Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Every-name Indexes for 1900 Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont Added at Ancestry.com

Every-name Indexes for 1900 Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont Added at Ancestry.com: "Every-name Indexes for 1900 Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont Added at Ancestry.com
Leland Meitzler [email] @ 6:14 pm Sun, Dec 19, 2004
Every-name indexes for 1900 for the states of Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Vermont have been added to Ancestry.com's databases. These indexes are linked to the images themselves.
This database now indexes Alabama, Alaska Territory, Arizona Territory, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indian Territory, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma Territory, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Ancestry.com subscribers can access these indexes now.
Information from the December 18, 2004 edition of Ancestry Weekly Digest. The indexes were posted earlier this week, but I didn't pass on the announcement as the one on Ancestry Daily News was confusing, listing states that were already posted. "

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Someday, tape of deceased may be running on a headstone

Someday, tape of deceased may be running on a headstone

'Witching' ways to unmarked graves

Pantagraph.com - News 11/01/04: "'Witching' ways to unmarked graves "

Old U.S. newspapers to pop up online

WASHINGTON: "The government promises anyone with a computer will have access within a few years to millions of pages from old newspapers, a slice of American history to be viewed now only by visiting local libraries, newspaper offices or the nation's capital.
The first of what's expected to be 30 million digitized pages from papers published from 1836 through 1922 will be available in 2006."

Fletcher & Boeselt Hand-Drawn Historical Maps

Fletcher & Boeselt Hand-Drawn Historical Maps: "Accurate Hand-Drawn Historical Maps of the United States"



New England Historic Genealogical Society(NEHGS) - New England Ancestors

NEHGS: "Learn more about the details on free non-member access to the Register database over the Thanksgiving weekend!"

Liverpool - Arts Centre

Liverpool: "The 90m archives currently held in Liverpool's record office will be digitised to form the world's first on-line centre for tracing family history. Birth certificates, parish records and details of people who emigrated from the city will be available on the internet by 2007."

The Rich and Famous in the United States Census

The Rich and Famous in the United States Census: "Over 300 census enumerations for well-known Americans--many before they were famous. All images on this site can be viewed at no charge. Take a look to find your favorite famous person."

Everton Genealogical Helper

Back in Print with an Online Genealogy Collection

Saturday, November 20, 2004

US Funeral Homes Directory

US Funeral Homes Directory

Mortuaries, Funeral Directors, Home, Funeral Providers, Funeral Services, Cremations, Crematory, At-Need, At Need, Independent, Organizations, Funeral Laws, Death, Dying, Morticians, Embalmers,

Friday, November 19, 2004

Fun Stuff for Genealogists

Fun Stuff for Genealogists

If you ever wanted to advertise that you are working on your family tree - this is the site you've been looking for.

Friday, November 05, 2004

The Scotsman's Root finder

Root finder TRACING YOUR FAMILY tree can throw up unexpected surprises: a twin who died at birth; a secret adoption; an illegitimate aunt. Staff at Edinburgh’s New Register House are used to dealing with the emotional traumas that can result from a routine search though the births, deaths and marriage records.

Genealogical Resources at the National Archives (NARA)

Genealogical Resources at the National Archives (NARA)Though we do not have family trees or documents showing lineage of your ancestors and their descendants, we do have many documents you can research to construct your family's history.
For example, if your relatives:
- lived in the U.S. sometime from 1790-1930, they may have been included in the census.
- were veterans of an American war, beginning with the American Revolution, they may have military and pension records.
- arrived in a boat at an American port or crossed borders from Canada or Mexico, they may be listed in immigration records.
- became American citizens through the Federal courts, they may be found in our naturalization records holdings.
- were members of an American Indian tribe, you may find them in our Native American records.
- was of African-American descent, you may find them in post-Civil War records.
- obtained a United States Government passport, their passport applications may be found.
- received a land grant from the United States Government, you may find a land entry case file for them.
- and many more circumstances that generated records ....

