A Bibliography of American County Histories by P. William Filby - PDF and Printed Editions now available in our online store

1825Compiled for use by historians and genealogists, A Bibliography of American County Histories provides a state-by-state listing of all published county histories of any significance, giving information concerning title, author, and place and date of publication, as well as details of editions, reprints, and indexes, so the reader can learn what is available almost at a glance.

The work is based primarily on the holdings of the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library, but draws as well on published state bibliographies and lists of county histories furnished by librarians in each state. Comparatively few county histories are published any more--their now almost quaint subject matter features biographical sketches, lists of vital records, and narratives of early explorations and settlements--so this book will remain the standard bibliography for years to come.

The late P.W. Filby was a world-renowned scholar, bibliographer, and cryptologist. He was the author or compiler of twenty books, including works on calligraphy, genealogy, and immigration. His best known works in bibliography include the monumental American & British Genealogy & Heraldry (1983) and Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900 (1981).

449 pages | Published 1985, reprinted 2009 | PDF or Printed Editions

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EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"A boon for both genealogists and historians, Filby's work provides a detailed listing of published county histories for the entire United States with the exceptions of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. . . . With the help of librarians in each state and state bibliographies, Filby was able, in most cases, to double the number of county histories listed by the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library for that state."--AMERICAN LIBRARIES (May 1987).

"Both professional and fledgling genealogists will find this a useful tool in research."--THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. XXXV, No. 1 (1987).

"The book [Filby] has produced is a quality product which deserves a place in local history collections."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1986).

"Any public, academic, or special library with local history interests will find this book an essential purchase. Libraries serving genealogists no longer can provide adequate reference service without it."--RQ (Winter 1985), p. 253.

"We therefore hail the publication of this newest Filby venture, based on the holdings of libraries throughout the country. By judicious omission of words and phrases from the awesomely detailed titles of most of the county histories, Mr. Filby has been able to include over 5,000 titles, with full bibliographical data for each."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 116, No. 4 (October 1985).

"The indefatigable Mr. Filby has produced another monumental work."--NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 73, No. 3 (September 1985).

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County HistoriesRelated Product - Legacy QuickGuide: Researching County Histories - 2.95

The Researching County Histories Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information to provide you with an introduction to county histories and some tools and tips to help you with your research. With a little know-how and encouragement, you will be well on your way to exploring the various compiled histories available and furthering the research of your ancestors. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

County histories contain a wealth of information about a county, its townships, and its people. They are excellent sources for genealogists and family historians to learn about the places where their ancestors lived. You may even find an ancestor hiding within pages of a county history. This guide will cover the types of information you can find in county histories, how to use them as tools in your genealogy research, how to locate county histories, and other types of histories you may find useful in your research.

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Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 8.0.0.559)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) for you to download. It provides:

  • 330 brand new and updated Research Guidance suggestions,
  • ordinance card printing (LDS users)
  • fixes to some minor issues you have reported to us,

So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's New

Ordinance Card Printing. For LDS users, you can now print ordinance cards within the FamilySearch part of Legacy. 

Research Guidance. Legacy's exclusive, built-in Research Guidance, takes a look at what you already know about an ancestor, then gives you a prioritized list of research links and suggestions - all based on when and where your ancestor lived. Beginners love the guidance; experienced researchers love the checklist as a way to not overlook potential sources. Below is the list of new and updated Research Guidance sources added in this update. Click here for an overview of using Research Guidance.

New / updated (330)

Alabama, Civil Appointments, 1818-1939
Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942
Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999
Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902
Ansbach, Germany, Lutheran Parish Register Extracts, 1526-1940
Arizona, Birth Records, 1881-1948
Arizona, County Coroner and Death Records, 1881-1971
Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972
Arizona, Prison Records, 1875-1929
Arizona, School Census Records, 1910 - 1917
Arizona, Territorial Census Records, 1864-1882
Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1866-1955
Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1874-1932
Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1818-1998
Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-2001
Australia, Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists, 1852-1924
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913
Belgium Lie`ge Civil Registration 1621-1914
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910
Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry, 1897-1909
Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry, 1909-1914
Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014
Britain, Directories & Almanacs
Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth index
Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930
British Newspapers 1710-1953
British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen
Buchanan County, Missouri Marriages, 1839-1855
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936
California, Chinese Arrival Case Files Index, 1884-1940
California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997
California, Mortuary Records of Chinese Decedents, 1870-1933
California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011
California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959
California, Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Birth Index, 1852 - 1855, 1893 - 1906
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Death Records, 1720-1957
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Tax Discount Index, 1740-1865
Chiapas, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1861-1947
Chiapas, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1861-1952
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904
Colorado, Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1974
Columbia, South Carolina Obituaries, 1859-1877
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939
Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Crestleaf (repository)
Crestleaf (trees)
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953
Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1938-1945
Dahme-Spreewald, Germany, Births, 1874-1899
Daviess County, Missouri, Marriage Index, 1836-1856
Delaware, Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928
Denmark, Probate Indexes, 1674-1851
Devon, Plymouth prison records 1821-1919
District of Columbia, Select Deaths and Burials Index, 1769-1960
Dorset (England) Baptisms
Dorset (England) Burials
Dorset (England) Marriages
Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010
European staff in the Chinese Maritime Customs, 1854-1950
FamilyTreeNow (repository)
FamilyTreeNow (trees)
Find A Grave Index
Florida, Port Everglades Passenger Lists, 1932-1951
Fold3 (repository)
France, Saône-et-Loire, Military Conscriptions, 1867-1940
Frankenberg, Germany, Birth and Death Index Cards, 1785-1875
Frankenberg, Germany, Births, 1876-1903
Frankenberg, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1951
Frankenberg, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1922
Frankenberg, Germany, Residence Records, 1809-1928
Geneanet (repository)
Geneanet (trees)
Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940
Georgia, Brunswick Passenger Lists, 1904-1939
Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992
Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Funeral Sermons, 1597-1794
Global, Gravestone Photograph Index, 1265-2014
Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813
Gloucestershire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1974
Gloucestershire, England, Land Tax Records, 1713-1833
Gloucestershire, England, Prison Records, 1728-1914
Grant County, Indiana Birth Index, 1882-1981
Gravestone Photographic Resource (repository)
Greater London Burial Index
Hancock County, Maine, Cemetery Index, 1825-1970
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946
Hawaii, Passport Records, 1849-1850, 1874-1900
Herkimer County, New York Soldiers, 1916-1918
Hesse, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1661-1875
Hesse, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1730-1875
Hibbing, Minnesota, Arrest Record Index, 1900-1939
Hibbing, Minnesota, High School Indexes, 1919-2001
Hopewell, Virginia, Friends Memberships, 1759-1776
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934
Illinois Department of Insurance (repository)
Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985
Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889
Illinois, Compiled Records from Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society, 1811-1990
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007
Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940
Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011
Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005
Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993
Iowa, Church and Civil Marriages, 1837-1989
Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949
Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996
Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997
Ireland Dog Licence Registers
Ireland Poor Law Reports
Ireland Surnames & Family Histories
Ireland, electroral registers 1885-1886
Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857
Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions 1826-1925
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Births
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Congregational Records
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Deaths
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Marriages
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Migration Records
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) School Records
Irish Newspapers 1700-1999
Irish Newspapers 1708-1956
Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912
Italy, Roma, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1863-1930
Japan Genealogies 850-2012
Japan Village Records 709-1982
Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961
Karlsruhe, Germany, Births, 1870-1904
Karlsruhe, Germany, Deaths, 1870-1951
Karlsruhe, Germany, Marriages, 1870-1921
Kent Wills & Probate Index
Kent, Bromley Absent Voters List 1918
Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1874-1983
London Lives, Culture & Society 1680-1817
Louisiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1756-1984
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995
Maryland Military Men, 1917-1918
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956
Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1604-1998
Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961
Massachusetts, Name Changes, 1780-1892
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001
Mercer County, Kentucky Marriage Records, 1800-1830
Michigan Church Marriages, 1865-1931
Michigan Civil Marriages, 1834-1974
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937
Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937
Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940
Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950
Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952
Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952
Middlesex (England) Baptisms 1543-1876
Minnesota, Baudette, Warroad, and International Falls Passenger Lists, 1910-1923
Minnesota, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919
Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874
Missouri, Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988
Mönchengladbach, Germany, Death Records, 1798-1950
Mönchengladbach, Germany, Marriages, 1798-1933
Montana, Mineral County Obituaries, 1870-2010
Montenegro (country)
National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914
Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995
Netherlands, Baptism Index, 1569-1879
Netherlands, Birth Index, 1787-1915
Netherlands, Burial Index, 1546-1821
Netherlands, Civil Marriage Index, 1795-1950
Netherlands, Death Index, 1795-1965
Netherlands, Dutch East India Company Crew Index, 1633-1795
Netherlands, Marriage Index, 1570-1938
Netherlands, Newspaper Announcements Index, 1795-1945
Netherlands, Population Registers Index, 1850-Present
Nevada, Death Records, 1911-1965
New Brunswick, Saint John, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919
New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915
New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970
New Jersey State Census 1865
New Jersey, Births, 1670-1980
New Jersey, Church Records, 1675-1970
New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988
New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980
New Jersey, State Census, 1855
New Jersey, State Census, 1865
New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739-1991
New Mexico, Land Records of New Spain, 1692-1846
New Orleans, Louisiana, Birth Records Index, 1790-1915
New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1899
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891
New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869
New York Military in the Revolution
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921
New York State Religious Records 1716-1914
New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999
New Zealand, Auckland, Waikumete Cemetery Records, 1886-1948
Newspaper Marriage Index, 2002-2015
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registries, 1949-2011
Norfolk County, Virginia Will Abstracts, 1710-1753
North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868
North Carolina, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1958-1963
North Dakota and South Dakota, Wills and Probate Records, 1878-1928
North Dakota, Select Funeral Home Indexes, 1903-1997
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1912
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Confirmations, 1870-1911
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1912
Northern Territory, Australia, Probate Index, 1911-1994
Oconee County, Georgia, Probate Court Birth Certificates, 1875-1915
Oconee County, Georgia, Probate Death Certificates, 1927-2010
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942
Ohio, Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1888-1946
Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936
Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938, 1943, and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947
Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928, 1933-1934
Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869
Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858
Oregon, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1870-1930
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015
Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches, 1868
Pennsylvania, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1800-1962
Pennsylvania, Volunteers in the War of 1812
Pennsylvania, Women in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
PERSI
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005
Plymouth, Massachusetts, Epitaphs from Burial Hill, 1678-1891
Polk County, Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1906-1910
Prenzlau, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1950
Prussia (and alternate spellings) added as AKAs to Germany and Poland so that more sources would be picked up
Queensland Births 1829-1919
Queensland Deaths 1829-1964
Queensland Marriages 1829-1939
Red River Valley Genealogical Society (repository)
Revolutionary War Courts-Martial, 1775-1783
Rhode Island Cemeteries, 1647-present
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission (repository)
Slavery Era Insurance Policies Registry
South Australia Rate Books
South Carolina Georgetown Passenger Lists 1904-1942
South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955
South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013
South Dakota, State Census, 1945
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956
Suffolk Marriage Index
Surrey Marriage Index 1538-1887
Sussex Burials
Sutton, Surrey, England, Water Rate Books, 1868-1911
Tacoma Public Library (repository)
Tacoma, Washington, Obituary Index, 1882-2015
Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899
Tasmania, Australia, Insolvency and Petty Sessions, 1829-1902
Tasmania, Despatches of the Governor's Office, 1823-1855
Tennessee Church Marriages, 1810-1965
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910
Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
Texas, Potter County, Probate Index, 1901-2013
Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965
The London Gazette, supplements August 1914 -January 1920
The Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America
U.K., Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1915
U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940
U.S., Biographical Cyclopedia of American Women
U.S., Citizenship Affidavits of US-born Seamen at Select Ports, 1792-1869
U.S., Homestead Records, 1861-1936
U.S., Newspaper Birth Index, 2005-2015
U.S., Women of the Century, 1882
U.S., World War I Soldier Naturalizations, 1918
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872
United States Marriages
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815
United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Freedmen's Court Records, 1865-1872
University of Bristol (repository)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (repository)
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937
Utah Pioneers and Prominent Men
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914
Utah, Sons of Utah Pioneers, Companies Index, 1846-1868
Utah, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985
Vermont Men, 1894
Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005
Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957
Virginia, Apprentice Index, 1640-1800
Virginia, Soldiers of 1776
War of 1812 - Pension Files
Warwickshire Burials 1836-2006
Washington Birth Records, 1869-1950
Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1851-1970
West Virginia, Births Index, 1804-1938
West Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985
Western Australia Birth Index
Western Australia Death Index
Western Australia Marriage Index
Westminister Banns
Westminister Baptisms
Westminister Burials
Westminister Marriages
Wiconsin Naturalization Records
Wiltshire Baptisms 1538-1866
Wisconsin Court Records
Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930
Wisconsin Men of Progress
Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987
Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, Bethany Children's Home Indexes
Worcester, Massachusetts, Burial Index, 1727-1859
Worcestershire (England) Baptisms
Worcestershire (England) Burials
Worcestershire (England) MarriagesAmerica's Successful Men
Yorkshire Baptisms
Yorkshire Burials
Yorkshire Marriages
Yorkshire Registers and Records

