FREE SSDI Search

More good stuff from Mocavo.com with this FREE Security Death Index (SSDI) search. While others have taken down their SSDI search or hidden it behind a pay wall, Mocavo comes through with this for the rest of us at http://www.mocavo.com/records/ssdi.
Social Security Death Index Search at mocavo.com

An Online (and FREE) Genealogy Searching Aid

Mocavo.com offers halp with your online searches while you are sleeping, reading, or just off having a good time. This picture

Picture of email

Mocavo Search Results Example

is part of an email displaying results of a research request entered into mocavo (after the Free signup for a Mocavo account). The results are compiled while you are doing other things (on the computer or off) and sent to your email address. Clicking on the link takes you to a page where you can go to each item found and see if it helpful in your research. Since Mocavo adds new places to search on a regular basis, the search will be repeated in the future and sent to you. This is a great feature of this search engine/service.

Germans Top Ancestral Groups

What is the top self-described ancestral descendancy of Americans in the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey? It’s those Europeans from Germany according to compilation of data for a report today of Bloomberg News at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-06/u-s-ethnic-mix-boasts-german-accent-amid-surge-of-hispanics.html.

Information from the report included these results:
German, 49.8 million
African-American, 37.7 million
Irish, 35.8 million
Mexican, 31.8 million
English, 27.4 million
Italian, 17.6 million
Asian, 14.7 million

The report did not have full results of all European ancestry (specifying only three other countries: England, Ireland, and Italy) nor for all Hispanic ancestry (listing only Mexico). There was also no breakdown of African-American or Asian ancestral groups.

Useful Cheat Sheets

Hi,

The following link is for cheat sheets for all kinds of computer use. Especially useful is the Google search cheat sheet.

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Click here

MakeUseOf Cheat Sheets

Not On The Census?

Yet another reason you might not find your ancestor on a specific census is pointed out by the Ancestry Insider in its latest blog article: Darned Missing Census Pages.

The Insider points out that NARA “missed the pages” when filming the census on which the Ancestry.com census is based. Going back to the original microfilm (while it’s still available) is the only recourse.

You can get full details of the Insider’s observation at one of the links to that blog which are highlighted in the text above.

Obituary Documentation

When citing an obituary for your research or when fulfilling a research request from another person, the source and date lends credibility to the obituary or information from it which you present. It is particularly important to note the name of the publication and the date of publication. When preparing obituaries to go into a collection such as the one in the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society research room, it is important to add the publication name and date to the clipping.

National Family History Month Ideas, Resources

From the newsletter of the National Genealogical Society comes these tips and ideas. You can subscribe to this newsletter at this link: http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/. When you arrive at the linked page, scroll down near the bottom of the page to the narrow left hand column for chances to subscribe by email or by RSS reader.

UPFRONT WITH NGS
The Blog of the National Genealogical Society
10 OCTOBER 2011
October is Family History Month! Let’s Celebrate …
Special events and activities abound. Do check out if your local society, library, archive, etc have any special events planned!

Some of what has crossed our desk includes:
o Kimberly Powell, About.com talks about how you might celebrate Family History Month
o Family Tree Magazine is offering some Free Webinars:
o Start Writing Your Life Stories with Sunny Jane Morton, author of the book My Life & Times: A Guided Journal For Collecting Your Stories, takes place Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1 pm Eastern Time (noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT). Click here to sign up for this webinar.
o Be a Family History Detective: Secrets to Starting Your Genealogy, with Desmond Walls Allen, author of the book Family History Detective, is scheduled for Oct. 26 at1 pm Eastern Time (noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT). Click here to sign up.
o The State Library of North Carolina has created a page with many tips and great resources for either starting or pursuing your Family History

What is happening in your community or state? Please let us know!
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Google News Archive – Gone for Good?

Reprinted with permission from the NGS Weekly, 23 September, 2011

If last month you were following the news about Google +, Google Maps and many of the other Google services and their latest and greatest features, the bit of news about the final chapter of the Google News Archives may have escaped your notice.

Read what Kimberly Powell (About.com) had to say about this (18 August 2011) … “I was not a happy camper last night when I went to the main Google News Archive page, previously available at http://news.google.com/archivesearch, only to find it redirecting to the main Google page. Today Google News Archive is still redirecting, although it takes you to the Advanced News Search page. Does this mean Google News Archive is gone for good?

“Read the full article to see what Kimberly learned….

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Using Rootsweb

By Mary Harrell-Sesniak
“Genealogy is not just a pastime; it’s a passion.”

Genealogy Favorites and Freebies. Everyone has favorites, and I am no exception, especially when it comes to free genealogy websites. They don’t completely replace subscription sites but are a wonderful starting point for your research.

RootsWeb, of course, is my top pick, not because I am associated with it, but because it is rich with genealogical tools and has an extraordinary network of user-contributed content, mailing lists, and message boards.

There are too many features to cover them all, but my top picks include the Obituary Daily Times and family trees at WorldConnect, along with these additional resources.

Blank Charts and Forms
Index of All Search Engines and Databases
Message Boards
Newsletters —RootsWeb Review and Ancestry Weekly Discovery
RootsWeb MetaSearch —Searches multiple engines
RootsWeb Surname List (RSL)
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
U.S. Town and County Database

When asked which sites are best outside of RootsWeb, I typically answer, “It depends what you are looking for.” Try to focus on locations, events, or specific topics. A nice site for surname and location links is Linkpendium , developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, co-founders of RootsWeb. And these are some military links of interest.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System (GRS)
National Archives and Records Administration—Genealogists Archival Research Catalog

A nice selection of vital record transcriptions and images can be found at FamilySearch , the website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

And here are some more free sites, organized by categories.

Books:
WorldCat
Google Books

Cemetery Databases:
Find A Grave (burials, bios and photos)
Interment.net (burial data only)
Political Graveyard (politicians only)
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Gravesite Locator (includes many spouses)

Immigration & Passenger Lists:
Castle Garden
EllisIsland.org
Olive Tree
1-Step Webpages by Steve Morse (searches other sites)

Land Records:
Bureau of Land Management

Queries and Message Boards:
Cousin Connect
GenForum

Videos:
Who Do You Think You Are? —Learn search techniques followed in tracing the ancestry of celebrities

In addition to these suggestions, look to state archives and local genealogical and historical societies. Many will feature content specific to their area or direct you to related sites.

Finally, there is one more freebie, which may surprise you. Many subscription sites, such as Ancestry.com, offer free databases, which are located by entering the keyword free into the card catalog. Among the freebies you’ll find at Ancestry.com, are a variety of census records, New York Passenger Lists, 1820–1957 and the U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791–1992 (indexed by the World Archives Project).

A search of the Internet will uncover additional lists of favorites and freebie genealogy sites, including ProGenealogists list of the 50 Most Popular Genealogy Sites for 2011. Your lists of favorites may differ from these, so feel free to let us know what your favorites are at RootsWeb and around the Web!

Permission to reprint articles from RootsWeb Review is granted unless specifically stated otherwise, provided: the reprint is used for non-commercial, educational purposes; andthe following notice appears at the end of the article: Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 14 September 2011, Vol. 14, No. 9.

Immigration Records Free This Week

Ancestry.com is offering free until Sept. 5 it’s immigration collection records. You can see more about the offer and what you have to do to access these free records by taking a look at this post from Randy’s Seaver‘s Genea-Musings blog.

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