Sunday, December 27, 2009

Standard Finder

With Standard Finder you can search for a standardized name, date or place based on your input. The Standard Finder will present the standards that will be used in future releases of new FamilySearch. Come and try out your historical and current entries and understand how the system will interpret your input. Use filtered results to see what we think the best match would be or uncheck filtered results to see all the possible standards. Then send FamilySearch feedback on how the system can do better. Recently compiled (September 2009), a new data catalog has been uploaded for use in Standard Finder. Incorporated into this catalog are extensive jurisdictional additions for European and African countries, as well as United States County areas. As it continues to develop and expand, your comments are welcomed and help influence priority.

Community Trees

Community Trees are lineage-linked genealogies from specific time periods and geographic localities around the world. The information also includes the supporting sources. Most of the genealogies are joint projects between FamilySearch and others who live locally or have expertise in the area or records used to create the genealogies. Each Community Tree is a searchable database with views of individuals, families, ancestors and descendants, as well as printing options.

The scope of partner projects may be a small, grass roots village or township working together to form a family tree of all the known residents of its community for a given time period. Some are genealogical and historical societies working with FamilySearch to index several sources of data to link them to common, lineage-linked genealogies of a targeted geographic area of interest.

The scope could also be focused on a particular record set and locality. The goal may be to identify and reconstitute all families of a particular place from a village, county, or even a country. Many of the current projects were produced by FamilySearch's Family Reconstitution team and date back to the medieval times. One even has the audio of the oral genealogies attached.

GEDCOM downloads of the community trees may be available depending on any records access restrictions. No living information is available in this public view. Edits and corrections to these databases are usually restricted by the partners, but please contact them to offer suggestions, corrections and new information. Some partners may have additional information or enhanced versions of the genealogies on their own website. These databases will be updated if they are a work in progress.

If you have a database you have created from original source material that you think would be a good addition to the FamilySearch Community Trees or would like to participate somehow, contact Raymond W. Madsen at

Current Collections

British Isles: Peerage, Gentry and Colonial American Connections: This database was compiled from 15 reputable publications. These lines are very important because they connect to many immigrants to America. Updated 5 December 2009

Canada: Manitoba: Winnipegosis: Lineage-linked community tree who lived in Winnipegosis and their descendants as far as can be identified. Ancestors may be included except and until they connect with another community tree, such as for instance the Icelandic Community Tree. 30 November 2009

Canada: New Brunswick: Southampton: Millville Communities Family Tree: The Millville Community Family Tree is a joint project with the community of Millville, New Brunswick and FamilySearch International to preserve the heritage of the communities of Southampton parish and other communities including some in Bright and Queensbury parish, through genealogy. Updated 8 December 2009

Canada: Nova Scotia: Kings County: Community Family Tree: Kings County Community Family Tree is a joint project with the Kings Historical Society and FamilySearch International to preserve the county heritage through genealogy.

Canada: Toronto: Youngs in Toronto: Extracted and linked records of Young families in Toronto, Ontario from provincial civil registration: births (1869-1909), marriages (1869-1924), and deaths (1869-1934). Also includes allied families.

England: London: Residence of London: The London Project consists of individuals living in London extracted from Boyd's "Citizen's of London"; controlled extraction records from the International Genealogical Index (IGI); and other records dealing with London.

England: Norfolk Visitations, 1563: The Visitation of Norfolk conducted by William Harvey, Clarenceux King of Arms. This database contains lineage linked families.

England: Todd Knowles Jewish Collection: Jewish database from the British Isles

Europe: Royal and Noble Houses (predominately England and France):This database contains ancestors and descendants of Charlemagne; Louis IX of France; Edward I of England; Charles I of England; Scandinavian and Spanish Royal families; plus many other royal, noble and gentry lineages.

Europe: Royal and Noble Houses (predominately German): This database was first compiled by the previous Medieval Families Unit and has been updated and corrected using on-line databases, Schwennicke, and other nobility sources.

Iceland: Iceland Historical Family Trees: Linked Genealogies of Iceland from 100 A.D to the 1800s extracted from sagas, parish registers, census records and compiled family histories.

Norway: Oppland County: Sor-Aurdal Clerical District: Norway project by FamilySearch International Family Reconstitution team to build community family trees for the several clerical districts of Norway.

Pacific Islands: Cole Jensen Collection: This important collection is one of the best sources for family records, pedigrees, and historical information that is available for the Pacific Island People.

Pacific Islands: French Polynesia: Atuona Island: Atuona, located on the southern side of Hiva Oa island, is the centrer of the of Hiva-Oa. Atuona was the capital of all the Marquesas Islands but it has been replaced by Taiohae (on Nuku Hiva). Atuona comprises the valleys of Atuona, Taaoa, Tahauku and Hanamate.

Pacific Islands: New Zealand: Maori: Meha Genealogy: Information entered from Maori pedigree charts, 13 B.C. 1790 A.D.

Pacific Islands: Tonga: Oral Genealogies and Community Trees: Tonga Oral History, Siosifa Tu'Iketei Pule of Kolofo'ou, Nuku'alofa. Tape 2 Interviewer: Tevita 'Uatahausi Mapa Dates 4th July and 25 August 1973.

Peru: Community Family Tree: Extracted from compiled family and historical records. Many of the notes are in Spanish.

Scotland: Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: Lineage linked families for ministers of the Church of Scotland from the Reformation. Updated 16 Novermber 2009

United States, Oregon, Hood River: Community Tree: Hood River County Oregon Genealogy Database Currently this database includes information on deceased individuals from histories of Hood River County, Oregon, the Hood River County portion of the 1860-1900 Wasco County, Oregon Census, and 1910-1930 Hood River County, Oregon Census. In addition, available marriage, death records, and information from various other sources are included. 23 November 2009

United States: Washington: Lewis County: Community Family Trees: This database contains the records of families listed in the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 US Census for Lewis County, Washington. We have merged families that appear in multiple census records together to provide a better view of the family over the years. The data that came from each census can be seen in the source citation for that record. This is a preliminary version of the merging and will be updated with an improved version containing additional records from the History of Lewis County, Washington (by Nix) in October 2009.

Wales: Medieval Records Primarily of Nobility and Gentry: This Welsh database, when complete, will include lineage linked data for approximately 350,000 individuals, living from about 100 A.D. to 1700 A.D. The base data was extracted from Peter Bartrum's "Welsh Genealogies." Updated 5 December 2009

Library of Congress Wise Guide

History’s mysteries, hidden treasures, fascinating facts, scintillating stories … the Library of Congress has a little bit of everything. We uncover the best each month on the Wise Guide to—your entry into one of the world's most extensive websites that is sponsored by the world's largest library. And, it’s all free and available to people around the world.

