Notes from the past…

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #3- Free Online Genealogy Tools

Besides the very obvious choices of RootsWeb, FamilySearch and the Bureau of Land Management website, have you checked out:

Wyoming Newspaper Project- “Discover the stories that formed Wyoming, through the Wyoming Newspaper Project. For the sheer volume of information they contain, newspapers are the single most important printed record of human activity. Historians, genealogists, and other scholars rely on them to provide a first-hand and sometimes the only account of local news. Available through this website are all the newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922, in an easily searchable format.” An example: 2GGA Albert Bennett’s granddaughter Wylda Bennett was accidentally poisoned in 1921:

Wylda Bennett poisoned

Chronicling America- from the Library of Congress, “Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.” An example: here is the marriage announcement for my 2nd great-grandparents Crist Hayes Carrico and Hattie Lee Kennedy, from 1893:

Google Books- thousands of out-of-copyright and public domain publications, an excellent source of original data for your ancestors living in the 19th-20th centuries. I have found oodles of info concerning numerous ancestors! An example: this is what I found for 2GGU Dr Thomas J Bennett, from 1921:

Thomas Joshua Bennett, MDThomas Joshua Bennett, MD biography


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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First use of RootsMagic 5′s new CountyCheck feature

I upgraded to RootsMagic 5 a few weeks ago, and today I had the first occasion to use a new feature called CountyCheck:


  • Automatically checks every county you enter (US, Canada, UK, Australia) to verify that it actually existed at the time of the event
  • Report gives you a list of all events in counties which didn’t exist at the time
  • Lets you access maps and county histories for the US, Canada, UK, and Australia

As I have been reviewing/researching/updating everyone in my datebase, CountyCheck pops up with each saved fact (if it has a location in it). At first I thought this was a bit annoying, but I decided to leave it active, because I knew sooner or later I’d run into a discrepancy.

That discrepancy just presented itself. The wife of a Bennett 2GGU was born in 1879 in “Cache County, Utah”, according to cemetery records. This I had previously entered into my RootsMagic 4 database. One problem: Utah didn’t become a state until 1896 (which I neglected to check first). So now, RootsMagic 5′s CountyCheck has corrected my earlier entry:

Notice the “Utah Territory”? Pretty neat!