Month: September 2015

Should Citations Reference Image Manipulation?

The citation in the bottom of the image accompanying this post really isn’t in proper Evidence Explained format. It has the key elements, although I did fail to include the fact that it was a digital image that was originally accessed. Some may say that’s “common sense” from where the item was obtained, but that’s a topic […]


FamilySearch Updates: UT Deaths, MN GAR, MO Local Records, MS School, & SC Confederate Home Records

The following databases are showing as new or updated since our last posting: Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 Minnesota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1869-1940 Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957 South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909-1958  

A Sister-in-Law’s Passport

The passport application of Julia Van Hoorebeke was made out in Rock Island, Illinois, on 5 March 1925.  She was the widow of Frank Van Hoorebeke who is the probable brother of Louise (Van Hoorebeke) Mortier (1855-1921 Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois). Initially I didn’t have too much interest in the passport application for a sister-in-law […]

Searching GenealogyBank Somewhere Else

FamilySearch recently released an update of their “United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.” The database serves as an indexing and finding aid to material on the GenealogyBank site. Subscribers to GenealogyBank may still wish to use the FamilySearch database to search for items in “United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014” instead of, or in addition to, the GenealogyBank search interface. The FamilySearch interface provides the user with […]

Proving Genealogical Proof

[reposted from our old blog site of 15 July 2013] The word “proof” confuses some genealogists and scares others. The confusion centers on the fact that different disciplines and occupations define “proof” differently for their own uses. Researchers coming from different pre-genealogy backgrounds may assume that everyone defines and uses proof in the way in […]

FamilySearch Updates: Germans from Russia, NC Marriages, and More

The following databases are new or updated on FamilySearch: Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012 North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 The GenealogyBank obituaries was recently updated, but it’s showing up with a more recent update than the last time I posted it.