Indexing Event

FamilySearch is asking for assistance in indexing records this weekend. The previous record was just a little over 49,000 indexers on a day after the 1940 US census was released. They are trying to reach 50,000 volunteer indexer in one day. sHere is their press release: Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 …

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FSFT – Hints

The online family database FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) added record hints about a month ago but I only recently began seeing the hints for members of my family. The record below is for my granduncle, Milo Halsey. He was born in Steuben County, NY but moved to Wisconsin before 1900. I already had six sources …

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FSFT – Adding Family Sources

FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) the massive online genealogy tree of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) has recently made it very easy to add sources to a whole family. You have been able to add sources to a single person for a long time but now if the record has other …

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Etwyv ?

Over this Memorial Day weekend many genealogy websites are offering free access to military records. On MyHeritage there is this special webpage for military records. I wanted to find a record for a brother of one of my ancestors named Benjamin Franklin Lason. Seeing as the Lason surname is rather obscure, I only put the …

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Swann VR Collection

I was looking for a Rochester family on FamilySearch and came up with a relatively new source of area vital records. The Swann Collection is from the Yates County Genealogical  & Historical Society. Their collection contains all kinds of vital records from family records, newspapers and 21 family Bibles. The earliest record in the collection …

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Shared Library Catalogs

Fairly recently the FamilySearch catalog was merged with the WorldCat catalog. It definitely benefits genealogical researchers in finding sources closer to where they live. From the main FamilySearch web page, you can get to the catalog either of two ways. If you hover over the “Search” at the top of the page a menu comes …

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Short Followups

In took the book, Hundertjährige Geschichte des Deutschtums von Rochester (1915) by Hermann Pfaefflin to the RootsTech 2013 conference. FamilySearch scanned the book and were going to place a digital copy online. It has been almost a year and it still isn’t online This web page on FamilySearch says there is a digital copy but …

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NY Death Index on FamilySearch

Back in May, NY State created a web database that had an index to update deaths from 1957 to 1963. That database has now found its way to FamilySearch. The FamilySeaxh version is easier to use. As earch gives gives spelling variations and also gives the place of residence that you had to hunt for …

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Adding Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree

I like the idea of collaboration on FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). Anyone can make changes to the vast collection of family records. Some people are afraid that data that they put on FSFT will be changed. If they have a source that I don’t have then it is a great thing to make a change. …

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What Records?

Many other blogs are carrying news of a new agreement between FamilySearch and Ancestry.com that will “make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online” (see: the official announcement). One billion is a lot of records. I read the announcement 3 times but I can’t figure out what records they could be talking about. Plus …

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