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Family History Month Day 31 – Use Elephind for Genealogy

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On Day 31 of Family History Month, use Elephind for genealogy research. Elephind is a free, historical newspaper site that is able to search across more than 3,000 newspaper titles at 25 institutions. The website has a very clean design and is easy to use.

Elephind OnGenealogy Family History Month

 

Elephind includes titles from Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. They have a specific list of titles from each country on their site. As well as institutions they are able to search (in the image below).

Elephind sources

 

Elephind has some standard search features you’ll want to use including:

  • using the OR search operator if multiple words don’t need to be in the same search result

  • using the – search operator to exclude a word

    • Madison -James

    • would return mentions of “Madison” but not mentions of “James Madison”

    • this is helpful if you’re searching for an ancestor, James Wells, and see tons of articles with someone of the same name involved in oil drilling, so you  search for

      • “James Wells” -oil

      • and those articles won’t be in your search returns

  • using quotation marks to search for an exact phrase (example in image below)

  • using the ~ search operator with a number to say how far apart two words in your search can be

    • “Sarah Webber” ~3

    • allows you to search for Sarah Webber when Webber is no more than 3 words apart from Sarah; this will return instances where her middle names are included in an article, such as “Sarah Jane Webber” or “Webber, Sarah”

  • Elephind doesn’t distinguish between capital and lowercase text in searches

    • If I’m searching for “James Wells” I can’t exclude water wells by searching for

      • “James Wells” -wells

      • this search yields no results because Elephind doesn’t distinguish letter case

In the example below I searched for an ancestor, Harry Webber, who performed in a traveling play, Nip and Tuck. I wanted to find articles about his performances so I put his name in quotation marks, “Harry Webber” and the play name in quotation marks “Nip and Tuck”. Elephind returned only newspapers that contained both “Harry Webber” and “Nip and Tuck”. Technically, you don’t need the AND operator, but I like to use it for consistency to show what I was searching for. If you don’t use an operator between the phrases, Elephind assumes there is an AND search operator.

Elephind AND search operator

 

You’re also able to refine your search results using the options in the left column of your search results page. These options include:

  • Country/State of Publication

  • Decade

  • Source

  • Publication Title

  • Language of Publication

Elephind search options

 

 

These are extremely helpful search tools. In the case of my ancestor, Harry Webber, if I know Harry Webber never traveled to Australia, I can refine my search results to include only publications in the United States. If I know he was traveling in the 1880s, I can also refine my results by decade. If I don’t know how widely he traveled, I let Elephind search every source and publication in the United States, published in the 1880s.

Elephind refined search results

 

Best in your searches at Elephind!

 

October 30, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 29 – StackExchange for Genealogy

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On Day 29 of Family History Month, use the Genealogy and Family History StackExchange for your genealogy questions.

StackExchange OnGenealogy Family History Month

StackExchange is a Q&A network for computer programmers that has expanded into Q&A for other topics, including genealogy and family history.

Stack Exchange for Genealogy and Family History

 

Anyone can read questions and answers on StackExchange, but in order to post questions or answers you’ll need to be a registered user.

You don’t have to be that heavily invested to benefit from StackExchange. I often go to StackExchange when I’m digitizing photos to remember the recommended file type and size. It’s a great site for a quick refresher on various genealogy topics and is worth checking out.

If you become a registered user and want to post questions and answers you should understand more about the community. Registered users gain or lose Reputation or trust within the community based on how other StackExchange users rate their questions and answers. A higher reputation earns you Privileges. StackExchange has an information page about gaining and losing Reputation and the Benefits of participating. Basically, voting/ranking helps direct other users to more trusted responses and benefits the community.

StackExchange is still primarily used by programmers, with over 40 million participating each month, but whatever your profession or hobby, it’s worth checking to see if it’s on StackExchange. (Genealogy falls under the Life/Arts heading.) Best in your research!

Stack Exchange topics

October 29, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 28 – HathiTrust Digital Library for Genealogy

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HathiTrust Family History Month

The HathiTrust Digital Library is an online archive of content in and out of copyright. They receive content from Google, Internet Archive, Microsoft, and other partnering institutions. This is one of several digitized book sites that’s useful for genealogy research.

 

Hathi Trust Digital Library for Genealogy

You can search for an ancestor by surname or by collections. Searches can be made by Material type (book, periodical, etc.) or Language (many languages) or year range. Search for family names, genealogies, city histories, or family interests, like “Loyalists”, for leads on those hard to find ancestors. After your initial search results, be sure to start a further digital search within the book.

A few helpful search tips:

  • Use quotes to search for an exact phrase “James Webber” or “Webber, James”.

  • Use the wildcards * or ? to search for alternate spellings “James W?bb*”.

  • Use Boolean searches AND or OR (capitalized) to include or restrict search returns.

  • Use a minus sign – to restrict search results Levi -jeans -company -strauss to search for the surname Levi and remove any search results for Levi Strauss Jeans/Company.

    For more search tips: HathiTrust Digital Library Search Tips.

Happy Family History Month and best in your research!

 

October 27, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 27 – TinEye Reverse Image Search for Genealogy

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TinEye Reverse Image Lookup

 

 

 

 

On Day 27 of Family History Month try out TinEye for Reverse Image Lookup. If you have an image in your digital files and you don’t know the source of the image, you can upload it to TinEye and let them search for a match online. The searches and image returns are free.

“Using TinEye, you can search by image or perform what we call a reverse image search. You can do that by uploading an image, or searching by URL. You can also simply drag and drop your images to start your search.”

“TinEye constantly crawls the web and adds images to its index. Today, the TinEye index is over 23.2 billion images.”

TinEye for Reverse Image Search

 

 

 

I had a map in my digital files but didn’t label the image with the website where I found the map. I uploaded the image to TinEye and let them search for matches. In the picture below, TinEye found two matches on the internet and the second match, www.antiquemapsandprints.com, was where I’d found the map. Now I have the source I need.

TinEye matches

 

I personally haven’t had any success using TinEye to find family photos I need to identify, but I’ve had great luck with maps and images from websites.

You can also upload any stock image and see where it’s been used, in case you don’t want an image that’s been used too many times. And you can upload your own social media photos or copyrighted images and see if they’re being used on any other sites. (TinEye doesn’t save the photos you upload for searches.)

Best in your searches!

 

October 26, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 26 – Try a Country-Specific Google Search

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Revisiting an old blog post today, on Day 26 of Family History Month, try a country-specific Google Search for your genealogy searches. Searching as if you were actually in a certain country can result in different search returns.

Country specific Google search engines OnGenealogy

 

 

 

By default, Google searches are localized and you’ll get different results based on where you’re located. But you can tell Google to perform searches as if you were in a different locale.

If you live in the United States but are searching for an ancestor in Ireland, select the Ireland Google Search Engine from the table below for your research.

When I searched for my ancestor “Edward M. Morphy” at google.com, I had 155 search results (image below).

Google.com search results

 

 

 

When I search for my ancestor, “Edward M. Morphy” at google.ie (Google Ireland), I receive 2,250 search results (image below). (I also get a privacy warning. If you search in another country it appears that Google is required to post a privacy warning letting you know they’re gathering search information from you.)

Google.ie results

 

 

 

Also, when you search Google as if you were in a different country, Google will offer to let you search in the native language. For Google.ie, Google offers to let me see the results in Gaelic. And if you input your search in Gaelic, by default your results will be in Gaelic.

Gaelic option
 

 

Best in your searches!

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October 25, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 24 – Set Google Alerts

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On Day 24 of Family History Month, let Google do your research and email you the results. You just need to set up some Google Alerts.

 

Google Alerts for Genealogy Family History Month
 

 

 

I set up a Google Alert for “Family History Month” and here’s an example of an email I received (image below).

 

Google Alert

 

 

 

To set up your own alerts, go to https://google.com/alerts. The image below is what you will see when you’re on the Google Alerts page. They offer “Alert suggestions” you may want to look through.

 
Google Alerts opening page

 

 

 

Some things you may want to create Google Alerts for include: a family name you’re researching, surnames, a surname and “DNA”, genealogy, family history, genealogy apps, or even your own name.

I’ve created an alert for an ancestor and put his name in quotation marks so Google will only alert me if the entire name appears as I’ve typed it in the quotation marks. You can see in the image below, Google immediately returned any appearances and the only one they could find was from an OnGenealogy blog I wrote.

 

Google Alerts Query

 

 

 

You’ll be prompted to enter an email address where they should send your alerts. Before entering an address, you’ll probably want to select “Show options” and filter your request. (See the image below.)

Show Options for your Google Alerts
 

 

 

The first filter is “How often would you like to receive alerts?” Your options are:

  • As it happens

  • At most once a day

  • At most once a week

I use once a day but I only look at my Google Alert emails once a week. I just like having the option to look at them more frequently.

 

How often to receive Google Alerts

 

 

 

The next filter is “From what sources?” I leave it on “Automatic” and let them come from any source, but depending on the type of alert you choose, you may want to filter by source.

 

Sources to search for your Google Alerts

 

 

 

The next filter is “Language”

 

What languages do you want Google Alerts to search

 

 

 

Then you can filter by region of the world. In the case of “Abel Waters Wells” I would select the United States and Canada because I’m trying to obtain information about Abel Waters Wells while he lived in those two countries.

What region do you want Google Alerts to search

 

 

 

Finally, you can ask Google to apply a qualitative filter on your search results with:

  • Only the best results

  • All results

 
How Many Results Google Alerts

 

 

 

Now you can enter an email address where you’d like to receive these Google Alerts. It doesn’t need to be a Gmail address.

Enter any email where Google Alerts should be sent
 

 

 

I prefer to use a Gmail account because they sort my mail for me. The image below is an example of what my email looks like. I have five folders where Google sends my email: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, & Forums. There’s also a + tab if I want to create another folder for another type of email.

Google makes pretty good guesses as to what type of mail each item is, so my most important mail goes into my “Primary” folder and Promotions, etc, go into other folders. If Google guesses wrong, I drag the email to the appropriate folder and Google asks me if it wants me to always put future emails from that sender in that folder.

