9 Ways to Effectively Find Obituaries in Online Newspapers

There are several ways to enhance your ability to find obituaries in old newspapers and other sources. This Quicksheet describes several of the most important techniques. Download the Quicksheet PDF To download the 9 Ways to Effectively Find Obituaries in Online Newspapers Quick Sheet PDF, click on the Download button: For all the previously published […]

80 Old Time Illnesses and Their Current Names

When doing our genealogy research, whether looking at death certificates, newspaper articles, or other sources, we are often faced with different terminology for things.  Nowhere is that more evident than in medical terminology. Whether the term is written in an old letter, a newspaper article, or an official document, we are often faced with the […]

16 Places Where You Can Find Genealogy and Family History Books

One resource that should be used more by family history researchers is genealogy books. There are hundreds of thousands of local history, family history, and genealogy books that have been published. A large percentage have been digitized, and even more, are on library shelves and can be borrowed –  either from a local library, a […]

21 Online Newspaper Research Do’s and Don’ts

There are several ways to enhance your ability to find what you are looking for in an online newspaper collection. Then again, there are also several ways to screw it up. Here’s a list of Do’s and Don’ts, that if followed, will improve your success rate. Download the Quicksheet PDF These tips are presented as […]

Free Online Archives and Digital Collections for Historians and Genealogists

As genealogists and historians, we strive to know more about our ancestors and other subject people. It is imperative, especially as family historians that we research and understand the locales, surroundings, and events that occurred during their lifetimes. While we constantly look for new records, we must also research history, including local history. There are […]

500 Free Library of Congress Digital Collections

The Library of Congress’s Digital Collections are large and growing. Currently, there are 525 different collections. You should definitely incorporate this massive set of collections into your genealogy research. They are divided into 15 different topics There are currently over 6 million items in the collections.  There is plenty of material to search for and […]

United States Genealogical and Historical Societies

Some great places to start researching genealogy records are in genealogical and historical societies. There are many national ones that span multiple states, and each state has them. Each society has collections and records available that will aid in your research. Some are accessible for non-members and even more are accessible for those who have […]

Two Hidden Secrets to Find a Ton More Results from the FamilySearch Catalog

Full disclosure:  I love the FamilySearch Catalog! For those collections that are available online, and the books that have been digitized, there are tens of thousands to choose from. For the online collections and books, I can use my PC at home to scroll through digitized page after digitized page, just as if I had […]

Meanings for 40 Common Terms Found in Probate Records

Just the word “Probate” causes people to freak out, primarily because it is a legal process, different in every state; it is combined with the loss of a loved one and requires cooperation between family members, many of whom do not wish to cooperate. But for genealogy purposes, they are incredibly valuable sources of terrific […]

When Were State Birth Records Started and Required

If you are looking for birth records, including certificates, you need to know the timing of each state’s requirements. Each state in the U.S. started requiring birth registrations in different years. Generally, some types of records were created prior to the official state laws, either at the county, city, or town levels. But state records […]