Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guide to BLM Tract Books

If you have been using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books which were recently published digitally on the FamilySearch site, there is a guide to what locations are contained in which volume.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey

From the Newberry Library:

"The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Projects Administration of Illinois. The purpose of the project was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago."

Available online at

Thanks to Liz (one of our Genealogy Tip of the Day fans on Facebook) for passing this along.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Searching for Professor Emeritus

Keep in mind that some digital indexes to records, particularly printed materials, are created automatically. This explains why "Professor Emeritus of History, Thomas Smith" is indexed as "Professor Emeritus." For a longer set of examples, visit our blog.  If your ancestor is in a printed reference in some "non-standard" way, his index entry may be non-standard as well.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Toggling Between New and Old Search at

There are still times when the "old search" at is preferable to the "new search" at Do you know how to go back and forth between the two?

On the main home page, slide your mouse to the word "Search" on the upper left hand portion of your window. When you do that you should see a menu come up--click on "Search all Records." 

Then in the upper right part of that page you should see a small link that says "go to old/new search." Clicking on that link will take you to the "other" search form.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013 from Search Tip of the Day

We're just under the wire in wishing readers a "Happy New Year."

Happy 2013! Hopefully you are ready to continue your family history discoveries in the new year.

 Fans and viewers have called our webinars one of the best genealogical bargains around. Today, to celebrate the beginning of 2013, we're offering a coupon code through 11:45 PM 2 January 2013 that will reduce your webinar purchase price by 60%.

Coupon code is yearend

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Thanks for your support in 2012! It is appreciated.