New to genealogy? Start with free genealogy sites and tools online.

Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, c. 1938.

Using available free genealogy sites and tools to the best advantage. I’ve been doing genealogy research for well over fifteen years now and have amassed a database of over 100,000 individuals with supporting sources, images, and documents for over 90% of the individuals, which are available for free download. Yet, I still find new information …

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 …

We must know the genealogy questions before we can find the answers.

It has become increasingly apparent recently that there are two distinct schools of thought regarding quality and depth in genealogy research. There are the genealogists who believe in working only with well-sourced, proven information – and then there are those of us who started our genealogical quests simply for the pleasure of doing so. Before …

I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data.

Ideally, I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data. I’ve long been a proponent of the open and free exchange of genealogy data to ensure ready access to information for everyone researching their family history. This morning, however, I read “Cooperation Makes Records Available for Free” at FamilySearch.org and it made …

Permanently label media and files with identifying information.

A very large part of my genealogical research over the past twenty years has produced thousands of photographs and other images and naming and cataloging these files required me to permanently label media files with identifying information. I have developed a system over the past few years that has been invaluable to me. I did …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to January 3, 2014

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to January 3, 2014 Family Search.org Russia Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721-1939 United Kingdom England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800-1920 England and Wales, Death Index 1800-1920 England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920 United States Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995 Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999 Montana, …

Agreement between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org will enable future release of billions of records.

Agreement between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org will enable future release of billions of records. I rarely print press releases since I want this blog to resemble your local community genealogy center or club, where information, data and sources are made freely available and those involved in the pursuit of genealogy can communicate with me and with …

Blythe Genealogy Database update and repair is now complete.

Update, August 1, 2013: The links from within my posts of transcriptions to images and individuals are now reset and functional, and the images, documents and sources on my Blythe Database are now working correctly. If you find a broken link, just enter the  Blythe Database also linked in upper horizontal menu), and go to …