Saturday, November 25, 2017

Federal Land Office, GLO, BLM

A rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.

Here is the land record link for federal land records.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Findagrave New and Fairly Workable

I've had more time, this past week, to play a little more with Ancestry's Version of Findagrave
I'm the type that just dives right in, ignoring the tutorials, so my initial impression was so-so. 

I do want to thank for "rescuing" the Findagrave photos and database.  Upon reflection, I realized that we might not have any access if it weren't for that company.  

You see, the project had grown to mammoth proportions (never discount the spirit of volunteerism), and the creators weren't able to keep up with the costs in time and money, at some point.  

It takes money to support servers (big storage computers).  It takes people to support the management of the website.  Ask anyone who has been a webmaster and/or launched a website.  W-O-R-K calls for assistants and managers--the larger the project, the more likely you are to have to hire folks and pay for additional servers. 

Why I like the "new" Findagrave:
  • I can create my own personal virtual cemetery.  So far, I've created one each for my mother's folks, my biological father's relatives, and one more for my adoptive dad's kin.
  • I can edit more easily than ever, the information at the site of an individual's findagrave page.  For example, I can add dates and places.  
  • I can do other stuff, too, I suspect, just as soon as I continue exploring and looking at the tutorials!  I always want to know who took the pictures and generated the data.  That bank of volunteers are why we can't discount findagrave!  Their labors are appreciated.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Take 15 or 20 Minutes out of your day to read EOGN!

It only takes a quarter of an hour or so to go through the newsletter that Dick Eastman  publishes each week.  For genealogists in this day and age, it is a winner!  Here are some tease questions to drive you to subscribe.

Quiz for EOGN (Plus Edition) Readers
1.  True or False:  Sometimes data sets of records are removed from being online.
2.  Why are records removed (disappear) from popular genealogy sites?
3.  What can you do now to save important records for future access?
1.  Do Magnetic Tapes Lose their Magnetism?
1.  What new book will be of great interest and help to the Acadian researcher?
What new Mobile App for genealogists makes it easier than ever to explore and share your family history?
What nifty application at Internet Archive is available for avid readers?
What website useful to family historians is having troubles and who is working on updating and revising some of its features?
What tool is very useful for creating personal genealogy web sites from GEDCOM files?
What Canadian Census is now available Free at the Library and Archives Canada?
Many more helpful articles are published each week by Dick Eastman.  Subscriptions can be free OR subscribe for the plus edition for a very reasonable charge.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Odds and Ends Websites for Friends...Genealogy Friends!

When you find something of value, don't you just want to share it with a friend?  Well, I want to share some websites with you.  Try them and let me know what you think, OR just give it a Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down review!  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Free Webinars at FamilySearch

I missed today''s webinar, but coming up is another good one (

11 a.m. MST
12 p.m. CDT
Thursday 28 September!

Website: and Your Family Tree

 How to Start Your Family Tree


  •  Remember, Family Tree at FamilySearch is not meant to be a private tree for your dead relatives! 
  • However, if you want an online tree that is subject to being edited or added to by strangers, then you'll want to stay tuned to this channel!
    Why would anyone choose the 2nd Option?!  Well, folks who use FamilySearch Family Tree want to see their tree grow.  They want to connect with cousins.  They want collaboration (if it has been documented)!  If anyone changes the information and it is incorrect, you can change it back with little or no trouble.
  • FamilySearch Family Tree will interact with RootsMagic (your static, private version of your family tree) so that you can upload your info to Family Tree instead of entering each name separately.
    •  If you don't use RootsMagic, perhaps you will change your mind when you find out that your family tree at can be imported to RootsMagic and then be uploaded/integrated with FamilySearch!
    • Or not. If your previous software is compatible, then you can load it onto FamilySearch Family Tree, also.
  • Here's one of several video presentations at YouTube that you might want to watch, so that when I do a demonstration in a couple of weeks, you will be ahead of the game:
  • Also, explore the good things people have to say about Family Tree at FamilySearch: (in the search box, enter "FamilySearch Family Tree").

Indian River Genealogical Society

Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree

And Best of All (my opinion):  Ancestoring Blog/Site

My Challenge to You  

1.  Obtain a sign-in/account at Family Tree (FREE_)

2.  Choose a few of your dead ancestors (Start with your grand or great grand parents).  Enter them into the Family Tree and see what happens.  You can print out the results in pedigree form, if you like.

3.  Let me know your comments, questions, and so forth. (

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tidbits, Newsflash, and Family History News

#1:  Free Access to Legacy's Genealogy Webinars (
#2:  At, this week's "regular" no-pay newsletter: look for keywords "Evernote"; New York Health Dept Lock-up Vital Event Records;; Sussex Parish Records; Your Ancestor, a Convict Shipped to Australia?; Genealogy Events Calendar Update; New Records,; The person or persons in my class who can tell me why Dick Eastman's newsletter is shorter than usual will win a prize!

#3:  Have you seen the 5 tips to organize your Military Records at Blog? 

#4:  Free FamilySearch Webinars for September:

Class on Friday: Jon Sheperd will finish up his Cemetery Research Program; Margaret will demonstrate a popular feature of!