Thursday, November 20, 2014

Swedish Genealogical Research

The Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies maintains an excellent web site that offers a multitude of information on researching Swedish ancestry. Some of the items of information include photos, provinces, emigration and birth and death records to name a few. There's even an English-Swedish dictionary to assist researchers. A site that is very much worth utilizing for anyone with ancestors from Sweden!

Hint: When you land on a page in the site that contains information in the Swedish language, be sure to hit the 'flag' button in the upper right hand corner of any page. This allows the viewer the ability to read the page in Swedish or English.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Viking Ancestry

There are more people living now that have Viking ancestry than realize the fact. A site that offers a short overview on Viking ancestry is the Land of Legend page. Another informational site is the Family Ancestry page. Also, DNA testing is now available to confirm a connection to a Viking. By performing a search through one of the many search engines online, DNA testing information and prices can be found.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

French Family Research

For those seeking information on French ancestry, a site worth checking into is Here can be found a tremendous amount of information in both descriptive manner through the Guide as well as actual records that one may Research.

One can maintain their family tree on the site as their research develops, learn about French surnames, heraldry, family chronicles and more. There is even a Forum area for posting research questions and reading others suggestions and research problems.

Joining is easy. Simply tap the blue button in the upper right-hand corner labeled 'Connectez-vous'. ĂȘtre joyeux (Enjoy).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Family History Centers

"FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Since 1894, FamilySearch has worked with archives, libraries, and churches in over 100 countries to facilitate economical access to records that help people find their ancestors.

There are now 4,600 local facilities in 126 countries where anyone can access genealogical records and receive personal assistance with their family history. These centers include the world-famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, large regional facilities in places like Mesa, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, and smaller centers that are usually found inside Latter-day Saint meetinghouses.

Family history centers are free and open to the public and staffed by knowledgeable volunteers. Each facility offers both novices and experienced family historians the tools and resources to learn about their ancestors.

These centers provide free access to subscription genealogical websites. For a small fee, patrons can also access the vast circulating collection of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes 2.5 million microfilms from over 100 countries.

Some public libraries and historical societies in the United States have also been designated as FamilySearch Affiliates, allowing patrons to access these same resources.

Please visit the FamilySearch website to find the family history center closest to you." - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Newsroom

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Norwegian Census Now Available FREE

The 1910 census of Norway is now available online. The database is searchable by person and residence which covers all 20 polling locations in the country. While the web site will load in the Norwegian language, visitors can easily switch to an English version. Other offerings include Genealogical Research, Real Estate Property, Personal Documentation, Maps/Drawings and Photographs. The database is a part of the National Archives of Norway.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Quaker Research

Swarthmore College – Friends Historical Library Swarthmore College, was founded in 1864 near Philadelphia, PA as an institution of higher learning for the Society of Friends. It has since then evolved to a general liberal arts college serving all denominations but maintaining the values and vision of its founders.

Because of its Quaker heritage, it has the Friends Historical Library, which is an “official depository of the records of the many North American yearly meetings of the Society of Friends.” They have 3,700 feet (2,500 reels of microfilm) of original records. Finding Aid – Thomas C. Hill has compiled a database of more than 2,100 Quaker Monthly Meetings – not the archives – just the meetings. In it you can learn the former name, parent meeting, the date of inception and closure (if closed), location, what records are known to exist, and the record storage location. You can find his online database here.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Poland Archives

'Searching Polish archives How to find out what is available in Polish Archives How are archival holdings organized and arranged in Poland? A basic principle followed while acquiring archive materials, i. e. the principle of territorial pertinence devoted to respecting the relationship between archival fonds and the territory of their creation. Another principle is the principle of respecting historical holdings. The above observations imply that without any previous preparation users can hardly move around archival holdings searching for required documents.

A system of archival information has been developed to facilitate archival requirements. Printed search aids are an important part: guides to archive, publications of the holdings, mostly lists of fonds, archival inventories, and thematic guides. They are accompanied by some, limited in number though, archival finding aids of a higher level of specificity, such as catalogues, thematic inventories (PRADZIAD), or summaries. A lot of information on archival records in Poland is to be found in monographs and source publications, scientific periodicals, notably the above-mentioned, a bi-annual publication of the Polish State Archive Head Office. (The Bibliography of Polish Archival Studies Up Till 1970) is another valuable source.

Each state archive posseses a list of fonds, a card-index of fonds and archival inventories for the classified part of the holdings and various lists covering selected fonds. The state archives also gather information and copies (microfilms and photocopies) of all kinds of materials relating to Poland kept in foreign archives. Almost all archives have their own web sites. Databases on the National Archival Holdings, on-line SEZAM and Inventories.

The Department of Information of the State Archives Head Office keeps a central card-index of archival fonds preserved in the state archives. It also collects the copies of archival inventories transferred from the state archives. The Centre's Library contains Polish and foreign periodicals dealing with archive science, printed archival manuals and other publications on archival holdings in Poland and abroad.

The basic information on addresses of archives, opening hours and conditions of accessibility to archival material in Polish archives as well as in institutions of Polish communities abroad is contained in our address book "Archiwa w Polsce. Informator adresowy" (Archives in Poland. The archival directory). The newest version of this publication was published in 2004. You can find current information concerning the Polish state archives at the State Archives section.' - The Head Office of the State Archives (Poland)

Information on collections of the Polish state archives and the Polish communities abroad preserving archival materials can be obtained from the:

Archival Information Centre 2D Rakowiecka Street, 02-517 Warszawa, fax. +48 (22) 565 46 14; e-mail: