Search Tricks & Tips

Possible paths around a brickwall

So you think you have hit a brickwall, and there are no more clues to be found. If you have arrived at that spot and are frustrated, here are some ideas that might help you get ‘unstuck’. Did your ‘targeted’ person have siblings?  If so, have you researched them to see if their lives might(…)

Examining Photos for Clues

For a long time, I have been looking for a specific set of genealogy clues. (If you read this site, you might even be able to guess where this particular search belongs.) It is ‘safe’ to say that these images could be central to solving some of my mysteries. Because of this mystery and search,(…)

New ManyRoads Cartographic Area

I am pleased to announce significant revisions to our Cartographic resources (maps).  Because of the image problems I have experienced on ManyRoads, I am moving all my images into a new database and website- powered by ZenPhoto.  As a result I have been able to make available considerably more data than in the past.  Our(…)

Another Mocavo offering

Mocavo is embarking on a new extension of their already exceedingly useful services; one where they conduct automated research and linking between family trees. According to them, once you upload your GEDCOM File(s) you will begin to taking part in the future of genealogy research. Mocavo plans to send out fully-automated search results to your(…)

Kick-starting your genealogy efforts

I have put this little reminder checklist together to help me and others quickly examine our obvious options when we either are stuck or just getting started. This list is hardly exhaustive and if you try everything here without success you should not feel like you have to throw your hands up in despair, there(…)

Polish Archives

For those interested in such things, a number of ‘online’ Polish Archives have recently come to my attention.  They include: Archiwa Panstwowe- State Archive in Poznan Archiwum Archidiecezjalne w Poznaniu (Archidiocese of Poznan Archive) Genealogical Society of Great Poland “Gniazdo” Although many of these site pages offer English translations, I find the translated documents to(…)

WW1 German Casualty Lists – 1.WK Armee-Verordnungsblatt Verlustliste

dlibra in Poznan is in the process of electronically disseminating German Casualty lists from WW1.  As of this writing, the library has published dozens of documents from the years of 1914, 1915 and 1918.  You may find the complete lists (as they are updated) on the Wielkopolska Biblioteka Cyfrowa site. Note: These lists are neither(…)

Google Search “Tricks & Tips”

Internet searching can be a wonderful adjunct to your genealogy efforts. Unfortunately most folks seem not to understand how to use search engines to their best advantage. Consequently they struggle and are often frustrated by their lack of accomplishments/ results. If you have not tried using some of the fancy features available in all search(…)

Mocavo Genealogy Search (Free)

Mocavo is a wonderful genealogy search site!  A reader sent me a message describing this powerful and well focused, genealogy search engine.  It is both powerful and accurate; and, “for now” it is absolutely free! (I guess we should not truly trust that things will stay that way…) The Mocavo site is not very old(…)

Searching for Texts (online)

Finding obscure, out of print texts covering low interest topics is an essential part of conducting genealogy research. Many of the texts you may want or need are not necessarily easily obtained from major book sources, like, ebay or your neighborhood bookstore. Rather than allowing difficulty associated in finding these difficult texts form a(…)

The best non-genealogy genealogy places #2

Books offer some of the best information! Personally, I find history texts and map books to especially helpful in doing my genealogy work. So if you are like me and are always looking for good places to obtain free textbooks, I highly recommend the following web locations: Project Gutenberg (the grand-daddy of them all!)- Many(…)

The best non-genealogy genealogy places #1

Some of the most useful genealogy sites and locations, often are not genealogical in nature, include the following: Internet Archive.  This site is associated with the wayback machine, for those who remember that. The site provides access to a wealth of source documents, histories, etc.  All the documents provided are free of copyright encumbrances, which(…) queries in seconds.