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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 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 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8 – The British Newspaper Archive for UK research

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Family History Month OnGenealogy British Newspaper Archive

For #FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8, check out The British Newspaper Archive for UK research. There are both fee and free options so keep reading and learn how to use it to your advantage for free.

British Newspaper Archive

British Newspaper Archive

“The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over the next 10 years.”

It’s free to search and you’ll see snippets from each paper where they find a “hit”. If you want to read the entire article you’ll need a subscription plan. Don’t stop here, I’m going to show you the subscription options, but you don’t have to subscribe to benefit!

You can always do free, unlimited searches. If you decide it’s worth it to see the entire article, choose a subscription plan, including a pay as you go option.

 

British Newspaper Archive subscription plans

British Newspaper Archive subscription plans

 

Now, for how you can benefit from free searches.

I did a quick search for a Welsh ancestor, Sophia Webber, from Monmouthshire. I’ve hit a brick wall tracing her family. I typed “Monmouthshire” into the search window to see what papers they have from that area.

I selected the paper with the most digitized pages, the Monmouthshire Beacon.

Then I searched for “Sophia Webber” and one of the top search returns gave me this snippet: “… St. Woollos church, Newport, the Rev. Edward Hawkins, M.A., Augustus, youngest son of Mr. Webber, proprietor of the Guardian newspaper, Cardiff, to Miss Sophia Lee Bishop, niece Henry Williams, Esq., Victoria-place, Newport. …”

So from the free snippet I learned:

  • Augustus Webber is Sophia’s husband (knew that already)

  • Augustus Webber’s father was the proprietor of the Guardian newspaper

  • Augustus is the youngest son

  • Augustus is from Cardiff

  • Sophia’s full maiden name is Sophia Lee Bishop

  • And I finally know Sophia’s connection to Henry Williams-she’s his niece

Saving a favorite newspaper snippet at BNANext, I created an account (there’s no fee to create an account) and saved my search results.  The benefit of creating a free account is they allow you to save your discoveries.

As you can see in the image on the left, next to each snippet there will be a bookmark with a + symbol inside it.

If you select the + symbol, the bookmark will turn red and BNA will save this article to your “Saved” folder for you to use whenever you need it.

 

 

 

 

 

On any page at British Newspaper Archives (BNA) you’ll see the menu options and next to the “Home” category is the “Saved” category. Select the “Saved” category to find all your bookmarked newspapers. You can create folders in the “Saved” area to organize your finds. (I’ve created a folder and labeled it with the surname I’m researching.)

Saved searches at BNA

Saved searches at BNA

 

All this was free, took less than 5 minutes of my time, and I’m on my way to breaking through a brick wall. Not bad, huh? I’ll do more searches and saves before I opt to pay but I’ll definitely be choosing one of their subscription plans for my UK research.

Best in your research whether it’s fee for free!

 

October 8, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth – check out FamilySearch!

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Family History Month Day 1

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Things to do at FamilySearch:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

October 1, 2017 |

RootsTech 2018 registration and other September specials!

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RootsTech 2018 registration opens Wednesday, September 20th!

  • Read the FamilySearch media release for more details and discounted pricing

  • Visit the OnGenealogy Events page for updates and hotel information

  • If you can’t attend in SLC, we’ll share their livestreaming, free class list when it’s announced!

 

 

 

Save Your Photos Month is wrapping up!

 

Some fun ideas for September from the web include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various Photobook companies are offering specials

  • QPhoto.co.za in South Africa is offering up to 30% off photo products

  • Mixbook is offering 50% off first time orders and has other sales as well

  • Chatbooks turns your Facebook posts into photobooks

  • Caroline Guntur the Swedish Organizer Organizing Your Photos offersThe Swedish Organizer has a free email course for organizing your photos. She is also offering 10% off her Digital Photo Organizing Masterclass. Join her email list for regular offers including a great freebie download, A Checklist for rounding up all your Digital Photos (something you need to do prior to organizing everything).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

ScanMyPhotos September specials

  • ScanMyPhotos has several photo specials available and is still offering a deal on photo scanning that must be purchased now but can be redeemed any time in the next 6 months. Buy two boxes, get the third free. They ship you empty boxes for your photos, you ship them back and they scan and return all your photos. This amounts to around 6,000 photos scanned for $0.05 per photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Genealogy Deals:

