Archive for 2009

Free Military Databases for Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Happy Veterans Day! The following list is of WorldVitalRecords military databases that are FREE for November 11-13, 2009. It’s a great time to research your veteran ancestor!

Australian Contingents to South Africa

Bergen County Historical Society Papers: Revolutionary War Round Table Papers

British Military Officers

Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, January 1, 1930

Connecticut Soldiers in the French and Indian War: Bills, Receipts and Documents

Cross-Border Warriors: Canadian in American Forces, Americans in Canadian Forces

Education Department War Service 1914-17

Fragments of War: Stories from Survivors of World War II

Georges Vanier: Soldier, The Wartime Letters and Diaries, 1915 – 1919

Grant and his Campaigns: A Military History

History of the 27th Regiment New York Vols. : Being a Record of Its More Than Two Years of Service in the War for the Union, From May 21st, 1861 to May 31st, 1863

How to be a Spy: The World War II SOE Training Manual

The Invisible War: The Untold Secret Story of Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group

Korean War Casualties

The Last Invasion of Canada: The Fenian Raids, 1866 -1870

The Making of Billy Bishop: The First World War Exploits of Billy Bishop, VC

McGill University at War, 1914 – 1916, 1939 – 1945

Michigan in the War

Military History of Wayne County, N.Y. the County in the Civil War

Muster Rolls of the Soldiers of the War of 1812: Detached from the Militia of North Carolina in 1812 and 1814

New Zealand Wars: Maori Campaigns

New Zealanders and the Boer War

Notes and Observations Made During Four Years of Service with the Ninety-Eighth New York Volunteers in the War of 1861

Nova Scotia’s Part in the Great War, 1920

Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914 – 1919, Volume 1

Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914 – 1919, Volume 1, Part 2

The Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914 – 1919, Volume 1, Maps

Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914 – 1919: The Medical Services

Official Military History of Kansas Regiments: During the War for the Suppression of the Great Rebellion

Paras Versus the Reich: Canada’s Paratroopers at war, 1942-45

The Plattsburg Movement: A Chapter of America’s Participation in the World War

Queenslanders Who Fought in Great War

Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846 -1848

Records About Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II

Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey in Wars 1791 – 1815

Regimental Losses in the American Civil War , 1861 – 1865

Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, January 1, 1931

Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, January 1, 1929

Reminiscences, Incidents, Battles, Marches and Camp Life of the Old 4th Michigan Infantry in War of Rebellion, 1861 – 1864

Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 – 1866

Revolutionary War Pensions of Soldiers Who Settled in Fayette County, Kentucky

Roster of Confederate Soldiers in the War Between the States, Furnished by Lincoln County, North Carolina, 1861 – 1865

Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, Volume 1

Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the War of the Rebellion, Residing in Nebraska, December 1, 1897

Roster of the North Carolina Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, 1898 – 1899

A Sergeant’s Diary in the World War: The Diary of an Enlisted Member of the 150th Field Artillery, Forty-Second (Rainbow) Division, October 27, 1917 – August 7, 1919

Soldiers of King Philip’s War

1898 Spanish American War – Texas

1898 Spanish American War Volunteers – Colorado

Tasmanians in the Transvaal War

Tasmanians War Record 1914-1918

Tennessee in the War 1861-1865

USA World War II Army Enlistment

Vietnam Casualties 1956 – 1998

The War Book of Upper Canada College, 1923

The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won

War Services Old Melburnians

World War II Prisoners of Japanese

World War II Prisoners of War 1941 – 1946

WorldVitalRecords Database in Review: Sims Index

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia (http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0806317140_simsindex)

Land records comprise one of the most important sources for early American genealogical research, since sometimes they are the only records that can place an individual in a particular place at a particular time. For this reason Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia is an essential resource for anyone researching their early Virginia/West Virginia ancestors. A comprehensive guide to pre-1900 land records in West Virginia (which until 1863 was part of the Commonwealth of Virginia), Sims Index lists land grants that were made by Lord Fairfax prior to the creation of the Virginia Land Office in 1779, as well as those issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia for land now located in West Virginia, and by the State of West Virginia under its first Constitution.

