Saturday, January 31, 2004

Five Freedoms

* The freedom to see and hear what is here, instead of what should be, was, or will be.
* The freedom to say what I feel and think, instead of what I should.
* The freedom to feel what I feel, instead of what I ought.
* The freedom to ask for what I want, instead of always waiting for permission.
* The freedom to take risks on my own behalf, instead of choosing to be only secure and not rocking the boat. - Virgina Satir

Thanks to Jerry Weinberg and Maggie for bringing these into my consciousness again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Finding a Professional Genealogist

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Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) :

Board for Certification of Genealogists:

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists:

Study guide: Becoming an Accredited Genealogist by Karen Clifford, ISBN 0-916489-81-7

Book: Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Lecturers, and Librarians, ed. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ISBN 0-8063-1648-9

Other nations
Australia and New Zealand:
Australian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents:

Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes / Institut généalogique des provinces Maritimes (the Maritimes of Canada):

Bureau Québécois D'Attestation de Compétence en Généalogie, Fédération Québécoise des Sociétés de Généalogie:

Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives:

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies:

Chambre Syndicale des Genealogistes — Heraldistes de France:

Chambre de Généalogistes Professionnels:

Society of Professional Genealogists for German-speaking Europe:
P.O. Box 31 16 33, D-10653 Berlin, Germany

Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland:

Association of Scottish Genealogists and Record Agents:

The Scottish Genealogy Society: - How to Select a Professional Genealogist:

Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. - Helen Keller

Canadian Land Research

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Canadian Geographical Names:

At ArchiviaNet, search Western Land Grants (1870-1930):

Finding Aid: Prairie Land Records:

Map - Index to Townships in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta & British Columbia:

1905 CNR provincial maps (have meridian, range and township indicators to help find locations of properties)

Homestead Records
Searchable database of CPR lands sold to settlers 1881-1906:

$$$ Land Grant records:
   Grant Search - IE and Mozilla are the only supported browsers; Firefox is not

David Rumsey Map Collection:

How much would that land be worth now? Inflation Calculator:

Finding and ordering Land Records from the LDS

1. Begin at
2. Click the Search tab, then Family History Library Catalog, then Place Search, or go directly:*,0,0
3. Type in the County name, and the Province name as "Part of" if you wish.
4. From the results, select "Land and Property" and click on that. Once you find the correct film, click Film Notes (gray button at the top of the page) for FHL film numbers. This is the number you need to fill out the order form at your local FHC. Pre-1876 deeds have been filmed by the LDS, also Deed Abstracts, and "Copybooks of Deeds."

If the FHL has not filmed the land records you need, independent researchers located in different parts of the province can be found at the Archives of Ontario site, or

Ontario Guide #205 - How to Use the Ontario Land Records Index available on the Archives of Ontario site: Click Customer Service and Research Guides. Guides are available in both HTML and PDF. Next, go to the interloan catalog to find the microfilms available for the original records you found referenced on the microfiche.

For originally-filed deeds and instruments ONLY, contact the county Land Registry Office (LRO) and request copies. Films of the originally-filed deeds are only available at the Land Registry Office. Provide all details of each deed: registration number, year of registration, name of township; and concession & lot numbers, and names of grantor and grantee, if you know them. Also, original land abstract books and many original land documents are held by historical organizations and are generally available to researchers in person or by mail. If the LRO will not respond, check with the Archives. Otherwise, consult the ONAPG for an on-site researcher.

Association for the Preservation of Ontario Land Registry Office Documents (APOLROD):

Provincial Archives of Canada:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. - Robert Heinlein

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Become a Co-conspirator to Make the World a Better Place!

Subscribe to HeroicStories, which is FREE. Just send a blank message to

or visit

If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted on the Sistine floor.
- Neil Simon

Monday, January 26, 2004

Keep in touch when you change your email address

The updated version of this post is maintained at:

When you change your email address, register at one or all of these services:


Find mE-Mail:



I have registered with them all, and so far, no spam because of it. No old buddies have gotten in touch with me either......

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

Scottish Maps

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Maps of the Counties of Scotland, 1580-1928: All their Maps of Scotland:

Gateway to Scotland, Geography Department, University of Edinburgh:

Britrail British Travel Shop, New York City, phone 1-800-677-8585

Your Maps Online:
   150 English maps (12 Scots) and etchings available for download; also maps scanned onto CDs for sale

Old Ordnance Survey Maps:

Old Maps - 19th century Ordnance Survey maps. Search by place name, address, coordinate, or use the gazetteer:

OS Landranger Series, 1.25 inch/ mile, (1:50,000) covers towns, villages, and some farms.

