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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #50: Genealogy Database

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich individual database has been most helpful in your genealogy research and why? Is this database available for free or is it behind a subscription wall? What does this database include and how can it benefit other genealogy researchers?

I live in Texas and have a whole herd of ancestors who lived (and DIED) in Texas. So what has been the most helpful database to me?

There are 3 of them, actually:

All can be found at FamilySearch, free of charge. These are scans of the actual documents, not just indexes. I have downloaded almost 100 death certificates from these 3 databases.

Important genealogical facts found in earlier death entries (from the FamilySearch wiki):

  • Date of death for the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the burial and birth dates and places.
  • Place of death for the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the cemetery name where buried, as well as the birthplace (the state and sometimes town or county).
  • Name of the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the name of the spouse and parents, often with maiden surnames of women. The informant, who is often a child or other family member, is also named.
  • Starting around 1911, the records increasingly note the names of the spouse and parents.
  • Starting around 1911, they;indicate whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death.
  • Starting around 1911, records give the occupation of the deceased and may identify the employer.

And from the 1977-1986 collection:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Marital status
  • Occupation

Here is the oldest certificate that I have found from these databases, for my third great-grandfather James Bennett (1826-1905):

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Original documents with a lot of primary and secondary information, courtesy FamilySearch and the Texas Department of Health and State Registrar office!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #49: Research Location

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich genealogy research location or city brings a smile to your face? What makes this place special to you? What family history treasures does it hold for you? Why should others visit this place?

I have blogged about this site before, but the Hillsboro (Texas) Public Library is still my favorite research location! It is a small library in a small town in rural central Texas, but has a wealth of genealogical information:

The Genealogy & Local History Department of the Hillsboro City Library is located upstairs on the north side of the building. The Local History Department houses a collection of family history books and books published about the Hillsboro area. The collection contains a selection of Hillsboro Newspapers and census records back to 1886 on Microfilm. The Library is in the process of converting these records to an electronic format.

The Genealogy & Local History Department offers an on-line genealogy data base that can be used in researching family history.The Local History Department supports the Hill County Genealogy Society by housing all of their books and publications that are needed to research family history.

The Library is housed in the old Hillsboro Post Office, a wonderful old building built in 1915,  “designed as an adaptation of the Foundling Hospital for Children of Florence, Italy.” It was designated a Texas Historical Building in 1982 and  listed with the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1984.

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118 South Waco Street
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Phone: 254-582-7385
Fax: 254-582-7765

E-mail: hillsborolibrary@hillsborotx.org

Library Hours:
Monday & Thursday, 9am-7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-12Noon

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.