African American Research @ NARA

African-American Research

Introduction and Links to Resources

Pre-Civil War
Military Records
Post-Civil War Records
Links to Resources

350 Years of American Jewish History


Sunday, August 29, 2004

The Internet Genealogy Community Study: GenRing Information Center

The Internet Genealogy Community Study: GenRing Information Center: "GenRing Information Center
One way the vast expanse of the Internet is being organised for the genealogist is via GenRing, whose slogan is 'Linking the World of Amateur Genealogists'. Established in December 1996, it is:

... designed to allow all amateur genealogists and members of the USGenWeb Project and the World GenWeb Project to connect with one another. Anyone connecting to any GenRing site may then travel (surf) the loop, in order or at random, to visit other genealogy sites. "

Main Page - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Main Page - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Main Page
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See Eastman's Description below but this is the site and you don't have to pay to find out about it thanks to PAF-LUG"

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: (+) Free Online Encyclopedia May Be the World's Best

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: (+) Free Online Encyclopedia May Be the World's Best: "(+) Free Online Encyclopedia May Be the World's Best"

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin State Journal: "Remember the story this summer about brides who abandon their wedding dresses at the dry cleaners? It turns out funeral directors have a similar problem - People who never come back to claim their family members' remains after cremation."

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Thursday, August 19, 2004


The Best source for information about all 50 states including State Capitols, Famous Persons, City Guides, Flags, Facts and Trivia, Colleges and Universities, Maps, Newspapers, State Songs, White and Yellow Pages for each state.
Ancestry.com - Historical Maps: "Map Center - Ancestry.com features several hundred historical maps from all areas of the world including helpful jurisdictional maps for every U.S. state. "

Monday, August 16, 2004

British war-dead records go online

A single line of smudgy black type reads "OWEN, Wilfred, lieutenant, Fifth Battalion Manchester Regiment". It is just one of more than 700,000 reminders of the carnage of the Great War kept in the dusty ledgers of a London archive. But now the entry of the poet Wilfred Owen in the official index of war dead, along with those of his comrades fallen in both world wars, has leapt from the corridors of the General Register Office (GRO) to cyberspace.

From today, amateur historians and genealogists will be able to search a website for scanned images of the original death records of more than a million British soldiers killed in conflicts from the Boer War to the Korean War.

The records, provided by the GRO, which is responsible for registering births, deaths and marriages in Britain and abroad, are part of a database which includes several million documents gathered by officials while overseas.

Colin Miller, managing director of the website, www.1837online.com, said: "These are unique records of what happened to Britons abroad, from war to registrations at a foreign embassy or births while on board a ship.

"Until now people have had to get on a train to look at them but now they can be traced at home. It is poignant to think that so many thousands of men who died in two world wars can be traced at the click of a button."

According to one survey, one in eight Britons, some 7 million people, are actively tracing their family trees, spawning a succession of websites and discussion groups for genealogists.

An attempt last year by the National Archives to place the 1901 census online collapsed under the weight of demand - three million hits in three hours. The service has since resumed but the thirst for online research has also attracted private "pay-per-view" companies, raising questions about their use of public records for profit. Some websites, such as the American-based Rootsweb, offer their information for free.

The Mormon church, which counts prayer for named ancestors as a tenet of its faith, has entered much of the data in the 12,000 parish registers in England and Wales for free.

Under current legislation companies can also buy a licence to use the records as a business but have to invest to scan and enter the data for their own use.

Mr Miller, whose company is charging its 250,000 registered users a minimum of 10p for every page from the records viewed, insisted that the service was not over-priced. He said: "We are not into ripping people off. Putting these records online is a time-consuming and expensive process.

"The growth in interest in genealogy goes across all age groups - we have many customers in their 20s. People want to know who they are, what their background is and the internet allows people to achieve that in a time frame that was simply impossible before now."

The website, which includes entries for other First World War poets such as Rupert Brooke and the man responsible for recruiting many British volunteers, Lord Kitchener, provides the name, rank, unit and reference number to obtain the death certificate of each soldier. It also features a number of unusual archives such as the register of births at sea, under which it was customary for the child's second name to be that of the ship, and births in aircraft. One entry, for an Osman Fayyad born in 1954, reads: "Born over Syria, 30 miles east of home."


