U.S. Census

U.S. Census: A Few of My Favorite Things

A Census is a Census. Right? You would think that a census would have pretty much the same information from one U.S. Census year to the next. However, this is simply not true. When I first began doing genealogical research I was astounded (and intimidated) when someone would tell me, “You need to find the

RecordSeek

Sourcing Documents with RecordSeek

Attaching Sources in FamilySearch Found Elsewhere RecordSeek.com is a free tool that allows you to create a source on FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com from any site on the web. To be honest, I had heard about it before, but I hadn’t used it until this week. I was definitely missing out! Let me explain how it works

FamilySearch Pilot Tool

FamilySearch Pilot Tool

Index Records With the FamilySearch Pilot Tool Have you ever searched for a historical record on FamilySearch only to discover that they haven’t been indexed? Are you patiently waiting for the day when that record set will finally make it to an official indexing project? This is where the FamilySearch Pilot Tool can come in handy.

Finding Elusive Ancestors in FamilySearch Records

My Great-Grandmother is AWOL! Have you ever had a time when you couldn’t find a family in a particular record set, like a census? You are positive the family is in a certain place but you just can’t find them on FamilySearch.org. That has happened to me before! It was so frustrating I felt like

Review of BillionGraves Tree

Introducing BillionGraves Tree BillionGraves made a splash on the genealogy scene 5 years ago with their goal to photograph, geotag, and index 1 billion headstones or more. I would argue that they are one of the relative newcomers that has staying power in the industry. (See my earlier review of their BillionGraves Plus features.) At

Cuckoo Clocks and Cicadas

Memories of my Grandparents’ House Until I was about 12 years old, my mother’s parents lived in Phoenix, Arizona. In fact they lived in a small house at 3612 E. Palm Lane where they lived for over three decades. It was probably less than 800 square feet, but I have big memories of the place.

Scan Old Photos with PhotoScan

Introducing Photoscan Not long ago I was introduced to a great little app called PhotoScan by Google. I have found it to be very useful, so I want to share it with my readers. PhotoScan was introduced in November 2016. The app is free and allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to capture

Mormon Trail Maps

Mormon Trail Maps One of my booth neighbors at RootsTech was the gregarious Frank Nielsen of Mormon Trail Maps. I admired his gorgeous maps on display. Because I love maps I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk to him. Frank is a very likable guy, and I enjoyed talking with him. I asked about