Genealogy Using Today's Technology


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Genealogy in the Age of Technology - More advanced genealogy talk covering commercial products such as as well as quality free sites like Also covers social media use in genealogy.

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  • This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers. It also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection and the “Liahona Elders Journal.” The books come from the collections of the FamilySearch Family History Library, the Allen County Public Library, the Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center, the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, the BYU Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library.
  • 98 million grave records as of May 2013. You can search by cemetery or name. You can also sign up and add graves.
  • The world’s largest free genealogy search engine,, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on include genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. Similar to other search engines, honors site owners by linking directly to their content.
  • Genealogy Using Today's Technology

    1. 1. Kathy Petlewski Genealogy & Local History Librarian Plymouth District Library 2013
    2. 2.      Commercial genealogy products on today’s market Sampling the best of the free sites… Age of digital publishing – books and blogs Role of social networking in genealogy. Genealogy on mobile devices.
    3. 3. Largest commercial genealogy product on the market today. Over 7,000 databases and 200 billion images, including 15 countries outside of the U.S. This includes censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, city directories, photos, maps, and more.
    4. 4.  ~ Personal – You get Leaves! •Over 11 billion searchable records. •Over 44 million family trees •Over 185 million photos, stories and documents in family trees.
    5. 5. More than 50 million pages of historical documents Documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and U.S. Presidents Some city directories & historical newspapers Owned by Ancestry…focus on military information.
    6. 6. 28,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories. PERSI index of over 2 million genealogy & local history articles. Census images 17901940, but not all fully indexed. Revolutionary War Pension files & Bounty-Land Warrant application files
    7. 7. $199.99 per year for access to all resources.
    8. 8. Formerly New England Ancestors Online. Primary focus is on New England area and New York state. Personal histories, town histories, vital records & digitized books such as The Great Migration set.
    9. 9.     Pay-as-you-go or subscribe – By the month is $24.95. Has a distinct British Isles / Australia focus. Wide collection of British newspapers and UK Parish Records. Now expanding coverage to U.S. and Canada records.
    10. 10.    20 Million Irish family history records including Birth, Death, Marriage and Gravestone records which are not available anywhere else. It costs €15.00 to view a record. Pricing: €25.00 - (175 credits plus 175 free pages of search results) - Bulk Saving €45.00 - (350 credits plus 350 free pages of search results) - Bulk Saving
    11. 11.   GenealogyBank currently has 215 million newspaper obituaries and death records covering over 320 years from over 6,500 newspapers. Currently running a special - $55.95 for a year’s subscription, but also can pay by the month.
    12. 12.  New York Times Historic ◦ – dates include from 1851 through 2004. ◦ - full images, keyword searchable.  Detroit Free Press Historic ◦ - dates include 1831 through 1922. ◦ - full images, keyword searchable.
    13. 13.  (LDS site)
    14. 14.  Castle Garden - information on 11 million  Ellis Island – Search by passenger’s name or by immigrants from 1820 through 1892 – New York City name of ship – New York City
    15. 15.  Chronicling America – from Library of Congress & Nat’l Endowment for Humanities (6,025,474  newspaper pages available)  Family History Archive – 36,000 digitized items from a variety of libraries
    16. 16.  Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - 327,218+ links for family history!  U.S. GenWeb Project - “Keeping Internet Genealogy Free” Organized by state and then by county. Content quality varies significantly!
    17. 17.  Mocavo – world’s largest free genealogy search engine.
    18. 18.  RootsWeb – supported by    The world's largest online genealogy community with over 17 Million posts on more than 161,000 boards. GenForum - part of ◦ Search by locality, by topic or by surname   Post queries or answers to other’s queries. Free services, but may lead to fee-based areas.
    19. 19. FamilySearch Research Wiki -
    20. 20. Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter-
    21. 21. Genealogy Blog ~
    22. 22.   Re-connect with distant relatives or those who share common interests. Find Facebook versions of popular databases/publishers ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook | | | | | | Cyndi's List Family Tree Magazine About Genealogy FamilySearch
    23. 23.              geneabloggers A passion for blogging about genealogy and family history 5,565 followers megansmolenyak genealogical adventurer who loves to solve mysteries 3,391 followers footnoteMaven A Photo Whisperer. Solving the mysteries of genealogy, old photos .. 2,375 followers FamilyTreeMag We're a how-to genealogy magazine and online community. 3,441 followers Ancestry 37,239 followers             rjseaver Genealogy evangelist, husband, father, grandfather, Christian, Chargers... 1,199 followers marktucker Software Architect. Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 developer. UX. Scouter.... 1,666 followers worldvrecords We help you succeed with your genealogy and family history by providing... 3,080 followers michaelhait Pro genealogist - writer and lecturer 1,422 followers
    24. 24. Each family group is $29.95 per year.
    25. 25.    Check with library or archives to see if you can use a camera or hand scanner. Depending on the age and condition of materials, you may be able to make copies. If so, a handheld scanner, a smartphone with a camera, a tablet with a built-in camera, or a digital camera are good tools to have. Smart phone with GPS is handy for taking photos in cemeteries since you can then document them geographically.
    26. 26.       Reunion for iPad - $14.99 – must already have Reunion 9.0 or 10.0 on your Mac. Ancestry for iPad – free – connect to your account FamViewer for iPhone - $9.99 – GEDCOM viewer GedView for iPhone - $3.99 – GEDCOM viewer BillionGraves Camera App – free MyHeritage app for Android or IOS – used with MyHeritage account. Mobile FamilyTree Pro - $14.99 for IOS (Apple devices)
    27. 27.     Digital Collections will continue to be released online. FamilySearch volunteers make more vital records available. Portable devices replace desktops so better genealogy apps will appear on market. Online publishing of family history books makes it easy for everyone to put info out there – some good…some not!
    28. 28. Thanks for attending tonight!