Genealogy Boot Camp: Getting Started

OK Team – it’s time to get down to basics and make sure we haven’t missed clues and information that would help us to accurately document our family tree.

Welcome to Genealogy Boot Camp: Core training

Day 1. Home Sources
OK recruits – you will need the basic equipment.

First – get that old laundry basket and let’s put it to good use.
Put this laundry basket where you will see it every day – but where it will be safe. Perhaps a room you don’t use everyday – like the dining room – that should be a good place – or perhaps on the bed in the spare bedroom.

Now, here is your first assignment:
Begin gathering the family history information that you have in your own home.

“But – I don’t have any information about my family!”

OK recruit: put your laundry basket in a visible, safe place and let’s see what we can find in your house.

Step One: Go from room to room in your home looking for items that have clues about your family. As you see something of value – take it and put it in the laundry basket. You should expect to spend one week on this task – do NOT try to do it all at once.

- Photo albums
- Family mementos
- School yearbooks
- Family Bible
- The envelope with family clippings
- Grammie’s recipe book
- The old wooden spoon
- Dad’s World War I medal
- The box with the old family letters and photos
- Baby books
- Old family cups, plates
- History of Gilmanton, NH – Why do we have that?

“I have an old cedar chest with some old clothes & a comforter made by my great-grandmother – I don’t want to move them.

If some of your family treasures are too large or fragile to move – write down a quick description on a 3×5 card and put that in the laundry basket.

Tips

Why should this take one week?

You’re busy. Don’t burn yourself out. During this week as you go around the house in your normal daily routine – be thinking about clues. What do I have in my home that would tell me more about the family? Pick it up and put it in the laundry basket. By the end of the week you’ll have plenty of clues.

Back in the early 1960s I drove over to White Plains, NY to visit my cousins: Genevieve and Burt Shaw (Genevieve M. (Smith) Shaw 1871-1967) – Burton C. Shaw 1866-).

When I arrived Burt was off getting a haircut – Cousin Gen said that he would be right back. We spoke about the family and got caught up on current events.

But, still – no Burt.

As I asked about the family history – Cousin Gen was so apologetic that she didn’t know more about the family history. But as we waited I asked her about the things in the living room. There were framed pictures and photos on most of the shelves and tables. Who were they? She was a steady stream of detail about the family.

And what about the old piano; the old rocking chair; the painting in the corner. Everything had a story and a family connection.

I had written down pages of notes – all the while she repeated that she could no longer remember the details of the family history.

Cousin Burt never did come home that day – but she was a goldmine of information.

So - Step One – Gather Your Home Sources. Once you have them – in hand start to write down the facts and clues and document your family history.

6 more newspapers go online

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Mammoth Times (Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Obituaries: 10/09/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 10/07/2009 – Current

Montrose Daily Press, The (Montrose, CO)
Obituaries: 11/25/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 10/18/2009 – Current

Ridgefield Press, The (Ridgefield, CT)
Obituaries: 10/08/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/27/2010 – Current

Hernando Today (Brooksville, FL)
Obituaries: 11/16/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 10/03/2009 – Current


Independent Enterprise (Payette, ID)
Obituaries: None received to date
Death Notices: 10/03/2009 – Current:

Indianapolis Recorder, The (Indianapolis, IN)
Obituaries: 10/22/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/21/2010 – Current

Pilot-News (Plymouth, IN)
Obituaries: 10/31/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/28/2010 – Current

Remembering Lincoln

Time doesn’t dim the memory of his passing.

The New York Herald ran a special issue on the assassination of President Lincoln. Click Here to Read the entire newspaper: NY Herald 15 April 1865.

GenealogyBank is packed with newspapers – 4,300 of them from 1690 to today. Use it to find your ancestors and to read the news as they lived it.

Search it again – and see what you’ll discover about your ancestors.

GenealogyBank doubles in size

GenealogyBank has added more than 306 million newspaper articles!

One year ago we had 174 million articles. Today we have 480 million newspaper articles – in 4,300 newspapers — in all GenealogyBank has over 566 million books, documents and records on the entire site!!

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Here is a partial list of the titles – more is being added every day!
Alaska. Anchorage. Anchorage Gazette*. 1992-12-01 to 1993-01-01
Arkansas. Arkansas Post. Arkansas Gazette. 1821-09-01 to 1900-07-12
Jonesboro, AR. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1905-01-05 to 1922-12-29
California. Los Angeles. Los Angeles Tribune. 1959-01-02 to 1959-05-15
Colorado. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 1914-01-05 to 1921-04-23
Connecticut. Bridgeport. Spirit of the Times*. 1830-10-06 to 1832-09-26
Danbury, CT. Republican Journal*. 1793-07-01 to 1800-01-06
Danielson, CT. Windham County Transcript. 1876-09-21
CT Litchfield, CT. Sun*. 1835-04-25 to 1839-04-13
Middletown, CT. Constitution. 1856-01-01 to 1856-12-03
Middletown, CT. Middlesex Gazette*. 1829-01-07 to 1830-12-29
Mystic, CT. Mystic Journal*. 1863-01-03 to 1867-03-02
New Haven. Black Coalition Weekly*. 1972-03-06 to 1972-09-14
New London, CT. New London Daily Chronicle. 1848-04-26 to 1848-10-12
New London, CT. New London Democrat. 1847-04-24
Norwich, CT. Norwich Republican. 1828-12-02 to 1830-06-19
Stamford, CT. Stamford Sentinel*. 1832-03-13 to 1835-03-16 DC.
Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1842-01-03 to 1869-06-23
Delaware. Georgetown, CT. Sussex Countian. 2009-10-02 to Current
Smyrna, DE. Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times. 2009-10-02 to Current
Florida. Boca Grande. Boca Beacon, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
Chiefland, FL. Chiefland Citizen. 2009-10-02 to Current
Georgia. Jonesboro. Clayton News Daily. 2009-10-02 to Current
McDonough. Henry Daily Herald. 2009-10-02 to Current
Tifton, GA. Tifton Gazette. 2009-10-02 to Current
Idaho. Idaho City. Idaho Register. 1907-11-22 to 1915-03-09
ID. Twin Falls, ID. Twin Falls News. 1918-05-24 to 1921-10-20
Illinois. Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1863-09-03 to 1863-11-12
Chicago, IL. Second Ward News*. 1935-12-14 to 1938-04-02
Chicago, IL. Spokesman*. 1933-01-07 to 1933-03-18
Chicago, IL. Vorbote. 1875-07-17 to 1876-12-23
Dixon, IL. Sauk Valley Newspapers. 2009-10-02 to Current
Macomb, IL. Macomb Eagle. 2009-10-02 to Current
Macomb, IL. Macomb Journal. 2009-10-02 to 2009-10-03
Macomb, IL. Voice, The. 2009-10-08 to Current
Marion, IL. Marion Daily Republican, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
Quincy, IL. Quincy Whig. 1868-07-25 to 1876-11-29
Indiana. Boonville, Newburgh, IN. Boonville Standard & Newburgh-Chandler Register. 2009-10-14 to Current
Indianapolis, IN. Indiana Democrat. 1830-08-14 to 1841-06-09
Terre Haute, IN. Wabash Courier. 1837-05-25 to 1850-08-24
Iowa. Hamburg. Hamburg Reporter. 2009-10-02 to Current
Osceola, IA. Osceola Sentinel-Tribune. 2009-10-02 to Current
Kansas. Girard. Girard City Press, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
KS. Kansas City. Plaindealer*. 1932-05-20 to 1958-11-07
KS. Topeka. Plaindealer. 1899-01-06 to 1912-06-28
KS. Wichita. Negro Star. 1920-05-07 to 1950-12-29
Louisiana. Covington. St. Tammany News. 2009-10-02 to Current
LA. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 1893-06-25 to 1893-06-25
Massachusetts. Boston. Boston Daily Advertiser*. 1860-01-03 to 1900-12-31
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1893-05-02 to 1893-08-31
MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph. 1834-02-05 to 1847-12-29
MA. Salem. Salem Observer. 1830-09-18
MA. Springfield. Springfield Republican*. 1923-12-30 to 1946-09-26
MA. Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 1865-08-19 to 1876-07-29
MA. Taunton. Taunton Daily Gazette. 2009-10-02 to Current
Maryland. Baltimore. Baltimore Bulletin. 1875-01-02 to 1875-07-31
MD. Baltimore. Maryland Journal. 1773-08-20 to 1795-02-14
MD. Bel Air. Southern Aegis. 1857-07-11 to 1857-12-26
MD. Cumberland. Phoenix Civilian. 1837-04-01 to 1840-01-04
MD. Easton. Maryland Herald. 1794-07-01 to 1797-05-30
MD. Frederick. Reservoir and Public Reflector*. 1828-09-23 to 1829-07-28
Michigan. Grand Rapids. Afro-American Gazette*. 1991-01-01 to 1995-08-07
MI. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Press. 1915-11-22
MI. Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1903-10-20 to 1922-12-31
MI. Jackson. Jackson Citizen*. 1837-01-23 to 1918-12-22
Missouri. Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 1886-05-07 to 1893-11-12
MS. Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 1879-10-09 to 1882-07-10
Montana. Helena. Independent Record. 2009-10-02 to Current
North Carolina. Burgaw. Pender Post, The. 2009-10-08 to Current
NC. Fuquay-Varina. Fuquay-Varina Independent. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Garner. Garner News. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Laurinburg. Laurinburg Exchange, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Lousiburg. Franklin Times, The. 2009-10-03 to Current
NC. Lumberton. Robesonian, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy News, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. New Bern. Newbern Sentinel*. 1824-01-24 to 1825-12-31
NC. Sylva. Sylva Herald & Ruralite, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Walnut Cove. Stokes News, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
North Dakota. Grand Forks. Evening Times*. 1906-01-03 to 1914-03-28
ND. Williston. Williston Daily Herald. 2009-10-02 to Current
Nebraska. Broken Bow. Custer County Chief. 2009-10-02 to Current
New Hampshire. Dover. New Hampshire Republican*. 1825-10-04 to 1829-10-30
New Jersey. Edgewater. Edgewater View. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Newton. AIM Sussex County. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Ramsey. Ramsey Suburban News. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Ridgewood. Ridgewood News, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Rockaway. AIM Jefferson. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Salem. Today’s Sunbeam. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Trenton. Trenton Evening Times. 1909-10-311921-10-07; 1972-12-30 to 1993-03-15 NJ. Trenton. New Jersey State Gazette*. 1792-09-19 to 1799-12-31
NJ. West Milford. AIM West Milford. 2009-10-02 to Current
New York. Albany. Sojourner-Herald*. 1995-04-01 to 1998-11-01
NY. Albany. Temperance Recorder*. 1833-05-07 to 1833-11-05
NY. Corning. Leader, The. 2009-10-02 to Current NY. Goshen. Orange County Gazette*. 1815-05-02
NY. Herkimer. Evening Telegram, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NY. Hornell. Evening Tribune, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NY. Kingston. Ulster Gazette. 1803-12-17 to 1821-05-30
NY. Kingston. Rising Sun*. 1793-12-28 to 1798-01-13
NY. Little Falls. Evening Times, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NY. New York. Morning Telegraph. 1870-01-02
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1875-04-20 to 1898-12-31
NY. New York. New York Herald-Tribune. 1856-01-01 to 1876-12-30
NY. New York. New Yorker Volkszeitung. 1889-05-05 to 1898-08-18
NY. New York. Weekly Visitor*. 1818-05-02 to 1823-10-25
NY. Norwich. Evening Sun, The. 2009-10-03 to Current
NY. Poughkeepsie. Political Barometer*. 1802-06-08 to 1809-12-27
NY. Poughkeepsie. Ulster Republican*. 1836-01-06 to 1836-11-18
NY. Rochester. Frederick Douglass’ Paper*. 1852-06-24 to 1859-07-22
NY. Rondout. Rondout Freeman*. 1845-07-19 to 1847-09-18
NY. Wellsville. Wellsville Daily Reporter. 2009-10-02 to Current
Ohio. Chillicothe. Scioto Gazette*. 1808-01-04 to 1821-02-15
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Enquirer. 1866-01-02 to 1866-06-30
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Volksfreund. 1864-10-18
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Chronicle and Literary Gazette*. 1827-02-17 to 1829-10-24
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Times-Star*. 1871-07-01 to 1875-06-30
OH. McArthur. Vinton County Courier. 2009-10-02 to Current
OH. Portsmouth. Community Common, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
OH. Sandusky. Sandusky Register. 1851-11-27 to 1856-05-26
OH. St. Clairsville. Ohio Federalist*. 1817-12-11
OH. Steubenville. Steubenville Herald*. 1825-02-26 to 1825-03-05
OH. Wooster. Wooster Republican. 1858-01-07 to 1862-10-23

