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New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

Learning of this online newspapers archive site was very exciting to me. Some of the most valuable information we can find in our genealogical search comes from newspaper accounts because they provide a more detailed reflection of the lives of our ancestors – not just facts and figures. I have added this link to the main ‘Genealogy Links’ page in the top menu.

 

Online newspapers archive.
Online newspapers archive.

The Online Newspapers Archive site endeavours to centralize the thousands of historical newspapers from various sources in one location.

The first newspapers I looked for were those in the Acadian territories of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before, during and after the expulsion. My family names do show in the papers available after 1850, but it will take some time to sift through them.

The newspapers for Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Kentucky also look promising as a great deal of our family history took place in these states.

One great disappointment, though is that there is nothing yet for the United Kingdom.

Although there are great gaps in the newspapers available for some geographical regions, what is available could provide that ‘gem’ one or more of us have been seeking.

I definitely intend to investigate this site further.

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Google Tools, Tips and Tricks for Genealogy

Google Tools, Tips and Tricks for Genealogy

 

In my 12+ years of genealogy experience, I have become very attached to the Google tools, tips and tricks for genealogy research!

 

Once I discovered these tools, I haven’t looked back. I use them frequently in the course of my research.

 

Free Genealogy Search Help

This is the one Google search tool I use most often – and therefore I’m listing the direct link here. It creates a series of searches using different groupings of keywords from the input boxes for given names, surnames, birth and death places.

Easy Google Genealogy Searcher

Provided by Ancestor Search, this page provides several pre-set custom Google searches and tools. This is especially valuable for those who are not familiar with the codes and conventions for custom searching in Google. Below are basic descriptions and hints for effective use of each search tool. The tools on this page include:

Google Genealogy Search

  • Use (“) quotation marks around a specific word or phrase to be included “as is” in your results.

Search for Genealogy Surname Websites

  • This tool is valuable for finding websites with specific surnames in the title, most especially when surnames are also common English words in every day use such as ‘Mason’ or ‘Forest’; are also ‘given’ or ‘first’ names like ‘James’ or ‘Stuart’. In addition, this search helps to delve into more obscure sites that are deeper in Google results.

Google Book Search

  • An inordinate amount of valuable genealogy data exists within books and publications that in the past were not easily searchable. Google has taken great strides in digitizing ‘in copyright’ and ‘out of copyright’ material for access online. This tool searches the full texts of books digitized by Google. Although not as high in quality as vital records such as births, deaths and marriages, when such records are not available or cannot be found, this is the next best thing. A great benefit of material obtained this way is that it is frequently in narrative form, recounting actual events and circumstances, adding ‘flesh’ to the ‘bones’ of most genealogy research.

Google Blog Search

  • Tool for searching within other blogs. This can be very helpful for finding data compiled by other genealogists who have their own blogs.

Google Newspaper Search

  • Search for obituaries, news stories or other items appearing in newspapers. Be sure to use the surname as well as specific keyword(s) in your search.

Google Search Within or Excluding a Genealogy Site

  • Enter the keyword(s) and relevant site name in the appropriate boxes and select either ‘only with’ or ‘excluding’ in the drop-down box.

Search for Sites Similar To

  • Enter the url of a site you’d like to use as an example. Useful for finding similar sites on a specific topic.

Search for Gedcom Files

  • GEDCOMS are valuable files created by genealogy software for easy transfer and import of data in a manageable size. For this to be useful, it is necessary to have software to either convert to a viewable format or with the ability to import.

Search US Newsgroups for Genealogy Queries

  • Newsgroups are online communities of like-minded researches who post information, queries and answers. To limit results to just genealogy sites, add the word ‘genealogy’ to the search string.

Search for Definitions of Genealogical Words

  • The Google Dictionary searches for definitions for dated words, terms and acronyms. Very useful for finding the meanings of old-fashioned terminology frequently used in genealogy data and research.

Google Genealogy Calculator

  • An amazing tool for calculating are or distance using old-fashioned words and phrasing (i.e. calculating dates using mathematical functions: [1927-82] or converting old fashioned measures into contemporary measures (i.e. 40 rods in miles). If an immediate result is not shown, the page will likely list another calculator to use (i.e. arpents – no answer shows, but an arpent calculator appears toward the bottom of the results page).

Search for Genealogy Images

  • A tool to search for images by keyword using file type and size filters. This is actually quite an amazing little tool. I always use it when reseraching and I’m constantly amazed at how many images it finds on obscure websites that I never would have found.

Search by Location

  • Perform a keyword search filtered by location using address, city, state, and or code.

Google Search for a US Street Map

  • Search for specific locations (old or recent) to locate nearby landmarks (i.e. civic buildings, schools, churches, hospitals, etc.)

Google Search by Language and Country

  • This tool is invaluable for those seeking to search websites in a specific language and/or from a specific country.

Google Translate Text

  • A quick and easy tool for translating snippets of text. Select the languages of conversion from the drop-down box.

Translate a Genealogy Web Page

  • To translate a full web page, type the full url (including ‘http://’) into the search box and select the languages of conversion in the drop-down box.

Google Search by Family Tree

  • This is the one Google tool I use the most. It’s ideal for searching for specific combinations of names and relationships, thereby eliminating a great deal of ‘chaff’.

Following are more generic tools that can be very effective for genealogy related searches:

‘Related Images’ Image Scrolling

  • Every keyword search produces a set of links in the ribbon across the top of the screen. Click on ‘Images’ to go to only image results. Then, across the top of every Google image results page is a list of any ‘related search’ links that exist. Just hover over a link to view a preview ribbon of images from that search.

Image Search

  • This search can be very useful for trying to identify photos by individuals, locations, etc. by uploading the photo for Google to compare to other photos on the Internet to finds similar photos. Searches can be filtered for only faces, clip art, high-res, etc.

Results from Those We Know and Trust

  • When signed into Google+ and with the search options set to allow personal results, Google will highlight results from within your own Google+ community with this icon.
  • If you wish to toggle personal results off, just click on this icon in the top right of your screen.
  • Here is an image of some of my own personal results after searching for the town in which I live:

    Google Plus Personal Results

Include or Exclude Words in Search Results

  • To make sure certain words are included in the search without regard for order, use the ‘+’ symbol (i.e. Christian +Keefer). Likewise, to exclude words, use the ‘-‘ symbol (i.e. Christian -Keefer).

Ensure an Exact Phrase or Group of Words in Search Results

  • Use quotation marks at the beginning and end of the string that you wish to be exact in your search results (i.e. “Christian Keefer”).

Using a Wild Card Effectively

  • Wild card searches are especially effective in genealogy. With Google, the ‘*’ can be used in place of a word if there could possibly be more than one choices in a phrase or if you don’t know what the word might be. For a wildcard search, insert the ‘*’ wildcard in place of the word(s) in question.  (i.e. “Christian Keefer” “* Jacques”). In this example, the missing first name is represented by the ‘*’ and search results come up showing several possible first name possibilities.

Narrowing Search Results

  • Despite our first instinct to throw as many words as possible into a search, this actually can defeat the purpose. The extra words will most likely result in unrelated results due the the extra word(s). Start with as few words as possible and add ‘key’ words to your search in an attempt to narrow your results.

Targeted Searches

  • To search only specific sites, add the ‘site:’ prefix to the desired url (i.e. site:emptynestthemes.com). You can also search specific site types, domains and/or countries signified by a url suffix. Just add the same site prefix when searching (i.e. ‘site:edu’ for education sites; ‘site:ca’ for Canadian sites).
  • To find related websites, use the prefix ‘related:’ in front of the site’s url (i.e. related:emptynestthemes.com).
  • To search for specific file types, use the  ‘filetype:’ prefix in front of the desired file extension within your search string (i.e. filetype:png chilliwack schools).
  • To find definitions with Google, use the ‘define:’ prefix in front of the term to get a list of definitions from several online dictionaries.
  • Search for any numbers in a specific such as price ranges by placing two dots ‘..’ between the two numbers (i.e. Chilliwack real estate $100,000..$300,000).
  • Google can be used as a calculator. Just type in the equation using symbols to represent the functions. (i.e. 100*10, 100/10, 100-10, or 100+10). The first entry in the search results page will be the answer to the equation entered.

 

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 7 May, 2015.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 7 May, 2015.

The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch Updates and Additions to 7 May, 2015.

 

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Canada

India

Peru

United Kingdom

United States

Worldwide

 

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Canada

United Kingdom

United States

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – 11 Sep 2014

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – 11 Sep 2014

Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions for the week ending September 11, 2014.

