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Fee and Free Genealogy Stuff the week of August 7th

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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

  • IndianaAncestors.org, 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

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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 OnGenealogy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

    • Archeion.net – 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

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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 Szukakawarchiwach.pl 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 translate.google.com 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 Szukajwarchiwach.pl
Free images
GenBaza
Free images
Geneteka
Free indexes
Central Archives of Historical Records
(Polish: Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych)
Ul. 7 long
00-263 Warsaw, Poland
48 22 831 54 91
sekretariat@agad.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@aan.gov.pl
All Poland  ✓
State Archive in Bialystok
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Białymstoku)
ul. Market Kosciuszko 4
15-426 Bialystok
tel: (85) 743 56 03
sekretariat_ap@bialystok.ap.gov.pl
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
dz.info@archiwum.bydgoszcz.pl
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
sekretariat@apczestochowa.pl
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
apgda@gdansk.ap.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@gorzow.ap.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@archivium.kalisz.pl
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
kancelaria@kielce.ap.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@koscalin.ap.gov.pl
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
informacja@ank.gov.pl
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
info@archiwum.leszno.pl
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
kancelaria@lublin.ap.gov.pl
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
kancelaria@lodz.ap.gov.pl
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
kancelariat@opole.ap.gov.pl
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
kancelaria@piotrkow-tryb.ap.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@plock.ap.gov.pl
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
archiwum@poznan.ap.gov.pl
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
archiwum@przemysl.ap.gov.pl
Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie)
State Archive in Radom
(Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu)
ul. Werner 7
26-600 Radom
tel: (48) 377 90 50
kancelaria@radom.ap.gov.pl
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
archiw@siedlce.ap.gov.pl
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
archiwum@suwalki.ap.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@szczecin.ap.gov.pl
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
archiwum@torun.ap.gov.pl
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
archiwum@warszawa.ap.gov.pl
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)
sekretariat@ap.wroc.pl
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
archiwum@zomsc.ap.gov.pl
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
sekretariat@archiwum.zgora.pl
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

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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.)

Fee

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.

Free

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

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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

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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.

FamilySearch
Free

AmericanAncestors
Fee

Ancestry
Fee

FindMyPast
Fee

MyHeritage
Fee

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 |

Fee or Free Online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

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The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), The Essex Institute, and others were commissioned to publish Massachusetts Vital Records up to 1850 for various towns in Massachusetts.

From AmericanAncestors (NEHGS): “At the turn of the twentieth century NEHGS was instrumental in introducing and passing legislation to appropriate funds to produce books of vital statistics to the year 1850 for the cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. …Not all Massachusetts towns are included.”

 

FEE options

 

AmericanAncestors

AmericanAncestors.com has a Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 Collection that includes these commissioned books as well as some substitutes for towns whose vital records were not collected/commissioned. You can search by individual town volume.

Ancestry

Ancestry.com has these individual books available online and you can search by individual town volume.

FindMyPast

FindMyPast.com has this collection available online searchable across the entire collection.

 

FREE options

 

OnGenealogy

OnGenealogy.com has a list of the free, online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 books including a few substitutes for towns whose records weren’t commissioned. Most of these books are out of copyright and the versions not currently available online (for the towns of Ashfield, Charlestown, Eastham, Fairhaven, Harwich, Lowell, Marshfield, Milton, Montague, Otis, Pepperell, Sandisfield, Swansea, and Taunton) may still be under copyright.

If you’re trying to find free records for a town not included in this list, Internet Archive, Google Books, or HathiTrust are great places to start searching. Also try Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 at FamilySearch.

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

 

 

 

April 10, 2017 |

Free Genealogy on Facebook

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Facebook is a great free resource for genealogy and family history and new groups and pages are created daily so I’ve updated the blog with the most current lists of Facebook Groups and Pages.

Facebook for Genealogy

Here are three genealogists who’ve created Facebook group lists:

And please follow OnGenealogy on Facebook by hitting “Like” for the OnGenealogy Facebook page and share any of your leads in the comments!

