Archive for July, 2015

WolframAlpha “Genealogy” Searches

Friday, July 31st, 2015

WolframAlpha has a page with suggested genealogical searches. The specific relationship questions give nice graphics.


Days Between Dates

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

WolframAlpha will calculate the number of days between two specific dates and provide the day of the week for each date on their site for ranges of dates entered in 1 January 1900-17 August 1967wolframalpha format.

No Correct Town in’ Dropdown for the SSA Database?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

When searching the  “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at, there is no entry for Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois in the location “database.” There are many locations that do not appear in the location database.


One workaround is to use “Illinois, USA” as the location and use “tioga” as the keyword. This is not a totally guaranteed approach because some place names are not standardized in the SSA database, but it is better than nothing.

Casefile Clues Sale

Monday, July 27th, 2015

From now through 1:00 a.m. 29 July 2015, a subscription to 52 issues of Casefile Clues is only $17. Your subscription can be processed here.

Easy to understand, well-written, and genealogically sound, see records discussed and “next steps” planned out.

We have updated our list of back issue topics herecasefileclues

Court Cases in GoogleBooks

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Many “state reporter” series of court cases appealed to various supreme and other appeals courts have been scanned and digitized on GoogleBooks. Consider searching for at least the following:

  • lastname
  • name of county
  • word “county”
  • name of state

You might be surprised at what you find–like this guardianship from the early 1920s that was appealed to the Illinois State Supreme Court.


Get the Weekly Blog Update

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

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Every week, I send out a blog update with a summary of postings to all my blogs, links to those postings, and some extra content not found on the blog, including:

  • photo scan with documentation
  • document citation example
  • “does it really say that?” Handwriting sample
  • Letter of the week

The blog update (view the latest one here) is only $5 a year delivered directly to your email and helps us cover various web hosting and other costs. It is separate from Casefile Clues which is much more detailed and in-depth.

$10 off any Webinar Purchase over $15

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Through 11:59 p.m. central time on 26 July, we’re offering $10 off any tipofday-offwebinar purchase of $15 or more. Simply use coupon tenoff at checkout. It’s that easy. A complete list of webinars is available on our site here.

Parents of Adult Children in US 1936 and After

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at  contains names of the parents of some “primary individuals” in the database. I’ve tried searching the last name parental fields for any ancestral couple who had a child living in 1936 or after. Might be a way to find some missing people!ssa-searchtip

Not All Married Names for Ladies in the SSA Applications and Claims Index

Friday, July 24th, 2015

When searching “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at for women, remember to use their last name at death. Some women with multiple marriages may not show up with all those married names in the database.


Eva M. Fluegel appears in “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ under her maiden name of Eva M. Trask and her final married name of Eva M. Fluegel. She does not appear under Eva M. Johnson–the last name of her first husband, two whom she was married for thirty years and with whom she had all her children. ssa-women

107 Years of Brooklyn City Directories

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The Brooklyn Public Library has put 1brooklyn07 years of Brooklyn city directories online at at no charge.