OS Pathfinder Series, 2.5 inch/ mile, (1:25,000) "covers less area, so you must be reasonably sure of where the farm is located. It will show you details down to the fences and includes place names. If the farm has become derelict over the years, it may not show up on either of these, because the maps are current. If you are looking for a farm that was active in say the early 1800's, you may want to consider older/Victorian maps." Susan, in a post to 15 Jan 1999.

Ordnance Survey Street Atlases - scale is 3.5 inches to the mile, cheap (£10 or $17 in paperback)
Two for Scotland: Glasgow and West Central Scotland, Edinburgh and East Central Scotland. "But they cover a wide area, with rural as well as urban detail.... Edinburgh ... includes southern Fife (including Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy); most of Clackmannanshire; most of Stirlingshire; West Lothian; Midlothian; East Lothian; and, of course, Edinburgh.
ISBN for the Edinburgh atlas is 0-540-06181-6." Iain Sommerville, in a post to 16 Sep 1998.

Ordnance Survey products:

David Rumsey Map Collection:

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it. - William James

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Marriage, the Bible, and Mr. Bush

The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to: "Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With any forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God's Word and His standards will be honored by our government."

Any good religious person believes prayer should be balanced by action. So here, in support of the Prayer Team's admirable goals, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage entirely on Biblical principles:

Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5.)

Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

Marriage between a believer and a nonbeliever shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

More on the Gay Marriage Debate:

Great site for searching the Bible - see the results in 18 different versions!:

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. - Mark Twain

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Why we do this thing called genealogy

Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved.
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.
- Author Unknown

Wonderful essay by Stephen Jay Gould on the continuity of life, genetics and family:

GENEALOGY: Bringing the dead back to life and the living back together.

Monday, January 19, 2004


President Bush wants 'pro-homosexual' drama banned:,11710,1369643,00.html

Politics doesn't stop when the elections are over. Now we have a lame duck president -- what will that mean for the US in the next few years? Thoughts from Andrew Greeley - Bush ignores intelligence reform:

History of Campaign Ads:
Over 160 Presidential campaign ads 1952-2004

The latest word from Michael Moore - Put Away Your Hankies!:

Interesting analysis of the news and how we get it - Spinsanity:

Concerned about the new electronic voting systems? See for more information.

Amusing, but enlightening:
Take the test and see where you *really* are on the political compass!

Bush has even got the moderates hot under the collar! See Outraged
I think they are right that most Americans agree on 4 basics: Open and Honest Government, Protecting America's Health, Responsible Military Power, and Defending the U.S. Constitution. Nice collection of documents. According to this Wired News story, Downloading for Democracy, this is an example of P2P networks being used in the public interest:,1283,64237,00.html

Not to speak ill of the dead, but let's remember 66 (Unflattering) Things About Ronald Reagan:

Interesting perspectives about US & Europe, post 11 September (Brian Eno, US & European perspectives): Click 'An American View' and then 'A European View'

Things that make you go 'hmmmmm.....':

THIS is fascinating! Fundrace 2004 shows who is giving money to whom, and where. You can even check on your neighbors! And don't forget the maps. Also see


Project Vote Smart - biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings of elected officials and candidates:

We Are Not Sheep:

The Memory Hole - rescuing knowledge, freeing information:

Coincidence? - Average IQ by state and how they voted in 2000: notice a pattern here?:

Outsource the Presidency!:

Crude Language Alert!

Is the censorship of this Time Magazine article due to pressure from the White House? Perhaps Bush Sr. was correct in his assessment in Why We Didn't Remove Saddam: Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different--and perhaps barren--outcome.

Global Environment - Restoring Scientific Integrity:

Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it. - Richard Feynman

Saturday, January 17, 2004


Adoption research is much more complex than basic genealogical research because there are almost always emotional issues involved, often deep and hidden ones, and their focus is often on finding the LIVING; parents, siblings and relatives. This is a complex quest, and it can get very emotional. Those in the adoption triad (adoptee/adoptive family/birth family) who wish to find their "family" may want to join a local support group first, for the emotional support.