 

March 29, 2017 |

The Barbour Collection – Fee or Free

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The Barbour Collection is the best early vital records collection for Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records, aside from town vital records. It’s named after Lucius B. Barbour, Connecticut’s examiner of public records in the early 1900s. It’s a statewide index of Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records listed alphabetically and by towns.

The date ranges vary by town, based on when the town was created and started keeping records. In Connecticut, by law, each town was and still is responsible for keeping and maintaining the birth records, marriage records, and death records for that town.

Barbour, as well as those he enlisted, went town to town copying these vital records. They attempted to compile records through 1850 but some towns have records up to 1870. The Barbour Collection is not complete, and AmericanAncestors (NEHGS) has a great article explaining some known deficiencies.

 

David Rumsey Map Collection 1855 Map of Connecticut published by Desilver & Butler Cowperthwait

David Rumsey Map Collection 1855 Map of Connecticut published by Desilver & Butler Cowperthwait

 

Fee options for the Barbour Collection

AmericanAncestors.com

AmericanAncestors has the Barbour Collection published as images from typescripts donated to the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) by Mr. Barbour’s family in 1938. It’s organized first by town, then alphabetically.

Ancestry.com 

Ancestry has the Barbour Collection online searchable by either births, deaths, marriages, or towns and their data comes from The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White.

Genealogical.com – books

Genealogical sells individual volumes of  The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White.

Amazon.com – books

Amazon sells individual volumes of  The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White.

FamilySearch microfilm

FamilySearch has microfilms of the Barbour Collection available for research at any of their participating facilities. Search for a facility near you to order and view these films.

Connecticut town clerks 

Connecticut Town Clerks have the Barbour Collection and more. They have records from the time the town was formed to the present. There is usually a fee for requesting a record look-up at the town clerk’s office and they may require a request for a certified copy. As far as the specific Barbour Collection goes, according to AmericanAncestors/NEHGS, “a copy was sent to each town clerk. The town books are labeled “The Arnold Copy” and are known to many town clerks only by that name.”

VitalChek for a few towns

VitalChek doesn’t have the Barbour Collection, per se, but VitalCheck has access to birth, marriage, and death records for a few Connecticut towns for a fee.

 

FREE options for the Barbour Collection

Online Transcriptions

Several sites have posted free transcriptions of parts of the Barbour Collection. The two websites with the most transcriptions are CtGenWeb and New Horizons Genealogy. I’ve found about one-third of the Barbour Collection town records available online as free transcriptions. (For example, CtGenWeb has Barbour collections posted for Windham County.)

Libraries 

Some libraries and archives, including NEHGS, have the complete set of The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White

 

I’ll be updating this blog with a link to a comparison chart* where you can access the fee & free online Barbour Collection sites. Best in your research whether it’s fee or free!

*Comparison chart for Fee or Free Barbour Collection options

March 27, 2017 |

Genealogy Searches using Google Search Engines by Country or Region

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#TuesdayTip – Try your genealogy Google searches using the Google Search Engine for the country where your ancestor lived. (Translation options may be offered beneath the initial search window.)

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. Best in your searches!

List of Google Domains. (2017, March 14). Retrieved March 21, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_domains

 

March 21, 2017 |

Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census

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The 1911 Census is the most recent Ireland Census available online. The Irish censuses are tricky to search because many people spoke Gaelic and their answers may have been written in Old Gaelic, then transcribed into modern Gaelic but not translated into English, so you’ll need to explore all possible search options. (Each site will have tips and tricks for searching the 1911 Ireland Census including using wildcards (*). Be sure to exhaust all your search options.)

Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census OnGenealogy

 

Fee 1911 Ireland Census

FindMyPast.com

“Find ancestors from all over Ireland in the most recently available complete census for the country. A great place to begin your search, the 1911 Census can show you where your Irish ancestor lived, the members of their immediate family, their ages, occupations and whether they could read and write. For the first time you can search for more than one family member at the same time and by year of birth, and our powerful search can also look for name variants. Start your journey and see who you can find.” This is a subscription site but they’ve got some helpful search tools for getting around the variations in spelling that are problematic in Irish records.

