Friday, December 30, 2005

Cemetery Symbolism - Tombstone Symbols & Their Meanings - Photos & Descriptions

Cemetery Symbolism - Tombstone Symbols & Their Meanings - Photos & Descriptions: "Cemetery Symbolism
Meanings of Common Tombstone Symbols & Icons"

Standards For Use of Technology in Genealogical Research

NGS Genealogical Standards Standards For Use of Technology in Genealogical Research: "Genealogical Standards & Guidelines

Standards For Use of Technology in Genealogical Research Recommended by the National Genealogical Society

Mindful that computers are tools, genealogists take full responsibility for their work, and therefore they...
* learn the capabilities and limits of their equipment and software, and use them only when they are the most appropriate tools for a purpose.
* do not accept uncritically the ability of software to format, number, import, modify, check, chart or report their data, and therefore carefully evaluate any resulting product.
* treat compiled information from on-line sources or digital databases in the same way as other published sources--useful primarily as a guide to locating original records, but not as evidence for a conclusion or assertion.
* accept digital images or enhancements of an original record as a satisfactory substitute for the original only when there is reasonable assurance that the image accurately reproduces the unaltered original.
cite sources for data obtained on-line or from digital media with the same care that is appropriate for sources on paper and other traditional media, and enter data into a digital database only when its source can remain associated with it.
* always cite the sources for information or data posted on-line or sent to others, naming the author of a digital file as its immediate source, while crediting original sources cited within the file.
preserve the integrity of their own databases by evaluating the reliability of downloaded data before incorporating it into their own files.
* provide, whenever they alter data received in digital form, a description of the change that will accompany the altered data whenever it is shared with others.
actively oppose "
* provide, whenever they alter data received in digital form, a description of the change that will accompany the altered data whenever it is shared with others.
* actively oppose the proliferation of error, rumor and fraud by personally verifying or correcting information, or noting it as unverified, before passing it on to others.
* treat people on-line as courteously and civilly as they would treat them face-to-face, not separated by networks and anonymity.
* accept that technology has not changed the principles of genealogical research, only some of the procedures.

©2000, 2001, 2002 by National Genealogical Society. Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice

See also:
Standards for Sound Genealogical Research
Guidelines for Using Records, Repositories, and Libraries
Standards for Use of Technology In Genealogical Research
Standards for Sharing Information with Others
Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Free copy of Mr Krueger's Christmas video (DVD) available

Request a free copy of Mr Krueger's Christmas Video or DVD
Mr. Krueger's Christmas

For 25 years, families have made Mr. Krueger's Christmas a part of their Christmas celebration. Now you can make it a tradition for you and your family.

The legendary Jimmy Stewart gives one of his most heartwarming performances as Mr. Krueger, a lonely custodian who finds happiness and comfort during the Christmas season. The DVD also includes:

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing seven of their favorite Christmas carols.

The Nativity - A short video portrayal of the birth of Jesus Christ as recorded in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

The Restoration - A video presentation that depicts how a loving God restored the gospel of Jesus Christ in our time.

To order your free copy of this video, please choose your country below. It's a gift from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

FREE - Val Greenwood's 3rd edition of The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy is offering the following Current Featured Online Book: The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy.

Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, it is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence. In a word, The Researcher's Guide has become a classic. While it instructs the researcher in the timeless principles of genealogical research, it also identifies the various classes of records employed in that research, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process. Designed to answer practically all the researcher's needs, it is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book. And it is this singular combination that makes The Researcher's Guide the book of choice in any genealogical investigation. It is also the reason why if you can afford to buy only one book on American genealogy in a lifetime, this has to be it.

NOTE: In order to view and read this book online you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is now a preloaded software standard on most computers. If, however you don't have this free plug-in, you can download it by clicking on the Acrobat Reader graphic below.

If you already have Acrobat Reader, then CLICK HERE to access the PDF version of The Researcher's Guide. Check back soon for other classic genealogical publications available here as online books.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Southeastern Genealogy Online

Southeastern Genealogy Online: This is a great online source for information and genealogical research at the county level with links to free data, maps, courthouse records, churches, cemeteries, societies, military records and units, vital records, other related information and much more. States including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgina and West Virginia.

Friday, December 09, 2005

GenSmarts Online Research Tip

GenSmarts Online Newsletter

*** G e n S m a r t s O n l i n e R e s e a r c h T i p ***
This GenSmarts Newsletter's online tip is a bit of a brain teaser - it takes a little deeper thought than most tips? but anything that's free and can work around the clock on your brick walls is worth knowing about.

Most of you have probably tried typing in a few of your ancestor names in Google to see if you could find anyone else researching that ancestor. Did you know that there's a good chance that someone else has also Googled some of those same names? Would you like to be connected to any other researcher who searches one of your key ancestors? It's easier and more obvious than you think... all you need to do is "post" some data about your key ancestors somewhere on the internet where the search engines can find it, and a search result of you, your areas of research, and contact information can be presented front and center to that researcher.

