Saturday, February 7, 2009

Updates in FamilySearch's Record Search

I just happened to take a look at FamilySearch's Record Search and noticed that the Michigan deaths and marriages databases were updated yesterday. Although the death records will still only show the first half of the record, if you click the next button, you will now see the other half of the page. As for the marriage records, I haven't noticed what was changed or updated, but I will let everyone know once I have looked at the database. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

65th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The 65th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has been posted! You can read it here. The topic for the next edition is:
"iGene Awards, The Best of The Best! It's Academy awards time... time for
the Academy of Genealogy and Family History, aka AGFH, to honor their best blog
posts of 2008* in the following 5 categories:
Best Picture - Best old family
photo that appeared on your blog in 2008. Tell us which you liked best and why.
Best Screen Play - Which family story that you shared in 2008 would make the
best movie? Who would you cast as your family members?
Best Documentary -
Which was the best informational article you wrote about a place, thing, or
event involving your family's history in 2008?
Best Biography - Which was
the best biographical article you wrote in 2008?
Best Comedy - Which was the
best funny story, poem, joke, photo, or video that you shared on your blog in
2008? Please
feel free to use this graphic on your post.Start digging back into your archives
and choose which of your blog posts deserve to be recognized for outstanding
achievement. This is not a competition between bloggers but a chance for you to
spotlight your own shining efforts at recording your genealogy and family
history in 2008*.There is no nomination process. You just need to announce your
winning blog posts for the 5 categories mentioned above in an article on your
blog and submit it to the Carnival of Genealogy. Please act as your own "award
presenter" by writing an introduction and include it in the "Remarks" box on the
BlogCarnival submission form.The deadline for submissions is February 15,
2009.*We're going to define "2008" to include any posts written in 2008 as well
as those written Jan. 1-Feb. 15, 2009 as well (so that new bloggers can


Monday, February 2, 2009

Searching in FamilySearch Record Search's Germany Burials Database

On Saturday I mentioned that FamilySearch had added a database of German burials to its site, and afterward, I did a little searching in the database. Well, I found some information, and I thought I would share my thoughts on what I found.

So, did I find any information on my ancestors? Well, I did find some new information, and I might have been able to add another generation to one of my lines. I also found a possible sibling for one of my ancestors, and I was able to find the death and burial dates for a couple of my ancestors. Of course, I will still have to confirm the information with primary sources, but I think this new information will be able to help me narrow down dates of deaths for my ancestors. I just wish that FamilySearch had included the images from the microfilm with the database.

My only other gripe is that searching for burials by location does not work very well. I tried to search for graves by locations mentioned in the records, but it would come up as not having any results. My guess is that this might be a glitch in the database, and I hope that I will be able to search by location in the future.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Google Analytics Results For January 2009

Well, another month has gone by, and that means that it is time for another Google Analytics Report. So, here are the results for January 2009:

The top ten countries, in number of visits, are:
  1. United States - 692 visits
  2. Canada - 83 visits
  3. United Kingdom - 65 visits
  4. Jamaica - 11 visits
  5. Australia - 10 visits
  6. Israel - 7 visits
  7. Norway - 6 visits
  8. Germany - 5 visits
  9. Ireland - 4 visits
  10. Philippines - 4 visits

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

  1. Michigan - 108 visits
  2. California - 66 visits
  3. Illinois - 57 visits
  4. Texas - 56 visits
  5. New York - 55 visits
  6. Tennessee - 36 visits
  7. Virginia - 35 visits
  8. Ohio - 29 visits
  9. Pennsylvania - 26 visits
  10. Utah - 20 visits

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

  1. Hamburg - 72 visits
  2. Southfield - 7 visits
  3. St. Joseph - 4 visits
  4. Grand Rapids - 3 visits
  5. Livonia - 2 visits
  6. Lansing - 2 visits
  7. East Lansing - 2 visits
  8. Oak Park - 2 visits
  9. Redford - 2 visits
  10. Battle Creek - 1 visit

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

  1. Some Info on the 1911 U. K. Census ... - 50 views
  2. Who Are They? - 38 views
  3. My Genealogy and Blogging Resolutions For 2009 - 34 views
  4. Forgot To Mention: An Article and Genealogy Databases - 32 views
  5. My Scotch-Irish Ancestors: My Key To Ireland? - 29 views
  6. 63rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted! - 23 views
  7. Google Analytics For December 2008 - 23 views
  8. Looking For Future Hosts: Update - 22 views
  9. The 99+ Genealogy Meme - 21 views
  10. More Records Added to FamilySearch Lab's Record Search -21 views

Well, that is it for this Google Analytics report. (If you would like to have Google Analytics monitor your blog, click here.) To my readers, thank you for reading my blog!

Another Shipwreck Found!

Another shipwreck has been found! This time the shipwreck was found in the English Channel. You can read more about it here.