Archive for March, 2016

FamilySearch: British Columbia Marriage Registrations

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The following database has been updated/added to the Canadian section of FamilySearch materials since our last update:

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938


Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The database, Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales,” on the website for the Illinois State Archives indexes over 500,000 land sales of public property, including state and federal land. This database includes sales that are not in the Bureau of Land Management website. illinoislandsales

Migration Trail Clues from WorldConnect?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

WorldConnect can give researchers clues as to other families that might have been a part of the same migration trail as your ancestor. This approach does have limitations:

  • You may find the same people over and over
  • You will only find people who have been located by a researcher
  • You will only find people whose descendant or relative has bothered to enter them
  • Some submitters have incorrect information

That said the database can give you names that could be helpful. When I performed this search for natives of Harford County, Maryland, who died in Coshocton County, Ohio, I saw two relatively unusual last names that also appeared in one branch of the family who left Ohio for Fulton County, Illinois.

Clues from WorldConnect should be used as clues.

They should not be used as fact.

Organizing Genealogical Information-April 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

We’ve added a new section of this course in April. Don’t wait as registration is limited. If you enrolled in a previous section and had difficulties, email me to be added to this course at no extra charge.

Missouri Death Certificates 1910-1965

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Missouri’s online death certificates from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office now include from 1910 through 1965.


YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Monday, March 28th, 2016

FamilySearch has added this new database:

Minnesota, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

From the description: “…approximately 27,600 index cards kept by the Kautz Family YMCA Library at the University of Minnesota. Cards include the names of individuals who served with the YMCA in WWI.”  These cards are not just Minnesota residents.


DAR Lineage Books

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

We mentioned this on Rootdig, but will post here for those who might not be aware of it.

A recently released database,”North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000,” appears to contain digital images of most Daughters of the American Revolutionary War lineage books up through volume 152.

The lineage books may also be on just not in one database.

The DAR website also has a lineage database that can be searched.

FamilySearch Update: Civil War Pension & South Carolina Passenger Lists

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The following databases are showing as updated on FamilySearch:

United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917 (images are not on FamilySearch).

South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904-1942

Digital Images of Nebraska Newspapers

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln hostsnebraskanewspapers digital images of many Nebraska newspapers.

In some ways it’s better than the interface at the Library of Congress site.


Nashville City Directories: 1853-1924 (not all inclusive)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

The Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office has links to digital images of various city directories for the city of Nashville between 1853 and 1924.