Genealogical Research Methods [G08] and
Genealogy, Computer Workshops [G09/G10] (Spring 2010)
@ Academy of Lifelong Learning
University of Delaware
Syllabi Below
for Lecture/Lab (Workshop)
Reader Logo Class Slides Class#,Date,Topic
1. Feb 12, 2009
Where do I start?
(b/w)
Interview family,
Record-keeping: Forms:
ancestry.com, Misbach
Bring flash drive or CD to save data/reports
Tour class web site
Types of Records
Rules of Evidence
What can you believe?
Top Web Resources
Lab:Database Access:
Census, Passengers

2.Feb 19 Census(b/w):
U.S./Canada/UK (subs)
German, Irish 1911,
Argentina 1895,
Mexico 1930 (coming)

Searching techniques ancestry.com (b/w), HeritageQuest (b/w)
Lab: Census: Blank Census Forms

3. Feb 26 Other Ancestry.com Images and Databases (b/w): WWI/WWII draft, passport applications, passenger lists, city directories, HS yearbooks
Lab: Census(b/w):
HeritageQuest:
PERSI: journal articles,
20,000 books,
RevWar pensions

4. Mar 5 Local Gov. Records (b/w):
deeds, court (probate, orphans, chancery, common pleas, superior)
Lab: Finding Places
US/World GenWeb
Cyndi's List
LDS Library Catalog

5. Mar 12 Local Gov. Records (b/w): (cont.)
Lab:
Finding Local Gov. Records

6. Mar 19 Local Gov. Records (b/w): (cont.)
Delaware Timeline
Other Local Resources
vitals (church, cemetery, newspapers, bibles, "mug books")
Lab:
Find People: See Surname in center frame

7. Mar 26 Local Gov. Records (b/w): (cont.)
Immigration and Naturalization
(b/w ):
Foreign Town/Origin Example: Leopold Jacobs and Theresia Melchior
..Foreign Records?
..U.S. Sources best Software Review(b/w):
LDS Personal Ancestry File free,
..PAFhandout
Legacy 6.0 free,
FTM $30 top selling,
TMG $79 top rated, Mac: MacFamilyTree
v5.4.2 $49
Reunion $99, PAF demo by Jack Worton
Lab: Foreign Records Immigration Search


Apr 2: No Class - Spring Break

8. Apr 9 Immigration (cont) (b/w):
Foreign Town/Origin Example: Leopold Jacobs and Theresia Melchior: Searching in German church/civil records
Finding Cousins(b/w)
(see Cousins >>)
Social Security Death
Your genealogy done?
LDS Family Search
AncestryWorldTree: UD
Rootsweb: color(b/w)
Newsgroups
US GenWeb;World:UK
CousinConnect color b/w
GenealogyTrails color b/w
LostCousins, DeadFred
G oo gl e: images
Search genealogies, histories:
Cousins in Potpourri
Lab:
Finding Cousins(b/w)
Bring your surnames (esp. your brickwalls) to see if your cousins have already researched your family line. HowRelate?

9. Apr 16 Immigration (cont) (b/w):
Foreign Town/Origin Searching in German church/civil records
Where Do I Put It So I Can Find It Again?
Organizing your stuff:
Genealogy.com
Paper Piles
TD Surnames, Sources
..recording sources:
....short form
..what about images?
MelcherCW-Memoirs
Lab:
Try to Find a Cousin (b/w) Bring your family surnames to see if your cousins have already researched your family line. How Relate?

10. Apr 23 Reading Old Handwriting;(b/w):
class transcribing
Lab: Lessons on the Web: See Transcribing near bottom of center frame

11. Apr 30 Historical Newspapers (b/w)
Stories from the Newspapers:
A Man Called Joe

Black and White,
but Colorful

When did he die?
Lab: Historical Newspapers (b/w): Accessible Archives;
Historical Timelines:
also see Cyndi's List

12. May 7:
Family Naming Patterns

Legacy Software Kim Paterson Demo (b/w)
Migration Within U.S.
Calendars---->>
Medical: diseases
Misc: abbreviations, occupations
New England Doc: NH,
ME,MA,TX,MO,IL,SD
Military records:
service, pension,
bounty lands
Tracking Ancestors: census, vitals, city directory, tax;
following neighbors
Lab: Searching New Web Sites from Class
Legacy Genealogical Software Computer Workshop:
If interested, bring info on a few realtives (parent, child, step-parent) in a family group, a few events (census, land, death) and a few sources for those events and we'll help you get started.

