Archive for September, 2015

Probate and Preserving Past You Webinars

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

We have scheduled another series of webinars on the probate materials at and have rescheduled the “Preserving Past You” webinar for 3 October. More details can be seen on our blog post.


FamilySearch New US Materials: UT, ID, KY, and MT

Monday, September 28th, 2015

FamilySearch is showing the following United States databases as new:

Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1939

Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929

Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009

Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012

FamilySearch updates for the United Kingdom and Ireland

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The following FamilySearch databases for the United Kingdom and Ireland have been recently updated:

England, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1535-1984
England and Wales Census, 1841
Wales, Glamorganshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
England and Wales Census, 1901
Wales, Radnorshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Pembrokeshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Monmouthshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Montgomeryshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Flintshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Merionethshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Carmarthenshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Cardiganshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Caernarvonshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Brecknockshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
Wales, Anglesey, Parish Registers, 1538-1912


Michigan State Census Finding Aid

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

This page on the Library of Michigan website contains finding aids on Michigan State Census records. has the 1894 Michigan State Census in their subscription collection.

Illinois State Census Records Informational File

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Illinois State Archives has an informational PDF document on what state census records are extant for Illinois. Not all of these are available online. does have some of these in their subscription collection.

Kansas Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Monday, September 21st, 2015

This page on the University of Kansas website contains links to digital images of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for the state of Kansas.

Georgia Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

This page on the Digital Library of Georgia site has links to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the georgiaState of Georgia.

Do You Search for Patronyms and Father’s Last Name?

Friday, September 18th, 2015

When querying databases for individuals who hailed from regions were patronyms were used, make certain you query for the father’s actual last name and the last name his child would have had. In some cases when immigrants entered a country where patronyms were not used, they would “take” their father’s last name as their last name instead of the patronymic name they had used earlier.

So Hinrich Jacobs son of Jacob Gerdes may appear in databases in the “new country” as Hinrich Jacobs (using his patronymic last name) or Hinrich Gerdes (using his father’s last name as his own).

Ignoring Those Deceased Suggestions

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

FamilySearch recently updated their “GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.” Their search box suggests entering in the name of a deceased ancestor, but living relatives will work as well–as evidenced by the search I conducted for myself (with my grandfather’s name as “other relative.”genealogybank-living

The database at FamilySearch can be searched here.

You will need to be a subscriber to GenealogyBank to view the complete entry.

What Are You Leaving Out?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

On any database query screen, experiment with leaving out whatever items are not required, make certain you know the minimal amount of information necessary to make the search work, and make certain you understand how the site implements wild cards.