Cartographic History of Utah

The History of Utah’s Geography Utah was admitted as the 45th state of the United States in 1896. Since that time its boundaries have not changed. However, in the 50 years prior to that there were several geographic boundary changes. Let’s explore the cartographic history of Utah. Jurisdictional boundary changes are common, and I have

New Member of The Mayflower Society!

Land Ho! On the early morning of November 9, 1620, the Mayflower‘s crew spotted land. It was the first land they had seen in more than two months, and signified to the Pilgrims that they were near the end of their long voyage. I began my journey to become a member of The General Society of

GRO PDF Pilot

Introducing William Vinicombe Jarman William Vinicombe Jarman is my 5th-great-grandfather. He was born in Devonshire, England, and I have been researching his family. The GRO PDF Pilot is helping me tremendously! Before I explain what the GRO PDF Pilot is and how it has helped I will provide some details of this family. So far

Researching a Family Legend

Researching a Family Legend

Family History Legend Do you have a family legend in your family history? Chances are that you do, whether you know it or not. Family legends are not necessarily a bad thing. Family storytelling can strengthen individuals and families. They remind us of our heritage and can give us a sense of identity. However, oral

A Sense of Place

Last week I discovered a new blogger friend at One Rhode Island Family, Diane Boumenot. She posted a delightful article called “A Sense of Place” that really resonated with me. In her article she provides some very great resources for discovering the exact places your ancestors lived. These resources are specific to Rhode Island, but

U.S. Census

U.S. Census: A Few of My Favorite Things

A Census is a Census. Right? You would think that a census would have pretty much the same information from one U.S. Census year to the next. However, this is simply not true. When I first began doing genealogical research I was astounded (and intimidated) when someone would tell me, “You need to find the

RecordSeek

Sourcing Documents with RecordSeek

Attaching Sources in FamilySearch Found Elsewhere RecordSeek.com is a free tool that allows you to create a source on FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com from any site on the web. To be honest, I had heard about it before, but I hadn’t used it until this week. I was definitely missing out! Let me explain how it works

FamilySearch Pilot Tool

FamilySearch Pilot Tool

Index Records With the FamilySearch Pilot Tool Have you ever searched for a historical record on FamilySearch only to discover that they haven’t been indexed? Are you patiently waiting for the day when that record set will finally make it to an official indexing project? This is where the FamilySearch Pilot Tool can come in handy.

Finding Elusive Ancestors in FamilySearch Records

My Great-Grandmother is AWOL! Have you ever had a time when you couldn’t find a family in a particular record set, like a census? You are positive the family is in a certain place but you just can’t find them on FamilySearch.org. That has happened to me before! It was so frustrating I felt like