What's Been Fixed

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The Top 10 Genealogy Classes of June 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for June 2016! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-364 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of June 2016.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for June 2016

1. Brand New Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

2. Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki and Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

3. Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

4. Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail

5. Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

6. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

7. Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji

8. Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard

9. Watch Geoff Live: DNA by Geoff Rasmussen and Diahan Southard

10. Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Kircher Roddy

The Runner-Ups

11. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors in New York Passenger Lists by Lisa Alzo

12. Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records by Marian Pierre-Louis

13. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: the Other Ports by Lisa Alzo

14. The Genetic Ancestry of Native Americans by Ugo Perego

15. NEHGS: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help by Lindsay Fulton

16. Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by James M. Beidler

17. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: Advanced Tips and Techniques by Lisa Alzo

18. Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

19. Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee

20. Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an annual or monthly membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.


Find Ancestors' Immigration in New York Almshouse Records

NY Almshouse Records

 

In the early 1800s port cities in the United States bore the burdens of immigration. By the time immigrants arrived from their native country, many were tired, hungry, and poor. Many newly arrived immigrants ended up in the City Almshouse or Poorhouse. This meant the citizens of their new country had to take care of them.

At first citizens of port cities such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York asked their Mayors for funds to support the poor. Eventually they asked the states, and by mid-century some states set up state agencies to deal with the issue. Eventually, beginning in the 1880's, the Federal Government nationalized the programs.

Dating back to the colonial era, New York City assumed responsibility for its citizens who were destitute, sick, homeless, or otherwise unable to care for themselves. The city maintained an almshouse (sometimes labeled a house of refuge), various hospitals, and a workhouse on Blackwell's Island (now called Roosevelt Island) to care for the poor. Some were admitted on a voluntary basis, others were sent by the local courts.

There are many women in these records. Widows or single women with no families to support them often had no recourse except to ask the city for help for themselves or their children. Abandoned children are also found in these records.

These Almshouse records are a genealogist’s treasure and often contain immigration details. Some contain basic information on each person admitted, such as the name of ship, the date of arrival in USA and the port of arrival. Others contain much more information.

House of Refuge, Randall's Island, New York 1853
House of Refuge, Randall's Island, New York 1853

Almshouse records for New York City exist from 1758 to 1953. Olive Tree Genealogy has an ongoing project to transcribe and publish all New York Almshouse Records that contain immigration information.

Project Number One

The first set of New York Almshouse admittance records is for the years 1782 to 1813.

New York Almshouse Records 1782-1813. Records contain name of ancestor, date admitted, age, where from or born, complaint [illness], discharged, died, remarks.

Project Number Two

This set of New York Almshouse Admissions covers the years 1819-1840 and includes Name, Age, Place of birth, Ship Name, Where the person is from, Ship Captain's Name, Date of Bond, Sureties, Date Discharged, Death Date, Remarks, etc. Remarks often include genealogical details of the indigent person.

For example, under date 1820 March 11 Elizabeth Kennedy age 34 is listed as having died June 14, 1820; her daughter Mary Ann died Nov. 5, 1820

Researchers can use the clues in the Almshouse records (admission date, ship captain's name, owner's name, etc) as well as census records, to narrow the time frame of arrival. Families with children born in one country, such as England, and then in New York will find it much easier to narrow the time frame of immigration.

Project Number Three


The third set of Almshouse admission records for New York city is for 1855-1858 and contains the following information: Name, age, country of origin, date of arrival, arrival port, departure port, name of ship, captain of ship, married or single, name of someone who knows them, how many times they have been on the island, and a section for remarks. The remarks field often contains the date of discharge from the Almshouse.

 

Left side of Almshouse admission book 1855
Left side of Almshouse admission book 1855

 

Right side of Almshouse admission book 1855
Right side of Almshouse admission book 1855



Other New York Almshouse Resources

There are 30 sets of Almshouse records for New York City that are available on microfilm through FamilySearch.

 For New England poor records see "Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records" in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library.

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.

Image Credits:

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "House Of Refuge, Randall'S Island." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1853. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-d364-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Left and Right side of pages from Admission Book copied by Lorine McGinnis Schulze from microfilm.

 


Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? Free webinar by Diahan Southard now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA?" by Diahan Southard, is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

As we march forward into another year of genetic genealogy much is being discovered about the ways in which we can analyze our autosomal DNA data. There is a hot debate over two seemingly competing ideas: the DNA Circle, or the Triangulation method. The DNA Circle was pioneered by AncestryDNA and relies on small shared segments and complete family trees. The Triangulation method requires a chromosome browser and detailed calculations of shared amounts of DNA. We will cover questions like, Which is the best route to take? Do I need a chromosome browser? How can I use these methods in my own genealogy? Autosomal DNA is an ever changing field, this lecture will cover the latest methods of analysis and interpretation for the non-scientist genetic genealogist.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 42 minute recording of "Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA?" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • Watch Geoff Live: GEDmatch.com. July 8.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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The 2016 Webinar Subscriber Summer Spectacular!

Get ready for the 2016 Webinar Subscriber Summer Spectacular!

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It's our way of saying thank you to our webinar subscribers!

This summer we will not only have new members-only content, we will also have full in-depth series to help you take your genealogy to a new level.

We'll be sharing with you five new members-only series, released every two weeks, throughout the summer of 2016.

Here's an overview of what you can expect:

Speaker

Series

Release Date

Melissa Barker

Researching in Archives (5 classes)

July 4th

John Grenham

Foundations of Irish Genealogy (6 classes)

July 18th

Thomas MacEntee

Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint (10 classes)

August 3rd

Blaine Bettinger

Foundations in DNA (5 classes)

August 15th

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Researching in California (4 classes)

August 29th

Researching in Archives (5 classes)

Archivist Melissa Barker is taking her professional expertise in the Houston County, Tennessee Archives and helping genealogists everywhere find hidden resources in archives, libraries and societies. 

Melissa's 5 classes include:

  • It's Not all Online - Tips from an Archivist
  • Vertical Files - What are they and How to use them
  • Researching in Libraries and Archives
  • Scrapbooks - A Genealogist's Gold Mine
  • Preserving Old Family Letters - Tips from an Archivist

Available to subscribers: July 4, 2016

Foundations of Irish Genealogy (6 classes)

Ireland's best-known genealogist, John Grenham, brings us the most comprehensive introduction to Irish research available online. John is the author of the genealogical standard Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. John gets you started with your Irish research in an approachable way that will take the mystery out of researching your Irish ancestors.

John's 6 classes include:

  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 1: The Raw Materials of Irish Genealogy
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 2: The Major Records I - General Register Office
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 3: The Major Record II - Censuses
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 4: The Major Record III - Church Records
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 5: The Major Record - 19th Century Property Records
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 6: Bringing the Major Records Together

Available to subscribers: July 18, 2016

Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint

If you enjoyed Thomas MacEntee's Microsoft Word series, you will love his new PowerPoint series. Thomas will take you through the steps of learning to use and make use of PowerPoint the right way. After you take this series of 10 classes, PowerPoint will make sense and you will be comfortable using it.

Thomas' 11 classes include:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint (1 hour) - LIVE - August 3, 2016
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Slide Formatting and Design (1 hour)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Slide Animations, Transitions and Effects (1 hour)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Photos and Videos (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Views (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Drawing and Graphics (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using the Grid and Grouping Items (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Slide Shows (1 hour)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using the Slide Master (30 minutes) 
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Settings and Menus (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Tips and Tricks (30 minutes)

Available to subscribers: August 3, 2016

Foundations in DNA (5 classes)

DNA is a hot topic in genealogy right now but it can be a bit confusing to learn how it works. Unfamiliar with DNA? Not a problem! DNA expert Blaine Bettinger starts from the very beginning and helps give you an understanding of DNA so that you can apply it as a tool to your genealogy research. 

Blaine's 5 classes include:

  • Foundations in DNA 1: Genealogy and DNA
  • Foundations in DNA 2: DNA Overview
  • Foundations in DNA 3: Y-DNA
  • Foundations in DNA 4: Mitochondrial DNA
  • Foundations in DNA 5: Autosomal DNA 

Available to subscribers: August 15, 2016

Researching in California (4 classes)

Did your ancestors Go West? Learn how to research your California ancestors with California native, Gena Philibert-Ortega. You'll tackle the major record groups and be on your way to uncovering details about your ancestors' California lives!

Gena's 4 classes include:

  • Researching in California (available now)
  • Life and Death in California (available now)
  • Ho for California - Land and Maps
  • Counting California - Censuses, Directories, and Voter Records

Available to subscribers: August 29, 2016

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Tuesday's Tip - Highlighting Multiple Locations

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Highlighting Multiple Locations

One of the beta testers posted on this recently in response to a question someone asked. I thought this would make a good tip of the day.

Let's say you want to make a list of everyone that uses Lamar County, Mississippi. I am going to sort the Location List by state then county then town so that all the Lamar County locations sort together. I can then highlight all of the locations using the Windows command CTRL (hold the button down) and then select the locations using the mouse.

Over on the right only the people using the LAST location will show up in the box and this is where people get a bit confused. To see ALL of the people for ALL of the highlighted locations you need to go to OPTIONS > SHOW LIST.

You can now Tag Everyone in List or you can Create Search List.

 

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Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips checkout the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.

 


New - Register for Watch Geoff Live: GEDmatch.com

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After the incredible findings of my first encounter with genetic genealogy, I am ready to take my DNA research to the next level. I want YOU – the live webinar audience – to be there with me as I explore GEDmatch.com for the first time.

Since our Watch Geoff Live: DNA webinar in April, which some are saying was "the best overall DNA presentation [they've] ever caught..." I've tested the DNA of my father, his father, and my father-in-law. This really is the next big thing in genealogy! As has been suggested as the next logical step with genetic genealogy research, I've imported the data into GEDmatch.com, but am very unsure on how to interpret what it has found.

Once again, I've invited DNA expert, webinar presenter, and yourDNAguide.com's Diahan Southard to be on hand to guide, interpret and explain the findings. The result will be a live and unscripted session giving DNA neophyte researchers (like me) a first-hand look at what to expect from one of DNA’s key tools – GEDmatch.com. I'd love to share the experience with all of you (Friday, July 8, 2016) so please register for the live webinar here.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard

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As we march forward into another year of genetic genealogy much is being discovered about the ways in which we can analyze our autosomal DNA data. There is a hot debate over two seemingly competing ideas: the DNA Circle, or the Triangulation method. The DNA Circle was pioneered by AncestryDNA and relies on small shared segments and complete family trees. The Triangulation method requires a chromosome browser and detailed calculations of shared amounts of DNA. We will cover questions like, Which is the best route to take? Do I need a chromosome browser? How can I use these methods in my own genealogy? Autosomal DNA is an ever changing field, this lecture will cover the latest methods of analysis and interpretation for the non-scientist genetic genealogist.

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DiahanSouthard-144x144A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

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Using Keywords in Genealogical Research

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In my last blog post, I explained the benefits of creating a keyword list as a tool to help you organize your research. This however begs the question - How does using keywords lead to research success in genealogy? Using keywords can help researchers follow the paper trail and build the context around their ancestor’s life story. For continuity’s sake, I am sticking with the example that I used in the last post: the newspaper article about Capt. Bensley Collenette of Boston, Massachusetts.

How do keywords lead you down the paper trail?

I think of keywords as mental triggers. With experience follows greater intuition and the ability to point out that certain facts or keywords indicate there is more of a paper trail to follow. As an isolated example, this newspaper article provides several leads for more records. Capt. Collenette was noted to be a naturalized citizen of Boston, which suggests that his naturalization petition could be obtained and provide more genealogical information. In fact, in retrieving Captain Collenette’s petition for naturalization, the source offers a correction to the information in the newspaper article. Rather than being born in Germany, he was born on the Island of Guernsey, located in the English Channel.[1] In the final sentence of the article, the writer noted the Captain ran a navigation school in Boston. When an ancestor is identified as operating a place of business, the city directories are a great source for finding more about the history surrounding a particular business or institution.

Capt. Collenette’s qualifications for navigating and piloting ships offer clues to extending the paper trail. The article states that Captain Collenette was qualified as a master mariner in both England and the United States. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England has custody of certificates for qualified Masters and Mates in the United Kingdom, but digitized copies are searchable on Ancestry.com. Masters of vessels in the United States required an official endorsement from the ship’s owner if a new master were to pilot that vessel. The ledger books containing endorsement of masters are held by the National Archives and Records Administration. I did locate Capt. Collenette among these records as the master of the steam yacht Myopia, allowing me to add one more kernel of information to the history of his seafaring life.[2]

Using Keywords in Genealogical Research
 

Using Keywords in Search Engines

For terms that are unfamiliar, you should start by trying all of these terms in a Google search. This is a good strategy for two reasons:

  • You can mine the vast resources of the Internet, allowing you to locate some sources quickly.
  • You can measure and analyze the appearance of a keyword.

The article mentions various ships that Capt. Collenette served on, so using Google, I searched for these different ships. I was able to locate some history about these vessels, as well as some pictures. Using keywords in Google however takes some practice and playing around with the different terms. For example, in searching the names of vessels, you often have to precede the name with the type of vessel. Google is the type of search engine that works best when you communicate exactly what you’re looking for. Webinars by Lisa Louise Cooke and Thomas MacEntee offer great advice on how to use Google and other search engines for genealogy.

 

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Steam Yacht Lurline. Image Source: Library of Congress.

 

Don’t overlook the search results in Google Books and Google Scholar. I found this method particularly helpful when I was looking up the occupation of steamboat inspector. Google had digitized copies of Annual Reports of Supervising Inspector General, Steamboat Inspection Service. [3] While no mention of Capt. Collenette was made among these publications, I was able to learn a lot more concerning the nature and specific qualifications for the position.

If there are famous people, noted officials or institutions mentioned in a particular source, extend your keyword search using catalogs like ArchiveGrid and Periodical Source Index. Using keyword searches in catalogs, I was able to locate papers for local steamboat inspector Andrew D. Burnham, U.S. Inspector General George Starbuck, and Edward Winslow, Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston.

The keyword strategy can result in dead ends sometimes, but offers a methodical and calculated approach to seeking out other sources. When trying this type of research, it might be helpful to follow the trail of keywords mentioned in secondary sources. Sometimes, we are able to gather a lot more details and history if we generalize what we are looking for. A ship name might be too specific or offer only limited information, but if we broaden to a shipping line, like the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, there are a lot more sources available for research. Analyzing all your sources for repetitions in keywords or subjects can definitely lead to more information.

See what you can find using keywords in your research and let me know what you find!

 

[1] "United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-34239-28679-49?cc=2064580 : 22 May 2014), Massachusetts > US Circuit Courts > US Circuit Court > Petitions for naturalization, 1874 Oct, vol 82 > image 357 of 430; citing NARA NAID 4752894, National Archives at Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts.

[2] “Records of Endorsements of Change of Master of Enrolled & Licensed Vessels, 1894-1914,” District of Boston, Massachusetts, Vol. 312, National Archives at Boston.

[3] A more complete collection of these reports is available through the Hathitrust Digital Library.

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Jake Fletcher is a professional genealogist, educator and blogger. Jake has been researching and writing about his ancestors since 2008 on his research blog. He currently volunteers as a research assistant at the National Archives in Waltham, Massachusetts and is Vice President of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG).


Digging Deeper in German Parish Records - free webinar by Gail Blankenau now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Digging Deeper in German Parish Records" by Gail Blankenau, is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Continue your work in Germanic parish records, with examples and cases that will help you with an array of strategies and situations to help you learn how to bridge the gaps and build your Germanic lineage.

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Church books are the “heart and soul of German genealogy.” Learning to read them is an important step in your research. Because Germany was not a unified country until 1871, there are many dialect words in these records. The longer you work in your particular parish, the more familiar you will become with your area’s usage.
 
The Deciphering Germanic Script: Common Words in Church Books Legacy QuickGuide™ contains handwriting examples for some of the common words found in German records. This handy 5-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 

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  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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Tuesday's Tip - FamilySearch Images

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

FamilySearch Images

By now everyone knows that FamilySearch has a plethora of records online but did you know that there are a lot more records online that you can't readily see? If you just do a search on the Documents page you will miss them. If you do a search in the FHL card catalog you might just luck up and find a record set that has a link to images but since it hasn't yet been pulled into the indexing project you will not seen them in the list of records.

For example, take a look at this -Deeds, 1786-1865; index to deeds, 1786-1913, Greenville County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance.

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/472237?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Scroll down on this page and the microfilms that have cameras next to them are accessible online as images. Click the camera and you will be taken right to the online images of the roll of microfilm.

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Index to deeds, 1786-1913, Greenville County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance on FamilySearch
Index to deeds, 1786-1913, Greenville County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance on FamilySearch

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips checkout the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.

 

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

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Continue your work in Germanic parish records, with examples and cases that will help you with an array of strategies and situations to help you learn how to bridge the gaps and build your Germanic lineage.

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Join us and Gail Blankenau,  for the live webinar Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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GailBlankenau-144x144Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines. Based in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots, German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.

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Got IMMIGRANT ancestors? New 3-part BONUS immigration webinar series by Lisa Alzo now available

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Got immigrant ancestors? We'll help you find them! Announcing a brand new 3-part Immigration Series:

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! All three of these new classes are bonus webinars in the webinar library. The webinar previews are always free.

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Tracing Immigrant Ancestors in New York Passenger Lists

The Port of New York was the largest and perhaps most famous port of arrival for many of our immigrant ancestors. In this webinar, you will learn where to find New York passenger lists, what genealogy information they will provide, and tips and tricks for searching online records in the Ellis Island Database, the Castle Garden and FamilySearch websites, Ancestry.com, and other resources.

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Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: the Other Ports

Can't find your ancestors in New York Passenger Lists? Perhaps your immigrant ancestor arrived at another location. In this webinar learn how to locate and search for passenger lists for Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia New Orleans, San Francisco, and Galveston, as well as other minor ports.

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Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: Advanced Tips and Techniques

Frustrated by the search for your immigrant ancestor's arrival record? In this webinar, learn some advanced tips and techniques for mining online passenger databases with tools such as Steve Morse's One-Step Web Pages, and how to find clues about an ancestor's immigration in other records such as censuses, port of departure lists, border crossing records, passport applications, newspapers, naturalization petitions, and more.

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DNA testing, Legacy, and FindMyPast's hints - why I'm closer to solving my genealogy brick wall

One of the great stories of the year is how DNA testing is solving so many genealogy brick walls. Between DNA and the recent release of the largest online collection of US marriage records at FindMyPast, I'm closer than ever to solving the long-standing brick wall of Asa Clark Brown's two missing children.

Remember this slide? It explains it all.

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In the recent "Watch Geoff Live: DNA" webinar, I discovered that John and Griffin Brown DO share DNA with my grandmother, and that somehow they fit into OUR family. If you missed it, watch the recording here. Some people are saying it was the "best overall DNA presentation I've every caught." It certainly felt that way to me as I learned what I did about my family.

I've long suspected Griffin Brown to be Asa's third child but haven't found enough evidence to be confident about it. Now that DNA has proven that he fits in somewhere, his family is my #1 priority again. Knowing that the answers to our ancestors' questions often lie in the records of their children, grandchildren and beyond, I am now resuming my research on Griffin's family, but with a heavy emphasis on his children.

FindMyPast

In my recent article, "My first look at FindMyPast's new 100 million marriage records" I explained how Legacy Family Tree found 8,301 individuals in my family file who had no place of marriage recorded. I then searched FindMyPast and quickly found a marriage record for one of these individuals. With this finding, I predicted that "my relationship with FindMyPast is going to get a lot closer in these next few months."

After hours of sleeplessness last night, thinking about Griffin Brown's family, a brilliant idea came - in the morning I would export a GEDCOM file of Griffin's family, upload it to a new tree in FindMyPast, and see how FindMyPast's new Hinting tools would perform.

After explaining to my wife that it must have been someone else who was snoring all night, I made my way to the office, opened Legacy, and created the GEDCOM. Here's how:

1. At File > Export > GEDCOM file I clicked on the Record Selection button, clicked on the "Edit Focus Group" button, selected the "Add an Individual and Entire Family Line", selected Griffin Brown, clicked OK, and clicked Close.

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2. I clicked on the "Select File Name..." button in the upper right, gave it a file name, and clicked Save.

The small GEDCOM file was now created. Following the steps below, I uploaded the file to FindMyPast:

1. At FindMyPast.com, click on the Family Tree menu, then click on Import a tree.

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2. Select the GEDCOM file, and click the Upload button.

Eleven seconds later, the tree was complete.

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What showed up next was completely unexpected and very exciting! Griffin's family appeared, as expected, but what I did not anticipate was how quickly FindMyPast's Hinting would get to work.

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Here is a zoomed-in portion of Carl A. Brown, one of Griffin's children. Notice all the orange circles? The numbers represent the number of hints waiting for me. Maybe they appeared so quickly because the GEDCOM file only included 36 individuals, but I was ready for some instant gratification, and I was not disappointed.

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I first clicked on Carl Brown's orange circle and was shown this screen with the six hints:

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Since Carl was one of the 8,301 individuals in my Legacy file without a marriage place, I was delighted to see three FindMyPast hints about a possible marriage for him. From prior census research, I estimated his marriage to Gertrude Sturgeon to be about 1896 in Pennsylvania.

The first hint's screen looked like this:

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The real jewel of this screen is the small View Transcript button in the upper right which brought me to this page, which this time had the full marriage date displayed:

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Finally, clicking on the View Image button displayed what looked like the first page of his application for a marriage license:

Brown, Carl A and Sturgeon, Gertrude B 1897 marriage record

The next hint led me to a digital copy of the marriage certificate:

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And the last hint led me to one of the most interesting marriage records I've ever seen:

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There are lots of goodies in this marriage record including the exact birth dates of both Carl and Gertrude. It also lists Carl's exact place of birth, which matches where Griffin and Griffin's father were from! And then it says this:

...that he has once been married before to his present wife in Camden NJ Feby 1897 now desire to remarry

How cool is that?!? Apparently, this marriage in Philadelphia, which occurred on May 17, 1897, was their SECOND marriage to each other in three months. I bet there's a really interesting story there.

Since there were no other hints for Carl related to marriage records, I went to the main United States Marriages database here and did a manual search for Carl and Gertrude to see if I could pick up their marriage in New Jersey. Look what it found:

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This time there was no digital image, and it gave their first marriage date as May 6, 1896, not the February date like the other marriage record showed.

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I then noticed that there was a FamilySearch film number in the record, so I turned to FamilySearch to see if they had anything else.

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While they had the digital image of the index page, it did not have a copy of the original record. So it'll take a little more effort to obtain the original. 

So...why two marriages? Looking at Google Earth, Camden and Philadelphia were right across the river from each other. Was Camden a "Gretna Green" as webinar speaker Gena Philibert-Ortega often discusses? Did they have a late-night decision and later regret it? I don't know. Maybe I'll get lucky and find a newspaper article or a family story somewhere.

My Conclusions

  1. DNA testing should be mandatory. Test yourself, or the oldest living relatives in your family - today!
  2. FindMyPast's tree hinting brings the research to you! And with their massive US marriage records collection, FindMyPast should be in every US researcher's toolbox. I encourage all Legacy Family Tree users to upload, at the very least, a small GEDCOM file of the portion of the tree they are currently working on, and then check out the new hints. Guess what I'll be doing all weekend?
  3. You never know what you are going to discover. That's why genealogy is so much fun!