Milwaukee Death Index On Hold

Unfortunately, due to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel removing their archives from Google News and "moving to a new vendor", my Milwaukee Death Index will probably no longer be updated. Unless I can find another, preferably free, source of data, it will be difficult to do this in my spare time. The … [Read more...]

Reddit for Genealogy

There is a site out there that a lot of you may not be using for genealogy and/or history, Reddit usually does lean a bit toward the younger audience and I think it may sometimes get a bad rap in the mainstream media due to some of it's more shady users, but it has a lot of helpful … [Read more...]

Moving Pictures

I am slowly entering the realm of using video for genealogy. I literally just started my genealogy YouTube channel yesterday. I have two videos up there now, but they are just an old home movie and a slideshow I made awhile back. In most browsers, the following links to my videos should pop open a … [Read more...]

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

I've been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their … [Read more...]

One Billion Graves

I ran across a website recently that is a really clever idea. I know I've stumbled upon it before, but for some reason I never stayed. Now I'm hooked. is a site, similar is some ways to Find-A-Grave. To be honest, while I love Find-A-Grave and I will always use it, its age is … [Read more...]

Do You Know Anyone In It?

In 27 days, on April 2nd, the sixteenth census of the United States, the 1940 US Census, will be released to the public. Due to privacy laws, the census reports are released to the public 72 years after they've been taken. The last one, the 1930 US Census, was released back in 2002. 1940 is not that … [Read more...]

Quickly Searching Wikipedia

While doing genealogy research, I end up going to Wikipedia a lot to do many things from finding locations of cities in Europe to finding which county a city is in. It takes a few steps to browse to Wikipedia, then to the English version, and then try to find my entry. Google Chrome  and Mozilla … [Read more...]

Tech Tuesday: Pinterest

My wife, Darcy, made me aware of Pinterest. She does a lot of work with the web and is always finding these new, interesting sites. Pinterest is best described by a story about it on the MySanAntonio website: [Pinterest is] a "virtual pinboard." Creative types often use actual pinboards or … [Read more...]