13. May 14: DNA Future of the Past (b/w)
Genetic Genealogy (b/w) by Tom Keane
Solving Brickwalls:
of Classmates
Lab: Building Your Own Web Site (b/w)


Review
Where to Look for:
Other Genealogies
Vitals (b,m,d,burial),
Basics:Who,When,Where
Which is the original?
Where they lived,
Foreign Town of Origin
Military, Prosperity
Community, History
The Person's Character

Preservation of books, documents and photos
Left frame updated:
June 27, 2009
f5, s6, f6, s7, f7, s8, s9,
TD Surnames, Sources

Top Resources: Cyndi's List
Familysearch.org (Family Tree)
New Search Tips: Blog, Videos
Try Indexing: Eastman View
Current Projects, FAQ, Learn, Research Wiki
FamSearchCenters; PAF+Software,
Film: Catalog; Order Films
Other Useful Links:
G oo gl e; earth.google, AL, HQ
MapQuest, News, Thesaurus
VL, Wikipedia, Wiktionary
fold3, US GenWeb: Site Map
WorldGenWeb: e.g. UK
From Arsht Hall directly to:
UD Genealogy Databases:
1.Click on Blue Hen below:
2.Click on a database link
3.Click on "Connect" button

Arsht Direct Database Link:
Amer. Hist. Newspapers,
Ancestry Library Edition,
NY Times, Wall St.J
Off-campus or Home direct to:
Amer. Hist. Newspapers,
Ancestry Library Edition,
NY Times, Wall St.J, VL
Must then enter UDelNetID# &
..password, then click "Login"

All Univ. of DE Databases
Univ. of Delaware Library:
Special Collections
Subjects: Genealogy
DE Bibliography

Also see:activate UDelNetID#,
UD register wireless laptop
Activating UDelNetID/password Change UDelNetID/password
Find It
SSH (Using), Your Web Site: Web Mail; Change Disk Quota;
Mozilla: set homepage
Free software downloads, e.g. McAfee Antivirus (info on McAfee), Spider, Eraser
Other Free Downloads:
pdf995 software no ads:$9.95,
HTML edit:NoteTabLight5.5
Gadwin PrintScreen Capture Word2000html add-on
Other UD Databases::
DE Newspaper Project:
.. Extant issues locally
.. Old Newspapers at UD
.. Orphans 1790-1830,
.. Tax1798/CityDirectories

Other Databases::
DE Libraries (free):
[HeritageQuestAccess-Norton]
[census, PERSI, RevWar
20K fam/loc hist books
Accessable Archives
Godfrey Library ($35)
Historical Newspapers:
Brooklyn (1841-1902)
Early American, EBSCO
PA Gazette(1728-1800)
G oo gl e; MapQuest, earth.google, Wikipedia Wiktionary, Thesaurus switchboard.com peoplefinder.com

Delaware Resources:: [DGS LOGO]
delgensoc.org: DGS(click logo) Research Guide
Web Links

