Category Archives: Search methods

Subscription Sites

When you are doing genealogical research at home and run into a “pay-wall”, perhaps the Monterey FHC can help. All of these excellent websites are available at the Monterey FHC for free! If you like saving money, then use these sites at the FHC.  If you find that you must have a personal login, you can always subscribe at home later. (Yes, I have an Ancestry signon, world edition.) Just another reason to come to the Monterey Family History Center – look here for directions.

Provided by the Monterey FHC Directors

  • Genealogybank Discover your family story in Newspapers 1690-today. 7 day free trial, then $20 per month or $70 per year.

Provided by Monterey County Genealogical Society

  • Vitalsearch-CA Search official records in California, birth, death, marriage certificates. $10 per month or $70 per year.
  • New England Historic Genealogy Society NEHGS is a highly respected research site with emphasis in the New England area. $7.50 per month to $90 per year.

Provided by Salt Lake City Family History Library

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive Over 2 million newspaper pages. Fully searchable but spotting in some distant locals
  • Alexander Street Press The site for the American Civil War. 4 million soldiers and thousand of battles. 15000 photos, 100,000 indexed pages of diaries and letters.
  • American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogy Society-NEHGS is a highly respected research site with emphasis in the New England area. $7.50 per month to $90 per year.
  • Ancestry – instituion version. The largest for profit genealogy company in the world. Immigration and naturalizations records, Census and voter rosters, Photos, newspaper and a collection of public family trees.
  • Arkivdata These are Swedish records that have been re-photographed and digitalized. Were you to go to Sweden and ask for original records you would be sent to a computer with these very same records.
  • FamNet Online network for New Zealand roots
  • Find My Past – institution version. This is a family history and genealogy website that is primarily for British and Irish records. Includes PERSI.
  • Fold3 This site is named from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country. From the Revolutionary war to current and recent wars, including Mexican/American wars/ Indian war/ Spanish American/Vietnam/ Korean
  • Geneanet Family tree search and site.
  • Kinpoint – Premium take family names to the temple.
  • MyHeritage – Library Edition 5 billion historical records. Helps you research your family history, build your family tree and add photos, and historical records. Includes a private family site for your family only
  • Newspaper Archives This is best collection of newspapers anywhere. Largest collection of US papers followed by Canada and then UK. Some collections back to the 1600’s though majority is the 20th century.
  • Paper Trail This site is dedicated to research of pioneers. It has journals, histories, of pioneers headed west from 1800 to 1899. It is very useful if you have ancestors who crossed the plains whether they were Mormon Pioneers or not
  • ProQuest Obituary Listings This site is primarily for US research. This site more than 10 million obituaries and death notices published in newspapers from 1800 onward. It is very useful in finding death dates of your ancestors.
  • Puzzila Descendant Viewer view critical data for your descendants in FamilySearch Tree

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FamilyTreeNow

As a parent we learn that children should not be told things until they are ready. But they become ready generally sooner than we expect. As a child we soon learn that our parents do not know everything.

With these opening words, I am going to mention a new website that perhaps no one should know about. Yet if we don’t find out about it, we can’t protect ourselves. Yet perhaps as genealogists we might want to use it!

There is a new site called www.familytreenow.com that will let you build a family tree and share it with others. This is a “genealogical” site.

Yet, it allows anyone, for free, without an account, to search for living people and discover information that you might not want available so publicly.

From their website:

Our mission is to create the best free genealogy site in the world. We want it to be super easy to use for new users yet powerful for experienced genealogists.

From Snopes:

The web site in question, FamilyTreeNow.com, allows users to look up a person by first and last name. The site then pulls up information about the named person obtained from public records, such as age, month and year of birth, immediate family members and “associates,” and past and current addresses. The searches are provided free of charge.

Persons whose information appears on the web site can use the “opt out” to block their information from being displayed to users, and our tests so far indicate that that option does work. However, as we have noted about similar search services in the past, your personal information will still be available through the underlying public record sources used by FamilyTreeNow (and others). Those third-party records will still exist and will remain publicly accessible, so the same information provided by FamilyTreeNow will remain available to others, either working on their own or using information aggregators similar to FamilyTreeNow.

In short, removing your personal information from display by Internet aggregators isn’t a one-time deal, but rather more like a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole: You might swat down an aggregator site or two, but more of them will inevitably pop up.

FamilyTreeNow.com was launched in 2014, so I am slow to notice. But no one I know has heard of it either. So I decided to let you know about it. You can quickly go find details about your cousins! Or you can quickly go block your own personal data from view.


You can be the parent and the child….


Identity Puzzle Solved by Local DNA Researchers

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this Saturday September 10 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room).

This weekend’s DNA SIG has an exciting story to tell. The identity/ancestry of Lisa Jensen has been solved. For over a year now, a team put together by Barbara Rae-Venter, including Junel Davidsen, has been working on the real criminal case using DNA analysis and good old genealogical methods and lots of plain hard work. Come to this meeting of the DNA SIG to hear how our detectives cracked the case and gave Lisa her history!

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:
10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 10:30 Bring a Question Genetic Genealogy Question for DNA SIG members
(topic suggested by John Light)

10:30 to 11:15 “Who is Lisa Jensen? How We Found the Answer” by Barbara Rae-Venter and Junel Davidsen

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion


“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee


Google Search Basics

One of the difficulties of working in a blog is writing in language that is interesting to other folks. When I read this email from Bill Hannah, he expressed such an obvious enthusiasm for what he had found that I decided to not only share his finding, but to share his email verbatim.

RootsTech was an incredible conference, and I’m looking forward to presenting next month and sharing. Biggest challenge is the firehose of info – not that that’s a bad thing!

I attended a “real” Google tips session, and thought I’d pass this on before the board meeting tonight if you want to pass along somehow to the members electronically. Here is is summary the presenter, Karen Willson, provided me. She has explicitly given permission to share and reuse, as long as she gets credit for the item. Which is no problem as it’s at the top of the page.

There’s more on her website, socialmediagenealogy.com, under the Resources tab. The presentation on Google Tips was not exactly the one she used, but I believe she’s updating the page to include that. I’ll let you know as I’ll see her again this week. I’m here another week to use the FHC.

I leave it to you to decide what to do with the attached.

As a reminder, Bill has attended the recent RootsTech conference and will be sharing his findings at our next MoCoGenSo meeting, March 5. Be sure to come hear him in person to see what other discoveries he made. Click Here to read and/or download a copy of the Google Basics PDF Bill collected.

While we are on the subject of hints for using Google, here is another site that has some more esoteric hacks www.viralnova.com/google-app-hacks/?mb=fbkp that might interest you.

Don’t forget that Google has always posted their own helps on their website. To be fair, this is probably the best place to get real help with Google search. Goto Google.

February 5, 2015 – “Learn the Secrets when Searching with Google”, with Vince Santos

Vince Santos, from the MacSuperStore, will help us learn how to find those elusive ancestors by using Google wisely and more efficiently. He is going to share “secrets” of the trade, methods
he has learned over the years that will help us all get better results from our time with Google.

Vince is one of the staff at the MacSuperStore which replaced the older Computerworks. This new store, locally owned and operated, specializes in all Apple, Inc. products. They also are experts in all things “Windows”. MacSuperStore sells computers and accessories, and has qualified staff to perform maintenance and repair both MACs and PCs and even iPads!.

Some of you will remember Vince, he spoke here last June about Computer Safety on the Web.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.