Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May Webinars

Here is the list of webinars that Legacy is presenting in May. Visit www.familytreewebinars.com to register or to view the session for a week following each presentation.

Wednesday, May 1 - "How to Use Autosomal DNA to Resolve Historical Paternity Cases" by Ugo A. Perego.  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Friday, May 3 - "Foundations of Scottish Genealogy, Part 1: The Top Three Resources" by Bruce Durie.  Beginner

Wednesday, May 8 - "Emigration from Germany into the wide world - causes, circumstances and testimonies" by Andrea Bentschneider.   Beginner    (NOTE: This will be presented in German.)

Tuesday, May 14 - "Advanced Features on Geni.com" by Mike Stangel.  Intermediate

Wednesday, May 15 - "The 10 Most Useful Databases for Eastern European Research" by Lisa Alzo.  Beginner, Intermediate

Tuesday, May 21 - "Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking?" by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  Intermediate

Wednesday, May 22 - "Google Drive: an Office in the Cloud" by Dear Myrtle.  Beginner, Intermediate

Friday, May 24 - "Compiling a Military Service Record" by Craig R. Scott.  Intermediate

Wednesday, May 29 - "Tools for Translating and Transcribing Genealogy Records" by Thomas MacEntee.  Beginner

Thursday, April 25, 2019


Elephind is a search engine designed for searching historic digitized newspaper collections. There is a "getting started" tab that briefly explains the site. Be sure to read the "search tips" to use the website more efficiently.

Use the advanced search tab to narrow responses to U. S. newspapers, and you can also choose a time frame for your results.

Search results display a link with the publication name, date and page number. Note the page number in case you are not sent directly to the exact page.


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

8 Best Free Genealogy Websites of 2019

I read this article recently and thought it might be of interest. Of course, it is one person's opinion, but new suggestions are always welcome. Some of the websites are very familiar to all of us, but a few are less well known. See what you think about them. You can Google the blog entry title to read the original article.

1. Family Search: We don't need to add a thing, except visit it weekly!

2. USGenWeb: Records for all 50 states, but run by volunteers so content can be haphazard.

3. Access Genealogy: This site has sections for Native American and African American research.

4. Allen County Library: Many research guides and digital records for the U. S.

5. JewishGen: Has a database of Jewish records; provides guides and classes.

6. Olive Tree Genealogy: Concentrates on immigrant research but also has useful guides for research.

7. TONI: The Ontario Name Index is operated by the Ontario Genealogical Society.

8. National Archives and Records Administration: Has guides and links to ancestry resources but very few of its own databases.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Genealogy Gophers

Recently I read about the website called Genealogy Gophers, which searches only books. If you visit gengophers.com, you can submit surnames to see what is available. There seem to be results from county histories and family histories.

The search results are fast, but there is a downside. When you put both the given name and surname into the search boxes, you will get results for each. When I tried Jonathan Brooks, there were hints for Jonathan, Brooks, and Jonathan Brooks. There didn't seem to be a way to use quotes around the entire name. But, you can narrow searches by years and location.

The second downside: you can click on any result to open the book for more information, but after opening three books, I received a notice that my "free" attempts were done for the week. Then you must register and donate. I could continue to search, but I could not look beyond the brief search result.