Research Note: Those Oldies but Goodies (“Ancient” Research Aids)

I must say that I’m always excited to hear of new processes, new software, new methods, new hardware, new, new, new, new everything! Now while I’m not one who must go out and be the first to have something new, just for the sake of being first to have it, I will usually upgrade as soon as I possibly can …Continue reading →

Louisiana Death Records at

Among the newly released records at FamilySearch’s Record Search are death records for Louisiana.  This thrilled me, of course, for two reasons.  First, we’ve been doing the brickwall series focused on the Gines family in Louisiana.  Ironically, when the  FamilySearch records were posted, I had just sent off to the Louisiana Secretary of State a request for copies of certified …Continue reading →

FamilySearch Adds Midwestern Records

FamilySearch Record Search has added marriage records for Cook County, Illinois. The collection is currently what FamilySearch calls an “early access collection,” meaning that the collection is accessible though not yet entirely complete. What’s there now are records from 1900-1920. The entire collection ulitmately will go back to 1871. [H/T to Tom Kemp at the GenealogyBank blog]. And while we’re …Continue reading →

FamilySearch Indexing

When I attended the family history seminar here the weekend before last, I heard several people talking about having signed up to do indexing for As has been widely reported, is being expanded to include a treasure trove of genealogical information to be available free of charge. This requires a huge effort to index all the sources. I …Continue reading →

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