Friday, April 15, 2016

Website: Olive Tree Genealogy

This week we are spotlighting OliveTree Genealogy.

From the site it states "Your link to the past since February 1996! Search for your ancestors in free Ships' Passenger lists, Naturalization Records, Palatine Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, American Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites, Almshouse Records, Orphan Records, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and more."

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is the individual behine this amazing website. Her story is both intriging and inspirational. In addition to providing a large variey of record sets on her web site, her own interests helped to build a large "Special Interest Area" that can aid descendants of some of the lesser known groups of individuals.

There is a section entitled "Find the Free Genealogy" that covers first time visitors and new to genealogy. On this page you'll see a section for Ships Passenger Lists, Genealogy & & Family Tree Resources, Canadian Genealogy, American Genealogy, Genealogy Blogs, Palatines, Mennonites, Huguenots & Walloons, New Netherland (New York) Genealogy, Native American, Loylists, Military, Custom Search Engines and Sister Sites & Partners. It will take an individual quite sometime to review just this page.

The section on "New to Genealogy" has 10 steps to help and other guides on the page. From here one can view any of the menu items at the top and research according to your needs at this time.

Depending on your research needs, one of these links can lead to more ancestral information!

Next week we'll investicate a couple more of these web pages and see what they hold.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016


GenealogyToday began back in 1999 in the interest of keeping genealogists family history researchers informed on all things concerning techniques, resources, databases and various products.

This site has received numerous awards over its 17 years plus of helping individuals find their ancestors though tips, newsletters, articles, tools and so much more. Illya D'Addezio is the founder of Genealogy Today and and started his journey into this field at a young age when he interviewed his parents and grandparents and discovered the joys of doing family history.

This is a subscription site that offers some unique databases as well as some free databases. To see listing of their holdings click: Historical Records and you will see the vast array of collections they offer the family historian and the genealogist.

To help newbies, they have a Getting Started section that provides help and resources to those wanting to delve into the world of discovering one's ancestors. From books to check out, to guiding articles one can certainly have a good start as well as pick up some good ideas if they are stuck on an ancestral line.

The site has a What's New section that lists the latest transcriptions, archived materials, biograpahical timeless, news stories and helpful articles. 

They have a variety of interesting items in the Gift Center from books, software, charts, and more.

Another section I'll mention comes under the title of Contribute, here the instructions are available to donate a variety of items, from photographs, to documents, articles, books, transcriptions, family newsletters, etc. Their end goal is to "preserve as much information as possible for the benefit of genealogists. Often individuals find items at garage sales, flea markets or these items are given to them, either way they will assist with making them available online for others to have to assist with their family history research.

I'll close with mentioning their section on "Research Tips". One never knows what tips may lead to breaking down a brick wall, always take time to review someones' research tips, they may list something new to check into to. One can sign up for the Free News Service here to receive it by email.

Their subscription rate is $32.95 per year of a 2 year subscription is $58.95 which results in a 10% savings and one can be sure new material is constantly being added which makes this a great resource for all researchers.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Website: Pioneers of the Westward Expansion

When doing research one inevitably comes across an ancestor who braved the trek westward to settle in unsettled territory.

There are a few websites to aid the researcher with these ancestors and the London FamilySearch Centre has put together a nice write up with multiple links to some of those websites.

It starts off with the statement, "By 1870, hundreds of thousands had traveled west on the Oregon-California trails. Was your ancestor one of them?"

This article goes on to describe and tell about the 2000 miles stretching from the Missouri river through to both Oregon and California. There are wiki articles in the FamilySearch Wiki to help learn about the actual trails themselves.

The conditions that existed during their travels made it difficult for record keeping, however, there are some helps available and the article outlines a large amount of them. Some of their recommendations are:

Censuses from 1820-1880
California 1852 State Census
California Great Registers
George Edward Anderson Photo Collection
Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah Collection
Paper Trails Website
Roster of California Pioneers Index
The Oregon Territory and Its Pioneers

One must not forget the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database put together by many volunteers.

There are additional resources, journals, newspaper articles and biographies of those pioneers.

Take advantage of these resources if you find a westward bound pioneer in your ancestral lines.

If you know of additional sites feel free to share them in the comments area.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Website: Find A Grave

Find A Grave began back in 1995 by Jim Tipton and developed from his hobby of visiting graves of famous people. He has been amazed at how quickly it grew and developed into what is considered to be a major resource for individuals alike who are looking for information perhaps on a famous individual but also on the 'everyday people'. To view the other individuals who help with site, visit "Who is behind Find A Grave?"

