Month: August 2019

Henry Fecht’s “1863 Immigration” on FamilySearch

Looking at the original is always advised because indexes are occasionally incorrect and (because they are finding aids not transcriptions) sometimes incomplete. That’s old news for most genealogists who have been researching for a while. It’s also something that’s clear in the record entry in “Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998” at FamilySearch for a Henry […]


AncestryDNA August 2019 Edition Webinar Available

This presentation has been recorded and is available for immediate download. If you ordered and did not receive, please email me at and I’ll take care of it. In this presentation, we will discuss new and not-so-new features of AncestryDNA matches, including: Groups Notes ThruLines Starred matches Filters Searches Our focus will be on […]


Ancestry’s Yearbook Indexes Can Be Wrong and Incomplete

Going back to the original continues to be excellent genealogical advice. in search results from their yearbook collection now includes pictures with the search results. Whether this was done automatically by an algorithmic process or manually by minions in an undisclosed location, the original still needs to be viewed. The five entries for my […]