Monthly Archives: February 2016

My Blogs/Newsletters

To reduce confusion, here is a summary of my blogs/newsletters:

  • Rootdig.comMichael’s thoughts, research problems, suggestions, and whatever else crosses his desk. You can get a daily update in your email by subscribing using the link on the blog page.
  • Genealogy Tip of the Dayone genealogy research tip every day–short and to the point. You can also join our Facebook group or follow us on our fan page. You can get the tip daily in your email by subscribing on using the link on any Genealogy Tip of the Day page.
  • Genealogy Search Tipwebsites I’ve discovered and the occasional online research tip–short and to the point. You can get these tips daily in your email by subscribing using the link on the blog page.
  • Genealogy Transcriberone piece of handwriting every day–with the answer the next.

Fee-based items:

  • Weekly blog update (view an older one). This is a weekly summary of postings to the four blogs listed above–with a few extras thrown in for subscribers. This is a fee-based subscription.
  • Casefile Clues. This is my how-to newsletter with detailed discussion and analysis of a problem or document in every issue. Delivered as a PDF file.

Kansas Databases Updated on FamilySeach

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

Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818-1936

Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930

Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935

Please find out more about these databases before using them. There is a link to “learn more” underneath the description of each database on the search page. Generally speaking the databases listed in this post come from the former International Genealogical Index. As such the majority of these entries come from personal genealogical work submitted by LDS members or extractions of local records made by members.

FamilySearch Update: US Marriages: NY, NC, MN, LA, KS, MS, and PA

The following databases are showing as updated at FamilySearch since our last update.

New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979

Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949

Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957

Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911

Mississippi, Tippah County Marriages, 1858-1979

Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950marriages

US Geographic Names Information Server

The United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System contains over 2.2 million names of geographic features within the United States. Searches can be focused on certain states, counties, features, or elevation. Wild cards are allowed as long as three characters are used in addition to the wildcard operator:

  • k*ille (using Illinois as the state) brought up every feature in Illinois starting with a “k” and ending in “ille.”
  • choose a county and “cemetery” as a feature type to get a list of cemeteries within that county–only the ones in the database will be included.