Saturday, December 24, 2011

Texas Round-UP

We worked hard on getting new data online on as many of our Texas sites as we could. Keep your eye on our sites in the coming days at to view the new data as it gets formatted for online viewing.

I'd like to give a shout-out to our Top 3 G.T. host data contributors:

1) Marla Zwakman- who sent in something for almost every county.
2) Barb Ziegenmeyer- sent in many new vital records
3) Veneta McKinney- for doing all the confederate pensions lists

And bunches of thanks to Therman Kellar, Peggy Thompson and Anna Newell for their MANY contributions as well!

Merry Christmas!

From all of our Genealogy Trails Hosts to family researchers everywhere - 
Merry Christmas!

Wishing everybody "Happy Trails" for the New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Small Towns"

"The small town rules America, because instead of being a place of hotels, restaurants and amusements, it is a place for normal living — where men walk home to lunch from their place of business and mow their own front lawns and weed their backyard gardens and bid their neighbors across either fence the time of day; where they not only live in today, but remember yesterday and plan for tomorrow; where families and communities retain, cherish and transmit traditions, there beats the heart of America"
(Dodge County, MN "Star", February 08, 1922)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Now working on....

TEXAS!   Watch our Texas websites at  for new data coming soon. 
And please feel free to help us build these sites by sending in your own data!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Really... Family Tree Magazine???

How many more times will Family Tree Magazine continue to ignore the existence of Genealogy Trails?  We've been online since 2006 and have over one hundred thousand webpages of FREE data online.  We're 26th on the list of the 50 most popular websites for 2011, the 3rd year in a row we've made Progenealogist's list. 
At some point, FTMag is going to look like real idiots for choosing to not alert their readers to all the data we have available.  Just sayin....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another free site gone...

Sorry to see the end of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness...    It was a nice concept, though I don't know how well it actually worked in practice.  I remember using them 3 times, and had 1 fantastic volunteer who found a gravesite for me, even providing pictures - but then had two complete, and very frustrating, duds...  One volunteer strung me along for weeks promising to get to the courthouse, but finally said she just wasn't going to do it.  
RAOGK's demise follows the recent shut down of in September, the organization that provided server space to many volunteer projects.  
Heads up researchers --- Free sites are disappearing fast , so researchers need to support the remaining free volunteer projects!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ireland - Did you know....

In honor of my upcoming trip to Ireland:
Did you know that Ireland will grant U.S. citizens dual citizenship if your grandparent was born there?  Anyone born outside Ireland who has a grandparent who was born in Ireland may become an Irish citizen.
You'll need some back-up records --- your grandparent's Irish birth certificate,  your grandparents' marriage record and another piece of identification such as a certified death record or copy of passport, whether U.S. or Irish.
And you'll need ID too, and a form, and of course, $$$.   (google "Irish dual citizenship" for exact procedures)  And once that whole process is complete (can take up to a year), you can then apply for an Irish passport.  Why?  Because it's good throughout the whole EU - which means no long waits in the customs lines.  If you travel a lot, you know what that means. 
Or the nicer thought is this is a lovely way to honor your grandparent.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Working On ....

We're working on adding data to Louisiana websites.
Check out all the new updates at

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Looking for a Reason to Join Our Transcription Team?

Just in case you were looking for a good reason to join our Team of Transcribers, the recent experience of Ron Cruikshank, one of our Transcription Team Members, may help persuade you.
Ron was typing up a spreadsheet of Ohio World War 1 Soldiers when he noticed a surname which looked familiar.  Sure enough, Carl C. Courtney, Private from Donaville, turned out to be in his line... a 2nd cousin of his grandmothers'.    If he hadn't volunteered to give back to the genealogy world by helping us transcribe, there's no telling how much longer it would have taken him to find this 2nd cousin!
We can't guarantee you the same type of success that Ron had, but your chances are definitely improved the more data sources you have access to.  Who knows? Maybe we will be featuring YOUR success story here  :-)
Contact our Team Leader Linda Rodriguez at to join us!

[And look for the whole list of WW1 Soldiers to show up soon at our Ohio site.]

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Soldier Headstones

Did You Know?
"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death." (Source: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

They've been providing grave markers for many years, going back to at least the Civil War era.  And the government has kept track of where every single one of those grave markers ended up.  From those records, our group is working on transcribing the thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of names of VETERANS who received government headstones ... up to the Spanish American War.  The majority of the names are Civil War soldiers, but there are a few War of 1812 soldiers in these records as well.

We have all of the surnames starting with A, B, C, E, I, J, Q, X, Y, and Z names online at  and more coming every day.    Information usually included is name, rank, regiment, name of cemetery and location, along with a death date when available.  These are from the government's own records and you won't find them transcribed online anywhere else, but Genealogy Trails.
Visit soon to find YOUR veteran....

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to Genealogy Trails

We're always working on something new at Genealogy Trails.  
This week, our group is working on transcribing data for the state of Idaho.  
Watch for the new data at