Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Family Search Computer Problems

I am very frustrated, and think someone might be in a position to help, at least understand the problem.
The Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] has digitized and indexed millions of records which is a wonderful thing.
What is not so wonderful is that these names are being bulk merged by computer to existing family lines and more often than not, fouling them up.  I am suddenly finding names attached to my family lines that are in a completely different geographical area than where my family lived, and with dates and other information that is clearly not theirs.
My concern is that information cannot and should not be merged by computer.  I have worked hard and carefully, paying attention to sources etc. and now to have my data corrupted by computer merges is very unsettling.
I wonder if those who okayed this merging are aware of the problems it is causing.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

America's Top Ten Genealogical Repositories

   Library of Congress (LC), Local History and Genealogy Reading Room. This part of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, includes 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and books. It is strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. See the website at and the FamilySearch Wiki article at
   National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NARA, located in Washington, DC, has census records, pre-WW1 military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, and prison records. See the Wiki article at The NARA also has about a dozen regional centers. For locations, see
       Family History Library (FHL). The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has 450 computers, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books, and a collection of microfilmed records such as civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records. See the Wiki article at The library has over 4500 branches called family history centers located worldwide. Search for a center at
  Allen County Public Library (ACPL). The Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana has a premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, Canadian, British, and German collections. It is the home of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). See the Wiki articles at and
   New York Public Library (NYPL). The Genealogy Division of the library has an outstanding collection of American history, international genealogy and heraldry, the Dorot Jewish collection, photos, and New York censuses, directories, and vital records. See the Wiki article at
  New England History Genealogical Society (NEHGS). The society, located in Boston but national in scope, includes a 100 million name database, vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts, with emphasis on New England and New York since the 1600s. See the Wiki article at
       Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center. This library in Independence, Missouri, contains national censuses and indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers. See the Wiki article at
   Dallas Public Central Library. This library has 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps. It includes state and county marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form and microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases. See the Wiki article at
              Newberry Library. The Newberry Library, located in Chicago, has genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and British Isles. See the website at
          Sutro Library. This library, located in San Francisco, has 150,000 books, 65,000 microforms, 40,000 state, county, or town histories, 10,000 genealogies, rare books and manuscripts, indexes, guides, and databases on genealogy and California history. See the website at