Each day new records are added and more individuals sign up to be contributors. Individuals are able to use the site for educational needs and researchers find valuable information on their loved ones who have passed on.

The left side of the website is for 'Famous People' and the right side is for everyone else. According to the site they have 143 million records one can search, that is a lot of people!

Once you are on the site, you simply choose whether you are looking for someone famous or an ancestor and click on the appropriate link. For this blog we will look up an ancestor, Theodore Marotte who is my great grandfather. I uploaded his information and then another person added which is always nice.

This entry provides a lot of information to help a researcher. There is no set rule as to how much information one can find but it is definitely worth taking the time to check, you may be pleasantly surprised to find an ancestor's information was uploaded by another who was photographing that particular cemetery.

One can also volunteer to add their tombstone pictures to help all who visit this site, here is the link to become a member and upload your own.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Website: The USGenWeb Project

Over the years, The USGenWeb Project has received numerous awards as one of the 'Key' Internet Genealogy Free Websites.

Of course these awards are the results of millions of volunteer hours creating a site for every US State and County. While some of the county sites are looking for volunteers, most have a lot to offer researching genealogists. 

A sample state page, this is Arizona (note that each are different):

In additional to a website for each state, are county pages:

There are a few other wonderful things about this site that make it amazing and that is there is a section for Projects, Researchers and Volunteers. Each section provides tips on getting started and wonderful aids to help all. Here is part of their projects lists:

The USGenWeb Archives Project
The USGenWeb African American Griots Project
The USGenWeb Kidz Project
The USGenWeb Lineage Project
The USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project

These sites are the representation of millions of hours of work to bring these resources to genealogists and family historians around the world, remember as you use these resources to pay it forward by citing sources properly and giving recognition of where the information comes from properly.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Website: GeneaBloggers

When it comes to reaching out to the genealogical community and providing guidance and help to all regardless of which level of a researcher you are GeneaBloggers comes to mind along with a few others will tackle going forward.

In looking at the titles one has to notice the following options available with a mouse click:

Blogging Resources, Daily Blogging Prompts, Genealogy Blog Roll
The GeneaBloggers Daily

Blogging Resources contains great information on how to create a blog and what resources are available. There is additional design ideas, tools, tips. backups, publishing resources and more.

Daily Blogging Prompts for each day of the week, this is a great help when having writers block.

The Genealogy Blog Roll has over 3000 blogs for one to peruse through and find the one to help you with your area of research. This can be done by searching a topic, a place, etc. and the results will be displayed for you to investigate and sign up to receive as it is published. The amount of help and ideas is immense.

The GeneaBloggers Daily is published daily and provides a great selection of news items and articles to help us all. From the latest videos and technology to the latest headlines for the day, one can sign up to receive it and stay on top of all that is genealogically related news wise!

Stay on top of things with the GeneaBloggers which is created by Thomas MacEntee and you'll have some of the best tools and blogs to read to help you with your genealogy and family history research!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Website: - Part 3

This last blog article on will cover the different types of trees that are on this site:

Pedigree Resource File, Ancestral File, IGI, Community Trees and Family Tree
  • Pedigree Resource File: A growing collection of genealogies submitted by users
  • Ancestral File: A static collection of genealogies submitted by users before 2003
  • IGI: Information of over 430 million ancestors contributed by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Community Trees: A collection of sourced genealogies from specific times

To get to this section, simply click on "Search" and in the drop down click on "Genealogies". Here you'll be able to enter in information you have and the results will come from first four groups listed there.  

You can add additional information as this is a partial view of the form. You can add the spouse and parents names also here to get better results.

The last section is Family Trees. In order to view these you need an account, you do not need to be member of The Church of Latter-day Saints to have an account. 

To sign up you simply click on "Free Account" at the top on the right and enter the necessary information. Once that is complete you can begin your search by clicking on "Find" which looks like this:

Remembering that this is tapping into billions of names that can help you further your research. All these trees are submitted by individuals, some have sources, pictures, etc. and many do not. It is a great place to either begin or to see if someone has more than you on a family line. Either way, it is an great resource to genealogists all over the world.

We'll tackle another website next week, in the mean time, spend some serious time in, and you may find more than you expect!

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