Titanic Survivor’s Death Certificates

December 13th, 2010

Last night while doing a search for something related to the sinking of the Titanic, I made an interesting discovery.

It seems a man named Phillip Gowan, who has done a lot of research and writing on the passengers of the great ship, has spent time collecting the death certificates of a lot of those that survived the disaster, which for some could be a genealogical gold mine, especially the passengers from other countries.

You can find copies of the certificates here Titanic Death Certificates

Ancestry buys Footnote

September 24th, 2010

Another one bites the dust

On September 23, 2010 I got some of the worst genealogy news possible.. Footnote had sold out to Ancestry.  This came so far out of left field I am left speechless.

Of course the press release had ZERO details on how our subscriptions to either were going to be handled and I fear for the worst.  I am SO tired of Ancestry eating up the genealogy world.  People think microsoft is bad?  Ancestry has them beat hands down.  They are not going to stop until they own the world.  I fully expect a press release one day citing that they own the word Genealogy.

Footnote was an awesome site, their images the best on the web bar none, their content saved people money all over the world and their subscription rate was well worth the price.  Now we are left to wonder if we currently have subscriptions to both, if they are going to be combined and what kind of rate hike are we in store for?

Now, more than ever, people NEED to start sharing their resources with others for free.  So many people that research just do not have the funds to pay subscription fee after subscription fee or to travel to get to the information.  If you have resources, you really should consider volunteering with RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness) and help spread the cause of free genealogy. You can go here http://www.raogk.org/ to learn how you can help.

Jackson County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, Jackson Herald, 1883-1885

September 24th, 2010

Faye Poss releases new book

Many of you North Georgia researchers know the name Faye Poss.  If you don’t, you should.  Faye has helped countless numbers of researchers over the years with the collections she publishes and for that we are eternally grateful. She takes genealogy research to a whole new level.

In the past she has released about 15 books for Clarke, Hancock, Jackson and Wilkes county and newspaper records and her newest book ‘Jackson County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, Jackson Herald, 1883-1885‘ has been released and is for sale on her website  http://fayestoneposs.tripod.com/

I would personally like to thank Faye for her years of dedication and hard work that have proved invaluable for the information some of us just don’t have the time to get in the car to drive to find.

If you haven’t taken the time to look at her  books and have research in the N.Ga area I really suggest you do so.

Georgia Courthouse Fires

March 5th, 2010

My mom found this in some documentation she was going thru on our Strickland branch of the family…it was originally printed in the Atlanta Journal on 2/18/1979 and 2/25/1979 by Kenneth Thomas. I had it all typed up and ready to post. I decided before I did, I would check to see if I could find anymore “details” and in doing so, I’ve found someone else has already posted it online, and I would rather direct you to their site, since each county has a link for you to go read the history of the county and details of the fire etc…

So if you’ve ever wondered if the courthouse in the Ga county you need to do research has ever been damaged or destroyed… go here, scroll down the page just a bit and find out!!

Georgia Burned Courthouses

Genealogy Forums

March 2nd, 2010

How many of you know that using genealogy forums is a great way to look for and share information? Ancestry and Genforum, for example, have thousands and thousands of posts on each of them. I’m sure if you’ve ever googled the name of the person you’re researching you’ve gotten one or two hits pointing you in the direction of a forum/message board. Lots of historical society’s have on one their websites as well.

If you’ve never used one you might consider it, either to read information others have posted, or make your own post. Google crawls these places all the time, so the more places you get your queries posted the more people will find you and possibly be able to help you.

I’ve been running a “general” message board for about 3 years at http://www.ancestrallychallenged.com/forum and a surname specific board (Inman) http://inman.techsavy.net/ Ancestrally Challenged has loads of information posted by our users in the form of obits, cemetery transcriptions/pictures, confederate soldier service records, wills etc, and ALL of it free.

You do not have to join either of these forums to read the information posted there by hundreds of people sharing their info, but if you want to post your own query, or answer someone elses you have to register. Registration is free and all it requires you setting up a username and password using a valid email address. Whether you check out these two or find others, it is an awesome way to share and look for information.

**as a side note if you register to join Ancestrally Challenged or the Inman Compendium you will not be able to post right away, to keep out spammers I have it set up to manually approve registrations after you validate your email address so be SURE to include the surnames you are researching in the box I provide during the registration process so that I know you are a real person.

Rest in Peace Bonnie Johnson Selig

October 8th, 2009

The genealogy world lost a good friend today. October 8, 2009, Bonnie Selig succumbed to Cancer. I “met” Bonnie awhile back through our volunteer work with RAOGK and it was obvious from the start she was a special person and a credit to a world I love so much… genealogy. I found Bonnie to be a warm, witty, funny person with a big heart.

Earlier this year when I took her spot on the staff of RAOGK, I prayed she would make a full recovery so that she could come back full time to the world she loved, and she served that world in the best possible way until she no longer could. People from across the nation benefited from her volunteer work and passion.

Bonnie will be missed in many ways by many people, and one of those people will be me.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends who’s main solace right now is that she is no longer in pain.

Bonnie, you were a shining example to a lot of people and we cared about you in our own unique way. Rest in peace lovely lady.

Georgia Death Certs 1928, 1929, 1930 online now

September 9th, 2009

Almost 2 years after the Georgia Archives put up the death cert images for 1919-1927, it has uploaded 1928-1930. Its not as easy to use as the other ones, you have to find your person on the index then go back to the search page and enter the certificate number but hey, its better than nothing!!

This is the link for the new section

Non Indexed Death Certs

Publishing your family history

September 7th, 2009

Ok, I’m looking for advise here. I think I am at the point where I would like to put my years of research in bound form and I am looking to hear from people that have done that.

I have looked at www.lulu.com and their prices are great, I have looked at Cafe Press, and eh, not impressed with their prices but they might still be an option. I am looking to print on demand only, I don’t want a short run and have boxes of unpaid for books just sitting around my house. I do not need a color option, black and white is fine and I don’t think I want to go with hardcover. I’ve seen many printed in “paperback” and I think that’s just fine for my needs.

So my question for y’all is, have you done this, who did you use and why? Would you use them again and how pleased were you with your overall results?

Comments welcome on the discussion forum Here by registered members.

Canadian Headstone Photo Project

September 3rd, 2009

Great site!! Its free and its free of annoying ads, which makes it one that I think you should put on your list if you have Canadian research. Its definitely one you should donate your pics to if you have them.

Group discussion HERE

SC Archive documents online

September 2nd, 2009

I have to credit my Mama with this find, and its pretty awesome (at least for me it has been) Lots of valuable information included here. Most of my research is in Pickens County and there are several things in there referencing my people.


The documents are grouped as follows:
Confederate Pension Applications 1919 - 1938 10,242 items
Criminal Journals 1769 - 1776 2,087 items
Index to Multiple Record Series ca. 1675 -1929 173,042 items
Legislative Papers 1782 - 1866 53,489 items
National Register of Historic Places 1,415 items
Plats for State Land Grants 1784 - 1868 51,809 items
School Insurance Photographs 1935 - 1952 2,662 items
Will Transcripts 1782 - 1855 11,059 items

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