Month: April 2018

More than Fifty Letters

A collection at the Nebraska State Historical Society contains over one hundred letters written to a first cousin of my second great-grandfather in the late 19th century. At least a dozen of those letters are actually written by my third great-grandfather, Johann Goldenstein (1814-1891) who spent his entire life in Wrisse, Ostfriesland, Germany. The vast […]


Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards

Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills is off the presses and ready for  distribution. This volume is an entirely new replacement for the 2001 edition of this well-received guide to developing a career in genealogy. Times have changed. This is a revised guide to developing and maintaining a professional genealogy career […]

New York, Sing Sing Prison Admission Registers, 1865-1939 has “New York, Sing Sing Prison Admission Registers, 1865-1939” as  “recently added database.” It is probably more accurate to refer to it as a database that I recently noticed. There are significant biographical details on the prisoners included in this database. The content does vary over time, but ages, place of birth, aliases, names […]

A Discovery on ArchiveGrid

ArchiveGrid searches materials inventoried and cataloged in special collections across the United States. It is a wonderful way to locate unique materials that one can’t necessarily find online in Google and other internet searches. It is important to remember that letters or family ephemera may be located hundreds or thousands of miles from where the […]

While Waiting for DNA Results and FamilyTreeDNA are having “DNA Day” sales.’s sale end on 29 April and FamilyTreeDNA’s sale ends on 28 April. If you have one of the tests done–despite which one you do, time spent waiting to get the test and time spent waiting to get the results is not time that should be wasted. […]

Swedish American Church Records are not on–yet

It’s apparently in progress, but for now it is just a big tease. There is a link on‘s “U.S., Evangelical Covenant Church, Swedish American Church Records, 1868-1970” for records of the Swedish American Church. The link has not worked in over a week as of this post. Apparently it is in the pipeline to be […]