RootsMagic 6 has been “Share Certified” by FamilySearch for use with the new FamilySearch “Family Tree.” Family Tree has only been available to the general public for a short time, but I’ve already found it to be a great resource. Now that RootsMagic 6 is Share Certified, I’ll get all that much more use out of it! The following is from the RootsMagic blog:
We are pleased to announce that an update to RootsMagic 6 is now available which has been “Share Certified” by FamilySearch for use with their new “Family Tree” system. This means that RootsMagic is the only software certified to share data with FamilySearch Family Tree!
What is FamilySearch Family Tree?
FamilySearch Family Tree is a new way to organize and record your genealogy online. It is free, is available to everyone, and provides an easy way to discover your place in history with free tools to help you preserve and share your family’s story for generations to come.
In Family Tree you can:
- See what the system already contains about your ancestors.
- Work with others to fill in missing information and correct errors.
- Add sources and explanations to show that information is accurate.
- Find and merge records that are about the same person.
How is FamilySearch Family Tree different than new.FamilySearch.org?
RootsMagic, the genealogy software named “Easiest to Sync” with new.FamilySearch.org, now brings the same power and features that you love to FamilySearch Family Tree- with more to come!
Family Tree has most of the features that are available on new.FamilySearch.org. It has some new features including the ability to edit and delete most any information about a person, a detailed history of changes made to people, and the ability to add sources to back up your conclusions. While new.FamilySearch.org has primarily been available to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family Tree is available to everyone.
How do I get started?
To get started:
Download the latest version of RootsMagic 6 or the free RootsMagic 6 Essentials.
Watch our brief video tutorials to help you get up-and-running quickly.
Check out our list of Frequently-Asked Questions for tips and explanations about the update.
The following was received from NGS today, and I’m passing it along to my readers:
Register within the week for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference and to select any meals or pre-conference events or tours you plan to attend. Pre-registration ends on Monday, 22 April 2013, which includes meals and tours sales. On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Meals and pre-conference tours and events must be purchased by 22 April 2013. They cannot be purchased on-site at the conference.
You don’t want to miss this year’s exciting conference program from 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For conference information and to register, go to http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info.
Space is still available for most conference social activities including meal events and the Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfasts, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several breakfasts and luncheons during the conference, and the NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Make your reservation by the deadline, 22 April, at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Breakfasts are $28; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2013_Conference_Registration_Brochure_20_November.pdf.
Las Vegas Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for three exciting Las Vegas area tours on Tuesday, 7 May. Tour tickets are available only until 22 April 2013.
Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour: This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of the Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.
Museum Tour: Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.
Night Tour: Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!
For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/annual_conference/las_vegas_area_tours.
Add Items to an Existing Registration
Meals and pre-conference events and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close 22 April 2013.
Pre-Conference Events and Tours: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.
Meals: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions
“Newspapers are genealogy’s ‘hottest’ record group today and Cooke’s engaging writing teamed with helpful worksheets makes searching for them much easier.”
The above is just one of many positive comments given about Lisa Louise Cooke’s book Everything You Need to Know About… How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers. This book is a step-by-step instructional guide to using newspapers as a resource in genealogical research. In the first chapter, Cooke provides good reasoning for using newspapers in family research. However, she explains that some family historians “shy away” from using newspapers for the following three reasons:
- Newspapers are all over the place!
- Newspapers come and go!
- Newspapers are in so many different forms!
This may make newspapers appear too overwhelming a resource. Where does one go first? What can one expect to find, or not find? This guide was written to help answer these question. Cooke provides a “tried and true process,” a step-by-step guide to lead researchers to success. The readers will be taught the following skills, and more:
- Discover which newspaper, if any, existed at a particular time period for a given location
- Learn to locate available copies in whatever form they exist in (i.e. original print, microfilm, etc.)