Ancestry.com

“All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. Ancestry.com does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database. To learn more about these records, please refer to the source’s website.” Ancestry has the 1911 Ireland Census and it’s records came from the National Archives of Ireland.

MyHeritage.com

The 1911 Ireland census covered all 32 counties of Ireland and enumerated the entire Irish population (about 4.4 million people). This census was conducted on the night of Sunday, 2 April 1911. The “Household Return”—also known as “Form A”—enumerated one household per page, recording information such as name, relationship to head of household, age, marital status, occupation, and birthplace. …Images and index to this census were created by and obtained from the National Archives of Ireland.”

RootsIreland.ie

RootsIreland is an all Irish records subscription site and currently has a few 1911 census returns by county, but it’s very incomplete at present. “The Irish Family History Foundation has been the coordinating body for a network of county genealogy centres and family history societies on the island of Ireland for over thirty years.” “A computerized index of the 1901 and some 1911 returns was compiled by many of our member centres in the early 1990s. …You will need to check what is available in the Online Sources list for each county.”

 

 

Free 1911 Ireland Census

The National Archives of Ireland

The 1911 Ireland Census is free at The National Archives of Ireland. This online database was a cooperative effort in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. The basic search on this site searches by surname/last name, forename/first name, county, District Electoral Division, townland/street, and age and gender. The advanced search allows you to search by religion, occupation, relationship to head of family, literacy status, county/country of origin, and more.

“It is important to remember that the names on this site have been transcribed as they were written into the census forms. We have not corrected spellings. Some names are illegible, or appear on a damaged form. You may, therefore, have to try a number of strategies to find the person you seek.” Tips for searching surnames. Do a general search or search by county/parish and select transcription or image.

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March 20, 2017 |

Fee or Free African American Newspapers

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African American newspapers are one place to look for news about black communities that wasn’t always reported in the popular press. It’s possible to find names, marriages, and births and deaths in these collections. (And for African American research you won’t want to limit yourself to strictly African American newspapers, just don’t overlook them.)

I’m easily distracted in newspaper research and find myself just reading random articles which isn’t a very efficient use of time, but I have one relative I could only trace through newspapers. He was in the theater circuit and moved from city to city and lied about his age. I found his family by following him through newspapers. They’re a valuable resource but it’s easy to get sidetracked and just soak up the historical context. That’s my disclaimer if you lose a day or more in newspapers.

Fee or Free African American newspapers

 
 

Fee/Subscription African American Newspapers

Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives has 9 African American newspapers ranging from 1827 to 1909. “The collection also provides a great number of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.”

Ancestry

Ancestry.com has a collection called US, African American Newspapers, 1829-1947 with over 200 African American newspapers.

Genealogy Bank

Genealogy Bank touts itself as being the “largest newspaper archive for genealogy research.” I’ve used their site before and it was a fast and efficient way to get newspaper search results.  From what I remember, I paid for limited access, so only a certain number of searches/month but they have an unlimited access subscription price of $35.00 for 6 months which seems very reasonable. “Search our expansive collection of African American newspapers to discover the details about the daily lives of millions of Black Americans from 1827-1999.”

ProQuest

ProQuest used to be the company for digitized papers and they have a collection called ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Black Newspapers. “Each of the nine Historical Black Newspapers provides researchers with unprecedented access to perspectives and information that was excluded or marginalized in mainstream sources. And, all are cross-searchable with all other ProQuest Historical Newspapers–including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times–allowing researchers to evaluate history from multiple points of view. …The ProQuest platform offers powerful and easy-to-use tools, including: full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format, complete newspaper runs, and the ability to search 21 different article types.”

 

Free African American Newspapers

The Ancestor Hunt

TheAncestorHunt.com summarizes African American newspaper collections by state and has online tutorials for newspaper research. This site will list both fee and free collections.

