Newspapers are crucial to documenting your family history

Genealogists rely on multiple sources to document a family tree.
One source does not give all of the facts – so researchers must look at multiple family history records to gather the details for each family.

For example – James Edwin Ayres (1817-1893) and his wife Ann (Ford) Ayres (1817-1901) are listed in the 1850 census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.
TIP: You may search the census for free at FamilySearch.org

On closer inspection we see that there is an age gap between the children. James H. Ayres – born about 1842

Sarah Ayres – born about 1844

and Frederica Ayres born about 1849

It appears that there might be another child that was probably born in 1846 and who died before 1850.
A quick search of GenealogyBank shows that was the case.
In the Hudson River Chronicle (Sing Sing, New York) – 12 December 1848 we find an obituary notice for Lovina Ayres stating that she was born 7 August 1846 and died 26 November 1848.
TIP: Newspapers are essential for finding and documenting every person on your family tree.
GenealogyBank keeps on growing.
Search it now!

Search the census for free at FamilySearch.org
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Where can I find Philadelphia death certificates?

Q: I am trying to find the exact date of death of my ancestor. I am sure he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1910. Is there a source for death records for that time period?

A: You want to search these key sources:
1. Philadelphia Historical Newspapers on GenealogyBank 1719-1983 http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Pennsylvania/Philadelphia/
2. Philadelphia Death Records (free) online 1803-1915 http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1320976


It’s a great day for genealogy.

I found one of my ancestors in the 1881 Canadian census. What do I do now?

I found one of my ancestors in the 1881 Canadian census on http://www.familysearch.org/What do I do now?

Good work.

FamilySearch.org is a terrific free site – with helpful indexes like the 1881 Canadian census index.

You may see the original census page at a website put up by the The Library & Archives of Canada. It has the 1881 (and other) census records online – free.

New Brunswick Vital Records are online – free.

I copied out the index citations for Ella’s brother Charles and sisters: Agnes and Elizabeth.

But, now look carefully at these records. In the census – the mother’s name is: Mary and in these vital records it is given as Annie Stewart.

So, you need to determine – if these records are for the same family or not.

Questions you might ask:
1. Are Annie & Mary the same person?
Perhaps one name is her first name and the other her middle name OR perhaps Annie died and Stephen remarried a person named Mary before the 1881 census was taken.

2. Are these two different families with similar names?

The oldest child listed in the census – William – was born in 1862. So you want to search the Church registers from 1850 on to check for the parent’s marriage record and the records for each of the children.

Like the birth records from the New Brunswick Archives – the Church records should give the mother’s maiden name.

Notice too – that Stephen Jackson was born in England – in 1881 he gave his age as 45 – that would make his birth year as approximately 1836. Let’s hope that he rounded his age – since British birth, marriage and death records were started on July 1, 1837.

3. Your next critical question is: When did they leave Canada and emigrate to the United States? If they are in the US by 1900 – you will want to look for them in the 1900 Census.
If they are still in Canada in 1901 – then you want to search for them in the 1901 Census.

You may use the 1900 Census – free at FamilySearchLabs

You may search the 1901 Canadian Census at the Library & Archives of Canada.

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City Directories

Thousands of city directories are going online.

City directories are a basic tool for genealogists. City directories are like an annual census of the cities and towns across America. Now – thousands of them are being digitized and put online.

Read about the history of city directories here: Williams, A.V. Growth and Development of City Directories. Cincinnati, OH: Williams Directory, Co., 1913. 152p.
Download and Keep this book in your personal library!

City directories usually listed all adult residents of the community. Typical entries give:

Name; address; occupation; relationships; notification that a person moved & where they moved to; divorce dates/remarriages; widows etc.

Here is an example of entries identifying widows – giving the names of their deceased husbands in the Indianapolis 1914 City Directory. Here are just a few examples of the city directories that are going online:

Google Books

Internet Archive

Google Books

Google Books

Google Books

Google Books

Internet Archive has over 2,300 city directories online and Google Books has over 1,000 city directories online. These directories are not on GenealogyBank. All genealogists should use those sites to find city directories. Good things are happening all across the Internet.

It is a great day for genealogy!

Chicago, IL Key Genealogy Resources Online – Handy Guide

Chicago Genealogy Resources.
Bookmark and save this page – so you may easily refer to it often.
Your handy guide to the sources you will actually use to build your family tree.


