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Genealogy treasure trove of learning opportunities at BYU

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on April 14th, 2017

In your search for new genealogy education, don’t forget to take a look at the resources offered at the Brigham Young University Family History Library – you can find the website here.

BYU provides free webinars every month around different genealogy topics.  They also maintain a Youtube channel of hundreds of past genealogy focused webinars.  To access the past webinars simply go to Youtube ( and search for “Brigham Young University Family History Library”.  Topics cover a very wide spectrum from “The Ultimate Brick Wall Busters” to “Fun Ways to Write a Life Story”.

The website also has a very rich and detailed list of genealogy websites across the web – you can find the list here   Some of the resources identified on this list require a BYU password but many are free and accessible to all.

I particularly enjoyed the list of map resources which led me to Old Maps Online ( If you have ever taken a beginning genealogy class from me you’ll know that one of the first resources I tell you to find are historical maps from the locations you are planning to research.  Old Maps Online seems to be a good place to start that search – happy research!

The British in India – genealogy database

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on April 7th, 2017

I discovered an interesting genealogy database recently.  My great-grandfather lived in India in the 1840’s and I was doing some research about his life.  I found a free site called “The India Office Family History Search”.  You can find the website here.

The information in the database is “taken from a card index …available only at the British Library.  The card index was compiled by members of staff at the India Office Records from the mid-1970s on to meet the growing interest in genealogy.”

The India Office Records is the custodian of the archives of the: East India Company (1600-1858); the Board of Control (1784-1858); the India Office (1858-1947); and the Burma Office (1937-1948).

“The collection contain much information of interest to family historians, mainly relating to European and Eurasian people. There are biographical sources for official and non-official inhabitants of the many overseas areas where the East India Company and India Office had influence, and also for home staff based in Britain.”

The records include details for: civil servants, military personnel, mariners, medical staff, chaplains, railway workers, law officers, and non-official inhabitants such as merchants and planters, free mariners, and missionaries.  Included are: 300,000 births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office records; biographical notes from a variety of sources for mainly British and European people in India c.1600-1949; and for people in other countries connected with the history of the British in India.

It can be difficult to find early records of Americans in foreign lands and, because this database is focused more on the British in India, I did not have any luck with it.  However, it looks like a good resource so I thought I would pass it on – happy research!


This week’s recommendation – Genealogy Gems!

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on March 31st, 2017

For those of you interested in genealogy blogs, I would recommend reading Lisa Louis Cooke’s blog found here.  She has regular updates about new resources available online for genealogists (in her most recent blog she mentions a new app titled Remembering WW1 that will be helpful to many genealogists) and she identifies updates to already existing databases, many of which are available for free at  If you are more oriented to audio learning, she also records regular genealogy podcasts.  You can pay for a premium membership to get access to more resources but she provides so many free resources I would start there.  For those who are new to genealogy her website also provides some great beginner guides.  Happy research!


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