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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tips for Playing the Genealogy Odds in Las Vegas
Posted by Diane
Do you plan to seek your genealogical fortune at next week's
National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference in Las
The conference, May 8-11, offers opportunities to take classes;
shop for genealogy
books, software, subscriptionwebsites and more; collaborate
with other researchers; and take local
Valley of Fire State Park
Nearly all of present-day Nevada was in Utah territory from after the Mexican-American War until 1861.
The discovery of gold in California in 1848, and silver in Virginia
City's Comstock Lode in 1859, sent miners rushing through the
area, leading to the formation of Nevada Territory in 1861. Nevada
became a state three years later.
As the Comstock Lode dwindled during the 1880s, Nevada entered a
depression that lasted until new mineral deposits were found in
1900. The railroad and federally funded irrigation projects helped,
Nevada legalized gambling in 1931. The Las Vegas Sun has more local history here.
If you plan to play the genealogy odds during
your trip to the NGS conference (or from home), improve your chances
with these Las Vegas research tips.
Local repositories you can visit
in person and/or online include:
These tips and resources also will help you find Las Vegas and
- Statewide birth and death certificates begin in 1911, and
marriages and divorces don't start until 1969. These, of course,
document many couples from other states who wed in Vegas (and
perhaps then changed their minds about too-hasty vows). Many counties
have marriage and divorce records back as far as 1862; nearly
all began birth and death registration in 1887.
- Got miners in your family tree? The Nevada
Historical Society in Reno has mining company
records including payrolls, customer lists and an “accident
file” of miners killed in work-related mishaps before 1900.
Research your genealogy across the USA with Family Tree Magazine's newly updated State Research Guides e-book.
Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Research Tips
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:59:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, April 26, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 22-26
Posted by Diane
- The Online Historical Directories website, which lists links to old
city and other directories, has been updated with links for Georgia,
Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West
out the updates here.
Michael Savoca, a college junior from Toms River, NJ, has won a $500
grant for genealogy research and education from the Suzanne Winsor
Freeman Memorial Grant program, as well as registration for
the upcoming Southern
California Genealogical Society Jamboree. Michael has assisted with
records for the Gente di Mare
Italian website, been an active member of several online genealogy
forums, and volunteered at his local FamilySearch Center. He also
researched his Croatian family history on site in the village of
The grant, awarded annually since 2010 to a genealogist
aged 18 to 25, is named for the mother of The Family Curator
blogger Denise Levenick.
Genealogy books | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, April 26, 2013 4:38:01 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Geni Adds Smart Matches and Record Matches from MyHeritage.com
Posted by Diane
Family tree site Geni.com, acquired
by MyHeritage last November, has now implemented
MyHeritage.com's Smart Matching and Record Matching features.
Smart Matching automatically searches for matches to your Geni.com
tree in other trees on MyHeritage.com (note that
MyHeritage.com trees don't yet get matches in Geni.com trees).
You can see the Record Matches and Smart Matches in the profiles on
your Geni.com tree, as well as in your Merge Center, where you can review and
confirm or reject them.
- Record Matching compares the profiles in your
Geni.com tree to the historical records at MyHeritage, and alerts you
when a relevant document is found. It also automatically creates a
citation when you confirm a record and add it to Geni.com's World
You must have a MyHeritage.com SuperSearch data subscription to
access Smart Matches. You'll be able to see some Record Matches for
free, but you'll need to have a SuperSearch
subscription to see full information on records
that are included in MyHeritage.com's premium record collections.
find a detailed how-to for using Smart Matches and Record Matches on the
more about the different MyHeritage.com subscriptions here.
Here's MyHeritage.com's FAQ about its acquisition of Geni.
Genealogy Web Sites | MyHeritage
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:58:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Online Genealogy Milestones for WikiTree, FamilySearch and Us!
Posted by Diane
Two—no, make that three—genealogy organizations have reached
milestones this week:
- WikiTree, a genealogy community
with a goal to build a free worldwide family tree, now has 5 million
ancestor profiles. The site's founders say its "slow-growth"
approach—encouraging the careful addition of profiles over "bulk" uploads—makes this milestone an important
You can hear from WikiTree founder Chris Whitten in the January
2013 Family Tree Magazine Podcast, hosted by Lisa
Browse or search the profiles by surname here. If you want to build a tree there, start with the "How WikiTree Works" page.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Web Sites | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Social Networking
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:49:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Awww, Shucks. We Like You, Too!
Posted by Diane
Family Tree Magazine
has reached 10,000 likes on
Facebook! We're thanking our Facebook fans by sharing a
ShopFamilyTree.com coupon code
good for 15% off
your next purchase, plus free
if used before May 1.
ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Social Networking
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:45:15 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
New Value Packs: New England Genealogy and Census Research
Posted by Diane
If you have New England ancestors, or any US ancestors, at least one
of these value packs from Family Tree Magazine will help you
discover more about them.
They're both bargain-priced at ShopFamilyTree.com, and even better, they both
qualify for free shipping:
England Genealogy Value Pack gathers tools for
researching your family tree in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. You'll get webinars, our
newly updated State Research Guides, webinars and the Researching
your Colonial New England Ancestors book.
all the details on the New England Genealogy Value Pack here.