The information contained in this exhaustive compilation was compiled by Edgar Sims, the State Auditor of West Virginia, from copies of land grants filed in his office. More than 50,000 entries are included, each containing the name of the grantee, amount of acreage, location and date of grant, and the grant book and page numbers. Sims meticulously examined each record to ensure that the spellings of the names of grantees, location, and descriptions of tracts were accurate, and that any variations of spellings of grantees’ names were also indexed or noted. Records are listed for Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Uphur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, and Wyoming counties, West Virginia, as well as for the portions of Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Frederick, Montgomery, Russell, Tazewell, and Wythe counties, Virginia, that were used in the formation of West Virginia.

In a great many cases the land grants indexed here pre-date the earliest extant census records or supplement existing census records, and are thus indispensable for finding individuals who lived in the area that later became West Virginia.

Places to Research

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

by Gena Philibert Ortega

The following list is adapted from the book, The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research. By Marcia Yannizze Melnyk. Ohio:BetterwayBooks, 2000. It can be found on page 108. I have included website links to some of the resources on the list.

Groups of Societies that May Already Have the Information You Need:

National Archives and Records Administration
Family History Library and local Family History Center
Vital Records Offices- State, County, or Town
State Archives
Daughters of the American Revolution
Historical Societies-State, County, Local
Genealogical Societies-State, County, Local
• Surname Societies and Family Associations
Libraries-Public, State, College, and Academic
Town Halls
• County Courts-Probate, Land, and Vital Records
• Fraternal Organizations
• Ethnic Organizations
• Churches
• Cemeteries and Undertakers
• Internet
• Employers
• Occupational Organizations
• Book Publishers-Historical and Genealogical
• Military Facilities

Using Google Scholar

Monday, October 5th, 2009

By Gena Philibert Ortega

Google Scholar, http://scholar.google.com, is a specialty search engine powered by Google that you can use to find scholarly type articles and books on topics related to history and genealogy. While you are less likely to find an article or book about your particular ancestor, you may just find an article about the place, era, occupation, or religion of your ancestor which can then help you learn more about their life.

According to Google Scholar’s about page,”you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, thesis, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.”

Now in some cases, the articles might be available through services that are subscription based. That’s ok-just jot down the title of the article, author, publication title, volume, number and number of pages. Then go to your local library and explain that you need an inter-library loan on an article. Basically, they can then find the article and ask a library that has that journal to copy the appropriate pages for you.

From the Google Scholar homepage, you can type in your phrase or keyword that you are interested in searching. If you prefer you can click on the link, ‘Advanced Scholar Search’ and limit and define your search more precisely. Advanced Scholar Search allows you to choose the exact phrase to search and what words to leave out of a search. You can even specify articles written by a particular author, published in a certain journal or in a specific time period. If you want, you can even tell Google Scholar what academic fields that you want to see articles from. This can be good when using a term like “genealogy” which can have meaning in other fields like philosophy and biology.

Free Access to WorldVitalRecords

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

WorldVitalRecords.com Opens Site Allowing for Free Public Access to More Than One Billion Family History Records

With the addition of the largest number of records to be released in a single day since the site launched in 2006

PROVO, UT, August 11, 2009 – WorldVitalRecords.com, an online family history resource, today announced the addition of the largest number of records to be released in a single day since the site launched in 2006. To commemorate this milestone, for the first time WorldVitalRecords is offering free public access to its entire online collection of historical and genealogical records beginning August 11 and continuing through August 13, 2009. The public will have unlimited access to more than one billion records in over 11,000 databases from around the world including newspapers, census, birth, marriage, death, immigration and military records; family trees; stories and publications; and yearbooks.

