Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless. All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. At one …

Now’s your chance to check out Ancestry.com’s free DNA kit.

If you’ve ever considered a subscription at Ancestry.com, now’s your chance to buy the 6 month subscription, and you’ll get a bonus of a free DNA kit valued at $99. That’s the same value as the Ancestry.com subscription, so you’re essentially getting everything at half price. My tough luck is that I’m already subscribed so …

Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied documents.

This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting. This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type …

Why would a typist and transcriptionist want to spend her leisure years typing and transcribing?

The answer? I’m a genealogy fanatic and typing and transcription are a very large portion of the workload necessary to conduct research, handle sources and documents, and transcribe images of documents into editable text to make it searchable. Although I made the majority of my living as a business owner and Administrative Assistant using these …

Transcription: Charles Keefer; Biographical Sketches of Old Settlers and Prominent People of Wisconsin

Transcription of biography of Charles Keefer. Excerpt from: Biographical Sketches of OLD SETTLERS and PROMINENT PEOPLE of ….WISCONSIN…. _____ Vol. I. _____ Waterloo, Wis., Huffman & Hyer, Publishers. 1899. _________________________________________________ CHARLES KEEFER AMONG the class of hardy pioneers who left their Ohio homes, ” where they were surrounded by the comforts of life and social …

The UK’s National Archives’ site “The Cabinet Papers” offers insight into UK government and its participants.

What is available to researchers on “The Cabinet Papers” site? Records from 1915 to 1982 including full text is searchable from this site. Some of these records, however, have been redacted under the Public Records Act. These records include: Decisions and discussions of cabinet. Background reports and papers provided for cabinet ministers before cabinet meetings. …

OurBlackAncestry.com creates a portal for black and slave research.

OurBlackAncestry.com is working to raise $50,000 via an Indiegogo campaign for conversion their online portal into a site where subscribers will be able to research the names of their black slave ancestors. They’re planning for a June 2013 launch date. The site will be searchable using keywords to find documents for viewing online or downloading. It will also be possible for participants …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – February 9, 2013

FamilySearch.org Czech Republic Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 Germany Germany, Brandenburg, Bernau bei Berlin, Jewish Records, 1688-1872 Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records, 1594-1936 Germany, Westfalen, Minden, Index to Funeral Sermons, 1580-1740 Germany, Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall, Probate Records, 1803-1925 Hungary Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 Italy Italy, Napoli, Fontana, Parocchia di Santa Maria della Mercede …