Search DGS Queries
Delaware Surnames
Delaware Timeline
Delaware 1775 Map
Delaware Hundreds
Delaware Towns Publications
Delaware Families
.. (1787-1800)
Transcriptions/Abstract
.... Taxes 1787-1800
.... Orphans' Court
.... Newspapers
Delaware GenWeb:
... New Castle
... Kent, Sussex
Other Repositories
Nearby State/Co Links
Other DE Databases:: Historical Society:
.. Genealogies
State Archives
.. Collections
.. Probates to 1925
.. Schedule of Events Delaware Library Catalog
In Green Bar, click:
1. Digital Collections
2. Hyperion Hierarchy
3. Delaware Public Archives
4. Digital Delawareana
...for following databases:
....(use Internet Explorer)
....(allow pop-up windows)
Dutch/Swedes 1609-64
Swedes on the Delaware
Delaware Place Names
Delaware Role WWII
Washington 1777 Army
Hist of DE 1609-1888
Professional Research:
.. BCG: Certification
.. APG; DGS
* OR install "Proxify" button:
may be easier when timed out
1. click here, then click
2. browser "Proxify" button
3. enter UDelNetID & pass-
. word; click "Submit Query"
to install "Proxify" button
[1st adjust for XP, javascript]
other proxify info
or Mozilla w/proxify button
Other Newspapers:
By state; Indexes;
Library of Congress:free
ProQuest Archiver:
Historical Newspapers
:
Link from newspaper site:
AtlantaCons(1868-1942)
BaltimoreSun(1837-1985)
BostonGlobe(1872-1926)
ChicagoTribune(1849-1986)
...1849-1923 @fold3.com pay
ChrSciMon(1908-96) free
HartCour (1764-1984)
IrishTimes (1859-2008)
LA Times(1881-1986)
NY Times(1851-2006):UD
SanFranChronicle(1865-1922)
StLouisPostDispatch(1874-1922)
DC:Post(1877-1993):Harvard
WallStJ(1889-1992):UD
choose Advanced Search; most $3.95/pdf with volume discounts (see links above)
may get free access from a university or public library
others available: search!
Guardian (1821-2003)6/08
Observer (1791-2003)6/08
Civil War (1840-65)

ProQuestVideoTraining
BritishNews
Right frame updated:
October 24, 2014

https://proxy.nss.udel.edu/login?qurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.valueline.com%2fsecure%2fvlrc%2fresearch.html


Genealogical Research Methods [G08] Lecturer: Tom Doherty
Thursdays 12:30-1:45pm, Room 203, immediately
followed by the Genealogy, Computer Workshop [G10/G09]
Instructors: Frank Czeiner & Linda McMeniman(202) / Tom Doherty(214)
Thursdays 2-3:20pm, Computer Lab Rooms 202 and 214
Then attend the extracurricular Genealogy Interest Group [X06] Room 213
Leaders: Dick Burns & Linda McMeniman Thursdays 3:20-4:20pm,
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Our Goal is to Help You Find Your Ancestors
with One-on-One Help in Lab
<<< For copies of class slides, click on links in left column
How to Start: 1.Talk to Relatives
2. Find Original Images for free at Ancestry.com:
Find every available census image for each ancestor: Search
Ancestry.com
: click Blue Hen at right, enter UD ID#/password >>
..U.S. 1790-1930 census (every-name index)
....State Censuses NY 1892,1905; WI 1895,1905
..Canada overview NB, NS, ON, QB 1851 [1871:index only (no images)],
...... 1881 [index], 1911
..UK (except Ireland) with every-name index 1841-1901
.... Scotland index only 1841, 1851, 1861 so far
..Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1819, 1867, 1890, 1900
Other Original Images at Ancestry (catalog)
Passenger Lists - many linked to ship images:
- Baltimore (1820-1948), Boston (1820-1943),
- New York (1850-91,1935-8), Philadelphia (1800-1945), many more

