Find most all United States ancestors with four easy Google steps

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

This article  is designed to get you started with your genealogy and family history research in the United States. Sample Google search queries are suggested for your use to help you research and learn about your ancestors.

Finding resources in the United States
Where do you find genealogy resources on the Internet? It is a seemingly simple question with a complex answer. You will find records in many places such as large databases to very small family related websites and blogs. Records for each generation are going to be different. The records that were created and available on the web for a specific place in 1940 are going to be different than those created for 1880, 1840, or earlier. Remember also, that only a small amount of the total number of records that have ever been created have been digitized and available online; but digitized records are growing at an ever increasing rate. I have researched for records one month without success and found them six months later with the same Google search queries. Why? The records were put online during that six months or I just didn’t find them the first time. Continue reading

Genealogy: Research techniques for societies, libraries, archives & special collections

Icon-Research Skills-MethodologyBy Barry J. Ewell

As a genealogist and family historian, you already have a great insight into research and how to find the answers.  In fact, you are pretty resourceful in finding and following clues.  As you broaden your research into the local, county, regional, and state resources discussed you will find that much of your research will fall into the working with and exploring “primary” sources.  You probably already know the following research techniques, so the next few lines may be a review. Continue reading

Genealogy: United States —Comprehensive library and society resource list for all 50 states

libraries, societiesBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to United States genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say Continue reading

Google Genealogy: Seven Steps to Searching English / British Ancestry Online

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

This article is designed to get you started with your genealogy and family history research for English / British ancestry. Sample Google search queries are suggested for your use to help you research and learn about your ancestors.

Finding country of origin resources
Where do you find country of origin genealogy resources on the Internet? It is a seemingly simple question with a complex answer. You will find records in many places such as large databases to very small family related websites and blogs. Records for each generation are going to be different. The records that were created and available on the web for a specific place in 1940 are going to be different than those created for 1880, 1840, or earlier. Remember also, that only a small amount of records have been digitized and are available online; but digitized records are growing at an ever increasing rate. I have researched for records one month without success and found them six months later with the same Google search queries. Why? The records were put online during that six months or I just didn’t find them the first time I searched. Continue reading

190 Genealogy articles to help you search the U.S. federal census

190 Census mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

I have written and assembled 190+ articles and resource aids to provide you a more in-depth understanding of the census research process.  I have tried to cover every possible question and angle that you are likely to face in your U.S. census research.  I would encourage you to use the resources often.

You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations. Continue reading

Genealogy: Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist

Genealogy Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogistBy Barry J. Ewell

I have thought a lot about the topic of prayer and genealogy and just how to approach the concept without offending or preaching. Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist. I remember one of my very first experiences as a genealogist, where I had chosen to work on one family line with very little success. I felt the need to include prayer but didn’t. As time went on, I became more and more frustrated. Continue reading

Genealogy: Male birth names and their associated nicknames

NicknamesBy Barry J. Ewell
I have prepared four lists that focus on associating nicknames with proper names to assist in genealogy research.  The lists include hundreds of names from the last 200 years.  The lists are not inclusive, but will give you a good start to decipher names that were given to your ancestors by their family, friends and associates.  The lists are

  1. Female nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the female nickname first followed by the common female name associated with the nickname.
  2. Male nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the male nickname first and followed by the common names associated with the nickname.
  3. Female birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common female birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name
  4. Male birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common male birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.

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