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  • Lorine McGinnis Schulze
    The Olive Tree Genealogy Newsletter --- helping you find the roots and branches of your family tree. V. 3 #17: Good news, Bad news
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31 9:49 AM
      The Olive Tree Genealogy Newsletter --- helping you find
      the roots and branches of your family tree.

      V. 3 #17: Good news, Bad news

      Hi everyone,

      Well, the BAD news is that the free access to NY ships
      passenger lists 1851-1891 and PA ships passenger lists 1800-
      1850 is over. Ancestry.com was very generous to allow Olive
      Tree Genealogy guests to use these databases at no charge
      from Oct. 12-29. I hope everyone had a chance to try, and
      that you all found some ancestors.

      The GOOD news is that you can still check these lists out
      if you are an Ancestry subscriber, or by taking a Free
      Trial! I've left the links up at
      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ancestry/free.shtml for
      anyone that still wants to have a look.

      Here's the list of new records on my sites since my last
      newsletter. As always ALL records on Olive Tree and its
      family of websites are free

      1. Irish ships arriving 1803-1804 to USA

      2. Ships Passenger Lists at Galveston Texas 1846 -1871

      3. Using Search Engines to Find Ancestors

      1. Irish ships arriving 1803-1804 to USA

      On the 28th, I uploaded 19 new ships from Ireland arriving
      in USA 1803 and 1804. This brings a total of 50 Irish ships
      now online for those 2 years

      The ports of arrival include New York, Philadelphia
      Pennsylvania, Boston Massachusetts, & Baltimore Maryland

      You can see the full list of Irish ships arriving 1803-1804


      Let the page load. Scroll down and click on any that
      interest you. Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger
      lists are marked with the little Olive Tree button.

      Have fun and I hope you find an Irish ancestor! Thanks goes
      to Glenda Meyer and Laura Freeman, volunteer transcribers
      for Olive Tree, for their help with this project.

      2. Ships Passenger Lists arriving at Galveston Texas
      between 1846 and 1871

      On 23 Oct. I started putting an index to names of
      passengers on Ships Passenger Lists arriving at Galveston
      Texas between 1846 and 1871 online

      http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/texas-ships-a.htm is the
      start of this huge project.

      Thanks to volunteers Glenda Meyer and Laura Freeman for
      their help in transcribing these names. This is an ongoing
      project, please check back often to see new surnames as
      they are added.

      3. Using Search Engines to Find Ancestors

      When using search engines, don't limit your searches too
      much. If you get zero results, loosen the search

      **** First tip - Use wildcards to allow for alternate
      spellings. Instead of BILKEY, try BIL* (the * is a
      wildcard for any letters after BIL)

      Don't put in the first name. Don't put in middle initials.
      Think about how the name might have been given, and
      recorded at the time. Richard W. Bilkey might have said his
      name was R. Bilkey. Perhaps he gave his full first name but
      not his middle initial. Maybe the person recording it put
      Rich'd for Richard. Maybe they spelled BILKEY as Bilkee or
      Beelkey or ....

      Be creative, try variant spellings and use wildcards.

      **** Second tip - for this particular search below, you
      want to go to
      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ancestry/free.shtml and
      try the spellings and wildcard feature above. Then to see a
      list of ships from Liverpool to New York in April 1865 do

      On the Ancestry search box, DON'T put a first or last
      Put the year of arrival as 1865 to 1865.

      In the keyword field put 'apr' (only put 3 letters because
      if you look at results you get you will see that this is
      how all the months are indexed - as 3 letter months. So if
      you put "april' you'll get zero results)

      For Port of departure put Liverpool.

      Then hit SEARCH and see what comes up. You'll get a lot of
      results and you can see that there are many ships - Etna,
      Kangaroo, Helvetia and so on

      Read the rest of this article is online at

      Also see http://olivetreegenealogy.com/#se for more ideas
      and suggestions re using search engines


      Good luck, and have fun hunting for ancestors!

      **Search over 5,000 Ships Passenger Lists to USA
      **Search Ships Passenger Lists to Canada
      ** Naturalization Records at
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