- Learn to evaluate a paper, finding every bit of useful information within its pages
The book provides worksheets and checklists, lists free online resources, details a few worthwhile paid Internet resources, and provides a case-study to put the reader’s new found knowledge to the test. Each tool helps move the reader further down the path of success. Take the following quote from Steve Luxenberg, Washington Post associate editor:
“As a veteran of research and libraries, I found all sorts of nuggets and new resources. Beginners will find an embarrassment of riches, including an impressive appendix with a comprehensive list of online routes to national, international and local newspapers. This is as close as you’ll get to one-stop shopping for learning about historical newspaper research”
Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer of two popular online radio shows, the Genealogy Gems Podcast and The Family Tree Magazine Podcast. She is also the author of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox. She is also a renowned international speaker on research strategies and is an expert at interviewer. As a point of full disclosure, Lisa is a friend of the GenealogyBlog and to Leland. When asked what book did the genealogical community need at this time, it was Leland who provided the answer: Newspapers. Lisa took that to heart and Everything You Need to Know About… How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, in the words of Bill and Ted, is the “most excellent” result.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Newspapers: An Exciting and Exasperating Record Group
Chapter 2 – What to Look for in Newspapers
Chapter 3 – Top 10 Tips to Remember Before Starting Your Search
Chapter 4 – The Newspaper Search Process
Chapter 5 – How to Identify Newspapers that Meet Your Criteria: Start with the Big Picture
Chapter 6 – Online Digitized Newspaper Collections: Free and Paid
Chapter 7 – Portal Websites: The Key to Finding ‘Hard-to-Find’ Newspapers Online and Offline
Chapter 8 – Need More Help? Here’s Who You Should Ask
Chapter 9 – African American Newspapers
Chapter 10 – Caring for Newspaper Clippings
Chapter 11 – Putting it to Bed
Appendix A – United States Newspaper Websites
Appendix B – International Newspaper Websites
Appendix C – Heritage Quest Online Participating Libraries
To get your own copy of Everything You Need to Know About… How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers visit Family Roots Publishing; Item #: LU04, Price: $24.45.
Over the last several weeks, Family Roots Publishing has been going through a website redesign, and upgrade. Not only does the site have a more modern look, but it’s more user-friendly and allows the user to do things that were not possible before. Following is a list of the obvious upgrades:
- The site is redesigned, with a new look, while still keeping familiar aspects of the past.
- PDF downloads of books, laminates and such are now automatic, with immediate download capability. Previously, FRPC had a message posted that said that an email to download links would be sent within 24 hours – meaning they had to physically send the link to the patron. Now it’s on auto-pilot.
- The Category pages have an added line at the top stating that the patron should “Scroll Down to See Category-wide Resources.” Some pages were getting so many subcategories that it wasn’t always obvious that the category-wide resources were found futher down the page. Example: Under USA – by State, Virginia has so many COUNTY subcategories, that the Virginia statewide products can’t been seen without scrolling down the page.
- After putting an item in the shopping cart, the program now sends the user to go back to the search results or category page from where they made their initial selection when they click on “Continue Shopping,” instead of the FRPC home page. This makes shopping a much easier experience for the patron.
- A table was created that allowed FRPC to lower the shipping cost for extremely light items, such as laminates.
- The search engine was upgraded and indexed, allowing faster product searches.
- Titles were added to the featured items on the home page.
- Buttons for Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter were added to the Product Description pages.
It’s hoped that you will enjoy the site. Feel free to browse at any time.
Order Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops 1755-1764 was originally published in 1891 by the New-York Historical Society. Heritage Books reprinted this book in 2007. The contents of this book are straight forward and simple, it contains:
“Muster Rolls of the various regiments and smaller organizations of troops raised and put in the field by the province of New York, which served during the Seven Years’ War in America, or, as it was later called ‘The Old French War’— that war which forever terminated the power of France in the New World.”
The rolls in this book cover the entire war period from 17855 to 1763, except for 1757. The 1757 records have gone missing from the archives for the State of New York in Albany. All the other records are held in the state archives, just as they were originally filed in the office of the Provincial Secretary of the Colony of New York. The rolls provide such information as name, date of enlistment, age, birthplace, and trade of the soldier.
The book has three main parts, the rolls, an appendix, and an extensive index. The appendix offers a great deal of vital history information through documents, also found in the state archives. “These show the action of the Governors of the province, the colonial legislature and other provincial authorities, not only in relation to their own troops, but to the carrying on of the war generally by the people of the province of New York, its legislature, and its Governors.” These documents include:
- A list of all acts of the legislature of the province—17 in all
- Official order, directions, and proclamations of three Governors
- Lists of commissioned officers, as far as they were obtainable
- Lists of deserters
- Lists of commissions signed by the Governors
- Book of military appointments
- Lists of commissions issued for the provincial regiments
- List of warrants issued to captains for bounty and enlistment monies
For insight into a war most Americans probably know little about, this book presents both a great historical insight as well as vital information for researching ancestors who may have served in the Provincial military.