Rootsweb's Guides to Family Research: and

Guide 31, Adoption and Orphans Records:

Contain links to articles on: Searching for Birth Relatives (; How to Search (; and Locating Living Persons.

Additionally there are links to articles that cover these important topics:

Know why you are searching
Some things to think about
Making the decision to search
Getting started
Choices in Searching: (Intermediaries, etc.)

Thanks to Myra Gormley for the above information.

Rootsweb Adoption list. To join, send a NEW email

Subject: subscribe
Message: subscribe

Search the list archives at


Adoption Message Boards:

Adopted Persons looking for Birth Parents (Adoptee Rights):

Bastard Nation's Tour of United States Adoptee Access law:

If you find a living parent, you can contact the Social Security Administration to forward a letter. Send that letter to the following address:

Freedom of Information Officer
Social Security Administration
4-H-8 Annex Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21235

From an old post (links not verified): Adoption Search Links Adoption Org: You can
search using whatever information you have. Leave any unknown fields
blank. For example, to search an entire year, enter the year only. Adoption Triad Org:
Serving adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families since February
of 1996 Black Book Online: Free Web Searches
for Investigators (public) Karrylynn_s
Home Page: This site is to help people search for their biological
families Links Galore: Michigan
Adoption Search Links MoonMist_s
400+ Adoption Links PBN Reunion Bureau 18 Search Engines together Reference
USA: This is a subscription database sold only to libraries, educational
institutions and government agencies. From finding old friends and
planning vacations to conducting market research and choosing a health
care provider, this extensive database offers the information you need
-- in a fast, convenient format. The Big List of
Reunion Registries: has compiled more than 400 reunion
registries, classifieds, message boards, and guestbooks to help you
locate birthfamily. These sites and organizations allow you to list your
information so that the person you are looking for can find you. Become
findable by adding your information to each appropriate registry. The
person you are looking for may already be looking for you. People Search
Sites: Search Sites, Resources, Services, and Tools that allow you to
search for people and personal information. Start your People Search
from Net-Trace today. D_s Database: This site
is an assembly of all the search posts sent to me, each state is
arranged by date. Begun 1/22/99, it is updated daily. Email me with
your information and I will be happy to include you. If you have a
'match', you will receive a note from me with a copy of each post. I
appreciate being updated if your information changes or you find. ~ This
data base is a compilation of entries that are sent to me personally by
people like you, or appear (or have appeared) on friends guestbooks, and
are forwarded to me. I also belong to a service called OneReg. If you
find your post here and you don't want it to be, please Email me, it
will be removed immediately. Sites &
Registries Skip Trace Adoption Search Registry:
Welcome to the Adoptee Search Center Registry. We have revamped the site
so that it will be easier for you to use. You will notice Links to your
left to help you in your search. Please understand that this is not a
search service. It is a registry. Being that it is a registry, you will
not hear from us unless there is the possibility of a match. On a very
rare occasion, we do take help people complete their searches through
free search services. However, this is always done at our discretion.
We provide free search advice and tips for anyone who may ask for them. FindMe is a Free Mutual
Consent Reunion Registry. We are a group of volunteers helping to
reunite members of the adoption triad. Who? Me? is a Reverse People Finder website. A
site where someone may be trying to find you. Is someone, somewhere,
looking for you? Could an old, lost or missing friend be trying to find
you? Is a bMother, sibling or bChild, from an adoption in the past,
looking for you? Is an old army buddy, or high school sweetheart trying
to locate where you have moved to these days? Is your alma mater looking
for you for a class reunion? If you are at all curious as to who could
be looking for you

and whether one or more of them may have posted a note to you here on
our system, then enter some details on yourself and click 'Basic Search'
just below. If you want to do a more complete search of our complete
database of more than 15,000 posted notes, you can choose our "Search
Wizard" or our "Power Search" forms. Searching is entirely free.
Family Ties
Adoption Search Database

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it--and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again--and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more.- Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), 1835-1910

Sunday, January 11, 2004


Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, by David Hackett Fischer. Wonderful book, well-written, and fascinating all the way through. Social analysis of history that allows one to understand American history in a new light, and also explains the different social forces working on our immigrant ancestors and their descendants. Highly Recommended.

The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry, by Bryan Sykes. If you want to understand the use of DNA evidence in genealogy, this is one of the books you will want to read. The emphasis is on mitochondrial DNA, which is not used in genealogy as often as Y-Chromosome DNA. And the description of the lives of the "seven daughters of Eve" from whom most Europeans have sprung, is a bit fanciful. But if you enjoyed the Earth Children books, then you will enjoy this part of the story, too. Bryan Sykes is quite a character, and the book is very entertaining, as well as informative. I would love to have my mitochondrial DNA analyzed some day. Thank you, Mom, for bequeathing that to me.

The History Cooperative:
   Browse or search journals: American Historical Review, Common-place, Environmental History, History of Education Quarterly, The History Teacher, Indiana Magazine of History, Journal of American History, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Journal of World History, Labour History, Labour / Le Travail, Law and History Review, Massachusetts Historical Review, Oral History Review, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Western Historical Quarterly, William and Mary Quarterly, World History Connected

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all. - Helen Keller

Saturday, January 10, 2004


Available Microfilm Records (BMD):

Available Death Records:

Kentucky Vital Records FAQ from the Kentucky Historical Society:

Research Collections Online:

Eastern Kentucky University Library Archives:

EKU's Microform Holdings:

Northern KY Records at Kenton Co. Library:

Kentucky Resources at Rootsweb:

Kentucky GenWeb:

Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and lo what myriads rise!- Pope

Learning GNU/Linux

10 Things a new Linux user needs to unlearn:

Norwegian Minister: Proprietary Formats No Longer Acceptable in Communication with Government:

What your choice of Linux distribution says about you:

Linux-Genealogy List:

LinuxChix:, irc://irc.linuxchix/linuxchix

GNU Project:

Linux Documentation Project:
   How-Tos, Guides, FAQs, Manuals, Linux Gazette

Cheap Bytes:

Google for Linux stuff:

Looking for an equivalent to a Windows program you miss? Table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux:

Alphabetical Directory of Linux Commands:

I'm getting involved beyond Linuxchix, in Ubuntu-Women, and the Washington LoCo. Here's my Ubuntu User badge: The Ubuntu Counter Project - user number # 29818

I'm also part of the Amarok team, getting a new User Handbook together. I love Amarok! Best music player out there.

Linux Counter #343483  Register yourself and be counted!

By the way, lists about 20 genealogy programs for Linux here:

Humor - Proven: Windows is more secure than Linux out of the box:

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Wednesday, January 07, 2004


30 second flix - enacted by bunnies!
The Exorcist:
The Shining:

New fav - Sinfest:

User Friendly: (Thanks, Linuxchix!)

Sherman's Lagoon:


Sluggy Freelance:

Kevin and Kell:


King Features (lots of the classics):

Also Funny


The Onion:

Odds & Sods - BOFH:

Humor Gazette:

Strange... but True:

The inner Doughboy:

Complaint Generator:

Eat Your Words:

Flags of the World Given Letter Grades

Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time:

The Lord of the Rings - what would it sound like if it had been written by someone else?:

Wacky Warning Labels

Fun one - Complaint Generator:

According to the Internet Death Clock, my date of death will be Friday, September 11, 2048. Let's see if they are right!


Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts. - Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Church Research, Swedish Research

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives:
   Research in the archives, hire research, rent microfilm. 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, just south of Oakton St. Bonnie Lane is about halfway between Arlington Heights Road and Busse Road (Rt 83). Open 8:30 to 5, Monday through Friday. Phone: 847-690-9410, FAX: 847-690-9502, email:

Swedish Research

Smultron list archives:

Jerry's Scandinavian/USA Genealogy Links:


Genealogy in Sweden:

R&oubml;tter: (part in English)

The Swedish Emigrant Institute at Växjö (Svenska Emigrantinstitutet):

Gothenburg Regional Archives (Landsarkivet i Göteborg är din arkivmyndighet i Västra Götalands län):

Maps of Swedish Län (in Swedish):

Search Disbyt:

Swedish Surnames:,

Fritt tillgängliga kyrkoboksregister för släktforskning (Freely available parish files for genealogy research):

Demografisk Databas Södra Sverige (Demographic Database for Southern Sweden):

Danish Demographic Database, including Emigration Archives 1868-1908:

Arkion - 1900 Swedish census: (fee-based)

Selected counties and parishes of the 1890 are indexed at Rootsweb (4575640 records, 136222 distinct surnames):