“As a genealogy enthusiast, I’m thrilled that people can go to one
place like WorldVitalRecords.com, try family history research for free and find their parents or grandparents, and see how simple it is to start tracing back and discovering stories that bring family history to life,” said Jim Ericson, Vice-President of Marketing for Family Link. “This is a rare opportunity to delve into the records and discover information about your family and ancestors you may have never known.”

Featured records in this release include:

Historical Newspapers
Through a partnership with Newspaper Archive, WorldVitalRecords is adding access to pages from a variety of newspapers from all over the United States, dating from 1759 through 1923. This collection features images of entire newspapers from the western frontier, the Midwest at the turn of the century, and the long-time standard of our nation’s news, “The New York Times” which includes over 7 million names. Newspaper Archive produces the largest historical newspaper database online, and the collection is fully searchable by keyword and date, and individual pages can be saved or printed.

According to Gena Philibert Ortega, Genealogy Community Director for FamilyLink, “Part of the fun of family history is uncovering details about our ancestors’ daily lives — the events of the day, the goods and the services they bought. Newspapers allow us to better understand our ancestors.”

Immigration Records
Living in a country of immigrants, ship passenger lists and other records documenting immigration can be an essential part in learning more about your family history. It is a thrilling experience to see their names transcribed on paper the day they entered this country through the Port of New York. Browsing and searching these passenger lists is a perfect way for someone to start researching their family history.
This record collection provides documentation of over 150,000 passengers who arrived on nearly 8,000 ships at one of the busiest ports in the United States, New York, from 1820-1832.

Yearbooks
In partnership with the website E-Yearbook.com, WorldVitalRecords is doubling its collection of digitized yearbooks. This collection features university yearbooks from the late 1800 to mid 1950’s. E-Yearbook.com houses the largest collection of old college yearbooks on the Internet. Universities featured this week include Duke University, University of Oklahoma, Iowa State and the College of William and Mary.

Vital Records, Military Records and Tax Lists
Other records being released on the site include birth, marriage, tax lists, military records, and death records from Maine, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Focused on helping users discover and share their family history, WorldVitalRecords adds new records to their online collection everyday.

About WorldVitalRecords.com
WorldVitalRecords.com is simplifying family history research by providing many easy-to-use tools and resources to discover and connect with others interested in family history. WorldVitalRecords provides access to more than one billion international and U.S. records WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 258,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 3.6 million monthly pages views and serves tens of thousands of paying subscribers. With thousands of databases—including birth, death, military, census, and parish records—WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree.

WorldVitalRecords is part of the FamilyLink.com, Inc. network of family-focused interactive properties including, GenealogyWise, WebTree, WorldHistory, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook.

Contact:
Mary Kay Crocker
(801) 592-5575
marykay@familylink.com

Join us for a Sunday Evening Chat on GenWise

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Please join us for a Sunday evening Chat with Jim Avery on GenealogyWise.

Sunday, August 9, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania Research
The first night’s chat will be about Adams County. I will explore the holdings of the Historical Society and the courthouse and explain the records held by each and researching each. Also every year people come to Gettysburg to visit the battlefield and wonder if any relatives fought here. The chat will also explain the holdings of the Historical Society, courthouse and Battlefield Visitor’s Center for those interested in Civil War records.

Are you Going to Expo?

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s 3 weeks until the SLC Family History Expo (August 28 and 29). There’s some great reasons to attend Expo including that registered attendees can have free genealogy consulting with a professional genealogist.

When you are at Expo, please come listen to FamilyLink employees Jim Ericson and Yvette Arts present about WorldVitalRecords, GenealogyWise, and GenSeek.