Friday, August 06, 2004

BYU NewsNet - Elder Kerr addresses genealogy: "The LDS church (is) getting ready to release new, helpful software or programs soon, but he (Kerr) was unable to comment further on it."

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Bill & Google

Microsoft vs Google Posted by Hello

Google Moves Toward Clash With Microsoft: "SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 - Edging closer to a direct confrontation with Microsoft, Google, the Web search engine, is preparing to introduce a powerful file and text software search tool for locating information stored on personal computers.
Google's software, which is expected to be introduced soon, according to several people with knowledge of the company's plans, is the clearest indication to date that the company, based in Mountain View, Calif., hopes to extend its search business to compete directly with Microsoft's control of desktop computing"

Monday, August 02, 2004

Research Guidance v2.0: "RESEARCH - HELPS Available at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah: Forms, Letter-writing Guides, Maps, Reference Documents, Research Outlines, Resource Guides, Step-by-step Guides, Word Lists"
GenWeekly.com: "Adding Pictures to Scrapbooks or Family Histories"
GenWeekly.com: "Genealogy Can Be a Cheap Hobby (Part 1)"

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Search Systems - Largest Free Public Records Directory: "The Search Systems Free Public Records Directory
Welcome to the largest directory of links to free public record databases on the Internet. Find business information, corporate filings, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, and much more. Click on the links below to browse the public record links by geographic location or use our 'Public Record Locator' above to search for a type of public record in a specific area.
Now over 20,674 Free Searchable Public Record Databases! "

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Dear Genealogist,

On June 23, 2004 the employees of Everton's Family History were informed
that the assets of the company had been donated to the City of Logan. An
investor of the company, Bill Schjelderup, made this donation at 9:00 a.m.
that morning and all business activities had been terminated.

Although I am no longer employed by the company, as the previous
Editor-in-Chief I feel a moral and ethical responsibility to inform you of
the transactions that have taken place. Included in the assets donated to
the City of Logan, was a library of 72,000+ volumes valued at $1.6 million.
The other assets included "Everton's Family History Magazine", the Web site,
electronic newsletter and the "Handybook for Genealogists". Soon the City of
Logan will issue a "Request for Proposal" (RFP) for these assets. Basically
this means that some of these assets will be put up for public auction. The
RFP has not been issued as of yet - it is a process that takes some time and
could take as long as 6-8 weeks.

Some of you may have been subscribers to Everton's Family History Magazine
and may be wondering where your July/August 2004 issue is. As of this date,
the July/August 2004 issue is sitting at the printer waiting for directions
to publish it. The September/October 2004 issue was in the design and
production stage when the business was terminated.

I am taking the time to write to you as I would hope that you have been
notified by now of this arrangement. But, from what I understand, you have
been left in the dark. Please accept my personal apology for this lack of
respect. I would have hoped that either Everton's Family History or the City
of Logan would have the courtesy to inform you.

In the last few weeks, I have assembled a group of passionate genealogists
and excited investors. It is my sincere desire to move forward and continue
this wonderful publication as well as try to honor the commitment that the
now defunct business made to each of you. Once again, I would like to
express my sincere apologies for this disruption. Please know that I am
working with your best interests in mind. If you have any questions or would
like to visit, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Tamara Pluth
Panache Publishing

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Friday, July 09, 2004

Genealogy Blog by Heritage Creations: "Access Restricted to Some Washington County, Ohio Cemeteries

Rural cemeteries, many on private property, are often uncared for and even lost. Access is often difficult, if not impossible. Sorry to say, the following story isn't unusual at all . . ."
Genealogy Blog by Heritage Creations: "Everton's Family History Network Ceases Operations"
GenWeekly.com "The 1901 British Census Online: Keeping Your Cost Down"
GenWeekly.com"Ideas for Adding Pictures to Scrapbooks or Family Histories"
The Newberry Library: "Genealogy Collections : Services : Friends of Genealogy : Publictions"
Ancestry and ProQuest Team Up

ProQuest and MyFamily.com, operators of Ancestry.com, used to be considered rivals. That is, until a few days ago, when the two announced a business partnership.

