Family Tree Maker, RIP…

Family Tree Computer KeyBig news from Ancestry today, announcing the discontinuation of their Family Tree Maker (FTM) desktop software.  I don’t want to think that this is a business move intended to force everyone to enter their family tree data directly into their online tree, but it’s sure going to push a lot of folks in that direction.  This also means that you will need to maintain a subscription if you want to keep accessing your information.  Continue reading

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A Scanner In Your Pocket

Old RecordsWhen doing research at your favorite record repository, how do you get the information home? In the past, I mostly either took notes or transcribed what I found if it was a short piece, or relied on staff at the facility to make copies if it was too much to transcribe.  Some facilities (such as Delaware Public Archives) have film readers that allow you to save an image to a flash drive, and that’s always a nice option, but there’s an awful lot of material that’s only available as a physical document. Continue reading

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Black Friday Genealogy Bargains!

1910 Sale

“Bargains” Delaware Sunday Morning Start November 27 1910

What genealogist doesn’t like a good sale?  Need something to do while the turkey is in the oven?  For Black Friday, I wanted to pass along a few genealogy-related discounts that have crossed my desk this week.  If you know of any others, please pass them along in the comments.

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A Quick Guide to Delaware Records

People Tree 2What Delaware Records are available and how can you avoid spending hours looking for something that doesn’t exist?

Earlier this week, we had a great general meeting of the Society with an excellent turnout and captivating speaker.  Genealogist Sydney Cruice Dixon shared a number of tips, insights and search strategies on the use of Ancestry.com and answered some very specific questions from the audience.

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Ask DGS – Early Passenger Ships

“Ask DGS” is an occasional series featuring research questions from our members. This one concerns early immigration to Delaware from England. Continue reading

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Subdivision 11

Unlike Area 51 or District 9, Subdivision 11 in Sussex County, Delaware, has no known association with aliens or UFOs.  It does, however, post a bit of a mystery and contain a large number of my relatives in the 1850 US census. Continue reading

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Delaware Wills on Ancestry.com

If you have an Ancestry.com membership, you may have seen the announcement or started getting hints for “Delaware, Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971”. You can also access this collection directly.  I’ve spent a lot of time working with these records and found there are a few tricks to getting the most out of the collection.

Occasionally, those hints will take you the actual will and possibly a genealogical gold mine.  In most cases, however, it will take you to an index.  But, with a little bit of work, you can still get to the will in many cases. Continue reading

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