Gmail folders

 

 

 

Here’s an example of an email I received from Google Alerts for an alert I created for Genealogy.

Google Alert for Genealogy

 

 

Google Alerts is a fun way to put the internet to work for you. Happy Family History Month and best in your research!

 

October 23, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 22 – BAnQ for Quebec Genealogy

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BAnQ, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, (English: The National Library and Archives of Québec), is the official governmental archive and library for the Canadian province of Quebec.

BAnQ for Quebec Genealogy OnGenealogy

BAnQ has many digitized and freely available collections of interest to family history and genealogy research.

 

BAnQ for Quebec Genealogy

The institution is actively adding newly digitized collections and updating existing collections. Some highlights of the collection are:

  • Vital Records including birth (baptism), marriage, and death records since 1621 through the 20th century

  • City Directories

  • Newspapers

 

 

 

Vital Records

Following a practice in France, Catholic priests created two copies of each of the registers–a copy that was kept in the church archives and a copy that was sent to the government each year.

By the mid 19th century the right to collect vital records, following the same practice described above, was extended to Protestant denominations and Jewish congregations.

BAnQ is gradually posting these registers covering the earliest time periods through 1917 – following a rolling one-hundred year cut-off policy.

Vital Records at BAnQ

 

 

 

City Directories

Two companies dominated the publication of city directories in Quebec from the early 1800s. The Marcotte company focused on the City of Québec and its surrounding cities, towns, and villages; and the Lovell company primarily focused on Montreal and its environs.

BAnQ has excellent digitized and searchable collections of both Marcotte and Lovell produced directories:

 

  • Marcotte Directories (1822-1976):

    From approximately 1860, most directories published by Marcotte contain complete lists of all head-of-household inhabitants with information on their residence, address, and occupation. While French Canadians compose the largest population, significant populations of British, Scottish, Irish, Germans, and Americans are enumerated.

    Marcotte City Directories at BAnQ

 

  • Lovell Directories (1842-2010):

    The earliest directories published by Lovell (circa 1842) contain complete lists of all head-of- household residents with information on their residence and occupation.

 

 

 

Newspapers

The collection of digitized newspapers at BAnQ are an important source of genealogy and local history reflecting the daily life and events in the communities served by these publications. Many of BAnQ’s newspapers have been digitized and published online with full-text search and images.

Newspapers at BAnQ

Happy Family History Month and best in your research!

October 21, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 18 – General Land Office Records (GLO)

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On Day 18 of Family History Month, visit the US Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (GLO) and track where your ancestors lived. Where they lived and why they lived there is a good part of your heritage.

General Land Office Records Family History Month

The Bureau of Land Management has digitized records of land grants, survey plats, field notes, land status records, and more. For a more thorough description of the collections available at the BLM, visit this page listing each collection.

 

  • Federal Land Patents

    Here are two examples of land patent records at the Bureau of Land Management. Land patents show the transfer of land from the Federal government to individuals. The first is a land grant for Homestead property, land granted to someone when they met the requirements of the 1862 Homestead Act.

Mathew Mansfield Homestead grant

Here is another example of a land grant near Montgomery, Alabama at the BLM site:

Land Patent records

 

  • Survey plats

    This is a survey of the same piece of land near Montgomery, Alabama. The BLM site allows you to zoom in and out to get a perspective of the surveyed area.

Land Survey

Land Survey closer up

 

  • Field notes

    Field notes are attached to some land surveys (this is a different plot of land)

Survey Field Notes at BLM

 

  • Land Status records

    In this survey map, you can select the “Related Documents” tab and look up the ownership and more information about any section of this surveyed land (look up who is the assigned owner of area “15” for example)

Land Status records

 

  • The Control Document Index

    The CDI “includes BLM documents that affect or have affected the control, limitation, or restriction of public land and resources. …CDI documents have been kept on microfilm since the 1950’s, but are now being scanned and linked to existing data records from BLM’s LR2000 database.”

    Land Classification document

If you can’t find any General Land Office (GLO) records for your ancestors, here’s a map of which states are Public Land States and which states are State-Land states meaning land grants came from the states/colonies themselves and you’ll usually look to individual states for land grant records.

If you find a land grant to one of your ancestors at the BLM site, you’re able to print copies of these land certificates directly from the site for free.

Best in your searches, whether they’re by fee or free!

 

 

 

October 18, 2017 |

Family History Month Day 17 – Visit AfriGeneas

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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!

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October 16, 2017 |

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

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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.”

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.

Twins

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 FamilySearch.org 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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free Open Archives Family History Month OnGenealogy

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

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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

 

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October 10, 2017 |

Internet Archive for Genealogy

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Family History Month OnGenealogy Internet Archive

 

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

 

Internet Archive (archive.org NOT to be confused with the subscription genealogy site, archives.com) 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

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October 9, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth – On Day 7 Discover IntoThePast

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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
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“IntoThePast.com is an online meta-search engine that allows users to search for parish records with a focus on European records. IntoThePast.com 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!

 

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