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Monday, May 06, 2013
Genealogy Karma: New, Free Volunteer Record Lookup Website
Posted by Diane
Genealogy website Mocavo is reviving the spirit of the Random Acts
of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) volunteer record lookup website in
its Genealogy Karma website.
RAOGK, started by Bridgett and Doc Schneider and one
of Family Tree Magazine's 101 best free genealogy websites
in 2010, went offline in 2011.
Genealogy Karma offers a
similar, free option for getting records from a faraway repository
or cemetery. You can post a lookup request and tag it with a keyword
(such as "birth record" or "tombstone") so volunteers can find
Researchers who register as volunteers with the site can answer your
request, do the lookup and send you the results.
When submitting a lookup request, follow these tips for a faster response:
Of course, registering with Genealogy
Karma as a volunteer is the ultimate way to say thank you for
a request someone has answered.
- Be details. Use indexes to find the volume and page number of the
record you need, and provide those details in your request. If you want
a tombstone photo, call the cemetery or search online to find the
cemetery location, plot and grave number.
- Double-check all the names, dates and other information in your request.
- You also might offer to
compensate the volunteer for expenses such as mileage and postage.
here to learn more about how to use the Genealogy Karma site.
Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | Research Tips
Monday, May 06, 2013 10:24:04 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, May 03, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 29-May 3
Posted by Diane
- In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Civil War Trust, History, and the Center for Civil War Photography are calling for submissions to the 2013 Civil War Photo Contest. Amateur photographers age 13 and older can enter in five categories by uploading photos to the Civil War Trust’s Flickr page and tagging them for the correct category. The deadline is August 16.
You’ll find the rules and entry instructions here.
- If you’ll be across the country in Washington, DC, during May, look into attending one of the genealogy records workshops at the National Archives. Topics include Civil War court martial records (May 15), nonpopulation censuses (May 18), and a genealogy clinic (May 18). You’ll find details here (scroll down to May).
Ancestry.com | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Events | NARA
Friday, May 03, 2013 9:10:44 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
MyHeritage Adds US Census Records for 1790 to 1930
Posted by Diane
Genealogy site MyHeritage
announced that it has added the entire collection of US decennial
censuses from 1790
to 1930—searchable indexes and record images.
MyHeritage has offered the 1940 US census since shortly after it was
released to the public last year.
The census records are accessible with a MyHeritage.com
annual data subscription (on spacial for $6.35 per month,
billed annually) or with prepurchased
credits (5,600 credits cost $39.95 and are good for 180 days).
That's except for the 1940 census, which is free to search and view,
along with select other collections.
If you have a tree on MyHeritage, the census records also will be
included in Record
Matching notifications. Also in MyHeritage.com's records
collection are vital, military, immigration, newspaper and other
Census records are among the most popular resources for family
historians, and often the starting point for new researchers.
This addition brings MyHeritage into closer competition with
Ancestry.com as a commercial provider of records for genealogy
I'm still checking into where MyHeritage's 1790-to-1930 census
records were imaged and indexed. (Update: That information isn't being released due to a confidentiality agreement, according to MyHeritage spokesperson Schelly Talalay Dardashti.) Its 1940 census was indexed
separately from both the records on Ancestry.com and those on
FamilySearch/findmypast/Archives.com, giving you another search
option for hard-to-find family in 1940.
Another plus for using MyHeritage.com: The website is available in
40 languages, making its records searchable by people all over the
world who had family in the United States.
census records | MyHeritage
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 1:57:29 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
New Webinar: How to Do Genealogy Using the New FamilySearch.org
Posted by Diane
FamilySearch.org made news last month in genealogy circles when it relaunched
a polished new FamilySearch.org website.
The new FamilySearch.org
relocates some favorite features (to
the consternation of several genealogy bloggers), updates its
Family Tree online trees program, and emphasizes the new photo and
story uploading features, as well as the attractive fan chart.
In our May 9 webinar, Making
the Most of FamilySearch.org, you'll get a tour the new site
and learn to make the best use of its ancestor-searching potential.
Our presenter, Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Rick Crume, will show you:
how to navigate the redesigned FamilySearch.org
- the best search strategies for FamilySearch.org's free genealogy
- how to find and use the genealogy records databases that aren't
covered by the FamilySearch.org global search
differences between the site's new Family Tree program and its
- how to access FamilySearch records that aren't online
You can submit your questions about FamilySearch.org to Rick before
the webinar, and there'll be a Q&A session at the end.
- how to take advantage of FamilySearch.org's genealogy help
Webinar participants will receive our how-to guide for ordering
FamilySearch microfilm, a PDF handout of the presentation slides and
access to view the webinar again as many times as they like.
the Most of FamilySearch.org webinar is May 9 at 7 p.m.
Eastern (6 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Mountain and 4 p.m. Pacific).
For a limited time, you can save
$10 on your registration with our early bird special!
Click here to learn more and register for Making
the Most of FamilySearch.org.
FamilySearch | Free Databases | Webinars
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:53:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
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)