Genealogist Joe Beine’s many websites offer a wealth of information for genealogical researchers — both beginners and advanced — as well as other topics of interest.

For example, his projects (accessed at include people finding tools (e.g., Social Security Death Index or SSDI, finding U.S. birth records and indexes on the Internet, adoption research), passenger lists and immigration records (including New York, Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans and Philadelphia), and miscellaneous.

His Genealogy Research Guides, Tips and Online Records, at, include vital records, census records, free charts and forms, military records, naturalization records, newspapers, immigration records, finding people and places, German genealogy research, Irish genealogy research and a unique guide, Using the Freedom of Information Act for Genealogy Records (including the Social Security application SS-5 form).

His Site Map (at would be an easy place to start searching for appropriate links. Also his “brief overview” of genealogy resources and records on the Internet can be found at Beginning genealogical researchers should visit the sites described at, How to Get Started Researching Your Family Tree.

Beine is a professional genealogist with more than 20 years’ experience; he lives in Denver, Colo., and his specialized areas of research are the United States and Germany.

His website also tells how he started doing genealogy and includes links to his other interests — photography and story-telling. For taphophiles (word not in my dictionary but described by Christine Woodcock at Beine has an informative posting, Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols, at

July 4th Fun Facts

The fourth of July is long past, but it’s not too late to call attention to some July 4th statistics provided by the US Census Bureau called Fourth of July Fun Facts and available at The site also includes a Teaching Guide “for ideas on how fun facts can be used as an activity.”

Tennessee State Library

The Tennessee State Library and Archives website now has an all-in-one Genealogy Index Search, bringing together more than 1 million names appearing in Tennessee’s most important historical records.

Details on this new resource can be found at, which includes a listing of the individual databases and the number of entries in each. (A search can be made in a specific collection or in all collections.)

“The index allows researchers to learn that the person they are looking for appears in a certain group of records. The user may need to visit or contact the Library and Archives to get a copy of the original record.”

This project is a work in progress since additional images will be added. Currently the information found includes the Index Name, a category (e.g., death, military, etc.), and number of records. A search for a name can include keywords age, widow name, slave owner, location, partial date, etc. The Genealogy Index Search includes sections on Death Records, Military Records and general Tennessee research.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing

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