November 07, 2009


You have manually created a To Do list for your ancestors. Which records or pieces of information you are looking for? Did you forget something?

GenSmarts analyzes your genealogy data file. It will automatically create a To Do list and provides suggestions on what to research next on your ancestors.

Example: GenSmarts suggests I look at the 1880 North Carolina census because my ancestor, Joseph Allen, was born there and his father's birthplace and mother's birthplace have not been recorded. GenSmarts also tells me the 1880 North Carolina census is available online at and

GenSmarts provides suggestions for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It supports all common genealogy software programs like RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, PAF, The Master Genealogist, Legacy, Ancestral Quest, Brother's Keeper, and Ultimate Family Tree.

October 12, 2009

Genealogy Software - Which one?

I found this web site that I think is really helpful for deciding which software to document all that research. Genealogy Software Review - Top Ten Reviews. This web site provides a scale of Poor to Excellent and check marks for features included in Data Enter & Sourcing, Management Tools, Views, Reports & Charts, Online Integration, Printing, & Publishing, Help & Support, and Supported Configurations. My two favorite genealogy software programs are Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic. I've used Family Tree Maker for years. Just the last couple years, I've been playing with RootsMagic. One feature I like in RootsMagic is creating web pages for my own web site.

Available at
Family Tree Maker 2010 Essentials and RootsMagic Family Tree Genealogy Software

October 01, 2009

Holocaust Records available Free through October

Footnote has provided free access to Holocaust Records for October 2009. This includes Holocaust assets, to death camp records, to interrogation reports from the Nuremburg trials. These records were made possible through a partnership with the National Archives.

September 16, 2009

"Digging for your Ancestors using Google"

Heritage Quest Research Library presents a one-day genealogy seminar at Autumn Quest 2009. "Digging for your Ancestors using Google", Saturday, October 10, 2009, 8:15 am - 3:30 pm at the Tacoma Elks Club: 1965 S. Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405. Daniel M. Lynch, author of Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Googlewill demonstrate the tools in Google. For additional information, go the HQRL's web site at

September 13, 2009

Census of Ireland 1911

The Census of Ireland 1911 is available for free searching on The National Archives of Ireland web site. All thirty-two counties are available.
Search by Surname, Forename, County, Townland/Street, DED (District Electoral Division), Age + or - 5 years in 1911. When the results from the search are displayed, there is a link to view the Census image. The Census image is displayed in PDF, which requires the Adobe reader. The image can be saved to a computer's hard drive.

September 09, 2009

Arkansas Gravestones Photos

I received a reply on my post about Mattie Belle Peters on the Lawrence County GenForum. Peggy, the person who replied to me, told me about a Lyon family in the Minturn Cemetery in Lawrence County. I am so excited!

This is on the Arkansas Gravestones Photos web site.

Minturn Cemetery
Lawrence County, Arkansas

Mary daughter of E.E. and H.C. Lyon 1 Jan 1871-18 Dec 1889
William son of W.E. and M.B. Lyon 14 Nov 1882-30 Aug 1902

E. E. and H. C. Lyon are Edward E and H. Cordelia Lyon, my great-grandfather's (William E.) parents, my great-great grandparents. The Lyon's are from Indiana.

I found Edward, Cordelia and their children on some Indiana census records and then they disappeared. Of course, I knew my great-grandfather moved to Arkansas. What a surprise! His parents and family moved to Arkansas, too. Now, I'll have to look into some history to find a possible reason why the family moved to Arkansas.

I'm posting a link to this Arkansas Gravestones Photos website to my Genealogy Resources - United States web page, too. Volunteers take photos of the head stones and post the photos and information to the web site.

I hope this web site will be as helpful to you as it has been for me.

September 04, 2009

Genealogy Resources web page

I added a Genealogy Resources web page to my web site. On this web page is links to new web pages for United States, Canada, Northern Ireland and DNA. These are web sites that have been helpful in my research and may be helpful to you, too. I will be adding more links and categories to these web pages. Have fun!

August 30, 2009

Genealogy Message Boards

It's been a few years since I posted messages searching for my great-grandmother, Mattie Belle Peters. I posted my message on Ancestry's Lawrence County, Arkansas message board and GenForum's Lawrence County, Arkansas. Never know which message board a distant cousin might be reading. Hope I find a connection or possible suggestion on where to search next.

August 18, 2009

Phyllis' Family Genealogy

I just updated many genealogy links on my Family Genealogy web page. This is for the United States, Canada, Ireland and more. I also updated the Books section, too. Happy Hunting! More updates and helpful information to come.