• Collecting Vital Records

    Feb 25

    In genealogy, vital records are referred to as primary and secondary sources. These written documents help provide the proof of an event in a person’s life. There are birth certificates, birth registrations, baptismal records, marriage licenses, wedding certificates, divorce records, death registrations, church records, funeral home records, ceme...


  • On Track with Family Research

    Feb 9

    It is so easy to get 'lost' in your family research. The more names you come up with the more you want to find and sometimes you can be so distracted you are off course. So here are a few tips to get you back on the right direction. 1. Go back over what you do have already. Sometimes you 'forgot' what you had and no sense researching that birth...


  • Your ‘Old Kentucky Home’

    Feb 7

    The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives has online a great e-Archives referred to as Electronic Records Archives. There is wide variety of government documents from Kentucky now in digital format that you can view. The categories include Kentucky agriculture, Governor's Office, local government, WPA, Secretary of State records for Kent...


  • Go From Image to Text

    Feb 3

    Have a jpg or pdf image of an old genealogical record (Bible, journal, newspaper, court document, property records, etc) that is hard to read? Assuming the text is not handwritten (which is beyond the capability of computer software), it should be possible to convert the image to computer-readable text using what is known as Optical Character Reco...


  • Look Beyond the Obit

    Feb 1

    A family history researcher may think all they need is the death date from an obituary, but there is so much more, especially with the style of detailed death notices that were done for decades in newspapers. An obituary not only can provide the ancestor's full names, a maiden name for the ladies, a surviving spouse and any previous spouse's name m...


  • Google Drive

    Jan 27

    It is amazing what can be done with technology and electronics today. It has proven to be such a big boost for those researching about their families. Just the other day, a young fellow had a school project to do his family tree. Using several databases on the Internet as well as information done on a web site by one of his relatives, he was able ...


  • Scanned Documents. Jewish Federation of North America.

    Jan 23

    The Jewish Federation of North America have a database of searchable names, with over half a millions names in the index. They come a variety of sources and cover many time periods. There are the Jewish Refugees Arriving in Australia via Melbourne, 1946-1954, Refugees in Zbaszyn, Poland in 1938-1939, Transmigration Records, Palestine Remittance...


  • Occupations & City Directories in Abbreviated Form

    Dec 12

    This has happened to everyone doing family research. You find on a census record or a journal, military record, anything -- there is a few letters put together that stand for 'something' but what?? If you have a clue as to it being a place or name, you can try to figure it out. However, what it might be is an occupation. For example seeing 'delc...


  • Save Those Emails to PDF

    Dec 10

    It can come in very handy to have a method that is super easy to save your emails. An Internet server goes down it is great if the email message you wanted to save were on your computer hard drive and then backed-up on an another drive or disc. The company 'PDFConvert' can do that - free. PDF means 'portable digital file.' When you have an emai...


  • Veteran Administration Pension Payment Cards

    Dec 4

    Online and free to view and save information is the Veteran Administration Pension Payment Cards which cover 1907 to 1933 for those who serviced in the regular U. S. military. This doesn't mean an ancestor served during those years but rather they applied and either was refused or did receive a pension for his military service. So a person might ha...