Family History Month Day 23 – Archives Portal Europe

  Archives Portal Europe allows users to search across archival collections throughout Europe or to specifically locate an archive within a European country. It's a helpful site for genealogists and family historians looking to find archival records or an archive's website. Archives Portal Europe is part of a cooperative effort with Europeana to make archival material searchable. "We are an important strategic partner of Europeana and are working with them to develop a common digital infrastructure for cultural heritage across Europe." Archives Portal Europe is "working to create a one-stop web service to make European archives as accessible as possible. ...Archives Portal Europe enables them [users] to find information more efficiently from millions of archival materials stored in hundreds of archival institutions. This is the first time European archives have collaborated on this scale, and the potential that these connections provide is enormous for both archival prof…
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Family History Month – Héritage for Canadian Genealogy

  If you're doing Canadian family history research, Héritage is a great digital resource. Héritage is a free database at Canadiana and contains some of Canada’s primary source documents. Héritage searches the archival material of Library and Archives Canada, “Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.” The free service will search the database for you and return the collections where your ancestor's name is recorded. Then you will need to go page by page, looking for your ancestor's name. In the image below I searched for an ancestor, Jehiel Cass, and Héritage found nine results. With the free service, I would then need to go through each collection, image by image, looking for Jehiel Cass (not knowing if he appears more than once in that collection). The subscription service will search the database for you, return the collecti…
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Family History Month Day 18 – General Land Office Records (GLO)

On Day 18 of Family History Month, visit the US Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (GLO) and track where your ancestors lived. Where they lived and why they lived there is a good part of your heritage. The Bureau of Land Management has digitized records of land grants, survey plats, field notes, land status records, and more. For a more thorough description of the collections available at the BLM, visit this page listing each collection.   Federal Land Patents Here are two examples of land patent records at the Bureau of Land Management. Land patents show the transfer of land from the Federal government to individuals. The first is a land grant for Homestead property, land granted to someone when they met the requirements of the 1862 Homestead Act. Here is another example of a land grant near Montgomery, Alabama at the BLM site:   Survey plats This is a survey of the same piece of land near Montgomery, Alabama. …
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