The Library’s holdings range from prints, photographs, films, audio recordings, maps, manuscripts, music and digital materials to (of course) books. We are also a place that sponsors concerts, lectures, dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings. All this and more will be featured on the site. So, take a look, play around and be inspired by the wonderful world of the Wise Guide.

The National Archives Digital Vaults

The National Archives holds more than 10 Billion Records and they have selected more than 1,200 Records of Photos and Documents in their Digital Vaults for you to explore. You can search for key words and move the results to the center and see related documents and photos.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Internet Archive & Wayback Machine

Web Archive
The Internet Archive is a complete snapshot of all web pages on every website since 1996 till today. Since the average lifetime of a page on the Internet is 100 days, this snapshot is retaken every two months. The Internet Archive at BA includes the web collection of 1996 to 2006. It represents 1.5 petabytes of data stored on 880 computers. The entire collection is available for free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Wayback Machine:
The Wayback Machine is the tool that allows users to use the Web archive to surf the web as it was. This historic collection is invaluable to scholars trying to understand the interactions between people and events. We expect to build special collections that reflect the interests of the patrons of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The International School of Information Science (ISIS) research institute was founded in order to maximize creativity and foster innovations within the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).
Guided by BA goals to:
* preserve the heritage for future generations in digital form; and
* provide universal access to human knowledge
ISIS acts as an incubator for digital and technological projects, promoting and nurturing innovations that encompass the spirit of the BA’s mission.
ISIS was founded to initiate, develop, carry out and promote research and development of activities and projects related to building a universal digital library. The Institute is viewed as an incubator of IT projects that will ultimately contribute to the knowledge capacity of Egypt and the world.
ISIS aims to be the focal point where scholars from around the globe will group to study and develop new technologies serving BA’s mission of becoming a true library for the digital age. Using state-of-the-art technology, ISIS aims to join hands with other organizations, institutions and IT centers around the world to research and implement pioneering digital ideas for the benefit of the international knowledge community. In fact, the Institute has already created partnerships and adopted a number of major projects in accordance with BA mission.

Add photo's of your family's places

Do you ever want pictures of places your ancestors or family members have lived? Check this site out. You type in the location and you have a number of great photo's that you can download.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SixDots Mosaik Family Photo


With Foto-Mosaik-Edda you can create mosaic-pictures, which are composed of many small pictures (tiles), from your own photos.

The single pictures will be analysed and copied into one or more databases. You can use your holiday photos, pictures of the last family celebration or even take over whole picture-CDs into the database.

A simple to use wizard will guide you through the program and will turn the creation of your own photo-mosaic into a piece of cake. Amaze others with this extraordinary effect.

Just try it!

FamilySearch Online Research Series

United States of America Research

* U.S. Courthouse Records Overview
o Lesson time: 35 minutes
o Watch video (uses Microsoft® Silverlight™)

Give us your feedback about this online class.

* U.S. Military Records: Civil War
o Lesson time: 35 minutes
o Watch video (uses Microsoft® Silverlight™)

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* U.S. Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications
o Lesson time: 16 minutes
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* U.S. Military Records: Revolutionary War
o Lesson time: 34 minutes
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PAF Pal is now FREE!

PAF Pal is Now Freeware

Steve Cannon, the developer of PAF Pal, passed away a few years ago. He was a good programmer and a good friend.

PAF Pal was designed with the old TempleReady work flow in mind, although some of its functionality continues to be useful in some situations. Now that new FamilySearch is being used by so many people, we have contacted Steve's family and they have agreed to allow us to offer PAF Pal at no cost. To get your copy, go to Ohana Software and click on the Purchase menu. Scroll down to find the free license for PAF Pal. Once you have your license you can download PAF Pal by going to the Download menu and choosing the Freeware/Shareware link.

Merry Christmas from the Cannon family and your friends at Ohana Software

PAF Pal 5

PAF Pal 5 is software you can use with your existing Personal Ancestral File 5 data. It adds additional features that are not available in the PAF software.
PAF Pal 5 runs from the tools menu in PAF5

* Clear unwanted information from fields >>
* Search and replace information >>
* Expand or abbreviate place names >>
* Print lists and reports >>
* And much more!! >>

Get a PAF Pal 5 shareware license>>

Clear unwanted information from fields

* Remove "Submitted" or "Sub" dates from LDS date fields
* Clear Custom ID fields, Ancestral File Numbers, or all LDS fields

Search and Replace

* Search and replace in all notes
* Search and replace parts of names
* Search and replace LDS temple codes

Expand or abbreviate places

* In a single step you can abbreviate USA states, Canadian provinces, and/or Great Britain county places
* Expand abbreviations for USA states, Canadian provinces, and/or Great Britain counties
* Automatically add or remove "USA" or "U.S.A." from places in the United States of America

Print lists and reports

* Reports of which records are changed can be created when clearing fields or searching and replacing
* Display or print statistics about the people in your file
* Print lists, by date, of records that have been changed or records that have been submitted to Ancestral File

PAF Pal will do much more

* Play genealogy songs
* Enable additional Internet searches ( and
* Use pre-defined color schemes
* Add temple ordinance information from TempleReady

PAF Pal 5 by PAL Software
Easy to install and use. Includes on-line help.
For IBM and compatible computers with Windows 95 or higher
Shareware. No cost

Monday, August 31, 2009

World Vital Records - Family History Bulletin

A Misunderstood and Underutilized Resource: Using FamilySearch
By Tami Osmer Glatz (World Vital Records)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka LDS Church, or the Mormons) sponsors several valuable genealogical resources including the Salt Lake City Family History Library, hundreds of smaller "satellite" libraries called Family History Centers, as well as their free online resources which include the Family Search pilot and wiki websites, in addition to the well-known genealogy website.
I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the questions I hear people ask about the FamilySearch website. Is it just a 'names' database? Where do the records come from? Can I trust the information? How can it help my genealogical research?
In the past few years, the website FamilySearch has undergone major changes. Some features have remained the same, but others have been added that make it one of the most valuable free genealogy websites available today. With the addition of digitized books and original documents, it is definitely much, much more than just a 'names' database.
FamilySearch offers several valuable resources right on the main web page. Under the title "Free PAF Family History Software", you can download a free genealogy program for your computer. Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is a fairly simple, user-friendly program that is a great place to begin organizing your names and research data. Under the "News & Events" heading on this main page you can read the latest news about what the folks at FamilySearch are up to, and what new records they are adding to the site.
Also from this main "home" page, as with previous versions of the website, you can "Search Records for Your Ancestors". By entering an ancestor's name in the search boxes, a search will sift through the billions of names in the IGI (a database comprised of both personal submissions and extracted names from vital records), Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File (both databases of user submitted names); transcribed records of the 1880 US Census, the 1881 British Isles & 1881 Canadian Censuses; the US Social Security Death Index; and the Vital Records Index (transcribed vital records from Mexico and Scandinavia only).
If you find your family in this database be sure to scroll down towards the bottom of each individual's page to see if the source of the information is recorded. As with any user-submitted records, there is always the possibility of error and incorrect data. If the source says extraction, it means that the person that entered the information was looking at the original record when they extracted the names and dates. If you want to be sure, you can usually locate that original record yourself (in the Library Catalog) and verify the information on your own. But whatever the source, you may at least get an idea of what direction to take your own research in order to prove or disprove these pedigrees. In my opinion, however, this "Search" feature definitely takes a back seat to most of the newer additions to, which now include many original records, and digitized images.
The tabs that run across near the top of the webpage in blue are your gateway to these new and valuable genealogical records. It's a great idea to spend a few minutes and click through all of the options they offer, but I will summarize what is available here.
The "Search Records" tab contains my favorite resources on the website. This tab enables a drop down menu, and by then choosing "Record Search Pilot", you can search through millions of newly indexed records from the Family Search Indexing program, or browse through some that are not completely indexed yet. Volunteers around the world are participating in this project, indexing vital records microfilm from the Family History Library collection. Many of the search results include access to the actual original images associated with the record -- birth, death or marriage certificates, census images or church records from the US and around the world -- all made available to you for free. This incredible resource is continually being updated and added to, so check back from time to time for the latest additions. Or better yet, sign up under the "Index Records" tab at and volunteer yourself!
From the "Record Search Pilot" screen, you can enter a name and dates into the search boxes to search from all of the records currently available. If you would rather do a more specific search, you may click on the map of the country you are interested in, and the next screen will bring up a list of all of the currently available records for that country. A red asterisk next to a record indicates that it is a new addition. Some records will indicate that they are not complete, or that images are not available. If you find a set of records that interest you, you can click on it and search only within those records. I think I lost an entire night's sleep when I discovered that Ohio Death Certificates were available!
Another great option under the "Search Records" tab is "Historical Books". This takes you directly to the Family History Archives of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. By typing in a surname, author, title or keyword, you can browse or search through thousands of full-text digitized books -- local & family histories, genealogies and journals -- from several major collections across the US. Lately it seems that every time I go to this site, another thousand resources have been added, so check back from time to time.
Back along the main bar of tabs, the "Share" tab is worth mentioning. From this tab, after clicking the only option, "Share My Records", you will be taken to a screen that requires you to sign in. Registering is completely free, and does not commit you to anything. You will also never be contacted by the church, nor receive e-mails from signing up here either. However, once you are signed in, you may upload a .gedcom file of your family ancestry, which will be permanently stored in the Granite Mountain Records Vault near Salt Lake City, and more than likely made available for others to peruse by being added to the Pedigree Resource File. Once submitted, you cannot make changes to this file, so it is best if you first check through your genealogy file for any obvious errors. When you make the .gedcom from your genealogy program, it is also a good idea to exclude living individuals as well as your notes (unless you are absolutely sure you want to share them), but be sure to include your sources.
Under the tab titled "Research Helps" you will find hundreds of blank forms, maps, charts, articles and research guides for every state in the US and every country in the world (or at least many of them)! These guides include records availability, repository information and in the case of foreign research, often language help and word guides. They will give you direction and guidance on how to proceed with your research in any given location, and are a great place to start when you begin any research project.
The "Library" tab not only has information about the Salt Lake City Family History Library, which is the largest genealogical library in the world, but this tab also includes free online research classes under "Education". Classes currently include Research in England, Germany, Italy, Hispanic (in Spanish), Russia and US.
One of the best features under the Library tab is the access to the Family History Library Catalog. (You can also access the Library Catalog from under the "Search Records" tab, but to me, it is more intuitive to find the Library Catalog, under the "Library" tab.) From "Library Catalog" you can search the library's collection of 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, 727,000 microfiche, and over 350,000 books.
The microfilm & microfiche collection are films of a variety of original documents, including books and diaries, handwritten family histories, as well as birth, death and marriage registers and deed books from courthouses and other repositories around the United States. Many of the biographies and local histories in the microfilm collection have already been digitized, and if you are lucky, when you locate a film that interests you, the Film Notes will include the phrase (in red) "To view a digital version of this item click here" which will redirect you to the Family History Archives site, and you can have instant access to the film online!
The microfilm and microfiche collection also includes original documents from many foreign countries, including church parish registers, civil registrations and other valuable documents. I've used these microfilms to trace my own family through parish registers from tiny churches in England (some handwritten in Latin) going back to the 1500s. Absolutely amazing!
The indexing program is working to put these filmed images online, but until the project is complete, you may search the catalog to determine which films or fiche you may want to rent from your local Family History Center or public library with FHL privileges. There is a small rental fee of about $5.50 per film or .15 per fiche. You can locate your nearest FHC under the "Library" tab by going to "Family History Centers" and typing in your country, state, county and city. A list of centers nearest you will appear, along with their telephone number and hours of operation. It is highly recommended that you phone ahead to verify the hours, since all Family History Centers are volunteer staffed and sometimes the hours change.
As you can see, the website is definitely more than just a "names" database. The website can be an invaluable resource for your genealogical research, by helping you locate and view original documents relating to your ancestors. Spend some time there today yourself! World Vital Records

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FamilySearch Education English Research Plus More

As part of our ongoing initiative to make training available throughout the world, we are pleased to announce that several new training materials have been added to the England Research Series Classes Online page of the FamilySearch website. These include the following: Reading German Handwritten Records, Italy Research, Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México), Russian History, Geography, Records and Resources and three U.S. Military Records classes.

Reading German Handwritten Records includes two lessons taught within a self-paced, interactive experience that includes narration and several learning and practice activities.

The Italy Research class introduces the major record types available for researching Italian ancestors, as well as how to find and use such records. It also addresses historical events that affected the record keeping practices in Italy.
The Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México) series is given in Spanish and includes an introduction to the key sources for family history as well as instruction regarding Parish Registers and Civil Registration.

Russian History, Geography, Records and Resources is a great introduction to the peoples and events important to genealogists researching ancestors in Russia.

The U.S. Military Records classes cover the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Pre-World War I Pension Applications. The first two classes introduce the many types of military records, their relevance to the particular war, and how to use and find them. The last class discusses the value of military pension records, the many records included in pension applications, and how to find or acquire pension applications.

We invite you to visit, view these classes, and then give us your feedback by using the feedback links.

Simply click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser.
FamilySearch Research Education

Thursday, August 20, 2009

NARAtions - Online Public Access to NARA

About NARAtions

We began this blog because we are hoping to talk with you about online public access to the records held by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We care about improving your researcher experience.