Order Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops 1755-1764 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $45.08.
After more than five years, Jeffrey A. Bockman, has published a major update to his popular book, Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy: Record & Preserve Your Family’s History. Now in its fifth edition, this fantastic primer covers all the basics needed for the novice to get started with family history research. Sometimes genealogists forget an important part of family history research, leaving their own story behind. Bockman created this book to guide and inspire anyone with an inkling of interest into their own past, to help search it out and leave both it and their own stories behind for future genealogists.
In this book Bockman covers all the basics, for example:
- Forms to record the basic facts
- Saving documents future researchers will need
- Identifying people in photographs
- Finding and telling family stories
- Conducting your own research
This fifth edition is a major revision, adding over five additional years of experience and new resources. New for the fifth edition:
- More family stories and photographs
- Newer sources
- More online resources
- A new section on searching techniques
- Comments about genealogy travel with examples
- Mini case study (to give hope to those who have a relative that disappeared)
The book is organized for easy reading with plenty of examples to help the beginner get started. If you know someone looking to get started with family history or hoping to help someone develop and interest in their families stories, then this book would help them in the process.
Not only is this book one of the best primers available, it is priced affordably. Family Roots Publishing has Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy: Record & Preserve Your Family’s History, 5th Edition, for only $8.86.
Table of Contents
- About the author
- Identify family members and key events
- Recording information on standardized forms
- Family Group Sheet
- Ancestor Chart
- Supporting documents that help to provide the necessary proof
- List of what to use, keep, and preserve
- Important home sources
- Bockman family home sources
- Help turn names and dates into real people
- Identify the people, the time, and the place
- Saving items for future generations
- Paper & document preservation
- Photo preservation
- Can only be told by someone who was a part of it
- Timeline of events
- Bockman family history
Organizing It All
- Assembling all of the information
Family History Research
- How to start researching your family
- Vital records
- Wills & probate records
- Cemetery records
- Census records
- Other records
- Didn’t find it in the index
- Genealogy travel
- Case Study: Finding Alvar a not so great dane
- Title page
- Guidelines for filling in your forms
- Three family group sheets
- One ancestor charts
- Two timeline pages
- Notes page
As I wrote earlier this week, Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Brandenburg II, Regierungsbezirk Frankfurt an der Oder (Volume 42) is now in print, and shipping. All volumes for which Family Roots Publishing had standing orders have been shipped and should arrive within a week or so. This includes the library quality hard-bound volumes as well as the soft cover books.
We wish to thank all of our customers for waiting patiently for this book. It took just over a year to complete.
Fro a full description of the book, including a listing of the included towns, see our earlier blog.
Pamela and Richard Sayre Announced as Keynote Speakers for Dallas Genealogical Society 2013 Summer Institute
The following was received from Carolyn Davis for the Dallas Genealogical Society:
April 8, 2013, Dallas, TX – The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) announces that Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard Sayre will be the keynote speakers at the DGS 2013 Summer Institute on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, 2013, at the Dallas Public Library, in Dallas, Texas. Entitled Bits of Yesterday: Using Maps and Records to Complete Your Family Story, Institute topics include: “Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System;” “Land Entry Papers and Records of the General Land Office,” “Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress,” “Maps: Where to Find Them and How to Use Them,” “Using Topographic and Other Maps,” and more. For details about these and other topics or to register online, visit www.dallasgenealogy.org.
About the Speakers
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CGsm, CGL, has presented in more than thirty states. She is co-coordinator for two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy courses (Researching in Washington, D.C., Without Leaving Home and All About Land), coordinator for Samford University’s IGHR Techniques and Technology course, and former instructor in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. She co-authored Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (Nashville, Tenn.: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003) and Research in Missouri (Washington, D.C.: NGS, 1999, 2007), penned the FGS FORUM’s Digitools column for five years, and was editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Sayre was director of education and publications for the National Genealogical Society, and she served on the boards of both NGS and FGS.
Richard Sayre, CGsm, CGL is a longtime researcher, lecturer, and writer. His areas of interest include urban research methodology, mapping tools for genealogists, military records, immigration, the Ohio River Valley, and Western Pennsylvania, and he has lectured about these topics to genealogical societies across the United States. He is co-coordinator for two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy courses (Researching in Washington, D.C., Without Leaving Home and All About Land), coordinator for Samford’s IGHR Land Mapping: Using Maps course, and he teaches in IGHR’s Advanced Methodology, Advanced Military, and Techniques and Technology courses. Rick is a member of the board of the Virginia Genealogical Society and a former vice president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG.
About the Dallas Genealogical Society
Founded in 1954, the Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) is the oldest continuously functioning society of its kind in Texas. The object of this Society is to educate by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy; to assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas; and to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history. The Dallas Public Library has been rated as one of the Top 10 libraries for genealogy research in the U.S. by Family Tree Magazine.
DGS is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation and a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).
The following was received today from Sue Kaufman, with the Texas State Genealogical Society:
We are writing to you as a member of the genealogical community of Texas to alert you to a bill being considered by the Texas Legislature. We should have sent this alert out to you sooner. We’ve been so consumed with developing a response and strategy that we’ve neglected to keep you informed. We promise to do a better job of sending you alerts in the future more quickly.
House Bill 3252 by Representative John Zerwas (Fort Bend County) would close Texas birth records for 125 years and Texas death records for 50 years. Under current Texas law, birth and death records now become public information 75 years after a birth and 25 years after a death. Proponents of the bill believe that closing birth and death records for 125 and 50 years will prevent identity theft and fraud.
TSGS is actively opposing this legislation. Last week, President Susan Kaufman, President-Elect John Wylie, Director Randy Whited, and Records Preservation and Access Chair Teri Flack testified before the House Public Health Committee strongly expressing our opinion that increasing these time limits will do nothing to prevent identity theft and that, particularly by closing death records for 50 years, family historians will be prevented from obtaining their family’s health history in a timely manner. We provided background information to enable the members to understand the impact of the bill. A copy of the bill, the written testimony we submitted to the committee, and our written response to questions and issues raised during the hearing may be found at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TexasStateGenealogic/b4c00fb320/9fa51d13fb/4d9172da33. If you are so inclined, you can watch the hearing at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TexasStateGenealogic/b4c00fb320/9fa51d13fb/c8950b8b2d.
We know it will take the effort of our entire community to persuade legislators that this bill is unnecessary. We are asking you to write Rep. Zerwas and express your opinion. His email address is email@example.com. It does not have to be a lengthy point-counterpoint communication. Feel free to use some of the arguments we included in our testimony; however, most legislators dismiss anything that sounds like a form letter. So, it would be counterproductive to simply forward this alert or a copy of our testimony. Rep. Zerwas has already listened to our official testimony. A simple, personally crafted message in your own words will be more effective.
We are also asking you to write to members of the House Public Health Committee, particularly if you live in the district of one of the members. Here’s a link to the committee so you can see who the members are and to find their email addresses: House Public Health Committee members. Be sure to let them know you are writing to them about HB 3252 because of their membership on that committee. Not sure if you live in a member’s district? You can go to Texas Legislature Online at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TexasStateGenealogic/b4c00fb320/9fa51d13fb/fb0467954e and plug in your address information. It will tell you who your representative and senator are.
Please don’t dawdle. The bill may be voted out of the Public Health Committee as early as Friday. So, the sooner you write the more impact you will have.
Please forward this message to anyone who might be willing to climb aboard this urgent effort. You don’t need to limit it just to your fellow genealogists. Send it to anyone who might be willing to speak up for open government.
Thank you for your support of this effort. We’ll keep you posted on any action taken by the Legislature.
Texas State Genealogical Society
Washington, DC… Today, President Barack Obama sent to Congress his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the Federal Government, which includes $385.8 million for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
The requested amount for NARA is a slight decrease from the FY 2012 funding level of $391.5 million. NARA’s FY 2013 budget is approximately $371 million, including sequestration cuts.
“Our budget is a responsible plan that supports critical agency priorities while continuing to reduce our overall spending levels. NARA’s budget request reflects difficult decisions that are necessary to maintain our vital mission and continue services to the public in an austere budget environment.” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.
In FY 2014, NARA is requesting $370.7 million for the Operating Expenses appropriation. This is a net decrease of about $2.6 million from the FY 2012 funded level. Within the lower funding level, NARA’s budget realigns some efficiency savings in facility operations and information technology to focus on increasing public access to historical electronic records and modernizing Government records management practices.
NARA’s request also includes $4.13 million for the Office of Inspector General, a slight increase over FY 2012, and $8 million for Repairs and Restorations to NARA-owned buildings, a 12percent reduction from FY 2012 funding. Our request for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grants program is $3 million, which is a 40 percent reduction from FY 2012 funded levels.
- Petersburg Weekly Report (2226)
- Petersburg Press (1298)
- The Petersburg Herald (610)
- The Progressive (388)
The dates of items currently posted are from 1913 through 1931.
According to an article posted at the ksfk.org website, “By this fall, the archive should be complete up to a year within the current paper.” See the article for an interesting audio recording.
Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.
The following U.S.A. & Canadian vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org. This blog updates all five of the Online Database groups (see below) through 11 April 2013 [updated from 12 March 2013].
We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
- United States Birth & Christening Records Found at FamilySearch.org
- United States Marriage Documents & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org
- United States Death & Probate Records Found at FamilySearch.org
- Canadian Vital Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org
- USA State & Territorial Censuses and Tax Records Found at FamilySearch.org
THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE RECENTLY POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG:
New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938 – Browsable Images – Imaged Records of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – It is published by volume and year range – 961,845 images as of 14 March 2013; up 94,403 images since 30 November 2012.
Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 - Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – 1,157,102 records with 1,069,456 viewable as of 14 March 2013.
[NEW] Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 – Index and Imaged Records - Index and digital images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – 683,052 records and 419,590 images as of 14 March 2013.
Texas Deaths, 1977-1986 – Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available. Certificates for 1978 are currently posted by county. – 108,598 records and 1,419,149 images images as of 17 March 2013; up 41,065images since 27 November 2012.
[NEW] Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954 – Imaged Records - Naturalization and probate records from the Lee County courthouse in Dixon, Illinois. This collection is being published as images become available – 108,387 images as of 17 March 2013.
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 - Indexed and Imaged Records – Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates – 3,544,429 records and 7,380,590 images as of 23 March 2013; up 3,482,274 images since 10 November 2011.
New York State Census 1875 – Indexed and Imaged Records –Images of the 1875 New York State Census as of 1 June 1875. The following counties are not included: Chemung, Clinton, Hamilton, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Wayne, and Westchester – 721,358 records and 93,870 images as of 28 March 2013; up 12,497 records since 13 June 2012.
BillionGraves Index – Indexed Records - Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site; 3,072,569 records as of 2 April 2013; up 305,562 records since 3 March 2013.
Iowa State Census 1895 – Indexed and Imaged Records – Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1895. The census names everyone in the household – From the Iowa State Historical Society, Des Moines IA – 526,916 records and 79,808 images as of 5 April 2013.
Washington, County Records 1856-2009 – Imaged Records – Collection of various records including vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage – 3,435,759 2,682,528 images as of 9 April 2013; up 753,231 images since December 2012.
[NEW] Oregon, Tillamook County Records, 1854-1967 - Imaged Records - Images of Tillamook County records including marriages and land and property records – 64,546 images as of 11 April 2013.
[NEW] New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954 – Imaged Records - Images of county marriage records acquired from the state archives and county courthouses. This collection consists of records for the following counties: Sandoval, Socorro, and Valencia – 21,708 images as of 11 April 2013.
Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – Imaged Records – Images of notarial records arranged by locality, then notary, then time period. This collection is being published as images become available. This collection contains vital records including births, marriages, deaths, and a card index. Original records are in the Office of Civil Registry, Waigani, NCD Papua New Guinea.- 3,614,565 images as of 5 April 2013.
Fifty-six years ago last month, a daughter was reunited with her father who she hadn’t seen for 43 years – not since she was less than 5 years old. That daughter was my mother, nee Virginia Cornett Feller. I was reminded of the reunion while searching for Meitzlers at Newspapers.com last evening.