Look for the rest of the list in the days ahead!

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Wow!

Wow! Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert and other celebrities trace their heritage

Those “Wow” moments in genealogy.

GenealogyBank readers write us all the time with their “WoW” moments – telling us what they found.

This new PBS television series let’s you see the wow moments as Meryl Streep; Stephen Colbert and other celebrities discover their roots for the first time. The genuine awe and surprise is real.

Faces of America” – is filled with “Wow” moments – watch this

The series starts this coming Wednesday – February 10th and runs through March 3rd in the 8-9pm (ET) time slot.

The series will trace the ancestry of:

Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Queen Noor, Yo-Yo Ma, Louise Erdrich, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mario Batali, Eva Lonigoria Parker, Malcolm Gladwell, Elizabeth Alexander and Mike Nichols.

It’s not often that genealogy is in the spotlight – get your family & friends to watch – maybe they’ll catch the genealogy bug too.

It’s a great day for genealogy!

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Wow!

Books of the Week – Donald Lines Jacobus

Millions of books are going online.
Entire libraries – that never close; a
vailable 24/7.

It is now possible for genealogists to read, download and keep genealogies, local histories – publications of all types and sizes. Instantly accessible online and easily stored on your personal laptop or handheld computer.

Donald Lines Jacobus (1887-1970) – well known as the Dean of American Genealogists was writing since he was a young boy. The New Haven Register 18 May 1900 carried a remarkable, lengthy article about his discussion of Biblical and Classical genealogy – written at the age of 12. Click here to read the entire article. It is published online in GenealogyBank.

Jacobus was a prolific writer and his books are going online.

You can read some of his earliest publications – The Lines Family – about his mother’s family that was published in 1905


and The Wilmot family of New Haven, Conn., published in 1904 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

You may even read his book of Poems published in 1914 by the Harty-Musch Press, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut.

Milestones in the Wilderness (1914)

Take full advantage of what the Internet has to offer. You will find thousands of published genealogies & local histories online at:


Internet Archive
Google Books
Family History Archive

and GenealogyBank is your best source for online newspapers – over 4,200 newspapers and 260,000+ digital books and documents online.

It is a great day for genealogy!

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!

GenealogyBank – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

I had a basic question yesterday that reminded me of one of the core values of GenealogyBank – it’s flexible search engine.

A woman wrote asking for the obituary notice of her father – who had died in December 2008 – but she had not included her father’s name. So I wrote back asking her for that detail.

While I waited for her response I thought - you know, GenealogyBank’s search engine can find his obituary even without knowing his name.

Here’s how I did it.

Step One.

I first entered what I knew – the name of his daughter and the month/year that he died. I left all of the other search fields blank. I reasoned that the obituary would likely include the name of his children and close relatives – in this case, the name of his daughter.

Step Two

There was only one hit that met that search criteria.

Step Three
Bingo – it was the correct obituary.

Tip: Be flexible in your searches.

GenealogyBank indexes over 4,200 newspapers published over the last 300+ years. You may search by the name of the deceased or by other persons named in the obituary or news article. Search on every clue.

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