Birth Certificates – 1878-1922
FamilySearch Pilot
Birth Registers – 1871-1915
FamilySearch Pilot

Census
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
1850 – Mortality, 1850 – Slave Schedule
FamilySearch Pilot

City Directory
1844; 1855; 1856; 1863-1864

Deaths – pre 1916. Illinois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives
Deaths 1916-1950. Illinois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives

Deaths 1937-Present. SSDI

Land Records – Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales
Illinois State Archives

Marriage Records – 1871-1920. Chicago, IL
FamilySearch Pilot
Marriage Records – 1763-1900. Illnois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives

Military – WWII Draft Registration Cards
FamilySearch Pilot

Illinois State Archives- Military Database Projects
Illinois Veterans’ History Project
Illinois War of 1812 Veterans
Illinois Winnebago War Veterans
Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans
Illinois Mexican War Veterans
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls
Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy
Illinois Civil War Veterans of Missouri Units
Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans
Database of the 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor
Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home Residents

Newspapers: 1854 – Today
Bags & Baggage. (Chicago, IL) 1937-1943
Bulletin. (Chicago, IL) 1968-1969
Central South Sider. (Chicago, IL) 1929
Chicago Courier. (Chicago, IL) 1974-1975
Chicago Herald. (Chicago, IL) 1890-1891
Chicago Metro News. (Chicago, IL) 1973-1990
Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL) 1/1/1986-Current
Chicago Times. (Chicago, IL) 1854-1888
Chicago Tribune. (Chicago, IL) 1/1/1985-Current
Chicago World. (Chicago, IL) 1925-1935
Daily Inter Ocean. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1896
Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL) 7/31/2004-11/17/2007
Illinois Sentinel. (Chicago, IL) 1937
Inter Ocean. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1896
Latin Times. (Chicago, IL) 1868-1975
Metropolitan Post. (Chicago, IL) 1938-1939
Noticia Mundial. (Chicago, IL) 1927-1928
Olivet Baptist Church Herald. (Chicago, IL) 1936
Pomeroy’s Democrat. (Chicago, IL) 1869-1879
Skyline (Chicago, IL) 12/8/2005-12/6/2007
Sol de Chicago. (Chicago, IL) 1960
SouthtownStar (Chicago, IL) 11/18/2007-Current
Sunday Times. (Chicago, IL) 1869-1876
Vida Latina. (Chicago, IL) 1952-1963
Vorbote. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1875

Slave Records
Database of Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records
Illinois State Archives

David Rencher named Chief Genealogical Officer of Family History Department (Salt Lake City)

The Family History Department (Salt Lake City, UT) names David Rencher to new position – Chief Genealogical Officer.

Today’s announcement from Jay Verkler reads:

I am pleased to announce the creation of a new position in the Family History Department: Chief Genealogical Officer (CGO). This key role will be filled by David Rencher, a 28-year veteran in the department and the genealogical community.

The position of Chief Genealogical Officer ensures that the genealogical integrity of FamilySearch is maintained at the highest levels. The CGO will make sure that a genealogical perspective is reflected in our operational and strategic direction and that the department’s many efforts are connected to the genealogical community.

David’s responsibilities will focus on four major areas:
Genealogical Soundness of the Organization
· Strengthening the genealogical focus of the department’s products, services, and processes
· Providing input to the Strategy Team for genealogical issues
· Maintaining and growing genealogical expertise in partnership with the genealogical community

Record Strategy
· Providing input on the overall record strategy for FamilySearch
· Using genealogical experience and contacts to help build an open FamilySearch environment
· Providing input on third-party affiliation opportunities

Marketing
· Leveraging the genealogical community to assist FamilySearch goals
· Providing input regarding outbound marketing to the genealogical community · Speaking at key genealogical conferences to share FamilySearch messages

Public Outreach
· Providing a public face to the genealogical community for communication · Interacting with the media to promote FamilySearch objectives
· Assisting with V.I.P. visits and tours
· Expanding the network of key genealogical contacts worldwide

In addition to his new role as the Chief Genealogical Officer, David will continue as director of the Planning and Coordination Division. David will continue to report to Russ Stay for Information Divisions-related issues and will report to Jay Verkler on CGO issues.

We wish David well and ask for your support as he takes on these important new responsibilities.

Jay L. Verkler
Managing Director for FamilySearch

Savannah, GA Historical Newspapers 1763-1922, 1999-Today

Massachusetts Library Lecture – Sat, 4 Apr – Braintree, MA

Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., Braintree, Massachusetts.
For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420 or visit www.thayerpubliclibrary.net

Program: Discovering Your Ancestry Using the Internet
Speaker: Michael Brophy
When: Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

The most popular and useful features of www.newenglandancestors.org, www.familysearch.org, www.genealogybank.com and other Internet resources will be discussed.

New England Ancestors is the database of the 150+ year old New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Family search is the website of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT.

Cyndi’s list is the most powerful search engine on the Internet for high quality genealogy databases and subjects.

GenealogyBank is a fast growing website that contains the best newspaper collections on the planet.

Chicago Marriage certificates 1871-1920 going online

It’s a great day for genealogy. There are only a small handful of Internet sites that are putting up sharp, clear digital images of genealogical records, the kind of resources that genealogists want to use and will rely on for their research.

