Family History Month Day 24 – Set Google Alerts

    On Day 24 of Family History Month, let Google do your research and email you the results. You just need to set up some Google Alerts.         I set up a Google Alert for "Family History Month" and here's an example of an email I received (image below).  

      To set up your own alerts, go to https://google.com/alerts. The image below is what you will see when you're on the Google Alerts page. They offer "Alert suggestions" you may want to look through.         Some things you may want to create Google Alerts for include: a family name you're researching, surnames, a surname and "DNA", genealogy, family history, genealogy apps, or even your own name. I've created an alert for an ancestor and put his name in quotation marks so Google will only alert me if the entire name appears as I've typed it in the quotation marks. You can s…
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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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