Family History Month Day 31 – Use Elephind for Genealogy

  On Day 31 of Family History Month, use Elephind for genealogy research. Elephind is a free, historical newspaper site that is able to search across more than 3,000 newspaper titles at 25 institutions. The website has a very clean design and is easy to use.         Elephind includes titles from Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. They have a specific list of titles from each country on their site. As well as institutions they are able to search (in the image below).     Elephind has some standard search features you'll want to use including: using the OR search operator if multiple words don't need to be in the same search result using the - search operator to exclude a word Madison -James would return mentions of "Madison" but not mentions of "James Madison" this is helpful if you're searching for an ancestor, James Wells, and see tons of articles with someone of the same …
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Family History Month Day 30 – Use DPLA for Genealogy

On Day 30 of Family History Month, use the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for genealogy searches. It's free, regardless of where you live, and has more than 13 million items coming from over 2,000 institutions. DPLA doesn't host the original collections but it helps you find collections and then points you to the hosting institution.        SEARCHING AT DPLA At DPLA, you type a query in the "Search the Library" window, then look through the results page and select which item you wish to view and you'll be taken to the hosting institution. It's an easy way to search multiple institutions at once and have the best chance of returning a "hit."       You can filter your searches in many ways. Here I searched for "City Directories" and I'll have the option to refine my search.   DPLA found more than 120,000 City Directories (a pretty broad search) and on the left column some ways to refine this search include:…
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Family History Month Day 29 – StackExchange for Genealogy

  On Day 29 of Family History Month, use the Genealogy and Family History StackExchange for your genealogy questions.     StackExchange is a Q&A network for computer programmers that has expanded into Q&A for other topics, including genealogy and family history.   Anyone can read questions and answers on StackExchange, but in order to post questions or answers you'll need to be a registered user. You don't have to be that heavily invested to benefit from StackExchange. I often go to StackExchange when I'm digitizing photos to remember the recommended file type and size. It's a great site for a quick refresher on various genealogy topics and is worth checking out. If you become a registered user and want to post questions and answers you should understand more about the community. Registered users gain or lose Reputation or trust within the community based on how other StackExchange users rate their questions and answers. A higher repu…
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