Historical U.S. county boundary maps

As I researched my Revolutionary-era ancestors through multiple Pennsylvania counties, I thought they kept migrating west. From Lancaster County to Cumberland County to Bedford County to Westmoreland County. Turns out the county boundary lines moved more often than my ancestors.


“Beta” Minnesota People Records Search

If you research births or deaths in the state of Minnesota, you’ll be happy to hear about the “beta” version of “People Records Search” on the Minnesota Historical Society (MnHS) website.


The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide

The front cover of the May/June 2017 Family Tree Magazine boasts “Discover Your Irish Roots.”


Free days at Findmypast.com

“Findmypast is encouraging fledgling family historians to start their journey of discovery by providing five days of free access to their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records.”


Another freebie offer – New England probate records

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced an offer of free access to their 32 probate-related databases, starting yesterday (April 18) and running through Tuesday, April 25 (midnight, Eastern time).


How to identify Irish places

In his blog posting this week, John Grenham shares “a few tips to help crack tough place-names.”

He lists a number of online sources for researching placenames. Don’t miss reading his helpful advice: www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/04/17/how-to-identify-irish-places/.

Free Ancestry access to Irish/UK/Commonwealth records

Ancestry.com is offering free access this weekend to its Irish, UK, and Commonwealth records! According to the ad, that’s their biggest free-access event ever.


Free FamilyTreeWebinars this weekend

To celebrate the airing of its 500th webinar, Legacy’s FamilyTreeWebinars.com will be offering free access to its entire library this Friday through Sunday, April 14-16.


FMP adds Scottish Catholic records

In the first update of their Roman Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast (FMP) has released 1.2 million Scottish records.


Roscommon to Texas, MD

A handful of blogs regularly capture my attention, including Joe Buggy’s “Townland of Origin.”