FREE DOWNLOAD FRIDAYS: Genealogy and Disasters

Think you can't find your ancestors due to record loss from a fire, hurricane or other disaster? Think again! Download Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune at Abundant Genealogy!

FREE Article – Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune

This week Free Download Friday focuses on disasters and genealogy. No, I’m not talking about how disorganized your genealogy files are or the state of your genealogical research. Instead, the focus is two-fold: what to do when a disaster such as a fire, tornado or hurricane has destroyed records important to your genealogy research AND how some disasters can actually cause important record sets to be created in the aftermath of the event.

This past Monday was the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which destroyed all vital records in Cook County, Illinois (includes Chicago) from 1837 when the City of Chicago was incorporated up through October 1871. And this week is National Fire Prevention Week in the United States. So a discussion of genealogy and disasters is very timely.

Remember that while many think a disaster such as a fire can cause the LOSS of genealogy records, some disaster events can actually CREATE record sets.

I recently “de-commissioned” my lecture on genealogy records, disasters, and substitute records. In doing so, I created an article using the syllabus materials so that others would still have access to the content. Included is an extensive list of resources covering types of disasters, medical terminology, historical weather, locating documentation and news accounts, and where to look for substitute records.

To access the informative 5-page article entitled It Is Well With My Soul: Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune click below or click HERE and make sure you share it with your fellow genealogists and family historians!

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Why is this FREE? What’s the Catch?

There really isn’t a catch.  I give away a lot of free content every year because I want fellow genealogists and family historians to have access to the best tools and information for their research. I also do this because I’m hoping you might be interested in my other content and websites where I do make money such as Genealogy Bargains:

Even if you never use one of my links for a purchase, I’m happy knowing that you are able to get educational content that you can put into action for your family history research!

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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.