BlackPast.org

BlackPast.org links to current Black/African American newspapers and says some of these papers have online archives. “Listed below are links to major African American newspapers, magazines and journals.  In some instances these links also include the archives of these media sources.”

Chronicling America

Chronicling America is the US Library of Congress’ website with free, digitized collections. They have a list of all known African American newspapers and where they can possibly be found (over 2,000 exist but most won’t be online). Or a list of 55 African American newspapers digitized and online at Chronicling America. There’s a new free app, OldNews USA, currently only for Android phones, which aids in searching newspapers at Chronicling America. OldNews USA won the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown so it’s worth checking out if you want to search these papers on a handheld device. (Be sure to search all the papers at Chronicling America, not just the African American ones I linked to above.)

OnGenealogy

I’ve added smaller collections as I’ve found them including runaway slave advertisements from newspapers, and collections related to slaves (not newspapers and not necessarily African American), and also some general African American collections, not just newspapers. My site is a bit slow to search so my apologies in advance-site speed is on my to-do list.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a good article on African American newspapers as well as a couple of books that are recommended as “essential starting points for understanding the early history of African American newspapers.” This article also includes the names of some African American newspapers, not nearly as complete as the one found at Chronicling America.

 

I’ve had my best newspaper successes with subscription sites, because they do the work for me and return the specific newspaper page I need to see, so it’s harder to just browse the paper. But, some of these papers and free sites will have search engines that may yield similar results. Again, I almost hate to recommend newspaper research because it’s so easy to lose track of time, but if you’re learning the history and culture of the area where your ancestors lived, I guess that’s time put to good use. Best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free!

 

 

March 13, 2017 |

Family Tree Charts and Family Tree Art

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Here are some ideas from RootsTech 2017 for family tree charts and family tree art. (This post will highlight the printable and custom family trees, not the many book options.)

 

I’m going to start with two I didn’t see at RootsTech, but they’re the cheapest options I’ve used, i.e. practically free. The ones that follow range from very affordable to custom and more pricey. Hope you enjoy!

 

TreeSeek

TreeSeek is a free website for creating printable family tree charts. TreeSeek uses the FamilySearch family tree so you’ll need to have a free account with FamilySearch and build your tree there to use this partner site. You’ll allow TreeSeek access to your FamilySearch tree, they’ll build the chart of your choice, then you’ll download the chart to your computer or a thumbdrive and print it at your expense. I’ve downloaded charts and then printed them at a local copy store and love them.

TreeSeek free printable family trees

 

 

FamilySearch Keepsakes

FamilySearch is the preeminent free family tree, free genealogy records website and offers a few free, downloadable family tree prints. You’ll need to build a free family tree at FamilySearch and allow them to pull your data into the tree. I’ve downloaded a couple of these trees and printed them at a local copy shop. The two I chose had three generations in the tree and I just threw the 8×10 print into a frame for an inexpensive family tree display.

FamilySearch keepsakes free family tree art

 

 

GenealogyWallCharts

GenealogyWallCharts is a website for affordable, though not free, printable family tree charts. GenealogyWallCharts currently only accepts family trees from FamilySearch, the free tree site, but follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates including other GEDCOM options in the future. Their site will pull ancestral data as well as pictures from FamilySearch trees into their charts. They have many print options and affordable pricing. They were running a hopping business at RootsTech 2017, printing thousands of charts and selling beautiful wood engravings as well. Caveat: I haven’t been able to get my FamilySearch tree to download but they have contact information on their site if you need help.

GenealogyWallCharts

 

 

Family Chartmasters

Family Chartmasters is a family tree chart printing company with multiple chart options including fill in the blank family wall charts. They had a very busy booth at RootsTech and for good reason; visit their Gallery for family tree chart options. Follow them on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube for updates and offers.

