Between the years 1820 and 1920, thirty five million immigrants arrived at US ports and 82% of them came through the port of New York. Before Ellis Island was opened in 1892, Castle Garden was the official immigrant reception area. Combined, the three collections cited below have over 66 million searchable passenger records that cover the port from 1820-1957. Access is available to you through your account on the free genealogy website, FamilySearch.org
TIP OF THE WEEK –NOW WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING Legacy
Family Tree Webinars has announced they will add the option of closed
captioning to all their new webinars going forward. Also, the most
popular 50 webinars on their platform, as well as the
MyHeritage-specific webinars, have been captioned.
Rasmussen, founder and host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars says,
“Captioning is an excellent way to make online education more
accessible, and is also a benefit to non-native English speakers who
struggle with spoken English, but have an easier time with written
Beginning this year, they also have plans to host
webinars in non-English languages, as well as translate English closed
captions into select foreign languages.
Legacy Family Tree
Webinars makes each new live webinar, and its recording, free to watch
for the first 7 days. With a paid subscription, you get additional
benefits, plus access to the library of past webinars, containing over
1,000 hours of quality genealogy education.
To try out the
newly implemented Closed Caption option, just click on the blue CC icon
displayed in the right hand, bottom corner of the screen of the
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR GENEALOGY Review your resolutions from last year. If you didn’t accomplish many of them, ask yourself why not. Try again. Be realistic and set reasonable goals. Stay on top of the basics.
Visit and interview your older relatives, carefully recording their memories.
Backup the genealogy data you keep on your computer – family tree, photos, documents. Set a schedule for this. Create a gedcom of your family tree. Back up to the cloud or to an external drive.
Review your sources and documents
Start writing your family history. Make a list of stories to tell. Commit to writing one story monthly, or every other month, or even just quarterly – whatever frequency suits you. Have fun with it.
TIP OF THE WEEK – 13,200+ GENEALOGY LINKS ON FACEBOOK Katherine
R Willson, professional genealogist, has done for genealogy related
pages and groups on Facebook what Cyndi Ingle, of the renowned Cyndi’s List,
has done for genealogy resources on the Internet. She compiled them
into a searchable, clickable, comprehensive, very useful list.
updated in November 2018, Katherine’s list, “Genealogy on Facebook”, is
351 pages, contains 13,200+ Facebook genealogy links. The first 11
pages is a Table of Contents organized by geographical categories
(states, countries, regions) and non-geographical categories (adoption,
lineage societies, ethnicity, military conflicts, etc). One group named
“Associated Daughters of Early American Witches”, in the category of
lineage societies, certainly piqued my interest.
Why join a Facebook genealogy related group?
Facebook group is a place where people with common interests (for
example-genealogy research in Allegan County, MI) can go to communicate,
share ideas, and ask questions. You are more likely to solve your
Allegan County brick wall by networking with genealogists actually in
Our Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group
recently accepted a new member from Norway. He was trying to find
descendants of his great-grandfather who immigrated to Seattle from
Norway. The family in Norway lost contact with the Seattle family more
than 30 years ago. Within the day, several group members came up with
data, including obituaries, to help him, and he was able to establish
contact with his US cousins.
Here’s the link to Katherine’s
list, “Genealogy on Facebook”. See what groups might be of interest and
help to you. Also, which groups might you help? As genealogists we love
to dig in to help a fellow genealogist solve their mystery; it’s just
in our DNA.
is a wonderful on-line resource for people researching in Lewis County,
Washington: the website for the Lewis County Historical Museum: http://www.lewiscountymuseum.org/research-library/
Their web page includes links to a
searchable index of their obituary collection, with obits from 1880 to
2016; and a biographical and family history database for Lewis County as
well. The links to the latter database are currently not working, but
one can email the library, and they’ll provide a search for free: email@example.com
At the beginning of November, MyHeritage hosted their first ever 3 day user conference in Oslo, Norway. It was a big success. Hundreds of people attended from 28 different countries. Now, for those that were not able to attend, two dozen of the lectures were recorded and are available for viewing online, absolutely free. Thanks to Dick Eastman, one of the presenters at this conference, for this great tip.
Visit MyHeritage Blog for a list of each of the lectures, as well as a brief description, and a link to each lecture video. You’ll find the MyHeritage Blog here:
It is easy to become lackadaisical and accept research data you have found in a public family tree at face value. Remember to treat information you get from someone else’s family tree as a helpful hint to aid you in your own research. No matter how credible their source citation looks, until you have examined a source yourself, it is just hearsay.
Likewise, don’t put speculative information in your public tree, where it can be perpetuated by others. A good practice is to have two family trees. A tree you make public should only have substantiated data in it. Research you are still working on, not yet verified, should be in a private tree, your WIP (work in progress) tree, so to speak.
TIP OF THE WEEK – Improvements to AncestryDNA Results Page
Ancestry has made some improvements to the AncestryDNA Results page. They are now showing the shared total DNA cM and segments in a prominent position near the matched member’s id. So it is no longer necessary to click on the grayed icon to get that information. Also looking toward the right, under the green and white “View Match”, is a new blue “Connect” with an intersecting circles icon. Click on that blue “Connect”. It displays a side-by-side comparison of your data and your DNA match’s data.
Your Photo / Their Photo
Your Ethnicity Estimates / Their Ethnicity Estimates
Matches You Both Share
Fun stuff, in a more efficient, user friendly format.
October is American Archives Month. If you feel you’ve already found everything you can at the usual genealogy websites, don’t overlook what genealogy resources are available to you at the state archives, as well as at local, university, and historical society libraries.
Study the library website and search their online catalog and indexes to get a feel for their genealogy collections. Need ideas for records to consult? Run a search of the FamilySearch.org online catalog for your ancestors’ county or town, then browse the record categories to see the types of record collections available.
“OUT OF THE ARCHIVES” is a newsletter published by the Washington State Archives. It is designed to educate you on how to access and best use the collections available to you, through them. To read back issues, or subscribe, use this link :