Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

GHLL Weekly Update


New Genealogy and History Data posted for week of March 28, 2011 - April 3, 2011.





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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Musings on a Munday Online Records will be the Death of Repositories

Absolutely Not!  No way, no how!

Online records have been my salvation and I know they are to many other researchers.  Performing fruitful research in your PJs...does it get any better?  Yes it does!

It gets better at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It gets better at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.  It gets better at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri.  It gets better all these well-known research facilities as well as the local and county libraries, historical societies and courthouses.  You know why it gets better there?  Each of those brick and mortar facilities has something that online records don't...vibe!

What's the vibe at the Family History Library?  Quiet...Quiet...Quiet...SQUEALS of delight and the genealogy happy dance!  Can you get that at home in your PJs?  Sure you can, but it's much more fun to do it in a room full of people who know exactly what that squeal means.  The vibe at research repositories is one of collaboration, experience, understanding, sharing, excitement and most importantly participation.

I will continue to keep plugging away with my research online and making progress.  But the first chance I have to go and perform in-person research, I'm there!  There is a saying in football that offense wins games and defense wins championships.  The libraries, research repositories and courthouses are the defense in the genealogy game and they are not going anywhere.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Emery

This is a photo of Wyeth Emery (aka Y.F. Emery, Youley Emery, George Emery) and Wyoudia Emery (aka Weedie Emery). I do not know who the child is, I have the original photo in my possession. Please contact me if you are researching this family.




Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Musings on a Munday FHL Microfilm on Indefinite Loan

If you happen to live in the Kansas City metro area you have several options for viewing microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Two of the options are ordering film through a Family History Center near you or through our world-class Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.

It's great to have options and the more the better.  For a third option, you may be fortunate enough to be looking for a film that is on indefinite loan to the Midwest Genealogy Center.  Check the list to see if the film you are searching for is available.  This will not only save you time, but money too.  I also urge you to call the reference desk as there may be additional films not listed on the guide.  There are over 11,000 rolls of film listed, one of those may be the one you are looking for.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

GHLL Weekly Updates


New Genealogy and History Data posted for week of March 14, 2011 - March 20, 2011.





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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ireland's Archive Collections

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.  

March 03, 2011

Ireland’s Archive Collections Go Online

Ireland’s archive collections have found a new central home online at http://www.iar.ie. The web site launched today and allows the public to search a wide range of Irish archives online. Some of the collections featured include the Irish Film Archive, the Guinness family archives, archives from UCC’s Boole Library and a large number of city and county council archives.

The Irish Archives Resource site brings together a large number of collections from around the country, preserved by a range of organizations. It includes records from current and defunct government and local government agencies, personal contributions, estate records, clubs, societies, trade unions, religious, cultural, sporting and political organizations links to wherever these archives are digitized and searchable online. One notable collection includes deeds on properties in Cork city dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.


The same web site also carries detailed descriptions of what is in every archive listed and where it can be accessed physically, if the collection is not online. The important thing about the site is that every collection on it is accessible and available to the public. The long-term hope is that it will one day all be digitized, and some archives are going in that direction already. Limerick city archives have been digitizing a lot of their material recently. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Musings on a Munday Missouri Death Certificates

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services announced that beginning March 1, 2011 there are changes to the procedures for requesting death certificates.  See their updated requirements here.  You will now need to include a photo id when you request a death certificate and if applying by mail, your request must be notarized.  The appropriate fee is also required.

This is a minor hurdle in my mind, I've been including a copy of my driver's license when requesting death certificates from New Jersey for years.  Most generally, banks will perform notarization duties for customers with a small fee.

What I want to point out is that this new requirement applies to death certificates newer than 50 years.  In Missouri, once a death certificate group reaches 50 years old the certificates are transferred to the Missouri State Archives.  The Archives then scans the certificates and places them online...for free!  Don't be confused by the announcement and think that this wonderful service (thank you Secretary of State Robin Carnahan!) is no longer available.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


New Genealogy and History Data posted for week of March 7, 2011 - March 13, 2011.





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Wednesday, March 2, 2011