War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index 1812-1815
WW I draft registration (males born 1872-1900),
WW II draft registration (males born 1872-1900),
1890 Census substitutes: City Directories
..Chicago voter registration 1888, 1890, 1892
..City Directories (ME,MA,CT) (mainly 1900-50)
High School yearbooks (selected 1860s-1960)
Other Ancestry Databases (not images):
...Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, V.1-9 (1884-95)
...Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly 1963-97
3. HeritageQuest Census Images
For highest quality US census copy, print to tif or pdf (pdf995):
keep ancestry image on screen, open 2nd browser window:
go to Delaware Public Library, then click on either
New Castle Co, then "HeritageQuest", enter borrower ID#/pin#
(free to DE residents or check your own public library) or
Wilmington, then RESEARCH DATABASES, choose branch,
enter borrower ID#, then "HeritageQuest, "then "Census".
Then search/browse for same census image as in ancestry,
download pdf to PC or Mac and print pdf by selecting entire image
(or any part thereof) using camera icon to draw a rectangle around choice.
Also try Chester Co or Delaware Co PA Libraries,
choose HeritageQuest, then enter card#
Other Original Images at HeritageQuest
Revolutionary War Pension Files
Friedmans Bank - many newly freed slaves named (1865-74)
25,000 genealogy/history books; PERSI (1.6M articles)
Original Images (Pay Sites)
Footnote.com U.S. National Archives Records [5 yr contract]
Pennsylvania Archives 16251880 [free]
GenealogyBank ($70/yr):[partial image free]: over
11,700 Books 1801-1900,
114,000 Government Documents 1789-1980,
1300 Newspapers 1690-1977 (see Newspapers below)

Other General Searches
Cyndi's List- Exceptional! over 260,000 links in 180+ categories
to all that's genealogical and historical

USGenWeb: State Links, Search Archives
-- a direct route to almost every U.S. county,
WorldGenWeb (Regional Links), Country Links
-- a direct route to almost every country and jurisdictions
Latter-day Saints church: Ancestor Search (includes IGI),
-- Library Catalog and other resources
-- Microfilm to Digital Image Project (Beta Test)
Steve Morse's One-Step Portal for Web Genealogy Searches
- Census (US): 1790-1940; NY State: 1905-25;
- Census (Foreign): Canada 1856-1911; British: 1841-1911
- One Step: Ancestry Library Ed, County from Town/State
- Immigration to US: 1820-1957 w Castle Garden,Ellis Island
-- Baltimore1820-1958,Boston1820-1943,Galveston1893-1948
-- Philadelphia 1800-1945, San Francisco 1893-1957,
-- Canada 1895-1956, German 1850-1897, Hamburg 1850-1934
-- Italian 1855-1900, Russians 1834-1897,
- Montreal city directories 1842-1978, Maps,Aerial Photos
- Find Where SSN Issued, Zip Code, NYC Vitals
Some Library and Other Databases
Godfrey Library (free to $35) many + historical newspapers
New England [for members: NEHGR 1849-1994]; Canada
Allen Co (IN) Public Library 2nd to LDS (PERSI origin)
U.S. National Archives: Microfilms, holdings, hours
RootsWeb, NewsGroups,
G oo gl e It!: Books (choose "Full view"), Images, Earth Maps
Alphabetical Potpourri of Searches
Table of Contents: Archives, Books, Calendars, Census, Cemetaries, Court Records, Cousins, Foreign Records, Genetics/DNA, Handwriting, Immigration, Indexes for Web search, Land/Deeds, Maps, Medical, Military, Misc, Naming Patterns, Naturalization, Newsletters, Newspapers, Photos/Images, Society Sites, Surnames, Tax, Transcribing, Vital Records, Web Sites

Archives: Manuscripts/Databases State Images: Delaware, Illinois
Pennsylvania Digital Archives: newspapers,vitals,etc.
Maryland State Archives: Search, Search Catalog;
Archives of Maryland OnLine Deeds(Images): 1669-2005
Missouri State Archives: on-line databases: pre-1910 Birth/Death
Digital Images: Death 1910-57, StLouis Probate 1802-1900
New Hampshire State Papers (40 vol.): probates to 1800,
military, land grants, etc.
; Virginia Online
UD Databases: National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections;
Digital Bibliography of Delaware
ArchivesUSA index of ca 5600 repositories 160K collections
of primary sources
; Early American Imprints 1639-1800;
ArchiveGrid (pay) museums, libraries, colleges
Burned Counties - and how to "track 'em down" anyway

Books: How to Find Them
Digital:
G oo gl e Books (choose "Full view"), Heritage Quest
Libraries: WorldCat, DelCat, DE Libraries