NARA has custody of more than 9 billion pages of records. How do we provide online access to it all? It’s a big challenge. Everyone would love to see all of the records available online as high-resolution scans with full-text searchability and a variety of ways to tag, search, browse, and discover the documents, photographs, maps, and films. And how about we get this completed by yesterday?

We think numerous strategies will have to come together as a multifaceted solution to providing better online access to NARA’s treasures and the vast array of federal records. NARA already has started to implement some approaches (like making descriptions and digital copies available in our online catalog, forming digitization partnerships, and developing an Electronic Records Archives), but we are still looking to the future and would like your input on how things are now and how you would love for them to be.

If you have suggestions for questions we should ask our researchers and the public, please send them to us at

Friday, August 07, 2009

FamilySearch Help Center

Sunday, August 2, 2009
FamilySearch Help Center more than New FamilySearch
Users of the New FamilySearch program are hopefully familiar with the program's Help Center. But it is important to realize that the Help Center is more than just assistance to New FamilySearch. The Help Center includes information on all of the family history products products from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here is a list of the programs supported:
Ancestral File
FH Library Catalog
FamilySearch 2.27
FamilySearch Internet
Family Tree
Freedman's Bank Records
Mormon Immigration Index
New FamilySearch
PAF (Personal Ancestral File)
PAF Companion
Pedigree Resource File
Record Search
Resource File Viewer
Vital Records
Web conferencing tools
Some of the programs require purchase or download of the program, such as Personal Ancestral File and some have been discontinued, such as TempleReady. Other of the programs requires registration, like New FamilySearch and are available only to church members. However, presently if you have no access to the New FamilySearch program, you cannot get to the Help Center.
Posted by James Tanner at 8:24 AM on Genealogy's Star

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Update New FamilySearch (Genealogy's Star)

Updated perspective on New FamilySearch
With the imminent introduction of New FamilySearch to the rest of the LDS community in Utah, I believe an update perspective would be valuable. I have now worked with the program since October of 2007, going on two years. I have had many opportunities to teach classes on New FamilySearch and provide many, many hours of one-on-one support. By and large the program functions admirably and is highly useful. The two opposite poles of users, those with no family data in the database and those with thousands of names of ancestors, have a completely different experiences with the program. Those with few, if any, ancestors have a simple and elegant interface that immediately allows them to enter information into the database and accomplishes the goal of the program to simplify preparing names for performing LDS Temple ordinance work. Those with pioneer or legacy families have the exact opposite experience, they are frustrated, angry, upset, or hopelessly discouraged. It is not my purpose to criticize New FamilySearch at all, but all the legacy users have about the same reaction.

The reaction of the legacy users is not a result of anything particular in the program itself, but the confusion caused by having combined multiple databases with contradictory information. The legacy users find that merely combining or separating records does not solve many of the data problems. Those problems most disturbing to legacy users include relatives entered with the wrong gender, non-relatives included in families, having a person shown as their own father or mother or grandfather or grandmother, and no easy or convenient way of making corrections.

There is also a significant number of users of the program who are so unsophisticated about the program and computers in general, that they do not even grasp what they are looking at on the screen and assume they need to add in all their information from scratch.

I am concerned that the negative reaction of legacy users will discourage new users of the program. I am also concerned that much of the work done by my relatives in sorting out the information over the past two years will be lost when the Utah folks get into the program and starting making their own changes before they understand what is going on.

Of course, a lot of this discussion is meaningless to those outside the Church or who do not have access to the program. But it is my experience that many people who do not presently have access to the program have been given access by those already registered. Since New FamilySearch will ultimately become one of the most complete genealogical databases in the world, it should be of interest even to those will not have access to the information until sometime in the future.

There are many online services, including, that attempt to provide a service for the sharing of family trees. But none of them attempt to combine multiple family trees into one reference database. As far as I know, every other online program allows each user or collaborative users to upload their family history files, but except for New FamilySearch, there is no effort to combine all the files into one huge database.'s Family Tree program comes close to combining information from multiple trees but New FamilySearch does not maintain separate family trees at all. All of the information entered goes into the one huge database.

I agree, in part, with the Ancestry Insider's recent post about the possible directions New FamilySearch could take. The first suggestion for the ideal family tree system was the ability to easily correct information. Because of the restriction in New FamilySearch concerning ownership of the information, there is no easy way to correct any information you have not personally contributed. Although I must state that the FamilySearch support staff are remarkably responsive in making corrections when asked. But making a simple correction is neither easy and in some cases not even possible. I find a great deal of dissatisfaction from people who cannot correct obvious, to them, errors.

One of the original goals of New FamilySearch was to attempt to limit the duplication of LDS Temple ordinances. Although I have heard reports that the number of duplicate ordinances has been decreased, my personal experience is just the opposite. I believe that many people are using the system to duplicate many, many, many more ordinances. In a recent meeting where a large group of people were shown an introduction to New FamilySearch, the entire group was told that when they went onto the program all they had to do was click on the green arrows and take the names to the Temple. In many cases where New FamilySearch shows a green arrow for an existing name, there are uncombined individuals who show that the ordinance work has been done. I see stacks of cards from Family Ordinance Requests that are nothing but duplicates. We speculate about how long it will take to mine out all of the duplicates already in the system and what efforts are going to be made to limit the additional duplicates created by users adding in their own information rather than checking to see if the information is already in the system.

The long introduction process has given us an opportunity to work through many issues with the use of the program and the data. The programmers have been very responsive in overcoming many of the early problems with the program, but have not been so successful in overcoming the problems with the data. As noted by the Ancestry Insider, the system needs to move towards the following goals:

* sources are used as evidence,
* they can see who changed the data and why they changed it,
* they are able to contact those making changes,
* they can optionally be notified when changes occur,
* they can hook reliable and verified sources to their data, and
* sources are protected and can be modified only by the contributor.

These are laudable goals and I do hope that the program will continue to move in that direction.
Posted by James Tanner at 11:02 AM

Saturday, July 11, 2009

GenealogyWise Launches

Though it doesn’t “officially” launch until July 17, GenealogyWise opened for business earlier this week, and already has several hundred new members. Deemed a “Facebook for genealogy,” the new social networking site has shown tremendous content growth and promise.

GenealogyWise was created by, the company behind,, the “We’re Related” Facebook application, and the highly anticipated partnership with the Family History Library.

Like most social networking sites, signing up for GenealogyWise is free. Once you are a member, you will want to “make friends.” It works just like sites like MySpace and Facebook. You can send a “Friend” request to other members (or import your email contacts to invite them to join) and then they will confirm you as their friend. This is a great way to network with other genealogists.

Once you are a member, there are several genealogy-related benefits. Each member has the ability to create or join a Group. There are already a few hundred created by various members. Each Group focuses on one specific topic. For example, Groups exist for surname studies and specific locations, but others include “Obituary Fans,” “Genealogy Tips and Links,” “Genetic Genealogy,” and “American Revolutionary War Ancestors.” Within a Group, you can start Discussion threads, or leave comments.

Other aspects of the site are the Blog, Videos, and Forum. Each user can also write their own Blog on the site, which other users can read and comment on. Users can also upload genealogy-related videos, like on Facebook. And in the Forum, users can start general discussions, that will take place outside of the various Groups, including “Your Favorite Free (or Low-Cost) Genealogy Resources,” and “How to Make Sure Your Research Won't Be Lost or Forgotten.”

As this site is so new, there are still relatively few African-American genealogy-related resources. The USF Lowcountry Africana project has created a Lowcountry Africana Group, and several prominent African-American genealogy bloggers are already members. But the ability for each user to create Groups, start Forum discussions, and invite their friends provides the necessary structure for users to create an African-American genealogy presence.

Monday, June 29, 2009

GenSeekers Wanted

June 26, 2009 by paulballen
Filed under: GenSeek, Genealogy, History

A few months ago I twittered about wanting to hire someone to travel for the next 365 days throughout North America for a special project (which is still in the works.) I even suggested the person may have to legally change their name, in the publicity-stunt spirit of, Oregon or DotCom Guy from Texas.

Within an hour or so I had 9 candidates who direct messaged me on Twitter or replied on Facebook wanting to learn more! This amazed me, and a few of them have reminded me over the past few months of their strong interest in such an adventure — an all-expense paid year of travel to every state, learning, blogging, meeting people, getting local publicity, doing deals.

As I said, this project is still in the planning stages, but we are now considering another project for a different division of our company that may also attract the interest of some adventurous retired couples or young couples who want to travel for a year and help us form partnerships all across the country.

I call this the GenSeeker Project. is a forthcoming website being built in partnership between and It features a new version of the FamilySearch Catalog, and a myriad of social and Web 2.0 features that will enhance the usefulness of what is already the largest catalog of genealogy sources in the world.

There are millions of sources of genealogical and local history contest that have not yet been catalogued by the team in Salt Lake City. The new web site will enable libraries, archives and societies to add their unique content to the catalog, which will bring it to life in a new way and make more people aware of it for the first time.

But how shall we make libraries, archives, and societies all over the world aware of how GenSeek can help them bring awareness to their unique holdings?

While driving through Idaho and Montana last week, I stopped at a couple of small towns, checked out some historical sites and even tried to visit a pioneer museum. (It was closed.)

I love travelling to places I’ve never been before. And I realized, as I travelled, that in every town, city, and county across this country (and the world) there are interesting local historians and genealogists, librarians and archives in every location. Someone in every community feels a need to preserve and organize historical records.

In Sweden, there are nearly 2,000 local historical societies that preserve records. And from a population of 9MM people, there are 450,000 paying members of these local historical societies. That is 5% of the population. Astonishing really. But many families in these towns and villages have lived on the same land for centuries. Same is true of much of Europe.

With the western migration and the mobility of modernity, we don’t seem to develop such deep roots here in the U.S. But in the smaller communities we still do have roots. And individuals that are knowledgeabout about local history and genealogical records and are devoted to preserving them and providing access. Mostly these local history savants are probably old-timers with family ties to the area.

A lot of people live not too far from where they were born. (Source: FamilyLink survey, March 26, 2009)

How far do you live now from where you were born? (5071 responses)

* Less than 50 miles

* Less than a mile

* Less than 10 miles

* Less than 100 miles

* Between 100 and 1,000 miles

* More than 1,000 miles


I love driving to new places and meeting new people and discovering local history. I look up Wikipedia articles for virtually every place I visit (on my blackberry or iPhone) and am always excited to discover famous people or events, or in particular, entrepreneurs or inventors from these places. I love the stories that make local communities interesting.

If I had fewer responsibilities holding me back, I’d get a big kick out of getting in a car and driving for the next 365 days to visit interesting places. Someday, I think my wife and I will probably do something just like that. And if there’s a business model to support it, this kind of a road trip could last even longer.

So back to the GenSeeker Project.

What if we found some retired couples or other small teams who were willing to get in a car and travel for the next 365 days to thousands of communities across North America to meet with the genealogists, historians, archivists, and librarians in each community? What if they were armed with smart phones and smart applications that helped them find the right people to meet with in every community, and set up meetings as they went? And what if they had a group of people at company headquarters who helped them plan, communicate, document and publish things they learned along the way?

What if all the expenses were paid for by FamilyLink, including food, fuel and accomodations, and the autos were furnished as well?

Would we want one team, or two, or more?

Should we start by experimenting with a single couple/team for a month or two and see how it works out? Or should we jump in whole hog and recruit 3-4 teams and set them loose on this year-long historical and genealogical information-gathering expedition?

This project is also in the idea stage, but it is likely that if I start finding some interested participants, that we could start an experiment like this, for a month or two, as early as August or September.

So send me an email (PAUL AT FAMILYLINK.COM) if this sounds interesting. Please put GENSEEKER in the subject line, and make sure you explain the skills that you and your companion or team would have that would convince us to choose you to represent us (FamilyLink/GenSeek/ in hundreds of meetings with local groups across the U.S. as you immerse yourself in an historical travel adventure.


This is our Saturday June 27th presentation. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

I Remember

You can Create Facebook Pages for Your Ancestors or Family With New Footnote Application

Footnote has created a new Facebook app that lets you create an “I Remember” Facebook page for someone, with photos and stories about the person. Others can add memories, too, by writing on the person's wall.
Go here to learn more and download the free I Remember app to your Facebook page.

Footnote is a subscription-based historical records site, but it also has free social networking features that let you create Footnote Pages about people, places or events.

You must be be a registered Footntoe member—but you don't have to subscribe—in order to create or add to a Footnote Page. You can search existing Footnote pages here.

Researching the Deep Web

Meta-Search Engines

Meta-search engines use the resources of many different search engines to gather the most results possible. Many of these will also eliminate duplicates and classify results to enhance your search experience.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Terabyte Hard Drives for under $400

Desktop Storage - Barracuda 7200.11
Award-winning Barracuda hard drives are the industry standard for computing applications ranging from mainstream, high-performance and gaming PCs to workstations and desktop RAID. Now with over 42 million PMR Seagate drives already shipped, the proven technology and components of the 11th generation Barracuda 7200-Series hard drive enables Seagate to deliver high-volume shipments of the 1TB drive with the highest levels of quality and reliability - essential in ensuring long drive life.