ProQuest is a major supplier of high-quality census images and digitized copies of thousands of genealogy books. The same company also provides the online version of the powerful PERSI genealogy database. ProQuest traditionally has sold services only to libraries. To access ProQuest's online databases of U.S. Census records, digitized books, and the PERSI database, most genealogists had to visit a library who could afford to pay for the databases.

Ancestry.com and ProQuest have now apparently signed a two-way agreement: ProQuest will market the Ancestry online products to the library market under a service named Ancestry Library Edition. In return, ProQuest will supply 20,000+ genealogy and local history books to Ancestry.com's genealogy customers. How Ancestry.com will price and position these new online books has not yet been announced.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

101 Best Web Sites for 2004--Family Tree Magazine: "
The Strongest Links
By David A. Fryxell
These 101 mighty roots resources will give you the power to bust through research brick walls and find answers about your ancestors - all from your home computer.

Let's admit it: We've been spoiled by the Internet. These days, if we can't get the answers to our family history riddles with just a few mouse clicks, it seems like such a bother to trudge to a library - the nonvirtual kind, that is - or schlep to the nearest Family History Center and squint at microfilm. Can't we simply download everything? Aren't our ancestors someplace on the Web?

Genealogy hasn't gone completely digital yet, but it's remarkable to reflect how far we've come down that path. Half a decade ago - when we published our first 101 Best Web Sites roundup - we were impressed by just lists of links, collections of queries, family tree files, and Web sites about places our ancestors might have lived. Back then, we focused on photography, scrapbooking and historic- preservation sites because few 'hard-core' genealogy sites existed. After all, that was before Ellis Island went online, before various state and foreign archives began digitizing their records and before you could see actual US census pages from the comfort of your own home. Before we got, well, yes, spoiled. Yesterday we were thrilled just to know we weren't alone in our genealogical quests; today we want answers.

Our 101 Web-site selections this year unabashedly tilt toward the trend of actually being able to 'do genealogy' - that is, locate ancestors - on the Web. This best-sites list zeroes in on digital destinations directly relevant to genealogy and essential tools for taking the next steps in finding your ancestors: maps, gazetteers, historical references. But don't worry: Those of you who love family history how-to pages and links-loaded portals will still find a handful of such sites that were just too good to omit.

For our fifth 101 Best Web Sites, we've narrowed the list to five core categories:

Collaboration: Sites to share research, download GEDCOM family tree files or find friendly folks in far-off places to lend you a hand with your research.

History and reference: Places to bone up on the past, plus portals for finding libraries and links.

International and immigration: Web sites for tracing your ancestors' journeys to the New World and exploring their origins back in the "old country."

Records resources: Wide-ranging sites for research in the United States and Canada; many of these include databases of actual ancestral data.

Regional and ethnic: More narrowly focused American sites, including state archives with online databases, as well as essential starting points for African-American, American Indian and Hispanic research.

As in the past, we're biased toward free sites. But some subscription or partly fee-based sites you won't want to pass up. Where we've included these, we've flagged them with a dollar sign. And as always, you can point and click to all 101 honorees from our Web site. C'mon now—that trip to the library can wait. Give your microfilm-bleary eyes a rest. Make yourself a nice cup of tea and settle down in front of your computer. Go ahead, we won't tell. Let the wonderful World Wide Web spoil you a little—starting with these 101 superlative sites. "
Ancestry.com - Browse the Library Browse the Library· 5 items added in the last seven days · 8514 total items now in the Library

• How-to (1773)
Discover the basics of family history research, and learn how to organize and document your work effectively. • Preserving Family History (801)
Preserve precious heirlooms and learn how to record and write about your family history and traditions for future generations.

• Record Sources (1276)
Learn how to use various records to trace your family history, including vital, census, and a plethora of others available from government and private sources. • Home Sources (205)
Your home is the source of a number of clues to your family's past. Learn how to identify unique, fascinating, and often overlooked details from ordinary objects.

