Saturday, April 26, 2014

Webinars on Court Records, Land Records and Illinois

We've added presentations on very popular topics to our list of sessions beginning on 27 April 2014--including land records, court records, and Illinois. Check out the details and times on our announcement.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Google Name and Every County Separately

While "stuck" on a relative, I remembered that I had forgotten to Google his name as separate searches with every county in which he lived.

Discovered a message board posting for the relative in a county where he probably only lived three or four years.

Sometimes we all need reminding of search approaches that we've forgotten.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Missouri Confederate Pensions at FamilySearch

There is no everyname index, but these pensions (approved and denied) are filed alphabetically based upon whether the applicant was applying for a pension or admission to the veteran's home. Make certain to look in all four parts of this collection on FamilySearch.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Don't Take Those Descriptions Literally

The 1885 Nebraska State Census at FamilySearch reads:

"Name index and images of the state census for Nebraska taken in 1885. The microfilms are from National Archives publication M352. The population schedule lists all household members."

That's true. But their digital version includes the agricultural schedules as well--as does the index. In one case, the head of household name on the agricultural schedule got indexed "better" than the same person's name on the population schedule. Finding him in the agricultural schedules helped me to find him on the population schedule--all I had to do was search for his farming neighbors and there he was.

And I bet that the 1885 Nebraska State Census is not the only record that has a description that's not quite as detailed as a person would like.

Organizing Genealogical Information Class

We've added a session of this 4 week class with meetings in the evenings for those who cannot work daytime into their schedule. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WIldcards at FamilySearch

Generally any search term that is a name at FamilySearch must include three characters in addition to the wildcard. However, you can use a wildcard operator after just one letter has been entered. Wildcard operators on FamilySearcinclude ? for one and only character as its replacement and * as a placeholder for multiple characters.

The following searches on the last name are allowed:

  • n*ll--which gets anything that starts with an "n" and ends with two "l"s.
  • n??ll--which gets names that start with an "n," then have two letters and end with two "l"s. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Differences in Library Edition

Users of the "Library Edition" know that it's different from the personal "home use" edition. This page has links to pdf files and other materials discussing the differences.

Friday, April 4, 2014

How Many Wildcards at

Were you aware that searches at can include more than one wildcard term? Search terms generally need to include at least three letters, but a nice option for Trautvetter is Tr??t?e??er.

? requires one letter in its place at
* can be any number of characters

For Trautvetter, this is a very effective search.

Not all sites support this many wilcards.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unexact at FamilySearch Does Not Include Soundex

For those who use FamilySearch and wondered if "unexact" searches include the Soundex option--the answer is not necessarily. See this post on my blog.