Tuesday, July 22, 2014
For those with Irish relatives, this 19th century publication on names may be helpful. Varieties and synonymes of surnames and Christian names in Ireland for the guidance of registration officers and the public in searching the indexes of births, deaths, and marriages. The book can be located digitally here.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Always check any database with a test search if you think it's not working or as complete as described. A recent search of a database for Cook County, Illinois, returned no hits for people with the last name Smith born between 1930 and 1938. That's got to be a problem with the search--not me.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Tennessee Secretary of State's Office has posted scanned images from 1500 family bibles and put them on their website.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
When using any index, determine if the index indexes:
- every name
- names of "important" people
- one name per document or record
If you don't know, how do you know what you are searching? Check out my post on Rootdig for a longer discussion.