Sunday, October 31, 2010

Preserving Your Family History Records Digitally

NSGS Member Janelle Martin provided a link to a very interesting article regarding the preservation of family history records published on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.

German Parish Register Research

This German Website is very good for both the beginner and experienced researcher.

Website for Historical Research Services in Northern Germany: < >.

The lists of Parishes is excellent and can be located through the upper left of the Web site.

This is a fee-based organization, but the Website is deep with a lot of free information.

Friends of Washoe County Library Organization

This email was sent to Patty Wallace, NSGS President:

Friends of Washoe County Library will be having our large semi-annual booksale starting Friday, Oct 29th.

The LDS Family History Center on Neil Road has donated several  boxes of books from their collection.  We will be selling these at our sale for $1.00 each.

I thought maybe some of the fellow members of NSGS might be interested in these books.

Our sale schedule is as follows:
    Oct 29 , 30 & Nov 6--9 to 5
    Oct 31 & Nov 7--10 to 4
    Nov 1 thru Nov 5--10-5

Nov 6 is a half price day & Nov 7 is a bag of books for $6.00 (our bag your choice of books)

This sale is located at 5205 Mill St. in the old Excel building.

Friday, October 22, 2010

NSGS Surname Registry

The NSGS Surname Registry can be accessed by the link on this blog to the NSGS Web site.

NSGS Member Jerry Daniel has suggested that we look at the Green Valley Genealogical Society Web site. The Web site contains a surname registry that is very well done. Access the Web site:

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Jerry brings up an idea that NSGS will consider. We should use our blog as a receiving point for Members to send their surname research information that would be posted to the NSGS Surname Registry. With this method, Members would type the information which would make posting much easier. Thanks Jerry !

Family Search Overview

After Jim Kattelman's comments last night at the society meeting about the FamilySearch different websites and how it is a bit confusing to know what is on each site, I came across this in Diane Haddad's blog "Genealogy Insider" on FamilySearch Overview. Perhaps this will help clarify for us......

Sometimes it’s helpful to have an overview. You might be using parts of the FamilySearch website in your research right now, but not know that other parts exist. Eventually, all the parts will be integrated into one site where it’s easier to move from one to another, but for now, here are the parts and where to find them:
  • “Classic” FamilySearch: This familiar site has Ancestor File, the International Genealogical Index and other pedigree databases, the Social Security Death Index, the Family History Library Catalog, research outlines, and more.
  • FamilySearch Record Search Pilot Site: For a few years, this is where Familysearch was publishing its digitized records and volunteer-created searchable indexes. The site is still there and will remain for awhile, but new records are no longer being added. Instead, those new digitized records are being added to …
  • FamilySearch Beta: This is where new FamilySearch features are being incorporated, and it’ll be the main FamilySearch site in the future. Right now, it has all of FamilySearch’s digitized records and the volunteer-created searchable indexes, searchable family trees, plus links to FamilySearch online classes, the Research Wiki (with articles you can search for genealogy advice), a new version of the Family History Library Catalog, a Family History Center search and a FamilySearch news blog.
  • Forums: I just learned about this resource--post your research questions here, and genealogists (including Family History Library or Family History Center consultants) lend their expertise. No need to register if you don’t want to.
  • FamilySearch Indexing: FamilySearch has mobilized volunteers around the world to help index its digitized genealogy records. Here is where you can join the volunteer effort and see what projects are in the works.
  • “New” FamilySearch: This is a place (eventually to be called FamilySearch Family Trees) where users can post and collaborate on family trees. It’s currently available only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as kinks are worked out. We got a look at some of the kinks, which include how to reconcile differences in trees for the same family.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Allen County Public Library launches genealogy web site

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Allen County Public Library has launched a new genealogy web site that will make it easier for people to find out about their family ancestry without actually visiting the library's Genealogy Center.

The new web site, located at, includes several free databases and portals including the African American Gateway, Family Bible Records and Our Military Heritage that have been developed by the Genealogy Center.

Abridged - Published by the Allen County Public Library: Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

Reprinted by GeneaNet Newsletter 16 Oct 2010. Please see source and complete story.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Upcoming October Meeting

October 21, 2010. 7pm. The topic will be on "The New England Historic Genealogy Society online database"   by Vicki Moloney, NSGS member.  The NEHGS database is available for free at the Reno Family History Center.

Other Notes:
If you need help setting up your Google Reader, come early-Susan Moss-Redman will be available to assist you.

The comment section for blog postings is now working properly, so please comment on a post if you so desire!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Free Indiana Databases

This is from the "Weekly Genealogist" e-newsletter put out by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. NEHGS

Spotlight: Indiana Databases
by Valerie Beaudrault

Vigo County Public Library, Indiana
Vigo County is located in western Indiana. Terre Haute is the county seat. The library has made some of its resources available on its website.
Vigo County Marriage Records
The database currently covers the period from 1818 to 1951, and contains thousands of records. Click on the Search the Marriage Index link to open the search page. The database may be searched by groom’s last name and/or bride’s last name and may be limited by year. You may also search for all marriage records during a particular year. The data fields in the search results include groom’s first, last and middle names; bride’s first last and middle names; and the month, day, and year of marriage. There is also a link to a digital image of the license. Click on the link to open a new page containing the image. The image files are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
Wabash Valley Obituary Index
This database indexes obituaries published in five Terre Haute, Indiana, newspapers for the period from 1900 to present: Terre Haute TribuneTerre Haute StarBuyers' GuideEvening Gazette, and Saturday Spectator.
Click on the Search the Obituary Database link to open the search page. The database may be searched by last name, first name, month and year. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, middle name, title (Mr., Mrs., Miss, Sr./Jr., and son/daughter), age, year, month, day, page number, and newspaper abbreviation. You will find a link to an explanation of newspaper title and other abbreviations on the search page. Photocopies for obituaries from the Wabash Valley database listed in the index may be requested for a fee.

City Cemeteries, Logansport, Indiana
Logansport, is a city in Cass County, located in north central Indiana. The city has a burial database on its website. Cemeteries in the database include the Mount Hope Cemetery and the Ninth Street Cemetery. Mount Hope Cemetery, the third largest cemetery in Indiana, is located north of the city. There have been more than 82,000 interments since the cemetery was established in 1857. Established in 1828, Ninth Street Cemetery is located east of the city. Several pioneers are buried there, as are veterans from the Spanish American War, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Blackhawk War, Mexican American War, WW1, WW2, and Korea.
Click on the Burial Search link under Services to open the search page. The search fields for the Burial Information include last name, first name, year of interment, and veteran status. You can choose from the following cemetery options: Catholic Mausoleum, Columbariam, Cremains, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Ninth Street, and Protestant Mausoleum. If you only have the plot owners’ information, you can also perform an Owner Information search by last name and first name. The basic search results include occupant name, location and date of burial. Click on the name link to open the detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record include occupant name, burial location, cemetery name, date of birth, date of death, date of burial, funeral home, gender, age, and veteran status. The owner information is also provided.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Free Civil War Map Collection

From the Genealogy Insider blog:
NOAA Releases Free Civil War Map Collection
I was surprised to get an announcement about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) collection of Civil War maps, charts and documents, but it actually makes perfect sense:

Under the auspices of the NOAA is the Office of the Coast Survey, which president Thomas Jefferson established in  1807 to produce nautical charts that would provide for maritime safety, defense and the establishment of national boundaries By the start of the Civil War, the Coast Survey was a leading scientific agency, charting coastlines and determining land elevations. It still surveys coasts and produes nautical charts today.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011, NOAA has gathered materials the Coast Survey prepared during the war years into a free, online collection called Charting a More Perfect Union.

The collection, which will help you visualize terrain, ports, and coasts as they were from 1861 to 1865, includes:
  • 394 maps and nautical charts used for naval campaigns, and troop movements and battles. You can search the maps by keyword(s), state or region, year or chart number. If you click Search without entering terms, you’ll get a list of all the documents in the collection (not in alphabetical or chronological order).
In your map search results, click to preview the map, such as this map of Atlanta, in the site’s image viewer:

Links in your list of search results let you open a high-resolution version of the map as a JPG or a MrSID (a kind of graphic file). A Cincinnati-area map I found opened very slowly as a jpg, but it enlarged to incredible detail. You can right click (on a PC) or control-click (on a Mac) and choose Save As to save the map to your computer.

Find more Civil War resources in our Civil War genealogy toolkit.

Research your Civil War ancestors with help from our guide, available in the July 2007 Family Tree Magazine digital edition.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

German database - online

German database - Online with hundreds of parishes and villages. Thousands of indexed surnames.

This massive German database is presented by “”. If you are doing German research and your ancestors’ parish is included in this database, you will have hit upon a genealogy bonanza.

The first few screens are presented in German - don’t be intimidated. Follow these instructions, and by the third screen you will have the option of the English language. On the first screen, select the “Ortsfamilienb├╝cher” tab. On the second screen, you will be presented with lists of parishes. Select a parish (listed by region), and you will arrive at the screen for that parish which has an English option.

With a village name, you can locate the parish on the Internet. If you don’t have a village name, you have a lot of work to do. Good Luck !

Friday, October 8, 2010

Family Tree Maker for Macintosh Pre-Sale

October 06, 2010

California State Census-1852 on

Just Launched on  If you don't have your own subscription to, come into the Reno Family History Center and use it for free.  The RFHC is open Tues, Weds, Thurs, 10am-9pm.
California State Census, 1852 
From the e-newsletter:
Available for U.S. Deluxe and World Deluxe Members
California State Census, 1852 Whether your family struck it rich in the American West or just plain struck out, you’ll want to follow their Gold Rush trail in the 1852 California state census. California wasn’t their style? Check out the other state censuses at Each is packed with its own set of details and all are great ways to help you fill in the decade between federal censuses.
Other state censuses at (years/date ranges vary by state):
South Dakota
Iowa    Kansas
North Dakota    Mississippi
New York
New Jersey

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Tree Magazine's Best State Websites for Genealogy

Check out this article and see if you have any luck with any of the states you are researching.   Family Tree Magazine 2010 Best State Websites.

Nevada Census Database (1860-1920)

This Nevada Census database is provided through the State Historic Preservation Office, a Divison of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. 
Nevada Census Database

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shades of the Departed--Free Online Magazine

Shades of the Departed-The Fascination of Old Photographs" is an online free magazine. Each magazine focuses on a theme using old photographs.  Previous editions have had themes of weddings or special days.  This is the "Memento Mori" edition. Click on the link to explore it.   Shades of the Departed 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nevada Historical Society Video Series--Free!

The next video shown will be "100 Years of Nevada History: NHS." It will be shown on Wednesday 27 Oct, 2010 at noon, at the Nevada Historical Society (1650 N. Virginia St.), in their Reno Gallery.  In this episode, The Nevada Historical Society celebrates 100 years as the oldest museum (in 2004).  A colorful journey focusing on the founding director, Dr. Jeannie Wier who helped shape the society today. 
For more information, please call the Society at 775-688-1190 or visit their website at The society offers temporary parking permits to their facility, so parking should not be a problem.

Membership Numbers

Sandy Kattelman, NSGS treasurer, reports that we now have 60 members!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bones & Stones: Reno Cemeteries on The Move

Arline was introduced by Shery Hayes-Zorn, Acting Assistant Director of the NV Historical Society
Arline getting ready to start her presentation
 Arline LaFerry, NSGS member, gave a wonderful Powerpoint presentation today on Reno's Cemeteries, at the Nevada Historical Society. About 14 enthusiastic listeners were in the audience.