Personal Ancestral File – Tutorial – Updated

Although it’s been mentioned in the past (and wasn’t just recently created), a little blurb on is a good reminder about the Perosnal Ancestral File (PAF) Tutorial available at BYU. It does look like it’s been updated.

Many people still use PAF, especially those who are looking to accomplish certain tasks, and so it’s worth repeating – if you use PAF or are thinking about it, check out this tutorial:

Climbing the Branches of Her Family Tree

Climbing the branches of her family tree, an article in The Connectict Post by Robin Marshall, is kind of neat little article about somebody (Robin) just getting into genealogy. Robin is a Professor of Journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. I thought it was kind of funny that she thought she would never have the time, but once she got into it, she started putting aside other things.

Excerpt from the article:

With notebooks and loose scribbles floating around my computer, my workroom is beginning to look the way it did when I used to prepare for exams. But this mess is the part of my voyage into the past. I’m searching for my ancestors.

Genealogy has never interested me, but my Aunt Martha, who died several years ago, left an album of aging photos and information about my mother’s ancestors, the Nelson side of our family. As she and a friend worked on the project, she told me about their travels through the South to find official records, and it was interesting, but I was sure I would never have time for such a project. But now that I’ve gotten into it, I’m putting other things aside because I want to know about my father’s Ahrens side.

New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Magazine – Ancestors

Roxanne Moore Saucier has a good article in the Bangor Daily News (Maine), Ancestors magazine a rich resource, that covers many of the resources available through a membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society, especially their publication, New England Ancestors.

Excerpt from the article:

Let’s not overlook the society’s publications, including the popular magazine New England Ancestors. I always find something useful in the New England Online column by David Allen Lambert.

The spring issue points out the National Soldiers Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Togus, telling us that microfilm records for 1866-1934 are available at the National Archives branch in Waltham, Mass. Records may also be rented through Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as the center on Grandview Avenue and Essex Street in Bangor. (The Family History Library catalog is online at

If you’ve been considering a membership in the NEHGS, this might push you to do it.

Printable Maps of the US

If you are looking for a printable map of the United States (or several actually), for one genealogy project or another (perhaps tracking migration, where everybody is living now, etc.), then look no further than – The maps are in several different formats/sizes, and there are even individual state maps.

A compliment to these is the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas, that I’ve mentioned before, that covers historical maps. The PCL collection has a large range of maps covering various periods of history (not just the US, but the world as well).

Genealogy Today: Family History Centers Give Searchers a Hand

Connie Lenzen has another great article in The Columbian, Genealogy Today: Family History Centers give searchers a hand (Clark County, Washington), about how valuable Family History Centers are, just what their relation is to the Family History Library in Utah, and what all is available at your local Family History Center.

Excerpt from the article:

Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

The library is the largest genealogical library in the United States, with more than 2 million microfilms and hundreds of thousands of books.

The Salt Lake library is the place where beginning, intermediate and advanced genealogists go to find vital records, wills, land records, probate records, cemetery records, family histories, newspapers, obituaries, and military records for every state and for most foreign countries.

Not everyone can afford to take a trip to the library in Salt Lake City. Even if you can manage a trip, you still want to access those records between your visits. You have that option with the Family History Centers.

I don’t think many people realize just how close these are, and how easy they are to use.