Archive for October, 2015

Try and See From Whence It Came

Friday, October 16th, 2015

When a record image appears on your computer screen, your email, etc. do you try and determine who originally created the record and where it is housed?

The real concern is not that the image isn’t real, but that if one has no idea from whence it came it makes it difficult to analyze, interpret, and know where to search next.


US Land Records Class

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

If land records in the United States have always confused you or if you have always wanted to learn more, read more about our upcoming 5-week class on these wonderful records. deeed-example

FamilySearch Update

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925

Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954


New Orleans Passenger Lists Updated at FamilySearch

Monday, October 12th, 2015

schollmeye2rFamilySearch is indicating that the following database has been updated:

Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945

FamilySearch Updates: IL Marriages, ME, and UT Obits

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The following databases are showing as having been updated on FamilySearch since our last post:

Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934

Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999

Utah, Tremonton and Garland Obituaries, 1959-2013

Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005

FamilySearch: Pennsylvania Historical Society Card Catalog

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

FamilySearch has announced that the Pennsylvania Historical Society card catalog has been updated on their site. There are several categories into which the card catalog has been separated. The “Manuscript Catalog” and the “Manuscripts” appear to be a splitting of the same thing. Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Card Catalog, 1553-2015 can be searched on the FamilySearch website.
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FamilySearch Update: Florida Probate Records

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

FamilySearch has updated the following database sincfloridaprobatee our last post:

Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990

FamilySearch Updates: Passenger Lists: NY, MA, and HI

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The following databases have been updated on FamilYSearch since our last update:

Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797-1934

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957

Hawaii, Passenger Lists of Airplanes departing Honolulu, 1942-1948


Are There No Names in the Original Record?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Census entries can easily have initials instead of complete names. Keep this in mind when querying census databases and remember that the census is not the only record where a complete name may not be used. initialsonly

Is It Free Somewhere Else?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

If you are subscribing to one of the fee-based sites for one particular database, find out if it is available elsewhere online. Another site may have the same database online at no charge or have images posted without an index. It can vary from one dataset to another.

I’ve subscribed to fee-based sites because they had one set of records that interested me, usually on a short term basis. Just make certain that there aren’t other ways to get at the same information.

Sometimes those free sites will have the same set of records but won’t have a complete index. Find out beforehand.