Family History Month Day 17 – Visit AfriGeneas


AfriGeneas OnGenealogy Family History Month

On Day 17 of Family History Month 2017, visit AfriGeneas and see what they have to offer!

AfriGeneas is a free website for anyone with African ancestry to help them find the resources they need for their family history research. Many of the collections are uploaded by volunteers and you’ll need to register with AfriGeneas if you want to volunteer and upload files. AfriGeneas also has message boards/forums for exchanging information.

Some collections you can explore at AfriGeneas include:

AfriGeneas Slave Data


AfriGeneas Searchable Surnames

State Resources at AfriGeneas

Country resources at AfriGeneas

And don’t forget to follow AfriGeneas on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Best in your searches whether they’re fee or free!



October 16, 2017 |

Family History Month – Day 16 Sign up for the Worldwide Indexing Event!


Get ready for the Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22!


Family History research can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.


Needle in a haystack Family History Month



Indexing creates a digital, searchable record of an older historical record, and is like tying a ribbon to that needle in the haystack, allowing it to be found with ease.

Tying a ribbon to a needle is like indexing


The Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22 is a great time to give back to the family history community.

I once heard an indexer explain what motivated him. He was indexing records for children in an asylum.

They were called “inmates.”


He had this visual image of a child behind prison bars, unable to find his or her family. Even if someone knew to look for these children, finding the right record source would be like searching for a needle in a haystack. He realized that every name he indexed was like tying a ribbon to one of these needles.

By donating a bit of time to type old records into computer fields and make them searchable online, we help family find their kin. Images are great, but indexes make searching the images or scans much faster and simpler. How many people will patiently flip through images, like the one below, hoping to see a family name? Diehard researchers will do this but indexing opens family history work to the masses because it simplifies the task.

I’ve been indexing some birth records and I came to one page where a lot of the given names were missing.

Indexing birth records

I saw one set of children was listed as “Twins” but the male twin was unnamed.


I went to MyHeritage and looked up the female twin, “Helga M. Carlson,” in the census.



There is no male twin for Helga in the census record so I assume the male twin died. If you went off the census records alone, you wouldn’t know the story of this family included this lost child.

Most people use censuses because they give us a glimpse of the family. But if a child dies before their first census, the family picture we assemble from the census is unwittingly incomplete. Indexing other primary records helps people more thoroughly create a portrait of their families.


Worldwide Indexing Event

When we’re indexing, if the records are hard to read (pictured above), we can either select a new project or use the “Project Helps” for clues to guide us. In the batch above, I couldn’t read the writing even after I’d adjusted the contrast and brightness, so I sent this batch back.

In selecting a project, my rules of thumb are:

1) Can I see the writing?

2) Can I read the writing?

3) Can I make educated guesses?

If I can see and read the writing, I scan the whole page to get an idea how the record taker wrote certain letters, so I can make educated guesses where the handwriting slurs. Anything we index will be reviewed by another indexer so we’re not the final arbiter of the spelling of a name, which gives me some peace of mind.

I was doing a batch of records from Michigan (below) and couldn’t decipher the residences. (And I have family from Michigan and know a lot of the place names there.) I could make out “Twp” for Township so I Googled “Townships in Michigan” and found a Wikipedia article with a list of townships. I went to the C’s and then the M’s and found the townships I needed: “Chocolay” and “Michigamme.”

Web Indexing example




To join the Worldwide Indexing Event, go to and you can look for an Indexing Project by Country



Find an indexing project by country




Or by Project Type, Project Name, or Project Language.





Find an indexing project by type or language



One popular project is the Freedmen’s Bureau Project. These are records of “freedmen, slaves, refugees, and others” being assisted by the US Freedmen’s Bureau shortly after the U.S. Civil War. These will be some of the first records ever created for some African Americans and is a vital project to help families find their ancestors.

If you want to get better at searching online records, join the indexing effort. You’ll experience the flip side of the problem and will gain new insights into how to search for an ancestor. Best in your research!




October 15, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 14 – OpenArchives for Netherlands research


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On Day 14 of Family History Month, check out OpenArchives for Netherlands research.  The Netherlands has an open data policy and most government records are free to access. OpenArchives is a newer company that has built a very user-friendly system for searching Dutch family history records.

OpenArchives Family History Month OnGenealogy



OpenArchives searches are free and may link to free scans.

OpenArchives also has subscription offerings allowing users to download records as PDF files, GEDCOM files, CSV files, or XLS files. Subscribers also enjoy the benefit of the system’s automatic searches for related family members and children of any primary search you enter.

See the OnGenealogy listing for searchable collections available at OpenArchives.

