Sunday, August 5, 2012

Virtual Research – Will we get there?








In 1996, the Internet Archive was founded to offer "permanet access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format."

Since their early beginnings of just texts, they now also offer audio, moving images, software and archived web pages. Their collections are vast and their digital acquistions increase daily.

Google books was thought of also in 1996 by their co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, however it wasn't launched until 2002 with the thought of scanning every book in the world. By working with other groups like the Library of Congress's American Memory project, Project Gutenberg and others, they developed various methods to overcome a mutilplicity of hurdles to scan the worlds' books. Regardless of the lawsuits that have slowed their progress, the original plan to bring these resources to all is a marvelous one indeed as many of these books sat on a shelve and were never viewed or noticed and now these resources are being used by many from around the world.

FamilySearch has also been digitizing books out of copyright for a number of years and they are available on their website. There are over 40,000 books and this is being done in conjunction with partner institutions.

The list of groups making books, films, documents and a long list of resources digitally available continues to grow each day and yet there are still many locations where one has to be physically there to take advantage of their digital collections, these are known as proprietary collections and are usually protected by a long list of copyright laws.

For instance, a public library, an archive or any record repository will have various digital collections available for all who visit their facility. This encourages many to visit there and provides those individuals with the ability to locate information quickly through their in-house terminals, unfortunately this leaves all who are unable to get there without access to those digital records and perhaps totally unaware that those records even exist.

Many would argue that making such resources available would decrease the number of individuals who would visit their facility, however, statistics and past releases of digital collections by other groups has proven that just the opposite happens and the repository usually sees an increase in patronage. This is because most repositories have more than just digital collections and individuals become aware of the full scope of all their collections creating an even greater desire to visit.

Many public libraries do provide access from home for some of their online subscription  resources through a library card, however, these resources are usually not directly from that library or their in-house collections. Additionally, students who attend universities and college will also have this type of access to aid in completing a number of assignments at that facilities library.

Enter remote access which is currently available for individuals who need to access their home computers from another location or tech support for those helping others with problems on their computers. Some of the companies who are providing this access are in the image below, however, there are likely many other companies that provide this service either for free or for a fee $. Security measures are a high priority for these companies with identity theft being upper most in their minds.


Today, when companies sign contracts with archives, libraries and others to put their digital records online, there often is a clause about remote connections and so these situations would have to be addressed as well as copyright laws, however, this could be a source of revenue for those in-house collections just waiting to be accessed by those who would never be able to visit or by those who are unaware that the records even exist! This comes under the statement of "I don't know what I don't know".

While there are a large number of hurdles, security measures, and reluctance by many, I look forward to the day when I can for a reasonable fee view digital collections that I would never see because I may not be able to visit that repository through some sort of remote access. With that additional knowledge I would most likely need to have someone in that location do physical research through their undigitized collections which would increase their patronage.

Someday...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Content Mashups = Access to Helpful Information









Just the word Mashups itself can be a bit confusing for some individuals who may not be familiar with the various changes in technology over the last couple of years as they mashup together to create something new and better for the users.

There is evidence of these types of applications right in the palm of one's hand as it holds a smart phone and one glances at the large range of applications so easily accessible at the touch of a finger on a screen.

The same can be said for applications on the internet for many of the genealogists and family historians today. When FindAGrave began in December, 1998, it had no GPS coordinates or special memorial pages and yet today this site has many benefial tools for ancestral seekers everywhere.

Mashups are great as they take two or more great tools and combine to form another new and just as helpful resource. One I thought worth mentioning in my blog is Slideshare.

Slideshare was introduced on the web in October, 2006 as a way for users to upload PowerPoint or Open Office presentationi files and share them online through a You Tube-like interface.  Files can be tagged, and comments left by viewers. Each slide has its own permanent URL for reference. SlideShare is clean, fast and functional and supports various copyright claims, including creative commons. Since its inception, it has become the best way to share presentations, documents and professional videos.

Because the Internet allows individuals the opportunity to learn about anything on a specific topic, it is sometimes difficult to create new content that is fresh and yet conveys a specific message. Slideshare can provide access to new ideas created by others which can enhance one's own learnings and/or improve a current presentation.  

A search for "Family History" returns over 100,000 results and while not each one will be exactly what one wants or is searching for, there will be something there to help with whatever your project may be at the time. With the recent indexing project going on to get the 1940 US Census up and available for free, for this blog we searched this site for 'census records' and found the following:





To find specific topics you may have to vary the terms, however, the search should prove to be helpful and provide additional information that can help to improve any project one may be working on. Once you have located a presentation, click on it and it brings up all others on that particular subject as follows:



This author has always found additional materials from other's perspectives as a way to enhance and improve one's own knowledge on a specific subject.

They now offer a 'Professional Plan' to help market yourself, your business and your expertise, of course they still have a basic plan for free. Take some time to check out this site and perhaps gain some new knowledge on a specific topic or share your own knowledge with others.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

1940 Indexing Pace: Amazing!








The pace to finish indexing the 1940 US Census is phenonmenal and currently beyond anyones original thoughts as to its success!

The opportunity to be part of this community effort and others at hand is open to anyone and it has shown what we can all accomplish when we work together for a common goal.
The efforts of to bring this census online for free has surpassed all expectations. Currently there are over 137,000 volunteers with more individuals signing up daily. In a recent blog post, the FamilySearch CEO, Dennis Brimhall stated that "we now have more volunteers than lived in Albany, New York when the 1940 census was taken."
Some stats from his blog have already been surpassed as we have just had a big push this very weekend entitled "5 Million Record" day which was promoted all over through social media, word of mouth and various emails. This is their posts so far...







If this is any indication it will definitely be an awesome amount of indexing completed!

I know many have participated and it is definitely interesting to see so many from all over the world helping us out!

Some of the places were. Peru, Idaho, Texas, California, Philippines, Utah, Brazil, North Carolina, Illinois, Washington, DC, Virginia, Siberia, Florida, Delaware, Missouri, Kansas, New York, Oregon, Georgia, Argentina, Minisota,  and so many more...

Tonight in Second Life they were having an in-world indexing party...at the 'Just Genealogy' firepit, they are an awesome and dedicated group of genealogists!

The end result of all this hard work will be shown as more and more states are released completely indexed!

As of June 29th there were 29 states that have searchable indexes:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. Looking at the 'Overall Progress" chart it shows 78.03 % which is truely amazing!

According to their Facebook page they will publish the full totals tomorrow and perhaps release more completed states...












Regardless of the numbers, a major THANKS to all who particiated and made this possible ... together we can always accomplish so much more...to those who want to join in the fun, go to The1940Census and click on 'Get Started'.




The genealogical community is truely amazing!


Monday, June 18, 2012

A Butcher, A Baker, A Candlestick Maker...












When it comes to occupations, there are many different ones that individuals have had over time. The census records show such a variety of occupations that often one may have to look it up to determine just what that occupation entailed as it was to support their families. Yet there are some occupations that are still the same today as they have always been throughout time.

In the above picture an individual bakes bread in a brick oven which is done today in various places throughout the world. In researching my Marotte lines, my grandfather, Alphonse Marotte, worked for the New England Bakery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In my immediate family, my son, Phillip works as a cook at the Waterman Grille in Providence, Rhode Island and has worked at other restaurants over the years.
His brother is also a fantastic cook and on their paternal side there are even more bakers and cooks. It is easy to see how some talents just continue on through the generations.

Flickr by Mr. Robert Wade





Not to be outdone, my furthest back ancestor, Rene Brisson was a butcher, however, again perusing the census records back finds more butchers and so this skill is another that has been handed down to the current generations as they learn to cook and gain their culinary skills which includes knowing how to chop, puree, dice, slice, etc. to get all the ingredients just right!

Agricultural laborers and farmers are another of the more common occupations found but within those parameters are many more occupations that includes thresher, swainer, granger and ackerman, etc. These different terms add so much color and imagination to our search as we attempt to visualize what they might be and then adding a picture of our ancestor doing that particular job, ancestral research often provides an unexpected historical perspective not found in history books.

Often when there are individuals with the same family names in the same locations, an occupation can be the one thing that tells them apart. Just in this little portion of an 1881 UK Census we find seven different occupations or professions for these individuals.



As one does research, it is a good thing to become familiar with the trades, occupations and professions of those in your ancestral lines. There are many great sites to help with understanding the old terminologies by different countries as I've written about here.

Regardless of what occupation has been passed down through the generations, one thing is certain, everyone one tried their best to support their families and while some focused on a trade others did whatever work was available at the time.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Research Communities ~ An Extension of Genealogical Kindness...





Earlier this year the opportunity to assist in indexing the 1940 US Census became evident. This resulted in the biggest recruitment effort ever taken to involve the community with this massive task. Over 132 million people were living in just the 48 Continental states in 1940 and more than 3.8 million pages. Additionally, a number of major companies partnered with this great endeavor, Archives, FindMyPast, ProQuest  and the National Archives and an overwhelming number of Societies and individuals are currently working hard to complete this fantastic resource in record time. To all who doing just that we in the research community say a big Thank You as we have now passed the half way point!


A new community effort is slowly being launched to provide research services to those who need it through Facebook Genealogical Research Communities. At this time, there are more than 100 genealogy research communities established on Facebook answering every kind of genealogical question imaginable. Some are purely directional as to what to do next or where to go next and others are a little more involved. The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a great resource to many of these individuals. Others who research in those area are also providing answers and it is another valuable show of support from the awesome genealogical community.

Pages exists for each of the US states along with several countries and ethnic groups. Each page is managed by a research team of FamilySearch volunteers from around the world and is designed to answer research questions and point individuals in the right direction to continue on with their own research. The world areas covered are:
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Ethnic Research Communities
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • Oceania
One can post a question or answer a question, either way, a community in action is what will be seen by all who participate in these community efforts! It is truely another amazing opportunity where the community shines again and pays it forward to all.

Today on Facebook, one of my colleagues, Sheri Bush sent out a request to encourage her genealogical friends to consider adoping a county website referring to these 'Genealogical Research Communities' so that more aid can be provided throughout the world. The early beta testing has shown that these communities do provide a great resource to many who may not be able to find help at a Family History Center or are just beginning to do research.

For those who may be interested in helping out, there is a lot of information on the FamilySearch Research Wiki's Adminstrators page. There is also a Facebook Admins page, both provide great assistance to all. One should check it out and take it into consideration as another opportunity to be part of a constantly growing genealogical community!




Thanks to all who are already Administrators!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day: A National Day of Mourning





There are no words that really can express the depth of gratitude felt by those who are left behind and can enjoy the freedoms we do because an individual gave his or her life for us and yet each year we try on Memorial Day to do just that.

All over the United States there are cemeteries covered in flags and flowers in rememberence of all who have died for this country, the numbers are staggering of those who have done this for all of us.

Genealogists and family historians often record their deaths with tears in their eyes as they think of all that could have been for that individual and yet we are years away from the actual events and so it is no wonder what their immediate loved ones must have felt and gone through at that time, it is indeed a sad and solemn reference that is given to all of these brave individuals and their immediate families.

There are many online resources to help us find out more about these individuals today then there were many years ago for the survivors who may have never really known what happened to their loved one. A website has been set up totally dedicated to Memorial Day. This site explains the history behind the day along with a listing of another 16 sites also dedicated to this day. There are many other interesting and valuable links on tihis site worth reviewing.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a veterans burial locater which can help to locate where a specific soldier is buried. The Amercan Battle Monuments Commission has a listing for WW1, WWII and the Korean War. There is a National Grave Registration Project sponsored by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War which provides a database of all the final resting places of all Union Civil War Veterans.

Fold3 provides an alphabetical list of Revolutionary Soldiers from 1775-1783. along with many other collections and claim to be the "web's premier collection of original miliary records."

Of course Ancestry.com has a very large collection of military records also and do need to be mentioned for making some many of the military records available online from the first entries of the WW1 draft records many years ago.

The National Archives is where one goes to attain copies of service records and many other military resources. Most states military records can be located through the USGenWeb sites. Some states also have memorial sites set up for their fallen heroes.

