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and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – and FamilySearch International (online at, the two largest providers of family history resources,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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Virtual Genealogy Fair-- U.S. National Archives

The U.S. National Archives is offering a virtual genealogy fair on September 3rd & 4th. Details are here, including the schedule and handouts that help you learn about how to use the collections at NARA:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Ancestry free weekend for Immigration Files!

Ancestry: "Follow their path beyond America and back to their homelands with FREE ACCESS to our international collections of immigration and travel records through Labor Day. "

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Brick Walls

WayneGenWeb has been quiet this summer. POST your brick walls so we can help you.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Facebook Genealogy Sites, a list by Katherine R. Willson

Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, MI is a highly acclaimed and professionally trained national public speaker. She gives keynote addresses and conference presentations, facilitates workshops and conducts training on the topics of genealogy, art and military family support. You can find her latest list on her website at:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Vital Records

There has been a big uptick in people asking for help in obtaining Death Certificates since Family Search put out the new index. Click here for information.

Ontario Cemetery Index -- OGS

Have any ancestors that came from Canada? Try the Ontario Cemetery Index.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

If you have a family member who served in World War II, this is the perfect time to add them to the Registry.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Free Military Records -- Memorial Day Weekend

Free Mililtary records for Memorial Day Weekend, spend the time reflecting on what your ancestors have done for you while you do your research. Find your military heroes for free! FINDMYPAST and ANCESTRY MILITARY

Friday, May 10, 2013

Detroit Free Press Online Index

Looking for some information in the news? Try searching the Detroit Free Press Online Index. CLICK HERE In addition, here is a WIKI list of all digitized newspapers.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Michigan Death Index 1921-1952

If you are looking for a Michigan ancestor, the Name index and death records from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics in Lansing has come online. I helped index this one. 1921-1952 CLICK HERE.

Friday, April 19, 2013

PBS Genealogy Road Show

READ THIS! ---I am a producer working on a great new series for PBS called "Genealogy Roadshow." Like "Antiques Roadshow" this series will have a team of experts traveling all over the country. Instead of helping people learn the history of their family heirlooms, these experts will help people learn their own family history. We are looking for people in Detroit and the surrounding areas who believe that they may be tied to our rich American history in some way or maybe reunite families with long lost relatives and answer questions about their past, their history and their lineage. I came across your organization in my research and wanted to reach out to you in hopes that you would be willing to pass my information along to your community. Perhaps you or someone involved in your organization would be interested in our show? If so, you can email me directly at I am attaching a flyer with more specifics that I hope you will share with your community. One thing we all have in common is that we have a family history. We want to meet people who have questions about theirs!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cyndi's List

We are now on Cyndi's List! Click here to view it: CYNDI'S LIST

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fort Wayne Public Library

Everyone knows that the Fort Wayne Public Library,Indiana is a good resource for working on your family tree. If you have never been there, take a look at this new .pdf file to see what they have to offer! The Genealogist's Unofficial One-Stop Guide to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center © 2013 Harold Henderson, CGsm Additions, corrections, and comments welcome: FORT WAYNE GENEALOGY

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from all the volunteers at the MiGenWeb Project. Remember the old Russian proverb, "We live as long as we are remembered". Honor the ancestors by starting your family tree today!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Detroit Research on Facebook

Looking for some help? Try this facebook page: Detroit Genealogy Also, here is a list of some of the new Facebook pages for genealogy: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Michigan Marriage Index

Now online at! CLICK HERE. This Collection will include records from 1868 to 1925. Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses, applications, records, registers, and certificates. The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records. The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.. An 1805 law required registration of marriages with the clerk of the local district court. In 1867 an additional law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar. A very high percentage of marriages that took place in Michigan were recorded by civil authorities. Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred. Counties in Michigan recorded marriages to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Michigan Genealogy on Facebook

Check out this Facebook page on Michigan Genealogy, it is run by Family Search. MICHIGAN GENEALOGY ON FACEBOOK

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Google Newspaper Archives

My motto is, "Leave no stone unturned" when working on the family tree. Try google newspaper archives for your surnames at GOOGLE NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The History of Detroit and Michigan--free eBook

The History of Detroit and Michigan: Or, the Metropolis Illustrated ; a Chronological Cyclopaedia of the Past and Present, Including a Full Record of Territorial Days in Michigan, and the Annals of Wayne County is available as a free eBook on google.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Are you on Facebook? Lots of good genealogy groups are now on Facebook, try this one next: RootsWeb genealogists.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

National Archives Transcription Pilot Project

The National Archives now has a new pilot transcription project. Volunteers can help transcribe important genealogical information held by the Archives. For more information CLICK HERE

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Book of Detroiters 1914

The book of Detroiters: a biographical dictionary of leading living men of the City of Detroit 1914. edited by Albert Nelson Marquis is available as a FREE EBOOK on Google books. CLICK HERE

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


The volunteers of the Michigan GenWeb and WayneGenWeb would like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013! We are always open and you are always welcome. We are so hoping to get some comments this year. :-)