Records are based mainly on Life Events – “Hatch / Match / Dispatch”. Birth Certificates, Newspaper Announcements, Church Records, Civil / Church Marriage Records, SS Applications, Death Certificates/Indexes, Obituaries, Cemetery Records, Grave sites, to name a few, are all sources of hints for maiden names. Determining when records became available in the locality you are researching, is timesaving, in that you are not searching for records that are not available. familysearch.org has a Wiki Search Function, where you can search many facets of what was available and when; e.g. no births were recorded by New York State before 1847, so… Continue Reading »
Writing Your Family History, by Mary Maki, FRGS member and Secretary. As genealogists we know that birth, marriage, and death dates are not enough. We want to learn about our ancestors. We want to tell their stories. We want to bring them to “life.” Writing helps us to do that. It helps us make sense of our research. It tells us what we are missing—names, dates, and especially citations. Most of us have our family trees online. It is possible that future generations may not be interested in online family trees, but if there is a well-written book about their… Continue Reading »
All databases at Ancestry.com are not created equal…that was one of the main take-aways from Elizabeth Ernst’s thought-provoking presentation at the April FRGS meeting. The pedigree and accuracy of the source data for the databases in Ancestry can vary widely, making it crucial for a researcher to examine the source information when deciding whether and how much to rely on the returns for any given search. Elizabeth presented tips on how to evaluate Ancestry’s databases and shared her opinion about which databases can be relied upon and which databases should be taken with “a grain of salt.” Elizabeth also discussed:… Continue Reading »
City Directories were the featured topic in a presentation by Trip Wiggins at the FRGS February meeting. City Directories can be wonderful sources of information for the family history researcher. Popular from the mid-19th century into the late 20th century, these directories were commercial publications intended to be purchased and used by businesses to help them find customers. The directories typically would contain information about most of the residents of a town or city, including household name, names of persons living in the house, occupation and employer. The directories also could include a history of the region, lists of churches… Continue Reading »
We will be taking a break over the Summer, so there will be no meetings in July or August. We hope to see you all in September, refreshed from vacations and ready to dive back into those Irish Records. Perhaps some additional records will have been transcribed and indexed by the time we meet again. Happy Summer!!