Tuesday, December 22, 2020

December 21, 2020's Free Historical Records on FamilySearch

Over 4M newly added Catholic Church records on FamilySearch this week from Mexico (Hidalgo 1546–1971, Zacatecas 1605–1980, and Campeche 1638–1944), and Germany (Württemberg 1520-1975), plus 4M more records in the Find-A-Grave Index, and expanded collections for Brazil, DR Congo, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Guatemala, Peru, S. Africa, and the United States (CA, HI, MS, NJ, TX, UT, and WA). 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Legacy User Group

 There will be no user group meeting this evening, Nov 11, 2020. 

Please take the time and honor a veteran.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

MyHeritage offering free access to different record collections every day in June

Starting tomorrow, June 1, each day of the month a different and significant historical record collection will be available for free!
The collections chosen for this offer were handpicked by MyHeritage for their value for family historians and include collections that are exclusive to MyHeritage. Among them are the Sweden Household Examination Books, 1840–1947, 1940 Denmark Census, and U.S. City Directories. Altogether, MyHeritage will be providing free access to more than 2 billion historical records throughout June!
All the collections are available on www.myheritage.com/research, and you can find the full schedule for the free collections, including direct links, on their blog.

Friday, April 17, 2020

MyHeritage U.S. City Directories - New Discoveries

On April 13th, MyHeritage announced the release of their new collection of U.S. City Directories. A compilation of over 25,000 directories with more than 545 million records.

While this is a great compilation in and of itself, the functionality added by MyHeritage makes it even better.

Here is an example:

This screenshot shows the record for my great grandmother, Marie McMurdie (Anne Marie Marcusen):

The actual entry shows her and with her two adult sons at 802 Jefferson. (Leslie is my mother's father.)

This wasn't unexpected. She actually divorced Thomas on 24 Apr 1914. So living with her two adult sons would not be unusual. So what is cool? 

MyHeritage has included a link to "See who else lived at this address".  I clicked this link, just to check in out. What did I find? That her future husband, Charles Crager was living there as a boarder:

Interesting information and it just enriches my family history. Charles and Marie married on 5 Jun 1915. 

When you find ancestors in the MyHeritage City Directories, don't forget to click the "See who else lived at this address" link. You may be surprised at what you learn. 

MyHeritage has said they will be updating this collection soon to include pre-1860 directories plus a unique set of directories published after 1960.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

BillionGraves - Bored At Home? 2nd Pass Transcriptions

While counting the minutes, hours, days... we are hunkered down in our homes, maybe you would like to try something new?

Need community service hours or would like free access to BillionGraves Plus?

BillionGraves now has LOTS (their word, not mine) of records that have become available for transcription thanks to their new 2nd pass option.

2nd pass takes a second look at records that have already been transcribed and lets you see the headstone photo, and correct or accept the previous information. There is even a 3rd pass for those records that you correct.

Check out this link for more information.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

East Valley Legacy User Group Going Virtual

Each spring a large number of the members of the East Valley Legacy Family Tree User Group return to their summer homes. With the problems with COVID-19 and just plain missing our members, we have decided to try going "Virtual".

Our meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm. Beginning in April we will begin meeting online. The address for our meeting is http://tiny.cc/LegacyUG.

Members of the user group will get a reminder email a few days before the meeting.

Monday, January 6, 2020

What’s Coming to FamilySearch in 2020

Check out FamilySearch's goals for 2020!

  • Adding support for 20 languages 
  • Faster access to new records 
  • Ability to edit dates and places in Indexes 
  • Better merging Updates to the Change log 
  • A new My Contributions Tab 
  • Update to Memmories, allowing tagging to photos and documents 
  • Improved Social Media sharing 

Check it all out at the FamilySearch Blog