Discover … eGGSA (The virtual branch of the South African Genealogical Society)

eGGSA is the acronym for the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa.  According to their website the ‘Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) is an international organization of people engaged in the study of genealogy, family trees and family history with a South African connection’. From the first small colony established by … Continue reading Discover … eGGSA (The virtual branch of the South African Genealogical Society)

Discover … Internet Archive

Internet Archive:  Described as ‘a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.’[1] Internet Archive is a great site to search for just about anything. The “Wayback Machine” allows the archives of the web to be searched.  Users are then able to view archived web pages even for web sites … Continue reading Discover … Internet Archive

Discover … Fulton History

Fulton History is a historical newspaper site containing over 37 million newspaper pages (as of December 2016)[1] from the USA and Canada, as well as a few other locations. Even more remarkable is that the site is run by one person, Tom Tryniski, of Fulton, New York. Besides access to millions of newspaper pages, there … Continue reading Discover … Fulton History

Discover … The Arizona Memory Project

The Arizona Memory Project is a project of the Arizona State Library, Archives and  Public Records. The site provides access to a wealth of primary source documents, photographs, maps and other multimedia items showcasing Arizona’s past and present. A specific collection can be searched (of which there are over 270) or a general search of … Continue reading Discover … The Arizona Memory Project

Using the Arizona Territorial Census

      Arizona Territorial Census records are unique in that they fall in the interim years between federal censuses.  Arizona became a U.S. territory on February 24, 1863.  By February 1864 Milton B. Duffield, U.S. Marshall for Arizona, provided instructions for the first census to be taken.   The information collected on the census varies from year … Continue reading Using the Arizona Territorial Census

Know the History, Know the Records

Searching for a family in the 1890 U.S. census may leave you feeling very frustrated.  That’s because the 1890 Census was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1921.  If you are researching in Appomattox County, Virginia it is vital to know that a fire destroyed much of the county court records in 1892.   If you … Continue reading Know the History, Know the Records

What’s in a (Maiden) Name?

Many years ago I received the birth certificate for my great-grandfather James Thomas, born in Medomsley, County Durham, England in 1862.   I knew his parents to be William and Susan Thomas, but I had not been able to find Susan’s maiden name.   I eagerly opened the envelope anticipating the beautifully written maiden name of my … Continue reading What’s in a (Maiden) Name?

You’ve Watched the Webinar. Now What?

Today the Board for Certification of Genealogists presented a series of educational webinars, hosted by Legacy Family Tree, on a variety of topics.  The information was excellent, with many notes taken and the downloaded syllabi added substantially to my ‘to read’ list. Webinars are excellent ways to add to our genealogical education.  Each week there … Continue reading You’ve Watched the Webinar. Now What?

Tracking a Family with City Directories and Voter Registration Indexes

City Directories and Voter Registration indexes can supplement our research and help track individuals over time and place.  They are both often overlooked as a source of genealogical information. To illustrate the use of City Directories and Voter Registration records let’s use the McNelly family of San Francisco, California.  At first glance, the information I … Continue reading Tracking a Family with City Directories and Voter Registration Indexes

Research Plans, Mind Maps and a Case Study

You’re excited to start researching one of your ancestors.  You jump in but soon find yourself following those BSOs (Bright Shiny Objects) down many different paths. At the end of 2 hours you have little to show for your effort.   This is where a Research Plan can come in handy. What is a Research Plan?  … Continue reading Research Plans, Mind Maps and a Case Study