December 17, 2011

The 1940 United States Census Indexing Project

A genealogy volunteer opportunity. We can index a page, a set of pages, a neighborhood or a city from the 1940 census. We can download the software and pick a project now. The census will become available in April 2012. I'm going to volunteer to index at least two pages. The pages that show where my parents were living as small children in 1940.

December 15, 2011

RootsWeb - Social Security Death Index no longer available

RootsWeb has removed their free Social Security Death Index. Per the note, you can access the fee required SSDI at

Good news! We can still access the Social Security Death Index for free at

December 13, 2011

Find A Grave - Elsie Lyon Ward

A volunteer that maintained my Gramma's memorial became ill. I sent an e-mail to Find A Grave and they gave me maintenance responsibility for her memorial. Elsie Mae Lyon Ward. I updated her birth and death information.

September 12, 2011

Time Goes By

I was really surprised to see it's been almost a year since I posted anything. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Homework takes up a lot of time. Fall quarter will be starting soon and it's my last quarter. I will be looking full-time for a job, but I think I will have some time for genealogy research.

During this break, I've been trying to catch-up on household chores, home maintenance and gardening. Yesterday and today, I have been updating my web site a little bit. I am way behind on it, too. If you haven't been there for a while, please check it out. Maybe you'll find a helpful link or maybe find we are distantly related.

While, I'm here, I will mention Find A Grave. A lot of volunteers post cemetery records and many more volunteers will gladly take photos of headstones and post them. Volunteers have helped me and I've decided I will help, too. I'm starting with my family in the area and then I'll volunteer to help other genealogists searching for their ancestors in this area.

After Fall Quarter, I will be back and posting regularly.