New opportunity from FamilySearch Labs

FamilySearch Labs (part of the LDS) is taking volunteers as a part of their Historical Records and Images project. Currently they have placed records at the test site, some indexed and some not indexed for those chosen to be a volunteer tester.  Each tester is asked to use the records and report the ease of use and/or any technical problems. They are specifically wanting to know how easy it is the find un-indexed records.

I signed up as a volunteer last week and received my acceptance email over the weekend. If you are chosen as a volunteer, you will have access to images such as the 1900 U.S. Census, WWII Draft Registration Cards, Ohio Death Certificates 1908-1953 and Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956 – some of which are partially or fully indexed.

To volunteer, go the following page: Historic Records and Images Project

Good luck – I hope you get chosen!


Ancestry offering free access to Military Records through D-day (June 6th)

Ancestry is offering free access to military records through June 6th. From the website:

” To honor the memories and celebrate the courage of all that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, has released the largest online collection of U.S. military records available. Featuring more than 90 million names and spanning American history from the mid-1600s through Vietnam, this collection represents all of America’s major wars and conflicts. Records include draft registration cards, prisoner of war records, muster rolls (unit rosters), burial registers, enlistment records and rare historical media such as newsreels shown during WWII. These records help Americans discover insightful details about ancestors that served in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

See additional information on the Blog or click the link below to search now:

Search the U.S. Military Collection for free

PBS’ African American Lives Sequel

PBS has announced that it will do a sequel to African American Lives which premiered in February 2006 and showcased 8 different celebrities and researched their family history, culminating in several interesting DNA tests.

Now they are looking for one very lucky non-celebrity to assist with researching his/her family history. From the website:

To have your family history researched by the genealogists & geneticists featured on African American Lives – and to have me reveal your results to you ‘on camera’, all you have to do is read our guidelines, check out our FAQ’s, and then complete and submit our online application form – all before May 4, 2007.

Once we have received everyone’s submissions, a group of filmmakers, genealogists and historians will sift through the applications in search of the applicant who appears most eager to learn about their ancestry, whose family history holds the biggest questions or most intriguing mysteries, whose story can best help us illustrate the investigative process, and whose ancestors’ lives may help shed light on the African American experience itself.

So, good luck to everyone who applies, and whether or not you are selected to appear on the show, I look forward to seeing you when African American Lives II airs in February 2008.

Main webpage: offering free access to immigration collection through April 30th

From the website:

Discover your ancestors in the most comprehensive collection of passenger lists available online, with more than 100 million names from more than 100 U.S. ports. We’re celebrating the hundredth anniversary of 1907 – the largest year of immigration through Ellis Island – by giving you FREE ACCESS to the Immigration Collection through April 30. Immigration Link Free offers for February 2007

Ancestry has several FREE 3-day offers waiting for you to take advantage of them. (If you have a registered account with, log out prior to attempting to take advantage of these offers.)

1) home page offer. To see this offer, you must NOT be logged in as a registered user. Log out and a 3-day all access offer will display – no credit card required. Catch is you must “start” a family tree.

2) Ancestry. com African American Family History offer –

After searching the census, you will see your results, some will have the “lock” symbol beside them. If you select one of those census’ you will be prompted to give your name and email address for the free 3-day access.

3) – In honour of Heritage Day in Canada – go to

http://olivetreegen canada-news. shtml

A link is provided that will get you to the free access.
All you need do is register for your 3 days of free research in their World records.

This should be of interest to anyone looking in Canada orUSA or…. wherever Ancestry has searchable records.