While I have cousins and relatives who have fought for the US, most of my ancestors fought from the Canadian borders and were Carignan Soldiers. When doing research there were many references to many being members. Their history is worth reading about, Dick Eastman wrote an excellent article on these individuals entitled Carignan Soldiers or Soldat Carignan.

There are many other memorial sites to war veterans from around the world, I especially appreciate the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site which is a massive database from many wars and provides burial locations. Not to be outdone, there are many others from other countries too. Here are a few:

Australian War Graves Photogravic Archive
Norwegian War Graves
Polish War Graves
South Africa War Graves Project
War Graves and Memorials in New Zealand

In closing all one can say is 'Thank You' and may the families of those who have given all be blessed with all they need at this time.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Genealogical Community Impact is Simply Amazing!






The genealogical community rocks!

The hard work of so many to get the US 1940 Census indexed is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to the commitment of so many. The report out just yesterday on this one project was staggering. They have added 3 more states to the list of completed states with searchable indexes. Acording to the article more than 43% has been indexed and arbitrated, I do believe we are making indexing history! The full list of statistics is located within the article.

Beyond the statistics are those who are working so hard to help out, we say thank you! Our map is looking so colorful...



In addition to these awesome statistics, the indexding community continues to help in other areas too. The list of newly complted projects includes Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Italia, Napoli, UK, England and Wales, and Canada. These records will soon be on FamilySearch.org.

Lastly, new records just added to FamilySearch.org come from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Italy, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela and Wales!

These records are sure to aid many in their genealogical research, check them out and happy hunting!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

E-NewsPapers





There is no doubt that many individuals enjoy reading the latest news stories or just catching up with what is going on in today's world. Individuals of all ages will often look for different sections in a newspaper.

There is the current news of the day, the sports news, perhaps some entertainment updates and the latest new movies coming out and of course their is the funnies that can bring a smile to one's face.

In todays' online environment one can have an online paper through Paper.li. Anyone can be an author and start on online newspaper. Imagine being able to write and post updates on a particular topic or create it as a newsletter, either way the tools are right there for anyone to use.


One can spotlight articles from other sources like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any web content and bring them together to build your newspaper. This online resource allows a writer to publish fresh news worthy articles every day from all who publish online, this serves multiple purposes, it gives the editor of the opportunity to be newspaper publisher, it allows other's works to be published and lastly it gives the reader a chance to see all that is going on in a particular field.

Some genealogists are using this new tool very wisely and being successful at it too! The GeneaBloggers Daily brings together news relating to genealogy in various areas. Some of them are 'education', 'technology', 'society' and there are many area covered in this daily.



There are many different e-newspapers out there to read, it is just a matter of using a search engine to see what one can find.

I see this as a great tool for society newsletters or someone who has the time to publish daily and expand from a blog like this to a newspaper.

Enjoy this new opportunity to finally be the publisher you've always wanted to be and notice all those who appreciate the efforts you make as bring fresh new news to your readers!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The 1940 Census Race is On...



Working Together

Indexing & Arbitration

As individuals work together to bring the Indexed 1940 US Census online, it has become very evident that many wonderful individuals are working very hard to bring this to reality sooner rather than later!






Today's announcement of "6"states up online, indexed and easily searchable is now a great resource for those whose families were living in Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virgina and New Hampshire! This is truely amazing and is all from the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide.

According to the release today, more than 45 million records have been indexed, another astonding fact in the race to completely make these records available to all who need them. There is always room for more indexers and one can sign up by going to this 1940 link. So how is our color coded United States looking now?



Slowly this map is filling in and it shouldn't be long till another large group are added to the current 6 that are now fully indexed. Checking out the 'State by State' break down, one can easily see the progress of their state. My home state is at 31% which to me is fantastic.

There are even some online classes available to help you understand how to use the information from the US Census records to aid your genealogical research. The classes available are as follows:


Lots of feedback and posts are also available on Facebook and the 1940 website, so be sure to check in and see the progress being made by a great community!!!


Thank you All !!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

There Ought To Be a Way...









