Genealogical Society of Ireland Journals & Publications Go Online at Findmypast

The following news release is from FindMyPast:


· All Society journals from 1992 to 2016 including over 800 individual articles
· All Society publications including extensive collections of gravestone inscriptions, historic records and surname studies.
· Released online for the first time

Dublin, Ireland, October 18th 2016: Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of all The’s journals dating from 1992 to 2016. The journals are now available to search as part of the PERiodical Source Index and will be joined by the expansive range of other Genealogical Society or Ireland publications over the coming weeks. The publications consists of a wide range of documents including transcripts of original records, memorial inscriptions, local and surname studies and collections of specialist sources and guides. The information dates back to 1798 and covers many counties in Ireland including Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly and Wicklow.

The release is comprised of two sets of important publications, namely:
· Journals – In 1992 the Society commenced publication of a journal. Back then it was the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society, but immediately expanded its remit to cover much more than the area around the Borough. It published 224 articles between then and 1999 when it changed its name to the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Since 2000 it has published over 600 articles on Irish family history including transcripts of source materials, scholarly articles, name studies and other material.

· Publications – Alongside the journals, the society has had an ambitious publishing programme. It has so far published over 40 individual volumes of source materials. Its first in 1992 was an 1837 memorial from Wicklow signed by hundreds of residents. Thereafter they have published many volumes of gravestone inscriptions and memorials, several school registers, military records, extracts from the 1821 and 1901 census returns, occupational records, information about the population in 1798, and specific family studies, and much more.

Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Records at Findmypast, comments:
“The Genealogical Society of Ireland occupies a unique position in the Irish genealogical landscape. Not only is it the largest volunteer society in the Republic, it is by far the most active, involved in campaigns, publications, international events and the promotion of the hobby of family history. It is dedicated to making the complexities of research understandable to the novice, while at the same time developing unique expertise across a range of topics. It is particularly important as a lobbyist to government for the shared interests of the genealogy sector in Ireland and opens its doors to everyone to help in this task. With all this in mind, we at Findmypast are especially pleased to see their fabulous collection of publications available to our audience. We also wish them every continuing success.”

Tom Conlon, Director, Sales and Marketing, Genealogical Society of Ireland said
“We are delighted to advance to a further stage of collaboration with Findmypast. It brings our portfolio of publications to a very much larger audience worldwide.

The range of information of genealogical interest available online continues to expand at a phenomenal rate. With a few clicks, one can find a whole range of information and records. By joining a society, members are helped to better interpret this information and to enhance their understanding of the times and circumstances in which their ancestors lived”

About Findmypast
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a Scottish-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including over 120 million Irish family history records, the largest collection online.

About Genealogical Society of Ireland
The Society was established in 1990 to promote an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of our genealogical and heraldic heritage in Ireland and amongst her Diaspora.
It is devoted to the promotion of the study of genealogy and related subjects as educational leisure pursuits available to all in the community irrespective of age, prior-learning, background or socio-economic circumstances by organising Open Meetings, lectures, workshops, publishing genealogical material, organising group project, exhibiting at major relevant events and the provision of an Archive and Research Centre, An Daonchartlann.
The Society encourages its members, undertaking research in every county in Ireland, to make their research available to others through publication. Through its publications programme, the Society makes accessible to researchers at home and abroad many sources otherwise not available except in their original state. The collection and repatriation of genealogical material is an important function of the Society’s Archive and Research Centre, An Daonchartlann.

MyHeritage Adds Cool New Collaboration Technology to its Search Engine – I Love This!


It looks like MyHeritage has done it again. This time they’ve used their search engine technology to help connect people who may be searching the same names. Using the new Search Connect™, I went looking for anyone searching on the name Meitzler. I checked that I wanted “exact spelling” to clear out the hundreds of Metzler searches I was sure to find. Sure enough – I found four, three searches made by USA residents and one by someone in Poland. The first item was a search for my brother, Neil Meitzler, who passed away in February of 2009. I just sent off a message to Shannon a few minutes ago. See the screen print for my search at the bottom of this blog.

