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Last night we added a new feature to the site that will help you get more from Footnote without doing more work.

When you find something on the site that you are interested in, look for a Watch Button button and click it.  The item will be added to your “Watch List” in Your Account and we’ll send  you an email whenever that item is updated.

Watching Searches and Titles
Each month we add millions of new images to the site and Footnote Members upload images and annotate thousands of names, dates and places on images they find on the site.

Now you can use Watches to know when something you’ve been looking for has arrived at Footnote.

To set up a Search Watch:
Search for something, for example, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Search Result

Click the Watch button on the Search results page, we’ll add a Watch with your search terms and let you know when a new match is appears on the site.

If there’s a Title that you are interested in, find it on the Original Documents page, click in the name of the title and you’ll go to a page with information about and a Watch button for that title.  Add a Watch and we’ll notify you when new images are added or when someone adds an annotation, comment or other contribution to an image in that title.

Watching Images, Story Pages and Spotlights
You can add a Watch for any image, Story Page or Spotlight and we’ll let you know when they are updated, annotated, commented on, etc.  It might give you the opportunity to learn something surprising or meet someone who shares your research interests.

Watching Members
If you find a Footnote Member who is doing interesting things, you can add a Watch from their Profile page and be notified when they add something new.

Watching Your Own Contributions
By default, we’ll add a Watch to images, Story Pages or Spotlights you add to Footnote.

If you’ve added things in the past and would like to watch them, visit this page and click the Yes Add All Button button.

Managing Watches
You’ll find your Watch List in Your Account.  There you can see everything you are watching and remove a Watch if you are no longer interested in it.  You can choose how often you’d like to receive your email notifications on the right side of the Watch List page.

Watch List

22 Comments

  1. I have noticed however that if you search for a phrase (i.e., enclosed in quotes) that the results page will load but with an error and then the “Watch” button does not work.

  2. i need to know if you are going to have any ireland records on line anytime soon

    ann

  3. David, Thanks for catching that bug, we’ll see what we can do about fixing it.

    Ann, For the near term our focus is on US records. For now, you may find something in the margins where Ireland and her people meet up with the US (e.g. WWII, newspapers, naturalization records) or you might find something uploaded by another member, but we aren’t posting Irish records.

  4. I am trying to find where my parents are buried. They lived and died in Jackson Michigan. Jewish hertigage. My father was a veteran. I know when they were born and when they died. I cannot find them. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  5. 1910 Taylorsville [Smith county] MS
    Beat 2

    HALL KEYS
    CAROLINE
    AFTA?
    ERBY 10
    CLEVELAND 6? born about 1904?

    1920 Beat 2 Smith County

    HALL KEYS
    CAROLINE
    CLEVELAND 14
    MANNIE 7

    1930 MS [Beat 2]

    HALL KEYS 73 [married first time age 27]
    CAROLINE 58 [married age 14]
    MANIE son age 16

    As you can see Cleveland was gone by now. Just Manie was left and he was age 16.

    This is the last year for the census to be open. They should open the 1940 census soon.

    But with the knowlege you know about first hand and the census to help fill it in, perhaps you will be able to find other info from this.

    By the way, I think Carolines mother was also Caroline. I found one at age 60 living with one of the DUCKWORTH sons and they lived a couple houses from Cleveland and Caroline.

    Wasn’t it strange that Caroline was so young when she and Hall married? Age 14 wow!!

    I am so excited, I am trying to find a book that was my grandfather’s cleveland, the book stated that some one had to move from north carolina for some reason so i will write you back as soon as i find it. I keep it because it was my grandfather. he had used it to pay off bills. I also heard that uncle erby worked while they, my grandfather and aunt docia. Aunt docia had a monkey that didn’t like me. Uncle ernest i heard was a mininster. went to school because he was dark complexion. My grandfather use to send money to uncle erby until my grandfather died. My grandfather had property in mississippi, I don’t know what happen to that, I think it was i laurel mississippi. My grandfather married my grandmother Mary Mcdonald. Her mothers name was sarah arrington.

