Thursday, October 4, 2007

Free Genealogy Search Help

Genealogy Search Help for Google, which helps you run targeted genealogical Google searches

Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
Get the Best Genealogy Searches for Google by Using Your Family Tree
This free genealogy site will help you use Google™ for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.
Just complete the small family tree from the link above for an ancestor and this site will set up the best searches for you, based on what you enter. Tip: If you don't know an ancestor's parents, but know one of the ancestor's children, use the child's name for the First Name and Last Name below (and spouse, birth, and death) and then enter the ancestor as the Father or Mother. This gives more information for building a search.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Great resource - NEW Source

If you go to the New York Times site, you can enter your search terms in the bar near the top of the page and select whether you want to search articles since 1981 or before 1981. Once you have your results, you can select the Advanced option to limit your search to specific dates. The stories are downloadable as PDF documents. (If you happen across articles that aren't in the free years, they're $4.95 each, or you can get a monthly pass for $7.95 that allows 100 story downloads.)
I used a couple of Ohio place names and found real gold...many surnames, too. Try it.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Stark County resources

The Stark County, Ohio library is one of the best resoiurces online for research. I have visited the library and found the personnel to be more than helpful. But here is an index, by year, to the newspaper which goes back to 1815 for obituaries. There are other resources on the web site and the library staff responds to requests very quickly.
Here is a copy of an obit I ordered and received within two weeks. nThis was dated 1935

Monday, September 3, 2007

Free Mortality Schedules online

Search Online Mortality Schedules for Free
Bill Cribbs, the man behind the free genealogy search engine site, has gathered hundreds of counties’ online transcribed mortality schedules and made them searchable at
For the 1850 through 1880 US censuses, enumerators recorded names of and other details about people who’d died within the past year. These mortality schedules may be the only death record for some people, especially in states that didn’t require recording of deaths until later. You can browse by state or search on one or more keywords, such as a name or place. (If you want matches to contain more than one keyword, select “Find all words” from the dropdown menu.) When you click on a match, you'll be taken to the Web site that stores the transcribed records. What you see varies depending how the data was transcribed and digitized. You may get a chart or a text file listing a few details of deaths in that enumeration district, or you may get the whole shebang: the deceased’s age and marital status at death; death date, place and cause; birth date and place; physician’s name; parents’ birthplaces and more.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Google Book Search

Are Your Ancestors in Google Book Search?
A favorite search tool is Google's Book Search, at By typing in keywords just like in a normal Google search, you get results from all sorts of out-of-print and hard-to-find books. Type in "Ohio Genealogy" and more than 350 books will come up. Try your surname or the county or town where you are researching. There are many other resources here. Some books show up in the results as full page scans with searchable text. Other books are restricted to just showing a few preview pages or a few paragraphs of excerpts. Some are downloadable as PDF documents. (Even if you can't see all of the information, Google gives you the publisher's information that gives you a head start on finding it at your library.)

Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812

Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812 -
The roster of the war of 1812 for Ohio consisted of a total of 26,280 men who enlisted from Ohio to assist the nation in this war. They comprised of 3 regiments, 464 companies, 13 cavalry troops, and 1 artillery battery. This dataset has broken up this list for easier perusal by the company, troop, or battery of the soldiers.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

research comment

He who cares nothing about his ancestors will rarely achieve anything worthy of being remembered by his descendants. —author unknown

Newspaper index
This is a link to the Stark County, Ohio library and their web site. Here you will find the searchable archives of the county newspaper going back more than 100 years. This is an amazing amount of information. You will also find a link here to the death certificates in the state repository.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Civil War pension Files

These files contain an amazing amount of information. I sent away for my great-greatgrandfather's pension file and received 97 pages of valuable copies of handwritten documents from his parents, friends, and family as well as doctors, ministers, and fellow soldiers. He was from Gallia County, Ohio and now I can share much information with others in that county...copies of their ancestor's signature, for example.
NARA Record Request Fees Go Up Oct.
We’ve known it was coming since the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) proposed last February to raise its reproduction fees for records you order. The good news is, it could’ve been worse.Effective Oct. 1, NARA will charge $75 for a Civil War pension file of up to 100 pages, plus $.65 per additional page (for longer files, staff will contact the requestor with a price quote before filling the order). NARA will charge $50 for pre-Civil War pension files regardless of page count, and $.75 per page to copy other records.While still a steep increase from the current $37 for a Civil War pension file, these fees are less than the $125 and $60 NARA originally proposed for Civil War and pre-Civil War pensions, respectively. (Still, save some cash by sending your request before October.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gallia County, Ohio

Gallia County Ohio has one of the best genealogical web sites in the state. Here you can find lists of the following:

Military Obituaries
Church Records
Family Reunions
Tax Records
Hardesty Index
Family Histories

More great Ohio Links

Ohio GenWeb Your starting place for Ohio Genealogy
Ohio GenWeb Searchable Archives
Ohio Resources at Rootsweb
Roots-L Resources-Ohio huge page of resources for Ohio Genealogy.
Genealogy Email Groups-Ohio Join a group of people researching the same areas as you.
OHGenWeb Research Exchange Program share research time between locations.
Ohio Vital Record Data
Vital Records Information -Ohio Tells you where to order birth, death, marriage records in Ohio.
More Ohio Vital Records Info from VitalChek LDS The Latter Day Saints (Mormons) have many vital records online and searchable.
Ohio Family History Centers
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness- Ohio Gracious volunteers to assist you in getting copies of records or other items.
Genealogy Helplist-Ohio another place to request lookups when the records just arent online.
Genealogy Researcher's List Has an Ohio researcher to assist you.
Ohio Newspaper Index Subject index of microfilm holdings.
Ohio River Valley Families
Ohio Biographies Project
Ohio Genealogy -Biographies
Ohio Historical Society's Online Resources
The Ohio History Network
Lineage's Genealogy Site -Ohio
John's Ohio Genealogy Resources
Midwest Ohio Genealogy Resources
Ohio Genealogy Network
Ohio Historical Society
Ohio Genealogy on GeneaSearch lots of great resources.
Ohio Government Information
Ohio's 88 Counties choose the county you need to search in, includes map.
Ohio Past & Present Locations Towns, cities, townships...helps you locate the right county.
Ohio Migrations Database For Sharing Ancestral Migratory Information

Immigration Collection