Today I am sharing the link to a Free GenealogyBank Ebook on Family Tree Magazine website called, “How to Search Obituaries.” It is a PDF download that is available if you are willing to provide your email address. It is a general guide to searching obits, and you don’t have to have a subscription to GenealogyBank to do it. Of course they are hoping it will motivate you to subscribe, but there are lots of other ways to obtain obits.
By the way, I’ll also take this opportunity to put in a plug for a handy free app called Readability which removes all the extra stuff on a webpage, leaving only the article you want to read. It’s great if you want to copy content to your clipboard to paste elsewhere.
So I was listening to the January podcast from Family Tree Magazine on a recent roadtrip, and was interested to hear that Google Books has digitized the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (published since 1847),
Cool! These are both genealogical journals that could help you once you follow your granny’s trail back in time, before she moved out west. There are probably other journals of interest to you in your research that have been digitized, especially if they are out of copyright. This includes publication before 1923.
By the way, Family Tree Magazine website has a lot of free resources, even if you don’t have a subscription to their magazine. The podcasts are one of them. I always learn something new when I listen to them, and it’s a good use of time when I in the car, gardening, or working around the house.
And if you haven’t heard about Internet Archive, you should check them out, too, as they have over 3 million digitized books and might have that journal you are seeking.
Good news everyone! You are finally old enough to use a “cheat sheet” legitimately. In fact, it is one of the secrets of successful genealogists because genealogy is an “open book” test. You can’t store all the necessary information in your head, so knowing where to look for that information really differentiates the pros from the amateurs.
It is essential that you begin to create your own cheat sheets for the localities you research the most, and also for general research topics.
Family Tree Magazine has developed some handy cheat sheets for general topics and they are free.
Click this link for access to these quick reference guides. Here are some snippets from several cheat sheets. I like this timeline of naturalization laws:
This war service reference guide will help you know which military conflicts your ancestor might have been a part of:
This source checklist comes in handy:
There are plenty more on Family Tree Magazine’s website, so check them out. Create a link to them in your digital genealogy toolkit, and add printouts to your reference binder, Cheater 😉
For links to this and other handy genealogy tools, click on Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit on the menu bar above.