Monthly Archives: April 2012

Update to Maps and Gazetteers handout

I am always excited to do Family History presentations.  Often I get too excited and miss something out of the presentation! This happened on 14 April! I forgot to include the following website: “the UK’s most comprehensive historical map … Continue reading

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1940 US Census and 1921 Canada Census

On 2 April 2012 the 1940 US Census was made available and the rush began to both make the images available and create an index to the images.  They are going state by state, so parts of it – at … Continue reading

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Online Maps and Gazetteers

While many examples refer to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and USA the processes and similar tools are available for other countries (see the last section of this handout for more guidance) Why use maps and gazetteers?   They can … Continue reading

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Batch Number Searching at

Long long ago . . . . In days of yore . . . . We used to be able to search on using batch numbers.  Well, batch number searching is back! This is great news, especially to those … Continue reading

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Getting the most from LDS Family History Websites

Familysearch is the brand name for the Family History products provided by the LDS Church.  The website has been available for over 10 years.  All resources are available free of charge except rentals of microfilm where the fee covers … Continue reading

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Try the Powerful Search Features available at

The new search engine at provides some great search options. Do you know how to do each of the following searches in the Historical Records collection at Search given-names only, based on a very localized area or narrowed time-frame: … Continue reading

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Welcome to Peter’s Family History Notes

We usually give out handouts when we give a presentation but it would be much easier to click on a link on the screen than type in an often complicated web address. The notes for presentations are frequently updated. This … Continue reading

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