Fab Finds for the Week of 1 Apr 2012

NASS-1940_CensusOn this happy April Fool’s day there is only one more day left until the release of the 1940 United States Census.  As many of our fellow bloggers have pointed out, the census will not be indexed (in other words it’s not searchable), so head on over to  https://the1940census.com/ and sign up as a volunteer to help index the records (the process by which the census becomes searchable). I’m betting that the volunteers will have the census indexed in record time… yes, we are making history.

Here’s this week’s fab finds for you:

Tips, Tricks and Techniques: 

What is the 1940 census sampling, and how does it affect my research?” is a blog post on Genealogy Today that describes the 1940 census statistical sample, which was the first of its kind.

FamilySearch offers the article “1940 US Census Is Almost Here… Are You Ready?” describing ways to reduce indexing system stress  after the release of the 1940 census (for example, avoid the peak hours from Saturday evening through Monday evening).

Olive Tree Genealogy offers info on “Understanding Patronymics in the New World.”

Bill Smith helps us with “Finding your Enumeration Districts in the 1940 US Census next week.” (See videos, below, for a free video offered by Family Tree Magazine).

Videos and Webcast:

Family Tree Magazine is offering a free video showing how to find your family in the 1940 census records, using Steve Morse’s One-Step Site.

1940 census, behind the scenes view of staff preparing for tomorrow’s launch.

You can watch the webcast of the launch of the census tomorrow at 1940census.archives.gov

Ancestry.com offers “Getting Ready for the 1940 Census” with Crista Cowan, and “Family Tree Maker 2012: The Nickel Tour” with Juliana Smith.

Here’s a 3-minute video on how to Film a Family History Video Interview. It’s very basic but may be good for beginners.

Did you know about Ancestry.com’s “Desktop Education Series” on Youtube? There’s quite a selection of videos here from strategies for finding your ancestors, to an introduction of Facebook Timeline.

There are quite a few videos now posted for the Ancestry.com “Star of Your Family Video” contest.

For National Genealogical Society members, a new Voices of Genealogy video titled “Becoming a Genealogist” was released this week. Find the video in the members only section of http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/.

Contest and call for articles:

Mocavo is offering a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to the winner of their contest, running from April 2nd through April 15th. To enter, just tell Mocavo about your new ancestral discovery from the 1940 census. More info will be available at http://www.mocavo.com/blog/ tomorrow.

Americanancestors.org is asking for a paragraph of information on your New England textile mill worker ancestors. Submitters with interesting stories will be selected to write accounts for publication in American Ancestors magazine.

Regular Resources:

Check out…

Michael Hait’s “Notable Genealogy Blog Posts,”

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.

Fab Finds

Fab Finds for the Week of 25 March 2012

History of the World, 1885
You’ll notice that in the Fab Finds I don’t usually cover many blog posts from other geneabloggers. The reason for that is simple enough: There are already quite a few bloggers who do mentions of other geneabloggers, links to which I include in the “Regular Resources” section at the bottom of each of the Fab Finds.  Here are the Fab Finds for this week:


Ah, to find an old steamer trunk and track down a descendant of its owner. A genealogists dream… and a great story.

MyHeritage Releases Cutting-Edge Personalized Family Calendars” (at a cost).

New Facebook application, KiN2.me, builds a connection via 26 relationships from Barak Obama to Rush Limbaugh. Now that’s professional genealogy, eh?

This article highlights a woman’s efforts to document the El Rancho Simi Pioneer Public Cemetery, now published as a book that is available in many genealogical libraries including the DAR library.

The grandson of Frank J. Goldsmith, a survivor of the Titanic, is now telling the tale as he remembers hearing it from his grandfather who was 9 years old at the time of the tragedy.


Star of Your Family Contest:

Tom Tucker explores the history of his Lewis family from Wales.

Tory Moore discovers he is related to Noah Webster (yes, as in Merriam-Webster).

You can still enter the contest to win an Ancestry.com produced video telling your family story; a link is provided in the video description on the pages linked above.

Prove It or Disprove It:  Sometimes it’s easier to disprove someone is your ancestor than to prove that they are your ancestor, by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com

Job Openings:

The Association of Professional Genealogists is seeking candidates for a newly created position: E-Newsletter Editor.


This isn’t new but it’s definitely worth a mention: Thomas MacEntee offers the free Genealogy Source Citations Quick Reference at the geneabloggers website. Once a the link, you can right-click and ‘save as’ to save a copy to your computer.

Regular Resources:

This week I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Michael Hait’s “Notable Genealogy Blog Posts,” which I’ll be adding to this list of regulars.

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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