OpenArchives receives data from the following archives:

  • AlleFriezen

  • AlleGroningers

  • Amsterdam City Archives

  • Archive Delft

  • Brabant Historical Information Centre

  • City archive Breda

  • City archive Deventer

  • City Archives Enschede

  • City Archives Rotterdam

  • Drenthe Archive

  • Dutch Institute for Military History

  • Eemland Archive

  • Gelders Archive

  • Heritage Achterhoek and Liemers

  • Heritage Leiden and environs

  • Historic Centre Leeuwarden

  • Historical Center Overijssel

  • Municipal Archive Borsele

  • Municipal archive Ede

  • Municipal Archive Goes

  • Municipal Archive the Hague

  • Municipal archive Hengelo

  • Municipal Archive Kerkrade

  • Municipal Archive North Beveland

  • Municipal archive Roermond

  • Municipal archive Schiedam

  • Municipal archive Schouwen-Duiveland

  • Municipal Archive Tholen

  • Municipal archive Venray

  • Municipal archive Wassenaar

  • Municipal archive Zaanstad

  • Municipal archive Zeist

  • Municipal archives of Venlo

  • Municipality Lisse

  • Municipality Steenwijkerland

  • National Archives

  • National Archives / Archives South Holland

  • Nieuw Land Heritage

  • North Holland Archives

  • Regional Archive Alkmaar

  • Regional Archive Langstraat Heusden Altena

  • Regional archive of Zutphen

  • Regional Archive Tilburg

  • Regional Archives Dordrecht

  • Regional Archives Nijmegen

  • Regional Archives Rijnlands Midden

  • Regional Archives Rivierenland

  • Regional Historic Center Limburg

  • Regional Historic Centre Eindhoven

  • Regional History Center Vecht and Venen

  • Rijckheyt, center for regional history

  • Tresoar

  • The Utrecht Archives

  • Waterlands Archive

  • West-Brabant Archive

  • Westfries Archief

  • Zeeland Archives

Follow OpenArchives on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for their most recent offerings. OpenArchives is owned by Coret Genealogie and you can check out their other genealogy sites including online tree building and resource guides. Best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free!


October 14, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 10 – Use ArchiveGrid to find Collections


ArchiveGrid OnGenealogy Family History Month


ArchiveGrid is a free, online resource for finding archival materials worldwide, primarily manuscript collections, historical documents, personal papers, and family histories.


They have over 5 million records contributed by more than 1,000 libraries and archives. “ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies.”

ArchiveGrid for Genealogy

Useful searches include:

  • surname

  • location

  • topic (genealogies, history, land, deeds, maps, wills, etc.)

Search results will show descriptions of the items and links to similar collections.

If you didn’t inherit the family bible and papers, someone else did. And maybe they donated them to an archive or historical society. It’s worth a shot to check ArchiveGrid. Best in your searches! #FamilyHistoryMonth




October 10, 2017 |

Internet Archive for Genealogy


Family History Month OnGenealogy Internet Archive


On Day 9 of Family History Month, go see what’s new at Internet Archive.


Internet Archive ( NOT to be confused with the subscription genealogy site, is a great free resource for genealogy and family history. It’s a “non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”

Internet Archive for Genealogy

The Internet Archive library offers over 10 million fully digitized books and texts. And the OpenLibrary has over 300,000 modern eBooks that can be downloaded. *If you’re going to type in the url instead of hitting a link, remember it’s “archive.ORG”.

  • You can Search by Collection, if you know a particular library, say Brigham Young University Library or the Allen County Public Library, has great genealogical holdings. There are over 4,000 collections so unless you’re going for something specific, you might not want to limit your search this way.

  • They have a specific collection: Genealogy, that pulls resources from several different institutions.

  • You can look at the Microfilm Collection within the Genealogy collection.

  • They have almost 3,000 Compiled histories/Family Genealogies in their Family Genealogy Collection.

  • The Wayback Machine has over 510 billion pages of archive internet websites if you try to find a site that’s down-look up the URL in the Wayback Machine and you might find what you need. Note: some websites specifically prohibit crawling and won’t be archived here.

I like to do repeat searches for county and town histories, genealogies, and surnames at Internet Archive. They are continually growing their collection so it pays to search their site every few months. Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free! Save



October 9, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth – On Day 7 Discover IntoThePast


Family History Month IntothePast for European records

IntoThePast is a site in development that was introduced at RootsTech 2017 (the largest genealogy and family history convention in the world).

IntoThePast will specialize in hosting European records, primarily archival handwritten records, that have been digitized and made searchable with their proprietary Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology, SearchInk.

IntoThePast with SearchInk











“ is an online meta-search engine that allows users to search for parish records with a focus on European records. is powered by the SearchInk Handwritten Text Recognition technology.”

IntoThePast will be the website where archival materials are hosted and presented to the public for searching. SearchInk is the technology that converts handwritten text to searchable content. ARQI is the company that negotiates with archives to digitize their materials. And Qidenus Technologies is the parent company that has developed the patented products for book digitization.

IntoThePast will offer subscription services and it remains to be seen if they’ll offer a level of free service. It’s definitely a site worth watching if you have European ancestry!

IntoThePast join their launch listFollow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and go to their website and join the launch list to enjoy 6 months of free premium membership.

October 7, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth – On Day 6 try Storyboard That


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On Day 6 of #FamilyHistoryMonth try the free version of Storyboard That, a site that allows you to create storyboards and comic strips online.

This would be a fun way to illustrate or tell a personal history.

I’m using it to create comic strip versions of my children’s daily lives. My kids aren’t inclined to journal so I have them draw at least one picture a week of something funny or embarrassing that happened. Now I can take their drawings and put them into digital comic strips that we can enjoy forever.

Here’s one I made from my own daily life:

A Storyboard That at OnGenealogy
I asked my son to get rid of the garbage in his room so he threw out items that were sentimental to me.

Panel 1: “Your room is a wreck. Here are some garbage bags. Throw away anything you don’t care about.”

Panel 2: Two hours later. “I’m done.”

Panel 3: Thrown away: his baby book, all K-6 artwork, anything sentimental.

Storyboard That’s award-winning, browser based Storyboard Creator is the perfect tool to create storyboards, graphic organizers, comics, and powerful visual assets for use in an education, business, or personal setting. The application includes many layouts, and hundreds of characters, scenes, and search items. Once a storyboard is created, the user can present via PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Apple Keynote, or they can email the storyboard, post to social media, or embed on a blog. Storyboards are stored in the users’ account for access anywhere, from any device, no download needed. Storyboard That helps anyone be creative and add a visual component to any and every idea.”

I want to try writing my own personal history through storyboards. I think this will make it more fun for me to write and more enjoyable for others to read someday.

experimenting-with-a-family-recipePanel 1: “Do you want my opinion on the brown sugar on the bottom of the banana bread?”

Panel 2: “Sure!”

Panel 3: “It’s a nightmare. And that’s being generous. I’m going to amputate the bottom.”


Storyboard That has several pricing options, including a free option with a watermark on your finished product. Other options include a Personal plan, an Educational plan for schools and teachers, and a Business plan.

I started with the free option, but I liked it so much and didn’t want the watermark on my comics, so I went with their Personal plan. Storyboard That’s Personal plan permits light usage for books and blogs. (It may be necessary to purchase a business plan for serious publishing endeavors-refer to their Terms of Use and Storyboard Copyright). They’re currently offering a sale on their Personal Plan, $19.99/quarter or  $59.99/year. They appear to have very generous terms for month-to-month usage and cancellation. (I’m not affiliated with them; I just love their product.)

Storyboard That has many language options. If you don’t see the language option at the top of the page, scroll to the bottom where you’ll see “Prefer a different language?” in a dark blue header and select the language of your choice.

Check out Storyboard That tutorials on YouTube or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google+ for the latest news and offers. And best in your choices whether they’re fee or free!


October 5, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth – check out FamilySearch!


Family History Month Day 1

October is Family History Month in the U.S. and OnGenealogy will celebrate the month by spotlighting a different genealogy website each day!


On Day 1 take a look at and all it has to offer.









FamilySearch is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free for everyone to use.

Things to do at FamilySearch:
































































Enjoy #FamilyHistoryMonth and best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

October 1, 2017 |

Fee and Free Genealogy Stuff the week of August 7th



Follow the OnGenealogy blog for fee and free genealogy deals.


Fee items that are currently on sale include:


DNA tests:

AncestryDNA sale

  • AncestryDNA, now through August 15th, AncestryDNA tests are $69, marked down $30 from their regular price of $99, not including taxes or shipping








FamilyTreeDNA sale

  • FamilyTree DNA, now through August 31st, FamilyTree DNA is offering 20% or more off  various DNA tests








MyHeritageDNA sale

  • MyHeritage DNA, now through August 10th, MyHeritage DNA tests are $69, marked down $30 from their regular price of $99, not including taxes or shipping, order two kits for half price shipping, order three or more kits for free shipping






Printable family trees:

GedTree 25 percent off sale on printable family trees















Free genealogy stuff this week includes:


Printable trees:

GedTree free downloads of xDNA charts

  • GedTree is celebrating their recent launch with free downloads of male and female xDNA inheritance charts. These charts will show which lines the xDNA can be inherited through-it’s not necessary to have done any DNA test prior to downloading this chart. Also, Ancestry and MyHeritage currently sell only the autosomal DNA tests (atDNA), which test inheritance from all lines. If you’ve tested autosomal DNA (atDNA) only, this is still a worthwhile chart to download as a reference if later
    you test to trace certain family lines. This chart links to a blog from Blaine Bettinger, explaining xDNA inheritance.



TreeSeek free printable family trees

  • TreeSeek offers free downloads of printable family trees












Books:Blaine Bettinger Intro to DNA Crash Course free download book













Free Handouts:

Free online newspaper handout from the ancestor hunt kenneth marks











New free, online Records and Databases:

FamilySearch new free records online






Indiana Genealogical Society IndianaAncestors free records online

  •, the website for the Indiana Genealogical Society, has new free databases online for Jasper County, Lawrence County, Morgan County, and Washington County









Netherlands OpenArch Open Archives new free records

  • OpenArchives in the Netherlands has added 1921 Indexes to population registers by the Dutch government in Suriname and records of Indigenous East Indian Officers of the Dutch-Indian government










Free Genealogy Webinars:

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars





Free FamilySearch webinars August 2017



Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

August 6, 2017 |

Free Genealogy Stuff the week of July 10th



Keep following the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals.

Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:


Free Revolutionary War records access at Fold3Fold3 Free Revolutionary War Collection records access through July 15th (don’t provide a credit card number for free access)

“Explore millions of American Revolutionary War documents that are found nowhere else on the Internet. Discover details about individual soldiers, read letters penned by the Founding Fathers, view documents from The Continental Congress and more.”








Free Ukrainian birth records database

Free Ukrainian birth records database, 1650-1920 This site is new and has plans to remain free to the public. It’s in Ukrainian with some Google Translate options. The Euromaidan Press has a great article about this new offering.











Free Genealogy Webinars

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars at







Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

July 10, 2017 |

The Archives of Poland and where to find Online Genealogy Records for Poland


The tables below show the Archives of Poland and where to find Online Genealogy Records for Poland with collections originating from each archive. Be sure to look at the archive itself because many of the archives host their own unique collections in addition to records they permit others to host.

This was such a large table I had to post pdfs of the table here, but this link will take you to the spreadsheet itself and all the archives link to their official website and each secondary record provider links to that site through the column title or a checkmark in the column beneath the title.

Understanding the Table Columns

  • The first column lists the National Archives of Poland, then the state archives of Poland in alphabetical order with their related branch archive(s).

  • The second column lists the territorial scope of each archive by provinces covered.

  • The remaining columns identify places, other than the archive itself, where you can find images, indexes, or transcriptions of collections. These websites include:

    • Search the Archives – the official online database for free images of records from all Polish archives (many images pending online publication

    • GenBaza – free, digitized images from several Polish archives, needs free registration to see some scans

    • Geneteka – free, digitized images and some vital record indexes from state and church archives, hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society in Poland

    • JRI-Poland – English site with primarily Jewish records in Poland but not exclusively Jewish, requires free registration

    • AGAD – the official search site for the Central Archives of Historical Records in Poland, free, online images

    • Gesher Galicia – transcribed records for the Galicia region of Poland in southeastern Poland and western Ukraine

    • – the new online search system, AtOM (Access to Memory), from the State Archives in Wroclaw for hosting collections online, a few thousand images currently

    • Lubgens – a free site for indexes of birth, marriage, and death records from the Lublin region of Poland, more than 630 parishes

    • Genealogy in the Archives – a free site initiated by the State Archives in Toruń and Bydgoszcz for images and indexes of vital records and parish records from Kuyavian-Pomerania, Pomerania, Western Pomerania, and Masovia in central and northwestern Poland

    • Poznan Project – a free index of marriages from the 1800s in the Poznan province (formerly Prussia), now Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomerania

    • BaSIA – free indexes of parish and civil registers from Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomerania provided by volunteers and Wielkopolska Genealogical Society (WTG)

    • PomGenBase – free indexes of birth, marriage, and death records for the Pomeranian region provided by volunteers and the Pomeranian Genealogical Association

    • Szpejankoskiches and Szpejenkowskis – a family surname site with free records and information for the provinces of Masovia, Kuyavian-Pomerania, and Warmia-Masuria (where their family lived)

    • Podlaska Digital Library – a digital image site for Podlaski Lublin and that general region of Poland

    • Upper Silesian Genealogical Society – free images and some indexes of vital records including civil registers and church records (Catholic, Evangelical, and Jewish) in Upper Silesia

    • Silesian Digital Library – free site hosted by the State Archives of Katowice with images and indexes, including online scans of birth records


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June 4, 2017 |

Poland Archives and Free Polish Genealogy Records Online – Chart

National Archives of Poland territorial scope of each state archive

Here’s a chart listing Polish archives, provinces or voivodeships (Polish: województwo), and free, online Polish genealogy records in each locale.

The chart has five columns:

  • Polish Archives

  • Polish provinces where each archive has any territorial coverage

  • a ✓ if provides free image scans online in that area*

  • a ✓ if GenBaza provides free image scans online in that area*

  • a ✓ if Geneteka (the Polish Genealogical Society) provides free indexes online in that area*

This National Archives site has a general inventory of holdings at each archive and branch (copy and paste to for translation helps)

This is a map from the National Archives of Poland showing the territorial scope of each state archive (by shaded colors) with the provinces outlined in red.


National Archives of Poland territorial scope of each state archive



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This is a map with each Province/Voivodeship (Polish: województwo) in Poland. As you use the table below, if you’re not familiar with locations in Poland, this map will help you quickly find the province, then you can refer to the archive map to locate the archive.



