Friday, May 22, 2015

Last Name First Name in OCR Databases--Does It Matter?

Searches for a "first name last name" combination on most newspaper sites doesn't really mean that the database has the names coded as "first names" and "last names." It usually means that the search is conducted so that the "first name" is within a fixed number of words or characters from the "last name."

A website would not let me search only for Mimka as a a first name--which it is.

It wanted a last name and warned me that a last name was necessary.

So I simply put Mimka in the "last name" box and hit search.

Problem solved!

(I wish they were all that easy.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Downloading Entire Virginia Chancery Case Files as 1 Zip File at Virginia Memory

Chancery court records for Virginia counties continue to be added to the Virginia Memory collection at

Now files for some counties can be downloaded as one zip file. Before each document image had to be downloaded separately. This feature is not currently available for all counties, but where it is downloading is much easier than in that past.

Friday, May 8, 2015

18th Century Newspapers from Ostfriesland, Germany

A loyal reader sent me a link to digital newspapers from Ostfriesland, Germany in the late 18th century. A big thanks to ET for passing this along. The search results for the W√∂chentliche Ostfriesische Anzeigen und Nachrichten can be viewed here on the GDZ website.