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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Software, Acts of Kindness and Cyndi's List

How did they do it? Our ancestors lived through tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes and earthquakes without the benefit of Doppler Weather and early warning systems.

While doing research on births, deaths and marriages be sure to think about how the weather might have affected your ancestor's life. Was your great grandmother born in Upper Michigan in February? How would that have affected a midwife from helping with the birth?

I have such great admiration for the Florida pioneers. Between the snakes, bugs and alligators the sweltering heat and humidity may have been only a minor inconvenience! But how many people died due to the harsh conditions and wildlife?

Sunday August 21
* Hawaii became a state on this date in 1959
* Hawaii's State Archives holds a variety of vital records from 1832-1949
* Visit:

Monday August 22
* Genealogy Blogs can help researchers learn more about a specific locale, ethnic group or general research.
* Visit Cyndi's List for biggest list of Genealogy Blogs around!

Tuesday August 23
* Researching in Chicago? Consider The Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society.
* Visit The Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois:

Wednesday August 24
* Genealogy Glossary:
* Cluster Genealogy A research technique to get a more complete picture of your family. In a cluster study, you document all of the members of your family, and their neighbors, friends, and business associates. This enables you to learn more because you pick up additional information from the records generated by the everybody rather than just a few relatives.

Thursday August 25
* Need an obituary from a library or a record from a court house in another state? Check out Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.
* Visit RAOGK:

Friday August 26
* Everyone loves free stuff! Check out this free Genealogy Software
* Family Tree Builder 5.1:
* Personal Ancestor File (PAF) - 5.2:
* RootsMagic Free Trials:
* Legacy 7.0 Family Tree:

Saturday August 27
* Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!

Take Cover or Care, whichever is appropriate!


  1. I like the tip about using Legacy Family Tree, which is very good - and not as well known as it deserves to be.

  2. What's become of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness? For about 2 weeks, I haven't been able to access the site. I get thrown back to my internet home page or get a page cannot be displayed message ... with both IE and Firefox.

    Is it out of business? Has it changed its name?

    If it's gone, it's so sad for genealogy researchers! I'd gotten soooooo much help from the the RAOGK researchers over the past number of years and MOST appreciative of their help in the localities where I needed research help.

    If you know the answer to my question, please contact me at:
    mcowan @