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Historic Map Overlays in Google Maps

Sat, 31 May 2014 22:23:50 +00002014-05-31T22:23:50Z

Technology makes it fun these days to compare maps of the past with their modern-day equivalents to learn just where the nearest cemetery or church may have been or why your ancestors went to the next county to record their family's deeds and vital events. Historical overlay maps, which have been available for Google Maps and Google Earth since 2006, make this type of cartographic research very fun and easy. The premise behind a historic overlay map is that it can be layered directly on top of current road maps and/or satellite images. By adjusting the transparency of the historic maps, you can "see through" to the modern-day map behind to compare the similarities and differences between old and new maps, and study the changes in your selected location over time. A great tool for genealogists!

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10 Don't Miss Historical Photo Collections on Flickr

Sat, 31 May 2014 22:21:01 +00002014-05-31T22:21:01Z

(image) The online photo management and sharing application Flickr hosts a wide variety of historic photo collections contributed by library, archive and historical society collections. Most of these institutions are continually adding collections, and welcome your contribution of names, descriptions, locations, and tags to help increase the usability and access of the photographs. Just make sure you have some time to spare--these collections could keep you busy browsing for hours!

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Locate Landowner Maps in Digitized Book Collections

Sat, 31 May 2014 22:07:22 +00002014-05-31T22:07:22Z

(image) HathiTrust Digital Library, one of my favorite sources for digitized historical books, is also a great source for historical county atlases and other sources of historic landowner maps. A simple search for county atlas, for example, returns thousands of full-text results, including this 1914 Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan. You can also search by location and name of publisher, such as F. W. Beers, a popular map publisher of the mid to late 19th century, known for creating state and county atlases and maps of much of the northeastern United States.

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Finding Family History in Google News Archive

Fri, 30 May 2014 01:40:39 +00002014-05-30T01:40:39Z

(image) Since Google deprecated their Google News Archive a few years ago, many genealogists have forgotten about this valuable resource. The great search features are gone, and Google is no longer digitizing and adding new newspaper content. Google News Archive is still a wonderful resource, however, with digitized historical newspaper pages from hundreds of various newspaper titles from around the world including such titles as The Montreal Gazette, The Sydney Morning HeraldSt. Petersburg Times and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But old newspaper print is not very conducive to OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and in my opinion Google didn't do as good  a job with the digitization to text as some of the other online newspaper archives.

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Finding Family History in Google News Archive originally appeared on About.com Genealogy on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 01:40:39.

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Where to Find Confederate Pension Records

Wed, 28 May 2014 12:20:30 +00002014-05-28T12:20:30Z

(image) Civil War pension records offer a rich source of details for anyone researching U.S. Civil War soldiers and their wives. Unlike Union pensions which were awarded by the U.S. government, Confederate pension records were issued by the states in which the veteran lived at the time of his application. Some states only offered pensions to maimed (lost a limb), wounded or indigent soldiers, while others eventually extended pension rights to veterans' widows as well. Some states

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Where to Find Confederate Pension Records originally appeared on About.com Genealogy on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 12:20:30.

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Was Your Ancestor a Criminal? Historic Prison Records Online

Tue, 20 May 2014 05:58:32 +00002014-05-20T05:58:32Z

(image) Most of us can't claim notorious criminals such as John Dillinger, Al Capone or Bonnie & Clyde in our family tree, but our ancestors may have been convicted and imprisoned for hundreds of lesser reasons just the same. State and federal penitentiaries and prisons, state archives and other repositories have put a wealth of records and databases online that may put you hot on your ancestor's trail. These online indices often include extra details from descriptions of the offense, to the inmate's place and year of birth. Mug shots, interviews and other interesting records may also be found in these databases

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Was Your Ancestor a Criminal? Historic Prison Records Online originally appeared on About.com Genealogy on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 05:58:32.

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Search for Sources, Not Just Surnames

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:04:57 +00002014-05-07T09:04:57Z

Genealogy records and documents are easy to find online, but it is not uncommon for genealogists to overlook unknown resources in favor of sites they use on a regular basis. Even if you keep good notes and try to stay on top of new sites and databases, there are new resources coming online every day -- and not all of them are advertised to the genealogical community (every few weeks I seem to find a new U.S. county has put its current and sometimes historic deed records online). This is why your search for ancestors should always include a review of known resources and a search for new ones (i.e. explore the website for each of the suggestions on this list!).

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Search for Sources, Not Just Surnames originally appeared on About.com Genealogy on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 09:04:57.

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findmypast - Customers Continue to Respond

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:06:15 +00002014-04-29T12:06:15Z

Many findmypast customers in the UK are still very upset over the company's recent switch from its prior version of the UK site to a new web platform, which has completely turned the site's search functionality and ability to access certain records upside down.

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findmypast - Customers Continue to Respond originally appeared on About.com Genealogy on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 12:06:15.

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Celebrate DNA Day!

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:05:24 +00002014-04-25T08:05:24Z

(image) Fifty-one years ago today, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published landmark papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. In honor of their work and to commemorate the near completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, April 25th is recognized as DNA Day.

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5 Things to Do Before the NGS Family History Conference

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:33:09 +00002014-04-24T02:33:09Z

I'm excited to be attending the 2014 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference next month in Richmond, Virginia. It's hard to believe it is less than two weeks away! For those of you who will also be attending, I've highlighted a few tools to help you plan and make the most of your experience:

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5 Things to Do Before the NGS Family History Conference originally appeared on About.com Genealogy on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 02:33:09.

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