The following was received from my friend, Daniel Horowitz:

MyHeritage Adds New Collaboration Technology to its Search Engine for Family History Breakthroughs

Search Connect™ converts users’ searches into results for other users, connecting people who are looking for the same ancestors and fostering collaboration

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, November 04, 2015 – MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, unveiled today an innovation that fosters collaboration in family history research. Search Connect™ enables users to easily find others who are looking for the same ancestors or relatives, and get in touch with them.

Search Connect™ includes millions of searches made by MyHeritage members. Each search is indexed along with the full metadata (dates, places, relatives and more) included in the user’s query. When another user searches for similar information, previous searches are included within the results, along with the means to get in touch with the users who conducted them.

MyHeritage conceived the Search Connect™ innovation in April 2012 when it launched SuperSearch™ its search engine for historical records. SuperSearch™ has since grown at a phenomenal pace to include 6.2 billion historical records, and Search Connect™ has amassed more than 30 million entries from searches for rare names. The size of the collection will continue to increase as users conduct new searches. Users can easily opt out and turn off the feature if they do not want MyHeritage to record their searches.

Search Connect™ is complemented by MyHeritage’s new Global Name Translation™ technology, which allows users to find other people who searched for the same name in another language. For example, a user from the USA whose last name is Mogilevsky who queries Search Connect™ to find potential relatives, will successfully find people who searched for the same last name in English, Russian, Hebrew or other languages and see who they were searching for. This maximizes the chances of locating previously unknown family members anywhere in the world.

View an example of SearchConnect™ with translation.

“MyHeritage specializes in developing innovative technologies for family history discoveries”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We are particularly excited about Search Connect™ because it enables users to benefit from the knowledge of others. When searching for an elusive ancestor who had left no trace behind, Search Connect™ reveals other people who are searching for the same person, which is the next best thing. We anticipate that many of our users will discover long-lost family members thanks to this unique addition.”

Viewing Search Connect™ results is free. A MyHeritage subscription is required to contact other users.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.


New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted For October 26, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Logo 2014

Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896.


Argentina National Census 1869 – 0 – 1,851 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 107,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889 – 0 – 236,483 – Added images to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010 – 36,372 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1977 – 78,348 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004 – 448,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896 – 0 – 147,248 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 17,891 – New browsable image collection.

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at

About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 25 Most Common Passwords on the Internet. Would you believe 123456?


A few days ago, SplashData posted it’s annual list of the most commonly used passwords. In looking through the list, it’s really quite amazing what folks will do. Would you really use the word, “password,” as your password? Following is the release from prweb:

Los Gatos, CA (PRWEB) January 20, 2015: SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list in 2011. Other passwords in the top 10 include “qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football.”

As in past years’ lists, simple numerical passwords remain common, with nine of the top 25 passwords on the 2014 list comprised of numbers only.

Passwords appearing for the first time on SplashData’s list include “696969” and “batman.”

While Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, “iloveyou” is one of the nine passwords from 2013 to fall off the 2014 list.

According to SplashData, the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe. In 2014, millions of passwords from Russian accounts were also leaked, but these passwords were not included in the analysis.

SplashData’s list of frequently used passwords shows that many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

“Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.”

For example, users should avoid a sequence such as “qwertyuiop,” which is the top row of letters on a standard keyboard, or “1qaz2wsx” which comprises the first two ‘columns’ of numbers and letters on a keyboard.

Other tips from a review of this year’s Worst Passwords List include:
Don’t use a favorite sport as your password – “baseball” and “football” are in top 10, and “hockey,” “soccer” and “golfer” are in the top 100. Don’t use a favorite team either, as “yankees,” “eagles,” “steelers,” “rangers,” and “lakers” are all in the top 100.

Don’t use your birthday or especially just your birth year — 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 are all in the top 100.
While baby name books are popular for naming children, don’t use them as sources for picking passwords. Common names such as “michael,” “jennifer,” “thomas,” “jordan,” “hunter,” “michelle,” “charlie,” “andrew,” and “daniel” are all in the top 50.

Also in the top 100 are swear words and phrases, hobbies, famous athletes, car brands, and film names.

This is the first year that SplashData has collaborated on the list with Mark Burnett, online security expert and author of “Perfect Passwords” (
“The bad news from my research is that this year’s most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years,” Burnett said. “The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that’s the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies.”

SplashData, provider of the SplashID line of password management applications, releases its annual list in an effort to encourage the adoption of stronger passwords. Slain says, “As always, we hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites.”

Presenting SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2014”:

1 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2 password (Unchanged)
3 12345 (Up 17)
4 12345678 (Down 1)
5 qwerty (Down 1)
6 1234567890 (Unchanged)
7 1234 (Up 9)
8 baseball (New)
9 dragon (New)
10 football (New)
11 1234567 (Down 4)
12 monkey (Up 5)
13 letmein (Up 1)
14 abc123 (Down 9)
15 111111 (Down 8)
16 mustang (New)
17 access (New)
18 shadow (Unchanged)
19 master (New)
20 michael (New)
21 superman (New)
22 696969 (New)
23 123123 (Down 12)
24 batman (New)
25 trustno1 (Down 1)

SplashData offers three simple tips to be safer from hackers online:
1. Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters.
2. Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.
3. Use a password manager such as SplashID to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.

Read the original press release.

Here’s a link to SplashData’s Worst Passwords of 2013.

Yahoo’s Search to Replace the Google Search as Default on the Firefox Web Browser

According to an item posted by Reuters News Service, Yahoo Inc stated Wednesday that their search engine will be the default search engine on the Firefox web browser on desktop PCs as well mobile devices in the USA. They will replace Google’s search as default on the browser.

The deal starts in December and will last five years. Firefox had 10.4 percent of the USA browser market on desktop PCs, mobile phones & tablets as of last month, this according to tech data firm StatCounter.

See more at the Reuter’s website.

Fold3 Makes Their WWII Records Available for FREE Thru Memorial Day

Fold3 is offering its World War II military records totally free through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.


Some of the records you can view are:

  • Army Enlistment Records
  • Casualty Lists
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – BIRLS Death File
  • Draft Registration Cards
  • Missing Air Crew Reports
  • Navy Muster Rolls
  • Photos

Search for Images Online by Usage Rights

Bing Scotland Maps
As a blogger, I’m always looking for images that I can use to illustrate what I’m writing about. As a genealogist, I’m often looking for images to illustrate a family story. Typically I’ve just used the Google Image search, and once I find an image, I drill down in an attempt to find out if the image is available to use on the blog or in my story without have to jump through a bunch of hoops.

Well – thanks to Microsoft, the search for images by License Type has become available to us. Using Bing/Images, we can now search for images by the following categories:

  • All
  • Public Domain
  • Free to Share and Use
  • Free to Share and Use Commercially
  • Free to Modify, Share, and Use
  • Free to Modify, Share and Use Commercially
  • Learn More

Going to the Bing/Images website, type in the search terms that you want to look for. Example – Scotland Maps. Then click on the “license” tab in the toolbar at the top of the page. In this case, I will select: “Free to Share and Use.” This would be the category I would most often use in creating an ilustration for a blog post. In this case, the number of hits is reduced to 53,900 from 288,000 (for “All”). Once I find a map I’d like to use, then I’d drill down on that illustration to make sure that I can actually use it. However, Bing just simplified that process by allowing me to “Search by License.”

The “learn more” link gives detailed information about the categories, and what to do once you find an image that you’d like to use.

I will be using Bing/Images a lot! A great resource…

Digital Family History Preservation from Gen-Ark

The following story was uncovered at

Preserving Your Family History Gets Easier, More Reliable with New Service from Gen-Ark™

Cloud-based, Full-Service Gen-Ark Protects and Maintains the Sentimental Content of Digital Estates and Family Archives

SEATTLE, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Every day, millions of pieces of family history are lost to a natural disaster or just disintegrate as old film, tape, paper photos and documents fail to withstand the test of time. Meanwhile, other memories created with yesterday’s technology might no longer be able to be viewed as computers no longer have Floppy Disk Drives or SCSI ports, and now even displaying popular Flash based content can be a challenge.

