Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wrapping Up Webinar Sales

Wrapping it up--$5 Genealogy Webinar Sale

I have had great fun presenting webinars on a variety of research topics over the past three years. However, for a variety of reasons I’ve decided to no longer sell recordings of my forty previous webinars after 29 September. We will offer support for previous purchases after that time, but no new orders will be processed. If you've been waiting to order, don't wait any longer. Each presentation is $5 each--download is immediate. Our order page is here.

Topics are:
  • Using US Census on
  • Using US Passenger lists on
  • An overview of
  • Brick Walls from A to Z
  • More Brick Walls from A to Z
  • Yet More Brick Walls from A to Z
  • Brick Walls from A to Z--The FINAL One
  • Barbara's Beaus and Gesche's Girls
  • Preparing for Mother's Death
  • Proving Benjamin
  • The Newmans in the 1830-1870 Census: A Case Study
  • The Missing 1840 Census Enumeration
  • Creating Families from pre-1850 Census REcords
  • Court Records: Pig Blood in the Snow
  • The Probate Process; An Overview
  • Tips and Tricks for FamilySearch
  • Female Ancestors
  • Sarah and Susannah: Two 18th Century Virginia Women and Their Property
  • Proving Florence
  • Using
  • Illinois Research
  • Local Land Records in Public Domain Land States
  • The Bureau of Land Management Office Tract Books
  • Sections, Townships, Base Lines, etc--Land Descriptions in Federal Land States
  • Using the Bureau of Land Management Website
  • DeedMapper
  • DeedMapper with Virginia Land Patents
  • What is Not Written
  • The Genealogical Proof Standard for the Non-Professional
  • Charts, Charts, and More Charts
  • Creating Research Plans
  • Making and Proving Your Case
  • Seeing the Patterns: Organizing Your Information
  • Determining Your Own Migration Chain
  • Crossing the Pond
  • Did Your Ancestor Get a Civil War Pension?
  • American Revolutionary War Materials on
  • United States Naturalization Records pre-1920
  • Newspaper Research
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Michael John Neill
Genealogy Tip of the Day

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Tennessee Newspapers Digitized

The Library of Congress "Chronicling America" collection has added 1,000,000 pages of digital content newspapers from the Tennessee towns of Greeneville, Jonesborough, Memphis, Sweetwater and Winchester.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Ostfriesland Studbooks 1897-1911

Don't forget to consider "breeder directories" when searching for your rural ancestors. The links below are to digital images of four volumes of horse breeder information from Ostfriesland, Gemany between 1897 and 1911. Often these include the village where the breeder was living. I normally don't link to something this specific, but half my ancestors are Ostfriesen--and there may be similar publications for other areas of Europe as well.

Ostfriesisches Stutbuch.

Published:Norden, Landwirtschaftlicher Hauptverein für Ostfriesland, 1897-1911.
Subjects:Horses > Pedigrees. 
Physical Description:4 v. illus. 19 cm. 
Original Format:Serial
All Serials

Hathitrust Has Full Text Materials From 1940s and Later

Copyright is complicated, but usually materials published in the 1940s and after in the United States are subject to copyright and full images will not be available digitally on free sites. Hathitrust (and other sites such as and Google Books) may have full images of materials past the usual cut-off date for United States materials. Today I found a 1963 local history that was completely scanned and available. There are a variety of reasons that materials during this era can be available and a discussion of copyright is beyond the typical short nature of these posts.

Keep in mind that users are responsible for how they use digital images obtained on these sites.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hathitrust Search Results

Hathitrust has digital images of thousands of out of print, out of copyright books. When viewing your search results, take the year of publication shown in the search results  with a grain of salt. I've seen quite a few items where the year of publication listed in the search results was decades off from the actual year of publication.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Canadian Census Online

There are a variety of Canadian census indexes and images available on the Library and Archives Canada website. Click on an individual year and on the left hand portion of the page is a link to the search page.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Pennsylvania History Portal

This page created by the Pennsylvania contains links to a variety of sources for Pennsylvania history. Cemeteries, railroads, agriculture, and so much more is included--for both urban and rural researchers. The main page is

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Irish Genealogical Society's Pre-1864 Marriage Finder

This free database from the Irish Genealogical Society has nearly fifty thousand references to pre-1864 Irish marriages.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Authority at BLM Site

When viewing your search results at the Bureau of Land Management website be certain to look at the authority under which the patent was granted. It will help you determine if a homestead, cash sale, or military warrant was involved.

And remember that preemption claims are not usually noted on the authority, but are indicated on the actual patent.

Labor Day Webinar Specials

Save $10

Today coupon code "labor" will reduce any order of $20 or more by $10.

$4 Download Special 

We are excited to offer three of our most popular webinars at a $4 rate--don't wait as the sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on 2 September 2013.

All presentations include the media presentation and handout. These are geared towards experienced beginner and intermediate researchers.

Seeing Patterns 

Genealogical research is all about patterns. In this presentation, see ways to see more patterns in the materials you have located and in how your ancestor lived in order to make the most out of the material you have.


Organizing information is key to genealogical research. This session is not about making family trees, fan charts, etc. It discusses a variety of charts to help you in your research and makes it clear that there may be a lot of ways you can chart your research that you never even thought about. This lecture is not about how to make "pretty trees with names." It's about helping you with your research

Creating Research Plans

Organizing your research process is key to finding more information and researching as efficiently as possible. In this session, we will see through example how to create effective research plans and organizing research as it progresses forward.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Webinar and Blog Content Updates

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