Sunday, December 31, 2017

Genealogy Resolutions with Help for 2018

As with other aspects of our lives genealogists may be sitting around the fireside today considering their goals for 2018.  Several of our favorite sites are willing to help!

Courtesy of

  • MoSGA's 2018 Keynote Speaker Amy Johnson Crow is offering 52 weeks of prompts to assist you in writing about your ancestors.  Sign up here.
  • Family History Daily is offering 50% off their online courses through the end of today (Dec 31).  Just use the code 2018.
  • Thomas MacEntee is offering his popular Genealogy Do Over course offering a monthly to do list to rectify some past research sins.

Here is to a safe, peaceful and prosperous 2018 for everyone!

Family Search Schedule of Webinars for January 2018

 Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for January 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (27 December 2017), If your New Year's resolutions include free, how-to family history classes, then look no further than the array of webinars and classes offered by the Family History Library starting in January 2018. Participants can attend in person or online. The January schedule includes informative classes for IrelandPortugalGermanyUnited KingdomNorway, and United States research, using the FamilySearch Family Tree, learning how to use the FamilySearch tools more effectively, how to index, and other useful tips and instruction. Some classes are available in Spanish. See the full schedule below. Easily find and share this announcement directly from the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title on the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain standard time. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget.
If you are unable to attend a class in person or watch it online at the time it is scheduled, you may be able to watch it later. Most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To view these recorded sessions, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.
Tuesday, January 2, 10:00 a.m. 
Overview of (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Saturday, January 6, 1:00 p.m. 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Monday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 a.m. 
Starting FamilyTree: Navigating, Adding and Editing, Standardization of Dates and Places (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. 
French Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Thursday, January 11, 1:00 p.m
British Case Study (Intermediate) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Thursday, January 11, 3:00 p.m
Using Social Media for Family History (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 16, 10:00 a.m
Tips and Tricks for Using the FamilySearch Historical Records Collection (Beginner)
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 16, 11:00 a.m
From America to Norway: A Beginner's Case Study (Beginner) 
Webinar | 2N Lab 
Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. 
Italian Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Thursday, January 18, 11:00 a.m. 
Pennsylvania Research (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main B 
Thursday, January 18, 1:00 p.m
What's New in British Research at (Intermediate
Webinar | Main B 
Saturday, January 20, 1:00 p.m
Establecimiento geográfico-eclesiástico de la Nueva España—México (Intermediate) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Monday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 a.m
What's New at (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 23, 11:00 a.m
How to Find Ancestors in Digitalarkivet of Norway (Beginner) 
Webinar | 2N Lab 
Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 p.m. 
Tracing Ancestry in Ireland's Estate Records (Advanced) 
Webinar | Main B 
Wednesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. 
Portuguese Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | B2 Lab  
Thursday, January 25, 1:00 p.m
Your British and Irish Research Questions Answered (Intermediate) 
Webinar | B2 Lab  
Monday, January 29, 10:00 a.m. 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 30, 10:00 a.m
Starting FamilyTree: Attaching Sources (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 30, 1:00 p.m. 
FamilySearch's Collections of British Merchant Maritime Records (Intermediate) 
Webinar | Main B 
Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 p.m. 
Using German Civil Registration Records (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main A 
Wednesday, January 31, 10:00 a.m. 
Spanish Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas with Goodwill to All!

It's that time of year again when we gather together with family and the stories begin to fly.  You can always spot the genealogist in the crowd because we are the ones scrambling for a napkin or scrap of paper or frantically trying to hit record on our phones so we don't miss the details of the moment.

After one such occurrence a few days ago I jumped on to try out my newly acquired data.  When I signed in I saw a genealogist's dream - a picture of extended family taken over 100 years ago with multiple generation identified.  Santa could not have done any better!

Merry Christmas to all and may you all have a little surprise waiting in (or under) your tree this year.

Kembel & Barnes Families (Laclede Couty, MO) c. 1910-1920s

With persons identified (tagged)

An interesting look at the progress of Google Maps

I just came upon this very interesting piece comparing Google Maps to Apple Maps and other competitors. Looking at the pictures, it is stunning to see how Google has come in showing details of structures.  The difference is stunning -from what our ancestors could see on a map to the detail we expect from the present.  

What a boon this is for genealogists! Happy hunting.

Map of Morgan County, Missouri c. 1880

Courthouse, Versailles, MO (no date)

Monday, December 04, 2017

The Ancestor Hunt Updates its List of Free Digital Missouri Newspapers

The Ancestor Hunt, a great genealogy blog, has updated its ongoing list of Missouri newspapers that can be found online.  While many of the newspapers can be found on the Library of Congress (LOC) site Chronicling America, the Ancestor Hunt provides quick and easy access to the LOC and other online databases.  Happy Hunting!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2018. The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2017 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2018 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.
The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on  the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinar is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2018 Webinar ScheduleSo what does 2018 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!
January 9 – Finding Scottish Ancestors OnlinePresenter: Nancy Loe
Registration 13 – Illinois Digital ResourcesPresenter: Tina Beaird
Registration 14 – Finding Clues for Your Immigrant Ancestors in Ethnic Newspapers and Publications
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
April 10 – Friedrich Eiler in Illinois: Fragments Fuse to Identify One IndividualPresenter: Jill Morelli
Registration 8 – Want to Honor Your Revolutionary Roots?: Resources for Applying to a Revolutionary War Lineage SocietyPresenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
Registration 12 – Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS ChurchPresenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen AG
Registration 10 – Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestor Behind Closed DoorsPresenter: Melissa Barker
Registration 14 – National Archives Resources at the Chicago BranchPresenter: Jane Haldeman
September 11 –Researching Pre-fire ChicagoPresenter: Ginger Frere
October 9 – Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family HistorianPresenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Registration 13 – 1918: The Prairie State “Over There”Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017, for the registration link.December 11 –Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding Ancestors of the Great MigrationPresenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017 for the registration link.Additional Webinar Information·       All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
·       For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at
·       You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at
·       Don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2018 series can be accessed at, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2018 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!
The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (

Excellent Source for Researching your First Family: St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records

We have a tip for all First Families Applicants – don’t overlook the St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project.  They have the following records.  This repository has court case records about many early Missouri residents and may have records that will help you prove your ancestor’s Missouri residency for
  • Territorial Certificate – prior to 10 August 1821
  • Pioneer Certificate – between 11 August 1821 and 31 December 1860
  • Civil War Certificate – served in Missouri Military Unit (either side) during Civil War, served from another state who saw service in Missouri during the Civil War or was a Civil War soldier who was buried in Missouri

The following is a description of what records are included in this project.
Since the official transfer of the Louisiana Purchase and the inception of the United States court system in 1804, the St. Louis Circuit Court has produced many different series of records including minutes, dockets, attorneys' rolls, journals, registers and case files. All records from the 1804-1875 period in the custody of the Circuit Court are housed at the Missouri State Archives-St. Louis.
The primary focus of archival work thus far has been concentrated on the case files, where much of the detail about cases filed in the courts is contained. Other related records have been microfilmed.
See the following for more information: