Did your ancestor invent something and apply for a patent? Did your ancestor pen an article or write a novel and obtain a copyright? Using various resources, I show how the information contained in applying for and acquiring patents and copyrights can add interesting details to your ancestors’ lives and assist you with your research.
Have you ever thought of joining a Lineage or Hereditary Society? Let's learn the Why, Where, When, What and How of Lineage or Hereditary Societies. These societies are often involved in educational, cultural, and social programs to preserve their documents and memories. Some even have libraries and museums that can help you in your research.
Let’s learn about the useful and perhaps brick wall busting tools for research available at online Cemetery websites. I’ll also detail how you can help fellow genealogists by volunteering to take photos of gravestones, transcribe headstones or create memorials for posting online.
Exploring how to locate when and where your ancestor immigrated to the United States. We’ll look at all ports of entry such as New Orleans, Providence or Boston, (not just Ellis Island). Plus cover other tools available such as the Census, Voter lists, and Homestead records to help research your ancestor's immigration history.
The website www.FindMyPast.com has an extensive collection of resources specific to the United Kingdom. Plus, the genealogy newsletter index PERSI is now available on this site and it is better than ever. We will explore these and many more unique resources to aid in researching your British Empire ancestors.
We will discuss the many ways to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart forward in time. You may find family treasures, photos, DNA test takers and information that will break down a brick wall. We will explore online trees, lineage societies, cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.
Indexes make your searches so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index? Indexing systems are so complex that they require guides, keys, or tables to decipher. We will review and master these indexes: Burr Record, Campbell, Cott System, Liber Index, Page Margin Key Tables, Paul Company Key Table, Russell Key Index, Split Column Indexes, Soundex and Vowel Index. They are often the essential to locating ancestors in Probate or Land records online or at a courthouse.
A census record can give a "snapshot" of a family on a particular day. However, when you search in the Federal, State, Veterans, Agricultural and Mortality Censuses, do you take the time to read the column headings, the instructions given to the enumerator on what to enter on the form or the abbreviation codes? We will review these important items - directions that can assist your understanding of the answers provided. These forms can provide clues to birth, death, citizenship and much more.
This presentation will demonstrate how to use for research the Daughters of the American Revolution's website www.DAR.org. It has a wealth of information about entire United States that can be viewed for free; you do not have to be a DAR member to utilize this site. The website has documentation about Patriots that can assist you, even if you do not have a Patriot Ancestor. It contains an index of surnames in published resources, unpublished resources created by DAR members.
Homestead application papers are good sources of genealogical information. Application papers often mention family members or neighbors, and previous residence as shown in dozens of papers which may include land application forms, citizenship applications, family Bible pages, marriage or death certificates, newspaper clippings, and affidavits.
Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. These records can provide a researcher with valuable information such as an ancestor’s person's birth date, birth location in the old country, occupation , immigration year, marital status, spouse information, witnesses' names and addresses. Naturalization and the individual steps to citizenship could be done at any “court of record” of which there were 5,000 in the United States.
Established in 1845, NEHGS is the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. Their website AmericanAncestors.org provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, and continental Europe. Plus the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online.
Probate records after an individual's death relate to a court's decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of dependents. This process took place whether there was a will (testate) or not (intestate). Various records may be found in probate files, including wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected.
The website Fold3.com, in a partnership with the national archives, provides a wealth of military resources and documents from the Revolutionary War of 1776 , the War of 1812, Mexican American and early Indian Wars, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI ,WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.
The website Fold3.com, provides the information to find a Revolutionary War Ancestor to join the DAR or SAR. It has a wealth of military resources from the Revolutionary War of 1776. Your ancestors were soldiers on militia lists, soldiers' widows, and pensioners whose files can give detailed genealogies to assist in the application process.
Presentations are approximately 1 hour in length