Family Chartmasters

 

 

MyCanvas

MyCanvas is a company owned by Alexanders Print Shop that specializes in printing family tree charts, family history books, calendars, and custom albums. MyCanvas uploads data from Ancestry.com trees. You can create a free tree at Ancestry if you want to purchase MyCanvas products. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and offers. I haven’t purchased any charts from MyCanvas but I have purchased a family history book populated with 4 generations of data and photos from my Ancestry.com family tree. I created it as a gift for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and it was a very high quality, bound book and was customizable in many ways. I would definitely order from MyCanvas again.

MyCanvas books and posters

 

 

Family Trees and Timelines

Family Trees and Timelines is a more artistic and expensive option done with calligraphy. “Our customized family tree is a unique fine art creation that a person or family can display in their home. Each family tree documents your family genealogy back four generations, or five generations if modifications are made to include the names and photo’s of children beneath the tree.  Ancestor names are hand written in copperplate calligraphy by Janet for every customized family tree, uploaded into Photoshop, and placed on the tree in the proper place.  All photos are restored and enhanced by Robert prior to being placed in the ovals on the tree.”

Family Trees and Timelines

 

Family Tree and Me

Family Tree and Me focuses on photographic family trees. “Our products are designed to showcase the family! They are attractive and eye-appealing! They make memorable keepsakes! They can be given as gifts! They’re great for family reunions! They are more than just art pieces– they are conversation pieces!” Follow them on Facebook for updates and special offers!

Family Tree and Me family tree charts art

 

 

Branches

Branches is a custom family tree chart business (owned by Matt and Carolynn Reynolds) that exhibited at RootsTech 2017. “We are a husband & wife team that have a passion for art, design & families. We design our products with the hope that they will bring families together & inspire others to seek after & appreciate their unique family histories.” Both Matt and Carolyn are graphic designers and have worked many aspects of the design trade, including custom fine art. “As a team, we hope to provide high-quality art pieces that our customers will treasure for their lifetime. …We started Branches with the sincere hope that we could spread our love for family and genealogy to people around the world!”

Branches Family tree art

 

 

Tapestree – Family Tree Art Displays

“Handcrafted from copper in O’Fallon, Mo, the Tapestree’s design allows each branch to safely and securely hold a variety of small ornaments and keepsakes. … From our photo frame charms used to create a unique family tree, to large hole Pandora style beads, crystals, jewelry, and other miniature collectibles, Tapestrees can be used to capture and showcase special memories and milestones throughout the years.” Follow them on Facebook for new products and special offers.

Tapestree Family Tree

 

Story2Ink

Okay, so this is not a family tree chart, but it definitely falls under family tree art in my book so I’m throwing it in. I love the idea of capturing family history through caricatures/art. So, if this is your thing, follow their blog and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Story2Ink
 

And one that was not at RootsTech:

 

AsynjaArt in Sweden

AsynjaArt “is a family tree art company based in Sweden owned by Anna Edin. “The niche I have chosen is to paint personal family tree.” “There are large original hand-painted in tuschlavyr, watercolor or acrylic, pre-printed trees to fill in yourself or maybe a tree on the wall?”

“The technique I mostly use my paintings are a combination of tuschlavyr and watercolor. It is a legacy of my mentor Rolf Lidberg but also inspired by other masters such as Carl Larsson, Elsa Beskow and Ilon Wikland. For larger paintings on the walls and I use acrylic paint as a medium.” Follow AsynjaArt on Facebook and Twitter for more offerings.

AsynjaArt Family Tree art

And one more that was not at RootsTech, but hey, this one’s great if you love DNA or if you haven’t researched and documented your tree but wish you had something to display.

 

Dot One in England

Dot One is a DNA genealogy company based in London that provides DNA testing and then uses your DNA results to code designs for personalized posters and textiles. Follow Dot One on Facebook and Twitter for the latest DNA product offerings.

DotOne DNA posters

 

I think family tree charts and art are a well-earned treat for those who explore their heritage. So after your investment in research, indulge, and display your passion!

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