Monthly Archives: July 2017

Crossing the Pond Webinar Released

We’ve just released the recording and handout for my recent “Pond Crossing” webinar.

Sophia Derle Trautvetter crossed the pond in 1853.

This presentation discusses way to determine the “across the pond” origins for 18th and 19th century immigrants to the United States. The focus of this presentation is on sources and methods and are not specific to any country of origin. The bulk of the presentation discusses situations where the place of birth is not as easy as simply locating the immigrant’s death record, obituary, etc. Our discussion concentrates on situations where multiple records need to be used and where the establishment of the extended kin network is necessary.

Orders are processed immediately and presentation can be viewed as often as needed and is for personal use only.

Order here for immediate download.



Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994

FamilYSearch is indicating that this index has been updated.

Please note that the index is in process–read the instructions. Images are not available for free on FamilySearch–index only. But there is a transcription names and some key information.

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994


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Still Time to Join Michael In Ft. Wayne!

There is still time to join me in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, at the Allen County Public Library this August!

Our group is informal, relaxed and focused on helping you when you need or want it. We don’t schedule other “non-genealogy” activities and other than our morning session and an “optional” evening meal, your time is your own to research, ask questions of me when you need to, etc.

There are more details on our website.


Reminder–Save those Images

Save my picture when you find it--you'll be glad you did.

Save my picture when you find it–you’ll be glad you did.

There are things you will never find online again–no matter how hard you try.

There are images that will “go away” when the host site’s agreement with the original data provider changes or expires.

You may no longer be able to afford the membership that allowed you to access those images.

Save the image to your personal media when you locate it. Don’t wait.

You’ll be glad you did.


Registration Deadline for this Week’s Webinars

Registration for this week’s webinars is ending on 11 July 2017 at 10 PM central time–to make things easier for our registration staff. Registrants who have not received links to attend 24 hours before a scheduled start should email me at so I can take care of it.

Topics are:

  • Pond Crossing
  • German Research
  • Elements of Citation
  • Land Records Basics

Registrations can be processed on our announcement page. Thanks!