Alien crewmen

Here’s the lesson I learned already this morning: do not search for blog topics before having a cup of coffee.

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FamilySearch’s Irish Historical Collection

We should occasionally revisit the excellent, free resources for family history research. We may find additions to the records – or we may have missed something important on first review.

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FamilySearch Irish collections

A FamilySearch blog posting (August 31) explains how the Penal Laws and other actions by the British government made Irish family history research more difficult.

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Registry of Deeds Project

A Facebook posting by the Ireland Family History community about the Registry of Deeds Project announces continued growth of the index. Who knows? Maybe your ancestor’s name is among those listed?

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GenealogyBank Obituary Index

Last October FamilySearch.org and GenealogyBank.com announced a joint venture to make nearly a billion historical obituaries searchable online. Over 100,000 volunteers have been listed to help with the indexing, and records are being added to FamilySearch as they become available.

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Place Research

Many of my recent blog postings have revolved around names/surnames. Place names are almost as important in genealogy research. Last week AncestryInsider posted a helpful article about FamilySearch’s latest tool called Place Research.

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Obituaries

One of my latest research projects was to locate surviving family members of several WWII veterans. Once I found a date of death, the most reliable way to confirm I’d found the right person – and to identify any survivors – was to search obituaries of the deceased veteran and/or his wife. Looking back, some […]

Scotland Old Parochial Registers (OPR)

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was required in Scotland as of 1 January 1855. Prior to that date, each parish of the established church, the Church of Scotland, recorded these events in the Old Parochial Registers (OPR).

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Obituaries to be Indexed by Volunteers

Last week, in commemorating October as Family History Month, FamilySearch and GenealogyBank announced their joint initiative to make historical obituaries searchable online.

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Family Search to offer free webinars on Irish research

The Family History Library is continuing their series of free, monthly webinars. The September topic will be Irish record sources.

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