Archive for October, 2015

Search Index to inactive pension claims from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The Midwest Genealogy Center has an online index to inactive pension claims from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. Search results include first initial and last name and (usually) a month/year of birth and or death. railroad


Webinars: Pensions, Passenger Lists, and Probate

Friday, October 30th, 2015

We are excited to announce three new webinars next week:

  • Using US Probate Records on FamilySearch
  • Using Passenger Lists at FamilySearch
  • Determining if Your Soldier with Pre-1866 Military Service Received a Pension or Benefit

Registration is limited. More details can be found on our blog post.

FamilySearch Updates 1910 US Census

Friday, October 30th, 2015

How much change has been made I can’t say. FamilySearch is indicating that their 1910 census has been updated as of 29 October 2015.

Unexact Searches at FamilySearch May Not Do What You Think

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Leaving the “exact” box at FamilySearch brings about more search results. But it is not perfect.

A search on the 1885 Nebraska State Census database for Frank Goldenstein (unchecked) brings about no results. Yet a search of the same database for Frank Guldensten locates the reference to Frank Goldensten as shown below. goldenstein1
While Goldenstein, Goldensten, and Guldensten may seem similar–apparently the FamilySearch system does not think they are all close enough to be “equivalent” when the exact button is checked. It pays to experiment and make notes of such idiosyncrasies.

Officer Down Memorial Page

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

This website allows users to search through a list of over 20,000 law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty between 1791 and 2015. Most entries are from the 20th century.



FamilySearch Update US Rev. War Rosters

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The following database is showing as updated on FamilySearch since our last posting:

United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783

FamilySearch: PA, MO (probate and death), MT Materials

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The following items are showing as new or updated on FamilySearch:

Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Card Catalog, 1553-2015
Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004
Missouri Probate Records, 1750-1998
Missouri Deaths, 1835-1976

FamilySearch Updates: Several Local US Marriage Records and 1940 Census

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The following databases at FamilySearch have been updated since our last posting:

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995
United States Census, 1940
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950
Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995
New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954
New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013
Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008


Searching Specific Indexed Rolls of FHL Film

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

For records online at FamilySearch that have been indexed, you can search the index for specific names which narrows your search significantly. Make certain first the specific roll of film is actually indeed, then put that roll number in the appropriate box on the search screen.

I usually find someone in the record first, then when I see what has been indexed, use the search screen to search for only entries on that roll of microfilm.

My Blog Update Newsletter

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

About every week, I sent a brief email newsletter highlighting recent blog content and with a few extras not posted elsewhere. You can see the latest newsletter here. You can get the newsletter for $5 a year-which covers our email service costs. Thanks!