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Region of Poland Archives in Poland
Free images
Free images
Free indexes
Central Archives of Historical Records
(Polish: Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych)
Ul. 7 long
00-263 Warsaw, Poland
48 22 831 54 91
All Poland  ✓
National Digital Archive
(Polish: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe)
02-103 Warsaw
ul. Hankiewicza 1
All Poland
Central Archives of Modern Records
(Polish: Archiwum Akt Nowych)
Street. Hankiewicza 1
02-103, Warszawa
tel: (022) 58-93-118
All Poland  ✓
State Archive in Bialystok
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Białymstoku)
ul. Market Kosciuszko 4
15-426 Bialystok
tel: (85) 743 56 03
Podlaskie (Województwo Podlaskie), a little in Masovia
    Branch in Lomza
(Polish: Oddział w Łomży)
Podlaskie (Województwo Podlaskie)  ✓
State Archive in Bydgoszcz
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Bydgoszczy)
85-009 Bydgoszcz
ul. Dworcowa 65
tel: +48 (52) 401 33 95
Kuyavian-Pomerania (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie), some in Pomerania and Greater Poland
     Branch in Inowrocław
(Polish: Oddział w Inowrocławiu)
Kuyavian-Pomerania (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie), some in Greater Poland  ✓
National Archives in Częstochowa
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Częstochowie)
42-200 Częstochowa
ul. Rejtana 13
tel: (34) 3638231
Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie), some in Świetokrzyskie, Łódz, and Opole  ✓
State Archives in Elbląg with the Seat in Malbork
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Elblągu z siedzibą w Malborku)
Pomerania (Województwo Pomorskie), some in Warmia-Masuria, Kuyavian-Pomerania  ✓
State Archive in Gdansk
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Gdańsku)
80-858 Gdańsk
PO Box 401
Street. Wałowa 5
tel: 48 (58) 301 74 63
Pomerania (Województwo Pomorskie)
     Gdynia Branch
(Polish: Oddział w Gdyni)
Pomerania (Województwo Pomorskie)  ✓
State Archive in Gorzow Wielkopolski
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Gorzowie Wielkopolskim)
66-400 Gorzow Wielkopolski
ul. Moscicki 7
(95) 783-53-21
Lubusz (Województwo Lubuskie), some in Greater Poland  ✓
State Archive in Kalisz
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Kaliszu)
Street. Ponańska 207
62-800 Kalisz
tel: +48 062 767 10 22
Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie), some in Łódz, Lower Silesia
State Archive in Katowice
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach)
ul. Józefowska 104
40-145 Katowice
tel: (32) 208-78-01
Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie), Lesser Poland  ✓
     Branch in Bielsko-Biala

(Polish: Oddział w Bielsku-Białej)

Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
     Branch in Cieszyn

(Polish: Oddział w Cieszynie)

Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
     Branch in Gliwice
(Polish: Oddział w Gliwicach)
Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
     Branch Pszczyna
(Polish: Oddział w Pszczynie)
Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)
     Branch in Raciborz
(Polish: Oddział w Raciborzu)
Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
State Archive in Kielce
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach)
ul. J. Kusocińskiego 57
25-045 Kielce
tel: 41 53  260 11
Świętokrzyskie (Woejwództwo Swietokrzyskie), some in Lesser Poland, Lublin, and Subcarpathia  ✓  ✓
      Branch in Sandomierz
(Polish: Oddział w Sandomierzu)
Świętokrzyskie (Woejwództwo Swietokrzyskie), some in Subcarpathia and Lublin  ✓  ✓
State Archive in Koszalin
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Koszalinie)
ul. Maria Sklodowska – Curie 2
75-803 Koszalin
tel: 94 317 03 60
Western Pomerania (Woejwództwo Zachodnio-pomorskie) and Pomerania  ✓
     Branch in Slupsk
(Polish: Oddział w Słupsku)
Pomerania (Woejwództwo Pomorskie) and possibly Western Pomerania  ✓
      Branch Szczecinek
(Polish: Oddział w Szczecinku)
Western Pomerania (Woejwództwo Zachodnio-pomorskie) and possibly Pomerania  ✓
National Archives in Krakow
(Polish: Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie)
ul. Sienna 16
30-960 Krakow
tel: 48 (12) 422 40 94
Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie), some in Subcarpathia
      Branch in Bochnia
(Polish: Oddział w Bochni)
Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie)
      Branch in Nowy Sacz
(Polish: Oddział w Nowym Sączu)
Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie)
      Branch in Tarnów
(Polish: Oddział w Tarnowie)
Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie), some in Subcarpathia
      Branch of Nowy Targ
(Ekspozytura w Nowym Targu)
Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie)
      Branch of the Spytkowice
(Ekspozytura w Spytkowicach)
Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie) and possibly Silesia
State Archives in Leszno
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Lesznie)
Street. Solskiego 71
64-100 Leszno
tel: (065) 526 97 19
Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie) and Lubusz and Lower Silesia  ✓
State Archives in Lublin
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Lublinie)
ul.Jesuit 13, 20-950 Lublin
tel: (81) 528 61 40
Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie)  ✓
      Branch in Chelm
(Polish: Oddział w Chełmie)
Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie) and Masovia  ✓
      Branch Kraśnik
(Polish: Oddział w Kraśniku)
Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie)  ✓
      Branch in Radzyń Podlaski
(Polish: Oddział w Radzyniu Podlaskim)
Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie) and possibly Masovia
State Archive in Lodz
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi)
pl. Freedom 1
91-415 Lodz
tel: (42) 632 62 01
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)  ✓
      Branch in Sieradz
(Polish: Oddział w Sieradzu)
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)
State Archive in Olsztyn
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Olsztynie)
ul. Part Y Zantów 18
10 521 Olsztyn
tel: (89) 527 60 96
Warmia-Masurian (Województwo Warmińsko-Mazurskie)  ✓
State Archives in Opole
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Opolu)
ul. Castle 2
45 016 Opole
tel: (77) 454 40 75
Opole (Województwo Opolskie)  ✓
State Archive in Piotrkow
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim)
ul. 4 Toruń
97 300 Piotrkow Trybunalski
tel: 44 649 69 71
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie), some in Śwletokrzyskie
     Branch in Tomaszów Mazowiecki
(Polish: Oddział w Tomaszowie Mazowieckim)
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)  ✓
State Archive in Plock
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Płocku)
ul. Casimir the Great 9b
09-400 Plock
Masovia (Województwo Mazowieckie), some in Łódź and Greater Poland
      Branch in Kutno
(Polish: Oddział w Kutnie)
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie), small portion in Greater Poland
      Branch in Łęczyca
(Polish: Oddział w Łęczycy)
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)  ✓
State Archive in Poznan
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Poznaniu)
ul. 23 February 41/43
60-967 Poznan
Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie), small portion in Western Pomerania and Łódź  ✓
     Branch in Gniezno
(Polish: Oddział w Gnieźnie)
Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie)
     Branch in Konin
(Polish: Oddział w Koninie)
Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie), small portion in Łódź  ✓
     Branch Pila
(Polish: Oddział w Pile)
Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie) possibly Western Pomerania
State Archive in Przemysl
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Przemyślu)
ul. Lelewela 4
37-700 Przemysl
tel: (016) 670 35 38
Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie)
State Archive in Radom
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu)
ul. Werner 7
26-600 Radom
tel: (48) 377 90 50
Masovia (Województwo Mazowieckie), small portions in Łódź, Śwletokrzyskie  ✓
State Archive in Rzeszów
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie)
ul. Varna 57
35 612 Rzeszow
tel: (0-17) 230 48 08Podkarpackie / Subcarpathian
Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie), small portion in Lesser Poland  ✓
      Sanok Branch
(Polish: Oddział w Sanoku)
Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie), possibly Lesser Poland  ✓
State Archive in Siedlce
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Siedlcach)
ul. Kosciuszko 7
08-110 Siedlce
tel: (0-25) 63 225 74
Masovia (Województwo Mazowieckie), small portion in Podlaskie and Lublin
State Archive in Suwalki
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Suwałkach)
ul. T. Kościuszki 69
16-400 Suwalki
tel: 566 87 21 67
Podlaskie (Województwo Podlaskie) and Warmia-Masuria
      Branch in Elk
(Polish: Oddział w Ełku)
Warmia-Masurian (Województwo Warmińsko-mazurskie), possibly Podlaskie )✓
State Archive in Szczecin
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Szczecinie)
ul. St. Wojciech 13
70-410 Szczecin
tel: (91) 434 38 96
West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
     Branch Międzyzdroje
(Polish: Oddział w Międzyzdrojach)
West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
     Branch in Stargard
(Polish: Oddział w Stargardzie)
West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
      Branch of the Strzmiele
(Polish: Ekspozytura w Strzemielu)
West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
State Archive in Toruń
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Toruniu)
Branch and Directorate
Square Rapacki 4
87-100 Torun
tel: (0-48) (0-56) 47 54 622
Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie) and Warmia-Masuria
      Branch in Wloclawek
(Polish: Oddział we Włocławku)
Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie), possibly Warmia-Masuria
State Archives in Warsaw
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Warszawie)
ul. Curves Circle 7
00-270 Warsaw
tel: (00 48) 22 635 92 42
Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie), some in Warmia-Masuria and Łódź  ✓
     Branch in Grodzisk
(Polish: Oddział w Grodzisku Mazowieckim)
Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and possibly Łódź  ✓
     Branch in Łowicz
(Polish: Oddział w Łowiczu)
Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie) and possibly Masovia  ✓
     Branch in Mlawa
(Polish: Oddział w Mławie)
Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Warmia-Masuria
     Branch in Otwock
(Polish: Oddział w Otwocku)
Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Łódź
     Branch of Pułtusk
(Polish: Oddział w Pułtusku)
Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Warmia-Masuria
     Branch of Nidzica
(Polish: Archiwum Dokumentacji Osobowej i Płacowej)
Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Łódź
State Archive in Wrocław
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe we Wrocławiu)
Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
      Branch in Boleslawiec
(Polish: Oddział w Bolesławcu)
Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
      Branch in Jelenia Gora
(Polish: Oddział w Jeleniej Górze)
Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
      Branch in Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
(Polish: Oddział w Kamieńcu Ząbkowickim)
Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
      Branch in Legnica
(Polish: Oddział w Legnicy)
Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
State Archive in Zamosc 
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Zamościu)
ul.Hrubieszowska 69A
22-400 Zamosc
084 542 10 37
Lublin (Woejwództwo Lubelskie)
State Archives in Zielona Góra
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Zielonej Górze) 
Avenue of the Polish Amry 67A
65-762 Zielona Gora
tel: 48 (68) 329 98 01
Lubusz (Województwo Lubuskie) and Greater Poland  ✓

