Friday, August 31, 2012

Need Historical Weather Data from the US?

If you're needing some historical weather data from areas of the United States, try this site to download climatological observations from a variety of areas:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Finding A Frame

I've been searching for individuals with the last name of Frame on Genealogybank recently in an attempt to locate something on the family in Chicago.

This is one last name (like many) that is difficult to search for because the last name has a meaning outside of being a last name and is a common word.

I've had some success using the family's residence in the Pullman or Kensington area of Chicago as additional keyword search parameters.

Other than locations and first names, does anyone have suggestions for searching for common names in databases such as this? I've also restricted my search to Illinois newspapers as well.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Odd Fellow Acronyms

Thanks to Helen S. for making me aware of think link of acronyms for the International Order of Odd Fellows

Half-Off Webinar Sale

We're offering our half-off download sale for the next 24 hours--until 6:00 PM Central time 28 August 2012.

Coupon code halfoff at checkout will reduce your order price by 50%--cutting it in half! Jumpstart your research today--we have a wide variety of topics, the best prices around, and years of genealogical experience upon which our presentations are based.

If these links do not work, please visit  Coupon will expire in 24 hours--don't wait.

Do You Use Mailing Lists?

Mailing lists can still be a great way to ask research questions and get help and suggestions. Not everyone is on Facebook or blogging their heart away.

Roots-L is one of the oldest genealogical mailing lists around at and Gen-Newbie ( a great list for those "new" to research or computers.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Making Special Characters

Need to make an "o" with an umlaut? This page has a list of alternate characters and the codes needed to make them.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Free Coy of Brick Walls A to Z-Part 2

[I've posted this here due to overwhelming response on my other blogs]

Blog readers, followers, and email subscribers to Search Tip of the Day can get my second "Brick Walls from A to Z" webinar for free by using this link:

I've given four of these "Brick Walls from A To Z" presentations--this offer is for the second one. Each one has different suggestions. This is the first time we've offered the second presentation for free.

Offer good for up to 24 hours after this post. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Early Vital Records of Massachusetts From 1600 to 1850

If you've got ancestors in Massachusetts between 1600 and 1850, consider taking a look at the free transcriptions of vital records on this site:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Webinar on Correcting YOUR Tree Released

I just finished the recording of my webinar on making corrections and changes to your tree.

Items discussed included changing:

  • names
  • relationships
  • locations
We discussed the importance of not correcting where you shouldn't and making certain that you don't say records say things that they don't. Along the way we mentioned a few pitfalls to avoid. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012's 1940 "Residence" search includes 1935 residence

It might be that I'm the only one who wasn't aware of this.

When you search the 1940 census on and include a residence, it includes a search of the 1935 residence as well. The search on this screen was for individuals who had a residence of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

I was surprised to see the last match--in Orange County.

Apparently it came up as a hit because that person was living in Chicago in 1935.

Just in case you didn't know.

The 1940 census and images are free at through 2013. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

County Marriages On FamilySearch

For some states, FamilySearch has indexes to county marriage records that link to images. In some cases, a search for an ancestor may turn up several "marriages." They may all be the same couple and the entries could be referring to different documents and records that were created as a part of the marriage process. These could included:
  • Marriage bond
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage register
It doesn't mean there were multiple marriages--just different parts of the "record."

New Webinars for August 2012

We have three new webinar topics for August:
  • Federal Land Descriptions
  • Determining What's On FamilySearch
  • Did Your Ancestor Get a Union Civil War Pension?

10 August 2012
10:00 AM Central
Sections, Townships, Base Lines and Meridians: Land Descriptions in Federal Land States
This presentation will provide an overview of how land is described in Federal land states, beginning with base lines and meridians and working down to sections and quartersections. We’ll see how to interpret a legal description, determine the approximate acreage, and create property maps.
10 August 2012
12 Noon Central
Understanding What’s On FamilySearch: Do Multiple Databases with Similar Titles Confuse You?
This presentation will focus on American databases on Do you know what you are really searching when you search aFamilySearchdatabase? Do you understand the difference between three databases with similar titles that cover “the same thing?” We will look at several examples during this presentation and provide a general framework for determining (when you can) what a database really is.
10 August 2012
2:00 PM Central
Did Your Civil War Ancestor Get a Pension: Ways to Determine if your Serviceman Applied
We will look at several online finding aids to pensions, some offline finding aides, and a general research strategy for determining if your Civil War ancestor received a pension.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Look at the Entire Search Page

To reduce the chance you miss options, the first time you use a search interface online look at the entire page. Are there options that only become active when a link is clicked? Are there additional search parameters on the bottom of the page.

There may be options you simply have not seen because you have not looked.

Or they may not be additional options at all.