Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A "New to You" Resource Helping Your Genealogy Research

   It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

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

1) What is a "new to you" resource that is helping your genealogy research? [Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting topics!]

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note.

Here's mine:

I really can't identify a significant "new to me" resource.  I've spent the last three months dealing with my health problems and have not searched for many "new to me" resources.   The 1950 U.S. Census records on the National Archives, Ancestry, FamilySearch and MyHeritage are really the last "new to me" resource I can think of.

The most useful digitized resources I've used in the past year, which keep my genealogy research advancing,  include:

*  Ancestry - the endless list of Record Hints for persons in my tree (but they are limited to the top Ancestry collections), the ability to search from a person in my Ancestry tree, AncestryDNA matches with shared matches and ThruLines, the ovituary and marriage indexes to newspaper collections, the English church records, census records and probate record collections (by county), the indexed U.S. probate records and church denomination collections, the Find A Grave memorial index (easier to search than on Find A Grave website), and the occasional new digitized record collections are my "go to" resources.  

* - this is by far the biggest, easiest to use, and most useful digitized newspaper collection available to find obituaries, death notices, marriage articles, etc. for persons in my family tree - especially for Seaver surname folks.  I also use GenealogyBank and Chronicling America for newspaper articles.

*  FamilySearch - the Research Wiki, Library Catalog and Digital Library are extremely useful resources, as is the FamilySearch Family Tree (especially the record matches and source citations in a person profile).

*  MyHeritage - the Record Matches (by source) for persons in my family tree, the MyHeritage DNA matches with shared matches, Theories of Family Relativity, and chromosome browser, and the U.S. Public Records Index (because the household members are included in a search result)  are my favorite features here.  Occasionally, a new digitized record collection is provided that I can "mine" for Seaver or other surnames.

*  Findmypast - the digitized English church records, civil vital records and newspapers are my favorites here (I'm especially interested in Wiltshire and Somerset).  

*  American Ancestors - the Massachusetts probate records, New England vital records, and digitized periodicals are my "go to" resources here.

*  Web Hints in RootsMagic software lead me to hints and matches on Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast.  I can sync my RootsMagic person profiles to my Ancestry tree and the FamilySearch Family Tree.

My genealogy research resources are now limited to digitized records because of my health situation.  I still need to go to the local FamilySearch Center to view digitized records available only there or in Salt Lake City.


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ByAPearl said...

Here is my contribution.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here is mine.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Two new ones for me: