Saturday, December 29, 2012 last day for free look-see! still has the FREE 2012 additions free today---

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

These indexes are free on Ancestry till Dec 29, 2012

CLICK HERE: Free Access Collections Occupation & Education California Railroad Employment Records (1862-1937)-- London, England, School Admissions and Discharges (1840-1911)-- U.S. World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files (1942-1948)-- Census 1940 United States Federal Census-- 1892 New York State Census-- Early Vital Records Pennsylvania Church and Town Records (1708-1985)-- Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988-- Special Collections U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns From Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1866-1916-- Galveston, Texas, Jewish Immigration Records (1901-1917)-- International Records London, England, Land Tax Records (1692-1932)-- UK and Ireland Masters and Mates Certificates (1850-1927)-- New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842-- Canada Voters Lists (1935-1980)-- New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930-- Birth, Marriage & Death Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms (1813-1911)-- Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials (1813-1986)-- Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns (1754-1936)-- Washington Marriage Records (1865-2004)-- Military Records Canada Nominal Rolls and Pay Lists for the Volunteer Militia (1857-1922)-- U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls (1798-1958)-- U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms (1928-1962)-- U.S. Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries (1862-1960)-- Arrivals & Border Crossings U.S. Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada (1922-1954)-- Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists (1820-1873 and 1893-1959)-- Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S. (1895-1954)-- Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S. (1895-1957)-- Naturalization & Immigration Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry (1893-1909)-- New York Naturalization Records (1897-1944)-- Military Pensions War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index (1812-1815)-- U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958--

Monday, December 24, 2012


The volunteers of the Michigan GenWeb and WayneGenWeb would like to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are always open and you are always welcome.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wayne Message Board

Are you posting to our message boards? We need knowledgable people who can help answer questions! HERE IS THE LINK.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

RAF Museum to digitise thousands of World War I archive records for 1914-18 centenary

The RAF Museum’s plans to develop a major exhibition at its London site to coincide with the 2014-2019 commemoration of the centenary of the First World War received a boost today with news of funding for a major digitisation project. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Color does Matter | RootDig

Read this blog post and tell me what you think. I have my grandfather's birth certificate, a very colorful and beautiful original. In B&W the details just do not stand out. It's hard to explain why until you read this new posting on RootDig.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Database of Virginia Slave Names

This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DATABASE

Friday, November 30, 2012

PolishOrigins and the tour Blogs

I find this Zenon and his website interesting. He has a unique tour of Poland, instead of the usual tourist places, he helps you find your ancestral roots. Afterwards, he posts a blog about the trip written by the people themselves. Here is the latest, called A TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Port of Detroit Arrivals 1906-1954 INDEX

New online at!!! Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 This is an alphabetical card file manifest of individuals entering the United States through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954. The Tunnel, the Ambassador Bridge and various ferries. Includes a few records of persons entering at Port Huron, Sault St. Marie, and other Michigan ports. Corresponds to NARA Publication M1478: Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954. CLICK HERE

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Family Tree Magazine

When you visit your local public library, do you stop and view their genealogy periodicals? I always find something interesting and new in all of them! The magazines also have websites, I check FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE to see what is new. They are also getting into the Christmas spirit with some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. Click here for details.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from the Volunteers at WayneGenWeb!

Take a moment on this Thanksgiving to thank your ancestors for all they have done to make YOU the person you are today! Detroit was settled in 1701. We have the second oldest running parish in the nation, St. Anne's Catholic Church. This is our home: Detroit. Our beloved ones are buried in its soil. Our children sprang from it. We are soil of this soil. Our streets are touched with sacred memories and traditions. Our dreams of a finer life to come are a hallowed heritage. As was written on the seal of the city when we were in ashes: "We hope for better days"........Malcolm W. Bingay from his book "Detroit is my Hometown" pg. 20 HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AT MiGenWeb, WayneGenWeb and USGenWeb! WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN, AND YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Irish Emigration Database

There are currently in excess of 33,000 documents on IED and fresh material is being added at regular intervals. Material is divided by type into thirteen classifications. However, one can identify essentially three types of material. Documents created by private individuals including letters, diaries and journals written by migrants as well as other letters throwing light on emigration. Newspaper material includes advertisements for emigrant shipping, reports concerning the progress of emigrant shipping and extracted reports relating to emigration in general. Births, deaths and marriages of those overseas are also to be found in newspapers. Official and government papers include material extracted from reports and enquiries, the record of parliamentary debates contained in Hansard and official statistics. SEARCH THE IED

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Consolidated Jewish Surname Index

