SSDI Quiz: Understanding the U.S. Social Security Death Index

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary provides a fun quiz to see how well you know the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)—and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) it maintains, an important resource for genealogists. Mary uses old newspaper articles... (Read More)

13th Amendment Ratified, Abolishing Slavery in America

Our online archive of old newspapers is a great resource to help with your family history research, filling in details on your family tree. It’s also a good way to learn about the times your ancestors lived in, and better understand their lives. For example, if your ancestors were alive on Dec. 6, 1865,... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds new search tools

GenealogyBank has added new search capabilities to speed up your research. These new features let you: 1. Limit your search to only the most recently added content2. Search multiple states at the same time3. Search multiple cities at the same time4. Search one newspaper or multiple newspapers at the same time5. Narrow search by... (Read More)

Even more Genealogy Blogs …

Earlier this week I wrote: A genealogy blog? What’s that? I told you about key genealogy blogs that you read daily. But wait, there’s more. Here are even more genealogy blog sites that are must reading: Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog – knowledgeable blogger Schelly Talalay Dardashti has one foot planted in... (Read More)

NGS Newsmagazine – Latest Issue

The April-June 2008 issue of the NGS Newsmagazine (National Genealogical Society) just arrived in the mail. Articles: Alpert, Janet A. President’s Message. pp. 2-3Kerstens, Elizabeth Kelly. Editor’s Corner. pp. 4-5Freilich, Kay Haviland & Ann Carter Fleming. Research in the States Series Expands. pp. 10-11.Jennings, Arlene V. Reconstructing family history from museum visits. pp. 18-22.... (Read More)