A Sense of Place

Last week I discovered a new blogger friend at One Rhode Island Family, Diane Boumenot. She posted a delightful article called “A Sense of Place” that really resonated with me. In her article she provides some very great resources for discovering the exact places your ancestors lived. These resources are specific to Rhode Island, but

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

Resources for Early LDS Pioneers

Learn More about LDS Pioneers Many of my readers are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). This article highlights some amazing resources to help you find information about LDS pioneers in the great “Mormon Migration.” By this term, I mean both the influx of early converts from Europe as well

Randy Majors

Research Tips: Randy Majors Website

Rand Majors Website Enhancements. After my article last week, Randy Majors himself replied to my post. Among other enhancements to the tool, he enlarged the text that I had felt was too small! He also pointed out some additional features of the Historical County Boundary Maps tool on his site. I think these are great, so I

Research Tips: Jurisdiction Boundary Changes

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? “Button, button” is an old children’s game in which players arrange themselves in a tight circle and attempt to pass a button or other small object surreptitiously behind their backs from one person to another. The person in the middle tries to detect the passing in order to guess