Have you used the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index? Some databases assure that the surname was borne by Jews. They are designated with a green bullet () preceding its description. Some databases are predominantly Jewish but may contain some Christian surnames. They are designated with a yellow bullet () preceding the description. Others are known to contain a significant number of Christian surnames. They are designated with a red bullet () preceding the description. Access to these 42 different databases varies. Some are immediately accessible on the Internet, some are published books, others are on microfiche. For those databases mentioned that are available on microfiche, each of the Jewish genealogical societies throughout the world have copies of the fiche and make them available to members at no cost. Because the databases in book form are valuable research tools, many societies have copies of these books, also. Also check with large local libraries who may have copies of the books in their reference section. Finally, almost all of the books and all microfiche are available for purchase through Avotaynu. Consolidated Jewish Surname Index.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Canada's Globe and Mail now Available on ProQuest Historical Newspapers

I have been helping index the Detroit Death Records for So many of these citizens list their birth place as Canada. Proquest will now include the Globe and Mail Newspaper. You can find this database at many Public Libraries. October 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- ProQuest and The Globe and Mail will streamline research of Canadian life and history by making the complete works of Canada’s “newspaper of record” accessible in the powerful ProQuest digital research environment. As part of ProQuest’s Historical Newspaper collection, the archive of The Globe and Mail will be cross-searchable with a worldwide selection of both major and specialty newspapers – from The New York Times and The Guardian to the Chicago Defender and the Jerusalem Post – significantly enhancing productivity and efficiency of researchers and journalists exploring historical events.

National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. HISTORIC AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Townships in Wayne County

Brownstown Charter Township-- Canton Charter Township-- Grosse Ile Township-- Huron Charter Township-- Northville Charter Township-- Plymouth Charter Township-- Redford Charter Township-- Sumpter Township-- Van Buren Charter Township--

Cities in Wayne County

Allen Park, Belleville, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Detroit, Ecorse, Flat Rock,--- (partially in Monroe County) Garden City, Gibraltar, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores,--- (partially in Macomb County) Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Melvindale, Northville,--- (partially in Oakland County) Plymouth, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Wayne, Westland, Woodhaven, Wyandotte

Google Books

Have you met your brick wall yet? This is the place where you just cannot find any information on an ancestor. Before you give up, try Google Books. Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on GOOGLE BOOKS. If you have any success, we would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to be sold for $1.6 billion, the online genealogy site, agreed Monday (Oct 22) to be purchased by Permira, a European private equity firm, for $1.6 billion. You can read the whole story here: ANCESTRY SOLD

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Detroit City Directory 1929

Looking for a free Detroit City Directory online? There are some on google for the 19th century. If you need something from the 20th century, the only free one available is 1929 available here from the UM: DETROIT CITY DIRECTORY 1929

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Woodmere Cemetery Index

Information given includes the deceased's name, birth place, late residence, date of birth, age, date of death, date of burial, cause of death, undertaker, grave location, and any remarks that were noted in the cemetery's files. Late residence is where the person died, not necessarily where the person lived. There are some blanks when the information was not furnished. Spellings, punctuation, etc. are as they occur in the records. Currently, over 190,000 names have been entered. There is no more information available than what is given here. To search the database, please enter at least 2 characters of the last name of the person you are looking for below. The first name field is optional. When you are finished, click on the search button to the right of the text box. Your results will display in the frame below. Please note that you are allowed only 10 searches per day. The years 1868-2004 are complete. Woodmere Cemetery Index

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Detroit 2025

This is off-topic, but I found this article so interesting! It is from Popular Mechanics, and it's about the comeback of Detroit. Shows some good concepts of what Detroit could be and will be with some great designs. Check it out. POPULAR MECHANICS

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wayne Message Board

Looking for some help with your genealogical questions in regards to Wayne County, Michigan? Try our Wayne Message Board.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Preserve the Pensions

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the National Archives and Records Adminsitration (NARA), and the genealogical community have undertaken a monumental project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files—a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of a war which has been called our nation's "Second War of Independence." These images will be available to genealogy researcers and the public for free. Some of this index is now done and can be viewed on Fold3.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

If you think you may have royal connections it’s worth checking out the Royal Household Staff 1526-1924 records on Simply go to the ‘Search records’ option at the top of the homepage and select ‘Institutions & organisations’. Scroll down until you see ‘Monarchy & royal families’. The records of the Royal Household – which number about 75,000 – will cost you 10 credits per view. Search for free - you'll only need to pay to view original records and transcripts.


Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool. If you have a collection of funeral cards, start an account and add your relatives. It's easy and a great way to share. There is also a "New Kid on the Block" called Billion Graves. I haven't tried it yet but they are now indexed on

1940 Census

Has anyone found any genealogical gems on the newly indexed 1940 U.S. Census?