Do some investigating in a local library. Have you been meaning to check out that local university library? You may even be able to access their catalog from home, so take fifteen minutes to explore. Then when you have another fifteen minutes free, you can pop in and check out a resource you’ve found.
Ever since the Ancestry Database Card CatalogÂ function was introduced recently, Iâ€™ve been exploring the databasesâ€™ contents in a whole new way. Iâ€™m finding more resources in the 27,000 databases than I ever could by just browsing the titles. You can too!
Youâ€™re probably already conversant with your local libraryâ€™s online catalog. If you are, youâ€™re ready to start taking advantage of the Ancestry.com database Card Catalog. Your libraryâ€™s online catalog allows you to search for materials in multiple ways: by author name(s); by title; by subject area, such as Fiction or Genealogy; and by keyword that helps narrow your search. The new tool at Ancestry also helps you quickly locate the database you want or need. To access the search template from the homepage, click on the link labeled â€œSee all databases.â€ Continue reading →
Estimating. We do it all the time, sometimes without even realizing it. We may estimate how much money weâ€™ll need for groceries, how long it will take to reach a destination (add an hour during construction season!), or how much extra yard work weâ€™ll have to do to work off that piece of carrot cake we ate at last weekâ€™s conference!
We do it with our family history too. Last week we touched briefly on using estimates in targeted searches (http://www.ancestry.com/s23560/t7807/e/rd.ashx), and this week I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at some of the ways we can make effective use of estimates in our family history. Continue reading →
What is the state of the â€œFavoritesâ€ or â€œBookmarksâ€ in your browser? Is it one long list of links that falls off the bottom of the screen? Is it made up of links you use regularly, that all lead you to what you need, and is the total less than 200? Continue reading →
Power Outages Anyone who lives in an area with frequent power outages should invest in an APC Battery Backup/Surge Suppressor unit ($50-$100). This unit allows one to save any open files and shut down the computer after a power outage begins. If it is only a quick lights off/lights on outage, the computer is still up and the user can go on with his/her work. Â Bob Walter Continue reading →
The year was 1888 and it came in with a roar. Following an unseasonably warm morning, on January 12, a violent cold front brought with it a disastrous blizzard with raging winds and sub-zero temperatures that swept across the northern prairies of the Midwest. Caught in the storm, often referred to as the “Children’s Blizzard of 1888,” it has been estimated that between 250 and 500 people perished, many of them children on their way home from school. (See the end of this article for links to more information.)
And Mother Nature wasnâ€™t finished. In March, another blizzard struck the eastern seaboard states. Known as the â€œGreat White Hurricane,â€ the norâ€™easter dumped between forty and fifty inches of snow on the northeast region. Over 200 ships were sunk, and telegraph lines snapped, cutting off communication for cities like New York and Philadelphia for weeks. More than 400 people perished in the storm. Photographs from the aftermath in New York City are available on the NOAA website. Continue reading →
Great-Great Grandpa Found at the Golf Course Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research Research Tools for Finding Facts When Official Records Have Disappeared
Oakland, CA â€“Â 15 June 2006 â€“ Raking the Ashes, a research book of interest to anyone doing California and San Francisco genealogy, has just been released and is available from the California Genealogical Society for $19.95. Â Author Nancy Simons Peterson painstakingly pursued the trail of clues in available records to search for great-great grandpa and subsequently conducted a comprehensive survey of San Francisco’s extant sources and records lost.
Ancestry Magazine is looking for stories for an upcoming magazine. How was your family history research different in theÂ old daysÂ before you enlisted the help of a computer? Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org today.