50 Genealogy Items in Immigration Records

When I first started my ancestor research, after I had gotten over the initial excitement of reviewing census records and interviewing my living relatives, I almost immediately began trying to find my immigrant ancestors and how they got to America. Through free repositories such as Ellis Island and Castle Garden and other sites, as well […]

MyHeritage New and Updated Collections – November 1-30, 2023

MyHeritage continues to add or update its records collections at a fast pace for us to search. For the period of November 1-30, 2023, There are 27 new and 13 updated collections. The new and updated collections are: I hope that some of these are what you have been waiting for! Good Luck and Happy […]

Use Nicknames in Genealogy Search

In many genealogically related documents (especially newspapers and census records), nicknames were frequently used, as those names were more often used than the “formal” given name of the person. Your search index database is not smart enough, for example, to interpret ‘Sadie” for the formal given name of “Sarah”. Thus, you will need to use both names separately in […]

Genealogy Information in Military Records

Military records are yet another very useful set of records that will help you in finding more about your ancestors. There are a ton of records that are available for free online, and there are some very robust collections (such as Fold3 and Ancestry) that have sizable online military collections as well. Typically, military records […]

Find Better Genealogy Results With Abbreviations

In census records, birth, marriage, and death indexes, as well as newspapers, you are likely to find abbreviations of people’s given or first names. So, when searching online, it behooves us to search with the abbreviation of that first name as well as the full first name. I did a search for “Thomas Johnson” in […]

Genealogy Information in Cemetery Records

Cemetery records and cemeteries in general are a very large part of our family history and are a significant pursuit for many genealogists.  Sometimes, the information on a headstone is the only information available for certain ancestors. There are different types of cemeteries. Just being buried in a specific cemetery may provide a clue to […]

Genealogy Information in Alumni Records

Maybe it’s just me, but I have never heard anyone write or talk about using Alumni Records in their genealogy research. I use them personally and have discovered mountains of information in these gems. I contend that alumni records are part directories, part newspapers, and magazines, part biographies, part obituaries, part yearbooks, part vital records, […]

Genealogy Information in Passport Applications

One of the often overlooked genealogical documents are passport applications and the passports themselves. For United States passport applications, required reading is from the U.S. National Archives – Passport Applications. The history, types, limitations, and how to access the microfilms of registers and indexes are included. So what unique and interesting information can be found […]

How to Find Genealogy Information in Yearbooks

People think yearbooks from high school or college are just for fun. And they are fun! They provide you with a ton of story-like information about your ancestor’s life. What their interests were, what sports and clubs they participated in, and often some goofy snapshots of them before they became an adult. But is there […]

Genealogy Information in Funeral and Memorial Books

There are a bunch of different documents and records that the genealogist and family historian can utilize to find out more about one’s ancestors, no matter whether they be related to life event dates or locations or include other information.  I have found that funeral and memorial books hold a ton of interesting information, much […]