26 July 2008
The image shown in this post is for a relative of my wife. These volumes are searched with an OCR search, highlighting the name on the page as shown in the image.
Of course, these abstracts are not the complete record. They are an abstract of the names and other information in the deed. If you want to see the complete record with the metes and bounds description, the Family History Library has the records on microfilm.
This database is free on World Vital Records for the first seven days it is active.
24 July 2008
Is anyone familiar enough with the Chicago city directories to know what years are in this "blank" set?
23 July 2008
I've been doing a little more work on the family of Thomas and Elizabeth Frame in the Chicago City directories on Footnote.com.
I like their search interface, but I do have three suggestions:
- Let us use wildcards--it is a pain in the rear to search for all the variants of Trautvetter--especially those that are "near misses" on the OCR searches.
- Let us use a soundex search.
- Let me "flag" those results I have seen before. This would save me time and help me find new things instead of things I have already found earlier.
Don't get me wrong, I like the site. But these options would give me more flexibility.
All the current online city directories at Footnote.com can be searched here.
Or you can browse by year from 1843-1909. Personally this is the approach I am using as the last name I am looking for is "Frame." I get too much "stuff" that I do not want searching for just this word alone.
This is the screen that is shown in the image. If you choose the desired year, a search box should show up on the bottom of the page where you can search that specific directory. The nice thing about browsing by year is that it allows you to either search just the specific year you have browsed to, or you can view image by image. The screen shown in this posting would allow the user to search all Chicago city directories at once.
The second screen image shows I have clicked on the 1866 directory and after some navigating on the page section (notice I am at set 289 - 300 of 1612). I want page 415, which starts at T. M. Fox [the names might not be overly clear as I shrunk the image just a little bit to fit on this post--it is BIGGER when you actually search them yourself].
Turns out, good old Thomas Frame was not in Chicago in 1866.
However, skipping to 1880 (only to find him for an illustration)---I know I need to go year by year. I did find two Thomas Frames. The image from the directory is shown in this post.
This is really fun. And for those who want to go "page by page," like I do, don't complain about how long it takes. It takes a while to roll through the microfilm too. The only thing is that this works best on a high speed connection.
Feel free to post searching suggestions for the city directories here. You can see what other city directories Footnote.com has as well besides Chicago.
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21 July 2008
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The image on this post is one of the new 1900 census images on Ancestry.com (clicking on the image will bring up a larger version). These images have been shared with Ancestry.com by the Family History Library--they are (or will be) on the FamilySearch website.
Those wanting to search the new the 1900 U. S. Census can do so by clicking on the link in this sentence.
14 July 2008
FamilySearch is adding the 1870 Census to its website. Cool. Right now, though, it is incomplete. I got all exited a little too early.
From Tom Kemp's GenealogyBank Blog:
"The 1870 census is available in two formats:
Indexed and Searchable - search every name in the census for these States:
at the time of this writing only for the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Dakota Territory, Delaware,District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.
Browsable - lets you look at the images of each page in the census --at this writing available for all states except Kentucky, Vermont and Virginia. "
I'll take a look at the 1870 Adams County, Illinois Census for Northeast Township. It is VERY difficult to read on the microfilm. Ancestry improved the images, but they are still a little gray. I'm waiting for the index to be complete--maybe then I can find my Johann/John/Jann Ufkes who proves to be elusive in 1870! It always is great to have separate indexes to the same record---sometimes someone else reads something differently.
07 July 2008
I've been experimenting with the "Your Family Tree" section of the Ancestry.com site. Ancestry will give you hints in the hopes that you have overlooked records and will allow you to attach images (and source information) directly to your database. This is nice.
My best option here would have been to check the "add as alternate" fact. While technically not inconsistent with the information I originally had, I do NOT want to indicate the census said something it did not. Adding an alternate fact would allow me to use the census as a source for Samuel's birth and track EXACTLY what it said.
I've been reading other blog entries on this index at the Cook County Illinois County Clerk's Office. So far I have not seen comments about what is in the database.
There is nowhere on the site that I could find where one could see what years were in the database. My search for the last name of Jones in the years 1910 to 1915 resulted in only the handful of hits shown here. This seems a little on the low side to me.
A search of Smith birth from 1915 to 1920 yielded over 1000 entries. A search of Smith from 1910 to 1915 yielded less than 20.
I'm appreciative of having the index online for free, but am frustrated with being unable to find out just what is in the index. Comments to this are welcome.
04 July 2008
This is a great help to researchers. The website indicates that the database is "being updated" and to check back. It would be nice to know what time spans or years are currently covered in the index. Not knowing precisely what years are being searched is frustrating. It is very helpful to have the index at my fingertips.
Soundex options for searching are available. There is soundex "box" to check as there are on many sites. Instead the researcher should put the soundex code in the search box in place of the last name. To get the soundex code for a surname, visit the Rootsweb site.
Search the index, but before you pay the $15 per certificate fee, visit these two sites for their rates:
Their fees were less than $15 at the time of this writing.
03 July 2008
So I did what I did before...made a really cheesy page with links to Ancestry.com databases that I use the most often. It is NOT fancy, it is not eye appealing, but it gets me where I want to go without going through the navigational structure. Saving time is my goal...not getting an award for web design or being "pretty." I'll add more links to it, but only to things I actually use. You can partially customize links on the Ancestry.com page, but I have too many things I use on a regular basis to make that practical. And besides, I like CONTROL. And making my own pages gives me that. Consider doing it for yourself.
No more real opinion on the pages---there's work to be done.