 

Books

 

Blaine Bettinger Intro to DNA Crash Course free download book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handouts

Forces War Records free tutorials and guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Genealogy Webinars this week:

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars for genealogy and family history

 

 

 

 
 
FamilySearch free genealogy webinars

 

 

 

 

 
BYU Family History Library Webinar Series

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

September 18, 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 |

Find and Follow Genealogy accounts on Twitter

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Find and Follow Genealogy Accounts on Twitter

How to Find and Follow Genealogy Accounts on Twitter

Twitter is a great way to find out what’s happening in the genealogy world. Twitter allows you to follow other users and when you follow them you can see the messages they post to Twitter on your timeline. By following the right people, you can get great leads on newly released sources in areas you’re researching, flash sales for products you use, or tips from genealogy bloggers.

Visit the OnGenealogy YouTube channel for a video on how to find and follow genealogy-related Twitter accounts or if you don’t want a visual walk-through, just keep reading.

1st- You can follow people by typing their name in the browser URL window (if you know their username). Go to the url: “https://twitter.com” add a forward slash and their user name so “/myheritage” and you’ll pull up MyHeritage’s profile page. From here you can follow them directly. You’ll know this is the official MyHeritage account because Twitter has a verified account badge to authenticate brands on their site. The verified account badge is a little blue icon with a checkmark inside it. The “Follow” button will be white if you’re not currently following this account. When you click on the “Follow” button the color will change to blue and say “Following”. If you decide to unfollow this account, hover over the “Following” button and it will turn red and say “Unfollow”. Select the button again and it will turn back to a white “Follow” button.

2nd- You can follow people by looking for them in the search box. You do this by typing their name into the search box at the top of the page. The results will be a combination of accounts and tweets related to that name. Try typing “Ancestry” in the search window. When you see the  “Accounts” heading, look to the right and select “View All”. This allows you to view all Ancestry related accounts.  Look for the account with the verified badge. You can also read the short profiles under each account name. You can also type a hashtag in the search box. People use hashtags (the pound or number sign with a keyword) to categorize their tweets so others can find them more easily on Twitter. If you type #genealogy in the Twitter search window you’ll see tweets, photos, and accounts related to genealogy (scroll down until you see all three examples). I’ll go over popular #genealogy hashtags in another video.

3rd-Use the Twitter “Find Friends” link in the “Who to Follow” box. This is found on your home page, your profile page, and many other places including sometimes within your timeline. Select the “Find Friends” button, select your email provider, agree to allow Twitter to access your contacts and Twitter will show you a list of anyone in your contacts with a Twitter account. You can then choose to Follow All, or follow individuals by selecting the Follow button next to their name, or follow none of them. After you’ve chosen people from your contacts you can choose to Remove all contacts from Twitter in your Privacy Settings. Go to your profile pic/avatar, select “Settings”, select “Security and Privacy”, select “Address Book”, select “Manage Your Contacts”, select “Remove accounts”.

4th- Use Twitter’s “Who to Follow” suggestions. These suggestions will appear next to your Home timeline, on your profile page, search results pages, and other places on Twitter. You can refresh this list if you don’t like any of the suggested users. Each time you follow a suggested user, Twitter will replace their profile with a new suggested user or users. If you get tired of seeing these suggestions you can go into your “Settings”, “Security and Privacy”, then “Personalization” and change the defaults Twitter has set up. I’ll go over Settings in another video. You will also receive “People You may know” suggestions in emails from Twitter and you can follow them from there. Again, these suggestions can be turned off in Notifications Settings if they bother you.

5th- You can also follow someone from their website. Go to FindMyPast’s site, www.findmypast.com. Scroll down the page until you see a box with “Connect with Us” buttons. Select the “Follow us on Twitter” button. They make it clear you’re opting to follow them on Twitter with this button. Be aware that on some sites you’ll see a Twitter bird icon and rather than a “Follow us on Twitter” offer it’s a “Tweet this article to your followers” offer. If it’s the latter you’ll be given a second chance to back out because there will be a blue “Tweet” button you have to select in order to finalize the tweet.

Another way I follow genealogy enthusiasts is by using Twitter lists. Feel free to read about that or watch the Twitter lists video. And if you watch, don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel for more tips On Genealogy!

February 17, 2016 |
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