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Jan 5, 2011

Published Jan 5, 2011


1916 Candian census of the Prairie Provinces at the Library and Archives Canada

You can access the digitized images of the 1916 census online in two different ways:

Searchable database by Province, District Name, District Number, and Sub-district Number.

Using the Research tool "microform digitization," you can browse the microfilm reels page by page.


New Video on the Civil War from NARA


Inside the Vaults: Discover the Civil War

In this video just under 4 minutes the creators of NARA’s Discovering the Civil War exhibition  share little-known facts and extraordinary discoveries found in the fantastic Civil War holdings at the National Archives.

For more information on the  Discovering the Civil War exhibition, head on over to


BBC iPlayer To Go International

Now if you’re like me, and you live outside of Great Britain,  at some point you probably popped in on the BBC website to check out the British version of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Only to discover that the video is shown on the BBC iPlayer and it’s blocked to international visitors to the site. 

The scoop is that the BBC plans to offer overseas access to the BBC iPlayer.  However, it’s not going to be free.  

MacWorld Website on the BBC iPlayer for iPad

So for now, stay tuned.


On the blogging front

A.C. Ivory announced right after the new year that he has launched a new version of his Find My Ancestors Blog.


Google Gadgets Update

Updated Genealogy Google Gadges from Sirius Genealogy


Cemetery Justice

The Article

Search Tip:  When it comes to newspapers, Webpage addresses change a lot.

In cases like this where you have some of the original text, just type a sentence or two exactly as it appeared in the article.  Or how it appears in the snippet that came with the search result where the link is now bad.  In this case I just typed a sentence or two exactly as kathy quoted it to me in the email and the new webpage for the article was the first item in the search results list.  That’s little gem that works nearly every time.



New Genealogy Blogger Cynthia DeBock  

Genealogist, Archivist, Researcher

Check out her first post entitled How I Got Started.  It's always fun to hear how folks got bit by the genealogy bug. 


Jen Alford writes:

I just wanted to thank you for the great how-to videos that you did for the family history wreath.  I made one for my mom for Christmas this year and I can't wait to see her reaction!  I've also started a genealogy blog and have been enjoying the responses from the family that read it.  Thanks for all the inspiration!  I'm a premium member and love all the extras you have on there.  Keep up the good work!

It doesn’t get much nicer than that!  Thanks Jen!


GEM: The New Google EBooks

Google eBooks is now available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore. You can browse and search through the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale.

VIDEO: Introducing Google eBooks



Adobe ebook Platform supported devices

Google eBooks Web Reader

But even if you aren’t interested in buying ebooks don’t overlook Google eBooks.  

Try this:

Go to

Search on the word Genealogy,

In the upper left corner under price click the Free Only Link.

Try searches on topics of interest to you and you’ll probably be surprised at what you find.  And since this is just getting off the ground, you will definitely want to check back periodically to see what’s been added.  

APP USERS: Check out the Bonus Content PDF for 2 more Google Books Search Strategies!


GEM:  The New Google Earth 6

To download the new version just go to  

The big difference you will notice is that Street View has changed. Instead of finding it in the Layers Panel, you will now find a person icon, or what’s referred to as the Pegman, in the upper right corner by the navigation tools. Zoom in, click and drag the Pegman icon on to the area where you want to see Street View and after a second or two thick blue lines will  pop up if street View is available in that area.  Just drop the icon and you’ll immediately be flown in to street view.  I guess the pegman icon is to represent that the view will be from a person’s perspective, at street level.  

Another big difference is that street view is more stream lined. Rather than clicking from one camera icon to the next to move around, simply use the arrow keys on your keyboard to travel around, and as you do the view continues to update automatically. The idea here is that it’s doing it’s best to simulate the walking around the street experience.  And as before you can swing the map around for a complete 360 degree view, as well as look up and down.

VIDEO - Learn Google Earth:Street View 


Easy-to-use historical imagery
In the new 6.0 version, they’ve made it easier to find historical imagery. When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click on this date, you’ll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period. The Historical imagery controller will appear so you can  browse through all the historical imagery available for that location, or simply close the time control and return to the default view.  It’s very slick and a great time saver! 

Learn more about how to use Google Earth for Genealogy, I’ve got the answers for you in the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series available at