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The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.

November 21, 2014

Follow Friday: Ancestoring: Word Lists

Michele Simmons Lewis writes a wonderful blog called "Ancestoring." She writes about general and specific genealogy topics as well as about her finds with her own family. She is also an employee for Legacy Family Tree and often writes about great ways to use that software.

This week she wrote about word lists. You can access it here.  These word lists are from wiki at familysearch.org and give you all in one place the words you might encounter with foreign vital records. What's great about her article is she has links to the various foreign language lists all in one place.

Check out her blog post.

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November 2, 2014

Searching Ancestry for Free!

This past week, Ancestry.com had a wonderful article, "Ten Free Data Collections to Get You Started With Your Family History" on their blog written by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, listing the databases that can be searched for free.  All you need to do is register on the Ancestry.com site.

I knew about the 1880 and 1940 census records, but did not know about the others on the list. Here's a chance to do some searching at home. If you find anything that needs the subscription databases, you can always visit the Concord Family History Center to view them on their computers.

Happy searching!

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