On Day 17 of Family History Month 2017, visit AfriGeneas and see what they have to offer!
AfriGeneas is a free website for anyone with African ancestry to help them find the resources they need for their family history research. Many of the collections are uploaded by volunteers and you'll need to register with AfriGeneas if you want to volunteer and upload files. AfriGeneas also has message boards/forums for exchanging information.
Some collections you can explore at AfriGeneas include:
African American Death Records - these are files uploaded by AfriGeneas volunteers and the volunteer's email is provided.
African American Census Records
African American Library Records-this includes general research guides and articles as well as records by state
African American Marriage Records
African American Photograph Collection-these are user submitted photos and are in alphabetical order
African American Slave Data Collection-can be browsed by Surname
Get ready for the Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22!
Family History research can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Indexing creates a digital, searchable record of an older historical record, and is like tying a ribbon to that needle in the haystack, allowing it to be found with ease.
The Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22 is a great time to give back to the family history community.
I once heard an indexer explain what motivated him. He was indexing records for children in an asylum.
They were called "inmates."
He had this visual image of a child behind prison bars, unable to find his or her family. Even if someone knew to look for these children, finding the right record source would be like searching for a needle in a haystack. He realized that every name he indexed was like tying a ribbon to one of these needles.
By donating a bit of time to type old records into computer fields and ma…
On Day 14 of Family History Month, check out OpenArchives for Netherlands research. The Netherlands has an open data policy and most government records are free to access. OpenArchives is a newer company that has built a very user-friendly system for searching Dutch family history records.
OpenArchives searches are free and may link to free scans.
OpenArchives also has subscription offerings allowing users to download records as PDF files, GEDCOM files, CSV files, or XLS files. Subscribers also enjoy the benefit of the system's automatic searches for related family members and children of any primary search you enter.
See the OnGenealogy listing for searchable collections available at OpenArchives.
OpenArchives receives data from the following archives:
Amsterdam City Archives
Brabant Historical Information Centre
City archive Breda
City archive Deventer
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