Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using death records in researching immigrant ancestors

By Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Death certificates are among the first official records that can provide an exact place and date of death, as well as additional genealogical details, such as the date and place of birth, name of father, maiden name of mother, name of spouse, social security number, Continue reading

Genealogy: Certificates of Naturalization and where to find Immigration records

Certificates of Naturalization and where to find Immigration recordsBy Barry J. Ewell

Most certificates of naturalization contain only the name of the individual, the name of the court, and the date of issue. Certificates were issued to naturalized citizens upon completion of all citizenship requirements. The Certificate of Naturalization includes name, address, birthplace or nationality, country from which they emigrated, birth date or age, Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestorsital Records 2By Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Probate records (which document the process of passing property, both land and various goods, on to one’s heirs) are one of the major types of records used in genealogical research. Heirs may be anybody the testator (the person who made the will) chooses to name, including servants, in-laws, friends, and others. Wills and other papers created Continue reading

Genealogy: Care and cleaning of 78s

Genealogy: Care and cleaning of 78sBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are details of how to take care of the 78s which I  have used to take care of 100’s of my own 78s.

Un-warping

  1. Place the record between two sheets of plate glass (or any completely flat surface of moderate weight).
  2. DO NOT place any additional weight or add heat, or place them in the sun, etc.
  3. Placing additional weight on the record will cause the peaks between the grooves to flatten out somewhat, causing distortion during playback; heat can cause the shellac to soften considerably, which causes all kinds of problems. Continue reading

Genealogy: Digitizing records and tapes with Audacity

Digitizing records and tapes with AudacityBy Barry J. Ewell

You’ve been ripping CDs for years, but what about those dusty cassette tapes in your attic and all that bargain-basement vinyl at used book sales? With Audacity, you can capture those vintage tunes, clean up their sound, and carry them around on your MP3 player.

Audacity is a powerful free cross-platform audio editor. It includes tools such as noise removal filters and automatic track splitting that can speed up the process of turning your antique audio into shiny new MP3s or Oggs.
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Genealogy: Keeping personal digital records

Genealogy: Keeping personal digital recordsYou probably have resumes, school papers, financial spreadsheets, presentation slides or other digital documents. You might also have digital copies of original hard copy documents such as letters, maps or family histories.

Some of this information may have enduring value.

For this type of information it is important to decide which documents to save. Think about different versions, such as drafts and earlier copies. Drafts, for example, can provide important details that do not appear in final versions. Continue reading

Genealogy: Cleaning vinyl records

Genealogy: Cleaning vinyl recordsBy Barry J. Ewell

It might sound simple but keeping your records clean is the easy, inexpensive method of preserving your vinyl. There are three commonly used methods for cleaning this type of record.

Vinyl records: Using commercially available cleaning solution

  1. A quality disc cleaning solution is inexpensive and really helps to protect vinyl discs. The best way to clean records is by buying a commercially available record cleaning solution such as Last or Discwasher D4 (Discwasher IV is what the Library of Congress recommends), which usually comes with an applicator brush. Continue reading