more details, see the Jamboree blog.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012 3:35:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]