Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an online research site that allowed you to easily search for records about your ancestors from repositories across the USA? One that linked to actual records that you could view online?
Wouldn’t it be even more wonderful if that site was completely free for anyone to use?
If you answered yes to these questions, you’ll be thrilled to know that such a research site does exist. It’s called the Digital Public [...]
This is the story of how Reclaim The Records fought and won the right to digitize and make available online the New York State Death Index. Thanks to their efforts these important records from 1880-1956 can now be found completely free on the Internet Archive. As Reclaim The Records points out, this story is “kind of long, but it’s really juicy, so if reading tales of government malfeasance is your thing, settle in for a treat.” We thank them for their important work [...]
By Tony Bandy
Interested in discovering more information about the work your ancestors did? Our Family Tree, which offers a unique online database containing information on the occupations of over 96,000 historical persons, may be able to help. Records on nearly 60 professions are included on the site – most of them religious or government positions such as ministers, lighthouse keepers, postmasters, sheriffs, mayors, commissioners and town clerks. Simply search for your [...]
Most genealogists use federal census records on a regular basis. Few resources are, after all, as packed full of information and as easy to access as a census.
And, while we all know that the details found in a census can often be incorrect, this helpful record collection has become a family history staple for good reason. No other resource recorded details about our ancestor’s lives in such a frequent and predictable way and, often times, the federal census may seem to be [...]
By Alexandra Mendez-Diez
Family History is about more than just finding the names and important dates of those that came before us, it is a quest to discover the narratives of our ancestors lives. But finding that information can be difficult and sometimes requires creative solutions, such as reviewing old newspapers or examining historical events that affected large populations.
That’s why a unique website like GenDisasters.com is such an invaluable free [...]