"Seagate is a valued and trusted supplier to Nor-Tech, and has always maintained the highest levels of field-proven reliability with consistent product delivery," said David Bollig, president of Nor-Tech. "We look forward to enhancing our portfolio of offerings using Seagate's new Barracuda drives that will offer even more choice and value for Nor-Tech's customers."

The Barracuda 7200.11 stands alone in performance among high-capacity desktop hard drives, with category-leading 105MB/s sustained transfer rate - the highest ever. And with a low power rating of 8 watts at idle, the Barracuda 7200.11 is not only energy-efficient, but also operates cooler, increasing reliability. Barracuda 7200.11 also delivers industry-leading acoustics, as low as 2.7 Bels, which is nearly undetectable by the human ear.

The Barracuda ES.2 and 7200.11 will begin shipping in volume during the third quarter. The 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 will be offered at an MSRP of $399.99.

1TB Hard Drives for Consumer and Video Applications Expand High Capacity Footprint Even Further
Seagate remains the only hard drive manufacturer dedicated to the digital entertainment, security and surveillance markets with hard drives built to specifically address these unique applications. Seagate will extend its offerings in this area from the new 1TB platform and will provide details as these new products become available.

Videocast: Seagate Reaches Terabyte Milestone
To view the videocast interview featuring Marc Jourlait, Seagate vice president Global Marketing, visit Seagate Terabyte Drives.

100 Genealogy Resources to Discover Your Ancestry

Research and discover your ancestry with these 100 tools to get you started building a family tree. Trace back as far as you can find and share your results with friends and family. Many of the forums in this list will also garner you a few new friends in the genealogy spectrum. Tracing your roots will give you insight into your family’s past and give you an edge in your own forensic education endeavors.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time

For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint -- from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores. Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions of news pages containing every story ever written. And it's our goal to help readers find all of them, from the smallest local weekly paper up to the largest national daily.

The problem is that most of these newspapers are not available online. We want to change that.

Last year Google launched an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives. Let's say you want to learn more about the landing on the Moon. Try a search for [Americans walk on moon] on Google News Archive Search, and you'll be able to find and read an original article from a 1969 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Collecting Old and Historic Newspapers

Yes! There are actually people who collect old and historic newspapers! Why would people want old newspapers? Actually, the hobby is quite fascinating. There are at least two myths that surround the hobby that need to be cleared up first.

First, non-collectors tend to think of say a hundred-year-old newspaper as being VERY rare and a "museum piece". This is NOT the case at all. In reality, often even an early 1800's ORIGINAL historic newspaper can be purchased for under $10. Why such a low value for something so old? Do you recall the economics theory of "supply and demand"? It applies with newspaper collecting too. There are MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of old and historic newspapers around for purchase -- and very few collectors. Don't get me wrong, however. There ARE some newspaper editions with values into the hundreds and a few in the thousands of dollars range in value. Read the Primer on Collecting to learn how values are established.

Second, non-collectors are under the impression that even a fifty year old newspaper would be brittle, very delicate, and highly yellowed. Actually, newspapers printed prior to the Custer massacre were printed on a special high grade paper called "rag linen". This paper was made from cloth and contained NO acid like "modern" newspapers. Since there is no acid in rag linen, they do not become brittle or delicate. Often, newspapers printed prior to 1876 seem almost like they came off the printing press yesterday.This is just one of the many History Buff collections you will find on this site. Here is the complete list with links to more "History Buff" history.

About HistoryBuff
Newspaper Collecting
Online Newspaper Archives
Newsletter Archives
Historic Panoramas
Reference Libraries
Primary Source Material
State Facts
Interactive Quizzes

Today's Front Pages Accross the Nation

Today's Front Pages
The Newseum displays daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form. Some front pages may contain material that is objectionable to some visitors. Viewer discretion is advised. There is an archive of events of historical importance but no ability to search for a specific date. You will need to save the pages you want to keep for your family history on the historic day of the event. We will review other searchable Newspaper website next.

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Standards Data Catalog Now Available!

26 Feb 2009 by Mark Ward
After an almost 4 year hiatus, we are proud to announce the publish of a new Standards data catalog for your use on Standard Finder. It incorporates many years of correction to the existing data which many of you have so diligently emailed us about, as well as expanded and new gazetteers for better global coverage. As always, it’s not perfect, but has made tremendous advancement. Please continue to send us your comments as our goal is to continually improve the data and increase the publish frequency to a quarterly basis moving forward.
Record Search Pilot
Standards Finder

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Think Genealogy Predictions for 2009

What awaits genealogy in 2009. In coming up with this list, I have no insider information. I simply looked at the information publically available and tried to determine what is possible or likely for the upcoming year.

So here is my list of 9 genealogy predictions for 2009:

1. Two more desktop genealogy applications will support source citation templates from Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained. Currently Legacy 7 and RootsMagic 4 support this. The other two might likely be Family Tree Maker and The Master Genealogist.
2. One major online database (Ancestry, WorldVitalRecords, FamilySearch, Footnote) will announce upcoming support for Evidence Explained source citations. Other sites will soon follow with their own announcements.
3. FamilySearch Research Wiki will grow to over 30,000 content pages (excluding talk and stub pages) by the end of the year. As of 28 December 2008, there were 12,573 content pages.
4. FamilySearch will announce a replacement for GEDCOM. GEDCOM will still be supported for many years as software will support it as well as the newer format. Reasons for the new format will be to better support source citations and media.
5. I hope I am wrong about this one, but with the current economic downturn we could see financial pressure force one of the more-recently-started genealogy companies to merge with or be acquired by another company. Worse case scenario, it could go bankrupt.
6. Many more genealogy societies will join the social networking site, Facebook, by adding a group page. Searching groups today for “genealogical society | genealogy society” (the pipe symbol “|” means “OR”) returns 80 results. I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of 2009 the total was over 200.
7. More genealogy applications will be available for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. Currently the iTunes App Store only lists three applications: MobileFamilyTree, FamViewer, and Shrubs. This last holiday season, the iPod Touch was a hot item. I wonder how many genealogists own one now.
8. Through blogs and podcasts, genealogists will hear more about the benefits of Web 3.0 (also called the Semantic Web) and how it applies to genealogy.
9. Genealogists are puzzle solvers when it comes to researching their family history, but do they play games? I expect to see a genealogy-related game released in 2009. It could be a casual game for Facebook or something more interactive for the Wii. How about a Mii Familii Trii? The game might teach research-related concepts (citation, transcription, etc) or (via GEDCOM import) put your ancestors in the game.

What's Comming Soon to

Look at all the history ahead. asked members what kind of historical content thy thought would add the most value to their membership. Thanks to all the feedback they received, they’ll be adding more than ever before to the world’s largest online collection of historical records in the coming years.

Learn about the U.S. and international collections to come by clicking here: Comming Soon

Monday, February 16, 2009

Navigating Research : Genealogical Proof Standard

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: At the Mesa Family History Expo 2008 held in November, Mark Tucker presented “Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard.” On February 27, he will be presenting it again at the 5th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2009. He is seeking feedback from those who attended the class in November as well as those who have viewed the presentation slides online:

Library of Congress Map Collections

The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form.

The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.

Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories. Because a map will be assigned to only one category, unless it is part of more than one core collection, searching Map Collections at this level will provide the most complete results since the indexes for all categories are searched simultaneously.

1914 County Maps

This is posted on RootsWeb and is from a book found while tearing down an old shed. There was no cover, and the last page was missing, which it is believed was Nevada and Washington. The maps are dated 1910-1914. That is why they are called 1914 maps, that's when it ended. The name at the top says Atlas of the World.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ancestor Cards for Children

Ancestor Cards for Children was a post I found on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog that I thought was a really great idea. Here is the blog comments:

Recently I've been mulling over how to present the genealogy I've done on our family so that it would grab my 9 year old grandson's attention. My good friend Illya of Genealogy Today suggested I use a baseball or hockey card format with one ancestor per card.

I loved the idea and created cards 6 cm x 9 cm. Each card features one ancestor's picture or a picture representing that ancestor. The back of each card has ancestor stats - their relationship to my grandchildren, date and place of birth, date and place of death, spouse's name, parents' names and a tiny blurb about that person (hopefully something unique or of interest to an 9 year old!)

After laminating the cards, I presented them to my grandson and granddaughter (who is 7) when they came for their annual summer week long holiday with us. They loved them and not only read every bit of information about each ancestor, they began figuring out who was the oldest ancestor.... who died at the oldest age... who died at the youngest age... which parents went with which ancestor.. and so on.

Then they decided to play a game, which we called simply "Ancestor Game". They each chose an ancestor card and played it, with whoever had the furthest back ancestor winning both cards. The next day they begged me to make more cards!! I now have 48 cards made for them with many more to go. To add even more interest I also created cards that were not direct ancestors, but had some small claim to fame or something historical or interesting to a child. Thank goodness for my Family Tree Maker Genealogy Program which tells me if a person is a 3rd cousin 5x removed or something else!We decided I should also make double cards wherever possible, that is, two cards for one ancestor but with different photos or representative pictures on each one. Then they can play "Go Fish for Ancestors".

It was a genealogist's dream come true - for 5 days they asked for "more ancestor stories please Grandma!" and "Can you make us more Ancestor Cards?" When their mom called to see how they were doing, the first words out of my grandson's mouth were "Mom, you won't believe about one of our ancestors!" and he proceeded to quote from the Ancestor Cards.

I thought I'd like to share this in case you are looking for something to capture your little one's interest, because it was fabulous and my grandchildren loved it!

(Howard says - go to the above link and find out how to make Ancestor Cards for Children and more about the games they can play).

How the Early Census was Counted

The first commercial data processing machines were punched card tabulating systems. Herman Hollerith (1860-1929) worked at the US Census Bureau during 1879-82. While there he began designing machines that could reduce the labor and time that would be required to process the data that would be collected in the 1890 Census. In 1884, Hollerith applied for his first patent. He proposed to store information in the form of holes punched through a strip of paper. "Holes punched in a strip of paper were sensed by pins or pointers making contact through the holes to a drum. The completion of an electric circuit through a hole advanced a counter on a dial." (G. D. Austrian, Herman Hollerith: Forgotten Giant of Information Processing, 1982, p. 23)

Hollerith switched to punched cards in 1886 and obtained a second patent in 1887. Punched paper cards had previously been used to program silk looms and difference engines. (James Essinger, Jacquard's, 2004) The photograph below shows one of several models of c. 1800 punched card silk looms in the Musée des Tissus in Lyon, France. Also, punched paper rolls had been used in player pianos. The Hollerith Electric Tabulating System consisted of punching, reading, sorting, and tabulating machines.
Early Hollerith Tabulating Machines and Card Readers

The tabulator was a counting machine. It kept a running count of the number of cards with a hole punched in a particular position. It had 40 counters and hence could simultaneously count the number of cards with holes punched in up to 40 positions. An experienced operator could tabulate 50 to 80 cards a minute. There was no printer. The results of a tabulation had read on the counter dials and written down by hand.

Check this site out to see a lot more early office machines and how the census was taken. The 1940 census due to be released in 2012 will be the first one I will be on as a child! Howard.

Countdown to Monday, April 2, 2012

For many genealogists, the countdown to access the 1940 Census has already begun.
There are ???? days remaining until Monday, April 2, 2012. Click on the link above and find out exactly how many days remain.

The official date for the 1940 Census was April 1st, but since that day will fall on a Sunday in 2012, it is unclear whether reseachers will have weekend access to film at the National Archives or will instead need to wait until Monday to satisfy their genealogical curiosity. (No — this isn't an April Fools joke, you can check your calendar)
The following questions were those included on the Population Schedule for the 1940 Census.

The header of each Population Schedule reads "Department of Commerce — Bureau of the Census, Sixteenth Census of the United States: 1940" and includes fields for State, County, Incorporated place, Township or other division or county, Ward of city, Block Nos., Unincorporated place, Institution, Supervisor District Number (S.D. No.), Enumeration District Number (E.D. No.), date of ectual enumeration, name of enumerator, and sheet number.

1. LOCATION: Street, avenue, road, etc.
2. LOCATION: House number (in cities and towns)
3. HOUSEHOLD DATA: Number of household in order of visitation
4. HOUSEHOLD DATA: Home owned (O) or rented (R)
5. HOUSEHOLD DATA: Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented
6. HOUSEHOLD DATA: Does this household live on a farm? (Yes or No)
7. NAME: Name of each person whose usual place of residence on April 1, 1940, was in this household.
8. RELATION: Relationship of this person to the head of the household, as wife, daughter, father, mother-in-law, grandson, lodger, lodger's wife, servant, hired hand, etc.
9. PERSONAL DESCRIPTION: Sex — Male (M), Female (F)
11. PERSONAL DESCRIPTION: Age at last birthday
12. PERSONAL DESCRIPTION: Marital status — Single (S), Married (M), Widowed (Wd), Divorced (D)
13. EDUCATION: Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940 (Yes or No)
14. EDUCATION: Highest grade of school completed
15. PLACE OF BIRTH: If born in the United States, give State, Territory, or possession. If foreign born, give country in which birthplace was situated on January 1, 1937. Distinguish Canada-French from Canada-English and Irish Free State (Eire) from Northern Ireland.
16. CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship of the foreign born
17. RESIDENCE APRIL 1, 1935: City, town, or village having 2,500 or more inhabitants. Enter "R" for all other places
18. RESIDENCE APRIL 1, 1935: County
19. RESIDENCE APRIL 1, 1935: State (or Territory or foreign country
20. RESIDENCE APRIL 1, 1935: On a farm? (Yes or No)
21. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Govt. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No)
22. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No)
24. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No)
25. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H) in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (O)
26. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940
27. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Duration of unemploymen up to March 30, 1940 - in weeks
28. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work
29. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Industry: Industry of business
31. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks)
32. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: INCOME IN 1939: Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions)
33. PERSONS 14 YEARS OLD AND OVER — EMPLOYMENT STATUS: INCOME IN 1939: Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No)
34. Number of Farm Schedule

