vital records

  • Names in Wordle Word Cloud

    Jan 13

      This can be a fun project to work on a cold day this winter. Even if you do not have your family complete (and who does?), you do a long list of given names and / or surnames to create your own word cloud. Using the Wordle web site, it can be easily achieved. The more names you can add, especially repeating a surname, such as Johnson - say...


  • Flu Season and other Illnesses

    Jan 7

    Holidays are over but many times these winter months can also bring on colds and especially the flu. With the 21st century medicine it is not so much a worry as an inconvenience dealing with the illness. This was not the case for our ancestors. Many people, young and old alike died during this time of year from such diseases. Today in fact many ...


  • Family History and Genealogy Success !!

    Jan 5

    You might be just starting out this new year with working on your family history -- great ! You are never too young or old to begin such a project - for you will be creating a lasting legacy. However, as the weeks and months roll along, you might get discouraged if you have not had much success in linking your ancestors and learning more about the...


  • Why You Can’t Find Your Relative’s Records. Four Helpful Tips:

    Oct 22

    You've spent hours searching through your favorite online genealogy resources. You dug through old copies of family photos and asked relatives to email you with their memories of family stories. Despite this, you still can find records for Aunt Agnes! Why not? The answer to that frustrating question might be found in these fourĀ helpful hints: ...


  • The FBI is Digitizing Records

    Oct 14

    You may have heard that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been making an effort in converting their paper files into digital ones. At first glance, this may sound like excellent news for genealogists. Unfortunately, these records will not be made available to genealogists. Even so, the story about the records is quite fascinating. The Fede...


  • Get Back on Track

    Oct 7

    Yes, it happens you have been away from actively doing your family tree and now you want to kick start the research. Or you have been working on the family history and are running into road blocks. Here are a few suggestions to 'get back on track' and have success. If you haven't already, go to the closest Family History Center (Church of the La...


  • Severe Mistakes in doing Genealogical Research

    Sep 13

    There might be severe mistakes unbeknownst to you as far as working on your family tree. The following is a list of just a few. Check and correct, if necessary, any such errors. First, see that you place a source for all your research. It can save you from redoing the same search a couple years later and you will have a listing to back up where ...


  • Florida Marriage Records

    Aug 3

    Related links to genealogy blogs: Documents on Find Vital Records Info on Using, there is a collection of index information on marriages performed in Florida. It covers from 1830 to 1993, plus as more recent dates are indexed and made digital those will be added. If you have no...


  • Using eBay

    Jul 29

    As has been suggested in the past (see related links below) there are many family heritage items to be found on eBay, the online auction and for sale site. Many have been located in estate sales or from other private collectors. You could find a diary written by an ancestors, a bill of sale for property, a letter or postcard addressed to an ancesto...


  • New York Ship Manifests — 1902-1956

    Jul 27

    When you think of immigrant ancestors arriving in the 20th century, you mostly think of Ellis Island in New York City. Yet, many immigrants actually arrived at other ports in the state of New York. In Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagra Falls, Rochester, Hogansburg, Malone, Morristown, Nyando, Ogdensburg, Rooseveltown, and Waddington, New York, these were al...