Monday, July 28, 2014

Collections Indexed at Family Search

If you are wondering what has been indexed for Michigan at Family Search, take a look at the Collections Indexed. Click here to see the list. Presently there are 13 indexed collections for Michigan. They are working on the Herrick Obituary Index, so that one should be next.
 Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995
 Michigan, Births, 1867-1902
 Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935
 Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952
 Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996
 Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995
 Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897
 Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954
 Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995
 Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995 1,908,148
 Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 1,533,863
 Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 Michigan, State Census, 1894

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colorized Historical Photographs--Better than ever!

Have you noticed this new trend of colorized historical photography? Black and white photos have always been colorized, my great-grandfather ran a Photography Studio in Erie, Pennsylvania. He would take the photos downtown and have someone tint them. This was the beginning of a trend that is still being done to this day. I am loving all the famous photos I see online that have been colorized by experts. CLICK HERE to see some great ones!
The pictured photo is from Louisville, Kentucky, 1937 (Photo credit: Sanna Dullaway) Ready to try and colorize your old black and white family photos? Go to Youtube, they have many tutorials available to get you started.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wayne County Message Board

Got a question? Try asking the helpful folks on the Wayne County Message Board! CLICK HERE

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wanderlust Polska 2014

Your webmaster for WayneGenWeb spent 3 weeks in Poland on a Genealogical Research Project. The company she hired for guides and translation services was Polish Origins. Please point your browser here to read the daily blog of her travels: Polish Origins

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sketchbook by Roz Chast

SKETCHBOOK BY ROZ CHAST Roz Chast, a New Yorker cartoonist since 1978, is the author of the graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” which will be published in May. Read an excerpt, it's brilliant.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ancestry --Favorite International Collections free till December 29

A public service announcement to those who don't have an Ancestry World Explorer subscription: Ancestry is offering free access to their "favorite international collections," including their Canadian records, from now through December 29.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Press Release: and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – and FamilySearch International (online at, the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault. The access to the global collection of records marks a major investment in international content as continues to invest in expanding family history interest in its current markets and worldwide. expects to invest more than $60 million over the next five years in the project alongside thousands of hours of volunteer efforts facilitated by FamilySearch. “This agreement sets a path for the future for and FamilySearch to increasingly share international sets of records more collaboratively,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of “A significant part of our vision for family history is helping provide a rich, engaging experience on a global scale. We are excited about the opportunities it will bring to help benefit the family history community and look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch to identify other opportunities to help people discover and share their family history.” The organizations will also be looking at other ways to share content across the two organizations. Both organizations expect to add to the already digitized records shared across the two websites in addition to new record projects to be completed over the next five years. "We are excited to work with on a vision we both share," said Dennis Brimhall, President of FamilySearch. "Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family's history." This marks a groundbreaking agreement between the two services. But the two organizations aren’t strangers to working with each other; hundreds of millions of records have already been shared and are available on and The companies also announced in early 2013 an additional project where they plan to publish 140 million U.S. Wills & Probate images and indexes over the next three years—creating a national database of wills and other probate documents spanning 1800-1930 online for the very first time.