Using local newspapers in your genealogy research can provide important glimpses into the lives of your ancestors. Here's how we used a small-town newspaper to uncover details about a client's ancestor not found anywhere else. Turn-of-the-century small-town newspapers are treasure troves of genealogical information. Offering so much more than just cold, hard facts, these small-town papers reported on the social lives of their citizens, retold the drama at city council meetings, or announced both the routine and the unusual events in the community. These newspaper articles not only confirm facts found in other primary source documents, they can add depth and character to genealogical research subjects.For instance, I was recently researching a family who lived in the community of Bristol, Pennsylvania, for over fifty years. Three generations of this family worked, lived and died in this town, a town first settled in 1681 on the shores of the Delaware River. The local newspaper …Read more
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One of the best things to hear as a genealogist is, "Free records!" World War I records have been offered free from MyHeritage through the end of July. Enjoy!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 ListLegacy Tree Genealogists, Inc. is a professional …Read more
If you're looking to expand your access to free resources and records, look no further than the FamilySearch Learning Center! This is a great interactive tool to help you learn more about onsite courthouse research.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 …Read more
Linking maps with family history research can help us better understand the lives of our ancestors. Here are our top resources for finding early U.S. maps!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 early United States 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 …Read more