Tuesday, June 30, 2015


The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering one week of free access to the Great Migration databases. For full information and details click HERE.
Happy ancestor hunting.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


At our GENCOM meeting this Sunday, the presentation and discussion will be about the electronic databases that are provided by our Broadmoor Branch Library Genealogy Department.  The focus of the program will be on the MyHeritage Library Edition database, a new service provided by the library that can be accessed free at the library and remotely from the comfort of your home.

 As I was researching for the presentation, I found some information about of which I was not aware.  Ancestry Library Edition is offered free of charge at the library but is not accessible from home.  But, did you know that has over seven hundred FREE indexed record collections that are available by simply obtaining a FREE guest registration.  Most of the record collections are indexes, but they are still free to search and use.  Information on obtaining a free guest registration can be found at Ancestry Guest Registration.  This registration provides not only access to the Free Index Collection Page, but to other free services as well.

Here is a list of some of the 700 free indexed record collections.  Note that this list will change from time to time.
 Happy ancestor hunting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


The Broadmoor Library is providing quite a variety of computer classes in July. As genealogists/family historians we depend on being able to utilize computer technology in our research. We always have some questions and need a refresher course on using our computer to enhance our research techniques.

Please note that you must register to reserve a spot in these classes and you must have access to a valid email account.

Happy ancestor hunting.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Celebrate this Father's Day with a Family Finder test.  Click here to purchase Family Finder for $89!

Act now, this offer is valid beginning Friday, 6/19/2015 at 12:01 am CST and ending Sunday, 6/21/2015 at 11:59 pm CST.

Please read my post from last Monday 15 June on the test sale from Ancestry.  I give information on saving even more by testing first with Ancestry and transferring your test results to FTDNA for only $39.  The advantage to this is that you are comparing to both companies' testing data base, and more comparisons means more matches and more DNA cousins.  If you have any questions email me.


The following record collections are shown as new or updated on and

Happy ancestor hunting. Record Collections
Title Records Last Updated
Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Urbino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942Browse Images *19 Jun 2015
United States, Freedmen's Bureau Hospital and Medical Records, 1865-18724,641 *19 Jun 2015
Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records, 1607-1955Browse Images *18 Jun 2015
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-20146,762 *18 Jun 2015
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772-1863 24,876 *18 Jun 2015
Spain, Province of Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950Browse Images *18 Jun 2015
United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898304,660 *18 Jun 2015
United States Public Records, 1970-2009875,617,093 *17 Jun 2015
Perú, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-19961,308,522 *17 Jun 2015 Record Collections
 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002Birth, Marriage & Death5,968,950Updated

Australia Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-1997Birth, Marriage & Death26,064New

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963Birth, Marriage & Death7,057,115Updated

Sweden, Selected Indexed Death Records, 1840-1860 and 1878-1942 (in Swedish)Birth, Marriage & Death5,778,497Updated

Monday, June 15, 2015

ANCESTRYDNA AUTOSOMAL TEST SALE has a sale on their autosomal AncestryDNA test until Father’s Day 21 June.  This makes the cost of the test $89 plus $9.95 shipping.  If you take the AncestryDNA test at this price, you can then transfer your raw data to FTDNA for $39 and have matching comparisons with testers in both databases.  Testing in this way will compare your test results in two databases, therefore more comparisons and matches.  If you do not understand the advantages of testing with both companies click HERE to read an excellent article on “Why Upload to GEDmatch or FTDNA?”.   The transfer to GEDmatch is free and information on this transfer can be found HERE (Note! GEDmatch is down at present time due to server problems but should be up soon).

The test that is on sale at AncestryDNA is not the y-DNA test that traces the male surname line but it will help you discover living cousins with which you have a common ancestor.  FTDNA is the only company that offers the y-DNA test and I expect it to be on sale for Father’s day.  I will let you know as soon as I found out any information on a sale.