Research support for the family historian

Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress. (via Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques - Kindle edition by George G. Morgan, Drew Smith. Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.)

Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress. (via Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques - Kindle edition by George G. Morgan, Drew Smith. Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.)

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Researching WWII-era Ships

My father and uncle served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during and after World War II. Not military and not quite civilians, researching the people who served aboard the merchant ships that supplied the fighters at the fronts can be a challenge. I just found a very useful instruction sheet written by Theron P. Snell describing where and how to locate information on specific ships. Unfortunately, this page was lost in the demise of GeoCities, but thanks to the Wayback Machine at Internet Archives, we can still take advantage of Mr. Snell’s notes.

HAVE SHIP, NEED INFORMATION: How to research the history of a World War II era ship by Theron P. Snell

Find A Grave

Sample Find A Grave page

Find A Grave is another crowd-sourced cemetery resource. Each of the cemeteries and grave entries has been posted by members. It is possible to request photos of grave markers via the site and members living near the location will often take and post those markers for you. The site is free to use.

Billion Graves is an effort to photograph and document every cemetery in the world. The News Feed on the home page is constantly updating with the latest additions to the site. You can freely search the site to see if you can’t find the graves of your own ancestors.