Archive for August, 2007

Everton’s Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets: Family Findings

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

By Amanda Forson,

Never leave a resource alone until draining it dry. Some sources, when first checked, may not reveal the exact ancestor of interest at the moment we are interested in them. Due to the nature of the Internet and its flexibility and capacity for change, that is an improper and unfortunate research method employed by many genealogists. Genealogy luckily allows for changes as researchers correct errors and find better information than previously discovered.

Everton’s Pedigree Charts and Family Groups Sheets, one of the bright gold mines of the demands attention during every search. The information is extensive and with the speed of searchability on the WVR site, searching through a small section of family surnames at a time, trying different combinations of search terms in order to produce different results.

While working at the WVR booth during the BYU Genealogy Conference, I experimented with a few personal ancestors not receiving much attention for a few years. What followed are the amazing results. (Yes, these are normal when receiving a “break through,” but when a family has not received a break through on a particular family for many years, they feel amazing and humbling.)

Search One

Quick Search:
Given Name: John Lavern, Last Name: Douglas

After looking over the results page that came up from clicking on Everton’s Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts, I chose John to see what happened.

Clicking on John revealed the following:

John Lavern Douglas is my ggg grandfather, and the information on his daughter, Jennie, is information that we had in part but not all. We had no leads for this information, so finding anything at all was a major development for the family.

Search Two

Quick Search:
Given Name: Solomon Last Name: Rice

Most of this information was new to my family’s lines. The people were correct and the basic years, but the further details about the locations helped the family research to become more exact and overall better. Since this family group sheet also contains who submitted it, I can look this person up in the white pages and try writing them to see whether or not there is more information on the family. Further, this information includes information that otherwise may not fit properly on a family group sheet or pedigree chart, namely a newspaper item that includes information about this particular family that I never before knew.

Never give up on a family, or think that since they do not show up in one place, they will not show up anywhere. One family researcher is never the only family researcher. There is always the possibility of others. Keep looking. If you search diligently, information will come!

Genealogy Web Site Traffic Surges 400%

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Quantcast now ranks among top 10,000 most popular Internet sites

Provo, UT, August 6, 2007 —According to, a popular traffic reporting service, is now ranked in the top 10,000 of the most popular sites on the Internet (9,100th to be exact). The number of unique visitors to the site has increased more than 400% since January 2007.

“We are gaining incredible momentum as we form partnerships with genealogy content providers from all over the world. We intend to become one of the top 1,000 Web sites within the next year,” said Paul Allen, CEO, adds at least one new database every day and currently has more than 1,500 databases containing nearly half a billion online names and records. The company has signed agreements that will bring an additional 9,000 databases online in the next few months.

Much of the content at comes from partners such as Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Ellis Island Foundation, SmallTownPapers®, and Accessible Archives.

“We continue to form partnerships every month with content providers from around the globe. We collaborate with partners by indexing and hosting their databases and then promoting that content through search engines and our affiliate network,” said Yvette Arts, Director of Content Acquisition. “Our goal is to offer wider public access to historical and vital records.”

Searching Accessible Archives’ Database at

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

by Amanda Forson,

Day One: Click here to access the database page. Then click on Search Accessible Archives. Choose a state to research: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland are the current choices.

Day Two: Choose a county of interest, or a general region within the state of choice.

Day Three: Type in the first surname of interest and try it out. If the first surname does not generate hits, continue trying surnames. In order to search results pages faster, use CTRL+F and the surname in question. If you find information matching your ancestors or other family members, record the information and make sure to cite your source!

Day Four: If you do not find an ancestor on first try, do not give up hope. Make sure that the county is correct for time frame in question. To find that out, look up the time when the ancestors in question were in the county and compare it against that county in the Handybook for Genealogists. Your ancestor’s information may be located in a different place if that county was not yet formed, or could be in the same place geographically, though not geo-politically as counties grew and separated.

Day Five: It is imperative that the right county be found before the ancestral information comes to light. Determine whether or not the county is correct, and then re-check your efforts.

Day Six: Record any findings, whether they are negative evidence (something not being there is just as important as something being there), or simply contextual information pertaining to the county of interest. For those that find ancestral information, record it, cite it, and share it!

Day Seven: Continue to check for more databases.