Thursday, August 29, 2013


Have you ever wanted to capture an entire screen or a portion of a screen to insert into something you were working on or to share the information with someone?  The "snipping tool" is by far the easiest and most useful tool for this task.  You can capture any part of the screen, and if the screen does not have all you want to capture simply hold the control key down and use the scroll button on your mouse to zoom in and out until you get what you want.  The "snipping tool" comes with windows and 7 and 8 and can be found by clicking on start button, going to all programs, then to accessories and there is the "snipping tool."  I pin it to my task bar so it is there whenever I need it.  Once you "snip" what you want you can save it as a jpg file or copy it an insert it into an email or a document you are working with.

Below is an example of how I used the "snipping tool" and captured a portion of the GENCOM blog, saved it as a jpeg file, and inserted it again into this blog.


The following FamilySearch records were added or updated August 29, 2013.  The record count is now at 1636, which means two of these records are new.

Happy ancestor hunting.
Title Records Last Updated
Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992Browse Images *29 Aug 2013
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929Browse Images *29 Aug 2013
Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Censuses (Comune), 1750-1900Browse Images *29 Aug 2013
Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-195736,417 *29 Aug 2013
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-199192,516 *29 Aug 2013


The following records on have been updated or new August 29, 2013.

Happy ancestor hunting.

New records on

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The following FamilySearch records were added or updated August 20-22, 2013.  There is not much activity in the updated records these days and most of it is overseas records - but stay tuned more are coming.

Happy ancestor hunting.
Title Records Last Updated
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census 186768,233 *22 Aug 2013
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-198051,149 *22 Aug 2013
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980Browse Images *22 Aug 2013
Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (includes index)144,334 *20 Aug 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair: September 3 and 4, 2013

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair: September 3 and 4, 2013

Click on the above link to learn more about the -

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

WHAT:  National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
  • For the first time ever, the National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast using the Internet.
  • This two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike.
  • Lecture topics include Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops, and Navy Deck logs.
  • “Help! I’m Stuck” Call-In Consultation: National Archives staff will be available to answer research questions during the Fair.
WHEN:  Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3–4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. EST
WHO:  Speakers include genealogy experts from the National Archives and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
HOW:  The National Archives will make this event available via webcast. The webcast will include options for the hearing-impaired. Recorded sessions will be available online after the event.
Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see
For more information about the fair, e-mail Join the Genealogy Fair conversation on Twitter using #genfair2013.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


The following records are new or have been updated on yesterday and today.  If you have been looking for WWII enlistment records, you need to check out the first update.

happy ancestor hunting.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Last week, I decided to search for information on my second great grandparents.  I had birth, death and marriage records on my great grandparents but only knew that my second great grandfather's name was probably Thomas Williams and his wife's maiden name was probably Oden.

First, I went to's public family trees and did a search using the information that I had about Thomas Williams and his wife.  Now, I know that online family trees cannot be trusted, but they can certainly be used to provide valuable hints in researching your ancestors.  From the many results that were listed, I gleaned information from the trees that had sources and seemed to agree with the basic research information I had about my second great grandparents and their children.  Using the information from the trees I then began my search for my second great grandparents in the latest census records in which they would have been listed.  After some time I found a Thomas W. Williams that was married to a Rebecca Oden in the 1880 census records of Chilton County, Alabama.  Other facts such as birth, marriage, and death dates and geographical locations agreed with information that I had previously found in my research.

Now to the main point of this blog;  when I clicked up the view record page option of this 1880 census the following screen came up on my computer.  The right side of the screen was blank but after a short time a column appeared called "Suggested Records."  The heading on this column said "These records may also be relevant to Thomas W. Williams:."  In this column Ancestry lists records that Ancestry had found in their databases that could be records of the ancestor for which I was searching.  In this case the suggestions provided me not only with links to Thomas W. Williams on the 1850 through 1880 census records but also provided links to marriage certificates to both of his wives, General Land Office records and Civil War records.  Wow, all of this at one time - I am well on my way to finding out more about my second great grandparents.

One word of caution, do not trust the transcribed information on the view record page, ALWAYS view and study the original record on Ancestry.  Before leaving any record you find on Ancestry, note the source information and the url of the page you are on so that you will able to go back to that record.

Happy ancestor hunting.

101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2013 - Family Tree Magazine

101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2013 - Family Tree Magazine

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


I have been posting the updates from FamilySearch for some time now and today discovered that you can also view the updates to the records very easily.  On homepage under "What's happening at"  there is a link "New records on" which take you to a page that list all of the updates for the last two months.  It looks like it is kept up to date regularly and I will be posting them on this blog as they release them.

The list of updates is long so I have copied and pasted the new and updates for this month only.  If you want to see the updates for the last two months just click on "View all new records" in the "What's happening at" block on the home page.  Sorry, these are not linked to the Ancestry site - do not know how to do that for these - but am working on it.

There are many little goodies on web pages that you do not know about until someone points them out to you, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Happy ancestor hunting.