• Family Origins (414)
Finding family origins is both interesting and challenging. Tap into general immigration records and instructions to trace ethnic groups. • Religion (79)
Discover step-by-step instructions to find and effectively use the records and information of various denominations.

• Technology (866)
Follow the changing role of technology and stay current with the latest trends in software, databases, Web sites, distance research, and more. • Genealogy Products (570)
With literally thousands of books, periodicals, software and other genealogical supplies available, it is important to know which ones are most useful for your research.

• Organizations (675)
Genealogical societies, historical organizations, museums, libraries, and archives can lead researchers to rich sources of information. • Current Events (945)
Stay current with the latest news and learn what records are available, which ones are at risk, and how you can influence decisions regarding access and preservation.

• Geography (198)
Learn useful tools and techniques, as well as how to use maps, atlases, and gazetteers for discovering the place your ancestors called home. • Historical Context (475)
Discover the rest of the story with biographical details and historical facts to add life and inspiration to your family history.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Ancestry.com - Revolutionary War Sources: "Revolutionary War Sources Kip Sperry"

The American Revolution, a major military conflict between the Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain, began in 1775 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783. As a result of the Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence, many historical and genealogically-related records were created. This column overviews some of the major records.
One of the most valuable collection of records for this conflict is the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files which consists of some eighty thousand military application files. Service is based on participation of American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men in the Revolutionary War. Bounty land warrants were granted by the federal government to veterans who served in the Revolutionary War, or were granted to their heirs. The collection has been microfilmed by the National Archives (microfilm M804, 2,670 rolls) and is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Records are arranged alphabetically by surname. See the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) for microfilm numbers. www.familysearch.org Other records for the Revolutionary War are housed at the NARA.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Southeastern Nebraska Biographical and Genealogical History
Are any of your family members listed below? - Click above to see the text in the above publication: (If you don't have a subscription to Ancestry.com let me know and I can access the info of your family member for you - hnc)
Ex-Governor Robert W. Furnas
Charles F. Stewart, M.D., George L. Lore
George L. Lore
George E. Dye
Austin C. Mutz
John Hamilton Shook
W.H. Richards
William Gaede
George T. Dustin
William White
Thomas B. Skeen
Captain C.F. Nye
Samuel L. Caldwell
Robert G. Gilmore
Robert C. Boyd
Clayton E. Blessing
Thomas Copeland
Albert B. Mutz
William H. Allvord
Hon. P.H. James
Thomas J. Keedy
William C. Parriott
Lorin Rounds
Edward H. Dort
G.T. Belding
Abraham Lincoln Lawrence
James A. Stephenson
Mrs. Harriet Hoover