  6. Sounds absolutely wonderful!

    Looking forward to using this feature.

    Sue

  7. I can’t access the 1860 census for Van Buren County Iowa. Any reason?

  8. Donald, we’d love to hear more details about how you are trying to get there and what you are seeing. You can send those to us using the Contact Footnote page.

    For now, if you go to this link you can browse that county or if you go to this link you’ll be in a search narrowed to that county and you can take it from there.

    Hope that helps.

  9. Never got a message to create a new password. Need one.

  10. Linda, Someone from support will contact you to see if we can help.

  11. I AM AT TOTAL DEADEND FOR THIS ONE SIDE OF MY GENEALOGY,MY GGRANDFATHER JOHN KING WHOS 2ND MARRIAGE WAS TO SARAH DIXON ROCKBRIGE VA. HAD 2 DAUGHTERS ONE WAS SARAH ONE EDITH BOTH GIRLS NEVER MARRIED, MY GRANPA WAS BORN IN 1ST MARRIAGE IN COVINGTON VA 11/28 1891 RUSSELL AUBREY KING BUT I CANT FIND THAT EITHER? AND HIS MOM [NO NAME DIED WHEN HE WAS YOUNG BEFORE 9. i KNOW GRANPA LIVED IN ROCKBRIDGE CO KERRS CREEK,I KNOW BIRTH WAS ABOUT1870. i AM REALLY TRRYING TO FIND THIS MISSING SIDE AS, IM PUTTING THIS TOGETHER WITH MY AUNT WHO IS 86[ AND REALLLY WANTS TO KNOW]IVE DONE SO WELL ON OTHER PAETS BUT AM AT LOSS HERE???

  12. I’m looking for anyone related to the SCHOENFELD family of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Family came to U.S. from Germany around 1880s, so I’m limited as to what I can find with any U.S. records. First generation Schoenfeld was my grandfather, Lawrence (Laurez) born in Milwaukee around 1898/1897. He married Martha Zahnow in Milwaukee. Need to get as much info as I can to help complete my family tree on my mom’s side of the family. We’re stuck on the Schoenfeld side at the moment due to lack of records/info.

  13. Following the suggestion about getting pix of NYC houses from tose takeen to match census info, I have two for the homes of my relative’s mother. One shows a first foor window full of paint cans (for a father who did paperhanging and painting.) Worth every penny. Thanks for the tip and the mailing address. Mary Bready

  14. Following the suggestion about getting pix of NYC houses from those taken to match census info, I have two for the homes of my relative’s mother. One shows a first floor window full of paint cans (for a father who did paperhanging and painting.) Worth every penny. Thanks for the tip and the mailing address. Mary Bready

  15. New Jersey sure looks lije a hanging thread not much info.Can anyone help? Thanks Judy

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  18. To see if anyone has William Conklin 1533 before that.

  19. I am trying to find Chief John Brown the Choctaw/Chickasaw Trader m. to Dolly Dean & they lived on the Oostennella River in Floyd County, GA. with all their children. (Across from Major Ridge) THis information is also on my Grandpa’s Miller Roll, William Riley Brown & his brother Lee Brown. John Duncan West, the US Marshall located in Spavinaw, I.T., witnessed & signed the document. John Duncan E. West, m. to Nancy Brown, is also a cousin of William Riley Brown & Lee Brown. The State of GA states they have no information about this residence. I am searching for my great grandparents, Hezekiah Brown m. to Rachael Brownfiend. Chief John Brown the Choctaw/Chickasaw trader was origininally known as Chief John Brownfield is listed as such in History Books.

    Thank you for your assistance.

  20. i have been looking for ancestry
    i would like to know if there is a cost for this watch.

    ivy q moore

  21. Ivy,

    You can use the watches for free. You just need to register and you should be set to go.