Friday, January 31, 2014


This is from a post on Michael John Neill's blog Genealogy Tip of the Day:

If Grandma's house is still standing (or even if it isn't), have you considered drawing a map showing the rooms in the house, the relative location of any outbuildings, etc.? Even if your scale isn't perfect, a drawing is better than no drawing."

This is something that we as family historians need to consider doing to leave to our descendants.  I have made sketches of my parent's and grandparent's houses showing what was in each room of the house.  I have labeled some of the rooms and fixtures that I remember being there before the houses were torn down.  The sketches are not to scale and are drawn freehand - nothing fancy just a simple floor plan so they will know what the house was like. 

Making these sketches is a great way to bring back memories that can be developed into ideas for the stories you write for your descendants.  I would certainly love to have sketches and stories from my parents and grandparents about some of the details of their lives when they were young.  I do have some sketches that outline and give some details on of the Jones' family land in Arkansas.  These sketches have helped me in much of my genealogy research in Arkansas.

My next project in this area will be to sketch the Colvin and Jones Grocery store in Unionville and give some of the details of how the outside and inside of the store changed during by youth.

Happy ancestor hunting.


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


The following records are show as updated or new on today.

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China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549-1955Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbühl Miscellaneous City Records, 1804-1946Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Germany, Bavaria, Fürth, Emigration and City Directories, 1805-1913Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Ghana Census, 1984Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-19296,364 *28 Jan 2014
Minnesota, State Census, 1875160,919 *28 Jan 2014
Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records, 1527-1907Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
New York, New York City, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847-1938Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1947Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955Browse Images *28 Jan 2014
United States Census, 18605,379,014 *28 Jan 2014
West Virginia Marriages, 1780-19701,504,135 *28 Jan 2014


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Saturday, January 25, 2014


GenealogyInTime Magazine has put together a world wide list of the top 100 most popular genealogy websites.  This is an extensive and exhaustive list that is a well-researched and global in scale.  There are nine pages of information about the websites and the methodology that was used to determine the ranking.   When searching the internet for your ancestors this list should be by your computer.  I use many of the sites on the list but will be checking out some of the ones with which I am not familiar.  The URL for the list is Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014.

Happy ancestor hunting.

Friday, January 24, 2014


I just learned about the new, free state research guides available from  These guides are in PDF file format and can be downloaded using Adobe Reader and saved on you computer hard drive for reference at any time.  The currently available guides are listed below.  Ancestry will be continuing to add states, so keep checking back for the guide to you ancestors state.

I downloaded the Virginia research guide and found a five page document that included information on Virginia history, Virginia Censuses, and a listing of significant dates for Virginia.  There was also information and links for information on Virginia vital records, military resources, and special collections.  Other links included were Library of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, and Virginia Genealogical Society.

Free State Research Guides
Learning about the history and what resources are available for the places your ancestor lived can give your research a solid boost. Our state research guide series includes historical background, a chronology, helpful information on census and vital record availability, highlighted collection for that place on, and links to important resources beyond
We'll be continuing to add states throughout 2014, so if we don't have your ancestor's state yet, stay tuned.
Alaska (02 January 2014)
California (08 January 2014)
Georgia (25 November 2013)
Indiana (12 December 2013)
New York (14 January 2014)
Texas (25 November 2013)
Virginia (9 December 2013)


The following records are listed as new or updated on 24 January 2014

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Title Records Last Updated
Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-19261,440,965 *24 Jan 2014
Wisconsin, Deaths and Burials, 1835-196834,928 *24 Jan 2014

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As noted in my last blog, many records are being added to from the agreement with  There are too many to list all of them on this blog.  So, keep a close check on the new records that appear on using the instruction from my last blog.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014




Two days ago listed a huge amount of new and updated records (172 US Record Collections) on their website.  This may be some of the records that resulted from the new working agreement they have with  Do not know for sure but this is certainly a large number of record collection to look through on  Rather than post all of the new collections on this website, I am showing details on how to access these record collections on

1.  Log into
2  On drop-down menu under "search" click on "card catalog"
3.  In left column menu click on Filter by Location "USA"
4.  On right side of page under "Sort By" click on "date updated"

This will show all of the most recent new and updated records.  Note that there are three pages of collections.  Browse through the records and have fun doing your ancestor hunting.

A subscription to is required to access these records or you can visit Broadmoor Library and take advantage of their free access to

Happy ancestor hunting.

Friday, January 17, 2014


The following FamilySearch and Ancestry records are listed as new or updated.  Looks as if FamilSearch is doing a lot of adding to their records.

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Title Records Last Updated
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936447,092 *17 Jan 2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pati, Naturalization Records, 1960-2013Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonosobo, Naturalization Records, 1927-2011Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Iowa, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1833-1996Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2001Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Nova Scotia, Queens County, Notes of Thomas Brenton Smith, 1700-1950Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen's Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Russia, Samara Civil Registers, 1918-1922Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Passports, 1810-1866Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941684,802 *17 Jan 2014
Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Utah, Cache County Records, 1861-1955Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953Browse Images *17 Jan 2014
Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924Browse Images *17 Jan 2014 Records


I just received the information below from on how to search for and find new and updated records on their website.  The records that are listed as new and updated are shown at the bottom of this post.  I will keep an eye on this and keep you up to date on these records.

Happy ancestor hunting.

Where to Find New and Updated Records

There are hundreds of millions of images on Fold3 and hundreds of record titles, so how do you know if something new has been added that might be pertinent to your interests? There are a couple ways to find new or updated titles, and there is also a "Watch" button for both titles and searches so you are notified when one of your favorites has been added to.
To see which titles have been added or updated most recently, go to the Search drop-down menu at the top of any Fold3 page. Click on the down arrow to find links to search or browse records, and also for a list of all Records on Fold3 where you can further sort by "new & updated." There’s also a shortcut to this page via the narrow orange banner on the right of the home page with the number of records "added last month." Click that banner and you'll be taken directly to the "new & updated" list.
If you perform the same searches often for people, events, or topics, scroll down the middle column on the search results page to find "Added in the past." There you'll find filters to access what's been added in the past month, 3 months, 6 months, or year. You can also save your favorite searches by using the "Watch" button on the search results page. When an image is added that matches your search criteria, you'll receive an email notification.
Just because a title is 100% complete doesn't mean you won't find something new. Even though Fold3 may not be adding more images to that title, members are continually adding spotlights, annotations, and comments that may reveal a topic or person you're interested in. To see more, click on a title's information icon or, in the viewer, click the link to a publication title in "About image."
For example, Civil War service records for Union troops from Maryland are marked as 100% complete on this page, but you will see recent discoveries listed there, too. You can "Watch" any publication to receive email updates whenever another discovery is made. Likewise, if you find a publication that is not complete, you can click the "Watch" button to get updates when new record images are added to that title. Learn more about watches in the Fold3 Training Center.
As you can see, there are many ways to find new and updated documents and contributed content on Fold3. Find the methods that work best for you and enjoy making your own discoveries on Fold3.

61% complete

Army Registers, 1798-1969 NEW UPDATED

Registers of officers who served in the U.S. Army, 1798-1969 (scattered dates).  
100% complete

ERR Card File and Photos UPDATED

NARA M1943. Records and photographic prints from the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), 1940-1945.  
13% complete

War of 1812 Pension Files FREE UPDATED

The War of 1812 pension files resulted from a man's service during the war, 1812-1815. They were granted to the veteran, his widow, or his heirs.  
84% complete

WWII Navy Muster Rolls UPDATED

Muster rolls of U.S. Navy ships, stations, and other naval activities, 1939-1949.  
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Civil War "Widows' Pensions" UPDATED

Approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans who served between 1861 and 1910.  
98% complete


Compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the State of Vermont.  
93% complete

Homestead Records (NE) UPDATED

Land entry case files and homestead final certificates from the Records of the Bureau of Land Management. They are scanned from textual records.  
16% complete

Pension Numerical Index UPDATED

NARA A1158. Pensions indexed by number for Army or Navy service in the Civil War and later, 1860-1934.  
93% complete

New York National Guard Personnel Jackets UPDATED

Personnel jackets containing records for men serving in the New York National Guard in the early 20th century.  
100% complete

USACA - Property Control Branch UPDATED

NARA DN1929. Cases and reports, claims processed by, and general records of the Property Control Branch of the U.S. Allied Commission for…  
91% complete

70th Infantry Division Records FREE UPDATED

Records and photos of the 70th Infantry Division relating the history and experiences of the men who served within the unit in World War II.  
100% complete

New York Civil War Regiment Lists NEW UPDATED

Published lists of commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates organized in New York during the U.S. Civil War.  
100% complete

Ardelia Hall Collection: Miscellaneous Property Reports NEW UPDATED

NARA M1940. Property cards and surveying reports relating to German repositories that stored Nazi-confiscated works of art.  
100% complete

WWII Servicemen Photos, Mullally Collection FREE NEW UPDATED

Hundreds of World War II-era photographs of servicemen, mostly from Michigan, captioned with their names and service information.

Friday, January 3, 2014


The following FamilySearch and Ancestry are shown as new or updated since the first of 2014.

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FamilySearch Records

Title Records Last Updated
BillionGraves Index5,591,855 *03 Jan 2014
Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950148,053 *03 Jan 2014
Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995Browse Images *03 Jan 2014
Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721-1939Browse Images *03 Jan 2014
United States Census, 18605,302,012 *03 Jan 2014
West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970338,410 *03 Jan 2014
England and Wales, Death Index 1800-192040,618,506 *02 Jan 2014
England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-192035,117,915 *01 Jan 2014
England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800-192065,593,352 *30 Dec 2013
Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999Browse Images *30 Dec 2013
Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012Browse Images *30 Dec 2013
New England, Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940Browse Images *30 Dec 2013
United States Revolutionary War, Virginia Pension Application Files, 1830-1875Browse Images *30 Dec 2013
United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925Browse Images *30 Dec 2013
Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848-1991Browse Images *30 Dec 2013

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