*This is just the author’s assessment, it may not be accurate. Please verify record coverage by checking the image/index sites.

June 1, 2017 |

Fee or Free Photo Scanning

E-Z-Photo Scan at RootsTech 2017


Fee or Free Photo Scanning

If you’re like me, you have piles of old, printed photos begging to be digitized. I even took mine out of old albums & scrapbooks and threw the albums away (I don’t recommend this). But before you take on the enormous task of digitizing your photos, make sure you have the right tools. It makes no sense to hand scan small photos, one by one, on a flatbed scanner or with a phone app. There’s a better tool available that is a huge time-saver–E-Z Photo Scan.

E-Z Photo Scan sells & rents multiple scanners but my favorite by far has been the model that allows you to stack 30-60 smaller photos in a pile and it auto feeds them into the scanner, names the file (according to your instructions), and can output in multiple file formats. It will run a stack of photos through in minutes. It can take a scan of both sides of your photo as it runs it through. (There are other options for larger photos and photos/scrapbooks that can’t be bent in any way-I’m not addressing those in this blog.)

Below is a video I took at RootsTech of a patron using the E-Z Photo Scanner to scan a few photos. This doesn’t do the scanner justice because she’s just dropping photos in one-by-one with what she has on hand.

This is the vision: you will have a nicely organized box with stacks of photos and you will put a stack of photos on the scanner and let it feed them through while you sit back and watch digital versions appear on the computer, with files named so you will be able to locate and identify them in the future.

Personally, I wouldn’t attack the scanning job without this tool. If you don’t have access to this type of scanning equipment or a similar time-saving tool, prepare your printed photos now, for a time in the future when you will have access to this type of equipment. Prepping the project will take far more time than the actual digitizing. (Or work on renaming and organizing your most recent digital photo files and master the art of file naming with current photos before you attack old photos.)

E-Z Photo Scan just advertised a Monday webinar (that’s today, Monday, May 15th) at 1 pm EDT and is inviting people to pre-register. The webinar will address file naming techniques, “tools, strategies, and ways needed to turn naming file names into high-performance search bots.” I wish I’d taken a class on file naming before I scanned my photos. I should have spent time organizing the photos into the batches I wanted to scan together, labeling the piles with how I wanted the system to automatically name them, etc. I was just so excited by the time-saving technology I jumped in without much planning. (Again, I don’t recommend this.)


E-Z Photo Scan

E-Z Photo Scan sells this equipment or will rent the equipment in the United States and Canada and they offer financing for purchases. This is a display from RootsTech 2017 showing how the rental process works and what is delivered when you order.

E-Z-Photo Scan at RootsTech 2017

E-Z-Photo Scan at RootsTech 2017

If you choose to rent you will definitely want to do all the organizing and prep work before the machine delivery date. And by organizing and prep, I mean gather every possible photo you can digitize, put it in the stack you want it digitized with, have it in the exact order you want the files to appear in, and pre-label each stack with the file naming format you intend to use (ideas from the webinar or any other file naming source you trust). This is a massive project and most of the work will be preparation. You might want to ask family or neighbors if they’d be interested in sharing the rental fee and allowing them time with the equipment. I’ve heard of groups sharing the costs and taking turns using the equipment that was set up in one person’s garage. I also have a girlfriend who purchased one of these for her family (she’s a diehard librarian/archivist). So even though the rental or purchase price seems like a high start-up cost, people do it and love it.

Epson, Canon, Wolverine, etc

Epson, Canon, Wolverine are just a few companies offering similar products in my area. Search online for other digital, auto-feed, photo scanners available in your area. Some computer and office stores in my area sell this equipment but options will vary based on your location.


LDS Family History Centers

Many LDS Family History Centers located throughout the world have this equipment available for free. You’ll need to contact your local family history center and ask what digitizing equipment they have and how to reserve a time to use it. You’ll want to plan on at least 30 minutes to familiarize yourself with the system, even if a volunteer is there to assist you. (I’ve heard a few people say they’re afraid to use these facilities because they don’t want to be proselytized and in my experience, this is not the purpose of the LDS Family History Centers and religion has never been discussed when I was working, but if religion did come up, a respectful “I don’t like to discuss religion” would end it.)


