Monthly Archives: August 2015

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

camiela-mortierThe following newspapers from Illinois (and other areas) are online at the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections at the University of Illinois.


Uncle Newport’s Not OCR’d Correctly

There’s one search lesson in this image and another lesson as well. This reference my great uncle is indexed as Newport Ufkes (in an index created by OCR technology). Why it didn’t end up as Ufkes Newport is probably because the comma was interpreted as following the last name. This makes the point that first and last name indexes created using OCR technology can easily be a little off–because of the automated process.

The Ufkes at the left end of row three is my great uncle and at first I didn’t think the man the picture referred to looked like him. Then I read the text more carefully. Row 1 was the top row, not the bottom row. When I counted row three using the top row as row 1, the image looked like a younger version of the man I knew.

It’s all about perspective.


Browsing US Materials At FamilySearch

My email tells me that many aren’t aware osearchtipfamilyf how to view the unindexed materials on FamilySearch. One has to get past that screen with the search box. Searching by name won’t bring up the unindexed records.

On the left hand side will be geographic links you can use to narrow your search results.

Genealogy Webinar Sales Ending 22 August

It has been fun…but…


After nearly 5 years, on 22 August we’re going to close our genealogy webinar saleson our website so that I can direct my genealogical efforts elsewhere. I’m a one person enterprise and it’s time to devote my energies in other directions. We’re keeping the newsletters and the blogs, but webinar distribution will be ending on 22 Aug. Now’s a great time to add any overlooked presentations to your collection before it is too late.


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Topics include:
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  • Census Records
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View the list and order before it’s too late!

John Henry, Not Henry John, Not John H., Not H. John, etc. does have flexible searches that can be made more exact by checking the various “exact” buttons on their search pages. However, it seems that there is not a way to search for “John Henry” and only John Henry–without including “Henry John,” etc.

While names can be twisted around in records and it is advantageous to include this first and middle name switches, there are times when a searcher wants a search to be precise.

Putting “John henry” in the keyword at does not appear to solve the problem either. My communication with indicates that the problem has been passed on to the “search team.”