Online GenealogyResearchAdam Oster
Where to start… Put together an autobiography of yourself    Basic facts: Immediate family     makeup, occupation, resid...
Photographs Show family resemblances that have been passed  on from generation to generation. Demonstrate the context an...
Photographs - Example Petoskey High School Junior Class – 1922                                            Edna and Grace K...
Obituaries and Newspaper Articles   Birth/Death information   Religious beliefs   Organization affiliations   Military...
Records to use…
Federal and State Census Federal Census conducted every 10 years since 1790 1790 – 1930 Census manuscripts are available...
Federal and State Census, cont. Example:   1930 US Federal Census   Orris Family – Detroit, MI                         ...
Federal and State Census, cont.                                                               Individual’sHousehold       ...
Vital Records Forms    Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Record contents    Full name, birth/death year, birth/death    ...
Vital Records, cont.                                                      Cause of                                        ...
Vital Records – County Indexes                                       James and                                      Carrie...
Vital Records – CountyIndexes, cont.            Names, ages                Birth locations   Couple’s fathers            a...
Immigration Records Main ports of entry:     New      York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadel      phia, New Orleans, San     ...
Immigration Records, cont.                                                   S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam                         ...
Draft Registration World War I and World War II Draft  Registration cards Example: Harrison Oster                       ...
Draft Registration, cont.Name andbirth                                                    Physicalinformation             ...
Draft Registration, cont.Name andAddress                                                           Birth                  ...
Draft Registration, cont.                                              Physical                                           ...
Gravestones   Birth/Death Information   Religious beliefs   Organization affiliations   Military service
Online Resources
Searching Tips – Names The names of individuals and how their names  are spelled can change over the course of their  liv...
Searching Tips – Browsing  Methods                                           Antonia Kruskie     Antonia Kruskie          ...
Resources Ancestry.com HeritageQuest  Online FamilySearch.org Seeking Michigan Find-A-Grave
Ancestry.com World’s largest online resource for family history Contains over 7 billion records Available through perso...
Heritage Quest Genealogy database produced by ProQuest Available free of charge to all Michigan residents  through the M...
FamilySearch.org Family History web application created by the  LDS Church (Mormon) Compilation of numerous online datab...
Seeking Michigan Seeking Michigan – Online digital collection of  historical and genealogical materials from the  Library...
Find-A-Grave Alphabetical and geographical listing of the final  resting places of both celebrities and not-so-  famous i...
Additional Tips…
Local Genealogical Collections   Kalamazoo Public Library   Portage District Library   Grand Rapids Public Library   L...
Information Storage Digital Software   Examples: Family Tree Maker, Personal    Ancestral File (free online through Fami...
Pedigree Chart - Example*Chart from: www.ellisisland.org
Family Group Sheet – Example*Chart from: www.ellisisland.org
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  1. 1. Online GenealogyResearchAdam Oster
  2. 2. Where to start… Put together an autobiography of yourself  Basic facts: Immediate family makeup, occupation, residence, personal activities, important dates, etc. Interview living relatives Collect family photographs Look for genealogical records at home:  Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records  Obituaries/Newspaper clippings  Funeral/Memory Cards  Family Bibles
  3. 3. Photographs Show family resemblances that have been passed on from generation to generation. Demonstrate the context and environment an ancestor was living in as well as show further details of their life.  Occupation  Interests  Living arrangements
  4. 4. Photographs - Example Petoskey High School Junior Class – 1922 Edna and Grace Kuberski
  5. 5. Obituaries and Newspaper Articles Birth/Death information Religious beliefs Organization affiliations Military service Interests Family information Occupation Living arrangements Jacob Kuberski Obituary - 1880
  6. 6. Records to use…
  7. 7. Federal and State Census Federal Census conducted every 10 years since 1790 1790 – 1930 Census manuscripts are available to the public (except 1890 Census – mostly destroyed due to a fire in 1921) Census records and data specific to individual respondents are not available to the public until 72 years after a given census was taken 1940 Federal Census will be available April 2, 2012 State Censuses were typically conducted between the years of the Federal Census Michigan State Census records are available (but not complete) for: 1837, 1845, 1854, 1864, 1874, 1884, 1894
  8. 8. Federal and State Census, cont. Example:  1930 US Federal Census  Orris Family – Detroit, MI Back: Herb, David, Wilbur and Vernon Middle: Warren, Helen, Lucile, Mary and Nancy Front: Wilma (Jean), Dorothy, Bob, Ralph and Pearl
