News from the Archives has added 11 new databases, many of which are specific to the Oklahoma Indian Record Collection that are very helpful if your ancestral connections lead to the Five Civilized Tribes. Some of the databases are fully indexed, some are just images that are browseable. Some of the dates go back to 1850. Some dates are as current as 1937. Even if you do not have a connection to the Five Civilized Tribes, some of the data may help you if your ancestors were possibly involved in the Oklahoma Land Rush era between 1889 to 1926. One of the files in general also covers Indian Treaties from 1722 to 1869.

GenealogyBank has added 39 newspaper titles from 20 U.S. states totalling 3 million more records. Visit their Newspaper Titles page for the complete list.

The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) created by the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center has long been a very useful research resource. In February, Findmypast added PERSI to their site. Part of the agreement allowing them to do that included digitizing the indexed articles. A recent post at The Ancestry Insider notes that they already have significant collection of historical articles (where the copyright has expired). You will need a Findmypast subscription to view the articles, but searching PERSI is open to all. Learn more at Findmypast.

Getting Organized

Need help? Check out Organizing Your Family History for some great practical advice. Here’s one very good suggestion …

But if you snatch little pockets of time to catch up on your organizing, you can make great strides. For example, 15 minutes spent on filing unfiled genealogy documents (either electronic or paper) is time well spent. It allows you to familiarize yourself with your documents and the holes you have in your research. It makes you feel more in control. You can get rid of any duplicates you come across. And, of course, it helps you find what you need when you’re looking for something, because documents are where they’re supposed to be.

The Purposeful Family Historian

The Purposeful Family Historian

Book Description:

Family history is more than just a quest for filling out the family tree. It is an experience which is founded on purpose.

What drives us to dabble in family history research? Is it because we love history? We love our family? We’re crazy masochistic introverts who love spending long hours banging our heads against the keyboard when we run into brick walls? It’s because we we feel, deep within us, a sense of purpose calling us to be the story-keeper for our ancestors.

Using research from multiple disciplines ranging from psychology and self-improvement to project management and business skills, this book guides you toward identifying the sense of purpose which called you to family history and leverage it to have more fruitful and meaningful research time.

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National Archives is hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair!

Join for us three days genealogy! All of our lectures will be broadcast live via YouTube with captioning on StreamText.

On October 28, 29, and 30, genealogy experts from National Archives facilities around the nation and special guests from the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services,, and FamilySearch will discuss topics ranging from preserving your own personal records to American Indian records.

Best of all, you do not need to get out of bed! The lectures will broadcast live on our National Archives YouTube channel and the handouts and presentations will be available to download at our Virtual Genealogy Fair homepage:

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Have a question for our experts? No problem! Simply ask during the lectures using Twitter and the hashtag #GenFair2014 and we’ll have a dedicated question and answer time at the end of each lecture!

So gather your grandmother’s photos, pop some popcorn, and check out the Virtual Genealogy Fair schedule at and tune in starting at 10 a.m. EDT next week!