Monthly Archives: April 2017

Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921

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Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921

From the description:

Name index and images of birth, marriage, and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized by surname and date. The collection is divided into three parts: Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns; Vital Records, 1892-1921; and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891.

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Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (US) Back in Operation

A part of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries has re-activated their interactive maps of county boundary changes.


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Avoiding Fake Ancestors Webinar 16 April 2017

There is no way to be entirely certain a tree is one hundred percent correct. Ever. Humans will make errors. However there are some ways to reduce the number of errors in your tree, creating a more accurate tree for future generations and reducing the chance you create more brick walls for yourself in the process. This presentation is aimed at those who have been researching their genealogy for a while and would not consider themselves experts but are no longer real beginners either.

Moon People–probably not your ancestors!

This discussion will concentrate on:

  • determining when to enter information into a database and when not to
  • the elements of proof and evidence–with suggested ways to learn more
  • responsible use of online trees for clues
  • avoiding common and not-so-common errors
  • why it is not the number of sources that matter
  • finding it on 1,000 trees does not make it true
  • additional ways to improve your research skills

This hour-long session will be held on 16 April 2017 at 8 pm central daylight time. Registration includes PDF handout and ability to download lecture after the recording has been processed. Registrants who cannot attend will receive PDF and media file after recording has been processed.

Register to reserve your spot. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. Paypal account not necessary–simply hit “checkout–Pay without a PayPal account.”

Attendance is online via GotoWebinar.

Thanks…hope to virtually see you there!

Searching by Phone Number in US Phone and Address Directories at


Search’s 1993-2002 database by phone number

The database, “U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002,” was recently updated or released on 

The database can be searched by phone number by entering in the number (without any dashes as three separate numbers) in the keyword box:

217 555 2132

It will pull up 9-digit zip codes that have the last four digits of the phone number. So this search could pull up results with the phone number:

  • 217-555-2132 and any zip code, or
  • 217-555-xxxx and a zip code of aaaaa-2132.