Family Historians and genealogists are usually very tech savy and take advantage of online databases, online resources and all possible ways to locate their ancestral families.

One of the many ways is to reach out through 3rd party websites that help to match those who submit their genealogical databases to other databases on their site. Once a match is found, the website informs each of the parties that there is a possible match between those two individuals.

The concept is a great one and I myself have discovered many new 3rd, 4th, 5th, and so on cousins from around the world. Early on, RootsWeb was the place to upload a gedcom file to put a family database online, however, one had to do the searching to find the connections to others

One of the early adapters to this concept of matching databases was OneGreatFamily which began back in 2000. At that time there were just a few other commercial companies trying to help individuals link with other individuals by comparing their genealogical databases.

Fast forward to 2012 and there are many sites that now aid this great endeavor, however, unless you are willing to use their online interface as your main and only database you run into problems of outdated files and lose the connections that have been made from those outdated databases. While I enjoy making connections, I still want to have my own database on my own PC and don't wish to keep it all online.

Today, there are many genealogical community databases, each one is able to assist those that belong to their community and are able to assist one another with genealogical research. Ancestry.com puts little green leaves when connections are made, MyHeritage.com sends emails of connections as well as GenesReunited which acts as the middle man and a notice through emails. OneGreatFamily attaches an icon to the place where additional information can be added and there are many others that follow a similar pattern.

My thoughts are that there ought to be a way to update the original gedcom file without having to remove it and re-upload a new gedcom which becomes outdated the next time you add to your database, perhaps someone will be able to figure out a way to do just that so those who don't wish to use the online system 100% can do so. Hopefully the wait for a solution is not far away...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1940 Census Indexing Updates...Arbitrator Help Needed!






Its hard to believe that the 1940 census is just a few days away from being with us for a month!

Let's all take a look at the hard work of many individuals who are giving of their spare time to help with this great effort in bringing these recors to the world.

These charts show how awesome the community is and what everyone has done in just 22 days!


Looking at the above chart helps to see the near completion of Idaho, Kansas, New Hampshire and Utah with Delaware, Oregon and Colorado already completed, amazing!


Looking at all of the states one can see how close we are to completing Florida, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Virginia in the 90% area of completion!

With all this hard work we are in need of individuals who can help with arbitration to help get all this information out there! From a FamilySearch Blog Post yesterday I quote,

"We currently have a backlog of over 3 million images for active projects that need to be arbitrated. That’s 3 million images and their respective indexes that aren’t published on FamilySearch.org because they haven’t made it through arbitration. They could be published in a matter of days if they were all arbitrated today. It’s just a matter of having enough volunteers to do the work."

So a call was put out for arbitrators;

"How do we fix the backlog? Easy—we just need more arbitrators. If you’re an arbitrator, we need you. If you’re a former arbitrator who left to focus on indexing, we need you. If you’re a former arbitrator who stopped volunteering for FamilySearch altogether, we need you. If you’re an experienced indexer who thinks you might be qualified to arbitrate, we need you. If you’re an indexer who is willing to get the proper amount of experience so you can qualify yourself to arbitrate, we need you too."

It's a great blog article with information on how to help with being an arbitrator with the first step for newbies to go to the Indexing Resource Guide.

Whether you are an indexer or an arbitrator a great big THANK YOU is being sent to you from all of us who research ancestors either for ourselves or others!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

E-Books:Digital Resources for Researchers

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Do you own a digital reader or do you use a small laptop, a smart phone or a note pad for reading electronic versions of books? As more and more books become available digitally the need for these readers becomes greater, however this writer believes there will always be room for the physical book for awhile yet.

While authors make their books available as a digital download, there are still those books that are being scanned and put into digital format for preservation purposes. One of the problems with the electronic version is the question of ownership? Even though one has purchased an ebook, the eReader doesn't really own the books in their eReader. Copyright issues still abound within this realm. There are other issues but time will work its way through all these issues.

So how can a family historian or genalogist take advantage of this type of media in their research? There are many of older historical books that have been and will continue to be scanned making access that much easier.

The first location for historical books worth mentioning is the Internet Archive. According to their site "their purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format."

http://archive.org/
Just a few of the many types of family history books freely availabe on this site which contains over 1 million digital books are the following:
  • City Directories
  • Vital Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Probate Records
  • Pension Records
  • Newspapers
Another site worth sharing is FamilySearch.og which has been digitizing books for many years now. According to their site they have a collection of more than 40,000 digitized genealogical and family history publications in connection with 6 other libraries that are also freely available.



Google Books has also made many of their digitized books that are 'out of copyright' available through their collections as well as limited previews for those that are still in copyright. They have over a million books available that were published in the 1800s and early 1900s.



Using the same topics mentioned above provides more books with vital data in them available for use in one's research! From an 1873 Saint Louis City directory to a 1922 City Directory for Flint City along with vital records for Sherborn, Massachusetts in 1850, the list is amazing, one just has to look!

Thanks to most public libraries, access is available to HeritageQuest online which houses thousands of ditized family and local histories downloadable again to aid one with their genealogial research. 




There are other online archives out there so let's use the comments and let others know where they are, it is possible to help someone break through another brick wall as they learn of new resources! 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Possible Ways to Identify Individuals in a Photo






Do you have photos with no clue as to who is in the picture?

There are many times when, in the process of doing research that one comes across photos that have been saved for the 'next' generation,  unfortunately no one is around who seems to know the names of the individuals in the photos.

There are many ways to try and solve these kind of problems:

  • Circulate the photo among family relatives
  • Post the photo on vaious websites
  • Show photo to an analysit
  • Don't give up 
Circulating photos among family relatives can be done by setting up a 'Flickr' or 'Shutterfly' family account. Scan the photo, upload and send out notices to family members.



Each of the above websites provides both private and public access to photos. Another place one could place the photo is in the new social site called 'Pinterest' and list  it in an "Ancestral Colletion' with a description of 'unknown'. The number of individuals who are combing this site may add to the chance of someone who could assit in identifying the photo.



Another well known place to post photos to help with identification is 'DeadFred.com'. This site has been helping family historians and genealogists since 2001. There are some strick rules before posting and so if the picture is older than 1960 this is the place to go.



Photo analysis can be done by different individuals but one would want to have someone that does this for a living or is familiar with the process of photo analysis. One of my colleagues has been doing this many years, her name is Maureen Taylor and she is considered a 'Photo Detective'. She has various publications as well as attends many conferences and is known as the "Nation's foremost historical photo detective".


Regardless of which method one decides to use to perhaps identify the individuals in a photo, putting them away and not trying will never solve the problem.

If you have additional ways to solve these mystery pictures, please share them through the comments!

Comments and Suggestions are always welcomed!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Navigating to the 1940 Census on FamilySearch






Individuals who want to view the 1940 Census images on FamilySearch.org will find the set up just a bit different from the usual way of accessing other images and databases.

Currently most images and databases are accessible by clicking on the correct area under the words "All Records Collections" which in this case is the United States. Once there take a moment to put the records in order by most recent date by double clicking 'last updated' and click on United States Census, 1940 and you are brought to this screen:


Very quickly the colorful map fades into a multi-color map which allows you to hoover over a state and see the indexing progress!



The color code is on the left and slowly but surely the colors are changing thanks to those who are helping with the indexing!



Each state is color coded as shown above. As you hover over a state you get a snapshot of what is happening...



Note on the two images above that Colorado is 98% finished indexing while Rhode Island is just 1% indexed. Each state provides you with a choice of helping, viewing and/or just learning more about that state. No matter what your choice everyone benefits...

1) If you choose to view the images-an ancestor or two is found and shared with other family members
2) If you choose to help, everyone benefits
3) If you choose to learn more you increase your knowledge about that state and learn about lots of   resources which will help your research in that state

When you choose to view the images, you are taken to a breakdown like this if the state isn't indexed completely:




Once the state is completely indexed this is the screen you will come to:



To all who are indexing, Thank you! Indexing will bring the 1940 Census to us for easier searching - collaboration and community in action!

Comments and Suggestions are always welcomed!

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Claire (*)
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