24 Ways to Find Ancestor Death Information

When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is their death (otherwise they wouldn’t be ancestors, they’d be relatives? – but I digress). 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 […]

Using The Internet Archive for Genealogy Research

The Internet Archive has been around since 1996, and has a magnificent assortment of genealogical materials in many different categories of interest to genealogy researchers. It is a major resource; not to be missed. I refer to it several times a week, and it is a major resource for all the links that The Ancestor […]

4 Big Challenges in Downloading Historical Newspaper Articles

I have been researching online historical newspaper sites for several years, both the free ones as well as the subscription-based sites. Their software capabilities, independent of the size and quality of their scanned collections, break down into two parts: How do you search the site and find “stuff” How do you download and save the […]

15 Reasons to Research 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 […]

13 Ways to Find Physical Characteristics Without Photos

As we all know, there are no photos available for all of our ancestors, especially many of those who lived primarily in the 1800s or earlier. On the other hand, we may have photos in our collection in what I call my “Unknowns,” where they have not been identified, and may never be identified. So […]

Why You Should Be Using a Newspaper Research Log

In my opinion, online newspaper research is more of an art than a pure science. However, that does not mean that it should be undisciplined. On the contrary, the best way to waste your time is to perform research with no discipline. Sure, when you get a new name in your tree (or not yet […]

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 […]

When Were Statewide Death Registrations Required

If you are looking for death certificates, you need to know the timing of each state’s requirements. Each state in the U.S. started requiring death registrations in different years. Usually some type of records were created prior to the official state laws, either at the county, city, or town levels. But state records weren’t required […]

32 Ways to Find Ancestor Locations and Addresses

When researching our ancestors, one of our most important goals is to determine where they lived. This information is key to finding other aspects of their lives, whether they be local or state vital records or newspapers where there might be further information about them. Most folks limit their search to the obvious repositories, whether […]

The Easiest Way to Find Every Historical Newspaper in America

The fact is that all old newspapers ever published in the United States are not online. Much less than you might think. So let’s just say for now that 15 to 30% of all U.S. newspaper pages have been digitized. Personally, I think that’s a very high number, but…… That leaves about 70-85% that are […]