Friday, June 17, 2011

Fascinating video

how marble tombstones are made

Unforgettable video showing the process of making marble headsontes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Find A Grave

This is a good website where you can look for information about locating an ancestor's grave. There are more than 53 million graves, often with pictures and headstone incriptions. You can search by name, by location, or by cemetery. Really good information here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Old Ohio Schools
Here is an example of one of those little known web sites with great pictures and a real link to the past. County by county you can see pictures of schools which are old, abandoned, or just "gone."

Friday, October 5, 2007

Genealogy Search Help

which helps you run targeted genealogical Google searches
Get the Best Genealogy Searches for Google by Using Your Family Tree
This free genealogy site will help you use Google™ for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.
Just complete the small family tree from the above link for an ancestor and this site will set up the best searches for you, based on what you enter. Tip: If you don't know an ancestor's parents, but know one of the ancestor's children, use the child's name for the First Name and Last Name below (and spouse, birth, and death) and then enter the ancestor as the Father or Mother. This gives more information for building a search.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Great new free resource

If you go to the New York Times site, you can enter your search terms in the bar near the top of the page and select whether you want to search articles since 1981 or before 1981. Once you have your results, you can select the Advanced option to limit your search to specific dates. The stories are downloadable as PDF documents. (If you happen across articles that aren't in the free years, they're $4.95 each, or you can get a monthly pass for $7.95 that allows 100 story downloads.)
I used a couple of Ohio place names and found real gold...many surnames, too. Try it.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Free Mortality Schedules onlilne

Search Online Mortality Schedules for Free
Bill Cribbs, the man behind the free genealogy search engine site, has gathered hundreds of counties’ online transcribed mortality schedules and made them searchable at
For the 1850 through 1880 US censuses, enumerators recorded names of and other details about people who’d died within the past year. These mortality schedules may be the only death record for some people, especially in states that didn’t require recording of deaths until later. You can browse by state or search on one or more keywords, such as a name or place. (If you want matches to contain more than one keyword, select “Find all words” from the dropdown menu.) When you click on a match, you'll be taken to the Web site that stores the transcribed records. What you see varies depending how the data was transcribed and digitized. You may get a chart or a text file listing a few details of deaths in that enumeration district, or you may get the whole shebang: the deceased’s age and marital status at death; death date, place and cause; birth date and place; physician’s name; parents’ birthplaces and more.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Google Book Search

Are Your Ancestors in Google Book Search?
Copyright fights aside, a favorite search tools is Google's Book Search, at By typing in keywords just like in a normal Google search, you get results from all sorts of out-of-print and hard-to-find books.
Use it to research the histories of areas that aren't well-represented online.
Some books show up in the results as full page scans with searchable text. Other books are restricted to just showing a few preview pages or a few paragraphs of excerpts. Some are downloadable as PDF documents. (Even if you can't see all of the information, Google gives you the publisher's information that gives you a head start on finding it at your library.)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Research comment

He who cares nothing about his ancestors will rarely achieve anything worthy of being remembered by his descendants. —author unknown

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Civil War pension Files

Civil War Pension files are an amazing source for information. I sent away for my great-greatgrandfather's file and received 97 pages of genealogy and copies of handwritten decuments.

NARA Record Request Fees Go Up Oct.
We’ve known it was coming since the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) proposed last February to raise its reproduction fees for records you order. The good news is, it could’ve been worse.
Effective Oct. 1, NARA will charge $75 for a Civil War pension file of up to 100 pages, plus $.65 per additional page (for longer files, staff will contact the requestor with a price quote before filling the order).
NARA will charge $50 for pre-Civil War pension files regardless of page count, and $.75 per page to copy other records. While still a steep increase from the current $37 for a Civil War pension file, these fees are less than the $125 and $60 NARA originally proposed for Civil War and pre-Civil War pensions, respectively. (Still, save some cash by sending your request before October.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Genealogy Blogs

Here is an incredible list of genealogy blogs! You will find just about any topic.

Recently Updated
Genealogy blogs with fresh content
Genealogy News
The latest developments in the genealogical world
Tips, Resources & Reviews
Tips for building skills and finding resources
Personal Research
Family historians share their personal stories
Single Surname
Blogs focusing on one surname
Using technology to aid research
Tips on preserving your family's history
Locality Specific
Regional and local news and resources
Digitized and transcribed documents
Family history told with photographs
Cemetery and gravestone research tools
Genetic Genealogy
On the use of DNA in genealogy
Listen online to genealogy news and advice
Librarians offer tips on finding resources
What's New
The latest blogs added to the directory
Associations & Societies
Family association and genealogical society blogs
Blogs devoted to African-American research
Blogs for those with Jewish roots
Bloggers beyond the United States
Official blogs of genealogical conferences
Questions asked and answered
Professional Genealogists
The pros weigh in
Blogs featuring death notices
Blogs for online communities
The lighter side of genealogy
Blogs with genealogy video clips
Blogs published by businesses and non-profits
Sites that draw content from multiple blogs