Thursday, June 07, 2007

Allen County Public Library: Genealogy

Allen County Public Library: Genealogy

This renowned collection includes more than 332,000 printed volumes and 362,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Patrons of the department also have access to major online databases at:

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has signed a cooperative agreement with the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to collaborate to digitize their family history reference collection, 50,000 + family histories, and place the digital books on the internet free of charge. This work is all being done by missionaries (volunteers) from our church.

The same kind of digitizing is being carried out in SLC for family history books from the Family History Library and at Orem, Utah for BYU Library family history books.

The website is BYU Family History Archive and may be accessed now.

The easiest way to start on the above website is to click on the above URL and then specify a surname using the Surname Search.
If it doesn't find the name, it will notify you with "Your search retrieved no results." If it finds the name in any of the book descriptions, the search engine will list each book where it finds the name you specified.
On the Search Results screen, click on the title of a book, and it brings up an image of the first page and digital Table of Contents for that book.
For the first book, you have to re-type the Surname into the "Search for Object" box, then click Search. The pages having the specified surname are shown with red brackets. Click on the page number, or "Next Hit", and the image of that page will be displayed, and by reading the image page, you will find the name you searched for (Hopefully its the right one!) If you don't find the surname on the website, check back often for more books will be added as these projects progress.

Also, one may click "Browse the Collection" on the home page, and it will list every book which can be viewed, 20 titles at a time.

This represents a quantum leap in technology. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

"New" FamilySearch and the Future of Family History

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New England Historic Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Longtime staff member David Allen Lambert is now available to offer you research guidance, orientation to online resources and library-based collections via email. He also will facilitate referrals to specific NEHGS staff experts and departments when required. This position will offer a new way to serve members and potential members of NEHGS.

Free genealogy family history photo search by surname - Dead Fred .com

Free genealogy family history photo search by surname - Dead Fred .com
Over 14,000 Family Photo's listed by Surname (FREE).

Free Utah History Record Images Available on-line

Index Search

Utah Death Certificates Now Viewable Online
250,000+ certificates from 1905 to 1954 linked with index and images

SALT LAKE CITY - FamilySearch, in conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Utah and the Utah State Archives and Records Service, announced today that the state’s free online index to death certificates is now linked to original images of the historic documents. The integration of the index with free digital pictures of the death certificates issued from 1905 to 1954 by the state will open doors to additional information for family historians and genealogists with Utah ties. To search the index and view the certificates, users need to go to

The online index to 250,000+ Utah deaths was created by the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics and has searchable information limited to the name of the deceased person, their date of death, sex, and where they died. The Utah State Archives turned to FamilySearch to help them get the digital images online. FamilySearch digitized the images and provided the technology to link the images of the certificates to the state’s online index. The linking process was completed in just a few weeks - incredibly fast for a project of this nature and magnitude. The names of Utah’s deceased are now very much alive, searchable, and viewable online - and for free.

ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release

ProQuest CSA Teams Up with LexisNexis to Add Selected Serial Set Content to HeritageQuest™ Online
Agreement Increases Access to Government Documents for Genealogical Research at Public Libraries

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 15, 2007 -- ProQuest CSA and LexisNexis, a leading provider of information and services solutions, are working together to add valuable genealogical data from the LexisNexis® U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection to HeritageQuest™ Online. The addition of the Private Relief Actions and Memorials and Petitions from the LexisNexis Serial Set collection serves the growing genealogy and local history segment of the public library market.

"HeritageQuest Online's library advisors confirm these two data sets, which date back to the Revolutionary War, are highly valuable for both novice and advanced family history researchers," said Chris Cowan, vice president of publishing of ProQuest CSA. "The LexisNexis Serial Set content serves as a good complement to the other data sets within HeritageQuest Online, and strategically strengthens its content offerings."

By incorporating the two sources from Serial Set within HeritageQuest, the value of government documents for family history research becomes much more evident and easier to search. Through a simple keyword search, researchers can access 480,000 pages of images contained within 150,000 U.S. Government documents dating back to 1789.

"The collaboration with ProQuest CSA allows us to reach further into an important market, public libraries," said Tim Fusco, vice president of publishing operations for LexisNexis Government and Academic Markets. "The alliance will leverage LexisNexis' deep and robust government document archives to help genealogists find new paths for researching their family histories."

Private Relief Actions and Memorials and Petitions have been drawn from the highly regarded LexisNexis Serial Set, an ongoing collection of U.S. Government publications compiled under the directive of Congress, which captures every aspect of American life from the early 19th century onward, from farming, to westward expansion, scientific exploration, politics, international relations, business, and manufacturing. It includes Congressional reports and documents as well as executive agency and departmental reports ordered to be printed by Congress.

HeritageQuest Online is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

Many other distinctive and invaluable sources of information can be found within HeritageQuest Online. The U.S. Federal Census 1790-1930, and 20,000 Genealogy and Local History books are at the cornerstone of HeritageQuest Online. The resource also include Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a widely recognized resource guide, updated annually, that covers more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. It also includes Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men, and Freedman's Bank Records, which documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and their dependants and heirs. All of these resources are fully searchable through HeritageQuest Online.

About ProQuest CSA
ProQuest CSAcombines the strengths of two leading and historic information technology firms: ProQuest Information and Learning and CSA. The company provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest CSA is part of Cambridge Information Group (

ProQuest CSA's vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the preeminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest® and CSA Illumina Web-based online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System™, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest CSA provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources. For more information, visit and

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