Friday, July 20, 2012

FamilySearch Launches New Indexing Initiative

From Church News and Events: As the 1940 U.S. Census indexing project nears completion this month, FamilySearch is providing enthusiastic volunteers the opportunity to seamlessly transition into the next big genealogy initiative—the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Community Project.

Check out the project page.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FHSA Meeting

This month's meeting of the East Valley Family History Society of Arizona is tomorrow evening, July 18.  We will be meeting in the ballroom at Palmas Del Sol , 6209 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa.

Topics this month are:

6pm Quarterly User group meeting for Family Tree Maker, Legacy and Roots Magic software

7pm Debbie Kucharik on “Investigating Cluster Genealogy “

If you are in the East Valley, hope to see you there.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

1940 Census - Finding Families

Who is Marie Crager?

Leslie and Grace are my maternal grandparents. Sandra is my mother, although the enumerator shows her as a Crager. But who is Marie?

Leslie's parents were Thomas McMurdie and Anna  Marie Marcuson. Thomas died in 1916 and after that date I lost track of my GGM Anna. I could find no record of her in the 1920 or 1930 census. With this information I have found her in 1920 now married to Charles W Crager in Washington State. She is now using Marie, as she did in 1910, and her daughter is now Anita rather then Marie A.

More definitive research is needed, but this is a great start to a branch of the family I probably would have never found without the 1940 census.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Free Revolutionary War Documents on Fold3

Research Revolutionary War documents on Fold3 for free through July 15.

Some of these documents are found nowhere else on the Internet. Take this opportunity to check out details about individual soldiers, read letters penned by the Founding Fathers, view documents from The Continental Congress and more.

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Check it out at Ancestry..