Archive for April, 2008

Congratulations to Patricia Briggs,’s 30,000th Subscriber!!!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Patricia Briggs from Dowling, Ontario, Canada is’s 30,00th subscriber! reached this 30,000th subscriber milestone last Friday evening (April 25, 2008).

As the 30,000th subscriber, Briggs is the recipient of a free 1-year subscription to Everton’s Genealogical Helper, the FamilyTreeMaker 16 (which includes six months of, and an extra year to the World Collection.

For the past six years, Briggs has been doing genealogy and claims that it is a thoroughly enjoyable hobby. In fact, she has traced her husband’s genealogy back to 89 AD. Briggs claims that her husband is Icelandic, which has made it easier to perform the research.

Briggs became interested in genealogy shortly after her father passed away. A man who happened to be the second cousin to Brigg’s father approached her and requested for some genealogical help. From this point on, Briggs continued to do genealogy and family history.

Briggs has already had some success searching for her ancestors on In about five minutes, she found some information in a database that helped her connect a family together that she has been working on for the past five years.

She is currently performing researching for family members in Canada, England, and the United States. Briggs would also love to find additional genealogical information on Barbados.

Wonderbase of the Week: 48 New Databases From Simmons Historical Society

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase of the Week at is a compilation of 48 databases provided by Simmons Historical Publications. These databases are excellent resources for people researching Kentucky, particularly the counties of Calloway, Graves, Marshall, McCracken, Montgomery, Obion, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Todd, Trigg, and Warren.

These databases include court records, newspaper abstracts, wills, deed books, and marriage records.
The largest collection launched today is Incidents from the Farm Account Books of James Beard Crutcher 1857-1893.

As always, these resources are fully indexed, searchable and free for ten days.

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70 New Databases From Godfrey Memorial Library

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase at includes70 family histories and pedigrees from Godfrey Memorial Library. These databases will be launched throughout the week. Search from over 48,000 names in The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America, Volume 1. Do you have ancestors in the United Kingdom? Search for them, and at the same time learn more about English day-to-day life in The Brights of Suffolk, England.

Some databases feature the movers and shakers of 18th and 19th-century United States of America, including former presidents and military men. You may know the way they changed the shape of world history, but through our offerings you can also learn about their personal and family lives. Get to know Benjamin Franklin by reading Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790 (1844). Discover new things about Andrew Jackson with Life and Public Services of Gen. Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States and The Great Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson, President of the United States.

Stonewall Jackson’s contribution to American history is undoubtedly significant. Read about it in Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War (Volumes 1 and 2). Our ancestors could be great even if they are not famous throughout the world. The Descendants of John Brockett, One of the Original Founders of New Haven Colony shows that even without fame or money, people could be great, and forever change the lives of their descendants and community.

Saving Historic Places

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

By Amanda Forson,

The National Register of Historic Places is a function of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior that preserves certain locations that have to do with local, state, and/or national significance.

Day One: If you think that your location should be listed on the register, the guidelines for what is usually approved are found at the following URL: After reviewing the guidelines and deciding that your property or that of a historical society, genealogical society, or other place should be on the register, a few suggestions follow on the next days.

Day Two:
Find out whether or not the building is already on the register. Why make more work for yourself if it has already been done? The list is available at:

Day Three: If the definitions from Day One are not descriptive enough for you, the following may help:

Day Four:
In order to complete the forms necessary to receive registration on the National Register, the following instructions would be useful:

Day Five: The actual form for nominating the property is here: To add more information, use the following:

Day Six: There is also the possibility of submitting more than one property at a time, especially since the National Register is determined by historical significance. Some places may not be historically significant by themselves, but when submitted as a group, the area becomes more important.

Day Seven:
If in doubt, look over the following sample nomination: This can give you an idea of what those with decision-making power are looking for.

Tid-Bit Research Strategies

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

By Amanda Forson,
Find an ancestor in the Social Security Death index on by entering the first last name in the Quick Search form.

If your search yields too many results, use the Advanced Search form and specify a year (either the birth year or death year). If this does not bring up the desired ancestor�s name, remove the year and enter, instead, a location (state) where the person died. Once you find your ancestor, write down the information included in the results.

Part Two: Using the following link,, you have the option of either a computerized extract of the Social Security Application or the original. For direct access to the form for requesting the originals, go to: .

To purchase the originals (with the Social Security number, since you already found the SSN on day one,) the request will cost $27, equivalent to a Disney DVD.

Eneclann Partners With, Inc.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

PROVO, UT, April 14, 2008 — Eneclann, Ireland’s leading historical electronic publishing company, recently partnered with, Inc. to add the Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858: Records at the National Archives of Ireland and The 1851 Dublin City Census to’s online genealogy collection.

“We have been heavily involved in Irish genealogy, history, and heritage for the past ten years,” said Brian Donovan, CEO, Eneclann. “We are excited to continue to preserve the wealth of Ireland’s heritage and further our reach by partnering with, Inc.”

The 1851 Dublin City Census index was compiled by Dr. D.A. Chart in the early 20th century from the original census records, which were destroyed in the 1922 Public Record Office fire. Chart’s index contains the names and addresses of 60,000 heads of household from 21 civil parishes. The index also includes scanned images from the original 1847 Ordnance Survey Town Plans to help users identify specific addresses. Since the 10th Irish Census was destroyed, Chart’s 1851 Census of Ireland has emerged as a useful substitute.

The 1851 Dublin City Census is unique in that family members absent from the household on census night were also included. This information is particularly useful for genealogists trying to track approximate dates and routes of migration.

The Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 contains the name of the persons leaving the wills, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration; the location where the document was proved; their addresses; and sometimes their occupations. The names of approximately half of the executors, along with their addresses are also included.

The Irish Wills Index is important because most of Ireland’s wills and other testamentary records were destroyed in 1922. The staff at the National Archives of Ireland have spent more than 80 years trying to recover from that loss by getting replacement copies of records. Approximately 90 percent of the index contains testamentary records such as wills, probate, and administrations, while 10 percent includes records such as marriage licenses and assorted genealogical abstracts.

“Since meeting Brian Donovan in 2006, we have been anticipating a close partnership with Eneclann. We met Brian again in late 2007 at the Eneclann offices in Dublin,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition,, Inc. “The quality of the Eneclann team was evident, and we are excited to work with such a great group of people committed to historical research and archive management.


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Whitney Ransom
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About Eneclann
Eneclann is a Trinity College Dublin campus company providing a range of professional services in the historical, heritage, archive and records management sectors. Founded by history graduates Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann was accredited as a Trinity College campus company in 1998. Also in that year Eneclann won first prize in a campus company development award sponsored by UCD and the Dublin Business Innovation Centre. Starting from a core business of historical research consultancy, Eneclann now has three distinct areas of business operations: Historical Research – House Histories and Genealogical Research, E- Publishing & Digitization, and Records and Archive Management.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,, and the We’re Related application on The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team,, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records– makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

70 New Databases From NewspaperARCHIVE

Monday, April 14th, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase at is a series of 70 newspapers from Alabama, California, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia, containing 21 million names. Fifty of the newspapers will be launched today, and the other 20 will be launched on Wednesday.

These newspapers come from NewspaperARCHIVE , a leading provider of historical newspaper content. NewspaperARCHIVE has the largest historical newspaper database online, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present. NewspaperARCHIVE, through a partnership with, has provided a subset of that database to

This week’s launch includes sixteen different newspaper archives from Des Moines, Iowa. Fourteen of the archives come from Moberly, Missouri. Other cities on the list include Anniston, Alabama (3); Woodland, California (1); Rock Valley, Iowa (2); Benton Harbor, Michigan (2); Hamilton, Ohio (7); Xenia, Ohio (2); Indiana, Pennsylvania (2); Oil City, Pennsylvania (2); Abilene, Texas (5); Brownsville, Texas (2); San Antonio, Texas (4); Victoria, Texas (4); Beckley, West Virginia (3); and Fayetteville, West Virginia (1).

As always, these U.S. databases are fully indexed and will be free for ten days.

In-Depth Study of an Area

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

By Amanda Forson,

This is meant to help you understand the historical and geographical context of the ancestor(s) in question.

Day One: Do a Google Search for a place of interest and relevance to your ancestors. Read websites and wiki articles having to do with this particular place.

Day Two: Look up books (travel, historical, genealogical, etc.) on the place of interest in your local library. Check out books that seem to be of interest.

Day Three: Start reading the books of interest you found at the library.

Day Four: Check the special collections section of college and university libraries in the area of interest for possible information on the particular ancestor or the time-period in which he or she lived.

Day Five: Search for periodicals published in the area in question.

Day Six: Search for historical societies and genealogical societies in the area to see what kind of information they have published on the families that are of interest.

Day Seven: Read through back issues of historical society magazines, if available.

Family Tree Magazine, Kids! Edition

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Cemetery with children

By Amanda Forson,

As a follow-up to last week’s genealogical activities for kids, this week we highlight Family Tree Magazine, Kids Edition. This online magazine involves children in genealogically-based activities, teaching at a younger age how to start. The basics are the same as for beginning adults, but written for a level that older children can understand.

General areas for activity use are Family Tree Fun, Family Detective, Junior Toolkit, and a Teachers and Parents section, all of which are geared to help begin teaching children how to do research and how to help with fundamental skill levels in the field.

Family Tree Fun focuses on projects that kids can do with little supervision. Primarily, it is crafts and word searches.

Family Detective focuses also on projects, but is more about developing skills that will help with future research, while making the activities more-geared toward real family history hunting.

Junior Toolkit is all about forms, charts, books, and the paper goods necessary to perform progressive research.

Teachers and Parents- This section aids the parent or teacher who wants to help kids interested in family history with forms, charts, websites, books, etc.

In general the Kids! Edition of the popular magazine should prove a useful resource for parents, teachers, and kids especially as it grows.

Wonderbase of the Week: 300 New Databases From Godfrey Memorial Library

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase at is comprised of a series of 300 databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library. These databases will be released throughout this week. Click here to access these databases.

The first databases to be launched contain biographies. These biographies can be especially useful if they were written specifically about your ancestor. Not only will they provide important information to add to your genealogy records, but they will include contextual information about your relatives that can help you transform your genealogy into family history.

Many of the biographies being posted this week highlight well-known, prominent individuals. Some of the titles about prominent people include: American Statesman: Albert Gallatin; Makers of America: Alexander Hamilton; David Hummell Greer: Eighth Bishop of New York; The Life of Rev. George C. Haddock; Great Commanders: General Greene; and The Life of Captain Nathan Hale: The Martyr-Spy of the American Revolution.

In addition to these biographies, there are many others that focus on ordinary people. Some of these titles include: Descendants of Joseph Greene of Westerly, Rhode Island; James Hall of Albany; The Life of Jacob Gruber; Galusha A. Grow; Memories, Grave and Gay: Florence Howe Hall; and An Astronomer’s Wife: The Biography of Angeline Hall.

Although your ancestor may not have a biography written about him or her, he or she may have associated in some way with a subject of one of the biographies. For example, you may know that an ancestor worked for a certain company during a certain time period, and perhaps the owner of that company may have a biography written about him. The biography might mention your ancestor specifically. Even if it doesn’t, the book can still be valuable to your research because it can provide insight into the day-to-day life of your ancestor.

As always, these databases are fully indexed and will be free for ten days.