Want search strategies for hard-to-find relatives in the
census? Techniques to go beyond your basic names, ages and
relationships, and mine census records for clues to your ancestors'
everyday lives and which records you should look for next?
Research Value Pack has video classes and books to
improve your census research skills. Get
all the details on the Census Research Value Pack here.
census records | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:11:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, April 19, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 15-19
Posted by Diane
Version 7 also lets you use the sites Record Matching
service, which automatically searches MyHeritage collections and
trees for your ancestors (you'll need a subscription to view some
results). Other updates include a more graphical look and support
for 40 languages, including Chinese and Korean. Read
more details on the MyHeritage blog.
- There's a new database
of burials at Hart Island, the public burial ground
("potter's field") for New York City. The earliest recorded
burial there dates to May 1881; however, the database covers
burials since 1977.
- A new PBS series called "Genealogy Roadshow" is looking for
people with family history mysteries to be on the show. Check
out the casting call here; the deadline is May 12.
- Heredis is having a sale through April 28 on its family tree
software for PC (37 percent off, at $24.99) and Mac (33 percent
off, at $39.99). Find out more about the software at the Heredis
Cemeteries | Genealogy Software | Genetic Genealogy
Friday, April 19, 2013 2:41:25 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Two Genealogy Databases to Search While They're Free
Posted by Diane
You have a couple of days left to take advantage of these free
database offers from sites where you'd normally need to subscribe or hope your library subscribes:
- Ancestry.com has made its marriage
records collection free to search through April 21 at
midnight ET. These records are great sources for female
ancestors' maiden names and sometimes the couples' parents'
names, in addition to the marriage date and place. You'll need
to register for a free account, if you don't already have one,
to view records.
- ProQuest's Historic MapWorks Library Edition (link to it from this page) is free to at-home users through
April 20 in honor of National Library Week. Here, you can browse
by place or search for an address, keyword or GPS coordinates to
find old landowner and other maps. (The landowner maps aren't
indexed by name here, so you need to search for the place and
then find the person's name on a map.) You can download maps and
overlay the maps with Google maps to pinpoint the modern
I searched for Colerain township in Ohio, in hopes
of finding the location of my Depenbrock relatives' farm—and I
found it. This is part of an 1884 township map; I've highlighted
The Depenbrock property borders on the land of my great-great-grandmother's brother's wife's family.
Ancestry.com | Free Databases | Land records | Research Tips
Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:33:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
New FamilySearch.org Adds Photo Feature and More
Posted by Diane
The "Coming Soon" banner on the FamilySearch.org website
since last month's RootsTech conference has been replaced by this:
FamilySearch just flipped the switch on several site enhancements
and a polished new look. FamilySearch's announcement says the site
enhancements will "allow visitors to collaboratively build their
family tree online, preserve and share precious family photos and
stories, and receive personal research assistance—all for free."
Besides the recently
released FamilySearch Family Tree, new FamilySearch.org
I clicked on the photos area, and it looks like FamilySearch is
using an invitation system to avoid overloading the site. I got a message that all of today's invites are taken, and to check back at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
- Photos and Stories: Upload photos of ancestors, share them
through social media, tag them and add them to profiles in your
- Fan Chart: Turns your FamilySearch family tree into an
interactive fan chart, or lets you add your tree to FamilySearch
as you create the fan chart
- Live Help: Call or chat with a FamilySearch volunteer online,
or find a FamilySearch Center/Family History Center near you
you think of the new FamilySearch.org?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:36:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Introducing the 2013 Family Tree 40 Genealogy Blogs!
Posted by Diane
Seeking genealogy news, help understanding your family tree
software, essential research advice, or simply the feeling that
someone shares the family history journey you've embarked on?
All these and more are available from the bloggers on the 2013
list of the Family Tree 40 top genealogy blogs. Congratulations to these dedicated researchers and writers!
To quote Family Tree Magazine's
contributing editor David A. Fryxell, who wrote about the Family
Tree 40 in our May/June 2013 issue (on newsstands and at ShopFamilyTree.com April 30), "Let’s tip our
collective hats to those bloggers who stick with it and keep sharing
their wit, wisdom and family history finds with us ... In making
this year’s selections, we paid particular attention to that
stick-to-itiveness standard." And "We love blogs packed with information, but we also adore those
brimming with the blogger’s personality."
can read about the Family Tree 40 and click through to each blog
from FamilyTreeMagazine.com. They're arranged into these
We also encourage genealogists to look beyond
our list to find genealogy blogs that might help answer their research
questions, illuminate an ancestral hometown, or bring entertainment to a ho-hum day. The combo of research
needs and blog-reading preferences is different for every
genealogist, and we all can be thankful that topics and writing
styles in the genealogy blogging community are just as varied.
- Good advice (genealogy tips and how-tos)
- Tech support (reviews and instructions for genealogy
- Gravestone matters (tombstone photos, cemetery research tips)
- Heritage help (researching ancestors of specific ethnicities
and national backgrounds)
- Shop talk (genealogy news and new products)
- Story time (the bloggers' personal research and family
Here are a few ways to find genealogy blogs you'll love:
As the main blogger here at the Genealogy Insider blog, I know how
hard it can be to find the inspiration—and the time—to put up a post
every day or several times a week. I give personal props to the Family Tree
40 and all the genealogy bloggers out there. Thanks for the work you do!
Family Tree 40
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:58:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)