To make a good search target, include variations in forms and spellings of the name, along with locations and spouses you think might also be included in a search query. Also include date ranges and any other identifying information that would help the viewer determine if you've got a common ancestor. You don't need fancy links or formatting - in fact the search engines probably like simple text the best. Don't forget to include your contact information, if it's not provided by the mechanism you're using to post. And don't forget to make that contact information friendly to humans, but unfriendly to robots, to avoid the spammers.

Many internet accounts now include the ability (and space) to create a web page. That's likely the easiest way to accomplish this, just follow the instructions your host provides. . Here's a sample web page:
Sample Web Page

Once you get your page up, you can test it yourself by trying a search for one of your names. It likely will take a couple of weeks for the search engines to find and index your page, so be patient. You can often speed up the process by pro-actively submitting your page to the search engine, for example use the following link to give Google a clue:
Give GOOGLE a clue

Perhaps a bit more work, but another way to do this is to post to an online forum or mailing list, such as Genforum or Rootsweb where specific forums/lists exist by surname. Really, anyplace on the web that's being indexed by the search engines will work.

Those of you who recoil from the thought of posting your research on the internet should note - this isn't what I'm suggesting... those of you who already have uploaded your trees into a website and think you've already got this covered should note - there's key search data (alternate spellings, for example) that may not be present in what you?ve uploaded, so it still may be worth considering...

Because this tip is a bit more involved, I've started a topic in our forum for questions/answers/tips related to it. Post questions or suggestions related to this tip there: This Tip

Finally, for those of you that like brain teasers and didn't think this was really that hard to figure out... think about this... The traditional search paradigm is that a researcher uses a search engine to connect with information about an area of interest. This is constrained to data that's been published on the internet. There are several orders of magnitude more data in the heads of researcher (the people searching the internet) that hasn't been published. This tip represents the inverse of that traditional paradigm - a way of searching the heads of other researchers...

Starting With the Answer (Becoming a DNA time traveler...)

Starting With the Answer (Becoming a DNA time traveler...)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Free West Virginia Vital Research Records

West Virginia Vital Research Records (FREE)
LDS Church, West Virgina team up for free database
West Virginia Division of Culture and History Web site offers free database to researchers of millions of West Virginia births, deaths and marriages.
November 26, 2005
The LDS Church's Family and Church History and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History have teamed up to provide another 3.5 million names online.

The records of West Virginian origins or connections were scanned and indexed by the Church department, and hosted online by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The free database consists of millions of West Virginia births, deaths and marriages — a gold mine for family history researchers and historians.

Now searchable are the scanned images of original birth, death, and marriage records from six counties, as well as most statewide death certificates from 1917-54 at

The database has more than 3.5 million names linked to 1.4 million original images of birth, marriage, and death records from Calhoun, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral and Pendleton counties. The record dates vary by county and type of record, but typically range from 1816 to 1929. Birth records are for the period 1853-1930, county death records for 1853-1969/1970, and county marriage records from the creation of the county until the late 1960s, all of which are searchable by name, county, and date.

"Birth, marriage, and death records together in a single database are particularly attractive to researchers because multiple generations of ancestors can be found on one document, and you can track their growth and whereabouts over time as noted by births, marriages, and deaths in the family," said Paul Nauta, manager of public affairs for the department.

He said that all users have to do is type in an ancestor's name to search the free database. They can also view a high quality, scanned image of the original document. The project required 2,500 volunteers and 64,000 hours to complete. West Virginia plans to add records from additional counties in the future.

The department's collection, known online as, is considered the world's largest repository of genealogical resources with vital records from over 110 countries, territories, and possessions and provides free access through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and more than 5,000 family history centers in 70 countries.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

LDS Digitizing Books, on-line NOW at BYU !!!

Great News : Click here to go directly to BYU FHC Site
Sunday, November 06, 2005
LDS Digitizing Books, on-line NOW at BYU !!!

Oh BOY, here we go!

A dream coming true. The Family History Library is starting to digitize their book holdings, mostly family histories to date, and they are putting them on-line, fully searchable by any word or advanced search combinations.

Five thousand plus of these books are on the Brigham Young University Library servers and readily accessible, NOW!

Here is a partial clip of an announcement I just received and I have only made a quick check of how to find them and how to search, but it is very exciting

“…the LDS Family History Library has announced that it has begun the process of digitizing and making available on the Internet all of the Family History books in their collection. These are primarily books in the "929.273Series" that are currently housed on the first floor of the Family History Library (previously housed on the fourth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building). At the present time (September 2005), about 5000 books have been digitized and are available, and they have announced that they are adding about 100 titles a week to the on-line collection. Copyright issues are playing a role in determining the order in which they progress through this task; books out of copyright are being done first.”

Go to the web site of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU at, then on the home page, follow the links: Find Other Materials; Electronic; On Line Collections at BYU; Text Collections tab; Family History Archive from the list of collections that are displayed. The search box on the left seems to be he one to find your books at and the search box on the right is for searching within the pages on screen.

I have not used it enough yet to be proficient, but you bet I’ll be checking this little treasure out, a lot!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - Education

FGS Conference Sees Bright Future

Thousands of genealogy experts and family history buffs enjoyed excellent presentations while learning about the latest tools and resources at the 2005 FGS Conference held September 7–10 (2005) in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year's theme, "Visions for the Future", highlighted many leading-edge trends and technologies that are improving genealogy. The annual conference was presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Utah Genealogical Association.

For those unable to attend, some of the presenters have agreed to have their presentations posted online. Just click on the name of the presentation you wish to download. Due to issues of ownership and proprietary information, some presentations may not be available for download. To view the presentations, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Don't miss these three PDF presentations available at

FGS 2005 Keynote (pdf file - 819kb) Jay L. Verkler : FamilySearch

Societies Going Virtual (pdf file - 1.9mb) David E. Rencher : Genealogical Society of Utah

A Sneak Peak at the Near Future (pdf file - 6mb) David E. Rencher : Genealogical Society of Utah

ABYZ - Newspaper & News Media Guide

ABYZ News Links is a portal to online news sources from around the world. It is primarily composed of newspapers but also includes many broadcast stations, internet services, magazines, and press agencies. Please note that ABYZ News Links does not contain actual news content but only links to other news sources.

ABYZ News Links is oriented to those who are comfortable working in the English language. Nevertheless, those with little or no grounding in English should still be able to easily use all of its basic features.

There are three ordered priorities at ABYZ News Links. The main priority is to maintain the proper functioning of the site. The second is to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the existing content. The third is to add new content.

ABYZ News Links

Monday, October 10, 2005

California Deaths, 1940 - 1997

We're giving away the entire California Death Index (1940-1997) forever!
Come search for free at:
California Death Database 1940 - 1997
This database will remain free from now on for all those interested in
searching it! We're going to start giving away more databases in the near
future so watch these email updates for more free offers.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


The companion web site to the PBS family history and genealogy television series.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 - Genealogy and Family History Records

Now on - A Bigger, Better 1920 US Federal Census

The NEW and improved 1920 US Federal Census has been launched. Now we're telling you about this collection before anyone else.

What makes it new and improved?
The information-packed 1920 US Federal Census collection now has three times the information to search.

How is that possible?
You're no longer limited to searching by head of household. Now every name in the expanded 1920 US Federal Census has been indexed.

What does that mean for you?
Find ancestors faster than ever before. Search for people who were children during the 1920 census. Learn about their parents, grandparents and other extended family. Then follow clues back in time to discover more.

Already searched the 1920 US Federal Census collection?

Now you can take a closer look. Start searching. - Genealogy and Family History Records

Friday, September 23, 2005

A search tool to help you locate free genealogy databases and transcriptions on the web. There are 12525 links in the database. You can search for a location : country, state, province, county, etc. and/or a type of record : census, passenger list, marriage, etc. Try it - it's FREE:

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Google Maps

Many PAF-LUGgers may already be aware that Google is beta testing a map service at:

You can search for places by simply typing in an address. Go ahead, go to that site and type in your own address.

Now click on the “Satellite” link in the upper right corner of the page. Google will change the view from the “drawn” map to a satellite image of that map. You will see an aerial view of your home which you can zoom in or out of.

But here is the cool tip (and the reason I’m writing about this)...

Instead of entering an address, enter the following in the Google maps search box...

37.771008, -122.41175

Do those numbers look familiar? If so, you may own a GPS receiver and recognize them as latitude and longitude values (in this case for a spot in San Francisco). When you do that search, Google Maps will bring up a map for whatever is at that latitude and longitude. And if you switch to satellite mode you will see an actual aerial image of whatever is at that latitude and longitude.

Now if someone gives you a latitude / longitude for a cemetery, you can now verify that information online without having to travel there yourself.

I told you it was cool...

From RootsMagic Newsletter

Sunday, February 20, 2005


[file] PixVue.exe [price] free

This Windows add-on can be used for adding annotation to images and for organization of images.

The annotations you add become part of the image file itself, so you never lose them as you can with other types of image organization. The program also allows the creation of HTML files for the Web and PDF files.

I've used it for years and recommend it highly. --Gary Kearney, Ph.D. (PhotoDoofus)

Monday, February 14, 2005

HeritageQuest - NebraskAccess - Logon from Home or Work


Search Census : Find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Census Records from 1790 - 1930.

Search Books : Find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories.

Search Persi(TM) : Find information about people and places from this index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

Search Revolutionary War : Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.


Wednesday, January 12, 2005 how to write great personal histories

Family History Made Easy
If you have decided to write your own personal history, or the personal history of someone else, you are in the right place. This web site was created to help you organize and preserve your memorabilia, write your text and prepare your book for publication. The information and materials presented on and made available through this web site are designed to take you, step by step, through the process of creating a personal history. Just click on one of the buttons below to get started!