Census Records
Each 1940 Population Schedule has 40 numbered lines (numbered along both the left and right edges of the form). There is a list of SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS, which would be asked of those individuals recorded usually on Lines 14 and 29 (although other lines were also designated for such use and was presumably to ensure a random sampling).
The Supplementary Questions were as follows:

35. NAME
38. MOTHER TONGUE (OR NATIVE LANGUAGE): Language spoken in home in earliest childhood
39. VETERANS: Is this person a veteran of the United States military forces; or the wife, widow, or under-18-year-old child of a veteran? If so, enter "Yes"
40. VETERANS: If child, is veteran-father dead (Yes or No)
41. VETERANS: War or military service
42. SOCIAL SECURITY: Does this person have a Federal Social Security Number? (Yes or No)
43. SOCIAL SECURITY: Were deductions for Federal Old-Age Insurance or Railroad Retirement made from this person's wages or salary in 1939? (Yes or No)
44. SOCIAL SECURITY: If so, were deductions made from (1) all, (2) one-half or more, (3) part, but less than half, of wages or salary?
47. Usual class of worker
48. FOR ALL WOMEN WHO ARE OR HAVE BEEN MARRIED: Has this woman been married more than once? (Yes or No)
49. FOR ALL WOMEN WHO ARE OR HAVE BEEN MARRIED: Age at first marriage?
50. FOR ALL WOMEN WHO ARE OR HAVE BEEN MARRIED: Number of children ever born (Do not include stillbirths)

2009 BYU Conference on Computerized Family History & Genealogy

March 13-14, 2009

Canadian Records and Research Online
Southern European Research Online
What’s New on
Fun Family History Websites You May Have Missed
Know Your Ancestor’s Locality
Using a TiddlyWiki for Organizing Genealogical Research
Keynote Presentation - Susan Easton Black
O Canada! Canadian Research and Resources on the Web
Genealogy & Family History – The Perfect Social Media
The Life of a Digital Record
Electronic Resources for Solving United States Problems
Too Many with the Same Name
Genealogy Hacks: Tricks to Crack Seven Top Genealogy Web Sites
Online Family Trees: Billions of Names at Your Fingertips
The National Archives Web Site: A Guide for Genealogists
Read All About It – A Guide to Newspapers Online
Can You Hear Me Now? – Voice Recognition Software and Genealogy
Beyond Ancestry – Overlooked and Underused Subscription Sites
My Ancestor on eBay®?
Loretta Internet Sources for the Midwestern States
Digital Photography for the Genealogist REPEAT
Digital Photography for the Genealogist
Keeping Your PAF Data in Sync with
Database Mining: Exciting New Techniques for Disc. Your Family History
Forensic Genealogy –CSI Meets Roots
You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again!
Family History Archive: Strategic Overview
Using Your Digital Camera to Copy Records
Comparing online alternatives for census searches for England and Wales
Exploring the English National Archives online
Smart Matching Technology
Family Tree Builder 3.0
Comparing Genealogy Database Programs: Certified Affiliates of FamilySearch
Generation Maps
Data Recovery from Corrupted/Damaged Floppy Disks and Thumb Drives
No Experience Needed: Beginner’s Guide to FREE Family History Websites
German/Internet: Town Genealogies and Parish Indexes
Internet Sources for Locating Your 19th Century German Emigrant
England Jurisdictions Project
Tracing Your English Ancestors on the Web
Celtic Fringe: Internet Resources for Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
Beyond Database Software
Making Sense of the Census
Demystifying Microsoft® Excel
Humor, Drama, Suspense: Capture it all with Microsoft® PowerPoint
Putting it all Together with MSWord2007
Using Google Books for Genealogy Research
Google News Archives and Google Alerts
Google Images, Video and Other Tools for Genealogists
Introduction to Google for Genealogists
The Future is Change: New and Emerging Products and Technologies
What’s New in Family History Technology
Tips for using the Internet more effectively
Family Websites: What They Are and How You Can Use Them
Electronic Publishing: for electronic and paper venues
Blogs, Wikis, & Social Networking: What they are and Why they’re for Genealogists
How to find and how to use vital records online
Online Tools to Create, Improve and Publish Your Family History
Research Logs 2.0 Go digital with research logs using MS OneNote
You Need a Search Strategy (limitations & keys to databases)
Digitized German Records: On-line and on disc
Genealogy Jeopardy: Technology Edition
Cemetery Research Online: Pitfalls and Promises
50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites
Genealogy Data Online: A Report Card
Naturalization Records Online
Library and Society Collections Online!
Using DNA to Solve Genealogical Mysteries: A Case Study
Family History Library Desktop – A Gold Mine of Data
Film Your Family History!
Accessing Books via the Internet
Disasters Happen! – Data Protection & Recovery
How Genealogy Software Programs Handle Source Citations
Citations Made Easy
Technology and Land & Property Records
Creating Your Own Digital Archive
Freeware and Shareware for Family History
A Comprehensive Guide to Online Military Records
Harnessing the Power of DNA: DNA Methodologies
FamilyInsight: Making the FamilySearch Transition Easy
4 Simple Steps – Your life story in book form

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Family History Library Cataloge 2.0

GenSeek - Family History Catalogue 2.0 - FamilyLink is an upcoming FamilyLink website. Paul Allen recently mentioned the site in several tweets. Geneablogger Mark Tucker guessed that it might the website for the Family History Catalogue 2.0 that had been mentioned in the past, and Paul Allen commented on his blog post to confirm that.

Googling and Guessing

There is a bit more information in some of Paul Allen's tweets, and there is a job posting on the new corporate site for Chief Genealogy Officer for

Paul Allen seemed unwilling to reveal more. That's understandable for a work in progress, but it is amazing how much a little bit of investigative journalism, nothing more than some googling and guessing, will uncover.

Public Information

There is a lot that is public already. If you follow me on twitter, or read Mark Tucker's blog post, you will have noticed my question about Let's start with that.