Sunday, January 25, 2009

USGenWeb: where do volunteers live?

As a volunteer webmaster for Pierce County, Washington GenWeb, Ol' Myrt here received an email late last night from an inquiring reasearcher, partially quoted below.

From: Jim (in Florida)
Subject: PierceCountyWA GenWeb

Was wondering if you could help with getting an OBIT ?

Julie M. Hedlund B 15 April 1888 in Norway or Wisconsin
Or Julia D 27 April 1968 in Tacoma, Pierce Co. WA.

Hope you can lead in in right direction.


This was Ol' Myrt's response:

Hello and thank-you for your inquiry. USGenWeb volunteer webmasters are not lookup volunteers, kiddo. Most don’t even live in the counties they sponsor.

However, the Tacoma Public Library does have a fairly comprehensive obituary collection. As mentioned at the Pierce County Washington GenWeb site:,
you’ll need to contact the ASK A LIBRARIAN desk at the library for assistance.

Good luck with your research. Gosh, I wish I was in Florida – its cold here with all the snow in Utah. The area does have one saving grace, though – a little thing they call the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City.

The more I thought about Jim's inquiry, the more I realized it is high time Ol' Myrt here spotlighted the massive volunteer effort displayed at My part is small, as I only sponsor a few counties. But hundreds of thousands of hours have gone into developing useful state and county websites.

Family Tree Magazine has named the USGenWeb Project to its annual 101 Best Web Sites for genealogy list for 2008. A BIG congrats and THANK-YOU hugs go out to National Coordinator Tina Vickery and her mighty band for jobs well done.

You don't know what gems you will find until you venture out and explore the USGenWeb websites for the localities where your ancestors once lived.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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