Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Search BILLIONS of names on Ancestry!

You may now search for Billions (that's with a "B,") of Names on Ancestry!

Here is just a hint of what is coming soon.

Vitals, Vitals and More Vitals.

Stars and Stripes, Pacific Theater, 1945-1963.

Major Newspaper Collection Update.

High School Yearbooks Collection Update.

Millions of General Land Office Records.

Southern Claims & Freedmen’s Bureau Records.


Sunday, December 23, 2007

New Genealogy Records Coming.

The United States Library of Congress has about 29 million books.

What library archives in the U.S has 132 times more than that?

What library has about 100,000 volunteers indexing some 5 billion images of original documents?

Da, da, da, da - Da, dum, dum. (Think Jeopardy!)

Well that would be the Family History Library (FHL,) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (the Mormon church,) and commonly referred to as LDS. The LDS - FHL will be rolling out a new look soon at their very familiar Internet portal at,

For many years through the use of microfilm and microfiche that the church has been collecting for decades from all around the world, we have had access to partially transcribed collections and submissions to the library from church members and various patrons of all type. We used the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index (IGI,) and other collections that helped us locate records on our ancestors. The church has about 2 1/2 million rolls of microfilm alone, and the former indexes and finding aids covered only a smidgen of what they have available.

Soon we will see a new look and feel to the website as more and more original documents become available and in most cases have never seen the light of day to a typical researcher. Buried within church, civil, military records and other items in archives all over the world, the only way we had access to them before was to search the library catalog for films or media that might possibly have records of use to our particular quest. Now with the indexing program a great many of these obscure files will be digitized and made available on-line!

It's a GREAT time to be doing family history research!


Friday, December 21, 2007

Now you see it, now you don't. Oops! There we go again! owned by the parent Generations Network, has decided to allow free access to some of the LDS Family History Centers, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Public access formerly was available at all Mormon Libraries, however researchers were saddened a while back when Ancestry access was pulled from all of the FHCs.

Well thank your lucky stars, they're back!

In a major Public Relations move the Generations Network has done a good thing.

Check out what others have to say at and

Search the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints website at,

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Upstate New York Genealogy
Dick Hillenbrand

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Gift Giving

It is not too late to buy your favorite genealogist a Gift Card for anything that Amazon has to offer/ Books are not the only thing they have available!

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Upstate New York Genealogy

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A few months ago a question was posed to subscribers of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) mail list, requesting information regarding what website building procedures and which web hosting companies the various members used.

I answered the person directly, but in review I thought perhaps this information might be of interest to our regular Blog viewers.
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A half dozen or so years ago I started a website for NYS research and it was hosted by It was very easy to put up because they had canned templates and all you had to do was type in the basic data. However after a couple of years I wanted more, bigger, better, faster, etc.

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They built the website with Joomla! which is an open source programming language that I am required to know absolutely NOTHING about! They do it all. Tell them what you want and it gets done, exactly the way you want.

They also gave me enough hand holding training so that I am now able to make minor modifications and it is very easy to add new data. However, if I have any questions they are right there.

It costs a couple of thousand or so, to build it to a custom design, but worth every penny. They give you a very generous bandwidth allotment and they are instantly responsive to any problems.

This commercial will not benefit me in any way, but it sure will benefit you if you decide to go with .

I don't have any personal pages, but I do have a couple of Blogs that you can link to from my website.

Hope this helps."

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