John Frederick
Charles R. Hacker
James E. Doyle
John Henry Dundas
Myron G. Randall
William R. Chaney
J. Louis Engel
William H. Stowell
William H. McIninch
Peter Carey
George Buchanan Armstrong
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Fuller
James Raynor
James Cowel
Lieutenant Joseph K. Pittman
Casner Barnes
Louis H. Rohmeyer
Chester Reuben Camp
Hon. John H. Pohlman
Henrick L. Watson
John Edward Lambert
John W. Barnhart
Abner R. Loofbourrow
Benjamin T. Skeen
Guilford Lilly
William M. Kauffman
Charles August Wey
Andrew H. Gilmore
Captain Absalom M. Enoch
Thomas J. Stockman
Daniel Confer
Frank W. Riesenberg
Jeremiah Marlatt
Daniel D. Davis
Josiah Gilliland
Henry A. Scott
Clarence E. Ord
Edward J. Tucker
Fred Parker
Bernard Ottens
Joseph Ogle
Samuel B. Dooley
John H. Coatney
Monroe T. Conner
Henry B. Erisman
Frank A. Carmony
William H. Lohr
William Arthur Clark
William Tynon
Charles Cuez
Hon. Thomas Jefferson Majors
Harvey J. Callen
August Eckhardt
William Holroyd
Albert C. Leeper
Albert Koeppel
William Watson
Charles B. Hurst
Shadrach M. Chaffin
Philip Jenkins
Alfred Page
Wesley G. Hummel
Michael Meliza
Abraham Zook
W.H. Walker
J.W. Ashenfelter
Mrs. Eliza C. Smith
James Monroe Burress
John Palmer
Phillip Palmer
William Taylor
George Lum
Frank L. McNown
John F. Cornell
Swen A. Isaac
John W. Heskett, M.D.
H.M. Hepperlen
John Davies
A.D. Andrews
James Harvey Overman
Fred S. Hassler
Cyrus C. Meader
Robert T. Scott
John A. Ward
Lewis H. Dean
Robert D. Bennett
O.H. Loch
Michael Shafer
Walter D. Bush
J. Lee Dalbey
Harry Guy Hoover
John D. Shubert
Anthony Wayne Snyder
Dr. W.T. Sloan
John P. King
George Crow
Mrs. Ann Maxwell
Mrs. Mary E. Clark
John B. Lewis
Robert V. Muir
Benjaming Franklin Jones
Charles Merritt Welton
Jonas Druery
Valentine P. Peabody
Morgan H. Vandeventer
Levi Thacker
David Wilkie
James L. Shaw
George B. Lewis
Dr. J.W. McKibbin
Dudley Van Valkenburg
Charles Harden
W.M. Fulton
Benton Aldrich
James W. Hosford
F. E. Kimball
Samuel A. Kinney
Ross W. Nelson
Drury T. Easley
Lewis Harvlin Morris
William W. Jones
Appollas H. Millar
Elisha Huffman
John Hossack
James N. Porterfield
Hon. Joseph M. Cravens
Jacob W. Moore
Jefferson D. Brown
George H. Fallstead
Samuel E. Slocum
W.W. Wright
Captain Isaac N. Hickman
Henry C. Lapp
Lewis Achenbach
Joseph Lescher
Henry S. Meyers
James W. Pace
O.M. Enlow
Elias A. Maust
Hon. A.B. McNickle
William E. Dorrington
James Cussins
William Goldner
Jackson Cussins
Sanford D. Cole
Enos H. Reed
H.A. Given, M.D.
Mrs. Catherine Downs
P.L. Gillespie, M.D.
James A. McGuire
Lewis P. Wirth
George Lincoln Kennedy
Stephen Wilkenson Kennedy
Edward M. McComas
Mortimer M. McComas
William Henry Barker
H.J. Wetmore, D.D.S
L.R. Fritz, D.D.S.
Elward K. Legate
William W. Sanders
William Warren Smith
Gus Graff
James K. Goin
Greenville G. Shannon
Harrison Reed
Jackson Maxwell
William Retchless
Hiram Schoonover
Jonathan Carpenter
Abram F. Manley
Jesse Crook
Reb. Daniel L. McBride
Alanson M. Borst
John Albert Lawrence
Edward W. Snyder
Isaac Huyck
W.L. Heilman, M.D.
T.E. Massey, M.D.
D.J. Reid, M.D.
Simon Twedell
William L. Clark
Benjamin F. Showalter
William Brandow
Thomas W. Humphreys
John Wirick
Louis J. Nutzman
John Aumiller
John F. Holtgrewe
Rev. Conrad Deubler
Benjamin H. Bailey
William Henry Hawley
Harvey A. Brown
Frederick J. Hahn
Mrs. Catherine Hahn
Francis Barion Reed, M.D.
Carlton K. Chubbuck
Rev. Porter C. Johnson
Moses Langley
S.P. Davidson
Goerge J. Rubelman
Truman E. Fairall, M.D.
C.D. Barnes, M.D.
F.M. Cramb
Hon. Joseph B. McDowell

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Genealogy Tours by Heritage Creations
Genealogy Blog by Heritage Creations: "500 Billion Web Pages Unsearched by Google!!??
Leland Meitzler (email) -- 2:52 pm Wed, Jun 23, 2004
An article by Katie Hafner for the New York Times again got me to thinking about online research as compared to traditional library research (brick and mortar). While the web is a wonderful place to research, search engine limitations have a serious limiting effect on our ability to access data - even digitized data. Don�t count on Google to find it all. The following excerpts are just a taste of a very interesting article. You should read the whole June 21, 2004 New York Times story.
For the last few years, librarians have increasingly seen people use online search sites not to supplement research libraries but to replace them. Yet only recently have librarians stopped lamenting the trend and started working to close the gap between traditional scholarly research and the incomplete, often random results of a Google search.
The biggest problem is that search engines such as Google skim only the thinnest layer of information that has been digitized. Most have no access to the so-called �deep Web,'� where information is contained in isolated databases like online library catalogs.
Search engines seek so-called static Web pages, which generally do not have search functions of their own. Information on the deep Web, on the other hand, comes to the surface only as the result of a database query from within a particular site.
�Google searches an index at the first layers of any Web site it goes to, and as you delve beneath the surface, it starts to miss stuff,'� said Duguid, the Berkeley researcher and co-author of �The Social Life of Information.'� �When you go deeper, the number of pages just becomes absolutely mind- boggling.'�
Some estimates put the number of Web pag"
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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Society plans to put historic records online 6/22/2004 12:59PM
St. Louis Genealogical Society is entering information so that others will have access.

ST. LOUIS — Long before Ellis Island opened in 1892, immigrants were pouring through St. Louis in the 19th century, leaving a trail of hopes for U.S. citizenship in naturalization papers that are still stored in the circuit court here. German-born brewery magnate Adolphus Busch Sr. and Hungarian-born newspaper-man Joseph Pulitzer were among them, naturalized a month apart here in February and March 1867. The dusty, dog-eared ledgers of citizenship applicants were indexed, on pencil-scrawled 3 by 5 cards, in a 1930s federal works project. Now, 70 years later, volunteers with the St. Louis Genealogical Society, in conjunction with the Missouri State Archives and St. Louis Circuit Court, have made it easier for genealogists and scholars to trace the roots of those immigrants.

Starting last October, society volunteers spent 1,600 hours consolidating, alphabetizing and replacing deteriorating cards from three St. Louis courts — two of them no longeroperational — where immigrants applied for naturalization from 1816 to 1906. Volunteers are in the process of typing names, dates, country of origin and other information from the 93,203 cards, which soon will be available on the Genealogical Society's Web site, board member Ann Fleming said. The original record books are at the Circuit Court Clerk's office; they are available on microfilm at the city Circuit Court archives, Missouri State Archives, and St. Louis city and county public libraries. Don't look for names of naturalized married women and children, however, state archivist Kenneth Winn said. Naturalization records don't include their names until 1906.

"This will open records to millions of people wanting to trace their family's history," said Fleming, who is also president of the National Genealogical Society in Washing-ton. "Because of the (Mississippi and Missouri) rivers, St. Louis was on the migratory path. Immigrants could be naturalized in St. Louis, but their families could end up some-where else." St. Louis Circuit Clerk Mariano Favazza, the historical records' official keeper, said the court records predate Missouri's entry as a U.S. territory and state. He said the project will have an impact beyond St. Louis.

Eventually, the project partners want to digitize all records and create a computer search engine that would scour them when a family name is typed in. Winn said St. Louis in the 1800s was a "veritable Ellis Is-land of the Midwest," with people entering from the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. By 1850, 43 percent of St. Louis consisted of Irish or German immigrants. During the Civil War, St. Louis had the highest per-capita immigrant population in the country. By the 1880s, German immigration had peaked in the city. Winn said making the naturalization records more accessible will help scholars study immigration patterns and the city's early urban life. His office recently launched on its Web site a coroner's inquest data-base of unusual deaths in St. Louis and various counties dating from the 1800s. The St. Louis Genealogical Society also has marriage, death, burial and probate records from the 1800s and early 1900s.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Have you checked out "GENEALOGY BLOG" yet? If not, click here and see a great BLOG!