Libraries and Archives

Libraries and Archives worldwide have digitizing equipment and some make it available to patrons and offer use of the equipment free-of-charge. Others may charge a fee. I used this or similar equipment at a local college (free of charge) and actually reserved two machines for 2 hours each, and had my sons feeding photos through one machine and batch naming them while I fed photos through the other. (We brought USB cards with inadequate storage space and an external hard drive with 1TB of space that was more than adequate.)


Genealogical and Historical Societies

Genealogical and Historical Societies would also be a great place to check. I suspect if they offered use of the equipment for free, that would for members only, and they would charge a fee to other patrons.


It’s been four years since we scanned our photos and I recently saw new equipment for digitizing scrapbooks that allowed the patron to flip through page after page as it digitized. The equipment took a photo, a digital version appeared on the computer, then the patron flipped to the next page, etc. No need to take apart scrapbooks and albums. Anyway, that’s another blog for another day, but the point is, don’t start a project until you’ve researched the latest and greatest tools. Nothing is more frustrating than learning you were inefficient with your time because you chose the wrong tool for the project. E-Z Photo Scan is aptly named, it’s easy to use and is the right tool for the job.

Best in your digitizing whether it’s fee or free.

May 14, 2017 |

Fee or Free 1875 Norway Census


The 1875 Norway Census (Norwegian: Folketellingen for kongeriget Norge den 31te desember 1875) began December 31, 1875 and is expected to include 99% of the population of Norway. Information was gathered by census takers throughout the country who spoke to any family member living at an address or a neighbor if family wasn’t on-site. Some people were enumerated twice because they were temporary residents in one locale but their names were also given at their home residence.

Some information contained in the 1875 Norway Census includes:

  • Name

  • Gender

  • Resident or Temporary Resident

  • Whether Absent from parish and location at time of Census

  • Position in family

  • Occupation

  • Marital Status

  • Year of Birth

  • Place of Birth

  • Religion (if not the state church)


Where to find the 1875 Norway Census?


Fee Sites

  • Ancestry

    Ancestry has the Norway, Select Census, 1875 and their records came from FamilySearch, so have the same benefits and limitations of the FamilySearch collection (the records are currently from Akershus county, Hedmark county, and Østfold county in Norway)

  • MyHeritage

    MyHeritage has the 1875 Norway Census and this appears to be the same data as Ancestry and FamilySearch with records currently from Akershus, Hedmark, and Østfold. MyHeritage has excellent translation services which might help bridge any language barriers as you search these records.


Free Sites

For more information on how to best search the 1875 Norway Census (and other Norwegian records), I’d recommend you follow a native blogger who has invested a lot of time in the research. I follow Martin Roe Eidhammer at Norwegian Genealogy and then some and there are probably others as well. Best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free!

May 8, 2017 |

US Census Records – Fee or Free Comparison Chart


Here’s a comparison chart of US Census Records available at FamilySearch and some partner websites including AmericanAncestors, Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage.

Each title links to a record collection. FamilySearch is the only entirely free collection but you can use the other links to get a feel for the look of each site. AmericanAncestors links to a general search window and you’ll need to select the database, “United State Census …”

“Index only” means a site provides a name index, which is information extracted from the handwritten census record. This usually includes every name in the census, the census year, the place the record was collected, the age and gender of the family member, and possibly information about other family members living at the residence, etc.

“Index and Images” means the site provides the index and an image of the handwritten census record. The image allows you to verify the extracted information, and possibly see other census information not extracted for the index.






1790 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1790 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1790 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1790 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1790 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1800 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1800 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1800 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1800 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1800 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1810 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1810 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1810 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1810 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1810 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1820 US Census at FamilySearch

Index only

1820 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1820 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1820 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1820 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1830 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1830 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1830 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1830 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1830 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1840 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1840 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1840 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1840 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1840 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1850 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1850 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1850 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1850 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1850 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1850 US Census Slave Schedule at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1850 US Census Slave Schedule at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1850 US Census Slave Schedule at Ancestry

Index and Images

1850 US Census Slave Schedule at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1850 US Census Slave Schedule at MyHeritage

Index only

1860 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1860 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1860 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1860 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1860 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1870 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1870 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1870 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1870 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1870 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1880 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1880 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1880 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1880 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1880 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1890 US Census Fragments at Family Search

Index and Images

1890 US Census Fragments at Ancestry

Index and Images

1890 US Census Fragments at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1890 US Census Fragments at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1900 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1900 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1900 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1900 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1900 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1910 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1910 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1910 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1910 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1910 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1920 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1920 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1920 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1920 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1920 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1930 US Census at Family Search

Index and Images

1930 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1930 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1930 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1930 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

1940 US Census at FamilySearch

Index and Images

1940 US Census at AmericanAncestors

Index only

1940 US Census at Ancestry

Index and Images

1940 US Census at FindMyPast

Index and Images

1940 US Census at MyHeritage

Index and Images

April 22, 2017 |
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