Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –   Elephind,
 the Search Engine for Historical Newspapers

Many genealogist love the Library of Congress –  Chronicling America – historical, digitized newspapers website, but have you heard of Their goal is to search all the world’s digitized, historical newspapers from one place at one time; it’s similar to the idea behind with the airline industry.

Elephind currently is at about 175 million items from over 3,300 newspaper titles worldwide. That is more than 10 fold what you will find at Chronicling America.  In fact, Chronicling America is one of the sites Elephind has covered. Also like Chronicling America, Elephind is adding volume almost daily.

At the website ,  start with the Search Tips.

The “proximity search” is particularly useful.  An example, using this syntax  “Jane Doe”~4 in Search will find for you :
•Jane Doe
•Jane E Doe
•Jane Elizabeth Doe
•Elizabeth Jane Smith, nee Doe

But it will exclude something like “Jane and Sally found a young, frightened doe in the woods”. will be a good addition to your arsenal of historical newspapers websites and someday it might become the only one you will ever need.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The  folks at are putting on a  five day conference that you can attend for free!  Even better than that, you have the choice of traveling to Salt Lake City, UT to attend in person, or you may attend the online webinar version from the comfort of your home.

Although the conference is free, space is limited and registration is required for either mode of attendance, so sign up soon.  Don’t miss out.

The Western European Family History Conference 2017 that runs May 15-19 will cover, as it names suggests, genealogical research advice for the countries of Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Class details, more information, and registration can be found at :

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Check out the dozens of free how-to videos Ancestry has made available to the general public on a range of topics from Ancestry Products  (of course), to Records (census, probate, military), Methodology, and Locality-Ethnicity Research.  Videos range in length and subject complexity; everything from “Needle & Thread: Piecing Together African American Families” at almost 2 ½ hours to “1920 Census : An Overview” at only 2 ½ minutes. The latter is in their Short Course Videos series.

There is plenty of subject here to help novice genealogists as well as more seasoned ones.   Find your way to :

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world with more than 162 million items including books, recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music, and manuscripts in its collections. Through its website,,  it provides access to many resources and services.

Monthly the Library of Congress puts on an orientation webinar to help you learn to navigate this sea of information. The webinar is an hour long and there are opportunities to ask questions and try out the search tools. This orientation will provide an overview of what’s available, provide strategies for accessing the materials, and introduce you to the resources created by staff to further your research into the Library’s collections.

The next two orientation sessions scheduled are for :
•Wednesday, March 15, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT
•Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT

Registration is required. Confirmation and log-on instructions will be sent to you via email once you are registered. Here’s the link to the registration form:

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

KCGenealogy  Soc from Tuck Forsythe , Treas


(I think that link is freely available to all, but possibly you have to provide email address and password the first time you use it) tells of TV-type instruction in various family history subjects—especially at the bottom under NORTH AMERICA


I tried to show mostly classes always available; although they have ( under UPCOMING CLASSSES) brand  new classes, which are only available on a specific date and time


Quirky Genealogy Tip Sheet

Thanks Evelyn another good Quirky Genealogy Tip Sheet.

I know that while indexing for Scribe that names are hard to read so you really need to go to the original record if possible and this Tip Sheet gives several good examples why this is important. Click the Fields of Dreams below to read the newsletter.




Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –   Scottish Clans Archives

How far are you willing to travel to research your Scottish family history?  Is small town, southwestern Georgia out of the question?

In the south wing of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library, Moultrie, GA,  is the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, named for its benefactor.   This library is renowned for its collection concerning Scottish genealogy. It is the archival home for more than 130 Scottish clan organizations! And adding more all the time. It is also home to many rare books including an original edition of Scottish Perrage, as well as The Highland Papers, and Gaelic Bibles.

Other collections at the library are microfilms of 45 local newspapers (dating back to 1856) published in SW Georgia’s 21 counties. Also the Emmett Lucas Collection about the southeast United States, the Civil War, and migrations west is housed there.

For more info check out their website  at :

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Have an intractable problem? Have a real genealogical brick wall? Consider writing up a research plan. State what you are trying to accomplish or find, and then write up what you know. Revisit all the records while you are writing it up.  Then list 5 resources you haven’t looked at–probate, obituaries, vital records, newspapers, land records etc. Now start the search,  but with deliberation–write up the citation for each source you investigated and record your findings, even if nothing. Fresh eyes and a fresh initiative will often cause that wall to come tumbling down!

Tuesday Tip Indexing Errors

I received a newsletter on errors in indexing

I know I ran into a bunch of ladies indexed as Mrs. Jane Doe in the digital archives. So a search for Jane Doe gets nothing, but Mrs. Doe will bring up Mrs. Jane Doe or Mrs. Mary Doe, etc. I asked if they could be edited but that is the way the record reads so they would not change it. Indexers are asked to index as the record shows, so even if the person indexing knows it is incorrect you must index as shown in the record.

I am including the newsletter so let me know if I should include it each time I receive it.