State Specific Research · Vital Records · Websites

Why You Are Not Finding Your Ancestors in the New York State Death Indexes

For anyone with New York state ancestors, the 2017 release of the New York State Death Indexes on Internet Archive were an absolute gift from the genealogy gods.  Before Reclaim the Records won their FOIA request for the state-wide index dating from 1880-1956, researchers would visit one of three locations in New York, show a… Continue reading Why You Are Not Finding Your Ancestors in the New York State Death Indexes

State Specific Research · Websites

Homestead Act Digitized

The Homestead National Monument of America has recently collaborated with a number of organizations such as Fold3.com, Ancestry, FamilySearch, & the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to digitize the Homestead Land Entry Case Files. With an estimated 93 million Americans descend from homesteaders, these records are bursting with information that would be invaluable to any genealogist. Records at… Continue reading Homestead Act Digitized

Military · State Specific Research · Transcription Project · World War I

Using WWI Military Service Cards to Trace Female Ancestors

There have been several great advancements in making World War I records available to researchers this year.  For example, the microfilm digitization efforts on the FamilySearch website have added a huge browseable collection of images through the catalog area of the site.  While there are some projects which are waiting to be indexed, there are… Continue reading Using WWI Military Service Cards to Trace Female Ancestors

Databases · Genealogy Club · State Specific Research · Websites · Workshops and Events

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Tuesday’s Tip

Kick off your fall research season with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial! If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Tuesday’s Tip

Military · State Specific Research · Transcription Project · Volunteer Opportunity · World War I

Indiana WWI Military Service Cards Are Going Digital! – Tuesday’s Tip

If you are conducting World War I research for an Indiana ancestor, your task just became a lot easier. The Indiana Archives and Records Administration is digitizing their collection of World War I Military Service Cards and making them available for free online.  The project, which is part of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration Virtual… Continue reading Indiana WWI Military Service Cards Are Going Digital! – Tuesday’s Tip

Fountaindale Public Library District · Genealogy Club · Military · State Specific Research · Technology Tools · Webinar · World War I

July Genealogy Club Webinar “Music in the First World War” Online Now! – Follow Friday

Did you miss your local genealogical society meeting this month? Fountaindale Public Library’s Genealogy Club July lecture is live and available for free through August 13, 2018.  The webinar and handout are available online at https://fountaindalegenealogy.org/webinars/. This month’s meeting “Music in the First World War” is presented by Andrew Bullen of the Illinois State Library.… Continue reading July Genealogy Club Webinar “Music in the First World War” Online Now! – Follow Friday

Military · Monuments · State Specific Research

The Tale of Two Statues – The Strange Story of Viquesney’s WWI ‘Spirit’ Monuments – Those Places Thursday

If you take a walk through one of the many memorial parks in the United States, you’ll find monuments of every size, shape, and material.  Some are as simple as a large stone with a bronze plaque.  Others are grand and opulent buildings constructed of rare materials and marble.  The better known monuments celebrate the… Continue reading The Tale of Two Statues – The Strange Story of Viquesney’s WWI ‘Spirit’ Monuments – Those Places Thursday