Archive for November, 2015

Colonial Coins and Currency

Monday, November 30th, 2015

For those with an interest in American colonial coins and currency, there are two websites that are a part of a project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment at the
University of Notre Dame:



Support Search Tip With Amazon Purchases

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

If you are going to be making holiday purchases on–please use our link before entering their site. Purchases you’ve made after clicking our link help support Genealogy Search Tip of the Day. Thanks!

US Land Records Class

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Due to several requests, we’re offering another section of this popular class on US land records–join us. The class is informal and there’s no grade!

Courts Having Jurisdiction in Naturalization Proceedings 1908

Saturday, November 28th, 2015


This 1908 edition of “Courts Having Jurisdiction in Naturalization Proceedings” is available on GoogleBooks

Can’t Read that 20th Century Cause of Death?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

If you’ve seen those codes or numbers by the cause of death on a 20th century death certificate and wondered what they mean, this page has links to the “International Classification of Diseases.”

This can be helpful when the cause of death is difficult to read. This 1924 death certificate from Missouri classified the death as “118a.”

The contemporary guide indicated it was a hernia. This death was easy to read, but some aren’t.





Right Name–Wrong Time

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

A reader reminded me that people can appear in “records” or “indexes” at the “wrong” time for a variety of reasons. Newspapers may have columns of “back in the day” items that refer to things that happened fifty or one hundred years ago–meaning your ancestor who died in 1880 may appear in a newspaper from the 1930s.‘s probate database typically only indexes the name of the deceased person–however, there are instances where the name of the executor, administrator, or guardian has been indexed instead.

FamilySearch Updates: Hawaii, Connecticut, North Carolina

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The following databases are showing as updated on FamilySearch:

Hawaii, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, 1900-1952

Connecticut, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1851-1992

North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979

FamilySearch Update: Wisconsin & Ohio Arrivals

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The following databases are showing as updated on FamilySearch  since our last update:

Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals, 1925-1956

Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc, 1925-1956

Wisconsin, Milwaukee Passenger and Crew Lists, 1922-1963

Ohio, Passenger and Crew Lists arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut, 1952-1974

Searching’s Probate Materials

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015‘s United States probate collection is incomplete–they don’t have every probate record for states in their collection, they don’t have every thing online that FamilySearch has microfilmed, and their indexes are not complete. But it is a start for those who have a membership. This page has links to the state specific collections of probate materials at I find it easier to use than navigating their catalog.

Webinar Sales Back Through 30 November

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

We’ve turned our webinar sales page back on now through 30mjn2 November. Don’t wait! There are a wide variety of downloadable genealogy presentations–all with a focus on being practical, down-to-earth, and research oriented! Visit the page here