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National Archives Releasing Military Records

Military Personnel Records of servicemen prior to 1946 are now beginning to be released to the public in stages. Eventually, over 57 million individual records will be available. Read the news release on the National Coalition for History website.

Google Docs

If you're not already aware, Google is offering a new service that will offer an exciting new dimension to genealogical research. The service is Google Docs and will allow genealogists greater options for exchanging information with other family members and researchers who are working on the same family surnames.

 Just visit the Google Docs Help Center to find out more or to get started. Read more »

Genealogy News

October is Family History Month. Here’s some food for thought . . .

Exciting News from FamilySearch.org

If you're like many researchers, you want to know more than just names and dates(birth, marriage and death) about ancestors. Or, you may be compiling a family history book to be published about a particular family and desiring more information.

Then be sure to visit the Mormon church website on major news concerning local and county histories!

Go to FamilySearch.org News and read about the latest and greatest news!

Illinois Trails: History and Genealogy

If you happen to have ancestors from the state of Illinois, be sure to check out the website, Illinois Trails: History and Genealogy at http://iltrails.org/. It's a FREE website with information from census, county data, history, maps, military data, newspapers, research help and a mailing list. For those interested in helping, they even have a section with 'Volunteer' information.

Family Tree Magazine - 101 Best Genealogy Sites

Family Tree Magazine has come out with its 2007 list of the top 101 best genealogy web sites on the Internet.

To quote from their web site "These 101 roots resources represent the pinnacle of online genealogy—let them lead you to the peak of family tree success."

Categories include: Read more »

Researching British ancestry?

Now with literally millions of records online for England, Scotland and Wales as digital images or transcriptions, it can be difficult at times to decide where to begin looking. The following sites offer a large variety of useful records and information for anyone researching British ancestry. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 3

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing over 264 million acres of land -- about one-eighth of the land in the United States -- as well as 300 million additional acres of subsurface mineral resources. Most of these lands are located in the western United States, including Alaska, and are easily recognized by their vast range lands, forests, high mountains, arctic tundra, and deserts. Under the BLM umbrella are a wide variety of commercial, cultural, recreational, and wilderness resources in these federal public lands. Read more »

Natchez and Mississippi Court Records

Ancestry has just added The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805 and Mississippi Court Records, 1799-1835 to their online collection of databases. The Natchez Records are from the book compiled by May Wilson McBee in 1953 and reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979. The Mississippi Court records are from J. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 2

Genealogical Abbreviations: As we know, there are many abbreviations that are used widely in genealogical records. It is not unusual to find, within the pages of one record, different variations used, and care should be taken to ensure that in these instances, it is a variation and not meant to indicate something else. Many researchers, especially novices, are easily confused by the early practice of abbreviating in the various legal documents that were being recorded throughout years past. Read more »

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