October 2015 Class Outline
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November 4, 2015
- How do we learn to research the records?
- Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Class 1B: How to use FamilySearch.org (Free on the internet)
- Sign in and Help
- --------------After class 1/ Before class 2 -----------------------
- Map to the Saline Family History Library (go in the door at the back of the building)
- Hours 10-2 Monday, Thursday and Saturday
- I will be there Saturday the 10th (10-2) and either the 17th or 31st -- I'll let you know which.
- If you are researching Washtenaw County ancetors, go on Monday !
- Here is where you can download a free version of Legacy software (for Windows)
- Mac User? I recommend Reunion, but you might want to try FamilyTree Maker for the Mac.
- Reunion offers a trial version; I can't see any "try it" offer from FamilyTree maker
- The Mac genealogy software is more expensive than Windows (of course).
- Here are some standard forms that you will want to use:
- If you are going to do Civil War research, explore this Natural Park Service Site The Civil War
Work some more with FamilySearch.org
- Did everyone register?
- Did you write your username and password down so you can remember it?
- Searching for Anton King. (Start with what you know.)
- He was in the hh of Peter Bright in 1860 in Iowa
- According to this census he was age 45, born Germany.
- If you have someone you want to search, let's see what we can find.
Heritage Quest (Free through Michigan Libraries/MEL)
- Census Records
(equals the U.S. census collection on Ancestry.com)
- City Directories and books
- Revolutionary War Pension Applications
- Freedman's Bank Records (post civil war African-American research)
- And hidden, but found on the SEARCH page
- PERSI (to 2009)
- Serial Set
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- After class someone asked: "How do you know which you should use -- Familysearch.org or Heritage Quest (Mel.org)?
Use both. But! HQ for census! It is a cleaner search and you have access to all census records, not just some.
- Here is a link you can use to view and print out census forms... they are used to extract information from the census and see the column headings.
- Go to Heritage Quest (mel.org > Databases > Heritage Quest ) and try these searches:
- From the home page, click Mortality Schedules in the two column list of new content under the WELCOME banner and search for Charity Withey. Don't bother with any of the exact qualification. What do you learn?
- Go back to that home page. Now choose 1890 Veteran's Schedule from that list and search the name Wethey -- Don't click any qualifications. Just take a look a the list you get. Go back to that screen and search Wethey but this time select "Exact and Similar". Now look at the list you get. What do you notice?
- What can you learn about Wesley B. Wethey?
- Search ALL census records for John (exact & similar) Peters (exact & similar) lived in Leelanau County, Michigan, USA (exact) What all can can we learn about John?
- Select the 1940 census and search it for your parents, grandparents. What do you learn about them?
- Go to the City Directies and search for surname Quivey (exact & similar) lived in Jackson County, Michigan, USA (exact)
- How many "hits" do you get?
- Edit this search to add residence 1905 + or - 10 years (1895-1915). Now how many results do you get?
- Look at the record for Ida B. Quivey (1908). What do you learn about her?
- Go to FamilySearch.org
Class 3A :
- For the purposes of this exercise, do not use Chrome as your browser.
- Search Records. Go to map and click on United States. Select Pennsylvania.
- On the right, click the tutorial on Pennsylvania Court and Probate Records
- Can you get it to work? Give it time to download. You might have agree to update Silverlight. (Chrome won't work with Silverlight--use another browser)
- You don't have to watch the whole tutorial if you don't want to. I just want you to see if you can.
- Go back to the Pennsylvania page and on the right side of the screen, click the link to view catalog for Pennsylvania
- Scroll down, click view more... go all the way to the bottom of the list and look at Pennsylvania -- Vital Records (84)
- View the record for Early Pennsylvania Births 1675-1875
- Can you open up and view the digital copy?
- What is the film number, in case you want to order the film copy?
- Military Records
- Newspaper Records
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SEE NOTES ABOVE ON CLASS 3B. We didn't cover that last time.
Remember to play with the big three.... FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com Library Edition and Heritage Quest (through your library or Mel.org for Michigan residents) All are free.
How to research the adoption of someone who was adopted in Nebraska in 1930.
Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor
- Genealogy Societies, Meetings and Conferences
- Libraries and Archives
- GSWC Library at the Family History Center in Saline
- Here is the catalog of the GSWC Library, which is housed in the Family History Center. Check it out.
- Remember: at the Family History Center you can use computers there to access Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3 and several other databases.
- Archives of Michigan
- Visitor information (location, hours etc.)
- They maintain the website Seeking Michigan, where you can find Michigan death records online, state census records and other information also.
- They have a lot of archival papers, that is, material from
- They have a large collection of books, including genealogies, county histories, how-to books, and published source material from states other than Michigan.
- Michigan published material is in the Library of Michigan -- county histories, city directories, cemetery readings, transcripts of vital and other genealogical records and more.
- Use this catalog to search both the Library and Archives of Michigan.
- Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
- Toledo Public Library
- Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana -- The #2 Genealogy Library in the nation. A great place for the genealogist.
- The Family History Library in Salt Lake City -- but don't forget, they have a lot on line and you can order films from their catalog.
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First -- note that I filled in the links for the section on nearby Libraries & Archives above (class 4B)
One question I had in class that I forgot to mention to all.
If you see "Do" in a census record, what does it mean? Ditto. Keeps the census taker from having to write the same thing over and over. Sometimes the use the quotation markes to indicate the same " ".
NEXT I will update info on PERSI -- in the meantime, play with it at Heritage Quest.
Get to Heritage Quest through your public library website or go to http://www.mel.org / Select databases/ scroll down and select HeritageQuest Online. This is available from home.
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