 

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Brazil

Canada

Colombia

Ghana

India

Italy

Mexico

Netherlands

Philippines

Portugal

Russia

South Africa

Spain

United Kingdom

United States

 

Ancestry.com

Canada

United States

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – 6 Aug 2014

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – 6 Aug 2014

Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions up to and including August 6, 2014.

 

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Brazil

Canada

Dominican Republic

Korea

New Zealand

United States

Worldwide

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions, 29 July, 2014.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions, 29 July, 2014.

Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions up to and including 29 July, 2014.
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Czechoslovakia
Korea
Spain
United States

 

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Australia
Canada
England

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Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

Genealogy News Bites
Genealogy News Bites

Following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to April 10, 2014.

The Week

Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun ‘had Jewish ancestry’

Scientists who extracted genetic material from Eva Braun’s hair found she had Jewish ancestry

Gloucester Citizen

Old fashioned baby names dying out: The full list from Ancestry.co.uk

Research carried out by Ancestry.co.uk studied birth records for 1905 and produced a ‘top 100’. They then compared the names to those on the 2012 baby name list from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most recent data available. The extinct

Olive Tree Genealogy

Evidence of St. Louis French Colonial Log Home Found

Evidence of a French colonial home in St. Louis was found beneath layers of concrete and bricks during digging by the Department of Transportation.  It is the first trace

One Man in England Saves 5000 WW1 Photos from Being Destroyed

Screen Dump from BBC News Sussex website This is a fascinating story about an ordinary man in England who took it on himself to save and preserve WW1 photos, cards, letters and other objects from the dump

DAR Accepting DNA as Evidence of Descent From Revolutionary War Ancestor

Good news for those seeking to prove an ancestor for admittance to DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Keeping up with the times, DAR now accepts DNA as evidence

Corpses of WW1 Soldiers Found as Glaciers Melt in Italy

A recent story online Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers explains how dead soldiers from WW1 battles are being found and reburied by local villagers

Library and Archives Canada

Sir John A. Macdonald: Rare and intriguing treasures from the vaults of Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds Canada’s most comprehensive collection of material related to the life, times and continuing appeal of Sir John A. Macdonald (1815–1891)

The Vindicator

Program on DNA Testing as a Tool for Genealogy

While her educational research focused on Cajun identity and language, her role in customer support at Family Tree DNA has led to a passion for educating the public on how to make their own connections through genetic genealogy. Her program, Getting

Huffington Post

Utah Prisoners Do Mormon Research From JailGenealogy

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) William J. Hopkins already knew a bit about genealogy work when he arrived at the Utah State Prison in 1994, an interest that was sparked in his teens by an aunt who is a family historian. Hopkins, 40, now spends two to three hours

Owen Sound Sun Times

War medals return, family thrilled

Grey Roots purchased an Owen Sound man’s First World War war medals on eBay and now Sgt. Nelson Ross “Scotty” Crowe’s great-great-niece has come forward with pictures and details about the soldier’s life

Magic Valley Times-News

Hidden History: Farm Labor Camps in WWII

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed in 1942 an order placing all people of Japanese ancestry within the U.S. into 11 relocation centers throughout the West

Brisbane Times

DNA to pick out suspect, warts and all

Australian police and researchers are developing a ground-breaking test that will help them identify suspects based on the DNA evidence they leave behind

The Guardian

Spain offers Sephardic Jews fast track to naturalisation

Cabinet approves bill allowing dual nationality for Jews whose ancestors fled the Spanish inquisition Spain has announced new measures to speed up the naturalisation of Jews of Sephardic descent whose ancestors fled the Iberian peninsula five centuries ago when they were told to convert to Catholicism or go into exile

Havana street produces 12 sets of twins

High number of twins in Cuban capital district baffles scientists, as locals blame everything from genetics to a sacred tree Some say it could be something in the water. Others point to a tree with mystical significance

Tracing your family tree? The 10 best apps to help you find your relatives

Laura Berry, lead genealogist for BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are?, offers an expert’s guide to aid your online searches A decade ago there was no point even considering researching your roots

The Scotsman

Pensioner meets brother and sister after 70 years

A Scottish pensioner has been reunited with his long-lost brother and sister for the first time in 70 years

Payvand Iran News

Eight Iranian-Americans among recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Eight Iranian-Americans are among the recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor which will be awarded on May 10th, 2014. The medals are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life

The Vancouver Sun

John Mackie: Vancouver’s vaudeville mystery solved

Lucy Tremblay died in 1983. So imagine her daughter-in-law’s surprise when she opened up Monday’s Vancouver Sun to see Lucy in a vaudeville photo from the 1910s or ’20s

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – March 23, 2014

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – March 23, 2014

Below are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.

 

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Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Costa  Rica
Czechoslovakia
England
Germany
Guatemala
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Moldova
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Peru
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
United States
Worldwide

 

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Argentina
Brazil
Denmark
England
Germany
Guatemala
United States
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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – August 11, 2013

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – August 11, 2013

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England

Korea

New Zealand

Sweden

United States

 

Ancestry.com

Canada

Hungary

Poland

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

 

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – June 18, 2013

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – June 18, 2013

FamilySearch.org UpdatesFollowing are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to date.

 

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Colombia

England

Indonesia

Italy

Mexico

New Hampshire

Nicaragua

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Spain

  • Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1936

United States

 

Ancestry.com

Canada

United Kingdom

United States

 

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – January 4, 2013

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – January 4, 2013

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Australia

Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990

Germany

Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden, Bürgerrollen 1574-1902

Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Census Records, 1843-1900

Slovakia

Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910

United States

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955

Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957

Worldwide

Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969

 

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Canada

Canada, Ontario, Ottawa, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980

France

France, Oise, Marriages, 1600-1907

United Kingdom

UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960

United States

1850 United States Federal Census

Connecticut, Divorce Index, 1968-1997

Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1800-1990

Ohio, Scioto County, Marriage Records, 1803-1860

Ohio, Summit County, Marriage Records, 1840-1980

 

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – September 20, 2012

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – September 20, 2012

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Austria

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888

Barbados

Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1887

Brazil

Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1890-2012

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1890-1980

Chile

Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011

Colombia

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010

Italy

Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1865-1929

Ivory Coast

Cote d’Ivoire, Electoral Registers, 1927-1960

New Zealand

New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878-1960

Peru

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996

Philippines

Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1981

Portugal

Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975

South Africa

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006

Spain

Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550-1920

Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1903-1918

United States

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983

Minnesota, Birth Index, 1935-2002

Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009

Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940

Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986

United States, Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968

 

Ancestry.com

Canada

CanadianHeadstones.com Index

Ireland

Ireland, Newspapers, 1763-1890

Ireland, Thom’s Directory, 1904

United States

Missouri, McDonald County, Obituary Index, 1899-2008

Missouri, Stone County, Burial Index, 1852-2005

Montana, Death Index, 1954-2002

U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941

U.S. School Yearbooks

Utah, Third District Court Criminal Case Files Index, 1882-1916

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

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Here are the most recent updates and additions to FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com databases.
 
 
 
 
 

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Belgium
  • Belgium, Civil Registration, 1795-1910
Brazil
  • Brazil, Catholic Church Records
Canada
  • British Columbia, Naturalization Records, 1859-1926
  • British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death notices, 1901-1939
  • Quebec, Non-Catholic Parish Registers, 1763-1967
Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889
Hungary
  • Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980
Italy
  • Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
  • Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905
Portugal
  • Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911
Russia
  • Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885
South Africa
  • South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2004
United States
  • Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1847-1950
  • California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991
  • Iowa State Census, 1895
  • Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966
  • Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
  • New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938
  • North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
  • North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
  • Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940
  • Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961
  • Virginia, Winchester, Evening Star Obituaries, 1899-1909

 

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United Kingdom
  • Middlesex, England, Convict Transportation Contracts, 1682-1787
  • 1911 England Census
  • England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1916-2005
  • England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2006
  • 1911 Wales Census

 

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Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

Vermont Ancestors

Find Your Vermont Ancestors

A federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities has paid for a Vermont Digital Newspaper Project planned to take two years for scanning up to 100,00 pages from Vermont newspapers of the 1800’s and early 1900’s, providing highly sought information about Vermont ancestors of researchers. Vermont is only the first of 28 states expected to contribute to this project, which will be known as “Chronicling America”.

Spearheaded by University of Vermont librarians, the url for the coming online digital archives is to be announced once any images are made available online.

This has the potential of being an invaluable resource for those doing family genealogy research in Vermont. Newspaper articles are particularly valuable as they help to provide the historical details of events and circumstances that are missing from official records commonly used in genealogy research.

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