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 9 of Family History Month, go see what's new at Internet Archive.
Internet Archive (archive.org NOT to be confused with the subscription genealogy site, archives.com) is a great free resource for genealogy and family history. It's a "non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more."
The Internet Archive library offers over 10 million fully digitized books and texts. And the OpenLibrary has over 300,000 modern eBooks that can be downloaded. *If you're going to type in the url instead of hitting a link, remember it's "archive.ORG".
You can Search by Collection, if you know a particular library, say Brigham Young University Library or the Allen County Public Library, has great genealogical holdings. There are over 4,000 collections so unless you're going for something specific, you might not want to limit your search this way.
They have a specific collection: Genealogy, that pulls resources from sever…
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