Genealogy Blog by Heritage Creations
After being down for some time the Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records is now up. You can visit it at:

Home - BLM GLO Records

Thursday, March 04, 2004

What is Blogger?

Blogger is a web-based tool that helps you publish to the web instantly -- whenever the urge strikes. Blogger is the leading tool in the rapidly growing area of web publishing known as weblogs, or 'blogs.'

What is a weblog/blog?

A blog is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically - like a what's new page or a journal. The content and purposes of blogs varies greatly - from links and commentary about other web sites, to news about a company/person/idea, to diaries, photos, poetry, mini-essays, project updates, even fiction.

Blog posts are like instant messages to the web.

Many blogs are personal, 'what's on my mind' type musings. Others are collaborative efforts based on a specific topic or area of mutual interest. Some blogs are for play. Some are for work. Some are both.

Blogs are also excellent team/department/company/family communication tools. They help small groups communicate in a way that is simpler and easier to follow than email or discussion forums. Use a private blog on an intranet to allow team members to post related links, files, quotes, or commentary. Set up a family blog where relatives can share personal news. A blog can help keep everyone in the loop, promote cohesiveness and group culture, and provide an informal 'voice' of a project or department to outsiders.

To see some examples of different types of blogs, see our Blog of the Week archive.

What does Blogger do?

Blogger gives you a way to automate (and greatly accelerate) the blog publishing process without writing any code or worrying about installing any sort of server software or scripts. And yet, it still gives you total control over the look and location of your blog.

More specifically, instead of hand-coding your blog posts and frequently uploading the newest version of your page, you make posts to your blog by submitting a simple form on the Blogger web site, and the results immediately show up on your site, with your design.

What do I need to get started with Blogger?

You need about two minutes. You don't need an existing website or hosting or any of that stuff. We'll do all the work for you. If you already have a web site you want to use Blogger to publish to, you simply need FTP access to it (if you're not sure if you have this, ask your web host or look at their documentation—you probably do).

How does Blogger work?

Magic! Actually, you provide Blogger a template of your page (or use one of several pre-designed ones) that indicates where you want your posts to appear. When you want to publish something, you simply enter it in a form. When you're ready, you hit a "Publish" button that will automatically send your new page to your web server. No muss. No fuss. Total control.

Is Blogger Free?

Yes! You can create, publish and host your blog all for free.

How do I get started?

Easy. If you have questions, problems, comments, suggestions, please use the help system. Copy and Paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.blogger.com/signup.g

Happy blogging!

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Blogging is a way to post HELP messages, questions, web pages, url's, comments, etc. It is a great way to see messages that we send out in email all listed in one place and easy to get to. Sort of like using a Bulletin Board. I would recommend using GOOGLE to add the BLOGGER button on your IE browser.

More from time to time on BLOGGING.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Is Blogging a way to post HELP messages to be used by PafLug users who want members of this Blog to make comments or suggestions, kind of like we used to use Bulleting Board message lists.

Can you search for blogs?
Can you word search a blog (the entire archive of blogs) within a blog list? I do not even know the terms to describe one post, vs a Blog like Paf-Lug vs, a person who leaves postings on a blog.


Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Blogs are excellent team/department/company/family communication tools. They help small groups communicate in a way that is simpler and easier to follow than email or discussion forums. Use a private blog on an intranet to allow team members to post related links, files, quotes, or commentary. Set up a family blog where relatives can share personal news. A blog can help keep everyone in the loop, promote cohesiveness and group culture, and provide an informal "voice" of a project or department to outsiders.

You must be logged in to post comments and I need to invite each PAF-LUG member individually which I will do now.
Hi, Howard and Everyone,

This seems to work great. I guess we're all set.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Our PAF-LUG Home Page has been updated. The March Meeting is now announced and the February Meeting Slide Show is available for Viewing, Downloading, or whatever.

PAF-LUG Home Page

Saturday, February 21, 2004

This is a new Blog set up for our Lincoln, Nebraska Personal Ancestral File Users Group. All messages are welcome as long as we can keep it clean and no put-downs.