For Your Browsing Pleasure
As most of you have discovered, there are reams of genealogy web pages out there. But unless you spend hours jumping from link to link, it's hard to tell which sites are actually useful. I have diligently sorted out a few that may interest you (it was a dirty job, but someone had to do it!). Updated May 2, 2002 by the staff of Leister Productions Inc.
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From the readers of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: a few samples of their "Best Genealogy Sites on the World Wide Web":
- RootsWeb -- "hundreds of gigibytes (millions of pages) of free genealogy data"; many genealogy web sites are hosted by this far-reaching project. Home of WorldConnect, a GEDCOM-based worldwide exchange program, the RootsWeb Surname list and the ROOTS-L mailing list.
- Genealogy Exchange & Surname Registry -- "a genealogical data exchange where visitors and researchers alike can go to find specific persons, and exchange specific data with one another... A community effort where visitors and project volunteers can contribute data for the free use of others."
- FamilySearch -- the online databases, free so far, of the collections of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. Search the IGI, Ancestral File, Research outlines, and the FHC Catalog, 'Nuff said.
- Cyndi Howell's terrific, categorized list of genealogy-related links, Cyndi's List
The newest multi-engine search with a cutesy name is earning rave reviews: Google
Try a search using GenealogyPortal, a "joint project of Steve Wood (The Genealogy Home Page) and Matthew Helm (Helm's Genealogy Toolbox), designed to assist genealogists in finding information that is not readily accessible through traditional genealogical link sites." Search all genealogy-related web sites or specific subjects, like personal, location, research, or records searches.
Try Deb Kinneer's I Found It! search engine for exclusively genealogy-related web pages.
At the HotBot site, I was impressed by the ability to customize and narrow searches, and by the number of pertinent results.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet is a terrific site organized by category - if you can't find it here, then it probably isn't worth finding. Links are continually added and updated.
John Fuller and Chris Gaunt's page of Genealogical Resources on the Internet includes a complete reference to genealogy mailing lists and newsgroups.
The Native American Genealogy Web Site is a great reference list from the America Online Genealogy Forum's Native American Special Interest Group.
Search the database of The Obituary Daily Times for basic data entered by hundreds of volunteers (including Yours Truly) from published obituaries; then use this data to find the obit in the newspaper cited by using your library or online source. If you are a regular contributor (easy to do), you can also request the full text of obituaries from other volunteers. Sign up for the GEN-OBIT mailing list for a daily index.
York County, South Carolina Census Index Search 1790-1850 from RootsWeb is a great example of the many ways computers and modems are good for genealogy.
Allen David Distler's Ohio River Valley Families project lists thousands who settled within 50 miles of the Ohio River in PA, OH, IN, and KY.
Ancestry.com offers many online databases, including the PERSI (Periodical Source Index) database. Some searches are free, and full access is by subscription. Look over the list of databases available to see what you might gain; very worthwhile for many researchers.
The Olive Tree Genealogy Homepage includes lots of early Dutch New York data, muster rolls from the American Revolution and the War of 1812, ships passenger lists, Loyalists, and much more.
For one free genealogical CD-ROM lookup per day, try the Ancestral Findings web site.
Request a record from The Census Giver and an associate researcher will search for it for a fee based on the record and the number of requests. Over a dozen researchers in the Washington, D.C. area and in Utah are now on the staff.
Marthe Arend's Creating Effective Queries is an easy-to-follow lesson on posting the really important information to a mailing list or message forum. This is one of many great online Genealogy Classes from Genealogy.com
Richard Pence's Numbering Systems in Genealogy article describes the confusing "standards" for publishing family history.
Check out the Gene Pool's list of Research Aids for the Family Historian, including "Colonial Occupations" and examples of "Examples of 17th Century Handwriting."
If you're confused about the difference between a mete and a bound and patent and a grant, visit Direct Line Software's Land Records Reference page for some explanations.
The Soundex Indexing System from the National Archives and Records Administration genealogy site.
Just Black and White photo processing offers some advice on photo preservation.
Steve Paul Johnson's Cemetery Records Online is an online searchable database of cemeteries and graves for genealogists in the U.S. and worldwide.
Commonwealth Network's Vital Records Information for the United States lists where to obtain vital records in each state, territory, and county.
- The Public Record Office is the home of the national archives for England, Wales, and the United Kingdom. This site includes a list of publications to order and information about visiting and using the PRO.
- The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
National Archives and Record Administration genealogy pages includes "Genealogical Research Guides"; read the introduction before jumping into the record groups.