Calendars: 10,000 Years: Weekday, Convert Age to Birth Date,
Time Between Dates, Old vs New Style

Cemetaries Tombstone Images:
FindaGrave: over 32M, Gravematter: mostly New England tombstones (pay)

Census: U.S. Clues: 1790-1840, 1850-1930, 1890 Fate
.. Canada overview Census on Microfilm (Interlabrary Loan), On-line
... Census Images: 1851(NB,NS,ON,QB - no index); 1881 (all); 1891
... 1901(all); 1906 (only AB,MB,SK); 1911 (also ancestry.com)
.. England/Wales/Channel&IsleMan:
ancestry.com images 1841-1901 ; free 1911 index, pay to view
.. Scotland: full transcription 1841-1901 (ancestry.com);
Indeces: Canada: 1871(ON); 1881(all)
LDS Microfilm to Digital Image Project:
Argentina 1895, Mexico 1930 (coming)
Also see Ancestry.com (above)
.Ireland: before 1901 destroyed; 1911 Griffiths 1848-1864
.Scotland Census 1841-1901 & Vital Records Images (pay site)

Court Records: SalemCoMA 1636-1686,YorkCoME 1686-1760
.. Probate : Delaware 1600s-1900s, ChesterCoPA 1821-1942

Cousins: (Onomastics):
Searching (b/w): Social Security Death Index (SSDI);
LDS: Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index (igi), GenealogyTrails; CousinConnect; FamilyTreeDNA Projects
Cyndi's List; G oo gl e: also images
Lost Cousins: in 1841 British, 1880-1 US/Canada/British census
Brigham Young: >25,000 searchable books at LDS Salt Lake Library
... history: town, county, society, family
Misc: GenealogyToday: funeral cards, ration books, clubs, etc
ancestry.com(UofD): see right frame below Blue Hen
PERSI/books (HeritageQuest): Delaware Public Libraries
MyHeritage: searches >1500 web databases (Internet Explorer only)
Rootsweb: Homepage, Newsgroups: Surnames

Foreign Records(also Census, Immigration, Military, Naming):
...
WorldGenWeb (Regional Links), Country Links
...Canada: Archives; ThatsMyFamily AmCamGenSoc
UK/Ireland: English Expert Links(free), OriginsNetwork(pay)
ScotlandsPeople (pay:vitals/wills)

Genetics/DNA: Genographics Project, FamilyTreeDNA

Handwriting: see Transcribing

Immigration: General, Immigrant Origins: by U.S. County 1880-2000:
Naturalization: DE
British Emigrants 1890-1960; to Canada 1865-1935
Searching Passenger Lists in One Step,
New York City: Castle Garden 1830-1913,
Ellis Island 1892-1924;
Also see Ancestry.com (above)

Indexes for On-line searches: stevemorse.org,

Land/Deeds: Images: Deeds: Salem MA, Maryland: 1669-2005
Vermont: 1850-ca.1901 (in LDS Beta Test); Virginia
Patents/Grants: US Bureau of Land Management; PA,VA,TX

Maps: Library of Congress - digitized old maps;
County: Northeast, Southeast, County Formation 1643+
Sanborn(1867-1970):Delaware:UD Database(pdf), New Eng
Old New England, MapQuest, Google Earth: satellite view
Map Your Ancestors

Medical: Archaic Terms: Diseases: #2, #3

Military: Revolutionary War: Cornell Making of America
American Loyalists
Civil War: LSU: battles, soldiers, maps, diaries,
General: Illinois: Civil War Muster
Canada: RevWar soldier/widow Pension Images(NB)
Also see Ancestry.com (above)

Miscellaneous: Encyclopedia of Genealogy - Wikipedia-like
Reports, e.g. enter "history town (or company name)"
books.google; Genealogica Codicil Political Graveyard
rootstelevision: Photo Restore, Google Family Tree, CyndisList;
Abbrev, #2; Occupations: #2, #4; Face Recognition

