27 Ways to Find Ancestor Birth Information

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is obviously their birth (otherwise they wouldn’t be ancestors – but I digress). Determining the date and location of birth is important as we document the major events in their lives. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether online or not. But there […]

21 Ways to Find Ancestors Death Information

​When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is obviously their death. Determining the date and location of death is important as we document the major events in their lives. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether online or not. That would include online or offline death indexes (such as […]

22 Ways to Find Ancestors Marriage Information

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is their marriage – in some cases, there are none, or just one, and I have some who had six. Determining the date and location of marriage is important as we document major events in their lives. Most of these should not stand alone as […]

15 Reasons Why Searching Mortuary and Funeral Home Records Is a Gold Mine!

Most folks know that finding obituaries is a bonanza when it comes to finding information about the deceased as well as his/her family. For example, if you are looking for the maiden name of a female sibling of a deceased married woman, if the obituary states that the deceased had a brother named “John Moran” […]

Elephind Update – August, 2020

The “Search Multiple Historic Newspaper Collections All At Once” website, elephind.com has just published an update that includes many more items and issues from 2 updated collections: ​(from the August, 2020 Elephind Newsletter): Updated Newspaper Collections Hoosier State Chronicles – operated by the Indiana State Library, this is collection of Indiana’s historic newspapers contains over 1 million pages. […]

Where to Find High School and College Yearbooks Online

Ah the memories. School yearbooks, immortalize how we looked and what we did in high school or college. Whether we looked goofy or cool, that photo is there forever. And they document what clubs, sports, or other activities we were involved in. Primarily a North American phenomenon historically, the first yearbook published was the Yale Banner […]

National Digital Newspaper Program Awards Funding for Six States for Chronicling America Additions

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has just announced the 2020 awards for funding for additions to Chronicling America: Maine State Library, Augusta, ME Award: $210,270 Digitization of 100,000 pages of Maine newspapers, dating from 1785 to 1963, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program. Rutgers, the State University of […]

2,940 Free Online Naturalization Collections for the United States

Do you research naturalization records? No? Why not? Does the thought of going through paper files in dusty court basements turn you off?  Well – I’m here to tell you that it is worth it – and with recent digitization efforts – more and more original documents have been scanned and been made available via […]

80 Million Historic U.S. Newspaper Pages Now Available from Advantage Archives

Note: This post has been replaced with a more current list of Advantage Archives collections. Please visit 120 Million Historic U.S. Newspaper Pages Now Available from Advantage Archives For the last 3 years I have been tracking the online collections made available by the Advantage Archives (formerly Advantage Preservation) company, who has contracted with several hundred libraries […]

5,345 Free Online Canada City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research. This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has […]