Thursday, December 4, 2008

61st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The 61st edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has been posted! You can read it here. The topic for the next edition will be on:

3 Wishes! This is your chance to write a letter to Genea-Santa*. Make a
list of 3 gifts you would like to receive this holiday season from 3 of your
ancestors. These have to be material things, not clues to your family history
(we're talking gifts here, not miracles!). Do you wish your great grandmother
had gifted you a cameo broach? Or maybe you'd like to have the family bible from
great great grandpa Joe? How about a baby doll that once belonged to your dear
Aunt Sarah? This is a fantasy so you can dream up gift items. They don't have to
be actual items that you know your ancestors owned. However, they do have to be
historically accurate to the time period in which your ancestor lived. Do your
research. No asking for a new computer from your great grand aunt! Genea-Santa
wouldn't like that ;-) The deadline for submissions is December 15th.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Another Database Added to FamilySearch Lab's Record Search

I just happened to notice that another database has been added to FamilySearch Lab's Record Search. The new database consists of Catholic Church records from the Diocese of Toledo in Ohio. I just thought I would let everyone know. Have fun searching for ancestors! Enjoy!

Found Something On Another One Of My Branches ...

Or at least I believe I have found something on my Russian-German ancestral branch that settled in Detroit. What did I find? Well, I happened to come across a website for Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit through the Detroit and Wayne County Online Death Records website, and I found a three burials listed on the website's cemetery transcriptions (that have been posted so far) that are connected to my Russian-German ancestral family. (I know they are connected because the surname I am researching is a rare surname in the United States.) Now I just have to obtain the death certificates for these three people, and figure out where exactly in the family they connect. (Although I have an idea of where they fit in the puzzle, I cannot make a complete connection without looking at the death records first.) So, needless to say, I will be chasing down a couple new leads on this family over the Christmas break. If you have any ancestors who died in Detroit, I hope the above websites help you in your research. Enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Google Analytics For November 2008

Well, November has ended, and that means that it is time for another Google Analytics report. So, here are the results for November:

The top ten countries, in number of visits, are:
  1. United States - 517 visits
  2. United Kingdom - 34 visits
  3. Canada - 15 visits
  4. Poland - 8 visits
  5. Australia - 8 visits
  6. Germany - 4 visits
  7. Netherlands - 4 visits
  8. Israel - 4 visits
  9. Spain - 3 visits
  10. Thailand - 2 visits

The top ten states in the United States, in number of visits, are:

  1. Michigan - 101 visits
  2. California - 62 visits
  3. Illinois - 60 visits
  4. Texas - 39 visits
  5. Ohio - 29 visits
  6. New York - 24 visits
  7. Wisconsin - 15 visits
  8. Virginia - 15 visits
  9. New Jersey - 13 visits
  10. Pennsylvania - 13 visits

The top ten places in Michigan, in number of visits, are:

  1. Allendale - 54 visits
  2. Kent County - 19 visits
  3. Oak Park - 4 visits
  4. Redford - 4 visits
  5. Southfield - 3 visits
  6. Huntington Woods - 2 visits
  7. Livonia - 2 visits
  8. Roscommon - 1 visit
  9. Genesee - 1 visit
  10. St. Joseph - 1 visit

The top ten articles, in number of views, are:

  1. I Found My Great-Grandpa's WW1 Service Records! - 29 views
  2. Eight Things About Me ... - 27 views
  3. Tombstone Maker Website - 24 views
  4. Who's That Baby? - 24 views
  5. 59th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted! - 15 views
  6. Fall 2008 Edition of Michigan Genealogist Newsletter Is Available! - 15 views
  7. 28th Shades Of The Departed Guest Column Posted! - 11 views
  8. 12th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy - 9 views
  9. A Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale That Goes Well With Halloween ... - 9 views
  10. Check Out Elizabeth's Post For This Upcoming Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy! - 9 views

Well, that is it for November's statistics, and I cannot believe it is December already! Anyhow, to those who read this blog, I just want to say, "Thank you for reading!"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Where I've Been ...

As you may have noticed, I did not post very much over this past week. This is primarily due to the fact that I have been busy working on a paper over the Thanksgiving break. Of course, I did celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, but outside of the holiday, I have spent my time doing schoolwork. So, that is why I did not post on the 13th edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy on the day that it was posted.

Of course, I still have a couple of weeks of school left, so I will be busy, and therefore, blogging will be light until mid-December or so. I hope to do a little blogging, but I do not know how much I will be able to post until after I get out of school. Anyway, I thought I would let everyone know.

Another Database Added to FamilySearch Lab's Record Search

I just happened to notice earlier today that FamilySearch Lab's Record Search has added Cook County, Illinois marriage records from 1871-1920 on their site. If you have any ancestors living in Cook County, I wish you luck in finding records. Enjoy!