Information that's especially useful when you're getting
started, but of interest even after you've been at it for
Family History Centers:
It's certainly possible to do genealogy without ever setting foot inside a
Family History Center (FHC). But if you live close enough to visit one, you
really should. The resources may not initially wow you, but you have access
through each FHC to most of the resources available at the Family History
Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, and those resources are awesome indeed.
ROOTS-L has several files about FHCs and the FHL,
explaining what they are, where they can be found, how they can best
be utilized, etc.
Terms and definitions:
What is an ahnentafel? A Tiny Tafel? What was the funny disease
Grandpa died from? What do people mean when they say 2nd cousin
twice removed? Here are some files that define terms used by
More specialized resources
Specific Ethnic, Religious, or Social groups:
For these groups, there
are sometimes special resources and research techniques that
prove useful. These files discuss the tools and techniques
for researching some specific ethnic, religious, and social groups,
such as Jewish and Cherokee ancestry, Quakers, and the Masons.
Historical Names and Families:
Are you connected to Royalty or Admiral Dewey? The Ball family of Virginia?
Maybe George Bush? There are files about these and other
historical names in our collection.
Members of Historical Groups:
Besides the files about individuals and families mentioned above, we also
have files with the names of people belonging to interesting groups,
such as the men who fought at the Alamo, Irish immigrants to Canada, German
immigrants to the Ohio valley, gunfighters of the Old (American) West,
Genealogical resources on the Internet:
Several files about Library catalogs online, FTP sites, GENSERV, MELVYL
and more, giving an overview of a variety of genealogical resources
on the Internet.
General resources on the Internet:
Useful as you wander about the Internet, we have information about gopher,
the SimTel archives, compression software, FTP, and other tools
and techniques and resources you'll want to know about.
Most of our files fall into the category of
regional material: where are the Family History Centers located?
What books are there in the Library of Congress? How does on
obtain vital records? But pointers to other interesting files and
sites are also often included.
Genealogy on your Computer
Reviews of genealogy software from computers from Amiga to Unix to Windows;
plus a Fortran program for matching Tiny Tafels and the Tiny Tafel spec.
genealog.faceofg: Computers: Changing the Face of Genealogy, 1989, Richard Pence. An overview, still timely, of how computers have changed how we do genealog
y. Includes explanations of tiny tafels and BBSes and other computer-related terms.
A collection of three charts which can be used to convert a specific
date into a day of the week. (Gotta build a cgi-bin script to do this
someday!) These charts cover dates between 1753 and 2008.
Is the date of interest in the 1800s or 1900s? This file contains
a Gregorian or New Style calendar for each month in that period.
A less compact but perhaps easier to follow system than that in genealog.dateday above.
More compact (all on one page!) but maybe more confusing than the
two approaches above, here is yet another Perpetual Calendar.
A table prepared by Barbara Tysinger to help associate months
referred to using the Quaker custom ("10th Month" etc) to the
standard names such as October or December.