Naming Patterns in Families: General, Colonial America,
English, Scot, Irish, Welsh, German, Italian, Colonial,
English/Welsh 1700-1870,Scot 1700s,Irish 1800s,Old German
English,Irish,French,German,Spanish,Arabic, Indian,African
Nicknames:#1, #2; Popular 1880s->Now

Naturalization: (free) Oconto Co WI

Newsletters: (free) RootsWeb NewsGroups,
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Plus version: $20/yr

Newspapers: Available by state; Newspapers/Indexes on Web;
... also search ancestry.com [UD] and Godfrey Library ($35/yr)
UD Newspaper Database Images:
Accessible Archives 1700s-1800s, African American 1800s,
America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1876 (over 500K issues),
... may include all of GenBank's Historical Newspapers (below)
Brooklyn Eagle 1841-1902, Cecil Whig 1870-74,
London Gazette 17521979, London Times 1785-1985,
Missouri (Historic) Newspapers 1859+,
NY Times 1851-2003 (ProQuest),
Wall St Journal 1889-1989(ProQuest)
Fulton History then Enter, Press here; free NY newspapers
Library of Congress free
Pay: NewspaperArchive.com ($95.88/yr): >74M pages
Pay: ProQuest see list in frame at right
Pay: GenealogyBank ($70/yr): >214M records
including 1400 Newspapers 1690-1977 (500,000 issues), e.g.
...Baltimore Sun: 6/11/1850-7/24/1900, 5/17/1837-2/22/1901
...Delaware Gazette: 4/19/1814-2/22/1820
...Philadelphia Inquirer: 11/07/1860-12/31/1922
may all be in UD Newspaper Database Images (see above)

Photos/Images: DeadFred; Facial Recognition
Google Images: try Advanced Image Search
Photo Detective Blog: including photos and videos

Society Sites: Delaware, Virginia Eastern Shore
New England: Register 1847-1994, Sanborn maps

Surnames: (Onomastics):
Searching (b/w): Social Security Death Index (SSDI);
LDS: Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index (igi); GenCircles, GenealogyTrails; CousinConnect; FamilyTreeDNA Projects
Cyndi's List; G oo gl e: also images
Lost Cousins: in 1841 British, 1880-1 US/Canada/British census
Brigham Young: >25,000 searchable books at LDS Salt Lake Library
... history: town, county, society, family
Misc: GenealogyToday: funeral cards, ration books, clubs, etc
ancestry.com(UofD): see right frame below Blue Hen
PERSI/books (HeritageQuest): Delaware Public Libraries
MyHeritage: searches >1500 web databases (Internet Explorer only)
Rootsweb: Homepage, Newsgroups: Surnames
Census Name Distribution:
1850,80; 1920, 1990; 1990(phone)

Tax: Maryland 1783, Virginia 1790,1800

Transcribing: ; Diary: practice transcribing; Reading Old Handwriting;
Kip Sperry, "Reading Early American Handwriting";
Old Handwriting Styles: LDS microfilm digitizing/transcribing
English Handwriting 1500-1700, Misc Old English;
Scotish Handwriting; German Script
Western & Central Europe 16-19th Century
Also see Ancestry.com and LDS Indexing Project

Vital Records: Obtaining by State: Death Certificates Online:
By State or By State-2: Illinois BMD, New England: MA vitals (1841-1910)
WilmingtonDE Catholic, Kentucky wed/death (1911-86);
Missouri pre-1910 Birth/Death
Marriages: Maine 1892+, New Jersey 1848-67, Quebec,
U.S. Census Mortality Schedules
Social Security Death Index: 99.9% of database 1962+
...updated monthly or weekly [GenBank (pay)]
WorldVitalRecords.com: >1 bill. names in >7,000 databases
Digital Deaths: Missouri pre-1910,
Certificates: Kentucky1911-86, Missouri 1910-57,
Philadelphia 1803-1915

FindaGrave; PublicRecordsPro: pay site

Web Sites: 50 top Web sites


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