Genealogy Research on the Internet
contributed by Ed Swan firstname.lastname@example.org
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what
nobody has thought" --Albert Szent-Gyorg i (1893-1986).
- Fast - http://www.alltheweb.com
- Dogpile - http://www.dogpile.com
- Google - http://www.google.com/
Data bases of genealogical sites, may have their own search engine
- Cyndi Howells - http://www.cyndislist.com/
- Another Source list for genealogical sites:
- Linkpendium is an attempt at building a directory of everything relevant to genealogy on the Web. About 146,000 pages are now categorized. The directory will cover 300 - 500,000 pages as it matures over the next year or so. This is by the same people that started RootsWeb.:
E-mail newsletters: you subscribe and the newsletters come by e-mail
- Ancestry Daily News : http://www.ancestry.com
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter : To subscribe to this free newsletter, there is a paid plus edition also, to cancel an existing subscription or to modify an existing subscription in any way, go to: http://www.eogn.com
- Roots Web Review : TO SUBSCRIBE OR UNSUBSCRIBE, send e-mail that says
only SUBSCRIBE (or UNSUBSCRIBE) in the e-mail body to:
http://newsletters.rootsweb.com/ is a link to the archives for RootsWeb Review. There is a lot of good information available here for those willing to dig through it.
- Roots Web Co-operative - http://www.rootsweb.com
- World connect - http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/
- FamilySearch LDS Genealogy Site – http://www.familysearch.org
- Ancestry – http://www.Ancestry.com (General information)
( http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/usersub/worldtree/main.htm )
(Genealogical Gedcom database, can be found at the above URL also)
- Ellis Island - http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/
- Family Tree Maker – http://www.FamilyTreeMaker.com
- The Public Record Office's online 1901 Census for England and Wales is
- Olympia Genealogical Society and your gateway to other societies:
- USGenweb - http://www.usgenweb.org
- WorldGenWeb - http://www.worldgenweb.org
- International Internet Genealogical Society (IIGS) - http://www.iigs.org
- The Surname Web at http://www.surnameweb.com. This is a registry of web sites DEDICATED to a particular surname, and these sites can have a great
deal of information available.
- Genhelp - was created by five experienced genealogists that are willing
to help others by posting articles and other information. Just found it but
it looks good. http://www.genhelp.org
- Heritage Quest's census information is available to those with a valid
Timberland Library card. It includes all census' from 1790 to 1930. Four of
these are indexed and are searchable by name, census, and area. These are
1790, 1800, 1810, and 1870. The other census' are browsable, by entering
census, state, county, and enumeration district. Click on the following
link, http://rpa.timberland.lib.wa.us/rpa/webauth?rs=glh&lb=trl then enter your library card number and click on "log in". Have fun.
- When you are traveling it can be very helpful to know where the nearest Family History Center is located. The following URL will enable you to find a center: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp
- Washington State Archives. The Secretary of States Office is putting an amazing amount of information online, including the early Assessors Censuses. http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/
- Free New England genealogical books online. These books have been made available for online reading. Remember some early books are not considered reliable as there is much speculation. http://www.usigs.org/library/books/ma/books.html
- Legacy Family Tree - http://www.legacyfamilytree.com
- Personal Ancestral File – http://www.familysearch.com
- Kindred Connections - http://www.kindredkonnections.com
- Bygones - http://home.utah-inter.net/bygones
- Forte' Free Agent - http://support.planetc.com/text/agent.htm
- Downloadable programs - http://www.download.com
Lists and Newsgroups
- This is where to go to sign up for a list, can be surname, area etc.
Also has 60+ thousand newsgroups. Check for archives, but use judiciously.
There are groups that cover every topic. Your mail program will have some
means for signing up for newsgroups but I prefer Free Agent (see #29) as a means for
signing up and for reading them.
- Google newsgroups archive of more than 500 million messages--a terabyte
of human conversation dating back to 1995 - http://groups.google.com/
Rather than re-inventing this list I am using this list from Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter. The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 1996 - 2007 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.
Looking for some blank forms that you can fill in during your genealogy research? You can download free, high-quality blank forms online from several web sites and print them on your own printer.
- Misbach Enterprises houses one of the largest collections of downloadable genealogy charts in Adobe PDF format. You can print directly from the web site or store the forms on your local hard drive and then print them later as often as you wish. All the charts are formatted to fit on 8.5" x 11" paper. Go to http://misbach.org/pdfcharts/.
- FamilySearch.org has a collection of online forms, including U.S., British, Irish, and Canadian census extraction forms, family group sheets, blank timelines, and more. The forms are available at http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp?Page=./research/type/Form.asp&ActiveTab=Type.
- Family Tree Magazine has a huge collection of downloadable forms on the company's web site. The forms include pedigree charts, research calendars, note-taking forms, deed indexes, research journal, correspondence logs, family group sheets and census extraction forms. You can see this impressive collection of forms at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/forms/download.html.
- Ancestry.com has downloadable forms that are as nice looking as the commercially available forms. You can obtain a pedigree chart (called an Ancestral Chart), Research Calendar, Research Extract, Correspondence Chart, Source Summary, and Family Group Sheet. You can do all of this at: http://www.ancestry.com/save/charts/ancchart.htm.
- Canadian census forms for the 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Canadian censuses may be downloaded from: http://www.ancestry.com/trees/charts/canadacensus.aspx.
- Similar forms for the 1841 through 1901 decennial U.K. censuses may be obtained at http://www.ancestry.com/trees/charts/ukcensus.aspx.
- My Ancestors Found http://www.myancestorsfound.com/forms.htm
All of the above are available free of charge.
What Can You Find - some examples
- Yorkshire information http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/. There are 12,000 pages available with information on Yorkshire alone. For information on Great Britain and Ireland go to http://www.genuki.org.uk
- South West Virginia http://www.ls.net/~newriver/nrv.htm
- Library of Virginia http://www.lva.lib.va.us/
- Some Epitaphs http://www.alsirat.com/epitaphs
- Shaking your Family Tree - Myra Vanderpool Gormley- a syndicated genealogical columnist. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~gormleym/
- DearMyrtle: an online subscription columnist. To subscribe send an e-mail
that says only "subscribe" in the body to
but also a learning and search site at: http://www.dearmyrtle.com
Genealogical Guides and Lessons
- What do you do when you have hit the wall? Roots Web Guides.
Researching the Civil War
- Civil War Rosters the most complete listing:
- Civil War Home Page: http://www.civil-war.net/
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
Where to look when you run into a word or need a word
- 1700 Dictionaries, glossaries, and such assembled by Dr. Frank Dietz
What was that occupation?
- I have found some strange and wonderful occupations in my search for my
ancestors the following URL's have made it easier to figure out what they
were doing. They were from the Legacy Genealogy list it in itself is worth
subscribing to at http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/LegacyLists.asp . Since
surnames were often occupation related this might also help to see what
trade and ancestor was working in. The URLs are:
Ethnic Genealogy - Native American, African American, Asian American
- A site with links for searching for your Native American Ancestors:
- African American Resources on the Web:
- Asian American Ancestry: Tough one. Best bet is to go to Cindi's List
and WorldGenWeb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~asiagw/
- Mapquest - maps for anywhere in the world or at least where I have
- North Eastern States: http://www.negenealogy.com
- South Eastern States: http://www.segenealogy.com