Swedish Vital Statistics (BMD) for Lindesberg, Orebro, Sweden (57,151 records):

100 Years of Emigrant Ships from Norway:

Danish Emigration Archives passenger list:

Norwegian Digital Archives:

Find a Grave in Stockholm, Sweden, created by the Stockholm Cemeteries Administration. 525,000 burials in eleven cemeteries, with digital maps:

From Jerry Longstrom - Swedish phone book online:
  Sök=search | Exakt Staving=exact spelling | Hela Landet=entire land | Ange område=State area | Börjar med=begins with
Kvasir Telefonkatalog (Norwegian telephone directory): fornavn = Given name | etternavn = Family name

Finding Origins of Scandinavian who came to America before 1870:

Swenson Center:

Swedish Place Names (alpha):

Population Registration in Sweden (present day):

Online Dictionaries/Translation


Multilanguages dictionary:

Lexin Swedish-English dictionary:

Swedish-English dictionary:


Swedish Genealogical Word List:

I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds. - Louis Nizer

Monday, January 05, 2004

Cheap Airline Tickets

How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets, from Art of, Beating the Bushes for a Bargain Ticket and Five Internet Tools for Tracking Low Airfares:

MobissimoTravel Search:
Options from popular travel sites like Orbitz and Travelocity, consolidators such as and the airlines, both U.S.- and foreign-based or 1-866-4CHEAP-AIR

Cheap Tickets, Inc.:

Southwest Airlines:
   try their rental car and hotel rates, too





True friends stab you in the front. - Oscar Wilde

Sunday, January 04, 2004


Up-to-date copy of this post maintained at:

Archives of Ontario:
   Research Guides:

Ontario GenWeb:

Ontario Birth Registrations, 1869-1906:

Gateway to Ontario Cemeteries:

Ontario Obituaries:

Field of Stones - Pictures of pioneer or abandoned cemeteries in Ontario:

Wellington County Directory and Gazetteer 1867, Ontario, Canada:

How to use the CLRI (Ontario Land Records Index):,

Directory of all online Ontario Census records:

Ontario Genealogy Index (Olive Tree Genealogy):

The Evolution of Ontario's Borders, 1774-1912:

Marriages in Ontario, 1800-1924:

The Challenge of Locating Vital Records in Ontario/Upper Canada/Canada West -
Part 1: 1869-present:
Part 2: 1858-1869:
Part 3: pre-1858:
Part 4: more sources:
These articles were written in 1998 and some of the links may be very out of date. -Fawne Stratford-Devai

Book: Index of Passengers who emigrated to Canada between 1817 & 1849, compiled and edited by John A. Acton, pub: the Toronto Branch of OGS, 1999. Index of names, year, reference source (vol., page and NAC film no.). NAC microfilm can be ordered ILL to get the details.

Map of Southern Ontario, including counties and townships:

Toronto Public Library - Early directories:

Toronto Tax Assessment rolls (also 1901 Toronto Census):

I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - General Patton

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Sharing Your Family History at Rootsweb

[I am not the author of this article. -v]

Make a new year's resolution to share your family history information with other genealogists. The RootsWeb spirit is all about sharing -- contributing what we know or have compiled so that others with similar interests may benefit from our research, information, and expertise. Of course, we always hope to learn from others' contributions in return.

So how can you contribute and share the genealogical data you have collected? Consider the nature and amount of information you have gathered, as well as the format in which you have recorded it.

If you have limited information and are really more interested in asking a question (also known as a query), your best option is to post on the free mailing lists and/or message boards. To learn about, find, and join mailing lists go here:

To locate message boards start at:

If you have just a few records -- death notices, funeral cards, obituaries, baptismal records, marriage notices, etc., and/or the data you have collected is in free-flowing text in sentences and paragraphs, the best place to share it is on the appropriate message boards. These boards are not just for queries -- your bits and pieces of data might be just what someone has been seeking for years.

On the other hand, if you have a larger collection (more than a few records) of single-type genealogical data (i.e. birth records, death records, cemetery records), and if your data is formatted in consistent, labeled columns or fields (or you are willing to make it so), you may wish to submit it to the User-Contributed Database section where your data will be made searchable within a master database of similar type records. For additional information see:

Do you have your family history data in a genealogy application? If your program (and most will) can convert it to a GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMMunication) file format, the best place (and easiest way) to share it is at WorldConnect.