Some other great reasons to attend Expo, straight from Kimberly at Family History Expos, are:

1. Experts teach best practices for successful research and
how to avoid common mistakes (Value $25 per class)

2. Receive FREE research consultation (Value $50)

3. Receive handouts for all classes on one CD, there are 10
classes each hour so this is a great tool for getting more
information from the classes you are unable to attend

4. Talk directly with genealogy resource providers in
Exhibit Hall and try it before you buy it

5. Social networking with other genealogists and beginning
family history researchers, this is one of the most valuable
aspects of the Expo. Yes, you can connect with people who
want to help you reach success with your research goals

We have more than 100 classes being offered at this Expo,
when you add up the value you can see that the bargain cost
of attending is little in comparison to the benefits!

Register online today at http://www.fhexpos.com/

Sponsors and exhibitors include:
Family History Expos
FamilySearch
Ancestry.com
RootsMagic
Generation Maps
Genealogy Gems Podcast
The Genealogical Institute
Footnote.com
FamilyLink
Family Tree Magazine
Family Insight
LifeStory Productions
Ohana Software
BYU Print Services
Write Your Personal History
Fairview Retreat & Reunion Center
Incline Software
Heritage Makers
FEEFHS
Crash Course in Family History
PhotoLoom
Legacy Family Tree
Scentsy – 1st Light
Circle Mending
and the list is growing!

Our exhibitors give away fabulous door prizes too!

For more info contact Holly Hansen, Kimberly Savage, and Janene Morgan at Family HIstory Expos

You can also learn more about the SLC Expo and other upcoming Expos at their podcast , blog or on Twitter

August Chats on GenealogyWise

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The following is the schedule of Chats happening in August on GenealogyWise.  Please join us!

For more information on the Chats, including the Host’s biographies, please check out the “Chat” link on the home page of GenealogyWise.

Monday, August 10, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK – Genealogy Research & Resource Notebooks, Part 2To be successful in your genealogy research, you must be able to plan each research step, and organize the information you find there. What use is it to have great organizational skills if you don’t have a clue where to look for the information? It’s just as futile if you do well planning the research, but have lousy organizational skills! There is a happy medium — if you organize the results of your research, you tend to be more organized in your search for information, and more focused on specific research goals.

Monday, August 17, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK: Orphan Trains
In the early 1850s, thousands of children roamed the streets of New York in search of shelter, food and money, many of them prey to disease and crime. In order to survive, many sold matches, rags, newspapers, or whatever they deemed saleable, and banded together in gangs to protect themselves from street violence.

Monday, August 24, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK: Cluster Research
Collateral Research leaves the focus of the individual and expands to include siblings, cousins, and in-laws. Include neighbors and associates and you’ve expanded to Cluster Research. Cluster Genealogy is also known as whole family research and involves branching out beyond your pedigree ancestors to research individuals connected to your direct line ancestors and collaterals. The connections may be close, as in marriage, or loose, as in witnesses to a will. Genealogists who research by clusters are the most successful in extending their ancestral lines.

Monday, August 31, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK: Verifying Online Sources
Many budding genealogists are excited when they find that many of the names in their family tree are easily found online. Proud of their accomplishment, they then download all the data they can from these Internet sources, import it into their genealogy software and proudly start sharing their “genealogy” with others. Their research then makes its way into new genealogy databases and collections, further perpetuating the new “family tree” and amplifying any errors each time the source is copied. While it sounded great at first, there is one major problem with this scenario; namely that the family information that is freely published in many Internet databases and Web sites is often unsubstantiated and of questionable validity.

Your hosts for the above chats are Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell

 

Tuesday, August 11, 1:00pm (MDT) Organizing your Genealogy
This class will go over different organization methods for your paper files, digital files, and some suggestions for your heirlooms. We’ll discuss the benefits and cons of each method so that you can make an informed choice as to which method is right for you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 1:00pm (MDT) Genealogy Blogging.
In this class, we’ll discuss the benefits of having a blog and how to create a blog. We’ll go over the different blogging platforms, finding your niche in the genealogy blogging community, and writing ideas. By the time this class is over, you’ll have the confidence to begin your own blog!

Tuesday, August 25, 1:00pm (MDT) Organizing your Genealogy
This class will go over different organization methods for your paper files, digital files, and some suggestions for your heirlooms. We’ll discuss the benefits and cons of each method so that you can make an informed choice as to which method is right for you.

Your Host for the above chats,  Elyse Doerflinger

 

Sunday, August 9, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania Research
The first night’s chat will be about Adams County. I will explore the holdings of the Historical Society and the courthouse and explain the records held by each and researching each. Also every year people come to Gettysburg to visit the battlefield and wonder if any relatives fought here. The chat will also explain the holdings of the Historical Society, courthouse and Battlefield Visitor’s Center for those interested in Civil War records.

Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania ResearchIndian Paths and Trails in Pennsylvania – Routes of Settlers’ Migration. A discussion of the routes the Native Americans used to move about the state and their relevance to migration of settlers. I will also discuss the Susquehanna River and its role in the Great Runaway

Sunday, August 30, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania Research
A Jumping Off Point. The Great Wagon Road down the Valley of Virginia helped Pennsylvanians migrate into Virginia,  The Carolinas and west. This chat will discuss the people and where they usually came from to make this journey.

Your Host for Pennsylvania Research Chats, Jim Avery

Join us Tuesday Afternoon for a Chat on GenealogyWise

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Please join us for a Chat on GenealogyWise hosted by Elyse Doerflinger. Elyse is a geneablogger who can be found at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog.  She was also this weeks’  WorldVitalRecords Newsletter guest author.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:00pm(MDT) Genealogy Blogging.

In this class, we’ll discuss the benefits of having a blog and how to create a blog. We’ll go over the different blogging platforms, finding your niche in the genealogy blogging community, and writing ideas. By the time this class is over, you’ll have the confidence to begin your own blog!

Join us for a Monday Evening Chat on GenealogyWise

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Please join us for our Monday evening GenWise Chat.

Monday, August 3, 8:00pm (MST) Genealogy Research & Resource Notebooks, Part 1
If you are among the majority of researchers who feel their information is in disarray, this discussion will guide you in the first steps of organization. Becoming organized is not an easy, one-step process. The important thing is to get started and organize your material in some way and SOON. Do you really want to spend an hour or two looking for a piece of paper that has suddenly become very important in your research?

Your hosts Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell
My name is Jayne McCormick. I live in the First State. I’ve been working on genealogy for at least 30 years. My family had put together a lot of information, but none of it was documented. I’m working on that.
I began to host a Civil War chat about 1995 in the old Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, and moved on through all the AOL changes. I joined Dae in GENTREK April 18, 2005.

I taught a beginner’s genealogy class at my local Senior Center, and now we get together once a month to ask questions and share stories.

I am on the Board of Directors of the Fort Delaware Society where I am the liason between the Society and the Volunteer Brigade who goes to Pea Patch Island and keeps the trail to the Heronry open. They take care of the garden, paint, anything that needs to be done.

This has been a fantastic journey.

This is Dae Powell, designer and operator of ShoeString Genealogy.com. I designed ShoeString Genealogy in order to share what I’ve learned with you and what I’m still learning. I designed GENTREK for the same reasons and to learn from the discussions the follow the presentations.

I’ve been researching my family’s history since 1972, but for the first 20 years my results were somewhat serendipitous. Once I studied what professionals do, which resources are trustworthy, and how to properly document my sources, I progressed more rapidly. It has been an odd odyssey.

Having been trained in research and analysis, I find those skills paramount in genealogy. I’ve extensive experience in English, Portuguese, Hebrew and German. (My Spanish is improving.) In the computer field I learned logic, flowcharting and procedural analysis. While an intelligence analyst, I learned to look at data from as many perspectives as possible. As a banker, I learned business acumen and financial strategies. My college education in history only whetted my appetite for the best parts of genealogy— the motivations, the customs, the stresses and the stories of our ancestors!

It will be so much fun sharing GENTREK here on GenealogyWise.com. Join us for some genealogical edu-tainment.