Sunday, October 27, 2013

West Virginia Vital Records Online

Marriage Record Search - West Virginia Division of Culture and History Website
If you have West Virginia ancestors, try searching West Virginia vital records using the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Website at Their collections are easy to search, and results are displayed in chronological order by county name, making it easy to quickly scan search results.

Index entries are linked directly to JPG images that you can view and download. Each collection (birth, marriage, and death records) has its own search page that includes a county-by-county listing of what years are included. Since there are often gaps in record coverage, this information may be particularly helpful if you do not find a record for your ancestor.

For help finding your West Virginia ancestors, stop by the Family History Center soon!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"LIfe Sketch" at FamilySearch Family Tree

There's something new in the Family Tree at A feature announced this week is called "Life Sketch," and it's found at the top of the Person Record. It's a place for a narrative of your ancestor's life, to go along with Photos, Documents, Stories and historical records (Sources).

The photos and stories that you add to your ancestors' records at show up in Google searches now, too. When you digitize your photos and add them to the FamilySearch Family Tree, you not only protect them from being lost or destroyed, but you also make it possible for relatives you've never met to discover and treasure them, too.

For help with Photos, Stories, and the Life Sketch feature at, stop by the Family History Center!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Italian Genealogical Group's Index to NYC births, marriages and deaths - much more than Italian names!

Volunteers from the Italian Genealogical Group have indexed millions of New York City births, marriages and deaths (and they didn't limit their efforts to Italian names!). Not all records have been indexed for all years, and the project is on-going, so check back if you don't find what you're looking for.  Each record type has its own search page that explains what that particular database covers (years, boroughs, etc.).  

Italian Genealogical Group - Database Search Screen
Go to the Italian Genealogical Group website at, click on [+] Database Searches, then select a collection and enter basic search criteria.  If it's a unique surname, start there. If you find your ancestor listed, then request the original certificate using Family History Library microfilm or the Photoduplication Request process. Remember that many immigrant families paused briefly in New York City on their way to other parts of the United States.

To learn more about locating New York City vital records using the Italian Genealogical Group web site in combination with, stop by the Family History Center.