Archive for July, 2015

Ancestral Locations in the US National Register of Historical Places?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Is there a place in your family history that is on the US National Register of Historical Places? If so, the application may contain significant clues or citations to additional sources that may be helpful in your own searches. There is more information searchtip2here


BLM Searches for Military Warrants

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Remember that a military warrant may have been used to obtain property anywhere in the federal domain. Many veterans sold the warrant to someone else who settled the property it was used to obtain. Your New Hampshire veteran’s warrant may have been used to claim property in Kansas–where he never lived at all. blmanwywhere

Do You Check If’s Searching Right?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 recently released a database of Kansas state census records. Some searches aren’t working quite like they are supposed to (or at least not the way I think they should). Other databases may have the same problem. If you are an  subscriber view the post here and keep it in mind when searching there.

Irish Catholic Church Records Online

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

370,000 images are in this collection, ranging from the 1740s to the 1880s and covering 1,086 parishes throughout Ireland. The collection consists primarily of baptismal and marriage records. The records can be viewed at

Use Keywords and not Firstname Lastname

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Some sites “index” obituaries by the first and last name of the deceased. Searching for a person as a survivor of the deceased can be another way to make good discoveries. On some sites this can be done by searching for the person’s name using a keyword search. obituarysearch

Chicago Tribune Archives Free for Now

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

The archives of the Chicago Tribune are free as of this posting. How long the archives will be free is hard to say.

Leave It Out

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

It doesn’t hurt to be occasionally reminded that sometimes leaving out search terms is a good idea. In this 1910 census entry, the gender of one of the children in the household does not appear in the transcription.goldensteinerror3