Archive for December, 2017

1900-1940 US Census Enumeration District Maps

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Digital images of United States Census Enumeration District maps (1900-1940) can be viewed at FamilySearch

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Illinois In the Mexican War

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

This new database, “Illinois In the Mexican War” is on the ILGenWeb site.

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Delaware Public Archives

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The Delaware Public Archives has a variety of digital collections on their site, including:

  • Beers’ 1868 Atlas of Delaware
  • Kent County local records
  • and other miscellaneous material

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Nevada Historical Myths

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The Nevada State Archives has an interesting page with the “real story” regarding a number of historical myths regarding Nevada, including:

  • Blowing Smoke: Another State Seal Myth
  • Divorcing in Minden
  • Knowing Your Boundaries
  • Largest Historic District in the Nation
  • Levi’s 501 Jeans: A Riveting Story in Early Reno
  • Nevada’s Oldest Family-Owned Working Ranches and Farms
  • Pronouncing Nevada
  • The First Electric Elevator West of the Mississippi
  • Workers Buried in Hoover Dam

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How We Choose Search Tips

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
The author at a very young age--before he discovered genealogy.

The author at a very young age–before he discovered genealogy.

Search Tips get posted here for one of two reasons:

  • FamilySearch updates–generally I post United States material, Canadian material and Western Europe.
  • Other things that cross my desk.

Readers are encouraged to submit suggestions to me at michael.john.neill@gmail.com, but they will be used at my discretion.

These Search Tips are not generated from press releases and I don’t make any claims to being a “genealogy news” site. There are enough of those and that’s simply not how I roll.

“Other things that cross” my desk are, generally speaking, related to where my children have ancestors or where I have a research interest.  I’m always open to ideas from readers of sites they’d like to see mentioned, but “other things that cross my desk” are ones I encounter when doing actual research.

And…thanks for listening…and for reading.

Michael

Using Cook County Births 1871-1940 on FamilySearch

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Recently the FamilySearch database “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940” was mentioned here as having been updated. That’s correct.

The actual images are on http://cookcountygenealogy.com/. That’s the website for the Cook County, Illinois’ vital records office. Their indexes are not as current as those on FamilySearch. 

Databases at the New Jersey State Archives

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

new-jerseyThe New Jersey State Archives has a variety of databases on their website.  There are too many databases to list here completely, but they cover a variety of records and time periods. The databases are index only, but copies can be ordered.


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GedMatch.Com Webinar 2 (on Tier 1 Functionalities) Released

Monday, December 11th, 2017

GedMatch.com Webinar 2

Tier 1 Options on GedMatch

This presentation focuses on an overview of the Tier 1 search options of GedMatch. Tier 1 is the “fee-based” part of GedMatch–it costs $10 a month and helps support the free portions of the site. GedMatch allows you to “see more” of your DNA and analyze it in ways that simply are not possible on AncestryDNA and some of the other sites.

We will look at the:

  • One-to-many matches
  • Matching segment search
  • Relationship Tree Projection
  • Lazarus
  • Triangulation

Our focus will be on interpreting the results and using them for continuing your genealogical research. A basic understanding of DNA is required. You do not need to be a “Tier 1” member of GedMatch to participate. Our approach is practical, easy-to-understand, and engaging.

The grid shows the “matching segment search.”

Purchase this session for immediate downloadIf you registered for live attendance or pre-ordered, please contact me (using the email address in your receipt) for the download link–do not re-order.

England: Hampshire, Devon, and Lincolnshire

Monday, December 11th, 2017

FamilySearch has indicated the following databases are new or have been updated since our last posting:

England, Hampshire Bishop’s Transcripts 1680-1892

England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980

England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990


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1940 US Census Enumerator Instructions

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The United States Bureau of the Census website has a PDF document with a scan of the instructions for 1940 census enumerators.

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