Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, at https://tinyurl.com/no4wptt, explains how computerized facial recognition techniques are helping to identify people in old photographs, especially Civil War veterans. A history buff, Kurt Luther, has posted a website called Civil War Photo Sleuth. Annie Palmer has written an article for DailyMail.com, at https://tinyurl.com/ydbjkny4, which explains how this process works. “Anyone may upload their own photographs.” Learn more about the Civil War Photo Sleuth at https://tinyurl.com/y84f8myy.

World War I impact

Noted genealogist, Arlene Eakle, has written an important blog pertaining to the 100th anniversary of World War I at https://tinyurl.com/y8rwcyzp. For example, the boundary lines of almost all countries in Europe were changed.

It should be noted that Eakle established the Genealogical Institute, Inc. as well as the Genealogy Library Center, Inc. in Utah as a place for donations of genealogical records. Information about her can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y8o945er.

Items overlooked

Most family researchers have learned to depend on FamilySearch as a source for records about our family members. However, the FamilySearch website may have information that may have been overlooked.

Amy Johnson Crow has posted an important article online, “5 Overlooked Things on FamilySearch” at http://tinyurl.com/y7ojoz5q. Her article stresses the value of the FamilySearch Wiki, the FamilySearch Family Tree, Genealogies, the FamilySearch Catalog, and Family History Books. Her website also offers a link to a free copy of her guide, “5 Online Search Strategies Every Genealogist Should Know.”

British guides

Anyone searching for family records in the United Kingdom can be helped by a free research guide. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ly9rf6w and click on the box labelled family history. (Other guides available: WW II, Land & Maps, Military & Maritime, Online Collections, and more.) “If you are new to The National Archives and want some help getting started with your family history … follow the links” to learn how to start.

There are 28 guides available for Family History including births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales; births, marriages and deaths in Scotland and Ireland, immigration and immigrants; railway workers, workhouses, slavery or slave owners, and more.

On a personal note, I found it helpful to search for a specific topic in the “search all research guides” box; e.g., “deaths in England.”

Free webinars

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (IGHS) has scheduled free webinars (online seminars) for 2019 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8 pm Central. Visit ISGS at www.ilgensoc.org for details.

• Jan. 8 – Hidden Gems in the FamilySearch Wiki

• Feb. 12 – Revelers, Hogkillers and Disobedient Children

• March 12 – The (Underground) Railroad Runs Through Here – Illinois

• April 9 – Using Bureau of Land Management Tract Books

• May 14 – An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors

• June 11 – From East to West: Ancestral Migration Through Canada

• July 9 – Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes

• Aug. 13 – The Great Lakes and the Role They Played in the Years of Prohibition

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 JBGriffis@aol.com