This new digital preservation service will help solve both problems – and many other issues you probably wouldn’t have thought of

“Gen-Ark is the first company to truly solve the major issues families face when trying to make sure current and future generations will be able to enjoy their rich family history,” said Peter Schmitt, CEO of Gen-Ark (short for Generational Archiving).

Gen-Ark helps preserve all your digital content as well as any content that can be digitized (Photos, videos, audio, documents, letters, newspapers and paintings). Gen-Ark perpetually cares for all the sentimental content that represents your family history so that it can be enjoyed by current and future family members. Gen-Ark provides a secure, private, long-term online storage and archiving environment to preserve, share and enjoy your family content.

“We are passionate about helping families preserve as much of their history and values as possible because we know how important it is that every child have the opportunity to learn about their family and their family’s values so that they feel connected and supported by their roots as they try to navigate an increasingly complex world,” he said.

“Imagine the joy on your great-great-great grandchildren’s faces as they browse pictures and videos or hear audio files and read documents about you and your life, and that of your parents and grandparents,” he said.

Gen-Ark helps people answer these questions about perpetual family history preservation:

  • How can I preserve family photos, videos and documents?
  • How can I make sure everyone in my family has “controlled” access to the sentimental content that makes up our family’s history and can pass that access on to the next generations?
  • How can I achieve perpetual preservation of family memorabilia and protect against deterioration and disasters (fire, flooding, theft, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes)?
  • How can I ensure my children will still be able to view files stored in our digital family archive as technology changes over time?

“At Gen-Ark we spend all our time developing solutions that ensure your family’s history will be safe and live on as a legacy,” he said.

“We are the first generation capable of creating and leaving behind a rich digital legacy of family history.  What a shame it would be if all the content your descendants end up having about your family is just publically available (birth, death, marriage and census) records when other families will have so much more,” he said.

Unlike genealogy sites that show basic ancestry information and maybe a photo or two, Gen-Ark helps you leave a rich treasure trove of multi-media content that actually demonstrates how people lived and their (values, talents, accomplishments and challenges), so future generations have a chance to get to know who their ancestors really were as well see important event (birth and marriage) content.

“The elder members of families seem to really enjoy adding stories behind that old sentimental content to the family archive, knowing it will be preserved and enjoyed by all their descendants,” he said.

Unlike some cloud-based services, Gen-Ark users retain ownership of their content. Some services require you to sign away rights to your own files. Most people don’t realize this because they don’t read user licenses. Other services provide no means to pass on access to files after the client dies, which could mean no one in the family will be able to access the content.

Unlike free social networking sites, which have a history of going out of business or only hosting low-quality (resolution) versions of content, Gen-Ark users are assured of accessing original and online accessible versions of data far into the future since they can adapt file formats as technology standards change. You can even use the content you put in Gen-Ark’s online archiving platform to re-feed social networking platforms as they upgrade and support higher resolutions.To help protect data and preserve memories, online content is maintained and protected in professionally managed, highly secure, geographically dispersed data centers which can be moved if needed in the future.

To help protect data and preserve memories, online content is maintained and protected in professionally managed, highly secure, geographically dispersed data centers which can be moved if needed in the future.

Persons who take pride in creating their family histories can contact Gen-Ark  for:

  • Free consultation with a preservation specialist regarding your family history preservation needs.
  • Download free “Getting Started Preserving your Family History” E-Book.

Become a Gen-Ark Member now and get instant access to:

  • Free e-book download: How to Start Preserving Your Family History.
  • Periodic newsletters with tips on preserving family history.
  • Discounts and offers for key services to help preserve your family history.
  • Free consultation on your family’s digital preservation needs.

Gen-Ark customers can:

  • Select a permanent vanity URL that will be the same for all generations.
  • Find memories easily with fully indexed and searchable documents
  • Create and share PDFs of anything and view them with the cool flip book feature
  • Rate content so others family members can see the most popular items
  • Associate an audio file of your grandmother telling the story behind a sentimental photo, priceless
  • The funds you pay for our service (minus a small setup fee) are put in a professionally managed trust from one of the oldest and most trusted trust banks to ensure adequate funds are available to perpetually care for the content that makes up your family history.

