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    This is the primary site that I use. They do have actual copies of some of the census data online. A huge warning when using this site: There are often huge errors in their transcriptions. Obviously, they do the best they can but they make a lot of mistakes. When looking for someone named "ling," I found the data listed as "kmng." It was a typo. Also, they often confuse the letter "T" with "G" and that makes searching for obscure last names difficult. Try and make use of the * search feature. If you are looking for someone whose last name is Washington and you cannot find them, try searching "*ashington" or "Washing*."
    Good tips! I think LDS has random volunteers transcribing the documents, which is not so great, especially if they have problems typing! Is there a way to report that so it can be fixed?

    With FamilySearch, I find that the more info you have, as far as dates, locations, spouse names, the better the results are. Just a name won't bring back much, especially if there's a variation or error like the one you mentioned. I've found several records under names that barely resembled the one I searched for because I had the other data right. With Ancestry, I often get almost the same search results with just a name and their search seems to take those variations and errors into account.

    I've been using both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and find that they're both useful. Ancestry has pretty much every census record available, not just the data, while FS has documents that Ancestry just has the data on (vs. an image).
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    We had my stepmom's 90th birthday celebration this past week in Fl.
    The book I presented her with was the biggest hit.
    She, as well as everyone else, absolutely loved it.
    Thanks again to Critical, and everyone else on here who provided some great suggestions to me.
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    *BUMP* Since the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? just started, I thought I'd get this thread going again!

    Quote Originally Posted by RealityLovesMe View Post
    Wow! Mocavo is great!
    Sadly, I just went to use mocavo the other day and they now want you to register to view past page one of the search results AND they now want you to pay what sounds just like what they used to do for free. Not cool!

    I also just re-learned a really important lesson. I went to look at a ship's passenger list image that I saved a while back and the quality wasn't good. I couldn't even read it when I zoomed in. Because I didn't note where I found it, I'm having to go search for it all over again and it's not turning out to be an easy search either! Who knows where I found this thing in the first place, but it's going to take me ages to find it again. Note to self: take the time to add the image to Family Tree Maker and cite the source immediately! ARGH.
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    Well, for anyone with ancestors in Wyoming, here's great news. The Wyoming Archives are SUPER fast! I contacted them for a death certificate over the weekend and they have already contacted me twice and are mailing it to me free of charge. I wish all state archives were that efficient and affordable! This is probably the only time I'll need help from them, but I wish I had more ancestors in WY. It would make things much easier.

    I did find that Missouri has a bunch of birth and death records digitized and available for free. I wish Iowa (and several other states) did that too!

    I revisited Cyndi's List this weekend and was surprised at how much it's grown since I last used it! It's now a HUGE catalog of various genealogical sources. It's a bit labyrinthine, but I found some sites that are now on my list to check out. There are many sites listed that do not require a paid subscription, so it's great for anyone who doesn't want to pay for Ancestry.com.
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    This is a cool article on HuffPo by an author who just wrote a book on genealogical research (which I just realized I've owned for months and haven't even looked at ) There are some good tips about diving into family history research in the slideshow:
    Megan Smolenyak: Unexpected Ways To Find Your Ancestors
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