  9. 9. Federal and State Census, cont. Individual’sHousehold occupation Individual’s personal Individual’smembers description birth location (sex, race, age and and parents’ marital status) and birth location education 1930 US Federal Census – Michigan, Wayne Co., Detroit http://www.ancestry.com
  10. 10. Vital Records Forms  Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Record contents  Full name, birth/death year, birth/death location, spouse/parents names, gender, burial location, occupation. Where to get records – varies between states  Michigan - County clerks and Michigan Department of Community Health (State only has birth/death records) Birth, Death and Marriage records can also be found through county indexes
  11. 11. Vital Records, cont. Cause of deathName andpersonalinformation Carrie HillockParents Burial location Carrie Hillock – Certificate of Death Ridgelawn Cemetery http://seekingmichigan.org Breckenridge, MI
  12. 12. Vital Records – County Indexes James and Carrie Hillock Gratiot County Marriage Returns http://www.familysearch.org
  13. 13. Vital Records – CountyIndexes, cont. Names, ages Birth locations Couple’s fathers and race of and occupations couple Witnesses and individual who Couple’s Date and location performed the mothers of marriage marriage
  14. 14. Immigration Records Main ports of entry:  New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadel phia, New Orleans, San Francisco Immigration records are online for Castle Garden (1855 – 1890) and Ellis Island (1892 – 1924), main entry facilities of immigrants coming to the United States on the east coast Jannetje (Van Duijn) Elferink http://www.castlegarden.org/ http://www.ellisisland.org/
  15. 15. Immigration Records, cont. S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam Rotterdam November 22, 1913 Age, sex and Occupation Nationality, race and lastFull name marital status and education Nieuw Amsterdam permanent residence www.ellisisland.org
  16. 16. Draft Registration World War I and World War II Draft Registration cards Example: Harrison Oster Front: Bernice Hillock, Marjorie Oster, Merle Oster Back: Glenn Hillock, Viva Oster, Carol Oster, Harrison Oster Year: 1922
  17. 17. Draft Registration, cont.Name andbirth Physicalinformation descriptionOccupation Harrison Oster – WWI Draft Registration http://www.ancestry.com
  18. 18. Draft Registration, cont.Name andAddress Birth Information Occupation Harrison Oster – WWII Draft Registration http://www.familysearch.org
  19. 19. Draft Registration, cont. Physical description Harrison Oster – WWII Draft Registration
  20. 20. Gravestones Birth/Death Information Religious beliefs Organization affiliations Military service
  21. 21. Online Resources
  22. 22. Searching Tips – Names The names of individuals and how their names are spelled can change over the course of their lives Example 1: McCrillis Pride  McCrillus – 1870 Census  McRillas – 1880 Census  M.C. – 1900 Census  MoorCrillus – 1910 Census  McCrillis – 1910 Census
  23. 23. Searching Tips – Browsing Methods Antonia Kruskie Antonia Kruskie and Belle Kuberski gravestone Seeking Michigan.org  Search Terms  Death Year: 1917  Death City: Cross Village  Results  14 Records“Anatonia Graseky” Certificate of Death  “Anatonia Graseky” http://seekingmichigan.org
  24. 24. Resources Ancestry.com HeritageQuest Online FamilySearch.org Seeking Michigan Find-A-Grave
  25. 25. Ancestry.com World’s largest online resource for family history Contains over 7 billion records Available through personal subscription or via Library Edition at subscribing libraries Price for personal subscription: Monthly 3-Month 6-Month US Records $22.95/mo. $17.95/mo. $12.95/mo. World Records $34.95/mo. $29.95/mo. $24.95/mo.
  26. 26. Heritage Quest Genealogy database produced by ProQuest Available free of charge to all Michigan residents through the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) and Kent District Library website Key source for searching a complete index of the 1790 – 1930 US Federal Census (except 1890)
  27. 27. FamilySearch.org Family History web application created by the LDS Church (Mormon) Compilation of numerous online databases Digital scans of documents from the Family History Library’s microfilm collection Free access for anyone (no subscription required)
  28. 28. Seeking Michigan Seeking Michigan – Online digital collection of historical and genealogical materials from the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan Includes Library of Michigan collection of statewide death records between 1897 and 1920
  29. 29. Find-A-Grave Alphabetical and geographical listing of the final resting places of both celebrities and not-so- famous individuals around the world Contains over 74 million grave records Records provided by public contribution Can search by individual name or cemetery name
  30. 30. Additional Tips…
  31. 31. Local Genealogical Collections Kalamazoo Public Library Portage District Library Grand Rapids Public Library Library of Michigan/Archives of Michigan  Features one of the 10 largest genealogy collections in the United States Western Michigan University - Archives and Regional History Collection  Has collections of Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society Central Michigan University - Clarke Historical Library
  32. 32. Information Storage Digital Software  Examples: Family Tree Maker, Personal Ancestral File (free online through Family Search) Paper Format  Pedigree charts  Family group sheets
  33. 33. Pedigree Chart - Example*Chart from: www.ellisisland.org
  34. 34. Family Group Sheet – Example*Chart from: www.ellisisland.org
  35. 35. Questions &Comments

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