Monthly Archives: April 2016

25 Brick Wall Strategies

New webinar!

25 Brick Wall Strategies

Date/Time: 20 April 2016 at 7:00 pm central time

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.

If you can’t attend live, registrants receive complimentary download of presentation and handouts afterwards.

Register for this presentation.

Still Time to Join Me In Salt Lake City

I’m excited about my 2016 trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah10341967_10203261358329067_7378172252590435968_n

There’s still time to join me for a week of research at a time when the library is not crammed with other people or there is a conference going on.

Some of us plan quite a bit what we are going to do and others do not. I have a short list of things of my own I need to look up. It is important to remember that there are things at the library that are not online.

There are more details on our site. Our trip is informal and laid back. The only “scheduled” activities are a short meeting the first evening and (optional) morning sessions. Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead and meet with me during the trip to work on research strategies. That can be done before we leave as well online.

Otherwise it’s about the research.


Nebraska 1860-1954 Tract Books Index

This page on the Nebraska State Historical Society website allows users to search a “database (1860-1954 Tract Books Index) [that] has been compiled that allows researchers to locate references within the 163 land tract books that list the first owners of land in Nebraska.”

These are the tract books from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The index does include some claims that were cancelled.



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FamilySearch: Iowa Church and Civil Marriages

FamilySearch is indicating this database is new or updated since our last posting:

Iowa, Church and Civil Marriages, 1837-1989

This is separate from their database of “county” marriages for Iowa. The specific church is usually not given in the database results. Search for the film number listed in the details for the entry to determine the film that was used to create the index record.

FamilySearch: Cook Co. IL Births, VT and GA Materials

FamilySearch has updated the following databases since our last posting:

Georgia Confederate Home Records, 1901-1930

Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005

Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940–index only

The last set I’m pretty certain is some sort of update as I’ve used it in the past. How updated I cannot say.