Archive for March, 2016

Digital Versions of Some Allen County Public Library Books

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Many of the out-of-copyright books at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, have been digitized and put online at If you locate a book in their card catalog and it’s old enough, try searching for a digital copy of it at on


Reading English Handwriting Tutorial 1500-1800

Monday, March 21st, 2016

The National Archives (UK) has a tutorial on reading English language handwriting between 1500 and 1800.

Early Florida Auto Registrations, 1905-1917

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The Florida State Archives website has “Early Florida Auto Registrations” from 1905-1917 on their website. The database is name searchable.

Images of the First Three Census of New France

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

This pages on the website of the Library and Archives Canada have images of the first three census taken in what is now known as Quebec–then it was New France:

Quebec census — 1666

Quebec census — 1667

Quebec census — 1681

Leases and land grants in Baltimore and Harford Counties

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

This website has online maps of platted out leases and land grants for all of Baltimore and Harford Counties in Maryland.


Join me Saturday 19 March for my webinar on using online Maryland land records.

FamilySearch Update: MA and RI Vitals

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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

Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910

Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

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Maryland Land Record Webinar

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

MDLANDREC contains digital images of Maryland colonial patents and local land records. We will be having a webinar on Saturday, 19 March at 11:00 am. More details are on our website. 

FamilySearch: US Passports, Iowa Births; TN, IA, and NJ Marriages

Monday, March 14th, 2016

FamilySearch has updated the following databases since our last posting:

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925
Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985

FamilySearch: US War of 1812 Index to Service Records

Friday, March 11th, 2016

FamilySearch is indicating the following database is new/changed since our last update:

United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815


Organizing Online Searches Webinar

Friday, March 11th, 2016

It is easy to go in circles searching for information from genealogical databases. That’s why the most effective searches are ones that are organized and structured. This allows the researcher to not overlook possible search options and see how to troubleshoot when the desired individuals are not located.

In this hour-long presentation, see practical and down-to-earth approaches to making better use of your online search time.  After discussing general strategies, we will look at two detailed examples which can then be modeled for your own problem ancestors.

Order Michael’s presentation on “Online Search Strategies” (and handouts) for immediate download. The presentation can be viewed as many times as you want.