USPS ZIP Code Lookup and Address Information page leads you to the correct ZIP code and includes a list of official post office abbreviations, too.
HyperHistory Online is a color-coded, graphical timeline of world history. Events, people, history, and maps are presented with links to informative text files. Heavy use of browser frames, but is fairly quick and easy to navigate.
This calendar page converts an entered date into several formats, including Gregorian, Julian, Jewish, and French Revolution.
A Web of On-line Dictionaries is an incredible array of searchable English and foreign language dictionaries; run across any Latin phrases lately?
Type a word into the form on OneLook Dictionaries page and search through one or all of 106 dictionaries, including computer, medical, acronyms, language, and more.
With the popularity of scrapbooks, acid-free paper and other great archival supplies are now more available than ever from sites like The Memorabilia Corner (under "Conservation and Archival Materials").
Frontier Press Bookstore "specializes in providing genealogical and historical books for the family, local, and social historian." The excellent web site design is very clean and a pleasure to use.
The venerable Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company in Baltimore, Maryland offers many 'must-have' classics and reprints of reference books, textbooks, and how-to's.
Amazon, the "Earth's Biggest Bookstore", listed literally thousands of books at reasonable prices under the keyword "genealogy".
Blair's Book Service has been touted by me in the past and is still a great way to browse the shelves for genealogy books.
GraphicMaps site includes great, downloadable state and country outlines in different colors and sizes for adding geographic interest to your charts, reports, or web pages.
Download or view historical maps from the Perry-Casteñada Map Collection from the University of Texas at Austin; these maps are in JPEG graphic format.
Hamrick's interesting U.S. Surname Distribution page allows you to enter a surname and see a U.S. map showing the distribution of people with this surname in 1850, 1880, 1920, and 1990 or all years.
Use the U.S. Army Military History Institute site to search their incredible photo collection database for descriptions of Civil War photographs, which you can then request via mail (see "Accessing MHI: Finding Aids for MHI materials" and "Catalog databases: Photograph descriptions"). The Civil War Unit History and Biographical Bibliographies are other gems here. Many documents use the Adobe pdf format.
The Library of Congress' American Memories site includes a series of "historical collections for the National Digital Library." Find out more about early photography like Daguerreotypes and photos from the Civil War.
The University of California, Riverside and California Museum of Photography's site includes historical photographs of Ellis Island, NY in GIF format.
The Valley of the Shadow project from the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; this is a fascinating look into the lives of two communities during the time of the American Civil War - Franklin County, Pennsylvania and Augusta County, Virginia.
Switchboard, a free white- and yellow-pages directory of the USA
Lycos is a one-stop site for searching for businesses or individuals, including e-mail addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers.
Did you know that in colonial America, each state had it's own form of money? That must have been a tad confusing... To find out more, check out The Leslie Brock Center for the Study of Colonial Currency.
If you are researching overseas, the Universal Currency Converter from Xenon Laboratories Inc. might come in handy.
RootsWeb Review is a weekly e-mail publication written and edited by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG. It includes advice and how-to along with reader life and research stories. It also includes news and updates on the happenings at RootsWeb.
HQ eNewsLETTER keeps you informed of the latest news from Heritage Quest's online Genealogy Bulletin, new products, and feature articles.
Sign up for Macworld's informative weekly e-mail newsletter.
Keep in touch with The Mac Observer, a great collection of news and links, and yes, a daily e-mail newsletter. Their motto: "You'll get your news here from now on..."
Check out the NoWonder technical support and message board site--it's STILL free!
Two great sites for surname message forums: GenForum and FamilyHistory.com each offer thousands of forums, which include even the most uncommon surnames. And if you don't find the one you need, start your own forum!
The folks at Heartland Family Graphics like Reunion as much as you do, and have tailored their services to take advantage of its strengths. Their philosophy is to provide extremely convenient, quality printing services tailored to the needs of professional and amateur genealogists using Reunion (versions 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) ...all at a reasonable price.
Wouldn't you like a large wall chart without having to tape individual sheets together? Olson Graphic Services can print your formatted chart on one sheet directly from SuperChart, or can create one of their custom charts from a GEDCOM file, all at reasonable prices.
Keep the text in your reports and charts in the original language of your immigrant ancestors by downloading foreign language fonts for Mac or PC from the Yamada Language Center Font Archive.
Add a Mac "web badge" and the trademark notice which follows it to your web page. Be sure to follow the legal instructions on Apple's web site, and link the badge to the following URL: http://www.apple.com/products/
To save a copy of the graphic for your personal web site, position your cursor over the graphic, hold down the mouse key and choose "Download Image to Disk".
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