April 2017 Class Notes
Search early American (pre 1923) newspapers at Chronicling America.
Reminder: Whenever you come to this page, REFRESH it so you see any new content since the last time you were on the page.
Here is the Ellis Island website. To search it more effectively, Check out Steve Morse's several "one step" search pages at stevemorse.org
I have 3 web pages that cover this and I've just updated 2 or them.
1.Your Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors -- a general page, with links to more detailed information.
2. Your Guide to Finding and Using Passenger Records and Ship Information
I will update the one on naturalization records before the 4th class. Right now it will have a lot of bad links.
In class we talked about using vitalrec.com to find out how to get vital records from state, county and sometimes city governments.
- More Links from Power Point
- You can search PERSI for free at FindMyPast
- At FindMyPast Choose SEARCH> Newspapers & Periodicals > PERiodical Source Index.
- Here is the link that goes straight to PERsi
- Search by Name and/or location and/or keyword.
- You must CLEAR a search before starting a new one.
- Here is the link to the article on women and naturalization:
- Take a look at my blog called Genealogyetc. Today I announced that I updated my web page on finding immigrant ancestors, which may be of use to some of you.
- Links from the power point -- so you don't have to open it.
- FamilySearch.org -- search wiki to learn about research, catalog to find what the library owns, records to find what records are online (and mostly indexed).
- Look at these two books available for free on Ancestry.com
- The Redbook -- assignment: pick a state and open the Redbook for that state. Now find and print out a map of the counties in the state.
- The Source -- assignment: choose the topic land records and find the article about the Homestead Act of 1862. (you can read it if you want)
- Heritage Quest is available to anyone in Michigan through MEL (Michigan Electroic Library). Click Databases (on the bar, right under the title of the page), then scroll down and click the box for HQ -- assignment: click the SEARCH category and look at all the different databases you can search.
- University of Michigan Library -- assignment: take a look at the Genealogy Research Guide they put out. Take a look at the Newspapers Section of that guide. REMEMBER: you will need to be in a U of Mich library to use the books and databases. But they are open long hours.
- WorldCat-- this is a catalog of the books that are owned by all large libraries and most smaller ones. assignment: open the "advanced search" link -- a tiny little link, right below the white search box -- and see how you can search by specific information in author and title.
- THIS SHOULD KEEP YOU BUSY UNTIL THURSDAY. We'll look at these some more then.
- Power Point from Class 1: Free Internet Websites for Genealogists. Include links to the sites.