Archive for September, 2016

US (Arizona only), Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909 on FamilySearch

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

FamilySearch  is indicating that the following database has been updated:

United States, Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909



Florida Marriages, 1837-1974 on FamilySearch

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

FamilySearch is indicating the following database has been updated since our last posting:

Florida Marriages, 1837-1974

Land Class Starting In October

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

I’m offering one last session of this class as I transition away from webinars and online presentations. Details are here.

Illinois, Cook County, Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990 on FamilySearch

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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

Illinois, Cook County, Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990

These are apparently from the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society.



Perry-Castañeda Library Online Maps

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin has thousands of digital images of maps available online at no charge on their site. The site has a Texas emphasis (and includes Sanborn fire insurance maps for many Texas towns), but includes maps for other areas of the United States as well as the entire world.

Still Time to Get Casefile Clues at Old Rate–and the Weekly Update

Monday, September 26th, 2016

There is still time to get Casefile Clues at our old rate of $20 for 52 issues–that’s over 200 pages of genealogy how-to and instructional material written in a way that’s easy to follow and understand.

We’ll also throw in a free subscription to my weekly blog update which summarizes postings from my four blogs along with a few extra features only found in the weekly update. Join us and discover more of your ancestors. casefileclues-promo

New York, NYC, Police Census, 1890 on FamilySearch

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

FamilySearch is announcing that this database is new or updated since their last posting:

New York, New York City, Police Census, 1890

This is an index only.

Save on Casefile Clues Genealogy How-Tos and Get the Blog Update Free

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
To celebrate the start of our 4th volume of Casefile Clues, we’re offering new subscribers a chance to receive a full volume of issues and receive my weekly blog update for free. The blog update is normally $5 a year but is free if you subscribe to Casefile Clues by 5:30 pm on 23 September.
The blog update is weekly and summarizes postings to my four blogs along with premium content:
  • tombstone of the week
  • citation the week
  • photograph of the week
  • term of the week
The blog update is short and to-the-point. A sample is posted online.
Casefile Clues is more in-depth and focuses on a specific document, brick wall, or research concern in every issue. It is easy-to-read, practical, and based on actual research situations and always summarizes the record being discussed, the pitfalls of that document, and where to go next. Our goal is to get you thinking more about each record you find. Samples can be downloaded here. We cover records from a variety of time periods across the United States.

Do You Know How That Site’s Wildcards Work?

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Most websites implement wildcard searches in the same fashion, but there can always be variations. Practice using the wildcard searches for entries that you have already located in the database. That’s the best way to know if the wildcard operators are working in the way you think.

If an English language database has no entries with a last name of Smi*, then “*” might not work the way you think it does (or the site may be having issues). A soundex-based search for Jenssen should turn up Johnson as well.


US Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872 on FamilySearch

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872

They are unindexed, but are organized by year and location from which the pension was paid. This is a digital version of National Archives microfilm publication T718.