Fab Finds for the Week of 18 March 2012

Camera ManThis week’s Fab Finds is dedicated to videos since there are so many this week, including quite a few about the 1940 census and indexing tips.

Videos – 1940 Census and Indexing Tips

Thanks to Kathryn Doyle of the California Genealogical Society and Library for bringing this video to my attention on Google plus. “Revealing Grandma’s Secrets” is about the 1940 census … as of this posting there are only 15 days to go!

DearMYRTLE gives us a video about the community project of indexing the 1940 census. She describes the indexing process, including arbitration for discrepancies, along with information about the 1940 census. There are 132 million names in the census and 1 million genealogists can complete the project in 29 days if each indexes 10 names per day. Sign up to index today: www.the1940census.com.

Chris Knight created a video containing some common mistakes to avoid while indexing the 1940 Census with FamilySearch Indexing.

FamilyHistoryLDS provides two videos with help on indexing: “Indexing- Hints & Tips – Part 1 of 2” and “Indexing- Hints & Tips – Part 2 of 2.”

Videos – Other

FamilyHistoryLDS gives us an introduction to “Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates – England & Wales

The Filipino Genealogy Project blog has a five minute video describing how to fill out a pedigree chart, which is a companion to a post at the blog.

In “Genealogy and Personal History” Lisa Louise Cooke talks with Elizabeth Sanders from the Association of Personal Historians about the relationship between genealogy and personal history.

Genealogy Users 55+ in Cincinnati, Ohio and the Public Library” details programs and services for those 55 and older who are interested in genealogy research.

If you have Arnold ancestors you may be interested in this set of videos by Dean Arnold, the first of which is linked here.

In another personal family history, this video gives an overview of the Thomson family of Ontario.

Ancestry.com LIVE continues their series with:

Everybody’s Got a Little Irish in Them” in which Crista Cowan shows us how to trace Irish ancestors.

Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census” in which Crista details other records available to fill the 20-year gap between 1880 and 1900.


Regular Resources:

Check out Deb Ruth’s “Follow Friday Gems, ” “Monday Morning Mentions” by the Armchair Genealogist, Randy Seaver’s “Best of the Geneablogs,” and Geneabloggers.com newly discovered genealogy and family history blogs.  The latest genealogy community announcements are found at geneapress.com, and Diane Haddad and the Family Tree Magazine staff write the weekly Genealogy News Corral on the genealogy insider blog.


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  1. Kathryn Doyle

    Thanks for the shout-out on the video, Lisa!

    • 1ancestry2littletime

      Hi Kathryn, I’m not sure how I missed your comment… better late than never, I hope. You’re welcome. Good to see you here. :)

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