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A little Genea Good

14 Oct

I discovered earlier today…free registration on the site allows you to submit or answer a genealogical question… Some of the stumpers include search for names, places and other brick walls busters with which folks need some help. Registration was quick and simple and it felt good to help answer a question or two.

If you want to continue that feel good genealogy vibe head on over to Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (    Become part of the global volunteer taskforce to offer your help in research, lookups, record retrieval, or photographing burial sites, cemetaries and tombstones. is always looking for help to upgrade a memorial or to be a photo volunteer.  Register on the site and you’ll receive an email alert when there’s a new photo request in your zip code zone.  Once registered you can help claim and fulfill requests by browsing within a 50 mile radius of a zip code.

Continue your cemetery volunteer adventures with the iPhone or Android app from  The premise at BillionGraves is to photograph and transcribe headstone information.  The app will track your visited cemeteries and collected headstones.

Genealogy Guilty Pleasures

7 Oct

Genealogy is an addiction for me… yes addiction.  Do I need a cure?  Probably not… but often, I do need a fix.  Here are some of my “go to” genealogy guilty pleasures. You may find a few links you’d love to Follow Friday too:

Alltop Genealogy

This blog aggregator gives their curated view of the top 100 blogs in any topic; this page covers their picks for genealogy; don’t agree you can create your own MyAlltop pages and blog collections. There’s no shortage of reading for the novice to the pro-genealogist.

I only recently made the leap into being a “paid” researcher and not looking back.  What’s funny is I’ve been a guest member since 2000…  I still need to load my tree and it will be so phone to use their accompanying iPhone app and be able to whip out the family tree at any given moment.

Chronicling America

I’ve fallen in love and it’s with yesterday’s news.  You can search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.  Some of Hawaii’s early papers are here and they’ve been a treasure trove of finds.  I’ve searched on names, places and topics.. their pdf browser has many FREE export options too to download a pdf or jpg of the whole page or just take a “clipping” that can zoom into the section you need and it comes with the citations…AWESOME!

Genealogy Gems Podcast

With hundreds of podcasts and wonderful content – i’ve been doing all my driving with host Lisa Louise Cooke.  She is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an audio and video genealogy show available in iTunes.

Through collaborations on and elsewhere, my Geni Tree spans 10s of thousands of blood relatives… that’s a lot of cousins.. and I’ve discovered roots tracing my direct lineages over 40 generations back in time.

You might think that’s not a genealogy site, but oh yes it is…surname searches, history searches plus google’s own proprietary tools like GoogleEarth, Timeline, GoogleBooks and other google gadgets make for a very happy genealogist.

Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library is my number one resource for Hawaii based searches.  There’s dictionaries, Hawaiian Newspapers, and the Polk Guides (city directories from turn of the century).

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