Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Trick or Treat Edition

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  For this TRICK or TREAT edition (it's only two days after Hallowe'en), please recount a TRICK (or research tip) that you have recently learned, AND a TREAT (something unexpected or really great that you found or received).

2)  Tell us about your TRICK and your TREAT in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, in a Facebook status post, or in a Google+ stream post.

Here's mine:

TRICK:  Use the "Search Records" link in the FamilySearch Family Tree to help you find records available on FamilySearch to add to your Sources.  I find that doing this uncovers records that I have missed.  See Searching From within the FamilySearch Family Tree - Found a Goodie for an example.

TREAT:  Definitely the biggest treat of the past month was the absolute Genealogy Act of Kindness performed for me by Luin who found three newspaper articles for me and my friend, John, while at the Oklahoma History Library on Thursday.  She obtained images and has sent them to me as email attachments.  Fascinating stuff!  I mentioned her Genea-Musings comment today in Follow-up Friday -- Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments.

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Ed Hamilton said...

Trick: If you find an ancestor in a set of records, and you know his/her parents' names, then look for siblings by searching the same set of records using just your ancestor's surname and the parents' names. There have been plenty of times I found a Irish county of origin for a person by looking at his sibling's or a relative's records.

Treat: It's been a few months, but it was a treat to find the Valuation Revision Books for Northern Ireland online at

And this week I found out that NI wills and abstracts of wills were at:

Melody Lassalle said...

Here is my entry for the challenge: