100 years ago, Serbia was invaded by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The date was July 28, 1914. This act marked the beginning of World War I, one of history's deadliest conflicts and the impetus of many political changes worldwide.In memory of this event, MyHeritage is offering free access to its World War I records through the end of July. Visit their blog HERE for direct links.Here are some other free databases you might find helpful in learning more about your ancestors' involvement in World War I:U.S.: TheWorldWar.org U.S. WWI Draft Registration IndexThe Canada Archives First World War Section British Army WWI RecordsNational Archives of Australia Army Service RecordsGerman Military Grave RegistrationsAustria-Hungary's WWI Casualty List_________ Legacy Tree Genealogists, Inc. is a professional family history research company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah – near the famous Family History Library. We’re headed by Jessica Taylor, a BYU family history grad, genealogy guru, and …Read more
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FamilySearch boasts an impressive collection of free tools to help anyone learn more about doing family history research. Today we thought we'd highlight a fun interactive video about onsite courthouse research, found HERE.As a professional and published genealogist, Christine Rose leads viewers on a virtual tour of a typical courthouse, going through metal detectors and into offices and basement archives. The video is interactive and requires viewers to click a mouse and make choices along the way.Here's what you see when you arrive at the courthouse and need to enter:After entering, you meet this guy and have to place your backpack near the scanner:Christine offers useful advice, such as how to write a synopsis of the research task to be conducted at the courthouse and the best way to request information from a county clerk. Especially instructive is the courthouse map shown just inside the building, which shows the location of each office. By clicking on the map a viewer can …Read more
As genealogists, we love maps. They're such a helpful way to show a client where an ancestor was living, especially if the ancestor lived near the border of another town or county, which can affect what records need to be searched.Here are some great resources for maps:We love http://mapofus.org. When you click on a state and scroll down, you get to a section that shows county boundaries by year. For example, here's Tennessee in 1801:Isn't it great to see what your ancestor really bordered when the 1800 census was taken?Another huge map collection is at http://www.davidrumsey.com. Here's a 1796 sketched map of Tennessee:We also love plat maps. Finding these means finding a goldmine of information because you get to better understand who your ancestor's neighbors were and really start to visualize where they lived. These can be very valuable in solving migration or immigration problems, since people often traveled with neighbors.Here's a look at an early plat …Read more