The event is a bit hazy in my mind as I was only (almost) 7 at the time. However, I remember my mother leaving for a trip and being gone for a while. During the period mom was gone, I went to stay with my 1st-grade school teacher, Mrs. Aufderhaur, who, with her husband, lived in housing at Auburn Academy in Auburn, Washington. My mother’s meeting her father was a big deal for our family, and Neal Cornett (see photo below) became an integral part of our lives for the next 20 years. I thought it was cool to have a grandfather, something I’d never known before. I guess the press thought it was a big deal too, as the AP picked up the story and the news is found in various newspapers published around the country.
The article that caught my eye last night was published in the 26 March 1957 edition of the Greely Daily Tribune. What brought it to my attention again was that I just happened to buy an annual subscription to Newspapers.com while at RootsTech a few days ago. As a long-time Footnote.com subscriber, I was given a small discount on my Newspapers.com subscription. I’ve been very busy, and this was my first opportunity to search for relatives.
Newspapers.com allows for simple and advanced searches. I can search for a name, or by doing an advanced search, I can search for a specific place, and even limit the dates searched. I found that after doing my search, if I check the left-hand column I see a map showing where the name is found (by state), and below that, the number of entries found per state. I can see the hits for any of those states by clicking on their link. The results page shows a small teaser clipping of each hit, along with the name and place where the newspaper was published, as well as the day and date of the paper. Finally – the number of hits in that paper is listed.
Searches on Newspapers.com are free, and the results teaser often give the searcher enough information to know if that “hit” might be one that will expand their family history. Click on any of the links in this article to do a free search, and see for yourself how the info in the above paragraph might apply to your own family history.
On a personal level, a couple of the things that are nice about Newspapers.com is the “Clipping aspect of the program, allowing the user to “clip” the relevent portion of the paper and save it to a personal “Clipping” portion of the site. I can also save a clipping to Pinterest, which I’m just getting started with. My plan is to set up a Pinterest board for each of my family’s immigrants and their descendents. But that’s another topic!
Another thing that I did while at RootsTech was to establish an affiliate relationship with Newspapers.com, so if people click on my links to the site, and then happen to subscribe, I will receive a portion of the subscription fee. That’s the way affiliate relationships work. While not bringing in a lot of money, they do help to defray the expenses of producing GenealogyBlog.com.
Now… with that said, I’m going back to searching… I’ve found all kinds of things I’ve not seen before about my family, and I know there’s a lot more to come, for according to the website, there are currently over 38 million pages from over 1100 US newspapers, all dated from the 1700s–2000s to search.
I begin virtually every search with Google. I don’t own stock in Google, or have any particular love for the search engine; however, there is no denying the overall search power of Google and the simple ease by which anyone can use the tool. That said, Google offers more than just basic search engine. There are many useful tools available from Google, beyond the basic search capabilities, and no one better to explain their value to genealogists then Lisa Louise Cooke’s. Her book, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox: A Genealogist’s Guide to the Most Powerful Free Online Research Tools Available, offers thorough coverage of Google tools useful to genealogists.
While Google may have started as a basic engine, the additional tools Google provides for free makes it an excellent, all-around research assistant. Google Alerts for up to the minute web tracking, free email for all through Gmail, iGoogle is a search dashboard for your own system, Google Books, Google News, Google Translate, YouTube, Google Earth, and more. These tools can help the Genealogist improve and expand their research. But, does one learn to use all of these tools? More so, how can these tools be used together for research synergy? The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox is the perfect guidebook to successfully using all the above listed Google tools in your family history research.
According to Cooke, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us. The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 — Caffeine & Search Options Column
Chapter 2 — Basic & Advances Search
Chapter 3 — Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
Chapter 4 —Site Search & Resurrecting Web Sites
Chapter 5 — Image Search
Chapter 6 — Google Alerts
Chapter 7 — Gmail
Chapter 8 — iGoogle – Your Personal Genealogy Homepage
Chapter 9 — Google Books
Chapter 10 — Google News Timeline
Chapter 11 — Google Translate & Translation Toolkit
Chapter 12 — YouTube and Google Video
Chapter 13 — Google Earth Overview
Chapter 14 — Google Earth – Ancestral Homes and Locations
Chapter 15 — Google Earth – Organizing, Naming, and Sharing
Chapter 16 — Google Earth – Historic Maps and Images
Chapter 17 — Google Earth – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
Chapter 18 — Google Earth – Fun with Images and Video
Chapter 19 — Family History Tour Maps
Appendix — Find it Quick: The “How To” Index
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