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Publisher   Ray Wilson               Date  February, 2006


Here are some new sites I have discovered this past month.

Hope some of them will prove useful to you.


This is very exciting. You all may be aware of it already but the LDS church is starting to put their books on line. This new LDS site contain histories of families. It will ask you to enter a surname. Then you will get a list of the books they have online about that surname. I tried it with one of my ancestors and got a hit in the first book which was a family tree with the first name being my ancestor that came from Ireland in 1798. I understand they have just started so check it from time to time for new entries.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History Vital Research
Records Search Selection.
The new online database features more than a million West Virginia birth,
death and marriage records. Researchers can now search and view
scanned images of the original birth, death and marriage records from six
counties, as well as most statewide death certificates from 1917-54.
The initial phase of the project includes county records for Calhoun, Gilmer,
Hardy, Harrison, Mineral and Pendleton counties. The database includes
county birth records for the period 1853-1930, county death records for
1853 until the late 1960s, and county marriage records from the creation
of the county until the late 1960s, all of which are searchable by name,
county and date.
Passage Express
Genealogy software that allows you to compile photos,audio files, videos,
histories, etc. onto a CD to distribute among friends and family.
Pape Mortuary (Danville, IL)
Searchable database of 105,000+ records for births, marriages, deaths, and
burials in the Illiana area around Danville, Illinois.
Maps of the Past
Publisher of restored historical map reproductions.
Family Tree Registry
The Family Tree Registry is a free resource facilitating the exchange of
genealogical information while maintaining the privacy of its users and their
family trees. The Registry does not contain family trees. Instead, it functions
as a central repository of descriptive information about family trees
(including where to find them) and surnames appearing on them (but not about individuals). It also functions as a search engine, enabling users to find family
trees by specifying properties the trees or surnames on the trees must possess.
Properties such as ethnicity/sub-ethnicity, religion/sub-religion, place, date last modified, whether surnames or family trees contain nobility, whether they contain rabbis, whether they have associated DNA (genetic) information, and more are searchable. Surnames and places can also be specified and searched according to
their native spelling in non-Latin characters (Chinese, Hebrew, Polish, etc.). When logged in, searches you perform can be saved so that you can easily retry them in
the future, without having to respecify the search parameters. The Family Tree Registry is not limited in scope to family trees that are available online. You can
also register family trees that are privately maintained offline, that are published
in books, or that can be found in repositories.
Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society
We offer genealogy research and help for Lake and Porter county in NW Indiana.

Customs and Fashions in Old New England
by Alice Morse Earle, 1893. The author, a well-know antiquarian of her day,
discusses the day-to-day life and culture in Early New England on topics from
birth to death. (Transcription).

Genealogy Links
Search for your ancestors in Ships' passenger lists, prison records, death
records and census records.
Full line of rare, out-of-print genealogical books. Including family histories,
local histories, maps, old photos, family bibles, original books and much more.
Chandler Creations
Scrapbook Albums, Kits and supplies for the scrapbook enthusiast. Page kits
and tools to help create really great pages and storage solutions to keep all
supplies organized. Scrapbooks are the future generations link to the past.
Your family history in pictures.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project
Free searchable database containing tens of thousands of images spanning
all 99 Iowa counties.
America's Quilting History
Dozens of well researched quilt history articles. History on patterns, quilt
myths and an extensive quilt history directory.
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Ecclesiastical Abbreviations
Short intro followed by lists of abbreviations for Latin terms found in church records.
Old Disease names and their modern definitions
Useful tool to understanding those out of date medical terms used on your
ancestors death certificates.
Free guide to Irish genealogy, sources for family Guide to researching
Irish roots. Includes essential advice on Irish place-names and Irish land
divisions. Understand 'barony' and 'townland' etc. Site also lists
sources for church and civil records.
ShoeString Genealogy: Goal Oriented Research
Instructional. How to research more effeciently and effectively.
Toombs County, Georgia History and Genealogy Project
This site is a member of The American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP),
an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History
& Genealogy, and covering North American Countries and Territories.
I Dream of Genealogy - Florida Death Records & Obituaries
Large collection of databases for Florida death and obituary research.
Tracing Trees Genealogy
Genealogy books for North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and much more.
Family Trees Charts
England Scotland Ireland Wales Ancestors Search Engines
Genealogy Search Engines and Quick Links for Your Surnames Research
In England Scotland Ireland and Wales.Parish Records,BMD,Census data.
Dead Serious Genealogy
South Carolina genealogy research information, wills, will books, cemeteries,
cemetery headstone photos, particularly Berkeley County,
Charleston County, Darlington County, Kershaw County, Chester County & Williamsburg County.

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