Computer Users’ Group

January 19, 2005

This program will lead you to some genealogy web sites and a few sites that have more practical interest.


Lake County Library Databases. Heritage Quest and Ancestry are both available through the Lake County Library System. Go to the library at http://www.lakeline.lib.fl.us/ and click on Online Reference Databases and then Alphabetical List of Databases. Select Heritage Quest or for Ancestry, click on Info Trac OneFile and then scroll down to Ancestry Plus. In both cases, you’ll be asked for your library card number which you enter without spaces. Here’s the HeritageQuest statement and Ancestry summary.

HeritageQuest Online is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work are still uncovering their past. With over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI, and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online gives any library the chance to tap in to one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country.

Ancestry Plus includes how-to articles, transcribed primary records, city directories, census records, Social Security Death Index, submitted genealogies and much more. You can also subscribe to the Ancestry Daily Newsletter that includes tips, news, latest additions to Ancestry and research articles.

Searching the Web. A Quick Tip in the Ancestry Daily Newsletter suggests typing the man’s name in quotes and then the woman’s maiden name into Google to see any references to that couple. By combining the two names you eliminate many that are not pertinent.

Pastfinders. Our own web site has links to 36 genealogy sites. Go to http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpslc/index.htm and click on Genealogy under Links. We’ll take a look at some of them.

Genealogy Course. For beginners or more advanced people that want a refresher course go to http://www.genealogy.com/university.html to take a course in genealogy. Note that the copyright date is 1994 to 1996 so that some of the Internet data may be stale.

Tindale. Joan sent me a reference to www.tindale.com. There is no information on the page to tell who owns it. There is no privacy policy. All of the sites are sponsored listings. Will it place a tracking cookie on my computer? The whois information can be found at www.whois.com or www.betterwhois.com . It’s registered in Grand Caiman in the Caiman Islands, BWI to Name Administration Inc. From a search for Name Administration Inc we get the following:

Name Administration Inc. is a leading domain name administrator, website developer and Internet traffic syndicator. Name Administration Inc. utilizes a portfolio of generic domain names, such as antarctica.com, lipbalm.com, and others as stand alone websites which collectively form an integrated advertising network offering users relevant paid search advertisements and information. "Factcheck.com" was registered by Name Administration long before the U.S. vice presidential debate for use in providing a directory of commercial providers of information resources relevant to the generic term "fact check".

It appears that tindale is not a tracking site but depends on mistyped or generic URLs to direct people to sites that pay for sponsorship. There is a good list of genealogy sites listed here. Each click will generate profit for Name Administration Inc.

British Vital Statistics. British registration of births, marriages and deaths started in 1837. Many of the records filed since that date can be found at www.freebmd.org.uk. This is a work in progress so check back if you can’t find what you want.

Forums. Find a forum by surname or location. Go to www.genforum.com or go to www.rootsweb.com and scroll down to Message Boards and choose Localities, Surnames or Topics. We’ll look at a few message boards at Genforum.

Ebay. Don’t overlook ebay as a genealogical source. Go to ebay and enter a location or surname and see what’s available. You can get postcards, yearbooks, maps, diaries, bibles and much more.

Mechanical and Agricultural Terms. Knight’s 1881 Mechanical dictionary will help resolve strange terms that you might find in an ancestor’s will. You will need to download the free DjVu Plugin to view it. It’s fun to read the definitions of some of the items. See, for instance, Lights and Photic Appliances. Many of the definitions lead to another dictionary. Go to

http://www.princetonimaging.com/library/mechanical-dictionary/subjects/index.html

Gasoline Prices. Lowest and highest prices for each state are listed on www.gasbuddy.com.

New Browser. Foxfire is more secure than IE and it’s free. WWW.foxfire.org.

Local Search. WWW.local.yahoo.com, www.local.google.com or www.cairo.com and enter the product and your location. Select a specific product (model number) and choose compare prices to see who has the best price..

New Search Engine. Amazon has an engine at http://a9.com. It finds text and graphics for the search subject.

Academic Search. Google is beta testing an academic search engine to find publications in book form or in journals. Go to www.scholar.google.com. Type a subject or author’s name. Most documents require some form of payment to the publishing organization. Type in your surname and see how many smart relatives you have.

Go Backwards? Need an old version of a program? Try www.oldversion.com. Most appear to be versions of free programs.

Want to Travel? Kayak (www.kayak.com) lets you adjust departure times and price with sliders that let you zero in on the flight that meets your needs. Also for hotels and cars. Also see www.sidestep.com that lets you compares flight and hotel prices from different web sites. Www.tripadvisor.com provides reviews of hotels and attractions and compares prices. Try www.chowhound.com to see message boards on restaurant ratings.

WiFi Hot Spots. Www.wififreespot.com will show places where you can take your wireless laptop and surf the net. Downtown Orlando, Ocala, Lakeland, Gainesville and Lake Wales plus lots of restaurants and Panera Bread Cafes. Also some airports but not Orlando.

Need a Bargain? Try http://www.bensbargains.net/ to lead you some great deals or try www.dealcatcher.com.

Shut Down Programs. Need to shut down all programs at once? Useful before defragging or adding new programs. Try enditall at http://www.docsdownloads.com/Tier1/enditall.htm.