Posted in Cheat Sheets, Research tips

A Packing List for Genealogy Road Trips

Planning a genealogy research trip?  This packing list has items you won’t want to leave behind.  Oh, and don’t forget a change of clothes. And a toothbrush. 🙂
Packing List for Genealogy Road Trips

Posted in Archives and Libraries, Conferences and workshops

New class handouts added to ‘On Granny’s Trail’

The latest additions to the “Class Handout” section of On Granny’s Trail are:

  1. Archives and Libraries: Successful Research Onsite and Online
  2. Free Genealogy Classes, Webinars, and Online Learning

You are welcome to print out these handouts for personal use.  For the sparkling commentary that accompanies these and other presentations, you will need to attend the January 2016 Ancestor Roundup on California’s central coast. We hope to see you there!

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Friday Finds: NEHGR, NYGBR and other journals online

Learn to use Google Books to find the NEHGR and NYGBR genealogy journals online, as well as using Internet Archive and Family Tree Podcasts as resources.

On Granny's Trail

Google books

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),


and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (published quarterly since 1870).


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…

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Posted in Archives and Libraries, Friday Finds, Websites

Friday Finds: Denver Public Library – Western History and Genealogy

Denver Public Library: Western History Genealogy: Browse Collections – Genealogy Collection.

According to the Denver Public Library’s website, their Western History Genealogy collection ” offers an extensive collection of genealogical and historical sources numbering about 60,000 volumes and 75,000 pieces of microform, as well as magazines, charts, clippings, and manuscripts. The collection at the Denver Public Library constitutes the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain area and the second largest between the Mississippi River and the West Coast.”

Their website has links to digital collections such as:

If you have ancestry in the Rocky Mountain states you will want to check out this library online and in person. Happy Trails!