FamilySearchLabs has been doing just that. They have just added Cook County (IL) Marriage Records from 1900 to 1920 and announced that they will expand these back further to 1871. Cook County – is more than just Chicago – it includes the townships of Barrington, Berwyn, Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Cicero, Elk Grove, Evanston, Hanover, Lemont, Leyden, Lyons, Maine, New Trier, Niles, Northfield, Norwood Park, Oak Park, Orland, Palatine, Palos, Proviso, Rich, River Forest, Riverside, Schaumburg, Stickney, Thornton, Wheeling, Worth.

Here is a typical example: the marriage certificate of Wyatt Nelson Cronk (1877-1976) to Agnes Brunnell Garcelon (1876-1962). They were married in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois on 28 March 1908.

More Florida Resources Go Online – State Census & Newspapers

FamilySearchLabs has put the 1885, 1935 and 1945 Florida State census records online.

These state census records are not indexed – but can be easily searched online geographically.

The process is simple. Click on the year you want to search; then select the county where your ancestor’s lived. Then click through each page of the census as if you were looking at a roll of microfilm.

Click here to search the 1885 Florida State Census

Click here to search the 1935 Florida State Census

Click here to search the 1945 Florida State Census

GenealogyBank has also announced that it is adding:
Pensacola Gazette and West Florida Advertiser. Pensacola, FL. 1824 to 1856

GenealogyBank already has the following Florida newspapers online:
Banner. (Bonita Springs, FL). 1/27/1996-Current
Biscayne Boulevard Times (Miami, FL). 8/1/2005-Current
Boca Raton News (FL). 3/2/2006-Current
Bonita Daily News (FL). 5/23/2006-Current
Bradenton Herald (FL). 1/19/1991-Current
Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL). 8/3/1996-Current
Collier Citizen (FL). 7/6/2007-Current
Daily Commercial (Leesburg, FL). 12/1/2000-Current
Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL). 3/27/1996-Current
DeLand-Deltona Beacon (FL). 11/17/2000-Current
DeSoto Sun (Arcadia, FL). 4/14/1996-Current
Diario de Tampa (Ybor City, FL). 6/6/1908 – 7/14/1911
East County Observer (Sarasota, FL). 8/17/2006-Current
Ecos (Tampa, FL). 7/21/1959 – 7/21/1959
El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL). 1/1/1983-Current
Englewood Sun (FL). 3/5/1996-Current
Florida Herald and Southern Democrat (St. Augustine, FL). 1/4/1823 – 9/13/1828
Variant titles: East Florida Herald
Florida Keys Keynoter (Marathon, FL). 11/6/2002-Current
Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL). 1/12/1996-Current
Florida Today (Melbourne, FL). 1/1/1999-Current
Floridian & Advocate (Tallahassee, FL). 10/24/1831 – 4/2/1842
Floridian and Journal (Tallahassee, FL). 1/6/1849 – 12/22/1860
Variant titles: Floridian; Floridian and Advocate; Weekly Floridian
Fort Pierce News (FL). 5/2/1997-6/16/2000
Fort Pierce Tribune (FL). 8/13/2002-Current
Jupiter Courier (FL). 9/3/2000-Current
Key West Citizen (FL). 10/31/1999-Current
Longboat Observer (Longboat Key, FL). 11/2/2006-Current
Manatee River Journal (Manatee, FL). 9/5/1889 – 12/31/1922
Variant titles: Manatee River Journal and Bradenton Herald; Manatee River Journal-Herald
Marco Island Eagle
(FL). 6/7/2006-Current
Miami Herald Record (Miami, FL). 1/1/1911 – 12/31/1922
Miami Herald (FL). 1/1/1983-Current
Naples Daily News (FL). 1/3/1998-Current
News-Press (Fort Myers, FL). 5/2/1999-Current
News-Sun (Sebring, FL). 4/14/2005-Current
North Port Sun (FL). 5/3/1996-Current
Ocala Star-Banner (FL). 1/1/1991-Current
Orlando Sentinel (FL). 4/1/1985-Current
Orlando Weekly (FL). 1/5/2006-Current
Palm Beach Daily News (FL). 1/2/2000-Current
Palm Beach Post (FL). 1/1/1989-Current
Pensacola News Journal (FL). 1/1/1999-Current
Reporter (Tavernier, FL). 2/27/2004-Current
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL). 1/1/1996-Current
Sebastian Sun (FL). 3/19/1999-Current
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). 1/1/1986-Current
South Lake Press (Clermont, FL). 7/13/2005-Current
St. Augustine Record (FL). 9/25/2006-Current
St. Petersburg Times (FL). 1/1/1987-Current
Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (FL). 9/2/2000-Current
Tallahassee Democrat (FL). 1/1/1994-Current
Tampa Tribune (FL). 8/13/1990-Current
Venice Gondolier Sun (FL). 7/1/1996-Current
Vero Beach Press Journal (FL). 12/2/1997-Current

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