Click on the START HERE link to submit your family tree.

However, if your genealogical data doesn't fit into any of these categories or if you would like to display it in a unique format, consider creating your own free genealogy-related website at RootsWeb by requesting what's called a "Freepages Account."

If a major goal for 2004 is to make contact with others who are researching the same surnames (last names) in the same localities as you, consider submitting your surnames to the RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) -- in addition to making use of the other resources.

You can be part of the RootsWeb spirit of sharing and contributing information whether you decide to post a query or data on a RootsWeb mailing list or message board, submit data to the User-Contributed Databases, upload a GEDCOM to WorldConnect, submit your surnames to the RSL, or create your personal website on Freepages. And, you might want to cover all bases by utilizing all these options or try a combination of several of them to ring in the new year on the right note.

Previously published in RootsWeb Review: Vol. 6, No. 53, 31 December 2003. Again, I am not the author of this article.

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. - Lord Byron, 1788-1824


Alberta Search Tips:

Early Alberta Newspaper Collection:


The up-to-date version of this post will be maintained here:

Saskatchewan BMD Index:
   Births more than 100 years ago; Deaths and Marriages more than 75 years ago soon

Saskatchewan Archives:

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society:

Saskatchewan Genealogy and History Links:

Saskatchewan GenWeb:

Olive Tree Saskatchewan:

Saskatchewan Land Registry:,10,1,Documents

Need Help with finding a place in Saskatchewan?
Enter whatever you know - Section, Township, Range or Meridian, and place names & areas will come up for you! This will help with finding places in the 1901, 1906 and 1911 census of Canada. Scroll about half-way down:

Saskatchewan City & Town Maps - Directory:

Town, Village, Hamlet, Settlement & Rural Municipality addresses:

Cemeteries of Saskatoon:

Saskatoon Public Library:
Online questions (perhaps request an obit?):
311 23rd St E, Saskatoon, Sask. S7K 0J6; phone 306-975-8000

Suggested Saskatchewan Links:

FREE! Canadian 1881 Census Index: (Northwest Territories)

FREE! Canadian 1901 Census:

FREE! 1906 Census of the Northwest Provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta; not searchable by surname):

Saskatchewan telephone lookups:


Our Roots / Nos Racines: (digitized local histories)

Saskatchewan Family History Books:

Genealogy Helplist Canada:

Saskatchewan Town and RM (Rural Municipality) History Books:

Saskatoon Library Local History Room:

Church Archives
The Anglican Church
The Registrar, Saskatchewan Diocese
1308 - 5th Avenue South
Prince Albert SK S6V 2H7
Phone: 306-763-2455

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Regina, SK S4N 6E1
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Roman Catholic - Prince Albert Diocese, Chancery Office
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Prince Albert SK S6V 5H1
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Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness:

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Nice article in the NY Times on RAOGK:

She also has a nice store of general genealogy goods, at Genealogy For You:

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Friday, January 02, 2004

The American Civil War, or War between the States

The up-to-date copy of this post will be maintained at:

Civil War Soldier and Sailors System: - now complete, with all 6.3 million service records of Union and Confederate soldiers!

The Civil War at a Glance (USPS - timeline, links to maps):

Civil War Rosters, by State:

The American Civil War Homepage:

Access Genealogy Civil War Resource Center:

Online Civil War Indexes, Records & Rosters:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National Graves Registration Database:

US Civil War Center Cemetery Dabatase:

Civil War Pension Acts 1865 - 1930:

The Civil War Pension Law:

Ordering Civil War Pension Records - Union & Confederate:

If NARA doesn't have the Pension file you need, and you must contact the VA for them, here is a tutorial on Obtaining Military Pension Files from the VA:

$$$ American Civil War Research Database:

Compiled Military Service Records - $$$, or FREE on microfilm at NARA

Civil War Maps, 1861-1865:

Catalog of American Civil War photographs from the Special Collections Branch of U.S. Army Military History Institute:

Sons of Confederate Veterans:

United Daughters of the Confederacy:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865:

A Brief Introduction to Genealogy and the American Civil War - map American States During the Civil War:

Civil War Potpourri:

Kansas State Historical Society:

Louisiana State University’s US Civil War Center:

South Carolina Department of Archives and History - Confederate Pension Applications 1919-1938:

Florida Confederate Pension Application Files:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. - Henry David Thoreau