Archive for June, 2016

Texas County Marriage Records Updated on FamilySearch

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The following database is showing as new or updated on FamilySearch since our last update:

Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965


FamilySearch Updates Kentucky Vitals

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The following databases are showing as new or updated on FamilySearch since our last posting:

Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979

Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970

US Marriage Updates on FamilySearch: AR, IN, and MO

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

FamilySearch has updated the following databases since our last posting:

Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944

Indiana, Civil Marriages, 1828-1957

Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874

Note: FamilySearch has other marriage databases for Arkansas, Indiana, and Missouri as well.

City and Town Overview Maps at Library of Congress

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The Library of Congress has scans of over 3,000 maps on their website. These are downloadable in a variety of graphic formats.


FamilySearch Update: WV & UT Materials and GenealogyBank Obituaries

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

FamilySearch has announced the following new/updated databases since our last posting:

West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971

Utah, Territorial Militia Records, 1849-1877

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014


I’m very grateful to our sponsor GenealogyBank for their continued support of Genealogy Search Tip of the Day. Their latest offer for readers, fans, and followers is running through the end of the month.

Harford County, Maryland Indexes Online

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Harford County, Maryland, Historical Society has a variety of indexes to pre-1900 court and other records online. Getting to the actual indexes requires the searcher to search for names in the catalog and then to navigate until the pdf file for the index comes up.



Abbreviations, Characters & Guidelines from Tamura Jones

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

There’s an interesting discussion on “Abbreviations, Characters & Guidelines” in this post on

June-July Classes

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Join us for the following classes this June/July (registration is limited):


FamilySearch Website to be down 27 June

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

I rarely post “news” here, but this is probably a good idea:

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12:00 am MDT (6:00 am UTC) and may be down for up to 24 hours. Updates 1880-2012 High School Yearbook Collection

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 announced an update of their yearbook collection (1880-2012) sometime over the last few days.

Please be advised that the collection is incomplete and some high schools are not cataloged correctly. Bowen High School (in Chicago) is still cataloged as being in Bowen, Illinois, and a quick check indicated at least one Rock Island, Illinois, high school being classified as a junior high. After that I simply gave up.

It’s a great database, just be aware of the limitations. grace-mortier-1932