As a service to the genealogy community, our new brick wall ancestor series features articles about a difficult genealogical question that we were able to solve with the details of how we did it. If you would like us to consider researching your ancestor to include an article about them, you can send a request for your ancestor to be included.
We have added many new records this month from FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, Chronicling America, Reclaim the Records, and other sources. We also corrected many links that needed updating. We hope this will be helpful to you in your research.
We have added some new features to our site this month. We added new record type categories of court records, tax records, minority records, histories and genealogies, and miscellaneous records. We also added a page that explains all of the record type categories. We also have changed the listings in the directory to indicate which records are online records (rather than offline in archives). Happy searching!
Thanks to the help of our volunteers, we were able to add many more records to our site from the FamilySearch online book collections and from some offline archives. We have now passed 600,000 record listings. We are excited to continue growing!
The world’s largest genealogical library, the Family History Library, has many records listed in our extensive records directory because it has thousands of useful records for doing genealogy research. We have now added a feature to go directly to the catalog pages on the FamilySearch website for most items so that you can more quickly and easily find the digital images when available and easily order films to your local FamilySearch Center. A lookup service is still available for your convenience. We hope this feature will make our site more helpful.
We have now created a new video based on one our best learning articles called “How to Find an Elusive Ancestor” which gives ideas on how to find out about an ancestor in your genealogy that’s difficult to locate. You can view the video here: