Archive for April, 2016

Getting to Individual Book Indexes on MDLANDREC

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Many of the local Maryland deed books on MDLANDREC (the site hosted by the Maryland State Archives) have individual indexes in each volume. To determine if a specific volume has an accompanying index, type in “0” for the page number. The aggregate indexes may not index every item in the actual book (powers of attorney, for example) or may contain errors. (Thanks to a reader of Rootdig for pointing this out.) mdland-rec


Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-1936

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

FamilySearch has updated the following database since our last posting:

Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-1936


Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995 on FamilySearch Updated

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

This database is showing as updated on FamilySearch:

Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995

This is an index only with no associated images. Genealogical Society of Utah film number given for each entry. Use that to determine what records were used to generate index entry.

South Carolina Deaths 1915-1965 on FamilySearch

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

FamilySearch is indicating the following database as updated:

South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965


FamilySearch: California Obituaries and Mass Town Records

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The following databases are new/updated on FamilySearch since our last update:

California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997

Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961

New Genealogy Brick Wall Webinar Released

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

We received good feedback from this latest installment in my “Brick Wall” series–25 Brick Wall Busters.

If you’ve enjoyed our “Brick Wall” series, this one will revisit some of our more popular approaches along with new examples and a few new tricks thrown in the mix. Sometimes it never hurts to hear something again, if only for the reminder. This presentation will include a handout with the concepts discussed and brief examples demonstrating the approach. This presentation is geared towards the advanced beginner/intermediate level researcher.

Order the recorded copy of the presentation for immediate download.

Named-Based Keyword Searches on the US Census at

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

For those who missed it on my Rootdig blog, there is a post about keyword searches in the US Census to take advantage of family structure at

FamilySearch Update: New Hampshire Birth Certificates 1901-1909

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The following database is showing as having been updated since our last posting:

New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1909

Maps at the Library Of Congress

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of United States maps, many of which are digitized. The interface has been changed since I last visited the site and is much improved. There are a variety of  digital images of county and state maps on this site which can be viewed online or downloaded.


1889 Adams County, Illinois, County Atlas–showing part of Clayton Township


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Common Genealogy Words in Eight Languages

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

eightlanguagseFor those with ancestors from more than one foreign country and particularly those with family from Germany and points east, this list may be helpful. The list includes: English, Latin, German, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian and Slovak.