Genealogical Tips

A Great Genealogical Find – Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book

How would you like to acquire a copy of your 18th century ancestor’s signature? I found this amazing discovery while browsing around the Archives of Maryland Online website.   The database contains Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book, MS 174 and Document #911 in the Calvert Papers held by the Maryland Historical Society (1). This document was digitized from the microfilm in a partnership […]

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Tech Tuesday: Make Google the Default Search Engine in Windows 10 Edge

Posted on March 15, 2016 in Genealogical Tips, Tech Tuesday

This post is not really genealogy, but the default search engine may be of interest to many genealogists who are heavily invested in using Google for genealogy searches on the Internet. Microsoft Windows 10 and its new browser, Edge, default to Bing as the search engine of choice both on your desktop and Edge. If you don’t care for Bing, […]

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It Is All in the Name or Is It?

Posted on October 6, 2015 in Genealogical Tips

As genealogists we deal with all types of names (given names, surnames, maiden names, place names, etc.) on a daily basis. We know that spelling wasn’t standardized until the 20th Century. We know to look for spelling variants of our names. Do we know how they really sounded? I have written before how I discovered the birthplace of the children […]

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Maryland Databases of Interest on FamilySearch.org (Tuesdays Tip)

Posted on September 22, 2015 in Genealogical Tips, Maryland Research Tips, Tuesday's Tips

FamilySearch.org has databases online for Carroll and other Maryland Counties.  The best way to access this information is to go to www.familysearch.org (this is a free site but you must register) and select Search from the menu. Find Browse by Location. Select the United States and then Maryland. There are sixty-six (66) indexed databases and twenty-three browsable only databases that […]

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Maryland Non-Population Schedules Online (Tuesday’s Tip)

Posted on September 15, 2015 in Genealogical Tips, Maryland Research Tips, Tuesday's Tips

Did you know that, while all non-population schedules (agricultural, manufacturing, mortality, social statistics) for Maryland are on microfilm, some of them are online? They are accessible through the Maryland State Archives’ Guide to Government Records. The Maryland State Archives describes this collection as follows: …Information collected during censuses taken every ten years. Includes social statistics, providing information on social, cultural, […]

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1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes (Tuesday’s Tip)

The 1880 US Census included supplemental schedules called Dependent, Defective, and Delinquent Classes. Individuals were first recorded in the population schedule, and then further information on their condition was recorded on these supplemental schedules. Ancestry.com has a database named “U.S. Federal Census – 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes”. The following information in Italics is taken from the description […]

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Using Plats.net for Maryland Court Records

Plats.net is a land record site of the Maryland State Archives. It contains surveys for all land records, especially for early patents. Would you think about using this site to search for online court records? Well, you should. This site contains miscellaneous court records for Allegany, Frederick, Carroll, Harford, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset and Washington counties. How To Use […]

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Do You Know About Maryland Databases on Ancestry.com? (Tuesday’s Tip)

Posted on August 25, 2015 in Genealogical Tips, Genealogy Databases

Ancestry.com has databases online for Maryland and for Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and other Maryland Counties. The best way to access this information is to go to www.ancestry.com. You must have a paid subscription or go to your local library to use the free Ancestry Library Edition. Select Card Catalog from the Search menu. Under Filter Titles, go to Filter by […]

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The Tracey Collection: Colonial Land Records in Carroll County, Maryland

Posted on August 21, 2015 in Genealogical Tips

The Tracey land records are a unique collection held by the Historical Society of Carroll County that cover early land patents and settlement patterns in western Maryland, primarily Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties. Many researchers have used these records to find property that their ancestors owned in this area during the Colonial period. During the 1930s, Dr. Arthur G. Tracey, […]

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Sunday’s Obituary – Michael and Margaret Meisberger

Posted on October 12, 2014 in Family History, Genealogical Tips, Sundays Obituary

Recently, I found this poignant and heartwarming obituary[1] on Chronicling America at the Library of Congress. It publicizes the deaths of my 3rd great-grandparents, Michael and Margaret (Bettinger) Meisberger. For more information about the lives of these two individual, see my posts 52 Ancestors: #12 Michel Meisberger and 52 Ancestors: #21 Margarethe Bettinger Meisberger. From a genealogy perspective, it gave […]

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