For more information or a free consultation go to


Heirloom Registry Partners with Family Tree Magazine for Promotion

The following is from a press release obtained from

Heirloom Registry Partners with Family Tree Magazine, Family Heirlooms Expert for New Promotion

The Heirloom Registry™ – a new service that helps its users save and share the stories behind their family heirlooms – has partnered with Family Tree Magazine and author Denise May Levenick to give readers three lifetime registrations on The Heirloom Registry with the purchase of Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

Ferndale, WA and Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 18, 2012

Family Tree Magazine, familyheirlooms expert Denise May Levenick and The Heirloom Registry announce a brand new promotion for buyers of Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

The sales campaign, entitled, “Fingerprint Your Heirlooms,” is simple: With every purchase of Levenick’s book made through or, The Heirloom Registry will include three permanent registry listings (and three registry stickers) with the order.

“We are excited to partner with Family Tree Magazine and Denise, who is truly a leader in family heirloom preservation,” said Dan Hiestand, Heirloom Registry marketing director. “Our promotion is called ‘Fingerprint Your Heirlooms’ because researching family history is too often like detective work. Her book helps folks to organize, preserve and share family heirlooms, while our product helps to make sure the stories behind the heirlooms are saved and accessible — in effect, “fingerprinted” — for future generations. This combined effort means your descendants won’t have to play detective.”

Levenick said she agrees with that sentiment.

“I love a good mystery,” said Levenick. “But uncovering the history of unidentified heirlooms can be a heartbreaking task. I don’t want my family treasures to become orphan heirlooms, and that’s why I’m enthusiastic about The Heirloom Registry and our new promotion to help you ‘Fingerprint Your Heirlooms.’ Family historians know that archival preservation is only the first step in caring for your legacy. It’s also vital to have a plan for passing on your family treasures. The Heirloom Registry makes it easy and inexpensive to write a history – and plan a future – for your heirloom.”

Working in unison, the promotion should be a valuable addition for those seeking to save their family histories, Hiestand said.

“By utilizing the information and advice Denise talks about in her book in tandem with The Heirloom Registry, you can leave a gift for future generations by adding texture and color to your family tree now,” said Hiestand.

“Fingerprint Your Heirlooms” will run until the end of 2012.

About Family Tree Magazine
Family Tree Magazine is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc. (, which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars, genealogy books and the online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do.

About Denise May Levenick
Denise May Levenick is the creator of The Family Curator genealogy blog named one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and 2011 where she has written about her own family archive experiences since 2007. Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences in How to Archive Family Keepsakes. Denise is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and presents online webinars and conference seminars on a variety of archival subjects.

About The Heirloom Registry™
When you record the history of a family heirloom or treasured belonging in The Heirloom Registry, its story travels with it. Wherever it goes. Always. For as little as 99 cents and in just 10-15 minutes, family stories can be safely preserved. It’s simple: Mark/label your family heirlooms (and future family keepsakes) with a high-quality Heirloom Registry sticker, brass or aluminum plate, and share your items’ stories – or provenances — in words and pictures at Once registered, those stories will be available to future owners no matter where the item goes.

The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy

Everything Guide to Online Genealogy bookWhatever one may feel about the Internet as a whole, there is no questioning that it has change the nature of genealogical research forever. That change will last, at least until the next technological innovation. Research and data used to only be accomplished through letter writing, library visits, and research trips. Now, information can be found and processed in minutes. Digitized records and indexes grow by the day. Social media and communication tools bring long-distance family closer. Finding people, living or deceased, has never been easier or faster. Yet, the Internet is getting so large, and involves so many independent technologies, it is easy for one to get lost in the diversity or, become tangled in a web of technologies they do not understand. Effective online research needs guidance. The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 2nd Edition, offers direction needed to successfully navigate the web for family research.

Author Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogists and is the genealogy guide for Her daily experience in online genealogical research is clear in every page of this guide as it leads the reader from the basics of research through the process of searching and extracting vital family data from a variety of online resources. Here is just a sampling of what you can expect to find in this book:

  • Effectively search various websites
  • Decipher census data and other online records
  • Choose the best way to share your data both on and offline
  • Connect with other genealogists via social media outlets

From free to paid sites, there are tips to help researchers get more from the online resources they visit. In addition, improvement to searching skills and in accessing public records will enhance the overall success in uncovering family information.





01 Click Into Your Past

  • Family Tree Basics
  • Plan Your Project
  • Collect Information
  • Organize the Search
  • Record Your Progress

02 Begin Backward

  • Interview Yourself
  • Rummage Through the Attic
  • Question Your Family Members
  • Has it Already Been Done?
  • From One Generation to the Next

03 Learn How to Search

  • Search Engine Basics
  • Get Creative with Names
  • Connect with Living Kin
  • Search Tools and Strategies
  • Find the Right Tree in the Forest
  • Spread the Wealth

04 Online Starting Points

  • What is and is not Online
  • Explore Free Databases
  • Seek Out Subscription Sites
  • Find Family at FamilySearch
  • Discover History at the National Archives
  • Look at the Library of Congress
  • Search State Libraries and Archives

05 Dig Into Death Records

  • A Good Place to Begin
  • Search for Obituaries
  • Social Security Death Index
  • Death Certificates and Online Indexes
  • Visit Virtual Cemeteries and funeral Homes
  • Put it Into Practice

06 Check the Census

  • The U.S Federal Census
  • Access Census Images and Indexes Online
  • Census Research Tips and Caveats
  • Follow Census Clues to New Records
  • Special and State Censuses
  • Utilize Census Alternatives
  • Put it into Practice

07 Hunt Down Family Connections

  • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Birth and Baptismal Records
  • Unearth Wills and Estate Records
  • Chase Down Court Records
  • Identify Adoptions and Orphans

08 Look Local

  • Maps and Geography
  • Land and Property Records
  • Historical Newspapers
  • Libraries and Societies
  • Churches and Schools
  • Local History

09 Mine the Web for Military Records

  • Find Clues to Military Service
  • Compiled Military Service Records
  • Pensions and Bounty Land Warrants
  • Discover Revolutionary and Civil War Ancestors
  • Research Twentieth-Century Conflicts
  • Bone Up on Military History

10 A Nation of Immigrants

  • Find the Birthplace of Your Immigrant Ancestors
  • Plunge into Passenger Lists
  • Naturalization Records
  • Ethnic Research
  • Put it into Practice

11 Reach Out to Others

  • Make the Most of Boards and Lists
  • Ferret Out Family Trees
  • Ask the Right Way
  • Share Your Research
  • Take a Class
  • Connect with the Pros

12 Dig Deeper

  • Books, Magazines, and Blogs
  • Occupational Records
  • Membership Organizations
  • Photos and Postcards
  • DNA and Genetic Genealogy

13 Locate Records Abroad

  • A National of Immigrants
  • Canada
  • Mexico, Central America, and South America
  • British Isles
  • The Rest of Europe
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Asia and Africa

14 Putting it all Together

  • Evaluate What You’ve Found
  • Protect Your Family History from Disaster
  • Publish Your Family History
  • Dos and Dont’s of Online Genealogy

15 See it in Action

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: Fiction to Fact
  • George Herman Ruth: A Wealth of Records Online
  • Robert Lee Frost: Following Families Through the Census
  • Neil Armstong: Researching Twentieth-Century Ancestors
  • The Mystery Box: A Descendant Genealogy

Appendix A: Further Readings

Appendix B: Family Trees



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A Warning For Every Computer-Using Genealogist

I thought this article was worth sharing with every one of you. Since most genealogists today are avid computer users, especially using the Internet for research, this article may be as important as any other we feature here. The article describes in fairly plain language a viral infection affecting hundreds of thousands of computers. Only through the efforts of the Feds have many people not had their Internet access stopped already. However, that may change soon for anyone with an affected computer who does not take steps to fix the problem now.

Fortunately, the article links to a website where anyone can go and have their computers checked for this particular virus. Note: here is the link you need to follow to check your system:

Be sure to read the full article and then follow the link if you are concerned about your machine. The Associated Press article was posted on

Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July

By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.

Most victims don’t even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

“We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because … if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service,” said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. “The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get `page not found’ and think the Internet is broken.”

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