Monday, January 30, 2012

Create Your Own Fan Chart!!

If you would like to create your own genealogy fan chart, that was shown during the presentation yesterday, go to and log onto your family search account. Then click on Create and in just a few seconds your nine generation family tree will be generated! Create and print easily and for free!! It will print on standard size paper, but is very small print! For enlargements, print at Staples, Costco, or wherever you go for your printing needs. What an easy way to see where the blanks are and where the work needs to be done! Have fun!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Indexing Volunteers Needed for 1940 Census!!

FamilySearch, in collaboration with other leading genealogy organizations, will begin publishing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census online on April 2, 2012 -- and tens of thousands of indexers are needed to help make the digital images searchable online. This date marks 72 years to the day since the 1940 census was taken (the amount of time required by law before census records can be released.) FamilySearch will provide digital images online to indexing volunteers to start transcribing the records so they become searchable. Indexers type information from the images into electronic forms that make the information searchable online. They expect the 132 million records to be indexed by the end of 2012, but meeting that deadline depends on how many volunteers work on them. FamilySearch is looking for 100,000 additional indexers for this project! Its the genealogy story of the year, and there is a lot of interest both in and out of the Church. Tens of millions of people living in the United States in 1940 are still living today, making the 1940 census a record that connects people with recent family records. It was the first to record such interesting facts as where people lived five years before, an individual's highest educational level achieved, and detailed occupation and income information. Many of these individuals are part of what has been called the greatest generation -- people who lived through the Great Depression, fought in World War II, and lived throughout the 48 states that existed at the time. Volunteers can help with the 1940 U.S. census project online at: .

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cemetery Records Are Vital

A cemetery record is an account of the names and death dates of those buried in a cemetery. Cemetery records can be a useful tool for genealogists because they can tell you details about past relatives and their deaths. Especially for those who cannot find a death record certificate, cemetery records can share almost the same amount of information. One helpful online source is Death This site has all types of interesting information about your potential ancestors, including the locations of cemeteries, historical information about the cemeteries, photographs of graves and records of those buried in the cemeteries. Another excellent resource is Find a On this site you can browse by location, date, and/or by name. It is a fascinating site for amateurs and professionals alike.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Research Wiki

"Learn More" on the Research Wiki
By Caroline M. Pointer has over 2.5 billion records online, but did you know that by clicking the “Learn More” button featured with each record set, you can connect to additional information about the record sets on the FamilySearch Research Wiki? By clicking on the “Learn More” button you are instantly accessing a wealth of information on the FamilySearch Research Wiki that can add depth and insight to the records you are using for your family history research.
While the information provided can vary slightly, there are 10 types of basic information that are provided for each record group, including:
  • Collection Time Period—This indicates the time period the collection encompasses.
  • Record Description—The description tells the kinds of records a collection contains. If a record collection contains only baptisms and marriages and you are looking for a death record, for example, then looking in this record collection may not be the best place to start.
  • How to Use This Record—Have you ever wanted or needed instructions on how to use a record collection? It may sound silly, but it is important to know how to use a particular record collection. FamilySearch Research Wiki provides detailed instructions on how to use each collection in an easy to understand format.
  • Record History—Knowing the historical context in which the records were created as well as the reliability of the records contained in the collection can help in evaluating the records.
  • Related Websites—FamilySearch Research Wiki provides links to additional information for the collection.
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  • Known Issues with the Collection—Record collections can have issues and concerns that come up from time to time, and knowing these can help in evaluating records.
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As you can see, provides vast collections of records, but the FamilySearch Research Wiki provides added value to those collections by providing more information about them. Click the “Learn More” button while you research, and let the Research Wiki add depth to your family history records.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Naming Patterns in England, 1700-1875

  • 1st son -- father's father
  • 2nd son -- mother's father
  • 3rd son -- father
  • 4th son -- father's eldest brother
  • 1st daughter -- mother's mother
  • 2nd daughter -- father's mother
  • 3rd daughter -- mother
  • 4th daughter -- mother's eldest sister

Younger children would be named after earlier ancestors, but the pattern in their case was more varied.

One variation from the above was for the eldest son to be named after the mother's father and the eldest daughter after the father's mother. In this case the second son would be named after the father's father and the second daughter after the mother's mother. Occasionally the second son and daughter would be named after the father and mother instead of the third son and daughter. Another variation was to name the third daughter after one of the great-grandmothers instead of after the mother. In such a case, the fourth daughter would usually be named after the mother.

(Are you confused yet???)


Seventeen Ways to Find a Maiden Name

  • If within the past 100 years - death certificates
  • If more than 100 years - all her children's death certificates
  • Newspaper obituaries
  • Her children's marriage certificates (the application is probably a more likely source)
  • Public Church libraries
  • Unpublished records microfilmed at branch LDS libraries
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI) on microfiche at LDS libraries
  • Divorce papers from county courthouse where filed
  • Survey of American Genealogical Periodicals indexes by Skip Perry; also state and local historical society quarterlies
  • Newspaper indexes by Anita Cheek Milner for records from burned-out courthouses and churches no longer in existence, bibliographies in book form
  • Look for wills. Write local historical societies and ask for an index check.
  • Send out queries to periodicals and quarterlies in the areas where your ancestors were.
  • Deeds and other land records
  • Sometimes a census will mention a mother-in-law.


Friday, September 23, 2011 is now Fold3

Fold3, formerly, is a website that provides access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world. Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. You can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served. Fold3 is a paid subscription site; however it is FREE at the Family History Library. Also offered is a 7-day free trial, during which time you can access all records without a charge. Check it out at!