Friday, May 20, 2016


When it comes to adding new databases and building and even better website, has been consistent on all of these levels. 

Each Friday I receive emails letting me know the latest data files that have been added to their already large collection of searchable databases.

For a sample this is the link to what is new for this week. To do a search you either use their simple form to enter in some data and do a search or you can click on search and choose from their list of available records.

This month they are having a 50% off a month's subscription which brings the cost to try it for a month to $9.98. Currently they are working with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to digitize the Periodical Source Index known as PERSI. This will be a great asset to researchers everywhere.

They offer a long list of great databases to help individuals locate their ancestors and are definitely worth looking into as a good resource for research.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Website: Commonwealth War Graves

According to their website, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten."

There are cemeteries and memorials located in 154 countries and in 23,000 locations and all are 'cared for' by this group. Their website goes into the details of what part of the upkeep they handle with these locations.

Under their "Find War Dead" section they have a casualty database for men and women of the "Commonwealth forces" who died during the two world wars.

In addition they also have details of some 67,000 "Commonwealth civilians" who died as a "result of enemy action" in the Second World War. Information on the 23,000 cemeteries where these individuals are buried is also provided in case one wishes to visit or obtain a photo of the grave.

Right on the main page, an individual can enter the name of a fallen loved one and this is what the results would be like:

Sometimes there are multiple people listed as they have the same name, this time there is only the one choice. Clicking on his name provides this information:

Note there is a PDF that one can download as a "Commemorative Certificate", additionally, there are documents on this same page, one is his listing on the "Grave Register" and the other is "Panel List" which has his listings on commemorations on memorials or screen walls with those details.

The above is from their "Commemorative Registers". This is a partial of the "Commemorative Certificate":

This site has other information on his burial location and photos, etc. there is a lot here and it definitely is a great help to those researching their ancestors!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Website: Olive Tree Genealogy - Immigrant Ships Passenger Lists

This week we will finish up with the Olive Tree Genealogy Website. The above section is dedicated to Ships Passenger Lists. As we all know the United States is a land of vast cultures coming together in one place. Which such diversity it is helpful to know where these ancestors came from before setting in the United States.

The lists on this page are for immigrants arriving in the United States, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and England.

Another list is to locate ancestors leaving the United States and Canada.

The first area breaks it up into the five major ports of arrival in the US: New York, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisana.

Regarding Canada, one is reminded that there were no comprehensive ships passenger lista prior to 1865 as shipping companies were not required to keep a passenger manifest. There are a number of resources available in this area to help overcome the lack of maniftests like Edinburgh Settlers 1815, Petworth Immigrants 1832-1837, Immigrants proceeding to Upper Canada via New York 1817-1819 Index and many other resources.

The Australia & New Zealand section covers 1700-1800 when over 1,000,000 people immigrated there. Most were from the British Isles but they were from other locations too. According to the site, over 160,000 convicts were sent to Australia along with some going to Tasmania. 

South Africa covers passenger lists from 1680 up to eary 1900s. Her site provides many helps for those seeking out their traveling ancestors. 

The Outbound ships from Canada and the USA to Europe, North America and other locations is dependent on what records were kept. There are partial lists and these are very valuable. For instance there are the Almhouse Records of New York City from 1819-1855 which were established to help with the immigrant poor in the early 1800s. 

There are many lists/databases of immigrants on all of these pages, take some time to investigate and see if your ancestor are there.

There are other great coverages on this whole site and definitely worth your time and energy to browse the many pages there to help you with your ancestral research.

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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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