The Joy of Newspapers

Alma Cleveland at 9 years old. A few weeks ago, I was researching information in the Indianapolis Recorder on the origins of my church. The Indianapolis Recorder is the oldest running black newspaper in the state of Indiana and one of the oldest in the United States. The Indianapolis Recorder is digitized and completely available... Continue Reading →

Resources – Varied

As I talk with genealogists or teach classes people will frequently ask me, "Where did you find that (information)?" or "Where did that come from?". As a historian,  genealogist and librarian I consistently document my sources. It's important to give credit to the person who found the info or transcribed the document. It's also great... Continue Reading →

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 9

Find a Grave  http://www.findagrave.com/ R   S   FREE Dig up ancestral burial information from millions of tombstone images here. Search by an individual or cemetery name. Users are encouraged to upload additional tombstone photos and submit biographical information for memorial pages. You can even create virtual cemeteries to connect loved ones buried in different places.  I was able... Continue Reading →

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 8

FamilySearch.org
This is one of the best free online resources available. Search millions of digitized and indexed records from around the world. Some results point to offsite sources for digitized records. Don’t ignore the Learn tab; it’s packed with keyword-searchable articles and online courses.

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 7

Cyndi’s Listhttp://www.cyndislist.com/ T   FREE Consider Cyndi Howells’ site your table of contents for online genealogy. You’ll find lists of sites dedicated to researching particular places, types of records, ethnic and religious groups, and more. Check out the Beginner’s category for guides and tips just for newbies. Code services offered: H 
=how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools. This is day 7.... Continue Reading →

9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites – Day 4

Vital Rec  http://www.vitalrec.com/ R H Free The most comprehensive resource for locating vital records. This site will show you to how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, naturalization, adoption and land records) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking... Continue Reading →

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