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

Military Records – Find Your Veterans

Our Veterans – Never Forget In the United States we will celebrate Veterans Day (formerly known as Armistice Day) this week. It is only fitting, therefore, that we talk about military records. I love military records because they help paint a mental portrait of the person. For example, draft registration cards often list the build,

Newspapers in Family History Research

Newspapers in Family History Research

Extra! Extra! Newspapers in Family History Research Contain Hidden Gems! Referencing newspapers in family history research can be very rewarding. Unfortunately, we don’t often think of newspapers as a source when doing family history. You probably know that obituaries can contain a treasure trove of family information, but did you know newspaper articles can also

Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

The following article was written by Guest Blogger, Diana Elder, from the wonderful blog, Family Locket. It was originally published on March 9, 2016. I asked Diana for permission to republish it here. This article provides some great advice for researching ancestral locations. Pinpointing the places where your ancestors lived can help enrich your understanding