3 Tips for Using Online Library Catalogs

The Catalog by AeisLugh on DeviantArt   Library card catalogs have come a long way since the days when a trip to the library meant flipping through index cards filed in wooden drawers. Today, online library catalogs provide researchers the opportunity to locate books, read comprehensive descriptions, conduct online searches through search engines like Google, and then place those items …

3 Genealogy Things To Do On Halloween

1. Make a list of all the ancestral death information you need to find. Go through your Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets and notice what death and burial information is missing. Create a to-do list and start searching. 2. Photograph graves at a local cemetery. Has anyone photographed or transcribed the cemeteries nearest you? Use Billion Graves or Find A …

Need a Loan? Go to the Library! Interlibrary Loan

When is the last time you asked your local reference librarian for an interlibrary loan? Interlibrary loan is an important tool for the genealogist. Through interlibrary loan, a whole world of resources opens up that you would otherwise not have access to. Simply put, the way interlibrary loan works is that it allows you to borrow a book or items …

Where Are They? Searching For Names

You’ve probably had this happen to you. You enter your ancestor’s name in a search engine and hit the search button. But instead of a hit, you receive a “sorry no results” message. You know they should be listed in that census/newspaper/vital record index, so how can there be no results? Well, aside from the problems that can occur with …

What’s On Your Genealogy Bucket List?

The other day I overheard a conversation between two friends regarding one’s recent vacation. In response to where the person went, the friend replied, “that’s on my bucket list.” Do you have a bucket list? A bucket list is a to-do list of activities you want to experience or places you want to visit prior to dying. You may have …

5 Places To Find Your Ancestor’s Death

As new family history researchers  we are taught that the place to find information about a death is a death certificate. But what happens when there is no death certificate? Is a vital record the only document that tells the story of your ancestor’s death? Here are five other resources to consider . Church Records When a government does not …

3 MORE Genealogy Tasks To Accomplish In 30 Minutes

Last week we discussed 3 genealogy tasks you could accomplish in 30 minutes or less. But because there’s so much that can be done in a short amount of time we decided to give you 3 more ideas to work on this weekend.   Search Digitized Books Consider searching digitized book websites for histories of the place your ancestor was …

Does Your Genealogy Have A Second Life?

Genealogists are, in general, more familiar with the term “afterlife” than they are “SecondLife,” but the latter is definitely something that can enhance our  research and education now! SecondLife  is an online virtual world created entirely by its users. You can find everything from fairy gardens to a simulation of the international Space Station, music, shopping, fashion, poetry… you name it.  …

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3 Genealogy Tasks You Can Complete in 30 Minutes … or Less

  One of the biggest obstacles facing many researchers is time. Genealogical research is one of those pursuits that you can start “for just a few minutes”, and quickly lose track of time. One minute it’s early afternoon and you’re searching for your grandparents in the 1940 Census, and the next thing you know its 1 am, and you’re looking …

Postcards For Your Family History

Do you collect postcards? Deltiology, or postcard collecting, can help family history researchers transform the story of their family’s life into a must-read. Vintage postcards of your ancestor’s hometown provide a unique look at the history of your family and the places they frequented. In the mid 1800s in the United States, an act was passed allowing people to mail …